Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I will be back

My computer was struck by a power surge and blew up so I am stuck right now.  I am saving for a new one and once I get it I will be back!!  Promise.  :>)  Please keep checking back. 
As always, stay healthy and safe.


Monday, April 16, 2012

WOW….summer is getting here pretty fast!!! We went from cold winter right into hot summer. What about global warming?

Anyway, I am happy to see the warm weather, I need to get out to the picnic table to do crafts and things instead of being cooped up in the house…Spring fever is here!!!!!

Enjoy this months ‘late’ newsletter


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Blackfeet Nation mourning for soldier killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is the mourning the loss of a tribal member who was killed in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Spc. Antonio C. Burnside was killed on April 6 when his unit was attacked. He is the second tribal member to die in the line of duty.

"All Blackfeet hearts are broken today as we learn we must bury one of our warriors whose life was tragically cut short on the far side of the world," Chairman T. J. Show said in a statement, The Great Falls Tribune reported.

Burnside's parents went to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to retrieve his body, the paper said. Funeral services are pending.


Honor the sacred.

Honor the Earth, our Mother.

Honor the Elders.

Honor all with whom we

share the Earth:-

Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,

winged ones, Swimmers, crawlers,

and rock people.

Walk in balance and beauty.

Native American Elder


Suspects in Oklahoma killings reportedly confess to crime

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The two suspects in the Oklahoma Good Friday killings have confessed, according to news reports.

Jacob C. England, 19, who is said to be Cherokee, allegedly shot and killed one African-American man. Two others he allegedly shot were wounded.

Alvin L. Watts, 32, who is said to be England's roommate, allegedly shot and killed two African-American men. A third was wounded.

The two men admitted they drove to a predominantly African-American neighborhood in north Tulsa to look for victims. England was reportedly motivated by the April 5, 2010, murder of his father -- the person of interest, who was never charged, is an African-American man.

England and Watts face charges of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.


Vote on casino projects not binding on Wampanoag tribes

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Residents of at least three Massachusetts communities will go to the polls in May and June to show their support, or opposition, to hosting a tribal casino.

But the results of the elections won't be binding on the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe or the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Both tribes are hoping to open the first Indian gaming facility in the state.

"We’re taking this one step at a time," a spokesperson for Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said in a statement, GateHouse News Service reported. "If the town were to vote against it, we’d have to reevaluate."

H.3702, the state's gaming law, authorizes three casinos in the state. One is reserved for "a federally recognized tribe."

The law also authorizes Patrick to negotiate a Class III gaming compact. He has agreed to talks with the Mashpee Tribe but hasn't said anything about the Aquinnah Tribe.


Herbal Remedy Ingredient Tied to Cancer, Kidney Failure

Study of Taiwanese patients found potential dangers in aristolochia

THURSDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- A toxic component of a plant used in certain types of herbal remedies can cause kidney failure and upper urinary tract cancer, researchers warn.

Aristolochic acid is found in Aristolochia herbal remedies, which have been used for centuries and still are used in many countries.

This study of 151 patients with upper urinary tract cancer in Taiwan concluded that aristolochic acid is a primary contributor to the incidence of this cancer in Taiwan, where the incidence is the highest reported anywhere in the world and where Aristolochia herbal remedies are widely used.

The researchers found that 83 percent of the patients had evidence in their kidneys of DNA changes that are related to the plant toxin and associated with the development of cancer.

"We believe our latest research highlights the importance of a long-overlooked disease that affects many individuals in Taiwan, and, by extension, in China and other countries worldwide, where Aristolochia herbal remedies traditionally have been used for medicinal purposes," Dr. Arthur Grollman, a professor of pharmacological sciences at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, in New York, said in a university news release.

In previous research, Grollman and his colleagues linked the ingestion of Aristolochia clematitis (commonly known as birthwort) to widespread kidney disease in the Balkans.

The findings of the studies show that public health officials need to take action to stop kidney damage and upper urinary tract cancer related to aristolochic acid, Grollman said.

The study was published online April 9 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Lakota activists launch hunger strike against Keystone

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"In the Dakotas, members of the proud Lakota Nation rose in protest this week to join a 48-hour hunger strike in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline—and all tar sands pipelines—they say will destroy precious water resources and ancestral lands in the U.S and in Canada.

On Sunday, dozens of hunger strikers and supporters marched at a rally against tar sands oil mining operations and pipelines in Eagle Butte, SD, a impoverished community on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, close to TransCanada’s 1,700 mile proposed Keystone XL pipeline route to refineries in the Gulf.

Lakota tribal members and their children drove to a camp in the rugged hills near the Missouri River to fast in solidarity with a hunger strike at the Bella Bella Community School in British Columbia. Children at the school are protesting a plan to ship millions of barrels of oil through a potentially dangerous "Northern Gateway" pipeline that would pipe corrosive tar sands oil from Alberta to giant super tankers navigating Canada’s treacherous Pacific coast."


Instructions for Living

Friend do it this way - that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,                                                          
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
If you do it that way - that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One - whatever you ask for,
that's the Way It's Going To Be.
passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman


Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is least healthy place in US

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sioux County, which is home to the North Dakota portion of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, is the least healthy place in the U.S., according to the County Health Rankings study.

The county ranks poorly in health indicators such as premature death, adult obesity, physical inactivity, excessive drinking, motor vehicle crash death rates and sexually transmitted diseases. It's the second year in a row that the North Dakota portion of the reservation has landed at the bottom of the list.

But Standing Rock isn't alone. Eight of the 10th least healthy places in the U.S. are in Indian Country, according to the rankings.

"We almost have a blind spot to the fact that we have counties, that represent all or part of Indian nations, that are some of the least healthy places certainly in each state and nationwide," Patrick Remington, a professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin in Madison who compiled the data used for the study, told Bloomberg News. "To me, that should be sort of a national disgrace."


A TRUE WARRIOR'S FIGHT! ( by my brother David)

by David Anthony on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 4:05pm •



















"Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit."

-- Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX

Be still and know. All new learnings, all ideas about new things, creativity, daydreaming and mental effectiveness come to those who learn about silence. All warriors know about the power of silence. All Elders know about stillness. Be still and know God. Meditation is about the place of silence. This is the place to hear God's voice. We can find tremendous amounts of knowledge in the place of silence. This is the sacred place of God.


Cherokee Nation criticizes bill to limit role of tribes in policies

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is coming out against SB 1050, a bill that limits the role of tribes in setting state environmental policies.

The bill removes the word "tribal" from state laws that otherwise take tribes into account. A Cherokee Nation attorney said the measure would harm tribal-state relations.

"By passing this law, Oklahoma risks damaging the cooperative relationship it has built with the tribes – a relationship that has produced a significant economic benefit for the state," Sara Hill, the tribe's senior assistant attorney general, told The Cherokee Phoenix.

Sen. Greg Treat (R), the sponsor of the bill, says tribes can still offer their views on state matters. But tribal laws won't carry any weight if the measure passes.

Under a rider that was tucked into a federal transportation bill, Oklahoma tribes are barred from obtaining treatment as state status from the Environmental Protection Agency unless they reach a "cooperative agreement" with the state. No other tribes are subject to such prohibitions.


Affordable home units on Navajo Nation sit vacant for years

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dozens of affordable housing units on the Navajo Nation have sat vacant for at least six years, The Farmington Daily Times reports.

Work on the 91-unit development in Shiprock, New Mexico, began in 2004. Construction stalled in 2006 due to litigation -- 53 were homes were partially built by that time.

Of those units, fifteen have burned, with 13 beyond repair, the paper reported. Most of the other homes have been vandalized, the paper said.

