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Friday, September 7, 2012

Sheep Dog Nation Rocks: Sovereign Dine' Nation Survival School

All Useless Politics Aside: Now, It's A Matter of the Future Generations, Pt. 2

By Sheep Dog Nation Rocks

Big Mountain Dineh Country, Black Mesa, AZ - Of all the political activISM and some with lies about solidarity, love, peace, liberation, and elders especially in regards to the Big Mountain, the indigenous struggle that were based on sovereignty and wisdoms of the earth are not honored but instead are ignored. This being committed by both indigenous and non-Native volunteer "activists." What should be more alarming to the faith of indigenous sovereign survival is that the future generations and the innocent little ones are being left out of the whole picture of activISM! Every protest actions or outlining of politic strategies are normally designed for older teens, other categories of youths, urban Indians, and for American Indian minded registered voters.

There are no events of cultural empowerment and inspiration that I hear about that are geared toward the little children, our indigenous children. Sure I hear about school programs that are overseen by foreign governments and states. In terms of resistance and de-colonialization, adults and urban youths are all focused on or distracted by confronting the policies of injustice and racISM elsewhere but are not being carried out on the ancestral lands that we still occupy.

Today, a very few of us are putting together a two and half day gathering and celebration that is completely focused on the little children who are descendants of and/or related to the Big Mountain Dineh resistance to coal mining, global warming, genocide, and laws of relocation. On behalf of the few remaining elders in resistance and extended family members that value the continued occupation of our ancestral territories, I ask you to continue reading this very important information about supporting this celebration of: aboriginal status, treaty rights status and two days dedicated to the our little ones. Among the few activities provided for them, they will be assisted to be creative and learn about who they are and where they come from. [Nbyk, Sheepdog Media]
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Oklahoma Racism: Police desecrate Peace and Dignity Eagle Staff

Please note and take action on the ridiculous treatment of our indigenous people in Oklahoma and the red-neck mentality toward our esteemed guest. A sacred Eagle  Staff desecrated and a runner handcuffed by local police near White Eagle!
Yesterday evening our Peace and Dignity Journeys Guests were accosted by the local police in Kay County according to Hector Cerda, the PDJ coordinator.
Cerda said the runners were coming into White Eagle, they were about three miles away. He was in the van picking up runners to take into the host site. This particular runner, a citizen of the Mohawk Nation, had been running by himself on Highway 177. When Cerda came upon the scene there was a police car with their lights on, two officers, a civilian vehicle partially blocking the roadway and the runner, handcuffed in the backseat of the police car.
The runner’s eagle staff lay on the ground off to the side.
According to Cerda, the police told him that they had received calls that there were “people running down the road with weapons and tomahawks”. The police said they feared for their safety because there had been a lot of break-ins in the area lately. When the officers came upon the runner they felt like they were in danger because he held the eagle staff in his hands. The staff is about 2 feet long, is painted red, has fur around it, topped with deer antlers and adorned with eagle feathers; an Eagle Staff.
The runner states the police drew their guns on him. There were two of them, one held a shot gun and the other a pistol. They then cuffed him and put him in the police vehicle. The police never asked any questions or inquired as to what the runner was doing with an eagle staff. Cerda himself, said he stood talking with the officers, his hands held high with his fingers apart because he felt threatened. The police asked Cerda for his name and date of birth, and ran a background check on him as well. After some time, both Cerda and the runner were released and allowed to leave the scene.
Deputy Chris Hand was the officer who apprehended the Peace & Dignity Journeys runner. Everette Van Hoesen is the Kay County Sheriff, Steve Kelley is Undersheriff, and their phone number is 580-362-2517.
We in Oklahoma state this mistreatment and harassment of our indigenous people should not be allowed to continue. At the very least, cultural awareness is severely lacking, not only in this case but across the state. This is typical of the type “law enforcement” our indigenous citizens endure in Oklahoma.
Please, as the brave warriors, who are running this mission to reunite the Eagle and Condor, for the purpose of “Water”, support them, encircle them with your presence and most of all protect them from this type of stupidity happening again.

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