Manataka American Indian Council                                                                         Volume X  Issue 9  SEPTEMBER 2006


Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow 


53 printed pages in this issue



Animal Rights and Wrongs:

A Whale Of A Story

Department of the Interior Slaughters Our Cousins!


Healing Homes
Elder Council Meeting: A wonderful gift -- Spirit Inspired.

Elder's Meditation:

Lakota Proverb

Grandmother of Charles Eastman

Feature Story: 

Today Is A Good Day to Die!

Fluoride Watch:

Government Planning Mass Poisonings of Indians

2006 Biggest U.S. Health Threat - US Dentistry

Funny Bones:

Virus Alert!!!

He doesn't look so good!

Wise Old Indian

Grandmothers Speak:

Indian Sign Language and Pointing by Gram Selma

We Are Never Alone By Waynonaha Two Worlds

Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

The Path of Life

Healing Prayer Basket:

Members and Friends Need Prayer

Health Watch:

The World's Best Ant Poison - Truth About Aspartame

Hill & Holler:

The Disappearing Indian


Tachi Yokut Indians


The Collector

Legends of Old:

Creation Story and the Importance of Dreaming

Letters to the Editor:

Pointing Out A Contrast

The Business of Powwow

MAIC Messages:

Read About Manataka Needs

Mother Earth Watch:

Public Lands on the Auction Block

News Flash:

Monsanto Monster and Genetically Engineered Crops

Poetry Circle:

He is An Indian

Sacred Site Watch:

The Miami Circle

Tribal Politics: Decision will triple size of Yavapai-Apache lands

Upcoming Events: 

The Gathering of the Peacemakers

Warrior Society: 

The Wisdom of Tamarack Song

Website Updates: 

12 Stories and Features Added in August

Women's Circle:

Eating Local Produce

Links to  Native Women's Sites

Women's Council:

Join Women's Council Circle of Friendship

Women's Medicine from Magdala:

The Time has Come

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Saturday and Sunday - September 16-17 CLEAN UP DAY at Bald Eagle Mountain Park and Campgrounds.

Bring outdoor lawn equipment, gloves, chairs, lunch and refreshments.


The regular Membership Meeting and Elder Council Meeting will be held at Bald Eagle Mountain Park and Campgrounds, 100 Bald Mountain Road, Hot Springs, AR on Sunday at the regular time.  Aurora Adney will give a special presentation.  Details: 501-627-0555 or







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Manataka Prayers Answered

Readers may recall our appeal for Grandmother Helen RedWing and Joseph Graybeard Vinson in this space in the past two issues.  "Helen has been disabled for many years and receives no government benefits.  Joe was forced to retire from the Post Office for debilitating back pain after many years of good service, but the government has been dragging its feet in awarding him compensation and retirement funds.  They do not qualify for food stamps because he as too much money in his retirement fund -- that the government is withholding.  The Army Relief Fund has paid their rent and utilities, but there is no money for food and gas money."  Late July Grandmother Helen RedWing and Graybeard drove to Manataka and went to the sacred mountain to give thanks for the relief from the government.  The bureaucratic logger-jam was miraculously freed and our friends are safe.  Thank you to everyone who offered up prayers.  Prayer works!


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. 


Manataka Seeks Advisory Board Members:

In July the Elder Council 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:








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The Gathering of the Peacemakers:
Healing Santa Cruz With One Love
Santa Cruz, California - Labor Day - September 04, 2006
Free Admission! 

San Lorenzo River Park in downtown Santa Cruz, California on Labor Day.  Native American elders, Tibetan monks, religious leaders and local teachers of love. Performances by local and internationally-known conscious artists whose message reinforces our own. Already Grammy-award nominee reggae artist Luciano and recording artist Mikey General to perform. All speakers and performers donate their time and talent for free.   We believe that if the peacemakers - those people teaching love in the community - can gather together and revitalize each other as well as encourage others to join them as peacemakers, they can have a positive effect on the entire community manifesting in lower crime, drug abuse, domestic abuse, etc. We encourage each person to heal the small piece of the planet the Creator has assigned them by simply loving and forgiving as much as they can.


Quinault Nation Hosts Eighth Annual Indian Tourism Conference

Featuring Best Practice Workshops, Networking and Trade Show

Ocean Shores, Washington

September 17-20, 2006


The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will hold their annual Indian Country tourism development and promotion conference at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino September 17-20, 2006. Hundreds of tourism and economic development professionals are expected to converge this year at Ocean Shores to participate in a discussion of Indian Country tourism best business practices.


Call Gloria Cobb at (715) 588-3324. 


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




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

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By Marilyn L. Kish Mason


People collect the most curious things,

Such as thimbles and spoons, old toys and rings,
An assortment of dishes that are packed up in boxes,
With old stamps and rare coins and pocket watches.

There are buttons and bows and pictures galore,
Their house is soon full, but they keep buying more.

But where is the joy their possessions should bring,
When they fill up their lives with such trivial things?

I know a man, who boasts of no solid gold pens,
His contentment is found in gathering friends.
His worth is not measured by what he may own,
He gives of himself and will always be known,

As a man of kindness and deep affection,
And we are blessed to be part of his collection.


Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett






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George Carlin on Indians…

Now the Indians.  I call them “Indians” because that's what they are. They're Indians. There's nothing wrong with the word Indian. First of all, it's important to know that the word Indian does not derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached “India.” India was not even called by that name in 1492 - it was known as Hindustan.

The word Indian comes from Columbus' description of the people he found here. He was an Italian, and did not speak or write very good Spanish, so in his written accounts he called the Indians, “Una gente in Dios.” “A people in God.” In God. In Dios. Indians. It's a perfectly noble and respectable word.

As far as calling them “Americans” is concerned, do I even have to point out what an insult this is? We occupy their hemisphere, kill sixty to a hundred million or so of them, destroy five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land we can find - and now we want to name them after ourselves? It's appalling. Haven't we done enough damage? Do we have to further degrade them by tagging them with the repulsive name of their conquerors? But are they really “conquered?!” What about the ones still here – are they chopped liver!?

You know, you'd think it would be a fairly simple thing to come over to this continent, commit genocide, eliminate the forests, dam up the rivers, build our malls and massage parlors, sell our blenders and whoopee cushions, poison ourselves with chemicals, and let it go at that. But no. We have to compound the insult!

I'm glad the Indians have gambling casinos now. It makes me happy that dimwitted white people are losing their rent money to the Indians. Maybe the Indians will get lucky and win their country back. Probably wouldn't want it. Look at what we did to it.


Submitted by Scott Treaty






Healing Homes

Submitted by Lori Leah Zack


Janus Welton, Eco-Architect, discusses Healthy Building Design

Principles utilizing the concept of Bau-Biologie (Building Biology)




ECOLOGY-Healthy Building Design Principles

Indoor Air Pollution The Problem:
Until 25 years ago- indoor air pollution was a limited phenomena. Two things have basically changed to contribute to this increasing health problem.

- First of all, thousands of chemicals and plastics have been incorporated into building materials since WWII.
- And secondly, Since the Energy crisis of the 70's , super- insulated and sealed buildings were built with the intention of energy efficiency, and could not "breathe" out the chemicals and in with the fresh air.

The Solution: Two basic Schools of Thought have arisen to solve Indoor air pollution.

- The first concept known as isolation and filtering is best applied to isolate from a toxic outdoor world. There are some people with such severe health problems living in areas where the outdoor pollution is magnified where this technique makes a good deal of sense. The concept is to eliminate the pollutants from the building envelope and seal the building tightly from within. Then clean , filtered air is mechanically pumped in -keeping the structure under slightly positive pressure to control air infiltration.

- The second concept has been the natural and historic approach in indigenous buildings through-out the world. This has also been re-introduced and popularized by the German Bau-Biologie (Meaning literally Building Biology) movement. In this approach, the building is thought of as a third skin and viewed as a permeable organism and constructed of natural, non-toxic materials that breathe. Thus the building skin interacts with the natural world and facilitates a balanced exchange of air and humidity. This methodology is preferred by Environmental Architects and Building Biologists.

Common Sources of Pollution in Standard Construction: The Problem:
Standard building and construction materials have been developed that contain toxic, volatile organic compounds , and petrochemicals that will out gas when newly constructed or installed . Such common building materials do have non-toxic , but these need to be specified by the architect and it takes a TEAM commitment from the Developer/ Owner, Architect Designer, and Construction Contractor to achieve the goals of creating a non-toxic project that is healthy and free of sources of indoor air pollution. Specifications can be made by certified Environmental Architects or Bau-Biologists and Costs for such substitutions can run anywhere from 0 to 25% over standard construction costs depending on the strategies and specifications.

