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Northern Cheyenne Needs Our Help
By:  Chase Iron Eyes
On my way back from Billings, MT (USA) after a speaking engagement I had been urged to visit the homelands of the Northern Cheyenne (Tsistsistas) in the wake of recent devastating wild fires that had torn through nearly 160,000 acres (35%) of their 500,000 acre country.  The fires are still going.  So, I took a detour from the interstate and headed south toward the beautiful territory where I had helped with the Fort Robinson break-out run just 6 months ago.  As I approached Lame Deer (Tribal Headquarters) coming south, I could see active smoke to the east and a persistent haze which colored the sky an orange-bronze hue when the sunlight illuminated the continuous clouds of smoke.  I did not have a contact person, and the friends and relatives that I know were not in the area at that moment.  I decided to head straight to Tribal Headquarters where I found a random Sahiyela (Cheyenne) brother who lamented and claimed that B.I.A. Forestry did not respond with initial attack support to the fire, started by dry lightning, on Monday when it was probable that a satisfactory level of fire containment could have been achieved due to the fires size of 500 acres on Monday.  Regret and critical hindsight ran deep with those I visited who pointed me to my next stop: the Northern Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club.  READ THE REST HERE:  http://www.lastrealindians.com/2012/07/01/northern-cheyenne-needs-our-help/

Northern Cheyenne Needs Our Help

By:  Chase Iron Eyes

On my way back from Billings, MT (USA) after a speaking engagement I had been urged to visit the homelands of the Northern Cheyenne (Tsistsistas) in the wake of recent devastating wild fires that had torn through nearly 160,000 acres (35%) of their 500,000 acre country.  The fires are still going.  So, I took a detour from the interstate and headed south toward the beautiful territory where I had helped with the Fort Robinson break-out run just 6 months ago.  As I approached Lame Deer (Tribal Headquarters) coming south, I could see active smoke to the east and a persistent haze which colored the sky an orange-bronze hue when the sunlight illuminated the continuous clouds of smoke.  I did not have a contact person, and the friends and relatives that I know were not in the area at that moment.  I decided to head straight to Tribal Headquarters where I found a random Sahiyela (Cheyenne) brother who lamented and claimed that B.I.A. Forestry did not respond with initial attack support to the fire, started by dry lightning, on Monday when it was probable that a satisfactory level of fire containment could have been achieved due to the fires size of 500 acres on Monday.  Regret and critical hindsight ran deep with those I visited who pointed me to my next stop: the Northern Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club.  READ THE REST HERE:  http://www.lastrealindians.com/2012/07/01/northern-cheyenne-needs-our-help/