Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV
Issue 03 MARCH 2010
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
Page 3 of 3 Pages
Democracy: An Invention or a Discovery?
by Laura Waterman Wittstock
The enduring Democracy-rule by the people-is widely
believed to have been invented by the brash but brave Americans of the 18th
Their creation was a new kind of government, free from monarchs or the equally
despised rule of aristocratic despots. They created a representative government
in three parts: administrative, legislative, and judicial. Lifting liberally
from the Greeks, early Americans took the word democracy and expanded it to
represent everything from Massachusetts town meetings to the Virginia House of
Burgesses' bicameral representative assembly.
Best of all, it is said the Americans created a democracy
which guaranteed individual rights so fundamental and universal they are
collectively called a "Bill of Rights," and they became the first set of
amendments to the United States Constitution.
But was American democracy thus invented? Or did the revolutionists, kicking
around to find something different from their historical political roots in
England, discover a new way to govern right under their noses?
all of the credit given to republican ideals, it is tragic that the freedom so
loved by 18th-century Americans and held up as an example for the rest of the
world, did not include African slaves, women, children nor any members of the
non-human fauna family. The one exception was Natives, who in a peculiar way
were conceptually free in America, because treaties with England and later with
the United States acknowledged that Native nations had rights, including those
of individuals (safety, education, land and water use, among others). But
Natives were not literally free. They could not safely travel outside
their shrinking territories, nor within them, in some cases. Families were in
constant danger of attack by European settlers who were not content to build
homesteads in their own territory, especially during expansionist pushes.
Interestingly, the concept of democracy, although known, was held in
considerably lower esteem by 17th-century Americans. Democracy was scorned in
those days because it meant the inclusion of the lower classes. The aristocratic
grandees who founded Massachusetts and Virginia preferred rule by landowning
white men (25 acres and a house, for example). Landless white men had virtually
no chance of partaking in government, nor were they considered fit for the
genteel business of government, religion and trade, inseparable as these three
pursuits were in Colonial times. It was the revolutionary war that embraced the
common man, enlisting him in the struggle for freedom from England. His muscle
was needed for the effort. Therefore, after the war was won, the elite could
hardly retreat to their former habits. Thus "democracy" began to lose its former
negative connotation of "rule by the rabble" and took on a new luster among the
gentry as a dignified label for the new republic.
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L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
Molly Molasses or
Molly Ockett was a well known figure to the early settlers of this area in
Maine. She was a healer and often helped the first settlers with herbs and
knowledge of how to survive in the cold harsh area of Maine. The area she lived
in most was located near Fryburg Maine and Snow Falls Maine other wise known as
Jocky Cap Mountain. There are many stories about her that have a great deal of
truth in them. I thought you would enjoy this picture and story.
by Jason K. Brown
Molasses was a Wabanaki Indian from the Northern Woods of Maine. She
was said to be a powerful medicine woman of her time and there have
been many stories written about her. She was born in a Penobscot
camp where the old water tower now stands in present day Bangor,
Maine. She grew up in the 1800's, living the Wabanaki way and
traveling up and down our river that shares our name. Molly Molasses
was what the white people of the Bangor area called her because they
said she was so sweet. Molasses was the sweetest thing the people
could get at that time.
Much was written about her as an elder with the powers that she
possessed. These gifts were handed down through her family and
aren't anything that I can really describe properly in words. The
white people of the area knew of her powers. Some respected her
abilities but others mocked her. They soon found out that this old
Indian woman was not fooling around. She was said to be able to hex
a person who wronged her with a mere glance. She was also known as a
great healer who helped many people in a time when there was no
modern medicine. I like to believe that the powers she possessed
would still stun the modern medical community.
This drawing is based on a historical black and white photograph of
Molly Molasses. It is done in mixed media, utilizing colored pencils
and chalk pastels. It represents Molly Molasses and the "Little
People," known in the Penobscot language as Mikum-wasus (mee-kgum-waz-zus).
