Manataka American Indian Council                    Volume XI  Issue 11  NOVEMBER 2007


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

 

National American Indian Heritage Month

 

Red Elk's Version of Deganawidah

Grandfather Tobacco

Reject Genocide - Denier's Propaganda

 


 

 

Contents:              

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Upcoming Events: 

What's Happening

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Elder's Meditation:

Willaru Huayta Quechua Nation
1 Website Updates: Bringing You New Stuff

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Feature Stories:

National American Indian Heritage Month

Reject Genocide - Denier's Propaganda

The Moral Reserve of Humanity

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Mother Earth Watch:

Air fresheners found to contain toxic chemical !

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Grandmother Waynonaha:    EAST

Grandmother Selma: SOUTH

Grandmother Carol:   WEST

Grandmother Magdala:: NORTH

Vision Quest at Bear Butte

Cherokee Ceremony

Spiritual Sovereignty

An Old Message

Tribal News: Justice for the Six Nations
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Perception is a wonderful thing

2 Legends of Old: Coyote Steals Sun's Tobacco
2 Feature Story: Grandfather Tobacco

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Letters to the Editor:

Papal Bulls, Indigenous & Monkey Business
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Junk Food Company Kellogg Cleans Up
2 Elder's Meditations: Paula Weasel Head, Blood
Member Recognition: Grandmother Dottie Furr
2 Health: 

Anti-Depressants Result in Anti-Love

ADHD/ADD Drugs Causing Heart  Problems?

Whiten Your Teeth with Strawberries

Fatal Fragrance

2 Herbs: Milk Thistle for Cancer Treatment
2 Fluoride: Adding Fluoride to Water: A Good Idea?
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Hay, homes sought for wild horses
2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Triumphant Rally Escalates Protest Against

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Hill & Holler: Dis-Enrolling For Dollars

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History: The Year of the Hangman:

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Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?
3 Feature Story: Red Elk's version of Deganawidah

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Elder's Meditations:

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Women's Circle: Circle of Friends

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Women's Council:

Ghost Woman and Heavy Collar of the Bloods

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Diet Watch: The Many Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide

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Book Reviews: Voice of the Hawk Elder

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Poetry Circle: Ghost Dancers

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Inspirational Thought:: Promise Yourself

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Healing Prayer Basket: Vernon Bellecourt Passes

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Manataka  Business: Short Meeting at Gathering

 

 


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

November Month

National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

"Indian Health Service and Partners-In-Celebration Site"

 

November 05, 2007  

Live and Learn Seminars - Maya Journey with Magdala

 

November 7- 9, 2007

Fostering Indigenous Business & Entrepreneurship in the Americas (FIBEA) Conference

Acoma Pueblo – Sky City Resort, New Mexico

 

November 10 - 12, 2007

10th Annual First Nations Film/Video Festival

Chicago, IL  funded by Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT).

 

November 14 - 17, 2007

13th Annual NNALEA Training Conference

National Native American Law Enforcement Association And Indian Country "Homeland Security" Summit.  NNALEA's 13th Annual Training Conference. MGM Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 2007

The Atlanta Indian Market

Eastern version of the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Qualified Native artists may request booth space on a first come first serve basis.  10% discount if registering before September 25.  www.americanindianmarket.com

Chipa Wolfe, American Indian Market Inc.   770-735-6275

 

December 7 - 9, 2007

Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference   Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 

See More Non-Powwow Events Here        2007 Powwow Now Calendar

 

NativeGatherings.com lists hundreds of Native American events including concerts, seminars, conferences, sporting events, and more.   

                

 

 


 

ELDER MEDITATION

Heal yourself - your physical and spiritual bodies. Regenerate yourself with light, and then help those who have poverty of the soul. Return to the inner spirit, which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness."  -Willaru Huayta Quechua Nation, Peru 

 

It is difficult to look inside ourselves, especially when we see conflict or confusion. During times of conflict we need to realize that we are talking to ourselves about our thoughts.  This conversation is printing in our subconscious and forming our beliefs. During times of conflict we need to ask the spirit to control our self-talk. Only through finding that inner place and going there during troubled times will we ever find happiness.

