Manataka American Indian Council                                                                         Volume XI  Issue 01  JANUARY 2007


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

   72 printed pages in this issue






Animal Rights and Wrongs: End the Slaughter of America's Horses!

It's Not Too Late...

Elder Council Meeting: December 2006
Elder's Meditations:

Starleaf, Shinnecock

Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Feature: Resolutions That Matter

Feature Stories:


Legacy of mistrust ... A Reason to Hope

Death of An Eagle

Fluoride Watch: Pet Food Fluoride
Funny Bones:

John Wayne

The Medicine Man

The Outhouse

Lost Tourist on the Rez

Dr. Coyote

Unnatural Laws

Grandmother Waynonaha Speaks:

Grandmother Gram Selma Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Speaks:

The First Snow

Our Giveaway Tradition

You Are A Goddess

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

The Strangler Fig

Healing Prayer Basket: They Need YOU and Creator Now!
Health Watch: Toxins in Cosmetics and Products!
Hill & Holler: As Leaders Go, So Goes The Nation
History: Rabbit-Skin-Leggings and No-Horns...
Inspirational Thoughts:: The Five Finger Prayer
Legends of Old: Sparks from War Eagles Lodge Fire
Letters to the Editor:

Genocide in Canada

Eagles Soar

More on Eagle Feathers

Children Bombarded With Violence

Belgium Teacher Seeks Student Mentor

Mother Earth Watch: Ocean Dead Zones
Poetry Circle:

Manataka Mountain

These Are the Things To Fight

Unbound and Unrestrained

Politics: Cobell vs Kempthorne
Sacred Site Watch: Medicine Lake Victory
Upcoming Events: 
Website Updates:  Many New Additions This Month
Women's Circle:

Native Foods

Native Women's Sites

Women's Council:

Join the Circle of Friendship




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Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Thursday through Saturday evenings, January 4 - 6, 2007


NW Indian Story Telling Apprenticeship Workshop and Tellers Gathering

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

January 6 - 7, 2007


Serpent Mound Seminar with Magdala & Mario

West Union, Ohio 

Saturday, January 20 - 9 a.m.


Sacred Union Journey

Trip to Olmeca and Mayan Sacred Sites

$2012 pp not including flight, most meals.

February 9 - 19, 2007


Bridging the Americas - Reuniting the Eagle and the Condor

Gathering of The Elders at Lake Titicaca, Peru

March 19 – 23, 2007


Manataka Encampment - Elders Talking Circle

Hot Springs National Park, AR

April 13 - 15, 2007
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Elder Meditation


"I had been taught to seek the 'Great Mystery' in silence, in the deep forest or on the height of the mountain."  -Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux


The Elders tell us about the importance of our quiet time. The quiet time is the door to the Great Spirit. It is easier to find this door of wisdom when we are in the forest or sitting on a rock in the mountain. Go to the mountain alone and listen and learn. Each morning develop the habit of quiet time. Find the sacred spot in your mind. Close your eyes and breathe slowly. Light some sage. If you catch your mind straying, bring it back to the stillness. Many ideas, knowledge and insight are contacted by being still.


Great Spirit,

teach me to


By Don Coyhis
















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"...Praises that flood through my mind for Return of White Buffalo..." ~Wesley Edminister - Jamestown S'Klallan

"...It inspired me to examine my own heritage; it made me proud to be a Native American..." ~Mary A. Weber, Cherokee

"...The spirituality this book... all Native Americans need to understand and believe..." ~Billy Yarbrough, Choctaw

"...Delicately woven yet powerful truths are found throughout this book..." ~Lee Standing Bear Moore - Manataka








(Union Town, PA) Sonny and Jill Herring, owners of Woodlands Zoo in Farmington, know their wide array of animals draw patrons to their zoo but the couple never had considered "spirituality" as a tourist draw.

But now, thanks to one very unique birth, the Herrings can boast that, too.

On Nov. 12, a perfectly normal brown buffalo at the zoo gave birth to a white baby bull calf - an occurrence that zoo owner Jill Herring said is about 1 in 10 million.

The Herrings said they received an immediate response to the birth from American Indians across the region and have been reeling ever since.

According to American Indian legend of the White Buffalo Woman, the prophetess was sent to her people by the Creator to teach them how to communicate with the deity through the prayer pipe.

Now, the remarkable birth has thrust the zoo into a new limelight, with American Indians flocking to the park to view the sacred animal and interpret the meaning of the calf's birth.

"We have a tribe that is coming for a dedication and naming ceremony," Jill Herring said with a sheepish smile. "They have given us three names to choose from, so we are thinking about it."

Lenape Indians, indigenous to the Fayette County area, from the Standing Stone Village, have offered the three names to the zoo for the sacred animal.

The choices include Kenahkihinen, which means, "watch over us, Luwan Alankw, which means, "winter star" and Wulileu, which means, "good news."

"We talked to them about it and if we chose the first one we can call him Kenny and if we chose the third we can call him Willy, but we are still deciding," Jill Herring said.

Herring said both parents had to carry a white gene to be able to produce the rare calf.

The birth also was unique, according to the Herrings, because buffalo are rarely born in the fall. Most calves are born in the spring.

Sonny Herring said he went out to do his morning feed at the zoo and saw something white in the buffalo pen.

At first the longtime animal handler thought a goat had gotten out, something not uncommon at the zoo, but on closer inspection, discovered the buffalo baby.

"It was a surprise," Sonny Herring said.

In the past, the Herrings said they have pulled the buffalo babies from the mother and bottle-fed them, but decided to allow the animals to raise the rare baby, something that the American Indians also encouraged the zoo owners to do.

Wynne Brown the Cherokee Indian Tribe stopped at the zoo Thursday afternoon after learning of the calf's birth.

"The prophecy is that when the White Buffalo Woman came to our ancestors, she performed a ceremony and taught them how to use the sacred pipe for the people to remember who they are," Brown said. "This birth is important because it means that her spirit is now available to us to communicate so that her teachings can be disseminated."

Brown, an alternative medicine physician who moved to Fayette County nearly three decades ago from North Carolina, greeted the new bull with what she called a "traditional way to move into communication with soul and spirit" a ritual that had the woman turning in all directions with her eyes closed as if in a trance.

She said each movement is a salute to the four directions, east, west, north and south as well as "Father Sky" and "Mother Earth."

While Brown said the casual observer might call her actions "American Indian spirituality" but she said it is simply knowing her place in the world.

"It is a way of life and understanding the connectedness of all things," Brown said. 'This white buffalo means that a time of understanding that connectedness is here for all to receive."


Submitted by Darrell Whitewolf



Resolutions That Matter

 By Corina Roberts, Founder, Redbird



As we celebrate the holidays this year we do so on a planet that is trying to tell us that changes are coming.  Our dependence on oil and other resources in America is grossly disproportionate to our population.  We comprise just five per cent of the earth’s human inhabitants, but we produce twenty five per cent of its dangerous pollution and consume much more than five per cent of its resources.


In searching for alternative energy sources and seeking to understand our universe, some people have suggested harnessing the earth’s geothermal energy and blowing holes in the moon.  I can’t remember what the logic behind shoving a projectile into the moon was; I have gleaned the following information, however.


Our magnetic field is weakening; that field which is produced by the innermost core of the planet.  In the past one hundred years it has declined by ten per cent.  That magnetic field shields us from the damaging radiation of the sun, which is simultaneously growing stronger all the time as it, like all stars, goes through its life cycle.


Some scientists now think Mars may once have had life, but having lost its magnetic field entirely, it was essentially scorched by the sun.


We also know that our gravitational attraction to the moon is weakening on a slower but steady scale.  Every year the moon wanders just a little bit farther away from us.


We have to do something about our dependence on fossil fuels, and at first glance harnessing the geothermal energy of the earth’s blazing hot interior sounds like a good idea.  But what if it isn’t?  What if we get really good at harnessing that energy and further the cooling of the planet’s core?  What if, in so doing, we further diminish the magnetic field it generates?


And what if we do pierce the surface of the moon in the name of science, with such force that we further affect our weakening gravitational attraction?  The answer is that we don’t really know what will happen.


It seems to me we need to consider alternative approaches to the energy crisis and global warming that do not involve blowing gaping holes in Grandmother Moon or opening up Pandora’s Box by blasting our way into the earth’s core (which, by the way, is how some scientists propose we should explore it…with a nuclear missile thrust deep beneath the surface).


So, when the frenzy of the holidays subsides, when the last gift is opened and the last cross-country trek to see our loved ones has been completed, let us resolve to get busy and use our considerable intellect and energy in a way that might insure us many more happy holidays.  Let’s pick an issue and make a stand.


Let us resolve in 2007 to contact our elected officials and offer them sound and well researched advice.  Let us each become champions for saving ourselves and our home planet.  Let us engage them in issues like safe alternative energy sources.  Let us discourage them from commitment to radical, potentially destructive methods of energy exploration.  Let us commend them for having the courage to take leadership roles, and tell them what we expect of them as our leaders.


Let us extend our considerable influence as consumers by contacting companies we support and encouraging them to reduce pollution and create more environmentally friendly products.  Let’s not forget to praise those who are doing so.


Let’s invest in good ideas, in renewable energy sources, in companies that seek a sustainable future.  You and I, the seemingly powerless and voiceless, are not at all without a voice, without intelligence, or without means.  Our dollars drive the economy.  Our children will inherit the earth.  Let us resolve to leave them something worth inheriting. 


Corina Roberts, Founder, Redbird







It's Not Too Late...

 For the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!

By Liora Leah


As of Monday 12/19/05, the House approved drilling in Artic National Wildlife Refuge, BUT the Senate has not yet voted on the Defense Bill that contains the Arctic Drilling Measure. There is a chance the Bill will be filibustered by anti-drilling Senators, forcing the Senate to remove the Arctic Drilling measure from the Bill. Read on for more information.


Take action by contacting your U.S. Senators TODAY, and asking them to do whatever it takes to get the Arctic Drilling measure OUT of the Defense spending bill, even if it means a filibuster!


Bill Allowing Drilling In Alaska's Artic Wildlife Refuge Passes
Ayinde O. Chase - All Headline News Staff Writer

Washington DC (AHN) - After an all-night session during the last budgetary meeting of the year, The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approves opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.

The House approved the bill, and had a 308-106 vote in favor of a defense spending measure that contained language for drilling in the ANWR.


