Manataka American Indian Council     Volume XIl  Issue 9 SEPTEMBER 2008


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

SEPTEMBER ISSUE

Page 3 of 3

 


 

Contents:              

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 8 -  A New Chapter

Grandfather Hawk Speaks Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

A True Friend

Healing With Love Part 2

Feature Story: Raising Your Personal Vibration
Elder's Meditations: Oral Tradition, Omaha
Women's Circle: Piestewa Peak
Food & Nutrition: God's Pharmacy is Amazing!
Book Reviews: Scalping: Fact & Fantasy
Poetry Circle: Helen Red Wing Wagner-Vinson
Educational Message: Modern American Indian Leaders
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 Fall Gathering will have no restrictions on attendance - members and nonmembers 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.... 

 

The June issue features Chapter 7 - Mohawks, Axes and Taxes of a 13 Part  series on the founding of the United States of America and the previously misunderstood and often discounted, yet tremendous contributions of American Indians in the process.    

 

Exemplar of Liberty:

Native America and the Evolution of Democracy

By Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr. and Dr. Bruce E. Johansen

Original Artwork by John Kahionhes Fadden
Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

 

INDEX

Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Chapter 1 - Vox Americana

Chapter 2 - Perceptions of America's Native Democracies

Chapter 3 - Natural Man In An Unnatural Land

Chapter 4 - Ennobling 'Savages'

Chapter 5 - Errand In The Wilderness

Chapter 6 - White Roots Reach Out

Chapter 7 - Mohawks, Axes and Taxes

Chapter 8 -  A New Chapter

 

Chatper 9 - "The American Synthesis" Coming in October 2008


 

 

THE HAWK SPEAKS

By Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

 

 

A True Friend

 

“Some in your own family will turn against you," says the good book - The Holy Bible, but evidently there are some people we become acquainted with who have what I call, ‘A Jealous Nature’ they seem to want everything and are not willing to give anything. People like these mentioned usually attempt to cause a disturbance in an organization where harmony is prevailing within the organization and they want to be most important without assisting or working to keep maters on a smooth scale.

 

In some of the ‘Letters to the editor’ within the ‘Smoke Signal’ I have noticed that some good-hearted people are the brunt of gossip and even slander. I have also had a problem with one person who seems to want my organization to fail. He tells lies and makes innuendoes regarding my purpose in life or the way I am doing things. I took the advise of my brother Bear and confronted this individual while in a public place. After I spoke out loud regarding this persons activities he seemed to feel a great deal of shame as he turned several colors of red. He walked away from me hiding his face from the public as he slithered out the door.

 

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Grandfather Speaks

 

 

 

Healing With Love Part 2

By Robert Gray Hawk Coke

  

When Kalili, the Hawaiian huna,  wanted to work on the student’s legs and feet, we were surprised to watch him simply place his hand on the student’s shoulders and give a light push. The student then slid as if he were on a game air table, even thought he was not.

 

The only explanation I could think of  was that the student has been slightly levitated. When it became time to place the student back into the original position, Kalili lifted the feet to table height and gently pushed the body back into place..

 

Unfortunately, levitation was not on the workshop schedule anywhere. I looked at all the schedules.

 

READ MORE....

 

 


 

FEATURE...

 

 

Raising Your Personal Vibration



"Modern science has concluded that everything that exists in the universe is made of vibration"
Hiroshi Doi-sensei..."


 

Raising one's vibration is an effective way to live a more balanced and happy life, and also a way to send positive energy out into the universe. While emitting a lower vibration or frequency, one will never really come into harmony and balance and experience a more peaceful and happy life It is the life of discord/dissonance that facilitates lower vibration energy, and can be sensed manifesting in the world today

 

It does take work, however, to raise vibrations, so a consistent effort is required to raise and maintain one's vibrations.


Be mindful of your thoughts

It is imperative to keep a close eye on the habitual thoughts that enter your head. It can be difficult at first to be aware of the many thoughts that constantly bombard your mind all day long but by beginning to notice unwelcome or negative thoughts you can start to replace them with a positive thought you already have preprogrammed in your mind.  Have a positive thought in your mind, a thought that you know makes you happy, that you substitute in place of any negative thought that comes into your mind.  The key to this thought substitution is to spend as much time thinking positive thoughts and less time thinking negative thoughts.  By spending more time in balanced, positive and rational thought your vibration level will be enhanced.

