Thursday Open Thread | Native American Chiefs |Dull Knife

Dull KnifeDull Knife was born on the Rosebud River (present-day Montana) in about 1810. He was a principal chief of the Northern Cheyenne. His people called him Wahiev, which means Morning Star; however, the Lakota (Sioux) called him Tamela Pashme, which means Dull Knife. He acquired the name in battle with a Lakota warrior; his knife could not pierce the opponent’s tough buffalo-hide shield.

With his people’s safety in mind and hopes of gaining peace, Dull Knife was one of his tribe’s representatives who signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, which promised peace between the area’s Indians and the federal government. It was not to be.

Dull Knife and his Northern Cheyenne warriors fought in numerous campaigns, including the Colorado Cheyenne-Arapaho War(1864-65), and the War for the Black Hills, which included the Battle of the Rosebud (1876), and the Battle of the Little Big Horn (1876).

Following the masscre of Lt. Colonel George A. Custer and his men at the Little Big Horn, the U.S. Army responded by increasing their presence in Indian territory and staging punitive expeditions. At daybreak on a November day in 1876, soldiers commanded by Colonel Ranald Mackenzie attacked Dull Knife’s camp on the Red Fork of the Powder River in Wyoming.

Most of his tribe escaped, but with heavy losses. The army also destroyed 173 lodges, all their garments, blankets, and stores of food, and confiscated 500 ponies. The survivors made a desperate attempt to reach Crazy Horse’s camp. Eleven children died on the trail. With his people succumbing from starvation and exposure, Dull Knife finally surrendered in the spring of 1877. The government forced his Cheyenne onto a reservation in Oklahoma with the Southern Cheyenne.

Chief Dull Knife Quote: “You may kill me here; but you cannot make me go back.”

http://www.scottmilligan.net/?page_id=15

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59 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Native American Chiefs |Dull Knife

  1. rikyrah says:

    Obama Faces Barrier in His Own Party on Syria

    By JEREMY W. PETERS

    Published: September 4, 2013

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats, torn over involving the United States in another unpredictable Middle East war, are emerging as a major barrier to President Obama’s plan to strike Syria

    Many of the president’s core supporters, especially African-Americans and members of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing who voted repeatedly against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are expressing the deepest reservations. With rank-and-file House Republicans showing little inclination to back Mr. Obama on an issue on which he has staked his political credibility, scores of Democratic votes will be needed if a resolution authorizing force against Syria is to pass the House.

    Democrats say they are being confronted with a difficult choice: Go against the wishes of a president who is popular and well respected in their caucus, or defy voters back home who are overwhelmingly opposed to another United States military intervention overseas.

    In the first sign of how splits within the party will loom large over the Syria debate, two Democrats voted no and a third voted present on Wednesday when a divided Senate committee approved a use-of-force resolution with senators from both parties crossing over.

    “There are two major considerations to take into account,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a freshman from New York and member of the Black Caucus. “The prestige of an administration we strongly support versus an open-ended conflict in the Middle East that risks the lives of the people we represent if war were to break out. Not to mention the diversion of resources back into our communities that sorely need it.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/middleeast/obama-faces-barrier-in-his-own-party-on-syria.html?_r=0

  2. Yahtc says:

    “CCAO: Nicole Mitchell and Blakk Earth Ensemble”

  3. Yahtc says:

    “African-American clergy contend minority contractors denied major role in PinnacleHealth expansion”
    by David Wenner -September 5, 2013

    Excerpts from article:

    A group of African-American religious leaders contends minorities and women are being denied a fair slice of the $150 million economic pie resulting from three PinnacleHealth System construction projects.

    and

    “The reason we’re excluded on these jobs is not because anybody is a racist. It’s that I don’t know you … we tend to be more comfortable with people who look like us.” – the Rev. Earl Harris

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/09/pinnacle_pinnaclehealth_interd.html

  4. rikyrah says:

    What the Media Doesn’t Get About the Intraparty Splits on Syria

    Wednesday, September 04, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 9:20 AM

    On his show on MSNBC yesterday, Chris Matthews held what amounted to a whining session with AOL Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman and The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart (who kept referring to Secretary Kerry as “Senator Kerry”) pouring over what a political disaster it would be for the president if the Republicans decided to let the Democrats come up with the votes needed for a strike on Syria. They spent a whole segment of the show trying to convince … well, themselves, I guess… that the split on Syria within the Democratic party would be lethal and that Republicans could just embarrass the president. That’s “what they do best”, Matthews observed.

    Chris Matthews and his guests are devastatingly, patently, ridiculously wrong. The political civil war within the United States isn’t brewing inside the Democratic party; it is simmering among the Republicans. That is not to say that there isn’t a split within the Democratic party on this issue, but our split is far different from the GOP’s and it, all the drama aside, has pretty much zero risk of tearing the party apart. The Republican split does threaten to tear their side to pieces. Let me explain.

    First, the Democratic side. The debate within the Democratic party on Syria is a clash of principles, but principles that Democrats universally hold. Our debate is about pacifism vs. humanitarian intervention. There is essentially no one in our party that disputes that what happened in Syria is a grotesque violation of human rights and that it deserves a response. There are people like me – call us liberal interventionists – who argue that the intelligence being what it is, and the United States having a unique role among nations, we must respond and take a stand, partially with force. There are others who believe that while what Syria did was a gross violation of human dignity, an armed intervention from the US alone will not help, or mire us into the Syrian civil conflict, or produce counterproductive results.

    Pacifists and liberal interventionists (or humanitarian hawks) have co-existed in the modern Democratic party for a long time, primarily for two reasons: First: while in specific instances our judgment may be different, we hold the same principles and values. No Democrat wants to have to use military strikes in Syria, President Obama and Secretary Kerry included. And no Democrat thinks Assad should be allowed to escape this without consequence, including Barbara Lee.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/the-other-civil-war-over-syria-identity.html

  5. rikyrah says:

    Some very good news for Obamacare

    By Greg Sargent, Updated: September 5, 2013

    The new Kaiser Family Foundation study looking at Obamacare’s likely impact on health insurance costs is getting a lot of attention, and rightly so. As Bloomberg News puts it, this is the “the broadest look yet at what consumers will pay for health insurance when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect next year,” and its top line finding is that insurance will be “affordable.” In other words, no “rate shock.”

    Indeed, if you dig into the report, you’ll find more information that really bodes well for Obamacare’s implementation.

    Specifically, the prices of the so-called “bronze” plans turn out to be very affordable, and even more so when you add in the law’s subsidies — which is very good news for those who worried people won’t sign on to the exchanges.

    The “bronze” plans represent the least generous level of coverage, and health reformers believe they represent a kind of escape valve for releasing anger over the individual mandate. The idea is those who are least likely to sign on to the exchanges — single youngish people who don’t have a lot of money — are also the most likely to sign on to “bronze” plans. If those are affordable more will sign up.

