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Today it's mostly good news for once.

We have an Indian nominee for an important human rights position. We have a retired U.S. Senator making good on his commitment to Indian Country, and working to make "invisible children" visible to a particularly obtuse segment of the population. We have a broad distribution of grant funding for historic preservation of tribal sites and heritage, and we have an even broader distribution of funding for tribal housing — all this despite the effects of the sequester.

And, of course, we have one story of the absurd: another of those "it would be funny if it weren't so dangerous" types. Did you know that the late Allan Haozous (Houser) and the State of Oklahoma are conspiring to violate the First Amendment rights of God-fearing fundamentalist preachers?

Yeah, neither did I. But they tell me it's true.

We'll get to that in a moment. Let's start with the good stuff first.


 photo KeithHaperCreditKirkpatrickTownsendPhoto_zps81f0a769.jpg President Obama has nominated Keith M. Harper, a partner in white-shoe Washington litigation firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and one of the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Cobell trust fund litigation, as the U.S.'s representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Although the position's conventional title is "representative," its actual rank in the federal employee hierarchy is "ambassador." If confirmed, his new portfolio will take him to the Human Rights Council's world headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Harper (Cherokee) was one of President Obama's top fundraisers during the 2012 campaign, bringing in contributions that ultimately totaled more than half a million dollars. A long-time supporter of the President, he took an active strategic role in the campaign, chairing its Native American Domestic Policy Committee and subsequently serving on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, where he focused on energy and natural resources policy.

Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Mr. Harper was a litigator in the Washington, D.C. office of the Native American Rights Fund [NARF]. He has taught law as an adjunct professor at two schools: American University's Washington College of Law and Catholic University's Columbus School of Law (oh, the irony!). In recent years, he has also served as a judge within tribal court systems: first as an appellate justice on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's top court; then as a justice of the Supreme Court of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians in Alabama. His résumé is packed with professional honors and awards, as well as memberships and leadership positions in a wide array of associations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. In 2001, he served as a delegate to the Durban (South Africa) World Conference against Racism, on behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Mr. Harper's record does honor to his people, too, and they have responded with pride:

"I couldn’t be prouder to have a citizen rise to that level of honor," said Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Mr. Harper's nomination still must be confirmed by the Senate. I've seen nothing yet to indicate that his confirmation is unlikely, but expect some pushback from Republicans on a number of fronts: his role in the Cobell litigation; his participation in the Durban conference in 2001; his participation in other civil rights causes; and perhaps most of all, his identity as an Indian.

 photo JordanandDorganCreditCenterforNativeAmericanYouth_zpsb9d6f55f.jpg The Aspen Institute, that cathedral to the sacred Beltway God of Bipartisanship, and its acolytes got a dose of real-world life in Indian Country last week, courtesy of former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan [D-ND (retired)].

Dorgan, who is non-Indian, was nonetheless one of the best friends the tribes had in Congress; his retirement was a huge loss to Indian Country. Since leaving the Beltway, though, he has continued his commitment to tribal nations, founding and serving as chair of the Center for Native American Youth [CNAY]. CNAY is set up as a policy division of the Aspen Institute, but it also has a separate Board of Advisors, including a decent proportion of influential Indian leaders. On its Web site, CNAY describes its mission as follows:

Despite the strong efforts of tribal governments and advocates, difficult conditions persist in many tribal communities. Our federal government has not kept the promises made to our country’s first citizens; promises which should have guaranteed that their fundamental education, health care and housing needs would be met. Native youth now suffer the consequences of those broken promises.
Second sentence: Boom. Read that again:
Our federal government has not kept the promises made to our country’s first citizens .  .  .  .
For a Beltway insider at an institution of Beltway insiders, this is, frankly, huge.

At the June 6 conference, here's how Senator Dorgan led off the discussion:

"It's not on the front page this morning, it doesn't lead the news—it is about some children in this country, particularly about the [Native] children in the foster care system that we want to talk to you about," Dorgan added. "There is a very significant problem, and that is the movement of Indian children in and out of foster care around this country in ways that have been pretty unsettling and unhealthy for their lives. There are a lot of invisible Indian children out there."

Dorgan also cited unsettling statistics. "Here’s an example: Indians [account for] about 1.6 percent of the population of Minnesota, yet [make up] 16 percent of the kids in foster care. They are 17 percent of the population in Alaska and 55 percent of the population in foster care."

