. . . . . ======================================================== Any ads above this line are not related to my newsletter . . . . . . . . ================================ Start of the April 2003 Newsletter - Part One ================================ Greetings, This is part one of the newsletter. Part two will be along in a day, or two. March has definately flown by for me. With the start of the conflict in Iraq, the CHP has been on 12 hour shifts. This ended yesterday. This was so there would be more officers out there to deal with potential problems or to look for "suspicious" activity. Not only do we patrol the freeways and road in unincorporated areas, we also provide security at state facilities. With all of the pro and anti-war marches, we stayed very busy. Being the "TV guy," I did not do any patrols, but we all stayed busy. San Diego has had a special interest in the war. Many of the Marines and sailors involved in the fighting are stationed in this county. Unfortunately, many of the Americans who have died were stationed here. Camp Pendleton is one of the largest Marine bases in the United States. Many of the Marine pilots are stationed at Miramar Mareine Corp Air Station. San Diego also has one of the busiest Naval bases. There have been way too many memorials held here, recently. I have mixed feelings about the war. However, I have nothing but positive feelings for those people who are putting their lives on the line by serving in our armed forces. Many American Indians are also involved in the war. More on that later... In the last newsletter, I showed you some of the pictures I took during my trip to Utah. http://americanindian.net/utah2003.html There was also a picture of a T-shirt. A couple of people have asked, so I will pass this along. The picture is of four Chiricahua Apache warriors. Yes, the one on the left is Geronimo, or his Apache name: Goyathlay. He got the other name because of his ferocious and courageous actions during a battle with Mexican forces. The story goes that the Mexicans gave him the name either because it was the feast day of St. Geronimo, or because they kept yelling for St. Geronimo's protection because he was their patron saint. This is a bit in the future, but I figure I should mention it briefly, now. The University of Montana is holding a conference on Lewis & Clark and "Native Americans." It will be held May 28-30th in Missoula. I will be one of the presenters. You can learn more about it at their website: http://www.umt.edu/cultures/ I'll tell you more about it in the May newsletter. ============================ X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================ Some time in the next few weeks, I should be getting the first royalty check for my book. This money is going to help me do something I have wanted to do since the book came out. My plan is to donate copies of my book to libraries on reservations and to Indian schools. My criteria for picking them is very simple. I am going to give the books to organizations who cannot afford to buy one. If you know of any group who meets this requirement. and would like a copy, please let me know. I will need the name of the school or library, an address, a contact person, and an e-mail address would be helpful. I am not sure how many books I will be able to give away. Some stores did not sell their copies of my book as quickly as they wanted. They reduced the price and sold their copies to some resellers. I will buy copies from them and have them shipped directly to the schools or libraries. So, the number of books will depend on exactly how much I get in royalties, and the number of discounted books I can find. In any case, I would appreciate your help. I am also thinking about running an essay contest. It would be conducted in Indian schools. The students would write a paper on their tribe's history. The winner would get an autographed copy of my book and some cash. I would post some of the entries on my website. I am still working on the details. It might have to wait until the next school year. What do you think about either of these ideas. I am open to suggestions. ============================ X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================ Here are some articles an information about the war in Iraq. The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma has set up a page to offer support to American Indian soldiers involved in the Iraq war. If you are interested, thee are several ways you can get involved. http://www.aicco.org/troops.asp Lori Piestewa, a Hopi from Tuba City, Arizona, is one of the soldiers missing in action in Iraq. You can read more about her on these websites: http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/03/25/piestewa http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/03/28/piestewa http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/03/28/piestewa2 