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Monday, April 8, 2013

Apache Artist Andrew Goseyun Morrison artwork may be lost forever in Seattle

By Sandra Rambler
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Apache Artist Andrew Goseyun Morrison artwork may be lost forever in Seattle, Washington

Seattle — After school officials at the Indian Heritage Middle College passed a capital levy last month to tear down their aging building and replace it with two new schools, the five large scale 25-foot high murals painted by 31-year-old native of Apache and Haida descent, Andrew Goseyun Morrison, may be lost forever.
            Artist Morrison, the son of San Carlos Apache tribal elder, Elesta Goseyun Morrison, began painting the murals which can be seen for blocks in North Seattle at the Wilson-Pacific school campus.  The paintings of Chief Joseph, Chief Seattle, an acquaintance and friends and most notably, an Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer have become part of the Native American community in this region.
            The school officials have been asked by members of the community including Sarah Sense-Wilson, Chairwoman of the Urban Native Education Alliance and coordinator for the Clear Sky Youth Council and Dr. Kelvin Frank, Executive Director of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, to renovate the aging building at Wilson-Pacific rather than replace it.  Their main intent is to save the murals.
            The Indian Heritage Middle College created in 2000 was designed to help Indian students by offering community college courses and cultural offerings.  These students have their own classrooms and their own instructors. 
            Artist Morrison stated in an interview, “My grandparents are David and Edna Wright Goseyun from Bylas, Arizona.  I take a tremendous amount of pride in carrying on the legacy of  my grandparents.  Before my grandmother, Edna, went to Heaven, she was able to hold me as a baby infant and she gave me an Apache name which meant, ‘The Boss All Around.’  My mother, Elesta, gave me the middle name of ‘Goseyun’ so that our family’s legacy and strength can continue in my life.  As a baby, my mother Elesta, would speak the Apache language into my ears before I could ever speak.  When I began to walk, she would speak the Apache language into my spirit.”
            “I spent much of my childhood on the San Carlos Apache reservation in Bylas and San Carlos and on the White Mountain Apache reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona.  We would eat handmade tortillas filled with potatoes and eggs.  Our cousins, Baby D, Jello, Plumber, Daniel and Tonya would take me way out into the desert countryside and we would catch grass hoppers, make slingshots out of old tires, carve spears out of sticks and pursue catfish in the rivers.  Our Auntie Angie and Uncle Eugene Nozie, who are now in Heaven, would speak Apache to me and I would nod my head in agreement.”
            “Many hot summer nights were spent at our Auntie Martha and Uncle Dempsey’s home.  The nights were so warm that we would have to throw our blankets in tubs of cold water and then wrap ourselves with these wet blankets.  As a child, many times I remember my mother, Elesta, bathing me in a tin bucket in the backyard by the ant hills.  As children, we would stomp our feet and cast off these ants!  Many times, I heard stories of scorpions that are as big as cats and a woman with a basket that would kidnap children who did not go to sleep on time.”
            At the age of 14 years old, I made a pilgrimage to Bylas, Arizona, with my artwork in hand and met with the prestigious artist, Douglas Miles.  It was a moment that changed my life forever that will always be engrained in my mind, body and spirit.  Douglas congratulated me on my creations and gave me an original print with the hand written note, ‘Keep creating works of art,’ and I have held onto this print all these years and protected it from harm.”
            “When I begin to create artwork, these are just some of the memories that are circulating within my mind, body and spirit.  These memories of a rich childhood and an even richer family lineage manifest through my hands of creation.  My hands of creation are tools that the Almighty Creator has given me.  Since my earliest memories, I have had a rich relationship with the Creator.  My father, a Haida Gwaii Native American tribal member from Hydaburg, Alaska and my mother from the San Carlos Apache Tribe, instilled me with a deep belief in the power and grace of God.  Before I create, my spirit is centered and my soul is grounded.  My creation process is a natural process and it is always in harmony with the earth.  I pray throughout the entire day from the time I wake until the time I retire to sleep.” 
“On days that I know I will be creating great works of art, from the moment my eyes open, I am initiating prayers.  I pay homage to my patron deities, guardian angels and the Almighty Creator that created heaven, earth and the universe.  From this point on, I am counting my blessings and becoming more grateful by the second.  This process is an intense siege of positivity and by the time I am in front of my canvas or wall, I am naturally elated from true benevolence.”
“Being born and also raised in the metropolitan city of Seattle, Washington, I have always found the Indian Heritage High School in North Seattle to be a safe haven for not only myself but thousands of Native Americans that call Seattle their home.  The Indian Heritage High School was founded because there was a need for the Indian community to feel real love and real charity in the metropolitan city of over 2 million people.  Over the last 50 years, hundreds of thousands of Native American people of all tribes have flocked to the urban Seattle area because of the relocation programs to seek better employment than what was offered on their reservations.”
“In 2001, I was volunteering at the Indian Heritage High School and I had a vision quest to paint murals on the dormant walls of the school.  I felt the need to enrich this land, enrich these grounds, enrich this program and surround these beautiful Native American Indian children with breathtaking artwork.  I began painting these murals as a labor of love and did not stop painting for 10 years.”
“The last mural I painted at Indian Heritage High School was completed in 2011.  I wanted and still want the beautiful Indian people to love themselves and love the beautiful Native American images that now cover the entire cafeteria and gymnasium of Indian Heritage High School.  Historically, the Seattle area was home to the Coast Salish people.  Chief Seattle, the founding father and namesake of the city, is a Duwamish and Suquamish tribal member.  In 2002, I had a vision quest to make a commemoration of this great warrior Chief on the wall of Indian Heritage High School.  I wanted the entire world to see and experience his great image.  When the 25-foot tall commemoration was completed, the Mayor of Seattle came out to attend the unveiling ceremony.”
