Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WOLF MOON newsletter October 2011

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Aquai everyone. I hope you all have recovered from Irene. I know some up this way are still working on making their homes livable again. This is one storm that won’t be forgotten soon.

Anyhow, weather is changing, are you all ready? Are you taking advice from the animals? They started packing away their food early, I hope its not going to be a bad winter like last years. Way too much snow for this old lady!!!! I’m not as graceful as I use to be. :>) Feet and legs not as agile as they once were. I’ll have to practice staying on my feet this year.

October already….where did this year go? WHEW!! Anyway, enjoy.

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Smithsonian brings dolls made in 1901 to Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho welcomed home a set of 110-year-old dolls that were made for the Smithsonian Institution in 1901.

Second Chief Peter Wildshoe commissioned a tribal member to make the two-foot-tall beaded dolls, which depict a man, woman and a child in traditional clothing. They are part of a new exhibit, "Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West," that just opened at the Old Mission State Park.

"This is a good day," elder Felix Aripa, 88, told The Coeur d'Alene Press.

"We're thrilled to have them back," added Ray Brinkman, the tribe's linguist.

The exhibit features about 160 items that tell of the tribe's interaction with the Jesuits.


Derek Bailey, Grand Traverse Band chair, to run for Congress

Friday, September 30, 2011

Derek Bailey, the chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, is running for Congress.

Bailey is seeking the Democratic nod for Michigan's 1st Congressional District. He will make his formal announcement tomorrow.

"In Congress we need vibrant, creative and strong leadership in advancing the needs of the citizens in northern Michigan," Bailey said in a statement to Up North Live. "We need to look at reigning in spending and reducing the nation's overwhelming pile of debt. We need to look at sensible tax policies that are balanced, fair and responsible, and that address needs of working people and not energy companies, which have seen record profits."

If elected, Bailey will be the second Native American in Congress. The other is Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Bailey will be holding three events tomorrow in Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and Traverse City.


USDA Blog: Rosebud Sioux Tribe still keeping traditions in mind

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"I had the honor and pleasure to tour the Rosebud Sioux Nation in South Dakota. The vast land of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate is rich in natural resources.

Tribal leaders, with support from Sinte Gleska University, demonstrated interest and commitment in further planning and development of these resources in ways that continually improve quality of life, yet are respectful and mindful of their ancestral teachings and cultural traditions.

At the Tribal Council meeting, dialog focused on underutilization of resources such as wind, timber, ranch land and the 27 center pivots owned by the Tribe. Also, issues such as the need for start-up capital, power purchase agreements, new genetics for the buffalo herds, production and marketing expertise, access for rural housing and infrastructure on the Reservation, including a new Tribal Council building, were discussed."


Former residential school employee charged for abusing boys

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A former employee of a residential school in Saskatchewan has been charged with abusing boys as young as three years old.

Paul Leroux, 70, was a a dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Indian Residential School. He faces 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to the 1960s.

Leroux is due in court on October 19.


GOP lawmaker apologizes for making remarks about 'aborigines'

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A top Republican lawmaker in Alabama apologized for making disparaging remarks about "aborigines" -- more than two months after the comments were aired at a federal corruption trial.

Sen. Scott Beason (R), the chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, wore a wire for the FBI. His remarks about the African-American patrons at a particular gaming facility were brought up when he testified in June.

"That’s y’all’s Indians," one Republican said.

"They’re aborigines, but they’re not Indians," Beason replied.

At the time, Beason said he didn't know why he made that comment. He reiterated that defense yesterday but also apologized.

"My purpose today is to say that I am very sorry and I apologize to anyone whose feelings were hurt by my comment," Beason said at a press conference, The Birmingham News reported.

The trial came out of a anti-gaming crackdown by former governor Bob Riley (R). He shut down non-Indian operated facilities that were offering electronic bingo machines.

