Defying the News Blackout P3. May 28, 2014
Cowboy and Indian Alliance Plant Sacred Ponca Corn in
the Path of the Keystone XL Pipeline: Reject & Protect

By Mary Anne Andrei of

  • Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance plant Ponca sacred red corn in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline on the Tanderup Farm near Neligh, Nebraska.
  • Amos Hinton and Mekasi Horinek of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma talk with Art Tanderup in the field where members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance met on Saturday, May 31.
  • Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance gather for a Ponca corn planting ceremony before planting sacred red corn in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. #RejectAndProtect. #NoKXL
  • Mekasi Horinek of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma kneels to pour water during a ceremony, while farmer Art Tanderup (left), Amos Hinton of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Taylor Keen of the Omaha tribe, and Carolyn and Bob Smith of Omaha look on
  • Taylor Keen (center) of the Omaha Tribe joined Amos Hinton (left) and Mekasi Horinek (right) both of the Ponka Tribe of Oklahoma, on Saturday, May 31, to help plant Ponca sacred red corn in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline on the Tanderup farm near Neligh, Nebraska.
  • The Cowboy and Indian Alliance, and allies, help the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma plant sacred corn on land near Neligh, Nebraska that crosses both the Ponca Trail of Tears Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Blessing the soil, the seeds and land near Neligh, Nebraska that crosses both the Ponca Trail of Tears Keystone XL pipeline.

Neligh, Nebraska—On Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and allies came together at the farm of Art Tanderup near Neligh, Nebraska, to hand plant sacred Ponka red corn seeds. The Tanderup farm is crossed both by the historic Ponca Trail of Tears and the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.“Our family is honored to plant sacred Ponca corn here on our farm,” said Art Tanderup. “The people of Neligh, in 1877, assisted the Ponca by burying (Read More)

Farewell Casey "Shaggy" Kasem -
A Tribute to a multi-faceted Talent

by CJ Davidson

This time I could feel the jolt of time quake beneath my feet as one the last icons of my youth passed from this dimension. The man I speak of is indeed the one and only Casey Kasem. It will be a week, this Sunday, (June 15, 2014) that one of my inspirations and favorite announcer and voice-over master died on Father’s Day. That man knew how to go out with a bang. That was poor taste, but I’m sure even his poor kids would consider that true after remembering his remarkable career. That voice… That incredibly distinct voice flowed out like finely spun gold. The smooth, mild voice from thin air would comfort and distract me on my way to weekly severance from my mother. It was indeed, the first vocation I would inquire about. I was around seven years old, in second grade, listening to this voice with music in-between. It was smooth and non-threatening. He spoke of music, singers, music trivia and endless facts of the upcoming song ranked in that placement within the countdown. The top forty was played everywhere there was a radio. It was heard in supermarkets, elevators, bars, churches, Casey not only did the world’s longest running radio show, but he did endless voice-overs like Shaggy, Josie and the Pussycats, commercials and television roles. I would remember this man and his voice(s) throughout my life. The very time I first heard Casey Kasem’s voice, I remembering being driven to Catholic boarding school in my Mom’s 1970 “Hugger-Orange” (because it hugs the road) Camaro. It was a quick drive between North Hollywood and Tarzana where Nazareth House School for boys was located but I can still remember Casey’s voice belting out Cher’s “Half Breed.” “Since she’s breaking up with Sonny, Cher has begun an explosive solo career. Following up her number one hit Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, and inspired by her Native American roots, here’s Cher with Half-breed.” It was the last voice I would hear on Sunday nights before being returned to indoctrination, cutting off all subversion from the outside world. I remember it like it was yesterday. Mixed with my mother’s perfume (Channel #5) and I’m transported back to 1970, where it all started for me. “Mommy? I would ask. “Who is that on the radio?” I asked, mesmerized after only a few listens. “That’s Casey Kasem.” She answered. “He’s a DJ.” “Mommy” I followed up. “Yes, dear?” she would answer, while driving. “Can I be a DJ?” I asked. “Of course you can, dear.” She said smiling. ”You can be whatever you want. But you have to go to school and talk on the radio a lot.” And so I went to school, got a communications degree and did minor radio gigs here and there. But I soon realized you needed to know or blow someone to get a decent gig here in Los Angeles in the 1990’s…much less become remotely close to the super stardom of the mighty Casey Kasem. For those of you living on another planet for the last 40+ years, here’s a glimpse of the vast background of Mr. Casey Kasem from Wikipedia: Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1932, to Lebanese Druze immigrant parents.[1][2] They settled in Michigan, where they worked as grocers.[3] In the 1940s, "Make Believe Ballroom" reportedly inspired Kasem to follow a career in radio and later host a national radio hits countdown show.[4] Kasem got his first experience in radio covering sports at Northwestern High School in Detroit.[5] He then went to Wayne State University for college. While at Wayne State, he voiced children on radio programs such as The Lone Ranger and Challenge of the Yukon.[6] In 1952, Kasem was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Korea. There, he worked as a DJ/announcer on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network. He was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, voice actor and actor, best known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, most notably American Top 40, from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009. Kasem co-founded the American Top 40 franchise in 1970, hosting it from its inception to 1988, and again from 1998 to 2004. Between January 1989 and early 1998, he was the host of Casey's Top 40, Casey's Hot 20, and Casey's Countdown. From 1998 to 2009, Kasem also hosted two adult contemporary spin-offs of American Top 40: American Top 20 and American Top 10. After learning Casey was gone, I cried briefly. Not only had the world lost one of the most talented individuals in entertainment history, but I just lost icon of my childhood. The man behind one of my most treasured moments as a kid, Shaggy of Scooby-Do, is being lowered into the ground as I write this. According to CNN -- This weekend, June 22, 2014, Casey Kasem's family will gather at a private memorial service to honor the legendary radio host, who died on Father's Day at age 82. , “Kasem was incorrectly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2007, a diagnosis that was later changed to a progressive brain disorder called Lewy body dementia. Lewy body dementia is the most misdiagnosed form of dementia, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Like Alzheimer's, confusion and memory loss are present, but visual hallucinations, severe sleep disruptions, fluctuating alertness and problems with movement are also symptoms.” I was unaware of thedisease of Lewy Body Dementia until it took my beloved Casey. It usually spurs attention and funding to examine and perhaps defeat this monster. It is difficult to keep the tears back as he played a bigger role in my growing up than my real father did. Casey Kasem was my surrogate father, my idol and role model. I find that hard to let him go at this moment. Although my beloved Casey Kasem is gone, his beautiful memory his astounding career, his endless talent and immortal legend will always live on in our minds, our hearts and the pages of this publication. God bless you, Casey and thank you for making life sound magical and interesting. Your biggest fan, CJ Davidson.

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