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  •  Ever since I learned that, (8+ / 0-)

    I've thought that should end the modern conflicts between Indians and non - Indians.

    She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

    by Winter Rabbit on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 07:10:45 PM PST

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    •  My eyes welled up . . . (6+ / 0-)

      I had no idea.

      Thank you.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 07:22:01 PM PST

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    •  WR - I was encouraged when Obama was "adopted" (7+ / 0-)

      by a family from the Crow Nation last spring. What say you Winter Rabbit?

      Take a look at this link. There's a beautiful picture w/Obama and his new parents!

      CROW AGENCY, Mont. -- Sen. Barack Obama became the first American presidential candidate to visit the reservation of the Crow Nation and in doing so was adopted into the nation under the Crow name "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."

      Drums pounded and the crowd cheered as Obama was escorted to the podium by his "new parents," Hartford and Mary Black Eagle, in the manner of a groom being walked down the aisle. Obama beamed. His adoptive parents gave Obama hugs as he stepped onto a riser to speak.

      "I want to thank my new parents," he said. "The nicest parents you could ever want to know. I like my new name. Barack Black Eagle. That is a good name!"

      Another link to Native transition team appointees:

      Obama appoints Native officials to transition team
      By JODI RAVE of the Missoulian

      As President-elect Barack Obama appoints a new team of cabinet members and fills other key federal work posts, he's named six Native people to his transition team - half of them assigned to assist in Interior Department policy, budget and personnel changes.

      "We're lucky to have such stellar representatives with people with whom Indian Country has really good relationships," said Jacqueline Johnson-Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, a nonprofit organization that represents more than 250 tribes.

      So far, Mary Smith, Mary McNeil and Yvette Robideaux have been assigned to work on justice, agriculture and health issues, while three current and former attorneys with the Native American Rights Fund - John Echohawk, Keith Harper and Robert Anderson - will advise Obama on changes proposed within the Interior Department.

      It's critical, in my opinion, that we close the Cobell v. Kempthorne case fairly and quickly. The "real" money owed should be transferred to the nations who have been waiting patiently for someone in the US government to do the right thing. I want to see that justice is done and that the money is used to make better lives for all of our brothers and sisters who have been ignored and cheated out of their rightful payments by the US government:

      Harper, who has been named as a "team lead" for the Interior Department transition, has long been the head NARF lawyer in the infamous Cobell v. Kempthorne case. Through his work on the lawsuit, he has helped represent a half-million Native landowners who claim the agency mismanaged billions of dollars of their income earned from sales of timber, oil and gas, and grazing leases.

      Anderson, meanwhile, previously worked for a dozen years as a senior staff attorney for NARF, where he litigated tribal, state and federal cases, including water, hunting and fishing rights lawsuits.

      With a prayer and a smile... from Denver.

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