. . . . . . . . . . . ============================================================ Start of Phil Konstantin's June 2006 Newsletter ============================================================ Greetings, I seem to have an ever-deepening stack of projects on my desk. Now that I have more time on my hands, I seem to have more things to do with it. One of the things which has happened to me recently was a "makeover" sponsored by the TV station where I work part-time. According to most folks, I seem to look much younger afterwards. I'm not sure how much of the "new look" I will keep, but it is interesting seeing the reactions I have been getting. Here is one of the incidents related to the makeover. The morning of the makeover, I met our TV station's fashion expert at an upscale menswear shop. The store's manager was a fan of mine (that still sounds so strange to say). He said he watched my reports on TV almost every day. We talked for about an hour while the fashion guy and I decided which clothes I would wear. The next day (after the makeover), I returned the clothes I had borrowed. The manager was on the phone as I came in. He told me he'd be with me in just a minute. He would look at me occasionally as he continued his call. I could hear that he was talking about me on the phone and how he had missed the show. It occurred to me that he was looking right at me, and talking about me on the phone, but he did not recognize me. He was completely surprised when I told him who I was. Now that is a makeover! Click the appropriate internet setting to see the video on this page. http://www.kusi.com/news/goodmorning/2855026.html ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= The Link Of The Month for June 2006 is "The Tribal Historian" at the Chickasaw Nation website. This is an interesting series of stories written by Richard Green which have appeared in the Chickasaw Times or The Journal of Chickasaw History. I think you will find them entertaining and instructive. You can find the website at: http://www.chickasaw.net/heritage/250_1029.htm ======================= X+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 for June 2006 is the TREATY WITH THE CHICKASAW, June 22, 1852. It covers such matters such as: Agent to reside among the Chickasaws. Sale of Chickasaw lands. Burial ground in Pontotoc. Settlement of title of Chickasaws to a tract in Tennessee. Chickasaw fund to be held in trust. You can read a transcript of the treaty here: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/chi0596.htm ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Movie Reviews: ------------- Despite being very busy with all of my projects, I did manage to watch a couple of movies. I was surprised by the number of general-interest movies which had Indian subplots. "Transamerica" is the story of a man undergoing the physiological change to become a woman. Felicity Huffman was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the man in question. She/he travels across the country with her/his newly discovered seventeen year old son. Quite unexpectedly to me, Graham Greene appears in the movie. He plays a Navajo rancher they encounter along the way. He is quite good, as usual. I enjoyed his positive comments about being Cherokee. This movie is rated R. "Escanaba in da Moonlight" is a comedy starring Jeff Daniels. It is about a Michigan man who, after 30 years of trying, has yet to bag a deer. It is a funny movie with lots of low-brow humor. The smartest person in the movie is his Indian wife. If you liked Dumb And Dumber, you'll like this movie. "The Blue Butterfly" is an inspirational movie based on a true story. It is about a terminally-ill boy who wants to go to Costa Rica to find one of the mysterious Blue Morpho butterflies. While the storyline is typical for the "overcoming adversity" genre, it is fairly well done. Many of the minor characters are members of the local Bribri tribe. The movie treats them with respect. This movie is rated PG, and is suitable for most children. It also has some excellent close-up photography of insects and other Costa Rican rainforest animals. "The New World" just came out on DVD. It tells the story of Pocahontas. Oddly, they never mention her by this name. I t was written and directed by the somewhat enigmatic Terrence Malick (Thin Red Line). The story covers all of the basics of the Jamestown settlers (or invaders, if you prefer). The Powhatans has respectfully portrayed. Their motivations are explained, and they appear less "savage" than their English counterparts. The producers went to some lengths to accurately portray the people and the environment. In fact, it was filmed within a few miles of the actual area. For filmgoers, the movie moves quite slowly. The cinematography is beautifully rendered. There are many scene which seem to exist only to create a mood. The battle scene are quite gritty, as is the daily life of the settlers. One point made by the producers was that the "new" world could also stand for an internal look at one's one feelings and outlooks. The movie is rated PG-13. "Edge Of America" is another 'inspired by a true story" feature. The basic story (to quote the IMDB.com website) is when "a black educator takes a job teaching high-school English at the Three Nations Reservation, and is coaxed into coaching the girls basketball team." The movie has tons of cliches, but it handles many of them in non-cliched ways. You actually get a feel for the students, and the community. James McDaniel (Lt. Fancy from NYPD Blue) plays the teacher. Irene Bedard plays another teacher at the school. By the way, I met her last month at the SDSU Powwow. She was very friendly and open to all of the people she met there. Wes Studi gets to play a good-guy this time as the local handyman. He comes in from time-to-time to offer some interesting perspectives on the ongoing happenings. The movie does a fair job of dealing with teenage angst. There are many good scenes in the "Hoosiers meets Smoke Signals" film. ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= News stories from online sources: --------------------------------- Dance returns to dwelling: Puebloans hold traditional dance at Mesa Verde site for first time in centuries http://www.cortezjournal.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/06/news060525_2.htm International Workshop Restores Adobe Monuments http://www.nationaltrust.org/magazine/archives/arc_news_2006/052406.htm Daughter keeps alive the art of natural dyeing http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413039 A very resilient people http://www.times-standard.com/lifestyle/ci_3872565 Plant powers concern over air quality: Sithe Global LLC plans to ink lease agreement with Navajo Nation http://www.cortezjournal.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/06/news060525_4.htm Fort McDowell Yavapai celebrate sovereignty http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413019 The First Nations will no longer tolerate being peasants in their own land http://dominionpaper.ca/opinion/2006/05/18/wakeup_can.html Connecticut's campaign to exterminate the Schaghticokes http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412962 For archaeologists, term 'Anasazi' becoming an artifact http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4678409,00.html Urban Indian Community Responds to an Information Crisis (PDF format) http://www.nwpublichealth.org/docs/nph/s2006/taualii_forquera_s2006.pdf Rattlesnake Island: 'archaeologically significant' http://www.record-bee.com/local/ci_3831599 Archaeological park lets visitors explore, touch ancient pueblo http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/127711 Native American Students Organize 214 Mile Relay Run to Honor Klamath River Salmon http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/05/1824167.php Reclaim the sacred to survive, LaDuke says http://indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413034 Supreme Court Refuses Native American Dispute http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_144110546.html Good and bad found in education survey: Oklahoma's Native students fare better compared with those in other states http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=7872 Supreme Court drops Cayuga land claim case http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413009 Ghosts of the past linger at a New Mexico pueblo http://www.boston.com/travel/articles/2006/05/03/ghosts_of_the_past_linger_at_a_new_mexico_pueblo/ Developer "outraged" after building banned on site of native occupation http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/19052006/2/national-developer-quot-outraged-quot-building-banned-site-native-occupation.html Acoma Tribe of New Mexico to Open Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum Memorial Weekend '06 http://www.klkntv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4912323 Imitations hurting American Indian arts and crafts industry http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/127927 May I Suggest ...by: David Melmer http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413037 Native leader says culture aids suicides http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=SUICIDE-05-18-06 Indians establish own court system; Mainly civil cases handled by a judge http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=3833 New Help For Native American Radio Stations http://wcco.com/local/local_story_148135549.html Graduation is a time to celebrate your culture http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=3840 Manitowoc native Boeldt to be inducted into American Football Association Hall of Fame http://www.htrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060528/MAN02/605280428/1378 Columbus suffers same fate as Kennewick Man http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=3835 ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Notices & Events: (These are are provided FYI. Please use your own decretion in supporting any effort or group.) -------------------------------------------------------------- From: Bessell, Matthew Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 4:57 PM Subject: Northport Native American Special Emphasis Collection Moves to Stonybrook And Is Renamed Dear All: The EEO NAISEP Committee Native American Indian Collection henceforth to be known as the Northport Native American Special Emphasis Collection was smudged with sweetgrass and sage this afternoon as it was loaded onto a truck en route to its new home at the State University of New York At Stony Brook. Seven