Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 07  JULY 2009




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History: History of the Great Zuni People

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

Grandmother Mountain

Moon Dance

Mommy, Mom, Mother, Maw

Feature Story 5::

Feature Story 6:

Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering


Elder's Meditations: Circle of Elders, Northern Cheyenne
Women's Circle: Mourning Dove (Okanogan) 
Food & Nutrition: Going Vegetarian or Vegan?
Book Reviews: Native American Flute:
Poetry Circle: Servant
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Special Needs; Meeting Postponed; Dues






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


?-2500 B.C.--Paleo-Indian Period. During the period the first people inhabiting the Zuni area were big game hunters.


2500 B.C.-0--Archaic Period. During this period the people in the Zuni area hunted small game, collected wild plants and made the first attempts at agriculture.


0-700 A.D.--Basketmaker Period. During this period agriculture became more fully developed, pottery making and pithouse agriculture were important.


900-1100--Pueblo I Period. The period was marked by the development of painted pottery, expansion of population and settlement in the Zuni area.


1100-1300--Pueblo III 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.


1300-1500--Pueblo IV Period. During this period, Zuni Pueblo and other prehistoric towns were founded as the population in the area consolidated in the Zuni River Valley.








Grandmother Mountain

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 beat.

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.






By Magdala Del Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan Priestess




Moon Dance by Alfred Gockel

Moon Dance


Beautiful Ones,


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 participated.


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, Maw


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 is magic.











By Kate Spreckley



If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
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



As 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.

The 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.


It is 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.







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








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?"








"There are 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, Northern Cheyenne


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.


Creator, let me be willing to have an open mind.

By Don Coyhis






Mourning Dove (Okanogan)

By Kristin Herzog

Mourning 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 border.

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 Wilson


One reason many people give for not trying a vegetarian diet is that it seems so intimidating to them - how does one try a vegetarian diet? I've been through this myself.

There IS a difference between 'vegetarian' and 'vegan.' There are ethics, and there are politics; there are purists, and there are everyday people just trying to live better. Vegetarians don't eat meat, but may include eggs, may include some dairy, may even include occasional chicken or fish. Vegans don't use anything derived from animals or insects - no byproducts, either. (Vegans do not use or consume honey or beeswax.)

To try a vegetarian diet, think of it a different way - as simply eating differently. Think of what you won't be eating - antibiotics, E. coli, salmonella, contaminants, and lots of bacteria, growth hormones, and/or possibly 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 - especially on a cool autumn day or when it's cold and raining outside and you feel like snuggling up with a warm blanket and your favorite book. It's a soothing
cannellini 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.








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


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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.


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 By Juli Maltagliati


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 fist-sized heart,
not by eons or eternity,
much less moments or years.
It's no wonder we feel a tugging sense of overwhelm
in flashes of lucidity that shock us
when we almost grasp the magnitude
of what passes through, within …
when we feel the desperation of our insufficiency
to harbor what God has entrusted to us.
Blessedly, we return to unawareness
so we will not rupture or be lost to madness.
Blessedly, we return to the normalcy of measured love,
bearable love, endurable love,
love that only taps us on the shoulder.
But we carry on presuming love lies nestled in the heart,
acquiescent and captive ...
our noblest fallacy of wonder.
Copyright © 1-15-08
Juli Maltagliati




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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


Albert Granger (Blythe, CA) Has serious heart problems.  Needs our prayers please.  ~Eagle Star  06-11-09


Albert Granger 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


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


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


Lenore Tuni, My daughter 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.  He comes every weekends, he helps me around the house, etc. Cook together and share a lot of things together, our religious is the same, we just enjoying our selves, he makes me happy.  ~Carlena  04-30-09


Kaya, (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 good thoughts.  Xielolixii  04-14-09


Lisa 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 working 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 afternoon.  03-16-09


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  03-11-09


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 through huge 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. 



Crossing Over...


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).


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.


Jim 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

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.






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)


Opening Prayer was given by Linda James.


No Minutes or Treasurer’s Report was given.  No business was conducted.


The Australian, Northwestern Territory Flag was presented as a gift from the Henbury School in Darwin.  Other words and blessings were exchanged between the Elders. 


Adjourned at 1:15 p.m. 


Manataka American Indian Council Elder Council and Committee Leaders

  • David Quiet Wind Furr, Chairman

  • Women's Council - Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, committee leader

  • NAGPRA - Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette, committee leader

  • Secretary / Historian / Counseling -  Lee Standing Bear, committee leader

  • Education - Robert Gray Hawk Coke, committee leader

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman, Elder Council Nominee

  • Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, Elder Council Nominee

  • Public Relations - Linda VanBibber, committee leader

  • Membership - 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 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

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

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr., Kentucky

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

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho







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