Monday, October 24, 2011

Territorial Concept: Proposed Six Grandfathers (Mt. Rushmore) Lease With The U.S..

Hello All,

This concept today regarding as a possible solution to the controversy surrounding Mt. Rushmore. Stemming back to the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie with the Lakota Sioux Nation. It's not ideal, but allow me to set up the back story first off.

The South Dakota Black Hills Mountain range has been the ancestral lands of the Sioux Nation of American Indians. Originally "Mt. Rushmore" was known to the Lakota as "Six Grandfathers". However an advocacy group known as the "American Indian Movement" in 1971 renamed the mountain to "Mount Crazy Horse". The "Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868" ensured the Black Hills would belong to the Sioux Nation in perpetuity. However gold prospectors crossing into the Sioux lands ignited the "Black Hills War". Which the United States stepped in and illegally confiscated the Black Hills in 1877 for themselves. Thus officially starting the land dispute that has followed the Lakota and surrounding Sioux tribes to this day.

In 1980 the "U.S. vs Sioux Nation of Indians" won a landmark case for the Sioux. Where the United States government was willing to pay the Sioux Nation $15.5 million dollars. This was the 1877 real estate market value of the Black Hills plus 5% interest amounting to a total of $105 million dollars in 1980. The Sioux Nation proudly refused the settlement offer only seeking to retain ownership of their ancestral lands. Since that time several individual tribal members have laid a claim to the settlement monies. However they're awaiting in limbo for approval of disbursement from the Court of such funds to date.

My concept allows the Sioux Nation to be awarded title deed ownership to the Black Hills Mountain region. However there is a catch which is to agree to a 100 year lease with the United State Government. Similar as to how the United States had a lease in the "Panama Canal Zone" or as it is now in "Gauntanamo Bay, Cuba". The Sioux Nation would be awarded back rent payments stemming from all the back to the year 1877. Which is when the United States government illegally seized the Black Hills from the Lakota Sioux Nation. So any of those individual tribal members laying claim to the settlement funds of 1980. Would have that settlement reclassified as back rent from this potential lease for the Black Hills.

Effectively the lease of the Black Hills if acceptable to both the Sioux Nation and the United States government. Can be set for 234 years time of which 134 years have already been served in the lease of the land. Where a remaining 100 years time is in effect as long as the United States keeps up in good standing its lease payments. The lease payments set at whatever base amount would increase at 5% every 10 years time or during the U.S. Census period. I chose 5% interest lease increase since it falls in line with the 5% interest increase from the 1980 settlement. That was originally refused by the Sioux Nation overall.

If the lease for the Back Hills is agreed to than the back lease payments and future lease payments. Would be deposited into a trust fund administered by the Sioux Nation Elders. Where the monies would be utilized for the betterment of all Sioux people and the tribal lands as a whole. Meaning it can be dispersed as a stipend payment to all Sioux. Including improvements to Sioux education, infrastructure of the tribal lands, tribal lands 1st responders IE police and fire rescue, cultural upliftment, commerce, and tourism.

The United States government would have 1st option to renew the lease of the Black Hills. At the conclusion of the remaining 100 year lease period. Otherwise full use of the Black Hills would revert to the Sioux Nation and its heirs. To use as they see fit in whatever manner that best suits their purposes.

(Note: I used Wikipedia for any pertinent historical accounts.)


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jewels of Truth Statements & Favorite Quotes of The Month

Hello All,

Besides the development of Volume 2 of the "Jewels of Truth" continuing at my publisher iUniverse. I've returned from a twelve day family visit slash vacation in Miami last week. This is where I'm catching up to my routine which includes posting to this blog site.

Today's entry of the "Jewels of Truth" series deals with the topics of: Living, Art, and Invisible Links that connect us to others. These original spiritual wisdom statements were written back in late April and early May of the year 2009. Now only appearing more than 2 years time later here at "Atrayo's Oracle" for the very first time.

Without a further adieu here they are for your enjoyment.


948) Live well, by living well is the greatest truth in seeking contentment. Whereby we focus on the positive to illuminate the way to a fuller lifestyle. A lifestyle that is not overburdened by our limitations. That fashions our personal inadequacies into ropes that bind us into a stronger form than weakening our resolve to "Live Well". By living well I do not only mean materially speaking, but holistically. Finding expression of our mental and emotional being having a healthy outlook on life as we know it. As the experiences of life toss us about we can remain in our truth that we can overcome such obstacles. Not alone, for if we are wise we will align ourselves with souls that will support us by their own compassion and truth.

