Manataka American Indian Council                                         Volume XIV  Issue 11  November 2010




Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History: Comanche History

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:


The Path of Being Human

Indigenous Music and Dance::

Quatisi Nominated for 3 Awards!

Native American Music Awards - Vote Now!

Feature Story 5::   Iroquois Prophecies Great Changes Ahead
Elder's Meditations: Paula Weasel Head, Blood
Heath Watch:   Breast Cancer Industry Lies
Food & Nutrition: The Advantages of Organic Food
Book Reviews: Osage Indian Customs and Myths
Poetry Circle:

Manataka Pride!

Healing Prayer Basket: Prayers Are Answered -- Fast!
Manataka  Business: October Elder Council Meeting

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by Barbara Goodin


The Comanches were rulers of the Great Plains in the 1700s and became known as the Lords of the Southern Plains.  Renowned for their horsemanship, they defended their land from all intruders.  The introduction of the horse to Comanche people enable them to travel widely, striking terror into the hearts of their farthest enemy.  It also enabled them to provide the things necessary for their families -- food, shelter and clothing.


Spaniards and Europeans were their first outside contact, but that changed by the 1830s when white men pushed westward towards a new frontier.


Comanche tribal government was a democratic process, with organized bands, led by Band Chiefs, coming together as needed to discuss important issues.  At one time there may have been as many as thirty five Bands, but during the nineteenth century there were five outstanding bands identified.  They were the Penatuka, Yaparuka, Noyuka, Kwaharu and  Kuhtsutuuka.   (*See more information in "Comanche Bands" section.)


From the time white men pushed westward towards a new frontier in the 1830s, many events occurred that altered the way of life for this great tribe.  The Treaty of Medicine Lodge, the Battle of Adobe Walls, the Jerome Agreement and the Oklahoma land openings were but a few of these events.  Read More>>>









During my life time I have attended many Powwows to dance and meet old and new friends. The Powwows as they are called,  have been the American Indians way of social gatherings for thousands of years.

Much of the traditional ways have been bent and reshaped to work in the modern world but under it all for the people lies the real spiritual meaning of these gatherings.

Many things change and other nations cultures are brought into the Powwow.  Yet still the essence of the spiritual way is always in the core of the gathering.

Dancers dance for the people and drummers sing and play for the spirituality of the dancers and the people.
These things never change and the people are like one big family who enjoy getting to gather and sharing.

This year I had agreed to share a vendor tent with a good friend who also is the C'annupa carrier for the Metis people of Maine. I met him through my daughter Debbie and we have become close friends; in fact we adopted him into our family.

Like some old ruffed up and ragged teddy bear Trip has come into our lives and our hearts. With all his many health issues we support him and make sure he is taken care of.
Read More>>> 





By Magdala Del Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan Priestess


Magdala Rameriz


The Path of Being Human


In the silence, I heard you…


Another shift has been happening for the human beings… a shift that can go either way…


It is the time where tolerance and compassion has been awaken, but the tolerance and compassion is to the self, for it is not in the outside world where the transmutation is taking place…  the difference between transmutation and transformation is that one is in the inside the other is in the outside, and each one have different laws that apply..


In the observance of the ants, as they have been a great teachers for the many, we find that they do have their own organization, they have their rules and regulations, they have they way of living, they live in community, and everything is in perfect divine order, they never went apart from their own nature, they follow a divine order that is encoded in them, so is all creation, yet all connected, the circles inside of the circles inside of the circles….






Indigenous Music and Dance



 Nominated In 3 Categories With The Native American Music Awards

Quatisi has been making exceptional strides in the Country music world with her music. Since moving to Nashville, Tennessee in the 90's, Quatisi released five (5) CD Albums. Through her released CD albums, Quatisi has won awards with the Indian Summer Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, nominated more than ten (10) times and even sparked a nomination for a Grammy award. Quatisi is of the American Indian Cree Nation.

Quatisi is currently nominated in three (3) categories with the Native American Music Awards.

 Best Female, Best Country, and Best Pop for her new CD "SOS".

