Manataka American Indian Council       Volume XII  Issue 8  AUGUST 2008



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow








Upcoming Events: 


Elder's Meditation:

Grandmother of Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux
1 Website Updates: Over 25 New Articles and Stories
Announcement: World Drum Now Safe at Manataka


Feature Story 1:

Manataka: The Rationalist Alternative


Ecological Notes::

Union of Concerned Scientists FEED






Grandmother Momfeather:

Grandmother Waynonaha:

Grandmother Carol Petersen:

Grandmother Magdala:

I am a Children

I Touch the Earth

888 Immortal Ones

Moon Dance

1 Mother Earth Watch: NO Dirty Gold!
1 Tribal News: Solidarity with Katenies!
1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Sand and Stone

2 Legends of Old: The Aholi and Walpi Katcinas - Hopi
2 Feature Story 2:

151 Australian Students Made   Honorary Manataka Members


Letters to the Editor:

Detergents, Teepees, Gossips
2 Organic Consumer Watch:

29 Nations Cut-off Food Exports!

2 Elder's Meditations: Willaru Huayta, Quechua Nation, Peru
2 Health:  GE Sugar to Hit U.S. in 2008
2 Plant Medicine: Return Of A Super-grain - Chia
2 Fluoride: Communities Rejecting Fluoride
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Nakota Wild Horses Find Homes
2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Puerto Rico sites mired in politics

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings


History: Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter 7 - Mohawks, Axes


Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

Children: The Future of this planet and people

Healing With Love

3 Feature Story 3:: The Cherokee Coin


Elder's Meditations: Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa


Women's Council:

Ellen Moves Camp - Hero of Wounded Knee


Food & Nutrition: How to Can Berries


Book Reviews: Martin Prechtel's Four Books


Poetry Circle: Farewell by Degrees; Wolves in Dreamtime


Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials


Manataka  Business: July Elder Council Meeting








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World Drum now at Manataka

Released by U.S. Customs officials 


While continuing its worldwide journey of peace, the famous spiritual artifact, the World Drum was sent from the Metis First Nation in Canada to Hot Springs (Manataka), Arkansas on July 2.  When it entered this country, the United States Customs authorities confiscated the drum.  


Even though the Drum is a sacred religious artifact, federal officials were not going to allow the World Drum to continue its journey because it was adorned with  European eagle feathers, prayer ties, poems, ceremonial herbs and other religious objects.  Government authorities demanded the drum and its contents be forfeited. 


Once World Drum Project officials in Norway learned of the situation, hundreds of people worldwide were called into action.  Calls went out to members of the Canadian Parliament, the United Nations and the media.   Thousands of prayers from people in many countries were offered up.  After nearly two weeks of prayer and negotiations with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Customs and other federal authorities, the World Drum was rescued and the bundle was returned intact to Canada on July 17. 


World Drum Project coordinator and founder, Morten Wolf Storeide, MD of Åbogen, Norway made the decision to allow the Drum to continue its sacred journey to Manataka.  But, before the Drum was sent back across the medicine line to the United States, project coordinators accepted an invitation for the World Drum to receive special recognition during a resounding presentation of its inspiration and beauty and in the halls of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. 


It was a sad story turned into joy when the people prayed and Creator of All Things let their voices be heard.   


The World Drum arrived at Manataka on July 24, and within minutes after its arrival ceremonies were conducted at the sacred mountain.  On 08-08-08, the Drum will journey to the top of Queen Wilhelmina Mountain near Mena, AR for the


A Message from Norway:

July 22, 2008


"It is with great joy and gratitude we now can celebrate the release of The World Drum from its captivity by the United State government... The unconditional release is, as far as we know of, historical. Never before have such a object been released unconditionally from the US Department if Fish & Wildlife and the US Department of Homeland Security.


This “victory” and celebration have become possible thanks to: Charlie Fife of Metis Nation – Canada and Amanda Morningstar Moore of Manataka American Indian Council – US, in cooperation with Maureen Angela Blanchard of the US Embassy in Canada together with Annie Prigge of Canada`s Department if Foreign and International Affairs, and others.


We in The World Drum Project would like with much respect, to express our warm and grateful thanks to all those involved in the release of The World Drum, and especial Charlie Fife who have been most dedicated to this matter.

Also we would like to thank for all support from both participants around the world, as well as other people who have contacted us regarding this matter and who have been ready to take further action if needed.  






