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~~Innocence is the new CRIME and we are ALL guilty!~~
Subject: Re: ~^~Something to Share~^~

Dear Harvey,

As a supporter of Leonard's release I thank you for sharing this
video with me. It was wonderful to view and hear your words
and thoughts on each man you have written about and been
blessed to know.
Humanity has been taught to believe the lies and that only lies
are spoken by those who have an agenda, sadly not to hear the
truth when it is spoken. I am blessed to know when I hear the
truth and to believe when it is in the best interest for all.
You are a blessing for all of humanity, and to think you have only
just begun is an other blessing.
They say we are to wait for the White Buffalo to return. I have thought
of this many times and what the return would be about. Where is it
said the White Buffalo would return in animal form? I believe he has
returned in the form of a man, that man being Leonard Peltier. Just
this woman's belief.
Thank you again for this gift.

Alexandra C

Harvey answers:

Alexandra—If I might extend your metaphor a bit…summed up as ‘Leonard can be seen as a human manifestation of the White Buffalo’—isn’t it interesting that, were that true, or even if it isn’t true, the Elite has chosen to imprison him for life for the unforgiveable crime of being innocent.  Yes, though he’s as imperfect a human being as any of us, there IS something holy about Leonard—he represents the suppression and oppression of Innocence and Truth by a shadowy beyond-the-law Elite and its servant minions (FBI etc) now strangling the entire human species and all Life itself in its insidious tentacles.  

Innocence is the new CRIME and we are ALL guilty! Blessings, /Harvey


From: Pat Talley [mailto:pattalley@...]
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 5:15 PM
Subject: WisdomKeeper Reading Video

Dear Mr. Arden,

Wado.  Wado.  Thank you for sharing this video.  Your heart filled reading touched me immensely.

 When I first read Noble Red Man I was impressed by the sharing of Mathew King’s forthrightness.  His plain talk made clear the message he intended to share.  His words are timeless.  This video will carry his words to many that might never have the opportunity to read the book.

 Your insights shared during the reading are a treasure. 

 Mr. King’s dream lives on through your sharing of his vision.

 I will certainly share the link to your video with many that I know will also appreciate the words shared.

 Thank you for the gift of preserving and sharing the words of the WisdomKeepers.


Pat Talley


Harvey answers:

 Pat—Thank you for your kind words.  They warm my old heart.  I was 74 yesterday,,,and, hey, I’m just getting started!  Hope to meet you some day…you ever invite old authors to speaking venues?  I’d be honored. I’ll be in Houston to give some talks sometime this fall, when my new NOBLE RED MAN audio CD (with music) comes out.  Publisher George Blitch of is bringing me down; maybe have a sidetrip to Corpus Christi?   If you like give him a call at 713-302-2028.   Blessings, /Harvey.
 PS: Be sure to have folks check out –GREAT STUFF THERE!

From the desk of  Harvey Arden
Founder: ~The Wisdomkeepers Collective ~ "Bringing the Elders to the World & the World to the Elders"

 Author:  WISDOMKEEPERS: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders
DREAMKEEPERS: A Spirit-Journey into Aboriginal Australia

  NOBLE RED MAN: Lakota Wisdomkeeper Mathew King

TRAVELS IN A STONE CANOE: The Return to the Wisdomkeepers


WHITE BUFFALO TEACHINGS  by Chief Arvol Looking Horse

VOICE OF THE HAWK ELDER by Seneca Wisdomkeeper Edna Gordon

 Hope you enjoy this free 50-minute video.  Lemme know what you think.  Please FWD to friends & post online. 

Many thanks, /Harvey


                                           Author Harvey Arden speaks & reads

                                at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, CA


Part  1)    On the Wisdomkeepers and ‘Travels in a Stone Canoe.’

   2)    On Lakota Elder Mathew King from the book ‘Noble Red Man’

    3)    On Leonard Peltier: A Plea to President Barack Obama

 See 50-minute free video here:

(Also scroll down to ‘comments’ for lots of other interesting ‘soul-stuff’)
Comments to
 For more info on Harvey’s recent works—including the new NOBLE RED MAN audio CD—

~We need to widen our Community of Souls! 
 Please FWD this to others! CC me, if you like~








NALU, 10-2-09: Law + Order, Health, + Important Goings-On
NALU October 2, 2009: Law and Order, Health, and Other Important Goings-On
Friends Committee on National Legislation - A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Native American Legislative Update Email List

