Let's begin with the story itself.
Not sure, but it sounds like an English newspaper and writer, I think?
See there is already confusion.
Anyway, the point of her story is about how Native inspired fashion is done
by non Native's who sell their work or designs all over the world,
but Native people are rarely, if ever, involved in any part of the
They don't profit from the sales or the designs or the products at all.
The non Native world just uses us and our culture to make money.
What all of this means is, it would be nice, not to mention ethical,
if the people who design and sell imitations or copies of our
culture for profit,
In other words, please, at least give us credit for what you are stealing from us.
Questions have been asked of me about the Medicine Wheel in our
Native American Spirituality.
My response to this is, that as far as I know, at least for the
people I have met on
the East Coast, the Medicine Wheel is part
of the Culture of the Plains People.
From the early 1940's through the 1990's, the Lakota Medicine Wheel
was not known to us.
We had a Paw-paus Sacred Circle.
It is true that my Grandfather Sachem Tallfox did visit many Plains
and was invited to a few Sacred Ceremonies, but he taught
There is nothing wrong with their Medicine Wheel, I just never saw
it within a Sacred
in my travels up and down the East Coast.
Now, the easy travel, Internet and Casino Indians have brought other
forms of Culture over to the East.
Why are they all not holding pow wows and gatherings in jails and
prisons through out this country?
Joyous sounds at a traditional powwow, the drumming, singing,
dancing, the bells on the dancers,
are all perfectly normal sounds for a pow wow with one huge
the sounds on this day were made, in the visitors room in a prison in Walla
Although they were not able to have fires or burn sage, as is
usually done at a pow wow,
because no fires are allowed inside the prison, it all still felt
It may not have been a traditional pow wow like on the outside, but
the chance to
experience it at all, for many made it a really happy event.
The inmates served traditional pow wow type foods, then passed out
they had made, like hand drums and moccasins.
Elizabeth Warren, who is
currently a Senate Candidate, had a great,
I for one, have never heard a Traditional American Native
person quote blood line!
This all comes from a group of Non Native, Indian
Country invaders, who are just
The main reason that this irritates me, is that in my own
I may have a 1/64 English blood quota or blood line.
On no, say it isn't so.
Please, read on.
There are 566 Federally Recognized Native American Tribes,
each with their own rules for
membership, according to the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs,
or the BIA.
I wish the same could be said for the non Natives who run this
state and this county.
The most important element for human life is air and
the second is water.
Without clean, safe, drinking water, all life on earth will
It is really that simple.
Which brings me to the subject of water here in Florida and in our county, Lake.
become a virtual desert.
are allowing water grabs by private individuals all over the
Right now, it would seem that if enough money is exchanged,
permits to withdraw will be issued.
Free water......just bottle it and resell it and you too can be rich.
Without water, we will have no life.
even higher offices in their form of government.
have been calling it all along, a concentration camp for
This Native woman's white, or non Indian, husband had to shoot her, to finally be arrested
New Mexico and then, he was treated as a first time offender.
on the Southern Ute Reservation.
So, what is a Native American, you may ask, well, it is very,
"Fundamentally, it's the tribe's right to determine who its citizens are and are not.
For example, is it a Traditional Tribe or a Casino Tribe put
together by the Government?
Good Fox says that using blood quantum as a condition for
Tribal Membership is a pretty new idea.
"Blood Quantum was imposed upon the Tribes by the United
Native Americans counted that they would have to give land and
only one tribe, the Mohegans.
But after the casinos and the Government took over, making them
now there are a half dozen Pequot and the same number of
and ceremonies is, that every ceremony in our culture must be as a prayer.
you can do nothing without the spirit of
the Creator working through you.
If however, you are smudging as a
Native American, you would be praying to your Creator.
Allow time for Creator's Blessings.
That old saying is so true in this case.
Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate running against Republican
Senator Scott Brown in
Massachusetts, has been criticized for her unproven and
unsupported claims of Native Heritage.
Her rejection and absence at the recent Harvard Pow Wow left
many Natives in the area angry
and accusing her of using her Native Ancestry claims as
a political ploy.
It is because of such people and politicians with so little
understanding or knowledge of our history,
that many people
afraid to admit to their ancestry.
Countless years of horror were inflicted on Indigenous people
like the Cherokee, Delaware
and others, with Tribes like the Shawnee many times calling themselves Cherokee,
(The "Civilized Tribe"), to
keep from being eliminated by these same people and politicians.
Warren's refusal to attend the Harvard Pow Wow and instead spend a
day with powerful political
supporters, showed where her true loyalties are and it isn't with
Point in case, Noah Wyle.
he must have at least some small amount of Native Blood.
Mr. Wyle, the former "ER" star, was arrested in D.C.
protesting with the group ADAPT,
for the people who are facing deep cuts to Medicaid, which for some may be a
matter of life or death.
Wyle, who as an actor is a very public figure, like many
before him, was arrested
for the "little" people most politicians have forgotten
He stood up for what is right in America.
Only time will tell, but history does not speak well for their
and there are
many colors in this country.
Native people know all about this, because we have endured
hard times for a very long time.
The U.S. Government does not exactly have a good record when
it comes to my people.
But for now, I will long remember a man who stood with those with
little, except for need
and paid for it with his freedom, even if it was only for a short
I will remember a man named Noah Wyle.
But in the past few weeks, it seems to
be the best explanation for the ugly
things happening to what was
the last remaining Traditional Tribe in Florida.
Since going down the dark and lonely
road of casinos and gambling and
all the evil that comes with it, this Tribe has been in the news a
and none of it has been good.
At one time after first coming here,
they seemed to be the last of the true Traditional Tribes,
holding onto the old ways of the Elders and
refusing to become like the others
all across this country who have, for
lack of better words,
Now, the Miccosukee's are looking evil
in the eye and seeing that there was a
terrible price to pay for their
big money and that price is self respect.
I wonder how many of the Tribal Elders
can look at themselves in the mirror today
and be proud of the choice that they
I can understand your pain, it didn't
work for my people either.
Our Ancestors are watching all of us and they do not like what they
If this is true, we are in serious trouble here in America.
brothers and sisters of both the plant and animal world.
Not so today.
and in the end she will have the last say.
Mother Earth will not tolerate this behavior forever.
She will make her own balance on this planet, in her own way.
has no consequences.
It is very rare and only lives in a few places in Florida and
one of those places is here in Lake County.
This small lizard has caused big trouble for contractors in the
area by its very presence.
When they are found, work stops and does not begin again until
the FWS says so.
It is Endangered after all.
There is just one problem though, construction work can begin
again, when and if,
the contractor pays a fee to the FWS for the right to continue.
Of course this means immediate death for the skink.
My question is this, if the work continues once money is paid,
isn't this a type of bartering for the life of an
ancestors had used the rock for teaching.
My Elders would often tell the story about how the rock got
within and around the bottom of the rock.
they recorded the family's name as Cochegan.
from Native to English, incorrectly spelled.
in their round house to help clean and care for it while his
people were travelling.
of the information in a local library that confirmed our
That information has all, very strangely, completely disappeared.
offer this important service to their patients and their pets.
with a program that keeps patients and their pets together.
patient used to do for their pet, like grooming, walking and
and their companions and they are the only ones in Florida
The idea is to have the pets stay with their owners for as
long as possible and when
they pass, the pets are cared for and new adoptive homes
are found for them.
their pets will be taken care of after they are gone.
it will quickly grow all across Florida and
the rest of the country.
Well, one good thing about this story is, that they use the word Indian,
no one who respects the Elders, Ancestors and the messenger to and from
calling themselves Native Americans would ever take the life of a
brother or sister Eagle
needlessly, just to pray to Creator, through Creators
For over 50 years, very strict laws of protection, including
the banning of DDT,
have brought the Eagle back from the brink of extinction in
the United States.
would have to be White /European hunters calling themselves Indians.
No Traditional American First People Native, would under any circumstances, take any life!
Blessings from Creator to my brothers and sisters of the
Paiute, Washoe and Shoshone tribes
that are standing up for the beautiful and harmless black bears
around your area.
inconsiderate politicians and out of touch wildlife
A group of Native Americans is joining the fight against
Nevada's black bear hunt,
state's black bear population is insufficient to sustain a
Fourteen bears were killed during Nevada's first bear hunt
that ended Dec 31.
In a season of wrongs against women by many Republicans, this
comes as a good sign.
US Senator Scott (R-MA) has started a firestorm with his stand
on this subject,
which according to him is very personal.
The Violence Against Women Act is up for renewal and it as
usual, has everybody taking sides.
For Native American and many other minority women, this isn't
some kind of luxury act,
it is a life or death act.
Women are being killed in violent acts every day in this country
at the hands of trusted
family members or perfect strangers.
daughters and sisters, a number one priority in Washington.
It doesn't matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat, when
you have to bury a women.
Karma is Not a Word in My Grandfather's Language, but......
Over the years, I have heard people say, "What goes around comes
or "Your Karma will
catch up to you."
Both of these sayings are from non Natives, but in this case,
they are so correct.
The Miccosukee people of Florida are involved in a nasty court
case right now with
the very same lawyers that they hired to clean up their legal
So, it may be true, "What goes around comes around."
When you act like the enemy, you become the enemy.
Miccosukee people, can you hear them?
The ancestors are rolling around in the next level of life,
laughing at these former
very Traditional people who left their culture and became
Lawyers Lewis and Tein Face Ethics Probe
Miccosukee Indian Tribe Alleges "Fraud"
April 8, 2012
It Is Now Officially A Tie
General Motors is now tied with Ford for having dumped the
most toxic waste
on Native American Reservations in this country.
The Mohawk Akwesasne Reservation which straddles the St. Lawrence River
the US and Canada, now has a toxic landfill
about 30 feet away from it.
And guess who is up stream, yep, you guessed it, a General
that is now a Superfund site.
Tons of toxic waste have been removed and tons more are left.
These same people also have to deal with the toxic waste from the
and Reynolds Aluminum factories.
In case you don't remember, similar toxic horror was inflicted
on Native People in the West,
causing deformities and death from uranium
mining and nuclear waste storage.
This all gives a whole new meaning to "Made In America."
But, as you might guess, it doesn't mean quite the same thing to the
has been destroyed by it.
It is not very likely that they will ever make a movie like
Erin Brockovich about
the atrocities that have been done to our people?
Admitting to these inhumane acts would cost millions of
and would never be allowed by the lawyers defending the guilty
NY Mohawk: Move Toxic GM Dump from Tribal Lands
Legacy for America
Americans Bear the Nuclear Burden
April 5, 2012
Fossil Fuel and Dirt
All fossil fuel is now a form of dirt.
My idea of an example of dirt goes something like this.
When you put waste food into a compost bin, it mixes with dirt,
sits for a time
while worms and such eat and replace it with their fertilizer, then
it also becomes dirt.
Same for all fossil fuels.
Plants and animals were trapped under many layers of dirt for many
thousands to billions
of years and now they are dirt.
When you burn this fossil fuel, you are burning dirt.
The byproduct going up into the air, is leftover dirt.
You are now breathing some of this dirt each time that you take a
Eating, drinking and breathing dirt will cause cancer.
Cancer is a disease that your body cannot get rid of by itself.
If you do not get help, Cancer will kill you.
Oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, natural gas, propane gas and nuclear
fuel are all a form of dirt.
April 2, 2012
Non Natives Dressed As Native Americans,
The Chaco Festival has long been a source of irritation for
some Native people
in Florida and this year was no exception.
Sal White Horse Serbin of the Florida Chapter of AIM says,
"AIM wants it clear that the complaint is with the Chaco
Fiesta Krewe Float, not with the parade."
We have lived here since 2004 and have heard many negative
Native people here who have been to or taken part in this
If they wish to promote Native culture, perhaps they should
have them represented accurately,
although I do not know how many Traditional people would
really want to take part in or
ride on a Float in such a Carnival atmosphere.
They know that our ancestors are watching.
Chaco Fiesta Opens Today
March 30, 2012
Obama Is Not Doing What is Right For Native Americans
In January the President rejected the Keystone Pipeline,
he has reversed this by allowing the southern end of
it to be built.
And, he is actually putting it on a "fast track."
This is a slap in the face to all Native people in the
states that will have to deal
with the dirty affects of this pipeline and
there will be affects you can count on it.
There are Reservations and people all
over the West who have suffered hideous affects
from Government mining, drilling and
other, for over one hundred years now.
Obama was adopted by the Crow Nation,
who probably would like to disown him right about now!
Every place that this Canadian Oil company has gone with
its dirty Tar Sands Oil,
it has left a trail of destruction.
The beautiful Yellowstone River in Wyoming was one of its
This dirty tar sands oil is never going to help anyone in
this country except the big oil companies
and all of the candidates that they
Unlike what they are all saying, this
pipeline will not make our gas prices go down and
our environment and our people will
pay the price for their huge profits for many years to come.
Americans Protest Obama's Approval of Pipeline
Americans Protest From A Cage
March 27, 2012
One Giant Step for Native American Medicine
This is just one of many things we learned long before
Europeans ever stepped off of their boats.
At first contact, our ancestors tried to educate Europeans
about the many ways that we had
found to make our lives easier and healthier on Mother Earth and
we were called the savages.
More than two hundred years ago, the Micmac people of Nova
Scotia were using
a plant to fight off the deadly pox virus that had wiped out
millions of people.
Now, it seems that science knows who the advanced race was all
There are many, many treatments and medicines today that can
trace their roots
right back to our people and their everyday lives and culture.
So, who is/was the savage?
Now you see!
Rediscovered Native American Remedy Kills Pox Virus
March 24, 2012
Native Americans Need To Be Very Afraid
At least all of the ones who live within 100 miles of these
old trains and train tracks.
How many freight cars can one of these trains pull you ask?
Well, today a diesel-driven locomotive can pull literally
100's of freight cars
and can generate 64,000 pounds of thrust, in fact, some US trains
right now are over a half mile in length.
So, knowing all of this, can you imagine the "hell on earth"
situation that will take place, when,
not if, but when, just one of these trains traveling down through the middle of
as fast as it can go, carrying 100's of freight cars and over loaded with this
Canadian Tar sands crude oil, gets involved in an accident and starts a fire?
Now, how long do think it will be before these trains get
longer and stronger?
I am glad that I do not live within hundreds of miles of these
old train tracks.
Still, Americans will not see any of this oil being
refined, that is until it comes back into this
country at triple the price, it would have been, if it was refined and
Trains Roll From North to Fill Void
Trains From Canada to Gulf Fill Void
March 21, 2012
What Is A Traditionalist, You ask?
Someone wrote recently to ask, " what is this Traditional
and/or why should that even matter in today's fast paced world?"
Well, a Traditionalist is anyone who through love, teaching and understanding
of our ancestors, their cultures and ceremonies, can also keep their
promise to their elders, who are now our ancestors.
They have learned how to keep applying this knowledge in
It is possible to remember the culture and why it was so
important in the old days,
while enjoying the progress of this new age, in prayer and
and enjoy the culture of your ancestors.
