Manataka American Indian Council                                                                         Volume XI  Issue 02  FEBRUARY 2007


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

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HILL & HOLLER COLUMN

By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country

 

2007 - A Year Of Change

As I write this, a terrible winter storm is attacking the Midwest. Tens of thousands of people are without power. Shelters are struggling to find room for all those who need a place to survive. While this is our first major storm of the new year, the Denver area has also been hard hit with at least 2 major snow events, while the east coast has been without any frozen precipitation at all. I saw pictures of trees blossoming 3 months early in New York and Washington DC. In fact my own daffodils were getting ready to flower before this round of freezing rain struck.  Very odd weather, for sure.

All over the globe, things are changing. Ice is melting quickly in the northern latitudes.


For the first time in recent history, an inhabited island has sunk beneath the seas. Lohachara island, located where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, is lost. These people, along with the residents of sinking Ghoramara island, have fled to Sagar, but that island has already lost 7,500 acres of land to the sea. A dozen more islands in the area, with a population of 70,000 people, are in danger of being submerged by the rising seas.

I spent Christmas with my son in New Orleans and witnessed first hand what it is like to live in an area that is doomed, although the majority of residents there don't believe it. With each rain event,( and there were 4 of them in the 3 weeks I visited,) they would announce on TV and radio that the levees might not hold. Horrific visions of the terrible flooding during Katrina keep people on edge.

The pumps which keep the city from disappearing under the river, gulf and lake Ponchetrane, can handle 1 to 2 inches of rain an hour, but several times more than that fell. Streets flood quickly. The swamps and bayous are taking back the land that man has claimed through drainage systems, pumps and dams. Moreover, a recent report issued around New Years stated that not only is the water rising around the coastline, but water is also washing in under the land and pulling the soil out with the tides. Plumbing is collapsing. Foundations are crumbling. Homes are sinking.

From all over the globe come frantic cries of "Global Warming!!!" We must fight to save the world. Cut pollution, recycle, reuse. Politicians and activists have plans to reverse this process. Al Gore vows to save the world.

The truth is, what is happening today is part of a natural cycle which has occurred with regularity since the dawn of time. Yes, we could have/should have done better, but either way, what is happening now would have happened anyway. We are entering into a New Era.

Before anything can be created, something first must be destroyed. To build a house, you must first cut down some trees. To eat an omelet, some eggs must be sacrificed. To create a New World (Earth) the old one must be destroyed. Indigenous People have always understood this process.

What happened to the Mayans whose great civilization seemingly "vanished" overnight? What became of the Anasazi who left their pueblo homes for parts unknown? Did they die in some cataclysmic event like some people say? Or were they in tune with Nature? Did the droughts and changing weather conditions force them to adapt and move in order to survive? I suspect the latter since a remnant of these People are still here.

What do you supposed would have happened to these people if they hadn't been attuned to Nature. What if they had been told that the droughts, floods and other catastrophic events were due to global warming or some other man made catastrophe and that it could be stopped? Do you think they would have had the sense to relocate and adapt or would they have stayed in their homes waiting for someone to rescue them and perished?
Judging by what I've witnessed so far, they would have died.

Change is hard. Change is frightening. But it is inevitable and it is much better to "go with the flow" instead of clinging to a deck chair on a sinking yacht.

Creator has a plan and each of us has a part to play. Listen to what He's telling us to do. It will be okay.
 

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HISTORY.... 

 

300 reasons not to forget lessons of Wounded Knee

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji, Special to McClatchy Tribune



While Americans agonize over the contents of the Iraq Study Group report  and weigh the options of extricating U.S. soldiers from the middle of a civil war, the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will  gather on a lonely hill overlooking the demolished village of Wounded Knee -- destroyed during the occupation of the American Indian Movement in 1973 and never rebuilt -- to commemorate and grieve the massacre of their ancestors.

It was after a night so cold that the Lakota called it "The Moon of the Popping Trees," because as the winter winds whistled through the hills and gullies at Wounded Knee Creek on the morning of Dec. 29, 1890, one  could hear the twigs snapping in the frigid air.

When a soldier of George Armstrong Custer's former troop, the 7th Cavalry, tried to wrest a hidden rifle from a deaf Lakota warrior after all of the other weapons had already been confiscated from Sitanka's (Big Foot) band of Lakota people, the deafening report of that single shot caused pandemonium among the soldiers and they opened up with their Hotchkiss machine guns upon the unarmed men, women and children.

