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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
March
Tuesday, March 14 2017
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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The Oceti Sakowin camp has been cleared by heavily militarized police, but what happened there this past year is forever. WE THE PEOPLE showed up in the thousands to protect our water and support the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their fight against big oil. I am so very proud and grateful to all whom contributed in any way to resist the hateful and greedy monsters behind the pipeline Ė including #45, who received $100,000 in campaign donations from the DAPL conglomerate.

I envied those who were able to go there and represent. But I believe everyone who felt strongly about the cause has directly impacted it as well Ė including those who prayed and helped keep the story relevant. Bless all of you for standing up for what really matters for our future generations.

Living in Rezberry I have well water and I didnít like it at first because it smelled funny. I was used to city water, which is treated with who knows whatÖyet now I am very conscious of every precious drop that comes out of the faucets and I am thankful for it. However, I am keenly aware of the fact there are many pipelines that run underneath this land and I get all anxious and mad. Not for my ole carcass but for all humanity in this insane world we live in now.

Keep in mind that the dirty, tar sands oil will not benefit Americans at all for cheaper gas prices. It will come from Canada through multiple states and then be sold to China, which has mass pollution. Will we be the next to have to wear surgical masks outside? Oklahoma is now the earthquake epicenter because of fracking, which has clearly been identified as the cause. The good news is that more people are waking to the ugly truth; that we are being sacrificed so the 2% can continue their luxurious lives.

Just last month NASA identified planets similar to Earth in orbit around a star outside our galaxy that may support life. SooooÖ.my question is Ďdo the 2% know something we donít about lifting off to another Earth-like terrainí? I remember a movie like that. Hey, Iím all good with getting rid of those evil viruses but we cannot let them leave us with the mess they left Our Mother in. Oh no! They have a lot to answer for and I volunteer to crack the whip on those over-privileged, whiny babies on clean-up duties. (Not a slur on babies).

Iíve been severely depressed for way too long and the situation we Americans are experiencing now due to Pootiní and his puppet #45 threw me down in a way I wasnít prepared for. I am, however, becoming hopeful with the recent pushback by American citizens who are refusing to put up with this Pootiní Puppet President Ė who has clearly been appointed into office as was W Bush by the SCOTUS. I almost wrote something else. Ahem!

On the home front Iím happy to report I have plenty (as of this writing) of toilet paper, cat litter and mac & cheese. Life is good. I miss my son and granddaughters and I pray I get to see them soon. I made my Gramma Rose some short ribs in the slow cooker; I will see her and I am bringing a pie, too. Iím also gonna go play penny poker with my friends and take their money like last time, then go to the casino and double it ;). My favorite TV channel is VICELAND and I encourage yaíll to watch it if you can. Wake up!

Spirits, our ancestors, are with us in this most critical of times. The elites are counting on us to just lay down, but thatís not happened, nor ever it will.
My dear friend Diane E., whom I only know from facebook (for now), wrote something that resonates with me and I feel better for it in our mutual disgust of U.S. politics; all we have is each other. I take heart from her statement in that WE, the collective WE, have the power.

How else have WE Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island survived complete genocide thus far? My belief is that we possess a priceless treasure, and those who donít have it envy us. And what is that? Spirituality. That is why they have to kill us. I miss you John Trudell.

Just an FYI? WE donít hate, WE relate. Every human breathing air right now has suffered abuse in their life no matter our skin color or Ďclassí. It is what it is but that does not mean the cycle of abuse, hate and every vile, horrific act has to continue. Keep in your hearts that WE have each other.
(Insert Bob Marley song here.)

I love yooz.††

February It Ain't Easy
Wednesday, February 08 2017
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Today I got up, showered put on a face and got dressed. I got out of my house for a quick minute with my friends and that helped so much. Depression really, really sucks. I wanted to write something funny because it makes me happy to laugh and share. Iím trying; I really am because I miss that part of my life. Hang in there with me okay? I need yooz.

Even though I know like-minded people who are as disgusted with the new regime installed by Putin, I still feel so alone and need to vent. I plan to go outside and yell at the horrors that we will suffer under Trump and his band of villains, who will rape our country. They have literally made me sick but I know I canít continue this way, so Iím seeking the help I need.

