Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV Issue 05
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow\
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Contents of Page 2
|Legends of Old:||A Creation Story - Blackfoot Legend|
|Feature Story::||Ancient Maya Holy Time|
Letters to the Editor:
|Feature Story:||Census 2010: Important To All American Indians|
|Organic Consumers:||Coming Clean Campaign for Organic Integrity|
|Elder's Meditations:||Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota|
|Warrior Society News:||Native American heritage heals wounded warriors|
|Earth Medicine:||Anti-Arthritis Diet and Supplements|
|Fluoride:||Fluoride: Miracle drug or toxic-waste killer?|
|Animal Rights and Wrongs:||A||Help Save NM Forests From Off-Road Vehicles|
|Sacred Sites:||Native Remains Will Be Repatriated|
LEGENDS OF OLD:
A Creation Story
This full-length book, Ancient Maya Holy Time and the Evolution of Creation Map by Robert Hackman will appear in serial form featuring one or two chapters in each edition of the Smoke Signal News in coming months. At the end of each chapter, a form will allow readers to submit comments and questions. Selected reader comments will be shown at the end of each chapter. Enjoy this interesting journey in time!
Ancient Maya Holy Time
And the Evolution of Creation Map
Seven Maya Prophesies
First Prophesy:reveals a "time without time," it is said that starting in 1999, the human beings will have to choose to make a change of consciousness and attitude; to open its mind to integrate everything that exists. This consists of a period of 20 Tuns/years the 13Th Katun (a cycle that according to the Maya started in 1992 and will end in 2011, a key date for the absolute transformation,) in which humanity will enter a process of great learning and change. The Maya also announced that seven years after 1992 a period of darkness would begin and every individual would be faced with his/her own behavior. Humanity will enter the great room of mirrors; materialism will be left behind and will give way to the liberation of suffering.
Second Prophesy: says that the answer to everything is within every person, and that its behavior determines its future. It confirms that beginning with the solar eclipse of Aug. 11, 1999, the behavior of all humanity will change rapidly. The Maya assure us that starting after this eclipse; humans would easily lose control of their emotions or will acknowledge their inner peace. They also indicate that the energy that is received from the center of the galaxy is causing an increase in the vibration of our brain waves and the planet, altering their behavior, their way of feeling and thinking. This prophesy mentions two paths: one of acceptance and tolerance and another of destruction and fear. The path to follow will be chosen by you.
Third Prophesy: points to a change in temperature, producing geological, climatic and social changes in a magnitude without patterns and at an astonishing speed. These changes will be generated by people in their lack of consciousness to care for and protect natural resources of the planet and the other generated by the sun, which will increase its activity due to the increase of vibrations. Read More>>>
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.
About the 2010 Census
The biggest problem with the idea of funding to help the urban Indian who is not in the reservation is that no moneys are allowed for Indians who are not members of a Federally recognized tribe. While certain amount of money is given to ever state based on the American Indian population, one has to have a number issued by the Federal Government before one penny is given. I just a long discussion with one of the directors of the Texas Census who apologized to me but said, "That can not be helped, it is the law." I then politely accused the Census Bureau of lying to our people one more time for the sake of their jobs. Then I looked at one of their workers who was Mexican American and asked her if she had to have a number to prove she was Mexican American. I then looked at the director who was black and asked him if he had to carry a number to prove he was black. To this he apologized again and once more reminded me that this was not their fault, but that laws had to be kept.
That is one thing that is covered in my law suit with the Eagle Feather case. It is not just the rights to use our Eagle Feathers but the right to have the same privileges as our Federally recognized friends who do not live in the reservation. God bless. Robert Soto ROBTSOTO@aol.com
Respects the Pembina Nation
Suggestion for Fry-Bread Recipes
Regarding all your fry bread recipes -- Maybe add descriptions of the crust and center. I used to have it when I was young. A reverend and his wife living in Portland would come over to our house and make us huge batches in a massive cast iron pan. I remember it being super crispy outside, but not crunchy. The inside was perfectly soft and steamy. I remember they used butter flavor Crisco. We would take turns having one with honey, then with powdered sugar, then with just butter, then with jelly. We would have to finish it all before they left. I think they wanted us happy and full. Good memories. Thank you for the site. ~Adam Trepte email@example.com
Adam, the crust and soft center depend on the temperature of the cooking oil and the frying time.
