Thursday, December 15, 2011

WOLF SPIRIT newsletter December 2011

With the new year only one month away, this is a good time to start thinking about what changes you want to make for the new year.

My first and foremost resolution is to go through everything I own and 'lighten the load'. I need to weed through and throw out. Then I need to work on losing weight. I guess thats enough for now. It will keep me really busy for the new year. How about you? What do you plan on doing?

I feel like this year began a few months ago and here I am writting the last one for this year. Time goes too fast!!

Ramapough Tribe Rallies To Fight For 'Right To Worship'

Tribe cited for building Halifax Rd. Longhouse without permit; hearing postponed one month

ByJessica Mazzola
About 200 members and supporters of the Ramapough-Lenape Nation chanted in solidarity outside Mahwah’s town hall Tuesday night after the hearing of a municipal court case against the Indian tribe was postponed 30 days.

According to the Ramapough’s attorney George Cotz, Mahwah’s zoning department cited the tribe in October for building a religious long house on its property without the proper permits. The crowd gathered to face the charge to defend what they felt was unfair treatment, he said.

"We are talking about the rights of a racial and religious minority to worship how and where they want to," Cotz said Tuesday night.

The case was postponed 30 days by municipal Judge Anthony Gianni, who said the new date should be a Thursday afternoon, and a special court session to handle this case, because "there is such an interest in it." Tuesday night numerous other regularly-scheduled cases were heard.

The township is trying to halt the construction of a Ramapough-Lenape ceremonial longhouse until the tribe gets the proper approvals and permits it needs, Mahwah Property Maintenance Officer and Zoning Inspector Tom Mulvey said last month.

The tribe is in the middle of building a spiritual longhouse made of logs, tree trunks and branches on its 14-acre open property on Halifax Road.

"This land is very important to us. It is used for religious purposes," Assistant Tribal Chief Vinny Mann, who said that the logs used to build the house are from trees that have naturally fallen down, not ones that have been cut, said.

"I am empathize with what they are trying to accomplish there, but that doesn’t mean they do not need certain things in order before they build a structure on the land," Mulvey told Patch last month. According to the inspector, the land on Halifax is in either a floodplain or a flood way, so the tribe needs approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection before it can begin building anything on it, longhouses included.

"With the last storm, there was three or four feet of water in the area, so the DEP needs to approve it before we can allow anything," he said. After DEP approval, the tribe would also need to apply for a zoning permit and a building permit from the township before they could officially begin building, Mulvey said.

Mann argues that since they are not putting together a watertight building, water would be able to flow freely through the house in the event of a flood, and he is hoping the DEP will waive the requirement, or approve the project, based on that.

"We put these poles in the ground a year ago, and now we want to finally move forward with this project," Mann said. "This is where we pray and we believe we should have the right to do that." Mann said the Ramapoughs applied for a permit from the town, but were "flat out denied" without the DEP approval. Mann said the tribe has applied for DEP approval, and is currently waiting for it.

According to Mulvey, "we have to make sure it’s in compliance with the DEP before we can approve anything." The inspector admits that approval from the state on a project like this often takes "a long time," so anyone planning on building in a floodplain should "plan in advance."

Mann says the carver they asked to do the work, an Airmont man named Joseph Liporace, Jr., "is carving spiritual images into what’s standing already."

Liporace said he is "more than honored" to be etching the traditional msiingw (pronounced "men-sing") carvings. Though not of Native American decent, or a carpenter by trade, Liporace said he carves figurines as a hobby.

"I’m not getting paid for this work, I just see it as a once in a lifetime honor. And, honestly, I didn’t really know how to make these carvings, but I prayed for guidance and it just flowed through my hands. I have no idea how it happened, but I am really enjoying it," he said.

The tribe was planning Tuesday night to replicate its big presence at its next court appearance.

"We are trying to resolve things with the township," Cotz said, "but it is not a simple question."

Dear Santa, Please Buy Indian Again (2011)December 11, 2011

Dear Santa,

I’ve been good again this year and am very excited for Christmas.

Thank you for all of the wonderful Native-made presents you brought my family and me
last year. Will you please do the same this year? Since none of this stuff is made at the North Pole you’ll have to buy it again from Indian Country — you know, Buy Indian — OK?

For my mom, please bring her a purse or scarf made by Dorothy Grant. She will feel so good wearing something so beautiful.

For my dad, please bring him all the Umqua Indian Foods beef jerky he can eat. He’s easy to please.

For my oldest brother, please bring him a Louie Gong print Psycho Killer Whale Linocut Print. It will look cool in his college dorm room.

For my older sister, please bring her a Litefoot action figurine, with flat-billed lid, high tops and beat-box accessories. She has a major crush on him. If he is out of stock, please bring her a Litefoot gift set.

For me and all of my brothers and sisters, please bring them something from Native Threads, Nakota Designs, HYDZ Gear, or Haida Shoes. All of that Native-made gear is awesome.

For me and my cousins, please bring us Gyasi Ross’ new book, "Don’t Know Much About Indians."

For the singers and drummers in my family, please bring them a JBear Rawhide hand drum.

For my great aunties, please bring them something authentic from the Quileute Nation. They are huge Twilight fans and would love anything made by Quileute People.

For my mom, aunties and grandmas, please bring them Sister Sky indigenous bath and beauty products. I know they’ll love the stuff’s smell and feel.

For my uncles and grandpas, please bring them Tanka Gift Baskets. They’ll love the buffalo snacks.

For everyone, please put Tanka Bars in our stockings. Another great stocking stuffer: Star Nayea’s Christmas Dream CD. Life’s Beautiful Journey holiday cards by Linley Logan would also be a nice touch.

Finally, for my tribe’s and all tribes’ leaders, please give them the tools to build vibrant small Indian business sectors and inter-tribal economies so Indian Country will prosper for generations to come, especially when Indian gaming fades away. Unfortunately you must have run short on these tools last Christmas, as Buy Indian still isn’t a reality in Indian Country in 2011. Hopefully that will change in 2012.

Oh, and although I left you homemade chocolate chip cookies last year, I hope you will try the Tanka Bar I left you this year. It should allow you to squeeze down those chimneys a bit easier.

Thank you, Santa!

Jimmy Indian, age 9


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)

Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves bills at meeting
Friday, December 9, 2011

Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved two bills at a business meeting on Thursday.

The committee approved S.1763, the SAVE Native Women Act. The bill restores tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians in domestic violence cases.

"The SAVE Native Women Act is will work to prevent violent crimes against Native women and will hold perpetrators accountable for their criminal behavior," said Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the committee. "Although we cannot change the past or right the wrongs for those who have been victimized, we can change their futures by passing legislation to better protect Native women, children and families, and by putting a stop to this cycle of violence."

The Obama administration supports the bill, which has 11 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, just signed on to the effort.

"The SAVE Native Women Act takes steps to address the epidemic of violence against Native women," Reid said. "Abuse and sex trafficking of women will not be tolerated, and I will continue to support legislation that helps keep tribal communities safe in Nevada and all of Indian Country."

