Manataka American Indian Council                                                           Volume XIV  Issue 10  October 2010


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow\

 

 

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Contents of Page 2              

Legends of Old:

 

Ghost Stallion - Cree Legend

Feature Story::

 

Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 6

Letters to the Editor:

 

10 Opinions -- A 1,000 Ideas, A Million Feelings

Feature Story:

 

Mathematics Used by American Indians North of Mexico

Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes:

 

The Origin of Strawberries

Organic Consumers:

 

Eight Reasons Why We Need Organic

Elder's Meditations:

 

Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

Women's Council News:

 

To All Women; 3 Sisters Jumble, Natural Deodorant

Earth Medicine:

 

Natural Pain Solutions and Old Remedies

Fluoride:

 

Guess where your fluoride comes from? China!

Animal Rights and Wrongs:

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Lead Poisoning Kills Ravens, Eagles and Condors

Sacred Sites:

 

California Sacred Site Get Respite

 

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LEGENDS OF OLD:

 

 

 

GHOST STALLION

Cree Legend

 

Graphic Source: http://kiwiaa.deviantart.com/art/POTC-128230358

 

"This is a tale the old men tell around the tepee fire, when the stars are blown clean on a windy night, and the coyotes are howling on the Cree Jump.

 
And when, sometimes, over the wind, comes clearly the sound of running horses, their hearers move a little closer to one another and pile more wood on the fire."

This is a story from a long time ago, say the Old Ones. What the man's name was, no one knows now, and so they call him "The Traveler".

 

Long ago, The Traveler was a wealthy chief. A warrior in his

 young days, he had taken many scalps, many horses, many another trophy of value. And he had increased his possessions by hard dealings with those less fortunate, and by gambling with younger men who were no match for his cunning.

He was not loved by his fellow tribesmen -- though they admired his bravery -- for in times of hardship, when other chiefs shared freely whatever they had, he drove hard bargains, and generally prospered from the ills of others. His wives he had abused till their parents took them away, his children hated him, and he had no love for them.

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FEATURE STORY

 

 

This full-length book, Ancient Maya Holy Time and the Evolution of Creation Map by Robert Hackman will appear in serial form featuring one or two chapters in each edition of the Smoke Signal News in coming months.  Enjoy this interesting journey in time!

 

Chapter 1  -  May 2010

Chapter 2  -  June

Chapter 3  -  July

Chapter 4  -  August

Chapter 5  -  September

Chapter 6  -  October

Chapter   7  -  November

Chapter   8  -  December

Chapter   9  -  January 2011

Chapter 10  -  February

Chapter 11  -  March

Chapter 12  -  April

 

 

Ancient Maya Holy Time

And the Evolution of Creation Map

Chapter 6

Map of Holy Time

Indonesia the Cradle For Civilization

It was in Indonesia and the neighboring lands that Man, after migrating from the semi-desertic savannas of Africa, first found the ideal climatic conditions for development, and it was there that he invented agriculture and civilization. All this took place during the Pleistocene, the last of the geological eras, which ended a scant 10,400 tuns ago, approximately (8400 BC.)

The Pleistocene – a name which is Greek for "most recent" is also called Anthropozoic Era, or Quaternary Era, or yet the Ice Age. During the Pleistocene and more exactly, during the glacial episodes that happened at intervals of about 20 thousand years, sea level was about 100-150 meters (330-500 feet) below the present value. With this a large coastal strip the so-called Continental Platform with a width of about (200 km. = 120 miles) became exposed, forming land bridges that interconnected many islands and regions.

With the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age, the immense glaciers that covered the whole of the northern half of North America and Eurasia melted away. Their waters drained to the sea, causing sea levels to rise by the estimated amount of about 100-150 meters. With this rise, the majority of Atlantis disappeared along with most of its population, which we estimate based on Plato’s data at about 20 million people, huge for the epoch in question. 

Lemuria (Australia and New Guinea) was the larger of the two Atlantis’s mentioned by Plato. Atlantis (Indonesia) was the vast prairie which the Greeks called Elysian Fields and which the Egyptians named the Field of Reeds (Sekhet Aaru) or yet the Amerindian’s ancestral land (To-wer,) the overseas Paradise where they formerly lived in "Zep Tepi" (Primordial Time.) The partially sunken continent became the "Land of the Dead," the dreadful, forbidden region where no mariner ever ventured to go, for it was "The Land of no Return."  Read More>>>

 

 

 


 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...

 

SOUND OFF!

 

 

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.