    And they are. Go to Figure Three in the report and you’ll see that the average monthly premium for the “lowest cost bronze plan after subsidies” for single 40-year-olds who make around $28,000 per year ranges from $97 to $168. The average monthly premium for single 25-year-olds at that income level are within a similar range.

    “A bronze plan is the minimum insurance that people have to pay to satisfy the individual mandate,” Larry Levitt, a Kaiser official and author of the study, tells me. “The low cost of bronze plans will make it easier to sell people on the idea of buying insurance and mean anger over the mandate could be less than expected.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/05/some-very-good-news-for-obamacare/?print=1

  6. rikyrah says:

    Progressive Caucus Smacks Down Questioning Veracity of Syria Intel

    Thursday, September 05, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 9:29 AM

    From the beginning, I have urged the debate over Syria to be conducted on the basis of a bare-bones, basic, bottom line: that we accept the intelligence assessment publicly released as fact. I have said that while I am squarely in the liberal interventionist camp while it come to Syria, it is possible to oppose intervention in Syria without questioning the veracity of the intelligence assessment (or, in effect, calling the president a liar). I have asked for that to happen because a president who affords the American people the respect to end the imperial presidency deserves to himself be afforded the respect that the intelligence assessment he released isn’t a set of lies.

    Sec. Kerry’s testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday provided a compelling case for just that, as Kerry testified that no intelligence agency within the US had come to a different conclusion.

    But for those who still insisted on questioning – as part of their opposition to military strikes in Syria – whether or not the chemical weapons that were launched were in fact launched by the Syrian government, none other than the Congressional Progressive Caucus shut the door on that pretty good yesterday.

    They assured us they’re taking everything into account,” [Congresswoman Barbara] Lee said. “I do have to say the president and this administration have been very careful and very methodical in how they’ve been approaching this.” […]

    Lee, however, says she remains unpersuaded. “They’ve been very persuasive about the intelligence and the fact that we must do something,” Lee says. “They were not persuasive for me that the only option right now is a military option.”

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus, most of whose members seem, at least at this point, sure ‘no’ votes to any use of force resolution against Syria, has taken the exact track I have hoped everyone on all sides of this debate would take: the question is one of judgment, not the facts of the intelligence. The CPC has now accepted the veracity of the intelligence that it was in fact Assad’s regime that launched the chemical weapons attacks that perished over 400 innocent children and over 1,400 civilians.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/progressive-caucus-smacks-down.html

  7. rikyrah says:

    Ask A Slave Laughs at Ignorance and Racism
    By Aisha Harris

    Ask A Slave, a biting, satirical Web series in which one of George Washington’s house maids, Lizzie Mae, answers the burning questions of visitors to Mount Vernon, caught on quickly, and for good reason. The series is based on the real experiences of the show’s creator and star Azie Mira Dungey, who used to portray a slave at the historic Washington estate. The ridiculous questions Lizzie Mae is asked by predominantly white visitors will amuse and appall you at the same time. “How did you get to be house maid for such a distinguished founding father?” one clueless old from Indiana asks in the first episode. “Did you see the advertisement in the newspaper?”

    http://youtu.be/X1IYH_MbJqA

    These inane questions—and Lizzie Mae’s droll, undercutting responses—allow a reasonably self-aware and informed viewer to shake his head at the naiveté exhibited by a certain section of the populace. But Ask A Slave raises its own, more important questions in the process. For one thing: Are historical reenactments, as well-intentioned as they may be, actually useful tools for learning, or are they merely a way for visitors to entertain nostalgic and sometimes racist fantasies at the expense of the actors?

    In practice, the answer seems to be a bit of both. A Washington Post article from earlier this year covered Colonial Williamsburg’s difficulty in finding black performers willing to play out the daily routines of slave life: At that historic site’s theatrical division, black actors are taught how to perform subservience to the white actors playing their masters—a role that the supervisor, Stephen Seals, says is “not for everyone” due to the psychological strains of the job. One actor on staff recalled a white boy’s demands that he bring him a soda, after learning that he was a “slave.”

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/09/05/actress_azie_mira_dungey_turns_her_slave_performing_experiences_into_comedy.html

    • Ametia says:

      I absolutely DETEST Colonial Williamsburg. I remember when I was in 6th grade, our class took a trip there. It was the first time the schools had intergrated in our county. All girls in classes and all boys in classes. They wouldn’t mix the sexes.

      Anyhooo… we took a tour of Wiliamsburg and when we got to the stock yard, one of my white classmates asked the tour guide “Are black people still treated like animals today?”

  8. rikyrah says:

    Watching Chris Christie abandon his tough-guy persona

    By Steve Benen

    Thu Sep 5, 2013 9:19 AM EDT

    Even those of us outside New Jersey are familiar with the “brand” Gov. Chris Christie (R) has worked so hard to cultivate. He’s a straight-talking tough guy, we’ve been told, who won’t let politics get in the way of telling people uncomfortable truths.

    At least, that’s the persona he used to present. Lately, the New Jersey Republican has been something of a wuss.

    In a daring political stroke, Gov. Chris Christie is making a strategic pitch to capture the obese vote in New Jersey. The strategy is designed to make fat people mad at state Sen. Barbara Buono by claiming that she poked fun at the governor’s weight.

    “For me and for other folks across New Jersey — many folks — who are challenged by their weight, the fact that someone running for governor would make derisive comments about someone’s physical appearance is really beneath the office she is seeking.”

    Here’s the problem: Barbara Buono, the governor’s Democratic challenger, didn’t make derisive comments about Christie’s weight. She criticized the governor for spending $25 million in public funds on an ad campaign encouraging tourism for the Jersey Shore, only to make himself the star of the taxpayer-financed commercials during his re-election campaign.

    “I don’t know about you, but seeing Chris Christie frolicking on the beach is not going to drive me to go to the Shore,” Buono said.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/05/20339769-watching-chris-christie-abandon-his-tough-guy-persona?lite

  9. Yahtc says:

    Montana Law Review
    Volume 0
    Issue 0 February
    5-15-2013

    Northern Cheyenne Tribe v. Roman Catholic Church, 2013 MT 24, 368 Mont. 330, 296 P.3d 450 (Mont. Feb. 5, 2013).

