CLEAR WINGED BUTTERFLIES...
The World's Best Ant
by Jan Jensen of WELLthy Choices
We live in the woods and carpenter ants are a huge problem. We have spent
thousands of dollars with Orkin and on ant poisons trying to keep them under
control but nothing has helped. So when I read somewhere that Aspartame (Nutrasweet)
was actually developed as an ant poison and only changed to being considered
non-poisonous after it was realized that a lot more money could be made on it as
a sweetener than as an ant poison, I decided to give it a try. I opened two
packets of aspartame sweetener, and dumped one in a corner of each of our
bathrooms. That was 2 years ago and I have not seen any carpenter ants for
about 9 - 12 months.
It works better than the most deadly poisons I have tried. Any time they show up
again, I simply dump another package of Nutrasweet in a corner, and they will be
gone for a year or so again. Since posting this information I have had many
people tell me of their success solving ant problems with this substance, when
nothing else worked.
We found later that small black ants would not eat the aspartame. It was
determined that if you mixed it with apple juice, they would quickly take it
back to the nest, and all would be dead within 24 hours, usually. I have found
that sometimes it will kill them, and sometimes it does not. Not sure why, may
be slightly different species of ants or something.
Fire Ants: We got our first fire ant hill about 2 weeks ago. Poison did
not work. We tried aspartame and the ants ignored it until we got a light rain.
It was just a sprinkle, enough to moisten the Nutrasweet and ground, but not
enough to wash it away. They went crazy, hundreds of them grabbing it and taking
it back into the mound. When I checked the mound 2 days later, there was no sign
of the fire ants. I even dug the mound up some, and still saw none of them. How
does it Work:
Aspartame is a neuropoison. It most
likely kills the ants by interfering with their nervous system. It could be
direct, like stopping their heart, or something more subtle like killing their
sense of taste so they can't figure out what is eatable, or smell, so they can't
follow their trails, or mis-identify their colonies members, so they start
fighting each other.
Not sure what causes them to end up dying, just know that for many species of
ants it will kill them quickly and effectively. As with any poison I recommend
wearing gloves and washing any skin areas that come in contact with this poison,
and avoid getting it in your mouth, despite anything the labeling may indicate.
More information on this fantastic poison can be found at:
Submitted by Roberta
MORE HEALTH WATCH...
From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
Fluoride Action Network media release
Biggest Health Threat to the United States - US Dentistry...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
The US Health Care
System, rated 72nd in
quality, but number one
in cost - worldwide, is
known, by government
reports, to be the
NUMBER ONE KILLER of
Americans - ahead of
heart disease, cancer,
and strokes. There is
no argument against
But what is up for
speculation are the
REASONS why this is so.
No one I know of
think tanks, etc.) has
taken the time to
describe, and rate, the
reasons why US citizens
are being so
It is easy to point
fingers at the US Food &
(FDA) and show their
faults. We could point
with certainty at those
industries that spew
their toxic waste into
society. We could
certainly talk endlessly
about the greed and
corruption in the health
insurance industry, and
their penchant to offer
the crappiest of health
care paradigms as the
only choices they'll pay
for. We could point our
fingers at the hospital
system, our nursing
homes, and the tendency
medicine." We could
talk about State
Regulatory Boards and
their inability, and
unwillingness to cull
out bad practitioners,
and bad practices. We
could talk about the
intentional actions of
operation to stop any
innovation in health
I've written about all
of these problems - and
so have many others.
But what if there is an
trusted by the public,
that knowingly, and
causing significant harm
to America's health?
There is one. It
and I believe that this
entity, by itself, is
the number one problem
in American health
Let me tell you why I
Tim Bolen - Health Freedom
Copyright 2005 by Bolen Report
MORE HEALTH WATCH...
U.S. Government Planning Mass Poisonings
Tim Johnson (D-SD) recently announced that the Aberdeen Area Tribal
Chairman’s Health Board will receive $249,996 in funding for dental
health care, specifically early childhood caries prevention and
Medicating specific mass populations
with unneeded, unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals is
American Indian Council adamantly opposes efforts of the U.S.
government to force Indian people living on reservations to consume
potentially lethal doses of a chemical by-product called fluoride
for the following five reasons:
Fluoride kills animals,
birds, fish and insects – damages plant life. Government
studies from around the world prove fluoride has a devastating
affect on the animal and plant kingdoms. There is no way to
keep public water from being consumed by animals, birds, fish
and insects. What will fluoride do to vegetable gardens, cattle,
and family pets? What you do to Mother Earth, you do to
otherwise known by its short name, fluoride is not a natural
substance. This highly toxic chemical is a waste product
that is scraped off the smokestacks of industrial polluters.
The cost of disposing of this substance would cost industries
billions -- but not if they can put it into water systems.
This material is a
toxic waste that's regulated by the EPA. It would be illegal to
drip it into a river or a stream, but for some reason, it is
perfectly legal to drip it into the public water supply and let
people drink it. It's a bizarre cycle of rationalization that
can only be called medical lunacy.
Stop this ugly assault and further
genocide of our people!
Contact the following
Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Members:
Animal Rights... and
Whale Of A Story
For a bit of Joy in your
If you read the front page story of
the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female
humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab
traps and lines.
She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her
to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line
rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line
tugging in her mouth.
fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands
Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.
Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she
so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle
a very dangerous proposition .. One
slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.
They worked for hours
with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say
she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.
came back to each and every
diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed
gently around-she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly
beautiful experience of their lives.
The guy who cut the rope
out of her mouth says her eye was
following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
May you, and
all those you love,
so blessed and fortunate
be surrounded by people
who will help you get untangled
from the things that are binding you.
you always know the joy
giving and receiving gratitude.
Animal Rights... and
the Interior Slaughters Our Cousins!
U.S. Forest Service wants to use an array of poisons, traps and shooting --
including aerial gunning -- to wipe out wolves and other carnivores in federally
designated wilderness areas.
Help us force the U.S. Forest
Service to withdraw this ill-advised proposal by encouraging your friends to
submit their personalized comments before September 6!!
Under the proposal, federal agents could chase down and kill bears or other
carnivores using planes, helicopters, and all-terrain vehicles -- invading areas
once safe for these creatures with loud, intrusive machines. The proposal
also allows for the use of the controversial pesticide sodium cyanide. Baited
devices could be used to shoot the highly toxic gas into a wolf's mouth, causing
a horrible death.
Wildlife Services, the agency that would be put in charge, has a grim track
record. In 2004 alone, their agents killed more than 37,000 animals -- coyotes,
wolves, foxes, and bobcats -- from the air.
Wilderness areas were meant to be wild and free. According to the 1964
Wilderness Act, these special places should be preserved in their natural
conditions with little or no human influence. But the Forest Service's plan
could fundamentally alter these largely untouched areas, allowing low-flying
airplanes, trucks and all-terrain vehicles to hunt down populations of wolves,
bears and other carnivores.
Ask your friends to write to the
U.S. Forest Service today.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team
P.S. Tell your friends that their comments will be most effective if they are
personalized. They should tell officials why it is important that they do not go
forward with this harmful proposal:
Submitted by Sheri Awi
Anida Waya Burnett
[The needless, ignorant and ghoulish
slaughter of our animal cousins must be stopped! Nature will take care of
itself without the ridiculous meddling of stupid bureaucrats. The U.S.
Department of the Interior is an ugly monster that must be stripped bare of its
funding and power over life and death. Contact your congressional
representatives today! --Editor]
SACRED SITE WATCH:
The Miami Circle
a 2,000 year-old American Indian burial ground located along the Miami River
near downtown Miami, Florida is yet undisturbed by local developers. But for how
long no one knows.
Thousands of artifacts have been recovered at the site, all characteristic of
the Tequesta Indians who lived in the area before the arrival of the Seminoles
and Spanish in the 1500s and 1600s. The circle itself may be between 500 and 700
Next to the plush Sheraton at Miami Biscayne Bay is a banner hanging from a
hurricane fence that encloses the burial ground on a vacant lot located on
Bricknell Avenue. The banner proclaims that the site is protected by the
State of Florida with the name of Governor Jeb Bush, brother of President Bush,
at the top of a long list of supporting organizations. Posted signs warn
the public that the site is under police surveillance.
Officials who are committed to preserving the ancient burial ground call the
site the Miami Circle. Every Tuesday evening, members of the
Miccosukee Tribe perform ceremony open to the public at the burial grounds.
One local supporter, Brian S. Goodson, says, "The
site is a stark and wonderfully primitive contrast to the numerous towering
buildings that surround it in the heavily populated city, is a reminder to us
all the deep respect of Indian people toward their elders who have moved on to
the next plane."
In the April 1999 issue of Archaeology, a publication of the
Archaeological Institute of America, an article by Mark Rose entitled
Prehistoric Miami wrote, "...the site remained undiscovered and survived nearly
intact until now is miraculous. It was unharmed during construction of a
three-story apartment building 50 years ago, when a septic tank was put through
its center. Plans called for construction of a 600-unit luxury high-rise
condominium to proceed once archaeologists have finished excavating and
documenting the site. If necessary, archaeologists would have tried cutting away
the bedrock and reassembling the circular formation elsewhere, but on February
18 a judge in Miami granted a temporary injunction halting construction at the
Efforts to preserve the Miami Circle
are under attack
again. In January 2005 members of the Florida AIM chapter angrily
denounced an article, "Much Ado About A Circle," written by University of
Florida archaeologist Jerald Milanich who suggests the Miami Circle may be a
modern septic-tank drainage system. Other reputable archaeologists who
studied the site for several years are offended by Milanich's remarks.
According to a media release from Florida AIM, "...Once
again the ghoulish grave robbers with degree's have used "development" as a
pretext to rob the graves of Indigenous peoples. At least four full skeletal
remains and scores of other peoples partial remains have been removed from the
so-called "1 Miami" site... [but this] ghoulish
exercise has been temporarily halted...as [they] failed to acquire the
appropriate South Florida Water Management District permits for his plundering
exercise.... But experience dictates that multi-million dollar development are
not so easily halted..."
The Miami River Circle is facing the ever-present danger of modern development.
Native American groups and archaeologists argue that further disturbance would
damage remaining artifacts and disturb the nature of the site. As a result, the
Archaeological and Historical Conservancy is collecting donations to preserve
Many fear that rich and powerful developers will bribe Dade County commissioners
and call in political favors. In the face of strong public sentiment
consistently in favor of preserving the sacred site, great political and
financial pressures continue to plague supporters.
