Manataka American Indian Council                         Volume XVII  Issue 02  February 2011


 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

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Contents of Page 3

History:   Ottawa Chief Pontiac
Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:   Bear Mother’s Day
Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman Speaks:   Yuma Creation Story
Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:   Time to Gather Your Medicine!

Indigenous Music and Dance::

  Native American Church Songs
Feature Story::   Medicine Wheel for 2011
Elder's Meditations:   Dr. Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux
Poetry Circle:   Snows Long Ago
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Manataka  Business:   Present and Accounted - Elders Meet

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HISTORY....

 

 

Ottawa Chief Pontiac

1720 - 1769

 

PONTIAC, chief of the Ottawa, born on Ottawa river about 1720; died in Cahokia, Ill., in 1769. He was the son of an Ojibway woman, and, as the Ottawa were in alliance with the Ojibwa and Pottawatomi, he became the principal chief of the three tribes. 

In 1746, with his warriors, he defended the French at Detroit against an attack by some of the northern tribes, and in 1755 he is believed to have led the Ottawa at Braddock's defeat. After the surrender of Quebec, Major Robert Rogers, of New Hampshire, was sent to take possession of the western forts, under the treaty of Paris, but in November, 1760, while encamped at the place where the city of Cleveland now stands, he was visited by Pontiac, who objected to his further invasion of the territory.

 

Finding, however, that the French had been driven from Canada, he acquiesced in the surrender of Detroit, and persuaded 400 Detroit Indians, who were lying in ambush, to relinquish their design of cutting off the English. While this action was doubtless in good faith, still he hated the English and soon began to plan their extermination. 

 

In 1762 he sent messengers with a red stained tomahawk and a wampum war belt, who visited every tribe between the Ottawa and the lower Mississippi, all of whom joined in the conspiracy The end of May was determined upon as the time when each tribe was to dispose of the garrison of the nearest fort, and then all were to attack the settlements. A great council was held near Detroit on 27 April, 1763, when Pontiac delivered an oration, in which the wrongs and indignities that the Indians had suffered at the hands of the English were recounted, and their own extermination was prophesied. He also told them of a tradition, which he could hardly have invented, that a Delaware Indian had been admitted into the presence of the Great Spirit, who told him his race must return to the customs and weapons of their ancestors, throw away the implements they had acquired from the white man, abstain from whiskey, and take up the hatchet against the English, "these dogs dressed in red, who have come to rob you of your hunting grounds and drive away the game."      Read More>>>

 

 

 

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GRANDMOTHER MAKA NUPA L. COTA SPEAKS

 

 

 

Bear Mother’s Day

 

A mother bear awoke with her two new cubs. The surprise of giving birth in a half-asleep state must be one of the gifts of being a bear.  From my seat on the top of the hill, I have been keeping watch now for over three weeks, waiting for her to come out.

 

During the winter months, the big mound of debris had been one of my stop-off places on the way to the river to fish. I would go by the pile of leaves and tree trunks and see the steam escaping from the hole in the top. The body warmth and breath of the bear kept the tight enclosure warm and snug during the long cold winter. At one time I had gotten close and put my ear to the wall of the den, listening for life signs. I heard the soft mewing sounds of the cubs so I knew she had given birth.

 

It is hard to imagine that life, so small to such a big animal, could survive without care for the first two or three months of life. A baby bear is no bigger than a kitten when it is born and must find its food source and take care on its own. The mother sleeps, unaware of her new babies, in a half-state of hibernation for the entire winter.  Read More>>>

 

 


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GRANDFATHER SEVEN HAWK EYES SPEAKS

 

 

Yuma Creation Story

 

When Tu-chai-pai made the world, the earth was the woman, the sky was the man. The sky came down upon the earth. The world in the beginning was pure lake covered with bulrushes. Tu-chai-pai and Yo-ko-mat-is, his brother, sat together, stooping far over, bowed down under the weight of the sky.

 

The Maker said to the brother, "What am I going to do?"

 

"I do not know," said Yo-ko-mat-is.

 

"Let us go a little farther," said the Maker.

 

Then they went a little farther and sat down again. "Now, what am I going to do?" said Tu-chai-pai.

