Manataka American Indian Council                                                                         Volume X  Issue 10  OCTOBER 2006


Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow 


 66 printed pages in this issue



Animal Rights and Wrongs:

An Interesting Day at the Rainbow Bridge

About Nature and Animals

Book Reviews:

White Feather

Cherokee Rose


"Greener" Electronics
Elder Council Meeting: September Meeting

Elder's Meditation:

Grandfather William Commanda, Algonquin

Willaru Huayta, Quechau Nation, Peru

Floyd Westerman, Sioux

Feature Stories:


Pointing With Our Lips - Corina Roberts

Today Is A Good Day To Die - Part II

Fluoride Watch: Pest Control Use of Fluoride Growing Concern
Funny Bones:

Fish and Game Advisory on Bears

Navajo Wisdom

Indian Trains for the U.S. Congress

Grandmother Waynonaha Speaks:

Grandmother Gram Selma Speaks:

Hurricane Bob

Reclaiming "Squaw"...

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather LeBeau Speaks:

Aging:  Getting Better and Better

Spreading the word of White Eagle

Healing Prayer Basket:

Many Prayer Needed... Please Join With Us

Health Watch:

Colored Carrots

Hill & Holler:

516 years ago: Christopher Columbus
History: Examining the Reputation of Christopher Columbus

Legends of Old:

First Woman - A Catabaw Story

Letters to the Editor:

Bear Butte, Home Gardens, California Massacres

MAIC Announcements:

Lost BIA money?  MAIC Seeks Grant Writer
Mother Earth Watch: 50 Ways to Save the Planet
News Flash: Blizzard the White Buffalo
Poetry Circle: To My Family
Sacred Site Watch: Lakota Spiritual Leader Issues Call....
Tribal Politics:

The Indians are coming! The Indians are coming!

To Indians: Conference is Chance to Improve Future

Spiritual Thoughts:: Today We Proclaim a New Day!

Upcoming Events: 

Manataka Fall Gathering - A Time of Harvest...

Warrior Society: 

Introducing Tamarack Song
Website Updates:  12 New Features Added
Women's Connection: Links to  Native Women's Sites

Women's Circle:

Profile of Sara Winemuca
Women's Council: Toltec Mounds and Women's Healing Retreat

Women's Medicine from Magdala:

The place where everything becomes one


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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Manataka Announcements...

Our Thanks

We owe the following members and individuals great big THANK YOU for coming out and supporting the clean up effort in preparation of the Fall Gathering set for October 21-23 at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds.  Many brought their own tools, some brought food -- everyone brought a wonderful heart.


Aurora Adney 

David Furr

Maureen Deering Lee Mitchell Colleen Parker
Dutch Applewhite  Dottie Furr Jason Deering & Family Royal Mitchell Charlotte Parker
Jody French-Applewhite Crystal Harvey Terry Long Amanda Moore Rick Porea
Leonard Baker Pam Kelly James Mitchell Becky Moore Gayle Sexauer
Patti Burdette Maureen Deering Theresa Mitchell Lee 'Bear' Moore Cheryl Wilkinson
*Bolded - Elders       Bryan Williams


Lost BIA money?
Please encourage everyone to look into this site.  Apparently, the BIA indicates that after 2 years, all the money in this web site will be turned over to the BIA, OST & Tribes. 


Manataka Seeks Grant Writer

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, School Administrators, Funeral Directors 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:




Blizzard the White Buffalo


During a blizzard the Manitoba Zoo in Winnipeg received a white Buffalo calf (aptly named "Blizzard" ) from the United States. Recognizing the great significance of the Buffalo to Manitobans, especially First Nations and Métis, the Zoo acquired this rare and beautiful animal, which is now on display in the Native Animals section, east of the Tropical House. Blizzard is a rare white bison calf, whose significance to First Nations communities goes back several centuries. Blizzard, a yearling that currently stands less than two meters at the hump, will be on permanent display next to the caribou field in the North American animal area. He has been paired with a two year old female (brown) bison for company.







Manataka Fall Gathering - "Time of Harvest and Renewal"

October 20 - 22, 2006

Bald Eagle Mountain Park and Campgrounds

Hot Springs, AR



Bridging the Americas - Reuniting the Eagle and the Condor

Gathering of The Elders at Lake Titicaca, Peru

March 19 – 23, 2007


“When the Eagle once again flies with the Condor, a lasting peace will reign in the Americas and will spread throughout the world to unite humanity.”   Legends state that Aramu Muru assisted many Native American tribes after they arrived in Peru during the time of the destructions of Mu and the Old Red Land (Atlantis). He then united these tribes into a very advanced culture that proceeded to build many of the towering megalithic temples that still adorn the landscape of Peru today. Although most of us have forgotten our past connections, the spirit of Aramu Muru has never left us, and he continues to watch over all the Americas from his Illumination Temple located above Lake Titicaca. Moreover, the great Solar Disc of Mu is also said to still continue to exist and is currently located on the bottom of the sacred lake. Since1992, when the Pachacuti or “World Transformation” anciently prophesied by the Incas first commenced, Aramu Muru and the Illumination Temple have made their presence known again and the Solar Disc has begun emanating powerful streams of spiritual light that will eventually unite the Americas and uplift the entire world. Soon the prophecy will be complete; the Eagles (North America) will reunite with the Condors (South America) and the tribes will once again become one. Join us on the Spring Equinox of 2007 at Lake Titicaca as we connect with our ancient past, reunite the tribes, and help fulfill the sacred destiny of the Americas.  Contact the Institute for Cultural Awareness. 928-646-3000









Elder Meditation


It's all spirit and it's all connected."  -Grandfather William Commanda, Algonquin


If everything is connected, we cannot not disconnect. To disconnect is not a real choice.

This is why we are always spiritual no matter what we do. Every alcoholic is spiritual. All our brothers and sisters are spiritual. We may not be behaving correctly, but nevertheless, we are spiritual. Our choice is to live out of

harmony with spiritual ways or in harmony with spiritual ways. Everything is spiritual.


Great Spirit,

give me the knowledge

to be in harmony

with the spirit today.

By Don Coyhis






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(Pictured L to R is Slovenia President Drnovsek, Amawta Valentin Mejillones, Carol Elk Looks Back Petersen.)


The temple of the Sun in Tiwanaku is represented by the stone caving being presented by Don Valentin Mejillones of Bolivia.  He is Aymara and the chief coordinator of the Spiritual Ancestors of South America.  As you may remember we have been asking for synchronistic sun portal celebrations bringing down the Rainbow Medicine Blanket during the solstice and the equinox.


Carol Elk Looks Back presented to President Drnovsek as a clan Mother of the Sacred Soto Band of the Anishinaabe Nation an eagle feather to President Drnovsek.


Manataka member and tireless ambassador for cross cultural understanding, Petersen travels to visit with heads of state in many foreign countries to open cross cultural understanding.  In 2005, Petersen presented Manataka with the Rainbow Flag -- Aymara (pictured below) gifted by Valentin Mejillones, Aymara Spiritual Guide of El Alto, La Paz, Boliva. (pictured above).  Petersen currently serves as the Coordinator of the Spiritual Elders of South America and Consejo del  Saber Qulla (council of knowledge) in Latin America.  Also in 2005, Petersen represented the Manataka American Indian Council during a major gathering of spiritual elders of many countries in Latin America.


Sacred geometry in Slovenia

"We were invited by President Drnovsek to go to many vortexes in his country and to "feel the energy".  Everywhere we stopped the towns people came to visit with us and to introduce us to the center of the vortexes at goddess temples.  A sacred spring produced a bio field corresponding to all the centers in the human body.   Slovenian's  are  proud of their land and each home has a garden patch and flowers bloom out of every window,"  said Elk Looks Back.


"Today we continue to prosper with a newly formed foundation.  It will continue to foster and enrich our common cultural relationship to the land in a harmonious way." 




Manataka is proud of our powerfully dynamic friend and member. 





"Greener" Electronics

 By Lori Leah Zack

Toxins in Electronics**
Every year, hundreds of thousands of old computers and mobile phones containing toxic chemicals, such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and the plastic polyvinyl chlorine (PVC), are dumped in landfills or burned in smelters. Thousands more are exported, often illegally, from the Europe, US, Japan and other industrialised countries, to Asia. There, workers at scrap yards, some of whom are children, are exposed to a cocktail of toxic chemicals and poisons. This is the dark side of a trend for cheaper, more disposable electronics

A Chinese child sits amongst a pile of wires and e-waste. Children can often be found dismantling e-waste containing many hazardous chemicals known to be potentially very damaging to children's health. Photo from Greenpeace International*


By removing the toxic chemicals, companies make it cleaner and easier to recycle their products. Companies that take responsibility for the whole lifecycle of their products from cradle to grave ensure that their products last longer and cause less pollution. Greenpeace's vision for the industry is one that produces cleaner, longer lasting, more sustainable products that don't contribute to the growing tide of toxic, short lived products currently being dumped in Asia.


The electronics is a fast moving, innovative industry that can respond quickly to users wishes and new trends. But this years hottest gadget shouldn't end up being next years e-waste being taken apart by a Chinese child. Some companies are making positive moves and a Greenpeace survey shows that users want a cleaner industry and are willing to pay extra for it.

Take Action--Suggestions from Greenpeace and The Green Guide:


1) Avoid buying new computer equipment unnecessarily; whenever possible, upgrade your current machine.


