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PostSubject: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:45 am

A video well worth watching about the Lakota in South Dakota.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq0Joi1ELps
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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:18 am

BTM this made me so angry I cannot reply rationally right now. I have to step back and collect my thoughts, otherwise I will speak in total defiance and wrath.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:39 am

I could not watch it in its entirety, either. In my last nine years of traveling with White Eagle from res to res, from river to river, I have been clearly told to stay clear of Pine Ridge. I would be shot. Pine Ridge is in my prayers everyday. Thank you for posting the story. I have to add its worse than that......

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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:43 am

Make the World a Better Place

by helpings others

Here are organizations that do just that :)

White Earth Land Recovery Project

http://www.nativeharvest.com/
The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage.







Adopt a Native Elder

http://www.anelder.org/
The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program exists to create a Bridge of Hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the Land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust.

The Program supports the traditional Elders who live in the cultural and spiritual traditions of The Dine' People. Most live in remote portions of the Dine's (Navajo) reservation. Many live in traditional hogans, and some raise sheep as a means of maintaining themselves. The Program provides food, simple medicines, clothing, fabric and yarns to help these Elders live on the Land in their traditional lifestyle. As they have become elderly, it has become more difficult for them to support themselves on the Land in their traditional ways.

Ruth Benally Miracles From the Sky: The Program is organized in the Native American Spirit of the Giveaway Circle. The Giveaway Circle has a tradition of giving the best that we have. That may be a gift of time, talents or skills, or actual gifts of food and clothing. When asked what the boxes of food and clothing meant to her, Ruth Benally explained that they were like "miracles from the sky." The miracle is the letters and gifts that arrive from people that they don't know and may never meet.


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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:49 am



SOUTHWEST INDIAN FOUNDATION
http://www.southwestindian.com/

They have a good selection of gift items. They also provide an opportunity to purchase gift baskets of food for Native American recipients on the reservation. Or perhaps you can help purchase a wood stove. Many freeze during the winter or live in unsafe conditions from homemade contraptions that burn wood for heat.


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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:55 pm

Just watched the video of lakota people in South Dakota, it is really bad there, I lived just outside of Rapid City on highway 44 the main road from Pine Ridge to Rapid City. Many times as I left my house I would stop and pick people walking from the reservation making their way into town. There are some success stories to talk about, but still a lot of sad one's. The people that have made it are the one's that left the reservation and moved to rapid City to find jobs. The situation they are in will be a hard one to fix, and the people who remain on Indian land are now use to the government checks coming in and have lost all will to work. THis brings about depression and thus leads to alcohal and drug abuse. Most other nations have brought about gambleing onto the reservations that creat job's, and provide a sustainability for their people. The Souix culture flourishes and is a big part of rapid city and the Black hills. I hope that one day they will be given back their land, but with greed running rampant all around, that will likely never happen.
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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:07 pm

Quote :
The willingness to wonder and the Acceptance of Awareness
Of every sister and brother animal, human and plant
Every root yearning to nourish the tree it supports
Every droplet of rain, every breath of the air...

For every purpose, every room
A neighbor's hovel, home, nest or throne
All will find unity together one day
To live in sacred harmony once more....
Getting up off the bed of comfort and walking down to the river
Gives the ancestors renewed hope and faith
In the human condition,
That used to shatter and shake the sacred space...

I quoted from my Patrolling the Beaches poem (one of the poems from "Islands in the Middle" to remind us about things like the poverty, rage, and sorrow our Native American legacy truly is (not for all tribes and sub-tribes, but most of them).

My poem came from Sauvie Island, a 3-mile by 15 mile island IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER 12 miles north of Portland, Oregon. I mention this for two reasons: 1. This island was the place Lewis and Clark came to back in the 1800's where over 2,000 people camped on the beach. There is only one little sign in an old log building that tells us this was where the expedition came to. The little building is on private property. 2. Fort Astoria is full of post card/shop, kiosks, etc. (the place the expedition finally ended up).

