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Today is Idle No More's Global Day of Action:

IDLE NO MORE
CALLS ON ALL PEOPLE TO
JOIN IN A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION
To honour Indigenous sovereignty
And to protect the land & water
Using the activist hashtags "#Oct7Proclaim • #Oct7Proclamons," Idle No More's indigenous activists have been flooding social media the world over to build solidarity for their movement and for today's action.

It's worked. Solidarity events are planned on at least four continents [Facebook link]. Members of other countries' indigenous cultures are leveraging the message of North American First Nations and American Indian activists to support their own efforts to ensure sovereignty, autonomy, and respect, all while supporting our own quest to uphold sovereignty, enforce the treaties, and protect the environment.

Denise Oliver Velez covered today's planned action, as well as the genesis of the movement, in detail in her front-page piece; if you haven't read it, go do so.

And if you're unfamiliar with the history, principles, and goals of Idle No More, you can read about them in their own words here.

TRIBES TAKING HUGE AND IMMEDIATE HIT FROM SHUTDOWN

 photo BIALogo_zps3a62e434.jpg Predictably, the Republican shutdown of the federal government  is hitting tribes and their members harder than other segments of the population.

AlJazeera America has profiled members of a number of tribes who are already scrambling to ameliorate the damaging effects of the shutdown on their peoples' lives.

At the moment, the Bureau of Indian Affairs [BIA] has said that "essential services" will remain open and functioning. That means, of course, law enforcement, which is typically the only thing that Republicans would consider essential in communities of color and disadvantaged populations. And far too much of the BIA culture has been influenced by the same mentality over the decades since the agency was founded. The BIA also says that firefighting efforts will remain funded, and that Indian Health Service [IHS] clinics and hospitals will remain open. I don't know a single Indian who believes that IHS facilities will survive a protracted shutdown (where "protracted" is defined as anything more than a couple of weeks, at best) — particularly when IHS funding has already been cut by $800,000 this year alone, purely as a result of sequestration. And, of course, "open" doesn't necessarily mean staffed, nor that services, prescriptions, or referrals will even be available.

But it's not just health services. The tribes' survival is at risk in too many other ways, as well:

Ed Alexander is second chief of the Gwichyaa Zhee band of Gwich'in Indians who reside there, and he spent most of Tuesday online trying to determine what exactly the shutdown's impact would be. The timing is terrible for Alaska Native villages, he said, hurting students who have not yet received scholarship money they need for faraway universities and creating unemployment — the government is a core employer — just as people are preparing for an interior Alaska winter.

"It's going to be 40-below in a month,'' Alexander said. "I hope the Republicans get their act together and pass a clean CR (continuing resolution). Everybody's hoping that. It's the poorest who are suffering most. That's what's happening here.''

Nutrition programs and services to feed the hungry. Suicide prevention and domestic violence programs. Elder services programs. Housing, weatherization, heating, road-clearing, and other lifesaving measures. Administration of contracts and grants, risking loss of all funding. An inability to administer tribal industries, resources, and rights — including hunting, fishing, logging, mining, and others — and the attendant inability to enforce related rights and regulations.And while the BIA has issued a contingency plan, at least some tribal leaders are already finding it less than helpful.
From Fort Yukon, Alexander did not find the contingency plan or the website helpful.

"You have to remember tribes are complicated,'' he said. "We manage land issues and housing and health and water … hunting, fishing enrollment."

There is also the question of what happens if tribes try to fill in the gaps themselves.

"We don’t know if they are even going to allow us to utilize our carryover funding from last year to keep open during the shutdown," Alexander continued. 'Right now we are doing that, but let’s say the shutdown is over, and the BIA comes back online and says, 'You weren’t allowed to do that,' and then we take a general-fund hit that we can’t afford."