    EXCERPT from case:

    Property owned by the St. Labre Indian School Education Association and the St. Labre Home for Indian Children and Youth (collectively, “St. Labre”) was exempted from the Northern Cheyenne Allotment Act “so long as they continue to be used solely in the advancement of religious and welfare work for the benefit of the Northern Cheyenne Indians.” The Northern Cheyenne Tribe (NCT) brought claims against the Roman Catholic Church and the Dioceses of Great Falls/Billings (collectively, “the Diocese”), as well as St. Labre related to this exemption. Since the government decreased funding in 1952, St. Labre has almost exclusively relied on direct mail fundraising campaigns. St. Labre raises millions of dollars each year with a current endowment of approximately $90 million dollars. The fundraising letters are titled “The Race of Sorrows,” a phrase that has been used to characterize the NCT since the 1880’s. The letter details stories of the plight of the NCT and states that St. Labre only exists to provide education, opportunity, and improvements for the NCT.
    NCT alleged nine separate causes of action that the Court grouped into three categories: (1) St. Labre’s fundraising created a constructive trust for NCT, and St. Labre wrongfully converted those funds and unjustly enriched itself; (2) contract and fraud issues; and (3) cultural genocide against NCT in violation of Mont. Const. Art. II §§ 3, 4, and 10. District Court Judge Watters granted judgment on the pleadings for the Diocese and St. Labre as to the constructive trust, contract related claims and cultural genocide. The district court also determined that the statute of limitations barred NCTs unjust enrichment claims before March 2002, and NCT failed to prove any loss and thus barred unjust enrichment claims after March 2002. NCT appeals.

    http://scholarship.law.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1011&context=mlr

  10. Yahtc says:

    Maggie One Bear: Chief Dull Knife’s Cheyenne Granddaughter

    by Calvin Ve’kese hema’evo Wilson and Renee Sansom Flood

    Maggie One Bear
    [Click image for larger view]

    My relationship with Maggie One Bear, the last surviving granddaughter of Chief Dull Knife or Wohehiv the ‘Morning Star,’ began in 1977. One night I drove by the Lame Deer Trading Post and saw a Cheyenne girl scrubbing the floor. I said to myself, look how hard she’s working and she’s so beautiful!

    Her name was Roxanna One Bear and she was an orphan living with her grandparents, James and Maggie One Bear. The young beauty was a senior in high school working to save money to go to college. The next day, dressed in my best cowboy shirt, I went to the trading post and bought a Snickers Bar with a dollar, knowing she would have to give me change. When she gave me the coins, I could kind of touch her hand for a second.

    I went back every day and bought a lot of Snickers! She was so aloof and shy that I was going in there 4 or 5 times a day before she would even look at me. She was living with her Grandma Maggie in a little frame place, the first house in Lame Deer with electricity. My home at the time was my grandmother’s bunk house on our family ranch. I knew that dating “Roxie” without doing it the old way, by asking her family, was going to be impossible.

    Roxie and I fell in love but when it came time to ask for her hand in marriage, I had to visit with her brother and eventually with her Grandma Maggie, a well known woman in the community. For some reason, I thought this was going to be easy. I told her brother Terry my plan to marry his sister and he turned me down! Talk about being humbled. Here I was – the first practicing Northern Cheyenne lawyer to graduate with a law degree. I had a good job with my tribe but that didn’t mean a thing to this honored, traditional family. The Cheyenne have always been cautious and I had to prove myself worthy.

    It took some begging before Grandma Maggie allowed me to marry Roxie. Two years passed before they finally gave us their blessing! After Roxie and I married, we were often blessed to be in Grandma Maggie’s presence. The “old woman,” as she was affectionately called by her husband, almost never smiled but her people knew her to be a compassionate woman with great strength of character and moral values, a peacemaker who proudly carried on her grandfather’s legacy.

    Maggie was born near Kirby, Montana in 1903, the daughter of Jule Seminole, a Cheyenne interpreter for the tribe. Her mother was Mary Dull Knife, the daughter of Chief Dull Knife. Jule Seminole wanted all of his children to get an education. One day, when Maggie was about 6 years old, a wagon pulled up and she and her older sister left home to attend the Riggs Institute at Flandreau, (now known as Flandreau Indian School) on the eastern boundary of South Dakota. They might as well have traveled to the end of the world – and only one of the girls would ever see her family again.

    The institute was one of the most modern Indian Schools in the nation, named for the Rev. Stephan R. Riggs, a Presbyterian missionary among the Indians. Maggie and her sister, sitting in the back of a wagon, went over a steel bridge spanning the winding Sioux River and the two frightened Cheyenne girls saw 16 large Victorian brick and frame buildings looming in the distance.

    Life at the school was regimented by bells. Bells called the students to hurry and get up, hurry to class, hurry to work and hurry to bed. Maggie and her sister didn’t speak English and they were forbidden to speak in Cheyenne or to talk in Indian sign language. From the beginning, Maggie and her sister suffered from an empty, homesick feeling for their family back in Montana. As another Cheyenne student put it, “Walk, walk, walk, that’s all we did. We marched everywhere! It was just like an army camp.” Their moccasins were taken away and they wore tight, itchy uniforms and hard, laced up shoes.

    But Maggie’s boarding school days at Riggs Institute ended in personal tragedy. “Grandma told me that her older sister died at that school but they wouldn’t even let her see her sister. The family was devastated.” Roxie recalls. When Chief Dull Knife’s daughter and husband Jule Seminole came to get their dead child, Jule told the headmaster, “You are not going to kill any more of our children!” In deep mourning, they took Maggie and her sister home to the pine hills of Montana. Maggie never forgot this terrible loss. She later finished her schooling at the Government School at Busby, near her home.

    In 1921, when the sheltered girl was 18 years old, Maggie married James One Bear and they made their home on a ranch on Rosebud Creek. Despite an era of extreme poverty and malnutrition, well documented in government records as “criminal neglect” by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Maggie and James had survived the Spanish Influenza that had killed hundreds of Cheyenne people, mostly children and the elderly. But by the mid-1920s, typhoid fever, cholera, diphtheria and the dreaded tuberculosis had gained a foot hold on the reservation.

    James kept a garden and Maggie canned vegetables and dried wild turnips. They camped out on the Yellowstone River and hoed sugar beets and helped in the harvesting of green bean and beets throughout Wyoming and Montana. Years later, she described the food she prepared for her family during those hard times. “We ate berries and sometimes porcupine, deer and horse meat. It was all dried to keep during hot or cold weather. Some people ate deer and cow livers and hearts raw.” Little children licked the sap from box elder trees and chewed the bark. In those days, the water from streams was clean and as in ancient times up to the present day, the Cheyenne left prayer cloths at fresh springs to thank Maheo, Creator God, for the life-giving water that He had provided during one the worst decades of famine and poverty in Northern Cheyenne history.

    James and Maggie were happily married but there were no open displays of affection and hugging. The One Bears raised Roxie and her brother Terry and Roxie affectionately called her grandpa, “Oy Oy.” She remembers that “Even though they had beds, Grandma and Oy Oy slept on blankets and quilts on the floor. The old people didn’t talk about relationships between men and women and personal things. Grandma always told me, “‘Be good. People are watching us.'”

    A personal friend of Maggie’s, the wife of a Chief of the Northern Cheyenne Council of 44, described the strict rules followed by the female members of a chief’s family:

    If you are a chief’s daughter or wife, then you live according to the chiefs’ rules. You have to live a clean life. You are watched to see how you are living. Anybody who comes to your house, feed them, even if you are left with no food. You should not gossip or listen to gossip! Be kind to all people and control your temper. You will make a trail that others will surely follow.

    Roxie’s grandmother learned these rules from her mother, Mary Dull Knife. From Chief Dull Knife’s daughter the old stories and teachings were passed down to Maggie and then to Roxie. But Maggie was also a jokester. She made up the funniest things on the spur of the moment that would cause hysterical laughter. She told jokes with a poker face and when she laughed, her shoulders went up and down but her face remained stoic. She never laughed loudly but she made fun of herself and it made people laugh and happy to be with her.

