Manataka American Indian Council
Manataka Elder Council
Michael Burton, Eye of the Eagle Feather
Chairman / Trustee - 2014
Michael was born on Halloween in 1952 to a Cherokee Mother and a military, Welsh-Irish father. His father was known as "Top" and his mother was a Starr. Michael grew up in Europe and witnessed first hand the futility of war. When a military alert was issued, his father left to prepare for the conflagration.
Michael and his siblings grew up having to handle things for themselves. May Starr, his Cherokee grandmother, had three daughters who all married non-Indians. Grandmother Starr remembered the old ways and reminded her children and grandchildren of the unseen in the spirit world. All the Starr daughters performed sacred ceremonies, much to the chagrin of their Anglo husbands, and Michael learned early on that spirits exist and all the grandchildren have an unorthodox religious direction in life to this day. Michael knew the Great Spirit and God were the same being and the only difference was how people deal with the knowledge and how they treat our fellow human beings and nature.
Michael is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
There were three times in his life
when he came very close to death and should have been finished. Each time a
miracle took place and he survived with only
superficial wounds. These events defied reason and the laws of physics.
His beautiful mother used to say, "Its not your time, and you shall not go until
it is your time." Michael respectfully questioned his mother's words,
"Yes, but why? What has the Great Spirit kept me here to accomplish?
Michael Burton majored in Communications at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater and majored in Education at Northeast Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah in the 1970's. He was a Field Engineer on many CATV network projects for various consulting engineering firms in the 1970's. He was Southwest Regional Manager for Pipeline Services in Tulsa, OK and began his own consulting firm in 1993. Mike has been a project inspector, manager, engineer and consultant for large communications construction for over 30 years.
During three decades engineering the Information Super Highway, he was fully aware they would change everything.
Isaac Isamov once said that science
fiction writers do not predict the future, they simply extrapolate what they see
happening to the limit of their imagination. "We foresee conservatively, due to
imaginary limitations," said Isamov. Michael said, "The Orwellian system I
engineered in 1982 had fully functional two way capability, so Big Brother could
watch you. The technology was there. I have remained surprised by the
speed of change taking place all around the world."
Michael is not happy that he helped to create a dehumanizing world, "where we don't look each other in the eye anymore. Where we can look the other way so easily. Things happen at the speed of light, and people are becoming blurred attachments. That is why I love the Valley of Peace (Manataka) so very much. One can slow down there, and count the eagles gliding overhead. I am amazed that just to the west, over the hill, used to be one of the worst Pottersville ever. That is how the Great Spirit works -- always creating someplace of peace next to the turmoil of this world."
"I would like to some day see Manataka reappear again as a place of refuge welcoming all peoples, able to gather for healing, reflection, and prayer. Where no weapon may enter and all laws of men are suspended, and all may seek sanctuary. Where men and women can seek the spirit that is always everywhere, and especially here in the Rainbow Valley."
Michael "Eye of the Eagle Feather" Burton
is nominated to the Elder Council by Lee Standing Bear Moore
Michael "Eye of the Eagle Feather" Burton
Hot Springs National Park,
Vice Chairman / Trustee - 2014
Sacred Grounds Elder - June, 2013 --
Monroe Loy is a life-long resident of Manataka (Garland County, AR). He graduated Lake Hamilton High School in 1983. Monroe is a builder and creator.
He started a career as a tool and die machinist in 1984 and quickly founded his own successful contracting business that achieved dozens of major commercial projects and military (USACE) projects over the past 26 years. Currently, Mr. Loy is plant manager for Innovative Equipment Solutions.
Monroe Loy has many loves (but only one close lady) and one of those loves are birds of prey. As a licensed Falconer, anytime Monroe is not buried in his work at the plant, he is driving to an education or conservation program in Arkansas or tending to the needs of his own small flock. As friends, pets and workmates Monroe's birds are important to him.
As the newest Elder, Monroe said, "I feel humbled and honored that the existing Council would value my service and input."
Mr. Loy does not claim any American Indian ancestry, but his heart and mind are indigenous as the beautiful hawks and eagles he raises.
Royal, AR 71968
Elders, Monroe Loy, Lee Standing Bear Moore and Mike Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton at Gulpha Gorge sacred grounds on March 22, 2014.
