. Aho! NIGHTWOLF: Native Wisdom for Our Times

Created on July 29, 2002   ~   Updated Wednesday, September 5, 2007 / 10:15 AM   ~   Geotrees Home   ~   Pacifica's WPFW FM 89.3 in DC


For the Whole Human Family:
A Traditional Voice, and a Heart to Match


JAY WINTER NIGHTWOLF


Jay Winter Nightwolf is a Washington, DC-area American Indian / Native American teacher and radio commentator and host.  Each week, he and his guests discuss American Indian and indigenous peoples' perspectives, values, history, and traditions, and how they illuminate the cultural, economic and political issues of society at large.

His message is simple and direct:

"We are all members of the one human family. Let us walk together in respect, harmony and love with one another, and with all the life on this earth."

UPDATES and SPECIALS:  This page is updated whenever we receive material, and there are valuable and interesting items there now.

By scrolling below, you will find some special graphics posted in late September 2005 ("Special Features and Notes"); information and links ("The Weekly Programs") as available for his shows, including links to groups and people to contact for follow-through, and Jay's commentary and statements. It also furnishes information on his availability for speaking and public programs ("The Man in Person: Availability and Contact"), and how to contact him personally.

NEW! Summer 2007: Visit Nightwolf's blog at www.myspace.com/nightwolfshow.

AHO!


1.  SPECIAL FEATURES and NOTES


September 5, 2007   *   Moon-of-Ripened-Apples, 2007

"BEDLAM IN THE BORO":
PROTESTS AND CONCERN OVER RACIST BILLBOARD


          On Saturday, September 1, Nightwolf received an email from Marc Tayac with pictures of an offensive billboard in Lineboro, Carroll County, Maryland, as seen in the following two photos. The billboard promotes a Hallowe'en season fundraiser for the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department. (You can visit their home page at www.lineborovfd.com/.)

          It certainly didn't take long for word about this to spread throughout Indian Country and beyond. Messages - in anger and in pain - began coming across Jay's desk. We're carrying them here as they become available, with email addresses edited to protect the senders' privacy. New messages will be posted here each day, by date.

A Special Nightwolf Show Broadcast, Sunday, September 9
          Nightwolf and his team are pre-empting the original show planned for the 9th, and are currently working on a special show to address this photo and the issues of racial and human sensitivity and respect involved. A number of guests, including people from the Lineboro VFW, are being invited, and listeners will also be able to call in. We invite you to tell others, to listen, and to participate.



THE EMAIL MESSAGES


    From: Nightwolfjw@aol.com
    Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2007 21:09:18 EDT
    Subject: Fwd: Bob Klages
    Re: Indian Image On This Billboard

    This was forwarded to me by my friend and brother Mark Tayac. Now who is really the savage? Stereotypical impressions continue to be fostered and put forth by those that will not relent. Check out their website. Just a little something to think about. Any suggestions?

    Jay Winter Nightwolf


    The accompanying post:

    Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2007 08:56:29 EDT
    Subject: Fwd: Bob Klages Re: Indian Image On This Billboard
    To: Nightwolfjw
    Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:46:17 -0400
    Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:44:11 -0400
    From: bob klages
    Subject: Bob Klages
    Re: Indian Image On This Billboard
    To: Mark Tayac

    Mark,

    Check out these pictures that I took of a Billboard on Route 27 and Kate Wagner Road in Carroll County which advertises an "Annual Haunted Hayride". Am I wrong or is this the image of an American Indian? This may be a good example of the use of stereotypes in "images" that you talked about with the students at McDaniel College. I really find this interesting, you would think someone might have raised a "concern" at the time this Billboard was being approved for display. Wow!

    Bob Klages




    From: Nightwolfjw
    Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 12:43:38 EDT
    Subject: What Does the Law Have to Say About Billboards Like This - Civil Rights?
    To: Lfdhayride
    Attn: Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department
    Station 7
    "Protectors of the Mason-Dixon"


    I'm Jay Winter Nightwolf, Originator and Host of "Nightwolf - the Truth About What Really happened to the American Indian," 89.3 FM WPFW (Pacifica Radio) Washington, D.C. I have investigated civil rights complaints for the U.S. federal government in the past as an outside contractor.

    We are interested in having a spokesperson to answer questions about the "Bedlam in the Boro" and the billboard depicting a rendition of what looks like a "Native American warrior" and an explanation for the phrase underneath it, "Tempt the curse if you dare" ...live on my radio program.

    Being a Native American, I find your billboard depicting us (Native Americans) offensive and completely out of line and character. What curse are you referring to? Vampires came out of Euro-centric thought, not Native American. Dracula was not an Native American Indian!

