. . . ======================================= Start of March 2004 Newsletter - ======================================= Greetings, You have not heard from me much lately. I have been working on a project that was taking up most of my free time. Many of you know about my efforts to warn people of the dangers of driving while drowsy, sleepy or fatigued ( http://americanindian.net/sleep.html ). I was working on a project to have April 6th declared “Drowsy Driver Awareness Day” in California. Working with a couple of lobbyists and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, I was hoping to get a resolution passed by the state legislature. Any such efforts as this take some time to wind its way through the halls of government in Sacramento. We were making some headway, but if our efforts were successful, I would have only had a few days to organize a public event. Such a limited lead time would have made the participation of the Governor doubtful. The California Highway Patrol hierarchy told me they would be happy to support my efforts. They, along with several other groups, suggested that I postpone the project until next year. This would allow the CHP time to be able to produce a brochure dealing with the subject matter. With more lead time, I would be able to gather more support, and have a larger turnout for any event that was planned. So, I have delayed my efforts until 2005. I’ll let you know how thing progress. In any case, this is why I have been very slow in responding to e-mails, inquiries, and have only written a few things for the newsletter. I have continued to go through the links pages trying to get them updated. With somewhere around 9,000 links, this is a long process. Some of the links will not work, as the sites have moved, were deleted or are being updated. Phil ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== I do have two projects going on right now. One is an essay contest. They other project is a walk to raise money for Arthritis research. I am sponsoring an essay contest for American Indian students. You can get all of the facts on this website: http://americanindian.net/contest.html . For those of you that participate in other newsletters, forums or newsgroups, I would appreciate you passing the info about the contest and this website address along to anyone you think might be interested. The other family project is being handled by my daughter Sarah. Sarah is 22 years old. Even at that young age, she has a mild to moderate case of arthritis. For the past two years, Sarah has participated in a walk to help raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. If you would like to know more about her project, or would like to donate a few dollars (it is tax deductible), please visit this website: http://skonstantin.chariteam.com/ ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== The ‘Link of the Month’ for March is “Texas Beyond History.” It is an amazing piece of work. It has in depth information on a wide variety of subjects. Many of the articles include numerous photos, maps and bibliographies. I was very impressed with this website. You could spend many an hour here just browsing through its many pages. On the left side of the page is the “New and News on TBH” section. Here you can find all kinds of things, including lesson plans for Teachers. There are also links to various themes or places. The main page is at: http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/index.html . Here are just a few of the other subjects covered in this exceptional project: http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/tejas/index.html - Caddo Indians http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/timberhill/index.html - Sha'chahdínnih (Timber Hill): Last Village of the Kadohadacho in the Caddo Homeland http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/forts/index.html - Frontier Forts http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/villagers/index.html - Plains Villagers of the Texas Panhandle http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/theme/tools/index.html - Stone Tools of Texas http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/redriver/index.html - Red River War http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/bonfire/index.html - Bonfire Shelter (Buffalo Jump) ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== The ‘Treaty of the Month’ for March is TREATY WITH THE MOHAWK, 1797. Mar. 29, 1797. | 7 Stat., 61. Part of the treaty is: “Relinquishment to New York, by the Mohawk nation of Indians, under the sanction of the United States of America, of all claim to lands in that state. AT a treaty held under the authority of the United States, with the Mohawk nation of Indians, residing in the province of Upper Canada, within the dominions of the king of Great Britain.” You can find a copy of the treaty here: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/moh0050.htm ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== Some time back, I told you about a website where you could add your name to a spacecraft going to Mars. I thought I would post this update. The final count was 3,551,645 names (mine included). You can see the disc on the surface of Mars on this page: http://spacekids.hq.nasa.gov/2003/disk.htm ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== Some interesting websites: The Day You Were Born: http://18.104.22.168/dob/default.asp