Common Building materials in standard construction that can cause health problems are broken down in the following categories:

The main sources of such pollutants are:
VOC's = Volatile Organic Compounds are chemicals with carbon hydrogen bonds at the molecular level. These chemicals found in carpets and all kinds of products out-gas and release a slow dose of chemicals into the indoor environment and continue to do so for months. Most VOC's are synthetic petrochemicals used in formaldehyde, phenol, acetone, etc. and are used as adhesives in plywood, particle board and other wood composite products. Composite wood products are chemically treated woods such as particleboard, chipboard, plywood, sill plates, and chemically treated manufactured sheathing products. Presently about 80,000 synthetic Voc's are commercially available and found in standard products:

- Solvent based Paints, sealants, finishes, adhesives, solvents
- carpets and carpet pads
- plywood , particle board, wood paneling
- insulation
- Asphalt and products containing asphalt such as impregnated sheathing, roofing tars, asphalt driveways, etc.
- Building materials containing mildew, mold, or particles which will create an environment that prevents mold growth.
- Toxic Cleaning products and Solvents
- Pollutants from Combustion By-products such as gas, oil, coal; woods and fuels burned indoors consume valuable indoor oxygen unless outdoor air is added. All combustion appliances contribute to indoor air pollution especially in airtight energy efficient buildings. Fireplaces, woodstoves can give off hazardous fumes and need to be well ventilated. Garages should be isolated from the living spaces to prevent noxious fumes
- synthetic fabrics, dry cleaned garments
- air fresheners, aerosol products, cleaning products and body care products
- insecticides , moth balls , pesticides are classified as Voc"s but are even more of a health threat




This excerpt is a companion piece to "Creating Healthy Buildings" that will appear in next months' Smoke Signal

or Janus Welton's website, go to:


Excerpt from: "Healing Homes" with Feng Shui and Ecology by Janus Welton, A.I.A., Architect, EcoArch DesignWorks

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Submitted by Lori Leah Zack





By Grandmother Selma









Gesture is a symbolic action with intellectual action, by which a thought, feeling or intention is voluntarily expressed in a accepted (within the given culture) form.  However, gestures can also be holding a relationship of arbitrariness between themselves and the acts or objects they refer to.


Gestures are formed by actual movement, be it that of facial muscles, of limbs, of head or the entire physical body.  These movements usually express or emphasize feelings, thought or intentions.  At times they are employed to accompany speech, at other times they may present themselves in silence.


Gesture become complicated due to the fact that it is metaphorical, silent, natural, universal, clear. figurative, picturesque, affective, iconic, pantomimic, cheiromimic, visual language, innate language, syntalk, and an essential adjunct to human audible language that is expressive motion.


Gesturing at someone or even a specific object is considered disrespectful within the Native American Indian culture.  if that gesture is the pointing of a finger.  It is absolutely taboo in ceremonial practices.  Most Native American Indians consider gestureless speech as " lifeless" speech, unspirited and indicates non -involvement, shows reluctance and can be perceived of as insulting.


The absence of gestures would add to our world becoming static and colorless.


"The social anthropologist, Edward Hall states, sixty percent of all communications non-verbal " 1


Gestures and body language communicate as effectively as words....or perhaps more so.  They are woven into our social lives and interaction with all we come in contact with.


The universal singular gesture, the miracle mien, the giant of all gestures is the simple smile.


The traditional Native American Indian using hand gestures, or even signing was not strict regarding the position of the fingers or hand. For there was movement involved as well. 


The consistent elemental variable was not the position, but the motions  The execution as well as the conception were the indication of meaning.   The position of the fingers was somewhat immaterial.  There were hand gestures that the position of the fingers were of paramount importance, but those gestures were linked to sign language and conveying concrete images such as members of the four legged species and or danger.


In dominant cross cultural American society the gesture of pointing with hand and index finger is a common and accepted practice.  It is taboo in many other ethnic cultures, such as the oriental and the traditional Native American Indian.


The true traditionalist draws the observers attention to the point of concern or interest thru facial gestures, cutting the eyes in the precise direction, a slight nod of the head toward the intended focus point, all were and are the accepted non -verbal method of polite directional orientation.   Not Pointing.


The importance of being culturally respectful can not be over emphasized.


References :

1.    Quote from Edward Hall " source: axtell, Roger E.: Gestures:

2.    The Do's and Taboos of Body language Around the World by John Wiley and Sons, 1991

3.    Katz, M. (n.d.) Treading with care upon the Earth: working in Indian Country Respectfully to meet the Challenges and

    seize the Opportunities.


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We Are Never Alone

By Waynonaha Two Worlds


We are never alone really alone for all around us and about us are the spirits of things to come and things that have been.

It is in this balance that we are suspended between heaven and Earth to live and enjoy the beauty of this,  our Earth Mother.

The air filled with spirit, surrounds our every breath, protecting us as if in the womb of our mother. 

We have but to reach into the Field Of Plenty to create our own reality.

From this rich awaiting gift we receive all that is there for us to share and love in life.

Our spirit waits the beginnings of new life, from which all creation flows.

Love and blessings Waynonaha
Thank you Kenja for the beautiful art.

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




Today Is a Good Day to Die

By Lee Standing Bear Moore as told to Takatoka


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 as age and death-threatening ailments became commonplace, my idea of its meaning changed drastically."


I was born at the Bell Mission near Los Angeles and the product of a family forced to move west from our ancestral home in Arkansas.  In the 1940’s, many Indian and poor people of Oklahoma and Arkansas were “encouraged” by the government to relocate to the west coast to fill wartime jobs.  The mass relocation was similar to the Dust Bowl days of the 1930’s when the dispossessed were drawn west from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arkansas.  As John Steinbeck wrote in his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath:

"…families, tribes, dusted out, tractored out. Carloads, caravans, homeless and hungry; twenty thousand and fifty thousand and a hundred thousand and two hundred thousand. They streamed over the mountains, hungry and restless - restless as ants, scurrying to find work to do - to lift, to push, to pull, to pick, to cut - anything, any burden to bear, for food. The kids are hungry. We got no place to live. Like ants scurrying for work, for food, and most of all for land."


I learned the meaning of death as I grew up in gang-infested areas of Los Angeles County. There was little honor or bravery associated with the senseless deaths I witnessed as a youngster. The first time I experienced death was in 1956 as I sat in the emergency room of the Studebaker Hospital awaiting stitches from a bicycle accident.  A boy from our school brought Jerry in with the hook of crow bar planted in his head.  There was little doctors could do for him.  As a 10-year old, the experience of seeing a schoolyard buddy bloodied from head to toe with gore was horrific.  Jerry laid on a bench not three feet from where I sat and as I stared into his eyes blood streamed down his head across gang tattoos on his arms and dripped into a pool on the floor. He died holding my hand. As my formative school years past, shootings, stabbings, and bludgeoning deaths were nearly everyday occurrences. My heart and brain were anesthetized to death by the age of fifteen.       


After I entered the U.S. Army at the age of nineteen, I became intimately acquainted with death. As a platoon sergeant during the Vietnam War, I knew death was always an inch away during the many firefights and major operation battles.  As months passed in the steaming jungles, an awareness of death consumed every moment. Friends dropped like flies. A single breath often separated my consciousness from death.  As a matter of self-preservation and sanity, I was forced to become a friend of death and even welcomed it on several occasions. 


On May 13, 1968, a mountaintop signal site called Nui Ba Den where I was temporarily stationed was overran by two regiments of North Vietnamese Regulars.  The nearly 100 defenders were slaughtered.  If not killed outright, many were tortured and some taken prisoner.  


After the short battle was over, I wandered alone on the mountain for several days searching for food and water and removing booby traps from the bodies of dead comrades. At one point, when NVA patrols came dangerously close to my position several times, I was ready to give up my life.  I felt like there was no hope for rescue and the prospects of being tortured was consuming me.  It was then that I stood against the horizon and roared at the top of my lungs, “Take me now!  Shoot me now!  Today is a good day to die!”  My screams were heard on echoes across the 6,000-foot mountain but by the grace of the Creator the enemy had no ears.  Strangely, the enemy did not take my life but allowed me to live.


It was NOT a good day to die.


Obviously, I was among the survivors but the gruesome memories haunted me for years and the faces of death are often seen in my dreams making me a life-long causality of that unnecessary and brutal war.     


As years passed, I knew death many times.  Family, friends and co-workers crossed life’s threshold due to illness, accidents and sometimes circumstances that were not always brave or honorable.  


Regardless of my close experiences with death over the years, the meaning of the term “Today is a good day to die” eluded me.  That is until just recently.


During the past four months, I had three close encounters with death because of a bad heart and blood ailments received during the war.  My heart was shocked back into rhythm during the last hospital visit.  I knew during these encounters that death would not take me.  Over the years, the Creator of All Things visited me many times.  One time as I stood in the fire circle on the sacred Manataka Mountain the wind swirled around my body like a small tornado and the night sky opened to a voice that gave many instructions.  Other voices sang many songs.  And finally the time of my death was spoken.  I have not completed all the instructions and thus my crossing time has not arrived.  Each day I am allowed to continue my path and quest is a gift. 


