Manataka American Indian Council                                                                                     Volume XIII  Issue 05 May 2009




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow


May Issue

Page 1 of 3

April Showers Bring May Flowers


May 5

Cinco De Mayo

May 10

Mother' Day

May 12

Nurses Day

May 16

Armed Forces Day

May 25

Memorial Day








Contents of Page 1

Elder's Meditation:: 

Mathew King, Lakota

Upcoming Events:  

Manataka Gathering - 6th Sun Aztec Dancers

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Feature Story 1:

All Creation Around Us
Feature Story 2: The Shores Within - Chapter 1

Ecological Notes:

Organic Cotton Clothing
Grandfather King Coke Speaks: Absent Without Leave...
 Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Speaks: Disciplining your children
Mother Earth Watch: Coal:  Keep It In The Ground
Tribal News: State of the Indian Nations Address
Education: Teaching About American Indians
Inspirational Thoughts:: Five Lessons
Website Updates: New Articles in April 2009

Contents of Page 2              

Legends of Old: Green Corn Dance Ceremony
Feature Story 3: Hunting
Feature Story 4:   2012 is Coming

Letters to the Editor:

DNA Testing, Nuclear Reactors and Elk Hides
Organic Consumers: Safeguard Organic Standards
Elder's Meditations: Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota
Plant Medicine:

Herbs for Back Pain...

Fluoride: Fluoride, Arthritis, and Misdiagnosis
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Wolves Lose Vital Protection
Endangered Sacred Sites:

Passaconaway Protect Sacred Site

Open Letter from the Dineh of Big Mountain

Contents of Page 3              

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Timucua Indians of the Southeast

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

Seven Sacred Fires of Wisdom

Maya Land Journey

Global Peace and Cooperation

Feature Story 5::

Feature Story 6:

2012 & Beyond, Rainbow Warriors the Stars Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering - Australia
Elder's Meditations: Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota
Women's Circle: Pottery by American Indian Women
Food & Nutrition: 30 Cherokee Recipes
Book Reviews: Native American Flute
Poetry Circle: Candle Glow
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Special Needs; Meeting Postponed; Dues





"God is making use of you - you should be grateful He's found a use for you."  --Mathew King, Lakota


The Creator can only create through human beings. Each human being has a purpose given to us by the Creator. We are on this earth to fulfill this purpose. Our only work is to make ourselves ready, to become a channel, to perform for the Creator. We prepare ourselves by prayer. We prepare ourselves by becoming unselfish. We prepare ourselves by seeking and choosing to walk on a spiritual path. Each morning we look to the east and we say an honor prayer to the Creator. We offer our gifts: tobacco and corn. We ask him to help us do His will for today. In this simple way, we still fulfill our purpose. It should be an honor to serve the Creator.


Great Spirit, today I am ready to serve You.

By Don Coyhis






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Traditional American Indian Religious Ceremonies and Family Gathering


The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers and Grandfather Jorge Ortega will perform the sacred dances at Manataka (Hot Springs National Park, AR) 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 respectfully join in prayerful ceremonies and witness the colorful and exciting ancient dance of the Aztec.  




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Manataka Drum Society


Several years ago when the Manataka Drum Society transitioned to a new drum leader, there were many layers to pull away. It was as if we were an onion pulling away the cover to find the core. We were searching not only for the heart of the group but for the gentle, loving spirits within ourselves. Today, our bond is stronger than ever. We truly are the best of friends.


Friendship is defined in the dictionary as a person whom one knows, likes and trusts.  Though the word friendship holds much deeper meaning. The dictionary meaning does not emphasize the laughter that fills the air when friends are together or the support that one can get from a friend.  A friend is someone special who laughs with you, cries with you, advises you and unhesitatingly tells you your mistakes. Friends do so much for us that sometimes it becomes our duty to thank them with all the gratitude we have for them in our hearts.


Words can not begin to express how grateful we are to have each and every one of them in our lives. We have learned an incalculable wealth of knowledge from each other and each one is thankful for that. 


