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Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM PDT

XL fight & Ponca Sacred Corn plants

by Bateach

Weeding of  Ponca sacred corn plants will need help by volunteers to help the hand planted sacred corn & soybeans, planted earlier this year. There will be other dates for volunteers to help weed and care for the plants before harvest.

It is the first time in 136 years, Ponca sacred corn was planted by Ponca natives and grown in an area they once lived, before the Trail of Tears forced them to Oklahoma. Directions are given to get to the planting, near Neligh, Nebraska. Also information on lunch.

Bold Nebraska is  planning a day of weed-pulling for Saturday, July 26, 2014. (9AM-6PM).

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Charity begins at home, with so many more families going down as help has been cut to survival support.

No web site, but word was spread by social media. Here - families with children in elementary school,  have signed up to provide a meal to a family, every Sunday, to keep their heads above "water".  Currently, 12 have signed up to provide one family  meal, or 3 months of Sundays. Giving once every 3 months is a gift that people here can give. Family is extremely grateful.

Only coordinator knows the family and its address. This person picks up & delivers food; a trusted friend of mine for 14 years.  NO other info besides what are the favored foods, has been given out.

No one has demanded credit for charity work, as many see that anyone in the 99% could be next. The actions of "Do unto others as you would have done to you", in action by everyday people.

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Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 08:58 AM PST

Permaculture Design Course - free

by Bateach



Free course online. JUST BASIC CONNECTIONS given. No info copied.

It has a free permaculture design course curriculum.


REUTERS US   -   By Laura Zuckerman
SALMON, Idaho Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:47pm EST

Our government ruled that over a million acres still belongs to to Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. two sovereign native American tribes living on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Wyoming governor Mead has asked the state attorney general to "Fight" U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 's decision.

Read why this decision was made. This was info passed to me by a friend, today. I haven't seen this in other places.


Pawnee Art Center,
 Dansk Hall 108 S Mill St Dannebrog, NE
  Public invited   Came to me in an email, not by web page

Sunday, November 10 at 1:30pm

Joe Marshall will present a program on his latest book. Mr. Marshall was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling.

His books are available on Amazon, if you are not able to hear him speak: Returning to the Lakota Way: Old Values to Save a Modern World, The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III (Sep 27, 2005), The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage: Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow by Joseph M. Marshall II, Lakota Way: Native American Wisdom on Ethics and Character 2014 Wall Calendar by Joe Marshall and Jim Yellowhawk (Jul 15, 2013)


Mission: To protect the sacred land & water from the Keystone XL pipeline.
Hosted by  Ponca Tribal Families, Brave Heart Society, Ociti Sakowin Tribes, Cowboy and Indian Alliance, and  Bold Nebraska - Open to the Public.

Friday, November 8 at 2:00pm - Monday, November 11 at 8:00am (4 days)

For any questions, contact Faith Spotted Eagle at or (605) 481-0416.

Descendants of the Ponca Tribe will host a Spiritual Camp in Nebraska from Nov. 8-11, to draw the line against the Keystone XL pipeline's potential destruction and disrespect to the sacred sites along the Trail of Tears of the Ponca Nation.

REGISTER HERE:     The exact location will be provided by email to those who complete the registration form:

November 8-11, Neligh, Nebraska

2:00 p.m. — Opening Fire, setting up tipi, opening prayer songs.

12:00 p.m. — Communal meal.
1:00 p.m. — Welcome visitors, tribes, ranchers. Share stories of the land all afternoon. Build sweat lodge.
EVENING: Sweat Lodge

12:00 p.m. — Communal meal.
AFTERNOON: Speakers to include spiritual leaders, tribal leaders, ranchers & allies. Prayer Ceremony for Mother Earth.
EVENING: Communal meal.

SUNRISE: Close of fire, sending prayers to Mother Earth for protection of the land from the tarsands, Keystone XL and destruction.

 More information also available at

Visitors are welcome to camp overnight at the spiritual camp, on land near Neligh, Nebraska on the KXL pipeline route. (Many thanks to Art and Helen Tanderup for graciously offering their land for the camp.) There are also nearby accommodations that include the Delux Motel (402-887-4628) and West Hill View Motel (402-887-4186), and additional options in Norfolk, NE about 40 miles away.

If you're unable to join us this time, other Spiritual Camps will rise up in November, December & possibly January, hosted by the Sicangu (Rosebud); Ihanktonwan (Yankton); and Minneconju (Cheyenne River).


Return the Land
Roger Welsch

Roger has been friends with many native Americans. His experience with having Pawnee elders "waded into the river, fully dressed, crying, talking to the water, praying, singing, remembering." This made a change in what happened to the land.

