Entire Internet needs giant smudge to rid us of all the negative Fascistbook and Drumpsfter energy we have been assaulted with these last 4 years.

Smudge and turn into Native Voices:


Warriors of the Sunrise

An electronic billboard was their last hope to assert the Nation's right to express for Shinnecock survival. For 26 days, a Sovereignty Camp:

¨“We've had snow, we've had rain, we've had sleet, we've been under tornado watch,” said Tela Troge. She’s a member of Warriors of the Sunrise, the group of Shinnecock women who organized the occupation ... spurred by a recent dispute with state and local government over a 61-foot tall electronic billboard. The Shinnecock Nation built the monument by the highway to generate advertising revenue. Troge, who’s a lawyer, spent years on the legal research to prove that it was on Shinnecock land.

“Shinnecocks have been very good neighbors to the town of Southampton since 1640 and, in return, they have not respected us at all. They have literally stole our land from us and when we worked on opportunities so we could have our own funding, they have stopped us,” said a supporter named Jennifer. She credits her Shinnecock family with keeping her alive through poverty. They let her use their showers and brought her electric blankets while she was living in a tent. “I wouldn't have survived almost two years that I lived there because the Nation, they couldn't help me,” she said.

The high level of poverty among the Shinnecock Nation stands in stark comparison to the surrounding area, home to a number of wealthy individuals, and with real estate prices among the highest in the country. Margo Thunderbird, a Shinnecock elder, said while that’s always been the case, the Shinnecock people’s relationship with their neighbors has changed since the 1950s.

For decades modern-day settlers and colonists have given no regard to the calls of the Shinnecock people to respect and preserve their ancestral grave sites; they have continued to build their mansions and golf courses, the town and state would prefer to act as if the Shinnecock simply do not exist.¨



Land back in action!

Some independent journalism elucidated very well @Briarpatch magazine.

Specifically interesting is this article on four IRL case studies of Land Back:


The lyrics of ¨Blackbird¨ by Beatles dude Paul McCartney make for some fairly easy translation into languages. bird, wing, black, life, night:





Decolonization Is The Reverse Of Gentrification ...

So, probably this is what needs to happen to every building with ivy on it...

"“How do you reverse-gentrify?” asked Flint Jamison, co-founder and president of the Yale Union contemporary arts center. “Give the fucking land back! Turn the keys over.”"


Yeah, I was force-fed the settler delusion about endless free land for the taking and hardy pioneers ... they did this to all the kids in my younger elementary and middle school days.

"The issue I had with Oregon Trail is that it always put Native people in relation to settlers,” said Anishinaabe, Métis video game designer Elizabeth LaPensée, who teaches at Michigan State University. “The game is all about colonization.” - Native News Online

Fast forward about 40 years, and LaPensée and a team of writers and artists have remixed the tired old Oregon Trail into the Indigenous-focused “When Rivers Were Trails.”"




Great interview with Nick Tilsen (NDN Collective) about how the Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River people are making it known that they explicitly prohibit the colonist's "President" from trespassing and intruding on their sovereign sacred territory. He does not have permission at this time.

The colonial state of South Dakota's "governor" Kristi Noem recently stared her hideous face and vacant, dead eyes into a TV camera and insisted that neither masks nor social distancing would be required the rally Trump wants there.

As Covid-19 cases have been accelerating in several states, the idiocy of colonist leaders cannot be underestimated.

Lots of love to the indigenous people of the region; keep yourselves safe.



All the cultures on Turtle Island have similar concepts in spiritual teachings... found another gem earlier today:


Strange how none of my "facebook friends" (back in 2018 when checking fb occasionally was something I did) happened to get the news that the bronze statue of that TYRANT CORNWALLIS was finally, finally, FINALLY REMOVED FROM the PREMISES!!! In 2018? Why did it take so long to make this known?

The harder they try holding back the truth, the harder it hits them in the face...

Getting rid of colonist and tyrant names and namesakes on "place names" is about the smartest thing any community that desires decolonization can do.

