Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV
Issue 05 MAY 2010
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
Page 3 of 3 Pages
Legendary Indian Chiefs Who Advocated
for Their Tribes
By Lauren Monsen
Quanah Parker Comanche
Hollow Horn Bear
Six great chiefs rode in Theodore
Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade
Washington — When Theodore Roosevelt, as 26th president of the United States,
invited six legendary Indian chiefs to participate in his 1905 inaugural parade,
the idea was to “give the people a good show,” as he put it.
All six chiefs — Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Quanah Parker (Comanche),
Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Little Plume (Piegan
Blackfeet) and Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) — accepted Roosevelt’s invitation
and came to Washington. Their appearance at the inaugural parade, their
subsequent meetings with Roosevelt and their overall legacy are the focus of a
photographic exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the
American Indian (NMAI).
Titled A Century Ago: They Came as Sovereign Leaders, the exhibition outlines
the chiefs’ roles as advocates for their people at a time when Native American
culture was under siege and tribal rights were largely unrecognized. According
to José Barreiro, assistant director for research at NMAI, “the American Indian
was thought of as ‘the vanishing American’ during the early 20th century.” It
was, he said, “probably the worst moment in history for Indian people.”
Although Roosevelt’s inaugural committee expected the six chiefs to add “a
picturesque touch of color” to the festivities, the chiefs had an entirely
different agenda, Barreiro said. They regarded the president’s invitation as an
opportunity to advance the interests of their people, who were being pushed off
tribal lands to accommodate white settlers.
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L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
pale face of Grandmother Moon slips through the sky, as
night after night she watches over me while I sleep.
silver light makes lacey patterns on the wall, as she
sends her beams through my window curtains. I watch as
the delicate spider web pattern moves over the wall, and
find myself caught up and spun into her magic.
spend my mornings these days talking to the birds, which
fly about my door. The two crows who come talking and
share my bread keep me from being lonely. I see them
perched on the branches of the old black walnut tree
waiting to see what I will toss out to them for food.
They scold me and talk of things that they see in the
night while I sleep.
brave feathered messengers of the spirit world, the two
Crows come and greet me each morning. I now know that
they are warrior brothers and come to protect and help
me; sent by the one who remembers.
years ago that same black walnut tree lost her mate to a
wind storm. He lay down so gently trying not to damage
any homes. I heard his death cry as he was sent crashing
to the Earth Mother.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del
Consuelo, Mayan Priestess
The Four Races
There is a prophesy that the Great Spirit gave the four major races a gift, the
black people received the gift of the water, the white people received the fire,
the red people the earth, and the yellow people received the wind, and then all
the four races went in different directions, and used and misused their talents.
The Great Spirit also said, there will be a time when all the races will come
back together, and put their talent in the very center, so it can be used by the
others in a good way, that is when the fifth element will be uncover…. And the
time is now…
The time has come for the people of the earth to come together in a good way,
and put their talents for the highest good of everyone, the water represents the
emotional body, the fire is the mind, the earth is our physical body, the planet
earth, the land, and the wind is the spirit, and all together form what we call
Human beings have many realms within the self, some of these realms people are
not aware of, yet if you see human beings as a whole then everything will begin
to make sense, even when people are not aware of it, just like in the same way
the geese fly together, as one single spirit, so it is as a human being, this is
the spirit of God as one.
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1968 - 1976
No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
A man asked an American Indian
what was his wife's name is called.
He replied, "She called Five Horses."
The man said, "That's an unusual
name for your wife.
What does it mean?"
The Old Indian answered, "It old Indian name. It means . . .
. . . Nag, Nag, Nag, Nag, Nag!"
The whole religion is like a
preparation. It's a preparation for going to the Good Land or to the place of
your ancestors. We all have to go through it. We all know this.
---- Horace Axtell, Nez Perce
There are two Worlds that exist. The Seen World and
the Unseen World. Sometimes these worlds are called the Physical World and the
Spiritual World. The Elders say, when it is time to go to the other side, our
relatives will appear a few days before to help us enter the Spirit World. This
is a happy place; the hunting is good; the place of the Grandfathers, the
Creator, the Great Spirit, God, is a joyful place.
