Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Featured

“Shoes”  By Sara Jumping Eagle

“Shoes” By Sara Jumping Eagle

I was taught this at a young age, to start caring for others, at least in our family we did.  We had to.  There wasn’t time for anything else.  Learned how to be a big girl – how to do the laundry, even without laundry soap, even when there was no washer – still had clean clothes. Had hair brushed, all the time – when it wasn’t, I heard about it, felt it, remembered, that wasn’t going to happen again, that bushy head – we were just having fun, wrestling around in the grass, but she had a bad day; so I got my hair chopped off, looked goofy for awhile. I remembered to keep my hair looking nice after that, no more chopping off for me.  We figured things out, how to get where we wanted to go, how to have fun, how to make do.  Rolling skating all the way across town in the mid-day heat to swim all day.  We always had enough it seemed.  Or...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Featured

Real Price by Sara Jumping Eagle

Real Price by Sara Jumping Eagle

Today President Obama and the State Department rejected the Keystone Pipeline.  He states that the KXL was not going to create jobs, not going to reduce the price of gas, and also not an “express lane to climate disasters”. He stated that it had become an over-inflated political football. I am excited today in what this rejection represents to the earth, to our water, and air.  The rejection of the KXL symbolizes a turning point in this fight for our children’s future.  While of course it is only one pipeline, shipping only one method of “dirty” fossil fuel (as if there was a “clean” fossil fuel), it is a statement that maybe someone has heard our cries for change. Someone has heard our statements that we will stand in front of those who run the corporate machines that aim to kill our futures. Yet, within President Obama’s statement, there is still the cajoling, the soothing sound of his voice, in a way stating that everything will be ok if...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Featured

“Pointing With Lips” by Dana Lone Hill Book Review by Sara Jumping Eagle

“Pointing With Lips” by Dana Lone Hill Book Review by Sara Jumping Eagle

“Pointing With Lips” by Dana Lone Hill Book Review by Sara Jumping Eagle Powerful. I read the whole book in two days. I did not want to put it down. I laughed out loud and I cried. This book surprised me at every turn, kept me guessing. The main character of the book, Sincere, and her family, the “Strongheart” and “Rain on Shield” families, are in some ways – my family, my relatives, my friends – they are in some ways – me. The book, in an exciting and entertaining way, led discussions through a myriad of contemporary American Indian issues, discussions regarding the realities of Indian life. These are issues Indian families face every day – portrayed in a way which is not sugar coated, shown with a mean Indian woman reality. We can enjoy the rez humor we know and love, the crazy stories that are so “out there” as to be true, including those rez nicknames such as “Boogie” and “Two Times”. This rez humor that...

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Featured

To Know What is Sacred By Sara Jumping Eagle

To Know What is Sacred By Sara Jumping Eagle

Taku Skan Skan – sacred movement, energy, something sacred moving. Can they ever know what is sacred? Can we help them remember what is sacred? Taku Wakhan Makhoche kin le Wakhan thanka unk’upe lo’. Tunkasila gave us this land. To speak to a people and explain to them what is sacred, how do we do that? How do we explain what is sacred to those who have lost that understanding? They may have long ago had an understanding of what is sacred – how do we help them remember? Many in the general public have demonstrated a short memory span – failing to remember their own family legacies, ceremonies, and their own connections to land and water. How do we explain that which is so profoundly important to Nations, to people and corporations which have commodified the very blood of the earth? Yet we see around the world, people are waking up, to protect the land and water – standing up against corporations and bought out governments. Part of...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Featured

Tibetan Independence Day- February 13, 2014 : Prayer Flags for Tibet, Prayer Flags for the people, for all beings, for the land and water By Sara Jumping Eagle

Tibetan Independence Day- February 13, 2014 : Prayer Flags for Tibet, Prayer Flags for the people, for all beings, for the land and water By Sara Jumping Eagle

As more countries and cultures become contaminated with the military industrialized complex, and come to mimic the United States of America, Great Britain, Canada, and Russia – such as India, Japan, and China, we are seeing more sacred places destroyed. These countries are choosing and will choose to destroy sacred spaces for profit, for compliance, for uniformity and comfort, to annihilate any disruption to the machine of production and demand. Tibet is a thorn in the side of China simply by existing, simply by containing most of the areas’ water and having sacred sites under which may contain minerals that China is intent on mining. China limits any media coming in and out of Tibet, so any information of mining or protests is limited. Mining operations by Chinese firms are disregarding sacred sites, contaminating rivers, and polluting the environment. A mining accident, landslide, near Lhasa, at one of these open pit mining sites, Gyama, in April 2013 resulted in the death of 83, mainly Chinese miners. One of the...

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