http://www.kfoxtv.com/weather/2063657/detail.html http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/3_25_03war_hopi.html http://www.durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/news030330_10.htm Indians historically high representation in military http://www.daily-times.com/Stories/0,1413,129%257E6574%257E1282503,00.html Tohono O'odham Tribe Honors Tribal Servicemembers http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=1203374 Native Americans have noteworthy war record http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0323war-nativeservice23.html -------------- Joseph RedCloud sent along this humorous article: Before you read the following story, be advised that the author is another member of the famous and extremely funny Monty Python's Flying Circus. As a result, you may find the humor somewhat dry and subtle. Neither the original author nor I intend to upset any of you folks. Now, read on and enjoy. Joe... "Axis of Evil" by John Cleese Bitter after being snubbed for membership in the "Axis of Evil", Libya, China and Syria today announced that they had formed the "Axis of Just as Evil", which they said would be more evil than that stupid Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President Bush warned of in his State of the Union address. Axis of Evil members, however, immediately dismissed the new Axis as having, for starters, a really dumb name. "Right. They are just as evil . . . in their dreams!" declared North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. "Everybody knows we're the best evils . . .. best at being evil . . . we're the best." Diplomats from Syria denied they were jealous over being excluded, although they conceded they did ask if they could join the Axis of Evil. They told us it was full," said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "An axis can't have more than three countries", explained Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "This is not my rule, it's tradition. In World War II you had Germany, Italy, and Japan in the evil Axis. So, you can only have three, and a secret handshake. Ours is wicked cool." International reaction to Bush's Axis of Evil declaration was swift, as within minutes, France surrendered. Elsewhere, peer conscious nations rushed to gain triumvirate status in what has become a game of geopolitical chairs. Cuba, Sudan and Serbia announced that they had formed the "Axis of Somewhat Evil", forcing Somalia to join with Uganda and Myanmar in the "Axis of Occasionally Evil", while Bulgaria, Indonesia and Russia established the "Axis of Not So Much Evil Really as Just Generally Disagreeable". With the criteria suddenly expanded and all the desirable clubs filling up, Sierra Leone, El Salvador, and Rwanda applied to be called the "Axis of Countries That Aren't the Worst But Certainly Won't Be Asked to Host the Olympics". Canada, Mexico and Australia formed the "Axis of Nations That Are Actually Quite Nice But Secretly Have Some Nasty Thoughts About America", while Scotland, New Zealand and Spain established the "Axis of Countries That Want Sheep to Wear Lipstick". "That's not a threat, really, just something we like to do", said Scottish Executive First Minister Jack McConnell. While wondering if the other nations of the world weren't perhaps making fun of him, a cautious Bush granted approval for most axis, although he rejected the establishment of the "Axis of Countries Whose Names End in 'Guay", accusing one of its members of filing a false application. Officials from Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chadguay denied the charges. Israel, meanwhile, insisted it didn't want to join any Axis, but privately world leaders said that's only because no one asked them. ---------------------------- My Mom sent this joke, or morality story, if you wish: Three strangers at a small airport in the Texas Panhandle are awaiting their flight. One is an American Indian passing through from Oklahoma. Another is a local ranch hand on his way to Ft. Worth for a Stock Show. The third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab student, newly arrived student at the Texas Oil Patch from the Middle East.. To pass the time they strike up a conversation on recent events. The discussion drifts to their diverse cultures. Soon the Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout radical Muslim. The conversation falls into an uneasy lull.. The Cowpoke leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table, tips his big sweat stained forward over his face.. Finally the American Indian clears his throat and softly he speaks: "Once my people were many, now we are few". The Radical Muslim raises an eyebrow and leans forward, " Once my people were few" he sneers, and now we are many. " Why do you suppose that is?". The Texan shifts the toothpick to one side of his mouth and from beneath