The committee also approved
S.1065, the Blackfoot River Land Settlement. The bill settles a land dispute involving the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho.

North Dakota Rough Rider Award Critic Questions Sakakawea Eligibility

December 9, 2011

I read with great surprise that North Dakota resident Sakakawea, who traveled as a guide on the great Lewis and Clark expedition that laid the geographical history of the landscape of early America and helped to locate many of the American Indian tribes, their lands of origin and their
cultural uniqueness, was being questioned as eligible to receive the prestigious Rough Rider Award by at least one historical critic.

Clay Jenkinson, director of the Dakota Institute of the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, in the Forum article said "I think the Rough Rider Award should go to living people who are contributing to our understanding of North Dakota."

The irony of anyone suggesting that Sakakawea does not "qualify" for the award because she is not living today and because she is not an original North Dakotan is ridiculous for a number of reasons.

First of all, Sakakawea was adopted into the Hidatsa community when she was allegedly kidnapped and adapted to living among the Hidatsas. The irony, of course, is that the United States, supported by a North Dakota Chapter recognizing the Ft. Berthold Reservation and the Ft. Berthold Tribe (now the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation), placed these three distinct tribes with distinct cultural differences under one geographical roof because they lived peacefully with each other (separately) in the untamed wilds of the Midwest.

Sakakawea is unquestionably North Dakotan. If Theodore Roosevelt were still President, in fact, Mr. Jenkinson, he would waive his stick at you and say "Bully for you Sakakawea, ignore this man!" I would have to agree.

I am also from North Dakota, tribal member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. I am Metis and my people are originally from Northern Manitoba. North Dakota gave us repose when our way of life was threatened in Northern Canada. My people have deep roots and relatives here and I, among thousands, was born here. I am North Dakota, Sakakawea is North Dakota and we are proud of her.

We do not question society’s choice to allow Arnold Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, to be Governor of California. We do not question (unless you are Donald Trump) the ability for the American people to vote for the first black U.S. President whose father was born in Kenya Africa do we? Last time I checked, American Indians are now allowed to vote, albeit it not that long ago.

We voted as North Dakotans for Sakakawea to stand as holding the spirit of North Dakota. The discovery of most of North America, a land already occupied by the Indigenous people, is nothing to sneeze at – so please do not thumb your noses at our choice of North Dakota’s Rough Rider Awardee, Sakakawea, a symbol of strength, wisdom and a darn good tour guide.

Monique Vondall-Rieke is a tribal attorney in North and South Dakota and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.


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 to 1914)

Washington court backs state jurisdiction over smokeshop
Friday, December 9, 2011

The state of Washington can assert criminal jurisdiction over a smokeshop located in Indian Country, the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

The Comenout family owns and operates the Indian Country Store on an Indian allotment that is not within the boundaries of a reservation. The court, however, noted that Washington is a
Public Law 280 state.

"Washington assumed full nonconsensual 'criminal jurisdiction over all Indian country outside established Indian reservations,'" under Public Law 280, the court wrote.

In July 2008, the state raided the smokeshop and seized 37,000 cartons of cigarettes, worth an estimated $750,000. The Comenouts were selling the tobacco without collecting state taxes.

The late Edward Comenout was the owner of the store at the time of the raid. He was a member of the
Quinault Nation, which has signed a tobacco tax compact with the state.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe eager to negotiate casino deal

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe expects to announce a casino site soon and start Class III gaming compact negotiations, Chairman Cedric Cromwell said.

The tribe has been looking throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Two prior sites fell through the Cromwell is optimistic about the future.

"We're moving forward. We're committed to our sovereign rights and getting our initial reservation approved," Cromwell told The Cape Cod Times.

Under H.3702, the state's new gaming law, the tribe has until July 31, 2012, to negotiate a compact. The tribe also needs to have a casino site in place, although the land doesn't have to be in trust by that time.

The law also requires the tribe to schedule an election in the host community.


DOJ finalizes process to restore role in Public Law 280 state
Friday, December 9, 2011

Department of Justice has finalized the process by which it can resume jurisdiction over reservations located in Public Law 280 states.

Under Public Law 280, which was passed during the termination era, six states assumed criminal and civil criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country. The law divested the federal government of its concurrent jurisdiction in these "mandatory" states.

The law, as amended in 1968, provides a mechanism by which a state can retrocede its jurisdiction over a particular reservation. The Tribal Law and Order Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010, takes the process one step further by allowing a tribe to request the federal government restore its role.

"Assumption of concurrent Federal criminal jurisdiction under this rule does not require the approval of any State," DOJ said in a notice published in the Federal Register on December 6.

The notice states that the process does not apply to tribes in "optional" Public Law 280 states. DOJ has already concluded that it has maintained concurrent jurisdiction in "optional" states.

According to
Public Law 280: Issues and Concerns for Victims of Crime in Indian Country, the "mandatory" states are California, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin and Alaska. There were some exceptions, as noted by the article, and three "mandatory" states have retroceded jurisdiction over certain reservations.

The rule describes the process by which DOJ will evaluate requests from tribes in the mandatory states. A notice will be published in the Federal Register within 30 days, opening a comment period on the request.




Power Animal, Messenger, Discernment, Intuition, Observation, Wisdom, Courage, Truth

By Ina Woolcott

The hawk's gifts include clear sightedness, being observant, long distance memory, messages from the universe, guardianship, recalling past lives, courage, wisdom, illumination, seeing the bigger picture, creativity, truth, experience, wise use of opportunities, overcoming problems, magic, focus.

Hawk is associated with the number 14, with the tarot card Temperance. The Temperance card represents the teaching of higher expressions of psychic ability and vision.

The Hawk represents a messenger in the Native American culture. It often shows up in our life when we need to pay attention to the subtle messages found around us, and from those we come into contact with. As with all messages received, it is important to recognise the messages underlying truth. We will be taught to be observant and also pay attention to what we may overlook. This could mean a talent we aren't using, a gift or unexpected help for which we haven't shown our gratitude for, or a message from the Universe. As there are so many hawk varieties, the messages vary and can affect all levels of our psyche.

Hawks are the protectors and visionaries of the Air. They hold the key to higher levels of consciousness. This power animal enables us to awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose. Having Hawk as power animal means your life will be filled with responsibility, because Hawk people seek the overall view. You will most probably be aware of omens and spirit messages.

A Red tailed Hawk is special. It will ALWAYS be with you, for life. It has direct ties to the Kundalini, the seat of primal life force. It is linked to the base chakra. If you have this power animal, you need to be aware of and work toward fulfilling your soul's destiny. It reflects far greater intensity of energy within your life: physically, emotionally and mentally. Spiritual forces will be felt strong within you.

One trait all hawks share, is the ability to move between the seen and unseen realms gracefully, joining both worlds together. Their acute vision attributes this ability, their discriminating nature keeps them out of dangers path. Hawks have a broad vision, allowing them to see what the future holds. In man this is a symbol of prophetic insight. If this gift is underdeveloped, it is common for people with this power animal to have a tendency of over analysing everything. When this is so, clear vision is lost. You must learn to keep your analytical mind under control, not allowing it to run wild.

