Saturday, April 20, 2013

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A Sad Anniversary for Native Americans

A Sad Anniversary for Native Americans
Last updated: 18 April 2013

Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who has been imprisoned for 37 years, still awaits justice.
"I think I can explain beyond serious doubt, that Leonard Peltier has committed no crime whatsoever," said former US Attourney General Ramsey Clark. "But that if he had been guilty of firing a gun that killed an FBI Agent, it was in defense of not just his people but the integrity of humanity from domination and exploitation."

A new effort is underway on the anniversary of Native American activist Leonard Peltier's conviction to urge President Barack Obama to grant clemency to a man Amnesty International considers to be a "political prisoner" in the United States.

This effort is spearheaded by the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee and joined by his supporters worldwide.

"We no longer have to convince the world of his innocence," Peltier attourney John Privitera told Al Jazeera at a press conference in New York City this past December. "All anyone has to do is read the judicial history of his conviction and incarceration and it is clear that there was a miscarriage of justice."

The judicial history of the Peltier case is fraught with racism, false evidence, coerced testimonies, controversy, and perjury. It is a stain on the judicial system of the United States and has attracted support for Peltier's freedom by such notable figures as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama.

Reign of Terror

It was the mid 1970s on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota during a period which saw the highest per capita murder rate in the country. Most murders went unsolved. Few were ever investigated.

Tribal Council Chairman Richard "Dick" Wilson was elected in 1972. Wilson, viewed as a corrupt administrator who channelled tribal funds to himself while jobs went to his allies, cracked down on the "traditional" people of Pine Ridge, those who valued their indigenous culture, language, and beliefs over more Americanized, western based value systems.

An enthusiastic supporter of signing over native land rights to mining companies, Wilson organized a private militia called 'Guardians of the Oglala Nation' or 'GOONs' to intimidate his political opponents.

At the time, the American Indian Movement (AIM) had been a growing force across the United States standing up for Native American rights, including the upholding of treaties signed by the US Government with the Lakota Nation.

On February 27, 1973, protesting the injustice and conditions on the reservation and bringing attention to the broken treaties, some 200 members of the American Indian Movement and their Oglala Lakota supporters occupied the town of Wounded Knee on Pine Ridge, the site of the 1890 massacre by the US 7th Cavalry which killed at least three hundred unarmed Indians - mostly women and children.

The occupation of Wounded Knee was met by a massive show of force by the FBI, US Marshals, and Tribal Police. Military armoured personnel carriers rumbled down the reservation's roads, and the occupation ended after a 71 day standoff which saw two Indians, Frank Clearwater and Buddy LaMont, killed by gunfire.

What followed was a period on the reservation referred to by those who lived through it as the "reign of terror."

Dick Wilson's tribal government funded GOON squads began a campaign of violence against anyone thought to be an AIM supporter or traditional Oglala Lakota. Entire neighborhoods were shot up, houses were burned, and at least sixty members of AIM or their supporters on the reservation had been found murdered.

The traditional people on the reservation invited AIM to play a more active role in helping protect them from Wilson's gangs. Leonard Peltier was one of those who came to Pine Ridge to help safeguard the community from the violence which engulfed them.

"It was a time of terror for our people, the FBI came to the land of the Oglalas and gave guns and bullets to Indian people,
to kill other Indian people," Oglala Tribal Vice President Tom Poor Bear told Al Jazeera.
Poor Bear, who has been in AIM since 1972, was in New York City recently speaking up in support of Peltier's release.

"During the reign of terror, a lot of us, like Leonard, set up camps to protect our elders, to protect our children, to protect our spiritual people," Poor Bear added. "The only thing Leonard is guilty of is carrying the responsibility of our ancestors."

It was in this atmosphere that on June 26, 1975, two under cover agents of the FBI drove onto the private property of the Jumping Bull residence where members of AIM had a nearby camp.

Soon after a shootout erupted, with women and children fleeing in the crossfire, FBI Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams were killed.

