Manataka American Indian Council                                                                                             Volume X  Issue 7  JULY 2006


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Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow 

 

 

 

 77 printed pages in this issue - Biggest Ever!

 


 

Contents:

Animal Rights and Wrongs: Health Alert: Coca Garden Mulch Kills

Grizzly Bear Endangered!

Bennie LeBeau Message from the Andean Cordillera
Communications: An Open Letter to Manataka

Eco-Notes:

Eden Found!
Elder Council Meeting: Short meeting big on substance

Elder's Meditation:

Oren R. Lyons, Six Nations

Michael Kabotie, Hopi

Feature Story: 

Hair Raising... A Spiritual Journey
Fluoride Watch: Fluoride Industry Busted
Focus On Indigenous People: Arctic Village
Funny Bones: You Are An Indian If...
Grandmothers Speak:

Waynonaha - Moon of the Popping Trees

Gram Selma - Traditions of our Ancestors

Hawk Speaks:

Cowboys and Indians

Healing Prayer Basket:

Prayer is Powerful!

Health Watch:

Antibacterial Products May Be Harmful

Hill & Holler:

4th of July Holiday is coming up
History: A Warrior Cared for by Wolves
Inspiration:: A Spiritual Warrior

Legends of Old:

Story of Big Sister and Little Sister

Letters to the Editor:

In the Name of Progress

MAIC Messages:

Manataka Needs Things
Mother Earth Watch: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace...
Nammy Music Awards: 8th Annual Award Winners
News Flash:

Another White Buffalo is Born

Congress is Selling Out the Internet

Poetry Circle: He is An Indian
Opinion Page: Illegal immigration is a hot topic these days
Rumor or Fact? Reprint by Request
Sacred Site Watch:

Kituwah Mound, North Carolina, Eastern Cherokee

Tribal Politics: Cherokee Nation Defined

Upcoming Events: 

Great Inter-Tribal Gathering of the Nations

Warrior Society: 

Crows Journey
Website Updates:  Six new feature stories

Women's Circle:

America's first farmers were women
Women's Council: Circle of Friendshiip

Women's Medicine from Magdala:

Beautiful Awakening of the Feminine


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS...

 

Help Needed Now!  

Grandmother Helen RedWing and Joseph Vinson are in need food now!  Helen has been disabled for many years and receives no government benefits.  Joe was forced to retire from the Post Office for debilitating back pain after many years of good service, but the government has been dragging its feet in awarding him compensation and retirement funds.  They do not qualify for food stamps because he as too much money in his retirement fund -- that the government is withholding.  The Army Relief Fund has paid their rent and utilities, but there is no money for food and gas money.   These are two wonderful elders who need our help now!  Please send boxes of food and donations directly to them at:  3308 Weber Drive, Lakeland 38002-9728   PLEASE DO THIS NOW BEFORE THEY HAVE TO BE HOSPITALIZED!

 

Booklets Available

Manataka now has available several thousand copies of a 16-page booklet titled “Native American Spirituality: An Informational Guide for Health Care Providers, Hospital Staff and Administrators, Chaplains, School Administrators, Funeral Directors and Others Regarding Ceremonies, Rights and Obligations.”  Read the booklet here

 

Single copies are $1.00 to cover the cost of mailing.  10 booklets - $5.00.  25 booklets $10.00  For higher quantities send us an email.  See related story below.

 

A MUST READ:

"A Reflection on the Relevance of the Indigenous World in These Critical Times" --- A powerful, intelligent and spiritually moving treatise by Otto Caballo Blanco Riollano.  English Version   Español Versión   La Relevancia Del Mundo Indígena En Este Tiempo Crítico:  Una Reflectión

 

 


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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Sacred Sites Summit - Great Inter-Tribal Gathering of the Nations

Intertribal Coalition to Defend Bear Butte

August 1- 4, 2006

Sturgis, South Dakota

 

Bear Butte is "Nowah'wus" to the Cheyenne Nation. It is "Mato Paha" to the Lakota. Across the Great Plains over thirty indigenous Nations acknowledge the sacredness of this Butte and it's surrounding area. It is a mountain inhabited by spirits and spiritual powers that are well known to our people. For this reason Bear Butte is central to our ceremonial life as native people of the Great Plains and is necessary for the continued health and well being of our people. All life on Bear Butte must be respected and defended. No people have a right to destroy or disrespect our sacred mountain. Rally to bring tribes and individuals together to defend Bear Butte. Contact information: Debra White Plume, Director; 101 Lonesome Valley Rd., Manderson S.D. 57756  605-455-2155 or Vic Camp, P.O. Box 95, Manderson S. D. 57756, 605-455-1122

 

The Gathering of the Peacemakers:
Healing Santa Cruz With One Love
Santa Cruz, California - Labor Day - September 04, 2006
Free Admission!  Click on poster for more info


San Lorenzo River Park in downtown Santa Cruz, California on Labor Day.  Native American elders, Tibetan monks, religious leaders and local teachers of love. Performances by local and internationally-known conscious artists whose message reinforces our own. Already Grammy-award nominee reggae artist Luciano and recording artist Mikey General to perform. All speakers and performers donate their time and talent for free.   We believe that if the peacemakers - those people teaching love in the community - can gather together and revitalize each other as well as encourage others to join them as peacemakers, they can have a positive effect on the entire community manifesting in lower crime, drug abuse, domestic abuse, etc. We encourage each person to heal the small piece of the planet the Creator has assigned them by simply loving and forgiving as much as they can. roskind@boone.net

 

 

Spirit Keepers Caravan
Bringing the Children Home

August 14 - September 30, 2006

Vancouver, Canada

More than 50,000 aboriginal children died in church-run residential schools across Canada between 1890 and 1984. Few of their remains were ever brought home for a proper burial. Their killers were never brought to justice. And the truth of the Aboriginal Holocaust has remained buried. Until now.  Clan Mothers and Elders have decided to launch a Spirit Keepers Caravan that will visit the sites of former residential schools and help give voice to the spirits of the children who died there. The Caravan will rally survivors and ask the government of Canada and the Catholic, Anglican and United Church to return the remains of the disappeared children to their homes so they may finally be laid to rest.  With thanks from The Elders of the Spirit Keepers Caravan: Growing Rock, Anishinabe-Cree Nation; Martha Joseph, Getksan Nation; Whispers Wind, Anishinabe Nation The Caravan will be leaving Unceded Coast Salish territory ("Vancouver") on August 14, 2006, to be joined by others. Contact us now to plan a ceremonial event or public forum on your territory.   spiritkeeperscaravan@yahoo.ca


Bridging the Americas - Reuniting the Eagle and the Condor

Gathering of The Elders at Lake Titicaca, Peru

March 19 – 23, 2007

“When the Eagle once again flies with the Condor, a lasting peace will reign in the Americas and will spread throughout the world to unite humanity.”   Legends state that Aramu Muru assisted many Native American tribes after they arrived in Peru during the time of the destructions of Mu and the Old Red Land (Atlantis). He then united these tribes into a very advanced culture that proceeded to build many of the towering megalithic temples that still adorn the landscape of Peru today. Although most of us have forgotten our past connections, the spirit of Aramu Muru has never left us, and he continues to watch over all the Americas from his Illumination Temple located above Lake Titicaca. Moreover, the great Solar Disc of Mu is also said to still continue to exist and is currently located on the bottom of the sacred lake. Since1992, when the Pachacuti or “World Transformation” anciently prophesied by the Incas first commenced, Aramu Muru and the Illumination Temple have made their presence known again and the Solar Disc has begun emanating powerful streams of spiritual light that will eventually unite the Americas and uplift the entire world. Soon the prophecy will be complete; the Eagles (North America) will reunite with the Condors (South America) and the tribes will once again become one. Join us on the Spring Equinox of 2007 at Lake Titicaca as we connect with our ancient past, reunite the tribes, and help fulfill the sacred destiny of the Americas.  Contact the Institute for Cultural Awareness. 928-646-3000  http://www.ica8.org  info@earthdance8.org

 

                                  

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Sharon Kamama Kanogisdi Baugh Crosses Over

Long-time Manataka Women's Council Chair Remembered

 

Sharon Kamama Kanogisdi Baugh, 56 of Hot Springs, AR, a long-time member of Manataka and the first chairperson of the Manataka Women's Council crossed over in her sleep from complications with cancer on June 30.  She will long be remembered as a great and courageous mother and grandmother of the People.

 

"Sharon Kamama, Amanda and Becky Moore were the triangle that began the Manataka Women's Council Circle of Friendship.' Over the years, the triangle has formed many circles with ever changing women across the United States and around the world. Whatever the changes within, the basic philosophy that began the organization has continued, 'all I need is a friend.' A friend sees faults and loves anyway, a friend accepts, a friend listens, a friend laughs, cries, and understands. Our hearts cry in pain as we say goodbye to our best friend, as we see the sadness in her family as she leaves, yet it is with gladness that we realize her suffering is over. Sharon fed the masses at gathering after gathering, she loved us unconditionally, she gave selflessly and we will miss her," said Becky Moore.

 

A week prior to her death, Lee Standing Bear and Becky Flaming Owl Peacekeeper Moore went to Sharon Kamama's bedside.  As Becky stood speaking with Sharon's devoted husband, Simeon, Lee Standing Bear whispered words of encouragement and love into Sharon's ear.  After a time, Sharon's weakened eyes found Bear's heart as she said, "I have a message for the People of Manataka.  Tell them that my love for them and Manataka is eternal.  Tell them to love one another and this will conquer all things.  Tell them the future and destiny of Manataka is written in the pages of time and will bring great blessings to all people."  Sharon Kamama then closed her eyes and her lips became quiet as she slipped back into the shade.   She will be forever remembered at Manataka as a  wonderful, gifted and blessed woman.

 

Sharon and Simeon Baugh were married 30 years. For the last few weeks of her life he did not leave her bedside. Together they had four children, Wendy, Susan, Juliet, and Gary. They share seven grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and adopted family members.  

 


Manataka Summer Gathering Communication:

 

An Open Letter to Manataka

From Taino Ti, Grandmother Forest Bird

 

May the Great Spirit bless the Manataka Gathering and the Ancients Nations that are represented here to share the wisdom and Love of All.

 

The time has arrived, the time to share the wisdom of those that came before us to sustain, develop and teach us the good relation with Mother Earth and all those living on Her, the Goddess.

 

Thank you for showing your commitment to Her, Mother Earth, and may the lessons that you will learn this weekend be shared with all your Relations.

 

Our Ancestors, the Taino Nation, African and Spanish people, and our Spiritual Head, Chief Agueybana I, send blessings to all the people in this gathering and express their respect for the native ways of our brothers and sisters of the North.

 

The Sacred Elders Circle of the island of Borike send you best wishes of Peace, Beauty, Harmony and Love to you All.  Our prayers will be with you, knowing that all your objectives will be fulfilled.

 

Taino Ti, Grandmother Forest Bird

Sacred Circle of the Sacred Island of Borike (Puerto Rico)

 


 

Inspiration

 

 

A Spiritual Warrior
 

Life offers us the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior.
A warrior is one who bravely goes into those dark areas within themselves to ferret out the Truth of their being.
It takes great courage, stamina and endurance to become a Spiritual Warrior.
 

The path is narrow, the terrain rough and rocky.
You will walk alone: through the dark caves, up those steep climbs and through the dense thick forest.
You will meet your dark side. The faces of fear, deceit, and sadness all await your arrival.
No one can take this journey but you.
 

There comes a time, in each of our lives, when we are given the choice to follow this path.
Should we decide to embark on this journey, we can never turn back.... Our lives are changed forever.

 
On this journey, there are many different places we can choose to slip into and hide. But the path goes on.
The Spiritual Warrior stays the course, wounded at times, exhausted and out of energy.

Many times, the Warrior will struggle back to their feet to take only a few steps before falling again.
 

Rested, they forge on, continuing the treacherous path.
The journey continues. The Spiritual Warrior stays the course.

Weakened, but never broken.
One day, the battle, loneliness and desperate fights are over.
The sun breaks through the clouds; the birds begin to sing their sweet melodies.

There is a change in the energy.
A deep change within the self.
The warrior has fought the courageous fight.
The battle of the dark night of the soul is won.
 

New energy now fills the Warrior.
A new path is now laid before them.
A gentler path filled with the inner-knowing of one who has personal empowerment.
With their personal battle won, they are filled with joy.
A new awareness that they are one with the Spirit beams as they go forth to show others the way.
They are not permitted to walk the path for others.
They can only love, guide and be a living example of the Truth of their being.

 
~From Author Unknown

Submitted by Romaine Garcia

 


Inspiration

 

Sooner or later, you are going to learn, just as I did, that there is a difference between KNOWING the path and WALKING the path.


~Morpheus, from The Matrix~

Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett


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George Carlin on Indians…


Now the Indians.  I call them “Indians” because that's what they are. They're Indians. There's nothing wrong with the word Indian. First of all, it's important to know that the word Indian does not derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached “India.” India was not even called by that name in 1492 - it was known as Hindustan.


The word Indian comes from Columbus' description of the people he found here. He was an Italian, and did not speak or write very good Spanish, so in his written accounts he called the Indians, “Una gente in Dios.” “A people in God.” In God. In Dios. Indians. It's a perfectly noble and respectable word.
 

As far as calling them “Americans” is concerned, do I even have to point out what an insult this is? We occupy their hemisphere, kill sixty to a hundred million or so of them, destroy five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land we can find - and now we want to name them after ourselves? It's appalling. Haven't we done enough damage? Do we have to further degrade them by tagging them with the repulsive name of their conquerors? But are they really “conquered?!” What about the ones still here – are they chopped liver!?

You know, you'd think it would be a fairly simple thing to come over to this continent, commit genocide, eliminate the forests, dam up the rivers, build our malls and massage parlors, sell our blenders and whoopee cushions, poison ourselves with chemicals, and let it go at that. But no. We have to compound the insult!

I'm glad the Indians have gambling casinos now. It makes me happy that dimwitted white people are losing their rent money to the Indians. Maybe the Indians will get lucky and win their country back. Probably wouldn't want it. Look at what we did to it.

 

Submitted by Scott Treaty

 

 



 

Eco-Notes:

 

Eden Found

 New Species found in pristine wilderness area of New Guinea!

 

 

 

A Trove of Unearthly Species Uncovered in New Guinea's 'Eden'
By Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer

In one of the world's most isolated jungles, the Foja Mountains of western New Guinea, naturalists have discovered a vast unexplored preserve of exotic species new to science.

During a 15-day expedition in December, the researchers found hundreds of rare birds, more than 20 new species of frogs, five kinds of previously unknown palms, four new breeds of butterflies, and giant rhododendrons with white blossoms the size of bread plates believed to be the largest on record.

 

Willing subject: In a jungle where man was probably unknown to its creatures, the Long-beaked Echidna was found to be so docile that scientists carried a pair back to camp for study. Photo by Stephen Richards/Conservation International

 

 

 

All told, the 3,700 square miles of mist-shrouded tropical forest on the Indonesian half of the island may be the most pristine natural area in Asia and the Pacific, Conservation International announced in Indonesia today.

"It is as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," expedition chief scientist Bruce Beehler said.

Under the forest's lush canopy, animals hunted to extinction elsewhere were plentiful and so unused to human contact that they approached the naturalists unafraid, allowing themselves to be handled easily and photographed.

Blazing trails with pink and yellow flagging tape, the field team spotted 40 rare species of mammals, including six kinds of kangaroos. They also encountered a bizarre spined, egg-laying, hedgehog-like mammal called the long-beaked echidna, which was so docile that the scientists picked up a pair and carried them back to camp for study.

It was a journey that had taken a decade of planning.

