Manataka American Indian Council   Volume XII  Issue 10 OCTOBER 2008



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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Upcoming Events: 

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions


Elder's Meditation:

Frank Fools Crow, Lakota
1 Website Updates: 29 New Stories
Announcement: 2009 Cherokee Heritage Calendar


Feature Story 1:

Manataka:  Fountain of Youth?


Ecological Notes::

We Can't Drill Our Way Out Of This


Grandmothers Speak:



Gram Selma Palmer

Magdala Rameriz

Carol Petersen


My Tree of Life

The Messenger Eagle Shadow Spirit The Old Ways

Blue Star Woman Message


1 Mother Earth Watch:

Toxic levels falling in the Arctic

1 Tribal News:

Native American Trust Fund: Massive Mismanagement

1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Nature

2 Legends of Old: Corncob Boy - Cochiti Legend
2 Feature Story 2: 12% of Indian Deaths Due to Alcohol


Letters to the Editor:

Obama, Palin, Wolves, Whole Foods
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Monsanto Beast Being Destroyed
2 Elder's Meditations: Frank Fools Crow, Lakota
2 Health:  Needless Vaccine - Danger of Gardasil
2 Plant Medicine: Black Seed Oil - Cancer Treatment
2 Fluoride: Kidney Patients Should be Notified of Potential Risk
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Are You Eating Cloned Meat?
2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Portal to Maya Underworld Found?

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings


History: Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 9 American Synthesis


Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

Family: A True Blessing

Healing With Love Part 3

3 Feature Story 3:: U.S. must return land seized in 1877


Elder's Meditations: Frank Fools Crow, Lakota


Women's Council: Betty Marie Tall Chief


Food & Nutrition: Keep It Wild


Book Reviews: The Talking Earth


Poetry Circle: My Vision, My Dream


Healing Prayer Basket: Sickness and Memorials


Manataka  Business: September Elder Council Meeting











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Standing Stone Memorial Event - October 11


Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions, Seminars       


2008 Powwow Now Calendar




Flute Player Needed

Wedding on January 1 near Lafayette, LA.  1 hour only. Contact Simone.



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"When life is too good, we think too highly of ourselves and our blessings. Then we decide we are the wisest and the favored ones, and we don't think we need Wakan-Tanka and the Helpers anymore."  --Frank Fools Crow, Lakota


It is sometimes easy to get off track when times are good.  We start to take the credit and start to think we are in control. We start to take the credit and start to think we are in control. We start to think we are smart. Then we quit praying or pray only with lip service. We say the words but don't mean them. Sometimes our head is our greatest enemy. We start acting like a foolish child. We must develop the discipline to be humble during the good times. We need to remember how honorable it is each day to come into the presence of the Creator. How happy we should be to talk to the Grandfathers, to have the choice to start each day on the Sacred Spot - our place of communion  with the Great Spirit.


Oh Great Spirit, first let me thank You

for the honor of talking to You today.

To have the insight of Your love,

that only You can love me when I don't deserve to be loved.

Let me be reminded to talk to You all day long


By Don Coyhis


 Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas

Needs Your Support!



An Open Letter to Manataka Readers





P.O. Box 261110, Corpus Christi, TX 78426



Lipan Apache Culture Center & Museum


First came the Spanish Conquistadors and soon thereafter the Texans and then the Americans and they all laid claim to a land once inhabited by the Lipan Apache.


The greatest skill the Lipan Apache possessed was stealth. They were taught how to walk quietly on any terrain and how to hide in plain sight. As events unfolded over the centuries, the Lipan Apache transitioned from open warfare to exercising this grand skill of visible invisibility.


Our People are now living as American and Mexican citizens and have served their countries as rugged individuals in contribution to their adopted homelands. Among our population you will find generations of heroic veterans, teachers, policemen, pastors, entrepreneurs, and scientists. This is but a short list of the many ways we have learned to not only survive, but excel in the new world around us.


Our journey has been difficult and our story needs to be told.  Our children will be taught of our old ways, as well as the new. Our Ancestors will be honored by our acts of integrity. Through prayerful intent and respectful actions our language and traditions shall not perish.


The Lipan Apache Culture Center and Museum is scheduled to open October 18, 2008. It is at this place we will tell our story.  It is at this place where we will archive Tribal records, provide a refuge for research, as well as artifacts and historic records.


Never in our history have we claimed one place as home. Most of Texas and Northern Mexico are the lands we roamed, but never have we had a place where the heart of our People can beat and be safe.  


I am the Chairman of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. It is my charge to keep the heart of my People strong and with your help we can accomplish this honorable task together.


Bernard F. Barcena Jr.   

