Manataka American Indian Council                    Volume XI  Issue 12  DECEMBER 2007

 


 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

 

 

 


 

 

Contents:              

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Upcoming Events: 

Happenings Everywhere

1

Elder's Meditation:

Al Qoyawayma, Hopi
1 Website Updates: Dozen New Articles

1

Feature Stories:

The Value of Native Culture

1

Mother Earth Watch:

Eco-Christmas Trees

1

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1

Grandmother Waynonaha:

Grandmother Selma:

Grandmother Carol:

Grandmother Magdala:

Christmas 1940

A Special Occasion

Women In Love

Union of Polarities

Tribal News: Sioux Toss Mining Company Off Rez
Education:

Teaching About American Indians

1 Inspirational Thoughts:: The Best Remedy

2 Legends of Old: Fed by a Ghost
2 Feature Story: Manataka Fall Gathering 2007

2

Letters to the Editor:

Bent Trees, Tiamco and Meditations
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Politics, Bad Milk, and Bovine Growth Hormone
2 Elder's Meditations: Pop Chalee, Taos Pueblo
2

Member Recognition:

Members In The News:

Amanda Morning Star Moore

Robert King Gray Hawk Coke

2 Health:  Forced Medication.  Is Your Child Next?
2 Herbs: Graviola - Plant Medicine
2 Fluoride: Effects of chemicals are slowly coming to light
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A

Pharmaceutical Monster Take Over Vet Medicine

2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Help Stop The Desert Rock Power Plant

3

Hill & Holler: There's A Day Coming...
Announcement: Come Stay at Black Mesa, Arizona

3

History: American Indian Christmas Customs

3

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather Bennie Speaks:

Greasy, Grimmy, Gopher Guts!

Healing Mother Earth's Sacred Sites

3 Feature Story: A Native Christmas 

3

Elder's Meditations: Tom Porter, Mohawk

3

Women's Circle: Circle of Friends

3

Women's Council: Legend of the Cherokee Rose

3

Food & Nutrition: Arizona Indians Reclaim Ancient Foods

3

Book Reviews:

Campaign Against the Iroquois

The Saga of Noah Collins

1491: New Revelations Before Columbus

Encyclopedia of Native American Healing

Voice of the Hawk Elder

3

Poetry Circle: Santa Clause Is An Indian!

3

Inspirational Thought:: Your body needs to be held

3

Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

3

Manataka  Business: November meeting

 


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

November 11 to 16, 2007

4th Annual Convention - National Congress of American Indians, Hyatt Regency Denver

 

November 30 to December 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.
 

January 12, 2008

Morning Star Celebration. John Carroll School, Bel Air, Harford County. Seventh Annual Benefit Dance for St.Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. American Indian culture will be celebrated throughout the day with music, dance, food, and crafts. Contact: Gary Scholl by email or by phone at 410-838-8333 ext 2002. More info.

 

 

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

                


 

ELDER MEDITATION

"Search for the truth. Indian values teach the holistic approach to the use of technology for mankind's good."  -Al Qoyawayma, Hopi

The Great Spirit has given us certain values to live by. If we learn to think in harmony with these values such as respect, love, patience, tolerance, commitment, trust, etc., we cannot get off track. No matter what we do, we will always be in harmony. For example, if we are respectful, then we will respect the earth, our
children, our women, our men and ourselves. Indian values help us walk under the guidance of the Great Spirit.
 


My Creator,
today I search for the truth,
Your truth.
Please let me see it.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

NOVEMBER WEBSITE UPDATES

 

NEW ARTICLES

  NEW TRADING POST ITEMS
Adding Fluoride To Water Not A Good Idea   Arts & Craft Books 
ADHD/ADD Drugs and Heart Problems   Buffalo, Bear, Deer Robes
Air fresheners Contain Toxic Chemicals   Cherokee Legends and Stories on CD
Anti-Depressants = Anti-Passion   Native Remedies - Mother's and Babies
Cherokee Ceremony   Owl Feather Creations
Coyote Steals Sun's Tobacco   Spiritual Path Books
Creator's Code:  Ed McGaa   Women's Gifts - Beautiful
Red Elk's version of Deganawidah    
Spiritual Sovereignty    
Teaching About American Indians    
The Many Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide    
Vision Quest at Bear Butte    
Whiten Your Teeth with Strawberries    
     
     

 

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!