Thus began an action the government called a "battle" and the Lakota people called a "massacre." The Lakota people say that only 50 people of the original 350 followers of Sitanka survived that morning of slaughter.

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Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is the founder and first president of the
Native American Journalists Association. najournalists@rushmore.com

 

Submitted by Andrea Cramlit, Indigenous News Network


 

THE HAWK SPEAKS

 

Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. - Seven Hawks

Helping others is our responsibility

 

No individual by his or herself can fix the entire world of mankind, however, by working together, we can fix little pieces of it over a period of time.

 

We as humans neither have the ability nor the right to direct our own steps. Those who insist on following their own way (or doing their own thing) independent of the Creator will fall into many problems.  And for the most part, they blame their problems or mistakes on someone else.

 

In this modern world filled with violence, immorality and loose conduct, many of our young ones find themselves involved in gangs, drugs, alcoholism or some other bad way of life. We as Elders have the responsibility to help such ones back to the 'Good Red Road' which leads to a good relationship with not only our Creator but also others around us.

 

In helping these young ones, we are in reality fixing a small part of this world! So to all of our Elders, I pray you will recognize some of these problems and do your utmost to help our youth return to the 'Red Road; In all things we do, by keeping our Grand Creator first and foremost in our minds and in our hearts, he will be there when we need him most.

 

©Copyright 2006 by Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. ~Seven Hawks

 


 

BENNIE LeBEAU

Bennie E. "Blue Thunder" LeBeau Sr., an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming is a MAIC Newsletter Correspondent.  His "Teton Rainbow" and Earth Wisdom columns are regular features on these pages.

 

Blue Thunder, Teacher from among the Eastern Shoshone people,

sent this significant message from Grayeagle from the Yukon Territory of Canada.  

 

 

Message of Purification from the Yukon Territory January 23, 2007

 

 "Hothooka Caunotka "Sign Of Purification"

 

Saugh-he, a sign of purification has been sent to the people, that the Morning Star will start to be seen right before the night and light dances together. This is clear to the people of understanding and balance. This message of purification from Creator is speaking that end times are near, as people know it.

 

In the days that follow, people will look at the sky nation and witness and feel the return of two brothers that helped create Earth Mother in the birthing time.

 

One brother who has the care of the top of Earth Mother and his Brother who has the care for the bottom of Earth Mother. In these days the Morning Star will come and be with the two brothers and they will start to return Earth Mother to her natural rotation.

 

This has been shown for ages in many Petroglyphs within the Mayan and Egyptian pyramids and the carving and inscription on many rocks and bones.

 

Earth Mother has been manipulated and characterized throughout the ages by people that are not so suggestive of doing good for Earth Mother and Creators creations.

 

The two brothers will work and walk with the Hothooka. The Hothooka Caunotka as my ancestors spoke of them, will dance with the wind and find the ones that remember the original teachings of the old ways. The Hothooka Caunotka walks strong with Earth Mother's purification dance.

 


Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

GOVERNMENT SNOW PLOWING

 

 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

It's very hard to do things in the right manner, but as long as we do things right, we are in tune with the Great Spirit."  ~Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

 

When we are right with the Great Spirit, we are right with all things. It is impossible to be out of harmony with anything or anybody when we are in harmony with the Great One. So, if during the day a problem crops up and someone makes us mad, the best thing we can do is talk to the Creator first, ask for His help, then continue our conversation with the other person. In this way, our emotional nature will keep aligned with our thoughts, and we will always stay right with the Great Spirit.

 

Great Spirit, I ask You to

guide me on the Red Road today.

By Don Coyhis


 

WOMEN'S COUNCIL

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN

THE MANATAKA WOMEN'S COUNCIL

'CIRCLE OF FRIENDSHIP'

 

The Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship; meets the first Saturday of each month in the home of Bear, Becky & Amanda Moore, located at 136 Waine Place in Hot Springs, from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Coffee is provided, food and other soft beverages are brought by individuals to share. 

 

   
   

 

 

 

Donations of nonperishable food items, toiletries, and bio-friendly cleaning supplies will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. Requests for assistance are year-round.  Please send or bring.

 

Please direct any questions our comments to Becky 'Flaming Owl Peacekeeper' Moore at manataka@sbcglobal.net

 

Join Us!

