Manataka American Indian Council                                                                         Volume X  Issue 12  DECEMBER 2006



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 


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Animal Rights and Wrongs: Don't Let Idaho Kill Endangered Wolves


Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees
Elder Council Meeting: Manataka Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America

Elder's Meditations:

Traditional Circle of Elders - Santa Clara Pueblo

Traditional Circle of Elders - Navajo-Hopi

Traditional Circle of Elders - Northern Cheyenne

Feature Stories:


American Indian Christmas Customs

A Native Christmas 

Fluoride Watch: At last the American Dental Association gives sound advice!
Funny Bones: Seven New Jokes In This Issue

Grandmother Waynonaha Speaks:

Grandmother Gram Selma Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Speaks:

Bear Star (Bear Clan)

The Lodge of the People

Living in a Sacred Manner

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather Bennie LeBeau Speaks:

Why All The Violence In Our Schools?

The Awakening

Healing Prayer Basket:

Birth Announcements!  New

Health Watch:

Health Freedom!

Hill & Holler:

It's Thanksgiving time again
History: The Meaning of the Traditional Cherokee Thanksgiving
Inspirational Thoughts:: Instructions for Life
Legends of Old: Deadman's Island - Chinook

Letters to the Editor:

Feds Conficate Eagle Feathers

We Are Eating Poison Food!

Seneca Toy Drive

Native People More Intelligent...

Mother Earth Watch: U.S. Park Service Sells National Parks!
Poetry Circle:

Spirit Song for Gramma at Manataka

Woman Heart Spirit

Spirit Mountain

Politics: Indians Don't Know Jack!
Sacred Site Watch: Medicine Lake Victory!

Upcoming Events: 

Seminars, Powwows, Toy Drives and More
Website Updates:  Great Stories - Great Knowledge - 18 New Stories

Women's Circle:

Medicine Woman
Women's Council: Holiday Party and Parade





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Manataka Christmas Parade Participation

November 30

Hot Springs, AR


Come to Desoto Park, Gulpha Gorge Road and Hwy 7 at or before 5 PM.  Wear regalia or Christmasy clothing.  Bundle up warmly.  20 flag carriers and 20-30 singers/drummers on the Manataka float will participate.  Free coffee / hot chocolate afterwards.  Come have a good time. 


Toy Drive and Chumash Cultural Day

December 2

Thousand Oaks, CA


Bridging the Americas - Reuniting the Eagle and the Condor

Gathering of The Elders at Lake Titicaca, Peru

March 19 – 23, 2007

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Elder Meditation

We look to other peoples in other lands to recognize and stand with this Circle of Life."

-Traditional Circle of Elders Santa Clara Pueblo


All people on the Earth are brothers and sisters. We may be different colors, different ages, different sizes, different genders. We may have different values, different knowledge, different cultures. We may call the Great Spirit by different names, have different ceremonies.  We may have different beliefs, different habits, different clothes and different hairdos. In the Indian Way, all people are welcome to the Circle.

Great Spirit,
help me welcome my
brothers and sisters to my

By Don Coyhis










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Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


"Knock knock"  "Who's there?"  "Dishes"  "Dishes who?"  "Dishes da Navajo police... OPEN UP!"


An Osage lady had just bought a new car with her head right money. She sent her Ponca boyfriend to the back of the car to check out her turn signals.

"Are they working?" she asked.  The Ponca guy responded "Yes... No...Yes...No...."



Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees


The Holidays are almost here! How about an eco-friendly Christmas Tree this year? Here are some resources to guide you:


1) Annual Question: 


What should we get this year, a fake tree or a real tree? A cut tree or a live tree? The most eco-friendly tree: Avoid plastic trees made from petroleum, and buy a real tree from a small-scale sustainable (organic) grower to avoid pesticides and herbicides. If you live in a city or if an evergreen tree is inappropriate to your landscape, buy a cut tree and recycle it after the Holidays. If your environment can support a live tree, be sure to plant it with care after the Holidays! Or, consider not buying a tree at all and decorating an outside tree as an alternative or donating to nonprofit organizations that plant trees to restore the environment.


2) Simple Solution:

Eco-benefits of tree recycling. Why buying a live Christmas tree with roots is an eco-friendly Christmas tradition. How Christmas tree farms benefit the environment. When Christmas trees are not eco-friendly.


3) How to Plant a Tree:


Instructions on how to plant your live tree after the Holidays.




If you have a cut tree, please be sure to MULCH, COMPOST, or RECYCLE it after the Holidays, instead of putting it out in the garbage where it will end up in a land fill. 


Ideas and how to's: 



5) Alternatives: Don't buy a tree, and instead


Decorate your outside trees to attract and feed winter birds and other wildlife:


6) or consider donating your time/money to:


American Forests

American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. Healthy forests filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife. Help plant trees to restore areas damaged by wildfire, where critical wildlife habitat has been lost, and to clean our air and water.


Heifer International:


Give a tree in honor of friends and loved ones and bring hope and opportunity to a family in need.  Trees are planted to restore eroding hillsides, replenish the soil with nitrogen and serve as wind breaks.


Trees for the Future:

Trees For The Future is an organization that has been the steward of planting trees throughout the world since the early 70's. Their mission of sustainable agroforestry thoughout the world involves planting trees on degraded lands to minimize soil erosion, supply forage for animals, and provide a source of fuelwood.


Thanks for Going Green!


Liora Leah



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Bear Star (Bear Clan)

By Waynonaha Two Worlds




In a time beyond time,  I was with my mother Ursula. My walk was not of this land, but one of  the stars in the multiverse. My mother took me through the Milky Way the spirit of the sky world, she showed me where to gather the sweet fruit of the many galaxies. Life was good and we where happy all was safe and at peace. We were many in those days and we held the sky as our world the galaxy was our place to sleep and dream.  


My mother one day said, “it is time for me to place you in your own land. In time you will be alone and I want you to always have your star to come home too.” With this said she bit off a piece of the moon and threw it out into the limitless space of time. I watched as it spun off into the darkness and vanished. Next we traveled to the sun and again she bit off a large piece of this molten liquid and threw this out into space. I watched as the shining light of the sun flew into the darkness and united with the small piece of the moon. They spun around and around until they formed between them a round ball of blue and white. This small ball then flew off on its own dancing and spinning between them.


After a long time my mother took me to see this new blue ball that she had created called Ursula or home of the Bear Star.

It was a wonderful place full of water and trees of every kind like the ones we saw in the long lost galaxies that we traveled.

There were many plants and animals and fishes. Birds of all colors and size filled the water and the air.


With her claws my mother dug great rivers and made mountains by pulling the soil this way and that until she was pleased with what she had done. In the side of one of the mountains she dug a deep hole into the heated center of the blue ball.


