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Friday, July 3, 2015

Mohawk Nation News 'July 4: Is it Independence?'



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MNN. July 4, 2015. The Great Peace showed that we are not independent unless we understand how we are dependent and how we can come to one mind. July 4th is a religious day to show how to worship the Golden Calf, the falsest god, and to celebrate being owned by the corporation of the United States of America.
The endless hunger.
The endless hunger.

Our land was invaded by people trying to repeat the same success and use the same means as the billionaires of their original country. They arrived sick and diseased. The Great Peace had us pity them. We took care of them, clothed and fed them and healed their bodies but not their minds. They exploited our kindness. Some got rich. US society and laws worked for the rich but not for the poor. Their dependence will continue until Americans face up to the truth of their origins: war, genocide, theft, destruction of our land, imposition of the false party system to replace the clan system, the monetization of everything to create big banks to control all the money. Independence can only come from justice. They have to face us!
Ability to reason has been kept from these people. July 4th is a party to mask the poverty of their illusion. No wonder it is the biggest drunk of the year. The slaves get a day off. Eat hot dogs at the baseball game amid drunken hysteria, millions will be spent on fireworks while the homeless and a quarter of the children in the US go hungry. There will be arguing, fighting and killings. No one is safe. People will be wallowing in the muck of this lie, trying desperately to forget the illusion they live in.
True US believer!
True US believer!
The Americans think you can build a healthy society without being responsible to anyone but themselves. They love tyranny which they will turn to their own use. To change the system we must cut out the heart, which are the City of London and Wall Street. 13,000 men came and chopped down the tree of peace at Onondaga to break the Great Peace and to break the spirit of our people. They failed. They think in things and we think in ideas which can’t be killed. Their Aristotle knew this. Last year his tree, which was preserved, was cut down for firewood because of their corporatism.
Canada is the preferred system for the new world because the slaves believe they are free even while they know they are not. In the US everyone has guns to free themselves, but they too are not free.
The corrupt Congress does not have to pretend to take care of the people anymore. The economy that benefits the !% is put above societal needs. They get the profit. The people pay off their debts.
Party til the end.
Party at the end of the world.
The Romans had theatres to divert the minds of the people, where the poor were entertained and could eat even while they had to starve at home. This is July 4th!
When kasatstensera kowa sa oiera [the great natural power] came, there was a true independence day. Common sense showed how we would share and understand our dependence as creatures upon all living things. We then could be truly independent.
Chris Chistopherson [Me and Bobby McGree] sang that: “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose, And nothin’ left was all she left to me, Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues, And buddy, that was good enough for me. Good enough for me and Bobby McGee”. Of course, he’s an American who understands that their system is broken.
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Apache Stronghold National Caravan Embarks July 5, 2015


Apache Stronghold to begin Caravan to Washington, D.C.

By Wendsler Nosie

Phoenix, AZ - On Sunday, July 5thApache Stronghold will embark on a caravan through Indian Country to pick up supporters for a protest to be held at the nation’s Capitol July 21-22. The two week cross country journey will make stops in Arizona, New Mexico, Denver, Pine Ridge, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City and other cities along the way. Oak Flat is an Apache sacred site located in the Tonto National Forest and is currently threatened by a proposed copper mine, which could be the largest in North America. The land was given to Rio Tinto through a midnight rider authored by Senator John McCain in December 2014.

Oak Flat, or Chi’chil Bildagoteel, was protected from mining since 1955, when President Eisenhower recognized the importance of this site and used an Executive Order to permanently protect the cultural and natural resources for future generations. Senator John McCain lead the charge to trade away this sacred land to a foreign mining company by attaching the land swap to a must-pass defense spending bill.

