X Issue 6 JUNE 2006
- Preserving the past today for tomorrow
Manataka Salutes the Great Peace Makers
Manataka now has available several thousand
copies of a 16-page booklet titled “Native American Spirituality: An
Informational Guide for Health Care Providers, Hospital Staff and
Administrators, Chaplains, School Administrators, Funeral Directors and Others
Regarding Ceremonies, Rights and Obligations.”
Read the booklet here
Single copies are $1.00 to cover the cost of mailing. 10 booklets -
$5.00. 25 booklets $10.00 For higher quantities send us an email.
A MUST READ: "A Reflection
on the Relevance of the Indigenous World in These Critical Times" --- A powerful,
intelligent and spiritually moving treatise by Otto Caballo Blanco Riollano.
La Relevancia Del Mundo Indígena En Este
Tiempo Crítico: Una Reflectión
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Nueta Waxikena Spiritual Gathering
June 2 - 4, 2006
Pipestone National Monument, Pipe Stone, Minnesota
Allowing fulfillment of the Vision of Okipa. All people of
all races, men and women, are welcome to be a part of this new Okipa.
Ceremonial fire, "Vision of Okipa:, Talking Circle, Flute Music, Sweatlodge
Ceremonies, Pipe Ceremonies, Round Dance, Drumming. Hosted by Janet and
Cedric Red Feather, Mandan Nueta Waxikena. 952-217-4453 firstname.lastname@example.org
World Invocation Day
June 11, 2006
All Across Earth Mother
A World Day of Prayer, Invocation and Meditation An Invitation to Men and Women
of Goodwill. World Invocation Day is a world day of prayer and meditation
when men and women of every spiritual path join in a universal appeal to
divinity and use the Great Invocation. Together they focus the invocative demand
of humanity for the light, the love and the spiritual direction needed to build
a world of justice, unity and peace. Maggie
Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship Conference
19 - 22, 2006,
Manataka Summer Gathering
June 23 - 25
National Park, AR USA
This is a
non-Manataka sponsored event to be attended by non-Elders of Manataka,
non-members, non-Indians and non-people. The Unknown Ceremonial Elders
will be on hand for the Flag Ceremony, the Fire Ceremony, the Pipe Ceremony, the
Making-A-Relative Ceremony, the Naming Ceremony, the Honoring Ceremony and the Blessing Ceremony. The Women's Lodge and the Medicine Tipi Lodge will be open. Drumming and
singing, trade blanket, games, crafting and many other non-events are not
sponsored. We invite everyone to not come and enjoy a non-gathering. Admission is
FREE. No money changing on sacred grounds. For more information go
to: Summer Gathering
The National Park
Service has decided not to allow Indian religious ceremonies, so we will not be
there except in peaceful spirit.
Great Inter-Tribal Gathering of the Nations
Intertribal Coalition to Defend Bear Butte
Sturgis, South Dakota
Bear Butte is "Nowah'wus" to the Cheyenne Nation. It is "Mato
Paha" to the Lakota. Across the Great Plains over thirty
indigenous Nations acknowledge the sacredness of this Butte and
it's surrounding area. It is a mountain inhabited by spirits and
spiritual powers that are well known to our people. For this
reason Bear Butte is central to our ceremonial life as native
people of the Great Plains and is necessary for the continued
health and well being of our people. All life on Bear Butte must
be respected and defended. No people have a right to destroy or
disrespect our sacred mountain. Rally to bring tribes and
individuals together to defend Bear Butte. Contact information:
Debra White Plume, Director; 101 Lonesome Valley Rd., Manderson
S.D. 57756 605-455-2155 or Vic Camp, P.O. Box 95,
Manderson S. D. 57756, 605-455-1122
MANATAKA ELDERS INSTRUCT
AMERICAN INDIAN SPIRITUALITY
ATLANTA -- A delegation of elders paid what some
have described as an historic event to explain Native American spirituality to a
gathering of religious leaders here.
Elders from the Manataka American Indian Council of Hot Springs, Ark., gave 16
hours of intense presentations for the 3,500-member Association of Professional
Chaplains annual convention May 3-10.
Central to the presentations were handing out
3,000 copies of MAIC’s 16-page brochure titled “Native American Spirituality: An
Informational Guide for Health Care Providers, Hospital Staff and
Administrators, Chaplains, School Administrators, Funeral Directors and Others
Regarding Ceremonies, Rights and Obligations.”
“To our knowledge, nothing has been done like
this before. We are grateful that a national, global clergy organization has
for the first time opened its doors to American Indian spirituality,” said MAIC
Chairman David Quiet Wind Furr.
MAIC, a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3),
cultural, educational and religious organization, was invited to the conference
to meet with Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish religious leaders
to formally recognize American Indian spiritual beliefs for the first time.
“It is our hope and prayer that this program will serve as a template for more
presentations to a broader audience of religious leaders, lay persons and the
public. The value and far-reaching social and religious effects of this project
are enormous,” Furr said.
In addition to the overview of traditional practices for religious and health
care providers, the MAIC representatives gave talks and demonstrations of Native
American culture and belief.
The delegation included Peter V. Catches, Jr. (Zintkala Oyate) Keeper of the
Spotted Eagle Way of Lakota medicine, MAIC Elder’s Council Chairman Rev. David
Quiet Wind Furr, MAIC Spiritual and Ceremonial Elder Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi
Awatisgi), Lee Standing Bear Moore, and Rev. Linda James.
The brochure was prompted by various incidents in which indigenous spiritual
elders were turned away from treating patients in hospitals and health-care
settings, most notably with the case of Baby Lupita Amador Nov. 1, 2003.
Despite prayers from across the United States and beyond for this 3-year-old
girl dying of cancer, a visiting Lakota holy man was barred by a home care nurse
who threatened the family with turning the child over to state welfare
authorities if “pagan rites” were administered.
“We wrote the brochure so that Native peoples would know their rights and so
that health care providers, physicians, hospitals, chaplains and others would
know that the First Amendment and specific federal laws guarantee free exercise
of religious and spiritual beliefs,” said Ewing.
“It is our hope that not only will there never be another incident of the type
that occurred with Baby Lupita but that every hospital and health care provider
in America will have a copy of this brochure,” Ewing added, noting that 10,000
copies have been printed and a CD and PowerPoint presentation is in the works.
According to Lee Standing Bear, the goal of the
seminar was to increase understanding and reduce stereotypical labels attached
to Indigenous spiritual beliefs.
"We encouraged participants to become advocates
of policy changes within their work places that would foster acceptance of
American Indian spiritual beliefs and increase actual participation in those
practices," said Bear.
"We achieved our goal at this historic meeting
to bridge the gap of understanding and
increase tolerance for American Indian spiritual beliefs. The reaction of
religious leaders was warm and accepting. We were impressed with the depth and
sincerity of the overall comments of participants," said Bear.
The MAIC committee responsible for organizing the event plans to create a CD
presentation and organize future seminars around the country that will
emphasizing American Indian spirituality. Committee members include
MAIC Elder’s Council Chairman Rev. David Quiet
Wind Furr, MAIC Spiritual and Ceremonial Elder Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi
Awatisgi), Lee Standing Bear Moore, Rev. Linda James, Annette Ewing, Bob
Donaldson and Aimee Dixon.
Copies of the brochure are available from MAIC,
www.manataka.org, or e-mail: Manataka@sbcglobal.net; or write: P.O. Box 476, Hot
Springs, AR 71902.
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo
Do not pray for tasks equal to your power,
pray for power equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle,
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Federal Bureaucrat Watch:
Should U.S. Government apologize
For American Indian Holocaust?
While the U.S. government is waging a war worldwide against
terrorists, it's own past history has to be dealt with
concerning it's actions against American Indians. Senator
Brownback of Kansas introduced a resolution (S.J.15) calling for
an apology from the federal government for it's long history of
official depredations and ill-conceived policies. Senator
Brownback's bill is backed up by congresswoman Jo Ann Davis of
Virginia with house resolution H. J. RES. 3.
In past years the U.S. Government has made it a point to
apologize for it's action against other groups of Americans like
African Americans and Japanese Americans. So one would think our
federal government would have no problem apologizing to American
Indians on paper. That's not true in this case.
Senator Brownback's apology resolution was before the U.S.
Senate in 2004 but no action was taken. Now, the Senate Indian
Affairs has passed the resolution out of committee and it will
be placed on the senate calendar for a vote by the full senate
in 2006. Maybe?
The American Indian community stands united with all Americans
in defense of our home land. American Indians have no problem
telling it like it is; they endured a holocaust. To them the
Indian holocaust started with an invasion committed by Columbus.
Without the support of Indian nations America, as we know it
today, may not have come about.
After European Americans won "their independence" the federal
government embarked on a path to take away Indians'
independence. The federal government set the tone that Indians
were a problem (enemy) to contend with for the new country. Over
time the federal government made hundreds of treaties with
Indian nations. Every one of them was broken by the federal
Laws were passed by state and city governments against Indians.
Indians could only enter a town to trade their goods. Indians
had to use "Black Only" bathrooms; they had to be out of town by
sunset so there was no need to have the word Indian added.
Indians had to request permission of a state government to cross
it's border, with the understanding they were to do so only to
cross the state, not stay in it.
When one looks at the darkest history of U.S. policies against
Indians, we see that bounties were placed on Indian scalps, and
massacres were legal. Hanging Indians, for whatever reason, was
the norm. History note: President Lincoln oversaw the hanging of
38 Indian men. Three hundred three men were condemned to be
hung, but Lincoln was concerned with how this would play out
with European nations. This event, in Mankato, Minnesota,
December 16, 1862, was the largest mass hanging in America's
history. Now what was the U.S. Civil War about? http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/hanging.html
More of Americas dark history toward Indians played out at
Indian Boarding Schools for kids, (1878-1930s) Their job was to
kill the "Indian" in them. Forty percent of Native American
women accessing care through the U.S. Indian Health Service in
the 1970s were sterilized against their will. http://www.kporterfield.com/aicttw/articles/boardingschool.html
Maybe, just maybe, in the year 2006 the U.S. Government will
deal with the question of whether or not it should apologize to
the American Indian peoples. That's one hatchet the federal
government is finding hard to bury.
Mike Graham is a member of the Oklahoma Cherokee
Nation. Founded United Native America in 1993 to form a national
group to take action on American Indian issues. The groups main
issue is to bring about a federal national holiday for Native
Americans. Graham has been a guest speaker on national and
international radio talk shows and television programs. He has
traveled across the country discussing issues with Indian nation
American lawns generate massive amounts of
"green waste", waste water, require tons of herbicides, and cost the average
homeowner much money and time.
to the Audubon Society, the average American lawn generates almost 2 tons of
clippings a year, and requires 2½-4 times more water than shrubs or trees.
Homeowners use 50% more herbicides than they did 20 years ago, spend 40
hours per week mowing the lawn each year, and spend over $8 billion annually
on lawn care products and equipment. Read on for more eco-friendly ways to
maintain a lawn!
1) Use an electric or manual push mower to cut your grass.
Don’t use conventional gas-powered lawn mowers – they pollute air and
contribute to global warming. According to Sylvan Garden, "a typical 3.5
horsepower gas mower...can emit the same amount of
VOCs—key precursors to
smog—in an hour as a new car driven 340 miles. To top it off, lawn and
garden equipment users inadvertently add to the problem by spilling 17
million gallons of fuel each year while refilling their outdoor power
equipment. That’s more petroleum than spilled by the Exxon Valdez in the
Gulf of Alaska."
