Manataka American Indian Council Volume VI Issue 9 September 2004
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWSLETTER
Contents: Living The Golden Rule
Web Site Updates Sacred Circle Poem
Up Coming Events Sun Dance Money Stopped
High Flying Pecans in the Cemetery
American Indian Museum Opens Clear Cutting & Drilling Threat
Getting It Right - Finally Stop Environmental Threat
Break Up of the North Pole Healing Prayer Basket
Doreen Yellow Bird Manataka Messages
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Arthur Medicine Eagle'sElder's Meditation
"If there is a shadow of a doubt someplace, that will cause a weakness." --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota
In the Spiritual World there is a spiritual Law. The Law says like attracts like. This means whatever mental picture we hold inside our minds we will attract from the Universe. To make this Law work we must maintain a constant picture. If we picture or vision something, and along with this picture we have doubting thoughts, our vision will not happen and we will get EXACTLY what we picture or vision. The Law always works. A doubting vision will not materialize what we want. A vision without doubt will always happen. This is a spiritual Law.
My Maker, today, let my vision become strong.
Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations,
We humans have a place where we feel inadaquate at times or insecure.It happens to all people. If we did not experience this we could not become more aware with our harmony and balance. We must look positive and toss the negative away.
Gitsch Manito-Creator,Wásóq-Spiritworld, I pray to you for strength to see my faults and to
help me to understand my insecurities are not permanent. Welálin-Thank You
Submitted by Arthur Medicine Eagle
HIGH FLYINGThe following scene took place on a flight between Pittsburgh and Vancouver.
A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a native man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air Hostess.
'Madam, what is the matter,' the hostess asked. 'You obviously do not see it then?' she responded. 'You placed me next to a native man. I did not agree to sit next to someone from such a group of people, give me an alternative seat.' 'Be calm please,' the hostess replied. 'Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available.'
The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. 'Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class.'
Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued. 'It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so ignorant.'
She turned to the native guy, and said. 'Therefore, Mr. Black Bull, if you would like to, please take your hand luggage because a seat awaits you in the first class.'
At the moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.
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American Indian Museum Set to Open in WashingtonBy Nicole Spiridakis
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It could be a rock formation from the U.S. Southwest, carved by water and wind, but this structure is no cliff dwelling.
It is the newest Smithsonian museum on Washington's National Mall, and its resemblance to desert formations is no accident. The National Museum of the American Indian, set to open on Sept. 21, covers past and present Native American life.
Built from gold-toned Minnesota limestone, the curving five-story Washington building is set between the National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Botanic Gardens.
"The building should be like a natural element in some way," said Duane Blue Spruce, an American Indian architect on the NMAI's staff. "It made sense that the building have the appearance of a natural rock formation that's been carved by wind and water over time."
More than 10,000 Indians are expected to participate in the opening ceremony's First Nations procession and festival, said museum spokeswoman Amy Drapeau. There will be tribal dances and a six-day festival of music, dance and story-telling.
"The Smithsonian is honored to present this vital new museum, created by Native peoples from this hemisphere," Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lawrence Small said. "Its importance can't be over-estimated."
Ground broke for the $199 million Washington museum in 2000 but an act of Congress launched the National Museum of the American Indian in 1989. In addition to the mall site, the NMAI includes the George Gustav Heye center in lower Manhattan and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Maryland.
Evoking native sensibilities, the new museum faces east toward the rising sun, features a 120-foot-high entrance rotunda and prism window and references to nature and the stars abound in its design.
"It was always desired that the building be somewhat iconographic in its form," said Blue Spruce, who served as a liaison between the museum and the design consultants and contractors.
A NATIVE PLACE
Drawing from extensive consultations with American Indian communities, the architectural team began its work in early 1995. A main goal was to give visitors the sense of arriving at a Native American place.
In the landscape surrounding the 4.25-acre museum site, the design team chose to reintroduce indigenous plant life existing prior to European contact.
Scattered throughout the forest, wetlands, meadowlands and traditional crop areas are more than 40 "grandfather rocks," which Blue Spruce explained are seen as elders of the landscape and speak to the longevity of Native people.
A water feature, recalling the tidal waterway Tiber Creek that originally flowed through what is now the National Mall, runs along the north side of the property.
