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“TRULY THE GOD OF YOU MEN IS A GOD OF GODS AND A LORD OF KINGS AND A REVEALER OF SECRETS, BECAUSE YOU WERE ABLE TO REVEAL THIS SECRET.”
- Daniel 2:47, NWT

“GROWN MEN CAN LEARN FROM VERY LITTLE CHILDREN, FOR THE HEARTS OF LITTLE CHILDREN ARE PURE. THEREFORE THE GREAT SPIRIT MAY SHOW TO THEM MANY THINGS WHICH OLDER PEOPLE MISS.”

“GRANDFATHER, GREAT SPIRIT, ONCE MORE BEHOLD ME ON EARTH AND LEAN TO HEAR MY FEEBLE VOICE.”
-Black Elk

"ART AS EXPRESSION
NOT AS MARKET CAMPAIGNS
WILL STILL CAPTURE OUR IMAGINATIONS-
GIVEN THE SAME
STATE OF INTEGRITY
IT WILL SURELY HELP US ALONG."
-Neil Peart

“BUT LET THE ONE BRAGGING ABOUT HIMSELF BRAG ABOUT HIMSELF BECAUSE OF THIS VERY THING, THE HAVING OF INSIGHT AND THE HAVING OF KNOWLEDGE OF ME, THAT I AM JEHOVAH, THE ONE EXERCISING LOVING-KINDNESS, JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE EARTH; FOR IN THESE THINGS I DO TAKE DELIGHT.”
-Jeremiah 9:28, NWT

DEDICATED TO MAN'S LOVING CREATOR, WHO HAS WILLED A PERFECT GOVERNMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS OVER THE EARTH

At that time,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “I shall become God to all the families of Israel; and as for them, they will become my people.”

This is what Jehovah has said: “The people made up of survivors from the sword found favor in the wilderness, when Israel was walking to get his repose.” From far away Jehovah himself appeared to me, [saying:] “And with a love to time indefinite I have loved you. That is why I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Yet shall I rebuild you and you will actually be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel. You will yet deck yourself with your tambourines and actually go forth in the dance of those who are laughing. You will yet plant vineyards in the mountains of Sa·mar′i·a. The planters will certainly plant and start to use [them]. For there exists a day when the lookouts in the mountainous region of E′phra·im will actually call out, ‘Rise up, O men, and let us go up to Zion, to Jehovah our God.’

—   Jeremiah 31:1-6, NWT
Tlicho (Dogrib) children in residential boarding school, 1913
A cultural genocide…

For this is what Jehovah has said: “CRY out loudly to Jacob with rejoicing, and CRY shrilly at the head of nations. PUBLISH [it]. GIVE praise and SAY, ‘Save, O Jehovah, your people, the remnant of Israel.’

Here I am bringing them from the land of the north, and I will collect them together from the remotest parts of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and the one giving birth, all together. As a great congregation they will return here. With weeping they will come, and with [their] entreaties for favor I shall bring them. I shall make them walk to torrent valleys of water, in a right way in which they will not be caused to stumble. For I have become to Israel a Father; and as for E′phra·im, he is my firstborn.

—   Jeremiah 31:7-9, NWT

Noccalula Falls

Gadsen, Alabama

For my eyes are upon all their ways. They have not been concealed from before me, neither has their error been hid from in front of my eyes.

And, first of all, I will repay the full amount of their error and of their sin, on account of their profaning my land.  With the corpses of their disgusting things and their detestable things they had filled my inheritance.”

-Jeremiah 16:17-18, NWT

“Hear the word of Jehovah, O YOU nations, and tell [it] among the islands far away, and say: “The One scattering Israel will himself collect him together, and he will certainly keep him as a shepherd does his drove. For Jehovah will actually redeem Jacob and reclaim him out of the hand of the one stronger than he is. And they will certainly come and cry out joyfully on the height of Zion and become radiant over the goodness of Jehovah, over the grain and over the new wine and over the oil and over the young ones of the flock and the cattle. And their soul will simply become like a well-watered garden, and no more will they languish again.”

—   Jeremiah 31:10-12, NWT
"Praise Jah, YOU people! Praise God in his holy place.  Praise him in the expanse of his strength.
Praise him for his works of mightiness.  Praise him according to the abundance of his greatness.
Praise him with the blowing of the horn.  Praise him with the stringed instrument and the harp.
Praise him with the tambourine and the circle dance.  Praise him with strings and the pipe.
Praise him with the cymbals of melodious sound.  Praise him with the clashing cymbals.
Every breathing thing—let it praise Jah.  Praise Jah, YOU people!”
-Psalms 150, NWT

“At that time the virgin will rejoice in the dance, also the young men and the old men, all together. And I will change their mourning into exultation, and I will comfort them and make them rejoice away from their grief. And I will saturate the soul of the priests with fatness, and with my goodness my own people will become satisfied,” is the utterance of Jehovah.”

