Manataka American Indian Council Volume
V Issue 13 November, 2003
CONTENTS:01. Sequoyah Symposium 10. Web Site Updates02. Events 11. Who Has Geronimo's Skull?03. Meeting Notices 12. Project Warm Embrace04. Quatisi Sings! Nov. 20 13. Great American Land Dispute05. Bear Dance Nov. 22 14. Hopi Fraud06. Tlingit Values 15. Woableza Update07. Prayer Basket 16. Women's Elections08. Help Needed 17. Dee See Mana-ma Message09. Craft Contest 18. Unsubscribe
UALR SPONSORS SEQUOYAH RESEARCH CENTER SYMPOSIUM
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Donaghey Student Center
Native American writers and performers from across North America will highlight the 2003 Sequoyah Research Center Symposium in a celebration of lives and achievements of indigenous people.
attending may also participate in workshops in the use of Native American
documents, publications, and records in the American Native Press Archives
collections. Topics to be covered in the symposium include Indian art
and artists; Indigenous education issues; reading and teaching Indigenous
literature; preserving and writing the histories of Native peoples; language
and identity; biography and autobiography; and images of Indigenous peoples.
Ample opportunity will be given for questions and further discussion during and after sessions, and space will be available for informal communication among participants.
Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register. Although there is no admission charge, those who attend will be asked to register.
The Sequoyah Research Center Symposium is a project sponsored in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other sponsors include the Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Xerox Corp.; Entergy; UALR Provost; Ottenheimer Library and Archives; the UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UALR Off-Campus Credit Programs, and the Cooper Honors Program in the UALR English Department.
Info: Professor Dan Littlefield at 569-8336 or Jim Parins" email@example.com
7:00 p.m. - Friday, November 14 Historic Arkansas Museum Auditorium Admission: Free Native writers and performers
Info: Professor Dan Littlefield at 569-8336 or Jim Parins" firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLD PREMIERE ONE-ACT PLAY
"MUSEUM AT RED EARTH"
by Kimberly Blaeser 5:00 p.m. - Saturday, November 15 UALR Donaghey Student Center Admission: Free Info: Professor Dan Littlefield at 569-8336 or Jim Parins" email@example.com
THANKSGIVING DINNER SHOW 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, November 20 UALR Donaghey Student Center Admission: tba
Entertainment by Quatisi and "Spirits of the Wind" at the dinner.
Info: Dr. Bob Swindell, 501-569-8833 firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAR SOCIETY OF ARKANSAS PRESENTS:
BEAR DANCE CEREMONY NOVEMBER 21 - 23
TRADITION WEDDING CEREMONIES
Manataka members Joseph 'Gray Beard Vinson III and Helen Red Wing Wagner were married October 11 at Huntington, West Virginia during the Monacan Nation Gathering.
Manataka members Joseph Quiet Wolf Whitfield and Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette were married during the Fall Gathering at Manataka October 25 in the sacred Circle. Ceremonies were performed by Hervie Waca Hucha Chism.
2 public and 12 private Traditional Wedding Ceremonies were performed in 2003 to date.
There will be two traditional wedding ceremonies during the Summer Gathering at Manataka.
WOMEN'S COUNCIL MEETINGS:
11:30 a.m., first Saturday of each month at Desoto Park located at the corner of Hwy 7 North and Hwy 70 B (Gulpha Gorge Road), Hot Springs, AR. The Women's Council is open to any female member of MAIC and their guests. Members and guests are requested to give $2.00 during each meeting.
Contact: Judy Whitefeather Filmore 501-922-4468
The December 2003 Christmas party meeting will be held at Phil's Family Restaurant, 800 East Grand Avenue. Bring a $5.00 gift to exchange.
Women's Healing Retreat:
May 7 - 9, 2004 Crystal Mountain Campground, Hwy 27, between Mount Ida and Norman, Arkansas. The cost will be $5.00 per person. Guest speakers to be announced.
NEW 2004 OFFICERS
Chair - Sharon Kamama Baugh
Vice Chair - Judy White Feather Filmore
Secretary - Monterey Mountain Song Sirak
Treasurer - Pat Yellow Hawk Carter
Communications - Jody Red Wind Walker Walden, Chair
Sarah Peasley, Vice Chair
PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a small donation. Now you can pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!
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!
November 16, December 21, January 18
DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1. Reams of ink jet paper
2. Postage stamps
3. 12 sheets 1/2" plywood
4. 25' aluminum poles (3-5" diameter)
5. Tipi poles are needed
- Donate land to be used as
financing leverage for the Manataka American Indian Village. Any size or
location is acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.
