Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Red Lunar Earth/ Red Rhythmic Moon - Solar Jaguar Moon of Intention, Day 8

Moapa Band of Paiutes Solar Farm

Courtesy LADWP
From right to left: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joins Moapa Band of Paiutes Chairwoman Aletha Tom, First Solar CEO James Hughes, Randy Howard, LADWP director of power system planning and development, and the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council.

Moapa Band a Front-Runner in Clean Energy: First Utility-Scale Solar Plant on Tribal Land:

The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, constructed and operated by First Solar, will power about 111,000 Los Angeles homes each year

Roughly 30 miles north of Las Vegas, shovels broke earth on March 17 to pave way for 3.2 million solar panels to cover 25 million square feet (that’s 450 NFL football fields). The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project will be the first-ever utility-scale solar power plant on tribal land.
First Solar Inc. and the Moapa Band of Paiutes joined forces for the 250-megawatt solar farm on the 72,000-acre Moapa River Indian Reservation. First Solar, the operator, inked a 25-year power purchase agreement exclusively with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to bring renewable energy to Los Angeles residents.

The millions of advanced First Solar thin-film photovoltaic solar panels can generate enough clean energy to power an estimated 111,000 homes. Plus, the solar plant will avoid approximately 341,000 metric tons per year of carbon-dioxide emissions that would have been produced if the electricity had been generated using fossil fuels. The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project will help the City of Los Angeles to achieve 33 percent of all energy from renewable resources by 2020 and 50 percent by 2025, said Reiko A. Kerr, senior assistant general manager for the LADWP Power System.
The Moapa Band of Paiutes will benefit from lease revenues over the lifetime of the project, diversifying the band’s economy while preserving their land and cultural heritage. Construction will also create about 115 jobs. The tribe also operates farms, the Moapa Travel Plaza, a sand and gravel operation and has other future plans for expansion at the Valley of Fire area.

The Moapa Band hopes its foray into clean energy will serve as inspiration and a catalyst to other tribes. “If our small tribe can accomplish this, then others can also,” said Darren Daboda, chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council. “There are endless opportunities in renewable energy, and tribes across the nation have the perfect areas in which to build utility-scale projects.”

First Solar hopes to expand its footprint in Nevada. “By continuously innovating, we are driving down the cost of solar electricity and providing a solution that addresses energy security and water scarcity. We are delivering on our commitment to build a more sustainable energy future,” Georges Antoun, chief commercial officer for First Solar, told Solar Industry Mag.

Notable federal, state and local officials attended Friday’s groundbreaking, lead by tribal and First Solar officials. Among the notable people or organizations in attendance were: Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada State Energy Office Director Angela Dykema, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, executives from the LADWP, U.S. Department of Energy representatives, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs officials.

“I’m proud to see the day has finally arrived to commission the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project. The tribe is truly embarking on a new journey while serving as a trendsetter with this venture. This project is the first and largest utility-scale solar plant on tribal lands. Nevada is no stranger to successful solar projects, and this is another great example of that,” said Sen. Heller in a First Solar press release.

“There is no doubt renewable energy is the way of the future for energy sustainability, and Nevada has the unparalleled natural resources to be a national leader in investment and development of clean energy technology and job creation,” added Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. “The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is the perfect example of this great potential.”*



Kin 197: Red Lunar Earth

I polarize in order to evolve
Stabilizing synchronicity
I seal the matrix of navigation
With the lunar tone of challenge
I am guided by the power of universal water
I am a galactic activation portal
Enter me.

The cosmo-sphere is the sphere of creation consciousness, the whole of the cosmos is an equalizing set of interacting functions unifying the different orders of quantifiable reality as well as all orders of the dimensions.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.

The Sacred Tzolk'in 

Sahasrara Chakra  (Dali Plasma)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Yellow Magnetic Warrior/ Yellow Overtone Hand - Solar Jaguar Moon of Intention, Day 7

America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again

Remember the Sequester? Trump Budget Would Make Those the Good Old Days:

Trump’s ‘skinny budget’ would significantly shrink the federal government and not necessarily in a good way

TRAHANT REPORTS— Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days. The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink the federal government to a much smaller size. Except for the military and the Veterans Administration. And, second, this budget guarantees chaos ahead.