    Native Americans are not a curse to anyone. This irresponsible decision to depict my people as a curse is a violation of Title VII of the United States Civil Rights Code and the American Indian Civil Rights Act and good common sense. I have many questions that need answering.

    As a professional journalist and writer I feel compelled to write articles for the major Native American, African American and mainstream media. You can reach me at 801-280-6619.

    Respectfully,

    Jay Winter Nightwolf Registered member of the Echota Cherokee Nation of Alabama
    Member of the U.S. Congressional Press Gallery
    WPFW 89.3 FM - "Nightwolf" - Sunday Evenings at 8 PM - WPFW.org
    President, Winter Nightwolf Productions, L.L.C. Media Consultants
    Washington, D.C.

    More information on the LFD Hayride...
    www.lineborovfd.com/Committees/index.htm




    From: wredgranny814
    Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 16:06:56 EDT
    Subject: Haunted Hayride
    To: lvfdhayride

    O'siyo - I am granny, and have something to say from the hurt inside me at this continuance of racial hatred. Ten years ago my oldest son, four months from his twenty-first birthday, was murdered by whites, put through a nine foot propeller on a river tug - it was four months it took to find MOST of his body, for them to return to me in time for his birthday. How would you feel if I put such pictures of your Peoples up to frighten OUR children, as in truth it was ours who had the greatest need to be afraid of such as you! The truth is these were our homelands, and just as YOU think that you have the right to fight to protect them today, so DID WE have the right to fight to keep what Creator gave to us, and is you who are the bloody monsters!

    granny

    True Homeland Security!

    How do you concede defeat while your heart still beats, how do you walk away from where the bones of your ancients lay, how do you leave your homeland?
    They fought long and stood strong women, men, and Elders, to keep the home of their spirits tired, broken, beaten, frozen, children crying oh, how deep this hurt?
    Burned out, starved out, their children murdered or stolen, how my heart beats with pride at the stories of my ancestors strength. What a people these were whose bloodlines disapear into the mists of time, whose heritage was so proud who loved their homeland more than their lives.
    As they were forced to walk into the west the setting sun their only guide, to strange lands not their own no history just the unknown. How proud they lived how proudly they died for what they believed was right, misunderstood from the first though in truth most civilized these people.
    History does not tell that it was greed and lies that caused the fight, that those who came wanted what did not belong to them and so with horror and violence they took it.
    It is not taught as it should be these were the ones with honor, the Tsalagi it should be told were only defending their families and homelands!

    granny!

    Bleeding Still!

    Upon the field of battle lay the heros of this heated fray, those who fought and died for something they truly believe is right. For family, heart, and home, for lands their ancestors roamed, for the beliefe in their sacred places where Creator gave to them directions.
    True hearts forever led to defend their way of life, peace is their first hope that their sons too will not need to bleed upon the ground.
    Freedom to continue on when all things are past and gone, of greed and contention of wanting what belongs to another people. Why do they fight and die you say why can not we just get along, why must the world still be this way after centuries of bloody frays?
    So long as there is want and need someone stronger will take what you own, so long as there are greedy men blood will run from those who defend.
    The gifting way of sharing can not be understood by those who think they are superior,those who think only they and their way is right will force their way on you by might.
    How then to change these things you ask,and who will be here at last, only the life givers understand true death it is their sons who lie upon the ground bleeding out their lives.
    The Cherokee were forced away from the homelands of their hearts, so many bled their lives away in the battles of those days, and my friends their hearts are bleeding still!

    granny!




    Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 16:28:49 -0400
    From: BJ McManama
    To: lvfdfire
    Subject: Fire Services


    Dear Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department,

    I am writing you this letter in response to your billboard displaying an Indian as a vampire - and daring people to challenge a curse.... What curse would that be? Since our people did not believe in nor are there any accounts or historical support for your warning - legend or other wise!

    This billboard image by now has circulated throughout Indian Country - and I'm sure you have received a few emails and telephone calls regarding this disrespectful and thoughtless depiction of our people.

    Your insensitivity to a people still living and contributing to many aspects of life today is absolutely unbelievable. This kind of attitude has been a problem since we were invaded by Europeans in the late 1400s - vilifying our people - frightening the uneducated into believing we were/are blood thirsty savages has been the cause for the suffering of countless lives. And the fact that it is still being perpetrated is appalling. We are still here - we honor our ancestors and the sacrifices they made for our survival and we mourn the suffering and loss of life perpetrated by ignorance and greed! And actions like this just continue the cycle...

    This billboard needs to be removed, changed, covered - whatever it takes to get rid of it!

