A Story of the
By David Yeagley (quin-ne Kash-su-it)
people didn’t come out of the earth, like the other people. We were born from
the wind. We were simple, without masks, and we rode the Wind, in wild,
fearless freedom, and in the joy of savage innocence.
They say we are from the Shoshoni people, from the
North Country, and the Snake River. They say we separated from them, and stayed
in the mountains, while everyone else moved farther down and on to the endless
We stayed in the Rocky Mountains, the southern parts,
for many generations. Everyone forgot about us. In time, most people did know we
even existed. We lived a long time there, in the mountains, by ourselves. We had
no concern about other people, or whether they knew about us. We were happy
among ourselves. That was enough.
We had nothing that anyone else was interested in. We
had no clothes, no religion, and no shining thing. We were naked of culture.
Our secret time in the mountains stripped us of anything superfluous. We shed
all that was unnecessary. We understood the truth about our life. Only our
will, our hands, and the wind gave us life. It was a pure, simple life. We had
no need of other people.
I first heard the term, "lateral racism" I was
astounded that such a condition had a name and,
sadly, that it existed long enough to earn that
name. It's still a relatively new concept. When I
searched for the term, one hit came up for the
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher
Education in an article written by Ron Selden. In
the article, Anishinaabe activist and writer, Winona
LaDuke said, "We cannot struggle against the
oppressor, so we struggle against each other ... "
it in high school, taking a tribal government class
from one of my favorite teachers, Mr. Martin. He put
it simply, "You see me. I'm brown ... just another
'dirty Indian' to you and you ignore anything I have
to say! You look at some of the white teachers
around here and you sit up and listen! That, is
I'd always had a degree of respect for the toiling
Mr. Martin, just by virtue of his being a teacher,
it increased tenfold after that statement. He hit
the issue at the time right on the nose. The other
students in the class were freshmen and sophomore
mostly who took the class because it was, in their
words, "an easy class." After all, who knows more
about tribal government and, indeed, tribal people
that figurative hammer struck my mind, shattering
that curiosity of why I didn't respond to Native
teachers, I realized that we don't know as much as
we think we do. How many of us have looked at
someone on our reservation or colony or housing
complex and thought ill of them? Admittedly, when
the election season rolled around my brother, who is
a former police officer from both Pine Ridge and
Rosebud, said to me, "Indian's ain't never going to
vote for a Black man! They will look at the Clintons
or McCain and think they'll protect them because
simple statement illustrated two main points of
lateral racism to me. The first being that my
brother, who saw a lot of the bad things both
reservations can yield, be it domestic violence,
drug abuse or murder, had developed his own
prejudice against our people. The second point being
that even though the source of that statement is
suspect, it holds some water. We've been programmed
from the beginnings of our relations with the United
States to respond to the authority (backed up with
the gun, no doubt) of its white leaders.
own reservation, there is an historic case of
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.
Anne Marie's Story
I was pleased to see your review and plan to link to it on my
website as it communicates just what I would like people to know
about the book.
After attending two heritage events this summer, a Powwow in
Maine (held in July), and a Mi'kmaq-Acadian Return to the
Homeland Festival in La Have, Nova Scotia (held in August), I'm
feeling closer than ever to my ancestor, Anne Marie. Her story
has been well-received by her descendants and history
enthusiasts and has even inspired one Cajun music artist to
compose a song dedicated to her, La Valse du Anne Marie, sung in
French, the language of Acadia and the Cajun people, which the
artist has performed in Nova Scotia and Louisiana, bringing
everyone who hears it nearly to tears. I believe that Anne
Marie's story was meant to be shared this way -- why her story
surfaced at this particular time, we are left to question.
After seeing the positive feelings it generates for people of
our heritage, and the timeliness of its celebration of our
diversity, I think that perhaps Anne Marie was involved in the
timing as well -- as it was her story, and the truth of our
heritage, as peoples of North America, that found its way into
the light after being hidden in the darkness for so many
Public libraries and individual readers in Canada, the United
States (and France!) have purchased the book -- and I continue
to receive wonderful remarks from those who experience the
story, pictures, maps and history described in its pages. As I
send the notice of this book to others, I shall definitely
reference your nice write up - and look forward to the feedback
your posting of this announcement generates.