Lipan Apache Museum and Cultural Center Needs Equipment


The new Lipan Apache Museum and Cultural Center will have a grand opening ceremony on September 5 at the Sunrise Mall in Corpus Christie, TX -- and they need your help.


Equipment needed:

Two computers with XP software               One high speed laser printer

One color printer                                           Copier

Three each four drawer filing cabinets       Auto Doc Feed Scanner

6.0 Adobe reader/write software                Microsoft Office software

One DVD player                                           One 32” or larger television

One CD Player w/ 6 speakers                    One Amplifer


We ask that your company or organization send cash contributions and / or needed equipment from the list below directly to the Lipan Apache at:


Financial Contributions                                Equipment Contributions

Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas                      Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
PO Box 261110                                           
14241 North West Blvd Suite # 109
Corpus Christi, Texas 78426                      Corpus Christi, Texas


Elders of the Manataka American Indian Council voted unanimously to support the efforts of the Lipan Apache of Texas with an office equipment donation.  AHO Medicine Wheel Ministries also stepped forward.  Join us in this joyful opportunity. Financial and material contributions to the Lipan Apache are tax deductible.



Author Seeks Cradle Board Makers


Richard Janulewicz, author of “Brave Hearts And Their Cradles” seeks to interview cradle board makers for a new book.  Contact:   Richard Janulewicz, 16335 NW 134th Court, Platte City, MO 64079  816- 858-5740





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When you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing." -Grandmother of Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux


 We never gain new knowledge or new experience unless we are willing to take risks. It's good to be curious. Also, it pays to be cautious. Walk in balance. The path of the Warrior is filled with opportunities to seek new knowledge. As we travel down the Red Road, we will run into trails of opportunity. Down each of these trails are experiences from which we will learn. Experience plus action is the beginning of knowledge.


Great Spirit,

help me to make good

choices in choosing only

the trails you would have

me take.

By Don Coyhis





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A Message From Grandfather William Commanda   Elders Speak
Bear's One Time Cure For Everything   Health
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada   Feature
Forefathers Band - Manataka CD   Trading Post
Guidelines Assess Contamination on Tribal Lands   Mother Earth
How Well Do You Know Your Children?   Health
Lee Standing Bear's Formula for Peace   Health
Maggie's Soap Nuts - Cleaning Solution   Trading Post
My Heartfelt Message to All My Internet Friends   Feature
Navajo Wind Prayer   Spiritual
New Indian Country Today   Tribal News
Our Children Are Dying   Mother Earth
Pollution Hurts Fetuses   Mother Earth
Phil Lane Jr., Awarded Racism Award   Health Watch
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe   History
Seven Philosophies for the Native American Man   Spiritual
Ten American Indian Prayers III   Spiritual
Ten American Indian Prayers II   Spiritual
Ten American Indian Prayers I   Spiritual
What is Truth?   Elders Speak
Where do you put your Indian when you are acting white?   Elders Speak
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





Manataka: The Rationalist Alternative

Hot Springs National Park Service's Tainted Views


We have spoken before* of the efforts of the current administration of Hot Springs National Park to erase Indian history and deny the sacred nature of Manataka, the Place of Peace.   This effort is now being called a ‘rationalist’ alternative to the stories told by the Grandfathers.


   *Manataka: Myth or Reality?

   *National Park Service Hate Campaign

   *National Park Disputes the Sacred

   *Manataka - Place of Peace or Persecution



So what is rationalism? In its broadest sense, rationalism is any view appealing to  reason as a source of knowledge or justification.  In more technical terms it is a method or a theory  "in which the criterion of the truth is not sensory but intellectual and deductive."   


In other words, whatever ‘facts’ are available are examined and through deductive reasoning a ‘truth’ or conclusion is formulated based on that reason.  The Parks Service’s most recent argument assembles a variety ‘facts’ then adds them up to a “rationalist alternative” that the facts do not support.


For example, the Park Service proceeds to detail the dates and times of occupation of various First Nations people inhabiting or visiting the hot springs are in historical times. Then somehow they come to the “rationale” conclusion that no Indians used the springs in pre-history because there is no archeological evidence to support such use.  If you’re going ‘huh?’, don’t feel bad, so are we.





