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APRIL 2015



April Fools Day

April 01

Jewish Passover

April 04

Easter Sunday

April 05

Earth Day

April 22



"All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story." ~Isak Dinesen


Manataka Council Fire


Are You Looking for Love?


All living things need love.  Humans, trees, plants, and animals all require love to feel happy. 

We all seek love for ourselves from the outside world.  It is a basic, natural and powerful pursuit. However, a deep well of love is already present, inside you.  It is the presence of the Creator of All Things that dwells forever inside you -- It is YOU.  The fullness of that realization expresses itself completely in boundless love toward the outside world.  It is the reason why we exist.  It is our destiny.  The more we use our personal power of love for the well-being of everyone and everything else around us, the more the world loves us.  It is a beautiful circle found somewhere on the Good Red Road.  ~Mike Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton, Chairman, Manataka American Indian Council





Forgiveness - Releasing Yourself

by Sallie Culbreth and Anne Quinn


Forgiveness is a pretty straightforward task, but to reach that moment when the task takes place is usually preceded by years of chaos, bitterness, and a painful sorting-through of what happened. Once you arrive at that moment when it's time to forgive, you take a deep breath and release yourself.

That's pretty much what forgiveness is: RELEASING YOURSELF. It's cutting off the bitter cords that keep you bound to the painful actions of others. It's not letting offenders off the hook. It's not some sort of convenient amnesia that denies what happened. It's not minimizing or rationalizing. It doesn't make your scars or challenges disappear. It simply releases you, so that you can move forward no longer emotionally, spiritually, sexually, or physically bound to the actions or the people that hurt you.  Read More....




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Students Wanted:

2nd Annual Native Youth

in Food & Ag Summer Leadership Summit

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law was launched in 2013 to assist Indian Country in issues related to tribal governance in food and agriculture, strategic business and community assessments, and youth education and professional development in food and agriculture.

In furtherance of our goals in service to Indian Country, we held the first ever “Native Youth in Food and Agriculture: Summer Leadership Summit” in July 2014. We welcomed 48 students from 22 tribes to the inaugural summit for a week of classroom learning, field trips, culture sharing and leadership opportunities. Students came from all across Indian Country to attend, and the accomplishments and continued learning of those first summit students continue to astound us. This year we are holding the 2nd Annual Summit. We are looking for first-time attendees, second-time attendees who will serve as “Summit Fellows,” and Student Leaders who are already attending college or university. Read More...




"The Old Ones have always said that no matter who despises or ignores you, no matter who keeps you from entering their circles, it is right to pray for them because the are like us, too." -- Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa

You don't know how an apple tastes until you taste it. You don't know what a fish tastes like until you eat it. You don't know how it is to be a woman unless you are one. You don't know what it means to have a baby until you have one. So it is with the natural laws. The natural law of forgiveness says, if you hate someone, pray for the person to be blessed with happiness, joy and all the blessings of the Great Spirit. You will not know about this law unless you do it. The natural law says love others as you love yourself. If you hate yourself or feel guilt in some area of yourself, you will tend to judge and condemn your neighbor. You cannot give away what you don't have. You teach your children by your example, not by your words. The natural laws are written in our hearts.

Great Spirit, teach me how to look into my heart.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


Bless your enemies with prayer. Ask the Creator to give them strength and love and without warning your enemy will become your friend. ~Lee Standing Bear Moore




Joseph Beautiful Painted Arrow

by Jennie Coles


Yellow Corn Woman is the creative vastness from which begins the miracle of life’s creation. Cornmeal makes it so life is creation - the four seasons. Four seasons’ Spirits honor the life stages. When ice melts with heat it generates Spring then Summer, then Autumn, then Winter which is all one holy moment combined.

Corn plant grows outwardly
And begins to bring forth its fruits
It now knows to bring into wakefulness
In itself that which is ancient.


The Way of Inspiration

by Joseph Beautiful Painted Arrow






Oneida Yellow Brick Road Casino

Named After Anti-Native Writer
by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk

On December 21, 2014 the Oneida Nation of New York announced it would build a $20,000,000 casino-bingo hall in Chittenango, NY on the ancestral lands of the Onondaga Nation and within 15 miles of its Turning Stone Casino. The ancestral boundary between Onondaga and Oneida nations is the north flowing Cittenango Creek and the new casino is west of that waterway. Oneida territory begins on the east bank.  The Yellow Brick Road Casino is planned to open in the Spring of 2015.

The new facility will be named “The Yellow Brick Road” since L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz books, once lived in Chittenango (located 12 miles east of Syracuse, NY).

