Manataka American Indian Council                                                                                     Volume XIII  Issue 07 JULY 2009


 

 

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Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

July Issue

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Wednesday , July 1

Canada Day

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day

Saturday, July 18

Manataka Day

 


 

 

 

Contents:              

 

Contents of Page 1              

Elders Meditation: Don Talayesva, Hopi
Upcoming Events:

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Feature Story 1:   The Spirit of Peace

Feature Story 2:

The Shores Within - Chapter 3
Ecological Notes: Union of Concern Scientists
Grandfather King Coke Speaks: Promises, Promises: Indian Health Care's Victims
Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Speaks: Parental Abuse, When Will It End?
Mother Earth Watch: Buying Organic is Well Worth the Cost...
Tribal News: A Virginia Tribes; Canadian War Crimes and more
Education:

Teaching About American Indians

Inspiration Thoughts:   A Spiritual Conspiracy
Website Updates:   20 New Articles in JUNE 2009

Contents of Page 2              

Legends of Old: Father Frog
Feature Story 3: We Are All Related
Feature Story 4:   About the Lakota Sacred Red Stone C’anunpa

Letters to the Editor:

Real ID, Indian Prez, Losing Weight and More...
Organic Consumers: Doctors Call for Ban on Genetically Modified Foods
Elder's Meditations: Traditional Circle of Elders. Onodaga
Plant Medicine: Surviving Sinusitis - Sinus Infections
Fluoride: Fluoride May Contribute to Early Puberty
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Grizzly Bears and Gray Wolves
Endangered Sacred Sites: New Mexico’s Endangered Sacred Site

Contents of Page 3              

History: History of the Great Zuni People

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

Grandmother Mountain

Moon Dance

Mommy, Mom, Mother, Maw

Feature Story 5::

Feature Story 6:

Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering

Purification

Elder's Meditations: Circle of Elders, Northern Cheyenne
Women's Circle: Mourning Dove (Okanogan) 
Food & Nutrition: Going Vegetarian or Vegan?
Book Reviews: Native American Flute:
Poetry Circle: Servant
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Special Needs; Meeting Postponed; Dues

 


 

ELDER MEDITATION

 

"Do not be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts." - Don Talayesva, Hopi

 

Human beings function from choice. We can choose to stuff things, or we can choose to let go of things. If we choose to stuff things, then
we will feel a heaviness, or sorrow, self pity or fear. Sometimes we feel the need to cry. Sometimes we are taught it is not okay to cry. The Creator designed the human being to cry. Crying is a release. This release allows us to let go of thoughts that are not helping us so we can open to new thoughts that will help. Crying is natural for women and men.

 

Grandfather,

If I need to cry,

let me realize it is a natural process

and help me to let go.

 


 

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FEATURE I

 

The Spirit of Peace

by Norman Cordova

 

 

 

 

As we walk along our path in life we encounter many spirits.  These spirits are not new but ancient.  They have existed through time and will continue to exist long after my walk in the world has come full circle. 

 

Life is an encounter with spirits.  We may not choose which ones we meet, but ultimately we are able to choose which spirits we keep company with.  Many spirits we can encounter as friends, yet there are others which may burden us and weigh us down taking life from us.  In my own life, walking the red road has helped me to understand the difference between the two.  The ceremony of the Inipi has also helped to strengthen my own spirit and ultimately my own ability to choose which spirits I keep company with. 

 

In all cultures the spirits we encounter have names.  For example, at times we may encounter the spirit of joy, the spirit of disillusionment, the spirit of hope or the spirit of confusion.  Perhaps these spirits are carried to us through another; such as an inspiring and good person or perhaps a manipulative and mean one.  For me, when times are difficult or confusing, I look for the Spirit of Peace to guide and lead me.  What I have found is that the Spirit of Peace is a good guide and a good help.

 

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FEATURE STORY 2

 

 

The Shores Within

By Boe Glasschild

& Laughing Dog Red Feather

 

Free Online Lessons on the Medicine Way

Eight lessons plus a glossary, bibliographic notes and more.

 

The Medicine Way has been exclusively an oral tradition for centuries. Now, Choctaw Spiritual Elder Boe Many Knives Glasschild, Bvshpo Lawa,  puts these teachings in writing for all to read and understand.   This is the second installment of ten monthly installments of the book entitled, "The Shores Within" covering the entire book from April to December 2009.  Each chapter contains links to a glossary of definitions to various Medicine Way terminology. 

 

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Preface and Forethought     - April 2009

Introduction and Chapter 1 -   May 2009

Shores Within - Chapter 2   - June 2009

Shores Within - Chapter 3   -  July 2009

 

 


 

 

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ECOLOGY NOTES:

 

 
Funds for pesticide use reporting restored!
Photo of pesticide sprayingUCS led other groups in a successful effort urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to resurrect a program for tracking pesticide use on U.S. food crops, which had been halted by the Bush administration. The pesticide use surveys, conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), provide the only free, publicly available data on the agricultural chemicals applied to crops. Government agencies, environmental groups, academic scientists, and others use the data to evaluate the human health and environmental risks posed by pesticides and compare the amount of pesticides applied to genetically engineered (GE) versus conventional crops, among other purposes. As the first step in restoring the program, NASS will gather data on pesticide applications to fruit and nut crops this fall. If Congress approves the full funding specified in the president's 2010 budget, the agency will resume data collection for vegetables, major row crops, and pesticides applied to crops after harvest. Read our correspondence urging the reinstatement of the program. We thank the many UCS activists who wrote letters to help convince the USDA to preserve this valuable program.

