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Here are a few examples of our dance: Fancy Dance The Fancy Dance is usually performed by young men, and was originated in the s to attract Powwow visitors. This dance is very flashy and colorful, and is the fastest movement than any other dance, and therefore requires that the dancer has stamina, strength and coordination. What distinguishes the Fancy Dance is the outfit worn by the dancer, with a twin bustle, decorated with colorful fringe that flows freely while performing the ruffle with fast foot movements. The colorful fringe is said to represent the Rainbow Spirit. The headdress roach that the dancer wears has two feathers that are moving at all times while dancing, and at times, the dancer's face is not seen because of the flowing fringe.

Dancers also carry decorated coup sticks. The Hoop Dance The hoop is a symbol of "the never-ending circle of life", it has no beginning, and no end. The Hoop Dance is used in traditional healing ceremonies in many tribes across North America. The significance of the hoop only enhances its embodiment of healing ceremonies. For many years, the Hoop Dance has evolved to incorporate new and creative movements and intricate footwork. The Hoop Dance made its modern transition when Tony White Cloud, Jemez Pueblo, played a pivotal role in the evolution of the dance, and began using multiple hoops in a stylized version as 'founder of the modern Hoop Dance'.

Each dancer may have their own unique interpretation of the intertribal Hoop Dance. The dancer can present the dance using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops. The hoops are manipulated to make many different designs such as animals, butterflies and globes. The Chicken Dance The Chicken dance is one of the oldest dances, and started as a religious society known as the "Kiitokii Society".

The origins of this dance come from the Blackfoot Country, and the dance is said to have come from the prairie chicken's spring time mating dance. The traditional regalia worn by the chicken dancers have not changed much; with regalia that includes a head roach, breech cloth, round bells, and a small feather bustle. The dance is done in mimicking the mating dance of the Prairie Chicken that we see in the prairies. The legend of the Chicken dance comes from a young Blackfoot man, who went on a hunting trip.

He came across some birds dancing in the tall grass. The man was very hungry, and he shot and killed one of the birds with his bow and arrow. The man brought the bird back to his family to eat. As the man was sleeping, he had a dream. The spirit of the prairie chicken that he killed came to him, and asked why he had killed the bird. The man replied that he needed to feed his family.

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The prairie chicken told the man that he would teach him a dance, and he was to go out and teach all the people this dance. If the man did not do what he was told, the prairie chicken would come back and kill the man. This was the deal that was made between the prairie chicken and this man for taking the life of the prairie chicken, and has become a very sacred dance.

Stories told of the dance tell us that this dance is known as ceremonial. In the South, tribes believe it was connected to a warrior society and that scalps were attached to the dancers' clothing to celebrate a victorious battle. To the northern tribes, the Grass Dance is said to be a blessing ceremony for new ground. The dancers trampled the ground to prepare for a village or a gathering, and grass was tied to the dancer. The fringe attached to the dancer's regalia sways with the movement as if to inspire the natural movement of tall prairie grass.

This dance is represents the balance of life, thus the dancer performs the same movement on either the right or left. The regalia worn by the dancer is covered with yarn and ribbons that sway, and he wears lots of color. The dancer carries an eagle feather fan and a staff and wears a single bustle, arms bands and a roach with a single feather, as well as bells on his ankles. Throughout the dance, he will crouch down close to the ground and stand up. The session will run for two weeks and cover a broad range of topics.

The event is not open to the public. However, as a UN accredited member of the media, I will be there, too. Yeah, that's right. Two Row Times columnist and radio show host John Kane will be there having the conversations that may or may not be welcome. Now I'm not among the starry-eyed devotees of the UN.

But intentions are not actions and the UNDRIP clearly identifies itself as the minimum standards that the world holds for the rights of Indigenous peoples. And while I understand the most common denominator for the nations of the world would almost have to accept a minimum standard, this Mohawk certainly doesn't.

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Of course, the U. So why go? I have made it my mission to encourage conversations on Native issues. The more conversations that are had, the brighter the spotlight shines on those issues. If it is nothing else, I see the UN as a grand stage for conversations. But because the U. One of the biggest mistakes we make in fighting for our inherent rights is treating them as gifts from our oppressors.

Our rights are neither "treaty rights" nor are they UN Declaration rights. They are unalienable, inherent and original. Treaties may acknowledge them or even suggest protection of them but they do not grant them. This declaration simply reiterates much of the UN Declaration on Human Rights with certain other obvious international standards such as "free, prior and informed consent" from people affected by the actions of another. It does not establish them. Our job begins with asserting our inalienable rights based on our inherent sovereignty.

