. . . ================================================ Phil Konstantin's April 2004 Newsletter - Part 1 ================================================ Greetings, I am going to be a bit delayed with this newsletter. My old computer (about 5 yrs old) was having so many problems, I decided to get another one before the old one died. The new one came just a few days ago (great price from J & R Electronics - use the link on the store page) and I am still trying to transfer material from the old machine to the new one. I am also trying to figure Windows XP out. It certainly does not seem like an improvement to me. All of the technical things I did on a regular basis are now harder to do, and harder to find. Yup, it sounds exactly like a Microsoft "improvement." I have received 14 entries in my American Indian student essay contest. May 3rd is the deadline for entries. Please help me spread the word about the contest. The winners all get cash prizes and copies of my book. You can read more about the contest here: http://americanindian.net/contest.html You can read one of the entries at: http://americanindian.net/contestentry.html ================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ================================= Many of you were interested in getting a DVD copy of the television program "Dreamkeeper." It is now available on my store page, or through this link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00019330O/onthisdateinn-20?creative=125577&camp=2321&link_code=as1 ================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ================================= E-mails from newsletter subscribers: Ken Pratt sent this: Hello Everyone - I have just posted to the web the protocol that the elders have set for Turquoise Mountain (Mount Taylor in NM) on May 8, as they participate in the big Medicine Wheel ceremony. This protocol helps to give a sense of how the day will unfold in the South. Here's a direct link to the Turquoise Mountain Protocol: http://www.chiron-communications.com/communique%209-2a.html Other points in the Medicine Wheel - and elsewhere around the world -are filling in with their commitments. For reference, here's a link to the basic story -- with maps and photographs -- of how the entire big Medicine Wheel will happen on May 8. http://www.chiron-communications.com/communique%209-2.html In peace, Steven McFadden ------------- ------------- Teresa Morris sent this: Dear Phil, Coastal Carolina Indian Center & Association would like to honor you at the 1st Great Salt Water American Indian Heritage and Veterans Honor Pow-Wow taking place along the beautiful coast of North Carolina (O-neh-weh-yuh-ka) November 5-7th 2004 at the Onslow County Fairgrounds. See www.coastalcarolinaindians.com We are located near Camp Lejeune and New River Military Bases –Jacksonville, NC. NC has the largest native population east of the Mississippi. Many natives from around the country are stationed at our military reservation bases such as Camp Lejeune, New River, Seymour Johnson, Ft. Bragg and Cherry Point. We would like to be able to purchase some of your books to give away as prizes to some of the students/schools/librarires making entry to the very 1st Native American Indian Heritage Educational Fair on Friday, November 5, 2004. Warmest Regards, Teresa Morris www.coastalcarolinaindians.com CCIC P.O. Box 4581 Emerald Isle, NC 28594 www.tuscaroracenter.com P.S. BLACK LODGE is coming from Washington State as well as CEDARTREE from DC for this historic event that also will be highlighted by the CCIC- POW/MIA/KIA Wall Of Honor. See www.coastalcarolinaindians.com --------------- --------------- From: Andre Cramblit
; Subject: Honoring California Elders 27th California Conference On American Indian Education: Honored Elder Nomination Nominee Information: Name __________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address _________________________________________________________ Telephone (Day) ________________________ (Evening) ________________________ Nominating Organization __________________________________________________ Contact Person __________________________________________________________ Mailing Address __________________________________________________________________ Telephone (Day) ________________________ (Evening) ________________________ General Criteria for Nomination * 60 years or older * A Narrative Biography * One (1) letter of recommendation * A List of Achievements and Honors * Sponsors’ Name(s) and Phone Number(s) * Additional materials (if available) such as newspaper articles, videos, photos, etc. * Please attach all supporting materials to nomination form. Honored Elders will receive a meal at the Elders’ Banquet. Other expenses such as conference registration, lodging, and transportation are the responsibility of the nominating individual or organization. Guests of the nominee will be responsible for their own expenses. All forms and supporting materials must be faxed ASAP. For more information call: Pam Risling @ Hoopa Tribal Education, 530-625-4040. (FAX) 530-275-6280 FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE INFO PLEASE SEE: http://www.ncidc.org/2004conference.pdf ------------- ------------- Also from Andre: Applications being accepted for position of AISES Executive Director The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AISES is seeking dynamic, visionary and committed applicants that have the capability to lead the development and growth of this national, non-profit organization in its effort to be the national resource for scholarships, programs and information related to science and engineering education for American Indian and Native Alaskans. The Executive Director of AISES will be required to build and strengthen the relationships with new and existing tribal, corporate, government, educational and professional partners. The Executive Director of AISES will be the primary ambassador for the organization and will be responsible, in coordination with the AISES Board of Directors, for implementation of long-term strategic plans, program development, and ensuring the financial viability of the organization. This senior position requires a Master's degree or