Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV Issue 04
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow\
Page 2 of 3 Pages
Contents of Page 2
|Legends of Old:||Coyote and the Giant|
Letters to the Editor:
|How Things Have Changed...|
|Feature Story:||Why the 2010 Census is Important to Indians|
|Organic Consumers:||Ban Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Alfalfa|
|Warrior Society News:||Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial|
|Earth Medicine:||Spiritual Feathers and Energies|
|Fluoride:||End Fluoridation Now!|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||Florida and Missouri are Full of Surprises|
|Sacred Sites:||Spare this Sacred Site!|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Coyote and the Giant
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Honoring our Medicine People,
Ancestors and their Traditions
By Irma Nieves-West
Paiute Reservation, Bishop, CA
I would like share these words with you;
Integrity, what is the meaning of this word; in the dictionary the meaning of this word is as follows, the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standard.
Reciprocity, what is the meaning of this word; something done mutually or in return.
Honor, strong moral character or strength, and adherence to ethical principles
I state the words above because I have come across these words from many of my colleagues in the last few months.
This brings up the active conversation that our Medicine Men/Women, Healers and Spiritual Leaders within their community are not being respected or honor by their own or others outside their community.
When we are on our spiritual path, we honor our beliefs and traditions and hold them with integrity. The giving of our gifts, love, time and energy is called in some ways - giving of ourselves, for that is why we were chosen.
In the last 40 years that I have walked this path, I have seen many good spiritual leaders, healers, medicine men, priests, reverends, pastors, etc…come a long way through their path and have seen how greed, fame, power, and temptation have taken them off the path. We are not perfect, we are only human and there are very few that hold their path steadfast. When this happens, very few go back to the beginning and make their mistakes right and continue to have a fuller and much stronger spiritual life. Read More>>>
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.
Visions Problems While Smoking Peyote
I just read an article in Smoke Signals that I want to respond to. I am an Englishman by birth, and due to a spiritual happening, got involved in many "Native Traditions" including the European ones. I practiced Anglo Saxo Shamanism, and Saami Shamanism. These were my heritage on my mothers and fathers side. I also got into Wicca and Odinism. For the last two, the present day practice is a farce.. primarily about capturing the souls of Bear or other animals, for uses of power. Odinism has turned into a racist movement.
I had some visions in 1988, and got involved in the Native American Church, with some well known Native Americans. I took part in Peyote ceremonies.. and some visions that have turned out to have some meaning. I left my Native American friends, because I felt I WAS taking something that was not mine, so, I tend to agree with that article , on " born again Indians in white skin" I was so sick of hearing the " I was Geronimo in a prior life" what a hoot.
So, here I am 20 years later.. and have just called my old friends. My DNA tests have come back, and I am related to Cynthia Ann Parker's father side of Quannah Parkers family. Exact DNA match. The songs I was singing 20 years ago, were written by Quannah's grandson. No wonder I got visions of their problems at that time, while smoking Peyote.
So, don't be too quick in judging ole white eyes sitting around the fire. Something has called him or her there, and it is blood, or spirit. I would add something else.... while feeling some shame as to what occurred in those days, it is nothing compared to what I feel now. I do not feel the pride of the Native American, because I am not one of you... but I do feel the shame, even more so... because we are, related. Be well
~Richard Clarkson ( Parker)
Big Oil: Shut Down the Tar Sands!
As the Winter Olympics in Vancouver captivate
audiences across the world, we're working to expose the other
high-stakes competition unfolding right now in Canada.
~ Alex Moore, Dirty
Fuels Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
How Things Have Changed...
It is difficult to believe that we are now in the year 2010. I’m not sure where the time went, but it seems like the older I get the faster time flies. I often wonder how our people in times past felt about time. They had no watches or clocks to go by. Yet they knew when to farm, when the seasons were changing, when to move south into Mexico and then north into what is now the United States. They knew when the buffalo would roam the prairies. They kept no records of births and weddings but they went by seasonal things like winters since winter seemed to start the new year. They would say things like, "You were born six winters ago” or, “Remember when we were attacked ten winters ago by the Mexicans." For most people time and ages were important to keep; but for us, we just lived day by day, wondering what tomorrow would bring, not next year or next week. I think not worrying about the future helped us avoid a lot of the diseases we have today that come from stress - or even from our calendars. We looked at life as life approached us and we let tomorrow take care of itself as it came.