    Obviously, there are people in your area that have taken great issue with this - so they will be keeping us all informed of your actions in this matter. I'm not sure if your sponsors are aware of the disrespect - however, some may be working to educate them as well.

    If this was some kind of oversight or came out of a process of ignorance - then we will accept your apology after the image is removed.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
    BJ McManama
    Seneca




    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Lorraine Carrington
    To: lvfdhayride
    Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 4:20 PM
    Subject: Your billboard

    Kwai:

    I am Lorrie Seekingspirit Carrington of Cambridge, New York.

    Your billboard advertising your hayride is way out of line.

    Would you put a black man up there with a noose? I dont think so! Why - because you know that racism is against the law.

    Well I have a surprise for you. Indians are a race of people too. In fact we were the first race of people in the United States. And we are alive and well and all over the United States. Why would you consent to such a thing?

    I find your billboard advertising offensive and repulsive. Do you have any idea how many lawsuits you might face if this isn't rectified post haste?

    Respectfully,
    Seekingspirit




Forwarded from Nightwolf

A NATIVE AMERICAN CODE of ETHICS 

(December 26, 2005)  This was sent out by Nightwolf by email, and we present it here with great respect and gratitude. We'll offer similar materials as they become available.

    Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you will only speak.

  • Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

  • Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

  • Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

  • Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

  • Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be people, animal or plant. Honor the Spirit in all things.

  • Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

  • Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

  • Nature is not for us, it is a part of us. They are part of your worldly family.

  • Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

  • Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

  • Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of one's will within this universe.

  • Keep yourself balanced. Your mental self, spiritual self, emotional self, and physical self - all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

  • Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

  • Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others - especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

  • Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

  • Respect others' religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

  • Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity. Be willing to give back to the people, so that People will live.
AHO!


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Special Graphic
"EVEN THE ROCKS PRAY"

Many thanks to Nightwolf for sending us this picture. You can download it to your own computer in whatever fashion your system provides. Appreciate, and Enjoy!



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"SHALL WE SAY GRACE?"

(Autumn 2005)   "Thanks to our buddy Sanford Yeats of Pwtanga Canyon, 'the coolest m**********r that ever was,' for sending this in to 'the Tree'! With the approach of the holiday season, and given the current state of the world, it's as relevant as ever.

"It's a Herblock cartoon from The Washington Post, originally posted in 1948 for the many people rendered homeless and destitute in the wake of World War II. That was 57 years ago. Wars, rulers, philosophies, people, nations, and good intentions have flickered over the face of the earth like the shadows of passing summer clouds. And yet, how much closer are we now to a world of justice, abundance, peace and unity than we were then? What do we have to do, starting now, right this minute in fact, to get there?

"Perhaps now, after all these years and all these lives, we'll start paying attention. . .

"So keep your snake boots on, cheechako, and Pearce be With You!"

Warren Pearce, correspondent at large
Somewhere out on Route Zero in the mighty heart of America



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2.  The WEEKLY PROGRAMS


The Nightwolf Show
is broadcast Each Week on Pacifica's WPFW 89.3 FM and over the internet
Sunday evenings, 8:00 PM Eastern (DC) Time


NOVEMBER 24, THURSDAY - US THANKSGIVING

"THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FIRST NATIVE PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS"
Opening Statement, Thanksgiving Special, 2005

In 1600, the Mid-Atlantic region of North American was home to well over a hundred Native American Nations. 30 small nations united in the early 1600s and formed the Powhatan Confederacy, which was built and held together by Wahunsonakua (Wa hun sa nok awa). This area was located south of present day Washington, D. C. A rich and sophisticated way of life had developed. In 1607 the English sailed up the Chesapeake Bay into the Pamunkey region. John Smith, a British mercenary and soldier of fortune, landed at what became Jamestown, the first English colony.

Wahunsonakua was aware of the power of European weapons and decided to watch the first English colony develop. Wahunsonakua saw the advantage of trading with the Europeans for weapons and tools. With his most trusted friend, his brother, Opachancanough (O pas skon na no), Chief of the most powerful Powhatan nation, the Pamunkey, they kept a close eye on the English. During the colonists' first winter, they were not able to provide for their own basic needs and many of them died.

Opachancanough (O-pas-skon-na-no) reported that the English began forcefully entering towns and stealing food. Wahunsonakua decided to bring the colony under his control and ordered the capture of John Smith. The story of a beautiful daughter of the Chief Wahunsonakua was just a figment of the imagination of Smith or whomever wrote the account of his relief, 17 years after it occurred. Just another lie to twist and romanticize the truth. Pokahantas did save John Smith's life. Wahunsonakua had an alliance with the colonizers well established when more British arrivals came in and tried to gain the upper hand. The balance of power was reflected in trade with settlers. The English were forced to pay high prices for Powhatan food. Eventually, the balance of power began to shift when the larger infusion of new invaders and weapons began to arrive. The British started to gain power.

