SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

FEBRUARY 2014

 

 

 


 

WordPress Project VOLUNTEERS:

 

Bob White of Hot Springs, AR has been appointed IT Coordinator for the WordPress project.  Bob is a soft-spoken, highly intelligent computer expert with many years of experience.  If you are a volunteer for the WordPress project, he will be contacting you with specific assignments and instructions. He has already completed much of the back office ground work and is anxious to get to know each of our wonderful volunteers. contact us

 

New Web Site:

During a retreat the Elder Council decided to install all new upgraded software and build an entirely new website from ground up.  With over 2,705 web pages and over 10,000 printed pages, this task is huge.  The new website will be accessible by mobile devises and it will have a state-of-the-art shopping experience in the Manataka Trading Post and added security features. This task will take many months to complete but the result will enhance the Manataka experience for everyone.  

 

Volunteers needed to copy and paste web pages into WordPress.  Call 501-627-0555

 


 

 FEATURE

 

Do Animals Possess a Soul?

By Takatoka

 

Most people in the world believe in showing devotion and reverence for a Higher Power, God, Creator, a deity or deities.  And, most people believe the soul is the spiritual essence of a human being.  But, there is controversy about the question of whether an animal possesses a soul.

 

Many pet owners may consider it difficult to believe they will not see their friends in heaven.  All animals have a personality, memory, emotions and different ways they commune with each other, the environment and humans.  It may be hard to believe that animals are no more than complex biological devices that have no spiritual feelings and when they die, they are gone forever.  Are animals that feel love and devotion just a biological machine without a spirit or soul?  And if so, what makes human beings any different?

 

Many people assume higher functioning animals, such as dogs and cats have souls, but at what point do we deny other species of animals, birds, fish, insects, or microbes the distinction of possessing a soul?  Do rabbits have a soul?  What about mice and gophers?  How about a snake or an amoeba?    READ MORE...

 

 


 

ELDERS SPEAK

 

"We as men should not fear our mates; we should listen to their counsel." -- Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders

 

The Elders say the men should look at women in a sacred way. The men should never put women down or shame them in any way. When we have problems, we should seek their counsel. We should share with them openly. A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. We must treat her in a good way.

Great Spirit, let me look upon the woman in a good way.

 

Great Spirit, let me look upon the woman in a good way.

 

Copyright of Coyhis Publishing and can also be found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons at www.coyhispublishing.com.  Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 

At Manataka all people are equals.  We have no chiefs.  Women are held in highest regard.  Women are sacred and they are leaders among us.  Our women are the best of us and help guide our thoughts and actions.     


 

FEATURE

 

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

 

I love, honor, accept, respect and approve of you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world, or the way you feel that is right for you. It is important that you are the person you choose and desire to be and not someone that I or others think you should be.

I realize that I cannot know what is best for you though perhaps sometimes I think I do. I have not been where you have been, viewing life from the angle that you have.  I do not know what you have chosen to learn, who you have chosen to learn it with or in what time period.  I have not walked life looking through your eyes, so how can I know what you need?  
READ MORE...

 


 

 

NEW DVD Documentary Film!

 

 

Russell Means was one of the most iconic speakers for both American Indians and Human Rights.  The directors were privileged to speak with him in 2009 before he was diagnosed with cancer.  Russell Means crossed over October 22, 2012.

This is an intimate portrait of a man reflecting on his life filmed at his home in Porcupine, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.


The full interview of "Russell Means: Lakota Warrior" is available on this full-color 38-minute DVD Documentary Film for only $24.95 + S/H.

 

 

Speedy Delivery - Guaranteed

 

 

Don't miss this opportunity to own a great piece of history!

This portrait of Russell Means is a one-time chance.

 

 

 

 


 

FEATURE

 

Earthing: 

Real Healing Power Right Under Your Feet

By Martin Zucker

“The old people came literally to love the soil. They sat on the ground with the feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the Earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with their bare feet on the sacred Earth. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing.”  ― The late Ota Kte (Luther Standing Bear), Lakota Sioux writer, educator, and tribal leader

There’s a growing buzz in the health world these days about a phenomenon called Earthing. It has to do with the natural, gentle electrical charge present on the surface of our planet. You get a dose every time you go outside barefoot. You may feel it as tingling in the feet when walking along the wet sand at the beach or on a dew-moistened lawn. Or as a sensation of warmth rising up through the feet and legs. Or you may not feel anything, yet still receive the energy just the same.

