Manataka American Indian Council   Volume XIl  Issue 12 DECEMBER 2008



 

Contents:              

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History:

Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 11

The Persistence of an Idea

Grandfather Hawk Speaks Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

How Well Do You Follow Instructions?

Season of Gift Giving

Feature Story: American Indian Christmas Customs
Elder's Meditations: Flying Hawk, Oglala Lakota
Women's Circle: The Blessed Path of Kateri Tekakwitha
Food & Nutrition: American Indian Cold Christmas Cake
Book Reviews: Voice of the Hawk Elder
Poetry Circle: 'Twas the Night Before Ojibwe Christmas
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Meetings, Protocols, Events

 

      


ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

Attendance Policy Change

Open the doors and let 'em in!  The upcoming Gatherings will have no restrictions on attendance - members and nonmembers alike may join in the prayerful ceremonies.  Current members, former members and guests are not required to request an invitation.  Manataka will continue to not advertise or promote Gatherings to the public.

 

Renew your membership today!

 


 

HISTORY.... 

 

The December issue features Chapter 11 - The Persistence of an Idea of a 13 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 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

Chapter   8 - A New Chapter

Chapter   9 - American Synthesis

Chatper 10 - Kindling a New Grand Council Fire

Chapter 11 - The Persistence of an Idea

 


 

 

THE HAWK SPEAKS

By Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

 

 

How Well Do You Follow Instructions?

 

Following instructions is part of growing from infancy to manhood. From the very first time you are able to understand things being said by your parents all the way up till the day you cross that great river to the spirit world you are continually receiving instructions.

 

Beginning at a very early age we are taught things like, “Don’t touch that, it’s hot! “Look both ways before crossing the street; or, “If you eat green apples you will get sick.

 

Yes we are constantly being told what to do. Most of the time these instructions are for our own good. As we grow toward manhood and leave home, find a job, and make new friends we learn why we have been taught certain guidelines. When teaching someone proper ways to do things is it not better to take one step at a time? Say you were attempting to cross a stream filled with alligators, would it not be safer to use stepping-stones taking small steps to get to the other side rather then to take one long step and take the chance of missing and ending up as ‘Gator Bait?

 

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Grandfather Speaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season of Gift Giving

 By Robert Gray Hawk Coke

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the season when people start to make list for gifts to other people and family members. Personally, I have mixed emotions about all of this gift giving.  We have collectively let this Sacred Ceremony almost go completely commercial. The commercial way makes it much easier to give gifts. We can just throw money at the ideas and forget about what it all means. This is not the spirit of the giving of gifts.

 

Let me give you an example. I heard a conversation that went something along the line of,” I do not have time to go shopping for my wife. I will just buy her a Rolex watch, with jewels on it. She will be happy with that.”  Sounds like it’s not important to him to put any thoughts into being creative. He thinks an expensive gift will make her happy. I have heard others make similar statements, “There are no problems that can not be solved by throwing enough money at the problem.” Sometimes they are correct. But, is that what this season is all about? I think not!

 

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FEATURE...

 

American Indian Christmas Customs

© 1999-2003 by Maria Hubert. All rights reserved

 

 

Many of the Amer-Indian peoples have been Christianized for several hundred years. Over this time customs which were introduced to them by the missionaries have become adapted and are an integral part of the traditions, especially around the Christian festivals of Easter and Christmas.

 

Many Tribes, including the Laguna Indians, who accepted Christianity some 400 years ago, have the custom of a dance on Christmas Eve, where gifts are offered at the Manger. There are many examples of representations of the Christmas Crib where the glad tidings are brought to braves in the fields by the great Thunderbird; or scenes with the wise men being replaced by the chiefs representing the great Nations.

 

 

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

A Native Christmas Tradition
 

 

It was supposed to be a happy time, but it wasn't.  Chief Red Shirt was really cross.  It was Christmas Eve and nothing was going right.  Mrs. Red Shirt burned all the Christmas fry bread.  The Little People were complaining about not getting paid for the overtime they had put in while making toys and the reindeer had been drinking all afternoon and were dead drunk. To make matters worse, they had taken the sleigh out for a spin earlier in the day and crashed it into a tree, breaking off one of the runners.