The new legislation now gives oil companies access to the refuge's possible 10 billion barrels of crude oil. The drilling is one of the Bush Administration’s key aspects to its nation energy plan to cut America’s dependence on imported oil.

The initiative is expected to be debated by the Senate this week, where it is likely to face stiff opposition from pro-environmental Democrats and possibly some moderate Republicans.

Republican leaders tweaked the language so it funnels billions of dollars of revenue from eventual oil drilling to states affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Drilling in the refuge had appeared a non-issue but quickly became a hot topic last week with environmentalists and some in the government, when Republican leaders tried a new strategy: Having it piggyback along a must-pass $453 billion defense appropriations bill, which will pay for the war in Iraq and provide money for hurricane relief and avian flu preparations.


Call, fax, or email your two U.S. Senators right now and tell them to get Arctic drilling out of the Defense bill, with a filibuster if necessary!

If you call the national number and unable to get through or leave a message, go directly to your two Senator's websites from the link below.

Sample Message:  "I am outraged that a measure to drill for oil in ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE was snuck into the Defense Appropriations Bill.  Please do all that you can to get this measure OUT of the Defense Bill, EVEN IF IT MEANS A FILIBUSTER!  I will continue to support you even if you vote NO on the Defense Bill.  Sincerely, ___________________"

U.S. Senate Directory:

Thank you for TAKING ACTION!

Liora Leah



Source:  All Headline News




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Dark heavy gray clouds swirl over head as I walk down the sea grass lined path to the beach. The wind billows my coat around my body seeming to reach icy fingers into my sweater beneath.  I pull the hood of my jacket closer to my face and try to block out the ever increasing wind.

Only moments earlier I was sitting beside a good warm fire looking out at this same dark sky and wondering if the snow will come today.  It threatens, and the news promises; but still not a sign of the first snow.  I seem to feel a need to move and do something, the restless need to explore takes hold of me. I leave all reason behind and dressing  warm,  I leave  the house. The warmth of that fire seems far now away as I enter the sandy path. I push my cold hands deeper into my pockets to protect them from the now freezing wind.

The beach is quiet and still, no people around to spoil the tranquility of this space. Summer bathers have long been gone and only the occasional beach walker is seen.  As I enter the beach I see the tangles of sea weed, broken bottles and debris piled up on the tide edge.  Taking out my trash bag I start to collect those things that are not native to this place. Soon my bag is heavy and I sit it down and open another one to fill.

Wave after wave slips up and scatters foam on the wet and solid sand. I look for shells and sand dollars in the wake of the waves, finding only a few not broken.  These treasures of sea glass and sand dollars I place in my jacket pocket for later use.

Ice crystals are starting to form on the edge of the water as the temperature drops and the wind increases.  I look back to where I started, it seems so very far away.

Like life we travel and collect, but do not seem to mind the walk, until we have to return.  Some how,  the return path home is always longer and harder to manage.  The second bag is filling fast and I will soon have to return and collect the other bags I left waiting on the beach.  

Gulls fly over me screaming in the wind they land and cock there heads looking for hand outs.  "Sorry nothing to offer you this time" I say to them.

On the way back I see something shinny in the sand.  I am sure that shiny object was not there before, I would have seen it,  my foot prints show my path was near by. Retracing my steps I  stop and pick up a perfect crystal, clear as glass as large as an egg.  I count eight points of light on the surface and peer into the most clear light imaginable.    I hold it not believing what I see,  it is truly clear and flawless.  

I wonder who or what brought this precious crystal to this place. My mind races at possibilities and reasons in my need to understand.

I place the crystal in my medicine bag and offer in return a gift of tobacco to the Earth Mother.   I close my eyes, and turn my face to the sky and give thanks to Creator for this gift.  As I look into the dark gray clouds the first soft wet snow flakes fall and melt on my face. 


Waynonaha Two Worlds. Copyright (c) 2006 by Waynonaha Two Worlds.  All publication rights reserved.


ATTENTION:  After 16-years living in the same home, Waynonaha is being evicted.  She needs your help.  Grandmother Wanonaha writes, "..I will be homeless and will not be able to do the writing or my work. A month will not give me time to move out my things, it is winter and this will be difficult at the least..."  This wonderful elder has given freely her wisdom, kindness and generosity for many generations.  Now it is time that we give back to her.  Please help.

Waynonaha Two Worlds

P.O. Box 142

Lily Dale, NY 14752



Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


John Wayne


An Indian walks into the trading post and asks for toilet paper.  The  clerk asks if he would like a generic, Charmin or White Cloud.   "White Cloud sounds like good Indian toilet paper," says the Indian. "How much is it?" 


"$1 a roll," the clerk replies. 


"That seems pretty expensive," responds the Indian.  "What about the others?" 


"Charmin is $2 a roll and no name is 50 cents a roll." 


The Indian  doesn't have much money so he opts for the no name. Within a  few hours he is back at the trading post.  "I have a name for  that no name toilet paper," he announces to the clerk. 


"We shall call it 'John Wayne'." 


"Why?" asks the confused clerk. 


"Cause it's rough and it's tough and it don't take no shit offa' no Indian." 




From Grandmother Selma


The Christmas Season and the birth of a new year is with us.  Let us all bejoyous and celebrate in our own way. Christmas in this house is perhaps a little different than it is in many others.  We tend to use a great deal of symbolism and  actually expect people to know what it means and appreciate the fact that it is there to enhance the spiritual significance of the season.


Our tree is loaded with older and handmade ornaments, along with ones from family and or friends, along with new ones added each year,  they all tell a story.  They all touch lives, they all add to the meaning of the tree of life that they are gracing and adorning.  The tree that stretches its limbs out dispersing its energy and blessing to all who wish to partake: the tree that is lit in colored flashing red , blue, and white lights to remind us of the Nation that allows us our religious freedoms, to remind us of our past and current warriors who fight to protect those freedoms. The red for the people, the blood of the people, for the red road, the white for the wisdom, the purity of intent and heart, and the glow of the Divine Light.  The Blue for the blue road of spirit, for the sky and for the walk to the Divine.  The tree being green is for the new beginnings, added growth and to honor the Earth Mother as the source of substance.


The gifts beneath the tree are our Giveaway to all who touch our lives, to those who are a major part of our world, who walk beside us in unity, to our modern day " tribe"  if you will.  Sacred gifts are still wrapped in red or in white cloth....the rest are in decorative paper ( a gift from the tree) , with bows handmade of colorful ribbon as we wear on ribbon shirts.

Our feast will consist of some pretty major traditional items. Turkey for the ultimate giveaway from the animal kingdom to man, the three sisters.  Squash, corn and beans, and the fruit of the Earth Mother the cranberry.  The fruit of the trees being the pecans in the pie, the oysters in the dressing from our finned family world, the liver in the dressing from the animal kingdom internal energy.  the stuffing and rolls from the heart of the land, the grains.  



Artist :  Emerson.  The Navajo arbor resembles the stable in a typical nativity scene, the structure under which sacred rites, ceremony and dances are done.

  There will be ham, venison, green beans, potatoes, yams, chyote squash of the 

  Navajo, corn on the cob, and all the special treats such as the butter and the 

  desserts also just as significant symbolically.  All of the animals that live with us

  and there are lots, recieve Christmas Eve dinner according to their species. 

  Christmas Eve the animals talk and are honored in this fashion.  All the

  Christmas lights in the front pasture and down the drive is to light the way for

  others , our welcome mat so to speak. and our visual expression of the Light

  given to the world during this time.


  Yes, we are blessed people, not in terms of financial wealth, or stature, or

  status, but blessed in the knowledge of who we are , what we stand for, what we  

  believe in, and what we are willing to practice every day of our earth walk.


  May you all have a wondrous Christmas, a Happy New Year and know the 

  joy of life. ~ Hugs, Gram Selma


Submitted by Selma Palmer, 2007 All Rights Reserved 









Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the world,


We are back from a long and beautiful journey, many have touch the heart in many ways, many healings, many stories, faces, hearts and laughs. 


We have meet many healers, for all human being are healers, meet many love, for all human being is love, for love is the true healer in a human being, love have been the ways of all humans.


For a such a long time has been the identification of the body, and as that was going on human being went into a journey of sickness and terrible memories that hunt them, and the human being stop in be-living in themselves because it was so painful the memories of the body,  body remembers.


The identification with the pain have been going on for such a long time in human being, people began to see themselves as that pain, pain became a way to identify self,    because of the identification  the body, where you come from, what are your roots, the color of the skin, your degrees,  accomplishments, background, third-forth dimension of reality, ...and ...of course pain as a way to create relations, a way of identification.


They have even said that pain is a teacher, they have make pain as a virtue, so people began to be afraid of love, afraid of life, afraid of themselves, because they thought I brought myself in a situation that was painful, so I cannot believe in myself.


Stop identifying yourself as a body.

War, rapes, abuses of all kind, have been hurt human being in a deeply manner, where is the healer there? the healer is in the spirit, in the place where all the things are being created, in the true human being, daughter and son of the great spirit, for great are the creations of the father mother.


People can touch your body, can abuse your mind, even kill your body, but they can never touch you, human being is a spirit, and spirits can transcend time space, and heal, and connect and is free. Human being is a spirit that it is untouchable, and is not sick, for spirit remain in the true nature, and the purity of the heart is always there.


Father Mother, love and manifestation, has been there all the time, the heart loves and the mind will manifest, and the power of creation is because of love, if we stop seeing the things as good and bad according to a belief system, and observe the things as nature with the eyes of the spirit, the eyes that won't lie to you.


Change the way of perceive yourself, change the image that you have about yourself, stop seeing yourself as a wounded person, but see yourself with the eyes of the spirit, the eyes of a healer and a connector, for human beings are connectors.


Stop to identify yourself with the eyes of a system, but identify yourself as the daughter and the son of the great spirit, you are God-dess, for you are the true sons and daughters of the great spirit, be-live in yourself as you truly are. Heal yourself, this means, that through be-living insight-inside yourself you are truly helping yourself through that light that you are,.... means that you are life, you are not "living your life" like if life is separated from you, ...then, you will see events as that, events, you will remember but the pain will be gone. The pain will no longer rule your life, pain brings separation, that is what it make you feel that life is separated from you.....Became life, because that is what you are.


I am you  ~  Magdala 






Legacy Of Mistrust ... And Reason To Hope
Foster Indian Children

By Nicole Paseka Journal staff writer, Sioux City Journal

The toddler's flash cards begin to tell her story: wee, nah bah, tha blee. One, two, three.

