Friday, April 26, 2013

Here We Come...

One day the Earth will cry...

Often we take things for granted. I am guilty of this as well. We always assume that that what we have today, we will have tomorrow. But this is not so. There are NEVER guarantees. Take a moment today to simply give thanks to that which sustains us. That which gives us life. We as Native Americans have always honored and respected all living things. We must continue to do so... every day. Aho.

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 26

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 26
"If those bad words come, I let them come in one ear and go out the other. I never let them come out of my mouth. If a bad word comes in your ear and then comes out of your mouth, it will go someplace and hurt somebody. If I did that, that hurt would come back twice as hard on me."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
What do we do with temptations when they come? What do we do when we hear gossip? What do we do when we hear bad things? If we hear these things and pass them on we will not only hurt the other person, but we will do harm to ourselves. We must be careful not to hurt others. Whatever we sow we will simultaneously reap for ourselves. We must be accountable for our own actions.
Great Spirit, today, let no words come from my lips that would hurt another.

The Native 10

Best Icing

The best icing!! All you do is mix one vanilla pudding packet with half of the milk called for on the package. Whisk until it begins to thicken. Then fold in one container of Cool Whip. A great frosting spread on cakes and piped onto cupcakes, a tasty filling in crepes or on waffles along with some fruit...way less sugar too!!!! 

19th Century Anishinabe Prayer

19th Century Anishinabe Prayer

Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk the Sacred Way.
Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion, and honor
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.

26 April 2013

Donovan “Van” Ketzler, at 89 years old, is possibly the oldest veteran of the U.S. cavalry still riding!

“When he says, I'm finished riding, that's when I start planning his funeral,” Jeff (his son) says. “That's his life and has been from a very early age.”
 — with Manuel Morante C.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pointers to help

Pointers to help well-meaning folks avoid being unknowingly impolite to American Indian people by: John Two-Hawks

Don't ask if we get money from the casino....

Don't bother telling the story about the arrowhead....

Don't pick up a rattle and shake it without at least asking....

Avoid the "who looks more Indian" stuff....

Don't touch or pick up our personal belongings without asking....

Use the word "Nation" instead of "tribe"....

Refer to Indian traditional clothing as regalia, not a "costume"....

Avoid the "how much Indian are you" questions....

Don't ask if we are "full-blood" or "pure-Indian"....

Don't ask "Are you a real Indian"....

Don't ask "can I touch you?"....

Avoid interupting, especially with elders....

All in all, be as respectful and courteous as you would with any other ethnic group and you'll avoid being unknowingly disrespectful to Indigenous people.
 — withNancy Martinez VasquezCraig RobinsonNo Fear-Native American Spirituality and Thoughts-A TributeAngee Davidson-LuciaMaria Lhiz and Sean Jacques.

White Buffalo Calf Woman

"I went to a holy man and asked him for help....

"I went to a holy man and asked him for help. He told me to get on the Red Road. `Pray to Wakan-Tanka (Great Spirit) to help you walk the Red Road."

--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA

All Indian traditions, customs and ceremonies help us answer three questions: who am I?, why am I?, and where am I going? Only on the Red Road can we find the answer to these three questions. When we can answer these three questions, we are on the Red Road. When we cannot, we have gone astray. That is why the Holy Men tell us to pray to the Great Spirit and to seek the Red Road. Why am I? My purpose is the serve the Great Spirit. Who am I? I am an Indian who walks the Red Road. Where am I going? My vision is to serve my people.

Great Spirit, when I know You, only then do I know me. Help me today to know You.
 — with Greg Bass and Greg Bass.

Think on these Things

Think On These Things
How much voice do we really have in our own affairs? How free are we to speak out on the things we know and believe and want to say? How much voice do we have in public affairs? 

How much goes unsaid because it may be bad for business, or it might make us look foolish? How often we should speak up but think it is none of our business. How quiet we are when someone's unethical hand does wrong.

What is it that inhibits us? Our own fears. Fear of our own ignorance, fear of losing, fear of the bugaboos we know lurk somewhere, but just aren't sure where.

