Manataka American Indian Council                    Volume VII  Issue 10    OCTOBER 2005


Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow

                30 printed pages in this issue 




Ecology Front: Solar Energy for Western Shoshone Letter to the Editor: AIHSC Unbelievable

Elder's Meditation: Women - power of generations

MAIC Messages:  2 Elders to be appointed

Hawk Speaks: Precious Gems NDN Perspective:  Frank Fools Crow on Life
Healing Prayers: Additions and Healings  Poetry Circle:  A Pueblo Blessing and Earth Mother
Health Front: Antifreeze tastes good Political Points:  To Kill  an  American
Hill & Holler:  New & Notes From Indian Country Upcoming Events:  Gatherings 
History Corner:  Cherokee Story of Uktena Web Site Updates:  New Features! 
In the News:  When is an Indian not an Indian? Women's Circle:  Savory Indian Corn Pudding


Ghost Trails to Manataka

"Ghost Trails to Manataka is powerful, stirring music by a seasoned performer.  Del Lillards 

lyrical style is professional and intense. His brilliantly colored storytelling makes magical

the revelations of legend and history surrounding the romance of Manataka (Hot Springs)."





October 14 - 16, 2005 -       Fall Gathering at Manataka - Bald Mountain Park & Gulpha Gorge 



For circumstances beyond our control, the location of the 25,905th ( :) ) Annual Fall Gathering at Manataka has been changed to Bald Mountain Park. Ceremonies will also take place at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds as we are required by our traditions and faith.



Event Elder Rick Wind Call-er Porea has issued a call for volunteers to assist with upcoming Fall Gathering. Workers are needed on the Membership table (2 hours only); Visitor Relations (security, parking); and Lodge Keeping. Please contact 



Wolf Dancers Needed. Rocky Thunder Wolf Miller of the Manataka Wolf Society is asking people who dance the Wolf or those who wish to learn to contact him.  The Wolf Society will dance during the upcoming Fall Gathering.  A wolf pelt is not required to dance. Powerful stuff. or 



Also See Powwow Now! One of the largest powwow calendars on the Internet today!

October 14 - 19, 2005 

Earth Dance - Arizona  

The Vision
Earth Dance is a dance for the unity of all creation. It is an honoring and time to bring together all the races, religions and tribes. The purpose is to Dance with the Earth, the elements, sun and moon and the ancestors, to bring joy to the people and the Earth. This is a vision for the future of our children in the times to come.

Earth Dance is a time to unify the children, elders, leaders, medicine people, men and women, to bring equality and balance within our world. 

Earth Dance is a worldwide effort. We must do what is for the highest good for all the children of the world. Many things have to change so we can break through the stronghold that has bound the people and the world. It is time to be freed from the restrictions within! 

The Earth Dance is Now...
928-646-3000 - 928-646-0299 fax
Post Office Box 1502
Cornville, AZ 86325



Manataka Exposed!?


Notice to Manataka members and interested members of the public regarding an apparent Internet "hate campaign" directed at Manataka.  Read the entire story...



NOTICE 1:     ELDER COUNCIL POSITIONS DECLARED OPEN   Vacant seats on the Elder Council were recently declared 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 Public Relations Elder position is currently occupied by the Vice Chair, David Quiet Wind Furr, to allow him to concentrate on his primary duties and expand the scope of the PR Committee.  We also seek a Membership chairperson. Read More Information


NOTICE 2:    COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS    If you are a member and have not received a committee assignment, please contact the MAIC office now. 


NOTICE 3:    FOOD BASKET NEEDED NOW!  people 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.  Our project to help 79 NDN brothers and sisters caught in the grip of Katrina was good.  They are laughing again!  They have food, shelter, clothing, medical attention.  Rebuilding assistance will come next.  Thank you to all those who helped.  Creator knows who you are.


NOTICE 4:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday of each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant on E. Grand.  

NOTICE 5:    WOMENS COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month. 

Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a small donation. Now you can pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or...


1.  Computer needed.  No key board, monitor or mouse are needed.  A larger mother board is needed for in-office work.

2.  Reams of ink jet paper
3.  Postage stamps
4.  15 - 30 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids

5.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size or location is  acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.

6.  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.



Manataka Video Store   New!

Grandfather, I'm listening

Follow the Old One's advise

--Tom Porter, Mohawk

The Old One is called by many different names - Grandfather, The Four directions, Father Sky, Mother Earth. We should seek the advice of the Old One to help us build our vision. He will put inside of our mind and heart the vision that we are to follow. This vision is recognizable by the feeling that it has with it. This feeling is hard to describe. It feels "right," it feels calm, it feels joyful, it feels warm, it feels sacred. The Old One has a way of letting us know it really it His advice.  Listen carefully! 

~submitted by Shirley T.





Book Shelf Music - Sounds of Manataka
    Cherokee Books Bunny Wolf Sings!  4 New CD's
    Children's Books Ghost Trails of Manataka  Powerfully moving!
    Children's History Corner Heart Beat Drums  Beautiful Drums!
    Cook Books Search Manataka - Find it Fast!
    Craft Books Go Ahead Give It A Try
    Feature Books Sights of Manataka - Videos
    Genealogy Books Dance, Crafts, History, Powwow & More
    History Spiritual 
    Language Using the Medicine Wheel to Bring Balance
    Medicine Herbals Otto Caballo Blanco Riollano Dvila
    Spiritual Oceti Wakan - Peter Catches

Tomorrow's Children

By Tsolagiu RuizRazo

Raising children in today's world is difficult.  This book teaches parents how to raise children according to traditional customs and values.  A must have book! Only $21.95 Read More

Wisdom of Elders:

Traditional American Indian

Food and Recipes 

70+ page, soft-bound cookbook is brimming with recipes, tribal profiles, authentic preparation methods, as well as colorful ideas for menu planning. Only $21.95

Ghost Trails to Manataka CD

By Del Lillard

Stirring music. Intense, emotional and beautiful. Hear the legends of the Place of Peace. A Moving Experience.