So far the tribe has spent an estimated $11 million on the project. The Navajo Nation Council is considering a proposal to spend another $17 million to finish the development in two phases.


Group protests governor's visit to Fort Peck Tribes bison site

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A non-Indian group showed up to the Fort Peck Reservation on Monday to protest the transfer of bison from Yellowstone National Park.

Members of Citizens for Balanced Use criticized Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) for agreeing to allow the bison to be moved through the state to the reservation. But he said there was not reason to be alarmed amid fears that the bison carry brucellosis, a disease that causes death in cattle.

"These animals have been tested again and again and again and each test has come out negative for these animals carrying brucellosis," Schweitzer told The Great Falls Tribune.

The Fort Peck Tribes have accepted more than 60 bison from Yellowstone. Some of the animals are supposed to be transferred to the Fort Belknap Indian Community but a judge in the state has put the move on hold as part of a lawsuit filed by ranchers and property owners.


Sitka Tribe signs agreement to manage sacred sites

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has reached a deal to manage sacred sites near Sitka. Five of the sites are already owned by Sealaska Corporation. And the deal for tribal management is one of a series of agreements signed or in negotiation throughout Southeast Alaska.

The deal covers six locations around Sitka, including village sites at Sealion Cove, Krugloi Point, Hoonah Sound and Point Craven. It also covers petroglyphs in Sinitsin Cove and Sitkoh Creek.

Those five sites already belong to the Native corporation. The sixth location is at Redoubt Falls. Acreage there has been selected by Sealaska, but is still in the conveyance process. The agreement won’t apply to that site until the land is conveyed. It’s effective immediately for the other five."


Go Forward With Courage

When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
when doubt no longer exists for you,
then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists

-- as it surely will.

Then act with courage.

Ponca Chief White Eagle (1800's


Investigation into chase, officer-involved shooting near Crow Agency continues

Monday, April 2, 2012 2:38 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing its investigation into a March 29 chase that ended with a woman being taken to a Billings hospital with what her family described as a gunshot wound to the face from a federal agent.

A St. Vincent Healthcare spokeswoman said that Frankie Kindness, identified as the victim by her half-brother, David R. Blaine, remained at the hospital and was listed in fair condition on Monday afternoon.

FBI spokesman Todd Palmer confirmed that the investigation was ongoing but said further details would not be released until agents finished their investigation.

Blaine said last week that a Bureau of Indian Affairs Officer shot Kindness early Thursday outside of a home in Dunmore, a small town northwest of Crow Agency.

A BIA official said over the weekend that officers were involved in a vehicle chase with Kindness and referred questions to the FBI.

Palmer did not know if the agent alleged to be involved had been placed on leave after the incident and said that it was a BIA matter.

Phone calls to the BIA had not been returned as of 3 p.m.


Tough call on Mashantucket slot machine tax case

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Like a poker player who has wagered a stack of chips on a hand only to have an opponent draw a pair of aces, the town of Ledyard has a tough call on its long, costly legal battle over taxing leased slot machines at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

After a federal judge ruled last week that the town could not collect taxes on such equipment, the town must weigh whether to cut its losses - legal bills have skyrocketed to more than $900,000 over the past six years - or to spend more money appealing the ruling to a higher court.

"I think we have a strong case for an appeal," Ledyard Mayor John Rodolico said Monday, noting that much more is at stake than simply tax revenues from slot machines. He said numerous other retail stores and restaurants do business at Foxwoods, and if they also were allowed to avoid paying municipal property taxes it would be a devastating loss to the town."


Passamaquoddy Tribe reaches $11.4M trust fund settlement

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine has reached an $11.4 million trust fund settlement with the Obama administration.

The tribe sued the federal government over the management of a $13.5 million trust fund that was authorized by an act of Congress. The money came from the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act in 1980.

Tribal members are asking the council to distribute the settlement on a per capita basis, The Bangor Daily News reported. The tribe consists of the Indian Township and Pleasant Point.

The Obama administration has entered negotiations with an estimated 75 tribes to settle their trust management lawsuits.


Cleanup of uranium mines on Navajo Nation poses huge cost

Monday, April 2, 2012

The federal government knows of at least 683 uranium sites on the Navajo Nation but there isn't enough money to clean them up.

Out of the hundreds, federal agencies have identified just 34 structures and 12 residential yards for cleanup, The New York Times reports. Some $60 million has been spent so far.

"The government can’t afford it; that’s a big reason why it hasn’t stepped in and done more," Bob Darr, a spokesman for the Department of Energy, told the paper. "The contamination problem is vast."

Uranium itself led to significant health risks for tribal members who worked at the mines. But new generations are being exposed to extremely radioactive sites due to the lack of cleanup.

Rancher Larry Gordy found one abandoned mine in Arizona where high radioactive levels could cause tumors and other health problems. But the site remains unprotected.

"If this level of radioactivity were found in a middle-class suburb, the response would be immediate and aggressive," Doug Brugge, a public health professor at Tufts University medical school, told the Times. "The site is remote, but there are obviously people spending time on it. Don’t they deserve some concern?"


Famous South Dakotans: Maria Pearson, repatriation expert

Monday, April 2, 2012

"A woman born in Springfield became the primary catalyst for the creation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

WHO: Maria Pearson

BORN: July 12, 1932. She died May 23, 2003, in Ames, Iowa.

BACKGROUND: Darlene Elvira Drapeaux was given the Indian name Hai-Mecha Eunka (Running Moccasins). She married John Pearson, a civil engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation. They had six children. In the early 1970s, John told her a bulldozer crew preparing the site for a bridge had unearthed several burial sites. The remains of the white settlers were reburied; the bones of a Native American woman and baby were sent to the University of Iowa archaeology lab for research. Pearson went outside to pray and heard her grandmother’s voice telling her to be strong and fight for her people. The next day, Pearson put on a fringed buckskin dress and went to Des Moines to visit then-Iowa Gov. Robert Ray."


Indian children Foster care used too often

For a hundred years, white people in America thought that the way to deal with Native Americans — those few who survived displacement — was to assimilate them, persuade them to abandon their cultural heritage and adopt European ways.

And even though that belief was officially rejected decades ago, too much of it apparently remains among child welfare agencies in Utah, where American Indian children are four times more likely to be in foster care than children of other backgrounds.

Few American Indian children are taken from their natural families because they are being abused. Two-thirds are removed, instead, due to case workers deciding they are being neglected. But how much of that determination is based on cultural differences?

Since a finding of neglect is subject to how the case worker perceives a normal, loving family, it’s more than possible that those children are loved, but their parents express emotion in a way the case worker doesn’t recognize.

It would be shameful if children were taken from their homes simply because their family life is different from what is considered by the dominant culture as usual or good.

Utah has a history of failed experiments in forced assimilation. Until 1996 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operated a program for 50 years in which American Indian children left their homes and were placed in Mormon homes or in a boarding school.

Their experience was often one of humiliation, rejection and lost identity. Research has found that American Indian children have a suicide rate 1.5 to 3 times higher than children of other ethnic groups. And American Indian children raised in non-Indian homes commit suicide six times more often than other American Indian children.

Prospects are bleak for those who reach the age of 18 while in foster care. Their often unhappy childhoods lead to mental disorders or post-traumatic stress syndrome, and many end up homeless, in prison or dead within two years.

There has got to be a better way.

One is outlined in the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. It states that American Indian extended families, other tribe members or other Indian families should be given priority when foster-care placements are made. Tribal courts, not state courts, should have authority over American Indian child welfare issues because they do more to keep relationships and cultural ties intact.