2. Germany bans engineered corn, despite Monsanto objections
Germany has banned a GE corn variety already banned by Austria, Hungary, France, Greece, and Luxembourg. Read more...

3. International agriculture aid shouldn't mandate GE research
UCS strongly supports a bill in Congress that will provide agricultural aid to developing countries, but is calling on lawmakers to strip a provision that appears to mandate research employing GE as a condition of aid. Read more...

4. What You Can Do: Tell the USDA to strengthen regulation of pharma crops
The USDA is proposing to adopt new regulations that could significantly weaken restrictions on GE food crops that produce pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals (pharma crops). UCS is campaigning to ban the outdoor cultivation of these crops because of the likelihood that they will contaminate the food supply. Write to the agency today and demand that regulations for these dangerous crops be strengthened, not weakened. This is the last chance to submit letters before the comment period ends on June 29! New to the issue of pharma crops? View our narrated slideshow to learn the basics.
 

 

 


 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

Two Poncas stole a hog, and put it on the front car seat between them.
 

Suddenly they hit a road block. Thinking fast, they disguised the hog by putting sunglasses on it, and by tying a lady's scarf around its head. The trick worked, and the deputy let them go.
 

"Don't that break your heart?" the deputy asked the sheriff as they drove away. "Them two Ponca Indian boys .. out with that beautiful white woman".

 


 

Grandfather Grey Hawk Speaks

 

Robert Gray Hawk Coke


 

 

 

PROMISES, PROMISES: Indian Health Care's Victims

by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer

 

An occasional look at government promises and how well they are kept.

 

CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) - Ta'Shon Rain Little Light, a happy little girl who loved to dance and dress up in traditional American Indian clothes, had stopped eating and walking. She complained constantly to her mother that her stomach hurt.

 

When Stephanie Little Light took her daughter to the Indian Health Service clinic in this wind-swept and remote corner of Montana, they told her the 5-year-old was depressed.

 

Ta'Shon's pain rapidly worsened and she visited the clinic about 10 more times over several months before her lung collapsed and she was airlifted to a children's hospital in Denver. There she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, confirming the suspicions of family members.

 

A few weeks later, a charity sent the whole family to Disney World so Ta'Shon could see Cinderella's Castle, her biggest dream. She never got to see the castle, though. She died in her hotel bed soon after the family arrived in Florida.

 

"Maybe it would have been treatable," says her great-aunt, Ada White, as she stoically recounts the last few months of Ta'Shon's short life. Stephanie Little Light cries as she recalls how she once forced her daughter to walk when she was in pain because the doctors told her it was all in the little girl's head.

 

Ta'Shon's story is not unique in the Indian Health Service system, which serves almost 2 million American Indians in 35 states.

 

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GRANDFATHER SEVEN HAWK EYES SPEAKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parental Abuse, When Will It End? 

 

I made it a habit for the past ten years to visit several nursing homes in the central Illinois area. Most of the folks that reside in these homes are not able to do the simplest things for themselves. One time while I was in a room talking to an old man in his nineties two of his children asked me to leave the room and never to come back. They said that I was encouraging the old man to do things on his own and not to depend on the children. As I left the room one of the children scolded the old man. I stayed just out of sight while the children (both in their 60’s) verbally abused the old man. I was very sad because I could do nothing.  I spoke to one of the caregivers about the old man and she told me that the children abuse the man on a regular basis.

 

After his children left I went to the room and noticed that he had been crying and appeared to have a black eye.  After talking to him for a while he told me that his son had smacked him. I told the employees of the home what had happened and I was told that this sort of thing happens every day and that they could do nothing about it. I then called the police department and an investigator came to the home and took a report of the abuse...

 

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MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

Buying Organic is Well Worth the Cost...

Even When Times are Tough

 

 

(NaturalNews) Organic food is now the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture. In 2007, the value of retail sales from organic food was estimated at more than $20 billion. According to the Food Marketing Institute, more than half of Americans now buy some organic food product at least once a month. The industry is expected to grow at a rate of 18 percent per year until 2010, making organic food sales one of the fastest growing sectors in the generally sagging U.S. economy. Cutting organic food from their budgets is just not an option for many people who are struggling to make ends meet.

What does it mean to be organic?

According to the National Organic Standards Board:

"Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.

"The word organic is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.


"Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.

"Organic food handlers, processors and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people."

This definition gently shades the meaning most people associate with the term, such as the use of non-chemical fertilizers and pesticides as the food is being grown. Canada`s recently instituted organic regulations specifically prohibit synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically-modified organisms (GMO).
 

(Continued)

  • Organic farming offers a difference

  • The term "natural" has no real meaning

  • Why does organic food cost so much?
     

