Manataka™ Smoke Signal News - May 2011 - Page 1

Manataka American Indian Council                               Volume XVII  Issue 05  May 2011


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

May 2011

 

May Day

May 1

Cinco de Mayo

May 5

Mother's Day

May 9

Memorial Day

May 31

 

 "The month of May is a time of remembering -- the Gifts of the Creator, Freedom, Mothers and family, and Fallen Warriors"

~Lee Standing Bear Moore

 

Page 1 of 3 Pages


 

 

Contents:

Page 1

Elders Meditation:

  Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

Grandfather Gray Hawk Coke:

  An Uncertain World
Feature Story:   Gorge Dig Yields ‘Significant’ Finds

Tribal News:

  Taino People on the Rise
Book Review:   Walking Bear’s Talking Circles — Book One

Inspiration Thoughts:

  There are No Swear Words in Indian Languages

Website Updates:

  New Articles in April
Notices:   Prayer Ties, Powwow Commttee

Page 2

Legends of Old:   Cyclone Woman
Feature Story:   Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools
 Guest Editorial:   The Bacterium That (Almost) Ate the World

Letters to the Editor:

  April Letters to the Editor
Endangered Earth:   Polar Bear Sacrifice to Big Oil Proposed
Organic Consumers:   UN: Organic Ag Can Double Food in 10 Years
Elder's Meditations:   Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders
Earth Medicine:   Newly Developed Functional Superfood
Women's Council News:   American Indian Women's Activism in the 1960s and 1970s

Fluoride:

The Fluoride Deception
Animal Rights and Wrongs: One Year After BP Spill: Deadly Toll on Gulf Wildlife
Sacred Sites: Yaqui Remains Returned from New York Museum

Page 3

History:

  Catawba History

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

  Old Ways of Gathering

Grandfather Sevenhawks Hoffman:

  A Story Of The Sacred Drum

Magdala Rameriz:

  Mastering the Hologram

Indigenous Music and Dance:

  World's Best Hand Drum Songs

Feature Story:

  Thinking Big Thougths vs. Poor Planning

Elder's Meditations:

  Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk
Poetry Circle:   Step Down The Red Road
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer is a necessary part of Life
Manataka  Business:   April Elder Council Meeting
Upcoming Events

2011 Powwow Now Calendar

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Membership

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ELDER MEDITATION

 

"We must remember that the heart of our religion is alive and that each person has the ability within to awaken and walk in a sacred manner."  ---- Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

The Native Spirituality is full of life. When we seek it we become alive. Even if we have gone astray and have conducted ourselves in a bad way, we can look within and have a new awakening to life. Maybe we have drunk too much alcohol; maybe we have cheated on our spouse; maybe we have done things that make us feel guilty and ashamed. If we look outside ourselves, we will not find life; if we look inside, we will find life. Anytime we choose to change our lives, we only need to look inside. How do we do this? Take some sage and light it, close your eyes and say to the Great Spirit, I'm tired, I need your help. Please help me change.

 

Great Spirit, I know you exist inside of myself. Let me awaken to your teachings.

 

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RESCHEDULED TO A BETTER DATE...

 

 

Manataka Powwow

 

SEPTEMBER 30 - October 2, 2011

 

Mark you calendar - Call for hotel reservations

 

Dancers, Drummers, Singers,

Vendors, and Volunteers

Sign-up today!

 

Bald Mountain Park and Campground

Located off Westinghouse Road,

Between Hwy 70 East and Hwy 270 East

 

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

 

FREE

Admission for Veterans, Seniors,

and Kids under 5

 

EXCITING

Dancing - Drumming - Singing

Storytelling - Games - Wildlife Show

 

COLORFUL Tipi Village

Indian Food and Crafts

Family Fun!

 

FREE Camping

Plenty of Parking

Bleacher Seating

Bring Lawn Chairs and or Blankets

 

 

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the September 30 - October 2 Manataka Powwow, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena.

 

Send us your contact information and join the fun!  PowwowCommittee@manataka.org  

 

See the Manataka Powwow flyer here  Vendors:  Sign up for booth space here...before they are gone...
 

 

Manataka Powwow SEPTEMBER 30 - October 2, 2011

 

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the September 30 - October 2, 2011 Manataka Powwow at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. The 2011 Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds to host dancers, drummers, special entertainment, and vendors.  Send us your contact information and what you would like to do to help.  PowwowCommittee@manataka.org  

 

See the Manataka Powwow flyer here  Vendors:  Sign up for booth space here...before they are gone...
 