2) If you do need to purchase a computer, consider buying used.  sells refurbished computers and other electronics for somewhat less than the cost of new systems: Other purveyors of used computers include PCs Evolve 

3) If you must buy new, support companies that make clean products. Check out how the top companies line up on toxic chemicals and consider which deserve your money next time your buying electronics:


If you are buying a product check the rankings on:


Mobile phones:


Chemical House



If buying a new monitor, flat-panel screen models are an easy greener choice; they lack the five to eight pounds of lead found in conventional CRT monitors.


Look for Energy Star certified machines; they consume 70 percent less electricity than computers that lack power-management systems.

Even after buying a new machine you might want to hang onto the old one instead of tossing it. Consider networking the two computers, or use the old computer to play MP3s or serve some other specialized function, such as acting as a Linux platform.


4) Return your equipment to the manufacturer when you have finished with it. Ask about consumer take-back programs like the Electronics Recycling Shared Responsibility Program, which includes Panasonic, Sharp, and Sony.




Hewlett-Packard (makers of Compaq):


And a great webpage from E-bay:

5) Re-Cycle old electronic equipment to reputable recyclers.

If you live in California or Massachusetts, you MUST recycle CRT monitors and TVs, or clutter up your garage, as these two states have banned the landfilling of these items due to their lead content.


Check out a list of responsible electronics recyclers compiled by the Basel Action Network: The National Recycling Coalition's list of electronics-recycling programs by state:  


In general, be sure to avoid recyclers that use incineration (sometimes called "thermal recycling") as well as ones that ship waste overseas for processing.


*Photo from: 

** excerpt from the article "Dell promises greener computers but users want more"; to read the whole article:

Additional reading: "What's in electronic devices?"

The Green Guide: information for environmentally conscious consumers 

By Lori Leah Zack



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Hurricane Bob

Strange as how we need to identify things by naming them. I never could understand the need to name Hurricanes with human names when they are far from human.


Along the coast of Maine we at times got the aftermath or ends of some tropical storms. They would be described as touching down or coming inland. We seldom actually got a full blown hurricane so we did not pay much attention to the weather man. The fishermen on the other hand heeded the warnings for high seas that would be in effect during such storms. 


On this particular morning I woke up and felt the heaviness in the air that had not been there last night. All morning as I went about getting morning chores done I felt this sense of expectation. My husband use to think me quite out of my mind when I would batten down the hatches after a storm warning; I felt it better to be prepared then not.


We would draw water into big pots for cooking drinking and washing. We usually filled the bathtub with water and made sure we were supplied with plenty of lamps and candles also the cooking stove or wood supplies put inside. We always made  sure we had packed a back pack in case of an emergency evacuation. Also  food for such a move was loaded into the old  truck.


I mostly lived in wilderness places where you never left home without a good warm blanket, extra clothes, food and supplies for break down in your truck. You dressed for the weather and covered all emergency needs. The elements are powerful and most people who live close to the earth respect them. 


After we had secured the emergency supplies,  we would go out in the yard and see that all lose items were latched down or put away so that they would not fly up and hit a window or cause other damage. My kids helped me with this work and it was no time before we were zipped up and ready.


Bikes went into sheds and lawn mowers put away all flying objects were under wraps so to speak.  My husband would only shake his head and go off to work or ignore me and my efforts at storm preparation.  This particular storm was called Bob,  such an every day  name for what turned out to be  a terrible storm.


That morning as I said we made preparations for this storm to touch inland. Needless to say my husband did not share my Native ways and thought that they were a bit much. In later years he came to open his eyes to some things, but still held out his own private thoughts.


The air was heavy and still that morning,  as I went out and made my tobacco tie offerings to the land and the storm. I offered tobacco to the four directions of my land and tied prayer ties in the old maple trees that lined the property. As I was making the prayers the sky got all yellow and gray. The birds were suddenly silent and nothing moved,  not even the leaves on the trees.


Later that day the storm made land fall and the winds swept the coastal area. From my living room window I watched as the trees across the street were bent nearly double and snapped like match sticks. Many things were destroyed that night from the powerful wind and rain that hit our area. The electricity went out and it grew dark, still the wind howled for hours more. I lay down fully clothed on my bed and tried to get some sleep. I must have finally fallen  asleep because I did not hear a sound.


I got up at 5am and went out into the yard to see what damage had been done to the land. I saw no trees down on my land but many bent and broken smaller ones across the street. Mostly the pines were uprooted and tipped over leaving their roots pointed to the sky.


When I looked across the street from my front yard was when I saw the clear cut pass to the River Road. It was about 100 feet wide and reached down the hill a quarter of a mile,  all the way to the River road the ran from Westbrook to Windham. At first I had to look twice to understand the amount of damage and the distance between me and the clearing.


The storm had crossed the river behind the house and taken out some others trees and damaged property.  Then it jumped over my house and land and took cut  this pass that was directly opposite my house only 20 yards from my front door. The huge old maple , oak and pines were twisted and splintered,  it was as if some huge hand had ripped them up carelessly and tossed them to the side. The power of such a wind must have been at least 100 miles an hour to have caused such damage. I had no knowledge of this as my family  slept safely only a few yards from the devastation.


Our land was the only land in the neighbor hood that had no damaged trees or buildings. We were spared this and were certainly grateful for the Creators hand that protected us all.


We made breakfast and prayed for others who were less fortunate then we went door to door and offered to help anyone who needed it. We made pots of food and fed the ones who were not able to cook or did not prepare for such a emergency. We helped cut trees and tarp roofs that were damaged.


We powered up the generator and finally saw on TV what this mildly named storm had done to the East coast line. It was devastating and was considered a disaster area for a while.


As for us we thanked Creator for protecting the land and saving the trees around us.  To this day it is a mystery how the storm jumped that area and landed across the road. I question nothing that Creator does in this life only give thanks and offer prayers.


After that some  of my family who had thought me a bit daft in my ways found more understanding.  Perhaps we want to believe in the power of prayer or ritual but we fear the reprisals from others. Never let judgment from others stops you from believing in the way you pray or offer prayers.  Look around you and see that we are so connected to this earth and all that lives or grows here.  This knowing or feeling of the land will help you to survive if you only listen. Yes you will  be shaken,  but you will survive all things if you focus and  keep your connection with the Earth.


The ability to see and understand is between you and your Creator, the thread or reed must always be connected to the sacred Tree of Life. We must have an open hollow reed in order to live a good and full life.


Love and blessings.   Waynonaha

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





From Grandmother Selma





Kwai Kwai. Greetings.


I write to you as an alnobaskwa, an Abenaki woman, questioning the motionto gut our original language in the name of political correctness. Over the past few decades, in my travels as a traditional storyteller and historical consultant, I have met many indigenous speakers and elders who are concerned at the efforts of otherwise well-meaning people to erase all contemporary uses of the word "squaw."  


And yet, there are people who refuse to believe that "squaw" could have originated in an Algonkian language, or that it could ever have had any meaning but a pejorative one. Some seem to believe that Europeans invented the word, and placed it on maps all over the country, with the sole intent of insulting Native women. Sadly, the misunderstanding of traditional languages runs so deep that contemporary Americans cannot distinguish between modern insults and traditional words. For many activists, the word "squaw" has come to symbolize the systematic rape and abuse of Indian women by white conquerors.


By way of explanation to readers on this issue, I have never supported continued use of the word as an insult directed at Native women, and I am not opposed to the concept of changing place names with the word "squaw" in them. But I do wish to provide some background documentation on the actual linguistic origins of the word in Algonkian languages, and the relatively modern historical and social processes by which it morphed into an insult. I ask that people try to understand, and respect, the difference between pejorative uses and indigenous contexts, between different Native languages, and between historical uses of Native words, past and present. I also ask that people not promote fictional word origins, or use traditional words in ways that are insulting to our ancestors and our elders....  



Submitted by Selma Palmer 







Pointing With Our Lips

Corina Roberts, Founder of Redbird


At a Cultural Sensitivity seminar in Los Angeles for counselors working in minority communities, the teacher offered the following joke.


Three good friends were out hunting with their favorite dogs, boasting about their hunting ability.  “Watch this” said the English man.  “Rover, go seek!”  Immediately his dog took off at a full run, darting all through the brush, until he came to a bevy of quail.  The dog froze, pointing with his front leg and standing like a statue, marking the spot where the quail stood.


“That’s very impressive” said his French hunting partner, “but watch this.”  With a series of shrill whistles he directed his dog to search.  The French man’s dog sped off and soon found the location of an animal, hidden in the brush.  The dog barked furiously and spun in circles, marking the location of the hiding animal.


Both the English and the French man then turned to their Native American hunting partner.  “What can your dog do?”  they asked.  The native man motioned to his dog with his chin, sweeping the surroundings with a motion of his head.  The native dog looked around, sat down, and pointed toward another patch of brush with his lips.


Predictably, the native people in the audience laughed out loud.


Most of us, regardless of our heritage, have been taught that it is rude to point at a person, but few people will go to such great effort to avoid pointing as indigenous people of the western hemisphere.  For native people, it isn’t just people that you shouldn’t point at, but also trees and animals, homes, graves, regalia and medicine items.  Why?


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Read Related Story: Indian Sign Language September 2006 Issue





Today Is a Good Day to Die - Part II

By Takatoka


Today, R. Lee Standing Bear Moore is a peaceful warrior -- a rainbow warrior.  He rises up on two legs with arms stretched wide only when his family, friends or sacred mountain are threatened.  Most days he spends quietly talking with members and visitors, performing ceremony, counseling those in need, or walking peacefully on the Manataka Mountain.