 

"I don't know,"  said Yo-ko-mat-is.

 

All this time Tu-chai-pai knew what he was going to do, but he was asking the brother.

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GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS

By Magdala Del Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan Priestess

 

Magdala Rameriz

 

Time to Gather Your Medicine!

 

Beautiful sisters, grandmothers, mothers, daughters, priestess and moon dancers from all over the world:

 

This is a call that truly as your other you, I hope you receive to your very core…

 

The time has come to reclaim your daughterhood with the Great Mother, time to awake and embrace sacredness within and without the self, and make sacredness as a way of living, for we are the land, and as her daughters we know exactly what the mother is cooking, for indeed, “so is the mother, so is the daughter”, as the ancient scripts said…

 

As sisters from many tribes we know that is the time to see beyond traditions and backgrounds, and to embrace unity for the time of the integration have come and now is the time to bring that integration in the outside too, for love is the bonding, love as it is in the source, in the core of all form,. for you are the core, the essence, the source of love, and love as the source. For it is love what it heals and transmute, not time, it is love what connects, and make the sacred dance in all directions.

 

 

 



 

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Native American Church Songs

 

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Native American Church was big with a lot of the Southern tribes back in the early 1900’s, where countless good songs traveled all over. Up until now songs were traveling from tribe to tribe through the people. Today the people do the traveling around the country attending peyote ceremonies and learning new songs.


These ceremonies include many young children singing in hopes of inspiring other young children to keep going and keep the peyote songs alive. We hope that the children will share them from tribe and enjoying them enough to sing around the campfires. So please enjoy what we have put together for you.


Eric Daniels a Dakota Sioux/Ojibway is originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada. He resides at the Long Plain First Nation Indian Reservation and has been singing for a good period of his life.  SSCD440 $21.95 + s/h

 

 


FEATURE STORY

 

Medicine Wheel for 2011
Reforming Our Earth Path Commitment

Last year, 2010, took us through intense cycles of challenges and transformations. It was an accelerated year without much time for rest. Time has speeded up, quickening even more as we approach the New Beginnings of 2012 and start of a new Medicine Wheel of Earth Changes. It seemed that things changed everyday last year, and it may have been a difficult time for some as we supported loved ones, nations, and the Earth itself on the journey through intense transformations. Sometimes it seemed that there were blocks to our progress, distracting us from what we perceived as 'our work'. All of this is part of the plan for this time. We must let go before we can enter the new cycle ahead.

We are developing the ability to live in several dimensions. Our DNA gifts of manifestation, healing, telepathy and prophecy have been triggered awake and each of us is working to develop these talents in very personal ways. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, you have a right to be. The process of change is occurring on every level of your being- physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, energetic and multi-dimensional. Even when we are sleeping, changes are taking place. There is a tremendous amount of transformation that we will undergo before the new Medicine Wheel begins in the year 2012. No need to worry about being ready though, this is happening without our need to direct the process. Every day, you will be in exactly the right place on your path. Sit back and allow yourself to evolve.
  
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ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of humor."

--Dr. Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux

 

"It is better to give than receive." But it doesn't really matter if we are giving or receiving. There is an identical feeling associated with both. We get this feeling every time we receive. We can't control when we receive gifts but we can control when we give gifts. Therefore, the more we give, the better we feel. When we are given gifts, or someone does something for us, it is the Indian way to honor this person.

 

Great Spirit, let me honor and be respectful to those who are good to me today.

 

http://www.whitebison.org/meditation/index.php

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POETRY CIRCLE...


 

Snows Long Ago

By Danny Grey Wolf Roberts

 

Eyes that cry no tears that fall.

Spirit that mourns no words to sound.

Bones that are cold no fire to warm.

Mirror reflects no reflections to shine.

Days that are endless weeks that slip by.

Strength the comes then leaves on the wind.

Prayers to pray wisdom to seek.

Days weightless Days lifeless Days meaning less.

Winter awakes moon hidden night.

Lips that dry to sing.

Wind that sings ends in a howl.

Soft snow begins to fall dreams yet begin.

Snow fills my eyes,

listening to the night sky cry.