I do not think I have ever feared death.  I steadfastly hold the ways of the Beauty Path in my heart and thus fear of death is insignificant.  The depth and breadth of Indian philosophy and spiritual belief has always served me well in times of crisis.  Just as the water of life is not distressed by its many changes, from liquid to solid to vapor in the eternal circle, I am not afraid of my body changing into spirit.  After all, the same water that appeared a the time of Creation remains on earth today.  The idea that my spirit will one day join with those of my ancestors and other loved ones is an appealing thought.


My opinions and hard-won beliefs about the Beauty Way have become rock solid over the years.   However, my idea of the meaning of the term, “today is a good day to die” has changed.


I now know that this term does not necessarily refer to an action such has bravery or define some abstract ideal of honor.  In my mind, the term does not have anything to do with the designs of mankind, but instead acknowledges the will of the Creator in a good way.


“Today is a good day to die” means that we are ready in our mind, heart and spirit to become one with the Eternal Spirit of the Creator.  It means we are prepared to enter the never-ending and timeless River of Spirit to float forever. The Creator may later require our energy and spirit in the form of another creation so we may become the fodder and substance of something entirely new, return as fragment of another being or some other transformation as the will of the Creator may dictate.  Who can say otherwise?


In keeping with the nature of all creation, energy and spirit never die as they are simply reformed repeatedly in a perpetual sacred symphony conducted by our Great Grandfather in heaven.  


This definition of the term, “Today is a good day to die” is yet another example of the tremendous spiritual growth we have experienced because of the gift of knowledge and practice of the Beauty Path of the Indian.


Today IS a good day to die.



Tachi Yokut Indians




The Tachi Yokut Indians have inhabited the San Joaquin valley for centuries. Their forefathers made their living peacefully through farming, hunting, fishing, and gathering grains, nuts and fruits. Their  lands consisted of fertile valleys, marshlands and rolling foothills. With the arrival of the American settlers, they gradually lost the land where they once lived. Their land was given away by the government or sold to farmers and ranchers, sometimes as bounty for killing their people. By the end of the 19th century, the Tachi Yokut Tribe was split across the central and southern parts of California.


Here in the San Joaquin Valley, their people were marched on foot from the valley to the foothills to make way for farmers and ranchers. When oil was discovered near Coalinga, they then were marched back to a desolate spot in the central valley near the present location of our reservation.


The Citizenship Act of 1924 gave all Indians American citizenship rights while allowing them to retain their tribal citizenship but it made little difference in the way they were treated by the government. As part of their integration into white society, the federal government sent their children to government schools, their religion was banned, and the teaching of their language and culture was all but forbidden.


Even after the land grabs and removal efforts had ceased, the damage had been done. The division of their people, the suppression of the Indian culture, and the influence of white society left their people with few ties to the past. Aspirations for the future were being destroyed by the resulting economic hardships and prejudice


For generations their people have tried to support themselves as seasonal field laborers. Government regulations produced long term economic stagnation on the reservation, resulting in 85% unemployment, a crumbling infrastructure, and a cycle of poverty which ground away at the hope for a better future for their children.


~Submitted by Jim Ewing

From: The Asylum Dream Catcher,  



Legends of Old:


Creation Story and The Importance of Dreaming

Abenaki Legend

Told by Elliot Joubert

The Great Spirit, in a time not known to us looked about and saw nothing. No colors, no beauty. Time was silent in darkness. There was no sound. Nothing could be seen or felt. The Great Spirit decided to fill this space with light and life. From his great power he commanded the sparks of creation. He ordered Tôlba, the Great Turtle to come from the waters and become the land.

The Great Spirit molded the mountains and the valleys on turtle's back. He put white clouds into the blue skies. He was very happy. He said, "Everything is ready now. I will fill this place with the happy movement of life." He thought and thought about what kind of creatures he would make.  Where would they live? What would they do? What would their purpose be? He wanted a perfect plan. He thought so hard that he became very tired and fell asleep.

His sleep was filled with dreams of his creation. He saw strange things in his dream. He saw animals crawling on four legs, some on two. Some creatures flew with wings, some swam with fins. There were plants of all colors, covering the ground everywhere. Insects buzzed around, dogs barked, birds  sang, and human beings called to each other. Everything seemed out of place. The Great Spirit thought he was having a bad dream. He thought, nothing could be this imperfect.

When the Great Spirit awakened, he saw a beaver nibbling on a branch. He realized the world of his dream became his creation. Everything he dreamed about came true. When he saw the beaver make his home, and a dam to provide a pond for his family to swim in, he then knew every thing has it's place, and purpose in the time to come. It has been told among our people from generation to generation. We must not question our dreams. They are our creation.

From Blue Panther Keeper of Stories






Dear Editor


By way of background, please let me state 2 things right away. I look forward to reading your newsletter as soon as it arrives. The second thing is that I am in the process of rediscovering my heritage and have started my own spiritual journey to that end.


I was struck by a contrast in the August newsletter that seems oddly strange. In the final paragraph about the appalling suicide rates among Indian youth there is a strong depiction of the poverty and despair apparent on the reservation. The final question about how it could not have and effect is very telling.


Following this article is the feature of jokes. As with the majority of newsletters it has an overwhelming number of jokes about the conditions of poverty on the reservations. I have always understood that making fun of current conditions is a normal standard of humor and have enjoyed it myself many times. However, I can't help but feel, the overall tone diminishes the seriousness of the problem. It left me sad.

Humor is a difficult concept at best but making fun of the despair on the reservation seems a little too much at this time. Perhaps. when the crisis is a thing of the past we can all look back and share the smile. I am hoping the level of jokes can change somewhat until then.


Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.


Dave Durand


[Editor's Note: Most of the jokes about rez life usually come from the rez itself.  We are not poking fun at someone else -- they are poking fun at themselves.  Our people have always found a way to laugh about the most serious of issues.  It is who we are.  It is a part of what makes us strong.  The "crisis" on reservations has existed since the first one was created in 1679.  There is nothing in the behavior of either the government, organized religions or dominant culture as a whole to indicate the "crisis" will ever end.  Quite to the contrary, government and organized religions have turned the suffering of our people into a business.  For example, Catholic Social Services has contracts all over the country with local and state social services departments to find foster homes and adoptive homes for Indian children.  They use unlicensed and untrained 'social workers' who made assessments that are consistently slanted toward legally removing the children from their homes that may contain one or more alcoholics or some other family dysfunction.  Catholic Social Services makes big bucks for each rez child depending on location and 'demand'.   So, what else is there to do but laugh about it?  Take away our ability to laugh at ourselves?  We think not.] 



Dear Manataka,


The Business of Powwow


"Everyone please rise...gentlemen, remove your hats please" the emcee's voice filled the arena.  It was Friday night, and Grand Entry was about to begin.


But not like most California powwows.  Before the eagle staff, before the flags, before all of the other dancers, there came two grass dancers, Giles Bullshield and Gregory Whitehorse, and to the beat of Wildhorse Singers on their northern drum they danced around the arena before us, preparing the way, making ready for the rest of the dancers, the way it used to be done in the old days...before there were manicured athletic fields and polished stadium floors.


Spectators were few.  The temperature had peaked at 113 degrees in a location near the ocean where the thermometer in June rarely passes eighty degrees.  After a nine year absence at the college, many people had forgotten about the powwow, or didn't hear about it soon enough, or had graduations, funerals and televised sports events to attend to.  But above all, the heat was daunting.  Still, the grass dancers danced.  After they had completed their circle around the arena, the eagle staff and the flags, the gourd dancers and the California dancers, the head staff and the rest of us filed in behind them, proud, joyful; temporarily unaware of the heat.


The Children Of Many Colors Powwow started in 1994.  From our first tiny gathering it was a fabulous success.  But in 1997 we decided that the effort involved, the tension mounting in the ten member board, the politics of dancing, and the death of several lifetime members within a single year was more than we could shoulder.  It was simply too much work.  At the height of its popularity, we laid the gathering to rest, possibly forever.


And for the next seven years, every time I went to a native gathering, I heard the same question.  "When will you bring the Redbird powwow back?"


We realized it must have been a good gathering, a necessary part of Native American life in Southern California, where half of all urban natives live.  In 2004 we brought the powwow back to a new location, Castaic Lake, a wonderful state-owned park operated (at the time haphazardly) by the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. 


We ran into trouble from the start.  It took a year and a half to be allowed to submit an application; at the point that it was accepted, we had ten weeks left to put on the powwow.  The gathering was a success.  The financial hardship endured was astronomical, and personal.  As a result of decisions made by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors only weeks before the gathering, there were no lifeguards.  Two little girls drowned adjacent to the powwow area; one of them could not be revived.


Bringing the powwow back again, in 2006, was ultimately a personal decision I made as the founder of Redbird.  It was a decision to persevere on behalf of the Native American community, and yet, it was one that depended on the support of the larger community for its financial success.


