Manataka American Indian Council Volume XII Issue 6
- Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Flint-Man, The Search for Fire, and Loon Woman -
A Atsugewi Legend (Pit River Tribe)
one time people had no flint for their arrows. They used bark for arrow-points,
and it did not work well. One day Ground-Squirrel determined to get flint from
Flint-Man, who owned it.
So he stole away while every one else was out hunting. He got
to the house where Flint-Man lived, and went in. He said he was hungry, and
Flint-Man gave him pounded flint to eat. He ate much of it, and then lay down to
sleep. The pounded flint he had eaten made Squirrel sick, and he defecated
Flint-Man saw this, and thought, "Well, he will die."
He came over and looked at Squirrel, and thought he was dead:
so he left him, and went out. As soon as he was gone, Squirrel jumped up, for he
had been shamming. He took a lot of flints, made them up in a bundle, and ran
away. Flint-Man soon saw him, and gave chase. He nearly caught up with him, when
Squirrel threw the flints into a hole in the ground, and jumped in after them.
Flint-Man came up and jumped in after him; but Squirrel was out at the other
end, and away before he could reach him.
Phil Lane Jr., Awarded 2008 Center
for Healing Racism Ally Award
International Indigenous Humanitarian and Educator
-- The Center for the Healing of Racism announced today that the 14th Annual
Ally Award will be presented to international Indigenous humanitarian, educator
and Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. at a June 21 luncheon in Houston Texas. Lane
is receiving the Ally Award for his national and international work in promoting
freedom and justice for Indigenous people by building human and spiritual
capacity that focuses on healing the root causes of racism.
For more than forty years Lane, an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux and
Chickasaw First Nations, has worked unceasingly, often to the point of total
exhaustion, for the upliftment of the human family, and especially of Indigenous
people. He has continuously sacrificed personal comfort, income, professional
advancement, old age security and even the simple pleasures of spending time
with family and friends or taking a vacation. Following are a few highlights of
his years of service:
SOUNDS OF MANATAKA
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.
Protect the Buffalo!
Thank you for printing the much needed
article on the annual slaughter of Yellowstone bison.
Unfortunately, this happens every year - this year being the most
extreme. I live in West Yellowstone, MT. The hazing and slaughter
is so heartbreaking. Please, please report on the hazing! Newborn
calves and their mothers and fathers hazed by horseback, ATV and
helicopter. Ran into trees, fences- whatever happens to be in the
way. It is so horrific!! I am Nakoda and am ashamed that more
tribes are not getting involved. Also, the Park Service does little
of the killing. It is the Dept. of Livestock- yes, that's right!
Not even the Fish and Wildlife! The MT Dept. of Livestock oversees
the mass killings all in the name of the cattle farmer. It disgusts
me. I see it everyday. It's in my backyard and shouldn't be
ignored. Now it is open season on wolves as well. When will it
end? Thank you for bringing this to light. ~Tracey Riley, West
Yellowstone, MT, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Twine for Soldiers
Manataka Friends and Family,
I am making hand-knotted rosaries for the Army National Guard.
I am asking for donations of #36 black twine, in 1 lb. spools
(or 17' lengths) -- each spool costs about $6 each and makes about
30 rosaries. I will make an estimated 1,000 for the troops. There
also soldiers and their families stationed overseas, and have
requested rosaries for them as well. ~Kim Wilson
Aloha, I don't see a problem with
acknowledging this apparent historical reality. Knowing the
Chinese, as one of Chinese ancestry too, this is not at all
What is problematic, however, is the unwitting assumption that
the Chinese somehow "discovered" America. This falls right in
line with the same old Euro-American ethnocentrism that lands
FOUND were null and void of a prior human presence, thus
invoking the principle of terra nullius against non-Christians.
We know this to be a clear fallacy as indigenous groups had been
present and had thrived for thousands of years before any
European or Chinese explorer ever FOUND land in the hemisphere.
