Manataka American Indian Council     Volume XIl  Issue 8 AUGUST 2008


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 







Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Exemplar of Liberty: Chapter VII - Mohawks, Axes and Taxes

Grandfather Hawk Speaks Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

Children: The Future of this planet and our people

Healing With Love Part 1

Feature Story: The Cherokee Coin
Elder's Meditations: Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa
Women's Circle:

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: Meetings, Protocols, Events





Attendance Policy Change

Open the doors and let 'em in!  The upcoming Fall Gathering will have no restrictions on attendance - members and nonmembers 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!





The June issue features Chapter 7 - Mohawks, Axes and Taxes of a 13 Part  series on the founding of the United States of America and the previously misunderstood and often discounted, yet tremendous contributions of American Indians in the process.    


Exemplar of Liberty:

Native America and the Evolution of Democracy

By Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr. and Dr. Bruce E. Johansen

Original Artwork by John Kahionhes Fadden
Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.



Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Chapter 1 - Vox Americana

Chapter 2 - Perceptions of America's Native Democracies

Chapter 3 - Natural Man In An Unnatural Land

Chapter 4 - Ennobling 'Savages'

Chapter 5 - Errand In The Wilderness

Chapter 6 - White Roots Reach Out

Chapter 7 - Mohawks, Axes and Taxes


Chapter 8 -  "A New Chapter" Coming in September 2008




By Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman


Children: The Future of this planet and of our people


Do not think I know or assume to know everything about children. I can only speak from my experiences while growing up and being taught right from wrong by my elders, my parents and grandparents.


As our children grow, they become more self-conscious, especially about their appearance. Some children seem be more secretive and wish to have more and more privacy. Often they prefer to spend time with children their own age rather then with their parents. It is good for our children to spend some time with those their own age but caution is advised. In the more modern world we find ourselves in, often times children are targets for bad association.


We as parents, grandparents and in my case great grandparents have a responsibility to set things right when we see a child headed in the wrong direction.


There is a multitude of public information written in books by professional people showing parents how to correct such matters. However sometimes the information comes too late, after the damage has already occurred.


I am considered a ‘Protector Of The Children’ within the Native American Indian Community where I live. Many parents come to me asking for advice when something has happened involving one of their children. I have even gone so far as to correct other elders (in private) after observing them mistreating one of the little ones.


The children always listen to what I tell them so I make sure that what I say is true and as accurate as it can be. Many of the children that were in school where I visited many years ago still remember me today. Some have told me that they heard me speak as long as 20 years ago at their school. Children are gifts from the creator and most of the time a blessing to the older ones as time goes by. Be blessed and may the Creator watch over all of us. 



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.  




Grandfather Speaks



Healing With Love Part 1


~By Robert Gray Hawk, August 2008

Some few years ago, a Master invited me to join him and a few selected other students in a lengthy workshop. The workshop was excellent and the Master taught us several life lessons. The main theme this Saturday dealt with the love we must show all humans and all our relatives on Mother Earth.


Throughout my life at certain tragic events, I would leave with emptiness in my heart, a feeling of incompleteness. This I mostly felt while in the military service. When after a mission, one of the team members would not return alive, we would get together for a quick little ceremony before he would be flown home the last time. At any tragic event, there would be an emptiness left in my heart that I could not explain.


When I lost my parents, the emptiness was not as great as when I was in the service. This really bothered me, as I did not understand why I felt less empty about my parents.








The Cherokee Coin


The Cherokee coin is called "Adela", pronounced phonetically as "ah-day-la" which means money in the Cherokee language, since there is no word in Cherokee for dollar. This word is accepted to mean dollar in Cherokee, this could be said to be a Cherokee dollar in English.


The front of the Cherokee coin has a likeness of John Ross inside the seven pointed star, the greatest and longest seated Chief of the Cherokee Nation, he served from 1827 till his death in 1866 , the star represents the seven clans of the Cherokee People, the words written in the Cherokee syllabary between the points are the seven clans of the Cherokee.


The Coin is stamped on the top edge above Ross's head 99.9% Silver, on the bottom edge is stamped the number of the coin in the sequence of the total minting, weighing one troy ounce, and is the exact same size as a U.S. Silver dollar.