The museum was organized mainly by Indians and covers not only American Indian traditions but also other native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
European colonization of the Americas beginning in the 15th century decimated Indian populations through disease and warfare. Westward expansion by the United States in the 19th century further displaced and deprived American Indians of their lives and culture.
According to 2003 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, 2.75 million American Indians -- less than 1 percent of the population -- live in the United States today. Native communities struggle with a legacy of poverty and discrimination.
The museum is governed by a 23-member board of trustees, 14 of whom are American Indian. Richard West, a Southern Cheyenne, serves as its founding director.
About 7,500 objects from the museum's permanent collection will be on view in Washington within three major exhibitions. Beadwork, baskets and pottery from the tribes or native communities of North, Central and South America, history told from a native point of view and a contemporary view of native life are the main focal points.
The "Contemporary Lives and Culture" exhibit deals with issues facing American Indians today and the turbulent times of the 1960s and '70s "Red Power" Indian rights movement.
Blue Spruce said he anticipates American Indian response to the museum will be favorable.
"The building being here and in this location is making a very significant statement that goes well behind exhibitions," Blue Spruce said. "By the museum having taken its place here on the Mall, it's a very important thing to many people both symbolically and as a museum."
Submitted by Kim Summer Moon
OPINION PAGE -GETTING IT RIGHT - FINALLYBy Susan Bates, Hill & Holler Column
It is popular in this day and age to be an "Indian." Many of us who didn't grow up on a reservation or in a traditional home, are anxious to learn the history and culture of our People. But how do we do that when much of what we have been taught is wrong?
History is always portrayed through the eyes of the victor. The history of our Peoples is no different. Onceconsidered Godless savages, our women called squaws (a derogatory term referring to female genitilia) and our men bucks - (male animals) the story of our people is recorded in terms of massacres (we won) and military victories (they won.) Even in this "enlightened" age, text books still tell it wrong.
Most of the books that deal with specific tribal sacred ways is written through the eyes of white men. And even though some may have lived with and studied native american spirituality - they still see through "white eyes." There are different levels of understanding our beliefs and how we think. Many people have read the books and can talk about "Mother Earth" and proclaim that "We are all related" but few actually understand the depth of these statements.
In the past, there were very few books written by Native Americans. But today there are hundreds of them. I ran across a website for a Native American organization called Oyate whose purpose is "to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us.
It is important that Native children as well as adults, know their own true stories. It is a matter of cultural survival. Only in this way will we come to have the understanding and respect for each other needed if we are to reach the 5th World.
Oyate sells Native Written and illustrated books for people of all ages. Their online catalog has categories for preschool through adult, including workbooks and ressource material for teachers, audios, videos, and posters. They even have a list of books they don't recommend.
I urge parents to buy authentic books for their children and for themselves. And I challenge our teachers to not only teach Native American history, but to teach the truth to our young people. Before anything can be balanced, it must be understood.
You can contact Oyate at: Oyate 2702 Mathews St. Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 848-6700 (510) 848-4815 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.oyate.org
Of The North Pole
From Dirk Dunning
I am stunned almost to speechlessness. The northeast passage across the Siberian polar ice is open. The glaciers on Ellesmere Island and the northern and northeastern shores of Greenland are collapsing within a matter of days. The channel between Greenland and Ellesmere Isalnd is open. And only about 250 miles of ice remains on the north shore of Greenland connecting it to the polar ice.
And that is breaking up.
Vast stretches of polar ice are pulverized and floating free in the Arctic ocean. Thousands of square miles of ice are pulverized and on the edge of breaking up into a billion ice bergs.
An immense rent has formed in the ice north of Queen Victoria Island. An even larger tear reaches up from Siberia poking at the north pole itself.
The entire north shore of Akaska is Ice free, as is all of the northern Siberian shore - all the way to the New Siberian Islands and beyond.
The last of the ice blocking the Northwest passage at the east end of Queen Elizabeth Island is breaking up.
In short, the north pole is falling apart. And some claim global warming isn't real!?
Within weeks, the refreeze should begin. Depending on how long it is before that happens, massive changes may occur at the pole before the freeze. The polar ice may well break free from land on ALL sides!!
This is one of the most astounding events in all of human history. And where is it on the news????
- Change the World
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town.
I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family.
