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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

John Kane, Mohawk 'Stirring the Ashes'

Stirring the Ashes

By John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk

One of the biggest challenges for any people is broad participation in the issues that affect everyone. And when you stop and think about it, there is very little from the smallest ripples in a family to major calamities in a community that occurs without impacting others.
The notion of "mind your own business" or "let someone else handle it" has become commonplace in many cultures. As we observe the flaws of some of these other cultures and societies there are those among us that would like to think the Haudenosaunee lived in a utopian society where conflict and controversy could never find a home. We speak of "the good mind" as though our ancestors never had bad thoughts.

KSFY Camp brings a face to South Dakota Tribes' KXL fight


Rosebud Sioux tribal member Wizipan Little Elk said, "We're going to be here at least a month, at which point, we're expecting President Obama and the administration will be making a decision. If the decision is no, we will pick up camp and go home and continue to be vigilant about the issue. If he says yes to the route, we're going to be here for an additional two months, plus we have more camps that we're planning to set up along the route."
Nez Perce tribal member Gary Dorr said, "This spirit camp is here. It's going to stay in a spiritual mode, in a prayer mode, until one of two things happens - one is Obama - President Obama denies the permit for Keystone XL Pipeline or the ground gets broken, at which time this will turn into a blockade camp."

MSNBC: Rep Grijalva on opposition to Keystone XL pipeline

Spirit Camp Rosebud

March 31, 2014: MSNBC's Ed Show was at Rosebud Spirit Camp, broadcast includes Lakota protection camp from Keystone and interview with Arizona Rep Grijalva, vice chair of Native American Caucus

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