Thursday, March 16 the White House officially released the “skinny budget.” That’s an overall statement about the president’s financial goals for the year. It lists priorities, but provides few details. And this document does even less of that than previous skinny budgets. But the agenda, the direction ahead, would create a very different federal government. There is money available to approve (and pretend to regulate) energy projects, but nothing, really nothing, for public broadcasting, the arts, and the humanities. All told some 19 federal agencies would be eliminated.

This is where I should add: Hold on! Every one of these agencies has a constituency in Congress. You’ll see 535 budget revisions coming soon with members working to restore funding, and in some cases, even increasing the total amount of appropriation. But the overall direction is less. This is the eighth year of a slowing (and perhaps shrinking) federal government.

This is also where chaos kicks in. The political tension that surfaced in Congress over the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act will only magnify in this budget debate. And to pass this budget, Republican leaders will need votes from Democrats. And if there is no agreement, then there could be a shutdown of the government that could last much longer than previous episodes. The best case scenario is a continuing resolution that results in cuts, but not as dramatic as those proposed by the White House.

So let’s try to make some sense of the president’s proposal as how it relates to Indian country.

First throughout the document there is only one reference that includes the phrase, “and tribes.” The Obama administration often added that language to routine grants and programs for states and local governments to make it clear that tribes were eligible partners. No more.

The budget does not directly put a number on the Indian Health Service. It only lists IHS as part of the overall budget for the Department of Health and Human Services. That agency “requests $69.0 billion for HHS, a $15.1 billion or 17.9 percent decrease” from the Continuing Resolution level. The first mention in that request includes IHS (that must be good, right?) “The President’s 2018 Budget: Supports direct health care services, such as those delivered by community health centers, Ryan White HIV/AIDS providers, and the Indian Health Service. These safety net providers deliver critical health care services to low-income and vulnerable populations.”

The way this budget will work is that each department will figure out how to make the 18 percent cut (as I said, if it comes to that).

Many have compared this Trump budget to the Reagan-era budgets. I remember how that worked for IHS. The president would drop a number — and Congress would ignore it. Every time. That could happen again.

One interesting increase in the HHS budget is a request for $70 million to prosecute health care fraud. It claims a $5 return for every dollar spent tracking down “fraudulent or improper payments.”

The Department of Interior budget does not provide much information about the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It only says the budget: “Supports tribal sovereignty and self-determination across Indian country by focusing on core funding and services to support ongoing tribal government operations. The Budget reduces funding for more recent demonstration projects and initiatives that only serve a few tribes.” The budget says it will “sustain” funding for programs that bring in revenue from natural resources, including those programs that serve Indian mineral owners.

The budget would eliminate several independent agencies that serve Indian country, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Denali Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. (Irony: A news release last week asked for tribal applications for next round of grants.)

Many of these agencies will show a number in the budget because that reflects the cost to close the agency. Or as OMB put it “the amount of money that’s necessary for us to unwind our involvement …”

In addition Agriculture would eliminate the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, Commerce would eliminate the Minority Business Development Agency and NOAA grants supporting coastal and marine management. At Energy the budget would eliminate the weatherization program. At HHS, the budget proposes to end Community Services Block Grants as well as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Homeland Security would sharply curtail or eliminate grants to states and local governments (tribes, I assume). Even Meals on Wheels programs for seniors would be eliminated.

Another program that is slated for elimination is the Transportation Department’s Essential Air Service for rural airports – including those that serve remote reservation and 60 Alaska Native communities.

The only mention of “and tribes” in the budget proposal is at the Environmental Protection Agency where the budget will avoid duplication by “concentrating EPA’s enforcement of environmental protection violations on programs that are not delegated to States, while providing oversight to maintain consistency and assistance across State, local, and tribal programs.”