Riley at one point threatened to go after the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Releasing buffalo back onto the land. The Buffalo Hump Sanctuary is a grassroots organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation based in the community of Slim Butte. The organization is focused on sustainable land-use through the restoration of the sacred tatanka oyate (Buffalo Nation) to Pine Ridge Reservation and the northern plains. http://villageearth.org/global-projects/pine-ridge-reservation/buffalo-hump-sanctuary

— at Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, USA


The Skywalkers and September 11th

It was a beautiful morning. Several Mohawk Ironworkers from the Akwasasne Reserve were already at work 50 stories above the streets of New York City. The first plane flew by closer than 100 feet to their crane. They watched as it crashed into one of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, only 10 blocks away. While on the phone with Ironworkers Local 440 at Akwasasne, the second plane struck. These men, with an almost eye-level view of the horror, were among the many ironworkers of American Indian descent working in New York and New Jersey that day. The "Skywalkers" rushed to the Towers their fathers, uncles, brothers, cousins and they, themselves had built. They assisted with evacuation, and searched the rumble for survivors. Many worked for months in the recovery efforts.

The history of catastrophe among these men is long. The cemeteries at several reservations in the US and Canada are crowded with crosses made from steel and iron, the grave markers of fallen Skywalkers. The 1907 collapse of the Quebec Bridge is still referred to as the "Disaster." Of the ninety-six lives lost, 33 men were from the small Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) band of the Mohawks, the first Skywalkers.

The Kahnawake Reserve, one of the oldest in Canada, began as a Catholic Mission populated in 1668 by Indians of the Iroquois Confederacy. Most were Mohawks from today’s western and northern New York State. The men of Kahnawake were skilled canoe freighters until the fur trade declined. Afterwards, many became renowned timber rafters, running huge lumber rafts over the Lachine Rapids near their home. The mission lands were converted in 1830 to a tax-free reservation by the Canadian government, however, the Band was able to maintain considerably more control than on other reservations.

In 1886 Grand Trunk Railway contracted with Dominion Bridge Company to build a rail bridge over the St. Lawrence River. The Kahnawake men were originally hired as day laborers to unload stone for the bridge abutment on Reserve land. But the workers, and the young men and boys hung around the worksite, and were much more interested in what the steelworkers were doing. In a 1949 New Yorker article by Joseph Mitchell, a Dominion official states, "It was quite impossible to keep them off…These Indians were as agile as goats." About a dozen teenagers were hired to learn and work the iron spans. At this time, it was mostly sailors, experienced in working on tall ship masts, who worked the high structure of bridges. However, the young men of the Kahnawake were "natural-born bridge men."

Dominion’s next bridge, connecting the twin cities of Sault St. Marie in Ontario and Michigan, turned into a trade school for the Kahnawake. Once an apprentice was trained and integrated into a work crew, another arrived from the Reserve. The training continued on each new project, and by 1907, there were over 70 experienced bridge men in this small Mohawk band. The challenge of the iron and to prove one’s courage did not wane for the men after the "Disaster." But the women did institute a new rule, limiting the number of work crews on each construction project.

The Indian bridge men, known then as the "Fearless Wonders," ventured out across Canada, and made their way into the United States. They recruited from other Tribes, and worked on

skyscrapers and bridges from the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge. A coveted workforce for their skill, experience, and workmanship, they kept their language alive on the job site and taught co-workers. They customized "sign language" into hand signals. This system of communication continues, and is a requirement of ironwork apprentice training. A retired ironworker, Orvis Diabo, was also interviewed in Mitchell’s article. Having worked in 17 states in the US, he said, "When they talk about the men that built this country, one of the men they mean is me." Native American Skywalkers were included in a famous photo taken during construction of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1930. It shows two ironworkers straddling a girder and preparing for lunch. There is a white table cloth on the steel, and on either side, two other ironworkers dressed as waiters with serving trays. But American students of the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s saw this photo in a text book without knowing the Indian connection.

It was a beautiful morning on September 11, 2011. Ironworker Steve Cross was no doubt proud of the progress on the new One World Trade Center. He worked on cellular towers for a while, but had returned to "skywalking" the tall buildings of America’s cities. In June, 2011 he commented in a Postmedia News article. "…on this job right now, there’s Mohawks all over…It’s a good feeling building this project. It’s a long time coming." The steel of America’s skyscrapers is as much a part of him as his Kahnawake Mohawk heritage.


