Thursday, November 24, 2016

RECIPE: Wampanoag Ital - Root Vegetable Stew

Wampanoag Ital - A Root Vegetable Stew
Okay, when you're half West Indian and Half Wampanoag, you make jokes like this. One of the traditional Wampanoag dishes is a vegetable stew made with root vegetables. A traditional vegetable stew dish, primarily among Rastas in Jamaica is called "Ital".

The Granola Eaters on the lower-cape call it "Root Vegetable Medley", I call it "Wampanoag Ital" or "Bad Hunter's Stew". This is a basic Day of Mourning comfort food for the season and very easy to make. First, your stock.

The Stock:

  • 3/4 cup of minced scallions
  • 1/4 cup of minced, fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup mix of parsley, oregano and cilantro
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 gallon of water

Place contents in stock pot, bring to a boil until about 1/3 of the water is boiled away. Remove from heat and set aside.

The Stew:

Basically, it's a mix of your favorite root vegetables. Quantities are to taste and I personally avoid potatoes.

  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Onion
  • Yucca
  • Turnips
  • Wild Nuts

I also throw in a splotch of butter or coconut oil for infusion.

Allow to simmer on low on the stove or in a crockpot for about 4 hours.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Short List of Books on First Nations (Native American) Social, Political and Economic Experiences

At the National Day of Action event at UMass Dartmouth, I was asked for a book list on Native History and socio-political issues. It was a good idea and since the request started this list. These are a few items on my book shelf and by no means a complete list, but a good start. 

If folks have books to add, please hit me up on the contact page with title and author.

  • Handbook of North American Indians, by Bruce G. Trigger (ed.)
  • Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience, by Neal Salisbury and Colin G. Calloway (eds)
  • Manitou and Providence, by Neal Salisbury
  • A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth: Mourt’s Relation, by Dwight B Heath
  • Early American Women: A Documentary History, 1600–1900, by N Woloch
  • Mashpee Indians, by Jack Campisi
  • Clambake: A Wampanoag Traditionby Russell Peters and John Madama
  • History of King Philip, Sovereign Chief of the Wampanoags: Including the Early History of the Settlers of New England, by John S. C. Abbott
  • Talking With The Elders of Mashpee: Memories of Earl H. Mills, Sr., by Earl Mills, Sr.
  • Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha's Vineyard, 1600-1871, by David SilvermanKing Philip's War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty, by Daniel R. Mandell
  • Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice, by Paula Peters
  • The Long Island Indians and their New England Ancestors: Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot & Wampanoag Tribes, by Donna Barron
  • A Mixed Medicine Bag: Original Black Wampanoag Folklore, by Mwalim
  • Captain Paul Cuffe’s Logs and Letters, by Rosalind Cobb Wiggins (ed)
  • Paul Cuffe: A Study of His Life and the Status of His Legacy in Old Dartmouth, by Brock N. Cordeiro
  • The Red King's Rebellion, by Russel Bourne
  • Black Indians, by William L Katz
  • American Indian Politics and the American Political System, by David Wilkins &  Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by  Andrés Reséndez
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, Colin Woodard
  • Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879–1934 , by John Troutman
  • The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, by Naomi Schaefer Riley
  • Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-2000, by Peter Nabokov
  • Through an Indian's Looking-Glass: A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequot, by  Drew Lopenzina

Monday, November 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Delays DAPL Easement and Calls for Further Environmental Review

SRST Statement
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers delays DAPL easement and calls for further environmental review
Corp says consulting with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pivotal before final decision
CANNON BALL, N.D. – The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers today announced they are delaying an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline project until it conducts further environmental review with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Corp noted that “construction on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement.”
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II said while the decision was not 100 percent what the Tribe had hoped for he said it is clear President Obama is listening. “We are encouraged and know that the peaceful prayer and demonstration at Standing Rock have powerfully brought to light the unjust narrative suffered by tribal nations and Native Americans across the country,” Archambault said.
“Together we can inspire people across America and the globe to honor each other and the Earth we hold sacred,” Archambault said. “Millions of people have literally and spiritually stood with us at Standing Rock. And for this, you have our deepest thanks and gratitude. The harmful and dehumanizing tactics by the state of North Dakota and corporate bullies did not go unnoticed because of you. Not all of our prayers were answered, but this time, they were heard.”
The 1,100-mile pipeline was rerouted towards tribal nations after citizens of North Dakota rightfully rejected it to protect their communities and water. While the pipeline is nearly complete, it required the final easement to drill under the Missouri River (at Lake Oahe) just a half a mile upstream of the tribe’s reservation boundary. The water supply of the Tribe and 17 million Americans downstream are at risk for contamination by crude oil leaks and spills. A single spill would be culturally and economically catastrophic for the Tribe. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and crosses several states south of the project.
“We call on all water protectors, as we have from the beginning, to join our voices in prayer and to share our opposition to this pipeline peacefully. The whole world is watching and where they see prayerful, peaceful resistance, they join us,” Archambault said.
Learn more about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at For incremental updates please follow our Facebook page at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
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Chelsea Hawkins
Sue Evans

