Friday, November 8, 2013


Honoring Quanah Parker - Comanche

Honoring Quanah Parker - Comanche
Ca. 1845 or 1852 – February 23, 1911

"How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right" --Quanah Parker

>>>>>----------- Idle No More ---------<<<<<<

Extraordinary Quanah Parker was a Comanche chief, a leader in the Native American Church, and the last leader of the powerful Quahadi band before they surrendered their battle of the Great Plains and went to a reservation in Indian Territory.

He was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, a European American, who had been kidnapped at the age of nine and assimilated into the tribe.

Quanah Parker also led his people on the reservation, where he became a wealthy rancher and influential in Comanche and European American society. With seven wives and 25 children, Quanah had numerous descendants. Many people in Texas and Oklahoma claim him as an ancestor.

Although praised by many in his tribe as a preserver of their culture, Quanah also experienced Comanche critics. Some rumors claim that he "sold out to the white man" by adapting and becoming a rancher.

He dressed and lived in what some viewed as a more European-American than Comanche style. Quanah did adopt some European-American ways, but he always wore his hair long and in braids. He also refused to follow US marriage laws and had up to five wives at one time.

Quanah was never elected principal chief of the tribe by the people. Traditionally, the Comanche had no single chief. The various bands of the Comanche had their own chiefs.

The US appointed Quanah principal chief of the entire nation once the people had gathered on the reservation and later introduced general elections.

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Chief Joseph (Young Joseph)

Chief Joseph (Young Joseph)
(March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904)

Chief Joseph succeeded his father Tuekakas (Chief Joseph the Elder) as the leader of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe of the Wallowa Valley in what is today the State of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

He led his band during the most tumultuous period in their contemporary history when they were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in the Wallowa Valley by the United States federal government and forced to move onto an reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. A series of events which culminated in episodes of violence led those Nez Perce who resisted removal including Joseph's band and an allied band of the Palouse tribe to take flight to attempt to reach political asylum, ultimately with the Sioux chief Sitting Bull in Canada.

They were pursued by the United States Army in a campaign led by General Oliver O. Howard. This epic 1,170-mile fighting retreat by the Nez Perce became known as the Nez Perce War. The skill in which the Nez Perce fought and the manner in which they conducted themselves in the face of incredible adversity led to widespread admiration among their military adversaries and the American public.

Coverage of the war in United States newspapers led to widespread recognition of Joseph and the Nez Perce. For his principled resistance to the removal, he became renowned as a humanitarian and peacemaker.

Honoring and remembering Jim Thorpe

Honoring and remembering Jim Thorpe
May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953

James Francis aka Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox: Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as "Bright Path") was a legendary American Indian athlete with caucasian ancestry. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football (collegiate and professional), and also played professional baseball and basketball.

Of American Indian and European American ancestry, Thorpe grew up in the Sac and Fox nation in Oklahoma. He played as part of several All-American Indian teams throughout his career, and "barnstormed" as a professional basketball player with a team composed entirely of American Indians.

In a poll of sports fans conducted by ABC Sports, Thorpe was voted the Greatest Athlete of the Twentieth Century out of 15 other athletes including Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, and Michael Jordan.

Thorpe, whose parents were both half Caucasian, was raised as an American Indian. His accomplishments occurred during a period of heavy racial inequality in the United States. It has often been suggested that his medals were stripped because of his ethnicity. While it is difficult to prove this, the public comment at the time largely reflected this view.

At the time Thorpe won his gold medals, not all Native Americans were recognized as U.S. citizens. (The U.S. government had wanted them to make concessions to adopt European-American ways to receive such recognition.) Citizenship was not granted to all American Indians until 1924.

While Thorpe attended Carlisle, students' ethnicity was used for marketing purposes. A photograph of Thorpe and the 1911 football team emphasized racial differences among the competing athletes. The inscription on the most important game ball of that season reads, "1911, Indians 18, Harvard 15."

