“Crazy Horse” by John Trudell

JOHN TRUDELL    
Crazy Horse Lyrics

We Hear what you say
One Earth, one Mother
One does not sell the Earth
The people walk upon
We are the land
How do we sell our Mother ?
How do we sell the stars ?
How do we sell the air ?
Crazy Horse
We hear what you say

Too many people
Standing their ground
Standing the wrong ground
Predators face he possessed a race
Possession a war that doesn’t end
Children of God feed on children of Earth
Days people don’t care for people
These days are the hardest
Material fields, material harvest
decoration on chains that binds
Mirrors gold, the people lose their minds
Crazy Horse
We Hear what you say

One Earth, one Mother
One does not sell the Earth
The people walk upon
We are the land.
Today is now and then
Dream smokes touch the clouds
On a day when death didn’t die
Real world time tricks shadows lie
Red white perception deception
Predator tries civilising us
But the tribes will not go without return
Genetic light from the other side
A song from the heart our hearts to give
The wild days the glory days live

Crazy Horse
We Hear what you say
One Earth, one Mother
One does not sell the Earth
The people walk upon
We are the land
How do we sell our Mother
How do we sell the stars
How do we sell the air

Crazy Horse
We hear what you say
Crazy Horse
We hear what you say
We are the seventh generation
We are the seventh generation
Lyrics from http://www.elyrics.net

Whose Land (Water) is it Anyway…

Read and prepare to be upset. This is the mild version of events. Long ago, I wandered the stacks at college and read the primary source material, fort logs, memoirs, journals. It is not for the faint of heart. The land we are destroying, polluting, developing (into what?) is all stolen land. Taken by force and taken by trickery. It does not belong to us. It is here for all to care for and protect, and this is the message of Standing Rock. Once people understand this, they will totally “get it.” There are no protestors, there are water protectors. They are making a stand to help us change our paradigm of ownership and destruction, a paradigm that is literally killing us and not providing for the seventh generation.

http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/uhic/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&prodId=UHIC&windowstate=normal&contentModules=&display-query=&mode=view&displayGroupName=Reference&limiter=&currPage=&disableHighlighting=false&displayGroups=&sortBy=&search_within_results=&p=UHIC%3AWHIC&action=e&catId=&activityType=&scanId=&documentId=GALE%7CCX4019400066&source=Bookmark&u=oak30216&jsid=664cf2effc578c7cb615d3d53e5a1ae1

Seven generation stewardship is a concept that urges the current generation of humans to live and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future.[citation needed] It originated[citation needed] with the Iroquois – Great Law of the Iroquois – which holds appropriate to think seven generations ahead (about 140 years into the future) and decide whether the decisions they make today would benefit their children seven generations into the future. It is frequently associated with the modern, popular concept of environmental stewardship or ‘sustainability’ but it is much broader in context (see the quotation below relative to “in ALL your deliberations …”.

“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation… even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” This is an often repeated saying, and most who use it claim that it comes from “The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law.”

In fact, the original language is as follows: “In all of your deliberations in the Confederate Council, in your efforts at law making, in all your official acts, self-interest shall be cast into oblivion. Cast not over your shoulder behind you the warnings of the nephews and nieces should they chide you for any error or wrong you may do, but return to the way of the Great Law which is just and right. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the past and present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation.”

Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, writes: “We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given us as chiefs, to make sure and to make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come. … What about the seventh generation? Where are you taking them? What will they have?” [1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_generation_sustainability

Network News…when it does occur

http://kstp.com/news/dakota-access-pipeline-oil-water-north-dakota-access-crude-oil-pipeline/4317952/?cat=1

The closer the news source to North Dakota, the more the news leans to supporting the corporation. The indigenous are portrayed as delaying progress and jobs. Whenever I view the videos, I practice a technique we call “close reading”. Do not listen to the narrative, view closely what you actually see. There are no videos of any water protectors with weapons, there are no reports of any officers being hurt, the only thing you see is overwhelming force being used against peaceful men, women, and children. Yes, children and elders are there. I found it comical that this report implies the indigenous are “squatting” on federal land and the reporter asks “can’t they just kick them off”.

http://sacredstonecamp.org/

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/10/493110892/at-the-sacred-stone-camp-a-coalition-joins-forces-to-protect-the-land

From an interview:https://itsgoingdown.org/conversation-on-sacred-stone-camp/

NF: When and how was the Sacred Stone Camp established?

AP: The camp is at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers. This is important location for the Mandan origin story as the place where they came into the world after the great flood. Where the two waters meet, created Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí, spherical Sacred Stones (thus the colonizers’ term ‘Cannon Ball River’), but after the Army Corp of Engineers dredged and flooded the rivers in the 1950s, the flow has changed and Sacred Stones are no longer produced. The camp is surrounded by historic burial grounds, village grounds and Sundance sites that would be directly impacted by this pipeline. The water of the Missouri River is essential to life on the Standing Rock Reservation as well as all of the nations downstream. On April 1st, 2016, a group of over 200 supporters, led by forty riders on horse, under the Lakota name, “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po”, which translates as “People, Stand with a Strong Heart!” left Fort Yates for a thirty mile trek to the camp located just north of Cannonball, North Dakota. They setup up tipis and a sacred fire. This camp has swelled in the past two months and has had multiple satellite camps across the river on private as well as unceded land on both sides of the river.