 

Chief Red Shirt was beside himself with anger.  "I can't believe it! I've got to deliver millions of presents all over the world in just a few hours from now and all my reindeer are drunk, my Little People are on strike, and I don't even have a Christmas tree! I sent that stupid little angel out hours ago to find a tree and he isn't even back yet! What am I going to do??"

 

Just then the little angel opened the front door and stepped in from the snowy night, dragging a Christmas tree.  He says "Yo, Chief Red Shirt, where do ya want me to stick the Christmas tree this year???"

 

And thus, the tradition of Angels perched on top of the Christmas trees came to pass.......

 

 


Maggie's

 

SOAP NUTS

 

A Great NEW Gift IDEA for the Holidays

THE SOAP THAT GROWS ON TREESTM

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ELDER'S MEDITATION


"The white man does not obey the Great Spirit;  this is why the Indians never could agree with him." --Flying Hawk, Oglala Lakota
 
The Great Spirit runs the world and the people by a set of natural laws and principles.  He says we are to live our lives and make decisions that will be in harmony with these laws.  He says we should be respectful to all things and to all people.  He says we should pray for each other.  He says we should forgive one another.  It is easy to tell if a person is following the ways of the Great Spirit.  You can tell by how a man walks in life.  He doesn't need to say anything.  If we are dishonest or deceitful, other people will know.  This is true because we are all interconnected in the Unseen World.

 

My Creator,
let me obey Your ways.
Let me Walk the Talk.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

WOMEN'S CIRCLE

 

The Blessed Path of
Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha was a young Mohawk woman who lived in the 17th century. The story of her conversion to Christianity, her courage in the face of suffering and her extraordinary holiness is an inspiration to all Christians.

Follow us as we share with you the life of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, who soon will become the first Native American Saint in the United States of America. Many private miracles have already centered around Blessed Kateri, known as the Lily of the Mohawks and the holy grounds at the National Shrine of Blessed Tekakwitha located in Fonda, New York. The Shrine was founded in honor of Kateri, for it was here that she was baptized on Easter Sunday April 5, 1676, and lived her teenage years.

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FOOD & NUTRITION

 

American Indian Cold Christmas Cake Recipe

 

Ingredients:
1 pound pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 pound shredded moist coconut
1 pound raisins
1 pound vanilla wafers
1 regular can sweetened condensed milk
 

 

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients well. Pour in sweetened condensed milk and work through with hands so that dry ingredients are thoroughly saturated. Press into spring foam pan. Refrigerate for 2 days. My Cherokee ancestors used hazelnuts, dates and thick goats milk, then wrapped the cake in watertight leaves bound with vine and placed in cold running stream for several days. This is delicious and easy.

Thanks to: Ruby M. Harper

 

This recipe from CDKitchen for American Indian Cold Christmas Cake serves 10

 
 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

Voice of the Hawk Elder

by Edna Gordon, edited by Harvey Arden

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

Voice of the Hawk Elder

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POETRY CIRCLE...

 

 

'Twas the Night Before Ojibwe Christmas
 By Tara Prindle



'Twas the night before Niibaa-anamaíegiizhigad,

when all through the wiigiwaam
Not an awakaan was stirring, not even a waawaabiganoojiinh;
The moccasins were hung by the smoke hole with care,
In hopes that Miigiwe Miskwaa Gichi Inini soon would be there;

The abinoojiinhyag were nestled all snug in their nibaaganan,
While visions of ziinzibaakwad danced in their nishttigwaan;
And nimaama in her moshwens, and I in my makadewindibe,
Had just settled down for a long biiboon zhiibaangwashi,

When outside the wiigiwaam there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the nibaagan to see what was the matter.
Away to the waasechigan I flew like inaabiwin,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the gibiigaíiganiigin.


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HEALING PRAYER BASKET

Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.

