Manataka American Indian Council                                                        Volume XI  Issue 03  MARCH 2007


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 



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




3 Hill & Holler: Running With Wolves
3 History: Who Were the First Americans?

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather LeBeau Speaks:

Creation Legends

Blessings Be...

3 Elder's Meditations:

Luther Standing Bear, Sioux

3 Women's Circle: Medicine Woman
3 Women's Council: Upcoming Women's Healing Retreat
3 Diet Watch: Nopal Cactus Lowers Cholestrol
3 Book Reviews:

Return of the White Buffalo

Anasazi of Southwest Utah

3 Poetry Circle: These Hands
3 Inspirational Thoughts::

Clay Balls

3 Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer and Ceremonies Work...
3 Manataka  Business: Elders Meet on Ceremonies





By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country


Running With The Wolves

Recently, two timber wolves escaped from Predator World near Branson, MO. The pair, male and female, had recently begun their confinement in strong steel cages where they could be stared at by humans.

She is pregnant. He is her protector. There was no den for her to burrow into to give birth inside their prison. Strange scents assaulted their noses. The cries of tigers and bears, natural enemies to the pair, must have been frightening to them.

The thought of living in that constant terror was too much. Gathering every ounce of strength they possessed, the two wolves chewed and pulled and squeezed through the thick wire.

Now they are free in the hills of Southern Missouri. Now they can find a safe place to make a den. He can provide for her. She can give birth.

There will be hunting parties searching for them. Most of the humans will use tranquilizer darts to render them unconscious so they can be taken back to their prisons to live the rest of their days earning money for their captors. Some men may use live ammunition. The smell of blood gives them satisfaction. Wolves have a bad reputation. But nowhere nearly as bad as man does.

My heart goes out to these wolves. I remember stories I have been told of my ancestors. How they suddenly were descended upon by white men. Their homes torched. Their children murdered. Marched to stockades where they survived in filth and cold with little food or water. And no hope.

Later they were forced to walk into the West - the direction of Death for the Cherokee... Some walked barefoot in the snow carrying their dead babies. Many died along the way, their bodies lying in unmarked graves.

My heart also goes out to the Spirits of these People and if our eyes could see them, maybe they are running with the wolves, cheering them on. Free at last.






Who Were The First Americans?
by Michael D. Lemonick and Andrea Dorfman, Time Magazine

March 13, 2006



They may have been a lot like Kennewick Man,

whose hotly disputed bones are helping rewrite our earliest history.


An exclusive inside look.




It was clear from the moment Jim Chatters first saw the partial skeleton that no crime had been committed--none recent enough to be prosecutable, anyway. Chatters, a forensic anthropologist, had been called in by the coroner of Benton County, Wash., to consult on some bones found by two college students on the banks of the Columbia River, near the town of Kennewick. The bones were obviously old, and when the coroner asked for an opinion, Chatters' off-the-cuff guess, based on the skull's superficially Caucasoid features, was that they probably belonged to a settler from the late 1800s. • Then a CT scan revealed a stone spear point embedded in the skeleton's pelvis, so Chatters sent a bit of finger bone off to the University of California at Riverside for radiocarbon dating. When the results came back, it was clear that his estimate was dramatically off the mark. The bones weren't 100 or even 1,000 years old. They belonged to a man who had walked the banks of the Columbia more than 9,000 years ago.


In short, the remains that came to be known as Kennewick Man were almost twice as old as the celebrated Iceman discovered in 1991 in an Alpine glacier, and among the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in the Americas. Plenty of archaeological sites date back that far, or nearly so, but scientists have found only about 50 skeletons of such antiquity, most of them fragmentary. Any new find can thus add crucial insight into the ongoing mystery of who first colonized the New World--the last corner of the globe to be populated by humans. Kennewick Man could cast some much needed light on the murky questions of when that epochal migration took place, where the first Americans originally came from and how they got here.


U.S. government researchers examined the bones, but it would take almost a decade for independent scientists to get a good look at the skeleton. Although it was found in the summer of 1996, the local Umatilla Indians and four other Columbia Basin tribes almost immediately claimed it as ancestral remains under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (see box), demanding that the skeleton be reburied without the desecration of scientific study. A group of researchers sued, starting a legal tug-of-war and negotiations that ended only last summer, with the scientists getting their first extensive access to the bones. And now, for the first time, we know the results of that examination.









Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. - Seven Hawks

Creation Legends:  Many people today do not know where the indigenous people of this continent came from in the first place.  Some believe that they are descendants of one of the 'Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel' who crossed over to this continent by way of a great land bridge.  A Quaker named, William Penn was one of these. 


Many tribes teach that the first people were created from the earth or from the water while there are other tribe have other creation legends.  I read a book by Russell Freedman some time ago and he wrote, "...A tribe who lived near the upper Mississippi believed that they were created to be a 'Mediator' between the people and the animals..."  Legend has it that there were five gifts given to the people by their ancestors, one of these was "The deep affection and concaveness between them and and the land."


Indian Self-Esteem: Many problems stem from the abuse of alcohol and other drugs used by our people.  I believe poor incomes and lack of good jobs are the problem.  There are those who are too lazy to work and as a result have a feeling of worthlessness.  These are two major contributors to a low self-esteem among our people. 


Planting for the Winter: The Cherokee are often called a "civilized tribes" as they were quick to adapt to changing social conditions. The Tsalagi learned long ago how to grow food and preserve it for those long winter months.  They instructed other tribes how to do preserve food.  Some tribes did nothing to ensure that their people would have abundant food during bad winter months and many starved because of a lack of this knowledge.  I am proud to be of Cherokee heritage and I know how to grow and store food.  You too can learn.


©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




May our Father within the Central Sun and Grandmother’s Many Moon's bless our seasons with the Blessings of Love, Prosperity and Gratitude For our many Families, Friends and Relatives…


May the Sacred Light of the Creator fulfill your Wondrous Blessed Cups of Love with Special Rainbows in Love...


Filling your hearts, minds and souls full of loving caring Relationships feeling the Love and Peacefulness Given to Each and Everyone by the Great Spirits Life Force...


With joy and blessings bringing the Wisdom and Knowledge of Love and Compassion to The Sacred Heart of the Rose…


Bless it Be For Peace On Earth Upon All of the Great Spirits Kingdoms Created Within Mother Earth's Circles of Life as was Intended by The Great Spirits Breath of Life...


May all of Mother Earth's season's of love and colors of rainbows bring humanity's hearts peace and love within the sacred heart -- the heart of the rose...


Bringing Peace to Mother Earth's Nations of her Children Gatherings for Peace in Perfect Harmony...


Dreaming into existence our dreams of peace and harmony sending them to the elements of earth, wind, fire and water


Together Singing the Ancient Songs of Peace and Harmony Together as One...


Envisioning these Sacred Dreams of Peace Into Reality Breathing them into existence...


Sending with our Hearts, Minds and Spirits messages of Peace, Love, Honor, Trust and Respect For All Nations...


May your Sacred Ceremonies be filled with every Blessed Prayer Possible For peace upon Earth...


Blessings Be to You and Yours...


May the Joy of Peace Blossom Within All of Our Hearts...


A Brother for Peace, Love and Harmony, Freedom Rings Nearer & Nearer This Joyous Season’s Greetings to you and yours…


So Be it the Breath of Life Sent Within Prayers and Intentions…


The Existence of Beauty Within…


Creation of Love Carried by the Four Winds Songs…


From the Thoughts of Fellow Sisters & Brothers Worldwide…


Blessings Be...



No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked  in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

 "Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?"  So she did.  And she had a wonderful day.

 The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

 "H-M-M," she said,  "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." So she did and she had a grand day.

 The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.

 "Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

 The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head!

"YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!" 

Attitude is everything!

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


Submitted by Linda VanBibber





"In sharing, in loving all and everything, one people naturally found a due portion of the thing they sought, while, in fearing, the other found need of conquest."  -Chief Luther Standing Bear, Sioux


There are two systems of thought that are available for us to choose from. One is the love-thought system and the other is the fear-thought system. If we choose love, we will see the laws, principles and values of the Creator.  If we choose fear, the results will be so paralyzing that it will cause us to take over and not rely on the Great Spirit. The fear-thought system will automatically cause attack, conflict, need to control, faultfinding, and the need to have control over others. The love-thought system seeks peace of mind, unity, and causes us to be love seekers.


Great Spirit,

today let me

see only love.

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.) 


March 3

Meeting will be held at 136 Waine Place

Program: Prayer Ties--Ceremonial Fans (Please bring your supplies--feathers, handles, beads, leather) We will be discussing the materials needed and the approximate cost of making dance shawls.