Being temorary earth residents with a presecribed visitation time allotted to them, the Anasazi People perceived the planet throgh reverent and loving eyes. Therefore it was naturally inherent for them to pray for the continuance of earth's existence. They knew the earth would continue, but their prayers were directed for a peaceful and harmonious existence.

MANY SUNS PRAYER (for the Earth Mother's future)

Earth Spirit. Spirit of our Grandmothers. May you live in peace and harmony, And dwell in everyone's heart.

Earth Spirit. Spirit of our Grandmother. May you live in youthful beauty, And receive respect and honor.

Earth Spirit. Spirit of our Grandmother. May your sweet face remain unchanged through time, And all life give thanks for your being.


Suspect for triple homicide on Crow Reservation shows in court

Friday, October 7, 2011

The suspect in a triple homicide on the Crow Reservation in Montana made his first court appearance on Thursday.

Sheldon Bernard Chase, 22, was arrested in Spokane, Washington. He faces extradition to Montana to answer to the murders of his grandmother, Gloria Sarah Goes Ahead Cummins; his 21-year-old cousin, Levon F. Driftwood; and her boyfriend, Rueben Charles Jefferson, 20.

Chase is alleged to have taken a gun from his mother's home on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota on Monday. He allegedly showed up with the gun at his grandmother's house on Tuesday, when the shooting occurred.

According to news reports, the three-year-old son of Driftwood and Jefferson witnessed the shooting and identified Chase as the perpetrator. Chase reportedly has a history of mental illness.


FBI looking at police officer beating of man from Navajo Nation

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The FBI is looking into the beating of a Navajo Nation man by a former police officer in Farmington, New Mexico.

A spokesperson told The Farmington Daily Times that the FBI was looking into the March 17 incident in which Donovan Tanner, 22, was struck in the head and neck at least five times by former officer Dale Frazier.

Frazier was fired from his job about a month later and Tanner filed a lawsuit that San Juan

County settled for $250,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico would not confirm or deny an ongoing investigation.


KIDS!!! And their thoughts on life


I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, 'Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat belt!'


On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, 'The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.'


A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar.. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. 'Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle.'


A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room.... When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, 'What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?'

5) POLICE # 1

While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, 'Are you a cop? Yes,' I answered and continued writing the report. My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?' 'Yes, that's right,' I told her. 'Well, then,' she said as she extended her foot toward me, 'would you please tie my shoe?'

6) POLICE # 2

It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. 'Is that a dog you got back there?' he asked..

'It sure is,' I replied.

Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, 'What'd he do?'


While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, 'Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit.'

'And why not, darling?'

'You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning...'


While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.

The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: 'Glory be unto the Father, and unto the Son, and into the hole he goes.' (I want this line used at my funeral!)


A little girl had just finished her first week of school. 'I'm just wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!'


A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible... He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.

'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out.

'What have you got there, dear?'

With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, 'I think it's Adam's underwear!'



Just thought I'd pass on some totally useless, yet amusing trivia about critters:

A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (O.M.G.!!!)

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy. I'm still not over the pig.)

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. (Honey, I'm home . What the...?)

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. (30 minutes. Lucky pig! Can you imagine?)

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. (What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)

Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (I still can't believe that pig ...quality over quantity.)

Butterflies taste with their feet. (Something I always wanted to know.)

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (Okay, so that would be a good thing.)

A cat's urine glows under a black light. (I wonder how much the government paid to figure that out.)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like that.)

Starfish have no brains. (I know some people like that, too.)

Polar bears are left-handed. (Talk about a southpaw.)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (What about that pig? Do the dolphins know about the pig?)

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The Bottle of Wine

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.

"What in bag?" asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, "It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband."

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:

"Good trade."

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The Blackfeet asked their Chief in autumn, if the winter was going to be cold or not.

Not really knowing the answer, the chief replies that the winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to be prepared.

Being a good leader, he then went to the nearest phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is this winter to be cold?"

The man on the phone responded, "This winter was going to be quite cold indeed."

