Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 03 March 2009


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

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Contents of Page 3              

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Turtle Island: Original Name for No America

Grandmother Waynonaha Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Spinners and Weavers

The New Shield

Feature Story 4:: Indian Boarding Schools
Natural Medicine: How to Reinterpret Your Body
Elder's Meditations: Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
Women's Circle: Indian Women Group Seeks Solidarity
Food & Nutrition: Cheap Eats: How to Find Healthy Food During Tough Economic Times
Book Reviews: Prison Writings - by Leonard Peltier
Poetry Circle: Blood of Your Brothers
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Meetings, Protocols, Events

 

      


ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

Attendance Policy Change

Open the doors and let 'em in!  The upcoming Gatherings will have no restrictions on attendance - members and non-members alike may join in the prayerful ceremonies.  Current members, former members and guests are not required to request an invitation.  Manataka will continue to not advertise or promote Gatherings to the public.

 

Renew your membership today!

 


 

HISTORY.... 

 

Turtle Island:  The Original Name for North America

 

The name Turtle Island comes from the  Aboriginal Creation story

Turtle Island was renamed North America after a Spanish explorer, Amerigo Vespucci

 

 

 

The Anishinaabek are one of the most widespread nations of the Aboriginal People of Turtle Island. There are Anishinaabek people living from The Canadian Sub-arctic across Turtle Island into Mexico. Many  Native  nations say that they are Anishinabek such as the Ojibway also called Chippewa, the Odawa, the Potawatomie, The Algonquins in Ontario's North-East and others. There is many nations similar to the Anishinaabek such as the Algonquin related people in the East Coast, the Arapaho nation and the Tsitsistas nation, also known as Cheyenne in the Prairies, and the Yurok nation on the West Coast. The Anishinaabek language is a widely accepted aboriginal language in Turtle Island. The word Niiji is an Anishinaabek word originally used by the Ojibway and Cree to mean friend.

Lately Aboriginal People of Turtle Island often use the term Niiji to address each other and themselves equivalent to the meaning of the word Indian. The word Indian originates in one version from Spanish and in another version again from Spaniards calling Turtle Island Natives people from India, Indians. The term Niiji very clearly defines the person as an aboriginal from Turtle Island other than Inuit. When used today, the term Indian could refer to a person from India or to a person of any aboriginal nationality on any of the continents with populations that lead lifestyles similar to those of the aboriginal people on Turtle Island. Similar to the term Indians referring to Turtle Island aboriginal people, the aboriginal people in the Arctic were called Eskimos. The term Eskimo is not a term that the aboriginal people of the Arctic called themselves but rather a term used by Europeans that originated from the Cree language calling people raw meat eaters. Due to the term Eskimo not being a term the aboriginal people in the Arctic introduced, the term Eskimo was replaced by what the aboriginal people in the Arctic call themselves, which is the word Inuit. Inuk means man in the language of the aboriginal people of the Arctic and Inuit means men in their language. Their language is called Inuktitut. The word Niiji has already replaced the term Indian in many cases among Native youth and elders and it could completely replace the term Indian just like the word Eskimo was replaced by name Inuit.

 

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GRANDMOTHER WAYNONAHA TWO WORLDS SPEAKS

 

 

 
 
 
Spinners and Weavers

By Waynonaha

 

 

Dear Sisters,

 

As I connect with you on the web of life, we stand together in this time,  strong and united. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us all be the weaver of dreams and continue the healing of our minds,  bodies,  spirits and souls, for the seven generations to come.

~Waynonaha

 



The threads of time are interwoven in our fabric which we call the fabric of life.  Each strand  a thought and memory that helps us to find our way back to our center.


As I sit in the garden watching Grandmother Spider weave her web this story of the Spider Medicine is brought to me again.


Many times I have been woven into a web and found myself stranded and trapped.  Like the Wolf I had to use my own medicine to break free.  Still an invisible thread is there to remind me to not go in that place again.


Being humans we all forget or miss place the threads of thought and memory until the next time we are pulled in and woven into a tight cocoon.  I think the more trusting and giving we are the more we draw this sort of lesson to our lives. I still have to live the life of my people and yet be aware of the sticky strands of the spiders web.