 

Blue Star Prophecy of The Hopi

 

Greetings we are relatives, Land and Life are one,

I would like to respectfully reply to Richard Boylan's letter to the editor published in the September Smoke Signal News, where he referred to the featured story published in your August newsletter ("Blue Star Prophecy of The Hopi") as, "...false propaganda and misinformation..." The author of the article referred to (John Kimmey) was mentored by, and a close friend of Hotevilla Kikmongwi (Village Chief and spiritual leader), David Monongye for many years. John also was invited and taught on the Hopi reservation, and among other accomplishments, was honored with an award in the United Nations for his work in preserving native seed stocks. In his work with David Monongye, and through knowledge gleaned from other Hopi elders and priests, John was privy to information unknown to outsiders, which is reflected in the words that Dr. Boylan takes issue with.  Because Dr. Boylan is unaware of such information does not make it false or misleading.

My Hopi father was a member of the higher religious order, and had friendships with elders and holy people of many different world religions. He had no difficulty in drawing upon different world religious texts to show there was a common, underlying truth running through them all. Although the Hopi do acknowledge the loma katsinam (the good and beautiful elder brothers and sisters of the Fifth World who guide and assist us) that Dr. Boylan referred to, we also know of another group, the qaloma katsinam, who arrogantly oppose the Great Spirit, acting in selfish and immoral ways toward our Earth Mother's children. To warn of these unholy beings is not to promote fear, but to prepare us so we will not fall prey to their deceptions and wanton disregard for our lives.

Umumi pam taaviningwu - may the sun always shine upon you,
upaava - your brother Hohongwitutiwa

 

Emergency Preparedness

Greetings Manataka,

 

The summer is about over and it just seems like spring was yesterday.

 

The series related to emergency preparedness is great.  I only wish national media sources would cover the topic as well as Manataka.  September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and it is recommended that everyone prepare for the types of emergencies/disasters that may occur within their community or region.  To stimulate interest in this I have been contacting national media and national retailers (such as Home Depot) to encourage them to both inform people but, also, highlight specific products that are essential in the preparedness "kit".  As indicated in Smoke Signal articles, it is very important for us to be prepared.

 

One item I did not see mentioned in the articles was the all hazard/weather radio.  These serve to provide early warning and information on potential emergencies.  Also, periodic up-dates on the status of the emergency are broadcast.  Early warning is important in the overall preparedness plan.  It, also, might be well to set aside some specific tools and other supplies to deal with specific emergencies or the results of such incidents.  Along with what has been provided in the articles with FEMA as a reference one can obtain additional information from cdc.gov, ready.gov and redcross.org.

 

Preparedness is one of those areas that many do not think about until an emergency occurs and then it may be too late.  Thank you for providing information in the Smoke Signal articles.  Best wishes, Matt Maley

 

[note:  I have been involved in emergency preparedness with the Red Cross, as a volunteer firefighter and as the emergency preparedness coordinator for the Shriners Hospital for 37 years.  Currently, I am serving as emergency preparedness instructor for the Red Cross]

 

Lee Standing Bear's Visions

Dear Manataka,

 

I cry. I cry with the intense depth of beauty of the gift of the visions. Deep, choking, tears. Large crocodile tears of body-water, released in the cleansing.  Cry for what is before. Cry with relief that we are beyond. Cry for the travail of the un-awakened. 

 

My dog gives me a comforting kiss/lick of the exposed knee. I feel the intense longing of being with our long, lost friend. And yet...the little blue ones have been with us for some months now....flashing at the corners, before the screen, ... with us.  The tears gentle and slow.
 

The incoming ultra-violet light from the Mother/Original Feminine from so long ago and so very far away beyond our known Universe...is changing the "All That Is"...and this is good. Water. Is the catalyst for the change.  We are born a-new, and yet, we were never asleep...for we re-member all-that-was/is.   http://www.manataka.org/page2224.html

 

I Love you, heart-of-my-heart.  And remember the bald-headed eagle who passed so high over my head that day we talked...as you were in the midst this sacred journey..... And again the tears flow with relief for the start-ings of the long-awaited event from the Source of the All That Is.....We Are One with the All That Is. Our journey back to Home.  ~Deborah Massey, MO

 

Native American Literature

Dear Manataka,

 

Thank you so much for this site.  I am a teacher.  I have started my American Literature class with a short unit on Native American literature.  This site has been helpful and I am appreciative for the valuable information that I can share with my students. Regina K., High School English Teacher

 

Indian Slaves

Dear Manataka,

 

In about 1730 the British transported 7 Indian to England - they were returned to Appalachia.  Do you have any information on this? ~John K.

