Portland observer. (Portland, Or.) 1970-current, February 02, 1983, Page 11, Image 11

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    Portland Observer, February 2. 1963 Page 11
Invitation For ids
You Wilt Remember Trina
The responsibility is all of ours
For the girl child contemptuously discarded
A responsibility that cannot end with flowers
To the Family o f the child departed
Request For Proposals
Contract No. 83-9044
I refuse to let you forget Trina
Notice « hereby given that the Tri-County Metropotitan Traneportation Dia-
trict of Oregon (Tri-Mat) wN receive Meted propoeata until 3:00 p m ., Paci­
fic Standard Time, on March 2, 1983, at 4012 S.E. 17th Avenue, in the
Contracts Section. Third Floor. Portland, Oregon 97202, Attention: John
R. Post. Director of Engineering and Contracts.
Hers was still an undeveloped mind
And we were supposed to look out for her until she knew better
Can’t we see what’s happening to our children, are we blind?
Well I ’m not going to help you forget her
Aerial Photography for Construction Documentation, Ban field
Light Rail Transit Project, Contract No 83-9044
You will remember Trina
She could have been my daughter, my sister, my mother
Because in fact we’re all kin to one another
And not only Trina’s death should cause us some shame
But the many before her who we’ve forgotten their names
The proposal consists of aerial photography for the purpoaa of construction
proceee documentation over a period of several years.
The successful proposer shall be required to comply with all applicable
Equal Opportunity and M8E laws and regulations.
Trina I will not let us forget
Ail proposers shall be required to certify that they are not on the Comptrol
ler General'« list of ineligible contractors.
In my grief I wanted to bloody my sword
and cause some heads to roll
But we must be civilized towards the pimp and their customer
Murder is the act of a savage, so I ’m told
The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon does not
discriminate with regard to race, color, creed, sax, or national origin
But rest assured Trina, we won’t forget
The Proposal Documents may be obtained from Beth Collins, Contracts
Section, Tri-Mat, 4012 S.E. 17th Avenue, Portland. Oregon 97202, on or af­
ter February 3, 1983 Phone: (603) 239 6486; T a ta r TRI MET PTL 151 724.
I know this was not a pleasant poem
And it was not meant to entertain
It was my intention and I want it known
These words were meant to force you to share my pain
John R. Poet
Director, Engineering ft Contracts
We will remember Trina, she was just a baby
Dennis Banks during his stay In Oregon prior to soaking asylum in
Case tests sovereignty
Notice of the Annual Meeting
of members of the
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
Notice is hereby given to inform members of United Way from Clackamas,
Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon and Clark County In
Washington that the 83rd Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday Febru­
ary 9, 1983 at noon. The meeting will take place at the Portland Hilton Hotel
Grand Ballroom, Portland, Oregon.
Make advance reservations by February 4 with June Allen at United Way,
718 W . Burnside, Portland. OR 97209. (603) 22^9131 ext. 67.
An election will be held for the purpose of installing new board members
and officers.
Anyone who contributes to United Way is considered a member Members
who cannot attend the lunch at noon are urged to attend the business
meeting at 12:30 p m
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may never be tested. What is likely
to be tested, however, is the larger
issue of Indian tribal sovereignty.
Banks could not have chosen a
more symbolic place of refuge than
the Onondaga N atio n . Among all
American Indian tribes the Ononda-
gas have pressed their claims to legal
sovereignty most effectively. " W e
are an independent n a tio n ,” says
Chief Powless.
The Onondagas are the "Keepers
of the Fire" of the Six Nation Con­
federacy in New York S tate. The
Confederacy (originally composed
of five nations) is perhaps the oldest
democratic union of nations in the
Western world, dating back roughly
to the time of the Magna Carta. It is
governed under an ancient set of
principles known as the "Gayanesh
akgow a,” or Great Law o f Peace,
which in written form is the Consti­
tution o f the Six Nation Confeder­
acy. This rem arkable document
contains what well may have been
the first detailed pronouncements
on democratic, popular elections,
the consent o f the governed, the
need to monitor and approve the be­
havior of governmental leaders, the
importance o f public opinion, the
rights of women, guarantees of free
speech and religion, and the equit­
able distribution of wealth.
Benjamin Franklin and Thomas
Jefferson acknowledged in the mid-
18th century that their own ideas for
a democratic confederacy were
based largely on what they had
learned from the Six N ations. A
centruy later Fredrick Engels paid a
similar tribute to the Great Law of
Peace while making his contribution
to the theory of Marxism.
Throughout the colonial era, the
Six Nations executed treaties guar­
anteeing their sovereignty with the
French, the Dutch, the British and,
finally, the United States. The 1794
Canadaigua Treaty specifically rec­
ognizes the independence o f the
Confederacy and provides proce­
dures for the handling o f in terna­
tional legal disputes. The Ononda­
gas, as guardians of the Six Nations’
laws, still cite the 1794 treaty as the
basis for U .S .-C o n fe d e ra c y rela­
O f course the United States and
the State o f New York see things
differently. The U.S. Congress has
unilaterally assumed legal jurisdic­
tion over all American Indian reser­
vations, and, in 1924, unilaterally
declared all Indians citizens o f the
United States, an act the Onondagas
still oppose. (When Onondagas tra­
vel abroad to international confer­
ences, as they frequently do, they
travel on Onondaga passports which
are duly recognized throughout the
world.) In 1948, Congress unilater­
ally shifted jurisdiction over the Six
Nations to the State of New York,
which has been attempting, with lit­
tle success, to impose its authority
ever since.
