By Lance Brown Eyes
LRI presents Rez Round Up 4 with Chase Iron Eyes: Shoni Recap, Disenrollment, Sacred Sites, Taken Land.
Joseph Baker, a Senior guard playing for the New Town Eagles in the North Dakota State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament is a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. His cross court buzzer beater shot at the half of last night’s game against Rugby was featured as the #1 play on ESPN’s Top Ten! #Legend way to go, Joe! Keep playing hard, Eagles!
Champion fancy shawl dancer Tawny Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Oyate)
No Dam Raise! – No More Broken Promises!
The Winnemem Wintu People stand opposed to the latest scheme to raise Shasta Dam, in Northern California. We were forced from our lands in 1945, with the building of the dam, and never received the compensation promised in the US Congress’ 1941 Indian Land Acquisition Act.
Now Big Agriculture and Big Oil want to build the dam 18 feet higher, to water cash crops in the desert, and feed the planned fracking of the Central Valley. This is envisioned in concert with a huge Twin Tunnels project which will take fresh water past the sensitive Bay Delta, and the largest estuary in the world, killing the salmon runs and other marine life, and ruining a fragile ecosystem.
A higher dam will drown the few traditional, ceremonial sites that are still accessible on our river, including the sacred rocks and dance ground of our Balas Chonas (Coming of Age Ceremony).
Please stand with us to oppose this plan!
Contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them to vote against any proposals to raise Shasta Dam. Thank you!
Please share this far and wide.
Spiritual leaders and other young society candidates will gather starting tomorrow (come to Sitting Bull College, Standing Rock Rez) WE HAVE WORK TO DO! If you know anyone who should attend, please pass this agenda along.
March 7-9, 2014
Co-hosts: Sitting Bull College and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Sitting Bull College campus Trades Building, Fort Yates, ND
March 7th, 2014
11am- Posting of Flags and Staff
Prayer- George Ironshield
Moderator- Chase Iron Eyes
Review Agenda, Intro of Speakers
Opening- Dr. Laurel Vermillion, SBC President
11:30am- Lunch, SBC Staff/Faculty
12:30pm- Chairman Dave Archambault II, Opening gathering
1:15pm- Tim Mentz Sr., overview of Oceti Sakowin issues
-Gather Spiritual Leaders to discuss sacred sites and sacred water
-Defining the buffalo territory of the Oceti Sakowin
-Protecting our sacred spiritual knowledge and sacred ceremonies
-Develop plan to transfer our oral knowledge, star knowledge and Dakota, Lakota and Nakota language to the 7th generation
2pm- Oceti Sakowin THPO panel, Protection and Preservation of Sacred Sites, “Claiming our Sacred Landscapes, Sacred Sites and Sacred Sites”
Draft By-Laws- Organizing Oceti Sakowin THPO(s):
-Keystone XL pipeline/Dewey-Burdock, Government-to-Government Consultation with Tribes, Consulting the Federal agency on their archeological report on “determination of effects” to “historic properties and areas or properties of religious and cultural significance” to Tribes
-THPOs response to identification of “areas or properties of religious or cultural significance” amongst Great Plains Tribes
-Discussion on documenting stone features of Oceti Sakowin
-Are THPOs ready to claim our sacred stone feature sites
4:30pm-Oceti Sakowin Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
-Federal Project Impacting Sacred Sites/Spiritual Landscapes
-Section 106 Consultation with SRST/THPO on Keystone XL Pipeline Archeological Survey
-Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended- requires Government-to-Government Consultation with Oceti Sakowin Tribal Governments in Keystone XL Pipeline Project Archaeological Survey and Determination of Effects for Entire Corridor
5:30pm- Supper, Wastewin Young family. Speaker- TBA
7pm- “Dakota Star Knowledge and Sacred Sites Documented in our Buffalo Territory”, Tim Mentz Sr., Presenter
March 8th, 2014
Sitting Bull College Campus Trades Building
Moderator- Denny Gayton
8:30am- Prayer, George Iron Shield
Breakfast- Jennifer Martel family
9am- Introduction of Oceti Sakowin leadership
-Oceti Sakowin Elders, Grandmother Land
9:30am- Overview of First Day
10am- Leonard Little Finger: Preserving our Oceti Sakowin History
11am- Lionel Bordeaux, Sinte Gleska University
12pm- Lunch, Prairie and Jake Swimmer Family
Speaker- Craig Blacksmith, Dakota Plains, Dakota Nation
1pm- Creating an International Oceti Sakowin Elders Preservation Council, Moderator Tim Mentz Sr.
