Manataka American Indian Council                                        Volume XI  Issue 06  JUNE  2007


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 



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







Hill & Holler: Learning How To Be In Balance


History: Forgotten Founders



Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather LeBeau Speaks:

The Long Road Home

Energy is the life force of all beings


Elder's Meditations: John Peters (Slow Turtle), Wampanoag


Women's Circle: Incredible injustice for indigenous women


Women's Council: Circle of Friendship


Diet Watch: Nine Quick Tips for Healthier Cooking



Book Reviews:

Native America, Discovered and Conquered

Anasazi of SW Utah

Big Medicine from Six Nations


Poetry Circle:

Blood Red Sky

Pure as Gold


Inspirational Thought:: Ripples in the Water


Healing Prayer Basket: Pray Heals -- For Real!


Manataka  Business: New Appointments - Successful Application





By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country

  Learning How To Be In Balance

We are living in a world that is spinning out of control. Everywhere you look, senseless violence is bringing misery and death to innocent people. I know from learning my own Creation stories that there has always been violence in this world, but the level of insanity seems to be increasing at an alarming rate.

We have become "strange, misshapen creatures." Our diets and lifestyles have made many of us fat and unhealthy. Television, video games and the internet have isolated us and has led a breakdown in society. Terrible "plagues" have come upon us. How many of you know someone with fibromyalgia, autism, ADD, or cancer?

I believe that this is largely due to people being "out of balance" with the world and each other. From the Beginning Creator taught each tribe of man how he should live. And in the beginning, we were all tribal people. We were given ceremonies to keep us balanced and to heal us when we did something "wrong" which made us sick. Our ceremonies honored each stage of life and every person was a valued member of his society. But as each indigenous culture was destroyed, our ceremonies were virtually lost. This was how the Conquerors were able to defeat us.

Our ceremonies were our Power. They kept us from believing the lies we were told. A long time ago, the People knew about the lies but went along with them so they would be allowed to live. But they still remembered their own ceremonies and teachings and practiced them in private. As generations passed, the old ways were forgotten and now a vast majority of our People have become the same as their oppressors.

We are at the end of a 26,000 year cycle and are entering into a new world. It is time now for us to go back to our own teachings and ceremonies so that we may be in balance and ready for what lies ahead.
But how can we get back in balance if we are no longer part of a traditional group that practices the ceremonies and remembers the ways?

Here are five areas that each of us can work
on to help ourselves get back into balance.

1. Be in harmony with your environment.
There is a commercial out now that pretty well sums up how disconnected people are from the Natural World. A happy family is reveling in the fact that the poison they used on their immaculately manicured lawn killed all the dandelions. "We hate dandelions" they chortle. But the lowly dandelion is a wonderful healing herb and is used to cleanse the blood and liver.. They destroyed the natural balance to obtain "perfection." And how many times have you heard people complain because it was going to rain and ruin their weekend plans or their hairstyle? Water is life. Without it we are all doomed. We have become too important in our own minds.

2. Be at peace with your circumstances. This isn't always easy, especially when faced with illness or one of the many storms of life we all encounter. But understanding that everything happens the way it is supposed to, even though it might not feel like it at the time, allows us to face any situation with a calmness which comes from knowing we are part of Creator and can never be separated from him.

3. Be content with the day. Count blessings instead of wishing for more or different outcomes. Tomorrow brings another chance. Worry, jealousy and fear cause chemical changes within our cells that lead to physical, emotional and mental breakdown. You don't have to let it happen.

4. Rid yourself of anger. Anger is an acid that destroys the vessel that contains it. Remember, all things will balance out in the end. If someone hurts you, the Universe will handle it. If you don't get the job, a better one is on the way.

5. Be free from anxiety. This is a hard one for most of us. It is easy to say we trust in Creator, but it is hard sometimes to let go of old fears and doubts. Learn to meditate. There are lots of exercises which you can learn to do which will help. There a millions of people in this country alone who take drugs for depression and anxiety. Learning to be in balance would save lots of money and much needless suffering.

There is a wonderful world waiting to be born. It is time to separate from the old thoughts and actions that lead to misery and suffering. But each of us has to make that journey on our own. Reach for the Light! You won't be sorry.


