Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIII Issue 02 February 2009
- Preserving The Past Today
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your special love a heart full of joy
and happiness this
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"They also learned, and perhaps
this was the most important thing, how to look at things through the eyes of the
Higher Powers." --Frank Fools Crow, Lakota
Our eyes can only see our beliefs. Our
beliefs cause us to make assumptions, draw conclusions and cause confusion. Our
five senses are very limiting. The Creator has a way of allowing us to see or
know in the spiritual world. This is called the Sixth Sense. The Sixth Sense is
like a radar system; our personal radar system. It will help us "see"
opportunities and help us avoid disaster. This Sixth Sense is controlled by God.
We must learn to listen to it. We must learn to trust it. We must learn to act
on it even if our head says differently. We must learn to look at things through
the eyes of God.
My Creator, guide me
If my eyes cause
confusion, let me close them and see through Your eyes.
If my ears hear
confusion, let me listen to my heart. Let me let You guide me.
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WHO IS CHEROKEE?
Will the REAL Cherokees Please Stand Up?
A political campaign disenfranchise thousands of Cherokee
descendents was barely noticed when leaders of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
(CNO) started the program back in 1998. But, there are signs the campaign
may be picking up some momentum because folks are beginning to react.
are questions about the direction of the momentum and whether it will help or
hurt the CNO.
The Cherokee Nation claims that hundreds of nonprofit
Cherokee groups, found in many states
across the country, are seeking to take away their identity and benefits that have been reserved for
the Cherokee Nation. Two-hundred and four organizations, comprising an
estimated 125,000 Cherokee descendent members, are currently listed on the
Cherokee Nation website as "Fraudulent Indians".
The website states: "...Hundreds of false
Indian groups are claiming to be sovereign tribes and are teaching their own
fabricated culture and history as if it were Indian. They apply for and receive
aid from the same sources that fund the historic treaty based obligations
intended for Indians. Yet they do not measure up to the credentials required of
A group called the Cherokee Nation (Fraudulent Indian)
Task Force supported by the
CNO is behind the political campaign. According to their website the
purpose of this task force is "...to provide
information to the general public and local/state/federal government
representatives, expose false Native American tribes, also referred to as
wannabe's, and defend the Sovereignty, History, and Culture of federally
It is the plan of the CNO to convince elected officials, federal and
state government agencies, and corporate foundations to stop giving grants for
education, healthcare, social and administrative to nonprofit Cherokee
organizations. The idea is if all these organizations are prevented from
accepting grants, the Cherokee Nation can have more money and the CNO picks up
appears to be kinks in the plan and the plan may backfire on CNO leaders.
Where are the Children Buried?
- January 2009
International tribunal vital for
justice for residential school
in Canada have not been held
responsible for the rape, murder and
disappearance of 50,000 to 100,000
Native American children in Canada's
residential schools, said Kevin
Annett, speaking on RedTown Blog
Talk Radio today.
has not made an attempt to provide
real healing for Native people, or
to prosecute the perpetrators,
including those who murdered and
Annett said many of the Indian
survivors of residential school
abuse have taken their own lives.
"They are crushed and broken by
"Who will speak for the children who
never came back?"
"What about all those children who
died? Are we going to pretend it
the 90-minute program aired on
RedTown, Annett said the churches
pushed the Canadian government to
keep these schools open, even after
Canada wanted to close the schools.
Now, the churches place themselves
above the law, refusing to even
identify where the children's graves
One of the survivors said after a
young girl was raped by a priest,
she gave birth to a child. The
priest threw the baby in the
furnace. On a video on the Hidden
From History website, Irene Favel,
survivor of Muscowequan Catholic
residential school in Lestock,
Saskatchewan, describes seeing a
newborn baby thrown alive into a
furnace at that school by a priest
heard the little cry," Annett said
on RedTown radio.
Turtle Island, the genocide of
Indian people was the worst genocide
in the history of mankind, he said.
Canada, the churches had a
motivation for genocide. The
churches stole land from the west
coast tribes and sold it off to
logging companies. In return, the
churches received kickbacks.
Canada's system of compensation
payments to survivors of residential
school abuse is designed to produce
more trauma, as survivors relive the
abuse. Using a crude system, Canada
gives a number of points for abuse.
For example, victims of rape or
beatings are given specific numbers
The survivor has to remember the
name of the perpetrator. But Annett
asked how many five-year-olds
remember the name of the person who
abused them. The survivors also have
to provide proof that they attended
residential school, even though many
of the documents have been
destroyed. Now, of those seeking
compensation, 8 out of 10 have been
Canada designed a system to
victimize the victims.
"They know that when someone relives
that, they will go off and kill
themselves. That is not an accident,
it is deliberate," Annett said.
