IdleNoMore Wisconsin

#IdleNoMore Wisconsin Sovereign Nations! for Mashkiziibii (Medicine Water) PROTECT & SERVE MOTHER EARTH - CLEAN LAND+AIR+WATER = LIFE ... STOP THE MINES ...
MISSION The, "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water." The movement wants to "stop the government from passing more laws and legislation that will further erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all Indigenous people globally." - We are in Solidarity with Canada, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to Idle No More, Protect our Lands and Water.

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#IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN - A Peaceful Movement of Integrity and Honor with a concrete focus to protect our lands, water and the trust and agreement inclusions of sovereignty rights for a quality of life for our future generations. - "It's been said that "The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history" and the current mining bills before the Wisconsin state legislature would perpetuate a long, tragic, and shameful history of U.S. treaty violations with Indigenous Peoples. -- The 7th Generation has begun."

#IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN - Grateful for the support and dedication of the Overpass Light Brigade illuminating #IdleNoMore with beautiful messages bringing the community together as ONE FIRE.

Sisters and Brothers leading Idle No More Wisconsin is:
* Rachel Byington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
* Arvina Marin, Ho Chunk Nation Diana Miller, Menominee Nation
* Sarah LittlerRedfeather, decent of the Anishinaabe, MN Chippewa Band - White Earth
* Sanford LittleEagle, Ho Chunk Nation
* Chuck Davis, Sr.
* We are in FULL Solidarity and active with IdleNoMore Milwaukee.

* One Tribe One Nation One Fire Honoring Chief Theresa Spence, and the women who started the IdleNoMore Movement.

* VAWA Indigenous Women Issues Our congress refuses to sign the VAWA Law that has the protections and rights to prosecute non-natives who abuse our Women on Tribal Lands and more, this is important. Global awareness, to Stop the Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault, lack of support for justice departments from leaders of disappearing indigenous women, and children murdered and / or sold into human trafficking.

* NO MINE IN THE PENOKEE HILLS Bad River is under attack under Mining Special Interests in Legislature, the Treaties that Protects and Preserves our Cultural Environment, Lands and the Water, honor them.

* Stop the ma'iingan (Wolf) Hunt - Wolf Hunt Desecrates Anishinaabe Creation

* Colonialism changing to Cultural Awareness and Pride - Educate and collaborate to end stereotyping, and racism in our communities; creating a support system to create confidence and positive living in our communities.
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CENSORED NEWS: Meet Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe) The “Water Walker” #IdleNoMore

With a copper pail of water in one hand and a staff in the other, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishabaabewe grandmother took on a sacred walk, traversing over 10,900 miles around each of the Great Lakes. She is known as a “water walker.” According to the Michigan Sea Grant, the Great Lakes shoreline is equal to almost 44% of the circumference of the earth. - Read More

Tom Goldtooth of the Dakota people in Minnesota and a spokesperson f the Indigenous Environmental Network opened the meeting by reminding the gathering that the indigenous movement “has never been idle” in its work, a reference to the Idle No More movement. He in turn called upon Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe), an Ojibway woman also known as Grandmother Water Walker who is noted for her work to protect the Great Lakes and other waterways, to offer a prayer.

First speaking in her native language and then in English Mandamin said, “The creator gave us the duty to take care of our mother the earth the way we would take care of our own mother or grandmother.. She called women the “water carriers” and told the climate activists, “We are women are the water carriers, the life carriers. The little droplet of water is what unites us all.” She told the group, “We have come here to speak to the powers-that-be, to the corporations about the climate issues and to ask,What are you going to do about it.’ And I ask you too, ‘What are you going to do?’” Read More


Josephine Mandamin has walked more than 17,000 kilometres to raise consciousness of Great Lakes pollution 

Q: What was the biggest challenge?

A: Our walkers were always having blisters but our feet got used to callouses after a while.

Q: Which Great Lake do you like best?

A:I think Lake Superior was the one we really respected a lot in terms of it’s majestic length and coolness of the water. It was very nice. You couldn’t swim in it because it was so cold. Lake Huron is my home water and I really have a lot of personal attachment to the water there. I’m from Manitoulin Island and Georgian Bay was pristine waters when I was there.

Q: What was your worst experience?

A: Lake Erie was a place where we were called down. On the American side, people were driving by saying ‘Crazy indians’ when we walked through Detroit, it was really scary. When we got back (over the Ambassador Bridge) to Windsor my son said ‘it’s good to be back home.’

Q: You’ve mentioned the pollution. Did anything give you reason for hope?

A:Lake Michigan is a beautiful lake and it flows into Lake Superior and there’s hope that we can still keep our waters pristine if we keep the motor boats and the gas out and get back to canoes. Where there are motorized boats, you can see the oil and gas in the water.