My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
~ Author unknown
DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN:Newcomers need a primer on Indian tribes
Sometimes, just the corner of my mouth turns up in a smile. Sometimes, I laugh full out, way down in the belly. Sometimes, I hold my breath waiting for those awful stories of North Dakota to begin. Most of the time, though, I think "here we go again" when new people come into our state and into our systems.
Why do I say here we go again? Because it is usually a re-education process. Yes, it snows in North Dakota as it does in many of the Northern states, and it gets down right chilly during some parts of the winter months - some years. North Dakota is a Plains state, but it is not a
treeless land with few people and billions of mosquitoes.
It is a land of rolling plains, where you can see gigantic, ebony thunderheads that flash with
lightning. The storms can build hundreds of miles away yet you can feel their power moving toward you. Ahead of the deluge is a clean scent of wet earth.
In midsummer, it is a land where the big bluestem, Indian and sweet grass and side oats roll like the waves on an ocean. It is a land where the lush green of the Red River Valley sits smartly on the flat floor of what once was a lake so large, it invaded land of three states and Canada.
And yes, some of us have a rather unique way of speaking, "you betcha we do." But we are
understandable - most of the time - as are, "ah say," most of the Southerners who come our way.
I had lunch with one of those new Southerners who is joining North Dakota's population. Robert Potts is the new chancellor of the North Dakota higher education system. Potts will be the new Larry Isaak, who moved on to a new job in Minnesota.
Potts has settled in Bismarck, not far from the Missouri River, he said, and seems wide open to learning about our state.
For me, what I would like him to know - he will learn about our weather, some of the people and land soon enough - is the uniqueness and importance of the state's largest ethnic or minority population, American Indians.
Not only are we the largest minority population, but we have five of the largest land bases in the state. Two spill over into South Dakota: the Standing Rock home of the Lakota in Fort Yates, N.D., and the Sisseton/Wahpeton Oyate Dakota Sioux, whose agency is in Sisseton, S.D., and touches North Dakota in the southeastern part of the state.
The tribes are the fastest-growing populations in the state. The Lakota in Fort Yates now count 13,419 members. There are 10,759 Dakota listed in Sisseton, S.D. The Three Affiliated Tribes - the Arikara (Sahnish), Mandan and Hidatsa at New Town, N.D. - number 10,789; the Spirit Lake Dakota in Fort Totten, N.D., are at 6,279, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in Belcourt, N.D., count 29,087.
That is a total of about 70,000 people. Some of those people aren't of voting age, and some do not live on the reservation or even in the state, but they are members of those tribes.
If you add the land of these five tribes together, it totals about 1.5 million acres. Standing Rock has the largest land area, with 841,700 acres; the Three Affiliated tribes are second with 422,830 acres. Turtle Mountain and Spirit Lake have smaller land bases.
This information is from the Bureau of Indian Affairs' December 2003 directory.There are five
community colleges, one on each reservation, that have helped students get two-year degrees. These students have gone on to use their educations as steppingstones to places such as UND and special programs in medicine, nursing, psychology, communications, law, geology and others.
Tribes in North Dakota are not immune from social problems. Alcoholism and drug abuse, suicide, unemployment are a few.
Our tribal governments are patterned after the federal government. They are, however, a mere 60 years old and certainly have had growing pains. It is those young people who are attending colleges and universities who'll go home and began to improve our systems.
As you know, the current name and logo for UND has caused frustration and disillusionment for many of the American Indian students. Most tribal councils in North Dakota and South Dakota have requested that the university not use "Fighting Sioux." The tribal councils speak for the people. Some students have transferred because of continuous harassment.
I believe it is one of those thorny issues that will continue to plague the relationship between
Indian people and the university.
Tribes are becoming a more integral part of the state's political system and certainly are a growing population at colleges and universities.
North Dakota winters aren't as cold as you might think, and people do live here and love it. And the tribes should be respected and will respect you in return.
Yellow Bird writes columns Tuesdays and Saturdays. Reach her by phone at 780-1228, (800) 477-6572, ext. 228, or by e-mail at email@example.com.Submitted by Kim Summer Moon
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- WORLDWIDE FOOD THREAT
- Two hundred companies are already working on inserting nanotechnology into food, posing "immense" risks to health, new research claims. The study estimates that use of the technology in food has created an industry, now worth billons, which will grow within six years to more than hundreds of billions, with thousands of firms involved.
