It Is Not Simply
Climate Change It Is A Climatic Revolt
A casual reading of
the April 16 edition of the New York Times exposes the myth
of climate change as brought about by human beings.
It is not climate
change, it is an outright climatic mutation with permanent
effects on all species of life on this planet.
It is an ecological
rebellion, a revolt by the earth, a radical and deadly
response to an unprecedented assault upon what we, as
indigenous peoples, believe to be a living organism with its
own peculiar consciousness.
Climate change is
an inoffensive term, mild and acceptable, meant to assure
and to insulate. Change is what we do with our minds dozens
of times during the day, change is what we do with our socks
and our directions but not with the entire premise of our
Global warming is
another phrase which sounds rather pleasant to those who
live in the cooler zones of the earth. We devote much of our
time and resources to reaching a specific level of comfort
based on an acceptable temperature for our physical selves
and our homes. That which reduces the need for insulation
and artificial heating does not seem like a bad thing at
all, hence the denial of the harm which stems from the
extraction of natural resources to achieve that end.
We need a more
charged term, one which calls all of the nations of the
planet to action if we are to endure the major shifts in our
climate. I call it Climatic Revolt.
Read that day’s
Times and it becomes obvious we are only at the beginning of
what is assuredly a new era in human history.
Begin with the
revolutions taking place in the nations of the Mideast.
These have as their primary cause a generation of young
people displaced, without jobs, mired in poverty and living
in societies, which fail to provide them with a life, which
has meaning. It is due to overpopulation by humans in
regions which cannot sustain the high degree of materialism
they have come to see and desire in other nations. It comes
from watching their only marketable commodity, oil, exported
to distant lands to sustain those lifestyles which they
cannot have. It comes from their desire to remove those
dictators empowered by the wealthier nations whose first
priority is to secure oil at any cost.
The read about how
the American Central Intelligence Agency may have assisted
in the 1973 murder of Salvador Allende, the president of
Chile in order to protect that nation’s resources from
naturalization by US companies.
Go on to read about
the unfolding disaster in Japan as the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear reactors continue to spew contaminated waters into
the Pacific, weeks after the ocean hurled back the remnants
of a trawling fleet notorious for its destruction of the
fish and mammals in the planet’s seas.
Look further and
see how the Republicans in the US Congress and in a number
of states are seeking to repeal what weak environmental
protection laws now exist while at the same time opening up
vast areas of protected lands to the greed of mining and
timber companies as they seek to exploit the nation’s need
for jobs and to recover from a recession caused by the
empowered to do precisely what the Republicans now have
Then go on to the
front page where is a story about the massacres in Mexico
directly connected with the drug cartels and their attempt
to control the flow of narcotics into the US to feed the
obsessions of a nation without sense or direction.
Review the nation
section of the Times and there are stories of the historic
destruction caused by massive tornadoes throughout the south
and in places where they have never touched down before with
more to come in the next few weeks. This while Texas and
New Mexico burn and the northeast remains winter bound.
The conclusion for
those who know their traditional teachings is obvious.
Humans have consumed to excess and beyond their needs. The
planet is responding in a way meant to secure her survival,
which means human activity has to be temporized.
What happens next
is also clear to those who have listened to their elders.
All of this has been long predicted. So too, have the
solutions for those few who actually believe. But that
knowledge will not be found in the New York Times.
The Center for Biological
Dangerous Offshore-drilling Expansion
little more than a year after the explosive beginning of the
Gulf of Mexico oil-spill disaster, Congress is moving
dangerously backwards -- and fast -- on steps to prevent
another catastrophe. Last week, the U.S. House of
Representatives passed a bill expanding offshore oil and gas
drilling -- drilling that, just like BP's Deepwater
Horizon, is insulated from meaningful environmental
review. The bill would reverse the federal government's
decision to cancel a lease sale in the Atlantic and leave
new areas in the Gulf of Mexico and off the East Coast
vulnerable to another massive oil spill. Then, on Wednesday,
the House approved legislation that would speed up approval
on new offshore drilling in the Gulf -- making environmental
review even easier to sidestep -- and began debating
a separate measure that would open vast new areas to
drilling. The same day, the feds approved plans by Shell Oil
to drill in five deepwater sites in the Gulf. As
outlined in a recent Center for Biological Diversity report,
we need more offshore regulatory reforms -- not
new measures to help Big Oil put people, wildlife and
habitat at risk of another disastrous spill. We're calling
for an end to all new offshore drilling until the
federal government can guarantee our safety.
