Manataka American Indian Council       Volume XII  Issue 7  JULY 2008

 


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

JULY ISSUE

 


 

Contents:              

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Upcoming Events: 

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions, Seminars

1

Elder's Meditation:

Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa
1 Website Updates: Added In June - New Features and Stories

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Feature Story 1:

Women's Drum Circle

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Ecological Notes::

Pollution Hurts Fetuses

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Grandmother Waynonaha:

Grandmother Selma:

Grandmother Carol Petersen:

Grandmother Magdala:

The First Gift from Creator was Love...

Traditional, Cultural and Spiritual Teachings

A Spiritual Revolution 

Beautiful People

1 Mother Earth Watch:

The Radiation Poisoning of America

1 Tribal News: US Border Fence, Billy Mills, Cherokee Opposes
1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: The Blind Horse

2 Legends of Old: Flint-Man, The Search for Fire
2 Feature Story 2: Phil Lane Jr. Honored

2

Letters to the Editor:

Buffalos, Traps, Birds, and More
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Media Attempts to Bury Homepathy
2 Elder's Meditations: Chief Alan Wilson, Haida
2 Health:  Stealth Chemicals Hidden in Food
2 Plant Medicine: White Pine Needle Tea: Healing
2 Fluoride: Giant Water Group Warned
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Help Your Pet Live a Healthier Life
2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Bulahdelah ‘The Alum’ Mountain

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings

3

History: The White Roots Reach Out

3

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

How Well Do You Know Your Children?

What is Truth?

3 Feature Story 3:: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C., Canada

3

Elder's Meditations: Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) Oglala

3

Women's Council: Woman of the Tsalagi!

3

Food & Nutrition: Healthy Eating Tips for Teens... And Adults

3

Book Reviews: Five Featured Books

3

Poetry Circle: The Wolf Woman; Where Eagles Pray

3

Inspirational Thought::

Did you know? American's original people

3

Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials

3

Manataka  Business: June Elder Council Meeting

 


 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

FEATHERS NEEDED

Traditional Ecology Program (TEK)

http://www.manataka.org/page1514.html

 

The TEK Traditional Dance & Song Group on the Bishop Paiute Reservation needs donations of  magpie, duck, goose, wild turkey and crow feathers for our dance regalia used in tribal dances. There are a lots of different ways that we can use these feathers, most of which are sacred  to us. The Bishop Paiute Reservation is located in the Owens Valley, California.   Send feathers to:

 

TEK Program
Qwina H. West, Sr., Director
725 N. Barlow Lane, Bishop, CA 93515
(760) 873-3041

 

 


 

 

Lipan Apache Museum and Cultural Center Needs Equipment

 

The new Lipan Apache Museum and Cultural Center will have a grand opening ceremony on September 5 at the Sunrise Mall in Corpus Christie, TX -- and they need your help.

 

Equipment needed:

Two computers with XP software               One high speed laser printer

One color printer                                           Copier

Three each four drawer filing cabinets       Auto Doc Feed Scanner

6.0 Adobe reader/write software                Microsoft Office software

One DVD player                                           One 32” or larger television

One CD Player w/ 6 speakers                    One Amplifer

 

We ask that your company or organization send cash contributions and / or needed equipment from the list below directly to the Lipan Apache at:

 

Financial Contributions                                Equipment Contributions

Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas                      Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
PO Box 261110                                           
14241 North West Blvd Suite # 109
Corpus Christi, Texas 78426                      Corpus Christi, Texas
78410
361-774-4881                               

 

Elders of the Manataka American Indian Council voted unanimously to support the efforts of the Lipan Apache of Texas with an office equipment donation.  AHO Medicine Wheel Ministries also stepped forward.  Join us in this joyful opportunity. Financial and material contributions to the Lipan Apache are tax deductible.

 

http://www.lipanapachetribe.com/Meetings/july112008.html

 


 

Author Seeks Cradle Board Makers

 

Richard Janulewicz, author of “Brave Hearts And Their Cradles” seeks to interview cradle board makers for a new book.  Contact: nativecrafts@earthlink.net   Richard Janulewicz, 16335 NW 134th Court, Platte City, MO 64079  816- 858-5740

 

 


 

 

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Put a few Soap Nuts into a small cotton sack (included) and drop it in your washing machine.  Your clothes will come out clean, vibrant, and soft.  Replace your laboratory detergents and softeners with the soap made from nature.  Your skin, clothes, family and your planet will thank you.                   READ MORE...