 


Hello John,

We do not have information on the specific instance you mention, but we will publish your question in the Smoke Signal News so our well educated readers can respond.  There are hundreds of books out there that discuss the forced enslavement of thousands of indigenous people from their lands to Europe.  It is estimated that roughly 10 times more American Indians were enslaved from 1492 to 1880 than all the blacks imported from Africa and elsewhere. Black slavery began in this country in 1632 -- 140 years later. In 1492, Columbus was the first to ship many to Spain and most never returned alive.  British enslavement began shortly after 1620 and increased over the years creating hundreds of examples of the instance of your inquiry.  ~Editor 

 

WannaBe's
 


First:  A researcher ie genealogist is a scientist who will announce a hypothesis. The genealogist will say, I think I may have Native American ancestry based upon the oral traditions of my family and I will research, document and publish what I find no matter where it leads or what it says.


The wannabe will announce he has Native American ancestry based upon family oral tradition. He may or may not do research, but no matter what evidence there may be to the contrary or no evidence at all, he will hold fast to his proclamation because it has become part and parcel of his identity.

I, as an authentic Indian, have been required to prove a specific degree of blood, while the wannabe is free to claim any blood quantum he wants. I, an authentic Indian, have proven my racial and legal connections to the Cherokee tribe of Indians. The wannabe is free to claim one or many tribes while proving nothing. I often wonder how someone could be 1/8 Cherokee, which means a great grandparent was a full blood, and there be absolutely no records of that fact, while an authentic Cherokee might be 1/512 and there is literally hundreds of linear feet of documents proving it. The 1/512 person is stuck with whatever the documentation says. The wannabe is free to ebb and flow his blood claims based upon convenience, audience and whim.

And finally I wish to point out that it is an insult to authentic Cherokees, whose ancestors suffered to be included upon tribal rolls, endured hardships including the Trail of Tears, loss of land, language and culture, children forced into boarding schools, when someone with no proof of same, comes forward to lay claim to our history, culture, language, religion and identity. Definitely a slap in the face to our ancestors.

Wannabes claim that their ancestors "hid out" from the census takers. I say no one was even looking for their ancestors because they were not Indians. Wannabes will say "my ancestors were left off the Dawes Rolls." But then I will wonder what about the 29 other rolls that predate Dawes?

Wannabes will say "my ancestors jumped off the Trail of Tears." Which leads me to ask, "Why then, are your ancestors not listed on the Trail of Tears Roll?" Did your ancestors have an eraser and hitchhike to Washington, DC to cover their tracks and erase their own records? Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot there was a huge conspiracy to erase Indian records, LOL. But then what about the missionary records, which authentic Cherokees' ancestors appear in great numbers? Why are your ancestors NO WHERE to be found at any time in Cherokee history?

If you are a serious researcher of your family history and not a wannabe, you will state the hypothesis and then do research. When you are finished you will announce your findings. That will either be what the records say or what they do not say. If you are a wannabe, you will proclaim yourself to be an Indian no matter what the records say. And a final note, because of the racial hatred against blacks our nation has suffered, there is plenty of reason for your ancestors to have lied about their race.

Second: Like I said, if its just around the dinner table, inside the family, well and good. And I'm sure its probably true the vast majority of wannabes do that and go no further. But for those who go beyond that province, I must stand up and speak against them. The joining of hands and creating of wannabe groups is extremely dangerous to the real tribes. The demand for recognition, services and sovereignty all create a dangerous situation for the real tribes. Anyone who claims to speak on behalf of the Cherokee people without the consent of the Cherokee people is an oppressor of my people. And I do consider some without Cherokee blood to be Cherokees. Likewise I consider some with blood not to be Cherokees. I include among the former many freedmen, adopted whites, Shawnee and Delaware, along with a few Creeks and Natchez Indians adopted into the tribe. Included among the latter are people descended from Cherokees who abandoned their Cherokee nationality (however that may have happened) and just became Americans. You see, being Cherokee isn't about "having" or "not having" blood. Its about getting that nod from the Cherokee people. By the same token, having some blood, if its not recognized by the Cherokee people, means nothing (except perhaps around the dinner table). Those who can prove nothing, but still make the claim are wannabes. Those that have blood but do not meet our citizenship requirements are the outtalucks. And please stop confusing tribal enrollment/registration with the federal certification known as the CDIB. All the CDIB does is "certify" as to a specific degree of blood. By itself, it is not proof of tribal membership. They are completely different animals. For the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma any degree of blood will do. For the Eastern Cherokees a minimum degree of 1/16 is required. And for the Keetoowah Cherokees a degree of 1/4 is required. The Freedmen who got registered with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in 2006 to 2007 were never asked to obtain a CDIB card, and yet they proved themselves to be Cherokees (not Indians, but Cherokees nonetheless) and were registered. 

