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February 6, 2013

REVISITING BISON – “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?”

Back in June of 2012, we had some good news! Approximately 60 bison with pure genetic genes going back to the 1800’s were sequestered away for five years to make sure their health was in peak condition.

Soon after that, the bison were moved to Montana to help Montanta landowners live with free-roaming bison outside Yellowstone National Park. Defenders of Wildlife is helping out with reinforced fencing – reimbursing landowners for 50% of costs up to $1000 per landowner – to keep bison out of gardens and landscaped yards.

Bison often travel beyond the park boundaries in search of food (as do wolves), particularly during harsh winters with deep snow. Until recently, bison were hazed back inside the park, shot on sight or shipped to slaughter houses. But in the last couple of years, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (THUMBS UP!!!) and state and federal agencies have agreed to let bison roam beyond the park boundaries.

Additional changes may soon create year-round bison habitat outside the park, but only if landowners agree to share their space. Stronger fencing is one way every one can co-exist. We ask South Dakota Senator, John Thune if he had anything to do with all of this? If so, then you are a hero!

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

THE WAR CONTINUES ON WOLVES

Beloved Yellowstone Park Wolf 832f was shot and killed this December, 2012. She was the most beautiful alpha pack female of the Lamar canyou and one of the most popular attractions at Yellowstone National Park. Her bloody body became just the latest Yellowstone wolf to be needlessly killed – and just outside the park borders.

As many of you already know, the Wolf is the symbol of this foundation due to their closeness and admiration by the Native Americans. The wolf body count continued to rise in the West. Hunters have killed 258 wolves in Idaho. Montana and Wyoming since late August, recording known to spend time within Yellowstone National Park. Five of them wearing tracking collars. Though no hunting is allowed within the park, wolves often step over the DNA Park Officials “boundry line” ( like they could read) in search of food and mates. Once out they are no longer protected. In early December, the beloved alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack (#832F) (I like to call her Dagmar), was shot 16 miles east of the park. she was a ‘famous’ visisble wolf, currently being filmed by cinematographer Bob Landis, who has produced many films for Nature and National Geographic programs.

Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit in November to challenge the ‘premature’ de-listing of wolves in Wyoming, arguing that the Interior (?) Department illegally stripped wolves from the Endangered Species Act protections and is allowing the state to treat wolves as unwanted vermin across the majority of the state, including the National Forests!!!The Yellowstone wolves are some of the most intensely studied wild animals on this planet. For years, scientists have monitored wolf activity under conditions where humans were not the same threat to human survival. Now it appears these wolves, recently re-introduced into the Park will face the same risks as wolves elsewhere in the Rockies.

She was big, she was beautiful. She was such a powerful hunter that she was once observed bringing down a full grown elk all by herself! This Alpha Felmale, 832F, known as “6” for the year she was born. She spent the majority of ther time in the Yellowstone National Park and was the mother to many litters of pups and a favorite of the “wolf watchers” who visit the park to gaze in awe and admiration at these magnificent gray wolves from the Lamar Canyon Park.Wildlife Management (?) plans in states such as Idaho, Wyoming and Montana have killed at least 650 wolves in these states working aggressively to rally the public against such senseless killing. Defenders of Wildlife is also attempting to ensure the creation of strong, science -based wildlife management policies.

Recently, under pressure from Defenders of Wildlife and other groups, the state of Montana has temporarily stopped allowing wolves to be hunted in most park border areas. But it’s only a matter of measure…

In the long term, wolves like Dagmar (#832F), and all of American very much loved wolves, can only be safe when sound, science-based wildlife plans and policies are in the place that treat wolves not as vermin but as critical parts of their ecosystems — not to mention wild creatures LOVED BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OF ALL RACES. The enemies are the extension of a people who were wiling to exterminate whatever obstacles lay in the path of their objective. Attrition is the whites own methodology.

The wolf: teacher, leader, and family devoted, who problem solves and endures persistently to protect and provide. Even the males puppy sit the pups while the mother is out looking for food!

There is an answer and it is not by the bullet, the sub machine gun, or the arrow.

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

 

 

February 4, 2013

REVISITING SAINT KATERI TEKAWITHA

Kateri Tekawitha, a 17th century Catholic convert known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” became the first Native American ever elevated to sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI canonized her recently October 21, 2013, in a ceremony in Rome, Italy.  The daughter of an Algonquin mother and a Mohawk chief father, Tekawitha was born in 1656 in upstate New York on the southern bank of the Mohawk River.

Orphaned at age 4 when smallpox killed her parents and brother, she was adoptee by her aunt and uncle and was baptized aat age 20 near what is now called Fonda, New York. She earned sainthood status from a miracle reported at her death at age 24. Her disfigured smallpox scars are said to have completely vanished, and sick participants in her funeral were inexplicably healed. And, in 2006, a young boy suffering from a flesh-eating bacterial infection in Washington state was miraculously cured after his parents prayed to (Kateri ~ Katherine) Tekawitha.
Read more about Saint Tekawitha
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Saint Kateri Statue Rosebud Reservation

Personally I had long taken Saint Tekawitha as my patron saint, even before sainthood.  It was Teddie Rae Herman Rogers of the Rosebud Sicangu Lakota Reservation who personally took me to St. Francis on the Rosebud.  I was astonished to see a statue of Tekawitha last October 8, 2012, after our Give Away on the Rosebud.  We got to see the lands of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, Spotted Elk and Red Cloud up personal, way far out, and close to the heart.  Their home has taken my heart and I would be there always if I could.  We were back in the hills and ridges, breaks and coulees in the grasses and sage, walking little known (to whites) trails and wading in the White River.  It was incomprehensible, beautiful, and humbling.

Within less than two weeks, the “Lily of the Mohawks” was granted sainthood after 357 years of beautification (“on hold”).  At least one to two miracles have to be attributed to the human being before they are considered for sainthood.  She certainly has been attributed to real miracles. Go visit her. . .

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!



REMEMBERING RUSSELL MEANS

Russell Means, the well known Native American activist, and actor passed away at the age of 72 in October, 2012.

I have been following Russell Means and the causes he represents with great interest and deep passion since 1973. Sometimes not always in perfect harmony with his attitudes, philosophy, opinions or actions, yet, I would say I agree with them and him more often that I don’t. I wish I could have been there at Wounded Knee II in 1973 to throw in my all for the glory and pride to stand up, with, and for some of the coolest, most grounded people in this country ~ the OGLALA and SICANGU LAKOTA SIOUX, and their brothers and sisters nationwide. I wish them all my best in their endeavors at claiming what is rightfully theirs, not ours. Yes, Russell Means is a personal hero to me.

Read more about Russell Means.
Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

Wolf Pack