Manataka American Indian Council     Volume XIl  Issue 6  JUNE 2008


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

 

 

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Contents:              

Hill & Holler: And Under It All Is The Land
Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Errand in the Wilderness

Grandfather Hawk Speaks Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

Our Mother Is In Trouble!

Getting Out of The Box

Feature Story: The Longest Walk 2
Elder's Meditations: Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
Women's Circle: Traditional Ecological Program
Food & Nutrition: Overweight and Obesity: Major Native Health Issues
Book Reviews: Four Great Books!
Poetry Circle:

Sunset Chant; Creation Chant;

Prayer to the Voice in the Winds

Inspirational Thought:: I Have Not Failed
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Upcoming Survival Seminar Series

 

 


         

 

HILL & HOLLER COLUMN

By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country

 

And Under It All Is The Land

Recently I read an article in the Wausau Daily Herald about an apartment complex in Weston, Wisconsin that was being built, possibly on Sacred Land. Citizens were concerned because some of the locals remember seeing sunken graves and crosses where the construction is taking place.

The developer of the project assured everyone that he had done his homework and was confident that no graves were underneath the apartments. There still are some graves 200 feet away, but he wasn't sure anyone was buried in them. 

The same day I received an email from a reader who was passing on a concern from a man whose Cherokee Ancestors rest in Lincolnton, North Carolina. The land in question is a 4 acre tract, where 6 raised areas about 6 ft. long by 3 ft. wide are located. The land has been sold and a home is to be built there. The anguish in this man's words were touching. He is fighting to save this "final" resting place of his grandfathers.

I am reminded of how it was, and maybe still is, in parts of Europe. There was often nothing final about a grave. With so many people dying over the centuries, cemeteries and crypts were full to overflowing. Bones were often dug up and moved to "warehouses" - often church basements, when the "rent" on the grave went unpaid.

This continent was not the sparsely populated land your history books would lead you to believe, but our People walked lightly on the Earth. And while there were many large cities and burial mounds here, the majority of People were buried simply. We built no great monuments to call attention to our dead. Our dust mingles with the soil.

My cabin sits in an old riverbed. The once wide river is now only a shallow creek. I'm surrounded by hills where giant rocks live and it is easy to commune with the Spirits that protect this land. I wonder how many generations of People have lived here in my valley and walked where I walk. Do their bones lie beneath my feet as I trod these ancient paths?

Once I found an arrowhead. It was in the field in front of my cabin. My friend, who was a gifted Osage flint knapper, told me that the arrowhead was 2500 years old. When I held it in my hand, I could sense the one who had made it and shot it at a deer or maybe an enemy. He had stood on the hill behind my cabin. Twenty five hundred years ago, he was. And he still is.......

Yes, it is sad to see so much of the past being trampled into the Earth. But that is the way it is...... All things pass away, yet all remains in one form or another.

Perhaps in another 2500 years someone will find evidence that I lived here in this beautiful valley. Maybe they will wonder who I was, how I lived and how I died.
My final resting place may never be known. But it won't matter. I'll still be here -  just like those who have gone before.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

Attendance Policy Change

Open the doors and let 'em in!  The upcoming Summer Gathering will have no restrictions on attendance - members and nonmembers alike may join in the prayerful ceremonies.  Current members are not required to request an invitation and neither are former members, guests and visitors.  Manataka will continue to not advertise or promote Gatherings to the public.

 

Renew your membership today!

 

Be On The Lookout

An Arkansas upstart Indian hobbyist organization called the Arkansas Cherokee or something or other stole the "Smoke Signal" title to name their new newsletter.  We respectfully asked them to stop because the Smoke Signal News has been in continual online publication since 1997 and was mailed dating back to 1993 - over 15 years.  The contents of every issue of the Smoke Signal News is copyrighted, including its name.

 


 

HISTORY.... 