You can get a push mower from companies such as SunLawn Imports, Inc.
or Real Goods (800/919-2400
Mowing with a push mower has an extra benefit--it's a good form of exercise!
2) Use hand tools or electric-powered tools such as hedge
trimmer or lawn edger to maintain your yard. Don't use gas-powered tools.
Use good old fashioned push broom and rakes for yard clean up, instead of
noise and air polluting leaf blowers. Don't use the hose to wash down your
driveway or sidewalk, as this is just a waste of water. On the coasts, the
leaf and grass clippings end up in the gutter and go down the storm drains,
out to the ocean.
Diversify your lawn by planting a mix of different
grasses--that way, if one variety doesn't do well or dies, you still have
grass that can "take over" for the dead variety. If your lawn is hardy
enough, you won't need to use fertilizer. If you decide to use fertilizer,
use an organic one such as Neptune's Harvest Organic Fertilizer
(1-800-259-4769, or go to "Products" at http://www.neptunesharvest.com/.)
Read more about organic fertilizers at Sylvan Gardens
4) Avoid toxic chemical pesticides and herbicides.
According to PANNA (http://www.panna.org/campaigns/pesticideFreeLawns.html )
"Every year U.S. homeowners apply at least 90 million
pounds of pesticides to their lawns and gardens...pesticides are applied
more intensively for lawn care than for farming! One recent survey
reported that when informed about the risks posed by lawn chemicals,
nearly 70% of homeowners indicate a preference for non-toxic
alternatives." Pull weeds by hand, and get information about
less-toxic weed control, lawn maintenance, and pest control from the
5) Conserve water. Water your lawn by hand with a hose
instead of using timed sprinklers. This avoids water-wastage from runnoff
and avoids watering your sidewalks and driveways. Water at night to avoid
evaporation of water before it has a chance to soak into the ground. Avoid
hoses made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PVC creates dioxins during
manufacture, the useful lifetime of the product, and upon disposal; dioxin
is a known carcinogen and hormone disruptor. Use hoses made of
rubber instead, such as
Craftsman, by Sears, or
Flexogen, by Gilmour.
If you do use sprinklers, reduce the time they are on to no more than 10
minutes. Turn off the automatic timer during the rainy season in your
area--there is nothing more wasteful than having the sprinklers running
during a rain! Or do what I do--don't water your lawn at all, and let Mother
Nature water it only during the rainy season, and let the lawn go brown or
Save your grass clippings and use them as mulch for your yard.
Mulch is anything that is put on top of the soil around your trees and
shrubs to give nutrients back to the soil--grass clippings, tree bark,
leaves and other yard "green waste" as well as food waste from the kitchen
and even shredded newspapers! The mulch breaks down over time and adds
nutrients to the soil. Mulch also prevents soil erosion and hardpan (tough,
dried-out topsoil). Make a compost pile and feed it your grass clippings.
Read the Organic Trade Association's "Composting for
to find out how to start your own compost pile using kitchen scraps
and green "waste" that would otherwise end up as landfill!
7) Research plants that are native to your area and
resistant to pests and drought, and replace some or all of your grass with
these low-maintenance alternatives. I've let the shrubs in front of the
house, on one side of the yard, grow down to the front sidewalk, eliminating
about 24 square feet of lawn. According to the Audubon society, "If each one
of us that takes care of our own lawn (49 million U.S. households), replaced
just ONE square yard (just 9 square feet) of our lawn with a non-turf
alternative, we would eliminate 1.2 MILLION hours of mowing and stop 60,000
tons of grass clippings from ever finding their way to a landfill. In
addition, millions of gallons of water would be saved and tons of
fertilizers and pesticides never applied." For more ideas about planting
native shrubs and trees, see: "Rethink Your Lawn" from the Audubon society
Try some of these ideas, and you’ll save money, reduce environmental
impacts, and have more time to enjoy relaxing in your yard!
Thanks for Going Green!
I AM ROCK
By Liora "Rock" Leah
"How many of you were aware that you have had past lifetimes without
being a Human?...How about a lifetime within Gaia? How about being an
actual part of the earth for a hundred years or so, then coming back?
How about being part of the rocks, the plants or the trees?" Kryon,
Can you IMAGINE?!?! I went walking at my local Nature Center, and
imagined that one of my "past lives" was as a rock--not just any rock,
mind you, but a large granite boulder, sitting on a ridge far up on a
mountain peak. I had water from a nearby waterfall splashing me when the
snows melt in the Spring. I sat there as Rock for decades, maybe
hundreds of years, being slowly worn smooth by wind and water. The idea
of being whittled away over time by the elements really appealed to me,
and as I thought of this, I smiled with joy.
I sat there as Rock, day after day, and observed and felt. I observed
Brother Sun rising each day. I felt Sun's heat on my body. I observed
the mountain lion stalking its prey. I felt his warm fur on my back as
he lay upon me and dozed, sated. I observed hawk spreading her wings and
drifting with the air currents. I felt the cool of her shadow as she
flew overhead. I watched as generations of seedlings sprouted, and grew,
and branched first into saplings, then into trees. I felt the singe of
fire after a lightning strike in the forest. I felt the cold sting of
winter as She covered all the world in snow. I saw the first blooms of
spring and the joyously romping ground squirrels. I watched each night
as the stars wheeled overhead, and conversed with Sister Moon as she
changed with the flow of Her monthly courses.
As I continued to walk, I imagined that one day, as Rock, I tumbled from
my perch. Maybe I was shaken loose by an earthquake, or an avalanche. I
fell, fell, fell, hundreds, maybe thousands of feet down, down, down,
yet I felt no fear as I fell, being Rock. I just accepted it, and fell,
until, KERSPLASH! I landed in a river. I became a River Rock. I sat and
sat in the river, for decades, maybe hundreds of years, being whittled
by water and wind, until there was nothing left of me but small grains
of sand. Some of my sand settled to the bottom of the river, where it
remains to this day. Some of me flowed with the great river to the sea,
where I was deposited and became part of the silt. Some of me flowed
into the sea, and was sent all over the world, landing on beaches
everywhere. The thought of being spread all over the world makes me
What can I learn from my lifetime as Rock?
Acceptance without Fear
Appreciation of all the cycles of Nature
Question: If Rock is worn to sand and there is nothing left of it, does
Rock still exist?
Answer: Rock may disappear into the "sands of time", but the Essence of
Rock will always remain.
Love and Light,
Liora "Rock" Leah
The Medicine Pouch
By Waynonaha Two Worlds
story takes place several years ago and is a true story: For many years
we held a council for women at the reservation. At times there would be as
many as two hundred women there. We also would have a men's council at the
same time for the husbands and young boys.
At one council we decided to talk of personal medicine and how one has the
ability to carry that medicine, or power of healing. The word medicine was
a French word used by the fur trappers. When they would have a physical
problem or illness they would often come to the Villages of the people to be
helped. The word Medicine means Doctor and they would ask for a healer by
using this word, thus the healers were known by the name medicine doctor.
We prefer to use the word Healer or Holy person. A Healer is one who
studies the herbal and Earth ways of healing. A Holy person is a person who
works in a spiritual way with spirits and vision. Now that we have that
all in order lets go on.
We decided to create a small pouch for the women to wear to show a
material aspect of this idea. Each woman was excited and all ears for
the teaching. A small round piece of leather hide was given to each
woman and it had 12 holes punched in it. the women were told the story
of creation as we know it and instructed to lace the circles and to go
and gather a feather, stone, and shell. Each woman was given a piece of
corn and some tobacco for the pouch. All went very well, and all week
end we saw the pouches worn with great pride and respect. The gathering
ended and everyone went home.
A few months later a woman arrived on our door step. She was very upset
and told us she had lost her pouch. We brought her in and listened to
the story she told about the missing pouch. At the end of all her
tears and story she was invited to make another pouch. Grandmother
said it was fine with her, so we got out the hides and beads and she
made her now pouch she left happy and all was good. Months went by and
again, there she was on the door step. The whole scene was repeated
with a different set of circumstances around the lost pouch. We again
helped her make a new pouch.
time she wanted to make a bigger one, trusting that she would not lose
it if it were bigger. Again months went by and it was time for the
Woman's council, the same woman attended and ask to have a bit of
private time with us. Well you guessed it, she had lost the bigger
pouch. This time Grandmother ask us to hold off on the construction of a
new pouch. We figured she was going to scout around for a whole hide for
this woman. I guess the thought crossed our minds that the bigger the
pouch, the harder to lose.
The council got under way and the pouch was forgotten. On the last day
the women gathered after breakfast. Grandmother ask that all women
attend as she had something very important to share. The lodge was full
and all was quiet. Birds flew in and out the windows and bees buzzed
away in the flowers on the alter in the center of the round house. The
air was fresh and clear, telling us it would be a very hot day.
Grand Mother entered the lodge and ask us all to place our medicine
pouches in a basket that she passed around. That year as in the past,
we had made pouches for the women. Each woman was alarmed that their
newly made pouch was to be taken from them, yet each in turn trustingly
placed their pouch in the basket which was placed on the alter. Grand
Mother then spoke; she said that the pouch represented our need to
cling to the material objects, to remind us who we were.
told of a time when she was a child and the children were taken away to
the Indian schools. Each child was given a very small pouch to wear
under their clothing. The pouch was to give the children something to
hold on to when every thing else was taken from them. The children were
also told if the pouches were taken from them, that they still had the
medicine in their heart. We each carry the medicine of all our
relations, from the beyond the beyond the beyond. We carry it in our
hearts and souls, our spirits are all part of that great mystery that
surrounds all living things. Grand Mother said that we do not really
need these pouches and all we had to do is look into the hearts to see
the medicine or healing power we carry.
After that she passed the basket back around the circle of women, and
said " now if you feel that you need the pouch then find yours and take
it and wear it." The basket went full circle, all the women sat with
bowed heads and did not look at who searched for their pouch, in the
basket filled with little pouches. In the end the basket was placed on
the alter and never again referred to.
We were all curious as to what had happened. During the next two days
we noticed that the basket remained untouched and full of pouches. The
wisdom of our Elders is a gift and we need to protect the ones Creator
has chosen to help us. Mitakuye Oyasin
Waynonaha Two Worlds. Copyright (c) 2003 by Waynonaha Two
Worlds. All publication rights reserved
Submitted by Suzanne
peace is a process of transformation on many levels of human relations.
Powerful Motivations for War
leaders see peace as a political process driven by varied interests of security and
political stability - to protect power bases. Yet, wars destabilize,
increase power and enforce political ideologies - powerful motivations for war.
leaders of commerce see peace as an opportunity to expand free markets - to protect
profits. Yet, the economic spoils of war often go to the barons of
business - powerful motivations for war.
of organized religions see the peace process as an affirmation of dogma and
doctrine that controls the masses. Yet, organized religion is responsible for
many wars - powerful motivations for war.
world peace process today is motivated by fear of losing something, a desire for
more power or by greed - the very same reasons wars
there a better way to achieve world peace?
The process of achieving peace is the same whether it is on a global scale or on
the personal level.
on earth is about learning tolerance. We must tolerate many things in
order to survive. Tolerance against the ravages of a storm is no different
that enduring other people, political and religious ideologies,
cultural beliefs, and races. We must tolerate those things we fear
or do not understand. We must tolerate even those things we
tolerance grows within us, we gain strength and experience to handle even
tougher challenges tomorrow. As tolerance matures it gives birth
Next Step is Understanding
another person, culture, race, political persuasion or religion is not
easy. Somehow people think if other people are like them, it validates
themselves. And conversely, if others are different, they become a threat.
