Manataka American Indian Council Volume XIII Issue 07 JULY 2009
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Page 2 of 3 Pages
Contents of Page 2
|Legends of Old:||Father Frog|
|Feature Story 3:||We Are All Related|
|Feature Story 4:||About the Lakota Sacred Red Stone C’anunpa|
Letters to the Editor:
|Real ID, Indian Prez, Losing Weight and More...|
|Organic Consumers:||Doctors Call for Ban on Genetically Modified Foods|
|Elder's Meditations:||Traditional Circle of Elders. Onodaga|
|Plant Medicine:||Surviving Sinusitis - Sinus Infections|
|Fluoride:||Fluoride May Contribute to Early Puberty|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||Grizzly Bears and Gray Wolves|
|Endangered Sacred Sites:||New Mexico’s Endangered Sacred Site|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
A Yaqui Legend
Told by Lucas Chavez
FEATURE STORY 3
We Are All Related
By Chaplain Fred D. Wilcoxson PhD, PC, BCCC
On several occasions Lee Standing Bear Moore has asked me to write about why I do the things that I do in support of the American Indian. Each of those times, I thought that it should be an easy task. I would, in my academic western minded way, begin to write all of my deeds done for the Indian, thus earning the privilege I was given in the Making of a Relative ceremony.
I have had a life that has always been blessed. Creator has walked with me faithfully, in spite of my clumsy and often errant ways. The spirit has filled me and not allowed evil to enter into me or control me. I led the life of a warrior: military, police officer, and security manager. I was a rescuer, helper, and doer. Yet, I was restless. I hated crowds and urban living, I longed for being in the woods or on a lake. My shoes would come off at every opportunity. I always felt that something was missing in my life. I had a force in me that wanted me to be a servant instead of a warrior.
Slowly, although always religious and spiritual, I began to become more and more aware that God was leading me into ministry. It was a difficult transition for me. It was hard to give up being the rescuer, the fixer, and the doer. It was hard to just be, to turn myself over to the Almighty, to become a conduit for His powerful work; to realize that alone I have no power, but through Him all things are possible. I have become a servant to all. My blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels are all down. I sleep well at night and many of the effects of battering and mistreating my body are beginning to reverse. But most importantly I have gone from what I am to who I am.
I spend my days now in a full time ministry of being a hospital and police chaplain. Mine is a ministry of presence, touch, love, and most of all allowing God to work His miracles through me. I am ordained in the Episcopal Church and attend and serve a local congregation. Everyday of my life I worship and celebrate God the Creator as a creature of His making, living and giving thanks in the cathedral, Mother Earth and the Universe, of His making, serving: that by helping others I am helping the Creator.
I will now say without any embellishments that I do what I do for the American Indian, because can’t not do it. I am guided by a voice inside me to take advantage of every opportunity available to explain American Indian Spirituality, especially as it relates to healthcare situations. I pray that by filling that small niche a seed will be planted in those who hear the message to seek further knowledge of the true history of the American Indian, the values of the Indian way of life (the living of beliefs), and if nothing else a respect for American Indian tradition.
I stake no claim to be by blood or deed an American Indian. I am a Heinz 57 that grew up in Osage County, Oklahoma. I believe that we are all related. I am told that I have Osage, Cherokee, and possibly Choctaw in my heritage. The voice comes from somewhere deep inside me (a DNA imprint of past generations, my ancestors speaking to me, my psyche, or the Spirit Himself) and I am listening and following. I have concluded that being Indian is not what you are, but how you walk. I strive to walk everyday in a spiritual way, to keep my spiritual medicine good, to serve all peoples, and carry a message out into the world. I do my best to be who Creator wants me to be.
Chaplain Fred D. Wilcoxson PhD, PC, BCCC
FEATURE STORY 4
About the Lakota Sacred Red Stone C’anunpa
Traditional Lakota Spiritual Leader and Head Man, David Swallow, Speaks Out on the Lakota Sacred Pipe
Edited by Stephanie M. Schwartz
(June 4, 2009 Porcupine, South Dakota) The c’anunpa is Wakan, very sacred, and it is used only for prayer and good things. We don’t call this c’anunpa a pipe because in the English language the word, “pipe,” has many different meanings. Steel pipe, lead pipe, plastic pipe, sewer pipe, water pipe, there are many kinds of pipes.
The English language has often gotten me into trouble. It is a very dangerous language, like a sponge with too many holes, too many ways to interpret it. It’s easy to get misunderstood.
But I want to make it clear. This c’anunpa has this name and this Lakota word, c’anunpa, comes from the Creator. That’s the only name for this sacred object; that alone, nothing else.
I’m also not talking about the Sacred White Buffalo Calf C’anunpa which was brought to the Lakota people nineteen generations ago. I’m talking about the red stone c’anunpa which is even older. It is very ancient, from the days of the sacred spotted eagle, wanbli gleska, and it is the oldest c’anunpa we have here. It is the blood of our ancestors, the Lakota.
Whenever you see a red stone c’anunpa, it is a Lakota ceremony. By Lakota I mean it is only with the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota [Sioux] Nations. Other American Indian Nations may have their own traditions with prayer pipes or peace pipes or ceremonial pipes which are made of a different stone. But the red stone c’anunpa is Lakota.