How have things changed? Today, we have fallen into a system that gives us ulcers, nervous breakdowns and other diseases related to stress. We run here and there - not so much for the survival of the people but because of the rigid schedules we have placed on ourselves. We yearn for those simple days but yet we keep complicating our lives with deadlines and more meetings or projects than we can handle. I really don’t know what the answer is. It would be hard to go back to the old days when this world today revolves around a clock. But we do have opportunities to redeem the time and the stress that time brings. We can slow down our world and learn to say no to things that will just add anxiety to our plate. We might not be able to go back to those days of times past, but we could learn to control our days, thus redeeming the times. ~ Robert Soto, Lipan Apache
Religion of the Wise is Compassion
Two lifetimes ago I was an Algonquin
Indian, then born later in the old west. Today however I am
shamed, being the white man, who say they are "Christians"
but do not follow the teachings of their Bible that is full
of wise words. "Be yea as wise as the serpent and peaceful
as the dove."
Remembering Wounded Knee 1973
Ah-ho My Relations,
Each year with the changing of the season I post this remembrance of Wounded Knee 73. I wrote it a few years ago when some of our brave people had walked to Yellowstone to stop the slaughter of our Buffalo relations. When I did I was surprised at the response from people who were too young to remember WK '73 and I was pleased that some old WK vets wrote to me afterwards. So each year on this date I post the short story again and invite you-all to send it around or use as you will. As you do I ask you to remember that our reasons for going to Wounded Knee still exist and that means the need for struggle and resistance also still exist. Our land and sacred sites are threatened as never before even our sacred Mother herself is faced with unnatural warming caused by extreme greed.
In some areas of conflict between our people and those we signed treaties with, it is best to negotiate or "work within the system" but, because our struggle is one of survival, there are also times when a warrior must stand fast even at the risk of one's life. I believed that in 1973 when I was thirty and I believe it today in my sixties. But to me Wounded Knee 73 was really not about the fight , it was about the strong statement that our traditional way of living in this world is not about to disappear and our people are not a "vanishing race" as wasicu education would have you believe. As time has passed and I see so many of our young people taking part in a traditional way of living and believing I know our fight was worth it and those we lost for our movement died worthy deaths. ~Carter Camp
"Remembering Wounded Knee 1973"
Today is heavy with prayer and reminisces for me. Not only are those who walk for the Yellowstone Buffalo reaching their destination, today is the anniversary of the night when, at the direction of the Oglala Chiefs, I went with a special squad of warriors to liberate Wounded Knee in advance of the main AIM caravan.
For security reasons the people had been told everyone was going to a meeting / wacipi in Porcupine, the road goes through Wounded Knee. When the People arrived at the Trading Post we had already set up a perimeter, taken eleven hostages, run the BIA cops out of town, cut most phone lines, and began 73 days of the best, most free time of my life. The honor of being chosen to go first still lives strong in my heart.
That night we had no idea what fate awaited us. It was a cold night with not much moonlight and I clearly remember the nervous anticipation I felt as we drove the back-way from Oglala into Wounded Knee. The Chiefs had tasked me with a mission and we were sworn to succeed, of that I was sure, but I couldn't help wondering if we were prepared. The FBI, BIA and Marshalls had fortified Pine Ridge with machine gun bunkers and APC's with M-60's. They had unleashed the goon squad on the people and a reign of terror had begun, we knew we had to fight but we could not fight on wasicu terms. We were lightly armed and dependent on the weapons and ammo inside the Wounded Knee trading post, I worried that we would not get to them before the shooting started.
