Manataka American Indian Council                                                           Volume XIV  Issue 04  APRIL 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



APRIL 2010



Income Taxes - April 15

Earth Day - April 22


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Elders Meditation:

  Wendy Rose, Hopi / Miwok


  Enter the World Drum Design Contest
Feature Story 1:   The Most Colorful River In The World
Feature Story 2:  


Endangered Earth:   Ocean Acidification, Safeguards, and Shrew Poop
King Coke Speaks:   Coke is Playing Hooky
Mother Earth Watch:   1,000 Earthquakes Hit Yellowstone Super Volcano
Hawk Eyes Speaks::   The Bird Whose Wings Made the Wind
Tribal News:   Native Dancing Ban Lifted in Alaska Village
Education:   Indian Health Service Scholarship Funds
Inspiration Thoughts:   The Pearl Of Letting Go
Website Updates:   36 New Articles in March 2010

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Legends of Old:   Coyote and the Giant
Feature Story:   Honoring our Medicine People, their Ancestors...

Letters to the Editor:

  How Things Have Changed...
Feature Story:   Why the 2010 Census is Important to Indians
Organic Consumers:   Ban Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Alfalfa
Elder's Meditations:   Barney Bush, Shawnee
Earth Medicine:   Spiritual Feathers and Energies
Warrior Society News:   Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial


End Fluoridation Now!
Animal Rights and Wrongs: Florida and Missouri are Full of Surprises
Sacred Sites: Spare this Sacred Site!

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The Sacred Quilt

The World of the Enchanted Flower

Indigenous Music:

  Joanne Shenandoah - Greatness in Blossom

Elder's Meditations:

  Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Women's Circle:

  Beloved Woman of the Cherokee - Nancy Ward

Food & Nutrition:

  Chahta (Choctaw) Banaha - Bread
Book Reviews:   Minerals: The Rainbow Connection
Poetry Circle:   Mountains Speak by Osceola Birdman Waters
Healing Prayer Basket:   Give A Prayer - Earn a Prayer


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"Manataka celebrates "Earth Day" everyday.  It good to set aside a day to remember the precious gift of the Earth Mother.  It is better to live everyday giving thanks and honoring her with our gifts."  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore



Income Taxes:  We should love others more and tax them less.  ~Takatoka

Plato:  When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and

              the unjust less on the same amount of income.




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"My father told me that Hopi earth does contain my roots and I am, indeed, from that land. Because my roots are there, I will find them."  -Wendy Rose, Hopi / Miwok


Everything that comes from the earth will return to the earth. We should be able to realize the connectedness to the earth. We should be able to feel toward Her just like She is our real Mother. We can easily feel this connectedness if we can answer these three questions: why am I?, who am I?, and where am I going? If we cannot answer these questions, then perhaps we need to talk to the Elders. go to the Elders and ask, "Grandfather, why am I?; Grandmother, who am I?; Oh Great One, where am I supposed to go?" The Elders will help us with these three questions.


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The Most Colorful River In The World


The river shown in photographs below is the Caristales, located near the town of La Macarena in Columbia, South America.


The river, world famous for its colorful display, has been called "the river that ran away to paradise", "the most beautiful river in the world" and "the river of five colors".


During Colombia's wet season, the water flows fast and deep, obscuring the bottom of the river and denying the mosses and algae that call the river home the sun that they need. And during the dry season there is not enough water to support the dazzling array of life in the river. But during a brief span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, the many varieties of algae and moss bloom in a dazzling display of colors. Blotches of amarillo , blue, green, black, and red - and a thousand shades in between - coat the river.   READ MORE>>>    

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Rez Winter

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In the night, a winter wind screams and howls around the plywood and tar paper shack that is their home near Wounded Knee.

Elders, two Lakota old ones lay on their bed covered with blankets and one star quilt that was given to them by their daughter who has moved to Rapid City.
Shivering, Grandmother tries to console her thin sick husband of over 60 years by softly telling him that the storm will be over soon.