839 Species Move Toward
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week
agreed to a legal settlement that might result in federal
protection for 839 plants and animals spiraling toward
extinction. The agreement could lead to final protection
decisions for 251 species that have been stuck on the
federal warranted-but-precluded "candidate" list, many for
decades; the Center for Biological Diversity filed
scientific petitions to list 192 of these. It may also spur
the Fish and Wildlife Service to process listing petitions
for 588 additional species, of which the Center petitioned
and/or filed suit to protect 511. In all, the Center's
endangered species campaign brought 84 percent of all the
species included in the agreement to this point of
protection. The species include the Rio Grande
cutthroat trout and yellow-billed cuckoo, which the Center
petitioned to protect in 1998 and has filed multiple
lawsuits over; the Pacific fisher, which we petitioned to
protect in 2000; the yellow-billed loon and Kittlitz's
murrelet, which we petitioned for in 2001 and 2004; and the
Oregon spotted frog, which we petitioned to protect in 2004.
Unfortunately, while the Center was working to reach a
better, more certain agreement, the Fish and Wildlife
Service secretly convinced another conservation group, which
had petitioned for very few of the species, to sign this
weaker deal, full of loopholes and containing harmful
language that will help the agency reject the protection of
other equally imperiled species in the future. The Center is
considering options to fix the flawed agreement and ensure
that the species we pushed this close to protection are
actually brought over the finish line.
We'll keep you updated in the coming weeks on
our efforts to secure full protection for these species.
Thank you for your vital help and support getting these
rare, important plants and animals this far.
Take Action -- Defend
Grand Canyon From Motorized Mayhem
Kaibab Plateau -- the iconic "sky island" forming the Grand
Canyon's North Rim -- is home to mountain lions, endangered
California condors, northern goshawks and the Kaibab
squirrel, a tree squirrel found nowhere else on Earth. Yet
the U.S. Forest Service is proposing to threaten all these
species -- plus the beautiful habitat they share with quiet
recreationists -- by sacrificing the area to damaging
off-road vehicle use.
Take action with the Center for Biological Diversity now
by telling the Forest Service to choose a travel-management
plan safe for the Kaibab Plateau's sensitive ecosystem. Then
learn more about the Center's campaign for
responsible travel-management planning.
Help protect indigenous Ojibwe food source, Wild Rice
Tell the Brazilian government: Stop the
Belo Monte Dam
The Manataka American
Indian Council supports:
Alerts of the
Get Ready for World
Food Day Actions 10/16/11
On Sunday, October 16,
2011, the Organic Consumers Association's Millions
Against Monsanto campaign is calling for World Food
Day actions to get genetically engineered organisms
out of our food. Get involved by
joining your local Millions Against Monsanto chapter.
The goal is to have 435
actions, one in each U.S. Congressional District,
and for each action to represent 2300 Millions
Against Monsanto supporters. 435 x 2300 =
1,000,000 Against Monsanto
It would be great to have 2300 people
participating in each event, but we can also
demonstrate our numbers by delivering petitions
signed by 2300 people in each Congressional
District. Anyone who
Video of the Week
January 17, internationally-recognized plant
pathologist Dr. Don Huber wrote a letter to USDA
Secretary Tom Vilsack warning of the discovery of a
new pathogen, a possible link between Roundup Ready
(GMO) corn and soybeans, and severe reproductive
problems in livestock as well as widespread crop
failure. Less than 3 weeks later, the Obama
administration approved 2 new Roundup Ready GMO
crops, set to be planted this spring.
