Manataka American Indian Council                         Volume XIV  Issue 12  December 2010



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History:   Civilizations of America
Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:  

The Winter Cabin

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:   Teachings of the Crystal Skulls

Indigenous Music and Dance::

  Native American Music Award Winners!
Feature Story 5::   Eleven Lies about Indigenous Science
Elder's Meditations:   Dr. A. C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota
Heath Watch:  

ADHD Drug: 500% Increase in Death Rate

Food & Nutrition:  

Preparing Your Basic Survival Stockpile

Book Reviews:  

Kateri - Native American Saint

Poetry Circle:  

The Only Law of Life

Healing Prayer Basket:  

A Miracle Happened Today

Manataka  Business:  

November Council Meeting

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The Winter Cabin

Northern Nevada 1954


With the sleeve of my wool shirt, I wipe away a small opening in the window pane. The light from the oil lamps casts out yellow shadows on the deepening snow.  Finding my old coat, I bind it up with a belt and pull on my brother's oversized boots. My gloves were given to my brother, Jim, so he would not have to ride fence with bare hands. His had been long lost in the travels to the cabin.  I can hear my horse stomping in the barn and calling for his oats.  Snow is falling heavily outside.  I open the door to try to see just how bad it has gotten. 


With lantern held high, I force the door of the cabin open against the heavy snow.  Just the effort brings the cold air deep into my lungs, making it hard to breath. I feel like an icy hand has taken my breath and ripped it out of my chest.


I wrap the scarf once again around my mouth and head to filter out the cold. All I can see, for less than 10 feet ahead of me, is snow and more snow, falling in swirls against the porch.  I keep saying to myself, “Project yourself over this and think of it as over and done.  Think out everything you must do and what can happen out there so you are prepared.”  


My focus is the cabin and the light that glows in the kitchen.  From there I have two focal points set, so I am ready for most anything that can happen.  Just as when we held the vision quest and my father and I kept the fire for the spirit, so I must focus on the lantern I hold in my hands.  Read More>>> 






By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess





Teachings of the Crystal Skulls

She is Life and Death,  she is my twin sister, she helps me and you to transmute, to create and recreate, to let go and embrace a new beginning, for she is the new beginning!


She bring us Freedom,  as freedom has been the  way of living,  for freedom has always resides in the heart of all human being as a birth right. The time has come for human being does not recognize any limitation inside of the self.

new beginning  is always at hand,  is happening every day, every moment, for human beings  are not bounded by time, Niquiztli  help us to encounter the new way of perception.  




Indigenous Music and Dance






Artist of the Year

Joseph FireCrow - Face The Music

Best Blues Recording

If That’s All Right With You - Twice As Good

Best Compilation

Randy McGinnis - Walking With the Spirits

Best Country Recording

It’s About Time - Shane Yellowbird

Debut Artist of the Year

Victoria Blackie - Wanted Man

Debut Duo of the Year

Dark Water Rising - Dark Water Rising

Best Female Artist

Tinesha Begaye - Horses Are Our Journey

Best Folk Recording

Michael Bucher - Believe

Flutist of the Year

Joseph FireCrow - Face the Music

Best Gospel

Sayani - Sacred Fire

Group of the Year BlueDog - Get Up and Get Out
Best Instrumental Nokie Edwards - Hitchin' A Ride
Best Male Artist Jay Begaye - Horses Are Our Journey
Best Native American Church Recording Sacred Harmonies - Dakota Lakota Traditional Songs
Best New Age Recording Sheila Applegate and Joanne Shenandoah
Best Pop Recording Digging Roots - We Are
Best Powwow Recording The Boyz - Boys Will Be Boyz
Best Producer Frank Waln - Always Ready
Best Rap Recording Chase Monchamp / Chase Manhattan - Tribal Tribulations
Record of the Year Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band - Breakin' Free
Best Rock Recording Segweh - Segweh
Song of the Year Windwalker / Wind Spirit Drum - Grandfather
Songwriter of the Year Brad Clonch and Jeff Carpenter - Fight for Survival
Best Spoken Word Recording The Story Tellers - Stories From The Social Fire
Best Traditional Recording Bo Taylor - Rebuilding the Fire
Best Music Video Tom Bee - Sacred Warrior
Best Waila Recording Get'n Down - Native Thunder
Best World Music Recording Gabriel Ayala - Remembrance
Native Heart Award Big City Indians - Tribal Vision







Eleven Lies about Indigenous Science –

© Kay Marie Porterfield, co-author of the Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World


Although blatant racism against American Indians is not as evident in textbooks and scholarly research materials as it was decades ago, subtle racism is alive and well.


