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Women and Water Coming Together Fundraiser - March 7th, 2020

February 28, 2020 - 4:06pm

Watch the broadcast of the March 7th, 2020 Women and Water Symposium Fundraiser with music, speech and discussion.

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People Over Pipelines - Re-Broadcast

February 27, 2020 - 12:57pm

Join ICTV and our LIVESTREAM studio to view 8 new files from the Enbridge Line #5 Landowners Meeting. This Event File is NOW REBROADCASTING over 37 files from Great Lakes Pipeline events from 2017 to 2020.

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REbroadcast: 2nd Annual Reclaiming Our Children Round Dance

February 7, 2020 - 1:24am

Notice of Re-Broadcast: Friday evening Feb. 7th, 2020 starting around 5:30pm CST the 2nd Annual Reclaiming Our Children Round Dance.

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Video Highlights from Honor The Earth Pow Wow 2019

January 23, 2020 - 8:16pm

Join IndianCountryTV and the Honor Earth Pow wow on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation for several videos.

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Re-Broadcast - Enbridge Line 5 - Bad River Watershed Informational

September 22, 2019 - 2:52pm

Rebroadcast of Enbridge Line #5 and Bad River Watershed Protection Informational gathering on Tuesday Oct. 1 at the Wisconsin Great Lakes Visitor Center starting at 5:30pm CST and ending at 7:30pm.

Watch the rebroadcast of the Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Enbridge Line 3 from this event file - Duluth, Minnesota on Sept. 28th, 2019 - (1hr 51minutes). Also in this event file are 28 other videos on pipelines and links to other event files on organization Honor The Earth, Back40 Mining opposition and many other files.

 

https://livestream.com/IndianCountryTV/events/7688260

 

https://livestream.com/IndianCountryTV/events/6995697

 

https://livestream.com/IndianCountryTV/events/7070263

 

 

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33 years of Publishing: August was the last issue of News From Indian Country

September 14, 2019 - 2:07pm

By Paul DeMain, Editor
News From Indian Country

Our Thanks to You, our Subscribers, Advertisers, Critics and many others for your years of attention and support!

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Milwaukee’s Indian Summer Festival ended a 32-year Run

September 14, 2019 - 1:38pm

An Appreciation

By Rick Whaley
Special to News From Indian Country
 
When I was a young man, I followed the Irish bioregional vision to be a “dweller in the land.” It led me to Indian Summer Festival (ISF) and the struggle of Chippewa spearfishing rights in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

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Essential Words and Phrases in Native History Related to the Doctrines of Discovery

September 13, 2019 - 5:16pm

By Doug George-Kanentiio©
News From Indian Country

No effective discussion on any Native issue can be done without understanding the following words and phrases. If we are to break the chains of “federal trust” and colonial “paternalism” we must know our opponents and have a strong command of our collective histories.

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Elders and Youth Honour Mother Earth in Yelm, Washington

September 13, 2019 - 2:12pm

By Danny Beaton (Turtle Clan Mohawk)
www.dannybeaton.ca

Sappa Dawn was created by Janet and Don McCloud over thirty years ago, a healing place for our old elders to take shelter at and a ceremonial camp for healing and having sacred ceremonies for Creation.

It was Janet McCloud’s vision to create a bigger camp for our elders and to buy a track of land close to Sappa Dawn, but in a heavily forested area that felt like a healing place too.

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Bad River Chippewa sue Enbridge for Line #5 trespass on Reservation, Tribe fears breach of meander on the Bad River

September 3, 2019 - 9:00am

By TODD RICHMOND
 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Members of the Bad River Ojibwe in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit during July in hopes of forcing Enbridge Inc. to remove sections of a major pipeline that runs across their reservation, arguing it’s becoming more likely the aging line will rupture and cause catastrophic environmental damage.

Enbridge’s 66-year-old Line 5 carries 23 million gallons of crude oil and propane daily from Canada to eastern Michigan. The line runs across 12 miles of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s swampy reservation in far northern Wisconsin.

The 7,000-member tribe argues that Enbridge’s easements for the line expired in 2013 but the Canadian company has continued to pump oil and gas through Line 5 across the reservation regardless. The tribe in 2017 decided not to renew the easements.

