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Prayer Regarding Kidnapping & Sex Trafficking;
Displacing Indigenous Peoples; and Civilizing

March 1, 2012 - National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. 
http://www.bia.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/text/idc016106.pdf
Please pray for the meeting.

KIDNAPPING & SEX TRAFFICKING OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

March 1, 1524 – Phil Konstantin notes in his book, This Day in North American Indian History, that an American Indian boy is kidnapped by explorers.  ( http://americanindian.net/March.html ).  This incident is also referred to on the Athena Review,Vol.3, no.2: Peopling of the Americas
The East Coast Explorations of Giovanni Verrazano (1524) website. ( http://www.athenapub.com/verazano.htm ).  On the Panama History - Age of Exploration Time Line website ( http://bruceruiz.net/PanamaHistory/age_of_exploration_time_line.htm ) there is mention of the March 1, 1524 trip of Giovanni Verrazano, as well as another explorer Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba, who would have reached the Yucatan in March 1517.  This site notes that the group with Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba purposed to kidnap Indian slaves to replenish Cuba.

March 1, 1932 - The day that the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped.   (This Day In History
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lindbergh-baby-kidnapped ).  This article notes that this incident is what prompted the Federal Kidnapping Act ( http://kidnapping.uslegal.com/federal-statutes-on-kidnapping/federal-kidnapping-act/ )

March 17, 1762 - First St. Patrick's Day parade.  Note that the article states that St. Pat was a kidnap victim.  ( http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-st-patricks-day-parade )

All of that history brings us to the concerns of today.  The kidnapping of Indigenous women and children for the purpose of supplying the sex trafficking trade is growing in the US.  Please see the following articles.  The first is one I came upon a couple of years ago.  Its an article that was published in 2009 by the Minnesota American Indian Women's Resource Center.

Shattered Hearts: Sexual Trafficking of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota
http://www.stopfamilyviolence.org/info/trafficking-and-prostitution/shattered-hearts-sexual-trafficking-of-american-indian-women-and-girls-in-minnesota

This next article was published about 4 months ago.    It was written by two women associated with the Minnesota American Indian Women's Resource Center and is posted on the National Online Resource Center for Violence Against Women.  I've provided two links.  The first is the article in its entirety, and the second is a summary by the VAWnet.

Original Study:  New language, old problem:
Sex trafficking of American Indian women and children by Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce and Suzanne Koepplinger (October 2011).
http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/AR_NativeSexTrafficking.pdf

VAWnet Summary of the above article:
New language, old problem: Sex trafficking of American Indian women and children by Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce and Suzanne Koepplinger (October 2011). http://www.vawnet.org/applied-research-papers/summary.php?doc_id=2971&find_type=web_desc_AR

For more information on Human Trafficking / Sex Trafficking see the following links:

Sex Trafficking at Home
http://www.dailyyonder.com/sex-trafficking-home/2010/10/13/2989

Human trafficking
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking

March 2011 – FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin:  Human Sex Trafficking.
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/march_2011/march-2011-leb.pdf

Need confirmation that we need to pray about this serious issue?  Check this out.  I did a search on the internet and found these sex trafficking events scheduled for March. I was trying to find the information on Bride Trafficking show March 2, 2012 - Current TV, which is about foreign 'brides' coming to Western shores.  I'm hoping the below links address the issues of exporting women and children, rather than importing.  Although it ALL needs to stop.

March 2, 2012 - Sex Trafficking Presentation at Multinomah University - Portland, OR
http://www.mendingthesoul.org/2012/03/sex-trafficking-presentation-at-multnomah-university/

March 2, 2012 - 24 Hour Immersion: Human Trafficking & Poverty - Oakland, CA
http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/24-hour-immersion-human-trafficking-poverty-0

March 2, 2012 - 21st Century Issues:
Sounding the Alarm Agaisnt Human Trafficking - Castro Valley, CA
http://bassconvention.org/workshop.cfm?wsapp_id=267

March 3, 2012 - BIKE IN BLUE: To Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking - Miami, FL
http://www.active.com/cycling/miami-fl/bike-in-blue-to-raise-awareness-of-human-trafficking-2012

March 6, 2012 - Women's Economic Opportunity:
A Solution for Trafficking in Persons" - New York, NY
http://nyatn.wordpress.com/
(On March 6, 2012, in honor of Women’s History Month, New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN) will present “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons“ at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Kindly RSVP by March 2, 2012.)

Relevant Scripture:

Deuteronomy 24:7; Psalm 115:14; Psalm 127:3; Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2; Numbers 6:23-27; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17; Exodus 21:7; Jeremiah 34:8-17.

