Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 05  MAY 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History: Six Legendary Indian Chiefs

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Moon Changes

The Four Races

Indigenous Music::

XIT Band of New Mexico
Elder's Meditations: Horace Axtell, Nez Perce
Women's Circle: For Those Who Have Teeth and Toothpaste
Food & Nutrition: Help Your Heart!
Book Reviews: Abraham's Burden
Poetry Circle: My  Solemn Prayer
Healing Prayer Basket: So Many Needs, So Many Prayers, So Many Answers
Manataka  Business: April Council Meeting



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Legendary Indian Chiefs Who Advocated for Their Tribes

By Lauren Monsen



Chiricahua Apache

Quanah Parker Comanche

Buckskin Charlie


American Horse

Oglala Sioux

Little Plume

Piegan Blackfeet

Hollow Horn Bear

 (Brule Sioux)


Six great chiefs rode in Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade

Washington — When Theodore Roosevelt, as 26th president of the United States, invited six legendary Indian chiefs to participate in his 1905 inaugural parade, the idea was to “give the people a good show,” as he put it.

All six chiefs — Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Little Plume (Piegan Blackfeet) and Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) — accepted Roosevelt’s invitation and came to Washington. Their appearance at the inaugural parade, their subsequent meetings with Roosevelt and their overall legacy are the focus of a photographic exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

Titled A Century Ago: They Came as Sovereign Leaders, the exhibition outlines the chiefs’ roles as advocates for their people at a time when Native American culture was under siege and tribal rights were largely unrecognized. According to José Barreiro, assistant director for research at NMAI, “the American Indian was thought of as ‘the vanishing American’ during the early 20th century.” It was, he said, “probably the worst moment in history for Indian people.”

Although Roosevelt’s inaugural committee expected the six chiefs to add “a picturesque touch of color” to the festivities, the chiefs had an entirely different agenda, Barreiro said. They regarded the president’s invitation as an opportunity to advance the interests of their people, who were being pushed off tribal lands to accommodate white settlers.   Read More >>>








Moon Changes


The pale face of Grandmother Moon slips through the sky, as night after night she watches over me while I sleep.


Her silver light makes  lacey patterns on the wall, as she sends her beams through my window curtains. I watch as the delicate spider web pattern moves over the wall, and find myself caught up  and spun into her magic.


I spend my mornings these days talking to the birds, which fly about my door. The two crows who come talking and share my bread keep me from being lonely. I see them perched on the branches of the old black walnut tree waiting to see what I will toss out to them for food. They scold me and talk of things that they see in the night while I sleep.   


These brave feathered messengers of the spirit world, the two Crows come and greet me each morning.   I now know that they are warrior brothers and come to protect and help me; sent by the one who remembers.


Two years ago that same black walnut tree lost her mate to a wind storm. He lay down so gently trying not to damage any homes. I heard his death cry as he was sent crashing to the Earth Mother. Read More >>> 





By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



The Four Races
There is a prophesy that the Great Spirit gave the four major races a gift, the black people received the gift of the water, the white people received the fire, the red people the earth, and the yellow people received the wind, and then all the four races went in different directions, and used and misused their talents.

The Great Spirit also said, there will be a time when all the races will come back together, and put their talent in the very center, so it can be used by the others in a good way, that is when the fifth element will be uncover…. And the time is now…
The time has come for the people of the earth to come together in a good way, and put their talents for the highest good of everyone, the water represents the emotional body, the fire is the mind, the earth is our physical body, the planet earth, the land, and the wind is the spirit, and all together form what we call being human.

Human beings have many realms within the self, some of these realms people are not aware of, yet if you see human beings as a whole then everything will begin to make sense, even when people are not aware of it, just like in the same way the geese fly together, as one single spirit, so it is as a human being, this is the spirit of God as one.   Read More >>>



Indigenous Music


They're Back.......


1968 - 1976



In early 1969 Lincoln St. Exit, Mike Martinez, Mac Suazo, RC Gariss and Lee Herrerra recorded in Clovis New Mexico at the Norman Petty Studios and the song "Soulful Drufter" emerged from the "Drive It" Album. The album was distributed by Mainstream Records.


