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July 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Cherokee-Just Waiting for June 1, 1830 a/k/a Thar's Gold In Them Thar Hills

Just Waiting for June 1, 1830

From The Cherokee Phoenix

New Echota, Ga.

May 1830

Many of the people of Georgia are just waiting for the first day of June, to begin a work upon the Cherokees. Their first onset will be on the leading men, supposing that if they are ousted, others will of course follow. Having this object in view, plans are already matured to break up a number of individuals in the nation. We… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 24, 2009 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Ponca - Standing Bear Is A Person

Ponca Chief Standing Bear

"This hand is not the color of yours. But if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be of the same color as yours. I am a man. God made us both.

I seem to stand on the bank of a river. My wife and little girl are beside me. In front, the water is wide and impassable, and behind it… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 19, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mohawks at Canadian Border Crossing

Photo Credit: from AkwesasneWomensFire at Flickr - Akwesasne residents marched across the Bridge during the Unity March. Akwesasne residents continue to respectfully and peacefully demand that canadian border service agents (cbsa) do not carry guns.

On Monday June 1st 2009 the Canadian Border Service Agency was to become armed. At the port in Akwesasne, Mohawk Nation Territory the people protested. At 11:30 pm May 31st the CBSA… Continue

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Cherokee - Henry Owl vs. Swain County, NC

Henry Owl vs. Swain County

In 1930 Henry Owl, a Cherokee resident, was denied the right to register to vote on the basis that he was a ward of the federal government and not a state citizen. Owl, a highly educated man, protested this decision in the United States Senate. In June 1930, Congress passed an act that gave full rights of citizenship to all Cherokee living in North Carolina as long as they met state voting… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 18, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Yavapai - Carlos Montezuma, M.D., Author

Carlos Montezuma 1896

Carlos Montezuma 1890

Carlos Montezuma (1865-1923)

Native American M.D., Author

"Montezuma received his medical degree from Northwestern University's Chicago Medical College in 1889. From 1889 until 1896, he worked for the Office of Indian Affairs as a physician at a number of different posts throughout the west. His final post was at the Carlisle… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 17, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Oglala Sioux - Black Elk's Prayer

Photo: Black Elk

"Grandfather, Great Spirit, one day more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and You are older than all things, stronger than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to You-- the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live. You have set the powers of the four winds of the earth to cross each other. You have made me walk the good road and the… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 14, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Coeur d'Alene, Cree & Kootenay - Janet Campbell Hale

Photo Credit: Janet Campbell Hale Photo by Scott T. Britain

"If Irish or Italian culture dies in America it really isn't that big a deal. They will still exist in Italy and Ireland. Not so with us. THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE. North America is our old country." ~~Janet Campbell Hale - Coeur d'Alene, Cree, & Kootenay,… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 13, 2009 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Oglala Lakota - Luther Standing Bear

Photo: Luther Standing Bear

"The feathered and blanketed figure of the American Indian has come to symbolize the American continent. He is the man who through centuries has been moulded and sculpted by the same hand that shaped the mountains, forest, and plains, and marked the course of it rivers.

The American Indian is the soil, whether it be the region of forest, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 13, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Onandaga - Cycle of Life

Photo: Audrey Shenandoah and Star Nayea

"With one mind we address our acknowledgment, respect, and gratefulness to all the sacred Cycle of Life. We, as humans, must remember to be humble and acknowledge the gifts we use so freely in our daily lives." -Audrey Shenandoah, Onandaga… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 13, 2009 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Cherokee - Louise Bigmeat Maney

Louise Bigmeat was born a member of the Paint Clan, raised on Wrights Creek in Cherokee, North Carolina, and was taught how to make pottery as a child by her mother. Mrs. Maney traced her heritage as a potter through generations of Cherokee women: Louise's mother, Charlotte Welch Bigmeat, and her aunt, Maude Welch, were both prominent Cherokee potters who had been taught the craft by their grandmother, Iwi Catolster.

She married John… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 7, 2009 at 10:32pm — No Comments

The Black Robes

The Concepts Of The Black Robes

Compared To The Native American Then and Now

Why Some Act And Feel The Way They Do


By: ShaunaSay WhiteFeather 


I begin this article, as an answer to several questions on the same subjects of the Native Americans. Many has asked do we believe in God? Jesus Christ? Christianity as a whole? What does our Spirituality consist of? What was the truth about the “Black Robes” to the Native people?

Those questions I hope,…


Added by ShaunaSay WhiteFeather on July 7, 2009 at 1:00am — 1 Comment




BY: ShaunaSay WhiteFeather


“What is the real truth of The Trail of Tears”? This question was asked recently by a group of school children on my email. They expressed that they were tired of hearing only a one-sided viewpoint of the issue, and it was not from the Native American what they were being taught.

You know as well as I, there has been numerous variety of books written on this…


Added by ShaunaSay WhiteFeather on July 7, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Abenaki - Joseph Bruchac Poetry

Abenaki - Joseph Bruchac

Photo by Michael Greenlar

Listen to Selected Poems:

written and read by Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki Author, Poet, Musician, Storyteller

Click link to… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 5, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Oh No He Didn't....

Read the article and then read 'Bad Acid's" comment down at the bottom! ARRGGHHHHHHHH!

follow the… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 5, 2009 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Genocide - Peace At Any Price?

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Added by Sassafras on July 5, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Government - Lies, I Tell You, Nothing But Lies!

“So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many, many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship, and everyone was surprised! A little naïve, I feel!” ~~ Arco Eddie Izzard quotes (British stand-up Comedian and Actor)

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Seneca/Iriquois - Red Jacket's Reply To Missionary

Reply to the Address of a Missionary, at a Council of the Chiefs of the Six Nations, in 1805, by Sagnyn Whathah, alias Red Jacket.

"Friend and Brother! It was the will of the Great Spirit, that we should meet together this day. He orders all things; and has given us a fine day for our council. He has taken his garment from before the sun, and caused it to shine with brightness upon us. Our eyes are opened that we see clearly; our ears… Continue

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Cherokee - The Ghost Dance

Picture Credit: Sioux Indian Dance

The Indian Ghost Dance-- Mr. James Mooney of the U. S. Bureau of Ethnology gives the following account of the Indian Ghost dance of a hundred years ago :

"From the venerable James Wofford of the Cherokee Nation, the author, in 1891, obtained some interesting details in regard to the excitement among the Cherokees. According to his statement, the doctrine first came to them through… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 4, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Lakota - I Told Them Not To...

Photo: Floyd Red Crow Westerman

"And I told them not to dig for uranium, for if they did, the children would die. They didn't listen, they didn't listen, they didn't listen to me. And I told them if the children die, there would be no keepers of the land. They didn't listen. And I told them if they destroy the sky, machines would come and soon destroy the land. They didn't listen... And I told them if they destroy the land, man would have to move… Continue

Added by Sassafras on July 4, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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