And he's right to be concerned. We've been here before:
It's unclear whether tribes that replace their federal funding would be reimbursed after a budget is passed. When a government shutdown was threatened in 2011, former BIA Assistant Secretary Carl Artman told The Associated Press the agency's response might be that the tribes don't have a right to demand a refund.
At times like this, the yawning chasm between actual tribal sovereignty and "tribal sovereignty" as the dominant culture defines it becomes especially obvious.
In the Navajo Nation, the largest Indian reservation in the country, tribal officials said it receives two-thirds of its budget from the federal government. That money goes to support jails, its police force and other programs.

The tribe said it would have enough money to run those operations for about a month, but other programs such as tribal colleges and Head Start could be hurt.

In a statement released Monday, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly expressed his dismay that Congress was failing to honor its trust responsibility to tribes.

"It is unconscionable that the federal government will come to a complete halt due to a few unreasonable members of Congress," Shelly said. "They have one primary role, to fund the government, and they need to do their job."

Of course, some Republicans are regarding this as an opportunity. A concerted campaign to bully the Spirit Lake Oglala culminated earlier this year in a Republican Congressman's violent public behavior: threatening the tribal council with physical violence while also bullying two Native women delegates to a meeting allegedly intended to combat domestic and sexual violence, one might have thought that officials would exercise a little discretion. One would be wrong. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) has seized the opportunity provided by the shutdown once again to threaten the tribe:
Hoeven, R-N.D., sent a letter to Kevin Washburn, the U.S. Interior Department's assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, saying the BIA social services office did not have to close because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.

"Federal agencies have the authority to employ non-excepted personnel for public safety and to protect life," Hoeven said in the letter. "The protection of children in the care of the BIA is essential and should not be interrupted."

Hoeven asked that the BIA be directed to make sure the office has sufficient staff to deal with emergencies and to ensure that necessary services are provided to protect children.

Senator, I'm sure the tribe will be happy to make you a deal: You get your colleagues in the House to do their jobs and get government open again, and they'll do as they have been doing all along, working to protect their children.
Note to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: Did you know that the BIA Web site apparently no longer exists under that name? It defaults to the Interior index page. Yes, I know, there's a link on the menu sidebar labeled "Native Americans," but that's not the BIA, now, is it? And, yes, I realize that this apparently applies to all Interior bureaus and subagencies at the moment, but that doesn't make any of it acceptable.
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IN FACE OF SCOTUS DISCRIMINATION, NARF AND NCAI
DEVELOP NEW TRIBAL SUPREME COURT PROJECT

 photo narf_logo_zps40356c6a.jpg Thirteen years ago, a series of decisions by a U.S. Supreme Court that is increasingly hostile to American Indians, Indian law, and principles of tribal sovereignty prompted the Native American Rights Fund [NARF] and the National Congress of American Indians [NCAI] to take action. Together, they founded the Tribal Supreme Court Project. Now, the two groups are urging tribal nations to make use of the Project's resources in new ways, while actively telling tribes to take whatever steps are necessary to avoid SCOTUS litigation wherever possible.

NARF executive director John Echohawk notes that in recent years, three of every four Indian law cases that make it to the SCOTUS have "resulted in significant losses" for the tribes involved. He adds that the two newest SCOTUS appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, "have never voted pro-Indian."

That is, perhaps, an understatement. It was Alito who wrote the decision in the Baby Veronica case, in which he not only disregarded decades of precedent and settled issues of tribal sovereignty, but advanced the racist trope that to rule otherwise would, in cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act [ICWA], allow an Indian parent to "play his ICWA trump card."