Chairman of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas


Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.  Donations are tax deductible. Direct questions to Bill Larew, Tribal Administrator 361-774-4881


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Return of Wolves Changes Ecosystem   Animal Rights & Wrongs
Coming Home by Gary One Bull   Beautiful Words
I Believe - Inspirational   Beautiful Words
Indians Worship the Creator by Helen Redwing   Beautiful Words
Scalping: Fact & Fantasy   Book Reviews
A True Friend  by Seven Hawk Eyes   Elders Speak
Healing With Love Part 2 by Gray Hawk   Elders Speak
The Crown by Waynonaha   Elders Speak
Traditional, Cultural and Spiritual Teachings   Elders Speak
Organic Agriculture CAN Feed the World    Environment
Solar-Power Breakthrough   Environment
Experiencing The World Drum   Feature Story
Mistake on the Mountain - Crazy Horse Memorial   Feature Story
Raising Your Personal Vibration   Feature Story
Standing Stone State Park, TN   Feature Story
Tennessee Eagle Awards   Feature Story
We Shall Remain   Feature Story
Fluoride's Impact on Brain   Health Watch
Hidden Crimes, Voiceless Victims: By Kim Wilson   Health Watch
The Mystery of Green Tea Solved   Herbal Medicine
Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 8 - A New Day   History
Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 9 - American Synthesis   History
Raccoon and the Waterfall   Legends
Cranbrook to give bones to Odawa Indian tribe   Sacred Sites
Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico?   Sacred Sites
Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas   Tribes & Nations
God's Pharmacy is Amazing!   Women's Council
First Female American Indian combat casualty   Women's Council
Native Remedies   Spiritual Path Books
Women's Gifts   Speak Cherokee Today!
American Indian Art Good!   Crazy Coyote's Leather
Book Reviews - Top NDN Books   History Books
Forefathers Band - Manataka CD   Maggie's Soap Nuts
New American Indian FLAGS   Red Hawk Crafts
American Indian Flags - White Mtn Apache    




Manataka: The Fountain of Youth? 

 By Linda VanBibber



The area in Hot Springs known as Manataka encompasses Hot Springs Mountain, Indian Mountain and West Mountain, referred to as the Three Sisters by First Nations People.  Surrounding the Three Sisters are seven imperfect concentric linear circles composed of geologic and energetic features that encompass a wide geographic area in south-central Arkansas. 


The center of this area was a gathering place for indigenous nations for thousands of years prior to the explorations conducted by the Spanish and the French.  The area was heavily mined for novaculite (whetstone), a stone which could be shaped into a very hard sharp edge for spear tips and cutting tools.   Prior to the arrival of iron products brought by white traders, this stone was much sought after for weapons and tools. 


These ancient mines are still evident on both Indian Mountain and West Mountain.  Archeological evidence provides strong support that Indians gathered in the area for mining and trading of this valuable stone. 


Between these mining sites lies Manataka Mountain, today called Hot Springs Mountain.   The hot springs, at the time of the explorations of Dunbar and Hunter in 1804-1805 were found to be a great natural curiosity generating much excitement on the part of the explorers.


On February 14, 1805, an interview with George Hunter appeared in the Orleans Gazette, in which he presented a grandiose view of the natural potential of the lower Louisiana Purchase and touted the medical virtues of the hot springs:


. . . He visited the hot springs of Ouachitta, and found them amongst the greatest natural curiosities in the country. . .The doctor is of the opinion that they possess extraordinary medical virtues. [Berry, Trey; Beasley, Pam; Clements, Jeanne, editors, The Forgotten Expedition, 1804-1805: The Louisiana Purchase Journals of Dunbar and Hunter, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge: 2006.]


What a wonder must have been presented to their eyes upon their arrival at the springs.  They had sent scouts ahead who had returned with excitement about what they had seen and the sweetness of the ‘boiling’ waters.  Hot water issued forth from the side of the mountain from as high as 187 feet.  The springs were surrounded by mounds of white tufa, created by the mineral deposits from the springs.  These white mounds were streaked with red iron oxide.  The overall all exotic landscape caused one writer to think mistakenly that the area had volcanic activity. Not a scientific conclusion, but an understandable error based on the steaming mounds on the side of the mountain.






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Manataka welcomes our newest correspondent.  We have known this fine lady for many years and always felt the world was blessed to put her where we could witness her beautiful works. Today, the people sing wherever she goes. ~Editors


My Tree of Life



I am the tree of my life. 

Many summers have come and gone. 

My leaves have shaded many.  

I am always amazed at the fruit from the tree,

it has fed many that have been hungry.

Time nurtures me and helps my growth. 

I like the leaves that have fallen from my tree. 

Not all so colorful but just as important. 

Each returning something to the Earth

Mother and awaiting a new beginning. 

It is now the harvest time of my life

and I watch the colors blend,

creating harmony as the tree drops leaves

of love and peace for all to enjoy. 

Expect your every need to be met, expect an answer

to every problem, expect abundance at every

level, and expect to grow spiritually.  

