Believe What You Like But Know What You Must

People are free to be consumed with contemplating their existence, their origins, the origins of the universe, supreme beings, controllers of destiny or anything else. But solving "the Great Mystery" is neither a requirement of being Ohnkwe Ohnwe nor does it provide a path to righteousness. I maintain that spirituality does not require faith or the leaps that faith requires but rather awareness. If it helps to believe that "God has a plan" and we just must have faith that "He" knows what "He" is doing, then walk that path. My interest is in taking the mystery out of life by pointing to the obvious that is ignored everyday in the midst of fanatical ideology and the sometimes not too subtle influences of promoting beliefs over knowledge. I have said it before: “beliefs are what you are told, knowledge is what you experience”. I support a culture that prepares us to receive knowledge and to live a life with purpose. I am certainly not suggesting there is only one way to do that.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Seneca People Warning of the Possible Trade Off on Trade

The message is clear: "Mess with our commerce and we'll mess with yours". With the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) and major rail and power lines crossing their land; the Senecas certainly have targets if not leverage for their grievances. "No mail; no rail" is the quiet buzz running through the Seneca Territory of Cattaraugus. This sign appears on either side of a railroad overpass that runs through Seneca land.
It is in reference to a bill before the U.S. Congress that targets Native tobacco retailers that use the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for delivery of product purchased on Native land. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act makes wild claims of tens of thousands of cigarettes mailed to children, billions in lost state tax revenue, and terrorist funding through Native retailers. No hard data supports these claims but they successfully strike at the hearts of the broad American public with kids, the economy and of course TERROR.
The facts are that over a thousand Western New York Jobs will be lost (most of them non-native). Products manufactured right here will have their markets eliminated, ultimately causing the loss of more manufacturing jobs. The morons representing New York will cause the loss of millions of dollars worth of revenue to their state for this legislation. The USPS will also lose millions of dollars worth of business from deliveries, payment and solicitations, while being burdened with the cost of enforcement of the Act.
Politically and socially what does it mean? Well, the country that spans the globe spewing the virtues of the free market, democracy and private sector development (especially those precious small businesses) crushes every small Native business in the Western New York market, wiping out the private sector on at least four Native communities. This is done all the while the carrot of a casino in the Catskills is dangled out there to the highest bidder or bidders. The state and federal legislators solution to the "Indian" problem is to empower tribal government and cast Native communities into the worst kind of socialism; where the only jobs are working for the tribe and the tribe answers to the state and feds through gaming compacts, tax compacts and trade compacts. The private sector is regulated out of existence or criminalized to encourage tougher regulations and stronger enforcement.
The question most should be asking is whether this is the swing of a pendulum or a rez car rolling down its last hill.


Anonymous said...

The US /Canada gvts long ago set the odds against Original indigenous people.
The Doctrine of Discovery enabled justice John Marshal to weave it into American laws [in Cherokee Nation VS Georgia-he used the Cherokee as an example]--to-dictate indigenous nations as Domestic dependant nations with only the right of usage of [thier] lands, and subjected indigenous people to US laws and authority ITS LIKE A SCENE OUTA - THE MOVIE-DEVILS ADVOCATE-, with Al Pachino, -"Indian Sovereignty is -"Look!-but dont touch,- Touch!-but dont taste, taste! but dont swallow"! and all the time [the Indian] is hoppin from one foot to the other trying to figure it all out, the US is laughin its fat ass off!. And band council members- count thier money.
That it was/ is/ and has recently [see world court decisions 1990s], illegal doesnt change what they, Canada and the U.S., believe or what they are doing.
Complicating the matter are numerous "Indian supporters and cheerleaders" of the illegal foreign governments over indigenous people. Call them band councils, Apples, Uncle Tomahawks, sell outs, traitors, what ever. The fact remains that [they] are as much of a problem as the foreign governments [they serve]..

Uwas’ Neyahdu’hi’ k’dodi ni’i’

Only may there be peace within your presence.

Anonymous said...

Tobacco Regulation Bill

H.R.1256- The Family Smoking Prevention And Tobacco Control Act.

This Bill was passed by the Senate on 6/11/2009

President Obama is expected to sign the Bill

Anonymous said...

In order to stop "this state" the FEDERAL Enclave AKA as the UNITED STATES a corporation from levying any form of TAX or Contract upon the Seneca or other Indian Nation. Your Legal Reality is to sign NO agreement with them either The UNITED STATES corporation or THE STATE OF NEW YORK corporation. If this is unclear to you contact Harmon L. Taylor JD at

The fact is not that you are a separate Nation from them but rather you have no commercial agreement with them. As long as you keep it that way you will have NO obligation to them.