Now, several of us have written repeatedly about this ongoing theft of Indian children. But neither his words nor ours are any substitute for those of the stolen children themselves, and that's what this conference has made available to the establishment, the media, and the public. Panelists included Hilary Tompkins (Diné), a solicitor with the U.S. Department of the Interior and herself a product of a foster-care placement far away from her home and her people; Robert McGhee (Poarch Band of Creek Indians), who is his tribal nation's treasurer and who has had to work with the Indian Child Welfare Act [ICWA] and the foster care system with his own nation's children; and  Seanna Piper Jordan (Blackfoot/Native Hawai'ian), pictured above, who is also a product of the foster care system and was willing to make public her own resulting battles. As Ms. Jordan noted:
"When you are talking about [N]ative children and American Indian culture, a lot of people do not understand that you feel as though you are part a larger picture. You feel like you are part of a very extended family network that is there for you. It has its own language, its own traditions … that make you feel like you fit."
Children stolen from the "extended family network" of heritage and blood face difficulties that the dominant culture doesn't even conceive, much less comprehend.

Senator Dorgan, however, seems to be getting it. His conclusion was, to me, was particularly powerful:

"It is shameful what is happening in this country,” said Dorgan. “This is not some mysterious illness for which we do not know the cure. We know kids are being abused and being pulled from their homes and sent halfway across the country. (There are) kids that are being shuttled from foster home to foster home and are abused. And then there is this ignorance called sequestration which cuts the funding for a shelter just as it cuts funding for every other program including the most wasteful program."

"I am angry about this," said Dorgan. "And I know you are as well. I don't want the fact that we are reasonable to mask the understanding. There is an urgency, there are kids dying and there are kids whose lives are at stake."

"There are kids that will be changed forever because of bad decisions made in a circumstance where no one is watching."

It all comes down to this. I am very glad that Senator Dorgan is watching. I hope that, because of his efforts on behalf of our children, more people in this country's corridors of power will soon be watching, too.
More "This Week In American Indian News" and the Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Frybead Thingey


Last Wednesday, National Park Service [NPS] Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced  photo NPSLogoCreditNPS_zps11018d74.jpg that the NPS had awarded more than $3.7 million in historic preservation grants to tribal nations for the 2013 fiscal year. The grants will distributed among 142 federally-recognized tribes.

"Our country’s American Indian tribes embody a rich heritage of human experiences, architectural and intellectual achievements, and cultural identities," said Jarvis, in an NPS press release. "These grants will help tribes preserve their important cultural sites so that all Americans can gain a greater appreciation of their rich traditions and cultures."
The grants are made available under the auspices of the National Tribal Preservation Program, created under the 1992 emendation to the National Historic Preservation Act.

Such grants give tribal nations much-needed resources to help preserve hallmarks of their heritage, whether in the form of architectural planning, structural repairs, or other types of historic preservation.

To see the complete list of 2013 tribal awardees, see the NPS press release here.


 photo HUD2013BudgetCover_zps9f2aa874.gif Last Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] awarded $563 million in housing grants to tribal nations for the current year. The awards will be distributed among a total of 539 federally-recognized tribes.

HUD Secretary Shaun L.S. Donovan, who in his official capacity has proven to be an ally to tribal nations, issued the following statement:

"Hardworking American families in tribal communities should be able to live in communities where they have a fair shot to reach their potential," said HUD Secretary Shaun L.S. Donovan. "The resources provided today will give these tribal communities the tools to maintain quality housing, prevent overcrowding, improve public safety and provide other basic building blocks of security and success."
The monies are provided via the Indian Housing Block Grant Program [IHBG], a federal program first launched under the auspices of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 [NAHASDA] [.pdf]. Prior to 1996, federal funding for Indian housing had been authorized under the United States Housing Act of 1937 [USHA] [.pdf]; NAHASDA completely removed tribal housing issues from the jurisdiction of USHA. Tribes have a certain amount of discretion in allocating grant funding:
IHBG funds primarily benefit hardworking families, living on reservations or in other Native American communities, who don’t have the financial resources to maintain good homes, schools, or other key contributors to economic security.  The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.

Indian communities can use the funding for a variety of housing activities, including building affordable housing; providing assistance to existing housing that was developed under the Indian Housing Program authorized by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937; or other activities that create new approaches to provide more affordable housing for Native Americans. The funding is also used to offer housing services to eligible families and individuals; and establish crime prevention and safety measures.

