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Notoweega Nation Artist Featured at Alcatraz

Notoweega Member Alicia McDaniel (Center) Debuts Artwork at Alcatraz on Opening Day

            Notoweega Nation member and artist Alicia McDaniel, a first year grad student at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco will have her diptych (painting) artwork featured at the former prison until October 2017.

Her work is made of stretched buckskins, painted with a beautiful red color to commemorate the Graffiti painted by the original protestors at the prison in the late 60s early 70s.

            LaNada War Jack and Eloy Martinez are two influential Native American activists who led and participated in the Alcatraz occupation.  --Alicia McDaniel, a proud member of the Notoweega Tribe

            This diptych shows them as they were in 1969 to memorialize their strength, resilience, and presence on the island. Both portraits were painted to mirror the rich, red brush strokes of the occupation graffiti.

            For those to young or unfamiliar with the occupation here is a brief excerpt from Wikipedia detailing some of the events that took place.

           The Occupation of Alcatraz was an occupation of Alcatraz Island by 89 American Indians who called themselves Indians of All Tribes (IOAT).[1] According to the IOAT, under the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868) between the U.S. and the Lakota, all retired, abandoned or out-of-use federal land was returned to the Native people from whom it was taken. Since Alcatraz penitentiary had been closed on March 21, 1963, and the island had been declared surplus federal property in 1964, a number of Red Power activists felt the island qualified for a reclamation. 

           The Alcatraz Occupation lasted for fourteen months, from November 20, 1969, to June 11, 1971, and was forcibly ended by the U.S. government. The Occupation of Alcatraz had a direct effect on federal Indian policy and, with its visible results, established a precedent for Indian activism.




Lucas files more paperwork in lawsuit against city officials


Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7:30 am



LOGAN — A lawsuit between city of Logan officials and local resident Marshall Lucas, also known as Great Elk Dancer for his Elk Nation, is moving forward with another motion filed, this time by a representative for the Notoweega Nation.

Philip W. Gerth, of The Gerth Law Office in Gahanna, submitted a motion for “leave of court to file an amicus curiae brief” on July 21 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

Lucas’ $20 million lawsuit is against Logan Mayor Martin Irvine, Fire Chief Brian Robertson, Police Ptlm. Josh Mowery and Logan City Service Director Steve Shaw.

The lawsuit has been steeped in paperwork since it was initially filed in the district court in June 2013, on a total of 19 complaints stemming from Lucas’ business, Red Door Internet Cafe.

The motion filed in the District Court in Columbus, claims that the court may be “confused by the terminology” used in the case and suggests that the court would benefit from its amicus brief.

The brief was filed in hopes of bringing a sense of better understanding of Lucas’ terminology and claims and in doing so, bring a greater understanding of tribal law to the court.

An amicus curiae is someone who is not a party to a case, who offers information that bears on the case, but who has not been solicited by any of the parties to assist the court. This may take the form of a legal opinion or testimony (the amicus brief) and is a way to introduce concerns ensuring that the possibly broad legal effects of a court decision will not depend solely on the parties directly involved in the case. The decision on whether to admit the information lies at the discretion of the court.

However, in response, the city’s attorneys, Todd M. Raskin and Cara M. Wright, filed a brief in opposition to the Notoweega Nation’s motion and asked that the court deny the motion for the amicus curiae brief.

According to the amicus curiae brief, there are four issues that need to be clarified in order to better understand Lucas’ lawsuit.

Issue one: What makes a tribe? A tribe is an artificial construct, such as a corporation or a nation-state. A tribe can have a beginning and a legally-recognized status.

Issue two: What is Ohio’s tribal history? When European settlers entered America, most of the Ohio Valley was claimed by tribal groups. Despite the struggles by the tribes, Ohio sit still 0.3 percent Native American according to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau numbers.

Issue three: Do tribes only live on reservations? While many assume that Ohio has no tribes, this is not accurate, according to the paperwork filed on July 21. Ohio lost the tribes that chose to live on reservations; a tribe is not defined by living on a reservation. The Notoweega Nation, chose to keep their culture, but live among other Ohioans.

