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by Phil Konstantin
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Greetings, I just got back from my trip through the northern plains & Rocky Mountain states a few days ago. Due to my getting such a late start, this newsletter will be a bit abbreviated.

It was an amazing trip and I had a great time. I am expanding the storage space for my website. This should be completed in a week or two. Until then, I do not have enough space to post all of the pictures I took. You can see a few pictures on the link below.

http://americanindian.net/2003.html

I landed in Spokane, Washington on the 17th. No less than 10 minutes out of the airport, I was driving through snow and icy rain. What a change for a southern boy! I visited the Spokane Plains Battlefield (which has a marker on the site, but not on the highway) and the Steptoe Battlefield. Steptoe is in the tiny town of Rosalia. From there I drove down to the Snake River and followed it into Lewiston, Idaho.

Here I entered the Nez Perce reservation. Their name for themselves is Nee-me-poo. It was a beautiful area. The recent rains had left everything moist and verdant. I spent the night in Grangeville after driving through almost whiteout conditions. The next morning I visited the White Bird Battlefield. The area was very scenic. For a historical site tourist such as myself, it was nicely posted with many signs describing the battle. I then turned north and visited the eastern side of the reservation.

Near the small town of Kamiah is a special site for the Nez. Tradition says (and I paraphrase greatly) that Coyote noticed that a great beast was eating up all of the animals of the world. He intentionally got himself caught by the beat, who then ate him. Inside the beast, Coyote met a bear who growled at him. Coyote kicked him in the nose. That is why bears have flat noses. Coyote then met a snake who hissed at him. Coyote stepped on the snake's head. This is why snakes have flat heads. Using his hidden tools, Coyote started a fire inside the beast. He also used his knife to start cutting a way out of the beast. Eventually, the beast died, and the animals escaped. Coyote continued to cut up the beast. He cast aside pieces of the beast into the mountains around him. Wherever a piece landed, a tribe was created, such as the Yakama. After he had finished cutting up the beast, and spread its remains, an animal asked Coyote if he was going to create some people to live in the valley were they fight had occurred. All that was left of the beast was its heart. Coyote reached into the heart, and grabbed a piece. He shook it around and wherever the blood landed, the Nee-me-poo sprang up. This is how the Nee-me-poo came to be. The beast's heart can still be seen. The picture to the left is of the heart of the beast.

 

I traveled up to Weippe to see the area where the Nez (I use Nez because it takes less time to type) first meet the explorers Lewis & Clark. Kamiah is in the Clearwater River Valley. Weippe is in the mountains. More snow! There are some pictures of this area on my photo page. Many tribes barely even noticed the passing of Lewis & Clark. The Nez had a great deal of interactions with them. I came back to Kamiah and then took the Lolo Trail (Highway 12) through the mountains into Montana. This is along the path of Lewis & Clark, which was an old Indian trail. I mention them so often because this is going to be big news for the next few years as the bicentennial commemoration continues. Many American Indian people will not see this as a celebration, as it marked the beginning of the end of freedom for the western tribes. While Lewis & Clark may have been friendly to the people they met, their mission (as stated by President Jefferson) was to let the Indians know that they were not the owners of their own lands. The Great White Fathers in the east were their new lords. There were lots of outdoor enthusiasts along the Lolo Trail, except at the pass itself. Here the snow was deep. For those of you who have heard of Fort Fizzle, it was easy to see how the Nez could have circumvented this barrier.

Once I was in Montana, I traveled south until I reached the scene of the Big Hole battle between the Nez and the Army. This is past of the Nez Perce Trail  that I followed for some time. It followed the flight of Chiefs Joseph, Looking Glass and others as they tried to escape the US army by going to Canada. While at Big Hole (a "hole" is a valley completely surrounded by mountains or hills, or so I have been told), a wall of white clouds suddenly approached me. It almost looked like the fog banks we get along the coast in San Diego. This was not fog, it was more snow. I left here and continued south on the Nez Trail down to Tendoy, Idaho. Here I took a small road (more of a jeep trail) up to Lemhi Pass (7,373 feet elevation). It was near here that Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea met her brother, a Shoshone chief. This is one of the biggest coincidents in history, if you ask me. The Shoshone eventually provided the horses L & C needed to continue their trip. I eventually had to get out of my rented car (a Ford Escort, no less) when I came up on a two foot snow bank which covered the rutted, dirt trail. I hiked a bit through the snow up to the pass. It was a bit cold. I left the area and continued along the Idaho border until it got too dark to drive (surprisingly late at night until I remembered how far north I was).

