Monday, October 29, 2007

Porcupine Clinic Out of Heat

Porcupine Clinic Out of Heat
By Stephanie M. Schwartz, Freelance Writer
Member, Native American Journalists Association
October 26, 2007 Firestone, Colorado

Porcupine Clinic, located in the small community of Porcupine, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota [Sioux] Reservation is out of heat. According to Stella White Eyes, Administrative Assistant for the Clinic, the Clinic has closed its doors until it can find resources to fund their heating costs.

Porcupine Clinic is the only independent Indian community-controlled health clinic in the United States. It is not connected with the Federal Indian Health Services (IHS) program and is funded primarily by grants and donations. Unfortunately, those resources have become exceptionally rare this year.

Porcupine Clinic opened its doors in 1992 and serves the entire Reservation as well as the Porcupine District in which it is located. Patients are billed according to their ability to pay and many patients, including low-income Elders and children, receive free health care there.

In 2004, the Porcupine Clinic opened its dialysis unit, saving countless lives of those diabetic patients who could not journey 120 miles away to Rapid City for needed dialysis treatment several times a week. The only other dialysis treatment available on the 11,000 square mile (2.7 million acres) Reservation is located in the small IHS Hospital in the community of Pine Ridge. But that facility hosts only a handful of dialysis beds, is up to 100 miles away from the more remote areas of the Reservation, and is completely unable to treat the vast need of the entire Reservation.

Recent statistics state that the diabetes rate on Pine Ridge is 800% that of the National average and the life expectancy rate is 52 to 58 years old. It is said that 55% of the adults on Pine Ridge over the age of 40 have diabetes.

Ms. White Eyes states that the Clinic has been unable to pay their annual propane tank rental fees of $245 (for both the Clinic and dialysis unit tanks) or for the propane to fill them. They have three tanks: a thousand gallon tank which services the main clinic and two five hundred gallon tanks servicing the dialysis unit. The minimum propane delivery from their provider, Western Cooperative (WESTCO) out of Chadron and Hay Springs, Nebraska, is $360.

If all the tanks were filled, at $1.69 per gallon, it would cost well over $3,000. Further, that will need to happen more than once this winter. While the dialysis unit helps to fund at least part of its own propane use, the Clinic is out of funding now, just as winter is approaching fast.

Harvey Iron Boy, Porcupine District Vice President and Head Man, spoke of the vital role that the Clinic plays in the local district as well as the Reservation as a whole. Not only are the health care services, bi-lingual assistance, diabetic education, and dialysis treatments all meeting critical needs on the Reservation but there are more basic needs met by the Clinic as well. He pointed out that locals often come into the Clinic simply to get warm on days when they have no heat in their own homes.

Ms. White Eyes has contacted various non-profits and assistance organizations but has largely gone unanswered. Link Center Foundation, a small all-volunteer non-profit organization out of Longmont, Colorado, was contacted this week and was also unable to help. With their own heating assistance program for the elders and disabled on the Reservation struggling due to lack of donations, there simply was no funding available to help the Clinic.

However, Audrey Link, Founder/President of the Link Center Foundation (, personally paid the $245 out of her own pocket for the annual tank rental fees for the Porcupine Clinic and dialysis unit on Friday. Largely retired and on limited income herself, Link stated that “She couldn’t go to sleep tonight if she thought the dialysis patients and Clinic were going to lose their propane tanks. At least now, if they can raise any money at all elsewhere, they can use the money for propane to fill them.”

Anyone wishing to donate towards propane fuel for the Porcupine Clinic may do so directly to the propane company. Please contact:
Loretta at Western Cooperative (WESTCO)
170 Bordeaux St – Chadron, NE 69337-2342
Call Toll Free 800-762-9906
Credit Card and Bank Card donations by phone will be accepted. Small donations are also welcome and will accumulate until the minimum delivery has been reached and then the company will make a delivery of propane to the Clinic. Please clearly mark any donation “For Porcupine Clinic.”

Donations may also be sent directly to the Clinic. For more information, please contact:
Porcupine Clinic
Stella White Eyes, Administrative Assistant
P.O. Box 99 – Porcupine, SD 57772
Internet Information:
Phone: 605-867-5655
Note: Due to lack of heat, there may or may not be anyone available to answer the phone at the Clinic at this time. Please leave a message.

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eye of god

eye of god
shine down on me
eye of god
need help
hear my plea

for wisdom
and all that

the soul
the spirit
and all
who bear it

in black distain
will they refrain
from their evil
their lies
they complain
and leave me be
to begin again

eye of god
watch over them
eye of god
send healing to them
let them know i'll always
let them know i cry for them

i must let go
it must be so
we must not judge
we must not forget
and let me sleep

but just tell me this
death kiss is on my lips
make them disappear
into a new year
with grace beauty
is near

and beauty


McElway Basketball

get a tissue.....

