Manataka American Indian Council                               Volume XVII  Issue 01  January 2011


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

January 2011

 

New Year's Day

01

Save the Eagles Day

10

Martin Luther King Birthday

15

 

 "The beak of the bird enters our universe now bringing freedom and peace."

"Speak it with your lips and it will become reality" 

-- Lee Standing Bear Moore

 

 

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Contents:

Page 1

Elders Meditation:

 

Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Feature Story:

  Arising from Sacred Land, Aiming to the Future

Endangered Earth:

  Lowly Interior Pushes Congress to Delist Wolves
Feature Story:   Feed Our Friends

Mother Earth Watch:

  Back to Nature - Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet

Tribal News:

 

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Book Review:   Plains Indians Regalia and Customs

Inspiration Thoughts:

  The Purpose of a Dog

Website Updates:

  Check Out December Additions
Notices:  

Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee

American Indian Information and Trade Center

Calling All Manataka

Page 2 

Legends of Old:   The Raven with No Beak
Feature Story:   Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 9

Letters to the Editor:

  Lots of Opinions 
Feature Story:   Native Prisoner of War Camp 334
Grandfather Gray Hawk:  

Living in an Uncertain World

Organic Consumers:   Millions Against Monsanto
Elder's Meditations:   Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
Earth Medicine:   Pine Recipes for the Home or Tipi
Women's Council News:   Zitkala-Sa: An NDN Writer Extraordinaire

Fluoride:

Perspectives on Water Fluoridation
Animal Rights and Wrongs: Gray Wolves Regain Federal Protections
Sacred Sites: The Lost Treasure of Machu Picchu

Page 3

History:

  Oklahoma Statehood and Indian Nations

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

Magdala Rameriz:

 

Spirit Animals

Launching a New Reality

Indigenous Music and Dance:

  Heart Beat Drums

Feature Story:

  Destroying Indigenous Populations

Elder's Meditations:

  Dr. A. C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota

Heath Watch:

  Why Pharmaceutical Drugs Do Not Work

Food & Nutrition:

  Traditional American Indian Super-Foods
Book Reviews:   Children Left Behind:
Poetry Circle:   My Heart is in Your Hands
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Manataka  Business:   Thanks to Creator for All We Are
Upcoming Events

2011 Powwow Now Calendar

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Membership

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Join Manataka Now!

Manataka T-Shirts! 

Manataka Flags!

 

 

ELDER MEDITATION

 

"...because if you believe in something, and believe in it long enough, it will come into being." --Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

 

We are created by the Great One to accomplish His will through our mental pictures or visions. Our thoughts are three dimensional: words, pictures and feelings. We create the vision by thinking the words and we create feeling for the vision by feeling enthusiasm, desire, commitment and other strong beliefs. Once we create the vision, we move toward and become like that which we think about. All visions are tested by our self talk; for example, "This isn't going to happen, where is the money coming from anyway?" When this happens, we need to let go of the test and focus on belief in the vision. Why? Because God said if we believe it long enough, He will guarantee it!!!

 

Great One, let my beliefs be strong today. Help me to have faith in my visions.

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FEATURE STORY

 

Arising from Sacred Land, Aiming to the Future

By Steve McFadden

 

 

Sacred Rain Arrow by Allan Houser

On an August evening about two months ago, Doug George-Kanentiio offered a ten-minute oration while the Sun was setting. Choosing good words, he spoke about the power of great art, about our prophetic era, and about our relations with the land and each other. At the end, he gave voice to the emerging vision of establishing an Indigenous University in America.

 

The microphone Kanentiio stood at that evening was set on land about twenty-five paces from “Sacred Rain Arrow,” one of the sculptural masterpieces created by the late Allan Houser. Kanentiio’s talk was part of a benefit event for Go Native Arts, hosted in the garden of the Houser Estate about 20 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

An hour after Kanentiio’s oration, his wife Joanne Shenandoah stood before the same microphone. By this time the stars had emerged, and Jupiter was strong in the sky to the East. Joanne faced south, centered herself, and gave voice to the enthralling Prophecy Song from her Orenda CD. She was supported with harmonies arising from daughter, Leah, and flanked in the West by the beseeching bronze presence of Sacred Rain Arrow.