The next morning, I left Spencer, Idaho (I-15 just south of Montana) and continued along the Nez Trail. I used the local gravel roads until I found the wide spot in the road called Kilgore (about 8 houses). I drove all over the area looking for the Camas Meadows Battlefield. There was a small US forestry building here which had a topo map, but the site was not on it. The ranger drove up, and I asked him if he knew where it was. He said he thought it was a few miles away somewhere in the lava fields, but he did not know exactly where (he was a forestry guy, not a historian). I decided to try the only road I had not driven on, and about six miles away (County road A2) there was a small, faded sign marking the battleground. I knew about this battle because of my research. I had seen one sign on a website several months ago. It was obvious that few people ever visited this place. It is not listed on any maps. If you want to go by (there is a small plaque at the site, which I will show you when I get more website space), let me know and I will give you directions.

From here, I zipped across into Yellowstone Park. I saw bison (OK, buffalo), Wapiti (OK, elk), moose, coyotes, a wolf, a couple of bald eagles (no pictures - darn it!) and a few other critters. My previous visit here (the only place I had been before on the entire trip) was during the latter part of the fires of 1988. It was interesting to see how the lodgepole trees were growing back in the places which had burned (a part of the natural cycle). I'll have a few nice pictures when I get more space. I moved along and visited the Grand Tetons. Then I zipped along Highway 287 through Togwotee Pass at 9,544 feet. The snow covered meadows were beautiful. I can see why people like to ski, snowshoe and snowmobile. After coming out of the mountains, the elevation dropped. Suddenly coming around a curve in the road, the terrain changed into painted desert. I was struck by the fact that exactly where the land changed from pasture land to desert is where the Wind River reservation started. Gee, I wonder how that happened?

I got into Fort Washakie around 6pm. This is the headquarters for the Shoshone (also spelled Shoshoni, and a few other ways) who live on this reservation. The tribal headquarters was closed, and I could not find the library. The "learning center" was open, so I went in. I asked them where the local library was at (I wanted to give them a copy of my book). The young woman there told me to turn right at the stop sign and go south until I saw the sign. I had just gone that way while I was looking for the tribal headquarters and I did not see a sign. I asked her if she meant the highway. She said yes. I asked her how far down the road the library was. She said about 30 miles. In reality, the library was in the town of Lander. Before I left town, I visited the grave of Chief Washakie. They also have the graves of Sacagawea, and two of her sons. Or, maybe they don't. A cemetery on the edge of town claims to have their graves. A local minister, at the urging of a historian, told everyone that he had overseen the burial of her remains in the early 1900s. About a week later, I learned that the minister later recanted his story. This is probably why there are no tourist signs in town (I found out about it through my research) leading to the cemetery.

One of my co-workers (Larry Landeros) goes fly fishing in the nearby mountains. Nearby is a relative term. It takes a couple of days on horseback to reach the prime spots. He loves the fishing, but the riding makes him a bit sore. :-)

I made it to Lander, and the local librarian was very excited about me giving them a copy of my book. I must admit, I felt good about it, too. She did a check on the computer and the nearest junior college ("nearby" still being a relative term) already had a copy. Lander has a unique spot called the "Sinks." It is where the Popo Agie River (more of a creek) goes into a cave and disappears. It pops up in the riverbed again a few hundred yards away. It is interesting. I spent the night here and discovered that the Subway store was cheaper than in San Diego. So was the gas!!!!!!!!!

The next morning I jumped in the car. OK, I crawled into the car. I am too tall sitting up to jump into any car without hitting my head. I headed north through Thermopolis up to Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site. This is a place where there are LOTS of glyphs and pictographs. It is along Owl Creek, which is next to an oil and gas producing field. It is seldom visited by the public. I have a picture on the site listed above.

I cut east cross the backroads to Hyattville in order to visit Medicine Lodge State Archaeology Site. This is an ancient dwelling site. Scientists have discovered lots of artifacts here which indicate thousands of years of habitation. From here I used the -Red Gulch/Alkali National Back Country Byway to explore some of the, well, back country byways, to coin a phrase. I saw 1 other car on this 35 mile trek. Just before this dirt/gravel road gets back to a paved road, it comes across a place where some locals discovered some dinosaur tracks. I stopped by for a visit. Yeah, I like that sort of thing.

