Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIlI
Issue 07 JULY 2009
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Page 3 of 3 Pages
History of the Great Zuni People
Zuni Pueblo consisting of
approximately 12,000 people is located in the northwestern part of
New Mexico. The pueblo is about 35 miles south of Gallup, NM and 150
miles west of Albuquerque, NM. The reservation, covering 418,304
acres, just rests on the western border of New Mexico.
The ancient homelands of
the Zunis are along the middle reaches of the Zuni River where their
cultural ancestors lived for centuries. Near the settlements and
villages left by the ancient people, the Zuni Indians built compact
villages of multi-storied houses. These were the towns seen and
lived by Coronado and his men and called them the "Seven Cities" in
the land of Cibola. The mythical Seven Cities of Cibola (Spanish
word for "buffalo") lured Coronado to the southwest in 1540 in a
treasure quest. Unfortunately, with the exception of the village of
Zuni, all those sites were abandoned long ago.
For the last three hundred
years, most of the Indians had lived in a single village, the Pueblo
of Zuni. Within the boundaries often small, rather cramped
reservation are smaller farming villages at Pescado, Nutria, and Ojo
Caliente, which were established probably in the eighteenth century
but which in more recent years have been occupied only during the
time of planting and harvest. Beyond the boundaries of the
reservation, there are ancient sites and areas, sacred points and
shrines, and places of pilgrimage central to Zuni life and history.
Chronological History of Zuni
B.C.--Paleo-Indian Period. During the period the first people inhabiting the
Zuni area were big game hunters.
Period. During this period the people in the Zuni area hunted small game,
collected wild plants and made the first attempts at agriculture.
Period. During this period agriculture became more fully developed, pottery
making and pithouse agriculture were important.
Period. The period was marked by the development of painted pottery,
expansion of population and settlement in the Zuni area.
Period. There was a shift from small houses to large, plaza-oriented
villages and an increase in population growth in the Zuni area during this
Period. During this period, Zuni Pueblo and other prehistoric towns were
founded as the population in the area consolidated in the Zuni River Valley.
L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
By Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah
"Sometimes the most simple things are the of the greatest importance.
Neglect to see these and you miss the meaning of life."
L. Cota Nupah Makah
In the heart of the Earth Mother there beats the rhythm of life.
You must listen in the deepest of silence to hear the sound of this heart
Entering into this silence is where we will find our own silence, it is at
this door way we will find the way to inner stillness.
The silent, silence, stillness, is the beginning of our journey here on
this Earth Mother. It is from the muted silence Of the womb, where all
things were filtered and softened by our mother, we pass into the world we
live in today.
We all have dreams and vision of our purpose, it is in these dreams we
find our path. These are rooted in the very mystery that gave us life.
If you shut out all the noise you will find we are accustom to the sounds,
and we hardly notice the noise until it is gone.
The noise of surface life is deafening the steady drone of machines,
cars, radio, phones and just the noise of many voices speaking all at one
time. This mechanical induced vibration is irritating to some, to others it
is common every day life.
There are times I find too much noise is not good for me and I seek some
private space and visit my inner peace.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan
Moon Dance by Alfred Gockel
I am back from Moon Dance. It was so
beautiful and powerful. This year we anchored the three years of
Moon Dance with women only, but the next year will be women and men
making the sacred dance together, the dance of the sacredness of life.
This year women from all over the world
We received many powerful messages.
It is happening now all over the world. The new world it has been
uncovered and it is time for the true human being walk the path of being
human, in a perfect balance with Father-Mother God..
By Gram Selma Palmer, Ocali Nation
Mommy, Mom, Mother,
All the words above
are names for a woman who was blessed by the Creator with a little baby to
carry inside her stomach for nine months until the baby was big enough to be
born into the world and live outside of her body.
The second a baby is
born and takes a breath of air, filling it's lungs with the life force.
The baby is no longer a part of anyone, the baby is a person all of its own.
It is a miracle.
The baby is a little
person with toes and fingers, lungs and a heart, eyes to see, ears to hear,
and arms and legs to move, and all the other parts that make it a whole. It
FEATURE STORY 5
If there is
righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in
If there is beauty in the character, there will be
harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order
in the nation.
When there is order in the nation, there will be
peace in the world. - Sathya Sai Baba
channels of creativity, our daily deeds express our
reality and demonstrate our truth. We each hold within
our being a portal of energy that is connected to the
energetic grid held within our planet. We are therefore
intimately attached to our beautiful Earth Mother and
each time we touch the body of this Mother, our bodies
are gifted with life and replenishment. It is our
responsibility and our duty to cleanse and purify
ourselves so we may channel pure and divine love, light
and truth into our world, freeing ourselves from our
energetic and emotional blockages thus enabling the true
expression of love.
