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Elder Wisdom

Within the tribal structure you often had people who displayed the riches of their society. However, they were never the chiefs, the peacemakers, the medicine people, or the ceremony leaders.

Those people were among the poorest because they lived as examples of the "giveaway". The sharing of what you have with others whose needs are greater than yours. The tribe supported them knowing that most of what was given to them for their work would, in turn, be given back to the tribe.

Too bad that today's politicians, MDs, religious leaders, and NGO leaders don't follow this example. Perhaps we need to choose our leaders based on how they live rather then what they say. Perhaps more people need to show the way. I try to do so.

Big Tree 9/19/2016


Listen To "Echoes Of Wounded Knee" concerning the current DAPL struggle here.




African Americans have never seen good times in the US as a people. Brought here as slaves, liberation has led only to more subtle types of oppression. Time after time, in every era, African Americans have risen to the challenge of diminished civil rights with effective civil disobedience.

This Black History Month, Left Open wants to salute America's original activists. Black America has struggled not just to obtain equality for themselves, but that all Americans can enjoy the civil rights promised by our highest laws. Black sacrifices have raised us all. Lets all work a little harder to quit sinking.

- America's First Activists -

Did African-American Slaves Rebel? - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for PBS

Nat Turner - BIO.com

The Slave Rebellion Website

Even Before Sanctuary Cities, Here’s How Black Americans Protected Fugitive Slaves




- Jim Crow -

African-American Resistance to Jim Crow in the South - Solidarity

The Rise & Fall Of Jim Crow - PBS

Jim Crow Stories - W. E. B. DuBois/PBS

Fighting Jim Crow - Humanities




- Voter & Civil Rights -

Black Opposition to Vietnam - Amistad

The Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement - AR Net

Voting Rights Act - History Channel

History of the Voting Rights Act - ACLU

BROWN V. BOARD: Timeline of School Integration in the U.S. - Southern Poverty Law Center

Tennessee School Desegregation - Tennessee4Me

Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It’s Getting Worse - Huffington Post

Families With Kids Are The Reason Neighborhood Segregation Is Getting Worse - Huffington Post

The Iconic Photos Taken After The Brown v. Board Of Education Decision - Huffington Post




- Black Lives Matter -

Black Lives Matter - national website

Mapping Police Violence

Killers Behind The Badge: NewsOne’s Investigative Series On Police Brutality In Black America - NewsOne




- For Kids -

Black History Month - Time Magazine

Black History Month - Family Education

Black History Month Activities, History, Timeline, Ideas, Events, Facts & Quizzes - Fact Monster

Embracing Black History - PBS Parents