The camp was soon surrounded and came under a hail of gunfire while people continued to flee.

A third death, that of Native American Joe Stuntz, shot through the head by a sniper's bullet, has yet to be investigated.

After one of the largest manhunts in FBI history, Peltier, who was at the AIM camp on that day, was arrested in February 1976 in Canada and accused of killing the agents.

Dino Butler and Robert Robideau, arrested in the United States, were also charged with the killings. However, both of them were acquitted of these charges by a federal jury in Cedar Rapids,Iowa, on the grounds of self-defense.

The jury decided that had they been among what was reported to be up to thirty or so involved in the shoot out, and had they been the ones who fired on and killed the agents, due to the fear and violence in the community at that time, those acts would have been justified.
Nevertheless, the FBI was determined to hold someone accountable for the deaths of their agents and turned their focus to Peltier.

Peltier was extradited to the United States for trial based on an affidavit signed by a young Native American woman named Myrtle Poor Bear who stated that she was Peltier's girlfriend at the time and had been a witness to the killings.

Myrtle Poor Bear, known to have been mentally unstable, later recanted, admitting that she had never met Peltier but was threatened into making the incriminating statements by the FBI.

The court in Peltier's case barred her from testifying about FBI misconduct on the grounds of her "incompetence."

The court also prohibited Peltier from using "self-defense," as Butler and Robideau did successfully in Cedar Rapids, as his own defense.
Scare Tactics
During the Peltier trial, the airwaves were filled by media reports of imminent terrorist attacks and kidnappings that were supposedly to be carried out by AIM groups. Jury members were escorted to and from the court house by SWAT teams in busses with blacked out windows.

The fear this generated paid off for the prosecution. Despite failing to produce a single eyewitness to the killings, the prosecution prevailed and on April 19, 1977, the all white jury in Fargo, North Dakota, convicted Leonard Peltier, sentencing him to two consecutive life terms.

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit years later turned up a ballistics report which revealed that the gun which the prosecution tied to Peltier during the trial did not produce the shell casings found at the scene. The report had been concealed during the trial.

Regardless, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling even though US prosecutor Lynn Crooks had admitted, "no one knows who fired the fatal shots" that killed the agents.

In fact, during the appeal, according to Peltier defense committee member Dorothy Ninham of the Oneida Nation, when confronted with the lack of evidence the court informed Peltier that he wasn't being held for the 'first degree murder' charge but for 'aiding and abetting'; a crime for which Peltier had not been extradited for, charged with, or convicted of.

The Spirit of Crazy Horse

The details of the Peltier case and the importance of its historical context were carefully presented in the best selling book, "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, the Leonard Peltier Story" by Peter Matthiessen, as well as in Robert Redford's documentary, "Incident at Oglala".

This context could not be more clear to Ninham, who told to Al Jazeera, "This is not about one day on Pine Ridge and this is not about two FBI agents being murdered. This is about a whole lot more and goes back over a hundred years since we've been fighting with the government."

"They are holding Leonard for two people," Ninham, who posed numerous unanswered questions, added. "What about the 60 murders that happened on that reservation during the "reign of terror?" Who did any time for them? Who even accounted for those murders? Why wasn't a ballistics test done to see who killed Joe Stuntz? What about at Wounded Knee when they [government agents] shot into the church and killed Frank Clearwater?"

"It is just incredible the amount of injustice that has happened to him [Peltier] in his lifetime," Ninham adds. "I know Leonard. I know the kind of person he is. I've worked with him. I know that he is not capable of murder."

"We want people of all races to get involved with this", says Ninham. "We want to remind people that as long as Leonard is not free, none of us are free. I don't know how the United States can sit with this black eye and then talk about human rights in other countries when we are failing to take care of our own issues here."

From Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, then put into an Indian boarding school as a child, Peltier, who is Anishinabe and Lakota, is thought of by most who know him as just a regular guy with a strong desire to help his people, whether it be defending treaty rights or fixing people's cars.

