the present time, 2003, there are no men or women among the Jicarillas
who are entitled to perform as medicine men or medicine women--at least
none who are in active practice and have the skills to heal the sick and
perform other miracles. As result, medicine feasts have not been held
for several years on the reservation.
However, back in August and September
1898, two medicine feasts were conducted by the old Apache woman, Sotli,
who lived in the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. Sotli made the journey of
nearly a hundred miles to the Jicarillas on a burro. She was delayed for
some time on the way by the high waters of Chama Creek, so rumours of
her arrival were repeatedly spread for some weeks, before she actually
The U.S. Indian Agent or his
representative, the clerk at Dulce, issued extra rations of beef and
flour, for festive dances, and the Indians themselves bought all the
supplies from the traders that their scanty funds would permit. Edible
supplies do not keep well in Indian camps, with their primitive ways and
successive postponements threatened to terminate the feast without
adequate provisions. But fortunately Sotli arrived in time.
The preliminary arrangements were
made by Satl, the husband of the sick woman Kes-nos'-un-da, in whose
behalf the ceremonies were to be performed. Satl presented Sotli with a
pipe of ancient pattern, a short cylinder of clay; a few eagle feathers
and a new basket as well.
Read More >>>
A long time ago, when human beings
went to sleep and had the bad dream of separation, the Great Mother
cried and cried ... and from her tears the oceans came into being.
The Great Father told her, "Stop your crying for you will drown your
own children." So mama, stopped crying on the outside,
but she continued to cry on the inside. From her internal
years all the underground rivers and the rivers and lakes came into
being. Great Mother said, "I will create big beautiful trees
so my human children can sit by them and rest, and I will whisper my
lullaby, so they remember me and come back home".
When I see the attack of our waters --
the tears of the mother, and how those tears have turned black,
killing all life forms, my own eyes cannot stop crying.
Water is our emotional body. In
the great cycle, human beings embrace ascension, for human beings
are water. The senseless turning our oceans black with oil is
affecting humans worldwide and we feel the pain of the Mother deep
to our very core. There is only one Nature and all life forms
are feeling the attack as one. It is an attack on the
emotional body of all humankind. Read More>>>
Singer/Songwriter, Derek Miller, was born and raised on the Six
Nations Reserve in Ontario. His upcoming release, Music is the
Medicine, is a perfect amalgamation of influences culled throughout
his 14 years of performing. Blues based rock inspired by the likes
of Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams Sr. is how
his music is best described. Derek's live performances strike a
contrast between the dark, soul searching messages in his music and
his light hearted enthusiasm and vitality. Derek performs his music
with an air of feeling totally comfortable on stage… like he was
born explicitly to write, sing and play.
performed at showcases, the occasional opening act solo slot and
many shows in his own right, Derek has been brought to the attention
of veteran and well respected musicians, such as Daniel Lanois,
Robbie Robertson and Buffy Ste. Marie. He opened for Buffy on a
series of theatre concerts where he wowed crowds with songs from his
debut five song EP CD entitled Sketches.
this EP won him a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Male
Artist. During the same year, Derek moved to Arizona where he
co-produced the Keith Secola and the Wild Band of Indians "Fingermonkey"
release. This inadvertently won a Native American Music Award in
2000 for Best Independent Album. In the Fall of 2002, Music is the
Medicine a collaboration with Juno Award Winning Producer Brandon
Friesen will be released on Grammy Award Winning label Soar Records
in the United States and Arbor Records in Canada. Music Is The
Medicine has already won "Aboriginal Recording of the Year" at this
years Juno Awards and the "Outstanding Music Achievement Award" from
the First American In The Arts! Derek continues to tour in support
of his new releases throughout Canada, USA. and Europe.
No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
Indian and Genie
An Indian man has spent many days crossing Montana without water.
His horse dies of thirst. He's crawling through the grass, certain that he has
breathed his last, when all of a sudden he sees an object sticking out of the
ground several yards ahead of him.
He crawls to the object, pulls it out of the dirt, and discovers what looks be
an old brief case. He opens it and out pops a genie....
this is no ordinary genie. He is wearing a Bureau of Indian Affairs badge and
dull blue suit. There's a calculator in his pocket. He has a pencil tucked
behind one ear. "Well, kid," says the genie. "You know how it works. You have
"I'm not falling for this." says the man. "I'm not going to trust a B.I.A.
