and Arctic Drilling
caribou and the people are as one, and the culture is completely
tied to it. In their mythology, the Gwich'in were derived from
a heart shared with caribou, so each will always know what the
other is doing. "The Gwich'in of northern Canada and Alaska have
lived in their Arctic homeland since the last ice age. ... There
is direct archaeological evidence that the Gwich'in have depended
upon the Porcupine Caribou Herd for at least 12,000 years. They
still depend upon the caribou for their subsistence needs as well
as their cultural survival.--ccp
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is the home of the
Porcupine Caribou Herd's calving grounds, located in the Northen
coastal plain. This coastal area referred to as ANWaR or the 1002
lands by the oil companies, is to the Gwitchin Vadzaih googii
vi dehk'it gwanlii - or "sacred place where life begins," and
is *exactly* where the U.S. Republicans want to drill for the
*possibility* of oil. "It would be like drilling in a hospital
nursery," states Norma Kassi, Gwich'in spokeswoman. President
Bush's family is closely tied to the oil industry, and the Vice
President, Dick Cheney, is closely tied to Haliburton, the oil
drilling company in Alaska. The Alaskan Governor is on the side
of the Republicans and thinks that the Vuntut Gwitchin could learn
to change their lives to be like the Inupiats in Prudoe Bay. He
also thinks that the Gwich'in people are only holding onto a romantic
notion of their culture, fueled by some radical environmentalists.
He has no idea what is at stake, and doesn't care about the Canadians.
the Gwich'in and their supporters have had to try to fight the
issue themselves, by going to Washington D.C. and to make as much
of a case as possible.
August 2002, the Caribou Commons Project from Yukon, held a trek
across America, The Walk to Washington D.C. for the Arctic Refuge.
Led by Ken Madsen, it was kicked off in Seattle with the support
of the Canadian Consulate General in Seattle and several other
leaders. I was lucky to be involved, even if in a small part,
with the kickoff event. The walk ended last November in D.C.
on this topic
my experience with Old Crow and the Gwich'in, I discovered the
reality of the Roma while studying indiginous music styles for
my personal research. The more I read and learned of their true
history, and what they've lived through and have to endure to
this day....well, my heart cries for them. Here's some excerpts
from the Patrin Web Journal website:
time immemorial Roma have suffered from hate crimes and discrimination.
They are still being treated with "contempt, hatred, fear
citizenship law effectively renders the Roma stateless, forcing
them to live as foreigners in their own land. At least 20,000
Roma, about a tenth of the Roma population, have been excluded
from Czech citizenship since 1993.
since our arrival in Europe, we Roma have been victims of society’s
animosity. Banishment and pogroms, as well as mistreatment and
discrimination, have always been part of everyday life for the
‘Gypsies’. (Kawczynski, 1997:24-25)
forced evictions from homes; expulsions from villages and towns
(often with the support of local Mayors); physical assault and
murder by skinheads, policemen, neighbours; exclusion from public
places; widespread legal discrimination; unduly harsh prison
sentences and extortionate fines for petty offences; and endemic
Roma women have gone into hospital for minor operations only
to return home sterilised.
'fear factor' that causes Roma to shield their ethnicity from
outsiders is the continuing legacy of 'O Baro Porrajmos'
('The Great Devouring' - Roma Holocaust). Grandparents today
recall the numerous censuses which were conducted during World
War Two in order to identify and locate Roma groups for Nazi
concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Dachau, Mauthausen and
Ravensbrück (Kenrick and Puxon, 1995:125-150). Again, estimates
vary enormously regarding how many Roma were murdered between
1933 and 1945. Most reliable estimates suggest half a million,
though some figures have gone from the ridiculous (zero - 'it
never happened' according to the revisionists) to the exaggerated
(anything from 3-4 million upwards). It can be seen that in
relation to the Porrajmos the political and economic
significance of numbers are also important and contested. The
number of both victims and survivors has a crucial bearing on
any future compensation award that might eventually be paid
out by the German government. At the time of writing progress
is being made but no end is yet in sight (The Guardian, 6/4/98).
is very clear to Roma in Europe is the fact that the gadzhe
[non-gypsy] search for the 'final solution' to the 'Roma problem'
is determined and ongoing. In Britain, English Romanichals,
such as Peter Mercer and Charlie Smith of the Gypsy Council,
talk about the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, 1994 in
this light: to criminalise nomadism in the UK is to literally
'ethnically cleanse' Gypsies (Hawes and Perez, 1996:x-xi).
