Manataka American Indian Council                                                                      Volume XIV Issue 03  MARCH 2010





Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow\



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Contents of Page 2              

Legends of Old: Coyote Man Tricks Beautiful Woman
Feature Story::   Indian Country Goes Without Water
Feature Story: Tribe opposes Substation at Kituwah Site

Letters to the Editor:

Toddlers Given Dangerous Mood Meds
Organic Consumers: Toxic Sludge Is Good for You
Elder's Meditations: Barney Bush, Shawnee
Plant Medicine: Medicine for the People - Stressed to Sickness
Warrior Society News:   First Sioux to Receive Medal of Honor
Fluoride: Your Tap Water Is Legal But May Be Unhealthy
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Protection for Leatherback Sea Turtles
Sacred Sites: Glen Cove Shell Mound






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Coyote Man Tricks Beautiful Woman

A Nez Perce Legend

A beautiful young woman looked into the water of the river and cried because she had learned that the man she was to marry, died in battle. All that they brought to her was his bloody shoe.


"Why did it have to be my man?" she cried to God.


Coyote was licking himself in the shade when he heard her sob to God, asking him why her man had died. He peeked at her through the brush.

"What a lovely girl!" he thought. "I must have her."


In lust, Coyote transformed into Coyote Man. "I know why," he said, coming out of the tall grasses. Beautiful Woman stared at him with tears in her eyes.


He was a stranger and very attractive.













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Water Wars Begin...


"Water is Life and Life is Water"


Indian Country Goes Without Water

Wasteful Government Policies Open To Greed


The Southwest is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history while federal and state politicians enact policies that deprive the general public and especially American Indian people from the essence of life -- water.


Recognizing the importance of enforcing water rights on reservations, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution to oppose the controversial water pumping project in Nevada. In June, 2008 NCAI acted on the requests of Nevada tribes who say the pumping will dry up their water sources.


According to an article in the Salt Lake City Desert News about the NCAI action, "...access to clean drinking and irrigation water is expected to become a major issue in the near future all over the world. It is already a serious problem in many locations, and California declared a drought. Cities in the arid American west are already looking for more water, and Nevada is proposing a pumping project to help Las Vegas." 


Water scarcity grows in urgency in many regions as population growth, climate change, pollution, lack of investment, and management failures restrict the amount of water available relative to demand.   To underscore the critical water problem for American Indians, the following two articles were submitted by







About Michele

Written by Dr. Paul L. Williams


"For the first time in my adult lifetime I'm proud of this country" ... Michelle Obama

"In my own life in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much," she said. "See, that's why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service, "... Michelle Obama

No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn't perform any official duties. But this hasn't deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession.

Just think,  Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary from her husband's salary.

Total Personal Staff members for other first ladies paid by taxpayers:

Mamie Eisenhower:   One-- paid for personally out of President's salary.
Jackie Kennedy:         One
Rosalynn Carter:         One
Barbara Bush:             One

Hilary Clinton:              Three
Laura Bush:                 One
Michele Obama:         Twenty-two, plus two more... plus....


How things have changed!  If you're one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Ms. Michelle are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by you, John Q .Public.









Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a topic you feel needs to be addressed.


License Plate spotted

Good Evening Editor,


We are writing you because we saw an interesting license plate on a vehicle we were following on the streets while driving home. It was a "Pembina Nation" plate with LS (stacked as fractions are) to left of plate number, and the phrase "Little Shell Reef Nation of North America" at bottom of plate. We live in California.  If we happen to spot vehicle again, we will make a note of vehicle description and plate number. Do we need to report this to local agencies?  Thank you for you time.  Best Regards, ~David & Joanne Steffin

Hello David,

There is not much need to contact the police about the license plate.  They will see it at some point and hand the driver a very expensive ticket, if the driver is not arrested on the spot.  It is illegal to display phony tags.  There is no such tribe. 


Food Resources

Hello Manataka,

Upon initial perusal of some of the links on the Indian Food Resources list - I've bookmarked a bunch - didn't have time to go through all of them, but there are a bunch there "for further reading" -  and some that I want to try their foods also.  Vast wealth of information and history there - I hope others will check it out also.  Especially with the junk being offered as "food" in most stores now .... we need this resource - thank you!!!  ~ Kim Wilson


Toddlers Given Dangerous Mood Meds

Dear Editor,

What ever happened to keeping drugs AWAY from kids?

Now, pediatric pushers are shoving dangerous antipsychotic meds at an alarming rate on small children -- even toddlers -- for bogus diagnoses like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorder.