Out of respect and to not fall into the same Euro-American trap,
Chinese promoters of this work/theory should always clearly
acknowledge the prior Native American presence before their
arrival, and strike the ideologically and juridical charged
language of "discovery" from their writings, forever. ~Tony
Birds Are For The Birds...
never really liked birds. I find
them messy, loud and annoying.
Three years ago my wife was out
mowing and came across a cold,
hungry, and lost Eastern Screech
Owl fledgling. She picked it up
and put it in the barn and told
it when I am done if you are
still here I will take you home.
When I got home several months
later I had to deal with an owl
living in my home. I have found
now that I have really connected
with this being. She comes to me
when I call her, sits on my head
or my shoulder or where ever she
likes. I trill to her and she
trills back. Two weeks ago when
I was packing for another trip
she watched me intently. I
thought maybe she was just
the next morning when I was
moving my luggage out to my
vehicle she was more than just
curious, she wanted me to pick
her up and stroke her head and
beak and rub her to my cheek. As
I was leaving she was softly
crying. Last night I phoned home
and my wife put the phone up to
her and I called to her. She
answered me back with trills and
excitement. When the phone was
pulled away from her I could
hear her crying softly again.
haven't experienced anything
mystical I have found it to be a
wondrous experience in my life
to be connected with this owl.
She brings me peace of mind and
relaxation. In my own way I find
her to be my spirit guide, maybe
not in the truest meaning of the
term, but she does guide me to
relax. I am more excited to go
home to see this little owl and
spend time with her than
anything else. It is great to
see my wife but really special
to see this owl.
first couple of days when I get
home she will be a little mean
to me, probably mad at leaving
her, but after that it is like I
was never gone and we are fast
friends again. I didn't pick
this being to be my guide, I
really feel like she picked me.
She came at a time in my life
that really makes a difference.
Thank you for your writings on
the net. I think they have
helped me understand a little
more. Hootie is my owl's name,
but she doesn't hoot. She has
several different vocalizations
which I have learned so that I
can "speak" with her. She is
awesome! Here is a picture of
Hootie with me. Best Wishes,
An Amazing Book
Recently I was gifted and blessed by a dear friend with an
amazing book, I had never heard of it, but now I'm trying to
read everything I can on the subject. I am telling you about
this given the recent newsletter articles on cloned animals,
battery eggs, and other issues related to factory farming.
The book is called "Nourishing Traditions" and it's by Sally
Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. The subtitle is "The Cookbook
that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet
Dictocrats." (Revised 2nd edition, © 2001)
From what I have read so far, it takes on factory farming,
battery-caged chickens (and eggs), "pork farms", the myths
about butter, milk, and various oils ... the "whole nine
yards." It gives old recipes for various health issues, and
covers infancy to adulthood. And it quotes extensive
research and studies on indigenous populations and the old
ways of cooking, preserving and growing food across the
spectrum. It also gives resources and links to organizations
that advocate for family-owned, small scale farms, that help
them to stand against the corporate-owned mega-farms that
have been destroying the old methods of agriculture and
What first got my attention is that everything my mother did
for years in feeding me - during my heaviest schedules - is
discussed in this book. Seems my mother was a lot smarter
than I gave her credit for!
Thanks to reading this book, and sifting through my memories
of my mother, I remembered that she was a devoted customer
of a local Pennsylvania Dutch farmers market, not five
minutes from me, and she fed me with their wares into my
early twenties - when I was at my best health and best
weight, and carrying a full schedule of full-time college
and nearly full-time work, with church activities at night.
THE SOAP THAT GROWS ON TREESTM
OF THE MONTH:
MAINSTREAM MEDIA ATTEMPTS TO BURY
Consumer Reports journalist,
Doug Podolsky, took a stab at homeopathy
in the recent issue of Consumer Reports.
Despite over 200 years of successful
use for a variety of ailments,
homeopathy is quackery, according to
Podolsky who writes, "Check whether
over-the-counter products are labeled
homeopathic. If they are, we think you
should put them back on the shelf." Podolsky's
Consumer Reports piece references a
2005 study indicating homeopathy is
ineffective, but he fails to mention the
study has since been debunked.
