By Maggie Fox, Reuters
Manataka American Indian Council Volume XI Issue 10 OCTOBER 2007
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow
|2||Legends of Old:||The Bird Whose Wings Made The Wind|
|2||Feature Story:||Who Owns The Past?|
|In the News:||World Drum coming to Manataka|
Letters to the Editor:
|Wanna Be, Will Rogers and Flowers|
|2||Politics:||Pivot Point for America|
|2||Organic Consumers:||Sun Screen and Corporate Bullies|
|2||Elder's Meditations:||Lame Deer, Lakota|
|2||Member Recognition:||Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman|
|2||Fluoride:||End Fluoridation Now!|
|2||Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A|
|2||Endangered Sacred Sites:||Toll Road Spoils Juaneno Sacred Site|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Now it came to pass at a certain time that the weather was so stormy they could not fish. The wind blew fiercely night and day, and they were greatly overcome by hunger. Finally the old father told his boys to walk along the seaside, and perhaps they might find a fish that had floated ashore, as sometimes happened.
So one of the young men started off to try his luck in this line; when he reached a point where the wind blew so fiercely that he could barely stand against it, he saw the cause of all the trouble. At the end of the point there was a ledge of rocks, called Rocky Point, extending far out. At low water the rocks were separated from one another by the shallow water, but nearly all were covered when the tide was in. On the farthest rock a large bird, the storm-king, was standing, flapping his wings and causing all the trouble by the wind he raised. The Indian planned to outwit him.
He called to the big bird, and addressed him as "my grandfather," and said, "Are you cold?" He answered, "No." The man replied, "You are cold, let me carry you ashore on my back." "Do so," was the answer. So the man waded over to the rock on which the bird was sitting, took him on his back, and carefully carried him from rock to rock, wading over the intervening spaces of shoal water. In going down the last rock, he stumbled on purpose, but pretended that it was an accident. Sadly, the poor old bird fell and broke one of his wings.
The man seemed very sorry, and immediately proceeded to set the bone and bind up the wing. He then directed the old fellow to keep quiet and not move his wings until the broken one healed. He now inquired if it pained him much, and was told that it did not. "Remain there and I will visit you again soon, and bring you some food." He now returned home, and found that the wind had all died away. There was a dead calm, so that before long they were supplied with a great abundance of food, as the eels were plenty and easily taken. But there can be too much of even a good thing.
Calm weather continued for a succession of days, causing the salt water to be covered with a scum. The Indians say it is the results of sickness and vomiting among the larger fish. This scum prevents the fishermen from seeing into the water, and consequently is adverse to eel-spearing. This took place on the occasion referred to, and so they sought for a remedy. The big bird was visited and his wing examined. It was sufficiently recovered to permit motion, and he was told to keep both his wings going, but that the motion must be steady and gentle. This produced the desired effect.
So be thankful for what you have, and remember that the grass is rarely greener on the other side. A different shade of green perhaps, that brings forth other pleasing effects, but your own grass will sustain you like no other.
Given with a gentle smile and a wink.
~Submitted by Deb Hirt of Delaware
Who owns the past?
Corbin Collins, September 5, 2007
If asked to enumerate their human rights, I doubt that most Americans would mention the right to control their dead. This is not because there is no such right; rather, the entitlement is so basic and universally extended that it is hardly recognized as a "right" by most people. But suppose America were occupied by a foreign invader whose scientists pillaged our cemeteries and shipped our ancestors' remains home for research. I have little doubt that most Americans would regard this as a fundamental violation of human rights and dignity.
The United States, of course, allowed this to happen to its indigenous people. Although our government acknowledged almost every other group's spiritual and legal claim to their dead, for much of American history it
did not extend this basic human entitlement to Native Americans. Huge quantities of their ancestral remains and sacred objects were shipped to research institutions such as UC Berkeley's Hearst Museum, which houses
the second largest such collection in the nation. In 1990, Congress tried to redress the injustice by passing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), which requires museums to repatriate human remains and sacred objects to tribes.