Lee Standing Bear Moore
Manataka Secretary / Trustee
'Standing Bear' is one of the Keepers of Manataka (Place of Peace) sacred site.
Bear was born at the Bell Mission in California. For many years, Bear studied American Indian history and customs as he traveled across the country attending council fires and purification lodge ceremonies. Along the way he collected stories from the elders of many American Indian tribes.
Moore received his Indian name, Standing Bear, in 1967 while serving in Viet Nam as a platoon sergeant with a long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) unit. Five American Indian brothers gave him the name the night he earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart during the Battle of Nui Ba Den. Moore also received the Bronze Star, three more Purple Hearts, the Gallantry In Action Medal and other medals and honors during his service.
Moore received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a BS degree in Business Law from LaSalle University. Bear produced major events and concerts, published magazines and contributed to nonprofit organizations for most of his professional career. He is the former owner of Lemo Talent Productions and Moore Media & Marketing. He was the founder and executive director of the AWARE Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, Inc.
Standing Bear served as advisor and special liaison to the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma for several years. Currently, he is the secretary, historian and storyteller for the Manataka American Indian Council (MAIC) of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Bear is the narrator of a documentary film titled, “The Story of Manataka” and is compiling a collection of American Indian stories for publication. He has written articles for newsletters, magazines and newspapers and appeared on radio and television talk shows.
Bear was married on the sacred Manataka Mountain to Rebecca Ann Flaming Owl Sharp in June 1983. They have two adult daughters, Andrea and Amanda. He and his family have lived in Hot Springs for the past 30 plus years.
Lee Standing Bear Moore
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Treasurer, Chairwoman - Women's Council
Becky was born in Yipslanta, MI in 1953 and entered Westark Community College in 1975. Later Becky earned three Associate of Arts degrees at Garland County Community College. She is the mother of two daughters, Andrea and Amanda. Andrea is a school counselor studying for her doctorate degree and Amanda Morning Star is leader of the Manataka Drum Society. Becky has three grandchildren. Becky is a former retail manager and bookkeeper with over twenty years of experience. She has been married to Lee Standing Bear Moore for over 35 years. Becky was elected chairperson of the Manataka Women's Council in 2005 and is a member of the Manataka Drum Society. Becky regularly participates in local women's spiritual groups and activities. She takes great pride and cares for her growing family.
Rebecca Flaming Owl Moore
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson
Education Committee Elder - 2010
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: Dr.Fred@manataka.org
Fred D. Wilcoxson
Rev. Linda Two Hawk Feathers James
Ceremonial Elder - 2009
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, Choctaw, has been a member of the Manataka Elder Council since 2009 (presently serving as Ceremonial Elder). This responsibility is not new to her, having been a Chaplain since ordination to that ministry in 1999 by Hanley Road Church, St. Louis. She and her husband, John, are also associated with the Mid American Indian Fellowship which has groups in Missouri, Kansas, & Arkansas. Having only discovered her native heritage around 10 years ago, Linda’s heart’s desire is to bring an understanding of native people to the Church. She feels a pull to follow her naming prophecy to be one who speaks words of warning in this troubled time. Two Hawk Feathers wishes to draw from the Navaho tradition of placing two feathers in a stand to help point others to a sacred place. She envisions reconciliation between native people (as we struggle to resurrect ancient traditions and ceremonies) may lead the way to other forms of healing. In the last year, the Episcopal Church recognized their role in colonizing and destroying the culture of many native tribes in the United States and Canada. By becoming more self-aware of our long heritage of worship to Creator, we will be able to more graciously accept the smallest gestures of apology from governments and church entities who are still actively seeking to colonize native people around the world (#1 is admitting the problem).
Linda’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science dually granted in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). Following a call into the ministry, Linda attended and received a baccalaureate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Master of Arts in Christian Education. She has been in the pursuit of a Master of Divinity while attending Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Now, Linda is seeking admittance to Phillips Christian Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK, as a continuation of her quest for a Master of Divinity. Linda was ordained in the Christian church in September 2013.