So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again, "Is it going to be a very cold winter?"

"Yes," the man replied, "its going to be a very cold winter."

So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find. Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again and asks "Are you absolutely sure, that the winter is going to be very cold?"

"Absolutely" the man replies, "the Blackfeet are collecting wood like crazy!"

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Helena Montana, January 31, 1999 -

In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field.

"We advise that outdoorsmen should wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them," a spokesman said.

"We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear".

It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear paw prints and scat.

A grizzly's paw is larger and its claws are longer than that of a black bear. Black bear scat contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear scat has little bells in it and smells like pepper.

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What did the Dine' lady say first time she went into Pizza Hut?

"Who threw up on my fry bread?"

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An Apache guy, who had spent his whole life in the desert, goes to visit a friend who had moved to town. He'd never seen a train or the tracks they run on.

While standing in the middle of the railroad tracks one day, he hears this whistle -- Whooee da Whoee! -- but doesn't know what it is.

BAM!!, he's hit by the train and tossed to the side of the tracks. It was only a glancing blow, so he was lucky enough to live through it with a few broken bones and some bruises.

After weeks in the hospital recovering, he's at his friend's house attending a party one evening. While in the kitchen, he suddenly hears the teapot whistling. He grabs a baseball bat from the nearby closet and proceeds to batter and bash the teapot into an unrecognizable lump of metal.

His friend, hearing the noise, rushes into the kitchen, sees what's happened and asks the Apache guy, "Why'd you bust up my teapot?" The desert man replies, "Shii' kiis', you gotta kill these things when they're small."

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Did you know that vegetarian is an indigenous word? Translated it mean "Can't hunt"!

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What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long?


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What do Eskimos get from rubbing noses too many times?


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What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work?

A stick.

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Remember, one cannot make footprints in the sands of time by sitting on their butt,

and who wants to leave butt prints in the sands of time?

Prayer to The Four Directions

Chief Seattle

Great Spirit of Light, come to me out of the East (red) with the power of the rising sun. Let there be light in my words, let there be light on my path that I walk. Let me remember always that you give the gift of a new day. And never let me be burdened with sorrow by not starting over again.

Great Spirit of Love, come to me with the power of the North (white). Make me courageous when the cold wind falls upon me. Give me strength and endurance for everything that is harsh, everything that hurts, everything that makes me squint. Let me move through life ready to take what comes from the north.

Great Life-Giving Spirit, I face the West (black), the direction of sundown. Let me remember everyday that the moment will come when my sun will go down. Never let me forget that I must fade into you. Give me a beautiful color, give me a great sky for setting, so that when it is my time to meet you, I can come with glory.

Great Spirit of Creation, send me the warm and soothing winds from the South (yellow). Comfort me and caress me when I am tired and cold. Unfold me like the gentle breezes that unfold the leaves on the trees. As you give to all the earth your warm, moving wind, give to me, so that I may grow close to you in warmth. Man did not create the web of life, he is but a strand in it. Whatever man does to the web, he does to himself.


Low Cholesterol Foods

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are foods low in cholesterol. While poultry and most fish also contain little cholesterol, you should limit the total amount to 5 ounces or less per day. Although

incorporating such foods into your diet is good, you also need to look for foods low in saturated fat and trans fat.

*Low Cholesterol Foods: An Overview

If you walk down any aisle of a grocery store, you will see products labeled "no cholesterol" or "low cholesterol." What does this mean? In some respects, it is a marketing gimmick. In fact, stores could put a sign above the entire produce section that says, "Cholesterol Free" because cholesterol is only found in products that originate from animals (see High Cholesterol Foods). Plant-based products have no cholesterol.

It's important to remember that eating low cholesterol foods is just one part of the equation. Saturated fat actually increases blood cholesterol more than cholesterol itself, and food with trans fatty acids (trans fat) can also increase blood cholesterol. So while looking for low cholesterol foods is important, you also need to look for foods that are low in saturated fat and trans fat.

*Low Cholesterol Foods: Cholesterol Free Foods

The ultimate "low cholesterol foods" are cholesterol free foods (food that comes from a plant). Foods that have no cholesterol and should be part of any low cholesterol diet include:

•Whole grains and legumes.