 
Great Spirit,
You are my peace and
you dwell within me.
Let me look for You
within myself.

By Don Coyhis

 



 

NOVEMBER WEBSITE UPDATES

 

NEW TRADING POST ITEMS
Arts & Craft Books 
Buffalo, Bear, Deer Robes
Cherokee Legends and Stories on CD
Native Remedies - Mother's and Babies
Owl Feather Creations
Spiritual Path Books
Women's Gifts - Beautiful

 

Keep the Internet TAX FREE
TAKE ACTION Now!

Dear Manataka Subscriber:

 

In 1998 congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act to promote commercial, educational and informational potential of the Internet. The Act stopped Federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access, bit taxes, bandwidth taxes and email taxes. You can read and sign the petition at YouChoose.net

 

The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2007 will stop the necessity of having to continue to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act which has gone on now since 1998. The Act is due to expire this November. Several Senators have proposed to extend the Tax Freedom Act permanently. Let them know you agree and Sign the Petition.

 

Thank you in advance for taking action now!

 

 


FEATURE I

 

A Brief History of National American Indian Heritage Month
By Andrea Cramblit

 

The Effort to Establish a day of Recognition for American Indians.

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of this Nation has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. But, it has been a long and winding trail that has taken many turns during the last 84 years that has not resulted in an "official day" of recognition.

For many years, Indians and non-Indians have urged that a special day be set aside to honor America's first citizens. From time to time, legislation was proposed in the U.S. Congress that would designate the Fourth Friday in September of each year as American Indian Day. There has also been legislation that would establish a Native American Awareness Week the fourth week in September. Introduction of these bills, none of which were passed by Congress, resulted in modern day almanacs listing the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day under the heading "Day usually observed -- not legal holidays".

One of the very first proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the Director of the Museum of Arts and Science, Rochester, NY. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America
to set aside a day for the "First Americans", and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kansas, formally approved a plan. It
directed its President, the Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. He issued a proclamation on September 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for the celebration of a day in honor of Indians. he later presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House on December 14, 1915. However, there is no record of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the Second Saturday in May 1916, by the Governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, it became that day by legislative enactment in 1919. In Massachusetts, in accordance with a law passed in 1935, the Governor issued a proclamation naming the day that will become American Indian Day for any given year. Presently, several states have designated Columbus day as Native American Day, but, it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a legal holiday.



 



 

Presidential Proclamations designating National Native American Heritage Month

Since 1995, President Clinton has issued a proclamation, each year, designating the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month".

On November 5, 1994, President Clinton issued a proclamation based on Senate Joint Resolution 271, designating the month of November 1994 as "National American Indian Heritage Month".

On March 2, 1992, President Bush issued a proclamation designating 1992 as the "Year of the American Indian" based on legislation by Congress (Public Law 102-188).

On August 3, 1990, a Joint Resolution designating the month of November 1990 as "National American Indian Heritage Month" was approved by President Bush, becoming Public Law 101-343 (104 Stat. 391).

On December 5, 1989, President Bush issued a proclamation base on Senate Joint Resolution 218, designating the week of December 3-9, 1989, as "National American Indian Heritage Week".

On September 23, 1988, President Reagan signed a Senate Joint Resolution designating September 23-30, as "National American Indian Heritage Week".

In 1987, the week of November 22-28 was proclaimed as "American Indian Week" by President Reagan, pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 53


Prior to that, President Reagan had twice earlier designated an American Indian Day or Week. In 1986, he signed Senate Joint Resolution 390, which designated November 23-30 as "American Indian Week"; and during his first term he named May 13, 1983, as "American Indian Day".