Understanding means to be aware of differences
and accepting those distinctions as advantageous. The Creator made
every tree, snowflake, human and all things of creation different. Nature and history says
diversity increases the odds of survival.
we possess understanding, we grow. This growth is not only intellectual,
it is emotional and spiritual. Understanding then ripens within us giving
birth to compassion.
is more than sympathy and kindness. Compassion looks in to the very soul
of another part of creation and feels the same experiences. Compassion is
more than idle concern because it has movement, it moves one into
action. Compassion has legs and arms that move to correct problems
experienced by others.
allows us to transcend ourselves, to move beyond the realm of crass pity or
self-serving mercy to a garden of peace within. The garden becomes alive
with the blessings of life which quite naturally gives birth to love.
ones family, friends and neighbors is not enough. Love in its purist form
is not only motivated by passion, security, or self-esteem felt within ones own
small circle. Love in a global sense means accepting all creation on its
terms and allowing the forces of spirit to guide relationships and events.
One must feel the power of the Great Mystery to know love.
becomes the seed for peace. Love is the gift we give to the world so
that it may radiate its light outward and upward bringing life to where no life
or light has been before. It is then the Creator within us gives birth to
a new kind of peace on earth.
New Kind of Peace
a quasi-political, economic body, the United Nations cannot bring about world
peace in the same way law enforcement agencies cannot stop crime.
The UN can only maintain an appearance of peace and often becomes embroiled in
religion is woefully lacking in its will and ability to stop war.
Leaders of commerce are often torn by greed and offer no assistance or answers
to world peace.
Is A Better Way To Achieve World Peace
hundreds if not thousands of years, Manataka, the Great Place of Peace, served
as a gathering place of the nations of Turtle Island. When the
elders of the nations came into the Great Circle of Peace, they brought with
them no animosities, no political agendas, no desire to increase their power,
and no greed came between them.
came to celebrate their philosophy of life - that all creation is precious and
deserving of our highest respect and love. As the elders stood in
the circle holding hands, praying and giving thanks to the Creator, powerful
gifts were given in return by the Great Mystery so they would begin to
understand the secrets of life.
propose the leaders of the nations once again come into the Great Circle of
Peace at Manataka. When they come with the same mind and heart, full
of tolerance, understanding, compassion, love and thanks to the Creator, there
can only be one result.
seed of life and peace has been planted.
We can change the world by applying the formula above in our
©"Lee Standing Bear's Formula For Peace" by Lee Standing Bear Moore, all rights reserved, 2003-2006.
RUMOR OR FACT?
Remember last month when we asked if the
information below about AVIAN BIRD FLU was a hoax or not?
We received many
responses from our readers who have verified the majority of the facts below are
CORRECT. Statements typed in red font are
TRUE based on government, business and medical
We received a message containing the following
Can anyone verify the veracity of this information:
Bird Flu Pandemic is a scare tactic to make millions of dollars
flu' was discovered in Vietnam 9 years ago and only 100 people have died
worldwide in that time.
(Resource #1 below)
Americans alerted the world as to the
the human antiviral Tamiflu as a preventative.
(Resource #2 below)
The efficacy of Tamiflu against the
common flu is questioned by a
great part of the scientific community.
(Resource #3 below)
Roche Laboratories markets Tamiflu. (Resource
Gilead Sciences, Inc. bought the patent for Tamiflu from
Roche Laboratories in 1996.
(Resource #3 below)
Then president of Gilead Sciences was Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary
of Defense who remains a
(Resource #5 below)
Roche Laboratories controls 90% of
the crushed aniseed used to make Tamiflu.
(Resources #4 & 5 below)
Roche sales of Tamiflu was over $254
million in 2004 and more
than $1000 million in 2005.
Please send verified facts to:
email@example.com Thank you!
1. This link is an Avian flu timeline on
WHO’s website. This timeline begins in 1996. - http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/timeline.pdf
2. U.S. Department of State entitled ‘Avian
Flu Fact Sheet’. About midway down the page is a section called
‘Prevention, Response, and Treatment – Take Charge of Your Plans’. This
clearly shows the U.S. government promoting Tamiflu as a treatment for Avian
flu. Note the date of this article as being March 21, 2006 - http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1181.html
Here is a medical news service site for physicians. The
‘About MedPage’ link includes the following:
Today is the only medical news service for physicians that links
consumer medical news and the professional medical analysis needed by
clinicians. Through our daily coverage of breaking medical stories and
topics widely reported in the consumer media, we provide clinicians with
the real-time information they need to address their patients' questions
and to find out how new developments might impact their clinical
practice.” The following link shows
an article entitled ‘Avian Flu Virus Showing Resistance to Tamiflu’.
This article is dated September 30, 2006. -
4. Here is a link to a press release by
Gilead Sciences naming Donald Rumsfeld as Chairman dated January 3, 1997.
There are other pages on this site that will link to the relationship
between Gilead and Roche.-
5. The two following links address Tamiflu
sales for the years 2004 and 2005. Scroll down to the section entitled
Virology for this information. -
6. No hard facts as to Rumsfeld’s current
holdings in Gilead Sciences, however, here are some interesting facts about
his role in this ugly scam.
Thank you -- especially to Mitzi and George.
AVIAN FLU HITS FLORIDA TRAILER PARK!
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NEWS MEDIA -- GET THE WORD OUT ON THIS BUSH
History of the Shawnee Indians from the year 1681
to 1854 inclusive
By Henry Harvey
An Excerpt From:
The First American West: The Ohio Valley, 1750-1820
In the year 1809, Governor Harrison purchased from the Delaware's, Miamis and
Pottawatomies, a large tract of land on both sides of the Walbash river, and
extending up the said river about sixty miles above Vinvennes. Tecumseh was
absent at the time and his brother the Prophet made no objections to the treaty,
but when Tecumseh returned, he manifested great dissatisfaction, and threatened
some of the chiefs with death, who had made this treaty. Harrison hearing of his
dissatisfaction, sent an invitation to him to repair to Vincecces to see him,
and assured him that any claims he might have to the lands ceded by that treaty,
were not affected by the treaty at all--that he might come on and present his
claims, and if they were found to be valid, the lands would be given up, or an
ample compensation made for it.
on the 12th of August, arrived at Vincennes, accompanied by a large number
of his warriors. When the council convened, Tecumseh arose and said, "Brothers,
I have made myself what I am; I would that I could make the red people as great
as the conceptions of my own mind. When I think of the Great Spirit that rules
over all, I would not then come to Governor Harrison to beg of him to tear this
treaty to pieces, but I would say to him, brothers, you have liberty to return
to your own country. Once, there was not a white man in all this country. Then,
it all belonged to the redmen: children of the same parents--placed on it by the
Great Spirit, to keep it, to travel over it, to eat its fruits, and fill it with
the same race. Once a happy people, but now made miserable by the white people,
who are never satisfied, but always encroaching on our land. They have driven us
from the great salt water, forced us over the mountains, and would shortly push
us into the lakes, but we are determined to go no further. The only way to stop
this evil is for all the red-men to unite in claiming a common right in the
soil, as it was at first, and should be now, for it never was divides, but
belonged to all. No one tribe has a right to sell even to each other, much less
to strangers, who demand all, and will take no less.
"The white people have no right to rake the land from the Indians who had it
first--it is ours--it belongs to us. We may sell, but all must agree; any sale
made by a part is not good. The last sale is bad. It was made by a part only; a
part do not know how to sell; it requires all to make a bargain for all; a part
cannot do it."
Harrison in reply, declared to Tecumseh, that he and his band had no right to
interfere or say one word in this matter, as he said the Shawnees had been
driven from Georgia by the Creek Indians, and therefore, had no claim to land in
this country. This exasperated the chief, and he pronounced the declaration of
Harrison, a falsehood. Harrison told him he was a bad man, and for some time it
was apprehended that a serious conflict would ensue. Harrison ordered Tecumseh
from the house immediately, which order was obeyed...
History of the Shawnee Indians from 1681 to 1854
Fox and Mountain Lion
Fox could find nothing to eat for a long time, so that he grew weak and
thin. While on a journey in search of food he met the Mountain Lion, who,
taking pity upon his unhappy condition, said, "I will hunt for you, and you
shall grow fat again." The Fox agreed to this, and they went on together to
a much-frequented spring. Mountain Lion told Fox to keep watch while he
slept; if a cloud of dust was to be seen arising from the approach of
animals Fox was to waken him. Fox presently beheld the dust caused by the
approach of a drove of horses.
Fox wakened Mountain Lion, who said, "just observe how I catch horses." As
one of the animals went down to the spring to drink, he sprang upon it, and
fastened his fangs in its throat, clawing its legs and shoulders until it
fell dying at the water's edge. Mountain Lion brought the horse up to the
rock, and laid it before the Fox. "Stay here, eat, drink, and grow fat,"
Fox thought he had learned how to kill horses, so when the Coyote came along
he volunteered to secure one for him. Fox jumped upon the neck of the horse,
as Mountain Lion had done, but became entangled in its mane and was killed.
Frank Russell, Myths of the Jicarilla Apaches, 1898
Submitted by Blue Panther
TO THE EDITOR...
Greetings from the United Bay Area Native American Council, Inc. here in the
San Francisco Bay Area Indian Country!
wanted to personally thank you for putting out the information in this
edition of the 'Smoke Signal' about the Gathering of Nations from July to
August to defend Bear Butte. I went ahead in our extensive email data base
and forwarded it dozens and dozens of our Native people here in California
and the Pacific Northwest.
UBANAC is hoping to send a small delegation of our Council there! Thank you
for your service to all of Indian Country!
the Spririt of Unity Among Our People"
Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney
Hello People of
It is my understanding that
the time is coming when the old systems and institutions will crumble, that
the way of believing and
practicing and living "one
way" will fall away, as individuals learn to walk in their own shoes and
speak in their own voices. The time will come when we learn to walk the path
that Creator has laid before each of us, and not try to walk the path of
another, follow in another's footsteps, or hold another's dogma and beliefs
as our own. As people evolve in their spiritual lives, the old that no
longer supports humanity's spiritual evolution will crumble and disintegrate
around us, as is already happening in some religions and secular
What may seem to be random and incongruous, (I feel) is really just the
scattered appearance of the pieces that make up the whole, and should not be
cause for confusion.
We will not all agree on beliefs, ways, traditions, directions, colors,
practices, systems, animals, spirits, elements, or anything else that is
part of a spiritual walk. All gods are One God, all walks of Light lead to
the Center, the Source, just from different directions. To hope that
everyone will agree on the same ways, is setting ourselves up for failure
and continual frustration and bickering over "adiaphora". When we hold
tightly to how we were taught or how we learned, insisting that it must be
this way for everyone, we lose our grip on the ladder of learning and we can
drag others down also as we fall. To share our experiences and what we have
learned in a way that is respectful of the walks of others - I feel this is
a goal for my spiritual walk. What is true for me may be true for another,
but not in the same way, nor should it be so, because we are all different,
as Creator intended us to be. What is true for me, may NOT be true for
anyone else in any way, and that is okay, too, because no one else is
walking my path, no one can walk it for me.
Where we fit into Creator's Rainbow, is up to Creator. We will only find our
place, our particular path, by going where Creator leads us and not
attempting to walk in another's shoes. Their shoes may look comfortable,
roomy, fancy, powerful, shiny, or seem like they'd be a perfect fit for our
feet .... but ultimately we need to walk in our own skins and build up our
own calluses and scar tissue, because the path will have thorns and rocks
and we must learn to keep walking no matter what comes our way.
