Manataka American Indian Council                                        Volume XI  Issue 07  JULY  2007


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 




Faster download!  The Smoke Signal this month is on 3 web pages.







Hill & Holler: Present Day Genocide


History: The Black-and-White History - Walter Plecker
Politics Watch:

House Approves Recognition NC Lumbee


Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather Bennie Lebeau:

Bzzz, Bzzz, Bzzz

Message Given For Healing Mother Earth

Feature Story: When The Road Ahead Is Shorter Than The Road Behind


Elder's Meditations: Wilma P. Mankiller, Cherokee 


Women's Circle: A Woman's Poem


Women's Council:


Diet Watch: Chia Seeks: Funny Name, Serious Nutrition



Book Reviews:

Native America, Discovered and Conquered

Big Medicine from Six Nations


Poetry Circle: The Tangled Web of Life


Inspirational Thought:: Living with integrity


Healing Prayer Basket: The Circle of Life Continues


Manataka  Business: Sitting with the Elders





By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country

Present Day Genocide

I am often criticized because I write about the genocide of our People. Many citizens of this country are of the mistaken belief that this nasty chapter in history is in the past and best forgotten. But the genocide continues to this day. No, the 7th Cavalry isn't gunning down women and children, but we are being exterminated just the same.

Consider these examples.....

In 1948, uranium was in high demand. The Navajo Nation was rich in uranium deposits and the US Government was more than willing to risk Navajo lives to obtain it. Over the course of time, the people who worked in the mines and their families became sicker and sicker. The rains that fell on the desert floor also was contaminated and soon the animals and plants were sick, too.

In the 1980's the situation became so critical that Harry Tome, a Dineh activist, worked tirelessly to force the US Government to provide compensation to the families who were suffering. In 1990, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act was passed. Yet today, remediation programs covered in that act have still not been fully implemented.

Now HRI, a subsidiary of Uranium Resources, Inc., wants to begin uranium mining again. The Nuclear Regulation Committee has approved a mining license without even consulting the Navajo Nation Council. Never mind that Navajo teenagers have 17 times more cancer than other teens.
But who cares?

Just south of the Grand Canyon and 7 miles north of Flagstaff, the volcanic San Francisco Peaks loom 12,000 feet above the Arizona landscape. These mountains are sacred to 13 American Indian Tribes. Yet Arizona Snowbowl, a classy ski resort that has leased 800 acres of Sacred Land, are fighting in court for their right to spray sewer water in the air to make snow for their wealthy clientele to play on. Sewage water on sacred land.......

Yucca Mountain, Sacred Land to the Western Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone peoples is the site of a nuclear waste dump........

The US Government has often resorted to dividing our People in order to get what they want. BIA hand picked white thinking Indians are put in control of tribal governments to facilitate the raping of our land and People. This is going on in many parts of Indian Land today.

According to the Lakota Journal, in 1998, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council signed a contract allowing Sun Prairie Partnership, an affiliate of Bell Farms, to build the world's third largest hog operation on tribal trust land. Based in Wahpeton, North Dakota, the facility can raise 859,000 hogs annually. The amount of pig waste produced per year would be equal to a city of 2 million people without a sewage treatment plant.

Many residents of Rosebud Reservation claim that the tribal council did not obtain the consent of the people before signing on the dotted line......

We are not allowed to possess many of our sacred feathers used in our ceremonies without permits. Those of us who are not Federally Recognized are not given these permits. Ask Robert Soto, a Lipan Apache and Christian minister who had his 40 year old feather bustle and roach confiscated at a traditional gathering several years ago. His battle to regain them has cost him thousands of dollars and much heart ache. Can you imagine how you would feel if your crosses and bibles were confiscated at church? Not the same thing????

Our People endure seeing the faces of their captors daily. Andrew Jackson, who forced tens of thousands of Indians into concentration camps and forced marches is honored on US Currency. The Black Hills, Sacred land of the Great Sioux Nation is desecrated with huge stone statues of US Presidents. A kind of "In Your Face" reminder of who's top dog now.

Last week friends of mine were going to attend a Traditional Ceremony in Canada. They had their necessary papers in order (birth certificates) and expected no trouble crossing the border. But when the Canadian border guards asked the reason for their entry into Canada and learned they were going to attend a First Nations Sacred Ceremony, my friends were told to get out of the car, their luggage was searched, their papers photographed, and they were harshly treated. Refused entry, they repacked their luggage, reloaded their car, drove 50 feet to the American border crossing guard where the whole process was repeated. This is happening NOW!!!!

Do you think just because you are white, this couldn't happen to you? Are you not witnessing the beginning of your own genocide today?

We shall see.....



(Editor's Note:  Manataka, the Place of Peace, a sacred site for many American Indians is under attack by government bureaucrats who forcibly prevent prayer ceremonies to be conducted on our traditional grounds.  They attempt to divide our people, threaten, harass and call us ugly names.  Manataka is yet another example of government genocide.








The Black-and-White World of Walter Ashby Plecker
By WARREN FISKE, The Virginian-Pilot © August 18, 2004



Lacy Branham Hearl closes her eyes and travels eight decades back to what began as a sweet childhood.