Grandmother said there are two kinds of spiders some are  the spinners and some  the weavers. Spinners will entice you into the web and wrap you up for later use or just drain you dry and discard you.


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GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA DEL CONSUELO SPEAKS

 

 

The New Shield

 

Magdala

We are in such an exiting times, for human being is sooo ready for their realization of the self. The ascension has started for the true human beings….

 

There is a shield now, available from the spirit to the true human beings, this shield is quite different. It is not the shield that people built into themselves creating a cage, that not allow to grow and ascend, it is not about being fear of love or being fear about getting hurt, it is not the shields that human being have created that will in slave them into their own little world. The shield that t is happening in the higher realms it is about the protection from the outside world, the energies that have hunt humans being for al long time, You do can access that shield through the innocence that resides in your heart.

 

Human being born with surrender and most live with surrender within themselves, with the purity of the heart, with the innocence yet no ignorance….

 

The power within have increase enough to awake the true human within the self, for the power now must be use in a good way.  The Great Mother is everywhere, protecting, awakening enlightening…. It is indeed a beautiful thing going on….

 


 

FEATURE...

 

Indian Boarding Schools

 

6,800-mile Journey begins May 16, 2009

 

A recent editorial by Native journalist Tim Giago presents his viewpoints about the need for the story to be told about widespread abuses at early US Indian boarding schools and to call for a national apology:  http://www.mcclatchydc.com/337/story/59583.html
 

In addition, there are several movies/documentaries just released or slated to be released about the boarding school experience, including the new Wes Studi movie, "The Only Good Indian" (http://www.theonlygoodindian.com ) to be shown this weekend during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
The Elders also say the time is right for a collective healing from the trauma of the schools. This year, White Bison is hosting its fifth Sacred Hoop journey, the Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness (formerly The Way Home Tour), to promote awareness of and healing from the historical trauma carried home from US Indian boarding schools.
 

The 40-day, 6,800-mile Journey begins May 16, 2009, at Chemawa Indian School in May 16 at the present-day Chemewa Indian School in Salem, Ore., and

ends at the site of first Indian school at Carlisle, Penn., established in 1879.
 

At the conclusion of the Journey, a petition will be presented in Washington D.C. calling upon the President of the United States to formally apologize for abuses at the schools.  Please visit www.wellbrietyjourney.org to sign the petition, find out how you can help and learn general information about the journey.
Please join White Bison in support of a collective healing from the historical trauma of the Indian boarding schools.
 
White Bison Staff

wellbrietymessenger@whitebison.org

 


 

 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

        

New Supermarket on the Rez

 

A new supermarket opened near my house on the rez.  It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.

 

When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mown hay.


In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with onions.

 

When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.

 

The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread & cookies.

 

I don't buy toilet paper there any more.

 

~Submitted by Runninbear


 

Natural Medicine

 

How to Reinterpret Your Body

Quantum Living and experiencing your body in a more spiritual way.

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle

 

 

Exercise #1

     My first step toward experiencing my body in a different way is to change my interpretation of it. In the quantum world we are constantly making and unmaking our bodies.  Behind each illusion of being a solid, a stable object, the body is a process, and as long as that process is directed toward renewal the cells of my body remain new, no matter how much time passes or how much entropy we are exposed to.  This exercise will help me open up new perceptions in my mind.  I have been locked into feelings of isolation, fragmentation, and separateness. I have looked at my hand very closely.  Seeking out the lines, the fragmentation of the skin, and also how it is joined to my body or arm. It is a part of this material world.  I will attempt to thaw out my hand and give it a different appearance with my senses of quantum space.  I am relaxed here and start sinking even deeper into quantum space.  I visualize darkness; I look for a visible star, a direct connection of light.  The blackness closes in; I am in a place of where everything is gone.  There is no such thing as before or after.  In my mind I am everywhere and everything.  My hand is still there and it still exists.  I have crossed the fourth dimension.

