Manataka American Indian Council                                       Volume VI Issue 1   January, 2004

 


 

CONTENTS:

01.  Letters to the Editor                      10.  National Holiday Petition 

02.  Women's Council Meeting          11.  If Earth Were A Village

03.  Save Tongass National Forest   12.  From Native Hawaiian To Native

04.  Australians Persecute Bushmen 13.  Blood Quantum Petition

05.  Mantaka Membership Meeting   14.  What It Means To Be Poor

06.  Prayer Basket                                 15.  Ascension Test                           

                                           07.  Manataka New Born Baby          16.  Speak Cherokee                             

                                           08.  Web Site Updates                          17.  Woableza Update

                                           09.  News from Indian Country          18.  Unsubscribe

 
 
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
May the Creator send good health and peace to your lodge in 2004.
 
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April 10-12  Manataka Encampment
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Letters to the Editor:
 
Dear Editor:
My name is Tammy.  My family moved to [Hot Springs - Manataka] this area because we knew that we had to be close to Manataka.  We finally made it.  We have been members for awhile.
 
We asked for help to unload our trucks, and our new family came and worked tirelessly. Then not too many days later I had chest pain and a numb left arm.  I was taken to the hospital.  I underwent many tests and was told that I needed a quadruple bypass due to all my arteries being blocked. Also that I had already had at least 3 heart attacks. I had gone to the hospital each of these times where we used to live and was told that nothing was wrong and was sent away. 
 
Awaiting surgery on Monday Dec. 8 we went to the Gorge to see Bear and find the peace that we have always found there.  Bear talked with us and we were smudged and peace came over me.  I had been so scared, I had already lost my brother this year and my Father 4 years ago to heart attacks. I had peace after going to the Gorge and talking with Bear.  We went home, I did not need pills to calm me or help me sleep that night before surgery. 
 
That Monday of surgery, I remained calm.  My surgery went very well.  I had my medicine bag, bear claw necklace and I did well.  I was in ICU less than 24 hours and was up and walking the day after this major surgery.  Bear came to see me often and I felt GOOD.  My doctor said I did great!  Needed very few pain medications, and was walking the halls, never needing help to the bathroom.  David (our Lodge Keeper) came to visit also and made me laugh!  I came home on Friday after my surgery on Monday! 
 
Manataka Women's council sent my family a gift basket of food Dec. 23.  It was greatly needed.  The men who brought it, Garl White Horse Neel and Joe Quiet Wolf Whitfield, were so kind!  Also while I was in the hospital, Bear and Rocky Miller and Rocky's son came to our trailer and put up a fence for our 4 large dogs!  I knew the great need that we felt to move here was something that Had to be done.  Now I understand that I would be dead if I had stayed at the place that had ignored the 3 other heart attacks.  This move saved my life.  Thank-you  seems not to be enough.  I love my Manataka family.         Tammy

Dear Manataka:
I would like to know where your name came from?  What language?  Just curious.  John Boy.
 
Dear John Boy: 
We are thankful for your question.  It has been asked many times in the past.  
 
The word Manataka has been spelled various ways over the years.  In 1903, it was spelled locally as 'Manatauka' by a group calling themselves the Improved Order of Red Men, Manatauka Tribe -- Manatakau Council.   It is believed this group was founded and operated by half-bloods and full bloods of several tribes. (Their names appear on census rolls)  A record was found from 1863 recorded by a government surveyor spelling it Mahnatakah.   In 1763, a French trader spelled it Monataukau and who told by Indians the word meant 'place of peace' to the word.   The word was credited to the Kaw in 1789 by the French, but there is no evidence for this claim.  The Ojibwe (or a closely associated nearby tribe) have also been given credit, but again we have no supporting evidence.   
 
It is said the Spanish gave the spelling to the French who gave it to the English.   It is believed these spellings are rough translations in English taken from a now extinct language of the Tula Indians whose main village was called Tanico - located about 35 miles southwest of present day Hot Springs near the town of Caddo Gap.  The Tula also maintained small hunting camps all along the Ouachita River from Caddo Gap all the way to Manataka (Hot Springs).  
 
