Manataka American Indian Council                         Volume XVII  Issue 03  March 2011



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History:   White Mountain Apache
Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:   Moon Song
Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman Speaks:   Women! Can You Live Without Them?
Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:  

The Time Has Come To Embrace The Next Evolution

Indigenous Music and Dance::

  Native American Church Songs
Feature Story::   The New Vitamin D: Vitamin Drum
Elder's Meditations:   Grandfather William Commanda, Algonquin
Poetry Circle:   American Indian - Poem by Luke Easter
Healing Prayer Basket:   Need A Miracle?  Ask for it
Manataka  Business:   Get'n Busy -- Get Involved

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White Mountain Apache History

This land is now the White Mountain Apache Reservation
and is the core of our homeland.


We were placed here under the White Mountain by our Creator at the beginning. In this land our ancestors learned to be Ndee—The People—and we have learned from them. 


There are many different nations of Apache people. We are Western Apache, closely related to the people of San Carlos, Payson, and Camp Verde. Though there are differences in language, history, and culture, we are also related to the other Apache nations: the  Chiricahua, Mescalero, Jicarrilla, Lipan, and Kiowa-Apache peoples.We were placed here under the White Mountain by our Creator at the beginning. In this land our ancestors learned to be Ndee—The People—and we have learned from them.


There are many different nations of Apache people. We are Western Apache, closely related to the people of San Carlos, Payson, and Camp Verde. Though there are differences in language, history, and culture, we are also related to the other Apache nations: the  Chiricahua, Mescalero, Jicarrilla, Lipan, and Kiowa-Apache peoples.  Read More>>>












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Grandmother Maka Nupa L. Cota Speaks



Moon Song

By Maka Nupa L Cota




The night was fast slipping away and my mind still filled with the days activities would not sleep.

I lay there in my bed watching the sky through the high windows. I can just see the tops of the tree lines across the hill clearly.

Soon I see what appears to be many lights flashing through the still bare tree branches. I pull back the curtain to watch the rising of the moon. My smallest grand daughter Kelsey loves to watch the moon. She is not yet three but definitely  a young person to be reckoned with.

When the moon is full she often stands on those strong little chubby legs and stares out the window into the night sky and watches the moon slip across the horizon.

She sings the moon song I have shared with her. I hold her and tell her of long ago times in her small ear.  She is quiet and watchful as the moon hides its face in clouds always appearing again.

For three years of age, her use of words in full sentences is amazing.


She said one night,  "Grammy, if we sing to the moon will she stay for a long time with us?"   Read More>>>





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Women! Can You Live Without Them?


I can remember seeing 'Cartoons' where a nasty looking caveman hits a woman in the head with a large club, drags her to his cave and she becomes his wife. Women have a special place in the home and many of us do not show her how much we appreciate what she does for us. A woman in the old days of the American Indian people had a lot of responsibilities. She was the owner of the lodge(teepee) and her word was law while inside. She raised the children from birth to young  teens when the man would teach the boys the ways of a hunter and warrior. When the tribe moved, the woman dismantled the lodge and when arriving at a new camp she would raise the lodge, most of the time by herself.


In these modern times the woman is still very special. Do you think you could afford to hire someone to do the cooking, cleaning, mending clothing, teaching the youngsters, shopping, paying bills and making the husband think he is worth something. Although sometimes we think we would rather hit them in the head with a club which I do not recommend, my wife tells me, "You have to go to sleep sometime! Then the club is in the other hand. Read More>>>






By Magdala Del Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan Priestess


Magdala Rameriz


The time has come to embrace the next evolution

of being human…


Beautiful Ones,

When you see a tree, you know that it has all these rings, circles inside of the circles, showing the years, and the story of those years, you can see what happened to that tree in time, drought, floods, fires, etc… you are seeing the past of the tree, yet the tree knows though the roots, when it is the time to bloom and when it is the time to sleep. Through the roots she gets nurtured, through the roots she connects with her own particular cycle, and all the cycles around her…  and beyond…


 When you see the stars, you are seeing the past, for you know that the stars are not there, you are observing the past, for you know that in the time it takes for the light to travel, the star already moved from that particular place. There are 2 time spaces…. Your brain is just seeing the past…. Measuring and judging your experience through the perspective of the past, of the stars and yourself.