My heart melts snow in my hand.

In these snow tracks I stand.

Crackling campfire sing me to sleep.

Long ago snows so deep.

Red cedar soft needle bed.

Spirit of the snow we will go.

Out the mouth Spirit will blow.

Ancient land of the whitest snows.

 


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Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

 

 Teresa Myers (Springfield, MO) A friend of Healing Spring is in need of assistance.  A few days ago, Teresa Myers' housemate, Ann Mote, was found buried in the blizzard snow. Teresa, who is blind and on disability, is overwhelmed.  Ann had serious health issues and required a housemate, as did Teresa. They have been friends for over 30 years and for the last 15 years have shared expenses to make ends meet. As of this date, Teresa is forced to move with less than and month to make arrangements and grieve the unexpected loss of her friend. The best guess is a medication mix up and or a medication reaction. The family is waiting for an autopsy.  Teresa has many friends from the community willing to help with the physical aspect of a move etc.  The need is for financial support during the next month.  Can you help?   Teresa would like time to work with Ann's family and personal affects.  Another month in the current rental will help ease the emotional stress and an immediate move. The estimated monies required for March rent or a move would be about $800.00.    If you can help, send a check to Healing Spring  Box 9836 Springfield MO  65801 and Healing Spring will send a check to Teresa.    Please make a note if you require a tax receipt.  In all of this, keep Teresa (Cherokee) and all in your prayers.  ~Susan Phillips 02-05-11

 

Norman Clayton (Memphis, TN) has Stage 4 Cancer and is dying. He needs someone to come in and pray with him in Memphis.

His wife passed a few years ago they were members of Tennessee Native American Convention,, She was the secretary. We seek prayers.  Helen RedWing Vinson 01-29-11

 

Gene Miller (PA) Was found yesterday by his 14 year old adopted daughter passed out and all white in a stall in the barn.. The hired hand George got him to breathing  again ..Gene is in the hospital he had a heart attack.  Helen Red Wing Vinson  01-21-11

 

Pansy Gibson (Barboursville,WV) is back in the hospital. She is 82 years old and had brain tumor surgery about 3 years ago.. She fell yesterday in her bathroom at home hitting her head had a lot of bleeding and is in need of healing prayers.  Helen RedWing Vinson 01-18-11

 

Hello. I'm sending out this email asking for your prayers. My daughter, Lorelle Gwendolyn Mike (pronounced Lori-elle) will be having surgery this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. She was born on June 23, 2010, 5 weeks early. At birth doctors were quick to discover a few problems that immediately concerned them. But we both have the same faith and immediately called on the Lord for his mercy and grace. We are blessed with family who strongly believe in prayer and healing, so they were notified right away as well. As time went on and doctors keep telling us negative reports about our baby... Loren & I kept our faith, stayed strong and said "NO! we will not believe any of this. We put all our trust in the Lord. Lorelle is going to be just fine. And no matter what, we're going to love her unconditionally." That was the agreement we made together. Here is what the doctors told us:

1. Lorelle's head is small. We're worried about her brain development. She will most likely be disabled in ways we don't know yet, only time will tell. Lorelle was diagnosed with Microcephaly.

2. Lorelle was born with an enlarged abdomen. We think it might be her kidneys. (so many test & even a surgery was performed) They discover its a condition called Urogential Sinus. A urogenital sinus anomaly is a defect present at birth in which the vagina and urethra open into a common channel, rather than separately. A catheter is then placed in her bladder area to help her urinate. The connect between her bladder and mega vagina was allowing urine to fill up inside her mega vagina, which then enlarged her stomach area.

3. There's a click in her left hip. Lorelle has hip dysplasia. She will have to wear a harness to keep her hip in place.

So with all of this coming at us, we knew what we had to do. GIVE IT GOD! Now here is some GREAT news...

1. Lorelle has been meeting her milestones with her development. She shows NO signs of being disabled. Her head is gradually growing. She has her own personality!

2. This surgery that is taking place on Wednesday is not a complicated procedure. Her surgeon, Dr. Lacey is confident & reassured us that this is fixable.

