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8 Arlene Bowman_Downtown LA@night

LA a place I left and lived in for 16 years,  but I still like it.

Sorry haven’t written in this or uploaded.  

I miss where I come from US, CA & LA.

An Indigenous woman who was apart of a dance company first of May said, “Your home is where you live.”  It’s exactly how I feel. It’s why I can never pin down where a house can be lived in for a long time.

My father died last week.

I made notes for the last 3-4 four years for Tourquoise Sun in LA drama feature, figuring out how I can edit the Coho salmon video and working on right now still photos to enter in Pushing Boundaries show which is for all Indigenous artists.  Two more days to work on it and get it in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Viewed the moon the other night.  Glow surrounded it.

Lots of paper work to work on.  Too much but I have to do it.  

Some are applications I have to turn in.  If I work harder this week on one, application, it’ll be finished.  Be glad to finish it.  

Been reading Indian Country Today newspaper and certain news that draws my attention.  One writer from Indian Country Today noticed that some Native Americans have to speak up or interrupt the speakers speaking at their campaign speeches for the November 2016 Presidential election because people like  Sanders, Clinton, all of them ignore the presence of Indigenous people when they speak about people in the U.S.  In any speeches and even here in Canada, but not in all of Canada, the candidates do not mention Indigenous people.  Of course when one speaks up, a person brings on the wrath of the conservatives.  There are conservative Indigenous people.  I can tell because of what I said.  No one has to tell me. I know and can feel the vibrations.  

Trump I hope you do not win.  Wish an Indigenous person ran for President in U.S.  If it happened Bolivia, it can happen in U.S.  

I try to be optimistic but….It’s a day by day thing to be optimistic.  

 

Read a book written by US Indigenous writer Shawnee Native American, Robert J. Miller,  called Native America Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark and Manifest Destiny. Published 2006 by Praeger Publishers, Westport Connecticut.  He is a professor of Law, too. He covers the meaning of the Doctrine of Discovery where it originally stemmed from European old world concepts when the European nations made laws regarding land and people who were not Christian, whom they wanted to conquer.  The so called Christian church governed the nations and explorers like Columbus.  Had to get their okay to explore?  These British people, French and Spanish people applied this “international law” —-I mention them because these were the main colonizers of the US and Canada. Minus The Spanish from Canada. Canada’s colonizers were the British and French. British Columbia is an example of that, the name literally. 10 points make up the Doctrine of Discovery:

1. First Discovery.
2. Actual occupancy & current possession.
3. Preemption/European title.
4. Indian Title.
5. Tribal limited sovereign and commercial rights.
6. Contiquity.
7. Terra nullius.
8. Christianity.
9. Civilization.
10. Conquest.

This applies to the world now, especially US & Canada and the rest of the Americas: Mexico, Centro and South America. In my p.o.v. this information is not open to everybody. Only law students may know and law professors who teach these ideas. Some politicians may know but not all. This important information concerns Indigenous people. This information can help you to understand what’s happening now. It still continues on the conquering of Indigenous people and their land and resources.  People really believed in this. Believe in it now. I do not accept Doctrine of Discovery. According to this int’l law idea if Indigenous resisted to give up their land or resources, to “annihilate”-destroy them.  Genocide happened. Eye opening because I always felt this feeling of being ignored since I was very young.  Now I know in detail for reasons events and attitudes that happened.

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More pictures on another day.  Fires happening in Chelan, Colville Reservation and one other place in Eastern Washington.  One morning everything had a pink haze: the light on the sidewalk, sunset, for example in picture, and the half moon.  The half moon looked more darker yellow than plain yellow. I could tell. Couldn’t view the stars at night to east very well.  Mountains in east were gone, hazed out by the fires.  The next day the sky turned better,clearer.  That happened in Surrey in June or July, too because of fires in BC.

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