equivalent; or four to ten years related management experience with non-profit organizations; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Persons with a Bachelor’s degree with proven, outstanding experience in organizational management in non-profit organizations, demonstrated fundraising abilities and budget/financial management skills will be considered. For more information regarding this position, please contact Cara Cowan, Application Coordinator at (918) 752-4342 (Cell) or (918) 547-1540 (Work). Deadline for application: May 3, 2004 ------------- ------------- Ruth Garby Torres sent this: The United Nations Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the United Nations Department of Public Information are launching an Indigenous child and youth art competition for the design of a logo for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Link: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/pfii/news.htm The special theme of the Second Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (held in 2003) was Indigenous Children and the Forum adopted a series of recommendations for indigenous children. In paragraph 18 of its report (document E/2003/43) the Forum recommended the following: "In order to promote further knowledge of the Forum and the role of the United Nations among indigenous children and youth, the Forum decides to organize an indigenous youth art competition for the design of a logo for the Forum and to present the results to the Forum at its fourth session, in 2005, with the highest participation of indigenous children, including illiterate children". During his visit to Latin America in November 2003, the Secretary-General of the United Nations often spoke about indigenous peoples, including indigenous children. In his speech in Cuzco, Peru, he said, among other things: "Let us all listen to the voices of indigenous peoples, and act as their partners to protect indigenous rights, particularly those of indigenous children". We are inviting indigenous girls and boys all around the world to participate in this art competition, which will reflect our common effort to promote the mandate of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the role of the United Nations in improving indigenous lives on the ground. In this connection, UNICEF believes that the valuable contribution of indigenous children in their societies and in the work of the Forum should be recognized, and expects the competition will help promote intercultural dialogue amongst all children. Also, the United Nations Information Centers will generate support for the logo competition and strengthen partnerships through outreach aiming at enhancing the public information about the competition. The logo will be the visual identity of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It will be published on the web site of the Permanent Forum, on letterhead and on publications. The winning design will be presented during the Fourth Session of the Permanent Forum in New York in May 2005. The 20 best designs painted by the children will be exhibited at United Nations Headquarters in May 2005. Requirements for the competition Who can participate? Indigenous Girls and Boys all around the world between 7 - 18 years old. Requirements for the logo: The entry should be made on paper or canvas A4 size, you could use ink, pencil, charcoal, crayon, water colour, marker, or any material that you might have available in your environment. Please, do not frame the art work. Each design should be accompanied by a brief description of the meaning at the back of the entry. Personal information: Each entry should have the following information on the back: name, age, gender, indigenous people to which the child belongs, full address, country, phone number, fax, email and other alternative contact information. Prize: The wining artist will receive a special recognition by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues during the session in May 2005. Judging the competition: The Bureau of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will judge the entries assisted by the Department of Public Information and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum. Criteria for evaluation of entries: Artistic expression, usefulness as a logo design for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and how well the design captures the mandate or part of the mandate of the Forum. Deadline: Please send the design before 1 of December 2004 to the following address: Secretariat of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues United Nations Headquarters, 2 UN Plaza Room DC2-1772 New York, NY 10017 Tel: (1) 917-367-5100 Please keep checking or website for updates on the logo competition at: www.un.org/esa/socdev/pfi ------------- ------------- Juliana D. Marez sent this: Pierce is hosting a youth cultural exchange between a dance performance group (Napili Kai) from Maui and our local Native Pride Dance ensemble from Clover Park School District's Indian Education program. It will be April 21st 11-1pm at the Pierce Ft Steilacoom campus. It will begin with a traditional welcome from both cultures followed by the Native Pride dance and drum group and the Napili Kai musicians and dancers at noon. It is FREE and open to the public. I'd like to get the word out to the local Indian Education specialists in the greater Olympia and Tacoma area. Would you be willing to forward this to them?? I don't have everyone's current names or addresses anymore! If you can, I appreciate it every much! ------------- ------------- Roxanne Defoe sent this: Hi Phil: As I read through your March newsletter, I came across the link that led to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the Indian Community School layoffs. This matter is of great concern to the greater Milwaukee area American Indian community - it's not the first time it's happened. The community has developed a website that you may wish to look at so you can get the community's side of this layoff farce. It is http://www.ics4kids.com. (or it might be http://www.ics4kids.org) Have a great day! Chii Miigwetch ('great thanks' in Anishinabe language) Roxanne Defoe ------------- ------------- Ken Pratt