Many books claiming to be fair, and even some labeled pro-Indian, are riddled with half-truths and mistruths based on false assumptions. Many Web pages also perpetuate the stereotype that American Indian accomplishments were inferior to those of Europeans. Subtle racism is every bit as dangerous as the obvious kind – perhaps even more so.


It can be difficult to detect because it often omits critical facts about both American Indian and European history. The fact that it is frequently written by well-respected scholars and authorities makes it even more difficult to detect. Like a low-grade infection, it works below the level of awareness, affecting students from elementary school to graduate school.


No matter how carefully educators and librarians choose materials and no matter how diligently we work to eliminate subtle academic racism, we need to know that in an open society students will encounter it.


Rather than waiting for the damage to be done, we can take immediate action by teaching them how to recognize, question and counter racist assumptions in books and online. These critical thinking skills can help to vaccinate them against some of the effects of the subtle racism infection.  Read More>>>


Eleven Lies Detailed Here...








"When temptation comes, I don't say, `Yes," and I don't say, `No.' I say, `Later,' I just keep walking the Red Road-down the middle. When you're in the middle, you don't go to either extreme. You allow both sides to exist." --Dr. A. C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota


We need to practice controlling our focus. Whatever we focus on we become. We also become whatever we practice. We need to focus on balance. Whenever something comes along to tilt us off balance, we need to be grateful, because it allows the opportunity to practice our focus. Sometimes this is called temptation. Temptation in itself is not bad. What really counts is what we do with it when it happens. We need to practice controlling our focus and keeping our thinking focused on the Red Road.


Great Spirit, today, guide me through my temptations

 and allow me to focus on the Red Road

By Don Coyhis






Ritalin ADHD Drug Linked to 500 Percent

Increased Risk of Sudden Death in Children


(NaturalNews) Just how dangerous are the amphetamine stimulant drugs prescribed for children with so-called ADHD? According to scientific research funded by the FDA and the National Institute of Mental Health, drugs such as Ritalin increase the risk of sudden death by five hundred percent among children and teens.

In these cases of sudden death, the child suddenly collapses and dies, only to be discovered later by parents or siblings. That's what happened to Matthew Hohmann and according to this new research, it keeps happening to more and more children at a rate that's 500 percent higher than would be considered typical for children of a similar age and health status. Read More>>>






If you think you will not find yourself in a survival situation in the future, think again.  Manataka provides the following information to help you survive in a good way.


Preparing Your Basic Survival Stockpile

If you've given any thought to survival, you know the big three -- food, water and shelter -- are the foundation of any long-term survival plan. If you prepare to provide these three items for yourself and loved ones, you're farther ahead than probably 90 percent of the public.


Many would say water is the most important of the three, but we'll address them in the order above: Food, water and shelter.


Food Storage

You may be able to survive a few weeks or even a month without food, but why would you want to? Without food, you will become weak, susceptible to illnesses, dizzy and unable to perform survival-related tasks. Sure, water may be more critical to short-term survival, but it's much easier for even the unskilled survivalist to find water in the wild (the safety and purity of the water is another story, but we'll tackle that next).


How Much Food do you Need?

Here's the short answer: You can never have too much food stored away for hard times.


How much is the minimum for you and your potential survival situation is an answer you'll have to come up with after reviewing the table you developed in Chapter 1.


Will three days of food be enough, as many suggest? Or do you need a year's worth?


We cannot tell you what's best in your situation, but he suggests that two weeks or more is the minimum for anyone in any potential survival situation. One to three months? Now you're talking. A year? Let's hope you never need it. A year may be excessive for most, but hey, better safe than sorry (have you heard that one before?)


Why should you stock up on so much food if the worst you're planning to prepare for is a heavy winter storm? Several reasons:  Read More>>>








The Life and Miracles of Kateri Tekakwitha

By Giovanna Paponetti


Kateri, Native American Saint takes the reader into the world of 17th Century Native Americans and Catholic missionaries. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), The Lily of the Mohawks, was a Native American woman born near the Canadian border in present-day Auriesville, New York. She was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on June 22, 1980 and, when canonized, will be the first Native American woman to achieve Saintly status. Authored by Taos, NM artist Giovanna Paponetti, the book is beautifully illustrated with 21 full-color images from an altar screen that Giovanna was commissioned in 2005 to paint for the Church of St. John the Baptist at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico, the oldest Parish in the United States. These extraordinary paintings feature significant chapters from Kateri's early years, her life as a Christian, and miracles following her death at age 24. This book is a must-have collector's item.