The apparent English D on the face of the coin is actually a character from the Cherokee syllabary and is the first character in the word Adela pronounced "ah", in the center of the character D is 1 signifying one Adela, the English numeral "1" was used because there is no single character representing one in the Cherokee language, the phonetic spelling and pronunciation of one is "as-wu". Therefore a Cherokee speaker would say "as-wu-ah-de-la" and would be understood to mean one dollar or one Adela if that be the conversation topic.


The number 2000, is the year minted, the background behind Ross's head, signifies rising sun, the bird signifies rising phoenix. This is what a group of Cherokee call a project they are involved in, the reviving of the Cherokee Nation Government with in the bounds of the 1839 Constitution of the Cherokee. The bird is called in Cherokee the Coowescoowee bird which means the great white bird, which was John Ross's Cherokee Name!!

The Back of the coin  has a likeness of the original 1839 Cherokee Nation Seal, which is different than the one the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (CNO), The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee in Oklahoma (UKB), or the Eastern Band of Cherokee (EBC) of North Carolina uses.


Back in the 1980's Chief Wilma Mankiller commissioned a Navajo artist to redo the symbol used as the official seal, on letterheads and the (CNO) flag just about anywhere you see anything of the CNO you will see their seal.


The likeness of the Seal on this Coin which is also the official Seal of the United Cherokee Nation is correct, as our ancestors designed it, one single point of the 7 pointed star points upward, and is a very important part of Cherokee culture, it points to the "CREATOR" above, the two points pointing downward signifies the creator's way, it takes two of all, for the perpetuation of creation.


The Coin has the correct Cherokee writing for Cherokee Nation, as close as can be spoken or written in Cherokee anyway, because there is no word for Nation. The garland image on the back of the coin is of oak leaves, which has a very significant meaning in the Cherokee culture, for life and strength.


The CNO seal has Laurel leaves insignificant in Cherokee culture. This Cherokee coin was designed by a Cherokee, the presently seated Chief of the United Cherokee Nation, Robin Mayes, who is the great-great-grandson of Chief John Ross.


~Submitted by Helen RedWing Vinson





No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.





Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this should make things a little bit clearer.


At Prison, you spend most of your time in a 10 X 10 cell

At Work, you spend most of your time in a 6 X 6 cubicle


At Prison, you get three meals a day, fully paid for

At Work, you get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.


At Prison, for good behavior, you get time off

At Work, for good behavior you get more work


At Prison, the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you

At Work, you must carry a security card and open all the doors yourself.


At Prison, you can watch TV and play games

At Work, You could get fired for watching TV and playing games


At Prison, you get your own toilet

At Work, you have to share the toilet with people who pee on the seat


At Prison, they allow your family and friends to visit

At Work, you aren't even supposed to speak to your family


At Prison, all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required

At Work, you must pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from

your salary to pay for prisoners


At Prison, you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out

At Work, you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars


At Prison, you must deal with sadistic wardens

At Work, they are called 'managers'


There is something wrong with with this picture.   

Now get back to work. You're not getting paid to read websites!














We call it the 'sacred' red road because it is the road that will lead us to living the good life, an honest and healthy life." -Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa


The Red Road is the path we walk on when we want a direct relationship with the Great Spirit. This requires sacrifice. This requires us to have our beliefs tested. To walk this path is really an honor. The returns for doing so are exciting, not only for ourselves but for the effect that will be felt for three generations. This  means your children will see the benefits as well as your grandchildren. Do I want to walk  this sacred road?


Great Spirit,

guide myself

and my family

on the Red Road.

By Don Coyhis







Ellen Moves Camp

Hero of Wounded Knee

By Stephanie Hedgecoke


Photo: Anne Pearse Hocker

Ellen Moves Camp, known along with Gladys Bissonnette as the “Grandmas of the American Indian Movement (AIM),” passed April 5 at the age of 77 on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Moves Camp and Bissonnette played key roles before, during and after the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, which moved the Indigenous struggle into the view of the whole world.


The struggles of Indigenous people globally are illustrated in the story of Ellen Moves Camp and Wounded Knee.


The Lakota Nation’s title to most of South Dakota and parts of Montana and Nebraska, including the Black Hills (Paha Sapa), was recognized in the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. George Armstrong Custer took miners to the Black Hills to find gold and the U.S. broke the treaty and stole 34 million acres of land, leaving the Lakota divided among separate reservations. Over time that land base was further eroded as the Oglala Lakota were forced to lease their land to ranchers for pennies.