The law has had mixed success. Congress essentially left the details of NAGPRA administration to the institutions that controlled the collections, and although many museums have been conscientious, many have not. Unfortunately, NAGPRA fails to take sufficient account of the inherent conflict between museums' institutional and research interests and their obligations under the law. Museums quite naturally want to
keep their collections intact. This is especially true of museums run by scientists who conduct research on human remains, often in violation of Native American religious beliefs. The social utility of this research,
by the way, is largely intellectual. Although academic archaeology is a worthy and respected subject, it won't do much to cure disease, prevent global warming or solve other problems of vital consequence for human
life. In this sense, it is a luxury endeavor with a limited audience, and ought not to take precedence over human rights.
Many Native Americans believe that some scientists, particularly at the Hearst and other UC museums, are extremely hostile to NAGPRA and deliberately frustrate tribal claims. One way scientists have done this
is to exploit basic NAGPRA classifications. The law required that museums file inventories of their Native American collections by 1995, identifying items as either "culturally affiliated" or "culturally unidentifiable." Museums had to repatriate remains and artifacts to affiliated tribes, but for the indefinite future, they were allowed to keep culturally unidentifiable items. It is not surprising that some museums classified large portions of their collections as culturally unidentifiable.
For example, the Hearst Museum, which did not complete its
inventory until 2000, classified more than 80 percent of its collection as
culturally unidentifiable. Tribes can challenge this classification, but only on
a "case by case" basis. Tribes essentially have to do all of the research and
then place their evidence before "repatriation committees." In the UC
system, they first have to convince a campus committee and
then a systemwide committee. These committees are dominated by scientists. For instance, the University of California Office of the President committee is composed of five archaeologists, one attorney and
two Native Americans.
Within this context, a recent decision by Berkeley scientists
and administrators is very troubling. The UC Berkeley vice chancellor of
research, herself a scientist, commissioned a review of Hearst NAGPRA
services by two archaeologists, both of whom sit on the UCOP committee. The vice chancellor excluded Native Americans. The archaeologists recommended eliminating the NAGPRA unit, which included three Native
Americans who worked independently of museum scientists. This unit offered comprehensive research and consultation that helped tribes overcome a stacked process. The university has now removed all Native
Americans from positions of authority over NAGPRA and has essentially subordinated NAGPRA interests to the goals of research scientists. It appears that once again, a basic human right of Native Americans has
been trumped by a luxury science. It is time for the UC Regents to intervene.
Corbin Collins is a Bay Area writer and
communications director for the Native American NAGPRA Coalition.
This article appeared on page B - 11 of the San Francisco Chronicle
IN THE NEWS:
World Drum Project for Manataka Cancelled this year.
The one-year anniversary of the World Drum project will held at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Because of scheduling problems and miscommunication, the World Drum will not be at Manataka this year, according to Amanda Morningstar Moore, coordinator of the Manataka event.
The World Drum Project began on the steps of the Norwegian Parliament by Morten Wolf Storeide of Oslo, Norway. "Storeide is a member of Manataka and was recently honored with two of his poems in the last edition of the Smoke Signal. These poems came to him shortly after journey with his drum.
"We are hopeful that Storeide will join us here at Manataka during on the World Drum's next year," said Moore.
Storeid told Moore that he plans to have the World Drum return to him in Norway for a peace concert after the last ceremony in the North-American tour. He went on to say that the journey of the drum will not end. "It will continue on and on and will return to the United States again."
The World Drum is scheduled to journey to Austin, Texas after leaving Arkansas.
According to the World
Drum Project website
http://www.theworlddrum.com/ the purpose and goals are to "wake people from
their lethargy and indifference... to demand action from our governments and
politicians... to take drastic actions to reduce and stop pollution and
poisoning [of Mother Earth]...
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.
Greatest shame is being considered a wanna-be
I want to tell you about shame and how it affects the children of mixed parentage. This is a hard thing to discuss and it has taken me many years to even consider writing this down. This is my history:
I have been searching for my family. I was an adopted child, not a baby but a four year old. My new mother was blond with blue eyes. I certainly didnít look like her with my black hair and eyes. I didnít have rosy skin, mine has an olive cast. My adoption mother was very good to me but I still felt strange, disjointed, and unable to fit in with my new family.