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What's a Soap Nut?
Soap Nuts are the dried fruit of the Chinese Soapberry tree (Sapindus mukorrosi), similar to the lychee. A long time ago, local folks in the South East Asia figured out that when the nuts get wet, they release saponin, a natural cleaner, making them great for washing clothes!  Maggie's Soap Nuts are the only household cleaner made exclusively from Nature, by Nature.
 


THE ONLY THING BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CLOTHES IS

MOTHER NATURE

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ELDER MEDITATION

 

We grieve more because we have been disconnected from our earth, our first Mother, our spiritual Mother." -Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa 

 

Where does all life come from? The Earth.  Where does everything return to? The Earth.  Where do values come from? The Earth. Many people are lost because they don't know the importance of connection to the Earth. They connect to money, to relationships, to success, to goals. When we are disconnected from the Earth, we have feelings of being sad or lost. When we are connected to the Earth, we

feel warm and secure.

 
Great Spirit,
help me to stay
connected to
the Mother Earth.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

JUNE WEBSITE UPDATES

 

NEW ARTICLES
One Nation Walking Together   Feature
A Traditional Ecological Program   Feature
Spiritual Unity of Tribes – Gathering of Eagles   Feature
Manataka Myth or Reality: June 2008   Feature
The Longest Walk 2   Feature
Smokey Hart Drug Abuse Posters   Feature
History and Common Sense   Feature
The Standing Nation (trees)    Elders Speak
The Spiritual Essence of Gardening   Elders Speak
Spirituality Cannot Be Taught   Elders Speak
Earth Keeper   Elders Speak
Getting Out of The Box   Elders Speak
Our Mother Is In Trouble!   Elders Speak
Preserving Health and Heritage With Ancient Foods    Health Watch
Citizens Uniting Against Fluoride   Health Watch
The Biggest Threat to Your Future Health   Health Watch
Overweight and Obese: A Major Native Health Issue    Health Watch
Quinoa, Sacred Crop of the Incas   Herbal Medicine
Exemplar of Liberty:  Errand in the Wilderness   History
     
NEW TRADING POST ITEMS
Buffalo, Bear, Deer Robes   Crazy Coyote's Leather
Book Reviews - Top NDN Books   Creators Code: Survival
History Books   Maggie's Soap Nuts
New American Indian FLAGS   Red Hawk Crafts
Native Remedies   Spiritual Path Books
Women's Gifts   Speak Cherokee Today!
     

 

FEATURE

 

Manataka: Place of Peace

 

 

Women's Drum Circle

 

 

The Grandfathers tell a story of the Rainbow Woman who blessed and guarded the Valley and the healing waters of Nówâ-sa-lon, the hot springs, on Manataka Mountain, the Place of Peace.                                           

 

The Grandfathers tell of this sacred ground and the Valley of Vapors which held great meaning for all First Nations people; a place where pilgrimages were made to seek the favor of the Lady of the Rainbow.  Here sacred leaders of all Nations gathered to pray and perform sacred ceremonies.

                                                  

And today, they still come.  Manataka American Indian Council preserves the stories of the Place of Peace, welcomes visiting Tribal Elders and continues the tradition of prayer and ceremony in this Sacred place. 

 

The ceremonies held by members of MAIC include the Manataka Rainbow Sisters Drum group, led by Amanda Morningstar Moore.  Named for the Woman of the Rainbow who presides over Manataka, the Rainbow Sisters Drum is an all-woman group.   For First Nations people, the Drum is the Heartbeat of Mother Earth.  There is a story told which says that the Women gave the Drum to the Men so they could be closer Mother Earth.  Women, by their nature, are already in touch with the Mother.             

 

Some of the Grandmother’s have said that now it is time for the Women to take back the Drum.  Mother Earth is in crisis and the Women must create the vibrations needed for her healing.  

 

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ECOLOGY NOTES:

 

Pollution Hurts Fetuses

By Liora Leah, Manataka Correspondent

 

 

Mounting evidence suggests that fetuses are surprisingly susceptible to outside influences such as environmental pollutants, pesticides, and other toxins.
 

NOTE: Edited Article below. Emphasis added. To read the entire original article go to: Living for Two  

 

 

Living for Two
By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

If Aly Hartman could have placed herself in a protective bubble for the duration of her recent pregnancy, she would have done so.