Peltier, the symbol, has grown since his conviction, and he is now regularly compared to great leaders like Crazy Hourse and Sitting Bull, two legendary Lakota leaders whose lives continue to inspire.

Representing an Idea

The idea Peltier now represents, according to his spiritual advisor Lenny Foster, is that of Indigenous Peoples' struggle and resistance around the world.

"He's locked up and in essence we are all locked up doing time with him", Foster told Al Jazeera.
"As long as he's treated like a political prisoner, we indigenous people are also treated this way. Not having our treaty rights and our sovereignty rights and our freedom of worship being recognised, I think Leonard is a symbol of all of that," added Foster. "For what he represents and what he symbolizes, they want to punish him."

A Dine/Navajo, Foster is a volunteer spiritual advisor for Native American inmates in state prisons and federal penitentiaries. He has been a strong advocate for traditional ceremonies for Native American prisoners, more than 2,000 of whom he has come in contact with while visiting 96 correctional facilities over 30 years in order to conduct sweat lodge ceremonies, pipe ceremonies, and cell side visits.
"I started visiting Leonard Peltier in the Leavenworth US Penitentiary, and eventually moved on to the US Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania," said Foster. "I know Leonard Peltier to be a Revered Elder, and he is a very reverent and spiritual person. He's not some gangster or some gang banger. That's what the federal bureau of prisons wants you to believe."

In seeming disregard for the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, an Act which safeguarded the right of Native Americans in the US to practice their religion, even if incarcerated, Peltier has been denied visits from Foster since being transferred to Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, a maximum security prison in Coleman, Florida in 2011.

The reason?
Because Foster is a "friend" of Peltier.

"I raised the issue with the chaplain," said Foster. "That if I were a priest, minister, or rabbi, and had known an inmate for thirty years wouldn't I be somehow friends and have a relationship? But he wouldn't budge on it. The US prison system, when you think about it, is designed to break your spirit, to break your will, to break you down and make you give up. They've tried for thirty seven years to break Leonard's spirit and they haven't done it."

With the incarceration of Leonard Peltier, the US government's battle against him has not ended. As a prisoner in the US penal system, Peltier has endured beatings and solitary confinement.
He also has diabetes, high blood pressure, has suffered a stroke and, accoriding to his lawyers, been denied sufficient medical treatment.

Exemplar of Justice?

As the United States fashions itself as a global leader in human rights advancement, Leonard Peltier's freedom cannot be overlooked.

"I want you to realize there are millions of people throughout the world who are aware of Leonard's case of injustice", Attourney Peter Grant, who is Peltier's lawyer, told Al Jazeera. "They have to be reminded of this. Every diplomat, every world leader knows it is a ball and chain on the President's ability to speak about human rights. It affects his credibility."
Peltier has been Grant's client for decades now.
"We have to reignite the fact of the injustice done to Leonard", Grant added. "We have to keep not only local pressure on the President from people here in the United States, from people on this continent, from people throughout Indian country, we have to keep human rights pressure throughout the world on this president because he has no credibility on those issues until he breaks this ball and chain on his own ankle."

At the New York press conference, Privitera read an appeal to President Barack Obama.

"Mr President, we appeal directly to you. As a legal scholar, you know that article two, section two of our constitution is one of the strong threads in the fabric of our justice system. It is a responsibility born by the executive. It embraces the power to deliver justice, to exercise mercy, and to be wise in that law given power."

"This is an historic opportunity, Mr. President, to infuse your legacy with soulfulness and wisdom", he read. "We ask only that you commute the sentence of Leonard Peltier. No further findings have to be made. Commute him after thirty seven years of imprisonment. You have clemency power to say, and we ask that you do it now, that justice has been served by time, sir. And it's time to return Leonard home to his community to work and die on Turtle Mountain."

Having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times himself while incarcerated, Peltier must hope Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama is listening.

