NV - DAUGHTERS OF ABYA YALA - Indigenous Women Regaining Control
Women's Committee of the South and Meso-American Indian Information Center  Testimonies of the struggles, the everyday life and accomplishments of Indigenous women from South and Central America. The stories in this publication come from the hearts of these women and describe not only the problems they face, but also their determination to overcome their difficulties. Page Count: 128; Width: 5.25 inches; Height: 8.25 inches; Format: Soft cover
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ELDERS SPEAK...

 

"When temptation comes, I don't say, `Yes," and I don't say, `No.' I say, `Later,' I just keep walking the Red Road - down the middle. When you're in the middle, you don't go to either extreme. You allow both sides to exist."  - Dr. A. C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota

 

We need to practice controlling our focus. Whatever we focus on we become. We also become whatever we practice. We need to focus on balance. Whenever something comes along to tilt us off balance, we need to be grateful, because it allows the opportunity to practice our focus. Sometimes this is called temptation. Temptation in itself is not bad. What really counts is what we do with it when it happens. We need to practice controlling our focus and keeping our thinking focused on the Red Road.

 

Great Spirit, today, guide me through my temptations and allow me to focus on the Red Road.

 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 

Walking in the middle of the road can be dangerous. Knowing when to jump from one side to another is vital." ☺

~Lee Standing Bear Moore

 


 

FOCUS ON WISDOM

 

10 Pieces Of Wisdom & Quotes From Native American Elders

by Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution

Before the Europeans came to America, it is estimated that anywhere from 1.2 million to 12 million Native Americans inhabited the land. The population of the Native Americans was reduced to 250,000, due to mass murder, genocide, imported diseases, slavery and suicide. There is no question about it, these people suffered a great tragedy. One could argue that it is the most devastating thing to ever happen to any population of people in the history of the world. Yet, little to no attention is given to this tragedy. One has to wonder, why?

Not only were the Native American people killed, but much of their customs, traditions and spirituality were lost along with them. Perhaps this was another reason for the genocide? These people were truly connected and in tune with Mother Earth, often referred to as the Keepers of the Earth. They taught to “walk lightly upon the Earth and live in balance and harmony.” Maybe, if more of the Native Americans were alive today the Earth wouldn’t be in as much turmoil as it is. We can all benefit from adopting some of the ancient spiritual teachings from the Native American elders into our daily lives.
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MANATAKA NEWS

 

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Help Wanted:

Education Committee needs Teachers, Educators, Curriculum Developers.  We are creating a new approach to teach values in public schools based on American Indian philosophy and customs.  Contact: Dr. Rev. Fred Wilcoxson.

Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  Everyone is excited!  http://www.manataka.org/page1392.html


FOCUS ON PEOPLE 

 

Iroquois Population Update
©by Doug George-Kanentiio, 1/5/2015

As much of the world enters the year 2015 it is time to assess the current Iroquois population and land area.  On second thought, we might consider this the year 873 AS since it has been that long when Skennenrahowi formally established the Rotinosionni (Haudenosaunee in Seneca) Confederacy on the southern shore of Onondaga Lake during corn harvesting time and beneath a total eclipse of the sun. That would be on August 31, in 1142 ACE (or the old AD) at 2 PM.


There was a time when the Iroquois numbered in the tens of thousands (perhaps as many as a quarter million) in total population before European contact.  This would have included the "St. Lawrence" Iroquois as well as those who lived in that region south of Lake Ontario, east of the Niagara River, west of the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor and north of the Susquehanna. Of those people we may include not only the original members of the Confederacy but those who were Iroquois in language and culture; the Wenrohronon (Wenro), Attawantaron (Neutral), Tionontati (Tobacco or Petun) and Erie (Panther Nation) and subsequently absorbed by the Rotinosionni.


Together their communities consisted of inhabitants ranging in population from several hundred to many thousands.  There was no place within the ancestral lands of the Iroquois which were not known or used either as cultivated areas or as hunting and forest preserves. All current counties in Ontario, Quebec,New York and Pennsylvania have hard physical evidence of a dynamic Iroquois presence before and after contact.  