Penguins http://n.ethz.ch/student/mkos/pinguin.swf ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== News articles: Lewis & Clark helped rob American Indians http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/158278_lewisclark28.html To slur with love: A plan to restore Squaw Peak http://www.azcentral.com/news/columns/articles/0113montini13.html# Native American leaders pushing to eliminate school mascots http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/8072433.htm OutRage Continues http://www.reznetnews.org/news/040216_outrage/ How Do You Join an Indian Tribe? http://slate.msn.com/id/2096043/ Rebounding from the backlash http://indiancountry.com/?1078241913 Naval Academy Plebe http://www.reznetnews.org/student/040223_naval/ Jails hold Natives longest, study finds http://www.adn.com/front/story/4781360p-4725119c.html Board alters features’ names: Names widely regarded as offensive have been eliminated from two geographic features in Yellowstone County. http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2004/02/27/build/tribal/renames.php?nnn=4 US justices reject appeal in Indian gambling cases http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/040301/court_gambling_1.html Village wants quota of single bowhead; WHALING: Restarting the tradition said to be important for subsistence needs. http://www.adn.com/alaska_ap/story/4799398p-4741021c.html Minn. tribes oppose governor's call for 'better deal' http://www.indianz.com/IndianGaming/archive/000431.asp American Idol just being herself http://indiancountry.com/?1078239422 Inuit, KIA have advantage in land claims http://north.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=nor_dene20040301 Massacre nearly destroyed northern Calif. tribe http://www.indianz.com/News/archive/000399.asp BIA allows Rocky Boy’s new rules http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2004/02/12/build/tribal/rockyboy-bia.php?nnn=4 Daschle: Native American children must not be left behind http://indiancountry.com/?1078154975 Shaffer honored by governor, Democrats http://www.newsreview.info/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040229/NEWS/103010037 A Historic Raid, From All Sides http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/27/arts/design/27ANTI.html?pagewanted=all&position= Major decisions may affect Indian country http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2004/02/08/build/tribal/courtcases.php?nnn=4 Bill introduced to legalize tribal workers’ compensation program http://indiancountry.com/?1078154795 Pojoaque addresses recent teen suicides http://nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=3952 Kiowas remove tribal leaders in overwhelming vote; McKenzie and Bointy recalled by Kiowa voters http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=3932 Kiowa leaders denounce recall election as bogus http://www.indianz.com/News/archive/000434.asp Coin: Fighting the myth of the rich Indian http://indiancountry.com/?1078153950 Time running out on Akaka bill http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Feb/29/ln/ln13a.html Report says tribe experienced 'indirect' prejudice http://www.indianz.com/News/archive/000423.asp Looted remains force Indians to consider reburials http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20040228-0920-journeyinterrupted.html Navajo Comedians Revive Laughter In Culture http://www.abqjournal.com/venue/150383venue02-27-04.htm Looking Cloud trial raises questions http://indiancountry.com/?1077299392 Juror: Looking Cloud convicted by own accounts http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2004/03/01/news/local/news02.txt Tribal library opens in Pauma http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/03/02/news/inland/3_1_0422_42_18.txt Savannah U.S. Courthouse To Be Renamed For Yamacraw Chief http://www.imdiversity.com/Article_Detail.asp?Article_ID=22545 Idaho professor will help to teach language of SoCal Indians http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040229/APN/402290949 Native student participates in NASA recovery mission http://indiancountry.com/?1077633902 Indian Community School on verge of layoffs http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/feb04/210884.asp Play honors life of American Indian activist http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040229/news_m1m29arts.html Wax museum would depict Native life in SE Alaska (2/26) http://www.indianz.com/News/archive/000335.asp First Nations' new wave taking art to the edge http://www.canada.com/national/story.html?id=e5fef610-bb1b-4cc1-8c7e-e5ac585c18f8 Minor news notes: SoCal rainstorm delays flights, triggers car crashes, mudslides http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/02/22/state0019EST0104.DTL Orange County sheriff official dies in accident near Temecula home http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/peninsula/8077471.htm ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== Joseph RedCloud is an e-mail friend of mine. I often add some of his comments to this newsletter. He wrote a very eloquent letter about the performance the group OutKast gave at the recent GRAMMYs. Here it is: Dear Sirs: I find it difficult to believe that members of the Soul Train Music Awards would award any honor to the musical group known as Outkast in light of their offensive and derogatory depiction of American Indians during the Grammy