Manataka™ American Indian
Council Volume XVII Issue 10
Preserving The Past Today For
and his people were greedy butchers who enslaved thousands. Do we
celebrate him? No.
~Lee Standing Bear Moore
leadership is a reflection of things that we create. Conduct
is the mirror that
emphasizes your image, be cognizant of your reflection.
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Beautiful and momentous
events are happening at Manataka.
We once had deadlines. Now we don't. --Gadoda
"So don't be afraid. What we left behind, leave it back
there. Try to do some good. Let's try to take a step, try to think something
good." --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota
Every day is a new
day. Sometimes we make mistakes. We do not need to carry these mistakes
along with us. Take the lessons and leave the mistakes behind. Look forward
to today. Today we can do something good. Today we can have good thoughts.
Today we can think kind, uplifting thoughts about ourselves. Today I will
think good about ...
My Creator, today I ask You to
direct my thoughts
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The Indian Model of Liberty
Steven Newcomb, Shawnee/Lenape,
Indian Country Today Media Network
1988, the United States Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 331,
expressly acknowledging that the Haudenosaunee had some degree of influence on
the formation of the Constitution of the United States. The model of the
Haudenosaunee (‘Builders of the Longhouse’) had influence on the events that led
to the work in Independence Hall in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to create
a centralized government structure as a way of transitioning away from the
Articles of Confederation.
The concept of a confederation, or an alliance between
many different nations, was adopted by the men of influence, British colonists,
who had gradually come to think of themselves as “Americans,” and as therefore
distinct from their British counterparts across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Delaware were also organized in a free and
independent Confederacy. It was the free existence or liberty of Indian nations
that resulted in the Indian treaties. Our North American Indian ancestors served
as a model of liberty by demonstrating to the British colonists what it meant to
be truly free, and this model became a value that many of the founders of the
United States such as Benjamin Franklin greatly admired. No people on earth were
more free than our ancestors.
The men who created the United States Constitution had
mastered world history. They well understood the Greek and Roman models of
empire, and in developing the framework for their own American Empire, there
were elements of these systems that they wanted to emulate. However, a number of
influential revolutionaries deeply mistrusted the prospect of a centralized U.S.
system. They strongly advocated for a Bill of Rights as a means of carving out a
sphere of personal liberty which the dominance of ‘government’ was not to
violate. Free expression, free press, free assembly, the free exercise of
religion, and so forth were predicated on the value of liberty, albeit ‘civil
liberties,’ and thus ‘free’ under the reign of the civis.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Adam and Eve
I have a problem."
"What's the problem, Eve?"
"I know that you created me and provided this beautiful garden and all of these
wonderful animals, as well as that hilarious comedic snake, but I'm just not
"And why is that, Eve?"
"Lord, I am lonely and sick to death of apples."
"Well. Eve, in that case I have a solution. I shall create a man for you."
"Man, what is that, Lord?"
"A flawed creature with many bad traits. He'll lie, cheat and be vain: all in
all he'll give you a hard time. But he will be bigger, faster and will like to
kill and hunt things. I'll create him in such a way that he will satisfy your
He will be witless and will revel in childish things like fighting and
kicking a ball about.
He won't be as smart as you, so he will always need your advice to think
"Sounds great," says Eve, with ironically raised eyebrows, "but what's the
"Well, you can have him on one condition."
"And what's that, Lord?"
"As I said, he'll be proud, arrogant, and self-admiring. So you'll have to let
him believe that I made him first. And it will have to be our little secret...
you know, woman to woman."
The Cherokee Dred Scott
By Charles “Chuck” Trimble
read and absorb as truth the accounts of idealistic
observers like Thomas More, Amerigo Vespucci, Las Casas,
Rousseau, and others who bolster our view of our ancestors.
We paint our people as innocents, pristine in relationship
with all of nature, and pure in social structures and
In our struggle for the rights of
our Native people and our tribal governments, we point out
the terrible things that we have suffered over history.