We hope you will vote for her at before Nov.10th,2010

and we hope you will go to her site to hear all her music at or

Quatisi Highlights
Winner 2008 Indian Summer Music Awards
2005 Winner Folk/Country Award Native American Music
2005 & 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 ISMA Nominee
Winner 2004,2005,2006 Silver Arrow Award
Candidate for nomination for a Grammy 2006
Song Writer (Native American Television) NATV

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Iroquois Prophecies Tell of Great Changes Ahead
© by Doug George-Kanentiio, November 2010

Those people living along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast can, if an old Iroquois prophecy is accurate, expect more powerful hurricanes to strike land with as much if not more intensity than Katrina.

Like many Native teachings the prophecies are meant to warn people that their collective behavior with regards to the natural world has consequences some of which are tragic not only for humans but other species of life.

One of the most influential of Iroquois spiritual leaders was Handsome Lake (Skaniateriio in Mohawk)
the Seneca prophet who instructed his followers as to how to accommodate life in which the Europeans would dominate at least until the time of ecological cleansing.

Handsome Lake was a title holder as a member of the Seneca Nation's national council. He was a veteran of many wars including the American Revolution and like others of his time resorted to alcohol as one way of responding to the diminishing of the Iroquois as a political power in the northeast. 






"Praying is what has brought us old people through life. We've all gone through hard times. We've all done our share of bad things. But through our prayers and faith in the Creator we get together again and we try hard to live right."  --Paula Weasel Head, Blood


As we go through life we find ourselves on track one day and off track the next day. We gain consistency through prayer. Prayer is our connection to the Great Spirit. Prayer is our channel for knowledge and wisdom. Prayer is how we keep our sanity. The Elders say we should walk in prayer.


Great Spirit, teach me to walk in prayer. Help keep my faith string.

By Don Coyhis







Breast Cancer Industry Lies

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger


Don't get another mammogram until you investigate all your options for preventing and curing breast cancer... 


"This report exposes the little-known truth about the massive fraud perpetrated by the breast cancer industry. Every woman needs to read and learn the information freely offered in this eye-opening report." - Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, author of Breast Cancer Deception


Nearly everything we've been told about breast cancer by the medical establishment is a lie. Here are just a few of the many shocking truths you've never been told:

  • Breast cancer is 90% preventable through deliberate changes in foods and lifestyle.

  • Chemotherapy only works on 1 - 2% of breast cancer patients.

  • The No. 1 cause of breast cancer is chronic vitamin D deficiency.

  • Mammograms actually cause breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer is not caused by "bad genes."

  • All woman have cancer cells and micro tumors. Simply having a tiny tumor detected does not mean you need chemotherapy or radiation.

  • Ten women are harmed by mammography for every one woman who is helped by it.

  • Countless false positives (false cancer diagnoses) happen every year. You should never trust a single cancer diagnosis.

  • Most breast cancer centers have a financial incentive to recruit patients by "finding" evidence of breast cancer.

  • Many oncologists would never undergo the same chemotherapy they prescribe to patients.

  • Many of the largest breast cancer non-profits are little more than Big Pharma front groups operating a massive patient recruitment scam.


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The Advantages of Organic Food

You Are What You Eat

 By Virginia Louise, Organic Food Info Net


Do you really know what goes into your food?  Discover the advantages of organic food on this site and see exactly what producers have been adding to your fruit and vegetables to make it less healthy than a few years ago.


In the rush to produce more and more crops to satisfy growing demand producers have had to resort to using a lethal cocktail of pesticides to control disease and insect attack. 


Good news for their bank balances perhaps but not good news for your health, this is why you need to be informed of the advantages of organic food.


Did you know that if you consumed an average apple you would be eating over 30 pesticides, even after you have washed it? 


The quality of food has definitely gone down since the second world war.  For instance, the levels of vitamin C in today's fruit bear no resemblance to the levels found in wartime fruit.


Organic food is known to contain 50% more nutrients, minerals and vitamins than produce that has been intensively farmed. Read more about this here.


You will have to eat more fruit nowadays to make up the deficiency, but unfortunately that means eating more chemicals, more detrimental affects on your health eating something that should be good for you!    Read More>>>








Osage Indian Customs and Myths

By Louis F. Burns


Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press

2005. xvi+ 230 pp. $19.95 (paper)

ISBN 978-0-8173-5181-6.