I know it may seem like I beat a dead horse regarding the wannabe issue. But it also seems to be that the number of people recently claiming to be Indian/Cherokee just never stops. I feel like I'm in that movie "Night of the Living Dead," with long dead Cherokee zombies crawling out of the grave. I keep fighting them off, but more just keep popping up.  ~Courtesy of David Cornsilk

Fry Bread, mmmmm

Dear Manataka,

 

I ran across your website by accident when looking for Fry Bread recipes. Thank you very much for letting me visit and sharing your recipes and stories. I enjoyed it very much. I got much more than hoped for in my search.  Thank you for your time, All blessings to you, ~Nan H., NC

 

Native American Tea

Dear Manataka,

 

Thank you for my Native American herbal tea order - it arrived yesterday. I have ordered it before, but never the Tea Sampler. It's "a lot" of tea at a great price (but not more than I can drink!). I know this because my "herbal tea habit" is second only to my "water habit" - I've bought lots of herbals teas in the supermarkets before and am quite familiar with the prices charged for herbal teas of different brands.  However - prices charged, and knowing what you're getting are two different things. The Native American teas on Manataka's site are competitively priced (especially in bulk), and I know that what I'm getting is "safe to drink" ..... I'd rather get "safe to drink" than 'buy dirt cheap' and be drinking chemically processed tea and/or tea bags. Also, who knows how the plants themselves were picked - that always bothers me. I'm sure these plants were chosen with love and care.  ~Kim, PA

 

American Indian Religious Freedom Act - Bill of Rights - First Amendment Rights

 

Dear Manataka,

 

Manataka has been shown by me all over Facebook and my circle of friends there every chance I get.  In response to a question there was a law passed sometime back regarding Native Americans religious practices and their right to honor Creator in the ways that they do. I brought up the matter of the National Park service in Arkansas and their ignoring of that law.  To which a question was put forth to me that I had no answer for, so I stated I would inquire of Manataka for an answer.  I was asked this question: What kind of law suite has Manataka initiated against the perpetrator Jose Fernandez, Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park and her chain of command? ~Faith M., MS
 


 

The word Manataka means, the unbroken circle, in the ancient Tula language (the ancient Keepers of these sacred grounds).  It has been translated to mean, the Place of Peace -- an unbroken circle represents equality, balance and unity - peace.  The unbroken circle of Manataka also represents our eternal commitment to prayerfully stand in this holy place, in peace and at peace.  It represents the wholeness and connectedness of All Things. 

 

Many of our brothers and sisters called for a 'war chest' to be readied for federal law suits.  Some wrote angry letters and emails, others telephoned their government representatives.  Others interviewed a number of top law firms and drafted lengthy injunctions and other legal documents.  The people were angry and rightly so -- their religious freedom and personal integrity were attacked.  The situation escalated and anyone wearing anything remotely resembling Indian culture, were stopped, threatened and harassed by Ferdandez's personal police.  Many grandmothers became frightened and left the gatherings, mothers with babies and young children followed.  More anger and frustration ensued over following months and the harassment became unbearably sharp. 

 

While all this was happening the Elders of Manataka remained calm and did not initiate any actions against their new enemy.  The Elders decided to wait.  Why did they wait?  Why have they continued to wait?  That is the substance of your question.

 

Manataka is the Place of Peace.  No amount of fist shaking, racist remarks, roadblocks to exercising our rights, threats and harassment from a  federal bureaucrat will change our purpose to be steadfast in our mission to preserve and protect these sacred grounds -- to remain at Peace.  If we intend to keep our faith and remain here at the Place of Peace, we cannot make war. 

 

The Elders decided not to make legal war, but we also would never ask the bureaucrats permission to pray at the place given to all for that purpose.  We have a right to pray on these sacred grounds and no application to exercise that right will ever be made by the Elder Council.  If the feds catch us, they will arrest us.  But, we have faith and we have good intent.  Thus, we are protected by the ancient spirits and by the Creator of All Things.  ~Editor

 

Wants to perform "Sweat Lodge" Ceremonies

Dear Editor,

I want to know the set up of a sweat lodge using a tarp or something cheap. Also need to know what to do and preparations. I'm asking for my friend as he has been asking me questions about doing sweats and since I have never done one, and don't know details or how to even make one, so I decided I should contact Manataka. I appreciate your help in all aspects of the Red Way. ~Shannon R., AR

 


Hello Shannon,

 

The proper name is "Purification Lodge".  A sweat lodge is something done by Northern Europeans, like a sauna bath. A Purification Lodge ceremony should never be attempted by anyone who is not trained for a long period of time and possesses the necessary temperament, knowledge and wisdom.  It is a sacred ceremony that absolutely requires the utmost care and respect -- above all, respect. 

