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.

SHIELD THE PEOPLE

press release 02/26/2014 – Shield The People

 

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

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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

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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.
http://www.scattertheirown.com/

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

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OUR MISSION

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.

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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.
WITHOUT YOU WE CAN DO VERY LITTLE..

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

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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: http://www.equiculture.org/SharedFiles/Download.aspx?pageid=154&mid=276&fileid=520
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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