In 1976, Senate Joint Resolution 209 authorized the President to proclaim the week of October 10-16, 1976, as "Native American Awareness Week".

 



http://www.doi.gov/bia/namonthist.htm
 

President Clinton's Proclamation for Native American Heritage Month 1999
http://www.doi.gov/bia/clint99proc.htm

Bureau of Indian Affairs American Indian Heritage Month Program 
http://www.doi.gov/bia/naheritage.html

Links to other Government Agencies celebrating NA Heritage Month 
http://www.doi.gov/bia/namonlinks.html

 


FEATURE II

 

 

Reject genocide - denier's propaganda

Suzan Shown Harjo / Indian Country Today

 

Michael Medved wants his audience to ''reject the lie of white 'genocide' against Native Americans'' and says this is one of the ''most urgent needs in culture and education.'' The neocon author blogged on Sept. 19 that ''the word 'genocide' in no way fits as a description of the treatment of Native Americans by British colonists or, later, American settlers.''

Colonial and American government ''never endorsed or practiced a policy of Indian extermination,'' wrote Medved. Rather, ''official leaders of white society tried to restrain some of their settlers and militias and paramilitary groups from unnecessary conflict and brutality.''

Medved rose to national prominence as guest-host for talk radio star Rush Limbaugh and as a movie critic who defended director Mel Gibson's ''The Passion of the Christ'' when many other Jewish-Americans denounced it as anti-Semitic.

Medved claims that the ''real decimation of Indian populations had nothing to do with massacres or military actions, but stemmed from infectious diseases that white settlers brought with them at the time they first arrived in the New World.'' Would that Medved were correct in his use of the word ''decimation.'' That would mean that only 10 percent, rather than 95 percent, of Native people actually died by 1900.

Medved is wrong about his main point, too. While many Native people died of foreign diseases, non-Natives killed and nearly killed entire nations and cultures, and meant to do so. Thus, genocide is the right word.

The most widely accepted definition of genocide is in the United Nations' 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Article 2 defines genocide as ''any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
 

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
 

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.''

Article 3 lists the following punishable acts: (a) Genocide; (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide; (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide; (d) Attempt to commit genocide; (e) Complicity in genocide. Article 4 states, ''Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.''

A reasonable person (or even just a reading person) would be hard-pressed to make a case that there were no European or American genocidal crimes committed against Native peoples. Did officials, entities or individuals intend, direct, incite or conspire to commit genocide? Yes. Were some complicit in genocide? Yes. Did they succeed in genocide in some cases? Yes. Did they attempt genocide without actually succeeding? Yes.

That about covers it.

Medved claims that describing early colonists and settlers in ''Hitlerian, mass-murdering terms represents an act of brain-dead defamation.'' Official colonial and territorial bounty proclamations, which announced pay scales for scalps as proof of Indian kill, were Hitlerian, mass-murdering edicts that produced Hitlerian mass murders.

All the forced marches of Native peoples under President Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policies - notably, the Muscogee and Cherokee Trails of Tears, the Potawatomi Trail of Death and the Navajo Long Walk - resulted in Hitlerian mass murders, ethnic cleansings and generational dislocation and damage that continues today.

It is more precise chronologically to say that Hitler's Holocaust or the genocides in Rwanda or Cambodia may be described in Jacksonian or Sheridanesque or Custerish, mass-murdering terms. In analyzing genocidal plans, it is fair to compare the ''Final Solution to the Jewish Question'' to the federal ''Indian Crania Study'' or to the ''Civilization Regulations'' that brutalized, confined and killed American Indians, criminalized traditional ceremonies and customs and wrenched Indian children from their families.

The world knows there was genocide and attempted genocide against Native peoples. Only fools and propagandists would make a claim to the contrary, which brings us back to Medved, who is no fool.

