Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 08  AUGUST 2009




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History: Video History

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

The Weaver of Dreams

The Big Initiation

In the Beginning...

Feature Story 4::

Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering
Elder's Meditations: Dr. Henrietta Mann, Southern Cheyenne
Women's Circle: Spiritual Empowerment of Women
Food & Nutrition: Five Course American Indian Dinner
Book Reviews: Revisiting Anne Marie
Poetry Circle: The Five Fingered Ones
Healing Prayer Basket: Those who need our prayers
Manataka  Business: July Teleconference Meeting






Buy any DVD or CD in August -- Get a $$$ Rebate!


SITTING BULL:  A Stone in My Heart

An 83-minute documentary film on the great American Indian Lakota Sioux chief, spiritual leader, warrior and diplomat, told in his own words as performed by Adam Fortunate Eagle.  Winner Best Documentary 2008 Big Water Film Festival; Winner of two awards: 2008 FARGO FILM FESTIVAL "In John Ferry's captivating documentary the viewer is yanked head and heart... this is the Sitting Bull few people know." - Carole Levine  “There are few places to go to get a better spirited picture of his life." - Wild West Magazine. 


The Romance of a Vanishing Race presents three 35mm films of American Indian life filmed between 1913 and 1921. The Romance of a Vanishing Race includes three historic motion pictures of American Indians and their life-style in the early 1900s. Featuring Tribal Chiefs who participated in the Last Great Indian Council and several who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Originally produced on 35mm film, this priceless footage, recently discovered within the lost treasures of the National Archives is re-mastered to include an original music score and soundtrack to further preserve the Native American history and culture. Program #1 The Romance of the Vanishing Race. A view of Indian life in the Southwest featuring Navajo, Pueblo, Crow, and Hopi tribes. Released 1916. Running Time 29 minutes. Program #2 Rodman Wanamaker Expedition of Citizenship to the North American Indian. Carrying the Flag and a Message of Hope to a Vanishing Race  Dr. Joseph Dixon explains the symbolism of the flag to numerous Indian tribes. Released 1913. Running Time 26 minutes.  Program #3 Winter Farm Life On a Crow Reservation. Shows reservation life including butchering a cow, raising a teepee, and ceremonies. Released 1921. Running Time 8 minutes.  Total running time 66 Min. Rated for all ages. NTSC All Regions-Captioned.


Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School is a Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools. This DVD produced by Rich-Heape Films, Inc. uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western Society. This DVD gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions. Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School has already captured an impressive array of awards.


Three Part Mini-Series  - Crazy Horse & His Family

The Great Grandsons of Crazy Horse, Sr. set the record straight as to who were Crazy Horse's immediate relatives. They tell stories about their family that most thought were lost forever, like that of young Crazy Horse's maternal grandfather, Black Buffalo, and his meeting with Lewis and Clark on the Bad River in 1804. And then there's the story of Crazy Horse's eldest maternal uncle, One Horn, and his meeting in 1832 with the famed painter George Catlin and how he came to have his picture painted (currently at the Smithsonian). Also the story of why Crazy Horse's mother, Rattling Blanket Woman, hung herself when Crazy Horse was four years old and how it affected his father and Crazy Horse. Plus the story about why Crazy Horse named his only daughter, They Are Afraid Of Her, after his youngest maternal aunt who carried the same name (his aunt was originally named Looks At It...but that was before a fight with her husband!). These stories and many, many more are contained in this one of a kind DVD. It will give you a personal insight into the culture and spiritual values of Crazy Horse and his Family. 


Trail of Tears

This two hour documentary explores America's darkest period: President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Thousands of Cherokees died during the Trail of Tears, nearly a quarter of the Nation. They suffered beyond imagination and when they finally arrived in Indian Territory, they arrived almost without any children and with very few elders, in a way they arrived with no past and no future.  


Cherokee History Video Series

This set of videos , produced by the Cherokee Heritage Educational Foundation, is designed to give an accurate and interesting account of almost four hundred years of Cherokee history and culture from pre-white days to the late 1800's.   Videos may be purchased separately or as a set.


Black Indians:  An American Story

"To build the future, you must know the past. But what if that past has been hidden, lost, or denied?" That question is posed by this program and its answer is explored through interviews with people with mixed African and Indian heritage. Black Indians from many walks of life discuss the search for their unique identity -- and the racial tensions and stereotyping they have encountered in their lives. The film also examines the history of this group of people, bringing out important aspects of its cultural and artistic heritage and considering them within a modern context. Music accompaniment by Indian and black American artists and narrated by James Earl Jones.












The Weaver of Dreams

by L. Cota Nupah Makah


The shuttle filled with handspun wool yarn slips in and out of the loom. Softly the whisper of wool on wool breaks the silence. No other sound can be heard in the dark cool hogan except the pounding of the comb as she tamps down the yarn into the already-forming pattern.

Lazy fat sheep graze outside on the mesa floor where the cooler climate allows them to be at peace.

The Hogan stands as it has for many years. Nothing has changed. Hanks of carded, dyed wool hang from a rope line just outside the door. Metal wash stand and pail sit alongside the house. The iron kettle suspended over the fire pit serves for washing as well as dyeing the yarns.

Dried bunches of herbs and desert flowers hang under the eves of the porch roof. These are kept there for medicinal and for dyeing purposes. The colors of the flowers and plants that live in the dessert give off a color all their own.

Sitting on the floor of the hogan in front of her ceiling-to-floor anchored loom, she quietly weaves her dreams into the rug. "Swish," the shuttle of dark yellow yarn goes back and forth. "Tamp, tamp," goes the comb as she taps each piece into place.

Her now-graying hair is pulled back tight from the perfect part in the middle of her head. The thick coils of hair are twisted just above both her ears. This is how she has worn her hair from the time she was married.

Slender hands slip the shuttle into the strands of yarn. Her fingers, clad in turquoise rings, shine in the darkness. Even at her age, her hands and fingers are still nimble and able to do the weaving work. Within her quiet dignity she sits on the floor, weaving her vision with the strands of wool.

As she weaves, she remembers her wedding and the hours she spent grinding the dark blue corn for the wedding feast. She remembers the low dark hogan, with only slits for letting in the light, where she sat at the grinding stone. Her young arms had grown tired from the long hours of crushing handful after handful of shiny blue corn under the stone. Her Grandmother and Mother looked on, watching her as she worked.

A smile come across her face as she also remembers her young man, whispering to her through the slits in the hogan, hoping no one could hear him.

During the grinding of the corn for the wedding ceremony a young girl was not allowed to see her husband-to-be. She was to spend her days in meditation, preparing the feast and her dress for the wedding day. Months ago she had made her wedding present for her husband-to-be. She had hand-beaded a beautiful leather shirt for him to wear. He, in return, would gift her with some thing he had made too.







By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



The Big Initiation




Human being are passing through a Big Initiation.  The initiation happened before in a different time space so it is not the first time, but it is the first time that involves human beings  -- all the races, because our planet is changing and moving into her original vibration and all creation is moving with her.


We will enter a beautiful world, a world of unity an peace, a world where all creation recognizes the connection of one to another, a connection within ones self, a connection to the multi-universe, the cosmic way of thinking is being awakened.


There are many energies present today that do not belong to this world.  These energies have created distortions of the manifest world.  These are energies that divide, energies that hold people back, energies that have enslaved human beings for a very very long time.  These energies force people create a reality based in a distorted way of thinking, limited, and enslaving.  These energies have been used to create a world of slaves.  The distorted creation was based in wrong beliefs.


We as humans can create our own reality.  It is our design and our divine rightful heritage.  Humans are co-creators as we are the sons and daughters of the One Supreme Creator who gave humans the ability to create.  It is therefore our job and destiny to create. 






By Gram Selma Palmer, Ocali Nation



In the Beginning...


Most native tribal nations have children's teachings, myths and legends regarding the origins of humans, including references to our planetary home, called "Turtle Island.  Many nations tell of a world of water and the animals who dived to the depths of the water to find soil to create a solid surface called earth.


As we grow up those teachings and legends take on a symbolic meaning, making clear that which should have been clear in the first place.  And, we wonder how we missed an aspect or minute particle of information imbedded in the essence of the Creation Stories.


Today was such a day for me.


It was sorta like, I wonder if this event occurred once? Or, could it be that there are separate oral teachings of the Creation story due to the fact that it has happened more than one time on this plane? Why would creation only occur one time? "In the beginning..." it is said, but in the beginning of what?


When Creator first created the world and all life forms.









Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering

Camp Bornhoffen

Numinbah Valley, S.E. Queensland, Australia




September 26 - 28, 2009


The inaugural MANATAKA Spring Equinox Gathering in Australia coincides with September School holidays in Australia allowing families to participate. Camp Bornhofen is an easily accessible, beautiful and well equipped facility that will provide an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth, relaxation, and fun for the entire family.


Come join us in ceremony and interactive events to promote peace and unity.  Limited to 120 participants






See an amazing film about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.

Traditional Whale Dreamers






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Fry Bread


The old tribal chairman was on his death bed. He had only hours to live when he suddenly smelled the scent of fry-bread wafting into his room. Aaahhhh. . . He loved fry-bread more than anything else in the world.

With his last bit of energy, he pulled himself out of bed. . .   Down the stairs and into the kitchen he went. There was his beloved wife, Lillian, kneading the dough for a new batch.  As he reached for one of  the fresh steaming fry-breads, he got smacked across the back of his hand by the wooden spoon his wife was holding. 'Leave them alone!' she said. 'They're for the funeral ! ' "








"A sundance woman is like the morning star, filled with spiritual beauty, wisdom and knowledge. Men and women are the most powerful of the polarities. We walk beside men as equal partners. It takes men and women who have respect and love for one another to live within the embrace of Father Sky and Mother Earth."   --Dr. Henrietta Mann, Southern Cheyenne


Our ceremonies bring out the best in us. It's in the ceremony that we find the place of honor and respect for each other. The place where the men honor the women and the women honor the men. We dance for each other. The ceremony helps us remember our responsibility toward each other. Men and women need to be strong, to love one another and be faithful. Only by doing this can we give our children knowledge of good relationships.


Great Spirit, today I will notice the power of the women; today I will notice the power of the men.

By Don Coyhis







By Stephanie M. Schwartz, Freelance Writer, Member, Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)

Excerpted from the book, “An Old Woman Speaks”  © 2009


Today we are facing a new Era.  The ancient Mayan culture speaks of this change, the ending of their old calendar in 2012, and the beginning of a new age.  They, along with many other indigenous cultures, also speak that this coming time will be one of a more feminine nature, based in the heart.


But women in our modern world have a problem.  Thus far, they have begun to become financially empowered and professionally empowered.  Yet the most important need, for spiritual empowerment, has often been neglected or ignored. 


Our world is already in the time of transition and it will be a difficult time until the new era blossoms into an age of peace and understanding.  If our world is to survive, spiritually empowered women must take their place in helping.  It’s time for them to step up and step out.  The time of hiding is over.  


Most “aware” people know that it is necessary to heal our Grandmother Earth if we are to survive.  However, it is equally as imperative to also heal each other through love, compassion, respect and, most of all, prayer.  Prayers of the heart are one of the most powerful influences in the universe.  Moreover, women also need to help men develop their own feminine aspects of gentleness and sensitivity, compassion, nurturing, and kindness.  They need to help men learn to work from the heart.


If we don’t do all of this, we can’t help our planet and humanity risks extinction.


Women are powerful, truly powerful, with unique gifts that are far-reaching.  That is why they have been considered a threat by so many male-dominated modern cultures and religious hierarchy.  Women are especially tuned to walk in both the spiritual world and the mundane world.  They are particularly adept at creating energy and change.  Their great capacity for bonding has made them especially empathic and gifted at seeing and understanding past surface levels.  Ultimately, their roles as caretakers and nurturers have opened their hearts and awareness to many levels of the universe.  Their spiritual gifts can be profound.


Unfortunately, women have begun to lose that understanding of their gifts as they have grappled to survive in the callous societies of today.  Many live tentative, cold, and fragmented lives as victims of violence, victims of unspeakable offenses against honor.  Too often, their hearts and spirit have become uncertain and lost, awash in grief and fear.  They have forgotten who they are.  They have forgotten their original instructions as human beings and as women.


Yet, most indigenous cultures recognized the unique and powerful qualities of women.  In many cultures they were revered and respected.  In some, the entire societal structure was Matriarchal.  In others, the special spiritual gifts of women were recognized and they were considered to be the nurturing connection to the Divine.  Throughout the indigenous world, women often held the honored roles of leaders, advisors, or wisdom-keepers.  Many times, they were also found as the community healer and seer, although in some cultures that was reserved for women in their post-menopausal years.


It was also fully recognized that a woman’s moon-time, her period of menstruation, was her most powerful, albeit her most uncontrolled, time.  More importantly, however, her moon-time was considered her own personal sacred ceremony, a time where she is quite literally shedding her blood for humanity, purging and purifying herself to make room for the creative energies and life to arrive.


Due to the sacredness of this, some indigenous cultures sequestered their women away from the village during their moon-time.  This wasn’t a banning or shunning as is popularly assumed today.  This was a period of protection and rest from the duties of their very hard lives, a few days off each month.  It was where they were waited upon by other women and served food they didn’t have to cook themselves.  It was also a time for reflection or sharing and bonding with other women.  In short, it was a time of respect and honor and rest.


During this time, they also did not participate or go near any ceremony being conducted outside their seclusion.  There was good reason for this.  The main reason, very logical, is that it is never a good idea to cross ceremonies (start a ceremony while another one is in process).  At best, it just all blows up and becomes so diluted into confusion that nothing happens for anyone.  At worst, you can get some very crossed energies going with highly negative and chaotic results.  Therefore, since the women were already in their own ceremony, it was highly unadvisable for them to go near anyone else’s ceremony.


A secondary reason was simply the powerful but raw, uncontrolled energies that sometimes occur when a woman is on her moon-time.  Few women know how to control it and that kind of energy is quite literally capable of blasting anyone and anything, intentionally or unintentionally.  If you don’t know what I mean then simply think of the last time you crossed a woman who was on her moon-time.  It’s not a pretty sight.


The ancient cultures all knew and understood these things.  Unfortunately, the truth has often been lost along the way to modern times or misconstrued and twisted into untruth.  Women have nearly forgotten their place in the Universe.


So it’s time that women start looking at their power, their bodies, and their cycles with respect instead of as a “curse.”  It’s vitally important that women choose to heal themselves and regain the understanding of their own unique gifts; to re-claim their own power and themselves.  Then it will be up to each woman, her beliefs, and her Divine as how to best walk with it all.


It is said we are the sacred 7th generation.  For our children and grandchildren, for the next 7 generations, for ourselves, it’s time for women to harness their power and get to work helping to save our world.  Women can do it; they are particularly suited for this need.  But it’s a choice.


To quote an ancient indigenous song, “Women of the earth, take courage.  You carry the teaching of a people who look to you for guidance.  Be mindful of your walk.”


We are the ones we have been waiting for.  It’s time to step up.  And yes, I’m speaking to you.


Stephanie M. Schwartz may be reached at

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Five Course American Indian Dinner


Here are five delicious, all natural and wholesome dishes to add color to family meals.


Nasturtium Salad

1 cup Nasturtium Leaves; 1 cup Nasturtium Blooms; 2 Cups Mixed Salad Greens; 3 cups Scallions (sliced); 1/ 3 cup Oil; 1/4 cup Vinegar; 1 tablespoon Honey; 1/2 teaspoon Salt


Combine oil, honey, vinegar, and salt in jar and shake until blended. Let stand at room temperature. Place greens, nasturtium leaves and blossums, and scallions in a large bowl and toss with dressing. Serves 4.











Revisiting Anne Marie

 By Marie Rundquist (a'tugwet mui'n)  


How an Amerindian Woman of Seventeenth-Century Nova Scotia and a DNA Match Redefine American Heritage is a non-fiction work that tells the story that the "Native American" cultural historians often forget when they discuss, or write about our Native American ancestry and heritage -- those of us who came from the unions that occurred at the time of first contact. 

Containing over 100 source reference citations, it also serves as a launch point for further research of heritage, here and in Nova Scotia, which is of interest to people who share our ancestry.

In Revisiting Anne Marie: How an Amerindian Woman of Seventeenth-Century Nova Scotia and a DNA Match Redefine American Heritage, Marie Rundquist details how she traced her family genealogy through 12 generations back to an ancient Amerindian woman of 17th century Nova Scotia and re-discovered her family's hidden Acadian-Mi'kmaq beginnings in the New World.






Native American Flute:

Understanding the Gift

by John Vames


An Interactive Guide for learning to Play 

Includes Instructional text, Audio CD and 25 Songs, 3rd Edition


For ALL Students of the Native American Flute: for the Beginner who has little or no experience, the Intermediate player seeking further knowledge of how music works, and the Advanced player who wants to teach others but up until now did not have a clear-cut format to do so successfully.


Part 1 – Easy to follow instruction includes lessons on finger control, breath control, knowing your flute, embouchure, basic notes, tonguing and slurring, the Native American Scale, creating your own melodies, ornamentations, duration, reading Music, Nakai tablature, and the Major scale.

Part 2  - Includes 25 Songs arranged for Native American Flute: traditional, Native American and Original.


Appendices, which include: Useful Scales for Native American Flute. Analysis of the Major Scale, Rhythmic Values and Flute care.


PLUS:     39 Track Interactive Audio CD - Demonstrating techniques and easy-to-play instructions.


104 pages. Available in Spiral or Perfect Bound

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The author, John Vames is a professional musician and music educator with over 40 years experience.  He has started hundreds of people on successful ‘flute journeys’ with the methods in this book.


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Beginners and Intermediate Players


Get the 104- page book, "Native American Flute: Understanding the Gift", the 39 Track Interactive Audio CD...


PLUS.... A beautifully made 6 Hole, pine, A minor, flute handcrafted by a Navajo carver -- in your choice of color and fetish fret. And, a handcrafted fleece pipe bag -- all for one very low price!



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The Five Fingered Ones

By Gary One Bull Neal




We stand upon the Mountain

Our cry goes to the Four Winds

Our prayer goes to our Mother below

Our prayer goes to our Father above

Our cry goes to All Winds

The gentle breezes then reveal

That pathway to our Heart


 One then comes that now walks with the Winds

It is the one that lead the dance called Sodizin

Grandpa Martin was there at the South Mountain called Turquoise

It was Grandpa’s dream of the many rainbow lodges pitched there by the spring







Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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


Zach Yellow Jacket Kehler (IL) Diagnosed with a very serious medical problem. I am asking that you include him in prayer. Many of you know Yellow Jacket, he has been involved in our Powwow for many years. His mother said he will still be able to be our 2009 Arena Director but he will most likely be in a lot of pain. Please pray for him.  Wado  ~Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman 05-27-09


Brian Leviticus, Memphis, TN  informed today that cancer has gone into his bone marrow and has about five weeks to live.  We know where there is still life there is hope.  We also know that if God made us he can heal us. So I am asking all to help us pray for Brian and pray he keeps the faith.  ~Helen Red Wing 05-19-09


Grandfather William Commanda - Admitted to the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Canada where he is undergoing treatment for a sudden attack of internal bleeding. 05-12-09


Dennis Banks, American Indian activist, had a heart attack on the plane to Phoenix May 11 and is in the hospital there for minor surgery to place two stints in his heart. Doctors say Banks will make a full recovery.  Prayers please.  Put him on your prayer list.  Well-wishers may send cards and flowers to: Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1111 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006-2612, but he is expected to be released from the hospital soon. ~Tashina Banks Moore 05-11-09


Stella Fisher, Banning, CA -  Underwent gall bladder surgery and doctors discovered an intestinal hernia so two surgeries were performed.  Stella is recovering at home, but remains in much pain.  Please pray for the speedy recovery of our blessed sister.  ~Bear  05-11-09 


Linda VanBibber, Independence, MO - underwent gall bladder surgery and is recovering at home.  Linda is the grandmother matriarch of her family and holds responsible position with her career work, family and at Manataka.  We offer up our prayers and well wishes to our beloved and wonderful sister.  ~Bear, Becky, Amanda  05-10-09 


Thomas (Tommy) E. Young, Center Director, Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center, also Ornithologist, Master Falconer was in the hospital 3 weeks, has a hospital bill of $25,000 and no medical insurance due to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Tommy's house was hit by a tornado April 8, 2009, and due to severe damage, cannot be renovated though he and his wife will continue to live in it until it is condemned because they have no other housing or resources with which to move.  Many birds at Tommy's Wildlife Center were housed on his home property at the time of the tornado because he was in the process of rebuilding their accommodations at the Wildlife Center; thus they were all destroyed by the storm. When he is well, he will have to confront the rebuilding of the Wildlife Center. ~Caryl F. Burnett  05-05-09



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...


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


Ernie Zook, 50, Hot Springs, AR is passed away May 20 at St. Joseph Hospital in Hot Springs, AR  Ernie is well-known as the audio producer for Manataka Gatherings. His giving, happy spirit is a blessing to many people.  Please offer up prayers for this kind and gentle man.  ~Bear 05-27-09  


Sherman Timothy (Tim) Wapato: 1935 – 2009, 73, entered the Spirit World at his home in Rapid City, S.D. Sunday, April 19, 2009 as a result of heart failure. He was an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribe in Eastern Washington.  During the 21 years Wapato served with the LAPD, he volunteered his off-duty time to work for the City of Los Angeles including serving as chairman of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission; member of the Council for Peace and Equality in Education; member of the board for the LA Indian Center; president, United American Indian Council; and president, American Indian Welcome House.  In 1989, Wapato accepted a Senior Executive Service political appointment and became the commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans in the Department of Health and Human Services. He led ANA from 1989 – 1993.  In his fourth retirement, Wapato served as executive director of the InterTribal Bison Cooperative in Rapid City until he experienced a stroke in August 2000.

Palakwaio ( Red Hawk ) Riley, Cumming, GA - Started his journey to the land of the ancestors as he passed away in his sleep.  My brother is eternally grateful for all the love, prayers and healing energy because it gave him the chance to be around a week longer to make all the connections with everyone that he needed to make.  Our family will miss him along with others whose life he touched along the road of life.  He helped save some children from the streets of Atlanta after the Olympics there.  He is at peace and smiling as he journeys with the ancestors. My family and myself are very grateful also for all the outpouring of love, prayers and healing energy that was sent from around the world to my brother.  ~Crooked Arrow 05-01-09


Carol Jean Vigil died at Tesuque Pueblo, NM at the age of 61. Family members say she died in her sleep at home and had a number of health problems. Vigil was elected to New Mexico's 1st Judicial District, which includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties, in June 1998. Santa Fe attorney Bryant Rogers says she was very serious about her work, thoughtful and well prepared.  Vigil received her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977.  She was the first pueblo Indian woman to be admitted to the state bar.  Her husband, Philip Palmer, says she served as assistant state attorney general under Jeff Bingaman, who is now a U.S. senator.  Vigil retired from district court in 2005.


Ray Fadden, 98, Mohawk.  Fadden taught social studies at the St. Regis Mohawk School from 1936 to 1957 and later founded the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, New York.  He was adopted into the Mohawk Nation's wolf clan and given the name Tehanetorens (He Walks Through the Pines).







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 July 2009 Elder Council meeting was held for the first time by teleconference.  Elders present were David Quiet Wind Furr (CA); Patti Blue Star Burdette (CA); Lee Standing Bear Moore (AR), Robert Gray Hawk Coke (TX), and Becky Flaming Owl Moore (AR); Elder Council Nominees: Linda Two Hawk Feathers James (MO); Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman of IL.


Opening Prayer was given by Linda James

Opening Remarks by David Quiet Wind Furr


Minutes and Treasurer’s Report were approved as given.


    Elders unanimously approved the following motions:

    The appointment of Linda Two Hawk Feathers James of MO and Daniel Hawk with Seven Eyes Hoffman of IL to the Elder Council  

    An appropriation for the Australia Gathering

    The admission of Gerardo Atkinson and six Argentine Elders

    The appointment of Tracy Rupp as a counselor to the Counseling Assistance Program               

    A donation to Tommy Young’s Arkansas Wildlife and Herbal Center 

    The June Gathering Report as given

    The Australian, Northwestern Territory Flag was unanimously approved for posting at Manataka


    The Gardening Coop Proposal was discussed.

    Committee Reports were approved as given.

    Counseling; Smoke Signal News; Education; Ceremonies; Women's Council   


Closing Prayer was given by

Meeting Adjourned at 1:15 p.m. 


Manataka American Indian Council Elders and Committee Leaders

  • David Quiet Wind Furr, Chairman

  • Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, Women's Council Leader  

  • 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 - Elder Council Nominee

  • Linda Two Hawk Feathers James - Elder Council Nominee

  • 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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