Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIII Issue 11
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
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LEGENDS OF OLD:
Fish Dog Skins
Indians from the West, over the mountains, (Rocky Mountains of Northern Montana
and Southern Alberta Canada) came to trade with this Blackfoot band.
They were called "Snake Indians" as their designs were jagged and looked like a
snake. Among there trading goods were some skins that looked like a dog, but had
feet like a beaver and a kind of fish tail. When asked where these came from,
they were told they lived in the Big Water where the Sun sets and some came up
the Big River where they lived.
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC
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October 3, 2009
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to
publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a
topic you feel needs to be addressed.
You are a
wonderfully divine expression of all that is good. You are
the hope of the world because you carry hope in your heart.
You dream of a better life for yourself and others because
you know that it is possible. You have come here for this
very purpose – to add your distinctive thread to the
tapestry of life. As you unfold your potential and weave
your story into this intricate fabric, everything becomes
insight and wisdom is essential in determining the next step
in our collective evolution. Each rhythmic heart beat sounds
your unique tone of love just as every imaginative thought
you have reveals your creative essence. With every breath,
love itself is animated and made real through you. Your
very presence makes a profound difference on this earth and
is a gift beyond measure. Nothing would be the same without
generously share the love in your heart, you are naturally
fulfilling your destiny. It is the unconditional kindness
you show towards yourself and others that makes love
tangible. Your smiles and laughter bring lightness to the
journey that would never be possible without you being
present within it. You add a dimension that can never be
replaced by any other part of life.
Each step you
take is a courageous choice to explore the unknown. Your
strength to move forward and discover potentials yet to come
is felt by everyone. Others follow your lead to realize
their own abilities, and together new pathways of
possibility are opened to benefit all. Your light shines
compassion is the signal that love is manifesting in great
abundance and that an age of grand and delightful expression
is here. The trust you have for this potential is the reason
it is happening and even possible. Could you ever imagine
that this age of beauty we are entering into is all because
You are precious
and the world rejoices knowing you have come to share your
love at this most auspicious time. Love, light
and peace, ~Harold W. Becker, President and Founder, The
Love Foundation, Inc.
To those who care about
Manataka, my name is Joe Pennell and I’m from the Columbus, Ohio
area. I just found this site and must say I never knew of the
Manataka area. I find the information exciting and sad at the same
time. I am always interested in Native American history,
Spirituality and Prophecies and enjoy reading information that
parallels my own beliefs. I then visited several Hot Springs sites
to find them telling how they "improved the area" which made my
heart sad. They try to "improve" on what the Creator has made and at
the same time trample under foot His Sacred grounds. We have had
similar acts of disrespect for Sacred lands near here such as
building a golf course in the middle of the Octagon Mound or police
trying to stop Sacred ceremonies at Flint Ridge.
I believe, along with the Church I belong to, that there is a time
coming, probably in the near future, when a time of peace will be
established on this land of America and the Native People will again
be free as they once were. We also believe that there will be a
leader, a Choice Seer if you will, that will come out of the Native
American community and will unite the Tribes and those that will
listen. There will be a gathering (you say a Great Awakening and
Great Gathering at the Place of Peace) of many tribes. After reading
about Manataka I believe it will play into the future somehow. In
this cleansed land (for, unfortunately, there is a time of
destruction coming (purification) before this peace is established)
a new city will be built were people will gather and learn peaceful
In the Iroquois Prophecy by The Peace Maker, of the battle of the
three serpents, the Native People are in the mountains (perhaps
Manataka) watching the following: "At the time they were
watching the two serpents locked in this battle, a great message
would come to them and make them ever so humble, and when they had
become that humble, they will be waiting for a young leader, an
Indian boy, possibly in his teens, who would become a Choice Seer.
Nobody knows who he is or where he comes from, but he will be given
great power and would be heard by thousands, and he would give them
Anyway, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ (not affiliated with
the Mormons) and also serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for
NAICCO (Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio). As I was
reading about Manataka I could not help to see the parallels with
what we believe and I hope someday to come see this area. Although I
have no Native blood in me the Creator has opened my eyes to the
Spirituality of the Native Americans.
You ask: Do you know why the nations sent their elders to Manataka?
