"I asked my grandfather once
if he could tell me what truth was.
"I don't think I've lived long
enough to know that," he said, "all I know is that without truth
Iktomi, the Trickster, would be the
most powerful being on Earth."
Having lived more than half a century, I
think I'm just beginning to gain some insight into my grandfather's reply.
Truth is often difficult to distinguish.
Truth can be a gift or
a burden; it can be kind or cruel.
Truth frequently eludes our grasp
and we find it difficult to describe.
Truth can at times hide so well
that we can't find it to save ourselves, or it disguises itself so skillfully
that we walk all over it without knowing.
And in the next instance it
becomes plain as day, whether we want it to or not.
In the end we learn
we can't live without truth.
"truth is the marker along the roads we
travel in life," my grandfather did say.
The Red Road, the good or
straight way, has many markers.
If you choose the
Black Road, there is only the
illusion of truth.
We can be influenced by truth or by illusion.
Two chieftains met on a plain while their two armies waited.
have ten thousand warriors, every one skilled with weapons and seasoned by
battle. Victory will be mine," said the first chieftain. "What do you have?"
"Only the truth," replied the second chieftain. "This war has decimated
my people so I face you now with an army of a thousand children. This truth
will either destroy you or glorify you."
The first chieftain returned
to his camp, where his army of ten thousand stood ready for battle.
ordered his army to put aside their weapons while
he went into seclusion to ponder the truth
his enemy had spoken.
With the new dawn he sent his chief aide
with gifts of food and an offer
of peace to the army of a thousand children.
The first chieftain then
returned to his homeland and stood to be judged before his countrymen, fully
expecting to be dishonored for his weakness.
He was, instead made a
Sometimes truth is like the
You can't see it, but you can see the effect
Truth is also like sunrise and sunset.
We see the
sun come up over the eastern
horizon in the
morning and then disappear behind
the western horizon in the evening.
From the perspective of our existence on a spinning sphere, the
sun appears to "rise" and "set."
reality the sun does neither.
Reality is what is, first and foremost, on
Lakota reality is, for example, that the four seasons cycle
in precisely the same order year after year.
Reality is that lakes and rivers freeze in winter
and thaw in the spring, that all
living things die, that change is inevitable.
Truth is the result of the trials and errors of life, the lessons we
learned such as "Without evil, goodness would be harder to recognize," or "The
first casualty of war is truth," or " A bird in the hand is worth two in the
Some lessons rise out of the illusions we have acquired: "Good will always
prevail over evil."
Truth is subjective
and subject to change, as in "Man was not intended to fly."
If there is
a universal human weakness, it is that we want to believe there is truth
because we want clear answers rather than illusions, and therefore we are vulnerable to
anything that seems to be the truth.
Truth consists of two parts: that
which is given and that which is accepted.
We Lakota have heard Iktomi
sing several times.
At the Fort Laramie Treaty Council of 1851, as
thousands upon thousands of white emigrants made their way along the Oregon
Trail from Missouri to Oregon and passed through Lakota territory, the US peace
commissioners told us, "They are only passing through and need only as much
room as the width of their wagon wheels."
The Fort Laramie Treaty of
1868 established the Great Sioux Reservation - the entire western half of the
current state of South Dakota - for "as long as the
sun shall rise, as long as the
rivers shall flow, as long as the
grasses shall grow."
The truth is
sometimes painful, but without, it there is only illusion.
The truth is
we Lakota still walk the face of the Earth.
truth is we
survived traumatic change and are wiser
and stronger because of it.
The truth is that we are
survivors; we took on the worst that
our "conquerors" could throw at us and we are still standing.
illusion is that we are part of the past - something to be studied, analyzed,
measured, dissected, and ultimately judged.
The truth is we are still a
viable culture with traditions, customs, and values that have stood the
We all have our truths, some easier to accept than
When all is said and done there is only one truth that is
This one truth has endured and will always
endured because it will stand unabashedly and
That truth is death, and it is the
one that is avoided and most feared by American society.
The truth of
death should be the standard for truth against which all others are measured.
We will find that nothing can compare with its
Death is a taboo subject, generally
speaking, consistently referred to euphemistically as the Grim Reaper, the cold
night, or the wages of sin: There is rarely
casual conversation among non-Indians about death or dying.
references to death are made in hushed and apprehensive tones. A visit to any
mortuary or cemetery is a confirmation of the
general state of denial about death in American society. Funeral directors
sell coffins that will "protect your loved one for ages to come." Stone or
cement crypts and mausoleums are used for the same reason: to deny death as
long as possible.
are at least apprehensive about anything we don't know.
fear death because they don't know it, or they know the wrong things about
No matter how much we deny it or try
to avoid it, death touches us sooner or later when a friend or a loved one
After we mourn and grieve the loss, many of us become angry
at death as if it were an interloper, a thief in the night, a villain, or a
Death does not kill.