I have been told by my elders that the Little People were all
powerful medicine people or Medowlinu(meh-dow-len-oo). We learned a
lot of what we know about medicine from these magic people and they
helped us when we needed their power. As a medicine woman, Molly
Molasses may have gone to the little people to help her and give her
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del
Consuelo, Mayan Priestess
The Mother is Shaking...
Hello Beautiful Ones,
are home, after a long journey, coming back
home feels like a welcoming everywhere, the
trees, the mountain, my heart, as I began to
walk the path to the ceremonial grounds
yesterday, the path was revealed in front
of me, the leaves fly away allowing me to
see the path, for the path is always there,
we just need to walk it, the land feels so
alive, I am so grateful for I am the land, I
am life, and so are you….
We went for
ceremony yesterday, for there is so much of
commotion happening in the heart of the
people, long was the list for praying and I
was happy to return into the temazcal…
mother is shaking and human beings are ready
to begin to dance with her, into her
alignment, for she is our mother, she is
going into higher ways of manifestation, and
now is the time where the daughterhood and
son-hood is awakening in all human
beings…. wipe the tears, do not drown in
the salty waters, as the alignment is
taking place, for human being is recognizing
the time of changes, and embracing their
original vibration in the connection with
the mother, so many ancient teachings are
being awaken for they have come the way of
living in perfect harmony in divine order as
father-mother god is opening the new
consciousness in the true human beings.
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Bill Miller wins
By Nathan Falk, Leader Reporter
Grammy winner Sunday night has roots right here in the Wolf River region, a
connection he’s proud to share.
Bill Miller, a Shawano County native, won the
Native American Music category for “Spirit Wind North,” an album of flute
music that backs the praying and speaking of tribal elders.
“This win is about the people and where I grew
up,” Miller said Wednesday. “I carried the Grammy for Wisconsin and my
The award was his third Grammy win as a songwriter
and musician. He previously won for Best Native American Music Album with
“Cedar Dream Songs” in 2004 and “Sacred Ground — A Tribute to Mother Earth”
Miller started playing guitar at the age of 9. He
realized at around 15 that he had a gift. Along with music, he enjoyed art
and painting. He recalled his mother Lenore saying, “Some day God is going
to open doors for you.”
Miller, a 1973 graduate of Shawano High School, is
a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian tribe.
No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
came to the Lord and said, "I have to talk to you, I have Indians up here
in Heaven who are causing some problems. They are shooting arrows at the
Pearly Gates, they are forming hunting parties, they are dancing around and
beating drums, they are taking off their robes and wearing only loin cloths,
some folk are walking around with one wing because they are plucking out
the feathers and using them in ceremonies and to make head dresses, they
have been each taking their turn in keeping the stairway to heaven
clean, some aren't even wearing their halos, saying it doesn't fit with
their head dresses."
The Lord said, "I made American Indians special, as I did you, my angel.
Heaven is home to all my children. If you really want to know about
problems, let's call the Devil.
"The Devil answered the phone, "Hello? Dang, hold on.
"The Devil returned to the phone and said, "Hello Lord, what can I do for
you?" The Lord replied, "Tell me what kind of problems you are having down
there." The Devil said, "Wait one minute," and put the Lord on hold.
After 5 minutes he returned to the phone, and said "Okay, I'm back.
What was the question?" The Lord said, "What kind of problems are you
having down there?"
The Devil said, "Man, I don't beli.....hold on, Lord". This time the Devil
was gone for 15 minutes. The Devil returned and said, "I'm sorry Lord, I
can't talk right now. These Indians dun put tobacco into the fire, and are
now calling it a sacred fire"!
"The beginning is purification, that's the first step... And purification
means purification of body and mind. You don't purify the body without cleansing
the mind; that's the way it works." --Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
If we have bad thoughts or poison in our minds, they will eventually show up in
our bodies in the form of headaches, pains, and stomach problems. It works this
way because we are interconnected. Our minds and our bodies are one system. So
when we start to grow, or commit to the Red Road, we need to start cleaning up
our thoughts and start showing respect for our bodies. We start purifying our
minds by prayer and meditation, and we start cleansing our bodies by getting the
right amount of sleep and developing good eating habits. Today, I'm going to
observe my thoughts. Will my thoughts be clean today?