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It was a beautiful sunrise and I was out doing prayers and my water ceremony this morning and my spirit soared. When I came in I had to write this as I felt my spirit running in all directions like a gleeful child. I felt so blessed. While typing up my little thoughts this morning I thought of you. So guess who sees my spirit running this morning. (smile) When you get older it is a good thing we have a free spirit.  




I am a children  


My spirit is free allowing me to feel what is real.

It brings reality to my world letting me to see

things more clearly, creating a more beautiful

place of existence with intense awareness.

My spirit never grows old, experiencing daily

like a child with new found freedom. The first

taste of honey, touching the velvety nose of the

horse; climbing to the top of the highest tree;

hearing the ocean roar; smelling the delicate

rose pedals; that’s free spirit. I am the wind that

leaves no shadow as I sail across the treetops

gathering the warmth of the sunshine and a friend

of the moon from dusk till dawn. Creator has

blessed me with a free spirit and I still dance in the

rain; splash in the puddles; walk on water; kiss the

stones; talk to the plants and animals.

Remember me? I am the spirit of freedom.

I am still a children……… 


Read About Momfeather Erickson 

A champion of Native American ways in Kentucky





1. Sensible alternatives to pharma food crops
Biotech drugs can be very beneficial, but when they are produced in genetically engineered food crops grown outdoors, the risk of contaminating the food supply is too great. The Union of Concerned Scientists has unveiled a new online slideshow featuring safer alternatives. The innovative companies and researchers we profile are developing needed drugs while keeping them off the public's dinner plates, using engineered carrot cells, duckweed plants, fungi, and greenhouse-grown tobacco. The existence of these safer alternatives adds credence to our call for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban outdoor pharma food crop production in the new rules the agency is expected to release this summer.

2. Tomato scare highlights "broken" food system
The Food and Drug Administration is expanding its investigation from tomatoes to other foods as it struggles to find the cause of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people.

3. Iowa floods worsened by farming practices
Towns and fields in Iowa were inundated after record rainfall this spring. This weather pattern is termed a 500-year flood, though some experts say that global warming may be causing it to occur more frequently. There is also evidence that agricultural practices that predominate today have worsened the impact of the flooding by removing some of the landscape's resiliency to floods. Planting crops close to waterways, straightening river courses, replacing deep-rooted prairie grasses with shallow-rooted corn, and draining wetlands are among the practices that reduce the land's ability to hold water and lead to more devastating floods, according to an article in The Washington Post.

4. Fumes from massive dairy force families to evacuate
A toxic gas emanating from a Minnesota dairy operation forced some residents to leave their homes. Air pollution is only one of the problems associated with CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations).

5. First study finds MRSA in U.S. pigs
Scientists from the University of Iowa have conducted the first test of U.S. swine for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacterium responsible for more U.S. deaths than AIDS. Of the 200 pigs the team tested, 70 percent carried a strain of MRSA, ST398, that is known to affect humans. The scientists found that almost half of 20 workers on local pig farms carried the same strain of MRSA, suggesting a route to the wider community. So far no one has tested MRSA patients in U.S. hospitals to identify whether they carry the strain. The federal government is testing meat (but not livestock) for MRSA, but hasn't released its results. In the United Kingdom, at least three people are known to have contracted the ST398 strain, and experts are speculating that they probably contracted it from handling or eating meat. Read more from the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Reprinted with permission of the Union of Concerned Scientist,








By Waynonaha Two Worlds

Manataka Correspondent

I Touch The Earth

Today I reach out and touch the sweet Earth I feel her under my feed soft and giving. She is my Mother my provider of all things I need here to live in peace.

My fingers comb her hair the rich sweet smell of the grasses and plants stay on my hands. I taste her fruit and the plants she provides for our healing, and give thanks again to the Creator for my life. Love flows in the veins of her body with the clear water that nourishes our souls and spirits. There is nothing on or in this Earth that was not created in Love.

The other day as I watered my lawn and flowers I had a neighbor ask if it was going to rain as predicted. I said,  "no it is not going to rain here on this land." I told her to look at the spider webs on the ground, that were not there yesterday. If you see the tent spiders build webs on the grass then there will be no rain. The spiders  would not stay up all night weaving the webs if they did not know it was going to be clear of rain.

I noticed the golden rod is in bloom....the elders here say that when you
see the first rod in bloom, it's six more weeks till the first frost.... I sure hope not it has hardly been summer here yet. 


Our gardens need more time to grow and bare fruit. I am thinking of making more canned things this year if I can manage too. Freeze less can more my intuition is telling me.






