This is an article that we came across in our efforts to keep informed in Cascadia about the valiant efforts of others around Turtle Island who make progress in the evergreen revolution (or as we like to refer to as the Cascadia Involution). Recently eye have been reading of many fantastic discussions here on the Portland Indymedia of what we need to do to overcome the present oppression of a government(US Federal) i would like to suggest that they are tyring but it is an illusion that anyone is "winning." And this does not mean this is true for all because there are some who understand there is no winners or losers in these sort of struggles only people who get hurt. Eye will not go to lengths to site and prove how we are shifting to a completely different playing field: win=win, because that is not really what i'm here to present, rather shed some light on another overlooked victory.
We live in a time when voting, intellectual theories, and political platforms only become discussion and dissolve if there is no real physical action on the material plain. Not that these things are not important for they are a part of the process. There is the other part and that is just take action and to see the results, express the message to those who would not know about it otherwise. We are can do this in many forms: talking to one another personally, writing in media, and my personal favorite via Art.
So thanks Cascadia for this arena to express our efforts as artist lets continue to show the this civilization that we the humans, children of the great Mother Earth, are her servants and warriors and that she will decide and direct US how things should work here on this planet.
Hear is an article that was just published about the great warriors of the Lakota Sioux, who have been at the forefront of this victory for earth, along with two links added at the bottom that are both well worth watching.
Farming "Asinine" In Case Over Industrial Hemp & Tribal Sovereignty
December 16, 2005
CONTACT: David Frankel
Alex White Plume
Federal Judge Calls DEA's Views on Hemp Farming "Asinine" In Case Over
Industrial Hemp & Tribal Sovereignty
ST. LOUIS, MO On Monday December 12, lawyers Bruce Ellison and David
Frankel representing Alex White Plume and his family of the Lakota Nation
who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, made oral arguments in the Eighth
Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in front of a three judge panel to reverse
efforts by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to place an
injunction preventing the White Plumes from growing industrial hemp. In
what has been deemed a sovereignty case that is very uniquely framed, the
White Plumes planted industrial hemp on their family land for three seasons
only to have it cut down and confiscated by DEA agents.
During the oral arguments it became clear that Judge Kermit Bye and Judge
Arlen Beam were focused on two issues: (1) the irrationality of allowing the
exempt parts of the plant to be imported into the U.S. but not allowing
industrial hemp to be grown in the U.S. and (2) the lack of any rational
permitting process by the DEA. While the Government's case was made, Judge
Beam commented, "It seems asinine to me that they can bring in the Canadian
stuff and use it but can't grow it." Beam also suggested that it did not
make sense that Congress would try to make the economy of Native American
tribes more enhanced by casino gambling but not allow industrial hemp
The White Plumes assert their right to raise non-psychoactive industrial
hemp as an exercise of their sovereign rights pursuant to an Oglala Sioux
Tribal ordinance enacted to secure rights guaranteed by the Treaties of 1868
and 1851 signed between the Lakota Nation and the U.S. Nevertheless, the
U.S. government maintains that its' asserted "trust responsibility" gives it
the final authority to decide appropriate uses of reservation lands.
The federal government filed a civil suit against the White Plumes in U.S.
District Court in South Dakota despite the fact that the Lakota were growing
hemp for seed and fiber when they entered into the treaties with the U.S.
government and that industrial hemp is legally imported to the U.S. from
dozens of countries to feed the explosive US and global demand for
nutritious omega-3 rich hemp foods and ecological hemp fiber products. The
DEA sought a permanent injunction to prevent the White Plumes from growing
industrial hemp without federal permission because the DEA has placed a de
facto ban on non-psychoactive industrial hemp farming in the U.S. by
treating it as if the crop were the same as drug/medical marijuana. Late
last December, the court granted the government's motion for summary
judgment which led to the appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
"The District Court completely ignored relevant Indian law, the treaties,
the Constitution and the significance of the Myerle Papers when they granted
the government's motion for summary judgment," says David Frankel, attorney
and Vote Hemp board member.
"Because federal Indian law allows tribes to continue doing something today
that they were doing at the time they signed treaties with the U.S.
government, the Lakota have an excellent chance at reversal," says Ken
Friedman, local counsel for the Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp
who submitted their amicus brief in the White Plume case.
A decision in the case is expected in 2006. To read about the White Plume
case and download the Vote Hemp and Hemp Industries Association amicus
brief, please visit: http://votehemp.com/legal_cases_WP.html
For more information on industrial hemp, please visit
http://www.votehemp.com, the website of Vote Hemp, a non-profit organization
dedicated to the acceptance of industrial hemp.
Isn't this just oo much fun "NOW"
come on pirates let's celebrate as we cut through the bullshit.
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