Mount Polley: A wake-up call for Canada’s mining industry | Science Matters | David Suzuki Foundation

Mount Polley: A wake-up call for Canada’s mining industry | Science Matters | David Suzuki Foundation.

 

Here’s what I know: a rich guy who lives in Florida is drilling test holes in the Penokee Range which threatens the Bad River Ojibwe Tribal Nation rice beds and Lake Superior. These are my relatives and your relatives.  This is my lake and your lake.  How many mining disasters will it take for ALL of us to say NO – ga wiin?

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The Privilege of Grief

Lara/Trace:

“What happened to Michael Brown’s body was a profound failure: of institutions and systems meant to serve, of the human heart’s ability to feel compassion and see itself in the suffering of others. Yes, I am talking about racism and classism and compassion all together. There is so much data on how race creates inequality in the United States and how white people benefit from it that I know we aren’t stuck here because we need more information. We don’t need more information; we need to admit how that information plays outs in our lives and be with the uncomfortable feelings that arise.”

True, true, true

Originally posted on Unstoppable Wholeness:

It was easier for me to travel across the whole country and claim my partner John’s body than it was for Michael Brown’s mother to cross a few feet of pavement in Ferguson, Missouri.  

John was killed in a car crash in Montana while I was home in Massachusetts.  We are not sure when it happened.  Was it late at night or early in the foggy morning?  The car went off the road and into an irrigation ditch.  It came to a halt upside down in the water, partially obscured by a tree.  Much later in the day, someone noticed something odd and called the police.

A local police officer and a State Highway patrol officer responded.  They saw John’s body suspended in the water.  You don’t survive long in the water so they must have suspected he was dead, but still they jumped into the ditch, into the…

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SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION TO CHANGE COLUMBUS DAY TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY

Slave Trader Columbus

Our thanks to the Seattle City Council for a proposed resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day.  Christopher Columbus was not the hero we were taught to believe in while we were in grade school.  The matter will be considered at the September 02 Seattle City Council meeting about 2:00 p.m., City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd floor.  Hope you can be there to give support to this long overdue resolution.

Who was the real Columbus?  First off, he was not the first to “discover” the New World. The Vikings, including Leif Ericson, were here some 500 years earlier and the Native Americans discovered this land more than 14,000 years earlier.

Columbus was not the hero he has been made out to be.  His crimes were considered so horrible that even the King of Spain removed him from power.  Many of his crimes were recorded by Bartolome’ De Las Casas, a priest who was there and witnessed his atrocious crimes.  When indigenous people did not meet their work quota, they had both hands chopped off.  The Spaniards used the bodies of children to test the sharpness of their blades.  De Las Casas wrote, I tremble as I write. http://www.creators.com/liberal/norman-solomon.html.

Columbus’s policies were responsible for the genocide against the indigenous people.  Out of an estimated population of 3,000,000 in 1492 on the island of Hispaniola only 60,000 were still alive in 20 years and by 50 years they were all gone.  When tribes offered resistance to his slavery, he unleashed 200-foot soldiers, 20 cavalry with crossbows, small cannon, lances, swords and let loose 20 hunting dogs who tore the Indians apart.

He awarded his lieutenants with women to rape and the demand was for girls age nine to ten.  He forced the peaceful natives to work in the gold mines until they died of exhaustion.  They were burned alive if they tried to escape.

For more complete details, see Google, Crimes of Christopher Columbus http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-kasum/columbus-day-a-bad-idea_b_742708.html. Also historian Howard Zinn documents Columbus’ racism and greed in A People’s History of the United States.

Maybe this time the Seattle City Council will redeem itself and approve this resolution after their no-show on co-signing Council Member Kshama Sawant’s letter standing up for human rights and condemning Israel’s action in Gaza.

