Manataka American Indian Council                          Volume VI  Issue 6  June, 2004


SUMMER GATHERING
at
MANATAKA
 

June 25- 27, 2004

Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
Hot Springs, Arkansas
(Located on Hwy 70B, between Hwy 7 N & Hwy 70 E)

SPECIAL PRESENTIONS AND CEREMONIES BY

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and 
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Elder's Meditation
From Arthur Medicine Eagle 
 
"If those bad words come, I let them come in one ear and go out the other. I never let them come out of my mouth.  If a bad word comes in your ear and then comes out of your mouth, it will go someplace and hurt somebody. If I did that, that hurt would come back twice as hard on me."   --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota 
 
What do we do with temptations when they come? What do we do when we hear gossip? What do we do when we hear bad things? If we hear these things and pass them on we will not only hurt the other person, but we will do harm to ourselves. We must be careful not to hurt others. Whatever we sow we will simultaneously reap for ourselves. We must be accountable for our own actions.   Great Spirit, today, let no words come from my lips that would hurt another.


The Tongue
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It is a helpful tool
That is used as a dangerous weapon

It is so light
Yet we fail to hold it

Instead of using it as a magic wand
To tap a bit of encouragement upon one's heart
Or a smile upon one's face
We use it as a sword to cut people down
Leaving their hearts broken
And their self-esteem low

Instead of using it
To turn ourselves into little angels
Placing blessings upon one's life
We use it to turn ourselves
Into fire-breathing dragons
Who insists on one's life being taken

We use it to curse others
Not realizing we are really cursing ourselves
We must learn to hold this dangerous weapon
Before we kill others as well as ourselves

We must learn to watch the words
That we allow to roll off of it

We must allow it to be known
As a piece of gold from heaven
Instead of the flames from hell

Author Unknown, Submitted by Sheri Burnett



2004 OFFICIAL BALLOT

Manataka American Indian Council

ELDER COUNCIL ELECTION

                                  ELECTION DATE:  June 26, 2004
                                 VOTING PLACE:    Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
                                  VOTING TIME:         9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

INSTRUCTIONS:

A.    Nominations: Elder Council members shall be nominated by petition of the qualified registered voters of the MAIC filed with the Secretary not more than 120 days and not less than 90 days prior to an election.  The Secretary shall certify said nominations and submit to a vote of the qualified voters. (Article IX, Section 2.)Nominations began on February 28, 2004 and ended March 28, 2004.

 

B.    All qualified members whose dues are not in arrears may vote.

 

C.    Voting may be done three ways:

        1.    In-person on the date of election.  You must present your identification 

               or proof of membership to receive a ballot at the Gathering.

 

        2.    By U.S. Mail sent to:  MAIC, P.O. Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476    

        3.    Voting by EMAIL

D.    The following is a slate of duly nominated and qualified candidates for each  

        office listed below. You may select FOR or ABSTAIN.  

        

Nominated Candidates

 

OFFICE                        CANDIDATES                            VOTE FOR    ABSTAIN

CHAIRPERSON         Dr. Bob McFarlin                        ________    ________

VICE CHAIR                Dr. Bob Swindell                        ________    ________

SECRETARY              Lee Standing Bear Moore        ________    ________

ELDER 1                      Garl White Horse Neel               ________    ________

ELDER 2                      Cuchi Davila                                ________    ________

ELDER 3                      Charles Doc Davidson             ________    ________  

ELDER 4                      Nell BeautifulBasket Hampton________   ________

ELDER 5                      David Quiet Wind Furr              ________    ________ 

ELDER 6                      Hervie Long Legs Chisum      ________    ________

 

 

THERE ARE NO OPPOSING CANDIDATES IN THIS ELECTION  (Unfortunately) 

                

 

EMAIL YOUR VOTES TODAY!

 

THANK YOU FOR VOTING!

 

 

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The Turtle Island
Retold by Frank J King III
The Native Voice


Long ago, in the world before this one, the people did not know how to respect one another or themselves, they lived in anger and violence.  Tunkansila Wankan Tankan (Grandfather Great Spirit) was not pleased with them and the world they created.