3. Lorelle blew away her orthopedic doctor, Dr. Shindell! Her hips are well. She no longer has to wear the harness... she was off of it way before the doctor expected.

Baby Lo is our gift from God. I know and believe that He is the Great Physician! I just ask that you believe with me and pray for my daugther. I encourage you to share this with your prayer circle. I appreciate your time to get to know Lorelle. If you haven't met her, I'm sure someday soon you will. You will be shocked by her red hair and cute chubby cheeks. Please feel free to contact me. Thank you and may you be blessed. You are loved!  Sincerely, ~Bonnie Lynn, Mesa, AZ

 

State of Queensland, Australia  Please offer up prayers for our lands here are flooding the worst in many years with whole towns under water and folk across the State who have lost everything.  ~Lynn Guy 12-30-10

 

Carlena Tuni (AZ) This prayer request is for my sons Edwin and Edmund and daughters, Lenore and Tonita, and for myself, Carlena. I am a single parent of four kids. I have two grand kids. Heather is my daughter-inlaw and Nate is my son-inlaw.  I want this coming year to be less financial problem for myself to be happy again. And safety for my kids and their job.  Protective of any harm with this new year for each one of my child. At times, I need help and I just continue to pray, I have strong belief in this Creator. I have no one to turn too at times, my father is now in the spirit world, and my mother is in the nursing home. It gets so hard sometimes, and make things possible for me with new year! Thanks! - Carlena Tuni 12-29-10

 

Isabel StandsDifferent McLaughlin (Yonker, NY) I write today because I am asking for your special prayers for the sick.  I am not well.  I have very bad pains shooting down into my leg and the surgeon is still trying to find the problem.  I have a 90% heart artery clogged and have to have a stint put in it or I am in danger of a heart attack or stroke.  I am very nervous but I keep still with my daily prayers.  I remembered when I had back surgery how you and our family in Manataka prayed for me.  To this day I truly believe that it was those prayers that sustained me through it all.  I have a lot before me and this is why I would be more than honored if you could pray for me once again?  ~Stands Different

 

We   are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan and they have lost 9 marines in 4 days.   It would be nice to see this prayer request spread if more could pass it on.  Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps...   Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.  ~Claire Fitzgerald, Chaplain, Marine Corps League, Dept. of Washington

 

Jay King (North Carolina) Jay is very weak with diarrhea for a week and not eating. His BP dropped and his pulse went up so I called the rescue squad. He is very dehydrated and weak so they took him to Duplin hospital in Keanansville. He had been eating next to nothing. No other symptoms. They are giving him IV's I feel guilty because I can't go to him till sunrise I have night blindness. This really starting to take it's toll on me Drowning in medical bills and gas for van. I fell on my back coming out of laundry room and it feels like cracked ribs. Hopefully the oxygen and electrolytes will perk him up. Please take care of you all and pray I have the mental and physical strength to get thru this. Love and prayers always. I wanted to do some prayer ties but can't leave Jay long enough to get supplies. Jay was transferred to the Pitt County Memorial hospital in Greenville, NC 12/10/10.  Love and prayers, Ruth.
 

Clarence "Bo" Goins II (Lumber Bridge, NC)  Hello all: As we go into the holiday season, it has come to my/our attention that one of our warriors is in great need.  We/I do not normally send requests out for assistance, but we feel compelled to do so because one of our own, Clarence "Bo" Goins II and his family, have done so much over the years for us, our Indian community, and others.

 

Bo was diagnosed on January 13, 2010 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and began chemotherapy treatments in February.  He began a second round of chemo treatments in September.  He was given the news on October 13, 2010 that there are no signs of cancer in his system, but as a precaution he would have to undergo a bone marrow transplant.  The transplant has been completed and he is in the final stages of the incubation/isolation period.  On top of that, Bo lost his father this year. Needless to say, this has been a trying time emotionally, physically and financially for Bo and his family. Bo has a daughter, the light of his life.

 

Bo's spirits are getting stronger, but he still needs our prayer and support.  Bo Is currently on medical leave without pay from the Lumbee Tribe of NC, and on temporary disability, which does not cover his expenses or medical bills. Bo grew up in his culture and he has been a dancer since he was three years old.  He  is a founding member of Stoney Creek Drum Singers. Also, he is a flutist, artist and traditional dancer.  He is a founding member of Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. (1st Native American Fraternity in the country). 