Some historians say the Tula were Caddoan in origin because of their location and trade language, however, the only connection the Tula had with the Caddo was their trade language.  Many other aspects of their culture, lodges, ceremonies, etc. are unique to the Tula.  There is no known meaning of the word Manataka in the Caddoan language.   After a fierce and bloody battle with Hernando Desoto's Conquistadors in 1541, the Tula became infested with disease and eventually died out and ruminants of the tribe melded with surrounding Caddoan language-group tribes.  It is believed several of the last remaining families of the Tula were taken by the Osage during raids between 1750 - 1800. 
 
The meaning of the word, Place of Peace, is taken from the symbol of Manataka and several stories found among various tribes who visited the area.
 
The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service has three names recorded - 1.  Tanico - that we know is not correct - it was the principal village of the Tula located 35 miles SW of Hot Springs.  They mistakenly gave it this name because it is said that Tanico had hot springs nearby.   The Caddo River that ran beside the village contains a hot springs coming up in the river a few feet from shore.  2.  Nowasalon - a Tula word meaning, "Breath of Healing".   We know this is not the correct name for the area because the word only referred to the water and the heavy blankets of vapors emitted from the hot water springs - not the entire area.   3.  Manataka. 
 
We take the third name - the government would not lie you know. 
 
There is a great deal more that can be said about the word Manataka and its meaning, but we hope that this brief explanation helps you.                                                                Editor
 

 
WOMEN'S COUNCIL REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETING
11:30 a.m. - JANUARY 3, 2004

Home of Becky Owl Woman Moore

136 Waine Place

Hot Springs, AR 71901

501-627-0555

 

 

 

Directions:  From Hwy 70 East at Spring Street.   Go EAST on Spring, past 'S' curve and railroad track.  Turn LEFT on Honeycutt.  Go past one-lane bridge to top of hill.  Watch closely.  Turn LEFT on to Waine.  1st two-story cream-colored house. 

 

 

 

Normally, the Women's Council meets regularly at 11:30 a.m., on the 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.   In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be at Phil's Family Restaurant, 800 East Grand Avenue, Hot Springs. 

 

 

 

 

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

Women's Healing Retreat:

May 7 - 9, 2004.   Cost: $5.00 each day.   Guest speakers to be announced.   Space is limited.  Make your reservation now.   Judy Whitefeather



SAVE ALASKA'S TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST
 
 
Dear Members and Supporters of Manataka,

We urgently need your help to protect Alaska's Tongass National Forest, which is now imperiled by timber industry allies in the Bush administration.
 
The Timber Products Company, which makes various types of plywood, veneer and laminate products, is currently negotiating with government officials in Alaska to re-open a veneer mill in Ketchikan that would jeopardize wild and roadless areas in the Tongass by increasing demand for ancient trees.
 
The Forest Service is exploiting the possible re-opening of the mill as an excuse to undermine the "roadless rule" that protects our wild national forests -- and to exempt the Tongass from the rule altogether.
 
Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction.asp?step=2&item=10105
and send a message urging the president and CEO of the Timber Products Company to withdraw immediately from negotiations to re-open the mill.
 
The Tongass National Forest's 17 million acres of glacial fjords, volcanic mountains, misty rainforests, giant conifers and luxurious tundra contain rich salmon spawning grounds and prime grizzly bear and wolf habitat. They also boast the world's densest population of bald eagles.
 
In 2002, the U.S. Forest Service spent $34 million preparing logging projects and building logging roads in the Tongass -- it makes no sense to increase these taxpayer subsidies to industry by promoting even more logging.
 
But the potential re-opening of the Ketchikan mill would help the Forest Service justify any decision to exempt the Tongass from protection and clear the way for chainsaws.
 
Please defend the Tongass by going to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction.asp?step=2&item=10105
right now and telling the president of the Timber Products Company to withdraw from negotiations to re-open the Ketchikan veneer mill. Tell him that if he continues to endanger America's greatest temperate rainforest, you will work with NRDC to lodge protests with the retail stores that sell his company's products.
 
Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
John H. Adams
President
Natural Resources Defense Council
 
BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places
A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council
http://www.savebiogems.org

SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELEASE
 
Australians Persecute Bushmen
Doris Pilkington denounces Bushmen persecution

One of Australia's best-known authors, Doris Pilkington Garimara, has filmed an ad for Survival International, the worldwide organization supporting tribal peoples. Ms Pilkington is the author of Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence, a true story of how her mother and aunt were taken from their families by the government and raised in mission stations and white households. The book, and the recent film Rabbit Proof Fence, brought home to white Australians the devastating effects such policies of forced integration had on those at the receiving end.