Grandmother attended, and did the Water Ceremony in NYC Sept., 21st 

Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk


September 26, 2014 

by Siraj Hashmi

"Together Brothers and Sisters … idle no more" 


Photo’s from People’s Climate March in NYC Over 400,000 people showed up to for the largest climate march in history!
"You can’t drink oil … no water … no life!" 
"We Are IdleNoMore"
"Water is Life"
"Honor Our Treaties .. Protect Our Rights"
"Stop Abusing our women … Protect Our Mother"
When I stop the .. You say “Fracking ” | “Tar Sands”
When I say Climate … You say, “Justice!”
"Put the Tar Sands Back into the Earth"

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IdleNoMore Wisconsin - Idle No More-Minnesota - Gathering Tribes

Water Ceremony and Welcoming Gifting Ceremony

- A First Nations Grandmother, Josephine Mandamin, Anishinaabekwe from Manitoulin Island, made a sacred walk around each of the Great Lakes over a period of five years, and then traveled from Kingston, Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean along the St. Lawrence River 

Welcoming gathering 

Welcoming gathering 

* Gloria Ushigua “President of the Sápara Women’s Association (or Ashiñwaka)


* Patricia Gualinga is a Kichwa leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon. 

* Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam - "…as long as I’m chief, I’ll fight for the water and lands.

* Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dene Indigenous activist and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Northern Alberta, Canada.
* Pennie Opal Plant - California Coastal IdleNoMore

* Robin LeBeau - “Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

* Fawn Youngbear-Tibbetts 
Spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe in California

* Pau Case of Kohakohau, Waimea Hawaiʻi Island
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#Frack Off - Women Defenders of Mother Earth event
#Indigenous Climate March NYC



Idle No More 
- Shelley (Mi’kmaq - First Nations to Resume Blockade Against Fracking in New Brunswick) 

- Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer - Fighting the Fracking, and Oil in North Dakota along with the violence against women at the “man camps” those oil companies bring along with them

- Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is an emerging filmmaker, writer, and actor. She is both Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from Norway.

- Crystal Lameman (IdleNoMore) feels it is her obligation as a mother to protect her land, water and culture for her children and future generations. Currently, Crystal is the Climate and Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada and is a fellow of the Indigenous Environmental Network 

- Melina Laboucan-Massimo is from Northern Alberta and a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation.

- Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Sliammon First Nation 

- Robin LeBeau “Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a member of the Mnicoujou band, Elk Head Tiospaye, who’s family are the keeper of the sacred canunpa, White Buffalo Woman calf pipe. She has been active in supporting environmental issues at home from early adulthood. Ms. LeBeau took on many causes in her career as a public servant and was honored, by a vote of the people in District5 on Cheyenne River to be elected to take these efforts to her Tribal Council as a representative for that District.” 

Also EONMassoc - Fighting Offensive Mascotry

Erica Violet Lee - IdleNoMore - Speaker at Conference

Nizhawendaamin Indaakiminaan (English Translation: We Love Our Land)

Enbridge Blockade demands Enbridge stop trespassing on Red Lake ceded lands. Enbridge blockade demands Enbridge shutdown oil pipelines and remove them from Red Lake Tribal lands.


"This is where I belong," Bianca Jagger


Beautiful * I R I E N E ! 


#FloodWallStreet #IndigenousRising #PeopleClimateMarch #IdleNoMore Rise up resist! In solidarity Turtle Island wide

#FloodWallStreet #IndigenousRising #PeopleClimateMarch #IdleNoMore Rise up resist! In solidarity Turtle Island wide

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The grassroots organization, Change the Mascot, held a press conference on Capitol Hill to address the new efforts they’re taking to change the nickname of the Washington Redskins. Several Congressional members, civil rights leaders and activists unveiled their new plan to engage Millennials and bring about changing a name that’s been deemed derogatory and offensive to so many people.


"If you know your ceremonies and culture you’ll know where the offense takes place" - Floyd Red Crow Westerman

Interview of Dakota Activist Floyd Red Crow Westerman (2004) on racism in sports and the racist mascot name Washington Redskins. Change The Name! Change the Mascot Name! To many Native American Indians, the term “Redskins” is a racial slur for Native American Indians and the American Genocide. Change The Name:…

Change The Mascot! Why is The Term Redskins Harmful to Native Peoples? 

To many Native American Indians, the term “Redskins” is associated with the barbaric practice of scalping. The record in this case is replete with evidence of bounty proclamations issued by the colonies and companies. These proclamations demonstrate that the term “Redskins” had its origins in the commodification of Indian skins and body parts; these “Redskins” were required as proof of Indian kill in order for bounty hunters to receive payment and these skins of genitalia (to differentiate the skins of women and children from men, in order for bounty payers to pay on a sliding scale for the exact dead Indian) were referred to as scalps (while hair from the head was referred to as top-knots).