 

The Earth, you see, is an electrical planet, and you are a bioelectrical being living on an electrical planet. Your body functions electrically. Your heart and nervous system are prime examples. 

 

As strange as it sounds, the very ground beneath your feet may actually be the single-most powerful medicine on the planet, capable of significantly reducing pain and inflammation, improving sleep and energy, and speeding recovery from injuries and exhaustion.  Mother Earth grandly provides all living beings – you, me, and the rest of the animal kingdom – with this surprising and overlooked source of health, healing, and recovery: a virtually limitless supply of free electrons that give the ground we walk on its natural, subtle, and negative electrical charge. 

 

To benefit from it, all you need to do is connect with it.  READ MORE..

 


 

BOOK REVIEW

 

Book Review by Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Moore

 

Entering the Mind of the Tracker

by Tamarack Song

 

For many years our family has been familiar with Tamarack Song's work as a master of living life in the Old Ways.  We loved reading his "Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living in Harmony with Earth Mother" many times over.  We have recommended his "Sacred Speech: The Way of Truthspeaking" to countless friends over the years.  My wife keeps all his books in her personal library for 'safe keeping' and often turns to Tamarack's "Timeless Wisdom" collection of nine handmade booklets for inspiration and guidance. 

 

We love Tamarack Song.  So, it was no surprise to us that his masterful book "Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature" immediately became a bestseller. 

 

This book spoke to me deeply.  Tamarack teaches a language hidden within the ancestral soul that allows readers to commune with nature. He teaches how to live in harmony and become one with the environment.  Maintaining balance in modern society is not an easy task, but that search for awareness and knowing is made easier with Tamarack's beautiful words of guidance.  READ MORE...

 

$22.50 + s/h

224 pages


 

ELDERS SPEAK...

 

"...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.

 

Copyright of Coyhis Publishing and can also be found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons at www.coyhispublishing.com.  Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 

At Manataka the elders always say, "Speak it with your lips and it will become reality."  We know this to be true because our reality is what we speak. 

 



SPIRITUALITY

 

The Gifting Way Vs Love Yourself First

by Takatoka

 

A prolific writer of New Age spirituality, Patricia Cota-Robles, recently released "Learning To Love Yourself" CD set that sparked some interest at Manataka.  According to Cota-Robles, not having a good job, money, loving relationships, good health and happiness stems from poor self-esteem.  She says, "learning to love yourself is the key to improving your life."  The message is clear -- we simply do not love ourselves enough. 

 

Cota-Robles is not the only one out there espousing the same self-help philosophy.  A recent search for books about the Love Yourself philosophy uncovered literally thousands of books, cd's, and training seminars on the subject.  Billions of dollars are spent each year worldwide by people searching to fulfill their lives by loving themselves more. 

 

The "Love Yourself First" idea is poplar among Self-Help gurus and T.V. personalities.  The famous lovable TV comic Lucille Ball once said, "I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.

 

Love Yourself First is also a very popular idea among psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and many other professionals, such as Christian ministers.  TV preacher, Joel Osteen has jumped on the bandwagon and regularly invites his audience to "...love yourself first".    READ MORE...

 

 


 

HISTORY

 

Governor Harrison talking with the "Prophet" Tecumseh

The First American West: The Ohio Valley, 1750-1820

History of the Shawnee Indians from the year 1681 to 1854 inclusive

By Henry Harvey

 

In the year 1809, Governor Harrison purchased from the Delaware's, Miamis and Pottawatomies, a large tract of land on both sides of the Walbash river, and extending up the river about sixty miles above Vinvennes. Tecumseh was absent at the time and his brother the Prophet made no objections to the treaty, but when Tecumseh returned, he manifested great dissatisfaction, and threatened some of the chiefs with death, who had made this treaty. Harrison hearing of his dissatisfaction, sent an invitation to him to repair to Vincecces to see him, and assured him that any claims he might have to the lands ceded by that treaty, were not affected by the treaty at all--that he might come on and present his claims, and if they were found to be valid, the lands would be given up, or an ample compensation made for it.  

READ MORE...

 

 

FEATURE

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Cherokee Council Designates Kituwah Mound 'Sacred Site"

By Will Chavez, Senior Reporter, Cherokee Phoenix

 

The Kituwah Mound site near Cherokee, N.C., is a National Historic Site and has been designated a “sacred site” by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

 

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council approved a resolution on Dec. 5 designating the Kituwah Mound property as a “sacred site.” The resolution confirms the council’s Cultural and Historic Properties and Development Committee’s recognition of Kituwah, also known as the Cherokee “Mother Town,” as a sacred area embodying “not only the remains of our ancient ancestors, but the sacredness of all that existed in our past, as well as all that it embodies for future generations.” The EBCI owns the 309-acre site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   READ MORE...

