Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Haskell, KU students walking to underscore environmental, Native American spiritual issues of trafficway

May 16, 2012


A group of Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University students had made it to Brunswick, Mo., on Wednesday evening in their effort to walk from Lawrence to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the environmental controversy surrounding the South Lawrence Trafficway.

Thirteen students and a dog left Lawrence on Sunday as part of an event billed as the Trail of Broken Promises. Organizer Millicent Pepion, a Haskell senior, said the walk is designed to raise awareness of the environmental and Native American spiritual issues surrounding the proposed route of the South Lawrence Trafficway, which is slated to run through the Baker Wetlands near the Haskell campus.

Pepion said walkers also are raising awareness of other Native American sites across the country that are endangered. The group plans to deliver draft legislation to lawmakers aimed at providing greater protection to Native American sites.

The route for the SLT project has been challenged in federal court by environmental and Native American groups. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in January, and a decision in the case is expected at any time.

Group members plan to arrive in Washington, D.C., on July 9.


blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

Maybe the bulldozers can start moving before they make it to DC.

blondejuan 6 years, 1 month ago

It was drained until Baker University, brought it back to life. Not Haskell or anyone associated with Haskell. Weird! After decades of neglect Haskell now thinks special.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

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Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

nice to hear ignorant white lies and deception pass for truth in your culture? yeah.......did cotton mather, a pilgrim religious leader thank god when colonists drove 600 to 700 Pequot people into a swamp near Mystic, Connecticut and lit the swamp on fire killing 600 Pequot people and then sold the rest of the Pequot people into slavery in Bermuda where their ancestors reunited with Pequot people in 2000 after 350 or so years as the descendants of slaves? yeah....I wonder what the Pequot Simonds descendant selling Wampum and Abalone shell jewelry at the Haskell pow-wow this weekend would think of your public ignorance......dumb is the rage.... who cares what educated people or the rest of the world thinks of you.... be american.....when did history ever matter to dumb people anyway?

notorious_agenda 6 years, 1 month ago

Are you a champion of your people? The things you say make it sound as if you are a liability to them! Are you a champion for all people? What are you worth if you don't even try to be close to your best?

IdahoWinds 6 years, 1 month ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

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Liberty275 6 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully they have a route laid out so they don't end up walking on roads with dangerous shoulders. I support building the SLT, but it would be a tragedy if someone against it was injured while protesting.

I hope they all make it back to see the groundbreaking.

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

Idaho.....on the wrong side of play the most naive uninformed view of me to support the mess you ally with. I've seen injustice as a child in MS and LA seeing the Klan in Moss Point, MS on Easter Weekend going back to Moss Bluff, LA, in the late 1970's. I've been to Wounded Knee... i've been to Greenwood in Tulsa, I've been to so many points of american infamy that people like you avoid by arguement baiting and reveling in stupidity. You are on the side of the original corrupt Kansas politicians like Charles Robinson, Isaac Stevens, Samuel Pomeroy, and C.C. Hutchinson. Gotta love those thieving religious figures in kansas. If it wasn't for being pimped by the us government to do their dirty work what historical use would there be for the protestant faiths in kansas who laundered and stole land from tribes in kansas. at least a United Methodist district in Colorado owns what John Chivington did to the Cheyenne and Arapaho people at Sand Creek and helped pay for a museum about that atrocity. you all are just heartless historically ignorant profiteers. sleep well....

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

Well, of course, your (very selective) snapshot in time is the only important piece of information to consider.

Danielle Brunin 6 years, 1 month ago

That's because they were drained in the 1860s-1870s for agricultural development. I'm assuming that you aren't that old?

hipper_than_hip 6 years, 1 month ago

I've been to Wounded Knee too...and seen for myself the burned out church (burned by AIM in '73) and the obscene graffiti spray painted on it's walls. What's up with that?

streetman 6 years, 1 month ago

Simple solution: Put a small shack on the parking lot and put a video poker game in it. The spirits will approve -- they always do for a casino -- and the Haskell folks will be happy to have the traffic from the nearby SLT. Win-win!!

bobandmywife 6 years, 1 month ago

Are the Haskell and KU students getting class credit for this? More tax dollars down the drain.

IdahoWinds 6 years, 1 month ago

Tuschie, You are a broken record. Just because I disagree with your opinion does not make me, or others that disagree with you, ignorant or insensitive. You are ignorant and insensitive to the plight of ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there. To me they are more important than all of the problems that any people, American Indian or others, proclaim to have suffered through. The difference is that people have choice and can change their "destiny". Plants and animals are pretty well stuck with what people do to them. I could be wrong but your vicious, vindictive attitude will probably never change anyone's opinion any more than I will ever change yours. Good luck with your inner hatred, pal.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

"Plants and animals are pretty well stuck with what people do to them."

