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Thad Shouting Bear in Behalf of Robert Soto
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NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE EAGLE
Date: 3/14/06 7:43:30
Osiyo my friends.
I'm sending this along so it can be known throughout the US. Please let smoke rise for this man.
If you can, send this out to everyone you know. It happened in TX, but can happen anywhere. Please contact any government official you can regarding this travesty.
Please send up smoke in support of this person.
Write this person & let him know he's not alone. thank you.
Thad Shouting Bear
I have an urgent prayer request.
As you know, there are many things in our culture sacred to us. One is the circle we form when we have powwows.
The things we do within it are done with great respect and reverence.
Some of the objects we wear in our outfits are treated with great respect and honor and we cherish the honor of having them.
One is the eagle feathers that have been passed to us as reminders of who we are as Native people.
We treat our eagle feathers with great respect and take care of them.
Well, this has been a battle from the beginning. Today the federal government controls who may & may not have eagle feathers.
It sets its rules & regulations to restrict us, as Native Americans, from using them in a good and sacred way.
Well, in spite of a good powwow, we had a big problem.
Saturday afternoon, my brother in law was called outside the circle by what he thought was a tourist with a question.
It was a Federal agent who started to harass him and eventually took away his bustle.
As this was happening, I came out and he started harassing me about my roach feathers and told me (without showing proof) he was a Fed Agent, to take my feathers off and give them to him.
I asked 4 times for proof he was a Fed agent, but in the process he continued harassing, threatening and telling me 'I can do this the easy way or the hard way'.
He threatened to arrest me if I didn't give him my roach feathers.
After the 4th request he showed me proof he was a Federal agent, then demanded I give him my roach feathers.
I told him "No" and that as a Native American I had the right to wear them.
He demanded I prove I was Native American, which I did.
Then he proceeded to take away my brother in law's bustle.
I said he couldn't take them because they were my feathers (which they were) and I'd loaned them to him (which I had).
He told me I didn't have the right to lend feathers to anyone and I was the only one who could legally use them.
The argument continued. At the end, he took them with him, then proceeded to enter the circle to harass other people.
I tried to stop him with the argument that this was a sacred gathering, but by this time he was out to prove a point, barged into the powwow and started harassing dancers and vendors.
He eventually left, but with a set of bustles & roach feathers I'd loaned.
We'll be meeting him Tuesday to argue the point, so I'm asking you to pray for me.
I need to know you're behind me.
I'm one man facing the Federal government Tuesday.
I've a feeling that unless the Creator intervenes this will be a long drawn out battle.
Our tribal chairman will be sending an official complaint to the federal office Monday and I've been advised to take this to the local news as personal harassment and discrimination against our legal right to use feathers.
Pray the Creator gives me wisdom to say & do the right thing when we meet.
If ever I needed your prayers & support it's now.
I'll keep you updated as things develop.
This isn't been the first time we've been harassed, but it's the first time they've taken feathers.
The bustle was made out of feathers given to me in 1970.
The roach feathers were given to me by an Indian lady who I helped through the dying process of cancer 10 yrs ago.
Robert Soto - Lipan Apache ROBTSOTO@aol.com
"It does not require many words to speak the truth." Chief Joseph, Nez Perce.
Thad Shouting Bear
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