Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 07  JULY 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History: An Apache Medicine Dance in 1898

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

End of the World - Lahkota Medicine Man Prophecy

Oceans of Tears

Indigenous Music::

Derek Miller
Elder's Meditations: Hunbatz Men, Mayan
Food & Nutrition: When Disaster Strikes
Book Reviews: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas
Poetry Circle: Hunting Indian Relics with Granddaddy
Healing Prayer Basket: Many Blessings Come to Those Who Pray
Manataka  Business: Working To Bring Balance -- and more



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An Apache Medicine Dance in 1898


At the present time, 2003, there are no men or women among the Jicarillas who are entitled to perform as medicine men or medicine women--at least none who are in active practice and have the skills to heal the sick and perform other miracles. As  result, medicine feasts have not been held for several years on the reservation.


However, back in August and September 1898, two medicine feasts were conducted by the old Apache woman, Sotli, who lived in the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. Sotli made the journey of nearly a hundred miles to the Jicarillas on a burro. She was delayed for some time on the way by the high waters of Chama Creek, so rumours of her arrival were repeatedly spread for some weeks, before she actually appeared.


The U.S. Indian Agent or his representative, the clerk at Dulce, issued extra rations of beef and flour,  for festive dances, and the Indians themselves bought all the supplies from the traders that their scanty funds would permit. Edible supplies do not keep well in Indian camps, with their primitive ways and successive postponements threatened to terminate the feast without adequate provisions. But fortunately Sotli arrived in time.


The preliminary arrangements were made by Satl, the husband of the sick woman Kes-nos'-un-da, in whose behalf the ceremonies were to be performed. Satl presented Sotli with a pipe of ancient pattern, a short cylinder of clay; a few eagle feathers and a new basket as well.    Read More >>>







Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah suggests that you see this video clip.


End of the World - Lahkota Medicine Man Prophecy Part 2 with Grandfather Floyd Hand






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess



Oceans of Tears



Beautiful Ones,


A long time ago, when human beings went to sleep and had the bad dream of separation, the Great Mother cried and cried ... and from her tears the oceans came into being.  The Great Father told her, "Stop your crying for you will drown your own children."   So mama, stopped crying on the outside, but she continued to cry on the inside.  From her internal years all the underground rivers and the rivers and lakes came into being.  Great Mother said, "I will create big beautiful trees so my human children can sit by them and rest, and I will whisper my lullaby, so they remember me and come back home".


When I see the attack of our waters -- the tears of the mother, and how those tears have turned black, killing all life forms, my own eyes cannot stop crying.


Water is our emotional body.  In the great cycle, human beings embrace ascension, for human beings are water.  The senseless turning our oceans black with oil is affecting humans worldwide and we feel the pain of the Mother deep to our very core.  There is only one Nature and all life forms are feeling the attack as one.  It is an attack on the emotional body of all humankind.  Read More>>>



Indigenous Music





Singer/Songwriter, Derek Miller, was born and raised on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. His upcoming release, Music is the Medicine, is a perfect amalgamation of influences culled throughout his 14 years of performing. Blues based rock inspired by the likes of Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams Sr. is how his music is best described. Derek's live performances strike a contrast between the dark, soul searching messages in his music and his light hearted enthusiasm and vitality. Derek performs his music with an air of feeling totally comfortable on stage… like he was born explicitly to write, sing and play.


Having performed at showcases, the occasional opening act solo slot and many shows in his own right, Derek has been brought to the attention of veteran and well respected musicians, such as Daniel Lanois, Robbie Robertson and Buffy Ste. Marie. He opened for Buffy on a series of theatre concerts where he wowed crowds with songs from his debut five song EP CD entitled Sketches.


In 1999, this EP won him a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Male Artist. During the same year, Derek moved to Arizona where he co-produced the Keith Secola and the Wild Band of Indians "Fingermonkey" release. This inadvertently won a Native American Music Award in 2000 for Best Independent Album. In the Fall of 2002, Music is the Medicine a collaboration with Juno Award Winning Producer Brandon Friesen will be released on Grammy Award Winning label Soar Records in the United States and Arbor Records in Canada. Music Is The Medicine has already won "Aboriginal Recording of the Year" at this years Juno Awards and the "Outstanding Music Achievement Award" from the First American In The Arts! Derek continues to tour in support of his new releases throughout Canada, USA. and Europe.    


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No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Indian and Genie

An Indian man has spent many days crossing Montana without water.

His horse dies of thirst. He's crawling through the grass, certain that he has breathed his last, when all of a sudden he sees an object sticking out of the ground several yards ahead of him.

He crawls to the object, pulls it out of the dirt, and discovers what looks be an old brief case. He opens it and out pops a genie....

