Sunday, March 27, 2005

Red Lake update

Subj: Re: [nativeartsculture] Red Lake update  Date: 3/27/05 2:25:01 PM

OOOOOOOOOOOH my god!!!! My friend son's is on the list!!!!!! My friend Terry lussier' son is on the list!!!!! This is terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been trying to get hold of him for a week now...Its terrible! I will e-mail him straight away. Thank you Ann.. wrote:
Updated: 05:41 PM EST
School Shooting Victims Being Laid to Rest
Indian Tribe to Bury Minnesota Victims

A memorial for shooting victims is placed outside the Red Lake Senior High School in Red Lake, Minn.

More on This Story:

· Slain Guard Described as Hero
· Teens Troubled on Reservations
· World Reaches Out to Red Lake

RED LAKE, Minn. (March 26) - With the bang of a drum and a high-pitched wail, the first funerals began Saturday for victims of the shootings on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in which 10 people died.

A lone mans sad cry gave way to songs and more drumming from a circle of a dozen men and soon hundreds of people who had gathered in the community center began filing past a pair of open caskets.

Daryl Lussier, 58, a tribal police officer, and his longtime companion Michelle Sigana, 31, were the first victims in Mondays attack by his grandson, Jeff Weise, 16.

More than 100 police officers attended the service for Lussier and Sigana, along with Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Norm Coleman. Every seat in the community center - bleachers, cafeteria tables, freestanding chairs - was taken.

After killing the pair in their home on the northern Minnesota reservation, Weise went to Red Lake High School, where he killed five students, a teacher and a security guard before shooting himself.

A third funeral, for 15-year-old Chase Lussier, was also planned Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

While investigators say they dont know Weises motive, a long trail of Internet postings paint a picture of a deeply depressed, suicidal boy. Friends and family members have said he had been taking the anti-depressant Prozac since a suicide scare last summer.

Family members told the New York Times that Weises dose was recently increased to 60 milligrams a day.

I can't help but think it was too much, that it must have set him off, an aunt, Tammy Lussier, told the paper.

Outside the Red Lake community center, which shares space with the Red Lake Band of Chippewas Seven Clans Casino, an electronic sign flashed a message: Red Lake Nation sends heartfelt condolences to all family members of tragic event. We are one in our sorrow and in our love.

On Saturday, President Bush made his first public comments on the shooting, praising a security guard credited with saving some students by confronting Weise. Bush said he and first lady Laura Bush were praying for the victims.

The Red Lake school isnt expected to reopen until next month.

It was the worst U.S. school shooting since the April 1999 rampage Columbine High School in Colorado, which ended in the deaths of 12 students, a teacher and two teen gunmen.

03-26-05 17:59 EST


Saturday, March 26, 2005

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The trouble with Amber Alerts:(

AP_Stories IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police were investigating whether a body found Friday is that of a 10-year-old girl who authorities said vanished with a registered sex offender. Cedar Rapids police canceled an Amber Alert for Jetseta Marrie Gage after the body was found in a rundown mobile home in a rural area near the small town of Kalona, about 45 miles south of Cedar Rapids. A positive identification of the body had not been made.

Roger Bentley, 37, a family acquaintance, was taken into custody in Johnson County for questioning early Friday but has not been charged. He is accused of taking Jetseta from her mother's house in nearby Cedar Rapids on Thursday night.
Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said state criminologists were to work through the night processing the site where the body was discovered. He declined to share any more details of the investigation, and refused to answer questions.

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Amber Alert


At the Spirit In The Wind main Journal Amber Alert

Code Amber?????


Code Amber - provides web site owners with a JavaScript news feed ticker that displays active Amber Alerts on their web pages.

For each of our States research under, Police Amber Alert sites...Like mine is:
Team Amber Alert News - Missouri Police


Hello Native groups,

This is an AMBER ALERT sent to you from at
the request of your friend Wolfy. This email was
sent to you because Wolfy feels that you are in
the Alert area and you may be able to help locate this child.

**** ALERT FOLLOWS **********************
Amber Alert Issued for 10 Year Old Iowa Girl
Posted: Friday March 25 4:18 AM CT

The Cedar Rapids Police Department and the State of Iowa issued the Amber Alert late Thursday night after the girl was apparently abducted.

Jetseta Marrie Gage, 10 yrs., white female, 4'6", 90 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing an orange coat and purple pants. She is mentally challenged.

