Luther Standing Bear was an Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief who, among a few rare others such as Charles Eastman, Black Elk and Gertrude Bonnin occupied the rift between the way of life of the Indigenous people of the Great Plains before, and during, the arrival and subsequent spread of the European pioneers. Raised in the traditions of his people until the age of eleven, he was then educated at the Carlisle Indian Industrial Boarding School of Pennsylvania, where he learned the english language and way of life. (Though a National Historical Landmark, Carlisle remains a place of controversy in Native circles.)
In a statement on Thursday, a delegation that includes several Native American groups, including the Lakota Grandmothers Khahtela Society, called for the eviction of Rainbow Family gatherers who may arrive in the Black Hills, beginning July 1st. The event is expected to draw thousands of people to a remote site near Deerfield Lake in the Black Hills National Forest.
World Peace and Prayer Day is a 20-year tradition that promotes spiritual and ecological solutions to the growing challenges of our age, gathering leaders from around the world to call for a global policy of peaceful co-existence with all our relations. An Elder/Youth conference is being convened in parallel with World Peace and Prayer Day to impart time-honored wisdom to a new generation of leaders.
A gift arrived in the mail from Buffy Sainte-Marie, sent by Buffy from her home in Hawaii. It is a biography of her life, Buffy Sainte-Marie: It's My Way, written by Dr. Blair Stonechild, Muscowpetung First Nation. Inside, there is a note written by Buffy, "To Brenda, with thanks for years of getting so much so right. Ke chi megawetch and aloha." In the book's bibliography, there's an article that is part of the history of Censored News. This history begins on Navajoland. The year was 1999 and Buffy was performing at Dine' College in Tsaile, Arizona. Backstage,Buffy described how she was blacklisted out of the music business in the United States by President Lyndon Johnson. Buffy's song Universal Soldier had become an anthem for the 1960s peace movement, the anti-war movement against the Vietnam war. Shipments of her records disappeared.