Manataka American Indian Council                                                              Volume XIV  Issue 02  FEBRUARY 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow






February Flower: Violets

February Stone: Amethyst


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Elders Meditation:

  Rolling Thunder, Cherokee


  Enter the World Drum Flag Design Contest
Feature Story 1:   Celebration of Life Ceremonies for Patti Blue Star
Feature Story 2:   Why the 2010 Census is Important to Indians

Feature Story 3:

  The Talking Rocks of the Ancients
Ecological Notes:   Poultry trucks spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria
King Coke Speaks:   Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part V
Mother Earth Watch:   Report: Dirty Mining Devastating Appalachia
Hawk Eyes Speaks::   Who Is The Strongest?
Tribal News:   Government settles billion-dollar Indian lawsuit
Education:   The Native Transformational Education Center
Inspiration Thoughts:   Most important things in life
Website Updates:   21 New Article and Stories Added in Jauuary

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Legends of Old:   Crow-Head A Chipewyan Story
Feature Story:   Lakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative
Feature Story:   Walk in Beauty

Letters to the Editor:

  Steer Skulls, Light Weavers, Hello From Greenland
Organic Consumers:   Why We Should All Eat More Organic Food
Elder's Meditations:   Black Elk (Hehaka sapa), Oglala Sioux
Plant Medicine:   Giving Herbs to Pets
Warrior Society News:   Native American Medal of Honor Monument


House Healthcare bill HR 3962 mentions fluoridation
Animal Rights and Wrongs: Animal Cloning - Pros and Cons
Sacred Sites: Shawnee Lookout Oldest Occupied Site

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  Geronimo at Fort Pickens

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

Magdala Rameriz:


Moon Changes

The Winding River

Indigenous Music Feature:

  Bear Creek - Drum Group

Elder's Meditations:

  Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Women's Circle:

  Minority Women and Heart Disease

Food & Nutrition:

  Five Native American "Super Foods"
Book Reviews:   Across the Endless River
Poetry Circle:   Great Spirit Prayer
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer is Important to Keep Communication Open
Manataka  Business:   January Meetings, MAIC Needs
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"You can't just sit down and talk about the truth. It doesn't work that way. You have to live it and be part of it and you might get to know it."  --Rolling Thunder, Cherokee


We all read books that have much information in them. Often we pick up on little sayings that we remember. Inside of us is the little owl, the owl of knowing. It talks to us- guiding us and nurturing us. Often when we get information, it's hard to live by, but it's easy to talk about. It's living the Red Road that counts-Walk the Talk. If we really want freedom in our lives, if we really want to be happy, if we really want to have peace of mind, it's the truth we must seek.


My Creator, help me in my search for the truth today.

By Don Coyhis










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Honoring Our Beautiful Sister

Memorial and Celebration of Life

Patricia Blue Star Speaks Burdette


February 28, 1956  -  January 15, 2010

Patti Blue Star Speaks was appointed to the Manataka Elder Council in June 2007.

Memorial Services and Celebration of Life Ceremonies

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 1 p.m.

At the foot of the sacred Manataka Mountain

Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds, Hwy 70b, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas







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Should I Identify as Native American in the 2010 Census?




It is absolutely critical that all “non-enrolled” Native Americans, and those people that can prove lineal descent from a Native American ancestor, self-identify as “Native American in Combination with One or More Races” when completing their 2010 Census questionnaires! Get the message out – pass this along to your family members and other Indian friends.


Results of the 2000 Census

For the first time ever, the 2000 Census measured “Native Americans in Combination with One or More Races,” That number totaled 4,119,301. The number of Americans that reported themselves “Native Alone” was 2,475,956 (these are considered predominantly enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe. The difference between these two numbers equals 1,643,345.  This is significant because this 1,643,345 represents the number of persons that self-identified as “mixed-blood”


It must be pointed out that the 2000 Census was “flawed” - in that it did not provide a method to distinguish what percentage of the 1,643,345 were enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe that chose to identify using this category only. However, it is generally accepted that the vast majority of these (perhaps exceeding 90%) are “non-enrolled” members of a federally recognized Indian tribe.








The Talking Rocks of the Ancients

Petroforms, also known as boulder outlines or boulder mosaics, are human-made shapes and patterns of rocks on the open ground. Petroforms in North America were originally made by Indigenous Peoples, who used various terms to describe them. Petroforms can also include a rock cairn or inukshuk, an upright monolith slab, a medicine wheel, a fire pit, a desert kite, sculpted boulders, or simply rocks lined up or stacked for various reasons. Old World petroforms include the Carnac stones and many other megalithic monuments.[1]


Petroforms are shapes and patterns made from arranging large rocks and boulders, often over large areas of open ground, unlike the smaller petroglyphs and graphs which are inscribed on rock surfaces. They were originally made in North America by native peoples for astronomical, religious, sacred, healing, mnemonic devices, and teaching purposes. The specific names of these rock formations and the uses varied by political and religious group.


