Monday, February 27, 2012
Today on Just Peace - Atlanta Urban Farmer Rashid NuriTo:Just PeaceMondays, 6pm - 7pm EST ----- WRFG-Atlanta 89.3 FMhttp://www.wrfg.org/features/shows/shows-desc.asp?showid=36 Today we will be talking with urban farmer Rashid Nuri of Truly Living Well. We have talked with Rashid about any number topics in agriculture, but this week we will largely focus on soil and the importance of soil preparation for crop growth and sustenance. Rashid received his Master Degree in Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts. He has said, however, that he had to largely discard that knowledge to grow food naturally. Why is that? We’ll find out.To learn more about Truly Living Well, please go to www.trulylivingwell.com.As mentioned previously consider reading Raj Patel’s book “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the Food System” (2010) for an excellent account on how the food system is being challenged or compromised and what people around the world are doing about this. Also, for additional information on the impact of genetically modified seeds on communities, please read the following article:Call in at 404 523 8989 and join the discussion.And learn how you can support WRFG... your local community radio station...the only community radio station in Atlanta and the only station that brings you non-corporate real “organic” community news and information.Thanks all,Heather Gray & Nadia Ali, Ph.D.Co-producers, Just PeaceWRFG 89.3 FM404 523 8989 (studio)www.wrfg.org <http://www.wrfg.org/> Tune in and join the conversation! You can also listen on the web by going to our home page (http://www.wrfg.org/) and clicking on the "Listen Live" icon on the righthand side of the page.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Fear No Evil ... By David Kitchen( http://www.myspace.com/savethesacredsites ) Feb 26, 2012 + "…When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person. When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful. Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are… " - Dave Kitchen As a person with Native American heritage, and who has sometimes been dubbed a conservative, ( ah I've been called Liberal by some who don't know about what old line conservatives are.), I would like to avoid being labeled. However, I know that many people just have to label you. Some individual mindsets are such that they are never completely satisfied unless they are able to put something that they don’t fully understand into a make-believe box, regardless of whether a round peg is mistakenly placed into a square hole, and vise-versa. I think that most people who have Native American ancestry hate labels. What I am is a lover of FREEDOM and whatever that entails. I have a quote for you from Edmund Burke (Edmund Burke … January 12, 1729 – July 9, 1797), who was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism.): "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." I was asking myself the other day why so many people, who appear to be powerful, want my wife and I out of the way. I mean we are powerless old folks in our 60s. My Cherokee wife is recovering from leukemia. I had a serious chemical brain injury and I am still suffering from its effects and other problems due to my aging. We are simply trying to survive. We are not powerful spiritual people, or powerful in the earthly realm. Sure we know a few famous folks who work in human rights; but we hardly ever see them any more. Why is it then that powerful evil people feel they have to destroy us? It is because we stood up to them. One of the major lessons that I have learned in life is that you do not have to stand up to evil by returning violence for violence. As a matter of fact, it is better if you don't. One thing I like that Russel Means says is that: "WE are all 'Indians' now. Welcome to the reservation."As you watch your freedoms going one by one every day, how far do you think evil will go before it stops?Native American people have had this lack of freedom for generations. African Americans, Hispanics, poor whites, gays, Asians, women, Jews, Atheists, even those who struggle for our animal relations and others, all know what it means to struggle for rights. But now average white Joe is becoming one of us. I do not blame Republicans or Democrats. The blame for our demise as a free nation will rest squarely on our shoulders. If you are looking for someone to blame for who took your freedom, "you need only to look in the mirror." "V For Vendetta"http://youtu.be/OGi5slqZH1I Now we have those who are trying to censor the Internet because it has united so many people of diverse backgrounds. My wife thinks they fear an American Spring like the Arab Spring.I love people who stand up for freedom nonviolently. But I do not (repeat do not) advocate the over throw of our government, or it's officials, or any violence done against anyone. Look at what happened to Gabby Gifford. Violence is not the answer. I, myself, am a peaceful person. Like Jesus, Gandhi (who greatly admired Jesus' peaceful way of doing things) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Mandela, I abhor violence. Speaking up and standing for freedom does not require violence as Jesus, Gandhi, Dr. King and Mandela proved. Yes, they can destroy your flesh; but the spirit of freedom lives on and is inspired by each and every sacrifice made by brave men and women of all groups of people. Look how the deaths of some of those whom I mentioned fueled their movements. What really oppresses people is fear. If you allow fear to rule your life, it is easier to oppress you. So now you're going to say. Dave, you've complained. What is the solution? One word: "Unite”. We should stop fighting amongst ourselves as conservatives, liberals, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, and etc. Whatever divisions there are result from “divide and rule machinations”, which is easily set by the arts and crafts of propaganda. It is not hard to hit those that are taking our freedom where it hurts the most, namely, in their pocketbooks (Do I need to give details? Find who is helping to hurt our freedoms and don't buy from them. We may have to buy from them at first; but time will give us alternatives.). Stand in large numbers PEACEFULLY against corrupt power. Smile, treat them nice, pray for them, etc… But tell them they are doing wrong in a very public way. We must be peaceful and fearless in the face of evil. We must never cave into the urge to use physical violence. A Lakota elder once said when the words of Jesus were translated into Lakota for him (something to the effect): "This Jesus would have made a good Lakota man. Too bad his followers don't follow his words."One of my favorite Psalms that somehow I got completely memorized was the 23rd Psalm.1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:he leadeth me beside the still waters. Rev. 7.173 He restoreth my soul:he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:thou anointest my head with oil;my cup runneth over.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Even with the shadow of death looming over us (because we all have to die sometime), we fear nothing because we stand for what is right and good about humanity.We do not stand for greed, or hate, or leaving our brothers and sisters to suffer. We stand for honor, truth, justice for all people, and many other worthy and good principles. In a real "Christian" nation as some say that this is, Jesus would have never allowed anyone to be poor, unfed, homeless, or die, because they could not afford medical care. Jesus would never have let a child suffer, or animal, or man, or woman. I have read his book on how he healed, fed and helped people. I have read how his followers in the book of acts shared with all who needed their help and were not greedy. And I remember what Native American Ancestors taught us. The Ancestors teachings are so close to what Jesus taught that in my opinion, Jesus would have made a good Cherokee man, or good man of any nation. But neither Jesus Christ, nor Gandhiji, nor Dr. King, nor Mandela, nor Black Kettle, nor any of our Native American Ancestors, nor any of your Ancestors could have accomplished anything by giving into fear, or for that matter, apathy.Apathy is many times the result of fear. Be strong my brothers and sisters from all ways that you follow. Be brave in your hearts. When you fear, walk on anyway. Even with fear choking in your throat, sing a brave song, recite a brave saying, smile at evil in the face and seek what is good and right for all people to be free. Howa!Dave Kitchen
Thursday, February 23, 2012
No Matter where you live you can help with this please.Okay several people have asked what they can do to help with all the criminal activity in McIntosh.Here it is. We have an experienced honorable man running for sheriff.Pass the word on. Friend him on Facebook.http://www.facebook.com/charles.jones61 If you see anyone on Facebook from McIntosh tell them to friend him and support him.If they want to know his qualifications or donate go here>>http://chunkjonesforsheriff.com/Contact_Chunk.htmlYou don't have to be a resident of the USA or McIntosh County, Ga. to spread the word about him or donate to his campaign.The criminals need to know that REAL law enforcement is coming.Pass the word. Also we need help with watchdog groups for voter suppression because he is African American and they will try to suppress the vote.Spread the word all over the internet.Let's bring law an order to McIntosh. Please send donations to:Charles JonesP.O. Box 2142 Darien, Georgia. 31305 http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/vrinfo.htm Dave
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The cable was cut out in the street. A criminal act which violates FCC and state laws. It doesn't bother them that they violate laws....untuil they get caught by the feds. But were back.I want to say something. A friend told me that the man who died that I talked about in an emalier post, was coughing and his esphagus ruptured and he chocked to death on his own blood.I could not sleep last night after hearing that. I will continue to pray for these people not to have that happen to them.That hearts will change.Dave
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I wasn't going to say this out of respect for the dead. But since the evil folks keep on harassing us now with assaults from the air (ie jet passes that continue to upset the animals, that we nicely asked them not to do), I am going to tell a little story.I will not mention any names just yet so as to not disrespect the dead.I am sending this to everyone. So don't anyone take this as an accusation of them. I can't see a person's heart. But Creator/ God can. There was a man who took offence at my working for the census when I came to his house.He later had some of his lackeys come to my house and tear down flags and do destruction to this property.He had been a leader in some of the harassment. I say had because at 60 he died of a heart attack the other day.And bad circumstances have happened to several of the folks attacking us.I guess they can't figure out why.But the Creator/ God that I serve is mighty. I am not returning their hate with hate.And it all comes back to them.You know things happen.Planes crash, heart attacks, wrecks, unusual deaths, etc....I do nothing but pray. And what they bring on themselves is up to them.And when their life is over whether they get their payback in this life or not, they have to face their deeds in the spirit world.Facing truth is a hard thing to do for some, especially if they see themselves as invincible.But the only one that I know who is all powerful is Creator/ God.So maybe before anymore bad things happen to them or their family, friends or their little spies around us and on the Internet.So all you would be supermen out there remember there is always Kryptonite.And if you are of the Christian leanings and don't follow the words written in 1st Corinthians 13, all your spiritual protection is gone.And you are wide open to bad stuff coming your way.I've seen a whole lot of your deacons, bishops, apostles, pastors, etc who got some really bad payback from God.Wanna fight? Fight Creator/God, because this family won't play the one up game.Harass away. But don't be surprised at the out come for you or your loved ones.I can die any day I am listening to the Creator/ God.Because I live by this rule now. Whatever you send out comes back to you.Now some might say look what's happened to me and my family. Exactly right, that is why I stopped fighting back and carrying all that bad stuff in me.I learned my lesson. Now what about those who won't learn?It is in every spiritual way in some form. Christians call it reaping what you sow (Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.)In others it is called Karma. Even the Wiccans have the RULE OF THREE.It is also the same in Native American culture. We get what we give.So all I can do is warn people. That they should not put out things that keep harassing others.It's bad for you. Especially all the stuff that is in the head of a person who does these things.Even psychologists will tell you about how bad it is for your mind and body health to think this way.Okay I did my part. It's up to the people reading this what they want to do.Thanks,Dave-- "When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person. When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful. Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are." - Dave Kitchen
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Just because someone has power and money does that give them the right to use it to deny others the right to freedoms in America? ie free speech
Just because someone has power and money does that give them the right to use it to deny others the right to freedoms in America? ie free speechIf a person posts something on the internet that is not illegal, immoral or a lie,should it be okay for a wealthy powerful people to harass or have others harass that person and their family? Do we have free speech in America or not?