Echohawk is concerned, however, that "basically any issue headed for the Supreme Court is probably not going to be decided in favor of the tribes." As a result, NARF and NCAI are advising groups "to stay away from the Supreme Court if at all possible."
The genesis of the Tribal Supreme Court Project goes back to 2000 and what the Project calls "two devastating opinions" for Indians. Much more recently, the Baby Veronica case, voting rights cases, and the current track records of the SCOTUS and Congress on Indian issues no doubt became significant added factors in the two groups' current efforts. However, the decision to pour renewed energy and attention into the Project now has been sparked by the urgency of a case currently pending before the Supreme Court: Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, a suit involving tribal gaming that is slated for oral argument on December 2nd.
In an op-ed in early September, Keel and Echohawk together argued that the Bay Mills case has been expanded to be "a full frontal attack on tribal sovereign immunity and the authority of states to regulate 'gaming activity' under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act," when it should really be a more limited case on the merits of the tribe’s ability to conduct gaming on land that it has acquired with Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act Funds outside of the boundaries of its reservation—in this case, more than 100 miles away.

Because Michigan is challenging "the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity and the authority of states under IGRA," Echohawk and Keel write, "this case has become high-stakes litigation for Indian tribes across the country." Because of the broader scope of the case, Michigan is getting substantial support from other states and amici from non-Indian property rights groups.

Anti-gaming interests, non-Indian gaming interests, and anti-Indian racists generally have long had Indian gaming in their sights. And Michigan has a long, ugly, brutal  history of anti-Indian racism that remains not merely alive and well today, but thriving under the auspices of the state's extremist Republican leadership. It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that state officials would be unable to confine themselves to the narrow legal issues at hand and instead would seize an opportunity to attack the very notion of tribal sovereignty.
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More "This Week In American Indian News" and Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Frybead Thingey

BABY VERONICA SENT TO NEW "OWNERS" —
WHO PROMPTLY SUE HER FATHER FOR A HALF-MILLION

 photo veronicawithdadImageCreditSuzetteBrewer_zps71926f58.jpg A warning before we begin: What follows in an opinion piece. A rant, actually. Do not expect a both-sides-do-it faux objectivity here; not on this issue. It will be no less accurate for that.

Last week Baby Veronica was formally transferred to the white couple who have been trying to adopt own her, dictates of the Indian Child Welfare Act [ICWA] notwithstanding.

Last week, as the clock was running down on the stay that the Oklahoma Supreme Court had granted him, Dusten Brown had tried to negotiate even a bare minimum of visitation with his daughter. At the beginning of the week, there was a hopeful offer that included three weeks in the summer, one weekend every other month in South Carolina, and with alternating Christmases, which seemed like a solid deal. But as the parties returned to court on Wednesday morning, the Capobiancos again reneged and the negotiations started all over again.
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In spite of their public proclamations that they had “always” insisted that they would allow Veronica to stay in contact with her paternal biological family, behind the scenes insiders say it was apparent to the Brown family and their lawyers that the Capobiancos weren't interested in negotiating any kind of deal at all. This fact alone is one of the reasons Dusten Brown had fought so vociferously and publicly to force them to the negotiating table.

But even then, the negotiations were merely photo opportunities in which they were photographed arriving and leaving the courthouse in downtown Tulsa. Once inside, they had no pretense about their intentions. All they had to do was wait; no matter what Dusten Brown did or did not agree to, he was going to jail, say insiders.

There comes a point at which you can no longer fight. And Dusten Brown had reached that point. It didn't matter what he did or didn't do; the dominant culture was stealing his child, with apparently the full force of the federal and two state governments behind it. The federal marshals were waiting; the only question that remained was whether they would all be assigned to escort the Capobiancos on their upcoming victory tour, or whether some would be dispatched to shove Dusten Brown in a jail cell.
Exhausted and left with few options other than jail time and the loss of his military career and pension, he discussed her peaceful transfer with his family, legal team and tribal officials. He and his wife, Robin, packed a few bags for Veronica, who had just turned four-years-old last week. Before the family gathered to say their last goodbyes, Tommy Brown, Veronica's grandfather, began suffering chest pains and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

At 7:30, a caravan of federal marshals made their way to the Jack Brown House in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a guest residence near the Cherokee Nation tribal complex where the Browns had been staying for several months to maintain their privacy.