Additionally, the school and journalists often categorized sporting competitions as conflicts of Indians against whites; newspaper headings such as "Indians Scalp Army 27–6" or "Jim Thorpe on Rampage" made stereotypical journalistic play of the Indian background of Carlisle's football team.

The first notice of Thorpe in the New York Times was headlined "Indian Thorpe in Olympiad; Redskin from Carlisle Will Strive for Place on American Team."
His accomplishments were described in a similar racial context by other newspapers and sportswriters throughout his life.

In June 2010, Jack Thorpe filed a federal lawsuit against the borough of Jim Thorpe, seeking to have his father's remains returned to his homeland and re-interred near other family members in Oklahoma.

Citing the American Indian Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Jack was arguing to bring his father's remains to the reservation in Oklahoma, where they would be buried near those of his father, sisters and brother, a mile from the place he was born. He claimed that the agreement between his stepmother and Jim Thorpe, Pa., borough officials was made against the wishes of other family members who want him buried in Native American land. Jack Thorpe died at 73 on February 22, 2011.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hemp produces....

I'll be in my Hay Fort, coloring

How To Convert Crock-Pot Cooking to Dutch Oven Perfection

How To Convert Crock-Pot Cooking to Dutch Oven Perfection

Slow Cooker to Dutch Oven Conversion

Posted by Rick Mansfield

Slow cookers are wonderful things. Of course where I grew up, we simply called them “Crock Pots.” But since that’s a trademarked brand name, they are usually referred to as “slow cookers” when speaking of the devices generically. They are great for cooking an entire meal by planning a few hours ahead. Just throw in the ingredients, set the temperature, and let it go. However, as any cast iron aficionado will understand, sometimes you just prefer to break out the black iron.

And as any experienced cast iron cook knows, you don’t really need special cookbooks geared to cast iron cookware--although they are certainly nice to have. In reality, most recipes (with a few exceptions) can be cooked in cast iron. This is especially true of slow cooker recipes since a slow cooker is really nothing more than an electric dutch oven if you think about it. However, some conversion of cooking time is required.

Last summer, Kathleen Purvis of The Charlotte Observer wrote an article (no direct link remaining to my knowledge) on this exact subject that I saw reprinted in a number of papers around the country. To convert from cooking times from a slow cooker to a dutch oven, she offered this basic principle:

A recipe that is cooked on the low setting in your slow cooker will take about a quarter as long in a Dutch oven in a 325-degree oven (if it cooks for 8 hours on low, it will take two to three hours in the Dutch oven). A recipe that is cooked on high setting will take about half as long. But remember, that's only an estimate, so leave yourself a little extra time.

Although the math is pretty straightforward, I thought that some of you might appreciate a quick cheat sheet, so I created one based upon Kathleen Purvis’ suggestions:

12 hours/Low
3 hours/325° F
10 hours/Low
2 1/2 hours/325° F
8 hours/Low
2 hours/325° F
6 hours/Low
1 1/2 hours/325° F
5 hours/Low
1 hour, 15 min./325° F
4 hours/Low
1 hour/325° F
4 hours/High
2 hours/325° F
3 hours/Low
45 min./325° F
3 hours/High
1 1/2 hours/325° F
2 hours/Low
30 min./325° F
2 hours/High
1 hour/325° F
1 hour/Low
15 min./325° F
1 hour/High
30 min./325° F

None of the above times will be exact, so pay attention to the food cooking in your dutch oven that you don’t undercook it or overcook it. Kathleen Purvis also suggests adding more liquid to food cooked in dutch ovens because she says that more steam escapes from them than from a slow cooker. However, my experience has been just the opposite--the heavy lid of a dutch oven will sometimes hold in too much moisture. But your experience may vary, so be sure to watch out for this.

Finally, what about the obvious advantage that slow cookers have over dutch ovens when it comes to portability? Taking food in a dutch oven to the church potluck may not stay warm as long without the added heating element. Well, there is a solution for this; you can simply use a portable single burner such as the one from GE pictured below:

These single burners run a little less than $20 and can be used in the kitchen as an extra burner or even while camping (assuming you have access to electricity). Don’t expect them to get as hot as a burner on a stove, but they function well to keep things warm to hot, much like a slow cooker.