In Jan. 1609, John Smith took a military contingent into Pamunkey lands and seized Opachancanough and plundered their stored foods. John Smith demanded the Pamunkey pay tribute; if they refused, he promised he would load his ships with their dead bodies. Throughout all of this abuse, brutality and arrogance, Opachancanough tried to maintain the peace. QUOTE: "Why would you take by force what you may have quietly by love? Why would you destroy us, who supply you with food? What can you get by war? We are unarmed and give you what you ask if you come in a friendly manner and not with swords and guns." - Wahunsonakua, Powhatan.

The English would not allow any diplomatic solutions and used their weapons to take what they wanted, including Powhatan lands. Greed and arrogance. In August of 1609, with the survival of the Powhatan Nation at stake, Wahunsonakua finally turned to war. The war continued for four years. In April of 1613, Matoka (Pokahantas) Wahunsonakua' favorite daughter, was kidnapped by the English and held hostage for the exchange of all English prisoners of war. The English were released but Matoka remained hostage. Wahunsonakua agreed to a truce hoping to see his daughter again. QUOTE: "I am not so simple as to not know that it is much better to eat good meat, sleep comfortably, laugh and be merry with the English than to run away from them and lie cold in the woods and to be so hunted that I can neither eat nor sleep." - Wahunsonakua, Powhatan.

Matoka was held and indoctrinated into British customs and Anglican religion. According to one writer's story, Matoka fell in love with one of her captures, John Rolph, and married. Matoka sailed to England and was baptized Lady Rebecca and peace was sealed with her marriage to John Rolph. Homesick, Matoka / Lady Rebecca set sail for home with her son and husband John Rolph. In March of 1617, Matoka died at sea. Matoka was 22. Wahunsonakua, learned of the death of his daughter which broke his heart. Wahunsonakua relinquished his powers and died the following year, 1618.

Opachananough continued the struggle. In England, tobacco became a demand as well as a cash crop forcing changes against the Powhatan. For the next 25 years Opachananough would lead wars for Powhatan land and sovereignty. By 1645, the struggle became hopeless. At the age of 90, Opachananough was carried into battle unable to walk and unable to see without someone holding his eyelids. Opachananough was murdered, shot in the back by an English guard. Opachananough - a true warrior of the Powhatan Confederacy.

The Powhatan could not stop the invaders. THANKSGIVING, 1621. In 1614 Tisquantum is captured and taken to England as a slave. In 1619, in the area of Patuxet, Tisquantum's homeland, Tisquantum returns to find that there are no people to greet him. No family, no friends, just a field of bones. His village was decimated by disease. He entered Mantow, the capital of the Wampanoag nation. Dec. 1620, the Mayflower sailed into the Patuxent Bay. They landed near Tisquantum's deserted village. The Pilgrim's first winter was extremely hard and only 50% of those that arrived survived. No Indians came to help. When spring came, Samoset, a Abaknaki Indian and a sagamore of his tribe who spoke some English, greeted the Pilgrim's saying, "Welcome."

Samoset left Plymouth and brought word to Mantow (Man-toe) the village of the Wampanoag and Usamequin (Massosoit) their leader. Massosoit sent an entourage to talk to the Pilgrims and negotiate a treaty for peace and mutual protection with Samoset and Tisquantum as interpreters. At that time Massosoit was seeking allies against their rivals, the Narragansett. Tisquantum remained with the Pilgrims and taught them how to fish and plant food. Tisquantum spoke of the annual ceremony of giving thanks for the gifts of the "Great Spirit" and the world. The celebration involved three days and nights of praying, dancing, feasting, shooting, fellowship, etc. Massosoit and the Wampanoag village brought 90 Wampanoag people and five deer for feast.

In 1621, the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving was celebrated. That happened only once. The Wampanoag remembered the celebration as a gift of sharing from the beginning of time. Toward the end of the first Thanksgiving they promised to make it an annual harvest and friendship, which was destined to change. The treaty with the English helped to protect Massosoit from the Narragansett but Massosoit had given many land concessions to the English.

After 40 years of peace, Massosoit died in 1662, and the newcomers to the English colony began their cycle of death and destruction. In 1662 METACOM extended unconditional acceptance to the English when they arrived. "When the English first came, my father was a great man and the English a little child, my father constrained other Indians from harming the English, he gave the English corn and showed them how to plant, he let them have a 100 times more land than now I have for my own people." - Metacom (King Philip), Wampanoag.