Last week, Prince Charles, writing exclusively in The Independent on Sunday, warned that the technology, which uses microscopic particles, a million of which would fit on a pin head, could lead to "upsets" similar to the Thalidomide disaster, unless care were taken. Leading scientists and the Royal Society condemned him for the analogy, but today he is backed by a leading expert on the technology, Professor Gregor Wolbring, himself affected by the drug Thalidomide.
Nanotechnology, which is set to revolutionise industry and everyday life, deals with particles so small the laws of physics no longer apply. The technology could bring great benefits, such as medicines precisely geared to curing particular organs. But it also poses great dangers since some of the particles affect the immune system. There are no special regulations on their use and little research has been done on their safe application.
The report, by Helmut Kaiser, a German consultancy, concludes that, with nanotechnology, industry is set to design food "with much more ... precision, and lower costs and sustainability". It adds: "The change is dramatic, the potentials are immense, and the risks too." The technology is already used to preserve foods, and boost flavour and nutritional values.
Meanwhile, a report for the US Department of Agriculture, describing some of these applications, says that nanotechnology "has the potential to revolutionise agriculture and food systems".
Prince Charles's warning sparked worldwide controversy. Professor Steve Jones, of University College London, called him "a classic woolly thinker", and Lord Winston, the fertility expert, said he had raised "spectres'' and "science scares". Mark Welland, professor of nanotechnology at Cambridge University, said the reference to Thalidomide was "inappropriate and irrelevant".
The Royal Society criticised the prince's comparison, since nanotechnology was "not a new drug".
But Professor Wolbring, of the University of Calgary, Canada, who was born without legs after his mother took Thalidomide in pregnancy, called such criticism "stupidity". He added: "The prince's use of the ... analogy, to draw our attention to the often unanticipated consequences of [well intended] science, is timely."
2004 Independent Digital (UK) LtdSubmitted by Kim Summer Moon
WORDS TO LIVE BY IN 2004
1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.
3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your>neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
4. Sex is like air. It's not important unless you aren't getting any.
5. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
6. No one is listening until you pass gas.
7. Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.
8. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
9. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car
10. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
11. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
13. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
14. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
15. Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.
16. Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.17. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
18. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
19. Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
20. There are two theories about arguing with women. Neither one works.
21. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
22. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
23. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
24. We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our ass... then things get worse.
25. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night..
26. There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
27. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
28. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday...around age 11.
29. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
THE MOST WASTED DAY OF ALL IS ONE IN WHICH WE HAVE NOT LAUGHED
Submitted by GreyBeard, Memphis, TN
LIVING THE GOLDEN RULE by Takara
The Golden Rule from 13 Different Religious Perspectives:
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself. Baha'u'llah, Gleanings
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.1
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. Jesus, Matthew 7:12
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct....loving-kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself. Confucius, Analects 15.23
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. The Prophet Muhammad, 13th of the 40 Hadiths of Nawawi
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated. Mahavira, Sutrakritanga
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it. Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive. Chief Dan George
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all. Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299
Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain and your neighbour's loss as your own loss. Lao Tzu, T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself. Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
List Compiled by John Milan & Paul McKenna
The Sacred CircleBy Helen Red Wing VinsonI set and I ponder just where it can be
This circle that I hold so dear to me
I wonder what has happened as I look all around
I look down at Mother Earth to see the groundUnder my feet up to our Father up in the sky.
I hear him speak the creator on High
He says my child I will tell this you see
I am the one who cleanses all you seeIt is not the smoke from the sage you see
Nor is it the Pipe that’s held up to me
This is all good for you in its place
But it is I who must be first in this placeOnly I the Creator you see can cleanse the soul
In all of these, It is I who can make them whole
But many of them talk and Gossip I see
Chiefs of Darkness harbor in these..Cunning and laughing you are these Chiefs
Anger, Hate Jealousy, and Deceit
Just a few of the Chiefs of Darkness I do see
Yet they think the Chiefs are good, a deceiver is he..They must go talk to these ones you know
The ones they have harmed by the Gossip below
To the one they have talked about
The Creator will go to the rooftops and shoutI ask them to go and restore themselves in prayer
Not just set and be self righteous down there
For into my holy circle they cannot come
Chiefs of Darkness , I welcome noneMama Bear I speak this now all to you
To give this message to these few
As they set in the circle, you see
The gifts I have given to many of youGifts of seeing and discernment too
Yes I give them all freely to you
For you have yielded mind, body as a whole
You have let me in to abide in your soul
An American Indian craft consignment shop will be opening soon in Southern California near Murrieta. Contact Shirley Miller, a member in good standing in Manataka. firstname.lastname@example.orgLee Standing Bear was recently featured on Prophesy Keepers Radio Show: Log on to listen:
Judge decides money is out for Sun Dance:
Business license basis of decision
Porterfield, K. Marie
Indian Country Today (Lakota Times)
PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, S.D.-- Oglala Sioux Tribal Judge Patrick Lee has ruled that money cannot be accepted for spiritual ceremonies,including the Sun Dance, on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota.The decision, issued last week, would not prevent David Swallow, Jr., and his brothers -- Tim and Richard Swallow -- from conducting their Sun Dance, but it would prevent them from accepting money for the ceremony."I based my decision on the law that says you can't do business without a license from the tribe," said Judge Lee."If they are collecting money, they are operating a business."