Earlier this week, we had about 15 people over to the house for dinner, and I needed to make room on the stove. As part of the meal, we were having Taco Soup. I had made it in advance, and it would have been very appropriate simply to transfer it to a slow cooker since I needed the space on my stovetop. However, I kept the soup in my new red enameled dutch oven I cooked it in, and simply moved it to the counter, sitting it on top of the single burner.

This worked out perfectly, and demonstrates quite well what you can do if you want to show off your cast iron at the next potluck, but keep it warm, too. In fact, as we were getting ready to eat the other night, one of our guests looked at my dutch oven sitting on top of the single burner and asked, “Is that some kind of new fancy Crock Pot?”

Feel free to leave your thoughts or ask questions in the comments below, or you can contact Rick directly at

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 7

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 7
"Abuse and repression have no place in a traditional family."
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
Traditional families guided by their culture were taught how to live. The were taught about relationships, respect, and spirituality. Only since alcohol was introduced to Indians have we seen physical abuse, sexual abuse and verbal abuse. These behaviors have no room in traditional families. The cycle of abuse must be broken during this generation. We do this by asking for help to quit drinking and abusing and return to our traditional culture and spirituality.
Creator, plant inside of me the knowledge of the traditional family.

Black Elk

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

Life of Russell Means to be honored in Denver Print Email to a Friend by: ALBERT BENDER november 5 2013


The life of one of Native America's greatest heroes, Lakota warriorRussell Means, will be celebrated this week with a days' long tribute in Denver, Colorado. On Nov. 7-10, Russell's family, friends and supporters will host "Mitakuye Oyasin (we are all related) - Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Russell Means," with a series of programs and panels to honor the huge contributions he made to both the Indian and non-Indian world.
The commemoration is being organized by the Denver-based Russell Means Honoring Committee. The celebration will honor the life of Russell Means as a political, cultural and visionary American Indian leader. Russell was a Oglala Lakota warrior for the people, a momentous leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and a founder of the Republic of Lakotah. He has been described as "the most famous American Indian of the 20th century." Acclaimed Standing Rock Sioux author and scholar Vine Deloria, Jr. has said of Means, "We should cherish this man as one of our greatest people."                                                     Russell made his journey to the spirit world on Oct. 22, 2012, at his home in Porcupine, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Aside from his vast impact on the political scene, Means was an author, a spiritual leader of the Sun Dance, a gifted artist, a world known actor and a talented musician. He could be said to be truly an American Indian "Renaissance figure."
But his passion, of course, was politics and fighting for the rights of Native American people. Russell will be forever honored for his tireless, fearless and frontline advocacy of the American Indian struggle for liberation and political, social and economic equality. He was an Indigenous revolutionary. 
The events during the commemoration will include :
1) An all-day political symposium at the University of Colorado in downtown Denver that will discuss the effect of Russell's life and works;
2) A public honoring of Russell and rally featuring guest speakers;
3) A gala fundraising dinner with special guest entertainment to help establish the Russell Means Library on the Pine Ridge Reservation to continue his work of educating the public on the treaty rights of Indigenous people; 
4) A film exhibition of the movies in which Russell acted. This program will include panels of fellow actors, directors and academic and cultural speakers;    
5) An art exhibition featuring some of Russell's most prominent paintings and etchings. This will also include a signing by Russell's wife, Pearl, of his last book, "If You've Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You've Lost Your Way."
The committee anticipates that official representatives of various tribes and tribal members will be in attendance as well as international and national figures who will participate in the panels, give speeches or provide artistic presentations.
Many hope that this commemoration can also provide a jumping off point to continue the struggle that Russell so fearlessly fought. He left us too soon.
Photo: Family and friends of Russell Means sing as they ride horses down the Big Foot Trail during the honoring service procession for Means in Kyle, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. on Oct. 24, 2012. Means passed away at his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72. Aaron Rosenblatt /Rapid City Journal/AP