Under the leadership of Secretary Donovan, HUD's Office of Native American Programs [ONAP] has increased its focus on sustainability in housing and development. In so doing, HUD is working with tribal nations to incorporate traditional tribal housing forms and environmentally friendly practices into the development and construction of much-needed new housing.

To see a comprehensive list of tribal housing grants awarded for FY2013, click here [.pdf].


Now for the absurd.

 photo OklahomaLicensePlate_zps863c2948.jpg For years now, Oklahoma's state license plate slogan has been "Native America," paired with Indian imagery. And with good reason: Oklahoma has the second-highest population of American Indians of any state (exceeded only by California), and is home to nearly forty separate tribal nations [first link goes to .pdf; chart appears on p. 8].

A couple of years ago, the state changed the design of its license plates, as many states often do. Instead of merely the generic text reference to "Native America," the state decided to honor one of its own: Allan Haozous (a/k/a Allan Houser), the late Chiricahua Apache artist, born in Oklahoma and renowned worldwide for his classic Indian-themed sculptures. One of the most (perhaps the most) famous is the one shown on the images above right and below left, which is the one the state chose for the new license plate design.

Unfortunately, it's also entitled "Sacred Rain Arrow." And apparently the word "Sacred" in its title was enough to send fundamentalist "Christian" preacher Keith Cressman completely off the deep end.

Now, this ain't Cressman's first rodeo. He first tried challenging the plates back in 2011; the district court in Oklahoma City (rightly, in my view) threw out his suit. Unfortunately, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit disagreed, reinstating his claim and remanding back to district court:

Cressman, who says he "adheres to historic Christian beliefs," objects to the image of a Native American shooting an arrow toward the sky. He claims the image unconstitutionally contradicts his Christian beliefs by depicting Indian religious beliefs, and that he shouldn't have to display the image.

The appellate judges stated Oklahoma law imposes sanctions for covering up the image and the state charges more for speciality [sic] plates without it.

His 2011 lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City seeks a court order allowing him either to cover up the image on his plates or to get a personalized plate for the same cost as a standard license plate.

"Mr. Cressman's (lawsuit) states a plausible compelled speech claim," the appellate judges wrote Tuesday in a 39-page decision, reversing Judge Joe Heaton's dismissal of the lawsuit. "He has alleged sufficient facts to suggest that the 'Sacred Rain Arrow' image on the standard Oklahoma license plate conveys a particularized message that others are likely to understand and to which he objects."

Except, of course, he hasn't. That last sentence is the key — and it betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of both Native art and Native spiritual traditions. Because that image certainly does not "convey a particularized message" about "Indian religious beliefs" in any way, shape, or form.

 photo 200px-Allan_houser_sacred_rain_arrow_zps4b68611e.jpg Where to start?  

First of all, there's no such thing as "Indian religious beliefs." That framing lumps all Indian spiritual traditions together, which is simply nonsense. Moreover, the hundreds of different tribal spiritual traditions are inextricably intertwined with their respective cultures, but not with organized religion in the way that the dominant culture defines its own "religious beliefs."

Second, Mr. Cressman's "religious beliefs" may be a rapacious, acquisitive, conversionary type; Native traditions are not. Not only that: They neither apply to nor work for nor involve in any way anyone who is not of that particular tribal nation's blood and heritage. So even had Mr. Haozous intended to make a blanket "religious" statement with his sculpture, it would be utterly ineffectual with regard to Mr. Cressman's own soul, because it would not, and could never, apply to him.

Finally, I can also guarantee you that while it is possible that the Chiricahua find religious meaning in Mr. Haozous's sculpture, it is not so perceived by those of other tribal nations, and thus does not "convey a particularized message" about "Indian religious beliefs" even among Indians generally. Those of us of other tribal ancestry can certainly appreciate its spiritual significance to the Chiricahua, and also certainly respect that — but it is not symbolic of our own spiritual traditions. Those of us who have an opinion on it at all probably mostly view it as an exemplar of Native styles and themes and as a superbly well-crafted piece of Indian art.

Here's an irony for you, though: I'll bet you that I could design a well-crafted argument showing how Mr. Cressman's lawsuit, by its very nature, seeks to impose his "religious beliefs" on all the rest of us, because it "conveys a particularized message" that likewise imposes his own religious biases on Indian cultural and spiritual traditions in a wholly inaccurate and frankly racist fashion. No, it wouldn't survive in the dominant culture's court system. But it would make a hell of a statement.

