Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 08  AUGUST 2010


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

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Contents of Page 3

History: Tzoe "Peaches"

Comanche Nation: The Rise And Fall Of An 'Empire'

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Sacred Space

Let's Make A Life!

Indigenous Music::

Tracy Bone - No Lies!
Feature Story 5:   A Message From New Zealand
Elder's Meditations: Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee
Heath Watch:   How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 1 to 3
Food & Nutrition: When Disaster Strikes - Part 2
Book Reviews:

Voice of the Hawk Elder

Poetry Circle: Let the Oil Fall
Healing Prayer Basket:

Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

Manataka  Business: July Meeting

 

 

Manataka T-Shirts! 

 

Manataka Flags!


 

HISTORY....

 

 

Tzoe "Peaches"

 

Reluctant Apache warrior Tzoe joined General Crook's forces and became known as 'Peaches.' (man whose nickname may have been a corruption of a tribal name, helped in the betrayal and subjection of various Apache people in Arizona during the 1880s)

 

"I heard the hinges of the door creak and on looking up saw the form of an Indian as he noiselessly entered the room, gun in hand. My revolver was on the bed beside me and I covered him with it" said Lieutenant Britton Davis, officer in charge of the Apaches’ San Carlos Reservation in southeastern Arizona that night of March 30, 1883.

 

Davis could feel the anxiety boring into his chest. He had scarcely slept for days. Tensions crackled across San Carlos. Renegade Chiricahua Apache Indians, led by the legendary Geronimo, Juh, Naiche, Chato, Chihuahua and Bonito had sent a party of warriors north, from Mexico’s Sierra Madre range, into Arizona to raid for desperately needed ammunition. Almost certainly under Chato, infamous for his savagery, the Apaches had cut a murderous swath across southeastern Arizona. They had massacred a respected frontier judge, H. C. McComas, and his wife, and had abducted their six-year old son, Charlie, in an attack in southwestern New Mexico. The murders and kidnapping would horrify the entire nation.

 

Chato’s party now headed west to attack the agency at the reservation, Brigadier General George Crook, commanding officer of the Army’s Department of Arizona, believed, and the renegades would surely try to persuade more reservation Apaches to join the bands in Mexico. Crook telegraphed Davis to prepare for a fight.  Read More >>>

  

Comanche Nation: The Rise And Fall Of An 'Empire'

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127930650&sc=emaf

 

In 1836, a 9-year-old pioneer girl named Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped during a Comanche raid in North Texas. She was strapped onto the back of a horse and taken north, back into the Plains where the powerful American Indian tribe lived.

 

Parker became a ward of the chief and later, a full member of the Comanche. She eventually married a highly respected Comanche chief and gave birth to three children, including Quanah — who would grow up to become the last and greatest Comanche leader.  The story of Cynthia Ann and her son, Chief Quanah Parker, is told in S.C. Gwynne's book, Empire of the Summer Moon. Gwynne traces the rise and fall of the Comanche Nation against the backdrop of the fight for control of the American Midwest.  Read More>>>

 


 

GRANDMOTHER MAKA NUPA L. COTA SPEAKS

 

 

 

Sacred Space

by Maka Nupa L Cota

 

By Sister Othela

Within each one of us we hold our own sacred space. The way of the people tell us there are seven directions to pray. There are the four directions of the Medicine Wheel then there is the above or Father Sky and then Mother Earth. When we pray we send out these payers to the directions all around us. The seventh direction is within our own Sacred Space the very center of our physical and spiritual being here on this Earth.


It is from this place we live and we pray and hold our own council for the peace to return.


From the time we are born we know our Sacred Space it is what we all carry within and can be the place that will teach us all to survive.


In order to enter this space we must remain still and silent and listen to our own heart and our own minds.


Once you have found the silent stillness then you can enter into this space.


The place of knowing of all things is here and it will tell you how to survive if you reach it. The Wisdom Keepers are here and the Vision Keepers live in this space. This is the vibration core of our being and is connected to the Sacred Tree Of Life where all things are kept safe and pure.  
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GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS

By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess

 

 

Let's Make A Life!

 

Magdala

Beautiful People of the World - Children of Gaia,

 

The time has come to be unite as true human beings, and embrace the new way of relationship with your own nature, this relationship needs to change in perfect alignment with the Planet Earth. For the true human beings knows that there is only one nature and the one is inside of the self as a divine beings children of the Great Mother.

