ND Hwy Patrol Lt. Tom Iverson on how today’s 2PM evacuation is going to be played out at #StandingRock pic.twitter.com/J6a1hQoF9S — missmonet (@jennimonet) February 22, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Protector efforts to thwart the development of… More
A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them
DAPL goes to court –> As work continues on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Associated Press reports that a federal judge in Washington, DC, will hear arguments later today about whether or not construction should be halted while lawsuits filed by the Standing Rock Sioux against the pipeline play out.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that military veterans from across the country are planning to stand in support of the Native Amerians and block the pipeline. “The growing group of military veterans could make it harder for police and government officials to try to remove hundreds of activists who remain camped near the construction site and, some hope, could limit use of excessive force by law enforcement during demonstrations,” Sam Levin writes. Elizabeth Williams, a 34-year-old air force veteran, tells Levin, “We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force. We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.”
The maker of baking products, muesli and pizza, promises to return any plundered art to heirs of Jewish owners
Returns of cultural property
Under the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, Canada has returned the following cultural property to its country of origin since 1997
Tip leads police to long-missing pieces by famed Quebec artist in Montreal home, but underworld art trade is widespread and international
I wanted to share the Smoke Signals sculpture (blurry top photo) by Allan Houser (Apache) on display at the Mashantucket Pequot’s casino Foxwoods. The tribe has amassed a huge collection of art. Why? They could afford it, being the world’s richest tribe, and they wanted to preserve a variety of Native American artworks, and support the artist and his or her family… The trickle-down theory is traditional practice in Indian Country. When I worked for them, our newspaper staff had a tour of the paintings and sculptures at the casino and at the Pequot Museum. It was incredible.
Art has huge value! As you can see, it’s a victim of trafficking, too! Across this planet, ART is vitally important, especially when we live in turbulent times. With poverty in the majority of tribal communities and in Third Worlds, art can save lives, when someone displays a talent, like painting, or music, or acting. That talent can be your ticket off the rez, and later, with enough money earned, it’s your ticket back. Many many cultures send their young adults out to make money so they can send money home…
Trading art and artifact for money started in colonial times. Were Native artists paid well? I seriously doubt it. Look at the British Museum and you can see how government officials and trading posts made trades with Indians for centuries. Robbed? Ah, I think so! Or anthropologists who came in and dug stuff up and called it their own. Those artifacts are now called “Cultural Property” and some looted countries and tribal nations are calling to get their property returned. And we know the Nazi stole artworks and the Jews are asking for it back.
Art has value for its history, too. Art defines who we are as humanity! [This act of getting it back to the original owners is called repatriation.]
In the US, big organizations like the National Endowment of the Arts help fund today’s artists and their communities, which helps tourism, which creates even more value and jobs. With t-rump, the arts are entering the danger zone:
President Donald Trump sent shockwaves through the art world when it shared its federal budget, which calls for completely scrapping the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The president and his pals are evidently blind to the value of art, but as many of us know so well, both agencies have supported countless individuals and organizations with the roughly .004% of the federal budget that each receives annually.
To illustrate just how beneficial the NEA’s work has been, artist and environmental engineer Tega Brain has programmed a website that scrolls through the types of grants the NEA awarded last year alone. Like end credits of a movie, each funded project moves slowly down your screen in bright colors to form a simple but clear message: we really need the NEA.
Support artists however and whenever you can… LT
The truth suffers when search algorithms become our educators. (You think?)
“Emergency response” to DAPL –> Protesters in cities across America denounced the Army Corps of Engineers decision to move forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline as quickly as possible. The Standing Rock Sioux, meanwhile, vowed to take their fight back to court. “Lawyers for the tribe say they will argue in court that an environmental impact statement, mandated by the Army Corps under Obama, was wrongfully terminated,” Alleen Brown reports for The Intercept. “They will likely request a restraining order while the legal battle ensues. Pipeline company lawyers have said that it would take at minimum 83 days for oil to flow from the date that an easement is granted.” [2-9-17]
HART ISLAND MASS GRAVES?
More family members will be able to visit the graves of relatives buried in the potter’s field on Hart Island, as part of a settlement announced between New York City and the New York Civil Liberties Union. Over 1 million people are buried on Hart Island, the site of the largest mass grave in the US. (HELLO! They are good to do this but this statement is not exactly TRUTH… millions of bodies of Native people are scattered everywhere in North America … The US itself is a mass grave. This is not fake news but censored news… LT)
Andrew Edlin Gallery is exhibiting the wood carvings of the late John Byam, a self-taught artist who transformed his daydreams into sculpture. Read More →
Cousin Charlie sent me this: [#BadDude tshirts are now on sale]
In the first ‘Full Frontal’ under President Trump, Samantha Bee comforted herself with the fact that he could only get 3 Doors Down to play his inauguration.
