November 2006 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
Copyright © Phil Konstantin (1996-2010)

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Greetings,

I will continue to break up my newsletter into different parts.
November is "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month."

Stay tuned for more...


Phil


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Featured Link of the Month for October 2006
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The Link Of The Month for October 2006 is "A History of American Indians
in California." This National Park Service website offers a look into
some of the history of California's original inhabitants. It breaks the
articles downinto specific time periods. It also has everal interesting
links to historical sites within California. I think you will find it
interesting.

You can find it at:
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/5views/5views1.htm


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The "Treaty of the Month" for October is:
"Peace and Friendship Treaties Between His Majesty the King and the
LaHave Tribe of Indians."

You can see a transcript of this Canadian treaty at this location:
http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/pr/trts/pft176061_e.html

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Some historical events for November, picked at random
from my files:

November 1: 1837: The steamboat Monmouth has 611 Creek
Indians on board heading for Indian Territory (present day
Oklahoma). During the night, while traveling upstream in a
downstream lane of the Mississippi River, it strikes the
Trenton, which is being towed downstream. The Monmouth breaks
into two pieces and sinks within a few minutes. 311 Creeks
are drowned. Because of its old age, the Monmouth has been
condemned for normal shipping. This does not stop it from
being used to transport the Creeks. Four of Jim Boy's children
are among the dead.

November 2: 1770: Spanish and Opata Indians forces, led by
Bernardo de Gálvez, are on a punitive expedition directed
toward the Apache. Early today they discover an Apache camp
near the Pecos River in modern Texas. The Spaniards and Opata
attack. They kill twenty-eight and capture thirty-six Apaches.
They then return to Chihuahua, Mexico.

November 3: 1786: The government of Georgia hopes to confirm
the Creek Nation boundaries lines. They invite Creek leaders
to a conference on Shoulderbone Creek. Only a few chiefs,
including Fat King and Tame King, attend. The Georgia militia threatens
the attendees with execution if they do not agree
to boundary lines favorable to Georgia. A treaty is signed
under duress by the Creek Chiefs attending the meeting. This
action by the Georgians stokes the flames of the Creeks’
passions against the settlers.

November 4: 1493: Columbus lands on Guadaloupe in the
Caribbean.

November 5: 1775: Kumeyaays attack the Mission San Diego
de Alcala. The Mission is destroyed in the fighting.

November 6: 1867: Engraved on a marker in the Fort Buford
(North Dakota) cemetery: "Cornelius Coughing - Private,
Company C, Thirty-First Infantry- Nov. 6, 1867 - Killed by
Indians . . . one of the wood wagons was attacked by a
party of Indians in the thick brush about two miles from
the post. There were four guards and a driver with the
wagons. The body of Private Coughlin was found this morning
in the bushes badly mutilated; he remained with the wagon
discharging his piece until killed. The Indians (under
Sitting Bull) captured four mules."
View photos of this site on my website at:
http://americanindian.net/2003u.html


November 7: 604: Palenque Maya Lady Kanal - Ikal dies
according to the museum at Palenque.
See pictures of Palenque on my website at:
http://americanindian.net/mexico14.html


November 8: 755: Maya King K'ak' Ukalaw Chan Chaak (Smoking
Axe) ascends to the throne of Naranjo in Guatemala

November 9: 1761: The Mi’kmaq of La Heve sign a treaty
with the British of Nova Scotia

November 10: 1970: Today and tomorrow, the first college
graduate is elected President of the Navajos.

November 11: 1865: Medicine Bottle and Little Shakopee, two
of the leaders of the Santee Sioux uprising are executed at
Pine Knob. They both had escaped to Canada, but officials
there aided Americans in their kidnapping, and return to
the United States.

November 12: 1602: Sebastian Vizcaino’s expedition stops in
modern San Diego, California. Cautiously, the Kumeyaay
briefly contact the Spaniards.

November 13: 1833: Just before sunrise, there is a phenomenal
meteor shower, which is seen all over North America. This
event is recorded on Kiowa picture calendars as the most
significant event of the year.

November 14: 1638: According to some sources, the first
Indian reservation is established at Trumbull Connecticut.