You can see this outrage for yourself in the pages of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The chilling details: between 1999 and 2001, around one in 650 5-year-olds in the United States were being given these meds.

That's way too much already. But that's nothing -- because by 2007, that number had doubled to one in 329. And these powerful brain drugs -- meds used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults -- are also on the rise in toddlers between the ages of 2 and 4.

Some of these kids are autistic, and some docs -- mistakenly -- think these powerful meds can help with irritability in autistic kids. But too many other kids are already being saddled with that made-up ADHD label before they can even speak in sentences.

This should be criminal behavior -- instead, it's called "off-label."

These meds aren't approved for little kids in most cases -- but docs are free to prescribe them whenever they want, for whatever they want. Makes it sounds like the docs are making decisions, but don't kid yourself -- if they're prescribing antipsychotics to kids, it's because they got the idea from their friendly Big Pharma sales rep.

They certainly can't be doing it based on the evidence -- because there isn't any. We don't even know all the side effects of these drugs on kids that little -- and I hope we never do, because a clinical trial of antipsychotic drugs on two-year-olds is quite possibly the most immoral drug experiment I can think of.

I don't care how moody, frustrating or energetic your 2- year-old is. They call it the "terrible twos" for a reason -- they can be hard to take. They fuss, fidget and don't pay attention -- and guess what? They're designed that way.

The answer isn't a drug -- it's better parenting.

That's not the only threat to our kids...keep reading for the latest garbage being shipped here from China.  China still trying to poison our kids.

Want to protect your children? Don't just keep them off the meds -- keep the little tykes far, far away from anything with "Made in China" on the label.

I know -- that's pretty much everything. But the lead-toy scandal is about to have a sequel as the Chinese junk peddlers turn to a different heavy metal for their shoddy children's jewelry items.

An Associated Press investigation finds that some toy jewelry is loaded with cadmium, a heavy metal that -- like lead -- has been linked to brain development problems. It's also known to cause cancer.

Some of these charms are so packed with cadmium that they may as well be carved out of it. One set of charms sold in Wal-Mart stores contained between 84 and 86 percent cadmium. Other items tested were up to 91 percent cadmium.

In all, 12 of the 103 items tested by the AP contained at least 10 percent cadmium, including products with popular characters on them like a Disney princess and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

But the biggest outrage isn't the fact that the Chinese are loading up boats with this junk and aiming them at our's that this known toxin is a perfectly legal ingredient in children's jewelry. They could use 100 percent cadmium...and break no laws.

Thank your local congressmen -- when they passed "tough" new laws after the lead scandal, they left a loophole big enough to sail a barge full of tainted toys through. The law restricts cadmium in painted toys...but it's completely silent on children's jewelry.  And the Chinese are taking full advantage of that. Send 'em a message: Stop buying this garbage. From toys to food to drywall, keep Chinese-made junk out of your home.

Stores are already pulling some of these products from their shelves, but without standards and tests it's impossible to tell which ones are safe and which ones aren't. And if they do pass new assured, comrades: The Chinese junk lords will find some other cheap toxin to use instead.  Pointing out the bull in this China shop.  ~William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.


State of Emergency In South Dakota


Dear Manataka,

A State of Emergency has been declared on the Pine Ridge Lakota "Sioux" Indian Reservation. People have died.  Many more people are at risk of freezing to death.  Another cold front is coming in, yet where is the national media coverage? Does the 'Lacreek Electric Company' - a non-Indian utility often thought to be prejudice, care that people are suffering, since they are pulling meters every day? (which is illegal throughout the rest of the u.s. during the winter months). What will Obama and the federal government do about this? While they dig out Haitians, indigenous people right here may freeze to death.  What are we going to do about it?

Help put this message out for help.  The children and families of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation need our help now. It is urgent that all
40,000 residents of the Oglala Nation have electricity and propane.

Call LaCreek toll free at 800-655-9324 or (605)685-6581 to see how you can help pay into a customer’s account, example $5 into ten customers would require a $50 donation by you. Tell LaCreek to make sure tanks are full for ALL area residents between the months of November to March – and to collect any delinquent payments between April and October.

Also, check out this non-profit to see if it is appropriate for you:
Arlene Catches The Enemy 605-867-5771 Ext 13.
Tax Deductable, Non-Profit (501-c-3). She can take credit cards over the phone:
Pine Ridge Emergency Fund, C/O Economic Development Administration
PO Box 669, Pine Ridge, SD 57770-0669

And call Lakota Plains Propane at 605-867-5199 and find out what homes have elderly or children and if they need money put down on their
account to be able to have a warm home tonight. ~Scott Treaty

A Responsible Hunter

Dear Editor:


Thank you very much for the time you spent on your web site.  Every bit was inspirational, motivational and made me think more about what kind of hunter I really am and how I conduct myself as a good human being.  Kneeling over your animal and giving thanks and reverence are topics most hunters never think about.  Just "how big was my kill."  I appreciate every word of what you said.