boxes of materials were sent. Creator must have been smiling upon the work as unbeknownst to us and the two movers who assisted us arrived unaware of the Collection's contents. Yet, one person was Blackfoot and Cherokee and the other person was Lumbee dating his family back to the people who witnessed Captain John Smith's arrival in Virginia in the 1600's. They both asked to receive bibliographies and be on our mailing list. SUNY Stonybrook is willing to accept and welcomes donations. Here's the info on it's new home: The Northport Native American Special Emphasis Collection has been relocated to the Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library at SUNY Stony Brook and can be inter-library borrowed by contacting http://sunysb.edu/~library/index.html. The Library can be contacted at. (631) 632-7100. The Melville Library hopes to have the materials cataloged and available by July 31, 2006 and we thank them for their stewardship of the Collection. We hope that the Collection will continue to travel and inform those who seek to learn from and access it. Matthew Bessell, LCSW Social Work Service Extended Care EEO Native American Special Emphasis Program Manager Steward, AFGE Local 1843 VAMC Northport Social Work Service (122) 79 Middleville Road Northport, New York 11768 (631) 261-4400, Extension 2534 ------------ May 24, 2006 SAIGE Announces 3rd Annual National Training Conference The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is a national non-profit organization that advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native federal employees. Similar to our sister organizations - Blacks in Government (BIG), National IMAGE, Inc. (Hispanic), Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), and Federally Employed Women (FEW) - SAIGE hosts an annual National Training Conference (NTC). SAIGE‚Äôs Training Conference promotes the professional growth, development and continuing education of federal employees. We are pleased to announce that the online registration is now available for our 3rd Annual Training Conference. "One People, A Diversity of Culture", will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska August 28 -31, 2006. Featured speakers include Mary Kim Titla (Apache), publisher of Native Youth Online Magazine; Olympic gold medal winner and motivational speaker, Billy Mills (Sioux); and Joy Hilton and Barry Ross, who have provided training and conditioning classes for executives enrolled at the Federal Executive Institute and USDA's Graduate School Executive Potential Program. There will also be workshops on leadership, diversity, personal and professional growth topics. Our conference location offers the unique opportunity to see and learn more about Alaska Native culture and history. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined SAIGE's training qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41. The training is open to all employees and will cover career advancement topics such as interviewing, managing and leading people, and self-marketing skills. To view the OPM approval letter visit their website at http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittal_detail.cfm?ID=740 Early bird registration fee is $400 through July 7th and $450 afterward. You may find the current agenda on the registration webpage at: http://www.regonline.com/eventinfo.asp?eventid=90605 For comparative information on Transportation, Meals & Lodging, and on Climate and weather information, go to our webpage at: http://www.saige.org/conf/2006/conf2006.htm Alaska Airlines is providing SAIGE conference attendees with a discounted rate. For more information on how to take advantage visit our webpage at http://saige.org For additional information please contact: Albert Barros ( firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com or 907-334-5209) ------------ First Nations Development Institute is pleased to announce the 2006 Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) Program. LEAD is an educational program designed to educate and train emerging leaders in Native nonprofit management. The Apprenticeship aims to retain wealth and assets in reservation communities by supporting the development management and leadership for existing and emerging nonprofit businesses. In its charter year, one to three Apprentices will be selected for placement with Native nonprofit host organizations. Apprentices will be assigned a Mentor who will work with the apprentice to develop a Learning Plan that will be implemented throughout the one-year placement term. Apprenticeship applications are due July 15, 2006, and should be submitted to LEfirstname.lastname@example.org. Please send questions or requests for more information about the LEAD Apprenticeship Program to email@example.com, or contact me at the telephone number listed below. You can also download the application from First Nations' website at www.firstnations.org. Very respectfully, Jackie Tiller Associate Director Training & Technical Assistance 10707 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 201 Fredericksburg, VA 22408 (540) 371-5615, ext. 18 Fax: (540) 371-3505 www.firstnations.org ------------ Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Sobriety Pow Wow Dates: June 3, 2006 Location: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Pow