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

RECIPE: Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice

I used to love Popeye's Red Beans and dirty rice, but the pork factor and rapidly declining quality of the chain in New England forced me to get my fix elsewhere. From bumping through a few on-line recipes, combined with my own plucks and tweaks, I came up with a version that gives me my fix.

Traditional Cajun Red Beans used andouille sausage, a German originated sausage with a very smokey flavor. There is a chicken version, which can be hard to find in some places, so I recommend using  Hardwood Smoked Turkey Kielbasa or Hot Turkey Italian Sausage.


1 pound dry kidney beans1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil1 large onion, chopped1 green bell pepper, chopped4 tablespoons minced garlic2 stalks celery, chopped6 cups water2 bay leaves1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper2 teaspoons dried thyme1/2 teaspoon dried sage1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning1 pound chicken andouille sausage*, diced or minced4 cups water2 cups long grain white rice

  • Rinse and soak beans by your preferred method.
  • Chop onions, celery, garlic, pepper, and cilantro
  • Dice or mince sausage
  • In a large pot, add and heat oil. Add onions, garlic, green pepper and half of the cilantro, and about a handful of minced sausage to the oil and sauté.
  • Add beans and seasonings and mix well. Add 4-5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer for approx 3 hours.
  • Add sausage and allow to simmer for an additional 30 minutes
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve over your favorite rice.
NOTE If using Italian Sausage or Kielbasa,  you'll want to sear it in a frying pan prior to dicing or mincing and adding to the beans.

Saturday, September 24, 2016



WED. 9-28-2016      2:00 PM

Lynn Currier:

From witnessing NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s courage to follow his heart and not stand for the National Anthem, we who care deeply about youth of color and social justice, have come together to publicly support Colin in his continued stance against the police brutality and other injustices within our society.  We will support him by sitting and speaking out on the steps of Government Center, with the Federal Building as our backdrop. People of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds will be sitting with us on the steps to show the city, country and world that we all “sit with Colin” and demand reform and an end to systemic racism. This event has already gained momentum as within 10 minutes of our posting this press conference and solidarity event on social media, hundreds of people around the country have shown support. It only takes one person who follows their heart to start a movement.

Speakers at the event will include:
Several of our black and brown youth, Reverend William Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle Church; Wayne Dozier, the grandfather of DJ Henry who was killed by a New York police officer; Charles Clemons Muhammad, ex-police officer and community activist; Lynn Currier, football mom and Director of Haitkaah Social Justice Project, an organization that does crisis intervention and advocacy for youth of color whose safety and lives are at risk due to the affects of systemic racism; Bishop Filipe Teixeira of  Diocese Saint Francis of Assisi, CCA, Bro Mwalim ,  Professor at UMass Dartmouth and New England Regional Director of the National Congress of  Black  American Indians; and  Claudette Wright, football mom and radio personality.

Monday, September 12, 2016

RECIPE: Pulpeta without Pork

Pulpeta Without Pork
Let's face it, there are tons of comfort foods that folks think they have to give up if they decide to not
dine on swine. This is quite true. However, here is one favorite of Cuban origins that, through trial and error, I've modified for pork free feasting.

Pulpeta is likened to meatloaf, but it's really more like a sausage when you consider the seasoning of the meat. Here's how to do it.

Ingredients for loaf:
  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • ½ lb. Ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup of ground chicken.
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 tsps salt.
  • 3 tsps ground pepper
  • 1 tsp of powdered garlic
  • 3 tsps of mayonnaise or olive oil
  • 2 tsps ground sage
  • 3 tsps paprika
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
Prepping The Ground Chicken:

  1. Using baked or broiled chicken, grind or chop into fine bits and place 3/4 of a cup in mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 tsp of salt, and 1tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of powdered garlic and 3 tsps of mayonnaise or olive oil into bowl.
  3. blend well until mixture is evenly distributed.
  4. Set aside to add to loaf.