 

It is very dangerous for a novice to attempt this.  Many people have died and were seriously injured this past year in so-called "sweat lodges" ran by people who do not know what they were doing.  Never attend a "sweat lodge" ran by someone who 'thinks' they know, but have never been trained by a traditional elder.  Never attend a lodge where money is requested.  This is a very serious matter and you should hear very carefully what we are saying.  Very bad things, not just illness and death, can happen in the lodge by someone who is not of clean hands and good heart.  Please erase this thought from your friend's mind.  He cannot and should not ever do this without a substantial amount of guidance. 

 

In saying all this, we do not intend to discourage you from seeking purification -- of mind, body and soul.  We will send you some specific preparation instructions.  Read them carefully and do exactly what is written.   ~Editor

 

 


Feature Story

 

 

Mathematics Used by American Indians North of Mexico

 

For the American Indians north of Mexico, we may say that although their bonds of superstition and lack of an adequate number symbolism limited their mathematical progress, number still played an important role in their religious beliefs. In addition, they used many geometric figures in ornamentation and construction.

 

American Indian designs

Sacred Numbers.

Specific reference to the use of three, four five, seven, and thirteen in religious ceremonies is extant, with four being the more prevalent. The may be due to the four points of the compass. Here are examples.

 

Five was the mystical number of some of the Pacific Coast Indians. Three and five were sacred to the Iroquois.

 

 Seven was used by the Zuñi, Cherokee, Creeks, and most of the Plains tribes.

 

Thirteen was adopted by the Hopi Pawnee, and the Zuñi. It was also widely used in Central America.

 

 In the Pueblo Snake Dance the Snake Men prepared eight days for the ceremony; the snakes used were of four kinds obtained from a four days' hunt in the four directions.

 

 An Apache prayed to his gods at least once every four days, and if possible every day, for four times a day. Apache medicine men used this number in their remedies, e.g. four roots of one herb, roots of four varieties.

 

        Suppose a member of the Potawatomi tribe was accused of murder, but that the tribal chief thought he was not guilty, a pipe bearer would bring flint and steel and attempt to light the chief's pipe. If he was successful within four strokes of the steel the man went free, otherwise the man was executed. An influential man might get away with three murders, but for four murders, nothing could save him.

 

        The Iroquois when smoking would take three puffs from a pipe. Only three trials were allowed in physical contests. Five days or multiple thereof must elapse between the announcement of and the beginning of a celebration.  Read More>>>

 

 

 


 

 

 GRANDFATHER SEVEN HAWK EYES SPEAKS

           

                    

The Origin of Strawberries

                                                 

When the first man (a s ga ya) was created and a mate was given to him, they lived together very happily for a time, but then began to quarrel, until at last the woman (a ge ya) left her husband and started off toward the Sun land (Nundagunyi) , in the east.

 

The man followed alone and grieving, but the woman kept on steadily ahead and never looked behind, until the Creator, took pity on him and asked him if he was still angry with his wife. He said he was not, and Creator then asked him if he would like to have her back again, to which he eagerly answered yes.

 

So Creator caused a patch of the finest ripe huckleberries to spring up along the path in front of the woman, but she passed by without paying any attention to them. Farther on he put a clump of blackberries, but these also she refused to notice. Other fruits, one, two, and three, and then some trees covered with beautiful red service berries, were placed beside the path to tempt her, but she went on until suddenly she saw in front of her a patch of large ripe strawberries, the first ever known.

 

She stooped to gather a few to eat, and as she picked them she chanced to turn her face to the west, and at once the memory of her husband came back to her and she found herself unable to go on. She sat down, but the longer she waited the stronger became her desire for her husband, and at last she gathered a bunch of the finest berries and started back along the path to give them to him. He met her kindly and they went home together.

 

  


 

 

The Manataka American Indian Council supports:

 


Eight Reasons Why We Need Organic

 

1. Personal Health Eating organic prevents exposure to agricultural pesticides known to disrupt neurological development in infants and children, increase the risk of prostate cancer, and double the incidence of childhood lymphoma.