From here, I followed Shell Creek up into the Big Horn Mountains. I had hoped to visit the Medicine Wheel Site in the mountains, but the road there was still closed for the winter. It was scheduled to be open about a week later. I was never able to make it back. Oh well....

I made a quick trip out of the mountains to the area around Sheridan. Here I saw the Connor Battlefield (a nice little city park in Dayton), the Wagon Box fight site (Red Cloud, etc.) and the Fetterman battleground. My cameras batteries had run down, so I needed to recharge them. I decided to go north. So I drove up to Crow Agency in nearby Montana. I woke up in the little motel across the freeway from the Little Big Horn Battlefield. I pulled up to the front gate around 6am, and not so surprisingly, it was still locked. So, being very flexible, I drove about 45 miles over to the Rosebud Battlefield State Park. This site is probably bigger than the Little Big Horn. It is not as well known. Three armies were approaching the Indians who had gathered near the Little Big Horn (they called it the Greasy Grass River). One army was coming from the west, one from the east (Custer was the advance unit for this group), and one, led by General Crook, was coming up from the south. The Rosebud was where the Indians fought with the army coming up from the south. There was a total of about 2500 people on both side. Crook's army eventually decided to withdraw and went back south. The two other army groups did not realize that Crook had stopped his advance. This contributed to Custer's defeat a little over a week later.

From here I continued east through the backcountry until I turned north to reach Lame Deer in the Northern Cheyenne reservation. I dropped off a copy of my book at Dull Knife Memorial College. I then went back west to the Little Big Horn. By now the park was open. Ranger Hill (Cheyenne) gave a introductory speech before the short films at the Visitor's Center. His grandfather, who is still alive, knew people who participated in the battle. The park has taken on a more equilateral look at the fighting. It is no longer the scene of a massacre. Now, it is treated as two different groups who were both fighting for their country. In the over 125 years since the battle, the first major monument to the Indian participants is finally being created. On the site mentioned above, you can see a marker for one Indian who was killed in the battle, and the major monument for the Indian participants. It will be officially dedicated on June 26th. Oddly enough, only part of the park is government land. A large section in the middle is privately owned. You can still drive through the area. The markers you see on the battlefield are for where the bodies of the soldiers were found. Ranger Hill said that people have counted over 250 markers. This is strange because less than 230 soldiers were killed. The story goes that the markers, which are very heavy, were hauled many miles by wagon to the site. When they discovered that they had too many markers, no one wanted to haul them back. So, they just distributed them over the battlefield. Ranger Hill's father was in the US army. He said the army still works like that.

I left the Little Big Horn and went back to the Fetterman Battlefield. I had freshly charged batteries! The site was originally called the Fetterman Massacre. Fetterman was a very cocky officer who said that with 80 soldiers he could ride right through the entire Sioux nation. He was wrong. While enroute to assist some wood cutters from Fort Phil Kearny, and against specific orders to the contrary, he followed a small group of warriors into a trap. Everyone in his command was killed by a large group of Cheyenne and Sioux (Lakota, but most people still say Sioux when they talk about this battle, old habits die hard). The original marker said that "There were no survivors." Well, to be honest, almost all of the Indians survived. The local folks who run the Fort Phil Kearny museum have created a new group of interpretive signs for this battle, for the Wagon Box fight, for Fort Phil Kearny, the Crazy Woman fight, and Fort Reno. In my opinion, they have done a excellent job of telling the story from both sides of the conflict.

The next stop was the Crazy Woman Creek fight. This is a rather obscure battle which happened between Buffalo and Casper, Wyoming. The roads through here are seldom marked. Fortunately, I had a great map. Fort Reno was abandoned long ago. The only thing there are the interpretive signs. Many of the sites in this area are on private property. I went west and tried to get as close as I could to the site of Dull Knife's fight on the Red Fork of the Powder River. This is not to far (as the crow flies) from the place made famous by Butch Cassidy, Hole-In-The-Wall. Dull Knife Battlefield is on private property. They have a no trespassing sign, and I could not make arrangements to get their permission. It is interesting territory. I spent the night in Casper.