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TRIBAL NEWS

 

House Approves Virginia Tribes' Federal Recognition Bill
WASHINGTON - With the House of Representatives' approval of the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009, some members of six Virginia Indian tribes say they're hoping their federal recognition bill will become law this year.  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1385  Virginia's tribes have waited 400 years to receive their federal recognition. We are one step closer to closing a sad chapter in our nation's history, one that saw the exploitation and denigration of Virginia's Indians.  http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/47056397.html

 


 

Akwesasne: Canada Forcibly Holding Civilians is  a War Crime

 

Mohawk Native News - Canada continues to prepare and initiate aggression against the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne in violation of international treaties, agreements and assurances. Canada is carrying out ill treatment of civilian residents on the illegally occupied territory of the Haudenosaunee. No matter where the Canada-US border is relocated, it is still on Onwehonwe land. The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority is making money out of illegally leasing out our land for the border facility. According to the Jay Treaty 1794 between the U.S. and Britain, the border is meant for the colonists. Not us. Some suggest it be relocated somewhere in Europe. If the colonists block the bridges to our community every time they want to scare or control us, is it time to build our own? Mohawks are being held hostage on Cornwall Island by Canada and the U.S. until we agree to let the gun toting border guards roam around the middle of Akwesasne. The Minister of Public Safety won’t talk to us. Why? In the meantime boats and barges are shuffling kids, food and other necessities to us.  Kahentinetha - kahentinetha2@yahoo.com MNN Mohawk Nation News, www..mohawknationnews.com  Go to MNN “BORDER” category for more stories;
 


 

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

 

New York City, NY -- A delegation from the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council (TSNTC) attended a two-week session at the United Nations. The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was in session. The delegation included Spokesperson Charmaine White Face, Janice Larson from Lower Brule, Clifford White Eyes Sr. from Rosebud, and Garvard Good Plume, Pine Ridge. The Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council was established in 1893 by Chief He Dog specifically to uphold the terms of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. Delegations from the TSNTC began their efforts in the United Nations in 1984 after exhausting all remedies in the United States. TSNTC delegations have attended most of the sessions of the Permanent Forum since the first session in 2001. This is the Eighth the Session. The UN Permanent Forum provides an opportunity for the Nation States, who are members of the United Nations, to hear issues directly from Indigenous Nations and peoples. It also provides an opportunity to meet with officials of UN agencies and offices, and to meet and network with representatives of other Indigenous nations and peoples.  Charmaine White Face at 605-399-1868, or email: bhdefenders@msn.com

 

 


 

Horrifying Things Are Happening in Peru's Rainforests

 

In the past several days the Peruvian government murdered dozens of Indigenous protesters who tried to unite in peaceful protest against oil expansion in their forests.  Peru's President, Alan Garcia, says that in order to meet its Free Trade Agreement responsibilities to the United States Peru must prioritize the demands of international resource exploitation even as they undermine the land rights of Peru's Indigenous peoples.  And so far the US has been silent.  You can change that. Act now and tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the US needs take a stand and formally demand that Peru end the violence now.  In 2008, President Garcia created 99 laws designed to open up Peru's lands to multinational corporations for oil and gas exploration by executive order, bypassing Peru's Congress and any debate in Peru's democratic government.  While the Peruvian Congress reviews whether these executive orders are constitutional, tens of thousands of Indigenous peoples have been peacefully marching and blockading to prevent the rainforests they depend on from being exploited.  Then, several days ago, the violent crackdown began. In Bagua Grande, 1,400km north of Lima, several thousand Indigenous peoples were forcibly dispersed by tear gas and real bullets, killing dozens of Indigenous protesters. Just yesterday, the Congress announced a suspension of two of the 99 laws, but Indigenous leaders have signaled that their peaceful protests will continue until all the laws are completely revoked.  

 


 

 


 


Attention Educators:

 

TEACHING ABOUT AMERICAN INDIANS

 

 

Teaching Resources for Educators

Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners. Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc. Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four categories:

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

A SPIRITUAL CONSPIRACY

 

On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence and things seem dark.


But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something else is happening underground.
 

An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light.
 

It is a silent revolution.
 

From the inside out. From the ground up.
 

This is a Global operation.
 

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The Times On Mother Earth   Beautiful Words
Let's Watch How We Walk and Talk - by Daniel Hawk Hoffman   Elders Speak
Moon Dance Ceremony by Magdala   Elders Speak
Green Corn Gathering by Waynonah   Elders Speak
Clean Vehicles Update   Environment
How to Create A Healthy, Wealthy, Abundant Nation   Environment
Land Bridge Migration Theory Finally Debunked   Feature Story
Meet Bear's Grandkids   Feature Story
The Century of The Rights of Mother Earth   Feature Story
41-Year Legacy of Mohawk Resistance at the Akwesasne Border   Feature Story
Najaho Casket Maker Tony Beneli   Feature Story
CDC Oral Health Division Must Be Investigated   Health Watch
Ten Products to Use for Fasting and Detoxification   Herbal Medicine
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The Importance of Dreaming - Abenaki   Legends
Shores Within Lessons - Chapter 2   Spiritual Medicine
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