Monday, July 30, 2007

Native American Community Shocked

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Native American Community Shocked by Senate Republican Steering Committee Commitment to Fight All Bills Helping Native People

WASHINGTON-July 27, 2007-Blow after blow, the U.S. Senate Republican Steering Committee continues to block all legislation that benefits Indian people. The Senate Republican Steering Committee is a small group of Senators who have been working together to put secret "holds" on all legislation benefiting Indian tribes and Indian people.

Indian Country has had strong ties to the Republican Party through the Indian Self-Determination Policy and respect for the U.S. Constitution, which explicitly recognizes the treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, religious freedom, and the shared values of federalism that encourage local decision-making. Tribal leaders and the Republican Party share strong interests in law enforcement, economic development, energy, the military, veterans, and many other issues.

"At first we thought that it was coincidence that so many bills on Native issues were being blocked by members of the Republican Steering Committee," said National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Joe A. Garcia. "But it is clear now that it is not. NCAI is a non-partisan organization that has built successful relationships on both sides of the aisle for many decades. It is a very small number of Republican Senators, but we must address this obstructionism that stops all legislation no matter how bi-partisan and non-controversial."

Most recently, the Senate Republican Steering Committee, lead by Senator James DeMint (R-SC) and including Senators John Kyl (R-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), killed non-controversial, bi-partisan piece of legislation that would have helped tribes in combating sexual predators on tribal lands. The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act of 2006 requires tribes to comply with its provisions by July 27, 2007. The legislation in question would have given tribes another year to make important decisions on how they want to work with the systems registry that is being created by the U.S. Department of Justice. "This legislation has a real human impact," said Garcia. "This kind of responsibility should be handled by those who know their communities best-tribal leaders, not a few Senators far off in Washington."

In February the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act (H.R. 545) to make Indian tribes eligible to apply for certain grants to fight methamphetamine abuse and trafficking in Indian Country. Senator Kyl has a hold on the bill and is preventing its passage in the belief that a grant program could somehow confer jurisdiction to tribes over drug offenses committed in Indian Country. Tribes need these grants for prevention, treatment and enforcement against drug traffickers, and Kyl's obstructionism is endangering public safety for reservations and their neighbors.

The Republican Steering Committee has also fought the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, legislation that would modernize the health care system for reservations and at the end of last session held up all bills affecting Native Americans. "We had a similar situation in the mid-1990's with Senator Slade Gorton - but tribes overcame that obstructionism," said Garcia. "The Constitution requires respect for tribal governments. We want to work together in a productive way. It's time for the Senate Republican Steering Committee to do its part and allow tribes to take responsibility for issues affecting them. The Committee just doesn't seem to be well informed on Indian Country issues."

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Fox 12 TV: Duck Valley Residents are Running Out of Food

Carole of  NativeVue asked:

 Grazie for the clarification, Anne! This makes me feel lots better knowing that donations will go straight to the folks who need it. Which leads me to my next question....

I work for Catholic Charities here in Michigan. Have they jumped into helping at all? Usually, they are pretty good at disaster relief efforts.

It is one thing to call and ask about someone, which does help them know you are worried about them

 Or you may wonder if it is all true or even be gun shy of who is getting the money!

 But in the mean time. They are trying to save every drop of gasoline to keep those generators running for the sewer system, pumping what gas they had left, and even pumping water sparingly.  Being careful with what bottled water and ice  and even batteries for the hand fans or flashlights they now have and still be able to keep their people going until the main power can come back on and Wildfires are out!.

 And the little lunches sent in for the children really do help, but is like a bandaged quick fix. All the perishable foods they had was lost. With all their Elderly and over 380? children they can not cut back on the food for them, so supplies run out fast.

The fire crews are still working, yes folks it has not ended yet!

Duck Valley Residents are Running Out of Food
July 28, 2007 08:53 PM

Emergency Supplies To Duck Valley Reservation
News Video

DuckValley, Idaho-- Although power is now back on for the over 1,000 people living on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation -- the crisis there continues.

