Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 06 JUNE 2009


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Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Hoo-Moo-Thy-Ah - Yavapai

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

Green Corn Gathering Dance

Moon Dance Ceremony

Feature Story 5::

Feature Story 6:

Navajo Casket Maker Tobie Beneli

Manataka Spiritual Gathering - Australia

Elder's Meditations: Cochise "Like Ironweed" Chiricahau Apache
Women's Circle: Profile of Mary Wildfire Edmonia Lewis
Food & Nutrition: Two Must-Try American Indian Recipes
Book Reviews: Native American Flute:
Poetry Circle: The Times On Mother Earth
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Special Needs; Meeting Postponed; Dues





Upcoming Manataka Event

The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers and Grandfather Jorge Ortega will perform the sacred dances at Manataka at 1 p.m. on June 20 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  Free and open admission.  Members and non-members and guests are welcome to join in the prayerful ceremonies and witness the colorful and exciting ancient dance of the Aztec. 


Renew your membership today!






By Paul R. Machula



South Side of Pinals --

Home of Hoo-moo-thy-ah

I am going to have a difficult time describing my feelings about this remarkable individual--a Yavapai by the name of Hoo-moo-thy-ah: "wet nose." Like the Apache Kid, Hoo-moo- thy-ah was a true son of this area, of the beautiful Pinal Mountains. He was faithful to his people and the place of his birth in a way that can only be considered remarkable and exemplary. He deserves to be more widely known.


Outside of his own people, the story of Hoo-moo-thy-ah has been previously known basically only to specialized Southwestern historians. Hoo-moo-thy-ah spent many years during the last part of his life trying to publish his memoirs, which he called, "The Indian Side of the Question."  Some historians have been aware of his manuscript, and have even tried to publish it, all without success. The original manuscript is located at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, and a copy is also located at Arizona State University. In reviewing the history of my hometown area, I decided I had to have a copy. I procured it, and, frankly, I have never been quite the same since. It is a stunning autobiography--unforgettable. It is, however, rather difficult to read, because Hoo-moo-thy-ah had a somewhat difficult time putting his thoughts into proper English. Nevertheless, through his words one acquires a much better understanding of the events that transpired in this area during the time of the "Apache Wars." I have been trying to organize his manuscript in a manner that is more readable, but is faithful to his manner of expression. You will find a portion of this work on this WWW page. I know you will find it incredibly moving.


Hoo-moo-thy-ah was probably born about 1864 near the Four Peak Mountains (near current-day Tonto Basin, Arizona). As he is proud to state in his autobiography, "I was not so young a child when with my people that I cannot remember a great deal about their life." He remembered it fondly, as a time of great beauty and happiness.


However, shortly after he was born his happy existence was to be forever altered. In 1865 Fort McDowell, near the junction of the Salt and Verde Rivers at Mesa, Arizona, was established to help subjugate his people, the Yavapais, as well as the Apaches. Life was to quickly become a bitter struggle for existence.







Green Corn Gathering Dance

by Nupah Makah L. Cota

The rain has finished its work the Earth opens its arms to the soft and filling spring rain.

Soon will be  the time to place my feet and hands in the Earth. The swarms of insects including the Maine Black Fly are upon us. Many birds return to the feeders and the open water near the house.  The packages of seed are laying on the counter waiting to be placed into the Earth.  I say to them, "wait a little longer",  and brush my hand across the seedlings in the tray whose fragile stems are so tender.


"Wait my little ones the Earth is not warm enough and the cold comes often at night. You need time to grow and to be stronger to survive out there". 


They nod,  and seem to understand at least the gentle touch of the hand and tone of my voice.

To return to the Earth is to reconnect the bodies to its source of Healing Energy.  Without the feet and hands on the Earth the energy line is broken and the Human body is weakened by this. It is in this time of the year that we hold the Green Corn dance some have clans or societies that make the prayers for the Green Corn.

The seeds of corn are blessed and prayers said to make them strong. We bring out the last corn of the season and with the wild onion that now is appearing make the corn soup.

The corn is set to soak all night in wood ash water to loosen the skins. After that it is washed and then set to cook with wild onion and fat meat.