Settlement over Indian burial site
PORT ANGELES, Wash. Washington state
will pay more than 17 (m) million dollars to tribal and local officials in Port
Angeles to settle disputes over the disturbance of an ancient American Indian
village. The settlement was announced yesterday by Governor Christine Gregoire
(GREG'-wahr ). It ends litigation surrounding the Department of Transportation's
abandoned project at Port Angeles to build new pontoons for the Hood Canal
floating bridge. The (Lower Elwha Klallam) tribe will get two-and-a-half (m)
million dollars in the settlement, and ownership of eleven acres at the former
village site. Port Angeles and the city's port each will get grants of
seven-and-a-half (m) million dollars to offset the lost economic activity that
went with the Hood Canal bridge project. Work stopped in 2003 after
officials discovered human remains at the site.
Copyright 2006 Associated Press.
[Editor's Note: This judgment is a significant step forward in the protection of
sacred grounds. This ruling can be added to the growing list of legal precedents
that hold federal bureaucrats responsible for blatant disregard for sacred
& HOLLER COLUMN
News and Notes From Indian Country
Ever since the first white man set foot on this Sacred Land, our own
People have predicted the end of our race. Indeed, from the very
beginning we began to die of diseases, murder and cultural genocide.
These forces continue
For us Cherokee, it wasn't until
the whites began pushing our people into the West that our forefathers
began to feel that the end was near. To the Cherokee People the West is
"The Darkening Land" where all spirits travel when they are done with
this life. But it wasn't the disappearance of our bodies that tolled the
death knell to these old
timers. It was the disappearance of our own culture, our own religion,
our medicine plants and hunting lands that made them fear our
extermination was at hand. And I have found this to be sadly true.
While there are tens of
thousands of "Indians" alive today (and more people joining the ranks
hourly) there are very few true Native Peoples. Most of us have become
"white" in every way. Our prophets warned us about taking the
white man's cooking pots, his religion and his customs. Nevertheless, we
have embraced our genocide by embracing all of these things, including
and especially a foreign religion, one born of greed, embedded in the
concept of Manifest Destiny and carried out at all cost of life.
In the beginning many of our
People resisted this conversion to Christianity. But as time went on and
generation after generation marched into the West, many People came to
believe that if they really did become Christian, they would be left
Sadly, this wasn't true. Being
Christians didn't save the Moravian Delaware, who, despite of a mass
conversion to Christianity, were rounded up by their converters, bound,
forced to kneel and massacred - despite Christian
prayers and pleas spoken in perfect English. Nor did conversion save the
Cherokee from being driven out of their homeland - even if they did sing
"Amazing Grace" on the trip. One fourth of our People perished along the
Today we are scattered - no
longer one strong Nation. Converting to the white man's ways
didn't save the Navajo, the Apache, the Quapaw, the Arapaho, the
Kickapoos, the Potawatomi, the Shawnee, The Sioux, The Cree, the Yahi,
the Blackfeet or any of the more than 500 Nations who lived here before
the coming of the invaders. We are living in interesting times.
While all eyes seem to be focused on Biblical Prophecy, Creator has
given our People prophecies that have been handed down orally since time
began. Much of that has been lost, but much also remains. While
many false "chiefs" and "medicine people" are making the rounds today,
Creator has given his People strong leaders who will guide them back to
the old ways. But he won't make them follow.
The Spirits of your Ancestors will guide you home, but you have to
listen. Time is of the essence.
"We are told that your religion was given to you by your forefathers,
and has been handed down from father to son. We also have a religion
which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us,
their children. We worship in that way. It teaches us to be thankful for
all favors we receive; to love each other and be united. We
never quarrel about religion, because it is a matter which concerns each
man and the Great Spirit. Brother, we do not wish to destroy your
religion or take it from you; we only want to enjoy our own."
Chief Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha), Seneca
The Path of Life
Many of us today would not be where
we are if not for guidance from our Elders.
In all walks of life no matter what
profession we may find ourselves in and no matter what our status in life
is, married, civilian worker or self-employed, we all need assistance in
some way from time to time.
With regard to Elders and or
guides, "Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? There are professional
guides there that will lead you to the bottom of the canyon while riding on
mules or donkeys. These guides are very good at their job and are there to
assist and protect you during your trip.
Only a person without regard to
their safety would refuse to listen to these guides. Say you were to take a
wrong step, the guide reaches out his hand and grabs yours saving your life,
would you refuse his help? Hardly!
Our people have qualified guides in
our Elders. They are there to help you along the path of life (The Red
Road). We would do well to adhere to their advise for they are experienced
guides. The path is not an easy one to follow and is filled with pitfalls
but with the aid of our Elders, the path is much more easy to follow.
©Copyrighted by Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. ~Seven Hawks
He doesn't look so good!
There was this ole Indian that owned a nice looking Sorrel Gelding that he kept
in his pasture next to the highway.
One day a white man was driving by and noticed this prize horse. He pulled
into the driveway at this ole Indian's place and said "Who owns that beautiful
horse grazing along the side the highway?"
The ole Indian said, "Me."
"I'll give you $500 right now for him!" said the white man.
"No, he is not for sale... He don't look so good," stated the Skin.
"What do you mean he don't look so good, he looks fine to me. Tell you
what, I'll give you $750 for him right now, Indian!"
