Manataka American Indian Council                      Volume XI1  Issue 2 FEBRUARY 2008


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

 

 

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Contents:              

Hill & Holler: Come Join The Longest Walk
Announcement: Attendance at Gatherings by Invitation
History: Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 1

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke:

Removing Wild Taste From Game

Honestly, just how open are you to new ideas?

Feature Story: Human Ignorance is Growing
Elder's Meditations: Ralph Salisbury, Cherokee
Women's Council: Circle of Friends Meet
Women's Circle: Tribe's matriarchs speak to nation's past
Food & Nutrition: Pumpkin Sweet Potato Coconut Pie
Book Reviews: Four Great Books for Your Pleasure
Poetry Circle: The Flute Player
Inspirational Thought:: Live A Life That Matters
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Positive Moves Forward

 

 


         

HILL & HOLLER COLUMN

By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country

 

Come Join The Longest Walk

On February 11, 2008, People from all over the country will begin The Longest Walk 2, a 30 year commemoration of the First Longest Walk held in 1978. That Walk successfully brought attention to eleven legislative bills which would have ended much of the remaining Native Sovereignty. All the bills were voted down in Congress.

Led by Dennis J. Banks, co-founder of AIM. participants in this Walk will travel approximately 4400 miles in 5 months, crossing 11 states and the District of Columbia. It will begin with a sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island on February 11, and end up in Washington D.C. in July.

According to their press release, "The Longest Walk 2 is a peaceful, spiritual effort to engage with the public about restoring harmony with the environment by leading an effort to clean up the lands surrounding our highways. We will be launching The Clean Up Mother Earth Campaign where our Longest Walk participants will work together to clean up our country’s highways and roads by collecting debris found along the Longest Walk route. This monumental task will engage Walkers in a global effort at a grassroots level to promote harmony with our delicate environment. A rotating team of walkers will pick up trash along the way .... leaving a healthy trail in their path.

We take up this task to walk in a manner befitting our nations. We shall walk for the Seventh Generation, for peace, for justice, for healing of Mother Earth, for the healing of our people suffering from diabetes, heart conditions and other diseases."

The Longest Walk is open to everyone and there is no fee to join.

For more information about the Longest Walk 2, contact: National Communications Coordinator - Tashina Banks Moore 505-280-3989.

I know a lot of us can't participate in an event of this magnitude, but each of us can do something to help rebalance our Mother Earth. Maybe some of us could organize our own "Clean Up Mother Earth" mini walk. All it takes is one person reaching out to another person and there you go......

This might just be the beginning of something Big!


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ANNOUNCEMENT 

 

In 2008, Manataka will continue the new policy of requiring an invitation to attend Gatherings.  Current members are not required to request an invitation, but former members, guests and visitors must send a written request at least ten days before any event.  Manataka will no longer advertise or promote Gatherings, except to members and supporters.

 

This policy allowed our members and guests in 2007 to enjoy a time of peace, prayer and ceremony without disruptions by tourists and local gawkers.  Manataka Gatherings are a time for friends to  feast and socialize, but in the past they were mistaken as a form of entertainment.

 

We hope this policy meets with the acceptance of members and supporters and the understanding of all others. 

 

 


 

HISTORY.... 

 

The February issue features part 2 of a 15-part series on the founding of the United States of America and the previously misunderstood and often discounted, yet tremendous contributions of American Indians in the process.    

 

Exemplar of Liberty:

Native America and the Evolution of Democracy

By Donald A. Grinde, Jr.
Rupert Costo Professor of American Indian History
University of California at Riverside

Bruce E. Johansen
Associate Professor of Communication
University of Nebraska at Omaha


Original Artwork by John Kahionhes Fadden
Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Copyright, 1990, Bruce E. Johansen & Donald A. Grinde
All rights reserved.

 

Acknowledgements covered at the end of this series.

 


    Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

     

    Chapter 1    VOX AMERICANA


 

THE HAWK SPEAKS

 

Removing Wild Taste From Game

 

As sort of a follow-up on my last article, January 2008, I wanted to write this information.

 

I have received several telephone calls and emails regarding getting the wild taste out of wild game. I am not an expert cook but I do know a little about cooking wild game. My grandfather used to soak or marinate wild game such as venison deer meat submerged in a bath of 'Strawberry Soda: He told me that the soda has a way of removing the wild taste somewhat. He let the meat covered with the strawberry soda soak in the 'Icebox' over night before he started to cook the meat.

