“Protect the Sacred” ~ Earth is Everywhere and We’re All On It.

Elahogiant’s channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/elahogiant?feature=watch

Indigenous Environmental Network  info  on gathering  http://www.ienearth.org/gathering-to-protect-the-sacred-from-the-tar-sands-and-keystone-xl/

http://www.protectthesacred.org/about

It’s such fun meeting new people. Here’s a very energetic fellow, Richard F. Clement Jr. CEO, President, Director, Member of Disclosure and Compensation Committees at Powertech Uranium Corp. Yep, Mr. Clement is a big fan of uranium.

           Sorry for such a narrow focus, but my curiosity about Powertech knows no boundaries.  I can’t quite figure out why anyone would want to deal with uranium extraction in any manner. Oh yes the nuclear power industry and the nuclear weapons industry and some other poor sods who think nuclear energy is so sweet even though there’s NO way to clean up its toxic waste. Well, I so need to get past this uranium compulsion so I’m just going to drop the “dots” here and let the lines be what they are–visible or invisible to any inquiring minds. When I find some wonderful visual that connects it all, like the water cycle illustration, I will gleefully share it. Haven’t found one for uranium mining/extraction–yet. There’s got to be one out there somewhere. Do share if you have a link to one. For now your ears may have to take the lead.  So many “dots” and only so much brainspace for juggling them all.  Whose got a pencil/pen for lines between dots? Reading and listening necessary for inking–unless you’re following in Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize winning footsteps.

Trivia tidbit, Marie Curie’s cookbook and scientific papers are radioactive-per Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie .  Working on the cutting edge of science at her time, Curie had no foreknowledge of the health dangers connected with radioactive materials.

Bloomberg Businessweek information source http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=35789868&ticker=PWE:CN

 

Yes, Mr. Richard F. Clement is a very busy fellow. But don’t worry about him being overworked and underpaid at $249,500 (stock options included) per year as of 2011.  Clement is a long time fan of uranium mining according to his profile on the Bloomberg Businessweek page. He likes mining uranium in the United States for Powertech, a company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. (wave!). Mr. Clements has been playing with uranium in the USA (and Australia) since about 1967 as far as I can currently tell from his profile. Yep, he served Mobil Oil for starters as operations manager for uranium exploration in the USA. I wonder if he explored the uranium mines that some Navajo are rather concerned about in regard to health issues? Who knows? I’m sure Richard F. Clement Jr. knows for sure. But I don’t think he’s going to tell me.  Maybe Uranium Resources in New Mexico can clarify this point? Probably could–but not likely to do so.

On Powertech’s website potential health issues regarding radioactive isotopes are downplayed to make uranium mining seem safe:

  • Uranium and its decay products primarily emit alpha particles that have little ability to penetrate through membranes, such as skin or even paper. Lower levels of both beta and gamma radiation also are emitted.
  • Long-term studies of regions with uranium recovery show no increased risk of cancer mortality from living nearby such facilities.

Powertech’s thinking is outlined here  http://www.powertechuranium.com/i/pdf/Powertech_Sept_2012_Presentation.pdf

If uranium extraction/recovery is harmless as Powertech wants folks to think, then I am a Great White Shark.

OOPS! Am not! Bummers.

More from Clement’s profile on Bloomberg Businessweek:

“He [Clement] served as a Senior Vice President of Exploration of Uranium Resources from 1983 to 1996 and subsequently as President of Uranium Resource’s New Mexico subsidiary, Hydro Resources Inc., until 1999 where he oversaw the securing of all necessary mining permits for ISL development of Hydro Resource’s uranium deposits.”

Obviously Mr. Clement has moved on in search of fresher uranium pastures in South Dakota and Wyoming per the Dewey-Burdock Project, Powder River Basin, Centennial and other proposed mining projects.

Lena Morgan describes “divide and conquer” uranium mine developer’s style –along with some other interesting tidbits to the tune of tailings waste. The other fellows’ comments ought to give anyone pause.

Video from Democracy Now!

More information fun about uranium mining from If You Love This Planet with Dr. Helen Caldicott –Medical Effects of Uranium Mining on Population  & Native Peoples. This program is well worth your listening time because of all the information it presents.