Spiritual and physical oneness that we share with our
Earth explains the depth of the pain we carry within our
hearts each time She is hurt. The time for healing of
the wounds has come and in this moment we shall bridge
the chasms that divide us, enabling ourselves as
individual portals of energy to gift this world with
change and transformation, allowing each and every
living being to evolve.
during this time of great change and transformation that
tremendous potential is being revealed and we are
required to enter into this new phase with our
foundations deeply rooted in our faith, trust and
connection with the Creator, the Great Spirit. Now is
the time for us to accept the promise of hope, unity and
abundance that is held within our hearts. We are the
bridge uniting Heaven and Earth.
Manataka Spiritual Gathering
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
Come join us in ceremony
and interactive events to promote peace and unity.
Limited to 120 participants
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
A Choctaw farmer was helping one of
his cows give birth, when he noticed his four year old son standing at the
fence, soaking in the whole event.
The Indian thought to himself, "Great. He's four and I'm gonna have to start
explaining the birds and the bees. No need to jump the gun - I'll just let
him ask, and I'll answer."
After everything was over, the man walked over to his son and said, "Well
son, do you have any questions?"
"Just one," gasped the still wide-eyed lad.
"How fast was that calf going when he hit that cow?"
many things to be shared with the four colors of man in our common destiny as
one family upon our Mother the Earth."
---- Traditional Circle of Elders,
The Elders tell us the time will
come when the four colors of Man will unite into one family. According to
prophecies, we were told this would happen when the Sun was blocked in the
Seventh Moon. There was an eclipse of the Sun in July, 1991. We are now in a new
Springtime called the Coming Together Time. Each of the four colors of man has
knowledge that the other colors need to heal their families. Let us all be
willing to sit in a circle and respect our differences.
me be willing to have an open mind.
By Don Coyhis
Mourning Dove (Okanogan)
By Kristin Herzog
Dove was born Christal Quintasket near Bonner’s Ferry,
Idaho. Besides her English name, she was given the name
Hum-ishu-ma, or Mourning Dove. On her mother’s side she
was descended from an ancient line of warrior
chieftains, and her paternal grandfather was an Irishman
who worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company. She received
some education at Sacred Heart Convent at Ward,
Washington, but left school to help care for four
younger sisters and brothers. In her later teenage
years, Mourning Dove lived with her maternal grandmother
and through her developed an intense interest in the
oral tradition of her people, the Okanogans, who today
live in the western part of the Colville Reservation,
near the Columbia and Okanogan Rivers and the Canadian
Cogewea, published in 1927, was considered the first
novel written by an American Indian woman until the
discovery of S. Alice Callahan’s Wynema: A Child of the
Forest, first published in 1891. Mourning Dove wrote in
cooperation with Lucullus McWhorter, whom she met in
1914, by which time she had already drafted a version of
the novel. McWhorter, who became her friend and mentor
for twenty years, was a serious scholar of Indian
traditions and had been adopted into the Yakima tribe.
In contrast, Mourning Dove had little more than a
third-grade education and some training in a business
school. Thus she agreed to let McWhorter “fix up” the
story by adding poetic epigraphs and elaborate notes on
Okanogan traditions. His stylistic influence is also
apparent in the often stilted language, including a
self-conscious use of slang, which contrasts with the
simple style of Mourning Dove’s later drafts of some
coyote stories. However, McWhorter knew what a white
readership expected, and he was able, after a delay of
many years, to find a publisher. While the novel is
uneven, it gives an excellent picture of some Okanogan
traditions, and the western romance plot made it
acceptable in its time.
By Kim Summermoon
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To try a vegetarian diet, think of it a different way - as simply eating
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cloned animals, and/or genetically modified feed given to unnaturally raised and
processed livestock. Thinking of the suffering of millions of animals you won't
be participating in.
Instead of all that junk going into your body, try this recipe instead -
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feel like snuggling up with a warm blanket and your favorite book. It's a
bean soup with pasta and your favorite veggies, lots of healthy bean broth, and
I guarantee it will fill you up and last in your stomach - and it will be cheap.
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It's no wonder we
can’t contain love.
