Monday, April 24, 2017
Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opoid pain killing tablets.
Cherokee Nation Sues Walmart, Drug Companies Over Opioids:
‘We have a world class team dedicated to addressing the scourge of opioids on our people,’ Cherokee Nation AG
Declaring an “opioid epidemic of unprecedented proportions” in Indian country, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma on Thursday, April 20 filed suit against CVS, Walmart and others alleging that the defendants knowingly created the conditions that amount to little more than legalized drug trafficking to citizens within its jurisdiction.
By ignoring red flags and refusing to monitor the supply chain, contributing to what is known as “drug diversion,” the suit alleges that the effects of opioid addiction has had a devastating human toll on the tribe’s citizens and crushing impact on its resources.
“For years, we have experienced first-hand the effects of opioid addiction in our nation,” said Cherokee Nation attorney general Todd Hembree. “We’ve had deaths, children have been born addicted, it has impacted our Indian Child welfare because of broken homes, it’s an expense to our courts, to our health services, to our schools, our law enforcement. We get to see all of it up close―and it’s truly devastating and heartbreaking the damage it has caused to our citizens.”
Citing the fulfillment of suspicious orders and approving high-volume prescriptions that clearly require monitoring and further investigation before dispensing pills, the Cherokee Nation outlines in stark language the effects and outcomes of drugs that easily make their way into the hands of addicts and drug dealers from which all of the defendants have profited in the billions. On the other side of the equation, says Hembree, lies the enormous costs and human tragedy that continue to pile up.
“They marketed these drugs and made them easily available to our people and they have made huge profits,” says Hembree. “They know this and they pay tens of millions in fines to the FDA―which are nothing more than parking tickets for them―and they keep going. We can’t put them in jail, but we can hit them where it hurts the most, which is their wallet.”
The first of its kind, the suit was filed in the District Court of the Cherokee Nation, and also includes Cardinal Health Inc., McKesson Corporation and AmerisourceBergen. The tribe is seeking injunctive relief, compensatory damages, statutory damages, punitive damages and “any other relief allowed by the law.”
According to Hembree, efforts to bring suit in tribal court began several years ago after the state of Oklahoma either could not―or would not―address the issue in its court system. In an unprecedented effort across its government, the Cherokee Nation began gathering research and working with its health system, law enforcement, Indian child welfare and its courts to identify the problem, as well as the economic consequences of opioid addiction and trafficking.
The Cherokee Nation also retained powerhouse law firms, including Washington, D.C.-based Sonosky Chambers and Boyce Schiller in Miami, Florida, to send a clear message that it intends to dig in for the duration, says Hembree.
“We’re breaking new ground here and we know that jurisdiction is going to be an issue, however, we’re in this for the long haul,” says Hembree. “The Cherokee Nation has a legal system on par with any other court in the country and we have a world class team dedicated to addressing the scourge of opioids on our people. We look forward to showing the world just how sophisticated our court system is.”
At press time, only CVS had publicly responded to the litigation.
“CVS Health is committed to the highest standards of ethics and business practices, including complying with all federal and state laws governing the dispensing of controlled substance prescriptions, and is dedicated to reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion.”*
By Suzette Brewer
Kin 231: Blue Planetary Monkey
I perfect in order to play
I seal the process of magic
With the planetary tone of manifestation
I am guided by the power of self-generation.
Everything is part of one inherently artistic plan.*
*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)
Land Defenders In War and Peace Hold the Line Against Historical Extinction:
For indigenous communities like the Iroquois the phrase ‘Defend the Land’ has a literal connotation that extends past a basketball court
Quietly, a long-standing lawsuit against the Oneida Indian Nation of New York was recently denied on appeal. Brought by the Central New York Fair Business Association, the attempt was but the latest effort to further divest this Iroquois Nation from their ancestral territory, by any means necessary. This time it was the federal court system, but the motivation to do so remains a tendency of land usurpers to deprive current and future Native populations of the free and fair use of their original land holdings in the name of progress.
While the Oneida Nation (which owns Oneida Nation Enterprises, parent company of Indian Country Media Network) was successful in defense this time around, the threat to land base retention remains the number one issue in Indian country today. People without land are fighting historical obscurity at the least. More likely extinction is the outcome.
