Manataka American Indian Council Volume VII Issue I January 2005
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Web Site Updates Thankful for the Simplest Blessings Manataka Message Board! Letters to the Editor Past Event - Seminar Natives must educate America! Elder Council Appointments Crazy Horse Memorial Grandmother Council Created A Sack of Potatoes Stone Kingdom Message Slaughter of Wild Horses! January Native Ways Tip Healing Prayer Basket Indians In the News Manataka Messages
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New and Improved Message Board Opens January 1!
The "Manataka Red Road" message board is now open for your pleasure. Eleven subject areas, utilities and terms of service are all new features that will make each visit easier and more pleasurable for MAIC members and guests. Little Sister Bonnie Delcourt was appointed to the position of Administrator and several MAIC members have already volunteered to moderate various subject areas.
If you would like to moderate a subject area, select one from the list below and drop us an email: email@example.com Little Sister will get with you soon. Have some fun, learn and meet new friends! Some subject areas may have more than one moderator.
As an added safety feature, the Manataka Red Road Message Board has a new program that will allow the webmaster to track visitors who may violate the new terms of service. We were forced to tighten rules of service because two people decided their agenda was more important than respect. Now, email addresses are verified and messages are permanently retained.
We are excited about the new look and features. We hope you do too! Drop by and see all the new discussion topics!
Henry's presentation was great! We have received several excellent comments.
"Star Gates, Crystals and Manataka" Seminar With William Henry
Seventy-one people attended an intensive day-long seminar sponsored by MAIC with famous mythologist, author, and international lecturer William Henry at the Travel Lodge in Hot Springs on December 11.
Elder Council Appointments
The Elder Council met in closed session on December 12 to interview candidates for appointment to a seats on the Elder Council.
Bonnie Cloud of Hot Springs, AR and Jim Path Finder Ewing of Lena, MS were unanimously selected to serve out two unexpired terms until June 2006.
Bonnie Cloud is a registered nurse and of Choctaw and Cherokee ancestry. Bonnie's father, Ray Mieirs was a respected Choctaw medicine healer and friend of Manataka for many years before his passing in 1998. Bonnie spent 22 years working with the Indian Health Service at the San Carlos Apache Reservation and for the Navajo Nation, both in Arizona. She also worked a short time with the Zuni Nation and Jimenez Pueblo in New Mexico. Bonnie recently organized Manataka's participation in the Hot Springs holiday parade and participated in many events. Bonnie's experience and wise counsel will be a wonderful addition to the strength of the Elder Council.
"Manataka has brought back so many things I enjoyed as a child. I grew up at powwows and loved the sound of the drums early in the morning as we sang praises to the Creator."
Jim Path Finder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi), 52, is an editor for a large newspaper and of Cherokee ancestry. He is a member of the Southern Cherokee Tribe & Associated Bands of Texas, the Bear (Yona Galisgisgia) Society of Arkansas, and a Water Pourer with experience in several forms of energy medicine. In Lena he practices, teaches, and holds Bear Lodge (Asi/Inipi) and leads a monthly Drum Circle, a prayer ceremony honoring the Native American Medicine Wheel. He is a registered Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher and sponsor of workshops by The Foundation For Shamanic Studies. He writes a monthly newsletter, "Keeping In Touch" that has subscribers across the United States and in several foreign countries.
"I am most honored to be selected to have this post, with an organization I love and with people I deeply respect. It is my hope that Manataka will achieve heights in coming months and years that were never dreamed, with the help of the Creator and, of course, The Rainbow Woman," said Path Finder.
At least two more interviews are scheduled for the next Elder Council meeting in January.
GRANDMOTHERS COUNCIL ESTABLISHED
"We honor our grandmothers for their knowledge, strength of spirit and the 'great beauty way' they bring to Manataka," said Charles 'Doc' Davidson, interim chair during his motion to create a new body within MAIC. The motion received the unanimous approval of the Elder Council.
Four leading grandmothers were also nominated to establish the new group, each to represent one of the four sacred directions. Jocelyn Von Grund of Russellville, Dottie Little White Dove Furr of Hot Springs, Helen Red Wing Vinson of Memphis, and Judy White Feather Filmore have accepted positions.
Sharon Kamama Baugh, past chairwoman and founder of the Women's Council was also honored as the "Most Honored Grandmother".
