Monthly Archives: March 2014

Shield the People on the next “Make No Bones About It.” 3-30-2014 AT 4PM

Can a Tipi Stop a Pipeline?

Keystone Tar Sands / XL Pipeline. Nearly everyone is familiar with these words and most have at least some opinion about what they represent. Those who are willing to sacrifice the very things which make life possible on this planet for personal gain, they mean fabulous wealth and power. Fo…r some, they only mean possibly saving a few cents at the gas pump. For others, who have studied the short and long term effects of what these words represent, a far more grim reality becomes apparent.

The most reputable scientists from all over the world have made their findings on these projects known to the governments of the United States, Canada, the United Nations and this research is in agreement with the beliefs and ancient knowledge of the First Nations people of the American continents; we are putting the ability for living organisms to survive on this planet at grave risk! The indigenous peoples have long understood the relationship of man and nature. Ironically, it is these very people who now bear the initial brunt and negative effects of these projects.

Having been relegated to so called “Sacrifice Zones”, lands and rights under treaty with federal governments have been discarded. So have the health and safety of the men, women, and children living in these areas been ravaged and discarded for corporate and political greed.

Now, the people of the First Nations are organizing to protect and shield the people, natural resources and cultural heritage from the devastation, knowing that it is not only their small corner of the world they are protecting, but the very survival of the entire living organism that is Mother Earth.

Resistance to this threat is underway.

The Lakota and their allies are rising to the challenge with several carefully calculated actions, one of which is to organize and erect spiritual tipi camps to stop progress along the pipeline right-of-way. We intend to prevent the historical devastation of the construction man camps with their victimization of women and children on the reservations. We will use the legal and moral authority of the First Nations peoples to protect significant spiritual and burial sites which are at immediate risk. These cultural and historical landmarks, some of which record ancient scientific observations not yet discovered by modern researchers, are of great importance to the overall understanding of our human experience. These are surely as important as those in other parts of the world, of which the recent destruction has caused alarm and outrage all over the globe. Our government spends millions of dollars to protect cultural sites in other countries we occupy while it issues permits for the destruction of similar sites in the heartland of America for corporate profit.

The XL pipeline is the current leading threat to the survival of the planet and these spiritual tipi camps are our best opportunity to stop it. Lakota men and women and putting their lives on the line for all of us, and they need your help.

Imagine the challenges facing those willing to risk everything to do what is so necessary. Food, medical attention, fuel, communications, transportation, security and support for the families are all desperately needed and these sacrifices are occurring in some of the most economically deprived areas of the United States!

We need your financial assistance.

We need you to spread the word to your friends, social networks, media contacts, political representatives and anyone else who can help. With every dollar you spend, you make a choice, whether it is for a cup of coffee or something for the greater good.

Please, we need your help now.


press release 02/26/2014 – Shield The People


Denny Hurtado, on “Make No Bones About It.” March 30th, 2014, 5pm


Denny Hurtado, former chair of the Skokomish Tribe and retired director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. We will be visiting with Denny about his latest endeavor. Tune in and hear what Denny has been up to since his retirement from OSPI.

Raven visits in the KAOS Studios with Scatter Their Own. 3-23-2014 at 4pm


SCATTER THEIR OWN, Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford, are an Alternative Rock Duo of Oglala Lakota ancestry from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota. Scotti Clifford has performed across the U.S. and Canada as a Vocalist, Back-up Vocalist, Bass-Player, Drummer, and Guitarist. But now the Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist fronts the duo with Bassist/Rhythm Guitarist/Backup Vocalist Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford. Scatter Their Own, lyrically, pays tribute to the concepts and philosophy of their Lakota culture while fusing Alternative Rock and Blues into what they would like to call Alter-Native Rock and Roll. They believe that their music celebrates Grandmother Earth.

Scatter Their Own have been definitely building a loyal fan base nationally. They have been up and down the West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles touring. Over the past two years, STO has also toured the Southwest, the Midwest, and have also done shows in Canada. They will soon be announcing a Spring Tour, as well as select summer dates in support their of new album “Taste The Time,” available March 11th, 2014.