I'll stop here for now...I'll tell you more in the next few days.

The few photos I have posted so far are on this page: http://americanindian.net/2003.html

 

============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= The Link of the Month for June 2003 is the "Fort Klock Historic Restoration, Indian Castle Church" website. This website is extremely detailed, and it covers the history of the area. One of its many detailed articles (located in the Historical Articles section at http://www.fortklock.com/Battles.htm ) covers the Battles and Raids in the Province and State of New York, 1609-1814. You will be able to spend lots of time looking through this amazing site. You can find it at: http://www.fortklock.com/ ============================= +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 DELAWARES, ETC., 1803.June 7, 1803. | 7 Stat., 74. It covers: Boundaries of a tract reserved to the United States described; United States give up all claim to adjoining lands; Salt spring, etc., ceded to United States; United States engage to deliver for the use of the Indians a certain quantity of salt yearly; Grant to United States of sites for three houses of entertainment; Provision for future alterations of the boundary. You can read a transcript of the treaty at this site: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/del0064.htm ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= Here is the article which appeared in Indian Country Today which discussed Arvol Looking Horse's Proclamation on the protection of Lakota ceremonies. http://www.indiancountry.com/article/1051280913 Here is an article which discusses an opposing opinion: http://www.indiancountry.com/article/1051281656 ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= Jo's article on diabetes http://www.whwmag.com/issue/2003/07/diabetescorner/article2.asp ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= I had hoped to meet one of my e-mail friends, Joseph RedCloud, while on my trip. Unfortunately, we were not able to get together. Joseph sent this material along: Tribes focus energies on 'core' trust reform issues FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2003 Meeting without the Bush administration on Thursday, tribal leaders stressed the need to stay united as they move forward with initiatives to reform the broken Indian trust. Reorganization, litigation and legislation were among the topics discussed at the Washington, D.C., gathering, called by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Tribal leaders said their task force, to operate independently of the Department of Interior, will focus on these and other "core" issues of trust reform. "That's the beauty of a tribal leader's task force," said NCAI president Tex Hall in an interview after the meeting. "If you work together, you can accomplish those kinds of things." Throughout the meeting, tribal leaders vented frustration with the Bush administration's reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of Special Trustee (OST). Department officials are making significant changes at the national and reservation level that were characterized as bureaucratic bloat. "When they came to our ancestors to sign treaties, there was only one Great White Father," said James St. Goddard, a council member for the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. "Now, they are trying to make five or six. We need one place to go." Another complaint was the shifting of funds to OST, whose budget next year will nearly double from $152 million to $275 million. Attendees said the boost was coming at the expense of other Indian programs and planned meetings with the White House and members of Congress in hopes of limiting the damage. The task force also discussed working with the plaintiffs in the Cobell trust fund case currently underway in federal court. Although not a party to the case, which concerns individual trust funds, tribes are considering submitting an amicus brief to address, and possibly halt, the reorganization. Keith Harper, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) attorney on the case, welcomed tribal participation. Presenting an update on the litigation to the task force, he said it was important for Indian Country to stay united. "We don't support the reorganization because it's a waste of money," Harper said after the meeting. "We do have to stand together." On legislation, tribes are advancing two trust reform bills. The first would outline trust standards, create a single undersecretary for Indian affairs at the Interior and increase tribal participation in trust management. Although the Bush administration is opposed to standards, the real meat of the bill, Shenan Atcitty, an attorney working for the Inter-Tribal Monitoring Association (ITMA), said it was necessary to keep the ball rolling. The bill, she added, would also resolve some of the tribes' concerns about the reorganization. The other piece of legislation, being developed by the California Indian Legal Services, addresses Indian land consolidation and ownership. Lisa Oshiro, an attorney, said the bill would correct amendments, passed by Congress in 2000, that have caused fear among landowners. "The 2000 amendments really terminated the status of a lot of Indians," she said. The new bill creates a uniform probate, or inheritance, code for landowners. Although tribes have asked to restart government-to-government talks with the Interior, department officials are already implementing the reorganization. Training sessions for BIA and