Only $19.95  Read More

Wisdom Walkers

By Corina Roberts

A provocative novel about ancient North America and the journey of two women. Dispels migration myths.  Only $19.95  Read More

Environment Trading Post
Protect Spirit Bear's Home Cherokee Gifts
Feature Stories Tribal Flags - 9 new flags!
Manataka Exposed!!

Survival of the Sun Dance

The Life Honoring Way

The Story of Grandmother Corn

Apache Del Rio -  

Assiniboine of Fort Peck - 

Lumbee Tribe of N Carolina

Miccosukee Nation - 

Shawnee Nation -

Apalachee Nation - 

Confed. Grande Ronde -

Manataka (organization) -

Mille Lacs Ojibwe -

Health Watch! Tribal History
Diabetes Epidemic among American Indians Jatibonicu Taino Tribe of Borikn
History  Yaponcha - The Wind God - Hopi Story
Pocahontas' Earrings History of the Kituwah People
  Pow Wow Now!  CALENDAR  2005


Health Watch...



Among American Indians


According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC),  "...diabetes  is a chronic epidemic among American Indians."  On average, they are 2.8 times as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age.  For example, among the Pima Indians of Arizona, about 50 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 64 have diabetes.  From 1984 to 1986, diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Between 1986 and 1988, the death rate for diabetes in American Indians is estimated to be 4.3 times the rate in non-Hispanic whites.  Diabetes contributes to several of the leading causes of death in American Indians: heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, pneumonia, and influenza.


     Manataka is deeply committed to helping our brothers and sisters combat this terrible disease.  Here are two suggestions that will help:


1.  Fight the Cause: Stop eating government commodities - especially white flour, white sugar, white salt, white rice -- if it is white -- it ain't right!  


2.  Treat the Cause:  Take Diabeticine tablets daily for at least six months.   


Diabeticine is proven to be successful and goes to the cellular level to lower your blood sugar level, lower your insulin resistance, and increase insulin production. It contains all-natural ingredients, in its purest form, that are essential to making it gentle and effective, unlike prescription drugs that may have harmful side-effects to you. Diabeticine has been scientifically engineered and a partial list of the ingredients are:  


Banaba, Guggle, Bitter Melon, Licorice extract, Cinnamon herb powder, Gymnema Sylvestre, Yarrow, Cayenne, Juniper Berries, Huckleberry,





Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back -- in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.

~Submitted by Romaine Garcia




AIHSC Unbelievable


Dear Manataka: 

I am not a Native American (those who were here first).  My relatives came from Europe four generations ago.  So, I can speak with no bias.  To me, the Aboriginal People, the Native Americans, the Indians deserve our respect and should be honored as the people who really discovered America .  I was raised a Christian but have learned that the Native American beliefs and spirituality, in many cases, exceeds those who claim to be Christian.  We are all created by the same Great Spirit - God.   


It bothers me to hear of negative comments made by hate groups or individuals such as the AIHSC but there are such groups that at one time or another express hate for basically everything and everyone.   


Who would believe the AIHSC comments?  I would suspect that the people that believe the comments of the AIHSC are those who express the narrow minded beliefs of a minority of people who need to hate someone else so that they can overcome or justify their own shortcomings.   


For over 20 years, I have studied the pre-European cultures that have existed in the Ohio Valley and have developed a great respect for their abilities.  While I could only speculate on the cultural and spiritual aspects of these people, one must respect them.  As the ancestors of these First People, I feel the same respect for all Native Americans.  While I have only had the privilege to meet and speak with a few Native Americans, I always felt that they had something that the rest of us do not have.   


I appreciate the opportunity to have access to the Manataka newsletter and to learn more about those who really are the true and first Americans.   


With Respect, 


~M. Maley



Manataka Exposes AIHSC Farce


Good response to AIHSC! They contradict themselves by stating that, in so many words-the different organizations do not fall under the legal term of fraud and have no evidence of any conviction, then they  provide the dictionary or legal term of fraud.  And then, like idiots, AIHSC says that these organizations are suspect of this without providing evidence. 


This is defamation and libelous. 


Also, how about the Arkansas Cherokee historical rendition about the Arkansas Cherokee Treaty being
executed "around 1817"- that is ridiculous!! You spoke my mind and did it even better. 

~T. Vickers





Recapping Rachel

Hello Everyone,

I had my left knee replaced on the 6th of Sept. It all went very well and I made great strides in progress on recouping. I am doing so well in fact that the right knee will be replaced on the 25th of October.  It has been extremely encouraging to have these operations and now knowing that I will be well enough to be able to start Spring Session at the local Community College in 06.

I wish to Thank you all for your words of encouragement and well wishes. It means alot to me to have such fantastic friends who are family to me.

I will keep you all posted on the next operation and how that went as soon as I can.  I love you all and I miss each and every one of you.  If not for all of you, My world would be a very lonely and scary place.

Until later,  Namaste  

Rachel Flowers



To Kill  an  American

You  probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So an Australian dentist wrote the following to let everyone know what an American  is  ...  so they would know when they found one. (Good on ya, mate!!!!)

"An  American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish,  Russian or Greek. An  American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese,  Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan.

An  American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache,  Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An  American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim.   In  fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them

An  American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the  government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the  history of the world.  The  root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which  recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

An  American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in  the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. 

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago,  Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As  of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation  to the poor in Afghanistan.

Americans  welcome the best of everything , the best products, the  best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least.  The  national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your  poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed.  These in fact are the people who built America.

Some  of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001  earning a better life for their families. It 's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So  you can try to kill an American if you must.  Hitler  did.  So  did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants  in the world.

But,  in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not a  particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human  spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit,
everywhere, is an  American." 

~Author  unknown



FBI Assassinates Puerto Rican Freedom Worker

Filiberto Ojeda Rios crossed over to the Spirit World like a warrior

The assassination of the Puerto Rican Independentista movement leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios by the FBI and urges us to understand the parallels with our history and extend our solidarity to the Puerto Rican freedom fighters.

On Friday September 23rd, 2005, a day in which Puerto Rico celebrated the 137th anniversary of its independence from Spain, a day when the people renew their struggle against colonialism in all its forms, the US government sent its forces to strike at the heart of the Boriken people. 


