Off Topic, Tobacco program to start again under new name,

Thomas Cagle (
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 07:04:52 -0400

From: "Cheryl Fournier" <>
Subject: Fwd: Tobacco program to start again under new name---our help
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 20:42:31 PDT

>Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 09:19:58 -0600 (MDT)
>From: joseph c winter <>
>Subject: TNAT starting up again; thanks for support!
>(The following message is probably far too long, and I wish that
>I could send each supporter a personal message.  Also, I am very
>embarrassed to ask for donations, but it is the only way we can get
>started again. Thankyou for passing this message on to others!!!
>Joe Winter)
>Please pass this on to your friends and readers. In response to the
>tremendous outpouring of support, with hundreds of letters, email
>messages, petitions, and phone calls made on behalf of TNAT - The
>Traditional Native American Tobacco Seed Bank and Education Program -
>I have started the program up again, but with a new name and address.
>reflects its broader purpose, of providing many different kinds of
>medicinal plants to Native Americans who need them, not just
>traditional tobacco. We still have a traditional tobacco seed bank,
>tobacco health education program, and tobacco leaf gift program, but
>we also have several hundred other medicinal plants, that we can
>provide to Native Americans who need them for healing, prayers,
>ceremonies and related purposes. Also, our many donors have provided
>us with a lot of other items, such as bison and elk hides, parrot and
>other feathers, beads, porcupine quills, sinew and many other things
>that are useful for those in need, especially in prisons and rehab
>programs where access is limited.
>So here is our new address; we do not yet have a phone number, though
>I can still be reached at my work number - 505-277-5853 and this
>email address.  We need your continued support! We are starting out
>with a balance of 0 in our bank account, and while we have enough
>stamps to provide plants to member groups for about 2 weeks, we need
>many things that the university previously provided, and that now
>cost money that we don't have, e.g., post office box, phone line,
>copying costs, FAX line, web page, email address, and the many many
>other things required to set up and maintain a private,
>not-for-profit cooperative.
>So please send us your donations and support, so we can get back
>on our feet. Also, please consider joining our volunteer-based
>cooperative, which provides all member groups, each month, with
>as much traditional tobacco as they need, along with sage, cedar,
>sweetgrass, and a different educational set each month, and one other
>medicinal plant or other donated item from our catalogs of plants,
>educational materials, and related items (such as prisoner-made arts
>and crafts). Additional plants, educational sets, and other items can
>be purchased for a small price, and we have many books, posters,
>videos, Huichol and Tarahumara crafts and art, prisoner-made arts and
>crafts, and other things available at a very low cost. Finally, we
>still provide traditional tobacco seeds and a small amount of
>Blessing tobacco, in return only for postage costs (three .33 cents
>stamps or $1.00). You do not have to be a member to receive the seeds
>and gift tobacco. However, as a cooperative member you will receive
>many benefits.
>Initial membership in the cooperative is only $15.00, with a flat
>monthly rate of $7.50 thereafter, payable in money, stamps, arts and
>crafts, volunteer work, contributing traditional tobacco and other
>plants, making gifts, and the many other things that the cooperative
>will depend on. In other words, for only a little bit of effort or a
>little money, you can be part of an important cooperative that helps
>thousands of brothers and sisters in need, not only in prisons but in
>many other limited access facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
>So here is the new address:
>Native American Plant Cooperative
>P.O.Box 36749
>Albuquerque NM 87176
>Please consider donating support or even joining NAPC! Donations of
>$15.00 or more cover the basic cooperative enrollment fee. For the
>time being, checks and money orders have to be made out in my name,
>since we do not yet have our not-for profit status, tax ID # and all
>of the other bureaucratic stuff we have to go through. Also, there
>are many many challenges ahead of us, not the least of which is the
>upcoming Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determination of
>whether or not our Blessing Tobacco constitutes "tobacco" in the
>legal sense. But with your help, we can overcome this and many other
>obstacles. Thank you!!!
>Joe Winter
>Director, Native American Plant Cooperative
>Phone: 505-277-5853
>FAX: 505-277-6726

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