Watch Food Democracy Now's interview with Dr. Huber
Demand Labels on GMO
A California bill to
require labels on genetically engineered salmon
moved forward on May 3, 2011, when it passed the
Assembly Health Committee. Assembly member Jared
Huffman introduced the bill, AB 88, in anticipation
of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the
first-ever proposed commercialization of a
genetically engineered animal, AquaBounty's salmon.
"Knowing whether our salmon is genetically
engineered is important for a host of reasons,
including risks to our native salmon species, and
allowing consumers to make dietary choices
consistent with concerns they may have for the
environment, food safety, and religiously or
ethically based dietary restrictions," said
Assemblymember Huffman, in explaining the reason for
introducing the bill. If you live in
California, AB 88 needs your help! The next
vote is on May 18th in the Appropriations Committee.
If your Assembly Member is on the Committee, please
let them know you'll be watching their vote to see
if they support consumers' right to know about GMOs!
Take Action And, if you live in California
or anywhere else in the country,
there's still time to stop Frankenfish! The FDA
hasn't approved it yet. Please tell President Obama
to reject AquaBounty's GMO salmon.
"Wakan Tanka never stops
creating." --Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota
The Medicine Wheel teaches about
change. It says that which is created will fall apart; that which is loose, will
be used to create new. In other words, everything on Earth is participating in a
constant change that is being directed by an order of laws and principles which
were originated by the Great Spirit. We humans are equipped with natural change
abilities. We have the ability to vision; we can use imagination and imagery; we
can change belief, attitude, habits, and expectations. We need to know ourselves
and we need to know how we work inside to enable us to change naturally.
teach me to change in harmony
Women's Council News
Sterilization of Native American Women
Reviewed by Omaha Master's Student, Bruce E. Johansen
For: José Barreiro (editor-in-chief of NATIVE AMERICAS)
On the phone, during long marches, occupying federal surplus property, in court fighting for treaty rights -- wherever Indian activists gathered during the "Red Power" years of the 1970s, conversation inevitably turned to the number of women who had had their tubes tied or their ovaries removed by the Indian Health Service. This was, I heard one woman joke bitterly at the time, a "fringe benefit of living in a domestic, dependent nation."
Communication spurred by activism provoked a growing number of Native American women to piece together what amounted to a national eugenic policy, translated into social reality by copious federal funding. They organized WARN (Women of All Red Nations) at Rapid City, South Dakota, as Native women from more than thirty nations met and decided, among other things, that "truth and communication are among our most valuable tools in the liberation of our lands, people, and four-legged and winged creations." Read More>>>
Medicine for the People
By Harvey Walks With Hawks
It is time to plant your
first seeds of this wonderful and beautiful medicinal
flower. I just planted mine the other day. You need to
get some good potting soil and some type of tray. Put
the potting soil about an inch thick on the bottom of
the container you are using. Pour a good source of warm
water over the soil until it is saturated thoroughly.
Place a seed about every 2-3 inches on top of the
potting soil. Cover the seeds with about ½ inches of
potting soil and set it in a warm place. Do not set in
direct sunlight until the seedlings have the first true
leaves showing then place container somewhere and keep
away from direct sunlight. Add water again and do not
over water. To give plants more strength place in shade
outside for several days (bring in plants at night).
Gradually expose plants to full sunlight.
Read More >>>
information is for educational purposes only. It is not
intended to diagnose, cure or is in any way suggestive
as far as medicinal advice.
Always consult your
physician or health care provider before using
alternative medicines or herbs.
Civil Rights Leaders Call for Halt to Water Fluoridation
NEW YORK, PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Because fluoride can disproportionately
harm poor citizens and black families, Atlanta civil rights leaders, Andrew
Young and Dr. Gerald Durley, have asked Georgia legislators to repeal the
state's mandatory water fluoridation
Dr. Gerald Durley
Andrew Young, former U.N. Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor, along with
Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley, Pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Atlanta,
both inductees in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, expressed
concerns about the fairness, safety, and full disclosure regarding
fluoridation in letters to the state's minority and majority legislative
Fluoride chemicals, added to 96% of Georgia's public drinking water supplies
are meant to prevent tooth decay, especially in the poor. Yet, 61% of
low-income Georgia third-graders have tooth decay compared to 51% from
higher income families - and 33% and 20%, respectively, have untreated
cavities showing a dire need for dental care.