This attack was filed by confederated Central New York business owners against the Oneida Nation with the premise that the tribal businesses were unfairly positioned as tax-immune entities within their competitive market. The parallel Upstate Citizens for Equality activist group located in the same geographic area alleges that their property taxes are unevenly levied for municipal use while land into trust parcels populate the same tax rolls in an exempt status.
In my opinion, the underlying dispossession of all of these same lands reflects indifference by the surrounding populations and governments as to the pristine original natural state of Iroquoia that European explorer Samuel De Champlain came across in the early 17th century. I particularly take umbrage with the concept of laches, as a legal topic, because it only reflects the needs of the settlers and not the Native sentiment. Declaring that land reclamation will much too greatly upset the status quo of those who have subsequently moved onto the usurped land since Champlain began to wage war against the Mohawk in 1609 is plainly stating a working agenda, via a Eurocentric-based American legal system.
My application of political science in this regard perhaps in part borrows from former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, hence Natives speak on these matters best with a big stick handy. This was confirmed to me by my educator colleague from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, Kanaretiio the Bear Clan representative. He related a story from his youth and tied it into the current debate on the overall subject.
“When I was a very young man, Akwesasne was threatened with invasion by New York State Police in the late 70s,” Kanaretiio told me. “After the word went out, people from the age of 12 to 80 came out of their homes and offered themselves for the defense of the land. I was posted by an elder to watch over a road with a loaded rifle, a firearm that we would use on the farm against livestock predators. I put a red headband on my forehead and waited for the police to come in. Sure enough, an older NYS Trooper with some rank on his arm drove right up, got out of his vehicle and ordered me to drop my rifle. Personally, I was more concerned about what would happen if I let the officer by than what he would do to me. I stood my ground without getting excited, rifle raised and eventually that policeman backed off and drove away. He and I gained an understanding of each other at that moment. I wanted to save it (the land) more than he wanted to seize it from me. I was home. He wanted to go home…,” Kanaretiio said.
The line blurs between enrolled tribal members and the wider thinking longhouse belief practitioners in the Iroquois Confederacy even to this day when such external threats are identified. It is possibly one of the fundamental reasons that these historic Six Nations have retained so much of their original land holdings to the present time. The ceremonial function of this historic Confederation is at times eclipsed by the sheer grit and determination of standing shoulder to shoulder with those more like you than those standing across from you in opposition.
Kanaretiio goes on to generally state that because people in Akwesasne stand up for land issues more than any other common cause between them, the line is easier to hold onto than for those who have already been pushed until their backs against the wall. “When I would go to other Native communities as a member of the White Roots of Peace traveling cultural group with my mother, brothers, and sisters, some people would come up to us and ask us many questions about what could they do to get back to “The Indian Way” line of thinking we had been taught from. Later after we got back home, we would read about some of these people asserting themselves in trying to make their communities better where they lived, some in very robust ways. For instance, Thomas Cook remains a compelling name across Turtle Island as a leader, not just because he is Kanienkehaka (People of the Land of the Flint), but because he has made a difference wherever he went to and spent time. This leadership style still exists, but a lot of people are too tired to take on this role,” the Bear Clan representative said as he nodded at the potential that he knows exists out there.
“The old warrior spirit is still alive. The people are our military. We come from a lineage of defenders and people that have done so since time immemorial, and what we do is because we still have that spirit. It is still within us,” he said.
“The one that led the men, the war chief, was one whose responsibility was to ensure integrity in our actions. His attention is with the rank and file of the warriors, these young men armed with peace, whose actions would reflect on all of us. Equally, one bad decision had a strong reflection on the rest of us. The war chiefs that I have known have made very strong showings. Joe Swamp, Willie Lazore, and more distantly Standing Arrow were some of their names. These figures set the example. They made us want to be like them. The power they wielded was lent to each of us willing to listen to this example and live by what was being taught. The young people looked up to them to provide guidance. There were old men who were the Men’s Society. They were not afraid to make a stand or to show their face while doing so. They had nothing to hide with the will of the people behind them. Next, the Turtle Clan would raise up the war chief’s sacred title, and they served until they could no longer do so. We always had a standing war chief until the Akwesasne longhouse division stigmatized the practice here,” he continued.
