Sunday, September 24, 2017

~~ Bear Essentials ~ Sept 24, 2017~~

A Monument in Name Only?  Salt Lake Tribune
San Juan County officials reject claims that looting is even a problem, arguing tourists pose a bigger threat to the region’s fragile cultural sites embedded in it canyons and mesas. . .
The Bear Ears Commission members’ June 28 hike with BLM staff provoked an angry response from the San Juan County Commission, which has lobbied hard for the monument’s rescission on the grounds that it disenfranchises local citizens and serves no legitimate purpose.”

   Good News Bear
n  Maine Leads the Charge in Food Sovereignty Movement  “Maine is nullifying federal regulations that cripple local farmers.”
This year-to-date, 47,700 wildfires have burned 8 million acres across the country, with the majority of the devastation in the states of California and Montana. High-profile fires in Yosemite and Glacier National Parks have caught national headlines, however millions of acres of forest and grassland have burned in recent months.”
n  Tracking Proposed Monument Reductions  Stanford University, Bill Lane I.


Despite the strong likelihood that Bears Ears National Monument will be modified in coming months, Forest Service officials in southeastern Utah are planning to destroy at least 14 public roads within the monument’s current boundaries.
n  Indivisible Project; well funded and spreading  The Indivisible Project is a registered 501c(4) nonprofit. Our mission is to cultivate and lift up a grassroots movement of local groups to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies. i.e. World Globalism
n  Yet another “Shift” to the Left Jonah Yellowman, one of their speakers


                                     Documenting Bears Ears “No Monument” efforts since July 2016

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Darren Parry, Northwestern Shoshone Chairman Speaks of Perspective and History and Unity

Given 9/9/2017 and  printed 9/13/2017 in Free Range Report  by Marjorie Haun

“Events that transpired over time had only one conclusion.  But as I have gotten older I have come to realize that history is about perspective.  Who’s perspective?  And then one day I read a quote attributed to Winston Churchill, and he said, History is always written by the victors.  That explains perfectly why my people’s perspectives were never written.”  Darren Parry

Chairman Parry has served on the council on 2 separate occasions and has been currently serving for the last 6 years. Darren also serves on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, in Wellsville, Utah. He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on History. His passions in life are his family which includes his wife Melody and 9 children and 11 grandchildren. His other passion is his Tribal family. Recently, Darren was honored for preserving Shoshone history by the Idaho State Historical Society. He wants to make sure that those who have gone before him are not forgotten. It is important to him that all peoples perspectives are heard and respected.
Darren Parry, Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, presented this moving essay in a speech at the San Juan Freedom Fest, held in Blanding, Utah on September 9, 2017. Here, he articulates the personal and cultural bases for his, and other Native Americans’ deep desire to protect the lands of their inheritance. The Bears Ears, designated by President Obama as a national monument, was taken out of the hands of the Navajo, Utes and other tribes in San Juan County, and placed into the care of federal bureaucrats. This is a call for unity of vision and care over these most wondrous lands.
“San Juan Freedom” by Darren Parry
As a small child, I loved to sit at the feet of my grandmother, Mae Timbimboo.  She was the gentlest woman that I have ever known.  Her black hair and dark skin with deep creases told of a life of a caring, nurturing tribal elder.  When she passed away a few years ago it broke my heart.  There is an old Indian saying that says. “When an old Indian dies, a library burns,” this statement was never as true as it was about my grandmother.  She would sit for hours and tell me stories about how the “Coyote Stole Fire” or how the “Sun” got its name, and then with reverence in her tone she would relate the story of the massacre at Bear River, where more than 500 of my people were massacred.  As I grew and attended school and developed a great love of history, I suddenly realized something….  None of the stories that my grandmother told me were in our history books.  But how could this be?  I had always believed that history was an absolute.  Events that transpired over time had only one conclusion.  But as I have gotten older I have come to realize that history is about perspective.  Who’s perspective?  And then one day I read a quote attributed to Winston Churchill, and he said, History is always written by the victors.  That explains perfectly why my people’s perspectives were never written.
In fact a wise old Indian Chief said this about history, “It would be better not to know so many things, than to know so many things that are not so.”
The most important statement that I can make as a Native American leader today is…..”We are still here.”  We’ve have a history that has contributed significantly to not just the history of the United States, but to the world.  There are not that many Indians in the U.S. today and we tend to get overlooked in many ways.  And when we are not overlooked, we tend to be misrepresented.  Everything from Squanto to Tonto you might say. History has on occasion reduced my Native people to one-dimensional characters, important only in the sense that we taught the Pilgrims to grow corn. 
But we are much more than that.  We long to be heard and recognized.  Our voices have been quiet for a long time.  We are as it seems, still searching for an identity.
But as important as that is, our Native voices are not more important than yours.  As events have unfolded in this beautiful part of the world over the last few years, I have gotten a glimpse  of who you are.  And you are not unlike us.
You have a strong work ethic.  You have a strong sense of family.  Those family relationships are as sacred to you as they are to us.  You have a strong belief system in those things that are most important.  And you love this land, just as much as we do.  This land is so important to my Native people that we call her Mother.  She is, and always has been the provider of our livelihoods.
What makes America the greatest nation in the world is that none of us are the same.  We all come from different backgrounds that bring with it, different perspectives. I have said many times that I feel like, we as a country have lost the ability to compromise.   But can’t we learn from each other?  Can’t we learn from those who have gone on before us even those who have made mistakes?  Isn’t it time that we all join hands and come together to make our own histories? Histories that celebrate the things that we have in common instead of focusing on the things that make us different. It is not our differences that divide us.  It is our inability to recognize,  accept, and celebrate those differences.  The key to a happy and healthy community has always been the acceptance of our individual and cultural differences.
A young boy lived down the street from a scary old man.  He lived alone and was probably in his 90’s.  But as time went on this young boy became more and more daring until he had eventually become friends with this man.  One day this little old man said, “come over to my house, I would like to show you something.”  He then pulled out this dusty old rock tumbler.  It had a can and a motor and a small band between them.  We then went into his back yard and found some old ugly good for nothing rocks.  We then proceeded to put them into the can with a little bit of liquid and a small amount of grit powder and we closed the can up and turned the motor on, and said let’s come back tomorrow.  This can was making such a racket that it could be heard at the boy’s home 3 houses away.  He came back the next day and together they opened the can and  took out these amazingly beautiful polished rocks.  Those same old dirty ugly stones that had gone in, through rubbing against each other and creating a little bit of friction, creating a little bit of noise, had produced the most beautiful rocks that the boy had ever seen.  Isn’t this the same with us?  It is through our communities, and through our different groups of often very colorful but very passionate people, who often bump up against one another, having arguments, having fights sometimes, making some noise, but in the end, still being able to work together and polish each other, which in the end will help us to come up with a beautiful landscape that benefits all.  It is my hope that we can all come together to make this corner of the world, the most beautiful place on Mother Earth, that all people may enjoy.
Thank you for having me!
Darren Parry is also the author of Great American Lie that all Tribes are for the Bears Ears, previously posted on Free Range Report.
Parry serves as Chairman of the Northwestern Shoshone Nation, with Headquarters in Brigham City Utah.  He speaks about the Bear River Massacre in which between 250-400 of my tribal members were massacred at the hands of the Federal Government in 1863. It is the largest massacre of Natives in the history of our country, as well as other Native American issues. 
Parry works for Arrowpoint Solutions, a tribal owned temporary staffing company.