 

 


Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

 

Gloria George (George Whitewolf's first wife), Georgetown.  Brain tumor, lung tumor, not looking too good. Thank you for any prayers you can generate for her. folks at Bear Mountain are praying for her. Thanks again for prayers.  Helen RedWing. 12-09-08  

 

Debi Pulido - Recent leg surgery.  Having pain but she doing pretty good. She could not afford blood thinner medicine so she is wearing hose and taking aspirin. Pray for this good lady.  ~Bear 11-30-08

 

Rita Sayford - my stepmother - I just learned tonight that she fell and broke her right arm/shoulder in four places - needed surgery to replace and pin the ball/shaft. Long recovery and some painful rehab is expected. She is currently hospitalized with very limited mobility, much pain. Much prayer needed for her full recovery and her lifted spirits. My stepmother is a very practical, hardworking woman of deep faith who is always taking care of others - now she needs care and encouragement.  ~Kim Summer Moon  11-24-08

Pastor Frank Sayford - my father - will have surgery to have a pacemaker/
defibrillator put in December for an enlarged heart, to manage atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, also with medication. He is in good spirits but has been in and out of the hospital in recent months. Prayers are requested for his recovery and health.  ~
Kim Summer Moon  11-24-08

Valerie Eagleheart.  A loving and healing prayer request for she is a friend to all, a humble and  tireless woman dedicated to the Red Road.  She is a Sun Moon Dance Chief of many years.  She is always doing for others and is a fine example of community leadership.  Please encircle her with loving and healing words to amplify healing power. ~Carol Perez Petersen 11-23-08

 

Gary Cromwell, Spokane, WA in critical condition.  We do not know what the Lord will do, but I am praying for a miracle for God.  Please keep us in your prayers.  Ella Cromwell.  ~Helen RedWing Vinson 11-19-08

 

Linda & Joe Conners, Scottsdale, AZ  This wonderful couple worked to help the homeless and those with disabilities for many years.  Now it is time that they need your prayers.  Please give them your love and prayers.  ~A little bird  11-11--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,  10-09-08

 

Owain -- is a 6 year-old boy. He has fish and a cat that he loves to play with--he is a very gentle and loving boy -- we lift him up on high so that God can reach into his body and heal this brain cyst. Our Father is very loving to each of his children--bless you--we love this little boy-- Jimmy Springett 09-02-08

 

 

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. 

 


 

Crossing Over...

E. Donald Two-Rivers, 63, Ojibwa Indian. Native American author from Canada founded Chicago theater.  Two-Rivers  left Canada at 16 and settled in

Chicago's then rough-and-tumble Uptown neighborhood, took up writing while behind bars for robbery. He went on to win a national award for short stories, start a Native American theater group, write plays, a newspaper column and poems that he read in dramatic fashion at poetry slams in Chicago and across the country.  Mr. Two-Rivers, given name was Edmund D. Broeffle, died of complications from lung cancer Sunday, Dec. 28, at his home in Green Bay, said his daughter Vanessa Broeffle. He left Chicago for Green Bay in 2002. Mr. Two-Rivers' poetry and short stories covered the gamut of his life experiences as a Native American activist, inmate, machinist and family man.  He ridiculed American Indian stereotypes in works like "I'm not Tonto," but was also deeply immersed in his culture. His mother was a medicine woman and he performed for a time with the Blackhawk Native American Dance Troupe. Among his collections was "Pow wows, Fat Cats and Other Indian Tales."  Red Wing Helen Vinson 01-08-09

 

Gary Cromwell, Leavenworth WA my brother in law passed 5:00 PM December7th, 2008, He has left behind his wife, my sister, Ella.

He was the stepfather of  her children for many years. Services will be in Leavenworth WA.  Red Wing Helen Vinson 12-09-08

 

Bob Foreman, 72, Redding, CA  Redding Rancheria's first tribal

chairman and a pioneer in north state American Indian health clinics, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 72.

 

An Achumawi Pit River Indian, Foreman was remembered Thursday by friends and family as a tireless advocate for Indian rights, skilled communicator and loyal patriarch. He was born June 12, 1936, in Lake County.