Hope to see you at the September 2nd, 2:00 pm Council meeting to give support to this important resolution.  If you can’t make it, a letter, a call or an email to the members of the City Council would help

Sincerely,

J. Glenn Evans

Poet, Novelist and Political Activist

Here is their contact information:

Sally Bagshaw              sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov       206-684-8801

Tim Burgess                 tim.burgess@seattle.gov        206-684-8806

Sally Clark                   sally.clark@seattle.gov            206-684-8802

Jean Godden                jean.godden@seattle.gov        206-684-8807

Bruce Harrell                bruce.harrell@seattle.gov        206-684-8804

Mike O’Brien               mike.obrien@seattle.gov        206-684-8800

Nick Licata                  nick.licata@seattle.gov            206.684.8803

Tom Rasmussen            tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov    206-684-8808

Kshama Sawant            kshama.sawant@seattle.gov            206.684.8016

A COPY OF THE RESOLUTION IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS CORRESPONDENCE

Another badly needed resolution by the Seattle City Council for the people of Seattle to show their appreciation to the Duwamish Tribe for every square foot of Seattle taken from them would be a City resolution to show their recognition of the Duwamish Tribe even if the Federal Government is still dragging their feet on this matter.  President Clinton had approved their recognition, but when Bush got in, he rescinded the recognition.  Let’s suggest the Council act on this idea.

Council Member Sawant attempted to get language regarding Duwamish recognition lumped into this resolution, but the Mayor’s office took it out. It is an issue they will have to take independently of this in the future.

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PROPOSED SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION

The resolution will be discussed during Full Council, at 2 PM.

WHEREAS, in 2011 the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, representing 59 Tribes from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northern California, Western Montana and some Alaskan Tribes, passed resolution #11-OO to “Support to Change Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October) to Indigenous Peoples’ Day”; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial; and

WHEREAS, the City recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible; and

 

WHEREAS, the City values the many contributions made to our community through Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts and the deep cultural contribution that has substantially shaped the character of the City of Seattle; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty. When communities are confronted with extreme poverty and income inequality, they are further challenged by disproportionate health, education, and social crises; and

 

WHEREAS, the City promotes the closing of the equity gap for Indigenous Peoples through policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history, and contributions; and

 

WHEREAS, the lands later known as the Americas were considered by countless Indigenous people as home for many generations before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in1492; and

 

WHEREAS, the story of the Americas by Indigenous peoples since time immemorial provides an authentic historical narrative that honors, respects, and celebrates the culture, language, and traditions of our Indigenous ancestors;

 

WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle was declared to be a Human Rights City on December 10, 2012, committing itself to protect, respect and fulfill the full range of inherent human rights for all as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and numerous other international human rights treaties.

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

 

Section 1. The City of Seattle strongly supports that Indigenous Peoples Day shall be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region; and

 

Section 2.  The City of Seattle strongly encourages Seattle Public Schools to include the teaching of indigenous people’s history as recommended by 2005 H.B. 1495; and

Section 3.  The City of Seattle encourages other businesses, organizations, and public institutions to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day; and

Section 4. The City of Seattle firmly commits to continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council of the City of Seattle jointly declare the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle.

«My Lost Son» BBC Documentary (2014)

Lara/Trace:

my heart breaks for this mom

Originally posted on Indigo Child Khara:

“Carol King Eckersley is probably the last mother to have found out that her child was killed when Pan Am 103 was bombed over Lockerbie in 1988. This powerful programme follows her journey to discover the last days and death of her son Ken Bissett, who she gave up for adoption at birth.”

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When the sh*t really hit the fan on faceb**k

ICWAGraphic1By Lara/Trace

The sh*t really hit the fan last week when a good friend of mine shut down a Facebook group page. (She’d emailed me while she was deciding, so I knew and agreed.) (She shut down a group, not her own profile.) (I rarely went to that group page.)

I’m not naming names but it was for adoptees.

I got emails instantly – people thinking it was my page. (Uh, no, it’s not.) Why are you abandoning us? (What?) What’s going to happen to us? (Nothing.)

I mean this – Facebook is not the place to share personal tragic stuff. It’s not private. Even if it says it’s private or closed, it’s not!

