Manataka American Indian Council                                                       Volume XIV  Issue 09  September 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History: Cayuse History

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:

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 Sioux
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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Cayuse History

Handbook of American Indians (1906) ~ Frederick W. Hodge


Cayuse & Sahaptin Tribal Representatives

 to Washington D.C. 1890

A Waiilatpuan tribe formerly occupying the territory about the heads of Walla Walla, Umatilla, and Grande Ronde Rivers and from the Blue mountains to Deschutes River in Washington and Oregon. The tribe has always been closely associated with the neighboring Nez Percé and Walla Walla, and was
regarded by the early explorers and writers as belonging to the same stock.

So far as the available evidence goes, however, they must be considered linguistically independent. The Cayuse have always been noted for their bravery, and owing largely to their constant struggles with the Snake and other tribes, have been numerically weak. According to Gibbs there were few pure-blood Cayuse left in 1851, intermarriage, particularly with the Nez Percé, having been so prevalent that even the language was falling into disuse. In 1855 the Cayuse joined in the treaty by which the Umatilla Reservation was formed, and since that time have resided within its limits. Their number is officially reported as 404 in 1904; but this figure is misleading, as careful inquiry in 1902 failed to discover a single one of pure blood on the reservation and the language is practically extinct. The tribe acquired wide notoriety in the early days of the white settlement of the territory. In 1838 a mission was established among the Cayuse by Marcus Whitman at the site of the present town of Whitman, Walla Walla County, Wash. in 1847 smallpox carried off a large part of the tribe. The Cayuse, believing the missionaries to be the cause, attacked them, murdered Whitman and a number of others. and destroyed the mission. Owing to the confusion in the early accounts it is difficult to differentiate the Cayuse from the Nez Percé and Walla Walla, but there is no reason to suppose that in habits and customs they differed markedly from those tribes.

~Submitted by Blue Panther Keeper of Stories






To Embrace the Earth

by Grandmother Maka Nupa L Cota


Laying in the long grass at the water’s edge I swish my hands in the cool water.  The marsh grasses bend and sway in the evening breeze and whisper the song of the water spider in my ears.  A red winged black bird perches on the cat-o-nine tails and cocks his head this way and that as he observes me there in his territory.


Tiny insects buzz and frogs go plop as they jump from the lily pads into the still, deep water of the pond.  Tadpoles wriggle in and around the small stones near the shore line, chasing transparent minnows.  The still water reflects the sky and clouds mirroring the above-world in the below-one.   Read More>>>





By Magdala Del Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan Priestess





Beautiful People of the World - Children of Gaia,


We are back into the land where the waters comes out from the womb, our hearts are blooming after an incredible journey of many worlds, after touch the hearts of the many, in the remembering of the ways of the ancestors.


 It has been an incredible journey, the 13 hours of the heart beat of the mother in the garden of the Gods, was so beautiful, human beings are so ready to embrace unity, human beings are so ready to give birth to the new world inside of the self as well as outside of the self. !3 hours was the ceremony, 13 true human beings were in our group to awake the people, and hundreds of people were touch by the heart of the mother.   Read More>>>





Indigenous Music









Outstanding Long-play Collection of 11 DVDs


One of the most recognizable elements of Native expression is the Powwow. But very few people outside the culture understand it. They do not understand the significance of the songs and the dances behind Powwow; they do not understand the rites and ceremonies contained within a powwow. They do not understand the meaning of the clans, or why Indian people dance. The Powwow Trail series will explore the true meaning, beyond the feathers and beads. Culture lives within the people; it is expressed through those who practice and participate in these celebrations. 

Everything begins with the drum. It is the heartbeat of our people.  Different drums exist for different purposes: for healing, for ceremony.

When we hear the drum in a lodge, or across the plains, we know it is communion with the spirit world. Hundreds of drum groups exist today. Each hold their own drums, each has its own purpose.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

The Drum

The Songs

The Dances

The Grand Entry

Grass Dance & Men's Traditional  

Fancy Dance - Men and Women's Fancy Shawl
Powwow Rock

The Women

The Grand Exhibition

The Whiteman's Indian

Powwow Fever 

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How To Be Happy In One Easy Lesson

By Elder Maggie Wahls


I was grocery shopping today and as the young man was putting my bags into my car as they do here in Missouri, I joked if he would come home and help me put them into the house too! He replied, "Well anything to get out of here for a while."


And here I was so thankful to be in this place doing this activity, having the funds to buy groceries and the gas to go and the good arms and legs to be able to shop and even being hungry and able to eat.


I looked at that stark contr ast between my happiness and his unhappiness. Here we were doing the same thing in the same place and what a total difference in our perspectives.


