A call to conscience
Co-Founder: GOAL Tribal Coalition
Standing Rock Sioux
Actor: Westworld, Longmire, Fargo...
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Buffalo Calf Woman Pipe
“We will not stand by in the land of our ancestors and watch grizzlies be blown apart by high-powered rifles and mutilated just to satiate the bloodlust of some rich, ‘great white hunters.’
“Having respect for wildlife isn't all about being Native, it has more to do with being a human being. You don’t have to be an Indian to be part of this. I grew up in grizzly country and so my experiences with bears are extremely personal, and hunting them is absolutely crazy. Why would you hunt a grizzly bear?”
“We have to honor and respect Mato Oyate, the Grizzly Bear Nation, and secure a place in this world for them because the grizzly bears have an important place in our ceremonies.“ We see this relationship with the grizzly bear and all living beings of the earth as being part of a healing process. We talk about harmony, balance, understanding and the sacred relationship between all things, while others talk about trophy hunting,”
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Welcome to GOAL Tribal Coalition from CHAIRMAN BEARSHIELD
Thank you for visiting our website! GOAL is currently one of the largest tribal coalitions in North America, with some fifty federally recognized Indian tribes supported by the Assembly of First Nations.
GOAL has taken the fight to protect the sacred grizzly bear and our religious and spiritual rights to the highest offices of the US Government, and many, including the House Natural Resources Committee, have cited our work. The grizzly bear is our ancestor, referred to as the Ancient One by many, and a grandparent by all. Tribal Nations oppose delisting on the basis of violations of sovereignty, treaty rights, and religious and spiritual freedoms. If federal protections are removed from the grizzly bear, protections on over 2 million acres of sacred land on which the grizzly bear roams will also be lifted, opening up Mother Earth to corporate exploitation.
I am confident that this year we as a coalition will prevail on behalf of the grizzly bear and Mother Earth.
I encourage all who support and are passionate about this sacred being to accept our invitation to stand with us.
CHAIRMAN DAVID BEARBOW BEARSHIELD
MURDER IN YELLOWSTONE - The death of 'Scarface', a 25 year old grizzly grandfather of Yellowstone offers state wildlife officials a terrible taste of what hunting a delisted Yellowstone grizzly might look like click here
GOAL'S POSITION ON DELISTING
SACRED GRIZZLY BEARS
Putting aside the questionable science, the egregious manipulation of data, and the lack of transparency in the process, the federal government’s determination to remove the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection currently contravenes the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA. PUBLIC LAW 95-341--AUG. 11, 1978), Executive Orders, and Secretarial Orders.
According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, it is not “socially acceptable” for grizzlies to live beyond a constricted island they dub the “Primary Conservation Area” within the vast landscape of the West they once roamed before the march of Manifest Destiny.
The dominant society’s perception of what is “socially acceptable” carries dark connotations for tribal people. The grizzly, like our ancestors, is only going to be permitted to survive if it is confined to reservations.
To leave will render the grizzly subject to open season.
Read more here
See the reality of a grizzly hunt here
VIDEOS WORTH WATCHING
DR JOE MEDICINE CROW WALKS ON AT 102 YEARS.
SEE HIS LAST INTERVIEW ON THE CROW'S ELDER BROTHER - THE GRIZZLY
TRIBES SLAM GRIZZLY DELISTING AS CULTURAL GENOCIDE
BIG ENERGY'S CONNECTION TO DELISTING GRIZZLY BEARS IS EXPOSED
TRIBES DISRESPECTED BY FEDERAL & STATE OFFICIALS IN GRIZZLY FIGHT
NEWS WORTH READING
The San Carlos Apache relate the grizzly struggle to Oak Flat in their statement to the Obama Administration
“It is our belief, taught by our ancestors, that the grizzly bear is a grandmother and a grandfather,” explains Tao Etpison, Vice Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. “We have to respect them as people.