Emphasizing the urgency, Privitera continued, "Mr President, this case cries out for mercy. It is time to reveal and exercise your power and wisdom judiciously and we plead today that you commute Leonard Peltier's sentence. Be merciful. Be wise. Use your power. Bring Leonard Peltier home."
Until that happens, Leonard Peltier and his supporters around the world continue to wait.

We The First People

We The First People
I'm proud to belong to one of the original clans
whose Ancestors occupied all of these lands
before we were "found" by some wandering seaman
who knew just where he was and we became "Indian".

Talk to me of our victories, and I will listen
tell me about our history, a tear will glisten
stories of how life use to be, bring a rueful smile
drums and flutes will find me dreaming all the while.

In order to "save" us, they killed us
our peaceful cultures were "dangerous"
and they thought they could just ravage us
but by fighting back, we became “savages”.

Call us lazy, indeed we're not driven by their greed
to gather "materials" about them
But my question is
how did we exist for hundreds of centuries without them?

Noi il Primo Popolo
Sono orgoglioso di appartenere a uno dei clan originari
i cui Antenati hanno occupato tutte queste terre
prima fummo "scoperti" da qualche marinaio errante
che sapeva proprio dov’era e siamo diventati "indiani".

Narrami delle nostre vittorie, e io ti ascolterò
raccontarmi la nostra storia, una lacrima luccicherà
storie di come era condotta la vita, porteranno un sorriso mesto
i tamburi e i flauti mi troveranno per tutto il tempo sognante.

Al fine di "salvarci", ci uccisero
le nostre culture pacifiche erano "pericolose"
e pensarono che potevano solo devastarci
ma contrattaccandoci, diventammo "selvaggi".

Chiamateci pure pigri, infatti noi non siamo guidati dalla loro avidità
di raccogliere "materiali" per loro stessi
Ma la mia domanda è:
come abbiamo fatto ad esistere per centinaia di secoli senza di loro?
 — with Alessandra Tȟaté Witkó Frigerio.

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 20

April 20 365 Days Of Walking the Red Road

I have seen that in any great
undertaking it is not enough for a
man to depend simply upon himself.

Lone Man ( ISNA-LA-WICA)
Teton Sioux (Late 19th Century)
 — with walksfarwoman.

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 20
"You must be prepared and know the reason why you dance."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Inside every human being is a need to dance. We dance to music. Have you even wondered why people are moved when they hear an Indian Drum? The drum is the heartbeat of the Mother Earth. Every Indian dance is for a purpose and a reason. Every Song is for a reason. The beat of the drum makes our bodies, minds, and spirits join together in harmony. It allows us to connect to Mother Earth and to each other. The dance aligns our minds to think spiritual thoughts. Dancing to the drum is healthy.
Great Spirit, today, I dance to honor you.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ya, right....

My Grandmother shared with me....

Mitakuye Oyasin!

My Grandmother shared with me a powerful time when the people came together for prayers during the Dust Bowl in the 1930¹s. She accepted a C¹anupa to bring out the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle to end the drought and bring healing to Mother Earth. Even the non-native farmers heard of this prayer time and offered a cow to feed for the ceremony. The prayer was answered!

Recently I accepted tobacco from a Grandmother – Anpao Wic¹ah¹pi Was¹te Winyan of the Ihanktowan Oyate. She had a dream of bringing People together at the bundle to pray for a healing of the biggest cancer that is spreading upon Mother Earth; caused from the Tar Sand efforts with XL pipeline that is threatening to come through our territory and our Sacred Sites.

Our Nation who is known as the Pte Oyate (The Buffalo People) will be praying with Sacred Bundle on May 18, 2013. Please bring food for feast and tobacco offerings.

I am asking ³All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer¹ to help us during this time of this gathering by praying with us on this day where ever you are upon Mother Earth.

We need to stop the desecration that is hurting Mother Earth and the communities. These recent spills of oil are affecting the blood of Mother Earth; Mni wic¹oni (water of life).