OST employees were being held across town while the tribes were meeting. Next month, the two agencies will begin what is being called a "massive outreach program" to educate DOI employees and tribes about the reorganization, which is expected to take about a year to complete. A dozen or so meetings are planned throughout the country but officials acknowledge they are not consultation meetings. +++++ SECRETARY NORTON - UNFIT TO BE A TRUSTEE By Elouise Cobell U.S District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth's historic decision on September 17, 2002, held Secretary Gale Norton along with Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb in contempt of court for (1) engaging in litigation misconduct by failing to comply with the Court's Order of December 21, 1999, to initiate a Historical Accounting Project; (2) committing a fraud on the Court by concealing the Department's true actions regarding the Historical Accounting Project during the period from March 2000, until January 2001; (3) committing a fraud on the Court by failing to disclose the true status of the TAAMS subproject between September 1999 and December 21, 1999; (4)committing a fraud on the Court by filing false and misleading quarterly status reports starting in March 2000, regarding TAAMS and BIA Data Cleanup; and, (5) committing a fraud on the Court by making false and misleading representations starting in March 2000, regarding computer security of IIM trust data. Judge Lamberth stated, "The agency (Department of Interior) has indisputably proven to the Court, Congress, and the individual Indian beneficiaries that it is either unwilling or unable to administer competently the IIM trust. Worse yet the Department has now undeniably shown that it can no longer be trusted to state accurately the status of its trust reform efforts. In short, there is no longer any doubt that the Secretary of Interior has been and continues to be an unfit trustee delegate for the United States." Characteristically, the Bush Administration now seeks to enact legislation to pay for the private attorneys representing government officials who have perpetrated these malfeasances and aided and abetted the Secretary in the commission of these frauds. Yes, this money will come out of the pockets of taxpayers and individual Indian trust beneficiaries most victimized by this misconduct. What happens next? Although the court refrained from appointing a receiver at the time of the September 17th ruling, Judge Lamberth made it clear he has the authority to appoint one if his orders are not followed. This is an important victory for Indian beneficiaries. The court has scheduled a Phase 1.5 trial to address reform of the IIM trust and to move forward an historical accounting. This requires the Interior to file, by January 6, 2003, a plan to specify how it will meet its fiduciary obligations owed to the IIM trust beneficiaries. The court also gave permission to the plaintiffs to file any plans of our own. We plan to do so by the January 2003 deadline in anticipation of the Phase 1.5 trial to begin May 1, 2003. We also look forward to a Phase II Trial date to correct the trust account balances. It's been over six years since we filed the case, but we are winning every step of way. We will continue to fight in order to achieve accountability for American Indians and we will prevail. +++++ Settlement in trust fund case an elusive goal THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2003 Attorneys representing 500,000 American Indian beneficiaries are asking two Senate leaders to delay legislation seeking to resolve the long-running Cobell trust fund lawsuit. In a May 23 letter, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the organization overseeing the suit, welcomed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee's involvement. NARF executive director John Echohawk said five previous attempts to settle the case have failed. "Without your direct and active participation in the settlement process, we have no hope that the administration will discuss these matters in good faith," Echohawk told Sens. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). Echohawk's letter was in response to an April 8 letter Campbell and Inouye sent to the Cobell case attorneys and to Secretary of Interior Gale Norton. In it, the lawmakers said they would mandate a Congressionally-directed settlement if the two parties can't come together. "The litigation has caused the expenditure of significant funds and caused other costs to be borne: opportunity costs and human moral costs to the agencies involved," the lawmakers wrote. But Echohawk urged Campbell and Inouye to hold off until the resolution of a trial currently taking place in federal court in Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth is hearing testimony about competing plans aimed at finally putting the seven-year-old dispute to rest. The trial, which began May 1, is at about the halfway mark. Keith Harper, a NARF attorney, said the plaintiffs are resting their side of case this week, leaving the Department of Justice to call its witnesses, a list that includes Associate Deputy Interior Secretary Jim Cason and Special Trustee Ross Swimmer. One key issue being addressed is an historical accounting of the Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust, a trust created in 1887 whose revenues are derived from oil, gas, timber and other land-based activity. The two sides are at odds over what is owed to IIM beneficiaries -- the plaintiffs say $162 billion