Manataka American Indian Council                                        Volume XI  Issue 04  APRIL-MAY 2007


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 



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







Hill & Holler: Feds Break Up Apache Ceremony


History: The Thirteen Towers of Chankillo



Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather LeBeau Speaks:

Electronic Babysitters

Lake Shastina Ceremonial Gathering


Elder's Meditations: Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki


Women's Circle: The Better Bread Maker


Women's Council: Understanding & Practicing Positive Energy


Diet Watch: Honey Heals Your Wounds



Book Reviews:

Anasazi of Southwest Utah

Native America, Discovered and Conquered


Poetry Circle: An Indian Prayer


Inspirational Thoughts:: Self-Love


Healing Prayer Basket: Harriet Nahanee and Billy Bob Walkabout


Manataka  Business: Announcements, Council Meeting, Notices





By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country


Feds Break Up Apache Ceremony - Take Eagle Feathers

Robert Soto is a Lipan Apache as well as a Christian minister. His People have lived in Texas for hundreds of years. At the time of the Pueblo revolt of 1680, the Lipan were recognized as a separate tribe who rode horses and today are considered the founders of the "Plains Indians". 


Some of the Lipan Apache fled to Mexico where they have remained to this day thus escaping reservation life. Some, such as Robert's People, blended in with their surroundings and maintained their identity while living near white settlements in Texas, while others of the Lipan were sent to reservations in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

While not BIA recognized. this band, as well as the Soto family, have received numerous honors from the state of Texas and local community in the form of Proclamations recognizing who they are as a People and their contribution to society.

Every year this band of Lipan Apaches holds their Nde Daa Pow wow which means the People Spring Powwow. Family and friends from far and wide, including many friendly Federal Agents, attend and enjoy this happy time together. But this year something went wrong.

During the ceremony, one of the Lipan Warriors was called out of the Circle by a man claiming to be a Federal Agent. After much arguing the agent finally produced a badge and before it was over, Robert Soto's bustle of 40 year old eagle feathers and the roach he was wearing in his hair, were confiscated.

To our People, the Circle is Sacred.  We pray with our Feathers and they are as sacred to us as any other religious item is to anybody else. But we are still not allowed to possess these sacred items unless we can document that we are Federal BIA Indians and fill out reams of paper work.  Not all bands and tribes surrendered to the White Aggressors. Some of us still haven't. We will never be BIA recognized. That is good. But we will never "legally" be able to possess our sacred feathers.

I have gotten several emails recently condemning me for my disapproval of the Missouri Bill which would make Christianity the "Official" religion of this state.


One woman told me she was tired of minorities watering down her religion. She should try standing at the bottom of the dung heap with the "Real People." Then she might understand religious persecution.  Robert Soto and his People will pay fines and lawyer costs and spend months, if not years, tied up in the legal system, while the rest of the People will risk the same fate every time we gather to worship. As it stands now, religious freedom is not granted to everyone in this country - at least not to those who had it stolen from them.








Towers point to ancient Sun cult



The oldest solar observatory in the Americas has been found, suggesting the existence of early, sophisticated Sun cults, scientists report.



It comprises of a group of 2,300-year-old structures, known as the Thirteen Towers, which are found in the Chankillo archaeological site, Peru.


The towers span the annual rising and setting arcs of the Sun, providing a solar calendar to mark special dates.


The study is published in the journal Science.


Clive Ruggles, professor of archaeoastronomy at Leicester University, UK, said: "These towers have been known to exist for a century or so. It seems extraordinary that nobody really recognised them for what they were for so long.


"I was gobsmacked when I saw them for the first time - the array of towers covers the entire solar arc."


The Thirteen Towers of Chankillo run from north to south along the ridge of a low hill within the site; they are relatively well-preserved and each has a pair of inset staircases leading to the summit.


The rectangular structures, between 75 and 125 square metres (807-1,345 sq ft) in size, and are regularly spaced - forming a "toothed" horizon with narrow gaps at regular intervals.


About 230m (750ft) to the east and west are what scientists believe to be two observation points. From these vantages, the 300m- (1,000ft-) long spread of the towers along the horizon corresponds very closely to the rising and setting positions of the Sun over the year.






Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. - Seven Hawks

Electronic Babysitters


Several years ago I read an article in the local newspaper regarding the use of the television for the purpose of keeping children busy while the parents were pre-occupied with what they "think" is more important than the welfare of their children.


Now with the 'Age of Computers' and all the electronic games, we have yet another way to occupy the time of our dear young ones. Our children are the future of this country!


