Friday, October 21, 2016

Los Angeles: Urban Wildlife Week, P-22 Day!

Casey Schreiner (, Oct. 7, 2016); Xochitl, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is the California Director of the National Wildlife Federation and one of the driving forces behind L.A.’s upcoming Urban Wildlife Week (Oct.16-22) that culminates in Griffith Park for P-22 Day, in honor of its resident celebrity mountain lion.
Finally, one of us gets a day of our own! got a chance to chat with Beth over the phone during a rare bit of downtime in the lead  up to this incredible event. The following responses have been slightly edited for conciseness and clarity.

Urban Wildlife Week, P-22 Day coming to L.A.
When Mountain Lions...
Modern Hiker: What inspired Urban Wildlife Week?
Beth Pratt-Bergstrom: P-22 Day and Urban Wildlife Week were some of the first things I started working on in the Santa Monica Mountains with the NPS and other partners, because P-22 has really captured my imagination both personally and from a wildlife conservation perspective.

I always had it in my head I wanted to retrace his route. That idea just kept sitting there and sitting there and as we got more and more into our work in Los Angeles, he came to symbolize not just this call for a crossing at Liberty Canyon but connectivity throughout the whole city.
The great megalopolis of Los Angeles home to 10 million and its native wildlife (wiki)
That’s what this hike and event are really about. Obviously we’re trying to call attention to the visionary wildlife crossing we’re trying to build -- which will be the biggest in the world -- but it’s also about showing connectivity or lack thereof.
Near the Hollywood sign: Celebrate P22 Day!
What these hikes have shown us -- and this was no big surprise -- is that there are some points where connectivity is great like the Backbone Trail...and then there are some points where there’s terrible connectivity like along Mulholland Drive where there aren’t even sidewalks! I mean there are beautiful parks along that street but it’s hard to connect to them -- for both wildlife and people.
This event has turned into more than just re-tracing the cat’s route, but that’s where it started.
Where are Los Angeles' wildcats? (
I have to say after doing it -- as someone who’s written a book about this cat’s travels -- after having hiked it I am more impressed this mountain lion made it at all. It is ASTOUNDING he was able to make it to Griffith Park. More

The supernatural is REAL (shocking video)

Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; SC Videos, 8-15-16

Happy Halloween. It's time to thumb through the Petavatthu to scare ourselves with Ghost Stories or Tales of the Departed, a collection of sacred Buddhist texts like the UFOs of the Sky Dwellers.

Vimanas are space vehicles/homes, starships
There is much that happens in the unseen world that affects the world we know and contact with our ordinary five senses (which are actually greater in number as science well knows but which is rarely mentioned, such as proprioceptive feedback) and the most important, the sixth or cognition, with "mind" as the sense organ.

Anyone who cultivates the third eye or dibba cakkhu (at the agni chakra and other paranormal powers) can see for him or herself that there are many unseen beings around suppressing our full human potential.

Demon dancers, Tibet (
It is as if we are being "farmed" or "mined" for our strong emotions, sexual energies, wasted psychic emanations, and genetic material, which is combined with that of other beings' by artificial insemination to produce hybrids.

But Americans -- claiming to be reasonable, scientific, experiential and experimental, taking a "I'll believe it when I see it" attitude -- refuse to open their third eye or increase their sensitivity to energy.

Instead, we do all we can to deaden our senses, inebriate our minds, and corrupt our spirits.

Just yoga poses, a humane-natural diet, and pranayama (gaining control of the subtle breath) would do much to bring us into our potential for compassion, wisdom, and enlightenment at least to get us into a fortunate rebirth if we ignore bringing a complete end to rebirth all suffering.