Think before you speak

If you are looking for a new relationship, don't say things like "I can never find the right person for me."  If you talk like this, this is exactly what you will get.  You get what you say and think. Even if you haven't been too successful in finding the right person previously, it doesn't matter. Change your words and you will change your life.

Beware of ungrounded, severely negative types of individuals

These types of people are running a very low vibration level, and their low vibration can have an adverse impact on your vibration level.  Remember, a person's bio-energy field can extend out several feet from them.  Surround yourself in white light if you feel that another's energy may have a negative effect on you.

Spend time in meditation

Take a walk through the woods or a nature center, and away from the city and the noise.  Go to a place in the country if you can and take a long walk, concentrating on your surroundings, keeping your mind off your usual thoughts. This is a great way to clear your head and also help raise your vibration. If you can't get away, try listening to some soothing music by concentrating on the sounds.

Join with other sensible/like minded people

Spend time with people interested in the same things you are and learn at the same time. It has been found that the commonalities between people brings them closer together and facilitates greater harmony.

Volunteer you spare time to helping others

Give away your time, some money to a credible charity/organization you believe in, or give away something you don't use anymore but may be useful to someone else. What you give is what you get in life, so by giving you will receive in one way or another Help others and you will be helped You have a profound effect on raising your vibration when you help others as it makes you feel good from the inside~

Be aware of your thoughts, words and actions

Everything you do comes back to you in some way so always be wary of how you treat others and how you act in all situations.  How you treat others is how you will be treated, by doing the right thing by everyone you come into contact with will help to raise your vibration as others continue to do the right thing by you.  Treating everyone compassionately will attract positive people and opportunities into your life.

Avoid the television, radio and media in general

It is especially important to avoid all news programs as they do much more harm to your vibration level than they do good.  By watching TV you end up taking in so much negative energy it becomes confusing to your subconscious mind and some of that negative imagery and energy gets absorbed by your subconscious and elevates a feeling of fear from within. Most of the media works by fear mongering, they want to shock you into a state of fear so you keep on watching and the more you watch the more addicted you become. This has a disastrous impact on your vibration level.

Stay as optimistic and as rational as possible

This can be difficult to do especially when you are in a crisis but when you are in a crisis situation, this is when it's most important to stay positive. By remaining positive and rational, you keep your vibration high, and when you are vibrating at a higher rate your challenges will dissipate much quicker or you may find it was not really a problem at all Positive things and events are attracted to positive people. Surrounding yourself with positive, sensible and rational people is a great way to remain in a healthy state of mind.

Keep in touch with your feelings/emotions

This is an important factor in keeping your vibration level high Feelings and emotions are a cosmic connection in regards to your entire life and the well-being of the planet The universe understands the language of feelings and emotions that one expresses When you are feeling good about yourself only other things residing on the same level of frequency will be attracted into your life Your level of vibration runs parallel with your feelings, meaning you are in control of your life and the events that come into your life at any given moment If there was one most important point in relation to raising your vibration it would be to stay on top of your feelings Know that what we speak, think and feel is a vibration that goes out into the universe and effect everything around us.

 

In the words of Usui-sensei

"For today only...
 Do not be angry
Do not be anxious
Be grateful
Work hard and be kind to others..."

 

Original post by Star Seeds Awakening ~ Lauralei

Edited and Adapted by Following the Path

Submitted by Michael Old Bear Millard, Chickamauga Cherokee Indian Creek Band

 


 

 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

 

 


Maggie's

 

SOAP NUTS

 

 

THE SOAP THAT GROWS ON TREESTM


 

 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

A man should rely on his own resources; the one who so trains himself is ready for any emergency." -Oral Tradition, Omaha

 

 

Man is designed to function independently and to rely on the Creator for his resources. If we build our relationship with the Great Spirit, we are ready when emergencies occur. We need to build a trusting relationship with the Creator. We do this by constantly talking with the Creator. It's good to talk to Him many times a day. Then we will realize, even though we can't see Him, that He is always with us and He is ready to respond to our requests.

