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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, August 07 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgIn another dazzling display of culturally entrenched racism against the First Peoples of Turtle Island Ted Nugent called us “Unclean vermin” who “don’t qualify as people.” He went on to say that there is a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people. Wow. Then there’s wannabe president Michele Bachman who has a great idea for the Central American children, who seek refuge and a new, better life than their war-torn homicidal country’s can give them. Put them in labor camps says Bachman, then they learn American, work and everybody wins. *choke* SNORT! What?

In the case of Nugent I am the first person to speak up for freedom of speech but that works both ways Teddy boy. You are a vile, stinking, poisonous mass of diarrhea, a hypocritical blowhard who was very willing to take money from unclean vermin who don’t qualify as people. Well money talks but so do disgusting jerks. ‘Nuff about that cesspool of hatred.

Now for Mrs. Bachman; just when I think she can’t possibly say nor do anything to top her already despicable actions she does it again. History would truly repeat itself were this inhuman scheme come to be. Indian boarding schools and the inexplicable horrors that happened to children away from their families are still very much a part of our culture, one we are trying desperately to change. The U.S. agenda to wipe us out completely failed so they killed the Indian to save the man. We were being trained in white man ways to enter indentured servitude and supposed to be grateful for it. Now Bachman would impose that on thousands more little brown children.


It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Monday, July 07 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgSooooo … I was talking to one of my brother’s Mike W. (I have two!) about getting our kids enrolled. Our father is not on our birth certificates and it’s a big deal as I’m sure some of yooz know how difficult it is to prove; and how 'blood quantum’ was created to essentially wipe American Indians out as sovereign nations. In the conversation I told him that when I was a little kid I never wanted to be married and be a cat lady. A moment passed and Mike Wynde sez, “so…you’re Living the Dream.” I know!!!!! I laughed so hard and when I was able to collect myself I said maybe I should have picked something else? Hai! Oh well I’m here now.

“Living the dream” tchuh! I love it!!!

My dear cousin Amanda L. came by my office today, she lives in the Big City so I don’t get to see a lot of her so it’s really special when I do. This past June was Rezberry Daze where enrolled members come up for fun and feasting and hopefully win a drawing for money. I didn’t make it this year but I did see some family so I am happy. Well Amanda and I got to talking; we have both been through some really difficult times in the recent past and commiserated and hugged it out.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Monday, June 09 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgMy dear readers it must be very obvious that I love to laugh tell stories and joke and tease. I love other people who do that too and it is they whom I seek and I ignore the haters. This is my world and I get to say who’s in it. That being said there are times that intrude on my contentedness like that awful Lone Ranger movie starring Johnny Depp. At these times I have to reach back to my own memories of being terrorized in every way by the colonials’ descendants.

I’m writing specifically about the recent backlash against rapper Emerson Windy and his “song” and video of him in dressed in redface, eagle headdress and all rapping about “smoking that weed” and using a peace pipe to do it. To be fair, which I try to do even in the face of my extreme disgust at the video, which even used actual pow wow footage in psychedelic graphics. I watched the video of his apology on the Facebook page petition to make him take that disgusting video down.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, May 01 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgWoke up this morning, turned on the news and watched the story about the Sterling guy (owner of the LA Clippers) who made racist comments that were recorded and is now banned from anything to do with the NBA. In the same moment I thought ‘good enough for him’ I wondered how is that different from the Washington Red$kin$? Answer: we don’t have that much money AKA power for one thing and our culture is still actively degraded by the willingly ignorant. Grrrrr! I saw Native News Today put the story out on Facebook; sure it will get the word out but beyond that what can we do? It seems the only thing the dominant culture takes notice of is what billionaires want and violence. But … using other means to change the hateful team name isn’t impossible either. Let me think about it some more.
It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Friday, April 04 2014
 
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ricey wild.jpgYet more wintry weather is on the way and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it. I mean, really??? Eh … I along with all the other people who are suffering severe winter-itis are beyond ready for spring. Shoot. The first mosquito that bites me this year I won’t even smack it, I’ll just let it feast until it bloats up and falls off my skin. But only the one though.

To come out of this endless winter somewhat sane I have taken to pretending that every new snowfall is the first one of winter because that’s the only way I can save myself from going bat-shit crazy. Another thing I’m doing is I joined a gardening class! In Ojibwe language it’s “Gitigaan” and it was great. There were Indian tacos to eat and prizes; I won and picked out organic stuff for soil. I saw a lot of familiar faces that already are long time gardeners who have a lot of knowledge I need to begin my own little garden.

Last year in June I became a Master Naturalist so I’m pretty sure I will be able to handle a 3-by-6 foot raised container garden. If and when the snow ever melts, it could happen … maybe. Prior to this next adventure I liked to joke about my amazing dandelion 'garden' and that people came for miles around to see it but I’m serious about becoming a gardener, a grower of vegetables and herbs so I can eat healthier. I read a lot and what I’m reading about genetically modified organism (GMO) crops scares me because we the public don’t really know what is in that produce! Ewwww!!!

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