 

The true human beings knows that is not about preserve  the old way of living” but to embrace LIFE by herself.  

 

The Mother is balance, she is the force of life inside of all life forms, and she has been receiving so many attacks,  and  she is  trying to go to balance, so she can make the shift with all life forms inside of her, she is healing herself, in every prayer, in every life force in perfect alignment.

 

Now is the time for human beings to wake up, and realize the biggest disaster in the planet earth caused by humans, now the original human beings stand again pray together in that alignment with her, and give back the energy of healing for her, from the core of all life forms to the core of the Mother. As it has been from the core of the mother to the core of all life  forms.   Read More>>>

 


 

Indigenous Music

 

 

 

Tracy Bone - songwriter, singer, performer

 

Tracy Bone's primary instrument is her heartfelt vocals. She is currently refining her guitar skills and performs acoustic versions of her original songs.

 

She has been writing her own material since the birth of her third daughter which she says was her inspiration.  Tracy had a life scare delivering her youngest which she believes was "my second chance to make a difference, not only in my life but to hopefully share, heal and convince others that they all hold a special place in someone's heart and they should never take anything for granted."

 

Her debut CD "No Lies" includes the story behind that inspiration in a song called "The Air I Breathe". Her single "Games" peaked at #1 on the NCI-FM top 30 charts and has been nominated for "Single of the Year" at this year's NCI Jam.


She has written 9 of the 10 tracks on her debut album.  With the exception of the song "No Lies" that was co-written with her fiance and fellow artist, J.C. Campbell.

This project was recorded at Studio 441 with an accomplished producer / singer / songwriter / instrumentalist,   Phil Deschambault from the band Vanderveen.  With the musical expertise and guidance of co-owner of Studio 441, Paul Scinocca, Tracy's debut is anticipated.

 

She was chosen to showcase by the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association in Toronto, Ontario along with 17 other artists in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards 2005.

Her musical influences are Patsy Cline, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Alanis Morrissette and Melissa Etheridge.  Her music can be described as influenced by these artists with unique rich vocals and her own harmonies.

 

Aside from earning the respect from her peers for her artistry, Tracy is a committed mother to five children.  Two of whom she is a step-mother.  Their father, J.C. Campbell proposed to Tracy "live" on the "NCI-FM Radio Station" on New Year's Eve 2005-06 just before the stroke of midnight.

She is a mother, fiancé, employed full time at Awasis Agency of Northern Manitoba which is a Child and Family Services agency.  She is a very busy but determined woman who continues to devote herself to all aspects of her life.
 

Her latest musical accomplishments include "Single of the Year - Games" on NCI-FM and Five - Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards nominations and winning for "Best CD Cover Design".

 

 

Buy Tracy Bone's latest CD - NO LIES! Now

Only $16.99 + s/h from Canada

 

 

 


FEATURE STORY

 

 

A Message From New Zealand

 

Waitaha - The Nation of Peace

Wharariki te maunga Waikirikiri te awa Ohaumatua te marae Nukunuku te whare

 

For years New Zealand archaeologists have been puzzled by a people who lived without weapons and created trading systems that moved industrial stone the length of the country. They were a peaceful confederation of over two hundred iwi known as the ‘Nation’.

 

We are Waitaha, a people of peace, which we hold onto with all our might and mana as we follow in the footsteps of Rongomaraeroa. She gave to our original ancestors the caretakership of the foods of the noble ones, the kumara, the uwha, the taro and the peruperu. We have honoured the sacred covenants given to us, and she has honoured us in giving us land in which to plant and to keep our people safe in peace and health.  Read More>>>

 

 


 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

Ghost Indian

Two Ponca men were sitting out on a back road visiting. All at once there was a tapping on the window.
 

"Ah Hoh!"  "Hey guy!"  "I think there is a blue ghost tapping on the window!"

Sure enough a wizened face with long flowing blue hair was there just out side the window.

The Ponca man driving shoved his foot down on the gas and immediately was doing 60 miles and hour.

"Step on it!"  "He's still out there!"  And sure enough, there was another tapping at the window.