Each woman was praised for their teaching skills, dedication and work for Manataka, and love for American Indian ways.
The Grandmothers Council will advise the Elder Council in all matters of importance, but will not have a formal vote (who could refuse to listen?). They will guide other MAIC groups in their activities and counsel with members and their families. The Grandmothers will decide their own projects, if any, and will serve in positions of honor during all Manataka ceremonies and events.
"This is a very positive and traditional way to provide the people with the wisdom of our beautiful grandmothers. It is also a way where we can continually honor those who have given so much," said Lee Standing Bear Moore.
We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.- Anton Chekhov
ON A MOUNTAIN TOP
On a mountain top not too far away
Sat a young Indian maiden
Whispering in the wind all day
She was tall and slender with long dark hair
With shinning dark eyes that were always clear
She believed in the old ways of the ancestors long ago
For she had seen things in her dreams so she would know
And the teaching of her grandmothers had lead the way
So she would be at this place on this day
She whispered in the wind the prayers of old
And sang the songs that only they would know
Calling the ancestors to come this day
To help her people on their way
Times are hard for everyone these days
Most live in poverty or just move away
They are loosing their language and their ways
To the material things of this world they find along the way
here on this day she sits and prays
For the ancestor to help bring the people
Back to the old ways
She has done the ceremonies the way she was taught
In the vision and dreams that she has gotten
She has come to the sacred mountain called the place of peace
And gave thanks to the lady, the water and the trees
she sits she can feel
The spirits of the ancestors as they come and kneel
Around her little fire in this small open field
She has to be careful for you see
This place is not open to you or me
For the government says
No ceremonies will there be
So we all need to pray to the Great Spirit , the Grandfathers
And all the ancestors that have crossed over
To help bring back the people to the Sacred Circle
- Sam White Eagle
An Open Letter
To Young Women of the World from the Stone Kingdom
By Ariel Ky - Voice of the Stone Kingdom
Look around you with your own eyes and what do you see? Are people happy? Does the earth sing? Is there harmony and peace? Do the birds thrill you with their song and pierce your heart with their paeans to the beauty of the day?
Look in your heart and what do you feel? Are you happy? Does love flow from the center of your being for everyone and everything you encounter? Do the juices of life vibrate every chord of your being so that you rejoice with the gift of life and savor the experience of being alive?
We are the voice of the stone kingdom speaking to you. You should be able to say a resounding yes to all of the questions before you. That is your birthright as a human. Anything else or anything less is out of harmony in what is meant for you to experience on this beautiful planet.
Deep in your soul you know this and you wonder why you hear the anguished cries of hurt and dying children, women and men. You wonder why the throbbing air machines rain agony over the land, scorching the earth and destroying the people. You wonder where the birds have gone and why you don’t hear their happy songs. You wince when you think of the animals disappearing because the false stone ways have covered too much of what they need to survive.
We speak to you that you can change all this. We say rise young women and speak – you are the future of your people. Speak for all of those you care about. Speak with your vote in the process of deciding who governs the people. Take up your role as daughters of the Earth to care for the land and its creatures, the trees and plants, the waters and its creatures, the air and its creatures. Become the ones who govern the people yourselves along with any others who share your vision.
Speak to the people in your life, to the men, the fathers and grandfathers, the uncles, the brothers, the husbands, lovers, and friends, and to your sons, yes, even to those who haven’t been born yet. Speak for them. Speak to the women in your life, your mothers and grandmothers, your aunts, and your sisters, your cousins, your friends. Speak to your teachers and spiritual leaders. Let them know what you care about and what you want done to bring harmony and peace to everyone and everything on this wondrous planet.
Listen to the ancestors. Don’t forget what they have done. Listen to the voice of wisdom of those who have come before you. Listen to us. Hear our voice exhorting you to step forward and claim the vision of a world you want to carry on. Stand forward in all your glory and power. Speak for everyone and everything whose voice is not heard or consulted. Our message to you is to speak your peace and let your voice ring throughout the land.
Young women of the world you can choose not to bring forth life, not to have babies if your voice is not heeded.
Submitted by Lynn Smith, MAIC Australian Correspondent
A BEAR STORY
Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table, he looks into his small bowl. It is empty. "Who's been eating my porridge?!!", he squeaks.
Papa Bear arrives at the big table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl, and it is also empty. "Who's been eating my Porridge?!!," he roars.