Chief Bernard Ominiayak of the Lubicon Lake First Nation of Canada is also asking for prayers and to let the World know of his People¹s stand against the Development that is happening against his People. They sit on 70% of oil; those that are after this oil are threatening their lives. His concern at this moment is of non-members, without their consent, signing away their rights and negotiating with Corporations that will forever affect their way of life - to live off the land - handing them a death sentence. At this moment there are too many of their people dying from cancer. When they hunt, they are finding maggot-infested moose. When they fish they are finding two headed fish. The people are dying from trying to survive in a traditional way in their territory. The UN has submitted a statement in support of Lubicon Lake Nation¹s stand to live in Sovereignty and live in their tradition.

We have many concerns at this time. Along with the First Nations whose territory is within the Tar Sands
desecration; with their lives being threatened and also the high death rates of cancer, along with the sickness of the land and animals.

Many other Nations are committed to praying with us on the day of our ceremony. For those that cannot attend, Chief Wic¹ah¹pi To Wambdi is helping with his sister¹s dream representing the Ihanktowan Oyate, by asking those that cannot attend to send him tobacco ties and flags so he can carry them for the People to the Bundle.

I have also been contacted by People who will have another gathering outside the UN at Isaiah¹s Wall in NYC, they are committing to support and pray with us on May 17th at noon.

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no

Hec¹el oinipikte (that we shall live)

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the
Sacred White Buffalo Pipe

For More Information: <
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Address of Chief Wic¹ah¹ipi To Wambdi, 30702 Eggers Road,
Wagner, South Dakota 5738

Grandfather, do you know me?


Elder's Meditation of the Day April 19

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 19
"We all come from the same root, but the leaves are all different."
--John Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
We all come from one Great Spirit but we are all different and unique. Nothing in the Great Creation has a twin that is identical. Even children that are twins are different. Every single person is extremely special and unique. Each person has a purpose and reason why they are on the Earth. Just like every leaf on a tree is different, each one is needed to make the tree look like it does. No leaf is better or worse than the other � all leaves are of equal worth and belong on the tree. It is the same with human beings. We each belong here and do things that will affect the great whole.
Great Spirit, today, let me see myself as a valuable contributor to the whole.

Mitakuye Oyasin

Mitakuye Oyasin

Our Navajo Code Talkers--In Memory of Albert Smith


In Memory of Albert Smith 

It is with deep regret and sadness that we have lost another great hero and legend, Navajo Code Talker Albert Smith. Mr. Smith was 88 years old. He served in the 4th Marine Division during WWII. He will be greatly missed, yet his legendary life and service to the United States will live on in our hearts forever.

The Pueblo of Laguna is respectfully handling all services for Mr. Smith. A rosary will be held at the Catholic Church in Laguna, NM on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the evening. The church is white and is located on top of a hill. Take Interstate 40 exit #114 into the village of Laguna. There will be a traditional wake following the rosary. Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Catholic Church (same church as the rosary service).

Please pray for his family, loved ones, and his fellow Navajo Code Talker comrades.

Semper Fi,

On a Lighter note-- Coffee Filters


Coffee filters .... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11.. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

Not just for coffee!!!
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Unconfirmed Photo Of Suspect 2 In Boston Marathon Bombing Emerges On Facebook

new photo suspect 2

After finishing the marathon, Green said he collected his belongings, and planned to meet with friends near the finish line. Then a pair of bombs exploded.
"The second bomb went off right in front of me," Green said in an interview with The Huffington Post.
One of his first instincts was to get a quick photo. Then he proceeded toward the victims to try to help. That photo can be seen above.
"I soon realized there was nothing I could do but step back," he said. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing [...] I saw people lying in the streets, it was complete mayhem."
It was the only photo he took, he said. Then he started to get some video of the scene.
Green posted the photo to Facebook on Monday.
Little did he know that a man shown in his photo could be one of the men now wanted by the FBI. In the photo, the man seems to be walking away from the scene and he appears to have no backpack.
"This speaks to the power of social media," Green said this evening. "A friend reached out to me and said look at your photo, that's definitely the guy."
Green got in touch with the FBI tonight and said he spoke with multiple agents. He specifically asked if they were OK with him publishing the photo publicly to his Facebook page and he was told it was fine. So he posted it again.
The photo started getting attention on Reddit around 8 p.m. ET. A debate emerged whether it was digitally-altered or not.
Green's original post on Facebook, time-stamped Monday before the FBI released any photos, showed that it was not.