The language in their treaties may be used to demonstrate and remind those that would violate our rights how many times they acknowledged their limitations and just how little we ever really ceded to them regarding our rights and liberties. But unlike all those treaties that our people were coerced into, for access to our lands, the Declaration is not a quid pro quo or a this for a that. It is simply a minimum standard. But it is pointless if it is unknown or never cited.

So while our job begins with asserting our rights, it is also incredibly important to specifically cite how and where our rights are being violated within the context of the UNDRIP and our inherent sovereignty. We need to make the violators of those rights painfully clear of the international standards they are ignoring and alert the international community of the violations and impacts, as well. There are 46 articles and a preamble loaded with affirmations, acknowledgements, concerns, beliefs and specific points of recognition to which we should hold the non-Native governments and do so with every intent of leveling shame and embarrassment on these U.

With more than 1, missing and murdered Native women in Canada alone and the highest rate of childbirth mortality rates on the continent, how can the U. The second day will focus on the impacts of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. This can't be just a study of past atrocities but must include the ongoing ones, as well.

The U. This can't just be about condemning ugly history as though it's all better now. It isn't! The suggestion that our "discovery" by Christian nations equated to conquest is not just wrong today. It was just as wrong when the house of cards that is "federal Indian law" was built on it then. The UNDRIP should assist us in securing more equitable remedies, not just for past grievances but current conflicts, too. There is no shame in fairly and respectfully resolving conflict but any nation claiming superiority based on race or religion should be truly embarrassed.

Redress, land disputes and land claims, Indigenous children and Indigenous youth, and actual implementation of the UNDRIP are other scheduled topics for discussion. And I will take every opportunity I can to bend the ear of anyone that will listen to address the most critical issues to our people — poverty today and bleak prospects for the future. All the access to sacred sites in the world can't fix poverty and self-esteem.

All the special days, decades and declarations the world over will not secure a future for our unborn faces. We don't need world courts or international sanctions. We need real international relations that support our trade, our travel and our autonomy. We need interface between the voices that call for our right to be respected and protected, and those whose laws fly in the face of those calls.

No Honor Among Thieves or Chiefs. I have to begin my column this week by stating up front that I am Haudenosaunee. I must emphasize that it is traditional governance I support rather than "traditional government. There are those who would suggest that the Haudenosaunee have existed with all these things firmly in place in an unbroken testament to our strength and durability as a people. I wish that were true. I wish our people had continued to reject the Bible and the booze. I wish they always held our women in the reverence that we like to claim.

I wish we protected and preserved our lands and language for our future generations. I wish we maintained the concepts of governance by the people and the understanding that people who were recognized for the best characteristics were placed as honorable servants to their people rather than rulers placed above them. But most of these wishes would bring me back several hundred years. We lost our way several times long before the first white man ever appeared before us. Our Thanksgivings are reminders of those times and of the time we came back together to right ourselves.

The Kaianerehkowa represents the last time wise men among us reminded us who we were and what we were created for. In it are the descriptions of the characteristics we were to strive for. No, it didn't say don't drink, gamble or dance. It placed honor on a man who proved himself as a husband, a father and an uncle. What that means should be self-evident. The Kaianerehkowa lays out the process to maintain peace and resolve conflicts. It lays out checks and balances and defies any notion that any of us have authority or higher standing than any others of us.

It also made clear that all those things that went into the Kaianerehkowa should be retold and recited each year in every Haudenosaunee community and recited at a gathering of all 49 families of the Haudenosaunee and any new families that joined to enjoy the peace under the Kaianerehkowa every five years. This basic call for maintenance through constant education and "removal of the dust" that accumulates with time surely could have prevented where we now find ourselves. This summer such an event is planned for the Seneca community of Tonawanda and at this point there may be no community in more need.

But Tonawanda is certainly not the only community in need. Between assimilated elected councils with pitiful voter turnout and no connection to our culture or what defines us, and councils of "chiefs" that claim to be "traditional" with a twisted view of their authority or privilege, our communities are barely recognizable as Haudenosaunee.