Meanwhile, the threat of a rupture has been growing, the lawsuit contends. The Bad River has been eroding the earth around a portion of the pipeline and could soon carve a new channel across the pipeline’s route, washing away the soil that covers and supports it. That will subject the line to stresses it wasn’t designed to withstand, including swaying under its own weight and impacts from falling trees and other objects.

This photo of the Bad River (in purple) shows a meander that has moved over 200 feet toward Enbridge’s Pipeline #5 since the line was put in during 1953. An extended lease expired in 2013 on several parcels of land the tribe owns, and was not renewed.            
Graphic from Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa vs Enbridge

The lawsuit goes on to allege corrosion and defects in the line’s materials and installation become more apparent as pipelines age.

“Should it fail, then, Line 5 is positioned to discharge crude oil to the Sloughs and into Lake Superior, endangering the staggering profusion of flora and fauna that members of the Band and their forbears have protected and utilized since long before European contact,” the lawsuit says.

Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner said in a statement that the company had just received the lawsuit and needs time to review it. She added that Enbridge has been trying to negotiate easement renewals with the tribe but most of the company’s reservation right of way is covered by either perpetual easements on private land or a 50-year agreement with the tribe that doesn’t expire until 2043.

Enbridge has been under scrutiny since 2010, when its Line 6B pipeline ruptured in southern Michigan, releasing 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River system. Michigan’s Democratic attorney general, Dana Nessel, filed a lawsuit in June seeking to shut down twin portions of Line 5 that run beneath the Straits of Mackinac, narrow waterways that connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Nessel argued that anchor strikes could rupture the line, resulting in a devastating spill.

Enbridge responded to that lawsuit by insisting the dual pipes are in good condition and could operate indefinitely. Duffy said decommissioning the two portions of the line would disrupt the energy market, pointing out that the line meets 55% of Michigan’s propane needs.

The company said it is willing to install a tunnel beneath the lakebed to protect the pipeline and foot the $500 million bill. Nessel said the state can’t wait five or 10 years for Enbridge to build the tunnel.


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Passing this beautiful, rich, profound way of life onto that next generation

September 2, 2019 - 4:25pm

Interview by Paul DeMain
 - News From Indian Country -

Punkin Shananaquet: Okay. Boozhoo, Waasnoday...[Northern Lights Woman is my Anishinaabe name. I am of the Lynx Clan and I am a Potawatomi/Ojibwe woman].

“I am very happy to be here and I give thanks to Gitchi Manitou, the Creator, for giving us this air to breathe and this opportunity to connect that unseen spirit that connects us like water, that air.

“We were brought to northern Michigan as a dedicated group of Anishinaabe and non-Anishinaabe thinking people that are here to revive some of the natural traditional work of our Ojibwe people, working with that beautiful birch tree, that one that we remember that gives us a lot of a lot of gifts that we need to be reminded of. You know, that our ancestors took great care to pass these words, these actions down to us to this present day, this place.

When we go down there and see that connection that those kids are making with that birch bark, that spirit, when they were making connections to that smell of that natural food, it’s that spirit that we got to be reminded of, our senses that defines us to this place, this land, who we are.

Like how many other people can come in and make those definitions through smell cognizance? With the medicine’s, it’s so important. This one here takes us to these places like those animal  doodems (clans), our relatives that stood up for us, those doodem powers that always keep us seeking, seeking that knowledge gendaassowin,  Anishinaabe ashkigendaassowin (new Indigenous knowledge), when that new working Anishinaabe thought that each and every one of us here possess. And to me that is ... it’s really profound, to be sitting here with this knowledge.

“When we see the assault on our mother, on our beautiful mother. You know, what she gives us each and every day, her power, her vapor, her essence.

“And we are just some seeds, handful of pitiful seeds that are passing this beautiful, rich, profound way of life to that next generation. And it’s so beautiful to see that these spaces open up for us like this. You know, these land places, these land teachers allow this movement to happen and bring in such a mixed, beautiful energy that you can see that our children ... whatever state that we may leave this earth in, you know they’re going to make a difference because what we are doing here is for them.

“I had a new granddaughter born in May, that sacred time of the flowers. And I’ve even looked at her little characteristics in our star realm and what placements of teachers will be there when she’s going to be born. And there are so many things that happen in the spring when those spirits come. How they’re all lower to this place.