You can keep your I-pads, your loud music, cars and internet,
remembering how to invite Creator ( God ) into your dance, drum and
It is not only possible, but enjoyable to be married in a
also being married by a Traditional Spiritual leader.
It is a dear, loving moment to bury your loved one with
religion and also
with your Tribal family with a Traditional Spiritual Leader
and so on.
March 18, 2012
A Gentle Reminder For a Passionate Young Native
After reading the letter written by the young person in this
story, I would like to add some thoughts.
Long before you were born, non natives were killing your
people and mine in the East as well,
and helping themselves to our lands all across this country.
All this while they were saying, " your ancestors are
only savages who want to destroy non native people."
What you may, or may not, have learned in school is that
were the peace lovers and the non natives invaders were the
Please think on this dear young, passionate one, our ancestors
are hurt and upset
with your way of thinking and they died for your right to
their life style of peace, love and happiness.
Go in peace, little one.
Keep Our Team Name
March 15, 2012
Creator's Silent Saints
Not sure if they are Native Americans, not even sure if they
however to the world and Creator, they are Saints.
You may not find their name in any religious book, but they
are now found in our hearts.
As with the Lakeland Officer Arnulfo Crispin and far too many
Brevard deputy Barbara Pill is another Silent Saint to receive
the flag of honor
and going to her castle in the sky to be with Creator and
welcoming us to be with them forever and ever in the end days.
Now this is what I would call real Saints worthy of being
written in the good book.
Every day, these brave members of our police, fire and military play
with their lives in the line of duty, while protecting the public,
so please remember them today while you are in prayer?
Veteran Deputy Killed in Melbourne
YouTube Video for Officer Crispin
March 12, 2012
So You Ask, What is
A Traditional Native American Going Away Gift?
A true Traditional Woodland American Native has no information
about leaving because they are always welcome back.
It would be like just going for a walk around the corner
and then coming back again.
The one exception to this would be if one was leaving for war,
the tribe would walk with the person for a while and then give
him many hugs and watch until he went out of sight.
March 9, 2012
Wrong is Wrong
It seems that history is trying to
repeat itself on our lands.
The U.S. Government successfully stole
nearly all of our lands.
Then they forced most of our people
onto worthless Reservation lands.
Now, they want to put a dangerous
pipeline right through the heart of, not only our lands,
but the lands of millions of other
Americans as well.
What is at stake here, is only the
most important element on Mother Earth, our precious water
The Governments, the politicians of
these two countries, America and Canada, do not think
or care about, the potential
destruction and devastating effect this pipeline
could have on millions of innocent
people, all that they see is money.
This week, like in the days of old,
Native people said, no!
And in post script, it would seem
that the U.S. Senate just agreed with us.
Keystone Pipeline Opponents Block Trucks on Pine Ridge
Native Americans Disrupt Keystone Pipeline
March 6, 2012
The Loss of a Place in Time or
What Eminent Domain Did in My Hometown
Eminent Domain can be a very dangerous weapon in the hands of the
wrong people and
this new/old bill H.R. 1433, is one of the most critical
bills to be voted on
to protect people and their homes in over ten years.
My first encounter with Eminent Domain came in the late 1990's,
while trying to help
some of my Native friends in Fort Trumbull in New London,
This fight put homeowners against the town government of New
who wanted land for a chemical company by the name of Pfizer.
Yes, that Pfizer!
The town thought that it could get Pfizer to build a new large
addition in New London,
instead of across the river in Groton.
After all, the only people living in Trumbull was a new
person, all the rest were
just some old, poor Indians, their words, not mine!
In the bitter end, my friends lost their land and the town
lost the company,
who later downsized and relocated the facility across the river
to Groton, after all.
The town lost over $160 million and the people lost their
homes and their way of life.
So, just who was the bigger bully here, the desperate town or the
It doesn't really matter so much anymore, lives were ruined
and forever changed
and the place where it all happened, is like a ghost town now,
except for that big ugly, empty Pfizer building.
Eminent Domain Outrage in Connecticut
The Stop Eminent Domain Abuse Bill and the Susette Kelo Story
March 3, 2012
Who Were The True First People Of
As it turns out, Europeans may have been
people to come to America,
more than ten thousand years before anyone else
was believed to be here.
This newest theory came from evidence
found of their tools all along
the East Coast dating from
between 19,000 to 26,000 years ago.
Archeologists used to believe that this
country was first started by people
from Siberia, who then went on u
Alaska and finally spread
slowly south and east over the remainder of North America,
but these Asian people were
doing this about 15,000 years ago,
or long after the visitors were
already said to be on the east coast.
This new evidence shows that the
first people on this continent may have
come here from Europe over a solid ice
sheet covering the Atlantic.
Personally, as an East Coast
Native American, I have always believed that my
ancestors were probably
descended from and/or mixed with Vikings because
so many Woodland Natives in New
England have green eyes and light skin.
A European connection makes sense.
Stone Age Europeans Were First Native Americans
February 29, 2012
What Is A Gate Keeper?
For those of you who have been to a Native American gathering
or pow wow,
the gate keeper is the person standing at the opening of the
that leads into the dance area.
This person stays at the east entrance of our sacred circles, is
available for teaching
and controls passage into and out of the circle or church.
There are only just a few restrictions for going into the
you must be
dressed respectfully and have no cameras,
or other type of recording devices, you must pass only through the
and have love in your heart.
Although it is not mandatory that you have the love,
we would like for
you to enjoy yourself if you do go into the circle and dance.
If a Native American event ever does come to a town near you,
we hope that you will try to go and learn more about our
People and our culture.
There should be many people there who would be happy to answer
the questions you might have.
Personally, I think you should try to find an Elder, they
usually have the most knowledge
and be more likely to have some spare time to answer your
February 26, 2012
Has the Republican Party Declared War on Women's Rights?
Republicans for the first time since Clinton, are refusing to
approve the VAWA,
Violence Against Women Act, saying that it helps too many
including Gays, Immigrants and Native Americans.
First the Republicans tried their very best to illegalize
abortion and then they
declared that they are opposed to birth control, but this latest declaration of war
against women has become very personal for me because now they have
included an entire race in their exclusions, my
people, the Native Americans.
Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act Becomes a Partisan Issue
Republican Play Politics On Domestic Violence
GOP War on Women
February 23, 2012
Why Native Americans Do Not Embrace Organized Religions
In a recent story from Mother Jones, it seems that Catholic
religious leaders are at war,
or at least battle, with the President and his administration for
"allegedly infringing on their religious liberties."
Now, Republican Congress members have followed suit and are accusing
of stepping all over their religious freedoms as well.
But what about the liberties and freedoms of women?
The only thing that this President ever wanted to do was to
women working for a company and anything that is not a church, is a company.
If a man working for a business controlled by religious
organizations rapes a woman,
that woman at the very least, should be protected by a pill,
are the men in these religious organizations the only people to be protected?
It is for these and other reasons, that many Native people do
embrace organized religions or their leaders.
What War On Religion?
February 20, 2012
Since When is Teaching a Crime?
A young Native American girl in Wisconsin has been badly treated over the
use of a four letter word.
What was this offensive word?
The girl was trying to teach another student how to say the
word in her language.
The problem for her, as it was for me, was the place where the
offense took place, a Catholic school.
This story is not so surprising.
What is surprising to me is
learning that after so many years of abuse,
this is still going on in Catholic schools, in this country or any country for that matter.
Back in the 1950's in Connecticut when I was a youngster as well,
I felt the
sting of a yardstick
on my left hand by a Nun on my first day of school at St.
What was my crime?
It was for using my left hand to write.
Later, in high school, the coaches found that the best way to teach
me how to play
football was to refer to me as the "Indian Savage."
Now it is 2012 and a young Native girl was not allowed to play
because she spoke her Native tongue?
There is a petition at the end of the story that you might
care to sign on her behalf.
Support Pours In For Suspended Menominee Student
February 17, 2012
Thank You GE for Bringin' It Back to the USA
Welcome back home GE Appliances.
GE recently moved their operations from China to their
newly revitalized facility in Louisville's Appliance Park.
Government incentives encouraged this move to the revamped plant
that will produce GE's new GeoSpring Hybrid water Heaters,
the first completely new product in over 50 years.
As long as you are back in America, why not also use alternative
energy in your products?
There is a lot of money to be made for companies that can run their
from alternative means other than the power grid.
For instance a water heater running on wind or solar with the
power grid used as a back up, or not needed at all.
Think of all of the small appliances like toasters, microwaves and
never using the power grid, oil, gas, nuclear or coal?
What a clean planet we would have without all of the dirty
non-renewable power hogs.
Please check out my Alternative
GE Opens First New Manufacturing Operation In Over 50 Years
GE Plans to Add 830 Jobs in Louisville
February 14, 2012
Please Consider Signing This Petition
The Native or First People of Indian Country believe that they
are charged by
Creator to care for and protect our wildlife, actually all
living things, therefore,
if a person or a company is buying, selling or trading Endangered wildlife
claiming to be Native, something must be wrong with their claim.
Crazy Crow Traders is a fairly big company, so people may not
wish to criticize their practices.
However, we are not most people, we are True Natives.
If you are wrong in the eyes of the Creator, you are wrong.
So, Crazy Crow, please reconsider what you are doing and
the harm that you may be
causing to an Endangered Species.
The Crazy Crow Petition
February 11, 2012
The Movie, "The Grey"
Everything that has been said and written about this new
movie, The Grey,
as far as I know has been done from the perspective of non native people.
Now I would like to tell you about how this film affects a
My Mohegan people, as you may or may not know, are called the "wolf
so as you can imagine, the wolf has always been a very important part of our culture.
Most Native people have wolves, mostly grey, in our culture
and our hearts
and what has been presented in this film is both insulting and very
hurtful to us.
The movie should be shunned as being made by the Trickster,
Coyote or Devil,
whatever word you use, according to your own culture and
This film, The Grey, should be put back on the shelf, until
it can be re-written or remade.
And one last thought about my brothers the wolves, what Canada
is doing to them
is unspeakable and should be condemned by all who learn of it.
Canada's Tar Sands and the Wolves
Someone just sent me this information if you wish to send your
comments directly to the film company:
Open Road Films
12301 Wislhire Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca.
February 8, 2012
When Is Racism Not Racism?
Is a joke about racism funnier if the person telling it is a
When comedian Chris Rock, an African American, tells a joke,
The problem is that if it is a racist joke, one would think
that he would know better.
Growing up in New England in the late 1940's and 50's, my
told stories of how Native Americans were treated.
One of the stories that is impossible to forget, is the one
and when those who were kept captive, were fed by their
First the white males were fed, then the children and white
then the slaves were fed, then the dogs and then,
if there was anything left
over, the Native Americans.
So you see, the joke by Chris Rock is not especially
funny to us.
We were just one step below the animals when it came time to
And we have never forgotten this!
Commentary: Blacks and Native Americans Share Common Ground
February 5, 2012
Teaching Native American Respect of Elders
When you hear or read about an Elder saying that we must get
back to the old ways,
they are not asking you to do away with anything, they just want you to learn
about how it was
before the world began moving so fast, before we got away from
the Traditional ways.
Many years ago in Uncasvillage, every person, man, woman or
child was the
Elder of anyone in the Tribe who was younger than they were.
Even a five or six year old child seeing a younger one about
to get into trouble,
or get hurt, would come to their rescue by teaching, why
would this be wrong?
One should always teach with a loving heart.
Why not start today?
Take a few minutes to sit and listen to an Elder talk
about life as
they were growing up around their Elders.
Please remember all of our Elders, Native or non native
not for them we would not be here.
If not for the teachings of our Elders, we might still be living
in the trees.
Native Americans, do honor your Elders at Celebrations.
What a great idea, respecting our Elders.
February 2, 2012
What Do Native American Spiritual Leaders Bless?
There is much written about Native Spiritual leaders, however,
there should be nothing written about their blessing anything.
Because no one person can bless anything, that's why.
If they do, they are not Native Americans and definitely not
Spiritual Leaders of any kind.
We, the Traditionals, believe that we can only clean and
things and pray for Creator's blessing.
We mere mortals cannot give Native American names, bless weddings,
funerals, gatherings, pow wows or anything else,
our one and only job is to obey Creators wishes, period.
If you are told by some person claiming to be a Spiritual
that they can bless anything, run!
A true leader leads with a servants heart and a servants
While it is very
important that the teachings of the Traditional Ancestors is continued,
this truth or information must and this is the important
part, must be accurate.
The truth must come from Traditional Elders.
January 30, 2012
NCAI President Keel May Need A Little Political Refresher Course
Is it wise, or better yet, fair, to criticize the President on the
and then ask for help with the other?
As you have said, in your 2012 State of the Indian Nations speech,
the President is "doing good things for our people,"
but it is not enough and you want much more.
What you must remember is that this President has had his hands
there are now more Republicans than Democrats after the last
This new Congress has voted against everything that the President
has tried to do.
Still, I believe that he has the country moving in the right
So, President Keel, please ask yourself this question,
"What did Obama's predecessor, President Bush do for us in his term
of eight years?"
I believe that this President is, has and will in the future, work
for our People,
so let's all give him some credit and show him the respect that he
while we all continue to work together.
Obama Holds Fundraiser With Tribal Supporters
American Indian Congress National Address
You can see the event live stream here:
of American Indians
January 27, 2012
The Naive American Church
This Religion or Peyotism is just the latest method for
assimilating us into the European church.
The American Indians we called Native Americans have
distrusted the words
Religion and Church for centuries and very rightfully so.
But now, many Native people west of the Mississippi River have embraced
This hallucinogenic drug, Mescal or Peyote has been around for
centuries and during my
travels through Indian Country, I have seen the affects
that it has had on Native people.
My problem with this Peyote Religion is that it is now crossing
the Mississippi River
and is affecting my own people with this false belief in
It is one thing that you have tried to pollute our sacred circles with your
but with this, now I must draw the line.
This so called Religion has nothing to do with our culture and it
is just one more in a long history
of invasive, unhealthy, unwanted, unneeded assaults on
our people from outsiders
who know or care nothing for our Traditional ways.
Reviewing Religions: Native American Church
January 24, 2012
Kateri, the First Native American Saint
I have been avoiding this subject for over a month now,
knowing that friends
and relatives could or would be offended by my thinking on it.
One should feel great sorrow for this young girl because of
the age at which
she was infected with such a terrible disease.
My people and the Iroquois people come from the same Mohawk
so this child was one of my own relatives.
It is well known that many deadly diseases, including smallpox, were inflicted
millions of Native Americans by the Europeans who invaded our
Our people suffered greatly from all of these diseases.
This young woman, along with thousands of Native Americans,
are a blessing from Creator,
so in our own ways, with our own beliefs and our own
we care for our people, this is the Native American way, it is
not a religious way.
There is nothing in our beliefs that puts a person equal with
all of our people, are equal in the eyes of the Creator.
