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Remembering John Trudell

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- 833 days ago -
On December 8th, 2015 Santee Sioux activist, artist, actor, poet, and one time national chairman for the American Indian Movement John Trudell passed on.


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Sheryl G (359)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 6:38 pm
I hope everyone who can will listen to the video of Look At Us - however if you can't access video's there is still enough information on here to give a touch of how John Trudell Walked for those unfamiliar with him.

“He is extremely eloquent, therefore extremely dangerous.”
~FBI memo on John Trudell

The FBI dossier on Trudell exceeded 17,000 pages, one of the largest in bureau history.

All he ever did was use his words........and for that he paid a heavy price as this article states.........

Freya H (345)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 6:50 pm
His spirit will live on in his actions. In his memory let us support the courageous water defenders at Standing Rock.

Animae C (508)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 7:39 pm
Oh wow has it been a year!
We lost a great man a year ago.

TY Dande

Animae C (508)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 7:43 pm
Actually i meant tracking, so i can come back later.

Peggy B (43)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 8:15 pm

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday December 12, 2016, 12:27 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday December 12, 2016, 3:06 am
Another great loss - RIP John Trudell.

Sue L (72)
Monday December 12, 2016, 6:01 am
He was truly an inspiration. That offer he made for Alcatraz was brilliant!

JL A (281)
Monday December 12, 2016, 9:45 am
An example for honoring and keeping the memories alive--thanks for helping us do so Dandelion

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 12, 2016, 1:48 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday December 12, 2016, 5:50 pm
A lot of the younger water protectors I was finding out were just learning of John Trudell and realizing how brilliant he was. Indeed he was - he was way ahead and telling us like it was if only anybody would listen and take it to heart.

fly bird (26)
Monday December 12, 2016, 6:53 pm
“No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense.”

― John Trudell

fly bird (26)
Monday December 12, 2016, 6:56 pm
"Man's heart away from nature becomes hard."

- Standing Bear, Ponca Native American Chief, mid-1800s.

Bryan S (105)
Monday December 12, 2016, 8:22 pm
John Trudell was a great man. Very intelligent, charismatic, and always with the people.

Judy C (91)
Tuesday December 13, 2016, 2:21 am
I miss John Trudell so much. It still seems like he just can't be gone. His spirit surely does live on. Thanks Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 13, 2016, 2:50 am
The bravery to be admired

. (0)
Tuesday December 13, 2016, 12:04 pm

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday December 13, 2016, 1:22 pm
RIP John Trudell!

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday December 13, 2016, 11:18 pm
RIP John Trudell. Thanks Dandelion

Anne Haarhoff (52)
Wednesday December 14, 2016, 12:50 am
Thank you, Dandelion. Nelson Mandela said, "They tried to bury me but they didn't realise I was a seed." So too with John Trudell. He will be present in many more ways than were ever dreamt of.

Lisa M (13)
Wednesday December 14, 2016, 10:09 am
Rest in Peace, John.

Millie O'Connor (153)
Wednesday December 14, 2016, 7:24 pm
Rest in peace, John. Thanks, Dandelion.

bob Petermann (79)
Wednesday December 14, 2016, 7:45 pm
Thank you John for all you did on this earth of ours. Thanks for the post

MmAway M (522)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 12:07 am
Thank you Sheryl... I had to copy past this part....

By this we mean that this place resembles most Indian reservations, in that:

1. It is isolated from modern facilities, and without adequate means of transportation.
2. It has no fresh running water.
3. The sanitation facilities are inadequate.
4. There are no oil or mineral rights.
5. There is no industry and so unemployment is very great.
6. There are no health care facilities.
7. The soil is rocky and non-productive and the land does not support game.
8. There are no educational facilities.
9. The population has always been held as prisoners and kept dependent upon others.

Further, it would be fitting and symbolic that ships from all over the world, entering the Golden Gate, would first see Indian land, and thus be reminded of the true history of this nation. This tiny island would be a symbol of the great lands once ruled by free and noble Indians.

From 1973-1979, Trudell served as the national chairman of the American Indian Movement. In 1979, while at a demonstration in Washington DC, Trudell’s pregnant wife, Tina Manning, three children and his mother-in-law were killed in a fire at her parents house on the Duck Valley reservation. Trudell and others have long suspected government involvement as the cause of the fire.

The FBI dossier on Trudell exceeded 17,000 pages, one of the largest in bureau history."


Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 4:49 am
Thank you Marilyn - John Trudell did not take his journey this year - this is to remember him and I do hope that people take the time, as you did Marilyn, to read what was written and to listen to the videos.

John Trudell in my mind is the Native American Martin Luther King Jr. Yet because he is Native American not as many people know of him. Therefore, even though he is gone, please become familiar with his words as his words are just as fresh today as back then - in fact more so perhaps as he was Visionary.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 6:21 am
Thanks to internet - his words are getting a wider sharing!

