Saturday, November 8, 2014

Last Cast Missoula, Montana © Patrick Clark

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 8

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 8
"See how the boy is with his sister and the other ones of his home lodge and you can know how the man will be with your daughter."
--LAKOTA Proverb
Very early in our lives we form beliefs, attitudes, expectations, and habits. We will live by these habits when we are older. The Elders say to watch the boy with his sister. If he is respectful and treats her good, then odds are that's the way he will treat all women when he is older. Also, watch the young girl and how she treats her brother, for that will indicate what kind of woman she will be to her man. We need to teach our children to respect one another while they are young. The best way to teach them is to show respect ourselves.
Great Spirit, let me be a role model for the children.


If I had it my way
This would be the first time that you made love
I'd be the first man that your hands touched
But we've both done our share of living
Takin' chances we were given
I've never been big on looking back
I don't care if I'm your first love
But I'd love to be your last

If I could do it over
I'd have waited for this moment
to give my heart to you unbroken
But if our mistakes brought us together
Doesn't really matter whether
We were saints or sinners in the past
I don't care if I'm your first love
I'd just love to be your last

Friday, November 7, 2014

smudge ritual

The Native American practice of a smudge ritual or a smudge ceremony is performed to correct the energy in a home, in an office, in an object, or even in a person. And the apparent benefits are steeped in science—when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood

The term "Great Sioux Nation" includes the following recognized Reservations:

Regardless of the USA Elections the Keystone XL Pipeline shall not pass through the Saced Places and Territorities of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ , the Great Sioux Nation and our Allies!
The term "Great Sioux Nation" includes the following recognized Reservations:
Oglala (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation)
Sićangu (Rosebud Indian Reservation)
Hunkpapa (Standing Rock Indian Reservation/Cheyenne River Indian Reservation)
Minniconjou (Cheyenne River Indian Reservation)
Sans Arc (Cheyenne River Indian Reservation)
Two Kettles (Cheyenne River Indian Reservation)
Crow Creek Indian Reservation
Lower Brule Indian Reservation
Santee Indian Reservation
Yanktonai (Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation)
Flandreau Indian Reservation
Lake Traverse Indian Reservation (Sisseton-Wahpehton)
Lower Sioux
Upper Sioux
Prairie Island
Standing Rock Indian Reservation
Spirit Lake Tribe (Formerly Devil's Lake Reservation)
Our recognized traditional territorites extend into Canada almost to what is now known as the Northwest Territories, including parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and South to North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Kansas. Some of these traditional territories were, also, shared peacefully during the Buffalo Hunt with other Indigenous Nations!
All the treaties with the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ have been broken, in view of International Treaty Law, by the Canadian and US Governments! If the Governments of Canada and the USA continue to violate the treaties that have been broken, time after time, by appoving and trying to implement the Keystone XL Pipeline, there will be sadly, but most surely, blood spilled across the Sacred Territorities of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ! The Keystone XL pipeline shall not pass through the Sacred Territories of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ!
Hecetu wedo ! This the truth! So be it!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Throwback Thursday: Twin Sisters Fire Lookout was the first lookout in Rocky Mountain National Park. This picture, taken in 1926, shows why this lookout was so strategic in spotting fires. Not a bad place to spend the day! The Twin Sisters Lookout was rebuilt in 1968 and then removed in 1976.

To find out more about the history of fire management in the West and in Rocky Mountain National Park, check out the Centennial Events coming up in the next week!

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 7

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 7
"Abuse and repression have no place in a traditional family."
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
Traditional families guided by their culture were taught how to live. The were taught about relationships, respect, and spirituality. Only since alcohol was introduced to Indians have we seen physical abuse, sexual abuse and verbal abuse. These behaviors have no room in traditional families. The cycle of abuse must be broken during this generation. We do this by asking for help to quit drinking and abusing and return to our traditional culture and spirituality.
Creator, plant inside of me the knowledge of the traditional family.

Good Mornin' Friends

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 6

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 6
"It is well to be good to women in the strength of our manhood because we must sit under their hands at both ends of our lives."
The women bring us into this life and nurture us as we grow up. When we reach our manhood, she supports us and sings the songs to help the family grow. The Elders say we must look at the woman in a sacred way. We must realize how special her powers are in brining forth life. The woman will bring balance to a man. The woman will help him see. It is said, behind every successful man is a supporting woman. Maybe we should examine how we are thinking about women. The Great Spirit says we should honor them. Are we respecting and honoring our women today?
Grandmother, Grandfather thank you for our women. Today, let me honor them.

