Manataka American Indian Council                               Volume XVII  Issue 02  February 2011


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

February 2011

 

National Freedom Day

01

Valentine's Day

14

Presidents Day 

21

 

 "When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

-- Thomas Jefferson

 

 

Page 1 of 3 Pages


 

 

Contents:

Page 1

Elders Meditation:

  Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Feature Notice:

  Planet Earth and Manataka

Feature Story:

 

Feed Our Friends - A Wildlife Project

Feature Story:

  The 8,000 Sacred Drums Ceremony
Feature Story:   Manataka 2011 Powwow is Coming!

Tribal News:

  Cherokee Nation Looses Court Battle Against Black Members
Book Review:   Girty: The Legend by John C. Anderson

Inspiration Thoughts:

  Focus on what you do have

Website Updates:

  Lots of New Stuff -- Just for You!
Notices:  

Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

American Indian Information and Trade Center

Page 2 

Legends of Old:   Coyote Races with Frog
Feature Story:   Ancient Maya Prophesies - Chapter 10

Letters to the Editor:

  Sounding Off -- Opinions and Thoughts
Endangered Earth:   Stop Lead and Pesticide Poisoning of Birds and Fish
Organic Consumers:   Monsanto: Corporate Villain of the Year
Elder's Meditations:   Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
Earth Medicine:   The Miracle of Antioxidants
Women's Council News:   Lita Pepion:  Working Up a Good Sweat

Fluoride:

US Says Too Much Fluoride In Water
Animal Rights and Wrongs: Government Uselessly Slaughters Wolves
Sacred Sites: Religious Freedom for Native Americans

Page 3

History:

  Ottawa Chief Pontiac

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

 

Bear Mother’s Day

Grandfather Daniel Hawk Hoffman:   Yuma Creation Story

Magdala Rameriz:

  Time to Gather Your Medicine!

Indigenous Music and Dance:

  Native American Church Songs

Feature Story:

  Medicine Wheel for 201

Elder's Meditations:

  Dr. Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux
Poetry Circle:   Snows Long Ago
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Manataka  Business:   Present and Accounted - Elders Meet
Upcoming Events

2011 Powwow Now Calendar

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Membership

Renew your membership today!

Join Manataka Now!

Manataka T-Shirts! 

Manataka Flags!

 

 

ELDER MEDITATION

 

"We say there is a right time and place for everything. It's easy to say, but hard to understand. You have to live it to understand it." --Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

 

The Elders tell us there is a right time and a right place. Don't plant seeds in the fall- wrong time. One way we find out about the right time and right place is our experience. If we are lucky, we have a few friends who will share their experience; this will help us too. The best way is to let God guide us. Only He knows the right time and the right place. So we need to pray and ask Him for guidance.  

 

Great Spirit, show me patience so I can live in the right time and right place

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 FEATURE NOTICE

 

 

 

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is Raising Funds While Saving The Environment

 

Help the MOTHER EARTH! Help Our Cause!


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Over $35 Million Paid Out To Date!

to various organizations nationwide.

 


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FEATURE STORY

 

Volunteer and Contribute to 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.

 

 


 

 

CALLING ALL MANATAKA

by Grandmother Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

 

 

The 8,000 Sacred Drums Ceremony

March 19 - 20  - 10 a.m.

Cedar Glades Regional Park, Hot Springs, AR

 

 

 

"According to a Sacred Prophecy revealed at the Otomi Ceremonial Center by the Otomi Elder Sages as a Vision of our Venerable Ancestors, the day when the sounds of 8,000 Sacred Drums join together will be the beginning of the healing of Mother Earth, of all the species and the human family in order to be able to live together on the road to Sacred Peace."

 

"It is time to unify ourselves and rediscover all the seeds of the Four Directions in order to reactivate cosmic energy, heal historical wounds and heal Mother Earth by respecting life, liberty and the dignity of our Peoples. The first great ceremony was held March 21, 2004 in Temoaya, Mexico and there will be drum circles joined around the world on the Spring Equinox continuing every year until 2012."  http://www.indigenousuniversity.org/sacred_drums.htm

 

Everyone is invited to join the 8000 Sacred Drums Ceremony

  • The Elders, Healers, Wisdom Keepers of the Indigenous Peoples.

  • The Guardians of Mother Earth, Peace Makers, Spiritual Circles, Therapists, Healers, Holistic Groups, Alternative Networks and Families with honor and respect of the Native Traditions and Ancient Teachings.

  • All People interested on the awakening of the Indigenous Wisdom and Medicine, for the Healthy Humanity and the Harmony of the Planet.

Send us your name and the location of your drum circle participating in the 8000 Sacred Drums Ceremony. 

 

Drums from nearly every state and many countries around the world are joining in this wonderful expression of faith and healing.

