Shout out to Native nations everywhere growing your nations and evolving your traditions
Organizing for Change, Embracing Strategies and the Power of Local Elections by: Matt Remle
For nearly twenty years, I’ve been involved in community organizing. I have worked on a myriad of issues ranging from environmental and economic justice to indigenous rights and tribal sovereignty. Along the way, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. I’ve been blessed to work with individuals, and communities, that carried with them a deep love for their communities, future generations, and Mother Earth. These individuals worked on different issues and in different capacities ranging from grassroots and direct action organizers to tribal and elected officials.
Along the way, I have developed a healthy respect and appreciation towards the different philosophies and strategies people take towards working for justice and towards the issues they choose to work on and are passionate about.
The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman is one of the most sacred Lakota and Plains Indian legends. She brought the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe to the Sioux and teaches the Lakota and Plains tribes of community and civilization. The White Buffalo Woman also holds the children sacred, and as so, they must be protected: “The White Buffalo Woman also talked to the children, because they have an understanding beyond their years. She told them that what their fathers and mothers did was for them, that their parents could remember being little once, and that they, the children, would grow up to have little ones of their own. She told them: ‘You are the coming generation, that’s why you are the most important and precious ones.’”
For the full story of the White Buffalo Woman, please go to: http://www.pyramidmesa.com/buffalowoman1.htm . To help the Lakota children, please become a member at:
Two very old tribal pipes are kept by the Looking Horse family at Eagle Butte in South Dakota. One of them is the Sacred Pipe brought to the people by White Buffalo Woman.
MHA Nation Election Pivotal for #Fracking
Those are the final candidates for the office of Chairman of the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Indian Country is watching this year’s Tribal elections because the MHA Nation sits in the middle of the Bakken formation and their leaders have adopted the slogan “Sovereignty by the Barrel” -a reference to the #Fracking of shale oil bringing record profits to a few of the Tribal Nation, buffering the coffers of the Tribal Council, Spilling poisonous #Frack fluid into the Missouri River at times and endangering the surface and ground water supply of the entire State of North Dakota, and those sister Tribes downstream including the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes.
The Tribal nation made news recently for a very significant oil spill as well as declaring several candidates ineligible for Tuesday’s primary election for various reasons including Edmund Baker, the Environmental Protection Director who was shut out of and denied access to information about the aftermath of the most recent Crestwood spill.
Last Real Indians reached out to MHA Nation Council candidate Wendi Wells, excluded from this election, for comment regarding the importance of the Sept. 15, 2014 Tribal Primary Election.
Black Hills Unity Concert 2014, photos by Sara Jumping Eagle