Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November is National Native American Heritage Month. The purpose of this month long observance is to honor and recognize the original peoples of this land. Throughout our history, Native Americans have been an important part of the foundations of this country. Yet, they have often been overlooked, stereotyped or misunderstood. Beginning with the arrival of Columbus in 1492, Native Americans were nearly wiped out as a result of genocide, disease, U.S. policies and systematic removal from their lands. Today, Native Americans continue to face discrimination and injustices in part due to U.S. policies and corporate greed. Many suffer from the same social and economic challenges as other victims of long-term bias and discrimination. While some tribal Nations have begun to overcome these challenges, for the most part, Native Americans are very much separate and unequal members of society.

As we think about Native Americans, we must not only look to the past, but also look at the present and future. Today, Native Americans are struggling to preserve a range of basic civil rights including: the right to practice their spiritual and cultural traditions, to safeguard their lands and the environment, to ensure their voting rights, to eliminate the use of racist mascots by schools and professional sports teams and to hold the U.S. government accountable for its historic responsibilities to Native Americans. We should not only make National Native American Heritage Month a time to reflect and understand the history of Native Americans but to also understand our responsibility to ensure that their basic civil and human rights are upheld.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

A Time to Renewal

Oki Niksokowa ( All my Relatives )

We have just concluded a very destructive period in our history and while a very many of you think that the changes coming will be good and will benefit you history says otherwise.

The election of Barak Obama is certainly one filled with hope and positive motion but the corrupted actions done by those who think win at all costs is appropriate - you cannot create good from bad. Good and Evil do not mix and what was done to the candidates of both parties in an effort to win was driven by a selfish egoistic manic attempt to ascribe the power of positive action to someone other that yourself. The people who did this have given control of their lives to someone else, when you do that there is nothing left of you............

Native American Prophesy Pt. 1

Energy does not flow like that and those of you who are capable of looking deeper than the surface of your mirror know that what I say is true. You have only embedded in your future the path of destruction which has been foretold by many of those same people that you show respect for by being members of this Spiritalk List!

Native American Prophesy Pt. 2

I have learned over the years that one man cannot impact many with the power to change themselves because those people only want to hear what is wrong with someone else - not themselves. Therefor no positive change can happen in your life until you see the need for it and by your very nature you will deny. Cumulative positive change can only come if you all realize and admit your shortcomings and decide to do something about them as a group!

Native American Prophesy Pt. 3

There will be those of you who will say that the reason for this email is that I am ngry because my candidate did not win. I say this to you - while I did vacillate back and forth over who to vote for in the end I could not come to a good conclusion. This was supported by Spirit who told me I am not a party to this government and while I may be forced to pay taxes and the obey the laws, I only do so because I do not have the external support necessary to say NO!

Native American Prophesy Pt. 4

I do not feel I am a part of this undemocratic mayhem that you call your government and in the end I chose not to vote at all! That was my protest..... Not noticed by anyone, except those entities that are most important to me - the Spirits that guide me and my tongue!

Native American Prophesy Pt. 5

However there is still prophesy to deal with and the same prophesy is coming from enough varied sources that there definitely is validity to it and one needs to pay attention.

A Hopi Message to the People

The change that is needed will not come from Obama -

It must come from you....It must come from your bother, sister mother father all working for the survival of the tribe.

I am working on sending more of what I just sent because this is not an easy concept to understand when you have been trained to be a puppet!

My life is almost over, and one could say why do you care so much? I care because I have touched the next 7 generations. I want them to be here to feel that touch in a positive way!

No Obama cannot bring about the change you need! Only you can do this! Peace and healing in brotherhood and sisterhood do we walk!

Waatowa Pistoto,
Two Feathers - Kainaiwa - Blackfoot Nation