NALU October 2, 2009: Law and Order, Health, and Other Important Goings-On

  +   New Native American Advocacy Program intern
  +   Tribal Law and Order Act
  +   Health care update
  +   "Power Paths," a new segment on PBS' Independent Lens TV series
  +   Housing bill with Native vets in mind

My name is Inez Steigerwald, and I'm the new Program Assistant for the Native American Advocacy Program here at FCNL.  Though I came here with little knowledge of tribal law, trust responsibilities, current issues of concern to Native Americans, or any number of things I've been reading about, I have long been interested in human rights work.  For the past four years I've been working with a human rights group in El Salvador helping to publish its history.  While this organization (Comité de Madres) deals broadly with the human rights of all Salvadorans and all people, there are certainly overlapping themes between their struggle and the struggle of Native Americans and Native Alaskans in the United States.

An abiding lack of trustworthiness on the part of the government is one such theme.  In my initial explorations of Native issues at FCNL, I've been blown away to realize how little treaties with Native tribes often mean to the U.S. government.  Time and time again, what should have been binding contracts were (and continue to be) downplayed and outright ignored, and trust responsibilities (such as adequate health care) are woefully underfunded and put on the back-burner.  I look forward to learning more about these and other issues, and I especially look forward to becoming more proficient at advocating for the rights of Native peoples with Congress.

   ~ The Bill:
The main legislative opportunity at the moment is the Tribal Law and Order Act, H.R. 1924 and S. 797 (
As described in past action alerts (, much of what this bill does is to clarify a very messy and inadequate law enforcement system.  Jurisdiction over criminal violations on tribal land is very complicated.  In many cases tribal law enforcement agencies can only arrest Indians who have committed crimes on Indian land.  If crimes are committed on Indian land by non-Indians, in many cases tribal law enforcement agents are powerless; they may not be able to hold the people responsible and may have to refer the situation to state law enforcement, a U.S. Attorney, or the even FBI.  The bill tries to clarify and improve this situation.  This jurisdictional problem is linked to other problems that the bill attempts to address, such as the federal government's failure to follow through with a disturbingly high percentage of cases referred to it.

The bill also addresses funding, training, and other resources for tribal law enforcement. It contains specific provisions responding to the problem of widespread physical and sexual abuse in Indian Country.  Because well over half of reported rapes and other sexual abuses of women are perpetrated by non-Indians, the complexity of the jurisdictional structure make women particularly vulnerable to the lack of adequate law enforcement.

   ~ What We're Doing and What You Can Do:
Twelve members of Congress are currently cosponsoring  the Tribal Law and Order Act in the House, and eighteen senators are cosponsors the Senate bill.  The bills need more cosponsors, especially in the House!  Our current goal is to get 30 representatives to become cosponsors, although ultimately we want 50 or more to increase the chances that the bill will pass in the House. You can help. Please write to your representatives and senators and urge them to cosponsor this bill.  The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has named this bill as a top priority, and we hope you do, too!

* To contact your representative, go to:
* To contact your senator, go to:

The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation has released "A Profile of American Indians and Alaska Natives and Their Health Coverage,"  available at .  The report details the unique responsibility of the U.S. government to provide health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives, the poor health status of these groups, and the inadequacy of the services available to them.

The 2010 federal budget, together with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided a substantial (13%) increase for the Indian Health Service and Indian Health Facilities.  The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) is stalled for now, while the larger health care debate dominates Congress' agenda.  But Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said recently to a conference of National Indian Health Boards that tribes have been waiting too long for passage of the IHCIA and that "it's about time for a signing ceremony at the White House."

The Senate health care reform bill, the current focus of the Senate Finance Committee, will probably have only a modest impact on health care for Native Americans.  It does not change the role of the Indian Health Service and does not expand its authorization, although it may provide additional resources, especially for preventative care.  The Senate version of the bill exempts most American Indians and Alaska Natives from co-pays and co-insurance for Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance programs sold through "state exchanges."  It also eliminates a fine that would otherwise be assessed on individuals who do not purchase insurance.  As Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently remarked to the National Indian Health Boards:  "You have already purchased health insurance; it is already part of the agreement we made."  Indian health care will still have to be addressed after the general health care reform debate concludes, however, as health services f
or native peoples will still be so inadequate.