First, thank you all for your concerns and thoughts about my well being. I am not hurt but the memories of what i saw today will be surely be an injury that may never heal. I have received a lot of texts and emails about what happened so i want to share what i saw.

The 110% team was at Boston to work an expo and a few of us to run the Boston Marathon. The race itself is incredible. The volunteers, spectators and racers make it so incredibly special. Especially the children; it seemed like they lined the race for 26.2 miles looking to high five or hand out goodies like swizzlers and oranges.

Matt Hensley came through first for the 110% team and 35th over all in 2:23:17. I came in at 3:28:47. We were both so happy to see familiar faces along the finish line. They were located very close to where the bomb went off. When i finished, i walked back looking for them but they had left to get food. i walked by the bomb site 5 minutes before the blast and went into EMS to charge my battery to see where they went. Once i found out, i walked back out and towards the restaurant only to end up 50 yards from 2 bombs that were detonated. As frightened people came running at me, i went towards the site out of curiosity and desire to help. Also going towards the bomb site where brave marathon volunteers from the med tent, police, fireman and ambulances trying to help. I saw horrific injuries to innocent spectators, athletes, police and some of them children. One of them, a young boy under 10 was missing his leg and was being attended to by a person putting a belt on what was left as a tourniquet. The Fireman arrived within minutes and took him to care. I am so saddened to think he was the child that died. I was amazed how police, fbi, firemen, medics and people came together to help those in need.

After about 10 minutes the scene was locked down and police moved everyone out. I went to the restaurant the team was and as i walked that block saw that injured people from the bomb had run in fear of their lives with massive injuries, unaware, until they stopped or fell and being attended to. It seemed as if at least 100 people were injured in the area. As i walked into the restaurant, there was one sound, that of the TV everyone was glued to in hopes of getting information. Shortly after i arrived, there was rumor of more bombs in the area and the restaurant cleared. We were on the streets with no mass transport or cabs. Thousands of spectators, athletes and people were walking to get out of the city. Very reminiscent of 9/11 when NYC was in lock down and the only way out was to walk out.

I ended up walking through Cambridge and finding a cab back to my hotel 5 hours later.

The marathon itself simply stopped. While i saw the bomb go off, the runners in front of the bomb stopped and that set off a chain reaction that went from front to back where all the runners simply stopped running and news passed from the front to the back. As i walked out of the city, i spoke to dozens of runners who were on mile 25 and down who told me they just stopped running and were hearing news that was being passed back.

I am so saddened by such a random act of violence. So many families affected by it. Send your thoughts or prayers to them tonight. Make sure you love those around us, especially those who support us or are in need of our support. You never know if you will hit the anti-lottery one day so make every minute meaningful.


Go Home

You gotta love Robin Williams

Maybe HE should run for the Big Office!!


The Plan!

Robin Williams, wearing a shirt that says 'I love New York ' in Arabic.

You gotta love Robin Williams........Even if he's nuts! Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan. What we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message.

Robin Williams' plan...(Hard to argue with this logic!)

'I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of a plan for peace. So, here's one plan.'

1) 'The US, UK , CANADA and AUSTRALIA will apologize to the world for our 'interference' in their affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those 'good 'ole' boys', we will never 'interfere' again.

2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting withGermany , South Korea , the Middle East, and the Philippines . They don't want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.

3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave. We'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are from. They're illegal!!! France will welcome them.

4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don't like it there, change it yourself and don't hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don't need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers.

5) No foreign 'students' over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don't att end classes, they get a 'D' and it's back home baby.