How to Can Berries


Canning foodstuffs for future use is almost a lost art.  Today, it is fast, easy and efficient to simply buy canned foods at the supermarket.  So, why even consider slaving for several hours in the kitchen preparing foodstuffs for storage? 


Home-made preserves and other canned foods not made with synthetic chemicals, preservatives, additives, fillers or unknown substances that can be found in supermarket canned foods.  Home-made is tastier and that means your family will be eating healthier and enjoying it more!  When prepared correctly home canning can save on the family food budget.


Ready to try it?   Making and canning your own blueberries is easy.  These directions may also be used with raspberries, blackberries, currants, dewberries, elderberries, gooseberries, huckleberries, tayberries, loganberries and mulberries.


Here's how to can in 12 illustrated easy steps. These directions work equally well for regular sugar, low sugar, fruit juice-sweetened and sugar-free jam.


Fruit - fresh blueberries - any quantity  - the crunch down some, so you'll need about 1 and 1/4 pints raw per pint jar finished.

Lemon juice - either fresh squeezed or bottled. Alternatively, Citric acid (brand name, fruit fresh).

Sugar - About 3 cups of dry, granulated (table) sugar. See step 6. It is possible to make low-sugar,  fruit juice-sweetened, or Splenda-sweetened fig jam; I'll point out the differences below.


Jar grabber (to pick up the hot jars)- WalMart carries it sometimes. It's a tremendously useful to put cars in the canner and take the hot jars out (without scalding yourself!).

1 large pot; I prefer 16 to 20 quart Teflon lined pots for easy cleanup.

Large spoons and ladles

1 Canner (a huge pot to sterilize the jars after filling (about $30 to $35 at mall kitchen stores, sometimes at WalMart (seasonal item).

Ball jars (Publix, WalMart carry then - about $7.50 per dozen pint ounce jars including the lids and rings)

Jar funnel ($2 at WalMart, Target, and sometimes at grocery stores) or order it as part of the kit with the jar grabber.

Lids - thin, flat, round metal lids with a gum binder that seals them against the top of the jar. They may only be used once.

Rings - metal bands that secure the lids to the jars. They may be reused many times.







Martin Prechtel is a shaman, artist, author,

and teacher living in New Mexico

by Lauren Zack



Martin Prechtel is a half-European, half-Huron (Canadian First Nation) man who grew up on a Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. In the 1970's, at age 20, he wandered for a year in Mexico, having many adventures and misadventures before finding his way to Santiago Atitlan, a large village of Tzutujil Mayans in the highlands of Guatemala. Newly arrived, he was met by an elder who berated him for being late! So began Martin's apprenticeship to Nicolas Chiviliu Taxaxoy, renowned Tzutujil shaman. Martin eventually served the Tzutujil Mayan population as a shaman and a full village member, marrying a Tzutujil woman and having three sons. Martin also rose to the spiritual office of Nabey Mam, first chief, where he was responsible for instructing young people in living out the meanings of the ancient stories through the rituals of adult rites of passage. After 13 years of village life, Martin was forced to make an arduous return to the United States with his young family because of the extreme violence of Guatemala's civil war.

Martin currently resides in New Mexico, where he teaches "at his international school, 'Bolad's Kitchen.' Through story, music, ritual, and writing, Martin helps people of many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul."

I highly recommend reading all of Martin Prechtel's books! I've been stewing in them for the past month; I've never read anything like them. Martin uses language in a way I've never read before. Martin chronicles his life in Santiago Atitlan in his three books "Secrets of the Talking Jaguar", "Long Life, Honey in the Heart," and "Stealing Benefacio's Roses".


These books are more than mere memoirs, however...they are full of magical language that takes you to a place in your heart and soul that the mind can not always fathom. I shed tears throughout, for the beauty of Martin's words and the images those words invoked, and for the stirring of a deep yearning to connect with some unfathomable part of myself that I've lost and forgotten. Martin refers to this yearning as the desire of our Indigenous Souls to emerge from under the oppressive boot of our own rationalistic minds.

Martin's fourth book, "The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun, A Mayan Tale of Ecstasy, Time, and Finding One's True Form," is a retelling of a centuries old Tzutujil Mayan story. Martin presents the story, then in the style of learning of the village in which he lived, encourages the reader to delve into the hidden five layers of meaning.