Groups like Janis Joplin (Pre Columbia Records) and Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent’s group) recorded for the label at the same time.  Soulful Drifter gained radio station play and Exit had a hit record along the Great Lakes Area.  The airplay was enough to catch the ear of Motown records in Detroit.


At that time Motown was looking to increase it’s catalog of new artists on their new Rare Earth label and Exit filled the need.  Motown liked the group, a new sound, a new look and a new direction was needed.  So the idea was that they would return to their roots and create.  A new sound in music was born “American Indian Rock”. Under the management of Tom Bee the new sound emerged and the new XIT name was born.  The acronym was XIT for Xing of Indian Tribes came about because of some of the group’s ethnic background.   Read More >>>



No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



A Horse's Tale


A man asked an American Indian what was his wife's name is called.

He replied, "She called Five Horses."


The man said, "That's an unusual name for your wife.

What does it mean?"

The Old Indian answered, "It old Indian name. It means . . .


. . . Nag, Nag, Nag, Nag, Nag!"





The whole religion is like a preparation. It's a preparation for going to the Good Land or to the place of your ancestors. We all have to go through it. We all know this.  ---- Horace Axtell, Nez Perce


There are two Worlds that exist. The Seen World and the Unseen World. Sometimes these worlds are called the Physical World and the Spiritual World. The Elders say, when it is time to go to the other side, our relatives will appear a few days before to help us enter the Spirit World. This is a happy place; the hunting is good; the place of the Grandfathers, the Creator, the Great Spirit, God, is a joyful place.


Grandfathers, today, let me look forward to the Spirit World. Bless all my Relations.

By Don Coyhis







For those who still have teeth and toothpaste in the home


Toothpaste: it whitens, brightens, deodorizes, removes stains, and restores and protects enamel. But toothpaste’s cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things besides our teeth. The same ingredients that help polish our pearly whites can also soothe some common ailments, make household items sparkle, and even get rid of stains and pungent smells. Try out these fifteen tricks with a white, non-gel toothpaste (unless otherwise noted), and watch that cavity-fighting, breath-freshening tube of wonder work its magic!


1. Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and blisters. These skin irritations all tend to weep and, in the case of bug bites, often itch. Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling. When applied to sores or blisters, it dries them up, thus allowing the wound to heal faster. It’s best when used overnight.


2. Soothe a stinging burn. For minor burns that don’t involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from weeping or opening.  Read More >>>










American Indian and Alaska Native People

Keepers of Wisdom To
Strengthen the Hearts

Help Your Heart!

Help Your HeartStrength, wisdom, and good health are American Indian birthrights. Our elders taught us many healthy ways that were practiced for many generations. Over time, some healthy traditions have been traded for unhealthy ways that increase the chances of getting some diseases.

Help your heart graphicHeart disease is the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives today. We can do something to prevent heart disease. One way to keep healthy is not to misuse tobacco.

Tobacco honors life
Tobacco has always been part of our culture. It is used to show respect and honor, and to seek protection on our daily travels. As a gift of the earth, tobacco should not be abused.

Harmful effects of tobacco
Chewing, dipping, and cigarette smoking are not the traditional ways to use tobacco. These ways can lead to a heart attack, cancer, and lung problems. If you chew or dip tobacco, your sense of taste and smell is reduced. If you smoke, your loved ones and you are likely to have more colds and coughs. The smoke from cigarettes can hurt the lungs and hearts of smokers and the people around them. If no one in your family smokes, all of you will be less likely to get sick.

If you are not smoking cigarettes, chewing, or dipping tobacco, don't start. If you are--QUIT! Go to your local clinic for tips on how to quit smoking, chewing, or dipping tobacco.

Quitting smoking, dipping, or chewing tobacco is the best thing you can do for your family and yourself. Help clean the air so Mother Earth can breathe.

Celebrate good health! Healthy traditions prepare the hearts of tomorrow. Share this wisdom with your family and others.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bethesda, Maryland

IHS LogoIndian Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.