We need not guess why he is raising this issue now. He tells us. And he reveals much along the way: ''The notion that unique viciousness to Native Americans represents our 'original sin' fails to put European contact with these struggling Stone Age societies in any context whatever, and only serves the purposes of those who want to foster inappropriate guilt, uncertainty and shame in young Americans. A nation ashamed of its past will fear its future.''

Where to start? Let's jump right in at ''Stone Age societies,'' shall we? Medved is very smart, so he probably knows about those Native peoples who perfected irrigation systems, performed brain surgery and formed democracies and confederacies, which some Europeans dreamt about but never saw until coming here. He might respond that only some Native peoples did that. And I would like to say to him that, of all the ships and wagons filled with white folks, there wasn't a Shakespeare among them.

Medved uses that ''Stone Age'' term to plant a falsehood in readers' minds that advanced Europeans simply had to do something about the backward Native peoples - kill them or tame them. Using this ''context,'' Medved actually pins genocide on the colonists and settlers. As Christians, they were supposed to help struggling societies, not try to exterminate them.

I don't know what ''inappropriate guilt'' means, but a quest for historical truth is not the same as a guilt trip. Honorable people are strengthened by facing their fears, even if acknowledging past shame is part of it.

Medved calls on his readers to discard the ''stupid, groundless and anti-American lies that characterize contemporary political correctness'' and ''to confront, resist and reject the all-too-common line that our rightly admired forebears involved themselves in genocide.''

The truth is that many admired forebears did involve themselves in genocide. Georgians and Coloradoans and Californians and all those who killed Indian people in their rush for gold were involved. Those who massacred innocents at Sand Creek and Wounded Knee were involved. Those who raped Native women and children were involved. Those who killed Indian people for praying, decapitated them and robbed their graves were involved. Anyone who looked the other way was involved.

Here are a few lies that are anti-American Indian: that Native children and women and men had it coming; that massacres were battles; that ''harvesting skulls'' was science; that torturing little kids for speaking their mother's language was OK in anyone's culture; that genocide wasn't genocide when it was committed against Native peoples.


Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, is president of the Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C., and a columnist for Indian Country Today.

 

 

 


 

MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

Consumer alert: Popular air fresheners found to contain toxic chemical

 

Tests of air freshener products recently conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 out of 14 popular air freshener products contained a chemical known to be harmful to the health of humans. Phthalates, known to cause reproductive problems and hormone disruption in humans, were found in virtually all air freshener brands, including several Walgreens-branded air fresheners that the popular retailer has now pulled off its shelves.

Neither the FDA nor the EPA conducts any safety testing or spot checking of toxic chemicals in air freshener products. Essentially, consumers could be exposed to any number of toxic airborne chemicals from air freshener products, with no warning whatsoever. The safety of chemicals used in these products is utterly ignored by the FDA in much the same way that perfumes and cosmetic products containing cancer-causing chemicals are routinely ignored by the agency. The FDA makes virtually no effort to protect American consumers from cancer-causing or hormone-disrupting chemicals in tens of thousands of consumer products, and were it not for the efforts of consumer advocacy groups and environmental protection groups like the NRDC, no one would be protecting consumers at all. (U.S. government agencies usually have to be sued by groups like the CSPI or Public Citizen before they will take any pro-consumer action...)

Only two products tested by the NRDC -- Febreze Air Effects and Renuzit Subtle Effects -- contained virtually no detectable levels of phthalates, yet the twelve other products tested positive for the chemical even though some were labeled "unscented" and none of them listed phthalates as an ingredient. Some products were even labeled "All natural!" (Which just goes to demonstrate, yet again, that the "All natural" claim is meaningless.)


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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - EAST

 

 

 

 

Vision Quest at Bear Butte

 

Morning mist leaves a rich earth smell in the air, much as a summer rain does. I love the smell of rain on the hot desert. It reaches into my memory and touches a place I cannot go. The sage bush drips with dew, small insects buzz and fill the air with newly hatched swarms. Birds land on the brush and ruffle their feathers in the wet leaves to wash them. A lizard peeks up from his sand shelter and looks puzzled. Inch by inch, he creeps up leaving, only his tail buried in the sand. I sit still and listen to the morning sounds of the desert and drink in the smells that drift around the weathered door jam.