Unfortunately, due to the prestige of
Consumer Reports, the article has
already gone viral, as marketing firms
and pharmaceutical companies spread it
far and wide in an attempt to snuff
competition from the natural health
world. Learn more
and take action:
BIOTECH ALERT OF THE MONTH:
STOP BUSH'S BIOTECH BULLYING!
According to the Chicago Tribune, the
White House is attempting to force
famine stricken countries, mostly in
sub-Saharan Africa, to plant genetically
engineered (GE) crops, as part of a $770
million aid package. Untested and
largely unregulated GE crops are
controversial, not only in Europe and
other industrialized countries, but in
the developing world as well. At least
40 countries around the world have
restricted GE farming and ingredients in
foods by requiring mandatory labeling,
while a number of nations and regions
have banned genetically modified
organisms in agriculture altogether.
Beyond health and environmental
concerns, and contrary to industry
propaganda, GE crops do not
significantly increase yields, but
rather force farmers to stop saving
their seeds and instead buy toxic
chemicals and highly priced patented
seeds from biotech companies such as
Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dupont,
Dow,'s and BASF. Please take action
today and urge your members of Congress
to reject the Bush Administration's
force-feeding of biotech crops to
'FRANKENFOODS' SURVEY OF THE
NEWS & NEW YORK TIMES POLL CONSUMERS
ABOUT GE FOODS
- 53%: Percentage
of polled Americans who say they
won't buy food that has ingredients
from genetically engineered (GE)
- 65%: Actual
percentage of products on grocery
store shelves that contain unlabeled
GE ingredients (usually soy or corn
- 90%: Portion of
U.S. grown soybeans that are
- 99%: Estimated
likelihood that the U.S. sugar
supply will start to be sourced from
genetically engineered plants this
SUSTAINABILITY FACTS OF THE
FARMS ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND PROFITABLE
- A 1,000 acre U.S. corporate farm
growing genetically engineered crops
nets an average of $39 an acre.
- In contrast, a four-acre family
farm nets, on average, $1,400 per
- Small organic farms are proving
to be even more profitable. With oil
prices on the rise, growing food
delivering that food to local
markets will quickly prove to be the
most affordable food available.
New York Times-
PROGRAM OF THE MONTH:
TAKES A LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF
For many years, scientists have been
capable of culturing cells in
laboratories in order to grow skin and
tissue for medical purposes. The process
is now becoming inexpensive enough to
consider growing meat in laboratories
for consumer use. Organizations like
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals) are all for it. It's not a
biotech process, and it's not cloning,
it's just a matter of giving cells the
nutrients they need to replicate and
create the tissue and muscle that makes
up what carnivores call "meat". But
other experts are concerned about the
amount of energy consumption required by
the process. So is it good or bad?
Listen to this National Public Radio
special program on synthetically grown
meats and decide for yourself:
Brought to you by
ORGANIC BYTES, from
Organic Consumers Assoc.
"I think that's what unity is - knowing one
another and coming together and working with no conflict." -Chief Alan
When we are aligned with spiritual values, we cannot be in fear or
conflict. When we are aligned in spiritual values, we have the Creator
whispering solutions in our ears. Unity is one of the spiritual values.
When we value unity we value solutions. If we think this way, then we
have no conflict within ourselves.
let me see
through Your eyes.
New Stealth Chemicals
Hidden in Your Food
you pick up a can of soup and find that the sodium levels are lower than you
expected, or that a food item advertises it has “less sugar” or “no MSG” ...
then there may be cause for alarm.
A relatively young company, Senomyx, may be responsible for the sodium and sugar
levels falling in various grocery store items. They may be putting chemicals
into your food right now, without telling you and without you even realizing.
Under the law, they don’t have to.
Senomyx has contracted with Kraft, Nestle, Coca Cola, and Campbell Soup to put a
chemical in foods that masks bitter flavors by turning off bitter flavor
receptors on your tongue. The companies can then reduce sugar and sodium levels
by approximately half without affecting the flavor.