Coffee Filter uses :]

LIFE HACKS WITH COFFEE FILTERS....not just for coffee!!!
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 y...our 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.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Let's Ride !! ~ Artist ~ Tim Cox Fine Art

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can, He is rich who owns the day." ... Let's Ride !! ~ Artist ~ Tim Cox Fine Art

*Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November!* "Billy V"- digital art by Lonny Cloud

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 5

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 5
"You could study the ancestors, but without a deep feeling of communication with them it would be surface learning and surface talking. Once you have gone into yourself and have learned very deeply, appreciate it, and relate to it very well, everything will come very easily."
--Ellen White, NANAIMO
Inside of every human being are our ancestors, and these ancestors still live. Today, the white man calls this DNA, but there is more than DNA. We have the ability to go inside of ourselves and learn from the ancestors. The ancestor teachings reside in the place of the center. The ancestors are waiting for us to come there so they can share the ancient teachings. It is said, "Be still and know".
Great Spirit, let me walk in the stillness.

The awesome art of James Tsoodle (Kiowa)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Brent Learned Image


Hemp Hearts

Vote Hemp

One thing I've Learned....

Why Has Cannabis Hemp Been so Important in History?

Why Has Cannabis Hemp Been
so Important in History?

Because cannabis hemp is, overall, the strongest, most-durable, longest-lasting natural soft-fiber on the planet. Its leaves and flower tops (marijuana) were, depending on the culture, the first, second or third most-important and most-used medicines for two-thirds of the world’s people for at least 3,000 years, until the turn of the 20th century.

Botanically, hemp is a member of the most advanced plant family on Earth. It is a dioecious (having male, female and sometimes hermaphroditic, male and female on same plant), woody, herbaceous annual that uses the sun more efficiently than virtually any other plant on our planet, reaching a robust 12 to 20 feet or more in one short growing season. It can be grown in virtually any climate or soil condition on Earth, even marginal ones.

Hemp is, by far, Earth’s premier, renewable natural resource. This is why hemp is so very important.

DU report concludes culpability for Sand Creek Massacre

The University of Denver took a close look at the role of its founder in the 1864 massacre: then territorial Governor John Evans.

KUSA- It's a massacre that echoes across time.
As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre this month, the University of Denver is taking a closer look at the role its founder had in that bloodshed: Colorado territorial Governor John Evans.
Their conclusion: Evans had a major role in what happened and is culpable for the massacre, both in his role as territorial governor and as then-superintendent of Indian Affairs.
"That means that the decisions he made as Governor, and as Superintendent, had a huge impact on what was happening between settlers and Native Americans in the territory at the time," said Nancy Wadsworth, DU associate professor of Political Science and one of the members of the committee who authored the report.
DU report concludes culpability for Sand Creek Massacre. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 11/03/14.
On Nov. 29, 1864, 700 federal soldiers slaughtered more than 160 Native Americans, many of them women and children, in in Kiowa County, on the Eastern Plains. The Native Americans were there because they were seeking a peace treaty from the government.
"That peace offering had been rejected, but the tribes had been put under the command of these military officials, who the tribes were told were told would protect them until an agreement could be reached," Wadsworth said. "So, they were under the protection of the American flag."
Col. John Chivington and a group of volunteer soldiers carried out the massacre. It was fueled by mounting tensions, which the report squarely blames on Gov. Evans. The report also points to two proclamations Gov. Evans issued in the months before the massacre, which created the atmosphere that led to the slaughter.
"It authorizes citizens to attack all hostile Indians, though there was no criteria laid out to distinguish between friendly and hostile Indians-- and to take their property," Wadsworth said. "That they were authorized to take any property or belongings they found as their own and that they would be supplied by the government with guns and also compensated for this. [Evans] essentially created a system of vigilante justice."
By all historical accounts, the massacre was brutal.
"The extent of atrocities committed on the bodies of men, women, children, babies and the infirm, was nothing like Americans had seen in other massacres," Wadsworth said. "Scalps were taken, body parts were carried into Denver."
The following year, in 1865, two Congressional Committees and one military commission, condemned the massacre. Evans was forced to resign as territorial governor. Now, the DU committee hopes that in taking a critical look at the massacre, they embrace the complicated history of the man who helped open their university, just a few weeks after the massacre.\
"We will work through the report and its recommendations, and we will review ideas and suggestions from a variety of groups and individuals," said University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. "The Sand Creek Massacre is a tragic event in the history of the University, the city of Denver and the state of Colorado. We embrace our obligation to learn about it, to learn from it, and to carry those lessons forward."
For a look at the more than 100 page report, go to

Walking the Red Road

Indigenous Peoples are beginning to rise up in fulfillment of our sacred prophesies. Sacred prophesies that foretold that after a long spiritual wintertime, a time of great suffering and spiritual testing, there would come, as sure as the sun rises, a great spiritual springtime that would unfold, slowly but steadily, with ever-increasing beauty and healing in every direction. These ancient prophesies also foretold that as our Indigenous Peoples heal themselves and their communities, that we will have a greater and greater role to play internationally in the positive unfolding of this dynamic change we are all experiencing. This world encompassing change that will eventually transform the spiritual understanding and consciousness of every human being, tribe, and nation on Mother Earth. This promised time is now!

