Manataka American Indian Council                                  Volume XVII  Issue 02  February 2011


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

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Contents of Page 2              

Legends of Old: Coyote Races with Frog
Feature Story::   Ancient Maya Prophesies - Chapter 10

Letters to the Editor:

Sounding Off -- Opinions and Thoughts
Endangered Earth:   Stop Lead and Pesticide Poisoning
Organic Consumers: Monsanto: Corporate Villain of the Year
Elder's Meditations: Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
Women's Council News: Lita Pepion:  Working Up a Good Sweat
Earth Medicine:   The Miracle of Antioxidants
Fluoride: US Says Too Much Fluoride In Water

Animal Rights and Wrongs:

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Government Uselessly Slaughters Wolves

Sacred Sites:

Religious Freedom for Native Americans

 


 

 

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LEGENDS OF OLD:

 

 

Coyote Races with Frog

 

White Mountain Apache Legend

 

One day Slim Coyote was traveling along.  He met Frog. Slim Coyote said to Frog, "Come on, let's race together and see who is the faster."

 

Frog said, "You must be making fun of me to talk like that."

 

"No, come on, let's race together!" said Slim Coyote.

 

"All right," said Frog, "but first I want to go some place for a minute."

 

Slim Coyote said he would wait.  Frog went off and went to where the other frogs were, his people.  He told them he was going to race Slim Coyote and that he wanted them to place themselves all along where the race was to be, at intervals.

 

"Now," he said, "if Coyote is the loser, then the frog who has the place at the finish will say to Coyote, 'My aunt, {In derision.} you are no runner at all; you are no man, only a boy,' and make fun of him." 

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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  -  Nov

Chapter   8  -  Dec

Chapter   9  -  January 2011

Chapter 10  -  February

Chapter 11  -  March

Chapter 12  -  April

 

Ancient Maya Holy Time

And the Evolution of Creation Map

Chapter 10

Map of Holy Time

Ancient Maya Prophesies

Maya: pronounced MaH yuh

 

Many people today react to prophesies with an attitude that it will take hundreds of years for such dramatic events to take place. This is because they are stuck in a materialistic worldview were consciousness is perceived as secondary to materialism.

 

Consciousness evolved according to a Divine Plan whether we like it or not, all we need to do to acknowledge this is to balance the calendars of physical time with the tun-based Tzolkin Calendars of Spirit.

 

Known as Time’s Special Witness, 7Th century Maya prophet (Pacal the Great) left a universal message for future generations of an evolving earth. Proclaiming, “If Humanity Wishes To Save Itself From Biospheric Destruction It Must Return To Living In Natural Time.” Pacal foretells of our accelerated technological society and the resulting damage of our collective divergence from Natural Law in exchange for materialist values.

 

Pacal the Great’s prophetic call is alerting present-day humanity that our biological process is transforming, approaching the culmination of a 26,000-tun evolutionary program. Bringing the return of universal telepathy, heightened sense capacity, and self-reflective consciousness, this is a return to the sacred domain of our inner technology.

 

This time we are now in has been called “The Time of Trial on Earth,” “ Judgment Day,” “The Time of Great Purification,” “ The End of this Creation,” “The Quickening,” “The End of Time as we Know It,” “The Shift of the Ages.” It is foretold that the completion of this Creation cycle brings regeneration of earth, offering awakening to all open and willing hearts. Many people’s spoke of these last days of the Great Cycle, including the Aborigines, Hopi, Egyptians, Kabbalists, Essences, Qero elders of Peru, Navajo, Cherokee, Apache, Iroquois confederacy, Dogon Tribe and the Ancient Maya.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...

 

SOUND OFF!

 

 

Manataka receives hundreds of letters each month. 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.   Click Here to Read January Letters to the Editor

 

This Blanket Is For You...
 

