Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIV
Issue 08 AUGUST 2010
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
- Preserving The Past Today
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Reluctant Apache warrior Tzoe joined General Crook's forces and became known as
'Peaches.' (man whose nickname may have been a corruption of a tribal name,
helped in the betrayal and subjection of various Apache people in Arizona during
"I heard the
hinges of the door creak and on looking up saw the form of an Indian as he
noiselessly entered the room, gun in hand. My revolver was on the bed beside
me and I covered him with it" said Lieutenant Britton Davis, officer in
charge of the Apaches’ San Carlos Reservation in southeastern Arizona that
night of March 30, 1883.
Davis could feel the
anxiety boring into his chest. He had scarcely slept for days. Tensions
crackled across San Carlos. Renegade Chiricahua Apache Indians, led by the
legendary Geronimo, Juh, Naiche, Chato, Chihuahua and Bonito had sent a
party of warriors north, from Mexico’s Sierra Madre range, into Arizona to
raid for desperately needed ammunition. Almost certainly under Chato,
infamous for his savagery, the Apaches had cut a murderous swath across
southeastern Arizona. They had massacred a respected frontier judge, H. C.
McComas, and his wife, and had abducted their six-year old son, Charlie, in
an attack in southwestern New Mexico. The murders and kidnapping would
horrify the entire nation.
Chato’s party now
headed west to attack the agency at the reservation, Brigadier General
George Crook, commanding officer of the Army’s Department of Arizona,
believed, and the renegades would surely try to persuade more reservation
Apaches to join the bands in Mexico. Crook telegraphed Davis to prepare for
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Nation: The Rise And Fall Of An 'Empire'
In 1836, a 9-year-old pioneer
girl named Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped
during a Comanche raid in North Texas. She was
strapped onto the back of a horse and taken
north, back into the Plains where the powerful
American Indian tribe lived.
Parker became a ward of the chief
and later, a full member of the Comanche. She
eventually married a highly respected Comanche
chief and gave birth to three children,
including Quanah — who would grow up to become
the last and greatest Comanche leader. The
story of Cynthia Ann and her son, Chief Quanah
Parker, is told in S.C. Gwynne's book,
Empire of the Summer Moon. Gwynne traces
the rise and fall of the Comanche Nation against
the backdrop of the fight for control of the
Maka Nupa L Cota
Within each one of us we
hold our own sacred space. The way of the people tell us
there are seven directions to pray. There are the four
directions of the Medicine Wheel then there is the above
or Father Sky and then Mother Earth. When we pray we
send out these payers to the directions all around us.
The seventh direction is within our own Sacred Space the
very center of our physical and spiritual being here on
It is from this place we live and we pray and hold our
own council for the peace to return.
From the time we are born we know our Sacred Space it is
what we all carry within and can be the place that will
teach us all to survive.
In order to enter this space we must remain still and
silent and listen to our own heart and our own minds.
Once you have found the silent stillness then you can
enter into this space.
The place of knowing of all things is here and it will
tell you how to survive if you reach it. The Wisdom
Keepers are here and the Vision Keepers live in this
space. This is the vibration core of our being and is
connected to the Sacred Tree Of Life where all things
are kept safe and pure.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
By Magdala Del
Consuelo, Mayan Priestess
Let's Make A Life!
Beautiful People of the World -
Children of Gaia,
The time has come to be unite
as true human beings, and embrace the new way of relationship
with your own nature, this relationship needs to change in
perfect alignment with the Planet Earth. For the true human
beings knows that there is only one nature and the one is inside
of the self as a divine beings children of the Great Mother.
The true human beings knows
that is not about preserve the old way of living” but to
embrace LIFE by herself.
The Mother is balance, she is
the force of life inside of all life forms, and she has been
receiving so many attacks, and she is trying to go to
balance, so she can make the shift with all life forms inside of
her, she is healing herself, in every prayer, in every life
force in perfect alignment.
Now is the time for human
beings to wake up, and realize the biggest disaster in the
planet earth caused by humans, now the original human beings
stand again pray together in that alignment with her, and give
back the energy of healing for her, from the core of all life
forms to the core of the Mother. As it has been from the core of
the mother to the core of all life forms.
Tracy Bone -
songwriter, singer, performer
Tracy Bone's primary instrument is her heartfelt vocals. She is currently
refining her guitar skills and performs acoustic versions of her original songs.