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Moon Dance

by  Magdala, Maya Priestess 


Moon dance have come to an end yet many things are begging…

Beautiful has been the ways of the feminine, for indeed, women is the virtual reality, where all is experience at the same time…for the world of the non time resides in the heart of all beings.


During Moon dance, all the beautiful sisters came into the realization of their own sacredness while the grandmother drum was awakening all around in the circle of fire.


A new creation have been born, a new world came into being for indeed, we have been working for such a long time into creating a better world, and it has been accomplish. The world is a better place now, for you are in her, you, in a personal way, yes, you with all your love in your heart, with all your light as you are, with all the rainbows that you have recognize in your heart, with all your sacredness in motion and stillness.


From the realm of sacredness the beautiful sacred women have created a beautiful new world, and mannnnny things got unfold in front of our eyes, in de deep of the heart. The new (old) world, has been awakening in the many,  so beautiful.


Authentic creation is everywhere…! Love is everywhere!


In lakesh


I am you







NO Dirty Gold!


Summer is the time for weddings and graduations!  Before you buy that engagement or wedding ring, or gift of jewelry for your graduate, consider this:


Over 80% of the gold used in this country is for jewelry. The process of mining causes ecological disaster. Watch this YouTube video produced by Environmental Working Group & read on for more information and alternatives to Dirty Gold:

"Gold mining is one of the dirtiest industries in the world -- it contaminates drinking water, destroys traditional livelihoods, and displaces indigenous communities."

No Dirty Gold Campaign:

"Each year in the United States, mines generate an amount of waste equivalent in weight to nearly nine times the trash produced by all its cities and towns combined.

A single gold ring leaves in its wake at least 20 tons of mine waste."




Related Article:

Dirty Gold's Toll on Indigenous Peoples







 By Carol Perez Petersen

 Manataka Correspondent






888 Immortal Ones 888


Sovereignty is deep of the river

Flows from the Mother's Teta, the Milky Way

Forgiveness is the Kon Tiki

Forgiveness will shape shift you through the abyss

The Black Hole, the Kalamuhha


What comes your way

Hail the soul of your heart to thy breast

Receive with the left hand and honor the child within


Bow thy head to the earth in fawning honor.

Forgive and relax bow to the Galactic Center within you. 


The Hallowed Earth Summer Rainbow Medicine Blanket


I inhale from the core of the earth and exhale to Venus

I inhale from Venus and exhale back to the core of the Earth


Fourth gateway Mother Earth

Within the Hallowed Earth is a precious Ruby Crystal

During the Summer let us be of Poise and non-resistance.
Allow the Core of the Earth to be in contact with the Core of Self
in Gratitude with the Morning Star Venus
Come celestial navigator.  Be a beacon of light stabilizing
gratitude arising from the core with the Ruby Ray.


What dwell upon you BECOME.


Carol Perez Petersen





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Solidarity with Katenies!

-- "Canada" has no jurisdiction over Mohawk land

On July 14, 2008, Mohawk grandmother and activist Katenies has again been ordered to appear before a judge in the Superior Court of Cornwall, Ontario.  Again, Katenies will refuse to recognize the authority of the courts and demand that Canadian officials prove they have jurisdiction over her as an Indigenous woman.

On June 14, 2008, Katenies -- accompanied by Kahentinetha of the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory - was targeted for arrest by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) guards on an outstanding warrant for allegedly "running the border" in 2003, and offenses resulting from her refusal to appear in court and validate the colonial justice system.

Katenies has maintained since 2003 that border officials and the Canadian colonial courts have no jurisdiction over Kanion'ke:haka people or land. In January 2007, Katenies served court officials with a "Motion to Dismiss", demanding that they establish jurisdiction, if any, over Mohawks and their ability to travel freely between "Canada" and the "United States".

[The Motion to Dismiss is linked here: ] and summarrized as follows.    


During the CBSA attack, Katenies and Kahentinetha - who are both writers and contributors to Mohawk Nation News (MNN) - were treated brutally by border guards. Both were handcuffed and tackled to the ground. Katenies was jailed for three days. Kahentinetha suffered a heart attack and is under the care of her family.   [ ]

[Reports about the CBSA attack, and background information, are linked at: ]


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Teaching Resources for Educators

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Sand and Stone



A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend slapped me in the face."


They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life."  


The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"


The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."







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