Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV Issue 08
- Preserving The Past Today For
Gladiolus - August Flower
"Flowers are God's laughter. Their fragrance are their
feelings of love. Pick not flowers for your table, but leave
them to live
the enjoyment of all as flowers touch the soul with joy.
Flowers speak the language of rainbows." ~Lee
Standing Bear Moore
This August has 5 Sundays,
5 Mondays, and 5 Tuesdays, all in one month. This only happens once in 823
years, we will probably miss it next time
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You are invited!
The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers will perform the exciting and
deeply spiritual Xi Chel
(Rainbow Woman) ceremonies.
Ernesto Tano Quinquil
Alvarado, an Apache Earth Medicine healer
will present "Earth
Medicine" and Manataka Elders will offer up the sacred pipe
and other ceremonies.
The entire weekend is free.
Click Here to learn more...
Manataka Needs Prayer Ties from
ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around
the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations. The
gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition
of many peoples. Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to
sacred sites and or places that require healing (such the Gulf of Mexico).
We need thousands of prayer ties. You can
help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for
distribution to people and places that need your prayers.
is a ceremony within itself and should be done with much reverence and respect.
The Process I have found is different with
many elders or teachers. Instructions as
to colors, when to smudge, honoring of the directions and other things might
change. Therefore, I give only the mechanics. Instructions How to Ma oknlye
Prayer Ties (The mechanics) By Zoe Bryant
Get your materials together and ready
to sit and pray.
• Small squares of fabric( about 2” to 4"
• String (kite strings works best; you
don’t want it to break!)
• natural tobacco (Native Spirit & Bugler
both work well)
• Sage ( to smudge yourself and all your
Preparing your fabric squares for the
The easiest way to get multiple pieces of
fabric is to notch your material about 2” apart and tear long strips the length
of the fabric. Fold them in half, fold again and continue folding until your
folded strip is only 2’’ wide. Cut all the folds with scissors. Putting your
tobacco prayer into the tie: Place a small pinch of tobacco in the center of
a square of fabric. Fold the fabric over … Fold it a
second time and then a third time. Now
pinch the bundle together making what looks like a little ghost. Tie
the small bundle together at the top with string, dental floss, sinew or raw
The Manataka Women's Council has
contributed thousands of prayer ties over the years and they pray the entire
time materials are being gathered and while making them. A dozen prayers
may go into each tie.
Send to: -- as soon as possible
Manataka Prayer Ties
PO Box 476, Hot Springs National Park, AR
the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!
As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow at Hot Springs
National Park, Arkansas, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many
years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in
organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event.
Scheduled for June 10 - 12, 2011, the Manataka Powwow will have a
huge arena at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds to host dancers, drummers, special
entertainment, and vendors. Send us your contact information
and what you would like to do to help.
See the Manataka Powwow flyer here
Vendors: Sign up for booth space here...
before they are all gone...
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CALLING ALL MANATAKA
by Grandmother Linda Two Hawk Feathers James
Manataka! You are the ones who answered the call of the Place of Peace. It
is well and good to seek this place, and it is good to be in this place, but
we who have experienced the peaceful feeling that Manataka can give, cannot
just stay in that place of peace. We must take an example from the rainbow
woman who reaches out from the spirit world to us. That is how we begin to
seek. Yet, there are so many people who may not be sensitive to her
invitation because the sounds, sights, and smells of the world block out the
difficult times, native people have called on history, ancestors, and the
creation/Creator to teach and guide them to the right path. We have
wandered a long, long way from the SPIRIT path. Many of us struggle to
learn and honor the red path traditions that are at risk of being lost.
Some still live on ancestral lands and know their heritage yet others do
not. Some have even chosen to leave that heritage behind. No matter what
your situation, my message as ceremonial elder is to respond to the call to
a ceremony which can spread around the world in one short day.