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Thank you for the inspiring gift of Smoke Signal News.  And blessing to you all in the New Year. ~Faye George

 

Click Here to Read January Letters to the Editor

 

 

ENDANGERED EARTH:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center for Biological Diversity

 

Stop Lead and Pesticide Poisoning

Every day millions of frogs, birds and other animals are poisoned by toxics put into the wild by humans. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity has launched massive campaigns to save endangered species around the country from pesticides and lead used in ammunition and fishing tackle.  This year we'll be in court fighting the EPA's political denial of our petition to ban lead in fishing gear and shot. Our petition, armed with nearly 500 studies highlighting the harm toxic lead causes to wildlife, would finally put an end to this preventable epidemic that kills 10 million to 20 million birds each year, including eagles and California condors. We'll also go after the EPA in the courts for approving hundreds of pesticides without considering the catastrophic harm they cause to frogs, fish and other wildlife around the country.

 


Protect Marine Life From Offshore Drilling
If the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico made one thing clear, it's that offshore drilling is deadly dangerous. Birds, sea turtles, tuna and oysters -- and the local communities and economies -- paid a terrible price after the BP spill, and the Center for Biological Diversity is determined to prevent a repeat of that kind of environmental disaster.  Already, we've forced reforms in how the government regulates offshore drilling and celebrated court victories blocking offshore drilling in Alaska and stopping expansion in the lower 48 states. In 2011, we're redoubling our efforts to protect places like the Arctic, where an offshore spill in frigid waters would devastate polar bears, beluga whales and sea lions. While we're pursuing multiple lawsuits to hold BP and the government accountable for the Gulf disaster, we'll push for a permanent ban on offshore projects in Alaska.  

 


Harness the Power of the Clean Air Act
The new Congress is already taking aim at the Clean Air Act -- one of the most important laws for combating climate change. The attacks will grow worse as the Environmental Protection Agency begins to use the Act to limit greenhouse pollution. The Center for Biological Diversity will fight hard in 2011 to make sure the power of the Clean Air Act isn't gutted or diluted by hostile politicians or weak compromises. Our warming planet can't afford half-measures or more delayed action.

Here's why: Global warming is no longer just a problem for future generations -- it's a global crisis with devastating consequences already being felt today. Look no further than the plight of polar bears in the Arctic, whose sea-ice habitat is melting rapidly, leaving bears to starve and drown. Congress failed to pass any new climate legislation in 2010; we won't let them use 2011 to weaken one of the few laws left to combat this worldwide crisis. 

 

 

 


 

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Alerts of the MONTH 

Monsanto: Corporate Villain of the Year

Fifty-one percent of those polled recently by the popular online newsletter Natural News chose Monsanto as the "Most Evil Corporation of the Year." Author and activist Mike Adams explains why:

* Monsanto behaves like an evil corporation that pretends to be angelic. The Monsanto website is an orgy of touchy-feely corporate spin that tries to position the company as the savior of life on planet Earth.

* Monsanto's GMO crops are now linked to roughly 200,000 suicides of farmers and farm workers in India.

* Monsanto put anti-GMO politicians in France and Europe on a "retaliatory target list" that was assembled by the United States ambassador to France, working in conspiracy with the leaders of the GMO industry. 


Organizing a Grassroots Truth-in-Labeling Campaign in Your Community

"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it."

- Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994

The Millions Against Monsanto and Factory Farms Truth-in-Labeling campaign will no doubt turn out to be a protracted struggle. But restoring consumers' right-to-know is well worth the effort, since once the thin veneer of "normalcy" or acceptability is lifted off of Monsanto and Food Inc.'s products, millions of consumers will demand non-GM, organic, local, and non-factory-farm products.

Groundwork: Organizing a Truth-in-Labeling Petition Drive in Your Local Community

(1) Form a volunteer "Millions Against Monsanto and Factory Farms" committee and begin to educate and mobilize a thousand or more petition-signers in your community.

* Circulate the GMO/CAFO Truth-in-Labeling petition

* Download and Distribute OCA's Millions Against Monsanto flyer: Ten Things Monsanto Does Not Want You to Know

(2) Order "Millions Against Monsanto" bumper stickers or T-shirts from the OCA national office. Use these tools to create visibility for your Truth-in-Labeling campaign in your community. You can go here to place your order.