“In 2007, I had another vision quest to make a commemoration of another great warrior Chief from the Pacific Northwest region, Chief Joseph, who is a Nez Perce and his ancestral lands stretch across Washington State, Canada, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.  Chief Joseph was captured and laid to rest in Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation in Eastern Washington.”
“I have lifelong friends and family from Nespelem that grew up close to the burial site of this great Chief Joseph.  Therefore, I felt it was fitting and it was appropriate that I paint this great warrior’s image on the wall for the entire world to see.  When this 25-foot high commemoration was completed in 2007, Brooklyn Baptiste, Vice-Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribe came out to Seattle and blessed the walls with sage, songs and prayer.  This process of progress, commitment to the Indian community and benevolence of love for all living creatures is what was poured into the paintings I created at Indian Heritage High School in Seattle, Washington,” concluded Artist Morrison.
Some of Morrison’s artwork can be found in Illinois, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and many places throughout Washington State including the Snoqualmie Casino, El Centro La Raza and Edmonds Community College.
Lenora Robertson, member of the San Carlos Apache Elder’s Council, pointed out in her native Apache language, “I am shocked that the school officials would want to destroy the artwork of our Apache relative in Washington.  We need to help him because of the painting of the Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer is something you don’t mess with.  To us, the Apaches, this is a holy being that communicates directly with our Creator and heals us and protects us from harm.”
“My late father, George Starr, Sr., danced as an Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer since he was young and he taught us to respect our Apache way of life.  This Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer is still part of our lives today as we celebrate the coming of age ceremony for our young Apache girls as they are initiated into womanhood.  This makes me sad that we are far away from where this artist is but those murals should not be destroyed.  It is now part of Indian Country.  In the Elder’s Council, we have meetings on the Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) that helps preserve our cultural items,” concluded Spiritual Leader, Lenora Robertson.
“I have seen Andrew’s work and it is truly amazing and inspiring,” said Dorothea Stevens an advocate for the Peridot Strategic Tribal Empowerment Prevention Program (STEPP) Coalition that works with youth and adults to address issues of alcohol and drug prevention.
“I grew up under my grandfather, David Dan Goseyun, who was an Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer.  We were always at traditional ceremonies.  Early in the mornings, the last dancer of the group of five Apache Mountain Dancers for each ceremony, whom we refer to as the ‘clown’ would wake us up.  We were taught certain ways especially to respect our Apache culture and way of living.  When it comes to the Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer, we were not supposed to know who they were and not to mess with them because it was messing with our Creator.  You had to show respect at all times.”
“After I found out that these murals that Andrew painted may be destroyed, it sent off an alarm in my mind.  My first impression was that they cannot take it apart.  To us, the mural of the Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer is sacred and I thought, oh no, we have to save it!”
“There has to be some way these murals can be saved.  Either bring it back here to San Carlos or maybe the tribes there around Seattle, Washington, can save it and put it on their reservation. “
“The Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer is part of us and the thought of desecrating a part of our culture was very emotional to me.  These people, they don’t understand and they have no idea what it is to be a Native American Indian.  This is especially true to me and my family because of the way we were raised, very traditional.  We were taught all these things every day as we were growing up.  The priority should be not to take the murals a part and bring it back here to our reservation or put it somewhere where no one will do away with it, but rather preserve it.   My main concern is for the Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer.  These murals could be placed at Native American museums, Smithsonian or even at the Heard Museum, but all I’m saying is to preserve it and I don’t know how much it would cost to do all that.”
“The Wall located in the old city of Jerusalem is considered the most sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith.  We, the Native American Indians, also have sacred sites but we never get that same recognition.  Our native religion has been passed on to us since the beginning of time,” concluded Stevens.
Meanwhile in California, State Assemblyman, Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced Assembly Bill 52 in December 2012 which called for, “…legislation to improve the protection of sacred and cultural sites by requiring developers to consult with the appropriate tribes prior to projection initiation.”
            Assemblyman Gatto publicly stated, “I think the State of California has not been a great custodian of our history.  After everything we’ve put our Native people through, it would be really wrong and a travesty if we allowed sacred sites to disappear.”
            The bill was introduced after the California tribes reported that, “…sacred sites and burial sites are too vulnerable to vandalism and destruction that comes about through development.”
            It appears that more tribes in Indian Country are now asking for consultation by developers before their plans are drawn and finalized in conjunction with laws created by the federal government through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Native American Indian Religious Freedom Act (NAIRFA) and the Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
            NAGPRA laws passed on Nov. 16, 1990 under P.L. 101-601, entails “…the Act requires federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to return Native American cultural items to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated tribes cultural items include human remains, funery objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony.”
            NAGPRA also entails, “…establishes procedures for the inadvertent or planned excavation of Native American cultural items on federal or Indian lands.  While these provisions do not apply to discoveries or excavation on private or state lands, the collection provisions of the Act may apply to Native American cultural items if they come under the control of an institution that receives federal funding.”
            The nearly 40-year-old building called the Indian Heritage High School has helped educate thousands of Native American Indian children in Northern Seattle, Washington. Letters to oppose the destruction of the artwork of tribal member, Andrew Morrison can be emailed to or contact Superintendent, Jose Banda at (206) 252-0168.
            School officials at Indian Heritage Middle College were unavailable for comment.

