Manataka American Indian Council                                                                                     Volume XIII  Issue 03 March 2009




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow


March Issue

Page 1 of 3


Women's History Month

Daylight Saving Time - March 8

St. Patrick's Day

March 17

Spring begins  March 20

American Indian Awareness Week 

March 31- April 5








Elder's Meditation:: 

Chief Flying Hawk, Oglala Sioux


Upcoming Events:  

Announcement: 2009 Cherokee Heritage Calendar


Feature Story 1:

Australian Manataka Gathering


Ecological Notes:

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products!
1 Grandfather King Coke Speaks: The Magic of Words - Part II
1  Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Speaks: What Is Happening To Mother Earth? Part II
1 Mother Earth Watch: Dirty Food
1 Tribal News: Indian Disenrollments, a Nationwide Issue
1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Three Passions
1 Website Updates: New Articles in February 2009

2 Legends of Old: Power of the Plant
2 Feature Story 2: Census 2010
Feature Story 3: Indian according to the B.I.A.


Letters to the Editor:

Web of Life, Cherokees, Cahuilla Friend
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Consumer Alert, Demands, and Victory
2 Elder's Meditations: Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk
2 Plant Medicine: Solomon's Seal
2 Fluoride: Fluoride Spots Harm Kids’ Self-Esteem
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A

Forced Animal ID - A Conspiracy of the Government and Big Corporations

2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Pauline Whitesinger Continues to Defy Bureau of Indian Affairs

3 Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings


History: Turtle Island: Original Name for No America


Grandmother Waynonaha Two Worlds:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Spinners and Weavers

The New Shield

3 Feature Story 4:: Indian Boarding Schools
3 Natural Medicine: How to Reinterpret Your Body


Elder's Meditations: Chief Joseph, Nez Perce


Women's Council: Indian Women Group Seeks Solidarity


Food & Nutrition: Cheap Eats: How to Find Healthy Food During Tough Economic Times


Book Reviews: Prison Writing by Leonard Peltier


Poetry Circle: Blood of Your Brothers


Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials


Manataka  Business: Meetings, Protocols, Events






"If the Great Spirit wanted men to stay in one place He would make the world stand still; but He made it to always change..."  --Chief Flying Hawk, Oglala Sioux


The Elders tell us change occurs in two directions. They say, "That which is built is constantly being destroyed; that which is loose is being used to build the New." In other words, change is constantly going on. Many times we hear people say, "I hate change." Does it make sense that the Great Spirit would design people to hate it? The Great Spirit designed people with change abilities such as visioning, imagery and imagination. Maybe we need to learn to use these tools and then we'll look forward to change.


Great Spirit, today, let me see the harmony of Yours, truly changing world.

By Don Coyhis












Announcements - Attention!

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.


Make a donation for our Native Youth Camps & Workshops.  Please call us for more information (760) 937-3391 or (760) 873-3041



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Money Being Held for You?


The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) is seeking current addresses for the Individual Indian Money (IIM) account holders. All Whereabouts Unknown (WAU) accounts have funds to be disbursed to the rightful owner.


If you are, or you know of, an account holder whose whereabouts are unknown to OST, please contact OST and provide the information below. OST will send the accountholder the required forms to update the IIM account.  Click Here to search for your name:


U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians 

~Submitted by Stephanie M. Schwartz


Mint Shows Native American $1 Coin


The U.S. Mint has revealed the successful design for its 2009 Native American $1 Coin. Unveiled on November 28 – Native American Heritage Day – the reverse (tails side) of the 2009 Native American $1 Coin will feature a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash, representing the Three Sisters method of planting. The obverse (heads side) of the coin will display the Golden Dollar’s image of Sacagawea.


Scheduled to go into circulation in January 2009, the Native American $1 Coin will feature a new Native American theme on the reverse (tails side) each year.


When Americans use this coin, we hope they reflect on the tremendous contributions Native Americans have made, and continue to make, to our Nation.



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Mint Shows Native American $1 Coin


The U.S. Mint has revealed the successful design for its 2009 Native American $1 Coin. Unveiled on November 28 – Native American Heritage Day – the reverse (tails side) of the 2009 Native American $1 Coin will feature a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash, representing the Three Sisters method of planting. The obverse (heads side) of the coin will display the Golden Dollar’s image of Sacagawea.


Scheduled to go into circulation in January 2009, the Native American $1 Coin will feature a new Native American theme on the reverse (tails side) each year.