 

Magpies and crow are awake and starting their morning arguments over territory. The shrill cries pierce the silence and make my ears ring. Wind blows gently against my dress and the windmill blades turn lazy in the pale light of day. I hear the horses nickering down in the lower corral and old Dolly, the Guernsey Cow, lows soft where she waits in the barn stall.

 

Just a few minutes longer, as I cuddle my hot coffee cup to my chest and breathe in the fresh coffee aroma. The day can wait I say, and I drift off into another path of my on-going vision. Traveling down long tunnels, I reach the land of my father. The plains and desert spread for miles into the sky, one starting where the other leaves off.

 

On the horizon, the high mound of Bear Butte is touched by the sun. Rust red in the sun, standing as a landmark for many years. Bear Butte, is the subject of many stories that are told around campfires and in winter lodges.

 

I throw my mind back to the first time I had seen this sacred place, when I was very young. My father was helping a young man to find his way back home after the war. We planned to stay for several days at the site and had brought many provisions with us. Dad would just curl up under a tarp in the back of the truck bed, and I would sleep on the truck seat on these trips.

 

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 
 

INDIAN WISDOM 

  • I planted some birdseed.  A bird came up.  Now I do not know what to feed it.

  • I had amnesia once -- or twice.

  •  I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart. Now what?

  • All I ask is a chance to prove that money can not make me happy.

  • If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

  • They told me I was gullible and I believed them.

  • Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to

    merge his car onto the freeway.

  • Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

  • One nice thing about egotists: they do not talk about other people.

  •  I used to be indecisive.  Now I am just not sure.

  •  If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

  • Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I will show you a man who cannot take his pants off.

 


GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - SOUTH

 

 

Cherokee Ceremony

 

By Grandmother Selma

 

Two numbers are sacred to the Cherokee. Four is the first number, it represented the four primary directions. At the center of their paths lays the sacred fire. Seven is the other and most sacred number. Seven is represented in the seven directions: north, south, east, west, above, bellow, and "here in the center" (Lewis & Kneberg, p. 175), the place of the sacred fire. Seven also represented the seven ancient ceremonies that formed the yearly Cherokee religious cycle.

 

Six of the ceremonies took place every year, the seventh was celebrated every seventh year. They were held between March and November, based on the phases of the crescent or new moon. The First New Moon of Spring Ceremony was the first.  

 

The First New Moon of Spring Ceremony took place "When the grass began to grow and the trees send out their pale new leaves..." (Lewis & Kneberg, p. 176-77), around the first new moon of March. This festival initiated the planting season and incorporated predictions concerning crop success or failure. It lasted seven days and included dancing and the re-lighting of the sacred fire by the fire maker. The ceremony included sacrificing a deer tongue in the fire. All the home fires were extinguished and rekindled from the sacred fire’s coals.  

 

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FEATURE III

"The Moral Reserve of Humanity"
Indigenous Peoples' Day

CounterPunch October 10, 2007
By ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
 

 


"I'm convinced that indigenous peoples are the  moral reserve of humanity."   Evo Morales, Aymara, President of Bolivia,  Democracy Now! September 26, 2007.  Every year as October 12 approaches, there is a certain sense of dread  that can be felt in indigenous communities in the Americas. That it is a federal holiday in the United States is regarded as hideous, a celebration of genocide and colonization However, beginning thirty years ago, indigenous peoples formed an international movement, demanding, for one thing, that October 12
be commemorated as an international day of mourning for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. Informally, the day has been appropriated as Indigenous Peoples Day.

This year feels different in indigenous communities asthey celebrate the great victory of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the General Assembly on September 13,  2007 http://www.manataka.org/page844.htm, the culmination of a three-decade struggle by indigenous activists at the United Nations.