Her new motto is “Live Peace and Pray for More Who Live Peace.” II Corinthians 5:11-19
Linda Two Hawk Feathers James
St. Louis, Missouri
Robert King "Gray Hawk" Coke
Counseling Committee Elder - 2006
Robert Gray Hawk King Coke, 80, Cherokee, has been member of the Manataka Elder Council since 2006. Coke graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 with a biology degree. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Europe.
After returning home, Robert Coke, entered pre-seminary school Austin College with a major in Philosophy. He continued his education by earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University where he later served on the faculty as an instructor. In 1996, Elder Coke was elected Chairman, of the American Indian Heritage Association and served as an ambassador for the American Indian Center of Dallas. Gray Hawk is now a semi-retired consultant. Gray Hawk's excellent observations of life and advise on living regularly appear in the Smoke Signal News.
Robert King Gray Hawk Coke
John Ivan James
Elder-at-Large 2014 -
John James, husband of Manataka Ceremonial Elder, Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, has been a devoted member of Manataka since 1999 when both he and Linda lived in Hot Springs. At that time, John owned a restaurant in Malvern, AR and later a coffee house in Hot Spring while he supported Linda, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually throughout many years while she attended seminary.
John is a soft-spoken, gentle man, with strong convictions in his Christian faith. He approaches most questions of life's struggles with a common-sense approach. John James may not speak much, but when he does, it is best to listen closely because he always has a bit of wisdom to share, a unique viewpoint, or sensible suggestion that will make his tenure on the Elder Council valuable and welcomed.
John was born June 26, 1944 in Long Beach, California to John Herbert & Mary Virginia (Gray) James of Malvern, AR. The family owned a farm near Malvern where seven children were raised. John graduated high school in 1964 and joined the U.S. Air Force. John has a long and diverse background working with Southern Ice Company, Hot Spring County Memorial Hospital, Griff’s Burger Bars, Mid-State Construction Company, Feather-Lite Manufacturing, Tri-State Mill Supply, International Paper Company, Reynolds Metal Company, Hoover Universal and Overton Electric Company. He has also owned a remodeling company and restaurants.
John became licensed Baptist minister in 1979. He later returned his ordination license due to a divorce. He has three natural daughters, one son and another adopted son. His three brothers and two sisters all live in Central Arkansas.
St. Louis, MO
Thomas Morrison Haley
Elder-at-Large 2015 -
Tom Haley was born in Texarkana, Texas, on October 21, 1952, but grew up in Texarkana, Arkansas.
He is a 1970 graduate of Arkansas High School, a 1975 graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas earning a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Sociology. Haley is also a 1979 graduate of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and earned a Masters of Theology.
Haley received a credit for Clinical Pastoral Education after he completed an internship as hospital chaplain at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
He was ordained in the United Methodist Church of Arkansas and for ten years primarily served churches in the Delta. Haley left the ministry and became a columnist and reporter for The Benton Courier (now The Saline Courier.)
His column “Haley’s Comments” won several awards with the Arkansas Press Association. Haley is the author of several books including Haley’s Comments: A View of Life From Across the Street, Listen to the Wind, and God and Son, Inc.
Haley married Amanda Hopkins on February 14, 1989. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
He returned to ministry after being out for about twenty-five years and wrote about his experiences in OUT OF MY DESERT: A Spiritual Biography.
Rev. Haley joined Manataka in 2011 after meeting Lee Standing Bear Moore. Later, he was asked to chair of THE MOMENT - A Worldwide gathering of people for peace.
He does nor claim any American Indian ancestry, but refers to himself as a “white man with a red heart.” His main focus in life has been to help bring about peace between all peoples. He also sees the parallelism of Native American culture and Christianity in its purest sense. Peace is possible.
Former Members of the Manataka Elder Council
Linda VanBibber - Bear Heart Woman Speaks
June 2012 - October 2013
Linda VanBibber attended Northwest Missouri State University where she carried a double major in Humanities/ Philosophy and English. She was ordained to the priesthood as Mother Laylah according to the Liberal Catholic rites of Holland in 1986 and majored in Judaic Studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (for her 3rd BA)
Linda worked for 26 years at Director of Marketing for a mid-sized Kansas City manufacturing firm from which she retired in 2010. For five years prior to retirement. Linda organized an effort on her job to collect and distribute winter clothing for the Women’s and Children’s Emergency Shelter on Pine Ridge Reservation and has supported efforts to provide fuel to the medical clinic there through Link.
