Manataka American Indian Council  Volume XII  Issue 9 SEPTEMBER 2008


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

SEPTEMBER ISSUE

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Contents:              

Legends of Old: Raccoon and the Waterfall
Feature Story:

Mistake on the Mountain

Letters to the Editor:

Industry Profits, Hawks, and Pen Pals
Organic Consumers: How to Protect Mother Earth
Elder's Meditations: John Peters Slow Turtle, Wampanoag
Health: How to Get Sick: Illness Prescription
Plant Medicine:

The Mystery of Green Tea Solved

Fluoride: Fluoride's Impact on Brain
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Return of Wolves Changes Ecosystem
Endangered Sacred Sites: Bones Given to Odawa Indian tribe

 


 

LEGENDS OF OLD:

 


Raccoon and the Waterfall
Alban the Raccoon - Abenaki Story


Wowigit ndatlokangan wa AAzban. Here camps my story of Azban.

One day, Azban the Raccoon was walking around. There were many things which Zaban could have done back at his own lodge.

 

However, those were boring things, everyday things, things which he was supposed to do. Azban would much rather do things he wasn't supposed to do, especially on a fine day like this one. His long fingers were just itching to get into something. As always, Azban was looking for trouble.

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FEATURE STORY

 

 

Mistake

on the Mountain

By David B. Conrad

 

 

Can you imagine if Mount Rushmore was sculpted with George Washington picking his nose?  It would be an outrage to have such an unethical pose to be sculpted in stone forever. What would it say for the culture of our people? Surely, someone would not knowingly create a monument of such proportion in an unethical pose.

 

There is a sculpture in progress at this time dedicated to the Native American Indian People clearly depicting an an unethical pose. The Crazy Horse Memorial started in 1948 by Korczazk Ziolkowski is located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. This controversial site is now considered sacred to many Sioux People.

 

The memorial depicts the great Oglala Sioux warrior Crazy Horse on horseback throwing his left arm out over his horse’s head pointing with the index finger in answer to a question asked by a white man, “Where are your lands now?” Crazy Horse replied, “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” 

 

 

When completed it will be the world’s largest sculpture, at a height of 563 feet and a length of 641 feet. At more than three times the height of Niagara Falls, it is larger than the Pyramid of Giza and far larger than Mount Rushmore. This monument could soon become the largest oversight in history. 

 

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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.

 

Put Our Health Before Industry Profits!
 

Dear Manataka Editor,

In CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), antibiotics are widely used without prescription in the feed and water of animals that are not sick. Bacteria that are constantly exposed to antibiotics develop resistance to these drugs. When humans get sick from resistant bacteria, the antibiotics prescribed will no longer work. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is virtually ignoring this problem.

The Senate is set to renew an FDA program that funds the review of applications for new animal drugs. The Union of Concerned Scientists is calling on the Senate to attach landmark legislation to this bill that could finally limit antibiotic overuse in CAFOs and preserve these precious drugs for future generations.

Write today and tell your senators to pass a bill that includes provisions to protect human health and keep antibiotics working! ~Jennifer Palembas, National Field organizer
Food and Environment Program.

 


Jennifer,

Manataka is active in advocating the reduction of antibiotics in feed lot operations. Our members have sent hundreds of letters to Congress. We are planning an extensive story this fall.  ~Editor

 

Hawks Come to Talk

 

Dear Editor,
 

My daughter had a hawk swoop down to land in front of her on her way to swimming. She was startled and though it sat there for a little while she couldn't help but stare at it for some time. Upon leaving she discovered it had left a dead bird in its place. I have researched the meaning of Hawks and find some understanding for this fine bird but don't quite understand this particular act. I suppose I'm trying to find some understanding for this and wonder if you could help. I'm not one to believe coincidences - though finding understanding for the hawk leaving its prey behind, I can't fathom. Could you help shed any light on this?  Thank you ~Kathy Williams

 


Hello Kathy,

If the hawk has a definite message to deliver, the hawk will make repeated attempts to get her attention until the message is received and acted upon.  The message will not be lost by her limited understanding, but will utilize her innocence to achieve clarity.  Therefore, it is best to allow her to seek out and make communication on her level.   This is the way for all humans who must make their own connections to the Creator, the Spirits and Messengers. Because you have taken an interest in the potential message and begun researching the possibilities, you are teaching your daughter in a good way.  ~Editor


 

East Indian Wants American Indian Pen Pal

 

Hello Manataka,
 

I am a student of Indology and am interested in the ancient connections that the people of India are supposed to have had with the American Indians, though how far it is true I do not know. But I am also interested in contacting some American Indians by email if possible so that we can c\start a dialogue. My name is Subhash Madiman and I am from a South India town called Hubli. If you would help me to make new friends out there I would be very happy.  ~Subhash  sbmadiman@gmail.com

 


Subhash,

We believe all things are connected, but we lack hard evidence that says American Indians are connected culturally or genealogically to East Indians.  Yes, we encourage readers to contact you. ~Editor

  

"One of our own is down!"