NF:  How has the camp’s location on private land affected its character?  I would imagine the fact that it’s on private land gives it some protection against police but also means that if folks at the camp did engage in any illegal activities the land owner would be in a vulnerable position with regards to legal repression.  Is that a concern?  Does the person who owns the land have more say than others about tactics or daily matters at the camp?  What does the decision making process look like?

AP: The question of “private land” is especially difficult to address when we factor in Reservations (or what the U.S. Empire originally called and created them for, Prison of War Camps). The reservations are actually Federal Land. This means that local county and state police cannot enter it. A huge reason why Dakota Access (the company) is not building the pipeline thru the rez but literally a couple hundred meters north of it. When the reservations were created, imperial logic of “borderization” was imposed; meaning, the communal and nomadic lands used for Life were divided by borders: fencing for animal domestication, invisible lines drawn on maps to denote “property” i.e. who owns what, etc. This fundamentally changed people’s relation to land. And this set up the infrastructure/hierarchies for surveillance and policing. The camp exists in a way that resists this imperial imposition. We share food and water without hesitation. We have no leader. We all have knowledge to share and learn from each other. We recognize that the borders we build between ourselves are not “natural” anymore than the flooding in the 1950s by the Army Corps of Engineers is. They do not spread our Wildfire, so we continue to keep the eternal flame lit. Instead of framing things in colonial terms of “legal/ illegal”, it makes more sense at the camp to think in terms of effectiveness; effectiveness of stopping this genocidal project so the people can reclaim their Way of Life.

ETSI: Energy Transportation Systems, Inc. and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

Executives of the railroads, which until then shipped out all Powder River Basin coal, were not enthusiastic. ETSI was a joint venture of Bechtel, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co., United Energy Resources and Atlantic Richfield.[1] Frank Odasz, who was ETSI’s chief representative and lobbyist in the Rocky Mountain region for the project, explained Burlington Northern Railroad was initially a minor investor. “I think they did it just to spy on us,” he said.[2]

http://www.wyohistory.org/essays/coal-slurry-idea-came-and-went

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Look familiar????

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/606/934/441399/

A copy of law documents from litigation between ETSI and Union Pacific Railroad.

This is a link to the environmental impact study by ETSI in 1981. The coal slurry pipeline project.  https://archive.org/details/finalenvironmentim01unit

 

What happened to ETSI?  http://www.wrlj.com/about-us-2/history/

Find out here: http://www.wrlj.com/  They just transport water!     

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P wants to take up what ETSI left behind; the fight to run pipelines through land that does not belong to them. http://www.energytransfer.com/ownership_overview.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Access_Pipeline

http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/

http://www.energytransfer.com/documents/DAPL_States_Counties.pdf

Broken Promises, broken treaties…

Flooding

In the 1960s, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation built five large dams on the Missouri River, and implemented the Pick–Sloan Missouri Basin Program, forcing Native Americans to relocate from flooded areas. Over 200,000 acres on the Standing Rock Reservation and the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota were flooded by the Oahe Dam alone. As of 2015, poverty remains a problem for the displaced populations in the Dakotas, who are still seeking compensation for the loss of the towns submerged under Lake Oahe, and the loss of their traditional ways of life.[12]

**see page 65 of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program…

Quote: “Control of the water of the west is control of the west.”

**see page 151    About a pipeline by ETSI, Energy Transportation Systems ,Inc. September 1981 – You will find that #1 In the whole paper up to this page there is no mention of indigenous people, even though the water projects directly affected them, and #2 This issue of pipelines is a long one  and in 1981 there is a total repeat of what is happening currently. The similarities are eerie.

**page 155-156 Below is where the case went to the Supreme Court to determine if the state could grant permission about building on Army Corps land without permission from the Army Corps. The court said no, only the Secretary of the Army could issue such permission. This has direct implications to the current issue of the DAPL construction being carried out without permission, yet they have state and local police enforcing the construction.

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**page. 166   Begins to go into detail how the Pick-Sloan Program did not consider indigenous water rights. This had led to constant issues revolving around Lake Oahe – the largest water reservoir created under Pick-Sloan on the Missouri. The Winters-Doctrine holds that indigenous land rights are linked to water rights. This a good fact to remember.

Reading the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program is a must read to understand how U.S. laws and government agencies were used against the indigenous to further the profits of individuals and corporations. This document is filled with the back-room deals, the use of timing to hurry something through legislation, and the favors granted to personal friends in terms of backing certain programs, construction, and permits.

Listen in on an interview…

Pipeline 101 provides a very detailed description of pipelines from the industry point of view. Always seek to hear from all stakeholders to get a clear picture. Let’s listen in on NRP from an interview in August 2016.

Environment

Native Americans Protest New Oil Pipeline In North Dakota

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/25/491377956/native-americans-protest-new-oil-pipeline-in-north-dakota

 

 

Some history…

Whenever anyone hears of some news event, they really must take a little time and research. There is a history to anything that happens. It is a little like the fact that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it just changes form. People do not just jump out of their beds one morning and decide to be a problem “just because”. Something must have happened that they find very disturbing. Something must have happened that makes them feel that their lives or way of life is endangered.

Pipelines

“The United States has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world, with more than 2.4 million miles of pipe. The network of crude oil pipelines in the U.S. is extensive. There are approximately 72,000 miles of crude oil lines in the U.S. that connect regional markets.”

http://www.pipeline101.com/Where-Are-Pipelines-Located

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