As hundreds gathered to hear the recorded words of Filiberto Ojeda Rios exhorting all to unite for truth, justice and a better life for the hard working people of that beautiful island, the FBI executed a paramilitary operation, surrounded the Ojeda Rios home has he tended his garden in the mountains and started shooting hundreds of rounds.


He tried to defend himself and his family and was murdered by an FBI sniper. Colonial forces then blocked access to ambulances and anybody who could help so that Filiberto would bleed to death. 


There was no need to kill this man. The colonial courts had absolved him from any wrong doing in an alleged robbery incident. He was considered a fugitive only because he removed the electronic anklet used to track him.  The FBI targeted him because he wanted to lead the people towards freedom from colonialism and injustice. 


We need to  understand that this is the reality and it makes all of us who struggle for justice potential targets. Just as Don Filiberto called for the unity of the Puerto Rican independentista movement, we must also unite through the threads of our collective history of struggle.

We do not need to use our imagination to see that this is a long standing modus operandi of the US government and its leading paramilitary agency. The only difference is that today this terror is wanton and global. When will the American people wake up from the stupor of their indulgences and comfort to put a stop to this? They are the only ones that can rein in the monster that goes on killing and destroying in their name. 


The international community also has the responsibility to face the real criminals, the FBI and let them know their behavior is intolerable and must cease immediately.  After centuries of the same practices, our colonial oppressors should wise up and learn they do not work. Our thirst for justice is not placated through more injustice, the murder and imprisonment of our leaders, this only deepens it. Those of us who are left are guided by those brave spirits and so inspired. If they gave so much, how can we be in peace doing nothing?  Their call, from the Spirit World and from behind the iron bars is irrepressible. 

~Jose Fernandez Domingo Ruiz
Taino Survivalist


Recording of the FBI at the Pine Ridge Reservation

The neighbor, "Hello, is this the FBI?"
"Yes, this is the FBI what do you want?"
"I'm calling to report my neighbor Billy One Foot, he's an Indian and he's hiding marijuana inside his firewood."
"Thank you very much for the call, sir."

The next day, the FBI agents descend on Billy One Foot's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but found no marijuana. They swore and cursed at Billy One Foot and left.
The phone rings at Billy One Foot's house, it's the neighbor, "Hey, Billy! Did the FBI come?"
"Did they chop your firewood?"
"Well Happy Birthday Buddy!"


Bad Boy Russell Means In Trouble Again



SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Affirming the sovereign powers of American Indian tribes, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled the Navajo tribe may prosecute American Indian activist Russell Means even though he is not one of its members.


Means, a member of the Oglala-Sioux Tribe of Indians and one the best known American Indian activists, had sought to prevent the Navajo Nation from criminally prosecuting him for an incident on the Navajo Reservation.


The Navajo Nation wants to press misdemeanor charges against Means for allegedly threatening and battering his then-father-in-law and allegedly threatening a Navajo Indian at its reservation, which covers 25,000 square miles (64,750 km sq) in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


Means challenged the authority of a Navajo tribal court, saying it did not have jurisdiction over him because he is not a member of the Navajo Nation.


Means also said his rights as a U.S. citizen would be threatened if he were prosecuted by a tribe that discriminated against him by barring him from joining it because of his ancestry.


The San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said it found Means' equal-protection argument forceful. But writing for a three-judge panel, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld held that Congress by amending the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1990 allowed tribes to ``exercise inherent sovereign judicial power in criminal cases against nonmember Indians for crimes committed on the tribe's reservation.''


Means' lawyer, John Trebon of Flagstaff, Arizona, said he is inclined to request the full appeals court reconsider the case.


A leader of the American Indian Movement, Means led the group's 1973 protest against the federal government in a 71-day standoff with authorities at the Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, where U.S. troops and Sioux Indians battled in 1890. The U.S. victory there essentially ended armed conflicts with tribes known as the Indian wars.


Copyright 2005 Reuters Ltd.

~Submitted by Helen RedWing




When is an Indian not an Indian?
Arkansas schools are finding out the hard way.

Leslie Newell Peacock

The federal government is questioning grants totaling $1,089,745 that 24 Arkansas school districts have won based on the number of their American Indian students - a population that's made a meteoric jump over 2002 census figures, if the documents accompanying the grants are correct.

Officials with the federal Office of Indian Education suspect that the increase is not the result of an influx of American Indians into Arkansas, but of misinformation spread by a group called the Lost Cherokee Nation of Arkansas and Missouri. T he LCN, as it's called, began in 2003 to spread the word about the grants, telling schools they could get federal dollars based on the word of students filling out so-called 506 forms. The LCN told schools that their Indian students didn't have to be enrolled in federally recognized tribes to be counted, but only needed to be able to trace their Indian heritage to an ancestor several generations back.

The OIE is asking school districts to verify their numbers on applications they filed for the 2005-06 school year, and said schools could not pay 5 percent to outside administrators, a deal that LCN headmen Dub Maxwell and Jim Davis had made with some districts.

Lost Cherokees Maxwell and Davis proved to be lost again last week, when a reporter discovered their phones had been disconnected or were not in working order. A facsimile request for an interview sent to a number given on a recording at the LCN headquarters in Dover also went unanswered.

As of Monday, the OIE had received word from five school districts that they are withdrawing their applications for the money, granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. They include Cotter (giving up $29,161), Jessieville ($35,347), Mammoth Spring ($24,036) and Westside ($28,631).

The Russellville School District is apparently the first school district to have caught on that it didn't fully understand what was required by the OIE; it decided last spring not to accept a $162,000 grant it won. The district took action after it got a request from an OIE grant specialist for more verification on the 878 students who'd identified themselves as Indian. (The school has an enrollment of 5,032.) Jenny Barber, program director at Russellville, who was not with the district at the time the application was made, said that  when she examined the students' forms she found that only 90 children of 878 were members of federally recognized tribes. A total of 751 children had identified themselves as members of the Lost Cherokee Nation. In 2002, only 19 Russellville students had identified themselves as Indian.

