Saturday, June 8, 2013

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

On This Day: In 1874 Apache Chief Cochise passed away. He was a chief (a nantan) of the Chokonen ("central" or "real" Chiricahua) band of the Chiricahua Apache and a leader in defending his people's land from continued invasions. For Cochise, the invaders held nothing sacred and had violated the rules of war by capturing and killing Mangas Coloradas during a parley session. Cochise and the Apaches continued their fight against American and Mexican invaders and military positions throughout the 1860s. — with Bruce Winfield.

Native American Warriors

"By the time I was forty, I could see our country was changing fast, and that these changes were causing us to live very differently. Anybody could see that soon there would be no buffalo on the plains and everybody was wondering how we could live after they were gone. There were few war parties, and almost no raids...

White men with their spotted buffalo (cattle) were on the plains about us. Their houses were near the water-holes, and their villages on the rivers. We made up our minds to be friendly with them, in spite of all the changes they were bringing. But we found this difficult, because the white men too often promised to do one thing and then when they acted at all, did another.

They spoke very loudly when they said their laws were made for everybody; but we soon learned that although they expected us to keep them, they thought nothing of breaking them themselves. They told us not to drink whiskey, yet they made it themselves and traded it to us for furs and robes until both were nearly gone.

Their Wise Ones said we might have their religion, but when we tried to understand it we found that there were too many kinds of religion among white men for us to understand, and that scarcely any two white men agreed which was the right one to learn. This bothered us a good deal until we saw that the white man did not take his religion any more seriously than he did his laws, and that he kept both of them just behind him, like Helpers, to use when they might do him good in his dealings with strangers.

These were not our ways. We kept the laws we made and lived our religion. We have never been able to understand the white man, who fools nobody but himself. "

- Aleek-chea-ahoosh (Plenty-Coups) "Many Achievements" - Crow / Montana

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 8

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 8
"So we are connected to the moon. That gives us power, a connection to the Earth and the moon, men don't know about."
--Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK
The Elders tell us that the Woman has access to special powers. The Earth Mother gives her love in a special way to the Woman. The Moon also gives special powers to the Woman. She uses these powers to nurture, heal, and guide the people.
Great Spirit, today, give a special Blessing to our Women.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 7

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 7
"If there is a shadow of a doubt someplace, that will cause a weakness."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
In the Spiritual World there is a spiritual Law. The Law says; like attracts like. This means whatever mental picture we hold inside our minds we will attract from the Universe. To make this Law work we must maintain a constant picture. If we picture or vision something, and along with this picture we have doubting thoughts, our vision will not happen and we will get EXACTLY what we picture or vision. The Law always works. A doubting vision will not materialize what we want. A vision without doubt will always happen. This is a spiritual Law.
My Maker, today, let my vision become strong.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 6

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 6
"We need to save those Elders who cannot speak for themselves -- the trees."
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
The trees are the Elders of the Earth. Go to the forest or to the mountains and find a young tree. Then find an old tree. Spend time with each. Sit by the young tree and listen to your thoughts. Then move to an old tree and listen to your thoughts again. Just being in the presence of an old tree, you will feel more calm. Your thoughts will contain wisdom and your answers will be deeper. Why is this so? These old trees know more, have heard more, and are the Elders of the Earth. We must ensure these trees live so we can learn from them.
My Creator, help me to protect the trees and listen to them.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 5

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 5
"It is not through the great skill of the hunter himself that success is achieved, but through the hunter's awareness of his place in Creation and his relationship to all things."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
If only the human being could understand the power of proper relationships, the need for power and control could be abandoned. It's not what is going on that matters, but how we look at what is going on. It's our relationship to it that counts. Nothing in the world has any meaning except the meaning we give to it. To be more effective at this, we need to consider our relationship with the Creator. Our relationship to the Great Spirit determines how we will perceive the meanings we put to places, people, institutions, and things. We need to let the Creator tell us and guide our thoughts about these relationships. Any relationship that we have that is causing problems means we need to pray for a new point of view.
Creator, let me see the world and the people through your eyes.

We Support Alex White Plume - Oglala Lakota

We Support Alex White Plume - Oglala Lakota
End Industrial Hemp Prohibition NOW!

The Oglala Lakota should be allowed to plant and harvest industrial hemp for the benefit of their people. Here is once again a proof of the U.S Gorvernment trying to keep the Oglala people in a situation of hardship in the name of the Law.

