Manataka American Indian Council                                                              Volume XIV  Issue 01  JANUARY 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow





Manataka wishes you beautiful spring flowers, good summer

hunting, a great fall harvest, and an easy winter in 2010!


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  Enter the World Drum Flag Design Contest !

Elders Meditation:

  Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki
Editorial:   Is Paying for Ceremonies A Traditional Practice?
Feature Story 1:   Garden of Eden Discovered!

Feature Story 2:

  American Indians Ate Insects
Ecological Notes:   Engineered crops won't fix nitrogen pollution
King Coke Speaks:   Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 4
Mother Earth Watch:   Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Save Energy
Hawk Eyes Speaks::   Hawk Speaks on The Devil’s Tower
Tribal News:   2009 Tribal Directory and Other News
Education:   Paying for College -  Student Resource Guide
Inspiration Thoughts:   Winning and Losing
Website Updates:   29 New Articles Posted in December

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Legends of Old:   Eaglehawk and Crow - Ngiyaampaa people
Feature Story:   Enter the World Drum Flag Design Contest!
Feature Story:   The Shores Within -  Final Installment

Letters to the Editor:

  Crow Creek Dakota Nation in Trouble with IRS
Organic Consumers:   Scrap Cap & Trade: EPA Do Your Job!
Elder's Meditations:   Oren R. Lyons, Traditional Circle of Elders
Plant Medicine:   Water and Mother Earth
Warrior Society News:   Wichita, Kansas Intertribal Warrior Society


How Safe is the Fluoride in Your Drinking Water?
Animal Rights and Wrongs: The War On Wolves Escalates
Sacred Sites: Mayan Ruins Submerged in Guatemala Lake

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Wa She Shu:  The Washoe People

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

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Memories of Nevada

13 Hours of Drumming Ceremony

Indigenous Music Feature:

  Below the Radar - Mato Nanji

Elder's Meditations:

  Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

Women's Circle:

  Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Food & Nutrition:

  A Catalog of Indigenous Food Resources
Book Reviews:   God is Red
Poetry Circle:   Sense Of Spirit
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Heals, Prayer Works
Manataka  Business:   December 2009 Council Meeting
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"In our language there is no word to say inferior or superiority or equality because we are equal; it's a known fact. But life has become very complicated since the newcomers came here. And how does your spirit react to it?. It's painful. You have to be strong to walk through the storm. I know I'm a bridge between two worlds. All I ask is for people to wash their feet before they try to walk on me." --Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki

For native people who speak their language, English can be very confusing. Many times you cannot express in English the true meaning of Indian words. When we hear something in English we sometimes react or our spirit reacts. Sometimes we need to use English words out of order to express our true meanings. We need to be patient and pray. Living in two worlds can be difficult. Life is painful sometimes. The pain of life is where the lessons are learned.

Creator, let me learn the lessons You have taught my people.

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Editorial Comment


Is Paying for Ceremonies A Traditional Practice?

By Takatoka and Friends



The Smoke Signal News featured three editorials in the past three issues regarding the practice of commercializing sacred ceremonies. Sacred Ceremonies for a Price? gave an example of selling American Indian spirituality, pointed out ethical and spiritual ramifications and discussed ways people can protect themselves.  Sweat Lodge Deaths - Greed and Ignorance reported the horrific deaths of three people and the hospitalization of dozens of others during a commercialized purification (sweat lodge) ceremony near Sedona, Arizona; and in the last issue Selling American Indian Spirituality is Big Business describes how some unethical companies and organizations are cashing in on sacred American Indian ceremonies.


This article will attempt to slice a few hairs and offer more definition to the practice of giving an offering to a native American Indian spiritual healer. Many readers are well versed in gifting practices among traditional healers and others are a bit confused by what seem to be conflicting messages.  Under what circumstance is paying for healing ceremonies ethical for both the patient and healer?  What are some examples of a proper way to give to an Indian healer? 