Those of us who live in a free society and are able to afford such luxuries as televisions and computers, need to monitor the time spent by our children on these thieves. Yes, I call them thieves because they steal our children's time.


We needed the guidance of our parents while growing up and now our children need our help in the same way. With this new computer age, all to often parents do not understand the dangers of, 'On-line Social Networks, The Dark Side of Cyberspace, or The Internet in general; Some parents would be horrified and even embarrassed to learn what type of information our children post on these web sites.


Children are likened to the soft clay on a potters wheel being molded constantly by someone other then the parents. While televisions and computers have their good points, they sometimes contain bad influence on all of us.


My great grandson, Daniel Winter Hawk Hoffman is just six years old and knows as much if not more then I when it comes to computers. Let each one of us keep strict watch on the activities of our young ones, not to hamper them but to protect them from would be predators and the bad influence of these electronic babysitters.

©Copyright 2006 by Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. ~Seven Hawks




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


Those who are Ready to Change the World Gather at Mount Shasta Area, California


Let us unite our divine power to make our reunion with our Star Nations and friends happen as soon as possible. As below so above, as on the center, the surface, near Mt. Shasta, California and Lake Tahoe, Nevada:  Mother Gaia will not wait when her time comes to ascend. We ask many to consider joining us you fellow sisters and brother, the surface dwellers to consider ascending with her when she is called.   As we unite our divine power we welcome our fellow brothers and sisters, friends and relatives as we unite in ONENESS.


We will increase our consciousness on all levels and with the help of American Native Elders we will transform the forces that are damaging our electromagnetic fields. Let us work within the duality of the union in perfect harmony the male/female energy, the power within, utilizing this power in high vibration bringing Peace and Joy to Mother Earth.


We’ll visit Mount Shasta Portals, tune into Nature, and attend a purification ceremony. Gathering at the Stewart Mineral Hot Springs; A Native American Purification Sweat Lodge Ceremony early on the morning of March 31, 2007.  We’ll gather at 10 a.m. on 1st April 2007 in the Conference room at Stewart Mineral Springs, 4617 Stewart Springs Road, Weed, CA 96094, Ph.: 530-938-2222.


We will gather on top of Mt. Shastina at 4:00 A.M., in the early morning hours on April 1st, 2007.  Greeting the Morningstar, the Christ Consciousness Energy, the life force of the Great Spirit, utilizing this power to put our prayers and intentions into the sacred fire.  As our prayers are offered to the rainbows within the fire, we will offer many, many prayers for Mother Earth’s Electrical Magnetic Energies that are out of balance. This is the purpose of the sacred fire, when the sunrises with golden rays of the rainbows.   The hundreds or thousand of prayer that everyone helps add into the fire, using their thoughts is now imprinted into the fire.  The prayers are then released into the light of the Great Spirits Life Force and are heard by the Creator, the Great Spirit and Mother Earth in the Golden Reflection of the rainbows colors in light.  Keep in mind that this is part of the Indigenous Protocols Earth wisdom, Earth Knowledge helping bring the blessings that we intend to bring into manifestation. 


Suggested tax-deductible love donations are needed to help support this Ceremonial Gathering.  We welcomed donations from those that consider helping us as we help you and your families.  Keep in mind we are all related on Earth to all life forms.  For what we are made of is what all things are made from, called Mother Earth.  The elements in the nutrients is what the trees, animals, water, air, land, birds, microorganisms are made from.  This is why we are all related to all things on Mother Earth no matter what color what or we we look like. Thank You…Please contact Viviana, Marshal or myself, BlueThunder at the following numbers or websites. 



Viviana Siddlu Vid

(415) 233-2143 –



No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



A Shoshone Indian was herding his herd in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.  The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses, and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the Shoshone guy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

The Indian looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?" 


The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his AT&T cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.  Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored.  He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC-connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.  Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and turns to the Indian guy and says, "You have exactly 1586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the Shoshone.  He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the Indian says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're a consultant for the government." says the Shoshone guy.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answered the Indian. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked; and you don't know anything about my business........ Now give me back my damn dog."


Submitted by Julie Maltagliati




"In our language there is no word to say inferior or superiority or equality because we are equal; it's a known fact. But life has become very complicated

since the newcomers came here. And how does your spirit react to it?...It's painful. You have to be strong to walk through the storm. I know I'm a bridge between two worlds. All I ask is for people to wash their feet before they try to walk on me." -Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki



For native people who speak their language, English can be very confusing. Many times you cannot express in English the true meaning of Indian words. When we hear something in English we sometimes react or our spirit reacts. Sometimes we need to use English words out of order to express our true meanings. We need to be patient and pray. Living in two worlds can be difficult. Life is painful sometimes. The pain of life is where the lessons are learned.