So many people are unhappy with where they are right now, what they are doing right now, no matter what that is. Wherever they are, they are unhappy, either thinking about tomorrow or worrying about yesterday. The father in the park with his children is thinking about work. The mother doing laundry wishes she didn't have to do laundry and is thinking about some other time or place she would rather be. No one seems to be happy right here and right now.   Read More>>>







No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.





"Always remember.that the Great Mystery is good; evil can come only from ourselves!"  ----Grandmother of Charles Eastman. Santee Sioux


The Great Mystery is love, good and principle. He is a guiding Father. He doesn't play games. He knows only how to love. Sometimes, when things go wrong, we blame Him or others. Usually, if we are honest, we can see how decisions or things done in the past put us in a position to be hurt. It comes back to us. When this happens, it is not something the Creator caused, but something we, ourselves caused. Most of our problems are of our own making. When this happens, we should correct what we've done, ask the Great Spirit for forgiveness and pray for guidance in the future.


My Creator, bless me with Your good.

By Don Coyhis





Thousands in Gulf Suffer from Misdiagnosed Skin Lesions

Symptoms experienced by Gulf residents may be the result of exposure to chemical dispersants


Lesions like these have been found on people exposed to Coexit.

Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana—Area residents have begun to show up at clinics and hospitals with mysterious scabs and pustules covering their extremities, as reported from residents to non-profit relief organizations in the Gulf.


One thirty-three year-old woman, who wished to remain anonymous, has disclosed to Project Gulf Impact that upon seeking medical advice at a clinic, she was told she had scabies. Hours later, she was told by an area hospital that she had a staph infection. The woman was treated with a shot of penicillin and Elimite cream, a topical agent for the treatment of scabies mite infestations, and an oral antibiotic. In addition to the lesions, the woman reported aching bones, weight loss, stomach pains, inflammation in her leg and sties developing in her eyes.


Other residents have shown up at local doctors and area hospitals reporting similar symptoms. According to area residents suffering from the mysterious rash, patients feel like they are not being given the proper medical treatment. Doctors have told area patients they are suffering from scabies with no clear diagnosis and from Staphylococcus infections with no underlying cause.


Exposure to chemicals, such as those being used to break down oil in the region, like the dispersant, Corexit, may be the cause of such infections. Corexit is an agent that has been proven to break down lipid membranes, which cover and protect human skin. Human skin is composed of a thin layer of lipids and Corexit, by nature, breaks down these organized barriers into smaller individual molecules allowing the barrier to become permeable to pathogens. The skin irritation could be caused by prolonged exposure to these chemicals and could break down the ability of the body to fight off infection.  Read More>>>






Part 3


Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Emergency service providers and disaster service workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.


In the event of a bioterrorist incident, you may be asked to shelter yourself in your home.  Families can--and do--cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Follow the steps listed below to create your family's disaster plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection as well as your responsibility.


4 Steps to Safety


1. Find out What Could Happen to You

  • Learn about the types of disasters that might happen in you area.

  • Learn about your community's warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.

  • Ask about animal care after a disaster. Animals are not allowed inside emergency shelters because of health regulations.

  • Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.

  • Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or day care center, and other places where your family spends time.   Read More>>>







The Wind Is My Mother

Bear Heart with Molly Larkin

1996, the Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group (USA), NY, NY

ISBN: 0-425-16160-9

Reviewer: Fred D. Wilcoxson, Manataka Elder


I received a copy of this book on Father’s Day from my youngest daughter. She found the book in a book store that specializes in ‘Metaphysical’ books. I smiled and thanked her.


I read a lot of books that are in the Native American/American Indian genre, particularly those dealing with spirituality, anthropology, and natural medicine. I was not familiar with Bear Heart. As I began to read, I began to think to myself, ’I could have written this.’ So, I immediately contacted a friend asking if this writer is legit. I was assured that I was premature in my judgment. He suggested that I read it and then do a book review of it. I presume that everyone knows that when you do a review you don’t just read the book. You really read it.


Not only did I read the book, I enjoyed the book, and most importantly I learned from the book. As a matter of fact Bear Heart made a statement in the book that was so profound to me, that it released me from a life long restraint. He said: “Many people say to me, ‘I’d like to learn your ways.’ That’s okay with me, but I would rather have people learn their own way, and equally important is how they use what they learn.” You see Bear Heart and I have a lot in common. Bear Heart and I were both born in Oklahoma on a reservation. We both spent our childhood growing up where we were born. Bear Heart and I are educated in psychology (Jungian) and Christian theology. Bear Heart is a healer. I am a clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor.  Bear Heart and I both find our power in the one Creator. I am an ordained Episcopalian and he a minister of the Indian Church. What I learned was that it is OK for me to talk about the things I have learned in my life that follow the Beauty Way and my medicine. The difference is that he is an Indian and I am mixed being mostly white.