The actual numbers of this budget mean little. They will go up and down. Some of the headlines, such as the elimination of public broadcasting, will survive because of support founds in Congress. But it’s important to remember that this is the president’s agenda. This administration is hostile to every program that’s identified. So even if those programs are funded, the agencies will have a difficult task going forward.

Some of this agenda is nonsense. There are two ways to spend money on global warming: Learning about the science and trying to change behavior to lower carbon dioxide emissions. Or money for higher sea walls and community mitigation. This budget cuts the latter. That won’t work for long. When a community is severely affected by fires or other climate catastrophe, the money will have to follow. Period.

But for now the debate is all about the president’s plan.

As OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said at the White House briefing room on Wednesday: “This is the “America First” budget. In fact, we wrote it using the President’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers. So you have an ‘America First’ candidate, you have an ‘America First’ budget.”

Only that’s a budget that means significantly less for the First Americans.

Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. He is an independent journalist and a member of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. On Twitter @TrahantReports.*

By Mark Trahant


Kin 196:Yellow Magnetic Warrior

I unify in order to question
Attracting fearlessness
I seal the output of intelligence
With the magnetic tone of purpose
I am guided by my own power doubled.

Extraterrestrial intelligence is not subject to the conditions of the thought programs that exist on the surface of this planet.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017,

The Sacred Tzolk'in 

Anahata Chakra (Silio Plasma)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Blue Cosmic Eagle/ Blue Self-Existing Hand - Solar Jaguar Moon of Intention, Day 6

An artist’s rendering of what Cahokia may have looked like.
An artist’s rendering of what Cahokia may have looked like.
Courtesy University of Houston

Cahokia Mounds Mark Spring Equinox:
The keepers of Cahokia Mounds will host a spring gathering to celebrate the vernal equinox

Spring is coming on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:29 a.m. EDT. But the Cahokia Mounds in Illinois aren’t waiting until then to commemorate the vernal equinox: The state park will host a sunrise service on Sunday March 19 to mark the advent of rebirth across Turtle Island.

The Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance will be from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at the reconstructed Woodhenge, according to the Cahokia Mounds website

Back when Paris and London were thought to be the center of the world, and long before Europeans ever conceived of these shores, Cahokia in 1250 was a city easily as populous as the British capital. Lying in the floodplain that is the meeting ground for the Missouri and Mississippi rivers near St. Louis, Cahokia was centered around Monks Mound, which eclipsed the pyramids at Giza and rivaled that of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. Indeed, the city was the “largest pre-Columbian archaeological site north of Mexico; it is also the earliest of the large Mississippian settlements,” says UNESCO in its World Heritage website description. “It is the pre-eminent example of a cultural, religious, and economic center of the prehistoric Mississippian cultural tradition.”

People started settling in the area as far back as 700 A.D., with Cahokia gradually developing into an urban center whose heyday fell between 1100 and 1200, according to By the late 1300s it had been abandoned entirely. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, it had already been on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1966.

Woodhenge, a calendar of posts that line up with the rising sun at certain times of the year, is where the equinox event will be. Events there coincide with both the spring and fall equinoxes, as well as the two solstices. There were several such calendars at Cahokia, and they were key to agricultural planning.

“The most spectacular sunrise occurs at the equinoxes, when the sun rises due east,” reported Indian Country Media Network. “The post marking these sunrises aligns with the front of Monks Mound, where the leader resided, and it looks as though Monks Mound gives birth to the sun.”*


Kin 195: Blue Cosmic Eagle

I endure in order to create
Transcending mind
I seal the output of vision
With the cosmic tone of presence
I am guided by the power of self-generation.

To counteract the blind destructive nature of war and aggression, the cosmic spiritual force evolves itself through souls who seek transcendence from conflict altogether.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.

The Sacred Tzolk'in 

Manipura Chakra  (Limi Plasma)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

White Crystal Wizard/ White Electric World-Bridger - Solar Jaguar Moon of Intention, Day 5

Painted Ponies LCC
Painted Ponies, LLC, offers marketing and entertainment consulting to tribal casinos..
Courtesy Denise Martin.