 

Powertech Exposed:      http://www.powertechexposed.com/

Power Uranium Corporation, Advancing Towards Uranium Production  http://www.powertechuranium.com/s/Home.asp

If Mr. Clement Jr has his way see what’s in store for Dewey-Burdock, Centennial, Powder River Basin, Aladdin and Dewey Terrace in South Dakota and Wyoming  http://www.powertechuranium.com/i/pdf/Powertech_Sept_2012_Presentation.pdf

 US Nuclear Regulatory Commission http://www.nrc.gov/

Locations of Uranium Recovery Sites  http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/decommissioning/uranium/index.html

re: Uranium Recovery http://www.nrc.gov/materials/uranium-recovery.html

re: Tribal Protocol Manual http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/state-tribal/tpm.html

Uranium information  http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/radionuclides/uranium.html

“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

The Incredible Winter Wonderland Coat Project!

from Yi-Ching Lin’s “waking up new” album

Tis the season of snow, wind, rain and cold for those of us without warm sandy beaches under our feet.  Tis the season of shopping too. Many folks use the gift giving holy days to update clothing needs for growing children.  In the Kansas City Metro area there’s a yearly winter clothing drive–“Project Warmth”–where people donate gently used coats at specially designated locations–check it out here –>>> http://www.projectwarmthkc.com/news-events/  .  Well, Cheryl Locke’s third graders do not live in the Kansas City Metro area, they live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and hence will not be receiving any coats or blankets from “Project Warmth.” Having learned that approximately half of Ms. Locke’s students have no winter coats at all –that’s right these children have no coats to wear for a winter in South Dakota–I figured it’s worth putting out a call for a few coats for them.  So if your child is getting a coat upgrade this winter please consider sharing their outgrown winter wear with a coatless child. There’s no donation button. There’s no middleman. There’s just Cheryl Locke’s address, coat sizes and eight children in need of some winterizing like the little one in Yi-Ching Lin’s photograph. Thank you.

1-boy size 14/16
2-boy size 14/16
3-boy size 14/16
4-boy size 14/16
5-boy size small, one size below 14/16

6-girl size 10/12
7-girl size 10/12
8-girl size 10/12

If you can share a gently used winter coat, please mail it directly to:

Cheryl Locke

P.O. Box 264

Porcupine, SD  57772

Link to Yi-Ching Lin’s “width” http://yichinglin.com/2011/02/03/width/

POST UPDATE:   This particular Coat Crusade is Complete thanks to the Volunteers at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. See the Huzzahs! post for them. But if you’ve got coats which need children,  please see the One Spirit Needs list via the Okini list link here http://nativeprogress.org/index.php/en/ .

namaste

90 Self Immolated Tibetans due to policy “made in China.”

The International Campaign for Tibet –> http://www.savetibet.org/

While the “free” world (Orwellian overtones notwithstanding) goes about its seasonal consumption binge to purchase many goods stamped with “made in China” the indigenous people of Tibet have been setting themselves on fire in protest.  Participants in the Occupy movement have nothing on Tibetans when it comes to legitimate grievances ranging from rampant cultural genocide to environmental destruction. There is no way to “spin” what has happened in Tibet during November 2012. There’s no double talk that puts things to rights.  Native American children may have to relinquish their statistical standing as the group with the highest suicide rate in the world to the Tibetans determined to be “heard” by resorting to suicide by fire.  I don’t write the preceding sentence without serious concern for the harsh realities faced by both groups.

The Holy Days/Holidays taken on a certain smoke tinged hue.

28 Self Immolations in one month.  —>> more at Students for a Free Tibet  https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/about-tibet/self-immolations

namaste

Cody, Wakeman, and Duncan — Sing-ing, Flute-ing and Hoop-ing — Spirit in the Pines

 

Ah the joys, not, of the computer age where your pc connection dictates the level of cooperation from any url in cyberspace. Yes, I’m having issues today with my keyboard, monitor and hard drive. So, since ‘everything’ connected apparently had no desire to inhabit the same blog post here on WordPress at the same time here’s one just for the videos on YouTube for the performers at the upcoming Spirit in the Pines benefit concert at the Museum of Northern Arizona.  If you’re in or around Flagstaff, AZ and in search of quality musical entertaiment the Spirit in the Pines concert might be just what your ears are listening for and let your entertainment funds work for a worthy cause.  If you attend please return here and drop a line or two about the concert for those of us too far away to enjoy in person.

