Thursday, August 11, 2011

                         METIS/District 14 Wolf Clan, Ct

              WOLF SPIRIT newsletter              August 2011



Its HOT!!!  I've had enough of these 'heat waves'.  Where is the cold weather I was complaining about a while back???  :>)  I need to find a state where the temperature is even all year round.  Some place about in the sixties and seventies.  I can deal with that..  I guess I'm getting old and just can't take the changes anymore. The four seasons are beautiful but from a distance or in pictures.  LOL

I'm sorry I am late with the newsletter but I just had eye surgery and it was hard to read and/type.  I am healing now so here we go.........................:>)

Well, enjoy the newsletter. (I hope in your airconditioned home.)



Circle of Violence: Their Spirits are Torn

By Karonienhawi Thomas

July 16, 2011

My mother told me about a presentation she saw that mentioned how one kind person can make all the difference to a victim of sexual assault. This stood out to me—that one act of kindness from one person could have such a profound effect on someone in the midst of trauma. I thought of an article I had read about infants in a Romanian orphanage who had no meaningful human contact, no mother to rock them to sleep, no father to comfort them when they were sick. The orphans who were continually unstimulated by any meaningful human contact would sometimes roll over and just pass away, some say from heartache.

A mother’s soft voice or the reassuring whisper of a father to a child is often not heard by some children in Indian country. Often, women in Indian country suffer through sexual violence without any meaningful human contact. Like the infant that turns to the wall and dies, so does part of the woman or man who is victimized. Women and children in Indian country are statistically more likely to suffer acts of violence and sexual assault than any other racial group in the United States. That distinction is a result of historical oppression picked up and internalized by our people, culminating in physical and sexual violence. It all starts with the disrespect prevalent in cartoons, movies, music, punch lines, workplaces and homes. But it’s time to stop ignoring it.

I have been honored to hear many enlightened women in Indian country speak about these issues with great conviction and understanding. I can remember listening to my mother and my aunties speak about the true beauty and awesome power that our life givers carry. One of the greatest gifts the creator gave to us as human beings was the ability to learn, the ability to forgive and the ability to change. When you look at what prevents our people from recovering—not just from the generational oppression pressed upon the chests of our women, men and children, but from addiction, domestic violence, grief, abuse, and sexual violence—you may find a common thread. We excuse and accept these types of violent behavior as normal. We have become a population of blind bystanders who fail to act, fail to understand and fail to accept our own responsibility in this assault on our families. Fortunately there are relatives who are standing up and calling attention to the mess we find ourselves in. They are delivering a message of change that is beginning to gain momentum.

I have had the honor of working with some amazing people in my job as a special investigator of crimes against women and children. These women, men and children suffered from the ultimate offenses at the hands of loved ones. They are amazing not only because they survived but because they survived in spite of having to stand alone, outnumbered and ignored.

One woman I know was so beaten and bruised her spirit had been torn to pieces. She held herself together using what she had been taught: denial, drugs, self-loathing and shame. Her spirit, mind and body had suffered every humiliation and punishment a person could take. As she revealed that she was an addict, a victim and a willing participant in her own nightmare, it was hard to remember that there was a beautiful woman beneath her negative behaviors and poor choices.

Sometimes people in helping professions may unwittingly contaminate their service with their own standards and biases. They may label the victim as uncooperative or unsuitable. This leads the victim to being dismissed or overlooked because she is a disadvantaged, drug-addicted, uneducated, woman from Indian country. She is often treated as if she has no value, and that is the worst blow of all—the minute she, too, believes she is not worth a kind word or positive energy. The point when we as helpers become “us” and the victims become “them” is the beginning of our participation in the oppression.

Who is to blame? Is it the offender who abuses his or her family? Is it the non-offending parent that continues to stay? Is it the childhood of either one of these people? Or is it the relatives who sit back and watch? Or, perish the thought, is it us when we say, “That ain’t any of my business”?

We can either continually re-traumatize each other or decide to be part of the answer. We have been left with the hollow truth that we participate in our own oppression. We add to our relative’s pain when we ostracize a victim because of their disclosures, when we withhold friendships and friendly glances because we are uncomfortable. The answer lies within. We must turn to our ability to learn from mistakes, to change our own behaviors and to forgive ourselves, each other and those who hurt us.

Karonienhawi Thomas is a St. Regis Mohawk tribal police special investigator of crimes against women and children, including sex crimes, child abuse and neglect. She is a mother of two.


Jensen: First Powwow After Federal Recognition Celebrates Milestone

Over Labor Day weekend, the Shinnecocks will hold their 65th Annual Powwow, open to the public.

Now that we are federal tribe number 565 (as of October 1, 2010), our upcoming 65th Annual Powwow that takes place every Labor Day weekend is shaping up as a celebration of that important milestone. We’ve come a long way.

Some people say we Shinnecock were here in these parts for over 10,000 years. Others think that’s nonsense; we’ve been here since Great Turtle arose from the sea, and that was as long ago as forever.

In either case, longevity is a legacy belonging to us. We continue and we grow from the very first earth of Eastern Long Island. Patience is another. We’re still here. We managed to survive traders and warring tribes, and we learned to co-exist with settlers who arrived some 400 years ago.

Throughout the centuries, we’ve managed to build our own infrastructure that includes a church, school, community center, health center and family preservation center. And we have a few more planned and in the works prior to being federally acknowledged, including an early learning/daycare center.

So the 32 years it took the Bureau of Indian Affairs to wade through its own bureaucracy and decide we do indeed exist is no time at all, just another milestone in our long walk through time and local history.

