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Society & Culture  (tags: Crazy Horse, Tasunke Witko, American Indian, Native American, Dominent Culture, Capitalism, hoarding, exploitation, redistribution, respect, communal ethic, greed )

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Native societies, redistributed wealth to gain respect, and those who hoarded were detested, they upheld a communal ethic that had to be obliterated and replaced with the greed, ceaseless exploitation of the self in order to fuel capitalist expansion.

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Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 6, 2012, 4:26 pm
Native Americans’ resistance to the westward expansion of Europeans took two forms. One was violence. The other was accommodation. Neither worked. Their land was stolen, their communities were decimated, their women and children were gunned down and the environment was ravaged. There was no legal recourse. There was no justice. There never is for the oppressed.

The wašin icu “made us many promises, more than I can remember,” Chief Red Cloud said in old age, “but they kept but one. They promised to take our land, and they took it.”

And as we face similar forces of predatory, unchecked corporate power intent on ruthless exploitation and stripping us of legal and physical protection, we must confront how we will respond.

Civilizations in the final stages of decay are dominated by elites out of touch with reality. Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth.


ExxonMobil, BP and the coal and natural gas companies—like the colonial buffalo hunters who left thousands of carcasses rotting in the sun after stripping away the hides, and in some cases carrying away only the tongues—will never impose rational limits on themselves.

They will exploit, like the hustlers before them who eliminated the animals that sustained the native peoples of the Great Plains, until there is nothing left to exploit.

Collective suicide is never factored into quarterly profit reports.

Forget all those virtuous words they taught you in school about our system of government. The real words to describe American power are “plunder,” “fraud,” “criminality,” “deceit,” “murder” and “repression.”

All the above statements were exerpted from the article but I hope you will read it in it's entirety. I have for a long time now been trying to covey in various ways, that what happened to the American Indian has not stopped to them or with them and now it's spreading like a cancer to all of the people upon this land and reaching out across the entire planet.

The American Indians, like the Indigeneous everywhere, have been the proverbial canary in the coal mine, their sacrifice has been great with what was taken from them, and taken from all of our relations around the world, and our humanity. But has anyone at all awakened and learned from this? Now to be in a neighborhood near you?

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse Tasunke Witko......May all my brothers and sisters start listening to their hearts or else we all perish.

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Friday July 6, 2012, 6:19 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting Dandelion.

Judy C (97)
Friday July 6, 2012, 8:17 pm
I'm glad that when I was a child my Mom told me the real story about our so-called glorious past, such as stealing Indians' homeland and comodifying and ruining everything in sight. So I never bought into the milarkee we were fed in History class. There is really a struggle going on now for our future and our planet. Sometimes I feel hopeful, and sometimes I don't. It still matters what actions we ourselves take, and what we teach our children and grandchildren.

Judy C (97)
Friday July 6, 2012, 8:18 pm
And thanks for posting this, Dandelion.

Mary T (178)
Friday July 6, 2012, 8:29 pm
Thanks Dandelion for the great post, Very interesting and so true.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 1:28 am
Karl Marx was correct when he called unregulated capitalism “a machine for demolishing limits.” This failure to impose limits cannibalizes natural resources and human communities.
I so agree with you Sheryl,thanks for posting.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 2:21 am
Thanks for posting Sheryl. I believe that the monster that was created is now beginning tofeed on itself! Noted and shared on facebook. xx

Patricia Cannell (825)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 8:35 am
Only when it happens in our own back yards will people listen. Thanks for posting Dandelion!!

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 8:43 am
That is the sad fact Patricia, people don't seem to want to see the writing on the wall, they must wait until they are knee deep in it before they start wanting to do something about it. Is the old, well I'm ok attitude. This is a condition that needs to change, we need to feel in our hearts that if our sisters and brothers are not doing ok then we are not really doing ok either. That their difficulties are our difficulties and could spread to us, like a cancer, if not haulted and rectified. Camilla pointed out this article to me from another I had posted, and it was too good not to put on here, so I thank her for pointing me in it's direction.

ilja c (48)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 2:32 pm
I like this article and your sentence:if our sisters and brothers are not doing ok then we are not really doing ok

Kath P (9)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 3:15 pm
Sad fact but one which repeats itself on a regular basis.

