Parisian Family Office, CEO. Began Wall Street, 1982. Founded investment firm, CHIPPEWA PARTNERS, Native American Advisors. Active Trader. White Earth Chippewa Tribal member. Was NYSE/FINRA arb. Conservative, raised on Great Plains reservations. Pureblood, clot-shot free. In a world elevated on a dopamine binge, this is his take! Written from MT Ghost Ranch on the Yellowstone River, TN farm Pamelot or San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, CASA TULE'. Always been, will always be, an optimist.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
The Wilderness Area doesn't allow any mechanized vehicles, which was what we were trying to avoid. Much of Colorado, at least public land, is being run over by quads. It frankly is out of hand and not much is being done about it. We couldn't find anyone to rent us horses for the week and as a DIY'er (do-it-yourselfer) the thought of paying an outfitter to get us to a drop camp wasn't part of our agenda. Only one party was camped higher than us and that was some guys from ND who were after elk and went in a day earlier and had horses and a mule.
We set up our tents at base camp at 9,431 feet elevation and hunted higher. It was extremely tough going as many of you may have read about all the snow Colorado has gotten the past 3 weeks. We saw more moose than we did elk, more sheep than we did moose and more deer than sheep. I never saw a shooter. Plenty of does and some dink bucks but nothing what I was after which was at or near the 30 inch mark. The big brutes were still way up in the quakies and the migration hadn't started for the move to winter range. The rut is still weeks off. It was a tough nasty week. The thin air takes it toll. Snowshoes wouldn't have made a difference. I've got a combination cow elk/deer tag for Montana and am leaving Friday for a week. Maybe the muley gods will be shining on me closer to the rut up there and have some bigger bucks moving about. America is a beautiful place with plenty of great country to hunt. The trick is to just do it, to make it happen, to work hard and some day, some time, that 30 incher will be close enough. Maybe next week in Montana.
If anyone would like my packing list/food/water purification/sleeping bags/tent/bino information I would be happy to share it. Just email to the address found at www.chippewapartners.com.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Black men I challenge you to unleash your full potential. Can you handle the task? Prove it.
By Peggy Butler
As night draws near, and the city dissipates into its nocturnal ritual, millions of Black men ponder their fate. Pausing briefly, I observe the man seated across the aisle, and note the confusion in his eyes. It is a look I've seen many times before. Only now it is more subtle, and tinged with an uncanny alliance of fear and serenity. What exactly are you thinking Brotha? Are you sad, happy? Do the two emotions evolve into one leaving you restless and confused?
For several minutes you engage in a cat-and mouse game of Why, What and How. As your mind swerves from one question to another, your thoughts trickle in fast and furious, each more horrifying than the other. Why Am I Here? As a Black Man Why Am I So Misunderstood? And so it goes.
Finally the man drifts into a blissful sleep, where dreams are the only elements veering between sanity and desperation. Five hours later he awakens to the sound of dripping water. Alone in the dark with his thoughts, he becomes conscious of the drip. Plip, Plop, each drop resonates with the sound of fury. Fast forward to the present: Arise my Brotha! The next time these thoughts enter your head, I invite you to take My Challenge.
Now, before you get your boxers in a wad, allow me to give you a brief synopsis of this provocation. It was created solely for Black Men. Moreover, its purpose is to help you become the person you are capable of becoming, despite your present circumstances. Now Brotha without further interruption, here is my challenge to you.
1. I challenge you to stop subscribing to the theory that you are weak, lazy and inadequate.
2. I challenge you to attain a quality education and use your skills wisely.
3. I challenge you to take pride in your race and become conscious of your heritage. Hey guys, have you forgotten that you are descendants of kings and queens?
4. I challenge you to wrap yourself in the fragrant embrace of hope, and stop exhibiting signs of weakness.
5. I challenge you to stop letting western civilization dictate your true value and self-worth.
6. I challenge you to free your mind from the pity, anger and hatred deeply ingrained in your psyche.
7. I challenge you to refrain from the self-destructive behavior (criminal activity) that has led to your selection on the heavily populated Crooks R-US roster.
8. I challenge you to release all resentment, stop living in the past, and stand on your own two feet.
9. I challenge you to get off the street corners and seek gainful employment.
10. I challenge you to combine the exultation of your soul, mind and body, and walk with your head high. By doing this, you will let the world know that you are no longer influenced by biased criticism.
