Manataka American Indian Council                                                           Volume XIV  Issue 10  October 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



October 2010


October 08

National Children's Day

A Day of Blessing

October 11

Columbus Day

A Day of Sorrow

October 24 

United Nations Day

A Day of Peace on Earth

October 31 


A Day of Screams


"May our children never know the horrors our ancestors suffered at the hands of Columbus and those who followed him. The

genocidal doctrine of Manifest Destiny created by them must be repudiated by people of all faiths. Columbus day must be abolished"

-- Lee Standing Bear Moore


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Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee

American Indian Information and Trade Center

Calling All Manataka

Elders Meditation:


Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

Feature Story 1:


Abolish Columbus Day!

Feature Story 2:


Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson - Manataka's Newest Elder

Endangered Earth:


Wolves Win, BP Loses, Grizzlies Maybe

Mother Earth Watch:


Dead Cows Now Being Cloned

Robert Gray Hawk Coke:


Creator’s Tools

Tribal News:


BIA approves Shinnecock tribe Federal Recognition



Motivating American Indian Students

Inspiration Thoughts:


Courage and Faith

Website Updates:


29 New Features in September

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Legends of Old:  

Ghost Stallion - Cree Legend

Feature Story 3:  

Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 6

Letters to the Editor:


10 Opinions -- A 1,000 Ideas, A Million Feelings

Feature Story 4:  

Mathematics Used by American Indians North of Mexico

Grandfather Gray Hawk:   The Origin of Strawberries
Organic Consumers:  

Eight Reasons Why We Need Organic

Elder's Meditations:  

Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

Earth Medicine:  

Natural Pain Solutions and Old Remedies

Women's Council News:  

To All Women; 3 Sisters Jumble, Natural Deodorant


Guess where your fluoride comes from? China!

Animal Rights and Wrongs:

Lead Poisoning Kills Ravens, Eagles and Condors

Sacred Sites:

California Sacred Site Get Respite

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Kiowa Gourd Dance History

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

Magdala Rameriz:


Seven Sacred Fires of Wisdom

Butterfly Teachings

Indigenous Music:


Powwow Trail - DVD Collection

Feature Story 5:


Living with Terror

Elder's Meditations:


John (Fire) Lame Deer, Rosebud Lakota

Heath Watch:


Nine Great Health-Related Stories

Food & Nutrition:


Surviving Urban Disasters - Part 4

Book Reviews:  

Iroquois Culture and Commentary

Poetry Circle:  

Horse Nation

Healing Prayer Basket:  

Pray is more than words - It is spirit in action

Manataka  Business:  

September Elders Meeting


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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.  ...


American Indian Information and Trade Center Needs Your Help


Attention Tribes, Indian Organizations, Media, Museums, Cultural Centers, Powwows, and Events


Publishers of the Native American Directory: Alaska, Canada, U.S. and Powwow on the Road need your help in updating their extensive database.  Get a FREE listing in the best and largest Native American Directory in the country!  Promote your event, powwow, organization!  The Native American Directory is unique with layers of information circulated by 20 individual agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of the Census, Public Health Service, Indian Health Service and all Native organizations and associations.   "information that is hard to find!"  "directory on Indians for the 21st century"   "Indian red page bible.”  


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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.  Read More>>>




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"So don't be afraid. What we left behind, leave it back there. Try to do some good. Let's try to take a step, try to think something good." --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota


Every day is a new day. Sometimes we make mistakes. We do not need to carry these mistakes along with us. Take the lessons and leave the mistakes behind. Look forward to today. Today we can do something good. Today we can have good thoughts. Today we can think kind, uplifting thoughts about ourselves. Today I will think good about ...


My Creator, today I ask You to direct my thoughts.

By Don Coyhis



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Abolish Columbus Day!