56 pages; 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches; Hardcover; 2010; 978-1574160987 $ 24.95 + s/h

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The Only Law of Life

by Regina Keels  

Live and take a walk in the morning shine showers.

Live and taste a drop of rain water.

Live and walk in new fallen-snow.

Live and call a bird and don’t feel embarrassed.

Live and turn to the four corners of the earth, prayerfully.

Live and smile at a teenager,  joyfully.

Live and walk slowly to your destination.

Live and breathe deeply the song of your soul.

Live and sit quietly.

Live and test the winds on a cold day.

Live and laugh at a snail.

Live and roll in summer grass.

Live and sing out loud.

Live and listen to the sound of silence.

Live and talk quietly.

Live and rejoice at the setting sun.

Live and love your nose, your smile, your big toe.

Live and embrace the old man or old lady, forgiving all things.

Live and raise your hands to the sky in Thanksgiving.


It’s a beautiful day!

All will be the same if you laugh or if you cry,

If you dream or if you quest, if you scream of if you murmur,

If you honor or if you defile.


The rules are the same the whole world over

For Catholics or Protestants, Jews or Islamists,

Christians or Buddhists, Animists or Unbelievers

We must love!

Live and be gentle and be happy!




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


We   are asking everyone to say a prayer for  "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan and they have lost 9 marines in 4 days.   It would be nice to see this prayer request spread if more could pass it on.  Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps...   Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.  ~Claire Fitzgerald, Chaplain, Marine Corps League, Dept. of Washington


Jay King (North Carolina) Jay is very weak with diarrhea for a week and not eating. His BP dropped and his pulse went up so I called the rescue squad. He is very dehydrated and weak so they took him to Duplin hospital in Keanansville. He had been eating next to nothing. No other symptoms. They are giving him IV's I feel guilty because I can't go to him till sunrise I have night blindness. This really starting to take it's toll on me Drowning in medical bills and gas for van. I fell on my back coming out of laundry room and it feels like cracked ribs. Hopefully the oxygen and electrolytes will perk him up. Please take care of you all and pray I have the mental and physical strength to get thru this. Love and prayers always. I wanted to do some prayer ties but can't leave Jay long enough to get supplies. Jay was transferred to the Pitt County Memorial hospital in Greenville, NC 12/10/10.  Love and prayers, Ruth.

Clarence "Bo" Goins II (Lumber Bridge, NC)  Hello all: As we go into the holiday season, it has come to my/our attention that one of our warriors is in great need.  We/I do not normally send requests out for assistance, but we feel compelled to do so because one of our own, Clarence "Bo" Goins II and his family, have done so much over the years for us, our Indian community, and others.


Bo was diagnosed on January 13, 2010 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and began chemotherapy treatments in February.  He began a second round of chemo treatments in September.  He was given the news on October 13, 2010 that there are no signs of cancer in his system, but as a precaution he would have to undergo a bone marrow transplant.  The transplant has been completed and he is in the final stages of the incubation/isolation period.  On top of that, Bo lost his father this year. Needless to say, this has been a trying time emotionally, physically and financially for Bo and his family. Bo has a daughter, the light of his life.


Bo's spirits are getting stronger, but he still needs our prayer and support.  Bo Is currently on medical leave without pay from the Lumbee Tribe of NC, and on temporary disability, which does not cover his expenses or medical bills. Bo grew up in his culture and he has been a dancer since he was three years old.  He  is a founding member of Stoney Creek Drum Singers. Also, he is a flutist, artist and traditional dancer.  He is a founding member of Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. (1st Native American Fraternity in the country). 