 


 

ALERT: WARNING

 

All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are being recalled.  You may want to try calling the 800 number listed on most drug boxes and inquire about a REFUND

 

Please read this CAREFULLY. Also, please pass this on to everyone you know.

 

STOP TAKING anything containing this ingredient. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain ) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication. Problems were not found in men, but the FDA recommended that everyone ( even children ) seek alternative medicine.

 

The companies are now saying this warning is based on "an old recall" and is no longer valid, however, we also have information that hundreds of thousands of these items containing Phenylpropanolamine are still on store shelves.

 

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:

 
 

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant

Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements

Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control

Alka-Seltzer + Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent

Alka-Seltzer + Cold medicine

Alka-Seltzer + Cold Medicine Original

Alka-Seltzer + Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent

Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine

BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder

BC Sinus Cold Powder

Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief

Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules

Contac 12 Hour Caplets

Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus

Dexatrim Caffeine Free

Dexatrim Extended Duration                                  

Dexatrim Gelcaps

Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free

Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable         Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels

Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir

Dimetapp Elixir

Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels

Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets

Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets

Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops

Permathene Mega-16

Robitussin CF

Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal 

Triaminic DM Cough Relief

Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head

Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy

Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

How many other dangerous chemicals can be found in over-the-counter and prescription drugs? 

 

Suggestion:    1.    Find the "Cause" of your ailment before you treat the "Symptom"  

                            2.    Treat the "Cause" before you treat the "Symptom"

 

 


FEATURE I

 

The Value of Native Culture

by Marge Anderson

 


A speech given by Chief Executive, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Delivered to the First Friday Club of the Twin Cities, Sponsored by St. Thomas Alumni, St. Paul, Minnesota. 1999
 

 
Aaniin. Thank you for inviting me here today. When I was asked to speak to you, I was told you are interested in hearing about the improvements we are making on the Mille Lacs Reservation, and about our investment of  casino dollars back into our community through schools, health care facilities, and other services. And I do want to talk to you about these things, because they are tremendously important, and I am very proud of them.

But before I do, I want to take a few minutes to talk to you about something else, something I'm not asked about very often. I want to talk to you about what it means to be Indian. About how my people experience the world. About the fundamental way in which our culture differs from yours. And about why you should care about all this.

The differences between Indians and non-Indians have created a lot of controversy lately. Casinos, treaty rights, tribal sovereignty - these issues have stirred such anger and bitterness.

I believe the accusations against us are made out of ignorance. The vast majority of non-Indians do not understand how my people view the world, what we value, what motivates us.

They do not know these things for one simple reason: they've never heard us talk about them. For many years, the only stories that non-Indians heard about my people came from other non-Indians. As a result, the picture you got of us was fanciful, or distorted, or so shadowy, it hardly existed at all. It's time for Indian voices to tell Indian stories.

Now, I'm sure at least a few of you are wondering, "Why do I need to hear these stories? Why should I care about what Indian people think, and feel, and believe?" I think the most eloquent answer I can give you comes from the namesake of this university, St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Thomas wrote that dialogue is the struggle to learn from each other. This struggle, he said, is like Jacob wrestling the angel - it leaves one wounded and blessed at the same time. Indian people know this struggle very well. The wounds we've suffered in our dialogue with non-Indians are well-documented; I don't need to give you a laundry list of complaints.