As the writer said, "Catholicism conquered, tortured,
enslaved, obfuscated, diminished, denied, humiliated our
Why then would our people ever wish to be offered up to a
Sainthood Nearer For Kateri Tekakwitha
Kateri, a Native American Saint
January 21, 2012
Native American Friendship Ceremony
Not all Native pipes are made or used the same way, depending on the area
that they come from and the Traditions of the Tribe using
A Friendship pipe, for my people, is used after a war, when
and during most of our ceremonies.
Peace comes from Creator, not from a
pipe, friendship comes from friends.
It is good to teach as much as possible about my Traditional
If you spend much time wandering around the internet, you will
see teachings about my people
that do not match up with what the Elders taught as the
truth, many times it is being taught
by non natives with little, if any, real knowledge or
understanding of Traditional Natives.
And definitely not about the people of my Tribe.
Sadly, very often it is done for money.
I always welcome your questions and do my best to answer them.
Peace to you and Aho.
January 18, 2012
Native American Prayer
Many questions have been asked recently about our Native
This question needs to be answered correctly each time that it
First, what is prayer?
Any prayer should be a talk with your Creator.
One should not speak for half an hour or more in a
public gathering or place,
just to show how great they are at speaking.
One should always remember that your Creator already knows your
and the answer before you pray, so why not just talk as you would,
respectfully of course, as if Creator is your best friend?
After all, is this not speaking the truth?
If you find yourself at an important ceremony or gathering
without an Elder for prayer,
first clean and clear your mind, then ask permission to pray
and if granted, just talk to your very best friend.
January 15, 2012
If Not a Night At the Museum, How About a Day?
When you think of Florida, are Native Americans and Canoes
the first thing that come to mind?
Probably not, but If you are in the area, you should take a
trip to Gainesville, Florida
and visit the University of Florida's Museum of Natural
It is a world class museum that is just loaded with lots of great
for kids of any age to see and do and most of it is free.
The only area that has a charge is the Butterfly Rainforest,
which is spectacular.
Although if you come and do love it, a donation would be very much
On display right now are some canoes used by Native Americans
back to between 500 and 5,000 years ago.
Historically low water levels in the lakes east of Gainesville
led to the discovery by some local high school students.
These possible future anthropologists have made an important
that will gives local scientists lots to digest for years to come.
Visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History
Paddling Through the Americas
Other Temporary Exhibits At the Museum
Before you leave, you must see our favorite part of the
Museums Fossil Room
January 11, 2012
Native American Allergies
A subject rarely spoken of by Native people that
I have met over the years is allergies.
What I have learned from personal experiences with my own family
and loved ones is,
that if something is not
native to this country, if it is man made
or brought here
by non natives, you are most likely going to be allergic to it, whatever it
In my own family I often watched my mother and sisters reactions to
eggs, dairy and poultry products.
It seemed to affect the females in my family much more than the males.
Right now, there are Native people in this country suffering
from an allergy or lactose intolerance
because a doctor or even they may not know that
they have Native blood.
So, the next time that you have a reaction to anything, first
check to find its source
and then check to see who your ancestors are.
There are many web sites about this and you can Google
to find them:
Auto Immune Diseases
This page lists some of the
problems that Native people may experience, that non natives do not:
Native Health Issues
January 8, 2012
Occult Was Never a Part of Our Culture
A question was asked recently about Native American occult.
This word can have different meanings to non Native people.
In fact, all during the time that I was growing up in New England,
this word was never associated with Native Americans.
But then came the Government run Casinos and
all of the evil that they
brought with them to my people.
Sadly, Native Americans have allowed this interference and
of outsider evil into our culture, our ceremonies and our lives.
The simple truth is, if you believe that evil spirits can enter
then evil spirits will enter your body through your mind.
But, If you truly believe the Creator, or your God, is in charge
and controls everything, this includes evil spirits.
So for those of us who do believe, you can see that we have no worries.
January 5, 2012
Offensive Is Only Just Another Word
After reading about the rewriting of the book Huckleberry Finn
some time ago, it
seemed that something needed to be said.
People change written words all of the time.
Books, movies and plays are often rewritten.
So, what was all of the fuss about in this one book and these
The "N" word has been used for so long, it is hard to
when it did begin.
It seems to me that those who are not African American,
will probably stop using
this word when African Americans do.
As for the " Injun" thing, the joke may really be on the
European dressed up to look
like a "wanna be" Native American playing a dumb role in a movie.
And like in the case of the "N" word, people will stop using the
when Native Americans stop using it.
I do however, very much object to an Italian playing a Native
in the movies and using the words Indian.
Columbus didn't get it right, so why should any others from his
country be expected to?
Sorry Chris, you didn't discover America, it was all ready occupied by my
New Huck Finn Eliminates Offensive Words
January 2, 2012
A New Year, a New Name?
The most often asked question lately has been about naming
the reason for all of the recent curiosity, is pretty easy for me to
After a lifetime of pow wows, paw-was and gatherings, beginning at
the age of 6
continuing until now, I believe that the answer lies in the fact
that Indian Country
is now inundated with so many phony Medicine men and women
looking for easy ways to separate you from your money.
A true Traditional Native American Elder charged with the
of receiving names
from Creator for a new follower, will never, ever,
ask for money for doing Creators business, not ever!
If you are being asked for money for this or any other Native
then you are facing a phony.
Quick, run the other way and find a Traditional Elder.
December 30, 2011
Being Homeless is Now the Newest Epidemic for American Natives
It is good to see some people helping our Casino recognized brother
and sister tribes,
but what about the rest of the Native People in this country?
The remaining Native People who are not recognized by the US
These are what we call, the Traditionals.
These Native People want nothing from the Federal Government,
and they are being swept under the rug, so to speak.
Like the Miccosukees of Florida, there are Native Americans all
over this Country
who are being left out because they want nothing to do with
and for good reason, Casinos have nothing to do with our Culture.
Now because of their failure to become mainstream and accept the
and all that goes along with that, many of our most at risk Native
People in America,
the young and the Elders, are becoming, or have already
It is time for the US Government to rethink these long ignored and
forgotten Traditional People,
who have been
so badly abused, assimilated and ignored in the past.
Now is the time for all Native People to stand as one and speak
with one voice.
We are the original people of this land and we should now
and forever have a place to live in it.
Homeless Shelters Help Indians
Homeless Resource Center
A Safe Haven in Seattle
December 27, 2011
More Needs to Be Said About This Pipeline
Something that I believe is extremely important and seems to be
nearly every story written about this dangerous tar sands pipeline is,
if this pipeline ever does get approved, who will be doing the work
The owners of the pipeline, Canada, or the people in the United
I am hoping and praying that this question never needs to be
because this pipeline should never be started, let
Have we learned nothing for the Gulf Disaster and the Yellowstone
rupture last summer?
These two oil nightmares were caused by humans, but humans were
not the ones who suffered the most from them.
Many, many animals and plants were killed or poisoned, or just left
crippled and deformed.
Right now, everyone on this planet needs to be thinking about
alternatives to fossil fuel,
like solar and wind, not building new ways to keep using it.
Oil is our past, solar and wind are our future.
Mother Earth cannot keep cleaning up our messes, we need to show her
respect and let her get on with her job, which is keeping
our home safe and clean.
Tribal Leaders Tell Obama: No Pipeline
December 24, 2011
Remembering My Grandfather
It is at this time of the year, that
I find myself missing my Grandfather most of all.
As the leader of our Mohegan Tribe, it was he who always set the tone
for any gathering
and he was the most important person in my life.
His gentle kindness and quiet strength touched everyone who came into contact
May you rest in peace dear Grandfather, you are truly missed.
I love you, I miss you.
December 21, 2011
The Holiday season is upon us once again and I find myself
reflecting back to the days
of my youth and the time when being
a Mohegan meant so much more than a Casino.
Sachem Tallfox, My Grandfather, the leader of our Traditional
American Native Tribe,
while holding the monthly meeting
and on any month of each Holiday
including Thanksgiving, our
people had four thanks given meetings,
one for each season of the
My Grandfather would always allow his people to express their own
as long as the main expression was always Creator first.
I can still remember an Elder from one of the New York Tribes
praying to a statue of Buddha.
As with all Elders, he would sit
back while I pestered him with my questions
and as with all of the Elders at that time, would not go back
to his prayers until my questions were
Our Clan mothers made sure that there was a good meal before every
meeting and a nice snack
after the meetings of our friendship gatherings, before everyone
headed back home.
The adult teachers would help the children tape pictures of every
on the walls at those Holiday meetings.
When I got older, I learned that the Clan mothers assigned each
adult with the
task of writing to Santa before each Christmas
meeting to be able to get gifts
under the tree for everyone
attending the meeting.
December 18, 2011
East Travel, West Travel by American Tribes
By the time my people had arrived in New England, the Buffalo were
they had been
hunted to extinction.
The Plains Tribes had a different way to follow their food supply
and they had two seasons.
My Pequot/Mohegan people, with four seasons and many more choices
for clothing and food
would build a home (roundhouses) in areas for traveling to
and from the food.
Because of the salt, we had less snow and warmer winters at the
so they spent winters along the ocean.
As the weather changed they moved and built homes south and west.
Houses in each area were first come, first owned, with the
understanding that everyone
chipped in to help build new ones
and repair older ones.
The Plains Tribes had horses, which came over with the Spaniards when
they invaded this country.
These horse helped them move their homes, their tipis,
and follow their food supply.
They also helped make their war parties more successful.
Our people did not have horses like the Plains people did,
they had man and dog power to help them move their belongings.
As for food, in the winter, we had ice fishing and hunting and
in the spring and summer,
we had fresh water fish and game.
In the fall, it was time to move back to the ocean once again.
Life for Tribes in each part of the country, was dependent on the
natural resources that
available and also on what they acquired, as with the horses
that they took from the invaders.
December 14, 2011
You Cannot Make Anything People Proof
And this is the reason why Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
power the U.S. Energy Strategy.
Once again Senator Diane Feinstein got it right.
Like the crude, quick shut down of our space program here in
I agree with Ms. Feinstein, that
nuclear power is now and always will be,
an accident waiting to happen.
President Obama you are listening to the wrong people,
get rid of them and replace them with those who think like Senator
Consider this old saying while moving us forward with Alternative
"you can make everything machine proof, but you cannot make anything
With greedy people in charge of this program, when something
"Oops," will not fix it!
Opinions: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Should Power U.S. Energy
December 11, 2011
If You Really Want to Quit, You Can Do It!
The University of Kansas has started an 8 week program,
to help Native Americans quit smoking.
According the CDC, Native People have the highest rate of Tobacco
use, at 23.2%,
of any ethnic group in this country.
This is a small start, but it is a start in the correct direction.
Native people have always had their own chemical free tobacco, it
is called Kinnick kinnick
and unlike the poison sticks made by non Natives, it is an all
natural product and is not addictive.
Now we need for every Tribe in America to get on board and
start their own programs in their own communities.
We like it better when we do things for ourselves and depend less
who do not always have our best interests in mind.
Smoking Cessation Program Tailored to Natives
December 8, 2011
A Code Talker Sets the Record Straight
When CNN recently asked the question,
"Do you think that the contributions of Native Americans get enough
recognition in this country,"
of former Marine and World War II Code Talker Chez Walker,
who is by the way one of the original 29 Code Talkers, he said,
" Yes, I think our country is doing much better at recognizing the
contributions of all cultures..."
The Code Talkers are now our Elders and although in everyday life,
we may not always agree with every Elder that we might encounter,
we must always respect the words of that Elder.
Decoding History: World War II Navajo Code Talker In His Own Words
December 5, 2011
America Could Learn Something From Canada
For the first time in my life, I learned that Canadian Government officials
made a Nation wide apology to their First people.
They publicly said that they treated their own Native people badly
and were very sorry for it.
This was a bold and courageous move for Canada to make and it did a
lot to help heal the old
wounds from the terrible things that were done for hundreds of
years to these Native Americans.
Now, if our Government officials or elected politicians would or could ever
do the same, would it,
could it, ever justify the gut wrenching history between my People
and the US Government?
Unlike the Canadians, when the United States tried to do something
similar in December of 2009,
the signing was done with no press or public allowed to
It was not until May of the next year, that was it finally made
public at a Ceremony
at a DC Cemetery with 5 Tribal leaders present, which is hardly
of the hundreds of Native American Tribes in this Country!
I guess, some things never really change.
A Tree Fell In the Forest
December 2, 2011
Respecting Our Sacred Ceremonies
Many have asked about this subject, so I will try to explain about
A Native American Sacred Ceremony is just that, a Sacred Ceremony.
At least it is with my people, the Traditional Indigenous Eastern
In all of our Sacred Ceremonies, our people use and wear our
sacred medicine that is not to be seen by outsiders, or recorded in any way.
We Traditional Native Americans always have and always will respect
this must also include our Ancestors
and our Ancestors would
have wanted any Sacred Ceremony or
Regalia made public.
Even before there were any cell phones, video recorders or cameras,
outsiders were never allowed to witness these ceremonies,
which were only permitted to be viewed by Tribal members.
Although, these restrictions may seem harsh or even somewhat of an
outsiders, please remember that these Ceremonies belong to us and
only to us.
This demand for privacy is our right and it must be respected.
November 30, 2011
Answering Your Questions About Pow wows
Do all pow wows charge money to enter?
Today there are 3 basic types of people who put on or have pow wows.
1. Those who are doing it only to make money, so
they need a lot of money to pay their dancers,
just like a carnival or circus, they are paying their performers.
These may be fun to look at, but there is nothing Traditional about
2. Ones that are put on by wannabe natives, these people are just
to cash in on a casino or make money off of the public.
Here are some ways to recognize these kinds of pow wows:
these people will call the circle an arena, they will have an arena
they will have a cold gathering, so they try to add a
lot of color.
These people also have nothing to do with Traditional people,
just want to look like them.
Both of these types of pow wows will always ask for money to get
3. The third kind of pow wow will be small and they may ask for a
small donation at the gate.
But understand this, even if you cannot afford a donation,
still welcome by Creator and the Tribe.
Real drummers and MC's will not charge for their services, but
sometimes they may
ask for a little help with gas money, especially if they do not
go to many pow wows.
Here are a few of the signs that you are at a real or Traditional pow wow:
they will have a fire someplace on the grounds, usually in the
with a Firekeeper or someplace in the west.
This Firekeeper will be protecting the fire through out the pow
but will try to be inconspicuous.
There will be a
Keeper at the gate/entrance into the circle (not an arena director)
who is a servant to Creator and the people charged with maintaining
the circle with
This Keeper will help keep order and is always willing to explain and/or
answer your questions.
You will be blessed by letting yourself go with prayer to the
Creator when asked to,
get into the circle and let yourself shine, no one cares if you can
just remember to always be respectful of the Creator.
November 27, 2011
Horses and Native Americans
Frequently people write to ask about the history of Horses and
The prehistoric horses of the New England area of my family and my
were lost thousands of years ago and it was believed that they came
Bearing Straits, following the same path taken by the woolly
The horse that was and is used by many Native Americans today,
brought here by the Spaniards when they invaded the Americas.
