It ain’t easy being Indian… (Sept. 2016)

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country
  
An amazing man passed on recently. You all know him too, Jim Northrup from Sawyer, Minn. He was a raconteur, author, poet and playwright and he was my friend. I will always miss him but before he left he was at peace and I believe that was a monumental gift from the Creator. I saw Jim weeks before at the Rez clinic and I said “This is not goodbye, I will see you again” and I believed it.
  
I didn’t actually…that will have to wait until I go too and then Jim and I can have laughs like we did in this life. I can still hear in his deep voice saying, “Ricey Wild!” We are enrolled in the same reservation, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa but what ties us together is we both got our columns started with The Circle Newspaper.
  
He had his own unique voice and I have mine. In no way was I ever in competition with Jim. We each have our own life experiences and were happy to share them with one another. I miss Jim’s smile, his way of finding the funny in people who take themselves too seriously. We knew a lot of people in common and our wit ran deep. Hehe. I’ll never tell Jim, that was our time.
  
No one who ever met Jim Northrup will ever forget him. His amazing legacy will last forever. Giigawaabamin Minaawa Niijii.
  
I’m so proud of the Protectors, the Water Warriors who are currently at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Some family and friends of mine have traveled there to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe. Dakota Access Pipeline construction has been halted pending a ruling whether the Tribe was consulted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properly. People! That is huge news, wonderful news. 85+ tribes from across the U.S. and non-Indians are camped out there and staying despite the DHS cutting their water supply and arresting non-violent protectors.
  
I read that the FBI is getting involved in getting rid of the protectors and all I have to say about that is if genocide, assimilation and systemic oppression didn’t work over the past 500 years it sure won’t now. My heart is with the Water Protectors and also my prayers for their continued safety and well-being. Now I’ve read that they are going to begin pumping water out of the Great Lakes but that won’t happen either when we all stand together.
  
Much love and respect to the Water Protectors. NO D.A.P.L!!!!!
  
Exciting times have come to my home in Rezberry. My old friend and co-worker Mark Anthony Rolo has come to visit and design my website and help write a compilation of my almost 18 years of columns. In the book I intend to write about just how I came to be this way and my adventures and misadventures which are many. The website will include a monthly horoscope column and some videos of my absurd reality. I’m finally in a place where I can focus on my writing and new ideas.
  
No one will be spared my razor tongue just so yooz know. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahhaahahahhahaahahhahaha!!!!! (Laughing maniacally while rubbing my palms together). Believe me some people have it coming. My purpose is not exposing the dastardly deeds of hypocritical people that literally cause me nausea but simply to write the truths of my life. To sure there will be a lot of hilarity too because that’s what sustains me and how I get through this crazy life.
  
When the projects are completed I will post it on facebook and in my column. I hope you all check it out and share widely. I’m having fun with this and want you to do so too.
  
Purrince is sitting on the desk next to me and it’s a fall-like shadow that lights him. I like September but not so much what follows…Winter. Brrrrr!!! Until then I’m gonna be outside as much as I can and get browner n browner. Ay!!!
  
Readers, if you have a favorite column I wrote please contact me at the email address at the bottom of my column. I need your input and suggestions about what made you laugh, think, become aware or just generally enjoyed. As I said before I’m finally in a space where I can do what I want to do and I intend not to waste it. It has been such a privilege to be able to write as I do and gratifying that so many people appreciates what I have to say.
  
See yooz all next month when Moosie may make an appearance as he likes to do on an odd frequency. Take care, stay well and laugh a whole lot. Mwah!!!




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