But, there was a time when peace and quiet were not a part of his vocabulary.  Bear was a real warrior who risked his life in combat for the sake of his brothers.   After leaving the military nearly forty-years ago, Standing Bear was a successful concert and event promoter who brought entertainment and laughter to crowds across the country.  But, battles with performers, agents, record companies, venues, stage workers and vendors consumed over twenty-years of his life.  Then he founded a drug and alcohol abuse awareness organization that spread across seven states and helped thousands of families recover from the ravages chemical abuse.  But, battles with drug abusers, enabling families, treatment institutions, law enforcement, politicians and others were constant. 


If this were not enough, Standing Bear fought more insidious battles against personal fears and anger for many years. He

finally won -- to a large degree. Nowadays, it is difficult to ruffle the fur on the back of his neck.  The journey from angry warrior to a man of peace is a fascinating story...


Read more.... 



(Read Part I)

"...I cannot remember when it was the first time I heard the Indian phrase, “Today is a good day to die.”  The phrase was used in the context of a warrior’s desire to die an honorable and brave death.  For many decades I accepted this idea...but it changed drastically..."





Today We Proclaim a New Day!

By Takatoka


Today we proclaim a new day in heaven and on earth for all beings and all things who shall live in equal respect and dignity for each other. 


Today we live joyously for the future as we respect the past. 

A world filled with fear, anger and hate must find peace within itself. 

As history teaches us, this cannot be done using conventional government, religion and commerce based initiatives for achieving peace.  Governments begin wars for imperialistic, religious and commercial reasons. 


Today we live in a world in transition where the dynamics of the connection and interaction in human relations are at its highest vibration in history.  Billions of people are talking to each other across imaginary political boundaries as never before.  This is good. 


Communication between individuals across the globe has brought about renewed respect and tolerance of all.  Tolerance has brought about higher understanding and compassion for our brothers and sisters.  It has increased the love between us.  Communication has also increased hate between us.  Increased communication between government, church and commercial leaders have increased wars and the possibility of wars.


Can we increase the vibration of love between us so that the relevance of government, religion and commercial interests in the peace making process is negligent?  You know this is the only way it will ever happen -- by the grace of the Creator of All Things.


Today we live in a world with humans who have eyes in the backs of their heads. 


We know and understand history as never before.  Everyday there are dozens of new discoveries that increase our insight into the past.  Subjects such as anthropology and archeology were not even part of academic study until the late 19th century.  We can see behind us very well -- as never before in human history.


At the same time, we have eyes all around our heads.    The internet, television and cell phones allow us to see and speak to every part of the globe simultaneously.  Some humans have eyes with 360° vision. 


Humans also have the ability to peak around the corner of time -- eyes in the middle of their forehead. 


By assembling all the prophesies of all the religions and ancient knowledge across the earth and distilling them down to chronological patterns, themes and impact, we discover they are very agreeable with each other in many respects.   The multitude of ideologies appeared to be far apart in the past by reason of language barriers, geography and political/ religious jealousies.  Today, hundreds of prophesies in many languages point to the same future. An eye into tomorrow courtesy of all the races, religions, and spiritual knowledge of humans -- dove-tailing into a single moving picture!


To know the future, we can also read the newspaper, watch television, read magazines, internet information to see the political, religious and economic upheaval worldwide.  The rate of global ecological degradation promises to bring about extinction.  When will this giant rubberband break?


Is there a reason why humans have so many eyes?   Is there a reason why our global collective consciousness has been sat down in the front row seat of time, full of eyes and ears, for major event the human experience?  


As humans sit in the front row awaiting the Big Spectacle, we are filled with great sadness at all our mistakes, pain and fears.  At the same time, we are joyous at the prospects for a new day!  













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Legends of Old:


First Woman

A Catawba Story

But the Catawba have a different tale of those days. When this world was still new, they say, all of it was sharp rocks and steep hills, high cliffs and jagged peaks-except for one small valley hidden deep in the mountains. There, it was always summer. A clear stream ran through its green meadows.   The deer and the wolf drank from it side by side. Beavers built a dam to make a pond, and fishes swam in it. Flowers bloomed on the banks and did not die. Trees flowered and bore fruit, and then flowered again. Bluebirds and buntings sang in the branches. Bees hummed. Blackberries, raspberries, and gooseberries, huckleberries, serviceberries, and mulberries ripened all the year round. The little valley was the best of all places.

Once the Great Spirit had made the valley, he shaped a new creature to live in it. He made this new being to stand on two legs, much like himself. He gave it dark hair and eyes and a dress made of large round leaves of galax, and set her down in the grassy meadow. "You are First Woman," said the Great Spirit, "and this is your home to live in and to rule." Then, when he had said it, he went away and left her.

First Woman was happy at first. She found a cave to shelter her from the always-summer rains, and made it her home. She ate berries with honey, and pawpaws and persimmons and fish. She swam with the beavers and ran with the deer, and neither she nor her valley grew old. Every day was the same as every other day, until she began to wish that it was not.

One day, as First Woman sat at the opening of her cave, she saw a bright red butterfly flutter by. She had never seen such a thing before, and so she rose and followed it. Down across the valley it flew, and up into a narrow ravine. First Woman climbed after it a long, winding way until it led her to the foot of a waterfall. But then it vanished. First Woman turned back, but took the wrong path, and wandered farther and farther out of her way At nightfall, cold and weary and frightened, she curled up on the ground to sleep. A little before dawn she awoke to find a dark shape bending over her-not a wolf or panther, but a shape much like her own. Yet she was the only human being in this world.

"What are you?" she asked in fear. It was larger than she, its face fiercer.  Its shirt and leggings were made of cloud, as if it had just stepped down from the sky.

The Sky Man reached down to help First Woman to her feet. "I was on my way from the evening star to the morning star," he said. "When I looked down, I saw first that you are very beautiful, and then that you were lost. I wish to help you find your way, and so I have come down to your world, even though the Great Spirit will be angered." "Will He be?" First Woman asked fearfully.

"Yes," said the Sky Man, "for He has commanded that the People Above do not come down to this world unless He sends them. His anger is terrible, and I fear it." But he smiled at her. "Indeed, I would rather stay here with you than return to the World Above and His anger." First Woman's heart filled with happiness, for she had been lonely and not known it. "Come," she said, and she took his hand and went with him down to her beautiful valley.

There they lived together as wife and husband, and in time First Woman bore a child. Only then did they begin to think of the times to come. First Woman knew that from their children and their children's children would come a people who would overflow the valley and fill the world. How would they live? The world outside was harsh and bare. Sky Man feared that their children would suffer even more because he had disobeyed the Great Spirit's command, and he was unhappy. Together, they prayed to the Great Spirit for his forgiveness. In the World Above, the Great Spirit heard, and knew that their hearts were good. He lifted his hand, and a great wind rose. He moved his hand, and the great wind pushed mountains closer together and made space for other valleys, and for prairies. And all this world was made beautiful.

When the work was done, the Great Spirit leaned down from the World Above and told First Woman and Sky Man that all this world was theirs. But he told them, too, that because Sky Man had disobeyed him, from that day they must work for their food. He told them that life would no longer be all summer.

Now there would be winter, and with it bitter cold. He told them that there would come a time when they would see in the water of the beavers' lake that their hair had grown white. He told them that in time they must grow old, and die. And First Woman and Sky Man looked at the beautiful world, and at their child, and still were glad.

Taken from the book The Wonderful Sky Boat and Other Native American Tales of the Southeast retold by Jane Louise Curry
From Blue Panther Keeper of Stories






I am saddened to see that Bear Butte is being destroyed by so many people whose only vision is that of the almighty American dollar. 


I have loved the sacredness of the Butte ever since I was a child.  I can remember climbing near the top and feeling such a rush of exhilaration and the presence of the Spirit.  What can be done?  In some ways, I feel that I must have been a Native American in a past life.  I’ve always wanted to be named as such, but since I don’t have enough Native American blood in me, I’m thinking that it is probably out of the question in this lifetime. 


Please, oh please, we must stand strong to save the Butte.  While I have an aunt that lives in view of Bear Butte, that ranch has been there for as long as I can remember and there was and has been respect for the land.  Evil people have crossed that land many times and when my Uncle was alive, it was not uncommon to feel a bullet come whizzing by one’s ear.  I am here in California, but my heart still remains there on the Butte. I pray that we can stop the craziness and keep the land sacred for now and for future generations. 


Respectfully, Judith Alvi  



Dear Manataka,


Hi every one. This [message] is very significant.  It affects everyone on the planet. Please support local sustainable agriculture. Here in Rapid City there is Breadroot co-op. The single most important thing any of us can do to make a difference in our world is to support local sustainable agriculture. This includes buying fair trade organic items whenever you can. Also try having a home cooked meal with your family. Turn off the TV. Try it. You might like it. Your body and your planet thank you.


Douglas Uptain,





Hi, I am sending messages that will be part of a booklet I and a Pomo activist friend (Robinson Rancheria) are putting together on the subject of 19th century massacres in Northern California, specifically in Lake County (Bloody Island).


You could use it as an article or as a letter to the editor. The story involves approximately 150 men, women, children, toddlers and elders were butchered (the young children "brained" against tree trunks, a common practice in those days) without cause but to have access to their land, with the blessing of California politicians and officials.


The history of Native people in Northern California is not well known, (not like Wounded Knee or Sand Creek), because the dominant society here still calls it a "can of worms" that should not be disturbed!

My friend (whose great-grandmother survived the massacre as a little girl by hiding under water in the lake and breathing through a tulle) and I are planning to cause a major disturbance with this illustrated booklet, as the truth is always disturbing in a ocean of lies and denials!