US of A, are you complying with the Treaty of Fort Laramie? NO!!! So do not preach what is right or wrong if you can't show the example!

Lakota Activist Alex White Plume lives with his family and extended family on a 2,000-acre ranch near Wounded Knee Creek, SD. White Plume’s land is lovely beyond any singing, rolling out from sage-covered knolls to creeks bruised with late summer lushness.

“The people of Pine Ridge have sovereign status as an independent nation. I take that to mean I am free to make a living from this land.” --Alex White Plume

In a letter addressed to the US Attorney’s office, The Oglala Lakota Nation argue the “Controlled Substances Act of 1970 did not divest the Lakota People of our reserved right to plant and harvest whatever crop we deem beneficial to our reservation. Therefore, we regard the enforcement of our hemp ordinance and prosecution of our marijuana laws as tribal matters to be handled by our Oglala Sioux Tribal Public Safety Law Enforcement Services.”

The Oglala Lakota Tribes have reserved the right to grow hemp by virtue of their sovereignty which makes the US Drug Laws prohibiting the farming and manufacturing of hemp products inapplicable against Lakota Tribe Members.

The Tribe voted into law Ordinance 98-27, which distinguishes between marijuana and hemp and allows Lakota farmers to plant, harvest, and produce products from hemp under tribal supervision.

The ordinance notes hemp as a safe and profitable commodity in international global markets and the benefits for the Sioux Tribal Nations. Mention is made of the fact tribal nations were required, along with American farmers, to grow and produce textiles for the military and the Nation’s past history of compliance.

Every year tribal lands are opened to the general public for hemp awareness and celebration events. Lakota Hemp Days have been happening for more than a decade now and draw visitors from all over for the hemp building material displays, music, and demonstrations highlighting hemp’s sustainable qualities and the benefits for communities.

Ending Industrial Hemp Prohibition is not the only environmental issue that is important to the Lakota People. In March 2012, Lakota tribe members found that trucks hauling equipment from Texas to Alberta, Canada to begin construction on the Tarsands Pipeline, a proposed project with the potential to deplete and pollute the natural environment, were violating Tribal Law.

The US Government had not gained permission from tribal leaders to use the trade route through tribal lands protected by The Treaty of Fort Laramie. Everyone from the tribe showed up to form a human chain keeping the trucks from entering Lakota territory including a 92 year old woman. Alex White Plume, his wife Debra White Plume and several other tribal members were arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to jail is Kyle, SD.

In July 2012, Alex White Plume traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to make a presentation to the United Nations Department of Economical and Social Affairs regarding ways to breach communications with indigenous people with treaties allowing governance outside of the Nation State in which is resides.

The Lakota Oyate have participated in the United Nations system since 1977 as a sovereign nation and had an important role in conceiving the UN Study on Treaties, Agreements and other Constructive Arrangements.

It is the intention of the tribe to help other nations find ways to peaceably interpret such treaties as the Treaty of Fort Laramie and enforce the rights of indigenous citizens of sovereign nations.

The presentation helps solidify relations with other countries for support when negotiating sovereign rights and urges Nation States to implement educational programs designed to help improve relations for uninhibited commerce and positive participation in global events.

Alex believes that Hemp can save the World, and that the right for indigenous cultures to govern themselves should be preserved in every country. His people have suffered immeasurably at the hands of United States corporate interests, leaving permanent scars on the Lakota tribes.

Righting the situation means making the correct decisions moving forward, so the Earth is available for all future generations.

See the documentary film "Standing Silent Nation"
The whole world should grow hemp!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 4

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 4
"Wakan Tanka never stops creating."
--Archie Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel teaches about change. It says that which is created will fall apart; that which is loose, will be used to create new. In other words, everything on Earth is participating in a constant change that is being directed by an order of laws and principles which were originated by the Great Spirit. We humans are equipped with natural change abilities. We have the ability to vision; we can use imagination and imagery; we can change belief, attitude, habits, and expectations. We need to know ourselves and we need to know how we work inside to enable us to change naturally.
Great Spirit, teach me to change in harmony.

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 3

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 3
"IN THE BEGINNING were the Instructions... The Instruction was to live in a good way and be respectful to everybody and everything."
--Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo
A long time ago, in the beginning, the Creator gave to all people and to all things the Wisdom and the knowledge of how to live in harmony. Some tribes call these teachings the original Instructions, the original teachings, or the Great Laws. All of Nature still lives and survives according to these teachings. In modern times, human beings are searching for the Instructions. Many churches claim they have these Instructions. Where are these teachings? The Instructions are written in our hearts.
Great Spirit, today, whisper to me the secrets of the original Instructions.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tick Repellent

Tick Repellent

Ticks can be troublesome outdoor pests, as they feed off the blood of mammals, and can carry and transfer bacteria and disease such as Lyme disease. Some retail products are designed to repel ticks, but these are many times high-priced items and no more effective than a simple homemade solution.

