Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV Issue 07
- Preserving The Past Today For
July 1, 1776
July 4, 1867
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Manataka Needs Prayer Ties from
ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around
the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations. The
gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition
of many peoples. Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to
sacred sites and or places that require healing (such the Gulf of Mexico).
We need thousands of prayer ties. You can
help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for
distribution to people and places that need your prayers.
is a ceremony within itself and should be done with much reverence and respect.
The Process I have found is different with
many elders or teachers. Instructions as
to colors, when to smudge, honoring of the directions and other things might
change. Therefore, I give only the mechanics. Instructions How to Ma oknlye
Prayer Ties (The mechanics) By Zoe Bryant
Get your materials together and ready
to sit and pray.
• Small squares of fabric( about 2” to 4"
• String (kite strings works best; you
don’t want it to break!)
• natural tobacco (Native Spirit & Bugler
both work well)
• Sage ( to smudge yourself and all your
Preparing your fabric squares for the
The easiest way to get multiple pieces of
fabric is to notch your material about 2” apart and tear long strips the length
of the fabric. Fold them in half, fold again and continue folding until your
folded strip is only 2’’ wide. Cut all the folds with scissors. Putting your
tobacco prayer into the tie: Place a small pinch of tobacco in the center of
a square of fabric. Fold the fabric over … Fold it a
second time and then a third time. Now
pinch the bundle together making what looks like a little ghost. Tie
the small bundle together at the top with string, dental floss, sinew or raw
The Manataka Women's Council has
contributed thousands of prayer ties over the years and they pray the entire
time materials are being gathered and while making them. A dozen prayers
may go into each tie.
Send to: -- as soon as possible
Manataka Prayer Ties
PO Box 476, Hot Springs National Park, AR
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"You have to have a lot of patience to hear those old people
talk, because when they talk, they talk about motivation, the feeling, the
unsound that is around the universe. They explain everything to one
understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one
word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word
We need to be
careful about judging the old ones when we talk. At first they may not make
sense to us. Maybe we'll say they're old fashioned and don't understand. But
the old ones do understand! When they speak, listen very carefully. Often it
will take weeks or maybe even years before we understand what they are
really saying. This is the way of Wisdom. We need to listen, listen, listen.
Great Spirit, today, open my
ears so I can hear the Elders
By Don Coyhis
The Time of Purification
Update on Hopi Prophecy
By John Kimmey
to the Hopi Prophecy we are in the latter days of The Time of
Purification. We are in the process of resolution of polarities
we have caused through our limited comprehension of universal
The ancient prophecy of the Hopis provides us with a number
of specific significant future events and their
corresponding instructions. These instructions serve as a guide to
our responses to these events. The Time of Purification began with
the release of the first nuclear explosions in 1945. The event known
in the Prophecy as the Third Great Shaking is our present point with
which our attention must be focused. There are two eventualities to
The first phase, it states, could be the best case scenario and
could conclude this cycle, known as the Fourth World , in harmony
with the intention of Great Spirit (the Universe). It is said that
at this time the polarities will be so extreme that it will appear
that all things will seem to be opposite to the True Path of Life.
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Gulf oil spill
could push Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe to the point of no return
By David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post Staff Writer
LA. -- The best thing about this place -- where the dry land of
south Louisiana gives up, and marshes and bayous stretch away to the
Gulf -- used to be that white people had so much trouble finding it.
Here, a French-speaking Indian tribe has lived for more than a
century, isolated from a world that had proved itself unfriendly.
But the oil found its refuge in a month and a day.
Now, this tribe is feeling an especially sharp version of
Louisiana's despair. Its members worry that the oil will kill the
marsh, and seethe at the idea that a bitter history now seems to be
"They come in and take our land. Now, the oil's taking over. It's
like it's happening all over" again, said Grace Welch, 26, in a
stilt-legged house across the street from the bayou.
Across the plywood-floored living room, her father was fantasizing
about killing Christopher Columbus.