As part of a cholesterol lowering diet, you should be eating at least 3 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and 6 to 11 servings of whole grains and legumes each day. Fruits and vegetables are low in saturated fat and total fat, and have no cholesterol. A diet high in fruit and vegetables may also help keep cholesterol levels low. So fruits and vegetables are great substitutes for foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Breads, cereals, rice, pasta, and other grains, and dry beans and peas are generally high in starch and fiber and low in saturated fat and calories. They also have no dietary cholesterol, except for some bakery breads and sweet bread products made with high-fat, high-cholesterol milk, butter, and eggs.

Like fruits and vegetables, naturally low-fat, low-cholesterol breads and other foods in this group are also good choices as part of a low cholesterol diet.

*Low Cholesterol Foods: Animal Products

Any food that comes from an animal will have at least some cholesterol, but the amount of cholesterol in these foods varies, so there are animal-based low cholesterol foods. Let's look at low cholesterol foods by food group.

*-Fish, Poultry, and Meat Substitutes as Low Cholesterol Foods

Chicken and turkey are relatively low in saturated fat and cholesterol, especially when the skin is removed. Low cholesterol foods also include most fish. Fish also tend to be low in saturated fat.

While some types of shellfish would be classified as low cholesterol foods, others would not. But shellfish do have little saturated fat and total fat. Even shrimp can be enjoyed occasionally on a heart healthy diet, provided you eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day. For example, 3 ounces of steamed shrimp has 167 milligrams of cholesterol.

Remember: While fish and poultry may be considered low cholesterol foods, even the leanest meat, chicken, fish, and shellfish have saturated fat and cholesterol; limit the total amount you eat to 5 ounces or less per day.

Dry peas and beans and tofu (bean curd) are great meat substitutes, as they are low cholesterol foods. Dry peas and beans also have a lot of fiber, which can help to lower blood cholesterol (see Cholesterol Lowering Food).

Try adding a ½ cup of beans to pasta, soups, casseroles, and vegetable dishes. Tofu takes on the flavor of marinades well. Try marinating tofu in a nonfat dressing or a tangy sauce and grilling or baking for a heart healthy dish.


Egg yolks are high in dietary cholesterol -- each contains about 213 milligrams. You should consume no more than 4 yolks per week. This includes the egg yolks in baked goods and processed foods. Read food labels carefully to see how much cholesterol the food contains, or ask the bakery if the recipe uses whole eggs. You should reserve foods containing whole eggs for occasional treats.

Egg whites have no cholesterol, and you can substitute them for whole eggs in recipes -- two egg whites are equal to one whole egg. You can also use cholesterol-free egg substitute in place of whole eggs -- in many baked goods, you can't tell the difference.

*Low Cholesterol Foods in the Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Groups

Like high-fat meats, regular dairy foods that have fat -- such as whole and 2 percent milk, cheese, and ice cream -- are also high in saturated fat and cholesterol. However, dairy products are an important source of nutrients, and 2 to 3 servings per day are recommended.

Low cholesterol foods in this group include:

Fat-free or 1 percent milk. Fat-free and 1 percent milk are great low cholesterol foods because they have just as much or more calcium and other nutrients as whole milk with much less saturated fat and cholesterol.

Low-fat or nonfat yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium. Eat low-fat or nonfat yogurt alone or as a topping or in recipes. Try topping it with fruit.

Low-fat or nonfat sour cream or cream cheese blends. Many taste as rich as the real thing, but have less fat and calories.

"Fat-free," "reduced fat," "low-fat," or "part skim" hard cheeses. Choose varieties that have 3 grams of fat or less per ounce.

Low-fat (1 percent) or nonfat cottage cheese, farmer cheese, or part-skim or light ricotta. Some of these cheeses have 3 grams of fat or less per ounce.