For more information about Martin Prechtel, his school Bolad's Kitchen, and his books, go to:




Voice of the Hawk Elder

Click on the book of your choice




Farewell by Degrees
When saying farewell by degrees,
you wave to each small component of a person as it takes its leave,
and sadness draws out like a protracted opera.
It holds that drama, too..
they're likely gone forever from this life.
So you drink in the presence of remainders,
the continuity of things that do not change --
the laugh, the smile,
the nose, the scent,
the peculiar inflection of a spoken word, the sentient embrace of that beloved life-force.
You watch as familiar attributes take flight like fledgling birds leaving the nest, feeling anxious and hopeful about their fate, and wondering how many you never met.
This rationed farewell is both kind and cruel.  It metes out portions
of loss and appreciation to savor…
here punishment, there favor.
And these momentous small farewells
pave the way for hundreds more,
as the last goodbye waits to say hello
just outside the door.
Copyright ©5-31-08
Juli Maltagliati


Wolves of Dreamtime
 When the wolves first came to me in dreamtime, I knew they were my guardians.  Three sniffing noses familiar with my scent,
allies from before my birth.
Their scent, new to me and welcome, filled me like manna in the desert. They envelop me like garments;  they move like water around rocks.
They emerged to guide me to the worlds, keeping watch at the numinous portals
to lead me home again.
Now they live in the triad of trees
that grace the front of my home,
sacred arboreal temples.
The oaks welcome them like lost progeny, cradle them in arms that have swayed with wind
well over a hundred years.
Sometimes in waking hours,
I sense the wolves near,
air fragrant with the scent of untamed forces, beings unmolested and free,
beyond reach of hunters and starvation.
Coarse gray fur sweeps my hand,
six warm gold eyes observe,
panting breath stirs my heart.
Canis lupus spiritus,
steady sentinel presence,
their majesty, unapproachable in concept, my gratitude, paltry in its shadow.
Copyright ©3-16-08
Juli Maltagliati









Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Crossing Over...


Jimmie E. Thigpen, 79, of Picayune died June 24, 2008 in Gulfport, MS.  His son, Jimmie Thigpen of UTO is a Commissioner and Vice Chairman AIA in TN.  ~Selena  06-24-08


Evette LaBatte Tubby, Philadelphia, MS.  Sister of Woableza, Mother and Grandmother died of a massive heart attack. Evette was a special Lakota lady living on the Choctaw Reservation for many years.  We remember her husky laugh and beautiful smile. She will be missed greatly by her family and many friends.  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore 06-23-08 


Irena Sendlerowa, 98, Warsaw, Poland. The life of Irena Sendler was one of great testimony, one of courage and love, one of respect for all people, regardless of race, religion and creed.  Our hearts and prayers go out to her worldwide family.  Irena Sendlerowa led the rescue of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust in World War II.  She was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Her legacy of repairing the world continues, as good continues to triumph over evil.  ~Juli    05-12-08

Will Branham. 26, Huntington, VA.  Dancer and drummer at Monacan homecomings, was a police officer who passed from lung cancer.  Father of two small girls, son to Birdie.  We was a loving husband and a very brave man. ~Chief Bernard H. Belvin  05-01-08

George E. Haverkamp Jr., 66, (Evergreen, Colorado) husband of Marva Black Elk (Wallace Black Elk's eldest daughter), unexpectedly crossed over on Friday, April 25, 2008 from cardiac arrest.  Services and Internment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen, CO.  A traditional Wake will be held starting at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in The Barn Chapel at Evergreen Memorial Park.  It will run all night. Burial will be at 10:00am on Friday, May 2, 2008.  Chief Leonard Crow Dog and Wesley Black Elk will be officiating.  Jennifer Black Elk - 720-628-6532.



Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Prayers Answered for Sarah Sorensen, Utah.  Sarah has regained her health.  She is cancer free! Our family is thankful for the prayers that have been sent her way.  Sincere appreciation.  Ah, the miracle of prayer. ~ Her mother 08-02-08


Timothy Spabel, 44, Lakeland, FL.  Disabled vet with benign tumor near the right ear.  Nephew of Henrietta Eagle Star Devereau  07-20-08


Pastor Frank Sayford, 64, Philadelphia, PA.  In St. Mary Medical Center for arterial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. He is in good hands.  Ask God to watch over my father.  ~Kim Summer Moon Sayford-Wilson  07-01-08


Anna Marie Patrick, 34, WV. My Granddaughter is recovering at home after the brain surgery in VA She returned back to West Virginia about 3 weeks ago

~Red Wing Vinson 07-01-08


Cyril Taylor. A long time rights activists and representative of the United Confederation of Taino People in Washington DC, Grandfather Cyril has been admitted into the hospital and is in guarded condition.  Send him your good wishes at  Join the Bohio de Attabey Women's Circle and others in prayer for the well-being of Grandfather Cyril, his wife Marie and their family at 8pm this evening.  ~Roberto Mukaro Borrero 06-14-08

Billy David Beecham, Nashville
, TN Husband of TNNAC secretary, Patty Beecham.  Heart surgery.  Please pray for Billy.  Red Wing 06-12-08


Graham Osceola Waters, Darwin, Australia.   Valiantly fighting cancer. Osceloa is of Muskogee American Indian descent.  He is a great artist and walks in beauty with his tireless efforts to benefit the Henbury School in the Northwest Territory.  All of Manataka is praying for this wonderful man.  We are doing healing work and ask for your prayers.  Lynn Smith-Guy,  06-09-08


From Kalaloch Lodge, Pacific Ocean near Forks, WAAnita, who works here in the office has asked for prayer for her mother who has cancer.  Linda’s mom has very low blood pressure and may need to have her pacemaker replaced soon. John’s beloved cousin, Glendine, who lives in Arkansas has a newly diagnosed cancer for which she is taken treatment. Highland Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, AR; Boueff Presbyterian Church in Gerald, MO; Marback Christian Church, San Antonio, TX; Inman Christian Center in San Antonio, TX; First Baptist Church, Fairview Heights, IL; and, the Mid-America Indian Fellowship in MO, KS and AR.  Linda and John James 06-09-08


Prayers Answer for Shannon Crossbear Red Lake Reservation, MN.  She writes:  "What a difference a day makes. I am sitting here going crazy.  My granddaughter, Brianna  is missing. She disappeared sometime between last night and early this morning from her home. She is nine years old. The police are at her house, doing a ground search and what ever else for the Amber Alert. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers." Dance, drum, smoke, smudge, pray. ~'Night Sky Watcher Leach 06-04-08  Brianna was found, home and safe now.  06-06-08


Ruth King, WV.  Going in for knee surgery. Suffering from pain for 30 years, Ruth is hopeful. There will be a six month recovery time.  Ruth has wonderful attitude and a loving spirit.  She is much loved at Manataka.  ~Helen Red Wing  05-28-08


Prayers Answered for Patti Blue Star Burdett, Hot Springs, AR.  Patti was admitted to the hospital with continuing heart problems and poor circulation issues.  Doctors put a stint into her leg. Patti is strong but requires our prayers and support.  ~Lee Standing Bear  05-26-08  Patti is up, walking, and exercising with a smile! 06-23-08.  


Mike Serna, Chattanooga, TN  An American Indian flute player and recording artist who performs at powwows and festivals and winner of a major American Indian flute competition and was well on his way to becoming a nationally known flute artist, when Hepatitis C illness struck. Please pray for Mike.  ~Jennifer Attaway 05-23-08


Kathy Looney, Jacksonville, FL. Member of the Chickamauga Cherokee Indian Creek Band.  Brain tumor was found. "Kathy is sweet friendly, and all ways willing too help every one. Now it our time too help, our prays are needed.  ~James Billy Chance  05-23-08


Oldbear, Chief of the Council of Elders,  Chickamauga Cherokee Indian Creek Band.  Was admitted to the hospital 6 times in the past week for pain and back problems. May be bone cancer.  Now in a wheel chair full time.  In need of smoke and prayers.  05-09-08


Prayers Answered for Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. (Springfield, IL) Under went full foot reconstruction on his left foot on March 5 turned out wonderful. 


Prayers Answered for Clover TwoBears Johnson  Her neurosurgeon says she does not have multiple sclerosis. Thank you Grandfather!  Thank all who've held Clover in their Hearts during her trying time.  Duane (Lame Wolf) Rowland 04-01-08



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. 