"What do you have to lose? You've got no transportation, and It looks like
you're a goner anyway!"
The man thinks about this for a minute, and decides that the genie is right.
"OK, I wish I were on a lush reservation with plentiful food and drink."
The man finds himself on the most beautiful rez he has ever seen, surrounded
with jugs of Rum and platters of delicacies.
"OK, kid, what's your second wish."
"My second wish is that I were rich beyond my Chiefs wildest dreams."
The man finds himself surrounded by treasure chests filled with rare gold coins
and precious gems.
"OK, kid, you have just one more wish. Better make it a good one!"
"Ok, I wish I would be desired and loved by everyone?" ***POOF***
He is changed into a crunchy chocolate bar.
The moral of the story? If the B.I.A offers you anything, for sure someone is
going to have to deal with some nuts.
"If I destroy you, I destroy
myself. If I honor you, I honor myself." --Hunbatz Men, Mayan
It is said, when we need love the
most is when we deserve it the least. Whenever I have secret thoughts about
someone else, it will put bad feelings inside myself. I will hurt myself. If I
secretly hold a grudge or resentment against my brother or sister, I will be a
slave to that person until I let them go. Let me remember to look at my brother
in a sacred manner. Today, let me think like a Warrior. Let my thoughts toward
my brothers and sisters be good thoughts. Let me remember that You are in
charge. If I get upset at another person today, let me remember that the most
important thing I can do is to first talk to You because when I am right with
You, it is impossible to be out of harmony with my brothers and sisters.
My Creator, take
my hand and guide me through today
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If you are stuck
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New Revelations of the Americas Before
480pp $32.95 + s/h
"In the last 20 years,
archaeologists and anthropologists
equipped with new
techniques have made far-reaching
discoveries about the Americas. For
example, Indians did not cross the
Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most
of us learned in school. They were
already here. Their numbers were vast,
not few. And instead of living lightly
on the land, they managed it beautifully
and left behind an enormous ecological
legacy. In this riveting, accessible
work of science, Charles Mann takes us
on an journey of scientific exploration.
We learn that the Indian development of
modern corn was one of the most complex
feats of genetic engineering ever
performed. That the Great Plains are a
third smaller today than they were in
1700 because the Indians who maintained
them by burning died. And that the
Amazon rain forest may be largely a
human artifact. Compelling and
eye-opening, this work will vastly alter
our understanding of our history and
A groundbreaking study
that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the
arrival of the Europeans in 1492.
Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the
people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's
landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed
mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that
the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness.
But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and
anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many
other long-held assumptions wrong.
In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation
of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to
previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:
• In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in
Europe. • Certain cities- such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital- were far
greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore,
Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running
water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets. • The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the
Egyptians built the great pyramids. • Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process
so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it
as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering." • Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without
destroying it- a process scientists are studying today in the hope of
regaining this lost knowledge. • Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans
arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings.
Mannsheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at
these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have
affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the
environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific
inquiry and revelation.
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"1491 is one of the most
enjoyable books I have read in the past
ten years. Fascinating and without
comparison, the book has become a center
piece in our library. Mann tells a
compelling story that makes it difficult
to lay down. I often find myself
referring to its pages time and again." ~ Lee Standing
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Ruth King (North
has a number of debilitating ailments and her
husband, Jay is back in the hospital.
Tiger Still Waters (AL)
Things are looking a little better for Tiger and
he has been accepted in AL by a doctor. The
doctor will follow up on all of Tigers ailments
and do all that is possible to help Tiger with
all his health issues. They will follow up on
his gall bladder problem and see what can be
done to help with that. Please continue to hold
Tiger up to the Creator and may he be treated
with whatever treatment that the doctor is led
by Creator to do. Prayer has helped greatly and
by continuing, we will see that His will will be
done, for Creator is following His plan, not
ours. Aho ~Chief Strong Grizzly Bear 06-28-10
Terrible migraines and extensive dental work
done has left her in a lot of pain. She has been
taking some pain medication, but the meds are
difficult. ~Bear 06-24-10
Martha ( ) Please pray for my sister Martha
who is a stroke patient in a nursing home.