By 1662, the English colonies had 50,000 residents surrounding Wampanoag villages, thus shrinking Wampanoag lands. The Wampanoag were forced to work for the English, losing their land, liberty, culture and traditions. The English thought of them as inferior and savages and tried to convert them to Christianity by forcing them to go into praying towns. When the English came to the Americas they brought the priest, the gun, the sword, their bible and alcohol. Everything had changed since the days of peace had prevailed.

The Native People of New England were forced to pray to the god of the English. If they did not comply they were shot. That is how the Indians first became Christians - at the point of a gun. The English began arresting them for violating the Blue Laws. (The Code of the Puritan - Define blue laws.) They were prosecuted for hunting and fishing on the Sabbath, for using Indian medicine and for entering into non-Christian marital unions. Even women participated in moon lodges were prosecuted. Indian people were sentenced to death for denying the Christian religion. Either pray or be shot. Metacom took an uncompromised stance against this repression. QUOTE: "You see this vast country before us which the creater gave to our fathers, us see these little ones, our wives and children, and you now see the foe before you they had grown insolent and bold. Our ancient customs are disregarded. Treaties made by our fathers are broken, our brothers murdered before our eyes." - Metacom, Wampanaog.

Fifteen years after his father's death Metacom urges the people to war. QUOTE: "Our ancestors spirits cry to us for revenge, these people from the unknown world will cut down our groves, soil our hunting and planting grounds, and drive us and our children from the graves of our fathers." - Metacom. He had no choice but to go to war to protect the land and their traditions.

June 24, 1675, the war begins. Metacom sent warnings to families that were friends with his father and burn the other towns on the Charles River. The message sent, "Know by this paper that the Indian that you have provoked to wrath and anger will war if you will. There are many Indians yet, you must consider the Indians lose nothing but their lives, you must lose your fair houses and cattle." - James Nepa (?)

The fall and winter favored Metacom's forces but defeats eventually created low moral. Dec. 19, 1675 - The Great Swamp Massacre was where natives were shot and burned alive. In the meantime, Metacom's forces could not replenish food stuffs and supplies and were starving. The English troops began hunting them like animals. In May the English attacked allied Indian camps on the Connecticut River where 300 Indians were killed. Some reached their canoes without paddles and were swept over the falls to their deaths.

For the next two months, Metacom evaded being captured. After falling on the encampment of Metacom 173 Indians were captured and killed but Metacom escaped; however, his wife and 9 year old son were captured and sold into slavery in Bermuda and by the Plymouth clergy. QUOTE: "My heart breaks, now I am ready to die." - Metacom. He chose where he wanted to die and returned to Manto where his father had first encountered the Pilgrims.

Aug. 1676, an English and Indians army surrounded his camp and moments later Metacom was dead, shot through the heart by an Indian mercenary. Metacom's head was put on display in Plymouth for the next 20 years. So who was the savage? Who is the savage? "For us, the Wampanoag, the people of the first light, thanksgiving is something that we hope to be on all levels through the creation, to know who we are and what we are and what our capacities are. In order to say a true thanks to the Creator you have to know what you are. And that is a personal endeavor. To know your gifts and them to be able to share them.

"When we met the English, we made that offering. And of course it would take time for them to know who we are and what we are, to be able to be in thanksgiving. If you think about it, we gave them unconditional acceptance and love and nutriment. Otherwise they would have been massacred at the beach. That was an ability of my people of which I am most proud. But to say thank you for the love you receive from another group of people and to peacefully and happily coexist with us, that did not happen. And it still isn't happening. That is the only thing that we can lament about, is not to be received for who we are. For we are the people of the first light. The new and original thought of the Creator is on that light." - Ramona Peters, Wampanoag.

When the first Europeans arrived, Columbus and his crew, he came and he called us Indians, because of the obvious reasons, he thought he was lost in India. But what did we call ourselves before Columbus came? That's the question so often asked. And the thing is in every single tribe, even today, when you translate the world that we each had for ourselves, without knowledge of each other, if was always something that translated to basically the same thing. In our language it's Ninuog, or the People, the human beings. That's what we called ourselves. So when the Pilgrims arrived here, we knew who we were, but we didn't know who they were. So we called them Awaunageesuck or, the strangers, because they were the ones who were alien, they were the ones that we didn't know, but we knew each other. And we were the human beings." - Tall Oak, Narragansett.

