Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 12  DECEMBER 2009




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History: December 29 is the Anniversary of Wounded Knee

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

The American Indian Code of Ethics

Fighting for the Land

Feature Story 4::

Judaculla Rock, NC- Solstice Horizon Marker
Elder's Meditations: Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
Women's Circle: A Woman Who Resurrected Ancient Indian Art Form
Food & Nutrition: Hickory Nuts Mean Kanuchi
Book Reviews:

Native American Flute: Understanding the Gift

Poetry Circle: American Indian by Luke Easter
Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer is Connecting With Creation and Creator
Manataka  Business: November 2009 Elder Council Meeting


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December 29 is the Anniversary of Wounded Knee

By John Christian Hopkins, Diné Bureau -


WINDOW ROCK - To the rebuilt 7th Cavalry, what happened at Wounded Knee 115 years ago today was a great victory; with 20 of the soldiers winning Congressional Medals of Honor for their "heroic" deeds that bloody day.

The chain of events that led to the massacre began earlier that year, when a Paiute prophet named Wovoka predicted the coming of The Messiah to restore the Indians' place in the world. It was a crude combination of Paiute religion and Christianity.

To entice The Messiah to appear, the Lakota Indians began to perform the Ghost Dance. It quickly built to a frenzy.

Settlers feared another Indian war and soldiers were sent to stop it. It was decided to arrest Sitting Bull who did not practice the Ghost Dance; but did nothing to thwart its popularity.

The aging chief was confronted by Indian policeman, backed by soldiers. Shots rang out suddenly and the unarmed chief was killed.

The soldiers retreated to their fort; the Sioux feared more soldiers were coming to kill them all. Chief Big Foot fled the reservation. Cavalry reinforcements arrived and encircled the fleeing Indians. As it was near dark, the troops the 7th Cavalry surrounded the Indians and waited for morning.

A gray, frigid morning came and the Indians found themselves surrounded by soldiers and Gatling guns.








The American Indian Code of Ethics

by L. Cota Nupah Makah - Waynonaha


Oren Lyon’s painting of the Tree of Peace, under which the Haudenosaunee Confederacy was formed many hundreds of years ago.

Give Thanks:

Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek the courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).

Show Respect:  
Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy". Showing respect is a basic law  of life.
Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.


Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders. Never sit and stare at people keep your eyes down cast or otherwise busy.

No person should be made to feel "put down" by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison. Even when you know someone makes a mistake do not repeatedly point this out to them and make them feel forgetful or lacking.  Many of us will forget in our life time and need not be judged in this way.

Do not touch things that belong to someone else (especially Sacred Objects), without permission; or an understanding between you. We here in our home never enter another person's room without permission as this is there Sacred Space. This is their space as long as they are in our home.






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess


Fighting for the Land


There are some that fight one day , they are good

There are some that fight one year, they are very good

There are some that fight all their life

Those ones are the indispensables

…. Silvio Rodrigues….




Honoring to Abuela Miss Annie Abram, the best human being that I have ever met, she makes me feel proud of being human. 


Beautiful Ones,


 We have encountered an incredible opening of human being in this time space, for the time is now, the time where the true human being is encountering the self.


We are back into the place where the waters comes out from the womb, after the journey of 13 hours of drum in Ohio.  The beat of the mother brought all the races together.  The beat of the mother has created a wave of awakening of the true human being DNA.  Everywhere in the world the doors are now opened for the consciousness to find the integration within the self and give birth to a new possibility of the integration, unity, and peace all over the world. I am so thankful for all my beautiful people in Ohio.  I love you so much, you made it possible.











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Judaculla Rock, NC- Solstice Horizon Marker

By Ray Urbaniak, October 15, 2009


I am a Rock Art Researcher specializing in Solstice & Equinox Markers.  I published a book entitled ANASAZI of SW UTAH, The Dance of Light & Shadow, that is available on this website.