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Latina named Queen in California (photos)

Christopher Yee (; Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
Rose Princess Victoria Castellanos, right, is named Tournament of Roses 99th Rose Queen at Pasadena Playhouse, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 (Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG).
President of the Tournament of Roses Brad Ratliff crowns the 99th Rose Queen Victoria Castellanos in Pasadena, Los Angeles (Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG).
I can't believe my karma finally paid off!
PASADENA, California - The 17-year-old senior from Temple City became the 99th Rose Queen, chosen from among the seven members of the 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“As a performer, I get nervous on stage, but I’ve never felt like this,” Victoria Castellanos said. “I’m shaking, literally.”
Having performed in five musicals at Temple City High School, Castellanos is no stranger to the stage, but she had never been as nervous or excited as she was Thursday in front of a packed Pasadena Playhouse when she was named...the 2017 Rose Parade Rose Queen!
It's no Miss America, but it's a start. Rose queens can go on to greater things (AP).

Compassion in Exile: 14th Dalai Lama (video)

Fame World; Lemle Pictures (DVD:;; Stephan Molydeaux; CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly
(Fame World) The Dalai Lama is not enlightened by his own admission, but Westerners and Tibetans prefer to think of him as a selfless, all-wise Yoda character, which "Star Wars" creator Lucas based on his tutor, particularly his speech quirks and odd syntax patterns.
"Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama," spiritual leader of Tibet in exile

Blasphemy or anti-China?
An inspiration to many as a messenger of peace, the 14th Dalai Lama is a man who has dedicated his entire life towards preserving the rich Tibetan culture.

He resides in the foothills of India's Himalayas, in a hilltop station called Dharamsala, where teaches the importance of love, forgiveness, and care for the benefit of all rather than living in resentment for what the militant Communist Chinese did, which forced him to secretly side with the CIA and serve them as an asset and operative, according to American historian Michael Parenti.
The Dalai Lama with a Western audience
The Dalai Lama does not blame China so much as he blames an internal Tibetan group for the trouble, due to their worship of an inimical deity. These Tibetans protest him whenever they can. This is known as Dorje Shugden Controversy.

Critic Stephan Molydeaux on the Dalai Lama system of Tibet. What Molydeaux does not
know, besides basic Buddhism, is that speaking of others' faults is bad karma in Mahayana.
Rare photo of the child lama (
Born Lhamo Dondrub (his name as a lama being Tenzin Gyatso), he was officially recognized as the 14th "Dalai Lama" on Nov. 17th, 1950 when he was just 15 years old.

Now known as "His Holiness" as a boy he was taken to Tibet's capital of Lhasa, to the Potala Palace in 1940, where he began his monastic education as well as Vajrayana training.

Photo-op for the Dalai Lama with children
The palace is a sort of "Vatican East," once a store of imperial Tibetan "Vatican records" priceless to Vajrayana/Esoteric Buddhism, a Mahayana school peculiar to the Himalayan region and practiced in Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal, parts of China and Russia, and even reaching Southeast Asia.

I was once a cute child (time).
By 1950, when Tibet was under the influence of Chinese military, the current Dalai Lama was 16 and was called upon to be the head of state of the Tibetan people, a god-king or Buddhist pope and secular ruler to the Tibetan people, once a powerful empire spreading influence from Mongolia to Bangladesh.
In 1959, during the first Tibetan Uprising (see), the Dalai Lama fled to India along with his small escort and later  took up residence in Dharamsala, a guest of China's enemy-neighbor, India. He met with the then Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, who agreed to provide shelter to Tibetan refugees escaping communist China.
According to official records, only about 60 Gyatso monks fled with the Dalai Lama to India. Today, the monastic community in India has grown to a population of about 500 monks. Know more about the world; subscribe.

The Dalai Lama and his court are guests of India, living in the Himalayan Dharamsala.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Secret ANCIENT American History (video)

Ancient Astronaut Archive; Xochitl, Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly

This land was full when Europeans came.
“Most Americans have no idea that ancient cities with advanced architectures once dotted the ancient North American landscape. Why is it that top historians do not know about such things, and why is it that they are not generally known among the modern public either?”

One of the mounds built in Cohokia
COHOKIA, Illinois: The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city (circa 600-1400 CE) directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri. This historic park and archeological site lies in southern Illinois between East St. Louis and Collinsville.