In this upcoming celebration, the Powwow Committee plans to start with thank yous to our local community neighbors, past and present elected officials from village to federal level, our brother and sister tribes from Long Island, and those tribes from New England and around the country that supported us throughout the years.

The other component of this powwow is to honor ourselves, the Shinnecock, the People of the Stony Shore, beginning with our elders. Expect greetings from Council of Elders co-chairs Ed Garrett and James W. Eleazer Jr. In past years we’ve had an honorary powwow chief, starting with the late Henry Bess, Chief Thunder Bird and most recently, with Harry K. Williams, Chief War Hawk. Uncle Harry, as many of us call him, is ailing. So this year, the Powwow Committee commandeered tribal leadership, and for the first time we will have three honorary powwow chiefs comprised of The Shinnecock Nation Board of Trustees: Chairman Randy King, Trustee Gerrod Smith and Trustee Fred Bess.

The Host Drum selected this year is the predominately Shinnecock drumming group, Youngblood Singers; master of ceremonies and arena director are Shinnecock’s Charlie Smith and Eric Phillips, respectively, and Shinnecock entertainers will include Gianni Willis, a singer and the newly crowned Jr. Miss Shinnecock Teen and Matthew Hunter, who has his own band. Finally, for now, at least, the powwow program will include cover and inside artwork by Shinnecock artist David Bunn Martine, who is also the curator and director of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum.

Pulling together, we hope to make this powwow one of our finest.

We move on. We move together (Mamoweenene).


Ed Delgado wins election as chair of Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Monday, July 18, 2011

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin elected a new chairman and other leaders on Saturday.

According to unofficial results, Ed Delgado, 65, defeated Ron "Tehassi" Hill for the chairman's post. The tally was 908 to 797 votes.

Greg Matson won the vice chairman's post over Dennis "DJ" Danforth Jr. Cristina Danforth defeated Kathy Hughes for treasurer and Patty Ninham Hoeft was elected secretary over Pat Lassila.


Tribes sue Tupelo, others over FBI raid

by Patsy R. Brumfield

A Washington state Indian tribe has sued the city of Tupelo and Marshall County, among others, claiming their law enforcement officials illegally invaded tribal lands during an FBI-led raid earlier this year.

The Feb. 16 search’s target was property belonging to King Mountain Tobacco, under federal investigation in a years-long, multi-state blackmarket cigarette conspiracy.

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Nation insist the officials barged onto the tribe’s land without prior notice and illegally invaded their peace.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington, seeks a court order compelling the defendants to notify the Yakama Nation of any entry onto reservation lands. It asks the court to find that Tupelo, Marshall County and five other local entities, who sent police officers to participate in the raid, violated the Yakamas’ treaty with the United States and to prohibit any more violations.

The nation also wants a jury trial and court costs and attorney’s fees.

News of the lawsuit came Friday in a city of Tupelo memo obtained by the Daily Journal. In it, the city’s attorney, John Hill, asked City Clerk Glenda Muse to put on the City Council’s July 19 agenda a proposal to hire a Washington State law firm to represent Tupelo.

Friday, the U.S. District Court’s docket lists attorneys Michael John Kapaun and William M. Symmes of Spokane, Wash., as representing Tupelo. Hill says they’ve been “tentatively retained.”

In Hill’s memo, he explains that a Tupelo police officer has been assisting federal authorities with the cigarette investigation and participated “in an action” on the Yakama reservation.

Although the lawsuit doesn’t ask for monetary damages, Hill says that’s possible later on.

Connecticut tribes report mixed returns on slot machine revenue

Monday, July 18, 2011

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes saw mixed results in their slot machine revenues for the month of June.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation remained steady with a win of $51 million. That's only than a tenth of a percent less than it kept in June 2010, The New London Day reported..

The Mohegan Tribe, on the other hand, saw a 4.4 percent decline in its win. But a top executive said profit is on the rise. 


Justice delayed but finally delivered

By Paul VanDevelder
July, 14 2011 2:25 pm

When federal District Judge Thomas F. Hogan approved a $3.4 billion settlement with several hundred thousand Native American plaintiffs last month, it was the largest court-ordered payout in the history of the United States government.

The restitution finally closes an unsavory chapter in American history that began more than a century ago, when Congress passed the Dawes Act and threw open Indian Country to settlement by whites. The law not only robbed all the tribes that had treaties with the government –– treaties that involved roughly 120 million acres of their ancestral homelands –– it also turned over the management of any Indian-owned mineral royalties to the Department of the Interior.

Courts were soon picking apart the legality of Dawes, but the flood of homesteaders made it impractical to return all of that stolen land to the Indians. As the years passed, Indian Country turned out to be much more than land for homesteads; it held a treasure chest of gold, silver, uranium, copper, zinc, cadmium, virgin timber, pure water, coal, gas and oil. Though the accounts held in trust for Indian people at the Interior Department should have been swelling with royalties, somehow they never were. Time and again, the evidence presented in the 15-year-old legal marathon known simply as Cobell — the case that was just settled recently — revealed that asking the Interior Department to make the captains of American industry play fair was like turning Fort Knox over to a gang of safecrackers.

And they got away with it, year after year. Then, in 1994, as extractive corporations were discovering new oilfields on Indian reservations across the West, along came a feisty woman named Elouise Cobell. A banker for the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana, she had discovered irregularities in her own trust accounts, including the fact that royalties were not showing up as credits in her annual statements.