As we stared silently into the darkness driving into the hamlet I tried to see what opposition we would encounter and how to neutralize it. We were approaching a sacred place and each of us knew it. We could feel it deep inside. As a warrior leading warriors I humbly prayed to Wakonda for the lives of all and the wisdom to do things right. Never before or since have I offered my tobacco with such a plea nor put on my feathers with such purpose. It was the birth of the Independent Oglala Nation.
Things went well for us that night, we accomplished our task without loss of life. Then, in the cold darkness as we waited for Dennis and Russ to bring in the caravan (or for the fight to start), I stood on the bank of the shallow ravine where our people had been murdered by Custers' 7th Cavalry. There I prayed for the defenseless ones, torn apart by Hotchkiss cannon and trampled under hooves of steel by drunken wasicu. I could feel the touch of their spirits as I eased quietly into the gully and stood silently... waiting for my future, touching my past.
Finally, I bent over and picked a sprig of sage - whose ancestors in 1890 had been nourished by the blood of Red babies, ripped from their mothers dying grasp and bayoneted by the evil ones. As I washed myself with that sacred herb I became cold in my determination and cleansed of fear. I looked for Big Foot and YellowBird in the darkness and I said aloud ---
"We are back my relations, we are home". Hoka-Hey
Carter Camp- Ponca Nation AIM
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Anybody Know this Yaqui Family?
My name is Lorena Urquidi and I recently learned that my grandfather Francisco Urquidi who had a background in ancestery with the Yaquis.
I am originally from El Paso, Texas and recently my brother Robert (Bobby) Urquidi told me he meet a lady named Rosi who was related to my grandfather since then my grandfathers family has kept in touch with my brother. Thanks. ~Lorena Urquidi
Caught On the Rez
Likes Hunting Article
I've been a Countryside Ranger in England since 1991, teaching children and the public about the natural environment and managing wildlife habitats. I was very impressed by your article Deer Hide Tanning and I will be using the facts, information and viewpoints from it in a guided walk for the public I am doing in 2 weeks time. Whether I recruit you any insect eaters in England is doubtful but I'll do my best to open some minds to the possibilities. I'm just about to show my son. ~Bob Campbell
When I was young we never wore shoes. I lived in northwest Florida and there were 12 of us and very poor - money wise. To see a doctor was very rare. My mother was born down around Okeechobee then moved up here with 4 or 5 other families, met my father who was born in Altha, FL She had a lot of Indian in her -- we think Creek and Seminole. She made a lot of our med's. One that I remember the most was a candy from the roots of a plant she called da-rus-la-moke. Going bare foot, we would get stomach pin worms and hook worms. She dug up the plants, boil the roots and add sugar to make candy. My older sisters and I would pull it like taffy and we kids would eat it. The next day if you had worms out the rear they came and they were DEAD. I still remember the plant it still grows down in back of yard where I still live. Does anyone know anything about this candy medicine? ~Frank Tate
Likes Red Hawk's Dairy
Just finished reading your Dairy and was so blessed. I don't know anything about Indian lore but for the past few months every time I go out or come in, a Red Tail Hawk and sometimes two will swoop down in front of the car. One day I had to stop for one was sitting in the road. I got out thinking it was hurt and maybe I could take it home but then thought it might bite me so I got a book that was in my car and scooped it to the woods and it hopped off. Anyway, it just can't be a coincidence that I feel something is going on for me seeing red tailed hawks all the time everyday. I asked my father (God) what does it mean. He said he loved me. He only wished I knew how much. Then I thought about looking on Indian lore to see if anything is told about them I cant believe all the stuff about them . I never knew such a thing as totems and power animals etc.
Anyway, maybe I will be able to accept what the hawks are trying to relay to me. Today and yesterday I have been more aware of crows. One swooped down in front of my car like the hawk did. I looked them up and learned some more stuff. I am going to be 64 in May. I have always had a close relationship with animals and maybe God wants to get me back involved with them like I used to be as a kid. Anyway, thank you again for the insightful information. I love nature and always felt a kindred spirit with Indian culture and peoples. My ancestors are from Italy but I always say I have the heart of an Indian. I am always taken for an Indian because I kind of look Indian. Lord be with us and keep us in his embrace.