Hawk posses many hunting skills. The most common, when pursuing prey, is to swiftly follow the prey's efforts to get away. Once the prey is caught in the hawks mighty talons, it is then dismembered with their sharply pointed, powerful beak. For us, this may indicate that we may be able to run, but not hide from our destiny. For, eventually it will catch up with us.

The destiny of man is to awaken from their spiritual amnesia and to realign with the original intention of their soul. When the hawk gets a hold of us in his powerful talons, we will be asked to evaluate who we have become and to shatter our self created illusions. This will help our inner truth to come out into the open and for it to shine.

Hawk denotes union with All That Is. The hawk is a bird of the heavens, arranging the changes necessary to prompt our spiritual growth. Having this power animal can be bitter sweet. When accepting its presence in your life, you will be asked to surrender/give up anything that doesn't honour the integrity of all life. Whether its an idea, feeling or action. Although hard work is involved, the rewards to be reaped are great, far outweighing this.


Tigua Tribe leader says Jack Abramoff's apology is too late
Monday, December 12, 2011

Jack Abramoff says he's sorry for defrauding
Tigua Tribe out of $4.2 million.

But the convicted lobbyist isn't apologizing to tribal leaders in person. Instead he told The El Paso Times that he feels bad about stealing their money.

"I'd tell them I'm horribly sorry for the things I did that were wrong, that I wish I could make it up to them, I wish I could some way give or do something to make it better," Abramoff told the paper.

But Lt. Gov. Carlos Hisa doesn't believe Abramoff is truly remorseful. He said the apology should have come when the scandal broke in early 2004.

"I do not find it sincere. The time to come back and apologize is when the investigation was going on," Hisa told the paper.

Then he offered Abramoff a response: "You might have hurt us, but we've been through this before, we will survive. We've been here before the United States was even the United States of America. We went through just a lot of rough times and we stand proud and strong," he told the paper.

"How proud can he stand? How proud can his children be standing knowing that their dad ruined this for them?" Hisa added.


Selling rare Cheyenne shirt was responsible choice
Thursday, December 8, 2011

"The Southern Oregon Historical Society is being practical and prudent by selling valuable artifacts that have no local significance. The society's decision to sell a rare Cheyenne shirt dating from the early 1800s angered some who felt the collection should belong to the Cheyenne tribe, but the society was within its rights to auction the item.

The shirt's only link to Southern Oregon was Benjamin Bones, a Grants Pass resident who donated the shirt in 1957. An ancestor of Bones obtained the shirt at Fort McPherson, Neb., near modern-day North Platt.

The shirt and several other artifacts were sold at auction in San Francisco on Monday, bringing nearly $370,000 to the historical society — money the struggling organization badly needs after losing its tax base.

Cheyenne tribal officials criticized the sale, saying the shirt should be returned to the tribe."


Herbal medicine Overview:
What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine -- also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine -- refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease.

What is the history of herbal medicine?

Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants. Indigenous cultures (such as African and Native American) used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used. Researchers found that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.

In the early 19th century, when chemical analysis first became available, scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds, and over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.

Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600 - 700 plant-based medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians. In the last 20 years in the United States, public dissatisfaction with the cost of prescription medications, combined with an interest in returning to natural or organic remedies, has led to an increase in herbal medicine use.

How do herbs work?

In many cases, scientists aren' t sure what specific ingredient in a particular herb works to treat a condition or illness. Whole herbs contain many ingredients, and they may work together to produce a beneficial effect. Many factors determine how effective an herb will be. For example, the type of environment (climate, bugs, soil quality) in which a plant grew will affect it, as will how and when it was harvested and processed.

How are herbs used?

The use of herbal supplements has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Herbal supplements are classified as dietary supplements by the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. That means herbal supplements -- unlike prescription drugs -- can be sold without being tested to prove that they are safe and effective. However, herbal supplements must be made according to good manufacturing practices.

The most commonly used herbal supplements in the U.S. include echinacea (Echinacea purpurea and related species), St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), garlic (Allium sativum), saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), ginseng (Panax ginseng, or Asian ginseng; and Panax quinquefolius, or American ginseng), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), valerian (Valeriana officinalis), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), ginger (Zingiber officinale), evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), and milk thistle (Silybum marianum).

Often, herbs may be used together because the combination is more effective and may have fewer side effects. Health care providers must take many factors into account when recommending herbs, including the species and variety of the plant, the plant's habitat, how it was stored and processed, and whether or not there are contaminants (including heavy metals and pesticides).

What is herbal medicine good for?

Herbal medicine is used to treat many conditions, such as asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome, among others. Herbal supplements are best taken under the guidance of a trained health care provider. Be sure to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbs. Some common herbs and their uses are discussed below.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) has been used in traditional medicine to treat circulatory disorders and enhance memory. Although not all studies agree, ginkgo may be especially effective in treating dementia (including Alzheimer's disease) and intermittent claudication (poor circulation in the legs). It also shows promise for enhancing memory in older adults. Laboratory studies have shown that ginkgo improves blood circulation by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of blood platelets. By the same token, this means ginkgo may also increase the effect of some blood-thinning medications, including aspirin. People taking blood-thinning medications should ask their doctor before using ginkgo.

Kava kava (Piper methysticum) is said to elevate mood, well-being, and contentment, and produce a feeling of relaxation. Several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and related nervous disorders. However, there is serious concern that kava may cause liver damage. It's not clear whether the kava itself caused liver damage in a few people or whether it was taking kava in combination with other drugs or herbs. It's also not clear whether kava is dangerous at previously recommended doses, or only at higher doses. Some countries have taken kava off the market. It remains available in the United States, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer advisory in March of 2002 regarding the "rare" but potential risk of liver failure associated with kava-containing products.

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is used by more than 2 million men in the United States for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. A number of studies suggest that the herb is effective for treating symptoms, including too-frequent urination, having trouble starting or maintaining urination, and needing to urinate during the night. But a well-conducted study published in the February 9, 2006 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine found that saw palmetto was no better than placebo in relieving the signs and symptoms of BPH.

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is well known for its antidepressant effects. In general, most studies have shown that St. John's wort may be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, and has fewer side effects than most other prescription antidepressants. But the herb interacts with a wide variety of medications, including birth control pills, so it is important to take it only under the guidance of a health care provider.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a popular alternative to commonly prescribed medications for sleep problems because it is considered to be both safe and gentle. Some studies bear this out, although not all have found valerian to be effective. Unlike many prescription sleeping pills, valerian may have fewer side effects such as morning drowsiness.

Echinacea preparations (from Echinacea purpurea and other Echinacea species) may improve the body's natural immunity. Echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbal products, but studies are mixed as to whether it can help prevent or treat colds. A meta-analysis of 14 clinical studies examining the effect of echinacea on the incidence and duration of the common cold found that echinacea supplements decreased the odds of getting a cold by 58%. It also shortened the duration of a cold by 1.4 days.

Buying standardized herbal supplements helps ensure you will get the right dose and the effects similar to human clinical trials. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about which herbal supplements are the best choice for your health concerns.

