Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV Issue 01
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
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LEGENDS OF OLD:
Eaglehawk and Crow
Legend from Ngiyaampaa people of Australia
long time ago Eaglehawk, it was his turn to go hunting. So Eaglehawk had a
little baby, and he asked Crow, he went over to his neighbor Crow and asked Crow
if he'd look after his baby while he went hunting, because food was getting much
scarcer now and they had to go much further and further away from the camp.
So Eaglehawk, he went to Crow and asked him. Crow didn't want to look after the
baby, he said "No, no I don't want to look after the baby, he's crying too much,
he'll cry all the time and disturb the camp". But Eaglehawk said, "No, he'll be
right, Crow". He said, "You take him away and you sit down there and talk to
him, or sing to him and he'll quieten down". Crow was still reluctant to take
the baby, he said, "No, I don't want to look after the kid".
So anyway, Eaglehawk just handed the baby to Crow and said, "Okay, when we come
back, whatever meat we get we'll bring it back and we'll share it with you".
Crow had to be satisfied with that and Eaglehawk just went off with his young
men and of course they had to go a long, long way from the camp.
But Crow, after he got the baby, he took it into his gunyah, his hut, and he sat
down there with the baby and he was singing to it and talking to it, but the
baby wouldn't stop crying. Just kept on crying and crying and crying.
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Dog Red Feather
Free Online Lessons on the Medicine Way
Eight lessons plus
a glossary, bibliographic notes and more.
Medicine Way has been exclusively an oral tradition for centuries. Now,
Choctaw Spiritual Elder Boe Many Knives Glasschild, Bvshpo Lawa, puts
these teachings in writing for all to read and understand.
This is the fifth installment of
ten monthly installments of the book
entitled, "The Shores Within"
covering the entire book from April to December
2009. Each chapter contains links to a
glossary of definitions to various Medicine Way
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to
publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a
topic you feel needs to be addressed.
A Warm Holiday Message
morning. It is realized that for some Native People, Christmas
is of a different importance than for others, however, for all
people there comes a time when it is important to provide a
positive message. In most cases, people around the world have
a belief in a Creator, thus, during this season of the winter
solstice we can see that very soon the days will become longer,
the weather will gradually warm, and we will be back to the
greener times. So, I extend a greeting and wish to all Native
People: May the Creator smile upon you and your families. And
may your days in 2010 be sunny, warm and greener with a bounty
that meets your daily needs. ~Matt Maley
the Smoke Signal Every Month!
just like to thank you for making the Smoke Signal News
available for me to read, I look forward to reading it every
month. I especially appreciated the online lessons on The
Medicine Way. May everyone responsible for the publication be
richly blessed. Thank you again for the words of wisdom
and education. ~Martha Meyer
a large powwow drum with rawhide on both sides that needs to
be replaced and restrung. Do you know anyone that does these
kind of repairs on drums? Kindly let me know. ~Marilyn Angel
Thank you for
asking Manataka. The best advise we can give is ...
do it yourself. If you play the drum and if you
are "one" with the drum, then it is only fitting that you
and your friends who also sit the drum should be the ones
who give her birth -- or rebirth in this instance. When the
drum is repaired by you, she feels the healing touch of your
hands and she will sing loudly for you. Her vibration will
becomes your vibration, you become one with the drum.
That said, you
might think you do not know how. Impossible. Yes, you do.
It is not rocket science. Simply purchase a quality hide of
sufficient size to cut lacings from it and enough sinew to
make bindings where necessary. Take a few close up pictures
of the old drum before you take it apart. Use the pictures
to cut the holes in the new hide, lacing configurations,
etc. There are any number of websites that will give you a
step-by-step procedure for preparing the hide to be
stretched, cut, laced, and cured.
You might think
you do not have time. Impossible. Yes, you do. Work on it
a little each day until it is finished. If you send her off
to someone you do not know, they might take a great deal
more time to finish it than you could with your friends
helping. You will find the cost of doing it yourself is
much lower -- plus, you will have the pride of touching her
in a healing way and truly make the drum yours. We
hope you find this helpful. Thank you. ~Editor
Wounded Knee Revisited
The Anniversary of Wounded Knee ......That is one of those things I had
to walk away from for a long time to "put out" of my mind. Mostly
because the anger and pain I felt over it would overwhelm me sometimes -
in ways I could never explain.