The driver shoved his foot to the floor again!  This time he was doing ninety (90) miles an hour.
 

Still the ghostly figure tapped on the window.

"You better giver 'er some more gas!"  "He's still out there."

"I can't go any faster, I've got her up to 120 miles an hour.

About that time the little old blue man motioned for the passenger to roll the window down, which he did.

"Say Boys!"  "I was wanting to know, do you need a shove to get out of this mud hole?"

 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"When you are in the woods, you cannot ever be lost. You are surrounded by friends and surrounded by God."  --Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee

 

Every plant, every animal, every insect, every bird, every tree is made up of God. God is life and everything is alive. When you are hunting, remember all nature is your friend. All nature has purpose. All nature participates in the life cycle. Nature communicates; Nature talks; Nature listens; Nature forgives; Nature respects; Nature loves. Nature lives in harmony. Nature follows the law. Nature is kind. Nature is balance. The woods are alive and beautiful. She is our friend.

 

Great Spirit, let me honor and respect the forest and all the life it contains.

 

By Don Coyhis

 


 

FOOD & NUTRITION

 

When Disaster Strikes...

Part 2

 

Natural disasters are a reality that the entire world deals with including hurricanes, floods, blizzards, and even simple short-term power outages. It is important to be prepared in the kitchen. Those who are used to severe weather storms most likely already have an emergency food plan in place. Find out what you can do to prepare your kitchen for natural disasters or any state of emergency with tips and recipes. 

 

Disaster Survival Food Pantry Basics

You probably already stock most pantry basics needed to prepare for a disaster. Canned foods immediately come to mind, whether you can your own or purchase commercially-canned goods. Recent studies have found that modern canning methods can produce a product that is often even more nutritious than their fresh counterpart. Vegetables canned in a liquid are excellent to have on hand in case of a water shortage, as the liquid can be used in place of fresh water in your recipe. A variety of herbs and spices, as well as salt, are a necessity to doctor up shelf-stable foods or for whatever new creations your fertile mind may devise. Salt is also a nutritional necessity. 

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Read When Disaster Strikes Part 1

 

 


 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Voice of the Hawk Elder

by Edna Gordon, edited by Harvey Arden

 

"This book is dedicated to my People, the Seneca Nation, to our kindred Peoples of the Haudenoshaunee, or Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, to all the Indian Nations of Great Turtle Island, and to  all other Indigenous Peoples around this Mother Earth.  I send it out like an arrow of love from my heart to YOUR hearts!

 

Of  other folks want to read it too, why, that’s fine by me. Might be you even learn something! This book is FULL of secrets for those who understand'm! But always remember, the BIGGEST secret is Creation itself!

 

YES, THIS IS MY VOICE. These are my words. My good friend Harvey [Arden] has helped me sort and arrange them, like he’s done for lots of good people over the years, even back when he worked at National Geographic. He fixes my spelling and spruces up my grammar here and there, though I tell him, not too much, Harvey! I want folks to know who I am and how I really talk and what I’m really like. Don’t make me some saintly old lady come down from Heaven on a moonbeam spoutin’ high-flown words.

 

Me, I’m just me, Grandma Edna Gordon, Hawk Clan Elder of the Seneca Nation, Six Nations Iroquois. I just turned 85, and am tryin’ my darndest to be a good person. Sometimes I succeed, but don’t stay around me when I get mad! I’m a raging hawk.

 

People’mselves aren’t holy. But what they do can be holy. Living a holy life, that’s what life’s for. Helping others, fighting injustice, standing up for the People—those are holy things to do.  But always be sure to remember, it ain’t you yourself who’s holy. People are just people. If God’d wanted’m to be holy, he’d have given’m wings and set’m up on a cloud somewhere playin’ a big gold harp.

 

ISBN: 0975443712; ISBN-13: 9780975443712, Paperback.  Publisher: Have You Thought    Price: $21.95 

 
 

 

 

More Recommended Reading:

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POETRY CIRCLE...