Please reply with any questions and you have my highest regards!
Ceremonies For A Price $$$
Last night, I listened
to Enya's "Memory of Trees" and spent some time swooping around
Manataka's forests. There was one tree in particular that
attracted me - I don't know evergreen/pine species, I just know
what it looks like. I also saw something unfold elsewhere, but
- oh well. It was fuzzy .... think that was accidental.
Anyway ... I won't linger on this much at the moment, because I
can't think on it too much yet.
The concept of "energy exchange" -
especially regarding money ..... ugh!!!! Here is how
"energy exchange" is used in the healing community also - it is
still a "load of crap" -- (at least it was) - That was always a
sticking point with me - in my early Reiki days, teachers would
use that as a way of arm-twisting students on why they had to
pay high fees to learn healing, or receiving healing, or
participate in workshops. I don't know if this still goes on or
not. Teachers thought I was crazy because I offered all
of my work - I mean ALL of my work - for free. Some mistrusted
me also .... but many thanked me because they were sick,
disabled, or otherwise could not afford the outrageous fees
being charged. Others took advantage of me, yes. Some students
had been told that they could not 'learn' Reiki or be attuned
because they were sick - but somehow they could be charged for
healing sessions by those same teachers .... the students came
to me instead. The lies being told in the healing community for
money were many. I walked away from many things that I
wanted to do because I couldn't afford them - and I never
'bought' the "energy exchange" concept.
I also felt that it was a "load of crap" - still do. If I had
to do it all again - I'd do it the same way, or if a student
insisted, I'd let them give a donation, but not necessarily
money. Another way is to request that a donation to be given to
a favorite organization - such as Manataka or Aid for Friends.
(This is something my father and I both do when someone insists
on giving us money for something we've done to help them - we
give the donation to a favorite organization instead.)
Back then, I accepted nothing for anything, even when they kept
asking. I had such issues with money, because everything was a
business. For me - it was spiritual work - a free gift of
Spirit - that I had freely received, and I was not about to
charge for something that was not mine. I was there to help
others and to serve Creator - not to charge for something that I
did not create. I thought about this for a long time.
Eventually, this was one of many
reasons why I left ...... and every time I think about going
back, I remember that ...... my path is my own now. I'm
better off on my own -- doing things "my way" -- when/where/how
Creator wants me, in freedom, not working by man's rules.
~ Kim Summer Moon Wilson
of Manataka Touches
My name is Carolyn Ketchie, and I just read the story of
Manataka. My heart bleeds for all Native Americans, and I
sobbed while reading the "true" story. I don't even have the
words to express my feelings right now, yet, I felt compelled to
write...to say how deeply moved and touched I am...to say thank
you for explaining in such a beautiful and forgiving way, the
atrocities that have been and still are being inflicted upon you
all. I will pray for the day that this beautiful and Spiritual
Valley that I have never even seen, will be once again returned
to you. May God/Spirit be with you all. Love and
Peace, Carolyn Ketchie
Thankful for Wisdom
I want to say thank you for your
kindness in sharing your wisdom with me. I have been slowly making my way
through much of the wisdom that you have shared. In just the little time I have
had this gift, it has helped me to heal a great deal of personal pains that I
have carried with me from my years spent as a soldier. The passage of peace has
helped me most; within my heart and within my family. Thank you.
Your friend, Sgt. Shane L. Nelson
Native Crafters Out of Business?
This is about a new law that
will destroy and or drive the Native and
none Native Crafters and venders out of
business. We need your help!
we're spending a LOT of time fighting
Congress over the CPSIA law [Consumer
Product Safety Improvement Act] spent
all evening writing a letter that will be
read aloud in the House Economic Committee
next week. There's a link on the
front page of our website that explains the
law. Here's an out-take from the letter:
Dear Chairmen Waxman and Rush - and
Ranking Members Barton and Radanovich:
We applaud Congress for addressing the
threat to children posed by unsafe products.