We also know some of the blessings of this struggle. As American Indians, we live in two worlds - ours, and yours. In the 500 years since you first came to our lands, we have struggled to learn how to take the best of what your culture has to offer in arts, science, technology and more, and then weave them into the fabric of our traditional ways. But for non-Indians, the struggle is new. Now that our people have begun to achieve success, now that we are in business and in the headlines, you are starting to wrestle with understanding us. Your wounds from this struggle are fresh, and the pain might make it hard for you to see beyond them. But if you try, you'll begin to see the blessings as well - the blessings of what a deepened knowledge of Indian culture can bring
to you. I'd like to share a few of those blessings with you today.

Earlier I mentioned that there is a fundamental difference between the way Indians and non-Indians experience the world. This difference goes all the way back to the bible, and Genesis.

In Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, God creates man in his own image. Then God says, "be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of the heaven, and all living animals on the earth."

Masters. Conquer. Nothing, nothing could be further from the way Indian people view the world and our place in it. Here are the words of the great nineteenth century Chief Seattle: "You are a part of the earth, and the earth is a part of you. You did not weave the web of life, you are merely a strand in it. Whatever you do to the web, you do to yourself."

In our tradition, there is no mastery. There is no conquering. Instead, there is kinship among all creation-humans, animals, birds, plants, even rocks. We are all part of the sacred hoop of the world, and we must all live in harmony with each other if that hoop is to remain unbroken.

When you begin to see the world this way - through Indian eyes - you will begin to understand our view of land, and treaties, very differently. You will begin to understand that when we speak of Father Sun and Mother Earth, these are not new-age catchwords - they are very real terms of respect for very real beings.

And when you understand this, then you will understand that our fight for treaty rights is not just about hunting deer or catching fish. It is about teaching our children to honor Mother Earth and Father Sun. It is about teaching them to respectfully receive the gifts these loving parents offer us in return for the care we give them. And it is about teaching this generation and the generations yet to come about their place in the web of life. Our culture and the fish, our values and the deer, the lessons we learn and the rice we harvest- everything is tied together. You can no more separate one from the other than you can divide a person's spirit from his body.

When you understand how we view the world and our place in it, it's easier to appreciate why our casinos are so important to us. The reason we defend our businesses so fiercely isn't because we want to have something that others don't. The reason is because these businesses allow us to give back to others - to our People, our communities, and the Creator. I'd like to take a minute and mention just a few of the ways we've already given back:

We've opened new schools, new health care facilities, and new community centers where our children get a better education, where our elders get better medical care, and where our families can gather to socialize and keep our traditions alive.

We've built new ceremonial buildings, and new powwow and celebration grounds. We've renovated an elderly center, and plan to build three culturally sensitive assisted living facilities for our elders. We've created programs to teach and preserve our language and cultural traditions. We've created a Small Business Development Program to help band members start their own businesses. We've created more than twenty-eight hundred jobs for band members, people from other tribes, and non-Indians. We've spurred the development of more than one thousand jobs in other local businesses. We've generated more than fifty million dollars in federal taxes, and more than fifteen million dollars in state taxes through wages paid to employees. And we've given back more than two million dollars in charitable donations. The list goes on and on. But rather than flood you with more numbers, I'll tell you a story that sums up how my people view business through the lens of our traditional values.

Last year, the Woodlands National Bank, which is owned and operated by the Mille Lacs Band, was approached by the city of Onamia and asked to forgive a mortgage on a building in the downtown area. The building had been abandoned and was an eyesore on Main Street. The city planned to renovate and sell the building, and return it to the tax rolls. Although the band would lose money by forgiving the mortgage, our business leaders could see the wisdom in improving the community. The opportunity to help our neighbors was an opportunity to strengthen the web of life.  So we forgave the mortgage.

Now, I know this is not a decision everyone would agree with. Some people feel that in business, you have to look out for number one. But my people feel that in business - and in life - you have to look out for every one. And this, I believe, is one of the blessings that Indian culture has to offer you and other non-Indians. We have a different perspective on so many things, from caring for the environment, to healing the body, mind and soul. But if our culture disappears, if the Indian ways are swallowed up by the dominant American culture, no one will be able to learn from them. Not Indian children. Not your children. No one. All that knowledge, all that wisdom, will be lost forever.