 


SPIRITUALITY

 

Chaplains Group

7,881 members on Linkedin

A response from Manataka to

Linkedin Chaplains and Ministers

PROSPERITY THEOLOGY

Prosperity theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, or the gospel of success) is a Christian religious doctrine that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to Christian ministries will always increase one's material wealth. Based on non-traditional interpretations of the Bible, often with emphasis on the Book of Malachi, the doctrine views the Bible as a contract between God and humans: if humans have faith in God, he will deliver his promises of security and prosperity. Confessing these promises to be true is perceived as an act of faith, which God will honor.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology    READ MORE...

 

Read Manataka's Response to this question:

"THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL: How do you view Prosperity, in Christian theology, how would you define it? As a need or an inconsequential concept?"

"The definition will definitely determine how you handle issue surrounding prosperity in your Christianity. Is prosperity unlimited physical resources, like money, belongings etc. or is it just spiritual knowledge and morality or is it both, and if both, do you have to own the whole world, even if you don't, are you permitted to keep on hoping for more resources even while being God fearing?"  -- Pastor at Christ Revival Mission

 

 



 

MANATAKA NEWS

 

Please help Manataka today. 

Give a donation or send your 2014 dues.

http://www.manataka.org/page201.html

 

MAIC needs your support now

Help be a part of building the Sacred Grounds at Manataka 

 

Please help Manataka Now!  Over the past 20 years, we seldom asked for help.  We need it now.

 

 

 


 

Love for Love's Sake

At first glance looking around our world today, one can assume that there is little sense of peace or love. Yet, when we look just beyond the appearances we can see a much greater potential unfolding.

 

It is true that many are acting from a place of fear and doubt which includes greed, lust, guilt, anger, self righteousness and a myriad of other lower ego based actions. However, there are many more who are engaging in peaceful and loving responses. You won't necessarily read about these individuals or see them on TV, rather you will encounter them in your daily journey.

 

Love and peace are qualities we cultivate through the choices we make. It is up to each of us to make this choice of our own accord and equally our opportunity to share this energy from within. No one can do it for us.

 

So if you wish to see how much love and peace is growing on the planet... be that love and peace and you will begin to notice it all around you. In fact, you will become a part of the very process itself and others will come to know you for this energy in action.

Peace is not a static state as many may think. In reality it is a very dynamic energy that moves in where strife and chaos attempt to control and tempers these situations so that all can be balanced naturally.

 

Love is the same way. When we choose to love unconditionally, we bring the highest potential into every situation and heal generations of conflict... simply by letting go and loving all involved, including ourselves.

 

Credits:    The Love Foundation http://www.thelovefoundation.com/inspirationandnews/inspirations.html

 


 

MEMBER NEWS

 

4 MANATAKA MEMBERS WIN NATURAL MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIPS

Dr. Edward Sullivan, DC ND BD PhD, President of the Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine recently announced that IBEM will offer a full scholarship to Renee Lewis and three part-time scholarships to Manataka members Croitiene Cree ganMoryn, Simone Caulderwood, and Lita J. Pepion beginning in 2014.  The scholarships are for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in natural medicine (Traditional Naturopathy and BioEnergetic medicine with a strong emphasis on American Indian healing and spirituality).

 

If you are interested in a 2015 scholarship, contact Lee Standing Bear Moore, MAIC.  If you are not a member, join today. 
 

IBEM is located in Centennial, Colorado outside of Denver.IBEM is the first Doctoral program of Bio-Energetic Medicine (BD) in North America and is an accredited seminary of the Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations.  IBEM provides courses, certificates, and degrees in Traditional Naturopathy, Natural Medicine,  Auriculomedicine, Biofeedback, and Bioenergetic Medicine.  Dr. Sullivan is a new member of MAIC. He received his spirit name Manitou-Makwa (Spirit Bear) and is a member of the Central Band of Cherokee of Tennessee and an honorary member of the Ojibwe (Michigan).  


Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announces that more professional volunteer counselors are needed for the Manataka's free online Counseling program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. There are education, professional experience and licensure requirements. http://www.manataka.org/Counseling.html Email:  counseling@manataka.org

 

Manataka Sacred Grounds project:  

Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  Everyone is excited!  http://www.manataka.org/page1392.html

 

Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Receives two "Quilts of Valor"

 

On Veterans Day, November 14, 2013, the Quilters Society of Montgomery County and the local veterans association presented Lee Standing Bear Moore with a beautiful hand-made "Quilt of Valor" to honor his service during the Vietnam Conflict (1967-1969).  Then, the Garland County Quilt Society presented Lee Standing Bear with a second "Quilt of Valor" on December 3, 2013 during a meeting of the Hot Springs Village Military Order of the Purple Heart.   

 

According to Leanne Cunningham with the Garland County Quilters Society, it takes two to three months to make one quilt by hand.  Between 20 and 30 women work on quilts that are presented to veterans.  Hundreds of veterans across the country have received a Quilt of Valor.

 

"We are honored to accept these beautiful gifts," said Bear.  "Now, we can curl up for a long winter nap as bears sometimes do and dream of peaceful places...and lots of food!"

 

During his military service in Southeast Asia, Lee Standing Bear was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Hearts, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, an Expert Badge with Auto Rifle Bar, and the Marksman Badge with Pistol Bar and Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal. 

 


2014 Summer Internship Opportunities

Are you a student looking for a unique internship opportunity this summer? Would you enjoy working for a national, Native nonprofit organization focused on American Indian land recovery? Do you want to build your professional skills and experience while learning more about Indian land issues?

If this describes you or someone you know, please visit our website to learn more about 2014 summer internship opportunities with ILTF.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2014

 

Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands.
151 East County Road B2 | Little Canada, MN 55117 | 651-766-8999

 


 

MUSIC

Hungry for Heroes:

 

Shawn Michael Perry's Flathead Salish/Mayan Perspective

By Toyacoyah Brown on December 19, 2013

 

Singer. Musician. Producer. Actor. All of these words describe Shawn Michael Perry, a powerful performer. This Salish/Mayan singer-songwriter paused his active schedule to chat with us about his current projects and perspective.

 

DK: It’s nice to talk with you! What are you working on these days? What musical successes have you enjoyed recently?

 

SMP: Hello Dawn! Working on worldwide licensing and publishing deals for myself and our artists that we represent. I was nominated for the NAMA awards this year for “Best Producer” and “Best Pop Album”. Just found out that I have multiple nominations for the WCAIMA 2014 awards. Folks can check it out at http://wcaima2014.com/. Looking for a Native Female vocalist for a duet and single release entitled 4EVER-N-MYHEART. Just need to complete vocals for a Valentine’s release.

 

DK: You’re so prolific! What is your Native heritage? How do you blend your tribes’ traits into your songs?

 

SMP: I am Flathead Salish on my father’s side, and Mayan Indian on my mother’s side. My appreciation for God, country, and nature are important markers based on my heritage that help paint our stories in my music.  READ MORE...

 


 

GOOD STUFF GRAB BAG

Manataka's YOUTH Books

 

A Basic Native/Iroquois Reading List

 

Tribal Flags -- 20 New Flags - Find Yours Now


 

ELDERS SPEAK

 

"The Natural Law will prevail regardless of man-made laws, tribunals, and governments." 

-- Traditional Circle of Elders, Navajo-Hopi Joint Use Area

 

The Great Spirit made Laws by which Man needs to live. These Laws are just and are about living in harmony. Man has passed many laws that say it is okay to do things. Many of these man-made laws are out of harmony with the Laws of the Great Spirit. These man-made laws will cause trouble for the human being if they are out of harmony with the Laws of the Creator.

 

Great Spirit, teach me Your Laws.

 

Copyright of Coyhis Publishing and can also be found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons at www.coyhispublishing.com.  Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 

Manataka was created out of the essence of Natural Law.  The harmony found at this sacred site remains strong because we know the laws of Creation give us all that we need to survive. 

 


 

BEAUTIFUL WORDS

 

 

God and America

Original Poetry by Gene Loiacono

 

Ever since the beginning I was taught in schoo
America is the greatest country the world ever knew
It ain’t my fault I ended thinking the way I do
I always pledge the allegiance to the red white and blue
It was the first in class the teacher made us do
One Nation under God I believed the words were true
Liberty and justice for all that’s what they taught in school

Our government stole the Indians land that’s a well known fact
With their lies, worthless deals, real estate deeds and pacts
It was easy to take away their land with so many soldiers and rifles in their hands
Those Indians they don’t understand
Just savages wasting all that rich and resourceful land
You can still hear their spirits beneath the blood stained sands

 

 


 

ECOLOGY

 

Ban Bee Killing Pestisides

This month Europe fought back against powerful chemical companies and took a big step to protect bees by putting into effect a ban of the top bee-killing “neonic” pesticides. Now it’s our turn!