The research she conducted into the Interior Department's royalty program led her to file a lawsuit in 1996, accusing the federal government of gross mismanagement. Soon, her case grew into an enormous elephant camped out in the government's living room. On one side were the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. On the other side were Cobell and the 390,000 Indian plaintiffs who became part of her suit. Now, all of them wanted to know where their money had gone, and all of them wanted their money back.

Cobell alleged that the federal government ignored its fiduciary duties to the plaintiffs by absconding with mineral royalties owed to the Indians since the passage of Dawes decades ago. In 1998, accountants for the firm of Price-Waterhouse told federal District Judge Royce Lamberth that some $50 billion had gone missing from Indian accounts.

In 2003, after twice citing secretaries of the Interior for contempt of court, Judge Royce Lamberth, a conservative west Texas judge appointed by the first President Bush, made a landmark ruling in favor of the plaintiffs: “This case serves as an appalling reminder of the evils that result when large numbers of the politically powerless are placed at the mercy of institutions engendered and controlled by a politically powerful few.”

After Lambert was removed from the case at the request of the second Bush administration, which alleged that Lamberth was being “too harsh on the government,” in 2008, a new judge, James Robertson, offered the Indians $455.6 million to make their claim go away.

Cobell scoffed. “It's factually wrong and legally wrong,” she declared, “so we have to challenge it.” The Department of the Interior filed a counter-appeal but a few months later, Cobell prevailed again.

Eric Eberhard, one of the nation's authorities on federal Indian law, says he hopes the Cobell case will lead to lasting reform in the management and administration of tribal and individual trust assets. ”Ultimately,” he adds, “the tribes should be managing their own trust assets, consistent with the principles of self-determination and self-governance, without diminishing the federal trust responsibility.”

One hundred and twenty-four years after the passage of Dawes, this disgraceful scandal has finally reached a conclusion. Cobell, who is currently being treated for cancer, will receive $2 million. Three other named plaintiffs will receive payments ranging from $150,000 to $200,000, and hundreds of thousands of plaintiffs will receive a check from Uncle Sam for $1,000. At Cobell's request, $60 million will also be set aside to facilitate educational opportunities for Indian students.

“I spent a lifetime trying to get justice,” says the 65-year-old Cobell. ”This has been with me since I was a child, hearing about people not having money, hearing people say, ‘If I had money I would buy clothing for my child.' I feel very fortunate that I was able to fight for the under-represented.”

Like the plaintiffs, President Obama viewed this lawsuit as a stain on the nation, and he hailed the settlement as “an important step towards sincere reconciliation between the government and the Indians.”

We'll see. I happen to think Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had it right a long time ago. After spending 20 years in the West dealing with white settlers and Indian tribes, he was asked by a reporter in Washington, D.C., to describe the new reservations for the Sioux and Cheyenne.

“The Indian reservations are parcels of land set aside for the exclusive use of Indians,” said Sherman, “that are surrounded by thieves.”

Wildfire damages sacred sites in New Mexico
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO — The Las Conchas fire has raged in New Mexico for more than a week now, burning forest lands and sacred sites on two pueblos near Los Alamos and Santa Fe.

There are nineteen pueblos in New Mexico varying in population from a few hundred to a few thousand.
According to recent wire reports, the fire has burned about 130,000 total acres creating smoke throughout the state. The fire is thought to be about 30 percent contained. The town of Los Alamos, the home of National Laboratories, was evacuated for several days.

At Santa Clara Pueblo, 24 miles east of Santa Fe 15,400 acres of forest lands have burned, “that’s one-quarter of the reservation, or 80 percent of our forested lands,” said Joe Baca, public relations officer at the pueblo, in a telephone interview. “That’s land used for hunting, fishing and agriculture. It’s quite a blow. The intensity of the fire is leaving ash.” A fireline to stop the spread of the fire has been established by the U.S. Forest Service on the eastern edge of the tribal lands, Baca continued.

The fireline is 12 miles from the pueblo village where several thousand people live. So far there have been no injuries but it is not known how many structures have burned.

Many cultural areas of the reservation are sacred to the pueblo and Baca could not go into detail about them. But he said that one popular tourist attraction known as the Puye Cliffs which contain ancient cliff dwellings is being protected.

There are sacred sites and cultural properties within the fire area, he said.

“We don’t know yet how these places have been damaged. They are traditional and religious sites but the intensity of the fire prevents us from checking them," Baca said. "We have not been able to do a real assessment because of the smoke and the intense fire.”

Tribal officials are establishing an evacuation plan in case it’s needed.

“The eastern edge is contained and holding. The need to use an evacuation plan is small. It’s dangerous. But winds have been pushing the fire away from the pueblo lately,” Baca said. “I worry about the severity and intensity of the burn.”

The tribe has been meeting with the U.S. Forest Service and with firefighters from across the country. The Department of the Interior has been meeting with the tribal council to assess damages and restoration costs, Baca said.

“People from the U.S. Forest Service said this is most unusual, the most intense fire they’ve experienced in their lives,” he said. “A drought and low humidity have led to dry timber and the inferno that has followed.

Tribal officials have been quoted in the media saying that attention was focused on Los Alamos while ignoring the Santa Clara pueblo but these reports are false, Baca said adding that he has been pleased with all of the help offered to the pueblo.

There is a dangerously high smoke level in the area and a newsletter has been giving medical advice to people. Community nurses have been visiting people and monitoring the effects, he added.

Also, the monsoon season of rains is beginning and while this will help firefighters put out the flames, Baca fears that there could be flash flooding.

“We are preparing to set up plans for the possible flash floods and because of the intensity of the fire, we will need resources to do reforestation.”

The tribe is working with the New Mexico congressional delegation, the White House and New Mexico governor Susana Martinez to help with the damage and the reforestation, Baca added.