We will find where we are meant to be, by going where Creator leads us. By
walking, we become, but we only become what we walk, if our walk is true to
our hearts and spirits, in my view.
We are many, but We are One.
RESPONSE FROM PATTY...
Subject: native Indian?
I have to ask why you
believe you are all native Indian? Have you taken DNA tests to prove
your ethnic heritage? I received an email response to a query about
where the same material originated that explains these crystal caves.
the man who responded said he saw all of you involved in this venture as
"pretenders" and "wannabees". although some faces are easily
identifiable as native Indian others in your group with stark white skin
and long Caucasian faces appear to be whites. sorry, but that's what it
looks like to me. i suspect those of you who appear to be white have
small percentages at most of native Idian blood if you have any at all.
it intrigues me to know if your group has been part of any DNA study to
document those of your "tribe" or association. thanks, patty
Although I feel you answered this
e-mail very appropriately, I would like to add my two cents worth as I
have also been called upon to "identify" myself recently.
There are many reasons that people are
just now beginning to identify themselves as being Native American, or
having native American ancestral ties. Back in my childhood my heritage
was spoken of, but only in private, never in public. It was like they
were ashamed or afraid of it because of possible retaliation. Because
of this I have lived most of my life as a Caucasian. About six years
ago I became very frustrated spiritually and began a quest for knowledge
of the absolute truth. The road that I have chosen has opened my eyes
to many things, but more importantly, has opened my heart to the people
and ultimately, the absolute truth. We are all related. My skin may be
white, but underneath our skin we are all red. I have a heart, not only
for my ancestors the Lakota, but all peoples regardless of their
heritage. Our Creator desires two thing from us, to love him, and to
love all of his creation, It is because of this that I hold out hope
for humanity. Whether or not we can prove our bloodlines with a piece
of paper or a DNA test, the true awakening has begun. Mahto
Hota emakiyapi. Anapetu lila washteyelo! "Grey Bear they call
me. The day it is very good!"
I would like to post my opinion at the
"Are You Native Indian? - Editorial" if i may. replying to
"Patty____" message (post the following)
I would like to start off by saying
that my skin might be white but my blood is red. I have a white
mans name but i do not like to go by it. I conceder my
self a native Indian because I live my live in the old
traditional ways of the native people. I have built myself a
sweet lodge and used it several times, I have smoked from my own
pipe that I made my self. I have had the spirits come to me at
night giving me a vision of a sacred object to be made. I have
had the spirits come to me in dreams telling me what was to
happen in the near future.
My parents do not live by the native
ways nor does my brother, only me. If i was around when the
native people were protesting in the 70's and 80's I would have
stood with them even though my skin is white. So just because
my skin is white does not mean that i am not an Indian.
Like the editorial said, The
Four Sacreds and Racism said "In Lakota, the term
Mitkayuk Oyasin means All Our Relations."
So the next time you want to "dog" on the man with a white skin
remember this and perhaps you will think differently.
Black Fox Spencer
This is what we are bringing the world to.
It has been stated by more than a few "experts" that even if we
stopped the use of all fossil fuels it would still take 100 years
for the atmosphere to clear up. At the rate we are going the polar
ice caps could be "dangerously" thin within 50 years or sooner. And
still we scream for oil. And still we cut down every tree that
seems to get in our way. And still we pollute the rivers, lakes,
streams and oceans with our filth and justify it with "progress."
You have all heard the saying, "I wonder what the last human cutting
down the last tree, gasping for air will say?" Humanity in its
retardation refuses to acknowledge that it is the great rain forests
of the world that supplies more than 60% of the oxygen that we
breathe. And still we continue to cut them down in the name of
progress. If we cannot control ourselves then I promise, that
nature will control us just like any other aspect of her.
I do not know what the answer is. All I
can do at this point is pray that human kind will change. I have
hope. I have faith. Perhaps that will be enough.
My best to all of you and that you walk
always in beauty.
Feathers for Graduation!
From Sam Lewin - firstname.lastname@example.org
May 25, 2006
The head of the
National Indian Education Association [NIEA] has a message for Native American
graduates: Don't be afraid to display your cultural identity when you get that
Responding to a series of incidents in the past few years where Native students
caused controversy by wearing cultural items, NIEA president Ryan Wilson says he
worries about "misguided administrators" opposed to students wearing plumes and
eagle feathers on their caps and gowns.
"This is a phenomenon that is occurring in graduation ceremonies throughout
America, and came to the fore-front last year when a Blackfeet girl from
Portland, Oregon, had eagle plumes physically ripped from her graduation cap,"
Wilson said. "I spoke with the Superintendent from Douglas School District [and]
she explained to me that the whole event could have been avoided if only the
family would have called district officials before the graduation ceremony. The
Superintendent went on to explain that they would have told the family that this
was not allowable, and hence the family would not have forced the district to
physically remove the plumes from her mortar board."
A similar situation occurred in the Oklahoma town of Wellston in 2003. The
school district refused to allow a Navajo girl to wear an eagle plume to her
Last year a Cherokee student in Maryland was prevented from receiving his
diploma after wearing a bolo tie to graduation.
Wilson, Oglala Lakota, said officials put limits on what students can wear to
prevent them from "making a mockery out of the cap and gown." But attaching
cultural items achieves the opposite goal, Wilson said.
"Unfortunately, Native American students who wish to honor the graduation event
and their academic experience are punished by schools because of the acts of
their non-Indian counterparts,"he said, adding that by placing so much emphasis
on the cap and gown, education officials exaggerate its importance.
Wilson says since wearing the cultural items is a form of honor, student should
defy the rules and don them anyway. As he puts it, do not even feel the need to
ask for permission.
"The [NIEA] not only supports this, but we encourage it, even if it's in
defiance of ill-conceived school district policies,"he said. "When Native
students wear these feathers and plumes, they are actually honoring and blessing
the cap/mortar board and gown, the graduation ceremony itself, their classmates,
and the schools in which they are graduating from. This is completely opposite
of what mainstream students do when they are mocking the event by writing on the
mortar board, wearing inappropriate clothes and shoes. The symbolism itself of
honoring both cultures, and elevating the status of academic attire by being
willing to attach our plumes and feathers to the cap and gown completes the
commitment of Native peoples to advance cultural integrity in education."
From: "Our Daily
BUSH MINES CHILEAN GLACIER FOR GOLD -
In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chile runs from 2 rivers, fed by
Water is a most precious resource, and wars will be fought for it.
Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they provide the
second largest source of income for the area.
Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and other
minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to break, to destroy the
glaciers - something never conceived of in the history of the world - and to
make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain, one for extraction and one
for the mine's rubbish tip. The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company
is called Barrick Gold.
The operation is planned by a multi-national company, one of whose members is
George Bush Senior. The Chilean Government has approved the project to start
this year, 2006. The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers
have got a temporary stay of execution. If they destroy the glaciers, they will
not just destroy the source of especially pure water, but they will permanently
contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal
consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulfuric acid in the extraction
Every last gram of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and not one
will be left with the people whose land it is. They will only be left with the
poisoned water and the resulting illnesses. The farmers have been fighting a
long time for their land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban
from the Ministry of the Interior. Their only hope now of putting brakes on this
project is to get help from international justice.
The world must know what is happening in Chile.
The only place to start changing the world is from here. We ask you to circulate
this message amongst your friends in the following way.
Please copy this text, paste it into a new email adding your signature and send
it to everyone in your address book. Please, will the 100th person to receive
and sign the petition, send it to
email@example.com to be forwarded to the Chilean Government.
No to Pascua Lama Open-cast mine in the Andean Cordillera on the
Chilean-Argentine frontier. We ask the Chilean Government not to authorize the
Pascua Lama project to protect the whole of 3 glaciers, the purity of the water
of the San Felix Valley and El Transito, the quality of the agricultural land of
the region of Atacama, the quality of life of the Diaguita people and of the
whole population of the region.
4 men gather on the top of 30-story building, an East Indian, a Japanese, an
American Indian, and a White Man.
The East Indian guy says, "This is for my people!" and he jumps off.
The Japanese says, "This is for my people!" and jumps off.
The American Indian says, "This is for my people" and pushes the White Man off.
From Andre Cramblit,
IndigenousNewsNetwork@topica.com digest, issue 715
Bennie E. "Blue Thunder" LeBeau
Sr., an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind
River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming
is a MAIC Newsletter Correspondent. His "Teton
Rainbow" and Earth Wisdom columns are regular features on these pages.
Greetings my Sisters & Brothers and all my relatives of
There is a huge explosion of 700 tons of explosives that
is scheduled to be detonated with an atomic detonation device for June
2nd, 2006. Called "Divine Strake" 700 Ton Bomb Detonation at
Nuclear Test Site Just Outside of Las Vegas...We need your help in
standing up to protect LIFE is the message from Corbin Harney from the
Western Shoshone. There are other
organizations that are working to stop this powerful devastation of
Mother Earth and knocking her out of more balance in natures
environments everywhere around Mother Earth. Here are some of the
organizations to contact for you support: It is Being Called C.R.O.W.,
Come Rebuild Our World, June 2nd@N.T.S. (Nevada Test Site), Contact Crow
Go to: Chitravelspirit@yahoo.com in affiliation with the Shundahi Network where
Corbin Harney works out from in his work to protect the environment.
"It is the first time in Nevada that you'll see a
Mushroom Cloud Over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons",
James Tegnelai, Chief of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
[The 1,375-square-mile swath of land in southern Nevada is where the
United States tested many of its nuclear weapons before President George
H.W. Bush signed a testing moratorium in 1992. The plan was to
detonate 1.4 million pounds of fuel oil and fertilizer -- 280 times the
amount used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.]
Corbin Harney, Spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone speaks his
truth saying, "We only have one air, one water, one Mother Earth."
Healing the Mountain bring the snow, rain and water back
to the area asking many to work in peaceful relationships...many we all
do our parts for peace please support Western Shoshone Elder and
Spiritual Leader Corbin Harney and the Western Shoshone Networks in
stopping these weapons of mass destruction from hurting Mother Earth and
all of her life forms. Also in supporting the United Nations
Declaration to the United States to restore the lands back to the
Western Shoshone. This test site is on some to the land illegally taken
in the lawsuit. Please support in everyway possible…
In a vision and dream I have saw and heard the messages
from the Warriors of Old that if this blast takes place it will set off
Earthquakes, Tornadoes and effect the Yellowstone Volcanic Caldera into
Volcanic action. This is the warning that I have received in this
vision with this message...I pray that those in charge in the Government
will change there minds and do what is right for humanity and Mother
Earth. Many blessings to all of our peoples or the White, Black,
Yellow, Red and Brown Nations working bringing awareness of Healing our
differences, while healing Mother Earth. Bringing about an awareness
about how bad sound effects the weather around the world.
and pollution: We are the one to bring the awareness and the messages of
how Mother Earth works so many can begin to remember the truth how the
Earth really works with us as the guardians in peace. We will prevail
in bring the awareness of how bad sound is causing the environment to
fall apart. The prophecy says that the Indigenous Nations will awaken
and remember their stewardship and reawaken to the call to bring the
healing wisdoms and knowledge’s to the world. As I have mentioned above
this is time to bring the truth out on the how and why the environment
is being effected with the cause and effect of the disasters being made
due to this kind of mismanagement of the resources of Mother Earth.