Wow Grounds 483 Great Neck Road South Mashpee, MA Contact: David Pocknett Phone: 508-477-0208 (Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm) Fax 508-477-1218 Gates Entry at 12pm!!! All Dancers and Drums Welcome Day Money Paid to All Meals Provided ------------ Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow Dates: July 1-3, 2006 Time: Gates Open at 10am Location: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Grounds 483 Great Neck Road, South Mashpee, MA Contact: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Phone: 508-477-0208 (Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm) Fax 508-477-1218 Gates Open at 10am!!! Host Drum: Eastern Eagles Head Man Dancer: Cheenulka Pocknett Head Woman Dancer: Mishanaggus Mills Over $16,000 in Prizes, $7,000 in Drum Prizes Craft Vendors, Native Foods, Clam Bake on Sunday Admission Costs: Adults- $8, Seniors and Children under 12- $4, Children under 5- free. Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal ID for Free Admission. ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS, DOGS, COOLERS, FIRES!!! ------------ Subject: Seeking Native American Students From: "Sarah Moses"
; Date: Thu, May 18, 2006 6:41 am Hello- My name is Sarah Moses, editorial assistant for Indian Country Today. Each September we come out with an education magazine that lists scholarship, internships and college programs for Native American students across the country. One of our staff writers in Southern California is looking for students, current or newly graduating, that would agree to be interviewed for a story for the magazine. Please email me back with contact information. Thank you, Sarah Moses Indian Country Today firstname.lastname@example.org 315-829-5343 ------------ KUMEYAAY CHILDREN'S SHELTER- TECATE Howka everyone. I go to the Kumeyaay Children's shelter every month and work on the shelter. This weekend I have a volunteer group helping by doing painting, roofing, hanging and sewing curtains , installing a toilet , and lots of other things that need to be done... I need more volunteers and some more supplies.. the website about the shelter is (see below) So if u are interested in volunteering we will be starting sat.9am and I will be staying there til Monday afternoon.. Karen Vigneault email@example.com http://www.peaceanddignityproject.org/OurProjects/KumeyaayChildrenShelter/KumeyaayChildrenShelter.htm Boy's room Appx. 14x10 & 10x10 2-gal KILZ- already donated 2- gal semi-gloss royal blue (Dodger blue) paint- already donated insulation - for ceiling - appx. two rolls 8 sheets drywall 2 rolls drywall tape 2 boxes drywall mud windows have been removed and brick and mortar were built into the opening - need to cover with mortar or something similar Girl's room 12 x30 & 2)11x13 rooms 4 gal KILZ - already donated 4 gal semi-gloss pink paint already donated two screen making kits to cover 23"x28" - already donated two curtain rods & brackets 48" long each (one of them - already donated has to attach to a side wall two sets of curtains to cover 48"x30" openings to match pink already donated 23 linear feet of vertical supports ( could use 2x4s) for steps and 2x4 cut to fit each step and the ceiling to support the rails appx - 1) 2x4x10 and 5) 2x4x8 one door - 34 3/4 x 73 1/4 x 1 7/8 Orange paint for other room already donated Peach paint for other room already donated Paint for kitchen and living room already donated 2 - contractor packs of switch plate covers - already donated 2- contractor packs of outlet plate covers four individual plate covers for and outlet and switch combination 5 - light fixtures - mounted to ceiling 10 - four packs of sixty watt light bulbs electrical tape to wrap around exposed wiring 30" vanity base cabinet and top single handle bathroom faucet waterproof caulking for bathroom (3 almond one white) - already donated two flanges for wall shower handles outside make-shift toilet only room TI-II siding - two 4x8s to cut to size Nails / screws to sink into cinder blocks or screws to sink into cinder blocks WE DO NOT NEED TO KEEP TOOLS ONLY TO BORROW Angle grinder to cut rebar circular saw to cut wood drill to drill holes and drive screws in masonry ------------ ATTENTION!!!!!!!!! ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!! Corrupt Tribal Leaders Destroying Indian Country Join us in a rally to focus attention on some of our Redwood Empire Tribal leaders whose behavior has put a negative light on all Indians. These corrupt tribal leaders have misused tribal sovereignty in a way that is detrimental to our local Indian community. These leaders believe they can not be held accountable for their actions and believe they are above any law, tribal or federal. By denying individuals the right to due process, rights of free speech and the right of Indian citizens to participate in their tribal government, corrupt tribal leaders have violated the civil and human rights of Indian and non-Indian people alike. These corrupt tribal leaders use intimidation, harassment, extortion, nepotism, conflicts of interest, loss of employment, loss of citizenship, bribery and greed as weapons to maintain totalitarian control over their citizens. Join us on June 24th at 10:30 a.m. at the Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza in Ukiah, Ca. This plaza is located just south of the Mendocino County Court House on North State Street. Come listen to individuals whose rights have been violated at the hands of these corrupt tribal leaders. For more information Contact: Mark and Carla Maslin (530) 365-1282 firstname.lastname@example.org A representative from the American Indian Rights and Resources Organization, (AIRRO), will be present to provide information and answer questions on the growing national problem of civil and human rights violations occurring in Indian country ------------ Aboriginals and the Canadian Military: past, present, future 21-22 June 2006 Kingston, Ontario The Canadian Forces Leadership Institute is pleased to celebrate National Aboriginal Day 2006 by hosting the first conference on Aboriginal contributions to the Canadian military experience. This event aims to celebrate, raise visibility and increase awareness of Aboriginal contributions to the Canadian Forces. It also endeavours to build bridges between these communities and develop ideas that will help strengthen Aboriginal-military relations in the future. The conference will incorporate traditional Native elements in the opening ceremony, a feast for participants, displays of CF Aboriginal programs and testimonials from past and serving Aboriginal members. The conference will also have an academic component, providing a venue for presentations of research findings, discussions and analysis. The military component of the conference will be highlighted through the history of the conference site, the Royal Military College of Canada, and other martial traditions. Through this holistic approach, the conference aims to advance the transformation of the CF's posture towards diversity - from accommodation (through minimal compliance) to acceptance (that maximizes benefits) - by fostering mutual understanding, respect and trust between Canada's military and Aboriginal peoples. It is hoped that this conference will not only advance the Canadian Forces' efforts to enhance Aboriginal representation and retention, but also assist the Aboriginal, public service, military and research communities to find common ground and ways to promote future collaboration and discussion. We look forward to seeing you in June! Register! http://www.cda-acd.forces.gc.ca/aborig_conference_autoch/engraph/home_e.asp ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Humor & Interesting Thoughts: ----------------------------- From my mother: -----You're An EXTREME Redneck When..... 1. You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids. 2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it. 3. You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws. 4. You think a woman who is "out of your league" bowls on a different night. 5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean. 6. Someone in your family died right after saying, "Hey, guys, watch this." 7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader. 8. Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan. 9. Your junior prom offered day care. 10. You think the last words of the "Star-Spangled Banner" are "Gentlemen, start your engines." 11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels. 12. The Halloween Pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse. 13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge. 14. One of your kids was born on a pool table. 15. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos. 16. You can't get married to your sweetheart because there's a law against it. 17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk. And Finally: An East Tennessee couple, both real-live rednecks, had 9 children. They went to the doctor to see about getting the husband "fixed". The doctor asked them why, after nine children would they choose to do this. The husband replied that they had read in a recent article that one out of every ten children being born in North America was Mexican and they didn't want a Mexican baby because neither of them could speak Spanish. ------------ Also from Mom: IDLE THOUGHTS OF A RETIRED PERSON: I planted some birdseed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it. I had amnesia once -- or twice. I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart. Now what? Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic. All I ask is a chance to prove money can't make me happy. If the world were a logical place, men would ride horses sidesaddle. What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free? They told me I was gullible and I believed them. Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto a freeway. Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long. Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone. What if there were no hypothetical questions? The shampoo promised me extra body and I gained three pounds. One nice thing about egotists: They don't talk about other people. When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a 20 penny nail. A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries. What was the greatest thing before sliced bread? Hmmmm? My weight is perfect for my height -- which varies. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm so not sure. The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity. How can there be self-help "groups"? Is there another word for synonym? Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all"? The speed of time is one-second per second. Is it possible to be totally partial? What's another word for thesaurus? Is Marx's tomb a communist plot? If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales? Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off. It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one. Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken? ------------ From Bev Fox: A magazine recently ran a "Dilbert Quotes" contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life Dilbert-comic-strip-type managers. These were voted the top ten quotes from the managers we work for in corporate America, circa 2004: "As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks." (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in Redmond WA) "What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter" (Lykes Lines Shipping) " E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business." (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company) " This project is so important we can't let things that are more important interfere with it." (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service) " Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule." (Plant Manager, Delco Corporation) " No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them." (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.) Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say." (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation) My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, "That would be better for me." (Shipping executive, FTD Florists) " We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees." (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division) ------------ From Louis K. Freiberg: Quotes on Government.. 1) Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. ............Mark Twain 2) I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. .......... Winston Churchill 3) A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. ..........George Bernard Shaw 4) A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. ............G Gordon Liddy 5) Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. ..........James Bovard, 6) Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. ..........Douglas Casey, 7) Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. ..............P.J. O'Rourke, 8) Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. ......... Frederic Bastiat, 9) Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. ...... Ronald Reagan (1986) 10) I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. ............Will Rogers 11) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. ........P.J. O'Rourke 12) In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. ........Voltaire (1764) 13) Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. ..........Pericles (430 B.C.) 14) No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. ..........Mark Twain (1866) 15) Talk is cheap .. except when Congress does it. ........ Unknown 16) The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. ........Winston Churchill 17) The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. .......Mark Twain 18) The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. ..........Herbert Spencer (1820-1903 19) What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. .........Edward Langle 20) A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. .........Unknown 21) Never mess with anybody who prints their own money..... ..... Al Urban (2006) ======================= X+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 for June: June 1, 1934: A legal definition of "Indian" is made by the United States government. June 2, 1752: Diego Ortiz Parrilla, Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Armies, Proprietary Captain of the Dragoons of Veracruz, Governor and Captain-General of the Provinces of Sinaloa and Sonora in the Kingdom of New Andalucia declares the estalishment of a permanent Spanish community at what would become modern Tubac, Arizona. This would be the first significant Spanish settlement in Arizona. June 3, 1823: Yesterday a trapper is killed in a Arikara village. The Arikara warriors attack Jedediah Smith and his forty men who are camped on the nearby river. There are also ninety men stationed on boats in the river. Fearing for their lives, the men in the boats refuse to come help Smith's men. Fifteen men are killed and almost as many are wounded in the fighting before they can swim out to the boats and flee. June 4, 1696: A second Pueblo revolt takes place in modern New Mexico. Participating tribes were the Cochiti, Picuris, Santa Fe, Santo Domingo, Tano, Taos and Tewa. Twenty-one settlers and soldiers, and five missionaries are killed in the fighting. The revolt would not be long lived. June 5, 1836: Of the 407 "friendly" Seminoles who left Tampa Bay on April 11, 1836, only 320 arrive in their new lands in the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). Eighty-seven of the Seminoles die during the rigorous trip. June 6, 1962: The Fort Apache Scout is first published. June 7, 1494: The "new