This woman that raised me told me I had Indian blood but she didnít know much about the people I came from. She could tell me my motherís name and she knew who my grandmother was. When I turned 18 she took me to meet my grandmother. She had been raised by her older sister and her sisterís husband, who was a Cherokee. My grandmother told me that her mother was an Indian but since her mother had died when she was an infant she knew little about her.
I have searched and I have found that my great-grandfather was born on the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma. There is little information about him and the only thing I know about his wife is her first name and that their daughters say she was Indian. I am still looking.
You ask me what this has to do with shame? If my grandmother is Indian and my mother is a mixed blood Indian what does that make me? White? Some people think so. The government certainly thinks so. I look Native American enough (whatever that look is) for people to ask me if I am and to tell me I look like I am. I just tell them my grandmother is. I believe in the Creator, I believe in protecting the earth and I believe in community. I just donít know what community I belong to.
I guess the greatest shame is being considered a wanna-be because the government hasnít given me their endorsement. I donít have a card. Iím not sure I want one. Because I have the slim chance of finding a deceased relative on a government head count, and then having my blood sliced up and mathematically quantumized I can THEN be an Indian? It seems so silly.
If I was African-Am or Asian-Am, or any other mixed blood I wouldnít have to prove anything, I could embrace my non-white side without question or criticism or even...shame.
UNM - Anderson School of Management
To: Manataka Members,
This letter is to introduce and cordially invite you to the 2007 Fostering Indigenous Business & Entrepreneurship in the Americas (FIBEA) Conference in Acoma Pueblo Ė Sky City Resort, New Mexico, USA. This event is scheduled for November 7-9, 2007 at the Sky City Resort and Casino. The conference agenda will include two days of academic & business workshop sessions, and cultural performances. We are expecting over 200 international and domestic academicians and students, Indigenous business professionals, government officials, NGOs, and indigenous tribal nations to this two-day event.
The 2007 FIBEA conference is timely given the importance and variety of issues permeating the study and practice of indigenous entrepreneurship on a global scale. Indigenous entrepreneurship is at the core of current and future economic development for indigenous nations and communities around the globe.
Through this conference, we hope to enable indigenous business people in the private, public and tribal/community sectors to present indigenous business opportunities, solutions, and problems to a local, regional, national, and international audience. We also want to promote networking among indigenous business people and communities toward problem-solving and business opportunities.
We encourage you to visit our website at http://fibea.mgt.unm.edu or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Or you can reach us by phone at (505) 277-6471 or by fax at (505) 277-9868.
Raul de Gouvea, Ph.D.
FIBEA Conference Chair
Chair FIT Department
FIBEA Conference Coordinator
In the Smoke Signal
Will Rogers seems a victim of what might be called ''Cherokee grandmother syndrome,'' a vague genetic connection some white American citizens call upon to show a largely meaningless connection to Native America. The effect pulls him into a non-Native world, ultimately erasing his connection to Cherokee traditions.
I have a half Cherokee Gran and I am proud of that fact. It's not a vague connection, it is most likely the reason I am fortunate to have high cheekbones and an appreciation of nature and respect for it. I'm not "trying to get on the rolls" but could if i wanted but I also am proud of this heritage and respecting an ancestor is hardly a meaningless connection.
Calendula Helps Diverticulitis Disease
Years ago I was suffering six bouts a day with diverticulosis disease. Then I read a story about a flower called calendula in a magazine that read, "...This flower has been used since the middle ages for intestinal problems..." So, I phoned an herbalist friend who said I should pick a cupful of the flower, using the petals only in a hot tea. I do not like to add sugar or honey, preferring to sipping it straight.... and it works!
I went from six bouts a day to hardly any within a month. Now, very seldom do I have problem with the disease. Even when I don't drink the tea, I have very few problems. The tea is not unpleasant to drink.
If you already have calendula growing and consider them a weed ...you are meant to have them.
Some people consider them a weed when they see them in their garden but they aren't. Some even use the leaves in a salad as well as the flowers but be aware they will make you go to the toilet. I personally don't eat the leaves for that reason. There are 3 colors in my garden orange, yellow and gold. I hope this is help to some people who suffer the same disease as me.
Hannah White, New Zealand
I wanted to share this...