Great Spirit, let me focus on Your love today so my mind will be pure.
Focus on Famous
American Indian Women:
Mary Brave Bird
Brave Bird dictated her life story in the two books
Lakota Woman and
Ohitika Woman to Richard Erdoes, a
photographer and illustrator who himself became involved in political
activism through having taped and transcribed her story. In these two
books, written 15 years apart, Brave Bird told how the American Indian
Movement (AIM) gave meaning to her life.
Lakota Woman, written under the name Mary Crow Dog, portrays her life
from her birth to 1977, and Ohitika Woman
written under her current name of Mary Brave Bird, covers events up to 1992
and adds new details to the earlier history.
Mary Brave Bird’s mother, Emily Brave Bird, had been raised in a tent in the
village of He-Dog on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, then taken to
St. Francis Mission boarding school where she was converted to Catholicism.
While she studied nursing in Pierre, South Dakota, her four children were
raised by their grandparents. Robert Brave Bird trapped in the winter and
farmed in the summer. He was a descendant of the legendary warrior Pakeska
Maza (“Iron Shell”), who became chief of the Wablenicha (“Orphan Band”) of
the Brulé or Sicanju tribe of the Lakota Sioux.
the Endless River
by Thad Carhart
From the acclaimed bestselling author of The
Piano Shop on the Left Bank, a historical novel
about Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of
Sacagawea, and his intriguing sojourn as a young man
in 1820s Paris.
Born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition,
Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau was the son of the
expedition's translators, Sacagawea and Toussaint
Charbonneau. Across the Endless River
compellingly portrays this mixed-blood child's
mysterious boyhood along the Missouri among the
Mandan tribe and his youth as William Clark's ward
in St. Louis. The novel becomes a haunting
exploration of identity and passion as
eighteen-year-old Baptiste is invited to cross the
Atlantic in 1823 with young Duke Paul of
During their travels throughout Europe, Paul
introduces Baptiste to a world he never imagined.
Gradually, Baptiste senses the limitations of life
as an outsider. His passionate affair with Paul's
older cousin helps him understand the richness of
his heritage and the need to fashion his own future.
But it is Maura, the beautiful and independent
daughter of a French-Irish wine merchant Baptiste
meets in Paris, who most influences his ultimate
decision to return to the frontier.
Rich in the details of life in both frontier America
and the European court, Across the Endless River
is a captivating novel about a man at the
intersection of cultures, languages, and customs.
Hardcover: 320 pages;
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches;
Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (September 1, 2009);
and compelling historical account of Indian culture
called "the endless river" as no one ever sailed
across it. Thad Carhart does presents an excellent
account. ~ Lee Standing Bear Moore
life of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, who was the baby
born to Sacagawea on the explorations of Lewis and
Clark, where she served as a translator. Jean-Baptiste
travels to Paris on the
on the book of your choice
Along, Age, Aging
Age, Aging Galloping Along
By Elisi Maxine
one minute it is taking
Forever to reach 21,
and then after 21 it seems it is no time before you
are being Greeted with 30!
Who Me! 30 and then when we are not paying attention
Age is Galloping Along by our side.
And Lo and behold 40!!!!
50 Gallops Along and flies into 60's
60's Gallops Along and here we are
Galloping Along into the 70's!!!!!!
we are now no longer Galloping
as smoothly or as fast as in the past
more like a stately walk with stops to rest
Galloping Along seems to have
Galloped past leaving
new things to learn and new things for concern
are now what's in store for the 70's crowd
70's are all about each day as a Celebration
of Age Galloping Along with us hanging on.
has left us 70's crowd to
teach Endurance, Grace, and Love for each other
Galloping Along are a Stately Walk is Age, Aging
as a Gift from Creator...