Disease, accidents, rage, old age,
stupidity, among others, are killers.
Death is only part of the process of
The truth about death is simple. It will happen.
is more inevitable, no matter how vigorously we deny it or fight it.
Death will come for us regardless of how
powerful, famous, rich, beautiful, influential,
irreverent, or lowly we are.
There is no way to fight death.
can fight to live, but we will always lose the fight against death.
Thinking of death in those terms creates the
illusion that death is an enemy, but death isn't our enemy; it is, when all is
said and done, our truest friend.
The most profound and reassuring
truth about death is that it is a part of life.
Life begins with
birth and ends with death.
With no other journey you travel can
you know how it will end.
We begin dying the moment we are born, which
means living well is dying well.
That is the truest measure of any
The final - and perhaps the greatest - truth about death is that
it is the great equalizer; it connects all living beings to its truth.
Every form of life shares with us the same
journey that begins with birth and ends with
No one being or species, not the most powerful, nor the most
arrogant, nor the wisest will ever alter that
There are many certainties and even more
illusions masquerading as truth, nothing
short of living and learning will enable us to know the difference.
The first chieftain
accepted the truth he heard and reacted to it with the truth of his own
character, and was rewarded.
Iktomi, on the other hand, presents
illusion as truth, and always will. Beware of Iktomi."
Joseph M. Marshall, Native American
Sioux, Lakota tribe.
"There is the Truth," the poet concluded. "It does
not wipe out death. It does not diminish space, nor halt time. But it makes us
what we are in essence. Happiness needs
unhappiness. Joy goes hand in hand with
sorrow. It is thanks to the shadow that we
exist. We must not dream of an
absurd abstraction. We must guard the bond that links us to blood and
earth. 'Just as I am!'
Remember that. We are a great mixture. We
are more than we believe." - Henri Barbusse
"Those who set their mind in harmony
free from the bonds of death."
The American Law Institute is the only organization
built an intellectual framework supporting the death penalty.
"A study commissioned by the
American Law Institute said
that decades of experience have proved that the system cannot reconcile the
twin goals of individualized decisions
about who should be executed and systemic fairness. It added that capital
punishment is plagued by racial disparities; is enormously expensive even as
many defense lawyers are underpaid and some are incompetent; risks executing
innocent people; and is undermined by
the politics that come with judicial elections." - Adam Liptak
01/04/09February 8, 1924 Gee Jon
becomes the first person to be executed in a gas chamber. State of Nevada,
United States of America.
List of countries that executed people in
Iran (265), Saudi Arabia
(156), USA (42), Pakistan (29),
Iraq (29), Afghanistan
(15), China (13), Japan (9), North Korea (8),
Yemen (7), Bangladesh (6),
Somalia (3), Singapore (2),
Sudan (2), Belarus (1), Botswana
(1), Ethiopia (1), Indonesia (1), Kuwait (1).
countries that have no death penalty:
BELGIUM, BHUTAN, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA,
BULGARIA, CAMBODIA, CANADA, CAPE VERDE,
COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, COTE D'IVOIRE, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK,
DJIBOUTI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GEORGIA,
GERMANY, GREECE, GUINEA-BISSAU, HAITI,
ICELAND, IRELAND, ITALY, KIRIBATI, LIBERIA, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA,
LUXEMBOURG, MACEDONIA, MALTA, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, MICRONESIA,
MOLDOVA, MONACO, MONTENEGRO, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NEW
NIUE, NORWAY, PALAU, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PHILIPPINES,
ROMANIA, SAMOA, SAN MARINO, SAO
TOME AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL, SERBIA SEYCHELLES, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA,
SOLOMON ISLANDS, SOUTH AFRICA,
SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TIMOR-LESTE, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN, TUVALU, UKRAINE,
UNITED KINGDOM, URUGUAY, VANUATU, VATICAN CITY STATE, VENEZUELA
of countries that have no death penalty except in times of war or under martial
BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CHILE, COOK ISLANDS, EL SALVADOR, FIJI, ISRAEL, LATVIA,
List of countries that have the death penalty but have not executed
anyone during the past 10 years:
ALGERIA, BENIN, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM,
BURKINA FASO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CONGO, GABON, GAMBIA, GHANA, GRENADA,
KENYA, KYRGYZSTAN, MADAGASCAR,
MALAWI, MALDIVES, MALI, MAURITANIA, MOROCCO, MYANMAR, NAURU, NIGER, PAPUA NEW
GUINEA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SRI LANKA, SURINAME, SWAZILAND, TOGO, TONGA,
"I am troubled by the report's general finding that
far too many forensic disciplines
lack the standards necessary to ensure their scientific reliability in court."