If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace...

Treat all men alike. Give them all the
same law. Give them all an even chance
to live and grow.All men were made by
the same Great Spirit Chief.

They are all brothers.
The Earth is the mother of all people,
and all people should have equal rights upon it....

Let me be a free man,free to travel,
free to stop,
free to work,
free to trade where I choose
free to find my own teachers,
free to follow the religion of my fathers,
free to think and talk and act for myself,
and I will obey every law,
or submit to the penalty.

Heinmot Tooyalaket ( Chief Joseph), Nez Perce Leader


Leslie Lohse named Woman of the Year by state lawmaker

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Leslie Lohse, the treasurer of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, has been named 2012 Woman of the Year for California's 2nd District by Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R).

Lohse has served as treasurer for her tribe since 1994. She also serves as chair of the California Tribal Business Alliance and is active on other boards and commissions.

"Leslie is a passionate and dedicated citizen who ably serves her revered and historic Nomlaki tribe, her community and her state through her selfless leadership," Nielsen said in a press release. "Her energy and abilities have ensured a bright future for generations now and yet to be born in the north state." Lohse was presented with the award at a ceremony on Mond


Wisdom from my sister Michelle. Thank you sis.

It costs nothing to take a little time to offer a kleenex and a kind smile, a pat on the shoulder, a kind murmur, a silent ear to hear with while the other talks, or a nod of sympathy. These things are often the little matches that light - or relight - the lamp we all need to find our way in this world. And none of these things makes anyone the poorer for the doing. I am humbled by this thought.


Oklahoma tribal chief concerned about Keystone XL impact

Mar 26, 2012

Oklahoma City (AP) _ The chief of the Sac and Fox Nation plans to voice his concerns about the Keystone XL pipeline this week in Washington.

Chief George Thurman fears that workers would place the pipeline through the tribe's sacred ground in north-central Oklahoma. A spokesman for pipeline operator Transcanada says the company works closely with tribes whenever its operations have a potential impact on their lands.



The day after visiting a fair, my wife was in agony. "You know you’re past your prime," she said, "when you hurt all over and all you rode was the massage chair."


"Everything’s starting to click for me!" said my father-in-law at dinner. "My knees, my elbows, my neck ..." We’d finally built our dream home, but the contractor had a concern: the placement of an atrium window for our walk-in shower. "I’m afraid your neighbors might have a good view of you au naturel," he said. My middle-aged wife put him at ease. "Don’t worry," she said. "They’ll only look once."


My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.


Two elderly ladies had been friends since their 30s. Now in their 80s, they still got together a couple of times a week to play cards. One day they were playing gin rummy and one of them said, "You know, we’ve been friends for many years and, please don't get mad, but for the life of me, I can't remember your name. Please tell me what it is." Her friend glared at her. She continued to glare and stare at her for at least three minutes. Finally, she said, "How soon do you need to know?"


My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her right breast. It turned out to be a trick knee.


You know you're old if they have discontinued your blood type.


Recently I went to the doctor for my annual physical. The nurse asked me how much I weighed. I told her 135 pounds. Then she weighed me and the scale said 160. She asked me how tall I was. I said, "5 feet, 5 inches." She measured me and I was only 5 feet, 3 inches. So she took my blood pressure and told me it was high. "Of course it's high," I said. "When I came in here I was tall and slender. Now I'm short and fat!


A cat died and went to Heaven. God met her at the gates and said, 'You have been a good cat all these years. Anything you want is yours for the asking.'

The cat thought for a minute and then said, 'All my life I lived on a farm and slept on hard wooden floors. I would like a real fluffy pillow to sleep on.'

God said, 'Say no more.' Instantly the cat had a huge fluffy pillow.

A few days later, six mice were killed in an accident and they all went to Heaven together. God met the mice at the gates with the same offer that He made to the cat

The mice said, 'Well, we have had to run all of our lives: from cats, dogs, and even people with brooms! If we could just have some little roller skates, we would not have to run again.'

God answered, 'It is done.' All the mice had beautiful little roller skates.

About a week later, God decided to check on the cat. He found her sound asleep on her fluffy pillow. God gently awakened the cat and asked, 'Is everything okay? How have you been doing? Are you happy?'

The cat replied, 'Oh, it is WONDERFUL. I have never been so happy in my life. The pillow is so fluffy, and those little Meals on Wheels you have been sending over are delicious!'


Native American Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.

translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)


Spirit Bear as a Native American Animal Symbol

In the light of day, the spirit bear is a special species of black bear known only to a select few that live in the British Columbia area as well as a handful of islands near Alaska. It is an all-white bear known as Kermode Bear. However, for the Native American culture, the Kermode bear is known as the Spirit Bear.

According to one of many Native American stories, the spirit bear was made white by the creator of the universe to remind its people the past period of time known as the ice age. It was said that the creator did this to remind the native people of the previous hardship living in all the snow and ice. In addition, in some tribes, the white spirit bear stands for harmony and peace.

It is thought that a spirit bear exists in about ten percent of all black bear births. In actuality, the existence of the spirit bear can be blamed on a recessive characteristic in their genes. The spirit bear really is not all white. In truth, it is more off-white or creamy in color. The spirit bear, also known as the Kermode bear, exists in British Columbia.

The number of sightings dwindled for years due to a lower spirit bear population. However, thanks to some protection from the Canadian government, the Kermode bear is slowly climbing in numbers. It is mostly found in the British Columbia area of Canada, specifically the islands of Prince Rupert or Princess Royal.

In recognition of the Native American’s culture in the role of the spirit bear as a significant Native American Animal Symbol, the government of British Columbia named the spirit bear as the province’s representative animal. Even with this bestowed title, the spirit bear will forever remain a prominent symbol in local British Columbia Indian mythology.



Rosemary Family: Labiatae Genus: Rosmarinus Species: Officinalis

Also Known As: Rosemarine, Incensier

Rx: cooking, excellent tea, infusion, tincture

In ancient times people wrapped their meat with Rosemary to prevent spoilage. Rosemary is a natural preservative. Rosemary can prevent food poisoning, is a digestive aid, is a good decongestant and can kill bacteria. If you enjoy using Rosemary in your cooking, use more.

*****Warnings: do not ingest Rosemary oil, in large amounts, poisoning can occur


Saffron Family: Iridaceae Genus: Crocus Species: Sativus

Also Known As: Spanish Saffron

Rx: 12 to 15 stigmas per cup of boiling water

Since it takes 75,000 flowers to make one pound of Saffron, this herb is very expensive. Heart attack patients may actually save money using this as it is much cheaper than some clot dissolving drugs injected to treat heart attack. It can help to control some risk factors for heart disease. It also reduces cholesterol, de-clogs the arteries, and lowers blood pressure.

*****Warnings: unless you are pregnant, just the high cost


Sage Family: Labiatae Genus: Salvia Species:Officinalis

Also Known As: All types of Sage

Rx: crushed fresh leaves for cuts and wounds, infusion of dried leaves, tincture

Sage is the premiere anti-perspirant, cutting perspiration by up to 50 percent. It is a great fighter against infection, a good preservative, a digestive aid, can reduce blood sugar and helps a sore throat! And its flavor in meats and sausage is unrivaled.

*****Warnings: rare cases of inflammation of the lips and lining of the mouth. Sage oil should not be ingested.


Savory Family: Labiatae Genus: Satureja Species: Hortensis, Montana

Also Known As: White Thyme, Bean Herb

A great culinary herb, Savory has great soothing properties for children, it is a great expectorant and digestive aid and is subtle enough for use with children.