 

 

Let the Oil Fall

 

 

Creator of all there is,
Mother Mary,
Grandfather and Grandmother,
St. Michael,
St. Germaine,
Kwan Yin,
Golden Ones,
All the spirits who walk with us,
beloved angels and fairies,
we pray to you,
On behalf of the fish in the sea,
the birds on wing,
the animals crawling upon the land,
the people who make their living from the sea,
the beauty which is now threatened with suffocation,
Let the oil which sit upon the water become heavy,
So heavy,
Too heavy to be supported by the water,
Let it fall,
Let it fall under it's own weight,
Let it fall through the depths of the ocean,
Let it fall to the ocean floor,
Never touching a living thing as it tumbles down,
Down,
Down,
down to the ocean floor,
where it will reabsorb
Transmute
And once again,
Become part of the ocean floor,
Returning to where it first came.
We pray for this miracle to protect us all,
We most humbly and gratefully,
Acknowledge these gifts
Which are trying to be removed from us,
We humbly ask for Your protection
Now and Always.

 

~Author Unknown

 


 

HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 

 

Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

 

 

Debi Pulido (Nashville, MI) Terrible migraines and extensive dental work done has left her in a lot of pain. She has been taking some pain medication, but the meds are difficult. ~Bear 06-24-10

Martha (           ) Please pray for my sister Martha who is a stroke patient in a nursing home.  I was told doctors believe she is dying. I can not go to her because of my husbands condition and transportation. I am praying for guidance. Her most recent tests were good.  Love and prayers ~Ruth King 06-08-10

 

Edmund Tuni (Flagstaff, AZ) My 20 year-old son is living with his sister Lenore, but Edmund and his brother Shane Featherhat want a union iron worker job in Salt Lake City, UT. Please pray for his safety, good health and happiness.  A loving and concerned mother, Carlena Tuni.  06-08-10   

 

Jimmi Keefauver (Springfield, IL)  A retired State Policeman and Manataka Member, Jimmi Keefauver recently had knee replacement surgery and is in a nursing faculty undergoing rehabilitation therapy.  His wife unable to care for him at home and he decided to use the nursing facility to recover. Two months ago he had a shoulder replacement and it is doing good.  Is Jimmie Keefauver turning into a Bionic Man?. Please hold him prayer. We also learned Jimmi's wife, Tomye WindSong, suffered a heart attack last week. Wa-do ~Daniel Hawk Hoffman 06-08-10

 

Gray 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 Vinson 05-18-10 

 

Update on Gray Kraft: Gray set up last night a little and today he is talking knows all that visit him.  He told his parents they could go home tonight and sleep as The Bear and wolf will be with him... He has said they have been with him since he was sick last year. So I am not doubting this one bit that they are there.  Thanks for all the prayers that have went up for this  boy.. who has suffered so much in his  12 short years of life.  For a year now he has been out of abuse and Has a bright and happy life ahead of him...His one desire in life is to be a Pastor and help other kids who have been hurt.. he still has a lot of healing to do as there is a lot of damage.  Thank you again. Red Wing/Helen Vinson, Lakeland,TN

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. ~Ruth 05-13-10

 

Kevin Doyle (New Jersey) my 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,  Maura Doyle  05-13-10

 

Update:  06-28-10 Taking heavy doses of anti-seizure medication.  It makes him really tired, but he's in good spirits.  He's going into Jefferson next week for a craniotomy, where they'll cut a "flap" on the side of his head and, guided by a probe, they're going to try to extract as much of the bad tissue as they can.  The problem is it has already penetrated the normal brain tissue, so they can't remove the whole thing.  Once they biopsy that, which will take several weeks, they'll have a better understanding of what they're dealing with and will then decide what course of treatment they should take.  He runs the risk of his speech being affected following the craniotomy, but that will, hopefully, be temporary.  As I said, he's in good spirits and he has a really strong faith, which is so critical.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.  Thanks so much!  Take care,  ~Maura Doyle 06-28-10

 

Update:  07-26-10 He had a craniotomy last week and, unfortunately, the doctor's original diagnosis was wrong.  Kevin's brain tumor is called a glioblastoma.  It is malignant, Stage 4 and, according to the medical literature, the prognosis is not good.  I've never been one to believe in statistics... I think if you have the right attitude and a lot of faith, you can beat the odds.  Kevin has both.  He was my rock when I needed it.  Just about everybody around me was falling apart when they found out I was sick a few years ago.  As soon as Kevin found out, he came over, hugged me and said, "You've always been such a little pain in the ass.  You've never backed down from a fight in your whole life and there's no way in hell I'm gonna let you back down now.  This is just a bump in the friggin' road.  You're gonna kick the shit out of this cancer and that's that."  He's always had a lot of attitude.   He's incredibly strong and he takes really good care of himself.  Please pray for him.  He's a really good guy with two kids (18 and 11) and he's such a good father and husband and brother.  If you can pass this along in church or to friends - prayer is his most powerful weapon.  Please pray for him.