My guess is that they literally received visions and direction from
the Great Spirit which would not surprise me but I'll probably have
to visit Manataka to find out. Keep the
Faith as better times are coming. Mitakuye Oyasin ~Joe
who has gone to a museum where Native American items are
displayed will quickly realize that Columbus did not
"discover" the "new world". Actually, what Columbus did
was prove the earth was not flat.
the past 25 years I have had the privilege of undertaking
archaeological studies in Kentucky. The studies focus on
finding/locating sites that were occupied by Native
(Aboriginal) People in the pre-historic period. Once a site
is located it is mapped, measured, pin pointed on a
topographic map, and a site report is prepared and sent to
the office of the state Archaeologist. As this study
progressed it became very obvious to me that the people who
occupied these sites were very special. They used what the
Creator gave them to obtain food, build dwellings, make
tools and survive in a world that was truly natural. They
discovered plants that could cure illness and plants that
would sustain them through all seasons. Many of the plants
we use on a daily basis (the potato, tomato, corn, squash,
pumpkin, peppers, and beans to name a few) were initially
discovered by Aboriginal People and cultured to eventually
produce an important food source.
with great respect that I say to all Native Peoples that you
truly are the First Americans - The Discoverers of
America. ~Matt Maley
Hi, my name is
Melissa and yesterday after school my 7-year old was telling me about
Thanksgiving. I had just learned the true history of Thanksgiving about 2
weeks ago and I am sickened by what I learned. I am truly sorry for
your loss over the hundreds of years. I don’t know what I was thinking but I
asked my daughter if she wanted to hear the true history of Thanksgiving, I
think because I couldn't stand listening to her talk about it like it was a
grand thing. So I went on to tell her everything I had learned and I
know it was a lot for her to take in but the only thing she asked me was if
we were going to still have Thanksgiving dinner. I told her I didn't
think so, but maybe we could turn a bad thing into a good thing. I am
just writing you to tell you that I read your article and I am glad you are
letting the world know about it. It has changed my life from this point on
and I am kind of embarrassed that I never knew before. Thank you for
taking the time to read my mail and I wish you peace and harmony this year
and every year after. Sincerely yours, Melissa Greene
Spirituality of Native America
regarding the Spirituality of Native America vs
the Organizers of events. I found an
interesting passage in the "Organizer's Bible"
that should set to rest the claims for money for
Spiritual and healing ceremonies. In
reference to Spiritual and Healing see Mathew
10:8 "Without cost you have received; without
cost you are to give." What does the Organizer
not understand? It makes one wonder who is
the "true" Christian...the one who talks, or the
one who walks. Oneh! ~Norb Johnson
Thanksgiving -- Indian Style
Here's my thanksgiving plans this year I think I'll discover
Spain -- first I'll kill half the people with disease, enslave
the survivors, kidnap the children and send them to boarding
schools where they will be brutalized and murdered, burn down
their churches and force them to follow my spiritual beliefs,
then pollute the land and water, and lastly, hold a a big feast
with all the food I have stolen and thank "god" that he gave me
permission to do these things---sound familiar???
By Graywolf ~ Submitted by Daniel Benitez
Ceremonies for a Price...
la lluvia que moja tu pelo
Dentro de tus pulmones Yo soy el Aire
Yo soy la Tierra bajo tus pies
Yo soy el fuego que te da calor
Yo soy la danza, Gran Misterio
Creemos que las
creencias espirituales indígenas de América y la práctica no
pueden ser intercambiados o vendidos a cualquier precio.
No cuesta nada entrar en el círculo sagrado, ya que no pertenece
a nadie, es un don del Creador. No hay cuota de admisión a una
Logia Purificación porque los mensajes, las visiones y
enseñanzas de la logia no son propiedad de un ser humano, sino
que procede directamente de la Gran Misterio. No hay precio
monetario para pagar el honor de ir a un viaje imaginario por el
Espíritu de Dios está allí. Cuando el dinero y la avaricia están
presentes, el Espíritu del Creador está ausente y por lo tanto
no puede haber una Visión. La conexión espiritual se ha roto.
Hace varios años, este
miembro Manataka escribió en el artículo Falso chamanes "...
Nuestras ceremonias, danzas, canciones y símbolos son sagrados.