On a recent visit to Ashville, North Carolina to visit my son, daughter-in- law, and grandson, I took a short one hour plus trip to the southwest corner of the state to visit the Judaculla Petroglyph Rock near Sylva in Jackson County that is open to the public year round during daylight hours.



Plate 1. Unfortunately the lighting as well as leaves on the large soapstone boulder did not lend to a very detailed photograph.  For better photos of the entire 16 foot x 11 foot boulder visit. Plate 2. In addition to the grooves and figures the rock has a lot of cupules, (circular indentions in the rock, that are among the oldest forms of Rock Art that have been found in the world, some dating back as much as 50,000 years.



The rock art at this site is purported to have been made in the Late Archaic Period or Early Woodland Period between 2,000-5,000 years ago according to my Internet research.





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Traditional Whale Dreamers




No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.




Two Indians and an Arkansas Hillbilly were walking in the woods, all of a sudden one of the Indians ran up a hill to the mouth of a small cave. "Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!" he called into the cave and then he listened very closely until he heard an answering, "Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!" He tore off his clothes and ran into the cave.


The Arkie was puzzled and asked the other Indian what that was all about, was the other Indian crazy or what?


"No," said the Indian. "It is our custom during mating season when Indian men see cave, they holler 'Wooooo Wooooo! Wooooo!' into the opening. If they get an answer back, it means there is a girl in there waiting to mate."


Just then they saw another cave. The Indian ran up to the opening of the cave stopped, and hollered, "Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!" Immediately, there was an answering "Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!" from deep inside the cave. He tore off his clothes and ran into the cave.


The Arkie wandered around in the woods alone for a while, and then he came upon a great big cave. As he looked in amazement at the size of the huge opening, he was thinking, "Hoo, man! Look at the size of this cave! It is bigger than those the Indians found. There must be some really big, fine women in this cave!" He stood in front of the opening and hollered with all his might, " Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!"

He grinned and closed his eyes in anticipation, and then he heard the answering call,  "Woooooo! Woooooo! Woooooo!" With a gleam in his eyes and a smile on his face, He raced into the cave tearing off his clothes as he ran. 


The following day, the newspaper headline read..... "NAKED ARKANSAS HILLBILLY RUN OVER BY FREIGHT TRAIN."








"Mothers must protect the lives they have helped to bring into the world."   --Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders


Every child is subject to the seeds each adult plants in his/her mind. If we plant praise and "you can do it", the child will grow up with certain predictable behavior patterns. If we plant ideas that there's something wrong with you or you're good for nothing, the child will grow up with predictable behavior patterns. We need to honor and respect the mothers who protect the children and plant positive seeds for their growth.


Great Spirit, bless each mother and give her courage and faith.

By Don Coyhis






White House honors woman who resurrected ancient Indian art form

Doug Hill, CNHI News Service

NORMAN, Okla. — The National Museum of the American Indian purchased Jereldine Redcorn’s ceramic pot titled “Intertwining Scrolls” in 2005. This was significant recognition for the Norman artist’s one-woman resurrection of the traditional Caddo methods in making both fine and utilitarian pottery. Important as that acknowledgment was however there’s no way Redcorn could have known that someday this piece would be chosen by first lady Michelle Obama for display in the White House’s Oval Office. That’s what happened this fall.

“It’s quite an honor to have my work selected along with other artists such as Maria Montoya Martinez,” Redcorn said recently during an interview at OU’s Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Her art will be among work by others such as Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns on display for the Commander in Chief’s daily enjoyment and inspiration. “When President Obama was elected I received e-mails from German friends congratulating us on the outcome,” Redcorn said. “His election has made a difference all over the world by opening doors.”

Redcorn knows something about opening doors through her art. In 2000 she made friends with a collective of German artists called the Group of Five. Along with other Native American artists Redcorn traveled to Bremen. They worked and shared ideas together as well as having a great time getting to know each other. “In 2004 they came to America,” Redcorn said. “We’ve kept the conversation going and it has been a wonderful exchange.”