Grandfathers, today, let me look forward to the
Spirit World. Bless all my Relations.
For those who
still have teeth and toothpaste in the home
it whitens, brightens, deodorizes, removes stains,
and restores and protects enamel. But toothpaste’s
cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things
besides our teeth. The same ingredients that help
polish our pearly whites can also soothe some common
ailments, make household items sparkle, and even get
rid of stains and pungent smells. Try out these
fifteen tricks with a white, non-gel toothpaste
(unless otherwise noted), and watch that
cavity-fighting, breath-freshening tube of wonder
work its magic!
Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and
blisters. These skin irritations all tend
to weep and, in the case of bug bites, often itch.
Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect
sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling.
When applied to sores or blisters, it dries them up,
thus allowing the wound to heal faster. It’s best
when used overnight.
2. Soothe a stinging
burn. For minor burns that don’t involve an open wound,
toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply
it delicately to the affected area immediately after a
burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and
prevents the wound from weeping or opening.
A Book Review by
Lee Standing Bear Moore
Bear is not a
person who puts much stock into
fiction books, preferring the
drab but enlightening
discussions of astronomy,
anthropology, psychology, and
theology -- all higher forms of
fiction. A member of
Manataka's book review committee
gave Bear a copy of Joe Crew's
book, Abraham's Burden, with his
strong recommendation, "Read
this book grandfather, it is
well worth the time."
Well, Bear is now grateful to
our member and the author Joe
Crew, who is a wonderful
storyteller and his book is a
masterpiece. We read
Abraham's Burden three times and
found it more revealing and
delightful after each reading.
The subject matter is somewhat
grim but the intricate details
and real-life descriptions of
American Indian communities in
the Northwest create an
interesting backdrop for the
tribulations of the main
character, Charlie Abraham, an
American Indian. Joe Crew
has produced a first-rate novel
with his excellent writing
style, devotion to accuracy and
a good story. It will not
surprise us if Abraham's Burden
is one day made into a movie.
We hope Joe Crew writes another
great novel, so Bear can have
the pleasure of reading more
fiction stories. ~Yonv
novel deftly explores the Native
American experience in
Washington State. With an eye
for meticulous detail, Crew
provides generous descriptions
for characters, actions and
settings. His mastery of the
geography and its people is
clear. The book is often a
Burden" got my attention from
the very first page and never
let up until the end. The author
obviously has an intimate
knowledge of the locations and
topics he's writing about. His
attention to detail rings true,
giving the story a lot of
credibility. The book is not
just a suspenseful murder
mystery, though. It's also a
revealing look at contemporary
issues, whether concerning
Native Americans, environmental
conflicts, the legal system, or
alcoholism. It's not an easy job
to give all those issues a fair
shake but in my opinion, the
author really communicates a
deep understanding of them
through his characters, both the
good ones and the bad ones,
without overdoing it.
As the fast-paced action
unfolds, the vivid descriptions
and plot twists churn up a whole
gamut of emotions. A few pages
of gruesome images were a little
hard to get through but they're
important to understanding the
story. The dialogue is terrific,
and the words sound just the way
the characters should talk. The
book's cover with its haunting
scene of dark clouds, woods, and
water is perfect for what's
inside, which is a real
page-turner, well worth reading.
I couldn't put it down until I
finished it. I'm hoping that
there will be a sequel one day.
~Cheryl L. Tanriverdi
As dramatic as it
is compelling, Joseph N. Crew
explores the intricacies of
human behavior in Abraham’s
Burden with a brilliant cadence.
Crew examines with unique
insight the role our past
endlessly plays in the formation
of our present day prejudices.
Newly elected congresswoman
Helen Sparks and her lover go
missing, and the authorities
believe Charlie Abraham, a
Native American on the wrong
side of Helen’s political
agenda, is involved. While the
media zeros in on Charlie, the
real killer’s half brother
plants evidence to ensure
Charlie will be charged with the
crime. As an ethnically divided
jury struggles with their
deliberations, the body of a
headless woman is discovered in
the nearby woods. The public is
convinced it is their popular
congresswoman. The brothers know
the truth, but familial ties
break and a strange justice is
served, and redemption becomes
possible for the wronged.