When Americans use this coin, we hope they reflect on the tremendous contributions Native Americans have made, and continue to make, to our Nation.







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.














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baking soda

corn starch


borax (toxic if ingested)

lemon juice

olive oil

mild liquid soap (not detergent, preferably unscented and biodegradable--see "recommended products" below)

reusable steel wool (not commercial cleaning pads that contain toxic cleaners)

non-chlorine (no sodium hyphochlorite) scouring powder (e.g. Bon Ami)


Recipes and tips:


All-purpose cleaner
Mix 2 Tbsp baking soda with 1 pint warm water in a spray bottle. Add a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of vinegar to cut grease.


Surface cleaner
Find a combination that works for you, and always keep some ready in a spray bottle. You'll find that weak acids like vinegar & lemon juice are good at cutting grease.

Mix: 1 quart hot water, 1 tsp veg. oil-based soap or veg. oil-based detergent, 1 tsp borax, & 2 Tbsp vinegar.
Note: Vinegar is used here as mild acid to cut grease; borax is used as a water softener, especially good in areas with hard water, to prevent soapy deposits.

Or, mix 1/2 cup vinegar in 1 quart of warm water.

Or, dissolve baking soda in hot water for a general cleaner.  (Source: U.S. EPA)


For a soft scrubbing paste, mix some baking soda with enough liquid soap to make a paste. Make only what you need as it dries up quickly.
(Source: Children's Health Environmental Coalition)






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

1,000,000 B.C.E.

~Submitted by Runninbear


Grandfather Grey Hawk Speaks












Part  2



Last month, I wrote about the Magic of Words. Let’s continue now by discussing the element of time, which is as important as the Command. Remember, to choose it, not want it. The best words you would use with power are:


            I WILL   vs I need to                                         I SHALL vs I want to

            I DID     vs I tried to                                          I KNOW  vs I hope to

            I AM     vs I wish to                                          I KNOW  vs I believe


We know the Creator never ‘tries' to create anything – The Creator just “creates!”


Nearly all people on the earth use the words hoping, wishing, needing, trying, wanting, believing in their creative thought process. They do not realize that these creative thoughts are being granted to them at the moment of thought. All thoughts are incorporated into your Reality. This includes fleeting negative thoughts like when you are angry or upset and think negatively of something or someone, even when you know you do not mean it. This process, for me, is a very hard pill to swallow.


Remember also, that you cannot lie to your self. For example:  If you are not a wealthy person, do not create a command such as ‘I am a multi-millionaire. Your mind knows that the experience of such wealth is not a part of your current reality.


Now let us look at the importance of the “Time-frame” in your command. This is as important for creating your new reality as using the proper command .


The results of your command will be doubtful when you use these phrases;

            someday                       will be                           if it is meant to be

            soon                              eventually                     when it is suppose to be

            later                               going to                         in the near future


These expressions leave your command ‘open-ended’.  The command does not know when to start the process, or it may not come into reality at all. You can give the command stages in which your command can take place. Let me share an example from my own life experience.


The family home was no longer to be used, as my Parents had “Crossed over”. It was time to sell it. I walked the property and saw that I needed to do some “Fix-up” before I tried to sell it. I put dates on when certain things would be finished. I had three dates in mind.. My fix-up dates were done. I then took a photo of the home and on the picture I wrote the date it had to sell and the price I knew I would sell the house. Across the roof I wrote in large letters SOLD. It sold before the date and I received the asking price.


In closing I repeat, “All thoughts are creating your reality, even those you may not think are really meaningful.”






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What Is Happening To Mother Earth?

Part II



I have been honored in many ways during my 70 years here on ‘Mother Earth’ and I will continue to share my knowledge for as long as I am able to do so.


I do not claim to be smarter then anyone else but I wish to share my thoughts with any who will listen.


The Frenchman, Nostradamus lived at a time when there was much badness in the land and the land was full of people who were bad. His predictions regarding the ‘End Of This World’ have started people thinking during my lifetime about what will happen to our earth. My personal feelings are that the earth will remain forever but it will need to be cleaned up prior to becoming once again as the creator intended it to be -- A Paradise.


With the poison from the many factories filling the atmosphere with many dangerous gases, the evidence of the possibility of the earth being struck by a large asteroid destroying life as we know it, the many pestilences now taking place in some countries as well as the ‘Global Warming’ it is enough to frighten anyone. As far as the wars and reports of wars, there have been wars in the middle east for thousands of years it is not something new.