I was told doctors believe she is dying. I can
not go to her because of my husbands condition
and transportation. I am praying for guidance.
Her most recent tests were good. Love and prayers ~Ruth King 06-08-10
Edmund Tuni (Flagstaff, AZ) My 20 year-old
son is living with his sister Lenore, but Edmund
and his brother Shane Featherhat want a union iron worker job in Salt Lake City,
pray for his safety, good health and happiness.
A loving and concerned mother, Carlena Tuni.
Update: My son Edwin Tuni (26 yrs old) and
my younger son Edmund Tuni (18 yrs. old) are
working together in Norman Oklahoma City and I
want both of them to get alone with each other
and be kind, and respect one another. I love
them both. I am a single parent and both
are Iron Workers. Guide them, also with safety.
Thanks you for everyone's prayers.
Jimmi Keefauver (Springfield, IL) A
retired State Policeman and Manataka Member,
Jimmi Keefauver recently had knee replacement
surgery and is in a nursing faculty undergoing
rehabilitation therapy. His wife unable to
care for him at home and he decided to use the
nursing facility to recover. Two months ago he
had a shoulder replacement and it is doing good.
Is Jimmie Keefauver turning into a Bionic Man?.
Please hold him prayer. We also learned Jimmi's
wife, Tomye WindSong, suffered a heart attack
last week. Wa-do ~Daniel Hawk
Kraft (York, PA) a 12 year old boy is in
York Hospital in PA Fighting for his life. He
was at Wal-Mart with family and he saw a 7 year
old kid run out in front of a speeding car he
run pushed the kid out of the way. The car hit
him instead. He is a very lovable kid I talk to
on line everyday. He told me he wished he
could give me a hug. He also wants to be a
pastor when he grows up. Please pray as the word
just came Its in God's hands. Helen RedWing
Update on Gray Kraft: Gray set up last night
a little and today he is talking knows all
that visit him. He told his parents
they could go home tonight and sleep as The
Bear and wolf will be with him... He has
said they have been with him since he was
sick last year. So I am not doubting this
one bit that they are there. Thanks
for all the prayers that have went up for
this boy.. who has suffered so much in his
12 short years of life. For a year now
he has been out of abuse and Has a bright
and happy life ahead of him...His one desire
in life is to be a Pastor and help other
kids who have been hurt.. he still has a lot
of healing to do as there is a lot of
damage. Thank you again. Red
Wing/Helen Vinson, Lakeland,TN
Jay King (North
Carolina) is in the hospital. They moved him
from ICU to regular room yesterday. Within 3 days he went
from okay to so weak he couldn't stand or even sit. His BP
went extremely low he was dehydrated. They had to give him
med to get potassium out of his cells. Also vomiting and
diarrhea -- Everything at once except this time not his
heart. Was very scary He refused to go to hospital so my 140
lb son put his 225lb tall dad on his back carried him to the
van and took him to ER. Jay would have died if he had
not. Doctors said wonder he wasn't combative in the state
his health was in. Jay had fallen 3X thankfully just skinned
places no broken bones. Sometimes I think we must have done
something really bad in another time and are paying for it
this time. I do have a grateful heart I didn't lose him.
Update: 05-16-10 Some good news
Antibiotic they tried yesterday stopped bacteria in petrie
dish but still don't know what caused it in the first place.