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your life to helping American Indian families,
Work towards reviving
old values and ancient ways.
Work with others to
ensure the healing of our Mother the Earth,
our Father the Sky and
our Sister the Sea.
Work with others to
ensure that our languages and culture are reborn.
Work for how ever long
it takes to reclaim land that was swindled and
stolen from us.
Not all lands can be
retrieved now, but there’s plenty that can be,
Lands that are of good
quality and large enough to make us who want too be
self sufficient can be,
Become our own
determiners, our own educators, set our own futures,
Farm again like we did
before the white man came to our shores,
It was us who saved them
from starvation, our crops nourished them,
Breed cattle, bison,
sheep, goats, deer, elk for our own needs and the
preservation of wild life.
Teach our young to be a
mirror of our peoples and to cast their shadows on
the right path.
Newest Manataka Members:
Samantha and Derek A. Toliver
Chrissy and Seada
Riwhi-Herlihy New Zealand
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Kraft (York, PA) a 12 year old boy is in
York Hospital in PA Fighting for his life. He
was at Wal-Mart with family and he saw a 7 year
old kid run out in front of a speeding car he
run pushed the kid out of the way. The car hit
him instead. He is a very lovable kid I talk to
on line everyday. He told me he wished he
could give me a hug. He also wants to be a
pastor when he grows up. Please pray as the word
just came Its in God's hands. Helen RedWing
Jay King (North
Carolina) is in the hospital. They moved him
from ICU to regular room yesterday. Within 3 days he went
from okay to so weak he couldn't stand or even sit. His BP
went extremely low he was dehydrated. They had to give him
med to get potassium out of his cells. Also vomiting and
diarrhea -- Everything at once except this time not his
heart. Was very scary He refused to go to hospital so my 140
lb son put his 225lb tall dad on his back carried him to the
van and took him to ER. Jay would have died if he had
not. Doctors said wonder he wasn't combative in the state
his health was in. Jay had fallen 3X thankfully just skinned
places no broken bones. Sometimes I think we must have done
something really bad in another time and are paying for it
this time. I do have a grateful heart I didn't lose him.
Update: 05-16-10 Some good news
Antibiotic they tried yesterday stopped bacteria in petrie
dish but still don't know what caused it in the first place.
In the morning another test to determine about heart Doc
today said he didn't think they'd find anything. Hope you're
having an enjoyable trip. Wish Jay and I could remarry in
the traditional way but at least the white mans way has
lasted 46 yrs lol love and prayers Ruth
Update: 05-17-10 They have transferred
Jay to Pitt Memorial in Greenville He has inflammation
around his heart and bacteria in his blood that they have
not been able to identify. Must admit I am scared. It's a
two and a half hour drive to where he is and I don't have
the gas which seems to upset him more than the health
The head of cardiology said the local
hospital said that bacteria was growing in culture But since
he has been at his hospital there was no bacteria in the
cultures. What is wrong however is that there is infection
on the leads going to his heart and blood clots in his
heart. They are deciding now what to do about it. Talking
about using laser to burn lead in two and replacing lead Or
replacing pacemaker BUT what scares me are the blood clots
in his heart. Right now his throat is sore from a test where
they put a tube down his throat, He is in room 221 South at
the Heart Center of Pitt Memorial hospital in Greenville, NC
The number in his room is 252 816 8271. I know beyond the
shadow of a doubt Creator will take care of us but after 46
years we are joined at the hip and I am feeling very alone
right now, Thanks for the prayers Love and prayers Ruth
Kevin (New Jersey)
brother, has been
diagnosed with a brain tumor. The
doctors believe it is benign and slow
growing, but it is inoperable and is in
a very dangerous spot. It has
infiltrated his normal brain tissue and
is near his brain stem and is causing
his brain to swell and he's having
seizures. They're trying to figure out
what to do next. He's seen doctors at a
brain center in North Jersey, Jefferson
and HUP. Please pray for him, maybe put
him on any prayer chains you've
got...The doctors he's seen are supposed
to be really good, but he really, really
needs prayers. Thank you,
Christina Maris (New Mexico) After
many years of putting your prayer requests in our Prayer
Basket at Pipe Ceremony here in New Mexico, I now have a
request of my own. I'm having hip replacement surgery on
Thursday, May 6th, and would appreciate prayers for an
uncomplicated surgery and a swift recovery. I'm told I'll
be laid off at the end of June, so it's important that I get
up and around quickly after the surgery so I can find
another job as soon as possible. I'm sure that Spirit has
new and interesting things in store for me, and I'm looking
forward to the new chapter in my life that will begin soon.