Jim Yellowhawk (Lakota)

1870s shows a man proudly standing in front of a mountain of tens of thousands of bison skulls

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture is worth many thousands of bison. This photo from the 1870s shows a man proudly standing in front of a mountain of tens of thousands of bison skulls - an iconic American species that was systematically slaughtered by the millions as European Americans settled the west.

The US Army actively endorsed the wholesale slaughter of these animals for two main reasons: to remove any competition with cattle, and to starve Native American tribes who greatly depended on the bison for food. Without the bison, the resisting tribes of the Great Plains would either be forced to leave or die of starvation.

More than a century after this dark period in our history, the bison is making a comeback. After living on the brink of extinction, this American icon is slowly but steadily returning to the Great Plains - one baby bison at a time. You can watch a video of how Native American communities and conservation groups like Earthjustice are fighting to bring back the bison on our website:

Click "SHARE" and "LIKE" if you are moved by the story of this great American species and celebrate its return to the Great Plains! Feel free to leave your thoughts about the bison below.

This is why the NFL "Redskins" should change their name. It's Past Time


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Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!
But it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!
Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.
Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:
It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.
Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!
There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.
I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!
Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.
In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.
Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.
Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.
Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)
Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.
Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.
Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.
Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.
Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.
Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.
Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.
According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!
Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.
Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.
Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.
Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.
Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.
Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.
Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.
Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.
Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.
Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.
Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.
Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.
De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.
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I have had a LOT of people send me messages asking where to get hydrogen peroxide.
Most people know it simply as peroxide, and you can get it in any drug store, pharmacy and most department stores, and grocery stores. (in a brown bottle like the one in the photo WITH OUT the spayer)
Below is a message I received via my fb inbox:
Hi Brian! I saw your great write up on hydrogen peroxide and noticed someone made an incorrect claim in the comments that it causes oral cancer. She was using a very outdated study from 1977. New research shows this to be untrue and that its a great product to be using for oral care. Why would major bands still be using it in their products if it did actually cause oral cancer? Here is a link to a newer research study if you would like to check it out.
I have had several people ask me to email this to them, if you are thinking of asking don't.
#1. That is all I would get done doing.
#2. I do not give out or reveal my email address.
It has been shared over 950,000 times!
I have had a lot of people send question to my inbox about this.
It currently has over 950,000 shares.
PLEASE do NOT send me questions!
I will not answer them.
I do not desire to devote my life to answering question about this posting.
Read it and take it for whatever you think it is worth.
If you have questions, use a search engine! This is the Internet people!
I am not Heloise
(From Helpful hint from Heloise)
If you have questions ask her.