“I want to thank people for their prayers, assistance, volunteering and donations,” he said.

Meanwhile, leaders at nearby Cochiti pueblo, 35 miles southwest of Santa Fe, have expressed concern that the fire could get closer to their reservation.

“It has burned evergreens that we use for dances, and it has affected animals,” said Dwight Mody, Cochiti’s Lieutenant Governor in a telephone interview.

Two firefighters have been injured but Cochiti Pueblo residents have been spared injury, Mody said. But smoke inhalation is a problem and could lead to illness especially in young children, the elderly and anyone with respiratory problems, Mody added.

Some sacred sites have been burned on the pueblo, but Mody could not give details because these are areas that are not known to outsiders.

Sites on the reservation that are visited by tourists including Tent Rocks, Cochiti Lake and the golf course have been spared so far, he said.

“The wind went westward and pushed the fire back towards the mountains. The smoke is not as intense” as before.

“We are trying to protect our water resources,” he added but said that there is no evacuation plan for the pueblo.

Firefighters from different parts of the country have been helping control the fire. “We hope and pray and I have confidence in the firefighters. They put their lives on the line,” Mody said.

Skies in the area are smoky at different times during the day. The tribe has scheduled meetings about the fire every morning at 6 a.m. for updates.


Amy Trice, a former chairwoman of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, died last Thursday. She was 75.

Trice made headlines in 1974 when she declared "war" against the United States. She drew attention to the tribe's lack of federal recognition.

“We lost a legacy for our tribe,” current chairwoman Jennifer Porter told The Spokesman Review.

Trice and other tribal members set up a toll booth along a major highway. Authorities responded with a show of force.

“The state police came with Mace and sawed-off shotguns,” Trice said at the time, The Spokesman Review reported. “The closest thing we had to a weapon in our tribal office was a fly swatter.”

The effort led to establishment of a 12-acre reservation, housing and a clinic. Later, Trice helped bring gaming to the tribe.


Deadline passes for tribes to implement sex offender registries
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nine tribes have "substantially" implemented the sex offender registration system, the Department of Justice said today, but the total could rise as more submissions were received before the July 27 deadline.

Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act requires tribes, states and territories to develop registries. Tribes that decline to do so will automatically cede authority to the state.

So far, DOJ has determined that the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, the Yakama Nation of Washington, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan, the Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico, the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington have "substantially" implemented their systems.

"Due to the number of recent submissions, we do not yet have a complete count of how many jurisdictions were able to implement [systems] by the deadline," Linda Baldwin, the director of the SMART Office at DOJ, said in a press release. "We are reviewing submissions as quickly as possible and will announce decisions about additional jurisdictions in the coming months as the reviews are completed."

Only 14 states and one territory met the deadline. Those that failed to implement their systems could see a 10 percent reduction in funds awarded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program.

Tribes in Public Law 280 states weren't allowed to join the system.


Crews still working at cleanup of oil spill on the Blackfeet Nation
Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Blackfeet Nation wants all oil and gas producers in Montana to be informed of their responsibilities in case of spills.

A reported 840 gallons of oil spilled on the reservation on June 12. But FX Drilling Co. didn't report it to the tribe or federal authorities until a month later, when it had already reached Cut Bank Creek.

"Producers of hydro-chemicals in the state of Montana would hear exactly their responsibilities and would have no excuse in the future to not report, underreport or ignore situations like on the Yellowstone or Cut Bank Creek," Chairman Willie Sharp Jr. said in a letter, the Associated Press reported.

Crews are about one third of the way through the cleanup of the spill, the AP said.



OREGANO (see marjoram)
AKA: rock selinon
RX: a few sprigs for fresh breath, infusion of leaves and seeds, tincture
The seeds and the leaves of this plant contain the oil that is known to curb high blood pressure, help with fever, freshen breath, help with allergies and help heart patients.
Warnings: do not use to promote weight loss

AKA: hot peppers, most of the pepper family including bell pepper
RX: cooking, infusion
It is a good digestive aid, can relieve infectious diarrhea ( can bring on noninfectious diarrhea if too many hot peppers are ingested), helps chronic pain when used externally, is the best shingles reliever, helps headaches, and tastes great!
Warnings: can burn the eyes, mouth and skin
AKA: rosemarine, incensier
RX: cooking, 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
AKA: 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: Saffron is best known as a spice, although it is sometimes used medicinally as an herbal supplement. While a normal intake of saffron through dietary means is considered safe for most people, including pregnant women, large doses could be dangerous during pregnancy. Medicinal use of saffron is not considered safe for pregnant women. High doses (10 grams or more) have reportedly caused contractions and even miscarriages.                                 
AKA: all types of sage
RX: crushed 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.
AKA: white time, bean herb
RX: infusion of leaves for childhood colds
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.
Warnings: none
AKA: Quaker bonnet, mad dog weed, hoodwort, helmet flower
RX: use leaf infusion for tranquilizing effects
European medical experts now except 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



A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane..

He soon realized she was heading straight towards his seat .. As fate would have it, she took the seat right beside his..

Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, "Business trip or pleasure?"

She turned, smiled and said, "Business. I'm going to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston "

He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs.

Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, "What's your business role at this convention?"

"Lecturer," she responded. "I use information that I have learned from my personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality."

"Really?" he said. "And what kind of myths are there?"

"Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait.

Another popular myth is that Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Jewish descent who are the best.

I have also discovered that the lover with absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck."

Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed. "I'm sorry," she said, "I shouldn't really be discussing all of this with you. I don't even know your name.."

