Manataka American Indian Council     Volume XIl  Issue 7  JULY 2008


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

 

 

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Contents:              

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: The White Roots Reach Out

Grandfather Hawk Speaks Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

How Well Do You Know Your Children?

What is Truth?

Feature Story: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Elder's Meditations: Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa), Oglala
Women's Circle:

Defiance in the Land of the Free Carrie Dann Profile

Woman of the Tsalagi !

Food & Nutrition: Healthy Eating Tips for Teens... And Adults
Book Reviews: Five Featured Books
Poetry Circle: The Wolf Woman; Where Eagles Pray
Educational Message::

Did you know about American's original people?

Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: June Elder Council Meeting

 

      


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!

 


 

HISTORY.... 

 

The June issue features Chapter 6 "White Roots Reach Out"  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 - White Roots Reach Out

 

Chapter 7 -  Mohawks, Axes, and Taxes - Coming in August 2008


 

 

THE HAWK SPEAKS

By Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

 

 
 

 

 

How Well Do You Know Your Children?

 

Now that school is out for most children, what type of relationship do you have with your children? What kinds of recreation will they be involved in over the summer months?

 

In these modern times our children are constantly bombarded with ideas that could cause them various problems. Changes in their life due to growing, Friendship issues as well as an abundance of related problems. We work hard to make sure of the types of friends they and keep them free of "bad" associations. Street gangs pull some youngsters into their way of thinking and usually cause them problems with the law.

 

READ MORE...

 


 

Grandfather Speaks

 

 

 
 

~By Robert Gray Hawk, July 2008

 

 

 

“Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and

the cement of all societies.” -John Dryden

 

 

Truth can be seen as two different things because we have Absolute Truth and Relative Truth. Absolute Truth deals with the Divine Principals, and Relative Truth deals with human thoughts and emotions.

 

They are created from different sources and have different definitions. When we are talking about things dealing with the Creator, we are talking about Absolute Truth, which is absolute, unlimited, unchanging, and complete. This would refer to the Ten Commandments, the Gold Rule, Judge Not, and Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself. 

 

When we argue about human behavior, we are dealing with Relative Truth. Relative Truth changes and is limited, incomplete, and definitely, not absolute. This is the cause of arguments, law suits, and wars

 

When you examine an event by running it through your filter to determine the response which would reflect the truth for you, it may not always be anyone else’s truth. One of the flaws of Relative Truth is that we don’t all end up at the same response, even when we begin with the same event.

 

In-fighting or community conflicts are good examples of living by Relative Truth. We rarely have all the information about what has happened, much less an understanding of why it happened. In fact, the people involved often realize that they don’t have all the facts, but for some reason, they keep fighting and defending their position and judgments.

 

READ MORE....

 

 


 

FEATURE...

 

Works of the Creator

 

See these and more pictures taken at

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 


 

 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

Start Praying

An urban girl just moves to the Rez and starts school.  She meets a cute Native guy and they hit it off and start dating.

She asks her new boyfriend to come over Friday night and have dinner with her parents. The girl than whispers to her boyfriend that after dinner, she would like to go the dance and make love for the first time.

The boy is thrilled but growing up in an isolated part of the area, he has never had sex before, so remembering grandpa's advice on birth control, he takes a trip to the Indian Health Service (IHS) pharmacist to get some condoms.

The pharmacist advises the boy for about an hour. He informs the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex. Before providing the condoms, the pharmacist asks the boy how many condoms he'd require, a 3-pack, 10-pack, or family pack? The boy insists on the family pack because he thinks he will be rather busy, it being his first time and all.

Friday night rolls around and the boy drives into town to the girl's parents house. The girlfriend meets him at the door. "Oh, I'm so excited for you to meet my parents, I've told them so much about you!"

The boy goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the girl's parents are seated.

The boy quickly offers to offer prayers and bows his head. A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer, with his head down. 10 minutes pass, and still no end to the boy's prayer.

