Saturday, May 25, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 25


Elder's Meditation of the Day May 25
"If you listen close at night, you will hear the creatures of the dark, all of them sacred - the owls, the crickets, the frogs, the night birds - and you will hear beautiful songs, songs you have never heard before. Listen with your heart. Never stop listening."
--Henery Quick Bear, LAKOTA
The night time is full of life, full of song, and full of beauty. Have you ever gone outside at night and listened? One has access to serenity and peace. At night all our senses change their roles. Because we can't see, our hearing is much stronger, our smell is even more enhanced, our sight is different. We are able to join nature through sounds and smells, through the songs of the night birds, and through the night winds. We can close our eyes and experience interconnectedness in a different way. Try it tonight and experience oneness with the Creator.
Great Spirit, allow me to listen to the teachers of the night.

Walking the Red Road




"Every thing or living being that exists in this world, be it trees, flowers, birds, grasses, rocks, soil of the earth, or human beings, has its unique manner of existence - its essence, its spirit that makes it what it is. That is what is meant by connectedness."

--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

Friday, May 24, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 24


Elder's Meditation of the Day May 24
"...in Tunkashila, there is no time. Everything moves in the blink of an eye. It's as fast as thought. So there is no speed there. There is no time in between."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
There is a relationship between thought and reality. Every thought is alive, and as soon as you think it, a result occurs immediately. However, to make something happen it may take a series of one thousand thoughts before you can actually see it with your eyes. This occurs because the Laws of the Great Spirit act immediately. When you tell a lie, you immediately experience fear. When you tell the truth, you immediately experience freedom. To the Creator, there is no time. For us to experience the meaning of this requires us to act on faith. Faith is belief without evidence.
Great Spirit, today, let me act on my faith.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Supporting South Dakota Reservations Page






Senators John McCain & Kyl, & all involved, native, non native, criminal & corrupt thank the Navajo Code Talkers & Nation by stealing their water rights. Navajo voted NO on SB 2109. This is a current event, not the past, very much the present. Thank you for saving our ass, we're stealing your water anyway, looking to remove those who resist, McCain won't have it any other way, he's the driving force so he can hand it over to coal companies. Senator McCain has no regard for the welfare and future of the Navajo & Hopi, only the few corrupt. The Navajo had another meeting with Salazar. In the words of the Navajo, losing their water rights will be their death sentence.
Leaked docs expose Interior scheme for Navajo water rights. http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2012/10/leaked-docs-expose-interior-scheme-navajo-water-rights-lame-duck-con

May 11, 2013 Censored News DEMOCRACY HIJACKED. Ours has been hijacked by corrupt lawyers, a few weak leaders who always cater to these lawyers and outsiders, and certain corporations who are encouraged, advised, and conspired with by the lawyers and weak leaders on how best to keep exploiting us. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/05/dine-hada-asidi-democracy-hijacked.html?spref=fb

Red Lake, Black Mesa – February 9, 2012 – It has been just over two weeks ago that these U.S. backed tactics of harassment and assault were committed by deputized Indian authorities. Back in late January and under the direction of the progressive and BIA supported Hopi tribal government, 75 animals were seized and taken for impoundment. This operation was done using new tactics by first marketing the potential number of animals for slaughter then carry out a deliberate stealing of animals.

Again, America and its modern Indians like the Navajo Nation government continue to stand by and watch these last traditional indigenous peoples lose their economic stability and securities by force.

Two traditional Dineh (Navajos) home sites were just informed that “all” animals ranging on their ancestral lands, which the U.S. government partitioned as “Hopi Lands” in 1977, will be confiscated. Elder matriarch, Rena Lane, lives by herself and is a long-time, sovereign resister who has lived with such intimidation's and assaults, and now she may face the final assault. She broke a couple of fingers and dislocated her wrist about 12 years ago in a scuffle with the police while she was trying to protect her animals. The police only responded to the doctor’s claim of her injury by stating, “it was her own over reaction by jumping into the livestock trailer that caused her own self injury.” How would you react if you were at your own bank and saw the police literally withdrawing from your account?