 

We are now reminded
to be aware of our place upon this earth.
and to fulfill our obligations to ourselves,
our families, our nations,
the natural world, the Creator.

The words sing, we are to awaken.
Stand up,  Be counted,
for you are being recognized in the Spirit world.

 

- Joanne Shenandoah – Copyright
 

Several days after the benefit event, I met Kanentiio again amid a crush of people by the Plaza bandstand at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market. We found a quiet place to sit and talk.  Read More>>>

 


 

ENDANGERED EARTH:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center for Biological Diversity

 


Video: Starving Polar Bear Cubs Show Warming's Tragic Effects

Some graphic -- and heartbreaking -- new video footage taken in Hudson Bay, Canada, shows the dire consequences of continued global-warming stalemate on polar bears. Shot on Nov. 23, the video shows a malnourished polar bear mother and her two starving cubs struggling to survive as one cub experiences seizures; both cubs died within two days of the filming. Polar bears depend on sea ice for key life activities, including hunting -- so as that ice melts due to global warming, finding food is increasingly difficult. Polar bears in Hudson Bay must fast throughout the warmer Canada summer and return to the sea ice to hunt when it refreezes. But each year, the sea-ice period becomes shorter: The average date it breaks up is three weeks earlier than 30 years ago, while the freeze-up is several weeks later. The western Hudson Bay polar bear population, which declined by 22 percent between 1987 and 2004, will probably be the first driven extinct by global warming. Spurred by a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the Obama government is now on the verge of a crucial decision on whether the polar bear should get increased protection under the Endangered Species Act. A designation of "endangered" (rather than its current "threatened" status) would negate a Bush-era loophole that prevents the Act from protecting the polar bear from its very worst threat: greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Watch the video now -- but be warned, it's disturbing and graphic. Then learn more about the Center's long battle to save the polar bear, get more in The Telegraph and read an account of the incident by filmmaker Daniel J. Cox.


In Historic Low, Interior Pushes Congress to Delist Wolves

 

For the first time ever in the 40-year history of the Endangered Species Act, a U.S. interior secretary (Ken Salazar) has taken the extraordinary step of encouraging Congress to overrule the courts and the Endangered Species Act by legislatively taking wolves off the endangered species list. This comes in the face of multiple court orders striking down Salazar's previous flawed decisions to strip federal protection from endangered wolves. This is the first administration, bar none, to ask Congress to completely politicize the fate of an endangered species. Salazar's primary targets are the northern Rockies and Great Lakes wolf populations, but bills already introduced in Congress would strip protection from the Mexican gray wolf, too, even though it's down to just 42 wild wolves and two breeding pairs. The Mexican gray wolf is far closer to extinction than recovery. Nonetheless, in a surprising and disheartening move this week, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission announced it's pushing to keep the Mexican wolf part of any delisting legislation -- claiming that despite its history of supporting the killing of wolves, the Commission can better recover them than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Center has vigorously defended gray wolves for more than 20 years, ever since we first sued the feds to get Mexican gray wolves out of the zoo and into the wild. In 2011 we'll be ramping up efforts to beat back Salazar's plans and delisting legislation, pushing for a long-overdue nationwide wolf recovery plan, fixing the flagging Mexican wolf recovery program and stopping the killing of wolves in the northern Rockies and Great Lakes. Read more in The Washington Post and Arizona Daily Star, watch this KRWG News video, and take action for wolves.

 

 

 

 

Petitions

 

1.   Help protect indigenous Ojibwe food source, Wild Rice
 

2.   Tell the Brazilian government: Stop the Belo Monte Dam

 

 

 


 

 

FEATURE STORY

 

Volunteer for Manataka's

 

Feed Our Friends

 

A Project for Wildlife

 

 

 

Deep in the Ouachita National Forest is a wildlife rehabilitation center that quietly cares for hundreds of animals and birds on an annual basis.  The Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, operated by Tommy Young, a Master Falconer and Ornithologist, is a caring place for those who can least take care of themselves.