Rx: infusion of leaves for childhood colds

*****Warnings: None


Skullcap Family: Labiatae Genus: Scutellaria Species: Lateriflora

Also Known As: Quaker Bonnet, Mad Dog Weed, Hoodwort, Helmet Flower

Rx: use leaf infusion for tranquilizing effects

European medical experts now accept skullcap's potential usefulness as a tranquilizer and sedative, and it is used in many commercial sleep preparations that are widely available in Europe.

*****Warnings: large doses may result in confusion, giddiness, twitching, and possible convulsions


Tarragon Family: Compositae Genus: Artemisia Species: Dracunculus

Also Known As: Dragon Herb, Estragon, French or Russian Tarragon

Rx: chew fresh leaves for toothache, apply fresh leaves to cuts and wounds, infusion of leaves, tincture

A wonderful treatment for toothache, Tarragon is a great anesthetic and prevents infections.

*****Warnings: those with history of Cancer should not use this herb


Tea Family: Theaceae Genus: Camellia Species: Sinensis

Also Known As: Green Tea, Black Tea

Rx: typical leaf infusion

From the Orient, to the United Kingdom, Tea is widely used for its calming effects. Tea includes stimulants that help colds, congestion, asthma, diarrhea, tooth decay and helps prevent tissue damage from radiation therapy. Tea only grows in India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia and is imported around the world. Green Tea is simply the dried leaf, Black Tea is dried and then fermented.

*****Warnings: Caffeine addiction, problems associated with Caffeine


Thyme Family: Labiatae Genus: Thymus Species: Vulgaris, Serpyllum

Also Known As: Mother of Thyme, Common or Garden Thyme, Wild, Creeping or Mother Thyme

As well as a culinary delight, Thyme fights several disease causing bacteria and viruses. It is a good digestive aid, helps menstrual cramps and is a great cough remedy. Germany uses it today to treat whoop, whooping cough and emphysema.

Rx: fresh leaves for cuts and wounds, tincture for antiseptic, infusion of leaves for the stomach, cough or menstrual symptoms.

*****Warnings: Do not ingest Thyme oil, it can lead to headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, thyroid impairment, and heart and respiratory depression.


Valerian Family: Valerianaceae Genus: Valeriana Species: Officinalis

Also Known As: Phu, Heal-all, Garden Valerian

Rx: infusion of root for sedative properties, tincture

The quite smelly and pungent Valerian is a powerful sedative that was even listed as a tranquilizer in the National Formulary until 1950. A great replacement for users of valium, Valerian can also reduce high blood pressure.

*****Warnings: large doses may cause headache, giddiness, blurred vision, restlessness, nausea, and morning grogginess.


Vervain Family: Verbenaceae Genus: Verbena Species: Officinalis, Hastata

Also Known As: Indian Hyssop, Blue Vervain, Verbena, Enchanter's Herb

Rx: infusion of leaves for headache and arthritis, tincture

'Take two Vervain and call me in the morning' is how it should be said. Vervain is a great substitute for aspirin as it has similar effects. Vervain outside of being a very mild laxative is mainly used for mild pain relief.

*****Warnings: anyone with a history of heart problems should not use this herb


Witch Hazel Family: Hamamelidaceae Genus: Hamamelis Species: Virginiana

Also Known As: Hamamelis, Snapping Hazelnut, Winterbloom

Rx: astringent decoction of leaves and twigs, astringent gargle

A primary astringent in the herbal world, Witch Hazel has antiseptic, anesthetic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties. The clear, pungent extract is a standard for cuts, bruises, hemorrhoids, and sore muscles. It is one of this nation's most widely used healing herbs. It is much better to find fresh Witch Hazel than rely on commercial products containing it.

*****Warnings: may be used externally on anyone but dilute for children.


Yarrow Family: Compositae Genus: Achillea Species: Millefolium

Also Known As: Bloodwort, Nose Bleed, Thousand Weed, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort

An excellent wound treatment, Yarrow has many healing properties, is a good digestive aid, helps menstrual cramps, and is a mild sedative.

Rx: use fresh leaves and flowers for cuts and scrapes, infusion for calming and menstrual easing effects, tincture

*****Warnings: large doses may turn urine brown. This is not harmful.


Make sure to ask you doctor or health care person before you use any herbs. They can sometimes react badly with medications you are on.


Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

SOVEREIGN INDIAN: This is the Chickens inherent right as he is indigenous to this land!!!

MILITANT INDIAN: That chicken should block the road, not cross the road!!!

GRASSROOT INDIAN: If the darn chickens need to get across the road, let 'em cross the darn road!

COLONIZED INDIAN: Chiggens should never cross the roads that white men built before the great white father crosses it first. If the white father crosses it, it is good. We must then follow.

AMERICANIZED INDIAN: We must have roads. We must cross the roads that the white man built for us. We have to be thankful to the white man for this. I don't know why you Indians are always complaining. You embarrass us. Chickens are good for us.

REPUBLICAN INDIAN: It's true that that white man built those roads for us. We are merely chickens. We will always be chickens until we learn to build those roads ourselves - for profit.

DEMOCRATIC INDIAN: The chicken crossed the road because he didn't have enough funding.

TRADITIONAL INDIAN: Those chiggens weren't traditional because they were supposed to be on it - not crossing it!

INDIAN GRANDPA: I think he was runnin' away from rezidential school.

URBAN INDIAN: That chicken crossed the road 'cause it was a city, man. You know what I mean?

NEW AGE INDIAN: It was basically because of Jungian dream therapy, drumming, sweatlodges, my shaman, and long walks on the beach, near my beach house.

POW WOW INDIAN That chicken must have been heading to a 49!

EDUCATED INDIAN: I think it has to do with Einstein's theory which basically posits: "Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?"

REZ INDIAN: Whats a chicken?

IHS INDIAN: I really don't care why he crossed that road. We still aren't paying for no stinkin hospital bills.

BIA INDIAN: They crossed it because of CFR 49, Section 11299, gives them the authority to do so, under Department of Interior regulations, in the Executive Branch. They wrote a grant and we funded them. We are very proud of them.

KFC INDIAN: I'll take a leg, a thigh, with corn and potatoes. Extra Crispy, please.

And finally....................

TRIBAL INDIAN COUNCIL: The chicken crossed the road without our approval! Fire his family!!!


You know it's time to lose weight when:

* You can't see your moccasin strings anymore

* You "duck" during the duck and dive and you can't get back up

* You find yourself bringing zip lock bags and a sack to the powwow feast

* You get in line twice at the powwow feast and lie by saying, "this plate is for my grandma who's sitting in the car," and you don't realize she just went through the line 10 people ahead of you.

* You can't fit your choker, because you no longer have a neck

* Your family has to stop half way to the powwow to replace the springs on your car

* The car naturally tilts downward on the side you always ride on

* The youngest kid with the shortest legs has to sit behind your seat, because you have to have the seat pulled all the way back to fit your beefy legs into the car

* You eat Indian Tacos like potato chips

* You don't even feel your mosquito bites

* You have to "rock" a few times to get up out of your chair

* People mistake you for a teepee when you wear a white tshirt

* You have to "lift" your stomach to show off your new beaded belt buckle

* You order a coke and the waitress asks, "Diet?"