Issue four: How has a tribe historically been recognized as sovereign by the government? A sovereign is generally defined as a person, or group, with either absolute power or absolute authority. A tribe may be recognized as sovereign, and yet act in an unsovereign manner. The brief further described the American history of tribes and sovereignty.

The ways that a tribe is recognized as sovereign are Congress recognizes the tribe’s sovereignty; Congress delegates to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize the tribe’s sovereignty; or a federal court recognizes the sovereignty of the tribe.

In conclusion, a tribe does not need to live on a reservation to be considered a tribe. A tribe does not need the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognition to be considered sovereign. The 78 tribes that rejected the proposal under the Indian Reorganization Act are just as sovereign as those that accepted the proposal. Those tribes that rejected the proposal are just a little harder to keep track of on paper.

According to the motion, there are still tribes in Ohio and Lucas “Dancing Elk” leads one of those tribes. Lucas is claiming that his sovereign rights have been ignored by the City of Logan and others.

The city’s response claims that the “brief (amicus curiae) fails to provide any information that is relevant to the claims pending before the Court and the information contained within the brief is rarely verified with a citation to any authoritative source.”

The city’s response further states that the “Notoweega Nation does not have any special interest in the litigation” and the Notoweega Nation has characterized Lucas’ complaint as “alleging violations of his tribal sovereign rights. However, the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity is wholly inapplicable in this case as no Indian tribe has been sued in this matter.”

Lucas is asking the court for “injunctive relief and declaratory judgment as well as compensatory damages for the value of the business opportunity or expectancy that was lost as a result of the city’s tortuous and improper interference of his business.”

Lucas believes he has been harassed since he first opened his business in Logan, the Mingo Trading Company. He describes Red Door Internet Cafe as well as the Mingo Trading Company as “tribal” businesses.

In March, agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation raided the Red Door Internet Cafe and seized gaming machines as well as personal computers, laptops, monitors and other equipment. Lucas has since opened an online casino.


Notoweega Nation Of Ohio host a fundraiser for the homeless.


Members of the Notoweega Nation of Ohio  braved  frigid weather and snow to come out and support what they know is a good cause, Homelessness.
They were raising money to help build a homeless shelter with other groups in the town of Logan Ohio. The event took place at The Red Door tribal building.

Tribal leaders reported to me that homelessness is rampant in the town and felt the need to help in a loving heart that will help all races. Although they did not make the quota they wanted, they will keep helping with this great cause.

Entering the Notoweega Nation. | The Longest Walk 4

Notoweega Nation hosts the Longest Walk 4 walkers this past weekend. Here are some of the photos that made Censored News. Safe travels to the Walkers for the rest of the walk to Alcatraz. We are honored to have met each and every one of you.



Photos Longest Walk 4 in Logan, Ohio

Walkers for Sovereignty and Notoweega Feast

Photos of the Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz in Logan, Ohio, by Jennifer Vance, thank you for sharing with Censored News! The Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz will be leaving soon for Columbus, Ohio. Wishing them a safe journey!
The walk's next stay place is Antioch University at Yellow Springs, Ohio, August 5 -- 9, 2013.
Route and more:


Collecting Eggs


Entering for Ceremony to protect the Buffalo, During Shutdown

Rj Rita Jones (Notoweega Clan Mother) at Yellowstone National Park with Jimmy St. Goddard (Blackfeet Hereditary Chief.) Entering for Ceremony to protect the Buffalo, During Shutdown

Link →Buffalo Field Campaign


By Shawna Burkham October 9th 2013

Hunker down,
RJ and I have been out west for a week + for a trip that was planned months ago to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. That was before congress lost its mind and closed everything.

So we made the most of the trip (we went with 3 other friends) and we saw some amazing sights and had a wonderful time.

But Monday, Divine Order prevailed. I am here to tell you that 16 people - including the 5 of us - spent the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park. The CLOSED to the public National Park. Odd things happened in an odd order and we arrived at the West Yellowstone gate just to say we had "been there" and take pictures.