his Stetson says in a drawl "that's cause we ain't played Cowboys and Muslims yet".. ------------------------------ Here are some lyrics I wrote called "The Sound of Sirens." It is not a pro-war or anti-war song. It is just I did. I am always making up new lyrics to old songs. Feel free to pass it along to others.. Sounds of Sirens by Phil Konstantin (with apologies to Paul Simon) Hello darkness, my old friend, It's time to bomb Iraq again, A cruise missile softly creeping, Left its seeds while Bahgdad was sleeping, And dictator Saddam, is hiding in a drain, Where he remains Within the sound of sirens. In restless dreams he walks alone Along the rubble and cobblestones, 'Neath the halo of a street lamp, CNN monitors the freeway offramps When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light Those bombs are bright And still the sounds of sirens. And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand Iraqis, maybe more. People running without packing, Overhead satelites are tracking, People with Swiss bank accounts they'll never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of sirens. "Iraqis" said I,"You do not know Saddam like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you, Or the missles they will reach you." But my words like silent smartbombs fell, And echoed In the wells of Baghdad. And the people bowed and prayed To the god of clay they made. And the sign flashed out its warning, In the words that it was forming. And the signs said, The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls "I hope Saddam falls." And it'll end the sounds of sirens. ============================ X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================ Here are some e-mails I received from newsletter subscribers: Tina wrote me asking if I had heard of anyone using DNA tests to prove they had Indian blood. Has anyone heard of any tribes doing this? Peter Kangi Crowheart sent this link along: Plains spiritual leaders issue mandate to protect ceremonies http://www.thenavajotimes.com/plains.html Joseph RedCloud sent along this websites: Shoshone massacre site donated to Utah tribe (Yes, it is mentioned in my book) http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/03/25/shoshone The Supreme Court's Recent Navajo Nation Decision: Ignoring Longstanding Fiduciary Duties to Tribes http://www.zsa.ca/En/Articles/article.php?aid=263 Western Shoshone crisis: Is the U.S. a nation of arbitrary laws? http://indiancountry.com/?1047148085 He also sent along this humorous article: Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes out!" Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it's butt" Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no human being would eat? Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer? If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him? Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane? (Note from Phil: As a Highway Patrol officer, I know it is not legal in California). Why do people point to their wrist when asking the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is? Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway? Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs. What do you call male ballerinas? If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme stuff, why didn't he just buy dinner? If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests? If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from? If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons? Is Disney World the only people trap operated by a mouse? Does the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet soup? Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your ass? Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride; he sticks his head out the window? Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster? Similarly, does striking the "Enter" key repeatedly force the computer to function faster? ----------------------- Ken Pratt sent along this article: It all happened on the islands first http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/18/DD254080.DTL#sections ----------------------------------- Juliana Marez sent this article along: Protection of Ceremony, Formal Stmt - Chief Arvol Looking Horse I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, would like to thank all the People that attended this historic 'Protection of Ceremonies' meeting. * Bernard Red Cherries - Northern Cheyenne Nation - Northern Cheyenne Arrow Priest and Elk Society Headsman * Tweety Little Bird- Northern Cheyenne Nation - Northern Cheyenne Elk Horn Scraper Society * Lee Pedro - Southern Arapahoe Nation - Southern Arapahoe Rabbit Man (Holy Man) * Dave Chief - Oglala Nation - Lakota Spiritual Leader * Dave Swallow, Jr. - Oglala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Kevin Horse Looking - Oglala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Floyd