I have seen unspeakable corruption and behavior out of men claiming to be chiefs while loyalists chant "honor the chiefs. I could review much of the fairly recent ugly history that would explain the mess that is now the Oneida Nation of New York and the current power struggle over leadership, control and federal recognition in Cayuga that involves "traditional" chiefs, their lawyers and reliance on the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA. Our ways? The Kaianerehkowa? Certainly not! But one of the most blatant abuses of power today by those that claim to be "traditional" is, indeed, in Tonawanda.

Tonawanda is a small Seneca community that claims to be "traditional. The contemporary notion that Tonawanda is a "traditional" community has drawn deep lines separating people along family lines, occupations, religious beliefs and even gender. There exists a sense of superiority for these 'traditional" leaders and their loyal followers over the vast majority of the rest of the residents. None of this could be more exemplified than by the current situation where a Tonawanda Seneca business owner, out of favor with the "chiefs," dies and despite a well documented will that clearly laid out his intent to leave certain significant assets to his Tonawanda Seneca daughter, has those intentions usurped by the deceased's greedy brother, mother and, at least, certain Tonawanda chiefs.

Literally, the uncle and grandmother conspired to defraud a young woman out of her inheritance from her father and ultimately they are assisted by corrupt chiefs to pull it off. The plain and simple truth is that the daughter of the deceased has been determined arbitrarily as undeserving of the inheritance and that is cause enough for a corrupt and dysfunctional "government" to do as it likes against whomever it wishes. There is nothing in any legitimate or noble culture, traditional or otherwise, that would deny a man the right to leave his daughter assets that she would otherwise have the right to own or receive.

And there is nothing in the Kaianerehkowa that would remotely suggest or empower a chief to seize an inheritance. This case is simply a theft by those that believe they are above the people and what is decent and right. The Reject and Protect call to action this week in Washington, D. As this column hits the press, thousands are gathering in Washington, D. During a week that a decision was expected out of the Obama Administration on this issue, the Reject and Protect call to action will set up camp near the White House and tell the President to reject the pipeline.

As it turns out, an announcement just came from the White House that the Administration has decided to kick the can on this decision for what seems like the tenth time. Whether this decision was made to take the wind out of the sails of this demonstration or somehow is part of some other political strategy, or if it is just more D.

One of the crazy things about this whole discussion is the lack of media coverage the actual tar sands oil extraction gets. Americans and Republicans, in particular, love to keep this conversation just about a pipeline; and you can be absolutely sure that FOX News and the Tea Party right will not be rushing to the aid of any ranchers, cowboy hats or not, that stand in the way of big oil profits. When Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy stakes his claim against the U. But as this movement rages on — the movement that started on the Native lands in Alberta that are being raped by interests from China to Texas and, of course, a whole lot of Canada — the debate on the U.

For most of us opposing this new "junkie's vein" for oil, the absence of the pipeline is simply a bottleneck to slow the environmental travesty that is tar sands oil extraction. Of course, the pipeline absolutely presents a significant environmental risk on its own and, worse yet, the entire justification sold to the American public is a lie.

It's not about jobs; the pipeline will ultimately only produce about 40 permanent jobs. It's not about energy independence; it is still foreign oil. It's certainly not about securing a more politically correct supply for the good deserving people of this hemisphere; none of this "oil" is intended for American or Canadian consumption. It is all going to China. Now don't get me wrong. Alberta, Canada, the Koch brothers and a whole lot of "Big Oil" and all those others invested in tar sands oil stand to make billions.

But the American and Canadian public?

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Just seized land for a dangerous easement from Montana to Texas and a wasteland the size of Florida will be left in Alberta. The pipeline will endanger the Oglala aquifer, one of the largest on the continent, and join the ranks of all the other leaking pipelines that make a train wreck of tanker cars look like a soupy puddle from a dropped ice cream cone compared to what a busted or cracked pipe can do. And make no mistake, they all do or will leak.

And all those who clamor about how a new pipeline will be safer? This isn't replacing old pipes or rail or truck or even tanker — it is adding to them. That is really the point for many of us. Beyond the lies and propaganda associated with the Keystone XL Pipeline is the plain and simple truth that this pipeline validates and facilitates the environmental travesty that is tar sands oil extraction.

You can put all the lipstick you want on this pig, but it's still a pig. As are all those that are unconscionably destroying what was only recently pristine land that supported a beautiful people dependent on it. The fact that no American would ever let the destruction occurring on Native lands in Alberta to happen in their back yards is really just hypocrisy. And the fact that an American President can keep sidestepping exactly just what and where from the proposed "oil" is coming is just dishonest.