Judge Lee remanded the issue of banning non-Indian participation in Lakota ceremonies to OST President John Steele for consideration by the Tribal Council. Meanwhile, the temperature outside the Oglala Sioux Tribe's courthouse was hot last week.But discussion inside the courthouse was even more heated on July 25 when Chief Tribal Judge Patrick Lee heard arguments on a temporary restraining order filed against David Swallow Jr. and his brothers....
Article copyright Indian Country Today.Submittee by Helen Red Wing Vinson
Pecans In The Cemetery
On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight,
and began dividing the nuts.
"One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me," said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.
Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard,
"One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me."
He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.
"Come here quick," said the boy, "you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls."
The man said, "Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk." When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me..."
The old man whispered, "Boy, you've been tellin' the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord." Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything.
The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
At last they heard, "One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done."
They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the boy on the bike.
Submitted by Sheri Burnett, Wolf Lady
Dear Manataka Members and Friends,Your online action is urgently needed to save some of America's last wild forests from Bush administration plans for clearcutting and drilling.Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction.asp right away and send a message telling the Forest Service to keep untouched wildlands in our national forests closed to roadbuilding and
destruction.Four years ago, we helped persuade President Clinton to enact the Roadless Area Conservation Rule that protects 58 million wild acres in our national forests that do not yet have roads cut through them.From Alaska's Tongass rainforest to the Appalachian Trail, from the Rocky Mountains to the Sierra Nevada, this historic measure put some of America's greatest sanctuaries for wildlife and for people off limits to road building, logging and drilling so that their timeless beauty would remain untouched forever.The roadless rule was the most popular conservation measure in history. Americans flooded the Forest Service with more than 1.5 million messages of support.But today, the Bush administration is preparing to override the will of the American people. It has announced plans to eliminate the roadless rule and strip some of America's last wild forests of their special status and protection.The administration's agenda is no secret. It is lining up massive timber and energy sales that will send an armada of bulldozers and chainsaws, as well as oil and gas rigs, into our last untrammeled forests.We must not surrender our forests without a fight. We need millions of Americans to speak out once again in defense of our wild forests.The Bush administration is taking public comments until September 14th on its disastrous plan to reopen our wild forests to logging. The Forest Service needs to hear from people like you, people who know that nature is a fragile gift we hold in trust for future generations.Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction.asp right away and send a message telling the Forest Service to uphold the roadless rule and defend our wild forests. Then forward this message to as many of your friends and family as possible and tell them to speak out, too.For the sake of our forests, please make your voice heard today.Sincerely,John H. Adams
Natural Resources Defense Council
YOU CAN HELP STOP AND ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL TRAGEDY
environmental and cultural tragedy is occurring on the Hopi and Navajo
reservations in Northeastern Arizona. For over 30 years, Peabody Coal Company
has pumped 1.3 billion gallons of pure drinking water from the Navajo Aquifer
beneath Black Mesa. Already, more than 40 billion gallons of water -- enough
to sustain the entire Hopi Tribe for over 350 years -- have been pumped to
move coal from Black Mesa to the Mohave Generating Station in Nevada, 273
addition, Peabody has constructed 222 ponds or impoundments, eight of which
hold 4,400 acre feet (af) of water. Peabody's impoundments and groundwater
pumping have drastically reduced flows through once perennial washes -- such
as Moencopi -- and have caused vital springs to go dry. Peabody denies any
major impacts, but Hopi and Navajo residents have seen dramatic decreases in
the water availability for even the most basic of their needs.