He said to himself  "I will make a new world."  He took his sacred pipe bag and he took out the Canunpa (Sacred pipe) which he put on the pipe rack, made of three sticks. He took four dry buffalo chips and placed three of them under the three sticks, the fourth he used to light the tobacco in the bowl of the Sacred pipe.

Tunkansila said  "I will sing three songs which will bring a heavy rain. Then Iıll sing a fourth song and stomp four times on the earth."   When he sang the first song, it started to rain. When he sang the second, it poured. When he sang the third, the rain swollen rivers overflowed their banks. But when he sang the fourth song and stomped on the earth it shook like a great earthquake, it split open in many places like shattered flint and water flowed out from the cracks until it covered everything. And so a great flood covered all the land and drowned all life that lived upon it.


Tunkansila floated on the water, drifting on his now huge pipe bag, with his sacred pipe still leaning on the pipe rack. He let himself drift, carried by the waves and wind, for a long time. At last the rain stopped, only the spotted eagle had survived flying high above. She had no place to rest her wings and was getting very tired. Three times the eagle asked Tunkansila for a place to rest and on the fourth time Tunkansila thought "Itıs time to unwrap and open the pipe bag"

The pipe bag contained all kinds of animals and birds from which he chose four animals that were known for their ability to stay under water for a long time. He sang a sacred song and took the Loon out of the bag. He told the loon to dive and bring up a lump of mud. The Loon did as he was told. He flew very high, turned, and dove into the great body of water. He stayed under for a long period of time but when he returned to the surface he had no mud. "I did as you had asked of me and swam as deep as I could but the bottom is too deep! I almost didnıt make it back!," said the Loon.

Tunkansila sang a second song, reached into his pipe bag, and took out the Otter. He told the Otter to dive as the Loon and bring up some mud. The sleek Otter then dove into the water using its strong webbed feet to swim deeper and deeper to the bottom. It was submerged for a very long time but when the Otter surfaced he had no mud. "Tunkansila, it's too deep!." said the Otter.

Tunkansila then sang a third song and pulled the Beaver out of his pipe bag.  He told the him to do as the Loon and Otter did and bring up some mud from the bottom. The Beaver jumped into the great body of water, using his great flat tail to propel him as he swam as deep as he could toward the bottom. He stayed under the water longer then the other two but when he finally came to the surface he had no mud.

Tunkansila then sang a fourth song and pulled out the Turtle from his pipe bag. The Turtle represents endurance, long life and strength. It is considered powerful because itıs heart keeps beating long after it is dead.  "You must bring me some mud," said Tunkansila. The Turtle crawled off the pipe bag and swam a little ways out and slowly he submerged into the water.

He stayed under so long that the other three said  "The Turtle has drowned! He will never come up again."  "I will wait for him as I have waited for you," Tunkansila said. All the while the Eagle was still flying overhead.

After an eternity the Turtle broke water and slowly paddled to Tunkansila. "I made it to the bottom and I got some earth," Turtle said. Tunkansila noticed that the Turtle was covered in mud, even in the space between his shell.

Taking the mud from the Turtle, Tunkansila began to sing four songs while he shaped the mud with his hands and carefully spread it out on the water to make dry land for himself. At the fourth song he had enough land for the Eagle to land.

Then he took two Eagle fans from his pipe bag and waved them over the plot of ground he had created and commanded it to grow until it covered everything. Soon all the water was replaced by dry land.

Tunkansila said, "Water without dry land is not good, but dry land without water is not good also."  Feeling pity for the land, he wept for the earth and the animals he would put on it and his tears became oceans, streams and lakes.

From his sacred pipe bag he took out all kinds of animals and he scattered them about the earth, he then stomped on the earth and they all came alive.  From the soil he formed the shapes of humans, just enough to begin a new world and he gave them all understanding and speech and what tribes they belonged to.

Tunkansila said to them, "The first world I created was bad, the creatures were bad so I burned it up. The second world also wasnıt good so I drowned them. This is the third world that I have created for you and I will create a rainbow for your people as a sign that it will stop raining and there will be no more great floods. Now if you treat each other with respect, live in peace with each other and the animals, and respect this world then all will be well. But if you disrespect this world and each other I will destroy this world like I did the others. Itıs up to you."

