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WALK THE WALK

 

“The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the nation.”– Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Lightning Makes No Sound Until It Strikes

Lightning_Strikes_Photography+10My experience at Poor Peoples Campaign is going well. I have used support i have gained from them to reach the office of Governor Kate Brown twice. While i was there i was able to speak about wolves as a culturally significant animal. The Governor has been hard to reach on this and dodged nearly 20 wolf groups on the topic in 2017. I was also able to bring up the topic of ending the Indian Wars the longest war. I heard stories from people of 4 races of the medicine wheel. I was moved by those stories. Ive been able to lead all marches i was present for. I have been able to speak in an effective way and have conveyed a generous amount of information. On more than one occasion lightning came out of my mouth. I think the protest song ‘Somebody’s Hurting My Brother’ is fitting. It makes for good metaphor. Miingan being brother to Original Man. Poor Peoples Campaign talks about standing on the backs of giants. I stood on the backs of Harry Charger descendant of Fool Soldiers who had a non violent vision to negotiate for the release of prisoners during the Dakota War and Edward Benton-Benai who was spiritual leader for American Indian Movement. Not only is it the 50th anniversary of when King was shot its also the 30th anniversary of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act which came 4 years after Eddie Benton-Benai influenced the reintroduction of wolves by citing Anishinabe Spirituality I agree with the shifting the moral narrative idea. I think i have always been doing that and its a big help to find people that feel the same way about it. It felt solid to connect with people from many religions. I feel like i may be reaching the Governors assistant. The staff recognizes me and i think i even have a fan whos a state trooper. It must be interesting to see this drama unfold from their perspective. I like the use of music. I like that song New Unsettling Force. I think its badass. One of the first things i learned with the American Indian Movement was the power of a song. The A.I.M song. Later with Illahee Spirit Runners i used the Anishinabe Wolf Song. I played the Anishinabe Wolf Song at the Capitol June 18. I explained there is a revival of indigenous spirituality and its scares the powers that be. It scares them even more when they see we are supported by the others. Various groups pledged their long term involvement. Illahee Spirit Runners was one of those groups along with a Yaqui man whos head of a farm workers group. Poor Peoples Campaign has a list of relevant and bold demands. https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/demands/

The P.P.C is bringing attention to the four evils Martin Luther King JR. spoke of. Poverty, Racism, Militarism and Ecological Devastation. Its clear to see they are all related. Ive been able to communicate and get my needs listened to which has been a challenge in the current political climate and i think thats really outstanding. I see some areas to improve on. One seems to be getting past some media blackout issues. The other one is we are going to have to do some sneak ups so they won’t see us coming. “Lightning makes no sound until it strikes”. Martin Luther King Jr. This seems like something the Invisible Warrior would have experience in. Its down to tactics and logistics. Ive been gettin my teacher wolf on. There was talk today of low numbers. I assured the people there were those amongst them who could effect change with 5 person teams. I spoke a powerful truth that if we have even 25 person teams we will be overwhelming.

Whos Down And Who Really Loves Us

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Its good to take stock of alliances its good to honor the people who honor us. Its up to native resistance to decide who is our allies. It can also be helpful to remind ourselves when we feel lack of solidarity and isolation. Below is a list of groups we are friendly with a second that we are potentially friendly with and is up to them to take the next the step to improve relations. I think our alliances display our bold attempts to create unity. I think it speaks volumes that we are an entity that brings traditional, radical and liberal elements together. Some of these groups don’t even always agree but they agree on Illahee Spirit Runners. We give people chances to improve their standings and at least one group got off our boycott list by choosing to interact with us in a more respectful way. If you’ve burnt some bridges try sending a canoe.

FRIENDLY: Idle No More Washington, Brown Berets, Howl Across America, Corvallis D.S.A (Democratic Socialists Of America), Native Hoop Magazine, Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, B.A.R.K, A.I.M Confederation Of Autonomous Chapters, Dirty Hands Collective, A.I.M Grand Governing Council, Earthfirst!, Idle No More Official, A.A.R.P (All African Revolutionary Party), Tokala Warrior Society, Native Youth Movement, Gichitwaawendan Aandeg Kagakshi Dotem (Potowatomi Warrior Society), Censored News, our Advisor has membership with Akicita Heyoka (Fool Soldiers Warrior Society), M.A.M.A (Mothers Against Meth Alliance), Humbolt Green Party, Reclaim Turtle Island, A.S.A.P (Allied Students For Another Politics), Wildlife Defence League, Buffalo Field Campaign, Deep Green Resistance, Ground Zero, Union Members For The Preservation Of Wildlife, Autonomous A.I.M Pueblo Colorado, Peace And Dignity Journeys, Northwoods Wolf Alliance. Honor The Earth, Warriors And Ranchers For Wolves And Wild Horses,

POTENTIALLY FRIENDLY: Corvallis Veterans For Peace, Corvallis Green Party, Rising Tide, M.E.C.H.A, Predator Defense, Oregon Wild, Indigenous Environmental Network, United Urban Warrior Society, Cree Warrior Society.

