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Mining Hearing at the Madison Capitol on Wed. Jan. 23, 2013

Here’s a scary story…if native people don’t rise up and stop that mining bill if it passes it gives mining companies the right to mine anywhere in Wisconsin including ALL the reservations not just Ojibway reservations. I am enrolled in the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans tribe and I was a witness and I signed up to testify at the state hearing in Madison Capitol Jan. 23, 2013

On Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 I went to testify at the one and only hearing on the mining bill at the capitol in Madison, WI. I was overjoyed to meet a Mohican-8 member for the first time. This was the first time I was ever inside the state capitol as well as part of a state hearing. It was a momentous occasion marked by the fact I learned what my Indian name in Munsee is Wapaan Alaangwee. Anushiik Roxanne and Jeremy Mohawk of the Language and Culture board. I am officially on record that I am against the mine bill. I printed out the Four Crow prophecy of the Pennsylvannia Lenape and I was going to testify the Four Crow prophecy of the Lenape, that we are the rightful caretakers of Mother Earth, and we need the treaties to be honored for the caretakers in Bad River because the treaties are the supreme law of the land. I have never testified in a hearing on this kind of matter before.

I witnessed the testimonies including the testimonies of the Ojibway people. What broke my heart was that delegation of Ojibwe tribal nations showed up and the group was told the group had only 2 minutes to testify for the whole group which I found shocking! Where was the nation to nation partnership laid out in the treaties? This bill violates international law! One legislator stated he sent one tribal nation a single letter. Another legislator stated he paid one visit to one tribe. However, an Ojibwe member testified that the Wisconsin state government treated the Ojibwe as second class citizens. I totally could see that at this hearing. There should have been a formal meeting with the tribal nations in a nation to nation conference or summit to properly discuss this mining bill which the Ojibwe I heard were against it stating tribal sovereignty and protection of the environment. I heard and saw a real disconnect between the tribal nations and Wisconsin government. I strongly believe that a talking circle is needed so that everybody is on equal playing field to promote real cooperation and partnership among the nations. I believe anything involving tribal lands should involve the direct input of the tribal nations every step of the way.

There were over 150 people signed up to speak and I was there for 8 hours since 10 am and most from Waukesha or Milwaukee were not called because they decided to have all those from up north speak first since they traveled for 6 hours to be at this one and only hearing. It was appalling and an oversight that they did not have a hearing for the people in the north and that the hearing they did have in Madison was so last minute many testified they barely had the chance to act because of such little notice. There were repeated testimonies calling for a meeting up north to properly address this issue.

Another thing that was disheartening was where were the rest of the Wisconsin tribal councils? Where was the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans tribal council at this hearing? It was stated at the hearing that this bill will affect the entire state so why didn’t Stockbrige-Munsee band of Mohicans tribal council stand in solidarity with the Ojibwe at the hearing? Where was my people? This isn’t just an Ojibwe problem. This is everybody’s problem. With this bill that they could mine in any part of the state of Wisconsin including our Mohican reservation. However, I clearly see this is only the beginning of the healing journey. When you think of the Idle No More movement I hope you don’t see this is just some problem for the Canadians, but we are going through our own tribal sovereignty issues here such as the mining bill. It hits home here. I hope Mohican-8 can be a part of the discussion on the topic as we help each other to learn and act. Cause as the Four Crow Prophecy says we are the Caretakers and together we can learn what that means.

Aho!
Wenona Morning Star Gardner

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It has begun…

So as I mentioned before I was blessed by the meeting of Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth of the Pennslyvannia Lenape Nation and his wife Lynn. And I felt like that was the catalyst that had changed my whole life. See I have been trying to meet this man since for the last 10 years since we have been conversing in Artist’s Way Circle, Lenape Family History, and Mohican-7 online. But Creator was waiting for a key moment in time. Not just any day. The most momentous of days the Idle No More Peace March in Milwaukee, WI in January 18, 2013. THAT was the day I was told the eighth fire has been lit and to lead. It was then I realized the Mohican-7 circle has now evolved to Mohican-8 to honor the 8th prophecy of the seven generation prophecies. It is time to take the knowledge of that prophecy and apply it and live it. It’s time to live the path of peace, harmony, and love with all the four nations.

Back when I was 16 a medicine woman by the name Hail Eagle Woman of the Mohican, Oneida, Brothertown, and Santee Sioux nations told me I had a vision. I told her before my eyes. I saw a black sky and appeared from the darkness a brilliant white turtle. Slowly descending from the east descended the arc of a brightly colored rainbow. The viewpoint changed and I was now looking above the turtle and the rainbow turned into wings. This rainbow winged turtle rose and began to fly fast across the lands, I could see lakes, rivers, and trees below. Then the white rainbow turtle landed and began to happily dance in a circle. As the white turtle turned the turtle turned into a white shawled woman with a turtle design on her back. When she turned around I saw the woman was me. The White Turtle with Rainbow wings was me. Hail Eagle Woman told me that I was a Rainbow Warrior that I was a bridge builder bringing together all nations. She taught me the seven generations prophecy including the eighth fire that was to be lit. She gave me the Indian name Wabun Anung Morning Star and I was to lead with my light reaching out to the other nations with the native wisdom that I learned.

I have been waiting for the eighth fire. When I was at the Peace March the speaker was talking about the Idle No More movement in Madison and the Bad River mining. He called out for the Morning Star to come to Madison with her light. I heard this and so was witnessed by Rainbow Turtle and Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth and said Buffy that was a sign they are calling you. So That day I have been called and I must apply the wisdom of the eighth fire now that is lit and lead the way I was told to by Hail Eagle Woman.

1) So my first goal is to evolve Mohican-8 which is the application of the 8th fire prophecy.

2) Next is to find a ride to get to Madison for the Idle No More Movement to find out how I can serve as I was called and it was witnessed by others as a sign.

3) Then I have launched the Two Step project which encompasses telling my healing journey in video http://www.youtube.com/user/azurebreezes in oral tradition and written word on my blog. https://azurebreeze.wordpress.com/

4) But most importantly is helping the elders, chiefs, medicine people, healers, and community members to come forward and tell their story. The world is waiting for us to come and step forward. It ties very much into the Four Crow Prophecy of the Lenape people that Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth has shared with me. http://www.penn.museum/sites/fap/prophecy.shtml

The time is now. We need to come out of hiding and become active participants in the world. The rest of the world has yet to fully hear the all of the wisdom of the red nation. We have been hidden, underground, and silent for too long. We need to find our voice and use that voice for the betterment of humanity. We are the missing note of the song of life.

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