In the ad, Ms Pilkington describes how Survival helped her father's people, the Martudjara of the Western Desert, return home to their traditional land in the 1980s, and establish two new communities that are today growing and thriving.

Ms Pilkington also uses the ad to denounce the fact that other countries' indigenous people are now going through the same experience as her family:

'It may seem incredible to you, but the forced assimilation of indigenous peoples like that once suffered by the Aborigines is not over, and some governments still openly support and practice such policies.

'Right now in Botswana the Bushmen people who have lived on their lands for thousands of years are being forcibly expelled and relocated far from their homes just like my mother was. In bleak resettlement camps 20,000 years of knowledge and wisdom is ending in squalor.

'Survival is campaigning for the Bushmen so they can return to their traditional lands and choose their own way of life.
'By supporting Survival... you can help to ensure that in the future, stories like my mother's and those of the Martu and Bushmen are not acted out again and again, but become tales of the distant past.'

To see the advert, go to: http://www.survival-international.org/ram/doris-56k.ram (modem)

If you would like to receive Survival's press releases by email please register your details on the following page of our website:  http://www.survival-international.org/enews.htm
 
Survival International is a worldwide organization supporting tribal peoples. It stands for their right to decide their own future and helps them protect their lives, lands and human rights.

Survival International
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UK

Tel: (+44) (0)20 7687 8700
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http://www.survival-international.org


 

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MANATAKA MEMBERSHIP MEETING

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!

 

MEETING DATES: 

January 18, February 15, March 21, April 25

 

 

THE ELDER COUNCIL will meet on 1:30 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the home of Bob McFarlin. 

 



MATERIAL 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

LAND - 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.



PRAYER BASKET
From Sharon Robinson:  As many of you know, I lost my mother to cancer about 4 1/2 years ago.  As a result of this and many other things, I gave up on prayer, and had it not been for many of you listed above and for my son, I would have given up on life itself.  God has a way of changing things though, and I am slowly understanding that all things happen for a reason. As a result, I am slowly learning to turn to Him again.  My uncle, my mother's brother, and was there for us a lot more than he had to be during my mother's illness, and I have never forgotten that.  Now I recently found out that his wife, My Aunt Emily, has now been diagnosed with cancer,and she is undergoing treatment.  I am asking each of you, whom I know for a fact pray, to add my Aunt Emily to your prayer list, and forward this on to as many people as you can who also pray.  Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Emily both need as many prayers as they can get... I know because I've seen both sides of the illness.  I just ask that each of you to pray for their strength both physically and spiritually, and for their peace and acceptance of whatever God's will is.  I didn't put just anybody's names on this email...each of you have received this for a reason.   Love,  Sharon
 
From Pat & Sam:  Woableza LaBatte needs more prayers on his road to recovery from a beating. 
 
From Will WalksCrow:  Our friend Benjamin Alls passed away in in the state of Washington.  He was a Cherokee with three boys.   
 
From Jennifer White Feather Attaway:   Evil forces have been viciously attacking our friend Wesley to seek control of his mind. 
 
From Susan:  Please pray for the bears in Arkansas - it will be open season soon. 


MANATAKA NEW BORN!
 
Marsha Pierce of South Arkansas is a proud grandmother of Nathan Forrest Hayes, was born today 12-22-03 at 9:11 a.m.  He weighed in at 8lbs. & 6.5 oz. & was 21 3/4 " long. He has black hair very dark brown eyes & has an olive  skin tones. He came a little early, he was supposed to be born on 12-30-03, but the mother, Haley and Nathan are doing very well. "...I am a very proud grandmother & so I had an early Christmas blessing..."  

 


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JANUARY ADDITIONS
 
TODAY'S FEATURED PAGES:
LOOKING BACK WOMAN!  Dec. New!
Buckskin & Buffalos  Jan. New!
Manataka Healing Clay - Dec. New!
 
 
CHILDREN'S CIRCLE
Lenape Games  Nov. New!
 
 
NEW SECTION!    ELDERS
 
Indian Craft Work  Nov. New!
LOOKING BACK WOMAN!  Dec. New!
The Entire Book! - Old Indian Days
The Lost People  Nov. New!
The Wind Song  Jan. New!
 