 

I have found that the soda does not have to be a name brand, just the cheapest strawberry soda you can find. The soda is also good for removing most of the fat from wild game such as, Raccoon, Opossum, Skunk, Groundhog and even Ducks. Cover the meat with the strawberry soda and soak it over night in the refrigerator and the next day you will find a layer of fat on top of the meat. Remove the fat and throw it to the birds (it will be gone within a few hours). You will also notice less wild taste in these meats.

 

Of course, in these modern times we live in, most meat markets or grocery stores do not carry wild game for the most part. Still some avid hunters enjoy hunting Deer, Elk, Buffalo and Moose. Although some of these meats are not always wild tasting they tend to be 'Stringy or Tough; Elk is my favorite wild game second to wild rabbit. The Elk seems to be more tender and has a great taste for roasts and stew. Most people now days just buy their meat at a meat market but in the past when times were hard, they had to rely on hunting for the meat. I am sure there are places where you can find recipes on line or at a local library for cooking wild game. Most important is to make sure your meat is cleaned properly and cooked properly to avoid becoming sick. I always use plenty of onion as it is a natural tenderizer. 'Happy Eating! I am always willing to answer questions from our readers and we look forward to your comments.

 

Be safe and be blessed!

 

Hawk With Seven Eyes

 

Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman is a founding member of the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, Inc,' a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. He has given presentations at schools in Central Illinois area on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Native American people for over 27 years. Hawk and members of his group present dance demonstrations for children who along with their teachers are invited to dance.  Hawk believes children are the future.  

 


 

Grandfather Speaks

 

Honestly, just how open are you to new ideas?

 

Today I want to talk with you about being open to  other possibilities that we have been missing Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.

 

I learned in Quantum Physics that the brain takes in 400 billion bits of information per second.  However, we are aware of only 2,000 (thousand) bits of information out of the 400 B (four hundred billion) bits per  second we receive.  These two thousand bits per second of information deal with our environment, our body, and  time.  Not many new items are added to the total.  What about the rest of the  bits per second we do not use?  What else could we use if we knew what to recognize?

 

2,000 (thousand) bits made be our limit, I don’t know. But I do believe it is definitely our comfort level. This means that a lot of information is getting away from us. How do we capture this extra information? I believe that the answer lies largely in our willingness to accept the possibility that new ideas could have value.       I found some years ago, that I thought I was open to all new ideas that seemed reasonable. Then after being in the science field, I found I was not so open after all.  In truth, just how closed minded are you to new concepts?  If we reject ideas because they are new, how do we move forward?

 

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.  Some years ago, a very good friend and I used to exchange ideas.  She had her PhD in psychology and held  a  respected  position in a large school district.  One day, I brought up a subject unfamiliar to her. My friend brought the discussion to an end when she said, “I have never heard about this, and I find it just too hard to believe it’s true.” I could see that she was not open to further discussion.

 

Later that summer, it was necessary for her to go back to the university for a course to keep her license current. This is required in many professions.

 

One evening she said she owed me an apology for the way our earlier discussion had ended. She shared that while walking the halls of the university early one day, she overheard three different groups  talking about the same subject.  She recognized the subject as what I had tried to introduce to her last fall.

 

So we could say that perhaps this subject was in the 400B bits of information she received earlier but not in the 2,000 bits she actually processed . But because I introduced her to it, she could grab on to the information now as it came through again.

 

I encourage all of us to be open to new information.  Just think how much  information we could know if we were accepting of the unfamiliar.

 

 

~Robert Gray Hawk, February 2008

 


 

Robert Gray Hawk King Coke, 77, Cherokee, is the newest member of the Manataka Elder Council. Coke graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 with a biology degree. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Europe.

 

After returning home, Robert Coke, entered pre-seminary school Austin College with a major in Philosophy.  He continued his education by earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University where he later served on the faculty as an instructor. In 1996, Elder Coke was elected Chairman, of the American Indian Heritage Association and served as an ambassador for the American Indian Center of Dallas. Gray Hawk is now a semi-retired consultant.

 


 

FEATURE...

 

HUMAN IGNORANCE IS GROWING
BY Peter Montague
 

Human understanding of natural systems is dim at best, and arguably it grows dimmer as time passes.