The struggle of dialogue will be over. Yes, there will be no more wounds. But there will also be no more blessings. There is still so much we have to learn from each other, and we have already wasted so much time. Our world grows smaller every day. And every day, more of our unsettling, surprising, wonderful differences vanish. And when that happens, part of each of us vanishes, too. I'd like to end with one of my favorite stories. It's a funny little story about Indians and non-Indians, but its message is serious: you can see something differently if you are willing to learn from those around you.

This is the story: Years ago, white settlers came to this area and built the first European-style homes. When Indian People walked by these homes and saw see-through things in the walls, they looked through them to see
what the strangers inside were doing. The settlers were shocked, but it makes sense when you think about it: windows are made to be looked through from both sides. Since then, my people have spent many years looking at the world through your window. I hope today I've given you a reason to look at it through ours.

Mii gwetch.

 
 

Our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch of our ancestors
as we walk over this earth.
CHIEF SEATTLE (SEATHL),
DUWAMISH-SUQUAMISH, 1785-1866


 


 

MOTHER EARTH WATCH

Eco-Christmas Trees

Liora Leah, Manataka Correspondent

 

 

The Holidays are almost here! How about an eco-friendly Christmas Tree this year? Here are some resources to guide you:

 

1) Annual Question: http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2004/12/08/umbra-tree/

What should we get this year, a fake tree or a real tree? A cut tree or a live tree? The most eco-friendly tree: Avoid plastic trees made from petroleum, and buy a real tree from a small-scale sustainable (organic) grower to avoid pesticides and herbicides. If you live in a city or if an evergreen tree is inappropriate to your landscape, buy a cut tree and recycle it after the Holidays. If your environment can support a live tree, be sure to plant it with care after the Holidays! Or, consider not buying a tree at all and decorating an outside tree as an alternative or donating to nonprofit organizations that plant trees to restore the environment.

2) Simple Solution:
http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/home/341

Eco-benefits of tree recycling. Why buying a live Christmas tree with roots is an eco-friendly Christmas tradition. How Christmas tree farms benefit the environment. When Christmas trees are not eco-friendly.

3) How to Plant a Tree:
http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/howto.php

Instructions on how to plant your live tree after the Holidays.

4) RECYCLE YOUR TREE!

If you have a cut tree, please be sure to MULCH, COMPOST, or RECYCLE it after the Holidays, instead of putting it out in the garbage where it will end up in a land fill.

Ideas and how to's:
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/christmas_tree.html or http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1994/12-9-1994/xmas.html

5) Alternatives: Don't buy a tree, and instead

Decorate your outside trees to attract and feed winter birds and other wildlife:
http://www.nwf.org/backyard/

6) or consider donating your time/money to:

American Forests
http://www.americanforests.org/
American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. Healthy forests filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife. Help plant trees to restore areas damaged by wildfire, where critical wildlife habitat has been lost, and to clean our air and water.

Heifer International:
http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.1297061/?msource=0512BAC23v1
Give a tree in honor of friends and loved ones and bring hope and opportunity to a family in need. Trees are planted to restore eroding hillsides, replenish the soil with nitrogen and serve as wind breaks.

Trees for the Future:
http://www.plant-trees.org/about.htm
Trees For The Future is an organization that has been the steward of planting trees throughout the world since the early 70's. Their mission of sustainable agroforestry thoughout the world involves planting trees on degraded lands to minimize soil erosion, supply forage for animals, and provide a source of fuelwood.


Thanks for Going Green!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Liora Leah

 


 

GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

Christmas 1940

 

There is something about Christmas that makes our hearts skip a beat and hold still for a second. It is seen in the fascinated gaze of a little child’s eyes when they see their first Christmas tree lights. It is in the wonder of surprise at the sight of first snow on a winter day that brings me joy, sadness, and tears of hope.