. . .

As the Brown family went to the hospital to visit their patriarch, the Capobiancos' public relations representative went on another celebratory media blitz, starting with a live interview on CNN that featured photos of Veronica with the Capobiancos.

That was Monday night.

Tuesday morning, the Capobiancos' lawyers marched into a South Carolina court to sue Dusten Brown for $500,000 in legal fees and court costs.

Dusten Brown is an Iraq war veteran and working man. He and his family spent their small pool of resources fighting for his daughter. Half a million dollars? The notion would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous.  

But that doesn't matter when there's punishment to inflict.

Or when there's money to be scored.

You see, the Capobiancos have also named the Cherokee Nation in their suit.

Shannon Jones, Mr. Brown's pro bono attorney in South Carolina, gets the message loud and clear.

The broader message that the Capobiancos and their legal team are sending, however, is to make an example of Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation.

"The message here is 'Don't mess with the all-powerful adoption industry, and don't even think about trying to enforce the Indian Child Welfare Act,'" says Jones. "The message is clear that they are trying to threaten and intimidate tribes from attempting to enforce their rights under the law. They're saying, 'This is what's going to happen to you if you try to protect your children.'"

The chilling effect is already bearing its cold and deadly fruit. I've written about Baby Deseray, from Oklahoma's Absentee Shawnee Tribe, caught in the middle of yet another attempt at trafficking Indian children to a white South Carolina couple. Ms. Jones says that the tribe is now reluctant to intervene, after watching the legal horror show that has ensued for Baby Veronica and the Cherokee Nation.

And it is human trafficking. In Indian children. Again.

With regard to the Capobiancos, I refuse to call these people "parents." By their actions, they have shown who they are, and they are people who think that a child is a possession, a thing to be acquired and owned. Despite all the protestations to the contrary, none of this has ever been about the best interests of the child; it's been about winning, about conquest, about colonizing what's left — our children.

As of the moment of transfer the Capobiancos have demanded that the media now afford them "privacy." They natter on about how all parties concerned — themselves, biological father Dusten Brown — all care only about Veronica's interests and want what's best for her.

Really?

Where was that concern for Veronica's best interests — to say nothing of her privacy — when the Capobiancos sent a reality-TV bounty hunter to her Cherokee pre-school to intimidate the staff and try to abduct her from the school grounds?

Where was that concern when a traumatized little girl was ripped away from her father and extended family, and they promptly displayed her like a trophy for the talk shows and television cameras?

And where is that concern now, when they've won — when they've acquired their shiny new piece of property in the form of a little Indian girl — and yet they decide to punish her beloved biological father further. Loss of his child apparently isn't enough; now he must be bankrupted, too.

No, this is not about Veronica's best interests.

This is still about winning, still about ownership, and still about punishing an Indian who has the temerity to try to stand in the way of their colonialist onslaught.

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WHITE ARTIST'S BILLBOARD REMOVED BY CORPORATE OWNER FOR DEPICTING VIOLENT RACIST CONTENT

 photo Scout_Artboard_Right_sample_zps57832f9c.jpg Kansas City's iconic sculpture of an Indian on horseback, "The Scout," was allegedly the subject of an artist's recent billboard projects. His brilliant idea? To show a white man on a scaffold aiming a rifle directly at the Indian depicted in the sculpture.

Missouri Bank had initially accepted the work, by a white artist who works under the pseudonym A. Bitterman, as part of its local "Crossroads 'Artboards'" program, but apparently rescinded is acceptance after local Indians mounted a public protest.

"I was very glad to see that," Moses Brings Plenty said of the news that the billboards were taken down. A member of the Oglala Lakota nation and the community outreach coordinator for the Kansas City Indian Center, he had vociferously opposed the work as a symbol of racism and hatred.

"I did it for our children," he said. "Our common enemy is racism."