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Searching for an Answer

Essiac Tea Herbs Essiac Tea Herbs

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Symptoms of Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety Attacks Symptoms
What is anxiety attack symptoms? Anxiety attacks, also called panic attacks, are unexpected episodes of intense terror or fear. Anxiety attacks often come without any warning, and although the fear is generally irrational, the feelig of danger is very real. A person experiencing an anxiety attack will often feel as if they are about to die or pass out.
There are many people in the world who suffer from some form of anxiety and for these people these anxiety attacks may be mild or they could be very severe. While there are many ways of treating anxiety attacks, it’s first important to identify what are your Anxiety Attack Symptoms.

The physical symptoms of anxiety attacks that manifest themselves in the form of headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, tingling, pale complexion, numbness, difficulty in breathing, and sensations of tightness in the chest, neck, shoulders and or hands. All these anxiety attack symptoms are the body’s fight-or-flight reaction which involves the hormones, muscles and the heart.

The behavioral anxiety attack symptoms include pacing, trembling, general restlessness, hyperventilation, pressured speech, wringing of the hands, and even finger tapping. Then the cognitive anxiety attack symptoms include recurrent or obsessive thoughts, feelings of doom, and morbid thoughts of death, confusion or the inability to concentrate.

The emotional anxiety attack symptoms can include feelings of tension or nervousness, feeling agitated, overwrought, and feelings of unreality, panic, or even terror. Then there are also the anxiety attack symptoms where the person’s brain puts up a defense mechanism against the anxiety attacks.

These psychological defenses include repressing anxious thoughts or ideas out of the conscious awareness. Other anxiety attack symptoms is where the sufferer will transfer the source of their anxiety to an object or an event. Phobias are an example of this anxiety attack transference. Then there are the times that a person who suffers from anxiety attacks will rationalize their anxious feelings by claiming that ordinary people would feel the same way were they placed in the exact situation.

The other method that the brain will use as a defense against anxiety attacks manifests itself in the form of physical complaints and illnesses. In this case the anxiety attack symptoms involve recurrent headaches, an upset stomach, and muscle and joint pains.

Delusions are one other way of the brain trying to defend the sufferer from the anxiety attacks. For these anxiety attack symptoms the person can formulate conspiracy theories or other similar scenarios. This gives the person an emotional outlet for their feelings of anxiety.

It doesn’t really matter what form these anxiety attack symptoms show themselves in. What’s really important is once you identify that these are signs of anxiety attacks that you seek and receive help and treatment for this condition. By catching these anxiety attack symptoms early you have a chance to stop it progressing to a more severe condition like agoraphobia where you may become housebound due to your excessive anxiety attacks. So don’t delay if you feel that you suffer from Anxiety Attack Symptoms , go and see a qualified medical practitioner as soon as possible and get the proper help.

Causes of Anxiety Attacks
What are the causes of anxiety attacks, and risk factors for anxiety attacks and disorders? There are a number of complex factors that contribute to the development of anxiety disorders. Your environment, personality, family dynamics, brain chemistry, and genetics all can play a role. In addition, major life stressors such as financial difficulties, marital problems, or bereavement often trigger the onset of an anxiety disorder. It is important to realize that no single factor causes an anxiety disorder. The various anxiety risk factors are interrelated and can interact with and impact one another.

Read more about anxiety attack symptoms at:

anxiety attack - jeffrey lewis

whewwwwwwww----my sentiments exactly....
take a deep breath, and breathe..

Friday, October 19, 2007

shawn trying out new healing blanket

shawn says: it feels like he is "floating through a dream" when he is under it and makes him feel "oh so good and relaxed". for more info these wonderful blankets contact sue at

love u sister
patti and shawn

Curve Lake Reserve near Peterboro Ontario CA

thank u for being my friend and my sister the visit was way way too short but oh so fun..i love u.

stella bella i wuv u

I met this incredible little girl last weekend in Buckhorn, she is such a princess! she is nine month old pug named Stella which means "stellar" or the stars!!!! I wanted to take her home sooooo bad!!! but kim wouldn't let me! boo hoo! Cant wait to see u all again.

bear dog at semi holly pow wow and view inside looking out our trader booth

such a cutie, only 8 week old austrailian shepherd, shawn and i fell in luv with her!

Bear medicine from No. 72 and cubs ~ lake morraine yoho national park b.c.

an encounter with grizzly no. 72 and two cubs from afar, sending their bear medicine to me. i had no fear as i sat quietly majestically and proud above the ice patch 10,000 feet in the air, mama and babies were at the bottom of the ice patch......miigweitch for your wisdom and presence and for being a part of healing journey..


more bear medicine :) and crystal healing at Whetung's

I loved the energy there and especially the beautiful magnificent amethyst geode cathedral!!!
miigwetich michael for your hospitality once again!