However, the unintentional consequences
of the CPSIA must be addressed by Congress.
The law (as written) threatens to destroy
our business and the livelihood of ourselves
and others in our community. It also
threatens to devastate Native American
culture across the United States, and
our children will be no safer.
We produce traditional Native American
clothing & powwow regalia, which we sell at
powwows & on our internet website
to customers throughout the
United States & Canada. Powwows are the
primary social event attended by Indians
& native descendants everywhere, and
children are an integral part of
these events. They are taught by example our
traditional values of abstinence
from alcohol and drugs, respect for
themselves & others, & care for the earth.
Even at-risk kids overcome their
circumstances with the encouragement
and guidance they receive from community
members at traditional events.
Our growing culture is our anti-drug.
Parents often lack the time & energy to make
their children's regalia. People in the
community have always made
moccasins, silver-work, feather dance
bustles & fans, & beadwork for others.
That community has now extended across the
internet. Being a micro-manufacturer producing
a wide variety of one-of-a-kind items, the
very nature & cost of testing makes
compliance with the current law impossible.
We can't afford to test every deerskin,
feather, hank of beads, bolt of fabric, bag
of jingle cones & moccasin sole. We buy our
supplies from U.S. distributors,
manufacturers, and retail stores.
Lead is not even present in most or all of
the materials we use in regalia. There has
to be a reasonable way to insure safety for
our children. We simply can't use
destructive acid-based testing on
a hand-beaded buckskin dress or a feather
dance fan at any cost.
During the last six months of this economic
crisis, most of our regalia sales have been
for children under the age of 13
who have outgrown their dance clothes.
Because of our intent to comply
with the law, we no longer produce most of
the outfits that we did previously, and have
had to turn many orders away. Our income for
February dropped to nearly ZERO, when
sales in January were over $2000, even in
this bad economy. That's not a lot
of money in your world, but its economic
survival in rural Oklahoma.
Like many skilled & educated workers today,
prolonged unemployment after 9/11 forced us
from our middle-class existence into
poverty. We moved to a poor
tribal community under the looming threat of
homelessness, & started our business to
avoid bankruptcy. We serve as an example of
hard work & determination to our community,
proof that an education can help
anyone start a business with almost nothing.
But this law is pushing us beyond
our capability to pay bills, let alone
growing our business. Our contract labor employees
depend on our business income for much of
their income. One partially-disabled
seamstress who sews children's clothes for
us has finished over half of her service
hours for a Habitat for Humanity house,
but needs our income to qualify. I've
invested 18 months into developing patterns
& production standards for children's
outfits, and planned to put some unemployed
seamstresses to work part-time. Now that
investment in developing our children's
lines may be worthless, and it's doubtful
that I can expand operations to employ more
people. We may not even survive the loss
of children's business in a prolonged
economic downturn, which will force
us into bankruptcy and out of work.
We MUST be able to rely upon testing
certifications from our raw
materials suppliers. I was able to research
& download certifications for
metal components from one of my suppliers
last week. Why can't we all do that? A pair
of tiny socks does not need the same
labeling & tracking information that a
commercial aircraft altimeter requires. If
the raw materials manufactured and/or
sold in this country were required to have
an MSDS-type certification, a
certification sheet could be downloaded from
a website or faxed from distributor. Most
small businesses and micro-manufacturers
can comply with the intent of the law that
way, even if they have to visit a public
library to use the computer. That will
prevent dangerous materials from getting
into the hands of our children,
but won't put thousands of small businesses
out of operation and increase dependence on
One more point I must make; Twelve
year old children are not chewing on
the tires of their bikes, the batteries in
their four-wheelers, and
science equipment in chemistry / biology
class. Electrical outlets pose a
much bigger threat to small children than
something belonging to an older child.
Please consider lowering the age limit; the
12 & under age limit is simply too high.
Many of us from lower-income areas
are already working for family farms and
businesses by the age of 12.