 


 

WOMEN'S CIRCLE 

 

                                                    

Rita Chrisjohn Benson's Story

On December 7, 2004, Rita Benson of Oneida Indian Nation had a massive brain hemorrhage. Rita is a mother of four, a wife of thirty-two years, an artist, a student, and an aspiring anthropologist. She is fifty-two. Despite the doctors’ initial prognosis that there was little chance she’d survive the multiple required brain surgeries, Rita continues to both survive and improve. The last eight months have been extremely challenging for Rita and her family. She has suffered numerous setbacks due to serious infection. At the same time, there has been progress and increased reason for hope. Her skull,which had been partially removed for seven months, was replaced in the last surgery. Although her movement remains severely limited, she is awake, aware, and eager to get well.

Rita was born in upstate New York to Oneida Chief Richard ‘Sekowi’ Chrisjohn. Although not well-off financially, their family was rich in culture. Her father was active in the revival of the Oneida language, and worked to maintain traditions while breaking Native American stereotypes, and Rita learned from him.

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Submitted by Henrietta Wise

 


DIET WATCH

 

 

 

Put Color Into Your Life....

Eat the Rainbow Every Day!

Apples

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Diverticulitis

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Yogurt

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Aids Digestion

 

Submitted by Julie Maltagliati


 


 

Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

DOUGHBOY DIES

 

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community.

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, The Keebler Elves, the California Raisins,Uncle Ben, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, Count Choucla,Franken Berry, Boo Berry and Captain Crunch.

The gravesite was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times he still, was a crusty old man and was considered a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had
one in the oven. He is also survived by this elderly dad, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.


Michael A Hellemeyer, Art Asylum


 

POETRY CIRCLE...

 

The Tree

By Helen Redwing Wagner-Vinson

I look out the windows and see the tree
It is like people many kind, many faces
First you think what does my eyes see
Then I look and I know Creators graces
It has the roots our ancestors of old
 

The trunk our Grandparents I can see
The branches, the parents they are gold
The leaves our the children you and me

The buds on the branches I look at now
Not yet born all closed up so tight
Soon they come and Creator knows how
When the buds, open the babies of light


So all this comes in one mighty tree
It is like us many different parts
Many colors and shapes you can see
It is one body, one mind & one heart
 

Copyright ©2001 Helen J Wagner-Vinson


Take Us Home!

Song of the Four Winds calling grandmothers speak to me,

lift your voice into the air honor our memory.

Sacred places crying out how many children hear,

calling to the generations come and join us here.


Pride again is rising in who and what we are,

far too long our heads have been bowed

our hearts burdened by shame.
Hearts are lifting drums are calling blood is dancing to the beat.

 

 Across this our land is sweeping the ancients song to hear.
To the old ways we turn seeking,

to our Elders we are pleading
show us the way the path to walk.


Healers gather medicine of a different kind,

it is spirits they are mending and our broken minds.

Finally we are realizing they no longer hold the whip and gun,

no longer can they take our children and run.


Today a new wind whispers we are ready to take our place,

now is the time to gather every tribe and Nation.


Turtle Island is our homeland the blood and bones of our ancestors,

no longer do their laws keeps us down now they make us equals.

It is time the Circle turned and bring back our own ways,

we no longer need to sing the sad down trodden song.


Within their own laws is the answer - true retribution,

Within only the courage to reach out and take it.
Warriors sing, Elders speak, give your people direction,

and take us all home where we belong!
 

Author Unknown

Submitted by Helen Redwing VInson


THE WIND
 
We breath the same air, feel the same wind
 Walk on the same Mother Earth.. What we do to self
We do to all as everything ripples out into the universe.
You are the best person you can be right in this moment.
 
Author Unknown

Submitted by Helen Redwing VInson


INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

 

A CUP OF COFFEE

 

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.  Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some  plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the  coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:  "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to  the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.  What all of you really wanted was coffee, not  the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you  began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are  just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does  not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to  enjoy the coffee God has provided us."  God brews the coffee, not the cups.....

Enjoy your coffee! "The happiest people don't have the best  of everything.   They just make the best of everything."

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care  deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.
You are the miracle, my friend,
Your life either shines a light - or casts a shadow.
Have a  wonderful day!


 

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HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

Memorial Gift... 

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. 04-20-06

 

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 - Standing Bear.  Greg Gilliham 04-20-06

 

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.

 


Crossing Over...

