Manataka American Indian Council                                                           Volume XIV  Issue 09  September 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



September 2010


September 06

Labor Day

September 21

International Day of Peace

September 23 

First Day of Autumn

September  24 

Native American Day



"Peace is learning about tolerance. 

Endurance against the ravages of a storm is no different than tolerance of

 other people, political and religious ideologies, cultural beliefs, and races.  

We must tolerate those things we fear or do not understand. 

As tolerance grows within us, we gain strength and experience

to handle even tougher challenges tomorrow.  

As tolerance matures it gives birth to understanding.  

Understanding gives birth to compassion and it gives birth to love. 

And, love gives birth to Peace."

-- Lee Standing Bear Moore


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Page 1

Elders Meditation:

  Frank Fools Crow, Lakota

Grandmother 2 Hawk Feathers:

  Calling All Manataka



Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now

Feature Story 1:

  2012 Time Odyssey

Feature Story 2:


Bird Mourns Death of Mate

Endangered Earth:

  Protect Gulf's Endangered Whales, Turtles, Fish

Mother Earth Watch:

  Robert Redford Speaks Out

Robert Gray Hawk Coke Speaks:


Grandmother Gram Selma:

  Telling of the Old Stories

Tribal News:

  Another Victory for the Indians!


  Teen Pregnancy Issue and Cherokee Traditions

Inspiration Thoughts:

  How To Live, How To Be Human

Website Updates:

  27 New Articles in August

Page 2 

Legends of Old:   Forty Dead Men - a Makah Story
Feature Story 3:   Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 5

Letters to the Editor:

  Great Letters From Great People
Feature Story 4:   25 Family Gardens Donation Drive Update
Grandfather Gray Hawk Speaks:   Symbolism of the Eagle Feather
Organic Consumers:   Biotech Bullying of the Infamous Chemical Company
Elder's Meditations:   Lame Deer, Lakota
Earth Medicine:   Many Uses for Tooth Paste
Women's Council News:   Arteriosclerosis or Atherosclerosis


The Fluoride Fraud

Animal Rights and Wrongs:

Wildlife Victories!

Sacred Sites: Royal Maya Family Discovered

Page 3 


  Cayuse History

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

Magdala Rameriz:


To Embrace the Earth

Beautiful People of the World - Children of Gaia

Indigenous Music:

  Powwow Trail DVD Collection

Feature Story 5:

  How To Be Happy In One Easy Lesson

Elder's Meditations:

  Grandmother of Charles Eastman. Santee

Heath Watch:

  Thousands in Gulf Suffer from Skin Lesions

Food & Nutrition:

  When Disaster Strikes - Part 3
Book Reviews:  

The Wind Is My Mother

Poetry Circle:   Let the Oil Fall
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Manataka  Business:   August Council Meeting - Contacts
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2010 Powwow Now Calendar

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Manataka Needs Prayer Ties


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.  Read More>>>



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. Read More>>>





"They must give themselves to Wakan' Tanka and live a spiritual life. They will have the peace that frees them from fear." 

--Frank Fools Crow, Lakota


There are two wills available for us: self will and God's will. Our choice is: figure it out ourselves, or have the Creator involved in our lives. If we are honest with ourselves and look at past experiences, what are our lives like when we try to figure it out ourselves? Is there fear, confusion, frustration, anger, attacking others, conflict, fault finding, manipulation, teasing others, belittling others or devaluation? If these things are present, they indicate that we are choosing self will. What is it like if we turn our will over to the Creator? What are the results if we ask the Great Spirit to guide our life? Examples are: freedom, choices, consequences, love forgiveness, helping others, happiness, joy, solutions, and peace. Which will I choose today, self will or God's will?


Creator, I know what my choice is. I want You to direct my life.

I want You to direct my thinking.

You are the Grandfather.

You know what I need even before I do.

Today I ask You to tell me what I can do for You today.

Tell me in a way I can understand and I will be happy to do it

By Don Coyhis



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2012 Time Odyssey

by Sharron Rose



Many experts, scientists, artists and philosophers have reached the conclusion that the human experience is reaching some kind of ultimate climax. Each person who studies this phenomenon calls this coming event by a different name, or uses different terms to describe it, but essentially they are all speaking of the same event. Jose Arguelles says that it is the Climax of Matter, Jean Houston calls it Jump Time, and Ray Kurzweil calls it the approaching singularity.

What is interesting about this is that numerous prophesies from ancient traditions around the world have also pointed to this time period as a time of great upheaval and change, perhaps the most important in human history. The Mayans of Mexico marked this time with their famous calendar. 


