Manataka American Indian Council Volume XI Issue 04 APRIL-MAY 2007
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow
Faster download! The Smoke Signal this month is on 3 web pages.
|2||Legends of Old:|
|2||Religion Watch:||Traditional Healers Treat Veterans|
Letters to the Editor:
|Prostituion, Ginger, Root of All Evil, Ageless|
|2||Politics Watch:||Virginia Tribal Sovereignty Bill Introduced|
|2||Member Recognition:||Lloyd Marrow, Lodge Keeper|
|2||Organic Consumer Watch:||Product Plunder of the Month|
|2||Health Watch:||10 Reasons to Throw Out Your Microwave|
|2||Fluoride Watch:||Dentists Alerted to Fluoride's Health Damage|
|2||Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||Save America's Wolves|
|2||Sacred Site Watch:||Priests to Purify Site After Bush Visit|
Chórzhvûk'iqölö and the Eagles - Hopi
A long time ago there lived a family right north of where now the Náshabe kiva is situated. The family consisted of a father, mother, two daughters, and a son. The latter would always go and hunt eagles as soon as warm weather set ill in spring, and later on take care of them, so that he would never find any time to assist his father in his field work. The two maidens would get angry at their brother because he would not assist their father to make a living, and they would tell him that he should go and work in the field. He would say, however, that he had to take care of his eagles, of which he usually caught and kept a great many.
One spring he only captured two young eagles. He was very much depressed, saying: "Why has this happened to me; I usually capture a good many eagles, and now I only found two." Yet he took them home and cared for them. One morning after he had gone out to hunt food for his eagles, the mother and two maidens concluded to go to the field also. The girls got angry at the
eagles and beat them. Thereupon they locked up the house, hiding the wooden key of the wooden lock somewhere near the fireplace. The mother had gone to the field early in the morning with her husband.
the girls arrived in the field the father said to them: "So you have come."
"Yes," they said, "we have come." "Very well," the father said, whereupon
the maidens assisted their parents in weeding and hoeing their field.
When the young man came home some time during the day, he was very thirsty and tried to get into the house. "Well, now," he said, "some one locked this door." "Yes," the Eagles said, "your sisters locked it, and the key is buried near the fireplace under some ashes;" whereupon the young man found the key and opened the door. The Eagles told him that his sisters had beaten
them, and told him that he should dress up and that they wanted to go to where the family was. So the young man painted his legs yellow, with sik'áhpiki, tied some bells or rattles round his legs, and some eagle's feathers in his hair, put on a kilt, sash, and belt, and decorated his body
in different colors. Over his cheeks and nose he made a black line. He placed a number of strands of beads around his neck and ear pendants around his ears. One of the Eagles said, "I am going to carry you on my back." So he mounted the Eagle, holding himself with both hands to the wings of the Eagle, and the other Eagle taking the lead, they began to ascend. The people in the village observed them and recognized the young man, and said, "Oh' Why is that Eagle carrying Chórzhvûk'íqölö!"
As they started , the Eagle that carried him said to him, he should sing this song:
Traditional Healers Treat Veterans
"Coming back to our native culture in a way helps us find our
way back, find our spirituality again," George said.
PRESCOTT, Arizona (AP) -- When Albert Laughter unpacks his medical supplies, preparing to treat the military veterans who are his patients, he finds no stethoscope or thermometer.
His examination room doesn't have walls to speak of. It is made of canvas and wooden poles, a teepee with a small fire ring inside. His supplies -- pheasant and eagle feathers, cornmeal, sage and other herbs -- come wrapped in small leather pouches.
Laughter, a Navajo medicine man, cares for warriors as five generations of his forebears have: with traditional herbs, songs and ceremonies. But unlike his ancestors, he does it as a healer under contract with the federal government.
Laughter's services are part of a small assortment of programs run by the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat American Indian veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder and other maladies.