The park covers 2,200 acres (890 ha), or about 3.5 square miles (9 km2), and contains about 80 pyramid-like mounds. But the ancient city was much larger. In its heyday, Cahokia covered about 6 square miles (16 km2) and included about 120 human-made earthen mounds in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and functions. More

Breasts: Mammograms = Cancer

Associated Press (via, Oct. 12, 2016); CC Liu, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly

A radiologist compares an image from earlier, 2-D technology mammogram to the new 3-D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis mammography in Wichita Falls, Texas. The technology can detect much smaller cancers earlier. But a new study (released 10-12-16) questions the value of mammograms for breast cancer screening. It concludes that a woman is more likely to be diagnosed with a tumor that is not destined to become large, and presumably more life-threatening, than she is to have earlier detection of one that is (Torin Halsey/Times Record News via AP).

Study questions value of mammograms, breast cancer screening
Canadian Shania
Iatrogenic! A new study questions the value of mammograms for breast cancer screening. It concludes that a woman is more likely to be diagnosed with a small tumor that is not destined to grow than she is to have a true problem spotted early.

The work could further shift the balance of whether screening's harms outweigh its benefits.

Screening is only worthwhile if it finds cancers that would kill, and if treating them early improves survival versus treating when or if they ever cause symptoms.

Asian breast cancer rates used to be low.
Treatment has improved so much over the years that detecting cancer early has become less important.
Mammograms do catch some deadly cancers and save lives. But they also find many early cancers that are not destined to grow or spread and become a health threat.

There is no good way to tell which ones will, so many women get treatments they don't really need. It's a twin problem: overdiagnosis and overtreatment. More

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Horse Race: Debate III (live video)

Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, Pfc. Sandoval, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly

Elections ARE rigged by the duopoly (Reps/Dems), as explained in detail by Greg Palast.
How did I get myself into this? I'm dying of Parkinson's! Can we get popular Michael/Michelle Obama to take my place instead of Biden so I can go get cloned and tuned up? No more dynasties.
It's rigged, it's rigged! I didn't lose because it was rigged! Republicans rig do it like Democrats by "caging" and other illegal tactics. Billionaires need to control politicians to stay rich (Greg Palast).
(The Fun) What will become of us in Islamophobic/racist Trump's America?

Colbert interviews "Melania Trump," who is blaming Billy Bush and standing by her fortune

Epic Superpowers PRANK (video)

Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly;

We recently featured a collection of 5 People with Superpowers [abhinna, iddhi, siddhis] Caught on Tape. The one at the intersection where a deva (lit. "shining one," light being, angel) intervenes to save a man on a bike rickshaw from certain death when he is almost run over by a truck seems real to us. But the deva spotted in Hong Kong who disappears when running into the street when he should have been hit by a bus is likely fake. The man with the groceries with the South Park cutout that flies by is certainly fake.

Stand back, boys! I have paranormal superpowers!
However, the one we questioned was the Thai girl in an emotional exchange with her friend and two aggressive boys next to a bus. The camera work looked staged and unwavering, very unusual if someone caught this on a cell phone video cam. But it is hard to tell without understanding the tonal Thai language. High emotion masks lying, a.k.a. acting. This site ( confirms our misgivings and labels the incident a certain "hoax." It offers for comparison a staged promotional prank for the movie Carrie, which ends up being a funny social psychological experiment on par with an episode of the old show "Candid Camera."

Supernatural prank done for comic effect on Brazilian TV. What would you think, that you were a soulless vampire or among the formerly living?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Correcting myths about Native Americans

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker (BP); Xochitl, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
All the Real Indians Died Off unpacks the 21 most common myths about Native Americans.

Scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle myths about indigenous culture and history that have misinformed and miseducated generations.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Tracing how these ideas evolved, while drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held MYTHS such as:
  • “Columbus Discovered America”
  • “Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims”
  • “Indians Were Savage and Warlike”
  • “Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians”
  • “The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide”
  • “Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans”
  • “Most Indians Are on Government Welfare”
  • “Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich”
  • “Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol”
Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudices of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state mentality aimed at acquiring indigenous land.
This goal is are tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance.
Accessibly written and full of  revelations, All the Real Indians Died Off challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and Eurocentric American history. More

Secret underground society: Hittites (video)

MSW (History); NatGeo; Seth Auberon, Sheldon S., CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

About 4,000 years ago, a mysterious pagan society called the Hittites dug deep into the soft volcanic rock to carve out an intricate underworld

But after almost 800 years of rule, the Hittite Empire vanished without a trace. Where did their people go and what clues have they left behind in their complex subterranean world?

