Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIlI  Issue 04 April 2009


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Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: History of the Shawnee Indians

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

Bonding Fires

The World of the Enchanted Flower

Herbal Healing for Pets

Feature Story 5:: Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering
Natural Medicine: Beyond Human Communication
Elder's Meditations: Thomas Mails on Fools Crow, Lakota
Women's Circle: "La Malinche" - - Harlot or Heroine?
Food & Nutrition: American Indian Food Pyramid
Book Reviews: Animal Spirit Guides
Poetry Circle: The Iroquois Prayer
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.  Location to be announced.  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!





The First American West: The Ohio Valley, 1750-1820

History of the Shawnee Indians from the year 1681 to 1854 inclusive

By Henry Harvey


Governor Harrison talking with the "Prophet" Tecumseh

In the year 1809, Governor Harrison purchased from the Delaware's, Miamis and Pottawatomies, a large tract of land on both sides of the Walbash river, and extending up the said river about sixty miles above Vinvennes. Tecumseh was absent at the time and his brother the Prophet made no objections to the treaty, but when Tecumseh returned, he manifested great dissatisfaction, and threatened some of the chiefs with death, who had made this treaty. Harrison hearing of his dissatisfaction, sent an invitation to him to repair to Vincecces to see him, and assured him that any claims he might have to the lands ceded by that treaty, were not affected by the treaty at all--that he might come on and present his claims, and if they were found to be valid, the lands would be given up, or an ample compensation made for it.


Accordingly, on the 12th of August, Tecumseh arrived at Vincennes, accompanied by a large number of his warriors. When the council convened, Tecumseh arose and said, "Brothers, I have made myself what I am; I would that I could make the red people as great as the conceptions of my own mind. When I think of the Great Spirit that rules over all, I would not then come to Governor Harrison to beg of him to tear this treaty to pieces, but I would say to him, brothers, you have liberty to return to your own country. Once, there was not a white man in all this country. Then, it all belonged to the redmen: children of the same parents--placed on it by the Great Spirit, to keep it, to travel over it, to eat its fruits, and fill it with the same race. Once a happy people, but now made miserable by the white people, who are never satisfied, but always encroaching on our land. They have driven us from the great salt water, forced us over the mountains, and would shortly push us into the lakes, but we are determined to go no further. The only way to stop this evil is for all the red-men to unite in claiming a common right in the soil, as it was at first, and should be now, for it never was divides, but belonged to all. No one tribe has a right to sell even to each other, much less to strangers, who demand all, and will take no less.


"The white people have no right to rake the land from the Indians who had it first--it is ours--it belongs to us. We may sell, but all must agree; any sale made by a part is not good. The last sale is bad. It was made by a part only; a part do not know how to sell; it requires all to make a bargain for all; a part cannot do it."










Bonding Fires


By L. Cota Nupah Makah



The upper, northern area of Nevada, where I spent many of my teenage years, is known as the high dry desert.  This vast open desert holds the beauty of deep purple haze which shrouds the mountains and valleys in mystery.  It is located 6000 feet above sea level where the air is clear and clean.  You can see for miles and miles.  From this high area you drop off onto the floor of the Great Salt Lakes of Utah and the basin area where prehistoric animals and reptiles once roamed a

mong the bubbling hot springs and lakes. 


Lava flow is still seen in the old rock formations that have produced ridges of round stones falling from the mountains into the valleys. Tulle-filled marshes, like an oasis, are reminders of the vast lakes that once covered this land.  Hot springs still bubble in hidden coves near the mountain range where it cuts across the skyline.


There is nothing better to ease the body than a long sit in one of the pools of silky mineral-rich hot water. The feel of your skin when you are through soaking is soft and smooth like velvet.  I would often stop on my long hot rides, just as the cool evening winds started, for a relaxing soak in the hot springs.  Near my favorite hot spring was a natural stream flowing from the Rudy Mountain, cold and clear, into the Standing Rock Reservoir.


We would run from the hot spring to the cold stream and splash around in the icy water.  I have gathered many an armful of watercress for soup in these streams where it grows waist high in the pure water.  The natural hot tubs of the desert are like no others and cannot be replaced by a chemical-filled one on the back deck.











The World of the Enchanted Flower

By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess




 They have asked me to speak about the “dream world” a world that resides in the virtual reality, yet just about to be manifested, a world where the cause and effect meet. 