She went in and told me to follow her so I entered this hole in the blue ball and found it warm and comfortable.




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




Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Two Rosebud Indians stole a hog, and put it on the front car seat between them. Suddenly they hit a roadblock. Thinking fast, they  disguised the hog by putting sunglasses on it, and by tying a lady's scarf around its head. The trick worked, and the deputy let them go. 

"Don't that break your heart?" the deputy asked the sheriff as they drove away. "Them two Indian boys ... out with that beautiful white woman."




From Grandmother Selma


The Lodge of the People



The Lodge of the People is much more than just a shelter from the elements, for it , as do most terms in our culture, has symbolic significance and lessons to teach us and the generations to come.


There are fifteen poles in the average lodge and each one has symbolic meaning attached to them, each one carries a lesson.


1.    Obedience:  obedience in following the traditions and teachings that were passed to us by our ancestors and the elders of today.


2.    Happiness:  Happy heart, mind and soul to share our homes with others,  our home literally becoming theirs.


3.    Respect:   Respect for all living life forms, the two-legged's, the finned ones, the creepy crawlers, the solid ones...or standing ones.   To allow each being to be as they are without judgment or ridicule, to their face or behind their back.  Respecting them for who they are, where they are, at the level of growth and development that they are.


4.    Humility:  knowing we are no less and certainly no more than another, knowing that we are only a small part of the total whole, one strand in the massive web of life.  Know that all life was created by a higher power and knowing that we too make errors on our life walk.


5.    Acceptance: Accepting all life as our relations, knowing that we are truly connected to all life forms and to all two legged's as well.


6.    Strength:  Showing patience in times of stress, not complaining but learning to endure, knowing we will eventually understand the over-all  picture.  Strength of character, of min, of soul, of spirit and then strength of resolve and body.


7.    Cleanliness:  Clean minds, clean spirits,  clean hearts and clean souls lead to clean bodies and actions , along with thoughts within and of that body.


8.    Rearing:  Caring for, teaching, protecting and being proud of the young,the youth and the child.They are the future and must be prepared to care for the ones that will follow in their footsteps.


9.    Thankfulness:  Thankful not only for our blessings, the bounty of Earth Mother, the beauty that surrounds, our health, our relations, but...also thankful for our lessons, tragedies, trials and tribulations, for they serve to polish us like gem remove our flaws and to create the polished, shiny results.


10.    Hope:  Hope for the future, for the return of the traditions. for the peace of the world;s peoples and for unity of all living forms.


11.    Sharing:  freely sharing our blessings, our basic needs, our love, our teachings, our traditions, our dreams and our visions.  Sharing all willingly, sharing all that makes us who and what we are, what we have been and what we will become.


12.    Protection:  Protection of not only our body, life and limb; but protection of the values, principles, teachings, customs; protection of the physical, but even more so of the spiritual, ceremonial, traditional and sacred.


13.    Love:  the ability to give of your heart to others, to love others or even yourself.  Unconditional acceptance of another just as they are, knowing that everything has a Divine purpose and is of by Divine design.


14.    Faith:  An inner knowing or level of trust that things are as they should be.  That challenge will result in victory, that hurt will result in growth, added understanding and added depth and wisdom.  Faith in the Creator, His ultimate plan, His direction and His constant companionship.


15.    Mystery:  The ability to trust the unknown, to venture into the realms beyond our own, to allow vision to occur and to accept the information as factual from them.  The ability to seek and ac accept the " magic of life and after life".


The flags are also symbolic also.  They are symbols of our interdependence with and on all other life forms.  It all works together to support the whole.  For all the poles and symbolism come together to support the covering that forms the end result.


The Lodge of the People is in fact a  life force in it's own right.  Let us always honor it as a teaching elder and strive to honor it's  lessons. 



Submitted by Selma Palmer, 2003 All Rights Reserved 









Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the world,


I was talking to the Mother this morning and she was saying about the importance in this time space to live in a sacred manner...this is what she spoke.


Living in a sacred manner is very much understanding the cycles of life, the flow of live, and all is within the self, embracing the self. then, embracing oneness is possible.


The new world is about relationships, and human being start by building a good relationship with the self, it is the place where sacredness resides, and a lot of work needs to be done, understand the ways to forgive yourself, how it feels forgive, what is the essence of forgiveness, how to do it?


For such a long time people refer to the verbs and an action, and if it is a physical thing, a third dimensional thing, then it is complete and easy to understand, now, the great Mother is asking to relate to this verbs and action from within, and we are being responsible for the actions including forgiven. When forgiven is embrace, then peace comes into the heart, transmutations of the self is there. Peace exist when human being is able to embrace sacredness, to forgive themselves, is not very much about forgive others, or ask for forgiveness to others. Forgive exist in the essence.    Others will reflect back the forgiveness, that is "curing the relationships" is all about. all is within the self, then living in a sacred manner comes into being.


Human being said, "thank you for my life", thankfulness only can come when surrender to life in the spirit is possible then life is doing a surrender to the self. the perfect relationship between life and self. human being born with surrender, and they should live with surrender in there hearts.


Self is alive, means life is the self, as self is life, the perception is the clue and the technique, the love and the law, life is not just a series of events in time space, a linear perception of time, but life is a powerful connectiveness through the essence, human being is a connector. Events are a perfect synchroncity of that connection.


Series of events is only a consequence of the relationship within the self. the perception of the self, when human being work in the self then is possible to live in a sacred manner for whatever you are in the doing, it is because the relationship within the self and the embracing connectiveness.


Our ancestors lived in a sacred manner, now it is the time for this generation embrace living in a sacred manner, for all is related.


I am You  - Magdala





American Indian Christmas Customs

© 1999-2003 by Maria Hubert. All rights reserved



Many of the AmerIndian peoples have been Christianized for several hundred years. Over this time customs which were introduced to them by the missionaries have become adapted and are an integral part of the traditions, especially around the Christian festivals of Easter and Christmas.

Many Tribes, including the Laguna Indians, who accepted Christianity some 400 years ago, have the custom of a dance on Christmas Eve, where gifts are offered at the Manger. There are many examples of representations of the Christmas Crib where the glad tidings are brought to braves in the fields by the great Thunderbird; or scenes with the wise men being replaced by the chiefs representing the great Nations.


Handsome Fellow

There is a mysterious fellow whom I have been told about on several occasions. He is a handsome brave who wears white buckskins, and brings gifts. His name, appropriately is 'Handsome Fellow'. I would love to tell you more about him, but so far no-one has come forward with that information! Other gift bringers come at different times of the year, often in the summertime, but the gift bringing element is definitely part of the American Indian culture. 