  Earlier the Murphy Complex Fire knocked out power to the reservation by destroying over 200 power poles and transformers.

  Without power, residents lost all refrigerated food and were unable to pump water or cook.

  Many also lost medicines that require refrigeration.

  Even with power back on - hundreds of homes are running out of food-- after using up all their canned goods.

  "Beans,carrots, and corn. Hash, Chile. I've been told they just love peanutbutter and jelly down there.  If they get these case lots and bring them to the parking lot, which we'll be setting up with a large truck,we'll be taking them down on Tuesday," said Chaplin Tom Westall, with New Life Family Ministries.

  "Our community is known for coming together in times of trail and crissis and this by far is the biggest crisis we have seen and been through," said Yvonne Powers. the editor of a tribal newspaper.

  Two canned goods donation centers are being set up.

   The collection sites will be open Monday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

  One is at the Broadway Avenue Baptist Church in Boise.

   The otheris at the Tester Broadcasting Group in Mountain Home on Canyon Creek Road.

  The power situation on the reservation is only temporary...and the Murphy Complex Fire is still active.


Second new Fox 12 TV News Video says Pres Bush is going to visit  Duck Valley now.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Update Saturday 28, 2007 'People taking care of people'

Story published at on Saturday, July 28, 2007
Last modified on Saturday, July 28, 2007 12:04 AM MDT
William Whiterock, engine boss for the Sho-Pai fire crew in Owyhee, Nev., takes a break Thursday at the incident command post in the tribal gymnasium. A strong community effort led the town out of the crisis with minimal damage as Owyhee experienced an eight-day power outage after the Murphy Complex fire destroyed 240 power poles.
'People taking care of people'
Reservation pulls together during fire
By Meagan Thompson
OWYHEE, Nev. - An incessant hum carries into the streets as two large generators pulsate in the heart of Owyhee. It is a busy sound that is met with an equally busy clamor of hurried footsteps, heavy objects banging on concrete, and dispatchers chattering at an incident command post set up in the Duck Valley Indian Reservation's gymnasium.

Hundreds of water bottles stacked along either side of the hallway at the command post seem to scream crisis. But on this Thursday morning, after generators bring power back to the village, the smiles and laughter of volunteers say otherwise.

"My thought overall was that we'll be OK," says Yvonne Powers, editor of Sho-Pai News, a monthly Owyhee publication. Powers sits at a folding table and types the last words on a press release.

She speaks of cool-headed leaders and determined volunteers who worked nonstop over the past week to prevent disaster in the community.

"It's cultural: People taking care of people, neighbors helping neighbors, families helping families," Powers says of the response to a power outage that lasted for eight days. The Murphy Complex Fire, the nation's largest wildfire this summer, burned almost 240 power poles on Bureau of Land Management land that touches the reservation's eastern edge.

In a time of crisis people can lose control and societies can collapse. But here, it is the strength of neighbors and kin that solidifies a small, resilient community, locked in by miles of wilderness.

Along Idaho Highway 51 and Nevada Highway 225, a rich palette of gold, green and brown stretches in every direction as far as the eye can see. And as the asphalt rolls over hills and dips into dry streambeds, a sense of solitude emerges upon entering Owyhee, a town of about 1,500 people on the Idaho-Nevada border.

Signs posted in the sea of sagebrush tell travelers they're surrounded by open space and little else. The nearest communities are at least an hour away, and through traffic is almost nonexistent.

It is this high desert landscape that the Shoshone-Paiute tribes call home. Some historical accounts report that when Polynesian explorers came through Owyhee, at the base of a hillside covered in volcanic rock, they were reminded of home.

"They say that Owyhee is the name of an ancient Hawaiian king," says Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chairman Kyle Prior. And in the middle of a desert filled with sagebrush and wild grass, Prior agrees his community is like a small island - but only in location.