"The removal of the statue, which was installed by the Canadian National Railway in 1931, came after increasing controversy over Cornwallis’s so-called scalping proclamation that offered a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaw person.

“It’s important for us to have the statue removed because white supremacist groups were rallying around the beliefs and ideologies Cornwallis had perpetuated hundreds of years ago,” said Patles.

“And we believe the scalping proclamation … is the seeds of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

A municipal staff report last week recommended removing the statue in the name of public safety.

The report stated there could have been attempts during Sunday’s rally to tear down the statue as well as possible violent clashes between protesters.

Last year, on Canada Day, a group of protesters demonstrating in front of the statue was confronted by a smaller group called the Proud Boys. While the confrontation didn’t become violent, the incident intensified the debate about the statue."


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"From the beginning of European control there has been an unrelenting drive to commit genocide over another culture. The American Indians were a majority so the Europeans called them an enemy. One of the major facts the United States Government has failed to understand is that the spiritual aspect of life is inseparable from the economic and the political aspects.

American Indians felt comfortable with the environment, close to the moods and rhythms of nature, in time with the living planet. Europeans were quite different, viewing the earth itself as lifeless and inorganic, subject to any kind of manipulation or alteration. Europeans tended to be alienated from nature and came to the New World to use the wilderness, to conquer and exploit its natural wealth for private gain.

American Indians’ agricultural and medical wisdom had been ignored by the European invaders. In their rush to control the land and people much has passed them by and much has been destroyed."


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Only one case and zero deaths?

The unmistakably wise Julian Runner Bear informs the disease of Kristi Noem and her pompous, pasty-faced goons and monstrosities that, "No", they are _not_ allowed anywhere near protected territories.

"“Governor Noem miscalculates our level of dedication to protect our most vulnerable people from crony capitalism’s thrust to force us to open our economy as they choose to do,” Runner Bear wrote."

Smart move: that colonist governor is a proven vector of disease.


Every continent where English is spoken has a history of genocide and oppression against native people.

Australia has been under the most brutal direct attacks by Rupert Murdoch's monstrosity of corporate disasters. Pollution on media waves everywhere; very few people can get the facts.

Well here they are: if you want start decolonizing, start using names wherever possible. The decolonization from corrupted technology is, for some people, a little more difficult (see infographic).


The man the colonists put on the twenty dollar bill advocated for genocide against the native inhabitants, which they called "Indians".

Reject the colonists' fictions, and stop worshipping their money.

Gandhi's messages never had malice. The rupee could have been as insignificant and foreign to native wisdom as a "piss ant".

Jefferson's attempt to quantify his murderous actions as "okay" in any scenario ought to worry the nation. He is literally advocating the murder of peaceful people.

A distinguishing characteristic of the disease of colonialsim is lack of long-term historical memory. The ones who don't know better are in denial.

Devaluing the currency, as India did, is a start.

Self-care tip in decolonizing:

Evict the derisive voice from your mind. Get that negative voice and all of its enablers out of your neighborhood.

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When the abusive colonizers tried to erase indigenous peoples' footprints from the trails, it didn't go unnoted: their legacy became "dehumanizing and demeaning", and was noted by the four-leggeds and other beings present on the lands.

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Tangental: Storm raging over at least 7 states right now:


For her 50th film, Alanis Obomsawin covered the story of a 1970's-era in Lake Winnipeg area, where colonists kidnapped and murdered a young woman.

The idea of treaties has never not been abused by colonists.

Until all the "boarding schools" are literally torn down off the face of the Earth, until no Realtor sign or billboard pollutes the land with toxicity and hideous aggression, until the landlords' and the greedy colonists' desperate apps are deleted from existence, no First Nations people will be safe.

IT NEVER MAKES SENSE TO trust the white man or his directions or his translations. As an anonymous filmmaker cautioned: "Spanish is language of the Catholic church and of commerce".

Faults are deep (geologic level depth), but indigenous memory is long.