Sincerely, James & Janet Littlecrow,
Red Rock, Oklahoma
You are the heart of
From the laughter of
children at play to the golden rays of the sun beaming through
the sky at sunset, the eternal song of love permeates all
creation. Each beat of our heart pulses to this rhythm in a
majestic and graceful dance connecting us to everyone and
everything. Life is magnificent when we quiet our outer selves
and become fully present and aware of our own loving essence.
To know this grander
love is to go beyond the sensation of a first kiss or a mother’s
tender touch in time of need. Although these extraordinary
expressions reveal the existence of love, there is so much
more. This universal love is unconditional and its very
presence ignites our passion and our compassion. It breathes
life into our being and sustains us. It encourages and
illuminates the infinite possibilities while simultaneously
providing all that we require to be alive.
It is our heart
center that gently nudges us to know and express love in all
that we are. However this does not always come easily. Through
eons of time, the conditioning by our mind to seek logic and
reasoning in our daily affairs has left little trust in the
wisdom of the heart. Learning to once again cultivate our
intuition, be intimate with our own unique understanding of
love, and to feel this love deeply, takes both courage and
is our consistent source of nurturing, inspiration and
potential. Interestingly, we often seek the beauty of nature
for its extraordinary ability to be in constant change while
ever expressing its interconnected uniqueness. This is what
captivates and also reminds us of our own innate capacity to do
the same. Nature has the ability to cycle, recycle, adapt,
reclaim and reinvent itself over and over by simply fulfilling
its distinctive purpose with love for all.
When we allow
unconditional love to be our personal guiding intention, our
energy flows in the same manner. We stay present in the moment
and share our love without reservation or hesitation. We
change, evolve, expand and express our creativity in new ways
ensuring that it benefits the whole. In this way, life itself
evolves through each of us.
You are the heart of
unconditional love. What you choose, we all experience. ~Harold
W. Becker, President and Founder, The Love Foundation
Thank you Grandfather Hawk
Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman,
long time I have had the same convictions as you. If
the Creator is as we know all unconditional love to all, I
guess we think right. We should not forget the Bible
is a book with the message, but the Christin church and the
Jewish Synagogues modeled it to fit their politics that are
full of fear. Humans should meditate and pray to God,
so deep inside us that we will learn that domination and
power that drags the lambs with fear and oppression is
wrong. As you know, times must change to give back to humans
their proper conscience and right to believe in the God
Father as love and goodness. We must be
conscientiously responsible that we may love and respect all
beings around the world. Thank you Grandfather Hawk
for raising this issue without fear. Thank you
Grandfather and may God bless you. Greetings from
Spain -- I am Hermano Pedro
11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Talk about putting the
fox in charge of the hen house…
President Obama recently selected Michael Taylor, former chief
lobbyist for Monsanto, as the new “food safety czar” at the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Think about that: The former lawyer and lobbyist for the company
that manufactured Agent Orange will now make decisions about our
nation’s food supply.
Taylor is the man most responsible for getting recombinant bovine
growth hormone (rbGH) approved for use in dairy cows. That’s the
stuff that fattens the cows to dangerously obese sizes, getting them
ready for slaughter faster (By the way – Monsanto produces the
And the food safety concerns don’t stop there. The push for
producing food faster extends to the produce you eat, too.
Genetically-modified seeds and hormones are now staples in the food
you eat. You drink it in your milk, eat it in your cheese and
yogurt, and ingest it each time you eat commercially-raised,
Since these seeds hit the market in 1996, we’ve seen:
puberty at earlier ages
A dramatic rise in
asthma, autism, obesity and diabetes
A jump in food
allergies, especially among children
emergency room visits double from 1997-2002
Your health is too vital
to leave it in the hands of corporate lobbyists and their political
cronies. It doesn’t have to be this way. Take charge of your own
Here’s how to do it:
fooled by beef labeled “organic”. The organic label
only means that the cattle do not have obvious levels of
antibiotics or hormones in their body at the time of slaughter.
It does not mean that ranchers have never given cattle these
about eating grass-fed beef. There are many farmers who
have pledged to raise their cows purely on the natural foods
they are supposed to eat – grass, not grains. Visit
www.eatwild.com for a list of grass-fed farms in the U.S.
Become a locovore.
