Finding Our Tribe

“This is the hardest time to live, but it is also the greatest honor to be alive now, and to be allowed to see this time.  There is no other time like now.  We should be thankful, for creation did not make weak spirits to live during this time.  The old ones say ‘this is the time when the strongest spirits will live through and those who are empty shells, those who have lost the connection will not survive.’   We have become masters of survival — we will survive — it is our prophecy to do so.”

“Humanity must shift from living “on” the earth, to living with her.” — Tiokasin Ghosthorse

 

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota.  He holds a Masters Degree in Native American studies and Communications.  He is a storyteller, poet, university lecturer, scholar, essayist, cultural interpreter, and a peace and human rights activist.  Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.”  One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”

Last night Rapid city Council voted 9-1 to Oppose Powertech USA’s plan to begin Uranium mining operations

Last night Rapid city Council voted 9-1 to Oppose Powertech USA’s plan to begin Uranium mining operations near Edgemont and Fall river SD : lastrealindians:

Last night Rapid city Council voted 9-1 to Oppose Powertech USA’s plan to begin Uranium mining operations near Edgemont and Fall river SD. ITU President Payu Harris made a Powerful presentation still on his “1868 is the law” platform and successfully demonstrated the fact that the 1868 Ft. Laramie treaty remains a valid legal document and showed that the proposed mining project falls well within the borders of Lakota country as per a legal and binding international Treaty document. Rapid city Attorney looked visibly concerned after “Treaties are the supreme law of the land” constitutional text was read into public record, President Harris then showcased a local legal case where a tribal member won a court case using the “Bad man clause”. This showcased the legal validity of the 1868 treaty and by referencing Article 16 which outlines ” and also stipulates and agrees that no white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy any portion of the same; or without the consent of the Indians first had and obtained, to pass through the same;” The dozens of grassroots opposition cheered when the Resolution of Opposition was approved…ha ho it is a great day to be Indigenous.