Friday, February 17, 2012
Rapper Too Short, in XXL column, gives boys advice to 'turn girls out'http://www.thegrio.com/entertainment/too-short-gives-boys-advice-to-turn-girls-out-xxl.phpUPDATED Feb. 14, 2012 - Vanessa Satten, XXL Editor-in-Chief, has responded to theGrio with the statement: "I agree with [angry readers'] perspective. I do not see all content before it goes live. When I saw this video, I was truly offended and thought it crossed the line. I had it taken down immediately. I am disappointed that an employee decided to post it and I am putting internal procedures in place to make sure content like this does not go on the site. The video goes against my value system and represents poor judgment on behalf of the individual who posted it."According to XXL.com, "Too $hort also responded to the video in a statement sent to XXLMag.com":I want to apologize to anyone I may have offended with the XXL video interview I recently did. When I got on camera I was in Too $hort mode and had a lapse of judgement.I would never advise a child or young man to do these things, it's not how I get down. Although I have made my career on dirty raps, I have worked over the years to somewhat balance the content of my music with giving back to the community. Just coming from a man who wants to see young people get ahead in life, I'm gonna do my best to to help and not hurt. If you're a young man or a kid who looks up to me, don't get caught up in the pimp, player, gangster hip-hop personas. Just be yourself.--XXL magazine teamed up with rapper Too Short recently to give "fatherly advice" that involved teaching middle-school-aged boys how to "turn girls out." Calling it a process of "mind manipulation," the aging rapper advised boys to digitally stimulate girls to get "whatever [they] want." While the video has been removed from the XXL site, the fact that it was published at all is still drawing outrage."When you get to late middle school, early high school and you start feeling a certain way about the girls... I'm gonna tell you a couple tricks," Too Short said in the video. "A lot of the boys are going to be running around trying to get kisses from the girls... We're going way past that. I'm taking you to the hole."Then, the 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Todd Anthony Shaw, asks women off camera to "cover their ears" to avoid being offended. Short then describes a scenario in graphic detail. "You push her up against the wall," he continued. "You take your finger and put a little spit on it and you stick your finger in her underwear and you rub it on there and watch what happens." Whie Shaw is giving his graphic "advice," upbeat, child-themed music plays in the background.Not all XXL readers appreciated the advice. The first comment on XXL's site, along with the post read; "This clip is totally INAPPROPRIATE on so many levels and advocates sexual aggression toward young girls that['s] consider[ed] RAPE, I'm [really] surprised this clip is publicly viewable. XXL lacks social responsibility with this immoral content!" The magazine has taken down the video but the cached version can still be found here.Gina McCauley, founder of the black women's advocacy blog What About Our Daughters, believes that the publishing of this video on XXL.com is part of a misogynistic agenda of the media entity. McCauley told theGrio that, "In 2007, my readers had to call on advertisers to pull ads from XXL.com when they referred to a black mother who'd been the victim of a brutal gang rape in West Palm Beach Florida as 'some hooker down in Florida.'" She also noted that demeaning attitudes and sexual violence directed at black women and girls is seen as acceptable by too many blacks. "People will want to point to XXL as an aberration, but misogyny and sexual violence committed against young black girls is normalized in far too many black communities," McCauley continued in an email. She recalled a prominent case that was recently in the news in which an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas was gang raped -- then accused by her community of somehow provoking their attackers."The black community has a problem with how it treats its girls and boys as it relates to violence," McCauley concluded, and she called on black men to take Too Short to task for his comments and re-educate him about respecting black women. Charing Ball, cultural critic and writer for Madame Noire, questions why Too Short was given a platform for "giving fatherly advice" in the first place -- particularly by a white female editor. "That is like Essence magazine hiring Don Imus to give black women hair care advice, or Rick Santorum being invited to an LGBT rights organization luncheon to speak about marriage equality," she told theGrio."Too Short, for the most part, is the epitome of the hyper-masculinity run rampant in hip-hop. [T]he blame lands squarely at the feet of Vanessa Satten, the editor-in-chief of XXL," Ball said. "Finding out that a woman manages the magazine that has decided to give a platform to a man known for sexually suggestive imagery for the purpose of advising children that it is okay to sexual molest -- or be sexually molested -- is very troubling."If anything, it shows us just how some women are readily willing to perpetuate certain images including that of rape culture if they feel it would give them favor -- in this case page views," Ball concluded.Too Short is known for his sexually explicit rhymes in songs like "Freaky Tales." The rapper was arrested for assault in 2010 after an altercation related to his alleged attempt to bring underage girls backstage into his dressing room at a performance. After being contacted, XXL digital content director Carl Cherry declined to comment on this article. Vanessa Satten has been contacted, but has not responded.This article has been edited. Additional reporting by Alexis Garrett Stodghill.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
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Monday, February 6, 2012
Strange Occurance I wanted to think this over long and hard before putting this out, because even as I'm typing thisI am thinking that I am going to appear nuts to some for even putting this stuff out.Let me assure all our friends this is not me going nuts, even if it looks that way.With that said, I will just state facts and not make any judgments.Yesterday afternoon (Sunday Feb. 5, 2012) between the hours of 3 to 6 pm I was hosing off dogmanure from our driveway. The traffic was unusually heavy on our road. And certain man across the street was doing his usual banging on his boat that he sometimes does (He does not appear to be friendly). Near the end of my work, a single engine propeller plane came from the direction of the Eagle Neck Air Strip (located near Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge. And it is privately owned by wealthy folks) and flew directly over the driveway where I was working. Within 10 minutes of the plane flying over, I became dizzy and disoriented and my heart began to missfire.I had no other occurance to cause this. I was not upset. I was focused on cleaning my driveway. So I could have cared less who flew over. It took a few hours for the effects to wear off. But I still took care of feeding us and the animals anyway. Thank God I know how to focus my mind and pray.But I am fine this morning. Strange just doesn't begin to describe this area.
