Manataka American Indian Council                                                                                     Volume XIII  Issue 08 AUGUST 2009


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

 

AUGUST Issue

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Sunday, August 9

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

 


 

 

 

Contents:              

 

Contents of Page 1              

Elders Meditation: Barney Bush, Shawnee
Upcoming Events:

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Feature Story 1:  

Sacred Ceremonies for a Price?

Feature Story 2:

The Shores Within - Chapter 4
Ecological Notes: Change Your Perception and Your Life Will Follow
Grandfather King Coke Speaks: Oil and Indians Don't Mix
Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Speaks: Depression, How Do You Deal With It?
Mother Earth Watch: Monsanto loses: GE alfalfa banned nationwide
Tribal News: A Advocacy and change in federal Indian law
Education:

Teaching About American Indians

Inspiration Thoughts:   Open to Trust
Website Updates:   20 New Articles in JULY 2009

Contents of Page 2              

Legends of Old: Coyote Herds Sheep For A White Man
Feature Story 3: Emerald Green Crystal Activation 09-09-09
Elders Speak:   The Black Hills Are Everything!

Letters to the Editor:

Movement to End Mountaintop Removal
Organic Consumers: People Think 'Natural' is Greener Than 'Organic'
Elder's Meditations: Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa
Plant Medicine: Antioxidants
Fluoride: Fluoride - dangerously high levels found in pet food
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Why shouldn’t animals be considered “property”?
Endangered Sacred Sites: Dwelling on Sacred Ground

Contents of Page 3

History: Video History

Grandmother Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

The Weaver of Dreams

The Big Initiation

In the Beginning...

Feature Story 4::

Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering
Elder's Meditations: Dr. Henrietta Mann, Southern Cheyenne
Women's Circle: Spiritual Empowerment of Women
Food & Nutrition: Five Course American Indian Dinner
Book Reviews: Revisiting Anne Marie
Poetry Circle: The Five Fingered Ones
Healing Prayer Basket: Those who need our prayers
Manataka  Business: July Teleconference Meeting

 


 

ELDER MEDITATION

 

".the voice and the heart are not working together." --Barney Bush, Shawnee


We can say any words we want with our voice but we cannot hide the true meaning and the true spirit behind the words. The true meaning is always understood. The voice is heard in the physical world, but the meaning is transmitted in the spiritual world. if our voice says one thing but the heart is saying something else, it's the something else that is heard. It is said that the truth will set you free. Reaching the truth means your voice and your words will be in alignment with the heart.

 

Great Spirit, let my tongue, speak the truth today.

http://www.whitebison.org

By Don Coyhis

 


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions, Seminars  

2009 Powwow Now Calendar

 

Oneness Day Petition: http://www.humanitysteam.org/sai/oneness-petition/document

 

 


 

MEMBERSHIP

 


 

FEATURE I

 

Sacred Ceremonies for a Price?

by Takatoka, Manataka Correspondent

 

Grandfather Watches Over Us

We believe American Indian spiritual beliefs and practice cannot be bartered or sold at any price.

 

It costs nothing to enter the Sacred Circle because it does not belong to anyone, it is a gift of the Creator.  There is no admission fee to a Purification Lodge because the messages, visions and teachings of the lodge are not owned by a human, but come directly from the Great Mystery.  There is no monetary price to pay for the honor of going on a Vision Quest because the Spirit of God is there.  When money and greed are present, the Spirit of the Creator is absent and thus there cannot be a Vision.  The spiritual connection has been broken.

 

Several years ago, this Manataka member wrote in the article False Shamans "...Our ceremonies, dances, songs and symbols are sacred.  They must be protected from theft, exploitation and desecration.  We should encourage all people to seek their own ways of spiritual expression, the ways of their ancestors, and not to use American Indian ways to find spirituality within themselves..." 

 

Our belief has not changed nor is it in danger of being compromised after many years of bombardment and assault from those who wish to imitate American Indian spiritual ways, and by others of mainstream society who simply do not understand.  Most of these people who try to justify "voluntary donations" or an "abundance exchange" and otherwise attempt to force the acceptance of money in trade for ceremonies are intelligent and otherwise caring individuals. Yet, they find our very simple philosophy difficult to understand.  It may be greed that clouds their thinking, or it may be a lack of respect for the beliefs of others or a lackadaisical attitude toward anything not born in Eurocentric thinking.  We do not know why they find it hard to understand that accepting money for sacred ceremonies is not acceptable -- regardless of how it is arranged, how it is worded, or how it is accomplished.  Could it be they do not care to take the time or make the sacrifice necessary to comprehend the depth and breath of this ancient philosophy? 

 

Our ceremonies are sacred.  We do not own them.  The messages, visions, healings, insights, teachings and miracles given during ceremonies do not originate from the human psychic or even the human soul, they come only by the grace of God -- the Creator of All Things.  We cannot sell that which does not belong to us.  The act of accepting money in exchange for sacred ceremonies is an admission the person conducting the ceremony owns it and thus what happens is not born by the grace of God.  