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!






Medicine Woman


By David Harding, World-Herald Correspondent


Everyday History: Doctor cared for her people on reservation

She was born in a tepee but raised in a frame house. Medicine men intrigued her as a child, but she studied at an East Coast medical school, where she graduated at the top of her class.

Born in 1865, Susan La Flesche Picotte grew up on the Omaha Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska at a time of profound change.  Homesteaders, European immigrants and Eastern investors poured into the state as treaties confined the tribes to an ever-shrinking land base.

Susan's father, Joseph La Flesche, was the last traditional chief of the Omahas. He went to Washington, D.C., for the signing of the treaty in 1854 that shrank the tribe's homeland to its reservation in the Blackbird Hills. The grandeur and urban clamor of Washington reinforced Joseph's belief that whites were taking over the world and the best defense for Indians was to school themselves in the white ways.

So he and his family lived in a two-story frame house instead of the traditional earthen lodge, and he sent his children to the nearby Presbyterian mission school. When Susan was 14, she and her sister Marguerite enrolled at the Elizabeth Institute for Young Ladies in New Jersey. After three years there, they returned to the reservation and worked at the mission school. In 1884, the sisters went off to college at the Hampton Institute in Virginia.

Susan graduated with honors and was encouraged to go on to medical school at the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia. An Indian rights group in Connecticut paid most of her college expenses, and she lived at the YWCA. She and her classmates were fascinated by medicine, even though it was not considered a proper female career. They took secret delight when a visiting male medical student fainted one day during a surgery.

After graduation and a prestigious internship, Susan returned to the reservation in 1889 and spent the rest of her life caring for her people.

She started as the government physician at the reservation school, where her sister Marguerite was the lead teacher. Before long, the government built her an office and put her in charge of health care for the reservation. Her office filled with people who looked to her for advice on religion, law and business, as well as health issues.

With patients scattered over more than 1,300 square miles, Susan had trouble serving them all. "After trying for some time to go about on horseback," she once told an audience, "I broke so many bottles and thermometers that I had to give that up."

She bought a buggy and a team of horses, and when a flu epidemic hit the reservation in the winter of 1891, she rode out to visit patients nearly everyday, despite temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees below zero. She sometimes took food and cooked meals for the sick and their families.

Susan's own health suffered from her grueling routine. She resigned from her medical position in 1893 to recuperate. The following year she married Henry Picotte, a Sioux Indian. They lived part of the time in Bancroft, where she had a private practice serving Indian and white patients. She always left a lantern in her window so the sick knew where
to find her.

Like her father, Susan was deeply involved in the movement to abolish alcohol. She played a large role in convincing Congress to ban alcohol sales in Walthill and Rosalie. The ban took effect in 1906, a year after her husband's death from alcoholism.

She found her greatest satisfaction in starting a hospital that served Indian and white residents in the area. The hospital opened in Walthill in 1913, two years before she died of bone cancer. It served patients until the 1940s, and in 1993 the building was declared a National Historic Landmark. It now houses a museum honoring her life and work. 





Nopal Cactus  


For thousands of years fresh Nopal has been consumed by the Aztecs and Incas for its many nutritional qualities. It was well know throughout Latin America as a Medicine Plant.  Its high levels of fiber, mucilage, nutrients, and vitamins clean and help the entire gastro intestinal system.  It may sound like snake oil but if you look, at all illness's, it helps fight all are directly tied to the gastro intestinal system.  The plant is so important in Mexican History and Culture it is on the flag, one of two images, an Eagle and a Nopal Cactus. 

Only recently, in the last 20 years,  has Western science truly been interested in the investigation of this remarkable medicinal plant. Nopal  Verde (opuntia-indica)  or green Nopal, the only edible type has recently been recommended in a vast array of circulation, heart and digestive disorders. Below are a  number of the most recent findings.

Nopal is native to the southwestern desert regions of the United States and Mexico, and has a whole range of health benefits (all proven in numerous studies, both animal and human). These include the ability to:

  • Lower blood sugar levels by blocking absorption of sugar in the intestinal tract

  • Lower overall cholesterol levels, improve the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol, and lower triglycerides by preventing the conversion of blood sugar into fat and by eliminating excess bile acids, which would ultimately be converted into cholesterol

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Induce weight-loss by curbing appetite and facilitating the breakdown and excretion of fat

  • Prevent ulcers

  • Support the liver and pancreas as demonstrated by improved liver function and increased insulin production over time

  • Block the absorption of fat

  • Cleanse the bladder and lymphatic systems






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



A Shawnee man and his wife are dining at a table in a restaurant, and the husband keeps staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sits alone at a nearby table.