Thanks friends and family,
Thanks friends and family,
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Indigenous Issues 2/4/2012Zunis dance for Santo Niño In Zuni tradition the baby Jesus [Santo Niño] was transformed into a girl child, the daughter of the Sun. She was originally a living child, but contention between villages turned her into a mannequin. She continues to perform miracles for the village, running around under cover of darkness, regularly wearing out her shoes. It has been the job of a single family to care for the figure ever since the Spanish days. Zunis dance for Santo Niño By Ernie Bulow For the [Gallup] Independent ZUNI — Two large and colorful groups of Harvest Dancers took turns in the dance plaza behind the Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria Mission Church in the heart of the Zuni Pueblo Saturday in honor of the Santo Niño. The social dance featured women wearing traditional dress; mantas, wrapped buckskin leggings and moccasins. The men wore velvet or satin shirts with full sleeves, decorated with satin ribbons. The dance leaders carried tall decorated poles and a group of singers surround the drummer. Each group performed four times, and men and women from the audience would join in from time to time, dancing along with their participating family members. For the finale, the two groups merged and filled the old village with color and sound. The Harvest Dance was sponsored by Zuni Gov. Norman Cooeyate and his council. This is one of the occasions when the Lincoln cane, the governor’s symbol of office, makes a public appearance. The councilors carry duplicate canes created some years ago. The shaded portico where the politicians were seated to watch the ceremony was festooned with shawls, pumpkins and evergreen boughs. Members of the village took advantage of the gathering to encourage voting. Several pueblo villages have Santo Niño figures dating back to early colonial times when the Spanish tried to supplant traditional Native religion with Catholicism. When the pueblos revolted in 1680 many priests were killed and the mission churches at Zuni and elsewhere were burned down. The Zunis saved a number of religious objects including a set of vestments and the Santo Niño doll. Santo Niño literally means “holy boy child” and refers to the infant Jesus. Because the figure is clothed in a dress, the Zuni have always considered it a girl. In Zuni tradition the baby Jesus was transformed into a girl child, the daughter of the Sun. She was originally a living child, but contention between villages turned her into a mannequin. She continues to perform miracles for the village, running around under cover of darkness, regularly wearing out her shoes. It has been the job of a single family to care for the figure ever since the Spanish days. Santo Nino has received quite a bit of publicity in the last year because the woman who cares for her needed help renovating the crumbling old house that has been Santo Niño’s home for the last 400 years. By tradition, the child would be honored around New Year’s with an honor guard of the old “caciques” or tribal leaders with their muskets and traditional dress. The doll would be ritually washed, given a new suit of clothes, prayed over, and carried through the village. The prayers have been forgotten and that particular ceremony is no longer performed. The Santo is still revered, however, and the Harvest Dance is dedicated to her. The culmination of the ceremony is a huge giveaway by the governor, his councilors, and their families. Gifts of bread, sweets, fruit, pumpkins, cloth goods, and all sorts of staples are thrown to the waiting audience. One lady was carrying a live turkey in her arms. After the giveaway the dancers moved to the house of the Santo to sing and dance for her. Several Zunis said that this year’s ceremony had the biggest group of participants they had ever seen.@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field and in the policy arena to protect America's last wild buffalo. Buffalo Field Campaign Yellowstone Bison Update from the Field January 26, 2012 ------------------------------ ------------------------------* Update from the Field * TAKE ACTION! Montana Proposes Bison Management Harvest * Touring America's Buffalo on Turner's Green Ranch * Endangered Buffalo Fact of the Week * BFC Wish List: * By the Numbers * Last Words ~Awesome Letter from a Buffalo Advocate------------------------------* Update from the Field It has been another quiet week in the field, with no buffalo in Montana, and therefore, none killed by hunters. BFC standing in front of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters, in protest of the expanded bison hunt proposal, and in strong support of habitat for wild buffalo! BFC file photos by Stephany and Tony. Click photos for larger images. BFC traveled to Helena last Thursday, to represent wild buffalo at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission (FWP) meeting. On the agenda was a new proposal by FWP to expand the use of hunters to kill wild buffalo that migrate out of so-called tolerance areas, north and west of Yellowstone National Park. BFC stood in front of the FWP Headquarters while the meeting was taking place, braving below freezing temperatures for hours, holding banners, singing songs and talking with folks who would share their time and ideas with us. One of FWP's slogans for wildlife is "think habitat," and we know that the buffalo have quite a few thoughts of their own about this. This amazing banner was painted by Good Shield. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image. We were there to remind FWP of their responsibility to wild buffalo, that they need habitat immediately, and certainly not more hunting. We were there to remind them that wild buffalo are an ecologically extinct species and that the onus is upon FWP to move forward with integrity as the supposed stewards of wildlife in Montana. FWP should be seriously considering the status of wild bison and open up habitat, facilitating their natural recovery and restoration in Montana and throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Only one FWP Commissioner spoke against the proposal - Commissioner Ron Moody. BFC commends him for his courage in upholding a compassionate view and for speaking against the Interagency Bison Management Plan, which drives all of these nefarious decisions that harm America's last wild buffalo population. Commissioner Moody starkly stated that FWP's proposal uses hunters as hired snipers to kill buffalo as if they were vermin. Public comments are being accepted on this proposal through February 13, see below. Please make your voice heard for the last wild herds! ROAM FREE!------------------------------* TAKE ACTION! Visit the take action links below and please spread the word among your networks of friends. Thank You! 1. Comment to Stop Montana's New Buffalo Firing Line 2. Write Letters to the Editor Opposing Montana's Bison Management Harvest 3. Stop Federal Livestock Overseer from Experimenting on Wild Buffalo! 4. Urge Congress to Support Voluntary Retirement of Public Lands Cattle Grazing! 5. Volunteer with BFC! Field volunteers are needed now through May. BFC provides room, board, gear and training, the buffalo and their landscape provide the inspiration! Please join us on the front lines in defense of America's last wild buffalo! Learn more and apply here and then contact our volunteer coordinators. 6. Help keep BFC strong and effective in the field and at every level of the policy arena. Donations are tax-deductible and go directly to BFC's critical program work. Thank you so much for taking these important actions! Please spread the word by passing these alerts on through all your networks of friends and colleagues!------------------------------* Touring America's Buffalo on Turner's Green Ranch Buffalo originating from the wilds of Yellowstone, now kept behind fences at Ted Turner's Green Ranch. Turner gets to keep 75% of the buffalos' offspring for holding them in quarantine another five years. BFC file photo by Darrell Geist. Click photo for larger image. Earlier this month, members of Buffalo Field Campaign, Gallatin Wildlife Association, and Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation toured Ted Turner's Green Ranch to see the first group of buffalo held in a brucellosis free quarantine devised by the state of Montana for the "establishment of new tribal and public herds." BFC file photo by Darrell Geist. Click photo for larger image. The tour was a result of a public trust lawsuit filed by attorneys with Western Watersheds Project, a court ordered mediation meeting with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and an agreement by Turner to provide a tour of the quarantined buffalo. Our suit stems from a deal struck by Gov. Brian Schweitzer with Turner Enterprises to house the buffalo for five years in exchange for Turner getting 75% of the offspring for his domestic private commercial herd. Throughout the public decision-making process, Fish, Wildlife & Parks indicated all buffalo, including offspring, would be managed as public wildlife and could never be privatized. Our suit seeks to reverse the deal that violates Montana's public trust responsibilities to protect and manage wildlife for public and not private benefit. These buffalo are descended from over 200 calves captured inside Yellowstone National Park in mid-2000, separated from their family groups, with over half the captives slaughtered to produce "brucellosis-free" herds. What you will not read about in news stories is the serious injuries, deaths from stress, human handling, and the toll of confining a wild species in pens: several females were overfed during winter and died while trying to deliver their calves in spring; without adults and stressed by constant captivity, several young mothers abandoned their calves; buffalo were gored to death and crushed against the corral pens; a calf mysteriously died in a creek. Tucked away off the meandering Highway 84 near Red Mountain on the lower reach of the Madison River, the majority of the 143 buffalo were congregating in a recently grazed fenced pasture on a bench of Turner's Green Ranch. A few bulls were scattered in the