Awards broadcast recently. The fact that CBS has made Justin Timberlake apologize for the breech of conduct made with Janet Jackson but has not, as of this writing, issued any specific comment about the racist and inappropriate actions made by Outkast is deplorable. I find that your consideration of awarding anything to this group to be nothing short of condoning future episodes of this nature. To think that, in the 21st century, established and honored agents of the music industry would turn their collective backs upon the violent and often bloody struggles of various minority groups of this country in their efforts to establish some sense of equality is bewildering at best and racist at the worst. While I know of no one in Indian Country who wishes to detract from the skills and talent of up and coming new groups, I fail to understand how episodes of this nature can, not only be permitted, but encouraged by awarding honors to these agents of distention. I implore you to reconsider your stance on this issue. African-Americans are not the only group of minorities who have had to struggle through over one hundred years of oppression in these United States. Music is something that is supposed to bind us together not tear us apart. When did the message and purpose of music change from one of communication to one more concerned with market share and profits? In a time wherein our country finds itself torn over another war overseas, with smaller budgets to address the needs of the needy and growing concerns about the upcoming Presidential elections, why does the music industry feel it necessary to pour salt into wounds that had only recently begun to heal? Musical groups such as Outkast send a message to our youth. Are we to sit silently by while these same groups preach disrespect and dishonor to our children? I, for one, cannot and will not permit actions of this nature to quietly pass by. I ask that you stand up as well against actions of this nature. Respectfully, Joseph RedCloud Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Pine Ridge, South Dakota ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== Here are some notices: There is an online petition about the OutKast performance: http://www.petitiononline.com/2outkast/ ----------------------- Call For Presentations Voices from the Past, Education for the Future Sequoyah Research Center Symposium 2004 University of Arkansas at Little Rock October 21-23, 2004 http://www.anpa.ualr.edu/callforpresentations.htm ------------------------- ABC-CLIO, a publisher specializing in historical reference works, is currently in the preliminary stages of planning a four-volume encyclopedia covering American Indian history from continental history, policy history, and tribal history perspectives. Intended for use at both the university and advanced secondary school levels, this set will cover both the variety of issues discussed in American Indian history and individual tribal histories, drawing out the points of intersection between the two and helping users put federal American Indian policy and the histories of Indian peoples and tribes into context with one another. The four volumes will be broken down as follows: Volume I: Pre-Contact American Indian History and European Colonization, Volume II: American Expansion and Indian Removal, Volume III: The Reservation Era, Reform, and Sovereignty, and Volume IV: Tribal Histories and Research Aids. A vital component of this encyclopedia will be primary sources that will present a variety of perspectives on issues both Indian peoples and non-Indians consider important in their relationships with one another. Topics such as water rights, tribal government bodies, relationships with government agencies, and many others will receive special treatment in sidebars. We are currently searching for the best editorial team and group of contributors to give this set the high quality, broad coverage, and depth of interpretation necessary to produce a useful and groundbreaking encyclopedia. If you are interested in either working on the editorial team or contributing entries to the encyclopedia, please contact: email@example.com. -------------------------- One last reminder, the Cherokee Nation History Course is being offered to residents of Houston, TX. Weekends - March 6-7 and March 20-21, 2003. This is an extraordinary class and if you can make it, It is worth the time and effort. Registration form must be received at the Cherokee Nation by 5:00 P.M., March 4, 2004. For more information please check out: http://www.cherokee.org/NewsArchives/histHoustonTX2004.asp -------------------------- From one of my Hawaiian friends….. The Case of Indigenous Human Rights Aloha kakou… I wanted to let you know that Haunani-Kay Trask will be speaking here in San Diego. Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004 7pm at UCSD Price Center Ballroom This event is FREE and open to the public. Unfortunately, parking will be $3.00 after 4:30pm. For additional information call (858) 822-0510 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the website at http://www.helenedison.ucsd.edu. Haunani-Kay Trask is an Indigenous Hawaiian nationalist, political organizer, poet, and professor at the University of Hawai’i. The winner of Honolulu Magazine’s Islander of the Year Award, Trask is a member of Ka Lahui Hawai’i, the largest sovereignty organization in Hawai’i. She is an outspoken speaker of Hawaiian sovereignty, indigenous human rights, and the prostitution of Native cultures by global tourism. She is the author of four books, including “From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i” and is co-producer of the award-winning documentary “Act of War: Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation.” ----------------------------------------------- The PRC sent this to me…. ONLINE ANTI-CHIEF PETITION: http://users.skynet.be/kola/illpet.htm Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2004 11:40:15 -0600 (CST) From: "Progressive Resource/Action Coop."
