Manataka American Indian Council                                         Volume XIV  Issue 09  November 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow\



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Legends of Old: Coyote spills the Stars
Feature Story::   Ancient Maya Holy Time

Letters to the Editor:

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

A Cochiti Legend

In the beginning days when all came up from the underworld a huge gathering was planned, uniting all the four-leggeds and flyers. At this meeting Our Mother selected a human being to take a jar of stars, hang them in the sky and name them for all to enjoy.

Coyote was very interested in what was going on, but being a wiggler and trickster then as he is no, Our Mother turned to him and said "Do not make mischief here!"

The human being was busy, placing the stars in ordered patterns upon the sky...Seven Stars here and the three Pot Rest Stars there. When he had placed the beautiful Morning Star he stood back and admired his work, as did all the rest.

While everyone including Our Mother was gathered to gaze at the luminous Morning Star, Coyote tiptoed over to the jar of stars to see for himself what the man was doing. As he lifted the jar's lid just a little, the stars rose to the occasion, pushed the lid away and raced for the sky. This is the reason so many twinkle without order or pattern, and why so many are not named.

Our Mother was angry with Coyote, and said that because of his mischief with the stars Coyote would forever be a wanderer and bring trouble with him wherever he may go. That some days he could be happy and abundant, but other days he would see unhappiness and hunger.

~From Blue Panther Keeper of Stories








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.  Enjoy this interesting journey in time!

Chapter 1  -  May    

Chapter 2  -  Jun

Chapter 3  -  Jul

Chapter 4  -  Aug

Chapter 5  -  Sep

Chapter 6  -  Oct

Chapter 7  -  Nov

Chapter 8  -  Dec


Ancient Maya Holy Time

And the Evolution of Creation Map

Chapter 7

Map of Holy Time

The Reality of the Civilizing Heroes
The legends of all peoples tell of Civilizing Heroes, Angels, Gods or even Demons and Monsters who were their civilizers and who taught them religion, law, agriculture, metallurgy and the alphabet. These are the Fallen Angels the same all too human heroes who fell desperately in love with the beautiful native girls, the Daughters of Man Genesis: 6: These fallen gods were not astronauts nor spirits, but saintly men who came as missionaries from Atlantis. How else could they mate with human females and breed children?

The mysterious “Sons of God” (ben Elohim) of Genesis: 6: are precisely the same ones identified by Plato with the Atlantian’s. Their sin with the Daughters of Men – and more probably the rejection and enslavement of their hybrid offspring led to the Flood. This is indeed the mysterious Original Sin that resulted in the destruction of Paradise (Atlantis) and the Fall of Man. This sin is the one ritually washed by the Baptism, itself an allegory of the Flood, as St. Jerome and other Church Patriarchs explicitly acknowledge.

Plato quotes precisely this cause for the destruction of Atlantis by God (Zeus) in his unfinished dialogue on Atlantis. Homer concerning the Phaeacian “Sons of God” also tells the same story in allegorized form. It also figures in the Celtic myths concerning Mererid, the sinful daughter of King Gradlon, whose scabrous conduct led to the sinking of the land of Ys. 










Manataka receives hundreds of letters each month. 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.


A Rose by any other Name would smell just as sweet...

S'iyo Manataka,


Question? If a person is given a name by an Elder of a different tribe, should the name be given in the language of the Elders tribe or in the language of the tribe that the one receiving the name belongs?  Thank you for your help. ~Chana


O'siyo Chana,

Thank you for asking Manataka. It is good that you ask, because it is obvious it is prompted by your desire to show respect. It is usually best to use the name as it is given, in the language of the giver.  However, if expressing the name to a person of a different language, it is acceptable and respectful to say the name in that person's language.  Either way, it is an honor to have been bestowed with a spirit name and it is an honor to share it with others.  How you carry the name is up to you. ~Editor


Seeking A Teacher...