Finally, after 20 minutes with his head down, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend, "I had no idea you were this religious."

The boy turns, and whispers back, "I had no idea your father was an Indian Health Service pharmacist."

 

 


Maggie's

 

SOAP NUTS

 

 

THE SOAP THAT GROWS ON TREESTM

 


 

 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking." -Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa), Oglala 

 

The Great Spirit has many ways of communicating with the human being. He talks to us through the five senses - sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. For example, we can observe nature and see a lesson or get an answer. These five senses function primarily in the physical world. But we also have the ability to 

receive communication from the Unseen World. To do this we have a sixth sense. It

comes in the form of dreams, imagination, intuition, inspiration or a hunch. Along with the dream or intuitive thought there is a feeling, a knowing. We just know it's true without the need for proof. We need to pay attention to our dreams and intuition. Don't cast them off as being silly or useless. Be respectful to your dreams and feelings.

 

 

Creator, if you speak to me

through dreams,

let me know it in

terms I can understand.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

WOMEN'S CIRCLE

 

 

Defiance in the Land of the Free
A Profile of Carrie Dann

A Native American woman is at war with the US. For 30 years she's been
fighting to keep her ancestral land - and now the United Nations is on
her side. Report by Nicola Graydon


The government came for the horses at dawn. It was spring 2003 and it was
foaling season. A helicopter flew low over Pine Valley, herding them to corrals. Some prematurely gave birth, others were trampled. Armed
federal agents stood by. By the end of the day, over 500 horses were taken to be auctioned off to a local rancher. Not long afterwards some 50 carcasses were dumped - the horses had starved to death.

Carrie Dann, a diminutive Western Shoshone grandmother who owned the
horses, refuses to talk about it. "Indians love horses," is all she'll say. But she thinks it caused the death of her sister, Mary, who died last April. "After that," she says, "Mary went down real fast."

The 2003 round-up was the fourth military-style operation in one of the
longest-running land disputes in the history of America. For over 30 years, Carrie and Mary Dann have fought the US government for Western
Shoshone rights to 60m acres of land that stretch through Nevada into
neighbouring states. Until now, the harassment has hardly scratched the
conscience of America, but that might be about to change.

READ MORE...

 

 

 

Woman of the Tsalagi! 

Dekanogi ulogilv daquado

 

Woman of the Tsalagi created by Great Mysteries own plan, blood  kin to her Mother Earth respecting each other in their giving birth, she need hang her head to no man, or humble herself before him, her words are the lessons we live by and remember.

 

It is through her the clans are counted, her bloodlines that are followed, her wisdom has always helped to guide our Nation, equal in all ways without her there is no balance, no peace and gentleness it is her heart that is the white path we claim to follow.

 

The Warriors of our own kind have forgotten she is his own mother and grandmother, they no longer show respect or honor to her, only one kind treated others like this, is this how the world should see you, are we now the same as them?

 

Who with broken heart watches the hungry babies cry, the old ones sigh, and the children die with no justice given, who sees most clearly the injustice of this land she walks, who is now treated the same by the men of her own kind?

 

READ MORE...

 

 


 

FOOD & NUTRITION

 

Healthy Eating Tips for Teens... And Adults

 

Obesity among teens is rampant today, especially among American Indians.  The prevalence of obesity in American Indian/Alaska Native populations has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. All tribes throughout the U.S. have suffered adverse effects from the high prevalence of obesity.  Many chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and breathing problems are associated with theincreasing prevalence of obesity in American Indians.

  • Always eat breakfast—studies show it helps you stay full for longer throughout the day.

  • Choose vegetables that are different colors. This will ensure that you get a wide variety of nutrients at each meal.

  • Eat carrots; they are loaded with Vitamin A which helps prevent night-blindness.

  • Smoothies are good! Frozen fruit may be fresher than fresh fruit which begins to lose nutrients when picked. So get your vitamins by whipping up a frozen fruit smoothie.

