You’re born with “The Moro Reflex.” No kidding. (Google the Moro Reflex.) Everyone has it from birth. It’s a natural born instinct you have to live, survive, and express yourself. The “Moro Reflex” blog is for you to discover and master your inner “Moro Reflex”. You will find articles written by me, written by others and commented on. I believe we’re all artist, our life choices are merely an expression of our craft. Explore your “Moro Reflex”. “Think outside the thinking” and “Release your Reality”.
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The Barack Obama administration has the challenge of transforming many of the wasteful, out right lying and stealing ways by decades of politicians before him. Our policies with Cuba are one example. Another major abuse has been the treatment and stealing from Native American Tribes. Only God and the Spirits that Be – can apply the wrath of self moral judgement on the people, the humans who hide behind the name “the government” to steal, and destroy from thier fellow men, women and children. “The government” has not given Native Americans one accounting report in over 100 years for the land treaties we made with them as a new nation on their preexisting home.
The drive to restore human integrity on a mass level is what drives me to make a film like Whispers Like Thunder. The story of three Native American sisters who fought “the government” when it tried to sell their ancestors cemetry to a real estate developor. The sisters fought with guns, axes and the law for 67 years. Learn more at http://www.WhispersLikeThunder.com
Read the story below to learn more about the current legal case (Elouise Cobell vs. U.S.A.) to restore integrity with our U.S. treatees with Native Americans.
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Native trust lawsuit likely headed back to court – Thursday, March 26
Native advocates who believed President Barack Obama would settle a long-standing lawsuit between the Interior Department and Native landholders say they’re disappointed with the new administration.
Instead, Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have expressed a need to settle the Cobell v. Salazar case in court rather than sit down and talk to Native landowners and negotiate a settlement.
“Salazar’s out there talking, saying he wants to settle this case and putting false hopes into Indian people,” said Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the case.
“It’s really a slam in the face,” she said. “Why is this administration taking this avenue? They have to live up to their trust responsibility and they need to talk to Indian people.”
Dennis Gingold, lead attorney in the 12-year-old case, pointed out Wednesday that Salazar is a trustee. “And he can’t sit down and talk to the trust beneficiaries?” Gingold asked.
Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said the department could not comment because the case is in litigation. Salazar, Barkoff said, “is sincere in trying to find a resolution to this case.”
Lawyers for the Interior Department as well as lawyers for Native landholders both filed successful appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals immediately after a federal judge in August awarded a $455 million settlement regarding the department’s mismanagement of the tribal trust fund system.
Cobell, who is from the Blackfeet Reservation, expressed disappointment with Salazar’s decision to talk of settlement only after the case is heard in the Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are scheduled for May 11 in Washington, D.C.
“People in Indian Country are expecting a settlement,” Cobell said. “For him to say he can’t work on a settlement until the Court of Appeals rules, well, the opportunity is now. Now is the time he needs to pull the forces and powers together.”
The Interior Department oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Special Trustee, two agencies with significant oversight of Native issues. The department has been responsible for collecting and distributing money earned from natural resources on 11 million acres of land owned by Native individuals. The department’s trust responsibility to Native landowners dates back to 1887.
Salazar initially provided hope about settling the lawsuit at a National Congress of American Indians gathering, said Cobell.
She said the Interior Department, as well as the Office of Management Budget and the Justice Department, all need to work to settle the case. “Certainly the Obama administration can call Justice and say, ‘Lay off. Pull off the dogs. We’re going to stop this litigation.’ ”
Cobell said she and her lawyers had better luck negotiating with the Bush administration than with Obama.
Interior Department lawyers argue that the government does not owe Native landowners any money for mismanagement of Indian land held in trust by the department. Cobell lawyers once argued that upward of $170 billion was missing or misplaced from the Individual Indian Money accounts.
Gingold criticized Salazar’s lack of experience in land management, noting the failure of his other Colorado predecessors, James Watt and Gale Norton. Both saw their tenure as Interior secretary marked by controversy.
“It seems every time there’s an appointment from Colorado, it’s a lifetime of oxygen deprivation,” Gingold said. “Let me be fair. It’s not reasonable to expect something from someone who has no substantive knowledge on any of the issues. Remember he was a United States senator and prior to that an attorney general.
“In neither one of those jobs did he have any substantive responsibilities. He was a very effective politician who was elected. And his career has been running for office.”
“Whispers Like Thunder”
Written by Jason Guerrasio
Producer Luis Moro (“Anne B. Real”) shares screenwriting credit in this look at one of the lesser-known moments in Native American history, the fight for the Huron Indian Cemetery. It’s a story Moro has been trying to get on the screen for ten years and recently Sir Ben Kingsley announced he will star and produce.
