Manataka American Indian Council                                                           Volume XIV  Issue 08  AUGUST 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



August 2010


Gladiolus - August Flower


"Flowers are God's laughter.  Their fragrance are their feelings of love.  Pick not flowers for your table, but leave them to live

 for the enjoyment of all as flowers touch the soul with joy.  Flowers speak the language of rainbows." ~Lee Standing Bear Moore



This August has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, and 5 Tuesdays, all in one month. This only happens once in 823 years, we will probably miss it next time



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Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers to perform  Xi Chel Ceremonies August 27 -28  at Manataka



You are invited!

The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers will perform the exciting and deeply spiritual Xi Chel

(Rainbow Woman) ceremonies.  Ernesto Tano Quinquil Alvarado, an Apache Earth Medicine healer

will present "Earth Medicine" and Manataka Elders will offer up the sacred pipe and other ceremonies.

The entire weekend is free. 


Click Here to learn more...








Page 1

Elders Meditation:

  Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

Grandmother 2 Hawk Feathers:

  Calling ALL Manataka


  Manataka Powwow Committee Now
Feature Story 1:   U.S. Reviewing Position on UN Declaration
Feature Story 2:   Warriors of the Rainbow
Endangered Earth:   BP Launches Massive New Drilling Project in Arctic
Mother Earth Watch:  

From the Toilet to the Tap...

Daniel Hawk Eyes Speaks:   Seagull, Raven and the Daylight Box
Grandmother Gram Selma:   Walk the Good Red Road
Tribal News:   A Sorry Saga
Education:   Tribal Youth Summer Programs
Inspiration Thoughts:   Discovering Inner Peace
Website Updates:   21 New Stories in July

Page 2 

Legends of Old:   The Great Teachings of Mitapi Ha - The Frog Nation
Feature Story 3:   Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 4

Letters to the Editor:

  Looking Forward; Bitterroot and a lot more!
Feature Story 4:   Blue Star Prophecy of the Hopi
Grandfather Gray Hawk Speaks:    
Organic Consumers:   Which Federal Politicians Oppose GMO Labeling?
Elder's Meditations:   Tom Porter, Mohawk
Earth Medicine:   Infections and Herbs
Warrior Society News:   Native American Heritage Heals Wounded Warriors


Fluoride is Unsafe for Kidney Patients
Animal Rights and Wrongs: The Great Spirit Bear
Sacred Sites: Cherokee Citizens Oppose Kituwah Power Plant

Page 3 


  Tzoe "Peaches"

Comanche Nation: The Rise And Fall Of An 'Empire'

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

Magdala Rameriz:


Sacred Space

Let's Make A Life!

Indigenous Music:

  Tracy Bone - No Lies!

Feature Story 5:

  A Message From New Zealand

Elder's Meditations:

  Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee

Heath Watch:

  How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 1 to 3

Food & Nutrition:

  When Disaster Strikes - Part 2
Book Reviews:   Voice of the Hawk Elder
Poetry Circle:   Let the Oil Fall
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles.
Manataka  Business:   July Meeting
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Manataka Needs Prayer Ties from volunteers


Manataka ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations.  The gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition of many peoples.  Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to sacred sites and or places that require healing (such the Gulf of Mexico). 


We need thousands of prayer ties.  You can help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for distribution to people and places that need your prayers.


Ties is a ceremony within itself and should be done with much reverence and respect. The Process I have found is different with

many elders or teachers. Instructions as to colors, when to smudge, honoring of the directions and other things might change. Therefore, I give only the mechanics. Instructions How to Ma oknlye Prayer Ties (The mechanics) By Zoe Bryant


Get your materials together and ready to sit and pray. 

Items needed.

• Small squares of fabric( about 2” to 4" square)

• String (kite strings works best; you don’t want it to break!)

• natural tobacco (Native Spirit & Bugler both work well)

• Sage ( to smudge yourself and all your supplies)


Preparing your fabric squares for the Prayer ties:

The easiest way to get multiple pieces of fabric is to notch your material about 2” apart and tear long strips the length of the fabric. Fold them in half, fold again and continue folding until your folded strip is only 2’’ wide. Cut all the folds with scissors. Putting your tobacco prayer into the tie: Place a small pinch of tobacco in the center of a square of fabric. Fold the fabric over … Fold it a

second time and then a third time. Now pinch the bundle together making what looks like a little ghost.   Tie the small bundle together at the top with string, dental floss, sinew or raw hide.


The Manataka Women's Council has contributed thousands of prayer ties over the years and they pray the entire time materials are being gathered and while making them.  A dozen prayers may go into each tie.