 

Some scientists may not like to admit it, but we humans are pretty much flying blind when we intrude into natural systems. Our understanding of the natural world is rudimentary at best. As a result, many of our technologies end up scrambling the natural world, replacing the natural order with disorder.

In this issue of Rachel's News we learn about three new problems --

** The mysterious disappearance of millions upon millions of bees, whose pollination services support $14 billion in farm production each year. At this point, the cause is a complete mystery, but almost certainly humans have a hand in it.

** A new virus has appeared in the Great Lakes during the past few years, and it is spreading westward through the lakes, killing large numbers of fish and thus endangering a $4 billion fishing industry. The main suspect is ships arriving from foreign ports and discharging their ballast water into the Lakes.

** The development of herbicide-resistant weeds that are creating major headaches (and costs) for cotton farmers. Monsanto's genetically-engineered cotton was created to withstand heavy application of Monsanto's most profitable weed-killer, glyphosate (sold widely under the trade name Roundup). When Monsanto announced "Roundup-Ready" cotton, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before Roundup-resistant weeds would develop, because that's how nature works. When a weed-killer is applied, a few hardy weeds survive; they multiply while the others die. Soon the hardy weeds dominate -- and farmers find themselves without an easy or affordable way to manage the new weed problem. Presumably Monsanto's business plan was to stay one step ahead of nature, always having a new chemical ready to sell to farmers, to help them overcome the problems created by yesterday's chemical. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out that way and the farmers are hurting.

Our Ignorance is Expanding

As time passes, we should expect a continuing (perhaps even accelerating) stream of bad news about human intrusions into natural systems. In a very real sense the systems we are trying to study are growing more complicated as we scramble them, so understanding them is becoming more difficult.

Take the problem of disappearing amphibians (frogs, toads and salamanders). In 1989, scientists began noticing frogs were disappearing around the globe. They identified many causes:

** loss of wetland habitat (rice paddies turning into golf courses, for example, and swamps turning into condominiums);

** increased ultraviolet radiation arriving at the surface of the earth because DuPont's chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have depleted the Earth's ozone shield;

** stocking streams with edible sport fish (e.g., large-mouth bass) that eat tadpoles;

** acid rain and acid snow caused by combustion of fossil fuels;

** increasing droughts and floods, brought on by global warming, are taking their toll on amphibians;

** pollutants that mimic the female sex hormone, estrogen, may be interfering with the reproductive cycle of amphibians, as is known to be happening with fish;

** amphibians may have started falling prey to bacteria and viruses with which they have co-existed for 200 million years -- indicating, perhaps, that some combination of environmental insults has weakened amphibian immune systems.

The truth is, no one know what combination of these (and other, perhaps yet-unrecognized) changes in natural systems have contributed to the disappearance of frogs, toads, and salamanders all across the planet.

One thing is sure: every time we introduce a new chemical into commerce, it enters natural systems and makes the job of scientists more difficult because the system they are studying is now more complex than it was yesterday. In the U.S., we introduce roughly 1800 new chemicals into commerce each year.

As our technology expands, our ability to understand what is going on in nature declines, and we are flying blinder and blinder.

Until we take a precautionary approach, give the benefit of the doubt to natural systems, and do our level best to understand our actions before we act, we are in for an endless parade of unpleasant and expensive surprises. Yes, a precautionary approach would mean that the pace of technological innovation would slow down (compared to today's frenetic pace) -- but it would help avoid expensive problems like the loss of bees, the invasion of new viruses into the Great Lakes, and creation of Super Weeds. It might also give humans a better chance of surviving as a species.

 

 

From: Rachel's Democracy & Health News #904, April 26, 2007
Environmental Research Foundation
P.O. Box 160, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903
dhn@rachel.org

 


FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

ONLY

IN AMERICA:
 

 

Only in America.....do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America......do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in America......do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
 
Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America.....do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Only in America......do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.

Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

"We cannot escape remembering the important things that have happened, and we cannot escape the awareness of the important things that have not happened." -Ralph Salisbury, Cherokee

 

There is a Master Plan. There are Natural Laws that run the universe. Everything on the earth has a purpose. Change is constant. That which is built is constantly being destroyed. That which is loose is being used to build new things. Nothing can be destroyed, only rearranged. Change will happen and every setback is only temporary. In other words, the Creator is in charge. We are not in charge. He designed the universe. He runs the universe and He will change what needs to be changed. As humans, it is easier for us to participate in all of this if we are spiritual. We need to be tuned in. There-

fore, God gave us the spiritual concept of acceptance. When things change, we can change ourselves through the principle of acceptance.

