Western Shoshone Spiritual Gathering, Mount Tenabo, Dec. 7, 2008

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Western Shoshone Spiritual Gathering, Mount Tenabo, Dec. 7, 2008

On Mount Tenabo at the spiritual gathering December 7, 2008. “This mountain is the landmark for the Western Shoshone Indians. In their native language Tenabo, which is pronounced as (dee-na-bo), means writing on the mountain. This mountain is the home to local Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal, food and ceremonial plants and items and continues to be used to this day by Shoshone for spiritual and cultural practices. Thank you for your interest in what we Native Americans be,”said a Western Shoshone grandmother. Photos Western Shoshone Defense Project.



Carrie Dann on American Indian Airwaves Wed., Dec. 3, 2008

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Carrie Dann on American Indian Airwaves Wed., Dec. 3, 2008

12/03/08, Wednesday, on American Indian Airwaves
“Western Shoshone Under Siege and Indigenous Family “Threatened & Harassed” over Thanksgiving”
Part 1:
Elder Carrie Dann (Western Shoshone Nation), Western Shoshone Defense Project (http://www.wsdp.org ), joins us for the first segment of today’s show to discuss Barrack Gold Company, the worlds largest gold mining company, Cortez Hills Expansion Project. The project, recently approved by the Bureau of Land Management, and one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States, sits on the flank of Mount Tenabo – an area well-known for its spiritual, cultural importance, and sacred site to the Western Shoshone Nation. Carrie provides us an update, plus more .
Part 2:
Dr. Michelle Rehaja (Seneca Nation), Assistant Professor at University of California, Riverside, joins us to discuss in length the recent Claremont, CA debacle heavily misreported in the corporate mass media over the past week. After Claremont, CA parents heard on a popular southern California morning talk show that a 40-year old tradition between two local elementary schools, where each schools kindergarten students dressed up as either ‘pilgrims’ and or Indians’, was going to be cancelled or modified, many Claremont, CA parents reacted in protest at the event, made and continued personal threats and harassment against the indigenous mother and her five-year old daughter who refused to dress up as an ‘Indian.” Michelle provides listeners with a comprehensive narrative of what actually transpired, who really protested, the plethora of hate speech directed at her and her family, and what people can do to help remedy the situation.

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Leonard Peltier Day of Justice, Fargo, ND, Nov. 28, 2008

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Leonard Peltier Day of Justice, Fargo, ND, Nov. 28, 2008

‘DAY OF JUSTICE’ scheduled for Friday, November 28th at the Fargo Federal Courthouse.

On Friday November 28th, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee will hold a demonstration called “Day of Justice” at the Fargo Federal Courthouse 110 Quentin N Burdick, 655 First Avenue North, Fargo North Dakota.

The “Day of Justice” will increase awareness about the case of Leonard Peltier and the fact that he has been imprisoned for 33 years. Not only was he convicted based on coerced statements, and false evidence Peltier has spent more time in prison for aiding and abetting than any reasonable person can justify. The “Day of Justice” is a call to action for concerned citizens to question why Peltier is serving two life sentences and has been imprisoned for more than half of his life.

The “Day of Justice” is about how laws designed for everyone are not equally applied. The US Bureau of Prisons is not following the law in regard to releasing Leonard Peltier on parole. Legally Peltier should have been released after serving 20 years; at the most he should have served 30 years, under United States Code Title 18 Sections 4205 and 4206 respectively. If justice is blind then the “Day of Justice” asks why Leonard Peltier is still in prison today. All people should be aware of the ability of this bureaucracy to ignore laws and hold model citizens long after the law states a release is due. Public Law 98-473 further states prison resources are, first and foremost, reserved for those violent and serious criminal offenders who pose the most dangerous threat to society of which Leonard Peltier is neither violent nor dangerous.

Featured speaker for the “Day of Justice” is Russell Means, a member of the Lakota Oglala Nation. Means has been on the forefront of organizing for the American Indian Movement since the early 1970’s. Means has acted in a number of movies produced in Hollywood, written an autobiography and led a delegation from the Republic of Lakotah to secede from the United States in December 2007. More information about Means can be found at his official websites of http://www.russellmeans.com and http://www.russellmeansfreedom.com.