Indian education grants are restricted to people considered to be Indian by the Secretary of the Interior (those enrolled in recognized tribes), to members of tribes recognized by the state in which members live and their first- or second degree descendants, and Eskimo, Aleut and other Alaskan natives.

Members of the Lost Cherokee Nation persuaded state Rep. Preston Scroggin, D-Vilonia, to introduce a resolution in this year's General Assembly that would have granted the tribe state recognition. No action was taken on the resolution. It has been suggested that the LCN sought state recognition with the goal of starting a casino on Indian land; a website started by tribe members unhappy with Maxwell and Davis says as much.

Other districts that have told the Times that they're withdrawing their applications or putting them on hold while they go over their data include Pottsville ($106,104), Dardanelle ($72,284) and Wonderview ($24,566). Dardanelle was one of the districts that had agreed to pay 5 percent of the grant award to the LCN for administration. Superintendent John Thompson said the money was never paid because the tribe never sent an invoice. "We felt like we were helping kids," Thompson said, "and helping them find some of their last tribe people."

Steve Thomas, superintendent at Wonderview, which received $26,896 last year, was unhappy that the district apparently doesn't qualify for the Indian money. Its data showed that 140 of its 430 kids had identified themselves as Indian.

Thomas tried to contact headmen Maxwell and Davis when he got word that the OIE requirements were stricter than the headmen had led the district to believe. "All the [phone] numbers they've given us are no longer working," he said.

Most of the school districts contacted by the OIE had received Indian education grants previously. A spokesman for the OIE said the office is only looking into this year's applications.

At least two of the districts have been receiving money from the OIE  since the mid-1970s. The Cedarville School District and the Fort Smith School District have historically recorded substantial numbers of Indian students. Wickes School District also says its Indian students are legitimate.

The schools that have raised eyebrows at the OIE are those that only recently applied for grants.

In an e-mail sent Aug. 26 to the 24 districts, Bernard Garcia of the OIE wrote that the office was "aware that an Indian group in Arkansas is encouraging Local Education Agencies [bureaucratic lingo for schools] to apply for the Title VII Indian Education Formula Grant Funds. . The documents used to encourage LEAs in Arkansas to apply for Indian education funds have been reviewed by OIE and contain numerous errors. For example, the letter to parents states: `If your gggg-grandmother or your gggg-grandfather was of American Indian Blood SO ARE YOU AND SO IS YOUR CHILD.' You do not have to prove your American Indian Blood for this program so please fill out the following 506 form and return it to your school.' " This information is false, Garcia informed the schools.

Garcia also informed school districts that had agreed to pay the Lost Cherokee Nation 5 percent for administrative costs that those payments would not be legal. Schools also have to have at least 10 percent Indian enrollment to qualify.

Headmen Maxwell and Davis held workshops in school cafeterias and other venues to explain the grants. They informed attendees how to become a member in the LCN, whose members claim descent from Cherokees who stopped at a short-lived Cherokee reservation in the Arkansas River Valley in the 1820s. As school surveys went home to students, the LCN signed up hundreds of new members, charging each $30 for dues.

One of those new members was David Waddel, principal of Hector High School. Hector is near Dover, where the LCN website says it has a headquarters, and also the place where Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, had a salt works.

Waddell has always been interested in his Indian heritage, and submitted several genealogical documents to the LCN, including his family tree, birth and death certificates and census records.

~Leslie Newell Peacock, Arkansas Times 

~Submitted by Helen RedWing


[EDITOR'S OPINION:  The actions of LCN are reprehensible and abhorrent to American Indians and all citizens with ideals and principals.  In addition to the activity described above, the LCN uses greed to lure prospective members by holding out a false carrot of Federation Recognition. LCN will never achieve recognition.  They do not currently qualify under federal guidelines and laws nor will they ever.  We are aware of groups in other states who are operating in the same fashion.  When will they learn? 


Portions of this article were omitted for the sake of space and clarity.  




How can you spot the difference between a regular canine and a Rez dog?

Throw each one in the oven at 400 degrees for 2 hours.  

The regular canine should come out tender and moist.

The Rez dog will come out with a towel wrapped around his waist saying, "Dang that was a good sweat!"

Elder's Meditation


"Women. They have the power of generations. Women have the power to have children and not to have children."

--Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk


The Woman is not only the key to life; she is also the key to future generations. An Elder once joked that the Woman only needs the man for one night. We need to look at and respect the power of the Woman. She is special and we need to treat her that way.


Great Spirit, today, let me show the greatest respect to our Women.






Goodbye to Diabetes: The herbs Banaba, Guggle, Bitter Melon, Licorice extract, Cinnamon herb powder, Gymnema Sylvestre, Yarrow, Cayenne, Juniper Berries, Huckleberry, and Vanadyl Sulfate, when combined in a special formulation, have been proven to be successful in actually going to the cellular level to lower blood sugar levels, lower insulin resistance, and increase insulin production.  



and that's why thousands of children and pets are poisoned each year.  

We need your to make antifreeze safer:   

When children and pets come across antifreeze in the garage, on a shelf, or from a leaky engine, they are too often tempted to take a sip. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine estimates more than 700 children under the age of six, and nearly 10,000 dogs and cats were exposed to its poisonous ingredients.   

Because antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, it has a sugary sweet taste. The Senate is considering a bill, the Engine Coolant and Antifreeze Bittering Agent Act of 2005, that requires manufacturers add a bittering agent to all antifreeze containing more than 10% ethylene glycol. Thus, children and animals are discouraged from ingesting it because of its unpalatable taste.  

Tell your Senator to make antifreeze safer by passing this law.  

Bittering agents are widely available and cost effective. One of the bitterest substances, denatonium benzoate, is already used safely in many other household products. It is also extremely cheap, and would increase the cost of antifreeze by only a couple pennies per gallon. It's a small price to pay for the safety of kids and pets. On a $7 bottle of antifreeze, this would be less than a half percent increase to the total price. 

Manufacturers haven't taken adequate steps to protect children and animals -- it's time for us to stand together and demand action.   

Sign our petition telling your Senator to vote yes on the Engine Coolant and Antifreeze Bittering Agent Act of 2005.