November 15: 1876: Colonel Ranald Mackenzie, ten troops of
cavalry, eleven companies of infantry, and four companies of artillery,
leave Fort Fetterman, in eastern Wyoming, en
route to the Big Horn Mountains, and the Powder River. This
is called the "Powder River Expedition" by the army.
See pictures of this site on my website at:
http://americanindian.net/2003n.html


November 16: 1990: The Native American Grave Protection Act
takes place.


November 17: 1938: An election is authorized to approve a
Constitution and By-Laws for the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
of the Creek Indian Nation of the State of Oklahoma by Oscar
Chapman, Assistant Secretary of the Interior. The election
is held on December 27, 1938.

November 18: 864: The Great Ballcourt at Chichen Itza is
dedicated by the Maya.
See pictures of this site on my website at:
http://americanindian.net/mayaa.html


November 19: 1923: The "Treaty Between His Majesty the King
and the Mississauga Indians of Rice Lake, Mud Lake, Scugog
Lake and Alderville" is signed in Canada.

November 20: 1965: An election for an amendment to the
Constitution and By-Laws of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians
is held. It is approved by a vote of 32 to 11.

November 21: 1978: Amendments V through VIII to the Revised Constitution
and By-Laws of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
of South Dakota become effective when they are approved by
the Area Director, Aberdeen Area Office of the Bureau of
Indian Affairs, Harley Zephier.

November 22: 1873: President Grant, by Executive Order, adds
to the Colorado River Agency. The land is at the old northern
boundary to within six miles of Ehrenberg, Arizona. This is
east of the river to the "mountains and mesas." It is
eventually 376 square miles in size. It is home to: Chemehuevi, Walapai,
Kowia, Cocopa, Mohave and Yuma Indians.

November 23: 1872: Comanche Ten Bears dies on the reservation.
Ten Bears represented the Comanches on a visit to Washington,
and at many great councils.

November 24: 1812: As a young boy, Spemicalawba (called
Captain Logan or High Horn), is captured by General James
Logan. General Logan raises him until he is returned to
the Shawnee during a prisoner exchange. Tecumseh's nephew,
he tries to temper Tecumseh's feelings toward the Europeans.
Spemicalawba scouts for the Americans during the war of 1812.
He is killed on this date during a scouting expedition.
Buried with military honors, Logansport, Indiana is named
after him.

November 25: 1894: Members of the Gusgimukw tribe hold a
"winter fest" at Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island, British
Columbia.

November 26: 411: Maya King Siyaj Chan K'awill II (Stormy
Sky) ascends the Tikal throne in Guatemala.
See this site on my website at:
http://americanindian.net/mexico20.html


November 27: 1915: Private Albert Mountain Horse is buried
in Fort Macleod, Alberta. He is the only Blood Indian to go
to the front lines in World War One. He dies due to exposure
to poison gas on the battlefield.

November 28: 1862: A skirmish involving pro-confederacy
Indians takes place near Cane Hill in Arkansas.

November 29: 1836: Five years ago, several Nez Perce travel
to St. Louis to ask for someone to come to their land to
teach them about religion. In response to that request
missionary Henry Harmon Spalding travels to Idaho. He sets
up a mission today on some land given him by the Nez Perce,
12 miles south of modern Lewiston.

November 30: 1769: Gaspar de Portolá has led an expedition
to explore parts of the central California coastline. While
near San Jose Creek, a group of local Indians provides them
with some food.


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I’ll have more in a day or two in Part 2 of the
newsletter.

That's it for now.

Have a great month.

Phil Konstantin
http://americanindian.net


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Greetings,

As I mentioned previously, I have broken the newsletter up
a bit, so you do not get swamped with lots of material all
at one time.

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The
President of the United States has issued the official
proclamation. You can find a link to it below. Several
cities and states have also recognized this month.