foothills as we made our way up a windy switchback to reach the bench overlooking the Madison Plateau. The buffalo were curious about our presence. Yellow identifying tags were fixed to their ears. After getting a good whiff and a long look at us, the buffalo turned and the herd took off running downhill. Not far away Turner's commercial herds loafed in a feedlot during our tour. Recently Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission approved negotiating an agreement with Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations for relocating the second cohort of 68 buffalo in quarantine now held at the Slip N Slide pens in Gardiner basin. Soon after, livestock ranchers and their front groups filed a lawsuit in Blaine County to thwart any transfer of quarantine buffalo to the Gros Ventre, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. More buffalo held in quarantine facilities, north of Gardiner, Montana. BFC file photo by Darrell Geist. Click photo for larger image. Montana stands at a crossroads of its conscience and public trust responsibility for wildlife: to start anew and welcome the return of buffalo as a wildlife species, or repeat its horrible past by exterminating the buffalo, this time through domestication on a crippled, fenced landscape. What is missing for Montana is a cultural connection that honors buffalo's rightful place as a self willed, wild roaming herd. I didn't have much to say to Turner's ranch hands, the lawyers, game wardens, and veterinarians assembled by Fish, Wildlife & Parks for the tour of America's last buffalo behind a fenced pasture on private lands, but I had this to say: "We're going to defend and fight for these buffalo as wildlife." Darrell Geist, BFC Habitat Coordinator------------------------------* Endangered Buffalo Fact of the WeekFACT: A recent report by National Park Service scientists suggests for the first time that only the Yellowstone bison population retain their wildlife identity. (Dratch and Gogan) Published paper can be downloaded and reviewed from here. Have a fact you'd like to share with us? Email it to Stephany.------------------------------* BFC Wish List: Long Johns Needed! Hello Buffalo Family, We wish to thank each and every one of you for your continued support for the wild buffalo and our campaign. BFC volunteers are joyfully maintaining a constant and persistent presence in the field to monitor this year's bison migration and document any actions made against them. Although the winter weather to this point has been mild, we are feeling the effects of the last decade and a half of field patrols in our clothing supplies. If anyone of you could make donations of wool and/or synthetic long johns our volunteers would start using them immediately. We find ourselves in need of all sizes and weights of wool and/or synthetic long underwear bottoms and tops. Thank you all for past and future donations; your enduring kindness keeps us moving forward for wild bison. For the Wild Ones,Peet Support Coordinator Buffalo Field Campaign Click HERE for BFC's complete Wish List------------------------------* By the NumbersAMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S. The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 3,700 individual buffalo. Wild bison are currently ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America. 2011-2012 Total Buffalo Killed: 16 2011-2012 Government Capture: 2011-2012 Government Slaughter: 2011-2012 Held for Government Experiment: 2011-2012 Died In Government Trap: 2011-2012 Miscarriage in Government Trap: 2011-2012 State & Treaty Hunts: 16 2011-2012 Quarantine: 2011-2012 Shot by Agents: 2011-2012 Killed by Angry Residents: 2011-2012 Highway Mortality: 2010-2011 Total: 227 2009-2010 Total: 7 2008-2009 Total: 22 2007-2008 Total: 1,631 * Total Since 2000: 3,988* *includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, highway mortality-----------------------------* Last WordsDear Janice (and Dan and Brian) [USDA-APHIS & Yellowstone National Park Officials] I am a supporter of the NPS but your email below was just a bunch of bureaucratic nonsense. I do not support injustice or gibberish. Basically, you are telling me that cattlemen are in charge of wildlife policy regarding America's bison. That is outrageous! Is it 2012 or 1912? What has really changed? Do you think all of the American public is so uninformed and clueless, that we'll all be happy just to see a few thousand bison within Yellowstone with no concern or regard to what happens to these native animals 'when no one is looking?' America's native bison are being held prisoner in the park. They are being hazed, killed, imprisoned, sterilized and experimented on, when they leave the park. And now I have learned, even within the park, many have been rounded up for sterilization experiments! The NPS and the cattle industry should be sued over this injustice, to put a permanent end to such an outrageous abuse of America's wild bison. So even the NPS in and around Yellowstone is under the control of the ecological terrorists of the cattle industry. Wildlife Services already does so much killing of America's native wildlife on behalf the welfare queens of the West, the cattlemen, and their holy non-native cattle. The ongoing abuse, demonization and persecution of native bison, by the cattle men, by the NPS, by anyone, must stop, permanently. Ecological justice requires freedom, protection and justice for America's bison. The NPS must finally defend and protect our native bison. Robert Goldman Portland, METhis is Robert's response to the boiler-plate form letters he (and many of you) received after writing to USDA-APHIS and Yellowstone National Park regarding concerns about their mistreatment of wild buffalo. This letter inspired us, and we hope it inspires you, too. Thank you, Robert!! Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to email@example.com. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you have been sending! Keep them coming!------------------------------ -- Media & Outreach Buffalo Field Campaign P.O. Box 957 West Yellowstone, MT firstname.lastname@example.org://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/BFC is the only group working in the field every day in defense of the last wild buffalo population in the U.S.KEEP BFC ON THE FRONTLINES Join Buffalo Field Campaign -- It's Free!Tell-a-Friend!Take Action!Find BFC on FaceBook! ROAM FREE! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ TOK'NIKON THAT'S IT! MNN. Jan. 25, 2012. That dance between Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his top Indian CEO, Shawn Atleo, at the phony First Nations Summit in Ottawa sends the same old "we're-gonna-get-dem-Injuns" message. This was the first public face-to-face meeting of Harper and his 400 corporate Injuns in Canada. Their job is to continue the illusion that Canada is a legal country and to help the corporation make money from the extraction of Indigenous resources. Harper got his Indians to threaten an Arab Style uprising so the military can come in and keep us in line. Is Atleo, of the Assembly of First Nations, going to stand in the bush and start tweeting to get the revolution going? Canada wants someone to sell off our mother, Great Turtle Island, to the international bankers, and pocket the money. The Mohawk Crisis of 1990, a true resistance, is always trotted out as a threat. They want a controlled uprising "like the US Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s"!!! Are they kidding? AIM stopped the army bloodbath at Wounded Knee. Many went to jail, were killed, and Leonard Peltier has been in jail for 38 years. Here's the script. Harper, the foreigner, sets up the First Nations Land Management Act to privatize Great Turtle Island with the help of his fake Indians. Meantime Harper pushes third world living conditions on the rest of us. Out of desperation, we will be forced to sell our land to stay alive. Then they cry about the integrity of the Crown! What? The crown is a corporation that took over the monarchy in a hostile takeover bid. [1924 Ontario Indian Land Act when Indian Affairs and Ontario clandestinely put Indigenous on reservations for the first time. It was retaliation for Haudenosaunee applying to join League of Nations 1923. http://caid.ca/IndLanAct1924.pdf]. As Etowokam said in 1710 when he returned from Queen Anne's Court, England: "They rely on the written word. That is how they will be judged". We rely on the wampum and the rule of law based on the natural world, not man-made orders. Harper left Tuesday night January 24th for the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. The world's elite were anxiously waiting to hear that we had been put back to sleep so they can continue their theft. Instead we are louder than ever. Canada and the world should answer to us, as everything they want is ours. Instead the foreign usurpers are sitting in high chairs like babies bawling at the land and resource owners. Everyone in the world is on to their bad act. Yes, let's discuss our birthright and that Mother Earth cannot be sold. Sure, put an end to the illegal Indian Act. Respect the real relationship between us and the foreigners. Their fake Indian idols complain we can't use our land as collateral for loans from the foreign corporations that are squatting on our land. Yet the Canadian government and corporations use our unsurrendered land as collateral to raise money on the global stock markets. That's theft, fraud and genocide. Those fake Indians who want to be part of this foreign entity cannot usurp our sovereignty. Why don't you sign on with the immigrants and become the property of the shareholders of Canada, just like other Canadians. There will be no "Aboriginal" Spring. Seasons change but not our minds or the dreaded truth. As the song Waltzing Matilda portrays: all the women [fake Indians] are standing around waiting to dance with the jolly swagman [Harper}. "You'll come a'waltzing, Malilda, with me!" appreciate your taking the time to read MNN! Please forward this email to anyone that may be interested. The link is below. Nia:wen.