 

God, let me

remember to

talk to You

many times

today.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

WOMEN'S CIRCLE

 

 

US Board on Geographic Names to honor first female American Indian combat casualty
by Amanda Lee Myers

Phoenix (AP) - The U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted Thursday to officially change the name of a prominent Phoenix mountain to Piestewa Peak to honor the first American Indian woman to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military.
 
The 11 board members who voted for the name change felt that Army Spc. Lori Piestewa (py-ES'-tuh-wah) symbolizes everyone who has died in the line of duty, Lou Yost, the board's executive secretary, said from Washington, D.C.

He said the two members who voted against the change argued that Piestewa didn't have a direct association with the mountain and is not of regional or national prominence.

The craggy desert mountain used to be named Squaw Peak, a controversial name that many American Indians find offensive and have been trying to change for years.

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FOOD & NUTRITION

 

God's Pharmacy is Amazing!

 

 

(This article has been across the Internet a dozen times, but it is worth repeating.)

 

It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... all before making a human. God made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These foods are best and more powerful when eaten raw.  God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!

 

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.


 

READ MORE...


 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Scalping: Fact & Fantasy

By Philip Martin

 

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, pp. 58-59, edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson, 2nd edition, Rethinking Schools, Milwaukee, 1998, 189 pp.

 

 

Stereotypes are absorbed from popular literature, folklore, and misinformation. For instance, many children (and adults) incorrectly believe that fierce native warriors were universally fond of scalping early white settlers and soldiers. In fact, when it came to the bizarre practice of scalping, Europeans were the ones who encouraged and carried out much of the scalping that went on in the history of white/native relations in America.

 

Scalping had been known in Europe, according to accounts, as far back as ancient Greece ("the cradle of Western Civilization"). More often, though, the European manner of execution involved beheading.  Enemies captured in battle - or people accused of political crimes - might have their heads chopped off by victorious warriors or civil authorities. Judicial systems hired executioners, and "Off with their heads!"  became an infamous method of capital punishment.

 

READ MORE...

 

Voice of the Hawk Elder

Click on the book of your choice

 

 


 

POETRY CIRCLE...

 

 

Indians Worship the Creator

By Helen Red Wing Wagner-Vinson

 

 

No, I do not worship the Sun

I give thanks to Creator

For the honor of enjoying the beauty He has gifted in the new rising sun.

 
No, I do not worship the waters or the
rocks, the four legs or the feathered
rather I am humbled by the loving lessons of these my Elders.
 
No, I do not worship the Mother Earth, the stars, the moon, or the Four Winds, I give honor and respect to the One who Created all.
 
No, my chanting and dances or beating the drum is not for your enjoyment, to show off, or bring rain, these my friend are humble thankful prayers.
 
Yes, I pray everyday from the sunrise on, my heart is deeply grateful for each and everything that is shared, every hardship for these are lessons teaching me.
 
Yes, I am connected to all things that share my world, and I believe all things have a spirit even rocks and trees, they feel pain and hurt just like you and me.
 
Yes,my heart is filled with peace at
the speaking of my Elders, I hear the whispers of the ancients in every wind that blows.
 
Yes, I believe we are the Keepers of our Mother Earth, and I believe we owe to her our duty to keep her clean and keep the Balance.
 
Each race Creator made He gave to them a gift, if we are willing to share the world in peace all would be given lessons they should learn.
 
It does not matter your color or your creed, what matters in this life is what you are willing to give not how much you have or what you can take.
 
Our Mother Earth will be healed with or without your help, it is those who understand this that will survive to do their sacred duty!

 

November 20, 2006

 
Indian Rainbow Children
 Helen Red Wing Wagner-Vinson
 
 
We are the Rainbow Children
of the earth. 
We are the last he will
give new birth.
We are from the stars
in the sky  above
You see the Creator made us with all his love
 
We are the Rainbow Children
you can see
Created in his image like
we should be
We are the Rainbow Children made by his hand
We are the children of the five fingered clan
 
We are here from the East
and the North
From the South and the West
we come forth
Children of the Rainbow
you will see
Many of these Children
look like me
 
It is not the outside
of me you see
It is in my spirit
he gave to me
You can have this spirit
alive in you
If you ask the Creator
he’ll give to you.
 