 

 

 

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

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

 


 

Crossing Over...

 

Lisa is pictured with her family during the holidays in 2009.  Lisa is second from the left.

Lisa Thornton, 37, (Independence, MO) Our beautiful sister passed at her home on Monday, July 11, 2010.  Lisa is a member of Manataka and loved making journeys to the sacred mountain.  She was born February 27, 1973 in Kansas City, KS to Linda Louann VanBibber and James Earl Thompson.  She

attended school and completed general education in Kansas City, Mo. She went on to attend Concord Career Institute, where she studied nursing to obtain her LPN license. She married her husband, Herbert Thornton, in February 2007. She was a member at Greater New Home Baptist Church, where she was active in praise dancing and choir, and helped in any other area where she was needed. Lisa was a true example of what God expects of us, as His children. She knew no stranger, opened the doors of her home to whoever was in need. You could not be hungry or homeless and know her. For if you needed food, shelter or a place to rest, she invited you in expecting nothing in return. She gave to a fault, always putting herself last. Lisa was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. Lisa could be whatever you needed, a mom, friend, carpenter, housekeeper, she didn't know how to say "no." She had many talents, from hair and nails, to home interior and was very gifted in photography. Lisa leaves behind a legacy. We can all learn a lesson in humanity and humility from the life she lead. She will live on in our hearts and be forever missed. Lisa was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ester Marie Daniels, grandfather, Duane William Daniels, paternal grandfather, Earl Dewain Thompson, grandmother Wanda Johnson. She leaves behind her husband, Herbert L. Thornton, son, Romeo Duane James Templeton, daughters, Paris Vivienne Rehsaun Templeton and Imani Tobi Mariah Thompson; grandchildren, Cameron Isaiah Oberndorfer, Phoenix Jameson Lane Burgess; sisters, Dana Sue Terry, Tina Marie Lyle, Courtney Leeann Hockman; mother Linda Louann VanBibber and father, James Earl Thompson, along with a host of other relatives and friends. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at The Greater New Home Baptist Church, 501 S. Arlington, Independence. A funeral service will follow the visitation and begin at 11 a.m. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to The Greater new Home Church C/o The R.O.C.K. House Women's Shelter. Arrangements are made by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society (816) 313-1677.

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Lisa Thornton, 37, Independence, Mo., passed away July 11, 2010. She was born Feb. 27, 1973, in Kansas City, Kan., to Linda Louann VanBibber and James Earl Thompson. She attended school and completed general education in Kansas City, Mo. She went on to attend Concord Career Institute, where she studied nursing to obtain her LPN license. She married her husband, Herbert Thornton, in February 2007. She was a member at Greater New Home Baptist Church, where she was active in praise dancing and choir, and helped in any other area where she was needed. Lisa was a true example of what God expects of us, as His children. She knew no stranger, opened the doors of her home to whoever was in need. You could not be hungry or homeless and know her. For if you needed food, shelter or a place to rest, she invited you in expecting nothing in return. She gave to a fault, always putting herself last. Lisa was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. Lisa could be whatever you needed, a mom, friend, carpenter, housekeeper, she didn't know how to say "no." She had many talents, from hair and nails, to home interior and was very gifted in photography. Lisa leaves behind a legacy. We can all learn a lesson in humanity and humility from the life she lead. She will live on in our hearts and be forever missed. Lisa was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ester Marie Daniels, grandfather, Duane William Daniels, paternal grandfather, Earl Dewain Thompson, grandmother Wanda Johnson. She leaves behind her husband, Herbert L. Thornton, son, Romeo Duane James Templeton, daughters, Paris Vivienne Rehsaun Templeton and Imani Tobi Mariah Thompson; grandchildren, Cameron Isaiah Oberndorfer, Phoenix Jameson Lane Burgess; sisters, Dana Sue Terry, Tina Marie Lyle, Courtney Leeann Hockman; mother Linda Louann VanBibber and father, James Earl Thompson, along with a host of other relatives and friends. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at The Greater New Home Baptist Church, 501 S. Arlington, Independence. A funeral service will follow the visitation and begin at 11 a.m. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to The Greater new Home Church C/o The R.O.C.K. House Women's Shelter. Arr.: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society (816) 313-1677.
Published in Kansas City Star on July 15, 2010