@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Aim Southern Cal 3:04pm Jan 30 http://www.youtube.com/embed/dHrg7KVP9vk FREE LEONARD PELTIER/WALK FOR HUMAN RIGHTShttp://www.youtube.com/CALL FOR HELP@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Aim Southern Cal 3:04pm Jan 30 Rally in Support for Leonard Peltier Saturday- 2/4/12 Kodah- Greetings, We Will stand in Unity for Clemency for Brother Leonard Peltier. In front of L.A. Federal Building at 2-4pm. Then to 3347 1/2 west 43rd Place. Next to Leimert Park: (exit 10 fwy on Crenshaw Blv. Turn left until Crenshaw and Vernon). From: Warrior Woman <email@example.com>; All our Relations 805-235-6559@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ WHITE FAMINE RELIEF MNN. JAN. 30, 2012. Is white privilege ending - lower infant morality, easier bank loans, a white house, ivy league education, running the USA corporation, lolling in WASP culture!! Will they continue the lifestyle of injustice and racial categorization?According to current stats, whites are becoming extinct. They will soon be the pissed off minority culture. They will not be colonized. They will be colorized? Whites are declining in every city, becoming more infertile. In 13 years they will be a minority. In 20 states most babies under 2 years old are Indigenous. 12 states have white populations below 50%: Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Mississippi. Soon to join are Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, South Carolina and Delaware. US Presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, promises a colony on the moon. They better take all their junk with them, like those falsies for creating round bottoms, tanning salons, implants, toupees, injection machines to make blubber lips and cheekbones. [Love our looks, but hate our guts!] US is sandwiched between Canada and Mexico. Canada will soon have a white minority population and Mexico already has an Indigenous majority. Panic is pushing them to make up fake history, while living on the land whose history they're faking. Arizona wiped out the study of Indigenous culture and history, to be replaced by "white trash studies 101". They're trying to spark a white power movement. [Over there, COINTELPRO!] The whites have caused a lot of confusion. Their religion justified slavery and genocide. They think they got away with it by saying "sorry'. Advertising and marketing will change from a vessel of whiteness to a brown/black market. Melanin gives skin, hair and eyes their color. Whites have low melanin content. The darker skinned have more and are less likely to be damaged from the sun's rays. It gives the human being the connection to plants, animals and other people. The less melinated seem prone to destroy all these without remorse. Nothing is more painful than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking, oh! oh! robbery, then turn around and see a white guy with dreadlocks! It was wrong to beat us to death, starve us, rape us. They're scared that we're going to take all their jobs, food and treat them like they did us. They won't be the boss anymore. Whites make up 80% of older Americans over 65 years of age. Who's going to take care of them? We might have to play God and start missions to feed the hungry whites: "One dollar a day to save these poor starving people who have no food, no home, no one to love or understand them". Didn't Charlie Brown once say something like, "Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter like unrequited fake-American-Dream-kind-of love. MNN Mohawk Nation News. Watch World Banker, James D. Wolfensohn, make stunning confession to back this up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOwZwkhFemQ&feature=player_embedded#! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Aim Santa Barbara 6:07pm Jan 31 Tuesday, 01/31/12, on American Indian Airwaves - 8p.m. to 9p.m (KPFK FM 90.7) "The Manifestations of White and Settler Privilege" Tia Oris-Peters,(Zuni Nation), Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development (http://www.7genfund.org/) joins us for a one-hour exclusive special on the perpetual manifestations of white and settler privilege, racism, colonialism, decolonization, the problematic usage of "occupy" by demonstrators throughout the nation-state, the United States. American Indian Airwaves regularly broadcast every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angles, FM 98.7 in Santa Barbara, FM 99.5 China Lake, FM 93.7 North San Diego, WCRS FM 98.3/102.1 in Columbus, OH, Frequenica Libre in Chiapas, Mexico, and by Internet with Real Media Player, Winamp, & Itunes @ http://www.kpfk.org/ SPECIAL NOTICE: weekly shows can now be heard on the KPFK web site (http://www.kpfk.org/) under "audio archives" located on the top of the KPFK webpage. Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development - Indigenous non-profit organizationhttp://www.7genfund.org/The Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and main@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field and in the policy arena to protect America's last wild buffalo. Buffalo Field Campaign Yellowstone Bison Update from the Field February 2, 2012 ------------------------------ ------------------------------* Update from the Field * TAKE ACTION! Raise Your Voice for the Buffalo * BFC Wish List: Reliable Vehicles * By the Numbers * Last Words ~An American Scene, Certainly------------------------------* Update from the Field BFC's field patrols have been seeing many hunters in the Yellowstone boundary area but no buffalo are currently out of the park. With snow falling every day and accumulating in the high country, it is probably a matter of days before the winter migration begins. We are grateful for this time of peace and have been taking advantage of the relative calm in the field to comment on several proposed government actions (add your voice below) and continue to build a strong grassroots movement to protect the buffalo and their access to habitat. In late January a crew from Buffalo Field Campaign traveled to Salt Lake City to attend the Outdoor Retailer's trade show. Guests of Klean Kanteen, we were following up on the successful summer show where we worked with Klean Kanteen, Patagonia, and Osprey to introduce plastic-free happy hours. Each company sold a special edition "protect habitat for all species" Klean Steel Pint at their nightly events, with proceeds benefiting Buffalo Field Campaign. These happy hours were a huge success, raising much-needed funds for BFC and preventing the wasteful use of thousands of throw-away plastic cups. At the January show we staffed an information table in the Klean Kanteen booth, handed out hundreds of newsletters, recruited field volunteers, and met with dozens of companies to gain support for our bison protection efforts. Many companies donated products to equip our field patrols. We even ran into Michael Franti, the creative force behind the band Spearhead, who was gracious and passionate enough to record the following interview and share his thoughts on the buffalo. Thank you Michael Franti! Michael Franti speaks about the importance of protecting the buffalo. We would like to send a huge thanks to Klean Kanteen for inviting us to the show, continuing to donate proceeds from pint cup sales, and for being such an integral part of the buffalo family. Thanks also to all of the amazing outdoor companies who keep finding creative ways to support our work. For the Buffalo,Dan Brister Executive Director Buffalo Field Campaign------------------------------* TAKE ACTION! Raise your Voice for the Buffalo. Visit the take action links below and please spread the word among your networks of friends. Thank You! 1. Comment to Stop Montana's New Buffalo Firing Line 2. Write Letters to the Editor Opposing Montana's Bison Management Harvest 3. Stop Federal Livestock Overseer from Experimenting on Wild Buffalo! 4. Urge Congress to Support Voluntary Retirement of Public Lands Cattle Grazing! 5. Volunteer with BFC! Field volunteers are needed now through May. BFC provides room, board, gear and training, the buffalo and their landscape provide the inspiration! Please join us on the front lines in defense of America's last wild buffalo! Learn more and apply here and then contact our volunteer coordinators. 6. Help keep BFC strong and effective in the field and at every level of the policy arena. Donations are tax-deductible and go directly to BFC's critical program work. Thank you so much for taking these important actions! Please spread the word by passing these alerts on through all your networks of friends and colleagues!------------------------------* BFC Wish List: Reliable Vehicles Two of our patrol cars have broken down in the past week, requiring costly repairs. Both have more than 200,000 miles on them. Our Suburban, which was donated more than a decade ago by singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, has been an incredible workhorse for the Campaign, but we fear its days are numbered. If you have a spare vehicle in the driveway or you would like to donate toward the purchase of a new vehicle, please reply to this email. We are in special need of 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles. Because BFC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible. Click HERE to view BFC's complete Wish List------------------------------* By the NumbersAMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S. The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 3,700 individual buffalo. Wild bison are currently ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America. 2011-2012 Total Buffalo Killed: 16 2011-2012 Government Capture: 2011-2012 Government Slaughter: 2011-2012 Held for Government Experiment: 2011-2012 Died In Government Trap: 2011-2012 Miscarriage in Government Trap: 2011-2012 State & Treaty Hunts: 16 2011-2012 Quarantine: 2011-2012 Shot by Agents: 2011-2012 Killed by Angry Residents: 2011-2012 Highway Mortality: 2010-2011 Total: 227 2009-2010 Total: 7 2008-2009 Total: 22 2007-2008 Total: 1,631 * Total Since 2000: 3,988* *includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, highway mortality-----------------------------* Last Words It would seem to be hardly possible to imagine a more novel sight than a small band of buffalo loping along within a few hundred feet of a railroad train in rapid motion, while the passengers are engaged in shooting, from every available window, with rifles, carbines, and revolvers. An American scene, certainly.