There was family everywhere: her parents, five siblings, nine sets of adoring aunts and uncles and more cousins than she could count. They all lived in a Monacan Indian settlement near Amherst, their threadbare homes circling apple orchards at the foot of Tobacco Row Mountain.


As Hearl grew, however, she sensed the adults were engulfed in deepening despair. When she was 12, an uncle gathered his family and left Virginia, never to see her again. Other relatives scattered in rapid succession, some muttering the name “Plecker.”


Soon, only Hearl’s immediate family remained. Then the orchards began to close because there were not enough workers and the townspeople turned their backs and all that was left was prejudice and plight and Plecker.


Hearl shakes her head sadly.


“I thought Plecker was a devil,” she says. “Still do.”


Walter Ashby Plecker was the first registrar of Virginia’s Bureau of Vital Statistics, which records births, marriages and deaths. He accepted the job in 1912. For the next 34 years, he led the effort to purify the white race in Virginia by forcing Indians and other nonwhites to classify themselves as blacks. It amounted to bureaucratic genocide.


He worked with a vengeance.


Walter Ashby Plecker, the first registrar of Virginia’s Bureau of Vital Statistics, starting in 1912, forced Indians to classify themselves as black. The tribes, he said, had become a “mongrel” mixture. Courtesy Richmond Times-Dispatch

Plecker was a white supremacist and a zealous advocate of eugenics – a now discredited movement to preserve the integrity of white blood by preventing interracial breeding. “Unless this can be done,” he once wrote, “we have little to hope for, but may expect in the future decline or complete destruction of our civilization.”


Plecker’s icy efficiency as racial gatekeeper drew international attention, including that of Nazi Germany. In 1943, he boasted: “Hitler’s genealogical study of the Jews is not more complete.”


Plecker retired in 1946 at the age of 85 and died the following year. The damage lives on.



From the grave, Plecker is frustrating the efforts of Virginia tribes to win federal recognition and a trove of accompanying grants for housing, health care and education. One of the requirements is that the tribes prove their continuous existence since 1900. Plecker, by purging Indians as a race, has made that nearly impossible. Six Virginia tribes are seeking the permission of Congress to bypass the requirement.




U.S. House Approves Federal Recognition

for North Carolina Lumbee Indians

The Associated Press

The Lumbee Indians of North Carolina have crossed a significant hurdle in their quest for federal recognition, as the U.S. House voted this week to approve the tribe's legitimacy.

The legislation that could bring hundreds of millions of tax dollars in housing, education and health benefits to the Lumbees must still pass the Senate, where it would first be considered by the Committee on Indian Affairs. The House approved the measure Thursday by a vote of 256-128.


But supporters were optimistic about the legislation's chances, noting that Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-North Carolina, a chief sponsor of the bill, was working to persuade both Democrats and Republicans to support it. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, also supports the legislation.


"We've never had a vote of this magnitude," Jimmy Goins, the Lumbees' tribal chairman, said after the House vote. "We just believe this gives us a tremendous amount of momentum going into the U.S. Senate."







Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. - Seven Hawks


I read an article several months ago in the Smoke Signal regarding the disappearance of the 'Honey Bees.  I was astonished at the rate the bees are disappearing here in Illinois. Several local beekeepers have reported that their hives are being emptied.


Scientists are calling the disappearance, "Colony Collapse Disorder".  Honey bees don't just die of old age although they only live for about six weeks during the summer and perhaps a little longer in winter months. Malnutrition, Diseases and Pesticides can contribute to the disappearance of the bees.


When I was a young boy, I remember my uncle taking me out to where he kept his bees. He showed how he collected the honey and told me that he always leaves some of the honey within the hive for the bees to eat during the winter months. Some say that mankind will eventually starve without the honey bees. Crops such as corn, and soybeans are pollinated by the wind for the most part but with all the pesticides used by the farmers our poor honey bees are in big trouble.


Unlike those pesky Yellow Jackets that appear during our summer picnics, the honey bee is harmless. One way to keep the yellow jackets away from your outing is to place a small amount of sweet soda in a container such as a 2 liter bottle and place it in an area close. The yellow jacket will get inside the bottle and stay there keeping them away from your picnic lunch and the children. (They Bite!)


We can help the honey bees by planting a few flowers in our back yard. They are placed here on Mother Earth by the Creator and for the most part for our benefit.  So the next time you hear, Buzz, Buzz, Buzz, remember the honey bees are a loving provision from our Creator.

A'Ho Hawk With Seven Eyes.

Mitakuye,Oyasin,   ta-wa-do-gi


(Editor's Note:  More recently it was reported that another cause of the disappearance of honey bees is cell phones.  The vibrations created by cell phone disorient the bees, they lose direction and cannot find the hive and eventually die.  Aha, this is another reason why we do not use cell phones -- beside the obvious damage to the brain of cell phone users.)