has passed through the system while the government acknowledges at least $13 billion has been collected since 1909. "There is a tremendous difference between our position and the plaintiffs' position," Norton told a Senate committee in February. "The difference is so vast that there are very few opportunities for sitting down and resolving the issue." The differences have not precluded settlement talks over the years but they have not been entirely fruitful. However, a final accord was drafted at the end of the Clinton administration only to be rejected by the Department of Justice, according to the plaintiffs' attorneys and Tom Slonaker, the former special trustee who negotiated the terms before being ousted from his post last summer. Another attempt was made during the Bush administration. Plaintiffs' attorneys declined to discuss the nature of the talks but have said high-level officials were involved. Still, negotiations for this round broke down last fall after the plaintiffs gave confidential information to the government. Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles went on to openly deride the $162 billion figure, at one point calling it "creative accounting" in testimony to the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee this past March. Campbell in recent months has also been more critical of the case, charging that Indian beneficiaries are going without while the attorneys involved are making money. Bush officials have agreed with the assessment in public and in private, although they also lobbied Congress to reimburse their private attorneys with taxpayer funds. At the same time, Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff, hasn't paid the trial attorneys. "I haven't been paid since October 1998," said Dennis Gingold, the lead Washington, D.C., attorney on the case. NARF is a not for profit organization. Gingold and NARF have recouped some of the $8 million spent on the case since 1996 by filing motions for attorneys fees. At last count, the figure was about $1 million. Paul Moorehead, the Republican staff director for the Indian committee, said Campbell was taking a "pragmatic" approach to the case. In a recent interview, he acknowledged a lack of consensus in Indian Country on how to move forward. "We don't have to have a GAO [General Accounting Office] study showing that IIM account holders haven't received a penny," Moorehead said. Last year, tribal leaders scuttled Campbell's proposal to create a voluntary IIM settlement program that would have put all the decision-making in the hands of the Department of Interior. "For the government to offer a settlement to those who are desperate financially, that's not fair," said John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, last fall. Subsequently, he said he would support any proposal aimed at resolving the litigation and said his tribe is in talks to settle a claim worth up to $100 billion. Tex Hall, president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and an IIM beneficiary, said negotiations will only be fruitful if the government enters them in good faith. "I think that possibility exists if there is mutual consultation," he told Campbell last week at a hearing. "We can't do it if we're miles apart, and right now we're miles apart." ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= I shared my presentation ay the conference with George Capture Horse. George is one of the curators at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. Appropriately enough, and coincidentally, Ruth Garby Torres sent this along.... http://www.nmaicam.si.edu/ Visitors to the NMAI's Website have been watching with much fascination the progress of the Mall Museum construction, courtesy of the live NMAI Web cam. The Web cam is hard to miss as its special brightly colored viewing box pops up immediately when views click onto the NMAI Website. Viewers also can go directly to the NMAI Web cam by visiting the link above. "The NMAI Web cam is another facet of the NMAI mission to take the work of the Museum outside Washington, DC, and the National Mall, and brings it into the homes of millions of people around the world via the Internet," says NMAI Director W. Richard West (Southern Cheyenne). "We will continue to present other innovative ways to share the progress of the Mall Museum with our members an all others who have a stake in the NMAI." ---------------- Ruth also sent this: CHEROKEE MEN needed for potential anthology If you know any Cherokee men... CHEROKEE MEN needed for potential anthology. Graduate student seeks submissions of any genre from men of any blood quantum for anthology project: Back Home: Cherokee Men on Family, Culture, and Community. Theme: "I want the children to know." SASE for returns. Mail to E. A. Roastingear, 22 Brannen Circle, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. E-mail: GWY-@aol.com One, Ben Source: Native--@yahoogroups.com ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= Ken Pratt sent this along.... To all world religions, world governments, world community leaders, medicine circles, Pipe Carriers, Bundle Keepers, Sundance Nations, and all Lightworkers, Inform your circles, friends, and followers of Spirit to put aside all differences that are not within the Divine Plan and become who you really are. Remember that we are in service to humanity and Mother Earth. Therefore we need to remember to fulfill our divine purpose and sacred responsibility. Spare one sacred moment in your life to thank our Earth Mother for everything