 

Exercise #2 Closing the Gap

     I will imagine Mother Earth surrounded by lines of magnetic force radiating out of the north and south magnetic poles.  When you are near a magnet you might not see it but you can feel the invisible magnetism or its energy.  My body emanates electromagnetic frequencies; I am just another expression of the same field.  The vibrations of energy within my body makes a statement that I am a part of this quantum energy.  The pulsating of my nerve signals racing along my limbs, the electric charge emitted by my heart cells, and the faint field of current surrounding my brain all demonstrate that I am not separate from any form of energy in the universe. No matter how separate anything appears to the senses, nothing is separate at the quantum level.  The quantum field exists in around me and through me.  Each of my cells is a local concentration of information and energy.  I am energy, wholeness of information, and part of the body of the universe.  If I can sustain this feeling and knowledge I can break or loosen the hold of aging and detour entropy.

 

Exercise #3:  Breathing the Field

     I can sit comfortably in a chair with my eyes closed.  Gently and slowly inhaling through my nostrils, imagining that I am drawing air from an infinite area far away.  Imagine I am sending the air back to it source far away.  I have a thread that extends to the limit of outer space or quantum space connecting me by each breath.  Each breath is returned back to me.  It helps rebuild my body.  Each cell is part of my communication with the universe.

 

 

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Maggie's

 

SOAP NUTS

 

A Great NEW Gift IDEA for the Holidays

THE SOAP THAT GROWS ON TREESTM

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ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was... The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man's business to divide it..."   --Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

 

There is danger when we start to draw lines and boundaries. This is true whether outside ourselves or inside ourselves. The danger is losing sight of the interconnectedness. When we lose sight of interconnectedness, separation, possessiveness ( this is mine, I can do what I want) and infighting results. Even at an individual level, if we don't believe we are connected to all things we get self-centered and have self-seeking motives. We must think in harmony, balance and integrity. We must see our relationship to the great whole and conduct ourselves accordingly.

 

Great Spirit, today, let me think beyond boundaries

By Don Coyhis

 


 

WOMEN'S CIRCLE

 

Even though this story was published nearly four years ago, it remains timely and with good lessons.
 

Group seeks solidarity among Indian women
by Emily Johns, AP
 

 

Susan Masten

MINNEAPOLIS - When Susan Masten first campaigned to lead California's Yurok tribe, she was up against five men. One told her she wasn't qualified because she was still "playing with Barbie dolls."

"No one would make that kind of remark about a tribal male," Masten recalled.

Though she lost that race, Masten went on to victory in 1997. But she never forgot the insult.

Since then, Masten said she's been intent on helping American Indian women establish their own network, supporting each other for jobs, working to get each other elected, even buying goods and services from each other.

Last year, when her term as chairwoman expired, she founded the group Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations, which begins a national, three-day conference in Minneapolis Thursday. The meeting, which is expected to draw 200 participants, is seen as a way for American Indian women to trade ideas on everything from protecting tribal sovereignty to winning elections.

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FOOD & NUTRITION

 

 

Cheap Eats:

How to Find Healthy Food

During Tough Economic Times

 

 

 

 

Are you having a hard time stretching your grocery dollars during the current economic downturn? You're not alone. But before you stop buying fresh fruit, meat, vegetables and other items often perceived as costing a lot, check out these tips from a University of Michigan Health System dietitian.

Holly Scherer, R.D., says you can follow a few easy guidelines and still buy healthy foods, rather than switching to a diet of potato chips, macaroni and cheese, and a fast-food burger.

She suggests that you make your own coffee, buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, occasionally replace meat with protein sources like eggs and beans, and, no matter how tempting it is, skip the fast-food drive-thru window.

"Hard economic times don't mean that you have to eat less well," says Scherer, a health educator with MFit, the health promotion division of the U-M Health System.

"By planning ahead, shopping for sales and trying out those generic or store brands, you really can save a significant amount of money while also providing healthy, well-balanced food for your family."
 

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BOOK REVIEWS

 

Prison Writings - My Life Is My Sundance

 

Leonard Peltier

Edited by Harvey Arden

Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse

St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1999, Hardback – 243 pages   $21.95 + s/h 

 

Prison Writings is an amazing book. Tears dropped on page after riveting page of this tragic story. The book is an emotional roller coaster carving a deep and lasting impression in the mind, heart and soul.  Peltier's life-wise words provide many good lessons and will become a classic in the annals of social-injustice.   Well worth its price many times over.