 

We are asking you to join us in prayer and support for Bo and his family.  Send all cards and wishes to: Bo Goins

PO Box 277   Lumber Bridge, NC  28357 or you can send your tax deductible contribution to : NOW-CDC, Inc.  38436 Highway 561   PO Box 9  Hollister, NC  27844  We will forward your cards/get well wishes to Bo.  You can call us at (252) 586-7913 or (252) 532-0821.  You can reach Bo at (910) 273-3970. Thank you all in advance for helping a very special person and his family. ~Barry Richardson, NOW-CDC, Inc. CEO, Pow-wow President

 

Helen RedWing Vinson (Bartlett, TN) was admitted to St. Francis Hospital with a serious infection in her middle toe that has set up with gangrene.  Doctors removed the toe on Tuesday, November 16.  She is in a lot of pain, but true to her ways, her prayers and concerns are for everyone else.  Helen and her good husband Ed Graybeard have been members of Manataka for many years. Helen is a blessing to hundreds of people she helps daily.  Manataka is conducting ceremonies and sending out many prayers for our wonderful sister. ~Bear 11-16-10

 

I wish to extend my gratitude to (literally) thousands, all over the world, While (this time) we relied (partially) on Western medicine, Many of you are aware that Native American medicine is a two part system: we rely on herbs and spirituality. The outcome would not have been nearly as good without the love and prayers of so many. May the Great Spirit bless you, One and All.  ~Ed GrayBeard Vinson

 

 

Gram Selma Palmer, (Florida) Chief of the Ocali Nation needs prayer.  She was admitted to the hospital on November 7 for respiratory arrest.  Members of the Ocali Nation and Manataka believe Gram Selma to be a wonderful woman deserving of our respect and honor.  Gram Selma wrote many articles over the years for the Manataka Smoke Signal News. Recent reports say her recovery will be a long haul. She has returned home in guarded condition. ~Bear 11-13-10

 

Juli Maltagliati (South Daytona, FL) My beloved mother, Princella Victoria Jones, had dementia and I cared for her for many years.  She crossed over on August 1st.  My prayers were answered that I would be able to take care of her until the day she died, and that she would die in her bed in her sleep, and for this, I am so thankful.  But I have never been so desolate; I feel I am in pieces and that the best parts of me went with her.  She was not only my mother, but my best friend, my butterfly, my safe place, the center of my life, and in recent years, she had become like my child also. 

 

The Elders' meditations in the new Smoke Signal News especially touched me.  My Indian blood comes from my mother ... her own mother, my grandmother, was orphaned very young, having been born in Cherokee, NC to a full-blood mother and a German father.  I am so thankful that I was able to take my mother to Cherokee in November 2007; it was the first time either of us had been there.  It didn't matter that her mind couldn't remember the trip; I know her heart and soul absorbed and treasured it.

 

I'm requesting prayers for myself now, that I will be enabled to make a meaningful new life without her here, and have courage.  In the midst of my grief, I have been trying to find an additional source of income, which I need soon.  For 10 years, I worked two jobs from home which enabled me to stay at home with Mom, but I lost the primary job in April 2009 (which was 70% of my income).  After that, my mother's Social Security check paid for most of the household expenses.  Thankfully, I had a little money put aside and some unexpected funds came after she died, and so I have been able to keep afloat, but in a couple months, I won't be earning enough from my one at-home job to keep up.  I have six beloved animals in my care, and I pray to be enabled to continue to care for us all now that Mom is gone.  So far, my job search has yielded nothing, though I remain hopeful. ~Juli Maltagliati 11-01-10

 

 