Many messages from and Indigenous perspective as an Eastern Shoshone is
the same message from many in Support of stopping this Explosion. I am
here now in Las Vegas working with Corbin Harney and other
individuals...many blessings to us all at this powerful time in history
like never ever before...a brother for peace and harmony.
Bennie “BlueThunder” LeBeau, Las Vegas, Nevada
News Flash: 06/01/06
WASHINGTON (CNN) U.S. Nevada blast put on hold indefinitely.
Residents fear 700 tons of explosives could kick up radiation.
[It appears that all your prayers worked well.]
Dear Members and Supporters of Manataka,
If the Bush administration gets its way, you can say goodbye to 300,000
acres of our national forests. They'll be going on the auction block to
raise $800 million in fast cash to plug holes in this administration's
You and your family stand to lose the most from the president's
outrageous proposal. That's because you live in one of the 35 states
that have been targeted by the White House for this unprecedented fire
sale of America's national forests.
Unless we fight back now, the next time you visit your local national
forest to hike or camp or picnic, you could find a "No Trespassing" sign
at the entrance or a brand new strip mall where a forest used to stand.
This threat has grown even more dangerous in recent weeks. The Bush
administration has rushed legislation to Capitol Hill that would give
the president the power to start liquidating our national forests at
will -- to treat them as little more than giant ATM machines.
NRDC needs your immediate support to stop this unconscionable proposal
in its tracks.
Your gift will enable NRDC to alert and educate millions of people in
those states that stand to lose some of their most valuable national
forest lands . . . mobilize grassroots opposition in all 50 states . . .
and generate massive political pressure in Washington.
Remember: once our national forest lands are sold off, they will be
closed to you and me forever.
Please join me in fighting to keep our natural heritage off the auction
block. Let's make sure that President Bush and Congress understand
that our natural heritage is not for sale!
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Natural Resources Defense Council
"Many religions have been brought to this land.
And the way my religion is, they teach me, and they taught me, and told me to
respect all religions. And I still do that." -- Horace Axtell, Nez Perce
The Creator put on this Earth many different
religions which represent different roads to walk to God. All religions are
right and good if the path is the path to God. Should we be judging which road
is better or worse than the other? When we accept each other's way we can stand
in a circle, hold hands and listen to each other as we pray to God. Let us be
of the religions of others.
Great Spirit - God, Grandfather, Grandmother, Lord - let me know peace.
From Blue Panther
INTERIOR SEEKS TO PUNISH INDIANS FOR TRUST LAWSUIT
Cobell v. Norton is a class-action lawsuit filed on June 10,
1996, in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to force the federal government
to account for billions of dollars belonging to approximately 500,000 American
Indians and their heirs, and held in trust since the late 19th century.
Through document discovery and courtroom testimony, the case has
revealed mismanagement, ineptness, dishonesty and delay by federal officials,
leading U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to declare their conduct "fiscal and
governmental irresponsibility in its purest form."
Then-Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, Assistant Secretary of the
Interior Kevin Gover and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin were held in contempt
of court in February 1999 by Judge Lamberth for their departments' repeated
delays in producing documents, destruction of relevant documents and
misrepresentations to the court in sworn testimony. As the case proceeds, new
revelations of false testimony, financial misconduct and bureaucratic
retaliation have continued to surface.
The facts underlying the litigation involve a broad sweep of United States
history. Although U.S. policy in the 1870s was to locate Indians on
reservations, hunger for the land by non-Indians led to a break-up of most of
the reservations starting in the 1880s. Thousands of individual Indians
generally were allotted beneficial ownership of 80- to 160-acre parcels of land
in the break-up. As trustee, the government took legal title to the parcels,
established an Individual Indian Trust and thereby assumed full responsibility
for management of the trust lands. That included the duty to collect and
disburse to the Indians any revenues generated by mining, oil and gas
extraction, timber operations, grazing or similar activities.
As a result of more than a century of malfeasance, the United States government
has no accurate records for hundreds of thousands of Indian beneficiaries nor of
billions of dollars owed the class of beneficiaries covered by the lawsuit. The
suit encompasses approximately 500,000 Indian beneficiaries.
The purpose of the litigation - which was filed by Elouise Cobell, a member of
the Blackfeet tribe in Montana, and her co-plaintiffs - is two-fold: to force
the government to account for the money, and to bring about permanent reform of
INTERIOR SEEKS TO PUNISH INDIANS FOR TRUST LAWSUIT
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 -- In a blatant effort to punish Native Americans for a
lawsuit that has won them the right to an accounting of their mismanaged trust
accounts, the Interior Department is threatening to withhold millions of dollars
in funds from Indian tribes across the nation.
“This is a cruel effort to inflict even more pain on the victims of the
government’s long- acknowledged misbehavior,” said Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet
Indian from Montana who is the lead plaintiff in the class action lawsuit. “It
is just plain despicable.”
In a “Dear Tribal Leader” letter dated Jan. 26, Associate Deputy Interior
Secretary James Cason declared that Interior plans to pay the $7.1 million that
a federal judge had directed the government to pay to the Cobell plaintiffs
through cuts in various Indian programs.
“ The government cannot win in litigation so they continue these underhanded
tactics of punishing the victims” Ms. Cobell said. “I have never seen a more
blatant and transparent attempt to politicize this case in order to divide and
conquer Indian country.”
“This is totally at odds with both the spirit and the letter of the law under
which the court ordered that the government the fees and expenses of the
prevailing party,” Ms. Cobell said.
“It is another of the devious and deceptive acts by the Interior Department to
make Indians—some of the poorest people in the nation—pay for having the courage
to demand that the government give them a full accounting of what it has done
with their lands and their monies since 1887.”
That is when the government established individual Indian money accounts for
Native Americans in the belief that they were unable to properly account for
their funds. But as the nearly 10-year-old lawsuit has shown time and time
again, it was the government which mishandled the money of an estimated 500,000
“Now that we have secured the rights to this accounting and now that the
government must pay the costs of that accounting, the Interior Department is
planning to loot Indian accounts once again to cover up its misdeeds,” Ms.
“There are many places that the Justice, Treasury and Interior Departments,
which have prolonged this litigation, could have found the funds to pay these
legal bills,” Ms. Cobell said. “They don’t have to make Indians pay because they
lost in court.”
In the fiscal 2006 Interior Department budget, Interior’s Office of Special
Trustee was granted $58 million for historical trust accounting projects.
Secretary Norton has the right to reprogram that money for various projects
related to the trust.
Besides, Ms. Cobell noted that the government has admitted in Congressional
testimony that it has spent $100 million defending the lawsuit.
“Despite Mr. Cason’s assertion in the letter that these fees were ‘not a planned
expense,’ we had made clear almost two years ago that we would be seeking these
fees. And U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth had made equally clear that he was
going to award these fees to us.”
On Dec. 19 Judge Lamberth, who has presided over the case since its filing in
1996, ordered the government to pay lawyers for the Indians and their
accountants a total of $7.1 million to cover their expenses in bringing the
litigation. He acted under the provisions of the Equal Access to Justice Act.
Under the law, federal judges may direct the government to reimburse the costs
born by those who sue the government unless federal lawyers can show that the
government opposition is “substantially justified or special circumstances make
an award unjust.”
Where the government has acted in bad faith, an award of market rate fees is
available as a sanction for government misconduct. That is what happened here.
Lamberth said in his order that the government’s position has not been shown to
be justified or likely to prevail in nine years of litigation.
The judge has also repeatedly warned the government not to retaliate against the
Indians because of the lawsuit.
“Our attorneys are considering whether this action is retaliation against the
Indian beneficiaries that needs to be addressed by court.” Ms. Cobell stated.
To view the latest information concerning this case, go to
CLONING GOES TOO FAR ...
Indigenous Foods -
'Health' Foods from
our Past are Making a Comeback!
By Annette Waya Ewing
Now that we know that consumption of our modern processed foods contribute to
obesity and illnesses, including cancer
and diabetes, it makes sense to take a look at foods we ate back when these
conditions were rare.
Jane Brody , in the New York Times writes: On the Arizona desert, the desirable
food ingredients are found in edible parts of such indigenous plants as the
mesquite (mes-KEET) tree, cholla (CHOY-a) and prickly pear cactus, as well as in
tepary (TEP-a-ree) beans, chia (CHEE-a) seeds and acorns from live oaks. Tribal
elders speak fondly of these one-time favorites, which in recent decades have
been all but forgotten as hamburgers, fries, soft drinks and other fatty,
sugary, overly refined fast and packaged foods gained favor. Even those Indians
who still rely heavily on beans and corn are today consuming varieties that have
little or none of the nutritive advantages found in the staples of their
historic diet. For example, the sweet corn familiar to Americans contains
rapidly digested starches and sugars, which raise sugar levels in the blood,
while the hominy-type corn of the traditional Indian diet has little sugar and
mostly starch that is slowly digested.
Similarly, the pinto beans that the Federal Government now gives to the Indians
(along with lard, refined wheat flour, sugar, coffee and processed cereals) are
far more rapidly digested than the tepary beans the Tohon O'odham once depended
upon. Indeed, their former tribal name is a distorted version of the Indian word
meaning "the Bean People."
When Earl Ray, a Pima Indian who lives near Phoenix, switched to a more
traditional native diet of mesquite meal, tepary beans, cholla buds and
chaparral tea, he dropped from 239 pounds to less than 150 and brought his
severe diabetes under control without medication. In a federally financed study
of 11 Indian volunteers predisposed to diabetes, a diet of native foods rich in
fiber and complex carbohydrates kept blood sugar levels on an even keel and
increased the effectiveness of insulin. When switched back to a low-fiber
"convenience-market diet" containing the same number of calories, the
volunteers' blood sugar skyrocketed and their sensitivity to insulin declined.
This is a hybrid bean developed by American Indians of the southwest to
withstand drought. They are a fast growing, high yielding bean to add to the
garden and a delicious food with many healthful attributes. They range from
brown to white in color, and are best eaten in dried, rather than fresh form.
Tepary beans have more protein and higher fiber than ordinary beans, and a lower
glycemic index (41-44) so they are a great energy food for dieters and
diabetics. They digest slowly-so you get sustained energy for up to 6 hours
after eating them. A small study has suggested that they also have very potent
anti-cancer properties-which has led to their use in Mexico as part of cancer
treatment regimens. However, larger, more comprehensive studies are needed
before any responsible claims can be made.
They may be used in any bean recipe-their flavor is mild and delicious. Soak
overnight and cook for a few hours, until tender. They also cook nicely in a
crock pot. Add onions, carrots, celery, and a chunk of buffalo or venison for a
A good source for the beans is an Ebay store called, Native Foods. They also
sell top quality Hopi blue corn, which can be planted or eaten.
BLUE CORN DRINK
Healthy and surprisingly delicious.for maximum nutrition, grind your own whole
seed blue corn in a (cleaned) coffee grinder. (Store-bought corn meal is made
with the most flavorful and nutritious part, (germ) removed.) Add a spoonful to
a cup of water and simmer for a few minutes to create Gvnohenv (Guuh-no-henuuh)-Cherokee
corn drink. (Called Sofkee by the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians) This soothing
drink was traditionally served to visitors. My husband swears it helped him get
over the 'flu last month. Fresh ground corn meal will go rancid
quickly-refrigerate any leftover cornmeal for up to a week.
Remember Chia pets? Well, studies have shown this ancient indigenous food is
worth bringing back as a dietary staple, if not a coffee table topiary!