6) The US, UK , CANADA and AUSTRALIA will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing non-polluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while.

7) Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don't like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)

8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not 'interfere..' They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army.. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.

9) Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don't need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us 'Ugly Americans' any longer. The Language we speak is ENGLISH...learn it...or LEAVE. Now, isn't that a winner of a plan?
The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, 'you want a piece of me?' '

If you agree with the above, Share or forward it to friends...If not, well I would be amazed if you DELETED it!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


A Must Read...
Cinnamon and Honey
Drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:
It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour beforebreakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!
 — with Lekha Sivasankar.

Supporting South Dakota Reservations Page--White Clay

It was there that Russell Means defined the whole history and issue of Whiteclay, Nebraska better than anyone has defined it in the 14 years that I have spent in the struggle to shut it down. I remember him saying to all of you that day, “Look around you. You are Crazy Horse’s people. You are the descendants of the people who took the greatest army that this country could put into the field at the Little Bighorn and you defeated them to the last man.” “Now look at you,” he admonished. “They have you on your knees up there at Whiteclay and they did not have to fire one shot.” I remember that. He said so much with those few words.

On February 27, Frank Lamere gave the following speech during an honoring celebration of Russell Means coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee. Lamere shared a story about a 1999 protest of Whiteclay, Nebraska and the sale of alcohol to tribal members. On July 3, 1999 I joined over 2,000 of the Lakota relatives, many of you here, who left Pine Ridge for Whiteclay protesting the sale of alcohol, wanting to sober the people up and wanting a better way of life for the generations to come. I went with you that day and when we got to that border just south of here 130 of Nebraska’s finest were there to meet us. They came with batons and shields, dogs, guns, and tear gas. They had snipers who they called armed observers on rooftops and they had an airplane to watch the peaceful marchers. I do not know why! I have always thought that they should have given all of the Lakota’s awards and acknowledgments for wanting to better their community and for wanting to give the children a chance. Instead they arrested nine of us that hot July day, Russell and I being the first two. They handcuffed Russell and myself, and marched us to a staging area where a group of state troopers circled us and told us how disappointed they were in us. We told them that they had a lot of damn gall preparing to battle women, children and elders and we did it with no fear that I remember. They put us in a secure state patrol truck that day and left for a moment. I told Russell that it was an honor to be arrested with him that day and he answered by saying, “it was an honor to be arrested with you my brother.” Later, Dennis Banks secured the release of those arrested at Whiteclay (Read More)

Earth Tribe--Bison

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Check out the efforts being made to put bison back on the prairies -
 — with Sonja Ponca.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 17

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 17
"Women know more about love than men do...Love is taking. Love is sharing. Love is learning things about each other."
--Mary Leitka, HOH
The Elders say Mother Earth shares Her special gifts of love with the Women. The Women know about bringing forth life and nurturing their offspring. Through this gift of love the Earth really makes the Woman special. Men should look upon the Woman with a Sacred Eye. She should be respected. The Woman is a role model for love. When the Woman talks, we should listen; when she shares, we should be grateful. We should all learn about each other.
Grandmother, teach me to love with the power of the Woman.


Pawnee Prayer

Earth, ourselves, breathe and awaken, leaves are stirring, all things moving, new day coming, life renewing.

Pawnee Prayer

Fat Flush Water

You should drink at least three 8 oz glasses per day, they say the longer it sits, the better it tastes. You can eat them as well but they are intended as flavoring and still work, so that is a personal choice. The Vitamin C turns fat into fuel, the tangerine increases your sensitivity to insulin, and the cucumber makes you feel full. Try it for 10 days and see what you think!

Ingredients per 8 oz serving

Water 8 oz
1 slice grapefruit
1 tangerine
½ cucumber, sliced
2 peppermint leaves
Ice – as much as you like

Wash grapefruit, tangerine cucumber and peppermint leaves. Slice cucumber, grapefruit and tangerine (or peel). Combine all ingredients (fruits, vegetables, 8 oz water, and ice) into a large pitcher.