also sent this from Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash's daughters, which they sent to the Native Women Association of Canada: Greetings, We would like to extend our gratitude and respect to the Native Womans' Association of Canada, for inviting us to receive one of the Golden Eagle Awards in honor of our mother Anna Mae Pictou Aquash a murdered activist, mother and sister. Being there with all of you, listening to your words of support and encouragement was truly inspirational yet at the same time bittersweet. I know had my mother been given the choice to live she would be with you today in your struggles accepting this award in person. The controversy and pain our family has endured over the last 28 years has been inexcusable and inhumane. Events such as this one, the words of support we receive from all of you reinforces that we are not alone and we are justified in our quest for justice for our mother. Our mothers’ murderers have walked free for 28 years using our ations own victimization and colonization as their excuse for not having to answer for their crimes. Recently in South Dakota Arlo Looking Cloud was convicted of first-degree murder of my mother and sentenced to life. At this trial it was confirmed in sworn testimony that a second suspect, John Graham, was named as the triggerman who murdered my mother. Graham is a Canadian who is was charged with the murder of my mother and is free on bail awaiting an extradition hearing in Vancouver Canada. Based on the information released at Mr. Looking Cloud's trial we feel that John Graham should be extradited. He should be held accountable for these charges and in a court of law speak his truth and defend his rights. Sworn testimony of eyewitnesses confirmed that John Graham was in my mothers’ presence in the last few days of her life. Therefore, we feel that John Graham knows information regarding my mothers’ murder. For 28 years our family's quest for justice for our mother has been at the mercy of public opinion based on a campaign of lies and conspiracy involving specific members of the American Indian Movement and their attempts to convince our communities that the FBI had murdered my mother. Now, as we watch the truth unfold, it is becoming quite clear that this is not the case at all in this specific incident. Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was a woman who had strong convictions who dared to stand up to a group of individuals who did not want to listen to truth or question their own integrity. It was collectively agreed upon by these individuals to take a woman, a mother, out to a bluff to kill her. While she knelt and asked to pray for her daughters she was shot in the back of her head. In the last 36 hours of my mothers’ life she suffered indignities no human being should have to suffer. Her murderer's then weaved a conspiracy of lies and deception using current injustices in their own communities as their opportunity to hide what they did to our mother. Their claims that they were my mothers friends, holding feasts ceremonies, awards, writing books, making movies, yet not one of them once bothering to contact her family in 28 years has made a mockery of our families pain and our quest for justice. Their silence spoke volumes to us. We have now taken back ownership of our mother and will no longer accept their excuses and disrespect. Many of you asked how you could help. It is our wish and hope that we can collectively send a very loud message to these people that killing a mother, a woman is not acceptable and we will no longer be victims to their lies. We would like to formally request a letter of support from NWAC as an organization to urge the Canadian Government to extradite John Graham. We welcome any of you to contact me and ask questions if there is any clarification that you need to know. I would also ask that each and every one of you visit the Indigenous Women for Justice Site http://www.indigenouswomenforjustice.org/ and post a note or sentence of support so that our sisters to the south will know we as Canadians women will not take an oath of silence and will nolonger turn a blind eye to this injustice. Wela'lin (Thank you), Denise and Deborah Maloney Pictou firstname.lastname@example.org ================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ================================= ===================================== End of April 2004 Newsletter - Part 1 ===================================== . . . ======================================= Start of April 2004 Newsletter - Part 2 ======================================= Greetings, I realize the second part of this newsletter is very delayed. I have been extra busy, lately. I have worked a long stretch of days without a day off due to some people being on vacation and others out due to illness. I started a class on how to design websites (about time!). I have also just finished copying most of the files from my old computer (it was starting to die), to my new computer. I hope to be back up to speed in a few weeks. The dealine for submitting entries for my American Indian student essay contest is May 3rd. Please let all of your friends know about the contest. I have only received a small number of entries, so far. A student does NOT have to be an enrolled member in order to participate. Here are the rules for the contest: http://www.americanindian.net/contest.html Here is a list of those who have entered so far, and a sample of an entry. http://www.americanindian.net/contestentry.html Another contributing factor is the delay of this newsletter is that I am studying to get my California real estate license. Ever since I have been seriously considering retiring from the California Highway Patrol, I have been looking into other jobs. Long ago, I used to work in the mortgage industry. My daughter Sarah manages a mortgage loan office and processes loans. You need a real estate license in order to arrange mortgages (re-financing, new loans, home equity loans, etc.) in California. My plan is to use my internet skills and previous background, and the personnel where my daughter works to set up an independent company in order to help people find the best rates out there. Until I