497 posts tagged Lakota
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Issues Uranium Mining Operating License in the Black Hills
On April 8th, 2014, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an operating license to the Powertech Uranium Corp for its proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills. The move comes four months ahead of a public hearing scheduled to hear opposing voices to the proposed uranium mine.
The NRC said in a statement that a review “concluded the proposed facility can operate safely, including management of radiological and chemical hazards, groundwater protection, and eventual cleanup and decommissioning.”
The proposed uranium mine still needs final approval from the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment, the South Dakota Water Management Board, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before it can began mining uranium.
Powertech Uranium projects that the 17-square mile mine would yield 1-million pounds of uranium annually for up to 8 years.
The proposed uranium mine is opposed by area Tribes, ranchers, environmentalist and the Rapid City Council.
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Treating Seasonal Allergies the Old School Indian Way..Revisited -Linda Thioleunwin Bishop
Seasonal allergies are documented as being almost non-existent among Native peoples prior tocolonization. Today, however, Native Americans suffer from allergies as much as any population, if not moreso. There are hundreds of reasons why this is the case: intermarriage with non-Indigenous groups, the introduction of invasive and non-native plant species, weakened immune systems, strange and unhealthy diets, etc. The usual prescription and over-the-counterallergy medications can have some serious side effects. Western medicine has been studying and using diphenhydramine (AKA Benadryl) for a little less than 70 years (which is not very long when you consider that Indigenous peoples have been using plant medicine for tens of thousands of years!). According to WebMD, diphenhydramine can thicken lung secretions, cause severe hallucinations, and it can even cause blood disorders. Zyrtec can cause everything from an abnormal heart rhythmn to bronchiospasms and seizures. Singulair has multiple, severe side effects including nearsightedness and skin infections.
I have difficulty understanding why people would take those risks when a FREE, EFFECTIVE,and TIME-TESTED alternative is available. (Now, I am NOT saying that you should quit takingyour prescriptions. I REPEAT! DO NOT STOP USING your regular medications unless you first consult your regular doctor.) That said, traditional healing has a much longer and less suspicious history than Western medicine. So, we must ask ourselves: “Who do we trust?” Do I trust a pharmaceutical industry ripe and rank with corruption, greed, and self-serving policies?Or do I trust my ancestors?
I know who I trust.
There are a number of amazing plants that I personally use for my family and myself to treat all manner of allergy and asthma symptoms. Before I go there, please use common sense. Do not run through a field of wormwood in August. Do not sniff goldenrod unabashedly in July. Do not frolic gaily in a field of ragweed in June. Always carry your rescue inhaler. If you’re overweight (like me), lose some.
Call for Unity Against Toxic Profiteers by Andrew Ironshell
It gets real..real quick. No matter what happens with the keystone XL pipeline it will have consequences for the so called losers and winners if ya wanna call em that. This conversation entrenched in pipeline profits and imaginary jobs is not at all about how chunky tar sand oil gets to market. It’s about who or more so what ‘systems’ control the natural resources and we are not just talking fossil fuel products.
How much do you currently pay for bottled water? How much are you willing to pay? When bottled water becomes your only safe access to toxic free water, how much did it cost you? While there is a lot of money being tossed around in the keystone XL pipeline conversation by the big players to ensure their bets, forces held by those with the least resources, folks like you and I, are holding global corporations trying to punch a pipeline down our throats at bay. The common people are moving as a tsunami and we might get only one crack at overwhelming the enemy as only a tsunami can. It’s all about the water.
We don’t need violence to bring down the toxic world of those profiteers behind the tar sands and pipelines keystone XL and Enbridge. Our best tool in the tool box is unity. They will bring violence against us as you see police forces are now para military moonlighters for the fat takers whims. You are neutralized and defeated once you enter court under the thumb of breaking homeland security law. As a labeled terrorist to so called progress. Dajevu to the Native Americans and First Nation relatives in the trenches of this fight. Those things keep a savage tied up and distracted. They are organized tactics to conquer and divide those fighting against keystone XL pipeline – this is why non-violent front line activism training is so important. So a warrior don’t let their emotions get in the way of being aware and on point.
Grandma and children have received this training so here they are standing shoulder to shoulder with you, a prayer was offered before battle, all those concerns in your mind. Fight the smart fight.
Who’s land? Our land. Photo courtesy Rosebud White Plume
What a wonderful sight seeing the seven council flags all together. We are together to keep that pipeline from messing up our land and protect our water. Was never so proud to see Lakota men being the warriors they are from generation to generation. They are so brave and they never lost our Lakota values. Photo courtesy Danielle Burnette and No KXL Through Treaty Lands
"I’m Coming Back As Lightning" by Bernina Gray
The Oglala Lakota Nation and Ending Dependency on Fossil Fuels by Andrew Ironshell
My daughter asked me, Dad “What happens after this, is this it?” She eludes to a question asked by many who stand with us in this crowd of people. Grandma’s, little children, cowboys, Indians, women and men of all colors and age, we are all here. We stand on the front lines to protect sacred water.
A camouflage shadow breathing out toxic fumes, daughter says she’s dreamed about this. Cameras, guns, innuendo, all looking down upon us, screaming we are bad people. Criminalized by thoughts that we are less than human when we know the real crime against humanity is the poisoning of water for fossil fuel extraction. The real crime is lack of ingenuity and desire to create clean energy.
What happens after this to answer her question. Where do the protesters go, where do the crack heads for fossil fuel go when the police barricades go down and the debate moves back into the safety of our own homes.
The argument against us is always that we need fossil fuels, that all of us in one way or another buy into the addiction. We drive cars, we use plastics, we all benefit from the saturation of products created by toxic oil that exist in our everyday lives. They say we are hypocrites because we have no alternatives to speak to, they say we have no plan of how we could possibly live and prosper without oil. They say our ambition to protect the water, our ambition to end fossil fuel use is faulty because we the people have no clue.READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/the-oglala-lakota-nation-and-ending-dependency-on-fossil-fuels-by-andrew-ironshell/