But this is no ordinary genie. He is wearing a Bureau of Indian Affairs badge and dull blue suit. There's a calculator in his pocket. He has a pencil tucked behind one ear. "Well, kid," says the genie. "You know how it works. You have three wishes."

"I'm not falling for this." says the man. "I'm not going to trust a B.I.A. employee."

"What do you have to lose? You've got no transportation, and It looks like you're a goner anyway!"

The man thinks about this for a minute, and decides that the genie is right.

"OK, I wish I were on a lush reservation with plentiful food and drink."   ***POOF***

The man finds himself on the most beautiful rez he has ever seen, surrounded with jugs of Rum and platters of delicacies.

"OK, kid, what's your second wish."

"My second wish is that I were rich beyond my Chiefs wildest dreams."   ***POOF***

The man finds himself surrounded by treasure chests filled with rare gold coins and precious gems.

"OK, kid, you have just one more wish. Better make it a good one!"

"Ok, I wish I would be desired and loved by everyone?"   ***POOF***

He is changed into a crunchy chocolate bar.

The moral of the story?   If the B.I.A  offers you anything, for sure someone is going to have to deal  with some nuts.





"If I destroy you, I destroy myself. If I honor you, I honor myself."  --Hunbatz Men, Mayan


It is said, when we need love the most is when we deserve it the least. Whenever I have secret thoughts about someone else, it will put bad feelings inside myself. I will hurt myself. If I secretly hold a grudge or resentment against my brother or sister, I will be a slave to that person until I let them go. Let me remember to look at my brother in a sacred manner. Today, let me think like a Warrior. Let my thoughts toward my brothers and sisters be good thoughts. Let me remember that You are in charge. If I get upset at another person today, let me remember that the most important thing I can do is to first talk to You because when I am right with You, it is impossible to be out of harmony with my brothers and sisters.


My Creator, take my hand and guide me through today

By Don Coyhis






It is 3 a.m. and a flash forces you to evacuate your home -- fast. There's no time to gather food from the kitchen, fill bottles with water, grab a first-aid kit from the closet and snatch a flashlight and a portable radio from the bedroom. What will you do first?  Where will you go? How will you get there?  If you are stuck and cannot get to emergency services or no emergency services are available, how will you survive?


Whether the disaster is a flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, or other calamity, Manataka believes every household should have a disaster plan and a stock of food, water and emergency supplies stored in a handy place.  A plan of action could save your life!


In coming months the Smoke Signal News will feature a series of articles that will provide up to date information to help your family survive in times of uncertainty.

When Disaster Strikes... and it will..

What will you eat and drink?


Preparing for Disasters: Your Food and Drinking Water Supply


Drinking Water

Having enough clean drinking water is a top priority during any emergency! A normally active person needs at least two quarts of water each day. However, needs vary depending on the weather and an individual's age and health status. When clean water is not available, we need to purify all water before using it for drinking, preparing food, or personal hygiene. Many methods for purifying water are available, but none (by itself) is perfect. Often, a combination of more than one method works best. If these recommendations are different from those of the local health department, the local recommendations prevail.


Three Ways to Purify Water

1. Boiling is the safest and most reliable method to make water safe to drink.

  • Bring water to a vigorous boil (3-5 minutes), and then allow it to cool.

  • Boiled water will taste better if you add oxygen back in by switching back and forth between two CLEAN containers.  Read More>>>








1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Charles Mann

Knopf Publishing Group

Softcover, 480pp  $32.95 + s/h


"In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific  techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. For example, Indians did not cross the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most of us learned in school. They were already here. Their numbers were vast, not few. And instead of living lightly on the land, they managed it beautifully and left behind an enormous ecological legacy. In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact. Compelling and eye-opening, this work will vastly alter our understanding of our history and lands."  ~Peter Johnson.


A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:

• In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
• Certain cities- such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital- were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
• The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
• Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering."
• Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it- a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
• Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings.

Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation. 


List Price: $32.95 + s/h

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"1491 is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in the past ten years.  Fascinating and without comparison, the book has become a center piece in our library.  Mann tells a compelling story that makes it difficult to lay down. I often find myself referring to its pages time and again." ~ Lee Standing Bear Moore