In 1906 Congress authorized the Secretary of Interior to sell the Huron Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas. The three Conley sisters of the Wyandot Tribe had ancestors buried there, including their mother, and vowed to defend the burial ground. For decades they fought off construction workers, police, the mob, corrupt businessmen and U.S. Troops who all tried to get them off the land. The Conleys also took their fight to the courts as Lyda Conley became the first Native American attorney and the first Native American woman admitted to argue a case before the Supreme Court. Though she would lose her case the Conleys’ efforts made it possible for Senator Charles Curtis to introduce a bill that precluded the sale of the land and made it a national monument.
“It’s as strong as a women’s film can get,” Moro says. “For this film not to get made… I don’t know what women’s film would get made if this one can’t.”
Moro co-wrote the screenplay with friend Trip Brooks, who then took the script to the Wyandot Tribe for their approval. Though the Tribe has been offered to support the telling of this story for years, they’ve never grated support until now. Moro believes they recognized “that we were going to keep the integrity of the story in place.”
The good fortune continued last November, when Kingsley announced that he would take on the role of Senator Curtis as well as produce through his company SBK Pictures.
Currently looking for financing, He hopes to begin shooting by late 2009.
[For more information, please visit www.whisperslikethunderthemovie.com]
posted on March 23, 2009
By TATIANA SIEGEL VARIETY MAGAZINE.
Ben Kingsley‘s fledgling U.K.-based production shingle SBK Pictures is ramping up its slate, putting five films and one made-for-TV miniseries into development.Kingsley is attached to star in several of the projects, including the WWI drama “Jutland 1916,” based on the book by Peter Hart about the epic naval battle. Kingsley has committed to star as Admiral John Jellicoe.
Kingsley, who recently attended the Abu Dhabi confab to raise coin for the slate, is also moving forward with the romantic fantasy “Duncan,” written by Barton Randall. Story centers on a woman who reconnects with her childhood toy, an elephant. Kingsley will voice the elephant.
Emily Mortimer is in talks to star in “Cousin Bazilio,” a six-part miniseries set in Lisbon circa 1870 and written by Powell Jones and Zadoque Lopes. Willing will direct the pic, which Kingsley will produce.
These are the other three projects being developed for the bigscreen:
n “Whispers Like Thunder,” written by Fuller “Trip” Brooks and Luis Moro, which chronicles the true story of three Native American sisters who fought a 65-year legal battle against the U.S. government to protect the Wyandot Indian sacred burial ground in Kansas. Kingsley will play Charles Curtis, the only part-Native American to serve as vice president of the U.S. Film will be co-produced with Luis Moro Prods.
n “Quixote,” which focuses on the relationship between author Miguel de Cervantes and his creation, Don Quixote. Rusty Lemorande wrote the screenplay.
n “I Know a Place,” a British comedy written by Randall, who also will direct.
SBK Pictures was formed in 2007 by Kingsley and his producing partners Simone Sheffield and Valerie Hoffman. The shingle also is producing “Will,” based on Christopher Rush‘s novel of the same name, which depicts the deathbed meeting between William Shakespeare and his lawyer to hash out his last will and testament. Charles Wood is penning the screenplay.
Aside from SBK, Kingsley has several films in the can, including Martin Scorsese‘s period drama “Shutter Island.”
Written by By Kevin Abourezk
Luis Moro understands the concept of a trail of tears.
Born in Cuba around the time the Communist Party and Fidel Castro were ascending to power, Moro left as a child with his mother for Mexico City and then to the United States.
He came for the promise of better jobs and living conditions.
He came for the American dream.
And he hasn’t been disappointed.
Especially last year, when the Los Angeles-based filmmaker won the support of Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley to help him produce a film about three Wyandot Nation sisters who fought the government with guns and axes to protect their ancestral burial grounds.
“Whispers Like Thunder” tells the story of Lyda, Ida and Helena Conley, sisters who fought for more than 60 years to protect a Wyandot Nation cemetery in present-day Kansas City, Kansas, where their mother, sister and ancestors were buried.
“These sisters gave their lives to make sure their Indian burial grounds were not sold to a developer,” said Moro by phone recently from his Los Angeles home.
Moro, 45, said the project took root after a colleague met the chief of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, Janet English, who expressed an interest in finding a filmmaker to tell the Conley sisters’ story. The colleague referred English to Moro, who was quick to sign on.