She has been writing her own material since the birth of her third daughter
which she says was her inspiration. Tracy had a life scare delivering her
youngest which she believes was "my second chance to make a difference, not only
in my life but to hopefully share, heal and convince others that they all hold a
special place in someone's heart and they should never take anything for
Her debut CD "No Lies" includes the story behind that inspiration in a song
called "The Air I Breathe". Her single "Games" peaked at #1 on the NCI-FM top 30
charts and has been nominated for "Single of the Year" at this year's NCI Jam.
She has written 9 of the 10 tracks on her debut album. With the exception of
the song "No Lies" that was co-written with her fiance and fellow artist, J.C.
This project was recorded at Studio 441 with an accomplished producer / singer /
songwriter / instrumentalist, Phil Deschambault from the band Vanderveen.
With the musical expertise and guidance of co-owner of Studio 441, Paul
Scinocca, Tracy's debut is anticipated.
She was chosen to showcase by the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association
in Toronto, Ontario along with 17 other artists in conjunction with the Canadian
Aboriginal Music Awards 2005.
musical influences are Patsy Cline, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Alanis
Morrissette and Melissa Etheridge. Her music can be described as influenced by
these artists with unique rich vocals and her own harmonies.
Aside from earning the respect from her peers for her artistry, Tracy is a
committed mother to five children. Two of whom she is a step-mother. Their
father, J.C. Campbell proposed to Tracy "live" on the "NCI-FM Radio Station" on
New Year's Eve 2005-06 just before the stroke of midnight.
She is a mother, fiancé, employed full time at Awasis Agency of Northern
Manitoba which is a Child and Family Services agency. She is a very busy but
determined woman who continues to devote herself to all aspects of her life.
Her latest musical accomplishments include "Single of the Year - Games" on
NCI-FM and Five - Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards nominations and winning for
"Best CD Cover Design".
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A Message From New
Waitaha - The Nation of Peace
Wharariki te maunga Waikirikiri te awa Ohaumatua te marae Nukunuku te whare
years New Zealand archaeologists have been puzzled by a people who lived
without weapons and created trading systems that moved industrial stone the
length of the country. They were a peaceful confederation of over two
hundred iwi known as the ‘Nation’.
We are Waitaha, a people of peace, which we
hold onto with all our might and mana as we follow in the footsteps of
Rongomaraeroa. She gave to our original ancestors the caretakership of the
foods of the noble ones, the kumara, the uwha, the taro and the peruperu. We
have honoured the sacred covenants given to us, and she has honoured us in
giving us land in which to plant and to keep our people safe in peace and
No offense intended for
any individuals or tribes.
Two Ponca men were sitting out on a back road visiting. All at once there was a
tapping on the window.
"Ah Hoh!" "Hey
guy!" "I think there is a blue ghost tapping on the window!"
Sure enough a wizened face with long flowing blue hair was there just out side
The Ponca man driving shoved his foot down on the gas and immediately was doing
60 miles and hour.
"Step on it!" "He's still out there!" And sure enough, there was another
tapping at the window.
The driver shoved his foot to the floor again! This time he was doing ninety
(90) miles an hour.
Still the ghostly
figure tapped on the window.
"You better giver 'er some more gas!" "He's still out there."
"I can't go any faster, I've got her up to 120 miles an hour.
About that time the little old blue man motioned for the passenger to roll the
window down, which he did.
"Say Boys!" "I was wanting to know, do you need a shove to get out of this mud
"When you are in the woods,
you cannot ever be lost. You are surrounded by friends and surrounded by God."
--Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee
Every plant, every animal, every
insect, every bird, every tree is made up of God. God is life and everything is
alive. When you are hunting, remember all nature is your friend. All nature has
purpose. All nature participates in the life cycle. Nature communicates; Nature
talks; Nature listens; Nature forgives; Nature respects; Nature loves. Nature
lives in harmony. Nature follows the law. Nature is kind. Nature is balance. The
woods are alive and beautiful. She is our friend.
Great Spirit, let
me honor and respect the forest and all the life it contains.
the Hawk Elder
Gordon, edited by Harvey Arden
book is dedicated to my People, the Seneca Nation,
to our kindred Peoples of the Haudenoshaunee, or Six
Nations Iroquois Confederacy, to all the Indian
Nations of Great Turtle Island, and to all other
Indigenous Peoples around this Mother Earth. I send
it out like an arrow of love from my heart to YOUR
Of other folks want to
read it too, why, that’s fine by me. Might be you
even learn something! This book is FULL of secrets
for those who understand'm! But always remember, the
BIGGEST secret is Creation itself!