 

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FEATURE STORY 2

 

 

The Shores Within

By Boe Glasschild

& Laughing Dog Red Feather

 

Free Online Lessons on the Medicine Way

Eight lessons plus a glossary, bibliographic notes and more.

 

The 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 terminology. 

 

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ECOLOGY NOTES:

 

 

Change Your Perception and Your Life Will Follow

By Kim Summer Moon Wilson, Manataka Correspondent
 

People often ask about weight loss, nutrition, cures for anxiety, depression, money woes, chronic illnesses, and other modern ailments. The answers are simple, but they don’t involve ‘quick fixes’. It’s about lifestyle and attitude changes. Change your perception and your life will follow.


Eat only what comes out of Mother Earth, dump the soda and powdered sugar drinks, and drink plain water. If it comes in a box, can or carton with ingredients you can’t pronounce and was created by man - don’t consume it. If the package says “Enriched with” or “Vitamins added” - don’t consume it. If vitamins need to be added, that means they were taken out during processing. Eat whole foods - fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes. If we were meant to consume the “crimes against Nature” that pass for food and drinks in today’s supermarkets and restaurants, they’d be growing on trees and in gardens. They don’t - so why do we keep buying them?  Want more information? Read “Standing Bear’s One-Time Cure” (http://manataka.org/page1497.html)


 

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

Modern Indian Wisdom:

 

You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and  should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape. 

 

If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

 

 


 

Grandfather Grey Hawk Speaks

 

Oil and Indians Don't Mix

by Greg Palast, June 12, 2009, For Air America Radio's Ring of Fire

 

There's an easy way to find oil.  Go to some remote and gorgeous natural sanctuary, say Alaska or the Amazon, find some Indians, then drill down under them. 

 

If the indigenous folk complain, well, just shoo-them away.  Shoo-ing methods include:  bulldozers, bullets, crooked politicians and fake land sales.

 

But be aware.  Lately the Natives are shoo-ing back.  Last week, indigenous Peruvians seized an oil pumping station, grabbed the nine policemen guarding it and, say reports, executed them.  This followed the government's murder of more than a dozen rainforest residents who had protested the seizure of their property for oil drilling.

 

Again and again I see it in my line of work of investigating fraud.  Here are a few pit-stops on the oily trail of tears:

 

In the 1980s, Charles Koch was found to have pilfered about $3 worth of crude from Stanlee Ann Mattingly's oil tank in Oklahoma.  Here's the weird part. 

 

Koch was (and remains) the 14th richest man on the planet, worth about $14 billion. Stanlee Ann was a dirt-poor Osage Indian. 

 

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Robert Gray Hawk Coke

 

 

 


 

GRANDFATHER SEVEN HAWK EYES SPEAKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depression, How Do You Deal With It?

 

I know that this subject is not very popular but it is a fact of life. As my last article regarding the treatment of our elderly can make people very depressed when visiting the nursing homes. Depression can affect all ages and all peoples no matter what their religious, or ethnic background may be. Depression can disturb the daily activities or routines of anyone who is affected by it. In some cases I have seen the person suffering with depression likens it to their lives suddenly darkened by a cloud of sadness for no reason at all. Sometimes this feeling comes without any warning and disrupts their lives to the extent that the person suffering contemplates even committing suicide. There are many medications that can be prescribed by a medical physician once they have diagnosed the problem.

 

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MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

 

Monsanto loses again: GE alfalfa banned nationwide
A federal court has upheld a ban on the planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa in the United States. The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed its previous ruling that the alfalfa, which is engineered to tolerate the herbicide Roundup, could contaminate conventional and organic alfalfa and thus cause "irreversible harm" to the farmers whose livelihoods depend on these crops and to the environment. In the original lawsuit, the Center for Food Safety, other nonprofit organizations, and two alfalfa seed producers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approving GE alfalfa without preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) as required by federal law. After the district court issued its original ruling in 2008 to ban the alfalfa, Monsanto and another biotechnology company appealed the ban, but their appeal was denied in this final ruling. The ban will remain in place until the USDA completes the EIS. Read more from Reuters, or read the decision (pdf).
 

Food documentary attacks industrial food corporations
A new documentary, Food, Inc., challenges the industrial system that grows, processes, and distributes most U.S. food, particularly the system's domination by a few large corporations.
 

UCS victory: Funds for pesticide use reporting restored!
Photo of pesticide sprayingUCS led other groups in a successful effort urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to resurrect a program for tracking pesticide use on U.S. food crops, which had been halted by the Bush administration. The pesticide use surveys, conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), provide the only free, publicly available data on the agricultural chemicals applied to crops. Government agencies, environmental groups, academic scientists, and others use the data to evaluate the human health and environmental risks posed by pesticides and compare the amount of pesticides applied to genetically engineered (GE) versus conventional crops, among other purposes. As the first step in restoring the program, NASS will gather data on pesticide applications to fruit and nut crops this fall. If Congress approves the full funding specified in the president's 2010 budget, the agency will resume data collection for vegetables, major row crops, and pesticides applied to crops after harvest. Read our correspondence urging the reinstatement of the program. We thank the many UCS activists who wrote letters to help convince the USDA to preserve this valuable program.