Hand - Oglala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Selo Black Crow - Oglala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Sam Moves Camp - Oglala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Chris Leith - Prairie Island Dakota Community - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Gaylen Drapeau Sr. - I-hank-to-wa (Yankton Sioux) Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Gaylen Drapeau Jr. - I-hank-to-wa (Yankton Sioux) Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Ambrose Little Ghost - Spirit Lake Dakota Nation - Dakota Spiritual Leader * Calvin Medicine Bear First - Assinoboine Nakota Nation - Nation Spiritual Leader * Leonard Crow Dog - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Roy Stone Sr. - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Ned Medcalf - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation - Interpretor/advisor * Leon Red Dog - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Steve Vance - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Francis Yellow - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Jacob Sanderson - Cree Nation Canada - Medicine Bundle Keeper * Kevin Ta-c'an - Sioux Valley Manitoba Dakota Nation - Dakota Spiritual Leader On March 8th and 9th, Spiritual Leaders and Bundle Keepers of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation, Cheyenne Nation and Arapahoe Nation were called together to discuss the protection from the abuse and exploitation of our ceremonies. The meeting was held at the Cultural Center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I would also like to acknowledge the financial donation from the Prairie Island Dakota Community. Discussions in the meeting included the molestation taking place in ceremony, indecent mockery, mixing of new age beliefs, charging for ceremonies and death, which was never heard of before in our ancient ceremonial history. There was also discussion of the use of other "medicines" (drugs) in and around our ceremonies. When the White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the Sacred Bundle, she instructed that only those with a pure mind and heart should touch the C'anupa. The ceremonies in question, in reference to all the Plains Tribes, were the I-ni-pi (Purification Ceremony), Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi (Sundance Ceremony) and Han-ble-c'i-ya (vision quest) Sacred Rites. We put out notice in the newspapers, native radio stations and also contacted people through the phone. I offered prayers for the safe journey of the People to this very important historic meeting. Those that could not attend, I acknowledge their prayers for a good outcome for our concerns. After long discussion and testimonies of the concerns and issues, it was decided that it would be up to me, as the Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe to make a decision. It was good to feel the beginning of a Unity amongst our People. This has been my concern for many decades, especially now, when we are facing an oncoming war. We need to stand strong with our ceremonies! I will state what the decision is and also explain the reasons. I will state the protocols to our Seven Sacred Rites, which were passed down to me when I became the next Keeper at the age of 12 years old. These protocols are traditional knowledge passed down through our oral history and need to be brought back to strengthen our 'Ho-c'o-ka' (our sacred alters) once again. I will also address the areas that I cannot be involved in. My responsibility is the Seven Sacred Rites. It was decided, from March 9th, 2003 and forward, there will be no non-Natives allowed in our sacred Ho-c'o-ka (our sacred alters) where it involves our Seven Sacred Rites. The only protection with this decision in Government law; is that only enrolled members can carry an eagle feather. In all the Seven Sacred Rites, there has always been the understanding of earning and a requirement of an eagle feather while participating in these Rites. The eagle feather stands for Indigenous knowledge and guidance in our spiritual ways. * The Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi (Sundance Ceremony): The only participants allowed in the center will be Native People. The non-Native people need to understand and respect our decision. If there have been any unfinished commitments to the Sundance and non-Natives have concern for this decision; they must understand that we have been guided through prayer to reach this resolution. Our purpose for the Sundance is for the survival of the future generations to come, first and foremost. If the non-Natives truly understand this purpose, they will also understand this decision and know that by their departure from this Ho-c'o-ka (our sacred alter) is their sincere contribution to the survival of our future generations... * Please