 

The President's 2010 Cancer Panel Report urges consumers to choose "food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers" and to limit "exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots" "by eating free-range meat raised without these medications."

 

2. Nutrition  An organic diet increases exposure to health-promoting CLAs, flavinoids, antioxidants.

 

3. Water Quality  Organic cropping systems can prevent nitrogen losses to groundwater and the atmosphere and keep drinking water from being contaminated with nitrates, which can cause blue baby syndrome and other negative health impacts.

 

4. No Genetic Engineering  Genetically engineered Bt corn harms aquatic insects and disrupts stream ecosystems. Genetically modified plants have already established themselves in the wild. One study found 86 percent of plants collected outside of agriculture fields in North Dakota tested positive for genetically engineered herbicide tolerance, including combinations of transgenes that are unique to the feral varieties.

 

 5. Soil Quality  Organics are shown to increase soil organic matter, enhance microbial activity and reduce soil acidity, all of which are linked to greater yields.

 

6. Biodiversity  Organic farming increases biodiversity at every level of the food chain, from bacteria to mammals.

 

7. Climate Change  The UN-WTO's International Trade Center found, "organic agriculture has much to offer in mitigation of climate change through its emphasis on closed nutrient cycles and is a particularly resilient and productive system for adaptation strategies."

 

8. Feeding the World  Research summarizing 293 published comparisons found a 30% increase in world-wide yields using organic methods. (Source: "What is Organic Food and Why Should I Care?" by Jim Riddle and Bud Markhart for the University of Minnesota)

 


Factory Farms, Eggs & Food Safety

The recall of a half-billion eggs from two mega-farms in Iowa is accelerating the call for government action on food safety, while news reports are confusing consumers over the safety of organic eggs. There are many news reports are suggesting that organic eggs are no safer than conventional brands. It's fairly easy to rebut this argument. One can start with the fact that no USDA certified organic egg producers have been caught up the recall. There's also loads of evidence that factory farm practices that are banned in organic, including battery cages and feed contaminated with slaughterhouse waste and manure, are the cause of disease outbreaks.


Help America Go Organic

What if America introduced pricing that told the ecological truth about what was truly less expensive and damaging to society and the environment? Then organic food from local family farms would underprice and replace chemical-laden factory farm food - and across our economy, cleaner and safer goods, services and production methods of all kinds would replace their more polluting, unhealthy counterparts! This is exactly what Time to Get Smarter is proposing to Obama and Congress in their Petition for a Green Recovery Leading to a Green America.   Learn More

 


 

 


 

 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"We have a biological father and mother, but our real Father is Tunkashila [Creator] and our real Mother is the Earth." Wallace Black Elk , Lakota

 

Who really gives us our life? Who really gives us our food and nurturing? Who really allows us to be born? We are born through our parents who act as the vehicle of life for the Creator and Mother Earth. Our parents take care of us for a little while and when we are ready we must leave them and be faithful to our true Father, the Creator, and our true Mother, the Earth. Then we need to be of service to the Creator and be respectful to Mother Earth.

 

Great Spirit, thank you for being my Father. Teach me to honor the Earth.

 

http://www.whitebison.org/meditation/index.php

By Don Coyhis

 


 

Women's Council News

 

 

To All Women

A good woman is proud of herself.

She respects herself and others.

She is aware of who she is.

She neither seeks definition from the person she is with,
nor does she expect them to read her mind.

She is quite capable of articulating her needs.

A good woman is hopeful.

She is strong enough to make all her dreams come true.

She knows love, therefore she gives love.

he recognizes that her love has great value and must be reciprocated.

If her love is taken for granted, it soon disappears.

A good woman has a dash of inspiration, a dabble of endurance.

She knows that she will, at times, have to inspire others to reach the potential God gave them.

A good woman knows her past, understands her present and moves toward the future.

A good woman knows God.

She knows that with God the world is her playground, but without God she will just be played.

A good woman does not live in fear of the future because of her past.

Instead, she understands that her life experiences are merely lessons, meant to bring her closer to
self knowledge and unconditional self love.

 

3 Sisters Jumble

By Sally Wecker, Native American Fellowship of the Peoria Area Inc

 

Ingredients:

 2 small to medium zucchini squash, sliced

 2 small to medium yellow squash, sliced

 ½ pound fresh green beans, broken into 1 ½ inch pieces

 4 ears of corn, the kernels cut off the cob or 2 cups corn

 

Directions:

Sauté all in a skillet in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.