When we arrived we saw a small group of people 100 yards away talking to the park rangers at the actual gate. Rangers who are working even though not being paid. Two of the people were obviously Native Americans and the man said to RJ as she walked up (don't know why - she just decided to walk up) "you're indigenous, aren't you?" She told him she was and he said "I knew it" and walked her into to the group.

The Buffalo Field Campaign, a group out of West Yellowstone was there to prepare to go into the park with the man who took RJ. He is the head spiritual leader of the Blackfeet Nation. They do a ceremony in the park to ask for protection for the Yellowstone herd, which is the only pure buffalo herd left in the US. All of the rest of the herds have been crossbred with cattle. So this herd, which is very sacred, has been hazed and even killed with the approval of the park and the government and this ceremony is apparently performed to ask for protection for them and yesterday was the day it was to be performed.

We had no inkling of any of this.

So up the chain of park command the request went for clearance for this sacred ceremony which had to take place in a certain area of Yellowstone. We stood, we waited, we couldn't believe it, but after about a half hour we were approved to go in. A caravan of three cars plus a ranger drove about 30 miles into the park to Fountain Flats, where the prayer ceremony complete with sage and tobacco and cedar and sweet grass was held. It was powerful. We stood together in a circle, listened to him speak and pray, shared our requests for humanity and nature - all the while two buffalo grazed then lay in the meadow not too far away. It was as though they knew we were there for them. They didn't leave the whole time we were there. The sun shone, the skies were blue, several ravens and what looked like an eagle flew in and out, the wind blew gently and it was amazing.

As we drove in and out of the park we were not permitted to stop, but we did see that area of the park and we did pass elk herds along the road as well as three or four more buffalo "galoomping" alongside the road, too. We were driving along the Madison River almost the whole way in and out. I tell you it was magic.

So even though I never saw Old Faithful, or the falls, or the mud pots, we did visit Yellowstone at a time that no one else was permitted to do so. We were alone in Yellowstone Park on a gorgeous October afternoon.

I will never forget it. And I like the way one of the other men in the group put it. He was also there completely serendipitously and he commented that he had always led a charmed life and he considered yesterday just another "tender mercy" that was shone him. And I feel the same.


The Notoweega Nation files Appeal - ICWA

On March 7th 2014. The Notoweega Nation filed it’s Third Motion of Intervention in the Tri-State area. This is the first time in the state of Ohio. Discovery documents were requested on March 14th in the case of Abigail Johnson, a minor and member of the Notoweega Nation. Also filed was an OBJECTION to the defenses the MOTION CONTRA MOTION TO INTERVENE. The Grandmother Donna Allberry has been completely left out of the process by the Hocking County Juvenile Court Division. ON March 31st the matter was DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE by Judge Richard M. Wallar, and request for discovery was never answered, nor was there a court hearing involving the Plaintiffs. Today, March 9th, 2014. The Notoweega filed a 9 page Appeal seeking MOTIONS TO APPEAL AND REQUEST FOR STAY, MOTION TO COMPEL AND MOTION TO EXPEDITE INTRODUCTION, to the Ohio Supreme Court Fourth Appellate District APPEALS for Hocking County. All arguments have been made Parens Patrae as the Notoweega Nation is citing Inherent Sovereign Rights as a Non IRA, Pre-Constitution Tribal Government that is Self Governing. That lower courts have no jurisdictional powers and there for the minor should be remanded to The Tribal Government.


Notoweega Casino First In Country

The Red Door Casino Online is the very first Aboriginal Online Casino in the United States.

The Red Door Casino in a joint venture with Notoweega Nation is the very first Aboriginal Online Casino in the United States. The gaming site is all about providing self sustaining prosperity to the Notoweega community. For us it is not about gambling, it is a self inherent right to protect our sovereign space and provide opportunities for other tribes.

The Notoweega Nation, whom has created it's on Gaming Commission hopes to work with other Tribes in entering this untapped online market. Even tribes without land base casinos will be able partner with the Notoweega Nation and other gaming associates.

Casino Website

Press Release Native American News, by Native American Encyclopedia. Click to Visit News portal and rss for The Red Door Online Casino one of the first.

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