 
Great Spirit,
let me live today in
acceptance of
Your will.
Today let us
do it Your way.

 

 

By Don Coyhis


 

WOMEN'S COUNCIL

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN

THE MANATAKA WOMEN'S COUNCIL

'CIRCLE OF FRIENDS'

 

The Women's Council has been lazy this past quarter of winter.

 

The Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friends'; meets the first Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Coffee is provided, food and other soft beverages are brought by individuals to share. Please remember to bring your drums or other musical instruments to meetings.

 

Regular Membership Meetings - Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hot Springs, AR
February 2 Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hot Springs, AR
March 1 Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hot Springs, AR
April 5 Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hot Springs, AR
   

 

(When meetings are held at Gulpha Gorge please bring a lawn chair, something to drink, and a snack to share.)  Meeting are held at various locations during bad weather -

 

The Manataka Drum Society is growing with more singers joining.  Weekly practice sessions is where new songs, food and laughter are enjoyed by everyone.  Contact: Amanda Morningstar:

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

 

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

 

Join Us!

 


 

WOMEN'S CIRCLE

 

 

Tribe's matriarchs speak to nation's past

By Emma Graves Fitzsimmons, Chicago Tribune

 

 

(ONEIDA, Wis.)  She remembers speaking Oneida as a child, in the days when she could still use it to converse in living rooms and corner stores across the reservation. Almost a century later, Maria Hinton is running out of people to talk to.

 

"There is nobody to speak with," the 97-year-old great-grandmother says in exasperation. "I'm just walking around my house speaking to myself."

 

Unique for its whispered syllables, Oneida uses only 15 letters and three symbols to convey a daily life deeply rooted in nature. The words often evoke a moving image, relying on the senses to illustrate a moment. The word for bear clan, "oskle7wake," describes the glistening powder color of the animal's face.

 

Hinton is one of three elders left who speak this vivid tongue, surviving matriarchs from the last generation to communicate in Oneida. Most members of the Wisconsin tribe today know basic vocabulary but can't use it in conversations.

 

"There is still an ember left that's burning," said Leander Danforth, the only fluent speaker under the age of 85. "We can get that ember burning and get a fire started, or that ember could go out."

 

In a final push to revive their language, the Oneida people are using a federal grant to put digital recordings of the elders online and giving eight people the full-time job of learning to speak the language.

 

READ MORE....

 

 


 

FOOD & NUTRITION

 

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Coconut Pie
Courtesy of http://www.Mealtime.org

Early American settlers didn't take long to turn native New World  pumpkins into a sweet custard "pye" in the old English tradition. If you're still serving your pumpkin pie in that time-honored way, we've got a revolution for you. This fusion recipe starts with a typical colonial pumpkin custard (seasoned with cinnamon and allspice), mixes in some soulful sweet potatoes, and then gives it a Caribbean stir of coconut milk and a vanilla-scented candied coconut topping.

     Ingredients:
     1 can (15 ounces) cut sweet potatoes in syrup, reserve 1/4 cup syrup,
      drain remainder
     1 can (15 ounces) 100% pure pumpkin
     1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
     1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
     1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
     1/3 cup light brown sugar
     2 tablespoons butter, melted
     1/2 cup canned coconut milk
     3 eggs, large or extra large
     1 prepared, refrigerated piecrust
     1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
     1/3 cup light corn syrup
     1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

     Equipment:
     Food processor
     Rolling pin if using large size pie plate
     9 or 9-1/2-inch, deep-dish glass pie plate
     Mixing bowl


Combine the sweet potatoes, reserved syrup, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, brown sugar, melted butter, coconut milk and 2 eggs in the work bowl of a food processor. Process in pulses until completely smooth, about 1 minute.
 

Line the pie plate with the prepared crust and crimp the edges. Note that you will have to roll the crust to be about 1-inch bigger all around if using a 9-1/2-inch pie plate. Fill the crust with the filling and even the surface. Bake for 45 minutes.


Meanwhile mix the remaining egg, coconut, corn syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl until well combined. Spread over the surface of the baked filling. Return to the oven and bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes.
 

Cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
    Makes 12 servings
    Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 293; Total fat 13g;
 

Saturated fat 7.8g; Cholesterol 24.7mg; Sodium 137mg; Carbohydrate 37.6g; Fiber 2.9g; Protein 4.0g

 

READ MORE....