In the morning another test to determine about heart Doc
today said he didn't think they'd find anything. Hope you're
having an enjoyable trip. Wish Jay and I could remarry in
the traditional way but at least the white mans way has
lasted 46 yrs lol love and prayers Ruth
Update: 05-17-10 They have transferred
Jay to Pitt Memorial in Greenville He has inflammation
around his heart and bacteria in his blood that they have
not been able to identify. Must admit I am scared. It's a
two and a half hour drive to where he is and I don't have
the gas which seems to upset him more than the health
The head of cardiology said the local
hospital said that bacteria was growing in culture But since
he has been at his hospital there was no bacteria in the
cultures. What is wrong however is that there is infection
on the leads going to his heart and blood clots in his
heart. They are deciding now what to do about it. Talking
about using laser to burn lead in two and replacing lead Or
replacing pacemaker BUT what scares me are the blood clots
in his heart. Right now his throat is sore from a test where
they put a tube down his throat, He is in room 221 South at
the Heart Center of Pitt Memorial hospital in Greenville, NC
The number in his room is 252 816 8271. I know beyond the
shadow of a doubt Creator will take care of us but after 46
years we are joined at the hip and I am feeling very alone
right now, Thanks for the prayers Love and prayers Ruth
Kevin (New Jersey)
brother, has been
diagnosed with a brain tumor. The
doctors believe it is benign and slow
growing, but it is inoperable and is in
a very dangerous spot. It has
infiltrated his normal brain tissue and
is near his brain stem and is causing
his brain to swell and he's having
seizures. They're trying to figure out
what to do next. He's seen doctors at a
brain center in North Jersey, Jefferson
and HUP. Please pray for him, maybe put
him on any prayer chains you've
got...The doctors he's seen are supposed
to be really good, but he really, really
needs prayers. Thank you,
Update: 06-28-10 Taking
heavy doses of anti-seizure
medication. It makes him
really tired, but he's in
good spirits. He's going
into Jefferson next week for
a craniotomy, where they'll
cut a "flap" on the side of
his head and, guided by a
probe, they're going to try
to extract as much of the
bad tissue as they can. The
problem is it has already
penetrated the normal brain
tissue, so they can't remove
the whole thing. Once they
biopsy that, which will take
several weeks, they'll have
a better understanding of
what they're dealing with
and will then decide what
course of treatment they
should take. He runs the
risk of his speech being
affected following the
craniotomy, but that will,
hopefully, be temporary.
As I said, he's in good
spirits and he has a really
strong faith, which is so
critical. Please continue
to keep him in your prayers.
Thanks so much! Take
care, ~Maura Doyle
Christina Maris (New Mexico) After
many years of putting your prayer requests in our Prayer
Basket at Pipe Ceremony here in New Mexico, I now have a
request of my own. I'm having hip replacement surgery on
Thursday, May 6th, and would appreciate prayers for an
uncomplicated surgery and a swift recovery. I'm told I'll
be laid off at the end of June, so it's important that I get
up and around quickly after the surgery so I can find
another job as soon as possible. I'm sure that Spirit has
new and interesting things in store for me, and I'm looking
forward to the new chapter in my life that will begin soon.
My thanks to you in advance, and my own blessings and good
wishes to you and yours. Peace - Christina Maris
(Banning, CA) On April 22, Alan will be at the Orange Coast Hospital
for Gastric Bypass surgery. He is in good spirits and looking forward
to his new life's path. Prayer ceremonies will be conducted at Manataka
for Alan. ~Stella Fisher 04-20-10 Update: Alan was
released yesterday Saturday at noon; we came straight home to Banning
from the hospital. The ride was sheer torture but he made it. He
is home and doing as well as can be expected. He has to learn how and
when to eat all over again. He's experiencing some discomforts that are
the results of eating but he's working on it. I am by his side
constantly. He is still excited about having had the surgery. He
kept telling the nurses, "well, since I'm having so much fun right now,
thought I'd give myself another 30 years to keep enjoying life."
Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, calls, visits, cards and flowers.
A Very Grateful, Stella and Alan 04-25-10
Did you submit a prayer request above? If so, please
send us an update.
We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more
prayers are needed.
Lisa is pictured with her family during the
holidays in 2009. Lisa is second from the left.
Lisa Thornton, 37,
(Independence, MO) Our beautiful sister passed
at her home on Monday, July 11, 2010. Lisa is a member of Manataka
and loved making journeys to the sacred mountain. She was born
February 27, 1973 in Kansas City, KS to Linda Louann VanBibber and James
Earl Thompson. She
attended school and
completed general education in Kansas City, Mo. She went on to
attend Concord Career Institute, where she studied nursing to obtain
her LPN license. She married her husband, Herbert Thornton, in
February 2007. She was a member at Greater New Home Baptist Church,
where she was active in praise dancing and choir, and helped in any
other area where she was needed. Lisa was a true example of what God
expects of us, as His children. She knew no stranger, opened the
doors of her home to whoever was in need. You could not be hungry or
homeless and know her. For if you needed food, shelter or a place to
rest, she invited you in expecting nothing in return. She gave to a
fault, always putting herself last. Lisa was a loving wife,
daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. Lisa could be whatever you
needed, a mom, friend, carpenter, housekeeper, she didn't know how
to say "no." She had many talents, from hair and nails, to home
interior and was very gifted in photography. Lisa leaves behind a
legacy. We can all learn a lesson in humanity and humility from the
life she lead. She will live on in our hearts and be forever missed.