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
People of Haiti and Chile - most likely you have already been directing your love and care towards Chile where an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck over the weekend. Manataka Elders and members has also been sending heart-focused care to Chile. This catastrophe has come on the heels of the earthquake in Haiti. The people of Haiti still need our energetic support, and we request that you now include the people of Chile in your heartfelt prayers, meditations and affirmations. In Chile, more than 800 people have been reported killed and the number is rising, while the number of injured is not yet known; 2,000,000 people have been displaced; 500,000 buildings have been destroyed. Relief supplies are only beginning to arrive and food and water shortages are a great concern. Powerful aftershocks continue to create fear and looting has become a serious issue. It is especially in these times, the days after the initial event, that people affected need more of our energetic support. ~Bear 03-07-10
Lee Standing Bear Moore (Hot Springs, AR) Grandfather Bear suffered a heart attack on
January 5. He returned home a week later with a defibulator strapped to his side that
will deliver a shock to his heart if needed. His surgery
on Feb. 25 to implant a defibulator / pacemaker was successful. He was up performing ceremonies two days later and is now back a work. What else would be expected of a Bear? Grandfather Bear is grateful for all the wonderful prayers and messages. ~Bonnie 03-01-10
Chief Wilma Mankiller (Tahlequah, OK) Is now on hospice care. Her family and close friends have gathered near her. Pray for an easy transition for this great woman. ~Daniel Banks 03-02-10
Joe Dutch Dobish (NY) Dutch has pneumonia, atrial fib, cancer, diabetes, and depression. Because he was diagnosed within the last three weeks, he overwhelmed. He is a strong man and is fighting for his life. Thank you for any good prayers you can send him. I believe he can help be healed by your strength. Love, ~Henny Wise 03-01-10
Sonia Hull (Weatherford, TX)
Just been diagnosed with MS and Spinal Stenosis. She is also a diabetic and a cancer survivor ( 2 X's ). Her husband has Polysystic Kidney. They are Elderly and in a lot of pain. They would so much appreciate being added to the Prayer Basket or Prayer List. - Bear 03-01-10
Delores Gill (Jacksonville, NC) had an MRI showing a large mass in her intestines and told it was cancer had a colostomy today. We were very concerned because their mom died at her age of colon cancer. Prayers were being said for her and today the tests showed no mass nothing wrong. She also was diagnosed with lymphoma from biopsy on the lymphnodes in her neck. March 10th she has surgery for that so prayers are still needed. But today prayers are of gratitude for a miracle and prayers answered. Prayers are still ongoing for you and yours. love ~Ruth King 02-18-10
Corrine Benitez (San Francisco - Bay Area, CA) Please send prayers for my mother who has fell ill due to lung problems. Please send prayers her way thank you. ~Daniel Benitez 02-14-10
Hope Matise (New York) ,
The 21 year old daughter of Rick & Jackie Orr
is in need of a bone marrow transfusion. They are having difficulty finding a match. There will be a blood test at the Kripplebush Fire House on Feb. 20 & 21 from 10 to 4 with the hope that a match can be found. If a match can be found and someone is willing to be a donor, it involves a process lasting 4 hours where bone marrow is removed from blood taken and then returned to the donor. Hope comes from a Native American, Dutch and German background. I think Hope is presently in a hospital in Westchester. If you have additional questions, you can call the number of her parents. ~Henrietta Wise 02-03-10
Snake (Snakeman) My dear friend and native brother, Snake or as I call him Snakeman, is in very poor health and in hospice. He has cancer and his skull is slowly filling with blood, one drop at a time. He is taking morphine every 2 hours to ease the pain. This man has done a lot of good for kids in the past years. He has taught me a lot. A gentle soul. All positive be sent to our brother. Many thanks and love to all. ~Nancy Redblanket 02-01-10
I received a
plea from an
She is 11-years
old and her name
She lives in PA.
Why do courts
give back these
kids to people
There is also a
in this home her
name is Mandy
she is 9.
I feel so
kids really need
Cece Stevens (Tuscon, AZ) has emphysema and Swine flu. She is a rare lady
thru hard work she and hubby have been very successful. They give unceasingly to
those who are in need. Bought heaters for a lot of people. For Christmas they go
to VA hospital with wagons full of gifts for the vets and their families in
Tuscon AZ Also holiday full dinners then spend the day on the Hospice
floor. She told me she would dance with death and death would take the day off.