Momma Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from the kitchen and yells,
"How many times do we have to go through this with you idiots?
It was Momma Bear who got up first.
it was Momma Bear who woke everyone in the house.
It was Momma Bear who made the coffee
It was Momma Bear who unloaded the dishwasher and put everything away.
It was Momma Bear who went out in the cold morning air to fetch the newspaper.
It was Momma Bear who set the table.
It was Momma Bear who put the cat out, cleaned the litter box, and filled the cat's water and food dish!
And, now that you've decided to drag your sorry bear-rumps out of bed and grace Momma Bear's kitchen with your grumpy presence, listen good, cause I'm only going to say this one more time…. I have not made the d----d porridge yet!”
Submitted by John Angus
Now playing at www.prophecykeepers.com
An interview with famed Naturalist/Wildcrafter/Herbalist aka "The Lady of the Forest" Ila Hatter, a Powhatan/Cherokee -- PLUS her Powhatan/Cherokee husband Jerry Coleman, who both live amongst and are taught and trusted by the traditional "Snowbird Cherokees" in western North Carolina.
Submitted by Blue Otter
January Native Ways Tip
by Tamarack Song
The Native People of the temperate and northern regions of America developed a high-energy fast food that is easily transportable and long-storing. We know it as pemmican, or pimikan in the Algonquin languages. The term is derived from pimii, the Cree-Chippewa word for fat. This is quite appropriate labeling, because fat, a concentrated energy source, is the most important ingredient.
We are all generally familiar with pemmican already, as it is basically sausage. It is a mixture of dried shredded or pounded meat, usually ungulate (Bison, Elk, Deer), and lard (solid rendered fat), usually ungulate also, which is combined and compressed into cakes.
Pemmican is made by first separating the fat and meat from each other so that they can be processed individually. Meat is best preserved by drying, and fat by rendering. If there is fat in the meat, or vice versa, either could spoil. However, once each is prepared they can be mixed together and the resulting product will have good keeping quality. For travel it is tightly packed in sealed containers (similar to stuffing sausage in casing) so that it will not rancidify.
The popular understanding is that pemmican contains fruit. This is a misconception. Historically, a small amount of dried fruit (such as June berries) was on occasion added, more for flavor than for its nutritional contribution. Indications are that it was probably no more popular than is sweet sausage in the Euro-American tradition. The practice of adding fruit to pemmican became commonplace with non natives, who in my estimation were probably accommodating their acculturated taste for flavor additives in their sausages.
– from Tamarack’s upcoming book Gather, Fish and Hunt the Old Way - Now Only $15
INDIANS IN THE NEWS
soldiers celebrate Native American heritage in Iraq
TAQADDUM, Iraq (09/24/2004) - The
Army's 120th Engineer Combat Battalion held a Native American powwow here.
The Okmulgee, Oklahoma -based unit held the powwow to promote cultural understanding of their heritage with other service members here, while bringing a piece of home to many of the Native Americans serving in Iraq.
The unit's yearlong deployment to Iraq means many of the soldiers will miss out on their families' powwows. Historically, a powwow was a ceremony performed before hunts and battles. Today, powwows are held to celebrate special occasions and to share songs and customs. Highlights of the festivities included storytelling, dancing, music, a class on powwow etiquette, and the chance to sample traditional food.
The ceremonies were accompanied by traditional Native American games, such as the tomahawk throw and stickball, a game resembling field hockey where opponents use sticks to move a ball, usually made of hide, down a field to the opposing team's goal.
Nearly 20 percent of the 120th's soldiers are of Native American decent, said Army Capt. Shareen S. Fischer, the battalion's chaplain and Shinnecock Indian.
''I was brought up in a home where the native culture, the native spirit is very, very alive,'' said Spc. George D. Macdonald, a supply specialist and a Chickasaw Indian. ''So being away from it for a long time brings you down when you think about the pow wows back home.''
The powwow here brought soldiers, sailors, and Marines together and helped increase awareness of the Native American culture, said Fischer.
Among the Native Americans who won't be home this year for their family's powwow is Army Sgt. Debra K. Mooney, a Choctaw Indian and Idabel, Okla., native.
''We're brought up with them (powwows). The beat of the drum is a part of the heartbeat of a Native American'' said Mooney.
Realizing the majority of the Native Americans would miss their powwows back home, Mooney proposed an intertribal powwow in Iraq to Fischer.