(3) Register your local Truth-in-Labeling campaign with the Organic Consumers Association. Send an email with your full contact information to information@organicconsumers.org. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and give us an idea of how much support you believe there is in your local community. Designate yourself or a group of volunteers as local coordinators. OCA staff can let you know how many people have already signed labeling petitions in your local community. Once you are ready, OCA will set up a Truth-in-Labeling "listserv" or email communications network for your local area. Set a preliminary goal for the number of petition signers (OCA suggests a minimum of 1,000) that you need in order to move forward.

(4) Stay tuned for an OCA webinar or online seminar for more tips on how to organize a Millions Against Monsanto and Factory Farms Truth-in-Labeling campaign in your community. 

 


Hell No! No New GMOs!

 

The USDA is currently accepting public comments on whether to approve Monsanto's GMO alfalfa. This is the first time -- because they were ordered to by the courts -- that the USDA is considering what impact GMO crops have on organic varieties that could get contaminated with Franken-genes. Please take action today.

 


 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"We say there is a right time and place for everything.It's easy to say, but hard to understand. You have to live it to understand it."  --Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

 

The Elders tell us there is a right time and a right place. Don't plant seeds in the fall- wrong time. One way we find out about the right time and right place is our experience. If we are lucky, we have a few friends who will share their experience; this will help us too. The best way is to let God guide us. Only He knows the right time and the right place. So we need to pray and ask Him for guidance.

 

Great Spirit, show me patience so I can live in the right time and right place.

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

By Don Coyhis

 


 

 

Women's Council News

 

 

Lita Pepion:  Working Up a Good Sweat

 

 

CRL Health & Fitness, LLC is a Native owned and operated Health & Fitness Consulting business offering health and fitness training, certifications, motivational presentations and program development services uniquely tailored to Indian People, their learning styles and culture.  Formed in 2008 by Lita Pepion of the Blackfeet Nation in response to mounting health disparities among Native People, CRL has trained and certified over 250 Native American Fitness Professionals and presented at Native health and wellness conferences throughout the United States.

 

Growing up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, MT Pepion experienced first hand the poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, apathy and acceptance of unhealthy choices common on many Indian Reservations.  She practiced these behaviors too and, ended up in the gutter, jail, hospital and worse. 

 

 


 

Earth Medicine...

 

 

Medicine for the People

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, BSNH  

 

The Miracle of Antioxidants

 

Antioxidants, air, moisture, and light combined oxidizes our car. In time the chrome will rust away. This destruction process is called oxidation.

 

To explain it this way, remove the antioxidant coating from an apple by peeling away its skin and exposing the insides of the apple to the air and it will spoil quickly.  Lemon juice contains antioxidants.  Pour lemon juice on the exposed apple and it will delay it from spoiling.

 

If you look around, we as humans have skin, trees have bark, animals have skin, even thicker than humans, and anything you see on Mother Earth has a protective area to cover itself. This is Mother Earth's way of protecting our species, plants, animals and any other life on this planet. The Great Spirit (Creator) knew in his infinite wisdom that we would be destroying ourselves as soon as we gained the knowledge to do so. We are a planet of destruction.

 

Knowledge and progress is destroying the human race and all of its inhabitants. Mother Earth cries out for mercy but we do not hear her call. We continually destroy her daily. In destroying her then we are destroying our selves. We are part of the web of life as stated by Chief Seattle.  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...

 

Feds plan to lower recommended fluoride limit in water supplies -- first change in nearly 50 years!

 

US Says Too Much Fluoride In Water

by The Associated Press

 

In this June 3, 2008 file photo, Liberty Valley Elementary School, Danville, Pa., kindergarten student Tianna Swisher attempts to drink from the water fountain at Montour Preserve, near Washingtonville, Pa., during the school's outdoor field trip. Fluoride in drinking water, credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay, may now be too much of a good thing. It's causing spots on some kids' teeth. A reported increase in the spotting problem is one reason the federal government announced it plans to lower the recommended limit for fluoride in water supplies, the first such change in nearly 50 years.

 

 

Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay — may now be too much of a good thing. It's causing spots on some kids' teeth.

 

About 2 out of 5 adolescents have tooth streaking or spottiness because of too much fluoride, a surprising government study found recently. In some extreme cases, teeth can even be pitted by the mineral — though many cases are so mild only dentists notice it.

