Sweet fragrance of the land, herbs and
roots and medicines long lost to the general popu-
lace, are nonetheless as present as they always have
been. We have been so taken with miracle cures,
these things have been put away as folklore and not
dependable. The simple people at one time had no
other alternative--so runs the present-day popular
Hard-fought battles over who is to pay for
the miracle medicines--and we are grateful for
most of them--may turn a venturesome soul back
to the soil and back to those things that heal a mind
and body without being asked for proof of insur-
ance. But one other thing far too ignored is the
power of prayer. No Indian is remiss in blessing his
body and soul and spirit because he knows they
work together. His prayer is not now and again but
regular and potent.
The lack of respect for growing, living things soon
led to lack of respect for humans too.
LUTHER STANDING BEAR
By: Joyce Sequichie Hifler
God said he was the Father and the
Earth was the Mother of mankind;
that nature was the law; that the ani-
mals and fish and plants obeyed
nature and that man only was sinful.
This is the old law.
On This Date in
Native American History
October 2, 1978: The Federal Acknow-
ledgment of Indian Tribes Act was
passed through Congress. The purpose
of the legislation is to acknowledge the
actual existence of certain American
Indian tribes within the United States.
By: Terri Jean
Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 2
"Laughter - that is something very sacred especially for us Indians."
--John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA
Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical and laughter is spiritual.
Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction.
If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension.
If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system.
Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.
Great Spirit, teach me to laugh
Courtesy of RedHawk 1920