Susette* is a 1-year-old member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.  She lives in a foster home in Sioux City because her biological parents are unable to care for her right now. Unlike many American Indian children in foster care, Susette's foster parents are American Indian, not white.

"We have tried really hard to keep this little girl's heritage alive," said Susette's foster mother, Renae.

Renae plans to make Susette a cradle board for her baby doll. Sage hangs over Susette's crib to ward off evil. Photographs on the living room wall show Susette and other Omaha children enjoying a powwow.

Susette's foster father, Michael, 36, is Navajo and Apache. Renae, 36, is Apache. Although they are not members of the Omaha Nation, they have learned everything they can about Omaha culture to pass on to Susette.

That's where the homemade flash cards come in. Michael and Renae want Susette to learn her native tongue. The family has frequent visits with Susette's biological parents and grandparents. When Susette grows up, Michael said he would like her to marry an Omaha man.

Michael and Renae moved to Sioux City from Colorado about two years ago. They said it is important for American Indians to consider becoming foster parents.

"What has happened in the past with our tribal ancestors is terrible," Renae said. "We can never forget, but we have to move forward to create a better future for generations to come."

Disproportionate numbers
Mention the words "Indian" and "foster care" in the tri-state region, and you are certain to hear passionate replies.

The firestorm erupted with the Sept. 24 death of 20-month-old Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell, who lived in a South Sioux City foster home when he received the injuries that ended his life. Although he was placed in that home while he was a ward of the Omaha Tribe, both the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services were eyed suspiciously after his death.





Murrow Indian Children’s Home in need

By Liz Gray




(Dallas, TX)  Albert Old Crow (Southern Cheyenne) read the Native Times story about the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in need of financial support and decided to do something about it. Old Crow is one of the hosts on the radio program “Beyond Bows and Arrows” which airs on Sunday’s in the Dallas, Texas area. He plans to read the story on the air for his listeners to possibly get involved and spread the word. He also forwarded the story to a few friends who said they are going to send small donations to the Home.

“It was forwarded to me and it touched my heart,” said Old Crow, who is originally from Hammon, Oklahoma. “I felt we needed to do something, however small it is we needed to do something.”

Based in Muscogee, Oklahoma, the Children’s Murrow Home has been providing a residential home program to needy children from tribes across Oklahoma for over 100 years. Soon After the Civil War, Rev. J.S. Murrow, enterprising missionary in Indian Territory, began taking orphan and homeless Indian children into his home.

Today, the Murrow Home is still a National Ministries mission partner and is supported, in part, by the American Baptist Association. Ms. Brown has been the director for over 25 years.

Seventy-five percent of their funds come from Church donations, the remainder from private donations and a small percentage from tribes. But donations directed to the Murrow Home have decreased because of the recent, national catastrophies, including the tsunami and recent hurricanes. “This year we ran about $30 thousand short,” said Joan Brown, Director of the facility. “If we don’t increase our funding, we are going to have to close in three months. We are down to a skeleton crew,” she said. “It’s getting scary.”

The Native American warriors society of Texas had a Christmas powwow for the children of their area. Old Crow heard about it and approached the Warrior’s Society asking if they could do a blanket dance for the Murrow Home. They agreed. At their small gathering they raised over $395.00 and plan to send the money directly to the Home. Old Crow’s theory is that every little thing you do helps, especially if everyone gets involved.

“Anybody could be in this situation personally. My dad and mom divorced at 12 and I realize how close I could have been in that situation,” said Old Crow. “If I were, I would want someone to be there for me.”

Many of the Murrow Home kids come from homes where they have been severely abused. Joan describes some of the worst cases where the children who first arrive have trouble sleeping, especially during the hours that bars close. These children are used to alcoholic relatives coming home at that hour. Some children sleep in their clothes.

“These abandoned, abused, or neglected children are deeply troubled and, in some cases, the state agencies have given up on them,” Brown explains. “But each one is a child of God and we don’t give up on them.”
Although the Murrow Home holds 100% Native American children and has housed children from all tribes of Oklahoma, only two tribes donate to the Home. The Muscogee Creek Nation and the Cherokee Nation.

“I would hope that no matter what tribe, everyone has an open heart and are willing to do what they can, said Old Crow. “Many times we get caught up with, ‘awe they’re not my tribe, I’m not going to worry about it.’ But, I am my brother’s keeper… I’m going to make contact with the Cheyenne Arapaho governor because I believe the tribe should contribute to the house as well.”

Radio Program “Beyond Bows and Arrows” Sunday’s 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dallas area and also on the internet. Go to and click on “specialty”.

To send donations to the Children’s Home, call or write to:
Murrow Indian Children’s Home
2540 Murrow Circle
Muskogee, Ok 74403


Submitted by Carole Many Kettles Woman Eveland



Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


The Medicine Man


Harry is getting along in years and finds that he is unable to perform sexually. He finally goes to his doctor who tries a few things, but nothing seems to work. So the doctor refers him to an American Indian medicine man.


The medicine man says, "I can cure this." With that said, he throws a white powder in a flame, and there is a flash with billowing blue smoke.


Then the medicine man says, "This is powerful medicine but you can only use it once a year. All you have to do is say '123,' and it shall rise for as long as you wish!"


The man then asks, "What happens when it's over, and I don't want to continue?"


The medicine man replies: "All you or your partner has to say is 1234, and it will go down. But be warned: It will not work again for another year."


Harry rushes home, anxious to try out his new powers and prowess.


That night he is ready to surprise his wife. He showers, shaves, and puts on his most exotic shaving lotion and cologne. After he gets into bed and is lying next to her, he says, "123" and suddenly he becomes more aroused than anytime in his life, just as the medicine man had promised.


His wife, who had been facing away from him, turns over and asks, "What did you say 123 for?"


And now you know why you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition.




Death of an Eagle

by Brookie Craig




Recently, I went to the Warm Springs reservation in Oregon and then to the Federal Eagle Repository in Ashland Oregon.


You probably never heard of Nathan Jim, Jr. He was a Yakima Indian who was arrested for illegal possession of Eagle Feathers and parts, by the Feds a couple years ago. He languished in fed jail for l4 months awaiting trial and was finally put on probation for this heinous crime. His lawyer appealed it under the new Religious Freedom act which guarantees Native Americans the right to eagle feathers to practice their religious ceremonies and again lost the appeal..He killed himself fearing that (in his mind) it would mean that the feds would rearrest him and sentence him to jail again.


This so moved his prosecuting US Attorney that he grabbed a bundle of eagle feathers at the Fed Eagle Repository (yes..our tax dollars at work) and drove to the reservation so they can use them for Nathan's spirit sending ceremony (burial) but arrived too late so Nathan didn't even get a feather in death.


I decided to continue the challenge to the Feds and drove to Ashland Oregon where they keep dead Eagles (yes..its true they have a Eagle repository there) and with much dread and fear (we NA do not TRUST the feds, having felt their wrath many times in the past) and trembled my way through the door fully expecting the worst. I was met at the counter by a little old lady who is a volunteer there. While holding my Bureau of Indian Affairs ID card in one hand and my Cherokee Tribal Registration card in the other, I tried to remember my Ancestors who would want my voice to be strong and proud. I stood a little taller and I said, "I want a Eagle Feather which is my right under the Religious Freedom Act." I expected a lightning bolt to come down but instead saw a gentle smile as she softly said, "Of course," walked over and handed me a a packet of federal forms to fill out with instructions to send in to the Portland office of the US department of Wildlife management.


I smiled as I read that I will have to have signed references from another Elder and Verification from the Bureau of Indian Affairs AND my Tribe to prove that I am, indeed a REAL Indian. References even for a Eagle Feather.


She asks..."Do you want a Bald or a Golden Eagle?" CHOICES!?!? I'm not prepared..."Do you want just a wing..or talons..or the head...or the whole eagle?" WHAT?!?!?! I come in expecting to be arrested for asking for ONE feather and they're offering me the WHOLE bird!?! I am confused by the offer and She sees that I'm unprepared for them offering me choices of parts of this sacred bird and smiles her suggestion that perhaps I might want to look at the drawings of the parts of the bird, circle what I want and include it with the forms...I am defeated instantly by her gentleness.


I ask her how they send an Eagle to me and she replies through the U.S. Mail..THE MAIL!?! I cannot envision receiving a dead Eagle through the mail and smile at the thought that I might owe postage due upon receipt.


Walking out the door I turn my head and see a stuffed Eagle, sitting silently perched proudly, in a glass cage, on display in the main lobby and overwhelming sadness fills my heart as I realize that another Eagle fell from the sky...a man, also fearful but who stood up for his beliefs, who will never be remembered by anyone for a cause that no one really cares about I guess...and the thought of his falling in vain fills me with a sense of profound grief, for our People believe that the Eagle is the sacred Messenger who brings the messages from our Creator...The thought hits me that no one will hear that message for the Eagle plunged to Mother Earth and perhaps mankind might have had a chance to have heard something sacred, but now...will never know.


There is something terribly tragic in that. I hope someone hears this message and cares about Nathan Jim, Jr. and the Eagle who fell from the sky.


There is something inherently evil in the system of a country, that was founded by people escaping religious persecution, that fills it's citizens with such fear that they kill themselves over what they consider to be a basic right of religious freedom.





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Sparks from War Eagle's Lodge Fire

by Frank B. Linderman


Dreams - Blackfoot

As soon as manhood is attained, the young Indian must secure his "charm," or "medicine." After a sweat-bath, he retires to some lonely spot, and there, for four days and nights, if necessary, he remains in solitude. During this time he eats nothing; drinks nothing; but spends his time invoking the Great Mystery for the boon of a long life. In this state of mind, he at last sleeps, perhaps dreams. If a dream does not come to him, he abandons the task for a time, and later on will take another sweat bath and try again.

Sometimes dangerous cliffs, or other equally uncomfortable places, are selected for dreaming, because the surrounding terrors impress themselves upon the mind, and even in slumber add to the vividness of dreams.

At last the dream comes, and in it some bird or animal appears as a helper to the dreamer, in trouble. Then he seeks that bird or animal; kills a specimen; and if a bird, he stuffs its skin with moss and forever keeps it near him. If an animal, instead of a bird, appears in the dream, the Indian takes his hide, claws, or teeth; and throughout his life never leaves it behind him, unless in another dream a greater charm is offered. If this happens, he discards the old "medicine" for the new; but such cases are rare.

