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US: Ho-Chunk elders want to share tremendous impact of Transcendental Meditation with others
by Global Good News staff writer
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5 October 2009
About two years ago the elders of the Ho-Chunk Nation in North America began to see the wide-ranging possibilities that the Transcendental Meditation Technique could offer their people. Since that time they have witnessed this simple technique dramatically reducing stress in their community, and they now want to offer this knowledge to the rest of their nations.
The Transcendental Meditation Programme was first offered to Ho-Chunk students in grades six through twelve, said Prosper Waukon,* host of a press conference** on building healthy, sustainable American Indian communities, held last weekend at Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
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It was at that time that the Hocak Elders Council was being developed, Mr Waukon said. A year later the elders visited Maharishi University of Management and began learning Transcendental Meditation. They decided this was something very useful for the entire community, something worth sharing with 'the rest of our nations'.
'It's simple, it's easy to do, and it has an enormous impact on all areas of our reservations, our urban Indian communities, our urban Indian schools, and the lives of our people,' said Mr Waukon. Over the past two years the elders have confirmed the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in their own lives, he added.
On behalf of the elders, Mr Waukon thanked Maharishi University of Management and the David Lynch Foundation for hosting the press conference and three-day international symposium on the M.U.M. campus.
He then introduced the next speaker, former US President Bill Clinton, whose foundation supports initiatives similar to those of the Ho-Chunk elders in the fields of education, health, agriculture, green energy, and cultural preservation.
In the coming days, Global Good News will feature the speech of President Clinton as well as talks of other leaders at the press conference.
* Prosper Waukon is a hereditary leader of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska. He is an accomplished businessman, youth development specialist, and organizational strategist. Mr Waukon shares with the Hocak Elders Council, a tireless advocacy for the education, health, food, and preservation and restoration of culture for his tribe and the whole of Indian Country.
**A replay of the press conference was featured on the 1 October 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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