Now why do I keep quotation marks around the word "oil"? I do it because technically it's NOT oil. It's bitumen. There is an exemption from paying into a clean-up superfund that would normally come from crude oil passing through a pipeline in the U. But for us this isn't about a preference or a social or even a philosophical stance. It is about our identity and how our land defines us. I know many identify with us and share this view. But as more and more of us come together on these and other environmental issues, don't forget our place in this debate.

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It has now been said by many that the fight for environmental justice starts with Native people. I would suggest that it is sustained with Native people and will end with us, too. With international calls for our "free, prior and informed consent" on all issues with implications for our future, Indigenous peoples globally are gaining confidence and recognition in these and other fights. But none of us will wait for the international community to catch up.

Our resistance is today and we will do it without FOX news, armed resistance or the Tea Party darlings. Regardless of approval of this pipeline, our battle is against the destruction at the source of this issue. We will fight tar sands oil extraction however it is transported. Ultimately, our position on the issue will be more and more validated by others but until then many will label us not as Bundy patriots but as terrorists — and worse.

During the past week I have had more conversations about "decolonization" than I have had in my whole life. As I mentioned in one of my Facebook conversations, I am not entirely comfortable with the expression. Clearly as Native people continue to carve out our existence with the dominant societies, cultures and politics around us, we find ourselves getting caught up in the next word, policy or social theory of the day.

Sovereignty became almost synonymous with Native rights. Self-governance and self-determination also began rolling off the tongues of every "tribal leader" and "Indian expert. Those were good ones. For me, the "trust relationship" with a complete lack of the "trust" part makes that one problematic for me but that one was easy to call.

This decolonization thing was a little more troublesome for me. I mean, I get it and the whole "decolonize your mind" slogan does have a nice ring to it but for me it still didn't feel right.

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Well, there you have it. Decolonization felt to me a little too much like the abolition movement and Gone confirmed the problem for me. Just like abolition was all about addressing and ending the very successful dehumanizing institution that was American slavery, decolonization is about remediating the problems associated with "formerly colonized peoples" as though the act of colonization was both complete and successful.

I understand that colonization is a clear and well-defined concept, but at its core it is about claiming land. Just as the Doctrine of Christian Discovery really had nothing to do with converting the pagans into Christians but rather converting their land to Christendom, colonization was less about colonizing people and more about taking their land for the colonizer.

But the keyword here is "most" — not all. One of the little-known facts about Native people is that 70 percent of them do not live on Native lands and most of the remaining percent that do, live on lands that the colonizers claim to hold the title to. But that is not the case for the Haudenosanee territories I have lived on.

Although our ancestral lands have been greatly reduced, all of the peoples of the Haudenosaunee still retain a portion of those once vast lands and they OWN it. The lands of which I speak are not under U. And they are not "held for the use and enjoyment" of our people. Our people OWN them. So to say it more clearly and in the context of this discussion — our land is not part of their colony. The land we still occupy has not been colonized. Now I am not suggesting that we are the only people who can claim to have not been colonized but I would say that if they can't claim our lands then they can't claim us.

I will also state for the record that I have never ascribed to the notion that the U. But I will say if you view yourself among the formerly colonized peoples then the first step you need to take is to assert your connection to your homeland. Beyond the inability of the colonial powers to render us landless, I maintain that there is no legal basis to claim our subjugation or cite just when our clearly recognized sovereignty was ever transferred to them.

It is laughable that the foundation of U. In when the U. And in the wake of Marshall's legal dicta on this ruling there began this absurd assumption that discovery could be viewed as tantamount to conquest. Of course, even with this weak rationale building the foundation for the imperialistic belief in Manifest Destiny, neither the U. In fact, even when attempting to relocate the Seneca during the Removal Act era, the U. As late as the second half of the nineteenth century, New York State still acknowledged in its State Judicial Reports that Seneca lands were not part of the state, that the Seneca were not represented in their legislature and that the state could not tax them.

I have many reasons for refusing to be considered a formerly colonized person. I maintain that there are many of us that are among a long line of people who have resisted and rejected subjugation and the assumption of colonization. So excuse me for not embracing the decolonization movement. My sovereignty is a birthright. That whole unalienable rights thing? That came from us. The concept of seven generations doesn't just suggest that we consider the effects of our actions on those unborn faces — it prohibits and denies any legal and legitimate authority of anyone to sell out their future generations.

