Sunday, March 11, 2007
Shadow Wolves: No Evil Shall Escape Their Sight
"In brightest day, in darkest night, no evil shall escape my sight, for I am the Shadow Wolf." Shadow Wolf motto
For hundreds of years, the American Indians fought the white invaders of their ancestral homes. It was, in the end, a losing battle. Sitting Bull said upon his return from a visit to Washington, D.C., that the white's numbers are like those of the ants.
Shadow Wolf border patrol officers use the skills that have been passed down through the generations, century after century. The unit continues the tradition in which the older experienced members teaching the younger officers how to "cut sign". Tradition isn't their only tool; they also use the latest high-tech night vision scopes, GPS locators, and weaponry, but it is still the old ways that tell how long ago the footprint was made and in which direction the prey is headed.
Their normal patrol territory is the Arizona-Mexico border area and a similar unit is to be organized on the Blackfeet Nation bordering Canada. After, the 9/11 attacks the Shadow Wolves have been absorbed into the Dept of Homeland Security. The Shadow Wolf unit has trained border guards, customs agents, and national police in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to follow the tracks of smugglers transporting contraband.
Tracking bin Laden
The Shadow Wolves have been tasked with a new mission. The team of Navajo, Sioux, Lakota, and Apache are being sent to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to pass on ancestral sign-reading skills to local border units in order to track Osama bin Laden who, still on the run, didn't have time to blow out he 50 candles on his birthday cake this past Saturday.
The resurgence of the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan and the failure of high-tech Apache helicopters to find the top terror guy, has inspired defense officials to requisition the Shadow Wolves to curtail enemy movements. A senior US official denied last week that bin Laden's trail had gone stone cold. The NID Vice-Admiral Mike McConnell, informed a Senate committee that bin Laden and his Number 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are setting up new terror training camps in northwestern Pakistan.
The military and administration have been accused of allowing the trail to go cold. But a senior US official insisted last week that bin Laden's trail had "not gone stone cold". As reported here, the CIA has developed new leads to finding bin Laden. Vice-Admiral Mike McConnell, the new US director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee that bin Laden and his lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were setting up new training camps in northwestern Pakistan. Last month US Defence Secretary Robert M.Gates said, "If I were Osama bin Laden, I'd keep looking over my shoulder." Because we're coming and hell is coming with us.
The Shadow Wolves are on bin Laden's trail and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.
Unofficial Tribute to the US Customs Service Shadow Wolves
Make no mistake - the Shadow Wolves are not the only Indians in the uniform of America. There are thousands who have served , are serving, and will serve with distinction and pride. There are 500 Indian Nations calling America home and this great land Mother. Serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and wherever evil appears you will find members of the 500 Nations: Shoshonee, Sioux, Arrapaho, Apache, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Paiute, Pomo, Kickapoo, Choctaw, Tlingit, Tsimpsian, Creek, Seminole, Maidu, Osage, Chickasaw, Assiniboine (Nakoda), Oglala Lakota, Crow, Blackfeet, Kiowa, Oneida, Lummi, Omaha, Ojibwe, Sauk, Fox, Pawnee, Otoe, Shawnee, Hochunk, Dineh(Navajo), Hopi, Lumbee, Ute, and so many more.
When I go to pow-wow, I joke about seeing all the Cherokees, Aztecs, Navajos, and Winnebagos - and those are just the vehicles in the parking lot. But, when we all stand to honor the Indian veterans, recalling their bravery and deeds then I am reminded of the proud tradition of the American Indian Warrior Spirit.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.