Iím sure Iím not alone in feeling this way so I strongly encourage you to ask for help, itís out there. You are needed. I love you.
Up North here itís frozen and when I tried to go get my mail I kept sinking into the snow and almost got stuck, so I called off my big expedition halfway there. I feel all pitiful! I didnít want to fall on my icy driveway because Iíve already had two spinal fusion and I have metal in my right arm.† I donít want another surgery, not for even a pinkie fracture. Mexico and a cozy little hut near a white sand beach are seriously calling me.

Since Iím still here I Ďspose I could contribute to the Resistance. I am an armchair activist for† reasons due to my health, but I know I have to do something! I canít and wonít just observe our Turtle Island be destroyed by Trump and cronies. The entire world is laughing at us and I agree with their views. Our beloved country is being ridiculed.

The thing is I am being blocked from certain websites and live feeds that have to do with activism and the Resistance. It has never happened before and Iím anxious that I donít have access to my news. I am far from being a hacktivist and my laptop can do way more than I care to know about, but itís my main source for current news. So this is a thing: an evil thing because the new government is suppressing us.

I donít remember calling on anyone to incite violence or any form of harming others. I have written about protest and the Standing Rock Protectors and I believe Iím being targeted because of my column.

You may scoff, but I know what Iíve experienced and I donít need your validation. We the People are already being stifled, suppressed and spied upon. Welcome to 1984. Steve Bannon & Co. is already discrediting the media. A madman now has the nuclear codes. He advocates torture and is profiling immigrants. I am sad we Indians didnít do that from the get go. We should be the wealthiest people in the USA, but we donít value paper over responsibility and integrity for our Mother Earth and our culture.

Under this fascist regime we only have each other. Iíve been caching commod beans and rice. Did yooz know I was in a hurricane? *wink* yeah Hurricane Wilma Yucatan Peninsula 2005. I was in a hurricane shelter with 1100 other people for five days and there was limited everything. It was an interesting social experience, like survival of the fittestÖnot a Ďrealityí show at all. It got hot in there and not just because of the heat and humidity. Everyone got all territorial in the swelter shelter, lemme tell ya.

Imagine being all sweat with no way to communicate and next to complete strangers whom are just as terrified as you are. Thatís what we are in for. Iím sorry to be a voice of gloom and doom but what freedoms we have are now being eliminated.

So, my advice to myelf and you is just enjoy and give thanks for what we have now.

Then we get up and shower, put a face on or braid your hair and dress for the Resistance. Weíre all responsible for this travesty of a president so letís fix this. We canít go back to the horrific past and whatever I can do I will.

I still have hope for all of us when we stick together. Geez, I sound like a sports coach, ay? Well, I said I will do whatever I can so if youíre inspired good for me! Ay! Iíve been calling my representative, so please do that. You can start there. There are multiple ways to resist this insanity.

Happy Heart Day Yaíll!!!

Year of the Blood-fest
Monday, January 09 2017
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Wow. Just wow. This past year has been quite the blood-fest, ennit?† I am soooo looking forward to this New Year. 2016 was like running with the bulls in Pamplona in a packaging bubble suit and still getting gored. On a positive note I was enlightened to peculiar peoplesí true nature by their exposing themselves as thieves, liars, betrayers and just general ickiness. For that, I am grateful.

Now that they are not in the way of my progress, what oh what shall I do? My goal is to continue to fight the good fight in the gory face of Trumpism. I became complacent in many ways because I was under the soft blanket of President Obama. I thought that if he could make it there, the rest of us could make it everywhere.

The truth? Not so. There is no post-racist society in the U.S. just because a black man was elected president. In my opinion we created a path for a disgusting megalomaniac to become elected POTUS. The ugly, dark underbelly of white supremacy was fermenting for the past eight years in response to Obama and has now exploded like a meth lab. Now we have to adorn ourselves with haz-mat suits and begin the cleanup for our childrenís sake.

I have to take responsibility for my granddaughterís environment, in all aspects, so they can thrive and raise their children in a clean, forward-seeing world. I was traumatized by the election and still am. However, it has motivated me (in my mind anyway) to activism and a hope for the future. Hope? Really? YES.

This is the time when we scattered people evolve into a powerful BEING that cannot be stopped even in the face of oppression, downright evil and all the Ďismsí you can name. We have more power than we can conceive and with it, do or undo all the hateful crimes against humanity.

Seriously. I mean what I say and say what I mean. There is an entire world out there that we donít think has anything to do with us going about our daily lives that someone hasnít suffered to make our clothing. And thatís just one thing. I wonder who made my ďHELLO KITTYĒ slippers Iím wearing right now. Theyíre so cute. I† speculate who actually made them and how much they were paid to do so.
Iím just pouring out my heart here. I do want to add to the previous December 2016 column where I wrote a much abbreviated history of world events. Iíve admitted before Iím a news junkie and even been called out as a Liberal ĎWonkí. Whoa.