Contrary to popular belief, not all snack foods are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Snacks that would be considered low cholesterol foods include:

Bread sticks ‘Bagels
Dried fruit
Low-fat or fat-free crackers (like rice cakes, melba toast, rye crisp, and soda crackers)
Ready-to-eat cereals without added sugar
Frozen grapes or banana slices or other fresh fruit
No-oil baked tortilla chips
Popcorn (air popped or "light")
Raw vegetables with nonfat or low-fat dip.


Sweets that would be considered low cholesterol foods include:
Fat-free or low-fat brownies, cakes, cheesecake, cupcakes, and pastries
Angel food cake topped with fruit puree or fresh fruit slices
Gelatin desserts (watch the whipped cream!)
Graham crackers
Fat-free or low-fat cookies, like animal crackers, devil's food cookies, fig and other fruit bars, ginger snaps, and vanilla or lemon wafers
Frozen low-fat or nonfat yogurt, fruit ices, ice milk, sherbet, and sorbet
Puddings made with 1 percent or fat-free milk.
While these treats may be low in cholesterol and fat, most are not low in calories. So choose them only every now and then, especially if you are trying to control your weight to improve your blood cholesterol levels.

*Low Cholesterol Foods: Things to Remember

Eating healthy is about choices. Fortunately, when it comes to low cholesterol foods, there are many choices. Understanding where cholesterol comes from and learning to read food labels are important steps when adding low cholesterol foods to your diet.

Earth Teach Me to Remember by John Yellow Lark

Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth Teach me caring as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep in the rain.

Live Your Life


So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their views, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a stranger if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs them of their visions.

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



Winter Corn Chowder

Yield: 1 pot

1 1/2 c Dried corn 6 sl Bacon
4 c Milk 1/2 tsp Salt
3 c Broth 2 c Chopped onion
2 ts Sugar

Rinse corn and combine with broth in saucepan; bring to boil. Remove toheat and allow to stand for 2 hours, then cook for 45 minutes. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Drain. Cook onion in drippings. Add to corn mixture and simmer 5 minutes. Add milk, sugar, and salt; sprinkle with bacon.

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Wild Sage Bread

1 pkg dry yeast 1 tsp salt
1 c cottage cheese 1/4 tsp baking soda
2 egg 1/4 c lukewarm water
1 tb melted lard or shortening 2 1/2 c flour
1 tb sugar 8 tsp crushed dried wild sage

Mix all dry ingredients together thoroughly. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Beat together egg and cheese until smooth, add melte shortening and yeast. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, adding flour mixture slowly and beating vigorously after each addition until stiff dough is formed. Cover dough with cloth and let rise in a warm place for an hour or until double in bulk. Punch dough down, knead for one minute and put into buttered pan or casserole. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Brush top with melted shortening and sprinkle with crushed, roasted pinon nuts or coarse salt.


$4M In Grants Aimed At Native American Education       Published: October 8, 2011, 11:06 AM

RAPID CITY, SD - South Dakota has received about $4 million in education grants this year to address the needs of Native American students.

About $1.5 million was awarded this year to continue with the five-year College Access Challenge Grant.

The state also received an annual $3.5 million grant for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

The two state initiatives have similar goals, including increasing high graduation rates among Native American students and encouraging them to attend post-secondary programs.


Letter from RussellSeptember 23, 2011

Hello everyone:

I want to thank you for your heartfelt love and for your extreme concern about my health. I never expected within my lifetime, I would experience such a world wide out pour of pure love. Believe me it goes a long way toward defeating this cancer.

Robby Romero and co- producer camera man, Dave Schweitzer are doing a documentary retrospective of my life and this fight to defeat this cancer. Thanks to this documentary and their interviewing of my doctors, did I realize out how super serious my condition WAS. The doctor who is in charge of my tomo therapy is the only doctor in the united states of america that can directly program and apply this machine that can pin point and kill the cancer cells without damaging my good cells and other sensitive tissue in my body like the conventional radiation used by all other Oncologists in the united states.

I found out that I was literally days away from the tumor in my throat closing my windpipe and forcing me to have a tracheotomy which would have begun my spiral down to death. The worst part would have been my deteriorating quality of life until I expired.

