Manataka American Indian Council Volume XIII Issue 05 May 2009
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
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Contents of Page 2
|Legends of Old:||Green Corn Dance Ceremony|
|Feature Story 3:||Hunting|
|Feature Story 4:||2012 is Coming|
Letters to the Editor:
|DNA Testing, Nuclear Reactors and Elk Hides|
|Organic Consumers:||Safeguard Organic Standards|
|Elder's Meditations:||Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota|
|Fluoride:||Fluoride, Arthritis, and Misdiagnosis|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||Wolves Lose Vital Protection|
|Endangered Sacred Sites:|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Green Corn Dance Ceremony
FEATURE STORY 3
by Norman Cordova
I think I have always had the heart of a hunter.
As a young boy I fashioned bows and arrows from willows and spent many hours scouting the trees and corrals that were in our back yard in mock hunt. The animals were my teachers as was the wind which blew through the cottonwoods. The spirit was with me, calling me and coaxing me to something beyond which made me strain to embrace and yet panged me because I was not there yet. My companions were my dog brothers and I ran with them. As a pack we moved and hunted, nothing, anything. They were comfort to an old soul and friends to share the warmth of the sun which sparkled on frozen, crusted snow or the coolness of the shade on a summer day.
It often takes time for life to settle our thoughts so that we can see in clarity the difference between what is on the surface of experience and the wisdom that lies underneath.
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FEATURE STORY 4
2012 is Coming
By Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette
It is a great idea to get ready for what is to come. I want to read the Hopi elders thoughts on the subject of 2012, though I cannot imagine them putting their thoughts on the Internet. Regardless, I will put into the universe that we will manifest this explanation.
I read the 5th Night Prophesy and how it affects our lives. All this information is wonderful. Not so we can be afraid of what is to come, but to be ready in our own spirits. I think the difficulties that will come will be in the spirit. The information is out there, we just have to reach for it.
What I have been hearing is we need to start, or should have already started, to realize those who will be aboard are already working towards new levels of spirituality. Those who are dragging their feet, or just do not want to do the hard work that it takes to be on new levels of spirituality, are going to always be right where they are now. We need to go on and let those people be. We must be responsible for ourselves for be being ready and contribute to the greatest good for the greatest number. No longer can we drag along those that would drag us back into a lower level simply because we do not want to leave them behind.
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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.
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I really like your website. I have never seen such comprehensive and complete powwow info: drums, head dancers, etc...really helpful and enjoyable. Thank you so much. You are doing something very beautiful and valuable. I also liked the info about Manataka. ~ Joi and Keeweewass
DNA testing for adopted child
My adopted daughter is wondering if it is possible to find out if her heritage is indeed Native American. We were told in a letter from her birth mother that her maternal grandfather was Mescalero. The maternal grandmother was Mexican-American and in reading your article it seems that we would not be able to determine this since the grandmother is not Native American. She is interested as a college student pursuing scholarships and educational assistance as well as just curious. She is very interested in the culture and would like to know if she would be able to get a tribal certificate with DNA evidence. She has no interest in obtaining any payment from the tribe, but would be proud to state her nationality as Native American if it is true. What advice can you give us ? Thank you for any information in advance. ~Anne Horning
First, no tribe or nation accepts DNA as evidence of membership. DNA may prove American Indian blood, but it cannot define the tribe or nation (over 600). This is not something to consider in your quest. Second, rumors about American Indian scholarship funds are widely exaggerated. The amount of scholarship funds made available to CBID card carrying members of a tribe/nation are very limited and there is great amount competition. The same is true for healthcare, housing, etc. If she qualifies on a economic basis for an American Indian scholarship, then she will also qualify for scholarships offered by thousands of other sources. Third, your daughter must do her own geneaology research using techniques that are unique to American Indians. Purchase how-to books on the subject. Follow the instructions. Work hard and diligently. Invest the time and money necessary to discover her ancestors. http://www.manataka.org/page473.html Fourth, if her main purpose and intention is for self (money for college, ego, status, gain, etc.) then all her research will not be fruitful. She must search within herself to find the reasons why she wishes to connect to her ancestors. "When you search for your ancestors, you honor them. In turn, they will honor your children's children." The work she does now in throughout her life to discover her ancestors may not benefit her directly, but may help her own children or grandchildren.