Incidentally, it's worth visiting the late Mr. Haozous's Web site, still actively maintained by his family and his estate [note: site includes brief autoplay of Native flute upon launch]. His biographical page, particularly, provides for a fascinating, sad, and ultimately triumphant tour of Chiricahua history, one for which the imagery of "Sacred Rain Arrow" seems especially fitting.

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These tables have been organized for our groups to connect during NN13 in the plenary sessions. This is where the opening and closing keynotes take place along with many noon-time-speaking events. Box lunches are sometimes provided and it's great to have a place reserved with familiar faces. If you're attending you're invited to start a table or sit at any of the established ones. Just let me know in the comments or send me a Kosmail. Please note: This is not assigned seating. You may sit at any of the reserved tables at any time. I plan to move around and mingle. There will be over 2500 people there so being able to find each other is nice.

Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations

1. side pocket √
2. mrs. side pocket √
3. kimoconnor √
4. citisven
5. lineatus √
6. Cali Scribe √
7. Glen the Plumber √
8. remembrance √
9. jotter √
10. aha aha √
1. Lusty √
2. RainyDay √
3. norm √
4. catilinus √
5. Lorikeet √
6. madhaus
7. boatsie
8. maggiejean √
9. paradise50 √
10. smileycreek √
1. Horsefeathers √
2. dharmasyd √
3. Ebby
4. Bustergirl
5. highacidity √
6. sfbaytransplant
7. Senor Unoball
8. paradox
9. slouching √
10. shanikka
1. edrie √
2. Jeff in CA
3. Mrs. Jeff in CA
4. mber √
5. Susie Raye √
6. vcmvo2 (Honorary)
7. N in Seattle (Honorary) √
8. dangoch √
9. timethief
10. ceebee7 √
1. Malacandra
2. Cedwyn √
3. pixxer √
4. Sreeizzle2012 (Honorary)
5. BentLiberal
6. Floja Roja √
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy √
2. Kestrel √
3. Caddis Fly √
4. Sychotic1
5. peregrine kate (honorary) √
6. ProvokingMeaning (honorary)
7. mrsgoo √ (mrgoo √)
Texas Kossacks:
1. nomandates √
2. texasmom √
3. texasdad √
4. doraphasia √
5. krwheaton √
6. TexMex √
7. cosette
8. mr. cosette
9. cosette jr.
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42 √
3. susans √
4. murphy
5. gmats
6. Susan
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora √
2. belinda ridgewood √
3. hayden
4. Todd Beeton
5. theroaringgirl √
6. thankgodforairamerica √
7. devtob √
8. LuLu √
9. chicklet √
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R √
2. winglion √
3. loggersbrat √
4. ramara (Arizona) √
5. Horace Boothroyd III √
6. linkage √
7. watercarrier4diogenes
8. allensl
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65 √
2. drnatrl √
3. angelajean √
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
5. ccasas
6. llbear (Maybe)
7. Mark E Andersen √
8. gordonsoderberg
Cheers & Jeers Readers:
1. vicki √
2. Sharoney √
3. Spousal Unit √
4. brillig √
5. mik √
6. K1 √
7. cskendrick √
8. Arenosa √
9. SanDiegoDem
10. PerfectStormer √

Gay Men of ANY Certain Age:
1. gizmo59
2. gizmo59's partner?
3. Dave in Northridge √
4. Steveningen
5. scaboni?
6. cooper888 √
7. gotmooned √
8. FogCityJohn √
9. slksfca
10. sfbob √ (Plus TrapperSF √, dinner only)
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo √
2. Meteor Blades √
3. 4Freedom √
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro √
6. Kitsap River √
7. Charles Curtis Stanley √
8. TheFatLadySings
9. TFLS's guest
10. TFLS's guest

Netroots for the Troops:
1. TexDem √
2. Velovixen √
3. bsegel √
1. Elizabeth Lasensky √
2. Gail Sredanovic √
raines √
ukiyo √
Megan √
Mr. sidnora √
Mr. Scribe √
peregrine kate's daughter √

Those with the √ have RSVP'd for the dinner below, you can join us also.
Just say in the comments or Kosmail me.