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 6

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 6
"It is well to be good to women in the strength of our manhood because we must sit under their hands at both ends of our lives."
The women bring us into this life and nurture us as we grow up. When we reach our manhood, she supports us and sings the songs to help the family grow. The Elders say we must look at the woman in a sacred way. We must realize how special her powers are in brining forth life. The woman will bring balance to a man. The woman will help him see. It is said, behind every successful man is a supporting woman. Maybe we should examine how we are thinking about women. The Great Spirit says we should honor them. Are we respecting and honoring our women today?
Grandmother, Grandfather thank you for our women. Today, let me honor them

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 5

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 5
"You could study the ancestors, but without a deep feeling of communication with them it would be surface learning and surface talking. Once you have gone into yourself and have learned very deeply, appreciate it, and relate to it very well, everything will come very easily."
--Ellen White, NANAIMO
Inside of every human being are our ancestors, and these ancestors still live. Today, the white man calls this DNA, but there is more than DNA. We have the ability to go inside of ourselves and learn from the ancestors. The ancestor teachings reside in the place of the center. The ancestors are waiting for us to come there so they can share the ancient teachings. It is said, "Be still and know".
Great Spirit, let me walk in the stillness.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Ranch Dressing


Since I eat my weight in salad, there is not to many dressings out there that are good for your until now!
This whole jar of ranch is only 1.75 grams of fat and 255 calories! 
1 cup dannon oikos plain greek yogurt
1 packet hidden valley ranch mix,
1/2 cup 1% milk.

Whisk together, pour into an air tight mason jar, chill 1 hour before use. Perfect consistency and tastes better than bottled!... 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 4

Elder's Meditation of the Day November 4
"The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the woman. Walk the good road.... Be dutiful, respectful, gentle, and modest my daughter... Be strong with the warm, strong heart of the earth. No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored, or dead upon the ground. Be strong and sing the strength of the Great Powers within you, all around you."
--Village Wise Man, SIOUX
The Elders say the Native American women will lead the healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them and give them strength. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sings the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep our people strong; be respectful, gentle, and modest.
Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make them strong today.


Bend Oregon Art around Town

~ Bend, Oregon ~

Art work is placed all around Bend this piece is in the Old Mill District. Growing up in bend this area was log deck now it has been turned into a Park with a 3 mile loop river trail. A great area to visit with shops and restaurants along the Deschutes River. 

Images Courtesy of Dave White Photography

My Body...

Rosemary Corn Bread

Rosemary Corn Bread

Serves 24Hands-On Time: Total Time: 



  1. Heat oven to 400º F. Lightly coat a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. Stir all the ingredients together. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or just until golden. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  4. When cool, cut lengthwise into 3 strips and then crosswise into quarters. Cut each square into 2 triangles. (The corn bread can be made ahead to this point. Remove from pan, wrap in foil, and freeze for up to 3 months.) To serve, thaw and reheat in the foil in a 325º F oven for 10 minutes or until heated through.
By  , November, 2003

Mini Apple Pies

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I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away now. Time to get to meal planning, and fast! Perusing some dessert recipes I landed on the Mini Apples Pies I made when I first began blogging, along with some other desserts that are perfect for the holiday menu.
These Mini Apple Pies are such a fun twist on the regular apple pie. Made in muffin tins using a basic pie crust, filled with your favorite apple filling or apple crisp (recipe below). Using pie crust scraps, I made little leaves to add to top of pies.