Hello Manataka,


My name is D. Higgins a friend of mine he calls me gawonisgv saloli (talking squirrel) ... I am looking for more info on my heritage. My grandmother was Cherokee she tried to teach me in secret about us but as a child but I didn't hear her. Now I want to learn and have no one close to me to teach me.  My fiend Kicking Bear told me to look for an elder to teach me the ways .. I came across you on the net and was hoping you could. my phone number is ***-***-****.  I want to learn. I want to be what my grandmother wanted me to be.

thank you.  ~D. Higgins


Dear Delila,

It is good that you have chosen to walk the good red road, but your method of selecting a teacher is not. You must be very careful in requesting teaching.  Otherwise, how can you be absolutely certain that you will not be deceived and get phony baloney?  There are so many pretenders out there it is likely that you will come in contact with them.  Delila, you should use very high standards and the methods used to approach an Elder about teaching should be very strict, according to the ways of the teacher -- not necessarily your ways.  A teacher should be of high integrity, great knowledge and many years of experience.  For example, you would not choose a college medical student to perform a serious surgery on your body.  Your mind and spiritual self is no less important than your body.  Therefore, slow down, be wary, learn the proper way to find, confirm and work with an Elder.  Be patient with the process and yourself.  Do not rush into it.  The Creator knows your heart and will provide a good teacher when you are ready.  Prepare yourself to receive.


8000 Drums Ceremony at Manataka

Dear Manataka,


I would consider attending if we do it this winter.  Perhaps around Christmas, anywhere near The Hot Springs area.  I fear, however, that we have created negative energy towards people who cannot understand the true meaning of Mother Earth and the people who love and respect her.  8000 drums may cause more distraction than reflection. Perhaps scattering out and living outdoors for a period of time would help more, compared to a large gathering.  Plenty of secluded places for each of us to go and spend time reconnecting to the natural world.  The Ouachita Mountains are vast. The cold, alone, will break most folk’s spirit-desire and cause them to not attend, no matter where we gather.  I will be in the mountains this winter and will set camp near Little Missouri Falls.  One drum shall be enough to make a beautiful sound in that valley, although I fear man has created so many sounds as to cause fear amongst the animals.  Perhaps a warm fire is more important.  I will decide when I get there.  My fire will be warm; drum at the ready; and my family welcoming, should anyone want to join us.  Peace. ~B. Arsement, Beaumont, TX


Greetings from South America

Buenas Noches Manataka:


Ante todo mis mas sinceros saludos, soy chilena y vivo actualmente en venezuela soy antropologo y auxiliar de farmacia y laboratorio...he visto su pagina y me parece hermoso sus fiestas rituales me encantaria saber que festividades tiene programada para el año que viene me encantaria asistir alguna. muchas gracias un gran abarazo y muchas bendiciones.  ~Andrea Garrido, Chili


Good evening. First and foremost my most sincere greetings.  I am Chilean and live today in Venezuela. I am an anthropologist and assistant pharmacist and laboratory. I have seen your webpage and it seems to me beautiful.  Their celebrations of ritual I love and I know that festivities is scheduled for next year.  I would love to attend. Thank you a great Abarazo and many blessings. ~Andrea Garrido, Venezuela


Wannabeism is insincere, self-serving and irresponsible

Halito Manataka,

I think the constant bashing of "non-federal" tribes is one of the most one-sided events in contemporary Indian Country.  If one has an interest in the corrupt nature of federal recognition policies and who determines these, the control exhibited by large corporate descendant based federal tribes, issues surrounding dis-enrollment, Indian identity policing, non-Indian gaming lobbyists working as hit men for federal tribal entities, state recognized tribal communities with multi-generational attendance at federal and mission Indian boarding schools such as Haskell, historical revisionism newly created by wealthy federal tribes with the capacity to do so, and other issues surrounding indigenous identity I would ask you to go to and read the free draft of the book CDIB: Corruption, Deceit/Dis-enrollment, Identity and Bureaucracy in Indian Country and while you are there take a look at the extensive documentation posted related to issues of "non-federal" attendance at Indian boarding schools.   
As someone with family members on both sides of the federal/state Indian issue, an enrolled tribal member, being a person who has worked for over a dozen tribal communities as well as school Indian education programs, and having taught indigenous studies and language issues at six colleges/universities, I have been able to be a firsthand witness to the highly contentious, hurtful and contradictory messages of identity that are being played out in Indian Country today.  The current conversation related to "wannabeism" would be funny if it were not so insincere, self-serving and irresponsible.  You can contact me anytime through the website or at Thanks, ~Cedric Sunray


Tipi Painting To Go

Hi Manataka,

I wanted to know if you know of any one that can paint a design on a brand new  treated cotton 20 ft. teepee. Thank You ~Karen



Hello Karen,

We paint our own lodges, but no one else's lodge.  The reason is simple.