; Subject: Anti-"Chief" Introductory Meeting - this Wednesday! Sender: email@example.com On March 11th, 2004, the Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the future of "Chief Illiniwek." Such a vote has been 15 years in the making, and the next month and a half is the final push. We know that many of you, though you haven't been able to be directly involved, have supported the movement for years. But now is the time. We are writing to ask you to increase your involvement in the anti-"Chief" movement, if only between now and March 11th. To get involved, we invite you to attend the upcoming Anti-"Chief" Introductory Meeting this Wednesday evening: Anti-"Chief" Introductory Meeting February 4, 2004 at 7:30pm Illinois Disciples Foundation (NW corner of Springfield & Wright, Champaign) We all waited anxiously in November for the Board of Trustees to finally vote to eliminate the "Chief" as the mascot and logo of the U of I. However, the Board, once again, backed out of a vote to eliminate this offensive stereotype from our community. We must make sure that this does not happen again and that the Board feels compelled by overwhelming campus and community pressure to eliminate the "Chief" once and for all on March 11th. Toward this goal, we are organizing a month of anti-"Chief" activities and events leading up to the Board of Trustees vote. And we need your help! Come to the anti-"Chief" Introductory Meeting to hear about how YOU can participate in and help to plan the upcoming Month of Ant-"Chief" Action. This is a rare time in the history of the struggle against the "Chief". Don't miss your opportunity to be part of a successful movement that is making a real difference! For more information, contact the PRC at (217) 352-8721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Sincerely, The PRC ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== Some humor & thoughts: From: Andre Cramblit ; Subject: Survivor (humor) DON'T MISS THE PREMIERE OF SURVIVOR PART III: The Rez: 10 White people will be dropped into a remote reservation where they will have to endure one week of hardship such as, gossiping, back-stabbing, jealousy, pow wow music, commods, teepee creeping, 49ing, and of course the inevitable real Tribal Council. The 10 contestants will be given: * Five sacred rocks. * Rez car with no doors and no backglass. * Unwinterized HUD house. * Three days worth of food stamps. * Cigs * Five days of continuous "Pow-Wow Highway" clips. * Moccasins, headbands, and feathers to wear around the rez (which demonstrates cultural sensitivity to reservation inhabitants). The SAV, lone survivor of the RESERVATION, will receive: * Casino coupon book (a $10.00 value). * Authentic, Indian hand-made Dream Catcher. * Homemade hand tattoos (with ink pen). * A "Princess Pale Moon" Edition Pendleton blanket. ------------------ From my mother: I was thinking about how the status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped on. I can't afford one so I'm wearing my garage door opener. You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway. I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans. I was thinking about old age and decided that it is when you still have something on the ball but you are just too tired to bounce it. I thought about making a movie for folks my age and call it "Pumping Rust." I have gotten that dreaded furniture disease ...that's when your chest is falling into your drawers. You know when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?" Just once I wanted to say, "Nope. It's for company. Help yourself. Make yourself comfy. Take your time." I thought about how mothers feed their babies with little tiny spoons and forks so I wonder what Chinese mothers use. Perhaps toothpicks? Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write A Good Doctor ... or 911! Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are you supposed to do, write to these men? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mail? I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older then it dawned on me: They were cramming for their finals ------------------------------------ From Alan Sconzert: I believe- that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I believe- that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that. I believe- that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love. I believe- that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. I believe- that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. I believe- that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them. I believe- that you can keep going long after you can't. I believe- that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. I believe- that either you control your attitude or it controls you. I