"They shoulda hang him," said Sidney Verdin, 60. He meant the native
people who encountered Columbus, the first scout of the civilization
that would eventually drill an oil well 5,000 feet under the ocean
and then not know how to fix it when it broke.
The Pointe-au-Chien tribe lives west of the Mississippi River mouth,
more than 100 miles by water from the spot where the Deepwater
Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank. Headed here from New
Orleans, the road branches and narrows until it is two lanes hugging
a cola-colored bayou where alligators hide. The tribe lives where
the road ends.
On Tuesday, in the shaded space under a house on stilts, chief
Charles "Chuckie" Verdin (pronounced "VUR-dan," a common name in the
roughly 680-member tribe), 53, recounted watching the TV news when
BP gave up its attempt to completely kill the leaking well.
"I just stayed there and looked at it," said the chief, a deeply
tanned man wearing a camouflage T-shirt, as stray kittens played
around his feet. "Going through my head [was], 'This is going to get
a lot worse.' "
The tribe is not recognized by the federal government, and its name
is proof of its still-murky history: The tribe's official name is
French for "Dog Point." But others nearby asserted that the right
name was the more genteel Pointe-aux-Chenes, "Point of Oaks," and
that's the name on the local school. In Cajun French, both names
sound like "Point ahw-shen."
BIG OIL = BIG TROUBLES
Eleven workers are dead. The families of Gulf of
Mexico fishermen are suffering. Birds and marine
animals are covered with crude oil and dying. The
water necessary for all life is fouled. The Big Oil
disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a tragedy.
But, this is only the beginning of more and bigger tragedies
in the future.
is a disaster that could have been prevented.
Solutions exist that will reduce and eliminate our
dependence on Big Oil. Investing in clean energy must
be the primary goal of all Americans and the entire world.
We must demand the government immediately strengthen fuel
economy standards. We must strongly invest in public
transit and plan "walkable" and "bikeable" communities.
We must immediately stop making huge recreational and
personal vehicles like RV and SUVs. Smaller is better.
Oil companies continue to push for more deep-water and
shallow water oil rigs. They continue to destroy
millions of acres of pristine forests and tundra for the
sake of greed. Big Oil's Canadian Tar Sands is the
dirtiest, ugliest method yet -- and the damage to the
ecology and health of all life on the planet will suffer for
centuries. Obama will give Big Oil the go ahead for a
pipeline that will pump nasty tar sand oil to the dirtiest
refineries on the Gulf. The extreme high pressure
pipeline will cross delicate farmlands, forests and prairies
on its way to Big Oil refineries in Texas. Why? Greed.
North America is not the only victim of Big Oil. They
are creating toxic oil lagoons that poison water and create
cancer hot spots in downstream indigenous communities in
South and Central America. Big Oil is dumping toxic
waste all over the world. This must be stopped.
we allow this to continue, Big Oil companies will continue
to cut corners on safety with a potential of creating
worldwide disasters of untold proportions. The
government cannot and will not prevent Big Oil and Big
Chemical companies. The people must stop them.
Or, the end of the earth as we know it will come to an end.
They sky is turning black. Water is turning black.
Our lungs and bodies will turn black. All in the name
of money. - Editor
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The Center for Biological
Obama Lifts Ban
on Dangerous Shallow Water Drilling in Gulf
oil continues to gush from BP's Deepwater Horizon
catastrophe into the Gulf of Mexico, the Interior Department
this week said it's going to allow offshore drilling in
shallow waters -- less than 500 feet -- to resume. This
comes despite Interior's lack of answers about its pledge,
made April 30, to conduct a full safety review before
allowing more drilling. It also comes amid news that another
shallow-water well in the Gulf -- also approved without full
environmental review -- is leaking, possibly since 2004. In
fact, despite Interior Department's cavalier attitude,
shallow-water drilling is very dangerous. It has a worse
blowout record than deepwater drilling and is closer to our
shores. The Center has been among the loudest national
voices calling for a full moratorium on more offshore
drilling, no matter the depth. Take action to
end new, dangerous offshore drilling.