Designs and pictographs depicted on a lodge belonging to a person or family are sacred beings.  They are intended to tell the family / clan story and uphold those things considered sacred for them.  The act of painting the lodge is one that must be enjoyed and remembered by the entire family and friends, so that they too may tell the stories related to the designs and pictures.  Painting a lodge is not a project.  It is a gift.  Simply telling a contract painter what you may envision is not enough to give the lodge your mark, your history and story.  It must come within you and your spirit is transferred from your own hand to the lodge.   Yes, we have seen ready-made lodges painted by contractors.  We will not enter them or honor them with our gifts because they are only plastic replicas with little meaning.  We are sorry to be blunt.  But these are the ways.  Thank you for asking.  ~Editor


Bein' Indian Aint Easy

Good morning Manataka,


I am here to vent a little, there are still many people who do not understand the native people.  I see now why my grandparents didn’t want to be known as native (people think they worship other things).  They are truly native they have roll numbers and is listed as native on their census records.  My other grandparents on my father’s side are also native.  They didn’t want to be known wither as native.  As I go into different places, I see why they didn’t want to be known but I want to be known as native, I don’t care what people think.  A guy that has been attending powwows this summer with us by the name of Juaquin has become very familiar with the Aztec people because they are from his country.  He want to be in a drum group and play the flute and many other things.  The church he attends say he don’t need to be with Aztec or Indians, the reason is Indians are mean and crazy and worship animal.  They also told him he did not need to be with me or my daughter and go to pow wows, pow wows are no good, they worship other things. Juaquin is not sure what to do or say to them.  I don’t know what to say to them either but I don’t care. ~Joyce Gates


I follow the Native Spiritual path

Dear Manataka,


Thank you Grandmother Linda Two Hawk Feathers James for your beautiful letter to ALL the People of this awesome planet.  I understand feeling lost because my heart is of the Earth and by choice I follow the Native Spiritual path, though my heritage is French Canadian/Acadian and Swedish.  I have many Native Cousins but have not found the blood line connecting me to a Native Grandmother.  I use to feel unworthy of my intense desire to be part of this beautiful Earth Spirituality.  I learned that being connected is not because of my race or because my bloodline is of specific origin.. it is because my ancestors know the truth and they are speaking to me through the beauty of the natural energies and forces on this planet.  I am worthy because I am a believer in being connected with all that lives on this planet, with all my heart.  This comes at a wonderful moment as I will be heading to Mexico next week to take part in a large Sundance, I have been asked to assist with the women's sweat lodges (Inipi Ceremonies)..(I have been involved for 9 years)  I know I am called and I know I am following Creators plan for me..  however, it is music to my heart to read your words of acceptance.   It IS about ALL of us connecting.. that IS the healing of this planet. Thank you so much!  ~Lynne Waters, TaWo'NiyanWin, Her Spirit Breath Woman


It is a dark void that I have danced around

Dear Manataka,


I just wished to express my thanks once again for your insights and willingness to help me. Gadado Yonv means "Standing Bear" in Cherokee or Tsalagi, yes?


An interesting article on crow medicine jumped out at me while on the web. It said the crow "was the left-handed guardian." I too am left handed. That crow medicine "guides the healing and change-in-consciousness to bring about a new reality and dispel "disease" or illness." Crow can give me the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is home of all that is not yet in form.


That "darkness of the void" has been what's unnerved me. I am a 49 year old artist and have worked with my hands most of my life. Now it appears that I am to begin work as a writer. It is a dark void that I have danced around, but must now just step into. I have written a few short stories, and even had a piece published in our local newspaper. The website also said that I must put aside my fear of being a "voice in the wilderness and "caw" the shots as I see them. That I have a powerful voice when addressing issues that I do not quite understand or feel they are out of balance. Comments by fourteen other people and two vivid dreams seem to confirm this.


Well, it's time for me to stop talking and start listening, start feeling, and start knowing. I know my mind has drifted. But in the words of Tsalagi potter Loise Bigmeat Maney of Cherokee, N.C.: " the spirits of creativity keep telling me to return to the old ways."  Take care, and again my heartfelt thanks to you for your help.  ~Jim Teachey, Boonville, North Carolina




Guest Editorial - Opinion

Oh yes, progress...

By Juan Taramiko, Taramara

A Geological Engineer in the Southwest


“So this is civilization”, my friend commented to me as we sat in front of the bus station waiting for the ride. “Cracked pavement and trash”, he finished. Sometimes the turning points in life are just simple realizations from simple comments. I knew the disgust he felt with living in a world dictated by a power other than our own. For myself, I left home 20 odd years ago and I’ve been trying to get back ever since.