I recently learned of a ceremony that has great
potential to inspire people in all parts of our planet. It is called the
Ceremony of 8000 Drums [born in Mexico by one of our Manataka members -
Thaayrohyadi Serafin Bermudez, an Otomi Spiritual Leader]. The spirit of
this ceremony is to let everyone become a part of giving the drum a voice to
speak. Read More>>>
"It does not
require many words to speak the truth." --Chief
Joseph, Nez Perce
The truth shall set you free. This is
the truth. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to be defensive. Truth
needs no defense. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to attack because
Truth cannot be attacked. It is so easy to want to manipulate or to be
deceitful or dishonest. My head tells me I can get away with doing these
things, after all everybody does it.
My Creator, today let me know
Let me live Truth.
Let me risk the Truth.
Let me make the Truth sweet.
Help me to make my word good.
Let Your spirit and intent be
added to by words.
Let My thoughts be Truth.
By Don Coyhis
THE UNITED STATES REVIEWING ITS POSITION ON THE UN
ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:
BACKGROUND AND POINTS FOR INPUT
the International Indian Treaty Council
At the 9th
session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,
United States Ambassador to the UN Sandra Rice announced that the US
will conduct a “formal review” of its position in opposition to the
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on
September 13th 2007. 144 countries voted in favor, 11
abstained and 4 States (countries) voted against. With the US’
announcement, all of the 4 countries that voted “no” (the US,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have either reversed their
positions or have initiated a process towards doing so.
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was
developed over a 30-year process at the United Nations with the
participation of Indigenous Peoples, Nations, Tribal governments and
organizations from the US and around the world, as well as UN
member States including the US, and a number of UN independent
experts. It recognizes and affirms a wide range of rights,
including self-determination, land and natural resources, cultural
rights and sacred sites protection, subsistence, Treaty Rights,
health and social services, non-discrimination, environmental
protection, education, language, and many others which Indigenous
Peoples identified as essential to their dignity, survival and
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Warriors of the Rainbow
was an old lady, from the "Cree" tribe, named "Eyes of
Fire", who prophesied that one day, because of the white
mans' or Yo-ne-gis' greed, there would come a time, when
the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall
from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the
trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it
would all but cease to exist."
"There would come a time when the
"keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and
myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs" would be
needed to restore us to health. They would be mankind's
key to survival, they were the "Warriors
of the Rainbow". There would come a day of
awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would
form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and
recognition of the Great Spirit.
The "Warriors of the Rainbow" would
spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth
or "Elohi". They would teach them how to live the "Way
of the Great Spirit". They would tell them of how the
world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and
that is why our Earth is "Sick".
The "Warriors of the Rainbow" would show
the peoples that this "Ancient Being" (the Great
Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach
them how to make the Earth or "Elohi" beautiful again.
These Warriors would give the people principles or rules
to follow to make their path right with the world. These
principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The
Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the
ancient practices of Unity, Love and
Understanding. They would
teach of Harmony among people in all four
corners of the Earth.
Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach
the peoples how to pray to the
Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful
mountain stream, and
along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they
would be able
joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of
petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers,
regardless of color, race or religion.
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The Center for Biological
Massive New Drilling Project in Arctic
"It makes no
sense," Rebecca Noblin, the Center's Alaska director, told
the Times. "BP pushes the envelope in the Gulf and ends up
causing a moratorium. And now, in the Arctic they are
forging ahead again with untested technology, and as a
result they're the only ones left being allowed to drill
there." Meanwhile, the Obama administration is
considering opening vast new areas of the Arctic, the
Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil exploration.
Now's the time to speak out against this troubling proposal;
take action here.
when it seems like BP and the Department of the Interior
can't sink much lower comes news that BP's poised to begin a
massive, risky, never-before-tried drilling project in the
waters off Alaska. Today's New York Times broke the
story in a major front-page exposé on the energy giant's
plans to drill this fall in the Arctic's fragile waters.
There was supposed to be a moratorium on new offshore
drilling projects, but BP found a way around that: It heaped
together a 31-acre pile of gravel in the Beaufort Sea,
called it an island base for a drilling rig and declared it
would be conducting onshore drilling. The project,
called Liberty, would include a dicey technique of drilling
two miles beneath the sea and then up to eight miles
horizontally -- all under enormous pressure in a pristine
sea that would be devastated by an oil spill. The project
already has its state and federal permits, but BP still has
to apply for its final permit to drill, which is expected
later this year.
the story in
The New York Times.