A remarkable couple but a truly remarkable woman. She and hubby both have swine
flu he has had a stroke but recovered well. Thanks so much. ~Ruth King
Momfeather (KY) Please lift up this wonderful lady in your prayer
today. Thank you. ~Bear 01-13-10
Edwin Tuni (Tempe, AZ) is experiencing financial and legal issues.
Edwin is married with two daughters and needs our prayers -- now! ~Carlena
My mom is only 67 years and was placed in a home care house
in Tigard, OR with Lou Gerricks disease and can not live by herself. She is
slowly getting weaker and loosing her muscle strength. My mom is Christian and
has worked hard all her life. I will be going that way to visit her in
Feb. And I know it will be hard for me. I need my mom and appreciate all your
prayers or any recommendations. Thank you for all your prayers. ~Angela
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.
Jo Anne Lentz (Conway, AR) Long
time Arkansas Bikers Aiming Towards
member Jo Anne Lentz went to our Heavenly Father Friday 9:10pm,
March 5, 2010. March 10, 2010 6-8pm Visitation will be
at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, 801 8th Avenue, Conway, AR 72032.
March 11 at 1 pm services will be held at at Roller-McNutt Funeral
Home, 801 8th Avenue, Conway, AR 72032. Procession to Crestlawn for
internment following service. Jo Anne requested a motorcycle escort
to Crestlawn. Please feel free to wear your leathers & ride if
possible. Jo Anne was a member of A.B.A.T.E. 17 of Conway, a
H.O.G. member, a member of the Saturday's Sisters, and member of
A.M.A. She was on the MILE Committee, a Faulkner County Master
Gardener, and of the Baptist faith. Please keep Don Kaczynski
(Donski) and Jo Anne's family in your thoughts & prayers.
~Hawk Hoffman 03-09-10
Kathy Dodd (TX)
went to be with the Lord on February 14, 2010 after a short battle with
cancer. Kathy was born on March 24, 1958. She came to Edinburg from
her home state of Oklahoma eleven years ago, to teach biology at the
University of Texas-Pan Am. It was then that she got acquainted with
the Native American New Life Center and the South Texas Indian Dancers.
Kathy loved to dance. Kathy loved to bead. Kathy loved her Indian
heritage. Kathy was a great help at the pow wows, always getting there
early to help set up the circle and leaving late to help take it down.
Kathy loved to help. She always volunteered to sell raffle tickets and
cake walk plates. She started off as a Southern Traditional Dancer and
later started dancing Jingle Dance. She had the opportunity to dance in
Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany and Peru. She also loved sharing
her faith and how God delivered her from the things that had kept her
from loving God with all her heart, mind and soul. She was an active
member of McAllen Grace Brethren Church, Son Tree Native Path, Chief of
Chiefs Christian Church and the South Texas Indian Dancers. Continue to
pray for her family and all of us who knew her and dearly loved her.
~Robert Soto, Lipan Apache 03-01-10
Shade (Tahlequah, OK)
Nation Deputy Chief and Cherokee traditionalist Hastings Shade died
on Feb. 9 at the age of 67. He spent more than 40 years
serving the CN as an administrator, manager, teacher and volunteer.
Widely recognized for this work in cultural preservation and as a
skilled traditional artisan, he was designated a Cherokee National
Treasure in 1991.
Shade had a strong commitment to
children and to teaching Cherokee language, culture and history. He
authored books on the Cherokee language and culture. While serving
as deputy chief under Principal Chief Chad Smith from 1999-2003, he
spent much time attending and teaching at Cherokee cultural camps
locally and around the country.
“His figurative heart for the Cherokee
people was huge and strong. He was quick to hug a teenager with
encouragement and tell them spellbinding stories of inspiration,”
wrote Smith in a Feb. 10 e-mail to Cherokee Nation employees. “He
foremost was a gentleman and a traditionalist who was fluent in
Cherokee language and conversant in Cherokee thought.”