more...bear medicine healing journey

more time spent with
sweet sisters, guides & brothers
a big chi miigwetich
for all prayers from others

sweet singing bowls and
stone people are healing
sweet songs of bluebird
could be heard singing

a healing prayer to me
sung through the wind
into the windows
big blanket upon me
felt safe soft and warm

black robed men on horses
with dark motives did come
to take me away
but buffalo healers on horses
brought medicine
and asked not to stay
those whose motives are not pure
those whose motives are not right
and rescued my spirit
into the light
once again

and big bear came behind me
and put back what those bad men
stole away from my spirit
one once again cleared the air

more bear medicine
into winter

spirit to be awakened
and healed
by spring
and will take care
of the journey
the journey is pure
the journey is light
once more can endure

miigwetich to my sisters and brother and guides
always watching over
i am so very grateful!
my love

for more info on the wonderful healing work and special healing blankets go to:

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

eyes have been opened-buffalo medicine

eyes have been opened
trust is restored
all of us focus
on just reward

feelings are simple
feelings are bright
our time to come forward
into the light
into the light

meanings come later
always explained
might not be at the moment
but always are laid
into our destiny
into our lives
while in this realm
please give us no strife

peace and serenity
is all i want here
finding my path (once again)
is all i want dear

light is our savior
it heals as it braves
it brings us together
it heals as it saves

our sanity
photos: #1 bison at bear butte visitor center, sturgis, s. dakota*
#2 bison free roaming at bear butte national park, sturgis, s. dakota*
#3 photo of Mandan Buffalo Dancer cir. 1890

*photos by patti spiritdancer

Paul's New "Ever Present Past"

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Asked if he regretted meeting and marrying Mills, 39, McCartney told the magazine: "Going through a divorce is a very painful thing. As Winston Churchill once said, 'If you're going through hell, keep going!'

"The only solution is to remain dignified. If I don't keep a silence about it, I lose this idea of being dignified. But I've a wonderful baby," he added, referring to the couple's child.

"She's a great joy to me, as are my elder children, so I'm a lucky man."

McCartney and Mills married in 2002 and announced their separation four years later. Their acrimonious divorce is expected to return to the courts in February after attempts last week to reach a private settlement failed.

British media have speculated that the pop legend, whose personal fortune is estimated at 825 million pounds, will have to pay between 20 million and 70 million pounds to Mills.

According to McCartney, music has also eased the pain of divorce.

"Music is a great healer," he said. "Music is the therapy for me. In fact, going through difficulties has only concentrated my desire to make good music."

and so it goes....


Friday, October 12, 2007

over you ~ daughtry

"Over You"

Now that it's all said and done,
I can't believe you were the one
To build me up and tear me down,
Like an old abandoned house.
What you said when you left
Just left me cold and out of breath.
I fell too far, was in way too deep.
Guess I let you get the best of me.

Well, I never saw it coming.
I should've started running
A long, long time ago.
And I never thought I'd doubt you,
I'm better off without you
More than you, more than you know.
I'm slowly getting closure.
I guess it's really over.
I'm finally getting better.
And now I'm picking up the pieces.
I'm spending all of these years
Putting my heart back together.
'Cause the day I thought I'd never get through,
I got over you.

You took a hammer to these walls,
Dragged the memories down the hall,
Packed your bags and walked away.
There was nothing I could say.
And when you slammed the front door shut,
A lot of others opened up,
So did my eyes so I could see
That you never were the best for me.

Well, I never saw it coming.
I should've started running
A long, long time ago.
And I never thought I'd doubt you,
I'm better off without you
More than you, more than you know.
I'm slowly getting closure.
I guess it's really over.
I'm finally getting better.
And now I'm picking up the pieces.
I'm spending all of these years
Putting my heart back together.
'Cause the day I thought I'd never get through,
I got over you.

Well, I never saw it coming.
I should've started running
A long, long time ago.
And I never thought I'd doubt you,
I'm better off without you
More than you, more than you know.

Well, I never saw it coming.
I should've started running
A long, long time ago.
And I never thought I'd doubt you,
I'm better off without you
More than you, more than you know.
I'm slowly getting closure.
I guess it's really over.
I'm finally getting better.
And now I'm picking up the pieces.
I'm spending all of these years
Putting my heart back together.
Well I'm putting my heart back together,
'Cause I got over you.
Well I got over you.
I got over you.
'Cause the day I thought I'd never get through,
I got over you.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

suffering in silence (in rajistan)

suffering in silence
no one listens
in time
is of the essence
women children need us
pretend that you care

trust is an issue
so called friends
need a tissue
ends up right there
where u began
which is no where

false loyalty will prevail
it will be revealed
false smiles hide behind
big teeth big words
I've seen your vile puke

crying forewarned
betrayal lies deep
ego trips u keep
get a grip
go sleep

is peace
is panic
is fleecy
white pillows
that hold on
i know my ties
lie deep
to karma

karma runs deep
karma loves lies
u cheat and u do
u can cum up
my thighs

and suck up my blood
and suck out my heart
and how u dare 2
how are you invade
my bright best blue
but u can't break me
my being
my heart
well let's see

starting over
for now
help is near
however those who
betray u
will get their
new gear

that will stick
and hurt low
it will stick
and sting high

however you see it
it will fly in
the sky

to the creator
with eagles