How a little girl from Washita County grew up to be an international artistic ambassador, her work admired by the most powerful couple in the world is a fascinating story. Redcorn is also a wife, mother, retired educator and has been an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institution.









Hickory Nuts Mean Kanuchi

By Shawna Cain, Cherokee National Treasure


As a food source, Cherokees value hickory

nuts bearing thinner shells and larger nut meat.

The archeological and historic record demonstrates that hickory trees have played a vital role in Cherokee culture as an important source of food and medicine, as well as a medium for constructing tools, weaponry and many other cultural items.

Hickory continues to assume a significant place among contemporary Cherokees, utilized for making ball sticks, traditional baskets, bows, arrows, medicine and Kanuchi.

There are a dozen species of deciduous hickory trees native to North America that produce oval nut fruits measuring 2 to 5 cm long and 1.5 to 3 cm in diameter. As a food source, Cherokees value those hickory nuts bearing thinner shells and larger nut meat. The most popular of hickory nuts are the mocker, shag bark and nutmeg. Ideally, hickory nuts are collected as soon as they begin falling from trees and before the first frost of the year. Late October through November is the most plentiful time to gather hickory nuts. However, as one elder known for his skill in making Kanuchi balls for hickory nut soup warned, to gather the appropriate nuts for making Kanuchi, one must learn to “get up early and beat the squirrels to the best nuts.”









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American Indian
 by Luke Easter
There’s only one real true American,
A human being here from the start,
Although existing of many tribes,
All nations made whole from each part.
Unlike the movies, the Indian never started the fight,
Only retaliating to save and protect property rights,
Now realizing profits from ventures on tribunal owned land, 
Along comes the U.S. Government sticking out its hand.
Even going to court in a lawsuit the attorneys are prepared,
Claiming land that is non-taxable the tribes should pay a share,
Are the powers that be going to collect the monies for the needy?
Or like everything else distribute to the Washington Greedy?
Was the Indian really thought of after the death of Sitting Bull?
Only when billions of dollars casinos on their land began to pull,
How does the government attempt to collect on property they stole?
From original owners a miniscule fraction of a fraction of the whole. 
Land that was stolen because some prospectors found gold,
The value of which Indian tribes were never informed or told,
A government that feels it is constitutionally entitled, oh how bold,
Acres not returned to the rightful owner but illegally leased or sold.
This always happens in politics so I kinda, sorta, understand,
But, the American Indian was born and raised on this land,
Long before any explorer or Christopher Columbus in 1492,
We're crying about illegal aliens? The foot’s in the other shoe.
I thought about this due to the fuss made about a certain Prophet,
What idiot thinks it’s OK to make fun of Muhammad?
Millions in property damage and several lives have been lost,
And this form of idiotic behavior champions what type of cause?
Why slight Islam or any other secular religious nation?
Whatever happened to hey, how be you, greetings, salutations?
Intentionally disrespecting others beliefs while slamming the door,
You are surprised sects are outraged seeking revenge through war?
Yes, there’s the knucklehead claiming it’s protected by free speech,
When I was growing up that’s not what the school system would teach,
You simply could not yell fire in any crowded movie theatre,
And you certainly can’t make fun of an Icon Prophet in any newspaper.
We celebrate Lincoln and Washington on Presidents day,
But it’s not right to honor Martin Luther King Jr. some still say,
How many Presidents have taken time to champion the needy?
Oh yeah, did early America ever honor any Indian peace treaty?
It was the Navajo Code Talkers, who fearlessly turned the tide,
Without them World War II, would’ve been won by the other side,
In an American society where Indians were degraded and smeared,
Yet, for this country in a war not theirs, they still volunteered.
American statesmen are honored on ones, twenties, fifties, fives, tens,
With the largest denomination being donned by Benjamin Franklin,
This is what puzzles me and I wonder if anyone really will know,
Why was an Indian's head on a nickel more famous for the Buffalo?
It’s 2009, there is a lot of animosity towards illegal immigration,
This from the ancestors who actually stole the American Nation,
Obviously many don’t read the bible, to them just so you’ll know,
Galatians 6: 7, the United States is reaping exactly what it sowed. 
Upon their arrival the Indians welcomed Pilgrims into their tents,
Killed the braves, raped squaws, to the reservation kids were sent,
Then they went out, bought, beat, raped and murdered the slaves,
Now they’re hell bent out of shape because Hispanics want in today?
And, the Africans not murdered or mutilated were eventually sold,
At the center of the market place many times paid for by Indian gold,
Oh, it’s OK for illegal aliens in sweat shops, factories, farms or fields,
Way under minimum wage in jobs we don’t want, what’s the big deal? 
Ruthless tactics by the King of England is why the British left there,
Likewise all foreigners because they were also being treated unfair,
Centuries later Haitians, Hondurans, Cubans and others want to go,
To the land of opportunity just like the Hispanics, north of Mexico.
8/10/09 Kids are not allowed access to school @ San Felipe Del Rio,
Kelt Cooper  says, 'We have a law. We have a policy. We follow,”
Well, if the United States had kept and not broken every single treaty,
What are the chances no Mexicans or Indians would ever be needed?
Yeah America, land of the free and home of the brave,
Except for the latter Indian version deep in the grave,
What else to expect with guns versus bows and arrows,
Fair as ten million eagles against one million sparrows.
We give millions to and praise athletes, who are MVP,
Acting stars who make movies that our children can’t see,
Those in the know mostly hire unqualified next of kin,
When in the heck are we going to honor the American Indian?
by Luke Easter



Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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


Myron Foster (Indiana) My husband has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  It is also in his adrenal gland. Please send out your prayers for him,I know that they are heard and I believe strongly in the power of prayer. I have many adopted sisters and brothers that are from the Cherokee, the Shawnee, the Navajo and the Lakota but I am hoping for as  many to join in as possible. Bless you all and be at peace always.  -Theolinda Foster 08-02-09

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass -- it's about learning to dance in the rain."


Edwin Tuni 26, wife Heather and two daughters, Kandice and Autumn Tuni and brother, Edmund Tuni, Age 18 (MS) Please say a prayer for both my sons.  They are both working in Mississippi as iron workers.  I found out that evil spirits are interfering with them.  They are both Navajo Indians Please say a prayer for the evil spirit to be safely removed from their thoughts and minds.  Thanks. ~ Carlena Tuni 07-28-09


Tony, 17-years old, (Michigan)   I really need some prayers for a some very special people.   When Michael and I got married, there were like 4 different couples from here at our hospital who we all got married, had kids, etc all around the same time.  This one particular couple both work here and still do, the wife Jan works in Respiratory where Michael used to work and her husband TJ works with me in the lab, I have known TJ for 25 years, and them both for over 20.  They have 2 kids Emily turned 18 in April  and their son Tony just had his 17th BD a week or 2 ago.  Friday Evening Tony committed suicide. TJ found him and it is just awful, what a horrible weekend. The whole hospital is a wreck since most people here known them both.  The viewing is tomorrow evening and the funeral will be on Thursday AM, can you please have your prayer group says some prayers for their entire family, their friends, and of course Tony.  Thank you! ~Melissa.  From Val and RedWing.  07-28-09


Georgia, (CA) 67 year-old California woman is in coma.  I ask that prayers go up for this lady.  Henrietta Devereaux  07-14-09


Martha Miller, (York, PA) Pray for the Miller Family.  The mother, Martha was found on the floor and rushed to Memorial Hospital in York with a stroke -- she has not regained consciousness at this time.  Martha adopted two abused children and gave them a wonderful home.   ~Red Wing 07-11-09 

Martha Miller woke from her stroke, She has problem with lips to one side and right arm is numb or paralyzed.. But she knew her family and that is a good sign.  She only had IV in arm and oxygen.  I thank all the Prayer warriors who Prayed for them.. But they still need prayers to adjust to Martha's illness.  Red Wing  07-14-09


Zane Pippin, New born on July 8, 2009. (LA), Had breathing problems at birth but all appears to be well.  Mother and baby are heading home.  ~Maxine Fulgham  07-10-09.