Sometimes the Indian will deck his "medicine-bundle" with fanciful trinkets and quillwork At other times the "bundle" is kept forever out of the sight of all uninterested persons, and is altogether unadorned. But "medicine" is necessary; without it, the Indian is afraid of his shadow.


An old chief, who had been in many battles, once told me his great dream, withholding the name of the animal or bird that appeared therein and became his "medicine."








Dear Manataka,

This message is from Occupied Coast Salish Territory. We just produced a feature length documentary film entitled UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada's Genocide. It is the first film that documents the details of the deliberate and ongoing genocide of aboriginal people in Canada, and is being circulated around the world.

Read and Hear the truth of Genocide in Canada, past and present, at this website:


I urge everyone to order it and show it in their communities. We urge you to post it on your websites and send it to alternative media, educational, aboriginal and human rights groups around the world.

Please contact me if you wish to obtain a copy of this film.


Kevin Annett / Eagle Strong Voice
Co-producer, UNREPENTANT
260 Kennedy St.
Nanaimo, BC  Canada  V9R 2H8
ph: 250-753-3345

"When the desire for Truth and Virtue becomes the only bias in our mind, only then can we know in ourselves what is right." Peter Annett, Humanist and dissident, 1769 (jailed and persecuted by the Church of England for his questioning of the Bible and the church)



Dear Manataka,


My daughter brought home an article "Back From the Brink" [from the February 24, 2005 Weekly Reader], and I found  it very interesting and pertaining to this months article about the feds retaining eagle feathers of Native Americans used in spiritual or religious practices.


The article said the eagle population are so high that they are considering being taken off the endangered species list! If this is the case, why are they wasting tax dollars with fish and game representatives harassing they only people who from the very beginning have held this majestic creature in a place of honor and respect?  


It was not the Indians who brought them to the brink of extinction and cause them to require their protected status. It was the careless and thoughtless actions of a government who shielded and aided big business at the expense of its people, animals, and environment. The use of DDT is what nearly wiped the eagles from existence.  Only then did the government realize if they did not act we would be the only nation in the world who had carelessly wiped out the very symbol it had chosen to stand as a sign of its majesty and power.  Ironic isn't it?   If the government is not careful and more thoughtful in its dealings by putting people, animals, and the environment first, it will be the cause of its own demise and they wont be able to site anyone else a ticket and fine for that.


~Michele Johnson





In a recent issue of the Smoke Signal Newsletter there was an article about the US Fish & Game seizing eagle feathers at powwows during the past year.   I received a number of e-mails from people who were upset and "panicked" over these seizures. People, do your homework.  These seizures may violate the decision (ie. case law) of the 10th us circuit court of appeals. Rather than get upset and panicked,  do a little research, hire a lawyer, and you may get your feathers returned and all charges dropped, provided you are in fact of Indian heritage, and hold and practice your traditional beliefs.

The following is the summation of the decision of the 10th United States Circuit Court of Appeals regarding this issue.  The complete decision can be be readily found by going to the court's website.

(The defendant in the case is Chiricahua, who are not federally recognized)


10th US Circuit Court of Appeals Decision
Regarding Possession of Eagle Feathers by Non-Status Indians

(Not members of federally recognized tribes)

Filed on August 8, 2001

"On the one hand, historical government policy toward the Chiricahua tribe may have made it impossible for that tribe to obtain federal recognition today, while on the other hand, the government now wants to use that same lack of recognition to infringe on Mr. Saenz’s religious freedom.

We refuse to base Mr. Saenz’s free exercise rights on such tenuous ground.  Congress has explicitly declared a policy “to protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise the traditional religions of the American Indian, . . . including but not limited to access to sites, use and possession of sacred objects, and the freedom to worship through ceremonials and traditional rites.” The Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1996.

Against this background, we do not believe that Mr. Saenz’s free exercise rights should be conditioned on his “political” status-whether or not he is a member of a federally-recognized tribe.

Finally, the government alleges that allowing Mr. Saenz and others like him to obtain eagle permits will result in a permit system that is administratively unfeasible.  As explained, the government has offered no proof that the number of permit applicants would substantially increase in the absence of the challenged restriction, and we cannot ignore the fact that the government operated the permit system for eighteen years without requiring an applicant to be a member of a federally-recognized tribe. See supra , note 2.

The government operates programs for Native Americans under the IRA and IHCIA that do not require participants to be members of federally-recognized tribes.  Presumably, the government has found a way to allocate the limited resources in those programs (scholarship funds and grants) among the programs’ applicants.  The government will have to do the same here. As the district court stated, “[t]he federal government may find it difficult, time-consuming or bothersome to identify authentic Indian tribes ethnologically rather than simply politically, but the present test will never provide for the individual free exercise of religion precisely because of cases like the present one and because whether or not a particular tribe has been formally recognized for political purposes bears no relationship whatsoever to whether or not an individual practitioner is of Indian heritage by birth, sincerely holds and practices traditional Indian religious beliefs, is dependent on eagle feathers for the expression of those beliefs, and is substantially burdened when prohibited from possessing eagle parts.”

Aplt. App. at 218.  AFFIRMED.
Case Record Information
No. 00-2166
(D.C. No. 99-21-M)

Full Text of Written Opinion:


Dear Manataka,


In a recent Smoke Signal article, Daniel Hawk Hoffman asked the rhetorical question - "why all the violence in our schools?"  The answer is painfully obvious to me.  Our children are bombarded with violence on a daily basis by the electronic baby sitter, television. Violent video games play a part also, helping to desensitize children to the use of violence.  Recent research has substantiated the fact that children who are exposed to violence on TV and in video games on a daily basis become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.  And they gradually develop a greater tendency to engage in aggressive behavior toward others. 


The average child in the U.S. will have watched approximately 8,000 murder portrayals and 100,000 acts of other violence by the age of thirteen years.  Children's TV shows are some of the most violent programming, averaging an amazing 20 acts of violence per hour.  Researchers found that when a remote town in Canada finally got access to television signals several years ago (the TV signals were blocked by a mountain range prior to that), levels of aggression in the town's children increased an astounding 160 percent!   The bottom line is that parents abdicating their responsibility for raising their children has become the norm in the United States.  We take them to day care centers when we go to work, and we let them sit in front of a TV when we get them home.  Did you know that there is a direct inverse correlation between the number of hours a child watches TV per week and that child's scores on test of intelligence and creativity?  Want your child to become a doctor, scientist, attorney or other professional?  Sell or give away all of your televisions and buy books instead.  At the very least, limit TV watching to no more than one hour per week, and limit that to non-violent programming.  I have some friends who did exactly that.  They limited their children's TV watching to one hour per week from infancy all the way through high school, strictly controlling what they watched.  Both of their children completed bachelor's degrees in three years with honors, completed graduate degrees with honors, and are now successful professionals.


In addition to the above stated pernicious influences, television has also been directly linked to the significant increase of hyperactivity seen in children in the past few decades.  Television has been shown to train childrens' brains to be distractible and hyperactive.  All you have to do is watch TV for a few minutes and pay attention to how the scenes are constantly changing to understand how TV trains children to be distractible and hyperactive.  This has been well-documented with recent research.  In fact, one research group is now recommending that children under two years of age not be allowed to watch any television whatsoever because of this serious problem.


~William "Grizzly" Goswick, M.S.




Dear Manataka,

I teach English (AFL) to French-speaking students (grade12 - 18 -year- old students) in Belgium and I've always been interested in 'Indian culture'. The tragic destiny of your people and its pride really appeal to me. Since I can't think of teaching a language without giving my students an insight into their partners' 'real world'.


I am looking for a native American Indian (whether he might be a teacher or retired or whatever., doesn't really matter.) who'd be ready to collaborate with me and take some of his/her time to answer my students' questions.

What's your life like? How do you live? What kind of problems does your people/tribe have to cope with? Tell me a bit about your culture and traditions. These are questions that I like tackling in the classroom.  I'd like to find a 'partner' that I could really rely on and whose motivation/pride would be to share part of his/her knowledge with my students.
If you're interested, if you need more information  or if you know so. who could help me. I'M YOUR MAN

~Vincent GERARD (





Cobell vs Kempthorne

Bush Seeks Dramatic Changes to Cobell Settlement


Senate bill 1439, the Indian Trust Reform Act of 2005, would resolve the Cobell v. Kempthorne case and make reforms to the way the United States manages Indian trust funds and assets.  The bill was introduced in July 2005 and Committee staffs have been meeting with representatives from the plaintiffs, the Administration, and Indian tribes to decide what changes, if any, should be made to the bill.  This paper highlights several proposals that have come out of some of those discussions.

The Bush administration is proposing sweeping changes to the Cobell settlement bill that would phase out the federal government's trust management responsibilities and force consolidation of Indian lands.

Within 10 years, the Interior Department would no longer manage the 54 million acres held in trust for individual Indians and tribes. The goal is to turn the system into a "beneficiary-managed" trust for which the United States cannot be held liable for any damage claims. 

To facilitate the major shift, the administration wants to consolidate the Indian land base through voluntary and involuntary mechanisms.

Highly fractionated parcels would be whittled down to just 10 owners in the next 10 years.

And the administration is asking Congress to resolve all tribal trust claims in addition to the Cobell suit over the Individual Indian Money trust. Takings claims, land claims and environmental claims would not be affected.

These proposals were contained in a briefing paper released by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Monday. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the chairman, and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the vice chairman, have not approved the changes.

But the leaders are asking Indian Country for their comments on the ideas, which mark the first time in over a year that the Bush administration has responded to the Cobell settlement bill.

"To gain support for a multi-billion dollar bill, it may be necessary to incorporate significant changes to the management system for Indian trust assets. As proposed, these changes would not remove the trust status of Indian lands, but would reallocate significant decision-making authority and legal responsibility from the federal government to the Indian tribes and individuals," the briefing paper states.

The document, also called "New Issues for S.1439," did not attribute the proposals to any particular party. But the Cobell plaintiffs tied them to the administration, whose officials have raised similar ideas in the past about the Indian trust system.

Jim Cason, the associate deputy secretary at Interior, has advocated for the resolution of all tribal and individual Indian trust claims. David Bernhardt, the recently-confirmed solicitor, has lobbied Congress to limit the liability of the United States.

Cason's testimony to the committee on July 26, 2005, also outlined each of the proposals now up for debate as Congressional staff hold meetings across the country to get input on the bill.

