Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV
Issue 04 APRIL 2010
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
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Genealogical Research for American Indians
volunteer staff at the Manataka American Indian Council receive many
inquiries on how to conduct genealogical research on Native American
Please note that the
is not a source for genealogical research and has no records relating to Indian
census or Indian tribal rolls.
The office of Tribal Enrollment, Bureau of Indian
Affairs, Mail Stop 2614-MIB, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
20245, does provide information on tracing one's Indian ancestry and the
requirements to qualify legally for membership in a federally recognized Indian
If the name of the tribe to which your ancestor
belonged is known, the National Archives and Records Administration, 700
Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20408, may be able to help you.
They have on file census rolls and other Indian records identified by tribe,
band, or tribal group dating from 1830-1940. The National Archives will search
the records if given the name of the Indian ancestor (English and Indian names)
and the name of the tribal group along with the approximate date associated with
the tribe. They also provide information on other sources for genealogical
If the name of your Indian ancestor's tribe is not
known, then you must conduct genealogical research in the manner that is usual
for cases where Indians are not involved. You must attempt in the process to
determine the tribal group in order to apply to the sources described above. If
you cannot find the tribal name, but have attained from such research a quite
precise location and period from which your Indian ancestry derives, then
possible tribal identification may be determined by reading standard sources on
Indian history and local history. These sources can help you find out which
Indian tribes(s) or group(s) were in that region at that date. Given that
information, you will still, of course, need the name of your Indian ancestor in
order to locate the person in records arranged by tribe.
Among the sources for genealogical research are:
records of birth, baptism, marriage, and death, which may be found in churches,
town, city, county, or state clerk or records unit. County or state historical
societies and archives, newspaper archives, and libraries should also be
Local sources for independent genealogical research
include the National Archives and Records Administration; The Local History
and Genealogy Room, Library of Congress, First & Independence, S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20540; and the library of the National Society, Daughters of the
American Revolution, 1776 D St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006.
Genealogy Books - Over a dozen books by the experts
DNA Questions -
Prove Indian Ancestry?
Valid for Native Identity
More Recommended reading:
Doane, Gilbert H. and James B. Bell. Searching for
Your Ancestors: The How and Why of Genealogy. Minneapolis: University of
Minnesota Press, 1980.
Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to
American Genealogy. 8th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988.
Guide to Genealogical Research in the National
Archives. 3rd ed. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 2000.
Guide to Records in the National Archives of the
United States Relating to American Indians. Washington, D.C.: National
Archives, 1984. Reprint of 1981
Tinder, Bill R. How to Trace Your Family History:
A Basic Guide to Genealogy. Everest House Publication, 1978. Dodd Mead Co.,
L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
The Sacred Quilt
By Maka Nupa L. Cota
morning came full of warmth and sun. The trees recently so filled
with the burden of snow, dance in the wind free again. Birds come to
share the food that is hung out for them to enjoy. The day fills
with sound as the many animals and birds lift their voices
to welcome the sun.
When we have grown weary of life and all that it brings Creator will
always give us a space to rest and grow strong again.
Today I must make my self do some thing creative. For months my life
has been one of transition and change.
Today I will make the first square of my memory quilt. Opening my
trunk of fabric I look at the array of colors to choose from. The
green shines out from the corner of the heap of cloth. It brings me
thoughts of summer and flowers growing, warm sun and things full
The blues in many shades know that they are my favorite, and beg to
be seen. I recall ocean and sky that all reflects freedom and cool
places to sit and rest.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del
Consuelo, Mayan Priestess
The World of the Enchanted
Hello Beautiful Ones,
finally back at the temple (near Jasper,
Arkansas) where the waters comes out
from the womb, and will be here until
the next journey begins.
I am so
happy to be with you in this time space,
the journey of many directions for a
month came so beautiful! Thank you!
I presented lectures in Mexico,
Colorado, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota!
My heart blooms when I think of you, you
are so beautiful!
journey became so powerful and
beautiful. The awakening of the
cosmic consciousness happens in the very
core of human beings. The
alignment with the Great Mother heart
created an incredible awareness of the
multidimensionality of being human, the
time of preparation have come to an end,
and give birth to the time of
realization of the self in the World of
the Enchanted Flower.
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your graphic design for the new World Drum Flag by April 30, 2010
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We want YOU to design a beautiful, colorful
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plus get a chance to win $500 cash, plus
other great prizes!
Anyone can enter! No purchase is
necessary and there is no entry fee. It's free!
Joanne Shenandoah - Greatness in Blossom
GRAMMY award winner and 12-time Native
American Music Award winning artist; and Wolf Clan member of the
Iroquois Confederacy, Joanne Shenandoah has fulfilled the promise of her
Native American name, Tehaliwah-kwa, (She sings).
