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Friday, December 23, 2016

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MNN. Dec. 21, 2016. Our ancestors explained to us that as long as our music lives, we live. Our mother has a tone, which is the basis of the way we see creation. Standing Rock has awakened our memory of the deepest feelings, thoughts and tones of our ancestors through what we have in common, music.
Music tells us more than words. Our songs come from or ancestors, which reinforce our tie to creation. Our dance steps have not changed. Like our ancestors, we sing and dance the hardest at the most difficult time to deal with suffering, sadness, despair, everything that threatens survival of us and our duty to care for our mother.
Our suffering is misunderstood. No matter where we are we all experience the threats that face our people throughout great turtle island. We communicate through ceremonies and songs with those who have gone before and those who are yet to come.
The invading criminals remain amoral and unpunished. The corporation instigates and continues the suffering. The past indifference of the people of the world is gradually dissolving.
Europeans saw pain and death performed in public. They were conditioned to believe that pain, agony, torment, torture, and hurting were normal parts of life. They could not see or think that a policy of genocide is wrong. We will protect our children from further distress, hardship, misery, wretchedness, hurt, pain and anguish. We have to prevent this. 
The nobility blamed it all on god. Non-conformists and critics were sent to insane asylums, where they were starved, tortured or killed. This is not natural. The oligarchs invented and wrote down dire punishments to anyone who disobeyed them. International courts and international law should pursue the philosophy of kaia’nere:kowa, the great peace.
European colonialism is one of man’s hierarchal experiments to control nature and all life. They attempt to exterminate what they cannot control. Unbalanced nature creates an amoral confused society.
Creation is the perfect truth. Redemption means that everything violated in nature has to be made right. As long as our music exists, so shall we.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman sings about the missionary strategy: “Spread the word of your religions. Convert the whole world if you can. Kill and slaughter those who oppose you. It’s worth it if you save one man. Take the land to build your churches. A sin to tax the house of god. Take the child while he is supple. Spoil the mind and spare the rod… Like an ever circling vulture, You descend upon your prey. Then you pick the soul to pieces, And you watch as it decays. Missionaries, missionaries go and leave us all alone. Take your white god to your white men, We’ve a god of our own.” [Missionary missionary floyd westerman
LET’S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND: Politicians, Corporatists, Band & Tribal Councils and sell-outs that are cooperating with pipeline companies;
ENERGY TRANSFER STRATEGIST: Michael (Cliff) Waters, Lead Analyst 77002 (713), 989-2404
NORTH DAKOTA: Office of the Governor Jack Darymple: 701-328-2200; Morton County Sheriff’s Department: 701-328-8118 & 701-667-3330; Allen Koppy Morton County Attorney 701.667.3350; N.D. National Guard: 701-333-2000; Army Corps of Engineers (202) 761-5903
U.S. Embassy Worldwide & Ottawa, 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8: (General): 613-688-5335, (Emergency): 613-238-5335, (Media): 613-688-5315 Fax: 613-688-3082, US Embassy of the United States, London UK, Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000, White House Washington 202-456-1111 or (202) 456-1414
ENERGY TRANSFER, 214.981.0700: Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President, 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400, San Antonio, Texas 78258 (210) 403-6455 Glenn Emery, Vice President (210) 403-6762
Call Bernie Sanders202-224-5142; Call Hillary Clinton 646-854-1432—
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Water Protectors and the American Justice System

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Water Protectors and the American Justice System

Steve Melendez
Paiute Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
President, American Indian Genocide Museum

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As the Water Protectors are in court this week, Assistant State’s Attorney Ladd Erikson asked the Morton County District Court  to enter an order to prevent any mention of the treaties, “There is no relevance to any testimony or evidence regarding: Historical treaties between the U.S. Government and the Sioux Nation [or] tribal sovereignty…”
We can ask as did the court in the case of the United States v. Klein (13 Wall. 128), “What is this but to prescribe a rule for the decision of a court in a particular way?”
In the Hearings on Senate Bill 3083 “Limiting Jurisdiction of Court of Claims in Indian Cases” in 1940, the discussion continued, “In other words, the act attempted to strip the Court of its inherent judicial power to make a determination of the case by requiring it to render a decision in favor of one party”.
Assistant State’s Attorney Ladd Erikson is asking the court to make a decision of trespassing without determining who has the title deed to the property in question.
We know that courts cannot alter treaties and by the same token, even the Supreme Court cannot nullify all treaties according to race.

John Hult wrote for the Argus Leader last month an article entitled Pipeline Protests: 7 history lessons which also appeared in USA TODAY. He wrote, “THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY. This legal concept was used by European Colonial powers to justify the taking of aboriginal land. Essentially, it gave land title to any Christian nation whose explorers set foot upon non-Christian soil. In 1823, the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Johnson v. M’Intosh codified the doctrine into U.S. law, when Chief Justice John Marshall wrote an opinion stating that Native Americans could occupy land, but only the government could own it. Marshall, as it happens, stood to lose much of his own land if he’d ruled for the other side”.
I was under the impression that it was the duty of the Morton County District Court to examine all of the evidence and if they should find a scam large or small,  they should rule accordingly.

We have to wrap our minds around the United States government's white supremacist colonial legal posturing that they already own everything by right of "Discovery".

The evidence should determine who owns the land. If we cannot submit our treaties as evidence, where is the justice?

Steve Melendez,
Paiute Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
President, American Indian Genocide Museum


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