From an email from Mary Lugo,* publicist for Independent Lens:

"On November 3 [at 10 pm eastern], the PBS series Independent Lens will air the documentary POWER PATHS which follows the efforts of American Indian tribes as they explore ways to bring renewable energy projects into their communities. [T]tribes are fighting to protect their land, air, and water from the harmful impacts of mining and coal burning and lead the nation in transitioning to renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. Ten percent of America's energy comes from Native American lands, including a third of U.S. coal deposits and hydroelectric dams that feed the grid. The film follows [the efforts of the grassroots movement called the Just Transition Coalition in] their efforts to prevent further coal mining while bringing a greener economy and new green jobs to Indian Lands by installing solar energy and large wind turbines on their lands."

Please consult your local public television station's listings for local show times.

* For the full email, please go to:

The Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act (H.R.3553) was introduced to the House on September 24 with the goal of helping disabled Native American veterans to get and keep housing assistance.  The existing Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) includes a "catch-22" which has resulted in many disabled vets and their families being denied housing assistance due to their veteran's and survivor benefits.  The new bill would make the language more explicit to enable these people to receive housing assistance even if they also receive other veteran's benefits.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ).

Learn more about any of the bills mentioned in this or other Native American Legislative Updates at the Library of Congress web site. Just type in the bill number or name to see the bill's text, co-sponsors, and schedule for hearings.


Donate to FCNL:

Friends Committee on National Legislation | 245 2nd Street NE Washington, DC 20002 | | 800-630-1330








Link Center Foundation Closing
Hello to all Link Center Foundation friends,
We are sending this email to past friends and donors of Link Center Foundation. Please forgive us if we've reached you in error. We're working from a database list of email addresses.
It is with deep sorrow that I pass on the following information to you. Stephanie M. Schwartz, Link Center's President and Director, passed away on August 17, 2009. Her sudden death was a tragic loss to her family, friends, and the Lakota people whom she served and loved. Below is a memorial tribute written by Stephanie's good friend and Link Center Foundation supporter, Tamra Brennan.

The week after Stephanie's death, LCF's Board of Directors immediately scheduled several emergency meetings to explore ways to keep LCF open. The 2009-2010 winter season begins in October, and time is of the essence. Unfortunately, we don't have the several months needed to reorganize. Therefore, after weighing our options and other considerations, LCF's Board members have unanimously agreed to shut down.

But with this sadness comes a new light of cooperation and hope: the Link Center Foundation is honored and delighted to refer our donors, applicants, and friends to a marvelous organization, Pathways to Spirit. Pathways to Spirit's director, Carmeen Klausner, will accept all LCF customers applications and will direct all donations coming from LCF friends to their Utilities Assistance Program which assists with heating and fuels costs.

For LCF friends wishing to apply for emergency heating and utility assistance, please contact Pathways to Spirit at:

Pathways To Spirit
4307 Goldeneye Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 282-3819

For those wishing donate funds to help the Lakota elders, you may contact Pathways at the address above or donate through their website, 
Please be as generous as possible. Every year people die from the cold because they lack heat, and this winter is expected to be among the most dangerously cold on record. The People need our help.

Thank you, Carmeen, for your graciousness and hard work during this transition time.

In our final message to you, The Link Center Foundation Board of Directors -- Jim Beard; Alva Duke; Laura Duke; Sarah Peterson; and Gina Boltz --wish to recognize other LCF friends and individuals who worked behind the scenes to help the people. Among them are our webmaster, Tom Gleason, who donated his time to create and oversee our Internet presence. Warm thanks to LCF attorney Dave Perlick and accountant Jeff Cohen for their expertise and dedication to our cause. Thank you's also to author Harvey Arden, activist Tamra Brennan, and our good friend Keith Rabin who supported us in so many ways.
And for those not mentioned, your importance to our cause and your efforts to help enabled hundreds of people to remain in their homes during the winter. Creator knows who you are. Thank you
Finally, we send our heartfelt appreciation to those we've served, or those who have helped us serve, the many wonderful people in need on South Dakota's Indian Reservations.  It has been a pleasure and very great honor to be included in your lives.  Our prayers and best wishes for your futures of good health and happiness.

Gina Boltz
Director, Native Village Publications
Director, Youth Forum for International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Secretary, Link Center Foundation
In Memory of Stephanie M.  Schwartz
January 17, 1947 - August 17, 2009
Written by Tamra Brennan
August 18, 2009

It is with a sad heart that I bring this news to you today. Our dear friend and sister, Stephanie Schwartz, has left for her journey to the spirit world.  Steph suffered from a brain aneurysm late Sunday night. She was immediately admitted to the hospital and remained in a coma and unresponsive until she passed away, Monday August 17th just before 11:00 PM (MTN time).