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 in your name a beautiful letter and memorial certificate.
Tlingit Indian Cultural Values
- Show respect for others -- each person has a special gift.
- Share what you have -- giving makes you richer.
- Know who you are - you are a reflection of your family.
- Accept what life brings -- you can not control many things.
- Have patience -- some things can't be rushed.
- Live carefully -- what you do will come back to you.
- Take care of others -- you can not love without them.
- Honor your elders -- they show you the way in life.
-- LaVonne Rae Andrews RScp, Tlingit Indian,
May 2002 Science of Mind magazine
Courtesy of Jerry Rothstein/NewThoughtWeekly
PRAYER BASKETFrom Linda: Prayers for Mrs Eicher in Tucson Arizona. She is 86 and very religious, sweetest lady you'd want to meet.From John: (Florence, Texas) An 8-month-old Delaney pulled a hot pan on her body. Her Mom, Deena, pulled her out of her walker and also burned herself. She is at the Parkland Burn Center in Dallas. She has 40% burns on the trunk of her body. They are going to amputate at least 3 fingers on one hand and will have to graft skin from her Mom and Dad to help repair her. She is in critical condition and her lungs have filled with water. They don`t know if she will live or not.
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WEB SITESEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER ADDITIONSCHILDREN'S CIRCLENEW SECTION! ELDERSThe Entire Book! - Old Indian DaysNative Living Skills - TrackingCHECK THESE FEATURES AND MORE at http://www.manataka.org
Do you have a story to tell or an article you would like to see appear on our website?
If so, please send it today.
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HELP NEEDEDEmail ReceivedYonv, This is very hard to say. But because I have not been able to work we are in trouble. We are in danger of losing our home. Would you ask our brothers and sisters if they would give a love donation to keep us from losing our home? I really had to humble myself to ask this.We need $500 to stay in our home. ASAP. May the CREATOR bless us all. Thanks for your help. QWRespond to: email@example.com
Who Has Geronimo's Skull?
Almost everyone knows about Geronimo, the most famous of Apache leaders. Born in 1829 in Mexican Territory, Geronimo was a medicine man, spiritual leader and fierce warrior. He could see into the future, walk without creating footprints and even hold back the dawn. Bullets could not harm him.
It took over 5,000 soldiers, 500 scouts, and 3,000 Mexican troops to track down Geronimo and his band. After their capture, Geronimo and his people were sent to prison camps in Florida, The few that didn't succumb
to disease were eventually moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Geronimo died on Feb. 17, 1909, a prisoner of war, unable to return to his homeland. He was buried in the Apache cemetery at Fort Sill. It was Geronimo's wish that his body be sent back to his native land, but even
in death his wishes were ignored. As bad as that is, it is nothing compared to what happened to his corpse 9 years after his Spirit continued on its journey.
In 1918, while stationed at the U.S. Army artillery training school at Ft. Sill, Prescott Bush, grandfather of President George W. Bush, along with Ellery James and Neil Mallon, broke into Geronimo's grave and
removed his skull.
Prescott Bush and his two friends were members of the Skull & Bones Society, a highly secret order existing
only at Yale University. The American chapter of this German order was founded in 1833 at Yale University by General William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft, father of President William Howard Taft.
Each year the new pledges are ordered to steal a skull and bring it to the "tomb" as the secret meeting room on Deer Island in the St. Lawrence River is called. Today, Geronimo's skull is said to repose in a glass case filled with turquoise chips.
In 1986, representatives of Skull and Bones-among them George H.W. Bush's brother Jonathan-met with Ned Anderson, Apache tribal leader. They offered him a skull, but Anderson refused to accept it because it
didn't look like the skull he had seen in a photograph that purported to be Geronimo's skull. Later documents noted that the skull was in fact that of a child! Anderson also refused to sign a document which would
have forbade anyone from discussing the incident.
Membership rolls of Skull & Bones reads like a Who's Who - Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Secretaries of State , Diplomatics, National Security advisers, Senators, publishing magnates, and C.I.A. recruits fill the list.
I found it interesting that the Bay of Pigs operation-the covert C.I.A.- financed invasion of Castro's Cuba, was choreographed by Skull & Bonesmen. Richard Drain, Skull & Bones '43, was one of the C.I.A.'s masterminds of the Bay of Pigs. McGeorge Bundy, Skull and Bones '40, was the White House planner of the Bay of Pigs operation, while his brother, William P. Bundy, Skull & Bones '39, was the State Department's liaison
for the Bay of Pigs. And on and on it goes..... Who has Geronimo's skull? That's a dirty little secret.