Canada is not concerned about
healing, he said. Canada is
concerned about minimizing the
liability. There are actions people
can take to help, like recording the
stories of survivors and writing
letters to newspapers. Urging people
to people exchanges, rather than
relying on the Internet, is how
change happens, he said.
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Gaia Will Endure
The earth is
plagued with human-caused environmental degradation and destruction.
Spirit tells us that times ahead will be difficult, but the Earth, and
humans, will endure. The natural cycle of Birth, Death, and Rebirth will
continue. Humans, as spiritual beings, have an opportunity to evolve and
One weekend in
2007 I attended Dare', a spiritual gathering up in Topanga Canyon. We
were holding council, discussing environmental degradation and the
destruction of the planet. Right up my alley! I felt angry with the
doom-and-gloom mentality of an author we discussed, who's written a
soon-to-be-published book stating that the earth has passed the "tipping
point" and we and the planet are doomed, so prepare to die. I am not a
stick-my-head-in-the-sand type of person, but even as pessimistic as I
get at times, I refuse to believe we are without hope.
The next day, referring to the Dare' council, Spirit gave me the
The Mother, Gaia, is
"all right" as (a man at Dare') spoke, blessed be he. She will endure,
no matter what activities the humans wreck upon Her body. She has seen
the coming and going of many species and living beings upon Her
surfaces/body since first She saw life. For many billions of years Gaia
had no other beings upon Her, She was but rock and ice and rivers of
molten lava; She was alone. She has endured through the ages, She will
continue to endure. What will not endure are all the living species and
upon Her flesh. These
will come and go, as they have through the ages. Do you think Gaia loved
Her dinosaurs less than you, dear humans, are loved? She loved them
well, yet after their many eons of time upon the earth they, too, are
gone. So it is with rocks and trees and all other forms of life. They
spring up, live for a time, then die. From their ashes and decomposed
bodies new life springs forth, and not always the same as the old.
Birth, Death, Rebirth--the cycle of nature and all life as we have
spoken of before.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Grandfather Grey Hawk Speaks
The words you choose are the reason
you have success or failure. Especially in your thoughts are put into words.
As a young adult, I knew about the
two subjects I am going to talk about. “You are the Co-creator of your reality”
and the subject of “Law of Attraction.” Knowing these two subjects and having
them work for me was a mystery to me. Some few times, I knew it worked, but most
of the time I got no results. My question was WHY did it not work for me each
Later I learned it was because I did
not understand about word uses. It is most critical to use the correct words in
the right place.
Most of us know there is a Creator,
God, or whatever name you would like to use. I have read, that over 85% of us
that believe in a universal Mind, or a Creator. These people are the ones I am
As a Co-creator, you really can
change your reality. Many of the old Philosophers thought this subject, and
today many are still teaching it. Wayne Dyer wrote a book on the subject,
“change your thoughts and change your life.”
Now to the subject of words of
intent.. How often have you said to your self one or more of these thoughts:
SEVEN HAWK EYES SPEAKS
What Is Happening To Mother
Several hundred years ago a Frenchman named, ‘NOSTRADAMUS’
predicted the ‘End Of The World.’ More then two thousand years ago the ‘MAYAN’
culture also predicted the end of the world would come on a specific date
(December 21, 2012) The Bible teaches that at a time when we do not expect the
end of this world as we know it will be destroyed. Really, ask yourself, ‘Did
the creator form this earth for nothing?’
All the predictions regarding
the ‘End of The Earth’ tell of signs that would be present just before the
destruction comes. Earth Quakes, Pestilences, Famines, Hurricanes, Tornados,
Wars and Reports of Wars worldwide. Do we see these things happening today? Talk
of ‘Global Warming’ has been in the news constantly. We see on Television where
people in several countries are dying from hunger and pestilences. What are we
personally doing to help our mother ‘The Earth’ to recover from these
predictions? I for one do not believe that a loving creator would let humans
destroy this beautiful place that he gave to us to care for.
Coal Sludge Flood in Tennessee
By Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the
A massive coal sludge spill inundating
Eastern Tennessee is the latest proof of coal's toxicity.
December 2008, a large swath of Tennessee was flooded with toxic coal ash
when a containment pond ruptured. The massive spill -- bigger than the Exxon
Valdez oil spill in Alaska -- covered hundreds of acres of land, knocking
homes off of their foundations and flowing into streams and the Clinch and
Tennessee rivers. The spill is killing wildlife and poses long-term threats
to human health and the environment. (to view the devastation firsthand, see
this video from our ally,
This morning's New York Times expands on the story with a front-page
report that reveals the existence of more than a thousand similar dumps in
46 states, many of which are unmonitored and unregulated. Coal ash, a toxic
byproduct created when we burn coal to create electricity, contains heavy
metals including arsenic, lead, mercury and selenium, which threaten water
supplies and human health. And even without disasters like the one in
Tennessee, coal ash is causing problems: groundwater at 63 sites around the
country has already been contaminated by these dumps, according to the EPA.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. –
Since March 2008, the Cherokee Nation has purchased six real estate
properties totaling more than 60 acres for
more than $1.6 million.
