Manataka American Indian Council                                  Volume XVII  Issue 03  March 2011




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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Legends of Old: Coyote and the Rolling Rock
Feature Story::   Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 11

Letters to the Editor:

Lots of Good Opinions - And Bad Ones Too!
Endangered Earth:   Verde River in Danger: Officials Resist Ruling on AZ Pipeline
Organic Consumers: Obama Betrays Organic Food
Elder's Meditations: Wendy Rose, Hopi / Miwok
Women's Council News: The Wisdom of the Grandmothers
Earth Medicine:   Oh My Gosh!  I have Warts!
Fluoride: Black Pastor Calls for Fluoridegate Investigations

Animal Rights and Wrongs:


Drilling Plans Halted in Polar Bear Habitat

Sacred Sites:

Dig turns up Native American artifacts



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Coyote and the Rolling Rock

Blackfoot Legend


One spring day Coyote and Fox were out for a walk, and when they came to a big smooth rock, Coyote threw his blanket over it and they sat down to rest.  After a while the Sun became very hot, and Coyote decided he no longer needed the blanket.  "Here, brother,"  he said to the rock,  "I give you my blanket because you are poor and have let me rest on you.  Always keep it."


Then Coyote and Fox went on their way.  They had not gone far when a heavy cloud covered the sky. Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled and rain began to fall.  The only shelter they could find was in a coulee, and Coyote said to Fox,  "Run back to that rock, and ask him to lend us the blanket I gave him. We can cover ourselves with it and keep dry."


So Fox ran back to the rock, and said,  "Coyote wants his blanket."


"No,"  replied the rock.  "He gave it to me as a present.  I shall keep it.  Tell him he cannot have it."


Fox returned to Coyote and told him what the rock had said.  "Well,"  said Coyote,  "that certainly is an ungrateful rock.  I only wanted the use of the blanket for a little while until the rain stops."  He grew very angry and went back to the rock and snatched the blanket off.  "I need this to keep me dry,"  he said,  "You don't need a blanket.  You have been out in the rain and snow all your life, and it won't hurt you to live so always."








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 2010

Chapter 2  -  June

Chapter 3  -  July

Chapter 4  -  August

Chapter 5  -  September

Chapter 6  -  October

Chapter   7  -  Nov

Chapter   8  -  Dec

Chapter   9  -  January 2011

Chapter 10  -  February

Chapter 11  -  March

Chapter 12  -  April


Ancient Maya Holy Time

And the Evolution of Creation Map

Chapter 10

Map of Holy Time

Ancient Maya Prophesies - Returning To Holy Time

Valum Votan, "Closer of the Cycle" – final messenger of The Great Pacal’s prophecy, prescribes the fulfillment of human destiny as a collective return to Holy Time via the synchronization of the Tzolkin cycles (The Time Guardians.)


Using this harmonic, ancient and accurate standard of measure, we make a whole-systems transition into conscious resonance with our living universe.


In these intense times of uncertainty, we need all the navigational assistance possible for our everyday consciousness to be in harmony with our universe. The Tzolkin calendars help us re-harmonize our bodies and minds to the natural patterns and cycles of Holy Time.


Learning a new calendar may seem hard or even intimidating, but this is the time to try something new.  As Valum Votan states, "It’s the untried solution, the harmonic solution." What we are being asked to do is let go of what has been common for so long the irregularity of the 12-month calendar and embrace the accuracy of the Tzolkin Time Guardians.  Read More>>>








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.   Click Here to Read March Letters to the Editor


Pine Needle Tea?

Dear Manataka,

I was reading the newsletter during this weekend. I read about pine needle tea. Is this person serious about pine needle tea? I always thought that pine needles were poisonous. I also enjoyed the newsletter. I find it very informative and an awakener. But the pine needle tea? I am still questioning that. Thanks for the newsletter.  ~Josephine Klass

Hello Josephine,

You can believe the author, Harvey Walks with Hawks Doyle, who is an accomplished herbalist and never writes about anything without personal, hands-on experience.  If prepared correctly, pine needles makes an excellent tasty tea, poultice, and healing remedy.  There are many plants that are poisonous (potatoes, tomatoes, etc.) but are harvested and prepared correctly to produce edible foods. ~Editor

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The Center for Biological Diversity


Verde River in Danger: Officials Resist Ruling on Arizona Pipeline

To save Arizona's life-sustaining Verde River from a massive pipeline that would dry it up, in 2009 the Center for Biological Diversity sued the city of Prescott for illegally withholding records on the pipeline -- but Prescott is still withholding them. In fact, the city is trying to impose a three-week delay on the lawsuit's ruling -- and it's now been illegally withholding the records for 20 months. So last week, the Center submitted a motion to stop the delay.  The 45-mile Big Chino Ranch pipeline would suck 13 million gallons of water per day from the Big Chino aquifer to fuel rampant development in central Arizona. The Verde River relies on springs from the aquifer for 80 percent of its base flow -- without which the rushing waterway would be a dry wash. Many endangered species -- including the desert nesting bald eagle, razorback sucker, roundtail chub, and southwestern willow flycatcher -- depend on the Verde for survival. 

