Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 10  OCTOBER 2009




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History: Little Bighorn Reborn

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

It is a time for Dreaming

My Beautiful Ones

Feature Story 4::

Hiawatha Insane Asylum
Elder's Meditations: Frank Fools Crow, Lakota
Women's Circle:

Apache Women in History

Food & Nutrition: American Indian Foods (AIF)
Book Reviews: My Body, My Earth: Practice of Somatic Archaeology
Poetry Circle: Potential
Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer Really Does Work!
Manataka  Business: September Reports


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Little Bighorn Reborn

New Indian memorial draws descendants of victors and vanquished alike

By Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian magazine

"A beautiful place...," I murmured to no one in particular, gazing down from a hilltop to cottonwood forests on both sides of a lazy river. A woman at my side finished the thought: " die."


A touch morbid for an exchange between strangers? Perhaps, but this was not just any hilltop or any day. We were part of a small crowd gathered on Last Stand Hill on the 128th anniversary of the West's most famous battle. A few feet away, in the gently swaying grass, dozens of bone-white headstones mark the military's best guesstimates of where 42 of the Seventh Cavalry soldiers fell that June 25, 1876, some having held out behind a breastwork made of their dead horses. In the center of the markers, next to a small American flag, lay the headstone of their flamboyant, controversial leader, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Still, on that clear, sunny summer morning, it seemed hard to believe that this quiet corner of Montana had been the scene of desperate hand-to-hand combat, when Custer and 209 men under his command were wiped out by the combined forces of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians.


And then a voice rang out in the distance: "Here they come!"


Suddenly, the earth began to quiver, and the breeze carried shrill cries—yip, yip, yip. Bursting from behind Battle Ridge thundered 100 Lakota on horseback. Several were carrying wooden staffs adorned with colored tassels and eagle feathers, the sacred war standards of the Sioux (a name assigned to several Indian tribes, including the Lakota, who find the term offensive). For a moment, 128 years dissolved, and we were given a pale glimpse of the emotions those U.S. cavalrymen must have felt when they realized what Custer, hoping to attack an Indian camp before it could scatter, had led them into. On that fateful morning — a suffocating hot day—the entire valley basin had been covered with tepees, part of the largest Indian force on record. Custer and the five companies he was leading were surrounded and annihilated.









It is a time for Dreaming

by L. Cota Nupah Makah



It is nearing the time for the Bear to return to its cave and dream our world for the coming year.


When first Grandmother Bear of the Great Waters walked across the stars and climbed to the Moon she tossed from the Moon the pieces  that would become the Earth…ensuring for her children a place to stand, to live, to create, to love and enjoy each other; until somehow we lost our way.


Now is the time to Return to our old ways and remember the  rites and ceremonies  to create  the Whole, both in monumental  acts, and in small every day acts. These small and large acts of compassion and love show how we Insole our World by giving ourselves to the transformation and cherishing of our own souls and all our relations.







By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



My Beautiful Ones,


Today, is such a beautiful day, I am so happy, in the land where the waters comes out from the womb, all is blooming, the attacks of the feminine have come to and end, the attacks of controlling human beings have gone, the attacks of the virtual reality to be expose, are gone, the chain is up and my lawyer have sent a letter for the judge. This story have come to an end and another one is beginning “we all win”…


I feel so happy, it feels so good.  It feels so free, so incredible good. For Heaven is on Earth and Earth is on heaven… (the whole story about this soon will be at the web site)


In the sacred land there is no people with weapons, no people cursing the Indians… hehe… for the love of the mother flows everywhere.  There is a lot of butterflies here.  Hummingbirds, three wolves and millions of orbs.  At the place where the bridge-gate will be manifested, in the road, ceremonial places, but specially here at this temple of the union of polarities. And a lot of people in town so happy about us and people everywhere in the world are making the change.  It looks like we inspired them.







Hiawatha Insane Asylum

Canton, South Dakota


From the announcement for the Tenth Annual Memorial Prayer Ceremony in Canton in 1998:


"In 1898, Congress passed a bill creating the first and only Institution for insane Indians in the United States. The doors of the asylum, located just over the Nebraska border in Canton, South Dakota, were first opened for the reception of patients in January 1903. Department of Interior investigators revealed that during the time the asylum housed patients, many died because they were denied medical care. According to Harold Iron Shield, founder of the Native American Reburial Restoration Committee, patients were "traditional spiritual people or teenagers who misbehaved or people the Indian Agent didn't like." A 1933 investigation conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs determined that "a large number" of patients showed no signs of mental illness.


Land was set aside for a cemetery, but the Indian Office decided that stone markers for graves would be an unwarranted expense. Today, the cemetery (121 names) is located in the middle of a golf course in Canton. No one knows the cause of death of the incarcerated or why they were even at the asylum. The National Park Service has recently added the cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places."

-courtesy Historic Asylums






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No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Joined at the Tooth

A Sioux woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist.


"I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want any pain killers because I'm in a big hurry," the Sioux woman said.


"Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way."


The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said.


"Which tooth is it?"


The Sioux woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."