Denise Martin’s Painted Ponies LLC Gives Tribal Casinos a Competitive Advantage:

Tribal gaming veteran and Pokagon member Denise Martin talks about starting her marketing and consulting business, Painted Ponies

Denise Martin, a proud Pokagon Potawatomi, spearheads major events, books top entertainment, secures coveted promotional products, and offers marketing consulting to tribal casinos from coast to coast.

In January 2017, Martin founded Painted Ponies, LLC, a 100-percent Native-owned and -operated marketing and entertainment business based in Niles, Michigan, near the Pokagon government offices in Dowagiac.

After graduating from Saint Mary’s at Notre Dame, Martin worked in various industries, like insurance adjusting, social work, and for a long time, in higher education as a college admissions counselor. Starting in 2006, Martin helped plan, open and manage all three Four Winds Casinos — in New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac, Michigan.

“Four Winds in New Buffalo was the first Pokagon-owned casino and is currently the largest. It is the ‘mother ship’ so to speak and houses both Silver Creek Entertainment Center and Hard Rock CafĂ©, two entertainment and special event venues that I can proudly say I was involved in opening also,” Martin says.

Fast-forward a decade and Martin was ready to take her skill set to a new level — advising tribal casinos across the country. She pitched her business idea to the director of Chi Ishobak, the Pokagon CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution), who put her in touch with the Small Business Development Center of Michigan. There, she was fortunate to receive mentoring from a successful female entrepreneur. She additionally counts John Warren, chairman of the Pokagon Band, as her greatest professional influence.

In January, Painted Ponies, LLC, was born. Her business name reflects Martin’s “adventurous” youth in Seneca, South Carolina, and her bright and creative spirit. “I loved horses and spent most of my childhood in the saddle,” Martin says. “Paint horses in the equine world are full of color and spirit. Painting in life is symbolic of the many facets of dimension – the blues, greens, highs and lows,” Martin says, adding, “The medicine wheel is very special in my heritage and those painted colors are reminders of who we are through the creator.”

Painted Ponies specializes in promotional product acquisition, special event management, entertainment consulting and marketing consulting.

When it comes to promotional products to attract and retain valued casino customers, quality is everything, Martin says. “I strive to find products I would want to go out to get on a windy, snowy Saturday,” she says.

For special occasions, like New Year’s Eve, grand openings, or renovation celebrations, Martin assists or fully executes the events, driving outreach and booking top entertainment. “As an entertainment professional, I can serve as a buyer for performances or assist a new or established tribal business in getting the most out of an entertainment venue and live act.”

As a proven leader in casino marketing, Martin can tweak existing marketing programs for higher yield or efficiency — and she can do so using a tribe’s existing tools. She’s skilled at creating or expanding casino loyalty programs, brand redesign and messaging, creating promotions and managing distribution via email blasts, direct-mail, online ads, etc. “Sometimes, a marketing program is working but it just needs a little robust boost to push it forward more quickly,” Martin explains.

A key motivator for Martin is promoting the “Buy Native” movement by giving preference to Native vendors and TERO (Tribal Employment Rights)-certified companies. She’s also focused on creating more business and economic opportunities for Natives, and hopes to mentor Native and female entrepreneurs launching businesses.

“After working in a Native-owned casino and talking to colleagues at other similar casinos, I felt there was a lack of Native American owned and operated companies servicing the network of businesses within Indian country. Additionally, I felt as if the majority of jobs for tribal citizens were focused primarily within the gaming industry. I felt that it was important to showcase the fact that Natives can and should thrive in other industries and should work with one another toward empowerment,” Martin says.

Martin’s “stretch goal” is to build a company that she can leave in the hands of her two Native sons, ages 13 and 10. “They are my purpose – my drive – and the loves of my life.  All I do, I do for them,” she says.*


Kin 194: White Crystal Wizard

I dedicate in order to enchant
Universalizing receptivity
I seal the output of timelessness
With the crystal tone of cooperation
I am guided by the power of death.

Few people have the courage of their convictions to really do what must be done in a selfless manner, to risk it all for the sake of truth.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.

