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Ground melting underfoot in Alaska

Started by Marques De Valia Apr 19, 2013. 0 Replies

Ground melting underfoot in AlaskaAuthor: Mike Williams | Location: ALI am a Yupiaq from the small village of Akiak, Alaska, where climate change is becoming woven into the fabric of our lives. I…Continue

towards awareness of ethnic diversity and human unity

Started by Marques De Valia Apr 19, 2013. 0 Replies

to begin"One of your Ancestors joined in the battle to end slavery in this nation. However slavery still exists here for women, children and the poor. We fought the white people for over 250 years to…Continue

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Comment by Marques De Valia on March 17, 2014 at 12:46am

The Partin Ranch borders Lake Tohopekaliga (Tohopeka ([from tohopke /(i)to-hó:pk-i/ fence, fort]); Tohopekaliga [from tohopke /(i)to-hó:pk-i/ fence, fort + likv /léyk-a/ site], also referred to as Lake Toho, West Lake, or simply 2hu, native name meaning "we will gather together here", and gives birth to the great Kissimmee.

The name Kissimmee originated between the 1750s and 1850s when soldiers were pursuing Seminoles along the shore of Lake Tohopekaliga and commenced to massacre the Indians when a brave Seminole woman began screaming “Kish-a-me. No kill. Kish-a-me. No kill!” Miraculously, the soldiers did heed to her offer and this lady sacrificed herself to save the remaining Seminoles who escaped to the wild lands along the shores of what is now known as “kish-a-me” or Kissimmee River. This lake is also the origin of the Seminole’s legend of the Kissimmee River. It is about a man who eats a fish found in a hollow log away from the water. Though he is warned never to eat anything out of place, he eats the fish and turns into a huge snake. He crawls down to Okeechobee Lake and then to the Gulf, leaving a winding river in his path. The towns known as Orlando, Hollywood, Apopka, Leesburg, Ocala, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Winter Park, Mount Dora, Avon Park, all the way up to Gainesville are all areas where people known as Seminoles and Miccosukees and Tequestas – and many other groups of indigenous peoples – used to inhabit.
— James E. Billie has been publisher of the Seminole Tribune and Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 1979.

Comment by Richard Ozanne on March 4, 2014 at 9:36pm

    I always appreciated Native American culture. I have lived for a long time in Arizona where some of my good good friends were Navajo and Hopi. I was invited to ceremonies in Northern Arizona, Mexico as well as in upstate New York. The idea of peace is very close to me, as a group was put together to celebrate Peace through Native Tradition, and the passing of the Eagle feather. These times I will never forget...

Comment by David Laughing Horse Robinson on April 19, 2013 at 7:26pm

Slavery in California ended for Indians in 1924. My Father was born a slave under the law of California. We did not become citizens in California until 1958. Which means we could not vote, testify against a white man, and we were basically still slaves. 

Comment by Marques De Valia on April 19, 2013 at 5:49am






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