Steph was 62 years of age and resided in Firestone, Colorado.  Stephanie is survived by her only daughter Caitlin Schwartz and fiancee Matthew Rumery, a sister Renee Bolton, four nieces and nephews:  Jennifer Mitchell, Kathy Naumann, William Sutfin and William Borton, in addition to many, many beloved friends.

Steph was a member of NAJA and a well known journalist in Indian Country.  She was the webmaster and editor for Wambli-Ho news publication.  Her work and research has been published in Native publications for over a decade.  She tirelessly dedicated her life working to help the elders and the Lakota people on the South Dakota Reservations. Her outstanding and renown publication written in October 2006, "Arrogance of Ignorance," about the reality of life and hardships on the SD Reservations, was published and referenced in journals across the country.  Read more of Steph’s writings at

Steph volunteered for Link Center Foundation, a non profit organization, providing heating assistance to the elderly and disabled on the South Dakota Reservations since 2002.  Steph became the Director of the foundation in 2008 after founder Audrey Link passed away.

Many of you may recall the devastating blizzards we had in South Dakota this past winter, along with severe life threatening temperatures.  Steph literally worked 15+ hours a day, flooded with calls and applications for people in need this winter.  She refused to rest until funding was secured and it was all taken care of, which ultimately of course, ended up not being until winter was finally over.  I remember talking with her at all hours of the night and early morning, asking her if she ever even went to sleep. Many times her response was,  "well for a couple hours, maybe."  Steph was a warrior woman, she always put the people and their needs before her own.

Steph volunteered with so many issues over the years, including building and maintaining the website and raising awareness for  “Miracle,” the Sacred White Buffalo Calf, born on August 20, 1994.  She also volunteered for Wolakota for many years.

Stephanie was very dedicated and faithful to her work, the people and most of all, to her spirituality and this way of life.

Steph, you will truly be missed by many; your legacy and footprints will always remain.  It was an honor to know you, my dear friend and sister.  We laughed, cried and walked through many challenges together over the years. Your guidance and wisdom will never be forgotten.

 I know you will be welcomed with open arms by many elders that have gone before us.

 We will celebrate your life and the path you walked, and wish you a safe journey home. 








You Can Help Didipio People Defend their Lands + their Rights
Promoting the rights, voices, and visions of the world's Indigenous Peoples
September 2009 Cultural Survival E-newsletter 
This Month in Indigenous Culture 
In Otovalo, Ecuador, September is the season for Yamor, or Kaya Raimi, the Kichwa equinox festival that marks the beginning of planting season. In addition to rituals related to planting and hopes for a prosperous season, there are parades,  competitions, and performances of traditional dancing and music. The festival also features chica de jora, a special fermented drink made from seven kinds of dried corn. It is only drunk twice during the year as part of special ceremonies, and it is also offered to the earth to ensure good harvests.

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What's new at Cultural Survival?
Global Response becomes a part of Cultural Survival
Cultural Survival has just announced its merging with Global Response, a 20-year-old international advocacy organization that coordinates letter-writing campaigns to support Indigenous communities whose environment is threatened by mining, logging, and other activities. The merger adds a powerful advocacy capability to Cultural Survival and expands Global Response's reach and effectiveness. Click here to learn more about the merger.
Your Letter Can Help Didipio People Defend their Lands and their Rights
For 10 years the Indigenous community of Didipio in the Philippines has been trying to stop the construction of a giant gold mine that threatens their valley homeland, and right now, because of a recent UN finding (see below), they have a real chance to succeed -- with your help. A simple letter from you to the president of the Philippines can make the difference between destruction and cultural survival. Learn more.
Intense Lobbying Efforts to Legalize Community Radio Continue in Guatemala
In August, a bill that was introduced to the Guatemalan Congress to legalize community radio. The bill, which was the product of months of work by Cultural Survival staff and radio station volunteers, has now been assigned to two committees. Read more.
Support for the bill is still needed. Please send a letter to the president of Guatemala urging him to support the bill to legalize community radio stations.
Panama Dam Campaign Takes Another Step Forward
We just received word that our petition with the Ngobe people of Panama has passed another hurdle at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Last week the commission found that the Ngobe's case was "admissible," which means that the evidence supporting their claims of human rights violations is valid and that if the parties cannot reach a "friendly settlement," the commission can send the case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Read more.
New Cherokee School to Open
The grand opening of the Eastern Band of Cherokee's language immersion school, New Kituwah Academy, will take place on October 7 near Cherokee, North Carolina. New Kituwah Academy will house Cherokee language preschool and kindergarten classrooms, serving 2 - 5 year olds. Read more.
International News 
Awá Communities Faced with More Massacres in Colombia
Twelve members of the Awá Indigenous community are reported to have been killed by armed men in camouflage on August 26, 2009 in El Rosario, Tumaco, in the southern border state of Nariño, Colombia.  Eleven people were shot and killed, including four children and three teenagers, and three more were wounded. The massacre occurred after the killing of Gonzalo Rodríguez (Awá), which occurred on August 23, allegedly by members of the Colombian Army. Read more.
Colombia, Peru, and the Philippines Reprimanded by UN Committee for Treatment of Indigenous Peoples
In August, during the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination's 75th Session, Colombia, Peru, and the Philippines were among the states which were reviewed for their adherence to and implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. CERD raised many concerns about ongoing discrimination against Indigenous Peoples and made concrete recommendations on how the three states can improve their record in its Concluding Observations. Read more.
UNPFII Reports on Forced Labor and Indigenous Peoples of Paraguay and Bolivia
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has just issued a report from a first-of-its-kind mission to the Chaco regions of Paraguay and Bolivia to address the issue of forced labor of Indigenous Peoples. Findings of the mission and recommendations can be found here and will be used throughout the UN system in an effort to eliminate of forced labor practices.
Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity.
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North Coast Earth First! Remembers David "Gypsy" Chain
North Coast Earth First!

