Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 03  MARCH 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History: American Democracy: An Invention or a Discovery?

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Molly Molasses was a Wabanaki

The Mother is Shaking...

Indigenous Music Feature::

Bill Miller wins third Grammy
Elder's Meditations: Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
Women's Circle: Mary Brave Bird
Food & Nutrition: The History of Jerky
Book Reviews: Across the Endless River
Poetry Circle: Galloping Along, Age, Aging
Healing Prayer Basket: Please Pray Hard The Good People!
Manataka  Business: February Meetings, MAIC Needs




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American 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 century.

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?

For 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.






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. ~Love Waynonaha



by Jason K. Brown


Molly 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 strength.






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess


The Mother is Shaking...



Hello Beautiful Ones,


Finally we 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…


Yes, the 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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Indigenous Music Feature


Bill Miller wins third Grammy

By Nathan Falk, Leader Reporter


A 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 hometown.”


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” in 2005.


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.



Gabriel 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.

By Don Coyhis







Focus on Famous American Indian Women:



Mary Brave Bird


Mary 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 History of Jerky
Drying meat and fruit is one of the oldest methods of preservation known to humankind. What was probably an accidental discovery allowed humans to both store food for long periods of time, as well as having an easily carried nutritionally dense source of nutrition to take with them on journeys. Jerky is both flavorful and compact and almost any meat (and many other foods) can be made into jerky.


The Beginning:
No one knows the true origins of dried meat (jerky) however it is assumed that early humans found that dried meat lasted a great deal longer than fresh meat, and was not subject to the decay and insect infestation that plagued the storage of fresh meat. While the dawn of jerky is mysterious we have evidence that it was being produced en masse thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt and notably in the mid part of the last millennia. The word 'jerky' comes from the Native (South) American Quechua term "ch'arki" (which means "dried meat"), and was well received in Europe by the Spanish in the 1500's when it was introduced during the early conquest of the Americas.










Across 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 Württemberg.

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); ISBN-13: 978-0385529778 Barnes & Random House Available at your local bookstore or online from these fine booksellers. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders | IndieBound | Random House.

"An interesting and compelling historical account of Indian culture about the 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 ocean once called "the endless river" as no one ever sailed across it. Thad Carhart does presents an excellent account.  ~ Lee Standing Bear Moore





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Galloping Along, Age, Aging

By Elisi Maxine
Age, Aging Galloping Along
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!!!!!!

Whew we are now no longer Galloping
as smoothly or as fast as in the past
more like a stately walk with stops to rest
between steps.

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.

Creator 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


Nita Smith of the Nansemond Tribe of Virginia. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. Nita has been in Chippenham Hospital since last week.  They put her under a medical induced coma to help with her healing process. She was having a hard time breathing and upon going to the hospital they discovered she had severe pneumonia. "She Who Hugs"  was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  She is in the Coronary Care Unit, taking it one day at a time. Let's lift her in prayer and send positive energies her way everybody.  She is a true treasure. Debora Littlewing Moore and Helen Red Wing Vinson  01-28-10


Beth (PA)  I received a plea from an abused child yesterday.  She is 11-years old and her name is Beth.  She lives in PA.  Why do courts give back these kids to people who sexually abuse them?  There is also a sister younger in this home her name is Mandy she is 9.  I feel so hopeless in this.  These kids really need prayers.  ~Red Wing 01-21-10


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 01-13-10


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 Tuni 01-12-10


Joyce Makinson (Springfield, OR)  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 McPhetridge  01-12-10



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Crossing Over...


Jo Anne Lentz (Conway, AR)  Long time Arkansas Bikers Aiming Towards Education 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


Hastings Shade (Tahlequah, OK) Former Cherokee 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) – Former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Harley Terrell died on Jan. 29 at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.  Terrell, 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.  Terrell also served the Cherokee Nation by serving on the Tribal Council from 1995-99. 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 Mexico.



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. 02-09-10


Chief 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. ~Carole Kovacs  02-08-10


Chief Phillip Martin (Choctaw, MS) Former Choctaw Tribal 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  02-07-10


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 Gates  01-16-10 


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 Speaks Burdette


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)  It 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  12-06-09







In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik

Bill 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.


In Memory of Corbin Harney

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.



In Memory of Granny Messenger

She had over a 1,000 grandchildren but never bore a child. Her memory will live with us forever.  Veronica 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

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.


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.  (picture: 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.


Always Remember

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

You because

There'll never be another

To replace you in our hearts.

And the love we will always

Have for you.






The 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 Moore.  


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

2.    Australia Gathering Report

3.    World Drum Project Flag Contest      

4.    Spring Encampment

5.    2011 Powwow


New Business Discussions:

1.    Appointment of New Elder

2.    Elder Council Committee Assignments


Committee Reports:

Counseling Committee:    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


Closing Prayer:                  Linda Two Hawk Feathers James           



Manataka American Indian Council Elders and Committee Leaders

  • David Quiet Wind Furr, Chairman

  • 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 - Events Elder

  • Linda VanBibber, Public Relations Committee Leader

  • Bobby Runninbear, Membership Committee Leader


Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda. 







Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902



1.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.


2.  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.  Memorial ceremonies are given several times a year on the sacred mountain.


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, Krogers and other stores are great. 






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MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett, Georgia

Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr., Kentucky

Carol Henderson, California

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

John and Linda James, Missouri

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Grandmother Selma Palmer, Florida

Carol Perez Petersen,  California

Magdala Ramirez, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee

RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee

Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia

Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York

Linda VanBibber, Missouri

Liora Leah Zack, California


Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Organic Consumers Association

Elvina Jean Paulson

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho







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