believe- that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place. I believe- that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I believe- that money is a lousy way of keeping score. I believe- that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time. I believe- that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up. I believe- that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel. I believe- that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. I believe- that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated. I believe- that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. I believe- that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief. I believe- that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. I believe- that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do. I believe- that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever. I believe- that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. I believe- that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you. I believe- that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help. I believe- that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being. I believe- that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon. -------------------- Oxymoronic phrases: 1. Act naturally 2. Found missing 3. Resident alien 4. Advanced BASIC 5. Genuine imitation 6. Airline food 7. Political science 8. Tight slacks 9. Definite maybe 10. Pretty ugly 11. Good grief 12. Same difference 13. Almost exactly 14. Government organization 15. Legally drunk 16. Working vacation 17. Soft rock 18. Plastic glasses 19. Terribly pleased 20. Diet ice cream -------------------- My daughter sent me this. I don’t know if they work, but they sound interesting…. Amazing Things You Never Knew – Part 1 of 2 1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair 2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish 3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes 4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair 5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any 6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea 7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water 8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste 9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it! 10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too 11. Bee stings - meat tenderizer 12. Chigger bite - Preparation H 13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H 14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals) 15. Stinky feet - Jell-O! 16. Athletes feet - cornstarch 17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub 18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff) 19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it! 20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper Amazing Things You Never Knew– Part 2 of 2 1. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray 2. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby 3. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls 4. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on 5. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar! 6. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice! 7. Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak 8. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia, soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years! 9. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's! 10. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste (might prevent you from seeing as well…) 11. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt. 12. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel. 13. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter! 14. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight! 15. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it! 16. Dirty grout - Listerine 17. Stains on clothes - Colgate 18. Grass stains - Karo Syrup 19. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, It will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries! It will also dissolve a tooth left overnight in a jar – but that’s another matter. 20. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- Sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again. 21. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin, Or just use 7-up instead of water. 22. Want to make a Flower bloom quickly. Put a penny in the water ------------------------------------- Christi Lawler sent this one: The Mule, the dog, the Monkey & The Man God created the mule, and told him, "You are mule. You will work constantly from dusk to dawn, carrying heavy loads on your back. You will eat grass and lack intelligence. You will live for 50 years." The mule answered, "To live like this for 50 years is too much. Please, give me no more than 20." And it was so. Then God created the dog, and told him, "You are dog. You will hold vigilance over the dwellings of Man, to whom you will be his greatest companion. You will eat his table scraps and live for 25 years." The dog responded, "Lord, to live 25 years as a dog like that is too much. Please, no more than 10 years." And it was so. God then created the monkey, and told him, "You are monkey. You shall swing from tree to tree, acting like an idiot. You will be funny, and you shall live for 20 years." The monkey responded, "Lord, to live 20 years as the