 

The June issue features Chapter 5 "Errand In The Wilderness"  of a 15 Chapter 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 Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr. and Dr. Bruce E. Johansen

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

 

INDEX

Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Chapter 1 - Vox Americana

Chapter 2 - Perceptions of America's Native Democracies

Chapter 3 - Natural Man In An Unnatural Land

Chapter 4 - Ennobling 'Savages'

Chapter 5 - Errand In The Wilderness

 

Chapter 6 -  coming in July Smoke Signal


 

 

THE HAWK SPEAKS

By Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

 

 

Our Mother Is In Trouble!

 

As I write this article this Earth Day April 22, 2008 it is my hope that all reading it will help.

 

People are wondering what is happening to the earth these days. With global warming, the discharge of hazard waste and air pollution, our Mother, the Earth is having a hard time producing food for all the people.

 

Yes the future does look gloomy does it not?

 

In one place after another world wide people are having a hard time getting enough food for their families.  Where food and fuel are available, funds are lacking for those in need.  What can we do to help?

 

Conservation is one answer.  Turn off lights in rooms of our homes and businesses not occupied.  Turning down the thermostat in winter and turn it up in the summer months will save a lot of energy.

 

READ MORE...


 

Grandfather Speaks

~Robert Gray Hawk, June 2008

 

 

Getting Out of

The Box

 

The elements of thinking “in the box” are: your self-concept, your beliefs, your assumptions, your habits and your points of view.

 

We are in the box because of early programming. We find safety and comfort when we follow the  rules of our culture. These rules taught us how to think, what to expect, and formed our viewpoint toward life. Many continue  this life style for the rest of  their lives.

 

Some of us decide we want to think “outside the box” in order to become more creative and open to new ways of being.  Although we think we get out of the box, in reality we have only done one of two things. We do get out of the box, but quickly return to the comfort of the box. Others of us just built a bigger box.

 

How do we change our lives to freedom of thinking? The first step is to obtain knowledge. This will change the way we perceive life, not only the mind and the physical body, but also the physical world we live in.

 

In general, we are looking to our past experiences to base our future position. However, if we continue doing the same things in the same way, we will always get the same results. To get a different result, we have to change our way of thinking.

 

There is much science to back these ideas. I hope this will move you to go deeper into this subject than I can in my “limited space.” Remember the most important words are perception and knowledge.

 

READ MORE....

 

 


 

FEATURE...

 

The Longest Walk 2

Traveling through Kansas City

By Linda VanBibber, Manataka Correspondent

 

 

Her name is Sharon and she is a Maori woman. Her tribe is not recognized by the government in New Zealand where she lives. Since 9-11 the government has used ‘homeland protection’ strategies as an excuse to harass her people, accusing them of terrorism, searching cars at gunpoint and breaking into homes.  Sharon and her family, her husband and daughters, have traveled to the United States from New Zealand to participate in the Longest Walk 2.  Sharon’s husband, a Native American, participated in the first Longest Walk 30 years ago. 

 

On Feb. 11th, 2008, Longest Walk participants embarked on a five month journey from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. where they will arrive on July 11th. It is an extraordinary grassroots effort on a national level to bring attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth, sacred site issues, and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original Longest Walk.

 

The 2008 Longest Walk marks the 30th anniversary of the original Longest Walk of 1978 that resulted in historic changes for Native America. In July of 1978, thousands of First Nations people and their supporters converged on the Nations’ capitol to oppose and successfully defeat 11 pieces of legislation in Congress that would have terminated many significant treaties between the federal government and indigenous tribes nationwide.

 

Largely due to the impact of that first Longest Walk and the hard work of many Native American activists, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) of 1978 was passed one month after the walk arrived in D.C. AIRFA states that it is ‘the policy of the United States to protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise the traditional religions of the American Indian”.

 

READ MORE...

 


 


 

 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

Turtle Sweat

When Lakota's finish a ceremony, it is tradition to say, "All my relations", or "Mitakuye Oyasin."  They also say this to get in and out of the sweat lodge.

