Petition to Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the USA Army at Wounded Knee in 1890

Discovered this petition on the book of faces this morning:

 

We petition the Obama administration to:

Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry in 1890 at Wounded Knee.

Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry who participated in the slaughter of 300 or so Lakota Sioux, mostly unarmed women and children (approximately 200) at Wounded Knee on December, 29 1890.

Require all federal agencies and arms to refer to the Wounded Knee Massacre as a “Massacre” and not a “Battle or Battlefield.”

Help us rewrite history and forge a better way forward. We do not remember these tragedies to hurt, we remember to heal. We are facing the holocaust head strong, we are coming through it. We are lifting our heads and reclaiming our dignity.

 

Link to petition to President Obama regarding a request to rescind the Medals of Honor awarded USA Army soldiers at Wounded Knee in 1890.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/rescind-20-medals-honor-awarded-soldiers-us-army-7th-cavalry-1890-wounded-knee/9X4jLlqF

“endless buffalo” remembering Wounded Knee, 29 December 1890

“endless buffalo”

 

winter sun crests

tobacco scent and smoking sage

bones entwined bearing winter weights

tears wiped

yet

mounted hooves beating

drumming living ways

singing songs of wounded knee

still

what mothers lay

children so still atop cemetery hill

while men wrongly graved

all yearning stomachs filled

~~may spring tall green grasses and endless buffalo bring

 

Photo credit @ Mr. Huynh posted Lonely Planet: Bialowieza Forest July 2012

http://lonelyplanet.seo1k.net/2012/07/lonely-planet-biaowieza-forest.html

@wojcik

Roads to and from Wounded Knee

Spirit Road From Wounded Knee @evawojcik

 

“Spirit Road From Wounded Knee”  is only one simple rendition of the possible spiritual paths of those journeying into the spirit realm after the massacre at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890.

On December 28, 2010 the Big Foot Memorial Riders/Future Generations Riders  will arrive at Cemetery Hill.  Safe passage and all things good to the Riders and all their relations awaiting their arrival at Wounded Knee this day.

Radio coverage of Big Foot Memorial Ride LIVE now on KILI!

Tune into to KiLi online at  http://www.kiliradio.org/  to hear the voice of the Lakota people. Kills Straight is being interviewed now about the history of the ride.

Heads up–this coverage ended at 1pm cst on Dec. 27. But you can still discover Kili’s community coverage via the link.

Big Foot Memorial Ride -> Future Generations Ride

This year the Big Foot Memorial Ride transitions to the Future Generations Ride.  This is a passing of the ‘torch’ from the older generations to the young people.  The ride commenced in 1986  in order to help heal the long-term grief of the Lakota people regarding the Massacre at Wounded Knee of Big Foot’s band on  December 29, 1890. Since 1986 men, women and children have ridden on horseback  through all sorts of winter weather conditions across several hundred miles of rough terrain in honor of the dead. Freezing winds,  blizzards, ice storms, deep snow have never stopped the riders or their support system. The ride ends on December 28 when the  riders reach Cemetery Hill at Wounded Knee. Unlike some survivors of the 1890 massacre like Comes-Home-Crawling, no one rides alone. 

For in depth information regarding this ‘transition’ and the people involved –> http://64.38.12.138/News/2010/022278.asp  Indianz.com for the article written by Randall Howell @ Native Sun News.

The images are linked to their sources.

Video uploaded by darknkreepy who admits his pronunciation of Lakota names could use some work. It’s not a capital offence, at least not in my opinion.

Cemetery Hill, Wounded Knee, 2006 @wojcik

National Native American Heritage Month Proclamation

 

 Bigfoot Memorial Riders image by Sarah Penman –click on photo for more information.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2010

Presidential Proclamation–National Native American Heritage Month

——-
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

For millennia before Europeans settled in North America, the indigenous peoples of this continent flourished with vibrant cultures and were the original stewards of the land. From generation to generation, they handed down invaluable cultural knowledge and rich traditions, which continue to thrive in Native American communities across our country today. During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate their importance to our great Nation and our world.

America’s journey has been marked both by bright times of progress and dark moments of injustice for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Since the birth of America, they have contributed immeasurably to our country and our heritage, distinguishing themselves as scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in all aspects of our society. Native Americans have also served in the United States Armed Forces with honor and distinction, defending the security of our Nation with their lives. Yet, our tribal communities face stark realities, including disproportionately high rates of poverty, unemployment, crime, and disease. These disparities are unacceptable, and we must acknowledge both our history and our current challenges if we are to ensure that all of our children have an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream. From upholding the tribal sovereignty recognized and reaffirmed in our Constitution and laws to strengthening our unique nation-to- nation relationship, my Administration stands firm in fulfilling our Nation’s commitments.