 


 

BOOK REVIEWS

Click on the book of your choice

                       
 

The Saga of Noah Collins by Jeremy Morningstar

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Encyclopedia of  Native American Healing by William S. Lyon

Voice of the Hawk Elder

by Edna Gordon, edited by Harvey Arden

 
 

 

POETRY CIRCLE...

 

 

THE FLUTE PLAYER

~Osceola Birdman Waters

He is more than a flute player,

The beautiful melodic sounds,

Float and drift,

From an extension of his soul,

Transcended by the Great Spirit,

Flute and man become one,

Spiritual,

Power of un-daunting attraction,

Sounds haunting,

Echoing from a mountain top,

Or flowing in harmony,

Beside a quiet stream in motion,

With devotion,

With the beat of a heart,

Harmony picks up speed,

With the pulse of the moment,

A thundering water fall,

Or thunder from the sky above,

The spectacle,

Of lightning in all it’s magnificence,

Does not disturb,

Or encumber but enhances the moment in time,

The gift of playing in the Great Spirits Company,

Is heart felt and transformed in pure pleasure,

And transmitted through the human spirit,

Down and out of an extension of Billy White Fox,

Keep playing my brother,

You inspire my very spirit my soul,

To write to absorb every beautiful part of life.

 

My brothers message is not wasted on me.

           

~Osceola Birdman Waters

 

 

 

 

 


INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

 

Live A Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.

It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?

How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched,
empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.

It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

 

~Submitted by Romaine Garcia


 

HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 

 

Crossing Over...

John D. Two Eagles Walden (Mountain Pine, AR) passed on December 11 at the Veterans Hospital. He was a member of Manataka since 1999.  John was a diabetic with serious heart problems.

 

Floyd Red Crow Westerman (1936 - 2007) Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Sisseton-Wapheton Dakota musician, actor, and activist, passed away at 5:00 a.m. PST, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after an extended illness. He was 71.

Westerman, who began his career as a country singer, appeared in over 50 films and televison productions, including Dances with Wolves, Hidalgo, The Doors, and Poltergeist, and Northern Exposure. He appeared in 12 episodes of the 1990s TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger, as Uncle Ray Firewalker.

As a young man, he was educated at the Wapheton and Flandreau Boarding Schools, where he became a close companion and life-long friend of Dennis Banks. He left his home on the Lake Traverse reservation in South Dakota, with a suitcase and an old guitar in hand. He rambled across the country playing country music and original tunes in bars and clubs, living for some time in Denver. In 1969, his first album Custer Died for Your Sins became the background theme of the emerging Red Power Movement.

As a member of American Indian Movement, and a spokesman for the International Indian Treaty Council, Westerman traveled the world extensively working for the betterment of native people. His vision of improved social conditions for indigenous people around the globe is reflected in the music of his second album, The Land is Your Mother, 1982. In 2006, he won a NAMMY Award for his third album, A Tribute to Johnny Cash. During his career, he played and collaborated with a number of notable musicians including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson, Buffy St. Marie, Jackson Browne, Harry Belafonte, and Sting.

Westerman also worked throughout his life to empower Indian youth. "They are our future," he said in a November interview. "Today we are fighting a great battle against the popular culture that surrounds them. It's a battle for their hearts and minds. We need to work to inspire them to embrace their own history and culture. Without them, we Indians have no future."

Westerman will be taken home to Sisseton, South Dakota for memorial services and burial. Plans for a memorial service in Los Angeles are also being made.

Native Times 12/13/2007
http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=9182

 


 

Major Fred Blue Eagle Wilson, (Canadian Mohawk) Passed away on Oct. 1, 2007. He was one of the Tuskegee Airmen from World War II.  Blue Eagle was a true hero.  fowilson@legacy.com   Steve Roragen, Commando, Roanoke, VA  11-01-07

 

Rev. David Salmon (Fairbanks, AK) -- The first traditional chief for the Athabascan people of
the Interior died Thursday at his home in Chalkyitsik. Salmon was 95.   10-16-07

 