  • One can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar (that’s more than a bar of chocolate!). So think before you drink.

  • Take a healthy snack wherever you go so that you won’t have to hit the vending machines if you get hungry. Some healthy and still delicious snacks:

                        Almonds

                        Fruit Cups

                        Yogurt and granola

                        Veggie sticks and all-natural peanut butter or almond butter

  • Read serving size information—sometimes a small package can contain lots of calories and fat.

  • Ditch diets that cut fat, sugar, protein or carbs from your diet completely (South Beach, Atkins, etc.). Even though many of these diets let you go back to eating bread, cereal, fruit, and sugar after a two week "detox" period, a lot of people still can't stick to the guidelines and end up right where they started at the beginning of their diet.

  • Drink 4-6 glasses of water, seltzer or other unsweetened, non-caffeinated beverages a day.

  • A serving size (of fruit, meat, pasta, rice, etc.) is about the size of your slightly open fist.

  • If a diet (supplement or weight loss pill) sounds too good to be true it IS too good to be true…and could even be dangerous!

  • Eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

  • At a restaurant, have a salad and split an entrée with a friend—you’ll eat healthier and save money!

Source:

http://www.dosomething.org/tipsheet/healthy_eating_tips_for_teens

 


 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Voice of the Hawk Elder

Click on the book of your choice

 


 

POETRY CIRCLE...

 

 

The Wolf Woman

By Osceola Birdman Waters

 

 

The guardian of the wolf,

the woman of the moon,

Protector, mother of the pack,

Teacher of the hunt,

 

Creator of the wolfs unique abilities,

She becomes the wolf,

She is the wolf,

She leads the pack,

She howls at the moon,

 

When dawn breaks-- she shape shifts back to a woman again,

She sits upon the ground and grooms her brothers and sisters,

Gently stoking a faithful head that pants with contentment.

 

Wolf pups play and mock the hunt,

The wolf mother brings harmony and stability to her totems,

She is the master of strategy,

The planer of their destiny,

Their leader.

 

From a distance they watch over man, The wolf pack envelops their spirit, Travel in their minds,

 

The sacred wolf protects the chosen ones, The people of the wolf clan,

That shares the forests,

the prairie, the tribes of the mountains, The Red man.

 

These people see the wolf woman in dreams, In visions,

They call on her in troubled times,

They see her in times of death.

 

The dead wait for her to come and led the way to their ancestors,

The hunting party waits for her to howl to point the way,

For she knows where the deer hide,

She knows the location of the buffalo,

The big horn sheep are sent in the direction of the hunter,

 

The mountain goat is prevented from scaling the mountain slopes,

She moves in a ghostly haze,

And the hunter’s pursuit is successful,

Helped by an unseen sister,

A kindred spirit.

 

A protector of the clan.

My vision my dream.

 


Graphic Credit:

http://www.sharpergraphics.com/native_americans.htm

 

 

Where Eagles Pray

By Osceola Birdman Waters

 

 

Above mountain mist,

the eagle prays.

The breath of the Great Spirit ruffles the feathers,

As the eagle glides,

In ever increasing circles,

On thermals he rides,

Higher and higher,

Further and further,

Up into his domain,

The master’s place,

Way out into space,

The eagle views his face,

Where the eagle prays,

 

Divinity,

Infinity,

Like the circles endless,

The medicine wheel turns,

As yesterday becomes today,

To day becomes tomorrow,

 

Where eagles pray,

All below is seen,

All below is surveyed,

Eyes magnified,

Injustice horrific,

In justice specific,

Smoke turbinates,

Spirals,

To mark the place of tragedy,

 

The eagle cries,

And tear drops fall,

Lightning lights up a darkened sky,

Thunder explodes across the sky,

The earth trembles,

The Great Spirits anger announced,

Lightning speared towards the ground,

The eagle plummets,

To where bodies are found,

The wind sings,

The wolves howl,

As spirits take their journey,

To a place where the eagle prays.