The Hittites were an ancient Anatolian people who established an empire at Hattusa in north-central Anatolia around 1600 BCE.

  • Anatolia is the location of the world's oldest known temple, Göbekli Tepe ("Potbelly Hill"), which is 14,000+ years old This archaeological site at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia region of modern-day Turkey, approximately 7 miles (12 kms) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa. It has a height of 49 feet (15 m) and is about 984 feet (300 m) in diameter and is approximately 2,493 feet (760 m) above sea level. This empire reached its height during the mid-14th century BCE under Suppiluliuma I, when it encompassed an area that included most of Asia Minor as well as parts of the Northern Levant and Upper Mesopotamia. After circa 1180 BCE, the empire came to an end during the Bronze Age collapse, splintering into several independent "Neo-Hittite" city-states, some of which survived until the 8th century BCE.
The Hittite language was a member of the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family. They referred to their native land as Hatti, and to their language as Nešili (the language of Neša). The conventional name "Hittites" is due to their initial identification with the Biblical Hittites in 19th century archaeology.

Despite the use of Hatti for their core territory, the Hittites should be distinguished from the Hattians, an earlier people who inhabited the same region (until the beginning of the second millennium BCE) and spoke a language possibly in the Northwest Caucasian languages group known as Hattic.

The Hittite military made successful use of chariots. Although belonging to the Bronze Age, they were the forerunners of the Iron Age, developing the manufacture of iron artifacts from as early as the 14th century BC, when letters to foreign rulers reveal the latter's demand for iron goods.

After 1180 BC, amid general turmoil in the Levant associated with the sudden arrival of the Sea Peoples, the kingdom disintegrated into several independent "Neo-Hittite" city-states, some of which survived until as late as the 8th century BC.

The history of the Hittite civilization is known mostly from cuneiform texts found in the area of their kingdom, and from diplomatic and commercial correspondence found in various archives in Egypt and the Middle East.

The Hittites used Mesopotamian cuneiform letters. Archaeological expeditions to Hattusa have discovered entire sets of royal archives in cuneiform tablets, written either in the Semitic Mesopotamian Akkadian language of Assyria and Babylonia, the diplomatic language of the time, or in the various dialects of the Hittite confederation.

Before the discoveries, the only source of information about Hittites had been the Old Testament (the Biblical Hittites). Francis William Newman expressed the critical view, common in the early 19th century, that if the Hittites existed at all, "no Hittite king could have compared in power to the King of Judah...."

As archaeological discoveries revealed the scale of the Hittite kingdom in the second half of the 19th century, Archibald Henry Sayce postulated, rather than to be compared to Judah, the Anatolian civilization was "worthy of comparison to the divided Kingdom of Egypt" and was "infinitely more powerful than that of Judah."

Sayce and other scholars also mention that Judah and the Hittites were never enemies in the Hebrew texts. In the Book of Kings, they supplied the Israelites with cedar, chariots, and horses as well as being friends and allies of Abraham in the Book of Genesis.

The first archaeological evidence for the Hittites appeared in tablets found at the Assyrian colony of Kültepe (ancient Karum Kanesh), containing records of trade between Assyrian merchants and a certain "land of Hatti." Some names in the tablets were neither Hattic nor Assyrian, but clearly Indo-European. More

Secret US Space Program; UFOs, Mars (video)

Dr. John Brandenburg (; Wisdom Quarterly

(Secret Space Program) Dr. John Brandenburg, Secret Space Program Conference, 2015, Texas
(SandboxTEN) Top 10 Real UFO Sightings on the News. This is a video compilation of captured UFO footage featured live on U.S. news broadcasts in 2016 and earlier. UFOs caught on camera are evidence of intelligent alien life forms visiting earth. Footage includes eyewitness encounters and first hand accounts of fully visible space crafts, lights in the sky, and strange occurrences.

