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We begin today with suppression of Indian votes. Several of us write regularly about attempts to suppress the Native vote (my own most recent coverage is here and here). Montana currently figures prominently in this fight, and Kossack scarletraven (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) has been all over this story for months. The nutshell version is this:

In Montana, polling locations tend to be localized in urban and suburban areas, while Indian residents disproportionately live in the far-flung reaches of the state on reservations. The tribes asked the state to set up satellite polling locations on or near reservations to permit Indians to take advantage of early voting (as is done as a matter of course in suburban, non-Native areas); the state declined to do so, with the result that most Indians are forced to travel extensive (and expensive) distances on Election Day if able, or lose their right of franchise if not. The tribes sued in federal district court under the National Voting Rights Act [NVRA] to force the state to comply, and lost. The judge who issued the decision was none other than Richard Cebull, who was caught forwarding a racist and truly disgusting e-mail "joke" about President Obama.

Now, there's news: The Department of Justice had already weighed in on the side of the tribes' claim that failure to establish satellite voting locations constituted unequal access to the ballot. On March 26, the DOJ added some teeth to its support, filing an amicus brief [.pdf] in the case, Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch, which is now before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The National Congress of American Indians has likewise submitted an amicus brief.

But at least one supporter isn't waiting for an appellate ruling, instead taking his argument straight to the voters: Former Ft. Belknap Indian Community Chair William Main has personally launched an advertising campaign in local dailies in three Montana counties:

[H]e thinks other Montanans will also want to learn how come they’re fighting a suit that may end up costing hundreds of thousands, or even a million dollars.
. . .

"There was no public hearing on whether this legal battle was advisable," said Main, who listed the numerous taxes he pays—including property, income, gas, tobacco and more. He called the counties' decision to fight the lawsuit "damn foolish," especially since the cost of the voting stations was minimal. In Blaine County, he said, Fort Belknap offered space in a newly renovated, internet-ready courthouse, and a voting-rights group, Four Directions, agreed to pay other costs.

Main also noted that all three counties have already lost similar Native voting-rights suits. "Blaine County went all the way to the Supreme Court and lost." To top it all off, Main said, the U.S. Department of Justice has already weighed in twice on the side of the Native voters – "with both barrels."

Watch this space for updates as events warrant.

 photo CampFamily-NeetasPhoto_zps6b3d5beb.jpg A group called Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance has brought together numerous Midwestern and Northern tribal nations and allies, united in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking, and other  damaging corporate energy practices. Ponca Nation elder, AIM co-founder and lifelong activist, and Kossack Carter Camp (pictured at right), with his brother Duane Camp and sister Casey Camp-Horinek, has been active in the resistance movement. Ms. Camp-Horinek, an actor and activist in her own right, has taken a leading role in battling Keystone XL and parent corporation TransCanada:

Casey Camp-Horinek, an elder with the Ponca Nation, has her eye on both the history and the future of her Oklahoma people, too.

The federal government removed the indigenous tribe from Nebraska in the 19th century. They traveled along what is now known as the Ponca Trail of Tears, finally stopping at the convergence of the Salt Fork and Arkansas rivers in Oklahoma. Many died along the way. Another one in three died after they'd arrived at their new home.

The Keystone XL pipeline would follow the same route.

"We lost so many people that we don't even know which bones of ancestors they'd be disturbing," said Camp-Horinek.
. . .
"You can't fish here and trust it's safe. You can't hunt. You can't breathe," said Camp-Horinek.

"We're suffering already from environmental genocide," she added. "Ten years ago, we would have used the term environmental racism. It's way beyond that for us."

Camp-Horinek believes the Keystone pipeline is pushing the Ponca further toward the brink.

Adding new urgency is the current drought situation in states like Oklahoma and Texas. With water in increasingly short supply, keeping it clean and safe for human use and consumption becomes a matter of life and death.

As the stakes grow higher, so, too, does the activists' sense of desperation. On April 27, two members of the resistance group were the latest to be arrested in an attempt to enforce the blockade - in this instance, after chaining themselves to Keystone XL equipment.

If you'd like to join Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, or support the coalition's efforts, you can do so here.


 photo OglalaNativeYouthMovementBlockade_zps1c71d71d.jpg I've written previously of my personal hatred of Whiteclay and all that it represents.  

