The Tribal offices and institutions are all closed. Bureau of Indian Affairs is not, of course, because they are Federally run....
Custer was running after those who refused to stay put in the
And if celebrating Custer's defeat makes you uncomfortable... well, here --I contextualized some Scripture we are given to read today on the Feast of John the Baptist --I offer it in humility, because my ears and heart have been changed, and I hope you, too, can hear the voice of a people who suffer with hope in hand:
Isaiah 40:1-11 --contextualized
Comfort, O comfort my people,Or, of course, there is this (From Acts 13):
Speak tenderly to
and cry to
she hasthey have served hertheir term,
hertheir penalty is paid,
she hasthey have received from the LORD'sGrandfather's hand
double for all
A voice cries out:
"In the wilderness prepare the
wayroad of the LORDWankatankan,
make straight in the desert
a highwaya path for our GodWakantankan.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
glory of the LORDmystery of The Great Mystery shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of
the LORDWakantankan has spoken."
A voice says, "Cry out!"
And I said, What shall I cry?
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the
LORDWakantankan blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
wordvoice of our GodWakantankan will standsound forever.
Get you up to a high mountain,
ZionPeople, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
JerusalemPeople, heraldmessenger of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the
cities of JudahSeven Tribes,
"Here is your
Lord GODGreat Mystery, Wakantancan comes with mightstrength,
and his arm
rules for himis strong;
reward isgifts are with him,
recompensegenerosity before him.
He will feed his
flockpeople like a shepherdTatankan (Great Buffalo);
he will gather the
lambschildren in his arms,
and carry them in his
and gently lead the
mother sheepthose who care for the generations to come.
Paul stood up and with a gesture began to speak:See what I mean? Hear it from the other side....
IsraelitesTribes, and others who fear God, listen. The God ofGrandfather this people Israelchose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egyptin the Reservations, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. For about forty yearsmany generations he put up with them in the wilderness. After he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaanthose who oppressed them and stole their land, he gave them their land as an inheritance for about four hundred fifty yearsmany generations.
Oppressors beware. Repent. Turn from your ways. (It is John the Baptists Day --c'mon.)
Or, there is always the blatant language of this (Luke 1 about verse 57):
Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:Hey God, it's margaret. On this day that the People I love and serve remember those who worked to save them in days past, and remember those who are to come and right the wrongs they still suffer, help me to walk with humility, that I may not perpetuate the oppression, but instead be ever aware of and a servant of your reconciling love --guide our feet into the way of peace. Amen.
the Lord God of IsraelWakantancan,
for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a mighty
saviorwarrior for us
house of his servant Davidtribes of Gall, Sitting Bull and the others,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered his
the oath that he swore to our
to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, in holiness and
before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the
prophetvisioner of the Most HighGreat Mystery;
for you will go before
the Lordthe Itancan (the Leader) to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Yesterday, a small girl came up to me and we talked some holy talk --and then I asked, 'Do you know what covenant means?' She shook her head. And I said, 'It means promise.' And her eyes got big --because there we were --at a turn in the road called Promise, between Black Foot and White Horse....
'I live in Promise,' she said. Thrilled.
Yes, yes dear sweet innocent child. Yes. Exactly.