Some people may be bewildered by statements in previous articles that say "...accepting money for sacred ceremonies is not acceptable..." or,

"...The act of accepting money in exchange for sacred ceremonies is an admission the person conducting the ceremony owns it and thus what happens is not born by the grace of God...."   Every word of these and similar statements are true, yet hundreds of examples can be found in our history that clearly show indigenous spiritual elders did (and still do) accept various forms of payment for their spiritual services.  How can these two facts be compatible? 


It is our intent in this article to help clarify the issue and provide some practical ways to avoid being trapped by greedy pseudo-healers.    








Garden of Eden Discovered!

Evidence proves conclusive...

By Takatoka and Friends


(Baghdad, Iraq) (UIPI)   It was announced this week during a meeting of the prestigious World Conference of Science and Theology that the exact location of the biblical Garden of Eden has been confirmed.


Over 4,500 world renowned scientists and scholars from 150 countries met to witness the evidence first-hand and subsequently voted to accept the historic proclamation declaring the pin-point location of the Garden of Eden.  The proclamation is scheduled to be presented at the United Nations in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi tomorrow and will be carried by major media networks worldwide.


Biblical scholars, archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists, hundreds of government and university scientists, and representatives of every major religion on earth were given the opportunity to examine the evidence during the past twelve weeks before voting unanimously to accept the momentous findings. 


The potential ramifications of the discovery is not yet clearly understood according to the chairman of the World Conference of Science and Theology (WCST), Johan VonBibler. 





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American Indians Ate Insects

Long slimey, slim ones; short, fat and juicy ones...


Eating Bugs! 

Edible insects; you may feel that these two words do not even belong in the same sentence. You have every right to be skeptical. In all probability, you have never deliberately ate an insect. However you have probably inadvertently consumed over a pound of insects in your lifetime.


Your insect consumption adds up. Flour beetles, weevils, and other insect pests that infest granaries are milled along with the grain, finally ending up as tiny black specks in your piece of bread. Small grubs and other tiny insects can be found in your fruit and vegetables. Insects are especially common in canned and other types of processed food, and even in certain beverages; I once went on a tour of an apple orchard and while the group was viewing the area where they separate the rotten and bug infested fruits from the good ones, I asked the tour guide what they did with the bug infested apples. She told me that they use them to make cider; waste not, want not! It is virtually impossible that you have not ingested insects in one form or another during your lifetime. And it probably did not harm you, but instead did you some good by providing extra protein in your meal!   READ MORE>>>  Eating Bugs!


Buggy Recipes - Cookin' 'em up goood!


Banana Worm Bread


1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup sugar

2 bananas, mashed

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts

2 eggs

1/4 cup dry-roasted army worms



Mix together all ingredients. Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.


READ MORE>>>   Buggy Recipes - Insect Recipes

American Indians Ate Insects - History

There is a small fly (Hydropyrus hians), belonging to the group known as "shore flies" (Diptera: Ephydridae), that formerly bred in vast numbers in the alkaline waters of Mono Lake and other alkaline lakes in the California-Nevada border region. It was called kutsavi (or variations thereof) by the Paiute and other tribes. The fly pupae washed ashore in long windrows. J. Ross Browne who visited Mono Lake in about 1865, told of encountering a deposit of pupae about two feet deep and three or four feet wide that extended "like a vast rim" around the lake:


"I saw no end to it during a walk of several miles along the beach . . . . It would appear that the worms [read fly pupae], as soon as they attain locomotion, creep up from the water, or are deposited on the beach by the waves during some of those violent gales which prevail in this region. The Mono Indians derive from them a fruitful source of subsistence. By drying them in the sun and mixing them with acorns, berries, grass-seeds, and other articles of food gathered up in the mountains, they make a conglomerate called cuchaba, which they use as a kind of bread. I am told it is very nutritious...