understand the Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi Ceremony is not only taking place in the center (Ho-c'o-ka) with the dancers. The ceremonial participation also depends on all the supporters on the outside of the arbor who should be in prayer. From the gate, to the cook shack, to the fire-keepers, to the supporters around the arbor, to even the moon camp, all people are still a part of this sacred ceremony. * There should be a preparation of 'Han-ble-c'i-ya' (vision quest) before you become a participant of the Sundance. * We shall go back into this ceremony with the proper protocols before and during the ceremony itself. Only those that have had the dream or direction through a ceremony, in concern of someone's health, should be dancing. Dancers should be secluded from outside participants, as to not be contaminated by other people's energy or thoughts. There should be absolutely no food or water during this four-day ceremony. If there are health problems, you should choose a person to finish your commitment. This ceremony is supposed to be for those that believe they can fulfill all required four days of the ceremony. * Han-ble-c'i-ya (Vision Quest): The vision quest should be only for Native People that have had the dream or vision. This Rite is also for the young men and women that reach the age of 12 years of age. * I-ni-pi (Purification Ceremony): Those that run this sacred rite should be able to communicate with Tun-ca-s'i-la (our Sacred Grandfathers) in their Native Plains tongue. They should also have earned this rite by completing Han-ble-c'i-ya and the four days and four years of the Wi-wanyang wa-c'i-pi. * The other four sacred rites of the Hun-ka ka-g'a (Making of a Relative), the Ta-pa kah'-g'o-ya (Throwing of the Sacred Ball), Wi-yan is'-na ti (Womanhood Ceremony) and the Na-g'i glu-ha (Keeping of the Spirit Ceremony), should be only handled by legitimate L ta, Dakota, Nakota Oyate (People). * It was also decided only legitimate Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate Medicine Bundle Keepers should handle any other ceremonies that are connected to our Ho-co-ka, such as the Lo-wa-pi and U-wi-pi ceremonies. * There should be no price tag allowed to participate in any of our Sacred Ceremonies. The only protocol needed for a ceremony is to o-pa-g'i, meaning to offer your C'anupa or offer tobacco that has been prayed with, in which the Medicine Person accepts or not accept if he is not able to assist. Medicine People do need to survive, and if people wish to give a monetary or any other gifts after they receive their help from ceremony, giving it from their hearts, I see no problem with that. We have to have faith that the Grandfathers will provide for our needs to survive in this modern society; whether the gift is money, blankets, food or anything that represents how much they appreciate the help. Some people can afford big gifts, some people cannot. It all balances out. * My position is only for the Seven Sacred Rites. I cannot dictate to our Medicine People who they allow to attend and support these Rites, in reference to non-Native People. I cannot dictate who they choose to doctor in their ceremonies. I cannot dictate where they travel to doctor. * I have my own personal feelings on who should be Keepers of our Sacred C'anupa (Pipe). The C'anupa is very sacred and the Keeper should first be given a dream and be of Native decent. This issue should be further discussed in our future meetings. The reason for my feelings is that I am aware the C'anupa has gone out to the International community and has been for sale. I know that most non-Native People do not understand the important protocols or have had the Traditional background to carry this sacred item properly. I am aware of women in their moon and men with blood on their hands (to take ones life intentionally) have been allowed to touch and carry the C'anupa. These serious situations were never to be allowed. I offer thanks to the non-Native People that have returned the C'anupa to our People, after I privately shared my concerns with them. I acknowledge their true sincerity in assisting our Nation to protect the survival of our Traditional way of life on behalf of our future generations. They have helped us bring back honor and respect to our sacred Ho-co-ka and C'anupa. * There was also discussion of only the Plains Tribal members to participate in the Ho-co-ka of the Wi-wanyang wa-c'i-pi and the Han-ble c'i-ya Ceremonies. In the early 70's, Chief Fools Crow and my father Stanley Looking Horse decided to allow other Native Nations to participate in these Rites. Their reasons were based on the fact that most Nations have lost their ways through assimilation or lack of Teachers to teach their Indigenous ways. They honored and understood the unity of the First Nations People when different Tribes came to the