GOAL'S Advisory Council
These prominent members of the Native community have provided GOAL Tribal Coalition with vital insights, wisdom, and advice; their continued guidance is invaluable to this effort.
Our relatives, the Animal Nations reflect our own well-being. The bear, buffalo, wolf, salmon, caribou, eagle, whale, dolphin and many other sacred relatives in the fragile ecosystem are all in danger and are suffering.
We, the Indigenous Nations, see what our brother Animal Nations are going through, since we are all connected, we are all One.
What happens to them, happens to us! They need our help. Our voices must be heard!
“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.’
It is impossible to articulate in a sound-bite the spiritual significance of the grizzly in our culture.
The grizzly is sacred, an ancient spirit, a great healer and teacher.
The grizzly is integral to our traditional spiritual lifeway.”
Don Shoulderblade, Northern Cheyenne spiritual leader
and Co-Founder of GOAL.
David Bearshield (Cheyenne Arapaho) says it is his honor to represent GOAL Tribal Coalition as Chairman of the Advisory Board and to meet with government offices in regards achieving meaningful tribal consultation with the Native American Tribes of our nation in the effort to stop proposed trophy hunting and delisting of grizzly bears.
David Bearbow Bearshield, Cheyenne Arapaho nation
Chairman of the Advisory Board
Tom Poor Bear is a veteran fighter for Native rights. As a young man he was at the Wounded Knee Occupation, and has been a lifelong American Indian Movement (AIM) member.
Tom currently serves as Vice President for the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe.
Tom Poor Bear, Oglala Lakota
Ben Nuvamsa is a former Chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Prior to serving as chairman, he spent 34 years working for the federal government and specifically the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), during which time he authored several Indian self-determination policies for the BIA and the Department of the Interior. He currently serves as the President/CEO of KIVA Institute, LLC. Nuvamsa has extensive knowledge and experience in executive management and tribal governance areas and served on national work groups with the National Congress of American Indians, United Southern and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and Indian Health Service. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association in 1997 and a Citizenship Award from Arizona Governor Wesley Bolin. He is a member of the Bear Clan of Shungopavi
Ben Nuvamsa, Hopi
James Walks Along
James Walks Along, Northern Cheyenne
“. . . the dominant society’s world view doesn’t recognize or validate the spiritual aspects of the grizzly bear, or the attributes of the grizzly bear, and how they actually taught (and still teach us today) the elements of harmony of nature and how to live with some sense of equilibrium.
With our government to government relationship through the treaties we should be able to have that kind of input – to be on a par. So here our sovereignty is also at stake."
Jhon Goes In Center, Oglala Lakota Nation THPO
Pat Goggles has served five terms as State Representative (D) for House District 33. He has served as minority floor leader in the House and was a member of Select Committees on Tribal Relations, on Management Council, School Facilities, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the Journal Committee and the Education Committee, plus CSG West - Western Water and Environment. Last year Patrick announced that “I am not retiring, nor am I quitting politics, I am going to flow with the inevitable. Younger people need to be making decisions on their own behalf. I step aside to encourage a younger person to take on the very challenging role of state representative.” He is currently the Executive Director of Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing which provides low-cost housing on the Wind River Reservation.
Pat Goggles, Northern Arapaho
Cyril Scott is the Tribal Chairman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He is a fierce defender of Lakota rights and in his letter of support for grizzly bears and GOAL, stated this...
"The specter of trophy hunters killing grizzly bears on our sacred lands is painful for the Lakota people. The most famous image of the 1874 Black Hills Expedition that contravened the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty – and resulted in the theft of the Black Hills – is the photograph of Custer with the grizzly he killed for a "trophy." We cannot allow a repeat 140-years later on lands our ancestors fought so hard to defend when they opposed the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad along the Yellowstone in 1872/73, which was itself a violation of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty."
Cyril Scott, Rosebud Sioux
Sara Robinson was appointed to the position of Tribal Liason to the State Government in 2013, bringing a wealth of experience to that role having served on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and the Eastern Shoshone Business Council, been an educator on the Wind River Reservation and also a public defender. However, only a year later she resigned, siting the Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead for discriminating against her as a tribal woman. “With the lack of process, procedure, policy and professionalism and courtesy that exists in those offices, I really feel like they want to show that somehow we are not able to do our jobs,” Robinson said.
Sara Robinson, Eastern Shoshone
JT Goes Ahead works for the Crow Tribe Fish and Wildlife Department. e is a defender of the traditional ways of his people and a fluent Crow language speaker. This video was presented to the Crow Nation in December, 2014 and thanks to JT's skills and dedication to the Old Ways of the People, it is articulated in the traditional Crow language, with some subtitles in English.
This short movie explains why the grizzly is so important to the Crow culture and why delisting grizzlies from the Endangered Species Act is an affront to tribal sovereignty.
JT Goes Ahead, Crow Nation
“The Anglos couldn’t pronounce Se-t’ain-te – White Bear – and so that is why he became known as Satanta.
The white bear is the grizzly bear. The grizzly and the color white are sacred. Se-tain-te was probably named by his father, Old Man of the Red Tipi, who named him after the sacred white grizzly because the grizzly will fight to the death to defend what is in its heart, and his father wanted his son to do the same for the Kiowa people.”
Betty J. Washburn (Sankadota), great-great-granddaughter
of Se-t’ain-te (Satanta).
"It was not sport when they slaughtered the buffalo and it will not be sport if they start to slaughter the grizzly. . . Those with the grizzly in their gun-sights know nothing about the spiritual ways of tribal people and their relationships with their ancestral homelands and the grizzly. The impact upon our Indian people today will be similar to what happened to our ancestors in the period between our last days of living our true, traditional lifestyle and being forced upon reservations. Our people had a beautiful way of life, one of balance and reciprocity with the land and all living things before we were consigned to existing on reservations . . . I know how sad my great-grandfather, Quanah Parker, would be if he was here to see the loss of the grizzly and the pain other tribal people will feel if the grizzly is taken from them.”
Ardith Parker Leming, Great granddaughter of Quanah Parker, Comanche Nation
Ruthie Shoulderblade is a traditional Northern Cheyenne to her core. Married to spiritual leader Don Shouderblade, she believes in the traditions and wisdom of the Northern Cheyenne way of life and speaks movingly about the connection the People have to the grizzly bear.
Her short statement explains why the grizzly is so important to the Northern Cheyenne culture and why delisting grizzlies from the Endangered Species Act is an attack on the spirituality of the People.
Ruthie Shoulderblade, Northern Cheyenne