Toward Confused Ban on Environmental Waivers
response to weeks of negative publicity about its continued
exemption of oil drilling plans from environmental review,
the Minerals Management Service issued a press release
yesterday claiming it will "strengthen safety requirements"
but leaving the world confused as to whether it will
continue exempting the oil industry from environmental laws.
The agency says it will require more information from oil
companies when it issues drilling permits, but says nothing
about its own completely broken, corrupt permitting system.
Will it revoke the 400+ illegal permits it has issued since
January, 2009? Will it cease giving out environmental
waivers? As with all of the administration's reforms and
moratoriums to date, no one seems to know, least of all the
Mineral Management Service. Here's our take, as reported by
the Washington Post yesterday: Kierán Suckling,
executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity,
said they should "shut down" the exemptions when it comes to
offshore drilling. "MMS is making baby steps in the
right direction, but it is not enough to require more
information from the oil companies," Suckling said. "MMS
needs to formally revoke all 400 environmental waivers given
out in the past 18 months and redo each and every decision."
Now there's a clear plan. Read the full story in the
Washington Post and then
take action to close the loophole on environmental
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
What do you hear?
A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near
Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets
were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing
around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost
deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, "I hear a cricket."
His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket
in all of this noise!"
"No, I'm sure of it," the Native American said, "I heard a cricket."
"That's crazy," said the friend.
The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the
street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into
the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket.
His friend was utterly amazed.
"That's incredible," said his friend. "You must have super-human ears!"
"No," said the Native American. "My ears are no different from yours. It all
depends on what you're listening for."
"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in this
"Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what is really important to
you. Here, let me show you."
He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them
on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in
their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if
the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.
"See what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all depends on what's
important to you."
Chevron Oil Kills - The Real Price of Oil
Can you imagine what
18 BILLION gallons of toxic oil waste
looks like? What smell permeates the air?
What that much oil sludge tastes like in
your water supply?
Emergildo Criollo, and 30,000 other
Ecuadoreans, know exactly what 18 billions
gallons of oil waste looks like. Chevron
(then Texaco) poisoned their land and water
for decades, causing immense suffering for
families and communities, and one of the
biggest environmental disasters of our time.
Sign up now to host a screening of Crude,
the movie Chevron doesn't want the world to
Emergildo's family drank, bathed, and fished
in a river where oil sludge was regularly
and deliberately dumped upstream by the oil
company. Emergildo's infant son was
born with severe developmental disabilities
and died at just 6 months. His
other son died at age 3. Emergildo's wife
contracted uterine cancer and had to undergo
Emergildo Criollo, leader of the Cofan
Indigenous community, bravely tells this
story in the powerful, critically acclaimed
documentary Crude: The Real Price of
Tell Emergildo's story by hosting a
These are the stories Chevron does not want
you to see...the polluted water and soil,
and the families crying over their dying
children in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Will you
help show the world what Chevron is hiding?
DANIEL SEVENHAWKS SPEAKS
How Can Stress It
people suffer from the effects of stress. It could come from your secular
employment, family related issues or just the day-to-day problems that we all
need to put up with. Whatever causes you stress-whether it is driving in rush
hour traffic, a strained relationship with your family or with a fellow
employee. Stress is not new to the human race! Stress in itself is not a bad
thing; it can give us needed courage to face problems. In life threatening
situations stress can enable people to perform things they would never have
Working in law
enforcement for over 40 years, I personally have faced situations where there
was great stress. Once while on patrol I happened to be in the area where a man
was working on his vehicle and the jack fell on him pinning him between the
driveway and the vehicle. He was in mortal danger. I don’t know where it came
from but I was able to lift the rear of the vehicle enough so he could be pulled
to safety. A surge of adrenaline within me enabled me to perform this task. I
have to say I felt strange and the hair on the back of my neck was standing
straight. This was a form of stress as I was told later. Sometimes when we face
difficult situations our body seems to gather something from deep inside of us
so as to do something we normally would not be able to do.