Some great comments here, too. And if I see a comment "ok" on a thread like this, I'll blow my top!!!!! :>)

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 6:26 am
Infuriatingly - lastrealindians site isn't working for me :(
I've tried several different ways ... including via FB/ Digital Smoke Signals ...

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 7:38 am
I'll write out the words for you Evelyn and link direct to the youtube video:

Remembering Trudell by Matt Remle

“He is extremely eloquent, therefore extremely dangerous.”
~FBI memo on John Trudell

On December 8th, 2015 Santee Sioux activist, artist, actor, poet, and one time national chairman for the American Indian Movement John Trudell passed on.

John Trudell was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up near the Santee Sioux Reservation. After a serving in the US Navy, Trudell became involved Native activism and in 1969 he joined others in the occupation of Alcatraz were he served as the spokesman.

The 14 month occupation of Alcatraz drew international attention to the issues impacting Native communities from treaty rights abuses to poverty. John Trudell gave daily radio addresses from the island.

Alcatraz Proclamation To the Great White Father and his People 1969

We, the native Americans, re-claim the land known as Alcatraz Island in the name of all American Indians by right of discovery. We wish to be fair and honorable in our dealings with the Caucasian inhabitants of this land, and hereby offer the following treaty: We will purchase said Alcatraz Island for 24 dollars in glass beads and red cloth, a precedent set by the white man’s purchase of a similar island about 300 years ago.

We know that $24 in trade goods for these sixteen acres is more than was paid when Manhattan Island was sold, but we know that land values have risen over the years. Our offer of $1.24 per acre is greater than the 47 cents per acre the white men are now paying the California Indians for their land.

We will give to the inhabitants of this land a portion of that land for their own, to be held in trust by the American Indian Government for as long as the sun shall rise and the rivers go down to the sea — to be administered by the Bureau of Caucasian Affairs (BCA). We will further guide the inhabitants in the proper way of living.

We will offer them our religion, our education, our life-ways, in order to help them achieve our level of civilization and thus raise them and all their white brothers up from their savage and unhappy state. We offer this treaty in good faith and wish to be fair and honorable in our dealings with all white men. We feel that this so-called Alcatraz Island is more than suitable as and Indian Reservation, as determined by the white man’s own standards.

Marilyn wrote the rest in an above comment so I'll not copy as this is long enough.......

In 1983, Trudell released “Tribal Voice” a spoken word album to critical acclaim. He would go on to record several albums. LOOK AT US

Trudell inspired generations of Native peoples and non-Native peoples alike with his philosophies and world views that challenged people to think deeply and critically about the industrial societies in which we live in and what it means to be a human in a world that is rapidly losing its understanding of being human.

I had posted this video on a long time ago on C2 however as it was on this article it worth watching again or for a first time. MINING OUR MINDS FOR THE MACHINE

Paola S (10)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 9:43 am
Please read his old book " Stickman" if you didn't.
You are always in my heart John.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 10:47 am
Rest in Peace . . . . .
Thanks Sheryl

Beryl L (78)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 12:05 pm
RIP John
thanks for posting this Dandelion. Indeed the two Johns should be remembered together. For their views that spoke the truth in a Nation that feeds lies to the majority. Thanks for these men and the ones who follow in their footsteps with their heads held just as high. I hope their views and words are taught to a younger generation of people and maybe more will take positive and very brave action against the "establishment".

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 1:31 pm
Evelyn: " And if I see a comment "ok" on a thread like this, I'll blow my top!!!!! :>)"

Well Lenore continues to disappoint......

Janet B (0)
Thursday December 15, 2016, 6:37 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday December 16, 2016, 1:06 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday December 16, 2016, 1:45 am
Shared the original link you gave Dandelion. Now listening to the embedded ones!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday December 16, 2016, 1:46 am
The tribal material is superb stuff, with John's narration.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday December 16, 2016, 1:53 am
The Freedom of Speech footage is poignant, and just shows how angry America is when it doesn't get its own way. . .

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday December 16, 2016, 1:59 am
That last one, Mining Our Minds, is very interesting, and reminds me of the first Matrix movie, "I am trying to free your mind."

These clips are only short, so everyone should take the time to watch them, listen and ponder. They strike a light in the heart.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 16, 2016, 6:09 am
I STILL can't access the lastrealindians site :

Sheryl G (359)
Friday December 16, 2016, 10:47 am
Well here comes another with 0 friends, closed profile, just running across my news threads saying thank you. Appears someone has more time on their hands than anything. Very sad.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday December 16, 2016, 11:01 am
Passive troll reported to CARE2.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 16, 2016, 11:52 am
II see that my last comment got heavily cut - how wierd!

The full comment was
STILL can't access the lastrealindians site :

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 16, 2016, 11:54 am
And AGAIN truncated!!!

It should have read:
I STILL can't access the lastrealindians site

So I really appreciate your sharing the text, thanks Dandelion *****************.

I remember the former posting of Mining Our Minds - it led me to search more of his work.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 16, 2016, 11:54 am
(Thank goodness for Lazarus!!)