Send to: -- as soon as possible

Manataka Prayer Ties

PO Box 476, Hot Springs National Park, AR  71902



Manataka Powwow June 10 - 12, 2011


Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. Scheduled for June 10 - 12, 2011, the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds to host dancers, drummers, special entertainment, and vendors.  Send us your contact information and what you would like to do to help.  ...



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by Grandmother Linda Two Hawk Feathers James


People of Manataka!  You are the ones who answered the call of the Place of Peace.  It is well and good to seek this place, and it is good to be in this place, but we who have experienced the peaceful feeling that Manataka can give, cannot just stay in that place of peace.  We must take an example from the rainbow woman who reaches out from the spirit world to us.  That is how we begin to seek.  Yet, there are so many people who may not be sensitive to her invitation because the sounds, sights, and smells of the world block out the spirit.


In difficult times, native people have called on history, ancestors, and the creation/Creator to teach and guide them to the right path.  We have wandered a long, long way from the SPIRIT path.  Many of us struggle to learn and honor the red path traditions that are at risk of being lost.  Some still live on ancestral lands and know their heritage yet others do not.   Some have even chosen to leave that heritage behind.  No matter what your situation, my message as ceremonial elder is to respond to the call to a ceremony which can spread around the world in one short day.

I recently learned of a ceremony that has great potential to inspire people in all parts of our planet.  It is called the Ceremony of 8000 Drums [born in Mexico by one of our Manataka members - Thaayrohyadi Serafin Bermudez, an Otomi Spiritual Leader]. The spirit of this ceremony is to let everyone become a part of giving the drum a voice to speak.   Read More>>>





"It does not require many words to speak the truth."  --Chief Joseph, Nez Perce


The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to be defensive. Truth needs no defense. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to attack because Truth cannot be attacked. It is so easy to want to manipulate or to be deceitful or dishonest. My head tells me I can get away with doing these things, after all everybody does it.


My Creator, today let me know Truth.

Let me live Truth.

Let me risk the Truth.

Let me make the Truth sweet.

Help me to make my word good.

Let Your spirit and intent be added to by words.

Let My thoughts be Truth.

By Don Coyhis



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Submitted by the International Indian Treaty Council




At the 9th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United States Ambassador to the UN Sandra Rice announced that the US will conduct a “formal review” of its position in opposition to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 


The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 13th 2007.   144 countries voted in favor, 11 abstained and 4 States (countries) voted against.   With the US’ announcement, all of the 4 countries that voted “no” (the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have either reversed their positions or have initiated a process towards doing so.    


The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was developed over a 30-year process at the United Nations with the participation of Indigenous Peoples, Nations, Tribal governments and organizations from the US and around the world,  as well as UN member States including the US,  and a number of UN independent experts.   It recognizes and affirms a wide range of rights, including self-determination, land and natural resources, cultural rights and sacred sites protection, subsistence, Treaty Rights, health and social services, non-discrimination, environmental protection, education, language, and many others which Indigenous Peoples identified as essential to their dignity, survival and well-being.   Read More >>>






Warriors of the Rainbow


"There was an old lady, from the "Cree" tribe, named "Eyes of Fire", who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans' or Yo-ne-gis' greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist."


"There would come a time when the "keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs" would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankind's key to survival, they were the "Warriors of the Rainbow". There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.


The "Warriors of the Rainbow" would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or "Elohi". They would teach them how to live the "Way of the Great Spirit". They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is "Sick".


 The "Warriors of the Rainbow" would show the peoples that this "Ancient Being" (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the Earth or "Elohi" beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four corners of the Earth.


Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion.  Read More>>>






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The Center for Biological Diversity


BP Launches Massive New Drilling Project in Arctic
Just when it seems like BP and the Department of the Interior can't sink much lower comes news that BP's poised to begin a massive, risky, never-before-tried drilling project in the waters off Alaska. Today's New York Times broke the story in a major front-page exposé on the energy giant's plans to drill this fall in the Arctic's fragile waters. There was supposed to be a moratorium on new offshore drilling projects, but BP found a way around that: It heaped together a 31-acre pile of gravel in the Beaufort Sea, called it an island base for a drilling rig and declared it would be conducting onshore drilling.  The project, called Liberty, would include a dicey technique of drilling two miles beneath the sea and then up to eight miles horizontally -- all under enormous pressure in a pristine sea that would be devastated by an oil spill. The project already has its state and federal permits, but BP still has to apply for its final permit to drill, which is expected later this year. 
"It makes no sense," Rebecca Noblin, the Center's Alaska director, told the Times. "BP pushes the envelope in the Gulf and ends up causing a moratorium. And now, in the Arctic they are forging ahead again with untested technology, and as a result they're the only ones left being allowed to drill there."  Meanwhile, the Obama administration is considering opening vast new areas of the Arctic, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil exploration. Now's the time to speak out against this troubling proposal;