We think so and try,
though it’s folly
when love can’t be
contained by vast expanses of space,
much less the
not by eons or
much less moments or
It's no wonder we
feel a tugging sense of overwhelm
in flashes of
lucidity that shock us
when we almost grasp
of what passes
through, within …
when we feel the
desperation of our insufficiency
to harbor what God
has entrusted to us.
Blessedly, we return
so we will not
rupture or be lost to madness.
Blessedly, we return
to the normalcy of measured love,
love that only taps
us on the shoulder.
But we carry on
presuming love lies nestled in the heart,
our noblest fallacy
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and ceremony work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury,
(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
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.
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
(Blythe, CA) Has serious
heart problems. Needs our
prayers please. ~Eagle
Jr, (Michigan) is in the
hospital with what might be a
heart attack and he is also a
disabled adult. We need urgent
prayer for the boy.
Thank you very
much for your prayers.
~Eagle Star 06-11-09
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
Roy Garret (Blythe, CA) has
cancer and needs your prayers.
Eagle Star 06-09-09
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 Center.
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
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.
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
Jay King, West Virginia
Jay is doing fine his mind is clear but when he lies
down in the bedroom and the TV is off he sees a man on
it talking but he can't understand what he is saying.
Please pray for him. ~Ruth King 05-01-09
has pain underneath her feet, when
her bone is touches the ground. Now, she is going
medicine man, getting help. Please pray for her, that
she heals up soon. I’m single parent, of four kids. She
works to pay her car and works everyday, even though She
is in pain. Please pray for her. I love my daughter.
~Carlena Tuni 04-30-09
Daniel Hawk Hoffman (IL) Fell and busted a rib
-- from our experience, we know it is very painful. At
nearly 70, Hawk is a beloved elder of Manataka and serves on
the Membership Committee. ~ Bear 04-27-09
Preston Lloyd, This little
boy was in a terrible accident when his grandfather backed
over him with a lawn mower. He has a severe open wound on
his left side. The doctors did surgery to get the bleeding
stopped and more surgery is scheduled. His esophagus was
completely ripped from his stomach and they have already had
to remove one of his kidneys, his spleen and part of his
lung. We need to pray for the wisdom and steady hands for
the doctors performing this surgery. Pray that there are
more organ tissues that are usable than the doctors seem to
think. We also need to pray for his grandfather who
backed over him and the entire family. Once again please
remember this child in your prayers and send up a special
prayer for Gods touch - Helen RedWing Vinson 04-26-09
Carlena Joe. Two good friends separated by
space and time need your prayers to keep their
relationship strong with clear communication, love,
respect, and patience. Carlena's mother is
diabetic and needs your prayers as well.
We are praying these two beautiful people are
allowed to be One. ~Bonnie Whitecloud 04-21-09
Update: "...With your Healing Basket prayer, a man came
into my life out of nowhere.
weekends, he helps me around the house, etc. Cook together and share a
things together, our religious is the same, we just enjoying our selves,
he makes me happy. ~Carlena 04-30-09
(California Head Bear Dancer) fluid built up around a small bump
head injury and had to be rushed for emergency surgery in
Bakersfield. The symptoms caused him to lose mobility and
stability of his legs. He came through surgery well. We
do not know when he will be released, so prayers for his full
recovery are needed.
Love and blessings to each of you
as you send out to Kaya your love and
Thornton (Independence, MO) has had pneumonia for over 3 weeks
now and has been in the hospital since Monday. Her condition is not
improving. Please let Becky and Amanda know. Prayers for her are
much appreciated. Many blessings. Linda VanBibber 04-05-09
Terri Ann Miller
(York PA) Terri is a 14 year old in
hospital in PA with a very high fever doctors cannot get down.
She is under emotional stress and needs our prayers. Sickness may
have been sent to the child in an envelop. I am very
worried and concerned for this child. Update:
Terri is home now
with her Daddy in the fields has recovered nicely Thanks for
all the prayers.. Redwing 04-01-09
Frank Shapins - A very dear and precious friend is dealing
with a very big challenge with cancer and needing to open some doors so
he can get the treatment he needs. I ask for your prayers to support him
in this challenge, knowing how truly much your prayers held me when I
was in a similar situation.
Many years ago, he saved my
life. I am here in part, due to his care. If possible, I would like to
return a bit of the favor. ~Rev
Betsy Stang 03-29-09
Grandfather Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman
(IL) Suffered a stroke in early March
(see related story) -- here is an update: "I just returned from seeing
my doctors. I made a full recovery. I want to thank everyone at my Manataka
family for all the prayers, they really work! I also have many close friends
up North in Minnesota and South Dakota who are 'Pipe Carriers' and they also
helped by doing a full circle pipe ceremony for me. The weather here is
going to be in the high 60's so I may get to turn over some dirt this
FL Grandparents Adopting Grandkids in TN -
Linda and Dave want to "get
our grandkids out of harms was and with us... to give them a loving home and
the family they need..."
