I was born Swedish therefore, my skin is white. I respect the
Native American Indian way of life, the circle which binds all of us
together. The words your leaders speak are true and strong. It is
uncomfortable for me to seek your council because of my skin color. I do
not mean to be disrespectful. I live in the valley of the moon for over 20
years, but two years ago a casino was built. No problem with that, I hope
the tribe makes a lot of money. They are poor. On the other hand, they have
probably seen little money until the debt that was used to build the casino
is paid. But this year the casino started to have outdoor concerts during
the summer months, a time for all to enjoy the outdoors. However, the music
travels far and wide to the point that your evening only turns into noise.
No more robin bird sounds only bass and percussion noise. We asked the
casino for help, turn down the sound, but they say there good neighbors and
the sound is not so bad. !
In fact, the casino says to have a barbecue and enjoy the music. Hmmm, we
have 17 more concerts to listen too. OK, I guess money speaks yet, what does
that mean for the eagle that lives in the trees next to the casino? Or,
even the birds, bears and other animals in the forest? What about the
children that sleep near the casino? I thought turtle island was scared?
So many questions and conflicts. The casino says they will continue on and
review the matter after the concert season is over. Do I believe them or do
I continue to voice my complaint? They have powerful rights, sovereign
rights and much money. But do they have the right to make money at the
expense of others when this sound travels beyond their land? Not an easy
answer. I don't think they hear the Native American chant, "Listen to the
Sound Great Spirit Circling around me." I speak for the eagle. What is
Well I think you have hit the Nail squarely on its head and I am
in total agreement with you.
The problem is that many Red people have learned from the white man that
total disregard for nature, the rights of others and even disregard and
disrespect of Creators laws takes precedence as their true God has changed
While I am a Traditional and the Red people who are propagating this
thoughtless disregard for anything other than money are Progressives - they
still have the right guaranteed under the constitution to continue their
reckless behavior. There is little you can do to stop it but it is
reflective the white society in how they treat each other. So you can indeed
learn from this experience and thus possibly change things by thinking about
who you vote for in the political elections to come.
In my opinion and from where I sit this is direct result of the liberal
policies of a misdirected government gone over the edge of respect for Gods
laws and have converted to Dollar worship as their guiding light.
Conservative ways of thinking which is what your referring to in your email
have been totally denigrated and disregarded in the quest for cash. What you
see is the direct result of that mind set. Again the blame for the
destruction of earth rights, human rights, and sacred rights can be placed
directly on the heads of the white man.....
Two Feathers - Kainaiwa - Blackfoot Nation