A three day blizzard from the North creates drifts four feet deep while a few flakes have found their way under the door as cold air snakes across the room seeking out anything that is warm.

Cracked single pane windows completely covered in frost and ice, the floor feels like a frozen lake...a single light bulb on the ceiling flickers and then goes out.

Must be the storm Grandma says quietly. In a little while I'll get up and put more wood in the stove yet she knows the last of it was burned away yesterday. The stove is cold and dark.

Our Grandson will be here tomorrow won't he, Grandpa asks once again? I heard him say that he was bringing commodities out for us.

I'm sure he will be here, she answers....he is a good young man. She decides against telling him that storm has made their Grandson two days late. 







By Juan Taramiko, Taramara

An Geological Engineer Muses About Negatives


I have been spending much quiet time lately being present to the energies that press on me in this life.  Living in this white man’s world, what are the forces

that try to mold and bend me?  To what ends?


I have been told the church's god is Omnipresent.  So god witnesses everything that happens in this world?  I have been told that god is Omnipotent.  So god can then change the course of any event?   In the Confiteor (an old prayer) a person prays for forgiveness of “what I have done and what I have failed to do”.   Hmmmm……  Read More>>>






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The Center for Biological Diversity


EPA Agrees to Crack Down on Ocean Acidification

Settling a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, last week the Environmental Protection Agency agreed to consider how states can curb ocean acidification -- "global warming's evil twin" -- under the Clean Water Act. Ocean acidification happens when the ocean absorbs too much CO2 from the atmosphere, which increases the acidity of the ocean and inhibits the ability of marine animals to build protective shells and skeletons -- with effects rippling up and down the ocean food chain. Nearly every marine animal studied to date has been harmed in some way by ocean acidification.

According to the settlement, the EPA will start a public process to develop guidance on how states can identify waters in their jurisdictions threatened or impaired by too much CO2 absorption -- the first step toward curbing that CO2 absorption and saving our oceans and the life they contain.



Rare Southeast Plant to Receive Habitat Safeguards
Responding to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, last Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to protect 189 acres of "critical habitat" for North Carolina's endangered golden sedge. A mere eight populations of the delicate plant are known to exist, all limited to an area with a two-mile radius in southeastern North Carolina -- and all threatened by fire suppression, development, mining, wetlands drainage, highway expansion, herbicides, and more.

Work by the Center and allies led to the golden sedge's protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2002, but the plant never received federally protected habitat -- so we sued in 2007. Said Center biologist Ileene Anderson, "The only way to ensure the survival of the golden sedge is to protect the places where it lives." 


Giant Carnivorous Plants Dine On Shrew Poo

Recent research shows that the giant montane pitcher plant of Borneo -- the largest carnivorous plant in the world -- is designed to eat not small animals, but small-animal droppings. Usually, pitcher plants use their elaborate structures to entice and capture tiny creatures like insects, which are ingested by the plants for their nitrogen and phosphorus. Borneo's humongous Nepenthes raja has long been reputed to prey on local rodents -- but after finding tree-shrew excrement inside the plants, botanists discovered that the plant is actually perfectly evolved to be a tree-shrew toilet.   We think this discovery could've been made long ago -- heck, with their fluid-filled bowls and jutting "lids," the plants even look like toilets. The wonders of nature never cease to amaze. 






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Grandfather Gray Hawk is playing hooky again.  In his mid-seventies, he is remodeling his home from  top to bottom.  Is he using that as an excuse for not giving us his WWOW -- wonderful words of wisdom?  We miss him.  

















1,000 Earthquakes Hit Yellowstone Super Volcano

Quakes keep rattling Yellowstone; 3.7 and 3.8 magnitude recorded

Posted: Jan 22, 2010 12:07 PM

A slew of earthquakes continues to rattle Yellowstone National Park with the park seeing two of its largest quakes in the recent swarm during the last 24 hours.