Opposes Nuclear Reactors
For four decades,
Friends of the Earth has opposed the use of nuclear reactors,
largely because of the radioactive waste they produce -- waste
that maintains its potential to harm humans for thousands of
~Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth
Elk Hide Wall Hanging
We have an elk
hide/hair on and would like to hang it on the wall. Can you
guide me as to the best way to do this? Thanking you in advance.
Awesome Fry Bread Recipes
You are going to think this is crazy but it here goes!
I'm not Native American. Actually, my mom is
full-blooded Native Hawai'ian and my father is
full-blooded Italian. Anyway, I found some awesome
recipes for fry bread at your website. I tried the Old
Fashioned Recipe first and it was
The Manataka American Indian Council supports:
Alert of the Month
Safeguard Organic Standards Tell the NOSB to Strengthen Organic Standards
Twice yearly, the National Organic Standards Board holds public meetings to hear from the public and make recommendations to the USDA National Organic Program. The next meeting is May 4-6, 2009, in Washington, DC. The Organic Consumers Fund, the voice for organic consumers in the Nation's Capitol, will be submitting written and oral comments to the NOSB and we would like to have your input. Please go to the OCA Forum to let us know what you think about the following issues that the NOSB will be discussing (if you haven't already registered on the forum, you will need to do that first).
Organic Program Peer Review Board--
"We have and old saying, Everything living must die. Only the rocks and mountains are forever." --Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota
The Creator designed all life to happen in a circle. For example, the cycle of life for the human being is Baby, Youth, Adult, Elder, then we die. The trees and the leaves happen in a circle; the leaves bud, then the leaves mature, next the leaves change color and at last they fall off the tree to return to the Mother Earth. The birds bear their young, raise their young, then they die. The salmon are born, swim to the ocean, live their lives, swim back to the spawning grounds, then die. All aspects of the Life Cycle should be honored.
Great Spirit, today, let me enjoy today.
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Fluoride Action Network
Fluoride, Arthritis, and the Specter of Misdiagnosed Skeletal Fluorosis in the US
It has been known since
the 1930s that ingesting too much fluoride can cause
stiff and painful joints. According to scientists
who have studied this condition (commonly referred
skeletal fluorosis), the joint damage caused by
fluoride may mimic other, more common, forms of
“arthritis,” making it easy to
misdiagnose -- especially by doctors who are not
trained in detecting fluorosis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 adults in the US now suffer from some form of arthritis. Could fluoride be a contributing factor in some of these cases? It is probable, however, as detailed in the the NRC’s 2006 review, there has never been an adequate study to determine the prevalence of earlier stages of skeletal fluorosis in the US. The problem with this “research gap” was underscored this year by three studies, one from India and two from the US.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Wolves Lose Vital Protection
From the Natural Resources Defense Council
the worst possible news for the wolves of the Northern Rockies:
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has given the green light to a
Bush-era plan that will kick them off the Endangered Species list.
See an amazing film about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers http://www.whaledreamers.com
Passaconaway’s descendants struggle to protect sacred site
Gale Courey Toensing, 09/26/08
An Open Letter from the Dineh of Big Mountain
Ladies & Gentlemen, the Old, the Young, the Coming Generation, and Relatives:
As we speak, there exist a state of fear and anxiety in a traditional community at Big Mountain in the heart of Black Mesa. And as we speak, the federally deputized officers of the BIA Hopi Agency Police and Rangers are patrolling this region where a few traditional elders continue to live and also resist federal mandates to relocate. I want to bring your attention to one particular situation that is an example of the wide-spread acts of injustice, human rights violation, religious intolerance, and threats of property destruction.
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