The artist, of course, protests that his oeuvre is actually supportive of Indians:
"If anything The Scout is a gesture in defense of the native American [sic]."
First of all, Mr. "Bitterman," using the lower-case "n" in the phrase "Native American" gives you away. It's a transparent attempt to diminish Native Americans, and while we're used to that, we're not going to let it go unchallenged. Particularly not from someone with a track record like yours.

But before we get to that, we'll look at your next defense:

"The one thing that can not be disputed in my image is the fact that the Scout is not an indian at all, it is a depiction of an Indian, a sculpture, created by and for white culture, and it carries a historical narrative of what white people at the turn of the 20th century wanted the indian [sic] to be. The artist on the scaffolding is confronting that narrative."
Yeah, no.  You fancy yourself both an artist and a literary expert: If so, then you have no excuse for pretending that identity does not reside in imagery. But beyond that . . . "confronting that narrative?" You? Really?

No.

Mr. "Bitterman," we're not stupid. And you're neither the first, nor, by a very long shot, the best, to try this sort of appropriative racism. What you're doing is indulging yourself in racist behavior and trying to escape criticism by shouting faux-art terms at people.

You see, I checked into your "art."  And I discovered that you have a nasty little racist exhibition, via the Indiana Museum of Art, in an Indiana park and recreation area.

Entitled "Indigenous: Out of the Wild With A. Bitterman," it's a vicious little bit of alleged performance art. The white artist is apparently claiming that he himself is "indigenous," and offers people a chance (for money, of course) to "see the artist in his natural habitat." Which, apparently, involves collaborating with a white woman to portray the "proper" way to communicate with his "indigenous" self, via a series of hand symbols and wild gestures that he insists mean specific things.

Presumably it's meant as satire, but of what? Considering his apparent obsession with actual indigenous Americans, it can't be read as anything other than a series of nasty little mocking slams at [his stereotyped view of] American Indians. Add his little stunt as a rifleman taking aim at an Indian on horseback, and it all adds up to something very ugly indeed.

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INDIANS GAIN POWERFUL ALLY IN MASCOT FIGHT, WHILE
"CLUELESS INDIANS FANS SHOW UP IN REDFACE TO SUPPORT TEAM"

 photo CelvelandFansInRedfaceCreditJasonMillerGettyImages_zpsfa990c96.jpg Yes, I'm delighted to report that the portion in quotation marks is an actual headline.

It's from Houston Mitchell's opinion piece in the Sports section of The Los Angeles Times, and it rocks.

It all began with last Wednesday's televised playoff game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland . . . well, you know. In one of the crowd shots that panned across Mr. Mitchell's television screen were three Cleveland fans in redface and fake feathers.

Because, you see, Indians have red skins (Redskins? Where have I heard that before?) Add   exaggerated eyes and mouth, and you have a pretty offensive display.

Yes, I get it. They are trying to portray lovable Indians mascot Chief Wahoo (himself a pretty offensive character).

The message I get is it is OK to be racially insensitive as long as your are doing it to Native Americans.

Can you imagine the outrage if the three guys had shown up in blackface to support their favorite team? Or if the team had a caricature of an African American as its mascot? Isn't it time to stop this kind of stuff?

Exactly.

It's columnists like Mr. Mitchell who are really going to move the needle on these racist mascots and the fans' accompanying racist behavior. But that doesn't mean that we or our allies can afford to slack off — and, indeed, we're not. We've also gained some powerful public allies over the last week.

While the NFL owners' meeting is being held at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown next week, the Oneida Nation will be holding its own parallel meeting: a symposium, actually, on the offensiveness of the Washington NFL team's mascot.

"When one of the most valuable franchises in the NFL is using a racial epithet, how do you explain that to the children?" [Oneida leader Ray] Halbritter told the AP. "How do you explain how it makes you feel as a human being?"
Accompanying Mr. Halbritter on the panel will be Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian; Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton [D-DC]; and psychologist Dr. Michael Friedman, an expert on the effects of discrimination on children.