~Submitted by Juli Maltagliati

GM CropsMixing Genetically Manufactured Crops With Drugs and Beer is a Bad Idea

A pair of articles in Business Week Online discussed the risk that plants genetically engineered to produce pharmaceutical drugs may get into the food chain.

Drugs Vs. Alcohol

Anheuser-Busch, which uses Missouri-grown rice to make beer, was unhappy with the plans of Ventria Biosciences. Ventria intended to plant fields in Missouri with transgenic rice, containing human genes. The additional genes cause the plant to produce two proteins, which the biotech company plans to use to treat stomach disorders.

Anheuser-Busch, worried that the transgenic plants might end up in the food crops and, in turn, their beer, announced that they would boycott Missouri rice if Ventria proceeded. Ventria eventually agreed to plant the rice in a remote corner of the state.

Growing Drugs

Plants such as rice and corn are considered ideal for "growing" drugs because they naturally produce large quantities of proteins. They can be made to produce proteins that affect humans by replacing some of their natural genetic code with human genes.

Using plants in this manner is considerably cheaper than other means used for this process, such as harvesting drugs from Chinese hamster ovaries. Plant use is estimated to cut manufacturing costs from $125 million to $4 million.

It has been predicted that the first plant-manufactured drugs will arrive on the market in 2006, and grow into a $2.2-billion-per-year industry by 2011.

Mixing With Food Crops

But there are fears that pollen from genetically engineered plants could be blown by the wind into fields containing food crops, producing contaminated hybrids, or that transgenic seeds could be carried hundreds of miles by birds.

In 2002, drug-producing transgenic corn made by ProdiGene Inc. started appearing in soybean fields in Nebraska and Iowa . The U.S. government seized 500,000 bushels of soybeans, and fined ProdiGene almost $3 million. Further problems of this nature could interfere with U.S. food sales to foreign countries, many of which are resistant to the idea of transgenic crops.

Tighter Regulation Needed

Consumer and environmental groups argue that a tighter regulatory framework is needed.  Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the only federal agency that regulates drug-producing plants; the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only steps in later, when the drugs themselves are tested. Many argue that, since the FDA's mandate includes protecting food, they should regulate the process at an earlier point in time.

Margaret Mellon, director of the food and environment program for the Union of Concerned Scientists, argued that the FDA needs to be given oversight over the whole process.

Said Mellon, "The FDA has authority to oversee drug production. The question is: When does drug production begin here? ... The FDA needs to get new authority from Congress to allow them to regulate genetically engineered organisms. There needs to be a pre-commercial review of the risks inherent in this type of production."



~A Pueblo Blessing ~

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe

even if it is a tree which stands by itself

Hold on to what you must do 

even if it is a long way from here
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you


The Beauty of Earth Mother


Give us hearts to understand; 
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give;
never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed;

Never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty;
never to take from her what we cannot use.
Give us hearts to understand
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;

that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;

that as we care for her she will care for us.
We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.

We have abused our power.
Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
Help us to find the way to refresh your lands.

Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution,
help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,
help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.
Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption,
help us to find the way to restore our humanity.
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
whose breath gives life to the world, hear me;

I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in Beauty.

~By Takatoka


By Susan Bates



Native Hawaiian's Seeking Federal Recognition

     If the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 is signed into law, the US Government will officially recognize 400,000 Native Hawaiian's in the same manner it recognizes Native Americans and Native Alaskans. And we all know how well Federal Recognition has worked for us.

     Among the opponents is Maui Loa, chief of the "Hou Band," people who have at least 50% Hawaiian blood. Those in this blood-quantum category have seen federal resources going toward beneficiaries of less-Hawaiian ancestry. Loa feels the Akaka bill, as written, would
perpetuate that shortcoming.

      Kai'opua Fyfe of the Kaua'i-based nonprofit Koani Foundation, submitted testimony calling the bill "fatally flawed" "because it proposes to recognize "only a portion of the class of people, those who descend from the original inhabitants of Hawai'i," rather than the descendants of the multi-ethnic subjects of the kingdom overthrown in 1893."

      The Bush administration's position is not known. Facts were taken from The Honolulu Advertiser.


Tiny Ancestors Found

     According to The Journal of Science, the preserved remains of tiny human ancestors who lived 18,000 years ago were discovered on an Indonesian island last year. Researchers who studied the skull of a 30 year old woman were dumbfounded due to the close resemblance between her brain and modern human brains.  

     These Little People also used stone tools that previously were associated only with modern man. Some scientists are skeptical and feel the Little People were incapable of making and using such "advanced" tools.

         Every culture has legends concerning the wee folks...... The Cherokee are no exception. Traditional Cherokee still believe in the Yundi Tsundi and many profess to have seen them. 

      Perhaps it takes more than large brains, a PHD and opposing thumbs to make a species "superior."
Cherokee To Mine For Clay on Ancient Creek Land

      According to an article posted on, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a permit to the Cherokee Brick and Tile Co. to mine for clay in the Ocmulgee Old Fields in Georgia, homeland of the Muscogee Creek Nation. The permit is good for 50 years.

       The Creek Nation vigorously opposed the permit saying tribal burial grounds and archaeological sites will be destroyed.
New Cookbooks Out
      The Texas Cherokees have published a real nice cookbook containing both old traditional Cherokee recipes and some new favorites. To order one, send $10 + $2 postage to Texas Cherokees, Northern Towns District, 8836 S. Hickory Road, Krum, TX 76249.






Fools Crow, Ceremonial Chief, Medicine man, of Teton Sioux (Lakota) stated this about being a healer. "We are called to become hollow bones for our people, and anyone else we can help. We are not supposed to seek power for our personal use and honor. What we bones really become is the pipeline that connects Wakan Tanka {God}, the helpers and the community together.

This tells us the direction our curing and healing work must follow, and establishes the kind of life we must live. We have to be strong and committed, otherwise we will get very little spiritual power and will probably give up the curing and healing work. The lessons we are taught by our human teachers, as Stirrup was for me, stressed that the traditional way of performing a ritual is more important than curing someone. Curing a single individual is only important in terms of what this teaches the entire community.