We walk our path in the time given, the steps we take are from our own choices. Some are blessed to get there with shorter steps, some like me like to take the long way around.
Creator in his wisdom knew to slow a Hawk down you could break itís wing, well knowing this Hawk, Creator figured Iíd probably just hit the ground running so he cut to the chase and broke both bones in my leg and crushed my ankle for good measure!
I have always been a slow learner and needed messages that were a little louder than the norm. Since I am now getting older and my time is getting shorter Creator figures it is time for me to shorten my steps on my path and seeing that a few broken bones didnít slow me down enough to still hear, Creator touched me with a blood clot to clear my mind (or maybe that is the blood thinners working).
My dreams are getting better now, I no longer have to walk everywhere I go, I can drive! (anyone who has broken a leg will get this one)
So many have given prayers from their hearts on my behalf and I seemed to have forgotten that I too still need to offer prayers. I have been sending quite a few lately. Mostly searching for how I can turn this mishap into a blessing that can be shared with others.
Yesterday as I lay on my couch looking out my picture window, like I have done for the last 52 days the tiniest bird lit on the lattice.
It was very windy, lightening and heavy rain, I thought to myself wow this bird is so fragile and small and he has so many things he must get past in his days to survive. I was just about to feel sorry for the little guy when I noticed that he was singing the prettiest song, it was like he was giving Creator praise for the blessing of his being.
That told me that I needed to take another look at my situation so another prayer was sent in request of a clearer picture (no more broken bones tho, please) of what am I to do?
I have so many causes drumming around inside of me, some I have started and set aside, others I have scribbled notes on, some I have tried and bobbled so what is it that I am to do I pray?
I have wrapped my life around the wrong things many times as I think we all have at one time or another. We make friends and we make enemies. Sometimes we spend too much of our time on the wrong causes and after a time they begin to own a piece of us to the point that we forget that we are on our path of healing and growth.
We do not owe the wrong causes anything but if we can learn that in pain there can be healing, maybe not always enough to make the body whole again but there can be enough to cure the soul. There is always an answer if you open your heart and ask, Creator always listens and answers.
A problem of mine is that I always want to give more than what I have available and I leave myself in such a mess that I walk farther away from my path than I can afford. I was awaken very early this morning with a comedy show going on inside of me.
I couldnít figure out what was going on, Creator must not be looking and some fool has decided to send crazy messages. I was seeing and hearing one joke after another on myself! I had to be weighed for the correct blood thinner medicine so I revisited the vision of me standing with one leg on the hospital scales and this rather very heavy set nurse standing beside me in case I fall. Figuring that I had lost a good 20 pounds from lying around the last couple months was totally horrified when I saw how much I had gained!
For about 10 seconds she eased my mind when she said, ďwell you know, you have been laid up for some time now and fat always turns to muscleĒ Whew! Then it hit me like a bed pan oh no, I hope I donít get as strong as she is!
At the end of seeing my self in a different light the message came that not all gifts to heal come from money and what you can buy for others, laughter is a gift that also heals. While it heals others it also heals the one giving. I wish you a day full of smiles.
SOME VERY INTERESTING THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER..... I FEEL WE ARE AT THE PIVOT POINT FOR AMERICA! DO YOU??
About the time the
original thirteen states adopted a new constitution in 1787, Alexander
Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had
this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government."
"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury."
"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years."
"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence
back into bondage"
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
~Submitted by Robert King Coke, Elder
This article is brought to you by ORGANIC BYTES, from Organic Consumers Assoc.
What you see with your eyes shut is what counts." -Lame Deer, Lakota
Another whole world opens up when we close our eyes and calm our mind. Be still and know; be still and hear; be still and see; be still and feel. Inside every person is a still, small voice. Sometimes it is necessary to close our eyes to shut down our perception in order to see. Try this occasionally, when you are talking to your child or spouse, close your eyes and listen to them. Listen to the tone of their voice; listen to their excitement; listen to their pain -- listen.