“There’s so many beautiful relationships happening now between the land and her forces, her energies, her spirits, that continual battle of sacredness of pureness, all of those things that come with what we acknowledge in our language and in our seeds and our foods and our way of life and our dress and what we choose to put on each and every day, the color that we pick. But moving into that forward time.

Punkin and Dave Shananaquet are traditionalist who can be found through-out the Great Lakes region, dancing, painting and most often working with birch bark making bowls, drawing and unique artwork and merchandize like the birchbark hat that Punkin is wearing above.   
            Facebook photo by Kee Boon Mein Kaa

DeMain: Let me ask a question. Looking forward in time? Let’s talk about Standing Rock and the Back 40 Mine and water and seeds. What’s the connection or disconnect and is that a choice, mining, Standing Rock, seeds and hemp and Tell us what the connection is?

Shananaquet: Well, for me it’s like we’re almost being pulsed into that, into that time, into that river of... we’re all being forced like, when we look at a flood, what do we see? We see a mishmash of everything, of garbage, of tree stumps, of dead animals, and all that comes together, you know?

“And for me, it’s like somehow we are being forced like that movement that’s happening with that water. That somehow we have to make that right and we acknowledge that what we have done to that water through pollution, through mining, through plastic, invasive acts.

“You know the most destructive thing on this earth is that plastic and what it’s doing to her and her creatures and her creation. But think of us as as being that movement of how that’s bringing us all together. Like so many minds are coming together from all over the world.

“We are being awakened. All various parts of the world. People like us protecting their sacred mountain, their sacred spring, their sacred cave, their sacred waterways, their sacred maple trees, their sacred island. And I think that that movement is ... we should look at it like that instead of being negative about that, being negative about how we have to be forced to look into a new way of thinking. Because we are bringing a lot of people together that are like minded.

“So I don’t ... That’s just how we can, just for a brief second, think of how we are ... how this energy is brought together by force. We are riding on these silent rivers of creation, of energy, of movement, of time, of space. And to think that we’re just haphazardly just going down and not thinking we’re not doing a thing or not working, that our movements aren’t being recognized, is not right. We are being recognized. Earth is recognizing us. Our languages recognize us, her spirits are recognizing us.

DeMain: You find a lot of hope in all that. For your grandchildren and great grandchildren. If you were to give  a message a hundred years from now someone’s going to look at this video and see you talking. What do you want to tell them?

Shananaquet: Yeah. I do. I think we’ll be in that sacred time of that beautiful newness of creation that our prophecies speak about. I know we will. I know creation will be beautiful. She continues to be beautiful despite all of this destruction anyway.

“You know, look out at how beautiful she is. The snowflakes, they’re like an imprint, an embrace to her as they fall. So, think of all her thousands of embraces that she’s receiving without us even acknowledging that. So, I think she’ll be fine and creation will still take good care of her, like they’re doing now. But it’s up to us to, I guess ...

“When I think about it, a hundred years ago there was a grandmother of mine that sat alone and scared because she was taken away from her existence. And it seems like we have a lot of care and love and resources in this time that keep us connected to what we need to ensure that what we are teaching her children comes from this teacher, this earth teacher.

“And there are a lot of kids that are awakening to that message, a lot of smart kids. I mean, some of my grand ... two of my grandchildren included, incredible spirits, incredibly smart and gifted. Beautiful. I know that they’re going to do so well in this place because they have teachers like you, they have movements like this that they can look up to. And even if they aren’t here, they have family members that will take this message back to our communities and try to make it known there in our own home communities, which we all know is so hard to do as Anishinaabe.

“It’s so hard for each and every one of us to struggle with our own identity and our own home community. And I think that’s the fire that kind of drives us as Anishinaabe people too, is to go and seek that other like-mindedness where you can sit ... our people sat in common counsel with one another, in common knowledge with one another, with shared knowledge and the love of the knowledge with one another.

“And I think we still do that to a great point today. Like what ... this is what we are doing for that future, giving this common existence of who we are to that bundle that we need to carry to that time where we put it down when we cross through that western door, our work is done.

DeMain: I want to switch your emotions around a little bit. What role does humor and laughter have in the fight to keep Mother Nature’s resources clean? Does it play a role? Should it play a role?