Review by Lee Standing Bear Moore

Other Reviews 

"This book takes the reader on an emotional and spiritual journey as Leonard Peltier's surprisingly hopeful reflections make the terrible injustice of his imprisonment for twenty-four years even more difficult to accept." 

Wilma Mankiller, Former chief of the Cherokee Nation and author of Mankiller

 

"A deeply moving and very disturbing story of a gross miscarriage of justice and an eloquent cri de couer of Native Americans for redress and to be regarded as human beings with inalienable rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution, like any other citizens.  We pray that is does not fall on deaf hears.  America owes it to herself."  

Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate

 

 

Voice of the Hawk Elder

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POETRY CIRCLE...


 

 

 

 

Blood of Your Brothers

My mind was blocked by pain,

 the words I could not write, a deep
sadness fills my soul at all the misery of my kin.

 

Still I hear the spirits whisper battering at my brain,

though I try so hard to ignore them

 they are shouting at me again.
How can I reach you my kin

what will make your heart hear,

How can I open your minds to the spirit world?
The ancients say you mouth the words

 but your hearts are not in them,

you work and play and forget to pray

your Peoples past forgotten.


When was the last time you sat at the story fire,

how long has it been since you gathered to remember?
Nations, tribes, and families all are being broken,

the ways of the white man are slowly taking over.


A call has been sent from the spirit world,

those of you of the blood hear it in the drums

and feel a restless needing.
They are reaching out to you willing

 to listen and to learn, are you doing your duty

 as taught by your ancestors?


Are you ignoring the ancients as they cry,

how can you shut your
heart to the needs of your People?


Why is this thing of quantum becoming so important,

are you so like them you now see only color?


Have not we suffered long enough and lived

through the hurting, pride and prejudice we faced

 and now you do the same things?


You have become the white man though

you protest  so loudly, you have adopted

his ways of greed and selfishness.


When the day is done how do you face Creator,

with the hurt of your kin and on your hands

 the blood of your brothers!

 

~Submitted by Helen RedWing Vinson

 

 

 


 

HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 

 

Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

Pray For The Animals, Plants and People of Australia  In the northern part of Queensland and in central New South Wales the animals, plants and people have been living through huge floods for the past 4 weeks or more with little relief or support.  We ask for prayer please.  Lynn Guy 03-04-09 

 

Pray For Rain In Victoria, Australia   We received this request from an Aboriginal Elder:  As you may know from news reports, bush fires in southern Australia due to severe drought have devastated towns, farms and ranches all across the country.   'Relief funds' are in full swing for those homeless and bereft from the very worst fire experienced.  We encourage you to pray for rain. Pray for rain by simply imagining rain falling on on all our Victorian forests and bush land areas. See and feel the rain falling, dripping from the trees and falling on the dry carpet beneath and in places the ravishing fires. Feel this happening in your heart and give thanks and gratitude for the continuation of this sacred gift as the rain saturates and satisfies mother earths deep thirst in this state, extinguishes the flames and ends any further fire activity. For most of us fighting the fires physically is not possible but we can assist by joining together in collective consciousness not so much praying for rain but praying RAIN.  In love for our earth and all that she provides.  ~Barbara Gipple, John and Grace.  02-26-09 

 

My Sister Gloria, (Georgetown, WV) Not too good.  We can't get an oncologist at Georgetown to see my sister to treat the lung tumor her and Medicare will not cover the doctor bills.  The doctors want money up front she had to cancel her appointments.  If she doesn't get treated soon cancer may travel again to her brain.  Social Services called yesterday and said they are sending her a medical card but can take 10 days and not sure what it will cover got bill for the cyber knife treatments at $52,000 dollars each.  Please pray they get the help that is needed.  Helen Redwing Vinson  02-27-09

 

Evan, an Abused Child I have been talking to another abused child at a home of people I know who are the foster parents.  Two weeks ago he told me he had a brother and sister he had not seen in a while as his Dad had throwed the boy out.  Another brother, Jake that was older he saw asleep but couldn't wake him. Last night I found out the police found a grave in a backyard where Jake (the sleeping boy) was in and  the little girl.  Said to say just their bones left. The other boy Dustin is still missing.  The boy in the foster home  knows that the missing kids were reported to the police and every day he said no word yet.. The foster parents don't know how to tell him the truth and asked my advice. I am willing to tell him since he told me first But I want the foster parents there when i do This boy needs all the prayers we can pray for him  Helen Redwing Vinson  02-27-09