Bennie E. "Blue Thunder" LeBeau Sr., an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming is a MAIC Newsletter Correspondent.  His "Teton Rainbow" and Earth Wisdom columns are regular features on these pages.  Blue Thunder, Teacher from among the Eastern Shoshone people


Message Given For Healing Mother Earth

Asking All Nations of Humanity to Consider Manifesting Peace & Harmony

June 12th, 2007


 According to How The Spiritual Awakening Works We have Learned the following:


 a.) We are on a schedule; the Global Consciousness will rise in any case with us or without us; there is no way around it; whether we like it or not, it is now or later, to be or not to be to is the question to be considered.


 b.) Father Sun is enforcing this Transformation of Peace; Creation is helping Mother Earth to purify & cleanse her Self; whether Humans want to participate, or not in Earth Healing Ceremonies softening the blow to natures forces.


 c.) Healing the Sacred Sites is the smoothest option for Humanity to go together with our Mother Earth through this required Transformation.


d.) Earth Healing ceremonies restores balance & harmony to Mother Earth swiftly/quickly, and raises Human Consciousness simultaneously / at the same time; it is a pro-active approach, not a re-active approach.


 e.) Earth Healing ceremonies directs & channels the incoming electromagnetic Solar Forces in a constructive way, not in a destructive way as we work together with our gifts in healing all that is within the circle. Working with the forces of Creator coming in everyday from the Sun, Moon, Stars and Planets.


 f.) It is up to the collective Human species to consider whether we would like a smooth ride, or the very rough ride (the majority of the Human population would have to leave if they do not awaken spiritually). It is our mandate to bring this awareness or not, the choice is ours.


g.) If anybody has any doubt with this concept / with the theory, then they can refer to Carl Calleman at or watch Ian Lungold on  it is their discussion individually, bring the awareness to the families raising the consciousness of what is going on around us.


h.) Still, knowing the theory does not solve the problem. One has to actually do it. Not talking the talk, but walking the talk. The current worldwide developments demonstrate that we are heading towards a dead end and at a high speed / fast.


i.) Also, it is not about arguing whether something would work or would not work, or whether someone could be right or could be wrong. It is about doing it, experiencing it, documenting it and proving it. Practicing as practioners until we re-set the harmony in Mother Nature together as one family together from humanity all cultures working on oneness within the circle of life, known to many as Grandmother Spiders web held together by the sacred sites, the Earth Grids.  Forgiving those that do not understand what they are doing and showing them by example in peace not separating one another with with who is right or wrong.  Remember peace is the answer and teaching not as dictators or preachers give us the wisdom in how, why, cause and effect allows people to make there choice feely on how they want to live.  Not taking anything personal or personally, will bring peace within our hearts and those around us.


j.) BlueThunder at and is someone who walks the talk/creators talk in dreams and visions for the past many years now. Following those dreams and visions shown by my Eastern Shoshone Nations Culture and Traditions.  Listening to the voices of the ancient ancestors and other spiritual messengers in dreamtime of our ways in spirituality as a Native American.  Knowing that working at my own evolutionary pace helps bring peace to my heart reflecting the gifts of wisdom and knowledge in the awareness of my people.  As we begin to share the wisdom in the Earth Healing Ceremonies sharing my gifts as others could do also, from those experiences.  We all know in our hearts so could many others could do also.  With this reflection that I am doing my best in bring awareness, of what I can do as my ancestors have done.  I feel these words spoken that if I can do this then we all together can also do this collectively together, becoming one heart, in spirit and mind sharing our dreams that would help heal all that has happened to us upon Mother Earth.


k.) This time period we are in is of essence, time is short as we move towards the years ahead before the year 2012 arrives and is arriving fast.  The Mayan Tablet mentions and shows how time is measured and how the energies move within the Solar System, within the Moon, Stars, Sun and Mother Earth, the Time to act is now.  The prophecies of the Eagle and Condor Nations mention that we will come together like the Five Fingers of the Hand in Peace working with the Earth Wisdom and Knowledge they have to share.  Those five fingers represent the Black, White, Yellow, Red and Brown Nations.  The Brown Nations are the Aborigines from Australia.


I pray others begin to begin opening up the consequences in the awareness of the reality; as the realization of humanity awakens sharing the dreams and visions of peace. May we all walk this sacred Red, White, Yellow, Black and Brown Road finding that Peace. Bringing Harmony, healing our differences and Mother Earth's Environments at the same time.  Speaking our Truth in Words felt from the Heart of the Rose in Peaceful intentions called, "Spoken Truths, "As Nations Unite Within The Souls We Walk",  May Peace Prevail... as I pray that it will be as it is above, below, in the four directions and on the surface of Mother Earth. Peace will come from our Hearts when knowing how Mother Earth works is how our bodies work, representing our Main Mother, Earth. 


Blessings Be to Those Following the Heart of Peace, the Roses

The Many Messages for Peace following their Hearts in Oneness...

A Brother Working for this Peace and Harmony...






When The Road Ahead Is Shorter Than The Road Behind

We fear and often resent aging out. We know that each day of our trip through space and time brings us closer to the end. Focusing on the end is like worrying on vacation about the stuff  you'll have to do when you return home. Fear, worry and resentment  diminish the  experience.