He named this land the Turtle Island because it was here that the Turtle came up from the water with the mud out of which the third world was created. Later he gave the people the pipe to live as brothers and sisters.

"Some day there may be a fourth world," Tunkansila said. Then Tunkansila rested.

Our children have begun to mimic the way we treat one another, they seek understanding of who they are in the imagery of mainstream media. If we lose our culture we will lose the identity that our children need and want. We must begin by remaking our own families and provide the next generations with a world that they can draw pride from. When we create a home we create an island for our children, a world that they can find and draw stability


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Elder's Meditation
From Arthur Medicine Eagle
 
"The law is that all life is equal in the Great Creation, and we, the Human Beings, are charged with the responsibility, each in our generation, to work for the continuation of life."   -- Traditional Circle of Elders 
Every generation is accountable to leave the environment in healthy order for the next generation.  Every generation is accountable to teach the next generation how to live in harmony and to understand the Laws. We need to ask ourselves, "What are we teaching the next generation?" Each individual is directly accountable. 

My Creator, teach me inter-generational responsibility.



Belgian Minister Sparks US Genocide Row

BRUSSELS  - Belgian Defence Minister Andre Flahaut has come under heavy criticism for approving an official document that says the United States is responsible for the biggest genocide committed during the past 500 years.

The claim appeared in an official defence ministry magazine as part of a 16-page report on genocide around the world.  The report was published to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, which left up to a million people dead.

According to the report, the worst genocide committed in the past 500 years has been the extermination of native Americans in what is today the US. The study said this mass killing began in 1492, when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, and that the genocide has claimed 15 million lives.

The report gave no clear end date for the US genocide, implying, said some analysts, that the extermination of native Americans is still continuing today. Number two on the list of the world's greatest genocides was the extermination of native peoples in South America, the report continued.

Flemish newspaper De Standaard vehemently criticised Flahaut for allowing the study to be published.  "This publication puts our relations with all North and South American countries at risk," the paper said in an angry editorial, adding that it considered Flahaut to be "unfit or incompetent".

Flahaut has already angered Washington in the past. Earlier this year he said in a magazine interview that he would vote Democrat if he were American. He was also a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq and briefly threatened to close Belgian airspace and the port of Antwerp to the American military ahead of last year's invasion of the middle eastern state.

The Belgian authorities have sought to play down the impact of the report. A government official quoted on the website of national broadcaster RTBF called the furore surrounding the document "a storm in a teacup".

Despite this, sources say Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel, who was in Rwanda to commemorate the victims of that country's genocide when the furore blew up, has already spoken to the US ambassador in Africa's great lakes region in a bid to head of an embarrassing diplomatic spat.

Michel was on Friday also set to discuss the affair with his US opposite number Colin Powell, sources added.  Before Flahaut's latest diplomatic gaffe, relations between Belgium and the US appeared to be improving after two decidedly frosty years.

Earlier this week it emerged that US President George W Bush had written to Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt to thank him for the role his country has played inside the Nato alliance and also for Brussels' efforts to tackle terrorism.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Submitted by Arthur MedicineEagle-Sonier arthurmedicineeagle@hotmail.com


  Leaders Seek 1 million New Indian Voters

WASHINGTON [AP] -- American Indian leaders are working to get 1 million new
Indian voters to the polls in November, a significant increase from a historically neglected minority that by chance and geography could decide which party controls the Senate.

"In about half of the competitive Senate races, Native Americans are going to be highly courted," said David Magleby, dean of social sciences at Brigham Young University. "I think that Republicans and Democrats alike believe this is going to be a major priority."

In Senate races in Alaska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Colorado, American Indian voters, though small in numbers, could determine the winner.

Republicans have recognized the risk in not courting the Indian vote, and are making unprecedented efforts to make inroads in what has historically been an overwhelmingly Democratic constituency.

"The days are past where one party took you for granted so they didn't court your votes, and the other party didn't know you existed," Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., the Senate's only Indian member, told a recent gathering of Indian leaders.

There are 4.3 million American Indians nationwide, nearly 3 million over the age of 18, according to the Census Bureau. Nationally, Indians make up just 1.4 percent of the voting-age population. But this year the highest concentrations are in states with tight races.

