indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Delvin Cree: North Dakota event supports Idle No More movement

Filed Under: Canada | National
More on: delvin cree, idle no more, north dakota, theresa spence
     

Loren Red Star from the Ocean Man Reserve listened as his brother Cecil took the lead in a traditional song during an "Idle No More" event at the International Peace Gardens north of Dunseith, North Dakota. The Saskatchewan Native's brother -- along with tribal members from several states and reservations from the U.S. -- pounded and sang several songs in a circle as a "round dance" was being performed at the same time.

The event took place on a cold wintery day but that didn't prevent attendees from showing support for a Native leader from Canada. Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is on a hunger strike until Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with her. Meanwhile, the "Idle No More" movement is spreading across the globe.

The movement has been tackling a particular issue -- Bill C-45. Native advocates claim the bill threatens their treaty rights and many say it would make way for oil companies, nuclear and gas industries to tear up lands already reserved. The movement was started by four women who wanted to find ways to protect the earth, water and the people.

The event that took place on Saturday at North Dakota's northern border crossing came after the coordination of two women who are members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Denise Lajimodiere and Carol Davis created a social media page on Facebook and "Turtle Mt. Peace Garden Round Dance" quickly got responses from a number of tribal communities.

Richard "Braids" Lafrombois, a Turtle Mountain tribal member and spiritual adviser, lead a 300-yard march to the location where the round dance was to be performed. Lafrombois held a eagle staff while others held tribal flags and posters. As the group marched, a half dozen traditional singers sang with hand drums.

The march didn't last long and as the group moved forward it was evident the cold blistery wind stung the faces and ears of many. The group moved past an idling highway patrol car and several parked U.S Custom vehicles parked near border security buildings. At their destination, the group was met by a few other tribal members who joined in the singing and drumming.

Event co-organizer Lajimodere discussed some of the issues being addressed by the movement. She stated: "Everyone support our Canadian relatives."

Carol Davis, another co-organizer, offered tobacco and a prayer to the group. Soon after, participants created a circle and performed a round dance as several traditional songs echoed throughout border crossing area.

The event was peaceful. Traffic was at a minimum. Border staff were nice, supportive and they waved while the group took the 300-yard march back to the starting point of the event. One staff member said: "Thanks! Drive safe now!"

Prime Minister Harper announced last week he would meet with First Nations leaders on Friday, January 11. Chief Spence, who has been pushing for a meeting since last summer, said she will continue her hunger strike until the meeting takes place.

Delvin Cree is a freelance journalist and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. He is a commentator/contributor to indianz.com and Indian Country Today Media Network. Both national news sources for Indian Country.


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred lands (5/3)
Native Sun News: Navajo Nation chapter sues tribe over water deal (5/3)
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault (5/3)
James Giago Davies: Propaganda machine protects racist mascot (5/3)
Cronkite News: Sports teams turn to tribes for naming rights deals (5/3)
Steven Newcomb: Tricking the original nations into reconciliation (5/3)
Rosebud man selected as leader of South Dakota State University (5/3)
Klamath Tribes report results of election for leadership positions (5/3)
Leaders of Louisiana tribes in conflict over $48M relocation grant (5/3)
Choctaw Nation ordered to pay $11M for casino bus crash deaths (5/3)
Arizona reports 5.1 percent decline in casino revenue from tribes (5/3)
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe casino up for discussion at city meeting (5/3)
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hoping to keep gaming lawsuit going (5/3)
Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland (5/2)
Native Sun News: Family confronts man linked to woman's death (5/2)
Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred site (5/2)
Clara Caufield: Living in a state of emergency on my reservation (5/2)
Mark Trahant: Native newspapers and presidential endorsements (5/2)
Mark Charles: Politicians haven't learned from our genocidal past (5/2)
Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country (5/2)
Ruth Hopkins: Tell indigenous youth that their lives really matter (5/2)
Peter d'Errico: Suicides are outcome of intergenerational trauma (5/2)
Indian Health Service reaches agreements for troubled facilities (5/2)
Native girl survives night alone in forest with help of three dogs (5/2)
Gathering of Nations wraps up with crowning of Miss Indian World (5/2)
University leader doesn't see seal that excludes Natives as racist (5/2)
New bill takes aim at casinos opposed by rival tribes in California (5/2)
Cloverdale Rancheria wins approval of casino land-into-trust bid (5/2)
Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe overcomes hurdles with casino plan (5/2)
Cowlitz Tribe aims to hire locals as casino construction continues (5/2)
Gathering scheduled in June at site of former BIA insane asylum (4/29)
Native Sun News: Tribal college student overcomes challenges (4/29)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Ancestors are gone but language lives on (4/29)
Mike Rounds: Eliminate 'hateful' and 'paternalistic' federal laws (4/29)
Harlan McKosato: White privilege fuels Donald Trump's fanbase (4/29)
Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits for patient care (4/29)
Mescalero Apache woman to compete for Miss United States (4/29)
Environmental Protection Agency pays little to tribes for spill (4/29)
Measure to declare bison as official mammal ready for Obama (4/29)
John Wayne's negative views about tribes resurface in debate (4/29)
Chumash Tribe picks Kenneth Kahn as first new leader in years (4/29)
Mille Lacs Band announces upgrades as casino marks 25 years (4/29)
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees warmer reception to casino bid (4/29)
Florida racks up legal bills in gaming fight with Seminole Tribe (4/29)
Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over shutdown (4/28)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves eight bills at meeting (4/28)
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe to debut justice center (4/28)
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne official fired from tribal job (4/28)
Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup (4/28)
Editorial: Native Sun News endorses Hillary Clinton for president (4/28)
Cronkite News: EPA slammed for response to Gold King Mine spill (4/28)
Steve Russell: Donald Trump advisor accuses tribes of terror plot (4/28)
Alex Jacobs: Hillary Clinton must answer to role in Honduras coup (4/28)
Northwest tribes inch closer to reburial of Kennewick Man remains (4/28)
Santee Sioux Tribe hosts task force to address substance abuse (4/28)
Huge crowds flock to New Mexico for annual Gathering of Nations (4/28)
Muckleshoot Tribe to host $50K 'Gold Cup' for Indian relay racing (4/28)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.