Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 09  September 2010


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

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History: Kiowa Gourd Dance History

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:

Seven Sacred Fires of Wisdom

Butterfly Teachings

Indigenous Music::

Powwow Trail - DVD Collection
Feature Story 5::   Living with Terror
Elder's Meditations: John (Fire) Lame Deer, Rosebud Lakota
Heath Watch:  

Nine Great Health-Related Stories

Food & Nutrition: Surviving Urban Disasters - Part 4
Book Reviews: Iroquois Culture and Commentary
Poetry Circle: Horse Nation
Healing Prayer Basket: Pray is more than words - It is spirit in action
Manataka  Business: September Elders Meeting

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HISTORY....

Kiowa Powwows:

Tribal Identity Through the Continuity of the Gourd Dance

By Benjamin R. Kracht, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK

 

Abstract. Today, intertribal participants at Southern Plains powwows (Oklahoma and Texas) celebrate common history and culture-their sense of "Indianness"-through the enactment of ceremonial song and dance. The Kiowa playa central and assertive role in the Southern Plains powwow network. and they use the Gourd Dance as the vehicle to identify their "Kiowaness." The thesis ofthis paper is that the Kiowa continue to maintain their tribal identity through performances of the Gourd Dance. which they claim as their own. The maintenance of identity is traced from the late nineteenth century through the evolution of Kiowa dances leading up to the Gourd Dance.

 

In the following passage, Pulitzer Prize-winning Kiowa author and poet, N. Scott Momaday, describes the Kiowa Gourd Dance, and how it feels to dance with his fellow tribesmen in the sacred circle of the dance arena:

 

The sun descends upon the trees. The heat is hypnotic. ... It is as if I am asleep. Then the drums break. the voices of the singers gather to the beat. the rattles shake all around-mine among them. I stand and move again. slowly. toward the center of the universe in time. in time. more and more closely in time.

 

There have been times when I have wondered what the dance is and what it means-and what I am inside of it. And there have been times when I have known. Always, there comes a moment when the dance takes hold of me, becomes itself the most meaningful and appropriate expression of my being. And always, afterward. there is rejoicing among us. We have made our prayer, and we have made good our humanity in the process. (Momaday 1975:44)

 

A member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan, Momaday perceives the dance as "a religious experience by and large natural and appropriate. It is an expression of the spirit" (Momaday 1975:39). Kiowa elder Clifton Tongkeamah commented to me that the Gourd Dance is sacred; participating in it is an expression of "Kiowaness," because "the Kiowa are born to dance" (Fig. 1) (Kracht in press).  Read More>>>


 


 

GRANDMOTHER MAKA NUPA L. COTA SPEAKS

 

 


by Nupa Maka L Cota
 

 

The morning promised to be warmer with the mud drying up in the back of the house so I decided to go to the river to seek some guidance.


I dressed as quickly as I could layering my clothes to help keep out the cold air and yet allow me freedom to move around.


Pulling on my old boots and lacing them up I got out my nap sack and filled it with a bottle of water and some bread and cheese.


In the back of the cupboard I found a small bag of dried meat. Tossing it in I pulled the top string tight and went to the door. Very carefully I opened the door, the old leather straps that served as hinges always made a kind of creaky noise and I did not want to wake anyone today.


Stepping out into the cold of the spring morning I felt the cold wind whip at my hair. I took out my scarf and wrapped it around my head and face to keep warm then headed off down the road to the river.


My hands were jammed deep in my pockets and the back pack strapped across my shoulders felt good. I had the whole day ahead of me and did not want to waste it sitting in the house.


My had brought digging stick, and a small basket in case I found some early spring treasures were all I needed. The sun was crawling up over the pine trees on the other side of the river and crows were scolding in the oak trees.  
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GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS

By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess

 

Magdala

 

 

 

 

Butterfly Teachings

 

The sacred union of eternal divine feminine, and masculine…

 

 

 For long time has been expecting the return of the butterfly teachings….