- Senator Patrick J. LeahyFebruary 18,
2009 National Academy of Sciences
American crime laboratories are
grossly underfunded, lack a scientific foundation in
forensic techniques and are
compromised by critical delays in analyzing physical evidence.
there is little if any scientific research to support the
claim that no two people share identical fingerprints;
analysis of the lead in bullets has been determined to be flawed and
crazed glass, the tiny, weblike lines that spread across
glass that lead arson investigators to determine a set fire was found to be
caused by water dousing the fired;
bite-mark comparisons are
These methods of forensic analysis helped send innocent
people to prison and Death Row.
"Crime laboratories should be managed
separately from police departments to ensure that their findings are protected
from bias. The potential for conflicts of
interest between the needs of law
enforcement and the broader needs of forensic
science are too great." - National Academy of Sciences
"Law enforcement officials are vastly
expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been
arrested or detained but not yet convicted. Sixteen states now take DNA from
some who have been found guilty of misdemeanors." - Solomon Moore 03/18/09
"According to population geneticists, it is indeed possible to have the
six loci match in perhaps many dozens of individuals whose DNA is contained in
a databank of 700,000." - Andre A. Moenssens October 2000
"State crime lab analyst Kathryn
Troyer was running tests on Arizona's DNA database when she stumbled across two
felons with remarkably similar genetic profiles.
The men matched at
nine of the 13 locations on chromosomes, or loci, commonly used to distinguish
The FBI estimated the odds of unrelated people sharing those
genetic markers to be as remote as 1 in 113 billion.
The mug shots of
the two felons suggested that they were not related: One was black, the other
In the years after her 2001 discovery, Kathryn Troyer found
dozens of similar matches - each seeming to defy impossible odds.
FBI laboratory tried to stop distribution of Kathryn Troyer's results and began
an aggressive behind-the-scenes campaign to block similar searches elsewhere,
even those ordered by courts." - Jason Felch, Maura Dolan 07/19/08
"The illusion of gentleness of lethal injections
has made executions far less of a taboo experience for the public. But as
Albert Camus wrote in 1957 in "Reflections on the Guillotine," those who
actually witness an execution know it for the horror it is." - David DeKok"I stand before you to explain my
frustrations and deep concerns about
both the administration and the penalty of death.
Today America is not
in league with most of our major allies: Europe, Canada, Mexico, most of South
These countries rejected the death penalty.
partners in death with several third world countries.
Even Russia has
called a moratorium.
The death penalty has been abolished in 12 states.
In none of these states has the homicide rate increased.
are 5 times more likely to get a
death sentence for first degree murder in the rural area of Illinois than you
are in Cook County.
Half of the nearly 300 capital cases in Illinois had
been reversed for a new trial or resentencing.
33 of the death row
inmates were represented at trial by an attorney who had later been disbarred
or at some point suspended from practicing law.
46 inmates were
convicted on the basis of testimony from jailhouse informants." - Governor
George H. Ryan of Illinois
With this statement Governor George H. Ryan
of Illinois commuted all death sentences in the state of Illinois to life in
According to Alberto Gonzales George H.
Ryan accepted gifts and steered government business to friends and
On September 6, 2006, Ryan was sentenced to six and a half
years in prison and was released on July 3, 2013.
In July 2016, the
Valparaiso University Law Review published an article titled "How Frank
Easterbrook Kept George Ryan in Prison" in which serious accusations of
judicial misconduct were leveled against Easterbrook.
"As long as the
political state is permitted by its citizens to
kill helpless, restrained prisoners as a
solution to a problem the door to State
sponsored genocide remains open.
punishment is, and always will
be, a political power in search of a crime, whether it's murder,
treason, being a member of a
hated ethnic group or anything else that
inflames public opinion.
just like their citizens, should only have the legitimate power to kill in
immediate self-defense, and never in the
service of punishment." - Lindsie
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