I was told to leave home by parents who “wanted better for me”. I was told to try hard and be successful. I did, I am and I’ve hated most every minute of it. My introduction to the outside world was the large college classrooms of 300 students which were cold and unwelcoming. Oh yes, progress….. I would have rather stayed by the wood fired stove in our adobe house cradled in the aromas of tortillas cooked directly on the stove top and the smell of green chile and beans. I was warm and content there. I traded the clean air of home and acres upon acres of desolate countryside to walk upon for a high paying job, smog, noise pollution and a quarter acre in the burbs. At home I was surrounded by mi familia and friendships that had already been forged for me by my ancestors long before I got there. Here in hell I am mildly distracted by neighbors who scurry away uncomfortably if one stares too long. I was plucked from an indigenous heaven to live the white man’s misery. Hmmmmm….. yes….. this is progress………

Along the way, I have learned a few things. I have learned that sometimes we lose things for awhile so that we can come full circle and cherish them. I’ve learned that one can never really say “yes” unless one if fully able and willing to say “no”. I’ve learned that the land is in my DNA. It calls to me, makes me restless and cranky and will not leave me alone until I rest in it once again. I can show you the two acre garden plot where we raised our vegetables. I can show you the pastures which supplied our meat and milk. I can also show you the burial spot which is mine next to my grandfather. Sometimes, to the horror of onlookers, I do a little jig and dance on my grave.


In a world where so many do not know where they came from or where they are going, I can show you both, very conclusively.


I don’t know if I believe in the “Liberty” that America preaches so much. I think it is liberty with constraint, “Liberty” as long as a person acts like the dominant society, talks like the dominant society and works for the ends of the dominant society. No, I think to myself, true liberty would have been if they would have left us alone and kept their damn progress to themselves.



Feature Story



Uncle Sam's Shameful Treatment of American Indians

By Walt Rodgers


One hundred and thirty four years after the Battle of Little Bighorn, the United States is still cruelly punishing the native Americans for their resistance to white encroachment in the lands west of the Mississippi. We treat Iraqis and Afghans better than native Americans.

I have a friend, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, who has a provocative theory. He says that when the United States goes to war in a foreign country, its armed forces -- win, lose, or draw -- leave behind a spirit of goodness and decency, which, despite the violence of war, leavens society, improving the lives of women and the poor.

The jury is still out on Iraq and Afghanistan. But wars in Vietnam, Germany, Japan, and Korea tend to confirm his theory. There remains, however, a glaring exception that should shame all Americans. One hundred and thirty-four years after the Battle of Little Bighorn, we still cruelly punish the native Americans for their resistance to white encroachment in the lands west of the Mississippi.

A few years ago I was fishing the Little Bighorn, a trout river flowing through the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana. Lush, green, irrigated crops grew on either side. Well-heeled fishermen pumped cash into the area. A railroad ran into the reservation, giving the Crow additional income from leases to coal-mining companies.

But I also wanted my wife to see by contrast what Uncle Sam gave the Northern Cheyenne for a reservation just to the east. There, poverty was appalling. Countless auto hulks rusted in fields  that could support no crops. Along Route 212, small white crosses with plastic flowers were planted about every mile, tragic signs of Cheyenne killed, most probably in alcohol-related traffic accidents. The Cheyenne reservation was parched and brown, supporting only outcroppings of scrub pine.

Guess which of those tribes allied with the US Cavalry and scouted for the US Army against their fellow Indians? And then guess which tribe resisted white encroachment and participated in  the massacre of General Custers Seventh Cavalry at the Little Bighorn a few miles away?  Read More>>>





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Victory of the Week

Court Rules GMO-Free Milk and Dairy Products Can Be Labeled as Such

In IDFA et al v. Boggs, decided September 30, 2010, a Federal Appeals Court overturned an Ohio state ban on label statements such as "rbGH free," "rbST free," and "artificial hormone free" on milk from cows that have not been treated with recombinant (GMO) bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a.k.a. bovine somatotropin (rbST). The court found that GMO milk is different from normal milk. The decision states:

A compositional difference does exist between milk from untreated cows and conventional milk.

o  The use of rBGH (rbST) in milk production has been shown to elevate the levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a naturally-occurring hormone that in high levels is linked to several types of cancers, among other things.

o  rBGH (rbST) use induces an unnatural period of milk production during a cow's "negative energy phase." Milk produced during this stage is considered to be low quality due to its increased fat content and its decreased level of proteins. 

o  Milk from rBGH-injected cows contains higher somatic cell counts, which makes the milk turn sour more quickly and is another indicator of poor milk quality.