The First Christmas Carol

Huron AngelsAccording to Huron tradition, their first Christmas Carol was written by a Jesuit missionary priest, Fr Jean de Brebeuf, around 1640-41. The Hurons had a particular devotion to Christmas. Fr Brebeuf wrote about the devotions they had. He said that they built a small chapel of fir tree and bark in honour of the manger at Bethlehem. This became the 'stable' where Jesus was born. Some travelled as much as two days to be there for the Christmas celebration.


The Huron Carol has become a well known and much loved carol today. The original was written in the Huron tongue, with a symbol like a figure '8' to represent a vowel sound not common in the English tongue. This sound was 'ou'.


Estennialon de tsonue Jesus ahatonhia
Onnauateua d'oki n'onuandaskuaentak
Ennonchien skuatrihotat n'onuandilonrachatha
Jes8s ahatonhia


The original words were written in French and Huronian. The carol we all sing today was an interpretation of the original, and not a translation. There were five verses. The first verse is as follows:


Chrétiens, prenez courage,
Jésus Sauveur est né!
Du malin les ouvrages
A jamais sont ruinés.
Quand il chant mervielle,
A ces troublants appas
No prâtez plus l'orielle:
Jésus est né, In excelsis gloria!


At the third verse, the chiefs would process solemnly towards the little chapel, bearing gifts for the christchild:

Voici que trois Rois Mages,
Perdus en Orient,
Déchiffrent ce message
Encrit au firmamente:
A'Astre nouveau les hante
Ils la suivront lá-bas,
Cette étoile marchante:
Jésus est né: In excelsis gloria!


Huron Chiefs from afarAmerindian Christmas Cribs

Many lovely cribs have been made by American Indians. Keena Cribs from Canada are wonderfully hand painted clay crib with the chiefs of the Plains, Forest and Inuit Tribes bringing gifts. The animals at the manger are the Fox, the Buffalo and the Bear. The Hurons made a traditional tent of skins and their figures were all dressed as native Americans. I have in my own collection a colourful wool nativity made by the Hopi tribe, with the Thunderbird bringing the glad tidings, which I purchased from Wallys Christmas Wonderland in Michigan, some years ago. One of the loveliest scenes I have ever seen is a painting by Yellowman. It appeared in a copy of the Augsburg Christmas Annual some years ago.




Funny Bones



Two Rosebud guys on relocation spied a sign in a cafe window that said "hot-dogs." Thinking they were some other kind of dogs, they ordered two to go and went to a park to have lunch. The first Rosebud guy looked inside his sack, and then threw it down in disgust.  "What part did you get?" asked his buddy.





A Native Christmas 

by Looks for Buffalo and Sandie Lee



European Christmas for Native Americans actually started when the Europeans came over to America. They taught the Indian about Christianity, gift-giving , and St. Nicholas. There are actually two religious types of Indian people in existence. One of these is the Traditionalist, usually full-blooded Indians that grew up on the reservations. The second type is the Contemporary Indian that grew up in an urban area, usually of mixed blood, and brought up with Christian philosophy.


Traditionalists are raised to respect the Christian Star and the birth of the first Indian Spiritual Leader. He was a Star Person and Avatar. His name was Jesus. He was a Hebrew, a Red Man. He received his education from the wilderness. John the Baptist, Moses, and other excellent teachers that came before Jesus provided an educational foundation with the Holistic Method.


Everyday is our Christmas. Every meal is our Christmas. At every meal we take a little portion of the food we are eating, and we offer it to the spirit world on behalf of the four legged, and the winged, and the two legged. We pray--not the way most Christians pray-- but we thank the Grandfathers, the Spirit, and the Guardian Angel.


The Indian Culture is actually grounded in the traditions of a Roving Angel. The life-ways of Roving Angels are actually the way Indian People live. They hold out their hands and help the sick and the needy. They feed and clothe the poor. We have high respect for the avatar because we believe that it is in giving that we receive.


We are taught as Traditional children that we have abundance. The Creator has given us everything: the water, the air we breathe, the earth as our flesh, and our energy force: our heart. We are thankful every day. We pray early in the morning, before sunrise, the morning star, and the evening star. We pray for our relatives who are in the universe that someday they will come. We also pray that the Great Spirit's son will live again.


To the Indian People Christmas is everyday and the don't believe in taking without asking. Herbs are prayed over before being gathered by asking the plant for permission to take some cuttings. An offer of tobacco is made to the plant in gratitude. We do not pull the herb out by its roots, but cut the plant even with the surface of the earth, so that another generation will be born its place.


It is really important that these ways never be lost. And to this day we feed the elders, we feed the family on Christmas day, we honor Saint Nicholas. We explain to the little children that to receive a gift is to enjoy it, and when the enjoyment is gone, they are pass it on to the another child, so that they, too, can enjoy it. If a child gets a doll, that doll will change hands about eight times in a year, from one child to another.


Everyday is Christmas in Indian Country. Daily living is centered around the spirit of giving and walking the Red Road. Walking the Red Road means making everything you do a spiritual act. If your neighbor, John Running Deer, needs a potato masher; and you have one that you are not using, you offer him yours in the spirit of giving. It doesn't matter if it is Christmas or not.


If neighbors or strangers stop over to visit at your house, we offer them dinner We bring out the T-Bone steak, not the cabbage. If we don't have enough, we send someone in the family out to get some more and mention nothing of the inconvenience to our guests. The more one gives, the more spiritual we become. The Christ Consciousness, the same spirit of giving that is present at Christmas, is present everyday in Indian Country.


Looks for Buffalo is an Oglala Sioux Spiritual Leader, the full-blood Oglala grandson of Chief Red Cloud and White Cow Killer, and a Cheyenne Oglala Leader. Sandie Lee Bohlig, spiritual healer, counsels and teaches around the globe.






Instructions for Life


  1.    Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk.

  2.    When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

  3.    Follow the three R’s:

                a.       Respect for self

                b.      Respect for others

                c.       Responsibility for all your actions

  4.    Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

  5.     Know the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  6.    Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship

  7.     When you know you have made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

  8.    Spend some time alone each day.

  9.    Open arms to change, but do not let go of your values.

10.    Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11.    Live a good, honorable life.  That way, when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy them again.

12.    A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13.    In disagreement’s with loved ones, deal only with the currently situation.  Don’t bring up the past.

14.    Share your knowledge.  It is a way to achieve immortality.

15.    Be gentle with the earth.

16.    Once a year, go someplace you have never been before.

17.    Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18.    Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19.    Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.



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Legends of Old:


Deadman's Island - Chinook

It is dusk on the Lost Lagoon,

And we two dreaming the dusk away,

Beneath the drift of a twilight gray-Beneath the drowse of an ending day
And the curve of a golden moon.
It is dark in the Lost Lagoon,
And gone are the depths of haunting blue,
The grouping gulls, and the old canoe,
The singing firs, and the dusk and -- you,
And gone is the golden moon.