Support for Apache Stronghold and Oak Flat has been growing steadily since February 5, 2015, when members from the San Carlos Apache community walked together for 45 miles to Oak Flat in protest of the land exchange. Since February 7th, the Apaches have been camped at the proposed mine site and have vowed to remain until the proposal is cancelled. The group has held numerous events, gathering hundreds of indigenous supporters to the site. The encampment has drawn the attention of media across the country with stories appearing in the New York Times and on MSNBC. Thousands of people have signed petitions to repeal the land exchange or have the site nominated as a National Monument. Recently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Oak Flat as one of America’s 11 most endangered historic places.

The struggle to protect Oak Flat has connected the Apaches to a growing resistance movement of Native Americans campaigning against the destruction of sacred sites and environmental disaster throughout the United States. Two weeks ago, Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ) introduced the Save Oak Flat Act (H.R. 2811), which would repeal the land exchange and return the land to public ownership.

Information on the caravan to Washington, D.C. can be found at or on the Apache Stronghold Facebook page.

Sunday Campout at Oak Flat  
Come to Oak Flat Sunday, July 5th to welcome the Mount Graham Spirit Runners to Oak Flat and send them off on their journey to Washington, D.C. The Apache Stronghold caravan will begin their trip to Washington D.C. from Oak Flat. Come to Oak flat on Sunday then consider joining them for the first leg (first stop salt River Pima-Maricopa Community) early on Monday, July 6th. 
 If you can support the Oak Flat encampment by spending some time there during the month of July while the Apache Stronghold Caravan travels to D.C., please sign up on this shared calendar. You can also find rides or offer rides to Oak Flat here and use the “look up code” Oak_Flat (you need to include the capital letters and the underscore between the words).
 Also, please donate to Apache Stronghold today and share this link with your friends and family.

Call for Organizers
Oak Flat Tucson can use volunteers to help us with several specific things:
1.       Carpool coordinator for Oak Flat camping (need phone, email, strong communication skills, time to put into the effort)

2.       Contacting organizations along the caravan route to identify support (lodging, rally local support for events, etc.)

3.       Researchers for caravan route logistics (places to hold rallies, good places to stay, etc.)

Peabody Coal Crashes and Burns Financially

By Brenda Norrell
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Peabody Coal is crashing and burning financially. The CEO resigned.
So, now that Peabody may not be buying off the media in Indian country with its ads, maybe there will be headline news stories on how Peabody Coal/Navajo Generating Station has long been one of the most polluting, dirty, coal-fired power plants in the world. 
Is southern Arizona scrambling to figure out where all its wasted electricity will now come from? 
Maybe Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are busy trying to figure out how to steal some more land and water from Native Americans for coal mining, and slip some more bills through Congress, for dirty coal, dirty electricity, and poisoning Native people.
Now that Peabody Coal is crashing and burning, maybe the theft of Black Mesa for coal mining, the orchestrated forced relocation, the poisoning of Navajos with this coal-fired power plant, and the role of Arizona Congressmen, will finally be reported as one of the leading human rights atrocities.
Desmog reports, "St. Louis-based Peabody Energy (NYSEBTU) closed today at $1.87 a share, down from a high of $84 per share in mid-2008. The company's chief financial officer Michael C. Crews resigned abruptly on June 28 amidst the freefall."

Oglala Commemoration Celebrates AIM Warriors and Legacy


16th Annual Oglala Commemoration – June 26, 2015

By Lisa Reinhold

Greetings to all, this year’s event was a success and many thanks to everyone who planned, travelled, cooked, volunteered, cleaned, made music, ran and danced to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Incident at Oglala.  This year’s event was marked with loss, after illness, Roselyn Jumping Bull, our Committee Chair walked on.  Roselyn’s passing has left a void in our Committee and we are grateful to her family for allowing us to continue with the Commemoration.  We miss Roselyn greatly and are appreciative of the unconditional support that she and her family has provided to the Committee these past 16 years, and will provide in the years to come.
In preparation for the event on the 26th, the Committee and the Community gathered to set the agenda for the following day. The 25th promised to be a busy day of running around and preparing for the following day’s events; we began this year by kicking things off with the Leonard Peltier Support Group Forum; in attendance were like-minded individuals who came from near and far. Leonard’s son, Chauncey, began the meeting by communicating to the group the focus that all the groups are to take in promoting the “Road to Clemency” Campaign for Leonard.  Rounds were made; all in attendance were afforded the opportunity to introduce oneself and to speak their thoughts and plans for Leonard’s Clemency. The meeting then moved on to the Oglala Commemoration Committees planning meeting in which the Committee discussed the agenda for the events on June 26th.  The Committee then shared a meal for those present.