"He [Floyd Westerman] was the greatest cultural ambassador that Indian America ever had - a real national treasure." ~Dennis Banks

Honoring Floyd Red Crow Westerman (August 17, 1936 – December 13, 2007). Floyd Red Crow Westerman was an amazing Native American musician, political activist, and actor. After establishing a career as a country music singer, later in his life, he became a leading actor depicting Native American Indians in American films and television. He is sometimes credited simply as Floyd Westerman. He worked as a political activist for American Indian causes.

Westerman (Kanghi Duta) was born on the Lake Traverse Reservation, home of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Dakota Sioux, a federally recognized tribe. It is one of the tribes of the Eastern Dakota subgroup of the Great Sioux Nation, living within the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kanghi Duta means “Red Crow” in Dakota (one of the three Sioux related languages).

At the age of 10, Westerman was sent to the Wahpeton Boarding School, where he first met Dennis Banks (who as an adult became a leader of the American Indian Movement). There Westerman and other boys were forced to cut their traditionally long hair and forbidden to speak their native languages. This experience would profoundly impact Westerman’s later life. 

Before entering the film and television industry, Westerman had established a solid reputation as a country-western music singer. His recordings offer a probing analysis of European influences in Native American communities. In addition to several solo recordings, Westerman collaborated with Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Harry Belafonte, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Westerman was recognized for his political advocacy for Native American causes. At times he participated in the American Indian Movement. In 1973, Westerman joined the AIM occupation of Wounded Knee, at the Pine Ridge reservation, to protest against US government policies in the Black Hills. Westerman was in 1999 as co-chair of the Coalition Against Racism in Sports, campaigning to change the nicknames of American teams such as the Redskins, Indians, and Braves. Westerman died on December 13, 2007, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after an extended illness and complications from leukemia. He was survived by his wife Rosie and five children.

Change The Mascot Name. Change the Name!

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It is depressingly numbing every time another name of a missing and murdered Onkwehon:we woman is spotlighted in the media. But as the number of Murdered a

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Duluth, MN - Laura Gauger, originally a farm girl from Wisconsin, has been saddled with a big bill from a multinational mining corporation. Gauger, now of Duluth, Minnesota, is a citizen plaintiff in a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Rio Tinto of London.

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Keri Pickett presents Winona LaDuke Honor the Earth #Enbridge press conference. Love #Water NOT #OIL #IdleNoMore

Published on Sep 5, 2014

Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of the Native American environmental group Honor the Earth, holds a press conference at the Enbridge office in Bemidji, Minnesota following the ‘Love Water Not Oil Tour”, which was set to raise awareness of the proposed ‘Sandpiper’ pipeline, which would jeopardize the pristine lakes area, which house the mother load of wild rice, a food considered sacred to the Native American people. Spiritual advisor Michael Dahl joins her horse ride to protect mother earth as they ride in a direction flowing against the current of the oil. The press conference ended ten days of partnerships between community groups and lake associations as Winona and the other riders crossed the 200 miles of proposed pipeline. Oil industry expert Shane Davis also joins the tour. His organization, Fractivist, stands in opposition to the Fracking industry in Colorado, which currently has 53,000 active tracking sites. #lovewaternotoil Filmed on August 28th, 2014 by Keri Pickett with GoPro camera by attorney Frank Bibeau.

Cycle to the Sacred

Beyond Boarding’s Summer 2014 project - a 2,000 km bike marathon from Fort Langley to the Sacred Headwaters of BC, of which you can pledge to to generate financial support and awareness for The Klabona Keepers, who are protecting the Sacred Headwaters of British Columbia from harmful mining development.

The Klabona Keepers is an organization of Tahltan elders and families who occupy and use traditional lands near Iskut, British Columbia known as Tl’abāne, the Sacred Headwaters of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena Rivers. They have been working tirelessly for over a decade to protect one of the world’s most vital ecosystems. They have continued their ancestors responsibility in protecting the Sacred Headwaters, a place that we all benefit from. In order to continue this resistance, donations are being accepted and this fundraising campaign is being launched to support those standing on the front lines.


Music Credit - Ora Cogan “You’re Not Free”

Gov. Walker signs a letter to President Barack Obama related to obvious reasons of dirty oil being that “Walker” defined “Enbridge Tar Sands,” and “Frac Sand Mining,” expansion is Wisconsin’s blueprint to prosperity quoting in the letter Walker signed, ” EPA’s proposed rule for reducing carbon emissions, pursuant to Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), fails to strike this necessary balance.” - So oh #FracNo ! No #Tarsands in Wisconsin ! 