aid of the Wounded Knee Occupation. I cannot undo their decision out of respect for our Chief and Elder. It has also been in our history that our Ancestors have respectfully shared our ceremonies with other Indigenous Nations. * The original teachings were that the Pipe Carrier should make their own C'anupa. There was an understanding of the sincere spiritual energy and the traditional values passed down through our bloodlines. All the values of compassion, love, honor, respect and truth are molded into the spiritual life they are creating. I hope that one day the future generations will again pick up this important protocol. I would like to invite all our Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations to the next ceremony when I bring out the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Bundle. The dates in the Fall will be announced. During this time we will place the 12 honorable compassionate men to assist in taking care of the concerns of the Sacred C'anupa. We will also discuss the protocols of the need to have a good mind and good heart to be a member of the Societies that will carry out these decisions in a respectful manner. There will be another Protection of Ceremonies meeting to further discuss and address these serious issues in the future. This meeting will be sponsored by the Cheyenne Nation. Once again, I thank all those that have offered prayers for these very serious issues to be discussed and handled in a good way. In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning! Mitakuye Oyasin, Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe --------------------------------- My old friend Alan Sconzert sent this to me: The Washington Post has a yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. Some of this year's winning entries: Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored mouthwash. Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions. Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there. Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist. ---------------------------- This article came from Davondra L.Owens: Why "Handicapped" is not Cool by Jerry Kainulainen The young man had lost his legs in the war. Sitting on a bard with wheels attached to the underside, he swiftly pulled himself along the street. The bottom parts of his pants legs were neatly tucked under the stumps of his legs. He wore an old worn coat; a cap was handily nestled in his lap. As people passed by, he held out his cap, hoping to beg enough to buy his next meal or replace his old worn coat. The word "handicapped" was first used in Great Britain after the Crimean War. Medicine had advanced to a point where large numbers of soldiers were returning home with injuries that would have proved fatal in earlier wars. To aid the severely disabled men, Parliament made it legal for war veterans to beg on the streets; they could keep a "cap handy" to accept donations from passersby. Because the word "handicapped" implies making beggars out of people with disabilities, the term is no longer acceptable. The preferred term is "people with disabilities" (M.A. Hickman, ALRID). There is a difference between "handicapped" and "disability." Disability is a condition, either emotional or physical. A handicap is the cumulative result of obstacles, which a disability interposes between individuals and their maximum functional level. Therefore, not all disabilities are handicaps. A person using a wheelchair is not handicapped in an environment where there are no steps. A person who is deaf is not handicapped when using a TDD. People who are blind are not handicapped in jobs where they use voice-output computers. The real handicap is often the built environment, e.g., stores with steps into them, inaccessible taxis. Often the built environment is the severe handicap. Such environments limit participation, productivity, integration, independence, and equality. If a person using a wheelchair cannot accept a job because it is on the second floor and there is no elevator, the real handicap is that there is no elevator. If someone cannot attend school because there are no ramps or curb cuts, the real handicap is no physical access to an education. In using language, we can choose to emphasize people's similarities or differences. The term "disabled person" is a sloppy short cut to the more psychologically sound _expression, "person with a disability." The latter places the person first, not the disability. Placing the disability first distorts and undermines who people with disabilities are and how they want to be seen. We don't refer to people with broken legs as "broken-leg people!" A woman experiencing polio, using a wheelchair, can also be a mother, a wife, an executive, a student, a board member, a gifted public speaker, etc. A man who has cerebral palsy is not a "vegetable!" Although he may have a severe