 


 

 

 

 

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FEATURE STORY

 

Volunteer and Contribute to Manataka's

 

 

Feed Our Friends

 

A Project for Wildlife

 

 

 

Deep in the Ouachita National Forest is a wildlife rehabilitation center that quietly cares for hundreds of animals and birds on an annual basis.  The Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, operated by Tommy Young, a Master Falconer and Ornithologist, is a caring place for those who can least take care of themselves.

 

The Center has mountain lions, cougars, bears, raccoons, otters, alligators, skunks, deer, eagles, hawks, falcons, rabbits, beavers, deer, possums, snakes and other reptiles who have been injured and require rehabilitation before being released back in the forest.  In some cases, the injuries are so severe the animal cannot be released but are cared for throughout their lives in a kind, suitable environment.

 

Located at the foot of Rich Mountain and Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the middle of the Ouachita National Forest, hundreds of wildlife come to the Wildlife Center, even from the Ozark National Forest north of the Arkansas River and thousands of surrounding pockets of wildlife -- over 3 million acres and thousands of miles of wild territory.   Winter is here and more animals and birds are found injured every month. 

 

The Center has cared for thousands of wildlife over the past two decades, but this winter promises to be especially rough because of the summer drought.  A poor economy and high unemployment in the area have slowed contributions to the Center.  Winter is coming.

 

We need food - thousands of pounds of it... Now!   Read More>>>

 


 

Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke Speaks

 

 

 

 

 

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UNCERTAIN WORLD

 

By Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke

 

 

I feel a need to expand on what I wrote in last month's column, "Is There a Worldwide Food Shortage?"  http://www.manataka.org/page2441.html

 

As I stated last month, we have several ways to approach these uncertain times. When we don’t have all the information to make our decisions, we tend to decide that it is” too much of a mystery.”  If the picture seems too big and complicated or scary to understand, we hope that somebody else will figure it all out for us. Yet when I look back, I have  often felt that others have not done a good job at solving our problems. I now take what facts I have and try to work things out one day at a time, as opposed to those who stick their heads in the sand, denying that the problems exist.

 

I am always looking  for some kind of plan.  Let me be clear.  I do not have the answer for anyone else because I believe that one size does not fit all. 

I will, however offer suggestions as to what you might do to find your own answer.

 

Whenever our personal world becomes uncertain or starts to rattle (comes unglued), we have a tendency to grab whatever seems solid and hold on with a death grip. The growing tension of opposing forces and conflicting opinions can be very frightening. We want the complexities of life to be simplified by somebody else to the lowest common denominator. Yet, this works for a while only.  Read More>>>

 

 

 


 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

"Dad, do you think that the American Indians were superior to the white men who took this land from them?" asked the young boy.
 

"You bet," replied the father. "When the Indians were the sole occupants of this land, they had no taxes, no national debt, no
centralized government, no military draft, no foreign aid programs, no banks, no stock markets, no nuclear weapons, and their women did
all the work.  What could be more superior to that?"

 


                  

FEATURE STORY

 

This is an important story to Manataka -- The prophesy unfolds before our eyes!

 

Gorge Dig Yields ‘Significant’ Finds

By: Jim Newsom - The Sentinel-Record - Published: 03/30/2011, Hot Springs National Park, AR

Last week’s shallow-shovel archaeological dig in the Gulpha Gorge Campground in Hot Springs National Park has yielded “important” and “significant” evidence about human life here thousands of years ago, National Park Service archaeologist Bill Hunt said.

“We found some evidence of a prehistoric occupation there,” Hunt said. “In one hole, we got a point, like a dart point, that would date somewhere around 3,000 to 4,000 years old.”

He said the dart point and other unearthed artifacts indicate “that the place was being lived in by these people.”

“People have been living here quite a long time, back at the beginning of the Holocene Epoch when there were mammoths and horses running around. There were people here then,” he said.

Hunt said the findings are important archaeologically to the park “because it gives them a broader understanding of the prehistoric occupation of the park area.”

“It’s a significant find because we didn’t really have anything on that side of the park at all other than the prehistoric quarries,” he said. “We didn’t have any living area, either a campground or a village or anything like that. This is the first time that we’ve actually recorded something like that in Gulpha Gorge within the park.”

According to textbooks, the Earth is presently in the Holocene Epoch, which spans from about 10,000 years ago to the present, and is the time in which humans became the dominant life form on the planet.

 

Read More>>>

 

Read Manataka Elders Thoughts on this discovery...

