01. Letters to the Editor 09. American Indian Museum02. Web Site Updates 10. All Life is Sacred Run03. Raven Hail- Cherokee 11. Spiritual Awareness04. Songs of the Spirit 12. Healing Retreat05. Lakota Teachers in Sedona06. Healing Prayer Basket 13. Remembering Lori07. Ascension Test: Consciousness08. ProphecyKeepers Radio Show
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Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor:Why don't you guys support issues important to American Indians? Things like Freedom for Leonard Peltier campaign, BIA funding for tribes and various bills in Congress? Ain't got guts or what?Jason StrongJason:The Manataka American Indian Council does not get involved in political issues because our mission statement and tax status prevent us from entering the political arena and we leave arguments over money and politics to those better equipped to address the issues because our focus is on the other side of the circle. We do encourage our members to be informed and participate in issues they feel strongly about. And, we do publish articles on subjects such as Leonard Peltier.
Editor:As an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, I am grateful for the way Manataka handled the terrible beating incident involving Lakota spiritual leader Robert Woableza LaBatte on the Choctaw Rez in Mississippi. I can assure you the vast majority Choctaw people are respectful and law abiding and abhor violence, especially against a holy man. I hope he has recovered and bears no anger toward our people.Mary B.Hilito Mary,Grand Chief Woableza is recovering nicely and has absolutely no animosity toward the Choctaw people, especially the three drug addicts who committed the crime against him. He has no anger for the officials who failed to prosecute the culprits nor the people who helped them get away. True to his path, even while suffering in pain, Woableza gave offerings and prayers for everyone involved.
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Raven Hail - Cherokee Author
I know I talk a lot about not trusting many of the teachings gleaned from books since you don't always know the background of the author. Many of the books we have to go by are written by whites who have studied the "ways." There is a big difference between how a white person, coming from their own culture, understands and interprets traditional indigenous information and the way a person native to that culture does. Since many of us have not been fortunate enough to have been raised in a traditional manner, it is important that we be given an accurate or as accurate an account as we can get.
Early on I was taught that teachers come to us when we are ready for them. And I have found this to be true. Today I want to tell you about a woman who has generously shared her knowledge and wisdom with me and has helped me grow immensely. Her name is Raven Hail and she is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Born in 1921 near Dewey, Oklahoma and raised on her mother's allotment land, she attended Oklahoma State University and Southern Methodist University in Dallas before embarking on a writing career.
Ms. Hail has written many books, plays, poems and more articles than can be counted. Some of her book titles include The Cherokee Calendar, The Raven's Tales, Windsong and The Pleiades Stones. Recently she told me that she had quit promoting her books but when she saw used copies bringing $200 on the internet, she decided to make them available again. "Windsong" is the story of Rebecca Bowles and there is a lot of traditional Cherokee knowledge buried in the story. I added several key pieces to my understanding of my culture from reading it. The Pleiades Stones is a fictional mystery story dealing with the Ancinet Cherokee belief that we originally came from the Pleiades. This belief is taught to us by the Creation Story "The Origin of the Pleiades and the Pine"
which can be found in the Mooney book and other places.If you would like to have a copy of these books before they become high dollar collectables, contact Raven Hail Books, PO Box 543, Asheville, NC 28802 or phone 828-254-0548. "Windsong" and "Pleiades Stones" sell for $12.95 each plus $2.00 for shipping for one book and $1.00 for each additional book.Courtesy of Susan Bates
PBS To Air "Songs of the Spirit"
"Native American Public Television is proud to announce the premiere of SONGS OF THE SPIRIT, the groundbreaking concert performance at the historic KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Featured artists will include Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida), R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute), and Bill Miller (Mohican) acompanied by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. This will be the first time an all Native musical lineup will be featured on national television."
One would think that my $50 a month satellite bill would entitle me to view this event, but PBS is not on my menu. So please let me know how this comes out.Courtesy of Susan Bates
Lakota Teachers in Sedona, March 19-21
Angel Valley Retreat Center
Chief Crazy Bull is a Lakota Chief and ordained Traditional Spiritual Leader from Rosebud, South Dakota. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. He is a Heyoka Thunder Dreamer, Sun dancer and carries the sacred Chanupa (sacred prayer pipe).
Price of $500.00 includes 2 night's accommodations, catered vegetarian meals, drumming, guided meditation, workshops with Chief Crazy Bull and celestial music by Mary Christopher. Sweat Lodge is optional .