—   Jeremiah 31:13-14, NWT
"As regards E′phra·im, like a flying creature their glory flies away, so that there is no giving birth, and no [pregnant] belly and no conception.  For although they bring up their sons, I will also bereave them of children so that there will be no man; because—woe also to them when I turn away from them!  E′phra·im, whom I have seen like Tyre planted in a pasture ground, even E′phra·im is destined to a bringing out of his sons even to a killer.
When E′phra·im spoke, there was trembling; he himself carried [weight] in Israel.  But he proceeded to become guilty in regard to Ba′al and die.  And now they commit additional sin and make for themselves a molten statue from their silver, idols according to their own understanding, the work of craftsmen, all of it.  To them they are saying, ‘Let the sacrificers who are men kiss mere calves.’  Therefore they will become like the clouds of morning and like the dew that early goes away; like chaff that is stormed away from the threshing floor and like smoke from the [roof] hole.”
-Hosea 9:11-13;13:1-3, NWT

"As regards E′phra·im, like a flying creature their glory flies away, so that there is no giving birth, and no [pregnant] belly and no conception.  For although they bring up their sons, I will also bereave them of children so that there will be no man; because—woe also to them when I turn away from them!  E′phra·im, whom I have seen like Tyre planted in a pasture ground, even E′phra·im is destined to a bringing out of his sons even to a killer.

When E′phra·im spoke, there was trembling; he himself carried [weight] in Israel.  But he proceeded to become guilty in regard to Ba′al and die.  And now they commit additional sin and make for themselves a molten statue from their silver, idols according to their own understanding, the work of craftsmen, all of it.  To them they are saying, ‘Let the sacrificers who are men kiss mere calves.’  Therefore they will become like the clouds of morning and like the dew that early goes away; like chaff that is stormed away from the threshing floor and like smoke from the [roof] hole.”

-Hosea 9:11-13;13:1-3, NWT

'This is what Jehovah has said, ‘In Ra′mah a voice is being heard, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping over her sons. She has refused to be comforted over her sons, because they are no more.’”

This is what Jehovah has said: “‘Hold back your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there exists a reward for your activity,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘and they will certainly return from the land of the enemy.’

"‘And there exists a hope for your future,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘and the sons will certainly return to their own territory.’

—   Jeremiah 31:15-17, NWT
Yakima Boy, First Nation
“I have positively heard E′phra·im bemoaning himself, ‘You have corrected me, that I may be corrected, like a calf that has not been trained.  Cause me to turn back, and I shall readily turn back, for you are Jehovah my God.  For after my turning back I felt regret; and after my being led to know I made a slap upon the thigh.  I became ashamed, and I also felt humiliated, for I had carried the reproach of my youth.’”
"Is E′phra·im a precious son to me, or a fondly treated child?  For to the extent of my speaking against him I shall without fail remember him further.  That is why my intestines have become boisterous for him.  By all means I shall have pity upon him,” is the utterance of Jehovah.
-Jeremiah 31:18-20, NWT

“Set up road marks for yourself. Place signposts for yourself. Fix your heart upon the highway, the way that you will have to go. Come back, O virgin of Israel. Come back to these cities of yours. How long will you turn this way and that, O unfaithful daughter? For Jehovah has created a new thing in the earth: A mere female will press around an able-bodied man.”

—   Jeremiah 31:21-22, NWT
Tlingits Situwuka and Katkwachsnea known as the Shotridges, costumed in Plains Indian clothing, 1912.

Tlingits Situwuka and Katkwachsnea known as the Shotridges, costumed in Plains Indian clothing, 1912.

This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said: “They will yet say this word in the land of Judah and in his cities, when I shall gather their captives, ‘May Jehovah bless you, O righteous dwelling place, O holy mountain.’ And in it Judah and all his cities will certainly dwell all together, farmers and those who have set out with the drove. For I will saturate the tired soul, and every languishing soul I will fill.”

At this thing I awoke and began to see; and as for my sleep, it had been pleasurable to me.

—   Jeremiah 31:23-26, NWT

Woman Unearths Past Of Forgotten Indian Cemetary

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

 WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.

Inside cotton sacks, burlap bags and blankets buried in the ground are the remains dating back to the 1930s of stillborn babies, tuberculosis patients, and sick and malnourished Native Americans from Winslow and the nearby Navajo and Hopi reservations.

It’s hard, if not impossible, to know where each grave, some just 18 inches deep, is located at the Winslow Indian Cemetery. The aluminum plates and crosses that once marked them were trampled on, washed away or carried off.

It was no place to mourn, thought local historical preservationist Gail Sadler, before she made it her mission to unearth the identities of the roughly 600 people buried there and help their descendants reconnect with their history.

"If anyone is searching for family, I don’t want these little ones to be lost," said the soft-spoken child welfare worker.

What she learned, however, was that not everyone wanted to reconnect.

Her Mormon belief about the value of knowing one’s ancestry suddenly came up against traditional Navajo beliefs about death as something one rarely discusses, and Navajo and Hopi tradition about not visiting burial sites.

Some warned her that she risked inviting evil spirits if she continued her pursuit of the dead.

