Manataka American Indian Council   Volume XIlI  Issue 02 FEBRUARY 2009


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Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Monolith raises questions

Grandmother Waynonaha Speaks:

Grangdmother Selma Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

White Moccasin Flower

The Lodge of the People

Closer To 2012 ...

Feature Story 4:: Inner Ecology Healing
Natural Medicine: Fasting and Herbals
Elder's Meditations: Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk
Women's Circle: Apache Women
Food & Nutrition: Tsalagi - Cherokee Recipes
Book Reviews: Food Security and Sustainability
Poetry Circle: I Heard The Raven Sing
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Meetings, Protocols, Events





Attendance Policy Change

Open the doors and let 'em in!  The upcoming Gatherings will have no restrictions on attendance - members and non-members alike may join in the prayerful ceremonies.  Current members, former members and guests are not required to request an invitation.  Manataka will continue to not advertise or promote Gatherings to the public.


Renew your membership today!





Monolith raises questions about ancient Mexican culture

Deep in the Huastec jungle (
Mexico) the enormous carved stone monolith stands, suspended over the pool of water where a team of archaeologists discovered it. A powerful woman stands at the center of the carving, flanked by two smaller decapitated women. A stream of liquid flows from the headless women toward the woman in the center.  The women on each side are thought to represent priestesses, and the liquid represents the life force, while the woman at the center represents Mother Earth; so the priestesses seem to be nurturing the Earth with their life force. The truth is, however, nobody knows for sure what these stones mean.


One thing is fairly certain - because of the recurrence of the number 13, the monolith seems to be a lunar calendar of some sort. That's why it set the archaeological world abuzz with discussion when it was unveiled in November, 2006. It is believed to have been created around 600 BCE - 2,000 years before what was previously the oldest discovered calendar in the Americas, the Aztec Calendar, which dates to 1400 CE.

"What this discovery did was to force us to stop, turn around and dig deeper into the history of the Huastecan groups to re-evaluate them," said Guillermo Ahuja, the lead archaeologist at Tamtoc who discovered the stone tablet, or Monolith 32, as it's called. The discovery was especially surprising given that the Huastec people were thought to be a relatively recent culture. Now archaeologists are wondering whether the Huastecs - or their predecessors, the Proto-Huastecs - might have played a bigger role in the development of Mesoamerica than previously thought. It has also raised questions about whether the Olmecs might have had an influence in the region, since there are cultural similarities, or whether there might have been a third group of people, the so-called Mother Culture, that dominated the area first.

What is known is that Tamtoc was inhabited by a sophisticated people who enjoyed a high standard of living for the time, with one of the most sophisticated hydraulic systems in Mesoamerica. It was first excavated by a group of French archaeologists in the 1960s, but their project was short-lived, and work did not begin on the site in earnest until 2001. It's the only major Huastec archaeological site, and like the Huastec people themselves, it is shrouded in mystery.








White Moccasin Flower


Creator let me walk in a way the I too may leave only soft tracks on the face of my Earth Mother.

Help me to remember that the steps I make must be good and strong yet gentle enough to not wake the ancestors.


Let me fallow the path my Mother's people have traveled before me.  


May I see the beauty of this life through her eyes. 


When I take from this Earth to feed my children I will pray as she has taught me too.


Help me to hold my friends close and my enemies closer. 


Let my life be one of giving to others so that they may learn the give-away. 


When I am rejected keep my heart from the anger and the hurt. 


Let me understand the pain that makes others fear me. 


Do not let their harsh words, and selfish ways make my heart forget the ways of my people.


In the times of cold and hunger let it be known that my lodge door is open to all who will enter.

The pot of soup and the fry bread is there for all who hunger, the fire for all who are cold.








By Gram Selma Palmer, Ocali Nation


The Lodge of the People

The Lodge of the People is much more than just a shelter from the elements, for it , as do most terms in our culture, has symbolic significance and lessons to teach us and the generations to come.

There are fifteen poles in the average lodge and each one has symbolic meaning attached to them, each one carries a lesson.

1. Obedience: obedience in following the traditions and teachings that were passed to us by our ancestors and the elders of today.