After he finished writing the script, Moro set out looking for production support. After his wife became friends with a colleague of Kingsley’s, he was introduced to Kingsley and gave the British actor the script for “Whispers Like Thunder.”
With Kingsley’s support as a producer of the film, Moro is hopeful the movie will find a major distributor and an all-star cast. But he’s also hopeful the project’s cultural value will not be lost in translation.
“I really wanted to make sure the integrity of the story stayed in place,” he said. “To me, (Kingsley) gets it.”
The sisters’ story begins in the summer of 1907, when they learned Congress had authorized the sale of their ancestral burial grounds to a developer. The sisters quickly moved to protect the cemetery, setting up a 6-foot-by-8-foot shack on the site where they held off U.S. troops, police, construction workers, mob thugs, corrupt businessmen and crooked politicians using guns, axes and their fists.
Simultaneously, the sisters began a decades-long legal battle that would take them to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend their cemetery. They eventually lost their legal battle but won over the hearts and mind of the American people.
“They lost the case but what they won was the public opinion,” Moro said. And that helped the sisters eventually succeed in preserving their tribal burial grounds through other means, he said. “They were able to turn it into a national landmark.”
Moro sees the Conley sisters’ story as empowering to women and Native people. He said Wyandot Nation leaders, like Chief English, support the project, especially now that Kingsley has joined. As well as co-producing the film, Kingsley will play the role of Charles Curtis, the only Native to serve as U.S. vice president.
Moro hopes to finish the movie in time for the 2010 movie award season.
He said he sees hope for Native people in the coming years with the election of Barack Obama and hopes his film can help educate people about the efforts of Native people to fight for their culture and history.
“The Native American community’s time has come,” he said. “It’s time has come.”
Kevin Abourezk, Rosebud Lakota, is a reporter and editor at the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star. He writes reznet’s “Red Clout” political blog and teaches reporting at the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. Abourezk was awarded a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in 2006.
Have you noticed how boring most of this year’s Academy Award nominees are? While we respect a good, introspective drama as much as the next viewer, it’s nice when you can say something about the human condition without having to spend 140 minutes in a suburban living room, or on the set of a 1970s television interview. But thanks to the Conley sisters, we might get a movie that’s smart and entertaining.
According to this story, a movie is being produced about Lyda, Ida and Helena Conley, who in 1907 fought the cops, the mob, businessmen and corrupt politicians to protect their ancestoral burial grounds of theWyandot Nation on land now part of Kansas City, Kansas. Not only did they fight for their heritage in the courts, they also used guns and axes and bareknuckled combat. Which sounds way better than Frost/Nixon.
Whispers Like Thunder is the project of Cuban-born filmmaker Luis Moro. Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley helped to produce it. They’re hoping to get it out for the 2010 awards season.
Written by Don Crosby.
British actor Sir Ben Kingsley intends to make a film about the history of the Wyandot First Nation and its struggle for survival.
The announcement was made on Monday by Janet English, principal chief of the Wyandot Nation in Kansas. She was visiting the Craigleith Heritage Centre, a former train depot at the corner of Highway 26 and County Road 19 east of Craigleith.
The centre depicts part of the history of The Blue Mountains and includes artifacts unearthed nearby that trace the formation of the Wyandot confederacy on the southern shore of Georgian Bay more than 300 years ago.
“I’ve come to bring greetings from the Wyandot people of Kansas to the wonderful people of southern Ontario and in particular the Town of Blue Mountains. We’re here to join you in the opening and celebration the Craigleith heritage station . . . Craigleith was the birth place of Wyandots,” English said.
Before the French arrived in the area groups of Wyandot had migrated to the southern shore of Georgian Bay and formed new combinations and alliances.
When the French arrived they found that the Nottawasaga River separated two large Wyandot confederacies. They nicknamed those east of the river “Huron” and those west of the river “petun” (the tobacco nation). Those on the west side had settled into villages in the Craigleith and Duntroon area.
By the winter of 1650 the members of the Wyandot confederacy living in the Craigleith area had seen their numbers depleted due to European diseases and attacks by the Iroquois who had burned their villages
The survivors left the area and moved to Michigan and eventually were relocated to Kansas and Oklahoma
English read a letter to a handful of people gathered at the Craigleith heritage centre from Kingsley, in which he indicates his intention to make a film about the struggle of the Wyandot to maintain a historical burial sight in Kansas.
“. . . It is with this passion that I finally like to formally announce my intent to bring their story to life with a film project – Whispers Like Thunder – which will dramatize the cemetery and keep the memory of the Wyandot alive,” said the letter from Kingsley.