The Sacred Tzolk'in 

Visshudha Chakra (Alpha Plasma)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Red Spectral Skywalker/ Red Lunar Serpent - Solar Jaguar Moon of Intention, Day 4

Standing Rock Chairman Archambault
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II.
Courtesy Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issues New Fact Sheet in Form of Q & A with Chairman Archambault:

Chairman Archambault discusses the water protectors, allegations of misuse, and the current state of the DAPL fight

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman David Archambault II has been a part of the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline project’s intrusion on Lakota territory for the better part of three years. The conflict arose in 2016 as DAPL was rerouted by its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, from Bismarck, North Dakota to a path through the Great Sioux Nation treaty land, where it cut across historic sacred sites and posed a threat to the source of Standing Rock’s drinking water, the Missouri River.

Throughout last year, Chairman Archambault shared video messages and issued updates on the need for prayerful and non-violent actions as more and more water protectors arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to join in the Standing Rock nation’s fight. Ultimately, more than 300 tribal nations, along with non-Natives, celebrities, and supporters from around the globe joined the Lakota on the frontlines.

As an increasing number of law enforcement arrived with militarized gear at the behest of Energy Transfer Partners, Chairman Archambault worked to maintain the focus of the water protectors. Following violent actions by law enforcement—the excessive use of water cannons, mace, and concussion grenades—a harsh winter, and the Trump administration’s green lighting the completion of the pipeline, Chairman Archambault and the Standing Rock Tribal Council voted to evacuate the camps on tribal property. They maintained that the fight against DAPL had moved from the plains to the court system and Washington, D.C.

In this release issued by the Standing Rock administration, Chairman Archambault answers questions that address, among other things, objections to the SRST Council’s decisions, the high cost of the camps and the cleanup to the tribe, and allegations made against his leadership.

Five thousand people attended the March last week. What are your reflections about this convergence?

The event was historic and powerful. The energy was unbelievable. It let the world know that people from around the world will stand together to resist attacks on our rights.

We had an amazing lineup of speakers with a crowd of diverse supporters of indigenous rights. I was proud to see so many people in DC, and I have always been thankful for everyone’s participation, even if some people disagree with my decisions.

Some of the crowd seemed upset with you as a tribal leader, claiming that you “sold out.” Can you tell us your thoughts on that reaction?

Blanket accusations are easy to make, especially by those who intentionally try to paint the tribe in a bad light. If you ask accusers about specific facts behind an accusation, they recite social media opinions without any substance. Those who know me know that I could never sell out. It’s unfortunate that I am even having to explain this. I’ve never considered compromising the tribe’s opposition on DAPL with Energy Transfer, the state, or the federal government. My position and the position of our tribal council has remained the same over the last three years – we wholeheartedly oppose the construction of DAPL through our treaty lands.

I’ve never personally taken money or assets from anyone. I earn my own living and don’t seek glory, fame, or wealth. I live my life without alcohol or drugs. My beautiful wife and I raise our children with the utmost love and attention. I live a simple, prayerful life and strive to make our home, community, and nation a better place.

What is your response to rumors about collaborating with those who have worked against the tribe and camps, and why did you ask campers to go home?

I have always had my people’s interests at heart.

It was a complicated situation between a majority of Standing Rock citizens who the council and I represent and certain factions within the camps. The tribe based its decision after heavily weighing the situation and listening to both our citizens and camp representatives. I’d like to point out that the vast majority of campers respected the tribe’s decision and we thank them for respecting our sovereignty.

From the onset of this movement, I have relied on prayer, with the hope of keeping everyone safe. I’ve never changed my position. I endured many sleepless nights, worried about people encouraging violence as the answer to our problems. Not only did I have to keep my family, my community, and my Nation out of harm’s way, but I was faced with the dilemma on how to keep thousands of additional people out of harm’s way as well. The threats we saw included aggressive, militarized law enforcement; harsh winter conditions, freezing temperatures, unlawful acts occurring within the camps; sanitation hazards and flooding.