By Don Coyhis
By Don Coyhis
Manataka "Spirit Award"
for exemplary volunteer service to the organization and community, this months'
award by unanimous decision of the Elder Council goes to the following member:
Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman is quite a guy. He is a Manataka Membership Coordinator and works tirelessly to assist the organization and its members. His monthly column in the Smoke Signal is a favorite for many readers who enjoy his down-to-earth wisdom and grandfatherly advise on many topics.
"Hawk" is a founding member of the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, Inc. He has given presentations at schools in Central Illinois area on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Native American people for over 27 years. Hawk and members of his group present dance demonstrations for children who along with their teachers are invited to dance. Hawk believes children are the future.
On the Wall of Honor at Manataka a portrait of a much younger Daniel Hoffman hangs among other great men and women such as Chief Benito Gray Horse, Chief Bill Little Horse, Chief Jim Henson. In the picture, Hawk is wearing a policeman's uniform with his chest full of medals and ribbons. We are proud to call Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman our friend.
American Society of Clinical Oncologists Report Endorses use of Natural Remedies
As the worldwide acceptance of alternative medicine increases, so does the number of Americans taking the responsibility of personal health into their own hands. Studies conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reveal that more than thirty-six percent of Americans are using complementary and alternative medicine to help treat and prevent disease and enhance their quality of life.
Natural remedies are an essential component of alternative medicine, with more than 5 billion out-of-pocket dollars spent each year on herbal products in the United States alone, according to national surveys conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As the use of natural remedies becomes more widespread and accepted by the general population, they have gained increasing respect from the medical community as well.
Recently, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists released a report regarding the use of natural remedies as complementary treatments for cancer patients. This important report centered around two commonly used natural herbal supplements, Ginseng and Flaxseed, and the results were overwhelmingly positive.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, one of the leading and most well-respected medical authorities in the world, performed a study on Ginseng to determine its effectiveness as a remedy for fatigue in those battling cancer. Ginseng has traditionally been used as an energy booster, which is often a significant issue for those struggling with the energy loss that accompanies cancer, as well as the draining effects of chemotherapy.
The results, which have yet to be released formally, showed that patients taking 1000 milligrams of Ginseng per day experienced moderate to very much improved energy levels. These results are very important, as they further validate the approach of complementary treatment using natural and herbal remedies.
Fatigue is a major side effect of cancer treatment, and by using herbal remedies that can remedy this side effect, it allows for a more complete and effective treatment that not only fights disease, but promotes overall well-being, which is a vital factor in both physical and psychological recovery.
There are many natural remedies available that not only fight fatigue as Ginseng does, but also work to promote the bodyís overall vitality and health to aid in its recovery from a wide variety of illnesses, not just cancer!
MORE HEALTH WATCH
FDA APPROVES VIRAL ADULTERATION
OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY !
By Byron J. Richards, CCN, August 24, 2006 NewsWithViews.com
On Friday, August 18, 2006, the FDA approved a viral cocktail to be sprayed on foods we eat. This is the first time viruses have been approved for use as food additives. The FDA wants you to believe it will be safe to consume these viruses every day for the rest of your life with no adverse health effects. This is a monumental announcement by the FDA, indicating they are throwing all caution to the wind regarding the safety of our food supply.
Are you willing to stand in line for a virus-laden sandwich? How do you like the idea of buying virus-infested food for your family? The first virally contaminated foods entering our food supply with the blessings of the FDA will be luncheon meat poultry. Live viruses will be sprayed on foods such as cold cuts, sausages, hot dogs, sliced turkey, and chicken.
At issue is the very real problem of a poor quality FDA-approved food supply that is already full of diseased and sickly animals, many of them imported from other countries. The use of antibiotics during growth and radiation during food processing is required by the fast-food animal farms owned by multi-national companies to cover up the horrendous health of the animals they wish to feed to Americans. Animals in poor health are a friendly place for bacteria to grow and prosper, especially after such meat goes to market. Rather than address the source of the problem, the FDA wants to add another adulteration into our food supply.
WASHINGTON - Echinacea may not only
help reduce the symptoms of a cold but may help prevent
infection with some cold viruses, U.S. researchers said on
People who took echinacea had a 58 percent lower risk of catching a cold, according to the researchers, who did not study the herb's effects directly but looked at the results of 14 studies in an approach called a meta-analysis.
