Manataka American Indian Council   Volume XII  Issue 11 NOVEMBER 2008


 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

November Issue

Page 1 of 3

 

Special Issue

 

Celebrate Native American

Heritage Month!

 

True Thanksgiving

A Day of Mourning

 

Dispelling Thanksgiving Myths

 


 

Contents:              

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1

Upcoming Events: 

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

1

Elder's Meditation:

Chuck Ross, Lakota
1 Website Updates: 17 New Stories
Announcement: 2009 Cherokee Heritage Calendar

1

Feature Story 1:

True Thanksgiving - A Day of Mourning

1

Ecological Notes::

Worm Composting A-Z

1

Grandmothers Speak:

Momfeather:

Waynonaha

Magdala Rameriz

Carol Petersen

 

Coho Learns To Jump

Tree Of Life Reborn

Feminine Crop Circle

Return to You

1 Mother Earth Watch:

Bayer Pesticide Chemicals Linked to Devastating Collapse of Honeybee Population

1 Tribal News:

Indian agency accused of fraud

1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Buzzard, Bat, and Bumblebee

2 Legends of Old: Corn Mother - A Penobscot Legend
2 Feature Story 2:

Deconstructing Thanksgiving Myths

2

Letters to the Editor:

Animal Spirit Guides, DNA, Making A Sacred Bundle, Sweat Lodge
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Organic Labeling, Chicken Farming
2 Elder's Meditations: Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee
2 Health:  Chemotherapy Poisoning
2 Plant Medicine:

Sweet Flag / Bitterroot

2 Fluoride:

Tea Drinkers Beware!

2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Ocean Ecosystem and Seabirds
2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Desecration of Hawaiian Gravesite

3 Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings

3

History: Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 10: Kindling a New National Grand Council Fire

3

Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Healing With Love Part 4

Who really is my brother?

3 Feature Story 3:: Oaks Indian Mission

3

Elder's Meditations: Chuck Ross, Lakota

3

Women's Council: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

3

Food & Nutrition: Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Rolls

3

Book Reviews: The Red-Black Connection

3

Poetry Circle:

Indian in the Living Room

3

Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials

3

Manataka  Business: Meetings, Protocols, Events

 


 

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

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Flute Player Needed

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Help Wanted -- Immediately in France

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

2009 CHEROKEE HERITAGE CALENDAR

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Put a few Soap Nuts into a small cotton sack (included) and drop it in your washing machine.  Your clothes will come out clean, vibrant, and soft.  Replace your laboratory detergents and softeners with the soap made from nature.  Your skin, clothes, family and your planet will thank you.                  

 

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ELDER MEDITATION

 

 "Once you have achieved this oneness, when you talk, God talks; when you act, God acts." --Chuck Ross, Lakota

In my innermost self, I know this to be true.  I know of this oneness.  The more I am free of doubt, jealousy, judgment, selfishness, anger, the closer I am to this oneness.  When I am right with the Creator, nothing can touch me.  When I am right with the Creator I always say the right things.  When I am right with the Creator, my thoughts are always good.  When I am right with the Creator, my actions are always good.
 

Great Spirit,
remove from me those things

that block me from You. 

Allow me this day

to experience the oneness.

By Don Coyhis

 



 

OCTOBER WEBSITE UPDATES

 

NEW ARTICLES
The Messenger Eagle Shadow Spirit   Elders Speak
Blue Star Woman Message - Magdala   Elders Speak
The Old Ways - Gram Selma   Elders Speak
Healing With Love: Part 3    Elders Speak
Family: A True Blessing   Elders Speak
We Can't Drill Our Way Out Of This Mess   Environment
Manataka:  Fountain of Youth?   Feature Story
US Welcome Home Foundation   Feature Story
Are You Eating Cloned Meat?   Health Watch
Study:  12% of Indians Deaths Caused By Alcohol   Health Watch
Kidney Patients Should be Notified of Potential Risk   Health Watch
Needless vaccine - dangers of Gardasil   Health Watch
Black Seed Oil   Herbal Medicine
Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 9 - American Synthesis   History
Corn Cob Boy - Cochiti Legend   Legends
Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico?   Sacred Sites
Take Your Power Back: Money Saving Wedding Planner   Women's Council
     
     
NEW TRADING POST ITEMS
Native Remedies   Spiritual Path Books
Women's Gifts   Speak Cherokee Today!
American Indian Art Good!   Crazy Coyote's Leather
Book Reviews - Top NDN Books   History Books
Forefathers Band - Manataka CD   Maggie's Soap Nuts
New American Indian FLAGS   Red Hawk Crafts
American Indian Flags - White Mtn Apache   First Nations Films


 

FEATURE

 

 

TRUE THANKSGIVING - A Day of Mourning

By Roy Cook, Editor, American Indian Source


To understand an American Indian perspective on Thanksgiving, you need some  information and some new viewpoints.