O! lure of the Lost Lagoon-I dream tonight that my paddle blurs

The purple shade where the seaweed stirs

I hear the call of the singing firs In the hush of the golden moon.

FOR many minutes we stood silently, leaning on the western rail of the bridge as we watched the sun set across that beautiful little basin of water known as Coal Harbor. I have always resented that jarring, unattractive name, for years ago, when I first plied paddle across the gunwale of a light little canoe that idled above its margin, I named the sheltered little cove the Lost Lagoon. This was just to please my own fancy, for as that perfect summer month drifted on, the ever-restless tides left the harbor devoid of water at my favorite canoeing hour, and my pet idling place was lost for many days-hence my fancy to call it the Lost Lagoon. But the chief, Indian-like, immediately adopted the name, at least when he spoke of the
place to me, and as we watched the sun slip behind the rim of firs, he expressed the wish that his dugout were here instead of lying beached at the farther side of the park.

"If canoe was here, you and I we paddle close to shores all 'round your Lost Lagoon: we make track just like half moon. Then we paddle under this bridge, and go channel between Deadman's Island and park. Then 'round where cannon speak time at nine o'clock. Then 'cross Inlet to Indian side of Narrows."

I turned to look eastward, following in fancy the course he had sketched; the waters were still as the footstep of the oncoming twilight, and, floating in a pool of soft purple, Deadman's Island rested like a large circle of candle moss. "Have you ever been on it?" he asked as he caught my gaze centering on the irregular outline of the island pines.


Chinook Texts by Franz Boas. [1894] (U.S. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin, no 20.)
From Blue Panther Keeper of Stories.









Dear Manataka,

It has been awhile since I last wrote about the Eagle Feathers that were taken away from us at a powwow.  We have been working closely with a law firm who is trying to get our feathers back.  I have been preparing another newsletter to send to you as soon as I talk to my lawyers as to what can be said.  I will say that we hired a small law firm out of San Antonio, Texas who is working hard to get our feathers back. 

I am writing to show you a Houston Chronicle article that appeared this past Saturday.  It is a good and reveals what the United States Government and the US Fish and Wildlife believes about those of us who do not belong to a federally recognized tribe.  There are about 5.5 million people claiming to be Indians in the United States alone.  According to the Federal Government only 1.7 million deserve to use feathers and other sacred objects.  This article should get us mad enough to write and complain to the US government.  According to the article, if you do not belong to a status tribe, you are not an Indian.

Many people are writing letters of complaint to about carrying feathers
to Congress.  Please write to them! See addresses at:

I will write more this week and let you know what has happened so far with our feathers. Please read the following article included in this letter.  You can also read the article on the following website:

Robert Soto, Lipan Apache Warrior






Dear Manataka,


I would like to voice what I feel is needed.  There is a need to get away from the chemicals in our food source.


The chemicals being added is what is causing most of our health problems today.  Splenda is just one example that can also be used as an insecticide.  Try it!  Pour a couple of packets of Splenda on ant hill.  Watch the colony die!


People are drinking diet soft drinks by the gallon and then don't know why they are tired and not feeling good. Chemicals are in everything.  Dr. Mercola's website, Optimal Wellness Center has excellent documentation on the 5,000 kinds of chemicals that are added to processed food.  I am not trying to be a town crier but we must stop the madness. Cancer, lung problems, high blood pressure, diabetes are just a few of our problems today caused by chemicals added to food.


Incidents of obesity and diabetes among children is rampant.  We over-cook vegetables depleting the vitamins they have. Think of eating fresh fruit and vegetables. Drink Water instead of diet or any pop for that matter. If we change our buying habits, big companies will stop making junk. We want healthy food but instead the mega-corporations are lining their pockets -- and if we stop doing that they will start to  produce healthy foods.


I know some will say that's easy for Pat to say but stop and read, think what God has given us.  God gives perfectly healthy food then humans try to change it to make it better.  Do we think that God did not know what he was doing so we have to improve it? We can not improve on fresh fruit (just remember to wash off it has been sprayed with chemicals to keep it fresh and insect free).


We are eating poison. We are passing these lessons down to our children. White flour has all nutrients taken out when bleached to make it white.  Then the package says it is enriched -- to replace all of the nutrients removed to make it pretty and white). Buy only whole grain organic flour.  Raw organic milk is an excellent alternative to the hormone and chemical fed cows.  Go to Dr. Mercola's website for an organic dairy in your state and area.  Free range cows have no hormones or antibiotics. Our bodies cannot fight germs because we ingest the antibiotics and hormones given to cows, chickens, pigs and other animals.


Children experience puberty earlier because of the hormones used to fatten up the cows and chickens to get them to market faster. We must think of our children's future.   They are getting diseases and taking all sorts of synthetic drugs. How long will they live?


Take care of our planet and our planet will take care of us. I know in my heart we cannot heal until we stop the madness and take positive steps to help heal our bodies, minds and our planet.


We must  change our eating habits.  Make one day a week a Vegetable Day and another a Fruit Day.  Make a third a Fruits and Vegetable Day -- instead of eating tainted meats or fast food.  How much time does it take to chop up fresh food, instead of stopping at a fast food restaurant?  There no timed saved.


Again peace to all at Manataka we send our love and miss you all very much.

~Pat Farnsworth, Missouri






I am starting a Christmas toy collection drive for the Seneca Children’s Early Development Program here on the reservation. We can use any kind of toys. Used is okay if it is clean and works.  New toys are nice too and really appreciated. Warm children’s coats, mittens, boots and other warm clothes, newborn baby clothes are also needed. Wrap it and label it boy girl and age send it to:


Grandmother Waynonaha

11 Fourth Street

Lily Dale, NY 14752

Telephone: 716-595-2281


Each year we hold a party for the children a week before Christmas. This is the deadline for the toys but we accept clothes all winter long actually all year long. 

Thank you to all of you who have in the past.  We can give you a tax ID number for your donation.

~Love Waynonaha



Native People More Intelligent...


Dear Manataka

I read the poem by Sherman Alexie and read “The Hawk Speaks”.  I have always felt that the Native People got the raw deal in every aspect of life and dislike the way Native Americans are portrayed in old movies.  I enjoyed Dances with Wolves because the Native Americans were shown as better people than the whites.

It is disturbing every time I hear of or read of the invasion of South America by the Spanish.  For the want of gold whole cultures suffered.  In the US, for the want of gold, land, and everything else the Europeans displaced those who had been on the land for many thousands of years.  It, also, bothers me when we hear that “Columbus discovered America”.  I always find it interesting that some artists show Native People standing on the beach as “Columbus discovers America”.