disability, he may also be extremely mentally able, a contributing, productive member of society, e.g., Stephan Hawking, probably the most famous living scientist, author of the book, A Brief History of Time. You won't find a word "handicapped" in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or any of its supporting documents. Nor will you find the word "special." Although the term is used in descriptions such as Special Education and Special Olympics, it is seen as patronizing and distancing. "Special" is the euphemism of segregation. The drafters of the ADA and the disability community are saying, "We want to change the image of people with disabilities and the environment." A parking space that is accessible allows a person using a walker or a wheelchair to exit with enough room to maneuver; it does not handicap people with disabilities!! Those signs should say "Accessible Parking" instead of "Handicapped Parking." Please join us in changing 19th century language habits. Join us in increasing equal treatment, community awareness, acceptance, and access. Be concerned: take the time to be vigilant about your own language. Language does play an important role I shaping ideas and attitudes. "Our words affect our thoughts Our thoughts affect our beliefs Our beliefs affect our feelings Our feelings affect our behavior and Our behavior affects our world" (Shirley Devol VanLieu) This article is borrowed from June Isaacson Kailes' writing Language is More Than a Trivial Concern. I hope you enjoyed this and I would recommend we all think about how we address those with disabilities. Natives never had a word for "disability." We always took care of our own and shown equality. Thank you for taking the time to read this. August Martin, Program Director - Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation - Juneau, Alaska 99801 (907) 463-7325/(907) 789-4062 Fax --------------------------- Rico sent along this article about political activity in Maryland: The bill (HB991) submitted by Delegate Proctor who is a House Representative of the Brandywine community, has been assigned to the Health and Government Operations Committee. The bill essentially is the same as HB341 as passed in the 2002 session of the Maryland Legislature, but will be heard this session by a different committee. The Bill amends the current statute on the Recognition process by including time frames upon which a petition is to be acted on. The Piscataway-Conoy Tribe petition has been sitting idle for seven (7) years, because of this oversight. As you may recall the Governor vetoed HB341on frivilous grounds, and it is presumed that the current Governor will act on the merits of HB991 and not creative license. To assure passage of the current Bill, we (that means all of us) need to start sending letters, emails, endorsements and making telephone calls to the committee members NOW. A listing of the Delegate Committee members telephone number, email addresses, and office addresses,who are members of the committee will be sent to you today. Please share this information with all your friends, relatives, co-workers, church members, and anyone else that can or will assist us in this matter. Ask that they call, write, or email every one of them. A form letter will be sent to everyone on Mervin, Natalie, and the Newsletters mailing lists for you to copy and send to the House Committee members. Please make copies to distribute or forward the letter to everyone on your email list and be sure to get it to those members that do not have internet access; especially our elders. Rico PS: there has been concern about language about land in the bill. Be assured, our leaders will not sign anything that compromises your rights in order to get recognition. Our leaders are in possession of legal documentation that assures the provision in the bill pertaining to this issue makes it a mute point and unenforceable. If you have questions contact Mervin Savoy; Piscataway-Conoy Provisional Tribal Chair, or Natalie Proctor; Cedarville Band Chair for answers. ------------------------------- Jay Crosby sent along this list of names: Hi, my name is: Art, I'm a museum curator. Chuck, I'm a butcher. Gene, I'm a DNA researcher. Curt and Rod, we are in the drapery business. Will, I'm a lawyer. Sue. I'm also a lawyer. Mary. I'm a justice of the peace. Phillip, I'm a service station attendant. Bill. I run a collection agency Grant, I am a loan officer. Mike. I'm an announcer Toni and Bob,we are hair dressers. Gail. I'm a meteorologist John. I'm a plumber Herb. I'm a cook. Stu. I also cook. Wade and I'm in swimming pool maintenance. Rob. I'm a thief. Rod. I sell guns. Russell, I'm a cattle thief Woody. A Forester Rusty, I'm an iron worker. Les. I'm a dietician Hans. I'm a manicurist Harry. I'm a barber. Nick. I was a barber but I'm looking for a new job. Emmy, I'm a T. V. star Oscar, and I'm