Earth Day – April 22
First, let’s not take more from it then we give back to it.
Second, let’s celebrate its bounty with thanksgiving and not greed.
Third, let’s realize that the Earth has rejuvenating powers if left on its own.
Fourth, let’s remember the ‘Land Sabbath’ wherein the earth was left fallow to rest.
Fifth, enjoy all that nature has to offer and share it with others.
Sixth, reflect on what a marvelous painting the earth provides of colors and wonders.
Seventh, remember we will eventually all return to the earth before our final journey.
Lastly, always worship the Creator and not the creation.
Submitted: April 21, 2007
Posted by: Cherokee Cloud
Woman Who Sings
Woman Who Sings – Mohawk
Native Name – Yakon:kwe Raterennotha'
The Nation Votes
The Cherokees are known as a “Nation”, not a tribe, or a band. The fact that the Cherokees are designated a nation indicates that they are an amalgamation of many peoples which have banded together in tribal relationships to form a society, culture, and means of governing themselves.
As a nation or amalgamation of people, there is no statement possible of who can or cannot be traced as Cherokee. Is the lure for federal funds, loans, housing, education, and medical care so irresistible that a people would begin to disown itself?
Is a few wampum beads, firearms, and jug of alcohol enough to forget the pain and agony that was experienced by the Freedman as they suffered, bled and died on the forced march, The Trail of Tears?
Now the courts will be sought to arbitrate history and whose version of suffering was legitimate. Well as the elders say, “It keeps you praying”.
Written by Cherokee Cloud
Posted March 10, 2007
Last Indian -Wampanoags
DORCAS HONORABLE, WHO today is generally recognized as Nantucket's "Last Indian," died early in 1855. She had outlived by a few months Abram Quary, who died in late 1854. Both had been born in the 1770s, at the time of the American Revolution, a decade after the "Indian sickness" killed 222 of Nantucket's 358 Wampanoags.
Choose Your Friends Wisely
As North America became more populated by the British, French, and colonist the realization that expansion was possible became the emphasis of the French and British realizing that these rich lands provided many opportunities for wealth. This led to disputes about land ownership and occupation.
The colonist sided with the British along with the Native Americans. The Native Americans were familiar with the land terrain and the best methods of strategic warfare. Thus, their contributions assisted in changing the balance of power in the favor of the Colonists.
These disputes led to what is known as the French and Indian War from 1754 – 1763. In any war there are winner and losers. Some wars are won through making alliances. This was the case in the French Indian War. The British and Native Americans formed an alliance to fight the French. This alliance proved to be successful for the British, colonist and the Native Americans.
Later, the British came to war with the American colonist in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 – 1783. In this case the Native Americans allied in most cases with the British as before. But, the British were not successful in the war with the American colonist. So, the Native Americans learned a hard but valuable lesson. The lesson was to choose your friends carefully.
Written by Cherokee Cloud
Posted: March 4, 2007
Black Freedmen Seminole Indian
Distant/Far Sun – Seminole
Native Name – Hopvye Hvse
Interracial marriage occurs when two people of differing races marry. Interracial marriage is defined as exogamy (marrying outside of one's social group). It is seen as miscegenation or the mixing of different races in marriage, living together, or participation in sexual relations.
Fifteenth US Constitution Admendment
On February 3, 1870 Amendment XV (the Fifteenth Amendment) of the United States Constitution was ratified. It provided that governments in the United States may not prevent a citizen from voting because of his race, color, or previous condition of servitude (slavery).
Black History Month
Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." Carter G. Woodson is credited with Black History studies and working to ensure recognition of the Negro accomplishments.