But we are going to do all
they ask and pray that it all works out. So keep us in your thoughts and
prayers because we need all that we can get and so do Courtney and Robert.
~Helen RedWing Vinson 03-12-09
Joseph Fernandez (FL) - Heart and stomach problems are causing many
problems - financial, emotional and family, not just physical. Pray
the light reaches him in his time of need. ~Faith Waters
Pray for Jose Fernandez, Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park -
Mental, emotional anguish with some physical issues. 03-11-09
Pray For The Animals, Plants and People in Northern Australia
In the northern part of Queensland and in
central New South Wales the animals, plants and people have been living
floods for the past 4 weeks or
more with little relief or support. We ask for prayer please.
Lynn Guy 03-04-09
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.
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), (Russellville, AR)
Crossed over June 6, 2009 at home with his sister, Barbara.
Connie was born on September 29, 1958 in
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.
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).
Mary McDowell Hansen, 86, Samish. Hansen played
an instrumental role in the battle for federal recognition of her tribe who were
dispersed by the federal government in the late 1800's.
Rosella Hightower, 88, Choctaw. Hightower was a
world-renowned ballerina and started of the world's top ballet schools.
Hightower was the recipient of many honors including the Chevalier de la Legion
d'Honneur, France's premier honor.
Main Sr., elder and warrior was an
integral part in the founding and creation of IEN, and was a long term National
Council member for IEN. He was also a member of the International Indigenous
Treaty Council and the Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement.
His teachings of wisdom and the memory of his humor and traditional songs will
stay with us. Ga-a-woo-wuss
(Coyote Bear), a.k.a. James Main, Sr., of the White Clay Nation died peacefully
in his sleep at approximately 4:30 a.m. on January 29, 2009. His hard-fought
battle with End-Stage Congestive Heart Failure over the past several years
finally took its toll about two weeks ago. ~Scott Treaty
Vi Hilbert, 90, Salish. Hilbert devoted her life
to preserving the Coast Salish and Lushootseed languages. In 1989 she was
selected as Washington State Living Treasure and in 1994 was presented a
National Heritage Fellowship.
In Memory of 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
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
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
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
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
Because of the Manataka 2009 Gathering in progress, a brief Elder Council meeting was conducted on June 20
inside the Manataka Medicine Lodge Tipi. Elders present
were Lee Standing Bear Moore (AR), Robert Gray Hawk Coke (TX), and Becky Flaming Owl
Moore (AR). David Quiet Wind Furr (AR) and Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdett
(AR) are in
California on business. Guests attending were, Elder Council nominees, Daniel
Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman of IL and Linda Two Hawk Feathers James (MO).; New Members:
Gary One Bull Neal (TX), Daniel
Benitez (AR), Norman Cordova (TN) and Jimmie Wind Seeker Keevauver (IL)
was given by Linda James.
No Minutes or Treasurer’s Report
was given. No business was conducted.
Australian, Northwestern Territory Flag was presented as a gift from the Henbury
School in Darwin. Other words and blessings were exchanged between the
Adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Manataka American Indian Council
Elder Council and Committee Leaders
Council - Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, committee leader
- Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette, committee leader
Secretary / Historian / Counseling - Lee
Standing Bear, committee leader
Robert Gray Hawk Coke, committee leader
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman, Elder Council Nominee
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, Elder Council Nominee
Relations - Linda VanBibber,
- Bobby Runninbear, 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
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
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:
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
MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY
1. 30 gallon plastic storage boxes
LAND - Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build
a cultural center. Any size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.
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.
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.
YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED
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Lee Standing Bear Moore
Jennifer Attaway, Alabama
Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett,
Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas
Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire
Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham
Crystal Harvey, Arkansas
Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois
John James, Missouri
Julie Maltagliati, Florida
Carol Perez Petersen, California
Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee
RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson,
Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia
Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York
Linda VanBibber, Missouri
Liora Leah Zack, California
Blue Panther Keeper of Stories
David Cornsilk, Oklahoma
Andrea Crambit, California
Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
Romaine Garcia, Colorado
Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr.
Valerie Eagle Heart
Dr. Bruce E. Johansen
Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Organic Consumers Association
Elvina Jean Paulson
Corina Roberts, California
Union of Concerned Scientists
Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute
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