Police are looking for Roger Paul Bently, 37 yrs., white male, 6'1", 265 lbs. with blond hair and hazel eyes. He has a tattoo on his right shoulder and was last seen wearing a flannel shirt.   

The suspect vehicle is 1982 black and silver Nissan King Cab pick up with a silver camper top and Iowa tag number 392-MIZ.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cedar Rapids police department at 319-286-5491 or dial 911.

Visit for more information

**** END OF ALERT **********************************

Please forward this email to everyone you know in the area.

Thank you. - The Web's Amber Alert System

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Full Worm Moon on Friday

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Full Worm Moon on Friday


Full Moon FeatureThe moon will be full March 25. Some Native American tribes called this the Worm Moon because earthworms appeared as the ground began to thaw.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Red Lake Nation our prayers for families

Family Photo / AP Fifteen-year-old Thurlene Stillday was one of the students killed at Red Lake High School Monday. The death toll of 10 includes the suspected shooter. Previous (1 of 8) Next     ''Right now we are in utter disbelief and shock,'' said Floyd Jourdain Jr., chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa.   ''We ask Minnesotans to help comfort the families and friends of the victims who are suffering unimaginable pain by extending prayers and expressions of support,'' Gov. Tim Pawlenty said.  

Molly Miron, The Bemidji Pioneer/AP

Red Lake School District Superintendent Stuart Desjarlait, right, comforts a teacher after Monday's shooting spree.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Now Is The Time to View Mercury

Now Is The Time to View Mercury planet Mercury, often called the most difficult of the five bright planets to see, will be visible after sunset through March 19. If the sky is clear and your view unobstructed, the planet will appear as a bright "star" with a yellowish-orange tint. Get viewing details.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Site of Snow Owl

This site was created for the main purpose of educating, 
in some small way, people to the utter beauty and creativity of the 
Native American/American Indian Peoples
their pure spirituality; and in some cases, their current as well as past - plight. 

This site, in and of itself, does not exist to "sell" anything. 
So, while it may be sponsored by one or more "advertising sponsors" 
in the future, the
site itself is dedicated to educating not personally selling. 
It is a Labor of Love as the saying goes and its outer self is created and maintained by a husband and wife team (83 years and 53 years young, respectively), while the inner self is brought into being and gathered by a man of 62.

In this site, you will find many things, for the most part, 
all with the essence of the Native American in mind, 
including examples along with links showing where they and more can be found. There will be examples of
Pottery, Arrowheads, Shields, Baskets, Sand Paintings, Masks, Graphic Art, Paintings, Quotes, old time Photographs, contemporary and historical Relics/Art, 
Links to all kinds of things Native American
as well as just sites that are hosted by friends or 
just simply captured our imagination when we happened to discover them. 
Links to all these as well as other sites that have free web graphics, free 
clipart and free website hosting and a
Partridge in a Pear Tree! 

Basically, we will strive to live up to our claim of: 
You will never know what you may find here!

You will also find Articles, Comments and Observations of and by 
a Common Man on Various Situations in the World of Today, 
as well as
Stories and Articles by Guest Contributors
Pages dedicated to
"Featured Artists/Photographers/Websites"
Native American Information and Links to Pow Wows!

We hope that we aid The Seeker regardless of The Path he or she is on 
to birth new delight in areas they did not know of before, or 
rekindle pride in others, who for whatever reasons, 
may have had those fires dampened.
So, please...take a page from the Big Cat below, 
and come on in...and do as the picture's caption says: 


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PowWow Photos

This is taken from a purchased and registered National Geographic program. As such the information and pictures contained are copyrighted by them. This particular article was written in June of 1994, by Michael Parfit and David Alan Harvey, except where I have chosen to write in any of my own comments.

During Oklahoma City’s Red Earth Festival, “Comanche John” Keel joins in Tradtional Dance.

Grand Entry at Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana.