Vernon Bellecourt (WaBun-Inini) Anishinabe/Ojibwe Nation (Minnesota) Hailed as one of Indian's greatest champions, Bellecourt, 75, passed today.  Throughout his life he fought to preserve the integrity of indigenous people.  Vernon was principal spokesman for the American Indian Movement and a leader in actions ranging from the 1972 occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington to the 1992 Redskin Superbowl demonstrations. He was Co-founder and first Executive Director of the Denver AIM Chapter. His involvement at Wounded Knee in 1973 led to a Federal indictment. He was a special representative of the International Indian Treaty Council and helped organize the first Treaty Conference in 1974. He was jailed for throwing his blood on the Guatemalan Embassy to protest the killing of 100,000 Indians. He was elected to a 4-year term in his White Earth tribal government and developed a model program for the spiritual education of Indian prisoners. Vernon was President of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports & Media and recipient of the City of Phoenix, Martin Luther King Human Rights Award 1993. He is called one of the finest orators of his time.  Chief Xielolixii  10-13-07 

 

 


Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

 

Richard Reay (Phoenix, AZ)  Serious blood clots.  Please pray for this special man.  Nina Giordano 01-23-08

 

Tanner, age 3 (Memphis, TN) Tanner successfully underwent double eye surgery at Children's Hospital for a serious condition know as amblyopia. He is now home a recovering nicely.  Please give your thanks to God for healing Tanner.

 

Ms. Evangeline Van Lynch (Memphis, TN) Tennessee Indian Commissioner admitted to the hospital suffering from a heart attack and scheduled to undergo surgery. Send Smoke and Prayers for her.  At her age and condition this is risky. Write to her: Ms Van Lynch, Room 636, Methodist Hospital- Central University, 1265 Union Ave., Memphis, TN. 38104   Put her home address as the return address in case she is moved. That way, the card will go to her home. Her family will see to it that she gets it.  Ms. Van Lynch, 73 Baseline Rd., Dyer, TN. 38330  Red Wing Vinson  11-17-07  Update:  Evangeline is recovering satisfactorily from unexpected surgery.  12-03-07

 

Clover TwoBears Johnson. Suffered a mini-stroke in April of 2007 and diagnosed with Diabetes and MS. as well.  Duane (Lame Wolf) Rowland  11-01-07

 

 


 

 Memorials...

In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik

Bill Prezwoznik was one of the four founders of Manataka.  His wisdom and love guided Manataka through its infancy. 

 

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 1,000 grandchildren but never a child. Her memory will live with us forever.  Anonymous Contributor  

 

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 - Standing Bear.  Greg Gilliham, Little Rock

 

 


 

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

 


 

JANUARY 2008 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

Elders met on Sunday, January 20 and conducted business.  David Quiet Wind opened the meeting with prayer.

 

Minutes and the Treasurer's reports were read and approved.

 

Elders approved two expenditure measures.  The first was for an annual advertisement in a special edition newspaper that also carries a lengthy story about Manataka.  The second is a winter heating donation for a elder living in TN.

 

Two T-shirts were signed by five elders that will be auctioned off on Ebay on the internet to support the care of six horses recently saved from destruction.   

 

MAIC sponsorship of a series of “Survival” seminars was discussed and research is moving forward and to be completed within three weeks.  A venue and dates will be set at the same time.  

 

The February 2008 Member Spirit Award will be given to Jody Applewhite.

 

Committee Reports were accepted and reviewed.  

 


MANATAKA ORGANIZATIONAL MESSAGES


 

NOTICE 1:    FOOD BASKETS NEEDED NOW!  people are hungry often throughout the year.  Please bring or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and other stores are great. 

 

NOTICE 2:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge.  In case of inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow, below 40 degrees) we meet Ryan's Restaurant located at 4538 Central Avenue across from Hot Springs Mall.

 

Gatherings are normally held on the 3rd weekend of June (closest to the Summer Solstice) and the 3rd weekend of October (closest to the Winter Solstice).  The date of the Spring Encampment varies from year to year. 

 

NOTICE 3:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact: Becky Moore

 

NOTICE 4:    PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902

 

NOTICE 5:      MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1.  15 - 30 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids.

 

2.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.

 

3.  MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible  contribution to MAIC and we will send the family a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.

 

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Manataka American Indian Council
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MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Burnett, Georgia

Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Grandmother Selma, Florida

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Magdala, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas

Waynonaha Two Worlds

Contributors:

Susan Bates, Missouri

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire 

Valerie Eagle Heart

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

John James, Arkansas

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Elaine Nowell, Mississippi / Arkansas

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee

Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

 

 

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