Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV
Issue 02 FEBRUARY 2010
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
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Geronimo at Fort Pickens
cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one
God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the
darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say." Geronimo
The Apache Indians have
always been characterized as fierce warriors with an indomitable
will. It is not surprising that the last armed resistance by
Native Americans came from this proud tribe of American Indians.
As the Civil War ended the U. S. Government brought its military
to bear against the natives out west. They continued a policy of
containment and restriction to reservations. In 1875, the
restrictive reservation policy had limited the Apaches to 7200
square miles. By the 1880's the Apache had been limited to 2600
square miles. This policy of restriction angered many Native
Americans and led to confrontation between the military and
bands of Apache. The famous Chiricahua Apache Geronimo,
Goyathlay ("one who yawns"),
led one such band.
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L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
by L. Cota Nupah Makah - Waynonaha
The pale face of
Grandmother Moon slips through the sky, as night after night she
watches over me while I sleep.
Her silver light
makes silvery, lacey patterns on the wall, as she sends her beams
through my window curtains. I watch as the delicate spider web
pattern moves over the wall, and find myself spun into her magic.
I spend my
mornings these days talking to the birds, which fly about my door.
The two crows who come talking and share my bread keep me from being
lonely. I see them perched on the branches of the old black walnut
tree waiting to see what I will toss out to them for food. They
scold me and talk of things that they see in the night while I
sleep. These brave feathered messengers of the spirit world, the
two Crows come and greet me each morning. I now know that they are
warrior brothers and come to protect and help me; sent by one who
Two years ago that
same black walnut tree lost her mate to a wind storm. He lay down so
gently trying not to damage any homes. I heard his death cry as he
was sent crashing to the Earth Mother. I went to him when he passed
and offered his spirit tobacco, giving also tobacco and corn meal to
his life long mate. Soon the men came and took his strong body away
and there was a big hole left in the earth. I took one small twig
from his body that held the story of his life and place it on my
Alter. I notice this winter that some of the old black walnut trees
branches that once were locked in his branches are broken, they
will in spring fall to the ground. Even if these branches that
remember that touching fall, they will carry the memory and love of
that soul mate forever. When they fall I will ask to take one and
create a talking stick so that the love will continue to be shared
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del
Consuelo, Mayan Priestess
Hello Beautiful Ones,
Winding river, endless mountain
The dark forest breathing mist
There is no road into the sacred place
It is just that, the deeper you go
The more wondrous it becomes
This beautiful Buddhist poem is a
thousand years old and from the past, just
flying into me. It is so true that there
is no road into the sacred place, it has never
been, for sacredness resides in all life forms,
the sacred place that human being is.
the transition times, when human being are
finding a new perceptions of self, there
is no path to encounter. The path that
others create are good for them. We have
learned that we are the path. Your own
road can only belongs to you. It cannot be
stolen or broken. It is a road that only
you can walk. It belongs to you, the
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No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
The tourist was admiring the
Indian's necklace. "What is it made of?" she asked.
"Alligator's teeth," the Indian
"I suppose," she said patronizingly,
"that they mean as much to you as pearls do to us."
"Oh, no," he objected. "Anybody can
open an oyster."
"It's very hard to do things in the right manner, but as long as we do
things right, we are in turn with the Great Spirit." --Rolling
When we are right with the Great Spirit, we are right with all things. It is
impossible to be out of harmony with anything or anybody when we are in harmony
with the Great One. So, if during the day a problem crops up and someone makes
us mad, the best thing we can do is talk to the Creator first, ask for His help,
then continue our conversation with the other person. In this way, our emotional
nature will keep aligned with our thoughts, and we will always stay right with
the Great Spirit.
Great Spirit, I ask You to guide me on the Red Road today.
Minority Women and Heart
disease is the leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska
Native women. Heart disease has also become a major cause of
disability and hospitalizations for American Indians/Alaska
Natives. More than half of American Indians/Alaska Natives have
at least one risk factor for heart disease, including
obesity, lack of exercise, and smoking.
Heart disease is a group
of diseases of the heart and the blood vessel system in the
Coronary heart disease, the most common type, affects the
blood vessels of the heart. It can cause
angina or a heart attack. Angina is a pain in the chest that
happens when the heart does not get enough blood. It may feel
like a pressing or squeezing pain, often in the chest, but
sometimes in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Having
angina means you're more likely to have a heart attack. A heart
attack happens when a blood vessel is blocked for more than 20
and compelling historical account of Indian culture
the Endless River
by Thad Carhart
From the acclaimed bestselling author of The
Piano Shop on the Left Bank, a historical novel
about Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of
Sacagawea, and his intriguing sojourn as a young man
in 1820s Paris.
Born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition,
Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau was the son of the
expedition's translators, Sacagawea and Toussaint
Charbonneau. Across the Endless River
compellingly portrays this mixed-blood child's
mysterious boyhood along the Missouri among the
Mandan tribe and his youth as William Clark's ward
in St. Louis. The novel becomes a haunting
exploration of identity and passion as
eighteen-year-old Baptiste is invited to cross the
Atlantic in 1823 with young Duke Paul of
During their travels throughout Europe, Paul
introduces Baptiste to a world he never imagined.