The Creator is the root of my abundant security.


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A champion of Native American ways in Kentucky






We Can't Drill Our Way Out Of This Mess

By Robert Redford

For the Natural Resources Defense Council




Robert Redford is an actor, director, environmentalist and trustee of Natural Resources Defense Council

Seldom do politics get this cynical. Seldom is the real pain of real people so cravenly exploited. Many of our fellow Americans now choose between buying gas to get to work and buying food to feed their families. Meanwhile, President Bush is trading on that desperation to peddle a lie: that sacrificing our coastlines and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Big Oil will solve our problems at the pump. He's already lifted the executive ban on drilling off our coasts and challenged Congress to do the same. The president knows very well that we cannot drill our way to lower gas prices. We cannot for the simple reason that America has only 3 percent of the world's oil reserves. The rate at which we extract that small share is all but meaningless to the vast world oil market where we buy and sell the stuff like everyone else.


Nevertheless, the president and his allies in Congress point their fingers at environmentalists because it distracts attention from an extremely inconvenient truth: that the Bush-Cheney energy policy, drafted in secret by industry insiders, is what got us to where we are today. That policy consisted of giving away millions of acres of pristine public lands so that oil and gas companies could expand drilling. And what is the result? Sky-high gas prices, record oil and gas profits, more global warming pollution, and zero progress toward the new energy economy that is our only salvation.












The Messenger Eagle Shadow Spirit




Sunday and the time had also changed without me knowing it. I woke up to the clock on the cable box reading a different one than the clock on my bed side table. Whole days and months have gone by without being conscious of their passage.  My mind and heart are like the frozen ice locked in some void that I just cannot escape from. My spirit feel frozen from all feeling at times,  then plunged into some dark depth of emotional pain that rips and pulls the soul fiber it is made from.


Many things have happened lately that are awakening my heart to the purpose and reason of life for which there is no explanation.  Still the ice remains a constant barrier between my heart and mind and the real spiritual world.


The day came slipping in across the frozen lake with quiet dignity. I peeked from my window to see if the ice had done any more damage.


Just before going to sleep last night I heard another loud boom that shook the house. When I hear this it means that  yet another piece of ice has fallen from the upper roof onto the lower roofs. I tried to see where the damage was done but could not see much in the dark from my windows.







No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Whatever you give a woman, she's going to multiply.

If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.  

So - if you give her crap,
you will receive more shit than any one human being can handle.


~Submitted by Runninbear


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By Gram Selma, Ocali Nation




As we age and the wrinkles on our faces show, wrinkles in our heart and soul start to be felt more.   Some of us tend to forget what simple pleasures surround us even on the worst of days!


What joy we experienced as a child with playing in a stream or even a water puddle. Our amazement watching tadpoles and our disbelief when adults told us they would grow into frogs!


We tend to forget our first thrill at chasing and trying to catch a butterfly and then an adult telling us that if we caught them that it would kill them as the fuzz would come off their wings.


So, we learned to simply watch them and if one landed on us to marvel in sheer joy, remembering not to touch it in fear of killing it




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  • I am under 45 years old

  • I love the outdoors

  • I hunt

  • I  am a Republican reformer

  • I have taken on the Republican Party establishment

  • I have many children

  • I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office.


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Blue Star Woman Message

by  Magdala, Maya Priestess 


How was your Equinox? Powerful?  It was!


Here I am my brothers and sisters. We are creating the temple of the feminine.  She has 12 realms plus one, and the star on top, it is so beautiful! Soon it will be accomplished! And many teachings will  be there for the feminine, as it was in the ancient temples.


Many things are unfolding for the mother is cooking such a beautiful things. The doors are wide open  for people to embrace her, she is the Holy Spirit, she is the force of life.  Yet there are still many preparations to be done, before 2012, where the cosmic way of thinking will be in the hearts of the people.


Yes, we have been working in many seminars about dimensions and how to reach those dimensions, the new worlds inside of yourself.  It is beautiful to see how people are embracing themselves and finding out who they are.  Mama wants to have more teachings about the feminine, the virtual reality, she has come not to destroy any religion or tradition but to consummate them.  For indeed, it is through the feminine hemisphere of the brain where those doors resides.


Blue Star Woman, the Tonanazin, came to us during the ceremonies of the equinox....