When you see the identity of a human being, you are seeing a genetic code, past experiences, scars from past battles, your parents DNA… you are seeing the past… you can even tell in their DNA, what they eat, do, where they come from, etc… 




Indigenous Music and Dance


Native American Church Songs


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Native American Church was big with a lot of the Southern tribes back in the early 1900’s, where countless good songs traveled all over. Up until now songs were traveling from tribe to tribe through the people. Today the people do the traveling around the country attending peyote ceremonies and learning new songs.

These ceremonies include many young children singing in hopes of inspiring other young children to keep going and keep the peyote songs alive. We hope that the children will share them from tribe and enjoying them enough to sing around the campfires. So please enjoy what we have put together for you.

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The New Vitamin D: Vitamin Drum

By Christine Stevens, M.S.W., MT-BC


A young woman sits in a circle of empty chairs playing her djembe, a West African healing drum. Gradually other women arrive. They join the song, playing their own rhythms on a variety of different drums. No two rhythms are alike, and yet somehow they all go together. Over thirty people are now playing an amazing rhythmical symphony, painted above the driving rhythm of the first pattern. Their shoulders relax, their breathing becomes deeper, and their minds become calm and present. On the leader's cue they all end together. 1-2-3-4-BOOM. Silence.


This drum circle empowers their spirits and heals their hearts. They are transforming themselves in the deepest way: without speaking, through music and rhythm. They leave refreshed, re-inspired, and re-connected.


Sound Health
"Sound" is within the very definition of health. According to Webster�s Dictionary, health is "being sound in mind and body." Other terms, such as being at a "higher vibration" and being "in tune" point towards the role of music in wellness. The drum is a vibrational tuning fork, offering a mirror of what is truly inside our hearts, a rhythm that has been within us since our birth.


And the process of group drumming is quite possibly the next big method of creative fitness for stress reduction. There is healing value in playing music, expressing oneself rhythmically, and connecting with others. In fact, in a controlled study of 111 normal subjects, just one hour of group drumming showed a significant increase in circulating white blood cells and two specific cytokines, markers of cellular immune function (Bittman et al., Alternative Therapy, January 2001). Drumming successfully boosted the immune system.    Read More>>>








"And there are Four Corners of the Earth that we talk about, the Four Colors of people, and the Four Winds. You see the winds-they are spirits." --Grandfather William Commanda, Algonquin


The Elders teach us about the four directions. If we learn about direction, we also learn about attention, about focus, and about power. Each direction has spiritual power. In the morning, go outside, face the east and get still; then, listen to your thoughts. After you have done this for a while, turn and face the west. Get quiet once again and listen to your thoughts. Did your thinking change when you changed direction?

Great Spirit, teach me the power of the four directions.

By Don Coyhis



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American Indian

By Luke Easter


There’s only one real true American,
A human being here from the start,
Although existing of many tribes,
All nations made whole from each part.

Unlike the movies, the Indian never started the fight,
Only retaliating to save and protect property rights,
Now realizing profits from ventures on tribunal owned land,
Along comes the U.S. Government sticking out its hand.

Even going to court in a lawsuit the attorneys are prepared,
Claiming land that is non-taxable the tribes should pay a share,
Are the powers that be going to collect the monies for the needy?
Or like everything else distribute to the Washington Greedy?

Was the Indian really thought of after the death of Sitting Bull?
Only when billions of dollars casinos on their land began to pull,
How does the government attempt to collect on property they stole?
From original owners a miniscule fraction of a fraction of the whole.