Nothing stays the same, that's the way of things. The "order", the "Intent" can be seen in the repeating pattern of things. We base all understanding  of things, ideas and concepts  on having a base point and then moving from there to somewhere else. Up/down, how far up, how far down?  Rich/poor, hot/cold, love/fear?   Using the Medicine Wheel as a tool we can teach  basic concepts  important to our perception  and enjoyment  of our individual and joint reality.

The Medicine Wheel represents the Creation, the oneness of all... including humans.

The East side of the wheel is painted Red for that is the direction and color of the morning sun. It also represent the Springtime of the year and the springtime of our  lives when as infants we are creatures of emotion and all we can do is love and be loved in return.

The South side of the wheel is painted Yellow  for that is the direction and color of the Summer sun. It also represents the Summertime of our lives when as adolescents we are  creatures of our hormones and the  world is all about us and our needs...we focus on self alone. Some people seem to chose to live in the Summertime forever and never move on.

The West  side of the wheel  is painted   Black  for  that is the direction of Fall time, of the days getting shorter. It also represents  the time of our lives when we are parents and have children for which to care.  As wonderful  as Spring is  with new life blooming and  babies  nursing  secure in their  mothers  arms and love ,  as amazing as Summer is with crops growing riper by the day and with the lushness and fullness of young lust and youthful love...the Fall of our lives is even better. To watch your children being born, to hear  a baby giggle as you nibble at its toes...yes I confess I'm a baby toe see them grow and learn to walk and talk, knowing that once they start talking they'll never again shut's GRAND being a dad.

The North side of the wheel is painted White for that is the direction and the color of snow and of Wintertime. It also represents the time of our lives when our hair is the color of snow and the road  ahead is much shorter than the road is the time of Elderhood. As Elders we face diminishing desires along with muscle and in time the physical becomes harder. Free of the demands of being parents we can choose to revert  to focus on self; or we can use our wisdom for the good of others.  As Elhonon Goldberg once wrote in Wisdom Paradox, "Wisdom is the integration of thought and analysis based on accumulated experience."


Now here is the wonderful thing about doing for others.... you create a great experience for yourself.

As Elders we should let go the fear of  death and instead  become an example of  love of giving of ourselves  to and for others.. and who knows being a true Elder may be even better than  being a parent.

Close to 8000 American turn sixty each day ...there should be plenty of Elders around to change this world , to move mankind from a time of the "us" and "them" to a time of the "we".


~WalkingBear, Canon City, Colorado


A Prayer

For All The People, Great Mystery we ask for guidance. Help us to speak and act in a way that honors all people and their teachings. May our words and actions bring healing, justice and peace to all the people of Turtle Island, all their children and all our relations. Thank you, thank you, thank you.



No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Indian Doctor's opinion on who are the best patients !


Five surgeons from across the country are discussing who are the best patients to perform surgery.


The first surgeon, an Irishman from New York, says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."


The second, an Italian from Chicago, responds. "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside is color coded."


The third surgeon, an Englishman from Dallas, says, "No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order."


The fourth surgeon, Mexican from Los Angeles chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers ... those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over."


But the fifth surgeon, an Indian from Rose Bud Rez, shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable. "





I don't think that anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future, the future of the Cherokee people and of the Cherokee Nation." -Wilma P. Mankiller, Cherokee 


The world has changed in the last 50 years. It will change even more in the next 50 years, and it will change even faster. We must educate ourselves to ensure our future generations will maintain the language and the culture of our people. We need to be concerned about our land because when our land goes away, so will our people. We need to be concerned about leadership, our families and about alcoholism. We need to be concerned about what's going on around the world. We can only do this by being educated. Then we can control our future.


Great Spirit,

please guide our children;

let me know how I can


By Don Coyhis







The Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship; meets the first Saturday of each month in the home of Bear, Becky & Amanda Moore from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Coffee is provided, food and other soft beverages are brought by individuals to share. Please remember to bring your drums or other musical instruments to meetings. (When meetings are held at Gulpha Gorge please bring a lawn chair, something to drink, and a snack to share.) 



July 07

Regular Membership Meeting - Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hot Springs, AR

Donations of nonperishable food items, toiletries, and bio-friendly cleaning supplies will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. Requests for assistance are year-round.  Please send or bring.


Please direct any questions our comments to Becky 'Flaming Owl Peacekeeper' Moore at


Join Us!





A Woman's Poem

He didn't like the casserole
And he didn't like my cake.
He said my biscuits were too hard...
Not like his mother used to make.
I didn't perk the coffee right
He didn't like the stew,
I didn't mend his socks
The way his mother used to do.

I pondered for an answer
I was looking for a clue.
Then I turned around and smacked the shit out of him...

Like his MOMMA used to do.



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No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.




Mexican Ghost Story


This happened in a little town in New Mexico, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's absolutely true:

This guy was on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark and stormy night. The night was cold and wet and no cars went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.

Suddenly, he saw a car coming towards him and stopped. The guy, without thinking about it, got in the car, closed the door, and only then realized that there was nobody behind the wheel!