~Theodore Davis, writing for Harpers, January 1869 Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you have been sending! Keep them coming!------------------------------ Media & Outreach Buffalo Field Campaign P.O. Box 957 West Yellowstone, MT email@example.com://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/BFC is the only group working in the field every day in defense of the last wild buffalo population in the U.S.KEEP BFC ON THE FRONTLINES Join Buffalo Field Campaign -- It's Free!Tell-a-Friend!Take Action!Find BFC on FaceBook! ROAM FREE! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@4 DIRECTIONS MNN. Jan. 31, 2012. "The future ain't what it used to be" [Yogi Berra]. White bankers being the bosses of the world is coming to an end. Their control and theft of Indigenous resources is over. Their fortunes are declining. Salaries, social programs, benefits and pensions are being cut back. US elders, you may not see your pension until you are over 67 or more, if ever. Cost of living keeps climbing. Signs of hysteria! New private prisons for those who don't fall into line. New super duper fighter jets grace the bigger military. [A temporary fix.] As Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in effect said in Davos Switzerland, "If we don't put our act together, we're in deep doo-doo. Europe and the West are not important anymore. [They're going broke and lost their slaves.] Third world peoples have to do all the work cheaply and provide the resources to us. China is bigger. We have to push emerging economies into debt to us. We'll just keep throwing paper money at them!" [Sounds like a quick fix!] Indigenous have to be brought into line. White supremacists oppressing people of color is in peril. The white race is being absorbed out of existence. In 2023 majority of 18 and under will be people of color in US and Canada, becoming a majority in 2042, or sooner. Western nations will become third world countries. What will it mean to be white? No one seems to want to preserve them. They're not steeped in any cool culture that we want. They've tried to destroy the world for the rest of us. Four suggested scenarios. 1. White minority remains in charge. Bankers continue to rule everybody, keep stealing and pocketing. US remains the West's attack dog. 2. Indigenous majority. White minority. Token whites created. Opportunists claim white grandmother to get jobs and scholarships meant for white minorities. Every child required to read, "Vanishing Whites". 3. Mostly Indigenous. Hardly any whites, who voluntarily set up Department of White Affairs to run their closed communities. Create white culture villages ['Touristans'] to show that once upon a time many white people lived on and dominated Great Turtle Island. Many white volunteers for us to study. Some return to their homeland and find them taken over by people of color. 4. Remaining Western countries with 'chihuahua' military. We give humanitarian aid and condoms. They try to continue white supremacy and divide and conquer tactics on their own people. They don't know what peace is. According to an old Indigenous story, a frog was about to cross a river. A poisonous brown spider asked if he could ride on his back. The frog said, "No, you'll bite and kill me". The spider said, "I won't because then we'll both die". The frog said, "Okay". As they crossed, the spider bit and poisoned the frog, who asked, "Why? Now we're both drowning?" The spider replied, "Because it's my nature." As our people saw in the beginning, it may be the invaders' nature, tehotate'wara:ke, to [metaphorically] eat each other's flesh. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@From the Eagle Watch #209February 3, 2012We are here in the East far from Dene Territory in the West. It is hard for us to decipher the sincerity and the intent of the Indigenous people involved in this declaration to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline . We sure hope that they are for real and that they will not be compromised by Any Psychological Warfare that will inevitably be directed at them.It is important to note that the mainstream media has been quite mute on these developments. All the more reason to post, forward and print !!!KIttoh<firstname.lastname@example.org>http://www.marketwatch.com/story/first-nations-in-alberta-nwt-sign-save-the-fraser-declaration-opposing-the-proposed-enbridge-pipeline-and-tankers-project-2012-01-27press releaseJan. 27, 2012, 1:48 p.m. ESTFirst Nations in Alberta & NWT Sign Save the Fraser Declaration Opposing the Proposed Enbridge Pipeline and Tankers ProjectEDMONTON, ALBERTA, Jan 27, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- This afternoon, First Nations from Alberta & the Northwest Territories added their names and support to a formal declaration opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and supertankers project. In signing the Save the Fraser Declaration - a formal legal declaration that protects the world's most critical salmon rivers, and the Pacific North Coast, from the threat of oil spills posed by the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline and supertankers.The Yinka Dene Alliance, which is made up of 6 Nations (Nadleh Whut'en, Saik'uz, Takla Lake, Nak'azdli, Wet'suwet'en and Tlazt'en Nations) in northern British Columbia led the creation of the Declaration in 2010. Since then, First Nations signing onto this opposition of the proposed Enbridge pipeline and tankers has snowballed to more than 100 First Nations in BC, Alberta and the NWT.Members of the Yinka Dene Alliance including Chief Jackie Thomas traveled to Edmonton for a signing ceremony to welcome the support of Alberta & NWT Nations. "The Harper government has made clear that they plan to ram the Enbridge pipeline and tankers through. He wants to sacrifice First Nations once again for this tar sands poison," said Chief Jackie Thomas of Saik'uz First Nation. "We will stop them."The signing of this Declaration comes after a long week of Chiefs, Elders and community leaders from various communities presenting oral evidence to the Enbridge Joint Review Panel here in Edmonton. Testimony given by various communities in Alberta echoed Nations in BC and outlined the serious concerns many First Nation communities have about the proposed route of the pipeline and its close proximity to waterways, culturally-sensitive areas and traditional hunting, fishing and gathering sites in the province.Alberta First Nations affected by tar sands developments - and also living downstream of the proposed Enbridge pipeline route and possible pipeline oil spills - committed to helping the Yinka Dene Alliance and BC First Nations to protect their lands."As a community being impacted by rapid tar sands development in the Alberta we support the Yinka Dene Alliance and understand the importance of protecting sacred waterways from the dangers of this pipeline," stated Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. "Our community has seen the devastating impacts of tar sands projects and we truly hope that our brothers and sisters in the Fraser River do not suffer the same fate."The Save the Fraser Declaration recognizes the connection to tar sands expansion projects and criticizes the federal process to approve the pipeline. The Declaration states, "This project would link the Tar Sands to Asia through our territories and the headwaters of this great river, and the federal process to approve it, violate our laws, traditions, values and our inherent rights as Indigenous Peoples under international law...""Our downstream communities have already experienced impacts from the ruptured Enbridge Norman Wells pipeline in the NWT, which is still being cleaned," stated Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus. "A rupture in the Northern Gateway pipeline could also affect us because the water comes north. People in the north get their drinking water directly from the rivers and streams."New Signatories to the Declaration include Dene Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Swan River First Nation, Smith's Landing First Nation, Katlodeeche First Nation, Liidlii Kue First Nation, Deh Gah Got'ie First Nation, Dene Tha' First Nation, and Deh Cho First Nations. Contacts: Yinka Dene Alliance Chief Jackie Thomas 250-567-8048 Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam 780-903-6598 Dene Nation Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus 613-859-5063SOURCE: Gathering of NationsGathering of NationsProtecting our Watershed from Oilhttp://savethefraser.ca/Copyright 2012 Marketwire, Inc., All rights reserved.Distributed under Fair Use Principles@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@From the Eagle WatchFebruary 3, 2012FYIre:Rally against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Fort St James, BCpeace, earth and justicehttp://pej.org/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=9260&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0Rally against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Fort St James, BCPosted by: joan.Russow on http://pej.org/ Thursday, February 02, 2012 - 08:55 AM83 ReadsMedia Advisory: Rally against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Fort St James, BCFebruary 1, 2012Representatives of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Nak'azdli Whut'en, the Yinka Dene Alliance and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, among other concerned citizens will be protesting the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. prior to the opening of the Joint Review Panel hearings being held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Saint James, BC. From: "UBCIC Latest News" <email@example.com>NEWS RELEASEWhat: Demand a stop to oil pipeline development in British Columbia (BC), as well as a continued moratorium on oil tanker traffic off the coast of BC and more accountability in Tar sands development in Alberta.Where: Kwah Hall, Nak'azdli Whut'en (Fort Saint James, BC) march to Royal Canadian LegionWhen: February 2, 2012, 8:30 AMParticipants:* Members of the Yinka Dene Alliance* Carrier Sekani Tribal Council* Union of BC Indian ChiefsFor more