Dear Manataka,

 
The frantic cry was in the language of crows, coming from an unusually large and gleaming black bird sitting on the top of our backyard fence.  The response was almost immediate, and undeniable.  Within moments there were eleven of the shining creatures arrayed on the edge of the neighboring  garage, with an additional nine joining the alert-giver on the fence.
 
My husband had just come back from filling the bird feeders in the yard, telling me that there was a sick or injured crow down in the grass. As he reached for the phone to call The Humane Society, I stepped onto the back patio to see if there was anything I could do.  It was just then that the large crow settled onto the fence and raised the alarm..."One of our own is down!"
 
While I have seen flocks of crows many times in my life, never had I witnessed such a scene. The gathering crows were silent. A few landed on the ground near the dying bird, but most clustered on the fence and the garage roof. The cry from the original bird continued, the sole call to  be heard..."One of our own is down."
 
The flock remained in place until there was no more movement from the downed bird. Then, as one, they rose and flew into the morning sky.  --Judie Heller

 


Judie,

We have seen many animal species react emotionally and physically to the injury or death of one of their own.   As humans, we have the ability to feel the vibration and understand the ways of our four legged brothers and sisters.  This form of communication and love is blessed by the Creator.

 

Wings of Peace International

Manataka,

Please have a look at my friend Barbara's Wings of Peace International updated web site. www.wingsofpeaceinternational.org  In 1996, Barbara while traveling in Thailand found herself in a remote area where the Hill Tribe people who offered their own threadbare blankets to the visitors on a night that was so cold, Barbara says they were unable to sleep at all, even huddled close together.  When she later learned that native people lose their lives every year due to the harsh climate, and realized the extent of their sacrifice in trying to make their visitors more comfortable, Barbara determined to find a way to help them. In 1998, she returned to Thailand with many blankets for distribution to the Hill Tribe people.  This simple act of gratitude was the seed for her organization, which has grown to include agriculture and irrigation systems, education, health, and other quality of life areas.  Please check it out ... it's a remarkable endeavor, doing remarkable work, and Barbara is such a remarkable woman.  I'm very honored to be able to call her my friend. - Juli Maltagliati 

 


Juli,

Manataka has kept an eye on Barbara for a long time. We support her wonderful work.  Our love and prayers go out to her and all the beautiful folks who support the work. 

 

Who Should Control our Food & Water?

Hello Manataka,

  

Mankind is failing itself.  If there is a survival instinct, then there is some hope.  China and India stood up to the World Trade Organization and is forcing them to rewrite their international domination and control.  That is a slap in the face to unfettered capitalism so maybe that is a positive turn of events. 

 

India as well as China is saying no to others controlling their food security.

 

I wish the American Indians would wake up to this and stop the idea that money is going to solve their problems.  If they want to be a sovereign national, then be sovereign and find a way to become self-supporting, especially when it comes to the food. 

 

The UN uses the definition of poverty as "those who grow their own food."  It really is a platform for slavery. 

 

If you can con others into feeding you and giving you products to sell where you get to reap the rewards; then you have found a way to dominate and CREATE greed.  But, those who can feed themselves and their children are the formula for survival. 

 

I don't mean that we all will become subsistence farmers, but that we will find methods and way to support our own food chain with fairness.  When we buy local, we enable those who want to farm a way to make a living; this means that they will sell more; more will be available.  The scale can't be too small or weather would wipe out the progress but I think India is probably going to model the solution.  They are smart enough to fear loosing their biodiversity.  For generations they grew and made their own oils until the mono-crops came in and dumped soy and corn oil at cheaper prices.  That is one example of one product..  Gandhi had the vision and I think others can and will imitate it.

 

Maybe it sounds highly idealistic but when someone sitting in a plush skyscraper in New York City can profit by selling water to some peasants on the other side of the globe, the system is corrupt and now has gotten to such a scale that it cannot sustain itself.  Who is the most expendable?  That is where I see the leading edge of change; not on Wall Street and certainly not on K Street.  We are following the lemmings over the edge and those who follow probably will suffer the most - mostly just their ego drive to control god and others.  ~Bill & Estelle Marder

 

Unconditional love is...

Dear Manataka Friends,

 

For eons of time we have played out the duality of wealth and poverty in this physical world.  When we have felt opulence in our heart we have created a renaissance in our lives.  In the moments where we have allowed our individual and collective fear to be our master, our reaction has typically been to destroy the things we hold most dear.  Now we find ourselves at a critical juncture in our evolution.  The extremes are obvious.  Great material wealth is matched by unbelievable poverty.  Will we go beyond this duality and embrace the potential of unconditional love where wealth and poverty merge into abundance for all?  Can we allow the wisdom of our heart to decide the course of our collective humanity?

