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    From: http://www.atlantisrising.com Atlantis Rising magazine March/April 2005 ISSUE 50 (On newsstands everywhere by mid-February) REPORT FROM THE FRONT
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 25, 2005

      Atlantis Rising magazine
      March/April 2005 ISSUE 50
      (On newsstands everywhere by mid-February)

      Tracking the News of the Coming Energy Revolution

      Sovereign Nations Fund Clean Energy
      By Jeane Manning

      While learning about an upcoming symposium on batteries and motors, I had
      the privilege of talking with Native American tribal leader Ed McGaa, known
      as Eagle Man. I couldn't help thinking that if Eagle Man were scientifically
      inclined, which he says he isn't, he'd take notice of the late Austrian
      forester and inventor Viktor Schauberger's ideas. Harmony with nature was
      Schauberger's theme, and it's also McGaa's. For countless generations, his
      people walked the talk.

      Before we get to his story, however, let's find out why McGaa-a lawyer,
      registered Oglala Sioux, author of books about native spirituality-will be
      the keynote speaker at the Better Motors, Better Batteries (BMBB) symposium
      on March 5. And why this technical meeting will be held at the Pequot
      Museum, which owes its success to the Foxwood Casino next door in
      Mashantucket, Connecticut.

      The BMBB symposium will be about smaller, lighter, cheaper, faster batteries
      and motors. No surprise there. But it's more than just a gathering of
      technophiles. The meeting will bring together an unusual mixture of people
      who have the potential to cooperatively make good things happen-a state's
      technology council, people from energy-related companies, perhaps experts in
      non-conventional energy sources, and Native American business competitors
      who are a formidable force when they unite and put their money where their
      spiritual/environmental mottos are. You can see that a seasoned leader such
      as McGaa can set the tone for uniting Native Indian tribal groups for a
      big-picture cause.

      The symposium plans came about because in nearby Weston, Connecticut, the
      think-tank Environmental Library Fund (ELF) is encouraging the win-win
      strategy behind it. A press release says the symposium, cosponsored by the
      ELF and its partner the electric-vehicle publication Electrifying Times, can
      be an opportunity for technological companies in Connecticut to preserve
      energy innovations in the state as well as revolutionize other aspects of
      R&D and manufacturing of energy components.

      The http://www.bmbb.biz website explains "What will set this symposium apart
      from other such professional meetings is that ELF, through its long and
      respectful relationship with Native American environmental interests, is
      guiding profits generated by Indian Casino Gaming into viable and profitable
      clean industries."

      Remy Chevalier, founder of the Environmental Library Fund, says both casinos
      in the area are creating new ways of doing business in Connecticut, in tune
      with their earth-stewardship and spiritual heritage. The Pequot museum is in
      part funded by
      earnings from Foxwood casino.

      Chevalier told me about visiting the other Native American casino nearby. He
      describes the Mohegun Sun as one of the country's most impressive green
      buildings. Built by the Mohegan Tribe in 1996, the casino has a
      Mohegan-themed design, and
      outstanding architecture. The Sky Dome-the world's largest planetarium
      dome-provides the casino with an ever-changing display of constellations. A
      seven-story waterfall adds to the experience. Chevalier says, "You plug in
      your quarter in that setting and you feel like you're donating to Gaia." The
      Foxwood casino has a Hard Rock Café which has "Save the Planet" emblazoned
      above its logo.

      Chevalier felt further inspired to urge McGaa, author of successful books
      such as Nature's Way, published by Harper Collins, and Mother Earth
      Spirituality (in its 33rd printing) to speak at the motors/batteries
      symposium. McGaa could help connect alternative energy professionals-and
      innovative research-with tribal interests in the Northeast. In keeping with
      the Pequot Museum's focus, McGaa will talk about environmental defense as it
      relates to the Native American heritage. The aim of the BMBB conference is
      to help restore a balance between energy-technology trade overseas and the
      need to preserve factory floor "handson" jobs in the state. Eco-awareness
      combined with bold business decisions could bring about that balance, it

      For more than the 14 years I've known him, Chevalier has been pushing for a
      seriously funded project, supported with financial resources and expertise
      at the level of the historical Manhattan Project, to develop and
      commercialize clean-energy breakthroughs. His passion for the environment
      dates back to a life-changing night on a beach when he was a teenager-
      experiencing the cosmos as an interconnected web of life.

