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By Steve McFadden
Sacred Rain Arrow by
August evening about two months ago, Doug George-Kanentiio
offered a ten-minute oration while the Sun was setting.
Choosing good words, he spoke about the power of great art,
about our prophetic era, and about our relations with the
land and each other. At the end, he gave voice to the
emerging vision of establishing an Indigenous University in
microphone Kanentiio stood at that evening was set on land
about twenty-five paces from “Sacred Rain Arrow,” one of the
sculptural masterpieces created by the late Allan Houser.
Kanentiio’s talk was part of a benefit event for
Go Native Arts, hosted in the garden of the
Estate about 20 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
hour after Kanentiio’s oration, his wife
Joanne Shenandoah stood before the same microphone. By
this time the stars had emerged, and Jupiter was strong in
the sky to the East. Joanne faced south, centered herself,
and gave voice to the enthralling
Prophecy Song from her Orenda CD. She was
supported with harmonies arising from daughter, Leah, and
flanked in the West by the beseeching bronze presence of
Sacred Rain Arrow.
We are now reminded
to be aware of our place upon this
and to fulfill our obligations to
our families, our nations,
the natural world, the Creator.
The words sing, we are to
Stand up, Be counted,
for you are being recognized in the
Shenandoah – Copyright
Several days after the benefit event, I met Kanentiio again
amid a crush of people by the Plaza bandstand at the annual
Santa Fe Indian Market. We found a quiet place to sit and
talk. Read More>>>
The Center for Biological
Video: Starving Polar Bear Cubs Show
Warming's Tragic Effects
Some graphic -- and heartbreaking -- new
video footage taken in Hudson Bay, Canada, shows the dire
consequences of continued global-warming stalemate on polar
bears. Shot on Nov. 23, the video shows a malnourished polar
bear mother and her two starving cubs struggling to survive
as one cub experiences seizures; both cubs died within two
days of the filming. Polar bears depend on sea ice for key
life activities, including hunting -- so as that ice melts
due to global warming, finding food is increasingly
difficult. Polar bears in Hudson Bay must fast throughout
the warmer Canada summer and return to the sea ice to hunt
when it refreezes. But each year, the sea-ice period becomes
shorter: The average date it breaks up is three weeks
earlier than 30 years ago, while the freeze-up is several
weeks later. The western Hudson Bay polar bear population,
which declined by 22 percent between 1987 and 2004, will
probably be the first driven extinct by global warming.
Spurred by a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity
and allies, the Obama government is now on the verge of a
crucial decision on whether the polar bear should get
increased protection under the Endangered Species Act. A
designation of "endangered" (rather than its current
"threatened" status) would negate a Bush-era loophole that
prevents the Act from protecting the polar bear from its
very worst threat: greenhouse gas emissions that cause
Salazar's primary targets are the northern
Rockies and Great Lakes wolf populations, but bills already
introduced in Congress would strip protection from the
Mexican gray wolf, too, even though it's down to just 42
wild wolves and two breeding pairs. The Mexican gray wolf is
far closer to extinction than recovery. Nonetheless, in a
surprising and disheartening move this week, the Arizona
Game and Fish Commission announced it's pushing to keep the
Mexican wolf part of any delisting legislation -- claiming
that despite its history of supporting the killing of
wolves, the Commission can better recover them than the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service. The Center has vigorously
defended gray wolves for more than 20 years, ever since we
first sued the feds to get Mexican gray wolves out of the
zoo and into the wild. In 2011 we'll be ramping up efforts
to beat back Salazar's plans and delisting legislation,
pushing for a long-overdue nationwide wolf recovery plan,
fixing the flagging Mexican wolf recovery program and
stopping the killing of wolves in the northern Rockies and
Low, Interior Pushes Congress to Delist Wolves
the first time ever in the 40-year history of the Endangered
Species Act, a U.S. interior secretary (Ken Salazar) has
taken the extraordinary step of encouraging Congress to
overrule the courts and the Endangered Species Act by
legislatively taking wolves off the endangered species list.
This comes in the face of multiple court orders striking
down Salazar's previous flawed decisions to strip federal
protection from endangered wolves. This is the first
administration, bar none, to ask Congress to completely
politicize the fate of an endangered species.
Volunteer for Manataka's
Feed Our Friends
A Project for Wildlife
in the Ouachita National Forest is a wildlife rehabilitation center that quietly
cares for hundreds of animals and birds on an annual basis.
Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, operated by Tommy Young, a
Master Falconer and Ornithologist,
is a caring place for those who can least take care of themselves.
The Center has mountain lions, cougars, bears,
raccoons, otters, alligators, skunks, deer, eagles, hawks, falcons, rabbits,
beavers, deer, possums, snakes and other reptiles who have been
injured and require rehabilitation before being released back in the forest.
cases, the injuries are so severe the animal cannot be released but are cared
for throughout their lives in a kind, suitable environment.
at the foot of Rich Mountain and Queen
Wilhelmina State Park in the middle of the Ouachita National
Forest, hundreds of wildlife come to the Wildlife Center, even from the
Ozark National Forest north of the Arkansas River and thousands of
surrounding pockets of wildlife -- over 3 million acres and thousands of
miles of wild territory.
Winter is here and more animals and birds are found
injured every month.
The Center has cared for thousands of wildlife
over the past two decades, but this winter promises to be especially rough
because of the summer drought. A poor economy and high unemployment in the area
have slowed contributions to the Center. Winter is coming.
We need food - thousands of pounds of it...
Now! READ MORE>>>