 

Bees are critical in producing the majority of our food crops and the evidence is mounting that Bayer and Syngenta’s pesticides are a key contributor to mass bee die-offs. However, the EPA continues to ignore even its own scientists and has delayed action until 2018.  But the bees can’t wait -- and neither can we! READ MORE...

 

Who Smells a Rat?

What do you do when your scientific journal publishes a study that Monsanto doesn’t like? And the industry bombards you with complaints?  You hire a new editor. And retract the study.  READ MORE...

 

Biotech’s Christmas Present—a GMO Apple

This time, the biotech industry isn’t even pretending that its technology will make life better for farmers, or feed the world, or reduce the use of pesticides, or any of the other lies it routinely feeds to consumers. This time, the industry is promising only one thing—that its latest darling, a genetically engineered apple, will look prettier after it’s been sliced. Because it won’t turn brown (like a normal, natural apple)  READ MORE...

 

ACTION ALERT

Tell the FDA: GMOs Aren’t ‘Natural’!

In its latest underhanded (desperate?) move to thwart the anti-GMO movement, Big Food’s lobbying arm has petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to rule that food companies can officially label their GMO-contaminated products as “natural” or even “all natural.”
 

TAKE ACTION: Tell the FDA that GMOs Aren’t “Natural”!

 


 

New! American Indian Flags

 

Take Pride in Your Tribe -- Fly It High!

See 147 Authentic Tribal Flags

 


 


 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 Formula for Peace

Dear Grandfather Standing Bear and Manataka:

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to receive the Smoke Signal.  It arrived today, New Years Day.   It is quite a pleasure to read the content of this issue as a start of a new year.   Your words regarding the meaning of Peace - Formula for Peace were exceptional.  Also, the comments in the January Smoke Signal Chaplains Group related to proselytizing really focuses on what was and is a problem that has caused great harm in the world.  Best wishes to you and MANATAKA. ~Matthew Maley

 


Another Form of Bigotry

Dear Manataka.

I was surprised at the strong stance against proselytizing taken by Lee Standing Bear Moore in the January issue of the Smoke Signal News, but I must say that I couldn’t agree more.   Whether in Sudan, Brazil, Tibet or right here in the Midwest –

...Worship along side of your brothers and sisters of different faiths. But, do not attempt to change the way they see God. Your way is not the only path...”

Insistence that the doctrines of one religion are superior to those of another is just another form of bigotry and intolerance.  While I do believe that there is ONE LOVE expressed in justice, tolerance and compassion, many many paths have been developed to assistance us in living these ideals.  I am reminded of the wampum belt that represented the federation of nations:  two canoes traveling one river. Well said Standing Bear.  ~Linda Bear Heart Woman Speaks
 

READ MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - FEBRUARY 2014...
 


 

ON CROSSING OVER

 

Emily Johnson Dickerson, a full blood Chickasaw who spoke only the Chickasaw language her entire life, died at her Ada, Oklahoma home on Monday, December 30, 2013. She was 93. Dickerson was the last monolingual Chickasaw language speaker, according to Joshua Hinson, director of the Chickasaw Nation Language Department.
Hinson, who has devoted his career to revitalization of the Chickasaw language, said the loss of Dickerson was monumental. “I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the loss and what this means to the Chickasaw Nation,” he said. Dickerson was one of only an estimated 70 remaining fluent speakers of the Chickasaw language.  “Emily Dickerson was a treasured elder who held the Chickasaw language and ways of life close to her heart,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequalled source of knowledge about our language and culture. My condolences go out to her closest friends and family as we mourn the loss of a woman who holds a special place in the hearts of her family and her tribe.”  http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/01/03/last-monolingual-chickasaw-citizen-walks-93-152964

 

Following the death of Forrest J. Gerard, Blackfeet Tribe and the first Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs on December 28, Kevin K. Washburn, current secretary, released a statement on behalf of the entire Department of the Interior.  Story of Forrest Gerard Is a ‘Must’ for the Canon of Indian Country  Gerard served as secretary from October 13, 1977 to January 19, 1980.  “Forrest Gerard will loom large in the history books as a key figure in American Indian policy. As a congressional staffer, he helped advance the interests of both the United States and Indian country by shepherding through Congress the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1975, which formally marked the end of the Termination Era and the beginning of an important new chapter in federal-tribal relations. “President Jimmy Carter selected Mr. Gerard to serve as the very first Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In this selection, President Carter elevated the importance of Indian affairs and Mr. Gerard used the newly established office to implement successfully the important new policies that he had helped enact in Congress.   Washburn continued, “Tribal self-determination policies have transformed Indian country, making tribal governments stronger and improving services to Indian people. The United States and Indian country are better today because of Mr. Gerard’s contributions.  “On a personal note, I will always value the advice Mr. Gerard offered as I began my own service as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gerard family and the Blackfeet Tribe community. He will be greatly missed.”  http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/01/02/washburn-forrest-gerard-will-loom-large-history-books-152943