READ MORE>>>   American Indians Ate Insects




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  • Engineered crops won't fix nitrogen pollution

  • Antibiotic resistance to cost $20 billion a year

  • Biotech responsible for increase in weed killers

  • Bon Appétit produces guide to help farmers

  • Major cattle lose right to use organic label

Engineered crops won't fix nitrogen pollution problem
A new UCS report concludes that we need multiple approaches to address the serious problem of nitrogen pollution from overapplication of fertilizer to crops. Excess fertilizer from fields pollutes the air and water and some of it is converted into nitrous oxide, a potent heat-trapping gas that also degrades the ozone layer. The report found that, despite more than a decade of effort, biotechnology companies have not yet succeeded in commercializing genetically engineered (GE) crops that will use nitrogen more efficiently. More promising solutions include traditional breeding, which has already produced crops with improved nitrogen efficiency; precision agriculture that matches fertilizer applications to times when crops are best able to use it; and environmentally friendly farming techniques such as cover crops that reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizers and remove excess nitrogen from fields. Although GE attracts large amounts of private investment, we need to increase public research funding and provide incentives for other approaches in order to fix our nitrogen problem.

"The challenge of optimizing nitrogen use in a hungry world is far too important to rely on any one approach or technology for its solution. We don't want to put all our eggs in the GE basket." ~ Doug Gurian-Sherman, Senior Scientist and author of the report








No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Christmas is over now...






By Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke



Over several months, we have covered different topics with a lot of material. At this time, let’s take a quick review of what we have covered.


Each day we face challenges at work and at home .We have stress caused by pressures of  change and relationships. We have frustration with choices of career and prosperity. We have to deal with learning new things, grief or ill health, fear of having to accept new experiences. Most of the time, these situations are viewed as problems. I have said before that in my experience, ‘problems’ are often just a situation not clearly understood. Sometimes it simply requires learning a new skill, which we will use in future ‘problems. It is at this time we ask for guidance. In my experience,  most of these “problems” are asking for just one thing -  CHANGE ! Change is what we find difficult and frustrating.


This decision to change is made in our conscious mind and will, in some way, conflict with habits and beliefs of our subconscious mind. In other words 12% of the mind wants to change the other 88%. Now you can see that this is the source of frustration. The first writing was about how to control emotions by using meditation. I discussed the mind and it’s control of the body functions of thought. The second writing was dealing with the conscious and subconscious mind and the use of meditation to allow a change in our “programs.” The third writing discussed using deliberate and directional  instructions and  self-talk during meditation to achieve change.


Also Read: 

Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 1

Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 2

Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 3

Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 4










Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Save Energy

First in a two-part series


Have you been wanting to green your home, but don’t have the green to do it? As part of the federal stimulus package, the government is offering a tax credit on various products that will help boost your home’s energy efficiency. The tax credit covers 30 percent of the purchase price—and, in some cases, the installation cost as well—of eligible products “placed in service,” or put into use, in existing primary residences (not new construction) between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010. The maximum credit you can receive for all qualifying products during this period is $1,500.


Here is a brief summary of basic eligibility requirements; because not all items in a category qualify for the tax credit, be sure to confirm product eligibility before you buy. The Energy Star website (see the Related Resources) provides more detailed information as well as resources to help you choose the right products for your home.


For these items, the tax credit applies only to the purchase price:









Hawk Speaks on The Devil’s Tower - Grey Horn Butte "He Hota Paha" - Lakota


Grey Horn Butte, "He Hota Paha" - Lakota

On the plains of Wyoming rises what they call, ‘The Devil’s Tower; It is visible for over one hundred miles in all directions. It sticks up from the prairie as if someone had placed it there or it had grown from the ground itself. While the term, ‘The Devil’s Tower’ is the name given to this phenomenon by white men. The Native American People have no devil within their beliefs and we have got along for many centuries without him, the white people invented the devil and for our part, you can keep him! Most tribes who lived in the area where this rock mass stands call it, ‘Bear Rock! If you have a chance to go to Wyoming and see this rock you will see why the Indians call it Bear Rock. There are many streaks and gashes running straight up and down that appear to look like a large Bear clawed it.


There is a legend regarding this rock mass and I will try to remember it as best I can. There were two young Indian boys playing near the edge of their village. They did not notice as they played that they were getting farther and farther away from the village.



