Chanku Luta (Red Road)

Hau Mitakuyapi
Take a minute, read, review, comment, we of the Dakota Nation may be forgotten in time, but for now we will never be ignored...I will see you on the Red Road of Life...Wopida Tanka
Hokshida Maza (Iron Boy) Bdewakantowan Dakota Akichita

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Peace Stands with Standing Rock

Peace Stands with Standing Rock
Ronald P. Leith (Ta-humpa Was'te, Good Moccasin)

The fire that was set in Standing Rock by the Oceti Sakowin, NoDAPL, and a multitude of national and international participants has now spread across the United States and all over the world.  The threat of total water pollution and clean water decimation has brought together people from all walks of life, all professions and a variety of grass roots movement who gather to serve one purpose.
The blockade of corporate operations transporting oil from Canada to the United
States and beyond has become a central objective for activists of all color, race and creed.  Many of these activists have not had a confrontational background from which to draw an integral conflict strategy.  Although the international history of non-violent action has left it's mark on many as a exemplary framework from which to create a new strategy for confrontation and conflict resolution.

Peace has become the primary and preferable tool to be faithfully followed and utilized in the face of overt militaristic action, especially in the case of Standing Rock vs the Dakota Access Pipeline and their enforcers from Morton County, North Dakota and beyond.

The international practice of non-violence has a demonstrated and lengthy history which include prominent players who are now an embedded part of world history.  The effective legacy they have left us with proclaims victories many at Standing Rock may not have heard of, sought or recognized.   Although they have proven to be highly effective nonetheless. So becoming peace activists in their own right they are creating a legacy of their own which includes non-violent strategies which have been stable and proven in history.

The antagonist police state has evolved into multi-national corporate oligarchy, demonized corporation CEO's, and private armies of militarily trained goons.  Not that much different from the Indian state police actors of Mahatma Ghandi's era or the southern city and state police of Martin Luther King's.  Even though the names, faces and uniforms have changed the mission has remained the same.  The protection and defense of imperialist colonialism and the development and the growth of the wealthy elite and their financial gain.

As effective as the peace movements new efforts have been to defend the world's natural resources we still find that corporatism has an edge we cannot seem to dull or erode.  This is the philosophical mindset empowered and emboldened by a select few who are careless, privileged and fearful of a future in which all are equal and the fiscal state is evenly distributed and balanced.

Herein lies the opportunity for brave new tactics to be developed around peaceful opposition to a corporate imperialistic power which is longing to drain the earth of all it's life sustaining gas, minerals and energy.  It's a preemptive strike which must be targeted at the corporate training modules current set in the primary and secondary educational milieus worldwide.  These programs have been set by multi-national corporations seeking to train new megatronic, and industrialist classes which promulgate their ruling class systems.

This demands a life changing educational model that is holistic driven around the inter-connectedness of all life and the vital understanding that when one part of the system is damaged we all suffer the consequences either in this life-time or our descendants suffer in their lifetime.  Life success for one should not mean the denigration and cancellation of life for all, including those who cannot defend themselves.

So while many of us are currently still in the field with our bandana's, long sleeves, provocative signs and dark glasses we need to send an army of educators out into the universe who will re-educate and implode the non-violent holistic approach to a proactive movement which will defend the earth against all corporate imperialistic machines.

The current US administration is adamantly focused on dismantling all protective legal barriers to the self-destructive path of corporate and governmental entities who have deemed them to be a hindrance to America's growth.  Clean water, unpolluted air, safe cars, stable housing are only a few of the targets chosen for disruption and elimination by the Trump administration.

The frightening fact is not that they are becoming a reality, but rather that there are individuals in the corporate, educational and government fields that are standing by not making any attempt to curtail or stop these processes.  And we know that those who do nothing are just as vulnerable as those who can do something.

When apathy reigns in the face of self destruction a new path must be cleared for those who recognize and loathe the ultimate motive and outcome.  While peaceful protests do bring worldwide attention and broadly educate it is also a reactionary method of disruption.  Typically we end up in the court system where we may be heard or in some cases we may be disqualified as legitimate parties to the issue.

The small pockets of re-training of what it means to be a community member has had effect but it is also taking the long way around.  The New Age movement, the post Kent State strategists, and the Anti Vietnam War coalitions are just a few of the effective models developed and ensconced in the American revolutionary resistance tradition.

But to have to reactivate these methods every ten years or so can be a diluting and nationally discouraging exercise making them ineffectual community exercises in futility.  So effective change has to come on every societal level simultaneously in order to be sustainable, trusted and self-renewable. 

It's a complete re-thinking of what we need as opposed to what we want.  That is a complete societal paradigm shift, a true reemergence of holistic philosophies which cross all international boundaries and cultural barriers.  The entire propagandist framework currently set in place has to be reconstructed or dismantled entirely.  Everything from advertising to taxes to congressional hearings and educational models.