The alchemists of Europe built the Cross of Hendaye to describe it. The Q’ero Indians of Peru call it the Pacha Kuti and the ancient Egyptians referred to it as the Zep Tepi or The First Time. In the Indo-Tibetan tradition it is equated with the final throes of the Kali Yuga, the Age of Iron. Each of these traditions tells us that a great transformative moment is at hand, a moment in which we have the opportunity to release old patterns and re-link ourselves with the essential rhythms and harmonies of the universe.


As we can see from these prophecies, this shift is not just limited to historical tangibles like globalization, the internet, global warming and the destruction of the environment but is deeply embedded in almost all of the great spiritual traditions of humanity. This approaching singularity is truly the most profound event in history. Everything that we know, everything that we are, is about to undergo a substantial and radical alteration.  Read More >>>






Bird Mourns Death of Mate

A flock of birds had stopped on a highway perhaps just taking a rest or maybe they had spotted a bit of food. A vehicle passed by and one of the birds was injured and unable to move from the roadway. Here, his mate injured and the condition was fatal. Her mate lingers nearby offering solace and eventually he brings food  to her. On one of his return trips he finds his mate dead and seems to try to shake her awake and attended to her with love and compassion. Aware that she is lost to him he cries out in obvious anguish. Every time a car passes, the bird flies off for a moment but then returns to mourn, his heart clearly broken. Shocked at her death, he tried to move her.... a rarely-seen effort for swallows! Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again, He cries 
with adoring love.
Eventually the photographer, concerned for the safety of the living bird, put down his camera, picked up the bird and removed it from the road. The grieving bird lingered in a nearby tree, "crying" out loud with adoring love and reluctant to move on. No one knew how long he stood beside her and cried. Devastated by the  loss. Finally aware she would never return to him, he stood beside her body 
with sadness and sorrow.


Millions of people cried after seeing these photos in America, Europe, Australia, and India. The photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to a newspaper in France. All copies of that edition were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals don't have brains or feelings? You have just witnessed Love and Sorrow felt by God's creatures. God knows when a sparrow falls and how much the Creator loves us. 

Do not worry.  The Creator knows what you need. Seek first balance and peace and all these things will be given to you as well.  Do not worry about tomorrow.







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The Center for Biological Diversity


Lawsuit Filed to Protect Gulf's Endangered Whales, Turtles, Fish
Continuing our work to help Gulf of Mexico species hit by the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the Center for Biological Diversity this Monday sued the feds for failing to consider oil-spill risks for endangered whales, sea turtles and fish when approving offshore drilling. Our lawsuit upholds the Endangered Species Act's requirement that all federal agencies, including the former Minerals Management Service, ensure that their actions don't jeopardize federally protected species like sea turtles, sperm whales and Gulf sturgeon -- which offshore oil drilling obviously can and has.  Rather than assuming that exploration drilling is "unlikely" to lead to a spill -- and if so, produce only "discountable or insignificant effects" -- the government needs to newly analyze potential oil spills' impacts on endangered wildlife. We're seeking to halt all offshore drilling approvals till it does.

Renaming the Minerals Management Service Won't Fix Its Fatal Flaws
Simply renaming the offshore drilling agency known as the Minerals Management Service and offering up a few weak reforms won't do anything to fix its fundamental flaws, says a recent op-ed by Center for Biological Diversity Executive Director Kierán Suckling. In fact, the scandalous ways of the former MMS -- recently rechristened the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement -- are so deeply entrenched that it continued to exempt new offshore drilling projects from environmental review even as millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf. "Radical reform is clearly needed," Suckling said in the op-ed, which appeared in multiple papers across the country. But Salazar's so-called solutions -- like instituting an ethics code, splitting the MMS into three parts and giving it a fancy new name -- have done nothing to improve environmental protection. That's because the offshore "watchdog" still has the same essential purpose: to facilitate energy development with no Congressional mandate to protect the environment. What's needed is a different agency, completely free of oil-industry ties, to safeguard the environment from offshore drilling.