And in an interview with the Associated Press published last Saturday, President Barack Obama took a public stand in favor of changing the name.

According to the Washington Post report, this marked the first time that President Obama had ever been asked his opinion on the controversy. He threaded the needle pretty effectively, while leaving no real doubt where his own opinion lies:

"If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I'd think about changing it[.]"
. . .
"I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here," the president said. "They love their team, and rightly so — even though they've been having a pretty tough time this year. But I think — all these mascots and team names related to Native Americans, Native Americans feel pretty strongly about it. And I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things."
The statement was not lost on Mr. Halbritter, either.
The Oneida Indian Nation welcomed Obama’s comments Saturday, saying in a statement that "President Obama’s comments today are historic."
Predictably, Brendan Buck, the spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner [R-OH] tried to make hay out of it. Anything to distract people from the fact that your boss is a figurehead completely unable to control the extremists in his own party, who let them drive the country into a new ditch by way of the shutdown, I suppose.

Oh, and Mr. Buck? I can tell you what we call them in this household. It's a perfectly serviceable name, and has the advantage of being devastatingly accurate. We call the the Washington Racists.

See? They could even keep the "R" on the official team gear. You're welcome.

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:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
Let's build communities!

Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.


THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

Mexican Kossacks - Formed: Apr 14, 2013, Organizer: roberb7

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011

Nashville KosKats, Founded by ZenTrainer Formed: Jan 30, 2012

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Wednesday, October 9th

Twin Cities Kossacks Happy Hour with navajo!

Drinks will be courtesy of navajo.
Please RSVP.

TIME: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
LOCATION: The Stone Arch Bar inside The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel [Bar Menu]
225 Third Avenue South • Minneapolis

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. raptavio
3. left rev
4. parryander
5. WineRev
Maybees:
angry marmot
catadromous
Transactivist
Emberlyn
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Dkos Asheville
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Saturday, October 19th

DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

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

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Gordon20024
5. gulfgal98
6. DawnN
7. Sandy on Signal
8. Mr Sandy on Signal
9. Munchkin
10. Alecia
11. Mr Alecia
12. cultjake
13. flwrightman
14. Otteray Scribe
15. Burns Lass
Maybees:
people power granny
One Pissed Off Liberal
Christian Dem in NC
SteelerGrrl
SteelerGuy
polecat
Audri
Phil S 33
emmasnacker
bobwilk
Elaine
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
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Sunday, October 20th

MEGA Philly/NJ/NYC Kossacks Meet-up!

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue • New Brunswick, NJ

ORGANIZER: Send mconvente a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. mconvente
2. belinda ridgewood
3. thankgodforairamerica
4. gchaucer2
5. sidnora
6. rubyr
7. mattc129
8. hayden
9. mallyroyal
10. Avilyn
11. blue jersey mom
12. ericlewis0
13. Rogneid + husband
14. aoeu
Maybees:
aravir and son
ask
Cinnamon
No Exit
andgarden
asterkitty
pfiore8
joanneleon
renzo capetti
MRA NY
Latest diary: Philly/NJ/NYC Mega Meetup! Additional Call for People Interested in Attending!
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Friday, October 25th

LAKossacks & SoCal Inland Empire See Lewis Black!

TIME: 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Dr. • Rancho Mirage

ORGANIZER: Send 714day a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. 714day
2. jakedog42
3. susans
4. Otoelbc
Maybees:
Shockwave
SoCaliana
Latest diary: L.A. Kossacks, Lewis Black Fans in So Cal
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Friday, October 25th

Meet the Daily Kos Editorial Staff!

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Daily Kos HQ
Address given privately to RSVP'ers • Berkeley

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
You will need to bring Potluck.

