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Native American Heritage Month: Celebrating Tribal Victories in Conservation


Society & Culture  (tags: clean energy, coal, Environmental Education, pollution, tar sands, tribal bison, tribal lands, tribes )

Rosemary
- 615 days ago - blog.nwf.org
November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich and diverse ancestry, traditions and cultures of Native Americans and to recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants of the United States and the care-



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Rosemary Rannes (634)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 7:44 pm
November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich and diverse ancestry, traditions and cultures of Native Americans and to recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants of the United States and the caretakers of our abundant wildlife and natural resources.

Many of the foods we eat and the medicines and remedies we use were introduced by Indians and more than one highway follows an Indian trail. Indians make contributions in every area of endeavor and American life, and our literature and all our arts draw upon Indian themes and wisdom. Countless American Indians have served in our Armed Forces and have fought valiantly for our country. President Ronald Reagan, Proclamation of American Indian Week, 1986.

There are over 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. The 566 federally-recognized, sovereign tribal nations own and manage over 95 million acres of land – 11 million acres more than the National Park Service (to read more notable statistics for American Indians and Alaska Natives, visit the U.S. Census Bureau).

This month, NWF’s Tribal Partnerships Program is highlighting the important contributions Native peoples have made to conservation. Native Americans are our nation’s original environmental stewards. Tribes have been caring for and nurturing Mother Earth for thousands of years. Because Tribes have the longest continual experience with the land, climate, wildlife and other natural resources, they have significant expertise and play an important role in helping us solve today’s conservation challenges.

Since the mid-1980s, NWF has partnered with tribes because we share a common value – to protect wildlife and habitat. This year, the theme of Native American Heritage Month is “Serving Our People, Serving our Nations: Native Visions for Future Generations.” In keeping with this theme – as well as NWF’s mission to “inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future” – we thank our tribal partners for major conservation successes in 2012. Each story is a win not only for tribes, but for all Americans, and is guaranteed to benefit generations to come.

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Mm M. (445)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 10:17 pm
Goodness Rosemary, I sent you a star for this, but wish it was a MILLION!!!
 

Dianne Lynn Eakin (732)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 11:06 pm
Noted--ty
 

Rosemary Rannes (634)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 3:43 pm
My friends, just a note to let you know i broke my wrist last week and it's in a cast.
Typing w/my not so good 'other' hand is difficutl. Please help me to share this news story. Thank you so much.
 

Chad Anderson (112)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 7:27 pm
Thank you for getting this out there!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1634)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 8:26 pm
Thank you so much dear, sweet, Rosemary. Don't you worry about spreading the word, I'll do it for you over the weekend. Many Blessings!!
 

Mary T. (188)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 8:41 pm
Thanks Rosemary, So sorry to hear about your wrist hope you feel better soon.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:06 pm
Thanks, sounds like a good idea!
 

Alice C. (1797)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:43 am
I will send you a star as soon as care2 lets me : )
 

Carmen S. (606)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:36 am
Thanks, Rosemary for sharing this and getting the word out.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:29 am
Thank you for this post, Rosemary. So glad the bison is roaming the plains again.
American Indigenous people deserve a lot of credit for what they do in caring for the land.
 

Kerstin Strobl (330)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:48 am
Thank you Rosemary
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Friday November 23, 2012, 7:16 am
TY Rosemary. Sent you a little note. It's about time for First Nations people to get more recognition.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Friday November 23, 2012, 9:35 am
Wonderful courage & devotion to what really matters to all of us. Thank you!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday November 23, 2012, 10:19 am
Signed , thanks !!
 

zora b. (87)
Friday November 23, 2012, 10:34 am
Thank you, dear Rosemary.
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:06 am
Lovely smile on the childs face above. Please if anyone can help in the saving of Pe' Sla, a most Sacred place, on par for the Indians as the Wailing Wall, or Mecca, or Lourdes is to others, please check out link below.

Can we try to do a little of what Leonard Peltier states below. Stand up for something positive, to start correcting a wrong, and knowing together we could and can do this. As he said, we MUST do it together. we ALL need Pe' Sla, don't let the Corporations get this land too.
Save Pe' Sla November 30 deadline fast approaching So Please get the word out to everyone and everywhere

I am also sorry about your wrist Rosemary hope it's better soon. I know you left a link to Leonard Peltiers message I leave his words below.

Greeting my relatives, friends, and supporters,

It is with great honor that I get a chance to speak with you even though it’s a written message that someone has to read.

I’m saddened that we have to call this a Day of Mourning, but we must take every opportunity to remind this nation when it comes to keeping their word about treaties, about human rights, about the environment, about excess pollution – that it has failed miserably on all of those concerns. Also want to remind the major religions that speak about peace and love and brotherhood and are celebrating this thing called Thanksgiving, that we the native people of this land realistically overall have nothing to truly be thankful about regarding the arrival of the pilgrims.

And I would also like to remind the major various religions of this country that in all their teachings it says you reap what you sow. And if that is a true statement, if that is the law given by the Creator, then you have to only look around at the news of the day to see that that statement is coming to pass. This country is not keeping its solemn word under god that it gave regarding our treaties. And they don’t keep their own Scriptures that say not to bear false witness or lie. They’ve tried to keep us from honoring our fathers by destroying our culture. They violated their word where it says “thou shalt not kill”, violated every one of their commandments regarding our people in this land. And they will truly reap what they sow.