Adam (Queensland, Australia)  Adam is Chippewa, adopted and brought to Australia as a young boy with his twin sister [now deceased].  He is feeling lost and alone without his tribe around him, nor his sister whom he loved dearly. Adam is a wonderful young man who's caught up in the cycle of drinking and living on the streets. He is not a bad person, he is in great need of much love, support, strength and compassion. He asks for healing and help that he may find the inner and outer strength and love to overcome his drinking so that he can get himself together so he can go home to Turtle Island to reunite with his people and his traditions, so he can show his children the beauty of the Chippewa.  Lynn Guy 06-23-09


Richard Hutton (Memphis, TN) has a bad heart.  He is the father of Joseph, who is a friend of Gray Beard Vinson's middle son.  Please offer up prayers for this good man.   ~Helen RedWing Vinson  06-11-09


Henrietta Eagle Star Devereux (Blythe, CA) Has a severe loss of hearing and vision impairment.  "My vision has improved but needs more," said Eagle Star.  Please pray for this special member of Manataka.  Bear 06-09-09



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...


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


Stephanie Schwartz, (Firestone, CO) Member of the Native American Journalists Association, President of the Link Center Foundation, since 2005.  Contributing author to national and international news organizations such as Country Road Chronicles, Native American Times, Lakota-Dakota Journal, Well Nations Magazine, Namaste Magazine, Smoke Signal News, and the Sacred Hoop Magazine.  Stephanie passed peacefully into spiritual fulfillment. Shortly before 11 pm  last night, Monday, August 17, 2009 Stephanie officially left the human boundaries and entered her eternal destiny, an unleashing of these human boundaries, where she will be visiting many of us in a good way.  Caitlin, her only daughter, and her fiance Matthew Rumery express their Gratitude for all of your prayerful support.  She is also survived by her sister, Renee Bolton, four nieces and nephews:  Jenifer Mitchell, Kathy Naumann, William Sutfin and William Borton.  Thank you all for you multiple expressions of sympathy and love and support.  ~Jim Beard  08-18-09

Jesse William Devereaux (Blythe, CA) It is with a sad  and broken heart, that  let all of your know my oldest son Jesse William Devereaux past away on July 29, 2009. Memorial services will be held on Saturday August 15, 2009 at the Zion Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM. My family need support of your prayers to get through this difficult task. Thank You.  ~ Eagle Star Devereaux 08-08-09


Thank you to our Manataka family for the many prayers and condolences, during the tragic loss of my son Jessie.  Please continue the prayers on the mountain for my family. Also, special prayers for my son Mark, as he is having an especially hard time with it. I am doing as well as can be expected at this time but would appreciate continued prayers. And a special thank you for the article and smoke signal for Jessie's passing. Blessings and prayer to all. ~Eagle Star 09-14-09


Patty Pillbeam (WV) crossed July 30 over after battling lung cancer.  She leaves behind her  husband, Glen and 2 adult sons, Corey and Sam.  We will

have ceremony for her on Sunday.  I am thankful for having Patti in my life, and thankful that her suffering was short. Please say prayers for the family.  Thanks from my heart.  Val and Helen RedWing  07-31-09


Leo Causey, 74, (Ben Wheeler, TX) died July 3, 2009 after a long illness. The family invites anyone wishing to express condolences to a public celebration, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Saturday, August 1 at Van Community Center. Leo was born August 1, 1934 in Lorraine, Texas.  Surviving family members include his beloved wife, Flora, eleven children, Pam Walker, Michael Causey, Linda Wilkes, Darla Daniel, Karen Long, Cathey Causey, Teena Witt, Linda Harden, Cheryl Anders, Roberta Hardin and Clifford Hardin, 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.


