Good morning Sisters & Brothers,

It’s finally raining and you can almost feel the earth sigh in relief.  As indian, indigenous people we share a brotherhood/sisterhood with other tribes.  Often I hear that we are “earth” people divided only by our different tribal affiliations.

Our own Yannash Ushi Scott has brought the spirit of the “Idle No More” movement home to our Chahta people.  He is as we speak using his own almost limitless passion for his people to organize in support of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence in her fight against the treatment of her people by the Canadian government.  Please see more of this story at:  http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1305420–why-idle-no-more-is-gaining-strength-and-why-all-canadians-should-care.

In very simplistic terms Chief Spence in the wake of disregarded treaties, a horrible underfunded native school system and even the murders and disappearances of close to 600 native women in Canada did the only thing she hadn’t tried, she quit eating.  Since December 11, 2012 Chief Spence has survived on lemon water, fish broth and medicinal teas to ward off sickness.  http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1311620–q-a-on-attawapiskat-chief-theresa-spence-hunger-strike-how-s-her-health-what-is-she-eating-how-much-weight-has-she-lost

How can we as Chahta people not support this Chief in her efforts to have treaties honored and have her people treated with dignity?  So Yannash, our warrior of Chahta anumpa, has rallied all Chahta’s, not just CVB members, in support of the rights of ALL indigenous people across the world.

Our own CVB Executive Council member and recipient of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award in 1987 Ben Carnes has this message for our own Chahta people, “”The Idle No More Movement is about sovereignty, treaties and the grass-roots movements to change the lives of our indian people.  Now we need to bring the spirit of the movement to our own local indian communities”.  Ben is right and he echoes sentiment felt around the world concerning the “Idle No More Movement”.  We as indian people of the 21st century can no longer accept the treatment we have received for the past few hundred years.  It’s time to stop it and it’s time the powers that be see the kind of support a movement like this can garner both abroad and in our own backyard.

It’s a matter of embracing your rights as U.S. citizens and as Chahta people. The first amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly provides for “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.  Our own Choctaw Constitution provides in Article 4, Section 4, “The members shall have the right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good, and to apply to those vested with powers of government for redress of grievances or other purposes by address or remonstrance.”

No law breaking, no violence is advocated so we will have to see if the CNO is ready to break out the armoured vehicle or grant to their citizens the right to peaceful assembly.  Saturday, January 26th at 7pm we will meet in the parking lot of the CNO event center.  Please bring your hand drums, shawls and traditional regalia.  Dress warm and come in the spirit of peace.  I would also like to add bring your cell phones and if we are met with resistance each and every one of us can video what happens and post it for the world to see.

Of course I cannot write a message like this one without saying this protest is totally supported by the Choctaw Voting Block political party because at the heart of our organization is the welfare and true empowerment of the Chahta people.  It is time to wake from our slumber and take back our nation.  I hope to see you there.

Chi pisa la chike!

Choctaw Wright

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