 

 

Manataka Number 8 among the top 40 American Indian Heritage Blogs

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TRIBAL NEWS

 

Taino People on the Rise

Borikén/Puerto Rico (UCTP Taino News) - The 2010 U.S. Census count for Borikén (Puerto Rico) had some significant surprises. The census reveals a 48.8 percent gain over the last 2000 census in the American Indian category, which is a verifiable resurgence of indigenous affirmation among families on the island. With DNA research documenting the continuation of the pre-Colombian indigenous Taino gene-pool and the increasing visibility of active Taino community organizations and cultural manifestations – the myth of extinction is finally being dispelled.

The Director of the United Confederation of Taino People's Borikén Liaison Office, Roger Guayakan Hernandez attributes the increase in the census count to expansion of information and communications technologies available today.

"We have always been here but recently there has been an explosion of pertinent information regarding Borikén's indigenous heritage. The difference is that now there are more ways to get the information to the people" stated Hernandez.

Hernandez noted that the Confederation, an official Census partner, used the increased focus on Taino heritage as well as new technologies like social networks in its campaign to raise awareness about the census process.

With the 2010 U.S. Census counting 19,839 individuals living in Puerto Rico officially claiming American Indian heritage, the Taino community is indeed becoming visible after two centuries of near invisibility.

Hernandez continued stating that "the whole chapter on the Caribbean's Amerindian history is being reexamined and supports the affirmation of indigenous descendant families on and even off the island".

A 1790 Puerto Rican Census count in an area called "Las Indieras" documented fewer than 3,000 `Indios (Indians)' on the western side of the island. Since then, with official census terminology changing to discount the indigenous population, a reversal has taken place revealing how Taino families see themselves in the 21st Century.

"Colonial history may have counted us out in Puerto Rico, but today the Taino People have clearly counted ourselves back in" declared Hernandez.


Sources: www.uctp.org www.uctp.blogspot.com  www.indigenousportal.com

 


 

Cobell Settlement: Following Through or Opting Out

The Cobell Settlement, part of the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, included $2 billion in funding for consolidating fractionated land in Indian country.  Earlier this month, Reps. Don Young (AK) and Doc Hastings (WA) introduced legislation that would direct the Department of the Interior to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Indian land fractionation and submit a report of the findings and a plan for consolidation to the Congressional committees.  The bill (H.R. 887) would also prevent the compensation of attorney's fees in the Cobell v. Salazar from exceeding $50 million.  Next Tuesday, April 5th, the subcommittee on Indian affairs of the House Natural Resources Committee will host a hearing on H.R. 887.

 

What is fractionated land, anyway?

Fractionated land is when land ownership is divided among heirs from generation to generation, resulting in many – sometimes hundreds or thousands – of owners of parcels of land. When 200 people share ownership of a plot of land and majority consent is required to make any decisions, it's hard to use the land for agricultural, commercial, even residential purposes.


Outside Washington DC, tribes are helping members make sense of the settlement. Beneficiaries, or people with Individual Indian Money (IIM) accounts, have until April 20th to object or comment on the settlement, and request to speak at the fairness hearing scheduled for mid-June. April 20th is also the deadline to opt out of the settlement, which a handful of beneficiaries have already chosen to do. Some members of the Quapaw tribe, for example, have chosen to opt out of the settlement and file a damages lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, arguing that their allotment through the settlement was mismanaged.

In all, only 28 beneficiaries have opted out of the settlement so far, according to the acting head of the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians Ray Joseph.  Provided there isn't an appeal following the fairness hearing in June, it is expected that payments to IIM account holders will begin in October.

 


Tribal Law and Order Act Webinars

The Tribal Law and Order Act, passed in July of last year, empowers tribal courts and justice systems, and  strengthens relations between tribal and non-tribal law enforcement to better address crime in Indian Country, especially violence against women. Starting today at 2pm, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Criminal Justice Association will be hosting a four-part webinar series designed to develop policy recommendations to include in any long-term detention plan submitted to Congress under the TLOA. Today's webinar is titled "Overhauling the System: A Long Term Plan to Address Detention in Indian Country." Find out more about the April 13th, April 27th, and May 11th webinars.

 


Department of Energy Tribal Roundtables and Summit

The Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy has begun outreach to Indian tribes and tribal leadership to discuss issues and opportunities related to energy on tribal lands. As a part of this effort, the Office of Indian Energy has begun hosting roundtable sessions with tribal leaders around the country to discuss current priorities related to Indian energy policies and programs. Topics of discussion include: conventional and renewable energy development, public-private partnerships, energy efficiency and management, and education and workforce development. Find a roundtable conversation near you.