* You almost pass out in the sweathouse using only one rock

* You get scared your belly button might come untied

* In a powwow crowd of 1,000 people, everyone stops you to ask your advice about the best food stands AND where's the best fry bread stand

* Other dancers use you for shade in grand entry line

* You lose a $1,000 dance contest because your excess didn't stop in time with the drum

* Your buckskin dress looks like you're still sitting down even if you're up walking around

* You have to have your parade horse backed up next the car so you can climb up on the hood of the car and get on

* Your parade horse is a "Clydesdale"



Banaha Choctaw Corn Shuck Bread

Yield: 1

6 c Corn meal
2 ts Baking soda
Boiling water Corn shucks

Pour enough boiling water over the meal and soda mixture to make a soft dough which can be handled with the hands. Prepare 4 to 6 handfuls of corn shucks by pouring boiling water over them to cover, then strip a few shucks to make strings. Tie 2 strips together at ends. Lay an oval shaped ball of dough on shucks. Fold carefully and tie in the middle with strings. Place in large stew pot and boil 30 to 45 minutes.


Wild Apple Cornbread

Yield: 1 loaf

2 c Yellow cornmeal 1 T Cold water
2 Eggs, beaten 2 c Buttermilk
1/4 c Granulated sugar
1 c Wild apples, peeled & grated
1 ts Baking soda
2 T Margarine, melted
1/2 ts Salt Honey

Mix together in top of double boiler the cornmeal, sugar, salt, milk and margarine. Set over hot water and cook for 10 minutes. Cool. Add eggs, soda (dissolved in water), and apples. Pour into greased baking dish and bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with wild honey



4 strips bacon
2 c. cubed potatoes
2 c. diced cooked chicken
1 (8 oz.) can cream style corn
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 c. chopped onions
2 c. chicken broth
1 (8 oz.) can corn
1 c. light cream
Chopped parsley to taste

Fry bacon until crisp. Drain, cool and crumble. Saute onions in bacon drippings until tender (8 to 10 minutes). In Dutch oven, combine onions, potatoes, chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes. Add chicken, whole corn, cream corn, light cream and pepper. Heat thoroughly. Garnish each serving with parsley and crumbled bacon bits. Serves 4.


Why Should We Keep Tribal Languages Alive?

By SONNY SKYHAWKApril 6, 2012

I can't stress enough the importance of retaining our tribal languages, when it comes to the core relevance or existence of our people. Our languages can teach us many things through daily use. Language can teach us respect, for ourselves and each other, our elders, women and most importantly, the things that allowed us to exist. Our children deserve nothing less than to have inherited their own language. You could argue that when a tribe loses its language, it loses a piece of its inner-most being, a part of its soul or spirit. That is how important and meaningful our languages are to us as the original inhabitants of this hemisphere.

Historically, our ancestors relied on our language to communicate with each other and sister tribes, and when we met other tribes, we utilized sign as an alternative language to communicate.

Symbols or icons were also a source of documenting our history on stone surfaces or skins, known as Winter Counts, but languages were our main source of communicating with each other. You could lay blame for the loss of some of our languages on the Boarding Schools, where we were severely punished for speaking them, but that seems a weak excuse.

The truth is, it is our own fault and no one else’s. Today, most tribal nations continue to struggle to retain their native tongues due to attrition, assimilation and lack of use, and sadly, some have lost them forever. Our tribal colleges and schools are our only line of defense or hope, when it comes to saving our languages at this point, because we have for the most part, refrained from speaking our languages fluently at home or amongst each other. Immersion classes have sprung up in some of our communities—but is it too late ?

We have no choice; we have to assume it is not too late, but it is an ongoing struggle to keep our languages alive. My personal hope is that our present efforts will set the template for tomorrow, and that we can save our languages for those present today and those yet to be born. We need to retain and pass our tribal languages on to the next generations if we are to remain relevant as a people. We can make the comparison of losing our language to an explorer having lost his compass—and we cannot afford to lose our cultural compass, that which so clearly defines us. Speak your language if you know it, or learn it if you can, but do not let it go due to neglect. That is not who we are, or what we do, as a people. Now is the crucial time to protect and embrace your mother(‘s) tongue.

When it comes to native languages, the situation is simple: Use it or lose it.



\Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:42:36 -0400

Subject: Call to Action: Shower the White House with Your Calls

From: contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info

An excellent way for Peltier supporters to communicate with the White House is by telephone, i.e., the White House comment line at 202-456-1111.

On Friday, April 13 and April 20, please take time to call the White House to ask that President Obama free Leonard Peltier. If the lines are busy, try the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414. Ask for the comment line. You may be placed on hold until the next available staffer can take your call.

Remember that some 2,500 to 3,500 phone calls are received daily via the White House comment line. Peltier supporters often receive a busy signal simply because we're competing for phone time. Hit that redial button and try again. If you don't reach an operator in the morning, try again in the afternoon.

Each of us must place a call. Urge your colleagues, friends, and family members to call the White House, too. On April 13 and April 20, make your voices heard.

Supporters from around the world may participate in this effort by sending an e-mail to the White House:

Thank you for all you do on Mr. Peltier's behalf.

Hope we found you all well and doing good. 
Remember…if you have anything you would like to see in the newsletter you can e-mail me at: shiakoda@att.net put ‘newsletter’ in the subject line.

Thank you, have a wonderful early spring. Stay healthy, strong and safe.

Shiakoda Autumn Wolf Moon Q.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

WOLF SPIRIT newsletter March 2012

March already!!!!! Almost Spring!!! I can't wait. My favorite season...birds, flowers, sun, fresh air, outside!!! YEA!! Okay, now that I got that all out here's the newsletter...enjoy!


Before we get to the news there is something I want to mention.
You will hear about it often from me but please, just bear with me.

RoseBud Reservation....What does this mean to you? A beautiful culture? Fry bread and corn soup? Powwows....dancing....drumming....singing?

Well it is a lot more than that.

It is a people freezing, starving, it's sickness, no fresh water, bad sanitation if any. This is RoseBud Reservation in South Dakota, USA

Out of this dire condition a non profit group was started...Little Freddy and Massi Calling Corp. This group has managed, through donations, to supply 15 families in the last eight weeks,with fuel for heat. They supply food, clothes and other things they need to survive. We are asking everyone to dig really deep in their pockets and give!! Give whatever you can even if its just a dollar. A little bit added to another little bit adds up to a lot of help.

Think about what they don't have and then think about what you can give up for a day or two...coffee out...donuts out...a new hat...bring your lunch to work instead of going to a restaurant. I am sure if you look into your heart you can find something to give to help these people, our original people, and their families. Most of us don't think twice about donating to one of these causes to help in foreign countries. What about here at home? The conditions some of the people that live on reservations are WORSE than the countries you are donating to. Right here in the United States.

David Anthony is one of the people who have dedicated their life to helping these people survive. This is what he has to say:

"We are all created equally, but grew into who we are today.
In most cases, this action is by choice and is influenced by the
wants of what is material. However, we are always in control of
our actions and can alter our lives to make the world a much
better place for us and for others.

Some of us will, but more of us will not.
For those who do, Bless your humble souls, but for those who
choose not to, ask yourselves how much is enough and think
about this: Every year many elderly and children go hungry, even
freeze to death! The constant struggle to raise money for propane
and warm clothing and food, medical supplies, shelter and education
becomes our primary objective.

Please work with us at 'Freddy& Little Massi Calling Corp.' to help
us get these basic life saving items to them, by donation whatever
little you can so that we can keep providing these services as soon
as possible."
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Thank you David for all you do, we also thank Wanbli and Freddy, Creator will bless you for your work. You are real friends of the people that are not in a position to help themselves. Bless also the many members that choose to spend their time and energy to help with the cause.
To donate through Pay Pal: freddyandlittlemassi@callingcorp@yahoo.com

To donate by check:
Make payable to:
Freddy and Little Massi Calling Corp.
mail to: Freddy and Little Massi Calling Corp
               92 82 Springfield Blvd.
               Queens Village, NY 11428

They are also taking donations of hand made items and brand new items to sell on their site as a fund raiser to buy the things they need. You can also check out and see if there is something you might be interested in buying as a gift or for yourself. If you are handy and love making items please make some for Little Freddy and Massi.

