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Battle of the Greasy Grass

Hanh mitakuyapi / Hello my relatives.  Today is the 140th anniversary of the Battle of the Greasy Grass, at which that miserable slime George Armstrong Custer got what he had coming to him.  Well, close - he suicided rather than let us Ndn women have at him for his depredations against our Peoples.  Coward.. 

  He & his brother Tom snatched Ndn babies from their mothers' arms, threw them in the air & caught them on their bayonettes as they fell, shouting, "Nits make lice!"  In North Dakota, there is a huge amount of "memorialization" of Custer.  There is also, not surprisingly, a huge amount of anti-Ndn bigotry in ND.    There is in every state with a substantial "officially recognized" Ndn population.  Where equlity is 'guaranteed' to all citizens, which includes us, since the Snyder Act of 1924 & President Coolidge....

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Certification of Farriers

  Back when I was shoeing horses for a living, I was called in as an expert witness in several court cases - all against the same man.  Every time, I would be asked about my qualifications vs his, & his attorney would harass me considerably for 'proof'.  I got pretty good at said proofs, but it irked me that aside from my reputation for thoroughness & success rate with tough cases - my specialty was orthopedics; too often mis-called 'corrective' shoeing - I had no standards to back me. 

  Of course, there was also the fact that he had 'x' number of lawsuits for crippling horses & that I was often the farrier called in to try to fix what he had screwed up, but still - there was no set of standards we could refer to.  There were no criteria we could reference.

  So in 1972, I stood up in front of the annual American Farriers' Assn. &...  Read More

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