Toxic levels falling in the Arctic

by Lauren Zack



The Canadian Press reports the first large-scale attempt in a decade to measure contaminants in Arctic food animals has found carcinogens such as PCBs and other pesticide toxins "have largely leveled off or have begun declining." Survey researcher Laurie Chan of the University of Northern British Columbia says it's good news that "organochlorines, like DDT or chlordane or toxaphene or industrial chemicals like PCB, are declining." Chan called the falling levels proof that "the Stockholm Convention is having some effect." The 2004 convention limited the use of the so-called "dirty dozen" chemicals that are pushed north into the Arctic by global air currents. Canada's Inuit once had some of the highest PCB levels -- up to 10 times the levels found in southern Canada -- and PCB was found in the breast milk of Inuit mothers. A 2003 study found statistically significant nervous system and behavioral changes in Inuit babies that may be linked to PCBs. Since 1997, PCB levels in whales, walruses and ringed seals have fallen by an average of 43 percent while the PCB contamination reaching local people has dropped by an average of 20 percent. Exposure to toxaphene -- an insecticide that damages the lungs, nervous system and kidneys -- has dropped an average of one-third across the Arctic. Unfortunately, the study found that levels of mercury, probably from the world's growing number of coal-fired power plants, is rising in some animals. Meanwhile, levels of some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like the pesticide endosulfan remain high in the Arctic, underscoring the need for global action to ban POPs pesticides.  from: Pesticide Action Network North America:   


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Flame retardant chemicals, known as polybrominated diphenyls (PBDE's) found in furniture, clothing, and carpet padding manufactured in the U.S and Europe have been found to accumulate in women's breast milk. They have also found their way to the Arctic, poisoning Indigenous peoples and endangering Arctic polar bears and other wildlife. What you can do to reduce PBDE's and other toxic chemicals in your home and environment:









By Carol Perez Petersen


They came through me

The breath empowered

The shadow weeping

A heart in flames

Feet crowned of thorns


They came through me

Two Ravens on the tell all pole

While I underneath

Picked the feather from the bush


They came through me

The Perseid shower and

Bouquets of yucca pods

Hatchling fairies on the knoll


They came through me

Long limbed Nordic’s

Blue faces Star Council

Special burn victims unit


They came through me

The nightingale’s torrent

Swallowing suffering

A rage so vital and pitiful


They came through me

Images of lost souls

Waiting for the womb

Eager for the red

Eager for a pulse


They came through me

The nameless

Decreed woman unmask

Naked flesh pound for pound

We will mold you in our image


Carol Perez Petersen

Clan Mother Deer Nation





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Native American Trust Fund: Massive Mismanagement


Cobell Indian Trust Fund Scandal: Bringing This Case to a Close


In 1996 banker Elouise Cobell filed a class action lawsuit  charging the government mismanaged far more than $30 billion in oil, timber, grazing and other royalties on land owned by some 500,000 individual Indian beneficiaries. The financial operations cover more than 11 million acres of Indian land and profits have accumulated since the trust was imposed in 1887.

According to accounts from whistle-blowers, money belonging to individual Indians was pilfered, skimmed, redirected or thrown in with general government funds by the U.S. Department of the Interior or its appointed representatives. The Interior Department has not accounted for or repaid losses of trust resources, proceeds, or royalties. After struggling for decades to receive a hearing, American Indian families went to federal court in 1996 to plead their case.

On behalf of the Indian plaintiffs, attorney Keith Harper has argued that the lack of records made the government accountable for billions of dollars in lost trust funds. Further, plaintiffs argue that the government benefited from the use of Indian people’s money all those years, and that a "disgorgement,” or giving back of funds, must happen.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson ruled on January 30 2008, that “a remedy must be found for the Department’s unrepaired, and irreparable, breach of its fiduciary duty over the last century.” He also called on Congress to adequately fund a settlement between the Interior Department and the plaintiffs.

After a trial in June, Judge Robertson ruled in August 2008 that the government is responsible for about $455 million of missing Native American money. The Native American plaintiffs expressed disappointment at the verdict, which holds the government accountable for only a fraction of the amount descendants claim to be owed, and have not yet said whether they will appeal.

Background: Can the Government Account for the Money?

No. “Indeed it is now clear that completion of the required accounting is an impossible task,” declared US District Judge James Robertson in his ruling. Robertson also ruled that the government’s failure to account for Indian people’s money is “not simply sloppy bookkeeping. It is willful neglect, including the active destruction of records and the failure to comply with court orders,” as described in the New York Times.

Robertson acknowledged that the Department of the Interior has taken steps to improve its accounting system. Nevertheless, his January 30 decision on accounting states that “those improvements are for future beneficiaries... Their implementation at the close of the 20th Century has not remedied and cannot remedy the failures of the past, nor do they -- together with all the other projects Interior has implemented -- amount to the accounting required [. . . ].

In response to the ruling, Cobell, the lead plaintiff declared, “We’ve argued for over 10 years that the government is unable to fulfill its duty to render an adequate historical accounting, much less redress the historical wrongs heaped upon the individual Indian trust beneficiaries.” Robertson’s ruling should put an end to further years of delay by eliminating Interior's claim to be working on an accurate accounting.

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Teaching Resources for Educators

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







The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  - Anne Frank


~Submitted by Romaine Garcia





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