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Crossposted at The Hemp Report and Booman Tribune.

This morning I got up to go to work like every weekday morning. I work an early AM shift, but I still check my email before I leave. This morning there was an email with this stunning subject line in my Vote Hemp and HIA Board in boxes "Fwd: White Plume home burned down today."


Alex White Plume on his back steps
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - Manderson, SD
AP Photo/Chet Brokaw

The email was from Tom Cook and he writes:

8:30 pm Chadron. Debra White Plume just called, & asked me to contact you with word their home burned up this morning, around 9am.
 
Still in her housecoat when discovering the blaze, she only had time to snatch her grandson, pipe, purse, and cellphone & get out the door. Everything burned. Total loss. All papers even computers. 'It all happened in a half hour,' she said.
 
Alex had left earlier for Gordon, & came back around noon to bemoan the debris. By nightfall the Fire Marshall had concluded it was an electrical fire.

My first though was to put up a diary here and on The Hemp Report and try and get donations to help out Alex and his family. But it had to wait so I would not be late to work. Now that I'm home I read that Alex and his family may have a place to stay temporarily at Tom Cook's place in Nebraska. They still are in need of clothes and food. I am going to use my PayPal account at The Hemp Report to accept donations and send the proceeds to Tom Cook for Alex. Please click below to make a donation. The email address for PayPal donations is hempreport@mac.com:

I hope to be able to get enough donations to get them some Safeway and Target gift cards. If anyone has a late model Apple Macintosh that they would like to donate to the cause you can email me at hempreport@mac.com or through The Hemp Report.

If you would like to know more about Alex, please check out the Standing Silent Nation page at PBS.

I hope that this is well received by the community and you can, please make a donation.

Thanks,

Tom

Originally posted to tommurphy on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 09:37 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I need to go to the Town Office (9+ / 0-)

    for an employee party. Back soon.

    <div style="color: green">"The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add an useful plant to its culture" -- Thomas Jefferson</div>

    by tommurphy on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 09:38:10 AM PST

  •  The DEA has hated White Plume for years. (6+ / 0-)

    and yeah, that was the first thing I thought of when I saw that White Plume's home burned.

    [1 | 2 | 3]

    The same element of the US Federal Government that hates cannabis is filled with the same people who have historically worked to destroy the Native American people.

    It's a thread that runs back a couple hundred years at least.

    I am happy he's alive and unhurt.

  •  History, Hemp and Big Media (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    empathy, Owllwoman

    The hemp wars are old and bizarre. It's a great crop for poor soil conditions. Way back when, Hearst fought hemp because of his investments in timber for paper pulp.

    Excerpt from Silent Nation

    In April 2000, Alex White Plume and his Lakota family planted industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota after other crops had failed. [...]

    Alex didn't aim to challenge the logic of the federal government's drug war; he believed that tribal sovereignty allowed him to plant hemp as surely as it allowed Native Americans to build and run casinos elsewhere. He was wrong. [...]

    In a surprise attack at 6 a.m. on August 24, 2000, federal agents, armed with guns and weed whackers, chopped the plants down in the same manner they would use to eradicate marijuana. This event, and others that followed, raise a number of questions: Why did the government wait for the first crop to reach maturity before acting? Why did FBI and DEA agents raid the fields at daybreak with an array of armor and guns? Why have they continued to raid the White Plumes' land, even when the hemp grew back of its own accord, and to bring charges that could put Alex in prison for as long as 10 years? What lies behind the government's persistent objection to hemp?

    Note to Pelosi and Reid: continued funding is passive aggressive approval and support of the war in Iraq.

    by susie dow on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 10:08:37 AM PST

  •  Sad to hear this. Wish I could help. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    susie dow, empathy

    All I have to offer are Prayers.

    "Though the Mills of the Gods grind slowly,Yet they grind exceeding small."

    by Owllwoman on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 10:13:58 AM PST

  •  how does this connect (0+ / 0-)

    to the post about the Sioux nation withdrawing yesterday from their treaties with Washington?

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    by empathy on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 10:55:06 AM PST

  •  Snailmail? (0+ / 0-)

    Love to donate, but I don't do Paypal.

    Democratic Candidate for US Senate (Wisconsin 2012)
    Court certified Marijuana Expert

    by ben masel on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 11:09:08 AM PST

    •  I'll email you with the address n/t (0+ / 0-)

      <div style="color: green">"The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add an useful plant to its culture" -- Thomas Jefferson</div>

      by tommurphy on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 02:24:27 PM PST

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