This community must continue to know that Wakan Tanka, and the Helpers are always with it, and that it need
no be afraid.(Mails, 1991)"

Mails, T. (1991). Wisdom and Power: Fools Crow. Tulsa, Okla: Council Oak Books

The Fools Crow Page teaches about service others.



"Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived
first, and You are older than all need, older than all  prayer...You are the life of all things." 
--Black Elk, Oglala Sioux 

"What could be greater than to be Wakan-Tanka's mind, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, arms, hands, legs, and feet
here on earth?"
--Frank Fools Crow, Lakota 

"We are called hollow bones for our people and for anyone else we can help, and we are not supposed to
seek power for our personal use and honor."
--Frank Fools Crow, Lakota 

"He [Wakan Tanka] walks with us along the pathways of Life, and He can do for us what we could never do on
our own." 
--Frank Fools Crow, Lakota 


"But in the Indian Spirit the land is still vested; it will be until other men are able to divine and meet its rhythm. Men must be born and reborn to belong. Their bodies must be formed of the dust of their forefathers' bones."
--Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux 

"Peace comes within the souls of men, when they realize their oneness with the universe, when they realize it is really within each of one of us.
--Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man


The following quotes came from this AA Group web pages



Frank Fools Crow has had many exceptional things written about his profound love and concern for all races. It was his fervent wish to share his profound gifts with as many as he could reach. "Survival of the world depends on our sharing what we have, and working together. If we don't the whole world will die. First the planet, and next the people." Then he continues, "The ones who complain and talk the most about giving away Medicine Secrets, are always those who know the least." He had little time for anyone who attempted to keep blessings for themselves.

Prayer before the U.S. Senate - 1975
by Frank Fools Crow
Ceremonial Chief and Medicine Man of the Lakota Nation:

In the presence of this house, Grandfather, Wakan-Tanka,
and from the directions where the sun sets,
and from the direction of cleansing power,
and from the direction of the rising sun,
and from the direction of the middle of the day.

Grandfather, Wakan-Tanka,
Grandmother, the Earth who hears everything,
Grandmother, because you are woman, for this reason
you are kind,
I come to you this day.

To tell you to love the red men, and watch over them,
and give these young men the understanding
because, Grandmother, from you comes the good things.


~submitted by Helen RedWing




Precious Gems


A true friend can be likened to a precious gem, they are difficult to find and are of great value.  Each precious gem contains many facets which make it more beautiful and gives it value.  So too, an organization containing many members such as the facets cut into the precious gem can be of great value because they are all different in some way.  Like the human body has many parts such as the hands, the feet, the eyes, the ears as well as other members.  They all have to work together to make the body complete.  The feet can not hear, can they? The hands can not see, can they? The eyes can not walk or talk can they?  But I say this, "They are all of equal value for they must all work together in order for the body to function in an efficient manor." 


~Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman





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1.    How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?   

            -  Unique Up On It.
2.    How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit?  

            -  Tame Way, Unique Up On It.
3.    How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest?  

            -  They Take The Psycho Path
4.    How Do You Get Holy Water?  

            -  You Boil The Hell Out Of It.
5.    What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall?  

            -  Dam!
6.    What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?  

            -  Polaroid's
7.    What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn't work?  

            -  A Stick
8.    What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours?  

            -  Nacho Cheese.
9.    What Do You Call Santa's Helpers?  

            -  Subordinate Clauses.
10.  What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand?  

            - Quattro Sinko
11.  What Do You Get From a Pampered Cow?  

            -  Spoiled Milk.
12.  What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire?  

            -  Frostbite.
13.  What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And Twitches?  

            -  A Nervous Wreck.
14.  What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup?  

            -  Anyone Can Roast Beef.
15.  Where Do You Find a Dog With No Legs?  

            -  Right Where You Left Him.
16.  Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils?  

            -  Because They Have Big Fingers.
17.  Why Don't Blind People Like To Sky Dive?   

            -  Because It Scares The Dog.
18.  What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic?  

            -  Sanka.
19.  What Is The Difference Between a Harley And a Hoover? 

            -  The Location Of The Dirt Bag.
20.  Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Al ways Fall Down?  

            -  Because They Wore Their Belt Buckle On Their Hat.
21.  What's The Difference Between a Bad Golfer And a Bad Skydiver?  

            -  A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack, Dang! A Bad Skydiver Goes Dang! Whack.
22. How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same?  

            -  Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer

                                                         ~Submitted by Bobby Joe Runninbear 


Indian Summer weather brings the indigenous American people to mind, with their wise relationship to the land and its gifts of food, especially corn. This savory crust-less quiche calls for either fresh or frozen corn kernels; the corn combined with red onion, bell pepper, Cheddar cheese and eggs makes a golden and fragrant meal rich with calcium and omega-3 nourishment.

Savory Indian Corn Pudding 

 both satisfying and delicious



2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (if using frozen, thaw before using)
3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup low-fat milk
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste



1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 1 1/2-quart shallow casserole dish or a 9-inch by 2-inch baking dish.

2. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onions and red pepper. Saut for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and place in a medium-sized bowl, Add corn, Cheddar, milk, eggs, basil, and salt and pepper to taste.

4. Pour into the prepared casserole and bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


Serves 4 to 6.


 Submitted by Sheri Burnett

Creek Cooking

Pumpkin Fry Bread

2 cups fresh pumpkin or 1-16oz. can pumpkin
1/2 tsp. salt 

1 tbsp. milk or water
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Drop into hot cooking oil and brown on both sides. Serve hot with butter or powdered sugar. 




gn-uni'ts's Search For The Uktena

A Cherokee Story

In one of their battles with the Shawano, who are all magicians, the Cherokee captured a great medicine-man whose name was gn-uni'ts, "The Ground-hogs' Mother." They had tied him ready for the torture when he begged for his life and engaged, if spared, to find for them the great wonder worker, the Uls't. Now, the Uls't is like a blazing star set in the forehead of the great Uktena serpent, and the medicine-man who could possess it might do marvelous things, but everyone knew this could not be, because it was certain death to meet the Uktena. They warned him of all this but he only answered that his medicine was strong and he was not afraid. So they gave him his life on that condition and he began the search.