11. I challenge you to refrain from all thoughts of despondency. Instead, fill your mind with hope, faith and assurance.
12. I challenge you to choose wisely, live honorably and always anticipate the best.
13. I challenge you to assert your constitutional rights and become optimistic about the future.
14. I challenge you to be a leader, despite your present circumstances.
15. I challenge you to submit your mind to a Higher Authority. With God's help you can gravitate to a state of true happiness.
16. I challenge you to reclaim your role as "head of household," a phrase used to describe a man who is capable of providing food, clothing and shelter for his family.
Aren't you sick and tired of the media referring to you as the "non-supportive" parent who makes babies, but is incapable of taking care of them?
Lastly, Black Men, I encourage you to commit yourself to these challenges. Only through mutual understanding and in-depth analysis, can you reach your full potential.
You best believe that the best is yet to come. Live today.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I've been planning on this number being reached exactly today (go ahead, you can laugh at that, I am) for about 2.5 years so I am going to take a break from my daily duties and recharge my senses, refuel the spirit and fire it up once again on the Continental Divide in Colorado. May the mule deer gods shine down on me.
God willing I'll be back on Halloween with plenty of fresh ideas and a whole lot of fresh air behind me. Take good care of your health, it's still the largest component of your net worth, say your prayers for your lot in life, enjoy your place amongst your other 300,000,000 neighbors and continue to dream big dreams.
The best is yet come. Believe it.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
There is a company called UnitedHealth that has a guy by the name of Dr. William McGuire still at the helm. I dont' think there is a human alive who has made more money playing games with options grants. No wonder investors get so fed up with this never-ending crapola. Where is the SEC in protecting the little guy? Spitzer started it off right and got the investigations rolling. Who will finish it when he's gone off to politics?
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
It just takes some time.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Violence including gunfire and bombs caused the majority of deaths but thousands of people died from worsening health and environmental conditions directly related to the conflict that began in 2003, U.S. and Iraqi public health researchers said.
"Since March 2003, an additional 2.5 percent of Iraq's population have died above what would have occurred without conflict," according to the survey of Iraqi households, titled "The Human Cost of the War in Iraq."
The survey, being published online by British medical journal The Lancet, gives a far higher number of deaths in Iraq than other organizations.
Researchers randomly selected 1,849 households across Iraq and asked questions about births and deaths and migration for the study led by Gilbert Burnham of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.
They extrapolated the figures to reflect the national picture, saying Iraq's death rate had more than doubled since the invasion.
Iraqis "bear the consequence of warfare," the report said, comparing the situation with other wars: "In the Vietnam War, 3 million civilians died; in the Congo, armed conflict has been responsible for 3.8 million deaths; in East Timor, an estimated 200,000 out of a population of 800,000 died in conflict.
"Recent estimates are that 200,000 have died in Darfur [Sudan] over the past 31 months. Our data, which estimate that 654,965 or 2.5 percent of the Iraqi population has died in this, the largest major international conflict of the 21st century, should be of grave concern to everyone."
The researchers estimated that an additional 654,965 people have died in Iraq since the invasion above what would have been expected from the pre-war mortality rate.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
What a hoot and no shortage of tats, piercings and mullet haircuts. Just like North Korea, everyone is trying to make a statement.
The parking lot at the end of the day looked like a garbage dump. Park patrons just throw all their McDonalds trash out in the lot. And that trash surely has a "ton" to do with the size of the patrons. It was an amazing exhibit of obesity waddling around at Six Flags. Scary. The lady who got stuck in the turnstile exiting the park was a highlight. There weren't that many people at the park for such a beautiful day. Talladega was running and that probably kept half of Alabama occupied. As for the boys, as one said to me on the way home, it was "the greatest day of his life"! It's still tough to beat a roller coaster ride for sheer thrills!
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Anna Politkovskaya's body was found in an elevator in an apartment building, a duty officer at a central Moscow police station told The Associated Press. A pistol and four bullets were found in the elevator, the Interfax news agency reported, citing police officials.
Politkovskaya was respected for her critical, in-depth coverage of the Russian government campaign in Chechnya.
So too, it is the untold story in the Native American gambling saga.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
The biker pulled over and said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want."
The Lord said, "Your request is materialistic, think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! It will nearly exhaust several natural resources. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of something that would honor and glorify me."
The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, "Lord, I wish that I could understand my wife. I want to know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing's wrong, and how I can make a woman truly happy."
The Lord replied,
"You want two lanes or four on that bridge?"
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ten American Indian students from across the United States will continue their education with the help of scholarship funding from Accenture's American Indian Scholarship Fund. The students will be honored this evening at a celebration event being held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington DC.