The car starts going again, very slowly. The guy looks at the road and sees a curve coming his way. Scared, he starts to pray and begs for his life. Just before the car hits the curve, a hand appears through the driver's window and turns the wheel. The guy, paralyzed in terror, watched how the hand appeared each time the car approached a curve. Gathering his strength, he jumps out of the car and runs all the way to the nearest town.

Wet and in shock, he goes into a cantina, asks for two shots of tequila and starts telling everybody about the horrible experience he just went through. A silence enveloped everyone when they realized the guy was crying hysterically and wasn't drunk.

About a half hour later, two other guys walk into the same cantina and one said to the other,

"Mira, vato. That's the Pendejo that got in the car while we were pushing it!"


~Submitted by Carol Elk Looks Back Petersen




Manataka Recommended Reading



Native America, Discovered and Conquered

Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny

By Robert J. Miller



Manifest Destiny, as a term for westward expansion, was not used until the 1840s. Its predecessor was the Doctrine of Discovery, a legal tradition by which Europeans and Americans laid legal claim to the land of the indigenous people that they "discovered."


Thus the competition among the United States and European nations to establish claims of who got there first became very important. In the United States, the British colonists who had recently become Americans were competing with the English, French, and Spanish for control of lands west of the Mississippi.


Who would be the "discoverers" of the Indians and their lands, the United States or the European countries? We know the answer, of course, but in this book, Miller for the first time explains exactly how the United States achieved victory, not only on the ground, but also in the developing legal thought of the day. The American effort began with Thomas Jefferson's authorization of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which set out in 1803 to lay claim to the West. Lewis and Clark had several charges, among them the discovery of a Northwest Passage--a land route across the continent--in order to establish an American fur trade with China. In addition, the Corps of Northwestern Discovery, as the expedition was called, cataloged new plant and animal life, and performed detailed ethnographic research on the Indians they encountered. This fascinating book lays out how that ethnographic research became the legal basis for Indian removal practices implemented decades later, explaining how the Doctrine of Discovery became part of American law, as it still is today.


Miller analyzes the Doctrine of Discovery and shows how Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark expedition used that international legal doctrine to create Manifest Destiny – the idea that the United States would sweep across the North American continent.  This book grew out of Miller’s three year involvement with the Lewis & Clark anniversary as the representative of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and an advisor to the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.



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The Dance of Light and Shadow

By Ray Urbaniak  Abridged





80 Page Full Color Book

$14.95 + s/h


This book delves into recent discoveries of previously unrecorded Solstice, Equinox, and Cross Quarter Markers both petroglyph and horizon markers in Southwest Utah.  Also included are the first ever general guideline for identifying Solstice and Equinox markers.


How often do you look at a calendar or in other ways confirm the date?  Well, the Anasazi's preoccupation with the Sun should come as no surprise! Celestial event recording stone & horizon markers, including petroglyphs & pictographs, have been recognized around the world for a long time.  However, in 1977 when Anna Sofaer discovered an Anasazi "sun dagger" solstice marker at Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, interest in Native American Solstice markers in the United States skyrocketed!


When I moved to SW Utah in 2001 I discovered an exciting Summer Solstice Marker which involves 3 different shafts of light.  This could be the most thrilling Solstice Marker yet discovered in the United States.


The Anasazi of SW Utah (known as the Virgin River Anasazi, and more recently as Ancestral Puebloans) have left an exciting trail of bread crumbs which I have been following for the last 5 years.


This portion of my research delves into my discoveries of previously unrecorded Solstice, Equinox & Cross Quarter Markers both Petroglyph Markers and Horizon Markers in SW Utah Also included the first ever general guideline for identifying Solstice & Equinox Markers.  


Soft Cover, 80 pages, Full color photographs and illustrations. Published by Ray Urbaniak (2006) 0-9761737-1-9  $14.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling.








Big Medicine from Six Nations

Hot Springs, NC / New York State / National News:  Celebrated Iroquois / Tuscarora author and elder Ted Williams' long anticipated second book is now published by Syracuse University Press.  Williams' book, Big Medicine from Six Nations, recounts his lifelong engagement with traditional wisdom, spiritual knowledge, and his search for higher consciousness among the Six Nations of Iroquois.

Big Medicine from Six Nations is a series of reminiscences and essays by the late Ted Williams on the themes of "medicine" and mysticism as it weaves into daily life and especially his daily life growing up on the Tuscarora Reservation.  Williams intertwines the lore and lifeways of his Tuscarora upbringing.   He writes with an irreverence, irony and good humor that is unmistakably his own.  Colored by his wry wit, Big Medicine amply fulfills the promise of its title.  It offers a fascinating view of traditional and non-traditional medicine, ceremony, vision quest, spirits and the sacred teachings of the Great Law of the Great Peace.

Williams, who lived outside Hot Springs, NC, was also a celebrated Disc Golf player and won the title of World Disc Golf Champion, Senior Division ("The Legends") for the last five years of his life.  He died in September 2005, having just handed the last chapter of this book to his editor.  His first book, The Reservation (also published by Syracuse University Press), is a modern classic of Iroquois literature.  Debra Roberts, who lives in Weaverville, NC, was a long time friend of Ted and his wife, Diana, and spent over five years working with Ted, editing the book with him and later, posthumously.