So, no, wild horses in America are not native.
Although many Native American tribes in this country used the horse
in their daily lives,
as for my people, the Mohegans and the Woodland people of Eastern
which includes all of the tribes of New England, it was travel by
foot or canoe for us.
It took us a lot longer to get anywhere, but when we did travel, we
did it on our own and our own way.
History of America's Wild Horses
Wild Horses are Not Native
November 24, 2011
Stand Up and Be Counted
These two stories and recent Census Counts have shown
a rise in Indigenous people in the Unites States.
The Navajo successfully pushed
to get more members counted
in the 2000 Census, so other tribes made dedicated
efforts to get their people counted in the 2010 Census.
If you have Native Blood, or if you think that you may have Native
it is your duty to stand up and be counted.
The BIA, your state and the U.S. Government feel that they have the
right to choose
their "Pet Indians" as recognized American
However, your Ancestors say to you, "this is not so."
You owe it to your Elders, Ancestors and Grandfather (Creator) to
make sure that you check
the American Native box on each/every Census, no
matter what others
may have checked by your name on past Census
Please remember that your Elders, fearing bodily harm to
themselves and/or their families,
checked "white", on their Census Counts.
Tribal Efforts to Boost Census Counts Pays Off
Census Numbers Grow
November 21, 2011
Native American Veterans and the VA
As you may already be aware, Native Americans have served this
country in numbers
than any other race or ethnic group in our history.
So, you would think that they would be well represented within the
VA Health care system,
but that is not the case it would seem.
Could the reason possibly be the reluctance of our people to turn to the
government for help,
when they have let them down so many times and ways over the past
few hundred years?
My own personal experience with the VA Health care system has
been a good one
and I consider myself lucky to be able to have it there for me.
Pow wow an Outreach to Indian Veterans
November 18, 2011
The Keystone Pipeline
Welcome to the front lines, all of my Native brothers and sisters.
It saddens me, that there are not many, many more Indigenous people who
as our Mother Earth is, about this dirty oil deal?
This 1700 mile pipeline is not worth the destruction that it will
cause, both while it is being built
and each and every time it leaks and believe me, it will leak.
Just remember the
Exxon leak on the pristine Yellowstone River last
You see, the
Ogallala Aquifer is under each mile of this proposed
pipeline from Canada to Texas,
and this aquifer in the middle of North America, supplies
millions of gallons of drinking water.
What on Mother Earth were all of you in Washington thinking?
And how much money will the clean ups cost?
A lot more than the money that has gone into the pockets of the
who have been well rewarded to make sure that this pipeline
does get built.
Keep in mind, "what have you done for me, or given me lately", always
comes first in politics.
Sadly, the delay by Obama until 2013 may have only been a political
to avoid the bad press during his campaign for re-election next
Native Americans and Canada's First Nations Delay Toxic
Indigenous Environmental Network
November 15, 2011
Some Words Can Hurt
Today I want to speak of two words, that I know firsthand, from my
of living and traveling on
have caused my people pain,
the words are chief and squaw.
We do not need a panel to tell us how we feel, we have lived
through hundreds of years
of outsiders using these two words with little concern or
respect for our feelings.
To begin, the people who came here and did so-called census
records, had little, if any
education with English, let alone any Native Languages, yet
they filled out countless
documents for years, claiming to know exactly what we were
Well, we can tell you, they were wrong, more than they were right.
To begin, the word chief has different meanings for
different Tribes, in different places.
East of the Mississippi River, it means a person who leads a work group
out on a job,
when that job was finished, they were no longer a chief.
Now, West of that same River, a chief meant a leader.
But they did not get it.
As for the word squaw, it was a European bastardization of
the word female,
because these were really stupid men.
The name squaew to my people, was a married woman who loved
and cared for the children,
as well as the one who cooked, cleaned and took care of the home.
Therefore, the man loved, protected and worshipped his wife
and placed her up on a pedestal, so to speak.
The word Squaew therefore, is the word for that pedestal.
Not the same thing, is it?
Panel Explains Native Culture
November 12, 2011
The Native Americans in Florida
Many people who live in or visit Florida today, may not be aware of
different Indigenous people once lived here, and/or still do live
These were simple people, not stupid, just simple.
They lived easily off of the land and needed little from the
outside to sustain themselves.
Unlike so many people today, who want the state or the government
to do things for them,
or take care of them, the first Floridians, took care of
The state was rich with everything that they needed to survive and
they did so really well,
until the invasions began that would either kill them or chase
nearly all of them out.
Some of their names are familiar, others may not be:
Choctaw, Creek, Alabamo, Miccosukee, Apalchee, Timucca, Ais,
Calusa, Jeaga, Tequesta,
Euchee, Chickasaw, Muskogee, Coosada/Koasati, Chatas, Sawoki
You can learn more about them and see where they lived and/or still
do live here:
Baker Block Museum
November 9, 2011
Honor a Native American on This Veterans Day
As we honor our Veterans this Friday on Veterans Day, it would be
good to remember
that Native Americans in this country have always been over
represented in our military.
We as a race, have served more than any other race or group in America.
So, on this Veterans Day, if, even though it probably would be
unlikely, you happen to run into a
Native Person, you might wish to say, "Thank You" for your dedication
to the military and the Country.
As of 2010, 28 Native Americans have received the Medal of Honor.
The Native American Military Service record is a long and honorable
Native Americans served in the War of 1812.
In 1916 they served with the Rough Riders during Spanish American War.
12,000 Native Americans served in World War I
40,000 Native Americans served during World War ll
10,000 Native Americans served in Korea
42,000 Native Americans served in Viet Nam
November is also Native American Heritage Month.
So, if you are able, please thank a Native American Veteran on this
they have always served this Country with honor, pride and courage.
Native Americans Have Always Answered the Call of Duty
November 5, 2011
A New Florida Partnership for the Future
Habitat for Humanity helps build homes and pride and now in a new partnership
a Florida Solar Company, the future looks even brighter for us in
the Sunshine State.
Habitat build homes,
Florida Solar builds Solar Power,
and we should all pray that America watches and learns.
Alternative Energy is the power of the future and the future is
Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter Partners with Florida Solar
Building America-Habitat for Humanity Partnership
November 2, 2011
So, You Ask, Who Are Eastern Woodland American Native People?
Although I can only speak for my own people, the Mohegan's, who are
Traditionalists and go all the way back to long before
of Woolley Mammoths in the ice and snow, of what is
We do not wear pretty colored chicken feathers, we do not dance the
or the fox trot and our circles are designed with the Creator in
mind at all times.
Every single one of our dances mimics the movements of an animal,
which we learned from the old hunting days as well as
the many days of hunger while looking for
We wear/wore clothing made from our brothers
(only with a permission
and only if it was extremely necessary)
Our brothers taught us how to gather food and shelter, so we dance
dress in remembrance of their kindness and protection from
October 30, 2011
I wrote this way back in July but never posted it, now it seems
that it is already happening all across the country.
It's called "Occupy Wall Street" and it is the people at last,
speaking to those who refuse to listen!
Unite and Take Back Your Mother!
Did you know that none of the politicians back in the 1970's in the
New England states were Native Americans?
Some of the politicians in New England wished to see our people get
some rights, long overdue, some politicians just wanted to find a
to end our court battles
or just did not care however, as usual,
but most of the politicians had
If a betting person, I'd be willing to bet that this is how it went
throughout Indian country.
Be that as it may, we now have America and the world believing that only
a government passport (a little plastic card) are
allowed to be called Indian!
Indigenous people of Indian country, did you know that for every
there are at least 50 real American natives, Black,
Red, Yellow, Brown
and even some that look White.
If some of your ancestors were in this country before first contact,
not matter as to how or why the casino Indians sold out,
you are still an
American Native and it is way past the time for you to stand up and be counted!
If you belong to a tribe, unite them.
If you do not, but know that you have Native blood, no matter how
much, join one.
If you are not sure, ask someone.
Get involved with helping to get all of the Indigenous people
on our land (Mother Earth) together as one people under Creator.
We need a few billion American Natives marching on all of our
and we need this now.
Take back your ancestors, take back your Mother!
October 27, 2011
Two Different Views On Native Image: THE FSU Mascot
Some members of the Seminole Nation in Oklahoma say that they are
Florida State University Mascot, Chief Osceola and refused
to watch the football game because of it, but, the Seminole
in Florida thinks the Mascot is a good idea and approves of it.
I myself, tried to watch the game, so that I could root for their new coach,
but soon found myself rooting for Oklahoma, so I just went to bed.
How can we demand respect from non natives around the world, when
are still cheering on some
clown riding around a football field
on a horse,
dressed like a character in a Hollywood movie, who ends his
each time by slamming a piece of wood into the ground?
Florida State Mascot Causes Debate In Oklahoma
October 24, 2011
How To Counsel About A Spirit Communication
Today is about counseling a Native American who believes in spirit communication.
If troubled by a spirit that you believe is trying to communicate
take a deep breath and then pray and think.
First, a So Called Bad Spirit
The Trickster, Coyote, Powwow, Devil, whatever you want to call it,
has no power unless you unknowingly hand it t over.
Your Creator will always have the power to send it fleeing.
I use the word IT, because that is all it is, an IT!
A Good Spirit
Why would a good spirit wish to touch you?
It may be that you are crossing into a place where a spirit
between two worlds.
A spirit has no reason, or power, to harm you in any way.
If after reading blogs and web sites, this spirit is still trying
to touch you,
maybe your Creator loves both you and the spirit and trusts you by
power of your prayers,
to help this spirit to cross on to a path for home.
Turn your fear into love of Creator and thank Creator for wanting
use you and open your heart and mind in deep prayer.
Give this a try, you may find that, as I have, that you will
October 21, 2011
Mother Earth Power!
As someone who has been talking about using Alternative Energy on
where the electric transmission lines are, I can only say, it's
Until now, as stated on my Alternative Energy pages at:
Sachem Uncas Energy,
this land could not be used for anything else, except the
transmission of electricity.
The land under the power lines should be completely covered with
and the land along side of the power lines can be used for wind
A weekly newsletter from the US Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
The EERE Network News is also available at:
Grid Modernization Pilot Projects
Administration Announces Grid Modernization Pilot Projects
Smart Grid: At Last, a Step or Two in the Right Direction
October 18, 2011
Stories of the Past or Record Keeping, Native American Style
Native Tribes had many ways of communicating and teaching about
This Blog is about what is known about the Eastern Woodland people,
or my people.
My people, the Mohegans, used sign language, storytelling and
pictures to help
them keep their ancestors alive in the minds and hearts of the
The use of sign language was a challenge in the form of a living
because each person would stand and
teach a story taught to them long ago.
So the children needed
to pay close attention
because one day they would be asked to
take their turn.
It is a shame that this art form is slowly being lost with each
The Elders would speak, standing between the fire and a
wall, signing the stories,
so that their shadow
would reflect onto the wall as an attention getter for the very
The idea was to make the story fun, interesting and
at times, even scary.
Speaking or storytelling was also a good way of keeping young
involved in their past and the ancestors.
This was the way that I was taught, by my grandfather and my
Our women spent many hours making different sized baskets for
their wash, regalia making tools, even babies around
Each woman would make a picture story on her basket as a way of
young while they were planting, washing, picking and cooking.
It truly was all an education and the children were probably never
aware that they were in school!
October 15, 2011
Indigenous People Are Also Voters
Mr. President, is this newest assault on Mother Earth just another
The Government cannot push this country down the road of relief
from fossil fuel dependency
while speaking in one part of the country and then push our
Indigenous people into elimination,
just to please big business in other parts of the country and
expect respect from the people.
Colleen Swan from the mostly Inupiat community of Kivalina,
"They have not even begun to comprehend the meaning of an oil spill
in our already fragile environment.
The oil companies and the government who issue such permits will
with business as usual and the oil companies will recover.
They have reserves to fall back on. We don't. Once we lose our
our subsistence way of life, it's gone for a long, long time.
The ocean will not recover as quickly as the oil companies and
neither will the coastal communities."
Alaska Natives Speak Out After Obama Greenlights Oil Drilling
Off Alaskan Coast
October 12, 2011
Native American Tobacco
A frequent question sent to me is about tobacco.
Tobacco is/was extremely important to our people.
But, a few words of guidance on the subject first....
Never pay for information, unless it is with
Please understand that my ancestors were Traditional Eastern
So, most answers to your questions will be common sense answers,
My ancestors were simple, common sense people.
The tobacco that they grew had no chemicals, we did not have them
and they were not needed.
Today our Elders know that cigarettes cause cancer.
Even if they do
not smoke, someone that they love/loved may have died from this
So, please do not insult an Elder by offering cigarettes as a gift
or a thank you,
please always offer or use only kinnick-kinnick.
It is traditional and we appreciate the kind thought behind it.
October 9, 2011
David Price is Getting it Right in West Pasco
So often, when I visit Museums or Historical Places, I find that
some of the facts
represented about American Native People are not accurate, or even
(My shock and horror at a Yale Museum years ago comes to mind)
So, I am glad to say that this Museum and the man responsible for
its information have gotten it right.
The Museum which has recently reopened thanks to $50,000 in
and renovations, was in 1913, a part of the Seven Springs
The Tocobagans were the first inhabitants of West Pasco and the
has gathered an impressive collection of arrowheads, stone
and pottery that were found in the West Pasco area.
At West Pasco Historical Museum, the Past is All New
October 6, 2011
Thank God (Creator) for Grandfathers
No, I am not speaking about the Creator of Creation, our Native
I am speaking about a Grandfather.
Today on my way home from the store, I passed a family coming to
the road for the school bus.
The Grandfather had a little chair under each arm, blue for the boy and
pink for the girl.
The children, preschool or first grade, were holding onto the
chairs they were carrying with the grandfather.
You could tell that if the child took a wrong turn into harm's way,
he would yell at them to get them back to safety, while reaching
out with a
Think about this.
Our Grandfather, (the Creator of Creation) yells and then holds out a
loving hand every
time that we go into harm's way, all that we need to do is reach
out for the hand!
October 3, 2011
What a Great Way to Say Thank You
I wonder if this shouldn't be spread all over the country?
Last week, a military appreciation ceremony was held at the Onondaga Nation
in New York, to thank Native American Veterans for their service to
Native Americans have a very high number of enlistments and have
served this country proudly.
This event was sponsored by the group
Thank a Service Member.
75 Native American Military Veterans and 125 families of deceased
were given coins with the words, " Thank you for your
It was a very emotional day for all in attendance.
Special Coins Given to Thank Native American Veterans
September 30, 2011
Ancient Temple Mounds
If you who have never seen an Ancient Native Mound and have one in your state,
I suggest that you make a trip to see it, as soon as possible.
You see, the few that remain in this country are going away fast.