Prayer Regarding Kidnapping & Sex Trafficking of Indigenous People

“Father, thank you for our children.  We know that our children are a gift and a heritage.  Since the beginning of time, people have sought to destroy children.  People have used children wrongfully in so many ways, including selfish gain.  Children have been traded and stolen, bartered and sold.  Father, have mercy on us.  Yahweh, by your mighty power and by your perfect will, stop the kidnapping and trafficking of indigenous people throughout North America.  Break and destroy the old curses and strongholds.  Deliver our women and children from these horrors.  Reveal, expose and stop every trafficking operation in the name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit and according to your perfect will. Yahweh, pour out your restoration and healing on all of those who are victims.  Restore families, restore souls, restore spirits, restore physical bodies.  Manifest your divine interventions.  We cry out for your justice and mercy.    We trust in your faithfulness.  Reveal areas that your people can take action.  Give your people courage, hope and wisdom.  Rise up an army of warriors to bring our children home.  Thank you, Father.  Amen”


DISPLACING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
1960 & 2012 Dam Projects

March 7, 1960 – Phil Konstantin writes in his book, This Day in North American Indian History, that the Supreme Court ruled against the American Indians in favor of a New York dam.  You can find the same reference on another website, Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America - February 12, 2000 - Issue 03, where they quoted from Konstantin's book. ( http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues00/Co02262000/CO_02262000_thisdate.htm ). 

I was able to find a little more information about it on the following websites:

Federal Power Commission v. Tuscarora Indian Nation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Power_Commission_v._Tuscarora_Indian_Nation

FPC v. Tuscarora Indian Nation - 362 U.S. 99 (1960)
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/362/99/case.html

Currently, indigenous peoples of Brazil are facing the traumas of a power plant / dam project, called the Belo Monte, which could potentially displace 40,000 people.  See the links below for more details.  These are informative sites.  I recommend you watch the video.  It shows where James Cameron (Avatar) meets with several of the tribal people to hear what they have to say about the threats to their way of life.

Amazon Watch – Belo Monte Facts
http://amazonwatch.org/work/belo-monte-facts

Stop the Belo Monte Monster Dam
http://amazonwatch.org/work/belo-monte-dam

Video – A Message From Pandora
http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0907-message-from-pandora

Causes - Stop Belo Monte - No Mega-Dam in the Amazon
http://www.avaaz.org/en/amazon_under_threat/

Relevant Scripture:

Job Chapter 28; Matthew Chapter 23; 1 Corinthians Chapter 13; Galatians 6:2; 1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:2-5; 1 Chronicles 16:33; Luke 19:40; Habakkuk 2:9-11; Romans 12:15

Prayer Regarding Displacing Indigenous Peoples

“Father, thank you for your many miracles and wonders.  Thank you for your patience as we zealously run wild with new breakthroughs in science and technology.  Father, thank you for the many mercies you bestow upon us in our seasons of trial and error.  Yahweh, throughout history, advances in technology and science, called ‘progress’, have been bittersweet.  Sweet for those who benefit and bitter for those who don’t.  In North American, often it has been the indigenous people who suffer because of progress, or the withholding of progress.  We’ve seen examples of that through these huge dam projects.  Right now, the indigenous peoples of the Amazon are threatened.  Their health, their families, their homes, their way of life, their culture, the land, the creatures .. they are all at great risk.  Father, we cry out and ask that you give us wisdom in how to pray regarding the Belo Monte dam project.  Father, we ask that those who are pursuing this project will listen and hear what the indigenous people are saying.  We ask for your divine intervention in the talks.  We ask for your divine intervention in the proceedings according to your perfect will.  Father, we ask that you protect and save the indigenous people who are in danger.  Father, this is just one instance.  All over North America there are conflicts over water rights, land rights, power and electricity availability and resources.  Father, manifest your power.  Tear down the strongholds.  Usher in deliverance and mutual understanding.  Create opportunities and solutions that help all people, bringing them together.  Father, we trust in your strength and wisdom.  This, as with the other prayer needs, is so huge and completely out of our power.  Yet, you are bigger.  We pray that your will be done.  In the name of the Father, the son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen”


CIVILIZING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

March 24, 1617 – King James I starts an American Indian civilizing movement through the church. http://www.tedna.org/pubs/Kennedy/appendix1.pdf  -
page 2, left side, midway  (page 141) footnote 5.
(On the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, Co. site)

This is how it reads: 

APPENDIX I
The Failure of National Policy: An Historical Analysis

"King James I, on March 24, 1617, called upon the Anglican clergy to collect money "for the erecting of some churches and schools for ye education of ye children of these Barbarians in Virginia."  The following year the Virginia Co. directed the Governor of the colony to choose a convenient place for the building of "a college for the
children of the infidels," and 10,000 acres of land were set aside for that purpose.  It was not until 1691 that the College of William and Mary was finally chartered.  Many Indian students were brought there in the succeeding years." 