The Uktena used to lie in wait in lonely places to surprise its victims, and especially haunted the dark passes of the Great Smoky mountains. Knowing this, the magician went first to a gap in the range on the far northern border of the Cherokee country. He searched and found there a monster blacksnake, larger than had ever been known before, but it was not what he was looking for, and he laughed at it as something too small for notice. 

Coming southward to the next gap he found there a great moccasin snake, the largest ever seen, but when the people wondered he said it was nothing. 

In the next gap he found a greensnake and called the people to see "the pretty slikw'y," but when they found an immense greensnake coiled up in the path they ran away in fear. 

Coming on to U'twagn'ta, the Bald mountain, he found there a great diya'hl (lizard) basking, but, although it was large and terrible to look at, it was not what he wanted and he paid no attention to it. 

Going still south to Walsi'y, the Frog place, he found a great frog squatting in the gap, but when the people who came to see it were frightened like the others and ran away from the monster he mocked at them for being afraid of a frog and went on to the next gap. 

He went on to Duniskwa`lg'y, the Gap of the Forked Antler, and to the enchanted lake of Atag'h, and at each he found monstrous reptiles, but he said they were nothing. 

He thought the Uktena might be hiding in the deep water at Tlanusi'y, the Leech place, on Hiwassee, where other strange things had been seen before, and going there he dived far down under the surface. He saw turtles and water snakes, and two immense sun-perches rushed at him and retreated again, but that was all. Other places he tried, going always southward, and at last on Gah't mountain he found the Uktena asleep.

Turning without noise, he ran swiftly down the mountain side as far as he could go with one long breath, nearly to the bottom of the slope. There he stopped and piled up a great circle of pine cones, and inside of it he dug a deep trench. Then he set fire to the cones and came back again up the mountain.

The Uktena was still asleep and putting an arrow to his bow, gn-uni'ts shot and sent the arrow through its heart, which was under the seventh spot from the serpent's head. The great snake raised his head, with the diamond in front flashing fire, and came straight at his enemy, but the magician, turning quickly, ran at full speed down the mountain, cleared the circle of fire and the trench at one bound, and lay down on the ground inside.

The Uktena tried to follow, but the arrow was through his heart. and in another moment he rolled over in his death struggle, spitting poison over all the mountain side. But the poison drops could not pass the circle of fire, but only hissed and sputtered in the blaze, and the magician on the inside was untouched except by one small drop which struck upon his head as he lay close to the ground; but he did not know it. The blood, too, as poisonous as the froth, poured from the Uktena's wound and down the slope in a dark stream, but it ran into the trench and left him 'Unharmed. The dying monster rolled over and over down the mountain, breaking down large trees in its path until it reached the bottom. Then gn-uni'ts called every bird in all the woods to come to the feast, and so many came that when they were done not even the bones were left.

After seven days he went by night to the spot. The body and the bones of the snake were gone, all eaten by the birds, but he saw a bright light shining in the darkness, and going over to it he found, resting on a low-hanging branch, where a raven had dropped it, the diamond from the head of the Uktena. He wrapped it up carefully and took it with him, and from that time he became the greatest medicine-man in the whole tribe.

When gn-uni'ts came down again to the settlement the people noticed a small snake hanging from his head where the single drop of poison from the Uktena had struck; but so long as he lived he himself never knew that it was there.

Where the blood of the Uktena had filled the trench a lake formed afterwards, and the water was black and in this water the women used to dye the cane splits for their baskets.

Our thanks to Blue Panther, Keeper of Stories

[The previous story that appeared in this space, "The Story of Uktena" is an exact copy of the story above except the alleged contributor's name has been removed. This story was published in the Smoke Signal newsletter in the July 2004 issue.] 




Blue = Healing




Alaris - Premature baby at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. This is a picture of a friend of mines baby. Pass this to your friends to keep her in their prayers  She was born very early.  But is very strong! Thank You.  ~ Sam White Eagle Soars.




Baugh, Sharon Kamama - Diagnosed with cancer. Back in the hospital. Sharon was chair of the Manataka Women's Council for many years and is now enjoys Most Honored Grandmother status.

Black, Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black -  Diagnosed with cancer.  Holding up well.  

Bowman Family - Vanderbilt Burn Center, TN.  Susie Bowman and children involved in serious vehicle accident.  Wife has 4th degree burns and lower leg amputated. Children fairing better  ~Steve Bowman via Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway.

Devereaux Family - Baker, Alida Mother of Henrietta EagleStar.  Getting much better now.  Jesse William, my oldest son and my youngest son, Mark Kenneth Devereaux need prayers.  Update 5-1-05: Jesse is receiving healing and Mark is now well.  Eagle Star needs prayer for allergic reactions to the local environment.  Nelson, a Navaho brother, his wife Diane and grand daughter, Julisa are in need. Thank you Manataka for all the prayers.   ~Eagle Star.  

Greason, James - Suffered with stroke.  Prayers from Manataka has him healed and back to work. 

Filmore, Judy - Honored Grandmother of Manataka diagnosed with lupis.  Doing much better now! 

Irons, Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan:  Diagnosed with cancer. 

Jessica -- The face of this teenager was bitten by a huge dog near her eye. The bite was severe  - Update: Now doing much better.  ~ Sam White Eagle Soars.

King, Jeremy I want to thank everyone for the prayers for my grandson Jeremy King. Prayers were answered praise be to Creator. The doctors are amazed and have no answer for why.  ~Grandmother Ruth King

Love, Tommie -  A 4 years old with 2 large brain tumors  - untreatable at Barnes Children's Hospital of St Louis. I ask for prayers for her healing and prayers for her family.  ~Alison Klose 

Runninbear, Bobby Joe - Hospitalized with a heart attack.  Runninbear is recovering very nicely with help from his good friends and Creator...Thank you all for your prayers.  ~Your Sister, BabblingBrook.