"Our culture, even though we live in the 21st century, we come back to the ceremonies, we come back to where the fire is, come back to where the herbs is, come back to where the songs is," said Laughter, who does his work in Navajo and in English at the VA medical center in Prescott and on northern Arizona reservations.
There are more than 181,000 American Indian veterans in the United States, less than 1 percent of the 24.8 million veterans nationwide, according to the VA. But officials at VA medical facilities near reservations say they have found Indian veterans have unique needs.
Deborah Thompson, director of the northern Arizona VA health care system, said providers don't have perfect understanding of how traditional practices help, but they have learned they are important for Indian veterans and can aid in treatment.
Most Indian veterans who participate in the traditional practices do so in combination with western medical treatment at VA facilities.
Standard western medical treatments, including psychotherapy, are less effective on their own for some Indians because of their unique traditions and cultural values, including a tendency to avoid drawing attention to themselves, VA officials say.
"In Native American culture -- in every culture -- one of the main things that goes against a spirit is taking a life," said Cari James, the minority veterans coordinator for the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. The Hayden facility has an agreement with the Navajo Nation to reimburse costs for medicine man services provided to veterans on the reservation.
Navajo ceremonies can be performed to help Indian veterans recovering from combat and other trauma, said James, an Eastern woodland tribe Indian who is married to a man who is Navajo and Hopi.
Practices like hand trembling and crystal gazing -- which Laughter likens to a medical checkup -- can be used to determine what the veteran's spirit needs. Then ceremonies, some lasting days, are used to help cleanse or heal.
Laughter and other Indian practitioners provide a variety of veteran services, ranging from blessings to talking circles to elaborate ceremonies designed to bring a warrior back into the community.
Laughter and non-Indian VA officials say those who take part in the traditional ceremonies often report at least temporary relief from PTSD, a mental illness characterized by symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares that afflicts some who have experienced traumatic events.
Laughter, who served two tours in Vietnam, said he learned how beneficial traditional ceremonies could be in reducing PTSD symptoms when his own father, also a medicine man, performed ceremonies for him.
"When (veterans) go to the doctor or hospital, they give them medicine. Pretty soon, they have a bag of medicine after medicine," said Laughter, who wears a waist-length pony tail and turquoise bracelet along with two cell phones strapped to his belt. "We still come back to the ceremony."
Christopher Elia, head of the PTSD program at the VA center at Fort Mead, South Dakota, set up a sweat lodge 13 years ago and has seen veterans benefit from the sense of purification, forgiveness and thankfulness generated during a sweat.
Among the Lakota Sioux veterans he works with, "many of them feel they left -- for lack of a better term -- a piece of their psyche, or soul, on the battlefield," he said.
A sweat lodge ceremony, where hot rocks are doused in water to create steam, is how the Lakota welcome warriors home and how warriors reintroduce themselves to the community, Elia said.
"Traditionally, you give (your troubles) to the rock and burn them off. You no longer have to carry those burdens," he said.
Elia said he's unsure exactly why sweat lodges aid PTSD patients, but he's seen the experience of a sweat help veterans feel and express emotions and memories that other treatments, like talk therapy, have failed to uncover.
"Veterans will go into a sweat and say things they haven't said in five years of psychotherapy," Elia said.
Edward George Jr., a Navajo from Chinle, recently attended a talking circle presided over by Laughter, even recruiting a non-Indian veteran for the ceremony.
His spirits have been lifted by traditional songs, and George, a former reconnaissance Marine who struggles to be around people, has found it easier to communicate with others.
During the ceremony, George sat cross-legged on the floor of the teepee, his hands palms up. Laughter threw cornmeal onto the small fire and used pheasant feathers to swirl the smoke in a welcoming blessing over George's hands, shoulders and head.
"Coming back to our native culture in a way helps us find our way back, find our spirituality again," George said.
Prostitution Does Not Pay
Thanks for praying for us -- it's nice to know that someone out there is interceding on our behalf.