How do I explain such strong emotions to a
massacre that supposedly I had no connection to? I couldn't. The way I
dealt with it - was to try to "forget" about it - not think about it. I
don't forget completely, though..... However, a lot of other work was
being done - letting go - growing through - moving beyond - dreaming
...... It is not that I don't feel the pain now - but it doesn't punch
me in the gut and knock the wind out of me anymore. The Peace within
me, that spread throughout me and around me from my dream - that has
remained. The war bonnet is still off. What happened at that time - and
before, and after - is criminal, heartbreaking, wrong - yes.
But it happened, and it cannot be undone. Our new generation - our own
"never again" ..... it must not happen again. I can honor their
memories, and I continue to remember that Sitting Bull has come to me in
my dreams - even before I knew who he was and is. Same thing with Crazy
Horse, and others. The legends and medicine men of old came to me long
before I knew them - they knew me. They knew my walk and my direction
way before I knew I had a path to start walking.
So .... some "manmade" dates - I recognize, in honor of, and in memory
of, innocent people, and my loved ones. With love & respect. Kim
Thank you for Thanksgiving Stories
Thanks so much for the informative and
thoughtful articles on Thanksgiving on your
website. I went online looking for a way
to explain Thanksgiving to my children and was
both bewildered and confused at the white-washed
but child-friendly traditional Thanksgiving
stories on the one hand and the horrifying
reality of the massacres on the other. Your
site offered historically honest information,
but also a way forward whereby we can join with
many cultures in thanking God for the provision
of the harvest (we're in Cambodia, so in our
case it is rice) and still learn honestly
from the past. Thanks for your thoughtfulness
and graciousness in helping us think the issue
through. Thanks. ~Samantha Baker Evens
For All Those Who Were Indian In A Former Life
My wife just
told me about your newsletter and I just finished reading this
article submitted by Tina Johnson. It was a beautifully written
piece full of truth. It is difficult being Native in this
country, let alone this world. In my travels I have seen much of
this abuse but it is my thought that we must pray for compassion
and understanding as well as the unification of all our peoples.
It is true that
there are many who exploit our culture but there are those who
realize that we are earth people and realize that what we have
and has been handed down to us for generations is something very
sacred, those who want grasp on to some meaning of truth and
purity; the same sacredness of their own ancestors that was
diluted and taken from them. It is wrong for them to put all of
our ceremonies and beliefs into a blender and come up with some
sort of “one size fits all” kind of philosophy or teaching and
even more wrong for people to sell it in various forms. I think
it is up to us in the Indian community to take back our place as
leaders to protect all that is sacred and to teach and guide
those who are in the wrong.
Thank you for
this newsletter and for all that you folks do. It has made my
heart soar this morning!
Wakan Tanka nici
un, Mark ThunderWolf
To whom this may concern,
Saw a weather news broadcast, and
some headlines - that more needs to be done to fight global
warming. Apparently the big world leaders had a big meeting
They still attribute it primarily
to human causes in the last decade. Okay - but they are
still talking and holding meetings in big buildings.
Talking, talking ..... important people in expensive
clothing discussing ideas with other important people in
I wonder what they ate. Did they
discuss the effects of slaughterhouses and factory farms on
greenhouse gases? World hunger continues. The
industrialized, wealthy nations continue their ways.
The "Third World Countries"
continue to struggle for survival. Too many 'us vs. them'
distinctions - keeps us separate. Maybe the world leaders
should go to the "Third World Countries" and feed people
from their own kitchens, talk with the militias. But
without the cameras and the media frenzy - just as regular
people - then everyone is on the same level.
Something different is needed. All
this talking has done nothing. But for some things, it is
too late already. ~ Kim Wilson
Thanks to Manataka Elder and Takatoka
First, my many thanks and great respect to the Manataka
Elder for his courage, conviction and leadership -- for
keeping true and pure to the
Spirit and faith.
Reading the article took me back to a path in my childhood,
to the evening I watched in awe my first Ceremonial dances.
It was at a powwow in Rock Island, Illinois.
My heart was lifted and my soul soared as I became absorbed
by the colors and dance. To this day, I can hear the
chanting. I felt the vibrations of the drums as my heart
attuned to them. I felt the Earth balancing me on Her knee,
connecting me to each step made by the men before me. It
was, even at 6, a very spiritual experience. Perhaps it
was to have been a performance, but my heart was not seeking
to be entertained, and the Father sought to touch my heart
and soul through this evening.