A few incidents from recent years
gressional committee that the agency
illustrate the tension:
• In 1968 U .S . border patrol au­
thorities attempted to halt the free
flow of Mohawks (members o f the
Confederacy) between New Y ork
and Ontario. The clan mothers, who
elect (he tribal leadership, formed a
blockade across the international
bridge at Cornwall Island. After 48
arrests were made, the government
fin a lly backed down and granted
members o f the Confederacy un­
restricted rights of border-crossing.
•Three years later, the Ononda­
gas. led by their tribal elders, block­
aded the expansion of a state high­
way through the reservation. State
troopers suriounded the reservation
and prepared for an all out assault.
The stand off lasted until the Attica
Prison riot distracted the police.
The highway was never completed.
• In 1979, when state authorities
attempted to serve a warrant on a
M ohaw k chief, a virtu al army o f
Confederacy Indians made camp
around his home. The Council o f
Chief wrote in a letter to then-Gov-
ernor Hugh Carey: "W e will defend
our chiefs and our territores against
an armed incursion by the forces of
New York State. Any such incursion
will be treated as an act of war and
will be responded to as such."
After months of tension, the dis­
pute was resolved through negoti­
These and many similar incidents
have left New York local and state
authorities with a healthy respect
fo r— if not recognition o f— the in­
dependence of the Confederacy na­
tions, especially the Onondaga Says
John Mohawk, a writer for the local
Akwesasne Notes newspaper: " I t ’s
not so much a question of our rights
to sovereignty. We have those
rights; but i t ’ s a question o f our
ability to enforce them. So far, the
authorities seem to respect that abil­
ity .”
Indeed, two years ago a written
agreement was worked out between
the Onondaga leaders and the O n ­
ondaga County S h e riff’ s D epart­
ment. The sheriff agreed not to en­
ter the Onondaga Nation unless the
tribe gave him permission and pro­
vided an escort. In effect, the sher­
if f conceded that he had only lim ­
ited, if any, authority.
N ow , the presence— or non-pre­
sence— o f Dennis Banks on the O n­
ondaga Nation raises the issue to the
fore once again. So far, the sheriff
and (he F B I. have agreed to stay
o ff the reservation at least until reli­
gious ceremonies conclude at the
end o f the m onth. Then, unless
Banks successfully negotiates a
sanctuary deal with New Y o rk ’ s
G overnor Cuom o, the test w ill
A t the moment, says Onondaga
chief Powless, any e ffo rt to enter
the nation and take Ranks by force,
without the express permission of
the tribe, "will be regarded as an in­
vasion of our nation."
— N . M u s ittfa
Someone once asked, How Long?
How long Black man. How long Black Women
Before we stand up and he the men and women (hat we must he
To survive in this world, How Long?
Before we accept our God-given responsibility as a people,
A special people— we have it in us to be great
A people tempered in a fire that no other people have seen
But the harm we are now doing to ourselves is just as bad,
Or worse, than that done to us by others
We must begin treating ourselves better
Has the pressure been too great?
Has slavery and racism destroyed us?
Are we now in the process of committing mass suicide
By selling, doping, and killing each other
Allowing anything and everything to go on in our neighborhoods?
I refuse to believe that slavery and racism have destroyed me, us!
If we cannot immediately wean ourselves from drugs
Can’t we at least exercise discretion
In selling and permitting it to he sold openly and in public places
If some of us are so weak we must pimp our sister,
And sisters so weak minded they must be whores.
Can’t we at least he discreet, respectful enough
To take it o ff the streets and leave babies out of it?
Can’t we quit glamorizing that life and making it appear
Something worthy of our sons and daughters to aspire to?
We must stop disrespecting each other and when faced with it
Not be so quick to go get our gun or knife, let the petty stuff gol
If we must fight and feud, can’t we leave the guns and knives out
And agree to leave our brothers or sisters with their lives?
We can and must do these things for our futures' sake
In time maybe we can entirely rid ourselves of the plagues
That are threatening the very lifesblood of the F'ortland Black community
And Black communities like ours all over this nation
I want my children and grandchildren, should I have any
To have a chance in this world
And I ’m putting all of my little pride down and begging,
Yes, begging my Black brothers and sisters to wake up
To take action to curtail some of those destructive things
That you know are destroying us and that lead to the death of Trina
We have come too far to treat ourselves like garbage
Or to let others treat us and our children like garbage
Trina Hunter deserved a better chance at live
Than to be used like a piece of toilet paper
and then tossed on a rubbish heap
In The Name of God, How Long. Black man. Black woman, How Long???
N . M u s tq ju
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