IS MY VOICE. These are my words. My good friend
Harvey [Arden] has helped me sort and arrange them,
like he’s done for lots of good people over the
years, even back when he worked at National
Geographic. He fixes my spelling and spruces up my
grammar here and there, though I tell him, not too
much, Harvey! I want folks to know who I am and how
I really talk and what I’m really like. Don’t make
me some saintly old lady come down from Heaven on a
moonbeam spoutin’ high-flown words.
just me, Grandma Edna Gordon, Hawk Clan Elder of the
Seneca Nation, Six Nations Iroquois. I just turned
85, and am tryin’ my darndest to be a good person.
Sometimes I succeed, but don’t stay around me when I
get mad! I’m a raging hawk.
People’mselves aren’t holy. But what they do can be
holy. Living a holy life, that’s what life’s for.
Helping others, fighting injustice, standing up for
the People—those are holy things to do. But always
be sure to remember, it ain’t you yourself who’s
holy. People are just people. If God’d wanted’m to
be holy, he’d have given’m wings and set’m up on a
cloud somewhere playin’ a big gold harp.
9780975443712, Paperback. Publisher: Have You
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on the book of your choice
Let the Oil Fall
Creator of all there is,
Grandfather and Grandmother,
All the spirits who walk with us,
beloved angels and fairies,
we pray to you,
On behalf of the fish in the sea,
the birds on wing,
the animals crawling upon the land,
the people who make their living from the sea,
the beauty which is now threatened with suffocation,
Let the oil which sit upon the water become heavy,
Too heavy to be supported by the water,
Let it fall,
Let it fall under it's own weight,
Let it fall through the depths of the ocean,
Let it fall to the ocean floor,
Never touching a living thing as it tumbles down,
down to the ocean floor,
where it will reabsorb
And once again,
Become part of the ocean floor,
Returning to where it first came.
We pray for this miracle to protect us all,
We most humbly and gratefully,
Acknowledge these gifts
Which are trying to be removed from us,
We humbly ask for Your protection
Now and Always.
Prayer and ceremony
work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
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,
pray for his safety, good health and happiness.
A loving and concerned mother, Carlena Tuni.
Jimmi Keefauver (Springfield, IL) A
retired State Policeman and Manataka Member,
Jimmi Keefauver recently had knee replacement
surgery and is in a nursing faculty undergoing
rehabilitation therapy. His wife unable to
care for him at home and he decided to use the
nursing facility to recover. Two months ago he
had a shoulder replacement and it is doing good.
Is Jimmie Keefauver turning into a Bionic Man?.
Please hold him prayer. We also learned Jimmi's
wife, Tomye WindSong, suffered a heart attack
last week. Wa-do ~Daniel Hawk
Kraft (York, PA) a 12 year old boy is in
York Hospital in PA Fighting for his life. He
was at Wal-Mart with family and he saw a 7 year
old kid run out in front of a speeding car he
run pushed the kid out of the way. The car hit
him instead. He is a very lovable kid I talk to
on line everyday. He told me he wished he
could give me a hug. He also wants to be a
pastor when he grows up. Please pray as the word
just came Its in God's hands. Helen RedWing
Update on Gray Kraft: Gray set up last night
a little and today he is talking knows all
that visit him. He told his parents
they could go home tonight and sleep as The
Bear and wolf will be with him... He has
said they have been with him since he was
sick last year. So I am not doubting this
one bit that they are there. Thanks
for all the prayers that have went up for
this boy.. who has suffered so much in his
12 short years of life. For a year now
he has been out of abuse and Has a bright
and happy life ahead of him...His one desire
in life is to be a Pastor and help other
kids who have been hurt.. he still has a lot
of healing to do as there is a lot of
damage. Thank you again. Red
Wing/Helen Vinson, Lakeland,TN
Jay King (North
Carolina) is in the hospital. They moved him
from ICU to regular room yesterday. Within 3 days he went
from okay to so weak he couldn't stand or even sit. His BP
went extremely low he was dehydrated. They had to give him
med to get potassium out of his cells. Also vomiting and
diarrhea -- Everything at once except this time not his
heart. Was very scary He refused to go to hospital so my 140
lb son put his 225lb tall dad on his back carried him to the
van and took him to ER. Jay would have died if he had
not. Doctors said wonder he wasn't combative in the state
his health was in. Jay had fallen 3X thankfully just skinned
places no broken bones. Sometimes I think we must have done
something really bad in another time and are paying for it
this time. I do have a grateful heart I didn't lose him.
Kevin Doyle (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 Doyle 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
He had a craniotomy last week and,
unfortunately, the doctor's original diagnosis was wrong.