Gradually, Baptiste senses the limitations of life
as an outsider. His passionate affair with Paul's
older cousin helps him understand the richness of
his heritage and the need to fashion his own future.
But it is Maura, the beautiful and independent
daughter of a French-Irish wine merchant Baptiste
meets in Paris, who most influences his ultimate
decision to return to the frontier.
Rich in the details of life in both frontier America
and the European court, Across the Endless River
is a captivating novel about a man at the
intersection of cultures, languages, and customs.
Hardcover: 320 pages;
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches;
Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (September 1, 2009);
called "the endless river" as no one ever sailed
across it. Thad Carhart does presents an excellent
account. ~ Lee Standing Bear Moore
life of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, who was the baby
born to Sacagawea on the explorations of Lewis and
Clark, where she served as a translator. Jean-Baptiste
travels to Paris on the
on the book of your choice
"Oh, Great Spirit, whose
voice I hear in the wind,
whose breath gives life to
all the world.
Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and
make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the
things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your
voice make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all
that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf
Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but
to fight my greatest enemy - Myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and
So when life fades, as the
fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
~Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota Tribe
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Hope Matise (New York) ,
The 21 year old daughter of Rick & Jackie Orr
is in need of a bone marrow transfusion. They are having difficulty finding a match. There will be a blood test at the Kripplebush Fire House on Feb. 20 & 21 from 10 to 4 with the hope that a match can be found. If a match can be found and someone is willing to be a donor, it involves a process lasting 4 hours where bone marrow is removed from blood taken and then returned to the donor. Hope comes from a Native American, Dutch and German background. I think Hope is presently in a hospital in Westchester. If you have additional questions, you can call the number of her parents. ~Henrietta Wise 02-03-10
Snake (Snakeman) My dear friend and native brother, Snake or as I call him Snakeman, is in very poor health and in hospice. He has cancer and his skull is slowly filling with blood, one drop at a time. He is taking morphine every 2 hours to ease the pain. This man has done a lot of good for kids in the past years. He has taught me a lot. A gentle soul. All positive be sent to our brother. Many thanks and love to all. ~Nancy Redblanket 02-01-10
I received a
plea from an
She is 11-years
old and her name
She lives in PA.
Why do courts
give back these
kids to people
There is also a
in this home her
name is Mandy
she is 9.
I feel so
kids really need
Lee Standing Bear Moore (Hot Springs, AR) suffered a heart attack on
January 5. He returned home with a defibulator strapped to his side that
will delivery a shock to his heart if needed. He is scheduled for pre-op
on February 24 and surgery on Feb. 25 to insert a pacemaker / defibulator.
Pray for our grandfather. ~Bonnie 01-16-10
Cece Stevens (Tuscon, AZ) has emphysema and Swine flu. She is a rare lady
thru hard work she and hubby have been very successful. They give unceasingly to
those who are in need. Bought heaters for a lot of people. For Christmas they go
to VA hospital with wagons full of gifts for the vets and their families in
Tuscon AZ Also holiday full dinners then spend the day on the Hospice
floor. She told me she would dance with death and death would take the day off.
A remarkable couple but a truly remarkable woman. She and hubby both have swine
flu he has had a stroke but recovered well. Thanks so much. ~Ruth King
Momfeather (KY) Please lift up this wonderful lady in your prayer
today. Thank you. ~Bear 01-13-10
Edwin Tuni (Tempe, AZ) is experiencing financial and legal issues.
Edwin is married with two daughters and needs our prayers -- now! ~Carlena
My mom is only 67 years and was placed in a home care house
in Tigard, OR with Lou Gerricks disease and can not live by herself. She is
slowly getting weaker and loosing her muscle strength. My mom is Christian and
has worked hard all her life. I will be going that way to visit her in
Feb. And I know it will be hard for me. I need my mom and appreciate all your
prayers or any recommendations. Thank you for all your prayers. ~Angela
Three Students at Pine Ridge High School Commit Suicide -- 70 more are at
risk of Suicide. We received a message from Robert B. Cook, principal
of Pine Ridge High School sent by Cindy Catches who asks for your prayers.
Oglala Sioux Tribe President
Theresa Two Bulls declared a state of emergency Thursday (Dec. 10th) in the face
of overwhelming numbers of suicides and suicide attempts on South Dakota's
largest reservation. Each death is a tragic story and reflection
of the dire circumstance facing native youth on reservations. 12-21-09
Peter Bowden (Byron Bay, Australia) is hospitalized with
pneumonia -- partially as a result of
contracting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after many years as a
professional swim instructor. Peter practices aboriginal medicine to
benefit the people of his area. Peter is a good person who now needs our
healing prayers. ~Lynn Guy 12-17-09
still has lung cancer is holding his
own but still needs continued
Is now out of the hospital and
moved from Blythe, CA back to
Michigan. Granger is a retired
U.S. Air Force, Viet Nam veteran ~Eagle
Graham Osceola Waters
Cancer has has
resurfaced. "The hospital
stopped my hormone treatment six
months ago and I knew things
weren't right, now it's a day at
a time. All praying for me
at my church and I still play
the big drum at church. I
am trying to finish so much,
it's hopeless" said Osceola.
are sending him love and healing
as are others here in Oz and
we'd be grateful for the prayers
and love from our Manataka
family too .... thank you.