Soon it was dark and the boys realized that they were lost. They found a safe place to rest for the night and would try to find their way the next morning.








2009 Tribal Directory

Tribal Web Sites (Federally recognized tribes only; Alphabetical by State)


Feds pledge overhaul of tribal recognition system

With some American Indian groups waiting decades for formal recognition from the U.S. government, federal officials Wednesday pledged to overhaul the cumbersome process but cautioned the changes could take two years to go into effect. Federal recognition renders tribes eligible for economic assistance, land, housing grants and other government benefits.  Decisions on whether tribes qualify are supposed to be made by the Department of Interior within 25 months. Yet some Indians have seen their petitions languish within the agency’s Bureau of Indian Affairs for 30 years or more without an answer.


BIA: Insufficient Evidence to Acknowledge the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians

There is not enough evidence to meet the legal requirements for federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs George T. Skibine said today. The Department of the Interior, therefore, has issued a final determination not to acknowledge the petitioner group as a federally-recognized Indian tribe.  “Though the Little Shell cannot meet the mandatory criteria for federal acknowledgment through Interior’s administrative process, the U.S. Congress has the authority to recognize the Little Shell under pending legislation,” Skibine said.  The petitioning group, made up of 4,332 members who live in Montana as well as out of the state, claims its ancestors originated as part of the historical Pembina Band of Chippewa Indians in the mid-19th century and then evolved into a separate group of mixed Indian ancestry in Montana by the early 20th century.


Indigenous use of ancestral lands threatened

BOULDER, Colo. – Climate change may be only the latest of many challenges facing Indian country, but it is having devastating effects in parts of the far North where at least one Native village faced with inundation by melting polar ice is suing energy companies it says are responsible. John Echohawk, executive director of Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund, said the village of Kivalina, Alaska, located on the Chukchi Sea coastline, is suing energy companies for contributing to the public nuisance of global warming it says is going to force the community to relocate to avoid being flooded out.  The Native village’s case may be strengthened by a ruling Sept. 21 in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City which was brought for similar reasons, he said.  The federal appeals court upheld eight states and the City of New York and others in their suit against six power companies which operate fossil fuel-fired power plants in 20 states and which, the plaintiffs contend, contribute to the damage caused by climate change.





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  • You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

  • How a man plays a game shows something of his character, how he loses shows all of it.

  • A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."

Submitted by Ro Garcia





Sarvey Wildlife Care Center   Animal Rights and Wrongs
American Indian by Luke Easter   Beautiful Words
Fighting for the Land by Magdala   Elders Speak
American Indian Code of Ethics by Waynonaha   Elders Speak
The ‘Dream Catcher’ Story by Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman   Elders Speak
Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 3 by King Coke   Elders Speak
Thank Indigenous People for the Food We Eat   Environment
Your Heating Dollars—Up in Smoke   Environment
A Basket of Burdens    Feature Story
Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discover   Feature Story
American Indians Ate Insects   Feature Story
Buggy Recipes - Insect Recipes   Feature Story
American Indian Spirituality is Big Business   Feature Story
Swine Flu -- Cover Up   Health Watch
Exposed: The Great Swine Flu Hoax of 2009   Health Watch
Study Links Fluoride to Premature Birth   Health Watch
Gifts from Mother   Herbal Medicine
December 29 is the Anniversary of Wounded Knee   History
Gift to the Hummingbird   Legends
Judaculla Rock, NC- Solstice Horizon Marker   Sacred Sites
Prison time, felony charges rare for artifact looters   Sacred Sites
The Good Red Road   Tribes and Nations
Feds pledge overhaul of tribal recognition system   Tribes and Nations
Insufficient Evidence to Acknowledge the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa   Tribes and Nations
Indigenous use of ancestral lands threatened   Tribes and Nations
Indian Land Tenure Foundation   Tribes and Nations
2009 Tribal Directory   Tribes and Nations
White House honors woman who resurrected ancient Indian art form   Women's Council
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