Alerts of the MONTH 

Organic Standards Alert

Beer:  When is organic beer not really organic? Nearly always - and the situation may quickly get worse. The issue is hops, one of the central ingredients in beer. It's a little-known fact that "certified organic" beer can be brewed with non-organic hops, owing to a USDA ruling made in 2007, despite the objections of thousands of OCA members.

That ruling is currently up for review by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), but one of their committees has voted unanimously to continue it, and their recommendation is likely to stand unless consumers and organic advocates make their voices heard during the public comment period that runs through October 12, or in person at the USDA hearings in Madison, Wisconsin October 25-27. The Organic Consumers Association will be testifying in support of requiring organic hops. We need as many of our members to join us as possible. 

Eggs:  The Cornucopia Institute, OCA's close ally, has put together a comprehensive report called Scrambled Eggs, exposing the deplorable practices that constitute "business as usual" in industrial-scale organic egg production. The report is the culmination of two years of research which saw the group visit over 15% of the certified egg farms in the United States, and survey all name-brand and private-label industry marketers. Cornucopia's findings demonstrate the huge gap between best-practice animal husbandry exhibited by many small and medium-sized organic egg producers, and the bare-minimum standards followed by many industrial-scale operations. 

Wine:  Recently, long-established USDA organic wine standards have come under attack. A group made up of foreign and domestic wine producers and distributors seeks to change current established US organic wine standards to allow a synthetic preservative called sulfite, a known allergen, to be added to organic wine. 


Keeping Nano Out

A major reason why consumers shop for products that are certified organic is to avoid hazardous and unlabeled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), toxic chemicals, and now the most recent, and likely most dangerous hi-tech poison of them all: nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is now a mega-billion dollar Frankenstein monster industry churning out a vast menu of untested and unlabeled products containing tiny nanoparticles including non-organic vitamin supplements, food packaging, processed food, cosmetics and sunscreens. Unfortunately the USDA National Organic Program has not yet banned nanotechnology. The National Organic Standards Board feels it can't "adequately define" nanotechnology, and ban it, even though it's been banned under the organic standards of Canada, the UK, and the US-based Organic Crop Improvement Association.






"Times change but principles don't. Times change but lands do not. Times change but our culture and our language remain the same. And that's what you have to keep intact. It's not what you wear - it's what's in your heart."  --Oren Lyons, Onondaga


Going back to the old ways doesn't mean giving up electricity, homes and cars. It means living by the same principles, laws and values that our ancestors lived by. This will allow us to live successfully in today's world. The spirituality our ancestors lived is the same spirituality we need in these modern times. There are too many influences from TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and negative role models that are guiding our lives in a bad way. Our stability is in the laws, principles and values that our ancestors were given and that our Elders teach us.

Great Spirit, let me live my life in a spiritual way

By Don Coyhis






Women's Council News




Betty Mae Jumper - A Seminole Legend


Born in a small village in the Everglades to a full-blooded Seminole mother and a white father, Betty Mae Tiger grew up in a traditional Seminole community in Florida. With little opportunity for education in the area, Jumper attended an Indian boarding school a thousand miles away in Cherokee, North Carolina. In 1945, she and her cousin, who also attended the school, became the first Florida Seminoles to graduate from high school. She then enrolled in a nursing program at the Kiowa Indian Hospital in Oklahoma. She returned to Florida the following year and worked to improve health care in the Seminole community. There she married Moses Jumper, whom she had met at the boarding school in North Carolina. They had three children. In addition to her public health career, she launched a tribal newsletter called the Seminole News (which later became The Seminole Tribune) in 1950.

The Seminole tribe of Florida received federal recognition in 1957, and Betty Mae Jumper was elected as one of its representatives. She continued to work in tribal government in various capacities, and in 1967 she was elected head of the Tribal Council, the first woman to serve as leader of the Seminoles. She left office in 1971 and became publisher of the Seminole Tribune newspaper. Betty Mae Jumper also collected stories and legends of the Seminole and has lectured widely about Seminole history and culture. She has not only worked in health care, government, and media positions to improve the fortunes of her people, but she has also sought to preserve Seminole culture and educate others about it.






Earth Medicine...



Medicine for the People

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle


There is no life without Silica!