Is there anything I should watch out for?

Used correctly, herbs can help treat a variety of conditions and in some cases may have fewer side effects than some conventional medications. But because they are unregulated, herbal products are often mislabeled and may contain additives and contaminants that aren' t listed on the label. Some herbs may cause allergic reactions or interact with conventional drugs, and some are toxic if used improperly or at high doses. Taking herbs on your own increases your risk, so it is important to consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking herbal medicines. Some examples of adverse reactions from certain popular herbs are described below.
St. John's wort can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun's ultraviolet rays, and may cause an allergic reaction, stomach upset, fatigue, and restlessness. Clinical studies have found that St. John's wort also interferes with the effectiveness of many drugs, including the blood thinner warfarin (Couamdin), protease inhibitors for HIV, birth control pills, certain asthma drugs, and many other medications. In addition, St. John's wort should not be taken with prescribed antidepressant medication. The FDA has issued a public health advisory concerning many of these interactions.

Kava kava has been linked to liver toxicity. Kava has been taken off the market in several countries because of liver toxicity.

Valerian may cause sleepiness, and in some people it may even have the unexpected effect of overstimulating instead of sedating.

Garlic, ginkgo, feverfew, and ginger, among other herbs, may increase the risk of bleeding.

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) may increase the risk of seizures in people who have seizure disorders.

Some herbal supplements, especially those imported from Asian countries, may contain high levels of heavy metals, including lead, mercury, and cadmium. It is important to purchase herbal supplements from reputable manufacturers to ensure quality. Talk to your health care provider for more information.


Barley-Vegetable Soup

From The Choose to Loose Diet Book by Dr. Ron Goor & Nancy Goor

1/2 cup pearl barley, washed
1 tsp thyme
2 quarts homemade chicken   stock, or 3 cans (10 3/4 oz each)
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
chicken broth,  strained, + 3 cans water                                     
3 - 5 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 small onion, cut into fourths 1/2 zucchini, sliced
1 carrot, cut into thirds
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, cut into 1 inch slices
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Place barley, chicken stock, onion quarters, carrot thirds, celery slices, thyme, and bay leaf in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 1 hour or until barley is tender.

Add sliced carrots, celery, zucchini, and chopped onion and cook until tender.

Add spinach a few minutes before serving.

Makes 9 one-cup servings

Per serving: 100 total calories; trace Fat calories


Chief Strong                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elder Wendell Deer With Horns…Health and the best outcome for him with his job.
Elder Tom Flanders…Health and Recovery
Elaine… Grandfather owls and healing
Bob and healing
Bobbie and strength and healing
Sarah, healing, wisdom and strength
Leonard Peltier...spiritual strength and health
Lora Lee…Health , strength and healing
Lynn from, healing and strength
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 show the right way and to lead with strength and wisdom

All our ancestors and relations


Children's Toys and Winter Clothing
Please only send NEW items for children of ALL ages. Remember that our teens need some holiday cheer, too!

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Belcourt, North Dakota (Leonard Peltier's Nation)
TMBCI Holiday Gift Drive
Attention Cindy Malaterre
PO Box 900
Belcourt, ND 58316

Oglala Sioux Nation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Paul Waha Shields
PO Box 159
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

Peltier Network: Relief Services
Year-Long Support

Peltier College Scholarship (Cash Donations) and School Supplies (Paper, pens and pencils, binders, erasers, backpacks, etc.)
Oglala Commemoration
1939 Wentzville Parkway
Wentzville, MO 63385

Thank You!
We Wish You Many Blessings This Holiday Season and Throughout the New Year!


From: "LPDOC" <>
Subject: Make Those Calls
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 08:44:14 -0800 (PST)

Greetings to all. We hope this message finds you well and in good spirits.

In support of our activities underway in Washington, DC, relative to the White House Tribal Conference, we ask that everyone make a special effort to call the White House comment line today and tomorrow. Call the Comment Line: (202) 456-1111. Alternatively, call the White House Switchboard - (202) 456-1414 - and ask to be connected with the Comment Line. If calling from outside the United States, dial first the International Area Code + 1 (US country code).

Do also recall that you can contact the White House by Web form (new):

Organizations that wish to submit an e-mail message to the President in support of Leonard Peltier's freedom should use this Web form address:

Thank you.

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106



Ed came home drunk one night, slid into bed beside his sleeping wife, and fell into a deep slumber.

He awoke before the Pearly Gates, where St. Peter said, 'You died in your sleep, Ed.'

Ed was stunned. 'I'm dead? No, I can't be! I've got too much to live for. Send me back!'

St. Peter said, 'I'm sorry, but there's only one way you can go back, and that is as a chicken.'

Ed was devastated, but begged St. Peter to send him to a farm near his home.

The next thing he knew, he was covered with feathers, clucking and pecking the ground.

A rooster strolled past. 'So, you're the new hen, huh? How's your first day here?'

'Not bad,' replied Ed the hen, 'but I have this strange feeling inside. Like I'm gonna explode!'

'You're ovulating,' explained the rooster. 'Don't tell me you've never laid an egg before?'

'Never,' said Ed.

'Well, just relax and let it happen,' says the rooster. 'It's no big deal.'

He did, and a few uncomfortable seconds later, out popped an egg!

He was overcome with emotion as he experienced motherhood.

He soon laid another egg -- his joy was overwhelming.

As he was about to lay his third egg, he felt a smack on the back of his head, and heard.....

"Ed, wake up! You shit the bed!"

Getting OLD just ain't what they said it would be!


Two sisters, one blond and one brunette, inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble..

In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock.

Upon leaving, the brunette tells her sister, 'When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I'll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.'

The brunette arrives at the man's ranch, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it.

The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less.

After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news.

She walks into the telegraph office, and says, 'I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I've bought a bull for our ranch.

I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home.'

The telegraph operator explains that he'll be glad to help her, then adds, it will cost 99 cents a word.

Well, after paying for the bull, the brunette realizes that she'll only be able to send her sister one word.

After a few minutes of thinking, she nods and says, 'I want you to send her the word 'comfortable.'

The operator shakes his head. 'How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word 'comfortable?'

The brunette explains, 'My sister is a blond. The word is big.

She'll read it very slowly...



I would like to share an experience with you all, to do with drinking and driving.

As you know some of us have had brushes with the authorities on our way home in recent months.

Well I for one have done something about it. The other night I was out for a dinner and a few drinks with some friends.

Well, after having far too much vino, and knowing full well I was wasted,
I did something I’ve never done before. I took a bus home.

I arrived home safely and without incident, which was a real surprise, as I have never driven a bus before.



A woman & her husband are lying in bed

Listening to the next door neighbor's dog..

It has been in the backyard barking for hours & hours.

The woman jumps up out of bed and says,

"I've had enough of this".

She goes downstairs.

She finally comes back up to bed

And her husband says, "The dog is still barking,

What have you been doing?"

The woman says,

"I put the dog in our backyard,

let's see how THEY like it!


Two women With Hammers...