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Talking Bear’s Talking Circles — Book One

(ISBN 978-0-9748668-3-3)

 

About the Author: 

George Walking Bear Gillette is an American Indian elder spiritual leader and medicine man. He is a member of the Kern River Indian Community known as the Tubatulabl Tribe, which is a Shoshone/Paiute band in California. Family history claims he also has Blackfoot and English blood from Canada. His full Indian name is Walking Bear Has Two Eagles. He was born at the foot of Mt. Shasta in the town of McCloud, California in June of 1927 and served in the Navy during World War II.

 

Walking Bear became a Behavioral Therapist in 1968, successfully combining Indian doctoring and hypnotherapy into his practice. Drawing from real experiences over the course of his life work, he has authored and illustrated seven books: Talking Bear’s Talking Circles—Book One, Talking Bear’s Talking Circles—Book Two, To Hell With My Soul Mate: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, The Secret Success of Life and Its Problems, From Here to Eternity, Divine Design, and Life Goes On.

 

Walking Bear has served as guest speaker for Indian Health Services, Urban Indian Health Services, and United Indian Health. He has conducted classes on using hypnosis for childbirth, self-improvement, and surgery, and he taught weight loss with hypnosis at the Stanford Medical Center and in Iceland and Sweden. Walking Bear served on a special committee who made it possible for Native American spiritual leaders to become chaplains in California prisons. Read More>>>

 

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#1080  (ISBN 978-0-9748668-3-3) 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

By Manataka Elder, Chaplain Fred D. Wilcoxson PhD, PC, BCCC

 

There are No Swear Words in Indian Languages

 

“We send our little Indian boys and girls to school, and when they come back talking English, they come back swearing. There is no swear word in the Indian languages, and I haven't yet learned to swear.” Gertrude S. Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa) - Yankton Sioux

 

School is now back in session. You can see a great gap between what often happens in our schools and what our dedicated and loving teachers want to happen. Much of what our little ones learn doesn’t come from the teachers or the school; it comes from the other children. If you contribute to your children’s vocabulary in a negative way… think about it.

Read More>>> 


 

WEBSITE UPDATES

NEW ARTICLES IN APRIL

Animal Rights and Wrongs: Unimak wildlife to be managed by understanding of caribou decline
Beautiful Words: Moon and Drum by Robert Bandit Eaton
Book Review: George Walking Bear's - Talking Circles - Book One

Elders Speak:

 

Current World Events - Maka Nupa L. Cota

New Ways To Relate by Grandmother Magdala Rameriz

Yokut Creation Story by Hawk Hoffman

Feature Stories:

 

 

 

American Indian Poverty is BIG Business for Charity Scams

After more than a century, tribes hunt bison again

Smiling Indians

The Truth About Hair

The Last Acceptable Racism: Native Americans

Health Watch:

Does topical fluoride really protect tooth enamel?
Herbal Medicine: Radiation and Chemotherapy
History: Pima Indian Tribe History

Legends:

Coyote Becomes A Buffalo
Letters to the Editor: Letters to the Editor - April 2011
Sacred Sites: Amazing California Discovery: 12,000 years old Fishing Tackle
Tribes and Nations: Applications for Federal Recognition - 2008

Women's Council:

Seneca Hawk Elder Edna Gordon Speaks Out

Manataka Powwow Sponsorship Form

Nuclear Radiation Fallout Headed for the West Coast

Sacred Ceremonial Sage Bundle

Books - American Indian - Clear Light GIFT BOOKS

Manataka Colorado West -- Fine Leather Apparel


NOTICES:

 

Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

 

Manataka 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.  Read More>>>

 

 

 

Join the Manataka Membership KIT Committee Now!

Keep in Touch (KIT) needs a few folks to help from the comfort of your home by contacting members on a regular basis via email, telephone, and computer social networking.  It is easy to do, but requires people who love other people.  It only takes a few minutes each week and the rewards are great.  Keeping in touch with a large family the size of Manataka is not easy with so many birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.  Email or call us if you want to make a difference.  KIT@manataka.org

 

 

American Indian Information and Trade Center Needs Your Help

 

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Publishers of the Native American Directory: Alaska, Canada, U.S. and Powwow on the Road need your help in updating their extensive database.  Get a FREE listing in the best and largest Native American Directory in the country!  Promote your event, powwow, organization!  The Native American Directory is unique with layers of information circulated by 20 individual agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of the Census, Public Health Service, Indian Health Service and all Native organizations and associations.   "information that is hard to find!"  "directory on Indians for the 21st century"   "Indian red page bible.”  

 

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