GRANDMOTHER LINDA TWO HAWK FEATHERS
Healing to the
By Tali Tawodi Tslunuhi
Inspired by the author of “Three
Cups of Tea”
Native American culture, any plan, any change, or any move has historically only
been agreed on after the elders consider the 7th generation.
American culture has evolved into an individualistic, modernistic social
mega-culture that ignores the legacy that a plan, a change or a move will affect
the next 10 years let alone 7 generations in the future. A generation may
represent 40 years of time as we count it now. So, the last seven generations
is a longer period of time than the United States has existed as a country. The
idealism of the “founders” of our country gave them high hopes of making a new
nation that would benefit their children for all future generations. They were
blinded, however, as to how their own use of slave labor and propensity to
conquest would manifest itself in the next 7 generations. We are at the end of
that time. Many people around the world are calling for change, for a new
vision of indigenous peoples – even to the extent of formal apologies given to
native peoples in Australia and Canada.
Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe State Recognized
NEWPORT NEWS —
It took eight years for the Virginia General Assembly to officially
recognize the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe, but tribal leaders say the
American Indian tribe has existed for hundreds of years.
Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown, said the Southampton
County tribe, which has about 15 members in the Denbigh area of Newport
News, is documented back to 1580, but probably existed for hundreds of years
before that. The tribe now has 272 members, and they host a powwow at the
Southampton County Fairgrounds every summer. Brown said the tribe
recently purchased 100 acres in Southampton County, where it intends to
build a museum and replicas of tribal longhouses. He said he's also working
to preserve the tribal language.
The Cheroenhaka endured a lengthy, twisting path
to state recognition, which Brown said means that the tribe can stamp its
crafts with the tribal name, start partnerships with schools promoting
Native American history, and acquire more financial aid for college
students. The tribe will now seek federal recognition, which would bring
more benefits, he said. In 1705 the tribe owned 41,000 acres in
Southampton County, Brown said, but as the tribe-owned acreage dwindled over
time, members of the tribe dispersed, some to Newport News.
Tribal Law and Order Act: Making It Congress' Business
As mentioned in last month's Native American Legislative Update, on the 26th
of April 15 of our colleague faith-based organizations signed on to our
letter in support of the
Tribal Law and Order Act (H.R. 1924/S. 797). The Tribal Law and Order
Act is still expected to come before the House Judiciary Committee any week
now. We've been making visits to Judiciary Committee member offices with
members of some of the other organizations who signed on to the letter to
make some noise and give a face to the wide interfaith support of this bill.
The reception has been warm in both Democratic and Republican offices, and I
think it stands a good chance of bipartisan support if and when it makes it
to the floor. It will have an even better chance of making it to the floor
if it gets more cosponsors! Please write to your representatives and
senators urging them to support this long-overdue piece of legislation.
2010 Tribal Directory
Tribal Web Sites
(Federally recognized tribes only; Alphabetical by State)
Warm greetings from Pine Ridge
My name is Kiri
am full-time faculty (Asst. Prof) in the Humanities Department
at the Oglala Lakota College (www.olc.edu)
which is one of 37 tribal colleges/universities that serve the
unique Indigenous Native American communities (www.aihec.org)
throughout the U.S. & Canada. OLC is located on the most
notorious Indian Reservation in the United States. The US census
2000 found that the Pine Ridge 'Rez' has the #1 poorest county
in the union, neighboring the poorest town in the U.S. of
Parmelee (affiliated with nearby Lakota 'cousin' clan, Rosebud
Sioux Reservation). The Lakota were also part of the Native
alliance that defeated General Custer in the Batlle of Little
Big Horn (modern day Montana).