It had been Nashibitti who had taught Leaphorn the words and legends of the Blessing Way, taught him what the Holy People had told the Earth Surface People about how to live, taught him the lessons of the Changing Woman - that the only goal for man was beauty, and that beauty was found only in harmony, and that this harmony of nature was a matter of dazzling complexity.
"When the dung beetle moves, Hasten Nashbitti had told him, "know that something has moved it. And know that its movement affects the flight of the sparrow, and that the raven deflects the eagle from the sky, and that the eagle's stiff wing bends the will of the Wind People, and know that all of this affects you and me, and the flea on the prairie dog and the leaf on the cottonwood."
--Tony Hillerman in Dance Hall Of The Dead








Forgotten Founders
Bruce E. Johansen
Review by Mary Frances Stotler

American Indians, particularly those of the Iroquois Confederation, provided the founding fathers with many of the principles upon which American democracy is based.


The contact of influential statesmen with the Iroquois nations, as well as the statesmen's participation in several treaties under the Great Law of Peace, created a distinct American political philosophy. This new way of governing had its roots in both European and American Indian cultures, making American government a truly unique mixture. While most people recognize the European heritage in modern American government, the Indian influence is usually overlooked. Of America's ties to the American Indians Johansen says, "In so far as the nation still bears these marks of its birth, we are all 'Indians' - if not in our blood, then in the thinking that to this day shapes many of our political and social assumptions".

Although American Indians did not attempt to "indoctrinate" British and other European settlers into their culture or train them in their way of life, cultural exchange did occur. Johansen begins by pointing out relics of American Indian culture present in American society today; nearly half of modern American agriculture products are of American Indian descent and over half of the states in the Union bear Indian names.


Ethnocentrism of many historians combined with the eventual domination and subjugation of American Indians in years following the American Revolution have suppressed the legacy of American Indian contributions to post-revolutionary American life. Felix Cohen, a historian and a contemporary of Benjamin Franklin, is quoted in the book as saying, "see that in agriculture, in government, in sport, in education, and in our views of nature and our fellow men, it is the first Americans who have taken captive their battlefield conquerors". Early American settlers absorbed much of Indian culture and incorporated it into structures and institutions that would provide for its propagation to future generations.






Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. - Seven Hawks

The Long Road Home

As we travel the long road to our final destination, we often times feel that life is not quite fair. 


I once heard someone say, "I felt sorry for myself because my feet hurt all the time but when I met a man who had no feet, my feeling of self pity changed and I was able to endure the pain more easily".


With all the pain-causing problems in the world today, most of us will at one time or another be effected. Whether it is sickness such as the flu or an infection of some sort, we are all vulnerable unless we take the necessary precautions.


Old age is an enemy that will visit us all sooner or later and with this enemy comes failing body parts. The heart, lungs, the eyes and even our hearing will be effected as they show the wear of aging. We soon realize that our life is coming to it's end.


How have we used the time Creator gave us while here on our Mother Earth?


It is not the quantity but rather the quality that we should keep in  mind. How have I treated others? Have I made a good name with the creator? When we cross that great river, will we hear the words,


"You have done well my son, now you can rest! I pray every day for our brothers and sisters, especially our Elders who work hard teaching us the things we need to know. May you all have peace.


A'Ho Hawk With Seven Eyes.

Mitakuye,Oyasin,   ta-wa-do-gi




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



Energy is the life force of all beings


I have many messages sent to me from the Warriors of Old in dreamtime and other ways from the spiritual realm.  I thought that you might be interested in considering communicating with us as we continue to work to heal our environments in nature.  Sealing the holes dug into Mother Earth where her spirit has mentioned to seal her bleeding heart energy. 


This energy is the life force of all beings upon her.  This energy gives us our bodies the electrical magnetic energy charge, our spirit to be survive on the surface of Mother Earth.  This life force she shares with all of the living things in creation.  She is charged and blessed by the Great Spirit, the Sun, through our Sacred Sites. 


Our Creator, our Father, our Mother the Earth has sent a voice in dreams and instructions to heal the environment before the great shift takes place that is upon us at this time.  The power of the Great Spirit within the Sun will increase as we move towards the 2012 time date for purification.  Where ever the holes are in the surface is where the many serpents will rise from the underworld and fix all what does not get fix or sealed by us.  We can soften the blow to nature that is coming.