      Chevalier also has a history of connecting seemingly divergent elements. The
      nightclub in New York known as Wetlands became a hangout for enviros and a
      place to put sustainable-living information out there in an innovative way,
      due to his relentless promotion of the concept. He also successfully
      promoted the combining of fashion magazines and eco-awareness.

      To get serious about weaning our society away from polluting energy
      technologies, maybe we need to put it into a totally new context, he told me
      recently. Expecting big government or megacorporations to fund a shift away
      from the status-quo of dirty energy technologies had been unrealistic.
      Perhaps now his home state's job-drain crisis, along with factors such as
      purses full of coins draining into casinos, can be transformed into that
      opportunity. His new concept fits with Chevalier's respect for the insights
      of genuine Native American environmental and spiritual leaders.

      What was that about a job-drain? Chevalier replies that Connecticut is
      referred to in energy circles as The Fuel Cell State. For 30 years, most
      fuel cells for space and military applications were made in the state. But
      when civilian uses of fuel cells became attractive, the manufacturing of
      fuel cells began to spread around the world-mainly to Japan, and now to
      China. Connecticut therefore is now faced with a hemorrhaging of
      state-of-the-art energy conversion technologies away from their birthplace.
      Chevalier says this could negatively impact future generations of Americans,
      financially and strategically. On the other hand, Connecticut's availability
      of skilled workers could be turned into an advantage.

      Chevalier feels that too much undue attention to fuel cells has diverted
      focus from improving the efficiency of 100% electrical battery storage (the
      buzz words of the moment are nanotech and aerogel) as well as from improving
      motor efficiency. Most commercial motors today are still copper wound.
      Improving pure electrical battery storage and making motors more efficient
      would at long last enable the mass production of a truly revolutionary
      generation of electric vehicles. Chevalier says this could give Connecticut,
      and more specifically, Indian lands in that state, amazing new high tech

      General Electric and makers of many of today's commercial electric motors
      call Connecticut home. GE, by the way, inaugurated a wind power division
      recently. One of the world's largest suppliers of consumer batteries,
      Duracell, is headquartered in the state, and Eveready and Rayovac also have
      facilities there. Those corporations, however, don't rock the
      vested-interest boat with truly revolutionary new energy products. Instead,
      they competitively improve on old technologies that in my opinion have
      little hope of liberating us from King Oil and the Nasty Nukes. Yes, nukes
      too. Building many more nuclear fission plants is part of the establishment
      vision for a "hydrogen economy."

      Wind and solar are allowed by megacorporate interests, it seems, as long as
      those alternatives don't get so cost-effective and widespread that they
      replace the nation's fossil-fuel addiction. Right now those standard
      renewable-energy alternatives provide only a tiny fraction of America's
      power needs. They aren't any threat to oil's dominance in the world.

      If mega-corporations won't lead an energy revolution, who will? Perhaps
      sovereign states are the answer. The tiny country of Monaco is contributing
      to electric vehicle state-of-the-art with the 0-60 in 3.4 seconds Venturi
      Fetish. Gibraltar has its breakthroughs too-an electric motor named Chorus,
      which takes advantage of harmonic resonances rather than trying to suppress
      them. Instead of reshuffling the 50-year-old basic electric motor, the
      company in Gibraltar has something really new, with five times the
      performance of other motors in the class. They recently signed a deal with
      Boeing Phantom Works. Underestimated independent little countries are
      finding their stride.

