Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIlI
Issue 08 AUGUST 2009
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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.
Romance of a Vanishing Race presents three 35mm films of American
Indian life filmed between 1913 and 1921.
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.
Mini-Series - Crazy Horse & His Family
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.
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.
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
Indians: An American Story
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.
L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
The Weaver of Dreams
by L. Cota Nupah Makah
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
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.
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.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
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.
GRANDMOTHER SELMA SPEAKS:
By Gram Selma Palmer, Ocali Nation
In the Beginning...
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
When Creator first
created the world and all life forms.
FEATURE STORY 4
Manataka Spiritual Gathering
Numinbah Valley, S.E. Queensland, Australia
YOU ARE INVITED!
September 26 - 28, 2009
MANATAKA Spring Equinox Gathering in
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
Come join us
in ceremony and interactive events to promote peace and unity.
See an amazing film
about Austrailia's Aboriginal peoples.
Traditional Whale Dreamers
No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
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
EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
By Stephanie M. Schwartz, Freelance Writer,
Member, Native American Journalists Association
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
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
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
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.
Schwartz may be reached at
View other publications of
Stephanie M. Schwartz at
Five Course American Indian
Here are five delicious, all natural and wholesome
dishes to add color to family meals.
1 cup Nasturtium Leaves;
1 cup Nasturtium Blooms;
2 Cups Mixed Salad Greens;
3 cups Scallions (sliced);
1/ 3 cup Oil; 1/4 cup V
1 tablespoon H
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.
By Marie Rundquist
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.
Understanding the Gift
by John Vames
An Interactive Guide for learning to Play
Includes Instructional text, Audio CD and 25
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
PLUS: 39 Track
Interactive Audio CD - Demonstrating techniques and easy-to-play instructions.
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The author, John Vames is a
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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
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...
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.
Albert Granger Jr, (Michigan) is
out of the
hospital. Thank you very
much for your prayers.
~Eagle Star 08-08-09
still has cancer is holding his
own but still needs continued
Is now out of the hospital. ~Eagle
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
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.
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,
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
and still do, the wife
Jan works in Respiratory
where Michael used to
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
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
people here known
them both. The viewing
is tomorrow evening and
the funeral will be on
Thursday AM, can
you please have your
group says some prayers
for their entire family,
their friends, and of
From Val and RedWing.
(CA) 67 year-old California
woman is in coma. I ask
that prayers go up for this
lady. Henrietta Devereaux
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
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
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
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
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
Eagle Star Devereux
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
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
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
Thanks so much... Juli
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
Jesse William Devereaux
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
Pillbeam (WV) crossed July 30 over after battling lung
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
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
Connie Mike Sample (Laughing Bear),
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
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.
Timothy (Tim) Wapato: 1935 – 2009,
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.
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.
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
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).
Memory of Bill Prezwoznik
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.
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.
Memory of Granny Messenger
over a 1,000 grandchildren
but never bore a child. Her
memory will live with us
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
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
Memory of Ruby Gilliham
We will always
remember this gracious and beautiful
woman in our hearts. She will
remain a part of Manataka forever.
Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe
assist with her funeral.
Greg Gilliham, Little Rock.
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
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
Opening Remarks by David Quiet Wind Furr
Minutes and Treasurer’s Report
were approved as given.
Elders unanimously approved the
The appointment of Linda Two
Hawk Feathers James of MO and Daniel
Hawk with Seven Eyes Hoffman of IL
to the Elder Council
appropriation for the Australia
admission of Gerardo Atkinson
and six Argentine Elders
of Tracy Rupp as a counselor to the
Counseling Assistance Program
to Tommy Young’s Arkansas Wildlife
and Herbal Center
The June Gathering Report as given
Northwestern Territory Flag was
unanimously approved for posting at
The Gardening Coop Proposal was
Committee Reports were approved as
Counseling; Smoke Signal News;
Education; Ceremonies; Women's
Closing Prayer was given by
Adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Women's Council Leader
Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette,
NAGPRA / Ceremonies
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
Public Relations Committee
Membership Committee Leader
Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any
member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
11:30 a.m., 1st
Saturday each month. Contact:
PAID YOUR DUES?
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!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot
Springs, AR 71902
DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
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.
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.
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.
THANK YOU TO
EVERYONE WHO DONATED
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Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New
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
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
Andrea Crambit, California
Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
Romaine Garcia, Colorado
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Organic Consumers Association
Elvina Jean Paulson
Corina Roberts, California
Scott Treaty, Lakota
Union of Concerned Scientists
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