And so it was that after the ceremony concluded, awash with
wonderful energies, I lingered behind my parents as the
crowds disseminated. Next to the stage, when I was assured
everyone had left the seating area, I pulled back the hide
that served as a curtain to the private staging area in
back. My childish innocence was shattered upon seeing
beautiful ceremonial costumes being tossed on the
ground, hairpieces cast aside, makeup roughly scrubbed off,
wallets opened up, the air sinking with wafts of freshly lit
cigarettes. The Red Road so very suddenly looked white.
Had nothing that I had felt and seen, heard and loved been
My 76 year old mother can attest to this day the tears she
saw, as I ran to her for comfort from my disillusionment.
So suddenly they had changed - my eyes! Something so
beautiful, so pure, so One of my God had been violated. It
was ever so clear to the
Our Manataka Elder and Takatoka have reminded us that it
remains ever so clear today -- the importance of keeping
sacred those things of the
Spirit and Creator.
My deepest gratitude to both for rekindling my childhood
memories, and reigniting these eternal values and beliefs.
And my thanks as well to
Smoke Signal News and the Manataka American Indian Council
for providing us with the circles to continue to learn from
one another. You have made this day a very special one.
Blessings. ~Sherry Chilton
Crow Creek Dakota Nation in Trouble with IRS
On December 3rd ,
2009, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began an unlawful,
deceitful process to ‘auction off’ lands belonging to the Crow
Creek Dakota “Indian” Nation (in what is now called ‘central
South Dakota’) in attempts to ‘recover’ $3,125,000 dollars in
tribal employee ‘employment taxes’ the IRS alleges the Crow
Creek Sioux Tribe’s (CCST) owes since 2003.
The indigenous lands under current violation by u.s. officials
are Crow Creek Dakota Nation ‘reservation’ (a diminished portion
of the 1851 Treaty Territory) lands totaling 7,100 acres –
nearly twenty percent of what is left of the Nation’s
The Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
tribal council government, established originally in 1934 as a
means to defraud more and more lands until a goal of termination
was satisfied (a process halted by the American Indian Movement
(AIM) in the early 1970’s) felt they were exempt from employee
taxation because of a nation-to-nation stance they believed
existed between the u.s. government and the Crow Creek Sioux
Tribe – a statement oft-used by u.s. presidents in their
speeches to “Indians.”
An unnamed Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) official ‘warden-ing’
the tribe in Crow Creek had informed the tribal council that
because it was a ‘federally recognized Indian tribe’, it was not
necessary to pay federal employment taxes. The BIA,
coincidentally, was the federal government agency that “lost”
tens of billions of dollars in trust monies (see Cobell case)
belonging to individual Indian landowners during recent years.
In the late 1800’s, the u.s. used the unilateral ‘homestead’ and
‘allotment act’ congressional acts to swipe millions of acres of
During the last decade of land swindles designed against the
Crow Creek Dakota and other Indigenous Red Nation and Peoples,
the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation was also overlapped illegally
by the recently established state of South Dakota’s ‘Buffalo,
Brule, and Hyde’ Counties. This occurred in conjunction with the
sneaky u.s. government’s process of ‘checker boarding’ – when
loopholes existed for which Americans could purchase reservation
lands from starving or duressed indigenous citizenry.
The u.s. government action thru their “IRS” may be another phase
to continue the great land theft always plaguing indigenous
nations. Continued waiver of sovereign and nationhood rights by
tribal councils and reservation residents to the state and
federal government for a few million here and there must be
halted. A continued “sell-out” of nation rights and duping of
tribal councils could eventually be employed as a final tactic
by greedy u.s. government officials (in a straight line with
president Lincoln, General Custer, and Senator Daschle) to get
the last oil, wind power, farming, and mineral resources in the
hands of the most-greedy state of South Dakota and its greediest
citizens. Opened lands means yearly tax revenue for the
governor’s bank account.
It is up to the Crow Creek Dakota Nation’s people and their
supporters to occupy their homelands and protect themselves from
illegal encroachment from not only Germans and communists, but
also democrats and republicans – who remain in sheep’s clothing
with their eye on “Indian land.” ~Scott Barta email@example.com
FEATURED LETTER TO THE EDITOR...
Thank you to Linda VanBibber for the
beautiful way she expressed and echoed my own thoughts and feelings
regards some of the recent articles in Smoke Signal. Actually I
had talked a little about this with Bear and Amanda when they were here
for our Aussie Manataka Gathering and the World Drum.
I feel very strongly about what has
been said and as one who walks the Earth Mother with a white skin this
time round. And like Linda who doesn't go on about what she may or
may not have been in a past or future lifetime, I only know express what
I feel in this lifetime.