Southern Ute Flag Song Author?
I am a part of Aracoma
Lodge drum team I have been instructed to find out information
on a song called the Southern Ute Flag Song I need a
Garritson Receives Award
On March 23rd 2010, in Billings, Montana Ron Garritson, a Cherokee Metis, was presented with the Yellowstone Western Heritage Center Historic Preservation Board's 2010 Eugene T. Carroll Historic Preservation Award for my long-term commitment to the research, preservation and teaching of the Plains Indian Sign Language. Thank you. ~Ron Garritson firstname.lastname@example.org
Response to "Wanderings" April Smoke Signal Article
There is a series of books written in the last 20 years that answer the fundamental questions we all ask, including the contradictions between religion and faith. The series is co-authored by Neale Donald Walsch and God. It begins with 3 books named Conversations with God. I highly recommend this series to all who seek to know God and themselves. They may be available from your library. ~Roger Imerman email@example.com
THIS IS A CEILING MURAL IN A SMOKER'S LOUNGE
From Bobby Joe Runninbear
Children Taken by Social Services
John Trudell and Pot
am e-mailing form Eugene Oregon. I
saw this add in the "Eugene Weekly" (Volume XXIX #14
April 8-10) and I can't seem to wrap my brain around
this advertisement. I thought AIM (people like John
Trudell) were supposed to be protecting Native American
culture? Activism. Here he is in this advertisement
where they have Marijuana leaves to the four directions
around a drum (like some kind of medicine wheel,
or even a kind of zea design) and a pipe with feathers
hanging off of it, while promoting "Earth Medicine" all
the while blurring the lines between fact and fiction
about our culture. This really bothers me most because
I, as a trained pipe maker, and other things, have had
people comment more than once about "Indians smoking
Marijuana in their Peace Pipes!" I have told people it
is not true, and now Native people put out an
advertisement like this? Now, if I may, am I saying "no"
to Marijuana as medicine? No. Certainly not.
"Natural medicines should be front line medicines,
versus garbage pharmaceuticals." --Dr. Leonard
Horowitz, Harvard Grad Public Health Expert
Back to donations, It is important that
the person asking for help give something in
return, because this completes the holy circle. Yes,
reciprocity is a spiritual Law of Creator. I will share
a personal story if I may; I performed a healing
ceremony for someone who had Leukemia, and they had had
it off and on for years. They had tried everything. They
were going in the following day for lab work on the
Leukemia. The elder wanted to be healed, I said, We are
going up on the mountain, the White doctors had their
hand at it and they have blown it. It is time to take
care of this. I asked for nothing. After the ceremony
they took me out for Ice Cream at Baskin Robins! Wow!
What a donation!!! Two days later they called me and the
new test results came in and he said, "The Doctors are
baffled, the cancer is gone." I said to him, "Go out
side and offer some tobacco up to Creator and thank
Creator." The holy circle was complete. One time I ran a
sweat for some Cherokee up in Salem and they wanted to
give me some money. I did not want to say no and insult
them, but I could not take money. They new I was
uncomfortable, and said it was money to pay for the gas
it cost to get me up there. I told them to please give
the money to the person who drove me there, it is their
car, their gas, not mine. I refused to touch the money.
And I was dirt broke! People cant
seem to understand how I can be so happy all the time?
I believe in a much deeper law of the
universe, I have a few friends from other spiritual
paths and I have heard many truths that all sound
strangely familiar. One of these friends is a Hassidic
Hebrew Rabbi. He said, "A righteous person wants for
not, for if they live righteously god will provide
everything they need." I have seen this happen again and
again in my life. I am not rich. I live hand to mouth,
but I have never been without. I am not saying the
righteous don't suffer! (BIG GRIN)
Blue Star Speaks In Plain Language
In the could'a - would'a - should'a mode, all I can say is I wish I had been aware of the spirituality teachings of the indigenous peoples of the world much earlier. However, I do understand my path in this lifetime has led me to these teachings during the time frame appropriate for my awakening. And I now understand what my inner spirit has been telling me all these years and I have been paying only half attention to.
I am so grateful to have found the Manataka web site and to receive the monthly newsletters as this had led me to further searching and findings to awaken my sleeping memories of who and what I am.