Feds Issue Permit to
Kill Jaguars, Ocelots
months following the Arizona Game and Fish Department's
killing of the last known wild American jaguar -- which
ignited criminal investigations and public controversy --
last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the
Department a permit to "take" (that is, kill, injure or
otherwise harm) rare ocelots and jaguars. After the famous
jaguar Macho B died in a 2009 bungled and illegal snaring
effort, the Center for Biological Diversity sued Game and
Fish to prevent future unpermitted jaguar captures. Despite
this suit and an Interior Department investigation finding
that the state agency lacked the necessary permits to
capture jaguars, the agency has maintained that it doesn't
need a permit to take more jaguars -- an untenable position
that's now superseded by the "take" permit, but not to the
benefit of these magnificent felines or their smaller ocelot
cousins. The new permit authorizes the intentional capture
of jaguars and ocelots to equip them with a radio collar, as
well as the unintentional take of both species in the course
of efforts to capture other animals. And while the permit
does require Arizona Game and Fish to submit harm-minimizing
plans to recovery teams for both species, the jaguar doesn't
yet have a recovery team, so plans for the animal's take can
currently be approved by the Jaguar Conservation Team: an
interagency group chaired by Arizona Game and Fish itself.
As a result of a Center lawsuit, the jaguar will soon have a
recovery team -- but until then, letting Game and Fish
oversee the review of its own plans is like letting the fox
guard the henhouse. Read more in the
Phoenix New Times and watch the Center's Randy
Serraglio discuss jaguar protection on
Demands Pollution Limits for U.S. Coal Mines
on the Environmental Protection Agency to make public health
and safety a priority, this Wednesday the Center for
Biological Diversity and four allies petitioned for national
limits on air pollution from all U.S. coal mines. Our legal
petition calls on the EPA to exercise its authority under
the Clean Air Act to list coal mines as the source of
harmful pollution they are, as well as to ensure that
coal-mine pollution is kept in check by the best
emissions-reduction systems. The EPA has taken such steps
for gravel mines, coal-fired power plants, coal-processing
plants and dozens of other sources -- but coal mines have so
far evaded national limits on their dirty discharge.
Our petition coincides
with increasing attention on coal mine-emitted methane -- a
major safety hazard, potent greenhouse gas and key
ingredient of smog. Other toxic air pollutants we focus on
are particulate matter; volatile organic compounds; and
nitrogen oxide, whose dense orange clouds provide an
especially visible example of the pollution problem.
Read more in
The Colorado Independent.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Toilet to the Tap...
forward on Clean Water update
By William Campbell
Douglass II, M.D.
been drowning in drug residue and toxic chemicals flowing from the
faucets in our own homes. Now, the feds say they're getting serious
about cleaning up your water... but don't start sipping from the tap
The Environmental Protection Agency may update its dangerously outdated
list of regulated water contaminants by adding 13 drugs -- mostly
hormone meds that turn every sip and shower into a potential
gender-bending experiment. They're also considering 104 chemicals and 12
microbial contaminants for possible regulation.
It's a start. But there are hundreds -- maybe even thousands -- of other
dangerous contaminants in our water, and millions upon millions of
people drink it every single day. Tests on U.S. drinking water routinely
find the residue of legal and illegal drugs, poisons, chemicals and even
SEVEN HAWK EYES SPEAKS
Seagull, Raven and the Daylight Box
the world was created, everything was in darkness. All the daylight was kept in
one little box. That one little box was hidden in Seagull's house, and Seagull
kept it all to himself. Now Raven, who was Seagull's brother, thought that this
just wasn't fair. It was so dark and cold without any daylight. If only he could
get that box. But how? Raven sat down and thought and thought.
AHa!! He had it--a plan, a great plan. That
night, when the tide was low. Raven went down to the beach and picked up some
sea urchins. A sea urchin has a hard shell with little sharp spines all over it.
After he had eaten these sea urchins, he quietly tiptoed up to Seagull's house.
Quietly he spread the sharp spiny shells all around the doorstep, and then
quickly he crept back home. Next morning, Raven strolled over to see his younger
brother. Seagull was in bed. His feet were all swollen. Poor Seagull.