 

Seth Big Crow (Rosebud, SD) 68, suffered heart failure. A Crazy Horse descendant, administrator of Lakota leader's estate, fought to protect ancestor's image.  "He took a very important stand for our people," said Ione Big Crow Miller, who lives in Sioux Falls. ~Elaine Nowell  01-19-07
 
Diane Burns, Poet and Artist, passed on into the spirit world late on December 22 after a short illness. Funeral plans are pending. Diane Burns was born in 1957. Burns 's father is a Chemehuevi and her mother is an Anishinabe.  Her poetry is known for its humor and honesty.   Diane Burns' first published set of poems had, at that time, firmly established her as one of the up and coming young Native American female poets of her generation. ~Andrea Cramblit  12-23-06


John C. Mohawk (NY) 61, Seneca was leading intellectual of Haudenosaunee perspective passed away 12-15-06.  Iroquois people across New York state and southern Canada are in mourning this week for the man considered the leading Haudenosaunee intellectual of his age. A professor at the University of Buffalo and member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, died Sunday.  Officials at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor canceled a holiday event scheduled for this weekend so local people could travel to the Cattaraugus Reservation for Mohawk's funeral on Saturday.  12-18-06

 

Lana Kotenko (Chicago, IL) 58, Cancer victim.  crossed over and entombed on Thursday Dec 14th, 2006.  Thank you very much for your part in making her life worth living these last few months. Stan 12-18-06 


Fernando Espinosa (CA) "...Fernando was really touched when a prayer by my brothers and sisters went to the mountain to pray and was put in the Indian paper. He told me that is the nicest thing anyone has done for me even though they did not know me!..." said his wife Imogene.  As the family stands for the rights of our people.  We want to thank you again for your prayers & kindness.  Mark & Carla Maslin 12-04-06

 

Violet Ruth Super (Orleans, CA) Auntie Vi passed away in her sleep as a result of a fire that destroyed her home on the evening of November 29, 2006 in Orleans California.  She was born on her families Indian Allotment known as "Butlers Flat" on the Salmon River in Siskiyou County on December 3, 1917 and lived all her life along the Klamath and Salmon rivers, and kept a home for several years in Castella and Dunsmuir south of Mt. Shasta.  She was a full-blood member of the Karuk Tribe of California  Her family was from the villages of Katimiin, Ike's and Amikiyaarem.  Her Indian name was Vasihtínihich  She was a fluent speaker, teacher and strong advocate of the Karuk language. She lived her life full of vim, vigor and vinegar, always young at heart.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Karuk Tribe http://www.ncidc.org/karuk/index.html Andrea Cramblit 12-03-06
 


Sickness and Injuries...

Patty Blue Star Burdette (AR) Please pray for the healing of our blessed friend and teacher who is recovering from painful and debilitating surgery on her legs.  ~Amanda Morning Star Moore 02-02-07

 

Esther Marie Daniels (MO) My mother, Esther Marie Daniels, is returning to spirit this week.  Please pray for her safe and joyful passage.  Thank for your prayers.  Manataka has blessed me in so many ways. ~Linda VanBibber 02-02-07

 

Richard Yellowhammer is in the hospital with heart failure and other problems. As you may remember Grace recently had a heart attack herself. Please send them prayers for healing. ~Henrietta Wise 01-28-07

 

Paula White's daughter - The bishop said this morning that Paula White's daughter has inoperable brain cancer and they asked for prayer for her and their family.  Leo Causey 12-31-06


Robert Corley (CA) - Cherokee man in serious condition with heart ailment. Surgery scheduled. Eagle Star Deveaux 12-22-06

 

Rhonda Bear Arrow Woman Walker (AR) I couldn't make the membership meeting on the 17th as we were leaving I slipped, fell and cracked my ankle.  I am on crutches.  Please put me on the prayer list. Maybe I will learn to slow down and be more careful. 12-19-06

                  

Lawrence Ray Brown (Jackson, MS) Infant is in critical condition.  RSV, some sort of respiratory infection. Leo Causey 12-19-06

Nathan Hayes (AR) My grandson Nathan, age 2, was diagnosed with autism.  He is a very accepting child & wants to be loved.  Please keep him & his family in your & his family in your prayers. Mom is trying to cope with it but it is hard for any single  parent.  We welcome suggestions or help that anyone can offer. Please give this family your  prayers &  support.  You may contact  his mother  through Manataka.  Creator will guide us but we need support from family & friends.  Marsha Pierce 12-08-06

 

Joe Robertson (Canada) On heart medicine for blood pressure.  Our family is doing fine. Especially our little girl, Aaliyah who we are planning on adopting out of the foster care system. Niawen Yahweh! Thank you again! Joe and Joanne Robertson 12-04-06

