Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV
Issue 06 JUNE 2010
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
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Bloody Island Massacre
By Gordon Kooshdakaa
Bloody Island Massacre (also called the Clear Lake Massacre) occurred on an
island called Bo-no-po-ti, "Old Island", at the north end of Clear Lake, Lake
County, California on May 15, 1850.
A number of Pomo Indians, primarily members of the Hoolanapo clan, had been
enslaved and abused by settlers Andrew Kelsey — whose name is still attached to
the town of Kelseyville today — and Charles Stone. Kelsey and Stone had
purchased a cattle ranch from Salvador Vallejo in 1847. They captured and
impressed local Pomos to work as vaqueros on the ranch. Their treatment of the
Pomo were more brutal than Vallejo's. Families starved on meager rations, as the
men only provided four cups of wheat a day for a family. One young man was sent
by his family to ask for more wheat and Stone killed him.
In the fall of 1849, Kelsey forced 50 Pomo men to work as laborers on a gold
seeking expedition, and only one or two men returned alive.
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After this travesty, Stone and Kelsey beat and even shot Pomo men and raped Pomo
women. The wife of Chief Augustine was raped, and the tribe responded with an
attack. Augustine's wife poured water onto the two men's gun powder, rendering
it useless, then warriors, including Pomo men Suk and Xasis, attacked the house
at dawn, immediately killing Kelsey with an arrow. Stone jumped out a window and
tried to hide in a stand of willow trees, but Augustine found him and killed him
with a rock. Then the Pomo men took food back to their families.
L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
L. Cota Nupah Makah
day breaks slowly with the sky turning a gray pink until
the sun climbs into the sky over the trees. I am awake
early as usual and lay for a few minutes watching the
change of color in my bed room from gray light to pink
and then yellow as the day awakes.
This morning I am not wanting to leave my bed as the
house is so cold and I am not burning wood at night now.
I wait and listen and soon I hear my old friend the crow
calling me. The sweet cold morning air creeps in my
widow and fills the room with rich smells of damp earth
and green grass. These are the smells that the earth
gives when she is starting to settle and grow again. I
see it all here in my room as I have seen it all from my
eyes for many years now.
I can visualize that old crows shiny black feathers,
that look like soft satin in the sun light. The sun
bounces off of him and makes a rainbow of colors across
his wings as he flies. I know his favorite perch just
outside my bed room window, where he annoys me each day
at dawn with his loud voice.
I have watched the crows swoop down and eat from my yard
for many years now. Generation after generation come to
talk to me and share the morning gifts.
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Save the Whales! Now!
If you're a whale (and, we're guessing that you're not)
public enemy number one to you right now is President
Obama. It's easy to believe and unfortunately true. The
Obama Administration is proposing a deal that would
re-open commercial whaling for the first time in over
two decades. Tell President Obama that this is
outrageous! Commercial whaling is cruel and
unacceptable. We WILL NOT stand by and watch commercial
whaling paint our oceans red with the blood of whales.
Sign this petition and tell the President to keep
his promise to save the whales.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del
Consuelo, Mayan Priestess
The Seven Veils of a New Awakening
We are entering into a new stage of
ascension of being human…. It is indeed, such a powerful times!
In the alignment of the ways of the
mother, a new consciousness is being awaken, for human being is
recognizing true human being inside of the self.
Yet they are many “hooks” that human
beings are struggling.
At the same time-space where ascension is
taking place, there is another force holding back creating resistance,
for this natural process of ascension come into being.
Those hooks, like an identity based on
beliefs, based on back grounds, cultural beliefs, religions or
traditions, the addictions of the world, a morality that wants to lead
the way versus the ethics that is being awaken.
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No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
tribal chairman was on his death bed. He had only hours to live when he suddenly
smelled the scent of fry-bread wafting into his room. Aaahhhh. . . He loved
fry-bread more than anything else in the world.
With his last bit of energy, he pulled himself out of bed. . . Down the stairs
and into the kitchen he went. There was his beloved wife, Lillian, kneading the
dough for a new batch. As he reached for one of the fresh steaming fry-breads,
he got smacked across the back of his hand by the wooden spoon his wife was
holding. 'Leave them alone!' she said. 'They're for the funeral ! ' "
"IN THE BEGINNING were the
Instructions... The Instruction was to live in a good way and be respectful to
everybody and everything." --Vickie Downey, Tewa/Tesuque Pueblo
A long time ago, in the beginning,
the Creator gave to all people and to all things the Wisdom and the knowledge of
how to live in harmony. Some tribes call these teachings the original
Instructions, the original teachings, or the Great Laws. All of Nature still
lives and survives according to these teachings. In modern times, human beings
are searching for the Instructions. Many churches claim they have these
Instructions. Where are these teachings? The Instructions are written in our
Great Spirit, today, whisper to me the secrets of the original Instructions.
