Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - Trail Of Tears Cherokee Legacy - Little Bear Goes To School
Submitted by Western Shoshone Defense Project
By signing up for iLoveMountains.org, you will become an integral part of the movement to raise awareness about mountaintop removal coal mining - and you've helped to expose the more than 470 mountains that coal companies have already destroyed in Appalachia.
Today, I want to tell you about a place that is ground zero in the fight to stop mountaintop removal coal mining , a place called Coal River Mountain.
Located in westernmost Raleigh County, West Virginia, Coal River Mountain is under threat from Massey Energy.
Massey has applied for two mountaintop removal permits, and is considering a third, that would destroy nearly 6,000 acres of Coal River Mountain, effectively decapitating it. They would fill 18 Appalachian valleys with toxic coal mining waste and destroy the tallest peaks ever to be mined in West Virginia.
But a coalition of grassroots organizations, led by Coal River Mountain Watch, have joined together to protect Coal River Mountain - and bring the attention of the nation to the ongoing tragedy that is mountaintop removal coal mining.
You can help. Will you forward this email on to just one person you know, and ask them to add their voice to the more than 20,000 Americans who are standing up to raise awareness about mountaintop removal coal mining?
Simply forward this email right now.
The effort to stop the Coal River Mountain project is gaining momentum at the local level. Just last week, more than 100 local citizens filled the bleachers at a public hearing held by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection at the Clear Fork Elementary School to speak their minds about the massive proposal.
There has never been such a turnout to a public hearing on a mine permit in West Virginia... but even more incredibly, every single citizen who spoke, spoke in opposition to the mine.
There are many reasons that local citizens oppose the mine: it will pollute their drinking water, heighten the risk of local flooding, and destroy the mountains and the beautiful landscape that have been their family home for as many as nine generations.
The mine, too, would destroy the long-term economic future of Coal River Mountain. As many citizens said at the hearing, for just a few years worth of jobs and a few years worth of coal, the mine would wipe out the opportunity to build a wind power facility that could provide long-term jobs and enough power to meet the needs of more than 90,000 homes forever. (Click here to learn more about the alternative wind power facility.)
Yet despite the united - and, at the hearing, unanimous - opposition to the plan to destroy Coal River Mountain, local citizens hold little hope that their testimony alone will stop the mine - because the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has never denied a permit application for a mountaintop removal mine. Never.
That's why it is absolutely critical that you forward this email on to at least one friend or family member today.
Even though most Americans would never support the destruction of this beautiful mountain and irreplaceable landscape, the people living near Coal River Mountain believe that their mountain will be destroyed because most Americans simply don't know what's happening in the hills and hollows of Appalachia.
The power to change that lies in your hands, right now. Please, forward this email to your friends and family, and ask them to join you in standing up to end mountaintop removal coal mining. They can join by clicking here:
Thank you for taking action and standing with the people of Coal River Mountain.
Mary Anne Hitt
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"Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy"
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Congratulations and Hooray, For Soon To Be - Dr. Jeanne Bedell Bailey.
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Little Bear's First Day Of School
Submittted by Ken Hughes
It was Little Bear’s first day to attend the Whiteman's school.
Little Bear was 8 years old and he was told he would have to be in a grade with 6 year olds since he had never been to school. Little Bear objected. He was a proud Shoshone Indian and not uneducated.
He told the teacher he had been schooled by his father and grandfather. He told her to come with him outside and he would show her how much he knew about things not found in books.
The next surprise Little Bear was confronted with he was told he had to cut his braided hair off to conform with the white children in the school. And second, he could no longer be called Little Bear, from then on he would be known by Glenn Kirk his Christian name.
When Little Bear returned home he went to his grandfather for comfort and to tell him he didn't want to go to the Whiteman's school anymore. His grandfather explained Little Bear was caught between to cultures, half Indian and half white.
In order to survive as a man Little Bear must learn the Whiteman's ways. He wouldn't be able to survive in the old ways. His grandfather told him of the surrender of the tribe and how they marched hundreds of miles from their green lands on the Salmon River to the dry foot hills of Fort Hall.
Little Bear survived the Whiteman's schools and eventually became part of the Whiteman's culture. He became Glenn Kirk, [secretly he was Big Red so called for his height and his red hair.]
Glenn prospered through hard work and the teachings of his grandfather. Glenn covered most of America and Canada as an over the road truck driver. Those long nights on the highways of America Glenn could almost imagine his ancestors riding their Indian pony's along side of him begging him to park his truck and return to the old ways.
Little Bear has completed the cycle of parenting now he has grandchildren he must teach of their Indian heritage. He must tell them they are descendents of Sacagawea and Beaver Dick. He must tell them of Jenny of the Tetons and her sacrifice to save a white family. Little Bear has much to tell his grandchildren. Will they listen or scoff at their grandfather's passion for the old ways?
We live for our dreams not our children's and grandchildren's dreams.
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