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NOVEMBER 20, 2005, SUNDAY

"THE MAKAH NATION TREATY RIGHTS"
Closing Remarks

"Thank you to all of the folks, The Nightwolf Staff, for all you do each and every week to make our program a success. Vicky Guthrie, Dr. Alison Henderson, Yillah Natallia, Charles Stevenson, Attorney Greg Smith, Christian Bentley , and Verona Iriate. I would like to say thank you, to all of you that tune into "The Nightwolf Show" every Sunday evening.

"This coming Thursday morning from 9am to 12 noon, WPFW will present a very special broadcast of "The Nightwolf Show," "The Truth About Thanksgiving." Join me and my many guests from Indian Country as together we will reveal what really happened on that day. I would like to ask all of you out there to join with me as I fast from sunup til sundown on Thursday for the homeless, the victims of Katrina and Rita, the elderly, the Native American Indians and everybody else that won't have a hot meal on that day.

"It's not every day that is set aside for a national day of giving thanks. What do you have to really be thankful for this year? Is it the warm home that you occupy? The nice car or SUV that you drive? The great looking clothes that you adorn? The good friends that you share good times with? Your church, synagogue, or mosque? Just what?

"If you are fortunate enough to have any of these things you are much better off than some of the poor Native American people that sit on cold and lonely reservations that die from a lack of food and or exposure to the bitter cold; well ,my friend, you are much better off than the victims of the recent hurricanes in the south and tornadoes in the Midwest. You are much better off than the people of Pakistan who have lost almost everything in the recent earthquake. Thousands of those people will die this winter if the global communities don't step up and help them. What about those in Africa who are dying from AIDs and from the devastation brought on by drought, civil wars, etc. and who cannot get the relief they need?

"I can still hear the strong melodic voice of Marvin Gaye ringing in my ears, "who really cares, who is willing to try, to save a world that is destined to die?" I heard this song the first time in the mid-1960s and its prophetic message still rings true. Excuse my strong and forceful language but George W. Bush is one of the biggest criminals in this universe when he constantly refuses to help the homeless, hungry and almost forgotten. Did you know that to some of my people, the American Indian, a McDonalds hamburger would be appreciated just as much as Turkey, dressing and all of the other things that many people run out and splurge on for one day of feasting. In most cases, that meal is an indulgence of greed. When you sit down Thursday and ask for God's blessings or whomever you worship upon that meal you are about to eat, think about those who won't eat and how fortunate you are. Anybody that thinks they have it made, remember, you may just be only one paycheck or natural disaster away from being homeless, hungry and destitute yourself. What a false sense of security most of us live everyday.

"Join me Thursday at 9 a.m. and get some education on the truth about this day of sadness and grief. It makes my heart sick to know that so many will not eat on Thursday, not even a bag of potato chips.

"I'm Jay Winter Nightwolf, your brother and your servant. I love you all, all of you. Tune in Thursday at 9 AM right here at WPFW 89.3 FM , and on the internet at www.wpfw.org/."

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JULY 31, SUNDAY

WOMEN OF THE NIGHTWOLF SHOW
Dependable Excellence and Inspiration

Week in and week out, and now into the fifth year, the Nightwolf Show and its audience have been supported by a number of people, most of them women, whose skill, creativity and devotion make the show possible. Tonight we will get to know these women a bit better, just as we have become familiar with their names - Dr. Alison Henderson, Vicki Guthrie, Liz Hill, and others. Please tune in and join the conversation as we learn how the riches of their lives contribute to the riches of the program and the community, and to our own.

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JULY 17, SUNDAY

Weekly Notes in Two Parts

1.   Traveling Exhibit "NATIVE VIEWS: INFLUENCES of MODERN CULTURE":
    Artrain USA and the Exhibition in Manassas

"Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture" is an exhibition featuring 71 artworks by 54 renowned Native American artists. It will arrive in Manassas and open to the public from July 28 to 31. Jay's guests this week include people from the exhibit.

"Native Views" explores the many commonalities Native and non-Native people share. Visitors will discover the richness, complexity and breadth of contemporary Native American art while examining a variety of perspectives on society.

For additional information, please visit the Geotrees "Intercultural Calendar" page, link below.

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    2.   Starbucks and the War in Iraq: "SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS"?:
        A Marine's Reaction, and Nightwolf's Reply

    (Geotrees editor's note: In mid-July a story was reported that Starbucks Coffee, the corporation, had declined to send free coffee to the troops in Iraq, and had said that the company did not support the government's policy there. This story evoked comment from Sgt. Howard C. Wright, which he circulated by email; a copy reached Jay Nightwolf. Here are Sgt. Wright's original comments, and Nightwolf's response. Note that the report about Starbucks appears to be inaccurate. At the foot of this section we've included URLS to related stories at the Washington Post, and at TruthOrFiction.Com, a site that researches and reports on the accuracy of rumors.