Participants at the “Day of Justice” will hear from other speakers on the subject of Leonard Peltier’s case and how they can help seek justice for all political prisoners. Drum groups and musicians are also invited to be part of the program which is still growing. The “Day of Justice” will also include an event at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and possibly more locations worldwide. The Turtle Mountain Tribal Council recently passed a resolution demanding the release of Leonard Peltier to their custody immediately. The “Day of Justice” calls for the US Bureau of Prisons to recognize the sovereignty of Turtle Mountain and let Leonard Peltier go home now.

Contact persons are: Betty Ann Peltier-Solano and Kari Ann Cowan at (701) 235-2206; the website of the LP DOC is http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has *extended* the comment period on the RTR land “deal” until November 21, 2008

Dear Buffalo Friends,

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has *extended* the comment period on the RTR land “deal” until November 21, 2008. So, if you haven’t sent in your comments yet, there is still time!  Thank you to everyone who has already submitted comments – there’s been a great outpouring and you are helping to make a positive difference for the buffalo – thank you.  NOTE:  FWP was having some trouble receiving some emails, so those who have already sent their letters may want to resend them.  Everyone should request receipt confirmation in your personalized comments, and you may want to follow-up with an email to FWP’s Rebecca Cooper at rcooper@mt.gov.


Thank you for being a voice for the last wild population of American bison!

Roam Free,



* Comment! RTR Purchase is a Lousy Land Deal for Wild Buffalo

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Join The Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival

Join The Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival On The Front Lines Of Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ.
November 22-29, 2008

A caravan of work crews will be converging from across the country to support residents of the Big Mountain regions of Black Mesa who, on behalf of their peoples, their sacred ancestral lands, and future generations, continue to carry out their staunch resistance to the efforts of the US Government, which is acting in the interests of the Peabody Coal Company to devastate whole communities & ecosystems, and greatly de-stabilize our planet’s climate for the profit of an elite few.

By assisting with direct, on-land projects with the Sovereign communities of Big Mountain, Black Mesa you are helping families resist an illegal occupation and to stay on their lands, who serve as the very blockade to coal mining! More than 14,000 Dine’ people have been forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands due to spin created by the U.S government & Peabody Coal, under the guise of the so-called “Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute”. With the guidance of Black Mesa residents, the aim of this caravan is to honor the elders and to bring support to their communities before the approaching cold winter months.
Read more for a list of projects, needs, and for further details.


Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Wins 2008 Rubber Dodo Award

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Wins 2008 Rubber Dodo Award
Palin Has Sought to Remove Endangered Species Act Protection for the Polar Bear, Suppressed and Lied About State Global Warming Studies, and Denied That Global Warming Is Caused by Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The 2008 Rubber Dodo Award goes to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

TUCSON, Ariz. Sept. 17, 2008 – The Center for Biological Diversity today awarded Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin the 2008 Rubber Dodo Award. Last year’s award, which inaugurated the prize, went to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for setting a new record in refusing to add imperiled plants and animals to the endangered species list. This year’s award goes to Palin for fighting Kempthorne’s designation of the polar bear as a threatened species.

“Governor Palin has waged a deceptive, dangerous, and costly battle against the polar bear,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Her position on global warming is so extreme, she makes Dick Cheney look like an Al Gore devotee.”

Palin has waged a deceptive public relations campaign, asserting that the number of polar bears is increasing. But many populations, including those around the southern Beaufort Sea, are in decline. The U.S. Geological Survey projects that by 2050, two-thirds of the bears – and all of Alaska’s polar bears – will disappear.

Palin repeatedly has asserted that Alaska Department of Fish and Game scientists found fatal flaws in the sea ice models used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine the polar bear is threatened. When challenged, Palin refused to release the alleged state review. Independent scientists eventually obtained a summary through the federal Freedom of Information Act, revealing that Palin had lied: The state mammalogists concurred with the Fish and Wildlife Service determination that Arctic sea ice is melting at an extraordinary rate and threatens the polar bear with extinction.

“All global warming deniers are eventually forced to suppress scientific studies, and Palin is no different,” Suckling said. “To maintain her ludicrous opposition to protecting the polar bear in the face of massive scientific consensus, Palin stepped over the line to lie about and suppress government science.”

Palin has since filed a frivolous lawsuit against the Bush administration to have the threatened listing overturned. Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Tuesday that the 2008 summertime Arctic sea-ice melt was the second greatest on record, nearly matching the extraordinary melt of 2007.

“Palin’s insistence that Arctic melting is ‘uncertain’ is like someone debating the theory of gravity as they plunge off a cliff,” Suckling said. “It’s hopeless, reckless, and extremely cynical.”