2. Happiness: Happy heart, mind and soul to share our homes with others, our home literally becoming theirs.

3. Respect: Respect for all living life forms, the two-legged's, the finned ones, the creepy crawlers, the solid ones...or standing ones. To allow each being to be as they are without judgment or ridicule, to their face or behind their back. Respecting them for who they are, where they are, at the level of growth and development that they are.

4. Humility: knowing we are no less and certainly no more than another, knowing that we are only a small part of the total whole, one strand in the massive web of life. Know that all life was created by a higher power and knowing that we too make errors on our life walk.

5. Acceptance: Accepting all life as our relations, knowing that we are truly connected to all life forms and to all two-legged's as well.

6. to 15. plus








Closer to 2012…

Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



Beautiful Ones,


Another step of the pyramid we are embracing as we get closer to 2012…


At the place where the Waters comes out from the womb, a ceremony of three days took place, where Blue Star Woman show us the way of the new encounter of the power that human being has, for the world of the enchanted flower is here, and human being is awakening into their own realization of the self.


Human being is ready now to embrace the power given since the beginning of time, powers that will awaken into a higher consciousness, and a new way to perceive reality…


She has always been here, leading the way, she was hidden for the ones that cannot see, she was in silence for the ones that cannot heard, She has recognize you inside of her, can you recognize her in you? She is the medicine, and the way, she is the door of the world of the enchanted flower, and the door is wide open, for her love is the way…


Many shakings will have this planet, for the floor where people is standing in the sacred dance is moving, now, human being is able to stand at the new world, and the new perception have been born for the many, for there is many worlds after that that will be awaken in the consciousness of the people.








Inner Ecology Healing

  By Leonardo Boff, Theologian




In times of crisis such as ours we seek sources of inspiration where ever they may be found.


One is inner ecology. To evaluate its importance we must understand that our relationship with the Earth, at least in recent centuries, has been based on false ethical and spiritual premises: anthropocentrism, negation of the intrinsic value of every being, domination of the Earth, and degradation of her resources. Such premises have produced the present unhealthy state of the Earth, which is reflected in the human psyche.


In the same way that there exists an external ecology, there also exists an inner ecology, comprised of solidarity, feelings of re-bonding with the whole, caring and loving. These ecologies are umbilically linked. That is what is known as environmental psychology, or, in E. Wilson's expression, biofilia. Its base is not only anthropologic but also cosmologic, because the universe itself, according to well known astrophysicists, Brian Swimme, among others, has a spiritual depth. The universe is not comprised just of a gathering of objects, but of the network of inter-relations among them, becoming subjects that exchange information and become richer.


Starting with inner ecology, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the trees, the mountains and the animals are not only just there, outside. Rather, they live in us, as figures and symbols charged with emotion. The experiences -good or traumatic- that we may have had with these realities have left profound imprints in our psyches. This explains our aversion towards some, or the affinity we feel towards others.


Such symbols form a true inner ecology, the deciphering of which was one of the spiritual conquests of the XX century, with Freud, Jung, Adler, Lacan, Hillmann and others. In our deepest selves, according to C.G. Jung, shines the archetype of the Imago Dei, of the Absolute. No-one worked better than Viktor Frankl with this dimension, which he called the spiritual unconscious, and the moderns call the mystical mind, or the God spot, in the brain. In the final analysis, that spiritual unconscious is the expression of the very spirituality of the Earth and of the universe that erupted through us, who are the conscious part of the universe and of the Earth.







No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Buffalo Goes Home


A little boy was found crying on the middle of the road on the Crow Reservation...

Rez Cop: Why are you crying?

Little boy:  I have lost my buffalo.

Rez Cop:  The buffalo will go home by itself. You need not worry.

Little boy: But I don't know the way home. It was the buffalo who knew the way home!





Natural Medicine


By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.




     Over time, toxins build up in the body as the result of the pollutants in the air we breathe, the chemicals, preservatives, and other things in the food chain, the water and others things that we consume in life. Often the body seeks to rid itself of those toxins and poisons from our tissues and organs that store these toxins when the body becomes saturated. This build up of chemical, poisons, pollutants and other things can cause our joints to become stiff, our organs to function incorrectly and also can cause arthritis and other diseases. I call this the slow death. This process begins early in life and we continue each day to destroy our bodies. We should be teaching our young people to adjust their eating habits and exercise daily to attain longevity in life. No we just keep giving them junk food and take them through the fast food drive through and don’t think of how much we are hurting our own children or grand children. Obesity is one of the fastest ways of killing yourself. If you start looking at your children, relatives, and neighbors you will see that we are a nation in distress. Obesity is killing America.

