Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 04  APRIL 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History: Genealogical Research for American Indians

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

The Sacred Quilt

The World of the Enchanted Flower

Fun Feature:  

Indigenous Music Feature::

Joanne Shenandoah - Greatness in Blossom
Elder's Meditations: Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
Women's Circle: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee - Nancy Ward
Food & Nutrition: Chahta (Choctaw) Banaha - Bread
Book Reviews: Minerals: The Rainbow Connection
Poetry Circle:

Mountains Speak by Osceola Birdman Waters

Healing Prayer Basket: Give A Prayer - Earn a Prayer
Manataka  Business:  



Manataka T-Shirts! 


Manataka Flags!



Genealogical Research for American Indians

Our volunteer staff at the Manataka American Indian Council receive many inquiries on how to conduct genealogical research on Native American ancestry.

Please note that the Manataka 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 tribe.


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 inquiry.


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 consulted.


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.


Recommended reading:

Looking for Indian Roots?

American Indian Ancestry

Indian Genealogy Books  -  Over a dozen books by the experts


DNA Questions -

Can DNA Prove Indian Ancestry?

DNA Not Valid for Native Identity

DNA Genetic Ancestry Tracing


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., New York.









The Sacred Quilt

By Maka Nupa L. Cota

This 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
of life.

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.






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess


The World of the Enchanted Flower




Hello Beautiful Ones,


I am 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!


The 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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Anyone can enter!  No purchase is necessary and there is no entry fee.  It's free!






Indigenous Music Feature


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 time."


"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.


Indian Mating Season


Two Indians and a Tennessee Hillbilly 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.'

Just then they came upon another cave. The second Indian ran up to the cave, stopped, and hollered, 'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!'


Immediately, there was the answer. 'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!'from deep inside.  He also tore off his clothes and ran into the opening.


The Hillbilly 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,
'Wooooo, Woooooo, 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.

By Don Coyhis







Beloved Woman of the Cherokee - Nancy Ward c. 1738-1824

The 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 blessing.










Chahta (Choctaw) Banaha - Bread


Corn and most of the dishes we can create with corn are at the top of our list of food favorites. What we like the best about tamales is the corn, not the filling.  Banaha is similar to a tamale, but with no filling. 



Two cups of cornmeal
1 ½ cup boiling water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
corn shucks

Boil corn shucks for ten minutes.  In a large bowl mix together the cornmeal, soda and salt until it is doughy.  Roll into longish shape that will fit into the corn shucks.  Wrap the shucks around the dough and tie with a shuck string, then boil in pot of water for 30-40 minutes. Drain, then let set for five minutes before serving.   We eat it with salsa on top.  A great addition with pinto beans.

To make Banaha more interesting, I add a variety of things to the cornmeal mixture: chopped onions, green sweet peas, spinach, garlic, pepper. I prefer to boil the Banaha in unsalted *turkey, chicken or vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor.












Minerals: 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.


The Rainbow Connection Minerals: The Rainbow Connection by Nansih Spirit Song 60 Pages $12.99 6x9 Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-4490-0041-7  December 2009


You can order Minerals: The Rainbow Connection through Ingram’s Books in Print Database, directly from the publisher at   Typical Ordering Time: 7-10 Business Days. This book is also available at your local retailer. For media review copies, please call 1-800-839-8640 or email





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Mountains Speak

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 earth,

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 mother,

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,

It’s universal.

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 04-20-10


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. 



Crossing Over...


Wilma Mankiller (Tahlequah, OK) The former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief died in the morning hours of April 6 at her home in rural Adair County.   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 and decisiveness."

"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 journey.

"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 tribal communities
around the world. Tax deductible donations can be made at as well as The mailing address for One Fire Development Corporation is 1220 Southmore Houston, TX 77004.

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 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








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 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. 


Minutes:  February minutes were sent to Elders immediately following the meeting and were approved with no changes.


Finance Report:  MAIC currently has zero long-term and zero short-term debts.  All property taxes for the previous year are paid.  Cash flow is steady and all needs are being met. 


Old Business:

(a)  Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke

(b)  2001 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman 

c)   World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear  


New Business:  


Standing Committee Reports:   

(a)  Counseling Committee:   Robert Gray Hawk Coke and Daniel Seven Hawk Eye Hoffman;  

(b)  Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

(c)  Donations:    

(d)  Smoke Signal:  Lee Standing Bear Moore

(f)   Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore 



Closing Prayer:              




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


Lee Standing Bear Moore

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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