The rally call to ”Defend the Land” has been used recently as a galvanizing force in my urban residence of Cleveland, Ohio, starting with the championship runs of NBA great LeBron James and his Cavalier teammates. When his team eventually won the championship in 2016, the phrase was seen everywhere on tee-shirts. The night the final game was won brought the City of Cleveland together in joyous ways that I still hear people talking about almost a year later. The crime rate had to have plummeted for just one night, because people stood with each other, instead of set against each other, if only for one night, my Cleveland neighbor, Joseph Williams, explained to me.
Kanaretiio completed his thoughts as he told me what “Defend the Land” means to him through his experiences.
“A Native person should not be afraid to speak up for what he thinks is right or wrong. The exercise of our free will as Land Defenders put here on Mother Earth is done to protect and sustain the land for the unborn children still to come. We are their army. It is our duty to be clear with foreign governments with what is on our minds and to effectively convey that message so no one under or overreacts. It might be tough for some of these employees that serve these governments to hear that they are temporarily working out of our land base instead of the matter being settled by this point, but that is the way it has to be. There is no point in accepting concepts that you do not agree with only to burden your children and grandchildren with those same responsibilities to uphold what you let slip away while you were alive,” Kanaretiio concluded. Just make sure to be willing to back your words up with action was his final point.
Holding onto what we value and cherish is a right of all human beings. May none be too greedy to forget that no one can have everything. The hopes and dreams of people always start with pride but ultimately end in necessity. Let that be the yardstick of the future, instead of the tombstone of the forgotten past.*
By Charles Kader
Charles Kader (Turtle Clan) was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to a World War II veteran. He attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, earning degrees in Communication and Library Science, as well as Mercyhurst College where he earned a graduate degree in the Administration of Justice. He has worked across Indian country, from the Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana (where he married his wife) to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and now resides in Kanienkeh.
Kin 230: White Solar Dog
I pulse in order to love
I seal the process of heart
With the solar tone of intention
I am guided by the power of death.
The telepathic universe is far more ancient than the mind can conceive.*
*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, April 22, 2017
Located at the Meow Wolf Art Complex in Santa Fe and taking place April 27th, Dear Patriarchy will include a stunning lineup of artists and headliners including Winona LaDuke, Radmilla Cody and Tanaya Winder.
Empowerment during Gathering of Nations: Dear Patriarchy Benefit on April 27th:
Dear Patriarchy: A benefit during Gathering of Nations for those fighting to protect Mother Earth
If you’re in New Mexico during the week of Gathering of Nations and you’re looking to check out an event that’s less-than-mainstream but more-than-outstanding, Dear Patriarchy is a must-see.
Located at the Meow Wolf Art Complex in Santa Fe and taking place April 27th, Dear Patriarchy will include a stunning lineup of artists and headliners including Winona LaDuke, Radmilla Cody and Tanaya Winder, and all with powerful messages and strong stories.
Organizers Kim Smith and Ginger Dunnill describe Dear Patriarchy as a benefit show for those fighting to protect Mother Earth. Dear Patriarchy is a viable alternative social space for pow wow goers and the Native community in general.
Proceeds from ticket sales will support Indigenous-led environmentalist projects throughout the Southwest. Purchase them at meowolf.com.
Here’s a little more about each performer, the space, and organizers.
Nahko and Friends
Nahko and Friends is a hip-hop / folk rock collective led by Nahko Bear, (Puerto Rican/Native American/Filipino). Nahko Bear is an artist who considers himself a citizen in service to the planet.
He says his current tour, Medicine of the People, was born out of a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing.
An internationally-renowned indigenous activist and public speaker from the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, LaDuke champions sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems, and other environmental justice and human rights issues.
LaDuke is a Harvard graduate, former Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate, author of five books, program director of Honor the Earth, recipient of dozens of awards and honors, and founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
A musician from the Navajo Nation, Cody is an international performer who has earned many accolades and awards, including a Grammy nomination, multiple Native American Music Awards, the 46th Miss Navajo Nation, one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices, and more.