The wife asks, "Do you know her?"

"Yes," sighs the husband, "She's my Cheyenne ex-girlfriend.  I understand she took to drinking right after we split up seven years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since."

"My God!" says the wife, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"






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The Dance of Light and Shadow

By Ray Urbaniak  Abridged





80 Page Full Color Book

$14.95 + s/h


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


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


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


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


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


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







These Hands

By Michelle Ochoa

These hands of mine are worn and scarred
These hands of mine have come so far
They made mud pies when I was small,
Like Gramma, I never really got that tall….

These hands of mine have made medicine
Loved plants till I am still
Laid upon the grass meadow so green
Fallen into a dream

These hands of mine have suffered
These hands of mine have celebrated
They have come above it
And been buried in it

They hold my baby in my arms
They hold a beating heart in the lodge
They hold a friend up in despair
And make a warm dinner for the soul

They are mine a gift from the Great Spirit
They type these words upon a hard patterned console
They express what I have inside me
 They listen to the rhythm of the drum in background

These hands of mine are rough and soft
All of these things
Afraid and in Truth
In Wonder and Sorrow

They hold all that is good
All the hope for tomorrow
The dreams of our family
 The anticipation, If I ever Lose these hands

I won’t have to work no more……if my colors all run dry,
 if I ever lose my eyes.. I won’t have to cry no-more.

But I will never lose any of these things
These hands are strong like a Winter wind
Like the Summer sun
Like the Spring seed growing up from the Earth
Like the Autumn night in it’s Starlight beauty.

Like the Truth in a room full of lies
Like the Light in the darkness
Like a friend among Strangers
Like the gentle brightness that blows
through each of us, when we feel the
Great Spirit has entered us, when we
 have asked of him something special,
 and we have been answered with the
feeling of Love in our heart, a knowing.
It just is, and that’s all there is to it.
No questions.  A feather.

These hands of mine hold this feather.
Michelle Ochoa copyright 2007




Clay  Balls

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.

They  didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of  the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay  balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little  about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a  rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!!

Excited, the man  started breaking open the remaining clay balls.

Each contained a similar  treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay  balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time.  He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure  into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could  have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it  away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even  ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much  from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each  and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if  we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not  come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune  in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we  see the people in our world as God sees them.  I am so blessed by the gems of  friendship I have with each of you.  Thank you for looking beyond my clay  vessel.

Pass this on to another CLAY BALL.


Submitted by Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway




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...


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

Sickness and Injuries...

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


Paula White's daughter - The bishop said this morning that Paula White's daughter has inoperable brain cancer and they asked for prayer for her and their family.  Leo Causey 12-31-06

Robert Corley (CA) - Cherokee man in serious condition with heart ailment. Surgery scheduled. Eagle Star Deveaux 12-22-06


Rhonda Bear Arrow Woman Walker (AR) I couldn't make the membership meeting on the 17th as we were leaving I slipped, fell and cracked my ankle.  I am on crutches.  Please put me on the prayer list. Maybe I will learn to slow down and be more careful. 12-19-06


Lawrence Ray Brown (Jackson, MS) Infant is in critical condition.  RSV, some sort of respiratory infection. Leo Causey 12-19-06


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:  


Booklets Available

Manataka now has available several thousand copies of a 16-page booklet titled “Native American Spirituality: An Informational Guide for Health Care Providers, Hospital Staff and Administrators, Chaplains, Funeral Directors, School Administrators and Others Regarding Ceremonies, Rights and Obligations.”  Read the booklet here


Single copies are $1.00 to cover the cost of mailing.  10 booklets - $5.00.  25 booklets $10.00  For higher quantities send us an email.  See related story below.


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 February meeting was held on the 18th starting at 9:30 a.m., a quorum was established with four elders present.     



 Tabled Discussions and Motions:

Approved Motions: 

Rejected Motions:







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


Meeting adjourned at 12:35 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.

6.  MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible  contribution to MAIC and we will send the family a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.




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Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476


Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri 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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