Lynn & Judy were doing some carpenter work

on a Habitat for Humanity House.

Lynn was nailing down house siding,

would reach into her nail

Pouch, pull out a nail & either toss it

over her shoulder or nail it in.

Judy, figuring this was worth looking into, asked, '

Why are you Throwing those nails away?'

Lynn explained, 'When I pull a nail out of my pouch,

about half of Them have the head on the wrong end

& I throw them away.'

Judy got completely upset & yelled,

'You moron! Those nails aren't Defective!

They're for the other side of the house!'


Did you hear about the two blondes

who froze to death in a drive-in movie?

They had gone to see 'Closed for the Winter.'


A blonde was driving home after a game & got caught in a really bad hailstorm.. Her car was covered with dents, so the next day she took it to a repair shop. The shop owner saw that she was a blonde, so he decided to have some fun... He told her to go home and blow into the tail pipe really hard, & all the dents would pop out.

So, she went home, got down on her hands & knees & started

blowing into her tailpipe.. Nothing happened.. So she blew a little

harder, & still nothing happened.

Her roommate saw her & asked, 'What are you doing?' The

blonde told her how the repairman had instructed her to blow into the tail pipe in order to get all the dents to pop out.

The roommate rolled her eyes & said, 'Uh, like hello!

You need to roll up the windows first.'


A blonde was shopping at Target &

came across a shiny silver Thermos.

She was quite fascinated by it, so she picked it up & took

It to the clerk to ask what it was.

The clerk said, 'Why, that's a thermos.....

It keeps hot things hot, And cold things cold.'

'Wow, said the blonde, 'that's amazing....I'm going to buy it!'

So she Bought the thermos & took it to work the next day.

Her boss saw it on her desk.

'What's that,' he asked?

'Why, that's a thermos..... It keeps hot things hot & cold things

Cold,' she replied..

Her boss inquired, 'What do you have in it?'

The blond replied.....

'Two popsicles &some coffee.'



A blonde goes into work one morning crying her eyes out.

Her boss asked sympathetically, 'What's the matter?'

The blonde replies,

'Early this morning I got a phone call saying that

My mother had passed away.'

The boss, feeling sorry for her, says,

'Why don't you go home for the

Day? Take the day off to relax & rest.'

'Thanks, but I'd be better off here.

I need to keep my mind off it &

I have the best chance of doing that here.'

The boss agrees & allows the blonde to work as usual.

A couple of hours pass & the boss decides to check on the blonde.

He looks out from his office & sees the blonde crying hysterically...

'What's so bad now? Are you gonna be okay?' he asks

'No!' exclaims the blonde.

'I just received a horrible call from my

sister. Her mother died, too!'

Blondes Are The Best!!!



If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer's credibility .....

Q: 'Officer --- did you see my client fleeing the scene?'

A: 'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.'

Q: 'Officer, who provided this description?'

A: 'The officer who responded to the scene.'

Q: 'A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?'

A: 'Yes, sir. With my life.'

Q: 'With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?'

A: 'Yes sir, we do!'

Q: 'And do you have a locker in the room?'

A: 'Yes, sir, I do.'

Q: 'And do you have a lock on your locker?'

A: 'Yes, sir.'

Q: 'Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?'

A: 'You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.'

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's 'Best Comeback' line -- and we think he'll win.


As this year ends I pray for health and peace for all.

As we go along, fighting our many daily battles, please remember those worse off then you. You many not see them but they are out there. They are the ones you hear about on the news at night, the ones you read about in the paper. It is so easy to say "Those poor people" and not could have been me/us. Evil abounds folks, thank Creator for each new day, ask him to protect and us from evil this day. Pray for your neighbors that they are not touched by this evil. Keep your family close and safe. Help each other, even if you don't know a person that needs help, if you are near, do what you can. There are plenty of organizations looking for doesn't have to always be money, there are other ways to help..just ask.

Wishing you all healthy and happy holidays.

Shiakoda Autumn Wolf Moon Q.


Saturday, November 12, 2011


November already???? Wow!! Where did this year go? Soon it will be another year and time for our New Year’s resolution. What are you going to resolve to do? Think about it and let me know. I will make a section for ‘resolutions’, lets see who keeps theirs. :>)



Alaska Native team wins state basketball title for 3rd year
Monday, November 7, 2011
Filed Under: Education | Sports

The boys basketball team from the Alaska Native village of Point Hope is hoping to make history again this season.

The Tikigaq School Harpooners have won the Class 2A Alaska State Basketball Championship each year since 2009. That's a record in the state and a big feat for a team that has to fly to all of its away games.

"This is where I grew up," Denzel Tooyak, a senior guard, told The New York Times. "Everything I do, I do for the whole community and my people."

The team is hoping for a fourth consecutive win under new head coach Leonard Barger. The season begins next month.

Loleta smoke shop sued by state for 'contraband cigarettes'

Posted: 11/07/2011 02:40:09 AM PST

A tribal tobacco shop in Loleta has been ordered by the California Attorney General's Office to stop selling what it describes as illegal cigarettes and to cease distributing them beyond the boundaries of the Wiyot Table Bluff Reservation in Humboldt County.

What was originally an order in a letter dated nearly one year ago has transformed into a lawsuit against the Huber Enterprise Smoke Shop and owner Ardith Huber, alleging the shop has been selling contraband cigarettes since March 2007. The case is scheduled to be heard this week by a Humboldt County Superior Court judge.

The state said in the lawsuit that the smoke shop sells cigarette brands that aren't listed on the California Tobacco Directory and aren't certified as compliant with the California Cigarette Fire Safety and Fire Protection Act. The lawsuit said such brands include Seneca, Opal, Sky Dancer, Smokin' Joes and All Natural Native cigarettes.

Lynda Gledhill, spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office, said one of the reasons the lawsuit was brought against the shop is that Huber has sold these cigarettes beyond the reservation's boundaries and to non-tribal members.

"We believe Huber is a major supplier of contraband," Gledhill said.

According to the lawsuit, Huber allowed non-Native Americans and other businesses to place orders by telephone for shipment. Customers were allegedly encouraged to buy these "cheap" and "tax-free" cigarettes on the shop's website,, which no longer exists.

In addition, the lawsuit states Huber's choice not to charge taxes on the cigarettes is in violation of California's Unfair Competition Law, making the state lose an 87-cent tax on each package of 20 cigarettes and encouraging people to buy non-state-licensed cigarettes.

While tribal cigarettes aren't covered by the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement of 1998, which requires tobacco companies to pay states to help mitigate the costs of smoking-related public health expenses, Gledhill said that tribal cigarettes are still subject to state taxes. The letter sent to the smoke shop last year states, "Native American tribes and tribal retailers that sell cigarettes to non-Indians and non-members of the tribe are legally obligated to collect applicable state taxes."

Michael Robinson, Huber's attorney, said he didn't want to discuss the specifics of the case but said the next step is for the Humboldt County Superior Court to make a ruling on Nov. 10 as to whether the case can even be heard due to jurisdictional issues.

"You've got a Native American on her own Indian reservation," Robinson said. "Tribes are sovereign entities."