Some of the North American petroform shapes are over 2,500 years old. It is difficult to date all of them accurately because of a lack of soil deposits in some areas. There are claims that some petroforms are up to 8,000 years old. Like the petroglyphs, many petroforms have complex and lengthy teachings that have been passed down orally by the Ojibwa, other First Nations, and the Midewiwin (Grand Medicine Society). Some teachings may have been lost, along with the peoples that originally made some of the oldest petroforms in North America. In some North American States and Provinces, there are laws to protect these important archaeological and historical sites. Vandalism has occurred in the past, and careful protection of these interesting sites is needed. Perhaps some native elders have decided to keep these areas hidden or secret to avoid the possible destruction or altering of sacred sites and memories. One can learn far more about these ancient peoples when there is greater respect given to the ancient ways and artifacts left behind so long ago. Ancient civilizations thrived in North and South America, with grand architecture, math, trading networks, trails, canoes, governing structures, astronomy, symbol making, scrolls, mounds, and more. All of this occurred long before the arrival of Europeans in the 1500s and 1600s. There were very few studies or specific mention of Manitoba petroform sites until the 1900s. The first detailed studies and descriptions of some sites in Manitoba were done by Dr. J  Steinbring and R. Sutton after the 1950s.














Poultry trucks spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria from open-air poultry trucks can spread to cars driving behind these trucks.


"Organic green revolution" can solve global hunger
In a new report, the Rodale Institute calls for a dramatic shift from costly, chemical-intensive industrial farming systems to regenerative organic systems, which it says can help the world feed itself. The report cites a study of small-scale farmers in 57 countries whose yields increased by an average 79 percent when they used sustainable agriculture techniques and other research in developing countries that found organic farming was two to three times more productive than conventional farming. Organic farming methods restore nutrients and carbon to the soil, resulting in higher nutrient density in crops and increased yields. Organic soils also contain more beneficial microorganisms, are less vulnerable to erosion, and retain moisture better to help plants survive drought conditions. A 28-year side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional practices on Rodale's research farm in Pennsylvania has found that organically grown corn and soybeans are more resistant to drought, outperforming conventional crops by 30 percent and 50 to 100 percent respectively.


2009 Deadliest Year for Florida Panthers and Manatees
On New Year's Eve, a three-month-old Florida panther kitten was tragically hit and killed by a car in Naples, Florida, bringing the number of 2009 panther road kills to 17 -- the highest number ever recorded -- while total 2009 panther deaths reached 24. Florida manatees also suffered a record deadly year with 429 of the majestic animals dying, the largest number since recordkeeping began in 1974. At least 97 of the deaths were due to boat collisions.  With Florida's human population booming, there are more and more roads, more and more cars, and more and more boats. And, of course, less and less habitat and wildlife.  The Center for Biological Diversity just filed a notice of intent to sue the feds for not moving forward on our petition to protect 3 million acres of "critical habitat" for the Florida panther. We've also petitioned to expand manatee protected areas. When both species have enough habitat, the death rates will decline. 






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.







Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part V

by Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke




Last month I discussed planting conscious information and intent into the subconscious mind so it could work on the information while I sleep. This month, the topic is tools you can use to achieve this.


Self-talk is the way most people begin to direct themselves.

A second tool  is  your own guided imagery, or visualization.


Remember, we talked previously about going to your Peaceful Place, which I call my “garden.” This will relax you so that you will be in the Alpha brain state. Last month in Part 4, I wrote about using a review process to clear the present day before going to sleep.








Report: Dirty Mining Devastating Appalachia

By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader


Shows mining damage to streams, critics say


According to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, almost a quarter of the land area of some Appalachia counties has been sanctioned for surface coal mining. As of July 2008, permits had been issued for 435,200 acres of land in West Virginia and a whopping 778,800 acres of land in eastern Kentucky. From 1990 to 2008, Kentucky and West Virginia approved nearly 2,000 stream fills, letting at least 4.9 billion cubic yards of mining waste to be dumped directly into valleys and hollows. And despite a 2-percent annual increase in surface mining in both Kentucky and West Virginia, in Knott County -- one of Kentucky's top surface-mining counties -- 32 percent of residents still live below the poverty line.


"Coal destroys the environment and keeps residents locked in poverty," said Tierra Curry, a Knott County native and scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. "It's time to say enough is enough and end surface coal mining in Appalachia." Through public outreach and online activism, the Center is working to do that.