It would be great if I could send the booklet to you for review when it is completed and published, perhaps you could sell it on your site...Let me know to whose attention I should send it. The story will be very straightforward and entirely facts-based, with plenty of explicit illustrations, to tell it like it is.


Raphael Montoliu




'The Indians are coming! The Indians are coming!' Are the Indian Wars Not Over?
By Mike Graham


It's a flash back to Paul Revere's famous ride all over again, only this time the cry is about American Indians.  Politicians across the country (mostly Republicans) are rallying the troops against Indians. They are telling anyone that will listen that the Indians are back and they mean business! "Indians are going to take over." they cry.

Well, the meaning business part is right. Indian nations are moving ahead in many business areas like mom and pop neighborhood stores to forming Internet companies. American Indians have come a long way from the days when city
storefronts had signs in the window stating "No Dogs - No Indians" allowed.

This new "Indian war" is playing out in our nation's courts to include anti-Indian legislation formed to hold Indians back economically . State and federal politicians are spending a lot of their time (and taxpayers' money) to put the Indians back in their place, in other words, "back on the reservation".

Behind the scenes these same politicians are doing all they can to steal Indian land. This action is backed by big business giants and their lobbyists.  Each year Indian tribal governments have to spend millions of dollars defending their rights before U.S. courts because U.S. politicians are filing frivolous lawsuits against them. This money should be going for Indian health care, education and ending poverty. "But this is war" cry the politicians. "


Indian governments are not playing fair! They're using our U.S. courts and laws to regain their land and civil rights. They even want us to apologize for the holocaust we committed against them. What's the world coming to?" they ask. During the past year our elected representatives in their "War against Indians" have introduced more anti-Indian legislation than they have toward the war against foreign terrorists. Forget the U.S. border problem, illegal aliens problem, gangs or energy crises. They say that "The Indians are coming for their land and their legal rights under our U.S. laws." Politicians are working fast and hard re-writing laws to stop the Indians!

State officials are taking the "Indian War" one step further. They want to offer state tax dollars to local city governments to fight this new "Indian war". They're also pumping out press releases geared to build anti-Indian sentiment like newspaper reports did back in the good old days of Custer. Their main talking points are Indian gaming, tribal solvencies and reclaiming land under treaty laws.

Obviously these government officials long for the good old days of their forefathers when they could just sit down with an Indian Chief with a gun to his head, get his x on a treaty written in English, and tell him where his reservation is.

Our federal and state Politicians kept their mouths shut as long as Indians were enslaved on reservations living in poverty. Now that Indians are finally standing up for their rights again, and moving up the economic ladder, they have to deal with all the hate propaganda their ancestors were confronted with during the Custer years.

Still today, three of the five most impoverished counties in America are predominately populated by Indians located on reservations. Corporate America avoids Indian reservations like the plague. They hope Indians will abandon their land. If this happened, you would see a Wal-Mart go up overnight, along with banks and all the business that comes with them.

American Indians claim in part that the holocaust committed against them still continues today. Through the federal government's mishandling of the Indian trust fund, ten to forty billion dollars are missing. The federal government says it has no idea where the money went, all the while shredding documents and spending millions of your tax dollars each year fighting Indians in U.S. courts to make sure no one does!

The Indian trust fund was set up in 1887. The federal government (by choice) is responsible for collecting royalties from gold, oil, gas, timber, coal and other economic goods removed from Indian land held in federal trust. Over five hundred thousand American Indians have accounts associated with the Indian trust fund. On top of all this, Indians have to deal with trust fund payments that are not being paid. The Indian trust fund issue is at the forefront of the new Indian war. You will not hear about this issue on Fox or CNN News!

The federal government does not "give" Indians free money. It owes the Indians money from treaties made with them under U.S. law, and for the economic goods taken off their land. If the federal government paid up what it owes Indians, they would be the richest (cash wise) group of Americans in the nation.

American Indians now call America the "rented country", and say that the federal government is a bad tenant!!  Politicians waging this new "Indian War" are finding members of their ranks running for the hills (no pun intended) in fear of not getting re-elected.  Another big problem these politicians are having to confront is that Americans today are not falling for the wolf cry "The Indians are coming". The vast majority of Americans know Indians got a raw deal from the beginning, and support them today in their quest to regain what is theirs.

Mike Graham is a member of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation and founder United Native America.
Submitted by Andre Cramblit





Virginia tribes hope three-day event will highlight past adversity, present plight

By Andrew Petkofsky, Richmond Times-Dispatch


WILLIAMSBURG Members of Virginia's state-recognized Indian tribes hope a three-day conference to showcase their history and culture will enlighten the general public and help Indians achieve a brighter future.


They also hope to show that Virginia, self-proclaimed as the birthplace of democracy, is also the birthplace of policies that damaged the lives and cultures of Indians throughout what is now the United States.


"The first laws concerning Indian tribes originated in Virginia, and the first forced displacement of Indian tribes to reservations occurred in Virginia," said Upper Mattaponi Chief Kenneth Adams. "You don't just talk about Virginia Indians; you talk about all of them because the exact same thing happened all across the country


The conference, "Virginia Indians: 400 Years of Survival," will run Oct. 5-7 at the Williamsburg Lodge and at tribal centers across Virginia. It's a signature event in the 18-month commemoration of Jamestown's 400th anniversary.


The conference will start with a free, all-day symposium at the Williamsburg Lodge featuring Indian speakers and other experts from Virginia and around the country. The second day will include events at tribal centers in eastern Virginia, and the third day will take participants to the Monacan Indian Nation's annual homecoming event in Amherst County.


Adams and other organizers say Indians have embraced the opportunity to teach the public their story from a perspective that often has been overlooked.


There is also some hope the conference will help the non-Indian public understand the events, laws and policies that have inspired an ongoing campaign by six Virginia tribes to win the same federal recognition, as sovereign peoples, granted to many Western tribes. Although the state recognizes eight tribes, none of them is recognized by the federal government.


The issue has been so important to some Virginia Indians that they advocated refusing to participate in the commemoration of Jamestown's anniversary as the first permanent English settlement in America.


The idea of helping to celebrate Jamestown's history while Congress has yet to act on legislation that would grant the Virginia tribes recognition is controversial among Indians, even those participating in the conference.


But many have chosen the pragmatic view that Indian participation may serve to educate the public and fan support for the tribes' recognition.


"It's a vehicle for us," said Powhatan Red Cloud Owen, a Chickahominy Tribe member working as a liaison between the anniversary organizers and the tribes. "It's our history. Why should we let someone else tell it?"


Wayne Adkins, a Chickahominy leader and president of Virginia Indian Tribal Alliance for Life, the organization working for federal recognition, expressed a similar perspective.


"To me, anything that raises the profile of the tribes is a step toward recognition," he said. "But the recognition itself is the most important thing. . . . Hopefully, this will lead to more pressure in Congress to do something."


Although relations between the Indians and Jamestown settlers were at times friendly, the pressure of colonization cut Virginia's native population by 90 percent within 100 years of Jamestown's founding in 1607, said Adams, the Upper Mattaponi chief. And over the next 300 years, the same thing happened across the continent, he said.


Many history books say little about Virginia Indians after the mid-1700s. But Indian communities and individuals survived. Laws and policies in Virginia made their lives challenging into the 20th century. For example, in the 1920s, a state official, Walter A. Plecker, denied that Virginia Indians still existed and required that all Indians be classified as black.


Panel discussions, including "Indian Law and Culture Through History" and "Government Policy as it Relates to American Indians," may broaden public knowledge of the Indian story in Virginia and elsewhere in the country.


The list of participants includes nationally known experts such as Tex G. Hall, a former president of the National Congress of American Indians; and the Rev. Robert J. Duncan Jr., president of Bacone College, an Oklahoma school where many Virginia Indians attended high school between the 1940s and 1990s.


Adams predicted that the discussions will be enlightening to Virginia Indians and to members of the broader public.

"I think we have a superb, an absolutely dynamite, lineup of speakers," Adams said. "I think people will walk away from this event thinking this was a chance of a lifetime."


~Submitted by Helen RedWing Vinson



Funny Bones...



(Helena Montana, January 31, 1999) - In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. "We advise that outdoorsmen should wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them," a spokesman said. "We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear".

It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear paw prints and scat.

A grizzly's paw is larger and its claws are longer than that of a black bear. Black bear scat contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear scat has little bells in it and smells like pepper.




When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of this we can be sure .. either The Great Spirit, The Creator will provide something solid to stand on, or .. We will be taught to fly.







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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 have been asked to spread the word of White Eagle, a sacred Holy One who is working from the East-bringing message towards the west with sacred messages for peace.  As an Eastern Shoshone messenger, a Peacemaker I pray that leaders within the Dakota/Lakota Nations, Navajo Nations, Shoshone Nations, Chumash Nations will take this message to the heart,  Including all other Indigenous Nations that receive this message with a peaceful spirit. 


This is to be given to all Leaders/Advisors and Spiritual Leaders within the Indigenous Nations of the America's.  Please forward this to those influential individuals that you know far and wide.  I thank you all on Behalf of White Eagle and White Thunder as Peacemakers from the past, a spirit that brought peace to the America’s.  This Peacemaker was recognized by many names in the Tribal Nations of the America's. 


May the Great Spirit Continue to Bless Each and Everyone in Wisdom and Knowledge for Mother Earth as the Great Spirit intended within the Central Sun, the Creator our Father.