In the business of powwow, you have to have both.  If you aren't a casino, if you aren't independently wealthy, and if you don't have your own land, you need the support of everyone; vendors, dancers, head staff, volunteers and visitors.


Our return to Moorpark College after nine years was both a cultural success and a financial burden; one that was shared by vendors, head staff, and Redbird alike.  Sunday saw a better crowd, but by Saturday evening some vendors had pulled up their stakes and gone home.  It was a gathering that their vendor fees had made possible.  It was a powwow where, historically, vendors made more than they did at much larger events.

In the business of powwow, there are two levels of experience.  There is keeping the circle strong and good, and there is covering the finances.  In the circle, there was remarkable support from the people whose land we were standing on; the Chumash, often overlooked at California powwows, and often over-shadowed by the powwow culture, which is not their own.  We were graced not only with their presence but with their participation and support. 


We were graced with gourd dancers that came from as far away as San Diego, bringing their entire families; we were graced with a head staff who stayed strong and stayed to the end despite being informed on Sunday morning of our financial position as of late Saturday night.


We were graced with the performance of Hummingbird Singers and their incredible accapello flag song, and with Crooked Hat, the southern drum who came on Friday night and stayed through Sunday for no other reason than to sing and be a part of the circle.  We were graced with the unwavering strength of Victor Chavez and Michael Reifel, and the tireless and beautiful presence of Thirza Defoe, Kathy Peltier, Sam Bear Paw and Saginaw Grant.  We were graced by the presence of gourd dancers, of old friends and of new ones.


On Monday morning I sent an email to Moorpark College.  I let them know we would very much like to return again next year.  It may have sounded crazy to them to state our enthusiasm for coming back when in fact we were $2,500.00 in the red, had suffered through a record heat wave, and had vendors walk away on Saturday night.  There is one thing for certain about the business of powwow.  It isn't easy.  There are no guarantees. But if you are going to make a commitment, you have to stand by it, and stand strong.


We hope to be able to return to Moorpark College next year.  We hope to see you there.

(Letters in support of keeping the powwow at Moorpark College can be sent to Dave Leyba, Director of Auxiliary Services, Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Park Drive, Moorpark, CA 93021 or sent via email to


Corina Roberts, Founder of Redbird







Decision will triple size of Yavapai-Apache lands
Door is opened for 1,169 acres of new trust land
By Steve Ayers, Staff Reporter, Camp Verde Bugle


The Yavapai -Apache Nation has taken a giant step toward increasing the size of their tribal lands.

On June 29, the Office of Hearings and Appeals, U.S. Department of the Interior dismissed four appeals that have stood in the way of adding 1,169 acres in to the Nation's trust lands.

Once land is taken into trust, the land becomes part of the reservation and protected by the Nation's sovereignty. The addition will effectively triple the size of the Nation's homeland.

For Yavapai-Apache Nation Chairman Jamie Fullmer, the announcement marks the beginning of the end of what has turned into a long process and the realization of a dream come true.

"This opens the door, at last, to begin developing our lands. And for right now the biggest plan is begin moving forward on plans to construct new homes for our members," Fullmer said.

He said the plan is to build approximately 20 new homes each year.

"We will take a slow, consistent course," Fullmer said. "We already have the infrastructure in place so that we do not impact the water resources in the area, and we have the financial resources in place to make it happen."

The Y-A Nation plans to build approximately 300 homes on 400 acres, which will also include community buildings, public parks and open space.

They also plan on using 743 acres for agriculture and approximately 68 acres for commercial purposes.

Of the 24 parcels in the trust application, six are in Clarkdale and 18 are in Camp Verde. The Nation currently has 652 acres in trust and tribal membership of 2,050 people.

The application for trust status was first filed in February 2001. Two years ago, the western region of the Bureau of Indian Affair made a recommendation that the land be given trust status.

That recommendation began a two-year appeal period during which four appeals were filed, one each from the Arizona State Land Department, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Salt River Project and one from residents adjacent to a sand and gravel operation on lands the Nation was reclaiming.

The claim by the residents was actually dropped earlier this year as part of an out-of-court settlement.

Fullmer has met with the state agencies and Gov. Janet Napolitano to address the concerns voiced by the state agencies and travel to Washington, D.C., several times to keep the application moving.

The trust status will not take effect immediately. In fact, when the land will officially go into trust is anybody's guess.

"I wish I could say when it will happen," Fullmer said. "We still have some items that need to be taken care of. In the meantime we will be doing whatever we can to assist the process. Right now, it is in the Bureau of Indian Affair's control."

Much of the remaining items are legal documents and include having to provide proof of a clear title to the property.

In 1870 the U.S. government gave the Yavapai and the Apache a reservation in the Verde Valley that extended 10 miles each side of the Verde River and 40 miles up stream from a point just west of Fort Verde.

The reservation included the land on which the towns and cities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Cornville and portions of Camp Verde now stand.

The reservation was taken away from them after just five years.

The Nation is currently working to trade land with the Forest Service in an effort to recover more trust land.

"We will continue to acquire additional land for our people, per our constitution, and work to have those additional lands added into our trust for the Nation," Fullmer said.


Submitted by Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network



ECO-News Flash:


France’s top judicial court has denied Monsanto's requests to grow test plots of genetically engineered corn in two locations. The court says the biotech corporation has not provided enough details about where these experimental field trials would be located. Monsanto has responded by saying that despite the court ruling, the corporation will continue testing genetically engineered crops in France. "We'll continue our experiments, but we might have to change a bit the way we ask for licenses in the future," said Yann Fichet, director of external relations for Monsanto France. Learn more:


Over 1600 sheep apparently died this month in India after ingesting genetically engineered (GE) cotton. The massive deaths occurred after several days of grazing in fields where Monsanto’s Bt and herbicide resistant spliced varieties of cotton were planted. Scientists from India's Centre for Sustainable Agriculture are calling on the government to launch a study into the impacts of GE cotton toxins. Learn more:




Funny Bones...

Virus Alert!!!



Mainly for those people still working.  There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. 


This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK).


If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely.


If you should come into contact with WORK put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest store.


Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.







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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.


Message to Humanity - August 2nd, 2006)

Wind River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming


Greetings all my relatives in all Cultures and Traditions, as we move into the future today thinking about the weather situations and the prophecies, message of many dreams, visions. My message to those that have been following my work as a Peacemaker and Earth Healer is of love, peace, trust, honor, respect and harmony for Mother Earth. There are many messages of how Mother Earth will reflect her power on the areas that are causing pain and sorrow to the earth, wind, fire and water. Mother Earth herself will benefit from the consequences of nature forces, bring harmony. Many places upon Mother Earth will be purified of the greed, anger, hatred, alcoholism, drug addiction, jealousy this will take place in many related subjects.   Similar to the construction and plundering in the development of Mother Earth's resources brought about by wars. Universal protocols need to be understood. Universal laws of how the earth works need to be considered and reflected upon by all nations of the world.


Those that do not understand or consider Universal Laws in using the right thought forms and speaking the Spoken Truth will come under attack by those energies of their own making in thought forms and their actions. Cause has an effect, either positive or negative, one or the other it will prevail, light or darkness we have two choices. What is your choice? As Nations Unite in our Souls We Will Walk in Peace understanding and considering Spiritual Law is the Universal Law of harmony.  Spiritual laws of thoughts work in all of nature's creations in harmonic sounds and not in sounds of mass destruction. This magical energy used in our minds manifests harmony or disharmony, most evident at this time in history, called prophecy. What we sow is what we will reap in manifestation, reflecting this into the environments of nature and our families across the world. Humanity is slowly awakening to what is being reflected upon Mother Earth and how things really work on Turtle Island in Universal Laws, spiritual law of the land and not the Man Made Laws.


These Man Made Laws have taken Mother Nature out of balance, out of harmony, and into what is happening now in the environmental changes of the world. Universal Laws are fixing what is wrong now; Nature's Laws are in charge not the Man Made Laws. Using the thought forms of having the right to prosperity is the curse. Thinking that Mother Earth is a material thing in the thoughts of humanity and not recognizing our Mother will be the downfall to those in humanity now in those negative thought forms. The reconnection is needed to become grounded to Earth Wisdom, this knowledge is needed now to help our children, animals, insects, mammals, four legged, winged ones, all of creation.




©Copyright by Bennie LeBeau, 2006






President Bush's Budget Proposes Public Lands Liquidation

From the National Audubon Society



The President has introduced a plan in his budget to auction off nearly one million acres of our treasured public lands to the highest bidder. Places up for sale would include National Forest areas, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management land and other critical wildlife habitat. Americans have entrusted the management of these special places to our public servants; now they want to sell them off without giving you a choice. Congress will have the final say on this. Speak up now to let your elected officials know that wholesaling public lands is not a way to balance the budget.


Republicans and Democrats in Congress alike balked at a similar proposal to sell off national parks introduced last year by Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA).  However the President has gone a step further by identifying specific lands to sell, and has given the managing agencies of these areas a quota to fill.  These are places that birds and other wildlife call home as well as popular areas used for recreation.