This means every last hole that has been dug or cut into our Mother.  The holes cuts in roads, pipe lines etc and under the houses, casinos, high rise buildings, you name it, is where they the serpents will arrive and fix in the near future.  If we have not followed the Earth Protocols of the Indigenous Wisdom's when cutting or digging holes in her body, those will pay a price in the neighbor hoods or homelands they live. 


It has been mentioned that those of us who consider what to do to fix our areas where we live will be all right in the days ahead.  Those that do not move to heal those holes in her and fixed the re purify the Earth, Wind, Fire and Water with our creation ceremonies will be in trouble.  Healing all that has been imprinted with negative actions can and will be purified and cleansed by Mother Earth or us.


She is giving us time to do this and to consider doing this as soon as possible we do not have much time left.  This means all nations who are asleep at the wheel and do nothing but talk peace will not have peace if they do not take into consideration some of the messages that have been sent to help our families and relatives of all Nations.  The many messages say that all cultures are children of Mother Earth and no matter what their ancestors have done in the past they and we are to be forgiven, clearing all what has happened:  No one to blame but us in our thoughts and actions that have been passed down from our ancestor's actions.  Either in Positive or Negative actions of all Nations for what has happened to Mother Earth and us.  Now is the time to move forward getting over what took place in the past, present and coming into peace for the future depends upon our actions, immediately.


Considering how we as Tribal Nations can heal and share our wisdom's and healing ceremonies teaching those what peace represents.  Just as many of our ancestors have done before many forgot and went to warring with one another.  Many of those White, Black, Yellow and even the Red Nations will not change the messages say.  Many will suffer the consequences of their actions not coming into peace.  Many will perish by the Sword of their own souls actions and thoughts. The Great Spirit and Mother Earth are working together in over time doing so much work to help many of us remember peace and the ways of our ancestors.  Because the love us so much. The Great Spirit has mandated peace, including Mother Earth they are working for their children us, all nations.  She sends messages for us to consider that she Shares the Winds, Waters, Mountains, Valleys, trees, flowers, animals all things and ask what has happened to us?  Where has our sharing attitudes gone.  We can re-educate many sacred actions and in doing so we can re-educate the White, Black, Yellow, Red and Brown Nations of the wisdom and knowledge needed for peace we carry as Indigenous Nations. 


This is prophecy; it is not to late to protect our families from the great purification that is happening right in front of our eyes around the world and here in the America's.  This is a time of peace in our hearts healing our many differences in all Nations.  Turning our backs around from each other and now facing each other looking into each and every-ones eyes in relieving the past injustices that many have done to each other, including us as Indigenous Nations.  No one is exempt in these actions of all our Nations Ancestors that took place in the past to survive.  I ask that many of our sisters and brothers of all Nations will send a message to their hearts of this wisdom for peace within all nations in our areas. Helping our children heal from the last seven generations of anger and hate that has happened in the last seven generations of Nations.  The many messages say then we will clear the way for our children for the next seven generations in purity. 


As we move forward working together healing our homelands supporting one another in coming out of the darkness and joining the healing ceremonies remembering what we can do in our areas, supporting one another. We as Indigenous Nations have the power to recreate Mother Nature and restore harmony healing the problems done to our sacred sites that hold the life force together for all living things.  We have the creation stories and ceremonies to do this. Blessings are to you and your families. May we heal all that is and walk in the beauty Mother Earth, for she will restore for us all that we ask we shall receive when we do the ceremonies in peace with all cultures and nations.  Again many blessings to you...thank you for you time and consideration on these messages I have Spoken about.  Blessings be Ours.


Check These Websites for Further Information on Ceremonies: -





No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



An American Indian boy and his father were in a mall for the first time in their lives.  They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that moved apart and slid back together again. 


The boy asked, "What is this, Father?"  The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is."

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button.

The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room.  The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially.

They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.

Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blonde stepped out.

The father said quietly to his son... "Go get your Mother."