"It has to do not with their total population. It has to do with where they're distributed," said Magleby. "If the Democrats think they can  get to 50 in the Senate, then all of the sudden the Native American vote in Alaska and South Dakota could determine who controls the Senate."

The National Congress of American Indians, the nation's largest Indian organization, is orchestrating the nonpartisan voter registration efforts, coordinating with Indian organizations on reservations and minority advocates in areas with high native concentrations.

Volunteers are knocking on doors and setting up booths at fairs and reservation gatherings, said Jacqueline Johnson, NCAI executive director.

Tex Hall, president of NCAI and chairman of the  Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota, said 1 million new voters is a "very attainable number" and one that demands the attention of Republican Party Chairman Ed Gillespie and White House political director, Karl Rove.

Geoff Peterson, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire who has studied Indian-voter trends, said the NCAI goal would roughly double the number of voting Indians.

"I wouldn't bet the farm on it," he said. "It's a nice goal to set. I think they'll have some success and they'll get the number up. I think doubling it is probably wishful thinking." Data is sparse, but studies indicate that American Indians vote slightly less often than African Americans and slightly more than Hispanics, Peterson said.

Indians tend to be the poorest ethnic group in the country, which  drives down voter turnout. And some Indian leaders have argued that voting for federal officeholders lends support to a government that has historically been oppressive, Peterson said.

American Indian voters usually do not view national elections as having much role in their lives. They are often twice as likely to vote in local reservation elections.

Indian leaders say their people must recognize that the federal government controls Indian land and provides schools, law enforcement and health services on reservations.

Indian voters already have had a significant influence on some recent elections.  In 2000, the First American Education Project in Washington state rallied Indian voters to oppose Republican Sen. Slade Gorton, who clashed with tribes on tribal governance and mining. Nine thousand Indians voted for the first time in the election and Gorton lost by 2,000 votes. Indian votes also helped Al Gore win in New Mexico.
 
Submitted by: Chris T. Stearns cstearns@hsdwdc.com
nativevoter@voicelists.org
 
[Editor's Comments] 
Remember to check the "American Indian" box on forms asking for race, especially the U.S. Census, voter registration, and employment.
 
Alyssa Burhans, Director: Native American Voters
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10 WAYS TO BUILD STRENGTH -
        PHSYICAL, SPIRITUAL and EMOTIONAL

1.    Exercise daily to build your heart and muscle strength.
2.    Go to a steam bath or sweat lodge often.
3.    Visit a spiritually powerful place.
4.    Say "I love you" to others often - especially yourself.
5.    Follow your dreams regardless of how frightening.
6.    Tell the truth to others, especially to yourself.
7.    Pray every morning and evening.
8.    Eat only that made by Mother Earth.  Do not eat what man makes.
9.    Listen to the advise you give to others.
10.  Give a gift each and every day.


New Bridge Will Honor Monacan
By Christie Chapman
Lynchburg News & Advance
 
AMHERST - The Monacan Indian Nation and state legislators will announce this morning the naming of a future U.S. 29 Bypass bridge in honor of the Monacans.  The bridge, which is still under construction, crosses the James River between Madison Heights in Amherst County and Lynchburg. This section of the U.S. 29 Bypass is expected to relieve some of the congestion that drivers leaving Lynchburg hit when they head north through Madison Heights on U.S. 29.
 
The move to name the bridge started with members of the Virginia Organizing Project in Charlottesville.  "This is something we thought was the right thing to do," said Monacan Chief Kenneth Branham. "It might not sound like a big deal, but it is a big deal because other names were suggested. But as someone said to me, there are already a lot of places in Virginia named for Jefferson or Washington."  Members of the VOP brought the idea to name the bridge for the Monacans to state legislators.
 
"The original idea came from the Lynchburg chapter of the Virginia Organizing Project," said Faye Smith, a spokeswoman for the VOP. "It started there and they approached the Amherst County chapter. About two years ago,we started lobbying Sen. Steve Newman, Del. Preston Bryant and Del. Ben Cline."
Branham said members of the Monacan Indian Nation got involved in the effort and that he also spoke with Newman and Cline.  "We contacted the Monacan Indians to make sure that they wanted to do this," Smith said. "We want to touch on diversity in the area and the Monacans are one of the groups that have not gotten a lot of recognition." Smith said that the naming of the bridge is also meant to recognize the history of the Monacan Indians.  "They were the first people living along the James River and one of the only groups in Virginia still living on their original homeland," Smith said."Their history goes back 10,000 years."
 