He said the state doesn't have jurisdiction over Huber's smoke shop because it's part of a tribal reservation. He said he originally filed his response to the lawsuit in federal court, but it was remanded back to the state.

"We still believe that the issue of whether or not the state can regulate Indian reservations is a federal issue," Robinson said.

Gledhill said Huber's smoke shop isn't the first Native American tobacco retail facility to be targeted by the Attorney General's Office for selling contraband cigarettes.

"There have been others ... BlackHawk, SevenLeaf, Roadrunner and NativeBuy," Gledhill said, listing smoke shops that have been shut down.


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, plant and rock people. Walk in balance and beauty.

Native American Elder


Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation chooses two for council
Monday, November 7, 2011

Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut went to the polls on Sunday.

Two newcomers won election to the council. Roy E. Colebut-Ingram and Steven E. Colebut will serve three year terms, starting on January 1.

The race drew attention because two former chairmen -- Michael Thomas and Kenny Reels -- were running. Neither won enough votes to win a seat on the council.


James Ramos: A proud military tradition in Indian Country
Friday, November 4, 2011

"Native Americans have a rich history of military service and have fought to protect our Nation, even as tribes were battling for their own freedoms and rights. Indeed, Native Americans fought as soldiers in the Civil War, World War I and other conflicts years before they were even granted U.S. citizenship in 1924.

As a community, the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians believe in and practice a tradition of service, sacrifice, leadership, and bravery. Our tribe’s leader Santos Manuel courageously led his fellow tribal members away from their mountain lands to settle in another portion of their aboriginal territories near present-day Highland in order to escape persecution and death in the 19th century.

Riverside and San Bernardino counties are home to approximately 2,000 Native American veterans, and we are extremely proud of their service and the legacy they are building for future generations. In their honor, San Manuel is proud to participate in constructing a monument at the Riverside National Cemetery honoring the contributions of all Native American veterans and servicemen and women."


'Problem Indians' sent to Hiawatha Asylum
Friday, November 4, 2011

"In 1898, just eight years after the Wounded Knee Massacre, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that created a new federal facility: The Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians. Located in Canton, South Dakota, the Asylum would be the only federal mental institution in the United States created solely for the purpose of housing and treating American Indians who were purportedly mentally ill.

The Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians stands out as a particularly ugly chapter in the history of offenses committed against American Indians. It’s been largely hidden from the public, and it’s seldom acknowledged, even in native circles. Still, records and eyewitness accounts of its existence persist.

The asylum began receiving patients in 1903. Mr. Oscar S. Gifford, a U.S. Representative and a former mayor of Canton, became the first administrator of the asylum. He was not a licensed physician or psychiatrist. Amid rumors of patient mistreatment, Gifford was replaced by psychiatrist Harry Hummer in 1908. Hummer stayed on for twenty five years, although he was ultimately dismissed for malfeasance."


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.


American Bar Association to honor Mary Smith, Cherokee
Friday, November 4, 2011

Mary Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will receive the 2012 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association.

Smith was selected for her efforts to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. She worked on Indian issues for the White House during the Clinton administration and is the president-elect of the National Native American Bar Association.

"Mary was the highest-ranking Native American in the Clinton White House," Reginald M. Turner, the chairman of the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession, said in a press release. "During her time in the White House, Mary was the architect for a historic Native American policy initiative, which spanned areas such as health care, economic development, education, the digital divide and criminal justice issues. This initiative resulted in an increase in funding of $1.1 billion for Native American programs across all federal agencies."

The award will be presented during the 2012 ABA Midyear Meeting, February 4, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Hold On

Hold on to what is good,

Even if it's a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,

Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,

Even if it's a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,

Even if it's easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,

Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.


Eastern Shoshone man to reintroduce buffalo
Friday, November 4, 2011

"A Montana State University graduate student who shares his father's dream for reintroducing buffalo to a Wyoming Indian reservation has received a national fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jason Baldes of Fort Washakie, Wyo., said the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship will help him work toward bringing buffalo back to the Wind River Indian Reservation and promote both ecological and community health. Studying for his master's degree in land resources and environmental sciences (LRES), Baldes is the 11th MSU graduate student to receive the STAR award since 1995. His fellowship amounts to $87,000 over two years.

"I was very surprised," Baldes said. "It's a ticket into accomplishing something we as a family have always really, really wanted.""


Education is Key to Prosperity
By Cheryl Crazy Bull

November 2, 2011

Many people after watching the ABC 20/20 special, "Hidden America: Children of the Plains" may be asking, "What can be done to help?" The special depicted the daily lives of young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of one of the poorest counties in the United States. Like ABC reporter Diane Sawyer inquired at the end of the special, you may also be wondering why American Indians even stay on their reservations.

I am from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, neighbors by geography and tied by family and marriage to our relatives on the Pine Ridge Reservation. While my journey in higher education now finds me serving as president of Northwest Indian College at the Lummi Nation in Washington State, I regularly travel back to my homeland and my family.

The Lakota, Dakota and Nakota bands scattered throughout the Northern Plains and into Canada are bound together by our cultures, languages and our blood. We are one people, with shared languages, beliefs and relationships. We are unique in our understanding of how we came to be people. Inyan, the first creation, gives of its blood to create the sky and water and gives of itself to make the Earth, Maka. We emerge along with all of the other nations onto the Earth—to live with strength and generosity.

Our way of life comes from creation and from the teachings of creation and cannot be turned away from or who we are as a people will be lost. Like many people who meet others with powerful military weapons and a strong sense of righteousness and determination, we were unprepared for the onslaught of European and East Coast settlers onto our homelands. Our people fought hard to keep our homelands and to save our way of life.

While it is true that every Native American is touched in some way by poverty and by the symptoms of poverty—addictions, health problems, lack of access to education and resources—every Native American is also touched by their spirituality and love of their homelands and their knowledge of what it means to be a tribal people. This knowledge is what binds us together as people who love and support one another. This knowledge is what gives us roots in our homelands and what keeps us in the place of our ancestors. This knowledge is what inspires hope and promise for our children today and for future generations.

Education is a way for all Native people to prosper. Tribal colleges and tribal schools are the contemporary places from which our cultures thrive and through which we adapt to modern life.

At Northwest Indian College, for example, we address the unique circumstances of Native American students within the framework of an accredited, two-year and four-year college curriculum.

We estimate that every student and graduate success impacts 35 other people. Our students serve as role models for their children, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, neighbors and friends. As a result, every college student changes the literacy and education level not only of the individual themselves, but of entire communities throughout the Northwest and our country.


Beverly Cook: The toxic effect of stress on American Indians
Thursday, November 3, 2011

"We know that acts of genocide were perpetrated on our people because we refused to be separated from our lands. Tremendous harm was done by those who would prevent us from speaking or learning our language; by those who would prevent us from practicing our ancient rituals, our healing and doctoring ceremonies, our celebrations, our condolences. The spiritual cloak that was our shield from unrelenting grief and loss from one generation to another was torn from us leaving us vulnerable to what science now calls "over-activation of our fight or flight response" and "toxic stress." Though we are now relatively free to practice our ancient ways, the trauma has not stopped and many of our people have drifted far from ceremonial circles.