While the details are a bit sketchy, it appears that the President's budget would affect 170,000-200,000 acres of Forest Service land in 35 states, with California taking the biggest hit and possibly as many as 500,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands in the West.


Here are some examples of special places that could be sacrified forever if this shortsighted plan goes forward:

  • MISSOURI: Three parcels listed in Boone County are adjacent to the Baskett Wildlife Research Area owned by the University of Missouri. If the tracts adjacent to the university property are sold, the research area could potentially be harmed if development altered wildlife habitats.

  • COLORADO: A one mile long roadless area in the White River National Forest that encompasses Elliot Creek about a mile north of the Eagles Nest Wilderness in Summit County.

  • VIRGINIA: The tract marked for sale in Giles County is contiguous with other national forest land and about a mile from the Appalachian Trail.

  • MISSISSIPPI: One tract in the De Soto National Forest forms the entire north shore of Lake Shelby in the state park. If that land is sold, visitors to the state park will be looking at a high-end development for Hattiesburg's elite. Arguably, those tracts are the highest-value viewsheds in the entire 1,200,000 acres of Mississippi’s National Forests.

  • ALABAMA: In the Conecuh National Forest, they propose to sell a mile of frontage (on both sides) of the Blackwater River, one of the most recreational rivers in the central Gulf Coast. The tract, far from isolated, lies just 1000 feet from thousands of acres of national forest land.

  • NORTH CAROLINA: Parcels include the pristine watershed and rare plant communities of the Little River, abutting the Uwharrie's Birkhead Mountains Wilderness.

  • MONTANA: 160-acre parcel in the Big Creek drainage south of Emigrant. A popular recreation area, which abuts the upscale guest ranch, Mountain Sky Ranch, it includes three recreational homesite leases and a fishing access site.

  • WASHINGTON & OREGON: Nearly 730 acres of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Please ensure your lawmakers understand that this latest attempt to sell off our natural heritage is a nonstarter in budget discussions.


Audubon Public Policy Division
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036




Elder's Meditation


See how the boy is with his sister and the other ones of his home lodge and you can  know how the man will be with your daughter."  Lakota Proverb


Very early in our lives we form beliefs, attitudes, expectations and habits. We will live by these habits when we are older. The Elders say to watch the boy with his sister. If he is respectful and treats her good, then the odds are that's the way he will treat all women when he is older. Also watch the young girl and how she treats her brother, for that will indicate what kind of woman she will be to her man. We need to teach our children to respect one another while they are young. The best way to teach them is to show respect for ourselves.

Great Spirit,
let me be a role
model for the children.

By Don Coyhis









Health Watch... 


The World's Best Ant Poison
by Jan Jensen of WELLthy Choices


We live in the woods and carpenter ants are a huge problem. We have spent  thousands of dollars with Orkin and on ant poisons trying to keep them under control but nothing has helped.  So when I read somewhere that Aspartame (Nutrasweet) was actually developed as an ant poison and only changed to being considered non-poisonous after it was realized that a lot more money could be made on it as a sweetener than as an ant poison, I decided to give it a try.  I opened two packets of aspartame sweetener,  and dumped one in a corner of each of our bathrooms.  That was 2 years ago and I have not seen any carpenter ants for about 9 - 12 months.

It works better than the most deadly poisons I have tried. Any time they show up again, I simply dump another package of Nutrasweet in a corner, and they will be gone for a year or so again.  Since posting this information I have had many people tell me of their success solving ant problems with this substance, when nothing else worked. 

We found later that small black ants would not eat the aspartame.  It was determined that if you mixed it with apple juice, they would quickly take it back to the nest, and all would be dead within 24 hours, usually. I have found that sometimes it will kill them, and sometimes it does not. Not sure why, may be slightly different species of ants or something.  

Fire Ants: We got our first fire ant hill about 2 weeks ago.  Poison did not work. We tried aspartame and the ants ignored it until we got a light rain. It was just a sprinkle, enough to moisten the Nutrasweet and ground, but not enough to wash it away. They went crazy, hundreds of them grabbing it and taking it back into the mound. When I checked the mound 2 days later, there was no sign of the fire ants. I even dug the mound up some, and still saw none of them.  How does it Work:

Aspartame is a neuropoison. It most likely kills the ants by interfering with their nervous system. It could be direct, like stopping their heart, or something more subtle like killing their sense of taste so they can't figure out what is eatable, or smell, so they can't follow their trails, or mis-identify their colonies members, so they start fighting each other. 

Not sure what causes them to end up dying, just know that for many species of ants it will kill them quickly and effectively.  As with any poison I recommend wearing gloves and washing any skin areas that come in contact with this poison, and avoid getting it in your mouth, despite anything the labeling may indicate. 

More information on this fantastic poison can be found at:


Submitted by Roberta Noyes





From Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent

Fluoride Action Network media release


2006 Biggest Health Threat to the United States - US Dentistry...

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen 



The US Health Care System, rated 72nd in quality, but number one in cost  - worldwide, is known, by government reports, to be the NUMBER ONE KILLER of Americans - ahead of heart disease, cancer, and strokes.  There is no argument against facts.


But what is up for speculation are the REASONS why this is so.  No one I know of (government agencies, think tanks, etc.) has taken the time to describe, and rate, the reasons why US citizens are being so short-changed.


It is easy to point fingers at the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and show their faults.  We could point with certainty at those industries that spew their toxic waste into society.  We could certainly talk endlessly about the greed and corruption in the health insurance industry, and their penchant to offer the crappiest of health care paradigms as the only choices they'll pay for.  We could point our fingers at the hospital system, our nursing homes, and the tendency towards "five-minute medicine."  We could talk about State Regulatory Boards and their inability, and unwillingness to cull out bad practitioners, and bad practices.  We could talk about the intentional actions of the sleazy "quackbuster" operation to stop any innovation in health care.


I've written about all of these problems - and so have many others.


But what if there is an industry, completely trusted by the public, that knowingly, and intentionally, is causing significant harm to America's health?


There is one.  It is called "Official dentistry" and I believe that this entity, by itself, is the number one problem in American health care. 


Let me tell you why I think so...



Tim Bolen - Health Freedom Advocate

Copyright 2005 by Bolen Report




U.S. Government Planning Mass Poisonings on Reservations!


U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) recently announced that the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman’s Health Board will receive $249,996 in funding for dental health care, specifically early childhood caries prevention and water fluoridation.


Medicating specific mass populations with unneeded, unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals is wrong!


The Manataka American Indian Council adamantly opposes efforts of the U.S. government to force Indian people living on reservations to consume potentially lethal doses of a chemical by-product called fluoride for the following five reasons:

  • Fluoride kills animals, birds, fish and insects – damages plant life.  Government studies from around the world prove fluoride has a devastating affect on the animal and plant kingdoms.   There is no way to keep public water from being consumed by animals, birds, fish and insects. What will fluoride do to vegetable gardens, cattle, and family pets?   What you do to Mother Earth, you do to yourself.

  • Mass medicating the public is morally wrong!  Mandated treatment of the public in the absence of any public health threat such as epidemic disease is just plain wrong. The government does not have the right to mandate fluoride injection into our bodies.

  • Fluoride does not prevent tooth decay.   Scientific reports show there is not sufficient evidence to prove fluoride is effective in preventing tooth caries.  

  • Toothpaste companies warn against swallowing fluoride toothpaste (read the side panel of any toothpaste  box).  Putting fluoride in public water is contrary to the advice of every dental product company.  Fluoride toothpaste is intended to be spit out - not swallowed like drinking water.

  • Fluoride is not approved by the Food & Drug Administration for consumption by humans. 

More reasons:

  • Fluorosilicic acid, otherwise known by its short name, fluoride is not a natural substance.  This highly toxic chemical is a waste product that is scraped off the smokestacks of industrial polluters.  The cost of disposing of this substance would cost industries billions -- but not if they can put it into water systems.

  • This material is a toxic waste that's regulated by the EPA. It would be illegal to drip it into a river or a stream, but for some reason, it is perfectly legal to drip it into the public water supply and let people drink it. It's a bizarre cycle of rationalization that can only be called medical lunacy.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency's Employees Union has consistently voted against fluoridation.  Why?


The following reservations will be affected:

Cheyenne River Reservation

Crow Creek/Lower Brule Reservation

Fort Berthold Reservation

Fort Totten Reservation

Lake Traverse Reservation

Pine Ridge Reservation

Rapid City Indian Community

Rosebud Reservation

Standing Rock Reservation

Turtle Mountain Reservation

Yankton Reservation



Stop this ugly assault and further genocide of our people!

Contact the following Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Members:





Animal Rights... and Wrongs


A Whale Of A Story

For a bit of Joy in your life



If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.  She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.   A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her ...

a very dangerous proposition .. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.


They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.   She then came back to eacand every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed gently around-she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.