November 15, 2005

The Way Of The Elders
 

We make offerings to the sun

And to the mountains

And to the stars.

That is why we live here.

 

We are the Elders.

We have not forgotten old ways.

How could I say that I do not

know how to dance?

 

We still know how to dance.

We have forgotten nothing.

We know how to call the rain.

If it rains hard, we know to stop it.

 

We call the summer.

We know how to bless the world

 and make it flourish.

We are the wise ones

We are the Elders.

 

~Kogi

 Submitted by Helen Red Wing Vinson

 

 

 


EDUCATIONAL MESSAGE

 

A Must Have for all Schools!  Please forward to all educators!

 

In conversations with teachers and guidance counselors, I have heard it said many times that children on reservations need Native role models, not just historically, but especially now, in the present.  A book like this has been long needed to break down stereotypes and to show the world Native people do not look like mascots,  are still here and are still strongly connected to their cultures, even while changing the world.  This important book belongs in all schools and will be a valuable resource for Native American Heritage Month in November!  Schools have funding for books like this, ask your school to order theirs now! ~Christine  Rose

 

“MODERN AMERICAN INDIAN LEADERS


Published June 2007 Mellen Press, P. O. Box 450, 415 Ridge St., Lewiston, NY 14092-0450, phone (716) 754-8566, fax (716) 854-4056, www.mellenpress.com

Two volumes, 792 pp. Library edition, $159.95. Please ask your library to order it for you! Hard back, long-lasting acid-free paper. Forty pictures.

The book is profiles of 87 Indian leaders of the modern age, most of whom no one has ever written about. A must book for every public library, Indian school library, tribal college library, college library, university library, and public school library. It features Roger Jourdain, Wendell Chino, Jim Thorpe, Billy Mills, Pat Locke, Lucy Covington, Jack Montgomery, and 80 others.


Author: Dean Chavers, Founder, Native American Scholarship Fund (now called Catching the Dream), 1986—former President, Bacone College, 1978-81—founder of the first official Native American Studies program in the U. S. at California State University, Hayward, 1974—Current leader of the Exemplary Programs in Indian Education movement—Consultant in Indian Education for 35 years—Former Board Member, National Indian Education Association, 1983-86, 1987-90—Founder, National Coalition for Indian Education—newspaper columnist for 28 years—Mainland Coordinator of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969—decorated war hero, veteran of 138 missions in Viet Nam.
 

~Submitted by Gram Selma Palmer

 

 


 

HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 

 

Crossing Over...

 

Donald Portwood, Eureaka Springs, AR - I want to ask Manataka to remember us in prayer.  The father of my oldest daughter and my very dear friend was killed in a motorcycle accident August 13. In his life, he walked (or rather rode; he had a passion for motorcycles) the Good Red Road.  He was a caring personal of great personal integrity.  He will be cremated and his ashes scattered in Eureka Springs. ~ Linda Bear Woman Speaks 08-16-08

 

Grandfather Cyril O. Taylor entered the spirit world on July 9, 2008. Words cannot do justice to the wonderful human being he was. Many were touched by his kindness, words, deeds and actions to help the many native communities he was involved with. His parents were Carib from the Island of Dominica and immigrated to the United States before Cyril was born. He grew up in the Baltimore area and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After retiring from the U.S. Army, he joined the Baltimore Police Department. When he retired from the police force in 1993, he spent the last 15 years of his life helping the native community in a variety of ways. Throughout his life he had strong ties with the Carib community of Dominica as well as other native groups on the East Coast. He was a member of the American Indian Society in Virginia, a respected adopted member of his wife Marie's tribe, the Meherrin of North Carolina, and a strong Sundance supporter at the Tayac Sundance in Maryland. He was involved with the weekly Capitol Hill Native Prayer Breakfast as an organizer and speaker. He was the Honorary Consul of the Lokono-Arawak Nation of South America, a founding member and elder of Biaraku: First People of a Sacred Place, as well as an elder and Liason Officer for the United Confederation of Taino People. He helped organize many events as well as host native travelers in his home. He gave moral, spiritual and economic support to native people throughout the Americas.Grandfather Cyril was a strong supporter of UCTP.He adovocated for indigenous women's rights and contributed to the work of the Bohio Atabei.  A Cherokee elder remarked upon meeting him, "There goes a holy man".  ~ Gina Robles-Villalba 08-08-08
 

