Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XVII
Issue 02 February 2011
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
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1720 - 1769
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
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
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."
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Bear Mother’s Day
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.
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GRANDFATHER SEVEN HAWK EYES
Yuma Creation Story
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 Maker said to the brother, "What am I going to do?"
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.
All this time Tu-chai-pai knew what he was going to do, but he was
asking the brother.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del
Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan Priestess
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…
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.
Music and Dance
Native American Church Songs
- Eric Daniels
Peyote Music | Peyote
Songs | Native American Peyote
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.
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Medicine Wheel for 2011
Reforming Our Earth Path Commitment
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.
"Let the person I serve
express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of humor."
--Dr. Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa),
"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
Great Spirit, let me honor and be respectful to those who are good to me
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Snows Long Ago
Eyes that cry no tears
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
Days weightless Days
lifeless Days meaning less.
Winter awakes moon
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
My heart melts snow in
In these snow tracks I
sing me to sleep.
Long ago snows so
Red cedar soft needle
Spirit of the snow we
Out the mouth Spirit
Ancient land of the
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
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
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.
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
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
(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
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
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,
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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).
asking you to join us in prayer and support for Bo and his
family. Send all cards and wishes to: Bo Goins
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)
(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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
- 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
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
(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.
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.
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
December minutes were sent to
Elders following the meeting and
were approved with no changes.
MAIC currently has zero long-term and $700
All property taxes for the
previous year are paid. Cash flow is steady and all
needs are being met.
(a) Toys for Kids Project - Toy Drive -
Chairman, David Quiet Wind Furr
(b) Planet Green Recycling Project -
Lee Standing Bear Moore
Feed Our Friends Project - Faith Michaels, chair
8000 Sacred Drums Ceremony - Linda James, chair
2011 Powwow Committee -
Daniel Hoffman, chair
Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing
Bear. Projected officially closed
Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star -
rescheduled for March 9, 2012
Standing Committee Reports:
Gray Hawk Coke
Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk
Education Committee: Fred Wilcoxson
Smoke Signal: Lee Standing Bear Moore
(e) Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Relations Committee: Michael Burton
(g) Events / Powwow
Committee: Jimmy Keefauver
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Lee Standing Bear,
Secretary / Historian / Smoke Signal News
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James,
NAGPRA / Ceremonies
Robert Gray Hawk Coke,
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman -
Fred Wilcoxson, Education
Michael Eye of the Eagle Feather
Burton, Community Relations
Jimmy Looking for Wind Keefauver,
Events / Powwow Committee
Public Relations Committee
Membership Committee Leader
Feed Our Friends Chair
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