One year ago for Christmas an old Lakota guy got a microwave from his kids. All winter, he never used it. When Spring came, he got an urge for turtle soup. But he did not want to go through all the trouble of killing it and cleaning it.

One fine morning, he went out and caught a turtle and carried it home. "Turtle soup sounds awfully good." he said to himself. "But it is an awful lot of trouble to kill it and clean." As he eyes the microwave, he is struck by sudden inspiration. He grabbed the turtle and shoved it into the microwave. He set the timer for one hour and turned it on.

Every 25 minutes he would open the door to check on the turtles progress. When at last it "dinged" he went to see if it was done.  As he approached the microwave, he heard a scratching sound, when he opened the door, out came the turtle saying, "Mitakuye Oyasin!" "Mitakuye  Oyasin!"

 

 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

Race and language makes no difference; the barriers are gone when persons can come together on high spiritual levels."

-Rolling Thunder, Cherokee 

 

Not only are race and language barriers overcome by spirituality, but all thing are overcome by spirituality. Inside every human being is the spirit. When we see people, we can choose to look at their outside or we can choose to look at their inside. Spirituality resides inside every human being no matter the color, the size, or the age. In order to see the inside of others we must be able to look at our own inside. If we see spirituality inside ourselves, we will see spirituality inside others.

The saying is, "what you sees is what you gets."

 

My Creator,

let me see all my brothers

and sisters through the

spiritual eye.

 

By Don Coyhis

 


 

WOMEN'S CIRCLE

 

 

The Paiute Mountain School Camp - 2007

 

Traditional Ecological Program
TEK PROGRAM

 

Our projects are based on the preservation and conservation of our cultural and our identity with the emphasis on our spiritual and cultural renewal.  We emphasize on holistic health and wellness, the protection and respect for our mother earth and our sacred sites.  The educational development in our traditional skills and ways is imperative to our native youth today in order to secure their identity.  This year we are adding three new workshops that will help develop awareness of practical science versus traditional science, educational opportunities, and traditional life ways.  Our four projects entail our efforts to maintain our traditions:

 

The Life Ways Camp:  This is four-day camp held in our local mountains during the month of June or August. The purpose of this camp is to teach and discuss with our Paiute youth from the ages of 11 -17, daily traditional prayer work, traditional ceremonies from birth to death, the stewardship of our sacred sites and the understanding of what is expected of them as young men (warriors) and young women during our sacred ceremonies.

READ MORE...

The National Indian Women's Health Resource Center will be hosting a two and a half day  national conference in Albuquerque, NM  June 9-11, 2008. For more information visit:   Keeping the Circle Strong: Celebrating Native Women's Health and Well-Being 2008.   We will continue to update the information as it becomes available. 

 

 


 

FOOD & NUTRITION

 

AMERICAN INDIANS - OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY: A Major Native Health Issue

 

Obesity is a disease that affects nearly one-third of the adult American population (approximately 60 million).  Obesity is the second leading cause of unnecessary deaths in America.  Studies indicate that obesity rates in American Indian children, adolescents, and adults are higher than the US rates for all other races combined.  In adult natives the obesity is rate is 35-40% compared to 20-25% for non-natives.

 
This issue is addressed in a new book by Choctaw author Devon Mihesuah. 
Recovering Our Ancestors' Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet
and Fitness
has won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award. 

 

"High incidences of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and related physical problems among Indigenous peoples are pervasive consequences of colonialism," Mihesuah says. 

 

"Natives once gathered, hunted and cultivated foods that kept them physically strong. Now, many Natives across the Americas are sedentary and have lost touch with their traditional tribal knowledge, including methods of cultivating, preparing and preserving foods. Taking charge of our health by boycotting the greasy, fatty, sugary and salty foods that are killing us in favor of the nutrient-rich and unprocessed indigenous foods of this hemisphere is greatly empowering."

READ MORE...

 


 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Voice of the Hawk Elder  

Click on the book of your choice

 


 

POETRY CIRCLE...

