Monthly Archives: March 2008

Lakota Woman

Read an excerpt from Mary Brave Bird’s autobiography, Lakota Woman (1990; HarperPerennial 1991) and post here your comments.

The TP webpage for Mary Brave Bird 

See some information about the movie version of this book, which was produced by Jane Fonda: Lakota Woman. Siege at Wounded Knee (1994).

The Housing Poem, by Dian Million

I bought a collection of writings by contemporary native women in North America (literal meaning, this is, Canada, the USA, Mexico), called “Reinventing the Enemy’s Language” (edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird) and I would like to share with you this very interesting poem, “The Housing Poem”, by Dian Million. It’s published in written & audio version on the TP Podcast. But please, better post here your comments on the poem!
More about this writer? Here’s a link to the TP webpage on Dian Million.
I have tons of comments arising from discovering this poem! But now, to have a little rest! 🙂

Wounded Knee Massacre 1890

Watch this YouTube video. It’s informative:

There’s a book: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (1970) by Dee Brown, which tells the history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century, and their displacement and slaughter by the United States federal government.

More info on our Wounded Knee Page above, which includes a list of all the threads her in connection to Wounded Knee.

The Spirit of Annie Mae

Annie Mae * Read about her and watch audiovisuals on this website. In case you missed it, listen to Buffy Sainte-Marie talking about her friend… Here is the song “Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee” where Annie Mae is mentioned.
Her murder is connected to some key words: AIM (American Indian Movement), Pine Ridge Reservation, Wounded Knee

* News from another blog on this case

I’m trying to order the movie, “The Spirit of Annie Mae“, a tribute to her life and activism…

Free Leonard Peltier Now!

2007
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
From his support blog: During the horrific early 1970’s Reign of Terror on the Lakota (Sioux) reservation at Pine Ridge South Dakota, an infamous time of violence and corruption existed. Complicit tribal officials hired local thugs known as ‘ GOONS –‘Guardians of the Oglala Nation’, who–with the blessing of the U.S. Government–carried out an unprovoked series of assaults on the traditional people on the Pine Ridge reservation. SD. Behind these attacks was Big Energy’s desire for uranium under Sioux lands, then being secretly negotiated between the U.S. government and compliant Tribal officials. Two FBI agents were killed on June 26, 1975 during a gun battle on The Jumping Bull Property. Leonard Peltier was falsely framed for the murder of the two FBI agents. So why is this story of Judicial Racism hidden from the public eye? Peltier has been behind prison bars for more than half of his life (he turned 63 this past September 2007). Petitions will be available at both performances appealing for Leonard’s release in his upcoming parole hearing. If Mr. Peltier is denied release at this hearing -he will not receive another opportunity for freedom until the 2017 parole hearing. His official release date is 2041.
Write Letters of Support to Leonard
First and foremost, let Mr. Peltier know that he is not forgotten. Leonard is currently imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. You can send cards and letters to: Leonard Peltier #89637-132 / USP-Lewisburg / US Penitentiary / PO Box 1000 / Lewisburg, PA  17837-1000.
The link in the comment below is a good one to learn it all about the case and how to help.
Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee” mentions Peltier. Read/Listen here.

Three Young Poets Four Poems

Their names are not mentioned! If anyone finds them, or the written poems, hey, paste them here, please! 🙂