-Establish a process by the bands of Oceti Sakowin to address Federal, State, and Tribal Projects producing Adverse Impacts to Oceti Sakowin Sacred Sites and Areas or Properties of Religious or Cultural Significance to Dakota/Lakota/Nakota Oyate
-Dakota/Lakota Governance, Re-Establish our Society Headmen
-Establishing an International Oceti Sakowin Buffalo Territory Preservation Code
-Manage and Maintain a Sacred Sites Registry for Oceti Sakowin
-Preserving Sacred Knowledge of our Ceremonies
3pm- Spiritual Advisors Panel, “How Do We Sustain our Spiritual Walks of Life?”
-Establish an Oceti Sakowin Spiritual Advisors Council
-How Should our Spiritual Leaders Interact with Common Law?
-How do we continue to maintain our connection to our genesis places of our spirituality located at areas outside our Reservation boundaries?
-Do we create a spiritual advisors listing who will assist with protecting our sacred sites and water within our buffalo territory when we continue to document these areas during TCP survey work?
-Are our spiritual people ready to step back into our sacred sites and claim them for Oceti Sakowin?
-What would our Spiritual Leaders give to the 7th generation to mend the sacred hoop?
5:30pm- Supper, LaDonna Allard Family. Speaker- Leonard Little Finger
7pm- Moderator, Denny Gayton. Oceti Sakowin Elders/Tribal Leaders/ Spiritual Leaders Meeting: “Oceti Sakowin Sacred Stone Features Documented in our Buffalo Territory”
Presentation on Buffalo Effigies by Tim Mentz Sr.
-Discuss Establishing Oceti Sakowin Spiritual Advisory Council, why we NEED this accomplished
-Discuss Establishing an International Oceti Sakowin Elders Preservation Council
-Establishing a Sacred Sites/Cultural Landscape Registry for our buffalo territory
-Is an educational approach possible to document and record our oral knowledge keepers to assist in sustaining our 7th generation?
-What do we have left to give our takojas and the ones still coming?
March 9th, 2014
8:30am- Prayer, George Iron Shield
9am- Moderator, Chase Iron Eyes
Breakfast- Loretta Bad Heart Bull and Friends
9:30am- Tribal Leaders Panel, Preservation within our Buffalo Territory
Chairman Dave Archambault II
10:30am- Tribal Colleges Panel, Gatekeeper of our Cultural Knowledge and History
SBC President Dr. Laurel Vermillion
11:30am- Tribal Legal Panel, Utilizing the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act
12:30pm- Lunch, Tim Mentz Sr. Family
Speakers- Sunshine Carlow SRST Tribal Education
Nacole Walker, SBC Instructor
Lakhol’iyapi Wahohpi- SBC Lakota Language Nest Staff
"Dakota/Lakota Language Revitalization for the Oceti Sakowin"
1:45pm- International 7th Generation Cultural Committee to “Map out a Plan to Retain the Knowledge of our Grandfathers and Grandmothers of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate,” Chase Iron Eyes
-Establishing an International 7th Generation Cultural Committee
-Work Concurrent with Elders Preservation Council
-Work Concurrent with Spiritual Advisors
-Create Networking Amongst Oceti Sakowin Tribal Colleges
2:30pm- Closing Remarks from Tribal Leaders/ Tribal College Presidents/Spiritual Leaders
3pm- Retreat of Flags and Staff, Closing Prayer