      Speaking of sovereignty, of course in North America it's been reclaimed by
      Native Americans.

      Eagle Man

      BMBB Symposium keynote speaker Ed McGaa is one of those independent Native
      Americans with a history of standing up for what he believes is right. He
      joined up for the Korean War at age 17, came back as a Marine Corporal,
      earned an undergraduate degree, then later rejoined the Marine Corps to
      become a Phantom F4 fighter pilot in Vietnam. When he returned to his home,
      the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, he was a much-decorated veteran.
      Eight days later, he jumped into law school at the state university. All
      along, his most revered teachers were Sioux holy men Chief Eagle Feather and
      Chief Fool's Crow. His association with them started in the 1950s when the
      Sun Dance secretly resurfaced. Ben Black Elk was another close mentor.

      McGaa danced in six annual Sioux Sun Dances. The Sun Dance led him to the
      seven Mother Earth ceremonies. McGaa was immersed in learning from his
      people's holy men, even flying them in light planes to offreservation
      ceremonies. Native spiritual ceremonies were still banned by the U S
      government. For a while the forbidden ceremonies took place in the most
      remote parts of the Badlands, until an elder said it was not right to hide
      their ceremonial activities.

      One year McGaa stood alone in defiance of a priest who once again arrived at
      the Sun Dance tree, in a truck carrying a portable altar, to stop a four-day
      Sun Dance from continuing on a Sunday. McGaa was the victor in the
      confrontation. The next year McGaa brought members of the American Indian
      Movement, who stood by while the Oglala Sioux had their Sun Dance. The year
      after that the AIM members participated. The ban on the ceremonies wasn't
      declared unconstitutional until the U.S. Congress' Freedom of Religion Act
      in 1978 finally recognized the injustice.

      What does this have to do with new energy-related research and development?
      My reply is that it's an attitude thing. The prevalent political mindset in
      the western industrialized countries consistently places barriers in front
      of truly revolutionary new energy inventions and consistently manipulates
      taxpayers into propping up fossil fuels and nuclear fission. I've written
      enough about those barriers erected by the bureaucratic/ academic/
      corporate/ military/ media establishment. The liberating clean-energy
      revolution won't be started by that fossilized-attitude club. Now I'm hoping
      that funding for new energy developments will come from some unexpected
      direction, possibly from some group or nation that has the guts to stand
      alone for what it believes is right-cleaning up Mother Earth's waters, air,
      soils and whatever else we've polluted.

      Will our Native Americans be such a group? McGaa in all honesty admits that
      not every one of the people known as American Indians lives by the
      traditional ethic of respect and harmony with nature. On his home
      reservation, however, most of the young people are returning to their
      spiritual heritage. It seems to me that we should have another look at that
      heritage, as well as to keep an eye on the momentum that McGaa could help
      start in Connecticut.

      McGaa says, "Our beliefs and commonsense culture are very different from
      Dominant Society." His books call for a major change in the way people
      relate to the world. McGaa says if we begin to live by the principles that
      are demonstrated by the world of nature itself, we will then be in harmony
      with the world, rather than taking from it destructively. For instance, he
      discusses lessons humans can learn from animals, such as the lioness's
      aptitude for balancing male and female energy.

      I haven't read McGaa's new book yet, so will quote Chevalier's review which
      sums up this topic. He says McGaa makes one realize that the native American
      love and unity with the earth is not just some greenwashing PR scam.
      Further, Chevalier recommends the book to people who are fascinated by
      native culture's sudden regaining of control over their lives-a luxury
      afforded to them by the realization that sovereignty over their lands
      entitles all Indian tribes to a slew of business opportunities never before

      "If the growing cash flow of reservation casinos can translate into
      environmental industries, which it already has at resorts like the Mohegan
      Sun in Connecticut, this book may very well be the rallying call tribal
      leaders needed to make strength in numbers."
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