 

The outer world of physical form is our creative playground and allows us an infinite number of ways to express our potential.  Yet, long ago we established a false premise that there is a limited amount of resources and that only by control and manipulation can we maintain an orderly reality.  As a result, we have built our lives and civilizations to great heights and also destroyed them in the same breath because we have forgotten the innate and inexhaustible resource of unconditional love.

 

In many ways we have applied our outer pursuits of materialism to our expectation and experience of love and limited it as a simple commodity: either as an emotional sentiment, physiological expression or brokering tool for affection and acceptance.  Yet real love encompasses every facet of our life and is an ever present potential in every moment of our existence.  When we invoke unconditional love we instantly rise above the duality.  From this expansive perspective we immediately see the intricate web and eternal design of a wise world already filled with love. 

 

Unconditional love is the one resource that is always available to everyone in limitless supply.  In this way we are all equal and infinitely abundant and when we give and receive from the heart, everyone benefits.  If we are affluent yet hoard our resources for fear of loss, or feel impoverished and continue to accept poverty as our destiny, we deny the opulence that surrounds us right now.  In reality, these are ultimately two sides of the same coin as neither embraces the unlimited potential that love creates.

 

We stand upon the crossroads of a new world where love dissolves the extremes and everyone shares the bounty of creative potential.  Which path will you choose?

 

Love, light and peace,

Harold W. Becker

 

 

 


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Back to School / Back to Work

 

As the end of summer draws closer, so does the beginning of a new school year. Taking the time now to prepare your child for school can make the transition out of summer smooth for both of you.

 

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It often takes a combination of natural remedies to obtain the complete solution, like using both a herbal product and homeopathic product in combination. Both natural remedies support a holistic approach to health, as they work in different ways.

 

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CONSUMER ALERTS

OCA'S KELLOGG'S BOYCOTT BUILDING MOMENTUM:
STOP MONSANTO'S GE SUGAR!

Over the last two weeks, thousands of OCA supporters have taken action, signing-on to our Boycott of Kellogg's and Morningstar Farms products, sending hundreds of letters to the editor to their local newspaper and making the news! http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_13702.cfm.  Ready to take it to the next level? Download OCA's new GE Sugar flier (http://organicconsumers.org/ge/GEsugarLeaflet.pdf), Kellogg's Boycott petition (http://organicconsumers.org/ge/KelloggsPetition.pdf), and spread the word.  

Attention Natural Food Stores & Coops: Interested in getting involved in OCA's Kellogg's & Morningstar Farms boycott? Contact OCA coordinator Ryan Zinn ryan@organicconsumers.org 818-659-1030 for more information.

EPA DROPS VALUE OF AMERICAN LIFE
The Environmental Protection Agency has released new figures for what they consider the average American's life is worth. The amount, which is used to determine if the costs related to implementing various environmental policies are worth the amount of human life those policies save, has dropped one million dollars in just the last five years. Frankly stated, you're not worth nearly as much to the U.S. Government as you used to be. Is this method of cost analysis and comparison a valid way of determining which environmental regulations are worth implementing and which are too expensive? Talk about it in OCA's blog or web forum: http://organicconsumers.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=1783
 
FAKE "ORGANIC" BODYCARE CARE COMPANIES GO TO COURT
The family owned Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court today against numerous personal care brands to force them to stop making misleading organic labeling claims. Dr. Bronner's and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) had previously warned offending brands that they faced litigation unless they committed to either drop their organic claims or reformulate away from main ingredients made from conventional agricultural and/or petrochemical material without any certified organic material. OCA members are expected to be witnesses and provide evidence of fraud and deception in support of Dr. Bronner's complaint.  Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/
 
STUDY OF THE MONTH:
HOW YOUR DIET AFFECTS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Food accounts for 13% of all Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  • Red meat and dairy are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions from food for an average U.S. household.
  • Replacing red meat and dairy with chicken, fish, or eggs in your diet for one day per week reduces emissions equal to 760 miles per year of driving.  Switching to vegetables one day per week cuts the equivalent of driving 1160 miles per year. Learn more:
  • http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_11662.cfm

QUICK "GOOD NEWS" TIDBIT:
AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC CARS SOON TO HIT U.S. MARKET
Although several manufacturers now provide electric cars for teh price of a small home ($50k-$100k), Norwegian automaker Think Global announced it will have an affordable electric car available for environmental-minded consumers in North America within 18 months. The battery-powered vehicle will be priced below $25,000 and will be able to travel up to 110 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of about 65 mph. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_11714.cfm

Brought to you by ORGANIC BYTES, from Organic Consumers Assoc. http://www.organicconsumers.org/

 

 

 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"The first thing that we want you to understand is that spirit has no color or race to it. It doesn't matter whether your skin is white, black, red, Hispanic, whatever. No one out there is any better than you, and you are no better than anyone else out there."  -John Peters (Slow Turtle), Wampanoag 

 

We are all created to be of equal worth. We may be different sizes, different heights, different ages, different colors, we may have different beliefs and be of different cultures. In the unseen world, we are all spirit formed into different shapes and colors but we are all worthy. For example, you can have water, you can

have steam, or you can have ice, Which of these is not make up of H2O?

