Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 01  JANUARY 2010




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Wa She Shu:  The Washoe People

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Memories of Nevada

13 Hours of Drumming Ceremony

Indigenous Music Feature::

Below the Radar - Mato Nanji of Indigenous

Elder's Meditations: Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
Women's Circle: Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Food & Nutrition: A Catalog of Indigenous Food Resources
Book Reviews: God is Red
Poetry Circle: Sense Of Spirit
Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer Heals, Prayer Works
Manataka  Business: December 2009 Council Meeting



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Wa She Shu:  The Washoe People





The Maker of All Things was counting out seeds that were to become the different tribes. He counted them out on a big winnowing tray in equal numbers. West Wind, the mischievous wind, watched until the Maker had divided the seeds into equal piles on the basket. Then he blew a gust of wind that scattered the seeds to east. Most of the seeds that were to have been the Washoe people were blown away. That is why the Washoe are fewer in number than other tribes.” As retold by Jo Ann Nevers


The Washoe are the original inhabitants of Da ow aga (Lake Tahoe) and all the lands surrounding it. Tahoe is a mispronunciation of Da ow, meaning “lake”. Washoe ancestral territory consists of a nuclear area with Lake Tahoe at its heart, and a peripheral area that was frequently shared with neighboring tribes. The Paiute and Shoshone live to the east and the Maidu and Miwok to the west. The nucleus of the ancestral territory is bordered on the west by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the east by the Pine Nut and Virginia ranges, and stretch north to Honey Lake and as far south as Sonora Pass. The territory takes part of two very distinct ecosystems: the western arid Great Basin region of Nevada, and the forested Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. The variability in climate, geography, and altitude within the territory allowed it to provide a great diversity of foods and other materials essential to life. “As the traditions explain, the Washoe did not travel to this area from another place. They were here in the beginning and have always lived here…Each cave, stream, lake or prominent geographical feature is named and has stories associated to it.” (Nevers, 1976, p. 3)


The health of the land and the health of the people are tied together, and what happens to the land also happens to the people. When the land suffers so too are the people.” - A. Brian Wallace, Former Chairman of the Washoe Tribe




Washoe, or Washo as most of the people prefer, was derived from Wa she shu. After contact with colonists, many things in Washoe history have been changed or altered including the tribal name. It is estimated that the traditional Washoe population was more or less 3,000, but it is difficult to know.

To understand the Washoe you need to understand the environment in which they live. Washoe have always been a part of the land and environment, so every aspect of their lives is influenced by the land. The Washoe believe the land, language and people are connected and are intrinsically intertwined.


The Family

Family is the core of the Washoe because these are the people that lived and worked together and relied on each other. In the past, families are recorded as rarely fewer than five individuals and only occasionally exceeding twelve in size. A family was often a married couple and their children, but there were no distinct rules about how marriages and families should be formed and households were regularly made up of the parents of a couple, the couple’s siblings and their children, a couple of the same sex, more than one husband or wife, or non-blood related friends.


Generally, a family was distinguished by whoever lived together in the galais dungal (winter house) during the winter months.


Winter camps were usually composed of four to ten family groups living a short distance from each other in their separate galais dungal. These family groups often moved together throughout the year. The Washoe practiced sporadic leadership, so at times each group had an informal leader that was usually known for his or her wisdom, generosity, and truthfulness. He or she may possess special powers to dream of when and where there was a large presence of rabbit, antelope and other game, including the spawning of the fish, and would assume the role of “Rabbit Boss” or “Antelope Boss to coordinate and advise communal hunts.




The Washoe had heard about the new intruders before they ever saw one. As the Spanish invaded the California coast to establish missions and convert Indians to Catholicism, the Washoe began to make fewer and fewer trips to the west coast until eventually those trips stopped altogether.


Neighboring tribes that escaped into hiding in the high mountains probably warned the Washoe about the invaders.


Although White historians have concluded that the Spanish never entered Washoe territory, the Washoe have told stories about them for generations, and some Washoe words, including names for relatively new additions to the Washoe world, like horse, cow, and money, are similar to the Spanish terms.