I have been to many Mound sites in this country from Cahokia in
near the Mississippi River as well as the Serpent Mounds in Ohio
way that they are being disrespected is similar in nearly every
These Mounds were built by the First people of this country and
what they left behind could tell us so much, but how can we
ever learn, if they are destroyed by the ever increasing
number of developers who want to build right over them?
We have a Mound in Florida, the Eschaskotes or Oelsner Mound,
I have not yet seen, but do plan on making the trip to see soon.
This Mound is along the southern bank of the Pithlachascotee River
one of the oldest historic sites in Port Richey.
It is today just a fragment of what it was when first discovered in 1879
and may contain the remains
of the Ancient Indigenous People of Florida,
its First People, the Timucuan or
Temple Mound is a Monument to Pasco's Native History
September 26, 2011
How to Receive a Native American Name, European and Spiritual
Before starting, please remember that it is not necessary to have a Native name to
speak with the Creator.
I respectfully disagree with those who say
that parents can choose native names for their children.
There are many naming ceremonies taking place all over Indian
Country, each Tribe or Nation has their own way.
You should always ask an Elder for help in any important ceremony
and be very careful when
going through a human because
this and all questions should always go through Creator.
There are many in Indian Country who are in the business of making
a profit by giving you a Native name,
or performing other Native ceremonies.
You must be aware of these false people and avoid them, nothing good can ever come
involving them in
something as important as a name or other Traditional Native
Creator is watching and knows what they are doing.
Before any ceremony, prayer is a requirement, then you and your
Elder/Elders can go through
a list of some of the names you believe most likely fit you.
Time to pray once again, pray for help with what Creator wishes,
one you have chosen and/or from Creator.
Remember, Creator will always choose your Spiritual name first, then
give you a
European name to fit that Spiritual one.
Prayers of thanks for Creators' kindness, understanding and love for
you and your names will
your heart in the correct mood to
speak with Creator.
This should be the only reason to receive a Native name, never for
show and tell.
Native people should get into the habit of making and wearing a
prayer pouch, to remind them to pray.
But do not wait for your name, get in the habit of wearing your
prayer pouch, not a medicine pouch, a prayer pouch.
September 23, 2011
What is a Prayer?
A question was asked on my Google Blog today looking for a prayer
to say at a ceremony.
As I have said before, it always makes me happy to know that you
want to do things the right way,
the Traditional Native Way, the way that my people have doing
things for over 500 years.
A prayer for any ceremony around the world is always a good thing,
a prayer said at a Native American ceremony,
if you are not a Spiritual leader is very simple however, the
best thing ever at any ceremony.
First, clear your mind of fancy thinking, in fact, just clear your
Open your h ator.
Remember that Creator is always at your side and will be glad to
hear from you.
It was so refreshing to watch the scene in Avatar when Jake made his
connection with Awa
and said so meekly, " I know that I am probably just talking to a
But you see, that is exactly what you are doing because as with
Awa, Creator is in everything, always.
September 20, 2011
The Friendship Pipe
I receive many inquiries about my Native culture and about how to
do certain things correctly.
I like this because it tells me that you want to show respect for
my people and
that you care enough to write to ask how!
Recently one person asked if a Friendship Pipe could be used at a Wedding
the answer is, yes.
The Friendship Pipe can, but does not have to be used however,
the setting is for friendship, love, respect
and/or family events,
like a wedding, funeral, birth and so on, one should
inviting the Creator to all gatherings including
powwows and paw-waus.
Passing around a Friendship Pipe is for just that, making and keeping
Please do remember, that one should never be forced to smoke.
A little love tap on the Pipe with your left hand, will draw respect
and love from the Creator
and everyone involved because of your
correct knowledge of our Native traditions.
September 16, 2011
Tobacco Companies Suing the Government?
This is a joke right?
Five Tobacco Companies who are poisoning our children with their
addictive tobacco/drugs, are now suing
the Federal government saying that the
Government Mandated Warning Labels
are infringing on their rights.
But, the millions of Americans, including our children, who have been
unknowingly drugged and "hooked" on
their products also have rights, the right to know what you, the
Big Tobacco Companies are doing to their bodies.
Tobacco Giants Suing FDA Over Warning Labels
September 5, 2011
My Grandfather, the Last True Sachem of the Mohegan
Tallfox, was like his name, a very tall man.
My grandfather was always a very busy man, he never sat around,
there was no time for that.
He spent most of his day counseling Tribe members, or
working on speeches for events that he took part in.
He was always on the go and it was always about someone else,
dancing, singing, planning, making sure that his people were
taken care of properly.
My memories of him are somewhat cloudy because I was so little and
he was the eldest of our Tribe at that time.
He was a kind man with many friends from many Tribes.
Even though he was the leader of his people,
he never raised his voice, a look was all that it ever took.
Sachem Tallfox would smile when the people were happy, it was important to him.
Although his Mohegan staff was sacred, he rarely carried it
into the circle,
he nearly always
found someone who needed to be cheered up and let them
carry it in for him.
Tallfox was a credit to his people and Natives all over this land, but more than that he was
someone who was respected and loved by all who met or knew him.
I miss him.
September 2, 2011
Sacred Native American Sites
I regret being so late in learning about this because there are not
a lot of Native People near me now.
In June this year, all across America, different Sacred Places
were/are being honored, recognized
and remembered by different Native Nations, from Alaska to
Minnesota, all along the
East Coast and everywhere in between, Native people are showing
and the World about what we care most about and choose to honor.
This special day for our Sacred Places is also a good way to remind
to pray and that is always a good thing.
There are many Sacred Places being honored and a compete list of
them is here:
National Sacred Sites Day is/was June 17-21
A National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places
August 30, 2011
What is a Native American Reservation?
George Washington and Henry Knox began the process of
which led to the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
Andrew Jackson then picked things up with the Trail of Tears.
As you may or may not have learned in school, American Natives were in the way of
European progress, so the U.S. Government needed to move them, but
Then they found a worthless, useless piece of land and called it
which then became the Oklahoma Reservation and finally the state of
It is time for the American people to start calling Reservations what they really are,
jails, prisons or Concentration Camps because the people who
forced onto them have suffered for over one hundred years.
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Government came to this country to
learn about our Reservations,
so that they could build them in
He liked the way that the U.S. Government had handled the Indian
Hitler called them Concentration Camps.
While they were here, they were also taught how to eliminate and assimilate Indians,
which Hitler then did to the Jews all over Europe.
Today, our people go willingly to Reservations, only now they are called Casinos.
Cultural Transformation: Americanization of Native Americans
The Indian Removal Act
The Trail of
Inspired by Reservations to Make His Concentration Camps
August 27, 2011
This is NOT Just a Navajo Problem!
This disturbing story barely touches the reality that is everyday
life on many Reservations in the United States.
As the woman said, "people have better shacks for their lawnmowers"
than these people live in.
One needs only travel to anywhere, to any state, in America and
spend a few minutes on a
Indian Reservation to understand that these same conditions are
everywhere in Indian Country.
An example is the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of
the most impoverished places in America,
where many Elders have no indoor plumbing, some even have no
windows, many do not have enough warm clothes,
and this is an area with 60 degree below zero winters.
It is difficult to see so many Hollywood stars traveling all over
the world to bring awareness to the plights of other people,
when the conditions on many Reservations in this Country are just
as bad, if not worse.
When will those who have everything in this country, even
acknowledge that many of the First People of this land
are in trouble and need their help just as much as those thousands
of miles away?
What is that old saying, "Charity begins at Home?"
Program Aids Native Americans
August 23, 2011
Google is a Company After My Own Heart
This Technology giant is investing $168 million to help develop
a Solar Energy Power Plant in the Mojave Desert of California.
Google is leading the way once again and showing what every
company should be doing, what's right for the planet, not just for
must be the future of Mother Earth.
Americans have to break away from the stranglehold of foreign
resources that is
destroying not only our economy, but much of the world's as well.
We need to start using our own natural resources, like our abundant
supplies of wind and solar power.
Google is now showing us all that it can be done here and on a
really big scale at that!
Will others follow?
Mother Earth hopes so......
Google is Building the Worlds Largest Solar Plant
August 20, 2011
Thank you Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute
A two day workshop program was held recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico
to encourage Native American's in the film industry.
The event hosted by
Redford's Native American and Indigenous
was attended by about 30 Native writers, producers and actors who
the biggest problem for today's Native film makers is how to
distributors that Native Films with an all Native cast can/will
Panel Considers the Future of Native American Films
August 17, 2011
True Medicine people
A frequent question I am asked about are Medicine people and
After a lifetime of traveling to many, many Traditional Tribal Nations,
I must say,
never was a Medicine person advertised or spoken of publicly.
Can a Medicine person get married, yes!
Can a Medicine person perform a marriage or wedding ceremony, yes!
However, both ceremonies are performed without any knowledge of the
person performing them.
The ceremonies are performed by a Spiritual Leader.
Creator is watching.
Now, I have been asked, can a Shaman perform ceremonies?
My answer is this:
I do not know much about other religions, least of all a Pagan one,
so you would need to ask the Shaman this question.
There are many, many people in Indian Country today claiming to be
My advice to you would be, when and if you meet them and they tell you that
they are a
Medicine person is to run, not walk, the other way.
Remember, Creator is watching.
August 14, 2011
The Federal Government Recognizes 557 Native American Tribes
Yet it was not until 1978, that Congress restored outright, our
by enacting the
America Indian Religious Freedom Act.
Although there are 557 recognized Tribes, there are just as many
that are not recognized
and those who are not recognized get no health care, period!
The U.S. Government knew about the Tribes that existed in the West
time that they were cheating, abusing and assimilating the
ones in the East.
Since they arrived on our shores, these people have continued to
take our land
and refused to recognize those they wish to ignore.
Many Tribes in the East are recognized now, only because a few
people signed away our land.
Native American Spirituality in Health Care
August 11, 2011
It's a start!
In this really good article, no mention was made if the
church group was invited, or just came to this Reservation.
Pastor Shaw said," Because of the Reservation system, American
Indians have not been able to
progress the way that African-Americans have."
It seems that there is already a church on the Reservation, so as
long as there is, why not use it
to welcome some visitors every month, even in the winter?
This is a start, a very good start, but next and much more
important, we must admit that the word Reservation,
is just another word for "jail" to Native People and the
crime that put them in it, was being
in the way of European expansion in this country.
Christians have been visiting jails for years, so it is good to see
them, as long as they are invited, on Reservations.
This "jail", is the hopelessness of poverty brought on by drugs,
alcohol and depression,
but mostly, by the staggering unemployment on this and many
Reservations in the United States.
The people on the Reservations or "jails" in this country have the
ability to take control of their own destiny,
by looking to the future and seeking out those who can help them
build new energy or power plants?
The main source of employment for the people on this Reservation is
currently a coal mine,
but it should/could be their own solar or wind power plants.
Their future is in their hands, they just need to take it.
Reservation Life Opens Eyes for Church Youth
August 8, 2011
We Must Stand United If We Are to Survive
Hundreds gathered at Glen Cove, California last weekend for a
closing ceremony to celebrate
Native Americans activists and their allies are declaring an
This was a victory over a city park development that would have
bulldozed the area.
If you are a Traditional Native American, wake up!
We are in desperate need of a Native American revival, a
Native American revival.
They are stealing our culture and our land and we are losing who
and what we are,
inch by inch, we are sliding into an abyss of anonymity.
Your ancestors and mine are ashamed of what they are seeing,
they are waiting for us to bring back the dignity that we
used to have,
the pride in our people that they instilled in us as children.
Native Americans Save Sacred Burial Ground from Bulldozers
August 5, 2011
Shows Native People More Harmed By Climate Changes
This has happened because our People are more dependant on natural
We are also less able to avoid this because many of us live on Reservations
in areas where these extreme
weather conditions are much more likely to occur, like the
southwest deserts or the high plains.
Many people on Reservations cannot afford the modern conveniences that other
Americans take for granted,
like the heating and air conditioning that most homes in America
This makes the cold and heat much harder to bear and more likely to
cause fatalities among our people.
In fact, many Reservation people do not have proper clothing, food
and other simple
human needs that Natives and others who do not live there
Reservation life for our people is an every day struggle just to
Climate Change Hurts Indian Tribes Disproportionately
August 2, 2011
SEC Warns of Scam Aimed at Native People
A recent Government settlement may bring long overdue money to
but it may also bring them some big trouble.
The SEC has released a warning for Native Americans who have
recently received a
great deal of money and urged them to be very careful.
They suggest that if contacted by strangers offering great deals,
Natives should be cautious.
"If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is."
SEC: Scams May Target 3.4B Indian Settlement
July 30, 2011
Charging for Sacred Ceremonies Goes Against Creator
I have spoken of this before, but it needs to be said again.
When people ask about ceremonies, it is very important that they
understand that you should
have to pay for teaching or ceremonies, the exception to
this is kinnick-kinnick
that has not been blessed by Creator.
Some families may give a meal afterwards, but, this is up to the
family and not as a payment.
What Creator gives for free, must always remain free.
Each Tribe or Nation has its own way of doing ceremonies.
In my tribe, it was fine for a baby to be invited to a naming ceremony,
as long as there was no charge.
Creator used a Red Fox to give me my name at the age of six.
Many Tribes have a naming ceremony when a person is old enough to
understand what is happening.
It is important to allow enough time for an Elder to go to
Creator for the correct name.
This should be done the day before the ceremony because all
ceremonies must be blessed by Creator,
or really there is no
I speak of this again because there are still false people doing
sacred ceremonies and they are still charging.
This is wrong and they know it and one day they will have to answer to Creator,
who sees everything.
July 27, 2011
Dirty Coal, No, Clean and Green, Yes!
First the Government nearly eradicated all of my people with small
next they poisoned us with endless
toxic mining in their search for riches (minerals)
under the land that was given to us
and which they claimed would forever belong to us,
on a place called ( their words ) our
The word chokes in our throats still
to this day.
The sad truth is that with poverty and
extreme unemployment on every Reservation,
many who despise the evil of it, are
forced to work in the industry because it is the only work
It keeps them from starving to death,
only to die later from the affects of the very poisons they are
the physical deformities, the genetic
mutations, the birth defects, the myriad of cancers.
Economic Needs Collide With Tradition
My brother and sisters in the West have lived through a hell only
have shared a similar experience could ever understand.
Now, this Nation, the Paiutes, will take a giant leap forward into
greener, better future for themselves and their children.
Creator is nearby and will guide them through this new journey safely.
Other nations must now also travel in this new direction, away from
the toxic mining,
that was their past and into the future which is full of promise
Trickster will have to find another place to practice evil.
An Ill Wind Blows in Moapa
Reality of Mining
Legacy of Uranium Mining on Indian Land
and Indigenous People
July 23, 2011
History Got It Wrong About Eastern Woodland Indians
We on the East Coast were "more advanced than the whites gave us
We have been told that the Trail of Tears consisted of five "Civilized
Never could understand who decided that!
We the People of the North and Midwest were just not as smart,
or as well
behaved and adjusted as they were.