Living well is a privilege, and not a right. It is our responsibility to maintain a mindset and a character that is robust enough to be in harmony with our own individual circumstances. If we falter than we succumb to suffering leading the way by hardships that may become countless. Strengthen your character and most of all your faith in God to carry you to a better place by being well prepared for life itself. Otherwise you will always cheat yourself of the destiny and blessedness of the glory of God(dess) all around you constantly. Amen.
---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.

949) Art as a medium has Infinite sources of Inspirations. This is what makes art a creative force of delight and expression for some. Others yet still use art to give expression to the suffering of the world facing injustice. Art is the bridge between the unspoken and the articulated. Art is not just for the elite within a particular society, it is for the masses. As a space to offer the people as a whole a place of enrichment and growth. A growth that is both thought provoking and at times if needed controversial. Forcing the cultural norms to evolve for the highest self to shine with dignity, and not vanity alone. Art is the mainstay of any civilization worth its weight in the souls that find expression through the sacred act of creation. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.

950) There are numerous invisible links that bind us to other people. Be it by circumstance or affinity of intent these invisible links can be supportive for a person leading to empowerment. If meant for one person alone or for the many at large by the consequences of actions yet to be fully resolved. All leaders no matter their stature in a society will need invisible links in becoming catalysts for change. However not all invisible links are supportive in nature. Many yield destructive effects if not immediately than down the road to an uncertain future. Out of the ashes of such a misfortune the ones to follow can rise once again to bring order out of chaos. It is not the invisible links or the ties that bind us together that make them good or bad. It is how the ones with the power to recognize and wield them that shall be the determiner of the integrity of their actions. Those that lead through ulterior selfish motivations will eventually be caught in the full display of the rising sun. Where the masses will declare "No More" we are not your slaves! Thus breaking their chains in order to live with liberty versus obligated indebtedness. Those whom lead with conviction no matter if disagreement follows them shall be honored. For their hearts are just and not filled with a lust in authoritative power can bring alone. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.


Peace is not an event, its a process. ---Leymah Gbowee. Liberian Peace Activist. On PBS "Tavis Smiley" show on 10/17/11.

God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it. ---The Midrash.

Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started. ---Unknown Proverb.

Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do. ---John Wooden.

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. ---Muhammad Ali.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

"Jewels of Truth, God Is Reality!"

Hello All,

Just a heads up I'm a bit busier than usual because Volume 2 of the "Jewels of Truth" series is being developed at my publisher iUniverse. So I may not be posting to this blog site perhaps towards the end of October.

So I'll offer up this morsel that was written earlier today where the ink is still drying on the page. It's on the topic of God(dess) being our reality unto all that was, is, and will be. Do take note that towards the end of this spiritual wisdom statement I make a controversial utterance. To say the least its thought provoking to others yet still I'm speaking heresy. Fortunately I live in a pluralistic society here in America.

To add clarity as to my spiritual writings is that I'm an Intuitive with a clair- cognizant ability. Amongst a couple other psychic traits of being an empath with premonitions. As always I have stated my writings are inspired by Automatic Writing. I consider this a writing technique that moves me by inspiration. Others yet still describe automatic writing to be a psychic quality of taking dictation from one's Spirit Guides and Teachers. Either definition for me works depending on the audience I am with at the time. Be they secular, spiritual, or religious in nature when they ask what my faith is it throws them for a loop.

I consider myself to be Multi-Faith, which I define as including all benevolent faith traditions. Be they religious or philosophical that promote goodwill in moderation. Since I believe God or Goddess in the feminine form is prevalent everywhere in reality. Not pigeon holed to one region of this primitive world be it in antiquity or in our contemporary days.

So without a further adieu here is spiritual wisdom "Jewels of Truth" series statement #1193.


"God Is Reality!"

1193) God is beyond thought for he is reality itself. A living energy or force that permeates all as his own creation. Not to be mindless without purpose or conviction, but to recall his own reason for being. A majesty with no equal, alone and with all the company of his own creations across "Eternity and Infinity". A basis in spiritual truth alive and in constant renewal.

All of this occurring in a space that occupies nothing. In a moment that is ageless for it all occurred in one singular instant. The proverbial blink of the eye, a moment between moments is where God is most intimate with all of physical creation. The backdrop is also the forefront of who's Image and likeness we resemble the most. As miniature children of the "God of all gods". We are not without worth for we all have the speck of God in our souls. Our spirits are illuminated with this spark that is most Divine and also makes us Angelic. We are Angels in a slumber of forgotten knowledge. Minor gods living a paradox existence in order to grow, love unconditionally, and return to our source God(dess). Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.