Chia seeds are a complete source of protein, are digestible without being
ground, have more Omega 3 than flax seed, digest slowly and help maintain blood
sugar levels--so are perfect for diabetics and dieters, absorb 9 times their
weight in water-and help the body to remain hydration and electrolyte balance,
contain high levels of alpha-linoic acid for heart and eye health, and are being
studied for anti-cancer properties.
Native peoples have traditionally used Chia gel (made by soaking the tiny seeds
in water) to treat insect bites, prostate problems, constipation, body odor,
respiratory infections, and upset stomach. They also used it as a low volume
high energy food-and tales are told of warriors subsisting on handfuls of the
seed for weeks at a time.
The ground seeds are higher in calcium than milk and also contain bone-building
boron in significant amounts-so they may be a perfect compliment to your
osteoporosis treatment regimen.
It has a nutty taste, and is easy to add to boost the nutrition and water
content of many foods. Just add 1 part seeds to 9 parts cold water, stir well,
then let sit a bit (10 minutes is sufficient) and use a whisk, or shake (if
mixed in a jar) to break up lumps. It will form a gel, and keep in the fridge
for a week. You can add it to smoothies, milkshakes, yoghurt, juices. Add the
plain or ground seeds to peanut butter to boost its nutrition.
From Amazon.com review of a recent book on Chia: In the Magic of Chia, authority
James F. Scheer details the seed's abundant nutrients: calcium, amylose (a
slow-burning starch helpful for hypoglycemics), a vast array of vitamins and
minerals, and an unusually good ratio of omega-3 oil to omega-6 oil. The book
reintroduces this wonder food to the modern palate, with numerous tested recipes
for using chia to upgrade the nutritional value of hamburgers, soups, salads,
breads, fruit drinks, and much more. Included is the never-before-told story
about the twenty-year program to domesticate the wild chia and, for the first
time in modern
history, grow it in large enough quantities to supply the U.S. and world
The foods mentioned in this article are not (yet) common stock on your grocer's
shelves, but can be easily ordered online. More recipes and research can also
be found by "Googling".
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From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
Fluoride Action Network media release
evidence that fluoride is harmful is overwhelming
Hardy Limeback Dr. Limeback was one of the 12
scientists who served on the National Academy of Sciences panel
that issued the 2006 report, "Fluoride in Drinking Water: A
Scientific Review of the EPA's Standards." Dr. Limeback is an
associate professor of dentistry and head of the preventive
dentistry program at the University of Toronto.
The argument against fluoridation is strong when all the points
listed below are taken together.
1. Fluoridation is no longer effective.
Fluoride in water has the effect of delaying
tooth eruption and, therefore, simply delays dental decay (Komarek
et al, 2005, Biostatistics 6:145-55). The studies that water
fluoridation work are over 25 years old and were carried out
before the widespread use of fluoridated toothpaste. There are
numerous modern studies to show that there no longer is a
difference in dental decay rates between fluoridated and
non-fluoridated areas, the most recent one in Australia (Armfield
& Spencer, 2004 Community Dental Oral Epidemiology. 32:283-96).
Recent water fluoridation cessation studies show that dental
fluorosis (a mottling of the enamel caused by fluoride) declines
but there is no corresponding increase in dental decay (e.g.
Maupome et al 2001, Community Dental Oral Epidemiology 29:
Public health services will claim there is a
dental decay crisis. With the national average in the U.S. of
only two decayed teeth per child (World Health Organization
data), down from more than 15 decayed teeth in the 1940s and
1950s before fluoridated toothpaste, as much as half of all
children grow up not having a single filling. This remarkable
success has been achieved in other developed countries without
fluoridation. The "crisis" of dental decay in the U.S. often
mentioned is the result, to a major extent, of sugar abuse,
especially soda pop. A 2005 report by Jacobsen of the Center for
Science in the Public Interest said that U.S. children consume
40 to 44 percent of their daily refined sugar in the form of
soft drinks. Since most soft drinks are themselves fluoridated,
the small amount of fluoride is obviously not helping.
The families of these children with rampant
dental decay need professional assistance. Are they getting it?
Children who grow up in low-income families make poor dietary
choices, and cannot afford dental care. Untreated dental decay
and lack of professional intervention result in more dental
decay. The York review was unable to show that fluoridation
benefited poor people.
Similarly, early dental decay in nursing infants
(baby bottle syndrome) cannot be prevented with water
fluoridation. The majority of dentists in the U.S. do not accept
Medicaid patients because they lose money treating these
patients. Dentists support fluoridation programs because it
absolves them of their responsibility to provide assistance to
those who cannot afford dental treatment. Even cities where
water fluoridation has been in effect for years are reporting
similar dental "crises."
Public health officials responsible for community
programs are misleading the public by stating that ingesting
fluoride "makes the teeth stronger." Fluoride is not an
essential nutrient. It does not make developing teeth better
prepared to resist dental decay before they erupt into the oral
environment. The small benefit that fluoridated water might
still have on teeth (in the absence of fluoridated toothpaste
use) is the result of "topical" exposure while the teeth are
rebuilding from acid challenges brought on by daily sugar and
starch exposure (Limeback 1999, Community Dental Oral
Epidemiology 27: 62-71), and this has now been recognized by the
Centers for Disease Control.
2. Fluoridation is the main cause of dental
Fluoride doses by the end user can't be
controlled when only one concentration of fluoride (1 parts per
million) is available in the drinking water. Babies and toddlers
get too much fluoride when tap water is used to make formula (Brothwell
& Limeback, 2003 Journal of Human Lactation 19: 386-90). Since
the majority of daily fluoride comes from the drinking water in
fluoridated areas, the risk for dental fluorosis greatly
increases (National Academy of Sciences: Toxicological Risk of
Fluoride in Drinking Water, 2006).
We have tripled our exposure to fluoride since
fluoridation was conceived in the 1940s. This has lead to every
third child with dental fluorosis (CDC, 2005). Fluorosis is not
just a cosmetic effect. The more severe forms are associated
with an increase in dental decay (NAS: Toxicological Risk of
Fluoride in Drinking Water, 2006) and the psychological impact
on children is a negative one. Most children with moderate and
severe dental fluorosis seek extensive restorative work costing
thousands of dollars. Dental fluorosis can be reduced by turning
off the fluoridation taps without affecting dental decay rates
(Burt et al 2000 Journal of Dental Research 79(2):761-9).
3. Chemicals that are used in fluoridation
have not been tested for safety.
All the animal cancer studies were done on
pharmaceutical-grade sodium fluoride. There is more than enough
evidence to show that even this fluoride has the potential to
promote cancer. Some communities use sodium fluoride in their
drinking water, but even that chemical is not the same fluoride
added to toothpaste. Most cities instead use hydrofluorosilicic
acid (or its salt). H2SiF6 is concentrated directly from the
smokestack scrubbers during the production of phosphate
fertilizer, shipped to water treatment plants and trickled
directly into the drinking water. It is industrial grade
fluoride contaminated with trace amounts of heavy metals such as
lead, arsenic and radium, which are harmful to humans at the
levels that are being added to fluoridate the drinking water. In
addition, using hydrofluorosilicic acid instead of industrial
grade sodium fluoride has an added risk of increasing lead
accumulation in children (Masters et al 2000, Neurotoxicology.
21(6): 1091- 1099), probably from the lead found in the pipes of
old houses. This could not be ruled out by the CDC in their
recent study (Macek et al 2006, Environmental Health
4. There are serious health risks from water
Cancer: Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) has recently
been identified as a risk in young boys in a recently published
Harvard study (Bassin, Cancer Causes and Control, 2006). The
author of this study, Dr. Elise Bassin, acknowledges that
perhaps it is the use of these untested and contaminated
fluorosilicates mentioned above that caused the seven-fold
increase risk of bone cancer.
Bone fracture: Drinking on average 1 liter/day of
naturally fluoridated water at 4 parts per million increases
your risk for bone pain and bone fractures (National Academy of
Sciences: Toxicological Risk of Fluoride in Drinking Water,
2006). Since fluoride accumulates in bone, the same risk occurs
in people who drink 4 liters/day of artificially fluoridated
water at 1 part per million, or in people with renal disease.
Fluoridation studies have never properly shown that fluoride is
safe in individuals who cannot control their dose, or in
patients who retain too much fluoride.
Adverse thyroid function: The recent National
Academy of Sciences report (NAS: Toxicological Risk of Fluoride
in Drinking Water, 2006) outlines in great detail the
detrimental effect that fluoride has on the endocrine system,
especially the thyroid. Fluoridation should be halted on the
basis that endocrine function in the U.S. has never been studied
in relation to total fluoride intake.
Adverse neurological effects: In addition to the
added accumulation of lead (a known neurotoxin) in children
living in fluoridated cities, fluoride itself is a known
neurotoxin. We are only now starting to understand how fluoride
affects the brain. While some recent Chinese studies suggest
that fluoride in drinking water lowers IQ (NAS, 2006), we need
to study this more in depth in North America.
In my opinion, the evidence that fluoridation is
more harmful than beneficial is now overwhelming and policy
makers who avoid thoroughly reviewing recent data before
introducing new fluoridation schemes do so at risk of future
Date of Publication: May 14, 2006
on Page B02
Animal Rights and
Dear Manataka Mother Earth Protectors:
The U.S. Senate is poised to consider a bill that could strip America's
endangered wildlife of vital safeguards.
The Endangered Species Act has provided a crucial safety net for wildlife on the
brink of extinction for more than three decades. Ninety-eight percent of the
species protected by this landmark law -- including the bald eagle, American
alligator and Florida panther -- still roam the wild today, and many are stable
Yet last September, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 3824),
sponsored by Representative Pombo of California, that would undercut this
bedrock environmental law.
Representative Pombo's bill would eliminate protections of critical habitat for
endangered and threatened species, exempt the pesticide industry from wildlife
safety regulations and authorize millions of dollars in payouts to wealthy
developers, oil and gas companies and other special interests in return for not
killing or injuring endangered and threatened species.
Now, the fight to save endangered species has moved to the Senate.
Thank you for defending endangered wildlife.
NRDC Action Fund
SACRED SITE WATCH:
Ratlesnake Island (action alert)
Sacred Lands Need Support!
Rattlesnake Island (info posted on web site
www.elemnation.com) is the sacred homelands of the Mesopotamia of the Pomo
Nations has been nominated to the Office of State Historic Preservation,
submitted by Dr. John Parker.
The Tribes have been in a battle with John Nady, a millionaire (invented the
Wireless Mic) owner of Nady Systems, Inc. (his factory was built on the Shell
mound Burials in Emmeryville, CA) two years ago. They have been in direct
dispute with his purchase of the Island as he has desecrated sites while
violating a county stop work order and CEQA laws.
If you can forward this information to any support groups, tribes on your list
we are seeking support letters and legal assistance. The State Historical
Resources Commission has tentatively scheduled the hearing for the Island.
Office of Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001
State Historical Resources Commission
Update to the Rattle Snake Island Story:
(SACRAMENTO) An island located in Clear Lake has been nominated for a state
The California State Historical Resources Commission voted unanimously to
nominate Rattlesnake Island to be archaeologically significant enough to be
included on the National Register of Historic Places.
That decision, reached May 5, will make it challenging for the owner of record,
John Nady of Emeryville, to pursue development plans.
However, Jim Brown, tribal administrative officer for the Elem Colony the Pomo
tribe whose ancestral lands reportedly include Rattlesnake Island was very
pleased with the decision.
"This means a moral victory for the tribe and all the people," said Brown. "It
will put up a roadblock for development."