 

The UN Declaration was adopted by a majority of 144 states in favor, with only four votes against: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the  United States. Interestingly, these are precisely the four nation-states where
intentional genocidal policies were pursued, policies that sought to exterminate  all the indigenous peoples living in the lands seized by settlers from the  British Isles. The populations of those states should be ashamed, not only of  their horrific pasts, but of the present refusal of their representative  governments to make amends with the descendants of those indigenous peoples who  survived these genocidal policies.

Perhaps those governments and their  citizens think they do not have to recognize the rights of indigenous peoples  within their claimed boundaries because the populations are small. Yet, the  survival and flourishing of
indigenous communities and nations is important to  the future of humanity and to the survival of habitation on  earth.

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on September 16, Bolivian president Evo Morales stressed the need to understand the indigenous way of life, saying that living well in a community meant living in harmony with Mother Earth. "This new millennium must be the millennium for life, placing our bets on human dignity." (UN webcast.)

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a longtime activist, university professor, and writer. In addition to numerous scholarly books and articles she has published two  historical memoirs, _Red  Dirt: Growing Up Okie (Verso, 1997), and _Outlaw  Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960; 1975 (City Lights, 2002). She  can be reached at: _rdunbaro@pacbell.net   mailto:rdunbaro@pacbell.net
 


GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK - WEST

 

 

                  

 

Carol Perez Petersen

Spiritual Sovereignty

 

Declare yourself free from the mediator a person or church, temple or doctrine that has bound you with Baptisms, Dikshas, empowerments, initiations, rituals, spiritual ties, ascended masters, gurus, certificates from institutions, identifications and astral projections new age or old age and Reincarnations. 

 

This is a powerful decision.  This is different than engaging in a choice to express spirituality.  Also it pertains to taking a looks at what you're psychically carrying perhaps wiping the slate with a personal ceremony then choosing spiritual allies. Once you create an intentional reality choose to create a co-creative intentional reality.

Love seek to love

 

All religions and branches thereof are gathering souls for karmic profit and destroying the planet.

 

Be Aware of evangelism. Of all the major and minor religions their goal is to capture your being essence or soul for the afterlife mission which is continued slavery.  Purgatory is an enslaved waiting place. Your name is in a data base under lock and key of a major religion.  Even after death of the body your name which is emotionally attached to your body and ancestors can be bought and sold by religious institutions and re-baptized.  Evangelism profits from the poor and innocent.  They make business on concepts with fast rising temples, churches and enticements of Oneism’s: One, Oneness.  Robbing you of your unique expression they manipulate cultural leaders with spiritual euphemism.

 

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GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK - NORTH

 

 

                  

 

Magdala Ramirez

Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers All Over the World:

 

This is an old message, I have been making a big cleaning in my computer as well as all my temple, I love this one...so I am just re-sharing

 

I am talking to you my husband, brother, son, father.  I am the living bridge for love and understanding.


I am the living bridge the sacred pipe that brings all relations together.   I am the land that you walk, a voice inside of your heart.   Have being nurturing  you in body mind and spirit since the beginning of time.
 

My dress is a rainbow garment and I made it shine because of love but this time I want something in return,

 

I want you to be aware of me, i am the force behind you that connects you to light and reminds you who you are
because I am your mother, wife, sister, daughter I am the all for  you the love is the connection and bonding of all.
 

Do not pollute me or imprison, ignore, possess me or force me or rape me cause I am your nurturing of life
in all the ways love me, talk to me listen to me, I will whisper to you beautiful songs, make love to me in a complete surrender then i will be good to you I will give you life and light to you until you and I become one.
 

See my flowers, my jungleness my dessert and deep forest, cause many faces and languishes I have for you to
recognize me in the all so you become the all.


Do not hurt me because I am your mother that give you light do not dishonor my gifts to you those are the
fruit of love that will give you the force for your walk and dance. If you hurt me it will take long time for me to heal
so meanwhile you will starve and died of spiritual starvation but i am  integrating my broken pieces because of love and nurture you again, that is my name love and your name is love.