They couldn’t be easier. And they’re so cute!
Mini Apple Pies need some friends to share the dessert buffet with, don’t ya think? Here are a few of my other favorites for Thanksgiving celebrations:

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie doesn’t last long in our home. It’s dangerous, y’all, but totally worth it.
Pecan Pie Muffins that I made for Tasty Kitchen a while back double as a dangerous dessert or breakfast muffin. They are super easy, and really do taste like pecan pie. Try em. Soon. (There’s a link for the full recipe over at Tasty Kitchen.)
Wanting a simple dessert that serves a bunch? Praline Cake Squares are the ticket. You may want to go ahead and make two pans. Just sayin. ;)
Now I’m getting hungry for all things dessert. How about you? For more tasty treats, perfect for the upcoming holiday season, check out these 8 Gourmet Desserts from
I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with family this year, but I want to thank you for always stopping by to share you comments and good ideas. I’d love nothing more to share a pecan pie with you one day. xoxoxo

These Mini Apple Pies are such a fun twist on the regular apple pie. Made in muffin tins using a basic pie crust, filled with your favorite apple filling or apple crisp (recipe below). Adapted from Apple Crisp Betty Crocker recipe.
  • 1 Pastry Crust Recipe
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 apples diced, (Granny Smith, Fuji or favorite baking apple)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
For topping:
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  1. Preheat oven to 425.°
  2. Roll out dough to ⅛” thick on floured surface. Using a paper cupcake liner as a template cut out circles a little larger than liners. Line muffin tin with dough circles. Let the extra dough hang over the edge of tin. It’s okay if it’s not perfect.
  3. Bake mini pastry shells in oven for 12 minutes or until the shell is no longer raw but still pale. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350.°
  4. In pan over medium heat, melt butter.
  5. Add apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Coat apples well and simmer about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add pecans and continue to simmer for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. Scoop a little of the mixture into each pastry shell. Be sure to press mixture down and fill to top.
  8. Optional Topping: Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle a little on each mini pie.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes in a 350° oven or until slightly golden brown. Be careful to not let crust burn.


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Sunday, November 3, 2013



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1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
1 package Taco Bell seasoning mix
2 1/2 cups mashed potato flakes (you could also use left over mashed potatoes and omit the butter and milk)
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Sour cream, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add milk and 2 tablespoon taco seasoning.
Remove from heat and add potato flakes until incorporated. Press mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes until it just BARELY turns golden brown.

In a medium skillet, cook beef and onions until beef is browned and cooked through. Drain. Add Salsa and remaining taco seasoning. Cook until bubbly. Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Top with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Cut and serve with sour cream.


I am His and with Him I want not.
He throws out to me a rope and the name of the rope is love
and He draws me to where the grass is green and the water is not dangerous,
and I eat and lie down and am satisfied.
Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down
but He lifts me up again draws me into a good road.
His name is WONDERFUL .
Sometimes, it may be very soon, it may be a long long time,
He will draw me into a valley.
It is dark there, but I'll be afraid not,
for it is between those mountains that the SHEPHERD CHIEF will meet me
and the hunger that I have in my heart all through life will be satisfied.
Sometimes he makes the love rope into a whip,
but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean upon.
He spreads a table before me with all kinds of foods.
He puts His hand upon my head and all the " tired " is gone.
My cup he fills till it runs over.
What I tell is true. I lie not.
These roads that are "away ahead" will stay with me
through this life and after;
and afterwards I will go to live in the Big Teepee
and sit down with the SHEPHERD CHIEF forever.
Author Unknown
Sending you many Great Spirit Blessings to enfold you ,caress you with his omnipotent white you peace, love...Sending warm smiles and so much love your way my precious brothers and sisters...With honor and respect always ..Peace , Light and Love...Namaste...Stay safe.

My Body....


This is a reminder to myself. I have always admired my indigenous friends listening skills. Many of them, who were raised in their own culture, are taught from an early age that when an elder speaks "listen and do not interrupt." It's such a refreshing experience when someone is truly listening to our words intently. I have grown up in a culture that doesn't really listen, but only waits so they have a chance to speak, or jumps in and changes the subject. I still do this sometimes, but I'm working on changing this habit. A lesson I am learning from Sweetwater Nannauck. — with Sweetwater Nannauck.