Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Apache Stronghold -- Finding Love in Lexington, Kentucky



By Steve Pavey
Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey
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"Love is who you are. When you don't operate according to love, you are outside of being. You're not being real. When you love, you are acting according to your deepest being, your deepest truth." --Richard Rohr
The Stronghold Sacred Caravan stopped for rest and prayers in Lexington Kentucky, building extended family and spiritual strongholds on the way to DC to connect with the Poor People’s Campaign. This is the essential work if we want to see a Moral Revival -- to remember who we are ! Love is who we are ! The colonizers’ moral narrative is full of lies and deception influencing who we think we are -- trying to get us to think we are our jobs, we are what we produce and consume, we are what we accumulate or we are the power we gain. This is not who we are.
Wendsler Nosie Sr. shared a story with us this morning he learned from Rev. John Mendez -- about an Eagle that thinks it is a chicken and so acts like a chicken. It cannot fly. But when thrown over a cliff it remembers who it is and soars high.
The Stronghold Sacred Caravan is soaring as eagles and as Love. They are reminding those of us in the Poor People’s Campaign that the essential work is this spiritual work -- remembering who we are - before we jump to the policy and issues organizing work.

Chairman Frazier -- Stolen Children Expose Truth About U.S. Government

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Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier, Eagle Butte, S.D.

By Cheyenne River Chairman Harold Frazier
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I often consider the Lakota Oyate as strong patriots and warriors that have taken up the cause of the United States of America. Despite the way we have been treated in our collective past. Our history together has been filled with death and destruction resulting in a devastated society that is doing its best to heal our wounds and look past our differences.
Recently, Americans have reacted with shock as they realize the actions their government has taken by breaking up families and incarcerating children by the hundreds. I am not shocked however. This country has witnessed this before.
When the Americans came to this continent they brought with them slaves that they separated from their families far away. They then took our children away from us under the pretense that we do not know what is best for them.
Today, many Americans are again justifying the barbaric practice of incarcerating children to further political and financial goals. At what point does the United States have to realize they are the bad guys?
The United States has woven a society of immigrants and Tribal nations under a beacon of hope. This is a dark time when our children will talk of the damage we have done to the fabric of that society.
The devastation done is nothing new to us, our people know the devastating effects that separation policies have on a generation of children that were removed from their families. Indian people are still recovering from the United States’ failed boarding schools in which religion was used as justification. It shows a lack of morality to brandish faith as a justification to dehumanize the most sacred of us to walk this earth, the children.
Families are the most important foundation of society. It is a law of nature that family members protect each other and nurture what is best of humanity, love. To break that sacred bond between family is crime that has been done to my people and would never wish on another.
It is obvious the American government has failed the people of the United States as it has failed the treaties it has made with the Great Sioux Nation. The voices of reason are speaking and I have faith in the American people, I hope they do not continue to let myself and the rest of the world down. I hope they do the right thing without trying everything else first.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey -- Oklahoma City and Cahokia Mounds





By Steve Pavey
Apache Stronghold Sacred Jounrey
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Traveling East with stops in Oklahoma City and the St. Louis’ Cohokia mounds - the Stronghold Sacred Caravan is encountering Sites and stories with heavy trauma. Native Indians were killed or pushed out of these lands as a part of US policy and practice. We must face this past because this system of settler colonialism rooted in racism and greed and militarism is our present. This understanding of the evil we face is what the Sacred Caravan is bringing to the Poor People’s Campaign. We must listen and follow the lead of our indigenous family. As the Sacred Caravan travels we are stopping to pray and to create a trail of Black stones for healing what this nation has desecrated.

“Settler colonialism, as an institution or system, requires violence or the threat of violence to attain its goals. People do not hand over their land, resources, children, and futures without a fight, and that fight is met with violence. In employing the force necessary to accomplish its expansionist goals, a colonizing regime institutionalizes violence.” - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Reporter: 'Babies are in a cage on the border''




"There are babies sitting by themselves inside a cage with other babies."