Here is what two other authors have to say about Big Medicine from Six Nations:

"Big Medicine has a big heart. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom and wit, a tribute to the living legacy of Native peoples. Mark Twain would be envious of this book. Read it, savor it, your life will be enriched." --Kenneth Cohen, author of Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing

"I've been waiting over twenty years for this book . The Reservation (Williams' first book) is a touchstone of American Indian Literature.  Big Medicine from Six Nations is its companion piece . " (Eric Gansworth, author of Breathing the Monster Alive.)

Big Medicine is available locally at Malaprops Bookstore (Asheville) and also directly from Syracuse University Press (800) 365.8929.  Royalties from the book's sales benefit his widow, Diana Osborne Williams, and one of Ted and Diana's grandchildren.






The Tangled Web of Life

By Maxine Fulgham

The Tangled Web of Life
we weave, we ride, we work
Alone, we start alone we
travel alone we end alone
The Tangled Web of Life
goes on and on
Strands of Tangled Web
lines here, there everywhere
all around through out
our short Life alone
Alone we travel down and up
each branch of our personal
Tangled Web alone, here, there
everywhere striving always
striving to connect together
with other webs of Life
happiness awaits us all

The Tangled web of Life
waits for no one
One chance to make
it feel right through our
Personal Tangled Web of Life
Alone, alone Striving for
other Tangled Webs of Life
to Connect to Connect
for once we Connect
happiness awaits us

The Tangled Web of life
Connects, connects when
we work our way
through our personal
Tangled Web of Life
to just the Right ones
for once we connect, connect
Happiness awaits us All !!!


Picture: "Tangled Web We Weave"

Company creates Web site to find missing loved ones

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A new Internet site seeks to reunite American Indians with missing and unidentified loved ones.


Called "Missing from the Circle," the site is offered as a public service by Lamar Associates, a national firm that specializes in consulting for law enforcement and security in Indian Country.

President Walter Lamar says the hope is that, through Missing from the Circle, people will be able to complete their spiritual journey by reconnecting families.

The site has information about the person and includes photos and drawings of missing and unidentified people. There are some unidentified post-mortem pictures, that the site warns are disturbing and should not be viewed by children.

The repository is broken down with folders of juveniles and adult, males and females who are missing or unidentified.





Living with integrity means:

  • Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships.

  • Asking for what you want and need from others.

  • Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension.

  • Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.

  • Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.



Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.


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. 


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 - Standing Bear.  Greg Gilliham


Crossing Over...


Andrew “Andy” Moody, Johnson City, WV) 85, a Monacan Indian dropped his "robes" July 1, 2007. He was a lifelong resident of Johnson City and a veteran of the US Army serving in World War II in the 35th Combat Engineers Regiment and Battalion.  He received a Purple Heart. He was a faithful and longtime member of the Locust Street Church of Christ where he had served as a Deacon. Mr. Moody was in the construction business for many years. He was a well-known swimmer at the Legion Street pool for many years and had never met anyone who he was not friendly to. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  ~Helen RedWing 07-04-07

Tom Smith (Georgia) my brother, and brother-in-law went to be with Creator on May 1st. He is dancing with two legs, and singing. He is now happy to be whole again. He fought a hard battle, was a warrior!  My dear sister, Vicki, is doing ok, I spent a week with her, and I am so grateful for all the prayers for her and Tom. Tom had no life insurance, or any monetary value. Vicki is having a hard time financially. If there is anyone who would or could help her, it would be such a blessing to her.

Vicki's address is:  Vicki Smith, 905 Nashville Rd., Lakeland, FL. 33815  1-863-683-8707.  Even just a call with words of encouragement would bless her. She took very good care of Tom, and was there for him through it all. She has such a caring spirit. Again, I want to thank you and everyone involved in any prayer and ceremony for her and Tom.  My many blessings to you all! Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett 05-12-07


Billy Bob Walkabout (Uncasville, CT) passed on March 7, 2007. Billy was born into the Cherokee Nation on 31 March 1949 in Cherokee County Oklahoma.  Billy was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Legion of Valor and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.  Walkabout received the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, five Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. He was believed to be the most decorated Native American soldier of the Vietnam War, according to U.S. Department of Defense. ~Waynonaha


Harriet Nahanee (Canada) 72,  passed on February 24, 2007.  She was an aboriginal elder and Indian rights activist passed away shortly after being released from jail for protesting a court decision regarding Eagle Ridge Bluff.   ~Waynonaha


Clare Danielsson has been with us for so long and provided so much energy and possibilities for our minds to think on and our hands to work on that now, knowing she's not with us except in spirit is so hard to accept. Words can't say and hearts can't hold right now how much we're going to miss her. ~ Henrietta Wise  02-08-07


Esther Daniels (MO) funeral was February 8, 2007.  She is the loving mother of Manataka member Linda VanBibber.


