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A Short Introduction

Before there were was a "Tsunami", or a "Katrina", or a "Wilma", there was "Indian Country".

In "Indian Country", existing conditions are not the result of "Mother Earth" unleashing her wrath upon the inhabitants thereof, but rather are "man made".

Operation Morning Star is a "band aid" in terms of overall affect to make needed changes. We are not endorsed, donated to, or underwritten by big name "stars", corporations, or foundations and this is because, and ONLY because, the needs and sufferings of American Indians are not important in the minds of those who embrace causes and peoples elsewhere.

American Indians did not ask or solicit for the experiences in history that have "transformed" their lives into what they are now. But they did believe the "promises" made to them.

Operation Morning Star both exposes the failure of those promises to be honored and attempts to fulfill them as much as possible without the needed resources to fully do so.

We desire to start a "vocational school" for Lakota youth where they can learn how to build Geodesic Dome Homes (see below). These homes are cost affective and quick and easy to build. These homes are much needed by elders, homeless, and families. They can also be marketed to "outsiders" as a "business" for employment and the profits used to build more needed homes.

There are many things that are needed such as "pure water" (water purification system for bottled water), food and energy production crops etc.

Yes, we have economic and social solutions but no, we don't have the needed help for this "Third World Reality" in America called "Indian Country".

Read more www.operationmorningstar.com
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Posted: Jun 9, 2006 2:24pm
Jun 8, 2006
"How could you?"
by Jim Willis

When I was a puppy I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" - but then you'd relent and roll me over for a bellyrub.

My housetraining took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed, listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs," you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.

She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" - still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy. Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love."

As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them, especially their touch - because your touch was now so infrequent - and I would have defended them with my life if need be.

I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams. Together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being your dog to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

Now you have a new career opportunity in another city and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog or cat, even one with "papers."

You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a goodbye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.

After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?"

They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you - that you had changed your mind - that this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.

I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table, rubbed my ears and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.

She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"

Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself - a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. With my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not meant for her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.

May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.
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Posted: Jun 8, 2006 1:44pm
Mar 8, 2006
Focus: Animal Welfare
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Location: United States

On Thursday, March 9, please join the nationwide call-in day to support a strong Endangered Species Act! On Thursday, please call your Senators and urge them to (1) support a strong Endangered Species Act and (2) oppose any efforts to change the Act this year.

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

 


The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee may take action on an Endangered Species Act bill as soon as this month. We need your help to make sure the Senate supports the Endangered Species Act and to ensure that no bill dismantling the Act passes the Senate!

For over 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has been a safety net for wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. It has been successful in preventing the extinction of the American bald eagle, gray wolf and Pacific salmon, as well as many other species.

However, the Endangered Species Act is under threat from special interests and the politicians they give money to. The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would significantly weaken protections for endangered species and habitat. It is now up to the U.S. Senate to save the Endangered Species Act!

It is critically important that Senators from across the country hear from their constituents that the American public supports the Endangered Species Act and the fish, plants and wildlife it protects in their states. Please join with Americans across the country by calling your Senators on Thursday, March 9. Please ask your friends, relatives and colleagues to join you in calling. It only takes about three minutes of your time, but the results could last a lifetime.


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Posted: Mar 8, 2006 7:23pm
Feb 19, 2006
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Read
Location: United States

A Short Introduction

Before there were was a "Tsunami", or a "Katrina", or a "Wilma", there was "Indian Country".

In "Indian Country", existing conditions are not the result of "Mother Earth" unleashing her wrath upon the inhabitants thereof, but rather are "man made".

Operation Morning Star is a "band aid" in terms of overall affect to make needed changes. We are not endorsed, donated to, or underwritten by big name "stars", corporations, or foundations and this is because, and ONLY because, the needs and sufferings of American Indians are not important in the minds of those who embrace causes and peoples elsewhere.

American Indians did not ask or solicit for the experiences in history that have "transformed" their lives into what they are now. But they did believe the "promises" made to them.

Operation Morning Star both exposes the failure of those promises to be honored and attempts to fulfill them as much as possible without the needed resources to fully do so.

We desire to start a "vocational school" for Lakota youth where they can learn how to build Geodesic Dome Homes (see below). These homes are cost affective and quick and easy to build. These homes are much needed by elders, homeless, and families. They can also be marketed to "outsiders" as a "business" for employment and the profits used to build more needed homes.

There are many things that are needed such as "pure water" (water purification system for bottled water), food and energy production crops etc.

Yes, we have economic and social solutions but no, we don't have the needed help for this "Third World Reality" in America called

"Indian Country".
Read more www.operationmorningstar.com

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