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Volume 3:05 May 2016 _______________________________________________________________________

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Condolences and best wishes to our families, kinsmen and friends at McMurray. Let me know if you need anything.


Again, Kudos to Premier Notley. Firstly, she has shown a professional aproach in the face of the Fort McMurray disaster and provided good leadership. Secondly, she has faced down the environmental doomsday nut cases who think Chinooks and forest fires are a tangible sign of global warming - and McMurray is Karma. Thirdly, she has been keeping the lid on the fringe-element ideologues in her own party. Not enough to counteract the earlier problems of the NDP leadership, but at least stabilized into a holding pattern. Had she been a bit more forceful in her response to McMurray she could probably have re-captured a possible election win next time. Of course, then she blew it. Spending $1,000,000/year to hire a few NDP cronies as NDP Spin Doctors (PR people) to get the Purity of the NDP Policies across to the peasants. Smells just like the old TORIES. Can you say REDFORD? PRENTISE? And the Love-In with WYNN, from the financially bankrupt Province of Ontario, which Notley wants to copy. So, we are back to the


Still "Talk, talk, talk; Blah, blah, blah. B.S., B.S., B.S. Same old, same old." Going nowhere. As I have been saying, Prime Minister Trudeau has been saying all the right things, but so far the Liberals has been mainly blah, blah, blah: Promises and Photo Ops, with little actual follow-up - other than the $4.8 billion spent overseas and the money spent on Trudeau's continuous travelling around the world. Got to say, nice of Trudeau to visit Canada for a few days to drop in at Ft. McMurray and to assault a female Member of the Opposition in Parliament. Like the past Conservativse, so far the Liberals have shown they have no interest in aboriginal economic development initiatives, which is the key to Aboriginal development and self-reliance. Got to congratulate them for putting McCallum back in the box and locking it. At least no more assenine statements from Imigration. On that note, the Liberals have been spending $35,000+ per year on the Syrian refugees. So far nothing (ZERO) for the Fort McMurray refugees. Syrians are more important that Canadian aboriginals and even middle-class Canadians. Another of McCallum's pet projects is the Automatic Citizenship Progam. If a foreigner brings $800,000 into Canada and buys a house, they get Landed Resident Citizenship and passport in Canada. Interstingly, those areas of Toronto and Vancouver where all these expensive house are also has the highest welfare rate in Canada. These folks send their woman and children to live in Canada in these multi-million dollar houses; and since these women and children have no income, they can collect welfare. Still, they have spent $ZERO on Canadian problem issues - homelessness, poverty and aboriginal issues. (Except of course the $2 BILLION welfare package to Bombardier in Quebec). Residential School Issue; Missing Women Issue; the 300 aboriginal communities without clean water; the 290 aboriginal communities without a school; the failure of the National Energy Board/Government to enforce the Supreme Court Duty To Consult rulings. An indication of how supportive the NDP, Liberals and Conservatives are for Aboriginal Development is indicated by the fact that none of them have any advertising or placement in the largest internet aboriginal website or aboriginal papers. Of course, the same is true for the Oil and pipeline industries, who's Aboriginal Liaison/Specialists assure me that their company is "different" (yes, I mean you, Smith), and really have the best intersts of the aborignal community at heart. On the other hand, the Minister's Office has asked to meet with me regarding problems with the National Energy Board hearings as they affect the First Nations intervenors. I have to say, I was the verge of giving up on the Liberals but still in a holding pattern. However, the deal with the Metis of Manitoba changed that. This seems to be a clear indication that the Liberals do intend to actually follow through on the Supreme Court rulings on aboriginal rights. It that is the case, I fully support the Liberals.


Who? Idle Again? Protests and activism are too much bother, arn't they? What happened to Occupy The Land? Or Take Back The Land? Not a peep.