information, please contact:Terry Teegee, CSTC. Phone: 250-562-6279. Cell: 250-640-3256; firstname.lastname@example.orgGrand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Phone: (250) 490-5314Yinka Dene Alliance Coordinator, Geraldine Thomas-Flurer Phone: (250) 570-1482The UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United NationsUBCIC News Releases and Current Events can be found here.Contact UBCIC: http://email@example.comTel: (604) 684-0231 500 - 342 Water StreetVancouver, BC V6B-1B6Fax: (604) 684-5726~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GITGA'AT NATION RALLYSaturday, February 4, 2012 - 11:00am - 2:00pmFirst Nations, guest speakers, musicians, performers, politicians, and environmental advocates from across British Columbia and North America will gather in Prince Rupert on February 4th to join hands with the Gitga'at Nation of Northwestern BC in a united stand against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project (ENGP) and show a united opposition to tankers within BC Coastal waters.The event, hosted by the Gitga'at Nation starts at 11 am at Mariner's Park with a parade to the Jim Ciccone Civic Center in Prince RupertRegistration begins at 9 am in the Civic Centre lobby- For the Gitga'at, the biggest risk posed by the ENGP is the tankers carrying condensate and crude from the proposed Kitimat site to markets in China. The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway would transport oil and condensate from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat via 2 - 1,170-km pipelines. At the proposed Kitimat port facility, the oil would be transferred to super-tankers and shipped out through Douglas Channel, right in front of the village of Hartley Bay - the community where the BC Ferry 'Queen of the North' sank in 2006 and still rests today slowly releasing toxins into the environment.- The tanker route will go through the harvesting and fishing areas of the Gitga'at and as well as the home of the rare, white Spirit Bear. An oil spill will cause a disaster, not only for all life forms in the area, but also for the very survival of the Gitga'at people.- The event is a forum for everyone to come together and listen to the risks the project poses.- The Gitga'at will present a variety of speakers from First Nations representatives, to national and international experts and environmental supporters, includingKey note address by Rafe Mair, David Suzuki and Andrew Nikiforuk, as well as,Live performances by Jann Arden, jazz pianist Murray Porter, Peter Breeze, Shane Yellowbird, and Ta'kaiya Blaney, (the young singer who was denied access to perform her song 'Shallow Waters', at the Enbridge Offices in Calgary). There will also be many traditional dance groups in attendance.The Gitga'at "Say No to Oil Tankers" RallyThe event is expected to draw some 2000+ people and is opened to the public with registration beginning at 9 am in the Civic Centre lobby.Registration is required for attendance at the Civic Centre. Come early to guarantee entry as space is limited.http://www.gitgaat.net/Stay informed.Subscribe and get the best of PEJ News by email. Free.Prometheus Institute does not endorse any article or comment that is published on PEJ.org. The opinions expressed in all articles and comments are those of the authors and not of Prometheus Institute or the Peace, Earth & Justice News.@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@CherokeeLink Newsletter ************************** Osiyo,Have you ever heard the claim, “My Great Grandma was a Cherokee Princess…”? Get the real information behind such claims, by watching the Cherokee Nation History Talk. Watch it live on the website or in person at the Cherokee Nation Complex’s Tribal Council Chamber Friday, February 24, from 10:30 am to noon central time. This year’s first talk features Gene Norris, Senior Genealogist at the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. Watch and learn as he presents “My Great Grandma was a Cherokee Princess and Other Misconceptions about the Cherokees”. Watch this event live at:http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/Webcasts/Default.aspx Letting those special people in our lives know how much they mean to us is important on Valentine’s Day. Speaking of which, the Valentines for Vets deadline is drawing near. This is a program where the Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs is encouraging everyone to send in home-made valentines to give that special message of support to our wounded warriors who are confined to area hospitals or nursing homes. Distribution of these valentines will be February 10th. For more information go to: http://www.cherokee.org/NewsRoom/PublicNotices/30666/Information.aspx Wado! (Thank you) Cherokee Nation P.O.Box 948 Tahlequah, OK 74465918 453-5000------------------------------------------------------------************************** ***Cherokee Nation News***** **************************Cherokee Marshals Bus Tables for Tips:2/2/2012 8:51:19 AM© Cherokee NationThe Cherokee Nation Marshal Service recently raised more than $400 waiting tables at Tahlequah's Del Rancho restaurant in support of Special Olympics. http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32930/Press_Article.aspxCherokee Heirloom Seed Program Sprouts Again:1/31/2012 9:57:46 AM© Cherokee NationThe days are getting longer and all good gardeners know what that means. It will soon be time to start your seeds for those spring and summer gardens. Cherokee gardeners will take delight in knowing that spring gardening season is just around the corner and Cherokee Nation is once again offering those gardeners a chance to grow a bit of the tribe’s history and culture in their own backyard.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32929/Press_Article.aspxBaker Appoints Two to Election Commission:1/31/2012 9:00:50 AM© Cherokee NationThe Cherokee Election Commission has two new faces. Effective Jan. 30, Stilwell resident Shawna Calico and Lindsay Earls from Tulsa will replace outgoing commissioners Patsy Eads-Morton and Curtis Rohr, whose terms expired on Oct. 1, 2011.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32928/Press_Article.aspxArtists sought for the Cherokee National Holiday Art Contest:1/30/2012 12:01:13 PM© Cherokee NationThe Cherokee Nation is looking for talented artists to depict this year’s theme, “From One Fire to a Proud Future,” in the Cherokee National Holiday Art Contest.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32927/Press_Article.aspxSequoyah Senior Signs with Connors State College:1/30/2012 9:32:04 AM© Cherokee NationSequoyah Schools senior Eric Kirkpatrick has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Connors State College.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32926/Press_Article.aspx @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@From the Eagle Watch #210Nobody Really WantedTo:But They All Thought They Had ToFebruary 4, 2012A wise, old Warrior once told us something that his Elder Warriors hadtold him about confrontation. There are many things WarChiefs andWarriors must consider when preparing to use force, especially when onthe "offensive". Who are the people who will beaffected? What will these violent actions lead to? If we setsomething into motion, will we be able to control it? to stopit??These considerations are no different in the extreme situation of nuclearwar. It looks like most people have learned the lesson that nuclearwar is a very bad thing. We don't want it. Yet the people whoare allowed to lead the various nations don't seem to have learned thesame lessons. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), UK is #4 on the"Top 50 Think Tanks – Worldwide (Non-US)".The IISS just put out a paper, "Britain and France as NuclearPartners". What it boils down to is nothing surprising yet itis still shocking. Governments are lying through their teeth aboutnuclear nonproliferation. Typically they say one thing and doanother. Below is a link for this rather long article whichdescribes the cosier nuke relations developing between Britain andFrance. They're supposedly both so broke these days, they need each other tocontinue maintaining and developing nuclear weapons, "Aradiographic–hydrodynamic facility, called EPURE, is to be built at theValduc site of the French nuclearweapons establishment. A jointTechnology Development Centre in support of the EPURE facility will bebuilt at Aldermaston in the UK."According to the article, "THE UK FACES [the] SITUATIONTODAY, AS IT APPROACHES THE ‘MAIN GATE’ DECISION-POINT (NOW PUSHED BACKTO 2016) FOR THE BUILDING OF A NEW GENERATION OF NUCLEAR SUBMARINESCAPABLE OF CARRYING TRIDENT BALLISTIC MISSILES".In other words, they're gearing up when they really should be gearingdown. Can we presume that most British and French people know aboutthis and support this??We haven't posted anything on the nuclear topic lately but it is alwayson our minds. The Ontario government is pushing ahead with plans tobuild more reactors at Darlington in complete disregard for the growingopposition among Canadian people and the growing scientific evidence thatnukes are bad. Not only are nuclear reactors dangerous to thepeople who live near them and not only do they produce a legacy of toxicradioactive nuclear waste but this waste is the material needed to makenuclear weapons.Nuclear reactors were originally designed and built for the sole purposeof making materials like plutonium for nuclear bombs. They werelater modified to make electricity for public use as a whitewash to theirreal purpose. Nuclear reactors produce a lot of heat and are notvery efficient at making electricity. The good news, for the moment, is that the shipment of used radioactivegenerators from Bruce Power down the St. Lawrence River and across theAtlantic to Sweden is on hold. Watch out though, the CNSC justmight let them go at any time.US military nuclear materials are currently being trucked to Chalk RiverLaboratories on the Ottawa River in Anishnaabe/OngwehonwehTerritory. They could be transported right past our doors and we'dnever know it. All over the world weaponable nuclear waste is being moved to and fromvarious facilities. Since it always has a tendency to break down,nuclear materials need to be monitored