Manataka American Indian Council                                                              Volume XIII  Issue 12  DECEMBER 2009




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow





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May Creator send tolerance, compassion, love and peace to all.

May the Spirit shine down on your lodge with great love.






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Elders Meditation:

  Lame Deer, Lakota


  Anniversary of Wounded Knee

Indian Spirituality is Big Business!

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

  The American Indian Code of Ethics
Feature Story 1:   Christmas Past - Christmas Music

Magdala Rameriz:

  Fighting for the Land

Feature Story 2:

  Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery

Feature Story 4:

  Judaculla Rock - Solstice Marker
Ecological Notes:   Genetically engineered crops banned

Women's Circle:

  Resurrected Ancient Indian Art
King Coke Speaks:   Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 3

Food & Nutrition:

  Hickory Nuts Mean Kanuchi
Mother Earth Watch:   Your Heating Dollars—Up in Smoke Book Reviews:   Native American Flute:
Hawk Eyes Speaks::   The ‘Dream Catcher’ Story Poetry Circle:   American Indian by Luke Easter
Tribal News:   North Dakota marks First Nations Day Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer is Connecting With Creation
Education:   Paying for College -  Student Resources Manataka  Business:   Nov 2009 Elder Council Meeting
Inspiration Thoughts:   A Basket of Burdens      
Website Updates:   21 New Stories in November      

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Upcoming Events

Legends of Old:   Gift to the Hummingbird

2009 Powwow Now Calendar

Feature Story 3:   Shores Within - Chapter 8 - Seeing

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Letters to the Editor:

  Selling of Sweat Lodge Healing  
Organic Consumers:   Will Obama Walk His Talk?


Elder's Meditations:   Pontiac, Odowa

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"Our circle is timeless, flowing, it is a new life emerging from death-life winning out over death."  --Lame Deer, Lakota


When we look at the world in the manner which the Great Spirit designed it, we can see why it makes sense to live in harmony with it: the trees grow and bear fruit, the fruit has seeds, the seeds fall to the ground, the ground grows new trees, old trees die to make way for the young. Any time we think we can interrupt this cycle or change it we will experience turmoil and confusion. The Human Cycle exists as the baby becomes the youth, the youth becomes the adult, the adult has children, the adult becomes the Elder, and the Elder teaches the youth. Elders go on to the Spirit World. Spirit comes into babies to produce new life. Flow into the flow. Be the path of least resistance.


My Creator and my Maker,

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Editorial Comment



Selling American Indian Spirituality

is Big Business!

By Takatoka and Friends



Over the years, the Smoke Signal News published a number of stories about the foul way some people sell American Indian spiritual ways and ceremonies.  Usually, those stories focused on individual incidents where a plastic shaman or two were caught and ran off with a few hundred bucks.  On a rare occasion, the individual was arrested for fraud. 


In the past three months, we reported on subjects that point to what seems to be an avalanche of desecration of American Indian ceremonies. 


Sacred Ceremonies for a Price? 

Sweat Lodge Deaths - Greed and Ignorance


The frequency of incidents and audacity of perpetrators is snowballing out of control.  What was once random occurrences committed by individuals acting alone appears to have grown beyond belief and threatens American Indian spirituality at its core. 


Today, organized teams of greedy culture thieves, large corporations and cartels of self-appointed "healers", self-help gurus, and New Age mumbo-jumbo artists, have formed fraud syndicates that are cashing in on public ignorance and the growing need for spiritual guidance. 


Several decades ago, after the veil of secrecy was lifted with the publication of books by Black Elk, Frank Fools Crow and other prominent spiritual elders, American Indian ceremony became popular among the masses of dominant culture.  As an open and free culture, American Indian people willingly accepted outsiders who sat in sacred circles and began to learn the ancient ways. This was done in hopes non-Indians would begin the slow and deep soul-searching process of learning the sacred rites and ceremonies in an honorable and respectful way and as a result, the world would be better for all. 