Not only was Baum a best selling author he was a notorious racist who, as editor of a South Dakota newspaper, called for the extermination of all Native peoples. One of his essays is as written:  


L. Frank Baum: Racist
Indian-Hating in “The Wizard of Oz”
by Thomas St. John

Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) advocated the extermination of the American Indian in his 1899 fantasy "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Baum was an Irish nationalist newspaper editor, a former resident of Aberdeen in the old Dakota Indian territory. His sympathies with the village pioneers caused him to invent the Oz fantasy to justify extermination. All of Baum’s "innocent" symbols clearly represent easily recognizable frontier landmarks, political realities, and peoples. These symbols were presented to frontier children, to prepare them for their racially violent future.

The Yellow Brick Road represents the yellow brick gold at the end of the Bozeman Road to the Montana gold fields. Chief Red Cloud had forced the razing of several posts, including Fort Phil Kearney, and had forced the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty. When George Armstrong Custer cut "the Thieves’ Road" during his 1874 gold expedition invasion of the sacred Black Hills, he violated this treaty, and turned U.S. foreign policy toward the Little Big Horn and the Wounded Knee massacre.   Read More...





Clay Balls

from Helen Red Wing Vinson

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!

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"Balance is implicit in the Red Road. When you're on the Red Road, you are in the center. Yet, you do not go to either extreme, and you allow both sides to exist. This is accomplished by continually postponing surrendering to temptation, whatever it may be. It is saying `later' instead of `no.'"
-- Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota

The Sacred Path of life has a middle, a left side, and a right side. As human beings, we are designed to walk this middle path as much as we can. As we walk, we will stray to the left and to the right and come back to the middle. Straying to the left or right side is as sacred as being in the middle. Sometimes we call this straying our mistakes. We are designed by the Creator to walk the Sacred Path of life, and realize that our mistakes are the source of lessons. These lessons give us our wisdom. It is not wrong that we are tempted. What matters is what we do with the temptation.

Great Spirit, today, let me enjoy the Sacred Path of Life.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


 At Manataka we teach balance for the physical, mental and spiritual self. We do not make mistakes, we only make lessons.  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore




Excerpt from The Horseshoe Colonel©
The Battle of Horseshoe Bend

by Alex F. Brandau III


In the winter of 1813-14 ill winds were blowing. Andrew Jackson and some of the Tennessee State Militia had stubbornly remained at Camp Strother in Central Alabama ostensibly in pursuit of finishing the Creek War begun the previous fall. It had been a brutal winter; abandoned by other units and starving, the remaining 75 men were eating “roots and acorns” and desperately needed rescue.

The Creek Indians had wintered at Tohopeka, a bend in the Tallapoosa River to the south of the Tennesseans. With several hundred warriors behind log barricades, they were safe from attack by Mad Jackson, as they called him. They firmly believed that all Jackson wanted was their lands, and they refused to give it up.

Jackson was desperate; both he and the Tennessee Governor had petitioned Military District Six General Pinckney. They wanted a newly-formed Regiment of US Regular Infantry – the 39th, encamped in Knoxville where they had been trained and had become professional soldiers. General Flournoy, at the Seventh Military District in New Orleans wanted them too. Flournoy was a Georgian and he wanted to return there; he wished Col. John Williams, their commander to be promoted to Brigadier General and given control of the District and to live there. He knew that if needed, Col. Williams could get more soldiers from Tennessee as he had done with the East Tennessee Volunteers in 1813. New Orleans was critical in the defense of the Mississippi River; if it fell to the British in this War of 1812, the English fleet could sail up the river and spread havoc upon the entire center of the frontier. Secretary of War John Armstrong promised the 39th to Flournoy, and General Flournoy had issued orders for the 39th to proceed to New Orleans.  Read More...





Eagle Feather Case

By Robert Soto, Lipan Apache


I have some exciting news.  At 10 AM on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Department of Interior will give me back the forty-two eagle feathers they took away from our Spring Powwow back on March 11, 2006.  This will be a big win for our family, for our tribe and for all Native people. This will be the first time in the history of the Department of Interior that they will give back eagle feathers to a Native who is not from a federally acknowledged tribe, but to a Native from a member of a state acknowledged tribe.  I wish I could tell you more but I am not at liberty at the moment to share what will happen now.  All I can tell you is that the fight is not over and I will continue to fight for the restoration of our rights as Native People.  I will write more later as I am given permission by our lawyers. But for now, please rejoice over a great victory for our family and for the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas.


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New Native Trails Website
By Asia Alsgaard

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has a variety of themed historical programs ranging from ones that trace the state’s history in the Civil War to another that delineates the plethora of historic lighthouses spotting the Massachusetts coastline. However, their newest program is unique. The Massachusetts Native American Trails website is not merely written about Native peoples, but is written by Native people themselves. 