that she has provided humanity since the beginning of time as we know it. Bless her a moment with your sacred heart and let her know that you truly love her. Let the moment be simple. Let us work as a collective consciousness through collective sacredness. You can do this in any situation that you choose. You can be in personal meditation, group or church ceremony, Sweat lodge, Sundance, Vision Quests, pipe and Yuwipi ceremonies, and other ceremonies of Mother Earth. You can do this while you are walking down the road, in church, on the job, jogging, traveling across mother Earth in cars, trains, planes, playing with your children, and in any life choosing that you walk. Place this intent from your heart, through the sacredness of your Alters and then out to Mother Earth. On June 21, 2003 at 7:00 pm M.S.T. make a prayer of thanksgiving to Mother Earth. On June 22, 2003 at 7:00 pm M.S.T. make a prayer of healing for humanity. Join us at the four corners of Turtle Island on the Summer Solstice for seven days of ceremony, fasting and prayer. Let us bridge our sacred hearts to honor our Earth Mother. I am from the Ihunktowan Dakota Nation. I pray with all Red Nations, White Nations, Yellow nations and Black Nations of Mother Earth. I pray with all Four Legged nations, The Ones that swim Nations, the Ones that Fly nations and those that are plants, herbs and elemental nations, and those that are of Stone Nations. We are children of this sacred Universe and we commit our sacredness in this effort for the betterment of this great Mother that has provided and nourished us unconditionally. Let us support her through sacred thought and prayer. Mitakuye Oyasin Standing Elk/Golden Eagle ------------------ Ken also sent this along: 9th Annual Explorations Hawaiian Sovereignty Workshop June 28, 2003 Saturday. A Forum For Discussion Of Hawaiian Rights Presented by Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association Northern California Region 8:30 am to 12.00 noon The workshop teachers will present and discuss with you: ·The historical background and reasons for the sovereignty movement. ·The different proposals for the preservation of Hawaiian rights. ·The law, the legal issues involved, the Akaka bill and why it is the last chance for Hawaiians. Teachers/Moderators: J.K.K. Chun - Instructor of History at Kamehameha Schools William Fernandez - Judge of the Superior Court, retired Course materials will be furnished Fee is $10. Registration Required. Make checks payable to KSAANCR Mail to: Laureen Kim, 448 8th Ave, #103; San Francisco, CA 94118 Include: Your name, address, phone no. and name addresses of those attending. Contact:Bob Lee (510) 793-1772 Laureen Kim (415) 221-9310 Howard Fuller (510) 223-1668 Frank Pinho (408) 252-2658 Email hkler @ aol.com Location:Michael's Shoreline Restaurant 2060 North Shoreline Blvd Mountain View, CA ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= "The Hokey Pokey" by William Shakespeare: O proud left foot, that ventures quick within Then soon upon a backward journey lithe. Anon, once more the gesture, then begin: Command sinistral pedestal to writhe. Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke, Mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl. To spin! a wilde release from Heaven's yoke. Blessid dervish! Surely canst go, girl. The Hoke, the Poke -- banish now thy doubt Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about. (By Jeff Brechlin) ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= OK, a bit of humor from my mother: A Husband Shopping Center has opened in Atlanta, where a woman can go to choose from many men to be her husband. It is laid out in five floors, with the men increasing in positive attributes as you ascend. There is, however, a catch. You're only allowed in once. Once you open the door to any floor, you must choose a man from that floor. If you go up a floor, you can't go back down except to exit the building. So, a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door says: Floor 1: These men have jobs and love kids. The woman reads the sign."Well, that's better than not having jobs, or not loving kids, but I wonder what's further up?" So up she goes. The second floor sign says: Floor 2: These men have high-paying jobs, love kids and are extremely good-looking. Hmmm, better," says the woman. "But I wonder what's further up?" The third floor sign reads: Floor 3: These men have high-paying jobs, love kids, are extremely good-looking and help with the housework. "Wow," says the woman, "very tempting. BUT, there's more further up!" And so again, she goes up. On the fourth floor the sign reads: Floor 4: These men have high-paying jobs, love kids, are extremely good-looking, help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak. "Oh, mercy me." (That's how women talk in Georgia) "But just think... what must be awaiting me further up?" So up to the fifth floor she goes. The sign on that door says: Floor 5: This floor is just to prove that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping. Have a nice day! ============================= +X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+ ============================= That's it for now..................... Phil Konstantin phil-@rocketmail.com (phil-@rocketmail.com) . . . . . . . ======================= End of June 2003 Newsletter #1 ======================= . . . . . . . . Anything below this line is not part of my newsletter ====================================== . . . . . .


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