world" is divided between Spain and Portugal by the Catholic church. June 8, 1758: General Jeffrey Amherst is leading a force of more than 10,000 soldiers on a fleet of almost fifty British ships. They land and attack the French fort at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The French forces are led by Chevier de Drucour. He has 3,100 soldiers, 1,000 Canadians and 500 Indians at his disposal. The French also have a fleet in port. The fighting continues until July 26th. The British are victorious. Fearing they will be executed, many of the Indians will flee because the British offer terms of surrender only to the French troops. June 9, 1870: Ely Parker (Donehogawa) commissioner of Indian Affairs invites Red Cloud, and several other Sioux to visit him, and the Great Father, in Washington. Red Cloud meets President Ulysses Grant. Red Cloud tells Grant the Sioux do not want a reservation on the Missouri River. Red Cloud also talks about some of the promises made in the treaty which were not actually included. They have a cordial meeting, but Grant knows the difference between the items promised, and the items actually in the treaty are grounds for contention in the future. He suggests the Indians be read the treaty in its entirety soon. June 10, 1909: The U.S. Supreme Court confirms and approves Guion Miller's new tribal rolls of the Eastern Cherokees who are entitled to share in the distribution of a $1,000,000 fund the Court established in 1906. June 11, 1848: Alexander Barclay establishes a trading post and fort and the juncture of the Sapello and Mora Rivers in northern New Mexico. The Santa Fe Trail runs past the post. It will eventually become a part of the later constructed Fort Union, one of the largest military outposts in the American Southwest. June 12, 1755: Massachusetts posts its "Scalp bounty." June 13, 1660: Wamsetta, a Wampanoag, and his younger brother, Metacomet (various spellings), have requested "English" names from the Plymouth court. Their names are officially changed to Alexander and Philip Pokanoket. Philip is eventually called "King Philip." June 14, 1867: According to the Constitution of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho, The Coeur d'Alene Reservation is established by Executive Order. June 15, 742: According to Maya engravings, King Itzamnaaj B'alam II (Shield Jaguar) of Yaxchilan, Mexico dies. (see my photos of Yaxchilan on my page at: http://americanindian.net/mexico17.html ) June 16, 1802: A treaty (7 stat. 68) with the Creeks is concluded near Fort Wilkinson, on the Oconee River, near present day, Milledgeville, Georgia. New tribal boundary lines are established, which cede lands along the Oconee and Ocmulgee creeks, and the "Altamaha" tract. The tribe receives $3000 annually, and some Chiefs get $1000 a year for ten years. The tribe gets $10,000 now, and $10,000 is set aside to pay tribal debts to local white traders. The Creeks also receive $5000 for lands that have been seized. They also get two sets of blacksmith tools, and trained blacksmiths to use them for three years. The United States gets the right to establish a garrison on Creek lands. The treaty is signed by thirty-nine Indians. The Americans are represented by General James Wilkinson, Benjamin Hawkins and Andrew Pickens. June 17, 1579: Sir Francis Drake lands north of San Francisco, probably at what is today called Drake's Bay, in California. He reports the Indians to be "people of a tractable, free and loving nature, without guile or treachery." June 18, 1934: The Indian Reorganization Act (48 Stat. 984-985) takes place. Among other things, it is to "permit any Indian to transfer by will restricted lands of such Indian to his or her heirs or lineal descendants, and for other purposes. To authorize the sale of individual Indian lands acquired under the Act of June 18, 1934 and under the Act of June 26, 1936." June 19, 1541: Hernando de Soto's expedition meets the Casqui Indians near modern Helena, Arkansas. There has been a drought in the area, and the padres offer to help. A large cross is erected and the Spaniards join in prayer. Soon it starts to rain. The Casquis become allies of the Spanish. June 20, 1763: As part of Pontiac's rebellion, a force of Senecas, Ottawas, Wyandots, and Chippewas attack Fort Presque Isle, at present day Erie, in northwestern Pennsylvania. They have had the fort under siege since June 15th. The soldiers numbering less than three dozen, surrender when the fort goes up in flames. All but Ensign John Christie and two others escape. The rest are killed. June 21, 1856: Non-hostile Indians along the lower Rogue River, and at Fort Orford, in southwestern Oregon, are put on a boat to be moved to a new reservation between the Pacific Ocean, and the Wallamet River. It is called the Grande Ronde Reservation. June 22, 1839: Elias Boudinot, first editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, Chief Major Ridge (Kahnungdaclageh) and his son, John Ridge (Skahtlelohskee) are members of the Cherokee "Treaty Party." They have generated many enemies by their stand agreeing to the removal of the Cherokees from their lands east of the Mississippi River. They signed the peace treaty which gave away Cherokee lands east of the Mississippi River. They moved to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) with