Lisa was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ester Marie
Daniels, grandfather, Duane William Daniels, paternal grandfather,
Earl Dewain Thompson, grandmother Wanda Johnson. She leaves behind
her husband, Herbert L. Thornton, son, Romeo Duane James Templeton,
daughters, Paris Vivienne Rehsaun Templeton and Imani Tobi Mariah
Thompson; grandchildren, Cameron Isaiah Oberndorfer, Phoenix Jameson
Lane Burgess; sisters, Dana Sue Terry, Tina Marie Lyle, Courtney
Leeann Hockman; mother Linda Louann VanBibber and father, James Earl
Thompson, along with a host of other relatives and friends. A
visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at The
Greater New Home Baptist Church, 501 S. Arlington, Independence. A
funeral service will follow the visitation and begin at 11 a.m.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to The Greater
new Home Church C/o The R.O.C.K. House Women's Shelter. Arrangements
are made by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society (816) 313-1677.
Standing Yellow Horse(Peoria, IL)
Merlin crossed over Tuesday, June 22, 2010. A
graveside service will be held at 10:00am at Springdale Cemetery in
Peoria, with Pastor Dan Lybarger officiating. If anyone would like to
view and/or put something with Merlin, please arrive around 9:45am. The
graveside service will follow the Wasco Nation traditional practices. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust fund for his
son, Emerson Forrest Standing Yellow Horse, at any CEFCU. After
the service, a potluck luncheon and give away will follow at Dayspring
Church (201 N Norwood Place, East Peoria), please bring a dish to
share. If anyone would be willing to be at the church to help receive
people/food and be sure tables are ready, please contact either
309-698-6103 or 309-363-8772. On behalf of Pastor Dan and the entire NAF
Family, we offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to little Emerson
and his mother Nicole. To our brother, Merlin, we will miss you but we
know that you are now with our Creator. May the teachings that you
shared with us continue to educate and enhance our entire NAF Family.
In our Creator’s name.
Bonaparte (Hogansburg, NY)
"Ahawenra:the," 48, a native of Akwesasne, passed away on Wednesday morning,
June 16, 2010 at his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation after a
courageous battle with cancer.
Friends may call at the home of Michael "Gus" Pyke, Pyke Road, Akwesasne,
beginning Friday, 8 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday. A traditional funeral service
will be held Sunday, 11 a.m. at the Longhouse. Burial will follow in Frogtown.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. Brad is survived by
his wife, Leslie; and their children, Yanenowi and Graham "Oshna;" and four
additional children, John, Kari, and Zachary Bonaparte, and Nicole Traylor and
her husband, Jon; his mother, Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte; his father, Joseph
Bonaparte and his wife, Andrea; his siblings, Darren Bonaparte, Dawn Lazore and
her husband, Mathew, Brittany Bonaparte, and Joseph Bonaparte and his wife,
Becky; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Brad was born Jan. 7, 1962 in Syracuse, the son of Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte
and Joseph Bonaparte. He attended local schools and graduated from Potsdam State
He was currently the executive director of the Ronathahon:ni Cultural Centre. He
was also an EMT for the Mohawk Council and an Ironworker in several different
places including Ground Zero and Nine Mile Point. He was a traditional
storyteller and an artist with several projects including those at the Mohawk
School, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and at the Seneca-Alleghany Casino.
Memorial contributions may be made in Brad's memory to the
Akwesasne Cancer Support Group, Hospice of Erie County or Roswell Park Chemo
Therapy Infusion Facility.
Condolences may be made online at
Clarence Wolf Guts (Wanblee, Pine Ridge, SD)
the towers of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarence
Guts asked his son to call the U.S. Department of Defense to see if the country
needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden. Wolf Guts was in his
late 70s at the time, so his son, Don Doyle, did not make the call, but said the
request personified his father's love of country.