The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love,
be so blessed and fortunate  
to be surrounded by people
who will help you get untangled
from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy
of giving and receiving gratitude.


Animal Rights... and Wrongs




Department of the Interior Slaughters Our Cousins!



The U.S. Forest Service wants to use an array of poisons, traps and shooting -- including aerial gunning -- to wipe out wolves and other carnivores in federally designated wilderness areas. Help us force the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw this ill-advised proposal by encouraging your friends to submit their personalized comments before September 6!!

Under the proposal, federal agents could chase down and kill bears or other carnivores using planes, helicopters, and all-terrain vehicles -- invading areas once safe for these creatures with loud, intrusive machines. The proposal also allows for the use of the controversial pesticide sodium cyanide. Baited devices could be used to shoot the highly toxic gas into a wolf's mouth, causing a horrible death.

Wildlife Services, the agency that would be put in charge, has a grim track record. In 2004 alone, their agents killed more than 37,000 animals -- coyotes, wolves, foxes, and bobcats -- from the air.

Wilderness areas were meant to be wild and free. According to the 1964 Wilderness Act, these special places should be preserved in their natural conditions with little or no human influence. But the Forest Service's plan could fundamentally alter these largely untouched areas, allowing low-flying airplanes, trucks and all-terrain vehicles to hunt down populations of wolves, bears and other carnivores.

Ask your friends to write to the U.S. Forest Service today.

Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

P.S. Tell your friends that their comments will be most effective if they are personalized. They should tell officials why it is important that they do not go forward with this harmful proposal:


Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett


[The needless, ignorant and ghoulish slaughter of our animal cousins must be stopped!  Nature will take care of itself without the ridiculous meddling of stupid bureaucrats.  The U.S. Department of the Interior is an ugly monster that must be stripped bare of its funding and power over life and death.  Contact your congressional representatives today! --Editor]







The Miami Circle



Today a 2,000 year-old American Indian burial ground located along the Miami River near downtown Miami, Florida is yet undisturbed by local developers. But for how long no one knows.


Thousands of artifacts have been recovered at the site, all characteristic of the Tequesta Indians who lived in the area before the arrival of the Seminoles and Spanish in the 1500s and 1600s. The circle itself may be between 500 and 700 years old. 


Next to the plush Sheraton at Miami Biscayne Bay is a banner hanging from a hurricane fence that encloses the burial ground on a vacant lot located on Bricknell Avenue.  The banner proclaims that the site is protected by the State of Florida with the name of Governor Jeb Bush, brother of President Bush, at the top of a long list of supporting organizations.  Posted signs warn the public that the site is under police surveillance. 


Officials who are committed to preserving the ancient burial ground call the site the Miami Circle.  Every Tuesday evening, members of the Miccosukee Tribe perform ceremony open to the public at the burial grounds.  One local supporter, Brian S. Goodson, says, "The site is a stark and wonderfully primitive contrast to the numerous towering buildings that surround it in the heavily populated city, is a reminder to us all the deep respect of Indian people toward their elders who have moved on to the next plane."


In the April 1999 issue of Archaeology, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, an article by Mark Rose entitled Prehistoric Miami wrote, "...the site remained undiscovered and survived nearly intact until now is miraculous. It was unharmed during construction of a three-story apartment building 50 years ago, when a septic tank was put through its center. Plans called for construction of a 600-unit luxury high-rise condominium to proceed once archaeologists have finished excavating and documenting the site. If necessary, archaeologists would have tried cutting away the bedrock and reassembling the circular formation elsewhere, but on February 18 a judge in Miami granted a temporary injunction halting construction at the site."


Efforts to preserve the Miami Circle are under attack again.  In January 2005 members of the Florida AIM chapter angrily denounced an article, "Much Ado About A Circle," written by University of Florida archaeologist Jerald Milanich who suggests the Miami Circle may be a modern septic-tank drainage system.  Other reputable archaeologists who studied the site for several years are offended by Milanich's remarks. 


According to a media release from Florida AIM, "...Once again the ghoulish grave robbers with degree's have used "development" as a pretext to rob the graves of Indigenous peoples. At least four full skeletal remains and scores of other peoples partial remains have been removed from the so-called "1 Miami" site... [but this]  ghoulish exercise has been temporarily [they] failed to acquire the appropriate South Florida Water Management District permits for his plundering exercise.... But experience dictates that multi-million dollar development are not so easily halted..." 


The Miami River Circle is facing the ever-present danger of modern development. Native American groups and archaeologists argue that further disturbance would damage remaining artifacts and disturb the nature of the site. As a result, the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy is collecting donations to preserve the site.


Many fear that rich and powerful developers will bribe Dade County commissioners and call in political favors. In the face of strong public sentiment consistently in favor of preserving the sacred site, great political and financial pressures continue to plague supporters.



Settlement over Indian burial site announced


PORT ANGELES, Wash. Washington state will pay more than 17 (m) million dollars to tribal and local officials in Port Angeles to settle disputes over the disturbance of an ancient American Indian village. The settlement was announced yesterday by Governor Christine Gregoire (GREG'-wahr ). It ends litigation surrounding the Department of Transportation's abandoned project at Port Angeles to build new pontoons for the Hood Canal floating bridge. The (Lower Elwha Klallam) tribe will get two-and-a-half (m) million dollars in the settlement, and ownership of eleven acres at the former village site. Port Angeles and the city's port each will get grants of seven-and-a-half (m) million dollars to offset the lost economic activity that went with the Hood Canal bridge project.  Work stopped in 2003 after officials discovered human remains at the site. Copyright 2006 Associated Press.


[Editor's Note: This judgment is a significant step forward in the protection of sacred grounds. This ruling can be added to the growing list of legal precedents that hold federal bureaucrats responsible for blatant disregard for sacred sites.]


Manataka American Indian Council






By Susan Bates


News and Notes From Indian Country


The Disappearing Indian

Ever since the first white man set foot on this Sacred Land, our own People have predicted the end of our race. Indeed, from the very beginning we began to die of diseases, murder and cultural genocide. These forces continue
even today.

For us Cherokee, it wasn't until the whites began pushing our people into the West that our forefathers began to feel that the end was near. To the Cherokee People the West is "The Darkening Land" where all spirits travel when they are done with this life. But it wasn't the disappearance of our bodies that tolled the death knell to these old
timers. It was the disappearance of our own culture, our own religion, our medicine plants and hunting lands that made them fear our extermination was at hand. And I have found this to be sadly true. 


While there are tens of thousands of "Indians" alive today (and more people joining the ranks hourly) there are very few true Native Peoples. Most of us have become "white" in every way. Our prophets warned us about taking the
white man's cooking pots, his religion and his customs. Nevertheless, we have embraced our genocide by embracing all of these things, including and especially a foreign religion, one born of greed, embedded in the
concept of Manifest Destiny and carried out at all cost of life.

In the beginning many of our People resisted this conversion to Christianity. But as time went on and generation after generation marched into the West, many People came to believe that if they really did become Christian, they would be left alone.

Sadly, this wasn't true. Being Christians didn't save the Moravian Delaware, who, despite of a mass conversion to Christianity, were rounded up by their converters, bound, forced to kneel and massacred - despite Christian
prayers and pleas spoken in perfect English. Nor did conversion save the Cherokee from being driven out of their homeland - even if they did sing "Amazing Grace" on the trip. One fourth of our People perished along the way.


Today we are scattered - no longer one strong Nation.  Converting to the white man's ways didn't save the Navajo, the Apache, the Quapaw, the Arapaho, the Kickapoos, the Potawatomi, the Shawnee, The Sioux, The Cree, the Yahi, the Blackfeet or any of the more than 500 Nations who lived here before the coming of the invaders. We are living in interesting times.

While all eyes seem to be focused on Biblical Prophecy, Creator has given our People prophecies that have been handed down orally since time began. Much of that has been lost, but much also remains.  While many false "chiefs" and "medicine people" are making the rounds today, Creator has given his People strong leaders who will guide them back to the old ways. But he won't make them follow. 

The Spirits of your Ancestors will guide you home, but you have to listen. Time is of the essence.

"We are told that your religion was given to you by your forefathers, and has been handed down from father to son. We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us, their children. We worship in that way. It teaches us to be thankful for all favors we receive; to love each other and be united. We
never quarrel about religion, because it is a matter which concerns each man and the Great Spirit. Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion or take it from you; we only want to enjoy our own." Chief Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha), Seneca






The Path of Life


Many of us today would not be where we are if not for guidance from our Elders. 


In all walks of life no matter what profession we may find ourselves in and no matter what our status in life is, married, civilian worker or self-employed, we all need assistance in some way from time to time. 


With regard to Elders and or guides, "Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?  There are professional guides there that will lead you to the bottom of the canyon while riding on mules or donkeys.  These guides are very good at their job and are there to assist and protect you during your trip. 


Only a person without regard to their safety would refuse to listen to these guides.  Say you were to take a wrong step, the guide reaches out his hand and grabs yours saving your life, would you refuse his help?  Hardly! 