 

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked in construction as did his father, said daughter Carla Maslin of Redding. In the late 1960s, he began his campaign to get Indians health care in the north state. His efforts paid off in 1971, with the opening of the federally financed Shasta-Trinity-Siskiyou Rural Indian Health Center in Anderson. "Bobby was a real devoted guy to his tribe," said Everett Freeman, tribal chairman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians near Corning. "He almost single-handedly got Indian health to where it is today." Larry McClanahan, a Navajo Indian who moved to Cottonwood from Arizona in 1972, said Foreman was one of the first people he met in the north state. He and his family were glad to receive clinic services.  "He took me as I was," McClanahan recalled. "He was a man that was concerned for people." Rod Lindsay, a Shasta Lake city councilman who works with the Office of Indian Education for the Anderson Union High School District, also met Foreman through the clinic. Lindsay said Foreman was a mentor for many, sharing his knowledge of culture and history with the young.  Foreman also was instrumental in organizing the Redding Rancheria Indian Health Clinic on Churn Creek Road and served as director, later retiring as self-governance coordinator for the rancheria, Maslin said.  In 1985, when the rancheria regained its tribal status, Foreman was elected as its first chairman and subsequently served on the tribal council.  But in 2004, he and all his family members were disenrolled after a bitter dispute over his mother's maternal lineage.  The struggle took a toll on his health, Maslin said. Foreman suffered from heart and kidney problems, she said. Leah Harper, a family friend of more than 20 years who does native medicine work in Redding, said she wanted to stand out in front of the Churn Creek clinic with a "thank you" banner in Foreman's honor. "I believe that Bob had the heart of the native people and he wanted to make a difference for them," she said. "Bob was loving and the children are loving and they work very hard." In addition to Maslin, Foreman is survived by three daughters and three sons, as well as 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are pending. For her part, Maslin is grateful her father last year was able to do something he'd always wanted - to see the Grand Canyon. "He actually got emotional just looking at it," she said. "He was in awe of its beauty and couldn't believe the world had such a beautiful place."

 

Ray Fadden - Tehanetorens On November 14,  left this world to begin his journey along the stars back to the Creator's land, a place of living light where we will be embraced by those who have gone on before. His leaving means we will no longer have his counsel. His voice has been taken from us, we must make it through this life without his wisdom or his words of encouragement. He was, without doubt, one of the great human beings of our history, a true onkwehonwe who fulfilled his duties with honour.  Tehanetorens adhered to the ancient Mohawk teaching which instructs us to leave our camp, our home, this life better than when we found it.  At the 214th anniversary of the Treaty of Canandaigua the Haudenosaunee gathered at the treaty site and renewed this contract and reminded ourselves of how the actions of our ancestors have a profound effect on our lives whether or not we elect to acknowledge this. I was asked to speak before the assembly and strayed from the speech I had in mind to talk about Tehanetorens and how he took our history, which had been suppressed for many generations, and made it relevant.  He gave our culture and traditions power. He showed us we need not walk in shame and that a single, committed man can forge a nation without becoming a politician.  Tehanetorens was of the Adirondacks in body and spirit. He left his Onchiota home to secure a teaching degree in Fredonia, NY then took a job at Tuscarora.  There he met the wonderful leader Clinton Rickard, a person who taught him about the greatness of our past. He came to Akwesasne at a time when our heritage was in peril. We had a language and a special way of cultivating the lands and waters among us but we did not have a longhouse as the traditional beliefs were effectively banned if not by statute then by those who were afraid of practices they deemed pagan.  Tehanetorens was part of that very small group which shook us awake when he helped build a longhouse and, after relearning the ceremonies, began to openly celebrate what had once been driven underground.  As he recalled, the first ceremonies attracted only a few Akwesasnorens - one man sang and two danced.  Remember this the next time Midwinter comes about and the longhouse is crowded almost to the rafters. He did much more than this. He was the best teacher we have ever had in any of our schools. Besides the standard subjects he brought something else to the classroom, the power of pride.  His students were not beaten into silence, belittled into shame or ruthlessly purged of their dignity. They looked backwards and began to uncover the amazing truth as to who they were as Mohawks.  Being Mohawk was good, a simple phrase at odds with the texts and standard teachings of the day. From his classes at the Mohawk School came those amazing charts showing the Native contributions to the world, the majestic oratory of our past leaders, the genius of our politics. His students learned about Cannesatego's call for the union of the colonies. They discovered that democracy was invented were and not in class restricted Europe. They found out that our ancestors were scientists, engineers, astronomers.  He formed the Akwesasne Counsellor's Organization and took his students to every site of historical importance in eastern North America. From Cherokee, North Carolina to the Atlantic shores the Mohawk boys and girls took strength from what they saw and in turn encouraged other Natives to cast off the shackles of propaganda and rise as nations. Without Tehanetorens there would not have been a White Roots of Peace, an Akwesasne Notes,  CKON Radio, Indian Time, Freedom School or Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs.  There would be no land claims, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would still be the St. Regis Band Council.  Akwesasne as a place of power would not be, we would be calling
ourselves the "St. Regis Indians".  The new scholarship across America which is finally seeing us as were were, and are, would not have taken root had not Tehanetorens given those self serving academics a good kick in their intellectual rear ends. He inspired students from everywhere.  And when his time as a teacher ended at Akwesasne he did not fade into the background but created a haven in Onchiota when he opened the Six Nations Museum over 50 years ago.  That place is our mecca where we go to be renewed.  For those of us who heard Tehanetorens' words the power of what he said cannot be forgotten or ignored.  He was passionate, angry at times and had the absolute right to call things as they were.  Tehanetorens deserves honours beyond counting yet he would never accept
tribute while he was with us.  I am at a loss as to the right way to pay him the homage he merits.  But I will state this: he was the best human being I ever met.  11-18-08 Doug George-Kanentiio