a movie star. Hugo, I write science fiction Pete Moss. I sell ferilizer. Iris. I'm an optometrist Teddy, I'm in lingerie Josh. I'm a talk show host Mark. I price items at the supermarket. Dustin. I'm a school custodian Matt. I'm a doorman. Homer. I am a realter. Carol. I sing during the holidays. Clay. I make pottery. Derek. I'm in the oil rig business. Neal. I lead prayer groups. Eileen. I make orthotics for people with one leg longer than the other. Irene. I'm Chinese and also make orthotics. Rusty. I undercoat cars. Sly. I'm a detective. Bea. I'm in the honey business.. Hugh. I'm a painter. Jim I train boxers Brigham I'm a chauffeur Dean A college chancellor Nat. I'm an entomologist. Bud. I'm in flowers. And I'm Rose. I'm a gardener. I work with Violet, Iris and Lily. Clarence, I specialize in end-of-season inventory closeout sales. Manuel, I write intruction books. Boris. I lecture at the University. They call me Pops. I sell soft drinks. Jules, Ruby and Pearl. We're jewelers. Marshall. I'm a peace officier. Gil. I'm a fisherman. Avery. I raise birds. Cliff. I'm a mountaineer. Sherry. I'm a wine-master. Cary. I'm a porter. Barry. I'm an undertaker. Chevy and Mercedes. We are car dealers. Abbie. I'm a Mother Superior. Belle. I play the carillon. Candy. I'm a confectioner. Jack. I wanted to be a banker but ended up installing tires. Dick. I'm a plain-clothes policeman. Bet. I'm a coupier. Sherry. I work in a vineyard. Leo. A lion trainer. Ham. I raise pigs Otto. I'm a car mechanic. Herald. I'm a messenger. Sandy. I'm a lifeguard. Guy. I install antennas. Ray. I'm a roentgenologist. Doug, I'm a grave digger Faith. I'm a minister. Hope, I'm a stock broker Charity, a televangelist Joe, an espresso vender Bart. I drive a bus. Frank, the Hot-Dog vendor Brandy. The bartender. Holly, I'm a holiday decorator Shelly, I'm an expert on mollusks Rich, A successful investment banker. Moe, I'm a gardener Brooks. I'm an irrrigation consultant Haley, an astronomer. Tom and Tammy. We bred cats. Cookie, I'm a baker. Chip. I'm a professional gambler when I'm not playing golf. Bette, I'm also a gambler Lute. I'm a musician. Melody. So am I. Tellie. A gossip columnist Ira. I'm an investment advisor. Annette, I sell fishing supplies Pat. I am a masseur Rex. I own a junk yard. Hortense. I'm a psychologist working with prostitutes. Haley, I am an astronomer Sandy, I just hang around the beach. Dusty, I run a cleaning service. Victor, and I'm a winner in everything I do. ---------------------------- Louie Freiberg sent along this e-mail about an effort to erect a monument at Wounded Knee: Information on proposed memorial at Pedro on Cheyenne River at Chief big Foot 1890 campsite & village for your Wall, SD April Chamber meeting. The stone for the 1890 sweat hut at the Chief Big Foot Camp are still piled near the Deep Creek where the originial sweat hut was located according to Bill Stone 1010 St. Patrick St., Rapid City. SD 605-394-0359 (owner of the ranch where camp was located for many years, now owned by Kjerstad's) Below is link to the originial proposed legislation on Wounded Knee Memorial and a North Unit on the Cheyenne River at Chief Big Foot's camp & village. (40 miles north of Wall, SD and Five miles south of Freiberg ranch http://louienet.com and the Sioux Spiritual Center http;//louienet.com/family/spiritualcenter.htm I would hope the Wall Chamber and Wall Drug will under take efforts for the completion of this North Unit memorial as well as the the establishment and marking the route taken by Chief Big Foot and his band from the Cheyenne River Camp (at mouth of Deep Creek) to Wounded Knee as a National Historic Trail. Hope Wall Drug Wallfirstname.lastname@example.org 605-279-2175 and Wall Chamber Wallchemail@example.com will take up this effort. I am sending copy of this eamil to some individuals I think would be interested in such a memorial. WOUNDED KNEE ORIGINIAL BILL IN CONGRESS http://www.yvwiiusdinvohil.net/politicial/s382is.htm Originial Wounded Knee Bill The originial bill among other things suggested a North Unit: "(A) a North Unit that may include -- (i) such sites relating to the 1890 Wounded Knee Massarcre and Ghost dance Religion, including the campsite of Chief Big Foot at Deep Creek, as the as the Cheyenne River Tribe, in connection with the Director of the National Park Service, considers necesary to include in such unit;" ============================ X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================ Part Two will be along in a day or two..... . Stay safe, Phil firstname.lastname@example.org . . ================================ End of the April 2003 Newsletter - Part One ================================ . . . . . . . . Any ads below this line are not related to my newsletter ======================================================== . . . . . .
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