I can't decolonize. That would suggest that I was colonized in the first place. I wasn't and I'm not. Older Posts Home.

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Subscribe to: Posts Atom. Donate to "Let's Talk Native Another show that shouldn't be missed and should be referred back to from my archives. Sundays from pm only. This text will be replaced. Streaming solutions by Primcast - Shoutcast hosting, Flash Streaming. Left Forum Indigenous Radio. Join and Follow the "Let's Talk Native Search This Blog. Gregg Deal then joins us by phone on the heals of his latest art show opening. Catch the show and let's hear some feedback. While impoverished Native communities see deaths by freezing, energy resources are extracted everyday to bolster US supplies.

China provides the investment and the market driving the rape of Alberta in the pursuit of tar sands oil. Whose resources are these anyway? And who is selling them off? An important conversation that needs to continue. We set the record straight on some clouded history as it relates to religion and spiritual diversity within our territories and people.

We talk about the ugly history of imposed religions and the acceptance as well. Who says you can't talk about religion? Paul Delaronde also joins us by phone as we talk history, religion, respect and division. This is the conversation that most just are not willing to have. I also address the racist rants of Frank Parlato in his Niagara Falls newspaper. Check it out. Lots more and a few laughs; check it out. Great friends and great conversation as we promote the artwork of artist Gregg Deal.

We talk about federal recognition, the process to get it and what it all means. On the heals of being asked to speak on Inherent Sovereignty at a conference held at Arizona State University in Phoenix on fixing the federal recognition process, we discuss the conference. Ross and Holly both attended the conference and offer their view.

After some update I am joined by Paul Delaronde to talk about regaining and re-establishing our distinction. Working our way back to the Kaianerehkowa! Paul Delaronde continues with me by phone for Hour 2 and the phones get light up a bit. Ross John joins us at the bottom of the hour by phone as well. Leigh Ann Hill joins me at the bottom of the hour to talk about our walk on the Peace Bridge, Native activism and environmental concerns. A full studio and great conversations. Hour 1 guests stick around for Hour 2 and Sugar Montour makes a surprise visit by phone. A great preview of their visit to the studio next week and one of their first chances to tell their story.

This event will take place on January 4th. Demonstrators will converge from both sides to make a statement on environmental protection. Join a great Hour 1 and then give Hour 2 a listen. I discuss my trip to Long Island for the screening of the documentary, Shinnecock. I also talk about the passing of Nelson Mandela. Obama's speech in Johannesburg rings hollow against the back drop of the American Genocide that continues today.

Chaz Kader joins me to cover the acquittals in the Three Feathers Casino trial. All three who went through the trial were acquitted on all charges. Chaz Kader also calls in from the Akwesasne area. Chaz offers a view from Mohawk territory on a variety of issues and brings great research and analysis to a great conversation.

We hit on "Our Special Month", Thanksgiving and more. Charles Kader from the Akwesasne area joins us as well but mostly to report on the special nature of the show. We talk about the TRT, the feedback to our columns and the up coming "web-a-thon" where it is hoped that financial support and participation in the grassroots news service will be raised. Catch this show to learn just how little has changed in the eyes of law enforcement even in That work includes his latest submission to the "Honor the Treaties" poster project.

We discuss his "Last American Indian on Earth" project and his changethename work as well. Another show that shouldn't be missed and should be refried back to from my archives. Lickers, Onondowaga Seneca from Ohsweken. Join us to hear about the plans to resist colonial and corporate powers and educate both Native and non-native people on protecting the planet.

Lickers hangs with me for hour two because one hour just isn't enough. Catch this show and be inspired by the tough young people ready pick up where we have carried things so far. This versatile artist goes beyond creating art to communicate his thoughts but elicits reactions and thoughts from the observer. Give a listen to learn more. I once described Gregg as an activist with a paintbrush but he is far more than that. We also talk about the Seneca Nation narrowing its focus on gaming and throwing their private sector by the wayside in the process. This and far more a great show covering a wide range of topics.

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Friend of the show, Robert James D'Alimonte joins us by phone to discuss border crossing as artisans and craft vendors. Paul Delaronde calls in to weigh in on border issues and the need to stand up. Matt's daughter Rochelle Hill and her friend Darrien Spruce, inspired by Davidica, Tracy and JC, step up to the microphone to deliver a great round dance song. More great music from the "All My Relations" crew makes this show worth checking out a few times.

