Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIlI
Issue 12 DECEMBER 2009
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Page 3 of 3 Pages
December 29 is the Anniversary
of Wounded Knee
By John Christian Hopkins,
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
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.
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L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
The American Indian
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.
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).
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.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
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.
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.
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
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FEATURE STORY 4
Judaculla Rock, NC- Solstice Horizon Marker
By Ray Urbaniak, October 15,
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
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.
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
See an amazing film
about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers
No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
INDIANS OUTSMART THE ARKIE,
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
"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.
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
"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.
House honors woman who resurrected ancient Indian art form
Doug Hill, CNHI News Service
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
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
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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
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
Claiming land that is non-taxable the tribes should pay a share,
Are the powers that be going to collect the monies for the
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
How does the government attempt to collect on property they
From original owners a miniscule fraction of a fraction of the
Land that was stolen because some prospectors
The value of which Indian tribes were never informed or told,
A government that feels it is constitutionally entitled, oh how
Acres not returned to the rightful owner but illegally leased or
This always happens in politics so I kinda, sorta,
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
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
Whatever happened to hey, how be you, greetings, salutations?
Intentionally disrespecting others beliefs while slamming the
You are surprised sects are outraged seeking revenge through
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
You simply could not yell fire in any crowded movie theatre,
And you certainly can’t make fun of an Icon Prophet in any
We celebrate Lincoln and Washington on Presidents
But it’s not right to honor Martin Luther King Jr. some still
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
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
It’s 2009, there is a lot of animosity towards
This from the ancestors who actually stole the American Nation,
Obviously many don’t read the bible, to them just so you’ll
Galatians 6: 7, the United States is reaping exactly what it
Upon their arrival the Indians welcomed Pilgrims
into their tents,
Killed the braves, raped squaws, to the reservation kids were
Then they went out, bought, beat, raped and murdered the slaves,
Now they’re hell bent out of shape because Hispanics want in
And, the Africans not murdered or mutilated were
At the center of the market place many times paid for by Indian
Oh, it’s OK for illegal aliens in sweat shops, factories, farms
Way under minimum wage in jobs we don’t want, what’s the big
Ruthless tactics by the King of England is why
the British left there,
Likewise all foreigners because they were also being treated
Centuries later Haitians, Hondurans, Cubans and others want to
To the land of opportunity just like the Hispanics, north of
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
What are the chances no Mexicans or Indians would ever be
Yeah America, land of the free and home of the
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
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...
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
Diane Brown and
family. Her husband is a
Navajo Vietnam Vet is
going in or tests.
~Henrietta Eagle Star
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
~Henrietta Eagle Star
Maxine Fulgham, was
recently diagnosed with
Eagle Star 10-18-09
(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
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
Love And Peace
~Maxine Fulgham 10-06-09
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.
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
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,
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
and still do, the wife
Jan works in Respiratory
where Michael used to
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
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
people here known
them both. The viewing
is tomorrow evening and
the funeral will be on
Thursday AM, can
you please have your
group says some prayers
for their entire family,
their friends, and of
From Val and RedWing.
(CA) 67 year-old California
woman is in coma. I ask
that prayers go up for this
lady. Henrietta Devereaux
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
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
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
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
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
Eagle Star Devereux
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.
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
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.
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
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
Carrisoza is a member of the American Indian Association.
Funeral Home, with funeral at 11 AM. Salena Tant
Joel Clingman, 92
years old Elder of the Nee tribe passed away early 11-11-09.
The tribe started a Joel Clingman Memorial Fund. ~
Walking Bear 11-11-09
Schwartz, (Firestone, CO)
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
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
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
Pillbeam (WV) crossed July 30 over after battling lung
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
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
Connie Mike Sample (Laughing Bear),
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
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 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.
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
Becky Flaming Owl made a
motion to approve with a 2nd by Patti Blue Star
won by unanimous decision.
The minutes of the
previous meeting were not read, but were sent to
Business: (a) Robert Gray Hawk Coke was
appointed to chair the project of bringing the
Venezuela tribal representatives to Manataka. Hawk
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.
Robert Gray Hawk
Coke and Daniel Seven Hawk Eye Hoffman will
co-chair the Counseling committee.
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
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.
Counseling Committee: Lee
Standing Bear will send counselor requirements
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%;
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.
Prayer: Linda Two Hawk Feathers James --
the miracle of cooperation
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.
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
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
11:30 a.m., 1st
Saturday each month. Contact:
PAID YOUR DUES?
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!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot
Springs, AR 71902
DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
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.
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 and other stores are great.
THANK YOU TO
EVERYONE WHO DONATED
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Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas
Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New
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
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
Andrea Crambit, California
Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
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
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