clown of the world is too much. Please, Lord, give me no than 10 years." And it was so. Finally, God created Man and told him, "You are Man, the only rational being that walks the earth. You will use your intelligence to have mastery over the creatures of the world. You will dominate the earth and live for 20 years." The man responded, "Lord, to be Man for only 20 years is too little. Please, Lord; give me the 20 years the mule refused, the 15 years the dog refused, and the 10 years the monkey rejected." And so God made Man to live 20 years as a man, then marry and live 20 years like a mule working and carrying heavy loads on his back. Then, he is to have children and live 15 years as a dog, guarding his house and eating the leftovers after they empty the pantry; then, in his old age, to live 10 years as a monkey, acting like an idiot to amuse his grandchildren. And it is so .. ------------------------------------- My cousin Eugene Sims sent me this one…. Subject: WHY MEN LIE One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Why are you crying?" The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water, and he needed the axe to make his living. The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, "No." The Lord again went down and came up with a silver axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord asked. Again, the woodcutter replied, "No." The Lord went down again and came up with an iron axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, "Yes." The Lord was pleased with the man's honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happy. Some time later the woodcutter was walking with his wife along the riverbank, and his wife fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord again! appeared and asked him, "Why are you crying?" "Oh Lord, my wife has fallen into the water!" The Lord went down into the water and came up with Jennifer Lopez. "Is this your wife?" the Lord asked. "Yes," cried the woodcutter. The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!" The woodcutter replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'no' to Jennifer Lopez, You would have come up with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Then if I also said 'no' to her, you would have come up with my wife. Had I then said 'yes,' you would have given me all three. Lord, I am a poor man, and am not able to take care of all three wives, so THAT'S why I said yes to Jennifer Lopez." The moral of this story is: Whenever a man lies, it is for a good and honorable reason, and for the benefit of others. That's our story, and we're sticking to it! ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== From the Cherokee Nation Newsletter: Spiritual Views and Traditions of the Cherokee As reported by Rev. Buttrick and John Howard Payne in 1835 An old man, nearly a hundred years old (1835) by the name of Kotiski says that, when a small boy, he used to listen to the conversation of two very aged men, who would sometimes sit up and talk nearly the whole night; and among other things they told were the following: At the townhouse meetings, the principal men called the people together at an early hour. No work was done except the women who brought food. The old men smoked. At usual breakfast time the victuals were brought by fourteen women previously appointed, seven of whom waited on the men and seven waited on the women. The priests sat on their appropriate white seats; other old men on seats near the middle of the house; other men and boys on seats to the right and the women and girls at the left. The victuals were set on the ground in dishes, before the several seats, and then the waiting women took their seats with the other females. The priest then arose and told the people that the Creator had given them food, and thay by partaking it, they would be refreshed and then told them to eat. The repast being ended, the fourteen women took away the dishes. The leader of the dances was then called forward. He arranged the company in single file; the leader followed by his wife, the next principal man and his wife, and so on, a man and his wife; or if a man had no wife, he was followed by a single female who was a near relative or of the same clan. This arrangement might form a number of circles in the house. Being thus arranged, while standing, the congregation was addressed by four priests successively. They occupied the white middle seat. The eldest arose and spoke, holding a white wing of a fowl by the right side of his face. Together with the various instructions he charged the people to love and be kind to one another. On concluding, the first took his seat, and handed the white wing to the one next him, and so on, till all four had spoken. The white wind was then hung in a sacred place over their heads. The dance then commenced. Towards evening, all being again seated, the same women who had provided breakfast now brought forward the dinner which was served as in the morning and the night wholly spent in dancing. None must sleep but the small children. On Monday morning, breakfast was brought and after eating, all retired to their houses. ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== Here are some random historical events: March 1, 1524: Giovanni da Verrazano, sailing for France, anchors near Wilmington, North Carolina, in the "Dauphine.” He kidnaps an Indian child they encounter to bring back to Europe. Some sources report this happening on March 7th. March 2, 1889: The original confines of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are defined by an Act (25 Stat. L. 888) according to the Constitution of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Section 11 of the Act which allocated lands to individual tribal members and provided that "the United States does and will hold the land thus located for a period of twenty-five years, in trust for the sole use and benefit of the Indian to whom such allotment shall have been made." March 3, 1791: An Act of Congress gives the Kaskaskia Indians a 320-acre tract of land near the Kaskaskia township. March 4, 1541: Chickasaw Indians attack de Soto's forces. They set fire to the huts de Soto's men are using. Approximately twelve Spaniards are killed. They lose a considerable number of their horses, and livestock. The Chickasaw suffer only minimal losses. March 5, 1980: Harold Smith also known as the popular American Indian actor, Jay Silverheels died on this day. Silverheels was the first American Indian actor to have a star placed in Hollywood's Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard. His middle name was Jay. Life for Jay Smith Silverheels - that is the name he legally adopted later - began on the Six Nations Indian Reserve in Ontario on May 26, 1919. Thanks to Northernstars.ca & National Native News March 6, 1836: On February 27, General Edmund Gaines' troops were forced into a battle on the Withlacoochee River, in central Florida, with the Seminoles. They have continued fighting until today when the Seminoles request a conference. While the talks are being held, General Duncan Clinch, and his troops arrive. These troops are a decisive force, and the battle break off and the Seminoles retreat. March 7, 1539: Mexican Viceroy Don Antonio de Mendoza has decided to send an expedition to search for wealthy cities north of Mexico. Friar Marcos de Niza leaves from Culiacan today. He will “discover” Cibola, although he never sets foot in the pueblo. His report will lead to future expeditions looking for the “Seven Cities of Gold.” March 8, 1782: Monrovian missionaries have converted many Delaware, Mahican, and Munsee Indians to Christianity. They have established villages in Pennsylvania in 1746, but move them to the Muskingum River in Ohio in 1773 after their old villages are attacked by other Indian tribes. Unfortunately, at the outbreak of the American Revolutionary war, the “Moravian” Indians found themselves directly between American and British forces, and their allies. Both sides believe the “Moravians” are helping the other. Today, Colonel David Williamson, and American soldiers from Pennsylvania, surround the peaceful village of Gnadenhutten (the second village of the name, the first had been in Pennsylvania), and herd the occupants into two houses. While some of the militia refused to participate, the majority of the soldiers decide to kill all of the “Moravians.” After allowing them to have a final prayer, the soldiers kill the ninety-six Indian men, women, and children in cold blood. (Some sources say this happens on the 7th.) March 9, 1768: According to some sources, Shawnee Pucksinwah's third child, Tecumseh (The Panther Passing Across) is born. His mother is Methotasa (A Turtle Laying Her Eggs in the Sand). March 10, 1760: The Mi’kmaq of Richibuto and Mouscadaboet sign a treaty with the British of Nova Scotia. March 11, 431: Palenque Maya Lord Bahlum - Kuk ascends the throne according to the museum at Palenque. March 12, 1771: Spaniards under Father Junipero Serra begin construction of the Presidio (or fort) in what becomes San Diego, California. It is built on the bluffs above the Kumeyaay village of Cosoy. March 13, 1857: The Senate rejects six different treaties made with Indians of the American Southwest. March 14, 1697: The last of the independent Maya tribes, called the Itza, are finally conquered by the Spanish. The Spanish attack and defeat the Itza at their capital city of Tayasal, Guatemala. March 15, 1697: The northwestern Massachusetts town of Haverhill is attacked by Abenaki Indians. Hannah Dustin, her newborn child, and their nurse are among the captives. While leaving the area, an Indian kills the child for fear its crying will give them away. In one of the most famous escapes of the era, Dustin bided her time for a month and a half. Finally seeing their opportunity, Dustin and the nurse kill all of their sleeping captors with an ax, except an old woman, and a child. Dustin, brings back her captors' scalps, for which she is paid twenty-five pounds by the Massachusetts Government. March 16, 1700: According to records kept by French missionaries, lightning strikes the temple in the Taensa village on Lake Saint Joseph near modern Newellton, Louisiana. The temple catches fire. The tribal shaman tell the women of the tribe to throw their small children into the fire to appease the angry god who started the fire. French priest Francois Joliet de Montigny attempts to stop the women. March 17, 1830: Members of the Choctaw "rump" council, sign a treaty selling Choctaw lands, and agreeing to moving west. The paper eventually goes to Washington, along with protests from the "non-rump" Indians. The treaty does not get Senate approval. March 18, 1837: As a part of the treaty signed on March 6th, Seminole Chief Mikanopy surrenders to General Jesup. He is prepared to move