    Maggie’s friend, Virginia Toews, recalls that “Maggie’s face, deeply wrinkled, showed that she had worked hard for many years but she loved life! She taught me to laugh at myself and my mistakes instead of dwelling on them That was an important lesson. Maggie had a certain regal way she carried herself and she was full of vitality in spite of her age.”

    Virginia had been trying for years to improve the substandard housing conditions on the reservation. In 1961, Maggie and James wanted a better home. They came into Virginia’s office and the interpreter, Joe Walks Along, explained what a newer frame house would be like. Virginia told him there would be running water and James asked the interpreter, “Where is the water coming from and where is it going?” Joe and Virginia tried to explain the plumbing system. Maggie sat quietly by her husband’s side, although she spoke well in English.

    Virginia remembers that she told the couple the house would have an indoor bathroom. “What! Jim said. “You are going to put a toilet inside the house! Are you crazy?” Virginia tried to explain the word “flushing” but James asked, “Can you take the bathroom out of the house?” She told him that wasn’t possible. James was horrified! “No! No! No!” he said and he got up and Maggie followed him out. Maggie did not complain in public to humiliate her husband. Cheyenne men were private and modest and it did not make sense to James, who was a tidy person, to have such an unclean room inside his house.

    The inside walls of their small, old home in Lame Deer were painted blue, a traditional Cheyenne color. Maggie kept her house immaculately clean, despite many grandchildren coming and going. Her pot bellied stove warmed the house and she cooked on an old, black woodstove. James had built the outhouse far in back and away from their home.

    Maggie successfully blended her traditional beliefs in the Sundance and sweat lodge ceremonies with the Mennonite religion. Every morning she rose at dawn with her medicine bundle and went out on the front porch, faced east and prayed to God, “Maheo.” During the day, when she was cooking, sewing or cleaning, she would stop what she was doing and pray out loud. She faithfully attended Mennonite meetings and had them in her home.

    Maggie’s strong faith helped her through the death of half of her 12 children. Each time an adult child died from disease or an accident, Maggie moved out of the house and into another and gave away all personal belongings. Finally, in 1974, James One Bear, her husband of 53 years, passed away. “I thought she was going to die,” Roxie remembers. “Her hair was so long she could sit on it, but when Grandpa died, she took a knife and cut off her hair to the shoulders, left it raggedy and wore a black scarf and black clothes. When I left for school in the morning she was crying and when I came home, she was sitting on the porch crying.”

    Virginia, a white woman, sat with Maggie after her husband passed and they prayed together. “When Maggie prayed,” Virginia remembers, “she touched the heart of God and love radiated from her. She enveloped me. The communion of spirit and prayer between us – there are no words to describe that sweet fellowship. She experienced terrible tragedies in her life, but Maggie never gave up hope.”

    After her husband’s death, Maggie’s devotion to her many grandchildren kept her going. She counseled for tribal reconciliation and upheld the traditional customs of her family while accepting the new. She remained an active member of the Lame Deer Mennonite Church and also enjoyed Indian dancing at powwows well into her 80s. Her house was always open to everyone.

    Maggie never had much money but she was rich in love and wisdom. In her last days she held a family meeting in which she expressed her grandfather’s legacy of non-violence and reconciliation. She listened while visitors compared Chief Dull Knife to Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, men like the Cheyenne chief who had led their people through terrible hardships and unbearable conditions.

    When Maggie was 83 years old, her family took turns caring for their gentle matriarch. “I know I’m going to live again,” she told her family. “I’m going to have a new life.” A week or so before she died, Grandma Maggie held Roxie’s hand and told her, “I can die in peace knowing that Calvin will be taking care of you.”

    In her soft-spoken way, Maggie carried on the dignified legacy of her grandfather as described by the Santee Sioux physician and author, Charles A. Eastman: “Dull Knife, the Cheyenne is . . . devoid of selfish aims, or love of gain, he is a pattern for heroes of any race.”

    Maggie One Bear died October 8, 1986, when the golden aspen and cottonwood leaves covered the hills of her beloved reservation. Before she was gently placed into the earth, Maggie’s face was painted with sacred red paint and the Chief’s honor song carried away the spirit of the last traditional granddaughter of Chief Dull Knife to join her relatives in their ancestral homeland.

    http://www.soaringeagle.org/elders/maggie_one_bear.html

  11. Yahtc says:

    SG2,

    Thanks for posting the excellent link to the article about Morning Star with the audio recording of Morning Star.

  12. Yahtc says:

    “Northern Cheyenne Tribal Members Demand Comprehensive Study of the Otter Creek Coal Mine
    from Wildlife Promise”
    3/7/2013 // Alexis Bonogofsky

    Yesterday more than 170 Northern Cheyenne tribal members submitted detailed and substantive comments to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) asking for a thorough, transparent and comprehensive study of the proposed Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana. Tribal members said that the DEQ must consider the environmental, social and cultural impacts of the mine in addition to the impacts from the proposed Tongue River Railroad meant to haul that coal out of the valley.

    If developed, the Otter Creek mine would be one of the nation’s largest coal mines, as the lease area contains at least 1.3 billion tons of coal. At peak production, the Otter Creek mine is projected to extract 33.2 million tons of coal each year. The Otter Creek and Tongue River valleys are raptor and ungulate migration corridors and also are rich in historic and cultural sites.
    “We believe our community will bear the brunt of the negative impacts from the Otter Creek mine. Sacrificing the land, water, animal and plant life for mining and money is not worth what our ancestors fought and gave their life. Our group is worried about the crime, accidents, drugs and other social issues that come along with boomtowns that our Tribe is not equipped to handle. We are being asked to deal with this so that a transnational corporation can make billions of dollars shipping coal to Asia,” said Tom Mexican Cheyenne.

    The proposed mine’s proximity to the border of the reservation is of particular concern to Northern Cheyenne tribal members. Otter Creek Valley, used for thousands of years by tribal peoples, contains cultural, historic and burial sites important to the Cheyenne people and many other Plains Tribes and serves as important habitat for hundreds of wildlife species.

    “To preserve language culture and identity you must protect air, land, and water, that’s who we are. Without language and land we are not who we say we are,” said Phillip Whiteman Jr., Northern Cheyenne Sweet Medicine Chief.

    People have watched as North Dakota reservations have experienced dramatic increases in crime, traffic accidents and cultural conflict from nearby oil development. When coupled with environmental impacts of air pollution, water pollution and decreased wildlife populations, many tribal members now are opposing the development of the mine.

    http://blog.nwf.org/2013/03/northern-cheyenne-tribal-members-demand-comprehensive-study-of-the-otter-creek-coal-mine/

  13. Yahtc says:

    The Chiefs’ Prophecy: Survival of the Northern Cheyenne Nation

  14. rikyrah says:

    September 05, 2013 10:31 AM
    Obama’s “Political Capital”

    By Ed Kilgore

    An even hoarier meme than the no-win-war complaint is naturally emerging in Washington as everyone recalibrates his or her assumptions about how the year will end: Obama’s limited “political capital” that he might have used on the fiscal front will now be “spread thin” or “stretched to the breaking point” by the need to make a case for military action against Syria. Politico’s Brown and Sherman give it a full airing today:

    President Barack Obama faced a heavy lift in Congress this fall when his agenda included only budget issues and immigration reform.