So the western Europeans slash and crash into homelands other than their own; set up shop by force of weapons and let the natives serve them tea. Some Whites return to their native land and bring the brown ones who served them. Meanwhile, the brown slaves save money to bring their families to them. Aha!

The so-called immigration crisis is a farce. Here we have a whole lotta Brown/Black People living in their respective communities. Along comes invaders and they enslave and corrode their culture. Being left with nothing, the natives want a better life for their children so they emigrate to the colonistsí lands. They open restaurants, shops that cater to their community and donít bother anyone except their former invaders who deeply resent their presence. I donít say Ďconquerorsí because THEY never have done so. Beaten us down to where we donít exist. We have more than survived, WE ARE STILL HERE!!!

The Best of the Best.
What Iím tryna get across here is what did the Europeans think was gonna happen when they turned everything upside down? They raped and exploited human beings for profit and now those same people are seeking refuge from the war-torn countries the aggressors made uninhabitable. I ask, what would you do?

I pray every day for this gorgeous, plentiful little planet we live on and for humanity, too. I even pray that the most hardened, hateful white supremacist to get a real life. Yaíll have something better to do I think. Not all brown people want to pro-create with yooz so thatís not an issue. We donít have an agenda to breed yooz out of existence, so what now? What is so threatening that yooz use your political power and gross lies to demonize we equal human beings?

Yaíll ainít getting away with nothing on my shift. JS.

Itís like my Unk Gene always used to say, ďCall it out for what it is!Ē

My big plans for this New Year are getting Lenny Kravitz Shotley de-balled. Heís a kitten and I havenít tole my Gram I have him becuz she wonít even let me have a Panda Bear. Sheez.†

Trump and the White Man
Tuesday, December 06 2016
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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To understand what happened with this farce of an election that voted in the most monstrous of human beings as the leader of the free world, I have to share some of my musings of history. Yes, I am sickened, nauseous and still incredulous that ANYONE with morals or conscience voted for Trump. My mind has been going in circles like a mad muskrat since November 9,† to try to understand WHY.

Way back in time there were savage, ferocious bloody tribesman in Western Europe that fought amongst each other for scarce natural resources for untold centuries. They were all of similar DNA, being pale skinned, but they massacred each other anyway. It was the lands they wanted Ė to expand their empires and established what they say are ďRoyalĒ bloodlines.

Eventually they built ships big enough to carry thousands of men and went on what they named discovery voyages. In fact, those trips were all about enriching themselves. They came from tiny island nations, fractured fiefdoms and had laid waste to their own lands, and became greedy for othersí lands and territories.
The pale skinned ones thought they had more right to lands as the Ďnativesí who had not ďdevelopedĒ the land, which to them meant extracting every mineral, precious stone, and usurp water rights for monetary profit.
You still with me? Great. I have only so much space for my column but I tell ya, if I was writing Ojibwe it would be done.

During their explorations they came across mighty civilizations that went back many more thousands of years than their own did. The pale ones went to Africa and saw only material wealth, not the wealth of culture, history and science. They saw black people who they thought of as inferior and deserving of having their lands and resources stolen. In Asia they saw evidence of civilizations having come and gone, and a thriving one that had nothing to do with the western mindset.

In both instances, the pale ones connived to divide and conquer, and that has been their modus operandi ever since. Some greedy old Pope wanted in on the land grabs and wanted riches for the Catholic Church, so he issued a Papal Bull in 1493 writing the Doctrine of Discovery, wherein all Indigenous lands and the people on it were Spainís to conquer. Gads! The arrogance of all that makes me wanna throw up.

So Europeans began sailing to what they named the new world. Here, there were gorgeous, unspoiled lands, resources and a route to religious freedom. There were also millions of Indigenous people, from the North tip to the South, who had been living here since the Creator put us here. I will forgo the rest of this part because well, here we are in 2016, over 500 years since first contact with the colonists.

I recount my abbreviated version of history because I wanted to know how a Donald Trump could possibly be considered a viable candidate for POTUS, given his obvious disqualifications for the job, never mind having the nuclear codes that can destroy us all. No, things are not perfect now nor have they ever been since the colonists showed up on our shores, undocumented. Trump is only a third generation immigrant. Clearly, Europe did not send us their best. He is also the product of their greedy culture.