Background on the dodo

In 1598, Dutch sailors landing on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius discovered a flightless, 3-foot-tall, extraordinarily friendly bird. Its original scientific name was Didus ineptus. though contemporary scientists use the less defamatory Raphus cucullatus. To the rest of the world, it’s the dodo – the most famous extinct species on Earth. It evolved over millions of years with no natural predators and eventually lost the ability to fly, becoming a land-based consumer of fruits, nuts, and berries. Having never known predators, it showed no fear of humans or the menagerie of animals accompanying them to Mauritius.

It trusting nature led to its rapid extinction. By 1681, the dodo was extinct, having been hunted and out-competed by humans, dogs, cats, rats, macaques, and pigs. Humans logged its forest cover and pigs uprooted and ate much of the understory vegetation.

The origin of the name dodo is unclear. It likely came from the Dutch word dodoor, meaning “sluggard,” the Portuguese word doudo, meaning “fool” or “crazy,” or the Dutch word dodaars meaning “plump-arse” (that language’s name for the little grebe).

The dodo’s reputation as a foolish, ungainly bird derives in part from its friendly naivete and the very plump captive specimens that were taken on tour across Europe. The animal’s reputation was cemented with the 1865 publication of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Based on skeleton reconstructions and the discovery of early drawings, scientists now believe that the dodo was a much sleeker animal than commonly portrayed. The rotund European exhibitions were accidentally produced by overfeeding captive birds.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit conservation organization with more than 35,000 members dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.


The Perseids: Aug. 9-12, 2008

The Perseids: Aug. 9-12, 2008
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Summary: The 2008 Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12th. [full story] [sky map]

Photographer, Location Images Comments

Nejc Ucman,
Ravni Log, Bohor, Slovenia
Aug. 12, 2008
#1, #2, #3 The first night of maximum here in Europe turned out pretty good, with solid activity, although with very little bright meteors and fireballs. I was imaging all night with my friend, we had 4 DSLRs, so the sky was nicely covered. Location was very good, we could see the zodiacal band, and LM was around 7 for a good observer.

Eric Walker,
Conon Bridge, Highlands, Scotland
Aug. 12, 2008
#1, #2, #3, more Here is a fairly impressive meteor showing a typical colorful Perseid passing close by the Andromeda galaxy (M31). In the wide field shot you can see the Perseid, M31, the constellation of Cassiopeia, and the Double Cluster in Perseus.

Photo details: Canon 400D, 30 secs, f/3.5, ISO 1600, Taken at 00:14 BST (01:14 UT)

Tamas Ladanyi,
Csesznek, Hungary
Aug. 11, 2008
#1, more There were just a few Perseids before midnight. The contitions were perfect with excellent transparency. I took this photo about a bright meteor in Cassiopeia over the castle of Csesznek. The ruins are illuminated by the moonlight.

Photo details: Canon 450D with 18-55 objective at 18 mm, f/5, iso 1600, 30 sec exposure


Thomas Ashcraft,
New Mexico
Aug. 11, 2007
#1, more On August 11th in New Mexico, amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft caught an early Perseid streaking over his radio observatory. “One of them had a dynamic and rippingly intricate sonic radio signature.” Click to listen. The sounds you just heard are distant radio stations reflected from the the meteor’s ionized trail. Try listening with headphones: 61 MHz echoes are in the left stereo channel, 83 MHz echoes in the right. “It has a very energetic sound,” says Ashcraft.

Thad V’Soske,
Grand Valley, Colorado, USA
Aug. 12, 2008
#1, #2, #3, more Once the moon had set there were lots of faint Perseids and several bright ones in the dark skies above Grand Valley, Colorado. A few good meteors made it into the camera frame and, later, to Spaceweather.com.

Photo details: Canon 30D, ISO1600, 20mm lens, 30-sec exposures.

more images (Aug. 12): from Sabahattin Bilsel of Bodrum, Turkey; from Eyup of Istanbul, Turkey; from Anthony Ayiomamitis at Mt Kithaironas, Greece; from Saied Bahrami Nezhad in the Shahdad desert of Kerman, Iran; from Brian Jolley of Bountiful, Utah; from Domenico Licchelli of Gagliano del Capo, Italy; from Pavel Machalek at Pretty Boy Reservoir, Baltimore, MD; from Boris Stromar of Petrova Gora, Croatia;

more images (Aug. 11): from Erwin Filimon of Gahberg Observatory, Upper-Austria, Europe; from Phillip Chee of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada;