Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 09  SEPTEMBER 2009




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History: How The Powwow Began...

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

The Standing  Nation and the Giveaway Bird

Colorado Dreamin'

The Old Ways......

Feature Story 4::

Venezuela:  Freedom: The First Fruit of Democracy

Elder's Meditations: Audrey Shenandoah, Onondaga
Women's Circle: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee - Nancy Ward
Food & Nutrition: Anasazi & Pinto Beans with Hominy & Green Chiles
Book Reviews: My Body, My Earth: Practice of Somatic Archaeology
Poetry Circle:

Water By Maxine Fulghum

Healing Prayer Basket: Many Need Your Prayers
Manataka  Business: August Teleconference Meeting


Manataka T-Shirts! 

Manataka Flags!






How The Powwow Began...


"Powwow was an Algonquin term, "pauwau" or "pauau", which referred to a gathering of medicine men and spiritual leaders. "Pauwauing" referred to a religious ceremony, usually one of curing. In the 1800's the European explorers observing these religious gatherings and dances mispronounced the word as powwow. (Jennings, The Invasion of America, p. 241.)     


In 1646 the Massachusetts General Court decreed that “no Indian shall at any time pawwaw, or perform outward worship to their false gods, or to the devil....” (~From William Marder)        


The two syllables pow and wow are not separated or hyphenated.  The word appears as "powwow".


Native American ceremonies, commonly known as powwows, have evolved from a formal ceremony of the past into a modern blend of dance, family reunion, and festival. Powwows are famous for their pageantry of colors and dance which have been adapted and changed since their beginnings into a bright, fast, and exciting event geared towards Native Americans and visitors alike.

Today powwows are held all across the North American continent, from small towns such as White Eagle, Oklahoma, to some of the largest, such as Los Angeles, California. They can take place anywhere from cow pastures to convention centers, and occur year round. These festivals last only one weekend, but usually draw Native Americans and visitors from hundreds and even thousands of miles away.








The Standing  Nation (Trees) and the Giveaway Bird (Turkey)

by L. Cota Nupah Makah

Last night I lay awake listening  to the world of the night.  Frogs  singing, night birds calling, and the sounds we cannot hear in the daytime ever-present in the wind.  This  morning I woke up to a gray, overcast, rainy day.  The  rain falls constantly now in the spring months, damping the thirsty ground that quickly drinks up the moisture.  

Winter has been slow to leave the  North Country, challenging the trees and plants that struggle up from the rich  soil.  My hands ache to put seeds in the soil and watch them grow.  My  feet need to be walking on the earth with nothing between me and my source of  life.  The garden spot sits  untilled, waiting for the dampness to sink deeper into the still frozen land.  I listen to the song of the frogs  and they say, “Just a little longer to wait, then all can be done.” 

My daily walks take me along the  river where there are still small areas of ice clinging to the cold rocks.  Snow patches hide here and there in the awakening plants and trees.  Soon  the salmon and trout must make the journey up the small streams to spawn.  But the main rivers run high and wild  with the constant rain, making it impossible for this to happen.






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



Colorado Dreamin'


(Harrison, AR - July 30, 2009)  I am back into the temple, where the waters comes out from the womb, it is so beautiful everywhere, felt good to come back home, to come into the mothers world.


I have been on top of the mountain in Colorado, where beauty is everywhere.  I needed a new perspective.  I needed to talk to the Father on top of the mountain.  I needed to touch the heart of the many.   We created such a beautiful space of love, it was so much that tears of happiness and beauty were everywhere.  It happened in the temple of beautiful Sally where many hearts were touched.  The bridges were there  -- the beautiful sisters and brothers that are the bridge for the many.  It all felt like April, a beautiful long awaited springtime when our hearts are cold. So my April was there, full of heart, full of beauty, creating the bridge, while the new Templars were awakened, as the witness, with all his heart.







By Gram Selma Palmer, Ocali Nation


The Old Ways......

The ways of our ancestors, the way of tried and true traditions, the instructions Creator gave the people to prosper and be one with all living forms.  Some elders hold that knowledge and they are the ones to seek out for counsel to learn, so the truths may be passed to the next generation.


Anytime in the Native American community at large, when an elder crosses over to the Creator and beyond our realm, we are filled with mixed emotions.  We know in our heart that Creator would not have called them unless it was time to do so, and that even on this realm that calling has effects that ripple all over the a greater or lesser degree. When an elder has been sick or ill for some time, we somewhat expect that crossing to be in the near future.  But when tragedy strikes without warning and an elder is taken from this realm without warning we feel a loss that is beyond verbalization.











Freedom: The First Fruit of Democracy


Moroco!  Moroco!  Moroco! (Awaken, Awaken, Awaken!)  Brothers and Sisters of the North, Central and South!


At long last, after five hundred and seventeen years of deep slumber, the Condor of the South and the Eagle of the North, indigenous peoples everywhere have awakened and are now about to shake hands across the hemisphere.


The Creator, gods and goddesses, caretakers of the air, water, lands and forests, all are about to meet.  The meeting place is Manataka!


As if by a brain wave or inspiration of the Great Spirit, some courageous Elders of the Imataka Mountain range, are making a pioneering trip to Manataka (Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA), a sacred site of all indigenous peoples of this hemisphere.  


The Wheels of Evolution -- positive and negative impacts


Following the great land fall of Christopher Columbus on the shores of the New World, the Western Hemisphere. the discovery of gold changed the course of history of Mother Earth and her populations.  Dying kingdoms of Western Europe were regenerated and converted into powerful empires.  All aspects of European culture soared to its highest.  As the quest for gold continued, a path of carnage was cut across the hemisphere; causing millions of gallons of indigenous blood to spill, while hundreds of tribes completely disappeared, thus reducing the population of the Red race to near extinction.


Colonialism and Christianity combined to curb the genocide, and to some degree, native peoples of the North, Central and South were able to lick their wounds and begin the slow process of recuperation.  With the growth of colonialism and ever increasing populations of European immigrants, dominant society slowly turned to capitalism spurring growth of high technologies.  Huge deposits of mineral resources laying deep in native territory soil were claimed by brute force, bribery, and extortion.  As result, indigenous lands were confiscated by whatever Europeans / Americans stepped foot on the shores of the so-called New World. 






See an amazing film about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.

Traditional Whale Dreamers




No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



An Osage lady just bought a new car with her head-right money. She sent her Choctaw boyfriend to the back of the car to check out her turn signals. "Are they working?" she asked.

 The Choctaw guy responded "Yes... No... Yes...No...".








"With one mind we address our acknowledgement, respect, and gratefulness to the sacred Cycle of Life. We, as humans, must remember to be humble and acknowledge the gifts we use so freely in our daily lives."   --Audrey Shenandoah, Onodaga


The sacred Cycle of life - the baby, the youth, the adult, the Elder. Let us respect all directions, the four directions of the Grandfathers; let us respect their power. Let us remember we belong to the earth, the earth does not belong to us. Help us to be respectful to all the gifts You have given us.


Oh Great Spirit, help me this day to be humble.

Let me not attack anything in deed or in my thoughts.

Let my thoughts focus on the beauty You have created in all things.

By Don Coyhis





Beloved Woman of the Cherokee - Nancy Ward c. 1738-1824

The role of Ghighua, or Beloved Woman, among the Cherokee was an influential one indeed. The most noted of the Cherokee Beloved Women was Nancy Ward, or Nan'yehi. Closely related to such leaders as Old Hop, the emperor of the Cherokee nation in the 1750s, Attakullakulla, the Wise Councillor of the Cherokee, and Osconostato, the Great Warrior of the Cherokee nation, Ward won the honored title of Ghighua and her own leadership position after displaying great bravery in battle. But Ward was not merely a warrior. She spoke on behalf of her people with U.S. representatives and wisely counseled the tribe against land cession. She did not live to see her warnings become reality as the Cherokee were dispossessed of their eastern lands.


Earns title Beloved Woman

Born about 1738 at Chota, a "Peace Town" or "Mother Town" in the Overhill region of the Cherokee Nation, Ward came into the world at the beginning of a crucial era in Cherokee history. Raised by her mother, Tame Deer, and her father, Fivekiller (who was also part Delaware or Lenni Lenap‚), Nan'yehi realized at a young age that her people were in turmoil. Missionaries, Moravians (Christians who seek to persuade others to accept their religion and follow the Bible as their rule of faith and morals) in particular, were trying to gain access to the Cherokee people in order to convert them. Still very conservative (resistant to change), preserving their traditional customs and religion, the Cherokees had a mixed reaction to the missionaries. Many regarded them as a threat, others saw them as a blessing.


One of those who straddled this fence was Nan'yehi's very influential maternal uncle, Attakullakulla ("Little Carpenter"). He eventually struck a deal allowing Moravians into Cherokee territory, but only if they would build schools to instruct Cherokee youth in English and the ways of the white man. Later critics would see this as evidence of Attakullakulla's desire for the Cherokee to accept European ways; others saw this as a tactic to teach the tribe more about their enemy. Like her uncle, Nan'yehi too would try to find the middle ground between tradition and innovation.










Anasazi & Pinto Beans with Hominy & Green Chiles
Native American Soups
Yield: 6 Servings

1 1/2 cups 

Dried Anasazi Beans

1 1/2 cups 

Dried Pinto Beans

3 cups  

Dried Indian Hominy

3  Green Anaheim Chiles

10 cups  Water

Step 1: Soak the beans overnight in water to cover.  In the morning rinse the beans with cold water and place in a large pot with fresh water to cover. Stir in the salt, cover and simmer slowly 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the beans are tender.  Add water when necessary and stir occasionally to prevent the beans from burning. 

Step 2: Add hominy and simmer, covered, 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  The hominy and beans should be very soft and moist, but not too watery.
Step 3:  While the beans and hominy are cooking, roast, peel, seed and dice the chile.  Sprinkle on top of the cooked beans for garnish.

1 tsp  Salt

Most southwestern Indians grow beans.  The Hopis grow a variety of beans in terraces along their high mesas, where the crop is irrigated by natural springs.  After the harvest the beans are dried and stored. Some beans are used for ceremonial purposes - from weddings to Kachina dances - while others are used for their day-to-day meals.
For suburban and city dwellers, I've found that pinto beans, white beans, or red beans work well, but I suggest you also experiment with some of the other varieties of beans - like Anasazi beans - that are now available commercially.  Or you may want to be adventuresome and grow your own variety. 


To round out this meal, the beans can be served with Lamb Stuffed Green Chiles, Pan Fried Trout, or Venison





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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.

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By Maxine Fulghum



I am Water
You are Water
We are Water
Without Water
We could not be!!

We all start out in Water
We come forth in Water
We carry our Water within

Water Loves Emotions
Emotions Loves Water
A circle of Emotions
Water Pure to Drink
Holy Water to Bathe out
negativity, cleanse
our Souls and Emotions.


Water Falls
Heavenly Sounds
Rain falling
Running stream of water
Shower of Water running
down and over our Body
Water, Raining replenishing
Mother Earth,
Animals freely moving to
the Life saving Water
Water is Life
Water is Emotions
Water is US...
I am Water!!!!

Maxine Fulghum © 6-30-2009




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


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 August 2009 Elder Council meeting was postponed this month because three elders were traveling out of state. 


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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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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