Wednesday, August 31, 2016

As more & more tribal nation flags are placed at Standing Rock, I just want to thank our Native brothers & sisters for standing for the next generations. Mitakuye Oyasin. (pic via Steven J Sitting Bear, Standing Rock Sioux Nation)

Yes. Thank you.

Be sure to join us if your near for the annual Artaplooza Art Show in downtown Cedar Falls Iowa.
Juried artists will be showing & selling their creations. 

Good morning. Powwow Time.

Nice work by Gord Hill (Kwagiulth)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thanks brothers and sisters for standing. Aho.

My son David heading off to 6th grade. Watch out! Here I come. 

Pilamaya(thanks) to all who served and are serving. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

As I drove to visit my daughter and grandkids in west central Iowa, I decided to check out just how much of this pipeline was in place up to northwest Iowa. I was surprised to see how much is already been done and that even with the shutdown in North Dakota, crews were still at work in Iowa. One of the many substations I'm sure, near Boone Iowa, housed pipe, rails for crossings, equipment, welding stations and even temporary housing for the 6 week shift of employees running in and out. When I drove by on Saturday August 20th, 2016, welders could be seen welding pipe in the yard, equipment moving and unloading of 100's of pieces of timber cut for crossings, ditches, etc. There were also 50 to 100 personal vehicles parked in the highly posted 'no trespassing' area, which told me these people are out working or here waiting for Monday. As I made my way north & west I saw thousands of acres of crops cut along with any trees that were in the way. From central Iowa west of Ames Iowa to the Northwestern corner of State of Iowa, the whole area has been laid to waste. The Army Corp of engineers in the state of Iowa has okayed permits for over 60 water crossings.  The pics below show the trail of the snake as it makes it's way northwest to South & North Dakota. I stand with my indigenous brothers & sisters in the fact that we must weigh the risk of oil spills to our environment and the devastation it will cause to our water, plants,animals and more importantly the next generations. We have a replacements for oil but not for water. Mitakuye Oyasin

 Dakota Access Pipeline west of Ames Iowa near Boone Iowa. Saturday Aug. 20th

 DAPL near the Boone River, Pilot Mound, Iowa. Getting ready to cross the Boone River.
 The path for the DAPL across Iowa. Thousands of acres of fields have been cut already.

 Near Boone Iowa. Getting ready to undertoe a large rail crossing.
 Planks in place for driving off the road onto the field for construction.

North of Hwy 20 a mile. Near the Sac City, Rockwell City Iowa exits. 

Same area as above. 

 East and South of Fonda and Newell Iowa.
Don't be mistaken. This is still the DAPL but they called it Precision Pipeline. 

 South East of Fonda and Newell Iowa.

 South East of Fonda and Newell Iowa. Looking ahead near the trees on the ridge,they are getting ready for a deep water crossing

 Crews were working here--DAPL--Saturday, August 20th at 1:30 PM. This is the other side of the pic above with a river crossing in between.

This is the same area the next day. No work today, Sunday Aug. 21st. 

Area I photographed from Ames to North of Storm Lake Iowa. 

You can see between Storm Lake, Newell & Fonda Iowa, the many water ways that have to be crossed. The Army Corp of Engineers gave DAPL permission to cross over 60 bodies of water in the State of Iowa alone. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Prayers up for our brothers & sisters standing in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Keep them safe and stand with your prayers. Mitakuye Oyasin.

Yes it is. Ha.

Coffee Time. Have a great day everyone. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Dakota Pipeline was snuck in by approval of the government & the Army Corp of Engineers. This 'extra' pipeline was not made public until they started working on it. The Army Corp of Engineers approved almost 60 water crossings in the state of Iowa alone. This pipeline will be seizing land in several states. We are standing with our indigenous brothers & sisters to stop this. This is not about you or me, it's about protecting the water & land for the next generations. Mitakuye Oyasin.

Thats me. I get the call usually around 3 to 4 am. Okay. I'm up, I'm up. I'm meditating. Ha.

Good morning. Have a great day everyone. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Passing down traditions to our sons. How they grow is up to you. Lead by good example. Woyawas'te. (Photo by Jim Pankey, Soboba Powwow)

Ha. Good one. 

Check these guys out if you are in the Minneapolis area--Tatanka Truck, Traditional Native American Foods. Glad to see them show up this year at our 25th annual Powderhorn Art Fair in Minneapolis. Great food! Nice job kolas.