Bit By The Flu Bug - Navajos Endorse Obama - Request To Transfer Leonard Peltier
WINDOW ROCK – At first I thought I had the flu, but after reading a press release from the Environmental Protection Agency, I've determined that's not the case. I'm suffering from health effects brought on by ozone -- coughing, throat irritation, shortness of breath.
Have you had your flu shot? Me neither. Didn't even know it was time until I found myself sprawled on the couch, wrapped in a couple of thick blankets, staring at a roaring fire while the afternoon sun mocked me through the blinds.
Actually, I don't care much for flu shots. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Plus, I wouldn't want to be injected with a virus that's likely going to have to compete with the Anasazi bones, snake's teeth, arrowhead pieces, or whatever else might have been shot my way this week by somebody who didn't like my stories.
The good thing about being sick is that you can look like crap and not give a hoot. Case in point. Somewhere in between the aches and chills, coughs and sneezes, the horses had to be fed and watered. It took hours for the 55-gallon barrel to fill, or so it seemed, and even longer to get the hay and drive to the corral where I found Chaps with a wire imprint around one of his hind legs and a cut near his chest.
“Now what have you done?” I asked in exasperation. I can always count on the horses to act up when I'm ill. After throwing in enough hay to last two days, I started siphoning water from the barrel in the truck into the containers inside the pen while glancing around for stray wire.
Not seeing any, with wind blowing and teeth chattering I began walking the fence line while the water tub filled. On the east end, I found a gaping hole. Maybe he was trying to make a doorway. Mental note: Sell horses. Another possibility was he was spooked by those two large wolf-looking dogs just up the hill. “Git out of here!” the hillbilly in me yelled. “Git!”
Any other day I would have started the conversation with “Hi, pretty doggies! What are you doing here?” Screw the humor. Mend the fence, stop at the store, get water and dog food, sell the horses.
OK, even on a good day I'm no beauty queen, but the looks I got from some of the ladies as I crossed the parking lot made me realize that now was not a good time to be out in public. True, my hair hadn't been washed in several days and I could barely get a brush through it, but what the heck? I wasn't trying to impress anyone.
On the way back to the truck I stumbled while walking across the flat pavement, hit my head on the truck door, and suddenly remembered George Hardeen's remedy for flu: Alka-Seltzer Plus. I made it home without further incident and went straight for the fizz.
The dancing bubbles tickled my nose. Cool bubbly water full of lemon. From somewhere deep inside my consciousness, like a chunk of uranium set free by a solution of bicarbonate injected into a deep underground aquifer, I heard something calling: Gin! A shot of gin and that Alka-Seltzer Plus would have been just right. That's what a high fever and years of living on a non-alcohol rez will do for you. Make you delirious.
I took up residence on the couch and pulled the blanket over my head, too exhausted to move, while the new puppy and kitten fought World War III from atop my midsection. “A flea and a fly in a flue, were imprisoned so what could they do? Said the fly, 'Let us flee.' Said the flea, 'Let us fly.' So they flew through a flaw in the flue.”
Take two Alka-Seltzer and replay silly elementary rhymes in your head. I awoke with a puppy in my face, growling as one nostril made loud, involuntary tapping noises. Morse Code? The fly in the flue? No, a hairlike passage for air!
By Saturday morning, Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard was bare. I sucked it up, literally – gross! -- and went to Wal-Mart, coughing and sneezing my way through to the checkout aisle where a magazine caught my eye. Something like a Spanish version of “Vogue.” I tossed it in the cart. “Let's see if my daughter is learning anything in Spanish class ...”
While at the register, I noticed Pinnacle Bank had up their Halloween decorations. On my way out, I offered the clerks a tip: “If you really want to scare people, post last week's stock market results!”
The fun part about being sick is making sure the rest of the world suffers right along with you.
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley,
First American Leaders to Appear at Obama Arizona HQ
PHOENIX – Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and First American leaders are hosting a press conference on Wednesday morning at the Arizona headquarters of Obama for America to discuss the endorsement of the Navajo Nation Council. The Council on Tuesday endorsed Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden on a vote of 59 to 21 at their fall legislative meeting.
This endorsement is the latest of more than 100 tribal leaders, tribal organization and tribes that have endorsed Senators Obama and Biden.
Senator Obama said, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Navajo Nation. I look forward to partnering with Indian tribes, including the Navajo Nation, on a government-to-government basis, to address the special challenges facing tribes today, including access to affordable healthcare, economic development, energy independence, and education. Joe Biden and I look forward to working with the Navajo Nation and all of Indian Country to bring about the change we need.”
The Navajo Nation is comprised of over 250,000 members on the largest federally recognized Native American Nation, located around Southeastern Utah, Northeastern Arizona and Northwestern New Mexico.
WHAT: Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, First American leaders press conference
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Obama for America -- Arizona Headquarters
922 N. 6th St. (corner of 6th Street and Roosevelt) in Phoenix
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Request To Transfer Leonard Peltier
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC)
Grand Prairie Office Complex
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Re: Leonard Peltier #89637-132
This letter is a request regarding Mr. Leonard Peltier, who will be transferred from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in the near future.
Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner deserving to be transferred to a lower-security prison. Mr. Peltier has served over 32 years in prison and deserves to be as close as possible to his family during this crucial time in their lives. Transfer to a facility close to his home (based on the hardship policy of the Bureau of Prisons) would be a logical response. His family has grown older and he is on a fixed income, which limits the time they can visit him.
Based on the above concerns, I ask that you make every effort to transfer Mr. Peltier to the Turtle Mountain Reservation's custody as soon as possible. If that is not possible, two alternatives that would be close to his family are the federal facilities in Sandstone, Minnesota, and Oxford, Wisconsin.
Thank you for your caring assistance and efforts in this matter.
Mary Jane Cummings
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