 The ancient world that many tribes known, the world where the ancestors went to bring the teachings and the songs, the world where all is  one…. This world is now….


 A new world is awakening inside of the true human, a world that has been encoded in the true human being’s DNA since the beginning of time, a world that the ancestors called the world of the enchanted flower.


   Inside of human being resides the key to open that world within the self, that world has been visited many times, sometimes without realizing…. It is the place where the hemispheres meet.


In this world, many of the concepts and ideas of reality are obsolete, for in the world of oneness there is no separation concept. There is no pain that created that separation, there is no money,  for the cause and the effect are happening instantaneously, there is no government, for human beings knows how to relate, there is no time as in the third and forth dimension knows it,  for the time was an invention of the “dark lords” as the Chilam Balam said, the concept of time in the world of the enchanted flowers is not based on process that created the illusion of separation, it is based on a cosmological way of thinking. In the world of the enchanted flower, there is nothing separated; it is a world of unity.


The cosmic way of thinking is awaken in the world of the enchanted flower, for human beings recognize her-his-self as an entity of a higher order, the divine order, where all is a big family, for the worlds are part of the one as one is part of the all, all is a beautiful orchestra happening with completely divine order, in a perfect harmony.





By Grandmother Selma


Herbal Healing for Pets


You should not attempt herbal  healing for your pet unless you have a good understanding of what is ailing  your pet. And a good understanding of the healing herbs. Don't  guess.....check with a veterinarian first! There are now a lot of  holistic /natural vets out there - call around and see who you can find. This  advice is not meant to replace the diagnosis and advice of a licensed  veterinarian.  ~Gram Selma



Remember first and always that cats and dogs and other small creatures have much shorter digestive systems than us human caretakers. Fresh herbs are not digested as  they are in humans. Therefore, the tincture form of an herb will work better for them. An acceptable alternative would be a stronger herbal tea than you  would use for yourself. Doses need to be compatible with your pet's weight -  small amounts for small animals, larger amounts for large animals. When in  doubt, consult a holistic or natural healing veterinarian. Administering several doses throughout the day, rather than one big dose once a day will speed the herbs into your pet's system and boost the immune system much  faster. And as with ourselves, no herb should be given to any animal on a continuous basis. Like us, their bodies will begin to build an immunity, and once that happens, that herb becomes useless medicinally.


A good rule of thumb for any herbal remedy for your pet is two weeks on one week off. That gives the body time to work on its own, and gives you time to determine if the herbal treatment needs to be continued. There are  exceptions to this rule, as with all rules, as in herbs that take a while to  build up in the body to be effective. Don't give herbs you wouldn't take  yourself, internally or externally. Just about any herbal remedy that you  use for yourself can be adapted for use for your pet - just remember to use  tinctures whenever possible, stronger teas when necessary.



Diet: For  overall general good health, as with ourselves, you should of course look to diet. There are many natural diets being recommended today for all sorts of  pets. Do a little research, or preferably a lot, into the natural dietary needs of your pet. Raw meat added to the diet of a cat or dog, natural  carnivores, can often clear up a lot of mysterious ailments, as can the addition of fruits and vegetables. If you feed a commercial diet, feed the  best you can afford, and add to it when you can. For pet birds, there is a  lot of debate about diets these days - seed vs. pellets. Neither is a  complete diet in itself. Fresh fruits and vegetables are necessary for the  overall good health and nutrition of a pet bird. For many finch species,  live food in the form of various insects is a requirement. This is where  your research into proper diet for each animal is so important. Years of  healthy life can be added to your pet when diet is properly looked after!


When you are changing your pet's diet, do so gradually. Add one new item at a time, and space out those additions. That way if there is a negative reaction, you can quickly pinpoint the culprit. Not every food agrees with every animal.


Sunlight is also necessary for the health  of your pet. Sunlight helps the body convert the nutrients in the foods you  feed into the necessities for their systems. In place of sunlight, use  full-spectrum lighting, like Vita-Lites, or an equivalent. These are ideal  for your indoor pets, such as birds, reptiles and amphibians.


Here  are some herbal remedies for those common problems:


Eyes: A strong tea of  eyebright, used as a wash, is perfect for irritated eyes on all pets. Also  administer orally to boost the internal mechanisms to fight infection from  the inside. Alternatively, you can make a saline solution. Dissolve 1/8  teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 1 drop of goldenseal  extract to 1 tablespoon of the saline solution, once cooled, when you are  going to use shrinks swollen tissues and  disinfects.