Folks of all races, all skin colours
have had their own medicine/shaman ways and furthermore for those who
are white, our traditions our ways were stolen from us 2000 years ago
and more with the coming of the Romans and even the Celts.
So much was lost so much buried, so much lied about particularly regard
We are all indigenous to Mother Earth
and when I was invited to speak about the World Drum at another
gathering last month, I said to all concerned from my heart and it
surely flowed out with strength truth and love that I feel this land
that I am born to Australia in my blood, in my bones and in my breath.
I feel this sacred ancient place as I walk the land. Who is to
deny the truth of what I feel or what you feel who has the right to tell
us we cannot honour all of creation in song, ceremony, prayer, drumming,
dancing and ritual. I answer to Goddess/Creator and my heart.
Bless you sacred sister, Linda
VanBibber. I am truly deeply grateful for your sharing and for the
words that reflected my own heart and my path and my truth.
Blessings and huge big heart hugs. ~Lynn Guy, Australia
Get on the ball!
The Manataka American
Indian Council supports:
and Action of the Week
Scrap Cap & Trade: EPA Do Your Job!
This month, we share two great videos that explain what's gone wrong with
Congress's climate change bill and why letting greenhouse gas polluters make
money off their hot air, i.e., cap and trade, is a bad idea.
We urge you take action in support of EPA's recent, long overdue
announcement that it will henceforth consider and regulate greenhouse gases
for what they are - hazardous pollutants that represent a threat to our
global climate and indeed all life on the Earth.
Monsanto Nominated for Angry Mermaid Award
Who are the worst corporate climate criminals? Which disaster capitalists
are using the most muscle to profit from a warming world and force false
solutions on governments and tax-payers? Would it surprise you to hear that
Monsanto is among eight corporations in the running to receive what climate
activists have dubbed the "Angry Mermaid" Award?
Zero Waste for Zero Warming
More Compost, Less GHGs from Landfills
composted and returned to the soil, organic matter provides multiple
benefits. It locks carbon in soil; improves the structure and workability of
soils (reducing the need for fossil fuels for plowing and tilling); improves
water retention (irrigation is a heavy consumer of energy); displaces
energy-intensive synthetic fertilizers; and results in more rapid plant
growth (which takes CO2 out of the atmosphere).
But, when organic waste ends up in landfills, the organic content (paper,
yard waste and food scraps) putrefies, producing methane (CH4), a greenhouse
gas 20-70 times more potent and damaging than carbon dioxide (CO2).
The Solution: Zero Waste
A far better approach is known as
Zero Waste, which aims to close the loop on all material used in the
economy. Under Zero Waste, each element of a source-separated waste stream
is subjected to minimal treatment so that it can be reused. Clean,
source-separated organics (including kitchen discards) are composted or
subject to anaerobic digestion; usable goods are repaired and re-used;
other materials are recycled.
Besides saving resources and money, and generating green jobs for local
communities, Zero Waste produces far less pollution than so-called waste
disposal techniques. It eliminates methane emissions from landfills by
diverting organics; it eliminates greenhouse gas emissions from incinerators
by closing them; it reduces greenhouse gas emissions from industry by
replacing virgin materials with recycled materials; and it reduces
greenhouse gas emissions from transport by generally keeping such materials
close to the end-user.
female is fundamental to life; partners in work to be done." --Oren R.
Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders
The Great Spirit
created a system which would allow us to reproduce, to have companionship, to
love, to laugh, to cry and be happy. Man and Woman each have gifts the other
doesn't have. But, together they have these gifts to share with each other. The
Great Spirit made it this way. So let us treat each other with respect. Let us
look upon each other in a sacred way.
Grandmother, bring the spirits to teach us
Warrior Society News
Intertribal Warrior Society
the early 1980s, eight men gathered at the Mid America All Indian Center
in Wichita, Kansas. They came from different tribes to solve a problem
in the Indian community. Intertribal jealously and disrespect caused
many problems and a lack of cooperation for public programs and
The Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior
Society established by-laws and a mission statement and people began to
join the new organization. The organization began to sponsor
annual powwows that have grown in size every year for more than twenty
The first goal of the Warrior Society is to promote and keep the customs of
associated tribes. Each
member is tasked with learning his own tribe’s customs and teaching
others. Their second mission is to take care our elders, children, and
Although the Warrior Society does not
require a prospective member to have Indian ancestry, a known blood
quantum is required to be an officer. The Ladies Auxiliary does much
work and helps the community in their own ways.
of the community receive emergency help from the Warrior Society when
funds are available on a case-by-case basis. Funds are allocated
for food, medicine, utilities. The Warrior Society also works with
local agencies to help those in need. For several years, Warrior
Society members donated funds to give scholarships to deserving
community youth to help get them through college. Another program helps
repair and restore homes of community members who qualify.