 

Wanda L. Candler, (TN) 74, Stopped her battle with kidney failure and pancreatic cancer on Oct. 25th 2008.  She spent the last 13 years longing to be free of all the earthly illnesses and fly with my Father.  Her prayers were answered and we miss her but take great comfort in knowing she suffers no more. Sandra Babblingbrook Reynolds, 11-11-08
 

 

David Booker, Memphis, TN Member of the Memphis Native American Indian Association.

 

Tony Hillerman (Albuquerque, NM) 83, Author of lyrical, authentic and compelling mystery novels set among the Navajos of the Southwest blazed innovative trails in the American detective story, died at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque from pulmonary failure report.  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/books/28hillerman.html?em

 

 

 


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 and his words and unselfish deeds are often recalled.

 

In Memory of Corbin Harney

Corbin Harney Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone Nation who dedicated his life to fighting the nuclear testing and dumping.  He loved and cared for his family, friends and all creation.

 

 

In Memory of Granny Messenger

She had over a 1,000 grandchildren but never bore a child. Her memory will live with us forever.  Veronica Messenger was a great woman. 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.  (picture: Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe assist with her funeral. Greg Gilliham, Little Rock.

 

 


 

NOVEMBER 2008 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

Elders met on Sunday, November 16.  All Elders were present.  Chairman David Quite Wind Furr led the invocation and blessing ceremony.  

  • Minutes - October minutes were approved as emailed to elders.   

  • Treasury - The October bank balances were read. Manataka has zero debt and the income accounts remain strong. 

  • Donations - The $100 to the American Indian College Fund was completed. 

  • Women's Council - Becky Flaming Owl Moore, chair.  The WC will sponsor a Women's Healing Retreat in May on the southeast slope property.

  • NAGPRA (Native American Grave Preservation and Repatriation Act) - Blue Star Speaks, chair.  Working on issues surrounding a burial site in Little Rock.

  • Communications -  Lee Standing Bear reported the Australian Gathering is progressing under the leadership of Lynn Smith-Guy.  No site or date has been announced -- possibly in May somewhere on the east coast in indigenous territory of Australia.  Bear announced that products ordered via the Internet by members are sold at-cost plus shipping.  Overtures by the Venezuelan tribes to form a Manataka connection is slowed by communication issues.

  • Public Relations - Linda VanBibber, chair.  An article intended for insertion in the Smoke Signal News (and previously printed in the Free Press) was passed out and discussed.  Bear asked that the article not be published at this time until other issues related to the subject are worked out.

  • Property Purchase -  Draft layout drawings of the land was sent to Elders for comment. Elders had a lengthy discussion about clean up and development plans.  Bear requested that a Letter of Intent - Understanding be developed for discussion.  A work crew cleared a good portion this weekend.

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke passed out a survey form with five questions asking Elders to complete the form and bring to the next meeting for discussion.

  • Announcements - None. 

The meeting closed with prayer led by David Quiet Wind Furr

 

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.  Memorial ceremonies are given several times a year on the sacred mountain.

 

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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:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett, Georgia

Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

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

August 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

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