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Many loyal Smoke Signal News readers will recall the heart-touching feature story "Manataka Making a Relative Ceremony: Henbury Avenue Special School, Northern Territory, Australia published in the August, 2008 issue.  The story was about 151 students, teachers and staff who gathered for a ceremony conducted by Manataka members, Lynn Dream Dancer Guy and Graham Oseola Waters of Australia to induct each and every one as honorary Manataka members.  Today, the Manataka flag flies over the school next to the Northern Territory and Australian flags.  We also fly their flags at Manataka. 


The idea of the entire school joining Manataka came up as students were painting a large "Peace" mural and they thought about the philosophy and work of the Manataka American Indian Council.  Several Aboriginal elders and parents attended the event and were pleased to see their children become part of a higher purpose in ceremonies familiar to their own culture.


The story below is an extension of the wonderful feelings and people who came together on that day.





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



Camp Bornhoffen is a 98 hectare (242 acres) property situated at Natural Bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland. Just 30 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Bornhoffen is set against a beautiful backdrop of high rainforest covered mountains, spectacular cliffs, crystal clear running creeks and waterfalls. Our elevation of 400 metres above sea level and high average rainfall means that the vegetation remains lush and green all year round.   Location: Bornhoffen is located approximately 45 kilometres from Nerang at: 3510 Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge, Queensland.





Ceremonial Fire

Large camp accommodate up to 120 people in dormitory style - bunk beds which look very comfy rooms.  The few separate private rooms are reserved for honored guests. 

Communal modern shower and toilet facilities. 

Catered meals and a big, modern kitchen so we can easily work together to cook.

Inside meeting spaces to gather in case of inclement weather.

Australian and New Zealand members of Manataka will be on hand to assist you.




Local Aboriginal People will perform a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony in recognition of their sacred custodianship of these ancient lands.


Ceremonial Fire and Ceremonies to establish the Manataka family in Australia and New Zealand


Drumming and Singing


Giveaway Ceremony - Bring gifts to share with Elders and other guests


We have a diverse range of activities to choose from.  We aim for our activities to be fun, adventurous, challenging,  hands-on, and spiritual.


Outdoor multi-sports court, playing field, swimming pool and plenty of open space walking tracks which lead to some of the special natural features on the property including two waterfalls, two waterholes and a lookout. Activities comply with the requirements of Education Queensland Health and Safety Guidelines.








No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Natural Medicine


Beyond Human Communication

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle



Humankind has long been intrigued with the idea of communicating with other intelligences.  When I speak of intelligences I could be speaking of animals, aliens, or even the cells of your body.  We are entering into a spiritual arena and developing toward 2012 which will be an enlightenment to all survivors on Mother Earth.


Science has devised elaborate systems to probe outer space for signals that might be coming to us and informational plaques to identify our space probes to other intelligences.  We should be more concerned with Mother Earth and her inhabitants.  We as humans beings sometimes cannot see any further than our noses.  We need to look to the past, present, and future for communicating with our brother and sisters.  When I speak of brother and sisters I mean all inhabitants; the two legged, four legged, six legged and many without legs, those who crawl, fly, walk and all that move. 


For more earthly concerns, many studies have been made and are being made on communication in species other than humans, particularly the higher forms of life such as apes, elephants, dolphins, and whales in an effort to crack their codes and establish communication with them.  So far the Great Spirit has only shown those that have spiritual eyes the rudimentary lines of communication that have been established to date. 


I have observed the Red Tail Hawk for years and they have their way of communicating with others.  You must study them and watch them.  They are good communicators.  You must be alert to positive and negative energies and also their movement in the air and when they are resting.  When you learn more of energies and that Mother Earth is alive; then you will begin to understand the language of her inhabitants. We should realize to be a part of the circle of life we must know how to communicate.


We seem to spend much time trying to communicate with outer space.  So far as we know, no signals from outer space have been received. However, in trying to communicate with animals we have learned more about our own communication processes and thought mechanisms.  We have had more success in this arena.  We have learned to realize that our brother and sister animals want to communicate with us this is the great plan of the Creator. Association by communication.


There is the distinct possibility that we would have much to learn from extraterrestrial being, and we know we have much to learn from the species (animals) that share Mother Earth with us as inhabitants. If others only knew how to communicate with them.  I feel sorry for individuals that have forgotten the very essence of learning animal energies. Communication is a spiritual healing.