Mohawk Nation News 'Psychos Defined'



psycho chickensMNN. Apr. 8, 2013. Prime Minister Harper keeps throwing his corporate Indians at us and the public to make himself seem legitimate. Corporations are managed by people without moral conscience. This is how our band and tribal councils fit into the World Health Organizations “psychopath checklist”: 
1. Callous unconcern for others: they will put our blood in a jar and offer it as collateral for their benefit. 
disnformation2. Can’t maintain enduring relationships with us: Their corporate masters are told about our weaknesses and failings. They even attend our Longhouse and make notes for their bosses. “Pseudo traditional” bodies like the “Iroquois Caucus” are set up to usurp our inherent constitutional powers. 
3. Disregard safety of others: The colonial masters are briefed on our minds and ways to attack and undermine us secretly. Our families are pitted against each other. Outside police forces are invited in. The doors to foreign ventures, taxation, confiscation, imprisonment, privatization and violence are opened by them.  
4. Repeated deceit, lying and conning: disinformation is spread. Propagandists and agents infiltrate every forum around, especially bars. Corporation critics are attacked. 
5. Using others for profit: our sovereignty is used to get financial gain for themselves and their accomplices. The corporate tribal and band council open doors for non-native entities to enter our communities and operate businesses abusing our collective rights. 
rez cops6. Unable to experience guilt: they bring in courts, police, armies, law and order and conduct “low level warfare”. Their master’s methods are copied to create cheap Indian labor so they can set up sweatshops for low wages and no benefits.  Law enforcement keeps us living in fear, loss of our children, jobs, houses, benefits and services. 
7. Fail to conform to social norms regarding lawful behavior: they hate being called “sell-outs”. They refer to themselves as sovereign “nation” or “chief”. Just enough of our cultural infrastructure and identity is stolen to pass themselves off as traditional. As Bob Marley sang: “Build you penitentiary, we build your schools. Brainwash education to make us the fools. Hate is your reward for our love. Telling us of your God above. We gonna chase those crazy bald heads out of the yard.” Crazy Baldheads
MNN Mohawk Nation News For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0 WHERE EAGLES DARE TO SOAR available from MNN.

Mohawk Nation News 'Gunboat Diplomacy'