Stir & Enjoy!

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Pumpkin dog cookies

Stop giving your dogs crap from China that is killing our dogs!! Here is a Pumpkin Recipe that is healthy for them :) Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits
— with Trisha Lynn and Scott Stickel.

Be Strong

The most beautiful woman is the one who has special connections with the earth, the moon, and the sun. Her church is the mountains, her alter is the forest, her steeple is the river, and her temple is the canyon. We worship the natural world around us and not some cold stony building in the center of town. (borrowed comment from Richie R R) photo of the black hills — with Francis Garrett at The Black Hills Of South Dakota.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Decide the future

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 16

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 16
"But one should pray in one's heart during a sacred ceremony; this is the purpose of the ceremony, to purify the participants both inside and outside."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
How do you know if you are praying from your heart or from your head? Pray from your head and you will feel nothing; pray from your heart and you will feel feelings. You may feel sorrow, you may feel joy, you may want to cry, depending on what you are praying for. During the ceremony, the cleansing will take place. The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of inner power: emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. The prayer controls the emotional, mental and physical. When we ask for purification of our feelings, our mental mind and our physical body, the spiritual direction causes the cleansing to happen.
Great Spirit, create in me a clean heart.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 15

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 15
"When people live far from the scenes of the Great Spirit's making, it's easy for them to forget his laws."
--Walking Buffalo, STONEY
Society today is way off track. Unfortunately, many Indian people are caught up in these modern times. The Elders are telling us we must wake up! We must come back to the culture because this is where His laws are. If we don't follow these laws, we will be unhappy. We cannot do things just because everybody is doing them. This does not make it right. We must follow what the Great Spirit says we must do. We need to pray hard for the courage to come back and live according to the culture. It will be difficult at first but worth it in the end. We must teach our children the culture.
Great Spirit, today, let me listen to the warnings of the Elders.

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 14

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 14
"The base of all things is love and respect."
--Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo
The greatest weapon of any Spiritual Warrior is love. Love will change minds; love will forgive; love will let go; love will cause good luck; love will heal; love will cry; love will get rid of resentments; love will overcome fear. Love loves love. Any human who is loving will be guaranteed respect. Respect loves love. We need to love and respect ourselves.
Grandmother, Grandfather, today, lead me on the path of love.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Idle no more...

Turtle Island

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Turtle Island
18" x 24"
Mixed Media on Canvas

Many Aboriginal groups call this land we live on Turtle Island. It comes from the legend of Skywoman who fell to earth, which was all water. She gathered soil from the ocean floor and shaped it on the back of a turtle and created our home. The turtle is called "Ha Nu Nah" in Seneca.

Our land is a living thing, and it's also the only land we have. We sacrifice parts of it, kill it, for our comforts and wants, and just a little bit for our needs as well.

But mostly it's waste and greed.

We all know it and we all wish it were different. We feel powerless in our own world, relying on people who control the corporations and the politicians we vote in to power to make sure it all turns out okay.

But no one is thinking about their family yet to be born.

There are generations to come who we are cheating today.

We are cheating ourselves!

When we can't swim in the waters, when we can't eat the fish from the rivers or the animals from our lands because they have been poisoned, we have cheated ourselves.

We need to stop closing our eyes and shutting our ears. Of course we do it because we don't want to hear about how bad it is. We don't want to see. It hurts.

But we can do something about it. The more people speak, the better the world will get. The more we operate from happiness and less from fear and greed, the better the world will get. The more we realize our true power and act, the better the world will get.

Which is a good thing!

We only have one world, after all.

It's so beautiful, so fragile, and so giving.

Please let us protect it. Please let us walk gently and take less. Please let us use our minds and spirits to realize our hunger is only sadness, and that it will only change when we serve.

Please let us tolerate the shortsighted destruction of our lands, our waters, our skies and our souls no longer.

We are mighty when we are together. And we are together on this Turtle Island, and there is no other.