Those who talked to me early on knew I didn’t want people to get hurt. I didn’t want a war. Unfortunately, against the wishes of the tribe, a handful disagreed with that position and actively promoted violence. This movement was built on prayer, and through prayer we were fortunate to not have a single death on this journey. Sadly, people were injured and many will carry the effects of violence with them into the future. We will continue to pray for those who were hurt and that their healing can begin.

What about the tribal funds transferred into the tribe’s general account?

There were literally thousands of gofundme accounts that were initiated by individuals and organizations affiliated with camps and initiatives who raised funds in the name of the tribe and our fight. I cannot speak to how those funds were used. We are aware that there are accusations that the tribe seized funds from certain groups. This is untrue, we have no such authority.

Those who donated to the tribe directly, rather than to a camp or other organization, donated to a sovereign government, represented by a tribal council. As a government entity, we are held to higher standards of accountability, including annual audits. The money transferred to our general fund was intended to make up for some of the impacts to our community associated with the sudden population boom.

Funding the cleanup effort was frustrating. Despite many camp cleanup donation websites, it was the tribe, the Thunder Valley and Standing Rock Community Development Corporations that paid most of the costs of cleaning up the camps to the tune of about $540k. A lot of our programs expended funding for the camps that normally would be used to serve our citizens. The transferred funding was used to protect and preserve important programs. The narrative that these funds were somehow stolen from camps or water protectors is completely false.

Following the December 4, 2016 USACE decision, there seemed to be a disagreement between the tribe and some of the campers regarding next steps. Can you give us your perspective on that?

Some felt the battle had to continue at the camp and at the so-called frontline. From a safety and sustainability point of view, our community and our council decided this was not the best course of action. As leaders, we did what we had to do. It was controversial, and that is ok. Had we made a different decision, we would have been ignoring the interests of our own community members, who we represent and to whom we are directly accountable to. We also truly believe that we need to focus on our legal battles and fighting this self-interested administration. Meanwhile, encouraging everyone to take what they learned here and create that space in their home communities and continue to resist further encroachment on our sovereign rights.

We are committed to fighting this battle. We remain hopeful that everyone who stood with us will continue these fights around the country and world. We will continue to bring our case in the federal court system, to Congress, and to this misguided and uninformed administration.

We believe we have a strong argument. But no matter how we steer this case, we face a judicial system founded on the Doctrine of Discovery, which was based on the “Christian conqueror” mandate. I want to make sure that when we argue in court, we are not jeopardizing the future. Right now, with this President and Congress, we must be strategic as to what our course of action will be.

There are statements being made by a camp leader that the tribe destroyed property at the Sacred Stone camp, is this true?

First, Sacred Stone Camp spokespeople have been misleading the public. The truth is, most of the land where the Sacred Stone camp was located is Army Corps land. On the remaining land, the tribe is the majority owner, with a number of siblings from a family holding smaller, fractionated interests. Reports that the Sacred Stone camp was located on one individual’s, or one family’s, land is simply not true. The tribe did not bulldoze or destroy any property. It is true, however, that law enforcement did enter and remove structures in areas under their jurisdiction. This was due to lack of permits, trespassing issues, along with NEPA & Historic Preservation concerns. From our understanding, the camp organizers were given ample notice by law enforcement.

Can you explain the relationship that the BIA has with the tribe in regards to Law Enforcement?

We are in a difficult situation here at Standing Rock because we use BIA police for our law enforcement. While we have often enjoyed a great working relationship and many of the officers are local community members, technically, they operate at the discretion of the federal government. The Department of the Interior is now run by the Trump administration, and we are unclear how our relationship with the BIA will proceed. We are hopeful, but it can make local law enforcement complex. For example, although the Cannonball community’s camp removal resolution requested BIA assistance and the tribe affirmed this resolution, I repeatedly stated that we would not give permission for forcible removal of campers.

In your view, where is Standing Rock in the fight against DAPL?