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Hi, my name is Linda Two Hawk Feathers James.  I have been a member of Manataka since 2002 and am new to the Elder Council.  It is a privilege and honor to be an Elder.  I am of Choctaw heritage. I love helping people and learning about native ways.  In December 2009 I will complete a Master of Divinity degree and presently work as a Chaplain for a hospice organization in Western Illinois.  The greatest passion of my life is working for peace and justice especially between the two most important parts of my heritage – native culture/ ceremony and being a follower of Jesus.  If I can come to terms of these two dwelling in me, then I also have hope for a great co-dwelling in our nation.  In the spirit of Creator and in the spirit of my great hope, I write this article which may become a series about spiritual healing.


At The Heart of Native America


In 1492, the life of native people in the “Americas” changed forever.  The Age of Discovery officially began with the landing of Europeans on another continent.   The explorers travelled with great hopes of finding riches for their sovereign and receiving fame for themselves.  There were those with a different agenda – growing the Church.  Over the hundreds of years of the Church, it had been merged, reconfigured and colonized by a human inclination to own, manipulate and control others.  Out of this came a twisted form of Creator’s plan for the five-fingered race to live in community.  Instead, some became very rich and powerful while most became poor and controlled.  So, a new “manifest destiny” was imagined in the royalty controlled Church of 15th Century Europe.  Many imagined themselves as the new Israel and the new land as the new Promised Land.







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Genetically engineered crops banned from national wildlife refuge
A federal court has ordered the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to prohibit the planting of GE crops on the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, where local farmers had been growing GE corn and soybeans on more than 500 acres. In a lawsuit, three nonprofit environmental groups raised concerns about harm to wildlife and native plant habitat from the practice. The court's ruling could set a precedent for similar decisions at more than 80 other refuges around the country where GE crops are grown. Read more from one of the plaintiffs, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.


High-fat diet increases feed efficiency in pigs without antibiotics
When Iowa State University scientists fed healthy young nursery pigs a high-fat diet instead of antibiotics, they found that the pigs grew well and stayed healthy. The scientists assigned 224 nursery pigs (aged 17-20 days) to a diet that contained either increased fat or low-level antibiotics. Pigs in the high-fat group gained weight faster than pigs that received antibiotics, though both groups ate the same amount and both remained healthy. Read more about the study (pdf). Feeding antibiotics to animals that are not sick can reduce the effectiveness of these drugs in humans. Urge your legislators to support a federal bill that will preserve valuable antibiotics for use in humans.


New UCS report: Engineered crops don’t substantially boost yield
Contrary to proponents' claims, genetic engineering (GE) technology has produced, at best, only small increases in yields of major food crops compared with other agricultural methods, according to a new UCS report. The report examined dozens of peer-reviewed studies and found that U.S. yields of soybeans and corn have increased over the past 15 years mainly thanks to traditional breeding and other agricultural practices. The report also concluded that, due to the technical complexity of the task, engineering crop genes for high yield is unlikely to help the world feed itself in the foreseeable future. The report recommends a shift in research emphasis toward traditional breeding and modern ecological farming methods, which have been woefully underfunded. Read the report, Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops, or read a Reuters article about it.

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No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Blow Some Air My Way, Bro!


Three Indian commandos were out in the Iraqi desert. "I understand that you Indians have brought your own indigenous survival equipment" ventured their captain.

 "Sir, I have brought an entire barrel cactus" said the Pima guy proudly. "When I get too hot, I just cut off the top and take a drink." The captain looked impressed.

Not to be outdone, the Pueblo guy said " Sir, I have brought the sacred corn pollen. When I get too hot, I pray with it, and then it rains". The captain looked even more impressed.

Not to be outdone the Pawnee guy said "I brought a car door off a 1959 Chevy Impala". "Why would you do that?" the captain asked.


"Well," said the Pawnee guy "when I get too hot, I just roll down the window".