Make the loaf:
Wash your hands up to your elbows and get ready to dig in.
  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground turkey and ground chicken.
  2. To this meat mixture add 1 cup of breadcrumbs, 2 beaten eggs, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and knead it together until it’s thoroughly combined.
  3. Shape this mixture into an oblong loaf.
  4. Take the 2 hard-boiled eggs and push them into the loaf, so that they end up right in the center of the loaf, end to end. Shape the meat back into its oblong shape.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Best if you give it 20 - 24 hours.
Ingredients for loaf coating:

  • Another cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 more beaten eggs
  1. Put the rest of the breadcrumbs on a flat plate.
  2. Put the other 2 beaten eggs on another plate.  
  3. Carefully roll the loaf in the beaten eggs, then roll in the breadcrumbs. Repeat.
Ingredients for sauce:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 large can tomato puree
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup of olives with pimentos
  • 1 small can sweet peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. In a large shallow frying pan, gently brown the loaf on all sides in olive oil. You are basically searing the outside until it creates a nice, crunchy crust.
  2. In a pot with a heavy bottom, heat the olive oil and add the garlic, peppers and onions. Cook until soft. Add tomato sauce, white wine, pimientos, peas and bay leaf.
  3. Gently place the seared meat into this mixture and reduce heat to low.
  4. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Spoon the sauce over the meat occasionally as it cooks.
Remove the meat to a serving platter and allow to rest.

Friday, July 8, 2016

On and On and On and On... Killing Folks of Color... it Don't Stop...

Ask not for whom the bell tolls...
My heart goes out to the families of Philando Castillo and Alton Sterling, as it does to the countless other victims of legal lynching and capricious executions in this country. They have gone through the same process as all of the rest; publicly executed, criminalized by the media, their killers rewarded by the system, and an investigation(?) that will clear the killers, and on we go to the next one. All of the drama and suspense of a roving game of Russian Roulette; we never know which trigger, chamber, and bullet will go off and end a life. The media will deem it a "tragedy" to linguistically

An interesting thing: Once Upon A Time, only the outspoken had to worry. In the 1950's, 60's and 70's it was fashionable to execute politically active and vocal people of color. It was a true act of terrorism to make examples of First Nations and Black leaders through execution and/or imprisonment. The majority of folks took this to mean that they should keep their heads low and not get involved in such affairs... they took the attitude that out-spoken people and organizations had it coming... not realizing that the silent were disappearing too.... just as quickly.

If you look at the public cases of execution and imprisonment of the last 20 years, notice how most of the victims were a-political average folks. With the exception of Ms Sandra Bland, and a handful of publicly recognized victims, the overwhelming majority of folks being killed are A-political, average everyday folks living average lives... not addressing social, political or economic issues... not organizing the community... and their executions captured on camera phones... made public and spin-doctored by the media... but now the defense will be that a camera phone looked like one of those new guns...

For those just waking up... exercising your one right (to remain silent) can and most likely will be used against you, as a reason to end your life on sight... if you don't have a weapon, one will be planted on your life-less body... or an innocuous object will be mistaken as one, as justification for your death... they come for the silent just as quickly... so speak up.

On and On and On and On... Killing Folks of Color... it Don't Stop...

If they come for me in the morning, they will come for you in the night...

Friday, July 1, 2016

"What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?" - Frederick Douglass Speech from 1852

The following is a transcription of the speech made by Frederick Douglass on July 4, 1852 in Rochester, NY.

But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me by asking me to speak today? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn that it is dangerous to copy the example of nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can today take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people.

"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea! We wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there, they that carried us away captive, required of us a song; and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth."

Fellow citizens, above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! Whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, today, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorry this day, "may my right hand cleave to the roof of my mouth"! To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then, fellow citizens, is American slavery. I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave's point of view. Standing there identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine. I do not hesitate to declare with all my soul that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this Fourth of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the Constitution and the Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery-the great sin and shame of America! "I will not equivocate, I will not excuse"; I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, shall not confess to be right and just....

For the present, it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race. Is it not as astonishing that, while we are plowing, planting, and reaping, using all kinds of mechanical tools, erecting houses, constructing bridges, building ships, working in metals of brass, iron, copper, and secretaries, having among us lawyers doctors, ministers, poets, authors, editors, orators, and teachers; and that, while we are engaged in all manner of enterprises common to other men, digging gold in California, capturing the whale in the Pacific, feeding sheep and cattle on the hillside, living, moving, acting, thinking, planning, living in families as husbands, wives, and children, and above all, confessing and worshiping the Christian's God, and looking hopefully for life and immortality beyond the grave, we are called upon to prove that we are men!...