 

Judy's Mother  Yesterday was a very  difficult day. They were able remove my mom from the respirator and she was  able to breath on her own with just  using  oxygen, however her level of  being awake is  very slight. She shakes her head yes or no  to ??  asked but does not  open her eyes  nor does she try  and talk.  They found that she had a blood clot in her lung  which was the reason for the breathing difficulty . But she also suffered from a stroke which affected both the  right and  left side of  the brain ( the part of the brain that controls your  awareness  ) So we are honoring her wishes that she  set  forth years ago. As of 7:00 PM  last night we started what is  called comfort care only.  Which means no IV's  no feeding tubes just  pain management . My family and I just want this part of  her journey to be as  peaceful as  possible, We know that  my dad ( who died 6 yrs ago)  is  waiting for her.   I love you all.    Judy  02-20-09

Rachael Saunders (Riverdale GA)  I ask for prayers for a wonderful Cherokee elder that is battling cancer in the hospital.  Rachael has been our head lady for wonderful events at the old plantation and she is currently battling cancer in her brain.  This is her third battle with cancer and prayer has been there to support her.  I am asking that she be added to everyone's prayer list in this time of  need.  Many thanks.   Matti Little Bear Nachreiner 02-19-09

 

Debi Red Hawk Pulido (IL) Underwent surgery and is recovering at home.  Thank all Manataka for their prayers.   Nicci Evans   02-09-09

 

Doctor Robert Trapp (IL)  My arthritis doctor contracted a cancer.  Please add his name to those who need prayers.  Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman.  02-11-09

 

Mary Ellen McQuown. Update: The wound on her bottom is healed  and her body is now balanced! Also, my diabetes is under control with medication and diet!!  My blood sugar went from 300 to 180! Sally McQuown.  01-17-09  The power of prayer is wonderful!

 

Ernesto and Yellow Stone Bird, Arizona.  Both members of Manataka were struck down with leukemia and are walking their last days on Mother Earth.  They made a good path for their many grandchildren to follow.  Please offer up prayer in ceremony for this couple.  ~J. C. Cougar  01-16-09 

 

Carlena Joe and Melvin Bowman.  Two good friends separated by space and time need your prayers to keep their relationship strong with clear communication, love, respect, and patience.  Carlena's mother is diabetic and needs your prayers as well.  ~Bonnie Whitecloud 01-14-09
 

Jacob Chambers a 2-year old needs prayer. He is diagnosed with fluid on the brain and is going to be sent to a specialist. Pray that doctors will find the exact problem and for his healing. Helen RedWing 12-27-08

 

Gloria George (George Whitewolf's first wife), Georgetown.  Brain tumor, lung tumor, not looking too good. Thank you for any prayers you can generate for her. folks at Bear Mountain are praying for her. Thanks again for prayers.  Helen RedWing. 12-09-08  

 

 

Did you submit a prayer request above?  If so, please send us an update. 

We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are needed. 

 


 

Crossing Over...

 

Gary Cromwell, Spokane, WA my brother in law passed 5:00 PM December7th, 2008, He has left behind his wife, my sister, Ella.  He was the stepfather of  her children for many years. Services will be in Leavenworth WA.  Red Wing Helen Vinson 12-09-08

 

Bob Foreman, 72, Redding, CA  Redding Rancheria's first tribal

chairman and a pioneer in north state American Indian health clinics, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 72.

 

An Achumawi Pit River Indian, Foreman was remembered Thursday by friends and family as a tireless advocate for Indian rights, skilled communicator and loyal patriarch. He was born June 12, 1936, in Lake County.

