Monthly Archives: January 2012

Raven visits with Robert Satiacum about American Indian Lobby Day 2012 1-29-2012 5pm

Robert Satiacum is an enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. He is the son of the late Chief Bob Satiacum – widely known for his sacrifices made for sovereignty and fishing rights. Satiacum is immersed his native culture, and diligently practices the traditions of the Sweat Lodge, Native American Church, and the annual Tribal Journeys in his family canoe.

Save the date!
We reserved the big room on the ground floor of the Legislative building and will make appointments for participants to meet with their legislators. Drumming in the Rotunda and on the steps of the Legislative Building are scheduled! Check back with us for details.

This Lobby Day is new, just going on it’s 2nd year, but especially important for tribal members of Washington State to solidify, and protect the rights our ancestors reserved for us, it is OUR Responsibility. We will come together at exactly the right time, with exactly the right people, doing exactly the right thing, in exactly the right place. There are Indian bills that need to be supported and testified to, and Indian bills that need to be extinguished and testified against. Our ‘Ancestors’ reserved the rights, our rights when they ceded the millions of acres full of the evergreens, and if we don’t get and be responsible, what little is left can be gone for mine, yours, and our children and our children’s children. They literally fought tooth and nail for what we have, and are observing us through the air, the water, the fire and the landscapes, waiting in anticipation for their descendants to pray, communicate, council once again together, for our sources and the future we will leave behind. We have the tools, our hearts, minds and voices, join us, this is the time! -Robert Ti Swaq Satiacum

Not only inviting you, I’m expecting you! Bring the children friends and family!

American Indian Lobby Day 2012 Agenda

Meet in Columbia Room 1st Floor – State Capitol


Opening Prayer

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Discussing the Bills in the 2012 session that concern Indian Country
Why, and what is the importance of American Indian Lobby Day?
Learn why, how and the importance of registering to vote?
How to become Native Ambassadors to GOTV in Indian Country.

10:30 – 11:45

Feature Film Showing:

Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey
A comprehensive spiritual look at the annual international canoe journey, as the South Puget Sound (Whulge) prepares for the arrival of hundreds of canoes at host tribe: Squaxin Island Tribe of Indians

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
Honoring State Representative John McCoy (Tulalip) D for re establishing the
Washington State Board of Geographic Names HB 1084
12:15 – 1:00pm

Drumming and sharing songs in Rotunda
Xa’Xa’ Q’uo Family/Sacred Water Canoe Family Host Drummers

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Meal Time in the Columbia Room / Meal Prayer
Christopher Winters of Native P.A.T. & Kevin Cummings of Council – Fire

2:00 pm -4:00 pm

Drumming/ Singing/Honoring, on the North Steps of the Capital Building

Open Floor (sharing your thoughts)

4:00 pm
Closing Prayer/Song
Begin work on American Indian Lobby Day 2013

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Raven visits with Grandmother Margaret Behan 1-29-2012 4pm


If we want to see changes first of all we need to be in peace inside ourselves, and then we need to be patient with the ones that have not yet arrived in that place of peace.

Arapahoe-Cheyenne #003300, fourth generation of the Sand Creek Massacre. As a child, Margaret attended the Catholic Mission and Government Boarding Schools. Margaret is a Cheyenne traditional dancer. She has served as a dance leader in Oklahoma and in powwows across the U.S. A sculptress for 30 years, she creates clay figurines that have won her many honors, including shows at Eastern New Mexico University, University of Wisconsin, Santa Fe Indian Market and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial.

Margaret is an accomplished and published author, poet and playwright. She has presented workshops and retreats for women, adult children of alcoholics and co-dependents. Margaret is currently taking an active role a leader of her tribe as a teacher of Cheyenne Culture and the President of the Cheyenne Elders Council

Raven vists with Clayton Thomas-Muller on Defending Mother Earth 1-22-2012 at 4pm

Clayton Thomas-Muller Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign – Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba, Canada, is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. With his roots in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clayton began his work as a community organizer, working with Aboriginal youth. Over the years Clayton work has taken him to five continents across our Mother Earth. Based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement for Energy and Climate Justice. He serves on the board of the Collective Heritage Institute (CHI), which hosts the annual Bioneers Conference in Marin, California and on the board of the Global Justice Ecology Project. Recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a limate Hero2009 by Yes Magazine, Clayton is the tar sands campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He works across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states with grassroots indigenous communities to defend against the sprawling infrastructure that includes pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the tar sands, the largest and most destructive industrial development in the history of mankind.

Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Office:
Tel: 613 237 1717 ext. 106
Twitter: @claytonIEN
Skype: monsterredlight

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Raven visits with Leonard Little Finger 1-15-2012 from 4-6pm

A respected elder, Leonard Little Finger is well known for his Lakota expertise and promotion of Native American rights. He is the Founder/Director of a private Lakota language school, Sacred Hoop School, teaching in total immersion methodology. The school is dedicated …to his grandfather, a survivor of the Wounded Knee Creek Massacre of 1890.

He also operates a Lakota Culture Camp and Tours, Lakota Journey, that offers culture work shops and tours for all ages, including school camps.

He served as a Cultural Resource Specialist at Loneman School in Oglala, for 11 years. Under his leadership, the Lakota Studies program developed into one the most progressive Indian Studies program in Indian country.

Prior to this position, Little Finger was the CEO of the Pine Ridge Indian Health Service Hospital, retiring after 28 years of service for the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

He founded a multi-year organic gardening student exchange program between Oglala Lakota College and University of Bonn, Germany. He was selected as Teacher of the Year 2000 by the South Dakota Bilingual

Education Association, and served as President of the Red Cloud Indian School Board.

Little Finger is a recognized public speaker. He has been twice a representative and presenter to the United Nations Draft Declaration for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland. He also spoken at Bundestag (German Parliament) in Bonn, Germany; and, at the World Parks Conference in Durbin, South Africa. In addition to appearing in several film documentaries and national radio shows, Little Finger authored the book, Lightning and Thunder Spoke to Me, an account of the repatriation of a hairlock belonging to his great-great grandfather, Sitanka, leader of the Mniconjou Band massacred at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890.

He currently resides in Oglala, SD., semi-retired, continuing his work to elevate through speaking and writings of an understanding of the culture, history, spiritual beliefs, language and inherent rights of the Lakota, The People of the Seven Council Fires, Oceti Sakowin Oyate. On May 7, 2011, Leonard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he delivered the commencement address for 500 graduates. He was recognized for the many years of work in promoting the Lakota language and culture to Lakota youth, and for articulating the Lakota Mores to people throughout the world.

Beginning in the first part of 2012, free Lakota language lessons will be offered on the internet at . This program will provide an understanding of Lakota Ta”Woyukcun, or Lakota Thought.

Tune in to KAOS Community Radio

2700 Evergreen Pkwy Nw – CAB 101, Olympia, WA 98505

Raven speaks with Chief Leonard Crowdog on “Make No Bones About It.” 1-8-2012 5-6pm

Leonard Crow Dog is a traditional Chief of the Lakota Nation and a recognized spiritual leader, intercessor and healer. He was the spiritual adviser to the American Indian Movement during the siege of Wounded Knee in 1973 and has played a significant role throughout his life in protecting and reviving sacred ceremonies such as the Sun Dance, vision quest (hanblecha) and sweat lodge (inipi).

A visionary who welcomes spiritual people of all races to Crow Dog’s Paradise, his ancestral home in South Dakota, Chief Crow Dog has been a tireless advocate for human rights, peace and justice for Native people.

Kept away from white Christian schools by his parents so that he would not dilute the special spiritual gifts his elders recognized in him from birth, he still speaks today with the poetic syntax of his native Lakota language. In this rare appearance in the Northwest, Chief Crow Dog shares his reflections on the state of the universe and the role of the sacred human being in these pivotal times.

“So my relations, let’s join together and meet the plant of Tree of Life…

So the unborn shall inherit this power from the old dream and vision.
This is what Swnka Cangi has echoed of the four winds of the universe…

The language shall never fail. Why?
It’s in the sacred of the sacred.

“We must follow the old teachings done before us… Let’s walk together, crawl together, fly together, swim together, walk through the tunnel of the earth… grandmother earth… We are one family, one nation of nations…”

— Chief Leonard Crow Dog, Swnka Cangi

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