I have always done most of what you said, and I think I am a good, responsible hunter.  That is why I went in search of not wasting any of what I harvest (leather).  Then I found your great web site.  My first thought about making use of the leather was the pride of knowing I did not waste a thing.  My second thought was that when I have to put new leather seats in my car, I will have prepared my own product, with my own hard work.


So, next deer season, that will be my first project.  I don't know if I have the skill to make anything myself, but I will keep thinking about it.  If you have any more advice for me, please give me a holler.  Many thanks for a nice job on your web site.  ~Mark Risley


I Like It!

Dear Manataka,


Your website is wonderful !!! ~Jude Allen.


Does Not Agree With Sermon

Something I want to share .... 


Just read your page on deer hide tanning, since my wife tans hides.  In the "Respect" section of the pre-intro, you suggest leaving some corn or a piece of salt lick where the deer was killed.  Please note this is actually illegal under Virginia law (4 VAC 15-40-285).  If you don't care, that's fine, but at least you've been told.  If you're seen doing this, you can be ticketed but will probably receive a written warning.  You absolutely will be ticketed for a second offense should authorities thereafter find accessible salt or feed anywhere on your property.  (I crossbow hunt "my" land, my family's acreage in Carrol County, VA).


I don't agree with your "sermon", but I do appreciate the sense of respect it conveys for the prey, a sentiment too often lacking in modern "hunters".  With respect for your views, I kill deliberately and feel no need to apologize to the spirit of the animal, but I've been disgusted by plenty I've seen others do after a kill.  Anyway, for me at least, respect doesn't include regret.  ~Phillip Simine


Gimmee A Comedy Routine

Greetings Manataka,


Been sitting here getting some work done (got called into school again yesterday - Marian's teacher went home sick) ..... found Kili Radio online (Lakota Radio) a few days ago .... been listening to a Navajo comedy routine - ("James and Ernie", they just announced).


Don't ask me how, but I've been laughing my head off .... why I "get" the humor, I couldn't explain, or maybe because it's been years now - but there was very little they joked about that I was unfamiliar with. In fact, the only thing I found myself a little unfamiliar with, was that I don't know Navajo (the language itself). But even that was easy to pick up on.

But they were definitely speaking to a Native audience, this was not a "white" crowd - sounded like a 'rez' audience also, from the jokes they were telling. I found them hilarious .... some off-color humor, yes, but nothing I found offensive. 

If someone would find it offensive - they're probably more comfortable in dominant society. I'm not. 

I've heard parts of maybe two other shows on Kili Radio while getting work done (freelance) - on Tuesday. The other was traditional singing, and another speaker reviewing articles in light of Elder teachings and the situation on Pine Ridge with the suicide crisis. I can't access the station on regular radio, because it's in Porcupine, SD - and it's internet radio. 

But - it's a very nice alternative (for me) to the junky radio programs we have here, and I can't always listen to my music if my computer isn't cooperating. 

I really needed the comedy routine - loved the laughter and poking fun even at the depressing stuff in life, they did a great job of it  :)  Hope to hear them again some time.   ~ Kim Summermoon


Searching for Beautiful

Dear Editor,


How can we ever right the wrongs we do to each other on this planet, "Man`s inhumanity to man..." when it could all be so beautiful, but perhaps until we have weathered the storms we cannot move on to a place without the pain we endure here. Love and Light  ~Jan Hatch




Get on the ball! 

Sign me!


Feature Story


Tribe opposes Substation at Kituwah Site
By Scott Mckie



Kituwah, the Mother Town of the Cherokee, is in danger according to many tribal members who are opposing the construction of a Duke Energy Substation near the site.  Tribal Council passed a resolution during their regular session on Thursday, Feb. 4 denouncing the construction plans.

"Kituwah is the most important sacred site to the Cherokee people, and it is amazing that it remains intact into the 21st Century," said Principal Chief Michell Hicks who submitted the resolution.  "We purchased the site for the sole purpose of ensuring protection for future generations of Cherokees and it is our responsibility, as a Nation, to continue that work.  We have a positive relationship with Duke Energy and with Swain County and I feel confident we can reach an amicable solution once we have an opportunity to formally consult with Duke Energy on this important matter."