Hawaiian Sacred Site Discovered
More than 20 rare, carved wooden figures dating to the early 19th century
recently were discovered in a cave at North Kona, Hawaii, according to
several newspaper reports from the Big Island.
The objects are believed to be tiki, which native Hawaiians refer to as "ki'i,"
or carved images of gods thought to house spirits.
Construction crew workers accidentally breached the lava tube cave while
preparing for a 450-acre residential and golf development at Kohanaiki. News
reports said state officials were brought in to further investigate the
cave, which now is sealed and under 24-hour security watch.
Lava tube caves are caves that form from fluid lava that has hardened.
Similar to limestone caves, some lava tube caves in Hawaii go 50 feet into
The California firm of Kennedy-Wilson International owns the property, which
is being developed by Rutter Development Corporation.
Hawaiian historian Herb Kane told The Honolulu Star Bulletin that the
figures, in various stages of carving, might have been hidden in the cave
when the traditional Hawaiian pagan religion was outlawed in 1819.
Christian missionaries already had settled the islands, and they were
supported by island leaders King Liholiho Kamehameha II, along with his
regent stepmother Ka'ahumanu. After the ban, pagan stone temples were
destroyed and all wooden idols within sight were burned.
The tiki had formed a central role in the religion. Most of the objects
represented human-like figures with legs usually bent under the body. "Tiki"
also refers to the name of the first man, according to Polynesian tradition.
An archaeological consultant with the North Kona's site developer, Paul
Rosendahl, said that since no human bones were found in the lava tube cave,
the landowner controlled rights to the found objects. Three West Hawaiian
cultural groups, however, are fighting those claims. The groups are
Kohanaiki 'Ohana, Pono I Ke Kanawai, and Na Keiki He'e Nalu O Hawai'i.
In a joint statement, the groups said: "Rutter, with their consultants and
advisors, are wrong to see our ki'i as their property, and that only they
will decide what's best for and when to exclude the Hawaiian people. We
challenge their assertion, and remind them that Gods do not belong to
individuals, they belong to the community whose values and practices they
represent. They are the cultural and intellectual property of a social
group, and the society that the sacred icons symbolize and represents have
the right to determine the care and disposition of their god-forms."
The site's developers counter that they are working with people who have
family ties to the region. In the meantime, the cave, and its
mysterious tiki, remain sealed and under constant watch.
Sunny Greer, cultural programs director with Hawaii's Historic Preservation
Division, told Discovery News, "Since the owner believes that dissemination
of knowledge of cave location or resources could be detrimental to their
protection, the department must keep all government information with respect
to the cave location and sensitive cave resources confidential."
Submitted by Carol Elk Looks Back Petersen
JIM PATHFINDER EWING
Guide to Liberating Energies Trapped in Buildings and Lands
By Jim PathFinder Ewing
With a foreward by Brooke
128 pages Findhorn Press (October 28, 2006) ISBN: 1844090825
the premise that every natural and human-made space has an energy of its own
that can physically and emotionally effect anyone in that space, this
introduction to ancient practices of environmental shamanism—or
transformation of the energy of spaces—explains in practical terms how
to liberate old, unproductive energy that may be stored in any space, making
room for new vibrations to circulate and increase inhabitants' well-being.
Combining timeless traditions with the author's vast experience in energy
transformation, this manual offers step-by-step guidance for recognizing
and manipulating the unseen forces that affect everyday life. Real-life
examples, guided exercises, annotated endnotes, and an extensive glossary to
supplement case studies making the book both informative and accessible for
About the Author
PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi, in Cherokee) serves as his
community's medicine man, sponsors workshops for the Foundation for Shamanic
Studies, teaches Karuna Reiki classes, and lectures on shamanism, energy
medicine, and Native American spirituality. He is an elder of the Manataka
Indian Council of Hot Springs, Arkansas, as well as an enrolled member of
the Southern Cherokee Tribe and Associated Bands in Texas and the Bear Clan
Medicine Society of Russellville, Arkansas. He has written for About.com,
Awareness, Planet Light worker, Smash!, Spirit of Ma'at,
and Voice of the New Earth. He lives in Lena, Mississippi.
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THE WILD THINGS
Oh Great Spirit I am praying
That these words fly like the arrow
To the hearts of those who listen
To the pleas that I am making
May these words awaken humans
To Your love for all my kinship
For we all are Spirit’s children
We are family through Earth Mother
We are each Creator’s sibling
Some with feathers, some with scales
Some with tails that wag in pleasure
Some with warnings “Keep Away!”
Some with fur, some with colors
Some with short lives, some with sweet song
Some are swimmers, some are crawlers
We are all Great Mystery living
We make prayers to You in our tongue
When we bark and howl by moonlight
We believe Your words of wisdom
When we swim upstream in season
We have heard Your voice within us
Saying fly south for the winter
Through the rocks and leaves and strong winds
We can feel Earth Mother living
We believe the way You made us
Was Your way to show we’re special
None are greater none are lesser
Just a spirit with Your blessing
Now Earth Mother bears the scars
Of a mother loosing children
From the lodge within my heart space
Hear these prayers for the wild things
Boe Many Knives Glasschild
Tribal Member of the Great Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
& HOLLER NEWS COLUMN
News and Notes From Indian Country
Force Against 6 Nations
On April 20, several hundred armed Ontario Provincial Police moved in to
break up a gathering of Six Nation (Haudenosaunee) Residents who are
protesting the planned construction of a subdivision containing 600
homes in Caledonia on land that was never purchased from the People.
Henco Industries has already completed 10 of the 600 houses slated to be
According to an article
written by Sam Hammond for The People's Voice, the "Haldimand Tract" as
the disputed land is called, is part of the original Haldimand Deed of
1784 ceded to the Six Nations People by the British Crown as a reward
for their support as allies in the U.S. War of Independence. Originally
the reserve contained 950,000 acres of the richest land in the province
of Ontario. But government theft, lies and deceit soon whittled that
down. Today the Haudenosaunee hold title to only 5% of that amount of
Reports from the April 20th
skirmish are still sketchy, but at least a dozen People, including one
Clan Mother, was injured. Upon hearing of the armed assault on the
Warriors and Clan Mothers, Six Nations residents rushed to the scene,
formed a solid line and "walked back" the police. This act of solidarity
has done more than anything else to polarize the Six Nations Reserve.
But this issue is far from being settled and more confrontations will
That incident was just the
first attempt to silence the Traditional Leaders and The Clan Mothers of
the Confederacy who have decided that enough is enough. On March 23,
after negotiations broke down, they decided to make their stand and were
soon joined by 200 native and non - native supporters. Canadian
authorities, who perhaps remembered the protests in Ipperwash in
September of 1995 which resulted in the death of 38 year old Dudley
George, a Chippewa, did not challenge the defenders.
On April 9th, about 200 people attended a rally held at the site.
Supporters included Local 1005 United Steelworkers as well as some Peace
Groups from as far away as Sweden and Oaxaca, Mexico. The International
Indian Treaty Council filed a notice with the U.N. High Commissioner on
Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous
The April 20th attack signals
the Crown's patience has run out and profit still trumps the rights of
the People. What has further complicated the issue is that two types of
government exist on the Six Nations Reserve - the Traditional
Chiefs and Clan Mother System and the white appointed governmental
leaders who are "Red" only in skin tone. These "Indians" who have
become white in their "greed first" thinking, religious beliefs and "To
Hell With The Seven Generations" attitude are the true enemies of our
People and can be found in almost every tribe, band and Nation.
Sometimes we know from the
beginning that we can't win. But we must try to make things right, even
though we might die in the trying. For doing nothing is the worst kind
of defeat there is.
The facts used in this article came from several articles published in
Indian Country Today and The People's Voice. The opinions are my
'Hate what is bad and love what is good'
If we allow heart to nurture wrong desires, we may find ourselves
loving what is bad and hating what is good. Rather then exercising our personal
rights even though we know we are right in a matter, we would do well to think
of how our actions will affect others. Meditating on our relationship with our
fellowman can help us to cultivate 'Lowliness of mind; for example, we may
surpass others in certain fields but they might excel in other aspects of life
that are more important. Parents usually tell a child what is right and what is
wrong believing that they have instilled a certain aspect of a moral Principal.
They may tell a child the difference between right and wrong but do the parents
practice what they preach?
When I was a young lad, if I did or said anything that was wrong,
I was quickly corrected by either a willow switch, a belt or the back of my
fathers hand. It did not take long for me to learn right from wrong. Because
both my parents practiced what they preached, I was able to grow to manhood,
raise a family of my own and see two grand daughters as well as two great
grandchildren come into this world. My son as well as my grand daughters still
to this day seek my advise. I attribute my success in life to learning to hate
what is bad and to love what is good.
Tribal Fortune Cookies
Q: Do you know what a tribal fortune cookie is?
A: A piece of fry bread with a food stamp stuck in it.
Man-Eating Fry Bread
Q: How are tribal men and fry bread alike?
A: They're both round, brown and greasy.
Q: How do tribal people know when it's safe to go ice fishing?
A: When all the white guys quit falling through.
Rich Tribal people
Q: How can you tell a rich tribal person from a poor tribal person?
A: The rich tribal person has two cars up on blocks.
Q: Why is it so hard to take a group picture of a bunch of tribal people?
A: Cause when you say "cheese" they all line up.
Q: Why are Indian guys such good kissers?
A: Because their lips get so much exercise pointing at stuff.
Women's Creation Story
The creator made woman first. She was lonely, didn't have anyone to
boss around or to take her to bingo, so she asked the Creator for a
The Creator obliged her. He cut off part of her butt and made man.
That is why tribal women have flat butts and tribal men are butt heads.
From Andrea Cramblit,
"All of us begin to rethink what is good about
ourselves - put the past where it belongs - and get on with the
possibilities of the present!" -- Howard Rainer, TAOS
There is a saying, you move toward and become
that which you think about. So the question for today is, what are you
thinking about? Are you thinking bad things about yourself or are you
thinking good things about yourself? Are you thinking about a worldly
life? Are you thinking good things about people or are you gossiping
about people? Are you focusing on past things or are you living in the
future? We need to bring our thoughts into the NOW, right here.
Great Spirit, let me experience living in the present moment.
June 9 a.m.
June 1 p.m.
by Jim Ewing: Bring Snacks, Drinks, Hot Dogs—to Share
June 4:30 p.m.
Day of Summer
Solstice - Drumming & Ceremony
- 25 June
Moon - Cancer
time to start a new project or to launch a new idea and to push forward
with it as the tide of energies continues to build up. The New Moon of
each month is a power day.
Beautiful Sisters all over the world,
POR MI RAZA HABLARA EL ESPIRITU! THROUGH OUR RACE THE SPIRIT
Cuahtemoc, spoke this famous words that now are begging to speak by
themselves. THE EAGLE AND THE CONDOR NOW FLIES TOGETHER.
I Am an Indian, I came from the mexica people south of Mexico, I am
proud of my linage, proud of my people, ....proud to be a human
being..., proud to be a woman....and proud of YOU.
For long time, before the white man arrive, our people, all the way from
south America have been here in turtle island, we have dance, sing,
prey together for many generations, we share our knowledge and the same
blood runs through our veins, we have the same dna my brothers and
sisters, for all America is Indian country.
Now, for the very first time, the day of May the first, in all United
states, our people is not going to work or buy any American
products, (if still is something made only in Unite states and not twain
or china), as protest for the injustice of immigration laws.