Diatomaceous Earth is 84% Silicon Dioxide (Silica)

There is no life without Silica! Some say that, "Silica is the most important trace mineral for human health!" Silica plays an important role in many body functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. The average human body holds approximately seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals such as iron. DE is mined from Mother Earth and is eco friendly. I have used this for years, especially for my food storage. I have also taken it internally for detoxification of my body and have given it to my animals, using it sometimes to get rid of ticks, fleas and other parasites that seem to be around all spring and summer ready to attach us humans and our brother and sister in the animal species.  I have also used it to spray or powder my plants in the garden; it works effectively on all plants and you do not have to worry about poisoning or chemicals.

How Diatomaceous Earth Works    Read More >>>


This information is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose, cure or is in any way suggestive as far as medicinal advice.





Drinking It In: Is Fluoride Good for You?

by Bill Chameides | Sep 14, 2010


The difficult case of fluoride. Time magazine lists it in its “Top 10 Common Household Toxins” and yet, starting with Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945, many U.S. municipalities have added it to drinking water.

More than 80,000 chemicals are produced and used in the United States.


With nearly 200 million Americans drinking fluoridated tap water these days, is it time to ask ourselves, do we really need the fluoridation?


Fluoridation and the Red Scare

I grew up in the 1950s when municipalities across the nation began fluoridating their drinking water to promote dental health. My parents thought it was a good idea and so, so did I. But I remember hearing friends say their parents were against it, some even claiming that fluoridation was a communist plot to undermine capitalism by poisoning our water supply.


(This communist myth was carried to extremes in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in which a mad general, Jack D. Ripper, played by Sterling Hayden, cites the fluoridation of water as a primary motive for a nuclear strike against the Soviet Union.)   Read More >>>





Wolf Slaughter Set to Begin

Proposals to control population include gassing pups in their dens


This 2004 photograph provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows an adult male wolf from the Lazy Creek pack north of Whitefish, Mont. Government agencies are ramping up killings and removals of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes, despite two recent court actions that restored the animal's endangered status in every stateexcept Alaska and Minnesota.


The Associated Press  

Government agencies are seeking broad new authority to ramp up killings and removals of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes, despite two recent court actions that restored the animal's endangered status in every state except Alaska and Minnesota.

Various proposals would gas pups in their dens, surgically sterilize adult wolves and allow "conservation" or "research" hunts to drive down the predators' numbers.

Once poisoned to near-extermination in the lower 48 states, wolves made a remarkable comeback over the last two decades under protection of the Endangered Species Act. But as packs continue to multiply their taste for livestock and big game herds coveted by hunters has stoked a rising backlash.

Wildlife officials say that without public wolf hunting, they need greater latitude to eliminate problem packs. Montana and Idaho held inaugural hunts last year but an August court ruling scuttled their plans for 2010.  Read More>>>







Burial ground disturbed underneath Bay Bridge
By John Upton, Staff Writer, San Francisco Examiner

The Bay Bridge S-curve was the site of a fatal accident Nov. 9, when a truck traveling 50 mph flipped and plummeted off the road, killing the driver. (AP)

The Bay Bridge’s deadly S-curve was built hundreds of feet above a Muwekma Ohlone tribal burial ground, and spirits whose bodies were unearthed and placed in storage are said to be restless.

The Ohlone were the first people to inhabit the Bay Area, where their burial grounds and other sacred sites are frequently unearthed.   Read More >>>



France seizes biggest contraband of Taino artifacts - A Taino cemi, or zemi


Santo Domingo.- The French authorities confiscated a piece of the Taino culture valued as high as one million euros, seized last year together with other archaeological items sent to Paris to be sold by an antiques dealer as modern handicraft.


The Taino artifacts are the highest valued confiscation of items from Dominican Republic, pertaining to the pre-Columbian Caribbean people in recent history.  The piece was dispatched from Dominican Republic on April 3 last year by the exporter Hicotea Club S.A., of Las Galeras, Samaná (northeast), to Simurg Antiquités, in Paris, France, and seized by French Customs in one of four boxes containing 200 objects weighing 50 kilos.


The information is contained in document of the Dominican Foreign Relations Ministry, which explains the procedures followed by the French authorities, from the piece\s confiscation, the evaluation of its authenticity and the report to the Dominican representation before the organization UNESCO, based in Paris.  The report doesn’t specify what object is appraised, but does note that among them are four trigonolites (stone of triangular form with three faces), which can cost as much as 80,000 Euros, a cemí (carved idol, generally stone) as high as 250,000 euros, axes and several Taino sculptures, and a dúho of wood (a ceremonial seat), as high as half a million euros, everything following its state of conservation, among other items. 





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