Manataka American Indian Council                         Volume XVII  Issue 01  January 2011



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History:   Oklahoma Statehood and Indian Nations
Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:   Spirit Animals
Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:   Launching a New Reality

Indigenous Music and Dance::

  Heart Beat Drums
Feature Story::   Destroying Indigenous Populations
Elder's Meditations:   Dr. A. C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota
Heath Watch:   Why Pharmaceutical Drugs Do Not Work
Food & Nutrition:   Traditional American Indian Super-Foods
Book Reviews:   Children Left Behind:
Poetry Circle:   My Heart is in Your Hands
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Manataka  Business:   Thanks to Creator for All We Are


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Oklahoma Statehood and Indian Nations

by Ojibwa, Native American



When Indians nations were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s they were promised, both verbally and in writing, that in this new territory their tribal sovereignty would be respected. In 1835, President Andrew Jackson said:


"The pledge of the United States has been given by Congress that the country destined for the residence of this people shall be forever 'secured and guaranteed to them.' A country west of Missouri and Arkansas has been assigned to them, into which the white settlements are not to be pushed. No political communities can be formed in that extensive region, except those which are established by the Indians themselves or by the United States for them and with their concurrence"

Little by little, however, their lands were reduced. Soon, the American settlers in what had been Indian Territory were talking about statehood and about the dissolution of tribal sovereignty.   Read More>>>











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Spirit Animals

 by Grandmother Maka Nupa L Cota     


The first gray light of day came through my small window in the upstairs bed room. I shifted upon to my elbow and pulled the blanket tighter to my chin. The air was still cool from the night as was usual in this area. If you got up early and closed all the doors and blinds your could trap the cool air for hours in the house. By five at night the wind would come up, we would opened the doors and windows again to catch the night air.

In the evening when the mosquitoes died down you could sit out on the front porch and see down across the valley for miles.


All day we sweltered in 80 to 100 degree heat then at night the temperatures dropped into the low 30's and high 40's. By morning you were glad you had a heavy blanket to snuggle into.


Getting dressed I headed down stairs, carrying my boots so as not to wake the family. Taking a small stick we kept on a hook by the door I ran it around my boots checking for scorpions and spiders  before putting them on. The cool nights drove them into hiding and they often ended up in your bed or your boots. It was common practice to shake your clothes before you got dressed.


Dad must have gone off early to check on strays that were seen down in the lower area of the ranch. This was a place of many deep ravines and gullies that were full of sage brush and thorn bushes. You had to be very careful when going into these areas as the cattle were very wild. Some of our cattle had never see a human being before especially the bulls. The ranch itself was over a million acres of BLM land and held more than 10,000 Herefords. At least that was what we could see and account for, I am sure that there were many more mavericks in the back areas.


In the spring round up season before the rodeo circuit started,  we hired more than 27 extra hands for this work. Normally we kept over 15 hands on year round for the every day work. Some cowboys would leave in the summer and return in the fall to stay through the winter,  many we never saw again.


Dad would drive into Wells and take care of the business for the ranch ordering supplies, then stop at the Last Chance Saloon. It was a small gray building and at that time in the late 50's the only salon in town. It was a popular gathering place for the transit cowboys looking for seasonal work. They came by bus and some by hitching a ride with some trucker.


Most carried their own tack or saddles and ropes,  some even had broken down pickup trucks and a horse trailer. If hired they could bring the horse and use it or not on the ranch. Pay in those days was $150 a month that included food and bunk. Most of them went to town in pay day and some did not return. Dad would give them a time to be back at the salon and if not then they had no ride back to the ranch. In this case you would just hire more Cowboys to replace the old ones.  Read More>>> 





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Launching a new reality


Reality is relative to the observer, reality has been based on backgrounds, belief system, nationality, identity,  language… gender… age…. Etc…


For long time human beings have been living in a world of separation, a world where everything was disconnected and isolated, a dysfunctional world, with dysfunctional families and dysfunctional people. A world where was divorce from their own nature,  a world  where it was labeled through abusers and people being abuse, a world of takers and givers, a world of many races all divided and fighting within each other, I could continued speaking about a world that everyone knows so well… the dark ages   Read More>>>





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Destroying Indigenous Populations

Opinion by Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Perspective



Most of the Sioux's land has been taken, and what remains has been laid waste by radioactive pollution.