Our people have qualified guides in our Elders.  They are there to help you along the path of life (The Red Road).  We would do well to adhere to their advise for they are experienced guides.  The path is not an easy one to follow and is filled with pitfalls but with the aid of our Elders, the path is much more easy to follow.


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




He doesn't look so good!

 Author Unknown

There was this ole Indian that owned a nice looking Sorrel Gelding that he kept in his pasture next to the highway.

One day a white man was driving by and noticed this prize horse.  He pulled into the driveway at this ole Indian's place and said "Who owns that beautiful horse grazing along the side the highway?"

The ole Indian said, "Me."

"I'll give you $500 right now for him!" said the white man.

"No, he is not for sale... He don't look so good," stated the Skin.

"What do you mean he don't look so good, he looks fine to me.  Tell you what, I'll give you $750 for him right now, Indian!"

"No," said the ole fella, "He don't look so good."

"$1000 then, take it or leave it, old timer!" the white man huffed.

"OK, but I tell you, he don't look so good!" replied the ole man as he made the deal.

A few days past when all of a sudden that white guy came to the ole man's house once again. He got out of the truck, his head was all bandaged up, grabbed his crutches and hopped up to the ole guys porch.


 "I told you he don't look so good!"


Submitted by Andre Crambit, Indigenous News Network


Elder's Meditation

Always remember...that the Great Mystery is good; evil can come only from ourselves!"

-Grandmother of Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux


The Great Mystery is love, good and principle.  He is a guiding Father. He doesn't play games.  He knows only how to love. Sometimes, when things go wrong, we blame Him or others.  Usually, if we are honest, we can see how decisions or things done in the past put us in a position to be hurt. It comes back to us. When this happens, it is not something the Creator caused, but something we, ourselves caused. Most of our problems are of our own making.  When this happens, we should correct what we've done, ask the Great Spirit for forgiveness and pray for guidance in the future.

 My Creator,

bless me with

Your good.

By Don Coyhis




Warrior Society


The Wisdom of Tamarack Song


Greetings Everyone,

Several of you folks in my extended family have been asking what I've been up to, and I owe a number of you e-mails as well.  I'm now out of hibernation, so you'll be hearing from me soon.  Thanks for keeping connected.  I just put the finishing touches on a new book, and the Year-long program's initial hubub is over, so we here at the School now have some time to breathe.  The 17 seekers at Nishnajida, our wilderness camp, are just getting into hide tanning, and they are foraging all their food but
protein.  Thresholds are coming up as they face cravings for pizza and movies, and as it sinks in that they are not going to see their loved ones for a long time.  Their courage and resourcefulness is starting to surface. I am continually amazed at the great capacity and wisdom that people carry within themselves, and how it shows when it is most needed.

At Nad'mad'ewining (our office center) we're finishing the new staff cabin, and we have renewed energy for the primitive camp we are starting there, which we call Mashkodenz (Little Prairie).  This week the birchbark-peat covering goes on the lean-to, and then we are going out to gather more bark for covering the first winter lodge.  We are also interviewing people for the office position, and have met several good folks in the process.  One of them is bound to be the right person to join our circle.

For those of you who do not subscribe to Wilderness Way Magazine, I usually share the Quiz and Tip columns I write for them.  I don't think I got the last ones out to you, so here they are.  It's too late to get your Quiz answers published, yet I'd like to hear what you come up with anyway if you feel so inclined.

 In Balance,  Tamarack

Awareness Quiz

A few days ago a woman showed me a Downy Woodpecker feather she found on a hike. Assuming it was a tail feather, further assuming from its crumpled appearance that it was pulled out by a predator, and even further assuming that the event happened in the past couple days (because of the feather laying atop new snow), she told me the story of the bird's demise.

 Every one of her assumptions was wrong. It was a wing feather, moulted by an adolescent and then used as construction material in a nest, which had  disintegrated under the weight of snow. The woman got off track because she tried to tell the feather's story rather than listening to the story feather had to tell. When we begin with a wrong assumption it is inevitable that our following assumptions will be even more off-base.

As with this woman, making assumptions is what most of us would normally do, because our schooling has trained us by rewarding answers rather than questions. In the wilderness those who ask questions, live, and those who are quick with answers, die young.

 Fortunately, our natural tendency is to question. I help the students I work with to renew their questioning ability by continually challenging them to explore. Following is an example of the questions I use to help them. I posed them to you in the last column, and here are the answers a few of you came up with:

 1. Why don't deer and many other animals bed down continuously in the same lays?

 Jeff Gottlieb offered several good several good possibilities - "because they change what they are eating and bed closer to it...because they sleep more comfortably on fresh, springy insulative materials... because they modify their territories and how they use them when others of their species move into the area, or leave it vacant." Richard A. West added a couple more - "Not all trees bear fruit at the same time, so game has to cover a much broader area searching for food sources... also being disturbed can spook animals and make them vacate an area."

Tamarack's comment: Both Richard and Jeff came up with likely motivators for changing bedding sites. Another is parasites; if animals reused their lays they would keep reinfesting themselves. The same is true of nest and den sites. Most birds build new nests every year, and some have multiple nest sites that they alternately use. Bears will do the same; one Black Bear neighbor of mine used his winter den behind my lodge only about every three years.

 2. Some trees such as Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) have pitch boils on the surface of their bark. What are the reasons for these?

Even though it's not my intent, every once in a while I'll pose a question that stumps just about everyone, and it looks like I've done it again with  this one. Richard West came close with his speculation that the pitch boils have something to do with injury to the tree, perhaps caused by woodpeckers.

Roughly half of mature Balsam Firs have rotten cores, which are infected (along with the sweet sapwood) by quite an array of succulent wood-boring insects. It takes the Crow-sized Pileated Woodpecker only a couple minutes to chisel deep into the core of a Balsam to get a succulent grub. You should see the chips fly with an inspired Pileated at work! My theory is that the numerous pitch boils of a healthy tree repel woodpeckers, who do not like to get pitch (which often squirts out when the boils are ruptured) on their feathers.

Bonus question - Why don't young Balsam Firs have pitch boils?

This turned out to be another stumper and yet Willow Brook gave it a try -- "The resin boils provide an energy reserve. Young trees are using their  energy for growth so don't accumulate reserves." The pitch does have nutritional value, so Willow Brook's idea may hold water. Another reason is that young Balsams are seldom infected with insects, so have no need for pitch boils.

Wilderness Way Tips

How to Operate a Wilderness Laundromat

 Next to "Where's the bathroom?" the most common question from those new to my wilderness camp is, "How do I do laundry?" When left to their own devices, they usually try to duplicate a washing machine - boil water, add soap, agitate, wring, rinse, wring. It works, but it's a lot of work.

Unnecessary work. There is usually no need for tubs or buckets, hot water or elbow grease. Even soap is dispensable. As with most aspects of wilderness living, the doorway to ease and comfort is breaking out of old thought patterns and envisioning new, different ways of doing things. Washing clothes in the wilds can be fast and simple, even to the point of avoiding much scrubbing. Here is how I run my laundromat:

* Prevention   To keep clothes from getting dirty, take off, roll up, use rags and aprons.

* Rotate and Air   Change socks and undergarments daily, hanging worn garments in sun and wind to dryclean sanitize.

* Natural Agitation and Microbial Action   Suspend in stream or wavy lake and let the water and little buggers do the work.

* Pour, not Dunk   Eliminate need for bucket and large quantity of hot water by pouring water into garment rather than immersing garment in water.

* Snow Wash   Stomp or rub dry snow into clothing, shake and repeat if necessary.

* Dry on Body   A single layer of clothing can dry quite quickly just from body heat.

* High Dry   The higher clothes are hung the more quickly they will dry. Clothing can also freeze dry, however it takes considerably longer than in above-freezing temperatures.

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READ MORE...  Books by Tamarack Song



Tamarack Song Biography

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.


"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 drinks are brought by individuals to share.


September 2       


Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' Burdett continues teaching Peyote stitch beading. Supplies needed--#10 beading  needles--#9 beads--Silk beading thread. Money will be collected to order beads for beginning beaded women's breastplates---approximately $20.00 per person.


October 7 

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 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 that costs under $10.00 to exchange.


Beginning with the August meeting donations of nonperishable food items, toiletries, 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!





 By Annette Waya Ewing



It’s summertime, and with it comes fresh, locally-grown produce from farm stands—or, if you are ambitious, your own garden.  We are so used to the year-round convenience of huge grocery stores that we forget that everything has a season…and that such convenience comes at a price, nutritionally, taste-wise, environmentally, and in community health and economics.


Who and what benefits from consuming local produce, and how?


A personal benefit of eating local fruits and vegetables is getting more nutrition per bite of food.  Fresh-picked produce has a higher vitamin content than the well-traveled sort.  The average fruit or veggie in the grocery store travels over two thousand miles and may be several weeks old by the time it lands on your plate. 