Over the past 2 years, we have made important steps towards working as partners with Native Americans to build sustainable and healthy native communities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to impact the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including through important projects to improve, rebuild, and renovate schools so our children can get the education and skills they will need to compete in the global economy. At last year’s White House Tribal Nations Conference, I also announced a new consultation process to improve communication and coordination between the Federal Government and tribal governments.

This year, I was proud to sign the landmark Affordable Care Act, which permanently reauthorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, a cornerstone of health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This vital legislation will help modernize the Indian health care system and improve health care for 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. To combat the high rates of crime and sexual violence in Native communities, I signed the Tribal Law and Order Act in July to bolster tribal law enforcement and enhance their abilities to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. And, recently, my Administration reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by Native American farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture that underscores our commitment to treat all our citizens fairly.

As we celebrate the contributions and heritage of Native Americans during this month, we also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together in writing a new, brighter chapter in our joint history.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2010 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 26, 2010, as Native American Heritage Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

                 BARACK OBAMA

Elouise Cobell  vs the USA for years and years–and still no payment.

Ongoing Legacy of the Boarding Schools

300 women, children, & men killed at Wounded Knee, 12/29/1890

Wounded Knee Grave on Cemetery Hill

For no rational reason, because there was no “war”, no outbreak, no raids, no threat of military conflict, an estimated 300 infants, boys, girls, women and men were killed by the United States Military on December 29, 1890.  On this day in 2009, the Big Foot Memorial  Riders and others  honor their memory at Cemetery Hill where approximately 146 are buried in a mass grave. In the surrounding hills and desolate plain at least another 25 women and children and 3 men, were buried  in unmarked graves wherever their bodies were found. Others died of their fatal wounds after being brought to the Pine Ridge Agency. An unknown number of living were ‘removed’ by friends and relations. At least 40 other bodies were ‘moved’ prior to the arrival of Dr. Eastman. According to the Army, rations were issued for 370 people of Big Foot/Spotted Elk’s band at the Wounded Knee camp. The army estimated around 70 survivors of unknown gender, age or condition among their Lakota relations. (Source, National Archives publication Microfilm 983, Central Plains Branch, KCMO).

Historical Marker

Remembering

Spirit Road from Wounded Knee

Cemetery Hill, Wounded Knee, 29 December 2006

After the sage is gone

After the tobacco has fallen

After the prayers have gone silent

After the singing has ceased

After the drums are still

After the rusting cars, mini-vans, trucks have rolled away

After the horses’ trailers have departed

After the alternator has been changed on the ancient blue and white pick-up

Then

Bowl sings

Instrument of a people without a country

But not without identity;

People making a new way-

Sings for a People with a land

Yet

Losing identity,

People fighting to heal their sacred hoop-

It sings rich and strong

To the North, South, East  and West

To the sky

To the earth

To the wind

To spirit within and without

Bowl sings as never before

Deep and full

Seeking all walking the winds

Bowl sings

Hopes

Spotted Elk’s Band dances

 

 

wojcik@2006

“Spotted Elk’s Tiospaye”

each doubting whisper

any thought of deviation

They counter

tug, pull, yank back on course

Don’t forget us!

No more silence!

“Pick up the dying,” artist wrote

but it’s damn clear there’s no need for picking up

hell, they’ve picked themselves up

closed their ranks

achieved their precious consensus

each time any departure beckons for consideration

this damp icy morning just one example

wondering in warm bookshop serenity

bitter black coffee forcing realistic clarity

“…there are other things to do…other poems to write

see, right there, possibilities galore in tidy literary rags”

Temptation sneaks foward

Their counter-attack is nothing sublte

They know precisely where and how to slip through enemy lines

striking with unabashed, devasting cunning in Rosebud with ‘from Stealing Indians’ by John E. Smelcer…..31—boarding school, ghost of dead mother, quick witted, undeterred Indian children on cracked ice saving Indian children in ice water

They knowing that it’s a fast leap

straight to three Cheyenne River Indian Agency girls, 1913,  two dead in the snow—

nine year old orphan boy without winter clothes ticket 215–

Comes Home Crawling POW May 1891~

James Red Hawk’s failing lungs failing his resourceful spirit~

Their brilliantly executed strategy

destroys all competition

Nothing else to do until Spotted Elk’s Tiospaye receive their just due

so it’s back on the trek to Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890,

back to the Cheyenne River Indian Agency….

 

Eva Wojcik@2009       see May archive for We Shall Remain Shallow post

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