Connie Mike Sample (Laughing Bear), (Russellville, AR)  Crossed over June 6, 2009 at home with his sister, Barbara. Connie was born on September 29, 1958 in Dallas, Texas.  Connie was loved by everyone who knew him.  Connie was a blessing to Barbara Ann Sample and the folks who attend purification lodge ceremonies and dances in Russellville.  Laughing Bear was loved by all and he loved everyone as well. there was not a stranger to be seen in his eyes and he loved to give bear sized hugs as well.  Music was in his heart and he loved to dance . and if there was a gathering dance Brother Laughing Bear was the first to get in line. Laughing Bear worked at Marva's Workshop in Russellville For 8 years and was a lifetime participant in the Special Olympics.  There was a Cross over Sweat in his honor June 10th.  During the third round the wind blew hard, the rain came down, the door keepers were covered with pine needles. I believe it was Laughing Bear's spirit saying he loved every one and  the wind was one last hug, the rain, tears of the elders not in sadness but in joy that such a special soul, was joining them.  A memorial service will be at the Journey Church, 3001 East  H Street, Russellville,  Arkansas. at 5:30 p.m. June 22 ,2009 (located behind Lowes)  Please Keep His sister Barbra And family in your prayers as the go through the transition of loss.  ~Rhonda Walker 06-11-09






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 November 2009 Elder Council meeting was held November 15 by teleconference with all Elders present and a quorum declared by the chair.  


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


The Treasurer report showed MAIC has zero long-term and short-term debt.  Total assets increased due to property reassessment while cash-on-hand decreased due to a slow down in the economy.  Becky Flaming Owl made a motion to approve with a 2nd by Patti Blue Star Burdette won by unanimous decision.  The minutes of the previous meeting were not read, but were sent to Elders previously.     


Old Business: (a) Robert Gray Hawk Coke was appointed to chair the project of bringing the Venezuela tribal representatives to Manataka.  Hawk

Hoffman will co-chair the effort.  (b) Lee Standing Bear Moore reported on his recent journey to Australia to attend the Manataka Gathering there. (c)  It was decided that Installation Ceremonies for the Elder Council will be held in the Spring 2010.


New Business:  (a) Robert Gray Hawk Coke and Daniel Seven Hawk Eye Hoffman will co-chair the Counseling committee.  (b) A request from the Hopi Nation tribal chairman for MAIC to assist with a project to investigate selling ceremony was granted.  The motion was made by Becky Flaming Owl with a second by Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman won by unanimous decision.  (c)  Lee Standing Bear Moore proposed a new project to sponsor the World Drum Project Flag Contest.  A motion to approve by Patty Blue Star Burdette with a second by Linda Two Hawk Feathers James won by unanimous decision.  


Committee Reports:   (a)  Counseling Committee:   Lee Standing Bear will send counselor requirements to Elders;  (b)  Ceremonies:  Patti Blue Star Burdette had no report;  (c) Fund Raising:   Kohl's Department Stores gave $1,000.00 from two in-store promotions; (d)  Smoke Signal:  Bear reported a lower cost of distribution -- cut by more than 80%, while subscriptions increased by 15%; (e) Education: Robert Gray Hawk Coke had no report;  (f) Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore said no formal meetings in Oct, Nov. - only individual meetings and events until Spring. 


Announcement:  None

Closing Prayer:   Linda Two Hawk Feathers James -- the miracle of cooperation           

Adjourn:                1:03 p.m.



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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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

Carol Henderson, California

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

John 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

Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr., Kentucky

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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