 

There is magic at this time of year all things just for one moment in time are possible.  The door is open and all we need to do is step in and find our answer to eternal love, hope, and peace.

 

I remember the time before Christmas and the anticipation a child can feel.  Even when we knew that there would be little under our brush pine tree we still held hope in our hearts.    We made ornaments from walnuts shells and tin foil that we carefully saved from the gum and cigarette wrappers others threw away. We strung pop corn and filled hand made paper cones with pop corn and hung them from the branches. During the day we would eat the pop corn from the cones until it was all gone. There were five candy canes on the tree, one for each of us that would be given out on Christmas day. A tin star cut from a coffee can lid, sadly bent and tarnished, topped the tree. These few hand made ornaments along with some old and carefully hung glass balls completed our decoration.

 

On Christmas Eve we would try to stay up as late as possible to hear Santa when he landed his sleigh on the roof.   It never occurred to us that we did not have a chimney for him to come down, there was only an old rusted stove pipe that stuck straight out from the ranch house. To us all things were possible and all things could come true during those few magic hours.

 

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 
 

Ear To The Ground

Two cowboys come upon an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground. One of the cowboys stops and says to the other, "You see that Indian?"

"Yeah," says the other cowboy.

"Look," says the first one, "he's listening to the ground. He can hear things for miles in any direction."

Just then the Indian looks up. "Covered wagon," he says, "about two miles away. Have two horses, one brown, one white. Man, woman, child, household effects in wagon."

"Incredible!" says the cowboy to his friend. "This Indian knows how far away they are, how many horses, what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon. Amazing!"

The Indian looks up and says, "Wagon ran over me about a half hour ago."

 


GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

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From Grandmother Selma Palmer

A Special Occasion

 

We all know someone who keeps plastic covers on his or her couch in order to protect it. The irony is that many of these people may live their lives without ever having actually made contact with their own furniture!

 

This is a poignant and somewhat humorous example of the human tendency to try to save things for special occasions, as if everyday life weren't special enough to warrant the use of nice things. Many of us have had

the experience of never wearing a particular piece of clothing in order to keep it nice, only to have it go out of style in the meanwhile.

 

It's interesting to think of what it would mean to us if we let ourselves wear our nicest clothes and eat off the good china on a daily basis. We might be sending ourselves the message that every day we are alive is a special day and a cause for celebration, and that we are worth it. There is something uplifting about treating ourselves to the finest of what we have.

 

It is as if we rise to the occasion when we wear our best clothes and set the table beautifully, as if for a very special guest. We are more mindful of where we place things, what we are eating, and who is with us. Using the good china, eating in the dining room, and taking the plastic off the sofa might be an invitation to be more conscious of the beauty and grace inherent in our everyday lives.

 

If there are things you've stashed away for a special occasion — a bottle of special wine, a gorgeous pair of shoes, an antique lace tablecloth—consider taking them out of their hiding places and putting them to use tonight, just because you are alive now to enjoy them, and that's a great cause for a celebration.

 


GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

                   
 

Carol Petersen at Isle of the Moon, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Women in Love

By Carol Petersen/Elk Looks Back

 

I encourage you to take a journey of spirit while reading these words.  The great ones had a hand in delivering it.  Consider yourself a member of our family.  Everyone is important. Consider how many of us are reading the letter at the same time.  I wish for you that you are encouraged by spirit to step out of the constrictions and boundaries of your self.  I wish for you to make a journey into the heart of your soul.  I wish for you to share your fears then take a leaf of faith and in the same breath transform your life with aliveness.

 Carol Petersen at Isle of the Moon, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

I wish for you that you always feel strong to ask for help and the door be open wide for your travels.  I wish for you keen intuition followed by laughter.  I wish for you to remember to turn on the dancing music and follow the crazy happiness of your body's movement for a day and then remember to do it again.