"Columbus started off not knowing where he was going and upon his arrival, did not know where he was.  When he returned to Europe, he did not know where he had been -- and, he did it all on borrowed money."  ~Author Unknown


Was Christopher Columbus the first to 'discover' North America?  Absolutely not.  There were millions of indigenous people here eons before Europeans stumbled on this continent.  Asians, Africans and people from the Middle East probably came centuries before Erickson or Columbus.  Contrary to almost every school textbook, Columbus did not prove the world is round.  This fact was proved centuries before Columbus was born. 


A short time after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, he began enslaving and slaughtering thousands of indigenous people.  In the name of God, church and greed millions of people needless died during the ensuing period of 'discovery' and colonization.  The Roman Catholic Church issued the Papal Bull of 1493 giving permission to the kings of Europe to rape, pillage, slaughter and steal property.  The Papal Bull became a legal precedent known as the The Doctrine of Discovery that spawned hundreds of new laws used by discoverers, colonists and later by the U.S. government to justify forced confiscation of personal property.  (see Native America, Discovered and Conquered)




"50,000 Native People... died within months of the establishment of the first Spanish colony on the island of Espanola. The soldiers held contests to see who could cut the most heads off with one blow. Women's breasts were cut off for sport while their babies were fed to the Mastiff dogs;  24 million people perished at the hands of the Conquistadors in Central Mexico... [the Conquistadors] held contests to see whose dogs could tear apart the most people. Babies were thrown into the air for the dogs to fight over;  The 95% of the People in Western and Central Honduras who perished in less than 50 years;  In Western Nicaragua the population fell from more than a million to less than 10,000 in only 60 years;  In Peru, Chile and Brazil the population decreased from 14 million to 500,000 in less than a century. The soldiers, it was written, kept "the quarters of Indians hanging on porches to feed to the dogs." While many of the deaths were from diseases spread from the filth which permeated the "Old World" many of our People were simply worked to death. It was cheaper to work the slaves until they died than to feed them. There were always more slaves to be had.  These are but a few of the atrocities that led to the development of The New World...."    Susan Bates, Hill and Holler column, October 2006




Why does the U.S. government and schools continue to celebrate the farce and atrocities of Columbus?  Why does this lie continue to be taught in schools?  Why is Columbus Day a legal holiday?  


The “Columbus Day” holiday is the only national holiday that insults millions of Americans.  Columbus Day celebrates the opening of slave trade and the most hideous periods of genocide in human history


We encourage you to help stop this ridiculous farce that continues to be rammed down the throats of school children and all American citizens.  Sign the petition to: Abolish Columbus Day and Re-name it "First Americans Day"


Also Read:  Miller: Will others follow Episcopal Church’s lead? Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery


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Meet Manataka Elders


Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson


Dr. Fred has been a friend of Manataka since 2005 and formally became a member in 2007.   He immediately began efforts to increase American Indian awareness and passing out information about Manataka during Diversity cultural fairs at the hospital where is the chaplain. 


Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson is a descendant of the Oklahoma Choctaw (Paternal)/Kansa (Maternal) and was born and raised in Osage County Oklahoma and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fred has a close spiritual association with the Osage, having a number of Osage in-laws. He served his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1966 to 1970 at New Orleans.   Fred graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida Southern College, then went on to earn a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Central Florida. Later, Fred earned his doctorate degree (PhD) in Pastoral Theology from the International Seminary of Florida. 


Fred is a retired Master Police Officer from the City of Orlando, Florida.  His impressive record, education, and professional demeanor was noticed by one of the area's largest employers, Walt Disney World in Orlando, who quickly hired him to work as an Investigations and Operations Manager eventually becoming an Area Manager of Security.  After 16 years working with Disney World, Fred retired for a second time and started a third career in Pastoral Care at Health Central hospital in Ocoee, Florida.  He is also a Victim Services Advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a MADD instructor.  He is a lifelong advocate for American Indians particularly in law enforcement and the healthcare arenas.  He regularly presents articles at national conferences on Native American Indian Spirituality in Healthcare. 


He is an Ordained Episcopal Minister and serves as a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor-CPSP, AACC Professional Life Coach, AACC Stress & Trauma Care, Mitchell Model CSIM, Volunteer Chaplain Orlando PD, Honorary Chaplain Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.