Deben ser protegidos contra el robo, la explotación y la
profanación. Deberíamos alentar a todas las personas a buscar
sus propias formas de de expresión espiritual, las costumbres de
sus antepasados, y no a una utilización costumbres indígenas
para encontrar la espiritualidad dentro de sí mismos ... "
Nuestra creencia no ha cambiado ni está en peligro de verse
comprometido después de muchos años de bombardeo y asalto de los
que quieren imitar las costumbres espirituales indios americanos,
y por otros de la sociedad en general que simplemente no
entienden. La mayoría de los individuos de estas personas que
tratan de justificar "donaciones voluntarias" o un "intercambio
de la abundancia" y de otro intento de forzar la aceptación de
dinero en el comercio para las ceremonias son inteligentes y de
otro tipo de cuidado. Sin embargo, se encuentran nuestra
filosofía muy simple difícil de entender. Puede ser la codicia
que las nubes de su pensamiento, o puede ser una falta de
respeto por las creencias de los demás o una actitud displicente
hacia la nada no nace del pensamiento eurocéntrico. No sé por
qué les resulta difícil entender que aceptar dinero para las
ceremonias sagradas, no es aceptable - independientemente de
cómo se organizan, cómo está redactado, o cómo se logró. ¿Podría
ser que no les importa tomar el tiempo o hacer el sacrificio
necesario para comprender la profundidad y amplitud de esta
Nuestras ceremonias son sagrados. No somos propietarios de ellos.
Los mensajes, visiones, curaciones, conocimientos, enseñanzas y
milagros dado durante las ceremonias no se originan en el
psiquismo humano, o incluso el alma humana, vienen sólo por la
gracia de Dios - el Creador de todo. No podemos vender lo que no
nos pertenece. El hecho de aceptar dinero a cambio de ceremonias
sagradas es una admisión de la persona que realiza la ceremonia
es el propietario y por lo tanto lo que pasa es que no nació por
la gracia de Dios.
Get on the ball!
The Manataka American
Indian Council supports:
ALERT UPDATE OF THE MONTH
Preserve Organic Integrity: Safeguard Animal Welfare! Stop Labeling
Fraud! Ban Nanotech!
At the November 3-5 meeting of the USDA's National Organic Standards
Board in Washington, DC, the Organic Consumers Association will be
presenting your demands for stronger organic standards. Please let the NOSB,
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan know that
you want them to:
- Stop personal care and cosmetic
companies from advertising their products as "organic" unless they are
- Keep nanotechnology out of organic!
- Improve the living conditions of organic
poultry and livestock!
Alert Update of the MONTH
New Chance to Stop the Toxic Pesticide Methyl Iodide!
The U.S. EPA - which had, under Bush, approved the carcinogenic new
pesticide for use despite protests from scientists around the country - just
indicated that it plans to re-consider methyl iodide, pending the results of
California's independent Scientific Review Panel.
This chemical is so toxic, and so consistently carcinogenic, that
scientists who use minute amounts in the lab are required to take
extraordinary precautions in order to avoid exposure. If used as a fumigant,
methyl iodide would be released as a gas at rates up to 175 lbs. per acre.
The pesticide would likely contaminate groundwater while putting farm
workers and nearby communities at serious risk as the invisible chemical
moves with the wind.
Movie of the Week and Call to Action
Vanishing of the Bees
A new documentary seeks to unravel the mystery of why billions of honey
bees have been disappearing from hives across the United States.
"Vanishing of the Bees" follows a group of U.S. beekeepers hit by Colony
Collapse Disorder (CCD), which first struck in 2004 and made U.S. headlines
three years later.
Countless bees would suddenly vanish, leaving an empty hive but few
bodies. While the cause has yet to be established, the film suggests there
is a link to Bayer's "Gaucho" insecticide.
All life is a circle." --Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
atom is a circle, orbits are circles, the earth, moon, and sun are circles. The
seasons are circles. The cycle of life is a circle: baby, youth, adult, elder.
The sun gives life to the earth who feeds life to the trees whose seeds fall to
the earth to grow new trees. We need to practice seeing the cycles that the
Great Spirit gave us because this will help us more in our understanding of how
things operate. We need to respect these cycles and live in harmony with them.
Great Spirit, let me grow in knowledge of the circle.
Medicine for the People
By Walks With
Stressed to be Sick
Stress is ignored so much in our life and
sometimes it seems normal to be stressed out.
Stress to me is an everyday affair if you think
of the events that upsetting to you or your
loved ones and even your animal friends. All
people and animals friends can discover each day
what we are generating from our energy fields or
spiritual signatures. The bottom line is that
just about everything that is not a common
factor with each individual becomes stress from
Western civilization really got off to a wrong
start by adopting the idea from Descartes for
many years since he taught that the body is here
and the mind is there, and one does not affect
the other. We know that is a mistake now since
everything the mind does affect the body.
Studies have shown a very high measurement of
stress in the years shortly before the
development of cancer. Just a few years ago a
major story on stress indicated researchers who
were quoted as saying, “It is as if the immune
cells themselves were expressing grief.” The
human body is such an intricate piece of work
that it is necessary for it to operate as a
wheel of balance: just like the web of life and
circle of life ( Hoop of Life). Studies were
done on dental students before an exam and the
white blood cells of the stressed subjects had
significantly reduced function to fight
know that stress is intimately involved with
higher stomach acid levels (ulcers), higher
adrenaline levels (hypertension and heart
disease, faster heartbeat), reduced hormone
function, and now it is said to accelerate
wrinkles in the face (faster aging). You still
want to be stressed out; let’s not worry so much
about things that we cannot alter in our family
or walk through life.
