Manataka American Indian Council                                    Volume XIV  Issue 11  November 2010




Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



November 2010



Daylight Savings Ends


Veterans Day 


Thanksgiving Day


"Our children are not taught false stories about the Pilgrims. Instead, we teach them

and lead them in being thankful each and every day for all Creator's Blessings."

-- Lee Standing Bear Moore


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Elders Meditation:

  Traditional Circle of Elders

Feature Story 1:

  The REAL Story of Thanksgiving

Feature Story 2:

  TRUE Thanksgiving - A Day of Mourning
Feature Story 3:   Thanksgiving Myths

Endangered Earth:

  Thousands Rise Up for Appalachia Mountains

Mother Earth Watch:

  Redrock Wilderness Strip Mine

Daniel Hawk Hoffman:

  Wolves and Coyotes

Tribal News:

  Shinnecocks Become 565th Recognized Tribe

Inspiration Thoughts:

  The Wise Traveler

Website Updates:

  30 New Stories!

Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee

American Indian Information and Trade Center

Calling All Manataka

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Legends of Old:   Coyote spills the Stars
Feature Story 4:   Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 7

Letters to the Editor:

  Seeking A Teacher...
Feature Story 5:   Shameful Treatment of American Indians
Grandfather Gray Hawk:    
Organic Consumers:   GMO-Free Milk Can Be Labeled as Such
Elder's Meditations:   Oren Lyons, Onondaga
Earth Medicine:   There is no life without Silica!
Women's Council News:   Betty Mae Jumper - A Seminole Legend


Drinking It In: Is Fluoride Good for You?
Animal Rights and Wrongs: Wolf Slaughter Set to Begin
Sacred Sites: Burial ground disturbed under Bay Bridge

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The Path of Being Human

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  Iroquois Prophecies Great Changes Ahead

Elder's Meditations:

  Paula Weasel Head, Blood

Heath Watch:

  Breast Cancer Industry Lies

Food & Nutrition:

  The Advantages of Organic Food
Book Reviews:   Osage Indian Customs and Myths
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"People and nations who understand the Natural Law are self-governing, following the principles of love and respect that insure freedom and peace." --Traditional Circle of Elders, Navajo-Hopi Joint Use Area


The Natural Laws work hand-in-hand with the circle. Each part of a circle will look to the center and will see something different. For example, if you put an irregular shaped object in the center of a circle and you have people standing in a circle around the object, each one will describe it differently. Everyone in the circle will be right. Only by honoring and respecting everyone's input, can the truth about the object be revealed. We need to learn to honor differences.


My Creator, let me honor all differences

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by Susan Bates


Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast.  And that did happen - once. 

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to  England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped.  By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language.  He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags. 

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest.  But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.  

In 1637 near present day  Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside.  Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared "A Day Of Thanksgiving" because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

Cheered by their "victory", the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered.  Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.  Read More>>>


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By Roy Cook, Editor, American Indian Source

To understand an American Indian perspective on Thanksgiving, you need some  information and some new viewpoints.


Most school children are taught that Native Americans helped the Pilgrims and were invited to the first Thanksgiving feast. Young children's conceptions of Native Americans often develop out of media portrayals and classroom role playing of the events of the First Thanksgiving. The conception of Native Americans gained from such early exposure is both inaccurate and potentially damaging to others.


Therefore, most children do not know the following facts, which explain why many American Indians today call Thanksgiving a "Day of Mourning".

Traditional hospitality and generosity have and continue to be constant Tribal virtues to be practiced at all times.

One of a series of feasts reaching back into the group memory has been seized upon by the current modern society. The Wampanoag feast, called Nikkomosach-miawene, or Grand Sachem's Council Feast. It was because of this feast in 1621 that the Wampanoags had amassed the food to help the Pilgrims thereby creating a new tradition European tradition known today as "Thanksgiving Day.


This Wampanog feast is marked by traditional food and games, telling of stories and legends, sacred ceremonies and councils on the affairs of the nation. Massasoit came with 90 Wampanog men and brought five deer, fish, all the food and Wampanog cooks.

