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February 2010 Blog Posts (35)

Blackfeet-Elouise Cobell-You Manage Brown People's Money Differently?



“First they took our blood, then they took our land, now they’ve got our money. And, you know, they’re not going to get away with it this time… When they have to manage other people’s money according to standards, why aren’t they managing our money to standards? Is it because you manage brown people’s money differently?” ~~Elouise Cobell in an…

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Added by Sassafras on February 28, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Penobscot - Joseph Attien





Joseph Attien (1830 –1870) drowned while working as a log driver on the Penobscot River. Like many Penobscot men of his time, he earned seasonal wages working on the river drives.





Mr. Attien acted as Henry David Thoreau's guide on Thoreau’s second trip to the north Maine woods in 1853. He also served as Governor of the Penobscot Tribe from 1862 to… Continue

Added by Sassafras on February 28, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Cherokee - Sonny Sixkiller, Football



Alex "Sonny" Sixkiller, Cherokee was born on September 6, 1951 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, but grew up in Ashland, Oregon where he was an all-state quarterback, as well as an all-conference basketball guard and baseball pitcher.



He was an icon at the University of Washington Huskies from 1970-1972. Sixkiller was the leading collegiate…

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Added by Sassafras on February 27, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Mohawk - Robbie Robertson, musician

One of the premier songwriters of the rock era, Robbie Robertson was born July 5, 1943, in Toronto, Ontario. The son of a Jewish father and Mohawk mother, Jaime Robbie Robertson's first brush with live music came at the Six Nations Reservation, his mother's girlhood home; at the age of five, he also gained exposure to the country music of rural America. Not long after, he began taking…

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Added by Sassafras on February 26, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Cahuilla - John Tortes 'Chief' Meyers, Baseball Catcher

John Tortes "Chief" Meyers (July 29, 1880 - July 25, 1971) was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Giants, Boston Braves and Brooklyn Robins from 1909 to 1917. He played on the early Giant teams under manager John McGraw and was the primary catcher for Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.

He was a surprisingly good hitter but was overlooked because he…

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Added by Sassafras on February 25, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Humor - He don't look so good...



There was this ole Indian that owned a nice looking Sorrel Gelding that he kept in his pasture next to the highway.



One day a white man was driving by and noticed this prize horse. He pulled into the driveway at this ole Indian's place and said "Who owns that beautiful horse grazing along the side the highway?"



The ole Indian said, "Me."



"I'll give you $500 right now for him!" said the white man.



"No, he…

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Added by Sassafras on February 24, 2010 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Friends - Belva Lockwood, Attorney to the Cherokee



Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (October 24, 1830 – May 19, 1917) was an American attorney, politician, educator and author. She was active in working for women's rights, although the term feminist was not in use. The press of her day referred to her as a "suffragist," someone who believed in women's suffrage or voting rights. Lockwood overcame many social and personal obstacles…

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Added by Sassafras on February 23, 2010 at 9:14am — 2 Comments

Got Badge? Will Travel...

Have you got your NQB badge yet?

If you go to the bottom of the main page you will see a link called "Badges". If you go there and retreive the embed code (it will look like a lot of gibberish-see below), then you can paste it on any other blogs, webpages, or networks that you belong to and perhaps others will find out about Native Quotes and Brilliance and join up with us. Please help spread the word. Thanks for your help! It is very much…

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Added by Sassafras on February 23, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Poetry - To the great Apache Goyahkla

GOYAHKLA

AS I SIT AND LISTEN

TO THE WOLF AND THE WIND

I STARE INTO THE FLAMES

I SEE THE APACHE

LED BY GOYAHKLA

HIS VOICE CLEAR AND STRONG

HIS WARRIORS JOIN THE DIN

THEY MOUNT TO RIDE TO WAR

TO RID THEIR LAND OF WHITES

TO…

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Added by Fallingwater on February 22, 2010 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

Onondaga - Stand Together As the One Family We Are...