the rest of the Cherokee Nation. Early this morning, John Ridge is dragged from his bed, and stabbed to death. Chief Major Ridge is shot and killed at 10:00 am in another part of the reservation. Later that day, Elias Boudinot is stabbed and hacked to death. These murders are committed by Cherokees for what they feel is their treasonous betrayal of the nation. A Cherokee law, which Chief Ridge helped to make, gives the death penalty to any Cherokee who sells or gives away Cherokee lands without the majority of the tribe's permission. These deaths are considered the execution of that law. Chief Stand Watie, brother to Elias, and nephew to Major Ridge, manages to avoid the warriors who planned to kill him. June 23, 1865: General Stand Watie, and his Cherokee Confederate sympathizers, surrender. Stand Watie is the last Confederate General to officially surrender. June 24, 1763: As part of Pontiac's rebellion, a group of Delaware surround Fort Pitt, in present day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The commander, Captain Simeon Ecuyer, has 338 soldiers in the fort, and he will not surrender. Not having enough warriors to attack the fort, the Delaware leave the fort with a few blankets as a present. Unknown to the Indians, the blankets came from a infirmary treating smallpox. The Delaware are the first to be affected by this form of biological warfare during the rebellion. Some sources says this happens on July 24th. June 25, 1876: At the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Colonel George Custer is commanding Troops C,E,F,I, and L; Major Marcus Reno has troops A,G, and M. Captain Frederick Benteen leads Troops H,D, and K. Captain Thomas McDougall guards the supply wagons with Troop B. It is a significant defeat for the U. S. Army. Army reports list thirteen officers, 189 enlisted men, and four civilians are killed in Custer's command. Reno's troops split from Custer's. According to army documents, Lt. Donald McIntosh, Lt. B.H. Hodgson, forty-six soldiers, and one civilian are killed. Captain Benteen, Lt. C.A. Varnum and forty-four soldiers are wounded in the fighting which lasts through tomorrow. Army reports do not list how many Indians were killed or wounded in this defeat for the army. The following soldiers receive Congressional Medals of Honor for actions during this battle today and tomorrow: Private Neil Bancroft, Company A; Private Abram B. Brant, Co. D; Private Thomas J. Callen, Co. B; Sergeant Benjamin C. Criswell, Co. B; Corporal Charles Cunningham, Co. B; Private Frederick Deetline, Co. D; Sergeant George Geiger, Co. H; Private Theodore Goldin, Troop G; Private David W. Harris, Co. A; Private William M. Harris, Co. D; Private Henry Holden, Co. D; Sergeant Rufus D. Hutchinson, Co. B; Blacksmith Henry Mechlin, Co. H; Sergeant Thomas Murray, Co. B; Private James Pym, Co. B; Sergeant Stanislaus Roy, Co. A; Private George Scott, Co. D; Private Thomas Stivers, Co. D; Private Peter Thompson, Co. C; Private Frank Tolan, Co. D; Saddler Otto Voit, Co. H; Sergeant Charles Welch, Co. D; Private Charles Windolph, Co. H. (see my photos of the battlesite on my website at: http://americanindian.net/2003l.html ) June 26, 1874: The Comanches under Quanah Parker decide to punish the white hunters for killing their buffalo herds and taking their grazing lands. Joined by Kiowa, Cheyenne and Arapahos, they set out for the trading post called Adobe Walls in the panhandle of Texas. Medicine man Isatai of the Comanche promises the bullets of the white men will not harm them. A buffalo hunter named William "Billy" Dixon sees the Indians approaching, and he is able to fire a warning shot before the attack. The Indians charge the trading post. There are twenty-eight men, and one woman, in Adobe Walls. The buffalo hunters there have very accurate, long-range rifles with telescopic sights. Dixon is reported to have knocked an Indian off his horse from 1538 yards away with one of these rifles. The adobe walls provide very good cover for them. Slightly more than a dozen Indians are killed in the fight, and Isatai is humiliated. The Indians give up the fight as hopeless, and they leave. Some sources report this fight happening on June 27, 1874 and lasting until July 1st. June 27, 1542: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo leaves Mexico to go up the Pacific coast in exploration. Cabrillo is the first European to land in San Diego Bay, California. He goes as far north as the Rogue River, in California. June 28, 1878: Tambiago, the killer of Alex Rhoden on November 23, 1877, which led to the Bannock War, is hanged at the Idaho Territorial prison. June 29, 1906: The Anazasi ruins at Mesa Verde are declared a National Park June 30, 1520: According to some sources, Montezuma dies. Some say he is killed by other Aztecs. Others say he is stabbed to death by Spaniards under Hernan Cortes. ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= That's it for now. Have a great month. Phil Konstantin http://americanindian.net ============================================================ End of Phil Konstantin's June 2006 Newsletter ============================================================ . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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