In any case, when the first white fur traders and surveyors began to enter Washoe territory the Indians approached the newcomers with caution. They preferred to observe the intruders from a distance. The first written record of non-Indians in Washoe Land were fur trappers in 1826; they may have met the Washoe, but left no description of the encounter. The first written description of the Washoe was by John Charles Fremont in 1844, who was leading a government surveying expedition. Fremont described the Washoe as being cautious of being close to them, but in time when he showed no aggression, the aggressively defensive tribes of the Great Plains and saw no distinction between different tribes. They expected the Washoe to be violent and dangerous and projected these characteristics upon them.








Memories of Nevada

by L. Cota Nupah Makah - Waynonaha


The traditional American Indian people  believe that to have your picture taken is to have your soul and spirit captured.   Many of these beliefs were based around the old stories of witches (Windigos) or soul stealer's.  It was believed that there were those who could capture your spirit with some article of clothing, hair, nail clippings,  or personal medicine effects.  After growing up in  this traditional way and seeing many things for which there is really no answer in the logical world,  I hold mixed feelings.  

I know that  magic is in the eyes of the beholder and that we are part mind and thought and part physical and emotions.  To separate the two is not my main goal in life only to understand and put some perspective on it for my own reasoning. 


As a child we were not exposed to the outside ridicule of the media.  What went on in the Inipi, or healing  lodges, was kept there andnot taken out into the media in the form of books and word of mouth.  It was respected and guarded as it was the way of healing. This was all we had in the form medicine or doctors.   I for one was never taken to a doctor my parents did not have medical insurance or hospitals at our disposal.  


My first visit to a doctor was when I was about 18 years.  Other than that we managed to dodge the reservation clinics and the experimental medical care that was given.  My brief encounters in boarding school were just that;  "brief",  as we were given minimal care.  Even with the TB we were never medicated.  Many died and some still bear the scars of it today in weak lungs and bones. 

My Grandmother was our doctor and she knew the herbs and the ways of her people.  We were lined up, like ducks in a row for her inspection.  She and my mother, dealt out the herbs as she felt needed for our health.  Each spring we were given a horrible concoction of herbs that cleansed our bodies. 







By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



Beautiful Ones


I am back into the temple, answering so many email, for the excitement of what happened in the ceremonies of the 13 hours of drumming ceremony held at the Riverfront Park in Little Rock, Arkansas and duplicated many times over across the world.  It was created to embrace unity and peace.


We have pictures from all over the world of elders and people… and orbs everywhere.


I am thankful for all the elders that made the journey to the ceremony [including Grandfather Lee Standing Bear and Grandmother Mary Thunder].  Some made long journeys.  It was freezing cold. I am thankful for all the ceremonies held everywhere! Mama calls us, and we are listening…


Yes, today is a better world because so many people embraced unity in their hearts.


The sacred land where we live is under attack and the sacred feminine is loud and clear in despair.  The reality of the situation is hard.  Many prayers were made and that led us to create a powerful ceremony that included 13 hours of drumming, uniting the tribes, religions traditions.  The ceremonies were beyond the problem of the sacred land.  The ceremonies gave us a better picture of things that need to be  done and the possibilities.












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Indigenous Music Feature



Mato Nanji of Indigenous


SIOUX FALLS, SD (API)  --Off the plains of South Dakota comes an Indigenous ‘American Indian’, his Santee Dakota/Ihanktunwan Nakota wife, and four Lincoln, Nebraska musicians who form the rising rock music sensation Indigenous. The talented Nakota “Sioux” Indian musician is the 34 year old Mato Nanji  - or Standing Grizzly Bear in the Nakota language – who has wowed club and festival crowds for years with his soulful brand of lead guitar and lead vocals, as well as his stunningly handsome physical presence and appearance. Yet, surprisingly, Mato (pronounced mah TOE) manages to remain just under the music legend and superstar radar screen.