    Now with Syria in the mix, the president appears ready to spend a lot of the political capital that he would have kept in reserve for his domestic priorities.

    A resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria won’t make it through the House or the Senate without significant cajoling from the White House. That means Obama, who struggles to get Congress to follow his lead on almost everything, could burn his limited leverage convincing Democrats and Republicans to vote for an unpopular military operation that even the president says he could carry out with or without their approval.

    Now this may be true with respect to congressional Democrats if Obama ultimately needs them to swallow hard and accept some fiscal deal to avoid a government shutdown or debt default. But seriously, what sort of “political capital” does the president have with congressional Republicans? They committed to a policy of total obstruction from the day he became president and picked up right where they had left off the day he was re-elected. Obama’s only options in dealing with the GOP are to offer them cover for compromise when he must and hand them an anvil to speed their self-destruction when he can. But he has no “political capital” to spend.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_09/obamas_political_capital046735.php

  15. TyrenM says:

    Good Morning 3Chics!
    Learning alot about the Great Chiefs. Definitely more than taught in school books. All presented so far took no shorts. Thanks for this.

    • Ametia says:

      Hi Tyren. Ain’t that the truth. And tee vee did an even lousier job in depicting Native Americans as SAVAGES.

      Let’s see White man invades Native lands, steals, maims, rapes his women, kills, and claims his land. WHO ARE THE REAL SAVAGES HERE?

  16. rikyrah says:

    September 05, 2013 12:17 PM
    Mitt the Prophet

    By Ed Kilgore

    In preparation for a review on 2012 campaign books for the Monthly, I’ve been reading Jonathan Alter’s fine book The Center Holds this week, and have been marveling anew at the detachment from reality exhibited by Mitt Romney and his advisers, culminating in their inability to understand how and why they lost (or even that they had lost, until well after the race had been decided).

    So it’s amusing to read McKay Coppins’ BuzzFeed article today indicating that the people who thought they’d be running the country right now are declaring Romney a prophet whose views are being vindicated every day:

    From his widely mocked warnings about a hostile Russia to his adamant opposition to the increasingly unpopular implementation of Obamacare, the ex-candidate’s canon of campaign rhetoric now offers cause for vindication — and remorse — to Romney’s friends, supporters, and former advisers.

    “I think about the campaign every single day, and what a shame it is who we have in the White House,” said Spencer Zwick, who worked as Romney’s finance director and is a close friend to his family. “I look at things happening and I say, you know what? Mitt was actually right when he talked about Russia, and he was actually right when he talked about how hard it was going to be to implement Obamacare, and he was actually right when he talked about the economy. I think there are a lot of everyday Americans who are now feeling the effects of what [Romney] said was going to happen, unfortunately.”

    Give me a break. Nobody in Obama’s camp denied there were issues on which the U.S. and Russia would disagreed, and nobody predicted implementation of Obamacare would be a walk in the park, particularly given the viciously irresponsible determination of Republicans to screw it up while blocking with their House veto the simple legislative “fixes” major legislation always requires. Besides, Romney’s “prophecies” were virtually all throwaway lines aimed at pandering to conservatives to get them off his case so that he could run his campaign on the only issue he cared about: making himself the CEO of the U.S. economy.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_09/mitt_the_prophet046740.php

  17. rikyrah says:

    gop and syria

  18. rikyrah says:

    Sepia

    Apparently, Don Sour Lemon didn’t get the memo that Black Twitter doesn’t like him, let alone consider him family. Reign of April gives him a reminder:

    April @ReignOfApril 1h
    Family? MT @DonLemonCNN Must admit #DonLemonLooksLike is funny. Own family busting on me. Touché #blacktwitter. http://bossip.com

    April @ReignOfApril 1h
    Who the hell does he think he is? He can’t even claim drunk Uncle Roscoe status. RT @sassycrass “That, ladies and gentlemen, was SHADE.”

    April @ReignOfApril 1h
    How is Don Lemon going to call #BlackTwitter family when he won’t even come to the neighborhood for the “family reunion” cuz of the litter?

    April @ReignOfApril 1h
    #BlackTwitter isn’t your “family,” @DonLemonCNN. Family doesn’t put business in the street & shame each other publicly. Family is loyal

  19. rikyrah says:

    When Obamacare sabotage turns cruel
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 5, 2013 10:53 AM EDT

    …………………

    The architects of “Obamacare” anticipated this and planned accordingly. In recent months, the Obama administration has partnered with dozens of local organizations nationwide to hire “navigators.” As the name implies, these are folks who’ve been tasked with helping American consumers “navigate” the new system and sign up for benefits they’re legally entitled to. Unsure if you’re eligible for your state’s exchange marketplace? A navigator can help. Confused about how to choose the coverage plan that’s best for you? A navigator can guide you through it.

    The problem, as you might have guessed, is that Republican officials are still eager to sabotage the federal health care system and prevent the uninsured from getting coverage in the new system. Their other attempts at sabotage have had mixed results, so GOP lawmakers are now launching an intimidation campaign, going after the navigators in the hopes of making sure those who don’t have insurance stay that way.

    Republicans in different states are targeting navigators in different ways. In Ohio, navigators are forbidden from comparing and contrasting insurance plans for customers. Why? Just because. In Georgia, navigators are now expected to pass the state insurance-agent test. Republicans in Congress are hoping to bury navigators in a mountain of paperwork, demanding that they produce unrealistic amounts of materials by next week or else.

    But Brian Beutler reports this week on a heartless twist on the larger effort.

    Last week, as several other outlets reported, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to state agencies and nonprofit groups that received Obamacare “navigator” grants — organizations that will help educate people about the law and facilitate their enrollment — seeking an incredibly broad and difficult-to-compile range of information.

    The effort’s pretty clearly intended to bog down the navigators ahead of enrollment, which could easily reduce the number of people who end up insured under the law. Republicans claim that the inquiry is intended to protect beneficiaries’ private information.

    But if the goal were to establish best practices for the navigators, they have a strange way of going about it. All of the navigator grant recipients are based in states with federally facilitated exchanges and states partnering with the feds to stand up their marketplaces. Salon’s analysis reveals that among these states, Republicans directed their inquiries to organizations in states with the largest uninsured populations

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/05/20340621-when-obamacare-sabotage-turns-cruel?lite

  20. rikyrah says:

    A ‘mystifying’ approach to a national-security debate

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 5, 2013 11:13 AM EDT.

    U.S. policy in Syria is complex and deeply serious, and officials on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue have some difficult, consequential decisions to make. If ever there was a time for politicians to bring the A-game to a debate over foreign policy and national security, this is it.