 


FOCUS ON FOOD

How the Great Food War Will Be Won
by Jonathan Latham, PhD, Independent Science News
 
By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion. Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic reception. The enthusiasm is appropriate, but only if one misses a deep and fundamental point: that even to participate in such a conversation is to fall into a carefully laid trap.

The strategic centre piece of Monsanto’s PR, and also that of just about every major commercial participant in the industrialized food system, is to focus on the promotion of one single overarching idea. The big idea that industrial producers in the food system want you to believe is that only they can produce enough for the future population (Peekhaus 2010). Thus non-industrial systems of farming, such as all those which use agro-ecological methods, or SRI, or are localized and family-oriented, or which use organic methods, or non-GMO seeds, cannot feed the world.
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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE

 

Cherokee Chief Baker Delivers on Healthcare

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Over the past three years, we have worked diligently to improve the overall quality of health care for Cherokees. Providing world-class health care in a timely manner has been our priority from the day I took the oath of office, and today we take another giant leap in serving that level of care to our citizens.

We were notified this week that Cherokee Nation was selected for the Joint Venture Construction Program with the Indian Health Service. Under the program, tribes that build health care infrastructure can receive federal funding for decades to assist with staffing and operations. This means our new hospital campus at W.W. Hastings in Tahlequah will receive an additional $20 to $30 million per year for at least 20 years, and quite possibly many more decades beyond that.

A new state-of-the-art facility in Tahlequah is now closer than ever before and will be among the finest health care facilities in all of Indian Country. The additional $20 to $30 million will support our citizens and all American Indians who seek quality care, by funding more doctors and more equipment and providing more services than ever. Under the partnership, IHS will pay the salaries of our talented health care providers, increasing the size of our medical staff faster than would have been possible otherwise. Construction should begin very soon. 
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Ongoing, Sundays Dance: 4:45-6pm, Drum: 6-7pm

Women of the Drum:

City in Motion, 3925 Main, Kansas City, MO 64111 Women of the Drum is an all woman percussion experience. We create compositions inspired by the Candomble traditions of  Northern Brazil. We learn a variety of percussion techniques and dances. We also embrace the healing aspects of rhythm as mantra and creative expression through improvisation.   Healing Power of the Drum: Feb 15th 6-7pm  City in Motion, $15 Ancient rhythms, drums, bells, singing bowls and rattles combine to make this a mind altering and relaxing event. Regina Compernolle, SacredEarthArts@aol.com  www.SacredEarthArts.com  816-547-0266
 

February 06, 2015 4:00 PM

Power in Native Art: American Indian Artistic and Aesthetic Sovereignty
McKissick Museum Auditorium, University South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208  USA.  An academic panel discussion to explore the relationship between American Indian art, its makers, and the cultural, political, and aesthetic contexts in which they engage with sovereignty. Presented... Lana Burgess  lburgess@mailbox.sc.edu

 

March 28, 2015 1-4 pm
Healing Herbs and Foods in the Kitchen

Dogwood Forest, $30
Find out about the healing potential of common foods and culinary herbs. From vitamin rich teas to zingy pesto and slow cooked soups, you'll discover how to fortify your diet by cooking with herbs. Learn about kitchen remedies for everything from sore throats to sprained ankles. We'll take a walk in the identify and harvest early Spring edible herbs and return to the kitchen to whip up some tasty examples of healing food. Find out how yummy healthy can be! Hands-on demonstrations, samples and handouts included. This class is part of Regina’s Home Herbalist Series. Regina Compernolle,


April 03, 2015 9:30 PM
Native and Now: An Evening with Pura Fé and Dark Water Rising

Booker T. Washington Center, University South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208 USA
Thought you knew how Native American music sounded? Let NAMMY award-winning jazz/blues/pop artists Pura Fé and Dark Water Rising fill-you-in on how they do it. Join us to hear some of the shining. Lana Burgess


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