We have a boycott list and people are welcome to inquire about it if they wish to see. It currently has 10 groups on it.

Illahee Spirit Runners is whole heartedly believed in and supported by loving and invisible individuals including your wife, your mother, and your grandmother.

Written By: Keeper Of The Fire

Getting In Step

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This document created by the resistance. It was made for Poor Peoples Campaign. Please feel free to implement. Share as a tool. Illahee 2018

For those who don’t know only a few years ago natives weren’t allowed to lead marches on our own lands. Issues like invisibilization and 400 years of co-optation, white fear, ect led to this. Then the left improved upon this but still fell short in many ways and still seem stuck on tokenization. We created this from a decade of experience in the red power movement. It should be considered for order of public speakers as well as marches.

1. Indigenous resistance groups/members would go first preferably ogitchidaw/akicita and or groups that have approval from elders and or are serving the people. This goes into incentives. People who are confronting and disrupting injustice directly should be at the front. Courage was celebrated in our cultures. (Academics should be avoided here and anyone who has been absent or widely absent from resistance. This leads to talk of resistance or classes on resistance while current and often intense resistance is overlooked and made even more invisible).

2. Full blood females are next. This is a special time for them. People who know their language should be up here to. To know indigenous language is to have think in a way that is free from the colonial thought process. In Kalapuya territory Kalapuya go first. In Paiute Territory Paiute go first. Consider age and honor people 60 or over as elders

3. Full blood males are next.

4. We have up to 7 understandings of gender so this could look different based on how people view themselves.

5. All other natives including pacific islanders kingdom of Tonga, Hawaii, Aztec, Maya, Natives who were adopted and uncertain of tribal origin. People who were adopted into tribes by relative making ceremony ect.

These things are done to further the efforts of indigenous resistors to gain control over our own destinies on our own lands. These things and all things we do are to be done with love and with the next 7 generations in mind.

 

Wolf Pack Rides Again

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On March 14th 2018. I have let out a howl. I have asked for the sweet invitation of sweetgrass. Many tribes and people of the four races including 100 white eagles have been summoned to Illahee and are making their way to Kalapuya territory to stop a wolf hunt before it starts. In the morning i went to connect with devoted followers of the revival of indigenous spirituality that is taken place over the wolf. Once we were together we took action at a rural office of Fish And Wildlife in Adair Village. A telephone action started it off and flooded the phones all day. Tribes involved were Apache, Shoshone, Paiute, Potwatomi, Lakota/Dakota, Blackfeet, Karuk, Yurok, Panamnik. A first demonstration took place inside the building. The Anishinabe wolf song was sung. We left to make them think were were leaving for the day. We made ourselves invisible. We came back. Multiple holy songs and prayers started flying around the office. The drum and rattle were used. A giant smudge happened containing sage from Standing Rock the people of my great grandmother. Tobacco was placed on the ground to make certain we were heard by ALL THAT IS ALIVE AND MYSTERIOUS. We negotiated to have the director call his boss. We ask wolf be protected under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978. We left to take a break and make sure law enforcement wasn’t showing up just yet. Sure enough we were tailed by state police. County Sheriff also responded. All were powerless against our prayers. We recognized this as an attempt at intimidation. Thing is people been trying to intimidate me since i was 3 years old. Ive been through much and i don’t scare easy. We set our determination to take over the building and shut it down for as long as we could. Ultimately we disrupted the agency from 11 am to 2 pm indian time. Handfuls of pens were scattered across the counters. Each pen was said to represent hundreds and thousands of petitions that have been signed to protect wolves in the wild. It was conveyed to the director that if an agreement that is less brutal is not reached that it will be time to return B.L.M and Fish And Wildlife to the rightful stewards, the original people. This was our longest takeover of the year and it was spurred on by a wolf hunt that has been proposed in the so called state of “Oregon”. It was epic. It was also spurred on by grief. I have come to realize im feeling the pain and injustice of the world. Perhaps im empathic. Perhaps im just in tuned. Personal grieving, a feeling of needing to secure the future of the next 7 generations and to make good on my responsibilities as an Akicita and Regional A.I.M/Idle No More Founder and Advisor. It was spurred on by the heart of a mother who is sending warriors my way to be mended and sent forward like arrows from my bow. It  was spurred on by love and its not over. A meeting has been scheduled for April 19 and 20 in Astoria Oregon. Word is the wolf plan has been postponed indefinitely and we are already victorious. Aware that this could be propaganda and an attempt to quell dissent we will press on up to and beyond the date of the meeting if need be. If we are heard and the outcome is favorable we will ease up and relax on the target for the time being. If the decision is not in favor of our relative the wolf it will only cause us to intensify the struggle. The people of 3 continents are watching us. The ghost dancers are still dancing. Holy Holy Medicine. We cover our faces so you can see our hearts. Our sacrifice and struggle will effect the reality in the lives of the children of all races of the human family on Turtle island. Like  Tasunka Witco said “Upon suffering beyond suffering the red nation will rise again, and it will be a blessing for a sick world. We are that blessing. The physical manifestation of prayer.