"If people are going to get back into balance, one of the things they have to do is seek the truth. They have to start really speaking the truth themselves, and that's a difficult thing to do. The way it is now in the world, we don't mind lying."  -John Peters (Slow Turtle), Wampanoag



Well, everybody's doing it. Do unto others before they do unto you. If it wasn't for bad luck, I would have no luck at all. These are excuses and rationalizations for giving up accountability. Be true to yourself. Seek the truth.  The Great Spirit is the truth. The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. We cannot be free if we are dishonest nor can we live a balanced life if we are dishonest. As we grow,

we need to start taking stands. All warriors take stands. The warriors belief is constantly being aligned to truth. The warrior will always know where he/she stands.


Great Spirit,

help me today

to seek Your truth,

not my truth.


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.) 


June 02

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

June 15-17 Turpentine Creek Powwow, Eureaka Springs, AR
June 22-24 Manataka American Indian Summer Gathering, Bald Mountain Park, Hot Springs

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!





Incredible injustice for indigenous women


by: Editors Report / Indian Country Today  April 27, 2007



In many creation stories, a woman was the first being to walk Mother Earth. In honor and reverence of this first woman, all matters of import were bestowed upon her daughters and granddaughters. Throughout history, indigenous women bore and supported life, tended to sustenance and medicines, brought forth leaders and themselves led nations. And so it is a sorrowful time, then, when we are confronted with painful reminders of a long history of the subjugation of indigenous peoples by systematically degrading women.

''From the oldest to the youngest, Native women are disrespected and treated in the most humiliating fashion, living and dying without justice or the knowledge that their granddaughters will live free of the violence they experienced.'' This passage, taken from testimony by Sacred Circle on the Violence Against Women Act, helps breathe life into the devastating statistics at the center of a groundbreaking report on violence against indigenous women.

Amnesty International's 113-page report, ''Maze of Injustice - The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA,'' released April 24, asserts that the U.S. government has ''created a complex maze of tribal, state and federal jurisdictions that often allows perpetrators to rape with impunity,'' and that these crimes are ''compounded by failures at every level of the justice system.'' American Indian and Alaska Native women are nearly three times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. According to the Department of Justice, nearly 90 percent of the reported cases of rapes and sexual assault of Native women are committed by non-Native men. It is a staggering legacy for women to ''fully expect to be raped,'' as one elder stated in the report, because they are Indian.

The report contains interviews with courageous survivors and advocates, including stories of abuse and injustice so vivid, the mind does not want to believe they are true. Each story illustrates why so many survivors describe their experiences seeking justice as being raped ''all over again.'' Incompetent medical personnel, non-responsive or slow-moving law enforcement, conflicting jurisdictions and underlying racism that affects court proceedings are common obstacles.

The U.S. government's chronic underfunding of tribal justice systems has critically undermined efforts to protect Native women from this terrible fate. The federal government's ''official indifference'' remains a major contributor to the marginalization and dehumanization of indigenous women. If any shame is due, it is to the United States for allowing this ethnic terrorism to persist.

We must resist silence and the notion that sexual violence is a private matter to be buried and if possible, forgotten. ''What we don't acknowledge, we carry with us,'' said Denise Morris of the Alaska Native Justice Center at the report launch in Washington, D.C. Because of the stigma carried by survivors, rape and sexual assault against Indian women is an insidious weapon - one act of violence can poison generations of families. The cycle of violence and silence must end; let this report be an impetus for conversations in families, communities and national organizations.

It is an uphill battle, but there is hope and meaningful help. Among the many individuals and outreach organizations providing support for women and communities are Clan Star Inc.; Sacred Circle National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women, a project of Pine Ridge's Cangleska Inc.; Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project; and the National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence Against Women. These campaigns helped improve VAWA. A new version was reauthorized in 2005 and included a Tribal Title (Title IX) for the first time, a historic recognition by the federal government of the perpetration of violence against Native women. It is not a solution, but nonetheless an instrument of change.

Increasing the safety of Indian women has been a priority of these groups, and we salute their continuing efforts. But it is the brave women who shared their stories of survival, frustration and determination for ''Maze of Injustice'' who deserve Indian country's highest praise. They spoke with dignity for themselves and for the countless other women who could not: a few speaking out for the many.

Indigenous peoples cannot erase the past; instead, we must fight to ensure our future generations of women are safe, respected and free from violence. To honor our first woman, we must protect the next ones.