Many Zahaunts, meaning many thank yous for your help in sending this message for peace, within the America’s for the world at large.  Those Chiefs that receive this message I respectfully request that you contact me. ~ Bennie


January, 2006 ©Copyright by Bennie LeBeau, 2006






Fifty Ways to Help Save the Planet

From Vanity Fair, 04/17/06



What you can do

The problem is so vast and the urgency so great that advice which suggests you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or switch off lights and standbys when they are not needed or go vegetarian for one day a week seems, well, ridiculous.


Global warming is probably the greatest threat our species has ever faced. The sheer scale of the processes under way in the atmosphere and the oceans makes it hard not to view anything an individual does to reduce emissions as being too little too late.


Not true. The astonishing fact is that each of us can have an immediate impact on the production of greenhouse gases, and if enough of us act together in these minor ways, the cumulative effect will be dramatic. That's because so much of the way we live our lives is wasteful and, to put it bluntly, thoughtless. It takes nothing to switch off a lamp, unplug the phone charger, take a shorter shower, cook without pre-heating the oven, skip the pre-wash part of the dishwasher cycle, or, often, walk or bike instead of drive. And they all save money, which is one of the rather striking things about reducing your carbon footprint—the standard way of measuring the CO2 emissions each person is responsible for.

Some of the suggestions that follow may involve a little more effort—recycling, ditching plastic bags, and fixing leaky faucets and toilets; others require you to spend money—insulating your home, installing solar panels, or buying a fuel-efficient car. Even with these, however, there is almost always an eventual payback in terms of reduced bills.

The overwhelming and heartening point about the ideas here is that, if adopted by large numbers of people, they will have an immeasurable effect. When it comes down to it, the continued rise in carbon emissions is a matter of individual conscience: each of us can and should do something, however small. In 5 or 10 years' time that thought, together with everything written here, should be second nature to us. Ladies and gentlemen, this little booklet is the future—a more ingenious, more satisfying, and less wasteful future.  Welcome to it. —HENRY PORTER





Elder's Meditation


This is the time of awakening to the inner father and the inner mother. Without this

we will receive no high initiation; instead we get initiated into darkness. That's because any investigation or revolution without God leads, not to freedom, but to more slavery."  -Willaru Huayta

Quechau Nation, Peru


Honor the Father and the Mother. Father stands for wisdom and Mother stands for feelings. Inside each of us is the Father and the Mother. If we do not honor both, we will not grow in balance. To honor both the Father and the Mother helps our masculine and feminine sides grow. The winter season is a good time to focus on this. This is our season of reflection. Honoring both sides allows us to see the Creator is both Father and Mother.


Great Spirit, Father Sky, Mother Earth,

guide me today.

Let me experience balance.

By Don Coyhis






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Just Kidding...

Submitted by Lila Weeks


Health Watch... 


That weekly trip to the grocery store is getting to be as much of a cranial work-out as a day at the library. Ethically-minded consumers everywhere are spending ever-increasing time trying to grind through aisle after aisle of ingredient and product labeling mumbo jumbo. It seems there are constantly new labels and certification logos showing up on products. But what do they all mean and which ones can you trust? That bottle of "Cruelty Free, Bird Friendly, All Natural, Hypoallergenic" wonder-goo may not be as great as it claims to be.
Learn more about the different types of humane and eco-labels here:





From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent

Fluoride Action Network media release


PEST CONTROL use of sulfuryl fluoride as a fumigant in facilities such as this rice and soybean storage and processing plant near Stuttgart, Ark., is a growing concern.


Ever since fluoride was first added to water supplies in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1945 to prevent tooth decay, the practice has been controversial. Some claim it does little or nothing to prevent tooth decay and is dangerous for health. Others, including most dentists and public health officials, say it significantly lowers rates of tooth decay and presents no important health risks. About two-thirds of the U.S. population drinks fluoridated water, and in recent years, when towns and cities across the country have held voter referenda on fluoridation, its use has been rejected about half the time.


The status of the long-running debate over fluoride use and exposure was the subject of a citizens' conference held at St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., on July 28-30. The meeting was organized by Paul Connett, emeritus professor of chemistry at St. Lawrence and executive director of the Fluoride Action Network. Three members of the National Research Council (NRC) committee that wrote a fluoride report released in March 2006 spoke at the meeting. In addition, J. William Hirzy, an Environmental Protection Agency scientist, and Donald R. Taves, a retired toxicologist who did extensive research on fluoride at the University of Rochester, as well as several other scientists, participated.


The 450-page NRC report on fluoride did not evaluate the safety or benefits of water fluoridation, which generally involves the addition of hydrofluosilicic acid or sodium silicofluoride to drinking water at levels of about 1 mg/L, or 1 ppm. It did specifically address the current maximum level of natural fluoride EPA allows in drinking water-4 mg/L-and concluded unanimously that fluoride at that concentration harms teeth and bones.






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"Humans could not survive without plants and animals but animals and plants could survive without us."

--Sweetgrass Delcourt, 15



Animal Rights... and Wrongs



An Interesting Day at the Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge is a place of both peace and anticipation as departed pets await their beloved owners.  There are plenty of things to keep them contented while they wait: trees you can't get stuck in, endless meadows, splashing streams, thickets perfect to hide in for pounce-attack games.

But one day the residents noticed some rather unusual newcomers arrive.

The koalas and the kangaroos slipped in rather quietly, but then came the bearded dragons, the skinks and the goannas.  The influx of snakes startled an entire family of cats up a tree.  Pythons, cobras, tiger snakes, brown snakes and even fierce snakes.  There were so many at one point, it seemed the ground itself was alive with writhing.  A burly wombat shouldered his way through the crowd and plopped down in a shady spot, barely missing a Jack Russell terrier who yapped indignantly as he abandoned his position.

And then the crocodiles showed up.

Finally, a Great Dane managed to get up enough nerve to approach one of the reptilian giants.

"Um....excuse me," he said hesitantly. "But why are you all here?"

The croc dropped her jaw and laughed. "Same as you, mate," she said. "Waitin' for someone who loved us."

The dogs, cats, gerbils and other "typical pets" looked at each other in confusion, then at the plethora of weird, ugly and downright deadly creatures assembled.  Who on Earth could possibly love some of those faces?

"I see him!" shouted a green mamba from his vantage point in one of the trees.  A cacophony of squeaks, hisses, bellows and roars erupted as the mob surged forward toward a lone human walking across the field toward the bridge.  The other animals managed to catch a glimpse of him before he was overwhelmed by the crowd.

"CRIKEY!" he shouted joyously right before he was bowled over by the wombat.

"Well I'll be," said a Persian as she tidied up her fur. "It's that Aussie my human liked to watch on TV.  Had to be the craziest human on the whole planet."

"Oh, please," remarked a echidna as he hurried by.  "Is it really that crazy to passionately love something God made?"

"No, it's not," they heard a voice say from their crowd.  "You see, I, too, was with him, at his side, as he caught the crocs, the snakes, and the spiders and spoke on the importance they have in life.  For you see, I am his mate, his dog Sui.  To you ordinary animals he may seem crazy, but to me he is simply known as a Best Friend."

And with that comment, as the animals looked on with surprise, she ran barking, clearing a path to him, and jumped in his arms, licking his face as he cried, "Sui, my mate, my friend.  How I've missed you so."  And with that, they all crossed the Rainbow Bridge together.


Animal Rights... and Wrongs





  • Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. — Henry Van Dyke 

  • Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you... while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  — John Muir

  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens and nature.  — Anne Frank

  • Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that fountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life!  — John Muir

  • Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. — Edvard Munch

  • If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.  — St. Francis of Assisi

  • All animals except man know that the ultimate point of life is to enjoy it.  — Samuel Butler

  • Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.  James Bryant Conant

  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. — Mahatma Gandhi

  • Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.  — Voltaire


Inspirational Quotes taken from:

Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett




White Feather by Nancy Pafford


"White Feather, along with her family, was taken from the mountains to walk the Trail of Tears, eventually to return to her homeland years later."


I met Mrs. Pafford in Cherokee, NC. She was in Bearmeat's Indian Den (a wonderful Cherokee owned shop with really nice handmade stuff) signing her books for people. She is very nice and singed our books as she had good things to say about Manataka. I read the entire book in about a day while on vacation. The book is reads easily and is historically sound. Nancy spent a lot of time among the Cherokee researching her books. White Feather beautiful romance set in a historical time frame. 


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I must have liked it enough because I just ordered her just published follow-up book titled, "Cherokee Rose."  "Cherokee Rose, great granddaughter of White Feather, faces a similar trail as she, an orphan, learns of her Cherokee Heritage, and in doing so discovers a new destiny."


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Children's Book:
"Malian's Song" by Marge Bruchac, Paintings by William Maughan

Based on the true story of "Rogers' Raid," a deliberate attack by the British on Qubec's St. Francis Abenaki community in 1759, this book tells recounts the event through the eyes of a young Abenaki girl in both English and the Abenaki language. Many illustrations. Young Malian lives contentedly with her parents and extended family in an Abenaki village near Montreal in the mid-eighteenth century. One night, Malian's life changes abruptly. Silently, her father carries her off to the woods, blanket and all, and orders her to run to their tribe's winter camp. Malian obeys, but not before she turns to watch her father slip back to the village through the trees. She never sees him again. "Malian's Song" is based on the true story of a deliberate attack by English Major Robert Rogers on Quebec's St. Francis Abenaki community in 1759. Malian's account of "Rogers's Raid," passed down through generations of Abenaki oral tradition, reveals that many Abenaki people survived the attack that destroyed their village, in direct contrast to Rogers's journal accounts. Jeanne Brink, a descendant of Malian living in Vermont, told the Vermont Folklife Center the little-known Abenaki version of the brutal attack. In this first Abenaki and English picture book, pre-eminent Abenaki historian Marge Bruchac and illustrator William Maughan portray Malian's story of a people's strength and fortitude in the face of unspeakable loss.