Those accounts are manifold in history books in our
research—the taking of our lands and our forced removal from
primeval homelands, and the slaughter of our people from the
earliest days of contact with the European immigrants. We
have adopted the terms genocide and holocaust
to describe the killing of our tribes through pestilence,
removal, and unprovoked warfare. And we grieve the memory of
the massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho families at Sand Creek
in Colorado, the slaughter of Cheyenne men, women and
children at Washita, rampant slaughter of the inhabitants of
Indian Island in California, and the infamous massacre at
Wounded Knee Creek.
Often we recall these things to
put our conquerors and colonizers on a guilt trip to loosen
up federal purse strings to meet the needs of our people,
and to stir our political adrenaline to fight for our rights
as the citizens of the first nations on this continent.
So it is painful in reading
history to learn truths that disappoint our preconceptions
of our nobler selves—to learn that we are just humans after
all. Increasingly we are shaken to consciousness to this
fact by actions in our tribal nations today.
Such is the case in the ongoing
disenfranchisement of the Freedmen Blacks of the Cherokee
Nation of Oklahoma.
It is true that the newly
emancipated slaves of Cherokee plantations were forced onto
the tribe by the victorious Union as punishment for having
fought against the North in the Civil War, and the tribe was
forced to incorporate them into their citizenry.
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descendants of slaves from tribe
TULSA, Okla. (AP) —
One of the nation's largest American Indian
tribes has sent letters to about 2,800
descendants of slaves once owned by its members,
revoking their citizenship and cutting their
medical care, food stipends, low-income
homeowners' assistance and other services. The
Cherokee Nation acted this week after its
Supreme Court upheld the results of a 2007
special vote to amend the Cherokee
constitution and remove the slaves' descendants
and other non-Indians from tribal rolls. The
300,000-member tribe is the biggest in Oklahoma,
although many of its members live elsewhere.
Olive Anderson, 70,
of Kansas City, Mo., called the letter she
received "a slap in the face." "It tears me up
to think they can attack my ancestors," Anderson
The tribe never
owned black slaves, but some individual members
did. They were freed after the Civil War, in
which the tribe allied with the Confederacy. An
1866 treaty between the tribe and the federal
government gave the freedmen and their
descendants "all the rights of native
But more than 76
percent of Cherokee voters approved the
amendment stripping the descendants of their
citizenship. Tribal leaders who backed the
amendment, including then-Principal Chief Chad
Smith, said the vote was about the fundamental
right of every government to determine its
citizens, not about racial exclusion.
Continues to Shed Light on Boricua Identity
Rico (UCTP Taino News) - Puerto Rico's
Institute of Culture, a governmental agency,
has historically promoted the island's
demographic heritage as a blending of three
cultures – American Indian, Spanish, and
African – forming one a national identity.
Many Puerto Rican scholars continue to
highlight 'cultural' blending as officially
they have erroneously claimed the local
indigenous population was exterminated in
the first 50 years of colonization. Data
released from the 2010 U.S. Census documents
a different perspective as more "Puerto
Ricans" are defining themselves as American
Indians. See the full article at UCTP Taino
Donated to Hiawatha
Institute for Indigenous
From: Doug George-Kanentiio
Overlooks Cohoes Falls
and is site where
established the Iroquois
MA, USA; September 28,
2011 – Brookfield
announced today that it
has signed an agreement
to donate land of
significance to the
Hiawatha Institute for
The approximately 100
acres of land, located
adjacent to Cohoes Falls
in Waterford, New York,
contain the sacred site
where Skennenrahawi, the
Peacemaker, is said to
have established the
Confederacy, the world’s
oldest united nations
(see story below).
General Manager for New
York East Operations
recognizes that this
land is part of our
continent’s rich history
and is pleased that the
Hiawatha Institute has
agreed to preserve and
protect the land’s
importance for future
Is the Catholic
Revoke the Inter Caetera Papal Bull of
By Tony Castanha, Ph.D.
Influences of the Concept of Discovery on
Contemporary Globalization Policies
kakou and guatiao. I would first like to note that this
paper is a work in progress. It is sort of a profound
intellectual exercise, but the subject matter has also
had some dire historical and contemporary consequences
for society as a whole. It is the result of about
fourteen years of experience, back to 1997, when I first
learned that the 1493 INTER CAETERA papal bull was
directed against my Carib or Jibaro ancestors in the
Caribbean. So this exercise has been importantly a
personal journey of understanding, too.