"Tonto," the man said, "Tonto Goldstein, but my friends call me Bubba."

~          ~          ~           ~

A young New York woman was so depressed that she decided to end her life by throwing herself into the ocean, but just before she could throw herself from the docks, a handsome young man stopped her.
"You have so much to live for," said the man. "I'm a sailor, and we are off to Italy tomorrow. I can stow you away on my ship. I'll take care of you, bring you food every day, and keep you happy."

With nothing to lose, combined with the fact that she had always wanted to go to Italy, the woman accepted.

That night the sailor brought her aboard and hid her in a small but comfortable compartment in the hold. From then on, every night he would bring her three sandwiches, a bottle of red wine, and make love to her until dawn.

Two weeks later she was discovered by the captain during a routine inspection.

"What are you doing here?" asked the captain.

"I have an arrangement with one of the sailors," she replied. "He brings me food  and I get a free trip to Italy ."

"I see," the captain says.

Her conscience got the best of her and she added, "Plus, he's screwing me."

"He certainly is," replied the captain. "This is the Staten Island Ferry."
~         ~          ~          ~

A pastor's wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the preacher's family expanded, so would his paycheck.

After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the preacher's expanding salary.

A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the clergyman's additional children were costing the church, and how much more it could potentially cost.

After listening to them for about an hour, the pastor rose from his chair and spoke, 'Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us. Silence fell on the congregation.

In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice, 'Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers.'

The entire congregation said, 'Amen.'


1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat.

3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4. A tortoise doesn't run, does nothing ..yet lives for 450 years.


I'm retired, go around me!!


1,   Q. Should I have a baby after 35?

     A. No, 35 children is enough.

2.  Q. I'm two months pregnant now, when will my baby move?

     A. With any luck, right after he finishes college.

3.  Q. What is the most reliable method to determine a baby' sex?

     A. Childbirth.
4.   Q. My wife is five months pregnant and so moody sometimes she is borderline irrational.
      A.  So whats your question?
5.   Q. My childbirth instructor says what I'll feel during childbirth is not pain, its pressure.  Is she    right?
     A. Yes, in the same way a tornado can be called an air current.
6.  Q. When is the best time to get an epidural?
     A. Right after you find out your pregnant.
7.  Q. Is there any reason  I have to be in the delivery room while  my wife is in labor?
     A. Not unless the word 'alimony' means anything to you.
8.  Q.Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
     A. Yes, pregnancy.
9.  Q. Do I have to have a baby shower?
     A. Not if you change the baby's diaper quickly
10. Q. Our baby was born last week.  When will my wife feel and act normal again?
      A. When the kids are in college
If you need anymore advice please call me at:  888/777-5555  I will be happy to advice you.

From the diary of a Pre-School teacher.

My five year old students are learning to read.
Yesterday one of them pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said,
"Look at this!! Its' a frickin' elephant!"
I took a deep breath, then asked..."What did you call it?"
"It's a frickin' elephant! It says so on the picture!"
And so it does..."A f r i c a n Elephant"
Hooked on phonics! Ain't it wonderful?



~Life Paths~

Spirit of Cougar with Wolfs Moon

Role: Leader~
Lesson: Proper Use of Power
Element: Earth
Wind: West ~
The Quest Within~
Medicine: Emissary

~ ~ ~
Spectral figure
prowls the night,
your yellow eyes burning bright,
as you watch the story
of Humanity unfold

Wisdom garnered
through experiences faced,
a proud lineage of courage traced
back through the haunting canyons
of Time untold

Your chilling scream
pierces the veil,
the resonating echo leaves a trail
that speaks to us
of a soul that stands alone

Emissary & messenger
of the planes you travel between
though rarely heard and seldom seen
our souls respond in resplendent joy
when you guide us ~Home~

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Watching the Cougar (also known in other cultures and regions as either Puma or Mountain Lion) one is keenly aware of the formidable grace and power that is reflected in every stride taken or leap made.  And yet the sense is that the Cougar has a conscious awareness of his strength and the potential to inflict great harm with very little effort, a fact that is reflected in the tenderness with which the female cougar treats her young as a mouth that can easily crush bones is also capable of exceptional gentleness as she bathes her cubs.

Adults can weigh in anywhere between 100 - 200 lbs., with an average length of 48 - 60 inches with an additional 28 inches of tail.  They are renowned jumpers, possessing the ability to leap 30 feet horizontally and up to 18 feet vertically, a testimony to the powerful leg muscles of these magnificent creature beings.

***For the two-legged beside whom Cougar strides, there will exist an inherent power and strength that is the very core of their Being.  These are incredibly powerful individuals, though such power is gifted via a process of trial and error as the Cougar soul learns the difference between using such formidable power, and abusing it.

Most Cougar individuals have an inner respect and understanding of their own abilities and hence, will generally not throw their weight around unless they are either backed into a corner from which there is no obvious escape, or unless they are operating from an extremely damaged or unintegrated Personality Center.  Yet for those who begin wielding such a gift in a reckless manner, many painful encounters and situations will arise that may initially perplex the one who walks with Cougar, bringing losses in fortune, falls from positions of leadership or even public humiliation and/or scandal.  Eventually, the unintegrated Mountain Lion will reflect upon the choices that have led him/her to such losses and embarrassments and, in new found humility, they will recognize the Lessons behind such experiences and (in most instances) modify their behavior and beliefs accordingly.

One of the hallmark characteristics of the Cougar Soul, is an innate quest to

reach the best within themselves.  It matters not whether they reach the top of the corporate ladder, excel academically, or are the leader of a cherished cause, these individuals will exude the sense that they are meant to be in the role of leader.