Seth Big Crow (Rosebud, SD) 68, suffered heart failure. A Crazy Horse descendant, administrator of Lakota leader's estate, fought to protect ancestor's image.  "He took a very important stand for our people," said Ione Big Crow Miller, who lives in Sioux Falls. ~Elaine Nowell  01-19-07


Harry Fonseca (Santa Fe, NM) 59 year old artist Harry Fonseca, known for his colorful, contemporary interpretation of American Indian myths and images was of Maidu Indian, Hawaiian and Portuguese heritage.   Among Fonseca's best-known works is the Coyote series, started in 1979, which "resituates the culture hero (Coyote the Trickster) into contemporary settings.  01-04-07

Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...

Dobby Sommer (CA) I am honored to be in the Healing Basket.  More and more pain reminds me of the next surgery coming up and gratitude reminds me of the gift of being on this earth. What a Blessing that we are here Under The One Sky.Thank you for thinking of me.  Wakantanka Niya Waste Pelo  May The Great Holy Mystery Spirit Bless You!. ~Bear 07-04-07


Michael (Gainesville, FL) All prayers needed at this time.  Michael is going to have open heart surgery.  We need prayer fires and ceremony that you are led to take this to Creator.  Veterans Side of Shands Teaching Hospital. Please keep him and his close. Cindy his grown daughter and his 80 + mom and dad along with a younger brother.  Gram Selma 06-21-07


Francisco Leonidas (Phoenix, AZ) Please pray for the complete healing of my unborn son Leonidas. I pray that his heart and brain are healthy and whole and function perfectly in every capacity. i also pray that the amneocentisis test we had on 6/18 will reflect his perfect health and normal chromosones. I was told  yesterday that the cyst /fluid is not growing, but he is which is good, and that his kicking is a great sign of increased energy. Meet with a pediatric heart surgeon, one of the best in the world - Nicole 06-20-07 


On Sunday June 24 @ 1:30 am, I went into pre-mature labor, We went to the hospital and tried unsuccessfully to stop my contractions. @ 10am Francisco "Leo" Leonidas Laborin was born 6 weeks early @ 16 inches and 4lbs 11 oz. This corageous little lion, with premature lungs, let  out a few roars for his mommy and daddy. This precious angel passed 2 hours later. We and Leo's family got to hold, kiss, and talk to him as much as we needed. He was so perfect.  Thank you all for your prayers, Nicole



Helen RedWing Vinson (Tennessee)  RedWing developed a serious problem with her eyesight. " I have floaters like an octopus in my left eye.  My right eye lost some of its sight already, but nothing like this.  Graybeard Vinson  05-23-07


About 3 weeks ago I lost 80% of my vision due to eye hemorrhage.  I went back to eye doctor this past Wednesday He was well pleased with the healing of my eye told me to come back in 3 months. I know they gave the test and the shot in my eye but it was God who did the healing and gave knowledge to someone to make the medication to clear this up.. So I thanked the doctor but most of all I thank God and the sisters for the prayers.  Love  and Prayers RW


Robby Stamps (Tallahassee, FL) Terribly ill and bedridden for about a year with Lyme Disease and cannot tolerate conventional treatment and needs round-the-clock care. Please help. Visit  ~ Julie Maltagliati  05-15-07 


Isabel Stands Different McLaughlin (New York) Recovering second operation because a titanium plate in her throat would not let her breathe. Now they removed it. Has serious back problems, and anxiety. Many, many thanks to Manataka for all the prayers. Standing Bear 05-06-07

Jay King (West Virginia) (UPDATE) We took Jay to ER with stomach pain and difficulty breathing. Jay has heart problems and needs your prayers.  Ruth King 05-01-07


Wazi Nagi - Peg Wene (Arizona - formerly New Jersey) This kind and beautiful lady has maintained a long prayer list for many years. Now she needs prayer. Major nerve entrapment injuries in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal regions affecting the right shoulder, arm, hand, and lower right rib cage area.  She is self-employed as an herbalist and Reiki Master. She is an earth spirit walker and does spirit dancing.  Helen RedWing  04-29-07


David King (Nashville, Tennessee) Suffering from a head shot wound and depression.  We sing him Rainbow heart songs everyday.  I see the hand of the Creator working in our lives, but I could use help. I believe that your circle is good and wise. I see it in your words. Shanon Heart 04-28-07


Shannon Crossbear (Ojibwa - Red Lake, Minnesota) sister.  Lost her son Brian.  Youngest son now needs help.  Sending positive thoughts and prayers her way.  Let the cedar smoke blow a little longer towards the North just for her.  Night Sky Watcher Leach 04-27-07 


Cathy Halash (Michigan) I ask for smoke and prayers.  I lost another tooth, not a good sign for me as last time I lost teeth, I had a brain abcess.  My numbers for my immunodeficiencies have dropped about 300 points since the 2 units of blood last 9/06.  On the positive side, I usually end up needing blood transfusions due to some serious life threatening illness at least every 3 months so this is better. 04-27-07 

Sarah Sorensen (Utah) (UPDATE) Diagnosed with cancer. Well....a wonderful thing has happened. Sarah just recently went back for more tests and the doctors say her cancer is gone...disappeared! Thank you so much for everyone's prayers. Dave Hagstrom 04-26-07


Tommy Veal (Tennessee) Tommy is in a nursing home. He was able to come outside in a wheel chair and enjoy the beautiful weather and several friends that had come to visit with him. He asked that we thank everyone that had been offering prayers and smoke for him and I promised I would. He has also asked that as many of his friends as can, come and visit with him.
Posted by: Molly.  Helen RedWing 04-22-07


Jesse Devereaux, (Neosho, Missouri) 27, experiencing extreme legal and financial difficulties. ~Henrietta Eagle Star 04-19-07


Mark Devereaux, 25, For his welfare and peace. ~Henrietta Eagle Star 04-19-07


Gayle (Texas) Dying of cancer. Please offer prayers and smoke for her.  She is a wonderful lady and she always treated everyone with love and respect.   Wado for your prayers and love at this sad time.  MorningRain  04-05-07


Andrew Moody and Wife (Johnson City, Tennessee) Life threatening illnesses. Both had severe lung infections back in February and then prostate cancer.  Andy and his family have done much for the Monacan Nation.  Helen RedWing 04-03-07


Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett (GA) Suffering from severe yet undiagnosed symptoms.  Please pray for this wonderful mother, grandmother and Manataka member.  ~Lee Standing Bear 03/09-07


Margaret Jones - May I ask for prayer.   I have some things that I cannot carry by myself.  Thank you. 03-01-07




Birth Announcements


Benjamin Douglas Hill

May 20, 2007, 8 lb. 10 oz., 20.5" long  -- 18 hrs. labor 

Sarah, Benjamin, and Kevin are all doing well. Kevin didn't even faint!



Rene'e Marie Two Moon Walker Watts (Arkansas) Mother - Angel Watts, 21.  Rene'e was 8 lbs 12 oz , 19 1/2 inches long at birth on March 23, 2007 at 10:51 p.m..  She is 5th generation still standing of Walker Women . My grandmother, Mildred Dovie Marie Walker, is 84, my mother Kathrine Yvonne Walker, is 61 ,  I am Rhonda Marie Bear Arrow Woman Walker, 43.   The mother Angel Yvonne Walker Watts



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. 





Manataka Seeks Grant Writer

A wonderful lady who has experience and good spirit has volunteered to be a grant writer for Manataka.  We still need at least one more. 


MAIC has several worthwhile projects that are severely under-funded.  Two of the projects are of unique design and proven effectiveness.  For the past 10 years, all programs and services were self-funded by members and supporters and we have not applied for financial assistance.  The worthiness of these programs requires more funds than can realistically be provided by individual contributions.  Experienced grant writers please contact:  


Manataka Seeks Advisory Board Members

Elders approved a motion to establish an Advisory Board who will research and develop recommendations to the Elder Council.  MAIC specifically seeks educators, attorneys, accountants, business leaders and other professionals to join the MAIC Advisory Board.  Please contact:





The June meeting was held on the 23rd starting at 9:30 a.m., inside the Manataka Medicine Lodge at Bald Mountain Park in Hot Springs.  A quorum was established with all members present.  After prayer ceremony led by David Quiet Wind Furr, the Manataka sacred pipe was smoked.       



  • Elder Council Appointments - Three individuals were discussed.  Three individuals were nominated and approved by unanimous vote.  Decision awaits approval of the chair.

  • Report on Summer Gathering - Aztec Dancers ceremonies.

  • Event Ceremony Protocols - Ceremonies in the Sacred Circle to be led by Patty Blue Star.

  • Manataka invitation with US Congressional representatives.

  • Manataka trademark registration progress report.        

 Tabled Discussions and Motions:

  • MASELA (Manataka Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America) Project.  

  • Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center.

  • Elder Council Organization  

  • Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy

Approved Motions: 

  • The July Spirit Keeper Award will be given to ____________ for exemplary service. 

Rejected Motions:




Jorge Ortega, Dallas, TX



Next meeting to be held July 15, 2007 starting at 9 a.m.


Meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.


A detailed report was delivered during the regular membership meeting held on the same date. 




NOTICE 1:    ELDER COUNCIL POSITIONS FILLED:  A formal announcement of election of three members and induction ceremonies will be held during the Summer Gathering.  


NOTICE 2:     ELDER COUNCIL ADVISORY BOARD:  We are excepting nominations for five (5) positions on the Elder Council Advisory Board.  We are specifically looking for candidates in these fields:  Accounting, Business, Education, Law and Social Services.  Positions are not limited only to these fields.  Members are expected to donate 5-10 hours per month. Members of the Advisory Board are paid a stipend and travel expense to annual meetings.  


NOTICE 3:    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 4:    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.  The Spring Encampment will be held April 13 -15 in 2007.


NOTICE 5:    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.  15 - 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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MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Burnett, Georgia

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Grandmother Selma, Florida

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Magdala Ramirez, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Helen Red Wing Vinson, Tennessee

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas

Waynonaha Two Worlds


Susan Bates, Missouri

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire 

Valerie Eagle Heart

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

John James, Arkansas

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Elaine Nowell, Mississippi / Arkansas

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

Linda VanBibber, Missouri




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