The Fort Laramie Treaty once guaranteed the Sioux Nation the right to a large area of their original land, which spanned several states and included their sacred Black Hills, where they were to have "the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation" of the land.


However, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, President Ulysses S. Grant told the army to look the other way in order to allow gold miners to enter the territory. After repeated violations of the exclusive rights to the land by gold prospectors and by migrant workers crossing the reservation borders, the US government seized the Black Hills land in 1877.


Charmaine White Face, an Oglala Tetuwan who lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is the spokesperson for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council (TSNTC), established in 1893 to uphold the terms of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. She is also coordinator of the voluntary group, Defenders of the Black Hills, that works to preserve and protect the environment where they live.


"We call gold the metal which makes men crazy," White Face told Truthout while in New York to attend the annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in late May. "Knowing they could not conquer us like they wanted to ... because when you are fighting for your life, or the life of your family, you will do anything you can ... or fighting for someplace sacred like the Black Hills you will do whatever you can ... so they had to put us in prisoner of war camps. I come from POW camp 344, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We want our treaties upheld, we want our land back."  Read More>>>









"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




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Have you ever wondered why pharmaceuticals don't work? By that, I mean that they don't make people healthier. Sure, some pharmaceuticals can modify a measurable chemical marker, but they don't make people healthier. We have 40 percent of the U.S. population on at least one prescription drug, yet our nation shows skyrocketing rates of all sorts of chronic diseases, like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. If pharmaceuticals work to make people healthier, we should be the healthiest nation on the planet. We have people here taking more drugs than any other nation in the world. The older you get in this society, the more drugs you end up taking. Many of our senior citizens are on a dozen prescriptions a day, and half of those are usually prescribed to cover up symptoms and side effects from the first few prescriptions.


Why prescription drugs cannot cause health

So why don't drugs work? It's because they make a promise they can't keep. Prescription drugs make the promise -- and this is reflected in the marketing -- that a person can engage in a lifestyle filled with many factors that lead to chronic disease, but by taking one pill they can break that cause-effect chain and not experience the disease that would normally result. If drug propaganda were true, you could live a lifestyle that promotes heart disease by eating saturated fats while avoiding cardiovascular exercise, and the drug could prevent you from experiencing heart disease. All you have to do is take these drugs, says Big Pharma.   Read More>>>




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Traditional American Indian Super-Foods

By Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) Containing many super-foods, the traditional diet of Native Americans offers great health. A diet rich in berries, roots, and nuts traditionally kept tribal members powerful and robust. As the modern diet displaced these nutrient dense foods, the health of Native Americans began to decline.

An article by the Organic Consumers Association reports on the need to combat the epidemic of diabetes and childhood obesity among modern Native Americans with a return to the traditional diet enjoyed by their ancestors.

Bea Medicine, a Native American Anthropologist, describes the change in diet:

"Traditional food staples of Indian tribes--wild game, berries, roots, teas, and indigenous vegetables--were high in protein and low in fat. That's a switch from the modern Native American diet, which is high in fat and refined starches and sugars."

Kibbe Conti, a nutritionist who works with tribes nationwide, continues:

"It started when Indian people were no longer free to live off the land. After the tribes were placed on reservations, they were fed government rations of processed food. Much of reservation lands could not be farmed. The shift from hunting, gathering and farming to a cash economy in the early 1900s forced family members to leave home in search of work." 



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The Life and Miracles of Kateri Tekakwitha

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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.