Fred is the newest member of the Manataka Elder Council and is deeply respected by his fellow Elders who rely on his sage advise on many issues that come before the Council.   If you seek counsel with Dr. Fred, please email at:





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The Center for Biological Diversity


Court Restores Protections to Northern Rockies Wolves
The Center for Biological Diversity celebrated a key victory last Thursday when a federal judge in Montana reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. The decision means that planned wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana won't go forward and protections remain in place for wolves in those two states, along with Wyoming and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah. The judge sided with the Center and our allies, represented by Earthjustice, in ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was wrong to delist wolves in Montana and Idaho but exclude Wyoming for political reasons. The ruling will have important implications in keeping the feds from using anything but science in deciding whether to lift protections for other imperiled species. Meanwhile, we continue to challenge the Service's assertions that just 300 wolves in the region constitute a "recovered" population. We also filed a scientific petition this summer for the federal government to produce a national recovery plan to reestablish wolves in suitable habitat in the Pacific Northwest, California, southern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and New England.


Gulf Victory: Anti-BP Spill Suits to Be Heard Close to Home
A judicial panel decided Tuesday that BP won't get a home-court advantage when it comes time to defend itself from hundreds of lawsuits related to its massive spill in the Gulf. The panel ruled that cases against BP -- including the Center for Biological Diversity's $19 billion Clean Water Act lawsuit -- will be heard in New Orleans. BP had hoped for a more convenient venue in Houston, where its American headquarters are located. Tuesday's decision, though, will mean that judges and juries living in areas most affected by the oil spill will get to decide how to punish BP and its contractors for the environmental catastrophe. The Center's landmark case, believed to be the largest citizen enforcement action taken under the Clean Water Act, not only seeks billions of dollars in penalties for cleaning up the Gulf but also a full accounting of all the toxic chemicals that were released with the oil spill.  "The government still hasn't taken any criminal or civil action against BP," said Charlie Tebbutt, the attorney working on the Center's case. "Marshes have been devastated, wildlife wiped out and the full extent of the damage is still years from being known. This case will ensure that BP pays for every drop of oil spilled and can't walk away from the damage that's been done."

Feds, Hunting Group Challenge Grizzly Protections
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Safari Club are appealing a federal court's ruling that restored threatened species protections to grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem.. Last November's ruling pointed to the ongoing and predicted loss of whitebark pine trees -- which provide high-calorie nuts that the bears feed on extensively -- as a result a huge outbreak of tree-killing beetles, which scientists believe is fueled by global warming. The trees have additionally been hit hard by a disease called "blister rust."  Global warming may also impact other grizzly bear food sources, ranging from army cutworm moths -- which the bears heavily consume in alpine areas -- to dead hoofed mammals available in spring. With fewer harsh winters, more elk and bison will survive the cold season and not be available as carrion to bears emerging from hibernation -- meaning more bears could starve. Grizzly bears are a critical part of the natural balance in Yellowstone, their profound influence ranging from processing and dispersing berry seeds to aerating the soil and changing microhabitats while digging up rodents, such as ground squirrels. 






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Dead Cows Now Being Cloned

We already know that cloned beef has entered the food supply both in the United States and the UK. Now, thanks to revelations from JR Simplot, a U.S. company specializing in the cloning of cows for beef production, we're learning that dead cows are cloned to produce the next generation of beef cattle. Here's how it works: A large number of cows are slaughtered and then chopped into steaks that are tested for their flavor, texture and other qualities important to steak eaters. The source animal of each steak is recorded, and cells from that source carcass are preserved for possible cloning in case the steak turns out to taste good. Once all the steaks are gauged for their desirability, the dead cow carcasses from which the flesh was cut to produce the steaks are harvested for their DNA.