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White Pine Needle Tea: Healing
Pine needle tea has been around for
a very long time. It was first used by Native American’s for its healing
properties. In fact they introduced pine needle tea to the early settlers (in
Canada and New England) as a cure for scurvy, which is caused by lack of vitamin
Pine needle tea is great for colds,
chest congestion and upper respiratory illnesses, though it is also rumored to
help with many other ailments as well. You can do your own search on the web to
find out more. It is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin A.
I want to give thanks to Grandmother
Bobbie for introducing me to pine needle tea and its healing effects. I
experienced its healing first hand. This tea made my chest congestion disappear
in less than a day. I thought for sure I was going to get bronchitis or
pneumonia! But instead, I drank pine needle tea and it helped heal my chest and
sinuses. I could literally feel my chest “loosen up” and my breathing became
Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
Giant Water Group Warned Not to Remove or Destroy Evidence for Water
Fluoridation Injury Legal Actions
Ellijay, GA: June 9,
2008 – The largest association of water professionals in the world
has been notified not to destroy, remove, or tamper with documents
or video recordings in its possession that may be used in legal
actions on behalf of persons injured by drinking fluoridated water.
Reeves, an attorney whose work helped force FDA to concede potential
harm from mercury in dental fillings, sent a fluoride evidence
preservation letter to the Denver-based 60,000-member American Water
Works Association. The letter listed AWWA’s headquarters office, its
regional section offices, and national and regional officers
personally as “potentially responsible parties” that may be the
subject of legal actions by kidney patients and others harmed by
development comes on the heels of last week’s dramatic news that the
National Kidney Foundation has admitted that chronic kidney disease
patients “should be notified of the potential risk” from ingesting
fluorides and fluoridated water.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
wagon train is heading across the desert, when all of a sudden the wagon
master notices that on all sides of the valley, there are Indian guys. He
quickly forms the wagons into the "Hollywood" circle, to protect the
families in the train.
happens. Soon, drums are heard pounding out in the distance, BUM, bum, bum,
bum, BUM, bum, bum, bum, BUM, bum, bum, bum.......(the famous Hollywood
drumbeat from the John Ford movies)
- The wagon
master tells the train, "I don't like the sound of this...."
- From out in
the distance comes another voice, saying, "We don't like the sound of it
either. He's not our regular drummer!"
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Help Your Pet Live a Lighter, Healthier Life
A Weighty Problem
Ways to Prevent Weight-related Diseases in Your Pets
The continuing trend in the upward
weight spiral isn’t restricted to the human population anymore. While we
recently reported that more than 60 percent of men and women are overweight or
obese in this country alone, studies also indicate that that
is certainly a significant problem in the United States.
Studies indicate that a staggering 40
percent of domesticated canines in the United States are considered overweight,
a term applied when a dog is anywhere from 5 to 20 percent over the ideal body
weight for its size and breed.
weight and obesity in dogs pose significant health threats, as well as affect
their quality of life on a day-to-day basis. When a pet is overweight, they have
to exert more energy just to move around.
ENDANGERED SACRED SITES:
Bulahdelah ‘The Alum’ Mountain
An Australian Eden, Mecca and Manataka
Elvina Jean Paulson
belong to the Worimi Nation where my Great grandfather was tribal chief and his
tribe known as Coomba Tribe. I am a direct descendant of the social division of
Tobwabba (white clay) and my totems are the wallaby, whales and dolphins and the
sea eagle otherwise known as the Corroboree Eagle.
like to inform you that we are also taking action to protect a Sacred Site under
threat of being destroyed by major road works in the construction of a dual
carriage way along the Pacific Highway and the beautiful east coast of New South
Bulahdelah ‘The Alum’ Mountain is a sacred Rock which the Aboriginal Traditional
Owners know as ‘Ngunangui’ meaning Sleeping Giant. I prayed to Ngunangui for
the blessing to mention the name and in saying this name I speak in truth and
act accordingly to honour and respect our sacred sites through Mother Nature
teachings. It is in a similar predicament to that of Panhe sacred site of the
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