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Not In Our Name
- a call to conscience
Grizzly bears are going to be trophy hunted in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) by September of this year as part of Trump's regressive assault on America, and his sustained attack on tribal people and the environment.
The “Not in Our Name” series of short info-bulletins is a counterweight with people from many diverse cultures and backgrounds come together to stand by this sacred being and tell the State of Wyoming and the Federal government “Not In Our Name!”.
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Chief Arvol Looking Horse
“We have to honor and respect Mato Oyate, the Grizzly Bear Nation, and secure a place in this world for them because the grizzly bears have an important place in our ceremonies,” says Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19thGeneration Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Pipe. “We see this relationship with the grizzly bear and all living beings of the earth as being part of a healing process. We talk about harmony, balance, understanding and the sacred relationship between all things, while others talk about trophy hunting,” he continues.
“The mindset that led to the massacre our ancestors at places like Wounded Knee also resulted in the slaughter of the buffalo, the grizzlies and the wolves – and today that mindset is still there, that ‘disease of the mind,’” warns Chief Looking Horse, who is among the plaintiffs in Crow Tribe, et al v. Zinke, the lawsuit which could decide the fate of the grizzly in Yellowstone, that is being heard by Judge Dana L. Christensen, Chief US District Court Judge for Montana on August 30.
“Having respect for grizzly isn't all about being Native, it has more to do with being a human being. You don’t have to be an Indian to be part of this. I grew up in grizzly country and so my experiences with bears are extremely personal, and hunting them is absolutely crazy. Why would you hunt a grizzly bear?”
Zahn asks everybody to honor the historic grizzly treaty signed by over 200 tribes, and to reintroduce the sacred grizzly bear to tribal homelands, not to trophy hunting.
200 tribal nations recently signed a treaty of solidarity to oppose the Trump Administration’s rampage and outrages (get more information here at www.piikaninationtreaty.com )
PLEASE VISIT: www.NotInOurName-Tribes.org and share the video as widely as you can - sacred grizzly bears are depending on us.
This ad appeared in the Billings Gazette recently explaining how Secretary Zinke perjured himself before Congress, saying he would consult with tribes as is federally mandated, then within two hours announced delisting of sacred grizzly bears, without consultation.
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Click on any document below to see the tribal submissions made to the State of Wyoming, Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department opposing Wyoming's proposed grizzly trophy in Greater Yellowstone, scheduled to begin September 1.
The lands this hunt will be prosecuted on is comprised of tribal ancestral and treaty territory, defined by myriad sacred and historic sites to over thirty sovereign tribal nations.
7. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council letter to Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the fourth ranking GOP senator, raising concerns about Wyoming’s trophy hunt and drawing attention to the tribal alternative.
The most iconic being in Yellowstone is about to be killed, gutted, and skinned for a rug or trophy mount in the most iconic landscape in America. Both the being, the grizzly, and the land the grizzly imbues are sacred to tribal nations. These killing fields are a matrix of ancient tribal sacred and ceremonial sites.
Visit www.piikaninationtreaty.com to learn about the most-signed treaty in tribal history, that provides the alternative to trophy hunting and "gun sight grizzly management," and promises "cultural, economic and environmental revitalization" for tribal nations.
Chief Councilor Brandon Sazue, a three-term chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, delivers comments on Capitol Hill in support of the “Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act” that offer an insight into “the dark underbelly to what is accepted as ‘wildlife management’ today."
Deputy-Chief Councilor Ben Nuvamsa, former chairman of the Hopi Tribe, summarizes how delisting and trophy hunting the grizzly bear impacts tribal nations.
. . . we are the people of the land. Wherever we are upon our Mother Earth, we feel the pain from the desecration of the sacred. We feel the multigenerational trauma from the continuation of colonial doctrines, the continuing violations of what rights, laws, and protections exist for us in this dominant society that marginalizes us in neocolonial bondage. Show me a man who wants to trophy kill the Great Bear, and I will show you a man with no soul. When you look at this issue, the treatment of Indigenous people since contact stares back at you.”
Deputy-Chief Councilor Dennis Simmons -
(Kgiabar of the Nyoongar Boodjara, Western Australia).
"This issue matters to all Indigenous people . . .