~Lynn Guy 10-20-09
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.
Chief Phillip Martin (Choctaw,
Chief died at the age of 83 on
February 04, 2010. Chief Phillip
Martin, the former Choctaw Indian Tribal
leader who served in public office for 48
years and helped to lead his people from
abject poverty to unprecedented growth and
prosperity. Services will be Monday, Feb. 8,
2010, at 11 a.m. from Holy Rosary Catholic
Church, off Mississippi 19 south.
Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. in
McClain-Hays Funeral Home. Burial will be in
the church cemetery. ~Harvey Moore
Pat Red Wing Prather (New
Boston, TX) -
our dear friend and wonderful member of Manataka
died Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 in
a Texarkana hospital born June 24, 1952. A
member of Unity church in Texarkana.
She was hospitalized due to recurrent cancer.
Please offer up prayers for Pat. ~Angela
Patti Blue Star
Speaks Burdette (Hot Springs, AR)
February 28, 1956 - January 15,
2010. Patti is a long-time member of Manataka and a respected elder.
She was selected to be the Ceremonial Elder in
2006. See Memorial
and Celebration of Life for Patti Blue Star
Ruth Thompson Wilson, 88, CA the
last surviving daughter of one of the Tuolumne
Me-Wuk Rancheria’s founding families and a
champion of Native American culture, died
December 26 of cancer.
John Rohn, (Dallas, Texas)
is with great sadness I share with you the
passing of one of the great legends in the
personal growth and business industry yesterday,
Jim Rohn on
December 5, 2009.
Jim was a mentor to millions
of individuals and had an incredible influence
in my life as well. One of his greatest quotes
is: "I wish for you a life of wealth, health,
and happiness; a life in which you give to
yourself the gift of patience, the virtue of
reason, the value of knowledge, and the
influence of faith in your own ability to dream
about and achieve worthy rewards." Our
thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family at
this time. I leave this quote of Jim's for you
to think about as you move forward in your life
to achieve success, "Success is not so much what
we have as it is what we are." May God be
with you .... Your partner and brother in
the call to enhance our world… Johnny Wimbrey
Maise Shenandoahm, 77, Oneida,
NY July 12, 1932
- December 2, 2009, Wolf Clan Mother - Oneida
Nation, Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
Surrounded by her loved ones, Mary “Maisie”
Shenandoah, YakolihunyΛni, “She Teaches,” has
passed into the spirit world. Born July 12, 1932
on the Onondaga Nation Territory south of
Syracuse, NY. Daughter of the late Mary
Cornelius Winder and Samuel Winder, Maisie was a
Wolf Clan Mother of the Oneida Nation of the
Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy
in New York State. As a clan mother she had the
duty of selecting leaders from within her
clan, serving as a political adviser, spiritual
leader and spokesperson for the Oneida people.
Primarily an educator and matriarch of the
Oneida people, she was also a performing artist,
tribal historian, an avid collector of Native
American art and an astute businesswoman. Maisie
operated a trading
post, participated in American Indian gatherings
throughout the country and organized hundreds of
cultural and education presentations in the
northeast. Throughout her travels she encouraged
Native American people to look with pride upon
their heritage and to assert their rights as
indigenous nations with kindness and friendship.
After her marriage to Onondaga Chief Clifford
Shenandoah they moved their family back to the
ancestral territory of the Oneidas in 1961 and
re-established a dynamic Oneida presence in the
region. Her life’s dream, as passed on to her by
her mother, was to create a homeland for all
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.
That special smile
That caring heart
That warm embrace
You always gave us
We'll always remember
You being there.
Through good and bad times
No matter what.
We'll always remember
There'll never be another
To replace you in our hearts.
And the love we will always
Have for you.
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
The January 2010 Elder Council meeting was held by teleconference
with all Elders present and a quorum declared by the chair.
The opening prayer was given by
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman.
November minutes were sent to
Elders immediately following the meeting and
were approved with no changes.
Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke and
b) World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing
Hopi Nation Letter
Gray Hawk Coke and Daniel Seven Hawk Eye Hoffman;
Ceremonies: Patti Blue Star
Smoke Signal: Lee Standing Bear Moore
(f) Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Women's Council Chair
Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette,
NAGPRA / Ceremonies
Lee Standing Bear,
Secretary / Historian / Counseling / Smoke Signal News
Robert Gray Hawk Coke,
Education Committee Leader
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman -
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James -
Public Relations Committee
Membership Committee Leader
Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any
member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
PAID YOUR DUES?
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events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card
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Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot
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DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1. LAND -
Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any
size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.
GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax
deductible contribution to MAIC and we will send the family a beautiful
letter and memorial certificate in your name. Memorial ceremonies are
given several times a year on the sacred mountain.
FOOD BASKETS NEEDED NOW!
people are hungry often throughout the year.
Please bring or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from
Walmart, Safeway, Krogers and other stores are great.
THANK YOU TO
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