"The mind's eye changes the way we judge things."  --Frank Fools Crow, Lakota


"What you see is what you get." Our head has inside it a movie projector that projects out from our foreheads and shines on a screen a picture of our true thoughts. This is our reality. We can only see what we project (our beliefs). If we believe someone is a jerk, every time we see them we reflect our beliefs about what we think about that person and that is all we can see. Even if someone tells us this person is a kind, loving, caring, intelligent individual, we wouldn't be able to see it. If we change our belief about them, that person will change and so will our judgment about that person.


My Creator, let me realize the power of choice.

Let me see the advantages of changing my beliefs.


Today, if I am judging my brother, let me change my beliefs to acceptance.

If my thoughts are of anger, let me change them to love.

Let my eyes only see you in everything and every person.

By Don Coyhis





Apache Women in History


Maa-ya-ha (Grandmother Nellie)

The maternal grandmother of Ernestene Cody Begay, Maa-ya-ha, was born around 1879 into the band of Western Apaches living near Cibecue Creek. She knew a great deal about herbs, was an accomplished basket weaver, farmer and midwife. She also served as an attendant during many Sunrise Dances. Maa-ya-ha had ten children with her husband, Eskin-na-chik Maa-ya-ha's mother was present at the battle at Cibecue in 1881. When fighting broke out she was told to hide and not to move as people ran everywhere. She remembered running with her shoes under her arm and suddenly realizing that they had been shot. She spent hours hiding under a bush until it became dark and she saw smoke coming from the wickiups and heard voices.


Maa-ya-ha's life was difficult when she was very young and food was scarce. Later on, however, she and her husband made a good life for themselves as skilled farmers and ranchers. Community members often turned to the couple for help. Maa-ya-ha died in 1970.





















American Indian Foods (AIF) is a program of the Intertribal Agriculture Council that began in 1998 under contract with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The partnership was developed as a platform for American Indian food businesses to showcase their products and share tribal cultures with the world.


American Indian Foods come from coast to coast in the United States and are grown on the pristine lands of Native American Nations or raised in their natural waters. Many of these products are still harvested in ways defined hundreds of years ago. Native American communities are a close knit group as many of them gather families and friends together annually to harvest, celebrate, and give thanks.


American Indian Foods currently has over 20 Tribal organizations participating...














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


250 pages, Size: 6 X 9, ISBN: 9780595488230


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

"My Body, My Earth is a good place to start on a good path. It takes the reader step by step on a healing journey to prepare for the next level.  The book provides a good foundation, is easy to read and understand.  The author gives excellent examples of real-life situations and ways to help a person to help themselves.  It is a good reference book providing a wealth of learning tools."  ~by Patti Blue Star Speak Burdette


"This is a good book!  Fascinating and without comparison.  My Body, My Earth is chocked full of interesting and useful information for the journey of a lifetime.  Ruby Gibson is an author to watch, learn from, and love."  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore


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Native American Flute:

Understanding the Gift

by John Vames


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By Juli Maltagliati
Now you consist more of lost possibilities
than of those that remain viable.
You fashion your dreams from less fabric now,
choose them with more care,
wear them more prudently,
forsake flair for warmth.
Things nascent are less plentiful.
The blooms are more full,
and petals begin to fall
to the rich soil formed by all those
embryos of intention
that never grew,
but fed the fruitions.
And these fruitions feed fresh fancies
that may hold less prospect,
but no less hope.
Though now you consist more of lost possibilities,
those remaining are somehow more dear,
more harmonious to your true nature.
They have less time
yet are less hurried.
They don’t mourn fallen ancestors.
They rejoice in fragile promise.
Copyright © 8-6-08
Juli Maltagliati




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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

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.  ~Eagle Star  08-08-09


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."


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 aresending 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  07-28-09

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


Teresa Sumrall (Gainesville, FL) Please hold our dear friend in prayer and healing thoughts.  She is receiving treatment tomorrow (Friday, April 3rd) for an aggressive form of leukemia  -- a bone marrow transplant at Shands Medical Center.   UPDATE:  Teresa Sumrall is now healing as an outpatient in Gainesville, FL, following her successful bone marrow transplant treatment for an aggressive form of leukemia.  She is doing extremely well -- continues to be leukemia-free, and the DNA match was a perfect "attachment."  Teresa's healing journey will continue, and continued prayers  are most welcome and appreciated.  Thanks so much... Juli Maltagliati  06-02-09


Evan, an Abused Child I have been talking to another abused child at a home of people I know who are the foster parents.  Two weeks ago he told me he had a brother and sister he had not seen in a while as his Dad had throwed the boy out.  Another brother, Jake that was older he saw asleep but couldn't wake him. Last night I found out the police found a grave in a backyard where Jake (the sleeping boy) was in and  the little girl.  Said to say just their bones left. The other boy Dustin is still missing.  The boy in the foster home  knows that the missing kids were reported to the police and every day he said no word yet.. The foster parents don't know how to tell him the truth and asked my advice. I am willing to tell him since he told me first But I want the foster parents there when i do This boy needs all the prayers we can pray for him  UPDATE:  Evan found his brother and both were adopted by a couple in PA.  They are doing fine there. Authorities are looking for the mother. Pray they will find her soon and she will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Helen Redwing Vinson  06-02-09



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.






Details of the September 2009 Elder Council meeting will be added to the October report published in the November issue of the Smoke Signal. 


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 -

  • Linda Two Hawk Feathers James -

  • 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.  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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