Linda is working to provide art for an upcoming book authored by Grandmother Maka Nupa, a Cherokee and Lakota healer and teacher. She has attended women’s ceremonies of the Six Nations People with Grandmother and continues to work with her for women’s empowerment. Her Spirit name is Bear Heart Woman Speaks. She has studied and continues to study a broad range of indigenous cultures and religions. In addition to her ordination, she is also an initiate of Candomble, an Afro-Brazilian religion which honors Mother Earth and practices Earth Ways. She works to raise funds to support free medical clinics in Brazil and to provide education and training for the underprivileged people of Bahia, some of the poorest people on the planet.
Linda has been a member of Manataka American Indian Council since 2003 during which time she has performed multiple services, including acting as Communications Chair for three years, providing articles about Manataka to the Arkansas Free Press and for the Smoke Signals News, supporting various fund raising efforts, assisting at gatherings and providing land for sacred ceremonies on the Mountain. She has provided strategic communications consultation in various situations and is currently assisting in planning for The Moment.
Former Members of the Manataka Elder Council
Garl White Horse Neel
Nell Beautiful Basket Hampton Deceased
Dr. Robert Swindell Deceased
Bill Little Horse Barbour
Dr. Bob McFarlin
Hervie Long Legs Chisum
Charles Doc Davidson
ELDER BILL LITTLE HORSE BARBOUR CROSSES OVER Aug. 28, 2004
"My heart was saddened by the news of the passing of Chief Bill 'Little Horse in the fall of 2004. I have fond memories he left behind with me. I first met Little Horse at the fall gathering at Manataka 1998. He was so full of energy that day! He welcomed me to the gathering and as as we talked, I said, "I am part Indian! Little Horse looked at me for quite some time, his eyes were connected to mine as he looked through the windows of my heart and he spoke. "Let me tell you, no man is part Indian! Either you are or you are not Indian! And I can see that you are Indian." From that day forward I have never been part Indian. Wado (Thank you) Little Horse. Your encouragement made me a better teacher (di-de-yo-hvi-s-gi) and a better person. I will never forget your words of wisdom and I pray that Grandfather may give to you the peace and happiness that you have earned while you walked here upon our mother, 'The Earth. (ta-wa-do-gi)." ~Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman
Bill Little Horse Barbour was an member of Manataka and a Honorary member of the Elder Council.
A Mescalaro Apache, Bill Little Horse made over 400 movies and made his first movie with cowboy star Tom Mix. He made six movies with John Wayne and was in "The Kentuckian" and "A Man Called Horse." He also appeared in television shows such as Wagon Train, Rawhide, Death Valley Days and Bonanza.
Little Horse holds a place in the Guiness Book of World Records with his famous bull whip show. He is the only man to ever take a silver dollar from his own mouth with a bull whip. He was given his first bull whip by cowboy movie star Gabby Hayes who also taught him how to use it.
Bill Barbour, aka Chief Little Horse, was born Haigood Foch Barbour (alternately Highood) on June 15, 1920, in Harnett, North Carolina to Lawrence Duffy Barbour and Corena C. Hartsoe Barbour. He had two sisters, Linda Greson and Grace Beasley. Bill Barbour served in the Army during World War II and then found work in Hollywood, possibly as an uncredited extra playing American Indian roles. A silver belt buckle indicates he was the champion of the 1939 Castaic Rodeo; he would have been no more than 19 at the time. At some point he settled at 30335 Sloan Canyon Road in Castaic, where a 1,403-square-foot, 1+1 home (possibly a homestead cabin) had been built in 1913. Barbour married Carol J. Gundlach on June 28, 1963. He was involved in several fraternal organizations and participated in regional parades in full Indian regalia (including Newhall, Chatsworth and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade) through the early 1970s. He had a whip act and participated in other rodeos (including Bakersfield). Barbour retired to Benton, Ark., and died in Little Rock on Aug. 28, 2004. He is buried in the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Pulaksi County, Ark.