 


Graphic Credit:

http://www.sharpergraphics.com/native_americans.htm

 

 

 


EDUCATIONAL MESSAGE

 

 

Did you know...

about American's original people?

  • There are over 600 Indian Nations & Tribes in the United State alone.
     

  • 83% of federally recognized Nations in the United States have
    populations of less than 1,000 members.

  • American Indian's were given citizenship in 1924, after many Indian men
    fought in World War I.

  • American Indians were used to send message that could not be decoded
    during World War II.
     

  • The Cherokee had a written language before the coming of European
    settlers.
     

  • 60% of the world's food eaten today is of American Indian origin.
     

  • The U.S. Constitutions frame was adopted from the Iroquois Confederacy.
     

  • Jim Thorpe, Sauk and Fox Indian was selected the greatest all-around
    athlete of the first half century.
     

  • 26 of the state names derived from Indian words.
     

  • Time to many Indian people is not relative.  Things are done as needed.
     

  • American Indians believe that patience is considered a good quality.
     

  • The respected members of a Nation are one who shares and gives of
    his/her wealth to others.
     

  • Many Indians have large extended families.  Aunts are often considered
    as mothers, uncles are called fathers and cousins are brothers and
    sisters.
     

  • Members are suspicious of members that collect many material
    possessions.
     

  • It is believe that 75 million Indians lived here before Columbus.  In
    the 2000 census American Indians and Alaskan Natives number only about
    2.5 million.
     

  • Many Indians do not believe that they came over the Bering Strait.  Many Nations have creation stories that tell of them coming from this land.
     

  • 65% of Indians live in urban areas.
     

  • Many of the Nations are matrilineal.
     

  • There are 250 Indian languages still spoken.
     

  • Indian Nations through treaties with the federal government ceded Indian
    lands to America, but retained rights and cultural practices hundreds of
    years older that America.
     

  • Many Nations were farming as early as 1200 BC.
     

  • During the fall of the Romans, Indians were constructing the largest irrigation canal in North American.
     

  • Some Indian villages and cities housed up to 50,000 people.  Read up on
    Cahokia!
     

  • Most Indian Nations have a different name for themselves.  Many call
    themselves "people" or "real people".  The 3 tribes of Michigan: The
    Ojibwa (Chippewa), the Odawa (Ottawa) and the Bode wad mi (Potawatomi)
    refer to themselves as Anishinaabe, not native or American Indian.
     

  • There are Indian ceremonial mounds that are 2 acres bigger that the
    Great Pyramid of Egypt. (Read up on Cahokia)
     

  • By Columbus second trip, the Old World diseases had killed two thirds of
    the New World's American Indians. 
     

  • Cotton Cloth was invented by the Native Americans

 

~Submitted by Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network

 


 

HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 

 

Crossing Over...

 

Jimmie E. Thigpen, 79, of Picayune died June 24, 2008 in Gulfport, MS.  His son, Jimmie Thigpen of UTO is a Commissioner and Vice Chairman AIA in TN.  ~Selena  06-24-08

 

Evette LaBatte Tubby, Philadelphia, MS.  Sister of Woableza, Mother and Grandmother died of a massive heart attack. Evette was a special Lakota lady living on the Choctaw Reservation for many years.  We remember her husky laugh and beautiful smile. She will be missed greatly by her family and many friends.  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore 06-23-08 

 

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...

 

Pastor Frank Sayford, 64, Philadelphia, PA.  In St. Mary Medical Center for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. He is in good hands.  Ask God to watch over my father.  ~Kim Summer Moon Sayford-Wilson  07-01-08

 

Anna Marie Patrick, 34, WV. My Granddaughter is recovering at home after the brain surgery in VA She returned back to West Virginia about 3 weeks ago

~Red Wing Vinson 07-01-08

 

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

 

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

 

Prayers Answered for 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  Patti is up, walking, and exercising with a smile! 06-23-08.  