There should be a museum dedicated to the devastation forced upon our Native People.

I enjoyed the article by Bill Burr on “Women farmers”.  For several years, I have been undertaking a study to identify, map, and report on places where Native People had lived.  Most of the sites have been damaged or destroyed by farming and site looting but some have been preserved.  One Late Woodland Period (Fort Ancient) village site was to be subdivided for new houses.  However, through efforts with the KY Heritage Council and the State Archaeologist, the village is no preserved as a green space in the middle of the subdivision. 

The article by Bill Burr reminded me of what the land developer said when I asked permission to visit the site.   “Why are you interested in the history of Indians?”   His tone of voice suggested that he felt that “Indians” were not good people.  I asked if he had done any farming and he said yes.   I asked him if the land he was planning to develop was farm land and he said yes.  Then he said “this bottom land is probably the best farming land around here”.

Well that opened the door for me.  He had been planting corn in this 20 acre field. I then asked if he ever found any stone tools while he was working the land and he indicated he had.  One type of tool that he found were stone hoes.  I then told him that Native People had been using this bottom for thousands of years and had farmed it and constructed a village next to the farm land.  I indicated that they knew that the land was good and that they grew a variety of crops.

Having spent more than 20 years investigating and recording Native American occupation sites, it is easy for me to conclude that Native People were in many ways much more intelligent than so many people that now occupy the areas where these sites are located.  The Native People used stone like we now use metal.  They were able to use what was natural to build homes, gather food and survive by their knowledge and skill.  How many people could survive even for a short time under similar conditions.

He stood there a moment and then said, “I guess those folks were pretty smart in selecting this place for a farm”

~Matthew Maley






The Ghostlady, June 2006


           There are many reasons why the secretary of interior should not be given unilateral authority to approve utility rights of way for Indian tribes.  The top four reasons are: Jack Abramoff, Secretary Donald Hodel, Secretary Gale Norton and Secretary Albert Fall.  And they are only the icing on the cake.


The secretary of interior and high-level officialdom are mired in conflict of interest.  Indian tribes’ primary enemies are within the department of interior:  Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife and Bureau of Land Management. Policy, Management and Budget is also added to the mix.  On a bad day, Indians’ external enemies are also present. They infiltrate the bowels of MIB through the grace and favor of party politics, patronage, cronyism and lucre. The Navajo breach of trust suit is a case in point. At the upper echelons of Interior, it is not what but who you know and what you have done for them. On the worst day, the conflicts of interest, cross and re-cross wiring of interests, shadow groups and influence peddlers are so labyrinthine a score card is needed to simply keep track of the incestuous menagerie.


            Jack Abramoff, the infamous lobbyist who ripped off tribes for multi-millions, got access to Gale Norton through now indicted Tom “the Hammer” Delay. Steven Griles, Norton’s second banana, a former lobbyist himself, was openly dubbed “our guy” by kick back king, Michael Scanlon, Abramoff’s cohort in crime. A strange outfit called “creepy” CREA (Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy), “[i]t turns out…was a laundry” or suspected to be “by a chain of e-mails from indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.”  CREA, it is now known, is “an industry front group founded by [former] Secretary of Interior Gale Norton.” It was also a conduit for back door departmental access by Abramoff facilitated by Delay’s office. Abramoff was a member of Delay’s “kitchen cabinet” and raised money for the former congressman through his (Abramoff’s) private charity, the Capital Athletic Foundation.





Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

Q:    What's a mile long and four feet high? 

A:    A Hopi Grand Entry

Q:    What do you call a Sioux guy out walking his dog? 

A:    Vegetarian

Q:    What do you call a Cheyenne guy with two dogs? 

A:     Rancher

Q:    What do you get when you cross a Chickasaw, a Potawatomi, and a Paiute?
A:    A chickie-pot-pie






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The National Park Service took a giant step in September towards further commercialization of the natural resources in our National Parks. Specifically, the Park Service released an environmental impact statement that could clear the way for corporations to "bioprospect" for microorganisms and other wildlife in national parks like Yellowstone. If the Park Service gets its way, corporations will be allowed to mine, exploit, patent, and profit from the lands and wildlife that we are all supposed to be stewarding.


[Editor's Note:  This is but another example in a long list of the atrocious behavior of the National Park Service.  The NPS ceased to be "stewards" of the land long ago when they sold our birthright to greedy politicians and mega-corporations.  The NPS should be disbanded.  Write you legislators.  Demand the NPS budget be cut to the bone.  Call the NPS in your area to protest.  Call the news media and demand an investigation.  Will you allow the ugly bureaucrats to sell our wildlife?



Elder's Meditation

The Natural Law will prevail regardless of man-made laws, tribunals and governments."

-Traditional Circle of Elders Navajo-Hopi Joint Use Area



The Great Spirit made Laws by which Man needs to live. These Laws are just and are about living in harmony. Man has passed many laws that say it is okay to do things. Many of these man-made laws are out of harmony with the Laws of the Great Spirit. These man-made laws will cause trouble for the human being if they are out of harmony with the Laws of the Creator. 

Great Spirit, teach me Your Laws.

By Don Coyhis





Praying Hands, Arkansas Salmon Bay, Washington Cecil the Dinosaur, Colorado


Just Kidding...

Submitted by Lila Weeks


Health Watch... 



By Ana Micka, President of Citizens for Health


One can’t help but marvel at the simplicity and inherent healthfulness of food-based remedies.  Imagine how much healthier we would be if, before leaping to purchase synthetic prescription drugs, we turned to foods and natural remedies as the first step toward solving our health problems.  Imagine how much money we would save; imagine how much money the U.S. government and employers would save.


Unfortunately, consumers in the U.S. are not getting all the information they need to make safe, natural health choices.


Click Here to Support the Health Freedom Protection Act

The FDA’s approval process for informational labeling of food-based health claims has been so slow and uncertain that very little meaningful health information is making its way to food and dietary supplement consumers.  In two years, only nine products have received approval to be labeled with qualified health claims, and no applications have yet been received by the FDA this year.  The FDA’s bottlenecking of qualified health claims for foods and dietary supplements withholds critical health and disease prevention information from us, the American public.


We Can Change the Law

A bill has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives that would give consumers access to truthful, non-misleading health information. The Health Freedom Protection Act, H.R. 4282, was introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005.

The purpose of this bill is to amend the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to ensure that:

1. Accurate health claims are not suppressed

2. Consumers are given truthful and full information about the science supporting the health-enhancing effects of foods and dietary supplements (including scientific evidence that foods, dietary supplements and dietary ingredients may provide benefits relating to the cure, mitigation, treatment and prevention of disease (not drug effects).