Creator, let me

learn the

lessons You

have taught

my people.

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.) 


April 7

Meeting will be held at Gulpha Gorge Space # 7

Program: The Secret--Understanding & Practicing Positive Energy--Ceremonial Fans (Last chance to work on fans as a group)--We will be placing an order for fringe and other supplies for shawls, please bring your money.


May 5

Meeting will be held at Gulpha Gorge Space # 7

Program: The Sacred Spiral and Dancing the Grouse Dance--We will begin working on Shawls


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!









One day two young girls, Judy and Laura, and a kindly old neighbor lady, Helen were in the kitchen at the girls house visiting when they began talking about their house, doing chores and cooking.


When the subject of making homemade bread came up, the two young girls said they had an automatic bread machine and they thought it was better than making bread the old way.  The old lady nodded and smiled and soon left to return to her home.


After getting home the old lady remembered her conversation with Judy and Laura and decided to make some "old fashioned" bread.  She assembled all the ingredients, mixed them together, and set it aside to allow the loaf to rise.  She then went about doing other chores around the house.


In the meantime, Judy and Laura had the same idea as Helen, and they agreed to make some bread.  "I can smell warm fresh bread and taste it already," said Judy.  Off to the kitchen the two girls went.  Laura got out the automatic bread maker, while Judy cleaned the counter.  They carefully measured all the ingredients and dumped it all in the machine.


The girls worked quickly and their job was done in minutes. The automatic bread maker does it all.  It mixes the ingredients, ages and bakes, so the girls left the machine to do its thing and they left the kitchen. 


Meanwhile, at Helen's house, the old lady was slowly and methodically making her bread the old way as she hummed a song.  She went about her other business as the bread was rising.  After awhile she returned to the kitchen and saw the dough was ready to be kneaded.  Helen floured the kneading board and began to slowly work the dough with her hands.  Once finished with this operation, she put the soft dough into a large bowl and lightly buttered the top of the ball.  She covered the bowl with a cloth and set it aside. 


Later, Helen sees that the dough has risen high in the bowl and is ready.  The old lady carefully separates the dough into two parts, shapes both into loafs and places them into buttered loaf pans for baking. Again, allowing the dough to rest, she heats the oven and hums a little tune while cleaning up the kitchen.  Before going to the living room to listen to music, Helen places the loaf pans in the oven. 


Meanwhile, the girls are having a good time listening to hard rock music on the radio while their bread is baking in the automatic bread maker.  All of a sudden, the radio went silent.  Judy wandered into the kitchen and gasped when she saw in their haste they had forgotten to close the machine lid.  Flour, water, yeast and lumps of shortening were all over the counter and dripping on the floor and walls.


"Oh my God, look at this mess," yelled Judy.  Laura came running to the kitchen and both  girls began fussing, hollering and blaming each other for the  mess.  After several minutes of cleaning up the yuk all over the kitchen, Judy asked why the radio stopped playing. 


Then Laura noticed the wall light switch did not work and there was no light on the automatic bread maker.  "Why doesn't anything work," Judy asked.  They tried flipping the breakers but that did not work.  Then the girls looked at each other and asked if the electric bill was paid.  After searching all over the house, they finally found the bill and realized that neither one had remembered to pay it.  So, the girls went back to cleaning up the kitchen, growling at each other the entire time.


While all the mayhem was going on at Judy and Laura's house, the smell of fresh baked bread filled the air next door.  Helen peaked inside the oven and noticed the loafs of bread had turned a golden brown.  She pulled them from the oven and sat them on the counter to cool.  


Helen could resist the temptation to sample her fresh bread. She got out butter, two kinds of jelly and a jar of honey.  While trying to decide which to eat first, she begins brewing a pot of coffee and was about ready to sit down when the telephone rang.


Both girls were in tears.  They were still yelling at each other as each one was explaining their version of what happened.  "Our house is a mess!," screamed Judy.   "It will take us a month to clean it up!, yelled Laura.  Helen asked about the bread and both girls cried that there was no bread, except on the walls and floor.  The old lady invited both girls to come over and enjoy some of her home-made bread.  