For those who don't know, Whiteclay, Nebraska, is a "town" that sits on the state's border with South Dakota - adjacent to the Pine Ridge Reservation. I put the word "town" in quotation marks because it's not a real town in any generally accepted sense of the word. Rather, it's the source of a toxic alcohol pipeline that skirts tribal laws against alcohol sales, running booze to a deliberately-targeted customer base of the addicted at Pine Ridge. As I said in the diary linked above:

Budweiser sales account for 78 percent of all alcohol sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska, a town of 14 people, where four off-sale liquor stores supply millions of cans of beer annually to residents of the adjacent Pine Ridge Reservation.
Yes, you read that correctly. It's a "town" of fourteen people - a company town,  in other words. And the company business is pushing alcohol to Indians.
Pine Ridge has banned alcohol for nearly 200 years. Yet, due in large part to the concerted efforts of Whiteclay's liquor stores, the toxic fallout of alcohol abuse and addiction saturate reservation life. An organization partnering with the Oglala Native Youth Movement and other groups, Alcohol Justice, lists the following issues and statistics:
   * Retailer participation in alcohol smuggling into the Pine Ridge Reservation
    * Trade of alcohol for sex
    * Loitering at the premises of alcohol retailers with open containers
    * The inability of Nebraska Liquor Commission to stop illegal retailer activity
    * Recent homicides and physical violence
    * Alcohol sales to minors                                                                
    * Alcohol sales to intoxicated people

As many as two-thirds of adults on the Pine Ridge Reservation may be alcoholics, and one out of four children is born with fetal alcohol syndrome.

For years, the tribe has tried to get rid of the stores, or at least block the sales, all to no avail. But in today's Pine Ridge, the young people are leading the way.

Members of the Oglala Native Youth Movement have put up a tipi on the rez border, and have announced their intention to block all incoming alcohol transport in the days to come. They have the support of the tribal police chief, Ron Duke, and the tribal chair, Bryan Brewer, Sr.

Chairman Brewer has issued a public statement of support for the blockade, and has participated in the effort personally:

"I am supportive of the Oglala Native Youth Movement and their efforts to bring awareness to the detrimental effects of alcohol and the illegal transport of alcohol onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation."

Brewer participated in a nighttime march last evening into the tiny unincorporated hamlet of White Clay to confront a liquor store owner who remained open.  As President Brewer and the warriors approached the Stateline Liquor Store, the owner quickly closed his steel gated door and turned his lights off.

According to Alcohol Justice, tribal members and supporters have staged several such protests in recent months, and report "a significant drop in alcohol sales during this period."
More Entries in This Week In American Indian News and Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Frybead Thingey


 photo CulturalAppropriationGunBillboard_zps5b6d5263.jpeg An anonymous group opposed to gun control has bought a billboard in Greeley, Colorado with a message that takes cultural appropriation to new depths. At the top it says "TURN IN YOUR ARMS"; at the bottom is the phrase "THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU"; in the middle is an old black and white photo of three armed Indians in traditional dress, including one in a warbonnet.

Predictably, the white members of Fox's The Five are straining themselves mightily to defend it:

After guest host Juan Williams claimed Native Americans found the billboard insensitive, Eric Bolling replied "I can't find what's insensitive... others think it was accurate." Bolling added that if you read the Denver Post article "the comments by Native Americans were hey I'm not offended by this." Co-host Dana Perino agreed, saying "I am not offended by this at all, I think it's effective advertising[.]"
Of course you aren't, Dana. But maybe you'd like to show evidence of your Native ancestry and commitment to Native issues before you go speaking for Indians? Because as it is, I don't think your opinion as to what's "offensive" has the tiniest bit of relevance - or accuracy - whatsoever.

And, of course, even Fox's own reporting gives the lie to their pundits' pronouncements:

The article included statements from three Native Americans from the area who expressed anger over the billboard. One resident, Maureen Brucker felt "the billboards are making light of atrocities the federal government committed against Native Americans. Kerri Salazar, also a Native American[,] said she was "livid when she learned about it." The article continued:
She said she doesn't have a problem with the gun rights message, but she's offended the Native American people were singled out, apparently without their consent.

"I think we all get that (Second Amendment) message. What I don't understand is how an organization can post something like that and not think about the ripple effect that it's gonna have through the community," she said.

And as Media Matters points out, CBS's Denver affiliate found a similar reaction among the local Indians it interviewed:
Native American Keri Salazar says the ads are offensive and hurtful.