 

 
Sunset Chant
By Liora Leah

 

See the grasses growing
in the valley below us

See the grasses growing
in the valley below us

See the grasses grow

See the butterflies alighting
on the flowers on the hillside

See the butterflies alighting
on the flowers on the hillside

Would our footsteps be as gentle
as the butterflies alighting

Would our footsteps be as gentle
as the butterflies alighting

So gentle and so wise

Hear the howling of the coyotes
as they sing upon the mountain

Hear the howling of the coyotes
as they sing upon the mountain

Would our voices be as wild
as the howling of the coyotes

Would our voices be as wild
as the howling of the coyotes

So wild and so free

See the sun as it is setting
down below the ridge before us

See the sun as it is setting
down below the ridge before us

Would our paintings be as lovely
as the golden of the sunset

Would our paintings be as lovely
as the golden of the sunset

So lovely and so bright

See the grasses growing
in the valley below us

See the grasses growing
in the valley below us

See the grasses grow

See the butterflies alighting
on the flowers on the hillside

See the butterflies alighting
on the flowers on the hillside

Would our footsteps be as gentle
as we walk upon the Mother

Would our footsteps be as gentle
as we walk upon the Mother

So gentle and so wise

Hear the howling of the coyotes
as they sing upon the mountain

Hear the howling of the coyotes
as they sing upon the mountain

Would our voices be as wild
as we sing the Mother's praises

Would our voices be as wild
as we sing the Mother's praises

So wild and so free

See the sun as it is setting
down below the ridge before us

See the sun as it is setting
down below the ridge before us

Would our paintings be as lovely
as we capture Mother's colors

Would our paintings be as lovely
as we capture Mother's colors

So lovely and so bright

See the grasses growing
in the valley below us

See the grasses growing
in the valley below us

See the grasses grow


Copyright © Liora Leah, April 24, 2008

 
Crown of Creation
By Juli Maltagliati
 
 
 

 
They burn in the fire
of human atrocities;
they burn in the fire
of human indifference;
they burn in the fire
of human cowardice,
masquerading as delicacy,
too tender for truth.
 
They burn in the fire
of rationalization,
justification,
excuses, and lies.
 
Some assert with assurance
that they choose immolation,
and offer themselves
like magnanimous martyrs
to quell human craving
and human fixation.
 
So they burn in the fire
as the lake offers water
and we gaze at the ripples
of the dancing blue water,
the hypnotic water,
and our pails remain empty
while they burn in the distance,
while they burn right behind us,
our pails remain empty
and idle beside us.
 
We will douse the inferno
when our bodies are flaming,
when our spirits are burning,
when our hearts are ablaze,
and we shriek from the horror
as we sizzle and blister,
that is when,
only then,
will we put out the flames.
 
Copyright © Juli Maltagliati 1-16-08
 

 

Prayer to the Voice

in the Winds



 

O Great Spirit, whose Voice
I hear in the Winds,
Hear me -- for I am small
and weak:
I need Your Strength and Wisdom.
 
I seek Strength, O Great One, not to be superior to my Brothers --
But to conquer my
greatest enemy: Myself.
 
I seek Wisdom: the Lessons
You have hidden
In every Leaf and Rock
so that I may learn
 
And carry these messages
of Life and Hope to my People.
May my hands respect the many beautiful things You have made;
 
May my ears be sharp -
to hear Your voice.
May I always walk in Your beauty;
 
And let my eyes behold the
red and purple Sunset
So that when Life fades
with the setting Sun,
 
My Spirit will come to
You without shame.
 
Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett

 

 

 


INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

 

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.


It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

 

~Submitted by Romaine Garcia

 


 

HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 

 

Crossing Over...

