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In loving memory

Robby McMurtry

On Wednesday, 1 August 2012 AD, an Oklahoma family lost a man who was husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son.  On that day, the nationwide community of Native American Indians lost a man who has contributed so much to their heritage and traditions through his books, art work, and teaching. Also on that day, many of us lost someone we considered a dear friend.

For Robby McMurtry, a man of horses

“Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, ‘Aha!’ He catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.”  (Job 39: 19-25, NIV)

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Today, I believe, Robby’s spirit rejoices at the thrones of God and Christ Jesus, and will soon (if not already) find his way to Heavenly pastures where the Creators’ fearless, leaping beauties freely roam.

He was a dear friend whom I will  miss always.


Whose land is it, really?

Above is the U.S. map reflecting simulated reserves and corridor systems to protect biodiversity.  The map is based upon mandates issued by the United Nations, NAFTA, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Wildlands Project.  Can you tell how much land is left over for human residence?

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On 7 September 1783, New York State Senator George Washington wrote a letter to James Duane, Jr., the New York delegate to the Continental Congress.  Duane, who previously served as an Indian Commissioner, was told in that letter Washington’s plans for appropriating Indians’ lands. In conclusion, Washington cautioned Duane,  ““But as we prefer Peace to a state of Warfare, as we consider [Indians] a deluded People; as we persuade ourselves that they are convinced, from experience, of their error in taking up the Hatchet against us, and that their true Interest and safety must now depend upon our friendship … we will … draw a veil over what is past and establish a boundary line between them and us beyond which we will endeavor to restrain our People from Hunting or Settling … the Indians will ever retreat as our Settlements advance upon them and they will be as ready to sell, as we are to buy; That it is the cheapest as well as the least distressing way of dealing with them.”

Twenty years later, Thomas Jefferson was in the White House; William Harrison (the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison, a signatory on the U.S. Constitution) was serving as the Governor of Indiana Territory.  Jefferson wrote to Harrison in February 1803 on the same subject as that contained in George Washington’s letter to James Duane – how to take the Indians’ lands without them (the Indians) realizing what was happening right under their noses.

Jefferson’s February 1803 letter to Indiana Territorial Governor Harrison can be read in its entirety here. Your attention is specifically directed to Jefferson’s desire to keep the “deluded” Indians in the dark.  Harrison was a perfect accomplice in that scheme, managing to take over sixty million acres of the Indians’ lands during his eleven years as Governor.  President Jefferson cautioned Governor Harrison, “For  their [Indians’] interests and their tranquility it is best they should see only the present age of their history.”

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Over the last two centuries, hundreds of millions of acres have been appropriated by the U.S. government.  In various ways, that acreage has been re-distributed to U.S. and foreign entities – both private citizens and business entities.  Some of those lands have been re-designated as national or historical parks, forests, reserves.

Areas such as Montana’s Glacier National Park have been changed – by the UN – to UN biosphere reserves. The UN furthered its control over Glacier National Park when it concurred in the combining of Glacier National Park with Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park.  The UN then re-designated the  two parks as an “international peace park,” renaming them the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.  A number of other areas in the United States and other countries have been designated by the UN as “world heritage sites.” They, too, are now subject to UN policies under UNESCO.

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The international growth of globalization strategists has been exponential.  They have followed the advice set forth by Washington and Jefferson, to keep countries’ indigenous people unaware.  Their strategies have cleverly been expanded in order to keep most citizens unaware.

Two hundred thirty years have gone by since this process of keeping U.S. citizens unaware began; meanwhile, globalization strategists have increased their control within this country. Their success is sometimes seen in treaties, accords, agreements … and, to a large degree, without involvement of the country’s taxpayers and voters.

In those countries whose national legislative bodies have declined to ratify various UN treaties, the countries’ dictators and presidents who support UN policies and ideologies, boldly proceed to enforce them. How? By the manipulation of appropriated funds, and through executive orders,  outflanking all levels of government (federal, state, and local), as well as citizens and voters.

Thousands of entities, organizations, government agencies, politicians, and municipalities around the world have become UN affiliates.  Through those affiliates, the plans for accomplishing the goals of globalization strategists  are bearing stunning success.  People – indigenous and non-indigenous – only become aware  (if ever) after it is too late to reverse or prevent what is already in place.

My heart aches for indigenous people of  the U.S., who are unaware of the path that globalization strategists are following.  The formula which was agreed to almost three decades ago by a multitude of countries (including the U.S.) meeting with the UN in South America, was summarized in what they called an agenda – “Agenda 21.”  In forty chapters, Agenda 21 details goals of international globalization strategists, and their work which actually began to take firm hold as early as 1865.  Since then, thousands of UN affiliates have been put in place as the foundation for accomplishment of Agenda 21.