"We've had to deal with the remoteness and isolation for years," he says. "And the valley is really fruitful with medicinal plants, and ranching is still a part of our everyday life."

Prior is quick to note that while vast desert separates the tribe, the nation reached out to his people with much-needed aid. During its eight-day crisis without electricity and water, Prior says, the community has seen tremendous support from tribes across the nation, the military(Army Thursday night), National Guard and communities on either side of the Idaho-Nevada border.

But Prior says what really kept the community intact was the resilience of its own people. "The core of our help had to be ourselves," says Prior, who saw his community work overtime to ensure the well-being of its most fragile citizens.

"We're out here in the wilderness and we just know how to live in nature," he says.

"The majority of our people understand that this is Mother Nature," says Prior, "but when we were finding out about power poles (being burned down), everybody started getting nervous."

Though power has been restored to the community, everybody still has to be frugal, keep water on hand and stock up on ice.

Tribal Vice Chairman Robert Bear took the lead at the incident command post when the emergency began. Bear says he's grateful that the tribe is through the worst of the crisis, but the end has yet to arrive.

"Even though the generators are hooked up, we still have to conserve. We're not out of this yet."
A Hero for her people -
The young lady who contacted Carlos

Jul 27 2007 12:34A

Hey sorry I'm kinda late but thanks for the add and tyvm for the help!!



Si Young Bear Thomas of the Shoshone-Paiute 

 Cheyenne warrior/journalist/actvist/Filmmaker
Carlos Guevara( He's a regular contributor to the Native Vue
forum& guest blog as well)....

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


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Jul 23, 2007 11:44 PM Our Shoshone-Paiute brothers & sisters NEED our Help ASAP!


Jul 23, 2007 6:32 PM Governor and Red Cross Lie About Conditions On Rez

Disaster News Network Update

Disaster News Network:a state of emergency for the reservation. 

  Disaster News Network: Dozens of wildfires still burning in West

Dozens of wildfires still burning in West

Forecast of "dry" thunderstorms could spark new blazes.

BY P.J. HELLER | BOISE, Idaho | July 25, 2007

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Firefighters battle the 8,200-acre Cascade Complex fire in Idaho.
Credit: Dave Grider

Firefighters head toward fire lines at Monument Complex fire in Oregon.
Credit: Robert "Robo" Robustelli

Higher humidity and some rain Tuesday helped firefighters in the battle with a massive wildfire burning in Idaho and Nevada, one of dozens of large fires still burning across the West. Forecasters warned that scattered dry thunderstorms could move into the region Wednesday afternoon which could spark additional fires.

As firefighters made progress on the nearly 600,000-acre Murphy Complex wildfire, the last of the evacuation orders was lifted Tuesday for the small town of Jarbidge, Nev. The most active part of the fire was in Nevada, where five other fires were burning. At the Idaho-Nevada border, the Duck Valley Indian Reservation remained without power for another day after the fire burned utility poles last week. The Shoshone-Paiute Tribe declared a state of emergency for the reservation.

More firefighters – now totaling about 730 - were brought in to battle the blaze which was 20 percent contained. Officials said they expected full containment Aug. 4.

Nationwide, 42 large wildfires were reported burning in 11 states on Tuesday covering nearly 1.5 million acres, the National Interagency Fire Center reported. In the West, fires were burning in California, Utah, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. The Murphy Complex fire was one of 14 blazes in Idaho that have scorched more than 840,000 acres in that state.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Thomas made this and wants us to post it.



As Governor Butch Otter of Idaho makes a declaration of the state of emergency in the counties that border the Nevada and the overlapping Duck Valley Reservation and Governor Jim "All Is Well" Gibbons tosses matches at a tobacco store north of Vegas along I-15. The grass roots efforts of faceless human beings came to the aid of The People of the Paiute Nation. The Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative is shipping a 2,000 kilowatt power plant to the stricken community from Denver Colorado today. The Red Cross said they have been in contact with the tribe for a week now and have been aware of the situation. Great, then what were they waiting for?? Power official said it would be 3 to 4 weeks before power was back on, still leaving people without a place to keep their food or electricity to run. pumps. Why do people have to be dead and bloated on the streets before help arrives anyway?