It’s a total game changer when you think about who is reading or posting on groups when you have never met them in person – they could be anyone (FBI, doctors, psychos) and not even adopted. (Like pyscho-babbling students who want to study you and do their masters thesis on you – yuck) (Hey, it’s already happened!!) (Or your future employers who will see how emotionally messed up you are.) (Or the one or two I have met in person and knew instantly they need to be in a hospital.)

Some of these adoptees are sick, very sick. They are hanging on to their grief like it’s the only thing left. I told a few to seek out an elder and make sure you bring a gift and money and tobacco. (It’s expected you pay them something if they are counseling you.) (Men counsel men and women counsel women.)

I tell you what – adoptees don’t know this until you tell them.  That is f*cking tragic.  Adoption ripped our heads into shreds.

I think that whole faceb**k mess created some new form of addiction – some adoptees are literally sucked into this non-reality. They were isolated by adoption, yes. And it hurts to think about it but a faceb**k group is not the place to go when you need help.

I had a long talk with an elder about this and he said what adoptees need is ceremony. Indeed. We need their tribes to step up and offer them that. With clear instructions on how to go about re-joining the community. Instructions on how to be Indian again. Instructions on how to be respectful.

I am not judging anyone but I went and found my family and went to South Dakota and did ceremony and studied with an elder when I lived in Seattle. I’ve done sweats many times. No one told me to do this – I just did it! If it’s important to you, you’ll do whatever it takes to feel better.

What adoption did was break and shatter that connection to our culture and it did create a great emptiness and need in adoptees. My friend sadly had to de-friend so many people for her decision but this action was truly vitally important.

It seems so silly to say this but faceb**k is NOT a real place….

Ceremony is how we heal ourselves….

 

 

PS: I am sick of faceb**k but there are too many friends there that I want to keep in touch with, need to keep in contact with – it’s literally impossible to leave!

PSS: In days I should be able to drop the DeMeyer last name and start using Hentz.

And here is someone who agrees with me with not sharing so much on social media – HERE

Thoughts on depression from an artistic mind – The Globe and Mail

sheepHey everyone!

I just finished up writing an essay for a new anthology about adoptees, adoption and Ireland! Whew, it’s done! The editor wants the Irish government to sit up and listen.  Exactly!  (We all want America to sit up too and listen to first mothers and adoptees.)  As some of you know, I am a mix of American Indian (Tsalagi-Shawnee with French Canadian- Irish) – That makes me a very spunky gal.. so I hear.

I want you to read this post Thoughts on depression from an artistic mind – The Globe and Mail — since it pertains to so many of us humans right now … Yes, it seems like today everyone has depression — or is now becoming depressed.  I do understand why!! Hello? It’s like – turn on the news – the world is insane!

Really, though, I had heard this about comedians. Many are depressed. Many show only one side – the humor, the smile, the goofiness, the wit, the brilliance.

As a kid, I was the class clown, smart alec, etc.  One nun hated me so much she flipped me out of my desk! I also had a home life that was anything but funny. Humor was an outlet, a good one. I made all that nastiness go away with laughter! (I still want to…)

Robin Williams was the court jester of the world. He brought us to our knees with laughter. We needed that. Now that he is gone, we still have his many movies.

Michael RedHill

This says it all: “ROBIN WILLIAMS… REST IN PEACE… MAKE GOD LAUGH” — the poet-playwright Michael RedHill did a bloody brilliant job on his post.

 

I’ll be back next week posting more of my brain farts…Lara/Trace

 

 

 

We Are Story Stones On Which Sacred Carvings Are Made Daily | WNC Woman

We Are Story Stones On Which Sacred Carvings Are Made Daily | WNC Woman.