Feds Propose Budget Cuts for Species Listing

Even with 1,000 U.S. species in desperate need of federal protection, as identified by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Obama administration has now proposed a cut in the budget for its endangered species protection program. That means even less funding for placing species on the endangered species list, helping those species recover, and enforcing laws to save protected species from harm -- as well as a 9-percent cut in funds for conserving the 249 "candidates" that are officially recognized as deserving Endangered Species Act protection but have already been pushed to the side, many for decades, due to lack of resources to aid them.  To confront the administration's apparent indifference about saving our country's biodiversity, the Center has launched a campaign to save America's 1,000 most endangered species by getting them on the endangered species list, keeping them there as long as necessary, and earning them protected "critical habitat" and recovery plans. 


Wild and Weird:  "Lonesome George" the Tortoise Holds Out Hope for True Love (Watch Video)

With little time to spare before Valentine's Day, this year Lonesome George -- the last known Pinta Island giant Galápagos tortoise -- was introduced to two new lovely lady tortoises of a related subspecies in the hopes they'll help George produce an heir. After shunning the fairer sex for the better part of a century (he's now nearly 100 years old), the longtime bachelor was finally tempted to mate in 2008, but the resulting eggs never hatched. Scientists hope that by mating with the two newly delivered female tortoises, Lonesome George -- already dubbed the "world's rarest living creature" -- will also, finally, become the world's oldest new baby daddy.  For your sake, George, we hope one of your lucky blind dates is the One.  Read more in the UK Telegraph.






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Alerts of the MONTH 

Monsanto's GE Alfalfa: Obama's Organic Betrayal

In last week's Bytes, we made the case that the Organic Elite had betrayed the organic community when they naively sat down to cut a deal for "coexistence" with the USDA, essentially giving up on confronting Monsanto where it matters: in the market (including Whole Foods Market), where unlabeled GMO and factory-farmed foods are routinely purchased by unwitting consumers. OCA chided Organic Inc. for abandoning grassroots "activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions" and internalizing the defeatist notion "that the battle against GMOs has been lost." At nearly the very moment Bytes was broadcast to our members, news came that President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack had betrayed the organic industry. As OCA expected, Vilsack, apparently on direct orders from the White House, abandoned the idea of "controlled deregulation" for something much more Monsanto-friendly. Monsanto's controversial RoundUp Ready alfalfa will likely be planted this spring and - like all of the biotech industry's GMOs - it remains untested, unregulated, unrestricted, and unlabeled. It seems that Obama has elected to joins the ranks of Monsanto Minions, just like Bush Jr., Clinton, and Bush Sr. before him. The good news is that the organic industry is finally showing some anger and passion! In the wake of this betrayal foretold, the Organic Trade Association published an open letter condemning Vilsack's decision, signed by United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), Stonyfield Farm, Organic Valley, as well as a host of organic advocacy groups and individuals, including Michael Pollan. Here's the letter: !

Tell Supermarket Chains to Adopt Truth-in-Labeling Practices for GMOs and Factory-Farmed Foods

Whole Foods admits in an internal company document that it sells GMO foods, while they claim to support mandatory GMO labels. So, why don't they start Truth-in-Labeling with their own stores, and voluntarily label conventional and "natural" containing GMOs or coming from Factory Farms (CAFOs)?:  ...     ...    


NPR Poll: 93% Want GE Food to Be Labeled

"Only a quarter of Americans say they fully understand what genetically engineered food is all about, according to a survey of more then 3,000 people conducted for NPR by Thomson Reuters last month. "Press people a little further by asking them if genetically engineered foods are safe, and the uncertainty climbs higher. Only 21 percent of people are convinced the foods are safe. Most are unsure - 64 percent. The remaining 15 percent think the foods aren't safe.  "One thing everyone seems to agree on is that a food should say on its label if it's from some genetically modified animal or plant - 9 in 10 people surveyed said so."  Americans Are Wary Of Genetically Engineered Foods - Scott Hensley, National Public Radio 







"I have always searched for my place and my people." --Wendy Rose, Hopi / Miwok 


For every human being to feel connected, we must have the feeling of belonging. That is one of the values and benefits of a culture: it creates the feeling of belonging. If for some reason, while you were growing up, you did not develop the feeling of belonging, a search will be triggered and a restlessness will be present in your heart. You will have a hole inside you, something missing, until you find your place and your people. Remember, we can get this feeling of belonging when we realize we belong to the Great Spirit and that He really loves us a lot.


My Creator, today, I belong to You. Let me feel Your presence. Thank You.




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Earth Medicine...