Land that was stolen because some prospectors found gold,
The value of which Indian tribes were never informed or told,
A government that feels it is constitutionally entitled, oh how bold,
Acres not returned to the rightful owner but illegally leased or sold.






Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Bill Kilgore (Birmingham, AL) I enjoy reading Smoke Signals every month. I pass it on to my friends. I am not a member of the tribe, but wondered if I could add a prayer request? My ex-husband (we are great friends) had surgery in January for a terminal brain tumor. They have given him approx. 11 months. He is currently taking radiation and chemo. Our only child is currently incarcerated. I would like to ask prayer for all of us. Bill (ex) has not felt up to making the trip to visit our son and wants to. Stephen (son) wants to see his Dad very much. Please pray that Creator will give Bill the strength to make the 2 hour trip. Thank you,  Deb Kilgore, Co-Founder, Missing Link Rescue 


Nellie Ruth Sutherland, Horn Lake, MS  (76)  Nellie is hospitalized in serious condition.  she is holding her own and we are waiting for her and Creator to decide.  Mom loves all prayers.  Please pray for her.  ~Faith Michaels, MS


People of New Zealand - My sacred brothers and sisters, please join with me in lighting the heart candles of love healing and soothing energies in support of all in AoTeaRoa / New Zealand -- especially the South Island and Christchurch areas .. to Papatuanuku love honour and respect as you go through your big "shake'... to all our sisters and brothers in AoTeaRoa please know that we in Oz stand with you arm-in-arm at this time ... Arohanui - Lynn Guy  02-22-11


Barbra (Sundove) just called asking for prayers for her grandson. A few years back a case in Fla was headlines everywhere, A daycare center ran by a man and woman (mother and son I think) had been beating and molesting the children. Braedon Barbs grandson was one of those kids he also was beaten and locked in a closet. During the trial it took 3 mos for court to issue restraint order for Braedons protection, The people were found guilty and sent to prison. Braedon has had problems on and off sence and been in counseling. Today as Barb and her daughter were taking Braedon to his psychiatrist appointment he was happily playing a video game in the back seat. Suddenly he attacked Barb beating her in the head with the game ,hitting ,kicking and biting her. I think he is 8b yrs old now. They got him to Doctor where he was admitted to the hospital under lock down. The doc explained to Braedon with the guards and locks no one could get to him. They start evaluating him at &AM and then Doc told Barb to go home and get another restraining order.Hope it doesn't take 3 mos. A week or so ago Barb took Braedon to the beach, They went in a little store for snacks. When they turned to leave three people back in the line stood the molester. He is out of prison. Please pray for this little boy and his family. love and prayers ~Ruth  02-22-11


Helen RedWing and Joseph Graybeard Vinson (Memphis, TN) From Graybeard: "I've received several request for updates and questions "really" are, but  have a lot of difficulty trying to type totally one handed even with my one fingered hunt and miss style. The saga begins here:


We seem to have reached a plateau with Red Wing's healing and she is still having a lot of pain; (Doctors removed the toe on Tuesday, November 16.)  the next step is the vascular surgeon to increase blood flow to the wound. The test have been done, but now, getting her back to the surgeon's office is a bit of a problem. She isn't an invalid; not bedridden; can walk a bit but can't stand long on that foot or use steps. If she had to care for herself (alone) a fall could be a strong possibility. We have a transport chair that must be pushed to move (two hands) and no wheel chair.