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess




Beautiful Ones,


Here comes the Moon Dance Ceremony, June 4 - 10, 2009


The Moon Dance is where women find her sacredness.  It is the place where the women find the great Mother inside of them.  It is the place where sisterhood is born through the Great Mother.  The Moon Dance is an ancient ceremony for women for we are the virtual reality, the door of many worlds, in this year is only for women.


It takes place near Harrison, AR at the womb, where the waters comes out, in an ancient sacred place of the women, the place has been prepared for us for a very very long time.  we have just needed to uncovered, now, all is ready.







Navajo Casket Maker Tobie Beneli

By Bill Donovan, Special to the Navajo Times, Window Rock, AZ




When Tobie Beneli first got the idea 12 years ago to go into business making burial caskets, he decided he needed to get some advice before taking the plunge.


So he asked two Navajo medicine men for their opinions.


After considering the question, one told him it was all right if done for the right reason.


"Make sure that you are doing it to help your people," the medicine man told Beneli, who said his primary goal has been to help his people, not to see how much money he could make.


The other medicine man, he said, told him to remember the old ways and spoke of how Navajo weavers would make sure to include a mistake in each rug so that spirits would not be tempted to stay in it.







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 Dine' guy is sitting in a bus stop with two old Anglo men. The first Anglo guy says, "Hey Herb, where you going for vacation this year?" Herb tells him, "I'm going to Montana to fish this year", The first guy looks at him and exclaims, "What you want to go there fer? They ain't nothin but a bunch of damned Indians up there." Herb then says, "Well, where you goin?" The first guy says, "I'm going to Arizona and soak up some sun!" Herb looks at him and yells, "You moron, there's nothing but a bunch of Indians in Arizona!" Then the little Dine' guy speaks up and comments, "Why don't you both just go to hell! There's no Indians there."









"You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight into our hearts."  --Cochise "Like Ironweed" Chiricahau Apache


Come into my heart this morning. Allow me this day to live in the now. Help me to see all the beauty You have created in all things. Let me know myself. Today, as I make mistakes, let me see them as lessons. Guide me. When I see others make mistakes, let me honor them for where they are. Let me realize that they are Your children and only You, my Grandfather, knows what is really going on. When my lips move, let the words be Your words.


Oh Creator, allow me to have the courage to speak Your truth.

By Don Coyhis






Profile of Mary Wildfire Edmonia Lewis, Ojibway Sculptor


Edmonia Lewis was a neoclassical African American and Native American sculptor, friend of abolitionists, and sculptor. Her sculpture, often with Biblical themes or themes of freedom or of famous Americans including many abolitionists, experienced a revival of interest in the twentieth century. She often depicted African, African American, and Native American peoples in her work. Much of her work is lost.


Also Known As:

Wildfire, Mary Edmonia Lewis (she rarely used her first name)


About Edmonia Lewis:

Edmonia Lewis was a neoclassical African American and Native American sculptor, friend of abolitionists, and sculptor. Her sculpture, often with Biblical themes or themes of freedom or of famous Americans including many abolitionists, experienced a revival of interest in the twentieth century. She often depicted African, African American, and Native American peoples in her work. Much of her work is lost.










Two Must-Try American Indian Recipes


Wild Sage Bread

1 package dry yeast
1 cup cottage cheese
1 egg
1 tablespoon melted shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons crushed dried sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour


Combine sugar, sage, salt, baking soda and flour. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Beat egg and cottage cheese together until smooth. Add melted shortening and yeast.


Add flour mixture slowly to egg mixture, beating well after each addition until a stiff dough is formed.

Cover dough with cloth and put in warm place until double in bulk (about 1 hour). Punch dough down, knead for one minute and place in well-greased pan. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes.


Bake in a 350-degree oven for 50 minutes. Brush top with melted shortening and sprinkle with crushed, roasted pine nuts or coarse salt.


Pueblo Posole

2 cups dried Red Corn Brand Hominy
2 lbs. pork sliced, diced and browned with a clove of garlic
1/4 cup New Mexico ground red chile* or fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 onion, diced
2 teaspoons oregano
salt to taste


Fill large cooking pot with Red Corn Hominy and water. Cook hominy, covered, over medium heat until kernels burst open and are "al dente" (several hours). Add remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer until meat is tender (2 or 3 hours).