Cody utilizes her personal story to advocate against the domestic violence epidemic and to communicate positive messages for children who, like herself, have experienced prejudice due to biracial and multiracial identity.
A pioneer of the contemporary Indigenous dance movement, Tangen is the founding artistic director of Dancing Earth Creations. Her dance experience includes professional ballet, pow wow, circus performance and more.
She offers an eco-cultural form of dance through community workshops and performances.
Raised on the Owens Valley Paiute reservation in the Sierra Nevada of California, Chavez is Nuumu, Dine and Apache and a citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. Chavez has been writing poetry on themes of love, land and the multi-faceted aspects of female and indigenous identities since childhood and performing since the age of 14. As a teenager, she wrote and produced a series of experimental award-winning short films that combined music and poetry and were showcased at film festivals internationally.
A graduate of UCLA, Chavez continues to write, travel and perform, often collaborating with other artists; most recently composing two spoken word videos for designer B. Yellowtail, and serving as artistic director on one. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest and works as education manager for an environmentally responsible, wellness-oriented beauty company. You can find more of her work here, soundcloud, and YouTube.
Rose B. Simpson
A mixed media artist from Santa Clara Pueblo, Simpson’s work includes ceramic sculpture, metals, fashion, performance, music, installation, and custom cars. She earned an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, her work is collected in museums across the continent, and her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.
A new twist in life brought her a baby girl, and with it a new source of inspiration.
Say Wut?! The Beatbox Queen
Ashley Moyer aka “Saywut?!” hails from Albuquerque, and has been a fixture in the hip hop scene from coast to coast, performing for educational, environmental and humanitarian aid workshops. Utilizing non-traditional, alternative music outlets, Moyer is known for her unique beatboxing talents.
Her performances and workshops are directed toward community awareness, educational development, and alternative music outlets.
Born in Fort Defiance, Arizona and currently residing in Santa Fe, Lefthand is a writer, artist and thinker who has written and performed poetry from a young age, and has worked with words, collage, textile, and photography. Lefthand’s work investigates themes of death, rebirth, sustainability and commodification.
Her creative output is influenced by the realities of extreme change that can be seen within the land, people, and communities of her home and globally.
A mother, singer, composer, producer, teacher and activist, Kreisberg (Tuscarora from North Carolina) comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters and has been a part of the critically acclaimed trio Ulali since the age of 17.
Known for her fierce vocals and soaring range, she frequently guest lectures and conducts vocal workshops at universities, schools, Native communities and festivals throughout the US and Canada. Kriesberg served as a Master Teaching Artist for the State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts for four years, and has done background vocals for various groups and productions.
Winder is a writer, educator and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. Winder earned a BA in English from Stanford and an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. She is a co-founder of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, and founder of Dream Warriors, an indigenous artist management company.
Winder lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks internationally. She writes about the different expressions of love: self love, intimate love, social love, community love and universal love.
ORGANIZERS of Dear Patriarchy
Smith is a Todich’ii’nii (Bitterwater Clan) woman from St. Michaels, Arizona; an artist, organizer, activist, water protector and board member for Honor the Earth. Her organizing efforts span over a decade and include art activism, resource extraction awareness on the Dine Nation, water rights, food sovereignty, permaculture, indigenous empowerment and more. She makes efforts to think and behave in a way that is consistent with the teachings of ancestors and laws of nature. Smith is a board member for Honor the Earth and Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, and the curator for a national traveling exhibition, “The Art of Indigenous Resistance.”
The founder and producer of Broken Boxes Podcast, also known as DJ Miss Ginger, Dunnill works in audio composition, sound installation and performance-based art. She collaborates with artists globally, creating and performing work that inspires human connection and speaks on social justice. Her podcast features monthly interviews with indigenous and/or activist artists. Dunnill is a part of Winter Count: a collective of artist who are cultivating awareness, respect, honor and protection of land and water through various mediums.
Meow Wolf is an immersive arts production company that creates multimedia experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. Located in Santa Fe, the space is a combination of a jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum and immersive art exhibit. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Indigenous-led environmentalist projects throughout the Southwest. Purchase them at meowolf.com.*
By Chelsey Luger
Kin 229: Red Galactic Moon
I harmonize in order to purify
I seal the process of universal water
With the galactic tone of integrity
I am guided by the power of space.
