Manataka American Indian Council   Volume XII  Issue 9  SEPTEMBER 2008

 


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

SEPTEMBER ISSUE

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Contents:              

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Upcoming Events: 

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

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Elder's Meditation:

Oren Lyons, Onondaga
1 Website Updates: Over 18 New Articles and Stories
Announcement: World Drum at Manataka

1

Feature Story 1:

Experiencing The World Drum

1

Ecological Notes::

Organic Agriculture Can Feed World

1

Grandmothers Speak:

Waynonaha

Gram Selma Palmer

Magdala Rameriz

Carol Petersen

 

The Crown

When We Were Young

Changing Vibrations

Meditation

1 Mother Earth Watch: Solar-Power Breakthrough
1 Tribal News: Money for American Indians
1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: I Believe

2 Legends of Old: Raccoon and the Waterfall
2 Feature Story 2: Mistake on the Mountain

2

Letters to the Editor:

Industry Profits, Hawks, and Pen Pals
2 Organic Consumer Watch: How to Protect Mother Earth
2 Elder's Meditations: John Peters Slow Turtle, Wampanoag
2 Health:  How to Get Sick: Illness Prescription
2 Plant Medicine:

The Mystery of Green Tea Solved

2 Fluoride: Fluoride's Impact on Brain
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Return of Wolves Changes Ecosystem
2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Bones Given to Odawa Indian tribe

Announcement: Attendance at Manataka Gatherings

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History: Exemplar of Liberty: A New Chapter

3

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

A True Friend

Healing With Love Part 2

3 Feature Story 3:: Raising Your Personal Vibration

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Elder's Meditations: Oral Tradition, Omaha

3

Women's Council: Piestewa Peak

3

Food & Nutrition: God's Pharmacy is Amazing!

3

Book Reviews:

Scalping: Fact & Fantasy

Modern American Indian Leaders

3

Poetry Circle: Helen Red Wing Wagner-Vinson

3

Healing Prayer Basket: Sickness and Memorials

3

Manataka  Business: August Elder Council Meeting

 

 


Lee Standing Bear Moore for President

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 


           

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

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ELDER MEDITATION

 

"In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred - everything is for sale."   -Oren Lyons, Onondaga

 

The Elders often say that when something is sacred it has spiritual value. You'll hear, on the Earth there are sacred spots. You'll hear, our ceremonies are sacred, our children are sacred, marriage is sacred. When something is sacred it means it's so holy you can't attach a value to it. Therefore, it's not for sale. It's an insult to suggest buying something sacred. On the other hand, if we look at it differently, as

there is no sacred land, ceremonies are not sacred, children are not sacred, then everything is for sale. Sacredness creates spiritual space. Sacredness makes things holy. Sacredness shows respect for God.

 

Great Spirit,

let me honor

things that are

sacred.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

AUGUST  WEBSITE UPDATES

 

NEW ARTICLES
North Dakota Wild Horses Find Homes   Animal Rights
Healing With Love Part 1   Elders Speak
I Touched The Earth   Elders Speak
MomFeather Speaks - I am Children   Elders Speak
World Drum Project   Feature
Manataka: The Rationalist Alternative   Feature
Love and Gratitude Water Ceremony   Feature
Genetically Engineered Sugar to Hit U.S. in 2008   Health
List of Communities Rejecting Fluoridation Grows Larger   Health
What's In That?  How Food Affects Your Behavior   Health
Seeds Of Wellness: Return Of A Super-grain   Herbal Medicine
Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 7 - Mohawks, Axes and Taxes   History
The Aholi and Other Walpi Katcinas - Hopi   Legends
Manataka Making a Relative Ceremony - Henbury School   Membership
NO Dirty Gold!   Mother Earth
Puerto Rico archeological find mired in politics    Sacred Sites
Ellen Move Camp - Hero of Wounded Knee   Women's Council
How To Can Berries   Women's Council
     
NEW TRADING POST ITEMS
Native Remedies   Spiritual Path Books
Women's Gifts   Speak Cherokee Today!
American Indian Art Good!   Crazy Coyote's Leather
Book Reviews - Top NDN Books   History Books
Forefathers Band - Manataka CD   Maggie's Soap Nuts
New American Indian FLAGS   Red Hawk Crafts

 


 

FEATURE

 

 

 

 

Experiencing The World Drum

By Beck Flaming Owl Moore

 

 

An amazing diary of joy, enlightenment. and an unforgettable experience.

 

 

Sami Medicine Man and Drum Maker, Birger Mikkelsen created the World Drum after a vision. The vision of the World Drum is to bind people together across borders, distance, race, and religion in common struggle for the Earth. The World Drum was created from a spiritual view point of life. The World Drum originated in Norway, but is American Indian in style. It is approximately 18 inches in diameter, hand held and covered with an unusually beautiful reindeer hide.