Mato’s rise-to-fame mirrors that of Bonnie Raitt, who finally got her deserved welcome into stardom during the late 80’s, after over two decades of belting out one amazing tune after another.  Raitt coincidentally played with Mato’s activist, musician, and Nakota Nation spiritual Advisor  father, Greg Zephier, Sr., during 1980 anti-nuclear protest gatherings in the Black Hills, who both used their guitars to stop uranium mining in the sacred Indigenous homelands.


Raitt later would have Indigenous open shows for her in 2001 - twenty years after playing with their father.


Nanji for Chasing CD Cover


The future legend was born and raised on the Ihanktunwan “Yankton” Nakota Indian Reservation in southeast South Dakota. Mr. Zephier taught Mato and his siblings (initial members of Indigenous who all are now pursuing their own, individual music careers) how to play all the instruments that the three-piece group employed during their early years.


The band got an early nudge toward ‘the big time’ when they toured one summer with famed Bluesman, B.B. King, with Nanji getting his second break when not long after, Carlos Santana called Mato onto the stage to play with him in Phoenix, AZ.


Mato and Indigenous continues to hover - waiting ever so patiently - just above the club scene and just below his deserved place among music star status.

The bands new CD, “Broken Lands”, features a fresh backup female vocal from his wife, Leah, who, along with Mato, co-wrote the hit song “Place I Know.” Two songs from Nanji’s latest album, “Chasing The Sun” – both written by Nanji and wife Leah, garnered attention in 2007 on the hit Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”


Mato And Leah.jpgMato Nanji and wife, Leah in Northern California 2009

Mato toured during the fall of 2008 with the Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tour and kicked off his 2009 Spring Tour with one of B.B. King’s great friends, Buddy Guy - another of the many growing list of Indigenous fans. Like B.B. said ten years ago: “The world needs to see Indigenous.”


Mato Nanji on YouTube:

Check out Mato’s new CD “Broken Lands” including the single “Place I know”






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



An Old Indian Farmer's Advice

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. 

  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. 

  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. 

  • Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. 

  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. 

  • It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge. 









"People are equal partners with the plants and animals, not their masters who exploit them."  --Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders


As human beings, we are not above anything nor are we below anything. Because of being equal, we need to discuss a little about the value of respect. Not just respect when it comes to human beings, but respect when it comes to everything. We are not masters over things; we are caretakers for the Great Spirit. We need to treat all things with respect.


Great Spirit, let me accept and see all things as equal

By Don Coyhis







The Council in Assisi, Summer 2008    Photo: Marisol Villanueva, courtesy the Grandmothers Council

The Grandmothers Mission Statement

WE, THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.  READ MORE>>>





A Catalog of

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Sense Of Spirit

By Dave Hagstrom


Thank you Great Grandfather for the sight in my eyes so that i might see the Eagle as she passes through the golden-orange sunset at the end of the day.


Thank you Great Grandfather for the sounds in my ears so that i might hear the whistle of the bull Elk in Fall and the sweet song of the Meadowlark.


Thank you Great Grandfather for my sense of smell so that I might better understand the Sage and Sweetgrass People of the Plant Nation.


Thank you Great Grandfather for my sense of taste so that I might enjoy the good food and clean water that you have provided for us.


Thank you Great Grandfather for the sense of touch in my fingers so I might feel the warm Sun on my pony's skin and the softness of my woman's hair.


Thank you Great Grandfather for the blessing of sensing the Unseen and Untouched Spirit that surrounds us each and every day.



Dave Hagstrom, Wyoming, 2007





Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Pat Prather (Texarkana, AR) our dear friend and wonderful member of Manataka is in the hospital unable to breath on her own.  Please offer up prayers for Pat.  ~Angela Gates  01-16-10


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 surgery in five weeks to insert a pacemaker.  ~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 01-13-10


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 Tuni 01-12-10


Joyce Makinson (Springfield, OR)  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 McPhetridge  01-12-10


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


Albert Granger (Michigan) still has lung cancer is holding his own but still needs continued prayers.  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 Star  11-14-09


Graham Osceola Waters (Australia) 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. We 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