A Book Review by
Lee Standing Bear Moore
Bear is not a
person who puts much stock in
fiction books, preferring the
drab but enlightening
discussions of astronomy,
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
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
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
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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By Joseph Crew
Rain, more soft than air, with transparent color
Stolen from leaves,
blades of sword fern and alder bark,
Moss green and ghost
white in the misty air
Surrounds fallen columns
of freshly cut fir, spruce and cedar
That sprawls weeping on
the forest floor,
Their canopies crumpled
and broken over deer beds,
With the sticky glaze of
Marking their wounds
The chewing howls of a
Echoes through your
Where coyotes creep
breathlessly through the
Tangle of underbrush
For the rustling sounds
Skyward, clouds ripe
with rain, sleet and snow are pushed
Across the sky by
riotous November winds
Anxious to reach unknown
Where they will fade
into an unremembered whisper
The arm of a forgotten
Long since joined
together by fate to a neighboring tree,
Rubs and screeches in
As it shoulders against
And waits for a gentler
wind in spring
It is sad to witness
some of your wall
Come down, a place that
Offered peace and
solitude in the dark days of winter
So sad to see part of my
Can worship elsewhere
be the same?
Newest Manataka Supporters:
Samantha and Derek A. Toliver
Chrissy and Seada
Riwhi-Herlihy New Zealand
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Martha () Please pray for my sister Martha
who is a stroke patient in a nursing home.
I was told doctors believe she is dying. I can
not go to her because of my husbands condition
and transportation. I am praying for guidance.
Love and prayers ~Ruth King 06-08-10
Edmund Tuni (Flagstaff, AZ) My 20 year-old
son is living with his sister Lenore, but Edmund
and his brother Shane Featherhat want a union iron worker job in Salt Lake City,
pray for his safety, good health and happiness.
A loving and concerned mother, Carlena Tuni.
Jimmi Keefauver (Springfield, IL) A
retired State Policeman and Manataka Member,
Jimmi Keefauver recently had knee replacement
surgery and is in a nursing faculty undergoing
rehabilitation therapy. His wife unable to
care for him at home and he decided to use the
nursing facility to recover. Two months ago he
had a shoulder replacement and it is doing good.
Is Jimmie Keefauver turning into a Bionic Man?.
Please hold him prayer. We also learned Jimmi's
wife, Tomye WindSong, suffered a heart attack
last week. Wa-do ~Daniel Hawk
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
Update on Gray Kraft: Gray set up last night
a little and today he is talking knows all
that visit him. He told his parents
they could go home tonight and sleep as The
Bear and wolf will be with him... He has
said they have been with him since he was
sick last year. So I am not doubting this
one bit that they are there. Thanks
for all the prayers that have went up for
this boy.. who has suffered so much in his
12 short years of life. For a year now
he has been out of abuse and Has a bright
and happy life ahead of him...His one desire
in life is to be a Pastor and help other
kids who have been hurt.. he still has a lot
of healing to do as there is a lot of
damage. Thank you again. Red
Wing/Helen Vinson, Lakeland,TN
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.
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
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)
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,
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
(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
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.
George Whitewolf Branham
(Virginia) has passed into the spirit world from an apparent heart
attack. George was a friend, competitor, and mentor. He was
the Assistant Chief of the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia, and a
renowned craftsman in buckskin and related materials. According to the
Virginia Museum of Natural History, he made accessorized dance outfits
in buckskin, such as the one displayed in the “Beyond Jamestown” exhibit
now open at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. They also state that
he created American Indian historic period clothing, accessories,
beadwork, and quillwork items. His works won numerous awards at regional
American Indian shows, and he made traditional dance outfits for many of
the Virginia Indian dancers who traveled to England in 2006.
He organized numerous powwows throughout the East Coast including: Budd
Lake, Sufferen, NY, York, Pennsylvania (the early years), and Natural
Bridge, VA, to name a few. For over 20 years George organized powwows to
teach/educate the public, and us Natives, about Indian people and
ourselves. He was also greatly sought after for lectures, panels,
seminars and speeches regarding our people. George was an activist for
the environment and a strong advocate for Indian rights. He was
involved in the "Longest Walk" and so many other attempts to bring to
light the abuses and indignities suffered by our people. A young Monacan
police officer died recently in Lynchburg, Virginia from cancer, and the
Lynchburg News and Advance reported that before his death George stated
to the young officer, his fellow Tribal member, "When you reach the
spirit world, I’d like you to make a pot of buffalo soup and find a pipe
with sweet Lakota tobacco and have it waiting for me. And the
officer said, "‘You’ve got it." Rest in peace George, and save some of
that buffalo soup for all of us. Rest in peace. ~Barry
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
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.
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
The May Elder Council meeting was held
Sunday, May 30, 2010 all Elders present with all
meeting by teleconference.
The opening prayer was given by
Ceremonial Elder Linda Two Hawk Feathers James.
April minutes were sent to
Elders sometime 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) Elders denied a request to use the
name Manataka for a business in Australia.
(b) Elders approved a request from a
song writer/performer in Sweden to use the name Manataka as
the title of the song.
(c) Elders tabled a request for vendor
status for a non-member.
(a) Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke
2011 Powwow Committee -
Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing
Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star
Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl
(a) Nomination of Linda VanBibber - King Coke
(b) Nomination of Jimmi Keefaver - Daniel
(c) Nomination of Fred
Wilcoxson - Lee Standing Bear
(d) Per diem procedures
for travel expenses
Standing Committee Reports:
Gray Hawk Coke
Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk
Smoke Signal: Lee Standing Bear Moore
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
email@example.com or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and
events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card
online. It's easy, secure and fast!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot
Springs, AR 71902
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people are hungry often throughout the year.
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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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