"No," said the ole fella, "He don't look so good."
"$1000 then, take it or leave it, old timer!" the white man huffed.
"OK, but I tell you, he don't look so good!" replied the ole man as he made the
A few days past when all of a sudden that white guy came to the ole man's house
once again. He got out of the truck, his head was all bandaged up, grabbed his
crutches and hopped up to the ole guys porch.
"WHAT THE HELL'S WRONG WITH YOU INDIAN, YOU SOLD ME A BLIND HORSE!" Shouted the
"I told you he don't look so good!"
Submitted by Andre Crambit, Indigenous News Network
Always remember...that the Great
Mystery is good; evil can come only from ourselves!"
-Grandmother of Charles Eastman, Santee
The Great Mystery is love, good and principle.
He is a guiding Father. He doesn't play games. He knows only how
to love. Sometimes, when things go wrong, we blame Him or others.
Usually, if we are honest, we can see how decisions or things done in
the past put us in a position to be hurt. It comes back to us. When this
happens, it is not something the Creator caused, but something we,
ourselves caused. Most of our problems are of our own making. When
this happens, we should correct what we've done, ask the Great Spirit
for forgiveness and pray for guidance in the future.
By Don Coyhis
The Wisdom of Tamarack Song
Several of you folks in my extended family have been asking what I've been up
to, and I owe a number of you e-mails as well. I'm now out of hibernation, so
you'll be hearing from me soon. Thanks for keeping connected. I just put the
finishing touches on a new book, and the Year-long program's initial hubub is
over, so we here at the School now have some time to breathe. The 17 seekers at
Nishnajida, our wilderness camp, are just getting into hide tanning, and they
are foraging all their food but
protein. Thresholds are coming up as they face cravings for pizza and movies,
and as it sinks in that they are not going to see their loved ones for a long
time. Their courage and resourcefulness is starting to surface. I am
continually amazed at the great capacity and wisdom that people carry within
themselves, and how it shows when it is most needed.
At Nad'mad'ewining (our office center) we're finishing the new staff cabin, and
we have renewed energy for the primitive camp we are starting there, which we
call Mashkodenz (Little Prairie). This week the birchbark-peat covering goes on
the lean-to, and then we are going out to gather more bark for covering the
first winter lodge. We are also interviewing people for the office position,
and have met several good folks in the process. One of them is bound to be the
right person to join our circle.
For those of you who do not subscribe to Wilderness Way Magazine, I usually
share the Quiz and Tip columns I write for them. I don't think I got the last
ones out to you, so here they are. It's too late to get your Quiz answers
published, yet I'd like to hear what you come up with anyway if you feel so
In Balance, Tamarack
A few days ago a woman showed me a Downy Woodpecker feather she found on a hike.
Assuming it was a tail feather, further assuming from its crumpled appearance
that it was pulled out by a predator, and even further assuming that the event
happened in the past couple days (because of the feather laying atop new snow),
she told me the story of the bird's demise.
Every one of her assumptions was wrong. It was a wing feather, moulted by an
adolescent and then used as construction material in a nest, which had
disintegrated under the weight of snow. The woman got off track because she
tried to tell the feather's story rather than listening to the story feather had
to tell. When we begin with a wrong assumption it is inevitable that our
following assumptions will be even more off-base.
As with this woman, making assumptions is what most of us would normally do,
because our schooling has trained us by rewarding answers rather than questions.
In the wilderness those who ask questions, live, and those who are quick with
answers, die young.
Fortunately, our natural tendency is to question. I help the students I work
with to renew their questioning ability by continually challenging them to
explore. Following is an example of the questions I use to help them. I posed
them to you in the last column, and here are the answers a few of you came up
1. Why don't deer and many other animals bed down continuously in the same
Jeff Gottlieb offered several good several good possibilities - "because they
change what they are eating and bed closer to it...because they sleep more
comfortably on fresh, springy insulative materials... because they modify their
territories and how they use them when others of their species move into the
area, or leave it vacant." Richard A. West added a couple more - "Not all trees
bear fruit at the same time, so game has to cover a much broader area searching
for food sources... also being disturbed can spook animals and make them vacate
Tamarack's comment: Both Richard and Jeff came up with likely motivators for
changing bedding sites. Another is parasites; if animals reused their lays they
would keep reinfesting themselves. The same is true of nest and den sites. Most
birds build new nests every year, and some have multiple nest sites that they
alternately use. Bears will do the same; one Black Bear neighbor of mine used
his winter den behind my lodge only about every three years.
2. Some trees such as Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) have pitch boils on the
surface of their bark. What are the reasons for these?
Even though it's not my intent, every once in a while I'll pose a question that
stumps just about everyone, and it looks like I've done it again with this one.
Richard West came close with his speculation that the pitch boils have something
to do with injury to the tree, perhaps caused by woodpeckers.
Roughly half of mature Balsam Firs have rotten cores, which are infected (along
with the sweet sapwood) by quite an array of succulent wood-boring insects. It
takes the Crow-sized Pileated Woodpecker only a couple minutes to chisel deep
into the core of a Balsam to get a succulent grub. You should see the chips fly
with an inspired Pileated at work! My theory is that the numerous pitch boils of
a healthy tree repel woodpeckers, who do not like to get pitch (which often
squirts out when the boils are ruptured) on their feathers.