A consortium including the Mountain Cree have begun the planning process to develop a $10 MILLION dollar development of the Cultural Heritage Temple Mounds site in central Alberta. This would preserve and protect the site, develop the site, and make it available to the public to visit and use the site. The site is 1,000 years old, an old First Nations ceremonial and farming village. It has/had burial mounds, temples and temple mounds, a village with main street, ponds and farmsteads. We are currently undertaking fundraising activity and have some conditional promises for some $3 MILLION. The government of Alberta, of course, has no interest. I have recently initiated talks to purchase the property. See also Publication pictures


So there has been a tentative approval by the National Energy Board for the Enbridge and Trans Mountain pipeline projects. As I said before, the regulators would invoke the Greater Good clause - which they did. Historically, this has meant that First Nations and aboriginal concerns and rights are swept aside and ignored for the "Greater Good" to the public. The saving grace is that this is not a blanket approval, but come with some 150 conditions that must be met by the companies, including going back to the aboriginal community to get a better result from their support. As I mentioned above, the Minister's of Natural Resources Canada has asked his office to meet with me regarding problems with the National Energy Board hearings as they affect the First Nations intervenors and specifically with regards to the Enbridge project. Furthermore, the Government of Alberta has opened itself to a lawsuit by accepting the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Heritage Resources Study, even though it has been proven to be a farce, which is contrary to Law. At the same time Trans Mountain can be struck with an Injunction. And this has all the earmarks of going on to become a Constitutional Challenge to the Supreme Court. See also Pipelines Pipeline Hearings Mountain News, November Mountain News, December Mountain News, January Mountain News, February


A professional association of First Nations archaeologists and historians is in the process of registering. Founding members number some 30 individuals, including persons with University degrees and individuals with field experience on archaeological projects. Founding members also include 9 First Nations consulting firms and two First Nations. The AFNAH will be acting as an Advocacy group with Government and Industry, and will be fielding contracting and consulting services. If you have any questions, please contact me.


The consultation process with ATCO's Jasper project seems to be going ahead. On the other hand, somehow ATCO has chosen to usurp the process and protocols of the Jasper Aboriginal Fortum and seems to have invited itself to put on a Barbecue at the Jasper Aboriginal Day Celebrations without approval from the Aboriginal Forum or the Host Nation. In doing so, they have usurped the Feast that we have traditionally put on, so we will no longer be hosting the Public Feast.


Chief PESEW ("Bobcat") was born as Louis Joseph Piche down east on the Great Lakes. He was the Great Grandson of the explorer Jean Nicolette and his Nipissing wife. He joined the fur trade in the 1780's and was sent to Pond's House/Fort Chipewyan as an assistant to Peter Pond. When Pond was sent east for trial for murder he was accompanied by Piche. Piche was then transfered to Pond's partners, the Grants, and spent a few years on the Assiniboine River. From there he was sent with Grant to build Fort Edmonton. Here he was the senior non-commissioned officer. He remained here until 1813, when he was transfered with Alexander Henry to look after Rocky Mountain House. From Rocky Mountain House he was headed up the outfitting and wranglers for David Thompson's journey across the Athabasca Pass. For the next few years Piche headed the supply trains to the new Henry House and Jasper House. In the meantime one of Piche's daughters married a Peigan chief, the couple be- coming the founding parents of the North Peigan. Another daughter married Jacques Cardinal. Cardinal had been one of David Thompson's boatment and junior officers. Jacques had been the man who had been sent ahead of David Thompson in 1807 to blaze and clear the trail across Howse Pass so it could be 'discovered' by David Thompson. In 1813 Cardinal was transfered to Jasper House as the senior assistant to the trader. Cardinal's daughter then married Michel Klyne (Cline), the trader. Piche remained at Rocky Mountain House, where he had a house, until 1822, when almost all the Metis employees of the fur trade were laid off. Almost immediately they were hired on contract for the Bow River Expedition and sent to the Bow River to build Bow Fort; some went on the the Missouri River. With the completion of the post they were again laid off. Piche and most of the Metis remained in the area and organized themselves as the Mountain Cree and Mountain Nakoda bands, under the chieftainship of Piche. This would become the heartland of these two bands. From here they ranged north to the Athabasca River and south to Fort Laramie (Wyoming). Other members of the band worked with the fur trade as far distant as the Pacific Ocean. In 1840 Piche and his people quickly accepted the christianity brought by the Methodist Missionary Robert Rundle, but at the same time Piche sent his son with a delegation to Red River to request a Catholic missionary, resulting in Fr. Thibeault being sent west. In 1843 Piche and a son were killed near Penhold in a gambling dispute. The Mountain Cree band now dispersed into several factions. Two factions were those of his sons Piyesiwak Chak and Kiskiyew (Bobtail). With the death of Piyesiwak Chak, the two factions recombined under Bobtail. Bobtail would become Head Chief of the West People of the Cree, Nakoda, Soto and allied peoples. The name PESEW is likely a wrong transcription of his actual Cree name. At the moment a book is in the works. See also Bobtail Band Pipeline Hearings Maski Piton's Band publication Louis Joseph Piche publication Jacques Cardinal publication Mountain News, November Mountain News, December Mountain News, January Mountain News, February Mountain News, March Mountain News, April