I guess "civilized" is in the mind of the
Shawnee War Chief Tecumseh, went to the Creek Nation to promote
great idea about the Nations using "collective bargaining."
He failed, they had no interest in joining together for the
betterment of all Natives.
The Trail of Tears: A Forgotten Blight on American History
July 19, 2011
Did You Know That
Not All Slaves Were From Africa?
The Unites States was not the only
Country to have slaves,
the Slavery Trade came from all parts of the world.
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo was an educated man from a family of Muslim
Clerics in West Africa
who was taken into slavery and then sent to work on a plantation in
After some planning and a lot of luck, he ended
and with some help, he became a free man.
Here are a few sources for an early history of my Mohegan people
and others who became slaves!
Muslims in America
History, Muslims and Pre Slavery Years
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo
London, Sugar and Slavery
July 16, 2011
Honoring Ancient Traditions in Arizona
A Restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona that serves Native American and Southwestern
specialties, also believes in maintaining a connection to the
First People of the area,
who "lived off of the vast desert landscape."
"When we go out and harvest,
we never take too much from one area, or strip a plant bare,
like the Native Americans, you need to leave some for the benefit
of the plant,
for Mother Earth and all of the animals that depend on the
For those of you not familiar with the Saguaro, it is a Western
Desert Cactus that is used
not only in many Native American and Mexican recipes and for other
but it is also
home to a variety of birds and other wildlife who need
it to protected
always be there for them in the future.
Saguaro Harvesters Carry On An Ancient Tradition
July 13, 2011
Traditional Native Americans Make Terrible Politicians
A Traditionalist is taught from creation by Creator to be caring,
sincere and generous,
or being taught from birth that it is better to give than to
As stated in earlier blogging, if you wish to gift a Traditional
and do not want that gift given away, do not give the gift.
(Ask my wife about gifts that she has given to her mother)
Because of these long standing behaviors, Traditionalists are never
usually very poor and if elected to office, would immediately
be eaten alive by the predatory political machine.
July 10, 2011
Why Some Natives are Wrong About Geronimo
Here is another way to look at a subject already much overdone in the
The Obama administration has explained what I felt while reading the
reports on this campaign.
Geronimo, "a great warrior and leader for the rights of his people",
the Codename for the Navy Seals Operation, as well as for
great fighting men women fighting for the rights of people around the
EKIA (Enemy Killed In Action) or Jackpot was the Codename for OBL
(Osama Bin Laden).
If this administration had used the name Uncas, our great Mohegan
because he was a fox, for OBL, I would have been pretty upset.
Using Uncas as a Codename for that campaign would have fit,
but not as well as it does with my hero
The point is, the world now has one less savage, senseless killer
to deal with.
What's Wrong in "Geronimo EKIA"
July 7, 2011
Is There Native American Freedom of Religion in Prisons?
Since first contact, Europeans have condemned us because we don't
go to what they call a "church".
And because they don't understand how, or why we celebrate our
exactly the same as they do theirs, we must be wrong somehow.
Reading the story below, reminded me of many others like it about why
Eastern Natives have had
such a long history of comprising our lives, our culture and our
beliefs to adjust to outside thinking.
For example, we
changed the name of our sacred paw-waus gatherings to the name
The US Government even today, still has not sat down with Traditional
Natives to see exactly
how wrong they have been all these years, in condemning our sacred ceremonies.
You will notice the word Traditional has now been added to this
to show those who read it, why I write as I do.
American Natives, past, present and future, do not spend
much prayer time in a building,
however, we do pray to our Creator/God, for the same reasons that
and just as often, maybe more.
So what is all of the fuss about?
There should be no difference between a prison building and a
All other religions are provided with a place to celebrate their
faith in prison, why aren't Native People?
After all, prayer is prayer is prayer.
A Precedent for Native American's Religious Freedom in Prisons
July 4, 2011
Still Plowing Over our Past
Native Americans take back your ancestors.
Where are the Shawnee people now?
Cahokia is said to be the land of their ancestors.
Where are all of the rich Casino Indians?
As usual, modern builders are following the paths that Natives made
thousand years ago to build their new concrete death roads over our
Still plowing over our past one village at a time, Europeans are about to build
a bridge right over the First Indigenous Village in Indian
it would seem that the only people trying to lessen
the blow are non-native archeologists.
First came the St. Louis Stock Yards, then came the Meat Packing Plant and
now, they are going to completely destroy the land with
Wake up Woodland People, your ancestors are crying.
Why aren't you?
Archeological Excavation in East St. Louis
July 1, 2011
What is Kinnick-Kinnick?
Kinnick-Kinnick is a collection of Native herbs to be used in Sacred
by Native people.
A Native person may sell these herbs, as long as they make it very
clear to the buyer that it
has not been blessed by Creator and would not be considered
Remember, only Creator can bless anything.
if someone claims to have blessed your herbs, give them back and
ask for an
or a refund because they have been polluted.
Once this, herb, or kinnick-kinnick, has gone through the ceremony and is
if it is passed to another, it must then always be given freely.
Sage and sweet grass could be used with kinnick-kinnick,
just as long as
they follow the above statement.
June 28, 2011
Native American Birds of Prey
Golden and Bald Eagles are held to the highest esteem by my
brothers and sisters in Indian Country.
My ancestors all loved them and also looked to them as messengers
of prayer to and from Creator.
However, all birds of prey are sent from Creator, not just the
Some Native people, for one reason or another, fear or dislike
several of these birds of prey.
My grandfather had many eagle feathers on his staff for sacred
reasons known only to traditional people.
He also had feathers for each bird of prey on this staff.
(this staff was stolen from our office and the person who stole it knows this)
All birds of prey serve a valuable purpose, each in its own way and
all of them to keep harmony and balance in nature.
They are all Creators Creatures.
June 25, 2011
Just the Facts About My People
There is a question that is often asked of me about my people.
It is about James Fennimore Cooper's book, The Last of the Mohicans.
It is a well written book and was a good fiction film in 1992.
Yes, Mr. Cooper is related to me.
Yes, Uncas was the first Sachem of my people and Russell Means
is/was a great warrior,
however, both the book and the film take liberties with the truth
about my people.
As long as this is understood, I have no problem with them being
but please be aware that not everything in either of them is
Mistakes are made in both names and historical placement of my people.
They are both entertaining works and they do serve one valuable purpose,
they show people just a little bit
about the world of my ancestors and
some of the events that really did happen to them.
June 22, 2011
The Native People in This Country Are Savages.
It must be true, because organized religions have said it is so.
After all, we do pray to rocks and trees and sometimes, you might
even catch us praying to a fire.
We all feel the need to speak to our God, Creator or Grandfather.
We have been called many names by those who have come here to take our
and pushed us either aside or out completely.
This complete lack of respect shown by these invaders who believe
religion is the only correct one, is insulting to all
Not just on this continent, but everywhere that this has
happened for over 500 years now.
Wake up, outsiders, your religion is no more correct than ours is,
we are no more savages, than you are,
and we are all children of the same God or Creator.
In all of the years that these invaders have been coming here and
insulting us with their
opinions of what religion really should be, have you ever heard of one of us
ever, trying to force our spiritual beliefs on them or anyone?
Background on Racial Discrimination
June 19, 2011
Happy Fathers Day Dad's
What is an American Native, Indian or Native American
First, we need to clear up just what is an Indian, a Native and
An Indian is anyone from India, period.
A Native is anyone born to a town, city, state or country.
A Native American is anyone born in America.
America is a Continent, North and South.
What is our continent?
Our Continent is the only one in question for this entry today.
It is West of Europe and Africa and East of Asia,
South of the
North Pole and North of the South Pole.
If you were born on this continent you are a Native American.
An American Native for the purpose of this blog, is anyone with an
white, red, yellow, black or anyone in between,
who can be traced back to either the Vikings or West through Alaska.
A Native to America is anyone with Ancestors going back to the
family on the Continent, North or South.
During all of the years that I was growing up in and around my Mohegan Village,
for all but four
years because Uncle Sam said "we want you",
everyone called me a Mohegan Indian.
That is right up until the time when the home of my ancestors for
over four hundred years,
my home state of Connecticut
became the home of the "Casino Indians."
Now they call me a Native American.
So, for the purpose of this blog, call me an American Native,
what a concept, just call me Walkingfox.
June 16, 2011
We Stand on the Shoulders of our Ancestors
There is an Elders Dance at the park in Hecker Pass in Santa Clara
County on the 26th.
What a great idea, respect our Elders?
Let us remember all of our elders, Native and Non-Native,
every weekend for the rest of the year.
If not for them and their wise guidance in our youth where would
many of us be today?
We might still be hiding in the trees from our enemies and
Think about that.
With out all of their hard work, we would not have our modern
no cars, no computers, no cell phones, etc.
They paved the way for future generations and the very least that we can
do is say thank you.
Native Americans to Honor Elders at Celebration
June 13, 2011
Be Proud of our First Lady's Good Example
As a lifelong member of a Matriarch controlled tribe, it is
easy to forget the important role that our women have played in our lives.
We all need to remember that if not for them, we would not be here.
Behind every war hungry man in history, there has always been a
woman to remind
what will happen if he does not control his temper or his greed.
So, with that in mind, we all should applaud Michelle Obama for her
concern for the health of our children.
She has made their diets a high priority in the White House, as should we
Good health begins in childhood and lasts a lifetime.
Aho, Mrs. Obama, you have shown all of us the way to good habits and choices in our
First Lady Plants "Three Sisters" in the White House Garden
Tell the EPA to Stop the Fish Massacre
Did you know that power plants with archaic cooling systems kill
billions of fish
and wildlife every year?
I have just sent a message to the EPA urging them to require power
plants to install
to protect waterways to help move our Country towards a clean
you should too.
Go here and read the message and then please sign it if you want to
Tell the EPA to Stop the Massacre
June 7, 2011
Thank You Lady Lake Commissioners
As a Traditional Native American,
I often do have issues with organized religions,
however, in this
case, the Commissioners offer a chance
for a prayer
from many different organizations, even Humanists
have the chance
to take a minute at the beginnings of meetings.
If I lived in Lady Lake, I could say a prayer to Creator.
Even the American Humanist Association is a religion.
Bill Calhoun and his organization do not want to speak, they only
bully the other 99% of the people into their way of
I think that Calhoun and his group need to move to China, where they
feel much more comfortable in complaining about God.
Lady Lake Prayers
June 3, 2011
The Origin of the Mohegan Clan
This subject has been on my mind for many years now.
There is a person who is now connected to the Casino's who
writing about my people far too long.
He is not now, nor ever was, a member of my Tribe and
as far as I can find, any other Tribe either.
When what you seek is money, proof is not required?
His writing has changed many times over the years.
Some of you have written to ask about the origins of my Mohegan
Our people, the Eastern Woodland Nations, in their own way,
just called each other brother or sister.
The word Clan came from the Europeans who invaded our land and
it has been used for so long now, that I even use the word.
According to National Geographic, Native People came
across a land bridge known as Beringa, or the Bering Strait.
Many years later Europeans, came and mingled with our people by
boat and on foot.
Highlanders came to Nova Scotia about 1629-32.
Scotland came much later and they also used the word
Norman Clans first landed in Nova Scotia.
May 31, 2011
Have you Been Harassed or Bullied by Religious Zealots?
It has been 500 years since Christians first started reaching
out to Native Americans,
slightly more than 5% of Native Americans have accepted.
The best reason I believe for this, would be the way that
and Christians approach a Native about this subject.
Christians and any other religion for that matter,
must go back
to the time when they were first introduced to their supreme
How many of you were harassed and/or bullied into this
The only way, as with Christians, to bring Jesus Christ to our
people is through Jesus Christ.
In other words, live the way that Jesus taught you to live.
Did you ever read in your bible that Jesus had harassed or bullied
If a religious person cannot get a person to the school in prayer,
then how can they teach correctly?
If you still feel the need to harass or bully, allow me to
introduce you to the real Jesus Christ.
Why Natives are
May 28, 2011
Keeping Native American Ceremonies in College
This group is continuing to work with student organizations that
students concerns and removes barriers for getting college
Part of this work is to keep Native American Ceremonies on campus
they also work with Native American and other Indigenous Peoples world wide.
Supporting Native Ceremonies on Campus
American Center for Wellness Research
May 25, 2011
How to Know What is Safe to Eat
Some times what you call a weed, Traditional Native People call
food or Medicine.
There is a great story about this: Don't pull the weeds, put
them in a salad.
However, as a Traditional Native Spiritual Leader, I would like to
correct something said in the story.
Do not put an unknown weed on/in your salad or any place else until
you first make sure that it is safe.
While it is true that most Traditionals know which plants are safe,
which taste good, which taste bad,
but are good for you and which are bad or dangerous.
If you are looking for the best person to help you, please remember
to go to a
Matriarch Tribal Group of People and ask for the Head Clan Mother.
Don't Pull the Weeds
May 22, 2011
Are 14 Big Oil and Gas Companies Stirring up a Toxic Nightmare?
Hazardous Carcinogens and Chemicals were injected into wells by oil
and gas companies from 2005-2009.
Twenty nine of the chemicals injected, in a process known as
hydraulic fracturing, were known,
or suspected, human carcinogens regulated under the Safe
Drinking Water Acts,
as risks to human health or listed as hazardous air pollutants
under the Clean Air Act.
Methanol, a hazardous air pollutant, is on the candidate list for
under the safe Drinking Water Act.
Chemicals and/or Carcinogens were used in Texas, New Mexico,
Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana and
Hazardous Chemicals Used by Oil and Gas Companies
Read more about it in the:
May 19, 2011
She Speaks for Us All
Wambli Sina Win, a Lakota form the Rosebud Reservation in South
is right on and is speaking for all of the Tribes , past
because since first contact, the Indigenous people of
has dwindled down to around 500 tribes,
and not recognized by this country.
I can speak with true knowledge for my people, because we had to
giant cement grave stone to be built in a place where
people could think that our
Great Sachem Chief Unkas is buried,
for fear that one day it could be disturbed.
Only a few Traditionals will ever know the true final resting place
of our fist leader.
They found my grandfathers site and just buried over him.
Mortal Indian, Immortal Manifest Destiny
May 16, 2011
The Real Meaning of the Word Tribe
This is what I believe Tribal should mean to all Native and Non Native
A Tribe is a roving bands of hunter-gathers that have some kind of kinship (family),
bound together by ancestors and culture.
A Digital Tribe is a group of people with interests and values
that find each other online and are looking for ways to add to
What Digital Tribes Can Learn from Native Americans
May 13, 2011
What You are Searching for Most
There is a tracker on my web sites for one single purpose,
out what you, the reader, most want to read about.
And, as it turns out, what you most want to know about, are our Herbs and
As with naming, no one should ever have to pay for any Sacred Herbs.
Herbs not previously Blessed from Creator are not considered Sacred.
People who do not know how to give a name or herbs that have been
should never be involved with them and never, ever charge money for
Creator is always watching.
Only Creator can Bless a name or herbs, or anything else for that
Back before first contact, Traditional Native American Tobacco was
never used for smoking.