The 26th began with the AIM Grassroots group from Rapid City hosting the 2nd Annual Leonard Peltier Freedom run; joining the runners was Chase Iron Eyes who co-sponsored the Freedom Run. The runners persevered through the distance and heat and were met at the Little Family Cemetery to resounding support.  Our congratulations to these runners for completing this endeavor, and our thanks and respect for their sacrifice.

We had a great turnout at the Little Family Cemetery; there were as many cars as there were walkers. As with every year, while waiting to get things rolling, we visited with old friends and made new ones.  Attendees were asked to circle up so that the Commemoration event could begin.  Prayers and words were shared by Committee member, Fred Cedar Face, welcomed everyone and reminded us the importance of what it is that we were there to commemorate as well as to send prayers up for a safe event, Leonard, Roselyn and for much needed healing throughout the community.  Fred provided a brief history of the events of June 26th, and the lasting impact of that day which so affects many still.  

Leonard’s eldest son, Chauncey, read Leonard’s statement and briefly discussed how he has come to embrace his father’s legacy. Chauncey then read Leonard’s annual statement.  Keeping things moving, Stanley Good Voice Elk and his drum provided the prayer and honor song and concluded with the AIM song.

The walkers lined up and set out for the Jumping Bull property, led by the AIM Grassroots lead vehicle, which carried the drum. Leading the march were staff carriers, followed by the walkers and the vehicles. The line extended back for approximately 1 mile, with both Commemoration Security and Tribal police providing security. The walk concluded at the Jumping Bull property without incident.

Upon arriving at the Jumping Bull Property, the walkers had a small snack of fruit and granola bars and Guy Dull Knife welcomed everyone on behalf of the Jumping Bull Property. Prayers and honor songs were offered.

The Committee announced the 2015 winner of the Leonard Peltier Honorary Scholarship, Lucien Little Whiteman, a GED student who is continuing his education at the Oglala Lakota College.

The program continued with the honoring of Roselyn. Memorial cakes were walked around the cakes were then cut and shared and a start quilt was presented to the family. In keeping with Roselyn’s wishes and desire to honor the children, the children’s toy and book giveaway was held in Roselyn’s honor.  

In keeping with an annual tradition, the backpack and school supply giveaway was held in Leonard’s honor. As it is his belief that the future of all indigenous communities are dependent upon the success of the children.  

Marking the passing of another AIM warrior, Committee member, Galeson Eagle Star, eulogized Carter Camp, and noted Carter’s contributions to the Movement. The event at the property concluded and all attendees were invited to share in a community meal at Bro. Rene Hall.

Providing a delicious meal at Brother Renee Hall; once again Belva Janis, Wilma Blacksmith and the rest of the ladies cooked a wonderful meal.  Kicking things into gear with some rousing rock, musical entertainment during the meal was provided by Committee Member, Owen Black Elk and Tim Blackbear. Calming things down a bit, Terry Holliday entertained us with some country tunes as well as a crowd favorite, Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt”.

At the conclusion of the Commemoration events, AIM Grassroots and Rapid City Support Group hosted two-day wacipi in Oglala. There they honored Edgar Bear Runner and Bruce Ellison.  Also honored was Roselyn, Dino Butler accepted the star quilt on behalf of the Jumping Bull family.