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Hunting for Indian Relics

 with Granddaddy

By Joseph Crew



Going back now to when I first heard of its existence

There in the corn field of red Carolina earth,


I see the strange coffin uncovered from my sleep

Where a mule’s foot and plowshare found it in walking dust

Over eighty years ago, with its five pointed ends,

Like my Granddaddy told it,

Aimed like star tips to all corners of the earth


One for each limb stretched out, he said, and one for a head

That held praying eyes looking up to a happy hunting ground

Where you don’t have to chase the wounded animals all the way down

To the river, where they sometimes drowned going in


There was a perfect set of teeth there, my story memory tells me

In that ancient skull, that must have gnawed hard on many Whitetail

Leg bones, pulling sinew off with a snap


And the skeleton was complete too, my Granddaddy said,

Like the memory coming out of my mind, reminding me

That I’ll walk no more into those fragrant furrows

Looking for arrowheads washed clean and glittering

Under the hot southern sun after a spring rain has washed them clean,

And raised a growing smell from the decaying, corn stalked earth,

Into the steaming sky


Because that hallowed ground now lies underneath asphalt,

Advanced by the industrial marching of the Union Army decades ago

Leaving old memories half buried under mule’s feet and sleep dreams


Where Indians hunt animals on riverbanks in happy hunting grounds,

And little boys walk excitedly with their Granddaddy’s

Hand in hand, looking for arrowheads




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Ruth King (North Carolina)  Ruth has a number of debilitating ailments and her husband, Jay is back in the hospital.  ~Bear 06-28-10


Tiger Still Waters (AL) Things are looking a little better for Tiger and he has been accepted in AL by a doctor. The doctor will follow up on all of Tigers ailments and do all that is possible to help Tiger with all his health issues. They will follow up on his gall bladder problem and see what can be done to help with that. Please continue to hold Tiger up to the Creator and may he be treated with whatever treatment that the doctor is led by Creator to do. Prayer has helped greatly and by continuing, we will see that His will will be done, for Creator is following His plan, not ours. Aho ~Chief Strong Grizzly Bear 06-28-10

Debi Pulido (Nashville, MI) Terrible migraines and extensive dental work done has left her in a lot of pain. She has been taking some pain medication, but the meds are difficult. ~Bear 06-24-10

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. Her most recent tests were good.  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


Update:  My son Edwin Tuni (26 yrs old) and my younger son Edmund Tuni (18 yrs. old) are working together in Norman Oklahoma City and I want both of them to get alone with each other and be kind, and respect one another. I love them both. I am a single parent and both are Iron Workers. Guide them, also with safety.  Thanks you for everyone's prayers.  Carlena Tuni.  06-28-10

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


Update:  06-28-10 Taking heavy doses of anti-seizure medication.  It makes him really tired, but he's in good spirits.  He's going into Jefferson next week for a craniotomy, where they'll cut a "flap" on the side of his head and, guided by a probe, they're going to try to extract as much of the bad tissue as they can.  The problem is it has already penetrated the normal brain tissue, so they can't remove the whole thing.  Once they biopsy that, which will take several weeks, they'll have a better understanding of what they're dealing with and will then decide what course of treatment they should take.  He runs the risk of his speech being affected following the craniotomy, but that will, hopefully, be temporary.  As I said, he's in good spirits and he has a really strong faith, which is so critical.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.  Thanks so much!  Take care,  ~Maura Doyle 06-28-10


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



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...



Lisa is pictured with her family during the holidays in 2009.  Lisa is second from the left.

Lisa Thornton, 37, (Independence, MO) Our beautiful sister passed at her home on Monday, July 11, 2010.  Lisa is a member of Manataka and loved making journeys to the sacred mountain.  She was born February 27, 1973 in Kansas City, KS to Linda Louann VanBibber and James Earl Thompson.  She

attended school and completed general education in Kansas City, Mo. She went on to attend Concord Career Institute, where she studied nursing to obtain her LPN license. She married her husband, Herbert Thornton, in February 2007. She was a member at Greater New Home Baptist Church, where she was active in praise dancing and choir, and helped in any other area where she was needed. Lisa was a true example of what God expects of us, as His children. She knew no stranger, opened the doors of her home to whoever was in need. You could not be hungry or homeless and know her. For if you needed food, shelter or a place to rest, she invited you in expecting nothing in return. She gave to a fault, always putting herself last. Lisa was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. Lisa could be whatever you needed, a mom, friend, carpenter, housekeeper, she didn't know how to say "no." She had many talents, from hair and nails, to home interior and was very gifted in photography. Lisa leaves behind a legacy. We can all learn a lesson in humanity and humility from the life she lead. She will live on in our hearts and be forever missed. Lisa was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ester Marie Daniels, grandfather, Duane William Daniels, paternal grandfather, Earl Dewain Thompson, grandmother Wanda Johnson. She leaves behind her husband, Herbert L. Thornton, son, Romeo Duane James Templeton, daughters, Paris Vivienne Rehsaun Templeton and Imani Tobi Mariah Thompson; grandchildren, Cameron Isaiah Oberndorfer, Phoenix Jameson Lane Burgess; sisters, Dana Sue Terry, Tina Marie Lyle, Courtney Leeann Hockman; mother Linda Louann VanBibber and father, James Earl Thompson, along with a host of other relatives and friends. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at The Greater New Home Baptist Church, 501 S. Arlington, Independence. A funeral service will follow the visitation and begin at 11 a.m. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to The Greater new Home Church C/o The R.O.C.K. House Women's Shelter. Arrangements are made by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society (816) 313-1677.