 

And the time has come to speak about the butterfly… the ixpapalotli…

 

This is another name for the Great Mother, it is the ixpapalotli of obsidian, ancient teachings about this time in the world, and the time of the returning of the butterflies is the time of the returning of the eternal feminine and masculine, the time when human beings are ready to understand both of the hemispheres together…

 

moving butterflyLong has been the separation, the programming of many systems in the world create a separation, a separation that created a disintegrated being, a world  of suffering and distortion, for the self was separated from the self, and created suffering, people stop believing in them selves, and a world of different religions and traditions came into being, looking for something to believe in the outside through a disconnected self,  human beings begin to see themselves as imperfect beings, not trust worthily, that they value came only through the outside world, a purpose given from the outside, and in that way create a false identity. In the inside, the perception of the self, was limited, as human beings see themselves as a limited beings inside of the self…. Human beings began to feel afraid of their own decisions,   ….Old story, old paradigm of separation…  Read More>>>

 

 

 


 

Indigenous Music

 

 

 

POWWOW TRAIL

DVD COLLECTION

 

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Outstanding Long-play Collection of 11 DVDs

 

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One of the most recognizable elements of Native expression is the Powwow. But very few people outside the culture understand it. They do not understand the significance of the songs and the dances behind Powwow; they do not understand the rites and ceremonies contained within a powwow. They do not understand the meaning of the clans, or why Indian people dance. The Powwow Trail series will explore the true meaning, beyond the feathers and beads. Culture lives within the people; it is expressed through those who practice and participate in these celebrations. 

Everything begins with the drum. It is the heartbeat of our people.  Different drums exist for different purposes: for healing, for ceremony.

When we hear the drum in a lodge, or across the plains, we know it is communion with the spirit world. Hundreds of drum groups exist today. Each hold their own drums, each has its own purpose.

Episode 1

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Episode 3

Episode 4

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Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

The Drum

The Songs

The Dances

The Grand Entry

Grass Dance & Men's Traditional  

Fancy Dance - Men and Women's Fancy Shawl
Powwow Rock

The Women

The Grand Exhibition

The Whiteman's Indian

Powwow Fever 

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FEATURE STORY

 

 

 

Living With Terror

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji), Notes from Indian Country

© 2010 Lakota Media, Inc.

 

Indians have Lived with Terrorism for 500 Years

 

There is a terrible fear sweeping across America. Since 9/11 the American people have had to face their own vulnerability.

 

The threat of terrorism hangs in the air. Sudden death can strike anywhere at anytime. There is no timetable nor is there a country America can strike in the event of another horrible attack by the terrorists.

 

After 9/11 the question was asked; why do they hate us? Perhaps that question should be rephrased to ask, "What have we done to them to make them hate us?"

 

America is now experiencing the fear American Indians have felt for more than 500 years. Our ancestors never knew what act of violence or terror would befall them from the American invaders. But death did come. It came in the form of biological warfare when small pox tainted blankets were distributed to the unsuspecting victims.

 

It came to them from the muzzles of guns that did not distinguish between warriors, women, elders or children. It came to them in the ruthless name of Manifest Destiny, the American edict that proclaimed God as the purveyor of expansion Westward.

 

Indian people were often slaughtered like animals often under a flag of truce and often while waving the American flag in pitiful efforts to convince their killers that they were not bad people.

 

At Wounded Knee in 1890, a slaughter took place that the white man often called the last great battle between Indians and the United States Army. It was not a battle. It was the last heinous action against innocent men, women and children. Their bodies were strewn across the valley known as Wounded Knee under the barrage set down by the Seventh Cavalry.  Read More>>>

 

 

 


 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

Gabriel came to the Lord and said,  "I have to talk to you, I have Indians up here in Heaven who are  causing some problems. They are shooting arrows at the Pearly Gates, they are forming hunting parties, they are dancing around and beating drums, they are taking off their robes and wearing only loin cloths, some folk are  walking around with one wing because they are plucking out the feathers and using them in ceremonies and to make head dresses, they have been each taking their turn in keeping the stairway to heaven clean, some aren't even wearing their halos, saying it doesn't fit with their head dresses."

The Lord said, "I made  American Indians special, as I did you, my angel. Heaven is home to all my  children. If you really want to know about problems, let's call  the Devil.