Like the ten lanes of pavement you're such a cheerleader for?

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago are a broken record of ignorance. you're insensitive to the ecosystems you and the baker manipulator intend to disrupt as part of the bending over process that comes with accepting $8.5 million in bribe money for land you basically stole with the help of white BIA officials who sold Indian lands without Indian approval which is why this is the mess it is. I laugh as you call me vindictive without any realization that your flippant historically ignorant comments require a rebuttal. Stop and realize what you say is offensive and stop acting like you don't deserve the tongue lashing you get. This is also a common problem with conservatives. They are oblivious to the offensive nature of their comments and act as if the people they've baited with their insensitivity are the aggressors. How Bill O' Reilly of parent....a Baker alumnus and retired minister... spoke against your selling out to KDOT and others in the Baker Orange a couple of years ago. Ever heard the words social justice? I'm afraid the only words you've heard are cha-ching....just like the Baker Orange article where Mr. Boyd championed selling out and stated that native sacrednous had to do with beer cans in the same article. Not very becoming for a scout leader you'd think.....

IdahoWinds 6 years, 1 month ago

"your flippant historically ignorant comments" And what you seem to forget is that all history is contextual. Even if the events are filmed and/or audio recorded the "facts" will be different to each individual reliving them based on their own personal biases and backgrounds. You claim to have visited many places and apparently believe that in so doing you have relived the events. You claim to be the one true interpreter of past events. I do not pretend to have walked a mile in your mocassins whereas you apparently claim to have walked several miles in every one elses! History is a personal perspective. I disagree with you about what has transpired in the past on the Baker Wetlands. You only have myth to prove otherwise.

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

cha-ching......fake wetlands brought to us by acquiesers to the highesy bidder... more dead animals on the road brought to us by the sellouts......cha-ching... money and ethics don't mix.....cha-ching....hear that sellout money spent...... tearing down churches and paving sacred areas....does the first amendment matter more for white people.....yeah....if money is involved......

IdahoWinds 6 years, 1 month ago

This is what I know from reading your posts.... this issue is not really about money (cha-ching all you want) this issue is not about building a road this issue is not about the environment(protecting or destroying it) this issue is not about educating people about the benefits of wetlands this issue is not about historical facts

this issue is about your opinion that American Indians have been abused (physically, emotionally, and financially) by white man in the past and that is all that matters with the emphasis on "your opinion".

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

firstly in typical conservative denial......this is about money and the transfer of Indian land without Indian consent by white BIA politicians to white opportunists aka parasites. Tribal peoples have known about parasites since the first treaty officials showed up with missionaries two centuries ago. All protestant denominations in Kansas parasited off tribes for lands. The United Methodists were involved in grabbing Shawnee,Wyandotte, and Kaw lands in Kansas. This is why the late Baker historian Brenda Day had a reconciliation ceremony with Oklahoma Shawnees and Kansas Wyandotte people on the Baker campus about seven years ago where they planted a tree and you criminals still act like criminals. I know because I was there. This is about the environment. This is about religious rights of Indigenous peoples. This is about wetlands and it is about history. It's just not about the lying manipulating appropriating history that unapologetic denialists like you revel in. Fact.....the wetlands were purchased with congressionally assigned Indian account monies from the US Treasury in the late 19th and early 20th century. Fact.....White BIA officials transferred the lands around the congressional decree in US title 25, Chapter 7, Section 293 a to avoid the land transfer limitations that wouldn't allow a parasitic entity like Baker to take the land in one fail swoop which was what was done. Fact.....the US Government outlawed Indian languages and religion in 1886 and Native religious leaders were imprisoned to benefit the expansion of parasitic christianity which fed on the lands and beliefs of indigenous peoples. The effects of this policy weren't diminished until the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 and the Sacred Sites Executive Order #13007 signed by President Clinton in 1992 which finally allowed a legally built medicine prayer wheel on US Government lands. White people don't like facts that erode their historical nonsense. Shukha anumpa haklo li when you speak. You must be one of those conservatives who doesn't like facts from books and testimony that don't match up with their nonsense. Facts are above... head in the sand I guess....

IdahoWinds 6 years, 1 month ago

Your comments are well noted...but again you have taken some facts and through your own biases have interpreted them in such a way that they conform to your conspiracy theory. Yes, bad things happened to the indigenous people of what is now the United States but that is not what the world revolves around. You need to open up your eyes to the present. Oozing hatred about 9/10th of your own personal history will not change anything nor will it endear others to listen to your constant diatribe of why everyone but you is ignorant. Bottom line, KDOT will complete K-10 on the 32nd St alignment and life will go on. The choice at this point is whether you choose to dwell on the negatives of the world or would actually like to consider a positive outcome to HINU from this project.

pace 6 years ago

Good for these kids. I applaud they are putting muscle to their ethics.

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