When we are gathering or hunting in the mountains we’re taught not to talk about the grizzly bear. Such is our respect for the grizzly that we won’t say its name,” he continues. Read the story here
But despite tribes’ objections, Director Ashe informed the leaders that FWS still intends to issue the proposed rule to delist the grizzly bear by the end of the year.
21st Century Treaty Breakers: Dep. Sec. Interior Mike Connor, USFWS Director Dan Ashe, Assoc. Director Bob Dreher, with GOAL leaders and Sho-Ban Vice Chairman LJ Tyler
Having beaten down the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming is girding to cull the Greater Yellowstone grizzly population to 500 if delisting is not derailed.
“This has never happened before,”said James Walks Along, THPO for the Northern Cheyenne Nation. I was shocked by the disrespect I was shown.”
to “commence tribal consultation“ and warns of impacts on the grizzly’s survival
UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES
The politics of colonialism and greed fueling delisting:
Fuzzy Math: How FWS and the tri-states made a 35% increase in the Yellowstone grizzly population in 12-months . . .
Nits Make Lice Again -
The foundation of Yellowstone National Park was nothing more than an act of imperialism inspired by Manifest Destiny:
The heart of Turtle Island (shaded in red) is GOAL Tribal Coalition Country : nearly 50 Tribal Nations united in a common cause - the protection of the sacred grizzly bear, the defense of tribal sovereignty,and the preservation of indigenous spiritual and religious rights.
"Preserving the grizzly equates to cultural preservation,"
Chairman Robert Flyng Hawk, Yankton Sioux Tribe
"It is not necessary to debate whether or not the grizzly bear is recovered, being as the government’s own population estimates show that there may be fewer than 1,400 grizzlies remaining
in the contiguous United States, where, pre-Anglo European contact, it is believed that the grizzly population was in excess of 100,000.
Some former government biologists warn that if federal protections are lifted, the grizzly could be doomed to the path of extinction within a decade."
Chairman Herman G. Honanie,
"Those that massacred our people also wiped out the Wámakaškaŋ – they wiped out the buffalo, the grizzlies and the wolves – and today that mindset is still there, that ‘disease of the mind’"
- Chief Arvol Looking Horse
"The grizzly has always been the guardian of our lands. If ESA protections are removed from the grizzly, our lands will be vulnerable to further environmental devastation due to the inevitable push to issue more energy
leases once the restrictions on issuing such are relaxed if the grizzly is no longer on the ESA list."
Chief Charles Weasel Head,
Kainaiwa (Blood) Nation.
Almost 50 Tribal Nations plus 640 First Nations in Canada support the mission of GOAL Tribal Coalition andoppose the delisting and trophy hunting of Grizzly bears.
A total of nearly 50 have now passed official declarations, resolutions, or issued letters denouncing delisting to Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, or Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe. Read and download copies of those official communications here: Make A Stand
Chippewa Cree Tribe
Confederated Salish & Kootenai
Fort Belknap Assiniboine and Gros Ventre
Fort Peck Tribes
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska
Sac and Fox Nations
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes)
FOR GOAL's MISSION
“Having respect for wildlife isn't all
about being Native, it has more to do with being a human being.
You don’t have to be
an Indian to be
part of this.”
Zahn McClarnon (Standing Rock Sioux)
Craig Johnson (author) Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire),
Zahn McClarnon (Mathias) Actor - 'Longmire'
Steven Spielberg's 'Into the West.'
“The Crows, like other Indians, respect grizzly bears. On vision quests we will sing to them to make contact with them, to be one with them, to receive
Dr. Joe Medicine Crow
Dr Joe Medicine Crow, at 102, the oldest member of the Crow Nation and suporter of GOAL's mission t save grizzly bears from delisting.
If this is what you want to see when you come into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the environs of Yellowstone National Park, then do nothing... but if you find these images abhorrent
JOIN WITH US TO STOP DELISTING & GRIZZLY TROPHY HUNTING.
Killer of Cecil the lion, Dr Walter Palmer,
with a grizzly he slaughtered for 'fun.'
For more info related to the delisting of endangered
grizzly bears visit www.heybear.com