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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lehman Brightman Healing Fund

Lee Brightman, Marlon Brando, and the late Vernon Bellcourt
Lehman Brightman Long Walk 1978
Lehman Brightman Healing Fund
By United Native Americans
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UPDATED Jan. 1, 2012

Please Donate To The Lehman Brightman Healing Fund
As many of you are aware, Indigenous Scholar, Korean War Veteran, Professional Football Player & Resistance Leader: Lehman Brightman suffered a stroke this past July 22, 2011 and is recovering in
the hospital. 

Dr. Brightman’s Bio:
Lehman Brightman is a Sioux and Creek Indian who was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux
Reservation in South Dakota. Professor Brightman is the founder and National President of United Native Americans, Inc. an Indian organization formed in 1968, to promote the progress and general welfare of American Indians. In his capacity as President of UNA, Mr. Brightman has testified in two U.S. Senate hearings on the deplorable conditions of Indian boarding schools and hospitals on reservations. He led investigations of seven Indian boarding schools and three hospitals due to the poor service and the abusive treatment of Indian people. He is a former football and track star at Oklahoma State University, where he earned a B.A. degree, and he has a M.A. degree from the University of California Berkeley. Mr. Brightman is an ex-Marine and served one year in the Korean conflict where he was wounded in action. Professor Brightman established and coordinated the first Native American Studies program in the United States at UC Berkeley in 1969, and has since
taught at the University of California in San Diego, Sacramento State University, D-Q University, and Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. Brightman is the author of numerous articles on the history of Indian education and federal boarding schools. He is the former editor of the first International Indian newspaper called Warpath, and was involved in the occupation of Alcatraz, and the takeover of Wounded Knee, and led the takeover and occupation of Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota in 1970. He was one of the national coordinators of the Longest Walk in 1978, and the Long Walk for Survival in 1980. At the present time, Mr. Brightman is writing a book on the history of the Indian Civil Rights Movement from the 1960’s to the present. 

Dr. Brightman is in need of immediate financial assistance in paying his medical expenses, property taxes and his mortgage to avoid going into default on his home. Any monetary gift is generous and is greatly appreciated. All donations are for Lehman Brightman’s personal expenses. 

Kindly mail your donation to:
Lehman L. Brightman
In Care Of:
United Native Americans Inc.
2434 Faria Avenue
Pinole, California 94564

The entire U.N.A. family would like to personally thank you for assisting us in helping Lehman Brightman during this difficult time. Your continued prayers for his health and welfare are greatly appreciated. 
For more information, please contact or (510) 672-7187 

United Native Americans, Inc.

United Native Americans, Inc.

Tantoo Cardinal arrested at White House defending homeland

Tantoo Cardinal and Margot Kidder at the White House Protest Before Being Arrested
Photo credit: Milan Ilnyckyj
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Photo Tar Sands Action

WASHINGTON -- Cree actress Tantoo Cardinal was arrested with Superman's Lois Lane, Margot Kidder, and the Montana Women For, at the White House Tar Sands protest today, Tuesday.
Cardinal joined the protesters to defend her homeland of Alberta from the destructive tar sands.
“It’s an honor to be here with so many people from across the US,” said Tantoo Cardinal, the iconic indigenous actor best known for her roles in Legends of the Fall, Dances with Wolves, and Smoke Signals, the Tar Sands Action said in a press statement.
Cardinal was born in the capitol of the tar sands, Ft. McMurray, Alberta.
“This is about protecting our land, our water, and our climate. The tar sands destruction has to stop.”
Cardinal and Kidder were arrested this morning at 11:30 am in Washington, DC as part of an ongoing sit-in at the White House to pressure President Obama to deny the permit for a massive new tar sands oil pipeline.
“I can’t think of a more important place to be,” said Kidder, born in Yellowknife, Canada. She is best known for her role as Lois Lane in four of the original Superman movies.
“President Obama has the chance here to do the right thing and stop this pipeline. I’m here to help make sure he does it.”
Cardinal and Kidder gathered with a crowd of over 150 people in Lafeyette Square park this morning to hear from environmental author, Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests. In an effort to “deter future participants,” the DC Park Police had held McKibben and 55 other participants from last Saturday’s demonstration in jail for two nights before dropping all charges and releasing them on Monday afternoon. Sunday and Monday’s protestors were released after being arrested, taken to a Park Police station, and paying $100 fine for “disobeying a police order.”
“When we were in jail, the only thing we wanted was more company,” said McKibben to a cheering crowd this morning. “Your work has helped make this the most important environmental question President Obama has to make before the 2012 election. And we’ll be here every day this week and next to make sure he makes the right call.”
Tomorrow, a group of 20 Gulf Coast residents will join the White House protest to try and prevent another BP style disaster in America’s heartland, over one of the country’s largest sources of fresh drinking water.
President Obama will decide later this year on TransCanada’s permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which will send 900,000 barrels a day of the world’s dirtiest oil to US refineries, allowing further development of the Alberta tar sands. The pipeline would pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Mining oil from tar sands creates three times more carbon emissions than conventional oil extraction.

