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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Friday, June 7, 2013

Member of Native American community warns of possible Thruway demonstration


Eileen Buckley WBFO News
"This isn't just a function of annoying the Seneca leadership.  The Seneca people are very angered by this," said John Kane, host of Let's Talk Native. 
As a Native American, Kane has close connections with those in the Seneca Nation Community. 

John Kane, host of Let's Talk Native
Kane said New York State has been stacking up too many issues against Native Americas, from gaming issues to lawsuits against native brands, taxes and seizures. 
"There is talk of a Thruway event because if the governor is going to try to interfere with their national commerce, in terms of gaming, and their private sector commerce, in terms of tobacco...you're going to see reaction and there is a lot of talk of a Thruway event," said Kane.
WBFO News asked Kane when this demonstration could occur and what members of the Senecas are planning.
"What I'm hearing is there is a plan to close the Thruway from a demonstration standpoint.  I don't think anybody is talking tire fires or bulldozing the Thruway.  But I think there is talk about doing an event that is going to spill out on the Thruway and clearly grab the attention of the media and grab the attention of Governor Cuomo," said Kane.
In 1997, the Senecas demonstrated against the states sales tax on native lands shutting down a section of the Thruway. Protestors lit fires and got into scuffles with state police. 
Kane said Cuomo continues to threaten the Seneca's for failure to provide casino revenue payments. But Kane noted that this issue remains in arbitration.  Kane claims the governor is failing to follow a gag order recommended by the arbitration hearing officer.

Hear the audio at: http://news.wbfo.org/post/member-native-american-community-warns-possible-thruway-demonstration

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