    And yet, this is what we’re too often left with.

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss joins the growing chorus critical of President Barack Obama’s “red line” comments, saying the president is failing to lead on the issue.

    “What it says to me is that the president gets lost when he doesn’t have a teleprompter in front of him, which he obviously didn’t last year,” Chambliss told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.

    The vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Obama’s remarks were “mystifying.”

    Look, maybe you think U.S. military intervention in Syria is wise; maybe you don’t. Perhaps you’re of the opinion that military strikes would make matters worse; perhaps you believe they’d make matters better. Maybe you think the use of chemical weapons should trigger a military response; may you don’t. It’s not an easy call.

    But can we agree that inane teleprompter taunts from a senator on the Armed Services Committee and the vice chair of the Intelligence Committee aren’t exactly constructive right now?

    First, the Republican Party’s official line as recently as last fall was that the “red line” in Syria on chemical weapons was their position, too. During last year’s vice presidential debate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) specifically said, “We agree with the same red line, actually, they do on chemical weapons…. They’re right about that.”

    If the GOP now sees the “red line” as reckless and stupid, the party came to this realization very recently.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/05/20340795-a-mystifying-approach-to-a-national-security-debate?lite

  21. rikyrah says:

    ‘Everybody around him thinks this is his last term’
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 5, 2013 10:05 AM EDT

    For months, the political scuttlebutt has been that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will give up his gavel and retire at the end of this Congress, and for months, Boehner’s aides have said the rumors aren’t true.

    But Ryan Grim and Jon Ward reported yesterday that the Speaker’s former aides and a variety of high-level GOP operatives are “increasingly convinced” he will step down after the 2014 midterms. A former Republican leadership aide who is part of Boehner’s circle told the Huffington Post reporters, “Everybody around him thinks this is his last term.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/05/20340184-everybody-around-him-thinks-this-is-his-last-term?lite

  22. rikyrah says:

    These are evil mofos

    ……………………………..

    District: No Money In Lunch Account, No ‘Humanitarian Meal’

    Posted: Sep 03, 2013 3:56 PM CDT

    As kids head back to school, parents are once again faced with the choice: do they let their children buy lunch or do they brown-bag it? But a new lunchtime policy in one local school district has some parents furious.

    Most parents in Willingboro should have gotten a letter from the school district in the mail today. It talks about a new lunch program. The new lunch program states that if kids, not on the Free and Reduced Lunch program, don’t have money to pay for their school lunch, they will go hungry for the day. This is the newest policy for the Willingboro, New Jersey school district.

    “I don’t think it’s fair for the children to go all day without eating,” says Rosa Berder, a mom. “That’s like wasting food. If the kid already had the lunch, let the parent know instead of taking food from a kid.”

    Little Carlos Rios loves school lunches.

    “Fish sticks, chicken nuggets,” he says.

    He can’t imagine the day he doesn’t get to eat it.

    “What if they threw it out?” asks FOX 29’s Leigh Scheps.

    “I would be sad,” Carlos replies.

    “I am absolutely afraid that could happen to my kids,” says another parent.

    This mom didn’t want us to show her face or reveal her name in fear of retaliation to her children. She tells FOX 29 that she always fills up her children’s lunch account, but sometimes she isn’t notified when it gets too low.

    “I’m aggravated…a child would go hungry and suffer the social embarrassment of having food thrown in the trash because there’s no money in the account,” she says.

    In a letter sent home to parents, the district says that if a student goes through the lunch line and doesn’t have enough money to pay for it, the lunch staff is instructed to throw the meal away.

    “Don’t you think it’s a waste of food to just throw it out?” Scheps asked.

    “Well, we’re hoping it doesn’t happen,” says Dr. Ronald Taylor, the Superintendent. “It’s either all or nothing type of policy, when you have parents not taking advantage of the reduced lunch and taking away dollars for instruction we have to adopt a policy to enforce it.”

    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/23328897/new-school-lunch-program-upsets-parents

  23. rikyrah says:

    Entire Staff Quits On Boss In Letter Posted To Door, Online

    Posted: Sep 04, 2013 7:11 AM CDT Updated: Sep 04, 2013 7:12 AM CDT

    Have you ever worked for a boss so horrible that you just wanted to walk out and give them a piece of your mind? While many of us have thought about it, few have actually done it.

    This is the resignation letter from three workers at a Journey clothing store in upstate New York.

    They posted it on the door of the store so their former manager couldn’t miss it. Then, they posted it on Reddit.

    It reads: “Dear Jamie, since you decided to say ‘cancer is not an excuse’ and think it’s OK to swear at your employees like you do all the time, we quit.”

    It was signed by the entire staff, who added that they wished their boss good luck getting through the back to school holiday – without any workers.

    A spokesperson for Journey says the incident is under investigation.

    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/23334586/entire-staff-quits-on-boss#at_pco=cfd-1.0

  24. rikyrah says:

    Highest Paid TV Actresses: Sofia Vergara, Mariska Hargitay, Kerry Washington Make The List

    Posted: 09/04/2013 1:15 pm EDT | Updated: 09/04/2013 3:47 pm EDT

    Sofia Vergara is the highest paid TV actress, according to Forbes. The “Modern Family” star rakes in $30 million a year, out-earning the likes of Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo and Mindy Kaling thanks to her endorsement deals with brands such as Diet Pepsi and fashion line with Kmart.

    To compile the list, Forbes looked at the earnings of celebrities between June 2012 and June 2013, counting money for completed projects and contracts during the time period. The 20 top-paid TV actresses earned $183 million combined.

    “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay made the list thanks to just her earnings from “SVU.” The list also includes reality stars, such as the Kardashians.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/highest-paid-tv-actresses_n_3866665.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D368527

  25. rikyrah says:

    September 04, 2013 4:13 PM
    Tag-Teaming Obamacare Obstruction

    By Ed Kilgore

    As the October 1 date that begins the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period for health care exchanges approaches, the coordinated federal-state nature of GOP efforts to obstruct implementation of the legislation grows clearer. Salon’s Brian Beutler reports that the House Republican challenges to groups receiving “navigator” grants to promote enrollment are synching up with the states with levels of uninsured and state-level Republican political power:

    Last week, as several other outlets reported, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce committee sent letters to state agencies and nonprofit groups that received Obamacare “navigator” grants — organizations that will help educate people about the law and facilitate their enrollment — seeking an incredibly broad and difficult-to-compile range of information.

    The effort’s pretty clearly intended to bog down the navigators ahead of enrollment, which could easily reduce the number of people who end up insured under the law. Republicans claim that the inquiry is intended to protect beneficiaries’ private information.

    But if the goal were to establish best practices for the navigators, they have a strange way of going about it. All of the navigator grant recipients are based in states with federally facilitated exchanges and states partnering with the feds to stand up their marketplaces. Salon’s analysis reveals that among these states, Republicans directed their inquiries to organizations in states with the largest uninsured populations….