Interestingly however, most two-leggeds beside whom Cougar pads, will be reluctant leaders and will often find themselves at the top of the chain of command during an emergency or crisis when less capable individuals collapse around them.  Seeing what needs to be done and acting accordingly, the Mountain Lion will stabilize the unbalanced situation and perform damage control.  This capacity to calmly assess and rectify problem situations will not go unnoticed, and here again may lie a challenge for the Cougar soul.

Because they generally make reluctant admirals (at least initially), the one that journeys with Mountain Lion may appear somewhat unimpressed with gaining the same promotion that may be jealously coveted by their peers.  Such apparent indifference is often misinterpreted as arrogance, and petty envy amongst co-workers often surfaces as a result.

When Cougar Soul can embrace in humility and grace his/her Gift of Leadership and wield such power with compassion and strength, the leap is made to a higher plane of unity with the Soul’s Unique Purpose for incarnating.***

**~Standing Behind Convictions

Most cultures that have Cougar as one of several key figures of their lore recognize this beautiful cat as a creature of great strength, cunning and power.  And in observing the Mountain Lion in the wild, it is easy to see where such tales of prowess stem from as they utilize not only their strength alone, but also employ their intelligence and stealth.

By looking at the solid and long form of the Cougar, it becomes apparent that these cats are designed for multiple tasks, as their large paws bespeak of an ability to traverse a wide variety of terrain from grassy paths to high granite walls.  Their long, thick tails assist them with balancing in precarious positions and heights, while their muscular legs propel them higher and longer in leaps than any other cat.  Such a diverse design hints at the ability these animals have to gain dominance over their environment and maneuver in areas virtually inaccessible to other creatures of the wild.

***As Cougar is sure-footed atop their canyon and desert perches, so is the

two-legged beside whom Cougar strides, certain of his/her approach to life.  Much like their Totem Spirit, the human counterpart will exude an aura of quiet strength that will make an impression upon others.

The impression made will almost always be one of respect and/or admiration, though the Cougar Soul seems to elicit extreme responses in others.  While some peers encountered taking an instant liking to the Cougar individual, while others will feel immediately threatened by the strong presence and hence an immediate and vehement dislike may ensue.

Yet all who come to know the individual beside whom Mountain Lion journeys will tend to agree that these are souls that stand firm in their beliefs and convictions.  These are the sort of people who appear to have a moral fiber made of bedrock as they will seldom waver or be badgered from their beliefs.

Although their moral/spiritual beliefs may not necessarily be “traditional,” they will have a set of self-imposed code of ethics and morality that they will stand firmly behind.  These granite philosophies are part of what makes these individuals so highly trusted by friends, family and those who know the strength of character the Cougar soul exhibits.

Conversely, there will be an equal number of detractors that would love nothing more than to see Mountain Lion tumult from a position of great height, as perhaps their own honesty and conviction pales in comparison to the Cougar’s lofty spirituality.  Such individuals who are operating from a point of insecurity deeply rooted in a unintegrated Personality Center, will tend to project their own unresolved issues off onto the Cougar soul, rather than examine where they may improve and enrich their own lives by living in closer accordance with their own belief system.

When challenged on their morals or beliefs, the Cougar individual will

become much like the Mountain Lion defending his/her territory, and an ordinarily placid two-legged can come out with fangs bared when backed into a corner.  Such attacks on their beliefs are capable of cutting right to the core of the Cougar soul, as these are honorable people that do their upmost to be trustworthy, dependable and honest. If a two-legged with Cougar as a Totem is operating from the Shadow or ~Contrary Medicine,~ there may exist a tendency to be dogmatic in their practices or beliefs, holding very little patience for philosophy or belief systems different from their own.  Yet this is rare, as most Mountain Lion’s respect the “spiritual territories” of others almost as much as they guard their own right to think and believe as they see fit.

For the two-legged operating from the Higher Octave of Cougar Medicine, the men are the knights in shining armor of eras long past that live and defend the values of trust, honesty, faithfulness and honor.  The female Cougars are the ~Earth Mothers~ that exude an aura of Oneness with the All and a deep reverence for the environment.  In both the male and female, a profound connection and respect for the ancient customs and traditions of indigenous people will be felt and expressed, though they themselves may not have been born with Native American blood and remind Others of the importance of respect for the Wisdom of the Elders.


As previously stated, the Cougar is the top cat when it comes to leaps of distance and height.  This is due to both the strong leg muscles these felines possess, as well as the balancing weight of their tails.

Most often, the Mountain Lion (true to one of its names) dwells atop lofty perches in mountains and canyons, as well as high desert mesas.  Such heights as these animals dwell requires sure-footedness and grace of movement, and herein their long and thick tails are employed to assist with balance as is required of those who exist in such precarious terrain.  Acting as a highly effective counterbalance, the Cougar’s tail assists in steadying them as they walk along the narrow pathways and crevices etched from the granite and sandstone cliffs in which these beautiful creature beings call home.

***For the two-legged with Cougar as a Primary Totem, the keyword of

Balance becomes crucial in integrating a ~holistic~ Mind/Body & Spirit approach.  Although these individuals are by nature very sensual and “earthy” types (and as such there will be an emphasis on their physical ~Self~), they are also keenly aware of the needs of the mind and soul as well.  If the Cougar Soul is in good physical shape yet is not developing his/her spiritual side, or conversely, if the one beside whom Mountain Lion stalks is involved in spiritual learning and growth but they don’t exercise their body or mind, the unbalance will be more keenly felt than it would be for other individuals.  The result is that there will be much inner turmoil and stress with the questioning of “what is missing in my life?” becoming a predominant pondering.