I also want to say that in the spirit of compassion and reason, and fairness, and forgiveness, that its never too late to turn things around. Actually I should say that’s not quite correct, it can be too late. There’s an old Cheyenne saying that a nation is never destroyed until the hearts of its women are on the ground. And if you look around you will see the decline of America. And it is entirely possible that that teaching is not far off. One thing as a people that we do have to be thankful for and thankful to the Creator only, we are still alive we are still a people. And we still know who we are, we still have a commitment to the Creator to protect this land, we still have a commitment to protect the laws of nature that were given unto us, to our ancestors. We are probably the only people on this continent that would be better off if this whole system fell apart. Because we possess the knowledge, the teaching and the culture to live in harmony with that which the Creator has given us.

I want to encourage all the young people, to always remember your health and the health of the earth are the most important things that you possess. And that self-discipline is the most important thing that you can learn. And taking responsibility for ourselves and our future is the most empowering thing that we can do. Right now you are listening to my words the words of a man in prison for 30 something years. A man who has had limited contact and yet I am able to speak to you now. And the reason I am saying this is because with all the freedom that you do possess you could do so much more. Educate yourself to our true history, educate yourself to what is really going on today, and educate yourself as to what needs to be done to make a better tomorrow for yourselves and your children’s children, our future generations.

Again I want to say I am just an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances. There is nothing that I have done or said that you cannot do or say and much better because you possess more freedom than I do. We need each other. If I am ever to be free, I need you. And the truth is, none of us are truly free right now, because any people who is afraid of their government, is not free. We all need to be warriors of one. Each needs to know how to defend themselves on any level. And as I’ve said before we need to recapture the freedoms we’ve lost and protect the ones we still have.

In closing I want to encourage each and every one of you to stand up in your own way in whatever way you can for what’s right, try to right what’s wrong and know that in my heart and in whatever way I can help you, that I will be with you. We need each other, you need each other, and we need the help of all peoples to correct this great damage that is taking place throughout the earth. Our battle is not with a race a people or a color, our battle is with ignorance and greed that is ruling the governments of men today.

Again I want to thank you and in the spirit of crazy horse and all those beautiful people that have stood up for what’s right in the past, and the ones standing up now. Stay strong and support one another,

Your Friend Always and in All Ways,

Leonard Peltier

 

Robert O. (12)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:20 pm
Thanks Rosemary.
 

carol k. (17)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:28 pm
God bless the REAL True American the Native American Indian , They deserve so much more than what they have been dealt! They should not have to pay taxes, no college fees & all free schooling, free land and free housing and no taxes on businesses for 10 years
 

Roseann D. (178)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:33 pm
I agree with Carol K. WE should be paying them rent.
 

Christeen Anderson (452)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:03 pm
Thank you to all my native american Care2 friends and families.
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:54 pm
Fantastic post Rosemary noted shared tweeted and g+ i hope you ar feeling better please take care of yourself and rest that wrist missy!
 

Richard Zane Smith (86)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:50 pm
yamendawahstih (good words!)
 

Lyn Z. (295)
Friday November 23, 2012, 5:39 pm
Thanks Rosemary.
Hold that wrist still = learn how to type one-handed = I KNOW you can do it.
 

Vanessa Escobar (9)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:07 pm
thanks for sharing
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:47 pm
Thank you, RoseMary.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:06 pm
Thank you for sharing this very important article, Rosemary! I hope your wrist heals quickly!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:43 am
It always wrings my heart and head when I read or hear people making such distinctions between "them" and "us"... actually is is offensive...If not for the natives, we would not have this of have that....
 

paul m. (93)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:35 am

Nice one ,,,,,Thanks
 

F Wilson (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 6:22 am
Thanks
 

l L. (1)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 10:08 am
In much appreciation; I am again impressed. Thank you for sharing, the many truths written here at this time, of which.... I do agree.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:10 pm
thank you my dear friend
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (154)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 3:45 pm
Thanks for sharing Rosemary!
 

David Menard (43)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 4:00 pm
Thanks
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 7:08 pm
thank you Rosemary and thanks Sheryl for posting Peltiers letter as well. If only governments around the world would let the Native peoples do what they know best! We could read of so many more tribal vitory stories, if they could just do what is needed!! The rest of us is merely a very lousy substitute, not strong enough yet to fight all the evil and destruction around us. And even 12 NA heritage months could never right the wrong done to them.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 11:17 pm
Thanks indeed to Rosemary and Sheryl. The letter from Leonard touched our hearts. Why oh why is Leonard Peltier not free. What could possibly be achieved by making this wonderful human being suffer imprisonment for so long? Heartbreaking.
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:52 pm
Thanks for sharing
noted
 

bilja k. (48)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 10:29 am
I like this post.thanks.
 

Sarah C. (46)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 3:17 am
Thanks for this important message sweetie - hope your wrist heals quickly & perfectly... XO ps. sign the petition everyone!!
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:11 am
thanks Rosemary shared
 
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