Bonus question - Why don't young Balsam Firs have pitch boils?
This turned out to be another stumper and yet Willow Brook gave it a try -- "The
resin boils provide an energy reserve. Young trees are using their energy for
growth so don't accumulate reserves." The pitch does have nutritional value, so
Willow Brook's idea may hold water. Another reason is that young Balsams are
seldom infected with insects, so have no need for pitch boils.
Wilderness Way Tips
How to Operate a Wilderness Laundromat
Next to "Where's the bathroom?" the most common question from those new to my
wilderness camp is, "How do I do laundry?" When left to their own devices, they
usually try to duplicate a washing machine - boil water, add soap, agitate,
wring, rinse, wring. It works, but it's a lot of work.
Unnecessary work. There is usually no need for tubs or buckets, hot water or
elbow grease. Even soap is dispensable. As with most aspects of wilderness
living, the doorway to ease and comfort is breaking out of old thought patterns
and envisioning new, different ways of doing things. Washing clothes in the
wilds can be fast and simple, even to the point of avoiding much scrubbing. Here
is how I run my laundromat:
* Prevention To keep clothes from getting dirty, take off, roll up, use rags
* Rotate and Air Change socks and undergarments daily, hanging worn garments
in sun and wind to dryclean sanitize.
* Natural Agitation and Microbial Action Suspend in stream or wavy lake and
let the water and little buggers do the work.
* Pour, not Dunk Eliminate need for bucket and large quantity of hot water by
pouring water into garment rather than immersing garment in water.
* Snow Wash Stomp or rub dry snow into clothing, shake and repeat if
* Dry on Body A single layer of clothing can dry quite quickly just from body
* High Dry The higher clothes are hung the more quickly they will dry.
Clothing can also freeze dry, however it takes considerably longer than in
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
READ MORE... Books by Tamarack Song
Song, Owl Clan, has been a student of the Old Way since his youth. He met his
first mentor - a Canadian Metis Woman named She Who Talks With Loons right after
dropping out of college for the third time. In the years following, he traveled
The Mother's Bosom to find and apprentice with Elders who still practiced some
of their traditional ways. He has lived the Native Way in the wilderness for
many turns of the seasons and in the process he has gained - and is still
gaining - the teachings and awareness to prepare him for the role of guide. He
does not call himself a teacher; if anything he feels himself to be a guide to
the Real Teacher.
He is a guide for quests and rites of passage, translator of dreams and other
voices of spirit, performer of legal Native marriage ceremonies, counselor for
lifestyle transition and relationships, and practitioner of a variety of Native
crafts and skills. He does dream and animal guide work, and counsels people
healing from the ravages of life in civilized society. He is also a Native
Lifeway consultant for schools, museums and archaeologists.
Tamarack shares much of what he has learned of the Old Ways through his
writings. He considers many books to be his Elders, because these books contain
much wisdom and information on lifeway skills that would be lost had someone not
Song is associated with the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Wisconsin.
Wilderness is the classroom,
Voices are the teachers,
self and Balance are the quest."
Teaching Drum Outdoor School
7124 Military Road,
Three Lakes, WI 54562-9333
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN
THE MANATAKA WOMEN'S COUNCIL
'CIRCLE OF FRIENDSHIP'
The Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship; meets the first Saturday of
each month in the home of Bear, Becky & Amanda Moore, located at 136 Waine Place
in Hot Springs, from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Coffee is provided, food and other
drinks are brought by individuals to share.
Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' Burdett continues teaching Peyote stitch
beading. Supplies needed--#10
beading needles--#9 beads--Silk beading thread. Money will be
collected to order beads for beginning
beaded women's breastplates---approximately $20.00 per person.
All members travel to Toltec Mounds where we will meet for a day of
fun, togetherness, and spiritual enlightenment. Look for further
details in Newsletters to come.
Bring supplies to begin assembling women's breastplates. Weather
permitting we will adjourn to Gulpha Gorge for hikes to Goat Rock
and Indian Mountain, drumming and a cookout.
Fall Women's Council Healing Retreat hosted by Cheryl Wilkinson, 1220 Reed
Loop, Atkins, Arkansas. This event is for women only--absolutely
no males. Females of all ages are welcome and do not have to be
Manataka members to attend. Activities include potluck meals,
singing, drumming, teachings, sharing and a woman's sweat. Please
bring drinks, lawn chairs, bedding, cots or air mattresses, sweat
clothes, and drums.
Christmas Party--Please bring a handmade gift or one that costs
under $10.00 to exchange.
Beginning with the August meeting donations of nonperishable food items,
toiletries, cleaning supplies will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. As
the holidays and winter approach the request for assistance by those in need
Please direct any questions our comments to Becky 'Flaming Owl Peacekeeper'
Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Join Us!
EATING LOCAL PRODUCE
Annette Waya Ewing
It’s summertime, and
with it comes fresh, locally-grown produce from farm stands—or, if you are
ambitious, your own garden. We are so used to the year-round convenience of
huge grocery stores that we forget that everything has a season…and that such
convenience comes at a price, nutritionally, taste-wise, environmentally, and in
community health and economics.
Who and what
benefits from consuming local produce, and how?