I am going to pray that this touches your heart and you do what you can as often as you can. Their need is not just a one time need, it is a year-round need. School supplies, medical supplies, lightly use clothing, etc. are also needed

Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts. Please, lets not leave them behind.

You can also join in this way and have some fun while you are at it!!
RoseBud Rez Radio Station
Sunday Rez Drive every Sunday afternoon 1pm Central time. Call in, we would love to hear from you. Guests can call in at: (646) 727-1737 Lets hang out together. Lots of interesting information on this program. Please feel free to listen and call in! Lets speak about it with our international panel of down to earth people. Lots of interesting information on this program. Please feel free to listen and call in! Its about entertainment, issues, meeting new friends and Little Freddy!!

Guest call in number: 646 727 1737 and join in or listen in if you do not have access to a computer.

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Attached to this newsletter you will find a flyer about Little Freddy and Massi. If you get this e-mail I will send out flyers by e-mail to you. Check it out. If you have any questions you can contact them at:

zilginlivelife@yahoo.com or freddyandlittlemassicallingcorp@yahoo.com

You can reach me at:

There is a new group site you can join and keep up with what’s happening.
Thank you once again and please, check with us often, we will be waiting.



So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.

Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation1768-1813


Disenrollments are nothing short of tribal terrorism

Rick Cuevas / Guest Commentary

The Sierra Star has done an excellent job in bringing the shameful acts of dissenrollments of members of the Chukchansi Indians to the public. Congratulations to reporter Carmen George for her McClatchy President's Award for her story on Chukchansi tribal member dissenrollments.

Tribal membership is about heritage. It's the corrupt tribal council of Chukchansi, along with those from the Pechanga tribe of Temecula, and Redding that are tossing aside the history of their tribes with a dismissive attitude that should be alarming to the people of California. Pechanga ran ads for expanding gaming, claiming 10,000 years of history; yet quickly shed two families with more historical ties to the land, proven by the tribe's own expert, than one of their sitting council members who has no Pechanga blood.

Tribal governments are using sovereignty as a weapon to beat the weak and helpless, and terrorize them into submission. Our federal and state governments are happy to stay out of the issue by saying that membership is a tribal matter. Fair enough, but what about the government's trust responsibility to Indians to see that tribal constitutions are followed?

Good governance requires fair legal frameworks that are enforced impartially. It also requires full protection of human rights. Impartial enforcement of laws requires an independent judiciary and an impartial and incorruptible police force. That simply is not what is happening on tribal reservations.

On reservations across our state tribes are using fear tactics and yes, terrorism, to keep members in line for fear of losing their land, homes, per capita shares and health benefits. More critical is that they also lose their rights to choose a representative government and to vote on issues that pertain to them. Imagine if the Republicans were able to eliminate 25% of the Democratic vote?

Currently at Pechanga, the tribal council is threatening allottees with fines, banishment and restricted access to their property. One family is taking it upon themselves to try to force another family who was given an allotment with the creation of the reservation, off their land. They're using their family members on the council to issue the threatening letter that is published on Original Pechanga's Blog.

This is not what we voted for when we approved gaming to tribes in our state. This was not what was meant by self-reliance. I urge the readers to stand up for civil and human rights. Bill Cosby stood up and refused to perform at Chukchansi because of these issues. By telling tribes you won't go to their casinos, you can nudge them into acting justly.

Don't let tribes get away with terrorizing their own people into silence. I would advise people to consider not supporting casinos owned by tribes that abuse their people.

-- Rick Cuevas is a terminated member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and writes for Original Pechanga -- originalpechanga.com The site shines light on civil and human rights abuses to American Indians by casino tribes. Original Pechanga's Blog is visited regularly the Bureau of Indian Affairs, House of Representatives, Senate and tribal officials.


Students from Makah Tribe are finalists in science competition

Friday, March 2, 2012

Students from the Makah Nation in Washington are among 12 finalists for the Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest.

The team from Neah Bay High School and Markishtum Middle School made a documentary about the use of mushrooms to clean up Tatoosh Island, a sacred site. The students' video makes use of the Makah language.

The team already received $70,000 in technology and software for their schools. If they are among five grand prize winners, they will get an additional $100,000.

Public voting for the contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, March 12.


Salazar urges quick work for Cobell trust reform commission

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform met for the first time today and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urged its members to work quickly.

The commission was created by the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Its members will evaluate trust reform efforts at the Interior Department and deliver a report within two years.

However, Salazar said two years is too long to wait. He noted that appeals have already delayed distribution of the settlement, which was approved by Congress in December 2010.

"I'm a little concerned about the time frame," Salazar said this morning in Washington, D.C.

"I frankly don't know what's going to happen in November," he said, referring to the presidential election later this year.

"If we can get it done sooner, then let's get it done sooner," Salazar told members of the commission.

The commission is meeting today and tomorrow. Future meetings are in the works between March and December of this year.

"We know that there's been decades of work in trust reform," observed Fawn Sharp, the president of the Quinault Nation of Washington who serves as chair of the commission.

Sharp said one of her goals for the first meeting is to develop a communications plan to keep Indian

Country informed.


Grandfather Cries
Charles Phillip Whitedog

Grandfather, do you know me?
I am your blood.
The son of your son.
I come to ask you a question Grandfather.

Grandfather, don't you know me?
Can I stop being Indian now?
There are others that want to be Indian,
And if they can start from nothing,
I should be able to stop from something?

Grandfather, don't you know me?
Grandfather, I don't look like you.
I don't know what you know.
It would be easy for me to hide behind my paler skin.
No one would know the pain I feel,
Or see the tears I cry for your Great Grandchildren.

Grandfather, don't you know me?
Grandfather, look what I have done to our world.
Mother Earth is on her knees.
The Snake and Owl rule the day.
I don't understand the language you speak Grandfather.

Grandfather, don't you know me?
Grandfather, I want my Pepsi, Levi's and Porsche too.
I want to go where the others go,
And see the things they see too.
I don't have time to dance in the old way Grandfather.

Grandfather, why are you crying?
Grandfather, why are you crying?
Grandfather, please stop crying.
Grandfather, don't you know me?


Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe needs more land for housing

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"We’ve been reaching out to residents, civic leaders and employers to discuss the need for more housing for families of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. As I and other tribal officers go out and talk about our plans, one question we hear is:

"Why doesn’t the tribe just buy land like anyone else and build homes on it without making it part of the reservation?"

It’s a good question. It’s also one we’re happy to answer because it allows us to share our history and the essence of being a tribal member.

It’s crucial to us for our tribal families to live on land that’s under the jurisdiction of our tribal government. The generations before us endured so much so we can stay together as a people."


BIA agrees to mediate Chukchansi Tribe's leadership dispute

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to mediate a leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California.

Two factions, one led by Morris Reid and the other by Reggie Lewis, clashed violently at tribal headquarters on Tuesday. Both groups vacated the building on Wednesday after Madera County Sheriff John Anderson negotiated a 48-hour cooling off period.

County deputies are now patrolling the headquarters to keep the peace. It's not clear what will happen next but the BIA has "reached out to the parties and we are supporting the tribe's efforts to reach a peaceful resolution," a spokesperson told the Associated Press.

