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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Vallejo Calif. 'Idle No More' Feb. 23, 2013

at VALLEJO, California
SATURDAY FEB 23 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Unity Plaza, 505 Santa Clara St. (intersection of Georgia St.), Vallejo, California 94590

Below excerpts from
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth. 

Organized By: Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes (SSP&RIT)
                    -    "Wounded Knee" DeOcampo (Chair/CEO) &
                    -    Angel Heart ( SSP&RIT Member)
Vallejo in Solidarity with Idle No More  
Speakers:  Corrina Gould/Ohlone Nation 
                 Morning Star Gali/Pit River Nation                 
                 Lakota Harden/Minnecoujou Ihanktuwan Lakota/Dakota,HoCak,
                       adopted Deisheetaan clan of the Tlingit Nation.
Spiritual Songs: Luta Candelaria/Ohlone & Apache Nation
Drum Group: TBA
Dancers: TBA Special Appearance By Spiritual Leader: Fred Short/AIM Round Dance Finale
~All Drums Welcome~
Event to be continually updated

Journey of Nishiyuu 'Waking up the Sleeping Giants'

Mobile upload now: Photo Bernadette Phillips

Photo Richard Cheezo Feb. 14, 2013

By Matthew Mukash
Crossing the frozen Eastmain River now (mobile upload)
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Our Original Seven Walkers on the Journey of Nishiyuu, when they left our community, said they would awake up the “Sleeping Giants” along the way, which means many things to us (i.e. spirit of Creation, spirit of our Ancestors, the Legends, their stories, their songs, their guidance, etc.), people who can made a difference in the world, and so on. For the JOURNEY OF NISHIYUU to have a purpose and meaning, we must go beyond just following it. We must realize that it is also our journey, a personal journey within (from the mind to the heart - the seat of the soul, as they say). To walk among those who can make a difference in the world such as our own Nishiyuu Warriors, we must wake up the Sleeping Giants (Courage, Honesty, Humility, Compassion, Respect, Sharing, Wisdom and other virtues) within each one of us.
How can we do this?
Getting ready to welcome the walkers!
mobile upload by Bernadette Phillips

I suggest that we start with something like this: Take “Courage”, for example, all throughout the day, think about what it means to you and identify the opposite of this virtue (i.e. discourage, dishearten, depress, disappoint, etc.) and how these have played into our own lives. Tomorrow we can meditate on “Honesty”, the day after “Humility” and so on. This is one way of how knowledge and wisdom grows within and gives us the courage to face life's challenges and live out our own true purpose, as instrument of the Great Spirit.

When I was young, I was taught to recognize these virtues (and their opposites) in storytelling; in the words, actions and deeds of others; and more importantly, in my own.
"Don't let Grandfather Sun catch you sleeping when he rises in the East because he won't be happy!", is a teaching that's so ingrained in my soul that, today, even at my age, I still feel guilty when I wake up past sunrise. Mastering these teachings can truly makes a difference!

So, my good friends, let’s all try this meditation exercise.

LET’S WAKE UP THE SLEEPING GIANTS within all of us and help carry out the Vision, Mission and Purpose of the JOURNEY OF NISHIYUU!!!

Aho! All my Relations!

Matthew Mukash

Journey of Nishiyuu new website:

Women of the Land Speak, DC, Feb. 17, 2013

Dispatches from the Front-lines of the Tar Sands to Renewables

Indigenous Environmental Network

Women of the Land Speak: 
Dispatches from the Front-lines of the Tar Sands to Renewables

  • February 17, 2013 7pm – 10 pm 
  • Speakers from 7 to 9pm, networking from 9 to 10pm
  • Busboys and Poets 1025 5th Street NW, Washington D.C.
  • This event is part of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) Delegation to Washington D.C.
Women are joining in solidarity to speak out against the tar sands that not only threaten their communities but the very future of all life, as we know it. NASA scientist, Dr. James Hansen states that if the tar sands project goes forward it will be “essentially game over for the climate.” But, we can take a stand to accelerate the transition to a clean, safe and sustainable energy economy by stopping the expansion of the tar sands. We can stand up for the rights of our communities and nature. Solutions exist — now we need the collective and political will to implement them. 

Mohawk Nation News 'Repossession Reminder'


MNN. Feb. 14, 2013. To all citizens of the US and Canada, this is notice that we are taking back all our lands, resources and control over our ever growing Indian Trust Fund. 
We will decide when to renegotiate the agreements under which the settlers can live with us or leave Great Turtle Island. 
Our time is here.
According to international law, US and Canada must respect our sovereignty and jurisdiction. The Corporations of US and Canada and all their entities, the military and the media are nullities. The law of the land, Kaianerehkowa, is the only law in effect.
“Ms. Knockwood, I’ll scrub the bathroom, wash the floors, then do the windows”.

"M'am, I'll scrub the bathroom, wash the floors, then do the windows".The Congress of Indigenous Women and the Council of Chiefs will resume governing over all colonially imposed states. The Council of Elders will reinvigorate true traditional government. 
1. Indian-time will go into effect immediately. 
2. The White House will be the Elders’ Center. Parliament will be a meeting place for the Council of Chiefs. The Congress of Indigenous Women will meet in Congress in Washington DC. Peoples meetings will be the basis of government.
3. All governors’ mansions, prime Minister’s residences, presidential palaces and other colonial habitations will be turned over to the homeless.
4. Indigenous languages will be the official means of communication. The continents, towns, cities, businesses, streets, etc. will be renamed by the Indigenous people of the region.
5.Healing centres will be set up to treat all settlers for their addiction to all colonially induced psycho illnesses.
6. Educational study groups will be established to help people learn the meanings of such egalitarian concepts as “constitution”, “rule of law”, “sovereignty”, “peace”, “equality”, “tolerance”, “respect”, “honesty”, “repossession”.
7. All colonial borders will be erased. Original Indigenous names will be reinstated.
8.Hierarchies will be leveled. No aristocracy and no super rich. Everyone has to work. Self-sufficient communities will replace globalization.
9. Traditional clothing will not be called “costumes” or “regalia”.
10.Police, prosecutors, judges, social workers, tax collectors and dog catchers will be abolished. Old technologies will be revived.
Trick or Treaty!
Trick or Treaty!
11.Hunting and fishing will be based on need. Sports hunting and fishing will be banned. Zoos will be closed down. Animals will be set free and helped to return to their natural habitat.
12. Hollywood will be renovated. 
13.Indigneous names, nations or images of sports teams will be discontinued.
14.Disrespectful terms on merchandising will be banned.

15.July 4, Canada Day, Columbus and all White heroe worship days will be banned. Halloween will be a national holiday. Indigenous will have days off work to visit relatives and follow the pow-wow trail. Statues of murderous colonizers will be torn down. A holocaust memorial to the 125 million murdered Indigenous will be erected in Washington DC and Ottawa.  
Hey, Harper, ding, dong, hi ho, hahaha.
Hey, Harper, ding, dong, hi ho, and all that!
You will be following the roots of peace to equality and freedom.  As the Munchkins sang in “The Wizard of Oz”: “Ding dong, the witch is dead. Which old witch? The wicked witch. Ding, dong, the witch is dead. Wake up, you sleepy head”.  Follow the yellow brick road which leads to the white roots.

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Valentines Greeting from Seneca Grandma Gordon


Let love be  your guiding  star to love yourself, you will love others. A good  handshake will do,  for  tomorrow,  we will send out the sorrows to re-create  a better  tomorrow.
Seneca Hawk Elder Grandma Edna Gordon 

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