Repellent for Pets

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent). To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, which will all repel ticks and fleas while also creating a scented repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day. When pets are outdoors generally to use the restroom only, spray the solution onto the animal's coat once per day.

A simple homemade repellent can be made with a few inexpensive household ingredients. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil or bath oil. Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks. After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine the skin and hair when returning home to make sure no ticks are on the body.

What Fibro is......


1. My pain - My pain is not your pain. It is not caused by inflammation. Taking your arthritis medication will not help me. I can not work my pain out or shake it off. It is not even a p
ain that stays put. Today it is in my shoulder, but tomorrow it may be in my foot or gone. My pain is believed to be caused by improper signals sent to the brain, possibly due to sleep disorders. It is not well understood, but it is real.

2. My fatigue - I am not merely tired. I am often in a severe state of exhaustion. I may want to participate in physical activities, but I can't. Please do not take this personally. If you saw me shopping in the mall yesterday, but I can't help you with yard work today, it isn't because I don't want to. I am, most likely, paying the price for stressing my muscles beyond their capability.

3. My forgetfulness - Those of us who suffer from it call it fibrofog. I may not remember your name, but I do remember you. I may not remember what I promised to do for you, even though you told me just seconds ago. My problem has nothing to do with my age but may be related to sleep deprivation. I do not have a selective memory. On some days, I just don't have any short-term memory at all.

4. My clumsiness - If I step on your toes or run into you five times in a crowd, I am not purposely targeting you. I do not have the muscle control for that. If you are behind me on the stairs, please be patient. These days, I take life and stairwells one step at a time.

5. My sensitivities - I just can't stand it! "It" could be any number of things: bright sunlight, loud or high-pitched noises, odors. FMS has been called the "aggravating everything disorder." So don't make me open the drapes or listen to your child scream. I really can't stand it.

6. My intolerance - I can't stand heat, either. Or humidity. If I am a man, I sweat...profusely. If I am a lady, I perspire. Both are equally embarrassing, so please don't feel compelled to point this shortcoming out to me. I know. And don't be surprised if I shake uncontrollably when it's cold. I don't tolerate cold, either. My internal thermostat is broken, and nobody knows how to fix it.

7. My depression - Yes, there are days when I would rather stay in bed or in the house or die. I have lost count of how many of Dr. Kevorkian's patients suffered from FMS as well as other related illnesses. Severe, unrelenting pain can cause depression. Your sincere concern and understanding can pull me back from the brink. Your snide remarks can tip me over the edge.

8. My stress - My body does not handle stress well. If I have to give up my job, work part time, or handle my responsibilities from home, I'm not lazy. Everyday stresses make my symptoms worse and can incapacitate me completely.

9. My weight - I may be fat or I may be skinny. Either way, it is not by choice. My body is not your body. My appestat is broken, and nobody can tell me how to fix it.

10. My need for therapy - If I get a massage every week, don't envy me. My massage is not your massage. Consider how a massage would feel if that charley horse you had in your leg last week was all over your body. Massaging it out was very painful, but it had to be done. My body is knot-filled. If I can stand the pain, regular massage can help, at least temporarily.

11. My good days - If you see me smiling and functioning normally, don't assume I am well. I suffer from a chronic pain and fatigue illness with no cure. I can have my good days or weeks or even months. In fact, the good days are what keep me going.

12. My uniqueness - Even those who suffer from FMS are not alike. That means I may not have all of the problems mentioned above. I do have pain above and below the waist and on both sides of my body which has lasted for a very long time. I may have migraines or hip pain or shoulder pain or knee pain, but I do not have exactly the same pain as anyone else.

I hope that this helps you understand me, but if you still doubt my pain, your local bookstore, library and the internet have many good books and articles on fibromyalgia.

Author's note: This letter is based on communications with people throughout the world, males and females, who suffer from fibromyalgia. It does not represent any one of the over 10,000,000 people with FMS, but it can help the healthy person understand how devastating this illness can be. Please do not take these people and their pain lightly. You wouldn't want to spend even a day in their shoes...or their bodies.