A Great NEW Gift IDEA for the Holidays









"The god that people reject is not the true god, it is a god they have conjured up apart from proper education, and understanding. In such cases, the least Fools Crow will do is to call their assumptions into question, and force them to re-evaluate their position."  --Thomas Mails on Fools Crow, Lakota


Inside of every person - man, woman, and child - is the knowledge that there is a Supreme Being. Many of us have been taught that the Creator is a punishing God. We have been taught about feelings of guilt and shame when we do things wrong. We have been taught that God gets angry and disappointed with us. The Elders teach us that the Creator is a loving and forgiving God. He loves us during our good days and He loves us during our bad days. He doesn't know how to do anything but love. If I really want to find out about the true God, I only need to ask in prayer. There is one thing that God cannot do and that is refuse help to one of His children who asks.


My Creator, I ask You to be a part of my life today.

Whisper to me Your wisdom.

Let me feel Your presence.

If I am doubtful and afraid, show me, in terms I can understand, You are real

By Don Coyhis





Indian Women In History


"La Malinche" - - Harlot or Heroine?

by Shep Lenchek


"La Malinche." Slave, interpreter, secretary, mistress, mother of the first "Mexican." her very name still stirs up controversy.


Many Mexicans continue to revile the woman called Dońa Marina by the Spaniards and La Malinche by the Aztecs, labeling her a traitor and harlot for her role as the alter-ego of Cortes as he conquered Mexico.


They ignore that she saved thousands of Indian lives by enabling Cortes to negotiate rather than slaughter. Her ability to communicate also enabled the Spaniards to introduce Christianity and attempt to end human sacrifice and cannibalism. Herself a convert, baptized Marina, she was an eloquent advocate for her new faith. As for the charges against her, they are in my opinion baseless. So let us visit this remarkable woman and examine the facts.


All historians agree that she was the daughter of a noble Aztec family. Upon the death of her father, a chief, her mother remarried and gave birth to a son. Deciding that he rather than Marina, should rule, she turned her young daughter over to some passing traders and thereafter pro- claimed her dead. Eventually, the girl wound up as a slave of the Cacique (the military chief) of Tabasco. By the time Cortes arrived, she had learned the Mayan dialects used in the Yucatan while still understanding Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs and most Non-Mayan Indians.


"La Malinche" did not choose to join Cortes. She was offered to him as a slave by the Cacique of Tabasco, along with 19 other young women. She had no voice in the matter.













Animal Spirit Guides by Chris Luttichau takes the reader on a journey into the discovery of power animals by inspiring one you to move forward on your life path.


Merging American Indian ideals with European customs, Luttichau gives an in depth, first-hand look at all things nature. Detailed descriptions of each animal have been provided to help individuals on their expedition. Luttichau teaches that each animal carries a message of guidance.


Explorations of drumming as well as other aspects of Native American culture, such as fire ceremony and dream work, have been combined with the discovery of your power animal.


This book is an excellent tool to determining the inspiration that will move you forward on your life path. Luttichau teaches how to connect with the energies that will guide you to contemporary fulfillment of your very own potential.


Review by Amanda Morning Star Moore, Manataka Book Review Committee




More Recommended Reading:

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The Iroquois Prayer


We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.

We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.


We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the care of our diseases.

We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and squashes, which give us life.


We return thanks to the wind, which, moving the air has banished diseases.

We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone.


We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.


Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied

all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.


~Submitted by Xielolixii





Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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


Delores Huggs, (WV) The Dr. found a large mass ( size of lemon) on the side of my neck. They think it's somehow connecter to the lymph nodes. I had an MRI  last Friday and now they want me to go to a surgeon to see if it's malignant or bening. I go Thursday. Then to make matters worse I have a problem with my back. Constant pain in the lower part of my back and down both legs. They  gave me something for the pain and have scheduled an MRI for Friday. I am not afraid to admit I am scared but I do have faith in Creator that he will be there for me.  Ruth King 04-10-09

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


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.   Thanks so much... Juli Maltagliati  04-03-09


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.  Red Wing  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


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  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 


Carlena Joe and Melvin Bowman.  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.  ~Bonnie Whitecloud 01-14-09


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...


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.


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 scheduled for March 15 was postponed as some elders traveled out of state.  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. 


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


Details of the Elder Council meetings are presented to the general membership following the meeting.





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. 






Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476


Lee Standing Bear Moore

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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