We are the hinge of the Absolute in its self-remembrance*
*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)
A scene from Forrest Gump.
12 Movies Shot in Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation
Monument Valley has made an appearance in a variety of Hollywood classics
Set and produced in Albuquerque, the phenomenally popular AMC series Breaking Bad, which aired its final episode in September of 2013, has filmed on Indian territory numerous times. The most recent notable episode to feature Native land was “To’hajiilee,” which was shot in an area of the same name that is a non-contiguous part of the Navajo Nation.
Big and memorable cinematic productions have frequently graced the Navajo Nation — particularly Monument Valley, which, thanks to director John Ford, became the familiar backdrop for the American western genre. Yet Monument Valley isn’t only for dusty cowboy movies — it’s also appeared in science-fiction flicks, contemporary action movies, and even comedies. Here are 12 movies that filmed memorable scenes in the iconic Navajo landscape.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Henry Fonda starred as Wyatt Earp in this Ford-directed western. The story is said to take place in and around Tombstone, Arizona, which is actually some 500 miles to the south of Monument Valley.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
The structure used for the exterior of Captain Brittles’ headquarters is still standing; it was actually a storehouse for vegetables and is now part of the museum attached to Goulding’s Lodge. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was another John Ford-John Wayne collaboration.
The Searchers (1956)
The only Western made by Ford during the ’50s, The Searchers was named the greatest western of all time by the American Film Institute in 2008.
How the West Was Won (1962)
John Ford was one of three directors who worked on this five-part epic — but not, ironically, the segment that used Monument Valley. Henry Hathaway shot that one; Ford helmed the chapter dedicated to the Civil War.
Easy Rider (1968)
Billy (Dennis Hopper), Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and a hitchhiker cruise into Monument Valley at dusk, and spend the night in the ruins at Wapatke.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
When Dave (Keir Dullea) goes through the stargate during the film’s enigmatic final segment “Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite,” shots of Monument Valley (among other places) are used to create a trippy extraterrestrial landscape.
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
Star/director Clint Eastwood and co-star George Kennedy shot a memorable scene atop the “Totem Pole” rock formation — and were among the last people allowed on it. It’s now off limits to climbers.
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Family man Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his brood are lost in the desert when he blows through a ROAD CLOSED sign and the Family Truckster launches off a ramp. “Dad, you must have jumped this thing about 50 yards!” his son Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) says. Clark replies, “That’s nothing to be proud of, Rusty,” then mutters under his breath, proudly, “…50 yards…”
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
A full-scale drive-in theater used in the movie was built solely for the filming, and demolished after the movie wrapped. No films were ever shown there.
Forrest Gump (1994)
After a three-year, coast-to-coast run, the titular character (played by Tom Hanks) stops running in Monument Valley, leaving a pack of followers stranded and befuddled.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Johnny Depp… Tonto… bird on the head… perhaps you heard of it?*
Kin 228: Yellow Resonant Star
I channel in order to beautify
I seal the store of elegance
With the resonant tone of attunement
I am guided by the power of universal fire.
The creation of the imagination is one of the great mysteries of the world.*
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Svadhistanha Chakra (Kali Plasma)
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Redwood trees, some 2,000 years old, can tower 350 feet high.
Explore Yurok Country, Home to Giant Redwoods on California’s Coast:
Yurok Country enchants and thrills with breathtaking natural beauty and opportunity for land and water adventure
The Yurok Tribe resides in the heart of Redwood National Park on the Northern California coast, where old-growth trees tower to the sky with trunks so enormous it can take dozens of people to reach around the base, fingertip to fingertip. Traditional Yurok stories teach that the redwood trees are sacred living beings.
California’s largest tribe, the Yuroks count nearly 5,000 enrolled members. Their ancestral lands contain the vast majority of the coastline near present day Klamath, stretching up the Klamath River for more than 40 miles.
Yurok country’s deep redwood forest etched with trails, and its peaceful and wild coastline, beacon tourists from around the world. VisitYurokCountry.com is your best resource when planning a trip.
Redwood National Park
The ancient giants — guardians over Yurok sacred places — run from Big Sur to southern Oregon. International travelers flock to Yurok Country to take in the majesty of the Redwood groves.