and tested all the time. Nuclear scientists want to figure out ways to slow that process. They need to find ways to safely store nuclear materials. Instead,they want to make the nukes they have more potent than ever. When the oligarchs say, "nonproliferation", they mean otherpeople. The current nuclear powers in the world, led by the US,include France, Britain, Israel and India. Russia and Pakistan alsohave nuclear weapons. Canada is an appendage of the US nuclear programs,both civil and military, especially military. Canada continues to mine, process and produce nuclear materials for theUS nuclear weapons program. This is all done on various Indigenousterritories without proper consultation, accommodation and the approvalthat they would never get for their insane activities.As long as "they" want to build more nuclear reactors, restassured they will continue to pursue nuclear weapons too. They callit "deterrence". It appears many people in the world takeit as a challenge.We just thought you'd like to know about it.Kittoh<firstname.lastname@example.org>We welcome your feedback! Forward, post and consider printing foryour cyberphobic friends and relatives.The Eagle Watch Newsletter is sent to interested individuals, bothIndigenous and nonNative, politicians especially the Canadian ones and anassortment of English language media. It is also sometimestranslated into French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Russian and otherlanguages. Notes, Sources and Contact Infohttp://www.gotothinktank.com/directory/Top 50 Think Tanks – Worldwide (Non-US)Table #21. Chatham House (AKA The Royal Institute of International Affairs),(United Kingdom)2. Amnesty International, (United Kingdom)3. Transparency International, (Germany)4. International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), (UnitedKingdom)Survival: Global Politics and Strategy Volume 54, Issue 1, 2012 The whole magazine can be purchased. The single article can be readat:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00396338.2012.657528Britain and France as Nuclear PartnersRECENT NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENTSFor Immediate ReleaseNo nuke waste in our backyard: MadahbeeUOI OFFICES, NIPISSING FN (January 5, 2012) – Anishinabek Nation GrandCouncil Chief Patrick Madahbee says that First Nations in the AnishinabekNation Territory have been opposed to nuclear waste storage sites since2004. “We always hear non-Native communities saying they don’t want certainprojects or developments in their backyard. Well, First Nations don’twant nuclear waste in our backyard,” says Madahbee. “Representatives from Chiefs in Ontario have been attending informationsessions held by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and this isnot the proper consultation we are entitled to.” The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples statesthat no storage or disposal of hazardous materials shall take place inthe lands and territories of Indigenous Peoples without free and priorconsent. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is federally mandated toassume responsibility for the long-term management of Canada’s usednuclear fuel. A Deep Geological Repository Program is seekinglong-term storage for Canada's growing amount of high-level spent nuclearfuel bundles. Since the Nuclear Industry started using nuclear reactors to produceelectricity in the early 1970s, they have accumulated about two millionspent fuel bundles, a number that could fill six NHL-sized hockeyrinks. Three of the five sites in Northern Ontario involved in NWMO’s 10-yearselection process – Wawa, Horne Payne and Schreiber – are in AnishinabekTerritory. Elliot Lake, Blind River and the Township of Northshorehave also expressed interest in becoming storage sites. Historical uranium mining and processing within Anishinabek NationTerritory has resulted in significant and long-term consequences not onlyto the environment, but also to the people who live and thrive off theland and waters for their livelihoods. The Grand Council Chief said there is absolutely no guarantee that theGovernment, Industry or NWMO can provide assurance that a natural hazardsuch as an earthquake, volcanic activity, rock fracture, corrosion, iceage or any other naturally- occurring disaster can be avoided – onlytheir unproven scientific theory. NWMO is offering to provide a Jan. 26-27 all-expenses paid junket forjournalists to participate in an “information-sharing” exercise inToronto and Ottawa, including a tour of the Pickering Nuclearpower-generating plant. Grand Council Chief Madahbee said Anishinabek Nation Resolution 2010-30declared that our communities were united in their opposition to bothexport of nuclear waste and deep geological nuclear waste disposal. The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as itssecretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 membercommunities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest politicalorganization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacyof Three Fires, which existed long before European contact. -30- For more information contact: Marci BeckingCommunications OfficerUnion of Ontario IndiansPhone: (705) 497-9127 (ext. 2290)Cell: (705) 494-0735E-mail: email@example.com Melissa Ridgen Senior Researcher/ Writer Aboriginal Peoples Television Network339 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2C3 P: 204.947.9331 ext. 416 F: 204.946.0767 Toll Free: 1.888.278.8862 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.aptn.ca/World's First National Aboriginal Broadcaster http://www.kincardinenews.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=3422782Possible spent nuclear fuel site alarms local resident Kenneth Robertson, Kincardine News, January 4 2012http://tinyurl.com/74yhprjTowns vie to be the final resting spot for Canada's nucleargarbageAnna Mehler Paperny, Saturday's Globe and Mail, published Jan. 13,2012As roadside attractions go, “Home of Canada’s Nuclear Waste BurialGround” isn’t one you’d normally put on a souvenir keychain...CCNR submission to the CNSC on the proposed relicensing of Cameco’s PortHope Conversion FacilityDecember 19 2011 The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) is opposed tothe relicensing of the Port Hope Conversion facility for another fiveyears under present conditions. In terms of radiological and chemical hazards to the public and to theenvironment, CCNR asserts that no case has been made by the licensee formaintaining and expanding these potentially dangerous operations in theheart of a thriving downtown community, without any effective bufferzone, and sited as it is immediately adjacent to one of the mostimportant bodies of freshwater in North America – namely LakeOntario...MEDIA RELEASE (from Council of Canadians)February 2, 2012 Expiring nuclear waste shipping licence gives feds a second chance to doit right, says BarlowThe transport licence that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)issued to Bruce Power to ship 16 radioactive steam generators to Swedenwill expire on February 3, 2012. Bruce Power had planned to use Swedishcompany Studsvik to ‘decontaminate’ the radioactive waste and sell thescrap metal back onto open markets. The most radioactive parts of thegenerators would be transported back to the Great Lakes and stored nearits nuclear power plant on Lake Huron.======================= DISCUSSION PAPER AVAILABLE in Print Format Only!!======================="A Calamity Threatens Your Happiness" by J."Kittoh" Stanley, 2010, self-published, 260p. with maps, perfect bound.Copies are still available. This work, distributed by "gift or barter", is timely andcontroversial. It came about as a result of the phoney police-ledanti uranium mining protests at Sharbot Lake in 2007 and covers relatedincidents in nearby Ongwehonweh and Anishnaabek communities. There's loads of info on the nuclear industry, Canadian militarization,water diversion and much more.If you would like to receive a copy, send an email including your mailingaddress. <email@example.com>If you have promised to send a "gift or trade", please do so atyour earliest convenience. ;-)@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ ALERT: Indian student suspended for Saying "I Love You" in her Native Language Posted by: "MIKECHEROKEE@aol.com" MIKECHEROKEE@aol.com unitednative Fri Feb 3, 2012 8:58 am (PST) Issue ALERT: I'm waiting on a call back from the school principal Mr. Daniel Minter: principal 715)526-5328 (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) , then I'm calling the governor's office, then the state education Dep office. Menominee Seventh Grader Suspended for Saying "I Love You" in her Native LanguageThe alleged attitude problem turned out to be Miranda said the Menominee word "posoh" that means "hello" and said "Ketapanen" in Menominee that means "I love you." Miranda and a fellow classmate were talking to each other when Miranda told her how to say "Hello" and "I love you" in Menominee.Full report_http://bit.ly/x1hzJL_ (http://bit.ly/x1hzJL) School website:_http://www.shcscardinals.org/_ (http://www.shcscardinals.org/) Forward by: _www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com_ (http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/) -- "When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person. When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful. Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are." - Dave Kitchen
Friday, February 3, 2012
McIntosh Crime Watch
We had to go to the doctor today. While we were gone, one of the local criminals trespassed on our property and opened a gate that would allow a dog to be with other dogs who would fight him (that is whay we keep theem separate to protect them from getting hurt or killed by other dogs we have) It could have cost the dog his life. No use calling the law here they won't do a thing.
We had to go to the doctor today. While we were gone, one of the local criminals trespassed on our property and opened a gate that would allow a dog to be with other dogs who would fight him (that is whay we keep theem separate to protect them from getting hurt or killed by other dogs we have) It could have cost the dog his life. No use calling the law here they won't do a thing.