To my knowledge, my grandfather and a select few of his chosen elders
were the first to grow tobacco in Windsor, Connecticut that was to be
used only for Sacred Ceremonies.
This Tobacco was much, much too strong for smoking.
Then later, Europeans mixed chemicals into the tobacco to make it
smooth enough to become addicted to.
The exception to this, was the Friendship Pipe and even then, it was not
Native American Tobacco has many uses, however, all of them are for
the good of people,
never for harm, as it is with smoking.
May 9, 2011
Walking for Water
This is a great story about the dedication of Native People who
understand the real meaning
of our Mother Earth and being thankful for the bounties that she
gives us every day.
Indigenous People Carry Water to Lake Superior
About 60-70% of our body is water, so, as you can see it is one of
most important parts of life, as we know it.
In a way, it is good to see from this article, that Central Florida
is not the
only place that disrespects water, it is being abused everywhere.
Lake County Commission/Niagara Water Lawsuit
The Precious Commodity of Water
It is time to give back to our Mother because without
water, food or air, we are no more.
May 6, 2011
The Garage of the Future!
Recently, high gas prices and problems
with power plants had people writing about
things that you should be doing to your house, now
they are writing about your garage.
So, if you are going to be doing some new
wiring, why not do it right the first time?
Shop around for a good solar installer
and wire your garage and as much of your house as you can.
One of the first things that you might
do, is take a trip to your nearest RV Dealer and
check out the lighting, this
lighting system is 12 Volt and as you will soon find out,
really great lighting.
Some of these dealers even have free
hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.
Once you buy the solar system, you
will then be able to charge a car, or yard equipment,
or whatever, all for free.
More About Solar Power
Getting Your Garage Ready for an Electric Car
May 2, 2011
Any Meeting is a Good Meeting
We Native Americans and Christians need much, much more of this
kind of press.
I have not been to a round table discussion for so many years,
that I can no longer remember the dates,
but I will never forget how I felt, because of the many great
The Fellowship of Native American Christians is scheduled to meet
on June 13th in Phoenix at the Convention Center.
Anyone with an interest in Ministry with Native Americans is
invited to attend.
Of course, the meetings with religious groups that I am used to
going to were
always held at a School or a University, but a meeting is a
Let us show our likenesses, instead of our differences.
Native Americans to Meet in Phoenix
April 29, 2011
The Native American Drum Group Four Rivers
will honor a fallen female Bald Eagle in a Memorial Ceremony.
It was such a blessing to see a Drum used for the ceremony.
Burial Ceremony for the Dead Eagle
Native People respect prayer above all else, so a
from and to Creator, is what life is all about.
Eagle travels the Prayer life line,
between Creator and Mother Earth,
we are complete.
Regretfully, I will not be able to make the trip for this ceremony, so will do so in Prayer.
Group to Honor
April 26, 2011
Creator is Always Watching
It would seem that the Spanish are not yet finished with their
of the Indigenous People of Southern California.
For hundreds of years, the Spanish enslaved, tortured and abused
living in this area and now history appears to be repeating itself.
The Humane thing to do, would be to allow the Native People the
they need, to properly care for their Ancestors remains.
I know exactly how these Native People feel, it happened to my
people as well.
Please remember, Creator is watching.
Tribes Protest Museum Opening Party in Los Angeles
April 23, 2011
Why Can't We Run Our Government the Same Way that Native People
Everything goes to the President, who then gives it out equally to
and then the people have to care for the President.
There are not many workers left who remember the old days and could
warn us about what is about to happen in this country right
Big business and foolish politicians are working very hard to dump
No, Unions are not the only answer, or maybe the best answer,
but they will have to do until we come up with a better answer.
We must learn from our past mistakes.
Yes, the Unions must be watched carefully, because outside forces
are always there, in the shadows, waiting to step in and take over.
What we really need to do is stop the greed in big business and
their selfish one sided concerns about only themselves.
We need to have people elected, not for how much money they spend
getting into office, but who are the true choice of the people, all
Obama Provides Support to Unions in State Battles
April 20, 2011
Not Another One Shall We Allow
Sacred Ceremony and Occupation at Glen Cove, California will begin
Friday April 15, 2011 at 8
AM and last until ?????
For too long now we have allowed what the non Natives call progress
to bull doze over the final resting places of our ancestors.
This is just the latest in more than a hundred years of disrespect
of the grave sites of our ancestors.
I personally have watched in horror while this exact same thing was
to the cemeteries of my own Mohegan People in Connecticut.
I wonder just how angry these same people would be if we,
the original caretakers of this land, came to bull doze over their
They came, they took our land, they killed our people, they put us
on alien lands
they called Reservations, then when they found something of value
under these same lands, they took it as well.
Now the final insult, they come to desecrate our dead.
No more shall we allow!
our Sacred Land, One Burial Ground at a Time
April 16, 2011
A Wise Teacher Knows his Students
It is good what Lakota John from the Cheyenne people is
trying to do for the good of Mother Earth and her people.
If a person has a calling from Creator to help people get back to
thinking about their roots
and their ancestral way of life and this chosen person is
invited to teach, then teach they should.
If and when we do teach, we must first remember to pray for
Creators help to teach only what Creator wants us to teach.
We must also keep in mind what area of Mother Earth we are
standing on while we teach, in other words,
if we are with another Tribe or in another Country, we must study their culture
before teaching to be
sure that the
teaching is helpful for that particular Tribe or Country.
The teacher should also be clear about how to get back to the
Ancestors way of life,
from the heart, not from a physical way of
Words of Wisdom
Aquine, go in peace John
April 13, 2011
Can Big Business Make Big Profits in Methane?
Ever wonder why this country has not been able to transition into Alternative
Because after the initial expense, companies are finding it hard to
make much money.
Landfill companies are going to charge our Utility Companies $8
a year for the use of their Methane gas, that right is being
burned off for no profit.
Politicians and big businesses seem to be having a lot of
trouble finding ways to make
big profits, so they must keep stalling the movement over to all
If Indian People had been as heavily armed as the invaders,
would we be
a conquered people today?
Pipeline to Garbage Energy
April 10, 2011
Nation to Nation: American Minority Students in other Countries
My country, the United States of America, would do well to learn
from how other countries, like Turkey, treat our minorities.
Alicia Hanks, a member of the Chippewa Tribe, is giving us a good
idea what it is like for many of our minorities who are studying
The Turks look at American Racial and Ethnic Minorities with
instead of contempt, what a refreshing concept.
This can be seen as "do you want the good news or bad news first?"
The bad news, is that other countries will never get to know true
The good news is, that we Natives can do something about this now.
My thinking is that well established Native Tribes, should be doing
possible to make contact with as many other countries as
American Minority Students are Not Typical in Turkey
April 6, 2011
Here are three New Fuels to think about:
With these new fuels, it will be much easier making trips to the Moon
The beauty of this, for example, if we are going to Mars, we
can fuel up
for free while there for trips home or to other planets.
Speaking of Mars, there is a new article out about:
Green Vehicles on a Red Planet
I know that the Mars Rover Spirit has gone to sleep and
that the cost would be very expensive, $820,000,000,
but the Rover was after all,
built for Mars, an extremely hostile planet.
I don't know how far the Rover Opportunity is from Spirit,
but it might
able to nudge Spirit towards the Sun, or maybe this could be done
the next trip and she will be right back in business.
Taking all of this into consideration, think what our scientists could do
now with this knowledge for our home vehicles?
Please go here for more ideas about Alternative Energy:
April 3, 2011
Who Really has the Right to use Eagle Feathers?
As a Traditional Native American, I believe that anything that will
remember to pray is a good thing,
as long as we keep in mind that
prayers are our words to the Creator,
not to any vessel used for prayer.
That said, I believe as a New England Native person, that no one
be allowed to kill any bird of prey.
I also know that no true Native would ever buy or sell feathers
from a bird of prey.
True Natives do not have a religion, we just obey, respect,
the creator in our own way.
So, how will the court determine just who this Native person is using
a bird feather?
Will they be the people that the courts decide have the right to be
called Native Americans,
or is this court talking about all
Court Bars Non Natives from Using Eagle Feathers
March 30, 2011
Let the Calm Winds Prevail
After all that Japan has been through recently, it is truly amazing
to see that their
Wind Farms have survived and are still able to supply the
country with desperately needed power.
Japan's Wind Farms Survive Nuclear Holocaust
You can find more about all kinds of Alternative Energy ideas on
March 27, 2011
Finding a Balance in our Diets and in Life
While surfing the internet today, I came across an interesting
Inside the World of the Cavemen Dieters
So, I thought that I would write my thoughts about diets, from then
In their time, Cavemen got up in the morning and spent the day
hunting for trees with nuts,
or a bush with berries, or game to kill, eventually, they
used fire to cook their food.
American Native Food
The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash.
Many Native Americans had gardens, they also hunted for meat,
which they always washed and cooked.
On a strict vegan diet, only vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains
The lacto vegetarian diet adds milk, but on this diet muscles are
And finally we have: Today's Diets
Processed Food Facts
Today many of the foods that we eat contain some type of chemicals,
preservatives, or artificial ingredients, even though the
package says it's organic.
So why not take from the best in each of these diets and see what
Balance in all parts of our lives make us happier and feeling
March 24, 2011
A Native American Wins the Iditarod
John Baker, (a very familiar name along the Atlantic East Coast)
from Kotzebue, Alaska,
was the first Alaskan since 1976 and the first Native
American ever to win this race!
The Alaska Natives, the Eskimos, know how to show proper affection
to their own with a Drum Ceremony
performed by Sheldon Katchatag and his drum. (my people call the
drummers around the drum, the Drum)
Alaska Native Wins the Iditarod in Nome
March 21, 2011
The Way I See It
Bryan Fischer thinks that Native Americans lost their lands
were "morally disqualified" to keep them.
Sachem Walkingfox believes that the Indigenous People in this
their land because "morally dysfunctional" people like Bryan
bigger weapons and
were "morally dysfunctional"
enough to use those weapons to
forcefully take our land.
Bryan Fischer Speaks with Forked Tongue
March 18, 2011
Native Americans Need to Study this Grant Very Carefully!
Just think about this.
A Hydrogen Storage Station Solar Recharger, replacing every gas/fuel
station in America.
What a concept.
This to me, means that our cars would run on solar electric
with fuel cell back up and the only emissions would be WATER!
Now if only we could get all Native American Tribes on board to
run these stations!
March 15, 2011
A Very Successful Multicultural Event
The 13th Annual Multicultural Heritage Festival in Redding,
had many performers from various Countries
and was a big success.
I would like to see something like this in every state because
dance helps us
understand more about each other through our cultures.
Knowledge and understanding promotes tolerance and acceptance of
We all really are more alike than different.
It really is a small world after all!
Heritage Festival Brings Cheers and Crowds
March 12, 2011
Our Sacred Ceremonies
This is just one of many reasons why Traditional American Native Elders
keep our extremely sacred ceremonies so secret.
One very important requirement is that you must be a Native with the
At no time should a sacred ceremony have anything to do with
war, as in "Spiritual Warrior".
Every sacred ceremony is used for cleaning or cleansing, of the mind
and communion with Creator.
If one gets involved with something that is none of their
and that they have no true understanding of,
one should be prepared for the consequences!
Guru's Trial Over Arizona Sweat Lodge Starts
March 9, 2011
We Minorities Must Stand Together
Republicans have taken aim at America's Minorities once again.
"They have no interest in immigration reform, if they did we would have had it by now".
They simply want everyone who isn't one of them to get out of
Women, Elders, Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans,
everyone who is not a part
of their ugly hate campaign must stand together against this latest
form of repression.
If we do not unite, they will do what all conquerors and bullies
world history have always done, they will divide and conquer!
Minorities Need to Band Together to Fight Racism
March 6, 2011
Tribal Elders Need a Little More Help!
The FCC, AKA the Federal Government, still does not completely
understand Native Issues.
Although it is good to see that the Government is now trying to
help destitute Elders
in many Tribal Communities have contact
with the rest of their Nation,
what the U.S. Government and most people are unaware of, is that
Elders in these communities do not even have electricity,
cooling or at the very least, decent shelter, which includes
windows and doors to keep out the heat and the cold!
Targets Low Broadband Adoption by Native Americans
March 3, 2011
It's About Their Future, Not Ours!
Native Americans need to be asking themselves this question and
asking it often!
Why are so many of us still living in Third World Conditions?
Most of us are still fighting a war that was lost before the Civil
We need to get over it and think about our children and their
children for a change.
The Alternative Age is here and most of our Reservations could
benefit greatly from this form of Energy.
I too have an extremely sacred place for prayer and meditation and
would not like to see it disturbed, however,
I also know that this newer lifestyle could work for many of
people, without disturbing our ancestors.
This is a win-win
situation for all of us.
Native Groups Sue to Stop Solar Projects
February 26, 2011
A New Political System
Let us control our government the way a Traditional Native Tribe
would control its Government.
Everything goes to the President, the President then gives
everything out equally to everyone
and then the President has to rely on the people to care for
There are not many workers from the 30's and 40's alive today to
teach us about what is about to
happen in this country, because big business and foolish politicians are
about to dump our Unions.
Yes, Unions are not the only answer, they are not always the
however they will do until we come up with a better answer.
We do still have historians like myself, who read about our past
and try to keep from repeating those mistakes.
I do agree that we must always keep a close eye on Unions, we
the mob out and common sense in our Unions. All of our Unions!
What I believe will help improve life as we know it in this
country, would be to agree on
stopping all greed in big business and government and stop all
pork from our politicians.
We need a political system in
place that will allow only a politician the people want
and never the politician with the most money to spend get into office.
Obama Provides Support to Unions in State Battles
February 23, 2011
It would appear that this wannabe Indian "Half Breed"? was invited
to speak recently,
at Eastern Washington University, by Program Manager Lauri
Stan Hughes, who claims to be a Native, did
speak, but on subjects that
Traditional People know are never to
spoken of in Public.
Then when it was time for him to take
questions from the audience,
the meeting was halted and sent into a private room!
Guest Speaker Offends Students and Faculty
February 20, 2011
The Longest Walk
The Longest Walk 3, a journey of 5,400 miles, leaves La Jolla,
on Monday and will arrive in Washington D.C. by July 8th.
This Walk is to focus attention on a disease that has
its highest numbers
amongst Native People, especially those who live on
The Longest Walk
February 17, 2011
The First will be Last and the Last will be First
Sounds like scripture right out of the Christian Bible right?
This area in Lowell Massachusetts may have finally figured it
The first area for the Indigenous People to be assimilated may
be the last area that learns the truth about who
the real savage people without scruples were.
The Trials of Being a Native American
February 14, 2011
America's Poorest County
South Dakota's Native American Reservations are, have always
always will be Americas poorest counties, until we get out
there and help.
I know firsthand that many of the Elders on those
live in conditions that are below third world countries!
We have driven by some of their houses and
have looked through the cracks and seen the people inside.