Who are the people who are free of fears? They are the individuals who govern themselves in such a manner as to have thought out their own ideas enough to be able to speak freely for themselves.

Ethics would seem to be something to ignore if you wish to be successful in business. Many people strive harder today than at any other time to divide their lives so that being seen in church is good taste, and being unethical in business proves they are shrewd. Being successful isn't nearly as important as proving that they've gotten that way by the clever undoing of their opposition.

There was a time when building a better mouse trap by the most efficient methods gave us satisfaction, but too often these days we are impressed because someone is smart. Not smart with intelligence, but smart with the cunning that goes along with the jungle code of getting before someone gets you.

The person who tries to get ahead by ethical methods, and by wanting only to provide something better than is already in existence, must also be equipped to withstand ridicule.

Frankly, the race of the tortoise and the hare is still on, and while the hare is tearing around showing off its ability to be a fast runner, the tortoise is making progress, and never losing its way.
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Commonly used words that offend Indian people Written by John Two-Hawks

Commonly used words that offend Indian people
Written by John Two-Hawks 


This is a word that has been used to refer to
Indian women. Used as a name for many parks,
valleys, mountains etc. The term 'squaw' is
VERY offensive to Indian women. It has been
equated to calling an Indian woman a 'whore'.
Indian women should be called women-
NOT 'squaws'....


Used as a name for many sports teams, this
word is offensive by its very nature. In it's
origin, it refers to the bloody scalps of Indian
children, women and men that were sold for
bounties aside animal skins in the USA. At
this sad time in american history, Indians
young and old, male and female, were hunted
like animals. They were killed, then scalped.
When these men would come to the trade post,
they would receive money for their deer-skins,
their beaver-skins, their raccoon-skins,
and their red-skins. It is a true shame that
this horrifying word is still in wide use.


This is a word that has been used to refer to
Indian men. Used in millions of books, and
as a name for many sports teams, people are
often surprized to find that it offends Indian
people. But it does! It plays on the 'noble
courageous savage' ideal that was pinned on
Indian men long ago by early europeans. It
also dehumanizes and equates the Indian
male to something less than human. We are
men, NOT 'braves'....


This is a word that is commonly given as a
nickname which incorrectly labels Indian
men. The cultural equivelant would be to
nickname all white men 'Prez' or 'King'.
The term 'chief' itself is incorrect. Our
leaders were never 'chiefs', but headmen,
or clan mothers, and so on. Not 'chiefs'.
Our leaders were highly disrespected by
the USA. So calling someone 'Chief',
is just a way to continue that disrespect....


Very simply put, this word is from the spanish
language, and translated means 'stupid', 'idiot'
or 'fool'. Enough said....


I don't think this one needs a whole lot of
explaining. Indian people are not beasts,
and we never were. But we were considered
to be 'uncivilized' by european invaders
merely because our societies were new to
them. This 'new world' was and is, very
old to the 1st Nations peoples....

'Wild Indians'

Ever heard somebody say, "Stop acting like a
bunch of wild Indians"? This comes from a
long held american stereotype that Indians were
and are 'wild'. The simple fact is, anything
that the white man could not tame, enslave or
subdue was considered 'wild'. Consider the
words 'wilderness' and 'wildlife'. So, the
next time the kids are acting up, be sure
to avoid referring to them as 'wild Indians'

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 25

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 25
"In some mysterious and wonderful way you are part of everything, Nephew. And in that same mysterious and wonderful way, everything is a part of you."
--Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE
In order to experience this, we must be aware of how limited our senses are � eyes, ears touch, smell, taste. These senses help us to function in the Seen World. What we see is interpreted by our minds and put inside our belief system, and this can become our reality. But there also exists an Unseen World. In this world we experience connectedness; we experience the mystery; and we experience another whole point of view. If we pay attention to both the Unseen World and the Seen World, our belief systems will print in our mind a new and wonderful reality. We will see and know we are a part of everything.
Great Spirit, today, give me the knowledge to know this mystery.

Stuff :]

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Promise of Tomorrow Jamie Sams "Earth Medicine" — with Lucia Franza.