Also, thanks to everyone who takes the time to visit my blogcasa.  Often some of you leave much appreciated comments for connecting online.  Those of you too “shy” to talk or who are not inclined to leave connecting tracks are also much appreciated. Silent views from around the world are recorded by stats. Thank you ALL for your viewing support and interest.

Namaste,

Eva

***

From the Navajo-Hopi Observer Quick Reads Online http://nhonews.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=14752 :

Spirit in the Pines Benefit Concert support services to families affected by DV

On Aug. 25, Native American performers Tony Duncan, Anthony Wakeman and Radmilla Cody will perform a concert, Spirit in the Pines, to benefit Northland Family Help Center’s (NFHC) Women’s Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. The evening will also include wine, appetizers, and an auction of a one-of-a-kind handmade Native American style flute. A beautiful handcrafted quilt made by an anonymous donor for NFHC will be displayed.

A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. with the concert following at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds will support critical services to families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (928) 233-4300 or emailing msims@northlandfamily.org.

From Canyon Records

“A Beautiful Dawn” song by Radmilla Cody

 

“Into the Wind” by Anthony Wakeman and Aaron White

 

Tony Duncan “Circle of Life” documentary trailer uploaded to YouTube by raedamon

 

Visit the Museum of Northern Arizona http://www.musnaz.org/

Check into Canyon Records for more Native American music   http://www.canyonrecords.com/

 

Roll some change for “Water is Life” by Paper Rocket Productions

Click image to view film teaser and to contribute.

The Impact
Our documentary explores the sacredness of water and how the industrialization of the Navajo Nation continues to disrupt our traditional way of life. We feel it is important for our audience to visually experience a piece of the Navajo Way Of Life. It is vital to the documentary to include the connection between Navajo Mythology and the importance of the lands that have been desecrated by industrial development.

Many Navajo families do not have access to potable running water and are forced to haul unregulated and untreated water for their daily needs. Many elderly Navajo’s are forced to allow livestock to drink from toxic water sources, thus contributing to numerous health risks among families throughout the Navajo Reservation.

From a youth perspective we’re telling a story of a Navajo Philosophy that is being endangered by an overwhelming change in politics, resource management and modern society. We understand the obligations our ancestors passed onto us and have devoted much of our time to tell this story about our people.

Jake and I have been working on the documentary since Mid-2010. Throughout our travels we have met people who have been exposed to uranium and have since developed cancer. It’s heartbreaking for us to witness how close to home this issue has become. We feel so connected with these issues, that we have dedicated nearly all of our time and personal resources to this story.

Both Jake and I have lost grandparents to uranium, to cancer, and we each feel an obligation to use our skills as filmmakers to capture the stories of our people. So that somewhere down the road, when we ourselves are old, we can tell these stories of the importance of the land, and the water that binds us together.

 Make contact with Paper Rocket Productions at http://www.paperrocketproductions.com/

Water is Life is an inside film job by Deidra Peaches and Jake Hoyungowa. Please consider putting some fresh water in their film tanks.  Change adds up when we share.  Time is short so share however you can now.  Where’s that Tweety-bird?

What’s in your water?

Shemekia Copeland’s “Dirty Water” at the Blue Mountain Blues Festival in Danielsville, PA,  2011.

“Honor the Treaties” featuring Aaron Huey’s photojournalism.

Today’s post offers a highlighting short film of Aaron Huey’s ongoing photographic journey on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Honor the Treaties link –>>  http://vimeo.com/47043218

and http://weareshouting.com/ for Director Ed Becker’s bio and contact information.

Aaron Huey —>> http://www.aaronhuey.com/

Please share widely and often.

 

Much thanks to Charles aka slpmartin.