Creation holds us all responsible for “ITS” children, Who are we? – Human beings! Raven visits with Goodthinking at 5pm, 3-23-2014



To act and operate exclusively as a public charity, nonprofit corporation, and operate as a community organization which serves to support Native American Indians with charitable programs, that advance quality of life while promoting social dignity though relief of the poor, the distressed and the underprivileged. Honoring all path’s of cultural and spiritual traditions.

Operating under the jurisdiction of a covenant with Creation.


Through the Traditional Ceremonies, Teachings, and Guidance of our Elders, we understand it is time to make a difference.
In order to systemically address issues of suicide, substance abuse, health disparities, and domestic violence, we must first address basic human necessities.

We gather blankets, coats, clothing and shoes; and purchase diapers, infant care products, hygiene products (laundry soap, soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine products) underwear, and socks i.e. “warmth,” and deliver it to Native children and elders who are most in need.

We have established a reputation of doing as we say we will do.

Often the calls we receive are for emergency aid, including but not limited to: suicide intervention, utility assistance, diapers or infant care products from their respected ICW and WIC programs, domestic violence intervention, and more.

Here at Good Thinking 4 All Our Relations: we dedicate our lives to helping and supporting Native American children. We do this through deliveries of “Warmth” clothing, blankets, shoes and personal hygiene products. We also solicit monetary donations and purchase items that are needed yet not donated. We take the clothing, wash it, and sort it into groups. These are separated into boys or girls, and by size. These are stored until enough has been accumulated to share. Once we have a load we usually deliver in one of two ways. We drive them ourselves in our 14 foot Box van or ship the boxes by parcel post (Shipping costs 3 times the dilivery costs). The decision is made based on our available funds and the distance to those ones in need. Our goal is to help those with the greatest need first. Sometimes our lack of finances forces us to make tough decisions on where we can help.

When we contact a reservation we talk with the elders first, following ancestral protocols is of paramount importance to Good Thinking 4 All Our Relations.

We connect with an individual or family that lives on the reservation, which gives us a local ambassador and helps to direct distribution to those with the greatest need.
We would like nothing more than to end poverty and homelessness in “Indian Country, we realize poverty is very serious issue and getting Clothing and helping to keep warm through the winter keeps children alive long enough to work on addressing other issues. We also have big plans on how to help native people achieve self-sufficiency.
Good Thinking 4 All Our Relations, was started by, common men seeking a way to lessen the hardships of the world on children. We know the healing of a smile on a mother’s face when her kids are clothed

Good Thinking 4 All Our Relations is returning the “GIVE AWAY“ ceremony.

Good Thinking 4 All Our Relations acts and operates exclusively, as a public charity, 501[c]3 nonprofit organization


Please share to get much participation to bring about awareness:


Please share to get much participation to bring about awareness:
Welcome back the Thunders & Honoring the Sunka Wakan Oyate (Horse) Nation
In the past the Welcome Back the Wakiya Oyate – Thunder Ceremony has always been done on March 21st, but because there is an International effort to respect the Mini wic’oni- the Water of Life – it was decided to unite our prayers and our energy, and to hold …the event on March 22nd, on United Nations Water Day.
In the history of our People, this is the time to do our ceremony to Welcome Back the Thunders. This ceremony for our Nation – The Buffalo Oyate (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota), has always taken place in the Heart Of Mother Earth – The Sacred Black Hills at Harney Peak. Russell Eagle Bear and Ben Rodd have been the forefront for organizing this important ceremony for a long time. Each year many school bus loads of children, along with Elders and the People make this pilgrimage to offer prayers on top of Harney Peak.
As the Keeper of the Sacred Bundle, I would also like to acknowledge the importance of the Sunka Wakan Oyate – the Horse Nation. When I was taught the teachings and history of the Bundle, the Elders told me that the Horse Ceremony came along with the original teachings – 19 generations ago. We pray to the West, the Horse Nation, who attends to this direction in order to bring rain. The main medicine of the rain brings life, health and well being, this is why water is called Mini wic’oni – Water of Life.
Today the Horse Nation is being dismissed as having no worth any longer in this Society. There is no-where for them roam free and in places were they feel they have worth along with humans, they are being dismissed and replaced. Along with the Buffalo, they have been massacred, with no respect for their spiritual energy they give to this Turtle Island. If the assault of the Horse Nation is allowed to continue: this disrespect can affect the blessings from the Wakiya Oyate (Thunder Beings).
Today we are faced with many global challenges that affect the Mini Wic’oni in order for its medicine to be pure. We are at the time where these challenges can affect the survival of the generations to come; we need to pay attention.
I humbly ask People of All Nations to open your hearts and minds to this important information of how all things are connected. The future generations and all life upon Mother Earth depend on you to offer your thoughts and prayers on this day with us. I will be in Grandmother Country (Canada) spreading this important information and joining all who hold these issues sacred.
In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!
Ana-h’opta po Hear my words!
Chief Arvol Looking Horse 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle
If you would like to print beautiful poster and help the horses:

I support World Peace and Prayer Day.