Here, redwood trees rise up to 350 feet in height and sometimes number 2,000 years in age. Iconic animals call this area home, like Roosevelt elk, black bears and bald eagles. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot O-mah, or Bigfoot. Afterall, these are his stomping grounds. The Yurok tribe has also gone to extensive lengths to preserve thunderbirds, the California condor. With wings stretching 9 1/2 feet from tip to tip, the birds have been spiritually tied to Yurok ceremonies since time immemorial.
Perhaps John Steinbeck best conveyed the redwoods’ distinctive power: “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”
Yurok Scenic Byways
Yurok Scenic Byways consist of five tribally designated roads that are within the Tribe’s Ancestral Territory and possess ecological, cultural and recreational values. The byways include: Requa Road, Bald Hills Road, Highway 169, Highway 101, and Hwy 96. Each route leads to a special location. For instance, Bald Hills Road traverses now rare oak grasslands, where herds of Roosevelt elk can be seen in their native habitat.
While meandering along the byways, imagine how the coastal Yuroks lived off the land. Admire the redwoods, serene lagoons, and the lifeblood of the Yurok People: the Klamath River.
Create your coastal experience from tranquil to thrilling with kayaking or gentle river rafting to a high-energy jet boat excursion with Klamath Jet Boat Tours.
World-class steelhead and salmon fill the Klamath and Smith Rivers. Take a guided fishing tour, to either river or ocean. Request the Yurok-owned guide service operated by the Carlson family. Ocean charters are available from nearby Crescent City. August through October, you can cast a line for Chinook (King) salmon in the Klamath River.
Additionally, beautiful beaches dot the coastline — try Kellog Beach, Point St. George, Crescent Beach, Hidden Beach and Klamath Beach, among others. Keep an eye out for California sea lions basking in the sun.
Hike & Backpack
Roughly 164 miles of hiking trails snake through the area’s national and state parks, plus the California Coastal Trail meanders right through Yurok territory. With numerous trail options, hiking is easily adaptable to preferred level of challenge or ease. Check out the Ah-Pah Interpretive Trail, Klamath River Overlook, Stout Grove Hik and Boy Scout Tree Trail.
Or marvel at the redwood forest from above while riding the Skytrail accessed from the Trees of Mystery in Klamath.
Sometimes after a full day of exploring, a hot shower, good meal and a night in a comfortable bed are essential.
A Yurok couple owns the Historic Requa Inn in Klamath. The century-old bed-and-breakfast sits on the banks of the Klamath River in the middle of Redwood National Park. Requa is a Yurok word meaning mouth of the river. “This has been our home for time immemorial,” owner Jan Wortman previously told ICMN. “My grandparents met at a dance hall across the street from the Requa Inn in 1917.”
Or consider calling Redwood Hotel Casino home base. A Holiday Inn Express, guests relax and replenish in the comfort of their rooms and with a savory meal at the Abalone Grill. A host of slot machines offer entertainment along with hand-crafted libations.
For those traveling by camper, there’s Redwood RV Park or Requa RV Park. Backpackers who prefer to sleep in tent on the Earth should check out Jedediah Smith Campground, Nickle Creek Campground, Flint Ridge Campsite, Gold Bluffs Beach Campground or Mill Creek Campground.
Yurok Country Visitor Center
The tribe’s hub for tourist information and local businesses offers essential educational information for visitors about the Yurok Tribe’s heritage and culture. The Yurok Tribe is the first tribe in California to receive direct funding from the National ScenicByways Program to build a visitor center. Located in downtown Klamath on the corner of Klamath Blvd. and Klamath Circle, the visitor center is within walking distance from Redwood Hotel Casino.
Kin 227: Blue Rhythmic Hand
I organize in order to know
I seal the store of accomplishment
With the rhythmic tone of equality
I am guided by my own power doubled.
The human body is a system of generators producing different electrical streams of energy.*
*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)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
“I wanted it to be as universal as possible," Native artist Mallory Taylor says of her L-O-V-E mural on the Equality Center's building side in downtown Tulsa.