Ibid. pg 8
Dr. Brewton Berry, "The Education of American Indians, A Survey of the Literature." prepared for the Special Subcommittee on Indian Education, 91st Cong., first sess., February 1969.

March 3, 1819 - Indian Civilization Fund Act
http://www.historyandtheheadlines.abc-clio.com/ContentPages/ContentPage.aspx?entryId=1171801&currentSection=1161468&productid=5
 ( also see Civilization Fund Act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilization_Fund_Act )

March 30, 1802 - Act to Regulation of Trade and Intercourse with the Indian Tribes and
to Preserve Peace on the Frontier
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=002/llsl002.db&recNum=176

This is how it reads:

SEVENTH CONGRESS
Sess. 1, Ch 13
1802
Page 143

Sec 13:  And be it further enacted, That is order to promote civilization among the friendly Indian tribes, and to secure the continuance of their friendship, it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, to cause them to be furnished with useful domestic animals, and implements of husbandry, and with goods or money, as he shall judge power, and to appoint such persons, from time to time, as temporary agents, to reside among the Indians, as he shall think fit: Provided, that the whole amount of such presents, and allowances to such agents, shall not exceed fifteen thousand dollars per annum.

(For Scripture references, see below following the last prayer point about eagle feathers.)

Prayer Regarding Civilizing of Indigenous Peoples

“Father, you are a God of honor and protocol.   You design people and you bring them into groups, building cultures and societies.  North America was once rich with different tribes, bands, clans and nations.  Creation is full of order.  There are natural laws and spiritual laws, as well as the laws of man.  You, as the Trinity, demonstrate community.  Yet, your people consistently take their eyes off of your wonderful face, and begin to make demands on one another.  Sometimes out of control, sometimes out of fear.  The indigenous peoples of North America have suffered greatly, as foreigners have imposed their own beliefs, practices, standards, and rules.  Father, there is no doubt that you purposed for the peoples of Europe to meet the peoples of the Americas.  There are many prophecies that tell of your plans.  Yet, as prophecy became reality, people threw in their own interpretations and plans.  The authorities of churches and governments lead the way.   Father, we ask that you bring down the strongholds and curses that plague this country in regards to the non-indigenous peoples trying to shape and mold the indigenous people into forms contrary to your perfect design.  Father, we pray that you will remove the roots of early ‘civilizing’ and replace them with your ways.  Turn the hearts of your people toward you.  Poor out your healing balm on your indigenous people who have suffered.  Your heart has always been to bring your people together in unity and maturity of faith.  However, the enemy has taken that plan and brought destruction.  Father, stop the destruction.  Bring healing and restoration.  In the name of the Father, the son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen."


TRADING IDENTITY FOR LAND

March 3, 1875 - Homestead Act.  Sec. 15.
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol1/HTML_files/SES0023.html

This is how it reads:

"That any Indian born in the United States, who is the head of a family, or who has arrived at the age of twenty-one years, and who has abandoned, or may hereafter abandon, his tribal relations, shall, on making satisfactory proof of such abandonment, under rules to be prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, be entitled to the benefits of the act entitled “An act to secure homesteads to actual settlers on the public domain,” approved May twentieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and the acts amendatory thereof, except that the provisions of the eighth section of the said act shall not be held to apply to entries made under this act:

"Provided, however, That the title to lands acquired by any Indian by virtue hereof shall not be subject to alienation or incumbrance, either by voluntary conveyance or the judgment, decree, or order of any court, and shall be and remain inalienable for a period of five years from the date of the patent issued therefor:

"Provided, That any such Indian shall be entitled to his distributive share of all annuities, tribal funds, lands, and other property, the same as though he had maintained his tribal relations; and any transfer, alienation, or incumbrance of any interest he may hold or claim by reason of his former tribal relations shall be void."

( There is a line item on the bottom of the following website, Lincoln’s Legacy, where there is more detail on the March 3, 1875 Homestead Act provision for Indians who reject their identity.
http://history.nd.gov/lincoln/land8.html )

(For Scripture references, see below following the last prayer point about eagle feathers.)

Prayer Regarding Trading Identity for Land

“Father, that you for the many gifts you give us, including our ancestry and inheritance.  Thank you for the many blessings we receive through our families and communities, both in the natural and supernatural.  You put us in families.  You created us and you determined when and where we would be born.  You determined our race and our individual qualities.  You designed us to wear our identities with pride, knowing that they came from You.  In your scripture we learn about the deep sorrows that come when we lose our identity, whether it is stolen, sold, given away or neglected.  Father, we thank you for the many mercies you have shown this country, even with its history of stealing, killing and destroying identity.  Father, many indigenous people abandoned their tribes, bands, clans, and nations when offered a place to live and land to own.  They were enduring hard times, trying to do the best for their families, and faced with the gut wrenching choice that could mean life or death.   Father, we pray that you restore families, restore communities, and restore hope.  Oh Father, have mercy on all those who are descendant of people who abandoned their tribes.  Poor out your healing.  Restore identity.  Father we pray for all those who remained with their tribes, and judged those who didn’t.  We pray also for their descendants.  We pray that you release them from the strongholds of judgment and condemnation.  Father, we ask that you manifest your miraculous healing of generational wounds.  In the name of the Father, the son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Amen."