Won't believe there is life on other planets, moons, and motherships? Watch. Mass UFO sightings in 2011 because there have been none since. Oh, wait, they are being sighted over the US every single day. See UFO Reporting Center for daily sightings. Demand the truth? Most of us demand to be kept in the dark.

Death on Mars: Evidence of an Extraterrestrial Nuclear Massacre
In Death on Mars Dr. Brandenburg shows evidence in support of an Earth-like Mars of the past. It met with nuclear disaster.

Dr. Brandenburg follows with a presentation of nuclear data revealing “weapon-signature” isotopes showing two massive nuclear “airbursts” in the northern regions of Mars.
It will be shown that “anyone who can read a map” can see that both nuclear explosion sites are correlated to dump their resulting strongest shockwaves and fallout downwind on Cydonia Mesa and Galaxias Chaos, two sites reported earlier as locations of possible archeological significance.
Review of recent imagery from the latest probes to Mars confirms the archeological nature of the objects seen there, with a massive carved face, a nearby massive pyramid, at Cydonia Mesa and another carved face and ruins at Galaxias Chaos.
This all paints a scenario of a planetary nuclear massacre and also suggests that the U.S. government has been aware of this evidence since at least 1976. It also depicts a universe where there are intelligent forces hostile to primitive civilizations such as ours, and that human acquisition of advanced space flight technology is mandatory rather than optional.

We must send astronauts to Mars as soon as possible to maximize knowledge of what happened there. This is the best way to avoid sharing Mars' fate. 
BIO: DR. JOHN BRANDENBURG is a plasma physicist working as a consultant at Morningstar Applied Physics LLC and as a part-time instructor of astronomy, physics, and Mathematics at Madison College, and other learning institutions in Madison, Wisconsin.

He previously worked at Orbital Technologies on space plasma technologies, nuclear fusion, and advanced space propulsion. He is the principle inventor of the MET (Microwave Electro-Thermal) plasma thruster using water propellant for space propulsion. He has worked on: SDI, the Clementine Mission to the Moon, Rocket Plume-Regolith Interactions on the Moon and Mars, Vortex theory of Rocket engine design and the combined Sakharov-Kaluza-Klein theory of Field Unification for purposes of space propulsion and Mars science.

Dr. Brandenburg has authored the popular science books Life and Death on Mars (2010), Beyond Einstein’s Unified Field (2011) and Dead Mars, Dying Earth (1999) with Monica Rix Paxson. He has written two science fiction novels under the pen name “Victor Norgarde”: Morningstar Pass: The Collapse of the UFO Coverup and Asteroid 20: 2012 Sepulveda.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

North Dakota: Standing Sioux water protectors

Juan Gonzalez (; Ashley Wells, Xochitl (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Sex Scandal or WikiLeaks? (video)

What does the liar really think? (WL)
We're petty. We'd rather focus on a "sex" scandal we can understand than begin to fathom what WikiLeaks is revealing about the establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.
Don't people realize that the mainstream media is rallied around Clinton. It's not a choice. We're told we have to vote for her. We'd be crazy to do otherwise.

Not this year, not this election. There will be no more voting for the lesser evil. Donald Trump is the lesser evil. But we would have to be paying close attention to know that. Who has time?

Fake poll results deter and bully voters.
No, this year we are going THIRD PARTY no matter how the mainstream propagandists, statisticians, and pollsters paint a dire picture. 

Green Jill Stein all the way, the only candidate in the trenches with the Water Protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will not be played like the last two times (and the two times before that).

Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein - a third party vote changes the system!