Native Voice 1 — News and Native America Calling Now: “Up Heartbreak Hill”

Click to find listening options for NV1

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Native Teens Racing Towards Life:
As teenagers get older and start reaching their last years of high school, many will look towards leaving home to pursue their life and education far from home. But, just how common is this dream? A new documentary, “Up Heartbreak Hill,” follows two bright Native American high school seniors through their final year of high school as they tackle daunting decisions and questions that will alter their life forever. What all is at stake in answering the question, should I stay or should I go? How do economic hardships on tribal nations skew visions of opportunity? Guests include Native youths Thomas Martinez (Navajo) and Tamara Hardy (Navajo) and Erica Scharf, Director & Producer/”Up Heartbreak Hill” Documentary.

See More of Native America Calling’s upcoming shows here http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

 

What’s really up with Zits? Time travel Sherman Alexie style in Flight.

Hehehehehehe. Okay, if you have no appreciation of dark humor stop reading right now and stay far away from Flight–far far away. Got it? I’m warning you. This is no sweet flight of fancy tome.  Our hero is an angry fifteen year old male of Irish and Indian origin with some serious grief and father issues–among other things. Now sit back and sip your hot tea, latte or bloody mary and think about a young man who refers to himself as Zits. If you can’t relate then it’s probably in your best interests–and mine (yes, I do fear homicidal repercussions from unhappy readers)–to go nowhere near this particular Sherman Alexie book.  That said, last night I stayed up very late reading Flight via flashlight outside on the front porch–much to the dismay of anyone who had their doors or windows open to receive my hooting laughter when I turned to page 146.  Some folks do not find boiled birdies funny–and I do understand that such minds exist. On the other hand, there are minds, such as mine and apparently Alexie’s, which find self boiled birdies absolutely hilarious–especially in the context of a potentially violent encounter between a homeless Indian man and the usual well-heeled white dude. If by some means, like using your local public library, you garner a copy of Flight you too will be in serious need of comic relief by the time you turn to page 146. Though, hopefully, you’ll have found other darkly comic things to chuckle loudly about before page 146. But you’ll also have encountered several incidents of mayhem, murder and molestation along the way.  The lives of foster children are not all filled with sugar mommies and daddies. Nor do many events in American history since 1492 recount pleasant Thanksgiving din dins between Europeans and Indigenous folks.

Ever wonder how to diffuse the building anger of teenager? Well, Sherman Alexie offers one way–history lessons of the “not me” and the “me?!” variety. Yep, direct confrontations of some dark sad truths of reality provide the fodder for the adolescent mind to chew heartily on and time travel, complete with out-of-body experiences, is the medium.  From the Battle of the Little Bighorn to the grief ridden friendly skies of a private flight instructor Alexie takes us on a journey through history. Along the way he’ll shred your heart, sew it back together without anesthesia, and then shove it back into your chest.  You’re going to need every last piece of humor to endure the operation.  If you’re not laughing when Harry Potter takes a swan dive–then you might be dead and gone. Or you’ve abandoned Alexie’s exploration of time travelling adventures as an instruction manuel. Each episode serves as a short story with ethical issues galore. FBI agent Hank Storm may not get your heartstrings trembling–but Gus, Bow Boy and Small Saint could very well lay you flat on the floor demolishing an extra-large box of kleenex–or soaking an extra-large cotton hanky.

Zits experiences violence in many forms via his out-of-body time travelling–and this makes him seriously consider his pains of loss, abandonment and identity. Children NEED fathers–preferably decent men who care about their welfare. That lacking, one must find family where one can. Sometimes the concept of ‘family’ has not a damned thing to do with genetics and biology. It’s got to do with who gives a damn.

I’ve been a fan of Alexie’s work ever since reading his collection of poems and short stories The Business of Fancydancing. Yes, there’s a film by that title too– and it’s a great film. But–it was the text that had me wanting to scream and laugh from one page to the next. Ever felt bushwhacked by a writer? Well that’s how I felt while reading The Business of Fancydancing. It was great. Disturbing at times, but great nonetheless. I will never forget the story of the man, Eve and the post office. Hell, I’ve never entered a post office since and not thought of the story. The same holds true for Flight. It will not numb or bore you to tears. Not sure you can relate yet? Okay, who has had bad acne? Raise your hands now.

The Official Website of Sherman Alexie–be forewarned–it’s a tad off kilter:  http://www.fallsapart.com/

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