Student Beating the Odds - RomNews Network
Patrin Web Journal: Romani Culture and History
Hypotheses and Facts Concerning the Origin of Peoples: The true
origin of Roma and Sinti
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Lets face it folks the "indians" of this
country were the custodians of this land, its resources, natural
plants and animals for 25,000 years before the European Americans
decided that they were in the way. I am absolutely in awe of
idiots who actually have a problem with NATIVE American nations
that wish to stay banded, to live amongst each other, to have
the opportunity to live traditionally and to pass down those
traditions to their progeny. Which they could NOT do if they
were assimilated into the alien white culture which they did
not invite to live on their land in the first place! But I digress.....
Here's a quote from a website that sheds a lot
of light on the extermination of those who were here before
"As a high school student
I was always annoyed by students who would ask: Why do we have
to learn this stuff [history] anyway? We learn history so we
don't repeat our mistakes. This is the common answer that my
teachers, my father, and just about any other adult would give.
This answer made perfect sense to me then, and I easily accepted
it. In high school, students learn about the Nazi-Holocaust,
and rightfully so. Information abounds regarding this topic.
However, my teachers never taught me that our country has a
Holocaust of its own (actually there are two; one killing 40
to 60,000,000 Africans, and one killing 100,000,000 Native Red
Peoples). Hitler himself often expressed his admiration for
the expediency in which the American Christians removed the
Native Americans and gave them mass graves like the one in Wounded
Knee, South Dakota. Have you ever heard the words American Holocaust(s)
before?" [ Read
the rest of this moving article ]
One hundered million! HELLO!! Did you learn about
that in school? NO. Hell, I grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma where
one of the worst, most violent acts against blacks in our coutnry
took place, and didn't find out about it until recently. But
the 1992 race riot and the false American history being taught
in schools is for another discussion.
There is one band in particular, the Oglala Sioux
of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, that is suffering hellishly from
the extermination of its people and the ersaure of their culture.
on the Reservation hovers around 85% and 97% live below the
Federal poverty level. Average annual family income is $3,800
as of 1999.
Adolescent suicide is 4
times the National average.
Many of the families have
no electricity, telephone, running water, or sewer. Many families
use wood stoves to heat their homes.
The population on Pine Ridge
has among the shortest life expectancies of any group in the
Western Hemisphere: approximately 47 years for males and in
the low 50s for females.
The infant mortality rate
is five times the United States national average."
This generation is not responsible for what happened
in the past, but we are certainly obligated to helping our American
brothers and sisters suffering right now. Learn how to help:
Nation Relief Fund
Some Gross pictures.
(gross is right)
one is on the top of my list because I have this one.
rare, no known causes or cures. Can kill, but in 80% of
cases it just goes away. Mine has not gone away.
is in stage one (meaning no pleural effusion). My types
are lymphatic, cutaneous, and ocular.
Lymphatic System: lymph nodes and spleen
Mediastinal adenopathy with no pulmonary parenchymal involvement.
Enlarged pre-tracheal and right paratracheal lymph nodes
(with calcification). 7x2 cm Peri-aortic lymph node. Peri-hilar
fullness. Bilateral hilar adenopathy. Retro-peritoneal
lymph nodes. Several enlarged lymph nodes in the hilum
of my speen.