Sunshine (in my youth) Wildflower ( mid years) Redbud (Old age)
WHY THE 2010 CENSUS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL AMERICAN INDIANS
Should I Identify as Native American in the 2010 Census?
It is absolutely critical that all “non-enrolled” Native Americans, and those people that can prove lineal descent from a Native American ancestor, self-identify as “Native American in Combination with One or More Races” when completing their 2010 Census questionnaires! Get the message out – pass this along to your family members and other Indian friends.
Results of the 2000 Census
For the first time ever, the 2000 Census measured “Native Americans in Combination with One or More Races,” That number totaled 4,119,301. The number of Americans that reported themselves “Native Alone” was 2,475,956 (these are considered predominantly enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe. The difference between these two numbers equals 1,643,345. This is significant because this 1,643,345 represents the number of persons that self-identified as “mixed-blood”
It must be pointed out that the 2000 Census was “flawed” - in that it did not provide a method to distinguish what percentage of the 1,643,345 were enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe that chose to identify using this category only. However, it is generally accepted that the vast majority of these (perhaps exceeding 90%) are “non-enrolled” members of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
The Manataka American Indian Council supports:
"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.
By Don Coyhis
By Don Coyhis
National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Highground is honored to have been chosen as the home of The National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Unanimous approval for this decision was given at the annual Congress of Native American Indians held in Denver, CO in 1994.
Dedicated in 1995, The National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the first national memorial to come to The Highground. Harry Whitehorse, Madison sculptor and WW II veteran, created this bronze sculpture.
Mounted on a red granite base, the sculpture depicts an Native American Soldier in jungle fatigues, holding a rifle in one hand and an Eagle Feather Staff in the other. The names, rank, home of record, date of casualty-how they died (Still to be completed is the tribal affiliation.) of all Native American Indians who died as a result of the Vietnam war etched into two of the four black granite panels which skirt the base of the entire statuary. When we do tours we emphasize the importance of the Eagle Feather Staff.
End Fluoridation Now!
Congressional representatives you want an end to fluoridation now!
Over 2,000 professionals have signed a Statement being distributed calling for an end to water fluoridation worldwide. Signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the landmark 2006 National Research Council report on fluoride’s toxicology, three officers in the Union representing professionals at EPA headquarters, the Executive Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, leading fluoride researchers, and medical, dental, scientific and environmental professionals from around the world. (To read the statement, and see the list of signers, click here.)
Below is your chance to send an immediate email to your own US Senators and Representative supporting the Professionals' call to end fluoridation and asking for a new Congressional Hearing on Fluoridation. If you like, you can personalize this message by adding (or removing) words of your own.
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ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Florida is Full of Surprises...
A 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattle snake was caught near Jacksonville -- the largest ever caught on record. One bite from a snake this large contains enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men. The head alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man. This snake was probably alive when George H. W. Bush was President. A bite from those fangs would equal being penetrated by two 1/4 inch screwdrivers. A snake this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child. A snake this size has an approximately 5 and 1/2 accurate striking distance. The distance for an average sized Rattlesnake is about 2 feet. Judging by the size of the snake, it is estimated to weigh over 170 pounds. How much do you weigh?
~Submitted by Ed Bak
Missouri is Full of Surprises Too...
Short-Eared Owls By The Hundreds
Faren Fite of Greenfield, Mo. reported 200 owls were found between Greenfield and Lockwood. But in habit, they are much different than most of the owls in the Ozarks. They have a mean look to them, with ornery-looking bright yellow eyes rather than the brown eyes the barred owl has. And the face is much different, with a pronounced circle of feathers, contrasting white and dark brown, and two little feather patches referred to as "ears", which are much like the horns on a horned owl.
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Spare this Sacred Site!
by Kathryn Heidecker
After a group prayer and drum
circle, dozens representing several Native American groups,
including the Mohawks, Blackfeet and the Ojibways, spoke against
a proposed development at the Town of Ulster Planning Board
meeting Tuesday evening.
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