The VOP set up a booth at the Virginia Garlic Festival last year at Rebec Vineyards & Winery in Amherst County to get signatures on a petition to show support for the name.

The Monacans are still trying to become a federally recognized tribe."It was really only in 1989 that the Virginia General Assembly gave the Monacans recognition," Smith said. "They've tried for federal recognition but they've been kind of pushed aside."
Submitted by Helen RedWing Vinson
Christie Chapman
[Editor's Note:  Manataka member Helen RedWing is a surviving sister of Mary B. Wade, the founder and president of VITAL for many years.]


Elder's Meditation
From Arthur Medicine Eagle
 
"The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power...The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..."  --Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux 
 
Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happily they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it.  If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it.  Wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we get too busy and forget these simple things. Maybe you'll even want to plant a garden or flowers. These things are mentally healthy.

Great Spirit, today, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me.


Shy Cherokee Men

There is a beautiful deserted island in the middle of nowhere where the following group of people is stranded:
2 Italian men and 1 Italian woman
2 French men and 1 French woman
2 German men and 1 German woman
2 Greek men and 1 Greek woman
2 Bulgarian men and 1 Bulgarian woman
2 Irish men and 1 Irish woman
2 American men and 1 American woman
2 Cherokee men and 1 Indian woman

One month later on this absolutely stunning deserted island in the middle of nowhere, the following has occurred:
  • One Italian man killed the other Italian man for the Italian woman.
  • The two French men and the French woman are living happily together in a "menage a trois".
  • The two German men have a strict weekly schedule of when they alternate with the German woman.
  • The two Greek men are sleeping with each other and the Greek woman is cleaning and cooking for them.
  • The Bulgarian men took a long look at the endless ocean and one look at the Bulgarian woman and they started swimming.
  • The Irish began by dividing up their island, Northside and Southside, and by setting up a distillery. They do not remember if sex is in the picture because it gets sort of foggy after the first few liters of coconut whiskey, but at  least the English are not getting any.
  • The two American men are contemplating the virtues of suicide while the American woman keeps on talking about her body being her own, the true nature of feminism, how she can do everything that they can do, about the necessity of fulfillment, the equal division of household chores, how her last boyfriend  respected her opinion and treated her much nicer and how her relationship with her mother is improving. But at least the taxes are low and it is not raining.
  • AND... The two Cherokee men are still waiting for someone to introduce them to the Cherokee woman.
Aaaaaaannnnnniiiiiiitttttttt..................
Submitted by Sherry
 


NEW BLURBS
 
Cherokees Rush to Clarify Marriage Laws
By Associated Press
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Cherokee Nation officials are scrambling to clarify their marriage laws after a lesbian couple obtained an application for marriage. Gay-rights activists hoped the tribe's sovereign status would force recognition of gay marriages in Oklahoma, which bans same-sex weddings but honors Cherokee marriage applications. But tribal leaders said they have no intention of allowing such marriages.  A day after the application was issued Thursday, a tribal judge issued a moratorium on same-sex marriage applications while tribal officials work to clarify their marriage laws. 
SOVEREINTY ON HORIZON
WASHINGTON - A proposal to grant sovereign status to six Virginia Indian tribes is advancing toward consideration on the floor of the U.S. Senate.  Sen. George Allen's bill to give the six tribes federal recognition, as the  process is called, is the subject of a highly favorable 24-page report  issued by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee last week.
 