"I loved this children's book! I bought a copy for myself and two more copies for my nieces! It is excellent for all children (and adults) not just Abenaki or Native American. The paintings are also well done and truly capture the time and place in history in each painting. The website is also fantastic, I listened to the audio of Jeanne Brink, explaining the story. She also described the way Abenaki story-tellers tell their stories so the listener remembers certain parts by repeating them over and over. You can also hear the story told in the Abenaki language as told by Jeanne's grandmother, Elvine Obomsawin Royce. It is also an important part of history told from the rare Abenaki side instead of the English version! It's importance in history should not to be overlooked! Rogers own account says he killed about 300 but in reality the village had nearly emptied before the army arrived so only about 32 (women and children) died, not 300." 


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Lakota Spiritual Leader Issues Call to Sacred Pipe Carriers and to Humanity

David Swallow Speaks on the Birth of Wisconsin White Buffalo Calf

By Stephanie M. Schwartz, Freelance Writer - Member, Native American Journalists Association



To nearly all the American Indian Nations and Canadian First Nations, white buffalo calves are considered highly sacred.  To the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Siouxan Nations, they play a primary role in their traditional beliefs and prophecies.


Since the rare birth of the white buffalo calf, Miracle, on the Heider Family farm in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1994, numerous white buffalo calves have been born across the country.  Interestingly, like Miracle, most of these calves have been born on farms owned by non-Native American people.  Additionally, as a symbol of hope for peace, people from many cultures have come to know about and honor these creatures.


Miracle died unexpectedly in 2004 of natural causes at only ten years of age; an event which created shock across the indigenous nations and around the world.


Now, another sacred white buffalo, named Miracle’s Second Chance by Valerie Heider, has been born on the same farm in Wisconsin during a lightning storm on August 25, 2006.


David Swallow, Teton Oglala Lakota traditional spiritual leader from the Pine Ridge Reservation, spoke today on the significance and message he sees in this calf’s birth.


He clearly believes that the name for this calf was actually part of the message.  He said, “The name is right, it is no accident, the birth of Miracle’s Second Chance is yes, a second chance for all humanity.”   And since, to his people, lightning represents the destruction of evil, Swallow feels the message is the strongest yet.


Swallow went on to explain that, “It is not the normal average person or even the normal government people who bring such danger and destruction to the world.  It is those who walk in greed and envy who feed the prophesied many-headed serpent who is foretold to consume its supporters.”


Swallow explained that the traditional stories of his people tell that the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman came at a time of great need and great strife and war to bring the people back to peace, to living in a good way.  She initially appeared to two men.  In this first encounter, one of the men was honored, the one who showed respect and right spiritual action.  The other was consumed and turned to dust because of his evil intentions.


Swallow believes so it will happen in our world again today, “The birth of this calf symbolizes this, that evil will be destroyed,” he said.


His words spoke that, “It is time that the white nations and all mainstream cultures return to living in a good way, in peace and harmony with each other and with Grandmother Earth.  Only by doing so, will life continue in our world.”


But Swallow was clear that there was also a message for the indigenous nations as well.  He pointed out that the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman had brought the sacred c’anunpa, the sacred pipe, to his people that they might use it to pray in a good way so that their sincere prayers might be heard by the Divine.


Swallow issued a call to all those who carry a c’anunpa.  He said, “The Sacred Pipe carriers, whether they are Native American or not, need to get their sacred c’anunpas out and use them every day to pray for peace and harmony to return to our world in a good way.  Pray that the “money” people will wake up and stop destroying Grandmother Earth for profit and that her health will return.  You can make a difference, a very real difference.  The c’anunpas need to be used for this purpose by all who carry them.  They need to do this every day and to walk with these prayers in their hearts”


Swallow continued, “My English is not good.  I have to be careful because sometimes I use the wrong words and am misunderstood.  But everyone needs to understand this clearly:  We all need to pray, whether you have a c’anunpa or not, whether you are American Indian or not.  We need to pray because it will only be by prayer that the world will be saved.  It will only be by prayer that the hearts of those who are destroying the world can be changed.”


Swallow ended by saying, “I have said this is our second chance for humanity.  I pray that people will wake up and hear the message.  Our lives and our world depend on it.”  “Ho hecetu yelo, I have spoken.”


This article may be re-published free of charge as long as the author gives permission, retains the copyrights, and the article stays unaltered with proper attribution given.


By Stephanie M. Schwartz, Freelance Writer - Member, Native American Journalists Association

© September 18, 2006   Brighton, Colorado   Stephanie M. Schwartz



Manataka American Indian Council






By Susan Bates


News and Notes From Indian Country


Five hundred and sixteen years ago, Christopher Columbus and his men "discovered" the New World. Within hours of that "discovery", Indigenous People began to die. Before all was said and done, millions upon millions of innocent men, women and children perished in the name of God and Greed.

Yet we still celebrate Columbus' achievements - even in this day of enlightenment. This leads me to believe that there are two kinds of victims - those worthy to be mourned and those who merely became "cannon fodder" for the greater good.

While we are encouraged to mourn those who died on 9/11, in what is said to be the most horrible act of terrorism on American soil, I can think of thousands of massacres and cruelties perpetrated against the Indigenous Peoples of this continent that make 911 pale in comparison.

I will not honor Columbus and when November rolls around and Indians are in much demand to celebrate "Native American Month", I hope that all the "token Indians" who are asked to visit schools and talk about our culture and heritage will be brave enough to tell the real story. Even if it goes in one ear and out the other, this is the time of Balance and the truth will be told and even understood by some.

In the spirit of Balance I ask that you remember:

The 50,000 Native People who died within months of the establishment of the first Spanish colony on the island of Espanola. The soldiers held contests to see who could cut the most heads off with one blow. Women's breasts were cut off for sport while their babies were fed to the Mastiffs;

The 24 million people who perished at the hands of the conquistadors in Central Mexico who held contests to see whose dogs could tear apart the most people. Babies were thrown into the air for the dogs to fight over;

The 95% of the People in Western and Central Honduras who perished in less than 50 years;

In Western Nicaragua the population fell from more than a million to less than 10,000 in only 60 years;

In Peru, Chile and Brazil the population decreased from 14 million to 500,000 in less than a century. The soldiers, it was written, kept "the quarters of Indians hanging on porches to feed to the dogs." While many of the deaths were from diseases spread from the filth which permeated the "Old World" many of our People were simply worked to death. It was cheaper to work the slaves until they died than to feed them. There were always more slaves to be had.

These are but a few of the atrocities that led to the development of The New World. Were they unworthy victims? You decide.

"Genocide In the Americas" by David E. Stannard





Examining the reputation of Christopher Columbus
By Jack Weatherford

Christopher Columbus' reputation has not survived the scrutiny of history, and today we know that he was no more the discoverer of America than Pocahontas was the discoverer of Great Britain. Native Americans had built great civilizations with many millions of people long before Columbus wandered lost into the Caribbean.

Columbus' voyage has even less meaning for North Americans than for South Americans because Columbus never set foot on our continent, nor did he open it to European trade. Scandinavian Vikings already had settlements here in the eleventh century, and British fisherman probably fished the shores of Canada for decades before Columbus. The first European explorer to thoroughly document his visit to North America was the Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto, who sailed for England's King Henry VII and became known by his anglicized name, John Cabot. Caboto arrived in 1497 and claimed North America for the English sovereign while Columbus was still searching for India in the Caribbean. After three voyages to America and more than a decade of study, Columbus still believed that Cuba was a part of the continent of Asia, South America was only an island, and the coast of Central America was close to the Ganges River.

Unable to celebrate Columbus' exploration as a great discovery, some apologists now want to commemorate it as the great "cultural encounter." Under this interpretation, Columbus becomes a sensitive genius thinking beyond his time in the passionate pursuit of knowledge and understanding. The historical record refutes this, too.

Contrary to popular legend, Columbus did not prove that the world was round; educated people had known that for centuries. The Egyptian-Greek scientist Erastosthenes, working for Alexandria and Aswan, already had measured the circumference and diameter of the world in the third century B.C. Arab scientists had developed a whole discipline of geography and measurement, and in the tenth century A.D., Al Maqdisi described the earth with 360 degrees of longitude and 180 degrees of latitude. The Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai still has an icon - painted 500 years before  Columbus - which shows Jesus ruling over a spherical earth. Nevertheless,  Americans have embroidered many such legends around Columbus, and he has become part of a secular mythology for schoolchildren. Autumn would hardly be complete in any elementary school without construction-paper replicas of the three cute ships that Columbus sailed to America, or without drawings of Queen Isabella pawning her jewels to finance Columbus' trip.

This myth of the pawned jewels obscures the true and more sinister story of how Columbus financed his trip. The Spanish monarch invested in his excursion, but only on the condition that Columbus would repay this investment with profit by bringing back gold, spices, and other tribute from Asia. This pressing need to repay his debt underlies the frantic tone of Columbus' diaries as he raced from one Caribbean island to the next, stealing anything of value.

After he failed to contact the emperor of China, the traders of India or the merchants of Japan, Columbus decided to pay for his voyage in the one important commodity he had found in ample supply - human lives. He seized 1,200 Taino Indians from the island of Hispaniola, crammed as many onto his ships as would fit and sent them to Spain, where they were paraded naked through the streets of Seville and sold as slaves in 1495.