Western Shoshone to Clark County, Nev. 'Land Expansion Would Violate Treaty, is Environmental Racism'


Ian Zabarte photo by Brent Holmes

Ian Zabarte, Principal Man, Western Shoshone Nation, delivers comments opposing land expansion to packed Clark County Commission Meeting today.

 "It is dangerous to rely upon BLM land status records of title on Shoshone treaty lands." -- Ian Zabarte




Bad Bear's Photos -- Long Walk Home for Nawacomig











Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson
Long Walk Home for Nawacomig (Dennis Banks)
Glendive, Montana
June 18, 2018
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Trump's Holocaust -- US Child Concentration Camp, Tornillo, Texas

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Migrant children separated from parents.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Apache Stronghold -- Spiritual Journey of Healing in Colorado




Article and photos by Steve Pavey
Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey
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DENVER -- Stronghold Sacred Journey was welcomed by Grupo Tlaloc at its annual Xupantla ceremony in Denver, Colorado. Blessings and Prayers offered for safe travel to the Poor People’s Campaign action on June 23.
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Manzanola, Colorado, June 16
Our sacred journey to DC to convene with the Poor People’s Campaign follows a spiritual schedule and not an issues or rallies schedule, Wendsler Nosie, Sr reminds us. So our route is arranged according to Prayers and Dreams and they are leading us to places of deep pain for native people, to places where the earth suffers because of the colonizers’ extractive profit driven ways, to our members families to offer protection and where we celebrate and laugh together eating Fry Bread & buffalo soup, to sacred places to connect with their deities, and along the way we are laying a path of sacred black stones to heal all that this Nation has destroyed and disconnected. We need to reconnect what the colonizers ways has broken.
When we entered the Sweat for prayers in Manzanola, one of the local elders who was guiding our Sweat, Chief Gordon Plain Bull Jr, began by telling us he needed this. “It’s been too long,” he said, “I need this to get back to reality.” This is the reality that the Poor People’s Campaign is calling Moral Revival that we need to get back to. Prayer is the way to begin rejecting the lies and delusions of what the colonizer calls reality. We need to listen and learn from our spiritual native brothers and sisters in order to learn to see what is real and begin to live in ways that heal our brokenness and the evils of materialism, systemic racism, militarism, ecological devastation and Christian nationalism.



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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chief Arvol Looking Horse with Tiokasin Ghosthorse -- An Energy Shift Needed to Save Mother Earth and Ourselves




Chief Arvol Looking Horse with Tiokasin Ghosthorse -- An Energy Shift Needed to Save Mother Earth and Ourselves

Lakota Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse
First Voices Radio
Article by Brenda Norrell
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Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, describes the energy shift needed to save Mother Earth and ourselves.
Chief Looking Horse welcomed all to World Peace and Prayer Day, and spoke of the need for all the world's peoples to come together in unity.
Speaking with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota host of First Voices, Chief Looking Horse begins by describing a dream that he had as a child.
He dreamed of the Earth opening up, and circles of people standing together, with a Sacred Fire in the middle.
As a child he followed the words of his father, and prayed about this dream, and waited for it to reveal itself.
Chief Looking Horse said when the White Buffalo Calf was born in 1994 in Wisconsin, "through Ceremony we made a statement to the world."
"From here on we are going to see global disasters, we are going to see Earth changes, and climate changes, and we are going to see people that are spiritually disconnected. We are going to see a lot of pain and suffering, and we must unite spiritually."
"That is the only way we are going to save Mother Earth and save ourselves. If Mother Earth dies, we die."
Chief Looking Horse said, "Mother Earth is drying up."
"We took a stand at Standing Rock, and I shared that teaching of Crazy Horse, one of his last dreams in the Black Hills, the heart of Mother Earth."
"It is shaped like a heart."
"We can't do it alone, we need the whole world together."
Chief Looking Horse spoke on Sacred Water.
"In Ceremonies, we pray with the water. It is the first medicine the Great Spirit gave us."
The First Spirit was red, was hot. The Second Spirit was water.
Chief Looking Horse said when the two came together, it created a Sacred Energy.
Even before Fukushima, the poisons of Earth Mother were known. This is one of them, he said.
"It is going to affect us because it is now going into the air."
Chief Looking Horse said an energy shift is needed to heal the earth and unite the people.
Chief Looking Horse invited everyone to the World Peace and Prayer Day, to the Sacred Fire, June 18 -- 21, with the Sycuan Kumeyaay, in El Cajon, Calif.