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Quote of the Week:
Why the Farming Crisis Has Everything to Do With the Economic Crisis

"We live off of what comes out of the soil, not what's in the bank. If we squander the ecological capital of the soil, the capital on paper won't much matter... For the past 50 or 60 years, we have followed industrialized agricultural policies that have increased the rate of destruction of productive farmland. For those 50 or 60 years, we have let ourselves believe the absurd notion that as long as we have money we will have food. If we continue our offenses against the land and the labor by which we are fed, the food supply will decline, and we will have a problem far more complex than the failure of our paper economy. Remember, if our agriculture is not sustainable then our food supply is not sustainable... Either we pay attention or we pay a huge price, not so far down the road. When we face the fact that civilizations have destroyed themselves by destroying their farmland, it's clear that we don't really have a choice." Source: Wes Jackson, co-founder of The Land Institute, in an interview with Alternet


Horror Story of the Month

"Our government says its safe, my body says its not. The sludge trucks are coming now in 2009. Class B sludge, no less. After moving into my new home in 2008, having no idea that sludge is surrounding my home. To the northwest of my home 1/2 mile farmer gets sludge in some kind of holding tanks that stinks like something truly UNGODLY in the winter months when its, freezing outside, so you can imagine the summers here. To the east, less than a 1/4 mile from my home , 2 other big fields get sludged in summer months. BUT next to my home, 1240 TONS of CLASS B SLUDGE, that's approx ( 54) tractor trailers started dumping on 8/4/2008.  So now I'm getting ready for the nosebleeds to start, the headaches are starting, I'm hoping I don't get paralysis and chest pains like last year. You can talk to anyone in government and it's not in their back yard, so they don't care. And most pass the buck...and say they have no control. Or its the law... well, laws are changed everyday in this country...I am really disgusted with the lack of ethics and political will of our so called leaders...No wonder some mid easterners refer to USA as infidels, we just spread our shit all over the planet." 



The People Who Want You to Believe Toxic Sludge Is Good for You

 Members of the Organic Consumers Association staff went undercover to a meeting of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission employees and the toxic sludge industry last week.

What we found surprised us. We figured, in such a green city, that SFPUC employees would keep an arms length distance from for-profit sludge companies like Synagro that make their money dumping city sludge on rural lands. We thought that they would be trying to figure out green alternatives to flushing waste away with clean drinking water.

Little did we know. SFPUC, Synagro and CASA, the state lobbying group for all of California's city sewer commissions, are mounting a coordinated effort to salvage the business-as-usual practice of flushing household and industrial waste away with clean water and then contaminating farmland with toxic sludge leftover when the water is removed. They see San Francisco's sludge giveaway program as an essential component of their national campaign to build public acceptance for the disposal of toxic sewage sludge on yards, gardens and farms. They will fight any effort to shut the program down, and specifically named OCA allies the Center for Food Safety and RILES, who filed a legal petition with the San Francisco to stop the sludge giveaway, as enemies of their campaign.

The scary thing is, this public-private trifecta is well-resourced and unscrupulous. The Synagro rep boasted of earning the support of a local university for a toxic sludge project by promising a $25,000 yearly donation. The CASA rep talked about using "Congressional funny money" to fund studies that would provide science that backed-up the industry. And, the SFPUC rep, the public employee, stood by them smiling and nodding as they applauded her for not backing down in the face of public opposition to the contamination of San Francisco's green space with toxic sludge. 






"For me writing has become prayers that say, `Great Spirit, return to us our freedom, our land, and our lives. We are thankful for the present from which to learn how to be thankful for the past, and how to be hopeful for the future."  --Barney Bush, Shawnee


We Native people have really been tested. This testing is having our land taken from us, our culture challenged, and our way of living altered. Gratefully, we have not lost our spirituality. our spirituality has been the key for our people making it through all of these tests. Our prayers are strong. Indian people have also been able to adjust to change and still keep their culture and spirituality. Today, we should be grateful to the Creator for the present, and for the lessons of the past. May our future be guided by the Great Spirit.


Great Spirit, thank You for Mother Earth and Father Sky.

Thank You for my life.

By Don Coyhis



Warrior Society News


First Sioux to Receive Medal of Honor

By Carrie McLeroy, Army News Service


WASHINGTON - During the final allied offensive of the Korean War, Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble risked his life to save his fellow Soldiers. Almost six decades after his gallant actions and 26 years after his death, Keeble will be the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the Medal of Honor.