    These organizations are based in the following states, in alphabetical order: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_09/tagteaming_obamacare_obstructi046724.php

  26. rikyrah says:

    On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps

    By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

    Published: September 4, 2013

    As a self-described “true Southern man” — and reluctant recipient of food stamps — Dustin Rigsby, a struggling mechanic, hunts deer, doves and squirrels to help feed his family. He shops for grocery bargains, cooks budget-stretching stews and limits himself to one meal a day

    Tarnisha Adams, who left her job skinning hogs at a slaughterhouse when she became ill with cancer, gets $352 a month in food stamps for herself and three college-age sons. She buys discount meat and canned vegetables, cheaper than fresh. Like Mr. Rigsby, she eats once a day — “if I eat,” she said.

    When Congress officially returns to Washington next week, the diets of families like the Rigsbys and the Adamses will be caught up in a debate over deficit reduction. Republicans, alarmed by a rise in food stamp enrollment, are pushing to revamp and scale down the program. Democrats are resisting the cuts.

    No matter what Congress decides, benefits will be reduced in November, when a provision in the 2009 stimulus bill expires.

    Yet as lawmakers cast the fight in terms of spending, nonpartisan budget analysts and hunger relief advocates warn of a spike in “food insecurity” among Americans who, as Mr. Rigsby said recently, “look like we are fine,” but live on the edge of poverty, skipping meals and rationing food.

    Surrounded by corn and soybean farms — including one owned by the local Republican congressman, Representative Stephen Fincher — Dyersburg, about 75 miles north of Memphis, provides an eye-opening view into Washington’s food stamp debate. Mr. Fincher, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave and collected nearly $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the government from 1999 to 2012, recently voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps.

    The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country,” Mr. Fincher, whose office did not respond to interview requests, said after his vote in May. In response to a Democrat who invoked the Bible during the food stamp debate in Congress, Mr. Fincher cited his own biblical phrase. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.

    On Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture released a 2012 survey showing that nearly 49 million Americans were living in “food insecure” households — meaning, in the bureaucratic language of the agency, that some family members lacked “consistent access throughout the year to adequate food.” In short, many Americans went hungry. The agency found the figures essentially unchanged since the economic downturn began in 2008, but substantially higher than during the previous decade.

    Experts say the problem is particularly acute in rural regions like Dyersburg, a city of 17,000 on the banks of the Forked Deer River in West Tennessee. More than half the counties with the highest concentration of food insecurity are rural, according to an analysis by Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks. In Dyer County, it found, 19.4 percent of residents were “food insecure” in 2011, compared with 16.4 percent nationwide.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/us/as-debate-reopens-food-stamp-recipients-continue-to-squeeze.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

  27. rikyrah says:

    California yoga studio faces criticism over ‘ghetto’ themed class

    Yogis donned do-rags and gang signs during a recent ‘Ghetto Fabulous’ yoga class, prompting disdain from critics who accused the studio of racism. Founder Adrienne Hengels changed the name of the class to ‘Hip Hop Yoga.’

    Talk about heated yoga.

    A Southern California studio is under fire after encouraging members to wear do-rags and roll their pant legs up for a “ghetto” themed yoga class.

    “Please come dressed in your favorite ghetto fabulous outfit, snap-back caps, corn rows, heavy lip liner or whatever you dream up,” instructs an ad for the class at Power of Your Om Yoga in Santa Barbara.

    It’s stamped with the acronym, “N.W.A,” to mean “Namaste with Attitude,” and includes a link to a WikiHow page titled “How to Be Ghetto Fabulous.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/yoga-studio-fire-ghetto-themed-class-article-1.1445602#ixzz2e1RabJwM

  28. rikyrah says:

    Beneath the Spin: The Reason why Black People Hate Tavis & Cornel

    September 3, 2013 by EurPublisher

    Let’s Set the Record Straight – Black People Don’t Hate Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Simply Because They’re Critical of Obama.

    Why is it that most Tavis Smiley and Cornel West supporters always jump to the unwarranted conclusion that the only reason that Black people dislike Smiley and West is because they’re criticizing President Obama?

    That’s an extremely presumptuous point of view, and it’s not true. The majority of Black people aren’t hostile toward Tavis and West BECAUSE they criticize Obama, but for the WAY they criticize Obama.

    The reason we become angry every time they criticize Obama is because Tavis and West are arrogant, petty, self-serving, condescending, and disrespectful, and those flawed character traits come to the forefront whenever the subject of President Obama comes up. In addition, they’re criticisms never come coupled with constructive solutions, so it’s obvious to the Black community that they’re not actually interested in the issues; they’re merely USING the issues as a pretext to attack the man – and Cornel’s repeated racial slanders clearly validates that perception.

    Black people clearly understand that ALL politicians’ feet should be kept to the fire, and that includes Obama’s. I’ve written several articles criticizing President Obama, and I’ve also written articles explaining WHY it’s important to hold his feet to the fire (http://wattree.blogspot.com/2011/01/obama-supporters-vs-cheerleaders.html), but when I criticize Obama I make sure that my criticisms are respectful, issue-specific, constructive, I ALWAYS come armed with solutions – and I send them to him

    ………………………………………….

    Thus, Black people are way out in front of Tavis and West on MOST issues, so the repeated suggestion by Tavis and West that Black people are blindly working on “Obama’s plantation” is a slap in the face of the Black community. They’re saying the very same thing that White racists are saying – that Black people are just a bunch of stupid zombies – “Dem niggas ain’t got sense like we do, boss.”

    That attitude is not lost on the Black community for a minute. They don’t like it at all, and as a direct result, they don’t like them at all. The Black community looks upon them in the very same way as they do any other slanderous bigot.

    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/09/beneath-the-spin-the-reason-why-black-people-hate-tavis-cornel/#comment-148857

  29. rikyrah says:

    Horror is not my genre, but I might tune in to watch Angela Bassett.

    ……………………………

    Angela Bassett Talks ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

    September 4, 2013 by EURpublisher02

    American Horror Story” is bringing out the big guns for its witch-themed third season.

    Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett joins Oscar winner Kathy Bates and returning Oscar winner Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story: Coven,” which is set in New Orleans and will be more fun than the original 2011 season and last year’s “American Horror Story: Asylum.”

    “This year is a drama but there is a lot of humor, and we are embracing a kind of velocity and fun with the series,” said executive producer Tim Minear in August. “It’s not the same as it was the past two years, but I think it can be more fun for the audience.”

    Bassett, who has put her cinematic stamp on such real people as Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz and Katherine Jackson, will portray in “Coven” a lesser-known woman in history – unless you’re steeped in the history of New Orleans.

    “I play Marie Laveau. And it’s been interesting being in New Orleans, because there’s such a regard and respect for who she was,” Bassett told TV critics in August. “There was a woman in the 1800s, she lived to about 80 years old who was a very influential person in the city. So my character is sort of based loosely on her. And I’m looking forward to it.”

    So who is Marie Laveau? She was a Creole Voodoo priestess who had a huge following among both blacks and whites during her heyday. Bassett says Laveau diehards in New Orleans who heard she was in town and set to play the voodoo legend have been bombarding her with unsolicited advice and background info.