"These are our times and our responsibilities. Every human being has a sacred duty to protect the welfare of our Mother Earth, from which all life comes. In order to do this, we must recognize the enemy within us. We must begin with ourselves. We must live in harmony with the natural world and recognize that…

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Added by Sassafras on February 22, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Iroquois Mohawk - Two Row Wampum

"The concept of mutual respect embodied in the Two Row Wampum, in which Natives and non-Natives will not interfere in each other's affairs, must now be brought to life . . . our 'row' must be made strong enough to withstand any and all attempts by foreign powers to control it . . . with the guidance, will and authority of the people, we must simply go ahead and exercise our right to self determination in order to maintain it!" -- Mohawk Council of…

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Added by Sassafras on February 21, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Talking Leaves Book Review - Ellen Smallboy

Talking Leaves Book Review -

Ellen Smallboy: Glimpses of a Cree woman's life

by Regina Flannery

Ellen Smallboy's life spanned a period of immense change among the Cree of northern Ontario. Born in about 1853 near James Bay, for…

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Added by Sassafras on February 20, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Taos Pueblo - Leave us to see beauty...

“We have no buildings, there are no steeples. The lake is our church, the evergreen trees are our living saints if we must speak in your language. Leave us to see beauty everyday rather than find it only in our memories.” ~~Taos Pueblo…

Added by Sassafras on February 19, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

REVENGE

REVENGE AT LITTLE BIG HORN

REVENGE AT LITTLE BIG HORN



THE DAY OF REVENGE



HAS DAWNED SUNNY AND CLEAR



WITH THE BLESSINGS OF THE GREAT SPIRIT,MOTHER EATH AND FATHER SKY



THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO DIED



AT THE HANDS OF THE WHITES



CAN FINALLY REST IN PEACE



FOR THE ARAPAHO,CHEYENNE AND SIOUX



HAVE UNITED TO DEAL THE BLOW



LED BY THE MIGHTY WAR CHIEF'S



CRAZY HORSE,SITTING BULL,BRAVE BEAR AND… Continue

Added by Fallingwater on February 18, 2010 at 11:50pm — 1 Comment

WHEN WE WERE FREE

NATIVE AMERICAN

Current mood: breezy





WHEN WE WERE FREE



IN THE DAYS LONG PAST



IN A TIME WHEN WE WERE FREE



TO HUNT THE BUFFALO



TO ROAM THE GREAT PLAINS



FROM THE ROSE BUD



TO SAND CREEK AND WASHITA



LIFE WAS GOOD AND WE WERE FREE



TO DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY



TO SING OUR SONGS AND SPEAK OUR NATIVE TONGUE



THE WHITE MAN CAME AND TOOK



OUR LAND AND OUR NATIVE WAYSTHEY SILANCED OUR SONGS AND… Continue

Added by Fallingwater on February 18, 2010 at 11:45pm — 2 Comments

Poetry - Trail of Tears, Guest Poet Elizabeth Knauer



TRAIL OF TEARS



IT WAS TO BE A DAY LIKE ANY OTHER

OUR PEOPLE WERE JUST WAKING

ONLY THE BLUECOATS WHO WATCHED US

TRULY KNEW HOW DIFFERENT THIS DAY WOULD BE



WE WERE ROUNDED UP LIKE CATTLE

SURROUNDED BY THE WASCHIEU

FORCED TO WALK THOUSANDS OF MILES

FROM OUR HOMES IN NORTH CAROLINA



TO A FAR PLACE CALLED OKLAHOMA

AT NIGHT FORCED TO…

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Added by Sassafras on February 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Native - drumming

Photo: Mose Vanderburg drumming, Flathead Indian Reservation.







"Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams." ~~Mary Ellen Kelly…

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Added by Sassafras on February 18, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Contest - The Three Things...



contest - the three things...

In the spirit of the potlach...

"We will dance when our laws command us to dance, and we will feast when our hearts desire to feast. Do we ask the white man, 'Do as the Indian does?' It is a strict law that bids us dance. It is a strict law that bids us distribute our…

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Added by Sassafras on February 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Onondaga - The Origin of the Cornhusk Mask



The Origin of the Cornhusk Mask





"Before the creation of man, the creator realized there were other things that would harm (or interfere) with the ways of the living. The people also knew there were two powerful forces: the good and the evil. Our grandfather, Hatówi,…

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Added by Sassafras on February 17, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Event - Tulsa PowWow, 58th Annual INTERTRIBAL

You're Invited to

58th Annual
TULSA POWWOW
July 16,17,18, 2010
Spirit Bank Event Center
105th & Memorial

Bring a friend, invite others...

http://www.tulsapowwow.org/tpw/10/tpw10_flyer_100118.pdf

Added by Sassafras on February 16, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

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