The promise Creator gives us
Comes with every new day,
The gift of breath, the gift of life,
Opportunities in a vast array.
How do we count our blessings,
Through the choices life can bring?
Is it through joyful lessons?
Or the fears to which we cling?
Are we learning to show gratitude,
For the victories over human pain?
By honoring the feeling choices,
We grasp the will we've regained.
Can we change our focus,
With no need to defend?
Acknowledging joy and sorrow,
Without judging foe or friend?
Tomorrow promises the fullness
Of every human way to know:
How we master each challenge
Determines our balance -
reflecting how we grow.

The Promise of Tomorrow
Jamie Sams
"Earth Medicine"
 — with Lucia Franza.

No Fear-Native American Spirituality and Thoughts-A Tribute

Great Spirit Grandfather,
I send these words to you,
Hear my prayer.
For these are my words,
To Father Sun,
To Grandmother Moon,
To Mother Earth
To all my relations,
That have been Created as I.
To the Four Winds,
That bring us the
Seasons of Life.

To the East
Where Father Sun rises
Bringing to us a new day
A new meaning of life,
A light in which to see
The path before us.

To the South
Where the warm air comes to us
Bringing heat and warmth,
The seasons of spring
And summer.

To the West
Where Father Sun goes
To bring to us darkness,
So as we may see the universe
And search for the questions
Of our life.

To the North
Where the cold winds come from
Bringing to us the seasons
Of fall and winter.
 — with TC Çiğdem ÇavuşoğluDeenah FloraSrimatee Morgana Bela BiswasAngee Davidson-Lucia and Mike Truex.

True Founding Fathers

12 million Natives Killed

Iroquois Constitution

As I listen to your Song....

As I listen to your Song, I see your Spirit Dance with the rhythm of Mother Earths Heart Beat. Because like all Creations that are allowed to roam free in this world. You had your freedom taken as I have. Yet you still show your loyalty to humanity and Creator. Just as I do. The sound of your hoofs pound and give life to all who believe in you. My Friend... I am your Voice, you are the Drum. Together we will make music and live in Harmony forever. Tasunka Oyat'e.
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Elder's Meditation of the Day April 24

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 24
"Each person's prayers can help everyone."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Prayer is our entrance into the Unseen World. It is by prayer we can call upon the powers and laws of the Great Spirit. The Spirit World has powers and laws that are different from the Physical World. The spiritual laws allow healing to take place; they allow forgiveness to occur; they cause miracles to happen; they cause hate to disappear; they heal broken relationships; they guide every moment of our lives; they allow us to love even when it's hard. Prayer allows us access to the Spirit World.
Creator, teach me to pray.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aaron Huey is a masthead photographer for National Geographic Adventure

Aaron Huey is a masthead photographer for National Geographic Adventure and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His stories from Afghanistan, Haiti, Mali, Siberia, Yemen and French Polynesia (to name just a few) on subjects as diverse as the Afghan drug war and the underwater photography of sharks, can be found in The New Yorker, National Geographic and The New York Times.

Huey serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit Blue Earth Alliance. In 2002, he walked 3,349 miles across America with his dog Cosmo (the journey lasted 154 days), and was recently awarded a National Geographic Expedition Council Grant to hitchhike across Siberia.

Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war (Video)
Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk.
In the Shadow of Wounded Knee After 150 years of broken promises, the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are nurturing their tribal customs, language, and beliefs. A rare, intimate portrait shows their resilience in the face of hardship. August 2012 -

The sun dance has rarely been photographed. Two sun dance circles allowed him to photograph at a few prescribed moments before and after (Slide 3) the main part of the ceremony. He was allowed to observe much of the rest of the ceremony. He describes it: The sun dance is where the men pray for the alleviation of the suffering of the people. They don’t pray for themselves. They generally pray for their family members, or people that are sick or suffering. They get pierced in their chest or their back, and they tear their flesh off. It’s an intense spiritual exercise that people prepare for, over long periods of time, with fasting sobriety, a vision quest, and intense suffering. What was happening in the middle of that circle was like being on another plane of existence.