Given a choice between reading Agenda 21 or attending a football game, most pack their beer & banners and hit the road to the stadium.  But yet, my heart still aches for indigenous people of this country who are laboring against the same ideologies brought to this continent from Europe so long ago. Agenda 21 addresses all levels of life – under, on, and over this planet – with government ruling it all.

For the most part, my indigenous friends are unaware that Agenda 21 solidifies the premise of government-run reservations; this time, however, for most, if not all, ethnic groups. They are called “residential agglomerations.”  China, Russia, and the United States of America are among those well on the way to having their residential agglomerations (aka, star communities) readied.  Agglomeration conferences and plans have been ongoing for decades, both here and abroad.

During a UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I) at Vancouver, Canada in 1976, the Agenda 21 policies were articulated and agreed to by attendees.  Chapter 10 of the agenda, and other resulting agreements, clarified the globalization strategists’ opposition to individual land ownership.  Since that year, each United States President and his Administration, along with members of Congress, have used, or allowed to be used, federal monies for implementation of Agenda 21-related programs. In the states, the procedure is similarly followed as block grants and turn-back monies are received from the federal government, and used in conjunction with states’ monies.

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I plead with my indigenous and non-indigenous friends to research and study what has been done in order to keep us in the dark, unaware of the globalization strategists’ plans, unaware of anything other than just the present age of our history.

One more time – please read Agenda 21.

(Rev. 27june2012)

Lifting my friend up high!

Sandy Tharp-Thee

My life was blessed a few years ago (and every day since) when, at a seminar, I sat down next to a lovely, dark-haired Cherokee woman named Sandy Tharp-Thee.  In the time since that first meeting, a professional and personal relationship has grown between us.

The Native American Indian community has in its midst, in the person of Sandy Tharp-Thee, an individual whose work and accomplishments will be celebrated for decades to come.  It is wonderful that she has now received well deserved recognition from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, & Museums (ATALM).  ATALM has awarded Sandy the 2012 Library Institutional Excellence Award!

Sandy is known by all her associates and friends as an exceptionally humble individual. Her pride is always directed toward the accomplishments of those she works tirelessly to assist, and toward the multitude of tribal and non-tribal people who have supported her work for many years.  Now, however, it is Sandy’s long overdue turn to be recognized for her remarkable accomplishments.

 ATALM’s determinations justifying the Library Institutional Excellence Award to Sandy:  “Library Institutional Excellence, which recognizes an indigenous library that profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to its community, is awarded to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in Perkins, Oklahoma, its library director, Sandy Tharp-Thee, and Iowa Tribe Business Committee, Janice Rowe-Kurak,Chairman. In three short years, the library has evolved from an organization with no budget and no viable programs to a well-funded organization that is considered an “essential service.” The library now sponsors programs such as “Standing Together,” a culturally relevant collection representing all Oklahoma tribes; a dedicated webpage that engages the community in library programs; a weekly Storytime reading program in partnership with the Four Winds Child Development Center; a reading promotion program in partnership with Sonic Corporation; Summer Outreach activities that include working with Oklahoma Department of Libraries to encourage reading, gardening, art and fishing for the eagles, part of the Iowa Tribe eagle rehabilation program, a Writer’s Group, “Writers in the Wind”, that meets monthly to work on projects; Author Visit Programs with noted Native and Non-Native authors; a First Book program and Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Ready to Read and Early Literacy program, that helps children establish personal home libraries; a Starting Points program that pays for testing fees and provides training to help individuals obtain GEDs, literacy, education, career and employment opportunities. Community Outreach program targeted to the special needs of homebound elders; a One Car-One Student program where salavaged cars are recycled to pay for testing fees for GED students; an early literacy program known as “Fun in a Sack” that features kits with books, puzzles videos, and other learning tools; Working with the Iowa Tribe Cultural Preservation and Recreation to create “Living Books” recording history for future Iowa generations. Partnership with the Oklahoma Historical Society to digitize older tribal newspapers. Partnering with Iowa Tribe Bison Program, creating traveling education exhibition for outreach to schools and community. The library works closely with the JOM program assisting with tutoring of children and shares online, education, employment and career resources with five public libraries and one school library. Sandy is a member of American Indian Library Association, ALA, OLA, serves on the Oklahoma Library Tribal Committee and serves on the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition, Board of Directors representing the Iowa Tribe.”

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Learning about buffalo

Reading to toddlers and Victoria Diane

Reading to children visiting Iowa Tribal Library

Reading to toddlers

Sandy's latest project for Four Winds Child Dev. Center at Iowa Nation