[Some of my information was taken from a column written by Ron Rosenbaum that appeared in the July 17th, 2000 edition of The New York Observer, and included quotes from the book "America's Secret Establishment", by Antony C. Sutton, 1986. Additional facts came from an article written by Paul Brinkley-Rogers that ran in a 1988 edition of the Arizona Republic.]--- Courtesy of Susan Bates, Editor,
"Blest be the man that spares these stones / And curst be he that moves my bones." --- William Shakespeare
Project Warm Embrace
Project Warm Embrace will bring blankets, gloves, hats, coats and other "comfort" items to one the most economically disadvantaged areas of the country (The Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation) in South Dakota. Items are being
collected during the month of November 2003 and will be taken, in early December, for distribution on the Cheyenne River Reservation (no strings attached).
Those helping with the distribution include Byron Buffalo (United Church of Christ Lay Minister, Eagle Butte, S.DO.), Tony Garter (Baptist Pastor, Eagle Butte, S.DO.), Ted Knife, Sr. (Catholic Preaching Deacon - Circuit Rider, Faith, SD), and Norman Bluecoat (United Church of Christ Minister - Circuit Rider, Eagle Butte, S.D.)
Send to arrive no later than November 30 to: Second Baptist Church, Liberty 309 E. Franklin, Liberty, MO. 64068
We are asking our community to wrap our arms around a community (The Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation) that will suffer greatly during the winter months. Donations are requested for ages youth to adult of "comfort items" for delivery after Thanksgiving.
· Hats, gloves & scarves
· Blankets (either new or in good shape)
· New socks/slippers
· Pajamas (preferably new or in very good condition)
(We will also be accepting Snow suits and Coats in good condition)
--- Courtesy of Susan Bates, Editor
The Great American Land Dispute
By Chris Summers
BBC News Online
American Indians are embroiled in a $137 billion lawsuit with the US Government over land royalties. The saga, which has been going on for seven years, rests on a judge's decision, which is expected shortly.
The lawsuit centers on huge tracts of land west of the Mississippi. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), an arm of the US Department of the Interior, is being sued in a class action on behalf of 280,000 American Indians.
The plaintiff, Eloise Cobell, a 56-year-old Blackfeet Indian from Browning, Montana, claims billions went missing because records were not kept properly and trusts were pilfered by the US Government.
The dispute dates back to the 1887 Dawes Act, which seized Indian land -- much of it rich in natural resources -- and gave it to white-owned companies to exploit.
History of the Dispute1877: Battle of the Little Big Horn, followed by defeat of Crazy Horse and end of Indian Wars
1887: Dawes Act leads to land being parceled up and sold off
1996: Eloise Cobell launches lawsuit, claiming the trusts have been mismanaged
2002: The Department of the Interior is ordered to account for all the money
2003: Judge will decide whose accounting plan to adopt Under the Act the land was divided into plots of between 160 and 180 acres. Each Indian family was assigned a parcel of land, which was alien to their culture in which all land belonged to the tribe. The idea was for them to be "compensated" in perpetuity for the use of their land. The author of the Act claimed land ownership would "civilise" the Indians, but disputes arose almost immediately.
"To be civilised is... to wear civilised clothes, cultivate the ground, live in houses, ride in Studebaker wagons, send children to school, drink whiskey and own property." -- Congressman Henry Dawes Author of Dawes Act 1887
Mrs. Cobell, a trained accountant, told BBC News Online: "I remember, as a child, hearing people complaining about not getting their cheques. They would go to the BIA office to complain and they'd be treated like dirt."
She launched the class action in 1996 and has already ruffled some very illustrious feathers.
Held in Contempt
In 1999 a judge examining the case cited two of President Clinton's Cabinet Secretaries, Bruce Babbitt and Robert Rubin, for contempt because of their departments' failure to produce key documents.
Then in 2002 Judge Royce Lamberth found President Bush's Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, in contempt for her failure to comply with earlier court orders.
Now, after a 44-day trial, Judge Lamberth is considering two options.
He could accept the BIA's plan for accounting of the money in the trust accounts, or he could agree to a far more radical approach suggested by Mrs Cobell's team.
Washington did not believe the Indians capable of exploiting the land themselves.
Mrs Cobell said: "They said we were stupid, incompetent and dumb and couldn't run our own financial affairs. They said they would manage it to the highest fiduciary standards."