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Merlin Standing Yellow Horse (Peoria, IL) Merlin crossed over Tuesday, June 22, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 10:00am at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, with Pastor Dan Lybarger officiating.  If anyone would like to view and/or put something with Merlin, please arrive around 9:45am. The graveside service will follow the Wasco Nation traditional practices. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust fund for his son, Emerson Forrest Standing Yellow Horse, at any CEFCU.  After the service, a potluck luncheon and give away will follow at Dayspring Church (201 N Norwood Place, East Peoria), please bring a dish to share.  If anyone would be willing to be at the church to help receive people/food and be sure tables are ready, please contact either 309-698-6103 or 309-363-8772. On behalf of Pastor Dan and the entire NAF Family, we offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to little Emerson and his mother Nicole.  To our brother, Merlin, we will miss you but we know that you are now with our Creator.  May the teachings that you shared with us continue to educate and enhance our entire NAF Family.  In our Creator’s name.


Brad J. Bonaparte (Hogansburg, NY) "Ahawenra:the," 48, a native of Akwesasne, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 16, 2010 at his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends may call at the home of Michael "Gus" Pyke, Pyke Road, Akwesasne, beginning Friday, 8 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday. A traditional funeral service will be held Sunday, 11 a.m. at the Longhouse. Burial will follow in Frogtown. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. Brad is survived by his wife, Leslie; and their children, Yanenowi and Graham "Oshna;" and four additional children, John, Kari, and Zachary Bonaparte, and Nicole Traylor and her husband, Jon; his mother, Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte; his father, Joseph Bonaparte and his wife, Andrea; his siblings, Darren Bonaparte, Dawn Lazore and her husband, Mathew, Brittany Bonaparte, and Joseph Bonaparte and his wife, Becky; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Brad was born Jan. 7, 1962 in Syracuse, the son of Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte and Joseph Bonaparte. He attended local schools and graduated from Potsdam State University.  He was currently the executive director of the Ronathahon:ni Cultural Centre. He was also an EMT for the Mohawk Council and an Ironworker in several different places including Ground Zero and Nine Mile Point. He was a traditional storyteller and an artist with several projects including those at the Mohawk School, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and at the Seneca-Alleghany Casino.  Memorial contributions may be made in Brad's memory to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group, Hospice of Erie County or Roswell Park Chemo Therapy Infusion Facility.  Condolences may be made online at


Clarence Wolf Guts (Wanblee, Pine Ridge, SD) 86,  When the towers of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarence Wolf Guts asked his son to call the U.S. Department of Defense to see if the country needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden. Wolf Guts was in his late 70s at the time, so his son, Don Doyle, did not make the call, but said the request personified his father's love of country.  Wolf Guts, 86, the last surviving Oglala Lakota code talker, died Wednesday afternoon at the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.  A Native American code talker from World War II, Wolf Guts helped defeat Axis forces by transmitting strategic military messages in his native language, which the Japanese and Germans couldn't translate.  The 450 Navajo code talkers were the most famous group of Native American soldiers to radio messages from the battlefields, but 15 other tribes used their languages to aid the Allied efforts in World War II. Wolf Guts was one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Native American code talkers from South Dakota. Wolf Guts, of Wamblee, enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 17, 1942, at age 18. While in basic training, a general asked Wolf Guts if he spoke Sioux. He explained the three dialects to the general and said he spoke Lakota. Wolf Guts helped develop a phonetic alphabet based on Lakota that was later used to develop a Lakota code. He and three other Sioux code talkers joined the Pacific campaign; Wolf Guts' primary job was transmitting coded messages from a general to his chief of staff in the field.  Pfc. Wolf Guts was honorabl

"Clarence Wolf Guts was an American hero; he was courageous and self-sacrificing. I have a great deal of respect for Clarence and for the extraordinary contributions Mr. Wolf Guts made to our country.

Tim Weaver (Yakima, WA) -- Longtime Yakama Nation attorney Tim Weaver left behind big shoes to fill, a tribal leader said Tuesday, a day after his death.

Weaver, a champion of American Indian law who battled in court for Yakama fishing rights, died at home Monday. He was 65.  He will be remembered as an aggressive attorney who was an advocate for tribal treaty fishing rights and who honored the Yakamas' way of life, said Yakama General Council Vice Chairwoman Mavis Kindness.


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.






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 June Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, June 20. all Elders present with all meeting by teleconference.  


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


Minutes:  May minutes were sent to Elders sometime 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 -- except the planned journey to Australia and the 2011 Powwow (discussed below)



(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 Jimmi Keefaver - Daniel Hawk Hoffman

(b)  Nomination of Fred Wilcoxson - Lee Standing Bear

(c)  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


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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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