Review by George Sabo, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas


An Osage on Osages Louis F. Burns, a member of the Osage Mottled Eagle clan, has written several excellent books on Osage history and culture. This latest volume provides the general reader as well as the specialist a valuable introduction to Osage ceremonial customs and associated traditional narratives. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1, “Customs,” begins with a chapter describing the Little Old Men. This is a group of elders who, having devoted their lives to study and contemplation, are charged with the responsibility of upholding community spiritual, moral, and ethical values. The Little Old Men functioned as the keepers of the sacred lore that forms the primary subject matter of this volume.


Seven additional chapters follow, detailing Osage ceremonial life in the contexts of government, religion, family life, food production, warfare, funeral observances, and sundry other affairs. Part 2, “Myths,” presents traditional narratives in two short chapters dealing respectively with genesis accounts and general myths. These traditional narratives provide the conceptual framework on which the ceremonial life of the community is based, a point that I wish the author had addressed in greater detail. The bulk of the material presented in the book pertains to a bygone era when Osages existed as an in-dependent, native North American tribe. Indeed, the primary source for the information presented in the book is the voluminous work of Francis La Flesche, an Omaha Indian who worked for the Bureau of American Ethnology during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Read More>>>




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Manataka Pride!

By Luke Easter


Thousands of years worship was being conducted at this sacred site,

Elders of many nations from the four corners traveled day and night,

Some pilgrimages lasting several years to curative waters, Nowasalon,

Sharing the gift, Breath of Healing, as darkness blossomed into dawn.


Throughout the centuries there has been entirely to much lost to neglect,

But, The Manataka American Council exists to preserve and protect,

Now a poetic tribute to help elevate factual timeless covered-up rights,

Using former knowledge thereby enhancing the journey of modern life.


50's and 60's, were my informative years as I attended various schools,

Indiana, Ohio and New York it was all the same, Indian was bad news,

Every single movie or television show, only cowboys could be heroes,

Not until half a century later a fraction of the truth I'd come to know.



You gotta read more here!




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Helen RedWing Vinson (Bartlett, TN) was admitted to St. Francis Hospital with a serious infection in her middle toe that has set up with gangrene.  Doctors removed the toe on Tuesday, November 16.  She is in a lot of pain, but true to her ways, her prayers and concerns are for everyone else.  Helen and her good husband Ed Graybeard have been members of Manataka for many years. Helen is a blessing to hundreds of people she helps daily.  Manataka is conducting ceremonies and sending out many prayers for our wonderful sister. ~Bear 11-16-10


Gram Selma Palmer, (Florida) Chief of the Ocali Nation needs prayer.  She was admitted to the hospital on November 7 for respiratory arrest.  Members of the Ocali Nation and Manataka believe Gram Selma to be a wonderful woman deserving of our respect and honor.  Gram Selma wrote many articles over the years for the Manataka Smoke Signal News. Recent reports say her recovery will be a long haul. She has returned home in guarded condition. ~Bear 11-13-10


Juli Maltagliati (South Daytona, FL) My beloved mother, Princella Victoria Jones, had dementia and I cared for her for many years.  She crossed over on August 1st.  My prayers were answered that I would be able to take care of her until the day she died, and that she would die in her bed in her sleep, and for this, I am so thankful.  But I have never been so desolate; I feel I am in pieces and that the best parts of me went with her.  She was not only my mother, but my best friend, my butterfly, my safe place, the center of my life, and in recent years, she had become like my child also. 


The Elders' meditations in the new Smoke Signal News especially touched me.  My Indian blood comes from my mother ... her own mother, my grandmother, was orphaned very young, having been born in Cherokee, NC to a full-blood mother and a German father.  I am so thankful that I was able to take my mother to Cherokee in November 2007; it was the first time either of us had been there.  It didn't matter that her mind couldn't remember the trip; I know her heart and soul absorbed and treasured it.