Bear Heart’s book The Wind Is My Mother is framed around 58 sayings, proverbs, and philosophies that he has put into a life story using practical applications. I found these nearly all of these to be universal and supported by tradition, psychology, and theology. As the Book of Romans is a guide to right living, relationships, and the love of God for Christians, The Wind Is My Mother applies many of the same practical axioms for living a healthy and happy life in spite of what is going on in the world. Bear Heart brings these to the reader on a thread of wisdom and spirituality without complex rhetoric. This is an easy book to read, understand, and to build a walk on. I recommend this as a great starting point for a better life. ~Fred Wilcoxson




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Reprinted by Request -

Let the Oil Fall



Creator of all there is,
Mother Mary,
Grandfather and Grandmother,
St. Michael,
St. Germaine,
Kwan Yin,
Golden Ones,
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,
So 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, 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.


~Author Unknown




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Dr. Fred Wilcoxson (Clermont, FL) - Fred collapsed at the hospital near Orlando where he works as a chaplain.  Fred was admitted to the hopital where tests will be conducted to determine the cause of his distress.  Fred is a diabetic and has experienced heart issues in the past.  According to Jo his wife, Fred is comfortable but needs our prayers.  Fred sits as an Elder on the Manataka Elder Council.  Ceremonies will be performed for him daily until his full recovery.  ~Bear 09-01-10 


A 12-year old Boy - who can't hear or speak. was taken to a foster home in PA On Saturday about 5:00 PM.  In the night, he ran away and as of 11:00 PM  tonight he has not been found. I do not have a name for the child. But know the foster parents. Pray they find him and he is ok.  Helen RedWing 08-30-10


Chrintina Maris (New Mexico) Good Manataka People: I am happy to report that I'm having my second hip replaced next Thursday, September 2nd, and would like to request your prayers and support once again.  The last surgery was extremely successful; I've had no pain in my new hip since the 3rd week after the surgery, and it's just a miracle to be released from pain after so many years of suffering. If all goes well, I'll be admitted on the 2nd and discharged on the 6th.  I haven't been laid off at UNM yet, and am therefore still covered under my health insurance; I had thought I'd be unemployed by now, so this is an ongoing miracle, and I thank Spirit every day for the blessings that surround me.  Good friends will once again take care of me for the week after I get home, and their prayers, and yours, and the support of all the wonderful people I know, reassure me that I am squarely in the arms of Spirit and that everything will work out for the best. My thanks in advance for your prayers - I'll let you know how I'm doing after I'm discharged. Blessings and love to you on this beautiful day  ~Christina / Quanah'che Mawokee, The Feathered Serpent Lodge, Albuquerque, NM  08-29-10


Military and Civilians in Iraq.  According to the weather reports, it is our understanding that it is 122 degrees in Iraq right now -- and the low will be 111! Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety.. If it be God's will, give these men and women the strength they need to prevail. Let us pray.  'Lord, please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'  ~Jewell Jackson 08-16-10


Jim "Bravehawk" Brock.  It is with a heavy heart that I must notify you that our U-ka (Vice Chief), Ta-wo-di U-le-tsu-ya-s-ti (Jim "Bravehawk" Brock), is presently in the hospital battling lung and brain cancer. I have called for a tribal-wide fast and period of prayer as a direct mandate from U-ne-la-nv-hi (God/the Creator).  Please include Jim, and his family, in your prayers.  ~Principal Chief Ken "Soaring Eagle" Johnson

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   


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


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 06-28-10


Update:  07-26-10 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. 



New Arrivals...


Kade Matthew Christensen, Melbourne, Australia


Born August 15 at 4:46 p.m. to Renee Ann-Maree Smith and Luke Christensen and has the same birthday of his big 13 year-old sister, Cheyenne Craft.  Baby and family are doing well.


Grandparents are Manataka members Lynn Dream Dancer Smith and Baz Guy of Gleneagle in Queensland, who are coordinators of the Manataka Gatherings in Australia.


"... isn't he the most gorgeous baby you've ever seen ..... ahhhh," said Grandmother.



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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Lisa Thornton, 37, Independence, Mo., passed away July 11, 2010. She was born Feb. 27, 1973, in Kansas City, Kan., 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. Arr.: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society (816) 313-1677.
Published in Kansas City Star on July 15, 2010

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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







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 August Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, August 15 with all Elders present.  


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


Minutes:  July 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.  Letter to be sent to principals.

(b)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman.  Coming for an in-person inspection. 

(c)  World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear.  Contest ends August 30.

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star -

(e)  Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl.  Date was reset for October. 


New Business:  

(a)  Per diem procedures for travel expenses was tabled. No action.


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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