Before the Pilgrims arrived Plymouth had been the site of a Pawtuxet village which was wiped out by a plague (introduced by English explorers looking to grab a piece of the New World land) five years before the Pilgrims landed These Native peoples had met Europeans before the Pilgrims arrived. One such European was Captain Thomas Hunt, who started trading with the Native people in 1614. He captured 20 Pawtuxcts and seven Naugassets, selling them as slaves in Spain. Read More>>>




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Thanksgiving Myths

By Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.


Give Thanks and Acknowledge the Truth



"The Europeans were able to conquer America not because of their military genius, or their religious motivation, or their ambition, or their greed. They conquered it by waging unpremeditated biological warfare." -- Howard Simpson


"Considering that virtually none of the standard fare surrounding Thanksgiving contains an ounce of authenticity, historical accuracy, or cross-cultural perception, why is it so apparently ingrained? Is it necessary to the American psyche to perpetually exploit and debase its victims in order to justify its history?" -- Michael Dorris


"European explorers and invaders discovered an inhabited land. Had it been pristine wilderness then, it would possibly be so still, for neither the technology nor the social organization of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries had the capacity to maintain, of its own resources, outpost colonies thousands of miles from home." -- Francis Jennings


What Thanksgiving story are you telling your children or talking about with your guests during this holiday? Most Americans speak of remembering the Pilgrims who, in 1620, chose the land around Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts for their settlement. You might remember from your elementary school days that since they arrived in the winter, they were unprepared for the harsh climate.


Fortunately, they were aided by some friendly Indians who gave them food and showed them how to grow corn. When the warm weather came, the colonists planted crops, fished, hunted and became much better prepared for next winter. And when they harvested their first crop, they invited their Indian friends to celebrate with them what was to become the first Thanksgiving.


This story is taught today in thousands of classrooms across the nation, and around the world, and is ingrained in most people’s consciousness. Just yesterday, I heard some elementary school teachers telling the story on National Pubic Radio. Unfortunately, the entire story, from start to finish, is a complete lie.  Read More>>>












The Center for Biological Diversity


Thousands Rise Up for Mountains at "Appalachia Rising"

This week thousands of activists, including Center for Biological Diversity attorney Bethany Cotton, gathered on the steps of the nation's capitol for Appalachia Rising, an event to urge the government to ban mountaintop-removal coal mining. Mountaintop removal mining literally blows up mountains to get at coal and dumps toxic debris directly into streams, poisoning endangered species and human communities -- with a current toll of more than 500 decimated mountains and 2,000 miles of ruined streams.


114 people were arrested during the peaceful Appalachia Rising protest, including NASA climate scientist James Hansen. Mickey McCoy, an arrested Appalachian resident and past Inez, Kentucky mayor, stated: "I have talked, begged, debated, written letters to officials, published op-ed pieces in newspapers and lobbied on the state and federal level to end mountaintop removal. . . . My home and people are paying the real price for mountaintop removal. They are dying."


Despite Appalachia's suffering, the Environmental Protection Agency recently went back on plans to announce whether it would veto a permit for the planned Spruce Mine in West Virginia, which would bury seven miles of streams and annihilate 2,300 acres of hardwood forest. In May 2010, the Center urged the EPA to veto the permit and stop what would become the largest mountaintop removal mine in history, and we'll keep working to save Appalachia's mountains



10,000 Public Acres Saved From Mining in Arizona
Strengthening an earlier court victory for the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday upheld a decision halting a land exchange that would have allowed mining on thousands of pristine Arizona acres. The Bureau of Land Management had planned to swap more than 10,000 acres of public land east of Phoenix -- including the biodiversity-rich White Canyon Resource Conservation Area -- for about 7,300 acres of land owned by mining corporation Asarco LLC. The BLM's environmental analysis assumed that mining impacts would've been the same whether or not the exchange happened -- an arrogant assumption that ignores how federal laws could help protect natural resources on public lands if those lands weren't traded away.


