The puritans (who did not even call themselves pilgrims) did not come here seeking religious freedom; they already had that in Holland. They came here as part of a commercial venture on a ridiculously small and overcrowded ship called the Mayflower by coming to America.
The 28th Annual Morongo Thanksgiving Outreach program has reached a new milestone, providing another 10,000 turkeys this year to help those in need this holiday season.
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians distributed 10,000 free turkeys on Monday to charities and churches that will use the donated birds to provide 220,000 Thanksgiving meals to families, seniors and veterans across Southern California.
The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians tried to state the matter as clearly as possible, but in the end it was their action that resonated.
Native American author, educator, activist, mother and grandmother Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe, is calling on tribes to relocalize food and energy production as a means of both reducing CO2 emissions and of asserting tribes' inherent right to live in accordance with their own precepts of the sacredness of Mother Earth and responsibility to future generations.
She said during a recent presentation on climate change at Harvard University, "We essentially need tribal food and energy policies that reflect sustainability. Tribes [as sovereign nations] have jurisdiction over food from seed to table and we need to take it or else USDA will take it…. The last thing you want is USDA telling you how to cook your hominy, that you can't use ashes in it …. I am the world-renowned, or reservation-wide renowned, beaver tamale queen. So who's going to come to my house and [inspect the beaver]? I don't want USDA in my food. I want us to exercise control over our food and not have them saying we can't eat what we traditionally eat."
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
By Monica Medina
On a bright and clear weekend morning in early October, there’s a flutter of activity at San Diego’s Tecolote Nature Center as staff get ready for an annual family activity, “Baskets and Botany.” The one-day event, which has been held there since the mid-'90s, is a day for families to share the environmental and cultural connections of Tecolote Canyon.