Nine Quick Tips for Healthier Cooking

Provided by
By Rachel Meltzer


Stocked up on leafy greens? Super -- did you know that sautéing them in a bit of olive oil instead of steaming them will help you absorb up to five times as much of the vision-protecting antioxidant beta-carotene?


Buying healthy food is just the first step toward a better diet; preparing it correctly can make or break your nutrient bank. Keep reading for even more surprising nutrition-enhancing prep tips.

1. Fire Up Heart Protection: Heating lycopene-rich tomatoes instigates a chemical change that makes the heart-healthy nutrient much easier for your body to absorb. Try halving Roma tomatoes lengthwise; arrange on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Broil for 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly shriveled. Adding canned crushed tomatoes or tomato paste to recipes works, too. (They were heated during processing.)

2. Maximize Cancer Prevention: High temperatures destroy allinase, garlic's most important cancer-fighting and immunity-boosting enzyme. After chopping, let crushed garlic stand for about 10 to 15 minutes before adding it to a sizzling pan. This allows the pungent herb to generate compounds that blunt the damaging effects of heat, report scientists at Pennsylvania State University and the National Cancer Institute.

No time to spare? You can always enjoy raw garlic. We love rubbing it on toasted bread and topping it with chopped tomato and onion and a dash of olive oil for a simple bruschetta.

3. Get 10 Times the Iron: Cooking with tomatoes, apples or lemons? Heat acidic foods like these in a cast-iron pot or skillet to spike the amount of the energy-boosting iron you absorb by more than 2,000 percent, suggests a Texas Tech University study.

"Some iron from the skillet leaches into the food, but the particles are small enough that you won't be able to see or taste them -- and it's perfectly safe," says Cynthia Sass, RD, MPH, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Bonus tip: You don't have to pull out a pan; coupling certain iron-rich foods with high-acid ones gives a tenfold boost to your iron absorption. "While the iron in red meat is easily absorbed on its own, the type of iron found in beans, grains, and veggies isn't," Sass says.

When making a spinach salad, toss in mango slices to increase the iron payoff. Other healthy combos include beans and tomato sauce or cereal and strawberries.

4. Strengthen Eyes and Bones: Adding avocado, olive oil, nuts, olives, or another healthy fat source to red, green, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies increases the amount of fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, E, and K. These nutrients boost vision, improve immunity, and protect against stroke and osteoporosis, respectively.

"Fat acts as a transporter for them," explains Sass. The same strategy works for carotenoids, the compounds that give tomatoes and carrots their bright hues. Proof: A recent study from the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center found that men and women who ate salsa containing chunks of avocado absorbed 4.4 times as much lycopene and 2.6 times as much beta-carotene than those who enjoyed plain salsa.

5. Stock Up on Calcium: If you're preparing homemade chicken soup, it's smart to add a hint of lemon juice, vinegar or tomato to the mix. Pairing a slightly acidic broth with on-the-bone chicken can up the soup's calcium content by 64 percent, according to researchers at Harvard University and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. (This stock dissolves the bone's calcium more easily than a nonacidic one would.)

Bonus tip: Other research that was referenced in the Harvard/Beth Israel study has shown that slathering spareribs with an acidic vinegar-based barbecue sauce will dramatically increase the calcium content.





No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.





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.



List Price: $49.95 (UK Sterling: £27.95)

Sale Price: $45.95







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.






Blood Red Sky

Morten Wolf Storeide




The Spirit sang to me and told me to look

What colour the sky was painted in


This night is was red as blood

And there was not a sound to hear


I fell down on my knees

And asked him: What can I do?


Gentle he blew a warm wind in my face

And said; you know the way to go


Seek inside on the hidden path

That leads to the centre of your heart


From each direction a key will come

Use them and then you will be home


Once again the circle will be unbroken

And let the words of Thunderbird be spoken


I looked up again on the blood red sky

And the horizon was filled with spirits


They said goodbye and was ready to go

The sky was red and full of love



Pure as gold


The circle have long been dark

Like a mirror of humans inner life


Time has come to once again

Let the circle glow


With the sound of the drums

And the fire of the four


Torches once again will

Lit the fire of the circle


Even behind the darkest shield

There is a heart of pure gold


The song of love

Will once again fill the sky


And the heartbeat of Mother Earth

Will roar like thunder








Grandfather took me to a fish pond when I was about seven, and he told me to throw a stone into the water. He said, "Pay close attention to the circles created by the stone." Then he asked me to think of myself as a stone person.