Journey to the Heart (Healing Earth and All Who Reside There ) a non-profit dedicated to: The facilitation of healing the One Spirit/Heart that is within each of us The promotion of cross-cultural awareness and formation of collaborative partnerships with people of diverse teachings. The promotion of conservation and preservation based on Spiritual Ecology Sharing ancient traditions and indigenous wisdoms toward the empowerment of all peoplesFor Reservations: 800-540-0471 or http://www.journeytotheheart.org ; Call Patrice St. Clair @ 928-274-0165 or email@example.com with questions and additional needs or requests. Make checks payable to Journey to the Heart or charge to Visa, M/C or Amex. Reservation deadline 3.1.2004. Hurry as space is limited to 30 people. Journey to the Heart, 230 E. 17 th . St. # 208, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.
Chief Selo BlackcrowOglala Lakota Sundance Leader Passes
(South Dakota) - He had much to offer. He gave everything away. He pushed the button called spiritual wake up in all who were fortunate to be close to him. He loved to tell jokes. He loved women. He was the leader of his parachuting squadron and a bronco rider. He loved the rodeo. He came to be a spiritual leader and overcame much personal strife. When he held the eagle feather to the sky all of life listened with their tears. He loved life. He loved the earth as Mother. He understood with his own heart that we have much work to do in loving each other. He is survived by his wife Marina Blackcrow and an extensive personal and adopted family. We are happy that you are with your friends in a beautiful place watching over us. We love you. Rest now.
Elk Looks Back - March 5, 2004
Why are we here?To discover God.Where?Within ourselves, within and without, inside, outside and all around.How do we do this?Through consciousness. Not the plotting, planning, thinking kind, but through pure conscious awareness, beyond “thinking.” That is because “thinking” is too slow. Every time we “think,” we must reach down into stored memory, of who we think we are, our beliefs, our experiences, in this lifetime and previous lifetimes. Much of it is below the level of consciousness, deeply stored. By the time we “think” we are conscious, the moment is gone.The reality we perceive is no longer reality. Rather, we must become mindful: present, responsive, with conscious awareness. That is the living idea of God; the purpose of our being here, to “be” God experiencing God in all His/Her diversity. To think is a slow process. To “be” is instantaneous. We can walk between those worlds, being conscious and aware – faster than the speed of light. Because light must go from somewhere to somewhere; being simply “is.” There is no “to” or “from.” The Mind of God is everywhere, at once.
Aho.Courtesy of Jim BlueSkyWaters Ewing
HEALING PRAYER BASKET
Lloyd White - Mississippi: Recently hospitalized.Lila Stands Tall Weeks - Tennessee: Recent illness.
Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan: Diagnosed with cancer.
Sharon Kamama Baugh - Arkansas: Diagnosed with cancer.Hamp Hampton - Arkansas: Back surgery.Susan Petry - California: Diagnosed with cancer.Lela Peasley - Arkansas: Serious ear infections.Sara Carter - Arkansas: Hospitalized with serious brain stint complications. Hayes Family - Arkansas: Four members of the Hayes family of Monticello were seriously injured in a head-on collision Friday, March 5 by a drunk driver. Billy Hayes has numerous broken bones and internal injuries; Haley Hayes has head and liver injuries and two broken legs; Shelby Lynn (14 mos.) is scheduled to have surgery to place a plate in her neck or a halo brace inserted to correct neck and back injuries; Nathan (2 mos.) escaped serious injury but has a bump on his chin. This family was featured under 'New Born Manataka Members" with the grandmother, Marsha Pierce in last month's Smoke Signal newsletter. Please pray for this beautiful family. The drunk driver sustained minor injuries.
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American Indians To Finally HaveTheir Own Museum In Washington
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The National Museum of the American Indian will open its doors in the heart of the US capital in September in a move 15 years in the making that will mark a reconciliation between the Indian nations and the country that for long years oppressed them.The museum "represents the long overdue and entirely appropriate recognition and affirmation of the vast cultural contributions that Native peoples and communities have made and continue to make to all that we define as 'civilization'," said museum director Richard West, a Southern Cheyenne.
"I think a case can be made that Native America, as the originating element of American heritage, should have been among the first to be acknowledged with a museum on the National Mall," said West, "and yet we arrived last" on the National Mall in downtown Washington where many museums are housed.
"We were always the other, never the we," said West, visibly moved. "We are now part of the we," he said.
The museum's yellowish tan facade built with limestone from Minnesota evokes the wind and rain-swept mountains of the US west, before the arrival of the white man to the continent.
The gardens around with their own brook are said to represent the natural environment before white men arrived on the continent. The museum's entrance faces east to greet the morning sun, according to Indian tradition.
Museum personnel have now begun to install themselves in the building, although it will not be ready until July.
A "powerful symbolic native presence" has been scheduled for the September 21 grand opening of the museum. Several thousand Amer-Indians will take part in a procession wearing their traditional costumes, marking the point of departure for a weeklong festival.