get my license, I can refer people to my daughter. If you an considering a loan, let me know. I have set up a temporary website at: http://www.americanindian.net/mortgage.html Thanks, Phil ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= This month's "Link of The Month" is The Fort Huachuca History Program site. Fort Huachuca is an Army base in the southern part of Arizona. In fact, it is one of the largest military bases in the United States. It "is a resource that wants to share with soldiers and scholars all that it has been able to learn about its dual areas of interest--the history of the U.S.Army in the American Southwest and the evolution of military intelligence within the U.S. Army. It brings together narrative histories, biographies, essays, museum catalogs, photographs, graphics, historical maps, manuals on museum administration, tourist information, bibliographies, and links to related sites." The website's resources on the Apache are expecially well documented. It is well worth a visit. The website is located at: http://220.127.116.11/history/html/SiteMap.html ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= The 'Treaty of the Month' is the "TREATY WITH THE SIOUX—BRULÉ, OGLALA, MINICONJOU, YANKTONAI, HUNKPAPA, BLACKFEET, CUTHEAD, TWO KETTLE, SANS ARCS, AND SANTEE—AND ARAPAHO, 1868. Apr. 29, 1868. | 15 Stats., 635. | Ratified, Feb. 16, 1869. | Proclaimed, Feb. 24, 1869." There were an exceptional number of items covered in this treaty. Some the signatories were: Tah-shun-ka-co-qui-pah, Man-afraid-of-his-horses; Sha-ton-skah, White Hawk; Sha-ton-sapah, Black Hawk; E-ga-mon-ton-ka-sapah, Black Tiger; Oh-wah-she-cha, Bad Wound; Pah-gee, Grass; Wah-non-reh-che-geh, Ghost Heart; Con-reeh, Crow; Oh-he-te-kah, The Brave; Tah-ton-kah-he-yo-ta-kah, Sitting Bull; Shon-ka-oh-wah-mon-ye, Whirlwind Dog; Ha-hah-kah-tah-miech, Poor Elk; Wam-bu-lee-wah-kon, Medicine Eagle; Chon-gah-ma-he-to-hans-ka, High Wolf; Wah-se-chun-ta-shun-kah, American Horse; Lieutenant-General William T. Sherman; General William S. Harney; General Alfred H. Terry. You can see a transcript of the treaty on this website: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/sio0998.htm ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= Movie Review: During a short break this month, I saw another one of the dramatiztions of a Tony Hillerman novel called "The Dark Wind." This movie also features Officer Jim Chee and Lt. Leaphorn. This 1991 movie is not a part of the PBS series. It features Lou Diamond Phillips as Officer Chee, and Fred Ward as Lt. Leaphorn. Leaphorn's character is not featured very much in the story. It centers around Chee. It has a couple of other familiar faces, notibly Gary Farmer as a Hopi Deputy Sheriff. The story centers around a murder in the former 'Navajo-Hopi Joint Use' area. Chee has just moved to the area and he becomes embroiled in an investigation that finds himself as a suspect. In comparison to the more recent series starring Adam Beach and Wes Studi, Chee seems to spend more time involved in traditional, spiritual activities. It was an interesting story that fits in with the other movies. I like to look through the credits of movies. I noticed a couple of names. Miller Nez was the Navajo advisor for the movie. I know a couple of younger members of the Nez family. Another name I noticed was the Production Office Assistant: Carlota Piestewa. You can order a copy of the DVD through my store page in the 'Featured Items' section: http://www.americanindian.net/store.html ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= From the Cherokee Nation newsletter: Cultural Tidbits Herbs common to the Cherokee Country Remember, these plants are very valuable as medicines because of the great chemical powers they contain. At the same time, these chemicals can be potentially dangerous if used in the wrong way. Cherokee herbalists have great experience, and have gone through extensive training and observation. Novice herbal practitioners are advised to seek out and develop a close relationship with Cherokee herbalists or their elders to learn how to use these medicines properly. Blackberry: One of the herbs known the longest time for soothing stomach problems is the blackberry. Using a strong tea from the roots is helpful is reducing and soothing swollen tissues and joints. An infusion from the leaves is also used as a tonic for stimulating the entire system. A decoction from the roots, sweetened with sugar or honey, makes a syrup used for an expectorant. It is also healing for sore throats and gums. The leaves can also be chewed fresh to soothe bleeding gums. The Cherokee historically use the tea for curing diarrhea. Gum (Black Gum): Cherokee healers use a mild tea made from small pieces of the bark and twigs to relieve chest pains. Hummingbird Blossoms (Buck Brush): This herb is used by Cherokee healers by making a weak decoction of the roots for a diuretic that stimulates kidney function. Cat Tail (Cattail): This plant is not a healing agent, but is used for preventative medicine. It is an easily digestable food helpful for recovering from illness, as it is bland. Most all parts of the plant, except for the mature leaves and the seed head, are edible. Due to wide-spread growing areas, it is a reliable food source all across America. The root has a very high starch content, and can be gathered at any time. Preparation is very similar to potatoes, and can be mashed, boiled, or even mixed with other foods. The male plant provides pollen that is a wonderful source for protein. You can add it as a supplement to other kinds of flour when making breads. Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbriar): A decoction of the small roots of this plant is useful as a blood purifier. It is also a mild diuretic. Some healers make a salve from the leaves and bark, mixed with hog lard, and apply to minor sores, scalds and burns. Some Cherokee healers also use the root tea for arthritis. Mint: Mint teas are a stimulant for the stomach, as it aids in digestion. The crushed and bruised leaves can be used as a cold compress, made into a salve, or added to the bath water which relieves itching skin. Cherokee healers also use an infusion of the leaves and stems to lower high blood pressure. Tobacco-like Plant (Mullein): This is one of the oldest herbs, and some healers recommend inhaling the smoke from smoldering mullein roots and leaves to soothe asthma attacks and chest congestion. The roots can be made into a warm decoction for soaking swollen feet or reducing swelling in joints. It also reduces swelling from inflammation and soothes painful, irritated tissue. It is particularly useful to the mucous membranes. A tea can be made from the flowers for a mild sedative. Serenity Prayer God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, u-ne-la-na-hi s-gv-si nv-wa-do-hi-ya-di o-s-da a-yi-li-di ni-ga-di gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di ni-ge-s-sv-na ge-sv-i The courage to change the things I can, a-le u-tla-ni-gi-da a-quu-da-na-da-di-s-di a-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di na gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di ge-sv-i and the wisdom to know the difference. a-le a-ga-do-hv-ne-s-di a-quu-nv-da yu-li-s-do-si d-u-da-le-hna-v-i *Note: Cultural information may vary from clan to clan, location to location, family to family, and from differing opinions and experiences. Information provided here is not 'etched in stone'. ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= A general note: I include items in this section because I think some of you might be interested. I do not vouch for the mentioned articles. I do look at them, but I do not always do a great deal of research into them, as they come from people who have sent me well documented material in the past. A couple of people were concerned about a link from Ken Pratt last month about a spiritual medicine wheel covering the western states ( http://www.chiron-communications.com/communique%209-2a.html ). The comments were that this "event" seemed to be from some 'new-agers' or 'plastic shamen.' I did glance at the site and I noticed the same thing. I did decide that you might still want to look at this website. If you do not like these types of events, it would, at least, let you know what some people are doing. When looking at any site or article which deals with spirituality (or politics), you should always consider the source and think for yourself. I do try to list the name of the person who sent me the article or link, if it was not something I discovered on my own. Information sent to me by subscribers of this newsletter: -------------------- John Gould sent me this e-mail. If anyone can help him find a contact, please let me know: Dear Phil, I have been reading and enjoying your newsletters for some time now....keep up the good work! I am seeking some advice and wonder if you or any of your correspondents can assist. I am from Cheshire, England....a keen mature student of American military history and the Plains 'Indians'. In 2001 I attended the 125th anniversary of the Little Big Horn battle on the 'Greasy Grass' in Montana where I was part of the honour guard laying a wreath for the British members of the 7th Cavalry who died with Custer. I was pleased to see the plans for the 'Indian' memorial which I hope to visit later this year. During my last visit I spoke with many of those taking part and was particularly impressed with people of The Northern Cheyenne (who treated us all to lunch).In fact I wrote an article about the event which was published in the UK. I would like to meet with them again and plan to visit Lame Deer later this year as part of my trip. I have tried to make contact through the tribal website but without success. Do you know how I should approach this and what is the protocol required in me making such a visit? I have a genuine interest and am not what I consider to be a 'nosy tourist'. The last thing I want to do is appear 'impertinent' or 'insensitive' and genuinely seek guidance. Can you advise? Sincerely John Gould -------------------- Juliana Marez sent me this article: Nephew of Navajo vice president killed in Iraq Thursday, April 8, 2004 ? A Navajo Nation tribal member stationed in Iraq was killed in a surprise attack on Monday night. Sgt. Lee Duane Todacheene, 29, is a nephew of Navajo Nation Vice President Frank Dayish Jr, who said he was "devastated" by the news. Todacheene was serving as a medic in the Army’s First Infantry Division Task Force 1-77 AR LSA Anaconda Medic Unit. He is survived by his wife and his two young sons. The family is currently in Schweinfurt, Germany, where they have been stationed for the past two years. Todacheene is believed to be the first Navajo in the military to die in Iraq. Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, died last March. Sheldon Hawk Eagle, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, died last November. Here is his picture: http://americanindian.net/todacheene1.jpg -------------------- Ruth Garby Torres sent me this: I got this invitation recently & am extending it to you. The more active, informed Native voters, the better. ~Ruth Greetings from National Voice! My name is Alyssa Burhans and I am the Organizing Director for Native American and Young Voters at National Voice. I am originally from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon. I'm excited to help coordinate and mobilize Native Voters and activists for the 2004 elections and look forward to working with Native people throughout the Nation. National Voice has set up a Native Voter list serve to keep people up To informed about Native voting projects, training opportunities, funding opportunities, and breaking news concerning Native Voting throughout the country. This list serve is open to individuals and organizations that are working to mobilize and education Native voters. I hope that you will Join and contribute to contribute to the list serve when you can. To join, please visit: http://www.nationalvoice.org/lists2.html -------------------- ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= Humor: -------------------- Joe RedCloud sent this: If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like: When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When it's in your best interest, practice obedience. Let others know when they've invaded your territory. Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout...run right back and make friends. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough. Be Loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. -------------------- From my cousin Gene: Reporters interviewing a 104 year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. She simply replied, "No peer pressure." The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs. Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?" "98," she replied. "Two years older than me." "So you're 96," the undertaker commented. She responded, "Hardly worth going home is it?" I've sure gotten old. I've had 2 By-pass surgeries. A hip replacement, new knees. Fought prostate cancer, and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation, hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But... Thank God, I still have my Florida driver's license! God, grant me the senility To forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune To run into the ones I do, And the eyesight to tell the difference. An elderly woman from Brooklyn decided to prepare her will and make her final requests. She told her rabbi she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Bloomingdales. "Bloomingdales!" the rabbi exclaimed. "Why Bloomingdales?" "Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week." Nobody Believes Old People An elderly couple who were childhood sweethearts had married and settled down in their old neighborhood and are celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary. They walk down the street to their old school. There, they hold hands as they find the old desk they'd shared and where he had carved "I love you, Sally," On their way back home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car practically at their feet. She quickly picks it up, but they don't know what to do with it so they take it home. There, she counts the money, and it's fifty-thousand dollars. The husband says, "We've got to give it back," She says, "finders keepers." And she puts the money back in the bag and hides it up in their attic. The next day, two FBI men are going door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for the money and show up at their home. They say, "Pardon me, but did either of you find any money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?" She says, "No." The husband says, "She's lying. She hid it up in the attic," She says, "don't believe him, he's getting senile," But the agents sit the man down and begin to question him. One says, "tell us the story from the beginning," The old man says, "well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday..." The FBI guy looks at his partner and says, "We're outta here.." -------------------- From my daughter Sarah: You know you're living in 2004 when... 1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave. 2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 16 phone numbers to reach your family of 4. 4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they don't have e-mail addresses. 6. When you go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner. 7. When you make phone calls from home, you accidentally dial "9" to get an outside line. 8. You've sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies. 10. You learn about your redundancy on the 11 o'clock news. 11. Your boss doesn't have the ability to do your job. 12. Contractors outnumber permanent staff and are more likely to get long-service awards. AND.............. 13. You read this entire list, and kept nodding and smiling. 14. As you read this list, you think about forwarding it to your "friends." 15. You got this email from a friend that never talks to you anymore, except to send you jokes from the net. 16.You are too busy to notice there was no #9 17. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself. -------------------- ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= Interesting links: Tribal Law Enforcement in New Mexico http://www.9-1-1magazine.com/magazine/1997/0997/features/benn.html Buffalo Tradition http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2004/04/05/bhd/news/news988.txt Special event (from Louie Freiberg) http://www.attatribal.com/attatribal/expeirence.htm Wellbriety (also from Louie) http://whitebison.org/ Miller: Agents of empire, The Lewis and Clark expedition http://IndianCountry.com/?1079969407 ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= Here are some random historical events: April 1: 1880: Captain Eli Huggins, and Troop E, Second Cavalry, from Fort Keogh, in east-central Montana, surprise a band of "hostile" Sioux. During a brief battle, the soldiers capture five Indians, forty-six horses, and some weapons. Lieutenant John Coale, and Troop C, Second Cavalry, from Fort Custer, in south-central Montana, has a skirmish with Sioux on O'Fallon's Creek. One soldier is killed in the fighting. According to Army reports, some of these Indians are believed to have been involved in the theft of Crow Indian scout horses, from Fort Custer, on March 24, 1880. For his part in cutting off the Indians' herd of ponies through the use of "fearless exposure and dashing bravery," Second Lieutenant Lloyd M. Brett is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Captain Huggins will also be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the fighting. April 2: 1781: Established on the heights above the Cumberland River, Fort Nashborough served as a central point of defense for the settlers in the area which eventually becomes Nashville, Tennessee. The fort is the scene of almost continuous sniping by local Indians over a twenty-year period. A Cherokee war party attempts to capture the fort. Using a few exposed warriors as bait, they lure twenty woodsmen out of the fort. The main body attacks the Europeans, killing five. The fort lets loose a pack of hunting dogs which attack the Cherokees. The surviving woodsmen make their escape while the Cherokees fight off the dogs. This attack is the last serious attack on the fort by the Cherokees. April 3: 1975: Gerald Tailfeathers, a Blood from Alberta, Canada is an accomplished artist. He dies on the Blood Reserve. April 4: 1840: Comanche Chief Piava arranges an exchange