READ MORE:
http://sheepdognationrocks.blogspot.com/2012/02/big-mountain-update-alert-more-threats.html

Navajos opposed to the settlement say it is a scheme devised by Arizona senators, corrupt politicians and non-Indian attorneys to steal Navajo water rights for the Navajo Generating Station, one of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the US, and for non-Indians in Arizona to continue their lavish lifestyles.; http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2012/07/navajo-council-votes-no-little-colorado-river-water-rights-theft
 — with Carol Lopez and Gary Northern Jr.

Our Elders





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Harrison Lake, North Idaho




One of the most ruggedly beautiful alpine lakes in the Selkirk Mountains, Harrison Lake (Sandpoint, ID) offers plenty of rewarding options for scrambling up granite talus to higher elevations for views into key habitat for endangered grizzly bears and mountain caribou. (Photo by: cappsrlo) http://bit.ly/YXRa6h

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Elder's Meditation of the Day May 23


Elder's Meditation of the Day May 23
"To me, if you're Indian, you're Indian. You don't have to put on your buckskin, beads, and feathers, and stuff like that."
--Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK
The most important thing that determines who we are is on our insides, not our outsides. If we are Indian inside, that's all that matters. Being Indian means to think right, to be spiritual, and to pray. Feathers and beads don't make us Indian. Being Indian means to have a good heart and a good mind.
Great Spirit, today, let me think Indian.

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 22


Elder's Meditation of the Day May 22
"The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was... The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man's business to divide it..."
--Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE
There is danger when we start to draw lines and boundaries. This is true whether outside ourselves or inside ourselves. The danger is losing sight of the interconnectedness. When we lose sight of interconnectedness, separation, possessiveness (this is mine, I can do what I want) and infighting results. Even at an individual level, if we don't believe we are connected to all things we get self-centered and have self-seeking motives. We must think in harmony, balance and integrity. We must see our relationship to the great whole and conduct ourselves accordingly.
Great Spirit, today, let me think beyond boundaries.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 22


Elder's Meditation of the Day May 22
"The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was... The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man's business to divide it..."
--Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE
There is danger when we start to draw lines and boundaries. This is true whether outside ourselves or inside ourselves. The danger is losing sight of the interconnectedness. When we lose sight of interconnectedness, separation, possessiveness (this is mine, I can do what I want) and infighting results. Even at an individual level, if we don't believe we are connected to all things we get self-centered and have self-seeking motives. We must think in harmony, balance and integrity. We must see our relationship to the great whole and conduct ourselves accordingly.
Great Spirit, today, let me think beyond boundaries.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Children Must Learn

This is a creation story about the Lakota/ Dakota/Sioux



This is a creation story about the Lakota/ Dakota/Sioux, blue beaded yoke dress, I'm posting for those of you who may interested... 

Story credit: The Minneapolis Ins. of Arts
Photo credit: John A. Stryker

There was another world before this one. But the people of that world did not behave themselves. Displeased, the Creator set out to make a new world. He sang several songs to bring rain, which poured stronger with each song. As he sang the fourth song, the earth split apart and water gushed up through the many cracks, causing a flood. By the time the rain stopped, all of the people and nearly all of the animals had drowned. Only Kangi the crow survived.
Kangi pleaded with the Creator to make him a new place to rest. So the Creator decided the time had come to make a new world. From his huge pipe bag, which contained all types of animals and birds, the Creator selected four animals known for their ability to remain under water for a long time. He sent each in turn to retrieve a lump of mud from beneath the floodwaters. First the loon dove deep into the dark waters, but it was unable to reach the bottom. The otter, even with its strong webbed feet, also failed. Next, the beaver used its large flat tail to propel itself deep under the water, but it too brought nothing back. Finally, the Creator took the turtle from his pipe bag and urged it to bring back some mud.