Shananaquet: Yes. Oh Gosh. It’s the spirit that we carry that we know Weniboozhoo entrusted to us Anishinaabe, has been the fuel for our darkness, our blackness, our ability to find the beautiful way to laugh in the face of everything taken away from you, your land, your culture, your language, your pipe, your weather bundles, your clan songs, all of that. Yet we defined ourselves and we still laughed at everything. And it’s ... we laugh in ceremony, we’re irreverent in ceremony and you can see the spirit of Weniboozhoo come in and affect us with that and make us ... give us that what I call ... like, if you study yoga and chakra, there’s something that you must bring up from your inner belly to bring out. And laughter is one of the movements of your body to purge and to keep yourself clean from the inside.

“So, besides drinking your water and walking your mile a day or your 10,000 steps, they say to laugh. And it’s been part of our Anishinaabe marriages, our relationships with our families.

“I mean if we don’t ... I’m notorious for just being able to walk and I’m just the butt of the joke because I said something really funny and I am just being made fun of because of it. But that’s okay because it made everybody laugh and I’m laughing with them. And I don’t take offense to that because part of my spirit, I like to be that one that probably gives humor to to life, part of that chapter of humor that we can lend to others.

“Laugh at ourselves, laugh at what we see. So, it’s a definite part of our struggle. It will continue to be the one seed that will keep our minds. It’s what keeps our minds propelled, when we laugh and able to laugh. We can move and think about in a new way.

DeMain: Any last thing you’d like to add?

Shananaquet: Just, ChiMiigwetch minogiizhigad - very happy for this day. Very happy for this time. Even though we know what’s out there in that majority society, we see it, we have to be part of it when we turn on the TV, we should always think that right here is our seed of our knowledge, in these places. So, Miigwetch.


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Michigan agency online meeting with Aquila Resources held to avoid public records

September 2, 2019 - 4:09pm

By Keith Matheny, 
 - Published by the Detroit Free Press -
 
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality agreed last year to participate in a web meeting with an applicant for a controversial, open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula, specifically to avoid creating a public record out of information the applicant wanted to show the agency.

That revelation comes from notes taken by Kristi Wilson, an Upper Peninsula analyst for DEQ’s Water Resources Division, of her phone conversations with representatives of Aquila Resources, the Canadian mining company proposing the Back Forty mine within 150 feet of the Menominee River, on the Michigan-Wisconsin border in the western U.P.

Wilson’s March 9, 2018, “Note to File” recaps a telephone conversation with Jeff King, an agent for Aquila Resources on the Back Forty mine project. The conversation involved how Aquila would respond to a “clarification letter” DEQ had sent the mining company that January, pointing out deficiencies in how it was calculating groundwater withdrawals and wetlands impacts in its permit request for the proposed, 83-acre mine.

“Jeff called back in the afternoon and told me that Aquila does not want to have the document submitted to DEQ because they do not want the public to see it prior to the submittal of the final version because they may react to stuff,” she wrote.

Later, Wilson adds: “Jeff then told me that Dennis Donahue, counsel for Aquila, has been in contact with Teresa Seidel” — director of DEQ’s Water Resources Division — “and that they decided that the information could be hosted by the applicant in a GoToMeeting format so the applicant does not have to officially submit the document for the public record.

“I spoke with Teresa and we discussed options for review of the document prior to Monday’s meeting.”

Wilson goes on to state that Donahue sent DEQ officials an invitation for a web meeting on March 8, and that the Aquila response document was accessed during the meeting.

That troubles an attorney for a nonprofit organization advocating government transparency and First Amendment freedoms.

“It’s disturbing that a public official, based on this record, would seem to have agreed to an arrangement whereby it would make it more difficult for the public to understand what’s going on,” said Adam Marshall, a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, based in Washington.

“Aquila does not want to share information that may be incriminating or that may end up in the public domain and result in additional negative public pressure.”

“Public officials are public servants, and have a duty to ensure that all laws are complied with — including public records laws, which really form the basis of informed government in Michigan and around the country.”