Since emerging as an artist in 1990, she
has performed at such high-profile gigs at Carnegie Hall, the White House,
Kennedy Center, Earth Day on the Mall, Woodstock '94, and the Parliament of
the Worlds Religions in South Africa and the famous Sagrada Familia in
Barcelona, Spain, Instanbull, Hwa Eorn Temple, South Korea and thousands of
venues in the United States.
According to the Associated Press, "She's
become one of the most acclaimed Native American recording artists of her
"She weaves you into a trance with her
beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket
on a cool winter's night," said Robbie Robertson, formerly of the Band, who
used her voice on his solo album Contact From the Underworld of Redboy.
Shenandoah has also collaborated and or performed with Bruce Cockburn, Neil
Young, Brian Kirkpatrick, Willie Nelson, Rita Coolidge and scores of others.
No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
Two Indians and a
were walking through the woods. All of a sudden one of the Indians ran
up a hill to the mouth of a small cave. 'Wooooo! Wooooo ! Wooooo!' he
called into the cave and listened closely until he heard an answering, 'Wooooo!
Wooooo! Woooooo! He then tore off his clothes and ran into the cave.
The Hillbilly was
puzzled and asked the remaining Indian what it was all about. 'Was the
other Indian crazy or what?' The Indian replied 'No, It is our custom
during mating season when Indian men see cave, they holler 'Wooooo!
Wooooo! Wooooo!' into the opening. If they get an answer back, it means
there's a beautiful woman in there waiting for us.'
then they came upon another cave. The second Indian ran up to the cave,
stopped, and hollered, 'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!'
was the answer. 'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!'from deep inside. He also tore
off his clothes and ran into the opening.
wandered around in the woods alone for a while and then spied a third
large cave. As he looked in amazement at the size of the huge opening,
he was thinking, 'Hoo, man! Look at the size of this cave! It is bigger
than those the Indians found. There must be some really big, fine women
in this cave!' He stood in front of the opening and hollered with all
his might 'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!'
Like the others, he then heard an answering call,
Woooooo!' With a gleam in his eye and a smile on his face, he
raced into the cave, tearing off his
clothes as he ran.
The following day, the
headline of the local newspaper read....
"Naked Hillbilly Run Over By Train"
"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.
Beloved Woman of the Cherokee - Nancy Ward
role of Ghighua, or Beloved Woman, among the Cherokee
was an influential one indeed. The most noted of the
Cherokee Beloved Women was Nancy Ward, or Nan'yehi.
Closely related to such leaders as Old Hop, the emperor
of the Cherokee nation in the 1750s, Attakullakulla, the
Wise Councillor of the Cherokee, and Osconostato, the
Great Warrior of the Cherokee nation, Ward won the
honored title of Ghighua and her own leadership position
after displaying great bravery in battle. But Ward was
not merely a warrior. She spoke on behalf of her people
with U.S. representatives and wisely counseled the tribe
against land cession. She did not live to see her
warnings become reality as the Cherokee were
dispossessed of their eastern lands.
Earns title Beloved Woman
Born about 1738 at Chota, a "Peace Town" in the Overhill region of the Cherokee Nation,
Ward came into the world at the beginning of a crucial
era in Cherokee history. Raised by her mother, Tame
Deer, and her father, Fivekiller (who was also part
Delaware or Lenni Lenap‚), Nan'yehi realized at a young
age that her people were in turmoil. Missionaries,
Moravians (Christians who seek to persuade others to
accept their religion and follow the Bible as their rule
of faith and morals) in particular, were trying to gain
access to the Cherokee people in order to convert them.
Still conservative (resistant to change),
preserving their traditional customs and religion, the
Cherokees had mixed reactions to the missionaries. Many
regarded them as a threat, others saw them as a
The Rainbow Connection gives the reader
information on stones and the Native American uses
for them. Native American medicine men and women
have used healing stones for centuries. Using nature
to heal the mind, body and spirit Nansih Spirit Song
tells of the legends of her Cherokee ancestors and
how using what nature provides to the fullest extent
can make the reader have a more balanced life,
including color therapy, meditation and poetry.
About the Author:
Nansih Spirit Song honors and is
proud of her Cherokee heritage. She was born in the
Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and was raised and
educated in Miami Beach, Fla. Nansih’s grandmother
gave her the name of Spirit Song because Nan always
said, “Everything has spirit and a song to sing.”
She still believes that. She was one of the founders
of the 200th chapter of the National Audubon
Society, covering five counties.
Nansih wrote a weekly column for
five newspapers and published a monthly, then
quarterly, newsletter that covered the globe. She
also appeared on television programs in Palestine,
Texas, and Lufkin, Texas, always advocating the care
of the universe in her lectures as well. In the late
1980s she wrote a successful pet care book on using
herbs and natural means for healing.
She maintains a wildlife refuge
and did hold a state and federal permit to
rehabilitate birds and animals.
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Osceola Birdman Waters
If only we knew the language of the mountains,
What story’s they could tell,
If only we knew the language of the rivers,
And feel the pain that they feel,
If only we knew the language of our mother
What sadness would be felt?