Columbus tore children from their parents, husbands from wives. On board Columbus' slave ships, hundreds died; the sailors tossed the Indian bodies into the Atlantic.

Because Columbus captured more Indian slaves than he could transport to Spain in his small ships, he put them to work in mines and plantations which he, his family and followers created throughout the Caribbean. His marauding band hunted Indians for sport and profit - beating, raping, torturing, killing, and then using the Indian bodies as food for their hunting dogs. Within four years of Columbus' arrival on Hispaniola, his men had killed or exported one-third of the original Indian population of 300,000. Within another 50 years, the Taino people had been made extinct [editor's note: the old assumption that the Taino became extinct is now open to serious question] - the first casualties of the holocaust of American Indians. The plantation owners then turned to the American mainland and to Africa for new slaves to follow the tragic path of the Taino.

This was the great cultural encounter initiated by Christopher Columbus.

This is the event we celebrate each year on Columbus Day. The United States honors only two men with federal holidays bearing their names. In January we commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., who struggled to lift the blinders of racial prejudice and to cut the remaining bonds of slavery in America. In October, we honor Christopher Columbus, who opened the Atlantic slave trade and launched one of the greatest waves of genocide known in history.

Jack Weatherford is an anthropologist at Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minn. His most recent book is "Indian Givers." He wrote this article for the Baltimore Evening Sun.
~Submitted by Gray Beard Vinson





Is it really true? Seventy or eighty years is all we have here on our 'Mother, The Earth? 


Today many people live to be much older then those in the past. Perhaps it is the life style they choose.  To help prolong a persons life, avoiding such things as excessive use of alcoholic beverages, misuse of drugs, illicit sex and gluttony.   


Many scientists are still looking for ways to help people live longer.  A simple thing like taking a short walk around your neighborhood for exercise can help but only if you live in a neighborhood that is safe otherwise it may shorten your life span. 


I have a habit of visiting nearby nursing homes talking to the older folks who have no one to visit them.  It is no surprise that they recall the time when they could do all sorts of things but now are so old that these things are just memories.  Why is it that the giant Sea Turtle can live to be well over five hundred years old?  Some Parrots survive to be over one hundred years.  If we use our time well, If we teach what we know to others, we can help to keep our culture alive and perhaps even add a few years to our own lives.   ta wa do gi

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





Navajo Wisdom


For all of us who are married, were married, wish you were married, or wish you weren't married, this
is something to smile about the next time you see a bottle of wine: 
Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly
Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. 
As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like  a ride. 
With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car. 
Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally. 
"What in bag?" asked the old woman. 
Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, "It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband." 
The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. 
Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said: 
"Good trade....."


Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett



Submitted by Andre Crambit, Indigenous News Network


Elder's Meditation


My Grandfather survived on this earth without using anything that did not go back into the earth. The whole world could learn from that." -Floyd Westerman, Sioux


Our Grandfathers knew how to live in harmony. They did not create poisons or technologies that destroyed things. They did not make their decisions based on greed or for selfish reasons. They did not take more than they used. Their thoughts and actions were about respect. The Elders conducted themselves in a respectful way. We need to consider our actions around respect for Mother Earth.


My Creator,

have the grandfathers

teach us today

about the old ways.

By Don Coyhis




Warrior Society


Tamarack Song

Tamarack Song, Owl Clan, has been a student of the Old Way since his youth. He met his first mentor - a Canadian Metis Woman named She Who Talks With Loons right after dropping out of college for the third time. In the years following, he traveled The Mother's Bosom to find and apprentice with Elders who still practiced some of their traditional ways. He has lived the Native Way in the wilderness for many turns of the seasons and in the process he has gained - and is still gaining - the teachings and awareness to prepare him for the role of guide. He does not call himself a teacher; if anything he feels himself to be a guide to the Real Teacher.

He is a guide for quests and rites of passage, translator of dreams and other voices of spirit, performer of legal Native marriage ceremonies, counselor for lifestyle transition and relationships, and practitioner of a variety of Native crafts and skills. He does dream and animal guide work, and counsels people healing from the ravages of life in civilized society. He is also a Native Lifeway consultant for schools, museums and archaeologists.

Tamarack shares much of what he has learned of the Old Ways through his writings. He considers many books to be his Elders, because these books contain much wisdom and information on lifeway skills that would be lost had someone not recorded it.


Tamarack Song is associated with the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Wisconsin.



READ MORE...  Books by Tamarack Song


"Where Wilderness is the classroom,

Ancient Voices are the teachers,

knowing self and Balance are the quest."

Teaching Drum Outdoor School
7124 Military Road, Three Lakes, WI  54562-9333







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. 


October 07 

Members representing the Women's Council will "Race For The Cure" on the Riverfront in Little Rock, AR.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  45,000 are signed up.


October 14 

All members travel to Toltec Mounds where we will meet for a day of fun, togetherness, and spiritual enlightenment. Look for further details in Newsletters to come.


November 4

Bring $25 or supplies to begin assembling women's breastplates. Weather permitting we will adjourn to Gulpha Gorge for hikes to Goat Rock and Indian Mountain, drumming and a cookout.


November 11

Fall Women's Council Healing Retreat hosted by Cheryl Wilkinson, 1220 Reed Loop, Atkins, Arkansas. This event is for women only--absolutely no males. Females of all ages are welcome and do not have to be Manataka members to attend. Activities include potluck meals, singing, drumming, teachings, sharing and a woman's sweat. Please bring drinks, lawn chairs, bedding, cots or air mattresses, sweat clothes, and drums.


December 2

Christmas Party--Please 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


Please Join Us!




Profile of Sara Winemuca

Sarah Winnemucca: Voice of the Northern Paiutes
By Mark McLaughlin


In the history of the American Indian, Sarah Winnemucca stands out with Pocahontas as the principal female character with a singular activism and devotion to her race. Sarah spent all of her adult life educating, interpreting and lobbying for her Paiute people. The encroachment by settlements and the transcontinental railroad had pushed the Indians from their traditional hunting and gathering land south of Pyramid Lake.  The changing face of the American West disrupted their society and altered their lives forever.

Ironically, Sarah's grandfather, Chief Truckee, heartily embraced the  early pioneers as an opportunity for the Paiute Indians to improve their own lives. Truckee was so enamored with the American people that in  August 1846 he joined John Fremont to fight in the Mexican-American War.   Fremont commissioned Capt. Truckee to lead Company H, which consisted of mostly American Indians from various tribes.

Captain Truckee distinguished himself with honor and bravery over two  years of fighting and after the war Fremont awarded him a commendation for service. Other Paiutes from the Great Basin, including Truckee's  brother, Pancho, also received medals and commendations.

Sarah's father, "Po-i-to" (Chief Winnemucca), strongly disagreed with his father (Chief Truckee) about the perceived benefits of the white man and he took his family and band of followers north to a remote area of northeastern California near Honey Lake. Sarah, however, remained behind with her grandfather and a few other family members. Truckee enjoyed visiting the bustling port of Stockton, Calif., where he gazed at the large buildings and "houses which floated on water" (ships). While Winnemucca's band hunted in the high-plateau sage desert, Chief Truckee led Sarah and her siblings to the Santa Cruz Mountains, where wild game was plentiful and there was space to wander freely as they had in the Great Basin. Ten-year-old Sarah taught herself Spanish while working there for several white families.







My Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the world,


We are back in to the place where the water comes out from the womb, flowers are blooming everywhere, we have been into a beautiful journey, we have been into the place where everything becomes one, the ancient medicine wheel on top of the mountain, the sacred place where the prayers become one since the beginning of time.


Beautiful people, from many tribes  gather there because the call of the feminine, she was asking for  integration take place, as the ways of the mother.


We dance, and dance all the way to the top, the dance that never ends, the dance of the feminine and male energies, through that dance we became one, flowers were everywhere.


We have recognize many beautiful brothers and sisters and we remember together, we heard the songs of the ancestors inside and outside, and outside and inside, for the ways were there, not as many tribes with different culture, but as one single tribe, the true human being tribe.


The sacred place where everything becomes one, welcome us, so rejoice and whispering the ways of the heart and the perfect harmony, all in a beautiful dance together.


The feminine took the holy water that comes out from the womb into the very center, with the crystal of the young daughters, and the flowers while the grandfather was singing the song of the beautiful day, and the grandmothers dancing ..prayers were everywhere, we walk and dance in the prayers with the prayer as a human being, all in perfect bonding inside of the self and outside, the land sing with us.


We remember, and the joy of that remembrance took over, sisterhood was re-created, reinforced, recognized, for the all became into the one.


Beautiful brother make his song and make the heart of the land sing through as the hearts of every soul jumps into the dance, through his song he becomes one, then the beautiful young men, the son make his song, and all the beautiful people support him as the new beginning of the true men, the heart jumps when the young men was also healing himself and becoming one with the wheel.


Sacredness was everywhere, in the inside as well in the outside, for we make through the dance the inside the same of the outside and the outside the same of the inside, and the path was so beautiful, and the re-cognition at the center as we have always been in there. Love in the perfect expression.

...Beautiful medicine of the true human being...


Thanks, gracias, tlatzocomate, in bola sai teh, economate, ...for we are grateful in all the languishes, for we recognize that the languish of the heart make us one, as we walk in gratitude, then joy cames into the heart...  I am you Magdala



by Magdala

Sacred Sex - Ancient Teachings for Women is a book about the emerging of the feminine that is taking place today all over the world. The women are truly creating the new world. And as this new world is created, the women are in need of the ancient wisdom that holds the understanding of the sacredness of the feminine and the knowledge of how the women must understand and embrace their divinity. Sex is the door from which human beings entered into this realm, and the way to move on is to become one again within the self. Sacred love is the way of becoming one with the self - uniting both the feminine and masculine sides of yourself. We have waited a long time for this book to be written and for this story to be told. When the feminine was hidden, the human beings could not find that part of themselves to create this sacred bonding. Now, with the emerging of the feminine, human beings can embrace love as the bonding, making the inside self and the outside self the same. Peace can be brought into the world. Soft Cover, 190 pages, ISBN: 1419639242

 $19.95 - for Manataka Members

 $21.95 - for Non-Manataka Members






An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other.