To launch our newly revitalized AFA
(hopefully soon to be BFA), we are specifically looking for
supplies/equipment for core classes in drawing, painting,
ceramics, photography, linoleum press, art history, art
To be more specific with the
Studios, we would like:
Paper, Drawing implements
, Potter's wheels
(we'll take both kick & electric plug in)
, Cameras (pre-digital as well as
digital are okay)
, Paint (oils, acrylics, water
colors, etc.), Sculpting tools
anything you would consider helpful in jumpstarting
Items can be used,
so long as they are still useable and in good condition. We
would love to aid you in getting rid of supplies you feel your
program no longer use, but do not want to store.
We have a temporary place in Martin, SD, but would like to
eventually relocate to Wounded Knee (site of 1890 massacre, and
The Oglala Lakota College has
never before had a serious arts/humanities program. This is
our passionate attempt to form & develop one.
contact me at:
Established in 1996, Native
Vision gives annual college scholarships to
outstanding high school American Indian seniors
with a commitment to education, athletics and
leadership. Listed below are the eligibility
requirements and the timeline for application:
To be eligible for
the Native Vision Scholarship applicants must
meet the following requirements:
Be enrolled as a
high school senior for the current academic year
Be an enrolled
member of a federally recognized tribe;
sustained involvement in the community and an
applied concern for American Indian issues and
Maintain a grade
point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 at the time
involvement in extracurricular and/or athletic
Be admitted to an
accredited community college or four year
undergraduate program (for fall 2010).
application and letters of recommendation
to: Marlena Hammen, Native Vision
Scholarship, 621 N. Washington
Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, by MAY
College - Student Resource Guide
internships, fellowships, books, and websites)
Our youth deserve the best
summer possible ! Healthy, productive and enriching. Please
let all our relations know that Registration for our Tribal Youth
Summer Programs are now open ! Youth 12-18 and chaperons may
download registration forms on line at
Our popular programs fill
quickly, and we encourage early registration. This is our 10th
Anniversary ! We are honoring Native California by offering Summer
Enrichment Programs in San Diego, Central California (Mammoth, Mono,
Yosemite), and Northern California. Academics, Adventure,
THE VAST EXPANSE
by Alex Gray
acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment,
endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind
in its wisdom aspect.
It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in
the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the
moment, Here is the place of Liberation.
Witness the contents of mind, the visions and sounds, the thoughts, as
clouds passing through the vast expanse - the sky-like nature of mind.
The rootedness of Being is in emptiness, clarity and awareness: unborn,
unspoiled, stainlessly pure.
The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are
without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are
residents in your awareness.
I subject my awareness to the perfection of being, the perfection of
wisdom and perfection of love, all of these being co-present in the Vast
Expanse. I share this panorama of Being and appreciate all I can share
it with...the seamless interweaving of consciousness with each moment.
Create perfection wherever you go with your awareness. That is why this
teaching is admired by artists--they sense the correctness of the
response to life as creative. Life is infinite creative play. Enjoyment
and participation in this creative play is the artists profound joy. We
co-author every moment with universal creativity.
To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the
beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we
appreciate them, make offerings to them--these nature spirits who
call us here--sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love.
I am an intersecting kaleidoscope of Being in a rainbow refractive wave
pattern: a corpuscle of light on the ocean...the transparency of my body
with the rocks...sometimes the only way to summarize my feelings is to
draw--to collapse the frenzy in my limbs enough to make a mark out of
profound appreciation for my existence.
Share your presence with others, no boundaries, completely openly
lovingly. Love is what makes us alive, that is why we feel so alive
when we love. Service is being available to love. Life is the combustion
of love. That we love ourselves here, that is the true magnificence in
the mountains of being. We are constantly drawing the line between love
and not love--enter into the Non-duality Zone, and all judgements
dissolve in the Vast Expanse.
It's as though we are co-conspirators of consciousness--everyone,
everywhere, everywhen, mixing up our openable minds. It's as though
we could gather clouds in the sky and people into our lives. Like an
eruption of consciousness, we discover the most important force is love.
Experience yourself as the Source and appreciate every moment as
perfection. Sunrise--Sunset. Thank you, Thank you, Creator, profound
unstoppable connectedness of all beings, pattern to everything, most
radical no-thing, the Vast Expanse.
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