* Not chili powder as used for Texas Chili






Native American Flute:

Understanding the Gift

by John Vames


An Interactive Guide for learning to Play 

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The Times On Mother Earth

By Shadow Cloud & Helen Red Wing Vinson


There was no time, that was something hid from the moment.
Just the spiraling motion downward, downward, as if drifting on time itself.
First one, then another joined in, a parade descending to earth .
A season, which spoke with an artist palette.
But as I looked up the mountains, I begin to see.
All the trees in full colors, gleaming in the sun
The more I looked, the colors so bright to me.




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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 


Pray For Rain In Victoria, Southern Australia -   We received this request from an Aboriginal Elder:  As you may know from news reports, bush fires in southern Australia due to severe drought have devastated towns, farms and ranches all across the country.   'Relief funds' are in full swing for those homeless and bereft from the very worst fire experienced.  We encourage you to pray for rain. Pray for rain by simply imagining rain falling on on all our Victorian forests and bush land areas. See and feel the rain falling, dripping from the trees and falling on the dry carpet beneath and in places the ravishing fires. Feel this happening in your heart and give thanks and gratitude for the continuation of this sacred gift as the rain saturates and satisfies mother earths deep thirst in this state, extinguishes the flames and ends any further fire activity. For most of us fighting the fires physically is not possible but we can assist by joining together in collective consciousness not so much praying for rain but praying RAIN.  In love for our earth and all that she provides.  ~Barbara Gipple, John and Grace.  02-26-09 


My Sister Gloria, (Georgetown, WV) Not too good.  We can't get an oncologist at Georgetown to see my sister to treat the lung tumor her and Medicare will not cover the doctor bills.  The doctors want money up front she had to cancel her appointments.  If she doesn't get treated soon cancer may travel again to her brain.  Social Services called yesterday and said they are sending her a medical card but can take 10 days and not sure what it will cover got bill for the cyber knife treatments at $52,000 dollars each.  Please pray they get the help that is needed.  Helen Redwing Vinson  02-27-09


Judy's Mother  Yesterday was a very  difficult day. They were able remove my mom from the respirator and she was  able to breath on her own with just  using  oxygen, however her level of  being awake is  very slight. She shakes her head yes or no  to ??  asked but does not  open her eyes  nor does she try  and talk.  They found that she had a blood clot in her lung  which was the reason for the breathing difficulty . But she also suffered from a stroke which affected both the  right and  left side of  the brain ( the part of the brain that controls your  awareness  ) So we are honoring her wishes that she  set  forth years ago. As of 7:00 PM  last night we started what is  called comfort care only.  Which means no IV's  no feeding tubes just  pain management . My family and I just want this part of  her journey to be as  peaceful as  possible, We know that  my dad ( who died 6 yrs ago)  is  waiting for her.   I love you all.    Judy  02-20-09

Rachael Saunders (Riverdale GA)  I ask for prayers for a wonderful Cherokee elder that is battling cancer in the hospital.  Rachael has been our head lady for wonderful events at the old plantation and she is currently battling cancer in her brain.  This is her third battle with cancer and prayer has been there to support her.  I am asking that she be added to everyone's prayer list in this time of  need.  Many thanks.   Matti Little Bear Nachreiner 02-19-09


Debi Red Hawk Pulido (IL) Underwent surgery and is recovering at home.  Thank all Manataka for their prayers.   Nicci Evans   02-09-09


Doctor Robert Trapp (IL)  My arthritis doctor contracted a cancer.  Please add his name to those who need prayers.  Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman.  02-11-09


Mary Ellen McQuown. Update: The wound on her bottom is healed  and her body is now balanced! Also, my diabetes is under control with medication and diet!!  My blood sugar went from 300 to 180! Sally McQuown.  01-17-09  The power of prayer is wonderful!


Ernesto and Yellow Stone Bird, Arizona.  Both members of Manataka were struck down with leukemia and are walking their last days on Mother Earth.  They made a good path for their many grandchildren to follow.  Please offer up prayer in ceremony for this couple.  ~J. C. Cougar  01-16-09 



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. 