Native Food: A Potlatch Tradition

Native Food: A Potlatch Tradition

It may be selfish but I consider all of Indian country my extended family. I also feel honored to be able to express my heartfelt thoughts about Native food to all of you. The season of giving is upon us; we give presents, food, thanks, time and love. In older times, the gift giving practice of the indigenous people of the Northwest was called a Potlatch. This event, which likely still take places in certain areas, was meant to re-distribute wealth by leaders of a community. It is a giveaway and spiritual event held for different reasons at different times of the year yet mostly in the winter months. There is singing and dancing, feasting, ceremonies and sharing of wealth—the notion being not who has the most but who gives away the most of their resources. This raises the status of the host. There are strict protocols involved that differ between each nation. The Potlatch practice was banned in both the United States and Canada in 1884, yet it is now openly restored as the ban was repealed in 1951. The concept of this kind of giving to family and friends and those in need is such a good one. These corporate hogs today could learn from this practice. 'Nuff said there. 
The term potlatch is often association with potluck, although they have different origins. They both involve sharing, especially in the realm of food. “Oh, do come over, we’re having a huge potluck, bring whatever you would like," people so often say. At most socials, it works out beautifully. In Indian country, giving and offering thanks is inbred, a part of everyday life. The economy today makes it difficult for most hosts to foot the bill for a big holiday celebration, so a potluck is a good solution. Sometimes a lot of travel is necessary to be able to spend time with those we love and keep traditions alive. The goal is always driven by the heart—to let them know how much they mean to us and how much we care about them.
Because of the epidemic of diabetes in our country, we should all be mindful of the sugar content in gifts that we give. It can be hard to do this. I love chocolate and candy; so do a lot of people. But we can't indulge in "treats" so blindly anymore. It is too bad, but there are a lot of alternative foods without the demon "sugar."
This gift or dessert recipe can be doubled and then packaged in cellophane bags and tied with a pretty festive bow. It is healthy and satisfying.  You could make a copy of this recipe and tie it on the package—the gift that keeps on giving!
Great Granola
4 cups rolled oats (uncooked oatmeal)
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup honey
½ cup light vegetable oil
Optional:  you can add other dried fruit like chopped dates, cut up prunes or dried apples
Set the oven to 325 degrees. Blend the honey and oil together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Now combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir the honey-oil mixture into this with a wooden spoon to blend well. Use two 10x15 baking pans and spread granola evenly. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring now and then until brown. Cool to room temperature and put in gift bags or store in an air tight container.
Another holiday dessert that is Native-based is so simple. Use cold cooked wild rice and pour a small amount of real maple syrup over it. This is delicious alone, yet even better with a small dollop of whipped cream on top.


Advice from a Bear

Legal Not Legal

Back Country Horsemen

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 4

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 4
"The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the woman. Walk the good road.... Be dutiful, respectful, gentle, and modest my daughter... Be strong with the warm, strong heart of the earth. No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored, or dead upon the ground. Be strong and sing the strength of the Great Powers within you, all around you."
--Village Wise Man, SIOUX
The Elders say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them and give them strength. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sings the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep our people strong; be respectful, gentle, and modest.
Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make them strong today.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Peoples of the Great Plains (as depicted in Lakota winter counts)

God bless America!!

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 3

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 3
"A sundance woman is like the morning star, filled with spiritual beauty, wisdom and knowledge. Men and women are the most powerful of the polarities. We walk beside men as equal partners. It takes men and women who have respect and love for one another to live within the embrace of Father Sky and Mother Earth."
--Dr. Henrietta Mann, SOUTHERN CHEYENNE
Our ceremonies bring out the best in us. It's in the ceremony that we find the place of honor and respect for each other. The place where the men honor the women and the women honor the men. We dance for each other. The ceremony helps us remember our responsibility toward each other. Men and women need to be strong, to love one another and be faithful. Only by doing this can we give our children knowledge of good relationships.
Great Spirit, today I will notice the power of the women; today I will notice the power of the men.

Maxine Noel (Lakota)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

#TheEmperorWearsNoClothes by Jack Herer

#TheEmperorWearsNoClothes by Jack Herer
#Chapter1 (continued)


“The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, which began to be worked in the eighth millennium (8,000-7,000 B.C.).” (The Columbia History of the World, 1981, page 54.)

The body of literature (i.e., archaeology, anthropology, philology, economy, history) pertaining to hemp is in general agreement that, at the very least:

From more than 1,000 years before the time of Christ until 1883 A.D., cannabis hemp, indeed, marijuana was our planet’s largest agricultural crop and most important industry, involving thousands of products and enterprises; producing the overall majority of Earth’s fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense and medicines. In addition, it was a primary source of essential food oil and protein for humans and animals.

According to virtually every anthropologist and university in the world, marijuana was also used in most of our religions and cults as one of the seven or so most widely used mood-, mind-or pain-altering drugs when taken as psychotropic, psychedelic (mind-manifesting or -expanding) sacraments.

Almost without exception, these sacred (drug) experiences inspired our superstitions, amulets, talismans, religions, prayers, and language codes. (See Chapter10 on “Religions and Magic.”)


Emily Perez, was the first female African American Cadet Command Sergeant Major in the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was deployed to Iraq in December as a Medical Service Corps officer and killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near her Humvee during combat operations in Al Kifl, near Najaf. Aged 23, she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in the Iraq War.

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 2

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 2
"Praying is what has brought us old people through life. We've all gone through hard times. We've all done our share of bad things. But through our prayers and faith in the Creator we get together again and we try hard to live right."
--Paula Weasel Head, BLOOD
As we go through life we find ourselves on track one day and off track the next day. We gain consistency through prayer. Prayer is our connection to the Great Spirit. Prayer is our channel for knowledge and wisdom. Prayer is how we keep our sanity. The Elders say we should walk in prayer.
Great Spirit, teach me to walk in prayer. Help keep my faith strong.