 

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 problems. 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 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

 

 


 

JUNE 2008 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

Elders met on Saturday, June 21 during the Gathering and held an open discussion with members.  All elders were present.  Linda VanBibber and Lloyd Marrow attended. Chairman, David Quiet Wind Furr led the invocation and blessing ceremony. A quorum was established by the Chair and guests were recognized. 

  • Minutes - A motion was made and seconded to dispense with the reading of May Minutes.

  • Treasury - The Treasurer's Report was read and unanimously approved. Manataka has zero long term and short term debt.  The 2007 accounting and IRS filing was completed by an accredited accounting firm.  A CD containing 2007 accounting was provided to the elders.

  • A motion was made by Bear and seconded by Gray Hawk to engaged the full-time services of a local CPA firm and was unanimously approved.  MAIC will pay $75 quarterly.  The Council decided to begin 2009 budget planning in October.

  • Legal Affairs - An issue that came up in May about the improper use of the Manataka trademark in Florida is being successfully resolved with the parties accepting all terms of the settlement agreement.  Upon the recommendation of Linda VanBibber, the Council decided by acclamation to not accept royalty fees, but request that all CD's sold contain an insert about Manataka.

  • Public Relations - A video taping project proposed by Sage Brush Productions was approved in May and shooting will begin in July.  Production costs are the full responsibility of the producers and MAIC will share in the profits.  

  • Donations - A motion was made by Flaming Owl and seconded by Blue Star to donate $250 to the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas for their new museum and cultural center.

  • Australian New Members - Making-a-Relative ceremonies were conducted in Darwin, Australia for 151 students, staff, teachers and volunteers at the Henbury School on June 20. Story and pictures will be featured in the August Smoke Signal.   http://www.manataka.org/page1628.html

  • South American New Members -  A conference call discussion was held between a Venezuelan tribal ambassador and Manataka with all elders present regarding the induction of five (5) elders (chiefs) of South American tribes to take place at Manataka. It was proposed that a total of eleven (11) chiefs, representing approximately one million people, be inducted into MAIC this year. 

  • NAGPRA (Native American Grave Preservation and Repatriation Act) - Blue Star Speaks proposed Manataka elders participate in a blessing ceremony for the Tackett family.  Unanimously approved.

  • Public Relations - Linda VanBibber reported that an Ojibwe brother who is a marketing / public relations consultant in Kansas City will volunteer to assist in the creation and nationwide distribution of press releases dealing with religious freedom issues.  The initial budget will be $1200. 

  • Secretary Communications - MAIC received 1021 communications in May:   Five communications remain to be answered.  Elders were invited to contribute to the Elders Speak section of the website. 

The meeting closed with prayer led by Quiet Wind.

 

Announcements - Lee Standing Bear Moore, MAIC Secretary, Fred D. Wilcoxson, Ph.D., PC, BCCC, a chaplain and member of MAIC and Scott Alexander Fleming, BS, minister/chaplain and member of MAIC, are invited to deliver a 90 minute workshop on American Indian Spirituality at a "Spiritual Care Summit" in Orlando Florida, February 1 – 4, 2009 during a convention of the National Association of Chaplains.

 

Open Discussion - Continuing harassment and activities of Josie Fernandez of the National Park Service.  Members may attend an upcoming community-wide meeting coordinated by other organizations.

 

Details of the Elder Council meeting were presented to the general membership following the meeting.

 

 

 


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.  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.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED

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MAIC Correspondents:

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Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett, Georgia

Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

John James, Missouri

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Grandmother Selma Palmer, Florida

Carol Perez Petersen,  California

Magdala, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee

RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee

Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia

Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

Liora Leah Zack, California

July Issue Contributors:

Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr.  

Valerie Eagle Heart

Dr. Bruce E. Johansen

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Organic Consumers Association

Elvina Jean Paulson

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho

 

 

 

 

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