Recognize me in all your sisters mothers wives, sisters daughters cause all the flowers many colors bring
beauty into your heart so you heal with beauty, be honest live with honor truly love in surrender to love, live in love.
 

I am you

 

Magdala

 

Upcoming Seminars

 

November 5

 Yucatan, Mexico  Tour - 800-622 5041    Diane Davalos explearn@aol.com www.expandedlearning.com.

 

Seminar Booking: quetzalkina@ritternet.com   http://www.unionofpolarities.com

 

Books by Magdala -- "Sacredness of the Union of Polarities", "I Am You", "Sacred Sex",  "Mayan Runes"

http://www.manataka.org/page996.html

 


TRIBAL NEWS

 

Justice for the Six Nations

 

Congratulations on a Year of Unity, Strength and Asserting Sovereignty!

 

We express our warmest greetings and congratulations to the Six Nations people who one year ago asserted their claim to Kanenhstaton, "The Protected Place," and initiated a year of vigorous struggle for their lands and sovereignty.

 

The justness of their stand and the broad mobilization of their nations to step up their long standing struggle for sovereignty in their own lands has won the profound support of the First Nations across Canada, the Canadian working class and people and justice loving peoples around the world.

 

One year ago a small group of women from Six Nations on the Grand River walked onto a stolen piece of their lands to stop a housing development. This one stand and the mobilization of everyone to defend it initiated what Hazel Hill, a spokeswoman for Kanenhstaton, described in a January 20 update as a "year of unity and strength and assertion of our sovereignty." "We furthered our position by forcing the crown to recognize and deal with the only true government of the Haudenosaunee, the People, represented by the Confederacy Council," Hazel said. The advances made over the year, and those to come this year, were symbolized by the Confederacy Council moving back into its historic council house on January 1, 2007.
 

On this occasion TML stands with the people of Six Nations and all those who have fought shoulder-to-shoulder over this year in demanding an end to colonial injustice. The Canadian state must recognize the legitimate title of the Six Nations to their lands, end its stalling and negotiate a just settlement, nation-to-nation. It must end the criminalization of the people defending Kanenhstaton and its interference in the legitimate government of the Six Nations -- the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council.
 

TML calls on the working class and people to continue to go all out to support the Six Nations in their struggle including participating in the rallies and fax and e-mail campaign (see below) initiated to mark this one year anniversary and to forcibly put these demands to the Canadian state.

Uphold the Hereditary Rights of the Six Nations!
 

Justice for the Six Nations!

 


Attention Educators:

 

TEACHING ABOUT AMERICAN INDIANS

 

 

Teaching Resources for Educators

Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners. Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc. Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four categories:

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

Perception is a wonderful thing…


So unfortunate are we to be caught in a web of loneliness.  Struggling in this uncaring snare, we yearn for a loving heart to call our own.  Speak into the wind for it will carry our cries to the right ears.


Is there an escape? Perhaps, yes…If only in the recesses of our minds.  Wait and listen…Hear the one searching for you.  Reach out with your soul and touch another to embrace it ever so close.


Restless, empty hearts… Stand still!  Listen to the sounds of silence as the wind softly kisses your skin.  Reach out…Eyes closed…To touch another just like you. They too need one to trust…To share themselves…Not wanting to be alone.


Love is like the wind with many ways to go and so many stories yet to tell.  Speak…Then listen…Someone is waiting to hear and answer your pleas.  Open your arms to welcome the one calling for you.  Like a kiss in the wind, they're feelings are there…Carried by and through the wind.


Answer the heart that is YOUR heart…  They too are alone and have need of someone they can trust with their love.  Reach out…Hear and FEEL them speaking to you!  Softly, yet so loudly…Hear the voice say, "Just kiss the wind…For I AM HERE."

 

 

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