 

Tom Smith (GA) Tom is doing very well with the amputation.He has really come a long way. He got an electric wheelchair through Medicare, and it really helps him get around good. The only problem is he has no way to transport it. The lifts are very expensive. He is now undergoing chemo as he has lesions in his lungs. This is from the cancer that had developed in his leg. He is very weak, and spent several days in the hospital upon returning home from my house for Thanksgiving. He had a severe reaction. He is losing his hair and is very depressed and scared. Also, with being diabetis, he really has mood swings, and it is hard for my sister, as well. She is trying so hard, and it is really putting a strain on their relationship. She is a strong woman, and is a wonderful caretaker. She should have been a nurse. I would like to ask for prayer for them both.  Awi Anida Waya 12-03-06

 

Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett (GA)  Was in a car accident 11-30-06.  Car went down an embankment and rolled 2 1/2 times before landing on the driver's side. Sheri had to be cut out of her seatbelt. Every glass was broken out, but none of the three passengers received serious injury.  She has been experiencing very severe headaches with vomiting.  12-03-06

 


Birth Announcements

None this month

 


 

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. 

 


 

Manataka Announcements...

Manataka Seeks Grant Writer

A wonderful lady who has experience and good spirit has volunteered to be a grant writer for Manataka.  We still need at least one more. 

 

MAIC has several worthwhile projects that are severely under-funded.  Two of the projects are of unique design and proven effectiveness.  For the past 10 years, all programs and services were self-funded by members and supporters and we have not applied for financial assistance.  The worthiness of these programs requires more funds than can realistically be provided by individual contributions.  Experienced grant writers please contact: manataka@sbcglobal.net  

 

Booklets Available

Manataka now has available several thousand copies of a 16-page booklet titled “Native American Spirituality: An Informational Guide for Health Care Providers, Hospital Staff and Administrators, Chaplains, Funeral Directors, School Administrators and Others Regarding Ceremonies, Rights and Obligations.”  Read the booklet here

 

Single copies are $1.00 to cover the cost of mailing.  10 booklets - $5.00.  25 booklets $10.00  For higher quantities send us an email.  See related story below.

 

Manataka Seeks Advisory Board Members

Elders approved a motion to establish an Advisory Board who will research and develop recommendations to the Elder Council.  MAIC specifically seeks educators, attorneys, accountants, business leaders and other professionals to join the MAIC Advisory Board.  Please contact: manataka@sbcglobal.net

 


 

JANUARY 2007 Elder Council Meeting...

 

The January meeting was held on the 21st starting at 9:35 a.m., a quorum was established with six elders present.     

 

Discussions:

 Tabled Discussions and Motions:

Approved Motions: 

Rejected Motions:

None 

 

Presentations:

None

 

Announcements: 

Next meeting to be held February 18

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:50 p.m.

 


MANATAKA ORGANIZATIONAL MESSAGES


ANNOUNCEMENTS & NOTICES:

 

NOTICE 1:    TWO ELDER COUNCIL POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN:   The Education Elder position will concentrate on developing public school curriculum based on American Indian philosophy and coordinating presentations to schools, civic organizations and churches. The Treasurer position is now open. The position will require experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting.   

 

If you feel qualified for this position, please submit your information now. Read More  (Posted 03-01-06)

 

NOTICE 2:     ELDER COUNCIL ADVISORY BOARD:  We are excepting nominations for five (5) positions on the Elder Council Advisory Board.  We are specifically looking for candidates in these fields:  Accounting, Business, Education, Law and Social Services.  Positions are not limited only to these fields.  Members are expected to donate 5-10 hours per month. Members of the Advisory Board are paid a stipend and travel expense to annual meetings.  

 

NOTICE 3:    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 4:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant E. Grand.  

 

NOTICE 5:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact: Becky Moore

 

NOTICE 6:    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 7:      MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1.  15 - 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.

6.  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.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED STAMPS, PAPER AND OTHER SUPPLIES!


 

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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 Burnett, Georgia

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Grandmother Selma, Florida

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Magdala, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Helen Red Wing Vinson, Tennessee

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas

Waynonaha Two Worlds

Contributors:

Susan Bates, Missouri

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire 

Valerie Eagle Heart

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

John James, Arkansas

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Elaine Nowell, Mississippi / Arkansas

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

 

 

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