Today, I must speak about the c’anunpa because now everyone seems to have one. If people are going to have one, they must understand and follow the laws and commitments which accompany the c’anunpa. Unfortunately, many people do not know these things and do not follow what the c’anunpa says.
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.
Real ID Anyone?
As of April 2,2008, all 50 states have either applied for extensions of the original may11,2008 compliance deadline or received unsolicited extensions. 1. with several states having approved resolutions not to participate in the program and Obama's selection of Janet Napolitano, a prominent critic of the program, to had the Department of Homeland Security, the future of the law remains uncertain. 2. the bills have been introduced into congress to amend or repeal it. Every bit of information including natives will be in the federal hands to look through anytime they want. the state will have to share the databases also. Everything they will be able to track us like were all criminals. They will be able to go into our personal information and get family contacts. Our rights our freedom our privacy will be open to the them! Nothing will be sacred. In a 2007 interview Mike Huckabee expressed opposition to the Real id act, calling the real id act " a huge mistake" I have to agree with him. Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawii, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma countless other states have joined together in passing legislation opposing Real ID. Real Id violates the constitution's 10th amendment on state powers, destroys states' dual sovereignty also on native sovereignty and consolidates every American's private information, leaving all the all of us more vulnerable. The first amendment to assembly and to petition the government also our right to practice our religion's. The Real Id takes right from all people and especially the Native American's. We can not stand by and let this happen. We will also have to give them every bit of information we have and where every native person lives where there at and who they are related to. The thought of this is unimaginable. I am crossing on June first to say i keep my birthright to travel, visit trade with other tribes I do not need your mark. The DHS is trying to work with native American tribes but are still wanting to put there chips into our id's to track us. ~Jerry Williams, Leadhorse
American Indian for President?
that you could see a new vision for all Native Americans and
every U.S. Citizen, for the time has come to reclaim your
rightful seat in your native land. ~
~Yahweh Yodh He Waw He
Losing Weight the Indian Way
Manataka, I'm sure you get this
question a lot, but I was wondering if you could
recommend something for appetite control?
I heard that when Indians were going to hunt,
they took something so they would not get
hungry. I truly believe that Mother Earth
has put an herb or mineral there to help me, I
just don't know which one. Thank you,
I'm sure you get this question a lot, but I was wondering if you could recommend something for appetite control? I heard that when Indians were going to hunt, they took something so they would not get hungry. I truly believe that Mother Earth has put an herb or mineral there to help me, I just don't know which one. Thank you, ~Tammy
There are several herbs suitable for curbing appetite. The key to losing weight is not necessary curbing appetite. Losing weight depends on burning up what you eat through exercise. Herbals may help to temporarily curb appetite, but this is not always the best course of action because your body needs a continual supply of nutrients and while you may lose some weight by curbing appetite, you will eventually gorge with food because your body needs it to survive. American Indians are famous for being able to survive on very little food because what they eat is extremely nutritious. For example: Pemmican is an ancient foodstuff made of concentrated mixture protein meat used as a nutritious foodstuff. Look up Pemmican Recipes in your search engine. Eating pemmican when hunger strikes will reduce appetite and supply your body with high protein when it is needed. Pemmican is something like Jerky -- but much better because no preservatives, salt or chemicals are used in making it. Best to make up several pounds of it at the same time and storing it in an air tight container. Nuts mixed with seeds and "natural" salts will also supply the body with high protein and fiber. Dried fruit and vegetables are great for snacking on the run, extremely low in calories, yet high in vitamins. There is no magic bullet or herb when it comes to losing weight. Again, the key is exercise -- losing more calories than you consume.
Reading The Smoke Signal News -- Cover to Cover
I'm just starting to get to read some things (May's newsletter) .... I'm behind on everything this month. Good info on organic cotton clothing. I can't
do much with organic stuff, as it tends to be pricier, but I usually go to thrift stores if I need clothes. I'm more of a "wear it until I can't sew the holes" person. When there are more holes than I have time to sew, or sewing won't fix the holes anymore - then it's time to "upgrade." Then I head to a thrift store. The disciplining your children is another one. That's a tough one in today's society. But I agree with it. I like 2012 also (both of them). Although I work on a computer, at the same time, I prefer being away from machines. I don't like automation. The articles reminded me of the Lame Deer book. It's a long process, but it's been ongoing for years - like a long time of preparation. In your message earlier, about singing the Morning Song, I saw another message also - welcoming the rebirth. I can't quite put it into words, but welcoming the rebirth, not only of the new day .... but of other new beginnings as well. We are at a New Moon .... and other arrivals, just not yet apparent in the physical world. I've had some 'visitors' around me lately, from other cultures and realms ... not sure of their purpose yet. The spirit world is very active, so I am watching quietly to see what messages come. It's my old story that I see/hear many things that others don't see/hear, and sometimes it can take a while for me to understand the purpose of these beings around me. Hmm - reading over the Healing Basket list .... going to print it out - a little easier that way.
~Kim Summermoon Wilson
Frank Fools Crow Not Lakota?