''I thought it was crazy at first,'' said Fischer, a 32-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., native.
With her battalion commander's approval, Fischer had just five weeks to plan out the powwow, an event that usually takes months to coordinate.
To make the event happen by deadline, Fisher and Mooney appointed soldiers to subcommittees to speed up the process. Native dress, jewelry, and other essential regalia had to be sent from families back home; and dances and events had to be organized and rehearsed.
Although some of the items mailed to the soldiers did not make the deadline, the powwow was still successful.
Many of the soldiers felt proud that they had participated in this historical event, the first powwow ever held in Iraq.
''Being involved with it makes you feel really good about yourself,'' said Macdonald, a 19-year-old native of Sasakwa, Okla., and head dancer for the powwow.
''We all joined together, it was just like being at home,'' added Mooney. ''It was just as important for them (other soldiers in the battalion), for the pride of 120th, and the state of Oklahoma as it was for us.''
Following the dancing, singing, and other performances, the event did not conclude with a Native American tradition, but rather a military one - the retirement of the colors.
Throughout the event, Native Americans shared a significant part of their culture with fellow soldiers, sailors, and Marines. As the Indians made their stay in Iraq feel a little more like home, the other service members learned about a culture they are helping to defend.
Submitted by: 1st Force Service Support Group
Story by Sgt. Enrique S. Diaz
Thankful for the simplest blessing
By Joyce Morrison
It is so easy to be thankful. As I write this column, I am warm and I have never been hungry. I have electricity and indoor plumbing. Certainly all my needs have been met over and over and I thank God for His endless blessings this Thanksgiving.
While some of the younger generation cannot even fathom what I have said, there are still a few million left who do. It is good to reflect on some of the blessings we take for granted. At the same time we need to pray and be thankful for the troops who are fighting to defend these blessings and freedoms.
One of our greatest blessings is water. It is a miraculous resource God has provided which we should be most grateful. And it is a renewable resource . . . it rains.
Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is made of water. Between 60 to 75% of our body is made of water. All forms of life require water.
Without water, we would have no food. The Scriptures are filled with illustrations of "water."
We bathe, wash our clothes, our dishes, even our cars and enjoy water sports. Water is used for physical therapy. We are blessed when we have an adequate supply of water.
Rural water has changed the landscape of the countryside as new homes are springing up everywhere. No worry about drilling a dry well as rural water will provide their needs and what was once thought to be worthless land is now most valuable. While complaints are heard of people building on this rural land, economic development programs and rural water encourage more building.
While we take for granted the abundance of water, try to imagine what life would be like if the government had total control of our water. Go another step and research Global Commons, Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development and their goals for water management.
Water has always been the measure of a good farm. A good drinking well adequate to water the livestock and irrigate the crops has often meant the difference between success and failure. A creek branch where the livestock can drink without having to pump water into a trough is an invaluable resource for a family farm, even though today we use electric pumps.
Owning one’s own water supply is a freedom and right we have always enjoyed in the United States. But this freedom is now being threatened along with the private ownership of property.
Owners of private wells in Missouri may have already lost another freedom.
According to a property rights organization in Missiouri,
HB 1433 was signed into law by their governor and will set into motion the formation of Watershed Improvement Districts. This bill was passed into law without discussion from anyone who might disagree with it. It enables volume monitoring (metering) of individual wells, mandatory replacing of individual septic systems (financed by low interest loans), and an increase of taxes to residents within the district.
Missouri is not alone in wanting to meter private wells. Pennsylvania, Washington, California and other states are trying to pass legislation for well metering.
Why are they implementing this? Is it about collecting more money or could control be the main purpose? Who is behind this move?
It takes water to raise food. By controlling the water and food supply, could this be another way to control the masses? In some areas, rainfall is adequate to grow fruits, vegetables and grain, but there is talk of a "rain tax." The Asheville Tribune's 2002 article "The 'raintax' cometh? Be prepared to pay the government for the rain on your roof," caused quite a stir.
The folks of Klamath Falls, Oregon will never fully recover from the year the government shut off their irrigation water to benefit two supposedly endangered species of fish. Devastated Klamath farmers said "When the last salmon is gone there will be no more salmon. When the last farmer is gone, there will be no more food."
Without an adequate water supply, there will be no farmers to grow the food and the result will be hunger.