National American Indian Heritage Month, 2006
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/10/20061030-16.html

“Native American Heritage Month” PROCLAMATION by the
Governor of the State of California
http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/proclamation/4661/

Mayor ushers in inaugural American Indian Heritage Month
http://the-tidings.com/2006/1103/native.htm

Phil

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Interesting websites:
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2006 Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow
http://webphotostore.dotphoto.com/CPViewAlbum.asp?AID=3867686

Welcome to the Website of Miracle's Second Chance
http://www.whitebuffalomiracle2.homestead.com/

Tuscaroras For Neoheroka
http://www.myspace.com/tuscarorasforneoheroke

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Notices:
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I received an inquiry about a picture posted on the Canku
Ota website. If you know anything about this lithograph,
please contact:

Bob Scott at:
scottr @ uamont . edu

http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues04/Co01242004/CO_01242004_ThisDate.htm


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Brenda Grammer sent me this e-mail about something she found.
I have a picture of it on my website. If you can help her
identify it, please get in touch with her at the address below.

"I found it while researching the symbol on a copper plate
I dug up at a Civil War campground in Missouri on an organized
dig. I thought you may have seen this figure/design someplace
in all your research and might could shed some light on it.

The pic is shown fresh out of the ground, but the figure is
clear. It shows a figure (male/female?) sitting on the ground striking
a drum which is turned on its side. It could have
possibly been a decal on something. I have cleaned it, and
apart from the figure as described, there is nothing else on
the plate.

I would appreciate you looking at this and see if you can help identify
the figure, what it was on, possible age, or really,
just any info.

Thank you in advance for your assistance."

Brenda Grammer
Louisiana
bgrammer @ ducks . org


http://americanindian.net/Plaque.jpg

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37th NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
Thursday, November 23, 2006
12 Noon at Cole’s Hill (the hill above Plymouth Rock)
Plymouth, MA Pot-luck Social to Follow
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Join us as we dedicate the 37th National Day of Mourning to
our brother, Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Add
your voice to the millions world-wide who demand his freedom.
Help us in our struggle to create a true awareness of Native
peoples and demonstrate the unity of Indigenous peoples
internationally. Help shatter the untrue glass image of the
Pilgrims and the unjust system based on racism, sexism,
homophobia and war.

For More Information, contact:
United American Indians of New England/LPSG
(617) 232-5135 info @ uaine . org
http://www.uaine.org

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November 9, 2006 - Speaker:    Dr. Lynn Gamble
Topic: Kumeyaay Cultural Landscapes in Baja California
http://www.pcas.org/meetings.html

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The American Indian Students Association in conjunction with
the First Nations Alumni Association and American Indian Studies
present "CSUN POW WOW"

Honoring our Men & Women in the Armed Forces
NOVEMBER 11 & 12, 2006
Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 6pm

CSUN campus: East Music Lawn on Nordhoff & Lindley
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge , CA 91330

This event is part of our commitment to Supporting Education
Through our Native American Heritage Month

Contact Us:
Main Office   818-677-7315/7314
Email   aisacsun @ yahoo.com

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Charities:
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I often receive notices from my subscribers about cheritable
groups and efforts. One of the problems with passing this
information along is that I am seldom familiar with each of
these groups. I would hate to not let you know about a valid
group. I would also not be happy to add some respectability
to a scam.

I highly recommend that you do you own research about any
charitable organization.

Here are two examples:

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I have contacted a few folks about the "Link Center
Foundation." No one has had anything bad to say about them.

Here is the first e-mail I received.

============= Link Center Foundation ============

"My friends, Mitakuye Oyasin [all my relations]


Fall in Colorado means numbing cold on the Pine Ridge Rez.
It is again my job to bring this need to your thoughts.
It is a good feeling to help in saving lives and thats what
in fact I am asking you to do. With the holidays coming up
and the season of giving right around the corner. Im asking
you to help in supporting me supply propane, electric and
firewood to the Elders of the following areas. Pine Ridge
Reservation, Cheyenne River Reservation, Crow Creek
Reservation, Lower Brule Reservation, Rosebud Reservation,
Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, Yankton Reservation, Flandreau
Santee Reservation The least amount the propane companies
will take to each customer is 100.00. Depending on the size
of the family and the weather this will last about a week.
Although any donation is welcome, I wanted you to have a
real time feel of what we are trying to do. If you cant
justify 100.00 can you help with 50.00 or 25.00. We are
expecting 160 new applications from just one small area of
Pine
Ridge Rez this fall. How many more will come for help. On
top of our existing numbers we are feeling overwhelmed and
need to ask for your help. What better gift than a warm
place to live. To survive and enjoy the Creators gifts.
Thank you for your consideration.