We, Mexicas, Incas, Mayas, and all the tribes, are making a call for all
our brothers and sisters native Americans to join the cause, for we are
reclaiming our right as a human being, our right as the ways of the
ancestral knowledge and understanding, for we share the same ways, the
Land, as our mother, and the sky as our father.
There will be walks in many cities of United States, manifestation in
silence and NO FIGHTING, for truth cannot be defeated nor is base of
argument, we are here because our families, because we know this land
since the beginning of time, our heart that belong to the land, and our
ways, our tradition that we always keep, because is the ways of the
We are standing in truth, reclaiming the ways of the spirit of the
Indian. not through war my brothers and sisters, not through given the
power to the enemy, not to ask the government for anything, or the ones
that want to oppress and control the people, but in the ways that we
know where the power resides, in the UNITY, with the SPIRIT.
Unite, then my brothers and sisters, for America is Indian, our mother
is free. Only buy our things and were our original clothes, eat our
traditional food, for we are proud to be who we are. the suns and
daughters of the land for that is our color.
This is spoken in the spirit of Cuahtemoc, Quetzatcoatl, Cuitlahuatl,
Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Red Cloud, Chieff Joseph, Coshise,
Citlalmina, Quetzalkina, Regina, Tlacaelel, Moctezuma Iuacamina, and
many others, and the Spirits of Ix Chel, White Buffalo Calf Woman,
Tonanzin, Blue Star Woman, and many others.
, Maya Priestess
Newest Manataka Member!
Just want to let everyone know that my grandson,
Mylan Brandon James Burnett was born on Monday, May 15th, at
about 10:20 P.M. He was 5lbs., 4 oz. 18-1/2 inches long. He has the
Burnett trademark, which of course is the upper lip! He's beautiful
and his Daddy is so proud! We all are. As soon as I get the pics,
I'll get them out to all. Brandon was in the delivery room the whole
time, and didn't even pass out. Charlotte had to have a c-section,
and he was a bit early, but all is well. If anyone would like to
send a card, their address is:
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Burnett, 4085 Northlake Drive, Valdosta, Ga. 31602. Thanks, Love, Grandma
-- Sheri Burnett
and ceremony work. Creator heals and brings peace.
In Memory of Lance Selvidge -
Webster’s definition of a Martyr: 1: A person who voluntarily
suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a belief.
2: A person who sacrifices something of great value, especially life itself for
the sake of principle. Lance, we are all better because you walked this
world, we will all become better because you look back with eyes from the angels
world. Thank You. The Selvidge Family. Little River Rock. 04-20-06
In Memory of Ruby Gilliham - We will
always remember this gracious and beautiful woman in our hearts. She will
remain a part of Manataka forever - Standing Bear. Greg Gilliham 04-20-06
MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a
tax deductible contribution to MAIC and we will send the family
a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.
Robert Yazzie, 81, Navajo 'code
talker' who helped stymie Japanese in WWII dies at Nashville, TN on
Memorial Day. He grew up on a reservation in Arizona and enlisted in
the Marines at age 17, becoming part of a group of about 400 Navajos.
The code talkers had to keep their work secret long after the war they
helped win, but they were honored at the Pentagon in 1992. Yazzie received a
Congressional Silver Star Medal for Distinguished Service at a ceremony in
Nashville on July 4, 2003. ~Gray Beard Vinson 05-30-06
Mickey Gimmill - long time Native rights and traditional leader,
passed on to the other side and now walks, dances, and sings with the
ancestors of the Pitt River and Wintu Nations. Jayson Grey
Peter A. Klose, 37, brother of Manataka member Alison Klose was
killed in an auto accident May 14. Pete leaves behind his wife,
Pam and his two boys, Ben and Alex (ages 4 and 2). A scholarship
fund is being established for his children. Personal condolences
may be sent to Pete's wife at: Pamela Klose, 66 Quailcrest Rd, East Lyme,
CT 06333-1328. His
sister advises, "Take time to call your brothers and sisters and
tell them you love them.~Alison Klose
Luis Many Bears Bonet crossed over on March 7, into the spirit
world from a heart attack. His family and friends were by his side
continuously thorughout the four day vigil at the hospital. His family
will be announcing their plans for his funeral and ceremony soon, and I
will follow their instructions with regard to contacting people. ~Corina
The People of CHECHNYA -
Having suffered from fighting for a
dozen and a half years and there was no solution in sight. He said it
more bloody than a civil war. 70% percent killed were civilians --
children, woman, old people, others. Homes are destroyed with people
in them. Kidnapping is prevalent. Before the struggle approximately
1.2 million lived in Chechnya, and now only 600,000 remained because of the
deaths and fleeing. Please pray for PEACE in Chechnya. ~Lynn
Smith via Barbara Wolf.
Dobby Sommer - Hip, knees, and
ankles are serving with much pain. High blood pressure. "Thank
you for your seven day prayers. Actually you inspired me to pray for seven
days for you and Manataka and the maker of my rattle. I have also been
inspired to have surgery sometime this summer with my faith in the Creator
rather than my fears. I am getting more crippled, but I can still walk with
a cane." Please
pray for this gentle, loving soul. 05-29-06
Having surgery June 2nd to remove the steel plate and pins from his
leg. We would appreciate prayers for him. When his surgeon said he
had healed miraculously well from last surgery he told him yes
because my native family prayed for me. I want to thank everyone for
the prayers said and about to be said. ~Ruth MountianWindSong King
15-year old dog - has developed pancreatitis. It's a relatively
mild case, but pancreatitis is serious, and her being 15 makes it
more worrisome. She's not terribly sick now, and I'm so hoping she
won't get worse. ~ Juli Maltagliati 5-22-06
Cindy Hogman, 32 - My
name is Gary Hogman. My wife, Cindy, was diagnosed with stage
4 cervical cancer and her chances for survival are very slim.
She was pregnant with our second child and had miscarried recently
at 3 months, and now we know why. This is a request for you to
forward this e-mail to everyone you know asking for prayer and ask
everyone you know to pray for the HEALING of Cindy. I want the
whole world to have her in their prayers the next few weeks. God
will hear our cry. Please do not be offended by my plea. Thank you
from the bottom of my heart. ~Gary Hogman. Submitted by
Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway 05-19-06
Robert Gray Hawk Coke,
Dallas, TX - Long-time Manataka member and beloved elder
suffered a heart attack on May 14. Please pray and give up offerings
for this wonderful man. Gray Hawk came home 5-19-06. ~Victoria McBain
Florence Thuot, 78, in Deland,
Florida -- Florence owns and operates Journey's End Animal Sanctuary (www.journeysendsanctuary.org), the
no-kill, no-cage refuge for special needs animals. Many thanks for
prayers and healing for Florence, 78, owner of Journey's End Animal
Sanctuary. Her medical tests indicated that she was able to
tolerate aggressive treatment of the glaucoma in her one good eye,
and there has been great improvement! There is good reason to
expect she will continue to improve, and her eyesight has been
saved. Blessings and love to you all .... Juli Maltagliati 05-15-06
Jo Somerset - Thank you for your
healing prayers for Jo, the elderly lady in England, who was ill
with heart problems and hypothyroidism. She is home from the
hospital, is regaining strength, and is doing very well. Thank you
from the heart... Juli Maltagliati 05-15-06
Elwood Plummer -
Seriously ill in Eastern Kentucky.
He is a spiritual
person and knows the need and power of petitions to the Great
Spirit. Matthew P. Maley 04-29-06
Standing Bear Moore - Recovering well from congestive heart failure after hospitalized
and surgery at the VA hospital in Little Rock. He is in great spirits
and back in his bear lair offering his work with Manataka. He thanks
everyone for the many prayers and messages. 4/29/06
Bobby Joe Runninbear - Tennessee.
Suffered a heart attack and
is in the VA. Was having irregular heart beats and they shocked his
heart back to normal sinus rhythm......We can thank Creator for that and the
prayers will do most. I think his spirit is too strong to let his heart
fail him and I'm grateful for that too. Sandra BabblingBrook 03-27-06
Chumley of Russellville, AR - 2 toes amputated due
to diabetes is back at work. Thanks for your prayers!
Eagle Star Devereaux
- Diagnosed legally
blind is getting much better. Sun Dancer Woman 3-20-06
Henry Sidney Zack -
Health is declining and admitted to home hospice. Seeking a
transition of peace, love, and grace. Liora Leah Zack 3/19/06
Robin Johnson - Portland,
WA. Age 15. Hospitalized with serious infections.
Please pray for her. Greta Holifield 03-15-06
Alan Fisher - Alan was released [from the hospital] last night -
extremely high blood pressure. Your energy, prayers, and good
wishes came across loud and clear. ~Stella Fisher 03-03-06
Fernando Espinoza -
Taken ill in California, wife is Imogene. Need of prayer.
They have children and they need our love, comfort and support
through trying times. Walked the path with us to fight the
injustice of disenrollment that has divided our people. Carla
Amber - Her Mom died.
She is having a rough time with anger and grief. Ruth King In the
beautiful West Virginia Mountains 2-27-06
Linda & John James -
Prayers are needed in abundance to
acquire healing center near Manataka. ~Linda James, 2-18-06
Sharon Barnett - Has returned
home after three days of testing for brain damage. She sends thanks to
all for their prayers. Love and prayers ~Ruth Mountain Wind Song 2-15-06
Hawk Hoffman - Suffering from
debilitating arthritis pain. Please send him lots of prayers. ~2-14-06
Irons - Still battling cancer. Came back in his spine and right
leg. Very sick and on morphine in 4th stage of the disease. Walks only
about 20 feet. ~Charles Irons 2-16-06
you submit a prayer request above? If so, please send us an update.
We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are
2006 Elder Council Meeting...
The May meeting was held on 21st starting at 9:45 a.m. and a quorum was
established with David Quiet Wind Furr, Rick Wind Call-er Porea, Lee Standing
Bear Moore, Gayle Sexauer and Beck Moore present. Jim Pathfinder Ewing was
present by means of telephone electronic hookup. Present in the vicinity
was Rick Price and Jimmy Lunningham.
Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural
(Manataka Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America) Project
American Indian Spirituality Booklet and National Association of
Professional Chaplains seminar in Atlanta
Upcoming Summer Gathering
Minutes of the last meeting
Manataka Elder Council member Gayle Sexauer appeared on a
nationally know radio show during her trip to South Carolina. The top
spiritual leaders of the country appear on "Living Successfully" Radio Program.
Gayle spoke about Manataka and her book.
1: TWO ELDER COUNCIL
POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN:
The Education Elder position will concentrate on
developing public school curriculum based on American Indian philosophy and
coordinating presentations to schools, civic organizations and churches. The
Treasurer position is now open due to a recent resignation. The position
will require experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting.
If you feel qualified for this position, please submit your information now. (Posted
AN ELECTION FOR ELDER COUNCIL POSITION #4 WILL BE HELD DURING THE
GATHERING ON JUNE 24.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN AND BEING ACCEPTED.
2: ELDER COUNCIL POSITION
"Texas Wind" Sexauer of Fayetteville, AR was recently appointed Public Relations Elder.
"Based on her excellent background, experience, wonderful disposition,
strong ideals, and love of Manataka, the Elders of Manataka made a wise decision
in selecting Gayle for this important position," said MAIC Chair, David
Quiet Wind Furr. (Posted 01-01-06)
3: FOOD BASKETS NEEDED NOW!
are hungry often throughout the year. Please bring or send
non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and
other stores are great. (Posted
4: REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS -
1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's
Restaurant E. Grand.
5: WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS -
11:30 a.m., 1st
Saturday each month.
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