Raven visits with Chief Phil Lane Jr., 3-16-2014 at 5:00pm

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Chief Phil Lane Jr. is a traditionally recognized Hereditary Chief and Elder. He is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, and is a citizen of both Canada and the United States

Raven will be visiting with Toni Jones about the Nooksack 306: “WE ALL BELONG.” 3-16-2014 AT 4pm


Toni Jones is one of the 306 Nooksack who would lose tribal membership if disenrollment goes forward. She joined about a hundred others as they marched from Pioneer Square to the tribe’s lawyer’s office building.

“Ever since I was a little tiny girl, I’ve known that I (was) Nooksack, that’s who I am,” Jones said before marching. “That’s who I was raised to be, it’s in my blood.” She said the disenrollment is hard-hitting for her and her relatives. “It’s a deep hurt that is not explainable. It’s somebody trying to strip me away from what I’ve known, what I was born with.”




Will be visiting with Robert Upham and Scotti Clifford about an upcoming event. “Blues Concert & Art Benefit- Honoring Our “Unsung Heroes”. -March 16th, 2014 4:30pm


Description of the event happening this March 22, 2014.
Blues Music by Waylon Mendoza & Scatter Their Own. Art by Robert Upham of the Harlem Indian Project & Blue Pony Youth Program. Join us in honoring our Unsung Heroes & American Indian History through Ledger Art, Blues Music, Spoken Word and Poetry.

Chief Beau Dick visits with Raven Redbone, 3-9-2014 at 4:30 pm


Beau Dick


(1955- )

Beau Dick was born in Alert Bay on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island and was raised in the neighbouring Kwakwaka’wakw village of Kingcome Inlet. The isolation of the remote villages slowed down the processes of cultural destruction, which had devastated many other villages on the coast. Many of the Kwakwaka’wakw master artists, including Willie Seaweed, Charlie James, and Mungo Martin as well as Beau’s father Ben Dick and grandfather James Dick carried the art and culture through the period of cultural assimilation and transition to become among the first carvers to receive recognition as “name” artists beyond the cultural definition. They also carried the wealth of songs, dances, and ceremonial rites, which were passed on to the dedicated young artists such as Beau who was among the first artists of the modern era. Alert Bay remains a cultural centre as well as producing such noted artists as Wayne Alfred, Russell Smith, Bruce Alfred and Doug Cramner.

Beau’s first carving was a miniature totem pole based on the pole his father carved to commemorate the visit of King George XI. His father also carved the largest freestanding totem pole (173-feet) to commemorate Canada’s centennial in 1967.

Beau moved to Vancouver to complete high school. He became interested in painting and produced several large canvases in a naturalistic style representing Kwakwaka’wakw mythological figures and ceremonial dancers. He continued to carve and received several important commissions while still a young artist; he painted the dance screen for the Cape Mudge museum and was among the youngest artists chosen for the Legacy Exhibition.

The Legacy Exhibition (documented in the book The Legacy—Traditions and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art by Peter Macnair) hosted by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria (1972) was one of the first major exhibitions to focus on contemporary artists. The exhibition traveled until 1982. The exhibition and catalogue became a major resource for the growing collector base interested in contemporary Northwest Coast art. Beau exhibited two works, a Noohmahl (fool dancer) and a Tuxw’id or Kominicka mask both carved in the powerful tradition of the War Spirit Ceremony. These masks were instrumental in building the market for the more powerful and darker subjects of the Kwakwaka’wakw traditional ceremonies.

Beau is a prolific and respected artist. He was chosen to carve the large four way split transformation mask for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo ‘86 in Vancouver, British Columbia, now in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. He was also commissioned to carve a major eleven-figure pole by the City of Vancouver for Stanley Park.

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