While all this is going on, the cob webs of ambivalence from the main stream media coupled with their Orwellian axiom of double speak have yet to respond in earnest to what I consider a true breaking news event. Thank goodness for the Native Telegraph. Si Thomas, educator and member of the Paiute nation and I breathed a little easier as assistance began to come their way and the phones began to ring from the wonderful and caring people who've gotten wind of this potentially life threatening situation on the Duck Valley Rez.

By no means is the drama over but the good news is people are calling to first verify this plight exists. I don't blam them since there are so many scams on the internet these days. So maybe when the next time my Native Telegraph announces another catastrophe or news item from out Native world, they will pay a little more attention.

As we all know we as Native people have become keenly aware of the lack of concern for our social issues and have followed the time honored practice of making false promises and not honoring their word. We've lived as a conquered people for a war we did not start and our oral histories are riddled with dead, betrayal and sorrow. So as the powers that be start to show face in light of our queries about our brothers and sister in Duck Valley, let it be known the Green Machine of our grass roots efforts made a difference since now "The eyes of the world are watching" and we know the truth of what transpired. No one cared till we did and it would not have happened if it were not for a little e-mail I received asking for help from a Native girl name Paz. Fore if it was not for her I would not have known, called the rez and ultimately find out the truth. She is a hero. You go girl………..

Then there is Robin Carneen, Producer and host of NAMAPAHH First People's Radio in Washington State and all her wonderful associates who've diligently used all the means at their disposal to get the word out. Are we evolving a Native Emergency Broadcast System? Sounds like a good idea to me. It's already known we can't depend on anyone else but ourselves. The Green Machine, our version of FEMA. Our logo could be, "No Tribe To Small". Hmmmmmmmmmm………

Si, Brent and the Smoke Eaters of the Sho-Pai Fire Station are also champions for their people and I am honored to be associated with them at this time of crisis. The two out-of-control fires have merged into one cataclysmic inferno so the struggle to survive presses onward. And fire crews are risking their lives to battle this blazing wall of destruction. The safety of the Fire Warriors on the line is always a concern and they have my prayers as well. I was a smoke eater and I've blazed a trail with my Pulaski a time or two and its hot grueling work with death just around the corner. I was also FEMA trained and certified at one time and believe me, there is nothing expeditious about how they do things now. I was an Emergency Management Director and worked in the Office of Emergency Management of the community I now reside. I was also a Level 6 Hazardous Materials Operations Coordinator so I don't buy into any of the empty words from excuse making government officials who will no doubt have many fancy excuses and reasons why there was no assistance for the People of the Duck Valley Rez.


Keep them calls coming……………

Your Devil's Advocate

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Governor and Red Cross Lie About Conditions On Rez


Sadly this is a bold face lie since I personally have been in
constant communications with representitives of this proud nation. To
re-enfoce this position the Paiute Nation has started a fund for the
stricken people of this region since, well no one from the Red Cross
or the Emergency Services of Nevada will act. The Red Cross claims
that all is well. LIE LIE LIE.

Here is the latest posting from this stricken nation as of 4:47 MST
and judge for yourself


The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes has a set up a bank account
for those organizations or persons that would like to
donate. This is to help the tribe overcome what has
become a heart ache to most of the people on the
Reservation. Thanks again.

Account information:
Great Basin Bank (775)748-4431
Elko, Nevada 89801
Attn: Angie Thomas

Wells Fargo Bank
Attn: Emergency Fund

For contact info for Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Headquarters: (775)757-3211, Press "0" for operator.
Tribal Chairman: Kyle Prior
Tribal Vice Chairman: Robert Bear
Tribal Advisor: Herman Atkins
Emergency Relief Info.(775)757-2922
These personal can assist in all ways.