We are asking you to join us in prayer and support for Bo and his family.  Send all cards and wishes to: Bo Goins

PO Box 277   Lumber Bridge, NC  28357 or you can send your tax deductible contribution to : NOW-CDC, Inc.  38436 Highway 561   PO Box 9  Hollister, NC  27844 


We will forward your cards/get well wishes to Bo.  You can call us at (252) 586-7913 or (252) 532-0821.  You can reach Bo at (910) 273-3970. Thank you all in advance for helping a very special person and his family. ~Barry Richardson, NOW-CDC, Inc. CEO, Pow-wow President


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


I wish to extend my gratitude to (literally) thousands, all over the world, While (this time) we relied (partially) on Western medicine, Many of you are aware that Native American medicine is a two part system: we rely on herbs and spirituality. The outcome would not have been nearly as good without the love and prayers of so many. May the Great Spirit bless you, One and All.  ~Ed GrayBeard Vinson



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


Update: 11-22-10 My mother is eating well and will  continue to go to Dialysis Center for 3 times a week from Chinle Nursing Home. THank you for your prayers. Now, she wants to go home, and missing all of us kids and grandkids. Her surgery is healing up fast too. She is lonely everyday. Missing us kids. I want her to be happy and contine with the doctors have for her, like Dialysis. Thank you.  ~Carlena Tuni 11-22-10

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.






Happy Holidays from Manataka!


We are thankful for your continued support of Manataka's

programs and activities.  We are thankful for your continued

walk on the Good Red Road.  We are thankful for all the

blessings of our Creator.  ~Manataka Elders, Staff and Volunteers



Crossing Over...


Evarista Chéverez Diaz (Puerto Rico) - Morovis, Borikén/Puerto Rico (UCTP Taino News) – The Taíno community is mourning the loss of master ceramicist Evarista Chéverez Diaz who crossed into koaibei (the spirit world) on November 4, 2010. Known affectionately as "doña Varin," Chéverez was a symbol of the revival of Taíno style coil rolled pottery in Borikén. She is remembered for her humor and wit as well as her knowledge of local medicinal plants and remedies.  Read the full story at UCTP Taino News

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.  Read more:



Lisa Thornton, 37, Independence, Mo., passed away July 11, 2010. She was born Feb. 27, 1973, in Kansas City, Kan., to Linda Louann VanBibber and James Earl Thompson. She attended school and completed general education in Kansas City, Mo. She went on to attend Concord Career Institute, where she studied nursing to obtain her LPN license. She married her husband, Herbert Thornton, in February 2007. She was a member at Greater New Home Baptist Church, where she was active in praise dancing and choir, and helped in any other area where she was needed. Lisa was a true example of what God expects of us, as His children. She knew no stranger, opened the doors of her home to whoever was in need. You could not be hungry or homeless and know her. For if you needed food, shelter or a place to rest, she invited you in expecting nothing in return. She gave to a fault, always putting herself last. Lisa was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. Lisa could be whatever you needed, a mom, friend, carpenter, housekeeper, she didn't know how to say "no." She had many talents, from hair and nails, to home interior and was very gifted in photography. Lisa leaves behind a legacy. We can all learn a lesson in humanity and humility from the life she lead. She will live on in our hearts and be forever missed. Lisa was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ester Marie Daniels, grandfather, Duane William Daniels, paternal grandfather, Earl Dewain Thompson, grandmother Wanda Johnson. She leaves behind her husband, Herbert L. Thornton, son, Romeo Duane James Templeton, daughters, Paris Vivienne Rehsaun Templeton and Imani Tobi Mariah Thompson; grandchildren, Cameron Isaiah Oberndorfer, Phoenix Jameson Lane Burgess; sisters, Dana Sue Terry, Tina Marie Lyle, Courtney Leeann Hockman; mother Linda Louann VanBibber and father, James Earl Thompson, along with a host of other relatives and friends. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at The Greater New Home Baptist Church, 501 S. Arlington, Independence. A funeral service will follow the visitation and begin at 11 a.m. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to The Greater new Home Church C/o The R.O.C.K. House Women's Shelter. Arr.: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society (816) 313-1677.
Published in Kansas City Star on July 15, 2010

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Merlin Standing Yellow Horse (Peoria, IL) Merlin crossed over Tuesday, June 22, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 10:00am at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, with Pastor Dan Lybarger officiating.  If anyone would like to view and/or put something with Merlin, please arrive around 9:45am. The graveside service will follow the Wasco Nation traditional practices. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust fund for his son, Emerson Forrest Standing Yellow Horse, at any CEFCU.  After the service, a potluck luncheon and give away will follow at Dayspring Church (201 N Norwood Place, East Peoria), please bring a dish to share.  If anyone would be willing to be at the church to help receive people/food and be sure tables are ready, please contact either 309-698-6103 or 309-363-8772. On behalf of Pastor Dan and the entire NAF Family, we offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to little Emerson and his mother Nicole.  To our brother, Merlin, we will miss you but we know that you are now with our Creator.  May the teachings that you shared with us continue to educate and enhance our entire NAF Family.  In our Creator’s name.