FOOD COMPANIES POISONING PEOPLE
BOSTON - Slow Poisoning MSG (monosodiumglutimate) hides behind 25 or more names,  such as "Natural Flavoring" and is blamed for causing the massive obesity epidemic across the United States.  John Erb, a former research assistant at the University of Waterloo, and spent years working for the government and made an amazing discovery while going  through scientific journals  for a book he was writing called The Slow  Poisoning of America.  In  hundreds of studies around the world,  scientists were creating  obese mice. and rats to use in diet or diabetes test  studies.  No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the  scientists have to create them.  They make these morbidly obese  creatures by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and humans?) to become obese   They even have a title for the race of fat rodents they create:  "MSG-Treated Rats" MSG?
Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, TGIF, Chilis', Applebees,  Denny's and most ALL other restaurants use MSG in abundance.Report: Indian jails inhumane
Agency investigates deaths in facilities across U.S.
 
Tribune Projects Editor
 
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators have uncovered abuse, neglect and inhumane conditions in the Native American prison system that could have contributed to some deaths.  An undisclosed number of deaths are being investigated by the department's Inspector General's Office as part of a probe into run-down jails on tribal lands across the nation, Dave Anderson, Interior's assistant secretary for Indian affairs, said last week.  He declined to elaborate on the number of deaths being investigated, how the victims were killed or whether they included employees as well as inmates. Anderson said investigators have found that some juvenile offenders have been forced to share cell blocks with adult inmates in the prison system, which in 2002 held 2,080 inmates in 74 prisons scattered across 55 million acres of Indian lands in the United States.  Read More... http://www.greatfallstribune.com/news/stories/20040524/localnews/490342.html
 
LAWSUITS ACCUSE MANY COMPANIES OF ASPARTAME POISONING 
SACRAMENTO -- April 6th, Lawsuits were filed in three separate California courts against twelve companies who either produce or use the artificial sweetener aspartame as a sugar substitute in their products. The suits were filed in Shasta, Sonoma and Butte County, California.

The suits allege that the food companies committed fraud and breach of warranty by marketing products to the public such as diet Coke, diet Pepsi, sugar free gum, Flintstone's vitamins, yogurt and children's aspirin with the full knowledge that aspartame, the sweetener in them, is neurotoxic.

Aspartame is a drug masquerading as an additive. It interacts with other drugs, has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG, and is a chemical hyper-sensitization agent. As far back as 1970, Dr. John Olney founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity when he did studies on aspartic acid, which makes up 40% of aspartame, and found it caused lesions in the brains of mice. He made world news on the aspartame/brain tumor connection in l996. Dr. Ralph Walton, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine has written of the behavioral and psychiatric problems triggered by aspartame-caused depletion of serotonin.

Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue and depression.   In 1983, aspartame was approved for use in carbonated beverages. Today it is found in over 5000 foods, drinks and medicines.    Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD, author of "Excitotoxins: The Taste That  Kills"  Read More...  www.russellblaylockmd.com    www.nationaljusticeleague.com/



THE THREE BUTTERFLY BROTHERS

There were once three little butterfly brothers, one white, one red, and one yellow. They played in the sunshine, and danced among the flowers in the garden, and they never grew tired because they were so happy.

One day there came a heavy rain, and it wet their wings. They flew away home, but when they got there they found the door locked and the key gone. So they had to stay out of doors in the rain, and they grew wetter and wetter.

By and by they flew to the red and yellow striped tulip, and said: "Friend Tulip, will you open your flower-cup and let us in till the storm is over?"

The tulip answered: "The red and yellow butterflies may enter, because they are like me, but the white one may not come in."

But the red and yellow butterflies said: "If our white brother may not find shelter in your flower-cup, why, then, we'll stay outside in the rain with him."

It rained harder and harder, and the poor little butterflies grew wetter and wetter, so they flew to the white lily and said: "Good Lily, will you open your bud a little so we may creep in out of the rain?"

The lily answered: "The white butterfly may come in, because he is like me, but the red and yellow ones must stay outside in the storm."

Then the little white butterfly said: "If you won't receive my red and yellow brothers, why, then, I'll stay out in the rain with them. We would rather be wet than be parted."

So the three little butterflies flew away.

But the sun, who was behind a cloud, heard it all, and he knew what good little brothers the butterflies were, and how they had held together in spite of the wet. So he pushed his face through the clouds, and chased away the rain, and shone brightly on the garden.

He dried the wings of the three little butterflies, and warmed their bodies. They ceased to sorrow, and danced among the flowers till evening, then they flew away home, and found the door wide open.