Bear Heart was admired and inspired by many.  He wrote the book "The Wind is My Mother" Bear Heart crossed to the spirit world today Monday, August 4, 2008. Our prayers to his family and large extended family. ~Gram Selma. (Photograph art by Selma.)

 

Jimmie E. Thigpen, 79, of Picayune died June 24, 2008 in Gulfport, MS.  His son, Jimmie Thigpen of UTO is a Commissioner and Vice Chairman AIA in TN.  ~Selena  06-24-08

 

Evette LaBatte Tubby, Philadelphia, MS.  Sister of Woableza, Mother and Grandmother died of a massive heart attack. Evette was a special Lakota lady living on the Choctaw Reservation for many years.  We remember her husky laugh and beautiful smile. She will be missed greatly by her family and many friends.  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore 06-23-08 

 

 


Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

 

Owain -- is a 6 year-old boy. He has fish and a cat that he loves to play with--he is a very gentle and loving boy -- we lift him up on high so that God can reach into his body and heal this brain cyst. Our Father is very loving to each of his children--bless you--we love this little boy-- Jimmy Springett 09-02-08

 

Marcia Shore, Huntington, WV  Neck surgery for cancer treatment on September 9. "I'll get me a wig and put a head dress on it and I'll see you in October."  My favorite daughter  ~Helen RedWing Vinson  08-27-08

 

Timothy Spabel, 44, Lakeland, FL.  Disabled vet with benign tumor near the right ear.  Nephew of Henrietta Eagle Star Devereau  07-20-08

 

Pastor Frank Sayford, 64, Philadelphia, PA.  In St. Mary Medical Center for arterial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. He is in good hands.  Ask God to watch over my father.  ~Kim Summer Moon Sayford-Wilson  07-01-08

 

Anna Marie Patrick, 34, WV. My Granddaughter is recovering at home after the brain surgery in VA She returned back to West Virginia about 3 weeks ago

~Red Wing Vinson 07-01-08

 

Cyril Taylor. A long time rights activists and representative of the United Confederation of Taino People in Washington DC, Grandfather Cyril has been admitted into the hospital and is in guarded condition.  Send him your good wishes at cyrilt@comcast.net.  Join the Bohio de Attabey Women's Circle and others in prayer for the well-being of Grandfather Cyril, his wife Marie and their family at 8pm this evening.  ~Roberto Mukaro Borrero 06-14-08

Billy David Beecham, Nashville
, TN Husband of TNNAC secretary, Patty Beecham.  Heart surgery.  Please pray for Billy.  Red Wing 06-12-08

 

Graham Osceola Waters, Darwin, Australia.   Valiantly fighting cancer. Osceloa is of Muskogee American Indian descent.  He is a great artist and walks in beauty with his tireless efforts to benefit the Henbury School in the Northwest Territory.  All of Manataka is praying for this wonderful man.  We are doing healing work and ask for your prayers.  Lynn Smith-Guy,  06-09-08

 

From Kalaloch Lodge, Pacific Ocean near Forks, WAAnita, who works here in the office has asked for prayer for her mother who has cancer.  Linda’s mom has very low blood pressure and may need to have her pacemaker replaced soon. John’s beloved cousin, Glendine, who lives in Arkansas has a newly diagnosed cancer for which she is taken treatment. Highland Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, AR; Boueff Presbyterian Church in Gerald, MO; Marback Christian Church, San Antonio, TX; Inman Christian Center in San Antonio, TX; First Baptist Church, Fairview Heights, IL; and, the Mid-America Indian Fellowship in MO, KS and AR.  Linda and John James 06-09-08

 