The Marina del Rey woman, 28, cut out alcohol, sodas and caffeine... and began stocking up on organic fruits and vegetables. She ducked back into her car while pumping gas and, when driving, sped around vehicles emitting thick fumes. She avoided crowds and handshakes, bought all-natural cleaning products and stopped wearing perfumes and lotions.

The child-talent agent admits her safety measures may seem a bit extreme, but she may actually be a model for all pregnant women.

What women eat, touch and breathe during pregnancy now appears to be more important to their babies' health than anyone ever imagined. Mounting scientific evidence suggests that fetuses are surprisingly susceptible to outside influences, such as food, environmental chemicals and pollutants, infections, even stress.

 

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

By Waynonaha Two Worlds

Manataka Correspondent



The First Gift from Creator was Love...

the Second was a Child.

  


The children are our most precious gifts from Creator they are the future so
treat them well. Show them good ways to live and respect our Mother the
Earth. Teach them to respect life in all ways and listen to the elders who
share the wisdom of life.

 


Prayer for the Children
Grandfather that which is above us below us and all around us we give thanks for the children that you gift to us.

Great Spirit Grandfather,  I send these words to you,  to Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to all my relation, to Mother Earth, and to the Four Winds, The Sacred seasons of life.

Grandfather,  today you gave the breath of life to and Indian child, in a most sacred way.

Grandfather this Indian child will walk amongst his people, with his head held high, with dignity and pride, in a most sacred way.

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Dutch television filmed Grandmother Waynonaha Two Worlds during her stay with José Molenaar in Holland.

 


FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

Flying High Natives

 

Two Chippewas boarded a flight out of Minneapolis. One sat in the window seat; the other sat in the middle seat. Just before takeoff, a Sioux got on and took the aisle seat next to the two Chippewa. The Sioux kicked off his moccasins, wiggled his toes and was settling in when the Chippewa in the window seat said, "I think I'll get up and get a coke."

"No problem," said the Sioux, "I'm in the aisle seat, I'll get it for you!" While he was gone, one of the Chippewas picked up the Sioux's moccasin and spat in it.  When he returned with the coke, the other Chippewa said, "That looks good, I think I'll have one too."

Again, the Sioux obligingly went to fetch it and while he was gone, the other Chippewa picked up the other moccasin and spat in it.

The Sioux returned and they all sat back and enjoyed the flight. As the plane was landing, the Sioux slipped his feet into his shoes and knew immediately what had happened.

"How long must this go on?" he asked. "This fighting between our tribes? This hatred? This animosity? This Spitting in Moccasins and Peeing in Cokes?"

 

 

 

~Submitted by Andre Cramblit. Indigenous News Network


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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

 Traditional, Cultural and Spiritual Teachings

By Gram Selma, Ocali

 

 

Many of our traditional, cultural and spiritual teachings have been lost or suppressed due to the influence and forced co-existence with dominant society and it's implied and or regulated expectations.

 

Our Creator and the spiritual world at large have protected some of the ceremonies and some of the traditional ways, beliefs, teachings, and concepts by placing them with some of the elders to keep them " under wraps", safe, accurate, pure, secure and intact.

 

Individuals complain that many do not understand our traditional values and ways.  Some that lack  that understanding are of our "own peoples" even greater numbers are of dominant society.

 

The elders are willing to teach these gifts and assist with the inner walk to understanding. If they are approached in an honorable fashion and they read sincerity in not only the words but also the walk of the professed talk.

 

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GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK

 

 

mmmnnnnmm

Magdala Rameriz

Beautiful People

by  Magdala Rameriz, Maya Priestess 

 

 

Love has been the bonding with the higher realms, love have been the bonding within the self,…

 

The new sun is rising within the self, the spring is coming and there are so many preparations to make,

 

 Human is the good seed, for in that seed resides the Great Sprit, the Great Mother and the Great Father,  the  awakener  of the seed is mother earth, for she is the heart of all the seeds.

 

Through the Great Mother, human beings encounter their own original authenticity, for she is reminding the heart, the essence  in all the things

 

 

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The Radiation Poisoning of America

By Amy Worthington, Idaho Observer

 

Prior to 1996, the wireless age was not coming online fast enough, primarily because communities had the authority to block the siting of cell towers. But the Federal Communications Act (1996) made it virtually impossible for communities to stop construction of cell towers —even if they pose threats to public health and the environment.