Scott Dean, a spokesman for DEQ, now known as the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, or EGLE, in an emailed statement, said the agency and its Water Resources Division “go beyond the requirements of FOIA,” the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, in “an effort to enhance transparency.” Documents submitted to the agency for permit requests are maintained “on the public-facing, web-based, MiWaters system for all interested parties,” he said.  Because of this, for various reasons, applicants are sometimes reluctant to submit information that will become public.

“That does not, and should not, prevent staff from engaging with our customers,” Dean said.

“In this case, Aquila was seeking feedback before submitting a formal response to a January 19, 2018, letter from the WRD (Water Resources Division). WRD staff acknowledged that having multiple, public-facing versions of the same document could have the opposite effect from helping citizens to have accurate information about the project.”

But according to Wilson’s notes from another call with Aquila Resources officials, it wasn’t the first time they wanted to keep information from the public regarding the controversial Back Forty mine proposal, to avoid negative reactions.

 In a Jan. 31, 2018, “Note to File” recapping a telephone conversation with Andrew Boushy, Aquila’s senior vice president of projects, Wilson stated: “He reminded me that they have to maintain public relations and keep things looking positive for the public and for their investors.”

The memo later adds: “He stated that they (Aquila) do not trust the DEQ and need to understand what information we are asking for and what we are doing with it. Aquila believes (or perhaps Andrew believes) that the DEQ may have an ulterior motive for the information that we request and he further insinuated that the DEQ requests information to place into the public domain to get the public worked up about the project.

“Aquila does not want to share information that may be incriminating or that may end up in the public domain and result in additional negative public pressure.”

Wilson’s notes are among DEQ documents in evidence in an appeal of Aquila’s wetlands and surface waters permit, ongoing before an administrative law judge in Lansing. The permit is being appealed by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, a community group and neighbor to the proposed zinc, gold and copper sulfide mine.

The prospect of an open pit mining operation in the heart of the ancient homelands and burial grounds of the Menominee Nation have incensed citizens of the tribe. Numerous mounds, village sites and miles of raised garden beds are found within the footprint of the proposed operation.  Photo by D.Kakkak

Aquila Resources did not respond to specific questions from the Free Press regarding the telephone conversations with Wilson, instead providing an emailed statement from spokeswoman Chantae Lessard.

“Aquila believes in the value of public input and participation, and strongly supports processes that encourage engagement with stakeholders,” she said. “Each of these permitting processes allowed for extensive public comment and participation, which we actively engaged in, listening to and learning from our stakeholders.”

DEQ/EGLE have taken public comments during at least four public informational meetings and formal hearings in the Upper Peninsula on the Back Forty Mine’s various permits going back to 2016, the most recent being June 25 on Aquila Resources’ dam safety permit, an air quality permit, and an amendment to the mining permit granted to Aquila in December 2016. Comments also have been received by the agency via mail and email throughout the permit process.

Is messaging tech fouling up FOIA?

Use of web meeting software and other messaging technology by government agencies could potentially blur clear understandings of what constitutes public records, Marshall said. But courts have been consistently supportive of the public’s right to information, whether from officials using private email for government business, or WhatsApp or other messenger services, he said.

“The definition of a public record in Michigan’s FOIA law is a record prepared, owned or in the possession of the public body, but also writings that are used by the public body,” he said.

“I agree there’s a potential problem here. If a record is being shown to the public body, and is being used in the public body’s work, then I believe it is a public record. But the obvious problem is they don’t have a copy of the record” if they didn’t download it or take a screenshot from the web meeting application.

That leaves a reporter or member of the public requesting public records to rely on the diligence of a government employee responding to the request to check everywhere those records might exist, and “records custodians don’t often search their boss’ text messages, or the relevant official’s private email accounts,” Marshall said.

For the record, DEQ’s attempt to review Aquila Resource’s submission via GoToMeeting was a failure, Wilson stated in her March 9 note. State officials had to scroll through 80 pages of a document to see supporting tables and figures at the end, and they couldn’t bookmark where they were in the document, she stated.

Aquila Resources, at DEQ’s request, then submitted a draft response in traditional fashion, which was posted to the MiWaters site.

Marshall said this leaves him wondering whether other public agencies and local governments are using web meeting technology to skirt creation of public records.

“The crux of the problem is we don’t know what we don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know of this exact type of thing happening somewhere else off the top of my head. But it may very well be happening all over the place, and we just don’t know.”