The 10,000 acres in question provide crucial habitat for rare species, including desert tortoises, bighorn sheep, and many birds and plants. The Center and allies had challenged the land exchange in 2001 to protect these species, and in 2009 we won. Last week's ruling upholds a previous 9th Circuit decision and leaves Asarco and the BLM few legal options for seeking the land exchange -- likely ending a decade of hard-fought litigation.

200-plus Wolves Back in Crosshairs in Montana, Idaho
Documents just released Monday confirm that the state of Montana is seeking approval to kill 186 gray wolves and Idaho is asking to kill about 50 -- despite the fact that both states' gray wolves remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter -- who once boasted he'd be the first in line to hunt a wolf, and is now twice nominated for the Center's Rubber Dodo Award -- also wants to subject wolves in his state to a public hunt. Meanwhile, four bills have been introduced in Congress to strip away Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and beyond. It's all part of a reaction to a federal judge's decision in early August that restored much-needed protections for wolves in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. (In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the judge chastised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for earlier lifting protections based on state boundaries, not sound science.)

The Center for Biological Diversity has been saving gray wolves for two decades and we're not stopping now--our expert scientists and lawyers are already weighing into these new fights. There are still nowhere near enough wolves in Idaho or Montana to allow for the animals' long-term survival, especially considering they're already routinely shot by wildlife agents and ranchers. In fact, wolves occupy only 5 percent of their historic range in the lower 48 states. So instead of allowing more killings and loosening protections, the feds should develop a nationwide gray wolf recovery plan to help wolves repopulate their former range on the West Coast and in New England, Colorado and the Great Plains. The Center petitioned for just that recovery plan earlier this year.





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Redrock Wilderness
Stop the proposed Alton strip mine
Every year, thousands of visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah experience the park's unforgettable rock formations, panoramic views, pristine air and clear night skies. But now that Utah regulators have approved a proposed strip mine near the park, that unique visitor experience could soon become a thing of the past. The Alton Development Company has plans to strip coal from 600 acres of private lands adjacent to Bryce Canyon, producing two million tons of coal annually, and is hoping to eventually expand the project to thousands of acres of surrounding federal land in southern Utah. Local residents, conservation groups and tourists are concerned about the potential air and noise pollution from the mine, especially in such close proximity to the national park. Several environmental groups including NRDC have appealed the state's approval of the mine's permit. A decision on the appeal by the Utah Board of Oil, Mining and Gas is expected soon. In the meantime, urge Utah Governor Gary Herbert to drop his support for the mine.

Judge Stops Big Oil's Trucking Plan in the Rockies
A district judge in Idaho has suspended the special permits issued to ConocoPhillips to truck massive loads of refinery equipment along the Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers in the Rocky Mountains -- a federally protected river corridor. ConocoPhillips' plan would have caused irreparable damage to a pristine river environment and threatened public safety and tourism. In his decision, the judge cited his concerns regarding the Idaho Transportation Department's flawed review of the permit application. Back in May, we asked BioGems Defenders to oppose a similar proposal by Exxon's Imperial Oil for trucking oversized industrial shipments through historic Lolo Pass, and more than 25,000 of you responded by sending letters to the Montana Department of Transportation. We'll keep you updated on the status of that battle.


D.C. Population Strategy Meeting

The fourth annual Population Strategy Working Group Meeting, held in Washington, D.C. 75 activists, academics, funders and governmental representatives participated in a wide-ranging discussion of the dynamics of unsustainable human population growth and strategies for addressing the challenge. Participants included numerous nonprofit organizations in the United States; an elected representative of the Australia parliament; leaders of population groups in Canada and the United Kingdom; and Paul Ehrlich, a leading voice of the modern population movement since the publication of his groundbreaking book The Population Bomb more than 40 years ago.









Wolves and Coyotes

Author Unknown  


One day as a man was walking alone he met a coyote.

Coyote spoke to the man and said, "How would you like to smoke my pipe?"

The man thanked the coyote and said "Sure!"