*** And More Surreal… Purging Voter Rolls?
Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear. He has prepared his story for public consumption with a careful eye to making it credible, whereas reality has the disconcerting habit of confronting us with the unexpected, for which we were not prepared.
Hannah Arendt, Crises of the Republic
Be prepared for a massive purge of American voters, mostly Democratic Party-leaning, mostly minorities, from the rolls of register voters. The plan seems to be to claim that the President actually won the popular vote (a falsehood, by millions of votes), then to claim that millions of people voted for the Democratic Party candidate illegally (also a falsehood), then to audit voters in targeted locations (Mike Pence promised to do it), declare the audit actually did uncover millions of illegal voters (whether or not it’s true, and it’s not), and then purge them. It’ll have to be done in less than two years before the midterm election where, all things being equal, the Republican Party is headed for disaster.
Two entities in power can stop this — the Republican Party and the Roberts Court — but those are entities that are not going to do anything to assist the Democratic Party or minority voting rights. Rs believe almost religiously that illegal immigrants vote in large numbers, for example, all but foreclosing a Party response on that front. And the Roberts Court’s record on minority voting rights is just bad, possibly because the Chief Justice is not a fan of the voting rights act.
One can watch, or one can act.
Hope all these articles interest you. I keep saying THIS IS NOT NORMAL… now it’s SURREAL.
It’s a profoundly sick society that can’t see the truth of adoption trafficking and profiteering. How can this be 2017?
Kinton, who founded Amazing Grace nearly 20 years ago, says licensed agencies like hers are struggling to stay in business because pregnant women are choosing to give up their babies through independent facilitators.
Look, Lady, we all know why your business is failing: Most women want to keep their babies, and nowadays, they can. The pickings were slim when you started, and they’re slimmer now. And that’s great!
“When I first started, we were pairing 20 babies with forever families every year,” Kinton said. “Now a good year is 10.”
If adoption were really about the children this would, of course, be cause for celebration, not whining. God’s “Amazing Grace” is supposed to benefit Ms. Kinton and her paying customers, not babies and their existing families.
With fewer babies to pair, agencies such as Amazing Grace have fewer families paying to complete the adoptions, which keep the agencies afloat.
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Lucy Cannon Neel, Chairperson of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs presented at the Benson Village School on December 21, 2016. Lucy shared about the history and continued presence (of Indians in Vermont)…
READ: Teach the Children Well
Excerpt: …Founded in 1925 by University of Vermont zoology professor Henry F. Perkins, the Eugenics Survey of Vermont was built on the “belief in the existence of racial stereotypes,” and “accepted the myth that certain people (particularly those of northern Europe) possess a monopoly of desired characteristics, and thought that human differences were invariably caused by heredity.”
Armed with these beliefs, Perkins and his supporters went out into the hills and valleys of Vermont searching for, studying and analyzing the so-called data on the “pirate families,” those who lived on houseboats and had French-Canadian ancestry; “gypsy families,” those with the dark-skin of African-American, Abenaki or French-Canadian descent; “chorea families,” those with the illness Huntington’s Chorea; and other “defectives.” [Hunting them down? OMG]
The categorization of these “inadequates” included: illiterate, illegitimate, insane, thief, queer, pauper, immoral, dishonest, rapist, sex offender, syphilitic, untruthful, epileptic, twin, stillborn, dependent, alcoholic, speech defect, “just not right,” harelip, “a little odd,” sloppy, light-fingered, “smoked and chewed at age 12,” wild, wanderer, cruel, deserted husband or wife, one-eyed, tuberculosis, poor memory, breach of peace, shiftless, degenerate. [OK OK… I am several of these, including illegitimate/adopted. How about you?]
***top photo is the spooky Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, VT. (UVM / photo)
The Eugenics Survey of Vermont
Source: Vermont Eugenics
I met Beth, the author of The Darkness Under The Water (on this very topic) at the Wisconsin Book Festival in 2009…I love her book!
Footnote: Well well well… A Zoology Professor was in charge of eugenics in Vermont – this explains so much… His worldview of Indians was obviously “wild savages.” Again, I bet you never heard this news/history in your textbooks and I know how this kind of BAD His-Story shocks people in a bad way.
We’re in the Trump years, and anything can (and will) happen.