Abraham's Burden


A Book Review by Lee Standing Bear Moore


Bear is not a person who puts much stock into fiction books, preferring the drab but enlightening discussions of astronomy, medicine, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and theology -- all higher forms of fiction.  A member of Manataka's book review committee gave Bear a copy of Joe Crew's book, Abraham's Burden, with his strong recommendation, "Read this book grandfather, it is well worth the time."  Well, Bear is now grateful to our member and the author Joe Crew, who is a wonderful storyteller and his book is a masterpiece.  We read Abraham's Burden three times and found it more revealing and delightful after each reading.  The subject matter is somewhat grim but the intricate details and real-life descriptions of American Indian communities in the Northwest create an interesting backdrop for the tribulations of the main character, Charlie Abraham, an American Indian.  Joe Crew has produced a first-rate novel with his excellent writing style, devotion to accuracy and a good story.  It will not surprise us if Abraham's Burden is one day made into a movie.   We hope Joe Crew writes another great novel, so Bear can have the pleasure of reading more fiction stories. ~Yonv     




"Crew's debut novel deftly explores the Native American experience in Washington State. With an eye for meticulous detail, Crew provides generous descriptions for characters, actions and settings. His mastery of the geography and its people is clear. The book is often a compelling--even gripping--read." ~Kirkus Discoveries




"Abraham's Burden" got my attention from the very first page and never let up until the end. The author obviously has an intimate knowledge of the locations and topics he's writing about. His attention to detail rings true, giving the story a lot of credibility. The book is not just a suspenseful murder mystery, though. It's also a revealing look at contemporary issues, whether concerning Native Americans, environmental conflicts, the legal system, or alcoholism. It's not an easy job to give all those issues a fair shake but in my opinion, the author really communicates a deep understanding of them through his characters, both the good ones and the bad ones, without overdoing it.

As the fast-paced action unfolds, the vivid descriptions and plot twists churn up a whole gamut of emotions. A few pages of gruesome images were a little hard to get through but they're important to understanding the story. The dialogue is terrific, and the words sound just the way the characters should talk. The book's cover with its haunting scene of dark clouds, woods, and water is perfect for what's inside, which is a real page-turner, well worth reading. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I'm hoping that there will be a sequel one day.  ~Cheryl L. Tanriverdi


Book Description

As dramatic as it is compelling, Joseph N. Crew explores the intricacies of human behavior in Abraham’s Burden with a brilliant cadence. Crew examines with unique insight the role our past endlessly plays in the formation of our present day prejudices. Newly elected congresswoman Helen Sparks and her lover go missing, and the authorities believe Charlie Abraham, a Native American on the wrong side of Helen’s political agenda, is involved. While the media zeros in on Charlie, the real killer’s half brother plants evidence to ensure Charlie will be charged with the crime. As an ethnically divided jury struggles with their deliberations, the body of a headless woman is discovered in the nearby woods. The public is convinced it is their popular congresswoman. The brothers know the truth, but familial ties break and a strange justice is served, and redemption becomes possible for the wronged.


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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (January 5, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1439206589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439206584
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches




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My  Solemn Prayer

By Osceola Birdman Waters


Dedicate your life to helping American Indian families,

Work towards reviving old values and ancient ways.

Work with others to ensure the healing of our Mother the Earth,

our Father the Sky and our Sister the Sea.


Work with others to ensure that our languages and culture are reborn.

Work for how ever long it takes to reclaim land that was swindled and stolen from us.

Not all lands can be retrieved now, but there’s plenty that can be,

Lands that are of good quality and large enough to make us who want too be self sufficient can be,

Become our own determiners, our own educators, set our own futures,

Farm again like we did before the white man came to our shores,

It was us who saved them from starvation, our crops nourished them,

Breed cattle, bison, sheep, goats, deer, elk for our own needs and the preservation of wild life.


Teach our young to be a mirror of our peoples and to cast their shadows on the right path.         Read More>>>



Newest Manataka Members:


Parents: Samantha and Derek A. Toliver

Little Rock, AR

Chrissy and Seada Riwhi-Herlihy New Zealand





Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Gray Kraft (York, PA) a 12 year old boy is in York Hospital in PA  Fighting for his life. He was at Wal-Mart with family and he saw a 7 year old kid run out in front of a speeding car he run pushed the kid out of the way. The car hit him instead. He is a very lovable kid I talk to on line everyday.  He told me he wished he could give me a hug. He also wants to be a pastor when he grows up. Please pray as the word just came Its in God's hands. Helen RedWing Vinson 05-18-10