He says to the waiter, "Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Sure, Chief, coming right up." He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee. 

The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp, turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere, then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand pulling another male buffalo with the other.

He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, "Want coffee." The waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto!

We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What was all that about, anyway?"

The Indian smiles and proudly says,

"Training for position in United States Congress:

Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up, disappear for rest of day."





To My Family

You have this incredible universe inside of you,

with the gift of laughter,

the miracle of honest friendship,

and the blessing of a caring soul.

You are the roses of my former life,

the sunshine in my days,

and the smile of my every thought.

I hold these glowing visions of your

infinite tranquilities closest to my heart,

inseparable in every way."


~ Madeline Pettengill


I remember going my Great Aunt Nana Pettengill funeral. She looked very peaceful and happy.  My mother told me that Aunt Nana used to tell her fairy tales as a child but that they ended different than the ones she read once she got to school. My Great Aunt Nana had a wonderful tinkling laughter and loved with an open heart.

~ Submitted by Bonnie Two Owl Feathers







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...

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

Henry Sidney Zack, aged 82, died peacefully at home on August 26, 2006 from congestive heart and renal failure. Thank you the entire Manataka community for your prayers for a peaceful transition for my father. He is now joyously reunited with his wife of 50 years and his ancestors.  ~Liora Leah Zack 08-28-06


Dame Te Ata irangikaahu (New Zeland), Maori Queen, who died at her home near Hamilton last night, in the north island, after a long battle with kidney disease. She was 75.  She was the sixth and longest serving monarch of Waikato's King Movement. But over the past four decades of her reign her status and influence extended well beyond the Maori community into the national affairs of the whole country. And she helped to encourage the process whereby Maori identity has become increasingly integrated with New Zealand's national identity. Dame Te Ata succeeded her father King Koroki as the sixth leader of the Waikato-Tainui kingdom, which was established in the 19th century in an attempt to end tribal conflict and unite Maori against further land sales to the European settlers.

8-16-06 Andrea Cramblit


Charles Yow - Charles Yow was instrumental in the work of Students and Teachers Against Racism, Massachusetts AIM, the mascot issue and in South Dakota, as Senior Attorney for the Red Cloud Law Firm.  His impact on Civil Rights was felt in many ways by many people, and in memory of the work he always strived to do, Star has set up a website memorializing his work and writings.  There is also a Bio page with photos and Charles favorite music.  Please join us for an on-line celebration of a man whose life was dedicated to justice and the elimination of racism and corruption.  He will be sorely missed by his many friends but he will always be remembered here, at:

Soaring Eagle Danysh - (Wayne, WV) - Husband of Shirley MorningRain Danysh crossed over from cancer and complications from an infection.  08-04-06 ~Pat Walks Quietly


Sickness and Injuries...

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


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


Jay King - (WV) We have been told Jay has heart blockages besides CHF. aterial fillibration, enlarged heart and diabetes. He is  frightened.  He collapsed during the Cherokee Powwow campground in July and has been ill ever since with heart problems. I know prayers are answered. He is such a good and kind man, my rock. I took a fall as well.  They did the heart catherization today The clots/blockages are in small veins too small to angioplasty. Going to implant defillibrator/pacemaker. He's doing well but weak and short of breath TY for prayers and please continue. Our family at Manataka are a great comfort knowing you will respond to our request. Love and prayers.  Ruth King  09-23-06


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     


Mark Allen VanBibber - (MO) Diagnosed with bladder cancer. Having tests to see if it has moved into his bones or lungs. ~Linda 09-10- 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 


Valda Littlebear Longbow Nachreiner (GA) - I will be seeing a specialist for throat problems.  I fear the worst, but would greatly appreciate any and all prayers that can be offered up for my health at this time.  As I am without family and have only my Native American friends here and I am very scared. 08-08-06 Bear


Dobby Sommer (CA) - 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


Joan (LA) - a single mother with two little boys reported missing in May in Jamaica.  She lives for God and it shows in her life and her boys' lives. Upon her return to the U.S. she was arrested because of an outstanding felony warrant from many years ago and transferred to Lafayette, LA.  She will go to prison for 2 1/2 years. I am asking for your prayers for Joan and those two wonderful little boys.  ~Pam Walker 08-01-06


Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway (AL) - Miracles happen every day.  Car was totaled in an accident - without transportation but without a scratch.  Worries about not being able to obtain CDL.  Extreme debts school debts over $75,000.  I just need some prayer from my Manataka family to help carry me through this time.  Thank you so much for your friendship, your continued kindness, and prayers. 08-04-06 Bear


Ms. Van Lynch (Memphis, TN) - Wife of Michael Lynch scheduled for liver transplant surgery today. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. The more prayers and smoke sent up at this time, the better!  07-27-06 ~David Teat


Patricia White Wolf Farnsworth (MO) - fell and broke an ankle.  Surgery pending.  She needs our prayers.  No we are not going to give her a bell. ~Sam Farnsworth 07-20-06 


Aaron Friedman - (Haifa, Israel) - Haifa was struck by rockets from Lebanon.  We have not heard from my former stepson and I ask for prayers.  He was going to study this summer in Haifa, Israel.  Julie Maltagliati 07-13-06


Mary Mattingly (El Paso, TX) - My cousin is going for surgery on her arm.  I would like to ask your people to pray for her as well. Y'all do a pretty good job. ~Leo Causey 07-08-06


Mackenzie Elizabeth Reed -  Saquo was born prematurely and we would greatly appreciate your prayers in smoke for hia utsi saquo for which ayv offer tobacco to nihi for high honor of such. This picture shows usti ulv on June 8, 2006 at 1 lb. 7 ozs and 11.5" long.  Elisi Spirit Dove 07-08-06


Henry Sidney Zack - My father has taken a turn over the past week and is declining rapidly; today the hospice nurse feels he may have 1-2 weeks to live, but there is no certainty of this, of course, and he may linger longer.  Lauren Zack. 07-07-06


Flora Causey (Texas) - wife who is part Cherokee and I think she needs prayer for her body.  She has some sort of tumor in her abdomen.  It doesn't need to be there and doesn't have to stay there.  ~Leo Causey 07-04-06


Joyce Johnson (Atlanta, GA) -Diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.  Please pray for this wonderful woman.  ~Patti BlueStar Burdette 07-03-06


Marian Wilson (Philadelphia, PA) Child.  On July 21, Marian will undergo an upper endoscopy of her upper intestinal tract, to test for Celiac disease, food allergies, and other possibilities for her continued, recurring illness and rash. ~ Kim Wilson  06-30-06


Kimberly Wilson (Philadelphia, PA) - July 19 will be seeing a cardiologist for consultation of persistent symptoms of heart palpitations, possible atrial fibrillations and/or arrhythmias.


Dr. Ron - Has had years of pain due to a back injury and is addicted to pain meds.  He is still functioning as a doctor but on a very limited basis. I ask the Bear Society to take his name and do work on him in their next lodge, sweat lodge.  What I know is that the medicine of the Bear clan is extremely strong.  I ask that Ron begins to feel the energy and love that all those around feel to help him heal.  I've prayed to the creator, called on my ancestors.  It is really time that can tell what his future holds.  He is cutting down on his meds, at least he is trying.  ~Stella Turtle Lady Fisher 06-12-06


Robert Gray Hawk Coke (Dallas, TX) - Long-time Manataka member and beloved elder suffered a major stroke on May 14. He had temporary paralyses that was successfully treated. Please pray and give up offerings for this wonderful man.  Gray Hawk came home 6-10-06.  ~Victoria McBain.


Alan Fisher - Alan has healed from his surgery.  Back to work and on the go.  Only the future can tell if the tumor will return, we hold the energy from that if will not return. Thankful and Grateful for each breath I take upon awakening every day of my life. ~Stella Turtle Lady Fisher 06-06-06

Larry Irons - Still battling cancer.  Came back in his spine and right leg.  Very sick and on morphine in 4th stage of the disease. Walks only about 20 feet. ~Charles Irons 6-05-06




Did you submit a prayer request above?  If so, please send us an update. 

We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are needed. 



SEPTEMBER 2006 Elder Council Meeting...


The September meeting was held on the 17th starting at 9:05 a.m. and a quorum was established with all elders present.   



Upcoming Fall Gathering.  Rick Porea led the review of requirements for the Gathering.


Tabled Dicussions:  

Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center. 

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

American Indian Spirituality Booklet conversion to CD.

Teaching Basic American Indian concepts and philosophy

Organize, Teach and Enforce Protocols

Elder Council Organization


Approved Motions: 

Committee Reports approved by consensus. 

Rejected Motions:




Announcements:  Upcoming Mayor's Proclamation; REACH event. 





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


Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Burnett, Georgia

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Grandmother Selma, Florida

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Magdala Ramirez, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Helen Red Wing Vinson, Tennessee

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas

Waynonaha Two Worlds


Susan Bates, Missouri

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire 

Valerie Eagle Heart

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

John James, Arkansas

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Elaine Nowell, Louisana

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

Linda VanBibber, Missouri




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