So tell me, if all is well then why are they in dire need of

Oh my, I hear Gary Owen in the back ground.

Your Devil's Advocate


There is a dire emergency at the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in
Owyhee Nevada. It's a very isolated reservation on the Nevada/Idaho
border. One of the many fires that have been burning out of control
in the west devastated this little village and people are suffering
without water and electricity for 5 day now with no relief in sight.
Food is going bad since there is no electricity since all the power
poles are burned to a crisp. The elderly and the children are taking
a direct hit as water supplies dwindle and food is in short supply.
Since there is no power the heat is taking its toll and there is
human suffering since there has been no aid. If ever there was a time
for The People to pull together it's now.

So give these people a chance to survive in this blistering heat.
Give them a call and see what you can do. These are our brothers and
sister who are literally baking in the hot Nevada sun. If nothing is
done like soon, there will be fatalities as the elderly will soon
expire from the heat and the lack of water.

This is a human tragedy in the making and they need help now. Do you
think the feds will help them? Well it's been 5 days now and do the
math. Lives will soon be lost if help does not get there soon.
Please, Please contact them anddo your bit for our relations………….

Contact info: Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Sho-Pai Fire Station
1935 FireLane PO Box 219 89832
Ask for Brent Hunter, or you may contact me here in Elko,NV, Si
Thomas 775-777-7739

Hu Ho


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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Friday, July 6, 2007

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7/7/07 and Live Earth DC

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7/7/07 and Live Earth DC
Hi folks -- so, tomorrow being the seventh day of the seventh month of the year 2007, the calendar date is 7/7/07 (or if you use European date formats, 7/7/07), which is apparently a big deal

In other news, it turns out that DC isn't being left out of the Live Earth concert lineup, after all. Since I don't watch the CBS Early Show, I caught this item on the BBC News site -- the Washington Post has more details: Live Earth DC is going to be a relatively small event at the National Museum of the American Indian (with big screens set up 4th St Sw  Independence Ave Sw</B />
Washington, DC 20024, US </SPAN />across the street
) -- Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be headlining, and Al Gore will be speaking.

Hey, it's free.

(The Smithsonian's Folklife Festival is still happening on the Mall, and Congress had put the kibosh on using the Capitol grounds, which is why they couldn't do a bigger space.)

MSN will be doing the Live Earth Webcasting (hopefully, they'll take a cue from AOL's Webcasting of Live 8 back in 2005 and stay out of the way of the performances -- you can still see some of the Live8 concert vids on AOL Music). for some people.
Thanks -- Joe
Mother Earth Featuring special appearance by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on July 7, 2007, bringing together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Live Earth will reach this worldwide audience through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms—TV, radio, Internet, and wireless channels.

Why the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
is taking part in Live Earth

For more than half a century, American Indian elders have called attention to humankind’s impacts upon our Mother Earth. Elders of many cultures subscribe to the concept that we must take into consideration the effects of our actions today on future generations. Climate change presents an important challenge to the global community to incorporate into its practices and policies the wisdom and knowledge of the interrelatedness of elements and life on Earth that are inherent in many American Indian cultures, as well as the prevailing evidence offered by science. It is time to regain that integrated understanding of the world that for millennia has characterized many Native traditions.

Preserving the health of Mother Earth is the gravest responsibility of our generation. Taking up this challenge begins with a call to consciousness.

As an institution of living cultures, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is committed to elevating human understanding about global climate change, through education, cultural performances, and civic engagement programs. Addressing the question of how to live sustainably on the Earth is about science, culture, and worldview. Because of that interrelationship, and because there is no more important matter before humankind today, we are honored to bring to the museum musical and cultural talent, and speakers from the scientific and American Indian cultural communities, in the spirit of the Live Earth message.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

For us or our Visitors? Independence Day?

 So in comes our humor! 

If at Plymouth Rock we did this? Like Gov with Mexico? 
Plymouth Rock