RED LAKE recalled — 21st March 2006

26 01 2011

A Turning Point for ALL the Kids of Indian Country

In the northern quarter of Minnesota sits a Sovereign First Nation of Ojibwa. It was here, exactly one year before occurred an American tragedy. Ten Ojibwe, ‘descendents’ of Hiawatha and Minihaha, lay in and around the schoolhouse, shot to death.
This terrible and heartbreaking loss can be seen, and in the starkest terms, as a cry for change. A single, signal turning point. Red Lake can indeed be a catalyst and the loss will not be in vain. They ‘sha11 not go into that dark night gently.
The on-going tragedies are many. Diabetes, to name but one, plagues 85% of the good people of Red Lake. What can be done? In God’s name what?
In 1982 a then young Englishman passed close by Red Lake. It was nearby the route taken – on foot and alone – from the utter southernmost bottom of South America and eventually reached up the furthest, most maximum North of Point Barrow, Alaska. That same young Englishman, now older, will return with others and on exactly the first anniversary of the terrible shootings, there to connect the first journey ever crossing the full Western Hemisphere with the Red Lake schoolhouse. This will commence hope. How?
Professor Meegan was awarded the only visa ever issued by the US for education reform. Called “extraordinary” it’s name is Hope From the Land of the Polar Bear, with reference for First Nation Peoples. [For mainstream USA it is called ‘Democracy Reaches the Kids!’]
Part of these activities included America’s Bureau of Indian Affairs offering formal apology to First Nations. “We will not destroy your languages or your cultural practices” it said. Hope from the Land of the Polar Bear offers the People and their beloved children exactly that. The direction is offered that is culture based and as regards diabetes, the initiative is emphatically health based.
Among events will be to the true teachers of the People: All Elders will be declared and presented with the robes of ‘Masters of Living Culture.’
So, join us on the 27 mile march – over 2 days – to Red Lake. You wil1 march under the flag of the greatest revolution, that being the American Revolution and you・will march to save a People and via the good Ojibwe kids of Red Lake and their Adventure and Nobleness combined — Join US!

GESTURE REJECTED – HOPE ABANDONED

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