~~ Bear Essentials ~ Sept 12, 2017~~

Kentucky’s famous farmer/poet/novelist Wendell Berry, widely admired as one of 
conservation’s most prolific and gifted writers, explained it best:“To put the bounty and the health of our land, our only commonwealth, into the hands of people who do not live on it and share its fate will always be an error. For whatever determines the fortune of the land determines also the fortunes
of the people. If history teaches anything, it teaches that.” Greg Walcher 
Tim Gates helped us promote the theme of this years festival:  "United We Stand"
Good News Bears

Freedom Fest Chairwoman, Kim Henderson, with Grand Junction Editor, 
Majorie Haun, of Free Range Report
n Freedom Fest: A Great Success: Recap of Sept. 9 events)
n  September 17 will mark the 230th anniversary of the signing of the American Constitution.
Compared to other nations, the United States is young. But at 230 years, our Constitution is by far the longest lasting constitution in human history. More importantly, it is responsible for our nation becoming the freest and most prosperous nation in human history.
Today, the future of both freedom and prosperity are in question in our country, largely because we have been failing to teach our young people the fundamentals of American civics that are essential to preserve free government. Learn how you can help.
                 Two Failed Trials are enough – let it go!

Bad News Bears


                                     Documenting Bears Ears “No Monument” efforts since July 2016

Monday, September 11, 2017

Freedom Fest: Fun, Fantastic, and Freedom Promoting

Despite competition from the Navajo Fair in Window Rock, and BYU-Utah football games, the Freedom Fest show went on Saturday night (9th), and Tim Gates and his great band brought their A game to Blanding. They performed a great variety of Tim's original songs, plus old favorites.
Tim Gates, of Richfield, Utah...making it big in Nashville, and in
Blanding, with his band, and wonderful writing skills. Thanks for coming.

Saylor Perkins, 1st place in the Freedom Fest Essay Contest.  Jim Keyes Master of Ceremonies for the evening
Both did great.  (Link to her Essay)

Freedom Fest Chairman, Kim Henderson, with
Marjorie Haun, Free Range Report
Editor. Both these Warriors are Public Lands Patriots.

It was a perfect evening for an outdoor concert.  

 "Matt Anderson, Devin Bayles Hancock, and Marjorie Haun ...ALL traveled for hours to attend #sanjuanfreedomfest.... Susan Flavel stayed until long after the crowds had left to help clean up... Love these folks." Nicole Perkins

Pre-show performers included Magnetic Pull, a local native/rock band composed of Dennis Kaniatobe Sr., Dennis Johnson Kaniatobe II, and Travis Mose.

The Grayson Girls also performed:  Beverly Brown Felstead, Cheryl Arthur Bowers, Gayle Perkins Shumway, Terri Card, Emma Holliday, and Keileigh Card Gilson.