The best form of physical exercise for the Cougar individual would be one that takes into consideration the Whole Self (again, Mind/Body and Spirit).  An excellent example of such well targeted exercise for the Mountain Lion, would be Yoga, or perhaps Ti-chi, as these are both forms of exercise that employ All levels of the Self . . . the body is in movement, the energy centers are being stimulated and aligned, and the mind is in deep focus or meditation.

If you are a Cougar Soul and are currently feeling “out of alignment,” pay attention to this feeling and heed it, for this is precisely what is occurring.  Stop and take an honest evaluation of your life and your approach to this Journey.  What are you neglecting, or what areas of your life and expression are you over-indulging in?  Because Balance is such a key for you, it is crucial for your development that you become aware of your keen need for a WHOLE approach to life.

Are there certain individuals that are draining you of your energy, freedom or right to express yourself in a healthy and meaningful manner?  If so, then those relationships need to also be evaluated in detached honesty.  Because of your powerful, yet unassuming nature, there will be those that will seek to undermine your confidence and balance.  If this is the case, confrontation, restructuring of relationships or even some “endings” may be in order.

The art of Balancing your life ought to be approached in stages however, as it is also quite characteristic of the Mountain Lion individual to immediately leap into action and attempt to take on too much at once.  The key here is moderate and progressive steps forward.  No matter how long the journey takes, and regardless of the occasional step or two “backward,” so long as more movement is made forward than back, the Journey is being walked and the goal is drawing ever nearer.  Remember, we all arrive exactly where we need to be, exactly when we need to be there.***

**~Messenger between Humans & The Divine Beings

Native American lore holds the Cougar as the champion of the two-legged who presents the humans “case” to the ~One Above.~ Acting as the emissary on behalf of we of the two-leggeds, Cougar asks for forgiveness for our follies and misbehavers while carrying messages between human and the Divine.

Because Humans are capable of intentional and unprovoked violence, spite, hatred and other emotions and behaviors not witnessed in the Creature Beings, the task of emissary for Cougar can be a challenging one.  He/she must find the Light at the center of the darkness, the beauty and grace that lives beyond the sometimes tangled core of the human personality center.

For his faithful guidance and support of we humans, he is revered amongst many tribes, and given thanks for acting on our behalf.  His belief in us a faith that may best be reciprocated in acts of kindness to All Life, compassion and embracing in understanding the surface and transitory ~differences~ of spiritual beliefs, race or economic background of our fellow two-leggeds.  In this manner, we show our thankfulness for his faith and trust in us.

***Cougar Spirit will travel beside a two-legged who possesses a keen insight and perception.  This insight may surface via an ~extra-sensory-perception,~ or it may firmly rooted in a more ~practical~ understanding of the human psyche and subconscious mind.  Both mediums and psychotherapists are often found with Cougar as a Primary Animal Ally.

The Mountain Lion Soul will often be a bridge of understanding between

two diametrically opposed individuals, factions or groups as theirs is the Medicine of Emissary.  As such, others will often turn to them for their non-partial perspective as the Cougar individual is quite capable of seeing all sides of any given situation.  Then, when he/she becomes connected with a cause or belief, they make excellent, out-spoken proponents of such a cause and hence are outstanding spokespersons for a variety of ventures which capture their attention.

While such Medicine brings the Gift of harmony between opposites, the individual with Cougar as a Totem will often find him/herself in the middle of an argument, attempting to bring understanding and equilibrium to both “sides.”  This is a beautiful trait when it is the Cougar’s conscious choice to become involved, yet the challenge is that the two-legged beside whom Mountain Lion walks may often find themselves immersed without a conscious decision to do so.  Friends, family even strangers may take advantage of their inherent drive to be a mediator, and in those moments, the Cougar Soul may suddenly find themselves the target of attack from either side, becoming the “middle person” in an entirely uncomfortable sense of the word!

By establishing clear boundaries and guidelines with Others as to when and by how much, they are willing to act as a “go between,” the Cougar individual is fulfilling his/her principle Medicine of Messenger without falling victim to the unresolved issues and grievances of Others.  As the Cougar grows from cub to adult (spiritually/metaphorically speaking), the lessons learned in defining boundaries assists as they fulfill their Medicine of Messenger and teach Others the power of understanding and harmony.



Chief Strong
Bob and healing
Bobbie and strength and healing
Sarah, healing, wisdom and strength
Delitris...strength, wisdom and healing
Denika...strength, wisdom and healing
Melissa...strength, wisdom and healing
Savanna...strength, wisdom and healing
Leonard Peltier...spiritual strength and health

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.
Our Spiritual Leaders and
All our ancestors and relations


RECIPES:   (thanks Barbara)

The following 2 recipes are from the Sept 2011 Woman's Day Magazine

Quick Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Stew

Total Time: 30 Min.

1 Tbsp. olive oil

12 oz. fully cooked Italian chicken sausage, sliced 1/4 in. thick

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 32-oz. container low-sodium chicken broth

4 oz. ditalini or other soup pasta (about 1 cup)

1 15.5 oz. can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed

Black pepper

1 10 oz. bag spinach, thick stems removed

1 oz. Parmesean, grated (about 1/4 cup)

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate.

2. Add the garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute (do not let it brown). Add the wine and simmer, scraping up any brown bits, for 1 minute.

3. Add the broth and pasta and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is just tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

4. Add the beans, sausage and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the spinach, stirring gently until it begins to wilt. Serve with the Parmesean.