We hear from them about this important event and the plans for getting the information out and future events. The promotion of the Kaianerehkowa is vital. The feds using federal law to enforce state law on Native lands is very big deal. Catch this show and find out why. I finish more discussion on the Federal indictments stemming from an ATF sting set up in Kansas City to target Native businesses in Haudenosaunee territory.

More on the "Great Law" recital as well. As we discuss the big plans for this bold new newspaper and multi-media presence we are joined by Native artist Gregg Deal from DC. Gregg shares his visual art project that has him joining other artists, including Shepard Fairey.

The "Honor The Treaties" project includes promoting via their website: www. Another great two hours of Native radio that shouldn't be missed. Catch a great interview with a great lady and one who has been a standard for recording artists in general but specifically for Native women in music. This is my best TV appearance so far. I once again make my case for what's wrong with Cuomo's Casino Dreams and the referendum to amend the State's constitution to accommodate this plan. Michael's new book, "Phantom Ship" details a contemporary Seneca woman in her struggles with identity, family, culture and career.

I recap another trip to DC, some interaction with federal legislators and my continued work on the "floor tax". This is not a question of the spirituality associated the idea of "sin" but rather the degradation of moral standards. Where do you come out on lust, gluttony, greed, sloth laziness , wrath vengeance , envy and pride? The DC trip was all about the "Floor Tax" and my work to shake it off from our people and territories. My guest in-studio are Ed Schindler and Chaz Wheelock. The show is just a great conversation on both the events and the subject matter. Good guests and good topics! Timothy Ecklund join Matt Hill, Ed Schindler and myself to talk about the organization's resurgence and the plans going forward.

Agnes Terrance checks in at the end of the hour with an update on the re-vote in the St. Regis tribal elections. Check out what the tour is all about and listen as we set up our own spot on their tour. Julianna hosted a panel at the Left Forum to discuss the use of humor to affect social change. Listen in and check out her work at www. Johnny Depp's "Tonto" has many of us shaking our heads even with no crow perched on top.

Matt, Ed and I also get into some more conversation on State "deals", State "gaming" and the State constitutional referendum. Belinda and Jason describe the event and review the "Fort's" general features and other upcoming events. I also recap my trip to DC and the meetings and opportunities I am pursuing there. All the plans hang on a state-wide referendum this Fall to change the the NYS constitution and the prohibition that the state only currently sneaks around.

There are still several details not well defined in the "Seneca Deal" as well as a few open ends on the State side of the deal. The "Seneca Deal" passes unanimously through Council and the details or lack of them are revealed. Join us as two Senecas and two Mohawks weigh in on a third tribal council lining up for the NYS governor. The rest of the hour is spent explaining the events that led up to the Seneca Nation becoming the third Native gaming operator to "deal" with the Governor.

As always, a show that shouldn't be missed. Frank John, a previous graduate from GCS who donned an eagle feather, defying the "rules" in and his sister, Markie John, who faces the issue this year with her graduation, join us in studio with GCS Superintendent, Charles Rinaldi to discuss his written response to the issue, my hardline reaction to the super's letter and the reality and fallout from the issue.

Let the conversations continue and change be affected! Ross, Ed and I address the governor's latest shots at the Seneca people with his proposed bill to authorize more "State" gaming. They explained their 70 day, mile journey from the Tuscarora homelands in, what is now, the Carolinas to the lands of the Haudenosaunee.

Their hike, run, bike and kayak adventure is worth the listen. I also talk about the week to come starting with a trip to Albany for some radio and TV appearances. Join this fun crew of young people with great plans and attitudes toward their community and people. Join Ross John, Matt Hill and myself as we explain why one "deal" sells out everyone, the other is almost meaningless and why there will be no Seneca deal.

The images from '92 and '97 are pulled from file footage from the mainstream media every chance they get. After two blockades of the international bridge in Mohawk territory many have asked when will the Senecas act. Well word is that details of a plan to close the NYS Thruway where it crosses Seneca lands are in the works. Listen in as Matt, Ross and I explain what is different this time; how a Thruway closure this time has different causes, a different message and perhaps a broader participation. Another show that just shouldn't be missed. Another show that shouldn't be missed. We have a tough conversation on alcohol and substance abuse as the month dedicated to the awareness of these issues winds down.