Contact Keith Matheny: 313-222-5021 or kmatheny@freepress.com. Follow on Twitter @keithmatheny.


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Native News Update March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019 - 10:32pm

This week's stories:  NIGA to honor six women tribal leaders; Supreme Court upholds Yakama treaty rights; Oregon senate pass resolution apologizing for execution of Indian soldiers during the Modoc War of 1872-1873; ASU is looking to establish a Native American Journalism Association chapter; Eastern Band of Cherokee sign agreement to harvest a traditional plant in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Shutdown Line 5 keeps fight against Enbridge through winter

March 28, 2019 - 6:27pm

Interview by Paul DeMain
- Pellston, Michigan - (NFIC) -

I’m Sara Jo Schulman. I grew up in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a boarding school town, but my family comes from northern Michigan, Cross Village, about 20 minutes away. It’s not far.

Paul DeMain: Tell us a little bit about your story about what led you to come to the camp here? 

Sara Jo: The Great Lakes, first and foremost, they brought me here. I never knew that they were under attack until like two years ago and that really was kind of insulting because I found out not at home, I found out in front of a bunch of people at Standing Rock. So, once I heard that, I knew in my head that it was my responsibility or close to my responsibility to get something up and going because this is where we live.

So, after all that, after Standing Rock, we made the connections and we realized that when we’re all together things can change. When we put all our differences aside, you know, what happened in the past, and we come together for one thing it can actually change and people care. So, just being from here, that really brought me here. And to think one day that this is just gonna be a waste land, it really scares me and I don’t wanna be ... after everything’s spilled and done and it’s all bad, I don’t wanna be one of the people that just sat around at work. I don’t want that to be my excuse. “I had to work. I was doing my job.”

They’re just doing everything they can to ruin it. To them it’s not personal. To them this ain’t their mom, this ain’t... you know, the four legged, the two legged, the fish, they’re not their relatives but they’re our relatives. They just don’t care about anything besides the money that’s in their hand and they’ll do anything to get it. Such as poisoning a whole fresh water source.

DeMain: Did you know much about the Kalamazoo spill at all here in Michigan?

Sara Jo: I heard about it a little bit but I didn’t realize it was so big. And I didn’t realize they covered a lot of it up instead of actually cleaning it up. It was heartbreaking. It truly was.

DeMain: Tell me about one of the more prominent memories you have at Standing Rock.

Sara Jo: Going to jail, of course. That was my first time ever in jail. Got my own dog kennel, so ... not my own, no, there was many people in there. Standing Rock was scary. It was so scary. But you had the scariest time of your life there but you also had the most beautiful time of your life there. After the front lines, everything, after all the violence and the ugly was done, you’d go home to your family and you would be together.

I guess just the love everyone had for each other. No one went hungry or cold. It was crazy. It made me really believe that we can actually do this. I guess that’s the thing I’m trying to say, is like, I guess there’s not really a memory but a feeling it gave me, a feeling of power and our voice can be heard if we yell loud enough and if we do something enough. ‘Cause there’s not just one memory I can just single out from all of them ‘cause the whole thing was just a beautiful fucking mess. I’m so sorry! I should not have swore.

DeMain: What kind of things are you doing here?

Sara Jo: I just did a prayer walk from camp to the bridge, and of course we do the paddle out and we stay in prayer all the time. You know, connecting with the community, well trying to connect with the community. We go out to the local tribes’ feasts and all that stuff, and their language classes. I did a prayer walk for the first time. It was about 20 miles. I did it with a couple campers here and I like it. So, I’m planning on doing one to Lansing very soon from the bridge.

DeMain:    Are you finding some support in the community?

Sara Jo: Yeah, a lot of them do support what we’re doing but there’s also that bunch that’s like, “You know, you’re not gonna beat them, might as well join them.” But for the most part, yeah we do have a lot of support.

DeMain: Anything particular here, other than you said you organized the walks, is there anything else that you have found really inspiring about being at the camp here and your interrelationship with people?

Sara Jo: Well, living so close to Her, ‘cause you know, in our houses we’re not this close to Her, we’re pretty boxed off. So, I feel like I can feel Her a little bit more. I feel like I, not talk to Her, but I can just feel how hurt She is and I couldn’t feel that at home. But here, I can. And I can really feel my ancestors when I’m doing this, doing a fight like this, ‘cause I know that they would be fighting for me if this was them.