Foreign countries such as France and Germany already own many of our large municipal water supplies. Germany owns the American Water Works that provides rural water to our area. They provide water for a large municipal Metro-East portion of Illinois as well as municipal water works in 23 states. Do they own yours?
Meters on private wells and rain tax could take away one of our most cherished gifts from God -- free, flowing water. But those who know Him know about His living water and they shall not thirst.
Although Global dictates have the plan for metering and monitoring private water supplies, now is the time to be watchful and prevent such legislation from becoming law in your state or it will be, "Welcome to becoming a Global Citizen - come share your Global Commons."
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Joyce Morrison lives in southern Illinois. She is a chapter leader for Concerned Women for America and she and her husband, Gary, represent the local Citizens for Private Property Rights. Joyce is Secretary to the Board of Directors of Rural Restoration / ADOPT Mission, a national farm ministry located in Sikeston. She has become a nationally-recognized advocate for property rights.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
shouldn't be 'delisted' where they don't exist
You'd think it would be a bad idea to remove a species from the endangered species list when its population is at zero.
That's the case in Maine, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is getting ready to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in most states, including ours. The animal has already been downgraded from "endangered" to "threatened" in most of the country.
The public comment period for the proposal ends today.
The so-called "delisting" makes sense in places where the wolf, also known as the timber wolf, has recovered nicely. Minnesota has had a particularly strong resurgence of the mammal. More than 2,000 of the animals roam in the state's northern areas, and that has improved the health of the state's ecosystem.
It also has bolstered Minnesota's ecotourism industry by attracting wildlife enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about the wolves.
Last year, the Interior Department ended its state-by-state classification of species and instead went to a regional system. It wasn't a bad idea in itself, since wolves are not bound by political boundaries. The problem is the regions are far too large and Maine is lumped in with states as far away as the Dakotas.
That doesn't make sense when the only place east of the Mississippi River that gray wolves exist is Michigan.
If the delisting is approved, the few wolves that may wander into Maine from Canada will not be protected. Nor will Maine or other states be eligible for federal funding to help reintroduce them.
Wolves can help control both deer and coyote populations, and they can be an attraction for visitors to the state.
It would make better sense to create a system of smaller regions so that the Northeast has better a chance to restore what was lost." This was an article dated November 18, 2004.
We really need to do everything we can do to save wolves. From the senseless slaughtering in Alaska to removing them from the endangered list.
Please visit any sites you can to help. Most of them you can send an email or fax directly from the site. This piece came from the www.MaineToday.com website.
You can go to defender's of wildlife website, or The petition site, etc. every little bit helps. there is power in numbers, folks! Help me fight for the rights of one of our most spiritual animals.
Submitted by Sheri Burnett - Wolflady
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I am the president of the Quatisi Fan Club. Her phenomenal talents as both a singer, songwriter, musician, and vast repertoire of music, captivates audiences wherever she performs. She is a three time nominee for the Native American Music Awards (Nammy) and recipient of many other prestigious awards and nominations.
I would like you to hear more of her latest 2 CD's, "Ride Choctaw Girl, Ride" and very latest CD "Through Indian Eyes". I'm sure once you've heard her, you will agree that she is a truly exceptional and very gifted lady. She will captivate any audience you may have.
Other Native American performers include Rock & Roll, Blues, Rap/Hip-Hop, Jazz, Flute & Traditional Native American sounds--and would create an astounding show with their diversity.
Quatisi P.O. Box 212 White Bluff, TN 37187
Mary Lou Gabbard
[Ed. Note: Related Info]
Quatisi has been nominated for three (3) awards for the 7th Annual Native American Indian Music Awards scheduled for February 10th, 2005 at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Voting by the public will begin sometime this week at www.nammys.com Cast your vote for Quatisi!!
Best Female Artist ""Through Indian Eyes"
Best Folk/Country Recording "Through Indian Eyes"
Best Instrumental Recording "Through Indian "Eyes"
Song/Single of the Year "Dark Horse"
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I am writing to complain. There are are a few people in the Manataka organization (a very few I am glad to say) who do not have a clue as to the meaning and intent of Manataka. They complain constantly, point fingers, gossip and do not contribute in a positive way. Why do we have to put up with such people? Why are they allowed to remain? Why doesn't the Elder Council just boot them out? --- Alicine
[Ed. Note: When we make a relative in the sacred circle we cannot divorce them - ever. They become our sisters and brothers - forever. We try not to allow such petty things to annoy us. If such people do not wish walk with honor and respect, that is their problem, not ours. MAIC took action in the past when a situation grew harmful and out of control. We are blessed that the vast majority of our members and friends are warm, loving people who are serious about their walk.]
