Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV Issue 03
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
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LEGENDS OF OLD:
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"
Government Policies Open To
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
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to
publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a
topic you feel needs to be addressed.
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
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
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
Dangerous Mood Meds
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
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
But the biggest outrage isn't the fact that the Chinese are
loading up boats with this junk and aiming them at our
kids...it'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 laws...rest 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
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
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
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.
I Like It!
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
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
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
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
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!
Tribe opposes Substation at Kituwah Site
By Scott Mckie
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
The Manataka American
Indian Council supports:
Quote of the Week:
Farming Crisis Has Everything to Do With the
"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
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
People Who Want You to Believe Toxic Sludge Is Good
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.
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.
Spirit, thank You for Mother Earth and Father Sky.
for my life.
Warrior Society News
First Sioux to Receive Medal
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.
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,
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
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
Medicine for the People
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
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Your Tap Water Is
Legal But May Be Unhealthy
Posted by Dr. Joseph Mercola
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.
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
The young man replied to the game warden, "No, sir. These are my pet
"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, what?" the Native asked.
"When are you going to call them back?" the game warden prompted.
"Call who back?" the brave asked.
"What fish?" the young brave asked.
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
See an amazing film
about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers
Glen Cove Shell Mound
Preserve the Past - Protect the Future - Save Our Sacred
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
The footprint remains, the imprints a permanent scar on
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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