Who Is The Strongest?

[A Zuni Story]


Once upon a time it was raining, and the first little red ant came out in Halona. There was still snow, and he froze his foot.


He said, "Snow, you are stronger than I am. Are you the strongest thing there is?"


The Snow answered, "No, I am not the strongest thing there is. The Sun is stronger than I am, for when the Sun shines, I melt.”


The little red ant went to the Sun. He said, "Sun, you are stronger than the Snow. Are you the strongest thing there is?" The Sun said, "No, I am not the strongest thing there is. The Wind is stronger than I am, for when I am shining the Wind blows clouds across my face."


The little red ant went to the Wind. He said, "Wind, you are stronger than the Sun. Are you the strongest thing there is?" The Wind answered, "No, I am not the strongest thing there is. A house is stronger than I am, for I run against a house, and it kills me.”








Poor Chief Zee (mascot)

As the "unofficial" mascot for the Washington Redskins during the past 31 years, he has suffered more than enough. His leg was broken. An eye was nearly punched out by a Philadelphia Eagles fan. He lost to the Baltimore Ravens' "Poe" bird in last year's Most Fierce Mascot competition and, before that, was rejected for the Mascot Hall of Fame.  Story at: 



2009 Tribal Directory

Tribal Web Sites (Federally recognized tribes only; Alphabetical by State)




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Janet Miner, Wacky Productions Unlimited.




Government settles billion-dollar Indian lawsuit -  A Fair Deal?
by Thomas Burr and Robert Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune


Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation tribe, speaks at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Cobell was the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit that the government proposes to settle for $3.4 billion. (THOMAS BURR / The Salt Lake Tribune)

Government agrees to settle billion-dollar Indian lawsuit 13-year-old suit would mean payment for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans
By Thomas Burr And R

The Obama administration has agreed to spend $3.4 billion to settle litigation filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of American Indians who
claimed the government cheated them out of billions of dollars in oil, gas, mining and timber royalties over more than a century.

The settlement is far short of the $47 billion that the plaintiffs estimated they were owed as a result of the government's mismanagement.

Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation who filed suit 13 years ago to force the government to pay up, said the settlement isn't fair, but it was time to compromise.






The Native Transformational Education Center

NTEC promotes Tribal community’s self-determination by supporting efforts to increase educational achievement of all students. NTEC is a program of the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods, a community-based, public charter high school and a partnership of the Yurok Tribe and College of the Redwoods’ community college.  Complete information at:


Paying for College -  Student Resource Guide

(Includes scholarships, internships, fellowships, books, and websites)

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The most important things in life.  Some things to remember and live by.

Deadliest weapon.............................................

Greatest asset...................................................

Greatest problem to overcome.......................

Greatest "shot in the arm"................................

Most beautiful attire..........................................

Most contagious spirit......................................

Most crippling failure disease.........................

Most  dangerous pariah...................................

Most effective sleeping pill..............................

Most endangered species...............................

Most important thing in life..............................

Most powerful channel of communication....

Most powerful force in life................................

Most prized possession...................................

Most satisfying work..........................................

Most useless thing to do..................................

Most worthless emotion...................................

Greatest Joy.......................................................

Greatest Loss....................................................

Two most power-filled words............................

Ugliest personality trait....................................

World's most incredible computer..................

Worst thing to be without..................................

The tongue




A Smile!



A gossip

Peace of mind

Dedicated leaders





Helping others




Loss of self-respect

"I Can"


The brain


Submitted by Jim Beard





Animal Rights and Wrongs   War on Wolves Escalates
Elders Speak   Using Meditation to Control Emotions - Part 4 by Robert Coke
Elders Speak   Hawk Speaks on The Devil’s Tower - by Daniel Hawk Eyes Hoffman
Elders Speak   Memories of Nevada - By Waynonaha
Elders Speak   13 Hours of Drumming Ceremony - by Magdala Rameriz
Environment   Engineered crops won't fix nitrogen pollution
Environment   Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Save Energy
Environment   Thank Indigenous People for the Food We Eat
Feature Story   Is Paying for Ceremonies A Traditional Practice?
Feature Story   Garden of Eden Discovered !
Fun Pages   An Old Indian Farmer's Advice 
Health Watch   How fragile we are
Health Watch   How Safe is the Fluoride in Your Drinking Water?
Health Watch   Mounting Debilities and Deaths from H1N1 Vaccine
Herbal Medicine   Water and Mother Earth
History   Wa She Shu: The Washoe People
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Tribes and Nations   US settles royalty dispute with Indian tribes
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