Brad J. Bonaparte (Hogansburg, NY) "Ahawenra:the," 48, a native of Akwesasne, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 16, 2010 at his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends may call at the home of Michael "Gus" Pyke, Pyke Road, Akwesasne, beginning Friday, 8 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday. A traditional funeral service will be held Sunday, 11 a.m. at the Longhouse. Burial will follow in Frogtown. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. Brad is survived by his wife, Leslie; and their children, Yanenowi and Graham "Oshna;" and four additional children, John, Kari, and Zachary Bonaparte, and Nicole Traylor and her husband, Jon; his mother, Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte; his father, Joseph Bonaparte and his wife, Andrea; his siblings, Darren Bonaparte, Dawn Lazore and her husband, Mathew, Brittany Bonaparte, and Joseph Bonaparte and his wife, Becky; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Brad was born Jan. 7, 1962 in Syracuse, the son of Rosemary Tarbell Bonaparte and Joseph Bonaparte. He attended local schools and graduated from Potsdam State University.  He was currently the executive director of the Ronathahon:ni Cultural Centre. He was also an EMT for the Mohawk Council and an Ironworker in several different places including Ground Zero and Nine Mile Point. He was a traditional storyteller and an artist with several projects including those at the Mohawk School, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and at the Seneca-Alleghany Casino.  Memorial contributions may be made in Brad's memory to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group, Hospice of Erie County or Roswell Park Chemo Therapy Infusion Facility.  Condolences may be made online at


Clarence Wolf Guts (Wanblee, Pine Ridge, SD) 86,  When the towers of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarence Wolf Guts asked his son to call the U.S. Department of Defense to see if the country needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden. Wolf Guts was in his late 70s at the time, so his son, Don Doyle, did not make the call, but said the request personified his father's love of country.  Wolf Guts, 86, the last surviving Oglala Lakota code talker, died Wednesday afternoon at the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.  A Native American code talker from World War II, Wolf Guts helped defeat Axis forces by transmitting strategic military messages in his native language, which the Japanese and Germans couldn't translate.  The 450 Navajo code talkers were the most famous group of Native American soldiers to radio messages from the battlefields, but 15 other tribes used their languages to aid the Allied efforts in World War II. Wolf Guts was one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Native American code talkers from South Dakota. Wolf Guts, of Wamblee, enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 17, 1942, at age 18. While in basic training, a general asked Wolf Guts if he spoke Sioux. He explained the three dialects to the general and said he spoke Lakota. Wolf Guts helped develop a phonetic alphabet based on Lakota that was later used to develop a Lakota code. He and three other Sioux code talkers joined the Pacific campaign; Wolf Guts' primary job was transmitting coded messages from a general to his chief of staff in the field.  Pfc. Wolf Guts was honorabl

"Clarence Wolf Guts was an American hero; he was courageous and self-sacrificing. I have a great deal of respect for Clarence and for the extraordinary contributions Mr. Wolf Guts made to our country.

Tim Weaver (Yakima, WA) -- Longtime Yakama Nation attorney Tim Weaver left behind big shoes to fill, a tribal leader said Tuesday, a day after his death. Weaver, a champion of American Indian law who battled in court for Yakama fishing rights, died at home Monday. He was 65.  He will be remembered as an aggressive attorney who was an advocate for tribal treaty fishing rights and who honored the Yakamas' way of life, said Yakama General Council Vice Chairwoman Mavis Kindness.









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, November October 21 with all Elders present.  


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


Minutes:  October minutes were sent to Elders 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)






Old Business:


(b)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman.   

(c)  World Drum Project Flag Contest - Lee Standing Bear 

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star

(e)  Manataka Rummage Sale - Rebecca Flaming Owl


New Business:  



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 Chair

  • Lee Standing Bear, Secretary / Historian / Smoke Signal News

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Counseling Committee Chair

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman - Events Elder

  • Dr. 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. 







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California - Carol Henderson

California - Liora Leah Zack 

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