Dirty Food


Taxpayer funds support CAFOs
A federal program gave at least $35 million a year to large hog and dairy CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) between 2003 and 2007, according to a new report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was originally designed to protect the environment by helping farmers pay for erosion control, nutrient management, and other conservation activities. When this program was founded, CAFOs were excluded from receiving EQIP funds, but in 2002 Congress made these funds available to industrial operations and raised the cap on payments. Since then, the program has helped prop up at least 1,000 industrial hog and dairy operations by offsetting some of their costs for massive manure disposal. The CAFOs grabbed a large share of the funds available and used them for some practices that can be environmentally harmful, such as expanding waste lagoons, which can pollute air and water supplies.

Corn engineered for ethanol likely to contaminate food supply
The USDA is poised to approve the first GE food crop commercialized for industrial biofuel production, despite concerns about contamination and possible allergic reactions.

Dangerous MRSA bacterium found in U.S. pigs
As we reported last summer, epidemiologists at the University of Iowa have discovered pigs and pig farmers carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the dangerous bacterium that is responsible for more U.S. deaths than AIDS. The study was the first to document MRSA in U.S. pigs and pig farmers, and the first to find the bacterial strain ST398, shown in Europe to move from pigs to humans, in the United States. These findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, prompting a nationwide call for greater monitoring of and restrictions on antimicrobial use in animal agriculture. Congress can address this problem by passing the soon-to-be-reintroduced Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.




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Indian Disenrollments, a Nationwide Issue
by Elizabeth Larson


UPPER LAKE – Late last month, the Robinson Rancheria Band of Pomos Citizens Business Council informed several dozen members of its intent to remove their tribal membership, an action taking place not just locally but around California and the nation.

Between 60 and 74 members have reportedly been told they will be removed from the tribe's rolls unless, as a result of a half-hour appeal hearing granted to those who request it, the council chooses to let the members remain.


The appeal hearings to determine the future for these potential disenrollees began this week.


Tribal Chair Tracey Avilia said this week that questions surrounding these tribal members and their entitlement to be included among the band's number have been an issue for years, going back to 1990.


This is the largest disenrollment action the tribe has ever taken, she concedes, as the tribe prepares for a January election to determine who will be tribal chair, as well as two other seats.


A June 14 election was decertified, and the tribe's election committee – dominated by Avilia's family – has ruled that her challenger for the seat, EJ Crandell – who won the June election – has been disqualified from running.


Crandell and other tribal members, including potential disenrollee Luwana Quitiquit, say the disenrollments are purely political and retaliatory.


The tribe's own enrollment ordinance states that disenrollment is possible on three grounds: the person obtained enrollment by error, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; they became a fully recognized member of another tribe without relinquishing their Robinson Rancheria membership; the person is a descendant of a disenrollee and doesn't otherwise meet membership requirements.








Attention Educators:





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

Other Resources







Three Passions


Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind.


Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.


With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of people.
I have wished to know why the stars shine.


Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.

I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.


Submitted by Romaine Garcia





What Is Happening To Mother Earth?   Elders Speak
The Lodge of the People   Elders Speak
White Moccasin Flower ... by Waynonaha   Elders Speak
Closer to 2012… Magdala Rameriz   Elders Speak
Magic of Words  ... by Robert Gray Hawk Coke   Elders Speak
Coal Sludge Flood in Tennessee   Environment
Spirit Speaks: Gaia Will Endure   Environment
Australian Manataka Gathering   Events
Where are the Children Buried?   Feature Story
Inner Ecology Healing   Feature Story
Who is Cherokee?  Will the REAL Cherokees Please Stand Up?   Feature Story
Tennessee Lawmaker Campaigns Against Flouride   Health Watch
Fasting - Harvey Doyle   Herbal Medicine
Medicine for the People   Herbal Medicine
Huastec Monolith   History
Emergence to the Fifth World   Legends
Valmont Colorado Sacred Site   Sacred Sites
The Gathering Place   Tribes and Nations
Apache Women   Women's Council
Tsalagi - Cherokee Recipes   Women's Council
Movies:  Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart DVD    
Native Remedies   Spiritual Path Books
Book Reviews - Top NDN Books   Speak Cherokee Today!
Forefathers Band - Manataka CD   First Nations Films
New American Indian FLAGS   History Books
American Indian Flags - White Mtn Apache    



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