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The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools

by Tim Giago


"Provocative, riveting, chilling, persuasive, original Â…" --Ryan Wilson (Oglala Lakota), President, National Indian Education Association


Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools is a must read. Tim Giago, who spent his childhood at one of these schools, examines the unholy alliance between church and state that tried to destroy the culture and spirituality of generations of Indian children. Provocative, riveting, chilling, persuasive, and original, this book leaves the reader overwhelmed. Describing almost inexpressible cruelties and triumphs, Giago pulls us into the boarding school experience. He challenges Indian Country to co-exist with the truth of what actually happened at these schools. Only then can we heal and avoid acquiescence to a system that has crushed so many souls. The book is a triumph, and a major event in Indian education." Ryan Wilson, Oglala Lakota, President, National Indian Education Association


"Children Left Behind, written by respected journalist Tim Giago, is a fascinating mix of personal stories and history about the role of government and mission boarding schools in the lives of Native people. The book provides the reader with the cultural and historical context for many of the problems encountered by Native American families in the early 21st century." -Wilma Mankiller, Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 166 pages; 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches; Softcover; 978-1574160864 $ 19.95 + s/h 




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My Heart is in Your Hands



kiss me warmly

kiss me warmly

hug me with loving intention

be joyful in your caresses

so that I know your love

is present always

in the way of our ancestors

you are my half side

the one I walk this life

with and for

my heart is in your hands

as yours is in mine

with love

with respect

with eyes on our future

let us not

carry the burdens of error

or the wrong way of being

but with the best of each other

let us build again

that strong bond of love

that sustains us

fulfills us

carries us through

to the end


By Judi Brannan Armbruster

Ayukii from Karuk Indian Country




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Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Gene Miller (PA) Was found yesterday by his 14 year old adopted daughter passed out and all white in a stall in the barn.. The hired hand George got him to breathing  again ..Gene is in the hospital he had a heart attack.  Helen Red Wing Vinson  01-21-11


Pansy Gibson (Barboursville,WV) is back in the hospital. She is 82 years old and had brain tumor surgery about 3 years ago.. She fell yesterday in her bathroom at home hitting her head had a lot of bleeding and is in need of healing prayers.  Helen RedWing Vinson 01-18-11


Hello. I'm sending out this email asking for your prayers. My daughter, Lorelle Gwendolyn Mike (pronounced Lori-elle) will be having surgery this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. She was born on June 23, 2010, 5 weeks early. At birth doctors were quick to discover a few problems that immediately concerned them. But we both have the same faith and immediately called on the Lord for his mercy and grace. We are blessed with family who strongly believe in prayer and healing, so they were notified right away as well. As time went on and doctors keep telling us negative reports about our baby... Loren & I kept our faith, stayed strong and said "NO! we will not believe any of this. We put all our trust in the Lord. Lorelle is going to be just fine. And no matter what, we're going to love her unconditionally." That was the agreement we made together. Here is what the doctors told us:

1. Lorelle's head is small. We're worried about her brain development. She will most likely be disabled in ways we don't know yet, only time will tell. Lorelle was diagnosed with Microcephaly.

2. Lorelle was born with an enlarged abdomen. We think it might be her kidneys. (so many test & even a surgery was performed) They discover its a condition called Urogential Sinus. A urogenital sinus anomaly is a defect present at birth in which the vagina and urethra open into a common channel, rather than separately. A catheter is then placed in her bladder area to help her urinate. The connect between her bladder and mega vagina was allowing urine to fill up inside her mega vagina, which then enlarged her stomach area.

3. There's a click in her left hip. Lorelle has hip dysplasia. She will have to wear a harness to keep her hip in place.

So with all of this coming at us, we knew what we had to do. GIVE IT GOD! Now here is some GREAT news...

1. Lorelle has been meeting her milestones with her development. She shows NO signs of being disabled. Her head is gradually growing. She has her own personality!

2. This surgery that is taking place on Wednesday is not a complicated procedure. Her surgeon, Dr. Lacey is confident & reassured us that this is fixable.

3. Lorelle blew away her orthopedic doctor, Dr. Shindell! Her hips are well. She no longer has to wear the harness... she was off of it way before the doctor expected.

