8/17/06

We All Need to Go To Counseling Together, Nat'l Book Critics Circle Blog, Grandsons and a Morning Glory

Jacqueline Keeler wrote and reminded me of how much we've been internally colonized. She points to the impeachment of President Cecilia Fire Thunder up North for" for speaking out against an abortion ban passed by the State of South Dakota. The Oglala tribal council cited Lakota Tradition as the reason to abrogate a woman's right to choose on the reservation. Women on the reservation now have less rights than most women in the United States. The mostly male council passed an anti-abortion law, making it illegal to even pursue an abortion. If a woman seeks an abortion on the reservation she and whoever helps here will be banished. What happens to the men that cause the pregnancy?"

Jacqueline Keeler
Dineh/Yankton Nakota

She wrote about this issue on her blog, called "Fire Thunder Impeachment and the Rights of Women":
Keeler's Blog

Check out this blog. Thanks Jacqueline.

I'm reminded what my ex-band member and Indian attorney said when he was a judge at a neighboring pueblo after a day of one tragedy of human behavior after the other. He finally lost it in court and demanded that the whole tribe be brought in for counseling!

The whole country needs grief counseling and anger management.

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I'm featured today on the blog of the National Book Critics Circle site, courtesy of board member Jane Ciab. I was asked which books I am currently reading.

Harjo's What I am Reading

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I've been doing "picture of the day". It makes a good exercise for paying attention to what's around you. Here are a couple:



My grandsons go back-to-school at Zia Elementary. They are smiling in other photos, but overall this one came out best.

And finally, this morning glory giving back light.



Mvto.

3 comments:

WHITEHORSE said...

THANK YOU FOR THESE REMINDERS OF WHO AND WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE.
IT IS FOR THEIR FUTURE, MORE THAN OUR OWN, THAT WE MUST CONTINUE TO RESIST THE NEOFASCIST MOVEMENTS (USUALLY IN THE NAME OF ONE RELIGION OR ANOTHER) WHICH ARE GRIPPING THE WORLD.
AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE TRY TO MAINTAIN OUR OWN SENSE OF JOY, WHICH FILLS OUR HEARTS WHENEVER WE SEE SUCH WONDERFUL INNOCENT CHILDREN AND BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS. MVTO.

WHITEHORSE

Sharanya Manivannan said...

Your grandsons are adorable! :)

I've been reading your blog for some time now and am glad you've decided to allow comments. It's an honour to be able to communicate directly with someone like you, whose work I admire deeply. More power to you.

BlueHorseFlying said...

Joy,
Thank you for sharing your 'reminders'...from your daily life, thoughts, feelings...drafts of new writings..I learn from these!...
The children...if we don't set good examples, help them in any way we can possible to be able to 'see'...than the present as it is and the past will continue again and again...and this too shall pass...as nothing remains forever in it's present form...not even Earth..Sun...the Universe as we little as we know of it...and sometimes in 'those' moments..
kmowing' everything...to be veiled again in self absorbtion..and pointing fingers...when Creator gave us everything...each and everyone...human and non-human....
Your photos reminded me of the work we must continue...Aren't our Children and Creation enough of a shove to move and act? Are we..in general..in such shell shock..stupified..confused...brainwashed..injured and trying to find cures from tv, ads, mags....other distractons that enslaves.... are salves..that temporarily may bring some relief...and then to poison worse..ourselves, our children, this world....
Pure smiles and laughter..and beauty..is good medicine....and honest tears....And the beauty that brings water to the eyes...light to the heart...Thanks, Joy
And it's good to be able to reply...when you ask questions, when your thoughts lighten my own..and deepen them....