GOVERNMENT RAID TAKES EAGLES FEATHERS FROM PASTOR

March 11, 2006 - During an annual pow-wow, government officials confiscated Pastor Robert Soto's (Lipan Apache) eagle feathers.  Through our prayer ministry and radio shows, we've been following Robert's fight.  It is now approaching it's 6th anniversary.  There is an upcoming court date March 8, 2012. The raid and the taking of feathers are violations of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.  Please see the links below.

March 11, 2006 – Raid and Taking of Eagle Feathers
http://sontree.org/sp.htm
Be sure to read all the updates that are posted on the site.

American Indian Religious Freedom Act
PORTION, AS AMENDED
http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/fhpl_indianrelfreact.pdf

American Indian Religious Freedom Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Religious_Freedom_Act

2011 Interview with Robert Soto (May 15, 2011 in the show archives)
http://www.bigvalleyradio.com/MediaPlayerData/Shows/AcrossTurtleIsland.aspx

Relevant Scripture:

Genesis 25:31-34; Genesis 27:36-40; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 4; Luke 22:34; Luke 22:57, Luke 12:8-11; Mark 14:72; Mark 14:68-70; Mark 14:30; Matthew 10:33; Matthew 10:75; Matthew 26: 34-35; Matthew 26:70-72; John 13:38; John 18:25-27; Acts 3:13-21; 2 Timothy 2:12; Acts Chapter 15.  1 Corinthians 12:12-26.  Revelations 13:13-17.

Prayer Regarding Taking Feathers

Pastor Robert Soto writes:

“Dear Friends:   I thank you for all who wrote or called to let me know you were praying the meeting between our lawyers and the lawyers of the Department of Interior. I got a call yesterday afternoon to inform me that no agreement was met. So this means that we will be going to court on March 8, 2012 where both sides will give their petition to a federal judge who will decide what will happen next. So this is what more likely will happen. If they win, we will appeal and if we win, they will appeal. So whatever happens, the fight will more likely continue. 

“I want to thank Attorney Milo Colton and Attorney Marisa Salazar for all their hard work. They have not only served me and my case but served the Native Community of Texas tirelessly. They need our prayers. They have been nothing but a blessing to me and my family. I know that God the Creator will bless them for all they are doing.

“If you would like to show your support for this, you can attend the hearing on March 8, 2012 at the Federal Court building on the corner of US Business 83 and Bicentennial Blvd. in McAllen. If you come, make sure and be there early and dress appropriately. No shorts or t-shirts are allowed. Cell phones or recording devices are not allowed in the courtroom and will be collected at the security entrance. I also ask you to be in your best behavior whether we win or lose.

“Again, thank you for your prayers and support. Keep this date in prayer as we feel like little David who confronted the giant Goliath. But we go with the faith of David and with the strength of God the Creator.  God bless,  Robert Soto”

PS If you are not familiar with our lawsuit, you can read about it at:   http://sontree.org/sp.htm


Rev. Jeny RunningBrook
First Nations Monday Prayer Ministry
All Nations Fellowship Church
Contact

PS:  As with the First Nations Monday prayer and Scripture studies, I like to study with 4 translations.  As you go through these studies, I encourage you to do the same.  "The Scriptures" is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names and has the books in chronological order.  The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for 'oral tradition' peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud.  The Amplified version is one where meanings of words and phrases are 'amplified' for better understanding.  The King James Version (KJV) is the translation that works well with Strong's Concordance. Please also note the links to Scripture in Cherokee.


Books Used in this Study

The Holy Bible in the following translations:  KJV, NIV, Amplified, NASB, CEV and The Scriptures.

"Church History in Plain Language" by Bruce L. Shelley

"Encyclopedia of Native American Wars & Warfare". General Editors William B. Kessel, Ph.D. and Robert Wooster, Ph.D.

"This Day In North American Indian History" by Phil Konstantin

Relevant Links

Jeny's History Study References & Links -
These are links associated with the ongoing history study and intercessory prayer points indexed on our main 'study' page.  For those of you following the study and prayers, I recommend you journey through the links.

FirstNationsMonday.Com -
Prayer Guide for Native American People and Those Serving in Native Ministry

999-Prayers -
A Facet of His Glory Reigns Ministry, including North America Indigenous Peoples Prayer Shield

Cherokee New Testament Online

Cherokee Bible Project

First Nations Version Project

2012 Cherokee Calendar -



 



 

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