of two prisoners with the residents of San Antonio, Texas. Two captives from each side are released. April 5: 1879: Having been cast out of Little Wolf's Band of Cheyenne for killing two of their fellow Northern Cheyenne, a group of eight Indians are moving on their own. They attack a Sergeant, and a Private, of the Second Cavalry, on Mizpah Creek. The Sergeant is seriously wounded, and the Private is killed. April 6: 572: Maya King Kan B'alam I (Great Sun Snake Jaguar) takes the throne in Palenque, Mexico. April 7: 1864: Colonel John Chivington, Commander of the District of Colorado, reports to his supervisor, Major General Samuel Curtis, that Cheyennes have stolen 175 cattle from a ranch on the Smokey Hill stage coach route. An investigation, conducted much later shows no proof the Indians are involved in any such activity. April 8: 1756: Governor Robert Morris declares war on the Delaware and Shawnee Indians. As a part of his declaration, he offer the following cash bounties: prisoners: men over twelve = 150 Spanish pieces of eight, women or boys = 130; scalps: men = 130, women and boys = 50. The bounty on scalps leads to the killing of many innocent Indians who are members of neither tribe. The legislation for this is called "The Scalp Act." Some sources list this happening on April 14th. April 9: 1830: After some "politicking," Greenwood le Flore is elected as Chief of the Choctaw Nation, during a "rump" council. Previously, there were three regional Chiefs. Le Flore is in favor of selling the Choctaw lands, and moving to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). Some sources state this happens on March 16th. April 10: 1837: As part of the treaty signed on March 6th, the Seminoles are to report to Tampa Bay no later than today for transport to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). Prior to today, General Jesup reneged on one of the provisions of the treaty. He allowed whites to come among the Indians to seek out blacks whom they claimed as runaway slaves. This makes the Seminoles doubt if the United States will live up to this agreement. Many of the Seminoles disappear into the woods. April 11: 1873: Captain Jack and several of his warriors arrive at the peace conference site between the lava beds and the soldier's camp in northen California. The army is composed of soldiers from the First Cavalry, Twelfth & Twenty-First Infantry, Fourth Artillery and some Indian scouts . A little before noon, General Canby, who convinced Manuelito and his Apache followers to sign a peace treaty, and his peace commissioners arrive at the meeting place. Canby says he wants to help the Modocs find good land for a reservation. Captain Jack tells him he wants land near the lava beds and Tule Lake. Captain Jack repeated his request for the soldiers to be removed before they continue their talks. Angry words are then passed between Schonchin John, Hooker Jim and commissioner Alfred Meacham. General Canby says that only the "Great Father in Washington" can order the soldiers to leave. Captain Jack, again, repeats his demands to be given lands nearby, and to do it today. Meacham tells Canby to promise him the land. Captain Jack suddenly jumps up, points his pistol at Canby and fires, mortally wounding Canby. Boston Charley shoots, and kills, commissioner Reverend Eleazar Thomas. The other commissioners escape. Six soldiers are also killed. Two officers, thirteen soldiers and two civilians are wounded during the fighting which lasts until April 26th. April 12: 1676: As a part of King Philip's War, 500 Indians attack Sudbury, Massachusetts. Most of the settlers escape into fortified structures. The Indians burn many of the outlying buildings. Hearing of the attack, three relief forces consisting of a total of approximately 100 men from Concord, Watertown, and Marlborough, converge on the settlement. In one battle, the Indians start grass fires to strike at the Europeans. At least, thirty whites are killed in the fighting, and much of the town is destroyed before the Indians withdraw. April 13: 1940: The Assistant Secretary of the Interior approves an election for amendments to the Constitution of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wok Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria; the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria; AND, the Tule River Indian Tribe. April 14: 1665: A deed for Indian land is registered in New England. It says, "articles of agreement, and a firme bargaine agreed and confirmed between the Sachem of Setaucet, Warawakmy by name." April 15: 1715: Many European settlers have moved onto Yamassee lands without permission. The Yamassee have also been cheated by many traders. The British authorities have ignored almost all of the Yamassees complaints. Yamassee Indians attack settlements near the southeastern Georgia-South Carolina boundary. Several hundred settlers are killed. Among the dead are Indian Agent Thomas Naire and trader William Bray who has been engaged in a conference at the Indian village of Pocotaligo. Bray had settled, without permission, on Yamassee lands and established a trading post. After amassing debts, which they can not pay, Bray suggested the Yamassee pay their debts by giving him slaves from other Indian tribes. This slave trade, and Bray's habit of capturing Indians and selling them as slaves, is a significant factor in the war. April 16: 1519: According to some sources, after landing on the Mexican mainland, Hernán Cortés and his army start their travels toward Tenochtitlán (modern Mexico City). April 17: 1528: Panfilo de Narvaez begins his exploration of Florida by coming ashore near Tampa Bay. He visits an Indian house which is big enough to hold 300 people, in his opinion. He also finds a "rattle" made of gold in the abandoned house. The discovery of gold spurs Narvaez onward across Florida. April 18: 1879: After the Custer disaster, the U.S. government decides to punish the plains Indians. While the Poncas have no part in the Custer battle, the have erroneously been placed in a reservation with the Sioux. When it is decided to force the Sioux to go to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma), the Poncas are ordered to go as well. Many