Standing Sioux: No Dakota Access Pipeline!
Third party candidates finally have a chance to be serious contenders, but not if we in the mainstream media can help it. John Oliver considers them seriously as potential presidents (wink-wink). Who is Oliver voting for? Last Week tonight with John Oliver: Destroys Donald Trump and Kellyane Conway.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Columbus Day MYTH: The Indians all died off

Co-authors Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ph.D. (, Dina Gilio-Whitaker; Leah Donnella (, A Martinez (; Xochitl, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
Co-author Dina Gilio-Whitaker (
When she was growing up, Dina Gilio-Whitaker was constantly asked, "How much Indian blood do you have?" She could never figure out how to respond, which is not to say she didn't know who she was.
"I knew that I was Native, I knew that I was Colville, I knew my family up there on the reservation," she said recently. "But what I grew up with was a process of not being seen and not being recognized as being Native, because I was completely out of context.
All the Real Indians Died Off (
"People think that they're being friendly or whatever when they ask you that question. But what they're really trying to understand is if you're a real Indian or not."
Figuring out what it means to be a "real Indian" has taken some unpacking. That idea is at the heart of Gilio-Whitaker's new book, All the Real Indians Died Off, which she co-wrote with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

The book takes on 21 myths about Native Americans (ideas like, all Indians are savages, or alcoholics, or have gotten rich off casino money).
"At the root of all of this is the idea of authenticity," Gilio-Whitaker says. "It's the idea that Native people exist in an unchanging past, and that to be an authentic, real Indian, you somehow have not changed and adapted to the modern world. But Native people and Native cultures have always adapted to circumstances, they've always infused and integrated with other cultures. It's always been that way."
In schools across the United States, the timeline of Native American history goes something like: Christopher Columbus, Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, Trail of Tears.

Dunbar-Ortiz, who also wrote An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, says when she travels around the country talking about Native issues, "it's as if a light goes on."
"The truth is kind of depressing in a way, especially when you start talking about war and genocide and massacres," she said. "But it's as if people have been wanting to have some clarity. I don't see how anyone ever learns anything accurate about Native Americans in our education system. Even the most recent, revised textbooks are just confusing. They leave so many holes."
Those holes are large and small, and include events, people, legislation, cultural movements, wars, massacres, and resistance. Many folks in the United States have no idea that there are 562 federally recognized Indian tribes in the country, let alone the unique histories of those tribes.

We rarely read Native authors like Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko or Evelina Zuni Lucero, or celebrate athletes like Maria Tallchief, Shoni Schimmel, or Jim Thorpe.
Overall, Americans don't learn much about the Seminole Wars, the impact of the Homestead Act, the American Indian Movement, the historic settlement of the Indian Trust Fund lawsuit, and the ongoing debate over the Cherokee Freedmen.

Natives from all over US gather to protest.
We don't study the dozens of Supreme Court cases involving Native Americans spanning hundreds of years, about everything from land rights to tribal sovereignty to adoption to civil liberties.

We rarely acknowledge Native Americans as participants in broad American historical events and know precious little about the thousands of years of indigenous civilization that existed before European colonization.
While stereotypes persist, both authors say there is a growing hunger for information about indigenous people. "Americans know they've been lied to," Gilio-Whitaker said. "People are understanding that now, and they're mad that they've been lied to, and they want the truth."
The unprecedented coalition of tribes resisting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, Gilio-Whitaker says, offers a more accurate and contemporary understanding of Native Americans.
"We look at the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock and see what's happening, and how much support has poured out from the far reaches of the United States," she said. "And I'd say that it's really different compared to, say, what happened at Wounded Knee in 1973.
"There was a certain amount of support that came from non-Indians, for example with the Academy Awards and Marlon Brando making a public issue of that and rejecting the Oscar for "The Godfather" based on his protest of Hollywood and the way it treats Natives. That was encouraging.

Yes environment. No Dakota Access Pipeline!
But for the most part, the way history has written that event, Wounded Knee, has not been friendly to Indians. They were called militants and terrorists."
Standing Rock, she says, is a different story, another part of the long, varied definition of what it means to be a real Indian.
"Indian issues are becoming everyone's issues," Gilio-Whitaker said. "Because it is about the environment, it is about environmental justice, it is about clean water, which are things that everybody can relate to now." More