Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 11  NOVEMBER 2009




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History: Do you know American’s original people?

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

The Traveling People

The Girl with the Golden Wings

Feature Story 4::

Native Against Native Racism
Elder's Meditations: Mary Leitka, Hoh
Women's Circle: For All Those Who Were Indian In A Former Life
Food & Nutrition: November Harvest Feast
Book Reviews: The Four Gospels and Selected Psalms In Cherokee
Poetry Circle:

Sense Of Spirit By Dave Hagstrom

Spirit Riders By Theolinda M. Foster

Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer Is A Two-Way Communication with God
Manataka  Business: Elder Council Members and Committee Leadership


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Do you know American’s original people?


There are Indian ceremonial mounds that are 2 acres bigger that the Great Pyramid of Egypt. (Read up on Cahokia)


There are over 600 Indian Nations & Tribes in the United State alone, 108 of them in California


83% of federally recognized Nations in the United States have populations of less than 1,000 members.


American Indian's were given citizenship in 1924, after many Indian men fought in World War I.


American Indians were used to send message that could not be decoded during World War II.


The Cherokee had a written language before the coming of European settlers.


60% of the world's food eaten today is of American Indian origin.


The U.S. Constitutions frame was adopted from the Iroquois Confederacy.


Jim Thorpe, Sauk and Fox Indian was selected the greatest all-around athlete of the first half century.









The Traveling People

by L. Cota Nupah Makah


The sky grew dark and heavy with gray clouds scurrying across it in layers. I watched as patches of blue faded and the Fall sun peeked out as if in a game of Peek-A-Boo. I tied my old wool scarf around my head and neck, and  put on my brothers too big boot.   Putting on my old sheep skin coat I headed for the barn to do my chores.  As I passed the kitchen I took an apple to feed to my horse he expected it each time I came to clean out his stall. I looked for the most withered one in the basket and stuffed it into my jacket pocket.


As I opened the door the wind hit me full force pushing me back inside for a moment. Pulling the door shut behind with both hands, I walked into the wind. Dirt stung my eyes as I tried to shield them and bits of sage brush clung to my jacket.


I knew that the storm we had all been watching the skies for,  was fast coming down.  My Dad had listened to the radio that morning and said it was to hit us hard with lots of snow,  in a few hours. 


Winter in Wells,  Nevada meant no food or provisions for up to three  weeks. We had no power on the ranches,  that was not an issue;  but the one strand of phone line that served the valley was an issue. We did not have cell phones or cordless phones in those days. We relied on that single telephone party line to connect with the outside world all winter.







By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess




The Girl with the Golden Wings


A long time ago there was a little girl named Mary Ann who was born with very beautiful golden wings that were tiny and fluffy.  Her parents were very concern about what people thought about their daughter and they loved her so much that they sheltered her away from people and removed all the mirrors in their home and do not allow her to go to school or play with friends.


They lived in a beautiful home in the country so the little winged girl named Mary Ann was far away from everybody.  Her entire world was contained within a small piece of land where she chased butterflies and played with all the beautiful animals of the creation.  She grew up not knowing she had wings on her back, so did never tried using them.


Once while chasing a butterfly Mary Ann ran until she got to a beautiful lake near her home. It was a magical evening, the sun was ready to go to sleep, and she began to worry because she has never been that far away from home before.  Suddenly, Mary Ann saw her reflection in the lake.  It was the first time she realized that she wore small golden wings on her back.


Mary Ann became concerned because she knew instantly that she was not like other humans -- she had wings! 


After finding her way home, Mary Ann sat at the dinner table and asked her parents about the wings on her back.  Startled, they did not know what to say and just looked at each other for the longest time.  Finally, her mother smiled and said, "Yes Mary Ann, your wings are beautiful, but they do not move." 