Russell R (87)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 3:55 pm
Civilizations in the final stages of decay are dominated by elites out of touch with reality. That is our Government, today! Out of touch with "We the People" and only know the welfare of the few! The Supreme Court now recognizes a Corporation as a Person. You would think that those we entrusted with the Welfare of "We the People" and the Land that we possess, would have learned from History, that this Country was built because of being taxed without representation by a Declaration of Independence written 236 years ago. from British rule, "We the People" are being forced into a New Revolution to take back our Rights and Liberties from those that are employed by "We the People!" This Land is Our Land, not yours to Frack Up!

Marge F (0)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 4:07 pm
Thank-you for the post Dandelion. On Tuesday, 7/10/2012 the program 'Our America" with Lisa Ling will be airing 'Life on the Res' which addresses the plight of the Native Americans. I have watched many of her programs & they are very well done & deal with issues in America I tend to think many are not aware of. A FYI.

Kamila A (141)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 4:24 pm
this is a great article. My only comment is that Obama will redeem whatever "failures" are perceived in him in this term. To the present time he is surrounded by evil men, and walks a narrow road lined with mines.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 4:37 pm
Thank you Margaret for the information about the program for Tuesday, I was not aware of it, but I'll be sure to make it a point to watch. I certainly hope you are correct Camila, I truly hope what you say comes true. He has really lost me on many issues, like when he extended the Bush Tax cuts, also put Social Security on the chopping block, signed in the NDAA and now this TPP and no I'm not voting for Romney either but will go 3rd Party.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 4:55 pm
Thanks Dandelion another great post

JM A (176)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 6:50 pm

Joe R (190)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 4:42 am
Shameful ... and we've learned nothing from our checkered past!

TomCat S (128)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 7:18 am
Native American societies have a much healthier perspective on wealth.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 7:38 am
Parallels that remind us that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it?

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 9:53 am
Noted, thanks.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 10:16 am
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marie C (163)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 1:28 pm
Noted thanks

Patricia E G (54)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 10:58 pm
An enjoyable read. Particularly the bio on Crazy Horse.
Thank you Sheryl :)

Past Member (0)
Monday July 9, 2012, 5:15 am
Thanks .

Sheryl G (360)
Monday July 9, 2012, 7:45 am
Indeed Patricia, there was a moral to the story that this article projected. It centered around Crazy Horse. I do hope for those who read the article they were able to pick up that. Despite all we need to be true to our own inner selves.

I also have a quote on my page from Martin Luther King, Jr. that I think fits nicely with these times. I can see these two men sitting besides each other having good conversation, and perhaps they are in the Spirit World.

"The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

. (0)
Monday July 9, 2012, 11:06 am
summed up in one phrase..there is never justice for the oppressed. Thanks for the post Dandelion. Hoping people are realizing the mistakes of the past before we get "knee deep" in them again..

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Monday July 9, 2012, 11:06 am
trying to note again..not sticking

Sheryl G (360)
Monday July 9, 2012, 12:03 pm
Unfortunately we already are knee deep in them and rising. I just want enough people to take their heads out of their butts around this Nation and start rolling up their sleeves to push those in power to finally do the right things to get us out of these messes. Even getting Glass-Steagall back would be starters, for it only took 7 years to tank the economy which has gone around the world. Thanks for reading the article.

April Strickland (1)
Monday July 9, 2012, 2:48 pm
My great grandmother was a full blooded shoshone native, I'm just starting to read about what happened to them... its all heart breaking and wrong! I myself... im not exactly lost but im not quite found... lm somewhere between the solid rock and shifting sand!

jay way (11)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 12:41 am
I feel guilty anyway for the Indian peoples, it was my english ancestors who went there and ruined the whole country - - Oh to be able to turn the clocks back and sink those ships - - -

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 3:01 am
Thanks Sheryl for an excellent article! Cannot star you. You are so right Toni.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 5:53 am
Thank you Jay for your compassion, unfortunately, with Rulers of Countries feeling always the need to exploit others at the expense of other people and their Nations and communities, if it wasn't those boats others would of eventually have followed. We also had the Dutch over here, the Spanish, France was here, everyone was in the mix and fighting over territory that wasn't even theirs to begin with.

What was the shame when they arrived at Paradise is that they hadn't embraced it and never went back or if they did go back, tell people how awful it was so no more would come over to abuse what they had found. As the Eagles said in a song they wrote, "they found paradise and put up a parking lot."

M B (62)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 11:30 am
The "whites" still speak with a forked tongue; I haven't forgotten the introduction of "firewater" and all the misery that came along with it. Las Vegas is one of the worst examples of stolen land...Give the Natives back their dignity and pride, and don't let them live in "reservations".

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 2:36 am
Thanks for the article.
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