Get the Lead Out to Save Eagles
A recent article in Alberta, Canada's Edmonton Journal offers an inside look into what it takes to save a bird of prey from deadly lead poisoning -- and makes all the more clear the urgency of preventing wildlife lead poisoning in the first place. "For the Sake of Eagles, It's Time to Get the Lead Out" details exactly what bald eagles go through when they ingest toxic lead from scavenging lead-shot carcasses or ingesting lead-containing trash: Toxins collect in a bird's fat reserves, and when the animal must expend energy -- like during migration -- the lead circulates in the blood and makes the bird very ill. At Edmonton's Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, it takes several staff members to treat lead-poisoned birds with chelation therapy, which involves injecting them with penicillin and a calcium compound to draw the toxic mineral from their systems.  As the article says, people can help prevent lead poisoning in wildlife by not hunting with lead bullets -- which in Alberta are illegal, as they should be. Unfortunately, lead bullets are still allowed in most of the United States -- shot into the environment to the tune of 83,000 tons each year, including into the outside-California range of the severely lead-threatened California condor.

Manataka and the Center for Biological Diversity is pushing harder than ever to stop all lead bullet use everywhere for the sake of eagles, condors, other wildlife and human health as well.






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.




Dear Manataka,


Last month we celebrated a major victory when a federal court stopped oil and gas companies from drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea -- one of our nation’s two Polar Bear Seas. But that ruling does NOT apply to Shell’s plans for drilling off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Beaufort -- the second of the two Polar Bear Seas. President Obama will not stop Shell’s offshore drilling for this drilling season.  Shell will be back next summer, sinking its drill bits into the Beaufort Sea -- unless you and I apply overwhelming public pressure to stop them.

We can’t afford a repeat of the Gulf oil spill disaster in America’s Arctic.

That’s why, after you watch my video, I need you to join me in signing our Petition, which urges President Obama to impose a seven-year timeout on offshore drilling in the Arctic. That reprieve is urgently needed so that scientists can carefully study the real risks of drilling in this most sensitive of all environments.  You and I must act now to avert a disaster in the Arctic. Please tell President Obama to stand up to the oil industry and put the Arctic off-limits to offshore drilling for seven years.

Thank you Manataka for fighting alongside us to keep the Arctic wild and free.


Robert Redford
Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council



Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke Speaks





What a wonderful emotion of love! Everyone wants this feeling of intimacy with all that it encompasses. So if we want intimacy, why don’t we have it?


The question is, “Why can’t we find intimacy?” Maybe because so many of us are afraid of it. I have been told that to give intimacy is be totally vulnerable.  I ask, “Why we are so protective. Why is the subject so frightening to us?” Some authors I have read say it may be the single most frightening thing we face.


The effect of being totally intimate is to be totally unprotected- emotionally, physically and psychically. If you are completely open with your heart, it is only natural that you rely on the other person to react in kind. Do you really trust the other person? Is the other person being totally truthful with you? If not, you are defenseless and vulnerable. This leads to the fear that you will be hurt in ways no other person could hurt you.   Read More >>>








Telling of the Old Stories

By Gram Selma, Ocala Nation


Their are many reasons the old ones told the stories and legends around a fire.


The fire provided light and warmth, not only for the body, but for the mind, body, spirit and soul.  It was light to penetrate the physical darkness of the world and the darkness of the inner-being.


It was light to lift the heaviness and struggles of daily life long enough to allow the words to enter the individual at a depth of reason.  Read More>>>






Another Victory for the Indians!


Members of the Shinnecock nation outside court in Central Islip, New York, after filing papers claiming tribal ownership of land in the Hamptons. Photograph: Ed Betz

Background Information

David Wolfe

During the American Civil War, Fort Upton was erected near Shinnicock.  The fort was used to train freed African slaves as the "Buffalo Soldiers" who were later paid to kill Indians out west.  Since "Shinnicock" was originally a land grant from the British Crown, it was always NOT a part of the U.S.   When a buffalo soldier went AWOL, as often happened, he went to Shinnicock and stayed. As a result, to this day, many Shinnicock are as well of African heritage.

There were originally 13 tribes of Indigenous in what was termed "Sewanake" [place of shells] in the Algonquian speech of the 13 tribes.  The principal Indigenous center of all was the Montauket.

I was informed long ago by elders of the "Shinnicock" (of the families Silva-Gumbs & Crippen) the following story:

As was the tradition of all the tribes of Sewanake, the people of the villages would seasonally remove to select regions of Long Island to harvest the fruits of the forest, to fish and go whaling, etc. In the late 1700's, upon the Montaukets returning to their principal seat (now the Hamptons), they found it overtaken and occupied by English. They were repulsed to the fringes and made to accept a seat nearby. That seat was named after a village of the Montauket - Shinnicock.

There were  two roads in and out, only two with iron gates and a fence around the reserve. One road was called East Gate Road, the other West Gate Road.  The names are the same to this day.  