3. The FDA honors the intent of the Congress to not censor accurate health claims.

Passage of The Health Freedom Protection Act, H.R. 4282, would yield more health information on the foods and supplements we buy, potentially cutting our drug costs by educating us about natural alternatives.


H.R. 4282 would not encourage companies to provide false hope but, on the contrary, would instead finally provide consumers more science-based information rather than less. H.R. 4282 would not weaken the FDA's and FTC's enforcement powers but would instead strengthen consumers’ access to truthful, science-supported and non-misleading health information. H.R. 4282 would not take away anything but would instead give consumers the breadth and depth of information that is true to the spirit and intent of the laws which support and defend consumers’ rights to science-supported health information.


Please, send a letter to your Representative and encourage them to support The Health Freedom Protection Act, H.R. 4282 by clicking here.

Please don't settle for scientific censorship. Stand up for your First Amendment rights by sending a message to your Representative telling them you want the Health Freedom Protection Act, H.R. 4282, passed into law.


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Fluoride Action Network


At last the American Dental Association gives sound advice!
By Paul Connett



In an announcement that should spell trouble for fluoridation, the ADA has advised parents not to make up milk formula with fluoridated water. Their actual words in yesterday’s ADA e-gram (Nov 9, 2006) referring to baby formula were: “If using a product that needs to be reconstituted, parents and caregivers should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride.” Of course, this is very sensible advice – and should have been made years ago - as soon as scientists had found out how low fluoride was in mothers’ breast milk.









Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



The Rosebud cop disciplined a reckless driver by smacking him over the head, and then let the driver and his passenger go. Two minutes later the Rosebud cop stopped the same car again, walked over to the passenger's side, and then hit him over the head.

"Hey!" yelled the passenger. I didn't do anything! Why did you hit me?"

"Just making your wish come true" said the rez cop. "I  know you said 'I wish that S. O. B.  woulda tried that s*it on ME."



Animal Rights... and Wrongs


Don't Let Idaho Kill Endangered Wolves


Hundreds of wolves are at risk in Idaho, where in 2001 legislators passed a measure calling for the elimination of wolves "by any means necessary." The State has recently asked for permission to kill up to 75% of the wolves within the Lolo District of Clearwater National Forest and in an area where they are now protected as an endangered species. And, they want to repeat the slaughter in the Lolo District every year for the next five years.

Most unsettling is that Idaho would like to kill 3 out of 4 wolves regardless of the wolves' history of interaction with humans and livestock. That means that wolves that have never done anything to harm livestock or people could be killed.

Once hunted, trapped and poisoned to extinction in Idaho, wolves have made a remarkable recovery. An estimated 512 wolves, including 36 breeding packs, are a critical part of Idaho's ecosystems. And, contrary to anti-wolf extremists' claims, the wolves are not a significant threat to livestock or game populations.

Help us stop anti-wolf extremists and save the wolves – Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to deny Idaho's request to kill wolves.   Please go to: and sign this petition.


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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.


Finally, here is a book that the Native American can believe in. It is well researched and tells the true story of Native American accomplishments, challenges, and struggles.


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Medicine Lake Victory!

From Andre Cramblit,  Indigenous News Network


9th Circuit Court stops geothermal energy development at sacred Medicine Lake Highlands!  A huge victory for the Pit River Nation and Native Environmental justice!

Pit River Country, CA-Native Americans and their supporters have scored another victory in the effort to protect the Medicine Lake Highlands from the establishment of a geothermal power plant by Calpine energy corporation on lands held by the U.S. Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Since genesis the Highlands have always been sacred to the Pit River, Wintu, Modoc, Shasta, Klamath, and other Native nations.


Many of the families in these nations are the traditional caretakers of these lands and it is their responsibility to protect
them. Numerous strategies have been used to accomplish these goals, including securing investor divestment of shares from Calpine, exposing the company's illegal energy price-fixing scheme, and staging a massive protest at the company's headquarters in San Jose earlier this year.


In addition, the Pit River Nation and various Native sacred sites protection and environmental groups sued the federal government and Calpine in an attempt to stop the development which will cause irreparable damage to the natural environment and Native cultures of the area. We invite all Native nations working to protect their sacred places to use any of the strategies we have employed, if such approaches would be beneficial to your efforts.

When the plaintiffs lost in federal court in 2004, the judge indicated that federal agencies had complied with all applicable
environmental and historic preservation laws and did not violate the federal trust responsibility to the Pit River Nation. However, these laws and the trust responsibility in particular are not to be taken lightly. The federal government has a unique relationship with Indian nations derived from the U.S. Constitution, treaties, Supreme Court doctrine, federal statutes, executive orders, and presidential directives. Federal agencies have a duty to consult with Indian nations on proposed projects and services that may impact upon their socio-economic and governmental wellbeing. When federal agencies issued leases to energy companies to build geothermal power plants in the Highlands, neither the FS nor the BLM consulted with the Pit River Nation.

The plaintiffs appealed the ruling and in a unanimous decision, the 9th Circuit Court on November 6, 2006 reversed the lower court decision.  Judge Clifford Wallace indicated that the federal agencies neglected their fiduciary responsibilities to the Pit River Nation by violating the National Environmental Protection and the National Historic Preservation Acts and that the agencies never took the requisite 'hard look' at whether the Highlands should be developed for energy at all. As a result, the court rejected the extension of leases that would have allowed Calpine to develop the geothermal plant and the district court is now directed to enter summary judgment in favor of Pit River consistent with this opinion.

The federal government could appeal the Circuit Court decision to the Supreme Court. In preparation for this potential outcome, the Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites is asking you to write Dirk Kempthorne, Department of Interior Secretary, and urge him to ensure that the FS and BLM (two agencies under his jurisdiction) will not appeal and will abide by the current rule of law on this issue. The following letter could be used for this purpose:


Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Dear Secretary Kempthorne,

I am writing to strongly urge you to oppose appealing the decision of the 9th Circuit Court in Pit River v. USFS/BLM.  Two federal courts have already spent a great deal of time and other resources reviewing the case. In a unanimous decision, the Circuit Court ruled that the federal agencies neglected their fiduciary responsibilities to the Pit River Nation by violating the NEPA and the NHPA and that the agencies never took the requisite 'hard look' at whether the Medicine Lake Highlands should be developed for energy at all. As a result, the court rejected the extension of leases that would have allowed Calpine energy corporation to develop a geothermal plant. Another appeal would further drain tax payer dollars and detract agency staff from carrying out their normal functions. The DOI and its agencies need to abide by the current letter of the law in this case.