 

Most school children are taught that Native Americans helped the Pilgrims and were invited to the first Thanksgiving feast. Young children's conceptions of Native Americans often develop out of media portrayals and classroom role playing of the events of the First Thanksgiving. The conception of Native Americans gained from such early exposure is both inaccurate and potentially damaging to others.

 

Therefore, most children do not know the following facts, which explain why many American Indians today call Thanksgiving a "Day of Mourning".

Traditional hospitality and generosity have and continue to be constant Tribal virtues to be practiced at all times.
 

One of a series of feasts reaching back into the group memory has been seized upon by the current modern society. The Wampanoag feast, called Nikkomosach-miawene, or Grand Sachem's Council Feast. It was because of this feast in 1621 that the Wampanoags had amassed the food to help the Pilgrims thereby creating a new tradition European tradition known today as "Thanksgiving Day.

 

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ELDER MOMFEATHER SPEAKS

 

Coho Learns To Jump
 

On a cold winter night, a young boy sat in a carving shed watching his Grandfather working on a totem pole. The boy asked, "Grandfather, how did you learn to carve such a big log?"

Grandfather smiled and sat down with his grandson by the warm fire. "Let me tell you the story of Coho salmon. That will help you find the answer to your question.

"Coho was born in the river. When he was very young, just like you, he swam down the river into the ocean. Along his journey he watched others and learned from them. He also learned from his own mistakes and successes. Soon he knew when to use his strength and when to use his knowledge to survive.

 

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ECOLOGY NOTES:

 

 

Worm Composting A-Z

 Submitted by Lauren Zack

 

 

Recycle your kitchen waste into soil for your lawn, garden, or houseplants -- all with the help of thousands of new friends!

 

Worm Composting: All-Natural Recycling

Like many of us, Jeannette Stewart didn’t always pay attention to what happened to her garbage after she tied off the tops of her trash bags. But when she learned that the landfill near her Fairfax, Virginia home was so full it had to close, she started noticing how much garbage she and her neighbors generated, and resolved to reduce her output of waste.

 

“I saw our enormous trash bins being filled up with these plastic bags just overflowing from the top, and I thought, ‘This is an enormous problem,’” says Stewart, who began looking for creative ways to reduce her volume of trash. Soon, Stewart found part of her solution in indoor worm composting (also called vermi-composting), a simple, compact and low-maintenance way to recycle organic household waste into nutrient-rich soil. Worm composting is so compact, it even works for apartment dwellers. All you need to get started is a bin, some worms and a habitat moist and temperate enough to keep your worms happy.

 

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

Tree Of Life Reborn

Every morning, for most of my life, I sent out prayers for my people and my community for guidance and protection.  Before the Earth Shift, the answers and signs were slow to reach us all.  Now, answers are coming faster and have grown stronger in these past few months.  We all need to understand that this change of events in the world will effect us all.
 

Those who wish to live in peace will survive, those who cannot live in peace will not. This will take years to undo what these past forty years have created.

This has filled a space in my heart that has lain bare and sad for too many years now.  We are given purpose and light when we need it most.  I have prayed for this  so that I can find the next foothold on this path of life.

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

BEAR REMOVER

A man wakes up one morning in Alaska to find a bear on his roof. So he looks in the yellow pages and sure enough, there's an ad for 'Bear Removers.'

 

He calls the number, and the bear remover says he'll be over in 30 minutes.
The bear remover arrives, and gets out of his van. He's got a ladder, a baseball bat, a shotgun and a mean old pit bull.
 
'What are you going to do,' the homeowner asks?

'I'm going to put this ladder up against the roof, then I'm going to go up there and knock the bear off the roof with this baseball bat. When the bear falls off, the pit bull is trained to grab his testicles and not let go.
 

The bear will then be subdued enough for me to put him in the cage in the back of
the van.'
 
He hands the shotgun to the homeowner.

'What's the shotgun for?' asks the homeowner.

'If the bear knocks me off the roof, shoot the dog.'

 


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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

By Gram Selma, Ocali Nation

 


 

 

GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK

 

Magdala Rameriz

Beautiful Ones,

The  emerging of the divine feminine is bringing the awakening of the true human being all over the world,  for the love of the Great Mother  is showing the way…..

 

A crop circle have appeared when the new year of our calendar began

 

There she is, showing us the way….so beautiful!

 

For long time human being have a bad dream, for they dream that they live in a separate world, despair came into their hearts and many things was created through suffering and pain….human being through the world of separation become genetic engineering, so was some trees and pants and the food,  and went into a big distortion for the creation was based on separation…..the heart was broken, for human being was grown  with the idea of having no mother, and didn’t understand the true father, for the world of separation show them a distorted father, so the despair grow for many generation, and for long time finally human being is encountering the Mother….