PS: My ancestry includes French Canadian from Quebec/Ottawa which makes me so very happy to be alive… Pirate Lara/Trace who is still “a little odd…”
***OH GOD — ONE MORE THING!!! (with a warning – I was sick reading this)
EUGENICS: ‘Reprograming the Human Genome’, The Hidden History of Bar Harbor, MAINE…William E. Castle was an organizing member of the Second International Congress of Eugenics (New York, 1921) which in 1922 dissolved into the American Eugenics Society (AES) which was funded by America’s powerful industrial elite.
VISIT: My Big Toe
I listened to a fascinating interview with Thomas Campbell. Quantum Physics can really help us make sense of these times… Campbell is one of the great voices on the relationship between the physics of reality and the journey toward a richly conscious soul. I have never heard of him before. (YouTube has lots of his talks.)
I feel so much better – WHEW! We are here to be KIND and LOVE… (truly we are all related as souls) AND we CAN do this… LT
What Do You Know?
1. ____________ account for 52 percent of all internet traffic.
2. Schools with high levels of poverty are ____________ times less likely to perform highly than low-poverty ones.
3. In a 2014 study that covered 15 years of elections, researchers found 31 instances of voter impersonation out of ____________ total votes.
and check this out:
How do contemporary artists deal with concepts of the future? Here, a national survey of 10 fascinating practices in Canada.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 26, 2017
Hi everyone, these new actions are ones to watch… Have a good weekend… xox LT
WATCH VIDEO HERE: Thursday, January 26th: Images from Standing Rock
The outrage WAS fast concerning this… and it got pulled…. LT
Adoptly is a controversial app that simplifies the child adoption process. Kickstarter recently pulled the campaign.
This I just heard about… LT
Inga adds her story to THE ATLANTIC’s long-running adoption series:
I wanted to adopt and was devastated when our adoption did not work out. It is a long and very painful story in itself—one that others judge me for, and some of my friends became my enemies. … Embryo adoption gave us a chance to adopt again but avoid the trauma of mother-child separation from a traditional adoption—which clearly did not work for us. I did not consider egg donation because my goal was different; I wanted to adopt an embryo that was already created. …
I chose an anonymous adoption, and the embryo had been frozen for a little less than four years. … He is now 17 months old. … I do not consider my youngest child adopted, even if he is genetically not mine—because he is biologically mine, 100 percent. After all, I carried him for nine months and gave birth to him; how much more “biological” can it be?
…but will the media pay attention at all?
READ: Performative Sovereignty and DAPL (#NoDAPL)
Last year saw a victory for a US President running on a platform of hatred, and a UK vote to leave the EU on a platform of fear. Both campaigns painfully revealed how deeply divided both the United States and the United Kingdom are, and how conflicted our ideas of justice have become. But 2016 also marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. And if anyone understood what comprises the bedrock of justice, Shakespeare did: Love.
Things getting weird enough for you?
How about this… the CIA dumped truckloads of files onto the ‘Net in early January and all of a sudden people like you and me can read just how spooky the CIA has been and could be (of course secretly). This is where our tax money goes?
If you don’t believe me – watch a clip The Men Who Stare at Goats… 🙂
CIA Docs Reveal Agency’s Longtime Obsession With UFOs, Magic
(REPORT) — The juicy bits of the CIA’s massive document dump may have centered on their overt use of torture against detainees and the internal debates underpinning that policy, but it’s far from the only thing in there that warrants a second look. The documents also include substantial information about CIA obsession with UFO sightings, policies for using invisible ink, and their determined investigation into magicians.
Reports on the UFOs described some 20% of sightings as “unexplained,” and sought more cooperation from the Pentagon in documentation of such sightings, particularly pushing to ensure that all high-ranking Air Force commanders were briefed on the rules for reporting about them.
The CIA showed concern both about the “national security” implications of flying saucers, and the intelligence ramifications of them, with the advisory committee urging “close attention” be paid both to Russian actions with respect to UFOs, and public opinion within the US about them.
With respect to magic, the CIA appears to have become intensely interested in the phenomenon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with one 1969 document about a “self-educated magician” in Soviet Georgia who was able to perform “miracle” healings through the laying of hands.
The CIA’s interest in magic got a lot bigger in short order, and within a few years they were bringing in television psychic Uri Geller, who famously used to bend spoons on TV with the power of his mind.
Incredibly, the CIA was quickly convinced that Geller had real powers, and tried to move into remote viewing, the attempt to conduct surveillance on sites they don’t have access to via supernatural means.
By Lara Trace Hentz
So why are we hearing about all of this now? (My brain beeps… the CIA is unleashing secret files we never thought we’d see. Woohoo, maybe t-rump scared them silly…)
“…Trump’s behavior is so upsetting to his opposition that our elected representatives are willing to sign off on people they might ordinarily see as excessively radical because they’re so terrified of what Trump might do without an experienced and paternal figure like “Mad Dog” Mattis or Rex Tillerson in there to reign him in.“…It’s classic good cop-bad cop. The more unhinged Trump appears the more comforting his generals look, the more reassuring a three or four-star general appears… And the people who need to know that know that (like the CIA who use that.)