But we can only do this as a peaceful conglomerate, using anti-divisive propaganda and the language of unity.  Some might say that this is anarchy, or modern day revisionism.  No, this is life.  The power to welcome and accept change on a global scale is a new direction, a fresh opportunity.  Our international survival depends on it, our future as a humanity free of colonialist contamination calls for it, our willingness and fortitude toward survival demands it.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Casket

The casket was filled with rust
old from centuries accumulated
silver, gold, diamonds, copper, iron

The riches of men, giants, elves
long dead, past prime, legends dust
and caskets, made for death

Golden leaves piled upon you now
as summer dies, and autumn
encroaches in silent and death

Dreams long past forgotten
covered in mist, in frayed ribbon
cracked broken swords on shields

Test me, offer me life's question
search my spirit, my soul mind
Absolution be my bed, my grave.

October 2014

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Story of Susan Poupart

hello my name is alexandria poupart
I am on a mission and am reaching out for your help. For years i have been writing journals and diaries of my life experiences surrounding my mothers unfortunate unsolved murder. Her name is Susan Poupart and her case is listed on the wiki online dictionary. I live in such a small community and her murders are being protected by my community and the county in which i live has had a hard time getting any involvement or help from these people. I am real and my story is real i believe i am at the point in my life where i can openly speak of my unfortunate circumstance. Her name is real as well as our story. The men that took her life are going up for trial within the next few years, in my hopes to shed some light on the case i feel as if this is something i must do. For her as well as myself and my family. It is my strength and determination that has helped me cope with my reality of my situation. I feel as if i cannot just sit here and remain silent anymore, i feel i owe it to her to do something good for my self. I was only 3 when she was killed and sadly have to memories or her which torments my soul with thoughts of my own mortality and unresolved losses. I think it is my resilience of negative thoughts and feeling my mind creates that sets me apart from the people within my community, Lac du Flambeau Wisconsin. Sadly i am bound by community because everyone knows and they cover it up for the sake of these men that killed her. The guilt that haunts me and the pain i feel of losing her, my anger, the confusion of the situation. Thats is why i feel it is of great importance to me do this, i feel how can someone who hasn't lived through my experiences could possibly relate let alone understand how i felt in terms of living. i am convinced that my story and my life has value for anyone struggling to overcome their troubled past. I need to write this book to leave a record of my life and hers to fully understand myself and my morals. So to the people where i have been born and raised know of my courage and determination that has emerged among unspeakable tragedy, destructive lifestyles i lived to prove how important my healing is to me. My ordeal is real and i am still here living with this situation while maintaining my self control throughout my emotional as well as physical hardships bestowed upon me. I need to convert these feeling and thoughts into something great to do good for myself and my family. my whole life i lived in fear, darkness and almost complete isolation and yet i managed to stay positive about my life's situation. Liberation my freedom my joys my relief my children. I am now a mother, yet my nightmare has continued. This loss i have has giving me the ability to adapt and hide my pain, the confusion and the alienation of it all. The ability to live with anonymity and feelings of being mother and father less has become my inability to feel safe or close to my loved ones. There is the unresolved bereavement, shame and my inability to remember her and what our life should and or could have been if she wasn't killed and the continuing fear and hatred for these men that raped and murdered her, whom go with out punishment. Recovered, relived and recognize my grief and pain to resolve some issues i have been dealing with for the better part of 24 years.Remaining quiet among the mist of this horror and unbelievable loss with out feeling as if i am or was going crazy or falling apart. I learned to hide my emotions, i would image it wasn't real it wasn't happening to me that i could run and hide i could pretend i was someone else. Thus in which as giving me the ability to be unobtrusive to disappear as she did. Thus has left me convictions that i could never depend on others for security and understanding or safety. Over the years i have been painfully reflecting on my uncomfortable past and present situation getting my self ready for the trials to come. What has enabled me to be so resilient so good nature, is it my refusal to allow painful memories affect me now as an adult, or is it facing these men with my rage and sorrow that leads me more directly towards resolution. They may have raped and murdered her took her away from me but i will not allow them to break my spirit. I refuse to feel as if i am a victim of this heinousness crime. I am a survivor and self confidence is the key to my survival that has given me a sense of who i am. I struggle everyday and will so until this has come to an end. My experiences that i lived throughout the chaos of my life i have made it and it has made me the better person i know my mother would have raised me to be if only giving the chance. it has taking me years to understand but i am beginning to understand how it happened and what they did to her and what they did to me.
I am real as well as my story.
Susan R. Poupart is her name and she was real.
You can do some research on her and if u feel as if this is my time to get my story heard, i look forward to hearing from you.
I am ready to do this just not alone.
I also love your page it speaks volumes to me i feel as if you are speaking to me indirectly through your messages.
Thank you for your time,
Alexandria Poupart
From Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin

(This story was shared with me from a Facebook Post from Alex Poupart, 2/11/2015, RLeith)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Treaty & Docket Notes fr Carl Leith