Mary Lou Joe (Chinle, AZ) It was Wednesday September 29, 2010 that we receive a phone call from my mother's doctor that lab results were getting bad.  My mother is in the nursing home in Chinle, Arizona. My mother is 68 years old. My father deceased for about 6 years ago now.  I know my mother missed our father too. Just not too long ago us kids were informed by the nursing home that our mother's kidney was not functioning well. That the doctor recommend to us that she should go through surgery for to get on with dialysis. We are scared for our mother to go through this pain. As of  today they have not put through this yet. Can you help my mother with your healing basket prayers for us. My mother is a diabetic too. We love our mother so much..We don't want her to go through this dialysis center. She already went through a lot ...Thank you!  ~Carlena Tuni 10-01-10

 

Update: This afternoon my mother Mary Lou is going through a surgery at Farmington San Juan Regional Hospital
for her right arm, so they start her with dialysis, this is some part of the surgery to take place for this dialysis. My  mother will be in the hospital for 1 week, this week only. My mother will be back in Chinle Nursing Home on Monday of next week. Thanks. I want your prayer to continue for my mom Mary Lou Joe. 10-11-10

 

Update: 11-22-10 My mother is eating well and will  continue to go to Dialysis Center for 3 times a week from Chinle Nursing Home. THank you for your prayers. Now, she wants to go home, and missing all of us kids and grandkids. Her surgery is healing up fast too. She is lonely everyday. Missing us kids. I want her to be happy and contine with the doctors have for her, like Dialysis. Thank you.  ~Carlena Tuni 11-22-10
 

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Crossing Over...

 

Ernest Kaientaronkwen Benedict, ene of Canada's most venerated Native elders, died January 8 as a result of pneumonia in his 92nd year at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Cornwall, across the river from his beloved Mohawk territory.

Born at a time when the Mohawks of Akwesasne were farmers, fishermen and basketmakers, self sufficient and with limited contact with the outside world, he witnessed the greatest changes in human history, changes which would deeply affect his community.

Benedict was convinced that if the Mohawks were to survive as a distinct society they had to act aggressively to preserve their heritage.  To him, this meant reviving the ancestral spiritual rituals, teaching Mohawk culture in the schools and reinvigorating the traditional government so that Akwesasne, the most arbitrarily divided of all Native communities in Canada, would one day have a single representative entity.

Benedict was a Mohawk patriot who defended the treaty status of the Nation, event if it meant he would be imprisoned for his refusal to concede to the US military draft in WWII. He was released because of the intervention of US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and promptly enlisted on his terms, serving with honour in the Pacific. 

He was among the first Mohawks to secure a college degree. His was from St. Lawrence University where he counted as a friend and classmate the actor Kirk Douglas. He edited the first newspaper on any Iroquois community, appropriately called Kawerus, "The Thunder". He worked with the great Mohawk teacher Ray Fadden to instill pride in the hearts and minds of Mohawk students. With Fadden he established a cultural group which visited every Native reservation east of the Mississippi, lighting the fires of what would become Indian activism.

In 1968 he was a co-founder of the Native news journal Akwesasne Notes, easily the most influential aboriginal publication of the 20th century whose readership was worldwide.  He created the North American Indian Travelling College, taking to the roads to encourage Native youth to secure formal education in order to improve the lives of their people.  He was among the group which secured an abandoned military base northwest of Montreal which became Manitou College, His dream was to have a post secondary institution administered by Natives with a curriculum based on indigenous teachings. Manitou did not survive but the ideal has had international effect with "traditional knowledge" centres in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

All of the above would make for a remarkable life.  But in 1984 Benedict did an act which stunned all Canada's aboriginal people.  He met with Pope John Paul II in Midland, Ontario and before a worldwide audience used a traditional Mohawk prayer to reconcile the Church with the Native people it had alienated.  When Benedict lifted an eagle feather above the head of the pontiff he released generations of suspicion, anger and fear before calling for forgiveness and reconciliation.