"A small group of leaders from the Pawnee Nation were visiting us when they asked to see the river – the Loup River that borders our land. Loup is French for wolf, and it was named for the Loup, or Wolf, Pawnee. As we quickly saw and learned, its waters remain sacred to the Pawnee, even though they have been separated from it for almost a century and a half.

We first considered leaving our home and land to the Pawnee in our wills. Years later, because of complicated circumstances, we simply signed the deed over to the Pawnee asking only that we be allowed to live here until we die or leave. Thus, the Pawnee came again to own 60 acres of their ancestral lands in Nebraska for the first time in 140 years.'

Have you heard of others returning land to the original native groups, from which it was taken? Please share if you know of this being done in other US Places. I learned about the return of land from Gale Bonifield Pemberton via Pawnee Art Center, Dannebrog, NE.


•  By KEVIN ABOUREZK / Lincoln Journal Star

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln project to help tribal college leaders to address environmental concerns they are facing. The goal of a grant is to have tribal students train to help with environmental problems elders and tribal leaders identify.

The grant is part of a pilot program through NSF and EPSCoR — Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research — to target underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 The classes with offer chemistry courses to allow students to address real-world problems many tribal leaders must deal with now.

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EcoWatch: Uniting the voice of the grassroots environmental movement

The photos show a snapshot of the true extent of the damage.

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More great reporting from InsideClimate News on the state of pipeline safety in the wake of the tarsands pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas.

Lest we forget, it's not just older pipelines that are spilling...TransCanada's Keystone I pipe leaked 12 times in just its first year of operation

Inside Climate Hews - by By Elizabeth Douglass and David Hasemyer

"Did Exxon manage and test its broken Pegasus pipeline according to established guidelines? And, if it did, is the Arkansas accident a warning that other pipelines might be at risk?"

"Interest in the information being withheld from public view is keenest in Mayflower, Ark., where the Pegasus pipeline split open on March 29, sending an estimated 5,000 barrels—or 210,000 gallons—of sticky oil-like Canadian diluted bitumen, or dilbit, into a nearby lake and neighborhood, sickening residents and forcing 22 families to flee their homes. It's also been a longtime concern for Central Arkansas Water, because more than 13 miles of the Pegasus line cross through a utility watershed that serves 400,000 people in the Little Rock area."

Three pages with details.



Andy Blatchford ,  Lac-Mégantic, Que. — The Canadian Press
Last updated Saturday, Jul. 06 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

Lac-Mégantic is part of Quebec’s picturesque Eastern Townships region, close to the border with Maine and Vermont.

A 73-car train carrying crude oil bound for Maine derailed last night, causing massive explosions that "demolished" a large part of the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, forcing evacuation of 1,000 people.

At least one person was dead Saturday after explosions destroyed the heart of a Quebec town, as  a driverless freight train transporting crude oil came off the tracks. It was parked on a siding, for a shift change. Some how the brakes became undone, and the tank cars rolled in and derailed in this village.The tanks  exploded in the downtown core.

“Our investigators are trying to track down family members, so we can’t give the identity of this person, but at this time we can confirm one person has died,” provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet told a news conference.

Some of the train’s 73 cars exploded and the fire was highly visable and  spread to a number of homes. Environment Quebec spokesman Christian Blanchette said the 73 cars were filled with crude oil and that four were damaged by fire and the explosions.

A large but undetermined amount of fuel also reportedly spilled into the Chaudiere River. Neighbouring municipalities were warned


Bold Nebraska - AUTHOR: Mark Hefflinger

Sen Jim Smith of Nebraska failed to disclose his lavish tour of Canada's tarsands operation, sponsored by ALEC, the Canadian government, and possibly even TransCanada.

Also the Nebraska state chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and author of unconstitutional bill LB 1161 that fast-tracked Keystone XL approval in Nebraska--Sen. Smith now faces an ethics complaint filed with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.

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"Sen. Jim Smith could not answer fellow state senators’ questions about LB 1161," Bold Nebraska Executive Director Jane Kleeb told CMD, who suspects that TransCanada wrote the bill to fast-track Keystone XL in Nebraska and Smith was merely doing their bidding. "Everyone in the hearing room knew exactly why Sen. Smith kept on referring the majority of questions he could not answer to TransCanada's lawyers."

"Nebraskans have a right to know if their legislators are being lobbied by foreign countries and foreign corporations," Jack Gould of Common Cause Nebraska told CMD. "When an issue as important as the XL pipeline is being studied, all lobbying activity should be visible."

Click LIKE to thank journalist Nick Surgey with the Center for Media and Democracy for uncovering this story.

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