Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 06  JUNE 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History: The Bloody Island Massacre

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Crows Talking

The Seven Veils of a New Awakening

Indigenous Music::

Ashok’s album, “Being Of Enlightenment”
Elder's Meditations: Vickie Downey, Tewa/Tesuque Pueblo
Food & Nutrition: Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans
Book Reviews: Abraham's Burden by Joseph Crew
Poetry Circle:

My Cathedral by Joseph Crew

Healing Prayer Basket: Miracles Do Happen!
Manataka  Business: May Council Meeting



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The Bloody Island Massacre

By Gordon Kooshdakaa



The 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.

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.  
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Crows Talking

by L. Cota Nupah Makah



The 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.






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



The Seven Veils of a New Awakening



Beautiful Ones,


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.  Read More >>>




Indigenous Music


Ashok    Ashok    Ashok    Ashok    Ashok    Ashok    Ashok


Ashok’s album, “Being Of Enlightenment” is a collection of spiritual healing songs beautifully arranged on traditional native flute. An internationally renowned native flute maker and performer, Ashock draws from his Cree, Anishinaabe and Hindu heritage to create music that transcends all cultures. He travels the globe on a journey to bring this healing music to the world. Let the power of Ashock’s music heal your spirit as you join the voyage.


CD only $15.99 + s/h  order now!



No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Fry Bread

The old 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 hearts.


Great Spirit, today, whisper to me the secrets of the original Instructions.

By Don Coyhis





Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans

Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig  


The hunter-gatherer's dinner is front page news these days. Drawing from the writings of Dr. Boyd Eaton and Professor Loren Cordain, experts in the so-called Paleolithic diet, columnists and reporters are spreading the word about the health benefits of a diet rich in protein and high in fiber from a variety of plant foods 1,2. It's actually amusing to see what the modern food pundits come up with as examples of the "Paleolithic Prescription." Jean Carper offers a Stone Age Salad of mixed greens, garbanzo beans, skinless chicken breast, walnuts and fresh herbs, mixed with a dressing made of orange juice, balsamic vinegar and canola oil.3 Elizabeth Somer suggests wholewheat waffles with fat-free cream cheese, coleslaw with nonfat dressing, grilled halibut with spinach, grilled tofu and vegetables over rice, nonfat milk, canned apricots and mineral water, along with prawns and clams. Her Stone Age food pyramid includes plenty of plant foods, extra lean meat and fish, nonfat milk products, and honey and eggs in small amounts.4


Above all, the food writers tell us, avoid fats, especially saturated fats. The hunter-gatherer's diet was highly politically correct, they say, rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids but relatively low in overall fat and very low in that dietary villain-saturated fat. This is the one dietary factor that health officials tell us is responsible for all the health problems that plague us-everything from cancer and heart disease to obesity and MS.


Remarkable Health

That the hunter-gatherer was healthy there is no doubt. Weston Price noted an almost complete absence of tooth decay and dental deformities among native Americans who lived as their ancestors did.5 They had broad faces, straight teeth and fine physiques. This was true of the nomadic tribes living in the far northern territories of British Columbia and the Yukon, as well as the wary inhabitants of the Florida Everglades, who were finally coaxed into allowing him to take photographs. Skeletal remains of the Indians of Vancouver that Price studied were similar, showing a virtual absence of tooth decay, arthritis and any other kind of bone deformity. TB was nonexistent among Indians who ate as their ancestors had done, and the women gave birth with ease.


Price interviewed the beloved Dr. Romig in Alaska who stated "that in his thirty-six years of contact with these people he had never seen a case of malignant disease among the truly primitive Eskimos and Indians, although it frequently occurs when they become modernized. He found, similarly, that the acute surgical problems requiring operation on internal organs, such as the gall bladder, kidney, stomach and appendix, do not tend to occur among the primitives but are very common problems among the modernized Eskimos and Indians.


Growing out of his experience in which he had seen large numbers of the modernized Eskimos and Indians attacked with tuberculosis, which tended to be progressive and ultimately fatal as long as the patients stayed under modernized living conditions, he now sends them back when possible to primitive conditions and to a primitive diet, under which the death rate is very much lower than under modernized conditions. Indeed, he reported that a great majority of the afflicted recover under the primitive type of living and nutrition."6     Read More >>>











Abraham's Burden


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, 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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  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (January 5, 2009)
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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 bleeding sap

Marking their wounds


The chewing howls of a chainsaw still

Echoes through your silent surroundings

Where coyotes creep breathlessly through the

Tangle of underbrush


For the rustling sounds of prey


Skyward, clouds ripe with rain, sleet and snow are pushed

Across the sky by riotous November winds

Anxious to reach unknown destinations

Where they will fade into an unremembered whisper


The arm of a forgotten maple

Long since joined together by fate to a neighboring tree,

Rubs and screeches in agony

As it shoulders against the weather

And waits for a gentler wind in spring


It is sad to witness some of your wall

Come down, a place that has

Offered peace and solitude in the dark days of winter

So sad to see part of my Cathedral gone


Can worship elsewhere be the same?



Newest Manataka Supporters:


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...


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, UT. Please pray for his safety, good health and happiness.  A loving and concerned mother, Carlena Tuni.  06-08-10   


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 Hoffman 06-08-10


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 


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. ~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


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...


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 Richardson 06-09-10


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







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.






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.  


Minutes:  April minutes were sent to Elders sometime 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. 



(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.


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:  

(a)  Nomination of Linda VanBibber - King Coke

(b)  Nomination of Jimmi Keefaver - Daniel Hawk Hoffman

(c)  Nomination of Fred Wilcoxson - Lee Standing Bear

(d)  Per diem procedures for travel expenses


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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