We would like to thank all the families locally involved and who have supported us through the years: Jumping Bull, Little Family, Black Elk, Good Voice Elk, Cedar Face, Blacksmith, and the Janis families.  Our thanks go to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Peltier Support Groups and AIM Grassroots.  

Thanks to: Tom Poor Bear, Chance Iron Eyes, Chauncey Peltier, ILPSC, AIM Grassroots, Peltier Support Group- Rapid City, Our Lady of the Sioux & Sr. Barb, Wal-Mart Chadron, OST Public Safety, the Parchcorn Family, Keith Rabin, Jerry Flowers, Bill Butler, Cakes Etc. – Chadron, First Capital Chiropractic Office for all the donated toys, and to all those who donate auction items and to those who place bids.  We extend our thanks to the Rainbow tribe for their unsolicited support.

Special thanks go out to all the musicians who so graciously donate their time and talent to this event, and are always there for us:
Tim Black Bear & Owen Black Elk
Terry Holliday

Sincere thanks to the Jumping Bull & Long Visitor families for allowing us to continue, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

Finally yet importantly, we wish to thank Leonard Peltier for the sacrifice of his freedom, his faith and belief in the youth and his continued support of our efforts on his behalf.

Thank you all for your continued support,
The Oglala Commemoration Committee:
Lisa, JD, Owen, Fred, Gina, Paula, Candy and Galeson

June 26, 2015
Statement by Leonard Peltier
Greetings to you, my Relatives and Friends,

This is the first time that my dear sister Roselyn will not be there for me, but I know she is there in spirit as she has gone on her journey. I have seen pictures of the gathering over the years and can still see her sitting there under the trees with our relatives...I will always miss her and be grateful to her for all she did for me and for our people.

This year I am most concerned with our children and the taking of their own lives. This is very sad to me as it is to you, and I know there are many reasons for them to feel such despair and hopelessness.  But I can only ask and encourage all of us to double our efforts to show them love and support, and let them know that we will always look after them and protect them.  That includes asking big brothers and sisters to look after the younger ones.  They are our future and they have to be protected and to learn to be the protectors.  This is not something we can live with, we need to all work to change this.

And this year it is even more urgent that we come together to protect our sovereignty. There are so many issues to face and fight.  We continue to fight for our Black Hills and to stop the XL pipeline from poisoning our water and our land, and I stand with the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, and all people of like mind in this fight.

The destruction of our Mother Earth by the heavy and toxic Tar Sands oil, fracking, gas and oil drilling and Uranium mining is unacceptable to me and to us.  We are supposed to be protecting these things even as others try to push us aside. I honor all of our relatives who are on the front lines of this fight.

And after all that I have seen in these 40 years behind bars, I was still shocked to see what they are trying to do to the Apache people at Oak Flats.  This cannot be tolerated. It is not only a blatant money grab at the expense of a tribes Sacred site but it is an effort to push us back in the direction of termination by ignoring our rights as sovereign nations.  This we will not tolerate.  Nothing is sacred to these people and they will continue to try to bulldoze us out of the way without even a single thought to our coming generations if we do not continue to stand up and oppose them.  We must be ready for anything or we will lose all that we have gained in the last 40 years.

The continued use of racist mascots is not something that we can never except as Indigenous peoples and we need to all continue to push to end that racist practice.

As for me. Time is something I have learned a lot about in these years in prison.  And now I can see that time is slipping away from me and I know that if I do not get out under this President I will almost certainly die here in prison.

I have been able to survive with the hope you have given to me and your prayers and I am grateful for that support from all of you.

I continue to pray for the family of my brother Joe Stuntz and for all those who paid such a dear price in those bitter times 40 years ago.  And I pray for the families of all our people who have suffered so much and continue to suffer now.

I thank all of you for coming today and I know how hot it can be there.  And especially to all the runners and walkers I offer my gratitude.

I send my Love to the people of the Lakota Nations and to all Native Nations

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier

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