Information on the program is here, please scroll down.
he-c'e-tu-yelo [so be it]

In Peace
keith rabin
native american landscapes,inc.

Link Center Foundation
An All-Volunteer Colorado Non-Profit Organization Application
for 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exemption Pending

(Rev.) Audrey L. Link, Founder and President
P.O. Box 2253 ~ Longmont, CO 80502-2253
Phone: 303-554-5363 Voice Mail ~ 888-220-1653 Office
Email: linkcent-@earthlink.net
Website: www.LinkCenterFoundation.com

Utility and Heating Assistance Program
For the Lakota Siouxan Elders, the Disabled or the Sick Who
Live On the Reservations of South Dakota

8 Siouxan Reservations in South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation, Cheyenne
River Reservation, Crow Creek Reservation, Lower Brule Reservation,
Rosebud Reservation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, Yankton Reservation,
Flandreau Santee Reservation

Among the poorest indigenous people in the United States, over
60% of the homes are severely sub-standard, many without running
water
or electricity.

Average income on the Oglala Lakota Sioux Pine Ridge
Reservation is only approximately $3500.00 per YEAR while
unemployment hovers around 85% on this 2.7 million acre
Reservation housing app. 40,000 people. Winter low
temperatures in South Dakota average 9* F (November through
February)Made worse with bitter wind-chill factors and Record
Temperatures reaching -44* below 0*F (1996). Lakota have died from
hypothermia due to inability to pay for heating.

The majority of funding goes to help the Elders only. However,
there are those occasions when the disabled or sick are in
crisis situations and critically in need of heat. Even
though they may not be actual Elders, Link Center Foundation
finds it cannot, and will not, turn away from them. Therefore,
this project will now also include those rare and reasonable
instances of severe need by those who are disabled and/or sick.

Help Us Help the Elders, the Disabled and Sick!
All applicants screened and documented. Payments made directly
to utility, propane, wood, or heat equipment companies.
Donations carefully tracked and accountable

Note: As with all Non-Profits, your donations are tax
deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult
your tax advisor.

Please mark your check: "Utility and Heating Fund"
Otherwise, all donations will be placed in the General
Operating Fund which supports all projects of the organization.

Please send donations to:
Link Center Foundation
P.O. Box 2253 ~ Longmont, CO 80502-2253
or donate online @ line www.linkcenterfoundation.com

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Southwest Indian Children's Fund
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I have had some discussions about this organization in previous
newsletters. I contacted them to ask why they did not provide
detailed information about their organization to charity
watchdog groups and the BBB. They said filling out these forms
took too much time.

Again, I cannot say if this is a legit organization. I have
heard enough questionable things about them that I would be
very careful about donating to them. If anyone has anything
positive to say about this group's efforts, I would be happy
to post it here.

Here is a website which talks about some questionable charities:
http://www.citizensalliance.org/links/pages/articles%20and%20CERA%20news/Questionable%20Indian%20Charities.htm


This websites, associated with the Better Business Bureau mentions their
doubts about them because they declined to provide them with any
information:
http://charityreports.give.org/public/Report.aspx?CharityID=780

Here are other websites about this group:
http://www.snowhawk.com/donors.html
http://www.directmag.com/news/mailstream/mail-stream-022706/
http://www.pfo.org/donstewart.htm
http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/1997/09/22/story6.html

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William R. sent me this e-mail recently.

In your newsletter, that I came across on the Internet, you
mentioned someone who had worked for the Southwest Indian
Children's Fund and had written to you about the group.Here's
a recent expereience we've had:

My wife, who has made small contributions to various Indian charities,
received, unbidden, two packages from the "Southwest
Indian Children's Fund," which has an address of P. O. Box 906 , Broken
Arrow, OK   74013 -9938. It describes itself, in very
fine print, as "a ministry of the Don Stewart Association Church

The first one was an umbrella (!!!) decorated with running
horses in what I supposed were to be taken as Indian symbols.
With this proclaimed "free gift"came a heart-wrenching letter.
It asked for a contribution and described the utter poverty
of the Indians who'd be the recipients. The donation, said
the letter, would help provide such basics as plugs for roof
leaks and "safe"drinking water.