Feds Issue Permit to Kill Jaguars, Ocelots
Fifteen months following the Arizona Game and Fish Department's killing of the last known wild American jaguar -- which ignited criminal investigations and public controversy -- last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the Department a permit to "take" (that is, kill, injure or otherwise harm) rare ocelots and jaguars. After the famous jaguar Macho B died in a 2009 bungled and illegal snaring effort, the Center for Biological Diversity sued Game and Fish to prevent future unpermitted jaguar captures. Despite this suit and an Interior Department investigation finding that the state agency lacked the necessary permits to capture jaguars, the agency has maintained that it doesn't need a permit to take more jaguars -- an untenable position that's now superseded by the "take" permit, but not to the benefit of these magnificent felines or their smaller ocelot cousins. The new permit authorizes the intentional capture of jaguars and ocelots to equip them with a radio collar, as well as the unintentional take of both species in the course of efforts to capture other animals. And while the permit does require Arizona Game and Fish to submit harm-minimizing plans to recovery teams for both species, the jaguar doesn't yet have a recovery team, so plans for the animal's take can currently be approved by the Jaguar Conservation Team: an interagency group chaired by Arizona Game and Fish itself. As a result of a Center lawsuit, the jaguar will soon have a recovery team -- but until then, letting Game and Fish oversee the review of its own plans is like letting the fox guard the henhouse.


Center Demands Pollution Limits for U.S. Coal Mines
Calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to make public health and safety a priority, this Wednesday the Center for Biological Diversity and four allies petitioned for national limits on air pollution from all U.S. coal mines. Our legal petition calls on the EPA to exercise its authority under the Clean Air Act to list coal mines as the source of harmful pollution they are, as well as to ensure that coal-mine pollution is kept in check by the best emissions-reduction systems. The EPA has taken such steps for gravel mines, coal-fired power plants, coal-processing plants and dozens of other sources -- but coal mines have so far evaded national limits on their dirty discharge.  Our petition coincides with increasing attention on coal mine-emitted methane -- a major safety hazard, potent greenhouse gas and key ingredient of smog. Other toxic air pollutants we focus on are particulate matter; volatile organic compounds; and nitrogen oxide, whose dense orange clouds provide an especially visible example of the pollution problem.  






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Hello Cleveland, Ohio!





From the Toilet to the Tap...

Feds inch forward on Clean Water update
By William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

We've been drowning in drug residue and toxic chemicals flowing from the faucets in our own homes. Now, the feds say they're getting serious about cleaning up your water... but don't start sipping from the tap just yet.

The Environmental Protection Agency may update its dangerously outdated list of regulated water contaminants by adding 13 drugs -- mostly hormone meds that turn every sip and shower into a potential gender-bending experiment. They're also considering 104 chemicals and 12 microbial contaminants for possible regulation.

It's a start. But there are hundreds -- maybe even thousands -- of other dangerous contaminants in our water, and millions upon millions of people drink it every single day. Tests on U.S. drinking water routinely find the residue of legal and illegal drugs, poisons, chemicals and even rocket fuel.  









Seagull, Raven and the Daylight Box


When the world was created, everything was in darkness. All the daylight was kept in one little box. That one little box was hidden in Seagull's house, and Seagull kept it all to himself. Now Raven, who was Seagull's brother, thought that this just wasn't fair. It was so dark and cold without any daylight. If only he could get that box. But how? Raven sat down and thought and thought.


AHa!! He had it--a plan, a great plan. That night, when the tide was low. Raven went down to the beach and picked up some sea urchins. A sea urchin has a hard shell with little sharp spines all over it. After he had eaten these sea urchins, he quietly tiptoed up to Seagull's house. Quietly he spread the sharp spiny shells all around the doorstep, and then quickly he crept back home. Next morning, Raven strolled over to see his younger brother. Seagull was in bed. His feet were all swollen. Poor Seagull.


"Oh my! What happened to you?" Cried Raven "Did you gather some sea urchins last night?" asked Seagull.   Read More






"Walk the Good Red Road!" 


For those of us in the NA Community at large, just how many times do you hear someone say "Walk the Good Red Road"? 

Whether it be someone stating that they do it, or someone telling someone else that they should do it.


Quite often it is uttered by someone who IS relatively new to the NA way of life and belief  expounding that they are doing it or fussing because someone else is not ( in their limited opinion).  Personally, I cringe when I even hear the expression anymore.


