Texans Take A Stand Against Human Trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month.

Houston County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Hickman urges residents to take a stand against human trafficking.

As the peace keepers in Harris County, my deputies and I have a commitment to save victims of human trafficking.

According to Free the Captives, a local non-profit and partner with the HCSO, Houston is a hub for both international and domestic sex trafficking –   READ MORE HERE

 

 

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Native American Tribe Donates $10,000 Flint Residents Amid Water Crisis

Editors Note~ When we think about how most Native American’s struggle in today economy, as many others do, and you read this story, look at how the minorities of our country step up to help in times of crisis.  Most often, these stories of the good that is being done and how the people give back to the communities they live in, goes completely under the radar.

Let’s all learn from our neighbors how to step up and be counted amid the generosity of our citizens.  Enjoy and be proud of those that seek no spotlight, only share their light of good, with others.  A community, begins with each other.

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Flint, MichiganThe Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee, Michigan has donated $10,000 to the Genesee County sheriff’s office to assist in providing clean water to the residents of Flint, Michigan. Flint is currently under a state of emergency after local, state, and federal officials admitted there was lead contamination in the water.

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Wishing You A Very Native Christmas

 

There was a real native American man in the 1800s, who was an important leader and warrior in the Creek tribe. His Indian name was Chief Hobbythacco, which means Handsome Fellow. (He was the name that most Native Indians knew as Santa Clause) chiefs in native American cultures were often the beneficiaries of many gifts. According to the traditions of native Americans, the chief would then share these gifts with others of the tribe who were less fortunate.
Native American Christmas Customs
Looks for Buffalo, an Oglala Sioux spiritual leader, the full-blood Oglala grandson of Chief Red Cloud and White Cow Killer, explains the meaning of Christmas to the traditional Indian people of the Americas:

“Traditional American Indians are raised to respect the Christian Star and the birth of the first Indian Spiritual Leader. He was a Star Person and Avatar. His name was Jesus. He was a Hebrew, a Red Man. He received his education from the wilderness. John the Baptist, Moses, and other excellent teachers that came before Jesus provided an educational foundation with the Holistic Method.”

“Everyday is our Christmas. Every meal is our Christmas. At every meal we take a little portion of the food we are eating, and we offer it to the spirit world on behalf of the four legged, and the winged, and the two legged. We pray–not the way most Christians pray– but we thank the Grandfathers, the Spirit, and the Guardian Angel.”

“The Indian Culture is actually grounded in the traditions of a Roving Angel. The life-ways of Roving Angels are actually the way Indian People live. They hold out their hands and help the sick and the needy. They feed and clothe the poor. We have high respect for the avatar because we believe that it is in giving that we receive.”

“We are taught as Traditional children that we have abundance. The Creator has given us everything: the water, the air we breathe, the earth as our flesh, and our energy force: our heart. We are thankful every day. We pray early in the morning, before sunrise, to the morning star, and the evening star. We pray for our relatives who are in the universe that someday they will come. We also pray that the Great Spirit’s son will live again.” “To the Indian People Christmas is everyday and they don’t believe in taking without asking. Herbs are prayed over before being gathered by asking the plant for permission to take some cuttings. An offer of tobacco is made to the plant in gratitude. We do not pull the herb out by its roots, but cut the plant even with the surface of the earth, so that another generation will be born its place.”

“It is really important that these ways never be lost. And to this day we feed the elders, we feed the family on Christmas day, we honor Saint Nicholas. We explain to the little children that to receive a gift is to enjoy it, and when the enjoyment is gone, they are pass it on to the another child, so that they, too, can enjoy it. If a child gets a doll, that doll will change hands about eight times in a year, from one child to another.”

“Everyday is Christmas in Indian Country. Daily living is centered around the spirit of giving and walking the Red Road. Walking the Red Road means making everything you do a spiritual act. If your neighbor, John Running Deer, needs a potato masher; and you have one that you are not using, you offer him yours in the spirit of giving. It doesn’t matter if it is Christmas or not.”

“The more one gives, the more spiritual we become. The Christ Consciousness, the same spirit of giving that is present at Christmas, is present everyday in Indian Country.”

Have a blessed Holiday. May your home be filled with love and prosperity for the coming year.

Origins of the 13 Grandmothers

Learn the origin of these wonderful and spiritual women from the 4 corners of the world, who make a difference in how we learn the ways of our Native “first nations”Indian history.

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The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

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John Trudell, Outspoken Advocate for American Indians, Is Dead at 69

John Trudell, whose outspokenness and charisma made him a leading advocate of Native American rights, and who channeled his message of righteous defiance into poetry and songwriting, died on Tuesday at his home in Santa Clara County, Calif. He was 69.
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Canada Launches Inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women

Justin Trudeau promises ‘total renewal’ of relationship with aboriginal people with investigation of nearly 1,200 murders and disappearances in three decades.  Read more….

Posted by The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/08/canada-40m-inquiry-violence-indigenous-women-justin-trudeau