A permanent collection of some 800,000 objects and 125,000 photographs from Tierra del Fuego in the south of the Americas up to the Arctic Circle has been built up around the giant collection of wealthy New Yorker George Heye, heir to an oil fortune, who accumulated it over 50 years.
"He bought objects in such volume that they arrived back in New York by the boxcar," said West of Heye, who was fascinated with Indian culture.
Among the treasures he gathered are wood sculptures, carved stones from tribes in the northwest, Navajo weavings, painted animal skins from the Northern Plains Indians, Geronimo's hat and Sitting Bull's drum.
Three main exhibitions will be presented when the museum opens, dedicated to the Indians' universe, people and lives.
The first exhibit examines philosophies and traditional explanations for the origins of the world, time and space. The second looks at different communities and their history, while the third looks at the Amer-Indians of today.
A neighbor of the most-visited of the US museums, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian hopes to draw four to six million visitors a year.
The museum has collected 214 million dollars for its construction and launch, around 119 million dollars of it from Congress.
A third of the 95 million dollars from private donations was provided by tribes who operate casinos on their reservations, said Elizabeth Duggal, who heads up development at the museum.http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story=/afp/20040204/ts_alt_afp/us_museum_culture_040204011408
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All Life Is Sacred Run
Starting on May 13th 2004 a group of runners from all over the world will come to the Kickapoo Indian Reservation to pray with their feet. Running to the four directions over a four-day period covering 1,000 miles and carrying with them the message that "All Life Is Sacred".
In the evenings we will spend time learning about each other and the different political and environmental issues that each of us work on. All are welcome to participate in this multi-cultural event. On May 17th we will have a dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the marriage of Dewey and Peggy Jessepe.
Contact Information:Dewey and Peggy Jessepe1422 Golden Eagle Rd. Horton, KS 66439785-474-0113Jim Toren Phone Number: 513-528-6576
FootPrints for Peace is a grassroots organization, we organize and assist others in organizing running and walking events. Through these events we hope to pray with our feet, have the time and space to learn about other cultures and heal the Earth as we heal ourselves. On these pilgrimages every step is a prayer and every mile is a new ceremony.
Spiritual Awareness Workshops
Mario and Magdala
April 23 (7-9pm) -24 (8am-4pm)
Little Rock, AR
Magdala is a Mayan Priestess, from a long line of such, voice of the Earth Mother, and Master of the Mexica Wisdom. Mario is an Apache Sun Dancer and Pipe Carrier, Reiki Master, and possessor of the Mexica wisdom.
"Woman is the altar,
man is the prayer.
Together we become the path
and the traveler on the path."
Surrender to the transforming love within.
Restore balance and harmony in your life
Step out of the fear and darkness
into the fullness of life eternal.
Explore the ancestral knowledge of the feminine ways,
the union of polarities.
Discover the sacredness of the feminine
and the masculine within yourself.
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WOMEN'S COUNCIL HEALING RETREAT
May 7 - 9, 2004
There is no admission fee for this event. Space is limited. Make your reservation now. Contact: Judy Whitefeather Filmore 501-922-4468
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MAIC membership meetings are held 11:30 a.m. on the Third Sunday of each month at the Fire Circle in Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds, located on Hwy 70B between Hwys 70 East and 7 North on the east side of the Hot Springs Mountain, unless otherwise announced. In case of inclement weather, the meeting is held 1/4 mile away at the Quality Inn on Hwy. 70 East. Everyone welcome!
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Remembering Lori Piestewa andNative American's Long Military TraditionBy Terri Jean, Native Truth Column
The Native Truth A column dedicated to historical truth and human rights activism of the American Indian
Private First Class Lori Piestewa (Hopi/Hispanic) will be forever memorialized as the first Native American woman killed in military combat. The single mother of two from Tuba City, Arizona was following in the footsteps of her father, a Vietnam veteran, and her grandfather a veteran of WW I, when she died tragically with eight others from her company after an ambush in southern Iraq. Her friend and roommate, Jessica Lynch, made international headlines after being rescued from an Iraq hospital where she was held as a prisoner of war. The world waited to learn the fate of Piestewa and her fellow company men. Unfortunately, PFC Piestewa was confirmed dead on April 4, 2003.
Since her death much has been done to remember her heroic efforts and beloved memory:
* A memorial fund was created by the Hopi Tribe of Arizona in 2003 for her children and for their education. Donations can be made to the "LORI PIESTEWA MEMORIAL FUND" at any Wells Fargo Bank. The account number is 0464633783. The American Indian College Fund announced they would also assist the children when they were ready for college. http://www.wellsfargo.com/help/find_us.jhtml.