A personal benefit
of eating local fruits and vegetables is getting more nutrition per bite of
food. Fresh-picked produce has a higher vitamin content than the well-traveled
sort. The average fruit or veggie in the grocery store travels over two
thousand miles and may be several weeks old by the time it lands on your plate.
usually tastes much better too, because it doesn't have to be picked before it's
But there are more
far-reaching benefits to eating locally produced food than just better taste and
I saw sign in the
back window of a pick-up truck last month that read,
local farmers -- no farms -- no food!"
is a simple truth. Over a million acres of American farmland is lost every year
to urban sprawl. Over 75% of the remaining farmable land lies in threatened
urban-edge areas. Do we really want to have to rely on foreign countries for
our food supply? If you buy from your local farmers, you are helping to keep
us self-sufficient, and also helping to conserve farmland, which is often
habitat for endangered species.
Farmland is also
prettier than parking lots and warehouse-style retailers, in my opinion!
Another practical advantage to saving farmland is that it provides
drainage—whereas parking lots/concrete areas contribute to flooding and erosion.
Consider this: 5
calories of strawberry from across the country uses up over 400 calories of fuel
getting to you. Unless you drive a long way out of your way to purchase 'local'
produce, you will be helping to cut fossil fuel consumption and pollution. Most
of the produce in the grocery store has traveled at least 2000 miles in a
refrigerated truck or airplane—which consumes a lot of fuel.
You, as a consumer,
are more powerful than you might think. When you buy 'local', your money stays
in your community. If each of us puts some locally grown foods on the menu each
week, it adds up to substantial support for the economic, environmental,
physical, and future health of your community and All Our Relations.
So, enjoy your local
“fruits of summer” and know it’s a good thing!
(Consumers can buy a
'share' of the crops of participating farms and pick up a weekly variety box of
whatever produce is being harvested, November through March.)
Links to Native Women's Sites
Order site for "Young Wornen of Colour" --including Kahente Horn-Miller -- a
book which address today's feminism
A link to the Aboriginal Women's page of this site.
Daughters of Native
A billboard for the listserv for Native Women engaged in the struggle for
survival of Native peoples.
Encyclopedia of Native American Women
A valuable resource for biographies of 100 significant Native North American
First Nation's Women
A set of links relating to Native Women in Canada on the University of British
The national organization of Inuit Women in Canada.
Council of Women vs. The Queen
The decision on the MNCW suit to share employment funding.
Native Women's Association of Canada
Homepage of the national representative organization for Native women in Canada
Native Women in the Arts
an arts organization for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit women who share the
common interest of culture, art, and community.
National Aboriginal Women's
A contact page with notices for meetings re FNG legislation for women only.
Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the world,
The time has come to go back
into the place where everything becomes one, long has been the journeys
of the mother and daughter into the four directions and many beautiful
sisters and brother has been made, we have touch the hearts of the many
and now all is blooming at the very center.
The ancestors have said you go
and make relatives all over the world, for you have all this relations
in your heart, in every single one of them a beautiful sacred world
When we went into the west, we
have found the teachings of the ancestors in writing in stones, the
stones were specking loud and clear about the times to come, and times
in the now, for the teachings have no time, there is no boundaries in
the ways of the ancestors, many beautiful relations were made and many
struggles were overcome to find the teachings, we found the mountains
that were singeing the song of the mother, and the daughter rejoice the
singeing all over in her realms, the path was created since the
beginning of time, and it has been uncover. We also found in the west
the beautiful sisters that show the path of the condor and the eagle in
togetherness, and the condor was flying in the prayers in the Great
Canyon, the place where the mother tell her story, the beautiful Navajo
sisters have made my hair in such a beautiful manner...I am so grateful.
Then we came back into the
center just to get ready to go to the east as the mother show that way,
the mama Bear went with us for that realm to be open, for all my sisters
and brothers and my spiritual daughters were there waiting with so much
love, and love made the dance of the new beginning and many things were
uncover and created, bridges were made to make the dance for integration
be possible, there at the very east, we found the gate for the sun is
singeing, calling, dancing....shaking but must of all loving, and it was
shown by this beautiful sister that open the gates for the daughters to
In the journey to the south,
was hard, the place to find the 2 hearts in unity had many struggles,
first we found the sister that was in prison, many vampires in her
temple but now she has been liberated herself and flying beautiful,
then we found the wounded mother, so sad..., but it was beautiful to see
that behind that was the true heart just waiting to be uncovered, and
unity was made.
Then we went into the north,
and pick up lots of medicine that was in our path, medicine that we
share with all the brothers and sisters, we found the beautiful sisters
waiting for us, that open the gate for the many to be touch by the heart
of the mother, the father was there making the new song for the people.
I found such a beauty in all my sisters and brothers, tears were running
like the river and the waters were clean and beautiful, so many hearts
were there so open, so ready, ...and the weaving went on of this
beautiful tapestry, my spiritual daughters and sons were there with so
much heart. ..
....I love sooo much all my
people, I have seen myself with the many faces and recognize me in all
of them for there is no separation but only unity in the heart of the
In our way back, we went to
dance with the sun, and sing then the song that was learn in the east,
and speck the wisdom of the stones of the west, and love with the heart
that we found in the south, all together ...has been completed. At sun
dance, I saw the 2 brothers that are one, beautiful sons of the great
father and the medicine was everywhere, they are indeed the new leaders
so strong so beautiful, my brothers, and the ceremony of the tree of
life was made, the beautiful daughters cut the tree and the tree was
always alive in the heart so happy, joy was everywhere. the sun, the
moon, the stars, all bonding in the heart of the people, and we took all
the prayers into the realm of the womb of the mother, and mother was
happy to see all her sons and daughters recognizing the way .