But she said that in the intervening years the records of these accounts, known as the Individual Indian Money (IIM) Trusts, became shambolic.
The federal authorities lost track of the account holders and destroyed or mislaid records, said Mrs Cobell.
As a result hundreds of thousands of Native Americans allegedly never got money which was owed to them.
Mrs Cobell, and the team of lawyers and accountants working for her, said the trusts had not been audited since 1887 and she estimated up to $137 billon had gone missing.
Some of the Tribes Affected:Cherokee (Oklahoma); Sioux/Lakota (South Dakota); Navajo (Utah); Blackfeet (Montana); Cheyenne (South Dakota); Arapaho (Wyoming); Chippewa/Ojibwa (Minnesota); Nez Perce/Nimi'ipuu (Idaho).
She said some of the Indian families relied on the money to pay their grocery bills.
Mrs Cobell said the government tightly regulated privately-run trust funds but added: "When the shoe is on the other foot they don't have to comply with any law. They have run our trusts like a bank totally out of control.
"This is worse than Enron or WorldCom. It's the biggest scandal since the Teapot Dome affair in the 1920s."
Mrs. Cobell said: "It's ironic that the US Government, which has been beating up on the Swiss over Jewish money from the 1940s, was responsible for perpetrating an even bigger outrage on the Indians."
She is hoping, with 2004 being an election year, Indians in several key swing states -- such as Nevada, Arizona, and Montana -- can bring pressure to bear on the Bush administration to settle the dispute and agree for the government to pay the missing money.
But BIA spokesman Dan DuBray said the figures given by the plaintiff were "fanciful" and he said the case had been "infected with hyperbole and bad feeling."
Mr. DuBray, whose own father is a Sioux with an IIM account of his own, said if the judge agreed to the plaintiff's plan it would take 10 years and cost $2.4 billion to check all transactions.
He said this type of "archaeological accounting" would not benefit those in Indian country, some of whose IIM accounts earned only a few cents a year.
Mr. DuBray said: "There is no question there [are] hundreds of years of poor history between the government and the Indians. But this case is not to do with Wounded Knee or the Trail of Tears."
He said: "The plaintiffs have suggested that we used Indian trust money to pay off the national debt, and to bail out Chrysler in the 1970s. But there is no truth to any of these grandiose allegations."
Vernon Bellecourt, the director of international affairs with the American Indian Movement, said they backed Mrs. Cobell's lawsuit and added: "It's outrageous that this has been allowed to happen."
Speaking from a sun dance ceremony in Montana, Mr Bellecourt told BBC News Online: "We have been the victims of an American holocaust.
"They took our land away -- sacred land, like the Black Hills (in South Dakota) -- and now we find out they have stolen our money."
In 1492 it is estimated there were six million Indians in the territory of what became the United States. By 1900, decimated by disease, starvation and war, that number had fallen to 237,000.
Courtesy of Hypatia Popol and Larry Morningstar - Mana8@mac.com
HOPI FRAUD CASEThe Hopi Tribe has been notified of two women (names withheld) who have been attending pow wows in Tennessee under the guise of collecting donations for the children of Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman killed in action in Iraq.
One woman gets up and speaks to the pow wow attendees, supposedly reading a letter from the Hopi Tribe encouraging these donations. The other woman sings a song "for Lori." They have apparently been successful in collecting thousands of dollars from generous pow wow attendees. If you are NOT SURE where exactly your money was going to, as a contributor, you might want to try getting your money back from these women, or cancel any checks you have written directly to them individually or to a company name OTHER than "LORI PIESTEWA MEMORIAL FUND", the correct information for making donations is below.
The Public Relations Office of the Hopi Tribe located in Kykotsmovi, Arizona was contacted today 10/21 and has confirmed that no funds have been received from the women. Of course, they would be very happy to receive the thousands of dollars that have already been collected by these two women and to deposit them into the "Lori Piestewa Memorial Fund." However, no letters of any type have been sent out soliciting donations or contributions to the family. Any letters of this type are fraudulent. If you have a copy of this "letter", the Tribe has requested a copy be faxed to them at 928-734-6665.
They are very touched that so many people were willing to contribute so much money and appreciate that very much. The ONLY way to donate money to benefit Lori's children is: go to any bank and tell them you would like to make a donation to the "Lori Piestewa Memorial Fund" through Wells-Fargo Bank. The account number is 0464633783.