Our old ones passed down to us the stories of our beginnings. Our Creation story described where we came from, how we arrived here and gave instructions on how to conduct our ceremonies and be grateful. Our old grandmas and grandpas told stories that taught about life and the most important ones centered around the behavior and care of our children and pregnant women and the responsibilities of their partners. Nothing says that we can’t incorporate those teachings in health care and then remind our patients why it makes sense. (Remember some of our people had little exposure to the old ways.)

Research is showing that stress and traumatic events experienced by an unborn baby in the womb through the mom and during early childhood can alter the genetic makeup of the fetus and child.

These altered genes can have adverse impact on their health in the future. To start these babies may grow to be prone to depression and more reactive to stress or less stress resilient.

Researchers are also finding that some of these altered genes are passed on to the next generation. In the past this mechanism was crucial for the survival of the species during times of extreme environmental changes on the planet."


A Pueblo Indian Prayer

*Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men,

we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents.

*Without a prison, there can be no delinquents.

*We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.

*When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.

*We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property.

*We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth.

*We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.

*We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.

John (Fire) Lame Deer

Sioux Lakota - 1903-1976

House rejects bid to protect Apache sacred sites from swap
Thursday, November 3, 2011

The House passed H.R.1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, last month after rejecting an amendment that would have protected Apache sacred sites.

Rep. Ben Lujan (D-New Mexico) offered the amendment. He noted that nearly every tribe in Arizona, along with major inter-tribal organizations, oppose the transfer of land sacred to the Apache people.

"The federal lands which are proposed to be exchanged, generally known as Oak Flat, are part of the ancestral lands of the San Carlos Apache tribe and other tribes in the region," Lujan said during debate on the bill on October 26. "These lands have unique religious, traditional, and archaeological significance to many tribes in southern Arizona."

The House, however, voted against the amendment. Some of the lawmakers who rejected it also received contributions from the mining industry, The New Mexico Independent reported.

The bill authorizes a land swap within Tonto National Forest. Resolution Copper plans to use the land for a copper mine.


Crow Tribe brings in homes for families displaced by floods
Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Crow Tribe of Montana handed out the keys for 17 trailers to individuals and families that lost their homes to major flooding on the reservation.

The tribe was already working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to bring the mobile homes to the reservation when the floods hit in May. The tribe reassessed its priorities and developed a policy to help those who were most affected by the disaster.

"We're here to provide a service. We're here to give an opportunity and some hope to those people who felt hopeless," Chairman Cedric Black Eagle said as he handed the keys to the first family that received a home, The Billings Gazette reported.

The tribe paid $130,000 to move the 17 trailers from Arkansas to Montana.


Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation racked $80M recognition debt
Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut racked up $80 million in debt in its pursuit of federal recognition, Chairman James Cunha told The New London Day.

The tribe, which was split into two factions, spent the money on genealogists, researchers, lawyers, lobbyists and developers. Some money is even owed to Donald Trump.

"Everything's been settled, but we have huge bills for lawyers and outstanding payments to financial backers, Trump among them," Cunha told the paper.

The tribe cited the debt figure in a petition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The petition asks the Obama administration to reconsider federal recognition for the tribe.

The Bush administration granted, then later rescinded, the tribe's federal status.



Chief Strong
Elder Tony
Elder Wendell Deer With Horns…Health and the best outcome for him with his job.
Elder Tom Flanders…Health and Recovery
Elaine… Grandfather owls and healing
Bob and healing
Bobbie and strength and healing
Sarah, healing, wisdom and strength
Leonard Peltier...spiritual strength and health
Lora Lee…Health , strength and healing
Lynn from, healing and strength
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 show the right way and to lead with strength and wisdom
All our ancestors and relations
A 'home' for me and Tony....We are still looking and time is running out.


What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.


Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator 1830 - 1890

President Obama: National Native American Heritage Month
Wednesday, November 2, 2011




From the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Everglades, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed immensely to our country's heritage. During National Native American Heritage Month, we commemorate their enduring achievements and reaffirm the vital role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in enriching the character of our Nation.

Native Americans stand among America's most distinguished authors, artists, scientists, and political leaders, and in their accomplishments, they have profoundly strengthened the legacy we will leave our children. So, too, have American Indians and Alaska Natives bravely fought to protect this legacy as members of our Armed Forces. As service members, they have shown exceptional valor and heroism on battlefields from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. Native Americans have demonstrated time and again their commitment to advancing our common goals, and we honor their resolve in the face of years of marginalization and broken promises. My Administration recognizes the painful chapters in our shared history, and we are fully committed to moving forward with American Indians and Alaska Natives to build a better future together.

To strengthen our economy and win the future for our children, my Administration is addressing problems that have burdened Native American communities for too long. We are working to bolster economic development, expand access to affordable health care, broaden post-secondary educational opportunities, and ensure public safety and tribal justice. In June, I signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council, to strengthen Federal engagement with tribal governments and promote economic prosperity in Indian Country and across rural America. This comes in conjunction with several settlements that will put more land into the hands of tribes and deliver long-awaited trust reform to Indian Country.

To bring jobs and sustainable growth to tribal nations, my Administration is connecting tribal economies to the broader economy through transportation infrastructure and high-speed Internet, as well as by focusing on clean energy development on tribal lands. First Lady Michelle Obama's recently launched Let's Move! in Indian Country initiative will also redouble efforts to encourage healthy living for American Indians and Alaska Natives. These actions reflect my Administration's ongoing commitment to progress for Native Americans, which was reaffirmed last year when we announced our support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through a comprehensive strategy where the Federal Government and tribal nations move forward as equal partners, we can bring real and lasting change to Indian Country.

This month, we celebrate the rich heritage and myriad contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and we rededicate ourselves to supporting tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and prosperity for all Native Americans. We will seek to strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship by ensuring tribal nations have a voice in shaping national policies impacting tribal communities. We will continue this dialogue at the White House Tribal Nations Conference held in Washington, D.C. next month. As we confront the challenges currently facing our tribal communities and work to ensure American Indians and Alaska Natives have meaningful opportunities to pursue their dreams, we are forging a brighter future for the First Americans and all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 25, 2011, as Native American Heritage Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.






Eagle, Power Animal, Symbol of Spirit, Vision and Strength

By Ina Woolcott

Eagle's medicine includes swiftness, strength, courage, wisdom, keen sight, illumination of Spirit, healing, creation, knowledge of magic, ability to see hidden spiritual truths, rising above the material to see the spiritual, ability to see the overall pattern/big picture, connection to spirit guides and teachers and higher truths, great power and balance, dignity with grace, intuitive and creative spirit, respect for the boundaries of the regions, grace achieved through knowledge and hard work.

