Monday, March 19, 2012
Murder of Eagles, corrupt tribe gets permission to kill 2 Eagles
UPDATE || Killing Divides Tribes, additional narrative by opposed tribe, read more here....
These photos show human beings abusing the sacred feathers of the Eagle. Not one of these people are using feathers in a sacred manner. They are using them to show off, strut and behave with arrogance. They are disgracing the sacred. Read more below the photos......
The Wyoming Northern Arapaho Tribe has somehow gotten permission to kill 2 bald eagles for what they describe as “religious needs”.
American Indians have long had the right to hold Eagle feathers and other parts of the Eagle for religious and cultural purposes. Otherwise, the Federal Government considers it a felony for any citizen to possess any part of an eagle for any reason.
The US government in fact maintains an “Eagle feather repository” where dead eagles, for whatever reason, are sent for reclaimation. Tribal members can fill out documents and request feathers from this repository for religious needs. It is very slow, the process and the feathers that are delivered are often to damaged to be used in ceremony. It is not a good program.
Anyone who has ever visited an American Indian pow-wow will see thousands of Eagle feathers. Pow-wows are not sacred events. They are commercial events. Pow-wows have nothing to do with any traditional American Indian religion. They got started after WW 2 as a way for tribes to make money from tourists. While many American Indians have a real passion for these commercial events, they have nothing to do with any tribal religion.
At a commercial pow-wow you can often see little children wearing dozens of fine Eagle feathers on their dance costumes….along with adults. These feathers are being abused and used in non-religious or traditional ways, but I am probably the only person to ever say this out loud.
I hold a number of Eagle feathers. They are a very important part of my ceremonial duties. Each one was gifted to me by tribal elders as I moved through my life, over many years. I did not kill anyone or anything to get them. Some of them have been passed down through many generations.
The average person knows nothing about these eagle feathers. Right now, the news in Indian Country is that this permit to murder Eagles is some sort of victory. I do not think it is. I think it is bad news.
There are so many Eagle feathers in the hands of idiots, in the costumes of pow-wow dancers and used by other arrogant American Indians to strut around and show off, uses that have nothing to do with the sacred. The abuse of the sacred by pow-wow Indians has long been a disgrace to the sacred teachings of the Elders of all tribes.
I believe there are more than enough Eagle feathers to help every American Indian without allowing the sanctioned murder of eagles in the United States. I say shame, shame, shame on the Northern Arapaho Tribe for this insult to reason and honor and this abuse of the word Sacred.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Dennis Banks, the coward and criminal who allegedly co-founded the criminal organization know as AIM is once again taking his flim-flam show on the road. He is touring around with screenings of his fictional film, curiously entitled “A Good Day To Die”, which claims to be about “his” life.
Banks is the guy who ran like a rabbit in the middle of the night, leaving his then pregnant wife standing in the middle of the street to deal with the Highway Patrol. She has testified in court, since then, that Banks has some involvement in the murder of Ana Mae Aquash.
For years Banks hid in the shadows of a New York Reservation, protected by the Iroquois, while his associates were discredited as liars and criminals in various courts around the country.
Naive Americans are so desperate for some sort of symbol to represent the suffering of American Indians. Every few years they dust off Banks and send him around to do his self-serving best to define himself as a hero to yet another collection of poorly informed and clueless Americans.
You never see Banks with any of the other so-called cofounders of AIM. This is because they all despise each other. No one wants to be seen with Russell Means and the last surviving Bellecourt refuses to be seen or associated with any of these people.
For more than 30 years Banks has been living off, and making money from the lies built around the so-called AIM movement of the 1970s. With Means half dead from cancer, Banks is the only relic of this myth left alive to pander and pose.
Banks has no credibility with the majority of American Indians, at least the ones that are sober and work for an honest living. More than anything, Banks symbolizes the complete lack of reliable and honest information available in this modern world about American Indians.
Film makers are just to lazy to go out into American Indian communities and find the real American Indians who struggle every day in honest ways against the suppression, abuse and neglect of society. For all these years they keep telling this tired story of this tired old man, as if it were the only story worth knowing about the more than 500 tribes of American Indians who live in these United States.
Every day is a bad day for American Indians in this country. This latest project by Banks is just more salt in the open wound that American Indians must suffer every day. It is tragic that once again this old man is making a living from the lies and delusions of that time. The American Media seems to know only one story about American Indians, and they have never even gotten that one story right. This man’s life is an insult to the many heroic and determined American Indians who struggle in this society to make their lives work, in their communities, invisible to the society which surrounds them.
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