 

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MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

 

Bayer Pesticide Chemicals Linked to Devastating Collapse of Honeybee Populations

 

 

(NaturalNews) German government researchers have concluded that a bestselling Bayer pesticide is responsible for the recent massive die-off of honeybees across the country's Baden-Württemberg region. In response, the government has banned an entire family of pesticides, fueling accusations that pesticides may be responsible for the current worldwide epidemic of honeybee die-offs.

Researchers found buildup of the pesticide clothianidin in the tissues of 99 percent of dead bees in Baden-Württemberg state. The German Research Center for Cultivated Plants concluded that nearly 97 percent of honeybee deaths had been caused directly by contact with the insecticide.

"It can unequivocally be concluded that a poisoning of the bees is due to the rub-off of the pesticide ingredient clothianidin from corn seeds," said the federal agricultural research agency, the Julius Kuehn Institute.

The pesticide was applied to rapeseed and sweet corn seeds along the Rhine River Valley, which borders Baden-Württemberg to the west and south.

"Beekeepers in the region started finding piles of dead bees at the entrance of hives in early May, right around the time corn seeding takes place," said Walter Haefeker, president of the European Professional Beekeepers Association.

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

 

Return to You

By Carol Perez Petersen

 

 

 

When life was young

The mirror held

A time of yearning

For beauty did speak

The face of fear and the future

 

When life was ancient

The moon held truths

For wilderness did surge

From mouths of love

And loins of angels

 

Shattering ignorance

Beheld the race of men

Upon our shores of present time

Shattering light beheld itself

In running naked children

 

Believe you hear

The hearts of wolves

Leading in a crimson dawn

Believe in ships you cannot see behind

A veil of sea and foam

 

Our savior woman

Born of corn and sun

Walks among the unforsaken

Mourning while healing

Hear my song

For you are so imprisoned

 

Men did call to the spear

And spear cut loose the legions

Silvery mist the Venus air

Gave breath for Nations healing

 

Did you not see the melting fire?

Did you not speak your heart’s desire?

Then welcome this woman

Born of soul memory, wind and water

Daughter of the angels

 

Men we are your mother

We gave our breast for the quiver.

Love; your heaven is our season

Truth did weave the rainbows

 

Carol Perez Petersen

Clan Mother Deer Nation

rainbowmedicineblanket@yahoo.com

www.stargrail.net

 

Graphic Credit: http://www.cs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/PT/M4-image.gif

 

 


 

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TRIBAL NEWS

 

Indian agency accused of fraud

 

The Indian Health Service has lost at least $15.8 million worth of equipment and later falsified documents to cover up some of those losses...

 

(Washington)  The Indian Health Service has lost at least $15.8 million worth of equipment and later falsified documents to cover up some of those losses, according to congressional investigators.

 

The 5,000 pieces of lost or stolen equipment included a computer that contained more than 800 Social Security numbers and sensitive health information. Also missing are trucks, tractors, all-terrain vehicles and about a third of information-technology items — including computers, video projectors and digital cameras — from the agency's headquarters in Rockville, Md.

 

The Government Accountability Office estimated losses between the 2004 and 2007 budget years in a report released Monday. Investigators blamed mismanagement at the top of the embattled agency, which often runs out of money to provide adequate health care to the American Indians it serves.

 

Seattle Times news services

Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company

 

Colorado resolution compares Indians' deaths to Holocaust
By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press

DENVER -- The Colorado Legislature passed a resolution comparing
the deaths of millions of American Indians to the Holocaust and other acts
of genocide around the world.

The nonbinding measure passed 22-12 in the Senate and 59-4 in the House
after some lawmakers protested that it unfairly condemned all Europeans for
injustices against Indians.

The resolution says Europeans intentionally caused many American Indian
deaths and that early American settlers often treated Indians with "cruelty
and inhumanity."

It specifically mentions the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation in 1838
and the 1864 Sand Creek massacre in Colorado. It also refers to deaths due
to disease that were intensified by forced migrations, food deprivation and
enslavement by Europeans.

"Colleagues, this resolution is a recognition that up 120 million indigenous
people have died as a result of European migration to what is now the United
States of America," said sponsor Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, a Comanche
Indian.

Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs, said the
resolution painted all Europeans with a broad brush.

Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver, said the resolution wasn't meant to blame all
Europeans.

Members of a group of American Indians who came to the Capitol to watch the
vote said they wanted recognition of what happened to their ancestors.

"It's nothing personal to the people of today but we have to recognize the
past," said Theresa Gutierrez, who works with American Indian students at
the University of Colorado in Denver.

A resolution formally apologizing to American Indians for centuries of
government mistreatment was passed by the U.S. Senate in February but has
not cleared the House.

 

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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:

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

The Buzzard, The Bat, and The Bumblebee
 

THE BUZZARD:
If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability    to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

 

THE BAT:
The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
 
THE BUMBLEBEE:
A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
 
PEOPLE:
In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!
Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up! 
 
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us.
Today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.

 

 


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