GENEALOGY
 
Blackfeet Nation  Nov. New!
Cherokee Law  Jan. New!
Micmac History  Nov. New!
Petition!  Papal Bull of 1493
Starved Rock  Nov. New!
Micmac History  Nov. New!
Osage History  Nov. New!
 
 
Cherokee Full Circle  Nov. New!
8000 Sacred Drums - Jan. New!
Inca Prophesies  Dec. New!
Mohawk Prophesies  Nov. New!
 
TRADING POST
Buckskin & Buffalos  Jan. New!
Manataka Healing Clay - Dec. New!
 
 
Native Living Skills - Tracking  Nov. New!
 
WEDDING CEREMONIES
Old Cherokee Weddings  Dec. New!
 
Lenape Clothing  Nov. New!
 
CHECK THESE FEATURES AND MORE at http://www.manataka.org

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If so, please send it today


News and Notes From Indian Country

Learn To Speak Cherokee: Beginning Cherokee Classes will be held on January 17, 2004 at the Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. The one day workshop will be taught by Cliff and Connie Bishop.The cost will be $5.00 and starting time will be 9:30 a.m. For more information and to reserve your place in the class, you can contact John W. Brown at 870-856-3481 or Claude Williams at 417-778-7037.

Ojibway Indians Locate Lost Chief In England
According to a news report from Reuters, Mick Henry, a 59 year old retired builder from Yorkshire, England, is the long lost chief of the Ojibway tribe in Manitoba.  Henry, the son of a Canadian soldier and an English mother, was born during the Second World War. His father returned home to his people shortly after the war was over and didn't maintain ties with his son. Henry was located by relatives through the internet. The new chief was surprised to learn that his "People" don't still live in tipis and hunt for their food. And in true "white man" fashion, Chief Henry is hoping to cash in on his newly found heritage. "When contacted by telephone by Reuters, a Henry family spokeswoman said: " 'He is not speaking to the media about his story any more without a fee.' " What a novelty. It's usually the tribe that's lost.

Subdivision To Be Built On Sacred Nez Perce Site
According to an article written by Richard Cockle for the Oregonian, K&B Limited Family Partnership plans to build 11 homes near Wallowa Lake between the town of Joseph and the Old Chief Joseph Monument and Cemetery.  Not only is this the burial place of Nez Perce leader Old Chief Joseph, but the 1,170-mile Nee-Me-Poo Trail, or Nez Perce National Historic Trail, begins here. "The trail was used by Chief Joseph, the son of Old Chief Joseph, and his band of 750 Nez Perce in the summer of 1877 to flee to Montana while engaging in an epic running war with 2,000 U.S.  Cavalry soldiers."  K&B, which is based in Wallowa County, rejected a $1.1 million offer for the tract by the Trust for Public Lands, a national conservation group. The subdivision is expected to win approval from Wallowa County officials next week. 
Former South Dakota Governor Convicted Of Manslaughter
William "Wild Bill" Janklow, 63, former four-term South Dakota governor, has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of Randolph E. Scott, 55, of Hardwick, Minn. Janklow was driving his car at a high rate of speed and ran a stop sign, broadsiding Scott, killing him instantly. Janklow had been ticketed for numerous previous speeding infractions and often bragged about his lead foot.  Janklow ran for governor of South Dakota on an anti-Indian platform. He portrayed Indians as "criminals ad communists" and told reporters "The only way to deal with these AIM leaders is to put a bullet in their
heads."  In 1974, tribal prosecutor Dennis Banks' investigation resulted in charges of rape being filed against Janklow who was an attorney for the Rosebud Indian Reservation and director of legal services. He was tried in absentia and convicted in tribal court for the armed rape of 15 year old Jancita Marie Eagledeer who he had hired to babysit his children.  Miss Eagledeer later was the victim of an unsolved hit and run accident.   Perhaps all is in balance between Wild Bill Janklow and the Universe now. 

Courtesy of Susan Bates, Editor Hill & Holler Newsletter
susanbates@webtv.net


 NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR NATIVE AMERICANS
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If The Earth Was a Village


If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.

There would be:
   57 Asians
   21 Europeans
   14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
   8 Africans

   52 would be female
   48 would be male

   70 would be non-white
   30 would be white

   70 would be non-Christian
   30 would be Christian

   89 would be heterosexual
   11 would be homosexual

   6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth
      and all 6 would be from the United States.

   80 would live in substandard housing
   70 would be unable to read
   50 would suffer from malnutrition
   1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
   1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
   1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent. 