    (Irrespective of Starbuck's real actions, Geotrees reports these messages as a window into some key issues of the day. Can we distinguish truth from illusion, and if so, How? How do people try to "spin" or distort the truth, and how can we critique and undo the spin? Are our national values of freedom and democracy being hijacked? What is real patriotism, and what kind of courage is required to express it at this time? How can we keep our mental integrity - how can we think for ourselves, and act, out of valid evaluations of the world, and of the nature of the human beings in it?

    (These are important questions. Thanks to Jay Winter Nightwolf for helping illuminate them.

    (You are welcome to express yourself on the "DeeSeeds" or "OurWPFW" email discussion groups. Send your comments to guest AT geotrees.com, and examine the message archives at any time at the links given below this piece.)


    A.  SGT. WRIGHT'S REMARKS:

    Subject: Starbucks Coffee

    "BAD MOVE STARBUCKS!!!

    "Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there.

    "Starbucks replied, telling the Marines "Thank you" for their support in their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

    "So as not to offend Starbucks, we should not support them by buying any of their products. As a war vet writing to fellow patriots, I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground, fighting street-to-street and house-to-house for what they and I believe is right.

    "If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and no one will never know. Thanks very much for your support of me, and I know you'll all be there again when I deploy once more.

    "Semper Fidelis.
    "Sgt. Howard C. Wright, 1st Force Recon Co 1st Plt PLT RTO"


    B.  THE NIGHTWOLF'S REPLY:

    Nightwolfjw AT aol.com wrote:

    "Dear SSgt. Wright,

    "Enough of this SEMPER FIDELIS (Always Faithful) Red, White and Blue brainwashing given to the American People. War is not the answer, especially this unjust invasion of the people of Iraq. I would support this war only if what George Bush used as justification for going to war was the truth and we were really attacked by these people. Not a damn thing he said or any reason he gave was true. Everything he said was a damn lie.

    "Is this President Bush's most secret desire to out do John Wayne? This don't-show-up-for duty ________ couldn't out-do John Wayne even if he had 200 years to do it in. Ever hear of John Wayne using drugs or ducking military duty"

    "This invasion is all about the domination and control of more indigenous people of the world. Nothing else! Pay attention, Marine, this is an important history lesson getting ready to unfold right here.

    "They invade and murder masses of people whenever they want. (Mass Murderers). Then they take control of their governments and resources. Then that particular government's money comes up missing. Next they announce that their true intent is to bring democracy to this newly overthrown government. Now that's a crock of BULL S**T if I ever saw one. Where is democracy practiced here in this republic of America?

    "How can you give someone something that you don't have to give or even allow your own people to have. Wake up, Marine! I come from a long generation of Marines. Honorable men and women who have served in Korea, the Canary Islands, Guam, Philippine Islands, Hawaii, Germany and Vietnam. Some served under MacArthur, Eisenhower, Patton and Westmoreland.

    "My baby brother was the youngest Lt. Col. with Native blood in the history of the Corps. HU RAH!!! U.S. Naval Academy; Graduated class of 1976. He made LTC when he was 38 years old. He died of cancer at 39. He knew the truth and lived it as a Marine. My uncles Willie and Redwood served in Korea. They had to go to boot camp at Moffet Point, not Paris Island, because he just happened to not be white.

    "So, Sgt. Wright, get your damn facts straight before you go shooting off your mouth. This illegally elected president you serve has sold you and all of the other American fighting forces a pack of lies, and you are so damn stuck on fighting and killing that you can't see the truth. You want to fight terrorists? Go fight and destroy the KKK, Marine. Take out those that are harming and killing off our National Forests, wildlife and water sheds. Go after those that refuse to feed the hungry right here at home, the children of the Appalachian Mountains, the deprived children of Native America, children of the homeless, the children of those that work the agriculture fields of America and the children that are stuck in the ghettos of America! Those children are the RED, the BLACK, the WHITE and the YELLOW, the true colours of "The Human Family."

    "Do you ever think about the next seven generations that will come after you? Or is it that you have been conditioned to don't give a damn about the little people.

    "This is not a war fought for the protection of the people of America, it's a war fought for the big corporations in America and Great Britain. Ask your president what percentage of his corporate friends are going to give you for your efforts. Ask him about what your stock options are for making this noble sacrifice. Think about that, Marine.

    "Since you're so stuck on making things right, go out and fight those that won't give the American Indian his land and resources back. Until you can see the truth, stop bitching and complaining about Starbucks not wanting to give you free coffee.