If only we knew the language of our fellow man,
What understanding there would be?
When the environment talks, you should listen,
The message you should obey, No delay.
All of these precious and necessary parts of our
Are like the heart and sole,
Of her existence, Our existence,
Of your existence, My existence,
To learn another’s language,
To understand nature,
To be able too look and see,
To listen and hear,
To speak and be heard,
To be a warrior, Not of war.
To be able to fight for our mother the earth,
Is something special?
I know the language of the environment,
My vision my dream.
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Alan Fisher (Banning, CA) On April 22,
Alan will be at the Orange Coast Hospital for Gastric Bypass surgery. He is
in good spirits and looking forward to his new life's path. Prayer
ceremonies will be conducted at Manataka for Alan. ~Stella Fisher
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman (Illinois) Referred
to a Hematologist to run tests for extremely low white blood count. We
do not believe the doctor is worried that he may have a cancer. He has to
wear a mask whenever doors. Hawk is "very happy" otherwise. ~Bear 03-28-10
Daniel J. Hoffman, Jr. (Florida) was admitted to the hospital with heart related problems. He is the son of our Manataka Elder, Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman of Illinois. Please offer up prayers for this precious man. ~Hawk 03-22-10 Update: He was released for the hospital and continuing treatments. Hawk 03-28-10
Donna Ashley (Winchester, TN) a member of the Tennessee Trail Of Tears organization.
She is in ICU and critical. ~RedWing and Doris 03-19-10
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
delivers 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
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
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.
Mankiller (Tahlequah, OK)
The former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief died in
the morning hours of April 6 at her home in rural Adair
Mankiller, who was one of the few women ever to lead a
major American Indian tribe, was 64. Her passing
came a little more than a month after her husband, CN
Community Services Group Leader Charlie Soap, announced
that she was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.
"Our personal and national hearts are heavy with sorrow and
sadness with the passing this morning of Wilma Mankiller,"
said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in a
statement released by the tribe. "We feel overwhelmed and
lost when we realize she has left us but we should reflect
on what legacy she leaves us. We are better people and a
stronger tribal nation because her example of Cherokee
leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination
"When we become disheartened, we will be inspired by
remembering how Wilma proceeded undaunted through so many
trials and tribulations,"
Smith said. "Years ago, she and her husband Charlie Soap
showed the world what Cherokee people can do when given the
chance, when they
organized the self-help water line in the Bell community.
She said Cherokees in that community learned that it was
their choice, their lives, their community and their future.
Her gift to us is the lesson that our lives and future are
for us to decide. We can carry on that Cherokee legacy by
teaching our children that lesson. Please keep Wilma's
family, especially her husband Charlie and her daughters,
Gina and Felicia, in your prayers."
In a March 2 news release, Soap said Mankiller had stage 4
metastatic pancreatic cancer but gave no other details.
In the release, Mankiller wrote she was prepared for the
"I decided to issue this statement because I want my family
and friends to know that I am mentally and spiritually
prepared for this journey, a journey that all human beings
will take at one time or another," she wrote. "It's been my
privilege to meet and be touched by thousands of people in
my life, and I regret not being able to deliver this message
personally to so many of you."
Mankiller served as principal chief from 1985 until retiring
in 1995. Prior to becoming principal chief, she served
as deputy chief under Ross Swimmer. She assumed the
principal chief position and served out the remainder of the
1983-87 term after Swimmer resigned to take a Bureau of
Indian Affairs job in Washington, D.C. She was elected
principal chief in 1987 and 1991. Mankiller was born on Nov.
18, 1945, at W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah,
according to a CN press release.
Mankiller requested that any gifts in her honor be made as
donations to One Fire Development Corporation, a non-profit
dedicated to advancing
Native American communities though economic development, and
to valuing the wisdom that exists within each of the diverse
around the world. Tax deductible donations can be made at
as well as
www.onefiredevelopment.org. The mailing address for
One Fire Development Corporation is 1220 Southmore Houston,
Memorial services will be April 10 at 11 a.m. at the
Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds in Tahlequah.
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
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.
(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.
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
The March 2010 Elder Council meeting was held
Sunday, March 21 all Elders present and Daniel Hawk
Eyes Hoffman by teleconference.
The opening prayer was given by
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman.
February minutes were sent to
Elders immediately following the meeting and
were approved with no changes.
MAIC currently has zero long-term and zero
All property taxes for the
previous year are paid. Cash flow is steady and all
needs are being met.
(a) Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke
2001 Powwow Committee -
) World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing
Standing Committee Reports:
Gray Hawk Coke and Daniel Seven Hawk Eye Hoffman;
Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk
Smoke Signal: Lee Standing Bear Moore
(f) Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Women's Council Chair
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James,
NAGPRA / Ceremonies
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Lee Standing Bear Moore
Jennifer Attaway, Alabama
Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett,
Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas
Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New
Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham
Crystal Harvey, Arkansas
Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
Carol Henderson, California
Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois
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
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
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