 

(Story Continued)

 

Submitted by Lori Leah Zack

 


 

GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK:

 

Manataka is proud to welcome Grandmother "Gram" Selma Palmer of the Ocali Nation and Grandmother Waynonaha Two Worlds of the Bear Clan of the Oglala Lakota who will be regular columnists for the Grandmother's Speak column. Read bios below.

 

 

By Grandmother Selma

 

Many of our traditional, cultural and spiritual teachings have been lost or suppressed due to the influence and forced co-existence with dominant society and it's implied and or regulated expectations.

 

Our Creator and the spiritual world at large have protected some of the ceremonies and some of the traditional ways, beliefs, teachings, and concepts by placing them with some of the elders to keep them "under raps", safe, accurate, pure, secure and intact.

 

Individuals complain that many do not understand our traditional values and ways.  Some that lack  that understanding are of our " own peoples", even greater numbers are of dominant society.

 

The elders are willing to teach these gifts and assist with the inner walk to understanding.  If they are approached in an honorable fashion and they read sincerity in not only the words, but also the walk of the professed talk.

 

Elders have a wise window in their heart and in their heads......it allows them to "sense" another's sincerity thru patterns of speech, attitudes of energy and how the individual walks what they profess thru talk.

 

Those who seek and request in an honorable fashion will be exposed to the traditions  as a small child is fed small bites, a little at a time.  The elder will observe as to whether the " food" has been accepted...chewed well... and understood. If those small

bites are not incorporated in to that individuals walk, they will never receive a full course meal.

 

Even an elder will not spoon feed to the point of choking the recipient who is unwilling or unable to digest.  This is why one of the basic lessons they must master is personal self discipline !  Without it they will never understand or " see" beneath the superficial surface of the teaching Many an elder has been the subject of criticism due to this.....and actually that very criticism is a " good thing".  Part of the elders purpose is to get the individuals attention and cause them some discomfort.  They " squirm" a little and question themselves and their limited view which ultimately causes them to think !   Those actions of avoidance eventually lead the individual to adjust, attempt change and trigger their personal emotional and spiritual growth.

 

The elders can learn from the criticism they receive from "outsiders" as in each criticism there is at least a grain of truth, along with the opportunity to better understand the individuals who levy judgment.  An individual who is constantly passing judgment on others is essentially exercising externalized self judgment and lacks acceptance of themselves.  Criticism is not an effective "weapon" against an elder who knows...lives and walks their traditions...it actually makes them stronger ...adds to their depth of character and aids them in being more effective.

 

Often the criticism comes from unlikely sources, those amongst our own culture.  One of the most common is " why would you share traditional teachings or ways with those of different color or culture " ? It usually isn't worded quite that politely, but that is the essence of their verbiage.  Each must answer that criticism in their own way, but personally I fail to see that it is even a valid or reasonable concern.

 

If you were Baptist and someone came to you who was not Baptist, seeking accurate information...struggling to learn and understand your beliefs and convictions as a Baptist....if they decided to " convert " and become a Baptist who actually lived their life based on those beliefs you shared......would you say they " stole" your spirituality ?  Why would you not be flattered and honored ?

 

The traditional way, the ancestral way

is alive somewhere within every beating heart

and no-one can "steal" something that is usually freely given

 or shared if the request is presented in an honorable fashion.

 

The " old way", the " red road ", the "traditional walk"

is not about being " Indian",  it is about being of  " the people "

of being " a human being". 

 

It comes from our ancestral memories,

from our DNA coding, from what we were taught.

How we were raised, but also, what our hearts tell us

and what Creator has designed and directed us to do

not do, be and not be.

 

Our lives, actions and walk are a reflection of the voice of the wind.

The melody of the rushing water, the lessons observed from all the four legged's.

The strength of the  up right standing ones, the humility of the creepy crawlers

The unlimitless of the winged ones, the depth of the finned ones, the records of the stone people

 

The vastness of the heavenly bodies and the grounding and creative forces of Earth Mother.

 

 

until later I leave you with a hug....

Gram Selma ©2006

 

A Short Biography

SELMA A. PALMER

(SOARING  PAW 'N  HOOVES  CAWLEY)

8/13/1945 -

Gram Selma is the Administrator of Ocali Nations Intertribial, a Florida native American Indian intertribal organization, and  is of Navajo/Apache descent.  Selma was born of the traditions and she has dedicated her life to the continued study of the same, having been blessed to be  a student of many well known and respected Elders and Tribal Leaders.

She has served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Native American Education. From 1996 to 1998, she was honored and appointed as a Peace Elder for Wolfsong, an indigenous world wide elders council.  She has also served on powwow committees and on Board of Directors of various Native American oriented organizations.

Recently she has been honored by having some of her traditional crafts purchased by the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown, NY.   Since 1990, Selma has dedicated herself full time to "perpetuating" and assisting others in the perpetuation of the traditional oral teachings, sacred traditions, ceremonial concepts and prophecies of "the people" (all Native Americans).  Selma has shared "Circle of Life" classes for thirty years.  She is a licensed minister and spiritual counselor of non denominational status.

Selma Palmer, biologically  a Cawley, being the daughter of  Robert Harris  Cawley , who was adopted as an infant by the Palmer's of Georgia and of Una Johnston (maiden) of West Virginia.

Selma can be contacted thru The Ocali Nations Int. Inc., P.O. Box 2316, Silver Springs, Fl 34489

 

 


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Moon of the Popping Trees

By Waynonaha Two Worlds

 

Tonight as the wind blows around the house I am brought back to sitting with my Father in Nevada listening to the same wind.  I hear the voice of my Father as he tells me of the wind singers.
 

 

 

The Wind:
"Where does the wind go"?  I ask my Father one day. We were sitting on an out crop of stones resting our horses and listening as the wind howled down the valley. The whirlwinds of dust and sand danced in the sage brush whirling here and there in no particular pattern.  As usual there was a long silence most people would not be able to endure.


Children these  days are impatient, they want  to get the answer immediately.  I waited and watched, the swirling of the wind dancers, as my Father lit up his cigarette and took a few puffs.  I always liked the smell of the smoke when it was first lit. the smell reminds me of the sweet grass burning in our home each day.

 

It all blends with the sweet pine needles I burned in an old iron fry pan,  to give thanks and prayer.  My Father looked off into the distance and I could see his eyes go into that strange trance like stare.  I had grown to know this stare and find myself many times lost in just such a trance like state. Finally he spoke to me in a soft and deep voice that went right into your very being.   He said,  "Frog":  that was one of the little names I had through the years, he was fond of giving us  these names.  "What do you hear in the wind"?  he ask.    I waited because to give an answer right away was not showing respect but arrogance, besides you could make a bad answer unless you thought it all out.   I listened very hard and  I said, "I hear music and singing."   I felt very proud that I could see a little smile at the corner of his lips, so I knew that I had at least gotten some of it right. I kept my eyes down cast looking at the ants crawling around my boot toe.
 

He then ask me. "where does this music and singing come from"?  I was stumped so I said in a proper time frame,  "I do not know".  I had learned that if you did not know the answer don't ever guess.  My Father's favorite saying was "a little knowledge in the hands of those who are not aware is dangerous."  I  never questioned this but in the years to come I realized what he was talking about.  After a while he put his cigarette out on his boot heel, then stripped the paper off and offered the remaining tobacco to his horse.  Peanut grabbed at it and munched away on the few threads of tobacco like it was candy.  I knew also that the tobacco worked as medicine to rid our horses of parasites.   My Father then told me this story about the wind.


In the time before the stone lodge there was no songs to be sung.  People were new to this land and had not found their way or their voices.  Coyote could sing and so could the Wolf,  the birds sang songs and the grasses and trees too. The many legged and no legged had a song to sing that was their very own.   But the two legged did not have a song to sing.  There was no drums or flutes or  rattles.  Only the rattle snake had a rattle and the grouse would drum on the log as would the woodpeckers.  Crickets made a see saw sound with their hind legs and other insects buzzed or hummed. My Father looked at me out of the corner of his eye and said, "even the frogs had a song and they only sang in the evening or at night. It is said that they could call the rain, or let us know when it was going to rain."

 

The fish and the other ones with fins that lived in the water listened to the frog.  Frog would tell them of the weather and let them know where the best food was to be found.
 

The wind was quiet then when it came to sweep across the plains and slip into the mountains nooks and crannies.  All  was peaceful and  quiet on the Earth. There was of course the noises that the animals, birds and insects made, and of  course the Frog.
 

One day a small child named Sweet Grass, was walking in the meadow and a magpie came and sit on a branch of a cotton wood tree.  The Magpie started to sing to the little girl and she tried to make the same sounds of the Magpie.  Soon she was singing the Magpie's  song and trying to sound like Magpie. Magpie laughed and Sweet Grass laughed too.  Sometimes Magpie talked to her in a way that uses the mind and not the voice.  He told her that he was also a two legged and was captured and locked into a birds body.  He told her that there were many such birds that were his relatives and that some lived here and some in lands far away.  Raven, and Crow, he said were his relation on this land where we now live.
 

Each day the little girl would come and listen to the Magpie as he told her about the land and why the two legged came to live here.  He spoke of a land far away in the stars where  the ones who she was related to came from.  He said all the two legged came from  that place beyond the stars in the sky world.


As there was no way to tell her parents about  this wonderful bird she could not share what she had learned.   Finally one day when she did not know her mother was near, she started to sing the song the Magpie taught her. Her mother ran from the lodge making a high pitched crying noise.  This frightened the people and they thought maybe a bad spirit was  in this child.  Many stayed away from the fire if she was near it and did not eat of the food  she had touched. 

 

This did not stop Sweet Grass she sang the magpie song all day long.  Finally many of the other children started to make the same sounds she made.  The parents did not understand this and were very much afraid.


Where ever the children went the Magpie, Crow and Raven followed them and taught them more and more of the songs and ways to make wonderful sounds.  Soon the land was full of sounds and from all of this came the way we speak today.  This took many years so it was not done over night or in one generation.


The sounds you hear on the wind are the voices of our ancestors still telling us how to sing and make the music that was given to us by the bird nation.  The songs of our people will never be lost as long as we sit and listen to the wind. When we need a medicine song we only have to offer tobacco and listen. Soon the wind will whisper the song we need for healing or for helping the people.

 

Later from the grouse and the wood pecker we learned to make the drum and from the woodpecker we also were given the flute.  Rattle snake gave us the medicine of his rattle to scare away the bad Tokas (spirits).  From many animals and creatures we were given all the things we now take for granted.


The standing Nation (trees) still are here to carry the voices in their branches of the ancient ones as they tell us their story and teach us their songs.  We are told that all the earth that is ever going to be is here,  on this what we call Mother Earth, all the water is here and just recycles in this bubble around the Earth Mother.   All the air is here,  and is recycled from oxygen to carbon dioxide in this bubble.  Without these things there can be no life on this our Mother. As for the wind it is also here and circles around the Earth Mother cooling her and heating her in the seasons.   In this wind there is all the sound that ever was and ever will be on this Earth Mother.  The wind is carrying the voices of our ancestors so we will never forget who we are,  and where we came from.


Some times now when I am an old woman I can go and stand on a hill when the wind is blowing and hear the sound or the ancient ones playing instruments that I do not know.  The sound is so sweet  that it fills me with wonder and peace.  Bells and flutes, horns of birch bark, deer toe rattles, drums, all of these are in the wind that flows around this sweet Earth Mother.  Ocean waves are in the sound as they crash on the shores. The voices of the animals and people and birds are here in the wind. All the music up until now is in the wind.  The sound of people in laughter and in pain are in the wind. All the sounds of war and destruction are also in the wind.


All of my relations voices are carried in the sound of the wind from all the places of the Earth making one band singing and playing in harmony.
 

So I am never alone and I am always with my people. The wind sings the songs of our people all of our people in one voice in one song for peace.


"Listen to the wind and hear our elders as they speak.  As long as the wind blows we are all one,  connected under this blue
bowl of the sky".   ~Chief Plenty Horses.  Oglala Teton Black Hills.

 

Waynonaha Two Worlds. Copyright (c) 2006 by Waynonaha Two Worlds.  All publication rights reserved.

 


 

A Short Biography   

Waynonaha Two Worlds, is born of the Bear Clan, Oglala Lakota and is a direct descendent of seven generations of traditional healers. Her mothers people are of the Southern Cherokee Nation of Texas of which she is a member of the Bird Clan.  Much of her youth was spent living in a isolated Western community.  After raising her family and working in the medical field for over 30 years she now travels worldwide.  Waynonaha is known as Grandmother Two Worlds by many people.  She is an ordained minister of the World Peace Elders Ministries and she has offered prayers of peace in all the corners of the earth.
 

Waynonaha Two Worlds  RN, BS, MS.  is a Doctor of Spiritual Healing, and private counselor as well as traditional healer. She currently makes her home in Cassadaga,  New York near Lake Erie. The vision that was given to her  over twenty years ago is coming into reality.

 

Grandmother Waynonaha says, "We must all reunite to pray for the peace of the Earth.  Wakan Tanka Kici Un"

 



FEATURE STORY...

 

HAIR RAISING... A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Paula Lightening Woman Johnstone

 

 

 

 

Hair is the physical manifestation of our thoughts and an extension of ourselves. So pure and sacred are the thoughts of Our Mother, the Earth, that Her hair grows long and fragrant. The Sweet Grasses found growing around the World represent the hair of Our Mother, the Earth. These special grasses have long been collected by the Native Peoples of Earth to use as incense (to perceive by the senses) for physical and spiritual healing, celebrations, for sacred prayer and purification rites. Loving All Her Children, the Earth allows us to share in Her loving intent and Her perfect and purifying thoughts.  On the Medicine Wheel Sweetgrass sits in the North position, the place of Water/Consciousness, the Place of the Minder of the Universe, and the Soul of Man.

As Native People walk the Sacred Path of the Creator God, Our Hair, the physical extension of our thoughts, allows for our direction along the Path of Life. All Peoples of Earth have cultural tales/tails (tails guide beings, example; without tails-Birds could  not fly, Fish could not swim and Animals would be without balance)  depicting the Power of Hair/Thought, telling of the strengths of Men and Women, using thoughts/hair to defeat evil. Should you maintain pure and perfect thoughts, evil sorcerers and witches cannot use your hair in their evil ceremonies to defeat you, for they need the weaknesses in your thoughts, to cause you harm. Believe in the Power of the Creator, not in the magic of Man.

In many countries around the World, Holy men and Holy women are recognized by the length and glory of their hair. The cutting of hair by oppressors has long represented the submission and defeat of a People, through humiliation. The Language and Sacredness of Hair is taught by All Tribal People of Earth. The way a People comb (the Alignment of thought), braid (the Oneness of thought), tie (the Securing of thought) and color (the Conviction in thought), their Hair is of great significance. Hair styles are important for they portray and announce participation in various events and the feelings expressed by People; the state of merriment or mourning, at a given time, or a stage of life; whether one is coming of age, marriageable or married, one's age and tribal status. Hair can depict the Tribal Spirits one follows given the geographical location of a Peoples and the Spirits flowing through someone depending on their age as a Spirit and the spirits that one is calling on, in a given ceremony. Different styles signify the Tribe one belongs to and are worn to indicate times of peace or war.

 

Read more....

Submitted by Carol Henderson

 


 

RUMOR OR FACT? REPRINTED BY REQUEST

 

Remember last month (May) when we asked if the information below about AVIAN BIRD FLU was a hoax or not? 

We received many responses from our readers who have verified the majority of the facts below are CORRECT.  Statements typed in red font are TRUE based on government, business and medical community reports.

 

We received a message containing the following information. 