 

The Center has mountain lions, cougars, bears, raccoons, otters, alligators, skunks, deer, eagles, hawks, falcons, rabbits, beavers, deer, possums, snakes and other reptiles who have been injured and require rehabilitation before being released back in the forest.  In some cases, the injuries are so severe the animal cannot be released but are cared for throughout their lives in a kind, suitable environment.

 

Located at the foot of Rich Mountain and Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the middle of the Ouachita National Forest, hundreds of wildlife come to the Wildlife Center, even from the Ozark National Forest north of the Arkansas River and thousands of surrounding pockets of wildlife -- over 3 million acres and thousands of miles of wild territory.   Winter is here and more animals and birds are found injured every month. 

 

The Center has cared for thousands of wildlife over the past two decades, but this winter promises to be especially rough because of the summer drought.  A poor economy and high unemployment in the area have slowed contributions to the Center.  Winter is coming.

 

We need food - thousands of pounds of it... Now!   READ MORE>>>

 


 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got  their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, 'Kemosabe, look towards sky; what you see?'

 The Lone Ranger replies, 'I see millions of stars.'

 'What that tell you?' asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, 'Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of  Galaxies. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past Three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all powerful , And we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Tonto?'

'You dumber than tree bark. Someone stole tent!

 


MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 


Back to Nature - Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet
by Reese Halter

The diversity of life on our planet is astounding. And given enough time and careful management of our natural resources, science will find cures for most of the ailments that afflict humankind.

Between 40 and 90 million North Americans suffer from pain. It's the most common reason that people visit physicians. The annual cost of medical bills and lost wages easily exceeds $100 billion. Sales of morphine and morphine-derived
products in the U.S. alone cost $650 million per year. Morphine is addictive, constipating and causes respiratory distress; and over time more of it is needed to obtain relief.

Coral reefs are the largest non-human made organism's on our planet, adding a whopping 200 tons of new growth a year. They are easily the equivalent in biological diversity to that of the Amazon rainforests.  Read More>>>

                  


 

TRIBAL NEWS

 

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Manataka American Indian Council assisted in gaining support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples leading up to its adoption in 2007.  Manataka also submitted letters in support of U.S. endorsement of the Declaration to the U.S. State Department.  Now there is an opportunity for individuals and groups who have not voiced their support in the past to offer their support to this landmark legislation. Please consider signing the Petition in support of the U.S. endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  President Barack Obama announced today that the United States will endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Obama announced the decision during the second White House Tribal Conference in December, 2010.  The United States is the last country to endorse the U.N. Declaration, which was ratified by 143 countries in 2007. Only four countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, voted against it.  UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  http://www.petition2congress.com/2643/go/

For Indians and by Indians: The Creation of the New Mexico All-Indian Community Foundation

Private foundation grants to American Indians is less than one-half of one percent of total philanthropic giving. Compounding this, much of the money given in the name of American Indians and Native programs are actually being given to non-Indian controlled museums and universities, limiting Native participation to objects of study.

According to the Foundation Center,  Read More>>>

 

Legislative Update:  Federal Communications Commission Establishes Office of Native Affairs and Policy

The restricted access to technology on American Indian reservations throughout the country is a serious issue, and is compounded by challenges such as poverty and high unemployment rates.  The basic services that most Americans take for granted, such as telephones, cable and internet access, including computer services, are restricted by a lack of infrastructure on Native American reservations. Read More>>>

 

Senate Approves Cobell Settlement!

On Friday, November 19, the Senate passed by "unanimous consent" the settlement reached in the class action suit, Elouise Cobell v. Salazar.  The settlement, reached last December, provides $1.4 billion to be shared among the plaintiffs represented in the class, plus $2 billion for the Department of the Interior to buy up and consolidate small "fractionated" interests in land and resources.  The Senate approved attorney fees and expenses for 14 years of litigation as provided in the December 2009 agreement or in modifications to the agreement made subsequently by the parties to the suit.