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Wednesday, June 19th

Cheers & Jeers - * New Day * Dinner

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: The Brit (Britannia Arms)
173 W. Santa Clara St. (0.5 miles walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose

Around the corner from the front entrance to The Brit is a garden entrance that is accessible. It's on Almaden. So on Santa Clara, go west and turn the corner at Almaden. You'll see an entrance with British decor. We'll be in that garden area.

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Every year since 2007, Common Sense Mainer has organized a dinner for the readers of Cheers & Jeers who attend Netroots Nation. It has grown every year. Last year we had over 100 Kossacks attend. CSM always chooses a restaurant willing to handle a large crowd WITH SEPARATE CHECKS. (!?!) Yes, I know, hard to believe but it's worked the last several years. This year CSM has negotiated with The Brit for a special menu and separate checks are secured. If you'd like to join us please leave a comment in this diary and you'll be put on the RSVP list below. This year * New Day * and SFKossacks are co-hosting. All regional groups are invited to attend in addition to the loyal C&J following that Bill and Michael have.

Um... There will be beer towers.

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend or leave a comment.


The above event is followed by the official opening event featuring Howard Dean:
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Wednesday, June 19th

Liquid Courage party to open NN13

Our friends at the Courage Campaign have announced that they’re throwing a party to open Netroots Nation 2013. Gov. Howard Dean will be there!

TIME: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
LOCATION: The Tech Museum

201 South Market St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose
Arrive early on Wednesday to pick up your credentials at the Convention Center which will get you into the Liquid Courage event. You can let them know you're coming on their facebook page.

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Do You Need a Power Scooter or Chair at NN13?

TheFatLadySings is working with Eric at Netroots Nation to try to assemble a fleet of power scooters and power chairs that can be reserved and rented by those who need them at a discount. The cost for rental is $150 for the whole event. If you are unable to afford this Kosmail anyway. Please Kosmail TheFatLadySings with your needs for NN13. Volunteers are still needed for this project, again Kosmail TheFatLadySings, she needs you.

American Indian Caucus
DATE: Thursday, June 20th
TIME: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
You can let us know you're attending at our facebook event page.
linkage has volunteered to video record this event and we'll be able to provide it in our caucus recap.

Our speakers this year include:


Actor Michael Horse and Pennie Opal Plant: Michael was at Wounded Knee and participates heavily in the national American Indian Community. Pennie addressed the huge crowd at a climate change event in San Francisco this spring. Her activism focuses on protesting the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Corrina Gould: A member of the Ohlone tribe that inhabited the East Bay before the European invaders. Corrina fights to protect Glen Cove (Sogorea Te), a sacred shellmound burial ground and village site on the Carquinez Strait in Vallejo, CA from development.

Native Vote:
Why Winning Indian Country Matters to You

DATE: Thursday, June 20th
TIME: 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

This panel of Native Vote organizers and strategists will engage participants on why winning Indian country is vital to all people, not just one demographic. How do the political and public policy interests of Native Vote intersect with larger voting blocs? How can progressives ensure that Native issues and the Native community are addressed and well-represented?

Moderator: Prairie Rose Seminole
Panelists: Peggy Flanagan, Kevin Killer and Meteor Blades


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Community Quilt Project

Community Quilt Project NN13 Flash Mob Photo

smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it.
Date: Saturday, June 22nd
Time: 6:30 PM after the closing keynote
Location: Vista Point seating area
In front of Exhibit Hall I there are two staircases leading down to the main entrance to the Convention Center on San Carlos Street. It's called Vista Point. Access it from the inside of the building because the outside entrance is currently under construction.
1. paradise50
2. Dave in Northridge
3. remembrance
4. BeninSC (not attending, quilt only)
5. mimi
6. cskendrick
7. DaNang65
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. MsSpentYouth
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
11. slksfca
12. belinda ridgewood
13. Ebby
14. Bustergirl
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
17. Dr. Lori (not attending, quilt only)
18. Regina in a Sears Kit House (not attending, quilt only)
19. peregrine kate
20. shanikka
21. Darkhawk (not attending, quilt only)
linkage has volunteered to video record this event and do interviews of the quilt owners.
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Sunday, June 23rd

Post NN13 Birding Event

TIME: 11:00 AM (if this time is problematic notify lineatus)

ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.

1. lineatus
2. Senor Unoball
3. peregrine kate
4. Kestrel
5. angelajean
6. Ebby
7. BCO Gal
8. Belinda Ridgewood
9. tgypsy
Latest diary: Dawn Chorus: Meet the locals!