Wolf Guts, 86, the last surviving Oglala Lakota code talker, died Wednesday
afternoon at the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
A Native American code talker from World War II, Wolf Guts helped
defeat Axis forces by transmitting strategic military messages in his native
language, which the Japanese and Germans couldn't translate.
The 450 Navajo code talkers were the most famous group of Native
American soldiers to radio messages from the battlefields, but 15 other tribes
used their languages to aid the Allied efforts in World War II. Wolf Guts was
one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Native American code talkers from South
Dakota. Wolf Guts, of Wamblee, enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 17, 1942, at
age 18. While in basic training, a general asked Wolf Guts if he spoke Sioux. He
explained the three dialects to the general and said he spoke Lakota. Wolf Guts
helped develop a phonetic alphabet based on Lakota that was later used to
develop a Lakota code. He and three other Sioux code talkers joined the Pacific
campaign; Wolf Guts' primary job was transmitting coded messages from a general
to his chief of staff in the field. Pfc. Wolf Guts was honorabl
"Clarence Wolf Guts was an
American hero; he was courageous and self-sacrificing. I have a
great deal of respect for Clarence and for the extraordinary
contributions Mr. Wolf Guts made to our country.
Tim Weaver (
Yakima, WA) -- Longtime Yakama
Nation attorney Tim Weaver left behind big shoes to fill, a tribal leader
said Tuesday, a day after his death.
Weaver, a champion of American Indian law who battled in court for Yakama
fishing rights, died at home Monday. He was 65. He will be remembered as
an aggressive attorney who was an advocate for tribal treaty fishing rights and
who honored the Yakamas' way of life, said Yakama General Council Vice
Chairwoman Mavis Kindness.
George Whitewolf Branham
(Virginia) has passed into the spirit world from an apparent heart
attack. George was a friend, competitor, and mentor. He was
the Assistant Chief of the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia, and a
renowned craftsman in buckskin and related materials. According to the
Virginia Museum of Natural History, he made accessorized dance outfits
in buckskin, such as the one displayed in the “Beyond Jamestown” exhibit
now open at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. They also state that
he created American Indian historic period clothing, accessories,
beadwork, and quillwork items. His works won numerous awards at regional
American Indian shows, and he made traditional dance outfits for many of
the Virginia Indian dancers who traveled to England in 2006.
He organized numerous powwows throughout the East Coast including: Budd
Lake, Sufferen, NY, York, Pennsylvania (the early years), and Natural
Bridge, VA, to name a few. For over 20 years George organized powwows to
teach/educate the public, and us Natives, about Indian people and
ourselves. He was also greatly sought after for lectures, panels,
seminars and speeches regarding our people. George was an activist for
the environment and a strong advocate for Indian rights. He was
involved in the "Longest Walk" and so many other attempts to bring to
light the abuses and indignities suffered by our people. A young Monacan
police officer died recently in Lynchburg, Virginia from cancer, and the
Lynchburg News and Advance reported that before his death George stated
to the young officer, his fellow Tribal member, "When you reach the
spirit world, I’d like you to make a pot of buffalo soup and find a pipe
with sweet Lakota tobacco and have it waiting for me. And the
officer said, "‘You’ve got it." Rest in peace George, and save some of
that buffalo soup for all of us. Rest in peace. ~Barry
Mankiller (Tahlequah, OK)
The former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief died in
the morning hours of April 6 at her home in rural Adair
Mankiller, who was one of the few women ever to lead a
major American Indian tribe, was 64. Her passing
came a little more than a month after her husband, CN
Community Services Group Leader Charlie Soap, announced
that she was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.
"Our personal and national hearts are heavy with sorrow and
sadness with the passing this morning of Wilma Mankiller,"
said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in a
statement released by the tribe. "We feel overwhelmed and
lost when we realize she has left us but we should reflect
on what legacy she leaves us. We are better people and a
stronger tribal nation because her example of Cherokee
leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination
"When we become disheartened, we will be inspired by
remembering how Wilma proceeded undaunted through so many
trials and tribulations,"
Smith said. "Years ago, she and her husband Charlie Soap
showed the world what Cherokee people can do when given the
chance, when they
organized the self-help water line in the Bell community.