~Sign Your Name

For more information on press release contact the Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites:

Mark LeBeau 916.801.4422; Radley Davis 530.917.6064;

James Hayward 530.604.9478;

Morning Star Gali 510.601.6406;

Chris Peters 707.825.7640;
Jimbo Simmons 415.641.4482;

Bradley Angel 415.248.5010;

Tom Goldtooth 218.751.4967

Thank you Andre Cramblit,  Indigenous News Network


Manataka American Indian Council






By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country


If some of you think you've read this before, you're right. I am submitting this one out again because I haven't changed my mind.

It's Thanksgiving time again. Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. And that did happen - once.

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped.  By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest. But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.

In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared "A Day Of Thanksgiving" because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

Cheered by their "victory", the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and
children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible. Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of "thanksgiving" to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts -- where it remained on display for 24 years.

The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War -- on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

This story doesn't have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast. But we need to learn our true history so it won't ever be repeated. This Thanksgiving, when you gather with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, think
about those people who only wanted to live their lives and raise their families. They, also took time out to say "thank you" to Creator for all their blessings.

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower.

We come on a ship that sailed the moon.
We come in the ages most uncertain hour And sing an American tune.
But it's all right, it's all right.

You can't be forever blessed. 
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day

And I'm trying to get some rest.
That's all. I'm trying to get some rest.

-------"An American Tune" by Paul Simon






Cherokees Didn't Celebrate American 'style' Thanksgiving until 1885. . .

Submitted by Cara Cowan, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, District 7  - Will Rogers



The Cherokees were raising corn as early as 1,000 BC. Before European contact the Cherokees already participated in a ceremony giving thanks for crops and it was a form of worship in what is known as the "Green Corn Ceremony". This traditional dance and festival was a very important ceremony for the Cherokees. This ceremony was the beginning of the New Year. Our ancestors gave thanks for the corn crop that they saw as a continued life for them. It was a time for forgiveness and grudges to be left behind - starting anew. A part of their celebration was fasting, then gathering at the ceremonial grounds to play stickball, dance and have a big feast. 


As settlers moved inland, Native Americans they encountered, including the Cherokee, assisted the early settlers and traders with food and supplies. This was a continual process not just a single meal. The Cherokees also taught the early settlers how to hunt, fish, and farm in their new environment. They also taught them how to use herbal medicine when they became ill. 


Sadly, as more people came to America , they didn't need the Native Americans help anymore and the newcomers had forgotten how the natives helped the earlier Pilgrims. Mistrust began to grow and the friendship weakened. The Pilgrims started telling their Native neighbors that their native religion and native customs were wrong. The relationships deteriorated and within a few years the children of the people who ate together at the first Thanksgiving were killing one another in what led to the King Phillip's War. 


In 1736, Christian Priber, a Frenchman, established himself among the Cherokees, learned their language, and taught them the European Christianity until he was arrested by the English and put in prison at Charleston, South Carolina. Even though the Cherokees worshipped in their own religion, the work of the missionaries converted some Cherokees to the European Christianity. The first known Cherokee converted to European Christianity was 1773. In 1801, the first permanent Christian Mission in the Cherokee Nation was called Moravian Mission. It was located at Spring Place, which is in present-day Georgia . As more Cherokees became Christians the custom of observing the English National Thanksgiving Holiday became common. 








Why All The Violence In Our Schools?


With all the violence in the public schools these days, it is difficult for a parent to feel safe in sending the children.  There are many questions that must be asked.  Just what causes a student to act in a violent manor? Why do some persons who are not enrolled in a school have access to the school? What can a teacher do if someone enters the school and causes a disturbance? What can a student do if she or he observes a stranger in the hallways?


Some feel that attention given to what we use to call 'A Teachers Pet' or an 'Apple Polisher' can cause resentment or  'Racial Bias' may be present.  The teachers have the responsibility to see that the students are safe while in school but teachers are not infallible and may have times of stress.  Doors to schools should be kept locked at all times school is in session, students should report any stranger to a teacher.  Unruly students should be sent home.  People these days are going from bad to worse and now they have extended their violence upon the Innocent ones who are very vulnerable.  I say this, Parents talk to your children, explain to them how they can keep safe in or out of school.  Home schooling is one option for those who are qualified to teach. When will this violence stop?


©Copyrighted by Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. ~Seven Hawks




Bennie E. "Blue Thunder" LeBeau Sr., an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming is a MAIC Newsletter Correspondent.  His "Teton Rainbow" and Earth Wisdom columns are regular features on these pages.




This is a message to all wisdom keepers within the Indigenous Nations of the America's.  

I feel these are very important to our awakening to moving into peace with the wisdom that we carry now...

Please read this and take into consideration what this means.  This is a very special time in history of Mother Earth and Humanity for those who wish to survive living in harmony. 

A lot of information in coming in everyday now to many individuals everywhere in what is taking place around us.  With this wisdom and knowledge it is very important to consider what is the old way of thinking and thinking in the old patterns that won't work anymore...It has been mandated by the Great Spirit and Mother Earth to now move into new thinking patterns that work with the energy force THAT hears all thoughts and makes happen what we think, happiness or sadness, making illnesses or confusion, love peace or harmony to others, including Mother Earth.  A person that feels much pain will inflict pain to their love ones, friends or colleagues. 



Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Three Indian commandos were out in the Iraqi desert. "I understand that you Indians have brought your own indigenous survival equipment" ventured their captain.

"Sir, I have brought an entire barrel cactus" said the Pima guy, proudly; "When I get too hot, I just cut off the top and take a drink,"

The captain looked impressed.

Not to be outdone, the Pueblo guy said "Sir, I have brought the sacred corn pollen. When I get too hot, I pray with it, and then it rains".

The captain looked even more impressed.

Not to be outdone the Rosebud guy said "I brought a car door off a 1959 Chevy Impala".

"Why would you do that?" the captain asked.

"Well," said the Rosebud guy; "when I get too hot, I just roll down the window".



Elder's Meditation

Come forward and join hands with us in this great work for the Creator."  -Traditional Circle of Elders Northern Cheyenne


The Elders have spent years learning to pray and communicate with the Great Spirit. Their job is to pass this knowledge onto the young people. The Elders have told us we are now in a great time of healing. The Creator is guiding them to help the young people figure this out. We must get involved and participate. We should pray and see what it is the Great Spirit wants us to do. We need to sacrifice our time to help the people and to be of maximum use to the Creator. Every person is needed to accomplish this great healing.


Creator, whisper what You want me to do.

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. 


November 30

Christmas Parade -- Come to DeSoto Park, Gulpha Gorge Road and Hwy 7 North at 5 pm sharp.  Wear regalia or Christmacy clothes.  Bundle up warmly.  20 flag carriers and 20 drummers / singers on the Manataka float.  Coffee and hot chocolate afterwards.  Come have some fun and represent Manataka in a good way!