Suspicious of a charity -- in need of money needed to relieve
such dire desittution -- that buys umbrellas and sends them,
unsolicited, "free" to potential donors, I returned the
umbrella by mail, without a donation.

Last week we received another package, which we returned
unopened, also from the SWICF. It seeemd to contain some
bulky textile. An accompanying letter said it was a "free"
"Indian design lap blanket". Of course, a donation, which
we did not supply, was requested for Navajo Indians. The note proclaimed
"EMERGENCY on the American Indian Reservation."
The correspondence is signed by "Blessed Cloiud," a round-faced
motherly-looking woman, pictured holdling a very young child.

I thought that as one familiar with Indian tribes you might be
able to steer me to people who might have some knowledge of
this one or of the " Don Stewart Association CHurch. " .

My immediate goal is to find out what percentage of donations
reaches the Indians and what it has been spent for.

A secondary aim is to determine whether Oklahoma has a law
which it enforces -- as many states do -- requiring chairities
to provide donors with the percentage of funds that go to the
purpose of the charity, the percentage that go to fund-raising
and the percentage that go to administration and overhead.

I learned that Broken Arrow is a kind of suburb of Tulsa but
there are no phone listing for either the SWICF or Don Stewart.

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Incidently, the SWICF sells their mailing list, as you can see
on this website:

http://www.mdginc.org/pages/DS.SWICF.Data.html

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News stories and articles:
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Jamul residents: Indians know your pain
http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=4156

Indian tribes ask federal appeals court for labor law exemption
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6600AP_WST_Indian_Gambling.html

Education leader urges federal preservation of Native languages
http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413885

Tribe Controls Diabetes Without Medicine
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/diabetes/10235775/detail.html

Revitalizing the Kumeyaay language
http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=4157

Few hard knocks
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-sycuan3nov03,1,4345059,full.story?ctrack=1&cset=true


Reform Act of 2005 draws plenty of fire
http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006610250311

The Sycuan Tribe — A part of San Diego’s past and future
http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=4200

Arigon Starr: Oklahoma’s own makes it in first round for the Grammy
Awards; In same category as Harry Connick, Jr.
http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=4181

Casino defeat highlights split among Calif. tribes
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/10/22/casino_defeat_highlights_split_among_calif_tribes/


PROVING UP AND SETTLING DOWN: STORIES OF LIFE IN HELLS CANYON
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/

NMSU studies native dye plants as alternative crop for small-scale
growers
http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2006/october/dyeplants.htm

Adam Beach felt the pride of Iwo Jima 'heroes'
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06293/731476-254.stm

BLM seeks comments on plans to drill in national monument
http://www.cortezjournal.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/06/news061102_1.htm


American Indian women rank in the top demo- graphic of per capita
domestic violence deaths
http://www.tulsaworld.com/wireless/WirelessDisplay.asp?ID=061030_Ne_A1_Tribe11653


O'odham youths learn traditions of farming
http://news.yahoo.com/s/azstar/20061031/lo_azstar/oodhamyouthslearntraditionsoffarming


Crackdown has reservations grappling with immigrants, feds
http://www.rlnn.com/ArtOct06/CrackdownReservationsGrapplingImmigrantsFeds.html


Court limits authority of federal government at Indian casinos
http://www.kfor.com/Global/story.asp?S=5570772

Robbie Robertson: An interview with a Rock and Roll Legend
http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=8300


Community Tourism and the Hopi and Navajo
http://www.planeta.com/planeta/06/0611hopinavajo.html

National Museum of the American Indian Director Announces Plan to Retire
http://media-newswire.com/release_1038993.html

Yup'ik diva dances once more
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/afn/story/8348845p-8243555c.html

Native seeds grow new hope - Help O'odham promote culture, fight
diabetes
http://www.azstarnet.com/altds/pastframe/neighbors/150507.php

BOZEMAN - How do you restore the earth?
http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2006/10/29/news/state/55-rave.txt


STATEMENT BY THE MORONGO TRIBAL COUNCIL REGARDING THE CHANGE IN TRIBAL
CHAIRMANSHIP
http://www.caltba.org/index.php?mvcTask=newsDetail&id=1716&PHPSESSID=acd319256ab80fc3c52e05b82eb957a8