I understand that you are busy handling the administrative aspect of Manataka and I do not want to take up a lot of your time so I will get to the point - I read the article by Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette on page org/1224.html re 2012 is Coming. This article sums up in plain language what we need to do to move forward with saving Mother Earth and ourselves and I appreciate the knowledge. As what she said in this article touched specifically on some information I have learned in a spirituality class I have been taking, I am wondering if she has any written works I could purchase or if there is a way I could correspond with her (written or email) to ask some questions regarding the article.
I saw in the internet posting about the June 20, 1999 ceremony that Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette is an elder. I do not mean to intrude into her life and understand if she has other life obligations than speaking with strangers or sharing Native American Spiritual knowledge with non-Native Americans. [Although my father's family history includes the inclusion of a member of the Caughnawaga tribe from Canada, this is undocumented in writing anywhere and no one has a specific name or anything to even attempt to trace.]
Blessings of good health to you and a sincere thank you for all your assistance. ~ Carolyn Andress firstname.lastname@example.org
Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette passed away on January 15, 2010 at Manataka.
Canadian Federal Agents Attack Native Civilians
The agents were ordered off Indian territory. For the two young men who had broken backs came in, in handcuffs.. the time the men were in the water was around 25 minutes. People who witnessed the ramming of the smaller boat came to the aid of the young men. They gave them blankets. The agents wrote in their reports that the incident was a rescue mission. The helicopters never turned on their search lights to watch the victims. I have been on the river there and there are currents that can sweep you down stream.
Why do those people think we are so different when we are the same people. Genocide will not happen any more. We saw a military Blackhawk helicopter yesterday in the distance. I am a veteran and a lot of the people I know here served. If we have these ties to them, order them to stand down or business will never be done again or agreements will not be signed!
WHY THE 2010 CENSUS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL AMERICAN INDIANS
Should I Identify as Native American in the 2010 Census?
It is absolutely critical that all “non-enrolled” Native Americans, and those people that can prove lineal descent from a Native American ancestor, self-identify as “Native American in Combination with One or More Races” when completing their 2010 Census questionnaires! Get the message out – pass this along to your family members and other Indian friends.
Results of the 2000 Census
For the first time ever, the 2000 Census measured “Native Americans in Combination with One or More Races,” That number totaled 4,119,301. The number of Americans that reported themselves “Native Alone” was 2,475,956 (these are considered predominantly enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe. The difference between these two numbers equals 1,643,345. This is significant because this 1,643,345 represents the number of persons that self-identified as “mixed-blood”
It must be pointed out that the 2000 Census was “flawed” - in that it did not provide a method to distinguish what percentage of the 1,643,345 were enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe that chose to identify using this category only. However, it is generally accepted that the vast majority of these (perhaps exceeding 90%) are “non-enrolled” members of a federally recognized Indian tribe. Read More >>>
The Manataka American Indian Council supports:
"Think only about what is holy. Empty your mind." --Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota
If we let our minds wander, we will come up with a lot of junk: maybe bad thoughts about a brother or sister, maybe angry thoughts, maybe self-pity thoughts. Our minds are not the boss. We can instruct our mind to think about whatever we want to think about. We cannot stop thinking, be we can choose what to think about. The Elders say we move towards what we think about. That's why they say, "Think about what is holy, think about the Grandfathers, think about culture, think about values, think about ceremonies, and think about good."
Great Spirit, today, empty my mind and let me experience
what it would be like to think about what is holy.
By Don Coyhis
By Don Coyhis
Native American heritage heals wounded warriors
Written by By Lance Cpl. Daniel Boothe , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Native Americans from across the nation taught West-coast wounded warriors how to overcome the lasting torments of war, with time-honored rituals and sacred traditions.
Nearly 30 combat veterans participated in “Operation One Drum,” a 4-day workshop designed to alleviate combat stress. The Native American program is the first of its kind to be held on a military installation.
“When a man is faced with a life or death situation, his spirit detaches from him and remains on the battlefield,” said Staff Sgt. James L. Eagleman, former 1st Marine Division tanker and current resident at Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Camp Pendleton. “This experience has helped me and a lot of the guys here reconnect spiritually.”
A central part of the event was the making of tribal drums. Marines and sailors made the symbolic hand drums from buffalo hide and cottonwood. The ceremonial drums carry sacred meaning to many Native American tribes and were a keystone to several indigenous North American cultures.