December 2

Christmas Party -- Bring a handmade gift or one costing under $10.00 to exchange.  Those who wish to donate to the Food Basket for the deserving we ask that you bring your non-perishables.  No white sugar, white salt, white rice, candy, junk snacks please.


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


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Medicine Woman
By David Harding, World-Herald Correspondent

Everyday History: Doctor cared for her people on reservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


David Harding at (402) 553-5704 or
Our thanks to Andrea Cramblit, Indigenous News Network


Funny Bones

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


"Knock knock"  "Who's there?"  "Dishes"  "Dishes who?"  "Dishes da Navajo police... OPEN UP!"





Spirit Song for Gramma at Manataka

Oh Great Spirit~

Stand by my side,

With Creator ever my guide,
And the songs, of the Ancient's sing
Help to mend
the Sacred Ring.
Goin' to the Mountain~
the Place of Peace.
 Where Spirits rise, my Soul release
I'll plant my feet on Sacred Ground
Feel the blessings, all around.
And at the waters, I'll face the East
feel the wind upon my cheeks
Drink from the fountain, the Sacred Flow
And shout the prayers for all to know.
Oh Great Spirit~
Stand by my side,
With Creator always my guide
And the songs of the Old One's sing
Help to Mend the Sacred Ring!
We Will Mend the Sacred Ring!
Come all to Heal the Sacred Ring!
Heya Ho!

 Sung at the sacred Manataka mountain for the first time October 22, 2006

Paula SacredCloud Phillips



Woman Heart Spirit
The woman-heart spirit was released by the Creator
a long time ago in order to nurture children,
animals and plants, trees and rocks, and also
men, who resisted the softening of their wild nature.

The woman-heart spirit roamed the deserts and the mountains
looking for ways to create awareness
the food the earth needed for survival
and the recognition of beauty in the land

The woman-heart spirit was wild, untamed
like the river and the wind
who taught her knowledge of a certain kind,
different from the knowledge of men or children

The woman-heart spirit became the guardian
of language and music and the stories
needed by birds and animals and people, as
the world changed and imagination dried up.

 The woman-heart spirit became the keeper of compassion,
strong yet invisible, the connection between
all living things. The woman-heart spirit
is nothing more than love, overlooked when the world began.


Submitted by Crystal Little Salt Smith

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Spirit Mountain

 A soul searches for a place of belonging,

A place where love and direction are found, 

in the whispers when the great winds sing,


I have found such a place where all answers are given,


Because the voice you hear comes from the creator in heaven.

But my brother & sister look deep and you will see,

The sacred journey is a gift, given free.


The greatest gift you have is love,

This gift is always present;

it even falls from the wings of the dove,


The colors of man - black - red - yellow - white,

Are always seen when the owl - hawk - and the great eagle are in flight,


The songs are sung when the drum makes its sound,

When the sacred circle is made

while we stand on sacred ground.


Our prayers lift up - up high in the sky,

A journey of the soul is sacred and holy tears flow

gently from the eye,


The sacredness of the mountain is for all too see,

Because of white mans greed

the rainbow is chained it is not free.


The sacred journey reaches out to the soul in need,

Mans chains are taken away and the soul is freed,

Look unto the mountain and the creator on high,


Open your heart open your eye,

The truth of this journey - will always stand;

We are there for all - reach out - take hold of our hand.



Submitted by Crystal Little Salt Smith

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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...

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...

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 lift 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


Mrs. Van - wife of Rev. Jerry Lynch (deceased) Got a call from Michael Lynch (Her son) with an update. She is in the hospital in Memphis, TN and doctors are examining her. She is very weak and not eating.  Mrs. Lynch has been an inspiration to all Tennessee Indians and has served as one of the TN Commissioners of Indian Affairs. Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  09-30-06 David Teat


Tom Smith (GA) (56) Recovering from a right leg amputated at the hip in June due to a cancerous tumor.  New tumors in both lungs.  Refusing chemo and depressed.  Going to another cancer center for a second opinion. I'm praying they don't find one spot!  Please keep him in your prayers. My sister and Tom would like to be married. Love and Blessings to all. ~Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett  09-21-06


Joanne Robertson - Thank you for your good prayers for our family. Please continue to pray for all of us.  Presently under health attack.  On blood pressure medicine, sleep apnea, anemia and other ladies' issues.  "Please... Lift up my husband, prayer." We have a new member, Masyn Daniel Robertson-Forget born to Nathan and Melanie at 8lbs. 1 1/2 oz. Thank you for your prayers and support. We love receiving the newsletter and having the opportunity to learn so much. Thank you. Meegwetch. Love always. 09-11-06     


Esther Marie Daniels - (Independence MO) was in critical condition in Blue Springs.  Moved to a nursing home for rehabilitation. Please pray for her recovery.  Thank you and many blessings.  Linda VanBibber  09-10-06


Gail Keller, 50, suffering from Lupus, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis and lower chore back pain.  Fighting this every day.  9/8/06


Jeremy-White Wolf (WV)  I want to thank everyone for the prayers said and about to be said.  He's in school AND next week he plays his first football game of the year with his docs approval and to his teams relief lol. Jeremy had surgery June 2nd to remove a steel plate and pins from his leg. We would appreciate prayers for him. When his surgeon said he had healed miraculously well from last surgery he told him yes because my native family prayed for me. ~MountianWindSong King 09-04-06 


Birth Announcements

Darrel & Tanya Whitewolf Smith (  ) Cherokee-proudly announce the arrival of Brayden Denali Smith 10-24-06, 10:54pm 10lb. 9 ½oz.

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...


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:



NOVEMBER 2006 Elder Council Meeting...


The November meeting was held on the 19th starting at 9:05 a.m., a quorum was established with five elders present.   



Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center.

Elder Council Appointments - Tabled

Gathering Report

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

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

American Indian Spirituality Booklet conversion to CD.

Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy

Organize, Teach and Enforce Protocols

Earth Day 2007


Tabled Discussions and Motions:

Elder Council Organization  

Elder Council Appointments


Approved Motions: 

Motion to engage an accounting firm.  Approved unanimously


Rejected Motions:







Annual Christmas Parade

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 due to a recent resignation. 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 POSITION FILLED.  Long time member, Patty Blue Star Burdette Gayle of Hot Springs, AR was recently appointed Ceremonial Elder during the Summer Gathering. "Patty has great knowledge of ceremonies through her many travels over the years to participate in traditional ceremonies and the guidance of spiritual elders.  She walks quietly and speaks slowly.  She is humble and has an abiding love and loyalty for Manataka, said Chairperson, David Quiet Wind Furr.   Patty Blue Star replaces Jim PathFinder who resigned to devote more time to writing books.


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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