Germany bans engineered corn, despite Monsanto objections
Germany has banned a GE corn variety already banned by Austria, Hungary, France, Greece, and Luxembourg. 

 

 


 

TRIBAL NEWS

 

Oppose the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009
Petition to U.S. Congress:  http://www.PetitionOnline.com/18932009/petition.html

Submitted by Tony Castanha

 


 

Advocacy and change in federal Indian law
By Peter d'Errico, Today correspondent

It's a bad sign when a Supreme Court justice disrespects a young Indian woman, Nazune Menka, when asked about the Carcieri v. Salazar decision against the Narragansett Nation, and worse when the justice mocks the case itself, calling it "a laugher." Aside from what CBS News calls Scalia's "nasty" style, what allows him to show such mockery and disrespect?

There's a clue in what Scalia apparently said to another Indian questioner.  He claimed the U.S. has a right to rule over Indian nations by "conquest" and all federal Indian law is based on that. In other words, Scalia wants to pretend the same thing the U.S. has been pretending since John Marshall first pretended it in 1823 in Johnson v. McIntosh: the "pretension of converting the discovery of an inhabited country into conquest."

 

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PERU

Indian leader forced into exile as President labels protesters ‘savages’

The President of Peru’s Amazon Indian organisation AIDESEP, Alberto Pizango, has been forced into exile after he was charged with sedition. The move follows the violent confrontation between hundreds of indigenous protesters and riot police near Bagua, northern Peru, on June 5th.  This is the first time that a regional-wide Amazon Indian clamour to protect their lands has resulted in many killings since 1742. Over 30 Indians are thought to have been killed, and the police have been accused of throwing large numbers of bodies into the Marañon river. More than 20 police officers are also believed to have died.  Peru’s President Alan Garcia has labelled the indigenous protesters ‘savages’, ‘barbaric’, ‘ignorant’ and ‘second-class citizens’.  The cause of the protests is the government’s push to open up Indian territories in the Amazon to oil and gas companies.


 


 

 


 


Attention Educators:

 

TEACHING ABOUT AMERICAN INDIANS

 

 

Teaching Resources for Educators

Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners. Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc. Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four categories:

 

Teaching About American Indians

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for American Indian Learners

Researching American Indian Education

Other Resources

 

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

Open to Trust

Submitted by Xielolixii
 

 

“When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”  -- Steve Rapson

 

We seek to control our lives when we do not trust, when we do not love.

 

Our ego, perceiving itself to be vulnerable and insecure, uses control in an effort to protect itself.

 

At the root of our need to control, we find FEAR. It may be fear of the unknown. Fear of not coping. Fear of loss. Or possibly even fear of looking stupid. And as our efforts to control other people and events invariably fail, our fear increases.

 

Trust, on the other hand, is a quality of the soul. While control is a tool of the mind, trust and faith are aspects of the heart. Trust comes with the deep knowing that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies. When we trust enough in life to give up our need to control, we can relax and open to the flow of energy in our lives. This brings peace of mind.

 

"The only real security in life lies in relishing life's insecurity."  -- M. Scott Peck

 

"Do not abandon trust when your ego thinks things should be different than they are."  -- Wayne Dyer

 

Discover the power of trusting yourself. Connect with your inner guidance that knows the way. Life can be easier and more fulfilling.

 

Submitted by Xielolixii
(pronounced: tsee-ay-low-leet-see)
http://www.bearfootn.org

 


 

WEBSITE UPDATES

 

NEW ARTICLES IN JULY 2009
Parental Abuse, When Will It End? - by Daniel Hawk Hoffman   Elders Speak
Moon Dance by Magdala   Elders Speak
Grandmother Mountain by Waynonah   Elders Speak
Mommy, Mom, Mother, Maw by Gram Selma   Elders Speak
Buying Organic is Well Worth the Cost...   Environment
About the Lakota Sacred Red Stone C’anunpa by David Swallow   Elders Speak
The Shores Within - Chapter 3 by Boe Glasshild   Feature Story
Meet Bear's Grandkids   Feature Story
Spirit of Peace by Norman Cordova   Feature Story
Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering   Feature Story
Promises, Promises: Indian Health Care's Victims   Health Watch
Fluoride Exposure May Contribute to Early Puberty   Health Watch
Surviving Sinusitis - Sinus Infections   Herbal Medicine
History of the Great Zuni People   History
Diversity Fair - American Indian display wins second best   Membership
2009 Manataka Gathering Thank You   Membership
New Mexico’s Endangered Sacred Site    Sacred Sites
Purification   Spiritual Medicine
A Spirtual Conspiracy   Spiritual Medicine
Mourning Dove (Okanogan)    Women's Council
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