Can anyone verify the veracity of this information:

 

Bird Flu Pandemic is a scare tactic to make millions of dollars

  • 'Bird flu' was discovered in Vietnam 9 years ago and only 100 people have died worldwide in that time. (Resource #1 below)

  • Americans alerted the world as to the efficacy of the human antiviral Tamiflu as a preventative. (Resource #2 below)

  • The efficacy of Tamiflu against the common flu is questioned by a great part of the scientific community. (Resource #3 below)

  • Roche Laboratories markets Tamiflu. (Resource #4 below)

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc. bought the patent for Tamiflu from Roche Laboratories in 1996. (Resource #3 below)

  • Then president of Gilead Sciences was Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defense who remains a major shareholder. (Resource #5 below)

  • Roche Laboratories controls 90% of the crushed aniseed used to make Tamiflu. (Resources #4 & 5 below)

  • Roche sales of Tamiflu was over $254 million in 2004 and more than $1000 million in 2005.

Please send verified facts to: manataka@sbcglobal.net   Thank you!

 

 

Resources:

1.    This link is an Avian flu timeline on WHO’s website.  This timeline begins in 1996.  - http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/timeline.pdf

 

2.    U.S. Department of State entitled ‘Avian Flu Fact Sheet’.  About midway down the page is a section called ‘Prevention, Response, and Treatment – Take Charge of Your Plans’.  This clearly shows the U.S. government promoting Tamiflu as a treatment for Avian flu.  Note the date of this article as being March 21, 2006  - http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1181.html

 

http://www.accrediteddistanceeducation.org/healthy-travel

3.    Here is a medical news service site for physicians.  The ‘About MedPage’ link includes the following: “MedPage Today is the only medical news service for physicians that links consumer medical news and the professional medical analysis needed by clinicians. Through our daily coverage of breaking medical stories and topics widely reported in the consumer media, we provide clinicians with the real-time information they need to address their patients' questions and to find out how new developments might impact their clinical practice.”  The following link shows an article entitled ‘Avian Flu Virus Showing Resistance to Tamiflu’.  This article is dated September 30, 2006. - http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/PublicHealth/tb1/1850

 

4.    Here is a link to a press release by Gilead Sciences naming Donald Rumsfeld as Chairman dated January 3, 1997.  There are other pages on this site that will link to the relationship between Gilead and Roche.- http://www.gilead.com/wt/sec/pr_933190157/

 

5.    The two following links address Tamiflu sales for the years 2004 and 2005.  Scroll down to the section entitled Virology for this information. - http://www.roche.com/med-cor-2005-07-20   http://www.roche.com/inv-update-2006-02-01

 

6.    No hard facts as to Rumsfeld’s current holdings in Gilead Sciences, however, here are some interesting facts about his role in this ugly scam.

http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/31/news/newsmakers/fortune_rumsfeld/?cnn=yes

 

Thank you -- especially to Mitzi and George.

 

AVIAN FLU HITS FLORIDA TRAILER PARK! 

 

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NEWS MEDIA -- GET THE WORD OUT ON THIS BUSH ADMINISTRATION SCAM!

 



 


HISTORY.... 

 

A Warrior Cared for by Wolves

A Seneca Story
 


Among the Seneca's there was a war chief named Ganogwioeon. Once, with ten men, he went on the warpath to the Cherokee country. They found the Cherokees on the watch and could do nothing.

Then the chief said to his men, "I'll go alone to their village." And after dark, leaving his men in the woods, he went to the Cherokee village.

In the first cabin he came to, he found an old woman and her granddaughter. They didn't see him. He crept into a little place where they kept wood.

After dark the old woman said to her granddaughter, "Maybe Ganogwioeon is around here. I'll shut the door," and she spoke a word of warning to Odjú, her granddaughter. The chief heard this.

After a while the girl said, "It is time to sleep."

The chief heard this also and heard the girl going up the ladder to sleep above, meanwhile talking with her grandmother, who was below.

The old woman fastened the door of the little wood house, with bark strings and fastened the chief in, leaving the door to the cabin unfastened.

After waiting till the old woman was asleep, the chief went into the cabin. The fire had burned down to coals but he could see the ladder that the girl had climbed. He went up. The girl was not asleep and was about to scream when he said, "If you scream I'll cut off your head. The chief of this village has a daughter. If you will get her to come into the woods with you I will spare your life." Odjú said, "In the morning, as soon as the grass is dry, I will go to the chief's house and ask his daughter to come with me to
gather wood."

Threatening to come back and kill the girl if she failed to do as planned the chief left the cabin.

Early the next morning, Odjú went to the chief's house and said to his daughter, "Come with me and gather wood." (This was the custom in those days.)

The chief's daughter was willing to go and they started. As soon as they came to the forest the Seneca sprang out of his hiding place and ran toward them. Odjú stood still, but the chief's daughter screamed and ran toward home. Ganogwioeon caught her, scalped her, and then, giving a war whoop, ran away. Men rushed out of their cabins and pursued him.

The Seneca saw that among the men following him there was one good runner. He hid in a ravine and when the runner came to the entrance of the ravine he shot him with an arrow and pulling off the man's scalp held it up before the people who were following.

When the Seneca came to a second ravine another runner was ahead of the rest. He aimed at the man, but his bowstring broke. The pursuer saw this and rushed into the ravine. The Seneca ran swiftly, but the Cherokee overtook and closed with him. A second and a third man came, then others; they bound Ganogwioeon, led him to the village and summoned the people to assemble.

Among the Cherokees there were two women who were looked upon as the head women of the tribe. Each woman had two snakes tattooed on her lips--the upper jaws of the snakes were on the woman's upper lip, and opposite each other, the lower jaws on the lower lip in the same way. When the woman opened her mouth, the snakes seemed to open theirs.

These women said, "This is the way to torment him; tie him near a fire and burn the soles of his feet till they are blistered, then let the water out of the blisters, put kernels of corn inside the skin, and chase him with clubs till he dies."

When Ganogwioeon's feet were blistered, the women stripped him and tied a bark rope around his waist. One old man said, "I want to hold the rope."

The people stood in two lines and at the end of each line were many people.  The Seneca had to run between the lines. He ran so fast that he pulled the rope out of the old man's hand, then plunging to one side, he broke through the line and ran with all his strength toward the place where he had left his men.

When running he thought he was going to die, for he was naked and unarmed, far from home, and his feet were raw, but he evaded his enemies and, when night came, crept into a hollow log. In the night he heard steps on the dry leaves, and thought the Cherokees had discovered his hiding place. Whoever it was came up to the tree and said to someone who was with him, "This man is our friend."

Then he called to Ganogwioeon, "You think that you are going to die, but you will not. We will take care of you. Stick out your feet."

The chief put out his feet and right away he felt someone licking them.

After a while one of the strangers said, "We have licked his feet enough. Now we must get him warm, we will go into the tree and one of us lie down on each side of him."

It was very dark in the hollow log, but the man felt someone lie down on either side of him, and soon he was so warm and comfortable that he fell asleep.

Just before daylight the strangers crept out of the log and told the man to stick out his feet. They licked them again, and then said, "We have done all we can now. You will go on till you come to a place where you put a piece of bark. Raise the bark up, you will find something under it."

When the man came out of the log, he found that his feet were better, he could walk comfortably. At midday he came to four posts holding up a bark roof. On the ground, under the roof, was a large piece of bark. He raised the bark and found a piece of flint, a knife and an awl, then he remembered that his men had put those things there a couple of years before, when on the warpath. He took them and went on.

When it began to grow dark he looked for a hollow tree, found one and crawled into it. In the night he heard steps on the dry leaves and a voice said, "Our friend is here.

Then someone said, "Put your feet out."

He did so and again they were licked.

Then the stranger said, "That is enough, we will lie near our friend and keep him warm."

They went into the tree and lay down, but before daylight they crept out, and, after licking the man's feet again, said, "About midday you will find food."

The man went on till he found a bear that apparently had been killed only a few minutes before; it was still warm. When he had skinned the bear and cut out some of the meat, he saw, not far away, a smoldering fire, he blew it and it blazed up. He cut meat into small pieces and roasted it on sticks.


When night came he lay down, and soon he heard steps on the leaves as he had the preceding nights, then a voice said, "Our friend is lying down; he isn't going to die; he has plenty to eat. We'll lick his feet."

When they finished, they said to him, "Nothing will happen to you now, you will reach home in safety." And they went away.

The next morning the man, taking some of the meat, went on toward home. That night his friends came again. They said, "Your feet are well, but you will be cold," and they lay down one on each side of him. Before daylight, when going away, they said, "At midday you will find something to eat and to wear."

The man traveled on till toward midday, then found two young bears, just killed. He skinned the bears, cooked some of the meat, tanned the skins and lay down, very tired.

The next morning he made leggings of the skins, took what meat he wanted and went on.

That night the friends came to him, and said, "To-morrow you will find something to wear on your feet."

About midday the man came upon two fawns, just killed.


He tanned the skins and made moccasins. When night came, he made a fire, cooked meat, ate, and then lay down.

Soon he heard a voice say, "Our friend, you will reach home to-morrow. Now we will tell you why we healed your feet and cared for you. Always when you have been off in the woods hunting and have killed game, you have given the best part of the animal to us, and kept the smallest part for yourself; we are thankful. In the morning you will see us and know who we are."

When daylight came the chief saw two men, as he thought. As soon as he stood up the men took leave of him and started off. Wanting to see his friends as long as he could he turned to look at them and in the twinkle of an eye he saw that one of them was a white and the other a black wolf.

The chief reached home as his friends, the wolves, said he would.

Seneca Indian Myths by Jeremiah Curtin
[1922] and is now in the public domain.

Submitted by Carol Henderson


Focus on Indigenous People

 

 

 

ARCTIC VILLAGE

POPULATION: 147 (2004)

LOCATION: On the east fork of the Chandalar River, 100 miles north of Fort Yukon, 290 miles north of Fairbanks.

DESCRIPTION: A Neets'aii Gwich'in community whose inhabitants, 92 percent of whom are Alaska Native, lead a subsistence lifestyle. The economy is based on the harvesting of caribou, moose, sheep, porcupine, rabbit, ptarmigan, freshwater fish, waterfowl and berries. The school (about 45 students), clinic, village council and stores are the primary employers. Seasonal jobs are found in construction, firefighting, guiding and conducting wildlife surveys for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Some residents trap or sell firewood for income. Air transportation provides the only year-round access.

HISTORY: The Arctic Village area may have been populated as early as 4,500 B.C. Until the 1950s, the Neets'aii Gwich'in ("residents of the north side") lived a nomadic life, using seasonal camps and semipermanent settlements like Arctic Village, Christian, Venetie and Sheenjak in pursuit of fish and game. They traded with Eskimos on the Arctic coast. The advent of firearms in the early 1900s let family groups gather more permanently at several locations, no longer having to disperse into small groups to hunt caribou. The first permanent resident at the present village site was Chief Christian in 1909. In 1943, the Venetie Indian Reservation was established to protect land for subsistence use. With the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Venetie and Arctic Village chose title to 1.8 million acres of land in the former reservation.

Copyright © 2006 The Anchorage Daily News (www.adn.com)

 

    


 

Legends of Old:

 

Instead of printing another old legend or tradition in this space, we thought to pass along a story of a new tradition found among Manataka's circles -- "The Story of Big Sister and Little Sister."

In our opinion, observing old traditions are very important to show respect and maintain our cultural strength.  However, we think it is equally important to develop new traditions that will tell our children's children who we were. 

If we continually look behind us, it is certain we will fall over something in front of us.  

Creating new traditions not only tell future generations about the values and lessons of this generation, but the events of human experience are immortalized in history and add to the rich tapestry and texture of American Indian culture. 

Contrary to popular belief, traditions are not static -- they move.  Traditions sometimes take dozens of years to develop depending on recognition and acceptance of the family, clan, tribe or nation.  Other traditions are born in an instant and spread quickly.   Regardless, they all speak to our heart.

Read the story of Big Sister and Little Sister and think about events in your circle that should be passed along.  Write them down and send them to Manataka for publication in these pages. 

~Lee Standing Bear

 

 

 

THE STORY OF BIG SISTER AND
LITTLE SISTER

By Lee Standing Bear Moore

 

There are two necklaces at Manataka, Big Sister and Little Sister, that are priceless and not for sale.  Extraordinary, they have powers beyond belief, each having a special quality born in the ageless depths of human experience.  This is the story of why they are priceless.


One early December morning of 1998, as I was preparing the Longhouse for the day, I noticed something about the jewelry display case was wrong.  One of the two trade-bead necklaces was gone.  There the day before, it had not been sold.  The bigger of the two trade bead necklaces was gone, probably stolen.

Such an act committed in the sacred Valley and at the Longhouse was horrifying.  I wrapped the remaining necklace in a rag and gently placed it in an old coffee can.  I hid it by sprinkling trash and bent nails over the rag and whispered, "You are smaller than your sister necklace and now you are alone.  You must pray if you want your big sister to return."  I then hid the can in a storage closet and forgot about it.

More than six months later a woman came in to the Longhouse and said, "I have something that belongs here."  She slowly took something from her purse and said a man had given it to her as a Christmas present.  Tearfully, she explained, "I never took it inside my home or wore it.  It wasn't mine even though it was given to me.  This belongs to the Longhouse."  Her extended hand held the big trade bead necklace.

Incredulous, I accepted it and said, "We are thankful for this gift.  We are thankful you did not sell or give her away.  May we name this necklace after you?"  She hung her head and said, "No, not me, I am not worthy."  Then, remembering the smaller necklace, I ran to the storeroom and dug out the coffee can.

As I slowly walked back to the woman, I stared at both beautiful lady necklaces and said, "You Big Sister will be called
Honesty.  For it was truth and honesty that compelled this woman to bring you home." 

Looking at the other I said, "And you Little Sister will be called Faith because it was faith in your prayers that brought your beautiful sister home."  Faith brought Honesty home.
 

Today, Faith and Honesty rest side by side in a glass case on the sacred color red, entwined, never to be separated again, displayed together to show that faith and honesty may not exist without each other.  Together, the are priceless.

In mid-winter each year, Big Sister (Honesty) and Little Sister (Faith) are brought to the sacred Manataka mountain where a ceremony is held.  Each lady is given a bath in sage and sweet grass and the story is read. Many prayers of thanks and their song are given to the smoke of our ceremonial fire.  It is a time to remember the strength of Faith and the power of Honesty. 

~Lee Standing Bear Moore
 


 

OPINION PAGE...

 

Coming To America

Illegal immigration is a hot topic these days

 

 

Many Americans are worried about competing against cheap labor from people who don't pay taxes yet reap the benefits offered by American society. The seemingly endless stream of desperate people crossing our borders may indeed be a cause for concern. While many Americans refuse to work for "low" wages, hungry Mexicans jump at the chance to provide any kind of meager life for their families and willingly face the reality of perishing in the desert or being killed in their own countries just to get here. Sadly, many Americans prefer to get their "reality" from watching tv shows. 

 

People have a right to feel threatened when hordes of "foreigners" flood into a country. That is exactly what happened to the indigenous people of this hemisphere. Beginning 500 years ago with the Spanish invasion, millions upon millions of men, women and children have been slaughtered by "Illegal immigrants" who stole the land and continue to hold it by sheer force and greed.


Most white people in this country do not know the true history of how "America" came to be. Taught that this land was wide open and sparsely populated, they don't seem to associate the atrocities of the past (and still today) with the acts of their ancestors.
While most all Americans shudder when HItler's concentration camps are spoken of, few realize that he modeled his camps after those Andrew Jackson constructed for the Cherokee. Yet our death march is rarely spoken of outside of indigenous circles. And all of the Nations had a death march. This land is drenched in their blood. Their faces look up at us as we trod upon our precious
Mother Earth.


When thousands of our People perished due to measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, syphilis, and other foreign diseases introduced by the invaders, they chose to believe that "God" had sent these to the People so the "superior race" could possess the land.