In the recent Supreme Court ruling (Congress of Aboriginal People vs. Canada) the Supreme Court ruled that both Metis and Non-Status Indians have Indian/Aboriginal Status equal to that of Treaty Indians, and that this status extends to any person of aboriginal ancestry. Actually, this is a re-statement of an earlier ruling that was challenged by Canada, but is now a forcefull re-statement of same, as well as clearly stating that these people must be recognized as having Indian and Aboriginal rights, including rights to their Traditional Lands and to be included in the Duty To Consult legislation. However, the Supreme Court in previous rulings has made it clear that these are Collective Rights, not Individual Rights. That means, that in order to excercise such rights, a person of aboriginal ancestry must be a member of a legally recognized First Nations Band; the Supreme Court has also established what the rules are that constitute an First Nations Band that is to be legally recognized. This includes Treaty Indian Bands, Metis organizations, Indian organizations and organized Non-Treaty Bands. Recognized First Nations Bands can take in these new members if they meet the existing Membership criteria. Most Treaty Indian Bands have shown a marked reluctance to take in new members and C-31, C-62 returnees an have actively excluded persons due to descent. Several years ago the Government of Canada recognized the ASINI WACHI NIHIYAWAK (Mountain Cree) BOBTAIL TRADITIONAL BAND as a legitimate and legal Non-Treaty Band. The AWNTB operates under Traditional Law, and membership is according to Traditional Law. As such, AWNTB has broad membership rules and can accept members that have been excluded by other bands. In theory, it would now even be possible for transfers between existing Treaty bands and the AWNTB. AWNTB is currently attempting to track the descendants of the Bobtail Band who did not enter Treaty or who withdrew from Treaty, as these would be elegibel for membership.


Nothing new to report. For more information go to Rossdale


I have started discussions to purchase an office-resi- dential-retail building. Has room for offices, a re- search center, accomodation, museum, store and restaurant. Will need staff if i go ahead. DID YOU KNOW - There are about 30,000 descendants of Bobtail band who never took Treaty.


Aboriginal Days celebrations at Jasper are scheduled to be held on Saturday June 18. As usual, Odin and I will be there on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and leave Monday. Plan to be there with us. Here again is another opportunity for our drummers and dancers to take part. The first Registered drum groups will be paid. Pay is usually $1,000 or better. Our usual public feast has been pre-empted by ATCO so we will not be hosting the usual feast. There will again be opportunities for family participants to take part in activities and earn some traveling money. I will post these jobs later.
I plan to canoe the Athabasca River and will probably do some storytelling. If you have any traditional knowlege, teachings or artifacts that you would like to share, Parks is interested in having you share them.. Let me known. Admission to the Park will be free and camping at the designated camping area will be free for members and guests. Previously Enbridge provided some funding. We hope to be able to obtain some events funding again this year from sponsors. I have a meeting in Jasper with Parks and with several businesses on May 4-6.


The following Jobs are available to Mountain members ATCO Electric: Summer Student (Post-secondary): various positions Fundraiser Banff: Lodges of Banff Park: Housekeeping, Maintainance Banff Springs Hotel: Housekeeping Cline River Resort: Housekeeping, Maintainance Jasper Brewster Glacier Icefields Tours: Maintainance Man, Driver Jasper Brewster Glacier Icefields Chateau: Housekeeping Jasper National Park: Summer Student (Post-secondary) Parks Interpreter Jasper Pine Cabins: Housekeeping, Maintainance Jasper Pyramid Lake Lodge & Cabins: Housekeeping Kider-Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline, Edmonton District: Engineer Kider-Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline, Edmonton District: Security Supervisor Mountain Parks Resorts (Banff, Jasper), Housekeeping, Maintainance North Saskatchewan River Crossing: Housekeeping, Maintainance Our Native Land, Sales Clerk (accomodation available) Social Media Blog Editor Aboriginal Days positions: Drum Group (June 18, Jasper; pay $1,000.00+) Cook's Assistant Guitarist (backup) Tourism Service: Sales Clerk/Booth Attendant Tourism Service: Photo Booth operator (posing in costume with tourists)