Us earthbound humans have for time unknown been inspired by the sight of eagles soaring high in the sky. In ancient Greece the eagle was associated with Zeus, who sometimes shape shifted into one so he could hurl his thunderbolts. In some Native American belief systems the eagle symbolises the Thunderbird, also associated with thunder and lightning. The eagle is a sacred messenger, carrying our prayers on its wings to the Creator/All That Is/Spirit, and returning with gifts and visions for the people. Eagle feathers assist medicine people/shamans in connecting with Spirit for healing. They are deemed the most sacred healing tools, a symbol of power, healing and wisdom. The eagle is also linked to the sun in Gaelic lore, having been called in the Gaelic language Suil-na-Greine, Eye of the Sun.

As well as its ties with the powerful energies of the sky, Eagle holds a deeper meaning. From eagle we learn that life looks different from an aerial perspective. We need to take a new view on the challenges in our lives. If we don't readily find solutions it may be because our vision is too limited to see the solutions that are so glaringly obvious.

Tying in with this thread of thought, one of the lessons to be learned from eagle is not to depend exclusively on intellectual solutions. Through its connection to the air element, eagle is connected to intelligence, but also to Spirit, the knowing that goes far beyond intellect.

Some of Eagles powers are independence, vision and strength. We can see why the eagle has been, and still is, revered. The eagles home is the freedom of the sky. He spends most of his time fearlessly flying high above, bridging heaven and earth, scanning below carefully. Their vision is 8 times stronger than humans, enabling them to see prey miles off. Weighing less than a domestic cat, Eagles strength has nothing to do with his size. Their feet and talons are stronger than a human hand, able to soar down with precision grabbing hold of their prey, mid-flight.

Eagles beak is connected to his jaw and the strongest part of his body. It is designed for breaking and crushing. We are reminded to pay attention to our speech and how it affects others. What we say and tone of our voice should be examined. We mainly use our jaws for speaking. The lesson here is to control what we say, how much and when. Uncontrolled talk makes it easy to hurt someone verbally, to break or crush them with your words.

The vision they posses helps us learn to take a step back and view the bigger picture. We need to view the past and the present objectively, whilst looking towards the future. We need to open our minds and hearts to see past old, restricting beliefs that are holding us back. Eagle teaches us to courageously face our fear of the unknown, so we are then able to fly as high as our heart's joy can take us. Your strengths need to be utilised wisely and remember, to soar like Eagle you must view things with caution, being confident and trusting your abilities.

Eagle is also linked with courage. To give up our limited perspectives, to release ourselves from comfortable, familiar thought patterns, even when they don't appear to be working, and fly into a larger world requires that we are brave enough to enter unknown realms. This is further emphasised by Native American and Celtic tales, of shamans and druids who shapeshifted into eagles.

Mental and emotional shapeshifting is sometimes necessary if we want to grow and learn. As with all things there are risks involved in allowing our beings to assume new forms, however the rewards are greater. Eagle asks us to recognise that the earth is not our only home, as well for us to join it in the flight to our true home - the world of Spirit.

Eagles are majestic and bear a powerful presence. They can be social birds, but they do need isolation from human intrusion to breed in the wild. If a human comes to close or touches their nest, they are very likely to abandon it. Both the male and female eagles incubate the eggs and share the duties of raising their young.

The eagle is an incredibly patient being, often perching in a tree, holding the same position for hours on end. Those with this power animal are shown how to master the art of patience in every area of their life. For within the energy of patience all things are possible.

Eagle teaches us how to go through life without becoming attached to anything, how to accept what comes our way and see everything as a gift from the universe. With their acute hearing they hunt as much by ear as by sight. If eagle soars into your life, the ability to hear spiritually and psychically will awaken.

Eagle reminds us to communicate with All That Is on a daily basis, so the gifts offered you can be utilised fully. Keeping this up removes judgement from our consciousness. When we cease to judge, we speak with encouragement and kindness towards others. Lessons that are linked with judgement are part of this medicine and sure to be coming your way.

If Eagle is your power animal, you feel the need to have an involvement with creation, a willingness to experience extremes, a willingness to use your abilities, a willingness to seek out your true emotions. You must become much more than you ever imagined would be possible.

Eagle symbolises a state of being that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that come about from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see, to live in balance with heaven and Earth. Eagle shows you how to look above so you are able to touch Grandfather Sun with your heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. You are being asked to give yourself permission to be free in order to reach the joy that your heart longs for.





Cornmeal Gravy

Yield: 1 servings

4 Pieces side meat Bread
2 1/2 c Milk Salt
1/2 c Cornmeal

Fry meat to have enough grease to cover cornmeal. Add cornmeal and salt to taste. Brown meal in grease. Add milk; stir and let boil until thick. Serve over any bread.

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12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
11/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.

Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm or at room temperature.

(thanks Glenda)
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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 (recipe also on this website).

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Ojibwa Baked Pumpkin

1 sm Pumpkin
1/4 c Apple cider
1/4 c Maple syrup
1/4 c Melted butter

Place whole pumpkin in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Cut hole off top and scoop out the pulp and seeds. Set seeds aside for later eating. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour into pumpkin and bake for 35 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.


It’s official, Baker wins Cherokee chief’s race

12 October 2011 Cherokee Nation Communications Office

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Following a three-day counting process, the Cherokee Nation Election Commission has certified the results of the special election for Principal Chief. The official results show Bill John Baker of Tahlequah received nearly 54 percent of the votes and will become the next Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

The official results, including all votes cast, show Baker receiving 10,703 votes to incumbent Chad Smith’s 9,128 votes. You may view the official results on the Cherokee Nation’s website at

According to the tribe's election law, a request for a recount must be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. The window closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24, to file an appeal to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court challenging the validity of the election.

Details for an inaugural ceremony to swear in Chief-Elect Baker have not yet been specified. Baker is a Tahlequah businessman who has served multiple terms as a representative on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council. He holds degrees in Political Science and History in Education with minors in Sociology and Psychology. Baker and his wife Sherry have six children and nine grandchildren.

Baker was re-elected to a six-year term on the Council in 2007 and his successful campaign for Principal Chief means that another special election will be held by the Nation to fill his District 1, Seat 1 office. District 1 represents Cherokee County and the eastern portion of Wagoner County. Timelines for that election will be announced soon by the Cherokee Nation Election Commission.


Former BIA officer gets 4 years for corruption

09 November 2011 Associated Press

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – A former Bureau of Indian Affairs officer on the Fort Peck Reservation who was convicted of stealing from the tribe's loan program has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon sentenced 63-year-old Florence White Eagle of Poplar on Monday and ordered her to pay $3,810 in restitution.

Prosecutors say the former BIA superintendent took a $15,000 loan from the Fort Peck credit program while helping co-conspirator and former supervisory credit manager Toni Greybull suppress a complaint by Greybull's mother that fraudulent loans had been taken out in her name. Greybull died in 2008.

White Eagle also was found guilty of facilitating the repayment of other fraudulent loans so earlier fraudulent loans would not be discovered. She is among several convicted in the scheme that ran from August 1999 through May 2009.


The True Peace

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader (1863 - 1950)


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Its time for me to cook so I guess I will say "See Ya soon". Have a peaceful holiday filled with love and warm blessings.

Shiakoda Autumn Wolf Moon Q.