When government bounties were placed on Indian scalps, noses, fingers and breasts, the citizens of the new United States of America, responded enthusiastically by supplying as many trophies as they could. In California there were Indian hunts held
on Sunday's to eradicate the native population so prospectors and other "descent white folks" could have easier access to the gold.


Whole Nations have disappeared because of too lenient immigration laws. And when you consider that many of the People crossing our borders are indigenous to this continent, it becomes more frightening to a people who carry this burden of guilt,
even if they don't consciously understand it.

 

Add to that the reality that America society is in a downward spiral and you have a recipe for disaster. When I was a kid, the USA took pride in being number one in academics and worked hard to stay ahead of Japan and Germany. Physical education and sports, geared to keep kids trim and in good health, have been replaced by computer and video games. Today our young people are ill prepared to compete in this society, much less a global one. It is scary to see so many youngsters who can't read or write or even count change, much less be able to rattle off the names of 50 states and their capitals. And every day more and more children are drugged so that they will sit passively in their chairs. Why?


What kind of society have we allowed to be created when the state of Arizona has to offer a $1 million lottery to entice voters to go to the poles. Maybe it is time to replace complacent citizens with those who yearn for the freedoms and opportunities we take
for granted today.


Above all, Indigenous People understand "balance" and are watching and waiting for the return of their lands. Perhaps the leaders of this nation understand this, too. If so, they have a right to be worried. As the old saying goes, "The mills of the gods grind exceedingly slow, but they grind exceedingly fine."
 

~Susan Bates, Hill and Holler

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...

 

In the Name of Progress

This is what we are bringing the world to.  It has been stated by more than a few "experts" that even if we stopped the use of all fossil fuels it would still take 100 years for the atmosphere to clear up.  At the rate we are going the polar ice caps could be "dangerously" thin within 50 years or sooner.  And still we scream for oil.  And still we cut down every tree that seems to get in our way.  And still we pollute the rivers, lakes, streams and oceans with our filth and justify it with "progress."  You have all heard the saying, "I wonder what the last human cutting down the last tree, gasping for air will say?"  Humanity in its retardation refuses to acknowledge that it is the great rain forests of the world that supplies more than 60% of the oxygen that we breathe.  And still we continue to cut them down in the name of progress.  If we cannot control ourselves then I promise, that nature will control us just like any other aspect of her. 

 

 

I do not know what the answer is.  All I can do at this point is pray that human kind will change.  I have hope.  I have faith.  Perhaps that will be enough.

 

My best to all of you and that you walk always in beauty. 

 

Will Davis

 


 

Dear Manataka,

 

I can identify with an opinion of Black Fox Spencer [United Kingdom]  My skin is white, but my heart had already been an Indian heart.

 

I grew up under the mountains and most time I spent in the forest and in the meadows. I need a nature for my life. Not some trees in the park, but wild nature -- sharp wind, soul-cleaning rain and the great meadows and forests. When I was small, I believed that trees are my brothers. When I am in the mountains and close my eyes, suddenly I listen sounds of Indian flute and drums. This sounds go out from depth of my soul. It is really very strong feeling. My English is not very good, but I know, that all Indians can understand, because that, what connect us is not just an usual language, but it is a language of the heart. Hoka hey. Kanteh-Petha, Czech Republic


 

Dear Manataka,

What do you say to people, Native people who think we are trying to "steal" their spirituality? What about those of us who have a sincere desire to learn and become a part of that culture? I completely understand that Native people wish to contain their various teachings within their own tribe but what of those like me (and others) who are on the fringes and not allowed in. We are often lumped in with the new-agers though we are not. 

I try and support all people and do what I can to protect Mother Earth. I feel that here in the small area of New England that our Native people are reaching out to others because they realize they need to, which is why I joined LIHA. Why does their need to be fighting over spirituality? They lump us together (some include Manataka in this and I believe it is because Manataka accepts all people and some tribes are not yet ready for this step) as new-agers, and wannabes. How does one go about showing the sincerity and the integrity to earn the respect of the people who have no respect for us, or label us? Are they not doing to us/me what they say we are doing to them?

I do not consider myself a new-ager, and yet I have no real tribal affiliation due to the past. How can one really connect with their past if it's been carefully covered up over the years. 

I had many dreams last night of living in the past. Offering a medicine bundle to a past leader on her deathbed, in some long forgotten past. 

So what do YOU say to the ones who say we are stealing their culture? I have no desire to steal anything, I am not a thief. I have respect for what little culture most Nations hold dear and yet how do I separate myself from being lumped in with the wannabes and the new-agers? 

I am going to a powwow today, perhaps I can also ask an Elder that I know this as well. Many people here at powwows do not LOOK Indian, nor do they live on reservations and yet we all accept each other in the circle. 

Much love and respect,

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers

 

Manataka,

I read something from your Newsletter today, and I would like to have my say on the matter, In response to "Are you Native Indian?"  My opinion here is I'm part of the whole.  My ancestors are from many different parts of life, It has been told that I have some German in me, That I'm part Irish, That I'm part Indian, yet I have no proof to back this up, only what I feel within my heart. I do walk the red road, and do a lot of things according to "Old Ways". But that is just who I am.

To Look at me eye to eye, you may see a little bit of this and that within me, to get to know me, you will see my ancestral heritage of all my relations come forth. But when you ask me the question, Are you Native Indian? My answer will be simple, No.  If you ask the question, Are you white man? My answer will still be no.  I will say no to all of those questions.

But I will say yes to this, I am native to this land, I am native to Mother earth. I am just like everyone else. I have ancestors that worked hard and died and are buried within mother earth. So that ties me to this land as much as others. So therefore I will say, I am Native to Mother Earth. And all of you are my brothers and sisters regardless to your skin color or background.

Rob "Bear" Jamerson

 
 

 

News Flash:     

 

ANOTHER WHITE BUFFALO BORN
"Little Dream Walker" Born June 4, 2006 7:00 P.M.
 
It's never been done in History. The White Buffalo Ranch NOW has 8 white buffalo in their herd and they are all from the same family. This female (Miracle Moon)  has given us five of the eight and her two daughters has each given us white babies. Her two white daughters are both due to birth soon. Could there be three more white ones?  We will all see in just a short period of time?
The only, proven, DNA tested white buffalo herd known in history.  Come Join The Celebration!!
 
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20 miles from Flagstaff Arizona
On Highway 180/ milepost 236.5
Enroute to the Grand Canyon
928-606-2779
 
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News Flash:

 

Congress is Selling Out the Internet

You know about the citizen-empowering benefits the Internet has brought with it – an explosion of independent media, quick communication to our elected leaders, powerful new ways for regular people to participate in election campaigns. All that didn't happen by accident. It was the result of policy choices which put openness and public good ahead of corporate profit.

That's all about to change.

Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway. Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions in Washington to kill "network neutrality" -- a principle that keeps the Internet open to all.

The issue moving quickly through Congress would let these companies become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow -- and which won't load at all -- based on who pays them more. The rest of us will be detoured to the "slow lane", clicking furiously and waiting for our favorite sites to download.

Don't let Congress ruin the Internet:

Tell Congress to Save Net Neutrality Now. To send your message to your representative, click "Reply" and "Send". If you'd like to edit the letter to your representative or were forwarded this message, visit the following site to take action:

The best ideas never come from those with the deepest pockets. If the phone and cable companies get their way, the free and open Internet could soon be fenced in by large corporations. If Congress turns the Internet over to giants like AT&T, everyone who uses the Internet will suffer.

Thanks for all you do,

Matt Holland
TrueMajority Online Director


 

Funny Bones...

 

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • You attend a General Custer memorial dinner, and you wear an Arrow shirt.

  • Someone at a picnic yells "Hey, you with the blanket, over here" and you think it's an invitation for romance.

  • Dancing to "Running Bear" at your local bar and it begins to Rain.

  • You put a "Free Peltier" sticker on your truck, and the FBI wiretaps your house.

  • You could be Indian if you get into a fight with the waiter at your local Mexican restaurant over--Sopapilla, or is it Fry Bread?

  • Someone inadvertently points out directions with his lips and you know exactly where he is talking about.

  • Someone asks you your stance on immigration, and you just laugh.

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • During a night out on the town, you announce you're going home and then you drive over five hours to get there.

  • You should turn your head while all about you are turning theirs and blaming it on you.

  • You use commodity can labels for your art collage project

  • When you get hit in the head with an old piece of fry bread you see bluebirds.

  • All the people in the community or town you live in are your cousins! (cousin-brother/cousin-sister).

  • Your car starts with a screwdriver.

  • Tou don't understand the purpose for storage lockers or their high rental costs, Why, the cars parked in your front
    yard store just as much stuff, plus it's free.

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • Your head automatically turns at the sound of "shhhhhhhht".

  • Learning your ABC's was hard because you wondered what the joke was every time you heard "A" (AAAYE)

  • In your everyday life you unintentionally seem to be breaking taboos.

  • You use the pick up line "...Say, those are some slick wranglers, perhaps I could talk you out of them."

  • You use the pick up line "...Hey, didn't we go to different boarding schools together?"

  • You wake up after your 18th birthday with a wrecked truck, a hickey and bus ticket to Haskell.

  • Your relative gets a nice jacket that you wish you had so say, "Geez Hey, I reeaally like that Jacket." (and he gives it to you).

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • You have had a dog named Bear.

  • Your travel luggage is designer black Hefty Cinch Sacks!

  • You think that the Basic Food Groups are Spam, commodity cheese, fry bread, and Pepsi.

  • Your dance outfit is in a suitcase held together by duct tape and powwow bumper stickers.

  • You drive over 25mph and the paint peels off your rez truck. You tell your friends that you are letting Mother Nature sand
    it for you before you get a paint job.

  • A powwow drum lead singer if your vocal nodules exceed the size of your tonsils.

  • The first day at your new public school you're waiting for circle and the rest of the class stands for the pledge of allegiance, and as you look around the room you're the only one who doesn't know the words.

From Andre Cramblit, andrekar@ncidc.org  IndigenousNewsNetwork@topica.com
 


 

BENNIE LeBEAU

Bennie E. "Blue Thunder" LeBeau Sr., an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming is a MAIC Newsletter Correspondent.  His "Teton Rainbow" and Earth Wisdom columns are regular features on these pages.

 

Good Morning my Brothers, Sisters and Relatives in all cultures,

 

Our fellow peoples from South America, in the Andean Cordillera on the Chilean-Argentine Frontier need our help in sending out a message to stop this development for gold and silver. Greed.  Please read the information below.  Please help send a message to help our brothers, sisters, Mother Earth and the Sacred Mountains, Valleys, Deserts, Meadows and Water Ways that need our help in working together in harmony with the water, springs and snows...water the life blood of Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants in creation.

 

The teachings that we have been given from many of our elders and the Warriors of Old, in dreams and visions have mentioned what happens when humanity in greed de-harmonizes a sacred area.  With the sounds of machinery, bulldozers, rock crushers, backhoes, trench diggers and other heavy equipment take the sacred sounds of harmony away.  Mother Earth holds 13 tones in the sacred landscapes everywhere and when this machinery comes in it takes those sounds away.  This sound of the equipment then is the sound that vibrates there in Mother Earth and this is now the sounds that replace the harmonic sounds.  Stand in an area where this machinery works and feel your body, you will leave these areas because this bad sound hurts us; this is the same in the landscapes everywhere on Mother. 

 

This is and still is our message from long ago our ancestors and we chose to abide by these sacred laws in our covenant to Mother Earth and The Great Spirits sacred laws.  We agreed to do these things to live in the lands that were given to us to care take of in our everyday lives upon Mother Earth, all cultures. When development of all kinds enters into these areas it takes these tones away.  This harmonic sound of harmony is which keeps the water in the areas and all life forms working and alive in the ecosystems working in harmonic tones.  This messages is to bring about awareness that Mother Earth Works One Way, just like our bodies.  When we do certain things to Mother Earth and our bodies they become ill and sick.  This is what has happened to many areas across this beautiful Planet, Called Mother Earth. 

 

Please send a message to all-spiritual minded peoples how Mother Earth is our Mother and she will give us everything that we need in our lives if we work with her and not against her.  Many blessings to those that need an awake up call in the attitudes and systematic educational institutions that have hurt the minds of humanity of the World. We need a new educational format to be reintroduced into humanity on Earth Wisdom.  I pray we can start with our families in our homes and sacred circles reminding each other of the importance of Earth Wisdom. Including the knowledge that is held within those indigenous tribes and nations, branching out to all Nations and Cultures reminding us to remember.  Many blessing goes out to our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters in South America from the Andean Cordillera on the Chilean-Argentine Frontier. This message is a powerful wake up call and a reminder to humanity in what is out of order, out of balance and out of harmony.  A fellow brother for peace and harmony on Mother Earth, Blue Thunder, Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Washakie, Wyoming,

 

 

Preserve the waters and minerals in the Andean Cordillera

 

Support the preservation of glaciers providing pure water     No to Pascua Lama Open-cast mine in the Andean Cordillera on the Chilean-Argentine frontier, and yes to the preservation of Mother Earth’s waters, minerals and beauties. We ask the Chilean Government not to authorize the Pascua Lama project, and to protect the whole of 3 glaciers, the purity of the water of the San Felix Valley and El Transito, the quality of the agricultural land of the region of Atacama, the quality of life of the Diaguita people and of the whole population of the region.

 

Judge for yourself if you want to take action. In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chile runs from 2 rivers, fed by 2 glaciers. Water is a most precious resource, and wars will be fought for it. Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they provide the second largest source of income for the area. Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and other minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to break, to destroy the glaciers - something never conceived of in the history of the world - and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip.

The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is called Barrick Gold. The operation is planned by a multi-national company, one of whose members is George Bush Senior. The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year, 2006. The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers have got a temporary stay of execution. If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just destroy the source of especially pure water, but they will permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulfuric acid in the extraction process. Every last gram of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and not one will be left with the people whose land it is. They will only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses.

The farmers have been fighting a long time for their land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban from the Ministry of the Interior. Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project is to get help from international justice. The world must know what is happening in Chile. The only place to start changing the world is from here. We ask you to circulate this message amongst your friends. noapascualama@yahoo.ca for further information.

 

 


 

MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

SPEAK NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE...

 

Please add your voice toward stopping commercial release of genetically engineered plums... which will pave the way for GE peaches, cherries, and apricots, and more. GE tree pollen can drift for several miles, leading to contamination of neighboring organic crops and indigenous trees. The USDA is currently accepting public comments on this issue.

Take action now at http://www.democracyinaction.org/oca/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=4190&t=

 


 


 

 

Elder's Meditation

Flexible strength is better than inflexible. Let the storm flow over you, and then pop back up."

-Michael Kabotie, HOPI

 

Flexibility is taught by nature. You will see the trees bend in the wind. You will see that tree branches are flexible. To be rigid is to break.  When we have life problems it is good for us to be flexible. Sometimes we need to flow with what is going on. If we resist, it becomes more painful. We need to be on the path of least resistance. Water flows down the mountain through the path of least resistance. Electricity flows through the path of least resistance.  Power flows through the path of least resistance. As Indian people our strength has always been in our flexibility.

 

Creator, I will be flexible today because I know You are with me.  

 

~From Don Coyhis

 


 

Tribal Politics...

 

Cherokee Nation Defined...

An Opinion by David Cornsilk

 

This article was recently taken from a discussion board and sent to us by TN Indian Affairs mailing list (tn-ind@tnind.net) www.tnind.net/list/ .

 

 

This Person said CNO is the Cherokee Nation and they should be left alone"
And David Cornsilk responded:

I do not think He intentionally distorts the truth about the CNO, he, like so many Cherokees, has been mislead. He and all of us, have been fed a gruel masquerading as historical fact about the CNO. The leadership of the CNO have depended upon the passage of time, the lack of information and the draw of the dominant culture upon our lives to give them free reign to control the
affairs of the Cherokee people from an illegal perch.