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all. 

40 people don't have enough clean water to drink (50,000 people a day die of water-borne disease) 

   33 have no electricity
   16 have electricity less than 10 hours a day
   16 live on $1 or less per day
   33 live on $2 per day

If you live in the U.S., you are part of the 5% of the global population which is consuming 40% of the world's resources and creating 25% of the emissions that cause global warming [Well, maybe not you personally.] 

Today's generation has consumed more resources than the 14 previous generations together -- and much of it becomes landfill. The poorest 20% of the world's population consume just 1% of its resources.

Using the "ecological footprint" model of Mathis Wackernagel, the average American's lifestyle requires 24 acres per person to sustain; this compares with a world average of 7 acres, 4 acres in China, and 1 acre in Bangladesh. If each person were to have an equal share of bio-productive
land and sea, leaving nothing for the 25 million other species, there would be 5.2 acres available per person.

If these 100 people were part of your extended family, and YOU were that one person with a college education, a computer, a good income, and money in the bank, how might you change your lifestyle?

What do you really need, and what is a luxury?

Would you work at a job which creates luxuries for people who don't need them?

What work might you choose to do instead?

To view a similar presentation called "Miniature Earth" as a Flash presentation, in one of several languages, go to:  http://www.thesustainablevillage.com/miniature_earth/

For an analysis of the accuracy of the data in the Earth Village model, go to:
http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/populate.htm

 


 

Our thanks to:
Larry Morningstar, Editor, Indigenous Peoples Newsletter mana7@opendoor.com
Courtesy of Scott Kender and Cathy Holt http://www.talkingbirdspress.com/colm100.html  http://www.naute.com/stories/earth.phtml  

 



 

  "Each of us is put here in this time and this place
   to personally decide the future of humankind.
   Did you think you were put here for something less?"

          -- Chief Arvol Looking Horse



 

HELP INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THE EARTH!

 
 


 
Indigenous Peoples Report
From Native Hawaiian To Native American?
As the Akaka Bill drives forward in Congress, Hawaiian voices are urging a closer look.
by Anne Keala Kelly

 
Just days after the U.S. Senate web site posted yet another draft of the Akaka Bill (6 and counting) dated June 27th, the handful of Hawaiians who had access to its location got the clearest sense of what federal
recognition legislation actually boils down to.

A bill that, in its initial form, gave some autonomy to Hawaiians has at last been stripped down to mean total control will belong to the Department of the Interior and a select few Hawaiians. Many Hawaiians
still don't understand the process of federal recognition despite four years of questions, disagreements, and an apparent lack of support for the bill outside of the homesteads. And presently, homesteaders are the only members of the Hawaiian community being targeted for "education" about the bill by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).

The legislation, as written, sets up a "Hawaiian governing entity" that takes its orders from the Department of Interior (DOI), the secretary of which changes with each new administration. At present, the DOI is being sued by American Indians who allege that they were robbed of billions of dollars throughout the 20th century; that agency is responsible for holding Indian land assets in trust. Although they have been ordered twice by a federal court to come up with a full accounting of those assets, the DOI appears to have misplaced the records.

The Akaka Bill also sets into motion a land claims settlement that some say will extinguish Hawaiian rights and claims to the crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom, referred to as "ceded lands."

The questions surrounding the bill have consistently remained the same: What does it mean to become a "Native American?" Does federal recognition address the present day issues Hawaiians are faced with as a people: desecration of sacred sites, the out-migration of Hawaiians because they cannot afford the jacked-up cost-of-living that comes with being "American" in Hawai'i, and the short walk from the neighborhood block to the cell block taken by so many young Hawaiian men and women. Then there
are historical issues like the dismemberment of an independent nation state known as the Hawaiian Kingdom. The list could go on, and the questions outnumber the answers.
 
For the full story go to: 
Courtesy of HIAHAWAII
via Barbara Peck / Kauai News
kauainews@yahoogroups.com


 
What It Means To Be Poor 
Submitted by Brenda Young  
 
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm, purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.
 
They spent a couple days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.  On their return from their trip, the father asked his son,  "How was the trip?"  "It was great Dad."  "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked."OH YEAH" said the son.  "So what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
 
The son answered this way,"I saw that we have one dog ! and they had four.  We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.  Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.  We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.  We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.  We buy our food, but they grow theirs.  We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them." 
 