Prayers Answer for Shannon Crossbear Red Lake Reservation, MN.  She writes:  "What a difference a day makes. I am sitting here going crazy.  My granddaughter, Brianna  is missing. She disappeared sometime between last night and early this morning from her home. She is nine years old. The police are at her house, doing a ground search and what ever else for the Amber Alert. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers." Dance, drum, smoke, smudge, pray. ~'Night Sky Watcher Leach 06-04-08  Brianna was found, home and safe now.  06-06-08

 

Ruth King, WV.  Going in for knee surgery. Suffering from pain for 30 years, Ruth is hopeful. There will be a six month recovery time.  Ruth has wonderful attitude and a loving spirit.  She is much loved at Manataka.  ~Helen Red Wing  05-28-08

 

Prayers Answered for Patti Blue Star Burdett, Hot Springs, AR.  Patti was admitted to the hospital with continuing heart problems and poor circulation issues.  Doctors put a stint into her leg. Patti is strong but requires our prayers and support.  ~Lee Standing Bear  05-26-08  Patti is up, walking, and exercising with a smile! 06-23-08.  

 

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. 

 

 


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.

 

 


 

AUGUST 2008 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

Elders met on Sunday, August 17.  All elders were present.  Chairman, David Quiet Wind Furr led the invocation and blessing ceremony. A quorum was established by the Chair.  Three guests were recognized. 

  • Minutes - A motion was made by Flaming Owl and seconded by Blue Star to dispense with the reading of July Minutes. Minutes were sent to Elders and approved via email.

  • Treasury - The Treasurer's Report was read by Lee Standing Bear. A motion was made by Flaming Owl and seconded by Blue Star to approve. Manataka has zero debt and the income accounts remain strong.  Bear again suggested the inventory be updated.  Except for real property, all inventory has been depreciated. 

  • Public Relations - A video taping of the 08-08-08 Gathering at Queen Wilhemnia Park was done by Joe Corriea.  Copies of the documentary will be made available to the organizers. The documentary project proposed by Sage Brush Productions and approved will begin in September. 

  • Donations - Funds/ office equipment to the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas for their new museum and cultural center is in the process of being completed. Manataka will donate a printer and supplies.  Quiet Wind (AHO Ministries) will donate a computer and DVD player. Linda Bear Heart will contribute two file cabinets. The Spiritual Unity of Eagles Gathering of Eagles sent a letter of thanks for the Manataka donation.   

  • NAGPRA (Native American Grave Preservation and Repatriation Act) - Blue Star Speaks, chair.  A packet of info was delivered to Blue Star after the meeting regarding endangered burial mounds near Little Rock.  

  • Public Relations - Linda VanBibber, chair.  The draft CD insert into the Manataka CD by Forefathers is still in the process of being developed.

  • Property Purchase - All Elders toured the property being considered for purchase by VanBibber.  Elders had a lengthy discussion about clean up and development plans.  Gray Hawk and Quiet Wind will work together on design and construction.   Gray Hawk suggested we sell personalized dedication paving bricks to offset the cost of construction.

  • Secretary Communications - MAIC received over 800 communications in July.  No communications remain unanswered.  Copies of a letter from Rick Wind Call-er Porea was given to Elders who were encouraged to respond to his good letter.  Bear suggested each Elder accept a list of local members to contact regarding meeting attendance.

  • Gray Hawk suggested that teaching seminars be scheduled during all future gatherings.

  • Flaming Owl suggested that the Manataka Sacred Pipe be present during all future meetings.

  • Historical Research - The topic was tabled about discussion the packet of four lengthy articles of a historical nature.  A special meeting to be set by the chair is pending.   

  • Announcements - David Quiet Wind Furr invited everyone to a motorcycle rally on the Dottie Furr property near Mountain Pine on Labor Day weekend, August 29 - 31.  He said Manataka will have a free booth.  Plans were made to pick up inventory and the display tent from the storage building. 

The meeting closed with prayer led by Robert Gray Hawk Coke.

 

Details of the Elder Council meeting were 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.

 

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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

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

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

August Issue Contributors:

Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr.  

Valerie Eagle Heart

Dr. Bruce E. Johansen

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Organic Consumers Association

Elvina Jean Paulson

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho

 

 

 

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