For instance, here in the lot, there are prostitutes who walk up and down the rows of trucks--looking for willing men to solicit. My first instinct is to be repulsed by them and what they do. But then, I remember that there are probably far more women who do this because they feel they HAVE to than there are ones who want to do it. It just saddens and sickens my heart and soul that these girls have to be involved in such putrefication simply to get the money to EAT. That's horrendous.
Our human nature is to want to judge these people for doing this foul thing, but when you more deeply examine the situation, there's almost always an underlying reason people choose the paths in life they wind up on. That's why our Creator tells us plainly not to judge one another. Who knows what we ourselves may have done if we were in their shoes. Instead of harsh judgment and criticism, these people need prayer, forgiveness, and someone to help them find a better way. There is so much sin and sadness in this world. I want to always do what I can to try to make things better for the next person. And maybe, to teach by example, that there is a different path one can walk. Also, I pray to always be willing to lend a hand when the Creator puts someone in my path who needs help.
The Pyramid Hierarchy – the Root of All Evil
The animals, plants, insects, etc. – the Natural World or Nature - is all perfect and good. The only "bad" on Grand Mother Earth/Grand Father Sky lies in bad thoughts/actions in the corrupted minds of humans as they view Nature as an enemy or something to be controlled, exploited, or manipulated.
The various forms of male-dominating governments of societies that today’s humans currently live under is called the "pyramid hierarchy system (PHS).” PHS began ten thousand years with the man-made invention/concoction of the concept of "god" or "higher power", the introduction of gold or money and the domestication of animals for profit, and coercing masses to believe in power, slavery, and greed.
The PHS birthed what is now called "religion." Religion supports and perpetuates the rape of Earth by those in “power.” Today, all who claim “religion” continue to attack, occupy, and exploit the land and resources of others, such as what is occurring in Iraq during this “oil-quest-invasion.”
The Iraq debacle mirrors what happened to Indigenous Red “Indian” Nations and Peoples of Great Turtle Island, the miscalled “western hemisphere” from 1492 to the present. The invasion and occupation by columbus’s gang (later called the “u.s. government”) was based upon the teachings of “religion/god” and carried out by those who claimed to believe in god’s “own words” - the man-written “bible.”
The “devil” concept was created by religious fanatics in order to scare people straight and coerce others into believing in or, in effect, worshipping the devil – the same way that they do. Many humans now worship a devil or evil being and some think it actually exists, living in a place called “hell.” Of course “hell” lies within bad Nature - which then, quite conveniently, sanctions the exploitation of (digging for gold, drilling for oil, gouging and raping the land) the land. The earth, after all, is the home of the devil, anyways, represented by “fire” and “horns” – objects sacred to those humans who live naturally with the land and Nature.
Of course “hell” is in the “bad earth” which then “permits” the exploitation of (digging for gold, drilling for oil, gouging and raping the land) the land. The earth, after all, is the home of the devil, anyways.
The 1492 invasion followed with mass genocide and the subsequent (and ongoing) theft by the u.s. of the “Indian’s” Black Hills gold – over 9 trillion sitting illegally and as stolen property in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Wyoming coal providing free electricity to millions of americans, and trillions of dollars “worth” of other Indigenous-owned resources throughout Great Turtle Island.
It is time to live and not just survive. It is the duty of all good humans to phase out the terrible Pyramid Hierarchy System and begin, once again, to respect, love, cherish, and be thankful for our superior, Nature - our sacred Grand Mother Earth.
Ageless and Priceless
Congratulations to all the kids who were born in the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun.
We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because -- We were always playing outside!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms -- We had friends and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
Thanks, Simon Groves.......
This is some interesting info on the herb that is called as - Ginger, - that you can usually buy from any Grocery Store - as a small container full of Ginger Powder in it.