"It should never be to where an ethnic group should be exploited like that to serve the need of another purpose," she explained to CBS4′s Tom Mustin.

But it's a painful image for Native American Christina Gutierrez.

"Native Americans drive by and see that, it's a reminder of how they are still treated today," she said.

"This is just one more exploitation," said Salazar.
. . .

But Irene Vernon, a Colorado State University professor and chairwoman of the ethnic studies department, told the Associated Press that the plight of Native Americans history with the U.S. is much more complicated than whether or not American Indians were armed.

"It wasn't just about our guns," said Vernon, herself a Native American.

Others who saw the billboard criticized it for politicizing or making light of the United States broken promised [sic] to Native Americans that date back to the country's founding.

You'll find as many different opinions on gun control and gun use among Indians as among any other segment of the population. That said, the forces behind this billboard would be the first ones on the front lines fighting against upholding treaties - yet they have gall to steal Native identities and warp Native histories to push an agenda that would contribute to added violence in our communities. This is even more offensive than all the usual cultural appropriation that we encounter on a daily basis.

If you encounter these billboards - or anything else bearing this message - please take advantage of the opportunity to let people know that, once again, it's simply yet one more example of non-Indians stealing what is Indian for their own warped use.


 photo TheDaughterofDawnDVDCover_zpsf9df5f31.jpg The Oklahoma Historical Society has acquired a 1920 silent film, The Daughter of Dawn - one of the first (and still one of the very few) movies to have an all-Indian cast. Filmed in Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains, it featured more than 300 Comanche and Kiowa as actors (two of whom were Quanah Parker's children). It premiered in Los Angeles in 1920 and was never shown again.

Until 2005, it languished in the garage of a North Carolina private investigator who had received the movie, spread across five reels of film, as payment for a case. That year, he contacted the Historical Society to see whether it was interested in buying it. His initial asking price was $35,000; ultimately, the parties negotiated a purchase price of $5,000, and the Society sought grants for restoration of the badly-damaged reels.

"I think this is the greatest program we've ever had for the Old Guard, and we've been putting on programs for 25 years," Leo Oliva, Kansas historian and writer from Woodston, Kan.

It's still considered a work in progress. The film has been digitized, with closed captions added, and all 83 minutes of the movie survived intact. The only thing missing was a musical score, which was never completed.

Once the movie is completed and premiered through the film festival circuit, the Oklahoma Historical Society plans on releasing it on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The film had its second premiere on Saturday, April 25, at the Mess and Muster event held annually at the Fort Larned [Kansas] National Historic Site.

 photo GeorgeHorseCapture2_zps196efc2f.jpg On April 16, longtime activist, professor, museum curator, and author George Paul Horse Capture (Aaniiih) walked on at age 75. The cause was kidney failure. On April 21, his body was laid to rest in his homeland in the Fort Belknap Indian Community.

Born in 1937 at Fort Belknap, Mr. Horse Capture's traditional name was Nay Gyagya Nee ("Spotted Otter"). He moved from the reservation to the city of Butte in his teens, enlisting in the Navy after graduating from high school. Upon his return to civilian life, he moved to Los Angeles under the "relocation program" established by the BIA. He was working as an inspector for the California Department of Water Resources when a group of American Indian activists staged their occupation and reclamation of Alcatraz in 1969.

"I had to be part of it," Horse Capture later told his friend Herman Viola. "I realized that history was being made. This was the first time tribes from across the country had gotten together for a cause — our cause."
His time spent with the reclamation reportedly "changed his life forever," and he left his job to enroll in the University of California-Berkeley Indian Studies program. He interned with the Smithsonian Museum, helping develop the institution's tribal archives; thereafter he earned a master's degree at Montana State University, and in 1979, he became the first curator of the Plains Indian Museum. In 1994, he became the deputy assistant director for cultural resources at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, where he continued to pursue his passion: recovering and cataloguing lost artifacts and cultural items of his own people, the Aaniiih (the White Clay People, known to the outside world as the Gros Ventre).

In addition to historic and cultural preservation, Mr. Horse Capture passed down the history and traditions to future generations as an assistant professor at Montana State University, and as a teacher at the College of Great Falls. And although in recent years, diabetes and heart disease took their toll, he remained committed to his life's work:

Horse Capture redoubled his efforts to finish his A'ani Tribal Archive Project, a massive digital collection of words, photographs and audio recordings that was approaching 20 gigabytes of information. For a time Horse Capture’s health improved, and he far exceeded the doctor’s predictions of imminent death.