Irena Sendlerowa, 98, Warsaw, Poland. The life of Irena Sendler was one of great testimony, one of courage and love, one of respect for all people, regardless of race, religion and creed.  Our hearts and prayers go out to her worldwide family.  Irena Sendlerowa led the rescue of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust in World War II.  She was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Her legacy of repairing the world continues, as good continues to triumph over evil.  http://www.irenasendler.org/default.asp  ~Juli    05-12-08

Will Branham. 26, Huntington, VA.  Dancer and drummer at Monacan homecomings, was a police officer who passed from lung cancer.  Father of two small girls, son to Birdie.  We was a loving husband and a very brave man. ~Chief Bernard H. Belvin  05-01-08

 

George E. Haverkamp Jr., 66, (Evergreen, Colorado) husband of Marva Black Elk (Wallace Black Elk's eldest daughter), unexpectedly crossed over on Friday, April 25, 2008 from cardiac arrest.  Services and Internment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen, CO.  A traditional Wake will be held starting at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in The Barn Chapel at Evergreen Memorial Park.  It will run all night. Burial will be at 10:00am on Friday, May 2, 2008.  Chief Leonard Crow Dog and Wesley Black Elk will be officiating.  Jennifer Black Elk - 720-628-6532.

 

Jim Riley, Arizona.  Owner of the white buffalo ranch had a heart attack and passed.  Dena and Jim gave everything to help the buffalo. Susan   04-12-08  

 

Sharon Dee Black Elk, 49, (Wheat Ridge, C0) passed on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.  Burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery.  Traditional rites as well as full military honors were conducted.  Jennifer Black Elk 04-20-08

 

 


Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

 

Cyril Taylor. A long time rights activists and representative of the United Confederation of Taino People in Washington DC, Grandfather Cyril has been admitted into the hospital and is in guarded condition.  Send him your good wishes at cyrilt@comcast.net.  Join the Bohio de Attabey Women's Circle and others in prayer for the well-being of Grandfather Cyril, his wife Marie and their family at 8pm this evening.  ~Roberto Mukaro Borrero 06-14-08

Billy David Beecham, Nashville
, TN Husband of TNNAC secretary, Patty Beecham.  Heart surgery.  Please pray for Billy.  Red Wing 06-12-08

 

Graham Osceola Waters, Darwin, Australia.   Valiantly fighting cancer. Osceloa is of Muskogee American Indian descent.  He is a great artist and walks in beauty with his tireless efforts to benefit the Henbury School in the Northwest Territory.  All of Manataka is praying for this wonderful man.  We are doing healing work and ask for your prayers.  Lynn Smith-Guy,  06-09-08

 

From Kalaloch Lodge, Pacific Ocean near Forks, WAAnita, who works here in the office has asked for prayer for her mother who has cancer.  Linda’s mom has very low blood pressure and may need to have her pacemaker replaced soon. John’s beloved cousin, Glendine, who lives in Arkansas has a newly diagnosed cancer for which she is taken treatment. Highland Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, AR; Boueff Presbyterian Church in Gerald, MO; Marback Christian Church, San Antonio, TX; Inman Christian Center in San Antonio, TX; First Baptist Church, Fairview Heights, IL; and, the Mid-America Indian Fellowship in MO, KS and AR.  Linda and John James 06-09-08

 

Prayers Answer for Shannon Crossbear Red Lake Reservation, MN.  She writes:  "What a difference a day makes. I am sitting here going crazy.  My granddaughter, Brianna  is missing. She disappeared sometime between last night and early this morning from her home. She is nine years old. The police are at her house, doing a ground search and what ever else for the Amber Alert. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers." Dance, drum, smoke, smudge, pray. ~'Night Sky Watcher Leach 06-04-08  Brianna was found, home and safe now.  06-06-08

 

Anna Marie Patrick, 34, WV. My Granddaughter has a brain  aneurysm. Doctors cannot do anything in WV for and she has to go to Charlottesville VA 300 miles away in an ambulance for surgery. She is a preachers wife with one adopted boy.  ~Helen Red Wing Vinson 06-04-08
 