DeMain: If you had a chance to give a message to the world ... what’s that message to them going to be?

Sara Jo: To the world. To the world what’s going on right now, here. It’s not about us. I wish it was ‘cause that would be easy, that’d be so easy, but it’s not. It’s beyond us. It’s everything that’s living around us. It’s the animals, the trees. Everything has a spirit and I wish people could just understand that just like how you cry and how you laugh and how you feel all that stuff, they feel it too. We’re not the only ones that are here and need Her, as in Her I mean Mother Earth.

DeMain: What are you mad about? Tell Enbridge what you’re mad about..

Sara Jo: I’m mad that they don’t give a second thought to anything that they do. They seem like a teenager who is just crying to get their way. We’re not gonna be what we’re at forever. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to grow up like everyone else has to grow up.

I would hope the Governor stands by what she said, what she built her campaign around, and shut down Line 5.

It could all be so simple but it’s not.

DeMain:    Anything else you want to add?

Sara Jo:    Shut down Line 5. Shut down Line 3. Shut it all down. We’re smarter than this. We can do so much better. We’re so smart as humans, you know? Like, we have thumbs!


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Extending wild rice the “Rights of Manoomin”

March 28, 2019 - 6:02pm

By Winona LaDuke
- News From Indian Country -

 Extending a legal right to a plant to exist and resources it needs in order to live.

Manoomin (wild rice) now has legal rights. At the close of 2018, the White Earth band of Ojibwe, recognized the “Rights of Manoomin” as a part of tribal regulatory authority.  

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The Cannabis Controversy among the Mohawks

March 27, 2019 - 5:44pm

By Doug George-Kanentiio
- News From Indian County -

I have written previously about the current issues involving the use of cannabis, and its attendant controversy which began with the racial fanaticism of Harry J. Anslinger, the director of the US office of narcotics, and William Randolph Hearst, the infamous “yellow journalism” newspaper publisher of the early 20th century. Both despised ethnic minorities and sought to attack and undermine people of colour by pressuring the federal government into making marijuana, a recreational substance with no known physically addictive elements, illegal.

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Time of the Bear and the Green New Deal

March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm

By Winona LaDuke
- News From Indian Country -


In the middle of winter the Bears sleep, and dream of food and adventures to come ahead. That’s the time when we reflect and make plans for the spring. A Bear is also what they call a falling stock market- and that’s what happened this December. As of Christmas, all of the major indexes had lost l6 to 26 percent from their highs last summer and fall. Barring huge gains during the upcoming holiday period, this would havw been be the worst December for stocks since 1931. We had officially entered what investors call a Bear Market.

So, what does the Bear Clan do during a Bear Market? That’s the question I ask myself, as I dig into my stored foods- maple sugar, honey, berries, manoomin, hominy, potatoes and meat.

We plan for the future; our own Indigenous economies. Nationally some of this is reflected in what’s called the Green New Deal and the Farm Bill. As we emerge to spring, it seems that Washington is beginning to move towards what we would call the 8th fire. 

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Miccosukee Arts Festival Filled with Dance, Music and Alligators

March 25, 2019 - 5:36pm

By Sandra Hale Schulman
- News From Indian Country -

Deep in the heart of the Florida Everglades, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida hosted their annual Indian Arts & Crafts Festival at the Miccosukee Indian Village.

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It ain’t easy being Indian…(March 2019)

March 24, 2019 - 2:02pm

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

Dear friends; my beloved Gramma Rose who I’ve written about many times has passed on at 100+years old. I grieve her deeply but she was ready to leave us and is with her family and friends on the other side now. Her deceased husband and son came to bring her home so I know she is in loving company. La Rose, our Queen Bee is gone but will never leave her family; she told me she would always look after us and I know she will. Bless you Gramma, I love you forever!

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Native News Update March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019 - 11:43pm

This week's stories:  “The REDress Project” on view in the United States for first time; Historic meeting held between the All Pueblo Council of Governors and the Navajo Nation; StrongHearts Native Helpline expand their operating hours; The National Native American Hall of Fame open public voting on this year’s nominees; Native American author Tommy Orange wins 2019 PEN/Hemingway award.

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