 

Rex A. Begaye walked on December 24, 2013. Rex A. Begaye was born an artist. From early doodles in the margins of his Tuba City School yearbooks to the master strokes of his paintings in his later life, it was apparent that he was gifted.  The versatility of his talent showed itself in many ways, from his early careers in the beauty business, quickly segueing into the fashion business, ghost designing for top fashion designers in the 1980s and traveling around the country training professionals and developing new techniques in hair and studio makeup.  His love for the visual arts drew him back to painting. Although the world called to him he was always close to home in his heart and carried the stories that his grandfather and elders had told him growing up. These served as his biggest inspiration when it came to his paintings, especially the creation stories of the Diné.  http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/01/03/artist-rex-begaye-walks-152951

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

2nd Annual Native Food Sovereignty Summit April 14-17, 2014

Registration is now open for the Native Food Sovereignty Summit at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

Last year's conference was fully booked and got rave reviews, so register early to ensure you have a seat at this one. Once again, it is proudly co-sponsored by the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, First Nations Development Institute, the Intertribal Agriculture Council and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

 

 

Strawberry Moon Women's Gathering  You are invited to attend and participate in the Strawberry Moon in New Hampshire in June 2014 The Strawberry Moon is a Women’s gathering and it is at this gathering that the women “step up” in tribal status.  All young girls who have received their Moon-time, but have not yet been honored as women would be honored as such during this gathering.  Grandmother Nupa Maka - nupamaka@yahoo.com

 

 



POWWOW CALENDAR

 

Annual Spring Festival at Cox-Osceola

February 6 - 9, 2014  

Oklevueha Band of Yamasee ~ Orange Springs, Florida

Please join us, the Oklevueha Band of Yamassee Seminole Indians, as we celebrate our annual Intertribal Pow Wow Festivals. We are a non-profit Native American tribe, who for more than fifty years, has hosted festivals and taken part in many educational programs for our young people and adults. Children's Games and Native American Story Telling, Handmade Native American Craftwork, Traditional Native Dancing, Native Drumming, Native American Food, Vendors and more ! Indian Auction and Raffles Daily ! Gate Hours - Thursday through Saturday: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm; Sunday: 9:00 am 6pm.  FREE Primitive Camping HOT Showers ~ Free admission at the gate; donations welcome and accepted (Suggested Donation: Adults - $2.00 and Children under 12 - $1.00)Gate Prize: Random drawing from each days tickets; must be present to win. From I-75 or 301 : Travel south from Gainesville, or north from Ocala. Junction CR 318 (I-75 exit #368 at the Petro Truck Stop), travel east to end of the road. Turn left on CR 315 at blinking light and proceed to junction SR 21. Turn right on N.E. 243th Street (alongside church at fork in road) and follow the dirt road to the end. Please follow signs posted on day of event for further directions. For more information contact:Cox-Osceola Indian Reservation PO BOX 521 Orang Springs, FL 32182 or Call  (352) 658-1739 -or- (352) 546-3363 http://www.scentsofpeace.com/powwow.html

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Thunder on the Beach Powwow 2014

February 14 - 16, 2014

Indian River County Fairgrounds

7955 58th Ave. Vero Beach, Florida

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Bois Forte Mid-Winter Pow Wow

February 14 - 17, 2014

Nett Lake School Gymnasium

Nett Lake  Minnesota  55772

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Wigwam Festival
February 14 - February 16

300 E. Wigwam Blvd.,, Litchfield Park, Arizona - 85340
Candy Vermillion  623-734-6526
http://www.vermillionpromotions.com/
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Annual Spirit of the Earth Powwow
February 14 - February 14

Centennial High School (East Building, Lower Gym) 4881 101st Lane, Circle Pines, Minnesota - 55014

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44th Annual Idaho State University Spring Powwow

April 19, 2014 to April 20, 2014

ISU Reed Gymnasium

936 Martin Luther King Drive; Building 45

Pocatello  Idaho  83209

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