    "If you really want to cry about something, ask your president when are you and all of the other brave fighting men and women in Iraq coming home. Also ask him to give you a comprehensive plan for withdrawal.

    "Don't forget to ask about guaranteed employment after you are Honorably discharged.

    "Jay Gola Wahya Sunoyi"


    C.  LINKS

    TruthOrFiction.Com on the Starbucks story:
    www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/starbucks-iraq.htm

    The Washington Post story:
    "In a Pound of Coffee, Comfort of Home / Local Starbucks Workers Sending Java to Iraq":
    Post Story

    The OurWPFW message archives:
    groups.yahoo.com/group/OurWPFW/messages

    The DeeSeeds message archives:
    groups.yahoo.com/group/DeeSeeds/messages

    To the TOP

    JULY 10, SUNDAY

    "FUTURES for CHILDREN" -
    Supporting our Most Precious Resource - Our Children

    "Because I feel so strongly about protecting and nurturing my own children and grandchildren, I wanted to bring you a special show tonight. I barely introduced you to this organization last year - in fact, I barely had time to ask all the questions that were on my mind. At that time, I asked the guests to come back again and talk with me. Tonight seemed the perfect time to get them on my show again..."

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      JULY 3, SUNDAY

      "INDEPENDENCE DAY?"
      Through the Eyes of the American Indian

      "This week we will have a special Two Hour Broadcast of 'Nightwolf' on WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, D. C. (Pacifica Radio), from 8 to 10 PM Eastern time."

        With some Special Guests:
        • Steve and Cheryl Melendez (Paiute)
          Founders and Curators
          "The American Indian Genocide Museum"
          Houston, Texas
        • Vine Deloria (Standing Rock Sioux)
          Noted Author and Historian
        • David Michael Wolfe (Echota Cherokee)
          Educator and Historian to "The Nightwolf Show"
        • And, of course, our Host J. Winter Nightwolf (Echota Cherokee)

        You can also listen on line, at www.WPFW.org. Nightwolf is heard Sundays, 8:00 PM Eastern, on Pacifica WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC. WPFW can also be heard over the internet.

        To the TOP

        OCTOBER 17, 2004, SUNDAY

        "The SAMMY BLACKBEAR STORY"
        The Fight Against The Nuclear Waste Industry

        "Genocide has been a common practice of the United States government, inherited from its predecessors, the European invaders, who murdered the first Native American. The use of smallpox-infected blankets, the spreading of tuberculosis, the raping of Native girls, mothers and grandmothers, the kidnapping of Native children, forced 'education,' the stripping of cultures and traditions, the tearing down of communities and family structure were only a fraction of the devastation that has visited upon the American Indian.

        "Genocide is only one of many evil tools that are used to manipulate the Human Family. The present U.S. Administration is the present link to a notorious and bloody past. Everywhere the early invader and its offspring has gone, they have left behind the results of mass murder, famine, pain, suffering and economic bankruptcy. Today they continue on the path of greed and manipulation.

        "Today the story has not changed because their methods of murder have reached a higher level. “Mercy Murder with Economic Gain” is employed to make it sound and feel as if it were not so bad after all. You don’t commit mass murder here in America you do it humanly by systematically exposing the population to harmful drugs and radiation. Deplete the soil so you can’t grow healthy crops and feed the population with genetically modified foods that are not fit to be consumed by human beings.

        "Tonight will be talking to a very good friend. He is the elected vice chairman of the Goshutte Nation of Utah. His home is Skull Valley, Utah. His name is Sammy Blackbear. Welcome to The Nightwolf Show, Sammy.

        "Sammy has been fighting a company named Private Fuel Storage, which is a business that stores nuclear waste. The other folks that Sammy has gone up against is the United States government itself in the person of the U.S. Dept. of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs. Your tax dollars at work. It seems as though Private Fuel Storage and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are partners in the destruction of yet another Indian nation. Sammy has waged war against these folks in court for over seven years.

        "Tonight you will hear the Sammy Blackbear story. This is WPFW - 89.3 FM (Pacifica Radio). Stay tuned, we'll be right back."

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        THE MAN IN PERSON: AVAILABILITY and CONTACT

        AVAILABLE to SPEAK:
        Nighwolf and his posse are available to give talks, presentations and seminars to people of all ages in schools, communities, congregations, clubs, associations, and other groups throughout the Washington, Virginia, and Maryland area - and possibly beyond, as well. Topics can include all aspects of American Indian histories, cultures, traditions and lifeways; and their importance to cultivating the human family in North America.

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