Gov. Walker signed the Governor’s Letter to EPA by Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson

All new from THE WAYS — Anishinaabe Sacred ‪#‎Manoomin‬ — enjoy ! 

his story follows Fred Ackley Jr. from the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Mole Lake as he harvests and processes manoomin, or wild rice. The ancestors of his community migrated to Madeleine Island from eastern Canada long ago, then more recently to the Rice Lake area. Their 12 square mile reservation was established during the Treaty of 1854, and the tribe finally received federal recognition and their Mole Lake reservation in 1937. In this excerpt from an interview, Fred explains the importance of ricing:

My name is Fred Ackley. I’m from the Mole Lake Reservation in Wisconsin. The name of my tribe is the Sokaogon Chippewa Band. My Anishinaabe name is Makoonse, which means cub bear. I’m what they call a “ricer” from Mole Lake. Oh, since time memorial, the tribe had been…way back in the 1700s they migrated down in our area and Mole Lake and to get away from Madeline Island to look for more food for our people and more areas. There was a lot of rice on the lakes in our area, so the runners went back to Madeline Island, told the people up there…our band followed the trails down there to Mole Lake area, and that’s where we’ve been for the rice. Myself, the first time I was ricing in my life was in ‘58 with my Uncle Ray. I wasn’t strong enough to really pull around it, in the boat, but I tried anyways, and he taught me how to do stuff. He taught me how to do ricing with sticks, and I did that the first year and got 5 or 10 pounds learning how to do it, but to me that was a lot. I was young, but that’s how I learned growing up, listening to people talk about it in the household everyday and during winter, stories, and why we do things, the rice, you know. For quite awhile I was taught…handed down from my father and mother how to make it up, roast it, dance it, those things like that we had to do.

Our relationship to everything in nature, if you live in nature, you have a feeling for everything out there. The trees, the water, the marsh, lakes, those things all have what they call spirits, to me, all the things on the earth. To use everything you need, you have to look at it as a spiritual harvesting tool. You’re not only taking the plant or something on earth, you’re taking part of the spirit with it and those are important parts to remember when we’re harvesting, that’s how we have things come back to us all the time by respecting it, and respecting the spirits behind it, not so much is worshipping the spirit you know, but being side by side with the trees, or the plants, or the animals their spirits, and we’re all worshipping the great spirit. They give us all life here, so we respect the other plants, or the fish, or the deer, rice, in a spiritual way, because we believe also what you consume they’re giving their spirit too in our bodies to help us along, because there’s a real strong spiritual tie between everything on the land and the people here. When they (human beings) have a tendency of separating themselves from the earth, they think we’re separate, but we’re really part of the earth. You can just walk on it. You have that luxury. When our time comes to leave this earth, we go back, our spirits go on, and our body goes back to the earth. So you’re never apart from mother earth. That’s how I feel about it. Everything on earth, you’re equal to, and we’re all under the power of the spirit, the Great Spirit.

One thing about the resources I had to learn was, only take enough of what you need for your own need, your own use. If you take anymore, if you’re lucky and get more than what you need, you’re suppose to give that to other people. Share throughout the year. That way, you respect everything and always the thought of only take what you need. When you do that, then you’re respecting everything on earth. Your life is a lot better that way, I believe, by doing that.

There were songs that they sang for dancing [rice], giving thanks to the creator, pow wow, our dances. How could I translate it? They’re hymns. Say somebody is out there fanning their rice, waving it in the wind, cleaning it out. They sing their little song. You bring in the wind; you bring in the motions of everything, the heat, sun, all that, you sing about that. When you dance it, you’re asking the plant to give up its fruit, so you dance on it gentle. Good dancers, traditional Indian dancers, they don’t stomp their feet on the ground. They’re real light when they dance. Just like we dance rice, because we don’t want to break the kernels. You got to get the husk off without breaking the kernels, so you got to dance real light. You got to be related, thinking in your mind and your body and that’s when we sing that song. Those things, when you think about it, you’re asking that plant for help all the way through and that’s what those songs are. They’re hymns to the plant and to the great spirit to know that we’re giving thanks for everything, the nourishment and everything they’re doing for us and that’s why we’re asking that plant or the animal, whatever you take, to give up their life, and we respect that.

Me, I learned from my grandmother. I wish I would have learned and listened more when I was younger, but the basic things I know are there, they’re still there. I can still go out in the field, or out in the woods with my tobacco asking in the right way what I want to do with it, I’ll get my reward. If I don’t do that then I’m just…I’m lost as a human being. I’m what you call a spiritless person on earth just going day by day and I’m lost, and I’m weak health wise every generation, and before you know it, you’re eliminated, so if you don’t have this diet, you know…I think that’s what the people tried with this…to the fellow Indian people. “Oh, you can’t do this no more and you can’t hunt deer no more and you can’t hunt the buffalo no more. You can’t go get this no more or fish you can’t go netting you can’t go this and that.” They knew by taking that food from us that was killing us, and now we’ve got it back, where our people can go back out there.