There is a movement in place to eat and buy locally from
farmer’s co-ops within a 100-mile radius of where you live.
Visit your local farmer’s market and ask questions about how
they grow their crops. Threats to small family farmers and
co-ops may come from heavy-handed regulations by the food safety
czar, so get the good stuff while it lasts.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya
Get on the ball!
Give it up
and just TRUST
By Debi Red
Because of my severely broken leg and the year it took to walk
again and having to push myself to function day to day through a depression from
all that I lost.
My life was one big bundle of nervous stress. I couldn't sleep at
night thinking about the pending loss of my home, the many bills and how to keep
food in the house.
In one sense I knew that Creator would take care of all, if I
would just keep my trust in his hands. Yet constantly, I would take it back to
live my life with my fears as my guide. My depression and worry grew to a
point that it was hard to even want to try to get through another day.
My home sold and that was even a numb blessing that I couldn't
see, Creator made it so I would leave without the debt of my mortgage following
We had a couple of weeks to find a new home and the pickings were
very slim. Sure we could have moved to the dark part of the city but we came
from there a few years back and we are not ready to go back and live our lives
in the middle of drug wars and crime.
My fear led me to a place where I was ready to settle for
anything out of town, we saw places that needed much repair and many hours of
yard work. I was ready to say ok and just accept what I thought was to be, yet
that voice was always nagging inside of me to TRUST!
Ah, in his infinite wisdom knowing the control freak that I am,
he led me down a stony path until I was ready to put it in his hands and out of
exhaustion just leave it.
Many weights came off my shoulders as I finally said I can't do
it anymore, you lead the way. I began to sleep again. I did my part and every
day packed and stacked the boxes up so when it was time I was ready.
Each Saturday I drove to all the little towns within 60 miles of
us and got their papers and began my calls. My husband was now the nervous
Nellie and I was just waiting for the arrow to point the way. I told him not to
worry that it was going to be fine, Creator knows where we are going.
Three days before the papers were signed on our house we went to
a town about 30 miles away to look at a house.
Wow it seemed kind of big, 4 bedrooms for 2 people, big airy
living room, kitchen with a skylight, dining room with a fireplace, 2 bathrooms
and the bathroom in the master bedroom has a huge tub with a sky light above it
There is so much land all around it. Each side offers its own
view. The front yard faces the only two farms with many acres surrounding them.
Off the master bedroom is a field for horses and cows with their new babies, out
the other bedroom windows are many acres of farm land and out the kitchen widow
is a field that leads back to the woods. I could not image more of a blessing……
I filled out the paper work knowing that my year off work didn't
give me the best credit history with all my back medical bills, the income we
had to offer was social security from husband, disability from wife.
Many applied for the house yet I knew this was to be. I
wrote a note and added it to my application. I thanked them for taking time to
show us this wonderful home, I told them that although my credit history
probably isn't the best we would make the rent every month. I told them that we
would love to live in this wonderful home. The next morning my phone rang and he
said, "This is the landlord and I want you to understand that this is about
country living and dogs.
What we can move in?!
Winter was holding on with both hands and the move was hard and
cold. We did it and there has only been joy and peace since. We are now not in
our house but our home, Aho!
The Manataka American
Indian Council supports:
Quote of the Month
Roundup Researcher: "If I know something, I will not shut my mouth."
Dr. Andrés Carrasco, an embryologist who works in Argentina's Ministry of
Science's Conicet (National Council of Scientific and Technical
Investigations) responding to criticism over his research which found that
Monsanto's Roundup herbicide caused brain, intestinal and heart defects in
amphibian fetuses. GRAIN: Seeds of Information, July 2009
Alert Update of the MONTH
Tell the USDA GE Frankenfoods & Nanotechnology Aren't Organic
Last week, we gave you news of a report issued by the USDA Foreign
Agriculture Information Network, "The Unexplored Potential of
Organic-Biotech Production," that argues "Governments should change their
regulations to allow producers to gain organic certification for biotech
crops grown with organic methods." T
We alerted you that the National Organic Standards Board was considering
an official ban on nanotechnology in organic, but felt stymied by their
concern that "Under the current definition, most nanotechnology would not
fall into the category of excluded methods."