 


BOOK WATCH

 

WH - PLAINS INDIANS REGALIA AND CUSTOMS by Michael "Bad Hand" Terry.This original study of Plains Indian cultures of the 19th century is presented through the use of period writings, paintings and early photography that relate how life was carried out. The author juxtaposes the sources with new research and modern color photography of specific replica items. Thereby, the past comes to life and today's readers learn this history with concrete examples to which they relate. The comprehensive text documents the seven major tribes: Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan, and Lakota. Observations of Plains Indian men's and women's habits include procuring food, dancing, developing spiritual beliefs, and experiencing daily life. Prominent leaders and average members of the tribes are introduced and major incidents are explained. True stories come to light through objects that relate to each incident and personality. With an understanding of these cultures, readers learn basic similarities of all people, ancient to present, including today's multi-cultural society.  Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (August 28, 2010) ISBN-13: 978-0764335365 Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds Price: $49.95 + s/h  

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else."  - Charles Dickens

 

The Purpose of a Dog

 

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

 

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

 

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

 

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

 

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

 

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

 

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.  I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.  It has changed the way I try and live.

 

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.”

 

Live simply

Love generously

Care deeply

Speak kindly  

O' GREAT SPIRIT
help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.

 

 

Chaplain Fred D. Wilcoxson PhD, PC, BCCC

Elder of Manataka American Indian Council

 


 

WEBSITE UPDATES

DECEMBER NEW ARTICLES

Animal Rights:

Feed Our Friends

Beautiful Words:

The Only Law of Life by Regina Keels

Elders Speak:

A Teaching Observation by Robert Coke

 

The Winter Cabin by Nupah Makah L Cota

 

Teachings of the Crystal Skull by Magdala Rameriz

 

Lee Standing Bear's Visions by Takatoka

Feature Stories:

 

 

 

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Manataka Elder Council Biographies

Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 9

The Boy and The Blanket by Takatoka

National Day of Mourning

The Iroquois Thanksgiving Address

Food & Nutrition:

Preparing Your Basic Survival Stockpile

Salba - Old Grain Becomes Fashionable

Health Watch:

The Fluoride Fraud

ADHD Drug Linked to 500 Percent

Legends:

Yuma Creation Myth

Women's Council:

Queen Lili'uokalani 

American Indian Flags - Veterans of South Dakota, American Indian Veterans

Books - American Indian - Clear Light GIFT BOOKS

Manataka Colorado West -- Fine Leather Apparel


NOTICES:

 

Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

 

Manataka ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations.  The gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition of many peoples.  Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to sacred sites and or places that require healing (such the Gulf of Mexico). 

 

We need thousands of prayer ties.  You can help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for distribution to people and places that need your prayers.  Read More>>>

 

 

Manataka Powwow June 10 - 12, 2011

 

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. Scheduled for June 10 - 12, 2011, the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds to host dancers, drummers, special entertainment, and vendors.  Send us your contact information and what you would like to do to help.  PowwowCommittee@manataka.org  

 

See the Manataka Powwow flyer here  Vendors:  Sign up for booth space here...before they are gone...
 

 

American Indian Information and Trade Center Needs Your Help

 

Attention Tribes, Indian Organizations, Media, Museums, Cultural Centers, Powwows, and Events

 

Publishers of the Native American Directory: Alaska, Canada, U.S. and Powwow on the Road need your help in updating their extensive database.  Get a FREE listing in the best and largest Native American Directory in the country!  Promote your event, powwow, organization!  The Native American Directory is unique with layers of information circulated by 20 individual agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of the Census, Public Health Service, Indian Health Service and all Native organizations and associations.   "information that is hard to find!"  "directory on Indians for the 21st century"   "Indian red page bible.”  

 

Contact As soon as possible:

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American Indian Information and Trade Center, P.O. Box 27626 Tucson, AZ  85726-7626

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CALLING ALL MANATAKA

by Grandmother Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

 

People of Manataka!  You are the ones who answered the call of the Place of Peace.  It is well and good to seek this place, and it is good to be in this place, but we who have experienced the peaceful feeling that Manataka can give, cannot just stay in that place of peace.  We must take an example from the rainbow woman who reaches out from the spirit world to us.  That is how we begin to seek.  Yet, there are so many people who may not be sensitive to her invitation because the sounds, sights, and smells of the world block out the spirit.  Read More>>>

 

 


 

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