Now for some facts:
1. The United States Congress passed the Dawes Act in the 1890s to dissolve the governments of the Five Civilized Tribes.    

    Some tribes resisted, particularly the Cherokee Nation. The Dawes Act stated specifically that  its purpose was to divide up the

    tribal assets and terminate the existence of the governments of the Five Civilized Tribes.

2. The United States Congress passed the Curtis Act in 1898 to force the resistant tribes to agree to the allotment of their lands

     and dissolution of their governments. The Cherokee Nation agreed in 1901 and the end result was the allotment of tribal lands

     and assets through the creation of the Dawes Roll.

Analysis: In the latter part of the 19th Century, it was the intention of Congress to destroy the governments of the Five Civilized Tribes. All lands and moneys of the Nations were to be divided among the numerous citizens and the tribes would be no more. Everyone thought the Final Roll and the division of the assets was the end. It wasn't.

3. In 1906, Congress was informed by the Dawes Commission that despite their best efforts, parcels of land remained to be allotted or sold and they could not finish their work if the governments of the Five Civilized Tribes terminated in 1906.

4. The United States Congress passed the Five Civilized Tribes Act of 1906 which provided for the continuation of the governments of the Five Tribes in accordance with law and providing that the President of the United States or his designee could appoint a "chief" to carry out the unfinished business of their respective nations.
 

Analysis: The lands of the tribe yet to sold or allotted were valuable assets that could not just be "taken" from the Indian people. The 1906 Five Tribes Act provided for only three things:
    a. The continued existence of the governments of the Five Tribes until Congress deemed otherwise.
    b. Those governments would be controlled in their actions in accordance with existing law. Since Oklahoma was not a state yet

         and state law doesn't apply anyway, the only laws existing at that time were federal laws, ie the Dawes Act and the Curtis Act

         and Cherokee law, ie the 1839 Constitution.
    c. The U.S. President would have the authority to appoint the principal officer of the Five Tribes.  The governments of the Five

        Civilized Tribes were saved from oblivion by the 1906 FTA. Without it, there would be no Cherokee Nation today. Yes, there 

        is a Cherokee Nation today, more on that later. 

 

5. The U.S. Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) in 1934 to restore Indian governments and provide for self-governance. However, the act specifically excluded the tribes in Oklahoma.

6. The U.S. Congress passed the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act (OIWA) in 1936 to restore self-governance to Indian tribes in Oklahoma. This Act provided for the reorganization of tribal governments and repealed any disability Congress had imposed from past legislation, but only for tribes who reorganized under the authority of the OIWA.

Analysis: It was the intent of Congress to right an historic wrong it had committed against the natives of the this country. In so doing, it provided a mechanism by which tribes might be restored to their sovereignty and self-governance. Any tribe could reorganize and four of the Five Civilized Tribes have done so. The only tribe not taking advantage of the provisions of the OIWA is the Cherokee Nation.

7. Thophlocco, Kialagee and Alabama/Quarsarte Tribal Towns are federally recognized local governments governing under charters obtained through the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act.
 

8. The United Keetoowah Band is a federally recognized local government governing under a charter obtained through the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act.

Analysis: Nothing in the recognition of either the tribal towns or the United Keetowah Band of Cherokee (UKB) affects or hinders the rights of individuals as citizens of their respective larger nations. In other words, UKB is an inseparable parts of the Cherokee
Nation (notice I did not say CNO). And the Creek Tribal Towns are inseparable parts of the Creek Nation. This is so, even if they prohibit their members from 'enrolling' in the greater part of the whole nation. It is the policy of  the BIA and infettered by Congress, that the United States, through the BIA, may develop government to government relationships with local governments within a greater tribe. The Creek Nation has provided in law that the government to government relationship between the Creek Nation and the Tribal Towns is approved. The adversarial relationship developed between the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the UKB does not change the relationship of the individual citizens to each other. The Earl Boyd Pierce letter and the actual participation of the UKB in Cherokee Nation affairs prior to 1976, all point to the fact that the UKB and the Cherokee Nation are connected.

 

Since the creation of the CNO in 1976, the Cherokee Nation itself has remained silent regarding it relationship with the UKB or through its sole embodiment in the office of the Principal Chief has furthered the antagony.

9. The Creek Nation is a federally recognized government governing under a charter obtained thorough the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act.
 

10. The Cherokee Nation is not a federally recognized government because it has not reorganized under the authority of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act.  The CNO is recognized by the BIA for the purpose of social services delivery.  Any further recognition of the CNO as a sovereign entity is at risk of being overturned in the federal courts.
 

A group of Cherokees, headed by then Principal Chief Ross O. Swimmer, developed what they called a "constitution" in 1976. Without authorization in the 1970 Five Tribes Act and definitely not under the authority of the 1839 Constitution, Swimmer did one of two things:

a. He created an illegal institution known as the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) or,
b. The CNO is nothing more than promulgated 'rules' to carry out the popular selection of the principal officer of the Cherokee Nation as provided for in the Act and its actions as a sovereign polity are an illegitimate usurping of the authority of the silent Cherokee Nation.

Either way, the 1976 Constitution, in spite of its language to the contrary, could not superseded the 1839 Constitution, as there was no law which provided for it. This means that the Cherokee Nation, as it existed in law between 1906 and 1976, continued unfettered except by limitation imposed by the Curtis Act and the 1970 FTA. After 1976, the Cherokee Nation became the silent twin of the CNO (man in the iron mask). While the sole embodiment of the Cherokee Nation reposes in the office of the Principal Chief, he is aided in his work by a corporation he created which goes by the name Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. We know this is so because of the Court case of Harjo v. Kleppe in which the Creek citizens demanded reorganization of their government. The Harjo Court found that because of the limitation of the Curtis Act, 1906 and 1970 Five Tribes Act, the sole embodiment of the
Creek Nation rested in the office of the Principal Chief. The so-called constitution created by then Creek Chief Claude Cox did not and could not replace the original Creek Constitution of 1867 and was, therefore a nullity.  The situation of the Cherokee Nation is the same. Nothing has occurred in the law which removes the disabilities imposed upon the Cherokee Nation by the Curtis Act.
 

The rights of the Creek Nation were restored in 1979 when that tribe reorganized under the authority of the OIWA and all  disabilities imposed upon it by the Curtis Act of 1898 were superseded. This fact is spelled out in detail in the federal court case of Creek Nation vs. Hodel in which the Court ruled that the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act had repealed the destructive effect of the Curtis Act for those tribe organized under it. The Creek Nation is organized under the OIWA, the Cherokee Nation is not. The Cherokee Nation, as yet unorganized, remains under the disabling cloud of the Curtis Act which dismantled its legislature, took away the authority of its tribal courts and made Cherokee law unenforceable.

11. The Five Tribes Act of 1970 provided for the "popular selection" of  the principal officers of the Five Civilized Tribes. Previous to that time, the principal officers were appointed by the president. Four of the Five tribes, Cherokees, Creeks, Chickasaws and Choctaws moved quickly to hold elections.


The Seminoles had continued to popularly elect their principal officers after 1906 despite the language of the 1906 Five Tribes Act delegating the appointment to the U.S. president. While the BIA refused to recognize their elections, they worked with the elected chief so long as he did what they wanted. When he refused, they simply appointed someone to do their bidding.


12. The Five Tribes Act of 1970 provided for the promulgation of rules to carry out the "selection."

Analysis: The 1970 Five Tribes Act repealed that portion of the 1906 Five Tribes Act relative only to the appointment of the principal officers of the Five Civilized Tribes by the president. Nothing in the Act did or could be construed to repeal any of the disabilities imposed by the Curtis Act of 1898. In order for a federal law (relative to Indians) to do something, it must be specific and emphatic. The Courts of the United States have ruled that Congress must have its INTENT apparent in the wording of the law, to take away or restore the rights of an Indian tribe. OIWA is emphatic that its liberal provisions apply only to tribes organized under it. All others are excluded. The reason this language is there is to protect the rights of Indians in Oklahoma who did not want to retribalize, particularly mixed blooded Cherokees and some Creeks who had expressed their opposition to  any bill which would provide for a restoration of the governments of the Five Civilized Tribes. The full bloods, however, wanted to reorganize and did so through the tribal towns and the UKB.

 

CONCLUSION:
So in closing, what do we have here? We have four of the Five Civilized Tribes organized under a law which removes all disabilities previously imposed by Congress. We have three Creek Tribal Towns organized under that same act  as local governments who are working with the larger Creek Nation to assist their members. We have a group of Cherokees (UKB) organized under that same act, but who have been placed in an adversarial relationship with the corporate entity known as CNO and the sole embodiment of the Cherokee Nation, the Principal Chief, refuses to work with them. We have the Cherokee
Nation catapulted forward in time by the 1906 FTA. We have the OIWA passed to restore tribal sovereignty for those tribe organized under it. We have the 1970 FTA providing for the popular selection of the principal officers of  the Five Tribes as they existed under the law and repealing the appointment of the chief by the president and allowing the promulgation of rules to carry

out the selection. We have the chief of the Creek Nation creating a constitution later found to be bogus and the courts restored the old Creek Constitution and allowed the Creeks to reorganize under OIWA. We have a Cherokee chief, Swimmer, operating under a bogus constitution that by his own admission created nothing more than a corporation that would assist him in governing. We have a federal court case (Harjo) which states emphatically that the sole embodiment of the Creek Nation was the office of the Principal Chief. All things being equal, and they are, the same is true for the office of the Cherokee Principal Chief as well. We have a court (Hodel) case which says the Creeks, by reorganizing under OIWA have had all disabilities removed. And we have the CNO officials laying claim to that same court case trying to give legitimacy to their court systems when there is not a shred of evidence that it was the intent of Congress to remove the Curtis Act disabilities unless a tribe took steps to reorganize under OIWA and the Harjo court gave no indication that it meant by its ruling that a tribe not organized under OIWA could claim the benefit of its provisions.

Therefore, what we have in our tribe, the Cherokees, are two entities,  one, what is left of the Cherokee Nation and represented solely by the office of the Principal Chief as popularly selected by the Cherokee people every four years. The second entity is the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, a corporation created by Swimmer to first carry out the popular selection of the principal chief and then to assist him in governing. The Cherokee Nation is the office of the Principal Chief in accordance with law. The CNO is the chief's corporate partner. Wrap your mind around the fact that there are two entities, Cherokee Nation and the CNO.
 

So why such an adversarial relationship between the UKB and the CNO?
First, the UKB knows the CNO is not the legitimate government of the Cherokee Nation. Second, the Principal Chief (Chad), acting as the sole embodiment of the Cherokee Nation, refuses to allow the UKB to interact in a positive manner and has refused to permit the Cherokee Nation to reogranize under the OIWA.

I hope this bit of disorganized information helps everyone to understand  the situation among the Cherokees and why it is so important for the Cherokee people to recognize the unlawful governance practiced by the CNO over the Cherokee people and against the UKB, the Delawares and the Freedmen.

~David Cornsilk

 

Submitted by Gray Beard Vinson
 


 

WHEN CLONING GOES TOO FAR ... 

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Health Watch... 

 

Antibacterial Products May Be Harmful

 

Antibacterial household products have proliferated in the past seven years. Scientists are concerned they may be harmful to human and environmental health.

 


More than 700 antibacterial products such as soaps, towels, sponges, cutting boards, cleansers,  toothbrushes, dishwashing detergents, hand lotions, and other household goods that claim to kill bacteria and fungi are now a $1 billion-a-year industry.  These products may be harming human health and the environment.

 

Triclosan, a popular microbe-icide, can combine with chlorine in tap water to form chloroform, which can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Some studies show that triclosan, exposed to sunlight after washing into streams and rivers through treated human waste water, can break down to a form of dioxin harmful to animals and plantlife. Dioxins are chemical contaminants that, in laboratory animals, are found to be highly toxic, causing cancer and altering reproductive, developmental and immune function.

 

Some scientists and physicians are concerned that widespread use of antibacterial agents will kill weak bacteria and lead to superstrong mutant strains resistant to antibiotics. They also may negatively affect the normal response of the immune system, leading to a greater chance of allergies in children.

 

The U.S. EPA is studying the antibacterial-dioxin link, but an industry scientist says the amount of triclosan that could wash out of a treated product is "infinitesimal," and that a number of studies have shown that using antimicrobials doesn't create resistant strains. Some environmental scientists, however, point out that no relevant long-term studies have been conducted.

 

Australian microbiologist Dr John Turnidge  states that "The sale of these antibacterial soaps and detergents preys on people's fears of bacteria. They're really not necessary since soaps and detergents help reduce the risk from bacteria anyway...It's really a mild kind of fraud. There's no proven benefits, and all the available evidence suggests it could be detrimental".
 

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Pesticide Does Not Belong in Personal Care Products
What is triclosan—a pesticide that acts like a hormone, potentially damaging the immune system and possibly causing cancer—doing in hundreds of personal care products, especially anti-bacterial products? Help ban all non-medical uses of triclosan, one of the most frequently found contaminants in water, aquatic life and people.

Take action now »
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Read the petition to the FDA requesting a triclosan ban »

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From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent

Fluoride Action Network media release

 

Special Fluoride Alert: Fluoride Industry Busted

Date: 6/2/06 Author: Investigative Reporter Pam Killeen Interviews Paul Connett, PhD. Source: Crusador

Dr. Paul Connett is relentless in his mission to stop the use of fluoride. He is concerned that consumers are simply not doing enough to stop cities from adding fluoride to municipal water supplies. Those who question the safety and efficacy of fluoride have done things such as filtered their water or switched to un-fluoridated toothpaste. But, is this truly enough? Those who are informed about the dangers of fluoride may be protected, but what about the uninformed?

Many elite scientists, such as Dr. Connett, have voiced their legitimate concerns about fluoride. It seems, however, that their voices go unheard by groups like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the American Dental Association (ADA). With so many scientists questioning the safety of fluoride, what has happened to the Precautionary Principle, “if in doubt, leave it out?” According to Dr. Connett, even the CDC won’t debate him on this issue and yet they are supposed to be protecting us. The collusion between science, government and industry is most apparent when examining the fluoride industry. As you read Dr. Connett’s comments and study his website www.fluoridealert.org, you will be amazed to learn about the empty science that has been used to justify the use of fluoride in society. The fluoride industry is just another example of how industry has turned consumers into human waste disposals. Be sure to read this gripping interview to find out what you can do to help stop the fluoridation of city water.

 


 

Animal Rights and Wrongs....

 

IMPORTANT HEALTH ALERT:   

 

"Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply, Target, and other ...stores, contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine.'  It is lethal to dogs and cats.  It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs.  They will ingest this stuff and die.  Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.  Just a word of caution — check what you are using in your gardens and be aware of what your gardeners are using in your gardens.  Theobromine is the ingredient that is used to make all chocolate — especially dark or baker's chocolate — which is toxic to dogs.  Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline.  A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later.  Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine."

 

Anyone moved to do so might write to Home Depot, Target, and Foreman's Garden Supply, to request that they stop carrying this stuff.  I'm reminded of Einstein's great quote:  "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." 

 

-- Submitted by Juli Maltagliati


 

Animal Rights and Wrongs....

 

 

GRIZZLY BEAR ENDANGERED!

 

Dear Manataka Members and Supporters,

The Bush administration has just announced plans to strip life-saving protections from Yellowstone's grizzly bears, one of the last wild vestiges of the American West. We are counting on your urgent action to ensure the long-term survival of these bears.

Thirty years ago, grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park were on the brink of extinction, their numbers decimated by a century-long campaign of extermination.