Robert "Dr. Bob" T. Swindell
February 22, 1938 - April 11, 2014
Dr. Robert Thomas Swindell , 76, of Little Rock lost his courageous war with cancer on Friday evening, April 11, 2014. Born in Greenfield, TN to Jewel (Overton) and Chester Swindell on February 22, 1938, Dr. Bob?s quick wit and love for people won him a special place in the hearts of those he encountered.
Bob attended Messick High School in Memphis, TN where he proudly served in ROTC. His love for our great country ran deep. His undergraduate work was completed at Memphis State University, and he earned his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Post-Doctoral work was done at Iowa State University. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Emeritus of University of Arkansas, and Alpha Omega Alpha.
He embraced his Chickasaw heritage and co-founded Minority Access to Sciences and Math. He was the founder of American Indian Renaissance Organization. He co-founded the Maumelle Arts Council and served as Chairman of Department of Chemistry at Tennessee Technological University. He was also Chairman of Department of Chemistry at University of Arkansas ? Little Rock, where he was awarded the University Department of Excellence Award. Bob was sent as liaison to medical schools in Mexico and also to England for an International Environmental Conference. Dr. Bob served on the Elder Council of the Manataka American Indian Council.
Bob was a beloved coach, professor, and husband.
He loved sports. The softball field at Tennessee Technological University even bears his name. Under his direction, two women?s softball national championships were won. He coached college softball, All Junior Pro Basketball, and Little League Football.
As a professor, he was honored numerous times as Professor of the Year and is in the Who?s Who of American Professors.
Jimmie A. Keefauver - Looking For Wind
Elected October 17, 2010 - Deceased 2015
Jimmie A. Keefauver, Looking for Wind, is a 75 year-old retired Illinois State Policeman and of Onieda descent with some Cherokee blood in the mix. He says, "I have only one regret that I plan to rectify. I did not live or study my Indian heritage before the past few years. All that will change now."
Grandfather Keefauver has been married for the past 18 years to Tomye Wind Song and they make their home in Springfield, Illinois. He has four step children, four grand step children and six great step grandchildren. His former marriage of nearly 35-years produced five children who are one forth Oneida. His deceased wife was one half Onieda.
Jimmie spent over 12 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corp in Korea, Vietnam, France and Greece. He received the Medal of Honor from the Vietnamese government in 1967 and attended the U.S. Army War College at Carlye, PA. In Vietnam in 1966-1967, he was a Senior Medic for the US Army, 15th General Dispensary and was assigned to field work all over the central highlands. After his honorable discharge, Jimmie operated an upholstery business in New York and Illinois for 18 years.
After moving to Illinois, Jimmie was elected Mayor of Fairview and later served as Police Commissioner and volunteer fireman. Because of his strong medical background, Jimmie was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the office of the Coroner in Futton and served in that office for eight years. This experience led him to join the State Police where he retired in 1999.
"I have traveled the world and gone to places that many people dream about. I have experienced a great deal in my seven plus decades and bring a broad perspective to the Manataka Circle. I feel that my years of experience and the diversity of my background will contribute to the welfare of Manataka."
Jimmie has worn many hats during his long life time and he has worn them all well. We have wondered why Jimmie is called "Looking For Wind". We now know it is because the wind has always been at his back, so he could not find it.
Jimmie was gifted the name, Wind Seeker / Looking for Wind by his friend, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman. According to Hawk, Jimmie is constantly looking for his wife, Tomye WindSong. Thus, he becomes Looking for Wind.
Jimmie A. Keefauver
January, 2008 - September 21, 2012
Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, 73, is retired law enforcement officer, grandfather, and teacher. He is a founding member of the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, Inc,' a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. He has given presentations at schools in Central Illinois area on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Native American people for over 28 years. Hawk and members of his group present dance demonstrations for students, teachers and parents who are also invited to dance. Hawk believes children are the future.
Hawk is not only a highly respected elder among his own people, but his love and concern for all people, all life and things of the Earth Mother is legendary and word of his good works has spread across the country. Hawk is a plain spoken man that is not timid about sharing his many years of wisdom and good advise. Daniel was born on July 3, 1939 in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Ida Etheridge Hoffman. He married Carol LeSeure Feb., 27, 1972. Daniel Hoffman Sr. 73, of Springfield, IL, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, September 21, 2012 at his residence.
Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman
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