Drilling Reforms: Step Forward, But Not Far Enough
In a promising move for the environment, the Obama administration announced this week that it will no longer exempt certain deepwater offshore oil-drilling projects from environmental review -- as it did with the Deepwater Horizon project and so many others. Unfortunately, non-deepwater drilling operations may still be approved without review of their impacts, and deepwater wells that have already been approved without environmental review won't necessarily be under scrutiny.  We applaud the step forward but we denounce the decision not to impose full environmental review on all offshore drilling. We demand the administration enforce all current law as it relates to dangerous offshore oil drilling on America's beautiful, important and irreplaceable coasts."


Safeguards in Sight for San Francisco's Namesake -- and Rarest -- Plant
Due to a scientific petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the recently rediscovered Franciscan manzanita -- whose entire known wild population consists of one plant -- just moved closer to legal protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced that the plant may deserve Endangered Species Act status, launching a year-long scientific review of the plant's plight -- which is dire.

This species' survival is a minor miracle, the result of several heroic acts by botanists. In 1906, the specimens that first identified the species were rescued from the California Academy of Sciences as fires driven by the San Francisco earthquake burned the academy's collections. Then, in 1947, a famous botanist stood in front of heavy construction equipment to save the last two known wild plants from destruction. After those plants were sent to a botanical garden, the species was declared extinct in the wild -- until finally, last year, Dr. Daniel Gluesenkamp had an unlikely drive-by sighting of a single plant within a San Francisco Presidio highway construction project. The single surviving wild Franciscan manzanita plant was moved from the construction zone to a secure location. Now, the feds' response to our petition compels them to move forward in protecting the plant and help it succeed once again in its natural habitat.  Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.



Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke Speaks


Creator’s Tools



This time I am writing a true personal story that I experienced some time ago. I try to walk the good Red Road with an open heart and be available when the Creator needs a tool.

I have not asked permission of the people in this story to use their names, so the names and places have been changed. The story is true as I lived it.

Little Flower and I were planning to attend the Spring Gathering in the mountains several hundred miles from our home. As the winter months passed, Little Flower talked more and more about camping out with her friends. She is always impatient for these gatherings to renew old friendships. As the time got closer, we started to get things ready. Bags were packed and put out in the hall. Little Flower didn’t want to forget anything. Finally, there was only one more day of work left before we could go. Checking everything again, Little Flower saw that there was no camping gear in the mix.


She wasted no time finding me and asked, “Did you forget the camping gear?”

“No,” I said, “something tells me we will not need it.”

“Why not?” she asked. “We are going to be camping.”

“I don’t know why. I just know we won’t need it, so why carry the extra weight?”


This was like exploding the atomic bomb.  





BIA approves Shinnecock tribe Federal Recognition

Members of the small Shinnecock Indian Nation located on New York's Long Island were happy to learn on June 15, 2010 that the Bureau of Indian Affairs notified the tribe it had been formally recognized as a tribe.  The recognition moves the Shinnecock Indian Nation a step closer to operating a casino, although tribal leaders Tuesday declined to discuss gambling in any way.  Tribal leaders noted the Shinnecocks have been trying for decades to obtain federal recognition. That effort kicked into high gear in 2003, when they first tried to open a casino on tribal land in Southampton. The tribe was told that formal recognition from the BIA is required before operating gaming facilities. About 500 Shinnecock tribal members live in modest homes on a 1,200-acre reservation in Southampton; 700 more members live elsewhere. Nearby, some of the richest people in the world, including Wall Street power brokers and Hollywood celebrities, have sprawling estates worth tens of millions of dollars. BIA officials reviewed ancestral records and other historical documents of the tribe before determining whether the Shinnecocks met the recognition criteria. The tribe had sought to circumvent the federal approval process by seeking recognition in federal court, but a judge rejected that effort in 2007.  Even with federal recognition, the tribe needs additional federal and state approvals before operating a casino. Federal recognition also makes the Shinnecocks eligible for federal grants and other funding.