With this the boy's father was speechless. 
 
Then his son added,  "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."
 
To many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't have.  What is one mans worthless object is another's prized possession.  We should give thanks for what we have and not worry about what we don't.  Take joy in all you have especially your friends.    Goodnight to you all!   The Creator has bless me for bringing Manataka into my life.  May you walk in Beauty.   
 
Brenda Young, Mississippi

 



         Ascension Test:
 
Power vs. Powerlessness
 

When we feel helpless and powerless, it is a lesson for us from the Creator.  Rejoice in it. That may sound odd, but it is a great gift. When we feel powerless and helpless, it is the Creator showing us that we are in the wrong place, not where our power resides. It is a lesson that we are in a situation in which we have no power, so it is futile to try to have power or control.  
Rather, it is a guidepost that we must look elsewhere, and find the power within us, power over things we can control. No greater way toward empowerment exists than to feel utterly powerless, for we then have a clear and open way toward power. Surrender to the feeling of powerless; stop trying to control what you cannot control. Whatever it may be that is making you feel powerless, give it to the Creator - all Power. Then, the power that is yours will make itself manifest.   Aho.

Courtesy of Jim BlueSky Waters


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Blood Quantum Does Not Determine Identity

View Current Signatures   -   Sign the Petition

 

To:  Bureau of Indian Affairs

Native America does not believe that the BIA or any other government organization has the right to determine who is or is not Native American by degree of blood. There is no other group in America that is ever asked who they are by how much blood.

This archaic process began in 1705 in Virginia as a way of denying civil rights to blacks and Indians who at that time were assumed to be inferior races. Many states instituted these laws as a way of deciding who had equal rights to whites and encouraged people of color to relinquish their identities so as to be able to enjoy the rights freely given to others.  In this way, it was assumed that Native people would eventually become extinct through assimilation and intermarriage.  But this did not, and will not, happen.  Native people, even through intermarriage and assimilation will not disappear.  Even through intermarriage and assimilation, Native people still hold tightly to their culture and their lineage and must be honored and recognized by their own determination alone, not by degree of blood.

The idea that any government can identify who is Native and who is not by blood quantum is an out dated and unnecessary ideology that is held today because of the governments unwillingness to provide services to people with certain degrees of blood. It is time to do away entirely with this process. Blood quantum does not determine who and what Indians are. Only Native societies and /or communities have the sovereign right to determine who is and who isn't a part of their nation, tribe, clan, or community. Because it has always been an Indian value to be inclusive, high numbers of black Indians, Hispanics and Anglos have been accepted through various means into many Indian communities, in addition to those who are Indian, with mixed ancestry. Every indigenous nation had and has a process for accepting, or adopting outsiders into the fold.  From mixed blood Indians through intermarriage, to like-minded people of other races, indigenous communities and nations must determine "who is Indian".

It is no mystery that America has financial obligations to its Indian nations and "certified" Indian people, but these are doled out intermittently and begrudgingly. Simply put, the fewer indigenous citizens, the less money will be paid out. And the more difficult it is to be legally certified "Indian", the less Indians there will be. Not only is this racist economics in action but it is also blood quantum genocide. By allowing America to determine who is Indian, simply because the government doesn't want to be held accountable, to their word, by meeting their obligations, we allow the US government to legislate Indians out of existence. No other group including African Americans, Asians, Latinos need a card to prove who they are.

With this petition, we are declaring that the only recognition necessary is that of community acceptance and involvement. This is the right of our sovereignty and self determination. As with all other people in all other social programs in this country, the people that should be the recipients of Indian government programs should be determined solely by need, not by blood quantum and not by association with reservations.

Submitted by:
Christine Rose/STAR
http://www.egroups.com/group/STAR-STAR

Lawrence Sampson/SETAim
http://www.setaim.com

Sincerely,



Woableza Update:
We spoke with Lakota Holy Man Robert Woableza LaBatte last week.  He sounded sooo good.   He laughed a few times during the conversation and said he is traveling again and was in Missouri at the time.   

 

His travels are mainly in pursuit of additional rehabilitation therapy.   He has gotten back his color and gained a little weight after the feeding tube was removed.

 

Yes, the metal plate in his head still causes some headaches. Hearing in his left ear is reduced but he is on the road to recovery.   It would not surprise us to wake up one morning with Woableza banging on the door wanting to go the sacred Manataka.

 



 

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