Benedict also was a grand chief at Akwesasne and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He was an instructor at Trent University and a cultural adviser with the Assembly of First Nations.  His survivors include his wife Florence and children Salli, Lloyd, Rebecca and Daniel, all of Akwesasne. He also leaves many grandchildren and two sisters. He was buried at Akwesasne on January 11 after Catholic, Methodist and Longhouse services.  Submitted by:  Doug George-Kanentiio Kanenrtiio@aol.com


Ray Clark Littleturtle (Lumbee), the voice of "Powwow" for so many years, has passed. Our condolences goes out to his wife Kat, and all of his family.  Services are incomplete and will be handled by Revel's Funeral Home of Lumberton, North Carolina.  A spokesperson at the funeral home stated that arrangements will not be made until Thursday.  Revel's Funeral home address and phone number are below.  3575 N Roberts Avenue, Lumberton, NC 28360 Phone Number: (910) 671-6886 ~Barry Richardson 01-11-11

 

Chief Lost Wolf and Auntie Helen's,  daughter Patty has crossed over. The wake will be held at this address: Mon. 4-8 PM at the  Porto Funeral Home. 830 Jones Road in West Haven CT.  1-203-934-5000  Funeral will be at:  Lady Victory Church. Tues. 9AM. 600 Jones Hill Road in West Haven CT.  1-203-934-6357. Burial in: St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave. in West Haven CT  ~Clan Mother Kicks Twice 01-02-11

 

Evarista Chéverez Diaz (Puerto Rico) - Morovis, Borikén/Puerto Rico (UCTP Taino News) – The Taíno community is mourning the loss of master ceramicist Evarista Chéverez Diaz who crossed into koaibei (the spirit world) on November 4, 2010. Known affectionately as "doña Varin," Chéverez was a symbol of the revival of Taíno style coil rolled pottery in Borikén. She is remembered for her humor and wit as well as her knowledge of local medicinal plants and remedies.  Read the full story at UCTP Taino News http://www.uctp.org

Phil Hodgson (Australia) A brave man and longtime friend Phil was unexpectedly diagnosed with terminal lung cancer 10 weeks ago and has passed away.  He was told by the doctors that there is nothing they can do for him. He is being incredibly brave about it all and seems to be going out of his way to reassure all his family and friends that he is good with this. he says he has lived a great life and there is nothing in it that he regrets nor would he change anything. His family and friends scattered across Australia are rallying to help and support Phil as best we can. I pray to Creator that Phil receives the healing and support that is right and perfect for him on all levels of his being as Creator and he will. I give thanks for being able to support my brother/friend at this time. Thank you. ~ Lynn Guy


Tekeronieneken Jake Swamp, (Akwesasne Mohawk Nation Territory) the great Mohawk spiritual teacher, has died.  Swamp, a member of the Wolf Clan whose Mohawk name “Tekaronhianeken” means “where two skies come together,” passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Oct. 15 at Massena Memorial Hospital in Massena, N.Y. He was 68. Swamp was a diplomat, author, teacher, chief, husband, father, grandparent, great-grandparent and friend to many. He was a Mohawk sub-chief and ambassador of the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederacy for more than 30 years in which he served as a counselor and spiritual leader. His responsibilities included presiding over ceremonies, including birth and marriage ceremonies, counseling, and funeral rites. He also participated in the politics of the nation and confederacy. One of the most respected and beloved Haudenosaunee leaders of the past century, Swamp has been described as patient, gentle, compassionate, humble, generous, intelligent and kind. He was noted too for his sense of humor.  In 1979, he founded the Akwesasne Freedom School, a Mohawk language immersion school that was critically acclaimed and which today serves as a model to many indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada. He helped develop its curriculum based on the traditional values of the Haudenosaunee. Swamp was an orator with a powerful command of the Mohawk language and possessed great knowledge about the history and cultural heritage of the Haudenosaunee, which he shared at forums, conferences and classes across the world. In 1984, Swamp founded the Tree of Peace Society, that is based on the teachings of the Peacemaker and the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy. He traveled the world, sharing Haudenosaunee knowledge and planting white pine trees that symbolized universal peace.  On the Tree of Peace Society website, Swamp shared his vision for future generations: “I have envisioned a day when all of our dreams become a reality. Our multicultural programs, historical presentations, environmental forums, and youth and elders activities have enjoyed great success and every positive accomplishment comes with additional requests. This inspires me to continue the work and hopefully our work inspires you to join in our efforts. I congratulate you if you have already found the path to the peace we all seek and hope to cross paths with more like minded people such as you.” Swamp is survived by his wife, Judy; seven children, 23 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 12 siblings, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph.  Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Mohawk Nation Longhouse. Burial will follow in Solomon Road Cemetery in Frogtown, Akwesasne. Condolences and other support may be sent to Tree of Peace Society, 326 Cook Road, Akwesasne, NY 13655.  ~Lynn Guy 10-25-10

 

Lorretta Webster (Hobart, NY) One of the last people to learn Oneida as a first language, died Sept. 27. She was 100. The Hobart native worked with the Oneida Language Revitalization Program, a project launched in 1996 after a survey found that only 25 to 30 tribal elders were fluent in Oneida.