The Standing Rock Nation has been involved in the DAPL resistance for a few years now, and we have never changed our position. The environmental risks associated with DAPL are real life threats to our health and livelihoods. We opposed DAPL throughout the process and filed suit shortly after the permits were issued last summer. Today we continue our legal efforts in court. The heart of our case will be argued and decided in the near future. We continue to lead and support efforts to defund DAPL and raise public awareness on indigenous rights and why those rights are important for all people.

We will continue to argue in Court and in Congress that the termination of the EIS was unlawful and that granting the easement was arbitrary and capricious. We maintain that the fast track permit issued here was unlawful and should not be used for such projects. We will continue to fight for tribal consent, not mere consultation, and continue to fight to change the way infrastructure projects proceed in this country. Indigenous Peoples should not have to bear the sole risk for corporate gain. We have seen too many environmental disasters on tribal treaty resources in the United States. Enough is enough – treaty violations must be stopped.

Why do you think there is so much attention on violence from the State of North Dakota?

We are in a time where the oppressors, the State of North Dakota, the Trump administration and the company ETP, places all the attention on our ability to assure no violence, when in fact, they are indeed the perpetrators of violence. The more they can make this look like a violent resistance, the more they can take the focus away from the injustice of their actions and ignore our humanity and our treaty rights. The more we fight each other, the stronger our true enemies become. It’s the same tactics they’ve always used.

As the chairman of the tribe who lead this fight, what message do you have for other tribal leaders out there who are fighting similar battles?

I would say that it is very important that we continue the battles our ancestors fought on our behalf. I would also advise tribal leaders to be cautious. For Standing Rock, Sovereignty is about respect. Natural Law and common decency provide we extend fellow human beings, communities, and nations respect. Although most of our allies have agreed with this understanding, some have participated solely because they seek fame, power and money.

I would also advise tribal leaders to stay focused on their end goal. There is so much volatility coming from every direction, it is necessary to maintain focus and serenity in the face of aggressors.

My family, my faith, and my community have enabled me to stay on what I believe is the correct course. We must be accountable to those who elected us, and we must raise our children by example. We could not have come this far without our allies, and I encourage all tribal leaders, citizens, and allies to maintain unity and strength and to face the real enemy – ignorance, fear & oppression. We are not each other’s enemies; we are relatives. We are all related.*


Kin 193: Red Spectral Skywalker

I dissolve in order to explore
Releasing wakefulness
I seal the output of space
With the spectral tone of liberation
I am guided by my own power doubled.

Synchronicity is the operation of a higher moving template of mathematical order that coordinates all phenomena telepathically.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.

The Sacred Tzolk'in 

Svadhistanha Chakra (Kali Plasma)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Yellow Planetary Human/ Yellow Magnetic Seed - Solar Jaguar Moon of Intention, Day 3

Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney and Richard Ray Whitman in 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog.' Courtesy Roaring Fire Films
Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney and Richard Ray Whitman in 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog.'
Courtesy Roaring Fire Films

‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ Premieres with David Bald Eagle, Richard Ray Whitman and Zahn McClarnon:

The late actor Bald Eagle: ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ was only film that ‘told the truth about my people’

It has taken twenty years for the bestselling novel, Neither Wolf Nor Dog to get made. And Indian Country was the venue as the independent film opened up Friday February 24 at the Yakama Nation Heritage Theater in Toppenish, WA, in theaters in Bemidji and Rochester, MN, and in South Dakota, where much of the film is set. These were the four sites to host the film’s theatrical premiere and they provided a very successful opening as the film was held over for another week at most of the venues.

Based on Kent Nerburn’s 1996 bestselling novel of the same name, Neither Wolf Nor Dog is the story of a well-meaning white writer (Nerburn himself, played by Christopher Sweeney) who is drawn into Native culture when a Lakota elder asks him to turn a box full of notes into a book. The elder — a man named Dan is played by 95-year-old David Bald Eagle — uses the opportunity to poke holes in Nerburn’s — and the audience’s — assumptions about Native people.

David Bald Eagle walked on his journey to the spirit world this past July at age 97, but was able to view the film and said, “It’s the only film I’ve been in about my people that told the truth.”

