WBM TIMES Summer 2013 Editorial

Suzanne Lewis, Editor

The South on the great Wheel of Life or the summer season is calling for an upgraded language in the worlds of relationships; Relations with one’s self, one’s community, one’s relations and the whole Earth family. . Many cultures refer to the Earth as the Rose and all her flowers and green things, her essence.

South direction is the home of the Healer who advocates for the family, love and sustainable communication. The rabbit, mouse, snake, deer, dog and horse are often representative animals for the South direction as they don’t see far but feel greatly through heightened senses connected with the Earth (they hear, smell, are touched). In truth, the South is all about the Sweet Mother Earth and being in good relations with all her family of life, light and green/nature. When one’s authentic nature ie., one’s magical child, has sustained injury, the broken nature becomes the wheepy, whiny, something’s always wrong being. The constant vigilance required to feel safe, to feel sound healthy, to feel loved, to feel connected, to feel heard; is wired into one’s “body-mind” or through our senses which equate to one’s instinctive memory or kinesthetic body.

As a seasoned healer who has just repaired from yet another cataclysmic health challenge to my bones, my brain, my breath; I model that the finest healers have “first hand” life chapters of harm, dis-ease, pain and heartbreak. That’s what gives them authenticity and availability to meet each client and their grave injuries and harm with heartfelt compassion and respect. We healer’s greatest gift is to become one with whomever seeks counsel, capable of being a mirror for mending possibilities through seasons of change.

Our innate gift of aligning with the grandest form of love and allegiance to eternal grace or the “Great Mother of All”; we are menders, we are healers. Then we humbly offer up clear reflection, the mirror of possibilities of “There go I but by the Grace of God”.

That which doesn’t end our physical life, makes us even stronger or rather super resilient.

I’ve been paying keen attention to the ongoing plight of the Lakota Sioux Indigenous peoples treatment by we the U.S. of America governing powers. Good grief, it feels like we’re in the eye of “judgment day” …Moral respect for all our family, red, brown, white, yellow or black. The “freedom” white peoples declare as the foundation of democracy isn’t granted the Indigenous Peoples on reservations.
They are not seen as part of the accepted American Culture!
Go to (Lakota Child Rescue Project
One afternoon in 2008, Janice Howe—a Dakota Indian—waited at the bus stop for her grandchildren to come home from school. They never arrived.
Earlier that day, a social worker had taken Janice’s grandchildren. They were driven to a white foster facility hundreds of miles away. The reason stated in the case file: a “rumor” that Janice’s daughter, Erin Yellow Robe, had been using drugs. She hadn’t. To this day, Janice’s daughter hasn’t been charged or arrested for drugs—or anything else.
For the next year and a half, Janice fought to get her grandchildren back. She called the state’s director of social services. She wrote letters to the governor. Finally, she convinced her tribal council to threaten the state with kidnapping. A few weeks later, her grandchildren were returned…on a “trial basis.”

Since 2005 the Lakota People’s Law Project has been working with hundreds of families who share Janice’s story. But they haven’t all been so lucky. Over the past decade, the state of South Dakota has removed more than 5,000 Native American children from their homes.
Sadly, this problem is not new. For more than 100 years Lakota children have been taken from their families. It began in the 1880s under a U.S. Government policy of forced assimilation: children as young as 5 years old were removed from their homes, shipped to boarding schools, and instructed in the ways of white culture. Today, a generation of children is once again losing its connection to its culture. This time it’s through state-run foster care.
There is some good news in all of this—we can do something about it! The Lakota People’s Law Project is waging a comprehensive campaign to win the return of more than 2,200 Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota children illegally taken from their families. The effort combines three major initiatives:
• The Lakota Children Legal Action Fund supports our research, investigative, and legal work. Currently, we are compiling court-admissible evidence and preparing a federal civil lawsuit on behalf of tribes and families whose rights have been violated.
• The ICWA Amendment Initiative is a grassroots organizing and lobbying effort to fix the flaws in the Indian Child Welfare Act which hinder Native American families from enforcing their rights.
• Through “Grandmothers Su Ta Najin Pe (Standing Strong),” organizer and tribal liaison Madonna Thunder Hawk has spent the last several years traveling to every corner of South Dakota, educating her fellow grandmothers of their rights and organizing them to put pressure on state officials.

We encourage you to learn more about each of these initiatives. If you feel moved, please sign our petition to the BIA demanding that they hold a summit on Indian Child Welfare. You can also sign up up to receive our newsletter and email action alerts.
ICWA Amendment Initiative

The foundation link in the Great Circle of Life, Light and Nature; is that we are only as strong as our “weakest” link. If we are awake, conscious, compassionate and become aware of weakness and DO NOTHING . . .WE ALL GO DOWN.

Summer 2013, the season of right relations is crying out for allegiance, cooperation, equality for all.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Lewis, editor and manager Wholisticbodymind.com since 2000. Suzanne is a Planetary Peacekeeper, an Agent for Conscious Evolution, a Spiritual Healer, a Mother, a multi - faceted artist (beads, gems to trade beads; guords star seed art; published author and Lover of Life for the sake of All our Relations.
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