We tackle the harsh issues associated with personal responsibility in the face of historic adversity and point to the formula that remains as a part of who we are to make the necessary corrections and treat the wounds of our injured people. Listen in to a wide ranging conversation that needs to continue in all of our communities.

Lots of "It's a pleasure to be here" and not much of "Here's the problem". Seneca Diabetes Foundation board member, Holly John, joins us by phone for her assessment as well. Bob advised three governors and teaches "Indian Law". He offers some candid opinions about the foundation the current state administration is attempting to stand on. We discuss the challenges, inspirations and rewards of producing such a film and the use of film and video to advance Native issues, educate and inform. We take some calls and delve into the minds of those who equated "grants" from a pope as a legal foundation for a country that claimed to have a separation of "Church and State".

If you consider your self to be in the fight for Native sovereignty and environmental protection or a student of history then you can't miss this show. We discuss civic responsibility and where it should and must extent to a certain level of activism. Stream it live on www. Timothy Jacobs calls in from North Carolina to speak about the commemoration of the Battle of Fort Nooherooka and the opportunity for engagement between the Tuscaroras of the North and those that remain in the homelands.

The overall good feelings of the event are discussed in spite of the attempt at causing disruptions by a few. Arvel Bird will be performing with Joseph Michael Mahfoud. Paul Delaronde calls in to add to the show in the way that only he can. He weighs in on the Tuscarora event and offers his insight on unity and respect. That unity is needed as we continue to battle the assaults by the State and Feds on our commerce, the land and our water. I explain the Kaswentha in deeper and in more historic terms, taking it back to mutual respect for the paths laid out by creation.

Listen in and spread the word. The trip commemorates the migration years ago that brought the Tuscaroras to be the sixth of the Six Nations. NY Senator George Maziarz joins me for Hour 1 as we put some fine points on the battle between the Seneca Nation and the Cuomo administration over gaming revenue and we tackle new actions by the New York State Attorney General to block Native manufacturers from getting product to Native retailers. This hour is all about the State trying to kill Native commerce. Matt Hill and Robert D'Alimonte are in studio. Catch them on LTN and hear how we can push them to the Championship.

Timothy Jacobs weighs in on the Tuscarora migration commemoration years as a planned trip to the homeland for the migrated Tuscaroras puts them in visiting range of the Tuscaroras who remain in the homeland. Ross John joins me as we address the State's war on the Native economy. Growing food, eating better, moving toward sustainability and a genuine shift in culture that embraces our history and prepares us and our future generations for all that lies ahead. New York State is holding millions back in school funding for Native students as the state of Native - State relations continues over a cliff.

We discuss the school funding issue as we really only begin to flush this out. Melina gives a first hand account of the tar sands oil extraction from her home territory and the strength of the "Idle No More" movement. Catch the show as we go through some up coming events and some of the most relevant Native issues of the day.

Holly tells us of the new collaboration between the Seneca Diabetes Foundation and the Seneca Nation to encourage community gardening and to acknowledge that medicine starts with what we eat. No blackout for this major broadcast although we do experience an "Emergency Broadcast Message". We put the events and the challenge out there to see who will be "Idle No More". A great conversation on Andrew Cuomo's new plan that actually strengthens our position in our battle with the state.

We also put a fine point on just who gets the lion's share of dollars from Native produced cigarettes and how the state has rejuvenated the black market and organized crimes presence in the tobacco trade. Listen so you know the truth on these issues. Obama's inaugural address as he invokes "Seneca Falls" as one of the seats for the fight for equality.

Where Pride Meets Prejudice

We recap on the "Idle No More" movement and discuss its continued growth. A few callers add to the conversation as well. Isaac Hill and Robert D'Alimonte sit in with us as well. More on "Idle No More" and what's to come. Congrats to the Thunder Tribe 15 and Under Team. Plus Professor Keith Burich joins us in studio to talk about the classes he is offering at Canisius College. The course is open to the public.

Catch this rare opportunity to hear a conversation with one of the State's top lawyers. Ross John, Matt Hill, Frank John, Robbie John and Elmer John join in the conversation as we discuss one of the big party nights of the year and the devastating effects of alcohol on our communities. We get an update on an "Idle No More" rail blockade in Tyendinaga and move into a full conversation on the growing movement. Of course, tribal police assisted. Matt is joined by his son, Isaac and I have my grandsons, Gavin and Lesten in studio.

The huge movement north of the imaginary line; "Idle No More" is gaining momentum. These women are at the heart of it.

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