Please take action to (1) oppose the USDA's cynical attempt to promote
genetic engineering as potentially organic and (2) push the National Organic
Standards Board to take a strong stand against the use of nanotechnology in
organic. Genetic engineering and nanotechnology aren't organic!
Alert Update of the
Swine Flu and Vaccine Nation
Despite 30,000 emails from Organic Bytes readers, and mounting global
concern, government bureaucrats and the corporate media continue to gloss
over the undeniable fact that massive factory pig and poultry farms are
incubating deadly viruses that could cause catastrophic mutations in the so
far mild Swine Flu Epidemic (H1N1/09). At the same time, media and health
officials downplay the importance of safe and proven organic and holistic
precautions - strengthening our immune systems with healthy organic food,
medicinal herbs, homeopathic remedies, lifestyle changes, and stress
reduction - while cheerleading for the likely ineffectual and hazardous Big
Pharma vaccines currently being rushed to market.
learned, and perhaps this was the most important thing, how to look at things
through the eyes of the Higher Powers." --Frank Fools Crow, Lakota
Our eyes can only
see our beliefs. Our beliefs cause us to make assumptions, draw conclusions and
cause confusion. Our five senses are very limiting. The Creator has a way of
allowing us to see or know in the spiritual world. This is called the Sixth
Sense. The Sixth Sense is like a radar system; our personal radar system. It
will help us "see" opportunities and help us avoid disaster. This Sixth Sense is
controlled by God. We must learn to listen to it. We must learn to trust it. We
must learn to act on it even if our head says differently. We must learn to look
at things through the eyes of God.
guide me today.
If my eyes
cause confusion, let me close them and see through Your eyes.
ears hear confusion, let me listen to my heart. Let me let You guide me
Herbal Properties and Actions
I don’t think I
could possibly overstate how important it is to
understand the properties by which herbs work.
This knowledge is what separates a mediocre
herbalist (someone who memorizes the name of a
problem and the name of the herb that is listed
next to it and says use this for that) from a
good herbalist (someone who says, “Ah… dry,
enflamed tissues… which mucilaginous herb should
I use for this?”). Understanding these
properties opens up new worlds of possibility to
the herbal student. It allows one to more
deeply understand the herbs they’re using, and
see patterns in both plants and people more
clearly. It also clears up that head
scratching that occurs when you’re reading
herbal books and have no idea what they’re
referring to when they say “anticatarrhal”.
While you could
go through this list and try to memorize terms
and definitions, the best way to gain an
understanding of this material is to do so
experientially. You can read what an
astringent is, or you can chew on a green banana
peel or wild geranium root and know from
experience. Or you can understand that a
mucilage is a viscid, slippery carbohydrate, but
making a strong infusion of Marshmallow or
Slippery Elm and playing around with the
resulting goo will allow you to not only
understand with your head, but with your body as
well. And who would want to pass up the
opportunity to compare and contrast the varying
degrees of bitter?
So… learn this
stuff. Years later, you’ll either be glad you
did, or wish you had.
should state that while I've presented these
initial energetic considerations as polarities
(hot/cold, dry/damp, tense/lax), there are so
many exceptions and distinctions to be made when
practically applying these concepts that
visualizing these qualities on opposing ends of
a spectrum is going to cause confusion and
frustration and teeth gnashing. As an example,
we could say that demulcent herbs are moistening
and astringent herbs are drying, but while
moistening and drying is a polarity, astringents
and demulcents are not... astringents are really
the opposite of relaxants, not demulcents.
you don't get that, please read on, and
hopefully I can clear up and elucidate herbal
energetics into the rather commonsense
recognition of patterns that it is...
Tap Water vs. Bottled Water: Differences Explained
By Joe Burtard, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, August 28,
year, consumers in the U.S. bought 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water,
according to the International Bottled Water Association. You may have drunk
some of that water yourself. But did you ever wonder if tap water and
bottled water are really that different?