I for one - know that it cures my upset stomach every time I get one - in a matter of a couple of minutes - so I know it works for me just for this problem. But I do not know if it works for everything else that is mentioned on this above website address. I guess a person will know or find out once a person would try it for the other diseases. But they do stress caution of how much a person should take this herb spice and/or even consult your doctor about it - if you are taking other medication and etc....
So I would say - Caution should be used when taking this Spicy Herb especially if you are taking medications for other problems that you may have !
I thought that you all might be interested in possibly reading this info from this above website - at least it is interesting to me.
Talk to you all some other time I guess.
Ed G. Bak
Virginia Tribal Sovereignty Bill Introduced
Commemoration Approaches; VA Tribes Still Lacking Recognition
D.C., March 1st - Congressman Jim Moran, Virginia Democrat, today introduced
legislation granting the six Virginia tribes their long awaited recognition from
the U.S. federal government. With the 400th Anniversary of the historic
Jamestown settlement fast approaching, momentum to grant these historically
neglected tribes is building.
Said Moran, "The 'Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Recognition Act,' would close a sad chapter in our nation's history by granting the Virginia tribes the same rights afforded to the other 562 officially recognized Native American tribes in the U.S."
"Driven off their land, having survived a 'paper genocide' at the hands of state officials in the 1920's bent on erasing records of their heritage, the Virginia tribes continue to be denied their rights as Native Americans," Moran said. "This legislation is a part of the healing process, finally
closing a painful chapter in our nation's history."
Currently, 562 tribes in the United States have received federal recognition. Unlike most tribes who were federally recognized after signing treaties with the U.S. government, the Virginia tribes' treaties were with the Kings of England. The most significant one occurred in 1677, well
before the establishment of the United States. All six tribes have received official recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia, but the federal government has yet to follow suit.
Since English settlers landed on what is now Virginia soil at Jamestown in 1607, Virginia's Native American tribes have played an integral role in the history of Virginia, including helping settlers survive those first harsh winters. Unfortunately, through much of the last 400-years, Native Americans have been brutally and systematically mistreated.
This racial hostility culminated with the enactment and brutal enforcement of Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The act empowered zealots, like Walter Plecker, a state official, to destroy records and reclassify in Orwellian fashion all non-whites as "colored." To call oneself a "Native
American" in Virginia was to risk a jail sentence of up to one year. Married couples were denied marriage certificates or even unable to obtain the release of their newborn child from a hospital until they changed their ethnicity on the state record to read "colored," not "Native American."
For much of the 20th Century admission to public school education was denied. Even after federally enforced integration, states and localities refused to provide bus service to the public high schools.
"During the 400th Anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, the international spotlight will be on our nation. How will it look if, after 400 years, those Native Americans who greeted the first settlers to the New World are still being ignored by their country?" said Moran. "We have a historic opportunity to right an injustice that for too long has gone unnoticed. It's past time that we officially recognize them for their historic contributions to this country."
Concerns raised by gambling opponents that this legislation would open the door to legalized gambling in the Commonwealth are unfounded. The legislation has been carefully crafted to ensure the Commonwealth has clear authority to bar any gaming activities not presently permitted in Virginia.
Leaders of the
tribes have expressed their personal opposition to gambling and publicly state
that they have no intention of using federal recognition to open gambling
operations. As a non-profit organization, they are currently able to hold bingo
games to raise money, but have chosen not to do so.
Virginia's six tribes seeking recognition include: the Chickahominy Tribe, Chickahominy Indian Tribe Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock Tribe, the Monacan Tribe, and the Nansemond Tribe.
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"In order for our children to survive in the world, they need a firm understanding and belief in the basic principles of sharing freedom and respect of individuality." -Haida Gwaii
Traditional Circle of Elders
There is a saying: Tell me, I'll forget; Show me, I'll remember; Engage me, I'll understand. The adults need to determine what the younger generation is to learn. The principle of sharing keeps the youth from being greedy and selfish. The principle of freedom teaches the youth about choices, decisions and consequences. The principle of respect keeps us from playing God and becoming a controller of all things. We need to learn these lessons so we may demonstrate them for our children.
help me to understand Your principles.