Please understand, even the doctors with these alternative cancer treatments I am receiving at Sunridge Medical as well as the Tomo treatment credit Indian Medicines I have received from Mexico, Canada, the Lakotas and the Navajo that have brought me along and have given me the strength to defeat cancer. I also found out the cancer in my body is much more wide spread than I originally thought. Please try to understand the spiritual direction I received in ceremony(s) brought me to Sunridge and Dr. Grado the Tomo specialist. The Great Mystery works in wondrous ways.

Pete Catches, a strong spiritual Oglala Medicine Man told us in AIM back in the 1970′s that there will be times when we have to use the white man to fight his diseases.

It is nothing short of miraculous that we found the only two cancer treatments that can actually defeat this filthy disease. I credit the Great Mystery for leading us, Pearl and I.

I also want everyone to know the wonder and the love from my wife Pearl. Without her strength love and dedication and her research on cancer, I would not be anywhere near I am today.

I just received good news, the tumor in my throat has diminished significantly. I have my voice back and my ability to swallow is back up to around 90 percent (coming from about zero, for a while only water could get through). So please continue those prayers and that love coming my way because in the end you are all part of the Great Mystery. Love, your Brother Russ Means


Chief Strong Horse...health and strength
Elder Tony Cricket...health
Elder Wendell Deer With Horns…Health and the best outcome for him with his job.
Elder Tom Flanders…Health and Recovery  
Elaine… Grandfather owls wife...health and healing 
Bob C....health and healing
Bobbie C...health and strength 
Theresa...health and healing   
Sarah Spirit...health, healing, wisdom and strength 
Leonard Peltier...spiritual strength and health   
Lora Lee…Health , strength and healing
Lynn from Oxford...health, 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 Chiefs...to show the right way and to lead with strength and wisdom
All our ancestors and relations
A 'home' for me and Tony. We are having trouble finding a place to live.



Healing Herbs and How to Use Them in Your Cooking


Lavender can calm your nerves and help with insomnia. It's effective on bruises, insect bites, and is a disinfectant. The scent relaxes the body and mind so it's great to enjoy if your nerves are frazzled or you're having trouble getting to sleep.


Fenugreek is an herb that is commonly used in the Mediterranean region of the world. It's a good herb to reduce menstrual cramps, cholesterol, menopause symptoms, and help control diabetes.


The strong aroma of mint is very effective at providing relief in respiratory disorders resulting from asthma and colds. Mint is also good for promoting digestion so it's ideal to eat before a meal.


A study reported on the BBC found that turmeric kills cancer cells. Tests released by a team at the Cork Cancer Research Centre show turmeric can destroy gullet cancer cells in the lab within 24 hours. That's no small deal. Now the question is, are you getting your fill?


Cilantro is known for its ability to pull toxins from the body. Often times when you're doing a fast, you use cilantro atop your kitchari to remove pesticides and insectides from your system consumed from the non-organic foods that you eat.


Parsley is rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. These components are good for controlling blood cholesterol levels and preventing constipation. It's also rich in antioxidants, specifically apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. In fact, it's known for having some of the highest levels of antioxidants.


Studies have shown that garlic's powerful antioxidants are great for preventing damaging free radicals as well as protecting against heart disease. It's known to powerfully reduce high blood pressure as well.


Historically, ginger is known for being very effective for an upset stomach as well as nausea. Its antiviral components make it good for prevention and treatment of the common cold.


Chefs the world over love basil and nutritionists agree. Basil is rich in flavonoids which prevent cell damage from both radiation and oxygen. Two of the main flavonoids are orientin and vicenin. Basil also provides vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium.