Diane Brown and family. Her husband is a Navajo Vietnam Vet is going in or tests.  ~Henrietta Eagle Star  10-18-09


Roy Garrette, his health is not good and has been in and out of the hospital a lot in the last two weeks. We don't know why he has been this way, but is still in need of prayers.  ~Henrietta Eagle Star  10-18-09


Maxine Fulgham, was recently diagnosed with diabetes.  ~Henrietta Eagle Star  10-18-09


Charmaine Fulgham, (San Antonio, TX) I Humbly ask for prayers for my daughter who had an emergency appendectomy from a ruptured appendix and gangrene. The appendix had rotted at the base. The doctor told her he thought he had got it all, but now as of today she has started running a fever! Please Pray for her recovery. I ask Creator to please surround her with loving Healing energy. With Respect ~Maxine Fulgham 09-07-09


Thank You so much for all your Prayers, they have been answered, My Daughter is now Home from the Hospital!!   She still has Antibiotics to take of course, but at least it seems they feel they got all the gangrene out of her system. Thank You Creator for hearing our Prayers and answering them...
Love And Peace 
~Maxine Fulgham 10-06-09

Dustin soon to be Daniel Gray had some bad surgery last week got home Friday and had to go back tonight and has been readmitted its a boy that's 11 years old lives in PA He has a very "High Fever  He is in Hershey Hospital  They had to rebuild his rectum and  fix lower bowel he is also in need of other surgery soon as this one gets well.  Helen/Red Wing  08-10-09


Albert Granger Jr, (Michigan) is out of the hospital.  Thank you very much for your prayers.  Albert has returned to Michigan to be with his family, but continued prayers are still needed. ~Eagle Star  10-18-09



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. 



Crossing Over...


Patti Blue Star Burdette (Hot Springs, AR)  An elder and long time member of Manataka, Patti entered the hospital last week with serious blood clot issues.  Doctors removed her leg and she crossed over due to complications. Patti faithfully served as an honored member of the Manataka Elders Council for five years and was the ceremonial elder.  Please pray for Patti, her soul mate David Quietwind Furr and her family.  Manataka will assist with a memorial service for Patti on her birthday, February 28  ~Bear 01-13-10


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)  It 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  12-06-09

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 Oneidas.

Angie Osborne, 81, (Fresno, CA) California Indian activist and a Choinumni tribal member who fought to preserve traditional burial ground in Piedra on the south bank of the Kings River east of Fresno, will be buried there.  Angie "Yo-Wis-Nuth" Osborne started working toward land and recognition for her Choinumni tribe when she was 19. As an advocate for American Indian rights, she was well-known throughout California for helping and supporting others. She died Nov. 19 at the age of 81.In the 1940s, Fresno County took the burial grounds and all the land that now surrounds Pine Lake Dam. When the tribe was forbidden to bury anyone there, Mrs. Osborne began a quest to get the land back that didn't end until the 1970s."My mother, for a lifetime, had always been involved with all Native American rights," said Audrey Osborne, Mrs. Osborne's daughter. Audrey Osborne said her mother's involvement saved sacred sites and preserved languages, tradition and culture. Angie 'Yo-Wis-Nuth' Osborne Born: Jan. 9, 1928. Died: Nov. 19. Occupation: Retired health-care provider Survivors: Mother, Emma Oliver; brother, Hank Oliver; sisters, Jean Sorondo, Irene Oliver and Virginia Castillo; sons Rick, Leonard and Robert Sr.; daughter Audrey; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Mrs. Osborne will be missed "by her own tribe along with others inside the state and out," Audrey Osborne said. "This is a huge loss to all tribes. "It was not unusual for Mrs. Osborne, the Choinumni tribe's spokeswoman, to attend various meetings throughout the city and beyond, fighting for what she believed in. "She was a very dedicated and humble person when it came to politics," Audrey Osborne said. "She was straightforward and didn't pull any punches. People respected her." In 2002, Mrs. Osborne's kindness and compassion brought a peaceful end to the controversy surrounding a celebrated tree destroyed by an unapologetic racist. Mrs. Osborne conducted an American Indian ceremony over the downed Piedra tree -- which was said to depict a likeness of the Virgin Mary and had drawn crowds of faithful Catholics. One of Mrs. Osborne's most recent  endeavors was to fight for the preservation of Jesse Morrow Mountain off of Highway 180. The mountain is a sacred site, according to the Choinumni tribe.  The multinational Cemex mining company wants to mine rock from the mountain's south side for use as aggregate in construction projects. Mrs. Osborne's children won't let their mother's dream of saving the mountain die. "My brother and I and the tribal council promised to finish her work for her, and we will," Audrey Osborne said. "There's a lot at stake. We will continue the fight."An avid reader, Mrs. Osborne was a lover of novels and history. She also greatly enjoyed weaving and basket and bead work, her daughter said.