My thanks to you in advance, and my own blessings and good
wishes to you and yours. Peace - Christina Maris
(Banning, CA) On April 22, Alan will be at the Orange Coast Hospital
for Gastric Bypass surgery. He is in good spirits and looking forward
to his new life's path. Prayer ceremonies will be conducted at Manataka
for Alan. ~Stella Fisher 04-20-10 Update: Alan was
released yesterday Saturday at noon; we came straight home to Banning
from the hospital. The ride was sheer torture but he made it. He
is home and doing as well as can be expected. He has to learn how and
when to eat all over again. He's experiencing some discomforts that are
the results of eating but he's working on it. I am by his side
constantly. He is still excited about having had the surgery. He
kept telling the nurses, "well, since I'm having so much fun right now,
thought I'd give myself another 30 years to keep enjoying life."
Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, calls, visits, cards and flowers.
A Very Grateful, Stella and Alan 04-25-10
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman (Illinois) Referred
to a Hematologist to run tests for extremely low white blood count. We
do not believe the doctor is worried that he may have a cancer. He has to
wear a mask whenever doors. Hawk is "very happy" otherwise. ~Bear 03-28-10
Daniel J. Hoffman, Jr. (Florida) was admitted to the hospital with heart related problems. He is the son of our Manataka Elder, Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman of Illinois. Please offer up prayers for this precious man. ~Hawk 03-22-10 Update: He was released for the hospital and continuing treatments. Hawk 03-28-10
Donna Ashley (Winchester, TN) a member of the Tennessee Trail Of Tears organization.
She is in ICU and critical. ~RedWing and Doris 03-19-10
People of Haiti and Chile - most likely you have already been directing your love and care towards Chile where an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck over the weekend. Manataka Elders and members has also been sending heart-focused care to Chile. This catastrophe has come on the heels of the earthquake in Haiti. The people of Haiti still need our energetic support, and we request that you now include the people of Chile in your heartfelt prayers, meditations and affirmations. In Chile, more than 800 people have been reported killed and the number is rising, while the number of injured is not yet known; 2,000,000 people have been displaced; 500,000 buildings have been destroyed. Relief supplies are only beginning to arrive and food and water shortages are a great concern. Powerful aftershocks continue to create fear and looting has become a serious issue. It is especially in these times, the days after the initial event, that people affected need more of our energetic support. ~Bear 03-07-10
Lee Standing Bear Moore (Hot Springs, AR) Grandfather Bear suffered a heart attack on
January 5. He returned home a week later with a defibulator strapped to his side that
delivers a shock to his heart if needed. His surgery
on Feb. 25 to implant a defibulator / pacemaker was successful. He was up performing ceremonies two days later and is now back a work. What else would be expected of a Bear? Grandfather Bear is grateful for all the wonderful prayers and messages. ~Bonnie 03-01-10
Joe Dutch Dobish (NY) Dutch has pneumonia, atrial fib, cancer, diabetes, and depression. Because he was diagnosed within the last three weeks, he overwhelmed. He is a strong man and is fighting for his life. Thank you for any good prayers you can send him. I believe he can help be healed by your strength. Love, ~Henny Wise 03-01-10
Sonia Hull (Weatherford, TX)
Just been diagnosed with MS and Spinal Stenosis. She is also a diabetic and a cancer survivor ( 2 X's ). Her husband has Polysystic Kidney. They are Elderly and in a lot of pain. They would so much appreciate being added to the Prayer Basket or Prayer List. - Bear 03-01-10
Delores Gill (Jacksonville, NC) had an MRI showing a large mass in her intestines and told it was cancer had a colostomy today. We were very concerned because their mom died at her age of colon cancer. Prayers were being said for her and today the tests showed no mass nothing wrong. She also was diagnosed with lymphoma from biopsy on the lymphnodes in her neck. March 10th she has surgery for that so prayers are still needed. But today prayers are of gratitude for a miracle and prayers answered. Prayers are still ongoing for you and yours. love ~Ruth King 02-18-10
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.