She said Cherokees in that community learned that it was
their choice, their lives, their community and their future.
Her gift to us is the lesson that our lives and future are
for us to decide. We can carry on that Cherokee legacy by
teaching our children that lesson. Please keep Wilma's
family, especially her husband Charlie and her daughters,
Gina and Felicia, in your prayers."
In a March 2 news release, Soap said Mankiller had stage 4
metastatic pancreatic cancer but gave no other details.
In the release, Mankiller wrote she was prepared for the
"I decided to issue this statement because I want my family
and friends to know that I am mentally and spiritually
prepared for this journey, a journey that all human beings
will take at one time or another," she wrote. "It's been my
privilege to meet and be touched by thousands of people in
my life, and I regret not being able to deliver this message
personally to so many of you."
Mankiller served as principal chief from 1985 until retiring
in 1995. Prior to becoming principal chief, she served
as deputy chief under Ross Swimmer. She assumed the
principal chief position and served out the remainder of the
1983-87 term after Swimmer resigned to take a Bureau of
Indian Affairs job in Washington, D.C. She was elected
principal chief in 1987 and 1991. Mankiller was born on Nov.
18, 1945, at W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah,
according to a CN press release.
Mankiller requested that any gifts in her honor be made as
donations to One Fire Development Corporation, a non-profit
dedicated to advancing
Native American communities though economic development, and
to valuing the wisdom that exists within each of the diverse
around the world. Tax deductible donations can be made at
as well as
www.onefiredevelopment.org. The mailing address for
One Fire Development Corporation is 1220 Southmore Houston,
Memory of Bill Prezwoznik
Silver Fox Prezwoznik was one of the
four founders of Manataka.
His wisdom and love guided
Manataka through its infancy
and his words and unselfish
deeds are often remembered. We love you Bill.
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.
Memory of Granny Messenger
over a 1,000 grandchildren
but never bore a child. Her
memory will live with us
Messenger was a wonderful
school teacher, political
activist, owner of "Granny's
Junkology" and constant
supporter of Manataka.
She was loved greatly.
In Memory of Lance Selvidge
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
Memory of Ruby Gilliham
We will always
remember this gracious and beautiful
woman in our hearts. She will
remain a part of Manataka forever.
(picture: Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe
assist with her funeral.
Greg Gilliham, Little Rock.
In Loving Memory of Jesse William "Stretch" Devereaux
Born: February 11, 1980, Santa Paula, California
Entered to Rest: July 29, 2009, Blythe, California
It was a great honor for Jesse to participate in Bear Dance Purification Lodge ceremonies on the Tule River reservation at Porterville, California. A memorial service was conducted on August 15 by the Zion Lutheran Church and an American Indian memorial ceremony was conducted on the sacred Manataka on December 5, 2009.
The June Elder Council meeting was held
Sunday, June 20. all Elders present with all
meeting by teleconference.
The opening prayer was given by
Ceremonial Elder Linda Two Hawk Feathers James.
May minutes were sent to
Elders sometime following the meeting and
were approved with no changes.
MAIC currently has zero long-term and zero
All property taxes for the
previous year are paid. Cash flow is steady and all
needs are being met -- except the planned journey to
Australia and the 2011 Powwow (discussed below)
(a) Elders denied a request to use the
name Manataka for a business in Australia.
(b) Elders approved a request from a
song writer/performer in Sweden to use the name Manataka as
the title of the song.
(c) Elders tabled a request for vendor
status for a non-member.
(a) Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke
2011 Powwow Committee -
Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing
Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star
Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl
(a) Nomination of Jimmi Keefaver - Daniel
(b) Nomination of Fred Wilcoxson - Lee Standing Bear
(c) Per diem procedures
for travel expenses
Standing Committee Reports:
Gray Hawk Coke
Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk
Smoke Signal: Lee Standing Bear Moore
Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
David Quiet Wind Furr,
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Women's Council Chair
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James
NAGPRA / Ceremonies
Lee Standing Bear,
Secretary / Historian / Counseling / Smoke Signal News
Robert Gray Hawk Coke,
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman -
Public Relations C
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member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
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