Medicine for the People

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, BSNH  

Oh My Gosh!  I have Warts!



No matter how you feel about warts, they seem to have a way of growing on you. I have experienced warts on my physical body all my life.  Some say they come from viruses and others say they do not know why we get them.  Really who knows but we know for sure they do exist on all animals and humans.


Verruca vulgaris is the scientific term for the common wart. Everything has a scientific name and this sure sounds like a name for a wart.  Don’t you think a wart looks like verruca vulgaris? I guess I do; anyway back to warts.


Warts usually appear on the hands, feet and face, and are believed to be caused by some type of virus.  The quantity award for home remedies goes to the world of warts. I probably have a million of them myself.  I remember when I was a child I was told not to pick up frogs.  I always played with them and now I know that is a fallacy that if you touch a frog you will get warts.  Also you do not get a prince from kissing them either.


Here are some natural remedies; some that work and some that don’t; it is best to try a wide variety of them and then decide which one works for you as an individual.  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.







Black Pastor Calls for Fluoridegate Investigations


Cites Disproportionate Fluoride Risks for African Americans

Memphis, TN: Reverend William Owens, President of the Coalition of African American Pastors, is joining a growing chorus of leaders calling for federal and state hearings and investigations into new revelations about risks from drinking fluoridated water.

In 2006 the National Research Council published a report that listed diabetics, kidney patients, babies and children, seniors, and outdoor workers as "susceptible subpopulations" that are especially vulnerable to harm from fluorides.

Owens is an outspoken advocate for assisting children in their education and is concerned about reports of IQ impacts from children ingesting fluorides.


A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, documented diminished IQ in children from fluorides in water.

In 2009 a study in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry noted that black children ingest significantly more fluorides than white children.

CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published data in 2005 showing that blacks have significantly more of the worst forms of dental fluorosis than whites. Owens wants to know why African Americans leaders weren't openly given this and other important information.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed somewhat reducing the level of fluoride in water in a statement on January 7, 2011.

The HHS actions don't go far enough, according to Rev. Owens, citing the issue that some people drink dramatically more water than others, have medical susceptibilities to fluorides, and have numerous other uncontrolled sources of fluoride in their diet.



Rev. William Owens:  901-679-5286, 901-785-5279 (fax);

Source: African American Environmentalist Association



[Editor's Note:  It should be noted that dental studies on American Indian reservations with fluoridated water showed even higher rates of dental fluorsis than among blacks.  The rate of liver and kidney damage were also higher than blacks.  Why are there no American Indian leaders calling for an investigation? 








Drilling Plans Halted in Polar Bear Habitat

Polar bears are getting a reprieve from offshore drilling in Alaska. Last week Royal Dutch Shell announced it won't move forward with plans to drill for oil in the polar bear's protected "critical habitat" in the Beaufort Sea, off the coast of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, this summer. The decision comes after persistent opposition from the Center for Biological Diversity and an outpouring of support from our members and online activists like the Manataka American Indian Council.  The decision marks the third time in recent years that Shell's plans to drill in the Beaufort have been put on hold, including 2007 plans overturned in court due to litigation by the Center and allies. Plans to drill in 2010 were suspended by the Interior Department after the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill disaster -- and rightly so, since the Arctic is one of the riskiest of all places to drill offshore. The Center is now calling on Interior to make Shell's delay permanent. 


Imperiled Pacific Walrus Passed Over for Protections
The Obama administration acknowledged Tuesday that the Pacific walrus in Alaska is clearly in trouble and deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act, but that it won't provide the walrus with the help it needs. In what's become a disturbing trend, the Interior Department put the walrus on an ever-growing "candidate" list, where it'll wait endlessly for protections.  Tuesday's decision was a response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition seeking federal protection for the Pacific walrus, which can grow up to 3,750 pounds and lives in waters off Alaska. Lately, global warming has taken a toll, robbing the animals of the sea-ice habitat they need to give birth, raise young and rest. The walrus can't wait much longer for federal aid. It joins more than 250 other "candidate" species seriously in danger of extinction -- and at the top of the Center's 2011 list of species to save. 

~Submitted by Awi Anida Waya








NJ bridge dig turns up Native American artifacts

 By Carmen Cusido
Ewing, New Jersey (AP) January 2011

A $1.1 million archaeological dig that has been under way for months as part of the proposed Scudder Falls Bridge replacement project has turned up evidence that Native Americans lived at the site as long ago as 500 B.C. and as recently as 1500 A.D.

“The most intriguing evidence (in Ewing) are the physical remains of a large number of hearths,” said John Lawrence, a senior archaeologist with AECOM, the Trenton-based engineering firm hired by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, which owns and operates the Scudder Falls Bridge and is paying for the dig.

“They are the remains of where the Native Americans would have been cooking food for storage and for daily meals,” Lawrence said of the hearths.  Read More>>>




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