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Good news from Pipestone, MN - I received a call last night from a brother here in Pipestone and the news is so good I wanted to share with you, and anyone else you feel appropriate. I know you are well aware of the battle that is still raging over the 'protection of ceremonies', and here, especially...the Sacred Pipe. There are many who have sat back and said and done nothing, just listened knowing that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. And there are several different groups here who basically don't see eye to eye and consider themselves adver adversaries when it comes to pipes, pipestone, and who should possess, etc...
Last week a meeting was called here in Pipestone for all pipe makers, organizations, the National Park Service, local business people who were interested...everyone...where it was unanimously decided that a United front must be presented and that the Sacred Canupa must be kept Sacred. Different groups offered to take over the lead, but that was vetoed and it was decided that there would be no one leader, that this would be a United group of all, with equal say, all with the same common interests. They will begin to work together to educate, teach, and perhaps dispel some of the rhetoric that has been being perpetuated over the internet (and everywhere else) for quite a while now.
This really is a big breakthrough to have these different native groups who have eyed each other with suspicion for so long to finally realize they have a very important common interest and it is time to come together. Ever since I moved here I couldn't understand how something so sacred could cause so much disunity and fighting. Now it seems the time for some Peace and Unity is going to manifest here in the Northern Place of Peace and Unity! Long journeys start with little steps, but I feel like the Creator has thrown everybody off their porches here in Pipestone, and a great thing is going to happen.
I will be at the next meeting and will keep you informed of any progress that is made, but feel like just having a next meeting is progress in itself.
Roses on our Path
Most people think our path is full of roses...
They are right, but underneath the roses are
thorns as thick as a thumb.
So, some put on boots ‘cause they are afraid to be hurt
by the thorns.
And what do we do?
We walk barefoot 'cause we are afraid to hurt the roses.
An American Indian craft consignment shop will be opening soon in Southern California near Murrieta. Contact Shirley Miller, a member in good standing in Manataka.firstname.lastname@example.org
True power will come to those who do not seek it.
Women's Council Recipe
Southwestern Winter Squash Chowder
tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups coarsely chopped onions
1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 large green pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons seeded and minced jalapeno pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
8 cups vegetable broth
3 cups peeled, seeded, and diced winter squash, cut into medium dice
2 cups peeled and diced potatoes, cut into medium dice
3 cups frozen corn kernels
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fresh coriander, for garnish
1. Heat oil and butter in a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium high heat. Add onions and peppers and sauté until onions are transparent, about 5 minutes.
2. Add flour, salt, and red pepper flakes and stir until blended. Stir in the broth, squash, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until potato and squash are tender, about 20 minutes.
3. Add corn, half-and-half, and cheddar cheese and stir them in; cook for a few minutes until cheese has melted. Adjust seasonings to taste, garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve with croutons.
Submitted by Sheri Burnett
Learn or Die (musings)
By Andre Cramblit
Natives must educate America, or perish.
Growing anti-Indian movements threaten to destroy many of the gains that Indian country has made.
Anti-Indian movements might be angling to utilize California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger as a spokesperson to greatly raise their public profiles. High on the reading list of the Web site of One Nation, the anti-Indian organization, is the article titled, ''Schwarzenegger, tribes on collision,'' by Alan Murray of CNBC. The main thrust of the article is to cheer on the terminator governor from California as he shakes down the tribes for all they are worth.
That's the opportunistic focus on one coast. Elsewhere in the country United Property Owners of Redmond, Wash., has announced that they will be merging with One Nation of Oklahoma to form a new non-partisan anti-Indian organization called One Nation United. The new organization states it will have approximately 300,000 members in all 50 states. New York will be represented on the One Nation United Advisory Board by David Vickers, president of anti-Indian organization Upstate Citizens for Equality.
The news is a reminder of the steady stirring by anti-Indian groups nationally. One Nation is the Oklahoma-based portion of the nationally fast-growing coalition of organizations intent on the destruction of tribal freedom throughout the United States.