Submitted by Sheri Burnett, GA



HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Tamera Avery:  Needs prayer for recovery.   

Nell Beautiful Basket Hampton:  Hospitalized 4/24/04 with pneumonia.  Serious condition.   Needs prayer.  Nell sits on the Manataka Elder Council.

Stewart Timberlake:  Hosptialized 4/23/04 with blockage. 

Frances McAdams:  Hospitalized with cancer.

Alida Baker:  Mother of EagleStar.  Recent illness.
Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan:  Diagnosed with cancer. 
Sharon Kamama Baugh - Arkansas:  Diagnosed with cancer. 

Sara Jane Cook:  Sister of Joe Burton.  Brain Tumor.

Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black:  Diagnosed with cancer.

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.

NOTICE:

Evette Tubby - Mississippi: sister of Robert Woableza LaBatte has serious health problems and needs financial help to travel from the Mississippi Choctaw Rez to South Dakota to get medical care.  Contact her  evette53@hotmail.com 

Grey Wolf Palmer Passes
It is with deep regret that I write to respectfully inform you that my Father, Everett "Grey Wolf" Palmer, passed 5/17/04 at aprox. 11:30 am.  He passed quietly in his sleep.  He had been having much problems with emphysema.  I knew you loved and respected him and thought you should know.  Sky Warrior
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3 MINUTE INDIAN MANAGEMENT COURSE
Lesson One: An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?" The eagle answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
 
Management Lesson - To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up. 

Lesson Two: A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?"  replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.
 
Management Lesson - Bull Sh-- might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Lesson Three: A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.
Management Lesson (1) Not everyone who sh--- on you is your enemy. (2) Not everyone who gets you out of sh-- is your friend. (3) And when you're in deep sh--, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

This concludes your three minute management course.
 


As-Ai-Yahal
A Tillamook Story

As-ai-yahal, the god, lived far up in the country. A long time ago he traveled all over the world. He came down the river and arrived at Natahts. There he gathered clams and mussels. He made a fire and roasted them. When he opened them; he found two animals in each shell. After he had roasted them he began to eat and soon had enough. That made him angry and he said, "Henceforth there shall be only one animal in each shell."

The god came to Tillamook Bay and then went up the river. He had to cross it far up because he had no canoe and the river was deep. He met a number of women who were digging roots. He asked, "What are you doing there?" They replied, "We are digging roots." He said, "I do not like that." He took the roots away and sent them to Clatsop. Ever since that time there have been no roots at Tillamook while at Clatsop they are very plentiful.

He went on and came to a river full of salmon which were clapping their fins together. He caught one of them, threw it ashore, stepped on it, flattening it. It became a flounder. Ever since then flounders have been plentiful at Tillamook while there have been no salmon there.

As-ai-yahal traveled on and came to a house in which he saw people lying around the fire. He asked, "What is the matter? Are you sick?" "No," they replied, "we are starving. East Wind wants to kill us. The river, sea, and beach are frozen over and we cannot get any food."

Then he said, "Can't you make East Wind stop blowing so you can secure food?" He went out of the house and far up the river, which was frozen over. It was so slippery he could hardly stand. He went up the river to meet East Wind and to conquer him. Before he came to the house of East Wind, he took up some pieces of ice which he threw into the river, saying, "Henceforth it shall not be as cold as it is now. Winter shall be a little cold but not very much so. You shall become herring." The ice at once became herring and swam down the river.

As-ai-yahal went on until he reached the house of East Wind. He entered and whistled. He was trembling with cold, but did not go near the fire. He said, "I am so warm I cannot go near the fire." Then he told East Wind he came from a house where they were drying herring.

East Wind said, "Don't say so. It is winter now. There will be no herring for a long time to come."

As-ai-yahal replied, "Don't you believe me? There are plenty of herring outside." He took an icicle which he warmed at the fire. "Look how quickly it boils," he said to East Wind as the ice melted. He made East Wind believe that the melting ice was a herring.

Then East Wind ceased to blow, the ice began to melt, and the people had plenty of food. Until then, it had been winter all the year; now we have both summer and winter.

Our thanks to Blue Panther, Keeper of Stories blue_panther@mindspring.com
 

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