Health officials note that most communities have fluoride in their water supplies, and toothpaste has it too. Some kids are even given fluoride supplements.   Read More>>>

 


 

 

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS

 

 

Government Uselessly Slaughters Wolves

 

She had traveled to four states and logged more than 1,000 miles from her home in Montana.

But a female wolf from the Mill Creek pack (known as 314F), met a horrific fate in Colorado -- illegally poisoned by the deadly Compound 1080.

 

314F's last moments must have been excruciating. Plagued with convulsions, dizziness and unbearable pain, her incredible journey ended in a terrible death on a lonely Colorado road.

 

But sadly, she is not alone. Because it is one of the most lethal toxins known to humankind, Compound 1080 was once completely banned. Illicit stockpiles still remain -- and it has been used to illegally kill wolves.

 

Compound 1080 -- so dangerous, it is classified as a chemical weapon in several countries -- is now legally used by the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services to kill coyotes in nine states.

 

Compound 1080 and other deadly toxins -- approved by EPA and used by Wildlife Services -- don't always reach their intended victims. Sodium cyanide -- another highly toxic poison -- kills hundreds of non-target animals each year. Protected wolves, rare swift foxes and even hundreds of pet dogs have been killed by baited traps that are left unattended.

 

EPA is currently deciding whether to continue to allow the use of Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide by Wildlife Services to kill native wildlife. And we need your help to ban these deadly chemicals.

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Wildlife Services continues to rely on poisons -- a heavy-handed approach to dealing with predation of livestock -- despite the fact that only a small percentage of sheep and cattle are killed by wild predators each year.

Non-lethal alternatives like improved fencing, guard animals, range riders and other methods can safely and effectively keep predators away from domestic animals -- without the use of deadly poisons.

 

Act now to end the use of Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide -- a terrible way for wildlife to die.

It's too late for 314F. After traveling more than 1,000 miles from home, she met a grisly fate.

 

~Submitted by Awi Anida Waya


 

 


 

 

SACRED SITES:

 

 

 

Religious Freedom for Native Americans

Native American religious practices and the sanctity of sacred sites should be protected as de facto First Amendment rights.

 

History of U.S. Policy: A Disregard of Native Religious Freedom

The history of U.S. policy towards the religious practices of Native Americans contrasts sharply with the image of the U.S. as a refuge from religious persecution and domination. Beginning in the early 19th century, the federal government supported the "civilization" and "Christian education" of Native Americans. Congress financially supported mission activities, including 200 mission schools which prohibited students from practicing their traditional religions. The Dawes Act of 1887 outright prohibited native religious ceremonies and the practices of traditional religious figures. This was the law of the land for almost fifty years.

 

Even today, the freedom of Native Americans to practice their traditional religions continues to be questioned in the courts and discounted in federal legislation. In the past few decades, issues such as access to religious sites, the use of peyote in religious ceremonies, the process of obtaining eagle feathers for religious uses, and Native American prisoners' access to religious articles and practitioners have all raised questions about the U.S. government's true commitment to protecting religious freedom for all people in the U.S., including Native Americans.

 

Protection for Sacred Sites

Imagine holding worship service in a church that is designated by law to be open at all times to the public- hikers, picnickers, and tourists. Imagine rock climbers scaling the walls of the National Cathedral during religious services. Imagine a place of worship in your hometown being replaced by an open pit mine. Imagine leveling the Wailing Wall to build a highway through Jerusalem. Most people in the U.S. take for granted the sanctity of worship sites. For many Native Americans, however, protection for their sacred sites is uncertain at best.

  • Enact legislation to protect Native Americans' access to religious sites. So far, the federal courts have found that neither the First Amendment nor the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 guarantee tribes protection of or access to sacred sites. For example, in Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association (1988), the Supreme Court narrowly defined the federal government's responsibility to protect religious freedom. The court allowed for the U.S. Forest Service to construct a road on USFS land, despite recognizing that construction through the cemetery would "destroy the...Indians' ability to practice their religion." Although a 1996 Executive Order instructed federal agencies to accommodate Native Americans' use of ceremonial sites and to avoid "adversely affecting the physical integrity" of sites, Native Americans have nonetheless had to struggle to protect sites on a case by case basis.

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