It is with deepest regrets that I write this blog today. Never have been as sad, as the news I have just read about. Over the centuries, our people have been used, pandered, lied to and almost eliminated. So, for those who have fallen into the trap of lies told by Obama, I am sad. How many more broken promises, will our young people have to hear? Before they see they the truth.
Before I go any further below is the news:
DENVER – Colorado’s first residents will offer the first official welcome to the Democratic National Convention in Denver Aug. 23, when Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Northern Ute tribal leaders and other Indian notables in full regalia will lead the pageantry of a grand entry before officials address some 13,000 media representatives.”It’s the right thing to do, since they were the first people in the state of Colorado,” said Holly Arnold Kinney, co-chair of the entertainment committee for the media event at Elitch Gardens near the Pepsi Center. The Ute Mountain and Southern Ute tribes are the only sovereign nations currently in Colorado, once considered home by the Northern Utes and many other tribes.
Ernest House Jr., Ute Mountain Ute and executive secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, said speakers will include tribal chairmen Clement Frost, Southern Ute, and Ernest House Sr., Ute Mountain Ute and a representative of the Northern Ute Tribe, Utah; Colorado Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, CCIA chair; and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
The grand entry will include the tribal officials, Denver area community leaders, the posting of the colors by veterans’ groups, and singing by various drum groups in a dramatic display that will be ”the first time a lot of them will have seen it,” said Arnold Kinney of the media event.
In addition to grand entry, the official welcome in August will include performances by Denver-area drum and dance groups, including the Northern and Southern Plains Indian Dancers and Singers and other groups, said Deb Sankey, co-chair for Native planning for the event.
The Native presence at the media event will be followed by Tribal Unity Day on Aug. 24, when a Denver Indian Center-sponsored pow wow will be hosted across from the Denver City and County Building from 2 to 6 p.m. in Civic Center Park, the heart of many key public events at the DNC.
In addition to vendor and arts and crafts booths, buffalo cuisine will be sold at the pow wow. The meat will be supplied by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota, said Jay Grimm, DIC director.
A painting, ”The Grand Entry,” by Sisseton-Wahpeton artist JoAnne Bird, will be featured on a commemorative poster for the DNC, said Kim Cameron, co-planner of Tribal Unity Day events. Local artists will also be showcased.
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is expected to attend one or more Native events, but planners said any of the presumptive presidential candidate’s appearances would be scheduled later.
Other events are planned for the DNC by various Native groups in metro Denver, including:
” Public reception and other events at Denver Indian Center, with announcements posted at http://www.denverindiancenter.org.
” Various private events for tribal leaders and DNC delegates, including Native Gathering 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Colorado State Historical Society, presented by the Procurement Learning for American Indian Nations and Societies, a nonprofit program for Indian- or tribally owned businesses. Bill Tallbull, Northern/Southern Cheyenne and PLAINS procurement specialist, said speakers invited to the event for top business and tribal leaders include Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and Hickenlooper.
” Native caucuses Aug. 25 and 27 at the Pepsi Center and Convention Center.
” A screening Aug. 27 of the independent documentary, ”The Battle for Whiteclay,” by Mark Vasina, for the Indian community of Denver. The film covers an eight-year period of controversy over alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb., to residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, just over the state line in South Dakota, where alcoholism is described as a major
” Native Nations Uniting for Change is hosting a policy discussion and reception for tribal leaders and others from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Denver Art Museum. Joe Garcia, president of the National Congress of American Indians, is a scheduled speaker.
In addition to the media, delegates, convention officials and others, hundreds of Native attendees are expected from across the country, including those from state and tribal groups and Indian organizations. Some of the 20,000-plus residents of the Indian community in the Denver metro area will attend convention-related events.
Some metro Denver organizations may be tapped for roles in the convention itself. Denver Indian Health and Family Services, which has been requested to help with medical backup for other events, said they had been contacted some time ago, but no follow-up has taken place.
Other meetings may be held at the downtown Colorado Convention Center by Native delegations, where sessions are already scheduled for black, Asian and Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic groups, among others.
The part that really saddens me is the fact that I know, that all this is for show. To make everyone think, Obama is a great man, just because he allows the grand entry to happen at the convention. I find it a large insult to all native peoples, to be pandered and used in such a way. It is pure propaganda, in the truest sense of the word. And many members of the Nations are falling for Obama’s lies. Below is the definition of propaganda.
Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.
This grand entry, I am sure by Obama and the DNC is only a way to use our people more. It is for his own benefit, not ours. Some may see it as a symbol, to the world that Obama likes Native Americans, but I must say, please look at his record! Nothing could be further from the truth. I would like to reach out to all, who will listen. Do not believe this propaganda, and do not yourselves be used in such a way.
Below are the words of Red Cloud, they still ring true today..
Red Cloud (Makhpiya-luta) April, 1870“In 1868, men came out and brought papers. We could not read them and they
did not tell us truly what was in them. We thought the treaty was to remove
the forts and for us to cease from fighting. But they wanted to send us
traders on the Missouri, but we wanted traders where we were. When I
reached Washington, the Great Father explained to me that the interpreters
had deceived me. All I want is right and just.”
Taking advantage of Americans, by using Native Americans in just wrong. It was done to Red Cloud and his people, and now is being done to all nations and tribes. And that is what this propaganda is, please ask yourselves, haven’t we been deceived enough?
I have one message for Mr. Obama and the DNC…..
This is one Indian you will not fool….