Creativity can be a spiritual experience, opening one to a deeper understanding of one’s connection to the whole, and deepening the belief of interconnectedness – that everything has a voice if one will listen. Story is who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. Our individual lives are a story unfolding, day-by-day, revelation-by-revelation, and creation-by-creation. No matter the wound, no matter the past, we can assist our healing process by learning to listen to creativity… – MariJo Moore (my dear friend and co-editor of Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time)

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AMERICAN INDIAN ADOPTEES: GUEST POST: Reactive Attachment Disorder by Levi Eagle Feather

 

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AMERICAN INDIAN ADOPTEES: GUEST POST: Reactive Attachment Disorder by Levi Eagle Feather. Part One

Many times, emotionally, mentally and spiritually we become lost and tired within the hubbub of it all. What else can we do but feel lost. As far as adoption goes the whole basic, being separated from the herd to which you belong thingy. Something which we all have experienced is pretty much the icing on the cake of it all. It not only disrupted our natural experience of familial roots and belonging which is the core of our birthright, but it screwed with everyone else’s experience as well. It removed all of us at the same time from that first belonging which showed us and told us to whom and how it is that we belong. It’s been very hard for me to square myself with that even to this day!

While the boarding school process and the relocation process do basically the same thing that the adoption process does as far as removing one from the herd.

Knowing that “belonging” isn’t there is easy to understand. It also is easy to understand why someone might be skeptical about wanting to have anything to do with who and what they are being redirected to. And it doesn’t have anything to do with any wow factor or how cool something might be either. 

Naturally, situations like this will affect ones behavior. The Mayo clinic says that some of the signs and symptoms of someone experiencing a RAD condition may include:      
·       Withdrawal, fear, sadness or irritability that is not readily explained
·       Sad and listless appearance
·       Not seeking comfort or showing no response when comfort is given
·       Failure to smile
·       Watching others closely but not engaging in social interaction
·       Failing to ask for support or assistance
·       Failure to reach out when picked up
·       No interest in playing peekaboo or other interactive games [3]   
I was four when this all began for me. Since that time not much in my life has been acceptable to me. In a “feeling about it” kind of way. Something is always missing or just not quite right!
Read the rest by clicking this link... I am cross-posting this. Levi is a contributor in the new anthology CALLED HOME.

New Book — Safety for Native Women: VAWA and American Indian Tribes

Lara/Trace:

You can publish a book but it takes actionable actions to make lasting change. When you think about who created these conditions for such violence to exist, by connecting the dots, we are all pawns in a government “show of force.” Quite a show across the planet!

Originally posted on Turtle Talk:

Safety for Native Women: VAWA and American Indian Tribes

By Jacqueline Agtuca, Edited by Dorma Sahneyah

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Paperback $15.99

Digital $12.99

A powerful presentation of the impact of colonization of American Indian tribes on the safety of Native American women and the changes to address such violence under the Violence Against Women Act. This essential reading reviews, through the voices and experiences of Native women, the systemic reforms under the Act to remove barriers to justice and increase Native women’s safety. It places the historic changes witnessed over the last twenty years under the Act in the context of the tribal grassroots movement for safety of Native women. Legal practitioners, students, and social justice advocates will find this book a useful and inspirational resource to creating a more just, humane, and safer world.

To place orders please use this form: http://www.niwrc.org/vawa-book-pre-order

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Headlines: trafficking, adoption, Indian Child Welfare

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.” This bipartisan, bicameral bill reflects agreements reached between House and Senate leaders on three separate bills designed to prevent sex trafficking of children in foster care, increase adoptions from foster care, and increase child support collections for families, among other purposes.

House Committee on Ways and Means sealRead the full press release at Chairman Dave Camp’s website.

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Alaska Supreme Court sides with Interior tribe in child custody, sovereignty case

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday in support of an Interior tribal court in a child custody and tribal sovereignty Native American Rights Fund logocase that was contested by Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration.

The case, Simmonds v. Parks, started almost six years ago as a custody dispute in the Village of Minto, a town of 200 people about 130 road miles northwest of Fairbanks.

Read the full article at the NewsMiner.com website.

Learn more about the case at the Native American Rights Fund website.