The honor and spirit given to the drum was explained to the combat veterans at Camp Pendleton and proved to be a vital core to the diverse workshop. Read More>>>
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WASHINGTON – From Pennsylvania to Nebraska and from Europe to New Zealand, there is growing and fierce opposition to plans to fluoridate public drinking water, fueled by a battery of shocking new studies that seriously question a practice routine among U.S. municipalities for nearly the last 50 years.
In Clearfield, Pa., the
municipal authority asked the state Department of Environmental
Protection for permission to stop adding fluoride to its water. But
before city officials got an answer, they got a lawsuit threat from the
Pennsylvania Dental Association, which promised
not only an injunction against any plans to stop adding the chemical
to drinking supplies but litigation against the individual board members
who approved the action. The city backed down and continues to
In Port Huron, Mich., officials are considering a halt to fluoridation that began in 1974, as residents have argued the treatment poses health risks to newborns and infants, those with thyroid conditions and others. Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Fisher said: "Fluoride is cumulative in your body. There's a fairly large body of scientists that believe it's not good for your health." Read More>>>
Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their
tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.
Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, "Kemo Sabe, look toward sky, what you see?"
The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars."
"What that tell you?" asked Tonto.
The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.
Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.
What's it tell you, Tonto?"
"You dumber than buffalo doo doo. It mean someone steal tent."
ANIMAL RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Dwindling Delta Fish Deserve Water-pumping
Help Save New Mexico Forests From Off-Road
Tell the EPA to Clean Up Our Oceans
See an amazing film about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers http://www.whaledreamers.com
Native Remains Will Be Repatriated
WASHINGTON (CN) - The Department of the Interior will release human remains from museums and natural history collections to Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations that had a historic or prehistoric presence on the land from which the remains originally were taken. This will be true even when the remains cannot be definitively traced to the tribe or organization, according to new department rules, effective May 14. Under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, culturally unidentifiable Native American remains have been repatriated for burial or other disposition only after consultation with a Review Committee that advises the Secretary of the Interior on disposition approval. The new regulation will eliminate the review process, and the remains would be turned over to the requesting tribe or native organization after the request was announced in the Federal Register. The act, which was passed in 1990, requires all museums and federal agencies to identify Native American cultural items in their collections, such as human remains, funerary objects, and sacred objects, to lineal descendents and culturally affiliated Indian tribes. As of Sept. 2009, museums and federal agencies have listed the remains of nearly 40,000 individuals and almost one million funerary objects on their inventories. The most famous case of unaffiliated remains was the discovery in 1996 of the skeleton of a prehistoric man on a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick Washington on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Five Indian tribes claimed ownership of the remains, which became known as Kennewick Man, and sought to dispose of the remains according to traditional burial practices without subjecting them to scientific examination. In 2004 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the claims of the tribes because they could not establish cultural affiliation or kinship to the remains. Later testing revealed that Kennewick Man was approximately 9,000 years old and that his DNA could not be definitively tied to any modern Native American tribes.
Support Indigenous Resistance on Black Mesa
At the end of an exceptionally hard winter of National Emergency status, and the beginning of a muddy spring, the Dine' (Navajo) families of Big Mountain, and surrounding communities on Black Mesa continue to stand strong on their ancestral homelands! For nearly four decades the communities have faced the devastation of the U.S government and multinational coal mining corporations exploiting their homelands and violently fracturing their communities. Although the permit for the Black Mesa Mine expansion didn't pass, and hopefully never will, families remain--resisting the Kayenta Mine and forced relocation. "The Big Mountain Dine' elders have endured so much since the 1970s and at the same time, they have defended and preserved that human dignity of natural survival, subsistence and religious values. They have resisted the U.S. government's genocide policies to vacate lands that Peabody Coal Company recognized as the Black Mesa coal fields. The Big Mountain matriarchal leaders always believed that resisting forced relocation will eventually benefit all ecological systems, including the human race. Continued residency by families throughout the Big Mountain region has a significant role in the intervention to Peabody Coal’s future plan for Black Mesa coal to be the major source of electrical energy, increasing everyone's dependency on fossil fuel and contributing to global warming. We will continue to fight to defend our homelands.” --Bahe Keediniihii, Dine' organizer and translator. Website: www.blackmesais.org Email: email@example.com
Black Mesa, PO Box 23501 Flagstaff, AZ 86002 - 928-773-8086
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