Sadler, 58, said she was both heartbroken - and appalled - at the condition of the cemetery when she first laid eyes on it in 2008, soon after she had been appointed to the Winslow Historic Preservation Commission.

On her first visit, she climbed through a barbed wire fence and found liquor bottles, roofing shingles and a washing machine. She wondered if a hole in the corner meant someone was trying to dig a fresh grave or dig up an old one.

She said she was moved by a “sweet spirit” and a desire to restore respect and dignity to the burial ground, with a better security fence and a monument. “It just struck me that it was going to need a champion or nothing would be done,” she said.

The cemetery was an afterthought in Winslow, a railroad city on the edge of the Navajo and Hopi reservations that was immortalized in 1972 by the Eagles’ song, “Take it Easy,” with the lyrics: “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.”

In the early 1930s, the land where the cemetery is was tied to a tuberculosis sanatorium that broadened its patient base and finally became the Winslow Indian Health Care Center.

Native Americans who died there were taken the half-mile to the cemetery and largely forgotten over time.

Finding out who was buried there became Sadler’s main fundraising tool to get a more secure fence built. With the names of only a few dozen that she gathered from a former commissioner, she said city officials initially were hesitant to contribute to the cause.

Her mission quickly became an obsession. On nights after work and on weekends, Sadler would go online and scour death certificates - some 8,800 from 1932 to 1962 - looking for the Indian Cemetery as the final resting place.

Sadler then would painstakingly enter each detail into a spreadsheet, from parents’ names to birthplaces to causes of death.

Her project also kept her up at night. Lying restless in her bed, she would slip out of the blankets and walk barefoot in the dark to a corner bedroom set up as an office. She would flip on the light and get to work.

She would imagine the stories and the faces of the people she read about.

Sadler struggled with reading about a mother who died in labor, along with her newborn. The placenta preceded the child, and the mother hemorrhaged. Sadler experienced hemorrhaging in successfully delivering one of her own children.

"I shed more than one tear, especially when I would see the same mother, several times over the years burying a baby there. It just melted my heart," said Sadler, who has eight children in a blended family, and 17 grandchildren.

So far, she has found at least 543 names of people buried at the cemetery, and publicized her index in local papers and at the “Standing on the Corner” festival and others that attracted townsfolk, tourists and Navajo and Hopi tribal members.

Sadler was met with blank stares, raised eyebrows and warnings not to press forward with her work when she spoke with traditional Navajos, whose culture teaches that death is not something to dwell on and that burial sites should be avoided.

"If you talk about death, you’re in a sense luring death to come to you," said Paul Begay, whose knowledge of Navajo culture and history was passed down through his father and grandfather, both medicine men.

Burials of Hopi generally are private and occur within a day of a person’s death to allow the physical and spiritual journey of a person to begin simultaneously. Once a person is buried, Hopis don’t revisit the burial site.

"We allow nature to take its course, and the spirit has journeyed already," said Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director of the tribe’s cultural preservation office, but talking about a deceased person isn’t frowned upon.

"When you remember your people, you recognize that spiritually they are still with us," he said.

In April, Sadler accomplished one of her goals: A simple black iron fence replaced the barbed wire fence at the cemetery, paid for by donations and the city. She still is seeking funds to build a monument to those who were buried there.

Her index, however, continues to inspire discussions among Native American families, unearthing lost history.

Sylvia John, 63, found out five years ago that she had a brother who died after a fall as a toddler. She asked her mother about him after seeing him in old family photos but didn’t push for more details in deference to her traditional Navajo beliefs.

On a recent day, they took a break from a quilting class and flipped through photos of the chubby-cheeked toddler wearing a western shirt, sitting on his mother’s lap and standing next to his father.

Only then did John, who is Mormon, ask her 89-year-old mother where her brother was buried.

At the Winslow Indian Cemetery, she said. His name is on the first page of Sadler’s index.

"I’m just wanting to go there to the cemetery and look for him," Sylvia John said.

Look! There are days coming,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of domestic animal. And it must occur that just as I had kept alert toward them to uproot and to pull down and to tear down and to destroy and to do damage, so I shall keep alert toward them to build up and to plant,” is the utterance of Jehovah.

“Look! There are days coming,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I will conclude with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new covenant; not one like the covenant that I concluded with their forefathers in the day of my taking hold of their hand to bring them forth out of the land of Egypt, ‘which covenant of mine they themselves broke, although I myself had husbandly ownership of them,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.

“Look! There are days coming,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and the city will certainly be built to Jehovah from the Tower of Ha·nan′el to the Corner Gate. And the line for measurement will yet actually go forth straight ahead to the hill of Ga′reb, and it will certainly go around to Go′ah. And all the low plain of the carcasses and of the fatty ashes, and all the terraces as far as the torrent valley of Kid′ron, clear to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the sunrising, will be something holy to Jehovah. It will not be uprooted, neither will it be torn down anymore to time indefinite.

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Jeremiah 31:27-28; 31-32; 38-40

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