Mankiller (Tahlequah, OK)
The former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief died in
the morning hours of April 6 at her home in rural Adair
Mankiller, who was one of the few women ever to lead a
major American Indian tribe, was 64. Her passing
came a little more than a month after her husband, CN
Community Services Group Leader Charlie Soap, announced
that she was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.
"Our personal and national hearts are heavy with sorrow and
sadness with the passing this morning of Wilma Mankiller,"
said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in a
statement released by the tribe. "We feel overwhelmed and
lost when we realize she has left us but we should reflect
on what legacy she leaves us. We are better people and a
stronger tribal nation because her example of Cherokee
leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination
"When we become disheartened, we will be inspired by
remembering how Wilma proceeded undaunted through so many
trials and tribulations,"
Smith said. "Years ago, she and her husband Charlie Soap
showed the world what Cherokee people can do when given the
chance, when they
organized the self-help water line in the Bell community.
She said Cherokees in that community learned that it was
their choice, their lives, their community and their future.
Her gift to us is the lesson that our lives and future are
for us to decide. We can carry on that Cherokee legacy by
teaching our children that lesson. Please keep Wilma's
family, especially her husband Charlie and her daughters,
Gina and Felicia, in your prayers."
In a March 2 news release, Soap said Mankiller had stage 4
metastatic pancreatic cancer but gave no other details.
In the release, Mankiller wrote she was prepared for the
"I decided to issue this statement because I want my family
and friends to know that I am mentally and spiritually
prepared for this journey, a journey that all human beings
will take at one time or another," she wrote. "It's been my
privilege to meet and be touched by thousands of people in
my life, and I regret not being able to deliver this message
personally to so many of you."
Mankiller served as principal chief from 1985 until retiring
in 1995. Prior to becoming principal chief, she served
as deputy chief under Ross Swimmer. She assumed the
principal chief position and served out the remainder of the
1983-87 term after Swimmer resigned to take a Bureau of
Indian Affairs job in Washington, D.C. She was elected
principal chief in 1987 and 1991. Mankiller was born on Nov.
18, 1945, at W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah,
according to a CN press release.
Mankiller requested that any gifts in her honor be made as
donations to One Fire Development Corporation, a non-profit
dedicated to advancing
Native American communities though economic development, and
to valuing the wisdom that exists within each of the diverse
around the world. Tax deductible donations can be made at
as well as
www.onefiredevelopment.org. The mailing address for
One Fire Development Corporation is 1220 Southmore Houston,
Memorial services will be April 10 at 11 a.m. at the
Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds in Tahlequah.
Jo Anne Lentz (Conway, AR) Long
time Arkansas Bikers Aiming Towards
member Jo Anne Lentz went to our Heavenly Father Friday 9:10pm,
March 5, 2010. March 10, 2010 6-8pm Visitation will be
at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, 801 8th Avenue, Conway, AR 72032.
March 11 at 1 pm services will be held at at Roller-McNutt Funeral
Home, 801 8th Avenue, Conway, AR 72032. Procession to Crestlawn for
internment following service. Jo Anne requested a motorcycle escort
to Crestlawn. Please feel free to wear your leathers & ride if
possible. Jo Anne was a member of A.B.A.T.E. 17 of Conway, a
H.O.G. member, a member of the Saturday's Sisters, and member of
A.M.A. She was on the MILE Committee, a Faulkner County Master
Gardener, and of the Baptist faith. Please keep Don Kaczynski
(Donski) and Jo Anne's family in your thoughts & prayers.
~Hawk Hoffman 03-09-10
Kathy Dodd (TX)
went to be with the Lord on February 14, 2010 after a short battle with
cancer. Kathy was born on March 24, 1958. She came to Edinburg from
her home state of Oklahoma eleven years ago, to teach biology at the
University of Texas-Pan Am. It was then that she got acquainted with
the Native American New Life Center and the South Texas Indian Dancers.