The first meeting took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, yesterday. The last will be held November 9 at the Senate Russell Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Lawmakers will dedicate most of their time to passing the appropriations bills that keep the government operating. The outlook prompted one Democratic staffers on the committee to label chances for the bill's passage as "dire." But a Republican staffer was more optimistic when both spoke at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference earlier this month.

Either way, McCain and Dorgan have tied the delay to the Bush administration. "I think it's incomprehensible that the administration would not be able to come up with at least a response with what is a product of years of effort on the part of this committee and the interested parties," McCain said in September.

Dorgan said Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been cooperative. "It's the White House and the Office of Management and Budget that have not given us a number," Dorgan said via video at NCAI.

The Cobell case was filed in June 1996. The federal courts have affirmed the duty of the federal government to account for billions of dollars that have passed through the system.

More than two dozen tribes subsequently filed lawsuits for accounting, mismanagement and related claims. But some cases -- notably the Navajo Nation's $1.8 billion claim -- have been pending in court for years longer than Cobell or the more recent tribal suits.


ACT (SCIA 10/23)
Relevant Documents:
Staff Draft of Cobell Settlement Bill (Posted by ITMA) Senate Indian Affairs Committee Statement:

Indian Trust Reform Act: S.1439 | H.R.4322


Submitted by Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network


Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

The Outhouse

A Nishinabe father lined up all of his little sons and stood in front of them. He then asked, "who pushed the outhouse over the cliff?" Nobody answered him.

He then asked again, "Who pushed the outhouse over the cliff?"....again nobody answered him.

The Anishinabe father said, "I'll tell you a story of George and George's father. George chopped down the cherry tree. George told the truth, Big George did not punish little Georgie." So the father asked  again, "who the pushed outhouse over cliff?"

The littlest son replied, "I pushed the outhouse over the cliff". The father then spanks him for his punishment. When he is done the kid asks, "Georgie told the truth, and Georgie did not get punished. I tell truth, and I get punished. Why, father?'

The Anishinabe father replied, "Big Georgie was not in the cherry tree when it got chopped down".

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By Michael Milstein

Graveyard - A video survey Tuesday finds offshore areas of the Pacific Ocean completely empty of marine life


Ocean scientists took their first look Tuesday into the oxygen-starved "dead zone" spreading off the Oregon Coast and were shocked by what they saw: a lifeless wasteland of thousands of dead crabs, starfish and no live fish at all.

"It was a real eye-opener for all of us," said Hal Weeks, a marine ecologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "I don't think anybody expected this sort of thing."

Dead Dungeness crabs off Cape Perpetua, just south of Yachats, "were like jellybeans in a jar. You just can't count them, there were so many."
Oxygen levels in places along the central Oregon Coast have sunk to the lowest levels ever recorded on the West Coast of the United States, said Francis Chan, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, an alliance of research institutions.

Scientists suspect swings in the Earth's climate tied to global warming may be shifting wind conditions to bring about such grim results.





Elder's Meditation


 "You can't just sit down and talk about the truth. It doesn't work that way. You have to live it and be part of it and you might get to know it."  ~Rolling Thunder, Cherokee


We all read books that have much information in them. Often we pick up on little say ings that we remember. Inside of us is the little owl, the owl of knowing. It talks to us-- guiding us and nurturing us. Often when we get information, it's hard to live by, but it's easy to talk about. It's living the Red Road that counts - Walk the Talk. If we really want freedom in our lives, if we really want to be happy,  if we really want to have peace of mind, it's the truth we must seek.

My Creator,

help me in my

search for the

truth today.


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Health Watch... 


Toxins in Cosmetics & Personal Care Products!

By Lauren Zack



Harmful chemicals in cosmetic and personal care products can cause

cancer, birth defects, allergic reaction, and other health problems.



Chemicals that may be harmful to our health are found in our every day cosmetic and personal care products such as shampoo and conditioner, soaps, deodorant, perfume, body and hand lotion, shaving cream, makeup, toothpaste, facial cleansers, hair dye, to name just a few. Products that are labeled "natural" are not necessarily free from these ingredients and also require close scrutiny by the consumer.

For example, chemical ingredients of concern include fragrance, phthalates, coal tar hair dye, and alpha hydroxy acids (skin peelers):

Fragrances can consist of hundreds of ingredients, and are common human allergens. One in 50 people suffer immune system damage from fragrance exposures.

Phthalates are found in personal care products such as perfume and nail polish, and other scented products. These chemicals are possible human reproductive or developmental toxins and endocrine disruptors that have been linked to birth defects in male babies.

Coal tar hair dyes are widely used in popular brands despite studies linking them to bladder cancer and immune system damage.

Alpha hydroxy acids, or skin peeling products, are designed to diminish wrinkles and blemishes by stripping off outer layers of skin. Their use may lead to increased skin cancer risk, chemical burns and permanent scarring (1).

The ingredients listed here are just the tip of the iceberg; these and other chemicals known or suspected of causing cancer, birth defects, allergic reaction, and other health effects are found in thousands of cosmetic and personal care products. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), in a study titled "Skin Deep" first published in June, 2004 and updated in October, 2005, details over 14,000 common, name-brand personal-care products and almost 7,000 of their chemical ingredients. Over 44% of these products contain chemicals that are possible human carcinogens. Almost 46% of the products contain ingredients that may contribute to birth defects. Just under 86% of the products contain ingredients that may cause allergic reaction (2).


More than 99 percent of all personal care products on the market have at least one or more ingredients that have not been publicly assessed for safety. "Most of the products you use have chemicals that haven't been tested for safety at all...Most people assume that if you see something on the shelf, it's safe for you. The findings of our study really contradict that" states Dr. Tim Kropp, a toxicologist with EWG.(3)

In response to a cosmetic safety petition filed by the EWG in June 2004, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report that "revealed deep deficiencies in its power to protect the public health under the nation's cosmetics law. Notably, FDA affirmed its inability to enforce a requirement that a warning label be posted on products that have not been substantiated for safety"(4).

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Fluoride Action Network



Dogs, Cats, Osteosarcoma, Dysplasia

and Pet Food Fluoride

George Glasser, National Pure Water Association Bulletin

The recent cover-up scandal about osteosarcoma and drinking water fluoridation brought to mind research I had done several years ago into canine osteosarcoma which is fairly common among certain breeds of dogs and cats.

Because of the association between osteosarcoma and drinking water fluoridation, I contacted people whose dogs developed the cancer to see if they lived in fluoridated areas, but there was not even a credible anecdotal connection. It appeared to be a universal problem. I dropped the investigation until the new flap came up about fluoride and osteosarcoma and I decided to take a fresh look at the issue again.
Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer in humans, cats and dogs.  Osteosarcoma mostly occurs in male humans, dogs and cats. In dogs, the disease is more frequently seen in larger breeds such as rottweilers, greyhounds, golden retrievers, etc.  Recent studies have also shown that osteosarcoma is also more common in taller people.

Osteosarcoma accounts for 85% of all primary bone tumours in dogs, and in the US - 8,000-10,000 dogs per year in U.S develop osteosarcoma .

In cats, osteosarcoma accounts for 70% of primary bone tumours.

In humans, about 5 children out of a million develop osteosarcoma each year. Osteosarcoma accounts for five percent of all primary bone tumors in children.

Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer/tumors seen in humans, dogs and cats.

If fluoride were possibly a factor - how did the animals get a sufficient dose  in their diet? My research suggested that it was arbitrary and not associated with drinking water fluoridation, if fluoride were a factor. The only other possibility was in their food.

It took nothing more than an Internet search using "fluoride content + dog food" and there it was:



Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Lost Tourist on the Rez


An blonde woman from New York City was driving through the rez sightseeing when her car broke down on a deserted dusty road. The only things around her where the sage brushes and an occasional lizard running pass.  She was feeling helpless and in tears. 


Then off in the distance she saw an  Indian on horseback coming along.  When he came up to her, she noticed he was wearing just a lion cloth.  He  offered her a ride to a nearby garage. She climbed up behind him on the horse and they rode off. 


The horse would start off into a gallop  and the woman would grasp on tighter. Then all of a sudden the man would yell out, "Wooooowhoooo!!!!!"  The whoop was so loud that it would echo into the surrounding hills. 


This happened over and over again, the horse would run off into a gallop and the woman would tighten her grip and the indian man would holler "WOOOWHOOOO!!"


Finally they  arrived in town, he let her off at the local service station, yelled one final, "Yahoo!" and rode off into the sunset. 


"What did you do to get that Indian so excited?" asked the service station attendant. 


"Nothing" shrugged the woman, "I merely sat behind him on the horse, put my arms around his waist, and held onto his saddle horn so I wouldn't fall off." 


"Lady," the attendant said, "Indians ride bareback."




Animal Rights... and Wrongs




The chance to save America's horses is in the homestretch! The U.S. Senate will be back in session for only a few days, and we must ensure that it will take action on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act before adjourning for the year.


Our next, and likely final, National Call-In Day for Horses is this Tuesday, Dec. 5. We must flood Senate offices with phone calls during this short window, urging them to cosponsor S. 1915 and get it to the senate floor for a vote. Mark your calendars now.


Here's what you can do to help:

1. Tell your friends and family. With the help of concerned citizens like you, we had over 20,000 calls reach the House of Representatives before it passed this legislation in September. Help us reach the Senate with an even greater number of people by telling everyone you know to call their Senators.


2. Make the call Dec. 5. Call Sen. Richard Lugar at 202-224-4814 or call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you're not sure what to say, try this: "I am a constituent and I am calling to ask that the Senator immediately protect our horses from slaughter and cosponsor S. 1915, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. I am very concerned about American horses and I don't want them slaughtered."


3. Let us know you called. On Tuesday, follow up your phone calls by letting us know you called to support the end of horse slaughter in the United States. Click here to help push the Call-In Day counter into the tens of thousands by letting us know you called.


The time to act is here. We've been able to bring America's horses to the brink of permanent protection from slaughterhouse butchers, but we're not there yet. We must light up the phones in the Senate because our horses are counting on us. Nearly 100,000 horses are killed every year so that their meat can be eaten by foreign gourmands abroad, and they cannot afford to wait to see if another Congress will decide to save them. Your calls will not only make a difference, they will help make history. Help us end horse slaughter in the United States forever.



Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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Book Reviews



Indians in the Americas: The Untold Story

by William Marder


There have been many books written over the years promising to tell the true story of the Native American Indians. Many, however, have been filled with misinformation or derogatory views.