We are back into the place
where the waters comes out from the womb, knowing now that we can hold
the space and make beauty, creating and re-creating, living and
be-living in the true men and the true women, as the way of the
ancestors, father-mother be-live in the many.
old Indian was asked what his wife's name was "Wife Name Three Horse."
Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya
HE IS INDIAN
This Indian with the broad smile.
His heart is as big as all outdoors.
His giving is generous.
There is a gleam in his eye
When an idea sparks in mind.
His thanks for what he does
Can never live up to the task he performs.
His pleasure is pleasing others.
His delight in these accomplishments
Are his personal medals.
His friends are many,
His admirers are countless.
Respect he wears like a shield.
His love of family is his pride.
His struggles are hidden and
His happiness he shares with all.
His name is his badge of honor
And we all know him...
He is our friend...
I want to thank everyone for the
prayers said and about to be said.
school AND next week he plays his first football game of the year with his
docs approval and to his teams relief lol. Jeremy had surgery June 2nd to remove
a steel plate and pins from his
leg. We would appreciate prayers for him. When his surgeon said he
had healed miraculously well from last surgery he told him yes
because my native family prayed for me. ~MountianWindSong King
Jay King - (WV) We have been told Jay has heart blockages besides CHF.
aterial fillibration, enlarged heart and diabetes. He is frightened. He
collapsed during the Cherokee Powwow campground in July and has been ill ever since with
heart problems. I know prayers are answered. He is such a good and kind man,
my rock. I took a fall as well.
did the heart catherization today The clots/blockages are in small veins
too small to angioplasty. Going to implant defillibrator/pacemaker. He's doing well
but weak and short of breath TY for
prayers and please continue. Our family at Manataka are a great
comfort knowing you will respond to our request. Love and prayers.
Ruth King 09-01-06
Esther Marie Daniels - (Independence
MO) critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs. Please
pray for her recovery.
Thank you and many blessings. Linda
Valda Littlebear Longbow Nachreiner (GA) - I will be
seeing a specialist for throat problems. I fear the worst, but would
greatly appreciate any and all prayers that can be offered up for my health
at this time. As I am without family and have only my Native American
friends here and I am very scared. 08-08-06 Bear
Dobby Sommer (CA) - Hip, knees, and
ankles are serving with much pain. High blood pressure. "Thank
you for your seven day prayers. Actually you inspired me to pray for seven
days for you and Manataka and the maker of my rattle. I have also been
inspired to have surgery sometime this summer with my faith in the Creator
rather than my fears. I am getting more crippled, but I can still walk with
a cane." Please
pray for this gentle, loving soul. 08-05-06
Joan - a single mother with two little boys
reported missing in May in Jamaica. She lives for God and it shows in
her life and her boys' lives. Upon her return to the U.S. she was arrested
because of an outstanding felony warrant from many years ago and transferred
to Lafayette, LA. She will go to prison for 2 1/2 years. I am asking
for your prayers for Joan and those two wonderful little boys. ~Pam
Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway (AL) - Miracles happen every day. Car
was totaled in an accident - without transportation but without a scratch.
Worries about not being able to obtain CDL. Extreme debts school debts over
$75,000. I just need some prayer from my Manataka family to help carry me
through this time. Thank you so much for your friendship, your continued
kindness, and prayers. 08-04-06 Bear
Lynch (Memphis, TN) - Wife of Michael Lynch scheduled for liver
transplant surgery today. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
The more prayers and smoke sent up at this time, the better!
07-27-06 ~David Teat
Patricia White Wolf Farnsworth (MO)
- fell and broke an ankle.
Surgery pending. She needs our prayers. No we are not going to give
her a bell. ~Sam Farnsworth 07-20-06
Aaron Friedman - (Haifa, Israel) -
Haifa was struck by rockets from Lebanon. We have not heard from my
former stepson and I ask for prayers. He was going to study this summer in
Haifa, Israel. Julie Maltagliati
Mary Mattingly (El Paso, TX) -
is going for surgery on her arm. I would like to ask your people to pray for
her as well. Y'all do a pretty good job. ~Leo Causey 07-08-06
Elizabeth Reed - Saquo was born prematurely and we would
greatly appreciate your prayers in smoke for hia utsi saquo for
which ayv offer tobacco to nihi for high honor of such. This picture
shows usti ulv on June 8, 2006 at 1 lb. 7 ozs and 11.5" long.
Elisi Spirit Dove 07-08-06
Henry Sidney Zack -
My father has taken a turn
over the past week and is declining rapidly; today the hospice nurse
feels he may have 1-2 weeks to live, but there is no certainty of
this, of course, and he may linger longer. Lauren Zack.
Flora Causey (Texas) - wife who
is part Cherokee and I think she needs prayer for her body.