Info from my pathology report
Lupus Pernio on upper arms and nose, presenting as large
purpleish lumps which are hard underneath the skin. Also
see my skin sarcs? Brace yerself. OK - look.
Iritis is a kind of uveitis in which the iris becomes
very inflamed. It can cause visual damage or loss
Bood-shot eye, extreme light sensitivity, blurry vision
and pain. Treatment involved ocular steroids (which can
cause cataracts). Also dilation drops to keep the iris
still, because the inflammation made my natural dilation
adjustments excrutiating. Lasted a couple of days.
Research must be supported and that takes donations.
Remember, there is no known cause or cure for this. They
need help to find answers.
always donated to this cause. Partly in due to guilt for
not turning in some March of Dimes donations I collected
when I was in 4th grade. But mostly, I donate because
it is a good cause.
I saw Mattie Stepanik for the first time, I was an instant
fan of his. He was a poet and a peace maker, and his
passing was a loss to us all.
|Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple Sclerosis Society
I have 2 friends with MS. I haven't contributed to this
foundation, but support them, and hope to be able to add
this to my list in the future.
Seattle AIDS walk
you know someone with HIV, it sure makes it hard to sit
by and let others do the worrying and helping.
participated in my first AIDS walk in Seattle, but have
also donated when I was not able to walk.
disease without a cure.
wait until it gets personal to help.
is a walk put on by the Seattle
Indian Health Board. The procedes help fund after-school
and substance-free programs for local native youth.
was part of the top fundraising group 2 years consecutively,
before I had to move back to Tulsa. When I return to Seattle,
my participation will resume.
donated to them during almost all major disasters that
I can think of.
really like that you can ear-mark your donations for a
specific area or leave it for general distribution.
you know me at all this Democratic show of support shouldn't
the economy took a dive and I got laid off along with thousands
of others and couldn't find work for a year and a half,
do you think I'm happy with the current economy?
After my disdain for the war was validated when the 9/11
commission said that there were no WMDs and that Hussein
had nothing to do with 9/11, do you think I want this slaughter
in the desert to continue?
And knowing what I know about the my friends, the Gwich'in,
living in Old Crow in the arctic circle, and knowing exactly
what caribou means to their culture, and knowing what would
happen to them if the caribou stopped coming, do you think
I can stand by and watch this cowboy go into yet another
wilderness (specifically, the porcupine caribou's calving
grounds) to plunder its riches at the expense of an entire
that I'm single, would I support a president who punished
taxpayers for not being married, or who tried to tell people
who they can and can not marry, as well as making rules
affecting women's uteruses and placentas?
Say no to the Republican party as a religion and to their
dogmas being mandated upon The People.
This country wasn't founded because of or based upon one religion.
It was founded on religious FREEDOM.
Take back your country! Vote it back into being the home of the FREE,
as it was intended.
All the praises and thanks be to God, the lord of all that
The most Beneficent, the most merciful.
The only ruler of the Day of Judgement.
You alone we worship, and you alone we ask for help.
Guide us to the straight way
The Way of those on whom you have bestowed your Grace,
not (the way) of those who earned your anger,
nor of those who went astray.
And of His signs is that He created you of dust; then lo, you
are mortals, all scattered abroad. And of His signs is that
He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you might repose
in them, and He has set between you love and mercy. Surely in
that are signs for a people who consider. And of His signs is
the creation of the heavens and earth and the variety of your
tongues and hues. Surely in that are signs for all living beings.
And of His signs is your slumbering by night and day, and your
seeking after His bounty. Surely in that are signs for a people
who hear. And of His signs He shows you lightning, for fear
and hope, and that He sends down out of heaven water and He
revives the earth after it is dead. Surely in that are signs
for a people who understand. And of His signs is that the heaven
and earth stand firm by His command; then, when He calls you
once and suddenly, out of the earth, lo you shall come forth.
Creator has blessed me with a comprehensive religious experience
in this worldand at the end of the day, this is my rock).
That's all I'll say.