We are now one powerful voice that holds great esteem and honor in Manataka and we look forward to the many years to come.  The Manataka Drum Society has grown to include dozens of women of all ages and backgrounds.  We love them all.


If you would like to be a part of the Manataka Drum Society now is the time to join our ever evolving circle of friends.  Contact: Amanda Morning Star, Drum Leader at or (501) 627-0555.





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Native Youth Camp Needs Help



Each year the Traditional Ecological Program (TEK) hosts two Paiute Mountain School/Camps for children ages of 8-15 in our Eastern Sierra Mountains.  The camps teach the youth leadership, environmental education on land, water, plants and animals. Children are taught family values, discuss teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse prevention.  The kids have wholesome fun in fishing, hiking, games, and other outdoor and indoor activities.  The camps focus on traditional ways and science.  The Paiute Mountain School Camps aim to make Mother Earth a better place.


Unfortunately, funding has been cut by 80% this year due to all the freezes in grants throughout the nation. They are asking for your help. 


This is the only time during the year participants experience something positive in their lives, and many look forward to the summer for these camps.


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All Creation Around Us

by Kim Summermoon Wilson


2007 Altar Show.  Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA

Recently I received some good counsel from a dear friend. He advised me to put my hands in the rich dark soil and feel the life force of Creator. I had been talking about gardening, and doing a lot of talking - he summed it up for me in a few good words.

Thinking about his good words, I realized a few things. We humans like to box things up and separate them into definitions, categories, put boundaries around everything. Makes life easier to comprehend sometimes. But sometimes this boxing and labeling can mislead us into thinking that w e’re superior to our surroundings and can do as we please, with little thought to consequences - or to the footprints we leave behind, both literally and figuratively.

There is no separating the Creator and the created - any of it. Nor are there any boundaries between the Creator and the created, except the ones we manufacture in our own minds - our perceptions. The Creator is the life force, as my friend pointed out. The life force is also like the blood in the body - where does the blood not travel and nourish? Separate the blood from the body and there is no life.

Where is there no Creator? What part of Earth has not been created by the Creator?

We are part of all things created. Not better than, not separate from - but part of. Step outside, work in the garden, walk in the forest, swim in a lake, sit in the grass - we are not above, spending time in, or traveling in a foreign country. We are the Earth, and the Earth is us. What we do to the Earth, our back yards, we do to ourselves. What we do to insects, to Standing Ones, what we put in the water, feed the animals, how we treat all beings, send to the sky clouds, strip mine the Stone People - we do to ourselves also.







The Shores Within

By Boe Glasschild

& Laughing Dog Red Feather


Free Online Lessons on the Medicine Way

Eight lessons plus a glossary, bibliographic notes and more.


The Medicine Way has been exclusively an oral tradition for centuries. Now, Choctaw Spiritual Elder Boe Many Knives Glasschild, Bvshpo Lawa,  puts these teachings in writing for all to read and understand.   This is the second installment of ten monthly installments of the book entitled, "The Shores Within" covering the entire book from April to December 2009.  Each chapter contains links to a glossary of definitions to various Medicine Way terminology. 



Introduction and Chapter 1 - May 2009

Preface and Forethought - April 2009











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Conventional cotton grown in the U.S. ranks third behind corn and soybeans in total amount of pesticides sprayed.
What to do about the clothing we wear? Buy organic cotton clothing if you can afford it, or...


buy "recycled" clothing from thrift stores or re-sale stores. Hold off on buying clothing until you absolutely have to! I wait until my stuff is nearly in tatters before I replace it, or I've "outgrown" it (at age 51 I'm not likely to get any taller, just wider)--yeah, not exactly fashionable, but easier on the environment and on my budget!

By buying "recycled" clothing, the consumer demand for new clothing diminishes--the consumer is "buying out" of the "consumer mentality" that grips Western culture. "Recycle, reduce, reuse" applies to all aspects of consumer consumption, not just the usual paper/glass/aluminum, etc.