Baby Lo is our gift from God. I know and believe that He is the Great Physician! I just ask that you believe with me and pray for my daugther. I encourage you to share this with your prayer circle. I appreciate your time to get to know Lorelle. If you haven't met her, I'm sure someday soon you will. You will be shocked by her red hair and cute chubby cheeks. Please feel free to contact me. Thank you and may you be blessed. You are loved!  Sincerely, ~Bonnie Lynn, Mesa, AZ


State of Queensland, Australia  Please offer up prayers for our lands here are flooding the worst in many years with whole towns under water and folk across the State who have lost everything.  ~Lynn Guy 12-30-10


Carlena Tuni (AZ) This prayer request is for my sons Edwin and Edmund and daughters, Lenore and Tonita, and for myself, Carlena. I am a single parent of four kids. I have two grand kids. Heather is my daughter-inlaw and Nate is my son-inlaw.  I want this coming year to be less financial problem for myself to be happy again. And safety for my kids and their job.  Protective of any harm with this new year for each one of my child. At times, I need help and I just continue to pray, I have strong belief in this Creator. I have no one to turn too at times, my father is now in the spirit world, and my mother is in the nursing home. It gets so hard sometimes, and make things possible for me with new year! Thanks! - Carlena Tuni 12-29-10


Isabel StandsDifferent McLaughlin (Yonker, NY) I write today because I am asking for your special prayers for the sick.  I am not well.  I have very bad pains shooting down into my leg and the surgeon is still trying to find the problem.  I have a 90% heart artery clogged and have to have a stint put in it or I am in danger of a heart attack or stroke.  I am very nervous but I keep still with my daily prayers.  I remembered when I had back surgery how you and our family in Manataka prayed for me.  To this day I truly believe that it was those prayers that sustained me through it all.  I have a lot before me and this is why I would be more than honored if you could pray for me once again?  ~Stands Different


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

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Crossing Over...


Ray Clark Littleturtle (Lumbee), the voice of "Powwow" for so many years, has passed. Our condolences goes out to his wife Kat, and all of his family.  Services are incomplete and will be handled by Revel's Funeral Home of Lumberton, North Carolina.  A spokesperson at the funeral home stated that arrangements will not be made until Thursday.  Revel's Funeral home address and phone number are below.  3575 N Roberts Avenue, Lumberton, NC 28360 Phone Number: (910) 671-6886 ~Barry Richardson 01-11-11


Chief Lost Wolf and Auntie Helen's,  daughter Patty has crossed over. The wake will be held at this address: Mon. 4-8 PM at the  Porto Funeral Home. 830 Jones Road in West Haven CT.  1-203-934-5000  Funeral will be at:  Lady Victory Church. Tues. 9AM. 600 Jones Hill Road in West Haven CT.  1-203-934-6357. Burial in: St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave. in West Haven CT  ~Clan Mother Kicks Twice 01-02-11


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 December Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, November 19 with seven Elders present.  


The opening prayer was given by Chairman David Quiet Wind Furr  


Minutes:  November minutes were sent to Elders following the meeting and were approved with no changes.


Finance Report:  MAIC currently has zero long-term and $800 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).  Becky Owl Woman was unanimously appointed Treasurer.



(a)  Planet Green Recycling Project

(b)  Toys for Kids Project - Toy Drive


Old Business:

(a)  Feed Our Friends Project

(b)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman.   

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

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star


New Business:  

(a)  None


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

(f)   Community Relations Committee:  Michael Burton

(g)  Events / Powwow Committee:  Jimmy Keefauver


Manataka American Indian Council Elders and Committee Leaders

  • David Quiet Wind Furr, Chairman

  • Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, Treasurer  

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

  • Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, NAGPRA / Ceremonies Committee Chair

  • Robert Gray Hawk Coke, Counseling Committee Chair

  • Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman - Events Elder

  • Dr. Fred Wilcoxson, Education Committee Elder

  • Michael Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton, Community Relations

  • Jimmy Looking for Wind Keefauver, Events / Powwow Committee

  • Linda VanBibber, Public Relations Committee Leader

  • Bobby Runninbear, Membership Committee Leader

  • Faith Michaels, Feed Our Friends Chair


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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MAIC Correspondents:

Alabama - Jennifer Attaway

Arkansas - Crystal Harvey

Arkansas - Magdala Ramirez

California - Carol Henderson

California - Liora Leah Zack 

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

Australia - Lynn Guy


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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