People ship clothing, money and so on out to these
but much of it never trickles down to those with the most
like the Elders living alone.
Many of these Donations gets
taken by Council Members for their own families
or friends or sold at yard sales or worse, just thrown
Our American Reservations are perfect for wind generators and
so let's come together, get out there and get it done.
These People don't need handouts, they need a hand up!
What was that about teaching a man to fish?
A Look Inside America's Poorest County
February 11, 2011
Have a question, ask an Elder!
This is, I believe, the best way to reach people who are
interested in our way of life.
Please don't get me wrong , I enjoy reading a good book, but,
curious student of any age asking questions and learning
about our Culture in person, is about as good as it
So long of course, as the person answering the questions actually knows the
So, if you want to know about the Seneca Nation, ask a Seneca
if you wish to know about the Lakota People, ask a Lakota Elder and so on.
Respect your Elders
February 8, 2011
Free Electric Power
What is the best fuel for running vehicles?
Some day soon, I hope, the Human Race is going to realize
that FREE electric power has already been invented.
This power was invented millions of years ago and
it is called
Sun Power and Wind power!
High Tech Solar Roads could power Electric vehicles
Electric Roads use inductive charges to power vehicles
US Electric cars
need Electric roads
February 5, 2011
New York's Bald
It's nice to find good stories to write about for a change.
Back in the late '60's, there was only one unfertile pair of
Bald Eagles in New York.
But by the Winter of 2010, their count was at 658 and growing.
Thanks to the ban on DDT, an Eagle import raising program and artificial
Bald Eagles can once again be watched as they gracefully glide overhead.
National Symbol in our own Backyard
February 2, 2011
About Racism in Sports
This article, like the Scalping Dancing story below, is just
attempt by outsiders, ( Morris writes for a paper in South
to pit Native People against each other
for Native People to be angry with public opinions.
Russell Means has had a colorful life, to be sure, but he can
counted on to speak up for Native People when they need his
He may be far away in South Dakota, but he is still Native.
Russell has every right to voice his opinions about FSU traditions,
just as the Seminoles have the right to voice theirs about him.
We are stronger when we stand together!
Seminole Imagery is Racist
January 29, 2011
Clean Natural Gas? True or False?
As a former A/C man, I can speak with a little authority on this
Gas, Natural or Propane, is not cleaner than Wood, Coal or Oil, in
they are, in many ways, more of a pollutant to the atmosphere.
And electricity is no cleaner than the rest either.
The Electric Companies get their power from either Oil,
Gas, Coal or
even worse, Nuclear.
This is not all gloom and doom, once we have learned to work with
and not against her, things will turn around for us and for her.
15 Claims the Gas Industry Wants You to Believe
January 26, 2011
Myths of Native
Although this appears to be an ad and the comments are from non
it is good to see that not one of the writers is
just looking for a way into a Casino.
My answer to this question would be that many families are like mine
can be traced back a few hundred years, with word of mouth the only form
of communication known to them, this
is all most families claimed.
How Did Myths of Native American Ancestry Start?
January 24, 2011
Biofuel and Wood to Energy
Anyone who reads my Alternative Energy pages should know that I am
100% in favor of Biofuel
because of its importance to National Security.
Biofuels Importance for National Security
That is, except for when it comes to destroying our trees and our air.
It is very sad to see our Florida
long leaf pine trees loaded up
on Semi Trucks,
heading North to Georgia and elsewhere to be made into wood pellets!
But, the chemicals used in the process to hold these pellets together and
the resulting pollution coming from chimneys, causes me great
Wood to Energy: Woody Biomass Conversion
For more about Biofuel, please see:
- Alternative Sources
January 21, 2011
This is the main reason that I write on my blog.
You see, although this is an interesting article, it does not go
quite far enough.
The writer talks about an Indian Style Scalp Dance among the
Manzano Village people.
But, after reading further, you will learn that Hispanic People
were the ones doing the dance, not the Native Americans.
While it is true that Native Americans did scalp their enemies, the
fact is that
they learned this practice from the French, English and
Celebratory Scalp Ritual
January 17, 2011
Staying Healthy the Native Way
Native People have been using natural remedies forever:
Native American Mosquito Repellant
But, today at the first sign of any problem, the first thing that
many non natives choose to do is take a pill.
We are barraged daily about all of the things we should do to fix
but there are much better ways to take care of your body safely and
The long term affects of drugs on the human body is well documented
Drugs Affect Your Body
January 14, 2011
Long before the Casinos, Native Americans were farmers!
I am so pleased that Red and Black Farmers are finally being
recognized by the U.S. Government.
As stated in this story, the colonial Manifest Destiny was
to push Native People into the Pacific.
A problem with the new Claim's Resolution Act is, what do we
do with the remaining thousands of
poor traditional Native People in the East who did not get a casino
and are too poor to own a farm?
Americans are finally more than Casinos
Approves $4.5 billion in Reparations to Indians and Black
January 10, 2011
Tribes losing the battle with nature
The Pointe-au-Chien Tribe in Louisiana are only the latest in a
long history of disappearing Indigenous people all along the
After each hurricane or tornado, tribes in the area lose tribal
members to relocation
and every year they lose more and more land to Lake Chien.
The Land is Washing Back to the Sea
January 5, 2011
Solar Energy, the Pros and Cons
I would like to add to the great story below.
Unless this new congress takes them away, we do have some
good new incentives for switching to green energy.
In the past, Builders and consumers using fossil fuels have always
used high voltage power like120, 240, 460 and 880.
But thinking GREEN, we need to rethink power in voltage of 12, 24,
48 and 64.
We also need to remember that Solar Panels still pick up energy
from the moon, even on cloudy days.
Biofuel Watch: Solar Energy, the Pros and Cons
December 29, 2010
Obama Adopts the Declaration of Rights for Indigenous People
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and
resources which they have
traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired.
2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and
control the lands, territories
and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership
or other traditional
occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise
3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these
lands territories and resources.
Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs
and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned.
Year with a Bang for Indigenous People
Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples
Why was the United States the last UN Member state to adopt this ?
Indigenous Rights Universally Adopted
December 25, 2010
The Living Machine System
I know that it sounds like straight out of the Sy-Fi Channel, but I
this new Border Wastewater Recycling Machine is a win-win system.
First, any time that something can be recycled correctly, it is a
and we should be treating wastewater for obvious health reasons.
Second, this is a great way to refill our aquifers.
And last, this new system will help us protect our Borders.
Wastewater Recycling Machine System
December 20, 2010
Renewable Energy on Reservations
Title XXVI has been around since 1992 providing 35 grants and
funding to at least
29 Tribes in at least 13 states and we are just now hearing
What a wonderful thing for the Elders on Reservations like
Pine Ridge, as many
of these Native people have very little protection from the
winter cold and summer heat.
With wind and solar power run by their own people, the Tribes
will have affordable electricity and
may also be able to build and sell this renewable energy to
help make the reservations more self sufficient.
Renewable Tribal Energy
December 16, 2010
The Tamarack Tree
I believe that this is or should be the only true Dream
made by Traditional Eastern Woodland American Native People.
The Tamarack was the tree of life for our Native People and
as with many other things, none of the tree was wasted.
It was used for prayer, medicine, food and for making homes,
bows, arrows and spiritual tools.
I believe that the enormous value of this tree to America's
is a perfect reason to have it put on the Endangered Species
About the Native Tamarack Tree
Native Americans Celebrate Christmas
Indigenous people in this country did not
celebrate Christmas until the Europeans came here.
We now eat traditional meals and open
and give traditional gifts,
although we prefer to give rather than
I believe that learning how to receive
gifts is very hard for any Native person and
most I have known in my life are pretty uncomfortable about getting
While today many Natives are now
Christians, most are not.
But all Traditionalists believe in the
How Natives Celebrate Christmas
December 8, 2010
Wind power represented about 40% of all new electricity generated in
the U.S. in 2009.
It's about time.
To learn more about Alternative Energy, please see my section
While it is true that our state and federal governments helped
big business invest in going green, will help ever come for
millions of poor elders living on retirement funds?
December 5, 2010
American Native Women Were Kidnapped By Vikings
Scientists have finely caught up with what we Natives have
known for many years,
American Natives reached Europe before Columbus paraded his
slaves around Spain.
So, why do we celebrate him?
He did not find a short cut to India, he landed on an Island
that already had
people on it and he turned them into slaves.
Viking Took Captives from America
Rush Limbaugh's Racist Rant
Rush Limbaugh goes off on the President and other groups of people.
Rant Against Native Americans
So what's new?
How about the fact that the Wampanoag Nation fed the starving
Not only did they feed them, but they taught them how to feed
Remember the biblical words about "teaching a man to fish"?
Mr. Limbaugh, have you ever heard of the Iroquois Constitution?
How about the Declaration of Independence?
Early America Freedom
If it were not for the Iroquois Confederacy, who would your
ancestors have copied?
And finally, if not for your ancestors, there would be no Casinos
for the Non Natives to run.
November 27, 2010
My Ancestors Wre Well Pleased
Today's coin update news shows an honest attempt from all concerned
to a real United States.
This newer themed coin for 2011, the
Diplomacy Design, like the Great Law of Peace of 2010,
the Three Sisters coin of 2009
and the first Sacagawea coin from 2000 to 2008,
is good for the healing of so many
wounds from our past treaties.
2011 Dollar Design
Native American Dollars
November 25, 2010
Code Talkers and American Vets
On Wednesday, two of less than the 100 remaining Navajo Code
Talkers were on hand helping
to celebrate this coming Thanksgiving and talking about what
their job was during WW ǁ.
We owe our freedom to their brave work sending out their
to our troops while always working close to enemy lines.
Native Americans should never forget them and pray for them
Happy Thanksgiving to all from the People who were the first
to celebrate it.
Code Talkers Honored
November 22, 2010
US Senate Approves Billions for Black and Native Farmers
While reading the comments about this story, it is easy to see
why we still have racism in America.
Hopefully, this time the money will be equally shared by all Native people, not
just in one area of the country.
When and if, this overdue agreement is passed by the new
Republican controlled Government,
it must be remembered that in Native Society, women were the
so any compensation should be going to them.
Senate Approves Billions for Farmers
November 19, 2010
Western Traditional Natives are Getting it Right
Now, all of the Eastern Traditional Natives need to put aside their
disagreements and follow suit.
After hundreds of years of being hastened towards elimination
because we were the first to face the aggressor,
and many years of the government trying to changing us into a
casino tribes willing to pay tithing to them.
A dying breed of Natives need to join this movement and get on
board this train.
Just because this government chooses not to recognize a large group
of people does not mean that they do not exist.
I know that they do exist because I have been going to their
gatherings, pow wows and paw-waus since the 1940's!
The Eastern Tribes need to learn to not just enjoy their
gatherings, but invite the media to everyone of them.
Get stories done, hold meetings, have workshops on ways to improve
your rights to be recognized.
But most of all, always put Grandfather, the Creator before money
at all of your gatherings.
If you still have questions, seek out an Elder.
A Living Heritage
November 16, 2010
America's First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq
This interview was done on September 6, 2010 and posted on NPR
about a Cheyenne Native soldier in the New Mexico National
But, this interview could have been with any Traditional
True American Natives do not go looking for a fight, if a
fight comes to them, they fight!
The focus of this interview, in my opinion, is that we the
Traditional People of this country
pray before, after and at all times in our lives, just as most
other people do in this country.
If one stops to pray before an action, that action may go a
and we truly believe that we need Creator on our side after
First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq
November 12, 2010
The Mound Tour
As a Traditional Native American, I am always pleased when I
read about good respect shown
to the Ancestors and I often think about non Native Cemeteries and
visits by Native Americans.
If there is such a thing, this Five Rivers Mound Tour to Mound
Island, Alabama is
as close as you can get to seeing our history while, doing so with
Five Rivers Mound Tour
November 8, 2010
Vermont Nuke Plant Closes After Radioactive Water Leak
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the public was not in any
Nuclear Plant Closes
Vermont Nuclear Plant Closes After Leak
November 5, 2010
I have been involved with powwows and gatherings for most
of my life, as a veteran I make sure that the American flag
is respected at each gathering.
Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans have and still are serving
in harms way to protect your right Mr. Beck to be so narrow minded that
you will criticize a student singing a love song (flag song) for our troops.
Beck and Crew
Attack Native American Student
November 1, 2010
Ask any Native American, if you are an endangered species, you are
Canada's Government Kills Abalone Project
October 30, 2010
My name is Sachem Walkingfox
and I agree with this website!
Reconsider Columbus Day?
The Sacred Staff
Can you see the top of my grandfathers sacred staff on this page?
Great, because no one should ever be able to photograph the
sacred staff of an Eastern Woodland American Native.
October 28, 2010
Women must unite through out Indian country,
you need to contact and then persuade politicians to finish
the ERA Bill.
This is your right, you have earned and deserve this right!
Do not allow another election to pass by without demanding your
to be at least equal with men in this free world!
Learn more about the ERA here:
The Equal Rights
October 26, 2010
Native Americans Today
About 70 percent of Native Americans do not live on a reservation,
they live in urban areas.
Many traditional Native People, although sometimes
thousands of miles away from
their traditional homeland, still speak their languages or
with their Reservations or Native Communities.
What is "Obamacare"
I have been asking Google, Yahoo and Bing search engine’s
that same question.
In short, it is the first health care program for lower and middle
passed by our congress, ever!
The President and the Democratic party passed a watered down
version of a good health care, while risking their future in
for we the people and now these same Republicans
are using this their program against the Democrats?
October 24, 2010
Remembering Our Ancestors
Today October 24th 2010, is the fifth anniversary of
the death of Rosa Parks,
“Mother of the Civil Rights" movement in the United States.
About Rosa Parks
I would like to take this time to reflect on the lives of
these courageous persons,
Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise in 1955 and then
who started a movement still moving today.
October 22, 2010
A Quote from Indian Country Today
WASHINGTON – "Native American farmers and ranchers alleging
discrimination by the federal government
have earned a settlement agreement from the Obama
administration that could total up to $760 million.
Significantly, the deal is structured to be paid from the U.S. judgment fund,
so congressional approval is not anticipated to be
My question Mr. President is this, of this $760 million,
how much will be going to the poor traditional Native American farmers?
Yes they are farmers and yes they are Native Americans.
Oh right I forgot, they cannot be Traditional and they cannot be Native
this government tells them that they can be Traditional and they can be
Read More About This Story
October 20, 2010
Vote Yes on 4
If you vote no on amendment 4, developers can continue to build
buildings that do not sell.
Vote Yes on Amendment 4
If you vote yes on 4, they will need taxpayers permission to build buildings
that do not sell.
October 18, 2010
Pray in Your Own Way
For a few days humanity came together in unity, in our own way
of prayer for our neighbors, the 33 miners in Chili.
Think what a world this would be if we all came together, in our own way of
not for power, not for greed or wealth, but in friendship and
What a wonderful time this would be while on our short walk
around Mother Earth.
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