If you are a pow wow organizer, please be on the alert for anyone who approaches you or your committee requesting the opportunity to solicit contributions with a blanket dance or any other type of effort. The best way to avoid any perception of impropriety is to tell people about the Memorial Fund above.--- Courtesy of Jimmy Boy Dial, The Spike, Admin@TheSpike.com
I spoke with Sioux Holy Man Robert Woableza LaBatte today and he is receiving the medical care and treatment he needs. So many people have unselfishly come forward to offer help, and prayers, and he is most grateful.And I thank all those who wrote and called and offered to and did help. People have responded from across America and in foreign countries, too. All the pertinent paper work for covering the cost of his care and for reimbursement for past medical expenses is in the process of being filled out and filed (this has been a
source of tremendous stress for him). His care is being handled by the Sioux tribe; previously, he had been trying to receive care in Rapid City, S.D., but the cost of the medical bills and living expenses was not reimbursed and were mounting, on top of the unpaid medical bills incurred in Mississippi. I think (hope, pray) this is getting sorted out. Everything is in the process anyway - though, as yet, there have still been no criminal charges filed, nor have those responsible been arrested or charged. For contributions to aid in Woableza's recovery, until Social Security disability kicks in, or the Victims Compensation Program in Mississippi process is complete, and for regular updates on his condition, etc., see the Web site of the Manataka American Indian Council: http://www.manataka.org For new newsletter subscribers who are coming in late on this story, see the website (www.blueskywaters.com).
Again, thank you all for your help.
--- Courtesy of Jim Ewing (Blueskywaters)
Message from Katherine CheshireFounder of Touch The Earth Foundation
Katherine Cheshire, a Hopi Elder, and Spiritual Granddaughter to Chief Dan Evehema, and the elderly elders of Hotevilla, and Elders of Belonging to Mother Earth, The Association of World Citizens, are offering a call to World Peace and Inner Peace for the Human Family and Mother Earth.
We send a call for your prayers from around the world to be included in this day of prayer.
The last time we asked the world to send prayers to Katherine, in Mount Shasta, over 200 Elders over the world were assembled and hosted by the Wintu of that Sacred Mountain. January 23, 1997, Gaia Mind Project, at the time of another six-pointed star.
During Harmonic Concordance, Katherine Cheshire as a Member of the Spiritual Indigenous Council of the Americass and the Mayan Council of Elders and others will be in ceremony for spiritually for 48 hours, in Southwest U.S.A. at a sacred water place where three mountain ranges meet, the San Juan, the Santo Cristos, and the Rocky Mountains.
But let us join hands South to North, North to South and honor the good Red Road of the Ancestors. This Road turns no one away, this is the road of the Human Beings with a Flowering Heart. We are told that as we look down on Mother Earth we see two roads cross, a red one and a black one."From [where] the giant lives in the north to where you always face the south the red road goes, the road of good," the Grandfathers, said, "and on it shall your nation walk. The Road of Spiritual Peace among all peoples. Do we remember what the color Red means? It means the connection to all land and life. The sacredness of the oneness of all our relations.
Living in Harmony as the Creators family all one (color red inside of us). May our prayers be strong and may the back of these sacred mountains and sacred water help those in need and join us again as the Human Family. May we live from love not greed. The black road goes from [where] the thunder beings live in the west of Introspection, to where the sun
continually shines [in] the east, a fearful road, a road of great troubles for many without humbleness and great understanding with the Spiritual guidance of the Ancient Holy Ones, this, will bring us war. Our own experience is showing us this prophecy today."
Not only will Dee See Mana (Katherine Cheshire) and the elders be offering world prayers to Mother Earth, but she will be working on earth energy lines, also called lay lines, to help bring peace to the hearts and minds of world and Spiritual leaders. There is a prophecy that says when the energy lines run north/south (follows the red road, north to south -- or vice versa), there will be peace. When the energy lines run east/west (or vice versa), there will be turmoil.
Katherine has been asked by the elders and spirit to use her spirit name, Dee See Mana-Ma. For those of you who accept this, please honor this wish. Also, she asks you to help at the Harmonic Concordance by imagining that the energy and Prayers for Peace flow from the Heart of these Sacred Mountains from all the countries flows north/south (or vice versa) in a longitudinal manner from pole to pole. And sea to shining sea. Our Mother Earth will take care of herself, it is prayers for the world leaders and the people in need we must pray with. Let Peace rain in the hearts of Human Kind.
Blessings and Balance, From Balance All Blessings Flow,
In Service to the Holy Ancestors,
Dee See mana-ma
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