On March 14, the tribe bought the
Tahlonteeskee Courthouse property – a tract of land in Sequoyah County south
of Gore. The property houses historical buildings and lies two miles north
of I-40 on the northern edge of Highway 64. The tract totaled 3.92 acres and
cost $1,000, according to CN Communications. On May 12, the tribe finalized
the purchase of a half acre in Park Hill in Cherokee County. The 0.48 acres
is located east of the Park Hill Post Office and cost $69,000, according to
CN Communications. A week later in Adair County, the tribe bought 1.33
acres for $274,670 in Stilwell, according to CN Communications. The property
is adjacent to a former Wal-Mart store and was formerly the Stilwell ALPS
Food Store. It is also located next to the Cherokee Nation Industries
aerospace manufacturing facility. The tribe purchased another Park
Hill land tract on June 30. According to CN Communications, CN bought 1.96
acres for $280,000, which was formerly a mobile home park. The property
adjoins the Cherokee Heritage Center property on its north and east
boundaries. On Sept. 3, tribal officials finalized a deal for the
Armstrong Car Wash property located on Water Street, just north of Downing
Street in Tahlequah. Its acreage totals 0.72 and cost $130,000. But
the CN finalized its biggest land purchase – both in acreage and dollars –
on Sept. 10 when it took control of 53.07 acres in Vinita, located in Craig
County. The tract of land is south of McDonald’s on I-44, east of the
airport and west of the Vinita Fairgrounds. It cost the tribe $928,725,
according to CN Communications.
~Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett
Say no to the transfer of lands of the Hawaiian
The Hawaii state government's proposed allocation of lands belonging to the
Hawaiian Nation must be rejected.
state of Hawaii, as part of the U.S. federal system, has no authority to
allocate any land of the sovereign Hawaiian Nation to any party other than the
rightful owners. U.S. Public Law 103-150 (Apology Resolution) of 1993
clarified that the kanaka maoli (native Hawaiians) never relinquished their
claims over their national lands to the United States.
Even though the Hawaiian Nation was invaded by the United States in 1893 and its
government was removed, the Hawaiian Nation, under international law, continues
to exist. Only the kanaka maoli and fellow loyal non-kanaka citizens, as
continuing members of the Hawaiian Nation, have legal authority to decide on the
lands of the Hawaiian Nation. Until the U.S. government ends its illegal
occupation of Hawaii, it is obliged to keep intact all the lands it occupies.
The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs cannot be viewed as a legal representative
of the Hawaiian Nation, since it was created in 1980 by the illegal state
government and the federal government. Thus, members of OHA have
allegiance to those two governments, not to the Hawaiian Nation.
OHA was created by the U.S. occupier as custodian of certain funds derived from
Hawaiian national lands that the occupier allocates, allegedly, for the benefit
of the occupied. But OHA cannot be considered a trustee of the lands of
the Hawaiian Nation unless OHA were specified by the U.S. federal system to
serve as custodian of all occupied lands until the lands are restored to the
Hawaiian Nation. READ MORE...
Geronimo Memorial Site Vandalized
offered for lead leading to conviction
Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie, Sr., and the Tribal Council are
asking the general public for their cooperation to report to the
Police Department or Game and Fish of any person(s) destroying
and/or damaging equipment, building materials and destruction of
the Geronimo memorial property site.
Just recently the construction of the Geronimo memorial begun
and just in those first few days there are reports of someone
deliberately damaged building materials.
It is very
important to understand that the activities surrounding the
tribute to Geronimo are conducted in the most respectful and
From the initial onset of this project, it involved Apache
spiritual customs which will be part of the process through the
completion of the project and beyond.
Therefore, Chairman Nosie and the Tribal Council are asking for
everyone's cooperation to be respectful of the project.
Anyone witnesses a person or persons causing destruction or
damaging equipment, building materials and/or to the area of the
Geronimo memorial are urged to report the incident to the San
Carlos Police Department or Game & Fish.
A reward will be offered for reporting the crime which leads to
~Submitted by Helen RedWing Vinson
ABOUT AMERICAN INDIANS
Teaching Resources for Educators
Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on
American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American
Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners.
Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc.
Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four
Teaching About American Indians
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
for American Indian Learners
Researching American Indian
When two people are in love, one person's heart can change the rhythm of the
But in today's age and time people live with almost no song in their
hearts. Our hearts seldom beat at one anymore.
are not willing to take that risk anymore, fear has found a home in our
~Edna (Lakota medicine woman)
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