A magnitude 3.7 earthquake was recorded at 11:01 p.m. Wednesday, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Station's Web site. Minutes later, at 11:16 p.m., a magnitude 3.8 quake shook the park. Seven earthquakes were reported in the park during the 11 p.m. hour Wednesday.


So far, more than 500 earthquakes have been recorded in the park since the swarm began on Sunday.


The swarm, which is located about 10 miles northwest of Old Faithful and nine miles southeast of West Yellowstone, began at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, according to a news release issued Tuesday.


The swarm is not unusual and that there is no indication of premonitory volcanic or hydrothermal activity, Experts from the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory partners of the U.S. Geol. Survey, the University of Utah, and the National Park Service said in a press release issued earlier this week. The earthquakes are likely related to tectonic fault sources, they said READ MORE>>>



Thank Indigenous People for the Food We Eat


The Manataka American Indian Council gives thanks to the indigenous farmers and wildcrafters of the Western Hemisphere for cultivating and preserving our food, fiber, medicinal herbs, and biodiversity for thousands of years. We also bow our heads to our contemporary farmers, gardeners, ranchers, farm workers, food workers, cooks, and holistic healers who are following the ancient Via Organica, the organic way. As we give thanks to our organic ancestors and contemporaries, let us renew our essential pledge as organic consumers and activists to protect and safeguard the global commons. Let us pledge to build a healthy organic future of peace, justice, sustainability, and participatory democracy. Let us promise one another today that we will rescue and re-stabilize our climate, clean up our air and water, rebuild our soils, and protect our precious biodiversity from the ravages of "profit-at-any-cost" corporations and indentured politicians and scientists.


75% Of the World's Food Resources

Seventy-five percent of the food of fiber we grow today was discovered and cultivated by the native farmers and hunter-gatherers of North, Central and South America. These indigenous varieties include corn, beans, peanuts, cotton, potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers, avocadoes, blueberries, cranberries, stawberries, squashes, black walnuts, pecans, chocolate, tobacco, rubber, sunflowers, and medicinal herbs and plants.  Today, every one of these varieties is threatened by Monsanto, Big Pharma, and industrial agriculture, among others, who are privatizing and patenting seeds and the gene pool, eroding biodiversity, degrading the soil and water, contaminating the food chain, and destabilizing the climate.  READ MORE>>>









The Bird Whose Wings Made the Wind


An Indian family resided on the seashore. They had two sons, the oldest of whom was married and had a family of small children. They lived principally by fishing, and the their favorite food was eels.


Now it came to pass at a certain time that the weather was so stormy they could not fish. The wind blew fiercely night and day, and they were greatly reduced by hunger. Finally the old father told his boys to walk along the shore, and perhaps they might find a fish that had floated ashore, as sometimes happened.


So one of the young men started off to try his luck in this line; when he reached a point where the wind blew so fiercely that he could hardly stand against it, he saw the cause of all the trouble. At the end of the point there was a ledge of rocks, called Rocky Point, extending far out; at low water the rocks were separated from one another by the shallow water, but nearly all covered when the tide was in. On the farthest rock a large bird, the storm-king, was standing, flapping his wings and causing all the trouble by the wind he raised. The Indian planned to outwit him.                         







Native dancing ban lifted in Alaska village

By Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press Writer


Richard Atoruk, in the black on the right, dances in a community Eskimo dance in the remote Inupiat Eskimo village Noorvik, Alaska.

Bobby Wells has lived all his life in this remote Alaska village, where the Eskimo dancing of his ancestors was banned by Quaker missionaries a century ago as primitive idolatry.


Now Wells, 53, and other residents of Noorvik have wholeheartedly embraced the ancient practice outlawed in the Inupiat Eskimo settlement, which was established in 1914.


"This is the way God made us, to express our thankfulness to him with dancing," Wells said.