Written By: Nobody.

Run To The Capitol

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When  we got word that a wolf hunt could be proposed for as early as April it spurred us into action. Our belief is that by the time the so called public meeting takes place we will be on the receiving end of whatever decision they made without us. We organized a 50 mile prayer run to the capitol to raise awareness. We carried a message to protect wolf under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978.  Two wolves walked with us and the people of Kalapuya territory. We meet with people who stopped along the road. Two of us did most of the miles. Once we remembered to focus and stay in prayer it seemed like we were moving fast. The run inspired people from neighboring towns and reservation to join in. Confrontations using the drum, rattle and sage like weapons. We visited our old friends in Adair Village a rural location that has been the subject of our unrelenting pressure having never let up even when we were underground.  We also visited a new location in a bold new move. We meet with the Director of B.L.M. We were held up at the security door so we waited for them to come out. We could see the people nervous in the building. I shared a story about a friend who was stuck out in a flash flood rain storm with a grizzly bear. He said the bear was inside his mind and it was already eating him. We attempted to enter their minds and eat them. In this way it was a psychological victory. When they finally did come out we spoke eloquently for the wolf and played the wolf song. We then went to the Capitol building and tried to meet with the Governor who has dodged 18 conservation groups including us this being our second trip to the Governors office in the last 6 months. http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/08/17/conservation-groups-ask-gov-kate-brown-to-stop-state-sanctioned-wolf-killing/

It was a busy day at the Capitol. Best just to say we rallied some people who came over from Grand Ronde and people in Salem and went to the last location of the day which was ODFW Headquarters. We went into the building and we were able to get on the second floor. We played the wolf song and we were exploring the building. Satisfied we had seen everything we proceeded to do a round dance in the main office and requested dialogue. The head of wildlife was on location and able to listen to our concerns. Feeling satisfied we were heard we  left to go rest up. The next day a couple of us went to Fern Ridge Wildlife Viewing Area. We did a sneak up and let the wolf song into the repair shop at the viewing area. We tried to get into the main office but it was locked. By now direct actions have dwindled and we wait for new people to join. I have offered myself as a helper to others hoping they will  reciprocate and do the same for us in return. We have asked for friends to journey to Illahee before the upcoming fish and wildlife commission meeting. The time and location of the meeting keep changing. ODFW is reluctant to deal with the public as both sides are disgruntled. ODFW is between a rock and a hard place.

 

FRESH LEGS. Longest Walk Save The Salmon

A Bear and an Otter embarked on a journey to the south of Illahee in support of the the AIM Walk for Salmon on November 11 2017. Upon arrival the group had already begun running, so the Bear and Otter joined in right away. The prayer was carried down the road known as Hwy 101, past forest trees, ocean beaches and cranberry bogs. The road was scattered with cranberries escaped from passing trucks. They thought the company of the Turtle Island berries a good thing. The red road it was indeed. Bear brought a message and gave it to the group: Confederated Tribes Of Siletz, Confederated Tribes Of Warm Springs have fish hatcheries of their own and are releasing many thousands of salmon and steel head. We think this is great! As the rightful stewards of the land this is exactly the kinds of things we should be doing. We want to remind you however that we can release all the salmon and steel head in the world and it will not matter without clean water. When we protect apex predators like the wolf we protect their habitat. When we protect wolf habitat we also protect the water. In this way when we protect the wolf we are protecting everyone and everything Bear said.
Reuniting the prayer staffs with the water: The staffs were taken to the beach and one by one the staffs, each representing one of the four directions were taken and touched to the sea.

The group took a rest to reintroduce the ancestor staffs to the water on the beach in a ceremony to give thanks and ensure a safe journey. Later, the Otter and a Diné man brought the eagle staff across the Rouge River in the last run for the day where they saw a bald eagle hunting and perched in a tree on a jetty. They stopped to thank brother eagle for his blessings.

The Bear and Otter rested in Gold Beach, shared a meal and enjoyed the company of the group in a church community room. The Bear was reunited with old friends and new allies. The Otter felt honored to be so warmly welcomed by the group, as they are so very far away from their own ancestors.