Lewis, who served as chairman, was apparently voted out of office last year. Reid says he will put an end to future disenrollments if he gains control of the tribe.


Big Thunder (Bedagi) - Wabanaki Alonqui

The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe.
The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother.
She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us....


Colville Tribes and state reach settlement for hunting rights

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the state of Washington reached a settlement over hunting and jurisdiction.

The tribe retains hunting and fishing rights on ceded land known as the North Half. Under the agreement, tribal members who are cited for violations of six hunting laws will appear in tribal court instead of state court.

"We’re pleased that the state recognizes Colville Tribal member rights in the North Half, and that as a sovereign nation, we have the authority to enforce our laws here," Chairman Michael Finley said in a press release, The Wenatchee World reported.

The state also agreed to notify the tribe when it investigates hunting cases


"[The Old People] would gather words as they walked a sacred path across the Earth, leaving nothing behind but prayers and offerings." ---- Cleone Thunder, Northern Arapahoe

Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and learnings which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.


Judge won't block construction of road above burial grounds

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A judge in California won't put a stop to a road construction project that tribes say will destroy their burial grounds.

Vista Superior Court Judge Harry Elias said San Diego County hasn't broken any laws by building the two-mile road. However, he urged the county to work with the San Luis Rey Band of LuiseƱo Indians and other tribes who oppose the development.

"Now is the time and opportunity to truly sit down and talk to each other," Elias told the parties, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Ancestral remains and artifacts were found at the site last month.


Viejas Band donates $2500 to treat dog with gunshot wounds

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Viejas Band Kumeyaay Indians donated $2,500 to help care for a dog that was found with gunshot wounds.

The dog was found on the reservation on February 20. It had been shot in the chest.

"This shooting goes against everything Viejas stands for and we will do everything we can to make sure Chance eventually gets to a home where he can know the safety, comfort and love that he deserves," Chairman Anthony R. Pico said in a statement, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Authorities are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting case.


Mining bill opposed by tribes in Wisconsin appears to be dead

Friday, March 2, 2012

A mining bill that was opposed by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and other tribes in Wisconsin appears to be dead for now.

Republicans pushed the bill, which would make it easier for Gogebic Taconite to build a $1.5 billion open pit iron ore mine next to the Bad River Reservation. But one lawmaker remained a holdout and said he couldn't support a measure that eliminates the ability for people to contest the project under state environmental laws.

"My conscience simply won’t allow me to surrender the existing environmental protections without a full and open public debate," Sen. Dale Schultz (R) said at a press conference, the Associated Press reported.

The legislative session ends in two weeks, leaving few chances for a compromise to be reached. At his press conference, Schultz noted that he met with tribal leaders and residents near the proposed mine who voiced concerns about it.


BIA moves forward with Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with its consideration of the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino project.

The BIA released a draft environmental impact statement for the West Plains Mixed-Use Development. The project calls for a facility with about 98,000 square-feet of gaming space and a 300-room hotel.

There's also plans for a parking structure, retail space, a commercial building, a cultural center and a police/fire station, according to a notice published in the Federal Register today.

The tribe is seeking a two-part determination for the casino. In addition to BIA approval, the governor of Washington will have to agree to the project.

Comments on the draft EIS are being accepted until April 16. A public hearing will be held March 23


Mashantucket Tribe makes last of casino per capita payments

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has made final per capita payments to its members, The New London Day reports.

At one point, each tribal member received upwards of $7,500 to $10,000 a month. But when the tribe's gaming revenues took a hit, the tribe decided to end the program.

The tribe had been making "transitional" payments of decreasing value, the paper said. Those payments end today.
Fond du Lac man to confront 'white pride' rally in Minnesota

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ricky Defoe, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, says he and other people will confront a "white pride" rally this Saturday in Duluth, Minnesota.

Defoe, who serves as co-chair of the Duluth American Indian Commission, said he wants the voice of minority people to be heard. He will be joined by other minority leaders at the Duluth Civic Center Plaza, an hour before the Supreme White Alliance is expected to arrive there.

The Indian commission hasn't taken a stance on the rally. Defoe said he is not acting on behalf of the commission.


Agreement with The Five Nations
April 23, 1792

Secretary for the Department of War

George Washington, President of the United States of America, "To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

"Whereas an article has been stipulated with the Five Nations of Indians, by, and with the advice and consent of the Senate of the United States, which article is in the words following, to wit:

"'The President of the United States, by Henry Knox, Secretary for the Department of War, stipulates, in behalf of the United States, the following article, with the Five Nations of Indians, so called, being the Senecas, Oneidas, and the Stockbridge Indians, incorporated with them the Tuscaroras, Cayugas, and Onondagas, to wit: the United States, in order to promote the happiness of the Five Nations of Indians, will cause to be expended, annually, the amount of one thousand five hundred dollars, in purchasing for them clothing, domestic animals, and implements of husbandry, and for encouraging useful artificers to reside in their villages.

"'In behalf of the United States: [L. S.] H. Knox,

Secretary for the Department of War.
Done in the presence of Tobias Lear, Nathan Jones.

"Now, know ye, That I, having seen and considered the said article, do accept, ratify, and confirm the same.

"In testimony whereof, I have caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed, and signed the same with my hand.

 "Given at the City of Philadelphia, the twenty-third day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, and in the sixteenth year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States.


"By the President:




Chief Strong Horse...health
Elder Tony Cricket...health
Elder Wendell Deer With Horns…Health
Elder Tom Flanders…Health and Recovery
Elaine… Grandfather owls wife...health and healing
Bob C....health and healing
Bobbie C...health and strength
Theresa...health and healing
Sarah Spirit...health, healing, wisdom and strength
Leonard Peltier...spiritual strength and health
Lora Lee…Health , strength and healing

Pray for all that are incarcerated that they find peace and a new way.
Pray for wisdom for our Spiritual Leaders so they can help others find their way

Pray for our troops fighting for our freedom
Pray for UTAN... to keep us strong and always together
Pray for all Clan Mothers and Chiefs...to show the right way and to lead with strength and wisdom

All our ancestors and relations

Special prayers for our Elders for sharing their wisdom.

Special prayers for David and Wanbli…the founders of Little Freddy and Massi Calling Corp. and all its members. We thank them for their time and dedication in helping the people.


Ojibwa Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to everyone,

Hear me.
I come to you as one of your many children;
I am weak... I am small...I need your wisdom
and your strength.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever
behold the red and purple sunsets.
Make my hands respect the things you have made,
and make my ears sharp so I may hear your voice.

Make me wise, so that I may understand what you
have taught my people and
The lessons you have hidden in each leaf and each rock.
I ask for wisdom and strength,
Not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able
to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me ever ready to come before you with
clean hands and a straight eye,
So as life fades away as a fading sunset,
My spirit may come to you without shame.



Fried Squash Bread

Yield: 1 batch

1 c Corn meal Water
2 Summer squash, diced             

1/4 c Buttermilk
1 Egg

Cook squash in water until soft; leave 3/4 c. water in pot. Combine other
ingredients with squash and water; mix together. Fry in hot oil until
golden brown.