The White House announced this morning that Keeble will received the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 3, 2008


Keeble is one of the most decorated Soldiers in North Dakota history. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was born in 1917 in Waubay, S.D., on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Reservation, which extended into North Dakota. He spent most of his life in the Wahpeton, N.D. area, where he attended an Indian school. In 1942 Keeble joined the North Dakota National Guard, and in October that year, found himself embroiled in some of the fiercest hand-to-hand combat of World War II on Guadalcanal.



"Guadalcanal seemed to be on his mind a lot," Russell Hawkins, Keeble's stepson, said. "His fellow Soldiers said he had to fight a lot of hand-to-hand fights with the Japanese, so he saw their faces. Every now and then he would get a far-away look in his eyes, and I knew he was thinking about those men and the things he had to do." At Henderson Field on the South Pacific Island, Keeble served with Company I, 164th Infantry - the first Army unit on Guadalcanal.


"I heard stories from James Fenelon, who served with him there, and he would talk about how the men of the 164th rallied around this full-blooded Sioux Indian whose accuracy with the Brown Automatic Rifle was unparalleled," Hawkins said. "It was said he would go in front of patrols and kill enemies before his unit would get there."


The Sioux have a word for that kind of bravery, according to Hawkins - wowaditaka. "It means don't be afraid of anything, be braver than that which scares you the most." Keeble personified the word according to fellow Soldiers, and earned the first of four Purple Hearts and his first Bronze Star for his actions on Guadalcanal.








Medicine for the People

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle


Stressed to Sickness


 Stress is ignored so much in our life and sometimes it seems normal to be stressed out. Stress to me is an everyday affair if you think of the events that are upsetting to you or your loved ones and even your animal friends. Your animal friends also have a way of relieving stress for humans.  All inhabitants on Mother, can encounter stress in our ever day lives.  The bottom line is that just about everything that is not a common factor with each individual becomes stress from our relationships or environment.


Western civilization really got off to a wrong start by adopting the idea from Descartes for many years that he taught that the body is here and the mind is there, and one does not affect the other.  We know that is a mistake now since everything the mind does affects the body. Studies have shown a very high measurement of stress in the years shortly before the development of cancer.  Just a few years ago a major story on stress indicated researchers who were quoted as saying, “It is as if the immune cells themselves were expressing grief.” The human body is such an intricate piece of work that it is necessary for it to operate as a wheel of balance: just like the web of life and circle of life ( Hoop of Life).  Studies were done on dental students before an exam and the white blood cells of the stressed subjects had significantly reduced function to fight infections.









Your Tap Water Is Legal But May Be Unhealthy

Posted by Dr. Joseph Mercola


The 35-year-old U.S. federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks, even if it meets all legal standards.


Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water.  But not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000.


Recent studies have also found that even some chemicals regulated by that law pose risks at much smaller concentrations than previously known. However, many of the act’s standards for those chemicals have not been updated since the 1980’s, and some remain essentially unchanged since the law was passed in 1974.


New York Times December 16, 2009
Prison Planet December 8, 2009






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.





A handsome, young brave was stopped, leaving a lake carrying two buckets of fish, by the game warden. The game warden asked the man, "Do you have a fishing license?"

The young man replied to the game warden, "No, sir. These are my pet fish."

"Pet fish!" the warden replied.

"Yes, sir. Every night I take these fish down to the lake and let them swim around for a while. I whistle and they jump back into their buckets, and I take em home."

"That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!"

The brave looked at the game warden for a moment, and then said, "Here, I'll show you. It really works."

"O.K. I've GOT to see this!" the game warden replied.

The young native, poured the fish in to the water and stood and waited. After several minutes, the game warden turned to the brave and said, "Well?"

"Well, what?" the Native asked.

"When are you going to call them back?" the game warden prompted.

"Call who back?" the brave asked.

"The FISH."

"What fish?" the young brave asked.








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Preserve the Past - Protect the Future - Save Our Sacred Sites!

by Linda Orannhawk Roberts


"A society that cannot remember and honor its past is in peril of losing its soul." Vine Deloria Jr.

As Native people, we have a true moral responsibility to our traditions, ceremonies, to the Ancestors, to all living things and to this land.  This is inherent; it is who we are as Human beings.

From the very day a European foot hit the soil on Turtle Island, genocide began for Native people. That footprint left an indelible mark on Native history and the soles of the aggressors marched on, ravaging this land and her people.

The footprint remains, the imprints a permanent scar on Native souls.

We, as Native People, are under attack, not by terrorists, but by developers who see the land as a direct intravenous line to their bank accounts.

It is vital that everyone clearly understands that the Shellmounds are Sacred, despite the deliberate attempts of early archeologists claiming they were nothing more than great piles of trash.





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