Water is water, right? However,
there are major differences between bottled water and tap water, from price
to regulating quality of water. As far as the law is concerned, water in
bottles and water coming out of your faucet are regulated by different
Water from the tap is regulated
by the Environmental Protection Agency, along with state and local
governments. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
The significant difference between the two regulations is merely the fact
that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to disclose the source
of the water on the label. With tap water, the EPA requires that
municipalities publish an annual consumer confidence report disclosing not
only the source of the water, but also information on test results and the
treatment process. The bottled water industry could face similar regulations
in the near future.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
What do you hear?
Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near
Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets
were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing
around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost
deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, "I hear a cricket."
His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket
in all of this noise!"
"No, I'm sure of it," the Native American said, "I heard a cricket."
"That's crazy," said the friend.
The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the
street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into
the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket.
His friend was utterly amazed.
"That's incredible," said his friend. "You must have super-human ears!"
"No," said the Native American. "My ears are no different from yours. It all
depends on what you're listening for."
"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in this
"Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what is really important to
you. Here, let me show you."
He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them
on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in
their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if
the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.
"See what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all depends on what's
important to you."
Wild horse advocates are seeking to halt
federal land managers' plans to remove all mustangs from a large swath of
eastern Nevada, saying the animals deserve protection under federal law
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Wild horse advocates are seeking to halt federal land
managers' plans to remove all mustangs from a large swath of eastern Nevada,
saying the animals deserve protection under federal law.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has started removing 350 horses
southwest of Ely and plans to begin removing 270 more in October near
Caliente. The roundups affect all wild horses in an area around Ely covering
1.4 million acres or more than 2,000 square miles.
Horse defender Christine Jubic of Albany, N.Y., filed a petition last week
for an emergency order to halt the roundup with the Interior Board of Land
Appeals until it can rule on her appeal challenging the roundup.
Pablo Bay Area is historically a
multi-national region of many Native
American nations. Before the
holocaust of the Americas, the area
of Solano County was inhabited by
the Suisune Nation and the coastal
Miwok Nation, both of whom were
nations of traders, which were part
of a network of merchant cultures
that extended across the Pacific
Ocean and middle America.
Religious practices of the nations
of what is today the Bay Area
included ancestral worship and
places of worship included places
where people were buried.
Unfortunately, although many nations
survived the holocaust of the
Americas, Europeans refused to
recognize any non-Christian religion
and actively destroyed any sacred
sites known to the European
authorities, even in this decade.
Even Solano Community College is
built on top of the sacred site and
graveyard of the Suisune Nation,
which is commemorated with a bronze
plaque within school grounds
explaining how Chief Solano is
buried somewhere within the area.
Today, the practice of destroying
scared sites is still prevalent, and
within the Bay Area. an infamous
example is the Shellmound Drive in
Emeryville, built over a place of
ancestral worship despite
archaeological reports proving that
it contained burial grounds of the
Ohlone Nation, who have organized
protests against the destruction of
this scared sites as recently as
November of 2008.
"We must protect our Sacred Sites,"
said Wounded Knee de Ocampo of the
Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council,
referring to their fight against the
development of the Sacred Site at
Glen Cove of Vallejo. "It is as if
someone would decide to bulldoze a
The desecration of Native American
sacred sites around the Bay Area is
illegal according to federal and
state laws, such as the "Native
American Graves Protection and
Repatriation Act," and if during a
development project, bones and
artifacts are found, all work must
stop immediately, and authorities
must contact a representative of a
recognized Native American nation
whose ancestral homeland includes
the land of the development project.
This process can take time, and if a
development project is halted due to
the discovery of bones or artifacts,
the owners of the development
project may lose money.
Unfortunately, because of the
implications of losing money, many
developers choose instead to ignore
any artifacts and bones found at a
development site and continue a
The aforementioned Shellmound Drive
in Emeryville and Glen Cove in
Vallejo are examples of this illegal
practice on part of developers.
However, groups such as Vallejo
Inter-Tribal Council are organizing
the sovereign nations of the Native
Americans to unite and ensure that
developers respect their religions
and sacred sites.
For more information, contact the
Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council at
or the Intertribal Friendship House
(IFH) of Oakland at
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