Percy Branham, 87  (West Virginia) Today is a sad day for our family our Uncle Percy Branham  made is journey. My mom's last sibling. I sit and wonder what it is like in the circle above the Milky Way and wonder what they are doing. In my mind I see the circle and the fire and hear them talking then I hear the drum beat and their hearts.. I see them rise to dance and see that they are all younger and hear their feet dance to the beat of the drum. I see Sun eagle his smile and hear Laughing Dove as she laughs and talks. We are here they say, and it is a great place.  We wait on the others who will join the circle and again I hear the drum.. It fades and I find myself in tears as the sadness is just in the hearts left behind. Helen/Red Wing 11-24-09


Alan Carter, (Ripley, MS) Lou Carrisoza's son passed. Carrisoza is a member of the American Indian Association. Ripley Funeral Home, with funeral at 11 AM.  Salena Tant  11-14-09


Joel Clingman, 92 years old Elder of the Nee tribe passed away early 11-11-09.  The tribe started a Joel Clingman Memorial Fund.  ~Chief Walking Bear 11-11-09








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.


Always Remember

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

You because

There'll never be another

To replace you in our hearts.

And the love we will always

Have for you.






The December 2009 Elder Council meeting was held December 20 by teleconference with all Elders present and a quorum declared by the chair.  


The opening prayer was given by Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman. 


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

Finance Report:       


Old Business: (a) Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke and Daniel Hoffman.  b) World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear.  (c) Hopi Nation Letter


New Business:  


Committee Reports:   

(a)  Counseling Committee:   Robert Gray Hawk Coke and Daniel Seven Hawk Eye Hoffman;  

(b)  Ceremonies:  Patti Blue Star Burdette; 

(c)   Donations:    

(d)  Smoke Signal:  Lee Standing Bear Moore

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



Closing Prayer:              




Manataka American Indian Council Elders and Committee Leaders

  • David Quiet Wind Furr, Chairman

  • Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, Women's Council Chair  

  • Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette, NAGPRA / Ceremonies Committee Leader

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

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Education Committee Leader

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman - Events Elder

  • Linda Two Hawk Feathers James - Spiritual Advisor

  • Linda VanBibber, Public Relations Committee Leader

  • Bobby Runninbear, Membership Committee Leader


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







NOTICE 1:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge have been suspended during winter months of November to February.  In case of inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow, below 40 degrees) we meet Ryan's Restaurant located at 4538 Central Avenue across from Hot Springs Mall.


Gatherings are normally held on the 3rd weekend of June (closest to the Summer Solstice) and the 3rd weekend of October (closest to the Winter Solstice).  The date of the Spring Encampment is usually the 3rd weekend of April but varies from year to year. 


NOTICE 2:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact: Becky Moore


Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902


1.  30 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids.


2.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.


3.  MEMORIAL 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.


NOTICE 5:    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 and other stores are great. 






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Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476


Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett, Georgia

Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr., Kentucky

Carol Henderson, California

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

John and Linda James, Missouri

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Grandmother Selma Palmer, Florida

Carol Perez Petersen,  California

Magdala, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee

RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee

Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia

Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

Liora Leah Zack, California


Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Organic Consumers Association

Elvina Jean Paulson

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho







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