Winnemem Wintu Tribe Plan Civil Disobedience

Starting this Thursday, and running through the weekend, the Winnemem Wintu tribe in Northern California are holding a War Dance of civil disobedience, blocking off a 400-yard stretch of the McCloud River, an area central to their coming of age ceremonies. The reason for the blockade is due to the Forest Service's refusal to grant mandatory closures for these ceremonies, resulting in teenage girls being heckled and abused by boating tourists. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoNmslmbhU8"Help our tribe’s peaceful ceremony of resistance, our spiritual commitment to protect the Coming of Age ceremonies for our young women from public interference and harassment. [...] We will be blockading a … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.PNC-Minnesota passes on the word that Stonehouse Park in Illinois, the home of this year's Pagan Spirit Gathering, will be able to continue holding events on its property, despite complaints about noise and illegal activities. Local Pagans affiliated with Circle Sanctuary, and the Northern Illinois University Pagan student group, worked and communicated with the DeKalb County Board to ensure a permit would be in place this year. Thanks to this decision PSG will be able t … [Read more...]

Lightning Medicine Cloud, Omens, and American Indian Issues

On April 30th a very rare, non-albino, white buffalo calf was found dead, slaughtered by unknown individuals. The calf's mother was also killed, poisoned by whoever killed the calf. The calf, Lightning Medicine Cloud, born at the Lakota Ranch in Greenville Texas, was considered sacred, and a reward has been offered for information leading to the capture of the perpetrators."There's now a $45,000 reward for information leading to those responsible for the death of a white buffalo, "considered sacred by its Lakota Sioux owner," and its mother near Greenville, Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Crime Time blog. The size of the reward has gone up ninefold in recent days an … [Read more...]

Documentary of a Holy Man’s Struggle and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: Indian Country Today reports on a new documentary, "Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White," that looks at the case of a Lakota medicine man who was accused of abusing his two grandchildren. Jennifer Jessum and Simon Joseph, a husband and wife duo who produced and directed the film, knew White through a member of his family, and were shocked to hear about the charges made against him. After White was convicted and sentenced to prison, they investigated the matter and uncovered several "holes" in the prosecution, and eventually, saw one of the grandchildren recant his testimony. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTXRP5aDgHc[Roy Helper Jr.] met the film crew at a hotel in Rapid Ci … [Read more...]