No sooner than Helen finished setting out two more small plates and cups, the girls were knocking at the door.  "Come on in ladies, all is ready," said Helen as she slides a knife through three big slices.  "Hmmm, that smell good!" both girls said in unison.  Just as they both grabbed for butter and jelly, Helen stopped them saying, "Oh no, not yet.  Bow your heads please."   As all three ladies sat with heads bowed, Helen gave this prayer:


Oh, Creator, our Father and our God,

We come before You with Thanksgiving,

For all You have given us, for wisdom, for health,

for the flour and water and the yeast.


Thank You for our lives dear Creator,

for my two friends here,

for the years You have let me live,

for the ability to use my head, hands and heart,

to be able to make this bread that we now eat.


We also thank You for creating animal life,

from the cow we get the milk that made the butter,

for the plants that made the berries and fruit for the jelly.


Thank you, oh Creator God,

without You we are nothing,

but with You we have this food,

I and the ladies thank You.




The three friends ate bread to their full and retired to the living room where they all fell asleep.


By Helen RedWing - one of the foolish girls




Honey Heals Your Wounds

Honey is more effective in treating difficult-to-heal wounds than antibiotics, says Jennifer Eddy, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Even methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the so-called flesh eating bacterium is no match for the antibiotic compounds the bees manufacture for us - for free.

Meanwhile, antibiotics are losing much of their appeal as many common bacteria develop resistance. Chickens are fed grains mixed with antibiotics, calves and pigs are routinely injected as a "precaution". Pharmaceutical companies are
pushing antibiotics as the solution to all health problems in animal husbandry. We eat the residues of these antibiotics in many of our foods, and of course bacteria, being exposed to the drugs at every turn, find ways to resist their deadly properties.

That resistance is getting more and more problematic as hospitals become a breeding ground for infections.

Not only wounds are healed by honey, apparently there are also anti-viral properties in honey. Here is an anecdote from the time of the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic:

"During the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, my dad was a little boy, 8 years old, in Stockton, California. His dad was a beekeeper, and kept some filled honeycombs in a closet in the house.


During the epidemic, the family members would go into that closet and eat some of the fresh honey every day, whenever they wanted.


The flu decimated the population of Stockton, including the families of their neighbors. Next door, only one little boy survived, and when he came out of the house, they couldn't recognize him, he was so emaciated. Other whole families were entirely wiped out. They piled corpses in the streets, as there weren't enough healthy men to bury them.


Dad's (large) family escaped the flu intact. It skipped their house completely. Dad always said he thought it was something in the honey they ate that protected them.

He may have been right. I recently read that they've discovered that honey has a compound that turns into something like hydrogen peroxide inside you. For whatever it's worth, this gives some protection from viruses."

Honey could also save limbs that might otherwise need to be amputated, as our standard medical treatments fail. Here is the article in Wired which provided the stimulus for this post:





No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Women's Studies

A study conducted by UCLA's Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle.

For example: If she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features.

However, if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with scissors lodged in his temple and tape over his mouth while he is on fire.

No further studies are expected.




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: $41.95








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.







An Indian Prayer


Don't stand at my grave and weep

For I'm not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond's glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn's rain.


When you awaken in the morning's hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starts that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.







  • Take full responsibility for your life. Stop blaming others. See yourself as the cause of what happens to you. Do things you like to do. Don't stay in a job you don't like.

  • Participate in life at the highest level you can. Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. Be gentle and kind and patient with yourself. Give yourself the simple pleasures of life abundantly.

  • Wear clothes you feel good in, get a massage etc. Watch what you say. Avoid self put-downs. Stop being critical of yourself and others. Take care of your body. Give it exercise and good food.

  • Be willing to create a life-style that generates and nourishes self-esteem. Associate with others with high esteem. Acknowledge yourself frequently.
    Keep a diary of your successes and accomplishments.

  • Avoid comparing yourself with others. Remember that it's who we are, not what we do, that's important. Give yourself permission to do nothing periodically. Schedule time by yourself.

  • Frequently take deep breaths. Discover the benefit and pleasure of breathing fully. Eat first class frequently. Don't look at the right side of the menu.
    Stop trying to change others. Focus your attention on being the way you want others to be.

  • Look into a mirror regularly and say "I love you, I really love you". Stop feeling guilty and saying "I'm sorry". See mistakes as valuable lessons and avoid judging yourself. Consciously generate positive thoughts and feelings of self-love in place of old thoughts of inadequacy.

  • Be willing to laugh at yourself and at life. Stop taking yourself so seriously.
    Accept compliments from others without embarrassment. Don't invalidate their positive thoughts and feelings about you. Be kind to your mind.
    Don't hate yourself for having negative thoughts.  Gently change your thoughts. 