"Oh my! What happened to you?" Cried Raven "Did
you gather some sea urchins last night?" asked Seagull.
GRANDMOTHER GRAM SELMA, OCALA
the Good Red Road!"
For those of us in the NA
Community at large, just how many times do you hear someone say "Walk the
Good Red Road"?
Whether it be someone stating
that they do it, or someone telling someone else that they should do it.
Quite often it is uttered by
someone who IS relatively new to the NA way of life and belief expounding
that they are doing it or fussing because someone else is not ( in their
limited opinion). Personally, I cringe when I even hear the expression
How do people who know only a
small fraction of the the NA customs. beliefs. practices. teachings.
values. ethics. and spiritual symbolism and implications even attempt to
walk a "Good Red Road " ?
The truth is that none of us,
whether full blood, breed, a fraction, a non blood believer, or raised on a
reserve or raised in NYC, know all of the traditions, all of the symbolism,
all of the ceremonies, all of the beliefs, values, ethics, or teachings.
A Sorry Saga
signs Native American apology resolution; fails to draw attention to it
Capriccioso, Indian Country Today
WASHINGTON – Is
an apology that’s not said out loud really an apology? What if the
person expressing the apology doesn’t draw attention to it?
Photo courtesy Pete
President Barack Obama
signed off on the Native American Apology Resolution
Dec. 19 as part of a defense appropriations spending
bill, but little has been publicized about it
questions that some tribal citizens are asking upon learning that
President Barack Obama signed off on the Native American Apology
Resolution Dec. 19 as part of a defense appropriations spending
bill. The resolution originated in Congress and had passed the
Senate as stand-alone legislation in the fall. The House ended up
adding the resolution to their version of the defense bill in
conference. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., originally introduced
the measure intending “to officially apologize for the past
ill-conceived policies by the U.S. government toward the Native
peoples of this land and re-affirm our commitment toward healing our
nation’s wounds and working toward establishing better relationships
rooted in reconciliation.” His bill passed the Senate in 2008 and
2009. The version signed by Obama became watered down, not
making a direct apology from the government, but rather apologizing
“on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native peoples
for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect
inflicted on Native peoples by citizens of the United States.”
The resolution also includes a disclaimer: Nothing in it authorizes
or supports any legal claims against the United States, and the
resolution does not settle any claims.
2010 Tribal Directory
Tribal Web Sites
(Federally recognized tribes only; Alphabetical by State)
Established in 1996, Native
Vision gives annual college scholarships to
outstanding high school American Indian seniors
with a commitment to education, athletics and
leadership. Listed below are the eligibility
requirements and the timeline for application:
To be eligible for
the Native Vision Scholarship applicants must
meet the following requirements:
Be enrolled as a
high school senior for the current academic year
Be an enrolled
member of a federally recognized tribe;
sustained involvement in the community and an
applied concern for American Indian issues and
Maintain a grade
point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 at the time
involvement in extracurricular and/or athletic
Be admitted to an
accredited community college or four year
undergraduate program (for fall 2010).
application and letters of recommendation
to: Marlena Hammen, Native Vision
Scholarship, 621 N. Washington
Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, by MAY
College - Student Resource Guide
internships, fellowships, books, and websites)
Our youth deserve the best
summer possible ! Healthy, productive and enriching. Please
let all our relations know that Registration for our Tribal Youth
Summer Programs are now open ! Youth 12-18 and chaperons may
download registration forms on line at
Our popular programs fill
quickly, and we encourage early registration. This is our 10th
Anniversary ! We are honoring Native California by offering Summer
Enrichment Programs in San Diego, Central California (Mammoth, Mono,
Yosemite), and Northern California. Academics, Adventure,
Discovering Inner Peace
commitment to your own excellence is the stuff miracles are made
Our deepest fear is not that we are
Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that
most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God, made in his
likeness. Jesus said “everything I can do, u can do. “
You playing small, does not serve the
There’s nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children
We were born to make manifest the glory
of god that is within us.
It is not just in some of us it is in
And as we let our own light shine, We
unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
From today onwards step forward into
the mystery and let your light shine in the world.
That is your first role as a Human
Being – to liberate yourself and other!!!
By Janine Penton-Jones
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