In early February 2013, at the age of 75, Horse Capture presented his work for and to the A'ani people, as well as to various institutions of higher learning across the United States. The A'ani Tribal Archive was given over free of charge with the stipulation that it never be changed or sold. Just two months later, George Horse Capture was laid to rest at a cemetery on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

"What he did in his life, he did for his tribe," Kay Karol said of her husband. "He wasn’t looking for fame or fortune. He was looking for a positive response for Indian people in a white world that still can be pretty discriminating."

While reading for this piece, I came across this touching biography of Mr. Horse Capture, written for the Web site MyHero by his granddaughter, Red Willow Horse Capture. She wrote it in 2011, and her text is accompanied by a lovely photo of herself and her grandfather.
[Note: Some of the sites linked above use the terms A'ani or A'aninin as the tribal name of the Gros Ventre people. On the Gros Ventre tribe's own site, they use the word Aaniiih, and I have chosen to observe that form, on the theory that they probably know their own name for themselves better than outside sources do.]
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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Thursday, May 16th

Chicago Kossacks Celebrate the 101st Anniversary of Studs Terkel's Birth

TIME: 6:00 PM (drinks & apps) 7:00 PM (dinner, optional)
LOCATION: Pegasus Restaurant
130 South Halsted St. • Chicago (Greek Town!)

figbash will be dressing like Studs and others can do the same. There will be SWAG for all attendees. Plus door prizes!

ORGANIZER: Send figbash a kosmail to attend.

1. figbash
2. broths
3. Mr. broths
4. NormAl1792
5. winifred
6. Empower Ink
7. BobboSphere
8. Marzook
9. ipmurphy
10. MillieNeon
freshwater dan
Tim DeLaney
Latest diary: Chicago Kossacks and Studs Terkel: Thurs, May 16th
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Saturday, May 18th

LAKossacks Meet-up

TIME: 12:30 PM
LOCATION: PitFire Pizza
5211 Lankershim Blvd. • North Hollywood

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

1. Dave in Northridge
2. poopdogcomedy
3. Zack from the SFV
4. susans
5. jaysunb
6. Gay CA Democrat
7. gmats
A Proud Progressive
gmats's friend
Latest diary: LA Kossacks - May 18 Meetup, PitFire Pizza, NoHo Arts District
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Saturday, May 18th

Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Mai's Restaurant
3403 Milam Street • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

1. Chrislove
2. nomandates
3. suesue
4. Mr. suesue
5. cosette
6. krwheaton
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, May 18!
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Saturday, June 1st

Atlanta Area Kossacks Kick-off Meet-up

TIME: 2:30 PM
LOCATION: Manuel's Tavern
602 N Highland Avenue Northeast • Atlanta

ORGANIZER: Send racheltracks a kosmail to attend.

1. One Pissed Off Liberal
2. racheltracks
3. annrose
4. nawlinscate
5. Burned
6. treesrock
7. Grapes
8. jobird
9. prose and thorn
xxdr zombiexx
Lily O Lady
Latest diary: Atlanta Meet-Up

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks


NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3. betson08 (if event is in April)
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]

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Some call me a "solution facilitator," others a "professional irritant." I help people, businesses & organizations clarify & resolve issues.

I've wanted to go to Netroots Nation since its inception as "Yearly Kos." I finally made it to one - NN12 - and hoped it would be the first of many. The economy's slow fizzle has kept job opportunities limited: my foundering 1-man consulting business isn't growing, my writing projects are not producing viable income and the job market is still lousy outside of seriously under-employment, part-time gigs which I've had to take on in order to meet the bills. Netroots Nation participation is good for the mind & the soul: it helps renew the desire to keep fighting, to push boundaries and not give up in the face of ongoing inanity and insanity in our government. It also allows us to network with others, spawning a myriad of opportunities to make & have an impact - and possibly find new ways to engage & employ ourselves. I believe I deserve a scholarship because I can use the opportunity to work with, meet and engage others in way that will inspire additional, effective efforts for the netroots, and to help build opportunities to expand the impact & awareness of the public in several areas. Read more and vote here.