I'm requesting prayers for myself now, that I will be enabled to make a meaningful new life without her here, and have courage.  In the midst of my grief, I have been trying to find an additional source of income, which I need soon.  For 10 years, I worked two jobs from home which enabled me to stay at home with Mom, but I lost the primary job in April 2009 (which was 70% of my income).  After that, my mother's Social Security check paid for most of the household expenses.  Thankfully, I had a little money put aside and some unexpected funds came after she died, and so I have been able to keep afloat, but in a couple months, I won't be earning enough from my one at-home job to keep up.  I have six beloved animals in my care, and I pray to be enabled to continue to care for us all now that Mom is gone.  So far, my job search has yielded nothing, though I remain hopeful. ~Juli Maltagliati 11-01-10



Mary Lou Joe (Chinle, AZ) It was Wednesday September 29, 2010 that we receive a phone call from my mother's doctor that lab results were getting bad.  My mother is in the nursing home in Chinle, Arizona. My mother is 68 years old. My father deceased for about 6 years ago now.  I know my mother missed our father too. Just not too long ago us kids were informed by the nursing home that our mother's kidney was not functioning well. That the doctor recommend to us that she should go through surgery for to get on with dialysis. We are scared for our mother to go through this pain. As of  today they have not put through this yet. Can you help my mother with your healing basket prayers for us. My mother is a diabetic too. We love our mother so much..We don't want her to go through this dialysis center. She already went through a lot ...Thank you!  ~Carlena Tuni 10-01-10


Update: This afternoon my mother Mary Lou is going through a surgery at Farmington San Juan Regional Hospital
for her right arm, so they start her with dialysis, this is some part of the surgery to take place for this dialysis. My  mother will be in the hospital for 1 week, this week only. My mother will be back in Chinle Nursing Home on Monday of next week. Thanks. I want your prayer to continue for my mom Mary Lou Joe. 10-11-10


Edmund Tuni (Flagstaff, AZ) My son moved back in with his sister!  Thank you very much to your prayers... Now, I want them to have a safe journey with his brother Edwin Tuni, working together as ironworkers... ~Carlena Tuni 10-01-10


Kevin Doyle (NJ) He seems to be tolerating his cancer treatments - he will go for another MRI in October, and they should know then if the treatments are having any effect on the glioblastoma (brain tumor) that he has.  Thank you for the continued prayers.  ~Maura Doyle and Kim Wilson 09-29-10


Irene Pochantos Bedard A wonderful friend of Black Horse Powwow and Manataka, she has a medical problem while in Alaska.  Please pray for her.  ~Daniel Hawk Hoffman  09-28-10


Claresa Sorsby (WV) Mother of two young boys. Claresa wrote: "pray for me. this upper respiratory infection and pneumonia   stuff is not going away.  and i am having issues from all the antibiotics i have been on and that isn't fun either. i am just miserable.  i don't want to have to go the to hospital.  i don't want blood work or a needle in my back for a spinal tap.   i just want to be better.  i know it is possible but i just need help praying." This is my Grand daughter.  ~ Helen RedWing Vinson 09-17-10


My Elders, We ask for Prayers that NO Sacred Texts be Burned. As reported in the Media a Pastor in Florida planned to Burn the Koran (Quran), and an Imam met with him. and agreed to arrange a meeting in New York. The Media has been a constant on / off situation. We simply feel that No Sacred Book, In fact No Book should ever be Burned. We Pray World Religious and Political Leaders will One Day come to a Mutual agreement of Peace. Some have already been injured or killed and lives have been threatened should this burning of anothers holy Book take place. Our President and others have said It is a Risk to Our Troops and Our National Security. We ask merely for Prayers for Peaceful negotiations and outcome. ~Simone "Rainbow Eagle Spirit"  09-10-10

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



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.





November 25

Happy Birthday Helen RedWing Vinson!



On November 25, Thanksgiving Day, everyone in the U.S.A.

celebrates Helen Redwing's birthday with a big dinner!

She's 73-years old and counting.

Have a wonderful birthday!




Crossing Over...


Phil Hodgson (Australia) A brave man and longtime friend Phil was unexpectedly diagnosed with terminal lung cancer 10 weeks ago and has passed away.  He was told by the doctors that there is nothing they can do for him. He is being incredibly brave about it all and seems to be going out of his way to reassure all his family and friends that he is good with this. he says he has lived a great life and there is nothing in it that he regrets nor would he change anything. His family and friends scattered across Australia are rallying to help and support Phil as best we can. I pray to Creator that Phil receives the healing and support that is right and perfect for him on all levels of his being as Creator and he will. I give thanks for being able to support my brother/friend at this time. Thank you. ~ Lynn Guy