Which prize do you want to win?  There were 13 choices, and 15 prizes.

Thanks to your generous support and to these ladies and Wendy Black, we raised over $2000 in ticket donations over the past 3 weeks.  Congratulations to the following winners:

1. Furniture 2U~~Console  $300 value: Owners David and Tifani Black --Winner William Brown
2. NuSkin Gift Basket  $250    Winner Wendy Black
3. Kay Shumway photograph $135   Winner Joel Tate
4. Massage by Lindsay Palmer Smith $50 -- winner Saleta Pugh Lusko, Hanksville 
5. 2 sets Local History/ Bob McPherson  $35 each, winners Leoni Hunt and Kendra Mander
6. Cowboy Country Photograph by Colleen Tibbetts-Moab -- Winner Jerry Murdock
7. Phone Skope (hunter special) -- Winner Camber Hancock
8. Fabric Art Bears Ears/$150 value by Devin Bayles Hancock -- Winner Jolly Bayles
9. Seven Issues Blue Mt. Shadows $77--Winner Mike Jensen
10. Canyonland Lodging Overnight, 2 nights for 1, Value $135--Winner Tymra Butt
11.  Antique Patriotic Quilt $300, quilted by Gayle Shumway--Winner Summer Begay
12. Browning A Bolt 300 Mg Winchester Rifle, $700 value donated by Sean Giddings and Mike Lacy -- Winner Merlin Grover  
13.  2 Electronic kid's cars donated by R.C. Willey -- Winners Alyn Mitchell and Doug Card

An honor guard was part of the program which recognized
patriot and soldier, Aaron Butler, who gave all.
Jerry Murdock recited The Ragged Old Flag.

Johnny Cash Lyrics:  "Ragged Old Flag"

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
I said, "Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town".
I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it".
He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down,
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town"
I said, "I think it is"
He said "I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag

"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
writing "Say Can You See"
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.
and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

"On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
by her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
and now they've about quit wavin' back here at home
in her own good land here She's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she's getting thread bare, and she's wearin' thin,
But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.
Cause she's been through the fire before
and i believe she can take a whole lot more.

"So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don't let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I'm mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag"

                            Ariel Bellvalaire, the guitar rocker/ singer with the Tim Gates Band.

                              Thanks Tim Gates for a terrific evening!  

A BIG THANKS to our Freedom Fest Sponsors

We couldn't have done it without your help


Sunday, September 10, 2017

United We Stand: Essay Winner for Freedom Fest 2017

By Saylor Cielo Perkins
7th grade
August 31, 2017
It is critical to be united, but is is also just as vital to be united for the right cause. If we aren’t all united, it can cause a little scuffle, and even little scuffles can turn into a wars. We need to stay united and stand strong for our beliefs.
Pauline Hanson said, “ To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, and one flag.” I really like this quote because it is true. In order to fulfill the dreams of the Founding Fathers of this great land, we need to have solidarity as one people, “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…” and all that our magnificent American flag stands for.

Another quote from Benjamin Carson says, “Our strength as a nation comes in our unity. We are the United States of America, not the divided states. And those who want to divide us are trying to divide us, and we shouldn’t let them do it.” This is also very true. We cannot standby and let the world pick us apart, piece by piece. We are San Juan County. There is more unity in our communities than I can even express. We have set the example for the rest of the state of Utah But there are also those who are trying to divide us. AND WE WILL NOT LET THEM! We will stand firm as a community, as a county, as a state, and as One Nation. 
One of my teachers told us on the very first day of school, that it does not matter what religion, culture, or color, or what beliefs we have. We are all a part of the human race and we need to stand united because we are at a time in the world where there are people who will try to convince you that being different is wrong; and that is not true.
Did you know that we are all 99% the same? You can take two completely different people and their DNA would be 1% different. That 1% is the only thing that gives each of us different personalities and beliefs. 

We can agree to disagree in matters where we have strong opposing opinions but we must do so with civility, as one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, often taught.
Imagine the world without unity. It is, in reality, the world we live in. The hate, discord, and anger seems to grow every hour of every day. Can you see it? Do you feel it? Now imagine every single person in the world, united, not necessarily in every belief and opinion, but united in the knowledge that we are all God’s children and we all bleed and cry and laugh and love.
That is the hope that I have. Psalms 133:1 says, “ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

past summer I had one of the most amazing, uplifting, faith-building, and every good feeling in the world type of experience. Who would have thought that a group of about 200 teenage girls, could spend three days, getting very little sleep, too much sugar, and smelling like campfire and sweat, would not only refrain from killing each other, but come together strong and united. Our differences didn’t seem to matter as we realized that we are each individuals with our own thoughts and feelings, and that no two people are the same. Knowing that we could choose between love and hate, we decided to come together and face the hard times, and enjoy the good as we became one.

I would like to leave you with one last quote, “ If we don’t look past our differences, we will never see the light and strength that comes from unity.” This was a quote I wrote myself and I truly believe that we will never be united if we can’t accept each other as we are. But with hope and dignity, United We Stand.