A GROWING THREAT
In spite of mounting opposition and thousands of comments submitted to the
Office of Surface Mining (OSM) in 2002, Peabody -- the world's largest coal
company -- continues to seek more resources, more water. In July 2004, Peabody submitted a revision application to OSM to combine Black Mesa mine into its Kayenta Mine. With this application, Peabody seeks to:
- Increase its coal production by 20%;
- Build a coal washing facility that will use precious drinking water and fill
impoundments used by farmers with toxic materials;
- Lock in mining rights until at least 2025;
- Tap into 6,600 af of the Coconino Aquifer which supplies water to many
Northern Arizona cities and numerous Grand Canyon springs, and
- Continue pumping from the N-Aquifer through 2008, if not indefinitely.
The Office of Surface Mining is accepting public comments on Peabody's
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Send a message today:
Join us! Send contributions to:
Black Mesa Trust, P.O. Box 30456
Flagstaff, AZ 86003-0456
Peabody Coal reported profits of 2.8 billion dollars in 2003, while more than
half the reservation residents live below the poverty line. Contact Black Mesa
Trust at (928) 213-9009 to volunteer your time.
Jerry D. Gavette, Black Mesa/Kayenta Mine Team Leader
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
P.O. Box 46667 Denver, Colorado 80201-6667
Or E-mail your comments to Jerry Gavette at: BlackMesa_Comments@osmre.gov
Also send them to:
Honorable Gale Norton, Secretary
U.S. Department of Interior
18 th & C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240
Submitted by Kim Summer Moon
Lessons from Trees
1. It's important to have roots.
2. In today's complex world, it pays to branch out.
3. If you really believe in something, don't be afraid to go out on a limb.
4. Be flexible so you don't break when a harsh wind blows.
5. Sometimes you have to shed your old bark in order to grow.
6. If you want to maintain accurate records, keep a log.
7. It's okay to be a late bloomer.
8. Avoid people who would like to cut you down.
9. As you approach the autumn of your life, you will show your true colors.
10. You could be Brilliant! in other words "bloom where you are planted."
~ Author Unknown - Submitted by Henrietta Devereaux.
HEALING PRAYER BASKET
Rebecca Douglas Niece of Leo and Flora Causey has cancer.
Elese Harley Hart 3 yr-old granddaughter of LaDonna Hart very ill - Linda Burkhart.
Qua Ti Si Monahon Recent surgery with TMJ.
Grandmother Peggy Very ill with cancer - Cherie Agnew Blackwell
Frances McAdams: Hospitalized with cancer.
Alida Baker: Mother of Henrietta EagleStar. Getting much better. Surgery went well.
Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan: Diagnosed with cancer.
Sharon Kamama Baugh - Arkansas: Diagnosed with cancer. Doing much better after surgery. "I am going to beat this!, said Sharon. Sharon was chair of the Manataka Women's Council for many years.
Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black: Diagnosed with cancer.
Tommie Love A 4 years old who doctors give no prognosis - diagnosed with 2 large brain tumors - untreatable at Barnes Childrens Hospital of St Louis. I ask for prayers for her healing and prayers for her family. From Alison Klose
MANATAKA ORGANIZATION MESSAGES
NOTICE 1: CHAIR POSITIONS - for the following committees are now open: Lodge Keepers, Youth Activities, Programs, Fund Raising, and Counseling. Some committees require local attendance and special training or experience. For consideration submit your name to any Elder.NOTICE 2: COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS - New members and old members who are not currently working on a committee or have a committee assignment, please contact us now.Committee explanations can be viewed at http://www.manataka.org/page5.html We need your top three preferences.NOTICE 3: INDIAN WEDDING - Elders, members and guests are invited to attend an Indian wedding ceremony at Gulpha Gorge on Saturday, October 3. Elders will officiate.NOTICE 4: WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month. Contact: Judy White Feather email@example.com (501) 922-4468.
MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1. Reams of ink jet paper
2. Postage stamps
3. 15 - 20 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids
LAND - Donate land to be used as financing leverage for the Manataka American Indian Village. Any size or location is acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.
MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible contribution to MAIC and we will send the family in your name a beautiful letter and memorial certificate.
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Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476
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