* The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), at their 2003 Annual Trade Show and Convention, received over $85,000 in pledges for the Memorial Fund, and during the show, a moment of silence was observed and a song performed for the fallen hero.
* The Grand Canyon State Games of 2003 were dedicated to Lori Piestwe, and a new exhibit at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial will feature Piestewa's story alongside other Native American women who served in the military.
* And (thankfully) Squaw Peak in Arizona has been renamed Piestewa Peak, to honor the fallen hero. (A triumphant victory for Native people everywhere, especially those who fought for many years to rid Arizona of the extremely offensive landmark.)
PFC Lori Piestewa was just one of the brave Native American women who contributed to the United States military since World War I when women served as Army Nurse Corps, and the nearly 800 women who served during World War II. Since then, thousands more have enlisted.
Native Americans and the US Military Services
Believe it or not, many Americans are unaware of the indigenous service and sacrifice within the United States military. This unique relationship of over 200 years seems contrary to the anti-patriotic stereotype common in our society. In the Civil War Native people fought for both the union and the confederate armies, some serving in special "Indian Units" - with the 3rd Indian Regiment gaining the honorable distinction to be the last to quit fighting - and others climbed up the ranks to become commissioned officers (such as Brigadier General Stand Wati (Cherokee) and Colonel Peter Pitchlyan (Choctaw), both commanding confederate troops.
In World War I over 17,000 Native American enlisted, with 8,000-13,000 serving. Most volunteered, not even waiting for the Selective Service Act of 1917 - with a great number of enlistees coming from Indian boarding schools (90% volunteered, as opposed to 20-40% of reservation men). This is quite interesting - shocking even - considering Native Americans were not granted US citizenship until 1924, ten years AFTER the beginning of WWI, and just about 30 years after the infamous "Indian Wars."
At the beginning of WWII, over 25,000 joined. Between 1941-1945, over 44,000 had served - which is an incredible amount considering there were less than 350,000 Native people in total.
These heroic men and women contributed greatly to the success of WWII. One of the most highly decorated WWII units was the 158th Regiment, a Mexican-American and Indian unit and 400 soldiers from the Navajo Nation developed the most successful military code in US history - a code unbreakable to the Japanese, who, at the time, could break nearly every American code. From 1942-1945, the Navajo Code Talkers were so successful that the United States military credited them with saving the lives of countless American soldiers and playing a pivotal role in the success of the WWII military operations. In 1982 President Ronald Regan declared August 14th as the National Navajo Code Talkers Day
In all, Native American won 51 silver stars, 47 bronze stars, 71 air medals, 34 distinguished flying crosses and two medals of honor. And Ira Hayes, Pima, will forever be remembered as one of the US marines who raised the US flag together over Iwo Jimo while the battle raged on around them - captured forever by an AP photographer and memorialized on a famous postage stamp and later a bronze statue in Washington DC.
Did you know that nearly 90% of the 86,000 Natives who enlisted during the Vietnam War were volunteers? That, per capita, more Native people enlisted than any other minority group? And over half served in combat?
Again, just like with WWII, numerous Native American heros came out of Vietnam, with the most decorated being Billy Walkabout, a Cherokee, and member of Co. F 58th Inf, 1012t Airborne, Rangers, who received the Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest military award), five bronze stars, five silver stars, and was wounded on six occasions. His heroic actions - in which he saved several of his fellow soldiers - was recounted in the book Eyes of the Eagle, by Gary A. Linderer, one of the wounded men whom called Walkabout "A hero earning a Medal of Honor before my eyes.."
1980's, 1990's and Today
After Vietnam, Americas Native peoples continued to serve their country in Somalia, Panama, Grenada and then the Persian Gulf. At the end of the 90's, more than 190,000 were military veterans. This is higher than any other minority group per capita.
Today many of America's indigenous people serve in the United States armed forces. This remained an unknown fact to many until the unfortunate death of Private First Class Lori Piestewa. Stereotypes and misinformation are abundant in this country, causing many to remain ignorant of the exceptional service records of this nation's first people. For over 200 years this lands first peoples have joined forces with US soldiers - many voluntarily - and fought with distinction, bravery and comradery. After all that these people have endured, as individuals and as a collective culture, their active patriotic participation is in itself truly heroic. And this is something all of us should know, share with others and be thankful for.
Terri Jean (French/German/unenrolled Powhatan) is the author of the daily inspirational, 365 Days of Walking the Red Road (Adams Media Corp., 2003). She is the director of the Red Roots Educational Project. To learn more go to www.terrijean.com All material belongs to Terri Jean (c) 2004 email@example.com
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