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Merlin Standing Yellow Horse (Peoria, IL) Merlin crossed over Tuesday, June 22, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 10:00am at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, with Pastor Dan Lybarger officiating.  If anyone would like to view and/or put something with Merlin, please arrive around 9:45am. The graveside service will follow the Wasco Nation traditional practices. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust fund for his son, Emerson Forrest Standing Yellow Horse, at any CEFCU.  After the service, a potluck luncheon and give away will follow at Dayspring Church (201 N Norwood Place, East Peoria), please bring a dish to share.  If anyone would be willing to be at the church to help receive people/food and be sure tables are ready, please contact either 309-698-6103 or 309-363-8772. On behalf of Pastor Dan and the entire NAF Family, we offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to little Emerson and his mother Nicole.  To our brother, Merlin, we will miss you but we know that you are now with our Creator.  May the teachings that you shared with us continue to educate and enhance our entire NAF Family.  In our Creator’s name.

 

Brad J. Bonaparte (Hogansburg, NY) "Ahawenra:the," 48, a native of Akwesasne, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 16, 2010 at his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends may call at the home of Michael "Gus" Pyke, Pyke Road, Akwesasne, beginning Friday, 8 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday. A traditional funeral service will be held Sunday, 11 a.m. at the Longhouse. Burial will follow in Frogtown. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. Brad is survived by his wife, Leslie; and their children, Yanenowi and Graham "Oshna;" and four additional children, John, Kari, and Zachary Bonaparte, and Nicole Traylor and her husband, Jon; his mother, Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte; his father, Joseph Bonaparte and his wife, Andrea; his siblings, Darren Bonaparte, Dawn Lazore and her husband, Mathew, Brittany Bonaparte, and Joseph Bonaparte and his wife, Becky; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Brad was born Jan. 7, 1962 in Syracuse, the son of Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte and Joseph Bonaparte. He attended local schools and graduated from Potsdam State University.  He was currently the executive director of the Ronathahon:ni Cultural Centre. He was also an EMT for the Mohawk Council and an Ironworker in several different places including Ground Zero and Nine Mile Point. He was a traditional storyteller and an artist with several projects including those at the Mohawk School, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and at the Seneca-Alleghany Casino.  Memorial contributions may be made in Brad's memory to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group, Hospice of Erie County or Roswell Park Chemo Therapy Infusion Facility.  Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.

 

Clarence Wolf Guts (Wanblee, Pine Ridge, SD) 86,  When the towers of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarence Wolf Guts asked his son to call the U.S. Department of Defense to see if the country needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden. Wolf Guts was in his late 70s at the time, so his son, Don Doyle, did not make the call, but said the request personified his father's love of country.  Wolf Guts, 86, the last surviving Oglala Lakota code talker, died Wednesday afternoon at the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.  A Native American code talker from World War II, Wolf Guts helped defeat Axis forces by transmitting strategic military messages in his native language, which the Japanese and Germans couldn't translate.  The 450 Navajo code talkers were the most famous group of Native American soldiers to radio messages from the battlefields, but 15 other tribes used their languages to aid the Allied efforts in World War II. Wolf Guts was one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Native American code talkers from South Dakota. Wolf Guts, of Wamblee, enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 17, 1942, at age 18. While in basic training, a general asked Wolf Guts if he spoke Sioux. He explained the three dialects to the general and said he spoke Lakota. Wolf Guts helped develop a phonetic alphabet based on Lakota that was later used to develop a Lakota code. He and three other Sioux code talkers joined the Pacific campaign; Wolf Guts' primary job was transmitting coded messages from a general to his chief of staff in the field.  Pfc. Wolf Guts was honorabl

"Clarence Wolf Guts was an American hero; he was courageous and self-sacrificing. I have a great deal of respect for Clarence and for the extraordinary contributions Mr. Wolf Guts made to our country.