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This year and scholarship is my best chance to go to Netroots Nation. I will be busy with medical school starting in August. Most importantly, I want to grow as an activist and broaden my activism nationally. I was able to make a difference locally through college, volunteering at hospitals, and free clinics. Netroots Nation is the ideal next step and place to grow and learn with new people. They will provide me with new opportunities and challenges. I will make new friends and allies. I will inspire them while they teach me a lot. I have already inspired people on dailykos, Obama campaign volunteers, and people suffering the wrath of the insurance industry. Read more and vote here.

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Long-time activist dealing with LGBT Rights, HIV/AIDS, Veterans Health & Benefits, PTSD & Suicide prevention.

I am proud of the moral fabric the guides and sustains liberals in a time of economic distress. I hope to share organizing and fundraising strategies that I was taught, and I would like to continue to knit together groups of people like veterans, senior citizens, gays and lesbians, and people with interests in green energy - especially The Veterans Green Bus. Read more and vote here.

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Founder of the Community Quilt Project, Gallery Kos, and manager of Kos Katalogue, I love to see people come together in positive ways.

My plans for NN13 are to have a signature quilt for signing to benefit a progressive campaign. (This year, I'd like the quilt to benefit Elizabeth Warren's new PAC, if she would agree). So far, the Netroots Nation signature quilts have raised over $17,000 for progressives. Help me get there and raise this total! In addition, I am collecting 35 wheelchair quilts and lap throws to be delivered to the Palo Alto VA Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Unit -- and hope to bring some folks from the conference with me. Read more and vote here.

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Horace Boothroyd III

The Transgender Gore Vidal.

Because despite it being an economic hardship for me to afford internet access, I make that sacrifice as to educate others. Making it possible for me to attend will allow me to increase my networking size, thus improving my blog posts. Read more and vote here.

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I walked my first picket line at 17. At 71, I actively campaign to protect SS, public education, health access, marriage equality and peace.

Health care costs have impacted many of us. I own a health food store, and am studying how to help customers and my family maintain or re-gain health through diet and nutrition. Working with Vermont's Green Mountain Care, I want to help encourage prevention in Vermont as a model for the rest of the country. There is a strong educational component to my work, and I'm working on a series of essays and a book on self care. At Netroots Nation, I would like to network with those interested in improving health through diet and nutrition. The health of our nation is important to me, and I think through networking with other activists, I can help raise awareness of how we can better care for ourselves and our families. This will save pain, suffering and money. Read more and vote here.

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Scottie Thomaston

Writer and activist, living in south Alabama, focusing on LGBT legal issues, disability rights, and criminal justice.

A scholarship to attend Netroots Nation will afford me a rare opportunity to connect in person with other activists and attempt to work on new projects. With my background I have a unique voice and perspective that deserves to be heard by like-minded activists, not simply for my own sake but for others in my position who haven't had the opportunity to be as active or as open. We benefit when we get to hear from everyone, including those who might have limited resources or live far away from where activist conventions are held. I should be there because I've been a political activist for most of my life and deserve to share my perspective. Read more and vote here.


I am newly unemployed thanks to the Hostess hedge funds. I married into a top notch gene pool and have two genius daughters to show for it.

In November I wrote "Inside the Hostess Bankery" about the contract offered to the Bakers Union at Hostess. I posted at 5 am and laid down for a few hours. When I woke up it was on the front page of Reddit and CNBC asked me to go on as the voice of a Hostess worker. A day later I heard it read out loud by my favorite Tweeter/Kossack David Waldman on Kagro in the Morning. Thank you DKos community. It would have never had legs without you. Read more and vote here.

You can apply for a scholarship also. Voting ends 11:59 PM Pacific Time on May 7th, 2013.


These tables have been organized for our groups to connect during NN13 in the plenary sessions. This is where the opening and closing keynotes take place along with many noon-time-speaking events. Box lunches are sometimes provided and it's great to have a place reserved with familiar faces. If you're attending you're invited to start a table or sit at any of the established ones. Just let me know in the comments or send me a Kosmail.

Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations

1. side pocket √
2. mrs. side pocket √
3. kimoconnor √
4. citisven
5. lineatus
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber √
8. remembrance √
9. jotter √
10. aha aha √
1. Lusty √
2. RainyDay √
3. norm √
4. boran2 (Honorary)
5. Lorikeet √
6. madhaus
7. boatsie
8. maggiejean √
9. paradise50 √
10. smileycreek √
1. Kamakhya
2. dharmasyd √
3. Ebby
4. Bustergirl
5. BeninSC (Honorary)
6. sfbaytransplant
7. Senor Unoball
8. paradox
9. slouching √
10. shanikka
1. edrie √
2. Jeff in CA
3. Mrs. Jeff in CA
4. mber √
5. Susie Raye √
6. vcmvo2 (Honorary)
7. N in Seattle (Honorary)
8. catilinus
9. timethief
10. dangoch √
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo √
2. Meteor Blades
3. 4Freedom √ (maybe)
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro
6. Kitsap River √
7. Charles Curtis Stanley √
8. TheFatLadySings
9. TFLS's guest
10. TFLS's guest
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy
2. Kestrel √
3. Caddis Fly
4. Sychotic1
5. peregrine kate (honorary)
6. ProvokingMeaning (honorary)
7. mrsgoo √ (mrgoo √)
8. ToKnowWhy √
9. MaKettle √
Texas Kossacks:
1. nomandates √
2. texasmom √
3. texasdad √
4. doraphasia
5. krwheaton
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42 √
3. susans √
4. murphy
5. gmats
6. Susan
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora √
2. belinda ridgewood √
3. hayden
4. Jimdotz
5. theroaringgirl
6. thankgodforairamerica √
7. devtob
8. LuLu
9. chicklet
10. Todd Beeton
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
2. winglion
3. loggersbrat √
4. ramara (Arizona) √
5. Horace Boothroyd III
6. linkage
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65
2. drnatrl
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
5. ccasas
6. llbear (Maybe)
Cheers & Jeers Readers:
1. vicki √
2. Sharoney √
3. Spousal Unit √
4. brillig √
5. mik √
6. K1 √
7. cskendrick
8. Arenosa √

Gay Men of ANY Certain Age:
1. gizmo59
2. gizmo59's partner?
3. Dave in Northridge √
4. Steveningen
5. scaboni?
6. cooper888
7. gotmooned
8. FogCityJohn
9. slksfca
10. sfbob √
raines √

Those with the √ have RSVP'd for the dinner below, you can join us also.
Just say in the comments or Kosmail me.

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Wednesday, June 19th

Cheers & Jeers - * New Day * Dinner

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: The Brit (Britannia Arms)
173 W. Santa Clara St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose

Every year since 2007, Common Sense Mainer has organized a dinner for the readers of Cheers & Jeers who attend Netroots Nation. It has grown every year. Last year we had over 100 Kossacks attend. CSM always chooses a restaurant willing to handle a large crowd WITH SEPARATE CHECKS. (!?!) Yes, I know, hard to believe but it's worked the last several years. This year CSM has negotiated with The Brit for a special menu and separate checks are secured. If you'd like to join us please leave a comment in this diary and you'll be put on the RSVP list below. This year * New Day * and SFKossacks are co-hosting. All regional groups are invited to attend in addition to the loyal C&J following that Bill and Michael have.

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend or leave a comment.

And the above event is followed by the official opening event featuring Howard Dean:


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Wednesday, June 19th

Liquid Courage party to open NN13

Our friends at the Courage Campaign have announced that they’re throwing a party to open Netroots Nation 2013. Gov. Howard Dean will be there!

TIME: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
LOCATION: The Tech Museum

201 South Market St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose
Arrive early on Wednesday to pick up your credentials at the Convention Center which will get you into the Liquid Courage event.


Community Quilt Project

Community Quilt Project NN13 Flash Mob Photo

smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. We'll assemble at a pre-designated location and time for a group photo with one of the NN13 professional photographers. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it. navajo and Glen the Plumber are going to scout out and select a location in advance for all to meet with their quilts for a memorable photo opportunity. Stay tuned.
Date: TBD Time: TBD
1. paradise50
2. Dave in Northridge
3. remembrance
4. BeninSC
5. mimi
6. cskendrick
7. DaNang65
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
11. slksfca
12. belinda ridgewood
13. Ebby
14. Bustergirl
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
17. Dr. Lori (not attending, quilt only)
18. MsSpentYouth

Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke
11. cooltraveler
12. Mr.cooltraveler
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue
16. Thinking Fella
17. Blu Gal in DE
18. NormAl1792
19. winifred3

Joan McCarter
Ed in Montana
BoiseBlue GF
Dave in Northridge

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Check In! Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!

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