     Now let’s get back to the toxins. They enter the bloodstream, causing the body to experience a “low” or “down” cycle.










A Great NEW Gift IDEA for the Holidays







"To me, if you're Indian, you're Indian. You don't have to put on your buckskin, beads, and feathers, and stuff like that."  -Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk


The most important thing that determines who we are is on our insides, not our outsides. If we are Indian inside, that's all that matters. Being Indian means to think right, to be spiritual and to pray. Feathers and beads don't make us Indian. Being Indian means to have a good heart and a good mind.



Great Spirit, today, let me think Indian

By Don Coyhis





Apache Women

The following excerpt is from "The Children of Changing Women" Exhibition created by  Ernestine Cody.  It is with respect and admiration of Ernestine Cody, the three Apache Women she writes about  and all courageous American Indian who lead our way.

"When I curated the exhibition, "Ndee: The Children of Changing Woman", I was very much lead by a spirit I came to communicate with through prayer. There were times when people with whom I worked saw the emotions that were evoked in me, for a people I loved so dearly. These are very sacred things to have an opportunity to experience. They are also very special, so special that I do not want to live without them. I have continued to study, ponder, and pray so that I can retain this special communication with a people who care for me. They are willing to impart to the world the knowledge of things that are truly important to us in this day and age."


Maa-ya-ha (Grandmother Nellie)

The maternal grandmother of Ernestene Cody Begay, Maa-ya-ha, was born around 1879 into the band of Western Apaches living near Cibecue Creek. She knew a great deal about herbs, was an accomplished basket weaver, farmer and midwife. She also served as an attendant during many Sunrise Dances. Maa-ya-ha had ten children with her husband, Eskin-na-chik

Maa-ya-ha's mother was present at the battle at Cibecue in 1881. When fighting broke out she was told to hide and not to move as people ran everywhere. She remembered running with her shoes under her arm and suddenly realizing that they had been shot. She spent hours hiding under a bush until it became dark and she saw smoke coming from the wickiups and heard voices.

Maa-ya-ha's life was difficult when she was very young and food was scarce. Later on, however, she and her husband made a good life for themselves as skilled farmers and ranchers. Community members often turned to the couple for help. Maa-ya-ha died in 1970.







Tsalagi - Cherokee Recipes

Ga-Na-S-Da-Tsi (Sassafras Tea) 

Ingredients:  Red Sassafras roots

Directions: To make a tea, boil a few pieces of the root in water until it is the desired strength. Sweeten with honey if desired. Serve hot or cold.

Note: Gather and wash the roots of the red sassafras. Do this in the spring before the sap begins to rise. Store for future use. Some natural food stores carry sassafras root in a dried form. It will resemble wood chips (the kind used when barbequeing). The "store bought" variety work just as well.  Sassafras tea tastes like watered down root beer and is really very good.



Ganuge -



Hickory Nuts

Corn Meal Mush




Directions: Crack thin shelled hickory nuts. Beat hull and all in the corn beater until it can be rolled into a ball. Make whatever size balls are convenient to use. Pour boiling water over this to make a thick gruel. Pour the gruel over corn and beans that have been cooked separately, then mixed together.



Oo-ni-na-su-ga Oo-ga-ma (Possum Grape Drink) 

 Possum grapes, dried *  Possum grapes are also known as Muscadine grapes
 Corn meal 

* Directions: Gather ripe possum grapes - the kind that are still sour after they ripen when the frost has fallen on them. Hang up for winter use.

To prepare: Shell off the grapes from the stems, wash, and stew them in water. When they are done, mash in the water they were cooked in. Let this sit until the seed settle, then strain, reserving liquid. Put the juice back on the fire and and bring to a boil. Add a little cornmeal to thicken the juice. Continue cooking until the meal is done. Remove from the fire and drink hot or cold. Sweeten, if desired.

Uwaga (Oo-Wa-Ga - Old Field Apricot Drink) 

Gather old field apricots 
(field apricots are the fruit of the passion flower) 

Hull out the seed and pulp, and put on to boil, discarding skins. Add a tiny bit of soda to make the seeds separate from the pulp. Squash out the pulp, straining the mixture through a cloth. Drink hot.