Local produce usually tastes much better too, because it doesn't have to be picked before it's ripe.  


But there are more far-reaching benefits to eating locally produced food than just better taste and nutrition…


I saw sign in the back window of a pick-up truck last month that read,

"Support your local farmers -- no farms -- no food!"


This is a simple truth. Over a million acres of American farmland is lost every year to urban sprawl.  Over 75% of the remaining farmable land lies in threatened urban-edge  areas. Do we really want to have to rely on foreign countries for our food supply?   If you buy from your local farmers, you are helping to keep us self-sufficient, and also helping to conserve farmland, which is often habitat for endangered species. 


Farmland is also prettier than parking lots and warehouse-style retailers, in my opinion!  Another practical advantage to saving farmland is that it provides drainage—whereas parking lots/concrete areas contribute to flooding and erosion.


Consider this: 5 calories of strawberry from across the country uses up over 400 calories of fuel getting to you.  Unless you drive a long way out of your way to purchase 'local' produce, you will be helping to cut fossil fuel consumption and pollution.  Most of the produce in the grocery store has traveled at least 2000 miles in a refrigerated truck or airplane—which consumes a lot of fuel.


You, as a consumer, are more powerful than you might think.  When you buy 'local', your money stays in your community.  If each of us puts some locally grown foods on the menu each week, it adds up to substantial support for the economic, environmental, physical, and future health of your community and All Our Relations. 


So, enjoy your local “fruits of summer” and know it’s a good thing!


Community Supported Agriculture

(Consumers can buy a 'share' of the crops of participating farms and pick up a weekly variety box of whatever produce is being harvested, November through March.)




Links to  Native Women's Sites




Colonize this!
Order site for "Young Wornen of Colour" --including Kahente Horn-Miller -- a book which address today's feminism


Canadian Women's Internet Directory
A link to the Aboriginal Women's page of this site.


Daughters of Native America
A billboard for the listserv for Native Women engaged in the struggle for survival of Native peoples.


Encyclopedia of Native American Women
A valuable resource for biographies of 100 significant Native North American women.


First Nation's Women
A set of links relating to Native Women in Canada on the University of British Columbia site.


Inuit Women's Association 

The national organization of Inuit Women in Canada.


Metis National Council of Women vs. The Queen
The decision on the MNCW suit to share employment funding.


Native Women's Association of Canada
Homepage of the national representative organization for Native women in Canada 


Native Women in the Arts
an arts organization for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit women who share the common interest of culture, art, and community.


National Aboriginal Women's Association
A contact page with notices for meetings re FNG legislation for women only.






My Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the world,


The time has come to go back into the place where everything becomes one, long has been the journeys of the mother and daughter into the four directions and many beautiful sisters and brother has been made, we have touch the hearts of the many and now all is blooming at the very center.


The ancestors have said you go and make relatives all over the world, for you have all this relations in your heart, in every single one of them a beautiful sacred world resides.


When we went into the west, we have found the teachings of the ancestors in writing in stones, the stones were specking loud and clear about the times to come, and times in the now, for the teachings have no time, there is no boundaries in the ways of the ancestors, many beautiful relations were made and many struggles were overcome to find the teachings, we found the mountains that were singeing the song of the mother, and the daughter rejoice the singeing all over in her realms, the path was created since the beginning of time, and it has been uncover. We also found in the west the beautiful sisters that show the path of the condor and the eagle in togetherness, and the condor was flying in the prayers in the Great Canyon, the place where the mother tell her story, the beautiful Navajo sisters have made my hair in such a beautiful manner...I am so grateful.


Then we came back into the center just to get ready to go to the east as the mother show that way, the mama Bear went with us for that realm to be open, for all my sisters and brothers and my spiritual daughters were there waiting with so much love, and love made the dance of the new beginning and many things were uncover and created, bridges were made to make the dance for integration be possible, there at the very east, we found the gate for the sun is singeing, calling, dancing....shaking but must of all loving, and it was shown by this beautiful sister that open the gates for the daughters to the stars. 


In the journey to the south, was hard, the place to find the 2 hearts in unity had many struggles, first we found the sister that was in prison, many vampires in her temple  but now she has been liberated herself and flying beautiful, then we found the wounded mother, so sad..., but it was beautiful to see that behind that was the true heart just waiting to be uncovered, and unity was made.


Then we went into the north, and pick up lots of medicine that was in our path, medicine that we share with all the brothers and sisters, we found the beautiful sisters waiting for us, that open the gate for the many to be touch by the heart of the mother, the father was there making the new song for the people. I found such a beauty in all my sisters and brothers, tears were running like the river and the waters were clean and beautiful, so many hearts were there so open, so ready, ...and the weaving went on of this beautiful tapestry, my spiritual daughters and sons were there with so much heart. ..


....I love sooo much all my people, I have seen myself with the many faces and recognize me in all of them for there is no separation but only unity in the heart of the mother.


In our way back, we went to dance with the sun, and sing then the song that was learn in the east, and speck the wisdom of the stones of the west, and love with the heart that we found in the south, all together ...has been completed.  At sun dance, I saw the 2 brothers that are one, beautiful sons of the great father and the medicine was everywhere, they are indeed the new leaders so strong so beautiful, my brothers, and the ceremony of the tree of life was made, the beautiful daughters cut the tree and the tree was always alive in the heart so happy, joy was everywhere. the sun, the moon, the stars, all bonding in the heart of the people, and we took all the prayers into the realm of the womb of the mother, and mother was happy to see all her sons and daughters recognizing the way .


We are back into the place where the waters comes out from the womb, knowing now that we can hold the space and make  beauty, creating and re-creating, living and be-living in the true men and the true women, as the way of the ancestors, father-mother be-live in the many.






Wise Old Indian

 An old Indian was asked what his wife's name was "Wife Name Three Horse."

Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett




He stands tall
This Indian with the broad smile.
His heart is as big as all outdoors.
His giving is generous.
There is a gleam in his eye
When an idea sparks in mind.

His thanks for what he does
Can never live up to the task he performs.
His pleasure is pleasing others.
His delight in these accomplishments
Are his personal medals.

His friends are many,
His admirers are countless.
Respect he wears like a shield.
His love of family is his pride.
His struggles are hidden and
His happiness he shares with all.
His name is his badge of honor
And we all know him...
He is our friend...
author unknown








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...

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...

Jeremy-white wolf,  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 


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  09-01-06


Esther Marie Daniels - (Independence MO) critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs.  Please pray for her recovery.

Thank you and many blessings.  Linda VanBibber  08-19-06


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 - 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.


Lee Standing Bear Moore (Manataka) Was taken Friday to the emergency room during the Summer Gathering at Manataka.  on Sunday Bear's heart was given electric shock to bring his heart back into regular rhythm.   He was released from the VA Hospital in Little Rock on Thursday afternoon.  Bear was back to work on Friday and watching his health more closely.  ~Rebecca Owl Woman Moore 06-30-06


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


The People of CHECHNYA - Having suffered from fighting for a dozen and a half years and there was no solution in sight.  He said it was more bloody than a civil war.  70% percent killed were civilians -- children, woman, old people, others.  Homes are destroyed with people in them. Kidnapping is prevalent.  Before the struggle approximately 1.2 million lived in Chechnya, and now only 600,000 remained because of the deaths and fleeing.  Please pray for PEACE in Chechnya.  ~Lynn Smith via Barbara Wolf.   05-29-06


Beulah Maltagliati, 15-year old dog - has developed pancreatitis.  It's a relatively mild case, but pancreatitis is serious, and her being 15 makes it more worrisome.  She's not terribly sick now, and I'm so hoping she won't get worse. ~ Juli Maltagliati 5-22-06


Cindy Hogman, 32 - My name is Gary Hogman.  My wife, Cindy, was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer and her chances for survival are very slim.  She was pregnant with our second child and had miscarried recently at 3 months, and now we know why. This is a request for you to forward this e-mail to everyone you know asking for prayer and ask everyone you know to pray for the HEALING of Cindy.  I want the whole world to have her in their prayers the next few weeks. God will hear our cry. Please do not be offended by my plea. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ~Gary Hogman.  Submitted by Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway 05-19-06

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 5-15-06




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. 



AUGUST 2006 Elder Council Meeting...


The July meeting was held on the 20th starting at 9:05 a.m. and a quorum was not established as two elders were away on Manataka business and ceremonies.  David Quiet Wind Furr, Rick Wind Call-er Porea, Gayle Sexauer and Patty Burdette were present. 



Asset Acquisition project - Manataka American Indian Cultural Center.  Good progress is being made. All positive developments.

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

Upcoming Fall Gathering

Elder Council Organization

Approved Motions: 

No motions were offered.

Committee Reports approved by consensus.

Rejected Motions:










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


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MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Burnett, Georgia

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Grandmother Selma, Florida

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Magdala Ramirez, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Helen Red Wing Vinson, Tennessee

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas

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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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