Birth Announcement


Cameron Isaiah Obendorfer - Born May 19, 2008 at 10:08 a.m. is the new Great grandson of Manataka member Linda VanBibber of Kansas City, MO.  "I will call him Little Hawk; every time I visit him, including going to the hospital the morning he was born, I saw a hawk. This makes Lisa, my youngest daughter and Manataka member a grandmother!"  The proud parents are Paris Templeton and Jay Obendorfer. Grandparents are Lisa Renee and Herb Thornton and Beth and Jerry Obendorfer.  "Please send blessings for this little guy who I think will make a fine warrior some day."  ~Linda VanBibber, 05-23-08



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.






Elders met on Sunday, July 20 and held an open discussion on a variety of topics.  All elders were present.  Chairman, David Quiet Wind Furr led the invocation and blessing ceremony. A quorum was established by the Chair and three guests were recognized. 


Minutes - A motion was made and seconded to dispense with the reading of June Minutes because they were sent via email to Elders and approved.

Treasury - The Treasurer's Report was read and unanimously approved. Manataka has zero long term and short term debt.  Bear suggested the inventory be updated.  Except for real property, all inventory has been depreciated.  Blue Star motioned, 2nd Gray Hawk. Unanimously approved.

Travel Per Diem - A motion was made by Blue Star, 2nd by Flaming Owl to increase the per diem travel allowance for elders traveling more than 100 miles to $100.00.  Unanimously approved.

Public Relations - A video taping project proposed by Sage Brush Productions approved in May was not started in July as planned. Production costs are the full responsibility of the producers and MAIC will share in the profits.  A new start date in late August will be arranged.

Donations - Funds/ office equipment to the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas for their new museum and cultural center is in the process of being completed.  The Spiritual Unity of Eagles Gathering of Eagles sent a letter of thanks for the Manataka donation.   

Australian New Members - A report from Lynn Guy was read regarding the Making-a-Relative ceremonies conducted in Darwin, Australia for 151 students, staff, teachers and volunteers at the Henbury School. Story and pictures are featured in the August Smoke Signal:

A letter from Lynn Guy asking to organize the first Manataka Gathering of Australia was read.  A motion to authorize the project was made by Flaming Owl and 2nd by Blue Star.  Unanimously approved.  Gifts from Guy were given to each Elders.  Discussion about the gifts was made.  Bear will send a thank you letter.

South American New Members -  Plans are still underway to welcome five spiritual elders/chiefs later this year.  Tribal ambassadors representing over 1.3 million indigenous people of the South will be formally inducted in ceremonies at Manataka.  Six more spiritual elders / chiefs representing another 3.8 million people will be symbolically perform the same ceremonies in Venezuela.   

NAGPRA (Native American Grave Preservation and Repatriation Act) - Blue Star Speaks proposal for Manataka elders participate in a blessing ceremony for the Tackett family land near Thousand Dripping Springs was finalized.  Available Elders will gather on 08-26-08.

Public Relations - A motion was made by Blue Star and 2nd by Flaming Owl to appropriate $1,200 for the purpose of creating a nationwide distribution of press releases dealing with religious freedom issues. Unanimously approved.

A draft of a CD insert for the Manataka CD by Forefathers was approved.

A letter and check from Forefathers was passed around.

A request from Linda VanBibber was read regarding to support her efforts to acquire land near the Hot Springs (Manataka) Mountain to conduct ceremonies.  A motion was made to provide clean-up, construction of a medicine wheel and fire circle and provide maintenance to the land was made by Blue Star and 2nd by Flaming Owl.  Unanimously approved.

Secretary Communications - MAIC received 911 communications in June.   No communications remain unanswered.  Elders were invited to contribute to the Elders Speak section of the website. 

Elders did not discuss the packet of four lengthy articles of a historical nature, but Bear encouraged everyone to read the packet and be prepared to discuss at a special meeting to be set by the chair.

Membership - A motion was made by Bear to banish a member for unbecoming conduct. 2nd by Gray Hawk.  Unanimously approved. 


Announcements - David Quiet Wind Furr invited everyone to a motorcycle rally on Wildcat Mountain Road on Labor Day weekend, August 29 - 31.  He said Manataka can have a free booth. 


The meeting closed with prayer led by Quiet Wind.


Open Discussion - Continuing harassment and activities of Josie Fernandez of the National Park Service.  A packet of historical information will be discussed at length in the future.


Details of the Elder Council meeting were 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.





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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

July Issue Contributors:

Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

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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