 

 Read More>>>

 

 


 

 

Manataka Powwow

 

JUNE 10 - 12, 2011

 

Mark you calendar - Call for hotel reservations

 

Dancers, Drummers, Singers,

Vendors, and Volunteers

Sign-up today!

 

Bald Mountain Park and Campground

Located off Westinghouse Road,

Between Hwy 70 East and Hwy 270 East

 

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

 

FREE

Admission for Veterans, Seniors,

and Kids under 5

 

EXCITING

Dancing - Drumming - Singing

Storytelling - Games - Wildlife Show

 

COLORFUL Tipi Village

Indian Food and Crafts

Family Fun!

 

FREE Camping

Plenty of Parking

Bleacher Seating

Bring Lawn Chairs and or Blankets

 

 

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow, 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. the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena.

 

Send us your contact information and join the fun!  PowwowCommittee@manataka.org  

 

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

 


 

TRIBAL NEWS

 

Cherokee Nation Looses Court Battle Against Black Members

TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – Nearly four years after hundreds of Cherokee Freedmen filed suit against a 2007 constitutional amendment that stripped them of tribal citizenship, the tribe’s District Court has ruled in their favor. Judge John T. Cripps ruled Jan. 14 in the case of Nash v. Cherokee Nation Registrar. The ruling states that “descendents of original enrollees of the Dawes Commission designated Cherokee Freedmen, or Cherokee Freedmen-Minor Children…shall have the rights as previously entitled prior to the passage of the aforesaid Constitutional amendment.  http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/25490/Article.aspx

 

Oklahoma Family Fighting Land Grab for Canadian Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
Legal Challenge to Eminent Domain for TransCanada’s Keystone XL

DURANT, OK, Jan. 17 –In what is believed to be the first legal challenge to the use of eminent domain to secure U.S. right-of-way for a proposed tar sands oil pipeline, an Oklahoma family charges that TransCanada Corp. can not condemn their property because it is a foreign company whose project will not benefit American citizens.

The children and grandchildren of the late A.L. and Dollie White filed the challenge Friday, Jan. 14, in state district court in Durant, Oklahoma (Headquarters of the Choctaw Nation), in Bryan County near the Texas-Oklahoma border. They assert that TransCanada of Calgary, Alberta, has no right to force them to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through the family farm.

“The Landowners’ property cannot be legally taken by . . . a privately-owned foreign corporate entity . . . for the benefit of a privately-owned foreign entity . . . (and) a foreign government,” says the challenge filed by 12 members of the White clan. “TransCanada does not have the legal right to construct the proposed pipeline . . . (and) acted in bad faith by failing to make a reasonable offer for the purchase of Defendants’ property before filing the Petition for condemnation.”

The 1,900-mile Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude oil from Alberta to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.. Tar sands oil is some of the dirtiest in the world, containing more toxic chemicals than conventional oil and emitting more global warming gases in production. Its corrosive and acidic properties increase the danger of pipeline ruptures and threats to public health.

TransCanada is seeking approval from the U.S. State Department to build the pipeline and in the meantime is acquiring right-of-way along the proposed route. TransCanada has a U.S. subsidiary but is a Canadian corporation with heavy investment from the Chinese government and other foreign entities.

“I don’t think it is fair for a foreign company doing business in the U.S. to come in and railroad us by taking our land without our consent,” said Sue Kelso of Duncanville, Texas, daughter of A.L. and Dollie White. “Eminent domain is supposed to benefit everyone. Who’s going to benefit from this pipeline except the oil companies and the Chinese?”

CONTACT: Harlan Hentges, (405) 340-6554 or (405) 808-7669

Peace and Dignity Journeys

Kiskeia (UCTP Taino News) - After a successful two-week ceremonial run last summer in Borikén (Puerto Rico) , organizers are hoping the momentum will continue in Kiskeia ( Dominican Republic ) later this year. The run in Borikén was organized, in part, to raise awareness about sacred sites and indigenous Taino culture. A similar focus would be the basis of the proposed spiritual run on the neighboring island.  The Borikén 2010 run was connected to the Peace and Dignity Journeys. These are continental runs organized in response to an ancient prophecy that calls for the relationships of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas to be strengthened for the sake of our future generations." said Vanessa Inarunikia Pastrana.  The Borikén 2010 Run marked the first time the sacred ceremonial staffs carried during the continental runs were presented in the Caribbean.  http://www.uctp.org
 

Cobell v. Salazar Settlement Approved by Congress

The House and Senate finally approved the settlement of the Cobell lawsuit, and President Obama signed the legislation on December 8.  This case offers modest compensation for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans that the federal government owes them for the use of their land and natural resources.  The U.S. government failed to pay royalties on the assets for decades, and then was unable to produce the records that it was required to maintain as trustee.  The amount of the settlement is not nearly adequate to cover all the losses endured by the plaintiff class, but it represents the agreement reached by the parties after 14 years of litigation.   Background on the Cobell case, click here.
 