Serves 4. Per Serving: 429 CAL., 15 G FAT (4G SAT FAT), 76 MG CHOL, 1,188 MG SOD, 30 G PRO, 42 G CAR, 6 G FIBER

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Grilled Sausages with Marinated Peppers and Onions

Total Time; 20 Minutes

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp honey

Kosher salt and pepper

1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

4 links Italian sausage

1 small Italian bread, cut into 4 pieces and split

Potato chips, for serving (optional)

1. Heat grill or a grill pan to medium-high.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, honey, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Add the bell pepper and onion and let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, grill the sausages, turning occasionally, until charred and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. If desired, grill the bread until lightly charred, about 1 minute.

4. Serve the sausages in the bread and top with peppers and onions. Serve with potato chips, if desired.

Serves 4. Per Serving: 455 CAL, 24 G FAT (8 G SAT FAT), 33 MG CHOL, 1,262 MG SOD, 19 G PRO, 42 G CAR, 3 G FIBER


Judge tosses Sioux lawsuit over Black Hills money

Tribes want land back instead of compensation

BY CHET BROKAW Associated Press

11:35 p.m. CDT, August 8, 2011


Individual members of the Sioux tribes cannot persist with a lawsuit seeking a share of hundreds of millions of dollars awarded in old court cases for the improper seizure of the Black Hills and other land more than a century ago, a federal judge has ruled.

In a ruling issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol dismissed a lawsuit filed by 19 members of Sioux tribes. He said individual tribal members have no legal standing to seek the money because it was awarded to eight tribes, and prior court decisions have found that individual American Indians do not have a right to tribal property or a claim to a share of money from the sale of tribal land.

The Sioux tribes have refused to accept money awarded for the Black Hills in a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision, and instead have sought the return of the land, Piersol noted. The lawsuit seeking payments for individual tribal members could not continue without the participation of the tribes, but they have refused to give up their immunity to being sued, he said.

‘‘That difference of position is an internal tribal matter into which the federal courts cannot intrude,’’ Piersol wrote.

A lawyer representing the individual tribal members who filed the lawsuit did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Terry Pechota of Rapid City, a lawyer representing the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said the tribes welcome the decision because any distribution of money from the 1980 court case would weaken the tribes’ efforts to regain land in the Black Hills. The Rosebud Sioux filed documents in the lawsuit stating it seeks the return of land and rejects any monetary settlement.

‘‘The consensus is, the tribes want this land back,’’ Pechota said Monday.

Land was never for sale

The dispute is more than 130 years old.

In an 1868 treaty, the U.S. government agreed that a huge area west of the Missouri River would be set aside for use by the Sioux. After gold was discovered in the Black Hills, miners and other fortune-seekers flocked to western South Dakota. That led to military battles that culminated in George Custer’s defeat at the Little Big Horn in 1876.

When the Sioux refused to ratify a new treaty giving up the Black Hills, Congress passed a law taking the land in 1877.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 upheld a lower court ruling that awarded eight Sioux tribes $106 million in compensation, the 1877 value of $17.5 million plus interest. The nation’s highest court said the government had to pay for taking the tribal property, and Piersol said that award has now grown to $650 million or more.

All the Sioux tribes have refused to take the money, with tribal officials and others saying the Black Hills are not for sale.

Individual remedy

The lawsuit by the individual tribal members also sought distribution of a smaller amount of money awarded for land taken in the 1868 treaty. Filed two years ago, the lawsuit argued that because the court system cannot return the land to the Sioux, the only remedy is to distribute money to individuals.

Piersol said federal law provides that no money from the Black Hills case can be distributed until Congress appropriates funds and federal officials agree with the tribes on a distribution plan. Congress has not provided money and all eight tribes have passed resolutions opposing distribution of the money.

The return of any land is up to Congress, the judge said.

‘‘The fact remains that resolution by the courts is at an end. If there is to be any result other than the current stalemate, then it must come from tribal government and the Congress of the United

The eight tribes listed in the lawsuit were the Crow Creek Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, Standing Rock Sioux, Lower Brule Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Oglala Sioux, Fort Peck Sioux and Santee Sioux.

The Spirits Cry Through His Writings,

Leonard Peltier

This review is from: Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance (Paperback)

"Prison Writings", by Leonard Peltier, is quite an eye-opener. This political prisoner maintains his innocence and demonstrates it through his heart and compassion. At times, each chapter appears to be a stream of consciousness dependent on his mood (he wrote it in prison where he still remains), but he always evaluated his mood and came back full circle and has come to terms that he may never leave but that his hope in humanity might help lift him and thousands of others wrongfully imprisoned.

His words have compelled me to do further research and there are many related books, articles and even a documentary film by Robert Redford titled "Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story". I encourage everyone to read it and watch the film available through rental or purchase.

Whether you believe in his innocence or not is not the point. The point is that our current system remains flawed despite the cold hearts that are too scared to take a serious look into their conscience.

Leonard Peltier has definitely changed my once hardened heart. I am still a cynic and angry often, but thinking about his struggles through unfair justice keeps me focused. It is an easy read if you don't mind the harsh realities of our justice system, or lack thereof!

"Mitakuye Oyasin!" Learn this meaning from his book - it will serve you well in your life.      to order his book.  A 'must' read.


Once again, sorry for this being late.  :>(     What can I say 'Life Happens'!  :>)

Be good, stay healthy, keep focused, above all...keep praying.

Blessings always
Shiakoda Autumn Wolf Moon Qkalokqua

(better known as 'Shi'  (shy)..)

Until next month.

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