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Medicine Lake Victory
Ninth Circuit Reverses Lower Court Ruling Halts Development

on 10,000-Year-Old Sacred Site at Medicine Lake



MOUNT SHASTA, Calif., Nov. 9 (AScribe Newswire) -- The Pit River Tribe won a major victory in their long-term struggle to protect a sacred site near Medicine Lake in Northeastern California from energy development this week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court ruling and rejected renewed energy leases  made by the federal government to a private company. The Pit River Tribe is plaintiff along with the Native Coalition for Medicine Lake Highlands Defense and the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. The group is  represented by the Stanford Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School.

In an opinion issued by Judge J. Clifford Wallace, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service unlawfully failed to consult with the Pit River Tribe and undertake appropriate environmental review before deciding to execute energy leases in 1998 to a private company on
this 10,000-year-old sacred landscape. The leases had granted Calpine Corporation rights to develop geothermal power near Fourmile Hill in the Medicine Lake Highlands, about 30 miles northeast of Mount Shasta in northern California.


Submitted by Andrea Cramblit,



Trevor Miller legal case - Six Nations



Mohawk Political Prisoner Challenges Jurisdiction of Colonial Courts
By Fiona Becker, Indymedia

Over 50 people packed the Cayuga courthouse on Wednesday for Trevor Miller, a Six Nations Mohawk of the Turtle Clan, as Trevor declared to the court that the colonial Canadian system has no jurisdiction over him. When the judge walked into the courtroom for the pre-trial hearing of Trevor Miller, and the bailiff called “all rise”, only the cops and the lawyers stood up. When Trevor Miller walked in, however, the packed courthouse stood up, and they remained on their feet throughout the proceedings.

“I am a sovereign Mohawk man, you have no jurisdiction over me,” he said to the judge in tight handcuffs, with a freshly-shaven Mohawk and donning a traditional Haudenosaunee shirt.

Trevor Miller, 31, has been sitting in a Hamilton jail for over four months, after being arrested near Grassy Narrows for charges related to the Six Nations Land Reclamation adjacent to Caledonia in southern Ontario. Trevor Miller was denied bail in October, and has yet to be given a trial date. He is from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and is the father of three young children.

The court proceedings were attended by members of the Traditional Mohawk Council, who went before the judge and demanded his release. “You are holding him in custody illegally, and you’re breaking your own laws,” they said, with a Two Row Wampum in hand. The Two Row Wampum is one of the oldest treaties that exist between the Haudenosaunee and colonizing nations. It demonstrates, through beadwork, the separateness of the Iroquois to the Europeans, and allows for the collective use of the land as long and only insofar as the ways of the white man are not enforced on the ways of the Onkwehonweh. “You are keeping him only for political reasons,” continued members of the council, “we demand that you release him and hand him over to the Mohawk traditional council, who operates under the Great Law of Peace.”

he Judge, though clearly uncomfortable, told Stuart Myiow of the Mohawk Traditional Council that he had neither authority to address the court nor to speak on Trevor’s behalf. Trevor’s court supporters then proceeded to demand that the judge release him. Both his mother and sister were in tears. “They do not regard our people as human beings,” Trevor’s mother, Trudy Miller, said.

Trevor will be challenging the jurisdiction of the court via the Attorney General, and returns to court for the 20th of December, at which point it will be over 5 months in custody. His supporters and friends are urging that people send letters of support to him while he sits indefinitely behind the state’s bars.

Letters of support to Trevor Miller can be sent to:

Trevor Miller, 165 Barton Street East, Hamilton, Ontario  L8L 2W6 Range 5CR


Submitted by Wahela Pierce, Tribal Natives Update



Manataka American Indian Council






By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country


As Leaders Go, So Goes The Nation

Many years ago, the Cherokee People were ruled by a clan of hereditary priests called the Anikutani. Once these priests were impeccable and beyond reproach, but over the years they became greedy, arrogant and mean.

Having the power to control the People, they abused it and took what they wanted. They were never hungry and demanded the best of the venison and corn as tribute. The corrupt Priests invoked so much fear in the People that they were afraid to rise up against them.

One day one of the Priests took a warrior's beautiful young wife by force. When the warrior returned home and found out what had happened, he became so angry that he was able to rally the other warriors to rise up and kill the evil priests. This put an end to the fear and misery these men had brought upon the tribe.

That is the way of every nation though. Once the ruling class becomes corrupt, society itself begins to crumble. In the past, it sometimes took thousands of years for a civilization to rise and fall. Now, thanks to our advanced technology, we have come further faster than any other country in the world.

But the vastness of our wealth and the endless possibilities for pleasure have caused a breakdown in our society as a whole, and in our leaders most conspicuously.

Where today is honor? Where is morality? Where is hope?

And while there are some good people serving in government or running for office, the taste of ash is in my mouth. What happens to them when they jump into the putrid cauldron of politics? Will they sink to the bottom or will they be able swim to that distant shore? Even if they maintain their own standards, can it be enough to offset those who wallow in the trough of power and greed?

But there is cause for Hope. We are looking towards the dawn of a New World. All things will be good again.



Be careful of words and political rhetoric. Can you guess who made the following statement?

"The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during recent years." - Adolph Hitler

Source: The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, vol. 1 (London, 1942), 871-72.





Rabbit-Skin-Leggings and No-Horns-On-His-Head

by Prof. Levi Edgar Young, Dec. 31, 1922


In 1832 four Indians appeared on the streets of St. Louis and asked for food.  They were wan and haggard, for they had come a journey of several hundred miles from the wilds of the far west.  Two of them were from the Nez Perces, while the others were of the tribe of Flatheads, who roamed the country on the headwaters of the Missouri and Columbia rivers.  They explained that they had heard of the "White Man's Book From Heaven" and they had come to find it.


General George Clark, the commander of the military post at St. Louis, entertained the visitors.  They were shown about the frontier town, which to them was the "civilization of the palefaces."  Two of the Indians soon died and then it was the others that decided to return to the land of their fathers.  Before they departure General Clark gave them a feast, to which a number of officers and citizens of St. Louis were invited.


The two Indians, whose names were Rabbit-Skin-Leggings and No-Horns-On-His-Head, respectively, listened to the speeches of the Americans, and particularly were they told about the Bible and the desire of the whites to treat the Indians with justice.  One of the Indians then arose and addressed the assembly in words humble yet dignified:


"I came to you over a trail of many moons from the setting sun.  You were the friend of my fathers who have all gone the long way.  I came with one eye open for more light for my people who sit in darkness.  I go back with both eyes closed.  How can I go back blind to my people?  I made my way to you with strong arms, through many enemies and strange lands, that I might carry much back to them.  I go back with both arms broken and empty.  The two fathers who came with me- the braves of many winters and wars- we leave asleep here by your great water.  They were tired in many moons and their moccasins worn out.


"My people sent me to get the white man's Book from Heaven.  You took me where you allow your women to dance, as we do not ours, and the Book was not there.  You took me where they worship the Great Spirit with candles, as we do not ours.  The Book was not there.  You showed me images of the Great Spirit and pictures of the good and the beyond, but the Book was not among them.  I am going heavy with burdens of gifts, and my moccasins will grow old in carrying them, but the Book is not among them.  When I tell my poor people, after one more snow, in the Council, that I did not bring the Book, no word will be spoken by our old men and our young people will die in darkness, and they will go on the long path to other hunting grounds.  No white man will go with them and no white man's book to make the way plain.  I have no more words."


In the paper from which this remarkable story is copied, there are several incidents told by Prof. Young, which are interesting in connection with their religious concepts, myths, legends and practices.  For they show us the noble character of the race- the fruit of their faith, or their inheritance from great ancestors.  And the tree must be judged by the fruit.


By Prof. Levi Edgar Young, Dec. 31, 1922

Submitted by Elisi SpiritDove Henderson


~Creator,whisper to me, in terms I can understand what it is you would have me do, I shall do it.




Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. - Seven Hawks'The Strangler Fig'

I read an article some time back which reminds me of some so called friends.  Deep in the tropical forests there grows what is called, 'The Strangler Fig' 

This vine attaches it's self to a host tree and slowly surrounds the trunk of the tree.  The multiple roots from this vine grow deep around the base of the host tree and rob the tree of precious nutrients needed for growth.  In time, the vine then grows to the top of the tree spreading much foliage covering the tree and depriving it of much needed sunlight for survival and soon the tree dies. 

This article not only reminded me of persons who claim to be your friend only to make attempts to hurt you personally but also make me recall how various tribes among the Native American people treated each other in the past.  They are cunning, gaining your confidence and then turn on you. 

Much like the 'Strangler Fig Vine' we are unaware of this action until it is too late.  Good friends are hard to find, as I wrote in an article several months ago, they are like precious stones such as, Diamonds and Rubies, having many facets which bring out their beauty.  A Strangler Fig Vine disguises itself and claims to be of some kind of help but in time it causes you much harm.  Always choose your friends carefully, never turn on them without due cause.  Do not listen to lies and innuendos or gossip about another person and make sure you do your best to be a good friend to others. 


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




Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Dr. Coyote (health humor)

Dear Mister Coyote

My son, who spends alternate weekend with me, has one hand attached to a Nintendo Game Boy. This makes life difficult for him and those around him. With only one hand available for chores and homework, these things  take twice the time. Any advice? Bewildered Dad

Reply: First of all, I am not a Mister.  I am Dr. Coyote.  I did, or didn't, work hard for my credentials so please address me appropriately.

Secondly, wow, this is very easy to answer.  If you are having problems with a one-arm kid why not make it easier on yerself.  If you made your child use no arms then they could find out how hard gaming can really be.  That should take care of that.  Can he play doom with just his forehead? Alternatively, if you give him a really large chocolate donut the drippings, fat and donut dandruff create more friction for better gaming, but will also eventually clog the controls so he cannot play at all.  If all else fails get him a shooting game so at least he can visualize deer hunting on a video scale.

Reasonable Health Practioner's Response: Video games cause our children to limit their physical activity.  They may think they are doing wonderful, active, creative things but in fact they are sitting down and getting larger.  Kids sit in front of a screen if they are not given alternatives.  Get off your own bottom and take your son outside.  It is acorn season-take a hike to show him some oak trees, go gather seaweed, cactus, pine nuts, go fishing, take him to the swimming pool, find a weekend sport, or some other activity you can enjoy together.  Hey a playground is a great way to get rid of excess energy.  Parents and children need around 30 minutes of exercise per day so why not spend that time together?  You will be in better shape and even more importantly have a better relationship with your children.

