Manataka American Indian Council Volume XII Issue 10 SEPTEMBER 2008
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow
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|Legends of Old:||
Corncob Boy - Cochiti Legend
|Feature Story:||12% of Indian Deaths Due to Alcohol|
Letters to the Editor:
|Obama, Palin, Wolves, Whole Foods|
|Organic Consumers:||Monsanto Beast Being Destroyed|
|Elder's Meditations:||Frank Fools Crow, Lakota|
|Health:||Needless Vaccine - Danger of Gardasil|
|Plant Medicine:||Black Seed Oil - Cancer Treatment|
|Fluoride:||Kidney Patients Should be Notified of Potential Risk|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||Are You Eating Cloned Meat?|
|Endangered Sacred Sites:||Portal to Maya Underworld Found?|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
At one time there in the north was a town. The chief had children. Two Yellow Women were the chief's children. Then Corncob Boy fell in love with the elder one of the chief's two children. Oh my! the poor Corncob Boy had a grandmother, an old woman. That Corncob Boy dwelt with his grandmother. The people of the town below treated Corncob Boy badly.
They went to tell Corncob Boy, Corncob Boy should purify himself by vomiting. The people of the town below were about to go hunting, all the people. Then Yellow Woman went to tell Corncob Boy.
She shouted at the window, "Corncob Boy," said Yellow Woman, the elder one of the chief's children.
"Yes," said Corncob Boy.
"Make rabbit sticks for me. To-morrow we are going to hunt rabbits, I and my sister. I came to tell you this, Corncob Boy," said Yellow Woman. Then Yellow Woman went to her house.
by: Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press, August 2008
Alcohol-related deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives are at almost 12 percent, three times the percentage in the general population. (Picture: Alyssa R.)
Washington - Almost 12 percent of the deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related - more than three times the percentage in the general population, a new federal report says.
The report released Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found 11.7 percent of deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives between 2001 and 2005 were alcohol-related, compared with 3.3 percent for the U.S. as a whole.
Dwayne Jarman, a CDC epidemiologist who works for the Indian Health Service and is one of the study's authors, said it is the first national survey that measures American Indian deaths due to alcohol. It should be a "call to action" for federal, state, local and tribal governments, he said.
The researchers obtained their statistics by analyzing death certificates over the four-year period.
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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.
To Barack Obama
Dear Mr. Obama,
I read that you visited the Cheyenne Reservation in Montana amid much flare. At the same time you were kissing up to Indians, your buddies in the Democratic Party were working hard to hide millions of dollars stolen from Indian leases; fighting against increase Indian healthcare, reducing the sovereignty of Indian tribes, etc. You speech and your actions are plainly against American Indians! Your speech about taking all government oil reserves to ease the oil problem is crazy! Who are you working for? The Arabs? ~John Gist, North Carolina
To Governor Sarah Palin
Dear Governor Palin,
Praying for Peace and American Indians
We pray that the hurricane Gustav will lessen in intensity, the winds and the rains gentled by the combined efforts of all across Mother Earth who pray peace now for all - for Mitakuye Oyasin. I pray that your presidential candidates will open their hearts and minds to the First peoples of America - all of the Native Americans peoples wherever they are on Turtle Island and around Mother Earth it is time for your voices to be heard, your spiritual and cultural practices to be honoured respected and allowed to be held without discrimination. May the Great Spirit/Great Mystery guide us all along the Good Red Road of Peace at this time. ~Lynn Guy, Australia
Love the World Drum
I just read the latest edition of Smoke Signals. It was wonderful! I am excited about the World Drum coming to Manataka. Congratulations and my love and prayers are with you in this continuing effort. With so much corruption all round us and government control be invading every aspect of all our lives, it is nice to hear that for once that our government had to do the right thing. Much love to all of my Manataka family. ~Donna Lee, Arkansas
Declaration of Sovereign Freewill
email@example.com In the Spirit of Aloha, Triaka, Hawaii
Protect the Wolves!
I read the story in the Smoke Signal of the
wolves and how our eco systems are changing--it's true
especially here in MN and WI because the wolves are coming back,
they are living, trying in-spite
Whole Foods, Inc. is Full of Bull...
It just doesn't make sense to me about the Whole Foods recall. If they are truly natural, organic, use only free-range animals, etc. - supposedly the antithesis of factory farm animals - how did this happen? Something happened along the supply chain ....Nebraska Beef.
I don't know if they monitor articles for
their name or if someone may contact me about it. If they want to
provide proof that they're making changes to how they monitor their
suppliers - fine. But I don't trust them. To me, their website
sounds like lots of other companies "concerned about the welfare of
farm animals" but still trying to make a profit off of gullible
consumers with marketing ploys.
Help Wanted -- Immediately
An Indian couple for craft demonstrations are needed in Le Mans, France, about 250 km from Paris. The lucky couple will have an opportunity to dance and drum for French tourists. Meals and living accommodations in a two-bedroom mobile home or a real tipi lodge are furnished. All travel expenses are paid, including travel documents. $2,000 per month salary. Contract from October 15 to April 15. The couple are requested to bring to wear during work hours. Contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org
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"The greater the faith, the greater the result." ~Frank Fools Crow, Lakota
The Creator designed us to act on faith. We are able to do this by holding firm to our beliefs. If we believe something and if we don't want the belief to change, we need to add the power of the Great Spirit to this belief. We must always have the spiritual added to our beliefs. If we don't add the Spirit, then we may very well change our minds during the first time we are tested. Each time we are tested and we don't change our minds, we get stronger. The wind may blow on the red willow trees bending them and causing the roots to grow deeper. The more the wind bends the tree, the bigger, stronger and deeper the roots grow. We should be happy that we are tested. It's the Creator's way of making us have greater faith for greater results.