Smith wrote that he and his wife
Bobbie visited Shade a few hours before his passing. “He said
he wanted to teach some more and he had a great depth of Cherokee
knowledge to share,” Smith states. “He was awarded National Treasure
years ago for his craftsmanship but he also was a national treasure
to the Cherokee people for his cultural contributions, encouragement
and statesmanship. We will miss him. Let us keep his wife Loretta
and his family in our thoughts and prayers. In his honor our flags
are at half-mast.” Shade resided in Lost City, where he grew
up, with his wife Loretta. His parents were Tom and Leanna Stopp
Shade. He was also a descendent of Sequoyah, inventor of the
Cherokee syllabary. His funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on
Feb. 12 at Sequoyah Schools’ The Place Where They Play.
Harley Terrell (Tahlequah, OK)
Nation Tribal Councilor Harley Terrell died on Jan. 29 at the age of
73 after a long battle with cancer.
of Park Hill, was born on July 26, 1936, in Cookson to Charlie and
Hazel Terrell. He attended school at Pettit near Keys, Chilocco
Indian School near Newkirk and Northeastern State University in
Tahlequah. He graduated from NSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in
accounting and business administration. Terrell joined the
U.S. Air Force in 1955, serving 12-1/2 years in active duty and 15
years in reserve, reaching the rank of master sergeant. He later
worked for Indian Health Service as a biomedical engineering
technician before retiring from the federal agency in 1995.
served the Cherokee Nation by serving on the Tribal Council from
Along with being a CN citizen, Terrell
was a Disabled American Veteran member as well as a member of the
Air Force Sergeants Association, American Legion Post No. 135, Elks
Lodge No. 2601 and the Masons’ Cherokee Lodge No. 10. He also loved
gardening, fishing, traveling the highways and hunting in New
Bruce Allen Deer
Fording Stream Hartford, Jr. (Cookeville, TN) April 26, 1966 -
February 7, 2010 - Powhattan Nation. My dear friends I would like to ask all my brothers and sisters to
pray for me and my wife to have the strength to go on. We lost our
son this past week end he was 43 years old he slipped and fell in
the bath tub and drowned. Please pray for his soul. Thank you all. ~Bruce
Deer Fording Stream Hartford, Sr.
Wise Owl (Dudley, MA) beloved leader of the Chaubunagungamaug people
has joined the spirit world. We pray he will guide us all on our path of
healing the Earth Mother and all her children. To his Family and
friends and to his people we send our deepest sympathy and offer up
prayers this night for his journey!
Cheryl Watching Crow Stedtler and
Richard Swenson said arrangements for
Chief Wise Owl have been made.
This Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and
7-9 p.m. Bartell Funeral Home, 33 Schofield Ave., Dudley, MA.
Phillip Martin (Choctaw, MS) Form
Chief died at the age of 83 on
February 04, 2010. Chief Phillip Martin,
the former Choctaw Indian Tribal leader who
served in public office for 48 years and helped
to lead his people from abject poverty to
unprecedented growth and prosperity. Services
will be Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at 11 a.m. from
Holy Rosary Catholic Church, off Mississippi 19
south. Visitation will be Saturday from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
in McClain-Hays Funeral Home. Burial will be in
the church cemetery. ~Harvey Moore
Pat Red Wing Prather (New
Boston, TX) -
our dear friend and wonderful member of Manataka
died Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 in
a Texarkana hospital born June 24, 1952. A
member of Unity church in Texarkana.
She was hospitalized due to recurrent cancer.
Please offer up prayers for Pat. ~Angela
Patti Blue Star
Speaks Burdette (Hot Springs, AR)
February 28, 1956 - January 15,
2010. Passed as a result of blood clot complications. Patti is a long-time member of Manataka and a respected elder.
She was appointed Manataka Ceremonial Elder in
2006. She served on the Elder Council
nearly four years. Patti Blue Star was an
beading expert. loved to sign and play the drum
and walked the Good Red Road in a good way.
She was a former business owner in California
before her retirement to the Hot Springs area.
Her soul mate and constant companion, David
Quiet Wind Furr needs our prayers. See Memorial
and Celebration of Life for Patti Blue Star
Ruth Thompson Wilson, 88, CA the
last surviving daughter of one of the Tuolumne
Me-Wuk Rancheria’s founding families and a
champion of Native American culture, died
December 26 of cancer.