Turtle stayed under the water for so long that everyone was sure it had drowned. Then, with a splash, the turtle broke the water's surface! Mud filled its feet and claws and the cracks between its upper and lower shells. Singing, the Creator shaped the mud in his hands and spread it on the water, where it was just big enough for himself and the crow. He then shook two long eagle wing feathers over the mud until earth spread wide and varied, overcoming the waters. Feeling sadness for the dry land, the Creator cried tears that became oceans, streams, and lakes. He named the new land Turtle Continent in honor of the turtle who provided the mud from which it was formed.

The Creator then took many animals and birds from his great pipe bag and spread them across the earth. From red, white, black, and yellow earth, he made men and women. The Creator gave the people his sacred pipe and told them to live by it. He warned them about the fate of the people who came before them. He promised all would be well if all living things learned to live in harmony. But the world would be destroyed again if they made it bad and ugly.

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 20


Elder's Meditation of the Day May 20
"...the sacred ceremonies given to us by the Creator are the Heart of our existence. These ceremonies are our first duty."
--Traditional Circle of Elders. NORTHERN CHEYENNE
Hidden in the ceremonies are many truths, many principles, many guidelines for living � our access to the Unseen World, healing and visions. Because the Indian People didn't have schools or books, the Great Spirit gave us Ceremonies. The ceremonies are handed down from generation to generation to learn their meaning. Today, many Indian People live in cities or urban areas where it's hard to learn the ceremonies. We need to go to the Elders and learn the ceremonies so we can pass them on to our children.
Great Spirit, teach me the Secrets of the Ceremonies.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day May 19


Elder's Meditation of the Day May 19
"To be able to greet the sun with the sounds from all of Nature is a great blessing, and it helps us to remember Who is the real provider of all of our benefits."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
The Elders say we should pray to the East every morning. Just try it! Get up early in the morning, watch the sun and listen to the morning sounds, the birds, the winds; smell the air, feel the breeze and the warmth of the sun. Your mind will expand and you will experience oneness with the Great Spirit. You'll realize who is really in charge. You'll realize interconnectedness. You'll realize how much the Creator loves you! Just try it!
Great Spirit, today, let me feel the Earth, the Father Sun and your presence.

Native American regalia is

Native American Regalia


Native American regalia is special dress, ornamentation, jewelry and other paraphernalia which is worn for particular occasions such as festivals and dances, ceremonies and rituals. The style of dress, symbols used in designs, colors in beadwork and other ornaments can help identify the wearer’s tribe or family. Specific aspects of regalia can also indicate the wearer’s political or marital status.
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New England Native Americans have a unique style of regalia different from other areas. One piece center-seam moccasins, porcupine quill, moosehair and floral beadwork appliqué, wampum belts, bracelets and headbands, brass and copper ornaments and certain kinds of featherwork are distinctive of New England. Traditionally in deer, elk, moose and other skins or hand-woven materials, Northeastern Native American Regalia now incorporates trade cloth, glass beads and other items of European origin.
Traditionally, regalia is set aside and worn only for special gatherings. Certain outfits or elements of clothing were undoubtedly worn only for particular ceremonies. Some regalia is sacred or has been ritually purified or blessed (“smudged” or wiped with the smoke of sacred herbs). Always seek permission before handling someone else’s special dress to avoid spiritual contamination of their regalia. Today, wearing regalia is a way to maintain Native American Heritage, to take pride in and pass on old traditions and help create new ones. Many traditional elements of pre-European contact regalia have been preserved since ancient times, but new styles of dance regalia evolved with the development of the Pow Wow festival.

Stand Together



Spiritual Reunion of the Condor and Eagle grows across Western Hemisphere. This Unifying Ceremony was held in Brazil to stand together in Unprecedented Unified Action to halt the abuse of our Mother Earth!

*Prophecy of Chief Crazy Horse*




*Prophecy of Chief Crazy Horse*

"Upon suffering beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center
within you and I am that place within me, we shall be as one."

***This is a statement of Crazy Horse as he sat smoking the sacred pipe at Paha Sapa with Sitting Bull for the last time, four days before he was assassinated (Sept 1, 1877)