When the man was finished, the coyote said to him,

"You have smoked my pipe so now you are my friend and I will not harm you, but will take you to meet my people. I want my people to know that you have smoked my pipe. They will be glad to see you and will give you great powers."


They walked on a way and after a while they met many coyotes and wolves.

When the coyotes and the wolves saw the coyote with the man one wolf called to the other wolves and said, "Everyone be seated. Let us hear what these people who are coming have to say."


When they were seated the coyote stood up and said, "This man is my brother. He smoked my pipe. He came with me to pay you a visit. Let us take pity on him and make him a wonderful man."   Read More>>>








Shinnecocks Become 565th Recognized Tribe 
(Connecticut)  The Shinnecock Indian Nation received word October 1 from its tribal attorneys that it is now officially the 565th Native American tribe to earn recognition from the U.S. government, according to Shinnecock Tribal Trustee Lance Gumbs. The Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or IBIA, on Friday dismissed two objections to granting the Shinnecocks federal recognition, removing the last remaining obstacles in what became a process for the tribe that covered more than 32 years. The application was stalled over two objections, one filed by a gaming group, The Connecticut Coalition for Gaming Jobs, and the other filed by members of the Montaukett Tribe, a splinter group of the Montauk Indian Nation, who wanted to be included in the Shinnecock application.


Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act: Passed!

There’s been a big success for Native American families of disabled veterans.  Under the new law, Native American families that include a disabled veteran will not have to count the veteran’s disability benefits when applying for low-income housing.   The new law will change the definition of income in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, an adjustment that will benefit many Native American veterans and their families.  More than 20% of the population in Indian Country has served in the military, and many who returned home injured found that their disability benefits disqualified them and their families for housing assistance, even though the disability benefits are often needed for special expenses related to the disability – such as transportation to medical and rehabilitation facilities.  The Navajo Housing Authority raised this issue with Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), who sponsored the legislation. Both the House and Senate have passed the bill, and it now awaits the President’s signature.


Cobell Settlement: Unpaid for Another Year?

After 14 years of litigation, Eloise Cobell and her attorneys reached a settlement with the U.S. government attorneys in a law suit alleging that the U.S. failed in its duty as trustee to hold certain oil wells and other properties for the benefit of Native American individuals and tribes.  Since the government was unable to come up with clear records of how it carried out its trust responsibility, courts had difficulty establishing the amount of unpaid income to Native people from these properties since 1920.  Nevertheless, this year, the parties reached an agreement for a settlement equal to $3.4 billion, a small fraction of the amount that Eloise Cobell originally sought.  

The parties turned to Congress to pay the settlement.  The Senate leadership allowed the proposed settlement – of a duty owed for nearly 100 years – to be defined as a “new program,” which, under Senate rules, must identify a funding source to offset its cost.  Despite several attempts, the Senate has been unable to gather the necessary support to approve the funding for this lawsuit.  One of the last hopes was for an amendment to the “continuing resolution” – a large temporary measure that will fund the government until December.  But the Senate did not include the Cobell funding on that measure, and adjourned without finding a way to pay these dues.


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: 20 Years of Partial Compliance

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), passed by Congress in 1990, requires museums and federal agencies to inventory Native American human remains in their possession, along with certain cultural items, including funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. The museums and agencies are required to return these items to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations.  

This year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the impact of the law and issued a report entitled, “Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act:  After Almost 20 Years, Key Federal Agencies Still Have Not Fully Complied with the Act.”  The report points to challenges that several federal agencies have encountered in efforts to comply, including lack of funding and staffing. The National Park Service of the Department of the Interior – one of the key agencies named in the report – is hosting a conference on compliance with NAGPRA on November 15 and 16th in Washington D.C.  [yeah more yammer, gab, yammer, gab.]