This guy REALLY has the nuke codes… the most terrifying thought of all…
Aaaah, that figures… (it’s insight into who t-rump really is)
AND PAID TO CLAP ::: The press reported cheering (^?^) at Donald’s press conference and at his address at the CIA memorial, and it turned out to be his staffers, an entourage of fawning sycophants paid to clap. It’s funny, at first. Then you realize that it’s a grotesque headgame that is only going to get worse. READ: Why Trump brings clapping, laughing sycophants to his press events and appearances / Boing Boing
From The Hill:
The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move People from more than 300 tribes traveled to the North Dakota plains to pray and march in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. Back home, each tribe faces its own version of the “black snake” and a centuries-old struggle to survive.
More than 300 tribes have sent representatives to the North Dakota Plains in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, each one them temporarily leaving behind their own tribe’s historic struggles to survive.
READ: YES! Special Report
Overnight, America — its past, present, and future — had become unreal….
For me, the symptom of that experience is a constant traumatic alertness, a terrible, exhausting need to pay attention to everything and everybody and not succumb to the temptation of comforting interpretation. Trauma makes everything abnormal, but the upside is that living with and in a mind where nothing appears normal or stable is the best antidote to normalization.
There is no choice, in other words, other than owning a split mind that would probe and test America, all of its parts, all of its lies, all of us. “Reality” has finally earned its quotation marks. This is a consequence of an unimaginable catastrophe, to be sure, but a good writer should never let a good catastrophe go to waste. The necessary thing to do is to transform shock into a high alertness that prevents anything from being taken for granted — to confront fear and to love the way it makes everything appear strange.
Back in December I lost Oglala relative Ellowyn Locke, age 68. Lost in the way that I can’t go visit her in Porcupine on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota or call her on the phone. I can only visit her in dreams. I can reread her letters. Her artist brother Merle told me I can bring a red rose to her grave then I will feel better.
I am not doing well at all, grieving the most important friend I ever had.
Yes, I have memories, her teaching me, teasing me, photos and all the stories. I also have many gifts she made me. My ONE SMALL SACRIFICE book cover has the family beadwork Ellowyn sewed on the doll she gifted me.
Years ago, I bought a hand bag that had Hopi dancers on a bright turquoise fabric to give to Ellowyn. I made the mistake of taking the purse when we went to visit Sara Thunder Hawk. Of course Sara really admired the purse and I knew I should give it to her, but I already planned to give to Ellowyn. I felt so horrible I couldn’t give it to Sara. I had brought gifts for Sara but I knew that purse was what she wanted. I prayed and prayed Sara would forgive me! That was my learning experience. Imagine the most precious thing you own – like a ring. Could you give it up? If a Lakota elder likes it, you give it to them. That is what we do… Material objects are never as important as giving. I could never refuse a gift either, like when Ellowyn gave me moccasins, even though they were too big. It would hurt her deeply if I refused them. I learned to bring a load of gifts every time I went to see my relatives and my car would be full when I left to go back home.
In 2015, I couldn’t reach her by phone and panicked. Ellowyn had been taken to a rehab facility after breaking her ankle. By 2016, she was the longest living dialysis patient on their rez – over 10 long years. I have photos of her on dialysis in Wounded Knee from an earlier trip. My relative had the will to live but her body was getting weak. She said repeatedly she would accept a new kidney if the donor was living but that wasn’t likely to happen. That call never came.
On the phone in 2016, I told her I was not ready for her to die. That was selfish of me, I know. I felt bad when I said it. Like a big sister, she talked to me about all the fun we had… all the years and stories.. so she comforted me!
Here’s a story I wrote about her life in 2007… here
I call Ellowyn Strong Walking Woman, Winyan Washaka Mani. She is very strong and cares deeply for her family, her relatives and her tribe.
Ellowyn taught me the most important thing I know, which is Mitakuye Oyasin, which translates to we are all related, and relatives.
Pilamaye, thank you for letting me speak about family. I thank my relative Ellowyn for naming me and for making me her relative.
There have been many governments through history with people like Trump/Kushner in power; they just haven’t been democracies.
The portion of that Meryl Streep speech that stunned and silenced the Golden Globes. pic.twitter.com/QIcQfTqDqB
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 9, 2017
All this matters because Kushner may be the single most important influence on Trump.
I wanted to share a resource that is very good if you are keeping up with news as a citizen journalist/blogger/vlogger.