HQ will be providing the main course; Salvadoran pupusas queso y loroco, (thick corn masa tortilla stuffed with cheese & Salvadoran vegetables and served with curtido & salsa) tamales de sal, (chicken tamales with potato & gravy steamed in plantain leaves) tamales de elote, (white ground corn served steamed) fried yucca and plantain.

Please volunteer for beverages & side dishes needed below.

- POTLUCK SIGNUP -

Beverages:
20 bottles of wine [11 down, 9 to go]
16 six-packs of beer [5 down, 11 to go]
8 six-packs soft drinks
6 six-packs bottles of water [6 complete]

Appetizers:
5 appetizers, anything goes here. Whatcha' got? [3 down, 2 to go]

Side Dishes:
4 green salads needed, each to feed 10 [4 complete]
3 black bean side dishes needed, each to feed 10 (need Salvadoran inspiration?)
3 rice side dishes needed, each to feed 10 (need Salvadoran inspiration?)

Desserts:
6 desserts, a dozen hand-held desserts each [5 down, 1 to go]

RSVPs:
1. Markos
Editorial Staff:
2. Susan Gardner
3. Meteor Blades
4. Joan McCarter
5. Hunter
Staff:
6. Faith Gardner
7. Will Rockafellow
8. Jen Hayden
Activism Team:
9. Paul Hogarth
10. Chris Bowers
11. Rachel Colyer
12. Michael Langenmayr
Tech Team:
13. Jason Libsch
14. Scott
15. John
SFKossacks:
16. navajo + large ice chest with ice + 4 bottles of red wine
17. Lusty + dessert
18. side pocket + two 6pks beer + 2 wines + stuffed mushrooms appetizer
19. paradise50 + two 6pks beer
20. smileycreek + 2 wines
21. citisven + beer + beet dip
22. norm + pumpkin bars
23. Lorikeet + big bowl of fruit
24. kimoconnor + appetizer
25. remembrance and TLO? + 1 wine
26. Glen the Plumber + Pasta Mystery Dish
27. madhaus
28. dharmasyd + brownies
29. ceebee7 + green salad
30. lineatus
31. Dave in Northridge + 2 bottles of wine
32. linkage
33. LinSea + 6 six-pks of bottled water
34. Shockwave
35. Eyesbright
36. catilinus
37. FogCityJohn
38. justiceputnam + grilled balsamic veggies
39. zmom
40. exlrrp + souvenirs ;) !
41. shanikka + salad
42. DAH
43. BroadBlogs
44. jpmassar + dessert
45. PatG + dessert

Maybees:
Cedwyn
LaughingPlanet


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Saturday, October 26th

Drinks and Dinner at Lefty O'Doul's

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Lefty O'Doul's
333 Geary St • San Francisco near Union Square

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. smileycreek
3. paradise50
4. dharmasyd
Maybees:
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Saturday, October 26th

New England Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 10:30 AM
LOCATION: Silly’s
40 Washington Avenue • Portland, ME

ORGANIZER: Send nhox42 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. nhox42
2. rebereads
3. Portia Elm (a potential mileage winner!)
4. bjedward
5. nailbender
6. Bill in Portland Maine
7. Common Sense Mainer
8. mdevine
9. theMarti
10. patmoshimer
11. commonmass
12. Actbriniel
13. LoreleiHI
14. mayim
15. Jane in Maine
Maybees:
Latest diary: C+J Kossack Fall Meetup (Updated 9/25/13)
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Saturday, November 2nd

SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.


Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California One Care

RSVPs:
1. Andrew McGuire
2. navajo
3. Shockwave
4. Hunter
5. elfing
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
7. smileycreek
8. paradise50
9. dharmasyd
10. maggiejean
11. norm
12. Lusty
13. dksbook
14. Mr. dksbook
15. kimoconnor
16. jpmassar
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
19. ceebee7
20. ceebee7's sister
21. leema (will carpool from Marin)
22. Meteor Blades

Maybees:
Glen The Plumber
remembrance
TLO™

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