Thursday, January 05, 2006

What Is The Truth?

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BROTHER

Brother: Why do we hate each other?

When we both bleed red?

Brother: Why does my spirit differ from yours?

When they were both given to us by the Creator of Heaven and Earth?

Brother: Why do you think your pain is any different than mine?

When we both feel that pain deep within our hearts?

Brother: Why do we fight?

When our skin is the same color?

Brother: Why do you think you are any different than me?

When we were both born red?

Brother: Does a name mean that we are not brothers anymore?

When the creator gave us the same roles and responsibilities on earth as red people?

Brother: Who decided for you that it was ok to hate your own people?

When the Creator is the greatest decision maker of them all?

Brother: We act in defiance of the Creator when there is any hate within out hearts!

Especially when that hatred is for our own brothers born to be united as one nation!

Brother: Hear my cry and heed my word......we are destroying one another!

It is time to recognize there is much work to be done among the many nations!

Brother: That work can only be accomplished together!

So let's cleanse our hearts of hatred for one another and move in unity in

the same direction!

By Shelley Brant

January 6, 2006

What is the Truth?

How can we determine what the truth is in our communities when most of the governments only want to deceive the people they represent?

When asked a straight forward question: you are either given no answer at all or an answer that is unsatisfactory. The leadership has a fiduciary responsibility to be accountable to the people it represents financially and in all areas of decision making. There has been so much corruption in our native communites that the lack of answers when asked to be accountable fosters further mistrust and breeds contempt of the overall political system . They lead from the top down as a dictatorship, believing that they are accountable to no one: when the healthy way to lead is from the bottom up and to do the will of the people within the community.

The political systems in our communities are broken and need to be fixed: they are based on nepotism; bias; divide and conquer attitides; political payoffs money or favortism; corruption; and greed. As you can see this is no way for any community to be led and you can also see why it takes native communties so long to succeed if indeed they ever do.

Until now very few communities have wanted to take these issues to task and resolve them. This stems from the fact that nobody wants to actually admit what really goes on and that there is anything to address. Some people have tried and have been labelled dissidents for trying to bring attention to issues within certain communities. The leadership has seldom if ever taken on the task of changing the way the political systems in our communities have developed and continue still to this day. When you step into a native community its like stepping into a whole other world: laws that apply outside do not apply in that community neccesarily; it is governed largely by a law or statute called the Indian Act; for some things there are no laws or policies in place, which leads to no contunuity or prevention of certain things.

When you have a mix of no laws and no leadership you have a community that is barely struggling to stay afloat and is merely existing vs growing and prospering. There is a bleek existance for people that live in these types of communities cause the rules are kind of made up as they go along and they are applied or not according to who you are and who you are related to nine times out of ten.

Lets hope that someday more people are willing to become involved in the process of change that will set our communities on the path of health and prosperity and out of dysfunction.

8 Comments:

Blogger Anvilcloud said...

How odd. I saw your fab wolf graphic on the syndicated version of your blog, but, when I clicked on your actual blog, I just got a messgage about your graphic being hosted by tripod. Anyway, it was quite wonderful -- as is the one at the top of your blog.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Sadiq M. Alam said...

what an inspirational piece of poem. very nice.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Shelley Brant said...

Thank you anvilcloud I try to choose my pictures as a sybol of my writing and im not sure why its not showing up as is should.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Shelley Brant said...

Thank you very much Sadiq I wrote this poem as a reference to the hatred and discrimination that exists not only between different Native nations, but also between the same nations located within different jurisdictions. Until these things are healed and rectified we cannot move forward as the unified nation that we should be.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Very beautiful Poem Shelley :) And very true. Thanks my friend.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Shelley Brant said...

Thank You Matt also my good friend!

1:10 AM  
Blogger Doug Pare said...

Hi Shelly

This blog is outstanding. I clicked on it to approve a site initially and couldn't take my eye's off of it until I read every word. Being online most of the time I see alof of websites and believe me it's rare that I stop and read one. Keep up the great work and keep writing.

Doug Pare
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

8:05 PM  
Blogger Shelley Brant said...

Doug, thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog and I am glad that you enjoyed it. It means alot to me that my blog is helping to educate and create awareness about the real issues in our Native communities and the realities that Native people face everyday.

11:24 PM  

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