 

My Creator,

today, let me

see equal

worthiness in

all people.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

 


How to Get Sick:
A Modern Prescription for Illness

 

How to Get Sick: Use Artificial Sweeteners
 

As bad as sugar can be in its various forms, artificial sweeteners are worse! Some are downright deadly because of their carcinogenic properties. Also, they are used in such high-volume products as diet soft drinks and sugar-free foods. Chief among sinners is aspartame, which is marketed as NutraSweet or Equal. Renowned diabetes expert Dr. H. J. Roberts believes there is a clear scientific link between aspartame and increased incidence of brain tumors, seizure disorders, chronic headaches, and hyperactivity in children. As for saccharin, the "cancer-causing" warning labels still apply. The newcomer on the block is sucralose (used in Splenda), but the jury of scientific research still seems to be awaiting further testimony on this one. (If the Maker didn't produce it "as is," then it probably isn't much better than the other synthetic sugar substitutes.

 

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The Mystery of Green Tea Solved

 
 

This basic information about green tea, uses, potential side effects, and resources will help resolve some of the mystery about green tea. All types of tea (green, black, and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant are steamed to produce green tea.  The common names for green tea are: Chinese tea, Japanese tea. 

 

Green tea and green tea extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and treat a variety of cancers, including breast, stomach, and skin cancers.

 

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FLUORIDE WATCH...

 

Submitted by:

Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent

Fluoride Action Network

http://www.FluorideAlert.org

  

Fluoride's Impact on Brain

 


NEW YORK, PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- - New science indicating fluoride's dangers to the brain and other organs was the focus of two recent conferences presented by prominent fluoride research scientists during meetings of the International Society for Fluoride Research (ISFR) and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) in Toronto.

According to ISFR conference organizer, Dr. Hardy Limeback, "Our conference features experts who researched the dangers that fluoride poses to human health. Our keynote speaker, Dr. A.K. Susheela, probably knows more about this subject than any other living scientist. It is important that officials who promote water fluoridation hear what she and others have to say."

 

The latest issue of ISFR's journal, Fluoride, published 12 newly-translated Chinese studies, which report fluoride's effects on the brain, including the lowering of IQ in children. These and other brain studies will be reviewed at both conferences.

 

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

An Apache woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" She asked.

"Huntin' Flies" He responded.

"Oh. ! Killing any?" She asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.


Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?"
 
He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

 


 

ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS

 

 

In the past few years, thousands wolves were brutally gunned down by government bureaucrats.  Wolves in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Utah and other states, were exterminated by aerial wolf killing programs of the National Park Service and other government agencies.  Aerial gunners can kill males, females and even wolf pups as part of this program. These massacres, together with fully legal hunting and trapping, will result in the annihilation of thousands more wolves.  You can help stop the slaughter -- contact your congressional representatives today.

 

In August, 2008 a federal judge ordered the Bush administration to restore endangered species protections for gray wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the northern Rockies until the full case can be heard in court. In the months leading up to the court's ruling, more than 110 wolves were killed in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming -- about one per day.

 

Study: Return of Wolves Changes Ecosystem

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer

 

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Scientists studying the broader effects of wolf reintroduction said a growing body of evidence suggests that killing off predators such as wolves and grizzly bears in the last century started a cascade of effects that threw ecosystems out of balance.

 

Researchers from Oregon State University found that a thriving wolf population not only changes where and how elk browse — it even reverberates down to the number of willows that grow next to streams.

 

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ENDANGERED SACRED SITES:

 

 

Cranbrook to give bones to Odawa Indian tribe
Museum wants to do 'right thing' with old remains
Associated Press

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - It's a matter of "doing the right thing," according to the director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, which plans to turn over the remains of about 60 Native Americans to the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.

The bones have spent decades in the back rooms of the museum, part of its vast collection of artifacts from cultures around the world. They belong to people who hunted and fished in what is now Oakland County hundreds of years before the first Europeans arrived.

This fall, Cranbrook expects to surrender the remains after publication of a notice in the Federal Register to alert other tribes that might want to claim the bones.

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