After receiving crucial protection under the Endangered Species Act, though, these majestic creatures rebounded. Today, some 500 to 600 bears roam the rugged landscapes of America's oldest national park -- the heart of Yellowstone/Greater Rockies.

But the Bush administration is now threatening to reverse the progress that has been made by eliminating the grizzly's protected status, even as threats against these bears are escalating. Rampant real estate development, oil and gas drilling and road building are laying waste to vast stretches of the grizzly's wild habitat.

Delisting would loosen restrictions on these destructive activities, causing habitat areas to fragment and further isolating Yellowstone's grizzlies from more robust populations in Canada. At the same time, states surrounding the park would be free to allow grizzly hunting.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/bears/takeaction.asp and send a message telling the Bush administration to keep these bears on the endangered species list until their habitat is permanently protected and their future is secure. And while you're there, be sure to watch the short video about the bears.

Thank you for helping to protect these important icons of our nation's history and natural heritage.

~Submitted by John H. Adams, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
 


SACRED SITE WATCH:

 

Kituwah Mound (NC) (Eastern Cherokee)

 

 

Introduction

In 1995 Kituwah Mound was much better known as Ferguson Fields. It had been used for many years as a place to grow corn, graze cattle, and was even used as an air strip. The small rise in the center of the field was plowed over time and again, rendering one of the most significant places to the Cherokee people nearly indistinguishable from the fields around it. In 1996, at the urging of a few, very dedicated activists like Tom Belt—a Cherokee man who recently returned to live in North Carolina— the Eastern Band of the Cherokee decided to purchase the 309 acre field in the interests of preserving the mound, an action that has created a debate both inside and outside the Cherokee community, about how to protect and honor the site.

 

History

Kituwah mound is nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, near a fork in the Tuckasegee river. All around the field rise the tree-covered mountains, traditional home of many Cherokee people, “you feel as though you’re contained within it, sort of cradled by the whole thing,” Brett Riggs, Cherokee Historic Preservation officer said. The mound itself is now 170 feet in diameter and only 5 feet tall, only a small rise in the center of what looks like a farm field. Once, though, it was a much more impressive size, the foundation of a building which housed the sacred flame of the Cherokee that was kept burning at all times by a specially appointed leader who lived there. This flame was very much symbolic of the life of the Cherokee, and people from villages all around Kituwah came to light ceremonial fires with it. Fire, in fact, was so important to many Cherokee people that it became the word for ‘home.’

 

Now the mound is about nine miles from the Eastern Cherokee reservation (population 12,000) but at one time, it was the center of the earliest, and one of the largest Cherokee settlements.

 

Archeologists speculate that the Kituwah site has been inhabited for nearly 10,000 years and that once there were as many as 200 people living there. It was also a spiritual center of the larger Cherokee population, once as large as 36,000 people, who lived over a range of 140,000 square miles in what is now the Eastern United States. These people gathered in relatively small settlements like Kituwah, but maintained active communication between the communities.

 

In 1540, Cherokee people first encountered explorers from DeSoto’s expedition, which initiated one of the most tragic chapters in their history, marked by devastation by disease, constant fighting, and the eventual ceding of land to European colonizers. In 1823, the Cherokee people were evicted from the land that contains the Kituwah mound, and this sacred place was auctioned away. This cession was a small part of one of the most massive expulsions in United States history, of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole people, from the entire southeastern part of the country.

 

Read this rest of this lengthy article....

 


Manataka American Indian Council


 

 

POETRY CIRCLE

 

HE IS INDIAN
 
He stands tall
This Indian with the broad smile.
His heart is as big as all outdoors.
His giving is generous.
There is a gleam in his eye
When an idea sparks in mind.

His thanks for what he does
Can never live up to the task he performs.
His pleasure is pleasing others.
His delight in these accomplishments
Are his personal medals.

His friends are many,
His admirers are countless.
Respect he wears like a shield.
His love of family is his pride.
His struggles are hidden and
His happiness he shares with all.
His name is his badge of honor
And we all know him...
He is our friend...
 
author unknown

 

Submitted by Paula Sacred Cloud

 


 

 

I am Singing, Hear My Drum

Elk Looks Back

I am singing a Rainbow Medicine Blanket song for you
It is a song of love
It is a green song of blue
It is a white song of spirit
A red song of truth

Up high in the braches I sit and I sing
I call to the winds to cleanse everything
I call the winds and they are a fearsome family

They blow up and under and call to the thunders
With lightening speed the women appear
We all cry together shedding oceans of tears

We are one inside the other our family is one
one water one mother one love and one sun.
Our color is blue like the sky and the waves,
the bays and the rivers deep springs marry rain.

I am not me
I am a we!
I am a weaver
I am the eye of the needle
The needle and the thread
I am the woven, the blanket the Rainbow Web

Where I walk, when I talk, when I sing, when I breathe
I am spinning rainbows for all to see.
For seeing is in believing you are love you are free
freedom colors singing Earth Mother's symphonies

The Rainbow Medicine Blanket is a garment for peace
uniting wisdom cultures sharing the rainbow feast.
Come children come play
The rainbow has made a way
Come breathe the ethereal fires of a rainbow feast.

Where there are rainbows water crystals are dancing.
Come breathe the rainbows come for your wings.
Fly through the I with your heart singing fuchsia
with crimson and tangerine bliss, watermelon red
Diamond yellow
Emerald green,
Azure oceans with amethyst jewels and indigo kisses

Here comes the Rainbow Medicine Blanket.
It's coming for you waving an arm into
Earth Mother into the void into her heart and into her womb.
This is where the pot of gold is inside of you.

Elk Looks Back, Clan Mother, Mazatepetl
June 18, 2006

 


Native American Music Awards

 

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hosts
EIGHTH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
Thursday June 8th in HARD ROCK LIVE

Special Guests Include Little Steven, Rita Coolidge,
and family of late Link Ray for Hall of Fame Induction

 

On Thursday, June 8, 2006, the Eighth Annual Native American Music Awards, or The NAMMYS, made its highly anticipated return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida featuring over 25 Awards presentations, 12 live music performances, and a special Hall of Fame Induction of the late Link Ray.

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EIGHTH ANNUAL
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS
 
Artist of the Year
Keith Secola
"Native Americana"

Best Blues/Jazz Recording
"And So Is Love"
Rita Coolidge

Best Compilation Recording
"The Collection"
Brule'

Debut Artist of the Year
Silverbird
"World Peace"

Best Female Artist
Pura Fe'
"Follow Your Heart's Desire"

Best Folk/Country Recording
"Native Americana"
Keith Secola

Flutist of the Year
Joseph Fire Crow
"Red Beads"

Gospel /Christian/Inspirational Recording
"I'll Run To You"
Marlena

Group of the Year
AIRO
"Tatanka"

Best Historical Recording
"The Soundtrack of a People"
Various Artists

Best Instrumental Recording
"Arvel Bird Live"
Arvel Bird

Best Male Artist
Wade Fernandez
"Song of the Black Wolf"

Best New Age Recording
"Time For Truth"
Douglas Blue Feather

Best Pop/Rock Recording
"Mother Earth"
Eagle & Hawk

 
Best Pow Wow Recording
"Straight Up Northern"
Black Eagle

Best Producer
Stephan Galfas & Alex Salzman
"American Indian Christmas"

Best R&B/Rap/Hip Hop Recording
"Spirit World"
Buggin Malone

Record of the Year
"Flash Of A Firefly"
Jana

Song/Single of the Year
'Sacred Ground'
Bill Miller

Songwriter of the Year
Jim Boyd
"Them Old Guitars"

Best Spoken Word Recording
"The Keepers of the Earth"
Red Feather Woman

Best Traditional Recording
"Way of Life"
Lakota Thunder

Best Short or Long Form Video
"In This World"
Medicine Dream

Best World Music Recording
"People Of Peace"
R. Carlos Nakai Quartet

Native Heart
John Densmore
"Native Americana"

Humanitarian Award
Harold Owens
MusiCares

Lifetime Achievement
Tiger Tiger

Hall Of Fame
Link Wray

 


 

  

 

HILL & HOLLER COLUMN

By Susan Bates

 

News and Notes From Indian Country

 

The 4th of July Holiday is coming up. The roadsides are already crowded with fireworks stands. Happy childhood memories of fireworks displays and picnics in the park surface. But I am older now. I find this holiday, as are others, filled with mixed emotions.


In my mind's eye I see Great Turtle Island the way it used to be before the coming of Columbus and DeSoto - before the massacres and plagues and forced relocation changed our people forever. I try to understand why a people who were searching for freedom to be and freedom to worship would so cruelly take these same things from the people they found here.


This year we will celebrate the 230th birthday of the United States of America. On June 11, 1776, the Iroquois chiefs were formally invited into the meeting hall of the Continental Congress to lend their wisdom as the "Founding Fathers" hammered out the documents on which the new country would be founded. They were called "Brothers" and promised that the friendship between the Iroquois and whites would "continue as long as the sun shall shine" and the "waters run."
 

An Onondaga Chief in attendance was so moved that he asked and was granted permission to give John Hancock an Indian name.  From that day forward John Hancock was known as "Karanduawn," or the "Great Tree" by Native Peoples. 


What happened to the dream? Did it die in the rocket's red glare? Or is it still alive, waiting to be
reborn?
 

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"Now I know the government is going to break the treaty because when it was signed it was understood that it would last as long as the grass grew, the winds blew, and the rivers ran, and men walked on two legs--and now they have sent us an Agent who has only one leg." --Piapot
(Flash In The Sky), Cree, 1895


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The American Indian Holocaust Museum"
A Poem By Sherman Alexie
 

What do we indigenous people want from our country?

We stand over mass graves.

Our collective grief makes us numb.

We are waiting for the construction of our museum.
 

We too could stack the shoes of our dead and fill a city to its 13th floor.

What did you expect us to become?

What do we indigenous people want from our country?

We are waiting for the construction of our museum.
 

We are the great-grandchildren of Sand Creek and Wounded Knee.

We are the veterans of the Indian wars.

We are the sons and daughters of the walking dead.

We have lost everyone.
 

What do we indigenous people want from our country?

We stand over mass graves.

Our collective grief makes us numb.

We are waiting for the construction of our museum.
 

~Sherman Alexie

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THE HAWK SPEAKS

 

Cowboys and Indians

 

Have you ever watched an old western movie?  People all over the world have heard the names of cowboys such as, Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, the Lone Ranger and of course, 'The Duke' John Wayne. Do you remember movies about Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Geronimo? 

 

The movie industry and Hollywood's rendering of our people has been one-sided for the most part.  Do you really think the history books used in the public school system gives an accurate account of our people and their past? 

 

While it is true, there are many Native Americans today who are plagued by such things as geed, oppression, racism and atrocities, there are many who suffer the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.  Most persons who watch old movies are mislead by the way they portray the Indians who are shown to be 'The Bad Guy' most of the time. Who was this land given to by the Creator in the first place?  Was it not The Native Americans who were here long before any European arrived on this Continent? 

 

Yes!  We as Elders and leaders of our people have the responsibility to teach the younger generation these facts and our people must never forget why their ancestors fought so hard to keep the land we call, 'Mother Earth' free from every sort of defilement and abuse.  So the next time you watch a western movie, remember, "This land once belonged to a proud people!


 

FUNNY BONES...

 

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • Your new History teacher is talking about a completely different Columbus then the one your grandmother told you about.

  • You tell an ignorant individual (dictionary definition) that you are Native American and he/she asks if you live in a tipi.

  • You walk down the hall of a big corporation and someone asks you if you could mop up the mess that they made and you
    do it with a smile, but don't tell them your their new boss.

  • You walk into a pub in Texas and strike up a conversation with a female patron and find yourself surrounded by individuals concerned for the safety of the female patron.

  • If you could play cowboys and Indians all by yourself as a kid.

  • Someone asks you for directions and you put down your commode grilled cheese sandwich and point with your lips.

  • You see a rattlesnake after a ground squirrel and the first thing you think is "appetizer and main course".

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • You can never get a date with that cute rez girl you like, but you can't keep the "New-Agers" off ya. 

  • You take your car to Midas for a new muffler and they tell you first you need a new pipe to run from the engine to it.

  • Someone asks you what you think the meaning of life is, and you (jokingly) say "Fry bread". 

  • Drunken guys at a party see your long hair and caress your arm as you go by until they also see your irritated face.

  • Every time you saw people doing the Tomahawk chop, you wish you had one.

  • Every time the topic of gambling comes up, someone always asks what you think of casinos on rez's.

  • You have more aunts and uncles than your grandparents had children.

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • You DIDN'T grow up on the rez, and you've been called "apple" for it.

  • All your heroes have always killed cowboys.

  • A white person introduces themselves by saying they are descended from a Cherokee princess.

  • You've ever 49'd, 69'd, then 86'd outta there.

  • At the local Indian bar you've referred to as bait or an appetizer by the healthier Indian woman.

  • You've often referred to yourself as "FLABBIO, the great Indian lover."

  • At college if you refuse to date anyone who isn't a skin and you haven't a date for months.

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • Your car has almost as much personality as you do.

  • Your car's three best friends are Duct Tape, Baling Wire, and WD40.

  • You can get at least 1500 miles out of a spare donut tire.

  • You get a sense of nostalgia when you hear the song "Indian Car"

  • The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word "commodity" is CHEESE!

  • When you first meet your sweetheart you wonder if he/she knows how to cook fry bread.

  • As you watch an old western with some friends, you are the only one yelling, "Go Cheyenne"

From Andre Cramblit, andrekar@ncidc.org  IndigenousNewsNetwork@topica.com


 

Elder's Meditation

 

Male and female is fundamental to life; partners in work to be done."

-Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman Traditional Circle of Elders

 

The Great Spirit created a system which would allow us to reproduce, to have companionship, to love, to laugh, to cry and be happy.   Man and Woman each have gifts the other doesn't have. But, together they have these gifts to share with each other. The Great Spirit made it this way. So let us treat each other with respect. Let us look upon each other in a sacred way.

 Grandfather,
Grandmother
bring the
Spirits to teach
us.

By Don Coyhis

-- blue_panther@otelco.net

 


 

Warrior Society

 

 Crows Journey

 

Early one windy morning, a little boy emerged awake after a thunderstorm. His heart had perished in the storm. Worse, his spirit could not find its way, for his treasured heritage had been stolen and his identity lost. He had been born a Comanche. The son of a lance carrier who flew with the Crows and laugh with the Winds.

 

The father, the lance man, had already been taken away, and died in a far-off place, his footprints marked with blood of the enemy. The son, afraid, had joined the white man and become white. They began to instruct this little boy in the ways of the white man. His father had made for him a pipe and a crow feather fan, as a symbol of the old ways. His Spirit wandered after receiving his fathers gifts and his life force became confused.

 

Crow cried to the wind, for with the Comanche, God is found in the natural world. He begged the wind to pick him up and carry him far away to hide the pain. The wind transported him to find his grandfather's graves. If he could discover how his grandfathers had lost their hearts, then he would find their souls. He found himself in the west, the place of the red canyons and staked prairie. He knew he must travel back in time to find the ancestors.

 

Crow found many things in his search through time. He saw that his people had been taken away because they would not give up their homeland, as the invaders had demanded. Yet, when his people finally succumbed under the fear of more bloodshed, the oppressors were still not satisfied. He also learned of many other things that were signs of the things that had happened to his people. He came to know that these were signs of many lost souls. Even now, today, on the dawn of the future, the surviving children are bewildered about their heritage and the yet to come.

 

He learned that his beliefs had led him to the place that held the legends, found in the history of his people, embellished with their Spirit. There, in his heart, he found Creator in his native birthright. Then he learned he was prepared. He knew this when his vision depicted his forefathers. They were waiting in the second hoop, their spirit still waiting there together. Now they could begin their crossing with all the ancestors to the third hoop of the Spirit World. Now they could all return to the council at the Mountain of Peace, together, forever. Now all the stolen children could be reborn. It would take seven generations because so many had been lost.