Listen to all of Chief Arvol Looking Horse's words, and to Akio Matsumara, on First Voices:




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Running with Bad Bear -- Crow Agency to Leech Lake



Running with Bad Bear -- Crow Agency to Leech Lake

Photos by Western Shoshone Photojournalist 

Carl Bad Bear Sampson


Bad Bear said, "They are almost to Mile City, running in the rain. Running from Crow Agency to Mile City in honor of Dennis Banks commitment. This is an obligation to finish up Dennis Banks wishes when he was still alive. These Warriors will run to Leech Lake, fulfilling a living legacy to honor Dennis Banks." Bad Bear said they will run I 94 to to Route 16, north to North Dakota, then are going to Route 2 across North Dakota to Minnesota, to Leech Lake.






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Honoring Johnny Bonta, Paiute, Murdered by Sparks Nevada Police

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Honoring Johnny Bonta, Paiute, Murdered by Sparks Nevada Police

By Lisa Bonta
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RENO -- On June 12, 2018 in Reno, Nevada, a Prayer circle was formed by the American Indian Movement Northern Nevada Chapter. The focus was to honor the family of Johnny Bonta.
Johnny was a member of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony.  He was murdered by Sparks Police department in front of his apartment on October 22, 2017. This took place in front of his wife, Lisa Bonta and their 16 year-old-daughter.
Johnny was a 43 year-old PAIUTE Warrior. He was a father of five, a son, brother, grandfather, and more. He was a Sundancer, and member of AIM Southern California.
The first of many lawsuits was to be heard by Federal Judge Robert Jones on June 22, 2018.
Many people gathered that day to pray for the mind of Judge Jones. Some of those included, Buck Sampson, Ray Valdez, and Rocky Boice Sr.
Buck Sampson has been the Spiritual Advisor for the Bonta family for many years. He has been involved with the family since the incident, and continues to support them in a good way.
Reno Cop Watch joined in that day, bringing out others who had family members killed by a will enforcement. Many of these families are still seeking justice.
Among the crowd was Sheri Potts, mother of Sonny Lewis who was murdered in the parking lot of the Walmart 5 years ago.
The Walmart is on tribal land and the FBI has closed the case. Sheri continues to fight for her Son's Justice.
Judge Robert Jones chose to vacate the hearing after Tuesday. He has decided to make a decision on his own as to weather he will hear the case or not.
We continue to pray for the mind of the Judge that he will make the right decision.
There was media present, including the Reno Gazette Journal, and Channel 4 news. Both failed the families and didn't air or print the stories. The media is part of the problem. They do not feel that our families deaths and suffering is important. They are showing their corruption by not speaking for us. We intend on exposing all of the corruption in Washoe County, and will include the media. Our a families lives do matter!
Judge Robert Jones has vacated Mondays hearing and will now decide on his own to hear the case or not. We will appeal if he chooses not to. Our prayer circle did not end with a closing prayer as it was left open for further action.

Apache Stronghold -- Prayers at Dine' Sacred Sisnaajini, Blanca Peak, Colorado





Photos and article by Steve Pavey
Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey
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Sisnaajini or Blanca Peak, Colorado
June 15, 2018
The Stronghold Sacred Journey stopped for prayers at the base of one of the four sacred mountains of the homelands of the Diné. Sisnaajini sits as the Eastern facing mountain peak. And as one of members of the Journey, Derek who is Diné, said to us, "It is a place where the Creator made to assist us with right thinking, of learning to see clearly."
And so we offered prayers with cedar and we saw that with all of our differences that the colonizer’s world uses to separate us, that we were really one family. We are brothers and sisters. If only this nation could see this — our sacred unity — it might see clearly enough to adjust its thinking.
These are the prayers that our sacred journey brings for the Poor People’s Campaign.