Native Against Native Racism

Submitted by Alfred Walking Bull, Rez Net News 


When I first heard the term, "lateral racism" I was astounded that such a condition had a name and, sadly, that it existed long enough to earn that name. It's still a relatively new concept. When I searched for the term, one hit came up for the Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education in an article written by Ron Selden. In the article, Anishinaabe activist and writer, Winona LaDuke said, "We cannot struggle against the oppressor, so we struggle against each other ... "


I heard it in high school, taking a tribal government class from one of my favorite teachers, Mr. Martin. He put it simply, "You see me. I'm brown ... just another 'dirty Indian' to you and you ignore anything I have to say! You look at some of the white teachers around here and you sit up and listen! That, is lateral racism.'"


While I'd always had a degree of respect for the toiling Mr. Martin, just by virtue of his being a teacher, it increased tenfold after that statement. He hit the issue at the time right on the nose. The other students in the class were freshmen and sophomore mostly who took the class because it was, in their words, "an easy class." After all, who knows more about tribal government and, indeed, tribal people than us?





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"Women know more about love than men do...Love is taking. Love is sharing. Love is learning things about each other."  --Mary Leitka, Hoh


The Elders say Mother Earth shares Her special gifts of love with the Women. The Women know about bringing forth life and nurturing their offspring. Through this gift of love the Earth really makes the Woman special. Men should look upon the Woman with a Sacred Eye. She should be respected. The Woman is a role model for love. When the Woman talks, we should listen; when she shares, we should be grateful. We should all learn about each other.


Grandmother, teach me to love with the power of the Woman

By Don Coyhis






For All Those Who Were Indian In A Former Life
by Andrea Smith


The New Age movement has sparked a new interest in Native American traditional spirituality among white women who claim to be feminists. Indian spirituality, with its respect for nature and the interconnectedness of all things, is often presented as the panacea for all individual and global problems. Not surprisingly, many white "feminists" see the opportunity to make a great profit from this new craze. They sell sweat lodges or sacred pipe ceremonies, which promise to bring individual and global healing. Or they sell books and records that supposedly describe Indian traditional practices so that you too, can be Indian.


On the surface, it may appear that this new craze is based on a respect for Indian spirituality. In fact, however, the New Age movement is part of a very old story of white racism and genocide against the Indian people. The "Indian" ways that the white, New Age "feminists" are practicing have little grounding in reality.


True spiritual leaders do not make a profit from their teachings, whether it's through selling books, workshops, sweat lodges, or otherwise. Spiritual leaders teach the people because it is their responsibility to pass what they have learned from their elders to the youngest generations. They do not charge for their services.









November Harvest Feast

A traditional American Indian meal


There is nothing more satisfying, tasty, and healthy than a meal prepared by loving hands using

natural ingredients.



Pueblo Barbecued Pork Roast          Yield: 6 servings
1/4 cup  Vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup  chopped onion
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
4 dried Juniper Berries -crushed
1/2 teaspoons crushed Coriander Seed
1 Bay leaf
4 large Tomatoes, quartered
1 1/4 cup Water

2/3 cup Cider vinegar
1/3    Cto

1/2 cup honey
1 tb Ground New Mexican red chile
1 Dried medium-hot New Mexican red chile, crushed
2 teaspoons Salt
1 oz square unsweetened Chocolate, grated
4 lb To 5 lb Pork Rib Roast

Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan and sauté  onions in it over medium heat until soft. Add garlic, juniper berries, coriander seed and bay leaf and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add tomatoes, water, vinegar, honey, ground and crushed chilé  and salt. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Add chocolate and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes, until fairly thick.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place roast fat side up in a roasting pan and baste generously with the sauce. Roast for about 3 hours, basting occasionally with sauce and pan drippings. Let roast sit for 10 minutes in a warm place before carving. Slice and spoon additional sauce over each portion.
PER SERVING (pork trimmed of fat): 495 calories, 40 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 28 g fat (9 g saturated), 109 mg cholesterol, 605 mg; sodium, 1 g fiber.
From “American Game Cooking,” by John Ask and Sid Goldstein.  Jayne Benet writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 3/18/92.