Wrapping themselves in the American flag, these groups seek to gain both a national profile and national influence. At this time in history, given the trend toward majority excesses and the tenuous support for Indian positions in federal courts, this is a movement that is poised to become seriously dangerous to Indian governments. Indian country leadership dismisses it at its own peril.
The enemy's argument against Indian tribal rights and particularly against the sovereign jurisdictions asserted by American Indian nations, is being finely honed. The modern anti-Indian movement has been brewing for over 30 years:
From small groups of non-Indian reservation residents clamoring to start enclaves of state jurisdiction within Indian land, to the hue and cry of convenience store operators near reservations who must compete with separate tax bases, to the toothy grins of the state governors, legislatures and municipalities positioning in the good old American dance to secure for themselves Indian property or the jurisdiction thereof.
In America circa 2004 public metaphor is everything. One Nation and other groups that need someone to attack, joined to the politicians of various states, are now onto something: The power of the Indian image in the American mind can perhaps be damaged and reversed: From legitimate governments comprised of the first peoples and rightful property owners of this land, to greedy, special-interest casino kingpins. Say it and portray the seedy image enough times, it becomes the over-riding public metaphor, one that will last a long time. The antagonist idea is to denigrate Indian jurisdiction in the public mind, paint the American Indian as getting a free ride, as conniving and thievish, and you can get a measure passed against them!
Here is how the danger grows. The anti-Indian movement is shopping for a national voice and face. Much like the NRA gained tremendously from the voice and face of Charlton Heston, so can the anti-Indian movement gain from the recognizable voice and face of someone, say, like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This would be (perhaps already is) a huge escalation of the Indian profile problem. But this is only a tactical problem. Like the Democrats who have not been able to get ahead of the Republican game plan for two elections now, Indian tribes will progressively lose in the court of public opinion and ultimately in legislatures and Congress, unless they think ahead of this growing problem.
There is still time but as the California experience reveals, events can turn on a dime. While Indian enemies envision the complete deconstruction of Indian sovereign bases, the fight over Congress and by extension, over the hearts and minds of the American public, becomes paramount. Remember John Kerry's ''flip-flop" image, how, true or not, it stuck. Again, that was just a tactic. The damage was done through a public relations strategy built on repeated innuendo. The same is happening to Indian issues. It is not fair and follows no logic but manipulates anger and intends to diminish any gains by Native tribes.
Thus the push is on to portray the tribes as lobbying nightmares, enclaves of value-less societies rolling in ill-gained casino dollars. This is cultural preparation for the political kill. It's the swift-boat attack of the Indian issue polemic: Indians as ''rip-offs,'' ''cheats,'' corrupt lobbyists, as ''special interests,'' a simple impediments to American unity.
The only thing in the way is that pesky American Indian sovereignty and ''properties'' over which these phony governments exercise control. American Indian nations beware. This is not about a fight between the rich gaming tribes and the poorer, big-land tribes. Indians fighting Indians is not, once again, the inherent contradiction (although plenty will promote such).
The response to the anti-Indian movement is not in pitting one group of tribe against another. The solution is in the active defense of the overall interests of all of Indian country.
The solution is in the gaming rich tribes leading a major - hugely major - national television and print educational initiative to introduce this current moment in the history of the tribal nations to America and to educate the American people about who Indian people are, what they know and what they mean to this land.
The overall humanity of Native people needs to be emphasized and the place and role of gaming in the overall uplifting of many, but not all, Indian economies must be explained and made acceptable and understood by the American public.
Most of all, such campaigns must let America see and hear from and get to know the core personalities and values of Indian America. Always stressing that which is real, they must engage the public mind at all times, in all the major venues where the world of American Indian people can be presented. It must present the Native family and the wisdom of the most superlative of Native ways when properly applied to the building of family and community. It must present the American Indian military presence, the proud veterans, what they gave and give and what they aspire.
And certainly such a campaign would be structured and launched most successfully on the foundation of a discernable American Indian philanthropy, in the context of an Indian country where the financially strong tribe is best recognized and admired who extents a helping investment to the less fortunate tribes also seeking self-sufficiency.
Such a public media campaign would gather the best of Indian talent and strategic and creative thinking and install the best of Indian communications talent in the circle of the most respected media renowned among the friends of Indian country. Such a campaign, to succeed, must be done actively and pro-actively, starting now, week by week, venue by venue.