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Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Imagine entering family court and knowing that what’s at stake is the person you hold most dear – your child. Now imagine having a judge tell you that he’s removing your child from your custody, from your home. When you ask him why, the judge’s replies, “I honestly can’t tell you.” The judge then signs an order giving custody of your son to Social Services.

You might think that such a court proceeding could never happen in the United States – but you’d be wrong.

Read the full article by Stephen Pevar at the ACLU website.

 

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The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) is one of the new resource centers within the Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) National Network. The NRC4Tribes joins the Children’s Bureau’s Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance Network (T/TANetwork) which is designed to improve child welfare systems and to support States and Tribes in achieving sustainable, systemic change that results in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families.

The Children’s Bureau is located within the Administration for Children,Youth and Families (ACF) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Tribes continue to be able to access training and technical assistance (T/TA) through various national resources centers within the Children’s Bureau national T/TA Network.The NRC for Tribes is the focal point for coordinated and culturally competent child welfare T/TA for Tribes within theT/TA Network.The NRC4Tribes works collaboratively with Tribes and the T/TA Network to assist Tribes in the enhancement of child welfare services and the promotion of safety, permanency and well-being for American Indian/Alaska Native children and families.

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“Those are Our People and That’s our Family” written by Erika Bjorum

August 7, 2014

“Those are Our People and That’s our Family”, written by Erika Bjorum, who conducted a graduate research project with Maine-Wabanaki REACH, is published in the latest edition of Journal of Public Child Welfare. Her study examined the perspectives of Wabanaki community members and child welfare staff on state child welfare involvement in Wabanaki communities.

In the acknowledgements, Erika states, “The author gratefully acknowledges the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Convening Group and the staff from the Muskie School of Public Service for their partnership in developing and carrying out this project, as well as their valuable contributions to the editing process.”

Closure…is it what people think it is?

Lara/Trace:

Traumatic events don’t go away, they change you. They become part of your soul. They effect in some way every decision made, action taken, thought, feeling and reaction from that point forward. Answers to why the event happened, doesn’t make the pain you felt, or still feel, go away, they are just answers to the questions that were gnawing away at your soul. They can offer a measure of peace so you stop wondering, searching for, the why – but they can’t change you back to the person you were before, and even if you have worked hard to conquer your feelings and fears, they are still there, deep inside. So please don’t assume that adoptees are different from everyone else, and once they find “closure” it’s all over, and they have “moved on” after “working through those feelings”…it doesn’t work that way…” Yes Yes YES!

Originally posted on The adopted ones blog:

By TAO

I’ve been thinking about what closure is for a long time.  Can you actually close the door on your past, or event, and walk into your future unscathed?  I can’t.  Every single event in my life that touched me so deeply that one would seek closure for – has molded, and shaped me, into who I am, today.

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On sanity and self-inquiry

Lara/Trace:

As someone who has tried to understand my own memories, the figments of my imagination that were ruling me and my decisions, this post by Jen Peer Rich expressed it so clearly, I’m sharing it!
“The flickering light of awareness drew my attention out of pure exhaustion. I was being destroyed by these beliefs, the whole thing felt like it was crumbing around me and it was really a matter of survival that I began to use the light to look around the beliefs without fear….”

Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

By Jen Peer Rich

inquiryInquiry is a spontaneous, honest investigation into what is happening in my mind, body and experience. When I am inquiring, I am awareness within every inch of what is here- thoughts, sensations, images, attuned with my senses, standing fully inside of this moment. I am home.

When I first started doing inquiry, I had a minuscule awareness of my own thoughts. For me life was an epic submersion in the neurotic narrations of my mind and dysfunctional attachments to various body identities. I believed my thoughts were real and really who I am. This lead to a lifetime of disastrous and destructive behaviors because of one simple misunderstanding that happened early on in life- that I am my thoughts and thoughts are real.

If I believe in thoughts, and that my thoughts are me, I am beholden to an array of insecurities arising with each and…

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