"You will create lots of splashes on the universal pond of life," he said, "and the waves created by those splashes will disturb the peace of Mother Earth and all her creatures."


"Remember always that you are responsible for the circles you make -- your circles will also touch many other circles. It is best to live in a way that allows the good that comes from your circles to send the peace of that goodness to others. Also remember that the splash which comes from anger or jealousy will send ripples of those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both."


~Ogalala Sioux wisdom story


~Submitted by Sheri AWI ANIDA WAYA Burnett





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...


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...

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


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 


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


Carmen (Vermont)  My sister needs spiritual assistance urgently.  On Sunday morning in VT, Carmen's ex-husband broke into her house and beat her with a bat and poured lye on her.  She has burns on 70% of her body.  She is fighting for her life in Brigham Hospital in Boston.  She has two daughters, 13 and 15, who were there when it happened and were brave and strong. Please, pray for Carmen.  Please send Carmen light, love, strength and please pray for me and my family.  ~Kesstan 06-12-07

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, anxiety and depression. 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


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


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


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


Bernard Harrison Belvin. Jr. (Houston, TX) Bernard is 47 years old and a co-coordinator in local hospital after being a RN for several years He has never married.  Serious illness requires your prayers.  Red Wing  02-27-07  


Christine Corbin, 36 just had 13 tumors removed larynx and Thyroid  glands she has been deaf both ears since she was 4 years old.  Thanks for the prayers the Creator still heals.  Red Wing  02-27-07


Lila Standing Tall Weeks (Hudson, WS) is doing better now with her affliction.  I just want to say thank you for putting her in your prayers. Autumn Sundman 02-23-07


Tom Smith (GA) My sister, Vicki's fiancé, 58, is now going thru the last stages of lung cancer. He is on oxygen.  I believe Creator has plans for him. I know he is scared, but very good spirits.  Keep him and my sister, Vicki in your prayers, please.  Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett 02-19-07


Brenda.  I have a prayer request for a very dear friend who went to the hospital yesterday with chest pains. This is a wonderful person who has helped so many people out and blessed so many of our Native children. Please send this out for her healing.  We thank you for the miracle of Brenda's healing.  ~Sharon Sun Eagle  02-03-07

Patty Blue Star Speaks Burdette (Hot Springs, AR) A Shawnee Elder of the Manataka Elder Council, suffering from heart and leg ailments. This unselfish loving woman needs all the prayer and support that she can get at this troubling time so that she may be able to continue with efforts for Manataka.  Patty also has suffered from the deaths of two aunts that were quite close to her.  Please remember her in your prayers.   Please pray for the healing of our blessed friend and teacher who is recovering from painful and debilitating surgery on her legs.  ~Amanda & Becky Moore 02-15-07


Esther Marie Daniels (MO) My mother, Esther Marie Daniels, is returning to spirit this week.  Please pray for her safe and joyful passage.  Thank for your prayers.  Manataka has blessed me in so many ways. ~Linda VanBibber 02-02-07





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 May meeting was held on the 20th starting at 9:30 a.m., a quorum was established with one member, David Quite Wind Furr absent.       



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

  • Report on Fall Gathering - Aztec Dancers to perform ceremonies during Summer 2007 Gathering.  Volunteers are needed to fill various positions.

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

  • Manataka is invited to a meeting with US Congressional representatives.  An agenda will be developed by the chair and secretary.

  • Manataka successfully completed requirements for trade / service mark application.       

 Tabled Discussions and Motions:

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

  • Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center.

  • Elder Council Organization  

  • Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy

Approved Motions: 

  • The Spirit Keeper Award is to be bestowed on David Quiet Wind Furr and Lloyd Marrow at the June Gathering for exemplary service. 

Rejected Motions:







Next meeting to be held June 17, 2007 starting at 9 a.m.


Meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.


A detailed report was delivered during the regular membership meeting held on the same date.  A sufficient number of members volunteered for service during the Gathering.




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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Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476


Lee Standing Bear Moore

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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