Blackfalds 1977 Olds; G+; $7,500.00 1967 Cougar (early production; rare serial 900), matching #'s; VG; $14,000.00 1967 Cougar (early production/week 2; rare), matching #'s; VG; $8,000.00


Finally got hold of my birthday lists. I am still missing most of you so send me your birthdays so I can get them included. Sorry the ones I missed last month. Bone, Lawrence (deceased) May 03, 1963 Bone, Dennis May 04, 1972 Twin, Donald May 05 Mountain, Robyn May 13, 1983 Twin, Christine May 20 Mountain, Neil May 25 Mountain, Lawrence Jun 05 Champagne, Megan Jun 06, 1996 Mountain, Braden Jun 23, Bone, James Jun 26, 1992 Mountain, Vicky Jun 28 Badger, Anthony Jul 5, 1975 Mountain, Crystal Jul 17, 1985


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Do Not Forget! This year I am offering to give a Graduation Gown to any of the girls in the family who graduate (matriculation/University Admission) from High School, from College (Certificate/Diploma) or University (Bachelor Degree). The offer is open to families registered with the family society. So register.


I would like to propose that next year the family sponsor an Honoring Ceremony and Giveaway in honor of all our family members who have died. I pledge $1,000.00 towards such a ceremony.


The offer from Jasper National Park for preferential treatment (waived fees) for members of the family is still open. To enter into an agreement with Jasper I need the participation of two family elders to sign the agreement. Back Issues: www.inewhistory.com/mtnblog.html


They are available from any bookstore, amazon.com or lulu.com. Lulu is cheapest. Tell our premier@gov.ab.ca what you think this. _______________________________________________________________________________

In Memoria

Sisip Pimotew O Koma (c1610-), Atspu (c1630-), Sisip Pimotew (c1650-), Ki Tonahew Api (c1715-1808c), Kona Wapa (c1715-1774c), Anthony Henday (c1735-), Ente Iskwew (c1735-), Ente Iskwew O Ka Sisa (1755-), Louis Joseph Piche (c1776-1843), Magdalene Apitas Iskwew () Piche, Ki Tonahew Wiyan () Hughes (-1819) Piche, Jacques Cardinal (c1777-1839), Piyesiwak Chak Petit Couteau (-1848), Pesew Iskwew (Piche) Cardinal (c1800-), Alexis Bobtail Piche (c1810-1900), Susanne (Cardinal) Kline (c1805-), Jean Baptiste Cardinal, Weasel Mountain (c1850-), Asini Wachi Pime, Isabelle Piche, Susanne (Dion) Mountain, Adam Mountain (c1850-), Pikwanis Bugle (c1867-), Magdalene (Klyne) Schock (-1952), Joseph Cardinal (1890-), Justine (Cardinal) Penner, Felix Cardinal, Isdadore Desjarlais (1903-), Mike Mountain (1908-), Julia (Cardinal) Mountain, Magloire Cardinal, Lawrence Mountain (1918-1988), Leo Mountain (c1911- 2005), Kathleen (Cardinal) Mountain, Elsie (Cardinal) Quintal, Willi Fromhold (1923-1993), George Mountain (-1994), Sam Bone, Maryanne Mountain (1944-1980), Stanley Ross Mountain (1938-1980), Noral Mountain, Philippe Mountain (-1986), Elizabeth Mountain (-2005), Adam Mountain (-2005), Ashley Mountain (-1993), Joan A. Mountain (1962-1995), Cory Mountain (-2005c), Edna Mountain (1960-2005), Irene Mountain (1958-1994), Jane Mountain, Lawrence Francis Mountain, Leo Mountain (-2004), Lester Mountain Cardinal, Norman Malone Mountain, Brian Bone, Carrie Bone, Ruby Mountain (1964-2016), Henry Bugle (-2016)
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