 

Not all have desire to be an Eagle, for some being a Crow is good enough. When a Crow speaks in the wild, all the animals stop to listen, his voice carry’s warning of danger. They all look to him high in the treetop, his eyes seeing into the future. Thank you Brother Crow for the words you have left us. We has seen you chase away the assaulting eagle and we keep in mind you did not stop until the invader sank beyond the horizon, too far away to ever find his way back to your nested children.

 

Submitted by Lynn Laughing Crow

 


WOMEN'S COUNCIL

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN

THE MANATAKA WOMEN'S COUNCIL

'CIRCLE OF FRIENDSHIP'

 

The Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship; meets the first Saturday of each month in the home of Bear, Becky & Amanda Moore, located at 136 Waine Place in Hot Springs, from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Coffee is provided, food and other drinks are brought by individuals to share.

 

August 5

Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' Burdett begins teaching Peyote stitch beading. Supplies needed--#10 beading needles-- #9 beads--Silk beading thread. Money will be collected to order beads for beginning beaded women's breastplates--  -approximately $20.00 per person.

   

September 2       

 

Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' Burdett continues teaching Peyote stitch beading. Supplies needed--#10 beading  needles--#9 beads--Silk beading thread. Money will be collected to order beads for beginning beaded women's breastplates---approximately $20.00 per person.

   
October 7  All members travel to Toltec Mounds where we will meet for a day of fun, togetherness, and spiritual enlightenment. Look for further details in Newsletters to come.
   
November 4 Bring supplies to begin assembling women's breastplates. Weather permitting we will adjourn to Gulpha Gorge for hikes to Goat Rock and Indian Mountain, drumming and a cookout.
   
November 11 Fall Women's Get-Together hosted by Cheryl Wilkinson, 1220 Reed Loop, Atkins, Arkansas. This event is for women only--absolutely no males. Females of all ages are welcome and do not have to be Manataka members to attend. Activities include potluck meals, singing, drumming, teachings, sharing and a woman's sweat. Please bring drinks, lawn chairs, bedding, cots or air mattresses, sweat clothes, and drums.
   
December 2 Christmas Party--Please bring a handmade gift or one that costs under $10.00 to exchange.

 

Beginning with the August meeting donations of nonperishable food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. As the holidays and winter approach the request for assistance by those in need increases.

 

The weekend of June 16 -18 nine members of the Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship' traveled from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a weekend of fun. On Friday, they were joined by five other women for a cookout, birthday party, and drumming around a cedarwood fire at the Alpen Dorf Motel. On Saturday, fifteen women attended the Turpentine Creek Pow Wow, and on Sunday thirteen women visited Terra Studios, the home of the Bluebird of Happiness. Plans are in the works to make the trip again Father's Day weekend of 2007.

 

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the new Manataka Ceremonies Elder Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' Burdett. Three men and three women now serve on the Manataka American Indian Council's Elder Council--David 'Quiet Wind' Furr Chairman, Lee 'Standing Bear' Moore Secretary, Rick 'Wind Caller' Porea Events Elder, Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' Ceremonies Elder, Gayle 'Texas Wind' Sexauer Public Relations Elder, and Becky 'Flaming Owl Peacekeeper' Moore Women's Council Elder.

 

As we bid a fond farewell to our sister, friend, and first chair of the Manataka Women's Council Sharon 'Kamama' Baugh we are reminded of the true reason the Women's Council was formed--to provide a friend. Recently Gayle Sexauer wrote these words about the Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship', "We come from all walks of life, faiths, cultures, and traditions. Some have been professionals, while some have spent their lives making ends meet and keeping their families intact. We are Daughters, Sisters, Girlfriends, Wives, Mothers, Grandmothers and Aunts. There is no price tag on what we bring to the table. It is priceless and precious. Most of us have struggled to provide for our families and ourselves and for this reason we are closer and more aware of Creator's ever flowing gifts in our lives."

 

Please direct any questions our comments to Becky 'Flaming Owl Peacekeeper' Moore at manataka@sbcglobal.net

 

Please Join Us!

 


 


WOMEN'S CIRCLE 

 

America's first farmers were women
By Bill Burr - Jacks and River Hogs



Who was the first to disturb the soil and plant seeds in it?

Who was America's first geneticist?

America's first farmers were American Indian women. They domesticated the plants of the eastern woodlands.

The Indian women were the ones who retained the botanical information. They knew which plants made the best clothing, which plants were safe to eat, which plants to make dye from, which plants could be made into rope and many more things plants could be used for.

They knew which leaves, bark, roots, stems and berries could cure disease and help heal wounds.

Through history, it would be the Indian women who would plant the seeds and tend the tribe's garden, for there was no such thing as a one-family garden. Everything done by men or women was done for the good of the tribe. When a hunter came back to camp with game, it was shared by all.

The Indian women harnessed the potential of domesticated plants for thousands of years. She helped support many people.

In about 4000 B.C., the eastern part of the United States had a climate change. Many river valleys developed and the earth became rich, producing plants and trees in abundance. Shoals and lakes developed. The abundance of wild animals and fish led people to be more permanent to just one area.

Permanent settlements started with just a few families or more. These people experimented with plant domestication. The women collected seeds, plants and whatever might be considered as a food or medicine. For thousands of years the women passed on their knowledge to their daughters, each generation learning more about plants.


For many generations, nut trees were studied. Which nuts were good to eat? How should they be prepared? Which could be used for dyes or medicine? Which had to be soaked in water to remove the bitter taste? These were all questions that in time would be answered, but much experimentation was done to find the answers.

With permanent settlements, the Indian women could plant seeds and be able to harvest the bounty of their work. Sunflowers and summer squash were a few of the women's early successes.

The tribe's garden area was moved when the earth did not produce a good crop. Thus the beginning of crop rotation was developed. Indian women learned how to preserve food and how to keep seeds gathered in the fall from spoiling over the winter months.

The eastern woodland tribes built large earthworks and buried their dead in conical mounds. The Hopewell became the first North American Pan-Indian religion, from the Mississippi River to Minnesota and from Missouri to West Virginia. For the first time people sharing neither language nor culture were drawn together by a set of beliefs and symbols.

The Hopewell people produced a great variety of locally cultivated and domesticated foods long before corn arrived about 100 A.D. or so. Maize and beans came to the Eastern states at different times compared to the Western states.

Hopewell habitation sites remained small, generally one to three families living along streams and river valleys. As Hopewell societies began to increase the boundaries of their river valley fields, small farming settlements developed.

The development ceremonial sites were various rites of social integration. Today the only visible clue to the location of some of
these sites is the low earthen domes that were built up over the graves of revered people.

The city of Grand Rapids is home to a few of these mounds, located along the banks of the Grand River.

Bill Burr is a freelance writer. His e-mail address is williamburr@netpenny.net.

Submitted by Andre Cramblit andrekar@ncidc.org

 


WOMEN'S CIRCLE 

 

 

Choose Your Words Well



A certain good woman one day said something that hurt her best friend of many years. She regretted it immediately, and would have done anything to have taken the words back. But they were said, impulsively, in a moment of thoughtlessness, and as close as she and her friend were, she didn't consider the effects of her words before hand. What she said hurt the friend so much that this good woman was herself hurt for the pain she caused.

In her effort to undo what she had done, she went to an older, wiser woman in the village. Explaining her situation, and asked for advice. The older woman listened patiently in an effort to determine just how sincere the younger woman was, how far she was willing to go to correct the situation.

She explained that sometimes, in order put things back in order, great efforts must be made. She then asked: "Just what would you be willing to do, to repair the harm done?" The answer was heartfelt. "Anything." Listening to her, the older woman, sensed the younger woman's distress, and knew she must help her. She also knew she could never alleviate her pain by living her life for her, but she could teach, if the younger woman would first listen, and then learn. She knew the outcome would depend solely on the character of
the younger woman.

She said, "There are two things needed to do to make amends. The first of the two is extremely difficult. Tonight, take your best feather pillows, and open a small hole in each one. Then, before the sun rises, you must put a single feather on the doorstep of each house in town. When you are through, come back to me. If you've done the first thing completely, I'll tell you the second."

The young woman hurried home to prepare for he! r chore, even though the pillows were very dear to her, very expensive. All night long she labored alone in the cold. She went from doorstep to doorstep, taking care not to
overlook a single house. Her fingers were frozen, the wind was so sharp it caused her eyes to water, but she ran on, through the darkened streets, thankful there was something she could do to put things back the way they once were. Finally, as the sky was getting light, she placed the last feather on the steps of the last house.

Just as the sun rose, she returned to the older woman. She was exhausted, but relieved that her efforts would be rewarded. "My pillows are empty. I placed a feather on the doorstep of each home." Now, said the wise woman, Go back and refill your pillows. Then everything will be as it was before."

The young woman was stunned. "You know that's impossible! The wind blew away each feather as fast as I placed them on the doorsteps!! You didn't say I had to get them back!!

If this is the second requirement, then things will never be the same." That's true", said the older woman. "Never forget. Each of your words is like a feather in the wind. Once spoken, no amount of effort, regardless how heartfelt or sincere, can ever return them to your mouth. Choose your words well, and guard them most of all in the presence of those you love." 

Submitted by  Paula ~Unega Ülogidv~ Phillips
Author Unknown~

 



 

WOMEN'S MEDICINE CIRCLE

 

My Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the world,

 

It has being so beautiful the awakening of the feminine, the Great Mother is talking to the many, and her heart is strong and wise, remembrance is talking place, sacred place has being found.

 

Woman all over the world is beginning to go back into the ways of the ancestors, the original and the authentic human being.

 

Yet also has seeing the struggles of the many to bring and recognize the Great father within, the ones that also holds hands with the true men, ones that understand the position in the universes and recognize life as sacred.

 

     The wounded father, has being for so long in the hearts of the beautiful human, it is a father that comes out as the images of the patriarchal system, a father that punish and it is fearful and revengeful, a father that only provides and feels that his job is done, but also the wounded father has being asking for healing, he do wants to be there with the mother giving birth to the new world, he wants to change and be the true father for his children and the true men for his wife.

 

It is indeed, that the father-mother the Great Spirit, has never being into divorce, there is no such a thing of separation of and kind what so ever. It has being only the dream of separation of all human that brought the terrible image of the wounded father.

 

I was talking to this beautiful sister from the Kahuna people, she was telling me about the mother-daughter inside the ones that heal the father, the ones that together holding hands heal the father.

 

Into the journey of the healing father (perfect manifestation, compassioned, loving, divine order)  the true men  has being born, the one that is not afraid of love and wants to embrace the eternal feminine and he is not afraid to become one with her, he is not afraid of his own heart, or not afraid of loosing himself but recognized within that he is indeed the eternal masculine.

 

We have seen also in the journey of the healing, that male wanted to understand her, instead of loving her, in that process he have think, I feel like a woman, I am a nurtured, I understand woman and my feminine side.

 

By doing this, it will be like just flipping the tortilla, the same way that the woman needed to become a men in the system, now the men wanted to become a woman to survive.

 

In the ancient times, there was no such a confusion, everybody understand their position in the universe the dance was complete, and Oneness was a way of living, it truly was a living way of creation, nothing was separated, all bring the message, all life forms were the answered prayer, the perfect manifestation of the spirit.

 

As a woman, we need to understand thins forces inside of us, our male inside that feels use, abandoned, misunderstood, and scared for third dimensional issues, and guilty for many things and specially sex issues. That is the male that the system brought through the images of the wounded father, we need to love him and pray for the father so he will give the blessing for the true men and the woman that holds life within.

 

The Great Mother and the Great father has being always there.

 

Oneness is a way of living, human needs to  live as one, as an integrated self, recognizing all the parts within for to pray to become whole, in this beautiful journey of the realization of the self, human being dance the Oneness of life, for all my relations.

 

The door is open now, veils has being removed, the dance of celebration of life has begun in such a beautiful way, all human are invited, all human have the key that was giving since the beginning of time, the authentic human being knows this in the heart and is willing to dance, ....so beautiful! 

 

IN lakesh

I am you

 

Magdala Rameriz, Maya Priestess

Mario Monroy


 

FUNNY BONES....

 

 

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • A photographer is taking a family picture, and he says "CHEESE", and everyone in hearing distance lines up.

  • You read more in the bathroom than anywhere else.

  • You had a 3 family garage sale every other Saturday.

  • When you are away at college and you write to your dad for money and it goes like this: Dear dad no mun, no fun. your
    son and he replies: Dear son, Too bad, so sad. Your dad.

  • You are working on Columbus Day and supposed to be taking Indian day off but are volunteering at the local school.

  • The No Rich white Child Left behind Act doesn't work for  the rez school.

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • Ward Churchill, Jamake Highwater, Russel Means, Brooke Medicine, Mary Summer Rain et. Al. just annoy you.

  • Vine Deloria Jr, Charlene Teters, Billy Frank, The Harjo's, et. Al. are your heroes.

  • Your EBT card gets more of a work out than your ATM card.

  • When you go to town you go to the dollar tree or all you can eat Chinese buffet to see other natives.

  • You have to explain politely through gritted teeth that no in fact they may not touch your hair or necklace and that
    you are not going to tell them your Indian name.

  • You have a cell phone but no coverage on your rez.

YOU COULD BE AN INDIAN IF......

  • The electricity goes off and you wonder what crisis they mean in the paper the next day.

  • Your xmas tree is decorated with baskets, key rings, earrings, necklaces, etc.

  • Your health insurance is HIS.

  • You have a beaded baseball hat, belt buckle, pen, cigarette lighter, etc.

From Andre Cramblit, andrekar@ncidc.org  IndigenousNewsNetwork@topica.com


 

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...

 

A LOG ON THE FIRE

 

Six humans trapped by happenstance in dark and bitter cold.
Each possessed a stick of wood — or so the story's told.
 

Their dying fire in need of logs, but the first one held hers back.
For, of the faces around the fire, she noticed one was black.

 

The next one looked cross the way saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give the fire his stick of birch.
 

The third one sat in tattered clothes he gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use to warm the idle rich?

 

The rich man just sat back and thought of wealth he had in store,
And keeping all that he had earned from the lazy, shiftless poor.
 

The black man's face bespoke revenge as the fire passed from his sight,
For he saw in his stick of wood a chance to spite the white.

 

And the last man of this forlorn group did naught except for gain,
Giving just to those who gave was how he played the game.

 

Their sticks held tight in death's stilled hands
Was proof enough of sin;
They did not die from cold without —
They died from cold within.
 

~By James Patrick Kinney www.Stop-The-Hate.org
Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett

 

 


 

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HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

Memorial Gift... 

In Memory of Lance Selvidge - Webster’s definition of a Martyr:  1:  A person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a belief.  2: A person who sacrifices something of great value, especially life itself for the sake of principle.  Lance, we are all better because you walked this world, we will all become better because you look back with eyes from the angels world. Thank You.  The Selvidge Family. Little River Rock. 04-20-06

 

In Memory of Ruby Gilliham - We will always remember this gracious and beautiful woman in our hearts.  She will remain a part of Manataka forever - Standing Bear.  Greg Gilliham 04-20-06

 

MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible  contribution to MAIC and we will send the family a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.

 

Crossing Over...