Review January 15, 2009


Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead

By Harvest McCampbell, BioDiverse Press, 2008


There have been many books over the years written about food security, home gardens, disaster preparedness, survival skills and green living.  In Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead, author Harvest McCampbell addresses these issues in a refreshing, readable style that is relevant for the times we live in right now.


The book speaks to us in a personal and all-inclusive tone.  Whether you live in the country, the suburbs or the city, you’ll find practical, easy to understand information that illustrates what we can do for ourselves and explains how our actions can impact the community and the world.


McCampbell takes us on a journey that lays the foundation for why we should think about creating more sustainable lifestyles.  She shares with us the rich wealth of knowledge and spiritual understanding passed on to her by her grandmother, as well as her own investigation and research of the issues and dilemmas which face us today, including global climate change and economic instability.


She shares with the reader how we are affected by the commercial trading of mass-produced commodities such as corn, rice and grains, and how our own purchasing habits affect the local and global market.  Blending the wisdom of Native American elders given to her first-hand from her relatives with the reality of today’s global environment and economy, Harvest explains the meaning of sustainability and why it matters.


Food is the focus of this work, but the book encompasses a whole body of knowledge that extends well beyond what we need to know about what we eat.  Each brief chapter moves us forward from understanding what sustainability means on a personal and global level to what specific positive actions are appropriate for each reader’s own situation.  There are no superfluous words.  McCampbell gives her readers this wealth of knowledge, and a substantial resource section, in 144 pages.


Easy to read and remarkably well referenced, Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead  helps us think about where we live and how we can improve our quality of living and security where we are.  Harvest helps the reader understand what foods are good to store and which are not, how to prepare food for storage and store it safely, how to decide what an individual or family should have on hand, where and how one can grow a garden even if they live in an urban setting, the importance of a balanced diet, herbal and natural supplements and resources for obtaining them; there is even a chapter devoted to learning useful skills, and to the etiquette of becoming an apprentice to someone who has a skill you ‘d like to learn.


If you’ve never owned a Swiss army knife or a sturdy pair of gloves, don’t worry.  Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead is written in a language we can all comprehend, regardless of how much experience we do or don’t have at thinking for ourselves.


Rarely have I encountered a book on any subject that gives the reader so much useful information in such a concise, user friendly and digestible format.  It is a valuable, practical tool.  It does not ask us to become something we are not; instead, it shows us how we can start from where we are today to create greater personal security for ourselves, our families and even our communities, and take pride and enjoyment in the process.


Food Security & Sustainability For The Times Ahead is published by BioDiverse Press $12.00, and is available on


For more information about author Harvest McCampbell and BioDiverse Press, please visit



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Voice of the Hawk Elder

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"Oh Great Spirit, Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather,we give thanks for our daily blessings. Oh precious Mother Earth we ask at this time that you look kindly upon all of us and that the healing that is needed by you will be given and that all of your extremities will receive powerful healing rays of the Great Spirit and that you will make your adjustments throughout your body in a good way. Whereas the two-legged, the winged ones, the creepy crawlers, and the creatures in the ocean, will be able to continue to live on top of you. May the great light and grace of the Great Spirit bless your heart chakra and meridian points and remove the suffering and negative energies that have caused you pain. May the beauty of your beautiful mountains, rivers and valleys, continue to be ever present. May the blessing of planet Jupiter endow you with its golden light for the restoration, regeneration and ascension to be totally tranquil. We give thanks for the daily food and water that comes from you to us and we are grateful to have you as our Earth Mother.May we continue to walk together as one Family. Aho! For all our relations."
After reciting this prayer three times facing the East direction, visualize emerald green divine radiant light immulating through your heart center going throughout the whole Mother Earth. Do this at least five minutes. Then visualize
pure white light blessing your whole heart center. Close by reciting "For all our relations. May Mother Earth be blessed.