September 17th, 2009


Sorry for the lack of updates recently, basic survival has taken over a lot of my
time lately, and it's been very challenging. Also, there hasn't been a whole lot
going on lately, so there hasn't been much to report.

I'm still maintaining a dedicated phone line for North Coast Earth First!, and still
get calls from media and others interested in the movement, as well as responding
to comments on our YouTube channel.
We still have t-shirts available, which I'm still chipping away at paying for, and
have recently discontinued service on our pagers, since they are no longer needed
and to further reduce our expenses.
Please take a moment to remember David "Gypsy" Chain on this day....

Forever Wild,
Shunka Wakan
North Coast Earth First! & NCEF! Media


David "Gypsy" Chain, 11-Year Memorial Day

Earth Fist T-shrit [ ]
    On September 17th, 1998, Earth First! activist David "Gypsy" Chain was killed
when an enraged Maxxam/Pacific Lumber logger began intentionally falling trees towards
a group of protestors.  The intention that day was to have dialogue with the workers,
determine whether or not the California Department of Forestry had been out to investigate
possible violations (as they had promised the day before), and stall clearcut deforestation
with a physical presence and conversation.  Things didn't go as planned, however,
when the activists were met with a very angry logger, who threatened and attacked
the group of activists, first with words and then with a chainsaw and large second-growth
redwood trees.
Even though the logger's threats were captured on video [ ],
he was never considered a suspect in the investigation by the Humboldt County District
Attorney's office; in fact, the only real suspects were the Earth First!ers, displaying
the deep corruption of local law enforcement at that time.  Gypsy's family sued
Maxxam and Pacific Lumber in civil court, and won their wrongful death lawsuit in
an out-of-court settlement.
Please take a moment to remember Gypsy and all the lives forever altered on this
day, eleven years ago.
It was an event that brought the movement together for the "Gypsy Mountain Free
State," and caused some to give up everything to dedicate their lives to the forest.
You can watch the entire series of documentary videos, all 32 of them, by going
to our YouTube channel [ ].
Thanks so much for your time...Earth First!


About North Coast Earth First!
Thanks so much for all your love and support, and we look forward to hearing from
you soon!  Earth First!
North Coast Earth First! is a bio-centric movement, using non-violent civil disobedience,
direct action, outreach, and education, to change the destructive practices of the
corporate industrial timber industry in Humboldt County, California.  Earth First!
is an international movement focused on preserving what's left of wild nature threatened
by exploitation and development worldwide.  Our local North Coast Earth First! chapter
does not engage in property destruction, and seeks to build bridges with workers
and industry bosses, to form coalitions aimed at standing up for the rights of
workers and implementing the sustainable management of natural resources.
We're more non-profit than traditional 501(c)3 organizations, since none of us pay
ourselves for the work we do; this is part of what sets Earth First! apart from
other groups, and we are proud to say that we do what we do out of love for nature
and non-violent revolution.

North Coast Earth First! | P.O. Box 4646 | Arcata | CA | 95518

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