By Don Coyhis
By Don Coyhis
Manataka "Spirit Award"
for exemplary volunteer service to the organization and community was awarded by unanimous decision of the Elder Council to the following:
Lloyd Marrow and Family
Lloyd is the Manataka Lodge Keeper and has done an excellent job in the many facets of his job. We salute Lloyd, Jean and Mindy Marrow! We are very proud of this good man and his supportive family! Give Lloyd a pat on the back when you see him next.
Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven
FORENSIC RESEARCH DOCUMENT
Prepared By: William P. Kopp
A. R. E. C. Research Operations
From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:
1). Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].
2). The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwave food.
3). Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwave foods.
4). The effects of microwave food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.
5). Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwave food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.
6). The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.
7). Microwave foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.
8). The prolonged eating of microwave foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
9). Continual ingestion of microwave food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
10). Eating microwave food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.
Have you tossed
out your microwave oven yet?
Here are four photographs taken over a nine day period of two plants. Fresh water was microwaved for one minute and soaked into the soil of one plant on the left. The other plant on the right received the same amount of fresh water (not microwaved) soaked into the soil. This is what happens to microwaved food. Try it. Your results will be the same as the hundreds of tests have proved.
After you throw out your microwave you can use a toaster oven as a replacement. It works well for most and is nearly as quick. The use of artificial microwave transmissions for subliminal psychological control, a.k.a. "brainwashing", has also been proven.
From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
Fluoride Action Network
Dentists Alerted to Fluoride's Health Damage in Journal of American Dental Association
New York -- "The combination of gastric problems, difficulty in swallowing, leg muscle pain, and pain in the knee and hip joints is a key indicator of fluoride toxicity, and patients using high-concentration home fluoride treatments should be monitored for these symptoms," is reported in the January 2005 Journal of the American Dental Association. (1)
After ruling out other causes, a physician theorized his mouth-cancer patient's unrelated ailments were caused by his dentist-prescribed high-dose daily fluoride regimen. The dentist contacted the American Dental Association's (ADA) research center which confirmed fluoride toxicity, reports the study's authors, F.C. Eichmiller, DDS, Director, American Dental Association Foundation's Paffenbarger Research Center and colleagues
"The patient visited his physician with complaints of gastric distress, dysphagia, difficulty in swallowing when eating or drinking, soreness of the leg muscles and knee joints, and general malaise," Eichmiller and colleagues write.
Tests by the physician showed thickening of the esophagus walls and other irregularities of this muscular tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. "Many of these symptoms might have been considered normal sequelae of the head-and-neck cancer treatment if not for the latent onset of joint and muscle pains," they report.
Eichmiller's team monitored the patient's urinary fluoride levels while fluoride treatments were lowered until his symptoms disappeared. When fluoride treatments were stopped completely and brushing just once a day with fluoridated toothpaste, this patient's symptoms disappeared without any increase in tooth decay, the researchers report.
Eichmiller's team advises dentists that "When prescribing fluoride for compromised patients, clinicians should keep in mind both the dosage and method of administration. Lack of saliva could lead to less dilution of the gel or dentifrice, less ability to expectorate efficiently, longer retention in the mouth and a greater proportion of ingested material. Patients also may apply too much fluoride or use it too often in an effort to prevent the development of caries. In addition, the symptoms of fluoride toxicity can be fairly subtle and easily masked by other local and systemic problems in these patients," they write.
Clinicians who prescribe these high-concentration fluoride products even to non-cancer patients "must closely monitor the patient's compliance with the treatment regimen, minimize the dosage by using well-fitting custom trays and small quantities of gel or dentifrice, instruct patients to expectorate as much fluoride as possible and advise them to promptly report any gastric problems or joint and muscle pain," the researchers write.