Ruth King, WV.  Going in for knee surgery. Suffering from pain for 30 years, Ruth is hopeful. There will be a six month recovery time.  Ruth has wonderful attitude and a loving spirit.  She is much loved at Manataka.  ~Helen Red Wing  05-28-08

 

Patti Blue Star Burdett, Hot Springs, AR.  Patti was admitted to the hospital with continuing heart problems and poor circulation issues.  Doctors put a stint into her leg. Patti is strong but requires our prayers and support.  ~Lee Standing Bear  05-26-08 

 

Mike Serna, Chattanooga, TN  An American Indian flute player and recording artist who performs at powwows and festivals and winner of a major American Indian flute competition and was well on his way to becoming a nationally known flute artist, when Hepatitis C illness struck. Please pray for Mike.  ~Jennifer Attaway 05-23-08

 

Kathy Looney, Jacksonville, FL. Member of the Chickamauga Cherokee Indian Creek Band.  Brain tumor was found. "Kathy is sweet friendly, and all ways willing too help every one. Now it our time too help, our prays are needed.  ~James Billy Chance  05-23-08

 

Oldbear, Chief of the Council of Elders,  Chickamauga Cherokee Indian Creek Band.  Was admitted to the hospital 6 times in the past week for pain and back roblems. May be bone cancer.  Now in a wheel chair full time.  In need of smoke and prayers.  05-09-08

 

Prayers Answered for Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. (Springfield, IL) Under went full foot reconstruction on his left foot on March 5 turned out wonderful. 

 

Prayers Answered for 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.

 

Prayers Answered for Ms. Evangeline Van Lynch (Memphis, TN) Tennessee Indian Commissioner admitted to the hospital suffering from a heart attack and scheduled to undergo surgery.

 

Prayers Answered for Clover TwoBears Johnson  Her neurosurgeon says she does not have multiple sclerosis. Thank you Grandfather!  Thank all who've held Clover in their Hearts during her trying time.  Duane (Lame Wolf) Rowland 04-01-08

 

 

 

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. 

 

 


Birth Announcement

 

Cameron Isaiah Obendorfer - Born May 19, 2008 at 10:08 a.m. is the new Great grandson of Manataka member Linda VanBibber of Kansas City, MO.  "I will call him Little Hawk; every time I visit him, including going to the hospital the morning he was born, I saw a hawk. This makes Lisa, my youngest daughter and Manataka member a grandmother!"  The proud parents are Paris Templeton and Jay Obendorfer. Grandparents are Lisa Renee and Herb Thornton and Beth and Jerry Obendorfer.  "Please send blessings for this little guy who I think will make a fine warrior some day."  ~Linda VanBibber, 05-23-08
 


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

 

 


 

May 2008 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

Four Elders met on Sunday, May 18 and held an open discussion meeting. David Quiet Wind Furr, Lee Standing Bear Moore, Rebecca Owl Woman, Robert Gray Hawk Coke were present.  Patti Blue Star Burdette was absent.  Pat Prather and Amanda Morning Star Moore attended.

 

Minutes and Treasurer's Report were unanimously approved.  The chair ordered the storage building note to be paid in full. 

 

The Survival Project has been put on temporary hold, but Bear presented a related project to develop a series of seminars featuring experienced teachers.  Project was approved by unanimous decision.  Organizing the project will be immediately.

 

A video taping project proposed by Sage Brush Productions was approved.  

 

Pat Prather volunteered to organize a fundraising effort to support spiritual / ceremonial rights issues.

 

Communications:  MAIC received inquiries on 942 subjects in April.  Moore invited elders to review the guest book section and counseling section of the website.

 

Further discussion about continuing harassment from Josie Fernandez of the National Park Service.  

 

The meeting was opened and closed with prayer.

 


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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Publisher:

Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476
501-627-0555
manataka@sbcglobal.net
http://www.manataka.org

Editor:

Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

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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 

RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee

Liora Leah Zack, California

Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York

Contributors:

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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, Missouri

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

 

 

 

 

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