This is the most important task facing the collective Indian country, because the elements of active destruction are growing, they are consistently meeting, improving their rhetoric, honing their arguments, making strategic alliances, positioning themselves closest to the American flag and to the American mission.
When their moment comes, they will be ready and the attack will be thunderous. The campaign to dislocate the Indian image in the public mind and relegate it to the outer edges of American consciousness - along with other ''troublemakers'' oranti-American elements - puts in peril the Indian generations. Indians must do that one better. We need to cover the same ground much, much better; much more consistently, with better quality and, most importantly, with the truth.
There are positive, negative, confusing and simply neutral media stereotypes. American Indians have suffered them all and of all of them the one most closely tied to reality, even when romanticized and overused, is the American Indian as ''caretaker'' of these lands.
That national image of American Indians, particularly as captured and projected through the 1970s and 1980s, rested on a sense of spiritual integrity the public sustained about Indian cultures and particularly Indian elders.
This is an important public image for any people to enjoy and to consider. It is an image that still lingers in the mind's eye of most of the American public, slowly clouded and wrapped over by the casino and high-roller image, but nevertheless still palpable.
It is still based on substantial reality and remains a potential factor to revitalize - with more precise intention - to once again reach into the hearts and minds of the American public.
Indian country cannot afford to wait for this latest termination trend to walk in its front door. There are more than enough lessons in the history of the United States to teach us that these threats to our inherent and hard-preserved freedoms require the utmost vigilance and defense.
Andre Cramblit email@example.com Northern California Indian Development Council
The Crazy Horse mountain carving now in progress will be the world’s largest sculpture (563' high, 641' long, carved in the round). It is the focal point of an educational and cultural memorial to and for the North American Indian. The memorial is not a federal or state project. It is a non-profit (501-c-3) project begun in 1947, when sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982) arrived in the Black Hills to accept the invitation of Lakota chiefs to carve Crazy Horse. The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse was completed and unveiled June3, 1998. Work is now underway on the 22-story-high horse's head. The project is being continued by Korczak’s wife, Ruth, and their large family. The huge visitor complex includes the beautiful Indian Museum, Educational and Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio-home and workshop, and much more. Financed primarily from an admission charge, the memorial is open year-round. The Laughing Water Restaurant overlooking the mountain is open in season.
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Marian Dunn of Smyrna, TN suffered a severe stroke. Please remember her in your prayers. - Helen Red Wing Vinson.
Sheila Grandmother Wolf Pierce - Back was broken in an auto accident. Expected to be in a wheelchair in the foreseeable future. Call or write her.
Amanda Smiddy - daughter of Memi K. Smiddy involved in car accident and in great pain. Doctor's do not want to treat her because she is without insurance.
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Grandmother Peggy “Laughing Eagle” Baetz, Metis/Apache medicine woman, passed recently. Pray for her spirit.
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A Sack of Potatoes
Grandpa told all the children and adults to bring an empty bag and a sack of potatoes to him.
He told everyone to place one potato in the bag for each person in their lives who was was not forgiven for some past harmful incident. Grandpa told everyone to write the name of the un-forgiven person on the potato.
They were told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, on their lap when riding, or next to their desk during classes.
Some of their bags became quite heavy. The hassle of lugging this around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time, to not forget or keep leaving it in embarrassing places.
Naturally, the potatoes became moldy, smelly, and began to sprout "eyes".
Grandpa said that too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves! To forgive unloads what would otherwise become a heavy, rotting burden.
~ Author Unknown Submitted by Sheri Wolflady Burnett
SAY WHOA! TO THE SLAUGHTER OF WILD HORSES!
As many as two million wild horses and burros may have roamed America at the turn of the century.
Today, there are approximately 40,000 in states ranging from Nevada to Wyoming to California. Just as government-sponsored programs systematically eradicated an estimated 60 million bison in an attempt to make way for livestock and to subjugate Native Americans, wild horse and burro populations suffered for the same reasons.
In fact, until the passage of the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act in 1971, the cattle and sheep industry used unimaginably cruel methods to exterminate wild horses and burros on both public and private lands.
However, few people realize that even today wild horses and burros are the victims of calculated removals by government officials to placate powerful livestock and other commercial interests, and that many of these animals end up being slaughtered for human consumption overseas. Find out how you can help by visiting www.fund.org.
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