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“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century
forward, blood flowed in battles of racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its Indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to
reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it.”  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Binay Tribal Knowledge Base

Principle Chief: The Chief of Chiefs is the head of all of the Chiefs in the Tribe.

Chief: A Chief is the President of his tribe.

Assistant Chief: The Assistant to the Chief is like the Vice president to the President. If something happens to the Chief of the tribe the Assistant Chief will assume responsibility and take over until the Chief is able to resume his position or able to return. If he isn't the Assistant Chief will take over until the time of voting is in place.

Clan Mother: The Clan mother nourishes the tribe and keeps the tribe going along with the Chief. She is very important in the tribe and she is the one who chooses who the next Chief would be. After voting she can make the final call if there is a split in the voting.

Tribal Rolls: The Document that has the information of every tribal member.

Tribal ID: The number given of each tribal member.

Tribal Member: A person who is a member of a Tribe and an Honorable person who respects their heritage and culture and shares that with boldness.

Voting Rights: In Binay Voting Rights are granted to tribal leaders and donors of the tribe. All tribal members may vote. They will bring their votes to their chiefs and their chief will bring it to the Principle chief or the head tribal council. The Binay Tribal Board will make the Final decision.

Pow wow: A gathering of importance to the heritage and culture of Native Americans. It is also a time of ceremonies and dances, and keeping the heritage alive and strong.

Pow wow Committee: A group of people in the tribe who make the decisions on how the Pow wow gathering will run. It delegates responsibility's to each member to handle issues to get the job done.

Tribal Government: Same as the Committee but for an on going time. The Government does not end it continues to regulate the tribe.

Reservation: A place where the United States Government forcibly moved Native Americans. Its a holding place, a Ghetto, an Indian Jail where Native families live.

Federally Recognized: A Tribal Card issued by the Federal government to tell Natives who they are.
The FG, issues reparations to Natives living on reservations as long as they are members of the tribe.

State Recognized: This means that the State presiding recognizes a Native American Group as Legitimate.

CDIB Card: A CDIB Card means = Certificate of Indian Blood. It is issued by BIA to advice a person of their Native American Blood.

BIA Tribal Card: It is a card carried by Reservation Native Americans as their Tribal Identification.

Naming Ceremony: It is a ceremonies that is carried out by the tribes Holy man or Shaman or Pastor or Chief or Clan mother in which they pray and perform to issue a person of their Tribal Native Name.

Cleansing Ceremony: A cleansing ceremony where a holy person shaman or elder burns sage and sweet grass in a conch shell and brushes the smoke over every part of the person being prayed overs body there by cleansing that person of any bad medicine or evil spirits. The cleansing is a very important part in the Native American culture. It is also part of our heritage.

Pipe Ceremony: The Pipe ceremony is when a sacred pipe is smoked and the smoke is kept in the mouth until prayers is then released into the smoke and out the mouth to be taken away and the smoke is sent in the air. Each person that smokes will smoke in honor and there will be no lies between each other. It is believed that if you lie after smoking the pipe the Creator will not hear your prayers and something that isn't good may happen to the person who lies. So you must smoke in all truth when smoking the sacred pipe.

Sun Dance: The Sun dance is a sacred ceremony that we Binay do not practice. It is mainly a Lakota tradition to do. The one who wants to do the ceremony stands for three days in prayer with piercings in his chest. He holds a reed and an eagle bone whistle in his mouth. He must fast and pray for three days. On the theirs day he pulls back as the sinew pulls his flesh from his chest thereby flinging the flesh offering into the sky onto the Creator as an offering for his sins. Most of the Binay are Christians and so we believe Jesus Christ did the final Sun Dance For us all. So it is not practiced by Binay.

Inipi Ceremony: It is also called a Sweat. A sort of hut is built out of different animal hides. The shape is like a wide igloo. You go inside mostly without clothing because it gets extremely hot in there. Water is poured over very hot rocks and the steam is intense. You must make sure who you do this with is a holy person and knows what they are doing. So precautions are very important. You pray and sweat. It is called Inipi which means live again. Its a renewing of your life in a very intense way. Its like being in a sauna but hotter.

Its our hope that you learn a little bit about us and we welcome you as a new tribal member. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at the following addresses:

Chief Eaglefeather


If you desire to do any of these ceremonies please be sure that you are with a qualified person. Do not do any of these at home without learning them first and have a good handle of what you are doing. This information is sent to you to enlighten you and not to teach you how to perform them. The Binay tribe is in no way shape or form responsible to you or for you if you should decide to do any of these ceremonies and cause bodily harm to yourself or anyone else. You do them totally in every shape or form at your own risk.

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