 

I wish for you to cry with crocodile tears upon your pillow then say to yourself, "something good is coming, I can feel it." If there are more tears, something great is coming and I can feel it."  And if you cannot stop crying, something extraordinary is coming my way and I am ready for it."

 

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GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK

 

 

                  

 

Magdala Ramirez

Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers All Over the World:

 

I am writing this letter today to speak about the important role Women have in the "Union of Polarities" which will mark the coming of the New World. Woman is Sacred, but much of this knowledge has been lost. Now is the time we need to remember our place in the Universe. Each of us needs to ask the Earth Mother to help us understand and reclaim our Sacredness.

 

In this time of great changes it is imperative for woman to stand up and put on the Medicine that was given Her from the Great Spirit to overcome any separation that the World of Illusion brings. She must understand the openness of her heart and bring compassion and unconditional Love into every heart she touches . For it is Love that brings healing to all people.

 

No matter what color your skin or where your People originally came from, Creator has given all Women ceremonies, and Women need to reclaim them. But what are the ceremonies and who will teach them to me you ask? It is simple. When we nutria our children, love our husbands, when we bathe, put on make up, feel, sense, sing, pray, all these things are women's ceremonies. For it is in the ordinary that the extraordinary takes place.

 


TRIBAL NEWS

 

 

JUDGE TOSSES MINING COMPANY OFF PINE RIDGE REZ

Pine Ridge, SD On October 29, Oglala Sioux Tribal Chief Judge Lisa Adams issued an exclusion order to remove the Native American Energy Group (N.A.E.G.) from the Pine Ridge reservation, declaring that the company has been trespassing on tribal lands. The finding gave NAEG 30 days to vacate the reservation.

 

Owe Aku, a grass roots Lakota organization, just utilized the principle of free, prior and informed consent as set forth in the recently passed United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples.

 

The Judge also noted that NAEG ignored a tribal resolution that accepted the Oglala Sioux Tribe Environmental Technical Teams recommendation that the Tribe not enter into any working relationship with NAEG. Further, the order stated that OST Member, Eileen Janis, failed to inform NAEG. about OST ordinances prohibiting exploration and mining for uranium.

 

Plaintiffs in the case, Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council (Oglala Delegation) and Owe Aku, were pleased with the exclusion order. Judge Adams showed great respect for the Treaty Council during this hearing. However, we must update the language in our outdated Tribal Law and Order Code to combat new mining and exploration techniques. NAEG is gone, but they could try and return in another form and there are many other companies out there that will try to bribe their way onto our homeland, stated Floyd Hand, Treaty Council delegate.

 

NAEG, a New York-based oil/gas/mining company, approached OST tribal officials in early 2007 with a written proposal to embark on a multi-phase plan to mine uranium on the reservation. Once this proposal was disclosed to the public, tribal members expressed outrage that a mining company had been on the reservation for so many months without following protocol. The Treaty Council, along with Owe Aku, a non-profit environmental activism group, took action and filed a motion in early September, to exclude the company from Pine Ridge.

 

The Pine Ridge Reservation and 1868 Ft Laramie Treaty Territory has been declared a nuclear free zone by both the Tribal Government and the Treaty Council. The court action brought by Owe Aku and the Treaty Council to stop this company from desecrating our sacred Mother Earth has been decided in our favor. It has been a challenging experience to fight an energy company, but worth the effort to protect our Treaty Territory. Companies who come to our land need to come with full disclosure of their intentions to do business with our people, our leaders need to enforce such a policy so we are not faced with a similar situation in the future, said Debra White Plume of Owe Aku.

 

Kent Lebsock, Director of Program

Owe Aku, Bring Back the Way, International Human Rights & Justice Project, Pine Ridge/ New York

iamkent@verizon.net

lakota1@gwtc.net  

 

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...

 

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  - Anne Frank

 

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