Reading about the Bayou:

"The Chitimacha subsisted on maize, potatoes, and wild game. They preferred deer, alligator, and aquatic species. Hunting and fishing were accomplished with the aid of bone, stone, or garfish scale pointed arrows, or through the use of blow guns and wooden darts, as well as, nets and traps for fishing. The Chitimacha were prolific ceramics producers until about 200 years ago when those techniques were lost to history, however the designs are said to have been similar to those employed in basketry.

The crown jewel of the Chitimacha cultural tradition is river cane basketry, both single and double woven. According to tribal legend, basketry was taught to the Chitimacha by a deity and has been practiced by tribal families for thousands of years. There are at least 50 different design elements, which can be combined to create hundreds of different basket designs.

At the time of contact with European explorers and other non-indigenous populations, the Chitimacha were known as the most powerful tribe between Texas and Florida. Iberville, an early French explorer, encountered the Chitimacha and one of their subdivisions, the Washa along the shores of the Mississippi River in 1699. In 1706, as a response to slave raids and French aggressions, a group of killed St. Cosme, a priest and slave owner, and several members of his party, who were missionaries to the Natchez Tribe. Bienville responded to this by convincing other tribes to help them make war on the Chitimacha. This war lasted until 1718 when a Chitimacha Chief met Bienville in the fledgling city of New Orleans. A treaty establishing peace was signed and a ceremony was held, which ended the long war in which the majority of the tribal members were annihilated. In the twelve years of conflict, many Chitimacha were forced into slavery and were the most enslaved of any population in Louisiana during that time period."


and friendly reminder:

"Saints" are a colonial invention. They are part of the settler tradition to attempt to "reframe" what actually happened in the past 528 years, to minimize the horrific severity of what their ancestors (both white settlers from Europe who displaced and killed Native Americans on their conquests west, AND Spanish Conquistadors who similarly plundered and murdered Indians' villages and people as they traveled north) did. Spanish "colonial" style extravagances of large crosses and churches and missions are evidence of this genocidal history.

Settler histories are predicated on faulty notions that the continental landmass today which contains the US of A was available for the taking. Religious falsehoods about saints were beaten into children forced to attend Indian Boarding Schools. The texts of history books were embellished to disguise or mask the truly horrific abuse and genocidal historical events.


Native media site with so many facts the average person doesn't know:



From "End" _Plight Of The Redman_ by XIT

"The Indian has been out there on the ghetto of the reservation for a long long time

We have existed without adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medicine, to name but a few

In their place we have been given malnutrition, poverty, disease, suicide, and bureaucratic promises of a better tomorrow

Your America has not been the land of your proclaimed liberty and justice for all

May your God forgive you

The treatment of our people has been a national tragedy and disgrace

The time has come to put an end to that disgrace"

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iNaturalist has an algorithm-based tool that kind of works (and sometimes it really doesn't work) for identifying some species based on things like leaf shape, location, flower petals, color, etc. But it only works if something has been identified before and exists in the database. If you have a less-than-ideal image capture, or is something it doesn't already know about it
doesn't work as well, either. It can help narrow results.

If the "suggested" species that it tries to identify
something as doesn't look right, people sometimes help out with their suggestions, too.

Not always, though. Sometimes when there are two (or more than two), like


the UI doesn't quite accommodate categorization.

Another downside is that it uses primarily the Euro-centric 'Latin' names of plants, which are not what we called them pre-Columbus. The native words of a locally-indigenous plant and IDs can be more
tricky, but not impossible. There's a place called Tualatin Valley Wildlife Refuge that
has -- get this -- cutouts of the Atfalat'i people with literal "footnotes" by their feet. Apparently there was some consultation back-in-the-day. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be for them who modern settlers are still trying to write-off as footnotes?

White settlers cannot stand it when the narrative spins out of their control.

Both of these tribes were acknowledged by name at the MarkCharles2020 event in E Portland.

Related tangent:

The visitor center also has some info on invasive species of the region, which is how I knew that the scoparius "scotch broom" my bruh and I removed from a forest in the Grand Ronde region is, indeed, invasive.

iNaturalist doesn't explain any of this, and also sometimes can't tell an insect from a monkey.



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