Putting a lid on the skillet will reduce the cooking time, however you will want to only cook the vegetables until the squash is soft but not mushy and the beans and corn are crisp tender.  Season with salt and pepper.

 

Now there are many additions you can make to this which include:

·   Diced tomatoes, canned or fresh chunked onions

o  Minced jalapeño pepper

o  Chunked red and/or green pepper

o  Garlic

o  Any type of canned bean

o  Grated parmesan cheese or any cheese shredded

(Note: Add the cheese only at the end, putting a lid on the skillet at the end to melt the cheese)

 

Any combination of herbs and spices you like to make this exciting and fit for any themed meal from Southwest to Italian

 

You can also add a white sauce to this, or to make it dairy-free—marinara sauce and add to pasta or rice.  So, you see—This 3 Sisters recipe is like a Family or like our Church Family: Growing and Learning and Loving All the Time.

 

 

 Natural Body Deodorant

From Native American Fellowship of the Peoria Area Inc

 

Many people have been told by their doctors that ingredients in deodorant cause the cancer. Scary huh?

 

You don't have to give up personal hygiene because of cancer.  Here is a recipe that is tailored to each person by smell. It is easy and cheap and works great for men and women!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

·    Use equal parts of petroleum jelly

·    Baking Soda

·    Corn Starch

·    Tea Tree Essential Oil

Directions:

·   Melt 1 cup of petroleum jelly at low heat in an old pan

·   Remove from heat and stir in the 1 cup corn starch and the 1 cup baking soda.

·   Add 20 drops Tea Tree essential oil. Tea tree is a "skin oil" and fights bacteria! (5 drops of Tea

·   tree to 1/4cup of equal parts)

·   Then add your smell.

Like old spice? add 2-3 drops of cloves and 2-3 drops of sage or rosemary and 2-3 drops of orange essential oils.

Like lavender? add it.

Like jasmine or orange/ add it.

Like lavender? add it.

Like jasmine or orange/ add it.

The recipe is easy. It doesn't stain clothes, smells good and keeps you dry and smelling good.

 

 

 


 

EARTH MEDICINE...

 

 

Medicine for the People

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, BSNH

 

Natural Pain Solutions and Old Remedies

 

As we all know when something hurts, you want to feel better quickly.  Some of our brothers and sisters reach for an over-the-counter or prescription drug.  There are natural pain stoppers or eliminators that can help us if you try and believe in the old ways handed down by our ancestors.  I have tried some of these and also it has been said by our old ones that these practices sometimes worked.  It might work for you and it might not work.  I think that 90% of healing is to believe and giving the spirit time to work the situation out of you.  This can be applied to your physical body with out risk of hurting your body with additives or poisons.

 

Aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil) can both cause intestinal bleeding, acetaminophen (Tylenol) can lead to liver damage; powerful prescription pain relievers, such as acetaminophen,hydrocodone, (Vicodin) and acetaminophen with codeine, may make you drowsy and can be addictive.

 

Despite the dangers, these medications are valuable for treating occasional severe (long lasting) or acute (sudden, but stopping abruptly) pain.  Many chronic conditions that need ongoing relief, such as osteoarthritis, natural pain stoppers work just as well with a much lower risk for side effects.  Read More >>>

 

This information is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose, cure or is in any way suggestive as far as medicinal advice.

  


 

FLUORIDE WATCH...

 

Guess where your fluoride comes from? China!

Sunday, August 15, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) Much of the fluoride added to municipal water supplies across the United States is imported from China, and is contaminated with heavy metals, according to a warning by Bernard Miltenberger, president of the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland.

In a letter published in the Cumberland Times-News, Miltenberger notes that he first became aware of the issue in an engineering report for the city of Boulder, Colo. The report noted that the fluoridation chemicals used for the city's water had been evaluated, and were found to contain lead levels of 40 milligrams per bag and arsenic levels of 50 milligrams per bag. The bags were being imported from China under no regulatory monitoring of acid or salt content.

Miltenberger then visited the Frostburg Water Filtration Plant in Maryland and noticed that the fluoride bags were not labeled with any importation information. He contacted the plant's chemical supplier, Univar USA, and was then referred to Sovay fluorides. Sovay informed him that the fluoride had been manufactured by Shanghai Minthchem Development in China.