Grandfather Gray Hawk Speaks




Last month I wrote about the brain and our conscious and subconscious minds. This month my focus will be on creating change within our minds through meditation.


I must point out here that change is tough, and few people want to make changes in their life styles. The actual act of change is made easier by “DELIBERATE AND DIRECTIONAL USE” of the subconscious mind. I recommend meditation as the best tool to achieve change.


The art of mediation is an ancient and honored study. Success often depends on your teacher. Classic meditation forms the base of an Eastern tradition of introspection, tied to the Hindu and Buddhist understanding of the nature of consciousness and life. This type of meditation is meant to quiet the mind from the frazzled state of extraneous thoughts popping into your mind. The teacher will give you a Mantra, a word to stop the ‘monkey chatter’ by breaking your chain of thoughts.  







Your Heating Dollars—Up in Smoke

The thought of a crackling fire in the fireplace may make you feel warm and cozy, but traditional wood-burning fireplaces are major energy wasters. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a blazing fire sends as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour up the chimney, along with about 90 percent of the heat produced by the fire and some of the heat produced by a home’s furnace.


Fireplaces also generate a lot of air pollution. Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and fine particulates that can aggravate asthma, allergies, and other health conditions.


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The ‘Dream Catcher’ Story


Long ago when the world was young an old Lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision. In this vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and teacher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider.


Iktomi the spider picked up the elder's willow hoop which had feathers, horsehair, beads and offerings on it, and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life; how we begin our lives as infants, move on through childhood and onto adulthood.


Finally, we go to the old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.


"But," Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web,


"in each time of life there are many forces; some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But, if you listen to the bad forces, they'll steer you in the wrong direction, and may hurt you. So these forces can help or can interfere with the harmony of Nature."


While the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web.


When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the elder the web and said, "the web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, make good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch your good ideas and the bad ones will go through the hole."  


The elder passed on his vision to the people, and now many Indian people hang a dream catcher above their bed to sift their dreams and visions. The good is captured in the web of life and carried with the people, but the evil in their dreams drops through the hole in the center of the web and are no longer a part of their lives. These are the words of a Lakota Elder which were given to Grandfather Hawk With Seven Eyes.





North Dakota marks First Nations Day

Bismarch, North Dakota (AP)


On First Nations Day, state and tribal leaders said it was time to reflect on the contributions of Native Americans.  Gov. John Hoeven signed a First Nations Day proclamation during a special ceremony Oct. 9 at the state Capitol.  Spirit Lake Sioux Chairwoman Myra Pearson said tribal-state relationships have made progress. She said it was a chance to send “an important message of hope, gratitude and respect.”


Brown students protest renaming of Columbus Day

Providence, Rhode Island (AP)

Students at Brown University are protesting a decision to strip Columbus Day from the school’s calendar because of the explorer’s reputed violence against Native Americans.  Student Republicans and other protesters gathered on the Ivy League campus Oct. 12 to object to the university’s decision to rename the holiday “Fall Weekend.”  The protest was organized by WPRO-AM talk show host John DePetro, who said between 75 and 100 people attended.  Keith Dellagrotta, a Brown senior who leads the school’s College Republicans club, described the decision as political correctness gone too far. He said Columbus should be celebrated for bringing the European political tradition to the New World, which led to the foundation of the United States.  Hundreds of Brown students asked the Providence school to stop observing Columbus Day because of atrocities committed against American Indians.


Number of Columbus Day parade spectators in Denver declines

Denver, Colorado (AP)

Supporters of the Columbus Day parade marched on despite freezing temperatures but police say their numbers were down from last year.  Denver police technician Loretta Beauvais says there were also about 12 to 15 protesters at the parade but no one was arrested. Police did not have a count of how many Columbus Day supporters participated in the parade but Beauvais says their numbers were clearly down from last year.  The 40-minute parade included three floats, including a replica of the Santa Maria and a Frank Sinatra impersonator.  The parade has been contentious in the past but the last two years have seen no arrests. In 2007, 83 protesters, including American Indian Movement activist Russell Means, were arrested.