Dr. C is a Native Trickster.  Follow his advice with great caution. He is Old-Man Coyote in most tribes, Raven in northwestern Indian tradition, or, more generically, "The Tricky One" (such as Wakdjunkaga among the Winnebago or Manabozho among the Menomini), but he has many other disguises as well. Trickster does not always speak the truth, but nonetheless you can learn a lot from him.  If you have any health questions about this column please talk with your own medical advisor.

Submitted by Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network



Elder's Meditation

The Medicine Wheel teaches the four seasons of growth - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

If we study nature, for example the oak tree, we will find that every oak tree experiences

four seasons.


Winter - During the winter season, the oak tree experiences the loss of its leaves. At first the oak tree is not concerned but soon the tree looks around and says, "Wait a minute.  Something is wrong with me." Then, as the oak tree observes its surroundings, it realizes it has lost its identity. The human being will also experience a type of loss. The human will seek the answer to three questions during the winter time: who am I, why am I and where am I going? The winter season is the season of reflection and renewal. We humans must be willing to let go of our old leaves - meaning our current identity, our skills, our attitudes, habits and our beliefs. This letting go is natures way of preparing us for our new spring.


"But first let us join hands and pray." -Starleaf, Shinnecock

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, located at 136 Waine Place in Hot Springs, from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Coffee is provided, food and other soft beverages are brought by individuals to share. 


January 6

The Women will begin working on flat feather fans with beaded handles. Please bring your own supplies and join the fun.


Our sincerest thanks to Cheryl Wilkinson for hosting the Fall 2006 Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship' Healing Retreat at her home and Ceremonial Grounds in Atkins, Arkansas on November 10, 11, and 12. A total of seventeen women attended the retreat. Among the activities was watching a Wanda Sykes comedy on Friday night, a Women's only Sweat Lodge on Saturday, and a Pipe Ceremony on Sunday. A special thanks to Aurora Adney for the excellent way she conducted the Pipe Ceremony. And, another special thanks to Melinda Smith and Barbara Sample for healing our spirits with their songs and drumming.




Donations of nonperishable food items, toiletries, and bio-friendly cleaning supplies will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. As the holidays and winter approach the request for assistance by those in need increases.


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


Join Us!





Native Foods

by Dale Carson / Indian Country Today / October 25, 2006



It must be a cyclic thing, because every year at this time I get excited about cooking and reading about cooking. I'm thinking about food all the time. What is that? Maybe it's our human way of fattening up for winter as our ancestors did. Animals do it; and we're animals, aren't we? Most of us don't need to ''fatten up'' any more than we already are, that's for sure.

There are those who are less fortunate and need to have more to eat - more of the right things to eat. We must never forget them. A gift of food is a gift of life and love, so think about this when you're making jams, jellies, breads, one-dish meals, anything that you have in abundance to cache for winter use.

All those pumpkins you grew can become pies to freeze, so give some away. All that squash, corn and beans you grew, or got for bargain prices, can become soups, stews, or even canned or frozen by themselves. It's a great chance to have a good time while you're at it. Get a bunch of friends together. If you have a lot of friends, maybe a community center, school or church would let you use their kitchen. You could work a trade deal if they charged rent, but that's not likely (I hope).

Any time you get people and food in the same location there's bound to be a lot of laughter and a good time. You could either make tons of one good thing, pies, for example, or have everyone bring a special recipe they would like to try plus any odd ingredients needed. Say, ''Come to a pumpkin party.'' See how many different things you can all make with that one thing. Then, maybe give some to a local nursing home or senior center: any place or a person who would surely appreciate your efforts.

A few years ago, I had crabapples at a friend's house at Odanak in Canada. They were out of this world, an unlikely treat, a surprise delight.

Spiced Crabapples
6 cups early crabapples, with stems
2 cups water
1 quart vinegar
4 cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon mace
1 tablespoon allspice

Wash, but don't peel, crabapples. Put water, vinegar, sugar and spices (break cinnamon sticks into pieces) into a large heavy pot. Boil until this syrup coats a spoon. Reduce heat. Add the apples, stirring gently to coat all, and simmer for just a few minutes to cook the apples but avoid bursting the skins. When apples are tender, pack into hot, sterile jars, cover with the hot syrup and seal.

Pretty Pumpkin Side
3 cups pumpkin, peeled and cut in 1-inch pieces
2 cups (or 1 can) chopped tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup large lima beans
1 tablespoon corn oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup broth or water
Salt and pepper

Saute the onion in the oil and butter for about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes (drain if using canned), garlic, corn, limas, pumpkin and broth or water. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook vegetables until they are tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Use the cleaned-out shell for serving other things like cranberry juice, stew, soups, cooked vegetables, condiments, etc.

Coat pumpkin seeds with a light vegetable oil, spread flat in a baking pan, sprinkle with a little salt and bake for 1-1/2 hours at 225 degrees.

Pumpkin stuffed with seasoned, cooked wild rice is an elegant Native presentation. Complete the picture with roasted turkey and cranberries.

Wusswaquatomineug (Walnut) Bread
2-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1-3/4 cups white flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups sour milk*
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange or lemon peel
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
3/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans. Put dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to blend. Then add the nuts and raisins. In another bowl, combine eggs, sour milk*, molasses, honey and peel. Add to the dry ingredients. Spoon into loaf pans and bake for 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cover with foil for the last 15 to 20 minutes. Cool loaves on a rack before serving.

* To make sour milk, put 4 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice in a glass measuring cup. Add enough fresh milk to make 2 cups liquid. Stir and let stand for 1 minute.

Notes and Tips:  
" To keep squirrels and raccoons away from plants and garbage cans, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of white vinegar, cayenne pepper and a little water and spray where they're likely cause trouble.

" If you have fruit flies in your house, take a saucer or dish with sides and put some cider vinegar in it with a few drops of dishwashing liquid soap. The combo with attract them away from your fruit.


I want to thank all of you who have sent in suggestions and ideas to I am always learning things. Please let me know what YOU want to see for recipes in this column.

Dale Carson is the author of three books: ''New Native American Cooking'' (temporarily out of print), ''Native New England Cooking'' and ''A Dreamcatcher Book.''

For ordering information write to Dale Carson, P.O. Box 13, Madison, CT 06443 or e-mail



Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


"Unnatural Laws"

Law of Mechanical Repair:
After your hands become coated with grease your nose will begin to itch or you'll have to pee.
Law of the Workshop:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
Law of probability:
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
Law of the Telephone:
When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.
Law of the Alibi:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
Variation Law:
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now. (Works every time.)

Bath Theorem:
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
Law of Close Encounters:
The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
Law of the Result:
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
Law of Biomechanics:
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
Theatre Rule:
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
Law of Coffee:
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
Murphy's Law of Lockers:
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets:
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich of landing face down on a floor covering are directly
correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.
Law of Location:
No matter where you go, there you are.
Law of Logical Argument:
Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
Brown's Law:
If the shoe fits, it's ugly.

Oliver's Law:
A closed mouth gathers no feet.
Wilson's Law:
As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.





By Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett

Manataka Mountain Stands Proud and Tall

Manataka Speaks To Us All

Manataka, Place of Peace
Where Ancestors Went Man and Beast

So Many Before Us

Many Yet to Come
Listen Carefully
You Can Heart the Drums

From the First, It Called

To My Heart
I Am Not There, But My Spirit 
Won't Depart

I Have Been There Before

In Visions and Dreams

I Will Never Leave

My Spirit Screams

Climb To The Top
Feel The Wind Blow

You Will Not Be The Same

When You Return Below


These Are The Things To Fight Against



My heart is sad and my face shows it still the question who is kin and who is not even to each other we must prove it. If the bloodline is there it is not the quantum that matters there are many with brown skin who do not know their tribes or clan.


Because of the removals so many lost so many hidden, both North and South of Turtle Island are our kindred with them we share blood do you claim to know them all or how they are counted?


Why still the fighting within ourselves just because some things are different We each have our own ways do not lump us like the whites do.


Show instead the pride in each other show respect and gentle loving celebrate our differences and honor instead the sharing of our heritages.

All nations are my cousins they are the decedents of my ancestors, hear the spirits of the ancients they are disappointed in their children.


The Four Winds call for us to gather, the Elders tell us love each other Mother Earth, Father Sky, and Creator should be what holds us together.


Go back and face the rising sun search your heart and try to find out who you are. Do not turn against each other reach out instead to your brothers.


Show respect and honor for his traditions save anger and fighting for the real cause, prejudice, and injustice, poverty, and genocide, these are the things to fight against!


Submitted by Helen RedWing Vinson

Unbound and Unrestrained


Sequential words falling,

On waiting paper,

Thoughts surrealistic,

Unbound by convention,

Unrestrained by religion.


Understood by some,

Unbound for receiving,

Unrestrained for accepting,

Surrealistic interpretations,

Worldly and worthy.


© 2006 by Lou Reeves


Inspirational Message

The Five Finger Prayer

This is beautiful - and it is surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives.


1.      Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

2.      The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3.      The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders.  Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.

4.      The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5.      And lastly comes our little finger the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively. surely can't hurt, but it certainly can help.






Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.


Memorial Gift... 

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. 04-20-06


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 04-20-06


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.


Crossing Over...