English noted that present-day Wyandot recognize the area on the southern shore of Georgian Bay, in particular two villages, near the heritage centre as their ancestral home land.
“This is a very sacred place to us and we want to congratulate the Town of Blue Mountains and the people of Ontario for being wise stewards of their vast archeological and cultural heritage. We are a part of this heritage,” she said.
After a brief prayer by English the chief presented Mayor Ellen Anderson with a replica of a traditional clay pot.
The gesture was recognition for the historical display and artifacts unearthed by archeologist Charlie Garrad and on display in the heritage centre. He was instrumental in conducting archeological surveys and excavations of the First Nation settlements of the area. It was his findings over the years that linked the present descendants in Kansas and Oklahoma to their ancestral home on the shores of Georgian Bay.
“It’s wonderful that chief English was able to come and give her blessings to the depot and see the artifacts that were excavated from one of the ancestral sites at Craigleith from which her ancestors probably came,” said Garrad.
English said she didn’t know the details of the film project or whether it would include scenes in the area of Craigleith.
The chief’s visit was began with a smudging ceremony by Roger Noganosh, a member of the of the Magnetawan First Nation at Britt on Georgian Bay.
Garrad said he hopes that the Wyandot archeological sites located near the heritage centre will be preserved as heritage park.
“ A number of landowners have already committed . . .their land for inclusion in a potential park when it’s ready to be donated to the municipality,” said Garrad.
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Wyandot Chief blesses Craigleith Depot.
Oct 23rd, 2008
Janith English, Principal Chief of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, took part in an emotional homecoming ceremony at the Craigleith Heritage Depot Monday.
“It was 359 years ago, almost to the day, on a moonlit night in March that we were driven across the bay from our village,” Chief English told dignitaries gathered at the Depot.
“The rock up on the hill behind us, this spot was the birthplace of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas,” she said, referring to the site of a Petun village that gave refuge to her ancestors.
The occasion of Chief English’s return visit to Craigleith, at the invitation of the Town of the Blue Mountains and Depot Curator Suzanne Ferri, was so that the Chief could see the artifact displays from archaeological sites at Craigleith which are ancestral to Chief English’s family.
The sweet aroma of burning sage filled the Depot as Roger Noganosh of the Magnetawan First Nation, assisted by his wife Kate on a drum, held a sage smudge ceremony in the Craigleith Heritage Depot building to cleanse and bless the building and those present.
The Noganoshes stated that the Magnetawan First Nation also has ancestral connections with the Blue Mountains.
Chief English then sang a prayer, that she said, loosely translated, means: “Loving and great Creator, we give thanks and make peace. Allow us to heal for we have made peace.”
The visitors were welcomed by Mayor Ellen Anderson on behalf of the Town and the Depot.
In response, Chief English presented Mayor Anderson with a clay pot made by a modern Wyandot potter in an ancient style.
Chief English affirmed she is a descendant of the two Wyandot villages which existed at Craigleith until 1650, and assured the Town of the Blue Mountains of the enthusiastic support of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas toward preserving the remains of these villages.
Following the ceremony, Chief English said it was difficult to articulate her feelings on her return to her people’s homeland.
“We had to leave, but our spirit is still here,” she said.
“I am struck by how diverse and how rich the heritage of Ontario is – your wisdom will be richly rewarded. Your efforts at sustaining and protecting the heritage of the land, the way you are fighting to protect, preserve and sustain the land are to be commended. You are to be honoured and thanked,” she said, offering special thanks to local archeologist Charles Garrad, who helped arrange Chief English’s visit.
Chief English also announced that a movie was in the works about the history of the Wyandot people.
Sir Ben Kingsley, who achieved fame and an Academy Award for his portrayal of Gandhi in the movie of the same name and who is now principal of SBK Pictures, with his partners Simone Sheffield and Valerie Hoffman, has announced his intention to spread the historic significance of the Wyandot people to the rest of the world.
On Sir Ben Kingsley’s behalf Chief English formally read the announcement of the film project Whispers Like Thunder, for which the script was written by Trip Brooks and Luis Moro, which will portray the fight by the Wyandot Indians in Kansas to save their Cemetery in the heart of commercial Kansas City, Kansas, and particularly the role of the Conley sisters to preserve their ancestor’s sacred burial ground and legacy.
Chief English commented that many ancestors and relatives of hers, including the two Conley sisters, are buried in the Wyandot cemetery in Kansas. Lyda Conley became the first native woman attorney to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Sir Ben’s announcement included a welcome to Chief English to the Depot, his regret at not being there personally, and his special thanks for the efforts that made the Depot a reality.
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