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Book Watch


Native American Night Before Christmas

Author: Gary Robinson


An innovative re-telling of the classic Christmas tale, this full-color picture book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for an American Indian family when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread commodities and other goodies. This delightful and very amusing rewrite of the old “A Night Before Christmas” is sure to be a hit with Native Americans and children everywhere as well as people of all ages interested in Native customs and art. With full-page colorful, humorous paintings by renowned Cherokee artist Jesse T. Hummingbird. About the author: Gary Robinson is a multi-faceted writer and filmmaker of Choctaw and Cherokee Indian descent with more than 20 years experience in numerous aspects of documentary and educational television production, writing, and media project management. Working mainly for or about American Indian tribes, organizations and businesses, he has written, produced, directed, shot and edited more than 100 video/ television programs (some of which have won awards) shown by diverse entities including the BIA, the Chumash Tribe, PBS and Turner Broadcasting. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in TV/Film Production from the University of Texas. About the illustrator: Jesse T. Hummingbird, a member of the Cherokee Nation, was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the youngest of seven children. After studying art at various colleges in Tennessee and elsewhere, he established himself as a successful printer, graphic artist and commercial illustrator before becoming a full-time artist in 1983. Featuring both Cherokee and other Native American themes, his drawings, acrylic paintings and prints have won numerous prizes. His works have been featured on posters for major Indian arts and crafts shows, have illustrated several children’s books, and have been included in major collections around the world.  ISBN: 9781574160932  Price: $19.95 






"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." - Abraham Lincoln


A traveler came into a town beset by famine. The inhabitants tried to discourage the traveler from staying, fearing he wanted them to give him food. They told him in no uncertain terms that there's no food anywhere to be found. The traveler explained that he didn't need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them.


The villagers watch suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills a cauldron with water. With great ceremony, he pulled a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water. He sniffed the brew extravagantly and exclaimed how delicious stone soup was. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentioned how much better the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it. A villager brought out a cabbage to share. This process repeated itself until the soup had cabbage, carrots, onions, and beets-indeed, a substantial soup that fed everyone in the village.


The wise traveler fed the whole village and himself by leading the villagers to come together with a community effort.


My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, you will find a future, and your hope will not be cut off. - Proverbs 24:13-14


Submitted by Manataka Elder Dr. Fred Wilcoxson, FL, PhD, PC, BCCC






Animal Rights:


Yurok tribe helps bring back California condor

Beautiful Words:


Horse Nation - Poetry

Education:   Motivating American Indian Students in Science and Math

Elders Speak:


Seven Sacred Fires of Wisdom by Maka Nupa L. Cota



Butterfly Teachings by Magdala Rameriz by Magdala Rameriz


The Creator's Tool by Robert Gray Hawk Hoffman


Calling All Manataka by Linda Two Hawk Feathers James


Telling of the Old Stories by Gram Selma


Intimacy by Robert Gray Hawk Coke


Lee Standing Bear's Visions by Takatoka

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Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

Living with Terror

Mathematics Used by American Indians North of Mexico

Eleven Lies about Indigenous Science

Panic Kills: From an American Indian Perspective

Lies My Teacher Taught Me… Christopher Columbus

The Mayan Shapeshifter - Part 1

Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools

Manataka Elder Council Biographies

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Guess where your fluoride comes from? China!

Surviving Urban Disasters - Part 4

Natural Herbal Weight Loss

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Manataka Needs Prayer Ties


Manataka ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations.  The gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition of many peoples.  Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to sacred sites and or places that require healing (such the Gulf of Mexico). 


We need thousands of prayer ties.  You can help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for distribution to people and places that need your prayers.  Read More>>>



Manataka Powwow June 10 - 12, 2011


Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. Scheduled for June 10 - 12, 2011, the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds to host dancers, drummers, special entertainment, and vendors.  Send us your contact information and what you would like to do to help.  




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by Grandmother Linda Two Hawk Feathers James


People of Manataka!  You are the ones who answered the call of the Place of Peace.  It is well and good to seek this place, and it is good to be in this place, but we who have experienced the peaceful feeling that Manataka can give, cannot just stay in that place of peace.  We must take an example from the rainbow woman who reaches out from the spirit world to us.  That is how we begin to seek.  Yet, there are so many people who may not be sensitive to her invitation because the sounds, sights, and smells of the world block out the spirit.  Read More>>>








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