Tekeronieneken Jake Swamp, (Akwesasne Mohawk Nation Territory) the great Mohawk spiritual teacher, has died.  Swamp, a member of the Wolf Clan whose Mohawk name “Tekaronhianeken” means “where two skies come together,” passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Oct. 15 at Massena Memorial Hospital in Massena, N.Y. He was 68. Swamp was a diplomat, author, teacher, chief, husband, father, grandparent, great-grandparent and friend to many. He was a Mohawk sub-chief and ambassador of the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederacy for more than 30 years in which he served as a counselor and spiritual leader. His responsibilities included presiding over ceremonies, including birth and marriage ceremonies, counseling, and funeral rites. He also participated in the politics of the nation and confederacy. One of the most respected and beloved Haudenosaunee leaders of the past century, Swamp has been described as patient, gentle, compassionate, humble, generous, intelligent and kind. He was noted too for his sense of humor.  In 1979, he founded the Akwesasne Freedom School, a Mohawk language immersion school that was critically acclaimed and which today serves as a model to many indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada. He helped develop its curriculum based on the traditional values of the Haudenosaunee. Swamp was an orator with a powerful command of the Mohawk language and possessed great knowledge about the history and cultural heritage of the Haudenosaunee, which he shared at forums, conferences and classes across the world. In 1984, Swamp founded the Tree of Peace Society, that is based on the teachings of the Peacemaker and the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy. He traveled the world, sharing Haudenosaunee knowledge and planting white pine trees that symbolized universal peace.  On the Tree of Peace Society website, Swamp shared his vision for future generations: “I have envisioned a day when all of our dreams become a reality. Our multicultural programs, historical presentations, environmental forums, and youth and elders activities have enjoyed great success and every positive accomplishment comes with additional requests. This inspires me to continue the work and hopefully our work inspires you to join in our efforts. I congratulate you if you have already found the path to the peace we all seek and hope to cross paths with more like minded people such as you.” Swamp is survived by his wife, Judy; seven children, 23 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 12 siblings, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph.  Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Mohawk Nation Longhouse. Burial will follow in Solomon Road Cemetery in Frogtown, Akwesasne. Condolences and other support may be sent to Tree of Peace Society, 326 Cook Road, Akwesasne, NY 13655.  ~Lynn Guy 10-25-10


Lorretta Webster (Hobart, NY) One of the last people to learn Oneida as a first language, died Sept. 27. She was 100. The Hobart native worked with the Oneida Language Revitalization Program, a project launched in 1996 after a survey found that only 25 to 30 tribal elders were fluent in Oneida.


Pearl A. Tridento, 88, of 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, PA died July 13, 2010 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Joseph Tridento and Paul Mindler. Born in Freemansburg, she was a daughter of the late Golden John Widrig and Annie Eliza (Buss) Widrig. Survivors: Sons, Dennis Ritton and Paul Mindler, Jr.; daughters, Carol Ritton Henderson and Darlene Gratton: sister, Geraldine Hughes; 12 grandchidlren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Services: Private. Arrangements are by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus - Carol Henderson 09-01-10


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. 



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


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.









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 October Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, October 17 with all Elders present.  


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


Minutes:  September 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 tabled a request for vendor status for a non-member.


Old Business:

(a)  Venezuela Tribal Representatives - King Coke.  Tabled.

(b)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman.   

(c)  World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear.  Contest ended August 30. The first place winner was disqualified after a complaint was filed claiming too many colors were used - against contest rules. 

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star -

(e)  Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl


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)  Education Committee:  Fred Wilcoxson

(d)  Smoke Signal:  Lee Standing Bear Moore

(e)   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 / Smoke Signal News

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Counseling Committee Leader

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman - Events Elder

  • Fred Wilcoxson, Education Committee 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:

Alabama - Jennifer Attaway

Arkansas - Crystal Harvey

Arkansas - Magdala Ramirez

California - Carol Henderson

California - Liora Leah Zack 

California - Carol Perez Petersen 

Florida - Julie Maltagliati

Florida - Grandmother Selma Palmer

Georgia - Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett

Illinois - Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

Kentucky - Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.

Missouri - John and Linda James

Missouri - Linda VanBibber

New York - Waynonaha Two Worlds

Tennessee - Bobby Joe Runninbear

Tennessee - RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson

Texas - Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk

Texas - Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Australia - Osceola Birdman Waters


Blue Panther Keeper of Stories

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Organic Consumers Association

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty, Lakota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute

Amy Worthington, Idaho







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