BIA denies Central Band of Cherokee Federal Recognition

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk on Aug. 6 said the federal government would not acknowledge the Central Band of Cherokee as a Native American tribe because it did not provide enough evidence of Native American descent. The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Acknowledgement evaluated the group’s petition to become a federally recognized tribe and found that the CBC self-generated family histories and descent reports that attribute Cherokee ancestry to some of its ancestors are not supported by evidence.  The CBC, located in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., formed in 2000 and has 407 members. Members claim to be descendants of Cherokee people who never gave up their rights to 1806 treaty lands in Tennessee, or are descendants of Native Americans living in Tennessee who evaded removal or escaped when the Cherokee were removed from North Carolina in the late 1830s, according to its website.  Evidence shows the CBC is a voluntary association of individuals who claim, but have not documented, Native American ancestry. Bureau officials said none of the CBC’s evidence demonstrates the validity of either claim and that a June decision by the Tennessee Commission on Indian Affairs to grant state recognition to the CBC didn’t provide evidence of Native American descent.


Tribal Law and Order Act Passes

The United States Congress passed Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009 that was an amendment to H.R. 725, Indian Arts and Crafts Amendment Act.  It was a monumental vote to address critical needs in Indian Country, as the Tribal Law and Order Act will allow for greater public safety in American Indian communities.  S. 797 was introduced by Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with ten other co-sponsors. President Barack Obama applauded the passing of the bill, and is committed to signing it into law.  With crime rates increasing on Native American reservations throughout the country, this Act comes at a critical time to help address challenges in the federal government, tribal court and law enforcement systems. 




2010 Tribal Directory

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



Motivating American Indian Students in Science and Math

By Gregory A. Cajete, Las Cruces, NM


Many American Indian students tend to drop high school math and science courses which are not specifically required for graduation, with the result that they do not acquire the necessary skills to enable them to pursue scientific or technical careers. This digest will summarize the major characteristics of American Indian student needs in the disciplines of science and math and then offer constructive ways in which students can be motivated for greater achievement.







Courage and Faith


Courage is...

  • Following your conscience instead of "following the crowd".

  • Refusing to take part in hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.

  • Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.

  • Speaking your mind even though others don't agree.

  • Taking complete responsibility for your actions...and your mistakes.

  • Following the rules - and insisting that others do the same.

  • Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.

  • Doing what you know is right- regardless of the risks and potential consequences.

The "Cadet Prayer" that is repeated during chapel services at the U.S. Military Academy:


"Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won. Endow us with the courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy."


That is truly the essence of courage.”


Excerpt from Walk the Talk by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura

Submitted by Manataka Elder Dr. Fred Wilcoxson, FL







Animal Rights:


The Great Spirit Bear

Beautiful Words:


Let The Oil Fall - Poetry

Elders Speak:


To Embrace the Earth by Maka Nupa L. Cota

Elders Speak:


Beautiful People of the World - Children of Gaia by Magdala Rameriz

Elders Speak:


Symbolism of the Eagle Feather  by Daniel Hoffman

Elders Speak:


Calling All Manataka by Linda Two Hawk Feathers James

Elders Speak:


Telling of the Old Stories by Gram Selma

Elders Speak:


Intimacy by Robert Gray Hawk Coke

Elders Speak:


Lee Standing Bear's Visions by Takatoka

Feature Story:


Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

Feature Story:


2012 Time Odyssey by Sharron Rose

Feature Story:


How To Be Happy In One Easy Lesson

Feature Story:


Come To Australia!

Feature Story:


The Right to Return: Haudenosaunee Passports Denied by Obama

Feature Story:


Aztec Dancers Gather - August 14, 2010

Health Watch:


Thousands in Gulf Suffer from Misdiagnosed Skin Lesions

Pharmacists, doctors are the new drug dealers

When Disaster Strikes - Part 3

The Fluoride Fraud

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Arteriosclerosis or Atherosclerosi



An Apache Medicine Dance in 1898



Forty Dead Men -- a Makah Story



Tracy Bone -- Music CD - No Lies

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Another Victory for the Indians!

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Native American Heritage Heals Wounded Warriors 

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Many Uses for Tooth Paste



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