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Nominations Open for Elder Council

The Manataka Elder Council needs two new members.  Self-nominations are permitted.  Requires at least one in-person meeting per year at Hot Springs, AR and tele-conference meetings monthly. MAIC dues must be current. Send you resume today!


Help Wanted:

Fund Raising Professional needed.  Experienced please.  Email us now.


Education Committee needs Teachers, Educators, Curriculum Developers.  We are creating a new approach to teach values in public schools based on American Indian philosophy and customs.  Contact: Dr. Rev. Fred Wilcoxson.

Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announces that more professional volunteer counselors are needed for Manataka's free online Counseling program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. There are education, professional experience and licensure requirements. Email:


Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  Everyone is excited!




Akicita Owicahe –

Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery
By Tara Weston

Growing up in a family of veterans, I was very used to seeing images of time served and hearing military talk that never seems to leave the individual, even if they’ve been separated from the military for decades. My mother and father were both Active Duty Army, my mother also having served in the South Dakota National Guard. My grandparents are World War II veterans who left high school for the draft; my grandfather in the Army and my grandmother a Navy WAVE. My husband being the most recent veteran; a now Retired Army Combat Veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom.



Climb Morro Rock? Question divides two American Indian tribes

Craggy, dome-shaped Morro Rock rises 576 feet above the shore, an attractive site for climbers and a sacred one for two American Indian tribes.

And that's the essence of a dispute between the tribes that has simmered for more than a decade.


The Salinan Indians say the dominant landmark on California's Central Coast may be climbed on dates prescribed by the heavens. The Northern Chumash believe it should never be trod upon, only appreciated from afar.


The feud entered the legal arena last December, when the tiny Northern Chumash Tribal Council filed a document in civil court arguing that the Salinan Tribe of Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties should not be allowed to "desecrate a registered Chumash Nation sacred site" and seeking proof of the Salinans' right to climb it.  Read More...




"In the life of the Indian there was only one inevitable duty, the duty of prayer, the daily recognition of the Unseen and Eternal. His daily devotions were more necessary to him than daily food."

-- Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux


The most important habit one can develop is the daily act of prayer. Prayer is our eyes, our ears, our feelings, our success, our guidance, our life, our duty, our goal. There really is only prayer and meditation. We can only help others through prayer. We can only help ourselves through prayer. You can never become an Elder unless you pray. You can never stay an Elder unless you pray. You never get wisdom unless you pray. You never understand unless you pray.

The voice and the heart are not working together." -- Barney Bush, Shawnee


We can say any words we want with our voice but we cannot hide the true meaning and the true spirit behind the words. The true meaning is always understood. The voice is heard in the physical world, but the meaning is transmitted in the spiritual world. If our voice says one thing but the heart is saying something else, it's the something else that is heard. It is said that the truth will set you free. Reaching the truth means your voice and your words will be in alignment with the heart.

Great Spirit, let my tongue, speak the truth today.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


How often have we fallen into our own trap of saying one thing and meaning another? We are caught in our own web and the only way out is to tell the truth, regardless of how much it hurts. ~ Standing Bear Moore



Native Names

Dear Manataka,

Do you take any position on Caucasians giving themselves “Native” names?  For several decades I have felt an affinity to wolves and gave myself a name that reflects this, but I don’t think this follows the People’s tradition of “naming”, which may vary according to the tribe.  Thanks, Warren Lind. St. Louis, MO    Read More...






Home Herbalist Classes and Apprenticeships
Monthly workshops on 4th Saturdays for the aspiring home herbalist. Experience the various phases of medicinal and edible wild plants through the year. Learn to when and how to harvest, preserve and make medicine from plants. Explore a variety of topics of interest to the home herbalist.  Home Herbalist Course: 9 Saturdays (1 per month) $250.  Single Classes: $30 - $45.  Apprenticeship Course: 18 classes (2 per month).  Independent Study: $580 816-547-0266  



April 02 - April 04, 2015
Cherokee of Georgia Spring Powwow

Harley RedHawk

110 Cherokee Way, St. George, GA - 31562

April 03 - April 05, 2015
Ida'ina Gathering "A Gathering to Celebrate Friendship"
6501 Changepoint Drive, Anchorage, AK - 99518

April 03 - April 05, 2015
Ida'Ina Friendship Gathering
On Raspberry between Arctic Boulevard and Minnesota Hwy, Anchorage, AK

April 04 - April 04, 2015
Washington University's 25th Annual Powwow
6800 Wydown Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri - 63105

April 04 - April 04, 2015
Pomona College 3rd Annual Powwow
295 E. First St., Claremont, CA - 91711

April 04 - April 04, 2015
Bemijigamaag Powwow
1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji, MN - 56601

April 04 - April 05, 2015
16th Annual Tutxinmepu Powwow
1000 Stadium Drive, Moscow, ID - 83844

April 9, 2015
Tribal Economic Development Outlook Conference (CAIED)

How will the tribal economy do this year? What will impact your bottom line? What does the tribal economic future look like? The 2015 Tribal Economic Outlook Conference will preview the conditions that will impact business, the economy, and your wallet in the year ahead. Hear what the experts are predicting for 2015 at the tribal, state & local level.