 


BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

GIRTY: THE LEGEND by John C. Anderson.  Foreword by Lee Standing Bear Moore

Recognizing that the past is nothing more than the stories we tell about it, Girty examines the myth of Simon Girty, the legendary “white savage” who terrorized the American western frontier during the American War for Independence and the Northwest Indian War. No serious book published since the nineteenth century has focused on this great villain of frontier mythology. While Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton were presented as great trailblazers and heroic Indian fighters, Simon Girty was demonized as a murderer and torturer of his fellow Americans.  Stories are still written about the legendary frontier heroes, but now that the Indians have been exterminated or removed, the Girty myth is no longer useful. Girty’s true story is far more fascinating than his myth—a rarity in the literature of history, which is filled with more fiction than fact. 

 

GIRTY: The Legend provides educational, entertainment, and instructional value to anyone interested in the the truth about history.  Why and how did politicians, educators, journalists, and popular writers in early America create and use myths to remove and destroy its native people?  199 pages, Hardcover, Published by: American University & Colleges Press, ISBN 978-1-58982-602-1  Price: $19.95 - PDF formatted e book 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

"Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their
money there to be taken care of, and
that by and by they got it back with interest.  "We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank."  --Chief Maquinna, Nootka

 

Focus on what you do have
Not on what you don't

Appreciate the peace and quiet of today,
Because someday soon, you won't

Realize that life's struggles create wisdom,
There's a reason why everyone has their own cross to bear

You must experience some hardship to progress
Only the weak live without a care

Strive towards your ultimate person
Live each and every day to it's fullest

Embrace everything that is good in this world
And distance yourself from the cruelest

Take the time to get to know yourself
Establish your strengths, weaknesses, aspirations, and goals

Understand that you do have a special place in this life
Keep an open heart and mind while waiting for your call

Stop, look, and listen to the beauty of your existence
Learn to relax from time to time

Remember that you will only be this age once
And no matter what age it is, you can choose to be in your prime

Commit to loving it all
Take the bad along with the good

Take special care of the relationships you were blessed with
Concentrate on being the child, parent, friend that you should

Believe that you can be truly happy
No matter what setbacks may arise

Get back on you feet, and keep climbing to the top
Because …, you're ALIVE!

 

--- Copyright © 2001 Lalena Damian

 

I want to begin the new year with optimism, hope, and encouragement. We have gone through some very difficult economic times, which have lead to countless stress related problems, changes in life style, role reversals in our families, and rising crime rates. The tide will turn.  We can help the tide turn.  The story above comes from October of 2001… as that healing began. Let’s not lock ourselves inside; but, look inside ourselves so that we can better reach out. The tide will turn when we turn to our hope, our God, and our faith. What ever you have an abundance of, stuff, a full pantry, a few extra dollars, time, your helping hands, and your prayers, reach out with it to those in distress.  Together we can change the state of our nation - one child, one family, and one community at a time. Be blessed by being a blessing to others.  ~ Chaplain Fred

 

“Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair and you will find the right way to go.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.” Proverbs 2:9-10 (NLT)

 

 

Chaplain Fred D. Wilcoxson PhD, PC, BCCC

Elder of Manataka American Indian Council

 


 

WEBSITE UPDATES

JANUARY NEW ARTICLES

Animal Rights:

Feed Our Friends

  Letters to the Editor - Dec. 2010

Elders Speak:

Living in an Uncertain World by Robert Coke

 

Spirit Animals by Maka Nupa L Cota

 

Launching a new reality by Magdala Rameriz

Environment: Back to Nature - Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet
Events: 2011 Powwow Calendar:

Feature Stories:

 

 

 

The Manataka Sacred Pipe

Arising from Sacred Land, Aiming to the Future

Planet Green and Manataka Recycling Project

Manataka Elder Council Biographies

Ancient Maya Holy Time  - Chapter 10

Native Prisoners of War

Stuck In the Smoke Hole Of Our Tipi

Wipe Out the Amerindians

Indians Claim Ownership of Hot Springs?

Health Watch:

Pine Recipes for the Home or Tipi

Why Pharmaceutical Drugs Do Not Work

Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation

History: Oklahoma Statehood and Indian Nations

Legends:

The Raven with No Beak

Sacred Sites:

The Lost Treasure of Machu Picchu

Women's Council

Zitkala-Sa: An American Indian Writer Extraordinaire

Discover the Super-Foods of a Traditional American Indian Traditional Diet

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>>>

 

 

 

American Indian Information and Trade Center Needs Your Help

 

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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.”  

 

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