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Tackling the Teen Pregnancy Issue with Cherokee Traditions and Heritage

The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world.  Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school.  This challenge is felt all across America, and it is especially acute in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians community in North Carolina.  When Cherokee youth were asked what issue they most cared about, they discussed the topic of teen pregnancy and how it impacts their peers and tribe.  They wanted to look at this issue from a Cherokee perspective.


Thus, the idea was born from Cherokee youth to produce a culturally relevant video and educational guide to address the teen pregnancy problem.  The Cherokee Youth Council (CYC) selected a cohort of ten council members and two adult mentors to conduct interviews with tribal elders and community representatives that work with youth in the area. The CYC met with tribal leaders, health educators, and local school personnel to solicit support for their project.  The video is designed to not only educate Cherokee youth on the challenges with teen pregnancy, but also to help tribal members learn more about Cherokee values and beliefs related to families and children.  One of the health educators interviewed by the youth, Linda Chiltoskie, shared the following about the crisis with teen pregnancy, “We need to take this problem seriously. When I first started, I could not get 18 girls into the program. Now I don’t have enough to help all of them.”


The Cherokee Youth Council video project was funded with a $16,500 grant from First Nations Development Institute through its Native Youth and Culture Fund.  The Native youth involved with these efforts are composing short introductions to the video, and CYC members are responsible for conducting in-person presentations.  The initial success of this project has opened doors for the teen pregnancy video to be included within the curriculum of local schools.  First Nations continues to invest in innovative projects implemented by Native youth, because they are important to grow the next generation of American Indian leaders who are dedicated to helping Indian Country.


To learn more about the Cherokee Youth Council, please visit their MySpace page at 



Submitted by the First Nations Development Institute


New Mexico Native Youth Giving Back to the Community

The Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA) was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund to support student community service projects.  The SPA is an academic, cultural and experiential program designed to develop and promote Native students' capabilities in leadership, policy, community service and critical thinking in the areas of tribal, local, state, national, and international Indigenous politics.


The curriculum of the SPA is rooted in the belief that leadership in tribal communities includes everyone from craftspeople, cultural practitioners, tribal leaders, and caretakers of others. The SPA is geared toward building capacity and awareness of these issues among Native American high school juniors and seniors, with the belief that they will grow into tribal community leadership positions. To date, SPA graduated 70 students, representing 22 New Mexico tribes from both urban and reservation areas.


Led by Carnell Chosa, co-director of the Summer Policy Academy and a First Nations LEAD Fellow, the grant support will allow participating students to design and present their policy papers and community service projects during a special graduation ceremony this summer. In the past year, one student served as a volunteer cook at the Jemez Pueblo Elderly Center, and another student studied water rights at Isleta Pueblo.  Once students complete their policy papers and community service projects, they will present their work via powerpoint or video to their families, tribal and community leaders, and SPA volunteers and staff during the graduation.  Carnell shared, “Developing and implementing the Summer Policy Academy has been an incredible experience.  All the hard work from our staff, faculty, students, communities and partner institutions like First Nations is critical to the success of the program.”


The Summer Policy Academy was recently recognized by Harvard’s Honoring Nations Program as one of the top ten programs of 2010 in Indian Country.  Administered by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the national awards program identifies, celebrates, and shares outstanding examples of tribal governance. 


Submitted by the First Nations Development Institute





How To Live, How To Be...



  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured.

  • Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

  • Make time to pray.

  • Play more games.

  • Read more books than you did last year.

  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

  • Sleep for 7 hours.

  • Take a 10-30 minute walk daily.  And while you walk, smile.


  • Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

  • Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control.  Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

  • Don’t over do.  Keep you limits.

  • Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

  • Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.

  • Dream more while you are awake.

  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

  • Forget issues of the past.  Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.  Don’t hate others.

  • Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

  • No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

  • Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

  • Smile and laugh more.

  • You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree…


  • Call your family often.

  • Each day give something good to others.

  • Forgive everyone for everything.

  • Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

  • Try to make a t least three people smile each day.

  • What other people think of you is none of your business.

  • Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.


  • Dot the right thing!

  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

  • Creator loves you.

  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

  • When you awake alive in the morning, thank Creator for it.

  • The best way to be happy is to be grateful and content.


  • The world tells us that we all end up at the same place...find the truth.

~Submitted by Jim Beard, AZ







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Calling All Manataka by Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

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How Can Stress It Affect You? by Robert Gray Hawk Coke

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Lee Standing Bear's Visions by Takatoka



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