Diana Lynn Trullinger - Saponi Nation Tribal Council member of Willow Springs, Missouri went home on July 4th 2006. She was 49 years old. Diana enjoyed making baskets, sewing, cooking, riding four wheelers and checking the family buffalo herd. She made and gave hundreds of stocking caps to the Western Sioux tribes for their long cold winters. Diana helped with Indian presentations at local schools.  She loved her extended family more than anything and wanted to see the Saponi Nation Federally acknowledged as sovereign. She was the Tribal Secretary since 1999. She will be missed by all who knew her. Susan Bates  07-05-05
 

Sharon Kamama Kanogisdi Baugh, 56 of Hot Springs, AR, a long-time member of Manataka and the first chairperson of the Manataka Women's Council crossed over in her sleep from complications with cancer.  She will long be remembered as a great and courageous mother and grandmother of the People.  ~Rebecca Owl Woman Moore 06-30-06.  See related article above.

 

Lynne (Yellow Buffalo) Feng, Grandmother Waynonah's long time friend and companion, crossed over to the Spirit World after suffering for years from Agent Orange poisoning.  Only he knows the depth of his challenges he faced in this life, and only he knows the ultimate reason for choosing to leave now.  Waynonah Two Worlds P.O. Box 142, Lily Dale, NY 14752  May Lynne and Waynonah both be remembered in our prayers.  Thank you. Ocie 06-22-06

 

Today an Eagle feather fell to Earth.  Today  Lynn Freng Yellow Buffalo, dropped his robe and made his final journey  into the West.

Through the light of the breaking summer morning  his spirit walked alone, and unafraid into a clear blue sky. Free at last of the pain and suffering of this world he walked straight and tall. 

 

This quiet gentle man who was known to many, and loved by all made his decision to end his suffering.  Lynn was a warrior,  and a protector,  his strength was felt by  those who were unable to defend themselves. He was a man who understood the meaning of forgiveness and love,

he also knew the pain of death and war.

 

What torment did he suffer in his silent vigil as he sit and made his decision to take his life? In the end he took the way of the warrior,  and ended his time when he felt he could not go on any longer. These  were his choices, and in his calm and silent way he ended his Earth Walk.

We human mortal beings may never know the answers to this man’s pain; but we can honor his life and his courage. . The way he lived his life left a lasting impression for those who will come after him seeking answers to the suffering of war.

 

The kindness in his eyes and the sorrow that he also had suffered was reflected in the way he cared for others.  Always the helping hand and smiling person with the wonderful laugh he blessed many with his kindness. His body weakened by the Agent Orange and his memory less and less effective each passing day, let him know his time here was limited.

 

I know that Creator will accept him into the lodge of his people and that he will find eternal rest and peace at last. May his spirit be welcomed by his brother warriors,   who gave their lives, and lost their souls in those foreign lands.  Lynn my heart will forever walk with you,  and my love go with you,  my spirit brother. The prayers of our people all over the Earth are with you Lynn, may your journey take you home to the land of your people.  In loving memory:  Waynonaha and Family.

 

Audrey Preble - almost 20 months old crossed while taking a peaceful nap with her dad.  Her real mission has just begun.  Born with a missing heart wall and DeGeorge syndrome.  Endured many surgeries and fought horrendous odds.  ~Katherine and Gram Selma 06-19-06

 

Robert Yazzie, - 81, Navajo 'code talker' who helped stymie Japanese in WWII dies at Nashville, TN on Memorial Day.  He grew up on a reservation in Arizona and enlisted in the Marines at age 17, becoming part of a group of about 400 Navajos.  The code talkers had to keep their work secret long after the war they helped win, but they were honored at the Pentagon in 1992. Yazzie received a Congressional Silver Star Medal for Distinguished Service at a ceremony in Nashville on July 4, 2003.  ~Gray Beard Vinson 05-30-06

 

Mickey Gimmill - long time Native rights and traditional leader, passed on to the other side and now walks, dances, and sings with the ancestors of the Pitt River and Wintu Nations.  Jayson Grey 05-26-06

 

Peter A. Klose,- 37, brother of Manataka member Alison Klose was killed in an auto accident May 14.  Pete leaves behind his wife, Pam and his two boys, Ben and Alex (ages 4 and 2).  A scholarship fund is being established for his children.  Personal condolences may be sent to Pete's wife at: Pamela Klose, 66 Quailcrest Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1328. His sister advises, "Take time to call your brothers and sisters and tell them you love them.~Alison Klose  05-23-06

 

Marge Many Tears Lovelady - crossed over into the Spirit World Friday May 5th at 625 am.  Many knew her for her work with the prisons and native American rights.  She was honored with the Native American medal of Valor.  Many Tears served in a mash unit in Korea saving many of  young men. She was a spirit guide and teacher of many of people. She will be truly missed.  Thank you for your prayers and thoughts and for the many of people who has honored her life. Her Crossing Over Ceremony will be held in Harrison Arkansas at Holt's Memorial Chapel. The service will be lead by Robert Francis. In lieu of flowers please make any donations to a charity of your choice. Wado  Bud Dark Cloud Grimes

 

Luis Many Bears Bonet crossed over on March 7, into the spirit world from a heart attack. His family and friends were by his side continuously throughout the four day vigil at the hospital.  His family will be announcing their plans for his funeral and ceremony soon, and I will follow their instructions with regard to contacting people. ~Corina Roberts 03-08-06 

 

Sickness and Injuries...

Mary Mattingly (my cousin in El Paso) is going for surgery on her arm.  I would like to ask your people to pray for her as well. Y'all do a pretty good job. ~Leo Causey 07-08-06

 

Mackenzie Elizabeth Reed -  Saquo was born prematurely and we would greatly appreciate your prayers in smoke for hia utsi saquo for which ayv offer tobacco to nihi for high honor of such. This picture shows usti ulv on June 8, 2006 at 1 lb. 7 ozs and 11.5" long.  Elisi Spirit Dove 07-08-06

 

Henry Sidney Zack - My father has taken a turn over the past week and is declining rapidly; today the hospice nurse feels he may have 1-2 weeks to live, but there is no certainty of this, of course, and he may linger longer.  Lauren Zack. 07-07-06

 

Flora Causey - wife who is part Cherokee and I think she needs prayer for her body.  She has some sort of tumor in her abdomen.  It doesn't need to be there and doesn't have to stay there.  ~Leo Causey 07-04-06

 

Joyce Johnson - Atlanta, GA.  Diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.  Please pray for this wonderful woman.  ~Patti BlueStar Burdette 07-03-06

 

Marian Wilson - Philadelphia, PA Child.  On July 21, Marian will undergo an upper endoscopy of her upper intestinal tract, to test for Celiac disease, food allergies, and other possibilities for her continued, recurring illness and rash. ~ Kim Wilson  06-30-06

 

Kimberly Wilson - Philadelphia, PA - July 19 will be seeing a cardiologist for consultation of persistent symptoms of heart palpitations, possible
atrial fibrillations and/or arrhythmias.

 

Lee Standing Bear Moore - Was taken Friday to the emergency room during the Summer Gathering at Manataka.  Bear's heart was given electric shock to bring his heart back into regular rhythm on Sunday.  He was released from the VA Hospital in Little Rock on Thursday afternoon.  Bear was back to work on Friday and watching his health more closely.  ~Rebecca Owl Woman Moore 06-30-06

 

Dr. Ron - Has had years of pain due to a back injury and is addicted to pain meds.  He is still functioning as a doctor but on a very limited basis. 

I ask the Bear Society to take his name and do work on him in their next lodge, sweat lodge.  What I know is that the medicine of the Bear clan is extremely strong.  I ask that Ron begins to feel the energy and love that all those around feel to help him heal.  I've prayed to the creator, called on my ancestors.  It is really time that can tell what his future holds.  He is cutting down on his meds, at least he is trying.  ~Stella Turtle Lady Fisher 06-12-06

 

Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Dallas, TX - Long-time Manataka member and beloved elder suffered a major stroke on May 14. He had temporary paralyses that was successfully treated. Please pray and give up offerings for this wonderful man. Gray Hawk came home 6-10-06.  ~Victoria McBain.

 

Soaring Eagle Danysh - Wayne, West Virginia - Husband of Shirley MorningRain Danysh has cancer that is spreading rapidly through his body.

A rod doctors put in his arm is infected and needs to be removed.  The VA doctor who put it in won't remove it and the other doctors won't touch it since they didn't do it.  He is on a course of IV antibiotics that hopefully will help but the doctors say that rod needs to come out.  The infection is keeping him from getting his chemo that he needs.  06-09-06 ~Helen RedWing Vinson

 

Alan Fisher - Alan has healed from his surgery.  Back to work and on the go.  Only the future can tell if the tumor will return, we hold the energy from that if will not return. Thankful and Grateful for each breath I take upon awakening every day of my life. ~Stella Turtle Lady Fisher 06-06-06

 

The People of CHECHNYA - Having suffered from fighting for a dozen and a half years and there was no solution in sight.  He said it was
more bloody than a civil war.  70% percent killed were civilians -- children, woman, old people, others.  Homes are destroyed with people in them. Kidnapping is prevalent.  Before the struggle approximately 1.2 million lived in Chechnya, and now only 600,000 remained because of the deaths and fleeing.  Please pray for PEACE in Chechnya.  ~Lynn Smith via Barbara Wolf.
   05-29-06

 

Dobby Sommer - Hip, knees, and ankles are serving with much pain.  High blood pressure. "Thank you for your seven day prayers. Actually you inspired me to pray for seven days for you and Manataka and the maker of my rattle. I have also been inspired to have surgery sometime this summer with my faith in the Creator rather than my fears. I am  getting more crippled, but I can still walk with a cane." Please pray for this gentle, loving soul.  05-29-06

 

Jeremy-white wolf,  Having surgery June 2nd to remove the steel plate and pins from his leg. We would appreciate prayers for him. When his surgeon said he had healed miraculously well from last surgery he told him yes because my native family prayed for me. I want to thank everyone for the prayers said and about to be said. ~Ruth MountianWindSong King 05-21-06

 

Beulah Maltagliati, 15-year old dog - has developed pancreatitis.  It's a relatively mild case, but pancreatitis is serious, and her being 15 makes it more worrisome.  She's not terribly sick now, and I'm so hoping she won't get worse. ~ Juli Maltagliati 5-22-06

 

Cindy Hogman, 32 - My name is Gary Hogman.  My wife, Cindy, was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer and her chances for survival are very slim.  She was pregnant with our second child and had miscarried recently at 3 months, and now we know why. This is a request for you to forward this e-mail to everyone you know asking for prayer and ask everyone you know to pray for the HEALING of Cindy.  I want the whole world to have her in their prayers the next few weeks. God will hear our cry. Please do not be offended by my plea. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ~Gary Hogman.  Submitted by Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway 05-19-06
 

Florence Thuot, 78,  in Deland, Florida -- Florence owns and operates Journey's End Animal Sanctuary (www.journeysendsanctuary.org), the no-kill, no-cage refuge for special needs animals.  Many thanks for prayers and healing for Florence, 78, owner of Journey's End Animal Sanctuary.  Her medical tests indicated that she was able to tolerate aggressive treatment of the glaucoma in her one good eye, and there has been great improvement!  There is good reason to expect she will continue to improve, and her eyesight has been saved.  Blessings and love to you all .... Juli Maltagliati 05-15-06

 

Jo Somerset - Thank you for your healing prayers for Jo, the elderly lady in England, who was ill with heart problems and hypothyroidism.   She is home from the hospital, is regaining strength, and is doing very well.  Thank you from the heart... Juli Maltagliati 05-15-06

 

Elwood Plummer - Seriously ill in Eastern Kentucky.  He is a spiritual person and knows the need and power of petitions to the Great Spirit. Matthew P. Maley 04-29-06 

 

Bobby Joe Runninbear - Tennessee. Suffered a heart attack and is in the VA.  Was having irregular heart beats and they shocked his heart back to normal sinus rhythm......We can thank Creator for that and the prayers will do most.  I think his spirit is too strong to let his heart fail him and I'm grateful for that too.  Sandra BabblingBrook 03-27-06

 

Mike Chumley of Russellville, AR - 2 toes amputated due to diabetes is back at work. Thanks for your prayers!  Cher Wilkinson 3/21/06

 

Henrietta Eagle Star DevereauxDiagnosed legally blind is getting much better. Sun Dancer Woman 3-20-06 

 

Henry Sidney Zack - Health is declining and admitted to home hospice.  Seeking a transition of peace, love, and grace. Liora Leah Zack 3/19/06

 

Robin Johnson - Portland, WA.  Age 15.  Hospitalized with serious infections.  Please pray for her.  Greta Holifield  03-15-06

 

Fernando Espinoza  - Taken ill in California, wife is Imogene.  Need of prayer.  They have children and they need our love, comfort and support through trying times.  Walked the path with us to fight the injustice of disenrollment that has divided our people.  Carla Foreman-Maslin 2-28-06

 

Linda & John James - Prayers are needed in abundance to acquire healing center near Manataka.  ~Linda James, 2-18-06 

 

Sharon Barnett - Has returned home after three days of testing for brain damage.  She sends thanks to all for their prayers. Love and prayers ~Ruth Mountain Wind Song 2-15-06

 

Hawk Hoffman - Suffering from debilitating arthritis pain. Please send him lots of prayers. ~2-14-06

 

Larry Irons - Still battling cancer.  Came back in his spine and right leg.  Very sick and on morphine in 4th stage of the disease. Walks only about 20 feet. ~Charles Irons 2-16-06

 

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. 

 



 

JUNE 2006 Elder Council Meeting...

 

The June meeting was held on the 25th starting at 9:45 a.m. and a quorum was established with David Quiet Wind Furr, Rick Wind Call-er Porea, Lee Standing Bear Moore, Gayle Sexauer and Becky Moore present.  Jim Pathfinder Ewing resigned following the meeting last month for due work and personal reasons. 

Discussions:  

Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center

MASELA (Manataka Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America) Project

American Indian Spirituality Booklet and National Association of Professional Chaplains seminar in Atlanta

Upcoming Summer Gathering

Approved Motions: 

Minutes of the last meeting

Treasurer's Report

Rejected Motions:

None

Presentations:

None 

Approved Committee Reports:

None -

Announcements: 

Manataka Elder Council member Gayle Sexauer appeared on a nationally know radio show during her trip to South Carolina.  The top spiritual leaders of the country appear on "Living Successfully" Radio Program.  Gayle spoke about Manataka and her book.  

 


MANATAKA ORGANIZATIONAL MESSAGES


ANNOUNCEMENTS & NOTICES:

 

NOTICE 1:    TWO ELDER COUNCIL POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN:   The Education Elder position will concentrate on developing public school curriculum based on American Indian philosophy and coordinating presentations to schools, civic organizations and churches. The Treasurer position is now open due to a recent resignation. The position will require experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting.   

 

If you feel qualified for this position, please submit your information now. Read More  (Posted 03-01-06)

 

PATTY BLUE STAR BURDETTE WAS ELECTED TO THE POSITION OF CEREMONIAL ELDER COUNCIL DURING THE SUMMER GATHERING. MORE INFORMATION ON PATTY BLUE STAR WILL APPEAR IN A LATER ISSUE.

 

NOTICE 2:     ELDER COUNCIL POSITION FILLED.  Gayle "Texas Wind" Sexauer of Fayetteville, AR was recently appointed Public Relations Elder.  "Based on her excellent background, experience, wonderful disposition, strong ideals, and love of Manataka, the Elders of Manataka made a wise decision in selecting Gayle for this important position," said MAIC Chair, David Quiet Wind Furr.  (Posted 01-01-06)

 

NOTICE 3:    FOOD BASKETS 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. 

 

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

 

NOTICE 5:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact: Jody

 

NOTICE 6:    PAID YOUR DUES?
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Editor:

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MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Burnett, Georgia

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Grandmother Selma, Florida

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Magdala Ramirez, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Helen Red Wing Vinson, Tennessee

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas

Waynonaha Two Worlds

Contributors:

Susan Bates, Missouri

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire 

Valerie Eagle Heart

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

John James, Arkansas

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Elaine Nowell, Louisana

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

 

 

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