"This type of trade from a country with a track record of lead paint on toys to antifreeze in cough syrup medicine is completely unacceptable," Miltenberger writes.   Read More >>>

ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS

 

 

Lead Poisoning Kills Ravens, Eagles and Condors
A new study in Wyoming proves that reducing the number of toxic lead bullets used by hunters lowered the lead levels of local ravens -- but unfortunately didn't affect the lead levels in eagles. Since the start of a voluntary non-lead-bullet program in the state last fall, lead-bullet use among Wyoming hunters has dropped by 24 percent, corresponding nicely with a 28-percent decrease in the amount of lead found in the bloodstreams of ravens, which scavenge hunter-shot carcasses. But eagles, which also scavenge but are extra-sensitive to lead, apparently received no benefit from the small decrease in lead-bullet use. That means eagles need an environment totally free from lead contamination. Said a spokesperson on the study, "It's kind of a no-brainer."

Severely endangered California condors are also extra-sensitive to lead poisoning from lead bullets -- in fact, it's the leading cause of condor death. So after a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, California mandated the use of non-lead ammunition throughout the bird's state range. The Center is now pushing hard for non-lead requirements across the country for the sake of condors, eagles, and all other species (including humans).  Read more in the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Suit Filed to Save Penguins From Warming, Fisheries
Since the Obama administration didn't meet its legal deadline to protect seven penguin species, the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network hauled the Interior Department to court. The seven species -- the African, Humboldt, yellow-eyed, white-flippered, Fiordland crested, and erect-crested penguins, as well as a few populations of the southern rockhopper -- were proposed for Endangered Species Act protections after a 2006 scientific petition by the Center and supposed to be officially protected last December. Though their ranges span the globe, all seven penguins are threatened by changes caused by global warming and industrial fisheries that deplete their food supply and drown them in nets and longlines.  For the emperor penguin and some populations of the rockhopper penguin -- which were also included in the Center's 2006 petition and badly need help -- Interior didn't propose protections at all. The Center has filed a notice of intent to sue for those penguins, too.

 
 

 


 

 

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California Sacred Site Get Respite

PALA, Calif. – A site in rural San Diego County deemed culturally and environmentally sensitive by Indians was given a respite Aug. 5 from being turned into a landfill.

The Pala Band of Mission Indians, whose community sits two miles away from the site, and an environmental group, objected to the application to operate the proposed 1,770-acre landfill filed from Gregory Canyon Landfill Ltd of San Diego, the tribe said in a press release. 

A San Diego County public agency rescinded its previous green light on the application after the tribe and the Natural Resources Defense Council pointed out the lack of financial responsibility and other inaccuracies in the application, the tribe said in the press release.

“We want to make sure that this time the county is really looking at a comprehensive application package that accurately reflects the environmental, financial and cultural impacts that this landfill will have,” said Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “The county has a duty to make sure new landfills do not destroy important cultural or environmental resources or threaten public health, and it can’t do that unless it has accurate information.”

Gregory Landfill spokesperson Nancy Chase said the application was not rejected by San Diego County officials but voluntarily withdrawn from county consideration because it needed to be updated.   Source: Indian Country Today

 

Yuroks Celebrate Items’ Return

The Yurok Tribe held a celebration Friday for the homecoming of 217 ceremonial regalia items returned by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.  Speakers shared stories about the regalia’s importance and journey home, and some of the items were placed on display. In addition, there was a slide-show presentation for the visitors who filled the Yurok Indian Housing Authority building.  “I thought about the items being back home and I cried,” said Yurok Chairman Thomas O’Rourke, addressing the audience. Full story at: http://tinyurl.com/24j63aq

 

New Discoveries at Fort Ancient
There is ongoing work at the Fort Ancient site in Ohio on the "woodhenge" or Moorehead Circle that was constructed at the site between 50-200 CE by the Hopewell. Two concentric circles of posts have been found, with the largest being 180 feet in diameter. The posts were 15 feet high. In the center was a pit of orange-red soil. There may be four concentric circles which further excavation may reveal. Recent digging has uncovered a forest of other posts and gravel ditches with elevated floors topped with yellowish clay covering 975 square yards. Pottery sherds, animal bones, flint flakes and mica from North Carolina has been found there. The center of the circles may point to the summer solstice. This circle would have been a place of pilgrimage for other groups. 
Columbus Dispatch story:
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/07/11/diggers-unearth-mysteries-of-fort-ancients-woodhenge.html?sid=101

 

Tolowa Cemetery Raided

A sacred Tolowa Dee-Ni’ site wedged between the farmlands of Fort Dick and the Pacific Ocean, 27-year-old Guylish Bommelyn buried an ancestor he’d never met. Full story at: http://tinyurl.com/y6hyaj9

 

 

 

 

 

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