How do people who know only a small fraction of the the NA  customs.  beliefs. practices. teachings. values. ethics. and spiritual symbolism and implications  even attempt to walk  a "Good Red Road " ?


The truth is that none of us, whether full blood, breed, a fraction, a non blood believer, or raised on a reserve or raised in NYC, know all of the traditions, all of the symbolism, all of the ceremonies, all of the beliefs, values, ethics, or teachings.


So how is anyone to walk a "Good Red Road "?    Read More>>> 





A Sorry Saga

Obama signs Native American apology resolution; fails to draw attention to it

By Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today

WASHINGTON – Is an apology that’s not said out loud really an apology? What if the person expressing the apology doesn’t draw attention to it?


Those are questions that some tribal citizens are asking upon learning that President Barack Obama signed off on the Native American Apology Resolution Dec. 19 as part of a defense appropriations spending bill.  The resolution originated in Congress and had passed the Senate as stand-alone legislation in the fall. The House ended up adding the resolution to their version of the defense bill in conference.  Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., originally introduced the measure intending “to officially apologize for the past ill-conceived policies by the U.S. government toward the Native peoples of this land and re-affirm our commitment toward healing our nation’s wounds and working toward establishing better relationships rooted in reconciliation.” His bill passed the Senate in 2008 and 2009.  The version signed by Obama became watered down, not making a direct apology from the government, but rather apologizing “on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native peoples by citizens of the United States.”  The resolution also includes a disclaimer: Nothing in it authorizes or supports any legal claims against the United States, and the resolution does not settle any claims.  Read More>>>




2010 Tribal Directory

Tribal Web Sites (Federally recognized tribes only; Alphabetical by State)





2010 Native Vision Scholarship

Established in 1996, Native Vision gives annual college scholarships to outstanding high school American Indian seniors with a commitment to education, athletics and leadership.  Listed below are the eligibility requirements and the timeline for application:



To be eligible for the Native Vision Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

Be enrolled as a high school senior for the current academic year

Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe;

Demonstrate a sustained involvement in the community and an applied concern for American Indian issues and initiatives;

Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 at the time of application;

Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular and/or athletic activities;

Be admitted to an accredited community college or four year undergraduate program (for fall 2010).


Application Submission

Mail completed application and letters of recommendation to: Marlena Hammen, Native Vision Scholarship, 621 N. Washington Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21205, by MAY 7, 2010. 


Paying for College -  Student Resource Guide

(Includes scholarships, internships, fellowships, books, and websites)

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Tribal Youth Summer Programs

Our youth deserve the best summer possible !  Healthy, productive and enriching.  Please let all our relations know that Registration for our Tribal Youth Summer Programs are now open ! Youth 12-18 and chaperons may download registration forms on line at


Our popular programs fill quickly, and we encourage early registration.  This is our 10th Anniversary ! We are honoring Native California by offering Summer Enrichment Programs in San Diego, Central California (Mammoth, Mono, Yosemite), and Northern California.  Academics, Adventure, Culture, Wellness




Discovering Inner Peace

Inner commitment to your own excellence is the stuff miracles are made

Our  deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.


We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God, made in his likeness. Jesus said “everything I can do, u can do. “


You playing small, does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of god that is within us.


It is not just in some of us it is in everyone.


And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


From today onwards step forward into the mystery and let your light shine in the world.

That is your first role as a Human Being – to liberate yourself and other!!!


By Janine Penton-Jones






Animal Rights:   12,000 Endangered Saiga Antelope Found Dead
Beautiful Words:   My Cathedral By Joseph Crew
Elders Speak:   Crows Talking - L. Cota Nupa
Elders Speak:   Oceans of Tears by Magdala Rameriz
Elders Speak:   Trust and Trurth - effects of dishonesty on relationships by Robert Coke
Elders Speak:   Healing to the Seventh Generation by Linda Two Hawk Feathers James
Environment:   The Climate-Friendly Gardener
Feature Story:   Gulf oil spill could push Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe to the point of no return
Feature Story:   Time of Purification: Update on Hopi Prophecy
Feature Story:   Houma Indians and the Oil Spill

Health Watch:


Remedies and Treatments: Keep the Natural Balance

Why the fluoridation of public water supplies is illegal

Herbal Medicine:   Healing Our Inner-Self

Civilizations of America

Legends:   Deer Clan Origin - Winnebago Legend
Music::   XIT Band of New Mexico
Sacred Sites:   Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act
Spiritual Medicine:   The Inca Transcripts - Willaru Huayta

Tribes and Nations:


Near Defunct Commission Grants State Recognition to Six Indian Tribes

Warrior Society:   Van T. Barfoot “Medal Of Honor” 
Women's Council:   When Disaster Strikes - Part 1


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