MNN. Apr. 6, 2013. Gunboat diplomacy is forcing colonial policy on Indigenous through military power and direct threats until we comply. “Sign here or you’ll starve!”. The BIA in the US and Indian Affairs in Canada are military centers for worldwide operations. Money is laundered through Indian communities. Why did Prime Minister Harper suddenly announce his plan to “privatize” all Indigenous lands? To make us less accessible to scrutiny! 
"Take the money, or else!"
Chief: “Sign here and look the other way!”
In US Supreme Court decision Lara v. USA, Justice Clarence Thomas said that, as far as he could see, there is no evidence that the indigenous people ever gave up their sovereignty or any of their land. Federal Indian law and the Indian Act are schizophrenic and, as long as this is not dealt with, there will be chaos. 
not followedIndian Affairs in Canada and the US were both part of the War Departments. In mid-1980s an employee in Indian Affairs Minister David Crombie’s office in Ottawa was recruiting people of Indigenous ancestry. A secret operation was being established throughout the Western Hemisphere headquartered in Mexico City. 
Canada is not resisting the US takeover of the Indigenous territory called “the Northwest Passage”, and our resources there. In 2005 the top CEOs, cabinet ministers and military brass of Mexico, US and Canada had a secret meeting at the Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff.Banff 2005 The US has infiltrated the army, police forces, government and corporations. The Canadian Airborne Regiment that defends northern sovereignty was disbanded. 
In 1990 gunboat diplomacy brought in the military invasion of the Mohawk of Kanehsatake. The US wants the rare mineral, “niobium” that lies under the community. This metal strengthens and lightens industrial metals for military hardware and rockets for outer space exploration. The September 29, 2006 border summit in Tucson revealed that Boeing Aircraft got $20 billion to develop the satellite virtual electronic wall over the Canada-US border. 
tontoCasinos in Indigenous communities allow unmonitored money and agents to pass through Indian reservations, which are under “federal jurisdiction”, into covert activities. Casino money is not overseen by the Bureau of Indians Affairs or Department of Indian Affairs. Billions were funneled to finance illegal activities.  
The colonial government declares that a band or tribal council has “mismanaged” their funds. The community is taken over. People are sent in to run everything. Indigenous people are told nothing. The corporate band council chiefs are now either court appointed politicians or compliant Indians who do what their team of Indian Affairs advisers tell them. It’s their gravy train of unaccounted money, placed in off-shore accounts. They just have to look the other way. 
The Indian Affairs program is meant to keep us demoralized, ignorant and dependent. These corporate conglomerates need to victimize us to control politics, police, military and economies of Canada and the US. 
The economic royalist bankers think there is no alternative to a few taking something for nothing with armed government support; to inequality and injustice, competition and division; conflict and suffering. Then putting the stolen money in secret off shore accounts. The Canadian model of world government is now being implemented in India. Countercurrents As Joni Mitchell sang: “And so once again, oh, America, my friend. And so once again, you are fighting us all. And when we ask you why, you raise your stick and cry. And we fall. Oh, my friend, how did you come to trade the fiddle for the drum”. The Fiddle and the Drum
MNN Mohawk Nation News For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0 WHERE EAGLES DARE TO SOAR available from MNN.

Mohawk Nation News 'Sorcerers and Apprentices'


MNN. Apr. 5, 2013. The US based sorcerer is suckering Canada into old style genocide. Canada is a sub-sorcerer. The sorcerer’s apprentices are the greedy “band and tribal councils”. Their only access to the colonial lifestyle is to wear the dunce hat and mop the master’s floors. Canada is copying failed US policies on the land grab.
The “privatization” of Indigenous lands is planned genocide. The US and Canada sorcerers and their apprentices suffer from the “owistah” disease of the mind. They believe that mega awards await them after completing their performance of “The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian”. 
US Head Sorcerer: "Gimme that brom to whip Canada."
US Head Sorcerer: “Gimme that broom to whip Canada.”
The banker’s script is about starving and homeless Indigenous with no place to go. They are dying or migrating from their lands to the inner cities where they die as alcoholics and derelicts on the streets or killed in jails. The privatized prisons will become “death camps” on Great Turtle Island.  
Canada: "After moppin' the flo', can I have some pancakes?'
Canada: “After moppin’ the flo’, can I have some pancakes?’
In 1887 the US passed the General Allotment Act to break up Indigenous governments, abolish Indian communities and force assimilation into white society. Communally owned lands were divided into private plots to break up Indian nations and bring “whites” in to “civilize” those who did not die out. 
The Indigenous weren’t asked. Remaining lands were barren. Starving Indigenous were forced to sell their lands for very little or foreclosed for not paying taxes. Only 50 million out of 140 million acres remained under Indigenous control. Underlying the plot is Indigenous title to Great Turtle Island as long as there is one Indigenous left that adheres to the traditional ways. 
In 1934 the Allotment system was abolished. Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act “to rehabilitate Indian economic life”. Small economic dependent land bases and Indigenous communities were recreated. 
During the 1950’s Congress brought in “termination” to force final dissolution of our land bases, which brought us almost to the brink of collapse. We were passed over to the states for criminal and civil matters without our consent. States were the traditional enemies of the Indians, always wanted control over our lands and resources but did not want to provide services, because, “We had no agreements or treaties with them”. 
“always remember to mix in a little on everything, so they never know what’s in it”
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