Acorn Bread         Yield: 1 Loaf
1 cup Acorn meal
1 cup Flour
2 tablespoons  Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3 tablespoon  Sugar
1 Egg, beaten
1 cup Milk
3 tablespoons Oil
Sift together, acorn meal, white flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, and oil.  Combine dry and liquid ingredients.  Stir just enough to moisten dry ingredients. Pour into a greased pan and bake at 400F. for 30 minutes.
Ogwissimanabo (Yellow Squash Soup)        Yield:  6 servings
1 medium Yellow Squash, diced
4 each Shallots, with tops, chopped
1 quart Water
2 tablespoons Maple syrup
5 Cucumbers (1/2″ thick), sliced
1 tablespoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
Place the squash, shallots, water & syrup into a large soup pot and simmer for 40 minutes, until the squash is tender. Add cucumbers.  Pit everything into a large bowl and mash until it forms a thick, creamy paste (or use a blender).  Put the mixture back into the soup pot & season with salt & pepper.  Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Ojawashkwawegad (Wild Green Salad)      Yield:  6 servings


1 cup Wild Onions, well chopped
1 quart Watercress
1/4 cup Sheep sorrel
1 1/2 cup Dandelion leaves

2 cups Strawberries, whole


1/3 cup Sunflower seed oil
1/3 cup Cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Maple syrup
3/4 teaspoons Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper


Toss together the salad ingredients. Combine the dressing ingredients and mix. 

Toss the salad in the dressing & serve.

Locke-Ober Indian Pudding          Yield:  6 servings
1/4  cup  cornmeal
2 cups Whole Milk -- cold
2 cups Whole Milk -- scalded
1/2  cup Molasses
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4  cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon or Ginger or both
4 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons White Rum
Step One: Mix the cornmeal with enough of the cold milk to pour easily. Stir until smooth. Add slowly 2 cups scalded milk and cook in the top of a double boiler for 20 minutes, or until thick. Step Two: Add molasses, salt, sugar, cinnamon (or ginger), and butter. Pour into a buttered pudding dish and pour over the balance of the cold milk and the rum.
Step Three: Set in a pan of hot water and bake 3 hours in a 250-degree oven. Let stand 1/2 hour before serving.










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My Body, My Earth: The Practice of Somatic Archaeology
by Ruby Gibson


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My Body, My Earth provides the tools to explore your somatic warehouse of generational memory in order to decipher the cause and effect of your experiences and life patterns. When your personal stories go unremembered they become dormant, and typically translate into a symptom–which is your body talking to you, saying, “Wake up, pay attention, don’t forget about this!”

Historical amnesia locks these stories in the body, manifesting as pain, disease, addictions, emotional patterns, and repetitive circumstances. Somatically excavating your personal legend unearths memories of the past that can be reconciled and healed in order to create a new myth-for your body and for your Earth.

When we experience a symptom as painful, we are taught to suppress or ignore it. Doing this for long periods of time aggravates the symptom, establishing chronic, generational physical or emotional conditions. Expressing or tending to symptom through the process of somatic remembering, helps to relieve pain and creates spiritual well-being, emotional optimism, and physical freedom.

This guidebook for personal transformation reveals the Five Steps of Somatic Archaeology so that you, too, can heal your past and recover your joy. Somatic Archaeology™ bridges the ancient Medicine Wheel, human behavior, spirituality, and bodywork into a revolutionary pathway that provides tools for body evolution–a natural and gradual progression of recreating ourselves and our world while in this physical form.


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Manataka Review

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Understanding the Gift

by John Vames


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Sense Of Spirit

By Dave Hagstrom, Wyoming ©2009



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 that 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.




Spirit Riders
By Theolinda M. Foster ©2009

The rivers run red
The bodies littered the valley
A mournful wolf howls
Manatanka receives them
They are one with the spirits

Echoes in the night
The sound of thundering hooves
Mystic warriors
Ride across the darkened sky
They chant out loud their death songs




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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


Albert Granger (Blythe, CA) still has cancer is holding his own but still needs continued prayers.  Is now out of the hospital. ~Eagle Star  08-08-09


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...


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


Lee Standing Bear and the rest if Manataka family, thank you 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 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. 


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.






The October 2009 Elder Council meeting was postponed due to conflicts with ceremonies, events and travel. 


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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