"The Devil answered the phone, "Hello? Dang, hold on.

"The Devil returned to the phone and said, "Hello Lord, what can I do for  you?" The Lord replied, "Tell me what kind of problems you are having down there." The Devil said, "Wait one minute," and put the Lord on hold.

After 5 minutes he returned to the phone, and said "Okay, I'm  back.
What was the question?" The Lord said, "What kind of problems are  you having down there?"

The Devil said, "Man, I  don't beli.....hold on, Lord".  This time the Devil was gone for 15  minutes.

 

The Devil returned and said, "I'm sorry Lord, I can't talk  right now. These Indians dun put tobacco into the fire , and are now calling it a sacred fire"!
 

 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"Laughter - that is something very sacred especially for us Indians." -John (Fire) Lame Deer, Rosebud Lakota

 

Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical and laughter is spiritual. Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction. If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension. If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system. Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.

 

Great Spirit, teach me to laugh.

http://www.whitebison.org/meditation/index.php

By Don Coyhis

 


 

HEALTH WATCH

 

10 New Health Watch Stories

 

Mainstream Drugs are Neither Safe nor Effective

 

Could This 'Forbidden Medicine' Eliminate the Need for Drugs?

 

H1N1 Swine Flu Hoax Falls Apart at the Seams

 

How Fragile We Are:

 

Mainstream Drugs are Neither Safe nor Effective

 

Mounting Debilities and Deaths from H1N1 Vaccine

 

Pharmacists, doctors are the new drug dealers

 

Remedies and Treatments: Keep the Natural Balance 

 

Shocking U.S. Senate Hearing Confirms Dangers of Cell Phones

 

What's On My Food -- Pesticides

 

 


 

FOOD & NUTRITION

 

Part 4

Surviving Urban Disasters

Do You Know What to Do If the Worst Happens?

Surviving an urban disaster is life afterwards.  The quality of survival is a matter of preparedness, skill and chance.  

 

Severe weather conditions often appear without warning.  It could be a major snow storm lasting many days or weeks.  Most disasters are caused by natural forces of weather or earth changes such as floods, mudslides, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, avalanches, blizzards, ice storms, droughts, famine, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, or lightening fires. But too many disasters occur each year that claim thousands of lives that are man-made, such as fires, chemical or nuclear explosions, terrorist attacks, pestilence, disease epidemics and pandemics, war, airplane/train/vehicle accidents, oil spills and the list goes on.

 

An urban disaster is one that affects areas concentrated population -- cities, towns and villages.  But, disasters can strike anywhere at any time, so no one is exempt from the high probability of being involved in a disaster sometime during their lifetime.  Read More>>>

 

 

 


 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

 

IROQUOIS CULTURE & COMMENTARY
By Doug George-Kanentiio
B&W photos, 228 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, soft cover $16.95

 

This book offers fascinating perspectives on the life, traditions, and current affairs of the peoples of the Iroquois Confederacy. Author Doug George-Kanentiio is a Mohawk now living in Oneida Territory who is actively involved in issues affecting the Confederacy and has been writing about developments in "Indian Country" for the past decade. Informative, provocative, and challenging, this book provides a refreshing insider's view of Indian peoples whose concerns continue to have major significance for the Northeast and whose future will affect Native Americans throughout the United States.

 

The author offers a portrait of the Iroquois that touches on a multitude of topics, beginning with Iroquois beliefs concerning their origins as a people and their spiritual, communal, and family traditions. He offers an Iroquois viewpoint on issues that are vital to the Six Nations' economic and cultural survival, including education, taxation, land-claims, treaty rights, crime, gambling, and relations with state and federal governments. Stories of Iroquois leaders and heroes include historical figures such as Handsome Lake, as well as elders whom the author has known personally.

 

About the Author: Doug George-Kanentiio was born and raised in the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. An award-winning columnist, he has served as advisor, producer, and script-writer for national television documentaries on Iroquois subjects. He edited the international news journal Akwesasne Notes from 1986 to 1992 and since 1991 has been writing regular columns for the Syracuse Herald America and News from Indian Country. He served for 7 years as one of the land claims negotiators for the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs. A member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian, he is the chairperson of its Collections and Acquisitions Committee. Doug George-Kanentiio resides in Oneida Territory with his wife Joanne Shenandoah.  Read More>>>

 

 
 

 

 

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POETRY CIRCLE...