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Mercury Fillings Shattered !
FDA, ADA Conspiracy to Poison Children
with Toxic Mercury Fillings
Exposed in Groundbreaking Lawsuit
by Mike Adams Why the FDA has to
be sued to do its job of protecting consumers
(NaturalNews) The FDA has, for decades, ridiculously insisted that
mercury fillings pose no health threat whatsoever to children. While
dismissing hundreds of studies showing a clear link between mercury
amalgam fillings ("silver fillings") and disastrous neurological effects
in the human body, the FDA denied the truth about mercury and
effectively protected the mercury filling racket that has brought so
much harm to so many people. For over a hundred years, a cabal of
"mercury mongers" made up of the American Dental Association, mercury
filling manufacturers and indignant dentists have reaped windfall
profits by implanting toxic fillings into the mouths of children, all
while insisting that mercury -- one of the most toxic heavy metals known
to modern science -- posed no health threat whatsoever.
Today, that reign of toxicity is about to end. Thanks to the tireless,
multi-year efforts of people like Charles Brown, National Counsel for
Consumers for Dental Choice (www.ToxicTeeth.org),
the FDA has now been forced to acknowledge a fact so fundamental that,
by any measure of honest science, it should have adopted the position
decades ago. What position is that? Simply that mercury is toxic to
The FDA's stonewalling on this issue has been
nothing less than a circus of politically-motivated denials, much like
the Big Tobacco executives swearing under oath that "Nicotine is not
addictive." In similar style, the FDA insisted for decades that "Mercury
is not toxic." Both statements, as any sane person can readily conclude,
are the outbursts of lunatics. Sadly, those lunatics somehow remain in
charge of our nation's food, drugs and cosmetics (and dental care),
meaning that any real progress to protect the People must come from
outside the FDA.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Cheyenne man goes into a grocery store, and asks for a package of toilet paper.
The clerk offers him 3 kinds, Charmin,
Best Brand, and Generic. The Cheyenne man takes the generic.
He comes back in a week later, throws
the remainder of the toilet paper at the store clerk and says,
"I don't want no cheap John Wayne
The clerk laughs and says, "It's
not John Wayne toilet paper, it's GENERIC toilet paper."
The Cheyenne guy tells him, 'You
can call it whatever you want, but it's rough, tough, and won't take crap off
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Rambo the Sheep: My Greatest
by Kathy Stevens
Rambo the sheep arrived at Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) in
January of 2002, one of eighteen animals who'd been confined in
a single filthy stall, thrown the occasional moldy bagel by his"
owner." We'd won our first cruelty case against her, a
notorious hoarder whom the entire region feared for her
predilection for lawsuits. From the start, Rambo announced
himself. While his cellmate friends--a 2,500 pound Holstein
steer, an orphaned calf, a goat and fourteen sheep--initially
cowered when we approached, Rambo lowered his head and came at
us, driven by testosterone and rage.
Yes, Rambo was angry. Angry and unneutered. The day he was
legally surrendered, we scheduled his neutering; unfortunately,
his rage remained intact. Whenever we entered his stall, he
charged . . . .The ewes were quickly adopted out, and cows Molly
and Samson integrated themselves into our herd without incident.
Rambo? We couldn't consider adopting him out. We gritted our
teeth, protected our legs with plywood cutouts and learned never
to turn our backs to him.
After a year without progress, we were deeply discouraged.
Consulting sheep breeders exacerbated the situation . . . . One
breeder was alarmed that we had Rambo and advised us to put him
down for our own safety.
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See an amazing film
about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers http://www.whaledreamers.com
Indian Mounds, Hello Sam’s Club
By Dan Whisenhunt for The
Anniston Star via the Associated
OXFORD, Ala. (AP)—A stone mound
on a hill behind the Oxford
Exchange created by American
Indians 1,500 years ago will
And whether Oxford's taxpayers
wanted it or not, they paid for
Workers hired by the city's
Commercial Development Authority
(CDA) are using the dirt from
the hill as fill for a new Sam's
Club. The project has angered
American Indians who, along with
a Jacksonville State University
archaeology professor, say the
site could contain human
Oxford Mayor Leon Smith and City
Project Manager Fred Denney say
it was used to send smoke
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