The next day As morning came some of us lined up facing the direction of the rising sun. A song was sang by a Paiute/Western Shoshone prayer walker. A Buddhist chant was chanted by a Buddhist monk. Bear lay down a large offering of tobacco. Illahee Spirit Runners gifted the remaining large bag of tobacco to continue on through many communities as the prayer for the salmon continue to Alcatraz Island. Hemlock and spruce where then joined by sister redwood along the road, a herd of elk where seen. The group made fast work of the miles that day, and finished on a vista atop a hill above Crescent City. While traveling back down the hill towards their lodging for the evening a bright rainbow in the sky was seen.

After a lunch together the Bear was given a great gift to Illahee Spirit Runners, from a prayer runner from the Muckleshoot, Quinalt, that had been given to him at Standing Rock the year before. The Bear was greatly honored by the gift.

The Bear and Otter then departed from the group for home, grateful to be able to provide fresh legs for the prayer.

Written by nobody. just an Otter and a Bearsignal-2017-11-11-122605

Spring Wolf Walk 2017 Review

P1020082The run started in early March with a prayer then we went in search of people to join us and found none. We set off for the coast where we knew someone would join. We picked up at so called Lincoln City, Oregon. Illahee Advisor ran with a wolf and an American Indian Movement Flag. The road was dangerous, with very little or no shoulder at times. A tree branch was blown over in the wind and rain. Four the sacred number was the amount of waterfalls ran by. A rainbow was seen touching both ends to the ground. Illahee President and his partner covered several of the miles, they also created a petition to take to Siletz natural resources on behalf of wolves. Once near government hill a very small pack run happened. Awareness was raised. It was demonstrated that indigenous resistance is still alive in the region, and that we still care.

P1020087On Thursday March the 23rd the regional group Illahee Spirit Runners made their way to Grand Ronde. Spreading a message in the style of ancient foot messengers. The group is asking that tribes make their lands into wolf sanctuary or no kill zones for wolves as other tribes have done. The president of the group is from Siletz Confederation. As rightful stewards of the land we hope our tribes will continue to protect our animals like the wolf that have major cultural significance even if they lose protection in other parts of the country. A second extinction is something were unwilling to accept. Coming to a rez near you; the sacred run will visit several other tribes in the months of March and April to raise awareness and circulate songs and stories of the wolf. The run/walk aims to convey why wolf is sacred to so many of us.

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Illahee Spirit Runners continue to spread a prayer for the wolf. From south of the logging camps on the Siletz rez. To so called Newport Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife office got a visit. A song was sang for our relative the wolf. Illahee President was busy helping an elder and could not be present. Illahee Advisor continues south with prayer walkers. As we walked in prayer trading off the miles relay style we seen many beautiful things. We touched the ocean of which i had not seen in some time. We connected with the land and water we have protected. Upon touching the ocean i felt a small piece of its pain. It has been abused. The ocean is worth fighting for. We seen the rocky shores, great trees, sand dunes. We seen large waves and heard the thunder in the waves. An old man shared a story with me about falling asleep in the snow and being shaken awake by a wolf. The man was freezing. He faded back into a sleep state. Again was awakened by the wolf who this time drug the man back up onto the road where he could be found by other humans and then disappeared. We made it to what is known as the Elliot State Forest at current time. We seen elk. We sent a message to Cow Creek Umpqua Department Of Natural resources asking them to make their lands including the 90,000 new acres they might be getting into a no kill zone for wolves. We carried this prayer in a good way and recognize the connectedness of all living things.

Following up in August:

Grand Ronde Annual Contest Pow Wow was eventful. The tipi was set up at the top of the hill. Dream catchers were displayed. The “Respect The Sacred” banner was hung up for people to see. A grandmother from Grand Ronde Confederation spoke in favor of wolves, she said “If we don’t speak for them who will speak for us when we need help?” A non native also spoke, she said “wolf Is water” A petition was circulated at Grand Ronde by Illahee Advisor. 86 people signed it. Many Grand Ronde people signed it. Members of the Kurok tribe were first to sign. There were also many Cree and non natives who signed. A second petition was circulated on the coast by a member of Illahee Spirit Runners and is being mailed in asap. Illahee Advisor entered the hand drum contest and played a wolf round dance song in front of a large crowd. There was a strong energy because of the solar eclipse. Further attempts at forming community through love, compassion, understanding. We watched the sun and the moon mate. It was spectacular. Illahee Advisor delivered the petition in the style of ancient foot messenger. If all goes well Grand Ronde will join Fon Du Lac, White Earth and Eastern Shoshone in making their lands a NO WOLF HUNTING ZONE with a 30 mile buffer. You are encouraged to assist by calling or writing to Grand Ronde Department Of Natural Resources  http://www.grandronde.org/departments/natural-resources  and asking them to protect wolves for future generations yourself. Wolf is a great teacher and reminds us of family. We must not fail our relative for what happens to wolf also happens to the Anishinabe and further more humankind.

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