 

Since the decision to enter the age of wireless convenience was politically determined for us, we have forgotten well-documented safety and environmental concerns and, with a devil-may-care zeal that is lethally short-sighted, we have incorporated into our lives every wireless toy that comes on the market as quickly as it becomes available. We behave as if we are addicted to radiation. Our addiction to cell phones has led to harder "drugs" like wireless Internet. And now we are bathing in the radiation that our wireless enthusiasm has financed. The addicted, uninformed, corporately biased and politically-influenced may dismiss our scientifically-sound concerns about the apocalyptic hazards of wireless radiation. But we must not. Instead, we must sound the alarm.

 

Poisoning of America

Illa Garcia wore jewelry the first day she went back to work as a fire lookout for the state of California in the summer of 2002. The intense radiation from dozens of RF/microwave antennas surrounding the lookout heated the metals on her body enough to burn her skin. "I still have those scars," she says. "I never wore jewelry to work after that."

 

Likely Mountain Lookout, on U.S. Forest Service land with a spectacular view of Mount Shasta, is one of thousands of RF/microwave "hot spots" across the nation. A newly-erected cellular communications tower was only 30 feet from the lookout. "One antenna on that tower was even with our heads," recalls Garcia. "We could hear high-pitched buzzing. There were also three state communications antennas mounted on the lookout, only 6 feet from where we walked. We climbed past them every day."

 

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

 

A Spiritual Revolution

 By Carol Perez Petersen

 Manataka Correspondent

 

"Love is not love if it can be turned to hate. Real relationship is not affected by one person’s agreeing or disagreeing with another. It is a space beyond likes and dislikes, beyond good and bad, where everything is reconciled and seen in a new light.” --Tara Singh  

 

 

There is an emergence quality we cannot understand. There is a current of instability.  Compensations for weakness and wounding have gone on for too long.  It creates emotional distance and a lack of commitment. Not everyone is telling the truth nor keeping their word.   Volatile emotions and strong feelings are coming to a boiling point. They are hard to contain because we lack discipline. The situations we are in may seem powerful and dominating.  The coming world will not be the same one we used to know. All over the world traditions are being jolted.  It has been difficult to move forward with so few positive examples of spiritual leadership.  

 

A pattern of abusive behavior perpetuates in society in all social dimensions spiritual, religious, political, and communal.  The path of the wounded healer is steep. We are accountable to the mental images we hold against the other.  We are accountable for the emotional feelings we have upon ourselves. 

 

The path of a rainbow warrior must transcend personal defense. Through humility comes understanding. The real seeker of truth never seeks truth. Instead we must do our best to clean ourselves of all that is untrue, inauthentic and insincere.  We are entering the season of the Sundance.  When our heart is purified, the white fire of compassion comes and consumes ignorance. The seeker of truth must pass through seven gateways.  Only then will this rarified state emulate beyond personal boundaries.

 

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TRIBAL NEWS

 

Cherokee chief says he plans to oppose English only proposals

TULSA, OKLA Cherokee National Principal Chief Chad Smith has said he plans to continue to fight any legislative proposals that would make English the official language of Oklahoma. Speaking at a luncheon held Wednesday by the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Smith referred to failed attempts by the state Legislature this year to place a proposal for a constitutional amendment about the subject on the November election ballot as mere political posturing.

 

126 mile fence along the Western Navajo Border underway
WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a meeting this week with outgoing Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Carl Artman, Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly secured nearly a half million dollars for the construction of a 126 mile fence that border western Navajo. Vice President Shelly was accompanied with Council Delegate Jack Colorado in the meeting with the Assistant Secretary.

 

Billy Mills Endorses Obama

PINE RIDGE, South Dakota — Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, a Lakota Sioux born and raised on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, today endorsed U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for President. Mills, who won the 1964 Olympic gold in the 10,000-meter run in one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, said that he was a lifelong Republican, but that he had been inspired by Obama’s track record of uniting Americans from all walks of life. He also noted Obama’s background as the son of a single, working mom and his youth in Hawaii and Indonesia as predictive of his ability to understand and work for people in underserved communities.

 


 


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 Blind Horse
 
Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.  Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.  This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.  As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.  Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see. Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle".

 

Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett
 
 


   

 


 

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