Kathy loved to dance. Kathy loved to bead. Kathy loved her Indian
heritage. Kathy was a great help at the pow wows, always getting there
early to help set up the circle and leaving late to help take it down.
Kathy loved to help. She always volunteered to sell raffle tickets and
cake walk plates. She started off as a Southern Traditional Dancer and
later started dancing Jingle Dance. She had the opportunity to dance in
Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany and Peru. She also loved sharing
her faith and how God delivered her from the things that had kept her
from loving God with all her heart, mind and soul. She was an active
member of McAllen Grace Brethren Church, Son Tree Native Path, Chief of
Chiefs Christian Church and the South Texas Indian Dancers. Continue to
pray for her family and all of us who knew her and dearly loved her.
~Robert Soto, Lipan Apache 03-01-10
Shade (Tahlequah, OK)
Nation Deputy Chief and Cherokee traditionalist Hastings Shade died
on Feb. 9 at the age of 67. He spent more than 40 years
serving the CN as an administrator, manager, teacher and volunteer.
Widely recognized for this work in cultural preservation and as a
skilled traditional artisan, he was designated a Cherokee National
Treasure in 1991.
Shade had a strong commitment to
children and to teaching Cherokee language, culture and history. He
authored books on the Cherokee language and culture. While serving
as deputy chief under Principal Chief Chad Smith from 1999-2003, he
spent much time attending and teaching at Cherokee cultural camps
locally and around the country.
“His figurative heart for the Cherokee
people was huge and strong. He was quick to hug a teenager with
encouragement and tell them spellbinding stories of inspiration,”
wrote Smith in a Feb. 10 e-mail to Cherokee Nation employees. “He
foremost was a gentleman and a traditionalist who was fluent in
Cherokee language and conversant in Cherokee thought.”
Smith wrote that he and his wife
Bobbie visited Shade a few hours before his passing. “He said
he wanted to teach some more and he had a great depth of Cherokee
knowledge to share,” Smith states. “He was awarded National Treasure
years ago for his craftsmanship but he also was a national treasure
to the Cherokee people for his cultural contributions, encouragement
and statesmanship. We will miss him. Let us keep his wife Loretta
and his family in our thoughts and prayers. In his honor our flags
are at half-mast.” Shade resided in Lost City, where he grew
up, with his wife Loretta. His parents were Tom and Leanna Stopp
Shade. He was also a descendent of Sequoyah, inventor of the
Cherokee syllabary. His funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on
Feb. 12 at Sequoyah Schools’ The Place Where They Play.
Harley Terrell (Tahlequah, OK)
Nation Tribal Councilor Harley Terrell died on Jan. 29 at the age of
73 after a long battle with cancer.
of Park Hill, was born on July 26, 1936, in Cookson to Charlie and
Hazel Terrell. He attended school at Pettit near Keys, Chilocco
Indian School near Newkirk and Northeastern State University in
Tahlequah. He graduated from NSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in
accounting and business administration. Terrell joined the
U.S. Air Force in 1955, serving 12-1/2 years in active duty and 15
years in reserve, reaching the rank of master sergeant. He later
worked for Indian Health Service as a biomedical engineering
technician before retiring from the federal agency in 1995.
served the Cherokee Nation by serving on the Tribal Council from
Along with being a CN citizen, Terrell
was a Disabled American Veteran member as well as a member of the
Air Force Sergeants Association, American Legion Post No. 135, Elks
Lodge No. 2601 and the Masons’ Cherokee Lodge No. 10. He also loved
gardening, fishing, traveling the highways and hunting in New
Bruce Allen Deer
Fording Stream Hartford, Jr. (Cookeville, TN) April 26, 1966 -
February 7, 2010 - Powhattan Nation. My dear friends I would like to ask all my brothers and sisters to
pray for me and my wife to have the strength to go on. We lost our
son this past week end he was 43 years old he slipped and fell in
the bath tub and drowned. Please pray for his soul. Thank you all. ~Bruce
Deer Fording Stream Hartford, Sr.
Wise Owl (Dudley, MA) beloved leader of the Chaubunagungamaug people
has joined the spirit world. We pray he will guide us all on our path of
healing the Earth Mother and all her children. To his Family and
friends and to his people we send our deepest sympathy and offer up
prayers this night for his journey!