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Hopi Corn Stew

1 c ground goat meat (or beef)
2 c green corn, cut from cobs
1 sm sweet green pepper, chopped
1 c summer squash, cubed
1 tb whole wheat flour
Salt (to taste)

Fry meat in a little fat (shortening or cooking oil) until brown. Add
rest of ingredients (except flour) and cover with water. Simmer until vegetables are almost tender. Stir 2 tb cooking water with 1 tb whole wheat flour, return to cook pot, simmer five more minutes while stirring. Add blue corn meal dumplings if desired

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Indian Bread

Yield: 1 batch

3 c Flour
1 ts Baking soda
1/4 ts Nutmeg
1 c Molasses
1 3/4 c Cornmeal
2 ts Salt
3 1/3 c Milk

Sift together the dry ingredients. Combine the milk and molasses. Add
the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour
into a well-greased 2-quart steam mold, cover and place on a rack in a
deep kettle that has a close-fitting lid. Pour enough boiling water into
the kettle to come about halfway up the mold. Cover the kettle and steam the mold for 3 hours. Remove the mold from the kettle and let stand 20 minutes. Remove the cover and let stand 10 minutes longer. Loosen the edges with spatula; invert onto plate. Let stand until bread unmolds.

Serve with lots of butter.



You are in trouble

An evil Atheist explorer in the deepest Amazon suddenly finds himself surrounded by a bloodthirsty group of natives. Upon surveying the situation, he says quietly to himself "Oh God, I'm screwed!!!!!."

There is a ray of light from heaven and a voice booms out: "No, you are NOT screwed. Pick up that stone at your feet and bash in the head of the chief standing in front of you."

So the explorer picks up the stone and proceeds to bash the living heck out of the chief.

As he stands above the lifeless body, breathing heavily and surrounded by 100 natives with a look of shock on their faces, Gods voice booms out again: "Okay ..... NOW you're screwed."

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A guy traveling through the prairies of the USA stopped at a
small town and went to a bar. He stood at the end of the bar,
ordered a drink, and lit up a cigar.

As he sipped his drink, he stood there quietly blowing smoke
rings. After he blew nine or ten smoke rings into the air, an
angry American Indian stomped up to him and said, "One more
remark like that and I'll smash your face in!"

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A film crew was on location deep in the desert. One day an
Old Indian went up to the director and said, "Tomorrow rain."

The next day it rained.

A week later, the Indian went up to the director and said,
"Tomorrow storm."

The next day there was a hailstorm.

This Indian is incredible," said the director. He told his
secretary to hire the Indian to predict the weather. However,
after several successful predictions, the old Indian didn't
show up for two weeks.

Finally the director sent for him. "I have to shoot a big
scene tomorrow," said the director, "and I'm depending on you.

What will the weather be like?"
The Indian shrugged his shoulders. "Don't know," he said.
"Radio is broken."

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They always ask at the doctor's reception why you are there, and you have to answer in front of others what's wrong and sometimes it is embarrassing.

There's nothing worse than a Doctor's Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you, in a room full of other patients. I know most of us have experienced this, and I love the way this old guy handled it.

A 75-year-old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the desk.

The Receptionist said, 'Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?'

'There's something wrong with my dong', he replied.

The receptionist became irritated and said, 'You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that. '

'Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I told you,' he said.

The Receptionist replied; 'Now you've caused some embarrassment in this room full of people. You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something, and discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private.'

The man replied, 'You shouldn't ask people questions in a roomful of strangers if the answer could embarrass anyone. The man walked out, waited several minutes, and then re-entered.

The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, 'Yes??' There's something wrong with my ear,' he stated.

The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice. 'And what is wrong with your ear,Sir?'

'I can't piss out of it,' he replied.

The waiting room erupted in laughter.

Mess with seniors and you're going to loose.

*****ALWAYS check with your doctor before trying anything new, even herbs.

Glossary Of Medical Properties Of Herbs:

Adaptogens: Herbs that help us adapt to stress by supporting the adrenal glands, the endocrine system, and the whole person.
***Examples are ginseng root, nettle leaf, sarsaparilla, licorice root, and ashwagandha.

Alterative: (Sanskrit: Parivartakas or Rakta Shodhana Karma ) These herbs alter or change a long-standing condition by aiding the elimination of metabolic toxins. Gradually facilitates a beneficial change in the body. Also known as "blood cleansers' in the past, these herbs improve lymphatic circulation, boost immunity, and help clear chronic conditions of the skin. These herbs also heal sores, boils, tumors, cancers; reduces fevers; detoxifies the liver, kills parasites and worms; helps in the treatment of infectious, contagious diseases and epidemics, flu, acne herpes, and venereal disease.
***Examples are: ginseng, aloe, sandalwood, red clover, burdock, bayberry, black pepper, cinnamon, myrrh, and safflower.

Analgesic or anodynes: These herbs reduce or eliminate pain (e.g., digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous system, nerve, muscle, tooth pain, nervous digestion, headaches). Some herbs are strong pain relievers, often working best against pains of specific causes.
***Examples: Camphor, chamomile, cinnamon, cloves, echinacea, lavender flower, feverfew herb, cabbage leaves, wintergreen leaf , passionflower herb and flower.

Anthelmintic (Sanskrit: Krumighana karma or krimighna) Herbs that destroys and dispels worms, parasites, fungus, yeast.
***Examples are: Pau d'arco, goldenseal, wormseed, wormwood, ajwan, cayenne, peppers, and pumpkin seeds.

Anodyne: Herbs that relieve pain and reduces the sensitivity of the nerves.
***Examples: Ashok, barberry, cedar, and ginger.

Antacid: Neutralizes the acid produced by the stomach. Helps the stomach lining recuperate to accommodate the healthy gastric acid needed for good digestion. ***Examples are: marshmallow root and leaf, meadowsweet herb, hops flower, and sweet flag.

Antibiotic: Inhibits the growth of germs, bacteria, and harmful microbes.
***Examples: Turmeric and echinacea.

Antidiarrhea: An alterative.
***Examples are: Blackberry, comfrey, gentian, red raspberry, and yellow dock, black pepper, and ginger.

Antiemetic: Prevents or alleviates nausea and vomiting.
***Examples are: Cloves, coriander, ginger, and raspberry.

Antipyretic: (Sanskrit- Jwarahara) reduces fever by reducing production of heat at its centers; destroying fever toxins; sweating to increase the loss of heat; drawing out the heat (e.g., cold baths).
***Examples: Amalaki, black pepper, brihati, nirgundi, safflower, sandalwood.

Antiseptic: prevents decay or putrefaction. A substance that inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms without necessarily destroying them.
***Examples are: Aloe, Chitrak, gokshura, gudmar, sandalwood, and turmeric.

Antispasmodic: Relieves or prevents involuntary muscle spasm or cramps by strengthening nerves and the nervous system.
***Examples: Camomile, ashwagandha, basil, calamus, guggul, licorice, myrrh, sage, gotu kola, jatamanshi, peppermint, sandalwood, and spearmint.

Aperient.- (Sanskrit- Bhedaniya) A mild or gentle laxative. Also called aperitive. ***Example: Rhubarb.

Appetizer: For stimulating the appetite.
***Examples: Cardamom, coriander.

Aromatic: Herb with a pleasant, fragrant scent and a pungent taste.
***Examples: Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, peppermint, and turmeric.

Astringent: Causes a local contraction of the skin, blood vessels, and other tissues, thereby arresting the discharge of blood, mucus, etc. Usually used locally as a topical application.
***Examples: Amalaki, arjuna, ashok, cinnamon, jasmine, sandalwood, and yarrow.


Well, I guess that’s it til next month.

Don’t forget to check out Little Freddy’s yahoo group, theres good info there and this is where you will find items for sale to help with the fund raiser.

Don’t forget to turn clocks ‘ahead’, Spring is here!!!!!! Yea!!!! I can’t wait to be sitting outside instead of in here. :>)

Blessings and good wishes for all you need in life. Good health for you and yours

Shiakoda Autumn Wolf Moon Q.