If we must buy new, the more of us who buy new clothing that is made from organic cotton, the higher the consumer demand, the more acreage of organic cotton is grown, the less pesticides/herbicides are used, and hopefully the cost of organic cotton clothing goes down over time as more of it is manufactured.


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

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



Grandfather Grey Hawk Speaks


This space is normally dedicated to the wise words of Grandfather Robert Grey Hawk Coke, a 79-year-old Cherokee metaphysics teacher who occupies an honored post on the Manataka Elder Council.  Unfortunately, Grandfather Coke is 'absent without leave' this month as he attends to the important task of completely wrecking his home in Dallas and driving his good wife Vicky crazy as he prepares to remodel. We should be so lucky at his age to have such ambition, endurance and spunk.  We look forward to reading his next contribution to these pages in June.




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Disciplining your children


Did you know, it is unlawful in some states to lay your hands on a child by whipping them with a belt or smacking them on the behind in order to discipline them for a wrongdoing? When I was growing up it was not uncommon to receive discipline in the form of using a ‘Willow Switch’ or getting a good whipping with a belt or razor strop.


Many days my younger brothers and I would do something wrong and mother would say, “Just wait until your father gets home! We knew we were in for a good switching from our father when he arrived home from a long day working in the coal mine. We also knew we could do or say nothing to make our father forget his responsibility to correct us. We would line up in the back yard and wait for father to come walking down the railroad tracks. If father had a bad day, the whipping was much more severe or if he was extra tired the whipping would be short and sweet. Although we deserved the whippings we never complained because we knew we needed the discipline.









America has an obsession with ultra-soft toilet paper, but as a recent New York Times article pointed out, that fluffiness comes at a high environmental price -- the destruction of millions of trees in North America, including rare old-growth forests in Canada.

But it's more than just the loss of forests: "Turning a tree to paper requires more water than turning paper back into fiber, and many brands that use tree pulp use polluting chlorine-based bleach for greater whiteness. In addition, tissue made from recycled paper produces less waste tonnage - almost equaling its weight - that would otherwise go to a landfill."


No forest should be used to make toilet paper. There is another choice -- post consumer recycled tissue products.

FACT: Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper - just once.


According to the Department of Energy, there are 28 plants now under construction, to join an estimated 600 coal plants that currently provide about half of the nation's electricity. Those plants produce about 2 billion tons annually of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide - roughly a third of the United States' total global warming emissions. NASA global warming scientist Jim Hansen has said existing plants need to be phased out by 2030 to curb the effects of climate change.


Last week, thousands of people came together to offer an unprecedented example of mass protest and civil disobedience for the climate. Environmental groups, led by Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network, enlisted more than 2500 activists, including Marchers Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Bill McKibben, to successfully blockade all five entrances to the Capitol Power Plant for four hours. The scale and the commitment of the participants was the biggest example yet of the public support for changing our old ways of developing energy.


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FACT: CO2 emissions from U.S. coal-based electricity are greater than emissions from all the cars and trucks in America.


An Associated Press story this week outlined the difficulties new coal plants are having to get off the ground. Environmental groups tally more than 90 plants canceled or delayed since 2002, but despite the setbacks the coal-fired power industry continues to enjoy its largest expansion in three decades.


Learn more facts about the dangers of coal from the Sierra Club's "Move Beyond Coal" Campaign and The Reality Coalition.

FACT: 260 million gallons of water are used for coal mining in the U.S. every day.


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Priorities on the Hill
The beginning of a new congressional term brings a new list of priorities and promises for American Indians. FCNL is listening closely to what members of Congress and the administration are saying and is working with our partners and colleagues to ensure that U.S. leaders consider these priorities. On February 5, Sen. Byron Dorgan (ND) and the other members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held their first business meeting of the year and stated that health care, tribal law and safety, education, tribal recognition, housing, and the prevention of Indian youth suicides are the committee's top concerns for this session of Congress. The committee followed the business meeting with an oversight hearing to discuss the best ways to move forward on Indian health care.