Recently a woman's bone pain and stiffness was diagnosed as fluoride toxicity from drinking two gallons daily of instant tea.(2) Tea is naturally fluoridated.
The cancer patient in this article was prescribed a 2% fluoride treatment (possibly containing 12,300 ppm fluoride) He was instructed to put 1 milliliter to 2mL of the gel into each of two custom-made trays, apply for three minutes, then expectorate the excess and to avoid rinsing or drinking for 30 minutes after removal of trays. However, the patient did it twice a day for four months before he was diagnosed with fluoride toxicity.
Fluoridated toothpaste contains 1,000 ppm and artificially fluoridated water has approximately 1 ppm.
Painful and sometimes crippling skeletal fluorosis is common in countries where water and/or food supplies contain naturally high levels of fluoride such as in Nalgonda, India.(3a, 3b)
"Since so many dentists and physicians still need to be taught fluoride's side effects, we wonder how many arthritic patients really are manifesting fluoride toxicity," says Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. "Drinking fluoridated water will exacerbate their disease since fluoride accumulates in the bones even at the low levels injected into our water supplies."
(1) Journal of the American Dental Association, "Controlling the fluoride dosage in a patient with compromised salivary function," Frederick C. Eichmiller, D.D.S.; Naomi Eidelman, Ph.D.; Clifton M. Carey, PhD., Vol. 136, page 67 -70, January 2005
(2) "Potentially Harmful Fluoride Levels Found In Some Instant Teas," 2/9/05 Science Daily
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
My Cheyenne wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine.
Blessed are those who can give without remembering. And receive without forgetting.
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Any day now, the Bush-Cheney Administration could sanction the largest massacre of wolves to occur in the lower 48 states in decades. And in Wyoming and Idaho, state governments are preparing plans to make it happen.
These irresponsible proposals could even lead to the killing of Yellowstone wolves. As individuals and packs cross park boundaries, they would find themselves directly in the line of fire.
Defenders of Wildlife is working hard on the ground, fighting against what would be the most significant setback in wolf recovery in decades.
We’ve already mobilized more than 47,000 activists to urge the Fish & Wildlife Service to keep protections for wolves in place. Northern Rockies Representative Suzanne Stone has given dozens of media interviews and is coordinating with state and local conservation groups, ranchers and sportsmen to stop these misguided plans.
And that’s not all we’re doing. We’re rallying our activists on the ground, launching public education campaigns and are preparing for legal action to ensure protection for Western wolves.
Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett
Priests to Purify Site After Bush
By Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press Writer
GUATEMALA CITY - Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after President Bush visits next week, an official with close ties to the group said Thursday.
"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday.
Bush's seven-day tour of Latin America includes a stopover beginning late Sunday in Guatemala. On Monday morning he is scheduled to visit the archaeological site Iximche on the high western plateau in a region of the Central American country populated mostly by Mayans.
Tiney said the "spirit guides of the Mayan community" decided it would be necessary to cleanse the sacred site of "bad spirits" after Bush's visit so that their ancestors could rest in peace. He also said the rites _ which entail chanting and burning incense, herbs and candles _ would prepare the site for the third summit of Latin American Indians March 26-30.
Bush's trip has already has sparked protests elsewhere in Latin America, including protests and clashes with police in Brazil hours before his arrival. In Bogota, Colombia, which Bush will visit on Sunday, 200 masked students battled 300 riot police with rocks and small homemade explosives.
The tour is aimed at challenging a widespread perception that the United States has neglected the region and at combatting the rising influence of Venezuelan leftist President Hugo Chavez, who has called Bush "history's greatest killer" and "the devil."
Iximche, 30 miles west of the capital of Guatemala City, was founded as the capital of the Kaqchiqueles kingdom before the Spanish conquest in 1524.
Submitted by Henrietta Wise
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