 

Pearl A. Tridento, 88, of 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, PA died July 13, 2010 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Joseph Tridento and Paul Mindler. Born in Freemansburg, she was a daughter of the late Golden John Widrig and Annie Eliza (Buss) Widrig. Survivors: Sons, Dennis Ritton and Paul Mindler, Jr.; daughters, Carol Ritton Henderson and Darlene Gratton: sister, Geraldine Hughes; 12 grandchidlren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Services: Private. Arrangements are by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus - Carol Henderson 09-01-10

 

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.  Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=lisa-renee-thornton&pid=144084123#ixzz0tmAYQbVx

 

 


 

Memorials...

 

 

In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik

Bill 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.

 

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 wonderful school teacher, political activist, owner of "Granny's Junkology" and constant supporter of Manataka.  She was loved greatly.   

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

January 2011 ELDER COUNCIL MEETING

 

The January Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, November 16 with seven Elders present.  

 

The opening prayer was given by Ceremonial Elder Linda Hawk James  

 

Minutes:  December minutes were sent to Elders following the meeting and were approved with no changes.

 

Finance Report:  MAIC currently has zero long-term and $700 short-term debts.  All property taxes for the previous year are paid.  Cash flow is steady and all needs are being met.

 

Communications:   

(a)  Toys for Kids Project - Toy Drive - Chairman, David Quiet Wind Furr

(b)  Planet Green Recycling Project - Lee Standing Bear Moore

 

Old Business:

(a)  Feed Our Friends Project - Faith Michaels, chair

(b)  8000 Sacred Drums Ceremony - Linda James, chair

(b)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman, chair   

(c)  World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear.  Projected officially closed

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star - rescheduled for March 9, 2012

 

New Business:  

(a)  None

 

Standing Committee Reports:   

(a)  Counseling Committee:   Robert Gray Hawk Coke  

(b)  Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

(c)  Education Committee:  Fred Wilcoxson

(d)  Smoke Signal:  Lee Standing Bear Moore

(e)  Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore

(f)   Community Relations Committee:  Michael Burton

(g)  Events / Powwow Committee:  Jimmy Keefauver

 

Manataka American Indian Council Elders and Committee Leaders

  • David Quiet Wind Furr, Chairman

  • Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, Treasurer  

  • Lee Standing Bear, Secretary / Historian / Smoke Signal News

  • Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, NAGPRA / Ceremonies Committee Chair

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Counseling Committee Chair

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman - Events Elder

  • Dr. Fred Wilcoxson, Education Committee Elder

  • Michael Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton, Community Relations

  • Jimmy Looking for Wind Keefauver, Events / Powwow Committee

  • Linda VanBibber, Public Relations Committee Leader

  • Bobby Runninbear, Membership Committee Leader

  • Faith Michaels, Feed Our Friends Chair

 

Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write manataka@sbcglobal.net or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda. 

 

 


 

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Editor:

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MAIC Correspondents:

Alabama - Jennifer Attaway

Arkansas - Crystal Harvey

Arkansas - Magdala Ramirez

California - Carol Henderson

California - Liora Leah Zack 

Florida - Julie Maltagliati

Florida - Grandmother Selma Palmer

Georgia - Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett

Illinois - Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

Kentucky - Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.

Missouri - John and Linda James

Missouri - Linda VanBibber

New York - Waynonaha Two Worlds

Tennessee - Bobby Joe Runninbear

Tennessee - RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson

Texas - Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk

Texas - Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Australia - Osceola Birdman Waters

Australia - Lynn Guy

Contributors:

Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Organic Consumers Association

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho

 

 

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