  • Keep your awareness and your thoughts focused in present time instead of living in the past or future. Acknowledge others frequently. Tell them what you like and appreciate in them. Invest money in yourself. 

  • Go to seminars, workshops and courses that develop your talents.
    Make a list of 10 things you love doing and do them frequently.
    Treat yourself as you would treat someone you really loved. Praise yourself.

Submitted by Romaine Garcia




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...

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


Tom Smith (Georgia) (UPDATE) Tom is doing much better. He is on oxygen 24/7, but is feeling good.  He is working part-time, and still has the tumors, but they have not grown. He will be taking an oral form of chemo, then if they shrink, they can use something called cyberknife to remove them.  Thank you for your prayers and wonderful spirit.  Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett 04-28-07


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. ~Amanda & Becky Moore 02-15-07


Please pray for the healing of our blessed friend and teacher who is recovering from painful and debilitating surgery on her legs.  ~Amanda Morning Star Moore 02-02-07


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


Richard Yellowhammer is in the hospital with heart failure and other problems. As you may remember Grace recently had a heart attack herself. Please send them prayers for healing. ~Henrietta Wise 01-28-07


Corbin Harney (Salt Lake, UT)  Serious financial crisis.  Currently at the Poo Ha Bah traditional native healing center in Tecopa. CA.   He is a revered Western Shoshone elder who brought spiritual healing to the world. Corbin has made invaluable contributions to many important political, environmental and indigenous struggles. He is ill and requires constant personal care.  Funds needed for food, transportation, medication, health care.  (760) 852-4288, (702) 304-9859. PLEASE send checks of any amount directly to "Corbin Harney" at his address: Friends of Corbin Harney, P.O. Box 1115, Salt Lake City, UT 84110  01-19-017


Bill Corbin (UT)  My father in law is dying, he of the Potawatomi Tribe. I need to find a medicine doctor and the ways in which is sprit will need to be set free to the gods, that is what he wants and I have no idea. Please do you know any medicine doctors ways that I can help? He doesn’t have long. smack4670@msn 801-829-3754  01-15-07 


Shannon Lang Welch.  We are asking prayer.  She is expecting her first child  and is thirty six.   01-06-07 ~Gram Selma


Birth Announcement

It is my joyous pleasure to announce the birth of my granddaughter, Rene'e Marie Two Moon Walker Watts (Arkansas) to my daughter, 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 March meeting was held on the 18th starting at 9:30 a.m., a quorum was established with all Elders present.      



  • Elder Council Appointments - Three individuals were discussed.  No action taken.

  • Report on Fall Gathering - Aztec Dancers to perform ceremonies during Summer 2007 Gathering.

  • Event Ceremony Protocols - Ceremonies in the Sacred Circle were discussed at length.

  • MASELA (Manataka Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America) Project and development of a CD /DVD combing Spirituality Booklet with MASELA:  Work of the grant writer is on schedule.

  • Arkansas House Bill 1068 pertaining to the preservation and protection of artifacts endorsed by MAIC was unanimously approved by a legislative committee.  David Furr and Lee Standing Bear were invited to appear.      

 Tabled Discussions and Motions:

  • Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center.

  • Elder Council Organization  

  • Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy

Approved Motions: 

  • The Spirit Keeper Award was given to Lloyd Marrow for his contribution of time and labor as Lodge Keeper.

Rejected Motions:







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


Meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m.



The April meeting was held on the 15th starting at 9:15 a.m., a quorum was established with all Elders present.  Council position occupied by Gayle Sexauer is now vacant.



  • Elder Council Appointments - Three individuals were discussed.  No action taken.

  • Summer Gathering Report - Aztec Dancers to perform ceremonies.

  • Event Ceremony Protocols - Ceremonies in the Sacred Circle were discussed at length.

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

 Tabled Discussions and Motions:

  • Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center.

  • Elder Council Organization  

  • Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy

Approved Motions: 

  • Apply for Trademark/Service Mark and pay $325 fee.

Rejected Motions:







Next meeting to be held May 18, 2007 starting at 9 a.m.


Meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.





NOTICE 1:    TWO ELDER COUNCIL POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN:   The Education Elder position will concentrate on developing public school curriculum based on American Indian philosophy and coordinating presentations to schools, civic organizations and churches. The Treasurer position is now open. The position will require experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting.   


If you feel qualified for this position, please submit your information now. Read More  (Posted 03-01-06)


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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