More photos and video of Tantoo's protest and arrest:

'No More!' Women in tar sands jail, Hopi file Peaks lawsuit

Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood. Tantoo Cardinal, Margot Kidder and Montana Women For march in to be arrested.
Tar Sands Action tody, Tuesday.

'No More!' Women in tar sands jail, Hopi file Peaks lawsuit

Superman's Lois Lane, Margot Kidder, first to be arrested this morning, Tuesday.

Lining up to be arrested today, Tuesday, at the White House. Photo by Tar Sands Action
Live from the White House today, Tuesday morning. Photo by Tar Sands Action.

By Brenda Norrell
Photo 1: Sharon Lungo Photos 2, 3, 4 Shadia Fayne Wood

Young people and elderly went to jail.

Obama went on vacation.

It was important to get those protesters out of sight, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

This was the way it began, three days and 162 arrests at the White House, to stop the dirty tar sands and its pipeline. It was the first three days of two weeks of planned arrests.

Today, on Tuesday morning at the White House, Cree actress Tantoo Cardinal will take her place on the line to defend her homeland.

Farmers and Nebraskans engaged in civil disobedience at the White House on Monday to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and the dirty tar sands, already destroying the homelands of First Nations in Alberta.

Those arrested on the first day of action, Saturday, at the White House spent two nights in jail for sitting on the sidewalk in front of the White House to protest the tar sands. They are sending a message to Obama to say ‘No,” to the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to Texas.

In jail, women slept on cold concrete floors. Meanwhile, Obama left the White House two days before, on Thursday, for a 10-day vacation.

Now, more women are preparing to be arrested on Tuesday in front of the White House, while Obama enjoys a leisurely vacation with his family.

'Montana Women For’ members -- Joan Kresich, actress Margie Kidder, Margarita McLarty and Linda Kenoyer -- are joining Tantoo Cardinal to be arrested.
The Tar Sands Action said, "The sit-in at the White House will continue with 50 more Americans and Canadians risking arrest to protect their air, water, and climate. Over 2,000 people have registered to take part in the sit-in, which will continue every day until September 3.

“Among those planning on being arrested are film-star Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in four Superman movies, and actress Tantoo Cardinal, an iconic Cree actress who appeared in Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall, Smoke Signals and more. Cardinal, who was born in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, the capitol of the tar sands, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009."

All across America, people are standing up and saying,
‘No more!"

In Arizona, Navajo Klee Benally chained himself to an excavator to halt the destruction of sacred San Francisco Peaks. Nine young people locked themselves to concrete barrels to halt the pipeline for wastewater for snowmaking, and the clear cutting of the old growth forests by the Snowbowl ski resort, which was approved by the US Forest Service.

Now, the Hopi Tribe has filed a lawsuit to halt the destruction from recycled wastewater being planned for snowmaking on the Snowbowl ski resort.

The Hopi Tribe said:

"The lawsuit states that the City’s contract to sell 1.5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater per day to Snowbowl is illegal because it violates several Arizona laws that govern the proper use of reclaimed wastewater. The contract provides for the use of reclaimed wastewater in a mountain setting where runoff and overspray cannot be prevented, as Arizona law requires. Additionally, restrictions on limiting human contact with wastewater cannot be met, and harm to the unique alpine environment in the area, including rare animals and plants, cannot be prevented.

“The contract is also illegal under Arizona law because it will result in unreasonable environmental degradation and will further deplete limited drinking water resources. As stated in the complaint, the use of reclaimed wastewater for snowmaking will unreasonably harm the environment, create a public nuisance, and infringe upon the public’s, including the Hopi Tribe’s, use and enjoyment of the area around Snowbowl as well as infringe on the Hopi Tribe’s reserved water rights.

“The City’s sale of reclaimed wastewater to the Snowbowl will cover a portion of the San Francisco Peaks with artificial snow made from reclaimed wastewater. The San Francisco Peaks, and in particular Snowbowl, is ecologically unique and contains rare types of habitat and species. The City’s illegal contract allows wastewater to run off and spray into wilderness areas specifically used by the Hopi Tribe and others, impeding and infringing on the use and enjoyment of these areas by the Hopi Tribe and others.” Read more:

Meanwhile, in the ongoing irony of the White House, tar sands peaceful protesters were jailed on Saturday in a strategy by police to deter the protests -- due to the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial on the Mall.

--Monday, Aug. 22, 2011
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