Cheryl Watching Crow Stedtler and
Richard Swenson said arrangements for
Chief Wise Owl have been made.
This Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and
7-9 p.m. Bartell Funeral Home, 33 Schofield Ave., Dudley, MA.
Phillip Martin (Choctaw, MS) Form
Chief died at the age of 83 on
February 04, 2010. Chief Phillip Martin,
the former Choctaw Indian Tribal leader who
served in public office for 48 years and helped
to lead his people from abject poverty to
unprecedented growth and prosperity. Services
will be Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at 11 a.m. from
Holy Rosary Catholic Church, off Mississippi 19
south. Visitation will be Saturday from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
in McClain-Hays Funeral Home. Burial will be in
the church cemetery. ~Harvey Moore
Pat Red Wing Prather (New
Boston, TX) -
our dear friend and wonderful member of Manataka
died Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 in
a Texarkana hospital born June 24, 1952. A
member of Unity church in Texarkana.
She was hospitalized due to recurrent cancer.
Please offer up prayers for Pat. ~Angela
Patti Blue Star
Speaks Burdette (Hot Springs, AR)
February 28, 1956 - January 15,
2010. Passed as a result of blood clot complications. Patti is a long-time member of Manataka and a respected elder.
She was appointed Manataka Ceremonial Elder in
2006. She served on the Elder Council
nearly four years. Patti Blue Star was an
beading expert. loved to sign and play the drum
and walked the Good Red Road in a good way.
She was a former business owner in California
before her retirement to the Hot Springs area.
Her soul mate and constant companion, David
Quiet Wind Furr needs our prayers. See Memorial
and Celebration of Life for Patti Blue Star
Memory of Bill Prezwoznik
Silver Fox 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 remembered. We love you Bill.
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.
Memory of Granny Messenger
over a 1,000 grandchildren
but never bore a child. Her
memory will live with us
Messenger was a wonderful
school teacher, political
activist, owner of "Granny's
Junkology" and constant
supporter of Manataka.
She was loved greatly.
In Memory of Lance Selvidge
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
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.
In Loving Memory of Jesse William "Stretch" Devereaux
Born: February 11, 1980, Santa Paula, California
Entered to Rest: July 29, 2009, Blythe, California
It was a great honor for Jesse to participate in Bear Dance Purification Lodge ceremonies on the Tule River reservation at Porterville, California. A memorial service was conducted on August 15 by the Zion Lutheran Church and an American Indian memorial ceremony was conducted on the sacred Manataka on December 5, 2009.
That special smile
That caring heart
That warm embrace
You always gave us
We'll always remember
You being there.
Through good and bad times
No matter what.
We'll always remember
There'll never be another
To replace you in our hearts.
And the love we will always
Have for you.
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
The April Elder Council meeting was held
Sunday, April 18, 2010 all Elders present and David
Quiet Wind Furr and Daniel Hawk
Eyes Hoffman by teleconference.
The opening prayer was given by
Ceremonial Elder Linda Two Hawk Feathers James.
March minutes were sent to
Elders immediately following the meeting and
were approved with no changes.
MAIC currently has zero long-term and zero
All property taxes for the
previous year are paid. Cash flow is steady and all
needs are being met.
(a) Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke
2011 Powwow Committee -
) World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing
Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star
Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl
Standing Committee Reports:
Gray Hawk Coke
Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk
Smoke Signal: Lee Standing Bear Moore
Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Women's Council Chair
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James,
NAGPRA / Ceremonies
Lee Standing Bear,
Secretary / Historian / Counseling / Smoke Signal News
Robert Gray Hawk Coke,
Education Committee Leader
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman -
Public Relations Committee
Membership Committee Leader
Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any
member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
email@example.com or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
PAID YOUR DUES?
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events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card
online. It's easy, secure and fast!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot
Springs, AR 71902
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Crystal Harvey, Arkansas
Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
Carol Henderson, California
Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois
Linda James, Missouri
Julie Maltagliati, Florida
Grandmother Selma Palmer, Florida
Carol Perez Petersen, California
Magdala Ramirez, 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
Blue Panther Keeper of Stories
Andrea Crambit, California
Romaine Garcia, Colorado
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
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