Ed Blackthunder, a Sioux from Agency Village, South Dakota puts final touches on his Traditional Dance outfit at Rocky Boy. Below, his wife, Oriann Baker, affixes her Eagle plume which is held in reverence by all Native Americans.  Anyone with an ear to the ground, can tell that Powwows are gaining popularity not only due to a long needed upsurge in Native American Pride, but also due to the search by non-Native Americans seeking something of worth since much of their own “old values” seem to be falling by the wayside, be it spiritual or whatever. In powwows, there are several categories. Some of these, such as Men’s Fancy Dress/Women’s Fancy Dress, or Women’s Jingle Dress, while not tradition, are in fact based on traditional dances that were once part of spiritual ceremonies, preparation for war, healing rituals, or celebrations of triumph. It is said, when this article was written, that there was a book written regarding powwows and listed some 930 of them. I would imagine that nearly ten years later, this number has increased. (This comment not of the National Geographic article…Snow Owl) Kids roam free through an instant village of 250 tepees pitched at the Pendleton Round-up in Oregon.  Rocky Boy resident Rena Denn, at right, leads visitors on a tour of her homeland below the Bear Paw Mountains. Powwows have survived the ages, despite the efforts of early government agents determined to snuff out Indian culture. Indians gathered anyway, says a modern chief – “even under a guise of celebrating the white man’s Fourth of July.” To put the jingle in the jingle dress, dancers sew silvery cones made from snuff-can lids onto ceremonial outfits. In the old days women used elk teeth, small bones, coins, and cowrie shells as noisemakers. 

A gentler sound comes from James Winterhawk Seymour’s cradleboard at the annual September Powwow in White Swan, Washington. Beads above his head rustle to alert his parents when he awakes, as well as lull him back to sleep.

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Filled with the comforts of home, the tepee of Ellen Cowapoo Johnson makes for a cozy stay the Pendleton Round-Up. Beside the headdress that distinguishes him as Walla Walla Chief, William Burke visits with Ellen’s granddaughter, Candice Cowapoo. The fight to preserve Indian culture is endless, he says. “Reservation kids are enthralled by what’s happening in the white community.” Young riders pause at sundown in the Little Bighorn River during Crow Fair in Montana. Legendary horsemen, Crow stage a rodeo at their powwow in which competitors ride bareback and jump from mount to mount in a three-horse relay race. “My dad made me start dancing at age 3,” Says Jonathan Windy Boy age 35 at this time of photo. “He never said why, but I didn’t question.” A full-time professional powwow dancer, Windy Boy logged 26,000 miles in just two months in 1993 on the Powwow Trail, collecting prize money and more trophies for his Montana home. By training for stamina he says, “I’m probably good for another 20 years.” A small splash of finery takes the floor at Red Earth as a youngsters moves with the throbbing drum beat during a competition. Old Warrior was the nickname earned by Jim Swearngin, of Chippewa, Osage, Cherokee, Scottish and Irish descent, who commanded a gunboat in Vietnam when he was in his forties. “We got shot at a lot by snipers,” said Swearngin. “That’ll make your hair turn gray.” With his lance and Yakama Warriors Association cap, he joined the color guard that carried the U.S. and Yakama tribal flags at White Swan in the fall of 1993.

The exaltation of flight fairly bursts from an eagle-feather bustle at White Swan. The supply of eagle body parts is regulated by federal authorities, who also provide feathers of dead birds to qualified Indian applicants.

I make note here of the last of the above caption: Getting qualified can be a real chore sometimes. Basically, you might look the identical image of Chief Joseph, but if your Native American credentials are not etched in the same stone as Moses had the Ten Commandments, chances are Joe Gov ain’t gonna hear your request. (This comment not part of the National Geographic article….Snow Owl).

At a powwow in Richmond, Virginia, the Stoney Creek Singers focus on the drum. “It’s sacred,” said one young member. “We don’t play around it or use foul language.”

Proud and relieved, Kimberly Marcus hugs her great-aunt, Charlene Tsoodle-Marcus, after taking first prize in the young girl’s Fancy Dance Competition at the Taos Pueblo Powwow. “It’s very stressful,” says Charlene, herself a third place winner among women. “You have to have a personal style.” For Kimberly and her peers, powwows keep the ancestral traditions rigorously alive.

“These celebrations,” a friend told me, “are how we maintain continuity in the ace of incredible change.” After all those attempts to mold Indians, Indians still will not be molded, even into our image of perfection. They take what comes to hand and use it to hang on. White society may have tried to make them into farmers or executives, but theiy’re still doing just what they choose – being gambling moguls, spiritual advisers, Fancy Dancers: pragmatists who live on dreams. Michael Parfit

A spotlightcomes on in the arena. It reaches down into the twilight of the entryway to draw out the color guard, the senior men, the veterans, the many tribes. Eagle feathers are backlit with gold, as if by the sun. A drum begins and feet pick up the beat. I hear bells and song. I hear Dale Old Horn at Red Earth, shouting into his mike: “We sing to victory! We are still here!”
Dancing, the Indians move out of the darkness. Michael Parfit