April 10 - April 12, 2015
15th Annual Native American Intertribal Powwow
3100 S Old Floral City Rd, Inverness, FL - 34450

April 11 - April 11, 2015

43rd Annual University of California Davis Powwow
1 Shields Avenue, Davis, California - 95616

April 11 - April 11, 2015
21st Annual University of Iowa Powwow
930 Evashevski Drive, Iowa City, IA - 52242

April 11 - April 11, 2015
MHS Indian Ed. Powwow
402 N. Sť Street, Muskogee, OK - 74401

April 11 - April 11, 2015
2nd Annual Augsburg Fairview Academy Powwow

The 2nd Annual Augsburg Fairview Academy Powwow will promote a sense of unity among the communities served by Augsburg Fairview Academy, including the Twin Cities, through cultural sharing, and will develop intercultural awareness among students, parents, and staff.  Grand Entries: 1:00 & 6:00  Community Feast: 5:00  MC: Norman Benson; Arena Director: Ricky White; Host Drum: Midnite Express; Honor Guard: Robert Desjarlait; Registration, payout after 2nd Grand Entry; Honorariums for registered dancers only, must be in regalia. First 8 registered drum groups with at least 5 singer minimum present at the time of registration with receive $200, no drum hopping.  Vendors: Liz Saunby at  
1530 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN - 55404

April 11 - April 12, 2015
17th Annual Powwow & Intertribal Gathering Malibu Chumash Day

This year’s 17th annual Chumash Day Powwow will celebrate Native Americans from all over the country, representing hundreds of tribes who will gather at Malibu Bluffs Park. Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies and dances will be a part of the event on both days.  Saturday, April 11  11:00 AM – 7:00 PM  Grand Entry at 1:00 PM  Sunday, April 12: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Grand Entry at 12:00 PM; Admission and parking are both free. This is a non-competitive powwow.  Vendor registration will open in January 2015. To be placed on the interest list please call 310-456-2489, ext. 239.  24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA - 90265

April 11 - April 12, 2015
On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow 2015
1450 Monroe St, madison, WI 53719

April 17 - April 18, 2015
51st Annual Hozhoni Days Powwow
1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO - 81301

April 17 - April 19, 2015
Petal Southern Miss Pow Wow 2015
119 West 8th Avenue, Petal, MS - 39465

April 17 - April 19, 2015
UND Indian Association Time-Out Wacipi
2751 2nd Avenue, North Grand Forks, ND

April 17 - April 19, 2015
29th Annual Powwow
East 6th Street and South Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

April 18 - April 18
10th Annual Azalea Powwow
425 Boston Street, Muskoge, OK - 74401

April 18 - April 19, 2015
Cuba High School Skateboarding Drug Prevent Club Powwow
NM-126 N and Vallecitos Rd, Cuba, NM - 87013

April 18 - April 18, 2015
32nd Annual Michigan State University Powwow
248 Kalamazoo St.
East Lansing, MI - 48824

April 18 - April 19, 2015
Cal State Dominguez Hills 5th Annual Powwow -

Honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA - 90747

April 18 - April 19, 2015
California State University 5th Annual Powwow
1000 East Victoria Street, Carson , CA - 90747

April 20 - 22, 2015
Construction in Indian Country National Conference

Scottsdale, AZ

Register Now. This National Conference attracts Tribal leaders, development professionals, and experienced practioners and educators working together to design and construct sustainable projects in Indian Country. To register and see the conference agenda, visit


April 24 - April 25, 2015
2015 Gathering of Nations
Avenida Cesar Chavez & University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM - 87131

April 25 - April 25, 2015
Madison Area Technical College 2015 Annual Powwow
1701 Wright St , Madison, WI - 53704

April 25 - April 26, 2015
11th Annual Intertribal Powwow
1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX - 79720

April 25 - April 27, 2015
American Indian Council's 24th Annual Traditional Spring Powwow
1300 E 100 S, (1-65, Exit#138), Lebanon, In - 46052

April 25 - April 26, 2015
10th Annual Turtle Island Powwow

4351 Babe Howard Blvd, Millington, TN - 38053


May 01  10, 2015

Arts & The Park

Various location at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

June 6 - 7, 2015
Aspen Eco Fest 2015


July 17, 2015 6:00pm PDT - July 19 at 6:00pm in PDT
Redbird's 2015 Children of Many Colors Intertribal Powwow
Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA 93021

Corina Roberts


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