Animae C (508)
Friday December 16, 2016, 12:32 pm
Passive troll flagged.

Janet B (0)
Friday December 16, 2016, 1:01 pm

W. C (7)
Friday December 16, 2016, 1:46 pm
Thank you.

Janis K (129)
Friday December 16, 2016, 6:56 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 16, 2016, 11:13 pm
What is meant by "passive troll"?

People who just say "ok"?
I wouldn't call that "troll" behaviour - Meaningless, irritating ... yes. Especially when 99% of someone's comments are restricted to one (rather meaningless) comment repeated everywhere. But not "troll". Butterfly chasing? Yes, probably.

How will you distinguish from those who seldom say more than "Noted", "N&S", "TFS", "Thanks"?
Granted - such comments don't really contribute much to discussion, & when there's an extremely interesting discussion in the thread, or when the story is about something very sad or unjust or shocking - such short responses can be irritating, leaving one wondering "did they even look at the article, or read the worthwhile discussion?"

But I don't think we should judge them "trollish", passive troll, unless there is something that is clearly with the intention to disrupt.

If a Care2 member opts not to express their thoughts - that's their right.
If they are chasing butterflies &/or first place in the rating of "contributor" (which doesn't weigh quality of contribution, only number) ... sad & irritating, but that's also their right.

Their loss if in fact they've missed out, for example here, on information and thoughts about a great man.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday December 16, 2016, 11:39 pm
Thanks again

Animae C (508)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 1:04 am
And right after Evelyn's comment we have a 'thanks again' AGAIN!!

Evelyn the way you distinguish is by how many times the same person repeats the exact same comment on the thread.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 1:25 am
Animae - yes, you're right! - repetition in a same thread is a good indicator! That comment is definitely part of a series that is either a private dispute going on in several threads or a gratuitous irritation! (I suppose it could be butterfly hunting, but somehow, that seems unlikely!)

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 1:26 am
Sorry, Dandelion - I'm afraid I took the thread off-subject.
(But I think Trudell might well have approved the spirit ??)

Animae C (508)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 1:34 am
Evelyn it's always the same few repeating one or two words on quite a few threads!

i sometimes don't have enough time & may comment with "TY & the persons name" so they will know i have seen their post/article but i don't repeat my comment 3, 4 or 5 times on the same thread.
The fact that one repeated their 2 words directly after your comment above just proves their childish behaviour!

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 3:21 am
Yes - you sometimes just say TY - but when you've something to contribute, you say much more - even if it means coming back when you have time to write a bit more!! Not at all the same thing!

But repetitive "non-comments" aren't necessary trollish behaviour! Often just rather childish - and tend to make the commenter look rather stupid after the first or second time!!

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 3:22 am
Now - let's let this thread revert its focus onto Trudell's superb wordings ... all too little known outside a small informed audience!

Animae C (508)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 3:35 am
Very childish! i hope this thread is being tracked by....

My apologies to Dande for taking this thread off-topic.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 6:24 am
The main link provided by Dandelion contains three embedded links which merit serious attention.
They're not long, and are worth listening to/watching.

Marija M (25)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 1:06 pm
thank you for sharing.

Marija M (25)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 1:06 pm
RIP John

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 4:18 pm
Dandelion - I've learnt so much from your posts AND your comments on posts ... and from following through to other links found on the pages of articles you've pointed us to. John Trudell is one case in point: I watched several videos of his, and I'd never have picked up on the documentary about him if you hadn't sensitised me to his writing!
(John Trudell (Full Documentary))

And he is SO right about "THE BIG LIE" ....

Janet B (0)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 4:47 pm

David B (34)
Saturday December 17, 2016, 9:13 pm
Thank You Dandelion. for this post and the many others that you have given us . without your posts so many , myself sometimes included would have less knowledge than they do now . be well . and keep up the good fight .

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday December 18, 2016, 12:37 am
Thanks again

Janet B (0)
Sunday December 18, 2016, 4:26 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday December 19, 2016, 1:01 am
Perhaps the organisers of this website are enjoying their festive season so so not know the repeats on this website, but thanks anyway.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday December 19, 2016, 5:39 am
And what repeats are you speaking upon Margie? All the thanks and thanks again. I see many that you have done. Do you not have control of yourself? Must C2 have to remove repeated comments by you? Should that be their job or your own self control?

Sheryl G (359)
Monday December 19, 2016, 5:41 am
Thank you David and Evelyn - I honestly would like to see a better world and so do my best to present all sorts of information out there in hopes that somehow someone gains something from it. John Trudell was one of the great minds that Walked this Earth.

Lenore K (0)
Monday December 19, 2016, 10:45 am

Evelyn B (63)
Monday December 19, 2016, 11:29 am
WHAT is "ok"???????????????????????????????????

That Trudell WAS one of the great minds?
That some of us are fed up with meaningless comments (especially in threads that actually have some really interesting exchanges)?

As you already said on Thursday December 15, 2016, 1:31 pm, Dandelion ...
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