Poncas start to walk back to their old reservation from Indian Territory. Eventually, General George Crook sympathizes with the Poncas and one of their Chiefs, Standing Bear. Seeking public support to avoid being ordered to send Standing Bear back to Indian Territory, General Crook contacts the press about the Poncas' plight. Many editorials are written in support of the Poncas, and several lawyers volunteer their services for free. Judge Elmer Dundy, with Crook's blessing, issues a writ of habeas corpus to the General to produce the Poncas and show why he is holding them. A U.S. District Attorney argues that the Poncas can not be served a writ because they have no legal standing, or are not recognized as people, under the law. On this date the tribe begins to determine if Indians, and particularly Standing Bear, are people under U.S. laws and can enjoy constitutional rights and privileges. The judge eventually rules Standing Bear is indeed a person and can not be ordered to a reservation against his will. While this decision seems to prevent keeping any Indians on any particular reservation against their will, the eventual course of the U.S. Government is to say the ruling applied only to Standing Bear, and to no one else. April 19: 1735: A force of eighty French and over 200 Indian warriors start a four day attack on a Sauk and Fox village on the Mississippi River near the Des Moines River. The expedition led by Captain Nicolas de Noyelles, is not prepared for siege warfare and they abandon the attack. April 20: 1865: As a part of the investigation into the Sand Creek massacre (November 29, 1864) , Lt. James Olney appears before the commission at Fort Lyon, Colorado. He testifies he witnessed a specific incident of brutality. "…Three squaws and five children, prisoners in charge of some soldiers; that, while they were being conducted along, they were approached by Lieutenant Harry Richmond, of the third Colorado cavalry; that Lieutenant Richmond thereupon immediately killed and scalped the three women and the five children while they (prisoners) were screaming for mercy; while the soldiers in whose charge the prisoners were shrank back, apparently aghast." April 21: 1869: Donehogawa (Ely Samuel Parker) is the first Indian appointed to be Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Donehogawa, a Seneca Iroquois, is trained as a lawyer and a civil engineer. Unable to find work in the white world, Donehogawa contacts his old friend Ulysses Grant. Grant makes him an aide, and they work together through much of the Civil War. Because of his excellent penmanship, Donehogawa draws up the surrender papers for Lee to sign at Appomattox. Promoted to Brigadier General, Ely Parker worked to settle many conflicts between whites and Indians. After Grant becomes President, he is appointed as Indian Commissioner on this date. April 22: 1877: Two Moons, Hump, and 300 other Indians surrender to Colonel Nelson Miles. Most of the rest of Crazy Horse's followers surrender on May 6, 1877 at the Red Cloud, and Spotted Tail agencies. April 23: 906: Uxmal is a Maya ruin in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. A dedication ceremony is held for one of the buildings, according to an inscription in the building. April 24: 1885: The Fish Creek fight takes place between Canadian forces under Major General Frederick Dobson Middleton and 150 Metis under Gabriel Dumont. This is one of the more significant fights of the "Riel Rebellion." April 25: 1541: Coronado leaves Alcanfor en route to Quivira. While in Quivira, Coronado killed many of the inhabitants of Tiguex Pueblo. April 26: 1872: Captain Charles Meinhold, and Troop B, Third Cavalry, encounter an Indian war party on the South Fork of the "Loup" River, Nebraska. A fight ensues, in which, three Indians are killed. Scout William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Sergeant John H. Foley, Privates William Strayer and Leroy Vokes will be given the Congressional Medal of Honor for "gallantry in action" during this engagement. April 27: 1877: General George Crook contacts Red Cloud with a message for Crazy Horse. Crook promises that if Crazy Horse surrenders, he will get a reservation in the Powder River area. On this date, Red Cloud delivers the message to Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse agrees and heads to Fort Robinson, in northwestern Nebraska, where he surrenders to the U.S. Army. April 28: 1882: The Mi’kmaq Membertou First Nation reserve of Caribou Marsh is established in Nova Scotia. April 29: 1700: Pierre le Moyne d'Iberville visits a Pascagoula Indian village, one day's walk from the French post at Biloxi. The Pascagoulas have been hit hard by disease brought by the Europeans. D'Iberville is impressed by the beauty of the Pascagoula women. April 30: 1598: Don Juan de Oñate claims all lands in modern New Mexico, including those of the resident Pueblos, for Spain. The event known as "La Toma" takes place near San Elizario. ============================================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ============================================= ===================================== End of April 2004 Newsletter - Part 2 ===================================== ======================================= Start of April 2004 Newsletter - Part 3 ======================================= . . Hi, For those of you who plan to attend the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) at the Smithsonian in Washinton DC in September, they now now opened up the tickets for the first several days. You can enter only at certain times. Even though the tickets are "free," there is a service charge of $1.75 for each order and a price of $1.75 for each pass. I hope to go there and participate in the procession with other members of the Cherokee Nation. You can order a ticket at the link below. If you really want to go, the sooner you get your ticket, the better your choice of times will be. http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=NMAI&organ_val=21677 Phil Konstantin ===================================== End of April 2004 Newsletter - Part 3 ===================================== .
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