  • Carl Leith if ya follow this more closely ..we will get a lesson in what your rights actually are...the Mississippi Sioux Judgment was consolidated from several dockets ...only only 2 of those dockets was paid out DKT 363 ..that was for land in Mn that was held in common with the Sisseton Wahpeton Bands with the 1858 treaties..if anybody or their elected representive council took payment for that you most likely gave up your rights to the council ..the other was mentioned by the court of claims and that was the judgment for the restoration of annuities in 1917 that had McLaughlin compile the 1922 McLaughlin Roll...offsets were deducted against the Santee Sioux and the remainder was paid out in cash ..the ppl who weren't enrolled anywhere were paid out in cash...including those in Mn that had no reservation til 1936
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  • Carl Leith these say recognized title...cant get clearer than that...Docket 359
    the Medawakanton and Wahpakoota have a recognized title to and an undivided
    interest with the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Mississippi Sioux in

    Royce Area 153 by virtue of the Treaty of August 19, 1825, 7 Stat. 272,
    at Prairie des Chien. The Medawakanton and Wahpacoota bands ceded their interest in Royce Area 153 under the treaty of July 15, 1830, 7 Stat. 328.
    (Royce Area 153. This tract was ceded under Article 3 of the Treaty
    of July 15, 1830, 7 Stat. 328, by the four bands of Mississippi Sioux, which area is situated in northern Iowa and comprises about two million acres.
    Royce Area 153 is the subject of claims asserted by the petitioners
    Medawakanton and Wahpakoota Sioux in Docket 359.)

    Docket 360, the Medawakanton band has recognized title under the aforementioned 1825 treaty to that part of Royce Area 243 west of a line drawn from the mouth of the Black River to that point described as half a day's march below the Chippewa Falls.
    (Royce Area 243. With the exception of that portion lying east of
    a line beginning at the mouth of the Black River and terminating at at the point described in Article 5 of the 1825 Prairie des Chien Treaty as "half a day's march below the Falls of the Chippewa River," this tract contains over 4 million acres in east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.
    Royce Area 243 was ceded by the Medawakanton Sioux under the Treaty of
    September 29, 1837, 7 Stat. 538, and is the subject of the claims asserted
    by the petitioners, Medawakanton and Wahpakoota Sioux in Docket 360,)

    Docket 361-Mdewakanton Sioux have proven aboriginal title to all lands involved in the transactions known as "Pike's Purchase.
    two tracts-
    the St. Croix Tract at the mouth of the St. Croix River-nine miles square-51,840 acres
    a tract beginning at the confluence of the St. Peters River and the Mississippi River
    extending up the Mississippi River to include the falls of St. Anthony
    9 miles by 18 miles-103,680 acres...agreement Sept 23,1805

    Dockets 142-362, the four bands of Mississippi Sioux have recognized title under the aforementioned 1825 treaty to all of Royce Area 289, which they ceded to the United States under the 185L Treaties of Mendota and Traverse des Sioux
    (Royce Area 289. This cession contains about 25 million acres in
    southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and a small portion in eastern South Dakota. The area was ceded to the United States by the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands under the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux of July 23, 1851, 10 Stat. 949,
    and the Medawakanton and Wahpakoota bands under the Treaty of Mendota of August 5, 1851, 10 Stat. 954. Royce Area 289 is the subject of the principal claim asserted by the four bands of Mississippi Sioux in Dockets 142 and 362.

    Docket 363, the Medawakanton and Wahpakoota
    Sioux have a reservation title to Royce Area 413, which was confirmed unto said Indians by the Senate Resolution of June 27, 1860, 12 Stat. 1042, and which area was ceded by them to the United States by the Treaty of June 19, 1858, 12 Stat. 1031.
    (Royce Area 413, is a tract of land containing about 320,000 acres
    that is located on the north side of the Minnesota River i n southwestern Minnesota. It was ceded to the United States by the Medawakantons and Wahpakootas under the Treaty of June 19, 1858, 12 Stat. 1031. The Commission has found that as of the effective date of the 1858 Treaty of Cession, the Mdewakanton and Wahpakoota bands had good title to Royce Area 413, which title was confirmed unto these Indians by statute in 1860

    On June 19, 1958, the Medawakantons and Wahpakoota bands, by treaty, ceded their part of the reservation on the north side of the Minnesota River
    (12 Stat. 1031). This is Royce Area 413. Under this treaty, the lands
    on the south side were confirmed unto the Medawakanton and Wahpakoota bands. (The Sisseton and Wahpeton bands executed a similar treaty of cession on June 19, 1858, 12 Stat. 1037, and were also confirmed an interest in the reservation lands on the south side of the Minnesota River). The reservation on the south side of the Minnesota River is known as Royce Area 440
  • Carl Leith these weren't and couldn't be abrogated, because Congress said they had already paid the Indians abrogated them the Indians had to give the money back that was already given to them
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  • Carl Leith cant abrogate them without consent of both parties...only 5 Dakota Chiefs abrogated the treaties they had signed with consent and they and their descendants would acquire the same rights and privileges of a US Citizen