THE MAIN POINT: WHAT IMPORTANT HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE DO WE KEEP FROM THE PEOPLE, WHAT DO WE EXPLOIT? THE ANSWER: YOU SHARE ALL THE SACRED KNOWLEDGE IN BOOKS, AND NEVER EXPLOIT THE LAND ITSELF THAT ALSO SHARES THE KNOWLEDGE, but does so silently, as in"patrolling the Beaches. The historical part is what you do AFTER TAKING YOUR WALK, PRAYERFULLY keeping it sacred. I don't mention the name Sauvie, nor Reeder Beach in the poem, even if it becomes a best seller. Somehow finding that balance between history and actual living presence is a hard one . Just how much do we tell? Aho!

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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:51 pm

Let me put an additional note on to where I talked about Casino's on reservations, It has always been the white mans dream when it came to chasing gold and the fever it brings with it. It is probably best that the Lakota at Pine Ridge do not fall into this as other Reservations have done, what would be sad is the Lakota chasing a white mans dream only to become like them. The ways of the Great Spirit is probably the best way to live their live's, not to addapt the ways of the white man, chasing a false dream.
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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:33 am

....and as the land speaks, so do the people who still live out their ancient ways on the land WITH THE LAND not our version (probably most modern white---and some native young men as in the video) seemingly relentlessly driven to that false dream of possessing/coralling,encompassing, swallowing (or smothering) all for self interest. Humans! Yuuck! Yee gods, aren't we a nasty bunch of bastards on the whole still surrounding anything in our way of persuing this impossible dream. Thank god it IS an impossible dream....sorry for my dark view of us as a species thanks to the way we've become once we went "industrial/citified" rather than agricultural /tribal-villagerized.

Who says we can't return to tribal/communal living? Could Mother Nature force us back to small group tribal living when everything served by an electric grid (such as the three main systems that the entire North American continent is currently using--'cept of course those communities already living outside the grid) collapses overnight with something like a solar wind phenomena, a pole reversal, a fragment from the sky, etc., etc? What then?

If something like that does happen, perhaps small tribes of humans (if the natural disasters are global instead of just one continent or two) may be the new pioneers of the human species---kinda like a branch is swallowed up in some unexplainable way to the aliens who come by earth some two or three thousand years from now....and find a whole branch of us disappeared and were replaced by that branch we call today: The ancestor spirits who one day according to their teachings will inherit their homeland taken from them during the industrial age.....hmm...hmm.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lakota in S. Dakota   Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:57 am

No one seems to want to talk about us as a species, or that this industrial age we are still in, even the good intentional Aquarian hopefuls won't last forever. As long as we are still being controlled, obsessed with the use of electricity, for comfort, for manufacturing things instead of making things by hand, etc., etc.,........ things made of wood, fiber and mud instead of metal and plasti (including vehicles for transporting goods).

As a species, we did pretty well for milenniums before the industrial age. We could do it again. What would you imagine comes after this industrial/electronic age (for food, comfort, survival)?

Let's see, first there was the iron age, few tools, then the bronze age, some metal tools, then the silver age of ....., the golden age of ....., OOPS, AM I GOING BACKWARDS IN EVOLUTION OR JUMPING AHEAD OF MYSELF? Going from agricultural to industrial didn't happen overnight. Becoming agricultural again this time around WITH the knowledge of industrial/electronic science BEHIND us, meanoing possible that science we call bodily transmigrating, beam me up scotty stuff...that's not so bad, that's not so far out either..... We may literally (for the next age) BE or BECOME THOSE LIGHT BEINGS visionaries and current thinkers speak of these days as though we already understand what we have only just begun to imagine but...then again...we probably ARE, CAPABLE OF BEING BOTH LIGHT AND LIGHT OBJECT AT THE SAME TIME DEPENDING ON WHICH ATMOSPHERE WE CHOOSE TO EXPERIENCE BESIDES EARTH, or this possible NEW EARTH ATMOSPHERE after being hit by a solor ball that sets us on another spin..... Interesting times we live in James, n'est ce pas?

As a species earthlings with a mind capable of imagining all these possiblities must stand for something unique, n'est ce pas? Like being able to stop destroying ourselves and our home, for starters!
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