Great Mystery, Grandfather,
I know if I am tested today that I can count on You
to give me the courage to get to the other side.
On the other side of every test is the reward of strength.
Make me strong.
By Don Coyhis
By Don Coyhis
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Guarding against the dangers of Gardasil
By William Campbell Douglass II,
What will it take for Big Pharma to stop pushing their dangerous and useless vaccines? Apparently, one death a month is not going to be enough.
the rate at which women who have had Merck's cervical cancer vaccine,
Gardasil, are dying, according to a new report. This is especially tragic
because Gardasil is far and away the most unnecessary vaccine that's
currently on the market (and that's really saying something).
An FDA report on Gardasil
was recently obtained by Judicial Watch, a public interest group that campaigns
against government corruption.
They used the Freedom of
Information act to show that the FDA has received reports of 10 deaths
associated with Gardasilsince September of 2007. Merck has come
under fire for "fast-tracking" Gardasilto market without proper testing
in order to be the first to offer this repulsive, needless vaccination.
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Health practitioners in various
countries around the world are using the oil against inflammation of all sorts
as well as fungi infections. Even a remarkable reduction of blood sugar levels
has been found by scientists. Black Seed extracts have been found help to
stimulate bone marrow and immune cells, so writes the scientists of the Cancer
Immuno-Biology Laboratory and adding that it raises the interferon production,
protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor
cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells.
All these functions make the Black Seed oil the ideal candidate for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Scientists are now busy finding the effects of the Black Seed oil in regard to various other human health conditions. Dr. Med. Peter Schleicher, an immunologist, in Munich who in 1986 happened to be nominated the youngest member of the World Academy of Scientists, examined black seed oil in his institute to find new therapies for chronic illness and its effect.
Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
Fluoride Action Network
Kidney Foundation Admits:
Kidney Patients Should be Notified of Potential Risk
from Fluorides and Fluoridated Drinking Water
[Ellijay, GA 2008} A new position paper from the National Kidney Foundation concludes that individuals with chronic kidney disease should be notified of the potential risk from exposure to fluorides. The document acknowledges gaping holes in research concerning kidney impacts from fluorides, lending new ammunition to the growing numbers of cities, health professionals, water agencies, and citizens who question industry and government assertions that water fluoridation has been proven safe.
The statement formally cancels NKF’s previous position paper on water fluoridation and recommends that kidney patients be notified of the risks via the organization’s web site.
Opponents of fluoridation believe the statement is a step in the right direction, but say that the document still does not go far enough and is not reaching the millions of average kidney patients – perhaps due to an apparent conflict of interest the National Kidney Foundation has in receiving grant funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the federal government’s largest promoter of water fluoridation.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
The Coffee Break
An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in
one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other.
He says to the waiter:
The waiter says, 'Sure, Chief. Coming right up.'
gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee.
The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp, turns
and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, causing
parts of the animal to splatter everywhere and
then just walks out.
The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand, pulling
another male buffalo with the other. He walks up to the counter and says to
The waiter says 'Whoa, Tonto! We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What was all that about, anyway?'
The Indian smiles and proudly says 'Training for position in United States Congress: Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up,
disappear for rest of day.'
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
The ASPCA is advising pet parents to discontinue the use of certain dog and cat foods manufactured by Mars Petcare US. On September 12, the company issued a nationwide recall of certain foods due to potential contamination with a Salmonella serotype called Schwarzengrund. The recall includes several widely distributed brands of dry pet food, including Pedigree, Special Kitty, Paws & Claws, Natural Dog Food, Red Flannel, Country Acres, Buju & Ziggie, Member's Mark, Natural Cat Food, Retriever, Bruiser, Doggy Bag, PMI Nutrition and Pet Pride.
“Pet parents should wash their hands after handling any potentially contaminated pet food,” says Dr. Steven Hansen, the ASPCA’s Senior Vice President of Animal Health Services, “and immediately consult with a veterinarian if any signs or symptoms are noticed in their pets.”
For more information on the recall and affected brands, please visit our website. If you suspect your pet has eaten contaminated food, please call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Complete list of affected foods: http://www.petcare.mars.com/
Are You Eating Cloned Meat?
(NaturalNews) The major cattle cloning
companies in the United States have admitted that they have not bothered to try
and keep meat from the offspring of clones out of the U.S. food supply, in spite
of a request by the FDA several years ago.
"This is a fairy tale that this technology is not being used and is not already in the food chain," said Donald Coover, who owns a specialty cattle semen business. "Anyone who tells you otherwise either doesn't know what they're talking about, or they're not being honest."
Coover admitted that for several years, he has been openly selling semen from cloned bulls. He is sure, he added, that others are doing the same.
ENDANGERED SACRED SITES:
Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico?
Alexis Okeowo in México City
for National Geographic News
August 22, 2008
A labyrinth filled with stone temples and pyramids in 14 caves—some underwater—have been uncovered on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, archaeologists announced last week.
The discovery has experts wondering whether Maya legend inspired the construction of the underground complex—or vice versa.
According to Maya myth, the souls of the dead had to follow a dog with night vision on a horrific and watery path and endure myriad challenges before they could rest in the afterlife.
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