Vinson Family - Helen RedWing and GrayBeard - RedWing having problems with neck and back pain - rotator cup misalignment.  Walking better without a cane some.  Helen has had other symptoms crop up that are concerning everyone.  Graybeard general health ailments.  Grand daughter Reagan Vinson diagnosed with serious disease.  Pray for these good people.  


Graybeard was recently forced into early retirement by the U.S. Post Office after 17 years of good service.  The family is financially needy and needs your help now!  Please say you will help!


Special Prayer Request: 

The father of one of my dearest friends, Heather, is in critical condition in the ICU in Asheville, NC. He is a truck driver and earlier in September while out on the road, he found himself coughing up blood. This really frightened him, being an    ex-smoker, and so he went into the ER in Waynesville, NC. The x-ray showed that his lungs were almost entirely "whited out". They thought he had a severe case of pneumonia, but it has turned out that his immune system turned against his own body and started attacking his lungs.  The "whited out" part of his x-ray was where the vessels in his lungs had started bursting and oozing blood.

He was transferred to the hospital in Asheville on Sunday the 18th of September. He has been on a ventilator since that day, but in the process of him bleeding severely in his lungs, his kidneys did not get enough oxygen
and the filtering part of the kidneys has turned necrotic (died). He was started on around-the-clock dialysis on Tuesday the 20th.

As of tonight, he is still on the ventilator, but thankfully it is only for oxygen support. He is breathing on his own now, but the ventilator is still having to give him some extra pressure support to keep the little air sacs in his lungs open so the oxygen can exchange in his blood stream. He is still receiving dialysis but it is intermittent now instead of around the clock. His kidneys are still not producing much urine, though. The doctors have had to give him chemotherapy to completely shut down his immune system so it will stop attacking him. It is kind of like "rebooting" a computer is how the doctors have described it. With his immune system down he has developed an infection in his lungs, but thankfully it is only in his lungs and not his bloodstream. He is on antibiotics for the infection and he has improved enough to hopefully be able to remove him from the ventilator in a few more days. He is still very sick and though the doctors say parts of the internal damage are reversible, it will take lots of time.

The family is hoping that when he is more stable he'll be able to be transported by plane back to Birmingham to get more treatment at UAB. He will have to be treated for this condition for at least a year, so if they can have him close to home, it would be preferable.

For now, Heather and her mom have been able to stay at a beautiful house that was built specifically for family members who have loved ones in the Asheville area hospitals. The housing is free of charge so it has helped tremendously with the financial burden of being up there. The thing all of her family has been requesting most is prayer, prayer, and more prayer. And acceptance of whatever the future holds.

So, please take a moment and send up thoughts and prayers to the Creator on behalf of Heather's dad and the entire family. I know that this will bring comfort and hopefully, healing.  I appreciate your time and efforts. Be blessed!!

Jennifer Attaway


Did 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 needed. 


Explaining A Spiritual Experience


Ecology Front


Solar Energy Moves into Western Shoshone Territory in Nevada


--Honor the Earth, in coordination with Solar Energy International, the Western Shoshone Defense Project, American Spirit Productions and the Battle Mountain Band of Te-Moak Western Shoshone will provide free training and installation of a solar photovoltaic system in the heart of Western Shoshone territory near Elko, Nevada.

Solar panels and energy efficient systems will serve to power the ranch home of Mary and Carrie Dann, two Western Shoshone grandmothers. The Dann sisters are central to the Western Shoshone quest for environmental justice, treaty rights and sovereignty, having worked on the front-line of these issues for more than forty years.

Participants of the training will be provided with certification in solar energy installation, which is the first step toward the promotion of locally run energy systems and economic development for Native communities. The installation will also act as a pro-active model of alternative energy development in a desert region whose tremendous solar potential has been largely untapped. Most importantly, the project will serve as a beacon of safe, clean energy possibilities in an area slated for housing the most deadly garbage created by humankind: high-level nuclear waste.

Yucca Mountain, Nevada, a cultural site in Western Shoshone territory, is lined up to be a federal nuclear waste repository. More than 70,000 metric tons of radioactive fuel rods would be stored in the mountain if it opens in 2012. The Western Shoshone Nation, the state of Nevada, its citizenry and its Congressional delegation all overwhelmingly oppose the dump and have fought against it for decades. (The Western Shoshone Nation filed suit against the waste proposal on March 4, 2005 asserting that the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley allows only specified uses of the land - and nuclear waste transportation and storage is not one of them. Hearing on request for injunction is April 27th.) Critics of the Yucca Mountain repository point to the seismic instability of the site and the glaring health and safety issues related to transporting 90,000 shipments of lethal nuclear waste by truck and train on major interstates and railroads to Nevada.

Honor the Earth's Executive Director Winona LaDuke announced the photovoltaic project saying, "We believe Nevada and Western Shoshone territory should have solar power, not nuclear waste."

The Western Shoshone people have suffered vast environmental injustices, ranging from the impact of atomic fall-out from over 900 nuclear detonations in the Nevada Test Site to gold mining throughout their region. "This project represents a positive alternative to what could be in Western Shoshone territory, rather than tapping our hot springs or filling our mountain with nuclear waste" said Carrie Dann. "We want our future as Western Shoshone people to be one that is in keeping with our cultural and spiritual respect for the environment, and sustainability for the future generations."

Long-time Western Shoshone activist Virginia Sanchez agrees. "We've spent our lives opposing nuclear testing and nuclear waste and want to see an alternative for our children," she says. 

Native America has historically borne the brunt of environmental injustices in relation to energy policy. Uranium mines and nuclear waste dumps, huge coal-fired power plants and dams scar our land, air, water, and peoples.  Native Communities are also, ironically, ten times more likely to be without electricity than most Americans.

Honor the Earth and Solar Energy International with their partners hope to make the Dann Ranch installation a model solar project to be replicated in rural and Native communities in Nevada and elsewhere. "We're at the beginning of a new energy age," explained Winona LaDuke. "As Native peoples we don't want to be at the end of the nuclear and fossil fuel energy economies. We want to be at the beginning of the renewable and hydrogen economy. The Western Shoshone Nation and the Dann Sisters represent hope for our future."

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