 

The World Drum was consecrated in a ceremony in front of the Norwegian Parliament in October of 2006. The World Drum was part of the official celebration of the Sami National Day in Gratangen, Norway. In July, 2008, the World Drum was presented in the halls of Canadian Parliament in Ottawa by the Metis First Nation.

 

The World Drum project coordinator, Dr. Morten Wolf Storeide, wrote a Speech for Mother Earth that is a wake up call for humankind to reinstate spiritual relationship to the Mother Earth.

 

Amanda Morning Star Moore learned of the World Drums existence soon after becoming Drum Keeper for the Manataka American Indian Council in 2006. I watched the progress of the World Drum as it made its way from country to country. I requested the World Drum visit me. Twice I was on the schedule and both times the World Drum or I were unable to connect. Finally after 18 countries and 26 states it was coming to us on July 2, 2008.


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ELDER MOMFEATHER SPEAKS

 

Manataka welcomes our newest (fourth oldest) correspondent.  We have known this fine lady for many years and always felt the world was blessed to put her where we could witness her beautiful works.   Today, the people sing wherever she goes.

~Editors


 

 

 

Read About Momfeather Erickson 

A champion of Native American ways in Kentucky


 


 

ECOLOGY NOTES:

 

Organic Agriculture CAN Feed the World

and Reduce Global Warming!
Compiled by Lauren Zack
 


THE TOP AGRICULTURAL BREAKTHROUGHS
Written and edited by Craig Minowa and Ronnie Cummins


Although the biotech industry and our indentured corporate mass media would have us believe that recent scientific advances in food and farming are derived from genetic engineering and chemicals, according to UK-based GM Watch, the real breakthroughs in farming in 2007 came from organic and sustainable agriculture:

1) In 2007 a deluge of new scientific studies from a wide variety of institutions indicate that in comparison to genetically modified (GM) crops, organic agriculture can better feed the world, reduce global warming, provide greater nutrition, and boost the economy. Digesting new research on the topic, the United Nations announced that organic agriculture is the best way to feed the world and help stabilize the climate:

+ ORGANIC FARMING CAN FEED THE WORLD - STUDY Organic farming can yield up to three times as much food on individual farms in developing countries, as low-intensive methods on the same land - according to new findings which refute the long-standing claim that organic farming methods cannot produce enough food to feed the global population. ''My hope is that we can finally put a nail in the coffin of the idea that you can't produce enough food through organic agriculture,'' said Ivette Perfecto, professor at University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and one of the study's principal investigators.

+ ORGANIC FARMING COMBATS GLOBAL WARMING... Big time, according to data from the Rodale Institute's long-running comparison of organic and conventional cropping systems. Converting the US's corn and soybean acres to organic production would sequester enough carbon to satisfy 73 percent of the Kyoto targets for CO2 reduction in the US.
http://www.newfarm.org/depts/NFfield_trials/1003/carbonsequest.shtml

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

 

 

The Crown

 

When I was a young mother of three little ones,  I was faced with the dilemma of working. I did not want to leave my babies to a stranger for the time I would be gone from the house. It was so hard to find good baby sitters in those days there were very few day cares and those that you could find  did not have to be licensed or inspected by the state. You just found some other mother who was doing this from her own home because she also had small children.

 

 

At one time I also took in children to watch in my home just to be with my own children. I also took in ironing and mending, dress making,  cooking,  craft making, and any other money making project I could find. At one time I worked in a shoe shop and as a nurse in a medical center and ran a cleaning service for offices and private homes. I think one has to be creative to work and still be there for her family.

With six children we worked hard to just make the basics let alone trips to Disney World. My kids never got to do that but they did go on camping trips. We fished in the ocean and the lakes and rivers. They grew up with a deep respect for hard work, the natural wonders of nature. Summers were spent on the river where I had built a home in the early 60s. I remember picking out the land and going for the loan to build the house. It was hard to do with all the working but we managed to move into our new freshly built home when I was 5 months pregnant with my daughter Debbie.

 
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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

 Traditional, Cultural and Spiritual Teachings

 

 

 

When We Were Young

By Gram Selma, Ocali

 

 

 

As we age and the wrinkles on our faces show wrinkles in our heart and soul starts to be felt more.   Some of us tend to forget what simple pleasures surround us even on the worst of days.

 

What joy we experienced as a child while playing in a stream or even a water puddle.  Our amazement in watching tadpoles and our disbelief when adults told us they would grow into frogs !!!

 

We tend to forget our first thrill at chasing and trying to catch a butterfly and then an adult telling us that if we caught them that it would kill them as the fuzz would come off their wings !!!

 

So, we learned to simply watch them and if one landed on us to marvel in sheer joy, remembering not to touch it in fear of killing it.