This is Scottish director Steven Lewis Simpson’s third feature film made in South Dakota. Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman, Roseanne Supernault, Tatanka Means, Zahn McClarnon (seen in ‘Fargo’, ‘Longmire’ and ‘Mekko’) and newcomer, Harlen Standing Bear Sr. make up the rest of the outstanding cast.

“I’ve tried to make sure that places that have significance to the film don’t have to wait a long time to see it,” said Simpson. “It needs to be seen where it was made, and it needs to be seen around the communities and around the people who are involved in it.”

Simpson ran a grassroots operation distribution, telling indie filmmakers on Facebook how he self-distributed, hand delivered prints and paid an absolute minimum for a Facebook ad, as Neither Wolf Nor Dog premiered in 3 states. It’s successful opening now sets the stage as the initial audience ratings should help for a wider release around the nation.

In the multiplexes that showed Neither Wolf Nor Dog, the competition was all Hollywood films of the moment, and Simpson’s beat them all comfortably. Only the top 3 films in the US that weekend had a better screen average attendance. And it was all word of mouth, local media, grassroots support and very much with the help of Facebook. The audiences have given the film a 9.3/10 rating on IMDB so far and the reports from people have been extremely complimentary.

“Reaction to the film has been incredible.,” Simpson said to ICMN. “Reports of applause at the end of the film and people being rooted to their seats after the lights had come back on. A great mix between Native and non-native audiences. People have driven from as far as 300 miles away to see it.”

The films world premiere was at the oldest continuously running film festival in the world, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it’s first review was 5 stars, receiving an incredible audience and critical response. And fans of Nerburn’s novel gave the film a standing ovation at a special South Dakota Book Festival screening.

The film shows the beauty, tragedy, humor and power of Lakota Country and both Natives and non-Natives have appreciated the book and now the film. Neither Wolf Nor Dog became known as “the great unmade Native American novel” in Hollywood as producers tried and failed to produce it for over twenty years.

Simpson was approached by the author seven-years-ago. “I took almost a year to commit to Kent that I’d board the project because when I do, I keep moving forward till the film is made by any means necessary.”

Kent Nerburn, author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog, and its follow up titles, The Wolf At Twilight (2009) and The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo (2013), had this to say about the film in a release.

“Yes, Steven changed the book. Yes, he adapted it; yes, he augmented it. But he nailed it. The choices he made were exquisite. His film is at once different from the book and better than the book. In an act of astonishing creative transformation, one stubborn, incredibly talented man with a camera did something I did not think was possible: he made a completely new work of art that honored the original work of art while carrying it to a new level. He took my literary child and made a man of it.”

“We didn’t need to rely on the industry,” said Simpson. “We raised funding from fans by Kickstarter and social media. I bought and then sold some equipment. I’ve not needed any side of the conventional film industry to get the film to this point. All the technical work I did without hiring any service from outside. Including delivering the film to theaters. Now it is all about getting it out into more theaters.”

The film is now available for screenings set up in multiplexes around the country through the films listing on Tugg.

People can follow the film on that page and be notified of screenings or they can set up a Tugg screening through the site and even earn a 5% commission on the tickets sold. NWND is also scheduled in the upcoming weeks for Cresco Opera House in Iowa; Detroit Lakes, MN; Vogue Theatre, Manistee, MN; Alamo Drafthouse Theatre, Winchester, VA; El Paso, TX; South Bend, IN; Danville, NC; Austin, TX; and several other sites being set up in southern California, the Midwest, the East Coast and New York State.*

By Alex Jacobs 



Kin 192: Yellow Planetary Human

I perfect in order to influence
Producing wisdom
I seal the process of free will
With the planetary tone of manifestation
I am guided by the power of universal fire
I am a galactic activation portal 
Enter me.

Just as matter reaches a certain point within the binary unfolding, becoming a crystal, so life reaches a critical point with the emergence of mind as a medium of evolving intelligence.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.

 The Sacred Tzolk'in

Ajna Chakra (Gamma Plasma)