Here we were, closer to John Lennonís ďImagineĒ, and then this human atrocity gets elected. Wow.
Being an Indigenous woman and living in poverty I suffer, I cry for my son who is a large brown man, my granddaughter who is a lovely little girl, and for all of us who are not white men. No, I donít want to be pale skinned, even with all the privileges it affords. I do want to be able to walk down the street or to the store without being attacked by racist colonist-descendants who actually believe this country, this land, these waters and resources are theirs by right of whiteness.

I read that this election, with all its ugliness, is the White Manís Last Stand. I like that. The oppressed masses Ė that includes pale skinned people, have been awakened Ė will never go back to the miseries inflicted upon us in the past. NEVER! The Water Protectors at Standing Rock have proven that and the millions of Indigenous People and our allies around the world will not stand down.
Wherever you are you can send them your prayers, and thanks for their courage in fighting the good fight.

November It Ain't Easy
Monday, November 07 2016
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Iíve had a difficult time beginning this column but I feel I have to address what is so disgusting to me and draining on my spirit. The rape culture commentary in Trump and Billy Bushís tape from 2005 has brought all my raw emotions to the fore of having been raped myself, and my immediate family members having been raped and victimized by close friends.

People who were trusted by our small family circle were the perpetrators of heinous crimes and have never had to answer for it. In fact, it is their closeness to the victims that make it much more likely they will commit rape.

Rape is rape no matter how old you are or what gender. I trusted and loved a person for 26 years and they preyed upon someone close to me who was very vulnerable. And that is beyond unforgivable no matter what protestations or reasons are given. That betrayal still causes me to retch when I think about it.

I have seen the damage up close and would turn back time if I could because itís done irreparable damage to my family. Remember there are enablers who are every bit as responsible for the rapists themselves. One person made the devastation of anotherís rape about themselves and sought to garner sympathy.† In addition, they blasted the victimís heinous experience to anyone who would listen without their permission. Despicable.

Another person brought in a sexual predator to our circle and was well aware of that personís disgusting actions, yet chose to stand with them. Sadly, these scenarios are not by any means unique to my family alone. This happens all the time and I believe itís time to open up, being the victim carries no shame so letís end it forever. This is not our collective Native American Indian culture. I ask you all to look out for the innocents and believe the victim when they tell you the truth.

I am going to keep on speaking up for the victims and I will not allow myself to become blasť or ignore it any longer. Iím angry and plan to write more about it. For more information please check the link below to learn more about Rape Culture.
http://www.vox.com/2014/12/15/7371737/rape-culture-definition

A sample: ďAnd although rape culture has its roots in long-standing patriarchal power structures that were designed to benefit men, todayís rape culture burdens men too Ė for instance, by ignoring the fact that men can be victims of rape and sexual assault, and women can be perpetrators of it. That means that male victims are also left without legal protection and social support.Ē

On another rant, I am very concerned about the Water Protectors in Standing Rock, No. Dak. who are being constantly harassed by local, State and other police forces using armored vehicles and tactical equipment on innocent people. I know of many, many people, Native and non-Native, who have been to the encampments and have come away changed forever and whom plan to return there. To all of you I say chii miigwech and Iím grateful for your phenomenal loving stance in protecting our precious water for all to enjoy.

FYI: To all the money-grubbing, land grabbers Ė your people tried to kill us Natives off via gruesome massacres, intimidation, legislation and blood quantum quotas. That hasnít worked in the 500+ years in the past and will not work now, and not ever.
I donít know of any more tenacious people than Natives, and now we have allies that really get what our true message is. For me, itís take care of our Mother and Her gifts to us in every way. We are responsible. We are strong and indefatigable. We are here to stay.

I can happily say that as of this month Iíve been writing my column for 18 years! It has been a wonderful time and some terrible times, like when I literally could not write because of depression and other illnesses. But here I am now. I wonder now what great future I have to create because I ainít done yet by any means.

Of course, I will write about my experiences and trials in life and my hope is that all of you will do so tooÖbegin by keeping a journal, submit story ideas, (note to self) and be present in your life. Easy to say, I know, but doing so is therapeutic and can be uplifting. If you donít tell your own stories, who will?

WellÖIím preparing for another freezing, snowy winter season but hey, what else can I do? Rezberry is soon to become ďFreezeberryĒ in a short time. †

Happy Native American Heritage Month!

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