"We also have a cavity epidemic today in our inner cities that have been
fluoridated for decades," wrote Ambassador Young.
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Inlet Beluga Whales Endangered
numbering more than 1,000 whales, the Cook Inlet beluga
has been reduced to just more than 300 individuals
and is now threatened by oil and gas development, coal
mining, pollution, shipping, and other impacts to its
habitat: Cook Inlet, the fastest-growing watershed in
In October 2008, federal officials responded to a
petition and litigation by protecting Cook Inlet's
magnificent beluga whale as an endangered species.
But rather than designate federally protected critical
habitat for the beluga at the time of listing -- as
required by the Endangered Species Act -- the Fisheries
Service deferred habitat protection for a year. In
2009, the federal National
Marine Fisheries Service finally took an important step
toward protecting this imperiled whale's critical
habitat by proposing to designate more than 3,000 square
miles of habitat for protection.
The Fisheries Service is receiving pressure from the oil
and coal industries as well as Alaska's congressional
delegation to slash the beluga's critical habitat. The
Service needs to hear from you to make sure that this
proposal is expanded, not reduced, to ensure the
imperiled Cook Inlet beluga whale's survival. Fill in
the form below to submit your comments and urge the
Fisheries Service to expand the designation to include
all areas previously identified by the agency as
important habitat for the species. Visit
War on Wolves
It is getting
uglier by the day. It is tragic enough
that a record 402 wolves were killed in 2009
in Idaho and Montana after their removal
from the endangered species list --
an astronomical level that amounts to
one-third of the entire wolf population in
those two states.
In 2010, a Wolf/Coyote/Predator
Killing Derby was held in Idaho,
where prizes were given away for shooting
the most animals. Participants were told in
advance they’d be able to use “wolf distress
calls” to attract nearby wolves to the rifle
range. A sickening sign outside an Idaho
restaurant proclaimed, “Tag a Wolf.
Get a Free Pizza and Pitcher of Beer.”
Many wolf packs have been decimated.
A majority of Idaho’s Basin Butte pack, a
favorite of wolf-watchers, was wiped out,
seven of them by government agents firing
from a helicopter or airplane. The remaining
members of Montana’s Sage Creek pack were
also killed by aerial gunners. Four of the
10 wolves in Yellowstone Park’s much-studied
Cottonwood Creek pack were killed when they
ventured out of the park’s boundaries. And
government agents have recently been
authorized to destroy several packs in
This disastrous open season on wolves has
reversed so much of our hard-won progress
over the past several years.
Powerful government agencies and a vocal
minority of hunters and ranchers have lined
up against the wolves of the Northern
wolf-killing is being promoted in such a
Fire off a wolf-saving email petition now to
demand federal protections for wolves.
America's Most Endangered Historic Places.
Mount Taylor is Tsoodził,
the turquoise mountain, one of the four sacred mountains marking the
cardinal directions and the boundaries of the Dinétah
(Navajo) the traditional homeland of the Navajo tribe.
Mount Taylor marks the southern
boundary, and is associated with the direction south and the color blue; it
is gendered female. In Navajo mythology, First Man created the sacred
mountains from soil from the Fourth World, together with sacred matter, as
replicas of mountains from that world. He fastened Mount Taylor to the earth
with a stone knife.
The supernatural beings Black God,
Turquoise Boy, and Turquoise Girl are said to reside on the mountain.
Mount Taylor is sacred to the Acoma, Laguna, Zuni and Hopi tribes.
National Trust for Historic Preservation lists Mt. Taylor as the one of the
ten most endangered historic sites in America. Mount Taylor gets named
to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's
America's Most Endangered Historic Places.
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