to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). March 19, 1885: Louis Riel’s Metis establishes a government at Batoche. They also declare themselves independent from Canada. This is a significant event in “Riel’s Rebellion.” March 20, 1699: Continuing his exploration up the Mississippi River, French explorer Pierre le Moyne d'Iberville visits the village of the Houma Indians. March 21, 1873: General Canby decides not to wait for the Modocs to meet him and the peace commissioners at Fairchild Ranch. Instead, he leads a small detachment to Captain Jack's lava bed stronghold. Jack agrees to meet Canby and they discuss several matters. Canby promises to treat the Modocs well if they come out of the lava beds. Captain Jack asks the soldiers to leave, because all they want is to continue their normal lives. With no headway being made on either side, the meeting breaks up. March 22, 1803: On March 12th, the American fur-trading ship “Boston” anchored in Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island. The crew began trading with the Nootka Indians. Today, the ship’s captain insults a Nootka Chief. The Nootka attack the ship’s crew. Only two crew members survive. March 23, 1859: Fort Stockton, in west Texas, is established on the San Antonio-El Paso road where it crosses the Comanche war trail. The fort is named in honor of Commodore Robert Stockton, "who captured California for the United States". The fort is abandoned by U.S. Army troops, during the Civil War, until 1867. It is permanently abandoned on June 30, 1886. March 24, 706: As part of a series of attacks on neighboring cities in Guatemala, Maya warriors from Naranjo attack Yootz. March 25, 1839: Peter Hilderbrand, and 1,312 of his original group of 1,776 forced Cherokee emigrants arrive in the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). This is the last of the major groups of arriving Cherokees in the Indian Territory. The migration is called "the Trail of Tears.” Although figures vary according to the source, it is believed almost 12,000 Cherokees survived the emigration. Almost 4,000 died during the move. March 26, 1676: The English attack Chief Canonchet, and his Narraganset followers, at Patuxet. Many of the English are killed in the fighting. March 27, 1756: Lieutenant Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Lééry is leading a force of 251 Canadians and 103 Iroquois, Abenaki and Nepissing Indians. They attack the British garrison of seventy soldiers at Fort Bull (also called Wood Creek Fort) near modern Rome, New York. All but twenty-eight of the soldiers are killed in the fighting. Knowing reinforcements will soon be arriving from nearby Fort William, Lééry leaves soon after destroying most of the fort’s supplies. Due to the vicious nature of the fighting, the British call this the “Massacre at Fort Bull.” March 28, 1833: Several Seminoles have been sent to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to look over the areas proposed as their new lands. The Seminoles in Indian Territory were only sent to look at the land, but the government has them sign an agreement that the land is adequate, and to commit the Seminoles to removal. The agreement is signed at Fort Gibson, in western Oklahoma and is called the Fort Gibson Treaty (7 stat. 423). The Payne's Landing Treaty (7 stat. 368) of May 9, 1832 stated the Seminoles have to be satisfied with the report of the delegation to Indian Territory, before they agree to move. The government words the new agreement so that the Seminoles in Florida do not get to discuss the matter. While the Seminole delegation is satisfied with the lands, and being with their former kin, the Creeks, they are not satisfied with the proximity of the belligerent plains Indians. Upon the return of the delegation to Florida, the Seminole Nation repudiates the agreement, with the exception of John Blunt, and his Apalachicola followers. The enforcement of this illegal treaty by the American government leads to the start of the Second Seminole War. March 29, 1542: Hernando de Soto's expedition reaches the territory of the Anilco Indians. As with many of his previous encounters, a battle is fought. March 30, 1824: Southern officials feel that the U.S. government should remove the Indians from their states. Georgia asks President James Monroe to remove the Indians based on an agreement whereby Georgia released western lands it claimed, to the United States. Monroe says the U.S. government is not required to do so, "Indian title was in no way affected by the compact with Georgia." March 31, 1885: According to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial, Captain Thomas Cloud and Officer Sam Cudgo, are part of a Seminole Lighthorse posse. On Mar29, the posse attempted to arrest Rector Roberts when he barricaded himself in a hut and opens fire on the posse. The first shot hits Officer Cudgo in the stomach and the next bullet strikes Captain Cloud in the left leg. The rest of the posse returns fire and kills Roberts. Officer Cudgo dies within the hour on March 29th. Captain Cloud dies today. ====================================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ====================================== That’s it for now. Stay safe, Phil . . . . . . . =================================== End of the March 2004 Newsletter – =================================== . .
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