 

 

Horse Nation

Laurie Hammer

 Above us they are here 

Beside us they are here

For us they stand tall

The Horse Nation is here.

 

Before us they were here

All power and grace they are

A force of life so strong

The Horse Nation is here.

 

If we quiet and ask

And listen with our hearts

They tell us what they need

The Horse Nation is here.

 

For those of us that know

The treasures that they are

We join the ones who call

The Horse Nation is here.

 

For by this gift we know

What the first ones always did

We come to this so late

The Horse Nation is here.

 

Of love respect and care

So deep it changes us

Native Americans always knew

The Horse Nation is here.

 

We ask so humble now

To join you in your fight

To save all horses wild

The Horse Nation is here.

 

In honor of Native Americans and their great love and respect for horses

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HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 

 

Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

 

Mary Lou Joe (Chinle, AZ) It was Wednesday September 29, 2010 that we receive a phone call from my mother's doctor that lab results were getting bad.  My mother is in the nursing home in Chinle, Arizona. My mother is 68 years old. My father deceased for about 6 years ago now.  I know my mother missed our father too. Just not too long ago us kids were informed by the nursing home that our mother's kidney was not functioning well. That the doctor recommend to us that she should go through surgery for to get on with dialysis. We are scared for our mother to go through this pain. As of  today they have not put through this yet. Can you help my mother with your healing basket prayers for us. My mother is a diabetic too. We love our mother so much..We don't want her to go through this dialysis center. She already went through a lot ...Thank you!  ~Carlena Tuni 10-01-10

 

Update: This afternoon my mother Mary Lou is going through a surgery at Farmington San Juan Regional Hospital
for her right arm, so they start her with dialysis, this is some part of the surgery to take place for this dialysis. My  mother will be in the hospital for 1 week, this week only. My mother will be back in Chinle Nursing Home on Monday of next week. Thanks. I want your prayer to continue for my mom Mary Lou Joe. 10-11-10

 

Edmund Tuni (Flagstaff, AZ) My son moved back in with his sister!  Thank you very much to your prayers... Now, I want them to have a safe journey with his brother Edwin Tuni, working together as ironworkers... ~Carlena Tuni 10-01-10

 

Kevin Doyle (NJ) He seems to be tolerating his cancer treatments - he will go for another MRI in October, and they should know then if the treatments are having any effect on the glioblastoma (brain tumor) that he has.  Thank you for the continued prayers.  ~Maura Doyle and Kim Wilson 09-29-10

 

Irene Pochantos Bedard A wonderful friend of Black Horse Powwow and Manataka, she has a medical problem while in Alaska.  Please pray for her.  ~Daniel Hawk Hoffman  09-28-10

 

Claresa Sorsby (WV) Mother of two young boys. Claresa wrote: "pray for me. this upper respiratory infection and pneumonia   stuff is not going away.  and i am having issues from all the antibiotics i have been on and that isn't fun either. i am just miserable.  i don't want to have to go the to hospital.  i don't want blood work or a needle in my back for a spinal tap.   i just want to be better.  i know it is possible but i just need help praying." This is my Grand daughter.  ~ Helen RedWing Vinson 09-17-10

 

My Elders, We ask for Prayers that NO Sacred Texts be Burned. As reported in the Media a Pastor in Florida planned to Burn the Koran (Quran), and an Imam met with him. and agreed to arrange a meeting in New York. The Media has been a constant on / off situation. We simply feel that No Sacred Book, In fact No Book should ever be Burned. We Pray World Religious and Political Leaders will One Day come to a Mutual agreement of Peace. Some have already been injured or killed and lives have been threatened should this burning of anothers holy Book take place. Our President and others have said It is a Risk to Our Troops and Our National Security. We ask merely for Prayers for Peaceful negotiations and outcome. ~Simone "Rainbow Eagle Spirit"  09-10-10
 