 

 

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GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK

 

 

mmmnnnnmm

Magdala Rameriz

Changing Vibrations

by  Magdala Rameriz, Maya Priestess 

 

 

In the journey of being human, people encounter in the space of time many ways to perceive their reality.  The mother has changed and will continue to change her vibration and the adaptation of all the life forms are taking place.  It is a renewal of ones perception of self.

 

It is indeed, challenging times for the many, the battle inside of the self has become strong in the world of oneness.  Unresolved issues as well as the wrong beliefs are popping out and human being are ready to use the old force as an stepping stone to jump into the new world.  Trusting and hoping and of course the most important to believe in the self.

 

Inside of the true human resides a force that recognizes this time and allows this force to take place in your being.  Inside, you know that you have all the assistance that you need.  Recognition of this means that you are already passing through it. 

 

 

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MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

Solar-Power Breakthrough

Researchers find a cheap and easy way to store the energy made by solar power.

By Kevin Bullis

 

Daniel Nocera poses with a device for breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen.  The device uses an inexpensive catalyst he developed. Photo: Donna Coveney, MIT. 

Researchers have made a major advance in inorganic chemistry that could lead to a cheap way to store energy from the sun. In so doing, they have solved one of the key problems in making solor energy a dominant source of electricity.

 

Daniel Nocera, a professor of chemistry at MIT, has developed a catalyst that can generate oxygen from a glass of water by splitting water molecules. The reaction frees hydrogen ions to make hydrogen gas. The catalyst, which is easy and cheap to make, could be used to generate vast amounts of hydrogen using sunlight to power the reactions. The hydrogen can then be burned or run through a fuel cell to generate electricity whenever it's needed, including when the sun isn't shining.

 

Solar power is ultimately limited by the fact that the solar cells only produce their peak output for a few hours each day. The proposed solution of using sunlight to split water, storing solar energy in the form of hydrogen, hasn't been practical because the reaction required too much energy, and suitable catalysts were too expensive or used extremely rare materials. Nocera's catalyst clears the way for cheap and abundant water-splitting technologies.


 

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Carol Perez Petersen

 

 

 

MEDITATION

 

Inside the womb of the mother

Returning to the fetus the original power

          Omnipotent

 

In the paradise of the womb

The mother is the eternal ovum

 Consciousness is Water

         Omnipresent

 

Enter the sacred chamber of the womb

Remember

           Omniscient   

 

Return to primordial zero

In the sea of love

The womb undoes denial 

In the womb man is woman.

Where gender is time entranced

 

In the womb I am my mother.

I am my mother inside my grandmother

I am the cycle of birth and earth and heart

In the womb, wombness, all this is Mother

 

 

Carol Perez Petersen

Clan Mother Deer Nation

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TRIBAL NEWS

 

Money for Native Americans, but Health Care Improvements Still Stalled
Native American Legislative Update

 

Congress added much needed funds for Native Americans to legislation expected to be signed into law, but the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (H.R. 1328) is still stalled in the House. We begin this Native American Legislative Update with some recent positive news:

 

Positive Legislative Developments

Friends Committee on National Legislation http://www.fcnl.org/index.htm

 


 

Gambling off the table, Virginia tribes should gain federal recognition.
 

Governor Tim Kaine has put his weight behind a move in the U.S. Senate to grant federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes. It's a honor that's well overdue.
 

For years, the argument against recognition centered around one major bugaboo: gaming. In other parts of the United States, federal status has opened the door to casinos on reservations, which bring with them many unintended consequences, like attracting organized crime, encouraging gambling addiction, failure to alleviate poverty on the reservation, and other social woes. Many Indian leaders share these concerns, including officials of the Navajo Nation, which remains casino-free.
 

The Virginia tribes have made it clear they will not establish gaming facilities on their reservations. Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy tribe told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "I'm a deacon in my church, and I probably would be kicked out of my church if we brought gambling to the community We have said we would never game as long as the commonwealth says 'No.'"


The six tribes--the Upper Mattaponi, Monacan, Chickahominy, Chickahominy-Eastern Division, Nansemond, and Rappahannock--would benefit by gaining access to scholarships and educational grants.
 

Then, too, there is the question of honor and equity: Most Indian tribes achieved federal recognition when they signed peace treaties with the U.S. government. Virginia's Indians signed their treaties with the British crown. They predated the emergence of the United States as a nation. In other words, they were a nation before we were.
 

Now that gambling is off the table, the argument against federal recognition is moot. Virginia's tribes should be given full status--and better late than never.

 

Source: Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredricksburg.com Date published: 7/28/2008

Submitted by Helen Red Wing Vinson


 


 


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...

 

I Believe

 

I believe - That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

 

I believe- That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

 

I believe- That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

 

I believe- That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

 

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