Jay King (North Carolina)  is in the hospital.  They moved him from ICU to regular room yesterday. Within 3 days he went from okay  to so weak he couldn't stand or even sit. His BP went extremely low he was dehydrated. They had to give him med to get potassium out of his cells. Also vomiting and diarrhea -- Everything at once except this time not his heart. Was very scary He refused to go to hospital so my 140 lb son put his 225lb tall dad on his back carried him to the van and took him to ER.  Jay would have died if he had not. Doctors said wonder he wasn't combative in the state his health was in. Jay had fallen 3X thankfully just skinned places no broken bones. Sometimes I think we must have done something really bad in another time and are paying for it this time. I do have a grateful heart I didn't lose him. ~Ruth 05-13-10


Update: 05-16-10 Some good news Antibiotic they tried yesterday stopped bacteria in petrie dish but still don't know what caused it in the first place. In the morning another test to determine about heart Doc today said he didn't think they'd find anything. Hope you're having an enjoyable trip. Wish Jay and I could remarry in the traditional way but at least the white mans way has lasted 46 yrs lol love and prayers Ruth


Update: 05-17-10  They have transferred Jay to Pitt Memorial in Greenville He has inflammation around his heart and bacteria in his blood that they have not been able to identify. Must admit I am scared. It's a two and a half hour drive to where he is and I don't have the gas which seems to upset him more than the health problem.


Update: 05-18-10  The head of cardiology said the local hospital said that bacteria was growing in culture But since he has been at his hospital there was no bacteria in the cultures. What is wrong however is that there is infection on the leads going to his heart and blood clots in his heart. They are deciding now what to do about it. Talking about using laser to burn lead in two and replacing lead Or replacing pacemaker BUT what scares me are the blood clots in his heart. Right now his throat is sore from a test where they put a tube down his throat, He is in room 221 South at the Heart Center of Pitt Memorial hospital in Greenville, NC The number in his room is 252 816 8271. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt Creator will take care of us but after 46 years we are joined at the hip and I am feeling very alone right now, Thanks for the prayers Love and prayers Ruth


Kevin (New Jersey) my brother, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.  The doctors believe it is benign and slow growing, but it is inoperable and is in a very dangerous spot.  It has infiltrated his normal brain tissue and is near his brain stem and is causing his brain to swell and he's having seizures.  They're trying to figure out what to do next.  He's seen doctors at a brain center in North Jersey, Jefferson and HUP.  Please pray for him, maybe put him on any prayer chains you've got...The doctors he's seen are supposed to be really good, but he really, really needs prayers.  Thank you,  Maura  05-13-10


Christina Maris (New Mexico) After many years of putting your prayer requests in our Prayer Basket at Pipe Ceremony here in New Mexico, I now have a request of my own.  I'm having hip replacement surgery on Thursday, May 6th, and would appreciate prayers for an uncomplicated surgery and a swift recovery.  I'm told I'll be laid off at the end of June, so it's important that I get up and around quickly after the surgery so I can find another job as soon as possible.  I'm sure that Spirit has new and interesting things in store for me, and I'm looking forward to the new chapter in my life that will begin soon. My thanks to you in advance, and my own blessings and good wishes to you and yours.  Peace -  Christina Maris 05-04-10


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  Update:  Alan was released yesterday Saturday at noon; we came straight home to Banning from the hospital.  The ride was sheer torture but he made it.  He is home and doing as well as can be expected.  He has to learn how and when to eat all over again.  He's experiencing some discomforts that are the results of eating but he's working on it.  I am by his side constantly.  He is still excited about having had the surgery.  He kept telling the nurses, "well, since I'm having so much fun right now, thought I'd give myself another 30 years to keep enjoying life."  Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, calls, visits, cards and flowers.  A Very Grateful, Stella and Alan  04-25-10


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 April Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, April 18, 2010 all Elders present and David Quiet Wind Furr and Daniel Hawk Eyes Hoffman by teleconference.  


The opening prayer was given by Ceremonial Elder Linda Two Hawk Feathers James.  


Minutes:  March 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)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman 

(c)  World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star

(e)  Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl  


New Business:  


Standing Committee Reports:   

(a)  Counseling Committee:   Robert Gray Hawk Coke  

(b)  Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

(c)  Smoke Signal:  Lee Standing Bear Moore

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

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


NOTICE 2:    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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