Military and Civilians in Iraq.  According to the weather reports, it is our understanding that it is 122 degrees in Iraq right now -- and the low will be 111! Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety.. If it be God's will, give these men and women the strength they need to prevail. Let us pray.  'Lord, please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'  ~Jewell Jackson 08-16-10

 

Jim "Bravehawk" Brock.  It is with a heavy heart that I must notify you that our U-ka (Vice Chief), Ta-wo-di U-le-tsu-ya-s-ti (Jim "Bravehawk" Brock), is presently in the hospital battling lung and brain cancer. I have called for a tribal-wide fast and period of prayer as a direct mandate from U-ne-la-nv-hi (God/the Creator).  Please include Jim, and his family, in your prayers.  ~Principal Chief Ken "Soaring Eagle" Johnson
 

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

 

 

 

 

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. 

 


 

New Arrivals...

 

Kade Matthew Christensen, Melbourne, Australia

 

Born August 15 at 4:46 p.m. to Renee Ann-Maree Smith and Luke Christensen and has the same birthday of his big 13 year-old sister, Cheyenne Craft.  Baby and family are doing well.

 

Grandparents are Manataka members Lynn Dream Dancer Smith and Baz Guy of Gleneagle in Queensland, who are coordinators of the Manataka Gatherings in Australia.

 

"... isn't he the most gorgeous baby you've ever seen ..... ahhhh," said Grandmother.

http://templeoftherainbowmoon.bravehost.com

 


 

Crossing Over...


Lorretta Webster (Hobart, NY) One of the last people to learn Oneida as a first language, died Sept. 27. She was 100. The Hobart native worked with the Oneida Language Revitalization Program, a project launched in 1996 after a survey found that only 25 to 30 tribal elders were fluent in Oneida.

 

Pearl A. Tridento, 88, of 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, PA died July 13, 2010 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Joseph Tridento and Paul Mindler. Born in Freemansburg, she was a daughter of the late Golden John Widrig and Annie Eliza (Buss) Widrig. Survivors: Sons, Dennis Ritton and Paul Mindler, Jr.; daughters, Carol Ritton Henderson and Darlene Gratton: sister, Geraldine Hughes; 12 grandchidlren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Services: Private. Arrangements are by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus - Carol Henderson 09-01-10

 

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.  Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=lisa-renee-thornton&pid=144084123#ixzz0tmAYQbVx

 

 

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.

 

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2010 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

The September Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, September August 19 with all Elders present.  

 

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

 

Minutes:  August 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 tabled a request for vendor status for a non-member.

 

Old Business:

(a)  Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke.  Letter to be sent to principals.

(b)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman.  Coming for an in-person inspection. 

(c)  World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear.  Contest ended August 30.

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star -

(e)  Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl.  Date set for October 1 - 3. 

 

New Business:  

(a)  Per diem procedures for travel expenses was tabled. No action.

 

Standing Committee Reports:   

(a)  Counseling Committee:   Robert Gray Hawk Coke  

(b)  Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

(c)  Education Committee:  Fred Wilcoxson

(d)  Smoke Signal:  Lee Standing Bear Moore

(e)   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 / Smoke Signal News

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Counseling Committee Leader

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman - Events Elder

  • Fred Wilcoxson, Education Committee 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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NOTICE 2:    FOOD BASKETS NEEDED NOW!  people are hungry often throughout the year.  Please bring or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway, Krogers and other stores are great. 

 


 

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Editor:

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MAIC Correspondents:

Alabama - Jennifer Attaway

Arkansas - Crystal Harvey

Arkansas - Magdala Ramirez

California - Carol Henderson

California - Liora Leah Zack 

California - Carol Perez Petersen 

Florida - Julie Maltagliati

Florida - Grandmother Selma Palmer

Georgia - Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett

Illinois - Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

Kentucky - Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.

Missouri - John and Linda James

Missouri - Linda VanBibber

New York - Waynonaha Two Worlds

Tennessee - Bobby Joe Runninbear

Tennessee - RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson

Texas - Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk

Texas - Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Australia - Osceola Birdman Waters

Contributors:

Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Organic Consumers Association

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho

 

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