Prehistoric human remains turned over to Nebraska tribe

Santee, Nebraska (AP)


Prehistoric human remains found during September near Center have been turned over to the Santee Sioux tribe.  The skeletons of a man and woman were found Sept. 13 by farmer Warren Jessen, who was building a deer stand in his pasture north of Center.  The pasture is on private land, but falls within the boundaries of the Santee Sioux Reservation.  State archaeologist Gayle Carlson removed the bones from the site. She classified them as “unknown prehistoric,” making them too old to belong to Santee Sioux ancestors.  Still, Knox County sheriff Jim Janecek says he turned the bones over to Santee Sioux CEO Arthur “Butch” Denny.  Tribal chairman Roger Trudell says the remains will be reburied.


Panhandle tribe seeks US recognition

By Andrew Grant  Bruce, Florida (AP)  


Ann Tucker laughs when she says her doublewide trailer in this rural area of north Walton County puts her in the upper-middle class. She comes close to crying when she talks about the rest of her tribe. “We deserve to win. We may not, but we deserve to,” Tucker said recently in the cluttered council house of the Muscogee Nation of Florida, a tribe of Eastern Creek Indians who say their ancestors were forced to leave home and settle here 150 years ago. “I may fail, but I’m gonna go down fighting.” Tucker is fighting for the federal government to recognize her tribe. For decades, it hasn’t. Recognition would make the Muscogee Nation eligible for funding for health benefits, elderly clinics and scholarships.  Her last victory was in 2007, when U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez introduced the Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act. The bill, a giant leap after a series of baby steps, remains under consideration in the Committee on Indian Affairs.  U.S. Reps. Jeff Miller and Allen Boyd are co-sponsoring a House version.  The bill could take another leap later this month, when either committee could send it up for a vote.





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Some years ago a group of conventioneers gathered at a ski resort to conduct their annual meeting. Hundreds of conventioneers came from every part of the country. Young and old, rich and poor, and in all shapes and sizes. They shared common interests, though their backgrounds and careers were quite varied.


Twenty of the conventioneers were put up at a large bed and breakfast near the outskirts of town. After a few days, the guests became better acquainted, friendships developed, and a camaraderie was felt within the group. But one night the stories around the fireplace took a different twist. The conversation turned serious when Mike, a young man in his 20's, confessed that he had just been diagnosed with cancer. While it was treatable and he stood an excellent chance of being cured, he was nonetheless distraught.


A middle aged couple, Tom and Cheryl, offered their support and understanding. They had just been informed that their child needed a kidney transplant. The news had been emotionally devastating to the family. A woman tearfully explained how she had recently lost her husband to a car accident. Another person told that he had just lost his job and was at wit's end. The evening turned gut wrenching as others began to describe horrible aspects of their "normal" lives or lives of their loved ones. From depression and drug addiction, to eating disorders and relationship problems — no one seemed immune from some sort of hardship.








Rambo the Sheep:  My Greatest Teacher   Animal Rights and Wrongs
Using Meditation to Control Emotions by Robert Gray Hawk Coke   Elders Speak
The Traveling People by Wanonaha   Elders Speak
The Girl with the Golden Wings by Magdala   Elders Speak
Dandelion: A Pesky Weed or a Beneficial Flower?   Elders Speak
Celebrate Columbus Day?   Feature Story
Sweat Lodge Deaths Attributed to Greed and Ignorance   Feature Story
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Wisdom of the Ancients by Fred Wilcoxson   Feature Story
Native Against Native Racism   Feature Story
Shores Within Lessons - Chapter 7 - Creating by Boe Glasschild   Feature Story
Wisdom of the Ancients by Fred Wilcoxson   Feature Story
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