Diane Burns, Poet and Artist, passed on into the spirit world late on December 22 after a short illness. Funeral plans are pending. Diane Burns was born in 1957. Burns 's father is a Chemehuevi and her mother is an Anishinabe.  Her poetry is known for its humor and honesty.   Diane Burns' first published set of poems had, at that time, firmly established her as one of the up and coming young Native American female poets of her generation. ~Andrea Cramblit  12-23-06

John C. Mohawk (NY) 61, Seneca was leading intellectual of Haudenosaunee perspective passed away 12-15-06.  Iroquois people across New York state and southern Canada are in mourning this week for the man considered the leading Haudenosaunee intellectual of his age. A professor at the University of Buffalo and member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, died Sunday.  Officials at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor canceled a holiday event scheduled for this weekend so local people could travel to the Cattaraugus Reservation for Mohawk's funeral on Saturday.  12-18-06


Lana Kotenko (Chicago, IL) 58, Cancer victim.  crossed over and entombed on Thursday Dec 14th, 2006.  Thank you very much for your part in making her life worth living these last few months. Stan 12-18-06 

Fernando Espinosa (CA) "...Fernando was really touched when a prayer by my brothers and sisters went to the mountain to pray and was put in the Indian paper. He told me that is the nicest thing anyone has done for me even though they did not know me!..." said his wife Imogene.  As the family stands for the rights of our people.  We want to thank you again for your prayers & kindness.  Mark & Carla Maslin 12-04-06


Violet Ruth Super (Orleans, CA) Auntie Vi passed away in her sleep as a result of a fire that destroyed her home on the evening of November 29, 2006 in Orleans California.  She was born on her families Indian Allotment known as "Butlers Flat" on the Salmon River in Siskiyou County on December 3, 1917 and lived all her life along the Klamath and Salmon rivers, and kept a home for several years in Castella and Dunsmuir south of Mt. Shasta.  She was a full-blood member of the Karuk Tribe of California  Her family was from the villages of Katimiin, Ike's and Amikiyaarem.  Her Indian name was Vasihtínihich  She was a fluent speaker, teacher and strong advocate of the Karuk language. She lived her life full of vim, vigor and vinegar, always young at heart.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Karuk Tribe Andrea Cramblit 12-03-06

Grandfather Martin Martinez (Haystack, NM), Our Prayers go out to the Keeper of Old, the messenger that was written about in the Books called Spoken Truth & Nations Unite Within Souls We Walk.  Martin Martinez was chosen to work with all Nations in Uniting them bring the Earth Wisdom and Knowledge and the love he shared for us all.  Many blessings to his wife, children, grandchildren and all relations within his people.  May we continue to bring a great awareness as one of our Elders of the Din'e People of the Navajo Spiritual Leaders. May the Great Spirit continue to have our Grandfather work with us from the spiritual side for peace, love, honor, respect and trust.  Our prayers and love can be sent.  A Brother for Peace and Harmony...BlueThunder, Bennie LeBeau 11-01-06

William Bright (CO), an internationally renowned linguist who spent more than half a century inventorying the vanishing riches of the indigenous languages of the United States, died on Oct. 15 in Louisville, Colo. He was 78 and lived in Boulder, Colo. 10-24-06 Andrea Cramblit

Isaac Urquidez (CA), Grass dancer and  boyfriend of Elaine Meyers, passed away today.  Diagnosed bone cancer.  He was at the Hart Park Powwow Saturday and Sunday of this last weekend.  An honoring song for him will be at San Dimas Powwow on October 7 and 8 in San Dimas, California.  The drum One Nation had composed a song for Isaac.  09-30-06 Michael Reifel and Corina Roberts

Sickness and Injuries...

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

Nathan Hayes (AR) My grandson Nathan, age 2, was diagnosed with autism.  He is a very accepting child & wants to be loved.  Please keep him & his family in your & his family in your prayers. Mom is trying to cope with it but it is hard for any single  parent.  We welcome suggestions or help that anyone can offer. Please give this family your  prayers &  support.  You may contact  his mother  through Manataka.  Creator will guide us but we need support from family & friends.  Marsha Pierce 12-08-06


Joe Robertson (Canada) On heart medicine for blood pressure.  Our family is doing fine. Especially our little girl, Aaliyah who we are planning on adopting out of the foster care system. Niawen Yahweh! Thank you again! Joe and Joanne Robertson 12-04-06


Tom Smith (GA) Tom is doing very well with the amputation.He has really come a long way. He got an electric wheelchair through Medicare, and it really helps him get around good. The only problem is he has no way to transport it. The lifts are very expensive. He is now undergoing chemo as he has lesions in his lungs. This is from the cancer that had developed in his leg. He is very weak, and spent several days in the hospital upon returning home from my house for Thanksgiving. He had a severe reaction. He is losing his hair and is very depressed and scared. Also, with being diabetis, he really has mood swings, and it is hard for my sister, as well. She is trying so hard, and it is really putting a strain on their relationship. She is a strong woman, and is a wonderful caretaker. She should have been a nurse. I would like to ask for prayer for them both.  Awi Anida Waya 12-03-06


Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett (GA)  Was in a car accident 11-30-06.  Car went down an embankment and rolled 2 1/2 times before landing on the driver's side. Sheri had to be cut out of her seatbelt. Every glass was broken out, but none of the three passengers received serious injury.  She has been experiencing very severe headaches with vomiting.  12-03-06


Stephen Majoros - (Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia) Suffering from an unknown (not diagnosed) ailment.  Please pray for this good man with a big loving family.  We are offering up prayers on the smoke of our fires atop the sacred Manataka Mountain. 11-21-06

Lila Standing Tall Weeks - (Hudson, WS) Has bacterial pneumonia. Please remember me in your prayers.  11-20-06


Kent Leroy Leffelman - (Saint Louis, MO) Has an aggressive form of Lupus and losing weight rapidly.  It is terminal with 1 1/2 years. Started chemotherapy.  Memory loss, migraine headaches.  Started with Gulf War Illness in 1991 as a combat medic, chaplain's assistant and military police. Kent wishes wish he had married and traveled more.  Prayers are needed.  ~Bear 11-18-06


Mary Rush - (Corning, AR)  81-year old Mary has Hodgkin's Lymphoma Disease.  We ask that every pray for this blessed soul. ~John Three Eagles and Greta Holifield  11-08-06


Sue & Lee in - (Albany, GA) My son's 11-year old best friend Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The tumor is the size of a large eggplant and is sitting right above his heart. This little boy needs all the prayer he can get.  We love this child as though He is my own and we really need all the prayers!  Juli Purcell 10-19-06 


Mark Allen VanBibber (MO) Diagnosed with bladder cancer had surgery yesterday.  Doctors  removed his bladder and made a new one from intestinal tissue.  The surgery went well and he is recouperating well.   My daughter, Lisa, also had surgery today to remove cysts from her ovary and doing well also.  Thank you and all at Manataka for their prayers.  ~Little Sister Linda 10-10- 06


Dobby Sommer (CA) - I have had hip replacement surgery and I am home in a hospital bed and a walker with my daughter and daughter-in-law taking care of me. I am pretty helpless except for my good girls and my brother helps with my dogs. I appreciate you so much for having me in the Healing Basket. My prayers go out to all the folks in the Healing Basket. Many, many Blessings to All.  Success In All Things.  Much Love.  Dobby.  10-10-06


Hip, knees, and ankles are serving with much pain.  High blood pressure. "Thank you for your seven day prayers. Actually you inspired me to pray for seven days for you and Manataka and the maker of my rattle.  I have also been inspired to have surgery sometime this summer with my faith in the Creator rather than my fears. I am  getting more crippled, but I can still walk with a cane." Please pray for this gentle, loving soul.  08-05-06


Jay King - (WV) Now recovering well from heart surgery.  He is looking and feeling much better. I know prayers are answered. Our family at Manataka are a great comfort knowing you will respond to our request. Love and prayers.  Ruth King  10-9-06


Sarah Sorensen (UT)  Please pray for our Sister Sarah who was diagnosed cervical cancer. She is only 30 with a husband and two young daughters. Sarah goes for an operation soon so her and her family need your prayers. ~ Dave H. 10-08-06


Lee Standing Bear Moore (AR) - Suffered a mild heart attack on Oct. 3 and the VA placed two stints near his heart.  Bear was back home and working for Manataka two days later.  He is keeping a rigorous schedule of meetings, ceremonies, and counseling. 10-05-06


Isabel ArrowWalker McLaughlin (NY) - Long time Manataka member has been ill with serious back problems.  She will be diagnosed with a herniated disk placing pressure on her spine.  She will have surgery in late November.  We journey to the sacred mountain for this beautiful soul and lifted her name up on the smoke of our fire giving thanks for the blessing of her healing. ~Lee Standing Bear 10-01-06  


Bill XXXXX (AR) - Please pray for my son whose drinking has gotten to the point of alcoholism. He is a good man, works everyday that work is scheduled (he is in home improvement since 14 yrs of age ) but as soon as the days work is done, he starts drinking. I fear for his health, he is 46 and I want him to see a long lifetime as a sober man. Bill believes is the ways of the Indian and we know sincere prayers work.  M. Foster 10-01-06


Birth Announcements

Darrel & Tanya Whitewolf Smith (Australia) Kentuky Cherokee-proudly announce the arrival of Brayden Denali Smith 10-24-06, 10:54pm 10lb. 9 ˝oz.  Father is a teacher, traditional straight dancer, pipe carver and pretty darn good flute player.  Mother is German descent.


Joe & Jarlyn Joseph (ID) Apache - proudly announce the birth of Daniel Wohali Joseph on 10-22-06, 12:01 am, 12 lbs, 1 oz. 





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 Announcements...

Hot Springs Christmas Parade - December 14

The following is a list of the wonderful and dedicated participants.  Thank You to All!


Members: Jody Applewhite, Jim Arceneaux, Leonard Baker, Patti Burdette, Billy Cooper, Maureen Deering, David Furr, Lloyd and Mindy Marrow, Robert Miller, Rocky and Susan Miller, Amanda, Becky and Lee Moore, Colleen Parker, Charlotte Ringler, Tammy Timberlake, Rhonda Walker.


Guest Participants:  Ed Brown, Dawn Galnares, Robert Lee Griswold, Geoff Mangles, James Nedrow,  Becky Pittman, Angela Yvonne Watts.  


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:



DECEMBER 2006 Elder Council Meeting...


The December meeting was held on the 17th starting at 9:05 a.m., a quorum was established with six elders present.     



Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center.

Elder Council Appointments

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

Event Ceremony Protocols - Flag Streamers and flyers to be distributed.  List of ceremonies prepared for continued discussion.

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

Development of a CD /DVD combing Spirituality Booklet with MASELA.

Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy

Organize, Teach and Enforce Protocols

Engaging a Bookkeeper

Report on Christmas Parade


Tabled Discussions and Motions:

Elder Council Organization  

Elder Council Appointments


Approved Motions: 

Motion to award Spirit Keeper Certificates to: Jody Applewhite, Leonard Baker, Rocky Miller and Lee Mitchell.  Approved Unanimously.

Motion to purchase one mower blade.  Approved unanimously.

Motion to engage an accounting firm.  Approved unanimously.


Rejected Motions:







Elders to write articles for the Smoke Signal

Elders Hosting Meetings


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 - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant E. Grand.  


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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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, Louisana

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

Linda VanBibber, Missouri




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