The belief of traditional dancing as somehow evil, however, remains deeply ingrained in scores of Native villages around the state. But some communities have broken away from that ideology in recent decades. One by one, they have resurrected the old dances and songs of the long ago past, along with culture camps and language immersion programs.   READ MORE>>>



Kawaiisue Tribe Sues Over Ranch Development

By Jacob Adelman Los Angeles, California (AP)

This video tells the story:

A tribe has filed a lawsuit to stop the development of a 5,000-acre gated resort community on a sprawling ranch some 60 miles north of Los Angeles that it claims as tribal land. The lawsuit filed during November in federal court in Fresno argues that the U.S. Department of Interior failed to recognize the Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon’s legitimate claim to areas of the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch property where the Tejon Mountain Village project is planned.   It also argues that Kern County supervisors ignored the existence of historic tribal sites when they approved the project during October. The suit names the interior department and the county.  The project, which includes 3,500 homes, two golf courses and several resort hotels, “will create irreversible damage to the tribe and is an unlawful act that meets the definition of genocide and ethnocide,” according to the lawsuit.     READ MORE>>>



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American Indian and Alaska Native students can now apply for the Indian Health Service Scholarship Program. Eligible students can apply at . Indian health programs need dedicated health and allied health professionals to fill staffing needs — people who envision a career with a purpose and mission, and who are willing to commit to working in Indian communities where they can truly make a difference. The mission of IHS is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. The IHS Scholarship Program gives many qualified health professionals the opportunity to pursue their careers and help their communities. The first IHS scholarship was awarded in 1977. Since then, millions of dollars have been awarded to American Indian and Alaska Native students to help them reach their career goals and dreams, while helping IHS to fulfill its mission: to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.   For more information, including eligibility requirements, download the IHS Application Handbook ( )

Summer Internships at Sandia National Laboratories
Current college upper-classmen and graduate students, who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues, are needed to support Tribal Energy Program efforts with technical project tasks. College students are needed to assist a cross-disciplinary team to perform specific tasks at Sandia National Laboratories. Interactions will be with Sandia's renewable energy staff, Native American tribes interested in renewable systems, and Sandia's American Indian Outreach Committee. Instant immersion in these activities is offered to work directly with experienced and internationally recognized peers. Travel will be required, including field visits to renewable energy projects.  The student applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a Native American, defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska Village, or Alaska Corporation (excludes state-recognized tribes; bands or groups; and first peoples of Guam or Hawaii). Specific interest in renewable energy is required. 

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Submitted by Xielolixii


The Pearl Of Letting Go



The cheerful little girl with bouncy black curls was almost five.  Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.


"Oh mommy please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?"  Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.


"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."


As soon as Damia got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. Jolie if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last, she had enough money to buy the necklace.







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Elders Speak:   How Bear Lost His Tail by Daniel Seven Hawks Eyes Hoffman
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Feature Story:   Water Wars Begin
Feature Story:   Tribe Opposes Substation at Kituwah Site
Feature Story:   A Mohawk Perspective on Haiti
Feature Story:   Honoring Our Medicine People, Their Ancestors and Traditions
Feature Story:   Wilma Mankiller
Health Watch:   How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 1 to 3
Health Watch:   How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 4 to 6
Health Watch:   How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 7 to 9
Health Watch:   How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 10 to 11
Health Watch:   Your Tap Water Is Legal But May Be Unhealthy
Herbal Medicine:   Medicine for the People - Stressed to be Sick
History:   American Democracy: An Invention or a Discovery?
History:   Tzoe "Peaches"
History:   An Apache Medicine Dance in 1898
Legends:   Coyote Man Tricks Beautiful Woman - Nez Perce
Music::   Bill Miller Wins Third Grammy!
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Spiritual Medicine:   A Message From New Zealand
Spiritual Medicine:   Blue Star Prophesy of the Hopi
Spiritual Medicine:   Spiritual Feathers and Energies
Tribes and Nations   California tribe sues over ranch development
Tribes and Nations   Native dancing ban lifted in Alaska village
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