Mr. Huey says that he has come to realize that journalists, and publications, are sometimes ill-suited to tell well-rounded stories about complete communities. Even on the web, publications don’t have the “time, space or attention” to tell the story of a whole community. Which is not to say that journalists shouldn’t be telling these stories. “I don’t propose to replace journalism with a bunch of unedited posts from a community,” he said. “But I think supplementing really great journalism with stories from the community, can only improve that journalism. This platform allows for the story to be a living story, that’s infinitely expanding.”
With his new images, Mr. Huey believes that he shows a more complete view of the Pine Ridge reservation than he had earlier.

He will be returning to the reservation to continue photographing. If he meets anyone who object to his photos in National Geographic, he has a new response. He can now say, proudly, that he can’t tell everything about the Lakota. “But now you can.”

( Huey's original Lens piece from 2009)
A few months after the Lens piece was published, Mr. Huey received over 40 letters from students at the Jesuit-run Red Cloud High School. Many of the letters asked why he couldn’t show families like theirs: sober, employed, “normal.” The students wanted him to balance the story and to include them. The letters stuck with Mr. Huey. “I had been dissatisfied for years with the limitations of traditional journalism,” he said. “A flaw of all journalism is that someone else is telling your story,” he said. “It was always through my lens, and they felt like that lens was distorted.”

There's negative BS going around regarding Aaron Huey, shaming his incredible efforts to shed light on the Lakota. On a small scale we and other pages receive bitter feedback because our page is Lakota and non native. Everyone has their right to free speech, but the attacks on Aaron Huey, perhaps the group of women and of course the author of the open letter to Aaron is understandable to a point. We've heard from numerous people and other pages who are angry at this group/page. This page along with many other pages, groups, phone/email trees worked hard bringing attention to the importance of VAWA in Indian country. We've received the same emails over and over again, the complaints about Meme's circulating with wrong information to gain attention. Although we take nothing personal, we believe VAWA passing to include native American women was largely due to so many involved, social networks, phone calls, emails, written letters, dedicated to changing VAWA. This post includes some of Aaron Huey's incredible work, also mentioning how the Sun dance has rarely been photographed, and an explanation of when Aaron returned to do another piece. Instead of jumping and judging Aarron Huey, look at all the good he has done, the time away from his family, his dedication, and insight people have never seen. We are pleased with the light Aaron has shed on our communities, we thank him from the bottom of our heart. Shame on you for your holier than thou behavior, divide and conquer is what keeps us apart so shame on you!!!!! Thank you Aaron Huey for all you have done!

Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 23

Photo: April 23 365 Days Of Walking The Red Road by Terri Jean

 Abuse no one and no living thing, 
 for abuse turns the wise ones to 
 fools and robs the spirit of its 
 vision. When it comes your time to 
 die, be not like those whose hearts 
 are filled with fear of death, so 
 that when their times comes they    
 weep and pray for a little more 
 time to live their lives over again 
 in a different way. Sing your 
 death song and die like a hero 
 going home. 

 Tecumseh, Shawnee 1768 – 1813

Abuse no one and no living thing, 
for abuse turns the wise ones to 
fools and robs the spirit of its 
vision. When it comes your time to 
die, be not like those whose hearts 
are filled with fear of death, so 
that when their times comes they 
weep and pray for a little more
time to live their lives over again
in a different way. Sing your
death song and die like a hero
going home.

Tecumseh, Shawnee 1768 – 1813

Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 23

"The real meaning of life is your family, the love that you have, the respect, the traditional ways, and carrying on with them."
-- Ethel Wilson, COWICHAN
The family is the seed of the future. The family is the key to the transfer of cultural information. We should really take a look at how we are looking at our families. Are we treating each family member with respect? Are we passing on the traditional ways? Are we teaching the old songs? Are we participating in the ceremonies? Are we showing the family members how to pray? Are we encouraging each family member to be spiritual? Think about these things today.

My Creator, today, let me show respect to each family member.

Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations,
Sometimes it is difficult to pass on the information if one is not receptive to pay attention and listen. We can place the food for thought on a plate but not everyone will eat of it.
Arthur Medicine Eagle-Sonier, MEGAMAW

Gitsch Manito-Creator,Wásóq-Spiritworld, Thank you for my Old School of Elders and their strict enforcement of my learning. I understand today why they did what they did for my protection and also to make certain I would pass it down to my next generation and My Grandchildren. I only ask that you help me to not force feed them but to give the food as needed so they can digest it like I was given. Welálin/ThankYou,MsitNókmaq,ChiMiigwetch,MitaukeOyasin

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Monday, April 22, 2013

Crazy Horse

A model of the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Pine Ridge, SD. — with Victoria Undefeated.

Hemp Facts

HEMP - Few Facts [From: A Taste of the Social Media]

• Hemp does not require herbicides or pesticides.
• Hemp can be grown in a wide range of latitudes and altitudes.
• Hemp replenishes soil with nutrients and nitrogen, making it an excellent rotational crop.
• Hemp controls erosion of the topsoil.
• Hemp converts CO2 to oxygen better than trees.
• Hemp produces more oil than any other crop, which can be used for food, fuel, lubricants, soaps, etc.
• Hemp nut is a very healthy food, being the highest protein crop (after soybean) and high in omega oils.
• Hemp can be used for making plastics, including car parts.
• Hemp makes paper more efficiently and ecologically than wood, requiring no chemical glues.
• Hemp can be used to make fiberboard.
• Hemp can be used to make paint.
• Hemp can produce bio-fuel and ethanol (better than corn).
• Hemp can be grown more than once per year.
• Hemp fibers can make very strong rope and textiles.
 — with Judy LorgHrh MaryJane Moore-WrightMarsha WallaceChy Atuma and Malkia Bektemba.

Just sit...

April 22 365 Days Of Walking The Red Road

It is important to understand that
there are many different ways of
seeing the world and expressing the
wisdom of Native belief ... No one...
voice speaks for all voices.

Joseph Bruchac, From his book: Native Wisdom

Did You Know?

Robbie Robertson, best known for being
a member of the 1970s group The Band,
connected with his Native American
roots after the 1994 television documen-
tary Music for the Native Americans. His
songs, for the documentary, a mix of
rock, cutting-edge sounds, and Native
chants and myths, are well received
both by Native people and non-Natives.
 — with CL PettifordMaria LhizCraig Robinson and Manu Quintero.

Native causes

Recently I have posted a bit more about events that happened to our ancestors. Most non Natives know that which is written in books, Trail of Tears, Wounded Knee, The Long Walk etc etc. But there is more that the books and teachers do not speak of. In the upcoming days I will be posting more on events that took place. Events that have a place in our history. The focus and purpose is not to glorify any single event. Not to dishonour our ancestors or to make one event more important than another. But to make aware that which has gone unseen. If any of my Native Brothers or sisters feel in any way that I am disrespecting our people, understand that is not my intention. ~NC~

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 22

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 22
"Each creature has a medicine, so there are many medicines. Because they are so close to the Creator, they are to communicate that medicine. Then they bring help and health."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
The Elders say everything has a purpose and everything has a will. We should never interfere with purpose or the will of everything. Every plant, creature, animal, insect, and human being has a purpose to be here on the Earth. Each has a special medicine to contribute for the good of all things. Each person also has good medicine, a special talent, a special gift. These medicines are to help others or to help make us healthy. What is your special medicine?
Creator, today, help me discover and use my medicine to serve a greater good.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 21

Elder's Meditation of the Day April 21
"Conciliation is the key to survival. Peace is the goal."
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
When we make decisions or experience conflict we need to look at the greater whole. The end result we want to accomplish is peace of mind. If we keep this goal in mind, we will, overall, live a happy and fulfilling life. Everything in the world is constantly changing so we should not resist this change. A good question to ask ourselves is, "would I rather be right or happy?". If we would rather be happy, then it is easier to let the little things go. If we would rather be right, we tend to look for the WIN/LOSE.
Great Spirit, today, give me the tools to seek peace of mind.

Dear Settlers...

The First Peace