Kevin's brain tumor is called a glioblastoma. It is
malignant, Stage 4 and, according to the medical literature,
the prognosis is not good. I've never been one to believe
in statistics... I think if you have the right attitude and
a lot of faith, you can beat the odds. Kevin has both. He
was my rock when I needed it. Just about everybody around
me was falling apart when they found out I was sick a few
years ago. As soon as Kevin found out, he came over, hugged
me and said, "You've always been such a little pain in the
ass. You've never backed down from a fight in your whole
life and there's no way in hell I'm gonna let you back down
now. This is just a bump in the friggin' road. You're
gonna kick the shit out of this cancer and that's
that." He's always had a lot of attitude. He's incredibly
strong and he takes really good care of himself. Please
pray for him. He's a really good guy with two kids (18 and
11) and he's such a good father and husband and brother. If
you can pass this along in church or to friends - prayer is
his most powerful weapon. Please pray for him.
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.
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.
Standing Yellow Horse
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.
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
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)
the towers of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarence
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
Memory of Bill Prezwoznik
Silver Fox Prezwoznik was one of the
four founders of Manataka.
His wisdom and love guided
Manataka through its infancy
and his words and unselfish
deeds are often remembered. We love you Bill.
Corbin Harney Spiritual Leader of the
Western Shoshone Nation who dedicated his life to fighting the
nuclear testing and dumping. He
loved and cared for his family, friends
and all creation.
Memory of Granny Messenger
over a 1,000 grandchildren
but never bore a child. Her
memory will live with us
Messenger was a wonderful
school teacher, political
activist, owner of "Granny's
Junkology" and constant
supporter of Manataka.
She was loved greatly.
In Memory of Lance Selvidge
definition of a Martyr:
1: A person who
voluntarily suffers death as
the penalty of witnessing to
and refusing to renounce a
belief. 2: A person
who sacrifices something of
great value, especially life
itself for the sake of
principle. Lance, we
are all better because you
walked this world, we will
all become better because
you look back with eyes from
the angels world. Thank You.
The Selvidge Family. Little
Memory of Ruby Gilliham
We will always
remember this gracious and beautiful
woman in our hearts. She will
remain a part of Manataka forever.
(picture: Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe
assist with her funeral.
Greg Gilliham, Little Rock.
In Loving Memory of Jesse William "Stretch" Devereaux
Born: February 11, 1980, Santa Paula, California
Entered to Rest: July 29, 2009, Blythe, California
It was a great honor for Jesse to participate in Bear Dance Purification Lodge ceremonies on the Tule River reservation at Porterville, California. A memorial service was conducted on August 15 by the Zion Lutheran Church and an American Indian memorial ceremony was conducted on the sacred Manataka on December 5, 2009.
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
The July Elder Council meeting was held
Sunday, July 18 with all Elders present by teleconference.
The opening prayer was given by
Ceremonial Elder Linda Two Hawk Feathers James.
July minutes were sent to
Elders sometime following the meeting and
were approved with no changes.
MAIC currently has zero long-term and zero
All property taxes for the
previous year are paid. Cash flow is steady and all
needs are being met -- 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.
(a) Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke
2011 Powwow Committee -
Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing
Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star
Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl
(a) Nomination of Jimmi Keefaver - Daniel
(b) Nomination of Fred Wilcoxson - Lee Standing Bear
(c) Per diem procedures
for travel expenses
Standing Committee Reports:
Gray Hawk Coke
Ceremonies: Linda Two Hawk
Smoke Signal: Lee Standing Bear Moore
Women's Council: Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Manataka American Indian Council Elders and
Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore,
Women's Council Chair
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James,
NAGPRA / Ceremonies
Lee Standing Bear,
Secretary / Historian / Counseling / Smoke Signal News
Robert Gray Hawk Coke,
Education Committee Leader
Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman -
Public Relations Committee
Membership Committee Leader
Elders frequently communicate by telephone and email. Any
member who wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
PAID YOUR DUES?
Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and
events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card
online. It's easy, secure and fast!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot
Springs, AR 71902
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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Lee Standing Bear Moore
Jennifer Attaway, Alabama
Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett,
Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas
Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New
Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham
Crystal Harvey, Arkansas
Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
Carol Henderson, California
Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois
Linda James, Missouri
Julie Maltagliati, Florida
Grandmother Selma Palmer, Florida
Carol Perez Petersen, California
Magdala Ramirez, Arkansas
Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee
RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee
Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia
Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York
Linda VanBibber, Missouri
Liora Leah Zack, California
Blue Panther Keeper of Stories
Andrea Crambit, California
Romaine Garcia, Colorado
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Organic Consumers Association
Elvina Jean Paulson
Corina Roberts, California
Scott Treaty, Lakota
Union of Concerned Scientists
Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute
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