Ancient rock art near Vernal tarnished by recent vandals
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_4558590

N. American tribal leaders energized by Morales meet
http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2989.shtml

Reintroducing the sturgeon - For the past six years, the Ojibwe have
made it their mission to boost the fish's numbers
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/15924141.h%5C

Triple fence along border would split Indian nation
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20061022-9999-1n22tohono.html

Indian culture adds to the enjoyment of 'Red Cliff Canyon'
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06302/733327-37.stm

Tribes seek more than words - Recognition hasn't led to funding
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/15896577.htm

On the North American Indian tradition of liberty
http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413918

Is Yeagley Truly Indian? Actual Comanches Say No
http://davidyeagley.blogspot.com/2006/10/is-yeagley-truly-indian-actual.html


Rescuer of boy, 4, to receive award
http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=4201

New Mexico's Chaco Canyon a cultural treasure
http://www.chieftain.com/life/1162731601/1

Turquoise trade a prominent part of Chacoan culture
http://www.chieftain.com/life/1162731601/2

Tribe plans local casino
http://www.times-journal.com/report.lasso?wcd=5068

Some Native Americans Do Not Have Stereotypical Appearance
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061101/NEWS/611010333/1326


Going Native: Kathy Dickerson is fed up with people pretending to be
American Indians.
http://www.riverfronttimes.com/Issues/2006-11-01/news/news.html

First Nations seek clarification on status of $160 million in Aboriginal
language funding
http://www.cnw.ca/fr/releases/archive/November2006/02/c8042.html

Inuit Day will be held Tuesday
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AK_FIRST_INUIT_DAY_AKOL-?SITE=AKFAI&SECTION=HOME





THANKSGIVING: A Day of Mourning
http://www.americanindiansource.com/mourningday.html

The first Thanksgiving
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1127/p13s02-lign.html

A Nation Built On A Lie
http://www.rastafarispeaks.com/cgi-bin/forum/archive1/config.pl?noframes;read=47379


Columbus Day, Thanksgiving -- Unbiassing Social Studies
http://www.kstrom.net/isk/books/adult/thanksgi.html

What Is Thanksgiving?
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/thanksgi.htm

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My friend Teri sent me this. While it has a strong religious
overtone, I think you can appreciate its message even if you
a not of this particular faith.


GOD LIVES UNDER THE BED

I envy Kevin. My brother Kevin thinks God lives under his bed.
At least that's what I heard him say one night.

He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to
listen, "Are you there, God?" he said. "Where are you? Oh, I
see. Under the bed..."

I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin's unique
perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night
something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for
the first time the very different world Kevin lives in.

He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties
during labor. Apart from his size (he's 6-foot-2),
there are few ways in which he is an adult.

He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-
old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that
God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills
the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes
stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different.

Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?

Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the
disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his
favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.

The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he
hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with
her newborn child.

He does not seem dissatisfied.

He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a
day of simple work.

He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the
stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to
gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores.

And Saturdays-oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That's the day my
Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch
the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of
each passenger inside.

"That one's goin' to Chi-car-go!" Kevin shouts as he claps
his hands.

His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday
nights.

And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips.

He doesn't know what it means to be discontent.

His life is simple.

He will never know the entanglements of wealth of power, and
he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind
of food he eats. His needs have always been met, and he never
worries that one day they may not be.

His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he
is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the
carpet, his heart is completely in it.

He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does
not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are
done, Kevin knows how to relax.

He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His
heart is pure.

He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must
be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of
argue.

Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is
not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is
always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts God.

Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to
Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God - to
really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an "educated"
person to grasp. God seems like his closest
companion.

In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity
I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith.

It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some
divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions.

It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the
handicap. I am. My obligations, my fear, my pride, my
circumstances - they all become disabilities when I do not
trust them to God's care.

Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After
all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence,
praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God.

And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we
are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I'll
realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who
believed that God lived under his bed.

Kevin won't be surprised at all!

When you receive this, say a prayer. That's all you have to
do. There is nothing attached. This is powerful.



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That's it for now.

Have a great month.

Phil Konstantin
http://americanindian.net


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