Cowrie Shell Necklace (how to make)Cowrie shells are both a beautiful and visually compelling choice of found object to use as a centerpiece in jewelry. While there are many ways to use cowrie shells in a necklace, most involve boring holes in the shell and thus are not practical techniques for a home crafter. However, by taking advantage of a cowrie shell's natural shape, you can string it for a basic but elegant pendant necklace while leaving the shell whole.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need
Hemp cord Cowrie shell
Jump ring
Spacer beads
Metal jewelry clasp

Create a loop of hemp cord. Cut a short piece of cord (3 or 4 inches) and fold it in half. Tie a knot with the folded halves as if it were one piece of string, forming a closed loop between the folded end and the knot. Position the knot so that the resulting loop is the size you want to have hanging above the top of the cowrie shell. Trim away the excess cord below the knot.
Fit the hemp loop into the cowrie shell. Find the point on the underside of the shell where the dividing space between the two halves is widest (usually this is close to the more pointed end of the shell). Stuff the knot into the shell at this point. You may need to push it in using the tip of a seam ripper or the head of a large needle. Tug the still-exposed loop of the cord up to the tight, closed end of the shell to secure it. The knot will prevent the hemp from slipping out of the shell.
Thread a jump ring through the top of the hemp. Open a jump ring with needle-nosed pliers, loop it onto the hemp cord, then close the ring.
Use your looped shell or shells in a beaded necklace design. Cut a length of beading floss to the length you want your finished necklace to be. Tie a knot at one end of the cord (leave about 1 1/2 inch extra length at the end), then fill half the length of the cord with spacer beads. Thread the cowrie shell pendant through its jump ring, then fill the rest of the cord with spacer beads, leaving an equal amount of extra space after the knot on the opposite end.
Tie the metal clasp fittings onto the ends of the finished necklace.


O Great Creator,
I come before you in a humble manner
and offer you this sacred pipe.
With tears in my eyes and an ancient song from my heart
I pray.

To the four powers of Creation,
To the Grandfather Sun,
To the Grandmother Moon,
To the Mother Earth,

And to my ancestors.

I pray for my relations in Nature,
All those who walk, crawl, fly, and swim,
Seen and unseen,
To the good spirits that exist in every part of Creation.

I ask that you bless our elders and children and families and friends,
And the brothers and sisters in prison.
I pray for the ones who are sick on drugs and alcohol
And for those homeless and forlorn.

I also pray for peace among the four races of humankind.
May there be good health and healing for this Earth,

May there be Beauty above me,
May there be Beauty below me,
May there be Beauty in me,
May there be Beauty around me.

I ask that this world be filled with Peace, Love and Beauty.







                                      Wisdom, Intuition, Awareness,

                              Clairvoyance, Inspiration, and Imagination

The owl is the symbol of the feminine, the moon and the night.
The owl is the bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom.
The owl is associated with Athena.
An owl totem gives you the power to extract secrets.
Meditate on the owl and things will be revealed.
Listen to its voice inside of you.
You will hear not what is being said by others, but what is hidden.
You can detect subtleties of voice that others cannot.
People cannot deceive a person who has an owl totem.
Owl people can see into the darkness of others souls.
Most owl people are clairvoyant because of this ability.
It can be very scary at times.
Learn to trust your instincts about people.
Let your owl totem guide you.

*Snowy Owl*

Conserve your energy until the time is right; be observant of your
Has the power of prophecy.

*Barn Owl*

This totem reflects the ability to the heart and the mind.
It can connect you to spirits and the houses that they haunt.
Mediums and "ghost hunters" often have this totem.
This totem can give you very strong clairvoyant abilities.

*Barred or Spotted Owl*

People with totem can appear threatening on the outside,
but are actually very benign.
This Owl can teach us how to use your voice to great effect.

*Screech Owl*

Very courageous and ferocious, this Owl teaches you how to be a fierce
with an ability to cooperate with others.

*Short-Eared Owl*

This Owl gives you the ability to show up at the right place –
to take advantage of opportunity.
The Owl represents a blend of fire and air; they stir a passion for life
and fire the inspiration.
They awaken the imagination.

*Great Horned Owl*

This Owl is a fierce protector.
It is the lunar opposite of the Red-Tailed Hawk (who represents the Sun).
Gives the ability to adapt to constant changing environments.
The harbinger of Spring. Does not have a good sense of smell
and may impart this trait to its totem people.


Thats about it for this month.

Stay healthy and safe. I'll be back again next month. November already!!! Where is time going to so fast?? No wonder I'm getting old so fast! See ya.

Shiakoda Autumn Wolf Moon Q.

(Sarah Spirit's Mom)