    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/09/angela-bassett-talks-american-horror-story-coven/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EUR%20news%3A%20Tami%20Roman%20Takes%20to%20Her%20Blog%20to%20Vent%20Frustration%20With%20%E2%80%98BBW%E2%80%99%20Co-stars

  30. rikyrah says:

    OWN’s ‘Haves and Have Nots’ Finale Draws Record 2.6M

    September 4, 2013 by EURpublisher02

    A record 2.6 million viewers tuned in for the fall finale of Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” on OWN last night, making it the No. 1 telecast in series history across all key measures, the network announced.

    Citing numbers from The Nielsen Company, the series has grown for eight consecutive weeks in the key female demo, propelling the finale episode to score its highest rating of the season with a 2.21 among women 25-54, delivering a 40% growth among women 25-54 and 44% growth in total viewers versus the season average (1.58 W25-54, 1.8 million total viewers).

    Additionally, the episode built in every quarter hour, posting double-digit growth (+12%) over the course of the 9 p.m. hour in the key women 25-54 demo.

    New episodes of “The Haves and The Have Nots” will return in January 2014.

    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/09/owns-haves-and-have-nots-finale-draws-record-2-6m/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EUR%20news%3A%20Tami%20Roman%20Takes%20to%20Her%20Blog%20to%20Vent%20Frustration%20With%20%E2%80%98BBW%E2%80%99%20Co-stars

  31. rikyrah says:

    Stand Your Ground? 46-Year-Old Shοοts 7-Year-Old In the Face

    A 46-year-old Dallas, TX man, Brian Cloninger, was arrested Tuesday (September 3) night after a shοοting that left a 7-year-old boy in critical condition.

    The child, who was identified by family members as Donald Maiden Jr., suffered a gυn shοt wound to the face at the La Bella Palms apartment complex in Northeast Dallas. The child was taken to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Dallas CBS-affiliate 11 News has reported that Maiden is out of surgery in critical but stable condition.

    One witness, Justin Yancy, said he saw Maiden with his friends playing the familiar childhood game of “tag”.

    “The next thing I know, I heard a loud ‘bang,’ and he ran around the corner with a mouth full of bl00d,” Yancy said.

    Witnesses then pointed authorities to a pickup truck that was parked nearby where officers arrested Brian Cloninger for the shοοting and charged with injury to a child.

    Maiden’s grandmother said he was playing outside with other children and he ran inside to get some toys and was shοt as he went back outside.

    “He hit the ground when the guy shοt him,” said grandmother Sharon Locklin. “Then, he got up and ran to the house and asked his mom for water, and his mom saw all the b***d coming out.”

    Shocked and outraged residents are confused as to what may have lead to such unexpected viοlence.

    http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/09/black-news/stand-your-ground-46-year-old-sh%ce%bf%ce%bfts-7-year-old-in-the-face/

  32. rikyrah says:

    “They Didn’t Like My Dreads”: 7 Year Old Sobs After Hair Gets Her Removed From School

    Seven year old Tiana is a straight “A” student, but what got her in trouble with her school wasn’t her grades. What caused the 7 year oldtiana to cry uncontrollably while being interviewed by a reporter from FOX23 in Oklahoma was being forced to leave her school because of her dreads.

    Tiana’s father, Terrance Parke, said the school harassed him over his daughter’s dreads so much that he was forced to pull her out of school. Parker said school officials at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Deborah Brown Community School told him that his daughter’s dreads didn’t look presentable.

    “She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” said Parker.

    Deborah Brown Community School is a charter school and has different rules than public schools. An official at the school, Millard Jones, who did not agree to speak on camera, said Tiana’s father was aware of the rules.

    Little Tiana broke down in tears while telling a reporter why she couldn’t remain at her school.

    “They didn’t like my dreads,” sobbed Tiana.

    http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/09/black-news/they-didnt-like-my-dreads-7-year-old-sobs-after-hair-gets-her-removed-from-school/

  33. Ametia says:

    This sounds very familiar, even today doesn’t it?

    Chief Dull Knife Quote: “You may kill me here; but you cannot make me go back.”

  34. rikyrah says:

    Phoenix Police Under Investigation For Allegedly Causing Innocent Man’s Stroke

    Phoenix police are under investigation by the state’s attorney general for be@ting an innocent man for absolutely no reason while frank morrisonsearching for a suspect.

    The officers were on the hunt for a suspected robber when they allegedly spotted Frank Morrison and began brµtilizing him. Morrison told Fox 10 Arizona that he actually had a stroke during his run-in with police.

    “They were throwing me around all I remember was them grabb!ng me,” says Frank Morrison.

    Attorney General Tom Horne has opened an investigation into the case.

    “We have people investigating whether we have any jurisdiction in the case and if so, what we can do. If we don’t then does the city want us to help in any way, seeing that there’s an objective investigation,” said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.

    Morrison lives next door to the church where he works as a groundskeeper. The pastor of the church says he witnessed the police officers pµmmel Morrison.

    “They left him for de@d, they left him to d!e right then and there right there on the rocks,” said Jeffery Burns, pastor of Word Center Church.

    “Frank can’t hit back, Frank didn’t hit back he was helplessly being be@ten so he needs the only way he can hµrt them is in his pocket and I hope he wins his lawsuit,” said Burns.

    http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/09/black-news/phoenix-police-under-investigation-for-allegedly-causing-innocent-mans-stroke/

  35. rikyrah says:

    @VidaStarr #donlemonlookslike he saw you and him walkin in the rain

    Michael Holmes ‏@abuetyfulmind13m
    #DonLemonLooksLike He bout to go off on his own…….girl.

    Soultan/QueMusiQ ‏@BlackSoultan1h
    #DonLemonLooksLike he had just enough money for either a ridiculous haircut OR another obvious Botox treatment. #loselose

    Soultan/QueMusiQ ‏@BlackSoultan2h
    #DonLemonLooksLike the last negro picked in the 1987 NBA draft…

    Daetwan Williams‏@TheRealDaetwan
    #donlemonlookslike goes the weasel … the weasel
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BT

  36. rikyrah says:

    Alabama Mayor Says He Was “Falsely Arrested” at Scene of Fire

    The mayor of Lipscomb, Ala. says he was falsely arrested after arriving at the scene of a fire on Monday night. “I was falsely arrested,” Mayor McDadeMcDade said.

    McDade told Al.com that he was arrested by a Brighton police officer after informing the officer that a volunteer firefighter at the scene had been dismissed by him and shouldn’t have been there helping to put out the fire.

    McDade arrived at the scene after getting a call from dispatch and since the fire was in his city, he headed on over. After his arrival, McDade says he identified himself to the officer and made her aware of the issue.

    “I told her, ‘I want to make you aware that a person I have terminated is on the scene,’” McDade said.

    http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/09/black-news/alabama-mayor-says-he-was-falsely-arrested-at-scene-of-fire/

  37. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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