Manifesting the Declaration: a story hits the paper
It is an old saying that a student finds a master, and the truth has wings.
Monumental an undertaking as it was to translate his dream into forms the senses could grasp and other minds comprehend; after the words were printed on paper the work got harder.
The next job was to find those who must get the document, and tell them how to get their own Declaration to pass around for people to read and sign and pass around...
One day in April, 2010, a reporter from the local newspaper found out about the Declaration. She decided to interview the man, and tell about his dream.
And from the very valley sacred to the Washeshu for ten milennia, the words began to spread around the globe.
Here is the article:
"Declaration a way to show unity"
by Sharlene Irete, firstname.lastname@example.org. By permission.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
Art George Jr. has worked for years putting together a three-page Declaration by Indigenous People.
Each of the 10 articles begins, “We Acknowledge and Honor.” Creation, liberty, sacred grounds, the continuation of life, creativity and expression are among the principals acknowledged and honored in the Declaration by Indigenous People.
The declaration is a compilation written by William Blair, an environmental auditor from Eugene, Ore., who has worked with indigenous people for 40 years.
“We came together to make the declaration just as the six nations of the Iroquois had when the founding fathers created the Declaration of Independence,” said George of Blair, with whom he's worked for the past three years to create the declaration.
“In my life I've always seen that there's been a problem of people segregating themselves. We all have to live together so we have to figure out a way to do it.
“I've been waiting my whole life for a document,” George said.
There is no target date or minimum amount of signatures to be collected for the Declaration by Indigenous People.
“People can get the declaration and get signatures themselves,” said George. “Foreign indigenous can sign with indigenous. Nobody's left out. We've got to get together.”
Receive a copy of the Declaration of Indigenous People by contacting George at realwasho.com or P.O. Box 311, Gardnerville, NV 89410
The Real Washo Web site offers information about Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Washoe culture and traditional stories.
“The purpose of the declaration is as a reminder to governments that we recognize our rights and responsibilities to our country,” said George. “There's a place on the document to declare your own declaration if you'd like to add to it.
“By signing the Declaration by Indigenous People, it shows a unified position. It will go to the Secretary of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, other government agencies, and the United Nations.
“Beyond that, this document is for our grandparents,” he said. “When Columbus hit the rock, if indigenous people had this, they would have been included this whole time. It's putting us back into the equation by letting all people of this country know we're all in this together.
“We're all indigenous and will find common ground to help us to become the great country we proclaim. This document physically tells us we can be.”
“We Acknowledge and Honor creation, sovereignty of spirit, mind and body keeping each natural person free to live, have values, beliefs, enjoy individual personality and attributes of life.” (Article I of the Declaration by Indigenous People.)
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