- March 31, 2003 -
Dear Friends, Members, Founders,
Recently we sent out a mailing from Mark Arden,
Harvey Arden's son. We have received a lot of
mail addressing all sides of this issue. Our
reason for putting out his view was because he
is a member of Dreamkeepers and he had something
to share.....any of you are welcome to do that.
In fact, we have a chat forum in the site
exclusively for these discussions. Since that
aspect of the site is not monitored by anyone at
this time, it is easier for us to send out
certain letters to the list. We apologize to
those that were insulted. There is no need to
get defensive or mad. Dreamkeepers allows the
views of peoples from around the world.
Sometimes--often--these friends take
different views on a given subject. Even when
we disagree, we need to listen respectfully to
the opinions of others, and express our
disagreement forcefully but respectfully.
In this case, it happened to be someone dear to
us, Harvey's son.
As Mark mentioned, his father and he don't share
the same political views always but they do
agree on some very important issues, like safe
guarding innocent peoples lives, and the
abolition of genocide in any
Mark, himself a recently retired flying
commander of an Apache helicopter squadron now
in the Gulf, eloquently expresses his views on
the current conflict. Those views deserve a
hearing here on dreamkeepers.net, even if they
are rejected by some-as they also applauded by
many. We simply MUST LISTEN to each other! And
show each other the RESPECT we all deserve as
fellow human beings. There are many young men
and women fighting over there and losing their
lives, whether we agree or not for the
purpose...the reality is that they are willing
to defend what is good about our country. And
there is a lot good. And there is alot wrong.
There are also many, many Native peoples
fighting over there and have fought in the past
for this country.
They deserve our prayers and respect for their
courage to do so. We all
know that there are people in the world that
would rather see us...us
meaning all of Turtle Island and anywhere else
where we do not worship
in the same way as they do. They see us as
heretics and would rather we be eliminated.
Whether you support this President or not, the
reality is what it is, there is a fight going on
in the name God our Creator,
and there are those that are willing to fight
for the freedom for all to believe as we wish.
There is no need to take offense by Mark's
words, he is speaking for his comrades who he
knows are facing the ultimate sacrifice. So
please calm down, no one needs to judge these
young men and women who are doing what they feel
they must do. The war is happening, and none of
us want it, but it is happening, and thank god
there are those that are willing to defend us
with their lives. One day it will be possible
for us all to lay down these terrrible arms of
destruction, I believe that, but meanwhile we
are not there yet. I was always taught that
Nothing happens without the Creator's
permission, and that everything-everything--is a
May Peace be with us all.
In the future, this type of correspondence will
be posted to the site rather than be sent
through email. We may notify you when there have
been postings to those site pages.
Thank you for your time.
Company Website: http://dreamkeepers.net
Pamela Rickenback - Milos