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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
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 Ďgood enough for himí I wondered how is that different from the Washington Red$kin$? Answer: we donít 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 Ö using other means to change the hateful team name isnít impossible either. Let me think about it some more.
It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Friday, April 04 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgYet more wintry weather is on the way and thereís not a damn thing I can do about it. I mean, really??? Eh Ö 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 wonít even smack it, Iíll 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 thatís the only way I can save myself from going bat-shit crazy. Another thing Iím doing is I joined a gardening class! In Ojibwe language itís ďGitigaanĒ 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 Iím 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 Ö 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 Iím serious about becoming a gardener, a grower of vegetables and herbs so I can eat healthier. I read a lot and what Iím reading about genetically modified organism (GMO) crops scares me because we the public donít really know what is in that produce! Ewwww!!!

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Monday, March 10 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgJust now as of this writing I confirmed plans to attend the Stop the Wolf Hunt rally in St. Paul, Minn. I was told too that I could speak! Iíll give that some thought because this slaughter of our brother wolf is so disgusting and completely horrid that I will probably break down and sob at the wolvesí deaths that never had to happen at all. In my estimation wolves are necessary to the environment as water, sunlight and food. Humans are the only creature that kills for pleasure in addition to being a heinous scourge on our Mother Earth.

The culture of fear of wolves was brought over by the Europeans whose domestic animals were sometimes preyed upon. Everywhere in fables, pop culture and the current war on wolves are blatant lies. Little Red Riding Hood and the BIG BAD WOLF, The THREE LITTLE PIGS and WEREWOLVES are the most recognized stories about this magnificent, family-oriented animal. As a child I was puzzled why wolves were so awful but didnít question it because I was a little kid and no one told me any different. I donít have that blind ignorance anymore and my participation in the rally which will have occurred before this publication is done, for now.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Friday, February 07 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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The easy thing to do is gripe about the horrific Polar Vortex II and how Iíve been huddled in front of my little space heater at home with the temp set at 58 degrees because I dare not put it any higher. Propane is used to heat my house and prices just skyrocketed to almost five bucks a gallon! Oops! I see that I have indeed just complained about the frigidly cold weather up here but I see on national news Iím certainly not alone. A Facebook friend posted a picture of severely frostbitten feet which is hard to look at but it must be harder to feel. But of course all this extreme weather we are experiencing has nothing to do with climate change. So I suppose we can all just diddley-bop along or stick our heads in the sand or snow banks.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, January 09 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Well Ö This is the month for New Yearís resolutions, which I donít like making but if I'm gonna get anything for next Christmas I better start being good. Oh wait! I don't 'do' that holiday anymore! Not for any Grinchy reasons though; mostly because the first family Christmas gathering I had in my Rez house 10 years ago began fantastically but ended in angry shouts, fists being shaken and dark vows of never dampening my doorstep again. Good times, good times Ö Not!

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