John Rohn, (Dallas, Texas)
is with great sadness I share with you the
passing of one of the great legends in the
personal growth and business industry yesterday,
Jim Rohn on
December 5, 2009.
Jim was a mentor to millions
of individuals and had an incredible influence
in my life as well. One of his greatest quotes
is: "I wish for you a life of wealth, health,
and happiness; a life in which you give to
yourself the gift of patience, the virtue of
reason, the value of knowledge, and the
influence of faith in your own ability to dream
about and achieve worthy rewards." Our
thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family at
this time. I leave this quote of Jim's for you
to think about as you move forward in your life
to achieve success, "Success is not so much what
we have as it is what we are." May God be
with you .... Your partner and brother in
the call to enhance our world… Johnny Wimbrey
Memory of Bill Prezwoznik
Silver Fox Prezwoznik was one of the
four founders of Manataka.
His wisdom and love guided
Manataka through its infancy
and his words and unselfish
deeds are often remembered. We love you Bill.
Corbin Harney Spiritual Leader of the
Western Shoshone Nation who
dedicated his life to fighting the
nuclear testing and dumping. He
loved and cared for his family, friends
and all creation.
Memory of Granny Messenger
over a 1,000 grandchildren
but never bore a child. Her
memory will live with us
Messenger was a wonderful
school teacher, political
activist, owner of "Granny's
Junkology" and constant
supporter of Manataka.
She was loved greatly.
In Memory of Lance Selvidge
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
Memory of Ruby Gilliham
We will always
remember this gracious and beautiful
woman in our hearts. She will
remain a part of Manataka forever.
Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe
assist with her funeral.
Greg Gilliham, Little Rock.
In Loving Memory of Jesse William "Stretch" Devereaux
Born: February 11, 1980, Santa Paula, California
Entered to Rest: July 29, 2009, Blythe, California
It was a great honor for Jesse to participate in Bear Dance Purification Lodge ceremonies on the Tule River reservation at Porterville, California. A memorial service was conducted on August 15 by the Zion Lutheran Church and an American Indian memorial ceremony was conducted on the sacred Manataka on December 5, 2009.
That special smile
That caring heart
That warm embrace
You always gave us
We'll always remember
You being there.
Through good and bad times
No matter what.
We'll always remember
There'll never be another
To replace you in our hearts.
And the love we will always
Have for you.
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
February 2010 Elder Council meeting was held
Sunday, February 28, 2010 10:10 a.m.
David Quiet Wind Furr called the meeting to order
and declared a quorum present.
Daniel Hawk Eyes Hoffman gave the opening prayer.
Elders Present In-Person: David Quiet Wind Furr, Lee
Standing Bear Moore, Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore, Linda Two Hawk Feathers James,
Robert Gray Hawk Coke. Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman attended via
telephone speaker-phone. Guests: John James, Vicky McBain-Coke, Amanda
A motion was made by Becky Flaming Owl Moore to
dispense with the reading of the minutes and treasurer's report because both
items were previous sent to all Elders. 2nd by Hawk Hoffman. There was no
discussion. Motion passed unanimously.
Old Business Discussions:
1. Venezulea Tribal Visit
3. World Drum Project Flag Contest
New Business Discussions:
1. Appointment of New
2. Elder Council
Robert Gray Hawk Coke
Ceremonies and NAGPRA:
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James
Fund Raising / Donations:
Smoke Signal News: Lee Standing Bear Moore
Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Women's Council Chair
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James,
NAGPRA / Ceremonies Committee Leader
Lee Standing Bear,
Secretary / Historian / Counseling / Smoke Signal News
Robert Gray Hawk Coke,
Education Committee Leader
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman -
Public Relations Committee
Membership Committee Leader
Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any
member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
email@example.com or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and
events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card
online. It's easy, secure and fast!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot
Springs, AR 71902
DONATIONS NEEDED BY MANATAKA
1. LAND -
Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any
size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.
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. Memorial ceremonies are
given several times a year on the sacred mountain.
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, Krogers and other stores are great.
THANK YOU TO
EVERYONE WHO DONATED
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