Taylor Paints ‘LOVE’ Mural Downtown:
Mallory Taylor’s mural supports love in all its forms, unites diverse Oklahoma communities
Around 2:20 a.m. on March 6 in downtown Tulsa, 13 shots were fired at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. The pellets didn’t penetrate the reinforced glass windows, but their imprints “are the latest reminder of the deep-seated hatred some individuals have towards the LGBTQ community,” Geoffrey Brewster, Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) board president, said in a statement.
In response to the hate act, artist Mallory Taylor (Osage, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Crow, Black Dutch and Irish descent) is donating her time to paint a mural on the Equality Center’s building side in support of love.
Her street-side work-in-progress currently shows L-O-V-E spelled with hands, crowned with a butterfly over the “O.” A rainbow of feathers fans out by the “e” in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, representing the diversity of Oklahoma as well as the LGBTQ community.
“I did a design that spells out L-O-V-E, because equality among races, gender, sexual orientation, whatever, is important to me as a person,” Taylor says. “I wanted it to be as universal as possible.”
Taylor even adapted her original design to assuage concerns about whether or not the letters were intended to spell L-O-V-E in sign language. “I have a degree in speech language pathology and audiology. I originally wanted it to be recognizable to everyone,” she says of her first design that resembled an “E” with three fingers. She later changed the “E” to resemble an American Sign Language “e.”
Overall, Taylor has received an outpouring of appreciation from passersby and her online fans. “The message is equality and unity in a state that prides itself on being unified. We’ve been through storms and tornadoes and earthquakes. We’re Oklahoma strong, and Oklahoma proud. So many people have even stopped me and said, ‘Can I give you a hug? I just want to thank you,’” Taylor says.
Weather and other circumstances permitting, the Broken Arrow and Tulsa native plans to complete her labor of love within a few weeks — in advance of the 35th annual Tulsa Pride festival and parade, taking place Saturday, June 3. Practical hurdles are what slow her down. “It’s very taxing on my hands,” she says.
After all, it’s only her second mural ever, and second time working with spray paint on a large scale.
Taylor painted her first mural last year on the side of Hey Mambo, an Italian restaurant in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa. Her 100-foot, colorful masterpiece, dedicated to Native American women in Oklahoma and breast cancer, features 39 butterflies representing the state’s 39 federally recognized tribes, as well as breast cancer ribbons, and “all kinds of Oklahoma facts hidden in the mural” — like the shape of the State of Oklahoma reflected in the eye of a woman, who is painted in blues, purples and pinks, “so she’s not any race, she’s a mixture of colors,” Taylor says.
She honed her skills by watching several celebrated street artists, including Steven Grounds, Navajo, Euchee, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole, from El Reno, Oklahoma. “He’s definitely the best spray paint artist I have ever seen, hands-down, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him and collaborating with him on several pieces – one that’s in the Creek Nation Museum.” (Native Evolution is a documentary short about Grounds, who goes by the moniker Native Evolution, and his transition into the street art scene.)
“He told me I would get addicted. I said, ‘No way, I’ll never spray paint!’ And now, here I am,” Taylor says.
Creating her artwork over time on a public canvas is both exhilarating and intimidating, she says. “Usually I paint in the studio with a paint brush, and I take the finished product to the gallery when I’m ready. This is like standing naked downtown for as long as it takes you to finish the mural. You have no way to hide it throughout the process,” Taylor says.
Instead of clinging to fear, she embraces the exposure and vulnerability. Plus, the mural’s gradual evolution is an inclusive experience for the community and her social media followers. “I like people to feel like they’re a part of the process,” Taylor says.
Much of Taylor’s art is inspired by Native American tradition and the resilience of women. “I think women are so strong. A lot of my pieces show women’s backs — like their shawl falling off their shoulders, or they’re wrapped in a Pendleton blanket and you can see their back. It’s because I believe there’s nothing stronger in the world than a woman’s back,” Taylor says.*
By Kristin Butler
Kin 226: White Overtone World-Bridger
I empower in order to equalize
I seal the store of death
With the overtone tone of radiance
I am guided by the power of timelessness.
The fifth force animates the entire cosmos with incredible brilliance and power, like an interval-exploding supernova that eternally radiates.*
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Muladhara Chakra (Seli Plasma)