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December 15, 1890: Sitting Bull (Thatháŋka Íyotake)

December 15, 1890: Sitting Bull (Thatháŋka Íyotake)

December 15, 1890: After a lifetime of resistance to the U.S. genocide of Native peoples, Sitting Bull (Thatháŋka Íyotake), was murdered by Indian agency police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him for supporting the Ghost Dance movement:

“Behold, the Spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love! Every seed is awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land."

"Yet, hear me, people, we have now to deal with another race – small and feeble when our fathers first met them but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. The nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all that are in its path."

"We cannot dwell side by side. Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that away from us. My brothers, shall we submit or shall we say to them: 'First kill me before you take possession of my land…'"

(From a speech at the Powder River Council, 1877)

"If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission." ~Anonymous

The person responsible for my own mistaken thoughts, speech, and conduct is, of course, myself. And the only one truly responsible for changing the things I can is, again, myself. When bad things happen and good things are neglected or misappropriated there is an actuarial percentage of blame assigned to everyone involved, even if it is simply being an "innocent bystander" at the wrong place at the wrong time. In practice, 'innocent until proven guilty' sounds good but is usually not honored in the Crime and Punishment Law Enforcement sectors. Some reverse it, saying it really is 'guilty until proven innocent.' I would go even further and state that the Policy and Procedure informally does presume EVERYONE is guilty of something anyway and probably has 'gotten away with' a lot more than they will ever be prosecuted and punished for, so, this justifies the use of excessive force. Let God sort them out. I acquiesce Superior Authorities are placed and empowered generally to keep the peace by going after the bad guys and praising the good guys. As the saying goes, 'If you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to fear.' Knowing human nature, there are always exceptions and everyone knows the System is NOT perfect in Justice. Especially now, more and more it seems like beating the odds of being struck by lightning. Most of the time it strikes there while I am here but it must strike somewhere. Like winning the Lottery, we know the chances are astronomical but we bet on it happening to us because the odds are astronomical for everyone. Maybe I have something good happen to me and I can avoid having something bad happen to me as well. That would sure be swell.

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