Michelle Obama visited the Department of the Interior on February 9 and addressed the employees in the building. "For those of you focused on meeting the federal government's obligations to the Native Americans," she said, "understand that you have a wonderful partner in the White House right now. Barack has pledged to honor the unique government-to-government relationship between tribes and the federal government. And he'll soon appoint a policy advisor to his senior White House staff to work with tribes and across the government on these issues such as sovereignty, health care, education -- all central to the well-being of Native American families and the prosperity of tribes all across this country."


Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was the focus of an oversight hearing on February 12. His list of priorities for Native Americans included economic opportunity, energy development and climate change, education, and law enforcement. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs discussed other issues with Salazar, including the overbearing bureaucracy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, trust litigation, water settlements, tribal recognition process, and health care. ~ Friends Committee on National Legislation, Quaker Lobby In the Public Interest.



State of the Indian Nations Address
On February 10 Joe Garcia, president of National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), gave the eighth annual "State of the Indian Nations" address. Tribal leaders from all over the country gathered at the National Museum of the American Indian to hear Garcia's speech.
Garcia spoke with great hope, affirming that there are "new winds of change in the land," and highlighted four priorities for the NCAI in the 111th Congress:

"-We seek a place at the table for Indian Nations in the economic recovery of this great nation;
-We seek transformational improvements to health care;
-We call for a fundamental, federal commitment to public safety; and
-We seek a new federal priority for the education of the children of Indian Nations."

Garcia went on to praise President Barack Obama's early efforts to reach out to Native Americans. "As I think of the state of Indian Nations," he said, "I know that the spirit of our people is strong - even though the needs of our people are great. I am excited by the promise of a new day in Washington."  ~ Friends Committee on National Legislation, Quaker Lobby In the Public Interest



Religious Freedom and Sacred Sites
The law firm of Storzer and Greene filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a U.S. Forest Service decision permitting a private ski resort to spread snow made from recycled sewage on the San Francisco Peaks, the most sacred site of the Navajo, Hopi, and several other Native American tribes. FCNL helped organize major religious organizations to sign on to the brief.





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Teaching Resources for Educators

Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners. Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc. Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four categories:


Teaching About American Indians

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for American Indian Learners

Researching American Indian Education

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Five lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: 

"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in he r 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally
unheard of in those conflict-filled 60s.. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a
giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached..

It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."  Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress
came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neat ly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.  You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip. >

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.





Red Wolf In Peril   Animal Rights
Are You At Risk For A Stroke? by Hawk Hoffman   Elders Speak
Bonding Fires by Waynonaha   Elders Speak
The World of the Enchanted Flower by Magdala Rameriz   Elders Speak
Power vs Force  by Robert Gray Hawk Coke   Elders Speak
Herbal Healing for Pets by Gram Selma   Elders Speak
Going Green on a Budget   Environment
Toxic Dryer Sheets   Environment
Say Goodbye to Farmers Markets   Environment
Australian Manataka Gathering   Feature Story
Hubble Telescope's top ten greatest space photographs   Feature Story
New Healing Center Planned for Pine Ridge   Feature Story
Welcoming Spring at the Place of Peace   Feature Story
Fluoride May Damage the Brain   Health Watch
Spring Time Sniffles and Sneezes   Herbal Medicine
History of the Shawnee Indians   History
Coyote Rides a Star   Legends
Fox and Kingfisher   Legends
Fox and Mountain Lion   Legends
The Ancients at Fort Ancient Need You   Sacred Sites
Beyond Human Communication by Harvey Doyle   Spiritual Medicine
Justice for American Indians   Tribes and Nations
Tarahumara Indians   Tribes and Nations
What Is Owed to Native Americans?   Tribes and Nations
La Malinche - - Harlot or Heroine?   Women's Council


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