Manataka American Indian Council






By Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman





How Well Do You

Know Your Children?


Now that school is out for most children, what type of relationship do you have with your children? What kinds of recreation will they be involved in over the summer months?


In these modern times our children are constantly bombarded with ideas that could cause them various problems. Changes in their life due to growing, Friendship issues as well as an abundance of related problems. We work hard to make sure of the types of friends they and keep them free of "bad" associations. Street gangs pull some youngsters into their way of thinking and usually cause them problems with the law.


By training your children to do what is right while they are young can have a remarkable impression on their minds as they face an unsure world of badness. After all, children are the future of this great country. We as parents and grandparents want what is best for our young ones. Television violence, computer violence and pornography can be detrimental on these youngsters. What can parents and grandparents do?


I always tell people that ask, what can I do to make my son or daughter a better person? When I was growing up my parents were very poor but they always took time to correct us, most of the time with a switch or a wide belt. Now if you use a belt or switch on a child you may end up in jail. My parents always had us doing something constructive. Working in the garden, picking fresh berries or fruit. We learned how to preserve these for later use during the winter months. I myself learned how to butcher a hog when I was about 10 years of age. There were many other things to keep us occupied. To this day, I always make myself available to my children when they have questions. Always take the time to talk to the children no matter what the problem, they will appreciate your advise. Remember, children Of today are the leaders of tomorrow! Be blessed my friends and treat your children in a good way and you will be like a mighty hunter with the children being as arrows in your quiver.



Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman is a founding member of the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, Inc,' a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. He has given presentations at schools in Central Illinois area on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Native American people for over 27 years. Hawk and members of his group present dance demonstrations for children who along with their teachers are invited to dance.  Hawk believes children are the future.