"At Netroots Nation, we will try to introduce you to as many of them as possible.  There will be an "official" birding trip on Sunday after things wrap up at the convention, but I'm up for early morning and lunchtime quick trips whenever it works.  There's a lot to see within minutes of the convention center.  Any local Kossacks who aren't able to attend NN13 are still welcome to join in any walks or trips - Kosmail me." [lineatus]

Boston Kossacks logo, 550x100 pixels.
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Friday, June 21st

WarrenS Invites Boston Kossacks to His 350ma Benefit

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury Street • Boston

ORGANIZER: Send WarrenS a kosmail to attend.

Three dance companies representing diverse movement traditions will join together to draw attention to the global climate crisis. Featured artists are the Zoé Dance Company, the Navarasa Dance Theater, and Nani Agbeli & The Agbekor Society. Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors. All proceeds will go to 350ma, the Massachusetts chapter of the environmental organization For information and online ticket purchases, please visit the event website.

Latest diary: Dancing For The Planet - 350ma Benefit Concert: Boston, MA, 06/21/13
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Monday, June 24th

SFKossacks Hike Cliff House Coastal Trail, Muir Woods & Marin Headlands

TIME: TBD, start mid-morning
LOCATION: Cliff House Coastal Trail, Muir Woods & Marin Headlands  • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

1. navajo
2. belinda ridgewood
3. kimoconnor
4. side pocket
5. Lorikeet
6. slksfca
7. Glen the Plumber
8. Mark E Andersen
9. Dave in Northridge

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Tuesday, June 25th

SFKossacks take the Ferry to Tiburon for Lunch at Guaymas

LOCATION: Meet at Ferry Terminal behind Ferry Building
Embarcadero & Market • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

1. navajo
2. belinda ridgewood
3. Lorikeet
4. dharmasyd
Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke
11. cooltraveler
12. Mr.cooltraveler
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue
16. Thinking Fella
17. Blu Gal in DE
18. NormAl1792
19. winifred3

Joan McCarter
Ed in Montana
BoiseBlue GF

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Check In! Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!
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Saturday, June 29th

Houston Area Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Goode Company Taqueria and Hamburgers
4902 Kirby Drive • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

1. Chrislove
2. nomandates
3. suesue
4. Mr. suesue
5. cosette
6. Delilah
7. MarciaJ720
8. jmbar2
9. mister mustardhead
Mr. cosette
Bridgitt (honorary Kossack)
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Sunday, June 30th

SFKossacks Watch the Gay Pride Parade

TIME: Meet 10:00 AM, Parade at 10:30 AM
LOCATION: One of the Montgomery BART Stations
The one at Montgomery and Market, across Market from the Palace Hotel • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

1. slksfca
2. dharmasyd
3. kimoconnor
4. navajo
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Sunday, July 7th

Chicago Kossacks Go to a Ballgame!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Fifth Third Bank Ball Park
34W002 Cherry Lane • Geneva

ORGANIZER: Send NormAl1792 a kosmail to attend.

1. NormAl1792
2. winifred3
3. figbash
4. broths
5. Mr. broths
6. edwardssl & her family
Jennifer Clare
Latest diary: Chicago(land) Kossacks Meet-Up July 7: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks

Saturday, July 13th

NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3. betson08
Latest diary: [Coming soon!]
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Thursday, July 18th

Phoenix Kossacks Meet-up for navajo

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Rancho de Tia Rosa
3129 E. McKellips • Mesa

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

navajo's in town one day, even though it's a Thursday we hope you can make it.

1. arizonablue
2. Mr. arizonablue
3. navajo
4. Azazello
5. Mrs. Azazello
6. ninothemindboggler
7. Mrs. ninothemindboggler
8. thomask  
9. mrs. thomask
10. BluejayRN
11. Late Again
12. Mother Mags
Kane in CA
Kane in CA friend
cosmic debris
Mr PSzymeczek
Mr. Late Again
dewey in the desert
Latest diary: ATTN Phoenix Kossacks: Let's Welcome Navajo to the Valley of the Sun!
Dkos Asheville
Saturday, July 20th

Dkos Asheville, North Carolina Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

1. Randallt
2. Otteray Scribe
3. davehouck
4. Joieau
5. SteelerGrrl
6. SteelerGuy
7. Captain Sham
8. Smiley7
9. Burns Lass
10. DawnN
11. Gordon20024
12. Phil S 33
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