I have noticed on all of the quotes from Fools Crow you put "-Lakota" after the quote. I feel the need to bring to your attention that Fools Crow was not Lakota. Fools Crow was Teton Sioux not Lakota Sioux. What is being put in the Manataka News about Fools Crow being "Lakota" is inaccurate. But... Who am I...? I do enjoy your publication, and I feel it has a lot to offer. Thank you for your time. Many Blessings, To All My Relations. ~Tommy Lightning Bolt
The Lakota language group is primarily made up of Teton peoples. Whenever possible, we do not refer to the Lakota, Dakota or Nakota language groups as "Sioux" believing it is a derrogatory term -- even though for the sake of consistency the tribes use the term in their tribal names. The Teton are the Western branch of the people. The Lakota is the language of all the people in the west. Frank Fools Crow spoke Lakota. This is an excellent book on the subject: Tribes of the Sioux Nation by Michael Johnson, Jonathan Smith. ~Editor
The Manataka American Indian Council supports:
We must have respect and understanding for women and all female life on this Earth which bears the sacred gift of life." --Traditional Circle of Elders. Onodaga
At a gathering of Native Elders we were told that many men of today had lost their ability to look at the Woman in a sacred way. They said we were only looking at Her in a physical sense and had lost the ability to look at Her sacredness. They said the Woman has a powerful position in the Unseen World. She has the special ability to bring forth life. They told us to start showing Her respect and to look upon her in a sacred manner. We must start this today.
Grandfather, show me how to see in a sacred way.
By Don Coyhis
By Don Coyhis
Fluoride Exposure May Contribute to Early Puberty
until the 1990s, no research had ever been
conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on
the pineal gland -- a small gland located
between the two hemispheres of the brain that
regulates the production of the hormone
melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps
regulate the onset of puberty and helps protect
the body from cell damage caused by free
It is now known -- thanks to the meticulous research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England -- that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within your body.
After finding that the pineal gland is a major target for fluoride accumulation in humans, Dr. Luke conducted animal experiments to determine if the accumulated fluoride could impact the functioning of the gland -- particularly the gland's regulation of melatonin.
Luke found that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin, as reflected by reduced levels of melatonin metabolites in the animals' urine. This reduced level of circulating melatonin was accompanied -- as might be expected -- by an earlier onset of puberty in the fluoride-treated female animals.
Sources: Fluoride Action Network November 2008
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
U.S. girls are
reaching puberty at younger ages than
ever before. In the 1990s, breast
development -- the first sign of puberty
in girls -- at age 8 was considered an
abnormal event that should be
investigated by an endocrinologist.
However, by 1999, following a 1997 study that found almost half of African Americans and 15 percent of whites had begun breast development by age 8, the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society suggested changing what is viewed as “normal.”
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Help protect grizzly bears from a deadly mining
North American Gray Wolf
The gray wolf (Canis lupus) also called the timber wolf, is the largest of about 41 wild species within the dog family, Canidae, of the order Carnivora. They range in size from 26" to 38" shoulder height, 39" to 80" in length (tip of nose to end of tail), and vary in weight from 57 to 130 pounds. Their coats may vary in color from grey to brown, from white to jet black.
They usually hunt at night and feed primarily on
large hoofed mammals such as deer, caribou, elk, and moose, but
sometimes eat berries, birds, beaver, fish, and insects. Animals
that they kill are usually young, old, or otherwise weaker
members of their populations because they are easiest to capture.
Most pursuits of prey range in length from 110 yards to 3.1 miles.
Healthy wolves rarely, if ever, attack humans. Their range once
covered most of North America. However, today only a few upper
states and Canada have a wolf population large enough to maintain
Breeding season can
vary from January in low latitudes to April in high latitudes. A
wolf pack will alternate between a stationary phase from spring
through summer and a nomadic phase in autumn and winter. The
stationary phase involves caring for pups at a den or home site.
During summer, most movements are toward or away from the pups, and
adults often travel and hunt alone. By autumn, pups are capable of
traveling extensively with the adults, so until the next whelping
season the pack usually roams as a unit throughout its territory in
search of prey. Though often only the highest ranking male and
female in a pack will breed, all members of the pack are involved in
raising the young. Mortality factors affecting wolves include
persecution by humans, killing by other wolves, diseases, parasites,
starvation, and injuries by prey. Most wolves probably live less
than 10 years in the wild.
See an amazing film about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers http://www.whaledreamers.com
New Mexico’s Endangered Sacred Site
Mount Taylor Saved...For Awhile
byNational Trust for Historic Preservation, Written by Ti Hays
[June, 2009] In a highly anticipated decision, the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee unanimously voted to list Mount Taylor on the State Register of Cultural Properties. The decision ends for now a debate over Mount Taylor’s future that has divided the community of Grants and generated passionate appeals from those both for and against the designation.
When the Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni, the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation first nominated Mount Taylor to the state register in 2008, many people in northern New Mexico worried that the tribes would use the listing to halt development on the mountain. Others feared that the tribes had an even grander scheme in mind: the wholesale transfer of public and private property to tribal ownership.
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