News From Indian County 12 01 2016 E Edition Page 1

DECEMBER 2016 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: PAGE 1 Doug George: On Prophecy and the Enlightened Ones, Page 7 LaDuke: Corporate Accountability and the Enbridge Pipelines, Page 9 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 December 2016 - Vol. XXX No. 12 My Journey at Standing Rock By CODY LOOKING HORSE Submitted to News From Indian Country M y name is Cody Looking horse, I am Haudenosaunee and Lakota, Sioux and my mother is Dawn Martin-Hill and she is Mohawk Professor at McMaster University. My mom was the irst native woman in Canada to get her PhD in cultural anthropology. My father is Lakota, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, living on Cheyenne River Reservation. I live with my mother on the Six Nations of the Grand River. I stay with my father in the summer at Sundance time (July - August) and over the holidays in December. I love being at my fathers ranch, horses roaming freely, it is a magical place, a sacred place, I feel warm and at home. Every winter since I was 11 years old, I would leave school on December 14th traveling alone to join the Bigfoot Ride, a horseback journey from December 15th - December 26 retracing the footsteps of my relatives that were massacred at Wounded Knee. Our journey is to mend the sacred hoop of the Nation. Also my father is the spiritual leader of the Dakota 38+2 ride, president Lincoln hung 38 Chiefs on Christmas day in 1862, the largest mass hanging in US history. We ride to honour our ancestors. Every morning starts with a prayer and ends with prayer. It is hard, its cold, your sore from riding horse through the open plains, we sleep wherever we can, school gyms mostly, eat whatever the people can offer, and dance whenever we can. They were in ceremony when the Cavalry gathered over 300 mostly unarmed women and children and massacred them. They laid frozen in the snow because a blizzard came through, their bodies on display wherever they were killed for three days. The image of my great-great grandfather in the snow haunts me. My Dad said a holy man had a vision, Black Elk, he was there at Wounded Knee as a child and escaped. Black Elk said, the hoop of the nation was broken at wounded knee. The ride started in 1986 and the Bigfoot Ride was to mend the sacred hoop of the nation. The youth did not want the News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 Military veterans from Wisconsin unfurl their banner after arriving at Oceti Sakowin on the Cannonball River on Sunday December 4th, 2016 in support of Water Protectors challenging the Dakota Access pipeline. Photo by DKakkak Wisconsin Tribes begin discussions on renewal of pipeline easements with Enbridge By PAUL DEMAIN Reserve, Wisconsin (NFIC) W hile events in North Dakota have dominated the worlds eye in a continued stand off of Indigenous and environmental supporters against one of the worlds biggest energy transfer companies, Dakota Access, a partner in the same project has almost quietly opened up negotiations on three pipelines whose easement to transfer oil is already up, or will be within the year. Both Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Governing Board members and the Chairman of the Bad River Ojibwe tribes have indicated that the Enbridge Corporation, owners of a 28% financial stake in the controversial Dakota Access pipeline they want to cross the Missouri River on unceded Great Sioux Nation lands, just north of the Standing Rock Reservation at Cannonball, North Dakota are working to establish discussions on the future of the 1953 laid pipeline #5 ride to end in 1990 so my Dad helped them continue the journey to this day. In the summer as I help with my fathers Sundance; you can learn a lot from visiting with the dancers, Elders and the supporters. Last summer I found out there was a pipeline going through Standing Rock and youth had organized to protect the water, I felt drawn to join when Elders told me my grandmothers family were buried in the hills there. It was sacred land. My grandmother is Cecelia Looking See My Journey at Standing, Page 10 Mohawks become first to take down federal dam By MARY ESCH HOGANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St. Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to the traditional culture of New York's Mohawk Tribe is flowing freely once again. The removal of the 11-foot-high Hogansburg Dam this fall is the latest in the tribes decades-long struggle to restore territory defiled by industrial pollution, beginning in the 1980s with PCBs and heavy metals from nearby General Motors, Alcoa and Reynolds Metal plants, a cleanup under federal oversight thats nearly complete. The St. Regis River project is the first removal of an operating hydroelectric dam in New York state and the nation's first decommissioning of a federally licensed dam by a Native American tribe, federal officials say. Paired with the recent success of North Dakotas Standing Rock Sioux in rerouting a pipeline they feared could threaten their water supply, the dams removal underscores longstanding concern over the health of tribal lands. See Tribes begin discussions, Page 5 We look at this not only as reclaiming the resources and our land, but also taking back this scar on our landscape thats a constant reminder of those days of exploitation, said Tony David, water resources manager for the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, which the Mohawks call Akwesasne. The former industrial site will become a focal point in the Mohawks cultural restoration program, funded by a $19 million settlement in 2013 with GM, Alcoa and Reynolds for pollution of tribal fishing and hunting grounds along the St. Lawrence River. The program partners young apprentices with tribal elders to preserve the Mohawk language and pass on traditional practices such as hunting, fishing, trapping, basket-making, horticulture and medicine. Standing on the rocky edge of a shallow, rushing river that was stilled by a 330-foot-long concrete dam until backhoes demolished it in September, David said a new park will be built to showcase Mohawk artwork where the powerhouse once hummed. On the opposite bank, a nature park will replace a treacherous tangle of industrial equipment, decrepit structures and trash. Were transforming it from a dangerous no-go zone to someplace thats inviting and beautiful, said Eric Sunday, an apprentice in the cultural restoration program. It creates opportunities to get people together, showcase skills, get more knowledge about our traditional ways and just appreciate nature. The dam, on former Mohawk land adjacent to the sprawling reservation, was in the early stages of federal relicensing ive years ago when owner Brookfield Renewable Energy decided it wasnt economically feasible to make necessary upgrades. Seizing an opportunity to recover some treasured territory, the Mohawks became a co-licensee and took the lead in the decommissioning, working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Trout Unlimited. See Mohawks become first, Page 5 Seizing an opportunity to recover some treasured territory, the Mohawks became a co-licensee and took the lead in the decommissioning, working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Trout Unlimited.

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