Before I talk about contemporary globalization policies,
it's important to provide some historical and
theoretical background to show how so-called
"discovery," in a defacto sense, has been very
influential over time until today. I should add that I
certainly do not adhere to the idea that the discovery
principle forms the legal basis of the international
system, most importantly because our ancestors rejected
and disagreed with these laws and the subsequent actions
that were ushered in.
In his book Eurocentrism, Samir Amin
writes that the European colonization of the world
beginning in 1492 marked a decisive break in world
Up until that time, a capitalist system had not fully
formed and certainly not on a global scale. This does
not take place until "Europe becomes conscious of the
universalist scope of its civilization, henceforth
capable of conquering the world." The European encounter
in Africa, the Americas, parts of Asia, and origin of
the transatlantic slave trade
marked the dawn of the global economic or globalization
system as we know it today. It was capitalist and
Native Defenders of the
Longtime activist Winona
LaDuke, Anishinaabeg, is one of ten
Native environmentalists featured in
"Native Defenders of the Environment."
Written by Vincent
Schilling, a tribal member of the Saint
Regis Mohawk tribe, "Native Defenders"
is written for young people from ages 9
- 16. Schilling has contributed to
several American Indian news
publications in the United States,
including "Indian Country," "Native
Times," "Tribal College Journal," and
"Winds of Change."
Schilling writes Winona
Laduke "works to reclaim Native lands,
advocates renewable energy resources,
and protects Native cultures."
LaDuke does have quite
impressive resume in the area of
environmental issues, especially
regarding those in Indian Country. Her
activism goes back to her girlhood with
both parents participating in social
activism during the tumultuous 1960s and
Even with her busy
schedule working to protect the
environment, she still serves as the
executive director of Honor the Earth,
an environmental organization that seeks
to break the geographical and political
isolation of Native communities and to
generate financial support for the
sustainable survival of Native people.
Nine other Native
activists are featured besides LaDuke in
short chapters. Included are: Grace
Thorpe, Sac and Fox Nation, who helped
to prevent nuclear waste dumps on
reservations; Tom Goldtooth, Dakota,
director of the Indigenous Environmental
Network; Sarah James, Gwich'in, who
opposed the oil drilling in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge; among others.
"Native Defenders of the
Environment" is the fifth book in the
Native Trailblazers Series featuring the
actions on the contributions of American
Indians and Canadian First Nations
individuals who provide inspirational
role models of young readers.
The Native Trailblazers
Series is refreshing because of its
accent on the positive contributions of
Native people. It is refreshing because
in the past so many other books have not
been so kind to Native people. Whether
the young readers are Native or
non-Native, it matters little, Native
Trailblazers provides the impetus for
young readers to make positive
contributions to society themselves.
"Native Defenders of the
Environment" is a must for teachers who
teach young people about the importance
of the protecting the environment.
The Native people
featured in "Native Defenders of the
Environment" will make you want to stand
up and applause their great efforts to
preserve Mother Earth for the next seven
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Elder, Chaplain Fred D. Wilcoxson
PhD, PC, BCCC
When you die, you will be spoken of as those in the sky, like
the stars. –
The rainbow is a sign from Him who is in all things. -
I read this story I think of the hundreds of deaths that I have
attended. On far too many occasions the one who has died had
never talked to anyone about their wishes for this time. I
wonder how much more comforted the family and friends might of
felt if this person had already answered all of the questions
that they will soon have to answer. Sadness and mourning are a
normal result of death. Joy, comfort, gratefulness can also come
to compliment the grief. I believe that one of the greatest
gifts we can give our loved ones is to remove a part of their
burden caused by our dying. I encourage every one to take the
time now to discuss your wants and desires when the end of your
life nears or comes. The Five Wishes document is a good way to
give them your advanced directives and your message to those
left behind. Please pass this gift along to everyone you are
caring for and care about. ~Chaplain
and a Fork
was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness
and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting
her things 'in order,' she contacted her Pastor and had him come
to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
Manataka Needs Prayer Ties
ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around
the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations. The
gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition
of many peoples. Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to
sacred sites and or places that require healing.
We need thousands of prayer ties. You can
help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for
distribution to people and places that need your prayers.
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