I Heard The Raven Sing

By Osceola Birdman Waters


Dedicated to Billy White Fox



I can hear the raven sing,

I can hear the raven sing,

He calls out my name,

I can hear the raven sing,


He calls out to me,

His song is singing in the wind,

I can hear the raven sing,

Thunder breaks a silent moment,

Then he calls out my name,

A spiritual glow envelops,

Medicine power develops,

As the raven sings,


A rainbow doubled,

My minds not troubled,

As I hear the raven sing,

It’s time to go home,

My ancestors wait for me,

The welcome hand is extended,

My place around the council fire reserved,

I hear the raven sing,

There all that was, is preserved,

And the message of the raven heard.

My Vision my Dream.



Osceola Birdman Waters

©Copyright 2009






Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


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

Jacob Chambers a 2-year old needs prayer. He is diagnosed with fluid on the brain and is going to be sent to a specialist. Pray that doctors will find the exact problem and for his healing. Helen RedWing 12-27-08


Gloria George (George Whitewolf's first wife), Georgetown.  Brain tumor, lung tumor, not looking too good. Thank you for any prayers you can generate for her. folks at Bear Mountain are praying for her. Thanks again for prayers.  Helen RedWing. 12-09-08  



Did you submit a prayer request above?  If so, please send us an update. 

We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are needed. 



Crossing Over...


Gary Cromwell, Spokane, WA my brother in law passed 5:00 PM December7th, 2008, He has left behind his wife, my sister, Ella.  He was the stepfather of  her children for many years. Services will be in Leavenworth WA.  Red Wing Helen Vinson 12-09-08


Bob Foreman, 72, Redding, CA  Redding Rancheria's first tribal

chairman and a pioneer in north state American Indian health clinics, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 72.


An Achumawi Pit River Indian, Foreman was remembered Thursday by friends and family as a tireless advocate for Indian rights, skilled communicator and loyal patriarch. He was born June 12, 1936, in Lake County.


A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked in construction as did his father, said daughter Carla Maslin of Redding. In the late 1960s, he began his campaign to get Indians health care in the north state. His efforts paid off in 1971, with the opening of the federally financed Shasta-Trinity-Siskiyou Rural Indian Health Center in Anderson. "Bobby was a real devoted guy to his tribe," said Everett Freeman, tribal chairman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians near Corning. "He almost single-handedly got Indian health to where it is today." Larry McClanahan, a Navajo Indian who moved to Cottonwood from Arizona in 1972, said Foreman was one of the first people he met in the north state. He and his family were glad to receive clinic services.  "He took me as I was," McClanahan recalled. "He was a man that was concerned for people." Rod Lindsay, a Shasta Lake city councilman who works with the Office of Indian Education for the Anderson Union High School District, also met Foreman through the clinic. Lindsay said Foreman was a mentor for many, sharing his knowledge of culture and history with the young.  Foreman also was instrumental in organizing the Redding Rancheria Indian Health Clinic on Churn Creek Road and served as director, later retiring as self-governance coordinator for the rancheria, Maslin said.  In 1985, when the rancheria regained its tribal status, Foreman was elected as its first chairman and subsequently served on the tribal council.  But in 2004, he and all his family members were disenrolled after a bitter dispute over his mother's maternal lineage.  The struggle took a toll on his health, Maslin said. Foreman suffered from heart and kidney problems, she said. Leah Harper, a family friend of more than 20 years who does native medicine work in Redding, said she wanted to stand out in front of the Churn Creek clinic with a "thank you" banner in Foreman's honor. "I believe that Bob had the heart of the native people and he wanted to make a difference for them," she said. "Bob was loving and the children are loving and they work very hard." In addition to Maslin, Foreman is survived by three daughters and three sons, as well as 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are pending. For her part, Maslin is grateful her father last year was able to do something he'd always wanted - to see the Grand Canyon. "He actually got emotional just looking at it," she said. "He was in awe of its beauty and couldn't believe the world had such a beautiful place."






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 recalled.


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 great woman. Anonymous Contributor  


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 postponed until January 20 due to conflicting holiday events.   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. 

Minutes -

Treasury -

Donations -

Women's Council - Becky Flaming Owl Moore, chair. 

NAGPRA (Native American Grave Preservation and Repatriation Act) - Blue Star Speaks, chair 

Communications -  Lee Standing Bear

Public Relations - Linda VanBibber, chair 

Education - Robert Gray Hawk Coke, chair

Announcements - None. 

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





NOTICE 1:    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. 


NOTICE 2:    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 varies from year to year. 


NOTICE 3:    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.






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

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

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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