Tim Weaver (Yakima, WA) -- Longtime Yakama Nation attorney Tim Weaver left behind big shoes to fill, a tribal leader said Tuesday, a day after his death.

Weaver, a champion of American Indian law who battled in court for Yakama fishing rights, died at home Monday. He was 65.  He will be remembered as an aggressive attorney who was an advocate for tribal treaty fishing rights and who honored the Yakamas' way of life, said Yakama General Council Vice Chairwoman Mavis Kindness.

 

George Whitewolf Branham (Virginia) has passed into the spirit world from an apparent heart attack.  George was a friend, competitor, and mentor.  He was the Assistant Chief of the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia, and a renowned craftsman in buckskin and related materials. According to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, he made accessorized dance outfits in buckskin, such as the one displayed in the “Beyond Jamestown” exhibit now open at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. They also state that he created American Indian historic period clothing, accessories, beadwork, and quillwork items. His works won numerous awards at regional American Indian shows, and he made traditional dance outfits for many of the Virginia Indian dancers who traveled to England in 2006. He organized numerous powwows throughout the East Coast including: Budd Lake, Sufferen, NY, York, Pennsylvania  (the early years), and Natural Bridge, VA, to name a few. For over 20 years George organized powwows to teach/educate the public, and us Natives, about Indian people and ourselves.  He was also greatly sought after for lectures, panels, seminars and speeches regarding our people. George was an activist for the environment and a strong advocate for Indian rights.  He was involved in the "Longest Walk" and so many other attempts to bring to light the abuses and indignities suffered by our people. A young Monacan police officer died recently in Lynchburg, Virginia from cancer, and the Lynchburg News and Advance reported that before his death George stated to the young officer, his fellow Tribal member, "When you reach the spirit world, I’d like you to make a pot of buffalo soup and find a pipe with sweet Lakota tobacco and have it waiting for me. And the officer said, "‘You’ve got it."  Rest in peace George, and save some of that buffalo soup for all of us.  Rest in peace.  ~Barry Richardson 06-09-10

 

 


 

 

Memorials...

 

 

In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik

Bill 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.

 

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 wonderful school teacher, political activist, owner of "Granny's Junkology" and constant supporter of Manataka.  She was loved greatly.   

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

JULY 2010 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

The July Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, July 18 with all Elders present by teleconference.  

 

The opening prayer was given by Ceremonial Elder Linda Two Hawk Feathers James.  

 

Minutes:  July minutes were sent to Elders sometime following the meeting and were approved with no changes.

 

Finance Report:  MAIC currently has zero long-term and zero short-term debts.  All property taxes for the previous year are paid.  Cash flow is steady and all needs are being met -- except the planned journey to Australia and the 2011 Powwow (discussed below)

 

Communications:   

(a)  Elders denied a request to use the name Manataka for a business in Australia.

(b)  Elders approved a request from a song writer/performer in Sweden to use the name Manataka as the title of the song.

(c)  Elders tabled a request for vendor status for a non-member.

 

Old Business:

(a)  Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke

(b)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman 

(c)  World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star

(e)  Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl  

 

New Business:  

(a)  Nomination of Jimmi Keefaver - Daniel Hawk Hoffman

(b)  Nomination of Fred Wilcoxson - Lee Standing Bear

(c)  Per diem procedures for travel expenses

 

Standing Committee Reports:   

(a)  Counseling Committee:   Robert Gray Hawk Coke  

(b)  Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

(c)  Smoke Signal:  Lee Standing Bear Moore

(d)   Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore

Manataka American Indian Council Elders and Committee Leaders

  • David Quiet Wind Furr, Chairman

  • Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, Women's Council Chair  

  • Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, NAGPRA / Ceremonies Committee Leader

  • Lee Standing Bear, Secretary / Historian / Counseling / Smoke Signal News

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Education Committee Leader

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman - Events Elder

  • Linda VanBibber, Public Relations Committee Leader

  • Bobby Runninbear, Membership Committee Leader

 

Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write manataka@sbcglobal.net or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda. 

 

 


 

 

MANATAKA ORGANIZATIONAL MESSAGES


 

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Editor:

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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

Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr., Kentucky

Carol Henderson, California

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

John and 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

Contributors:

Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

Don Coyhis

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

Amy Worthington, Idaho

 

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