Dr. Craig Coleman of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, who led the research, cautioned that the studies only involved 1,600 people. They also involved various echinacea products, so it was still difficult to know for sure if and how echinacea might work to prevent colds.
"All the studies trended toward reducing a patient's odds of developing a cold. But none of them was large enough -- they didn't have enough patients -- to prove it statistically," said Coleman in a telephone interview.
Coleman's study, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, is one of the few to take a look at the efficacy of echinacea , a widely used product derived from several different species of flower.
"Someone needs to do a really large, well-done, randomized trial. That is unlikely to occur because there is a lack of funding," Coleman said.
Drug companies cannot patent such a widely used herbal product, he noted.
From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
Fluoride Action Network
Tell your Congressional representatives you want an end to fluoridation now!
On August 9, 2007, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) released a statement signed by over 600 professionals calling for an end to fluoridation. The signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the landmark 2006 National Research Council report on fluorideís 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 hundreds of medical, dental, scientific and environmental professionals from around the world.
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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Husband: "When I get mad at you, you never fight back. How do you control your anger?"
Wife: "I clean the toilet bowl."
Husband: "How does that help?"
Wife: "I use your toothbrush
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
James Taylor Speaks Out!
Navy's sonic assault on whales should be stopped immediately. I'm asking for
your help to make it happen.
Let me be clear: I have the deepest respect for the U.S. Navy. When I was growing up, my father was a doctor and commander in the Navy. His role in helping to establish a base at the South Pole in 1957, as part of the International Geophysical Year, had a lifelong impact on me.
We loved the Navy because it helped win World War II. But we also loved the Navy because it was a leader in the scientific study of the natural world.
That's why I feel so strongly that today's Navy should be using its vast resources to protect not just our nation but the health of our planetís oceans as well.
And it's why I am so distressed by the acoustic onslaught the Navy is now waging beneath our planet's oceans -- an onslaught known to kill whales with dangerous mid-frequency sound waves.
Mid-frequency sonar is designed to detect enemy submarines. The Navy's warships deploy underwater speakers that blast the ocean with noise in excess of 235 decibels -- a sonic barrage roughly comparable to a Saturn V rocket at blast-off.
That explosive level of noise can cause whales -- who have an exquisite sense of hearing -- to panic, surface too quickly, and hemorrhage internally. Many beached whales have been found bleeding around their brains and ears after their fatal encounters with military sonar.
Imagine a sound so disorienting or so painful that you jump out of the sea and die on the beach rather than be subjected to it for another minute! From a whale's point of view, the Navy's sonic assault must seem like torture.
But that torture isn't just cruel, it's unnecessary.
You see, the Navy could adopt simple safety measures when training with sonar that would prevent the needless infliction of pain and death on these magnificent animals. For example, the Navy could avoid marine habitats where whales are known to migrate, feed, and raise their young. These common-sense precautions would not compromise military readiness.
But the Navy refuses. So the maiming and killing of whales goes on.
This callousness toward nature -- toward the ocean itself -- does not reflect the Navy I grew up with. We deserve better. And, as Americans, it's our right to demand better.
Our message is simple: Whales should not have to die for military practice.
Please join me and millions of other people in getting that message to the U.S. Navy and to Congress. and tell the Navy to do the right thing.
Then please help us build a nationwide outcry by forwarding this message to your friends and family members who would want to know about the Navy's reckless assault on whales and other marine life.
Let's not wait for hundreds, or even thousands, more whales to suffer and die. Please stand with me in demanding a more humane Navy right now.
NRDC Action Fund
ENDANGERED SACRED SITES:
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) - The Juaneno Band of Mission Indians wants the California Coastal Commission to stop a 16-mile extension of the 241 toll road for fear ancient burial ground there could be spoiled.
The burial site straddling the San Diego and Orange County line connects with the planned Foothill South toll road extension, where Juaneno ancestors lived four thousand years ago in an ancient Acjachemen Nation village called Panhe.
The Juanenos plan to ask coastal commissions in October for a halt to toll road extension plans.
The extension will run from Oso Parkway to Interstate 5 at San Onofre State Beach. The village site is on the state Native American Heritage Commission's register of sacred sites.
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