Burial service are provided
to families of those who have crossed over. The Wichita Kansas
Warrior Society strives to uphold
their tribal customs by providing an honor guard and stand in constant
vigil during the wake because some tribes require that the body is never
left alone until burial. They perform a flag ceremony for veterans
when the military cannot provide the honor guard.
The Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior
Society hosts two large powwow events annually. The September
powwow benefits our programs and services and the second is the Veterans
Powwow in November honors all veterans.
The Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior
Society honors all veterans, not just native. Their powwows are
oriented more to the Plains Indians style since that is our location.
They also sponsor stomp dancers from Oklahoma.
the Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior Society Honor Guard was invited
to Washington , DC during the 10th Vietnam Memorial anniversary. At the
conclusion of a prayer ceremony, a war lance was ceremonially passed
from a member dressed in buckskin to a member dressed as WWI soldier to
one dressed as a WWII soldier and finally to a Vietnam veteran, who
drove the war lance into the ground, near a section of names with whom
he had served, signifying some of the wars that American Indians fought
for this country. The war lance is now at the Smithsonian Museum in
The Manataka American Indian
Council honors members of the
Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior
Society and is grateful for their many contributions to their community,
their hard work and dedication to respecting their ancestors and
Medicine for the People
By Harvey Walks
With Hawks Doyle
is hard for me to know where to start. I
guess I have always known that our water
system is not the best. I really got
involved into testing the water when I
started making Colloidal Silver. I will
touch base on this later on particular
I would like to address a subject about how
Mother Earth operates and how the ocean
currents involves us as human beings. You
must see the future of Mother Earth by
reliving the past of her. The human body
and her are so closely related that we need
to stop and think about how much water plays
a part of our lives. I was laying in bed
one night and awoke and suddenly started
thinking just how closely we are correlated
within the spiritual bowels of Mother Earth.
We all know that we have the Polar Caps
(Frozen Water) on top of Mother Earth. Then
we have the continent of Antarctica on the
bottom of the earth. Grandfather Sun shines
on the polar caps thus making water, and the
magnetic fields thus producing the Northern
Lights. If you can think of this as Mother
Earth being shaped like a pear then you will
understand this much better. When the rays
of light strike the polar caps and magnetic
field they produce rays of light that
radiate from them. They bounce off them and
are formed around Mother Earth thus forming
her Aura. It is shaped as to contour around
her sides and then comes close together at
the bottom of Antarctica. She also has an
Aura the covers her and it is shaped like a
pear but is continuous. What I was trying to
make clear was that if we look closely that
we are closely related to Mother Earth in
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Safe is the Fluoride in Your Drinking Water?
Written by James Irwin
no longer paint with lead paint, use asbestos in buildings, or dump our raw
sewage in the Congaree River. However the intentional contamination of our water
supply with what is now 1.1 million lbs. of fluoridation chemicals per year just
keeps going, with little public attention or protest.
The year was 1965 when Columbia city council voted
unanimously to add one part per million of fluoride to our water supply – a
program which continues to this day. Back then, lead was still used in house
paints and as an additive in gasoline despite 20 years of knowledge that lead
exposure was causing brain damage in many children. Asbestos was still in
widespread use for fireproofing and insulation, despite knowledge of the lung
diseases it caused. Here at home, Columbia was still dumping its raw sewage into
the Congaree River, causing drivers on the Gervais St. bridge to roll up their
windows because of the stench. We no longer paint with lead paint, use asbestos
in buildings, or dump our raw sewage in the Congaree River. However the
intentional contamination of our water supply with what is now 1.1 million lbs.
of fluoridation chemicals per year just keeps going, with little public
attention or protest.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW ELEMENT
A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the heaviest
element yet known to science. The new element has been named "Governmentium".
Governmentium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and
224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311.
These 311 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are
surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected,
as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.
A minute amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over 4 days to
complete, when it would normally take less than a second.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 4 years; it does not decay, but, instead
undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and
deputy ne utrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually
increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become
neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some
scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a
certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as
"Critical Morass". When catalyzed with money Governmentium becomes
Administratium, an element which radiates just as much energy, since it has 1/2
as many peons but twice as many morons.
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
See an amazing film
about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers
ago by a
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