She has some sort of tumor in her abdomen. It doesn't need to
be there and doesn't have to stay there. ~Leo Causey 07-04-06
Joyce Johnson (Atlanta,
GA) -Diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. Please pray for
this wonderful woman. ~Patti BlueStar Burdette 07-03-06
Marian Wilson (Philadelphia, PA) Child. On July 21, Marian will undergo an
upper endoscopy of her upper intestinal tract, to test for Celiac
disease, food allergies, and other possibilities for her continued,
recurring illness and rash. ~ Kim Wilson 06-30-06
Kimberly Wilson (Philadelphia, PA) - July 19 will be seeing a cardiologist for
consultation of persistent symptoms of heart palpitations, possible
atrial fibrillations and/or arrhythmias.
Standing Bear Moore (Manataka) Was taken Friday to the emergency room during the
Summer Gathering at Manataka. on Sunday Bear's heart was given
electric shock to bring his heart back into regular rhythm. He was released from the VA Hospital in
Little Rock on Thursday afternoon. Bear was back to
work on Friday and watching his health more closely.
~Rebecca Owl Woman Moore 06-30-06
Dr. Ron - Has had
years of pain due to a back injury and is addicted to pain
meds. He is still functioning as a doctor but on a very
limited basis. I ask the Bear Society
to take his name and do work on him in their next lodge,
sweat lodge. What I know is that the medicine of the Bear
clan is extremely strong. I ask that Ron begins to feel the
energy and love that all those around feel to help him heal.
I've prayed to the creator, called on my ancestors. It is
really time that can tell what his future holds. He is
cutting down on his meds, at least he is trying.
~Stella Turtle Lady Fisher 06-12-06
Robert Gray Hawk Coke (Dallas, TX) - Long-time Manataka member and beloved elder
suffered a major stroke on May 14. He had temporary paralyses that
was successfully treated. Please pray and give up offerings
for this wonderful man. Gray Hawk came home 6-10-06. ~Victoria McBain.
Alan Fisher - Alan has
healed from his surgery. Back to work and on the go. Only the future
can tell if the tumor will return, we hold the energy from that if will
not return. Thankful
and Grateful for each breath I take upon awakening every day of my life.
~Stella Turtle Lady Fisher 06-06-06
The People of CHECHNYA - Having suffered from fighting for a
dozen and a half years and there was no solution in sight. He said it
more bloody than a civil war. 70% percent killed were civilians --
children, woman, old people, others. Homes are destroyed with people
in them. Kidnapping is prevalent. Before the struggle approximately
1.2 million lived in Chechnya, and now only 600,000 remained because of the
deaths and fleeing. Please pray for PEACE in Chechnya. ~Lynn
Smith via Barbara Wolf.
15-year old dog - has developed pancreatitis. It's a relatively
mild case, but pancreatitis is serious, and her being 15 makes it
more worrisome. She's not terribly sick now, and I'm so hoping she
won't get worse. ~ Juli Maltagliati 5-22-06
Cindy Hogman, 32 - My
name is Gary Hogman. My wife, Cindy, was diagnosed with stage
4 cervical cancer and her chances for survival are very slim.
She was pregnant with our second child and had miscarried recently
at 3 months, and now we know why. This is a request for you to
forward this e-mail to everyone you know asking for prayer and ask
everyone you know to pray for the HEALING of Cindy. I want the
whole world to have her in their prayers the next few weeks. God
will hear our cry. Please do not be offended by my plea. Thank you
from the bottom of my heart. ~Gary Hogman. Submitted by
Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway 05-19-06
Irons - Still battling cancer. Came back in his spine and right
leg. Very sick and on morphine in 4th stage of the disease. Walks only
about 20 feet. ~Charles Irons 5-15-06
you submit a prayer request above? If so, please send us an update.
We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are
2006 Elder Council Meeting...
The July meeting was held on the 20th starting at 9:05 a.m. and a quorum was
not established as two elders were away on Manataka business and ceremonies. David Quiet Wind Furr, Rick Wind Call-er Porea, Gayle Sexauer
and Patty Burdette were present.
Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural
Center. Good progress is being made. All positive developments.
MASELA (Manataka Ambassador to
Spiritual Elders of Latin America) Project
American Indian Spirituality Booklet conversion to CD.
Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy
Organize, Teach and Enforce Protocols
Upcoming Fall Gathering
Elder Council Organization
No motions were offered.
Committee Reports approved by consensus.
1: TWO ELDER COUNCIL
POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN:
The Education Elder position will concentrate on
developing public school curriculum based on American Indian philosophy and
coordinating presentations to schools, civic organizations and churches. The
Treasurer position is now open due to a recent resignation. The position
will require experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting.
If you feel qualified for this position, please submit your information now. Read More (Posted
2: ELDER COUNCIL POSITION
time member, Patty Blue Star Burdette Gayle
of Hot Springs, AR was recently appointed Ceremonial Elder during the Summer
"Patty has great knowledge of ceremonies through her many travels over the
years to participate in traditional ceremonies and the guidance of spiritual
elders. She walks quietly and speaks slowly. She is humble and has
an abiding love and loyalty for Manataka, said Chairperson, David Quiet Wind
Furr. Patty Blue Star replaces Jim PathFinder who resigned to devote
more time to writing books.
3: FOOD BASKETS NEEDED NOW!
are hungry often throughout the year. Please bring or send
non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and
other stores are great.
4: REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS -
1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's
Restaurant E. Grand.
5: WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS -
11:30 a.m., 1st
Saturday each month. Contact:
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