More than 140 students applied for this year's Accenture scholarship program, which sought out the highest-achieving American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking degrees and careers in technology, professional and business fields. Candidates were evaluated based on academic excellence, leadership ability, and a commitment to American Indian culture and community. Candidates were also required to provide proof of enrollment in a federally recognized American Indian/Alaskan Native tribe.
"Accenture is honored to contribute to the higher education of these exceptional women and men," said Randy Willis, Senior Executive Sponsor of Accenture's American Indian interest group. "While there were many deserving candidates, these students stood out as future leaders in the American Indian community."
Six Accenture Scholars will receive undergraduate scholarships toward completing four-year baccalaureate degrees:
Laura J. Graveley, (Muscogee) of Okmulgee, OK, will attend Stanford University
Nolan Smith-Kaprosey, (Bay Mills Chippewa) of Fort Snelling, MN, will attend Yale University
Gary L. Richards Jr., (Oglala Lakota Sioux) of Pine Ridge, SD, will attend Creighton University
Brittnea S. Nemecek, (Choctaw) of Durant, OK, will attend East Central University
Jana V. Lekanoff, (Qawalangin) of Unalaska, AK, will attend Cornell University
Terra L. Branson, (Muscogee) of Okmulgee, OK, will attend Dartmouth College
Four Accenture Fellows will receive graduate scholarships towards completing advanced or professional degrees:
Jon P. Swan, (Chippewa-Cree Rocky Boy's) of Box Elder, MT, will attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Jay H. Calhoun, (Cherokee) of Tahlequah, OK, will attend Dartmouth College
Jeri A. Azure, (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) of Belcourt, ND, will attend the University of North Dakota
Dana R. Arviso, (Navajo) of Fort Defiance, AZ, will attend the University of Washington
In addition to the scholarships, these recipients will be eligible for summer internships with Accenture as first-year graduate students or junior-year undergraduate students.
"I am pleased to be a part of this evening's presentation and proud to see two students from Eastern Oklahoma bestowed with this honor," U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, Oklahoma, said. "Education is the best investment we can make and I want to commend Accenture for playing a part in that."
These scholarships are one part of Accenture's commitment to the American Indian community in the United States and part of its global corporate citizenship program. Accenture's American Indian Scholarship Fund was created in September 2004, at the same time that Accenture supported the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Accenture acts as a management consultant and information technology services advisor to the Museum.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 126,000 people in 48 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$15.55 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2005. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
The elk are doing great down there! Lots of what I consider Big Bulls, but obviously my idea of big is far different than most and the UDWR, because although there are many 6x6 bulls that will die of old age, there are still very few tags available.
Management by inches. Maybe with so many 400+ bulls being killed, we'll see 1-2 more tags in some of these better elk units???
In 5 days, I saw only one 4 point buck. I will admit, I saw lots of does, fawns, and yearling bucks. BUT, with ATV trails and roads everywhere, I would imagine that most of those yearling bucks will be spending the winter in someones freezer.
Roads & ATV trails everywhere!! It's crazy!
I hate to see it!! I was down there helping dad find a big bull, but all I could think about was the deer and how things have changed. It's hard to hear about all the GIANT bulls that are being killed on the mountain, while seeing that the deer quantity and quality has tanked so much over the past 15 years.
And look at the cost of a deer tag compared to that of an elk tag.
ELK- 1200.00......Someone please tell me this is wrong!
Monday, October 02, 2006
As if online gambling was a bad thing, well, it is but I'll leave that for another day. Does Congress think that Americans believe that Las Vegas, Indian casino's, horse racing and state lotteries are far worse than gambling on a PC in the confines of ones own residence or is it all about collecting taxes in the United States?
Maybe they should look into the largest gaming enterprise in America.....down at the corner of Wall and Broad.
The gigantic increase in our federal spending, the lack of any downsizing in government, the lack of any meaningful income tax reform, the lack of addressing the social security problem, immigration concerns, the stalemate between the Government and the IIM accounts in the Cobell case, the NASA boondoggle, it just doesn't end.
I think we have too many people who live in America who don't care about America. Who don't give a rats ass about their America. And too many people in Congress who frankly don't know right from wrong, something they probably could have learned in kindegarten. I will be looking around for a place to put my vote in November.
But then the BILLION bucks a day spent on lobbying efforts there are hard to compete with for my vote too. I don't think I am alone in my feeling.
And I never even mentioned Iraq.
We'll beat them in the play-offs. Count on it.
For now, it's back to work for coaches and players.
Ringgold is in northwest Georgia and probably better known for it's blue-collar carpet manufacturing and meth addiction problem than its marching band.
The school, band and community can be very proud of such a great performance.