American Indians Crossing Over...


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 of the Special Olympics.  There was a Cross over Sweat in his honor June 10th.  During the third round ,The wind started blowing hard, the rain came down, the door keepers were covered with pine needles. I believe it Was laughing bears 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) 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.


Ernest Moore, Jr., 73, Hopi.  Moore was a talented katsina carver.  Although he started his craft late in life, he garnered many awards and accolades for his excellent creative work.





J.B. Tanner, 84, Navajo. An influential Indian trader from Gallup, NM, Tanner spent more than 50 years improving the quality and quantity of American Indian-made art and crafts.  He spoke the Navajo language fluently.






In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik

Bill Prezwoznik was one of the four founders of Manataka.  His wisdom and love guided Manataka through its infancy and his words and unselfish deeds are often remembered. 


In Memory of Corbin Harney

Corbin Harney Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone Nation who dedicated his life to fighting the nuclear testing and dumping.  He loved and cared for his family, friends and all creation.



In Memory of Granny Messenger

She had over a 1,000 grandchildren but never bore a child. Her memory will live with us forever.  Veronica Messenger was a wonderful school teacher, political activist, owner of "Granny's Junkology" and constant supporter of Manataka.  She was loved greatly.   


In Memory of Lance Selvidge

Webster’s definition of a Martyr:  1:  A person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a belief.  2: A person who sacrifices something of great value, especially life itself for the sake of principle.  Lance, we are all better because you walked this world, we will all become better because you look back with eyes from the angels world. Thank You.  The Selvidge Family. Little River Rock.


In Memory of Ruby Gilliham

We will always remember this gracious and beautiful woman in our hearts.  She will remain a part of Manataka forever.  (picture: Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe assist with her funeral. Greg Gilliham, Little Rock.






The Elder Council meeting was conducted on May 17.  All Elders were present and one guest attended.


Opening Prayer was given by Becky Flaming Owl Moore


Minutes from April 2009 were approved as published.  Motion by P. Burdette, 2nd by R. Coke.  Unanimously Approved.


Treasurer’s Report for April-May, 2009 was read and unanimously approved. MAIC has no long term or short term debts.  Property taxes are now paid for 2008. Motion to approve by P. Burdette, 2nd by R. Coke.  A motion was made to convert $2,500 in the Arvest account to a 1 year CD.  Bear said that would be done after the June Gathering.  Unanimously Approved.


A.     Donations:  The American Indian Education Foundation: Motion by Bear.  2nd by P. Burdette.  Unanimously Approved.


         A motion to donate to Tommy Young’s Arkansas Wildlife and Herbal Center by P. Burdette, 2nd by B. Moore.


B.     Promotion:       A copy of the Sentinel Record Mail-Away article and ¼ page ad was shown.


C.     June Gathering: Travel and lodging expenses for the Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers – Patty Burdette will contact other Elders to assist with ceremonies.  Other expenses will be advertising, printing and venue.  It was decided to allow Bear to use his discretion in advertising spending.  The Hot Springs Convention Center rental space has been paid.  Bear will make arrangements for the fire circle and roping off the plaza area.


D.     Australia Gathering:  Lynn Smith was sent a donation for expenses and no other progress report was given.   


E.      Venezuelan Elder Visit:  Six Elders from Venezuela recently approved for membership will be traveling to Manataka in October for ceremonies.


F.      Counseling Committee:  No business to report.

G.      NAGPRA Committee:  No business to report.

H.      Education Committee:  No business to report.

I.                Women’s Council:  Flaming Owl gave a report on the Manataka Women’s Retreat held May 15-16.  Amanda Morning Star gave a report on the activities of the

          Manataka Drum Society.


J.       Announcements:  Ernie Zook is at St. Joseph Hospital in critical condition.


K.      Adjourned at 12:15 a.m.  Robert Gray Hawk Coke gave the closing prayer.


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

  • Public Relations - Linda VanBibber, committee leader

  • Education - Robert Gray Hawk Coke, committee leader

  • Membership - Bobby Runninbear, committee leader, - Daniel Hawk Hoffman , co-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. 


Details of the Elder Council meetings were not presented to the general membership because it was cancelled for May only.





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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