 

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked in construction as did his father, said daughter Carla Maslin of Redding. In the late 1960s, he began his campaign to get Indians health care in the north state. His efforts paid off in 1971, with the opening of the federally financed Shasta-Trinity-Siskiyou Rural Indian Health Center in Anderson. "Bobby was a real devoted guy to his tribe," said Everett Freeman, tribal chairman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians near Corning. "He almost single-handedly got Indian health to where it is today." Larry McClanahan, a Navajo Indian who moved to Cottonwood from Arizona in 1972, said Foreman was one of the first people he met in the north state. He and his family were glad to receive clinic services.  "He took me as I was," McClanahan recalled. "He was a man that was concerned for people." Rod Lindsay, a Shasta Lake city councilman who works with the Office of Indian Education for the Anderson Union High School District, also met Foreman through the clinic. Lindsay said Foreman was a mentor for many, sharing his knowledge of culture and history with the young.  Foreman also was instrumental in organizing the Redding Rancheria Indian Health Clinic on Churn Creek Road and served as director, later retiring as self-governance coordinator for the rancheria, Maslin said.  In 1985, when the rancheria regained its tribal status, Foreman was elected as its first chairman and subsequently served on the tribal council.  But in 2004, he and all his family members were disenrolled after a bitter dispute over his mother's maternal lineage.  The struggle took a toll on his health, Maslin said. Foreman suffered from heart and kidney problems, she said. Leah Harper, a family friend of more than 20 years who does native medicine work in Redding, said she wanted to stand out in front of the Churn Creek clinic with a "thank you" banner in Foreman's honor. "I believe that Bob had the heart of the native people and he wanted to make a difference for them," she said. "Bob was loving and the children are loving and they work very hard." In addition to Maslin, Foreman is survived by three daughters and three sons, as well as 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are pending. For her part, Maslin is grateful her father last year was able to do something he'd always wanted - to see the Grand Canyon. "He actually got emotional just looking at it," she said. "He was in awe of its beauty and couldn't believe the world had such a beautiful place."

 


 

Memorials...

 

In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik

Bill Prezwoznik was one of the four founders of Manataka.  His wisdom and love guided Manataka through its infancy and his words and unselfish deeds are often recalled.

 

In Memory of Corbin Harney

Corbin Harney Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone Nation who dedicated his life to fighting the nuclear testing and dumping.  He loved and cared for his family, friends and all creation.

 

 

In Memory of Granny Messenger

She had over a 1,000 grandchildren but never bore a child. Her memory will live with us forever.  Veronica Messenger was a great woman. Anonymous Contributor  

 

In Memory of Lance Selvidge

Webster’s definition of a Martyr:  1:  A person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a belief.  2: A person who sacrifices something of great value, especially life itself for the sake of principle.  Lance, we are all better because you walked this world, we will all become better because you look back with eyes from the angels world. Thank You.  The Selvidge Family. Little River Rock.

 

In Memory of Ruby Gilliham

We will always remember this gracious and beautiful woman in our hearts.  She will remain a part of Manataka forever.  (picture: Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe assist with her funeral. Greg Gilliham, Little Rock.

 

 


 

February 2009 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Elder Council meeting, February 18, did not establish a quorum and no business was conducted.   Any member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write manataka@sbcglobal.net or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda. 

Details of the Elder Council meetings are presented to the general membership following the meeting.

 

 


MANATAKA ORGANIZATIONAL MESSAGES


 

NOTICE 1:    FOOD BASKETS NEEDED NOW!  people are hungry often throughout the year.  Please bring or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and other stores are great. 

 

NOTICE 2:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge.  In case of inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow, below 40 degrees) we meet Ryan's Restaurant located at 4538 Central Avenue across from Hot Springs Mall.

 

Gatherings are normally held on the 3rd weekend of June (closest to the Summer Solstice) and the 3rd weekend of October (closest to the Winter Solstice).  The date of the Spring Encampment varies from year to year. 

 

NOTICE 3:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact: Becky Moore

 

NOTICE 4:    PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902

 

NOTICE 5:      MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1.  30 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids.

 

2.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.

 

3.  MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible  contribution to MAIC and we will send the family a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.  Memorial ceremonies are given several times a year on the sacred mountain.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED

STAMPS, PAPER AND OTHER SUPPLIES!


 


Publisher:

Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476
501-627-0555
manataka@sbcglobal.net
http://www.manataka.org

Editor:

Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett, Georgia

Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

John James, Missouri

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Grandmother Selma Palmer, Florida

Carol Perez Petersen,  California

Magdala, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee

RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee

Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia

Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

Liora Leah Zack, California

Contributors:

Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr., Kentucky

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