Saga part two: Today is day fourteen of a broken left arm (just below the shoulder) with a sling that does little to immobilize the break. I kinda set it my self so I could drive home because there was no one to stay with RW and waited 'till some one was here before going to the ER for X-rays and a sling. Bathing consist of baby wipes; dressing takes a concerted effort from both of us; trying to cook or wash dishes could make an interesting reality show; I'm not supposed to drive. My sister did bring over a container of soup; one of chili along with one of chicken. A neighbor brought over a leftover meal that was stretched into two. Grateful for both.  The arm is going to require surgery (screws and maybe a plate) for repair. I asked about having it done under a local so I could go home afterward and was

told "that's impossible" in a tone that made it sound like "you're nuts". I can't/ I won't have it done without someone to stay with Helen while I'm out of action; I can not / will NOT leave her alone while I lounge around in a hospital. They tend to stand you up shortly after surgery; with my intense dislike of hospitals; if I get my feet under me and can get dressed, I have no reason to stay. 02-15-11 ~Joseph Graybeard Vinson


Aunt Maxine Branham-Collier (Farquier County, VA) is in the Farquier County Hospital in VA and not doing well.  ~Helen Redwing 02-14-11


Teresa Myers (Springfield, MO) A friend of Healing Spring is in need of assistance.  A few days ago, Teresa Myers' housemate, Ann Mote, was found buried in the blizzard snow. Teresa, who is blind and on disability, is overwhelmed.  Ann had serious health issues and required a housemate, as did Teresa. They have been friends for over 30 years and for the last 15 years have shared expenses to make ends meet. As of this date, Teresa is forced to move with less than and month to make arrangements and grieve the unexpected loss of her friend. The best guess is a medication mix up and or a medication reaction. The family is waiting for an autopsy.  Teresa has many friends from the community willing to help with the physical aspect of a move etc.  The need is for financial support during the next month.  Can you help?   Teresa would like time to work with Ann's family and personal affects.  Another month in the current rental will help ease the emotional stress and an immediate move. The estimated monies required for March rent or a move would be about $800.00.    If you can help, send a check to Healing Spring  Box 9836 Springfield MO  65801 and Healing Spring will send a check to Teresa.    Please make a note if you require a tax receipt.  In all of this, keep Teresa (Cherokee) and all in your prayers.  ~Susan Phillips 02-05-11


Norman Clayton (Memphis, TN) has Stage 4 Cancer and is dying. He needs someone to come in and pray with him in Memphis.

His wife passed a few years ago they were members of Tennessee Native American Convention,, She was the secretary. We seek prayers.  Helen RedWing Vinson 01-29-11


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


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. 



Crossing Over...


Verna "Sissy" Nita Maxine Baker (Wood/Hunt), (Springfield, MO) born November 12, 1935 in Ruth Mo., daughter of Jesse and Velma Hunt, Reed Springs, MO, was called into the heavenly realms on March 20, 2011 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by family and friends.  She was a native and long time resident of Southern Missouri, but resided a number of years in Yuma, AZ and Wichita, KS. ~The Natural Healing Center, 03-26-11


Ernest Kaientaronkwen Benedict, ene of Canada's most venerated Native elders, died January 8 as a result of pneumonia in his 92nd year at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Cornwall, across the river from his beloved Mohawk territory.

Born at a time when the Mohawks of Akwesasne were farmers, fishermen and basketmakers, self sufficient and with limited contact with the outside world, he witnessed the greatest changes in human history, changes which would deeply affect his community.

Benedict was convinced that if the Mohawks were to survive as a distinct society they had to act aggressively to preserve their heritage.  To him, this meant reviving the ancestral spiritual rituals, teaching Mohawk culture in the schools and reinvigorating the traditional government so that Akwesasne, the most arbitrarily divided of all Native communities in Canada, would one day have a single representative entity.

Benedict was a Mohawk patriot who defended the treaty status of the Nation, event if it meant he would be imprisoned for his refusal to concede to the US military draft in WWII. He was released because of the intervention of US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and promptly enlisted on his terms, serving with honour in the Pacific. 

He was among the first Mohawks to secure a college degree. His was from St. Lawrence University where he counted as a friend and classmate the actor Kirk Douglas. He edited the first newspaper on any Iroquois community, appropriately called Kawerus, "The Thunder". He worked with the great Mohawk teacher Ray Fadden to instill pride in the hearts and minds of Mohawk students. With Fadden he established a cultural group which visited every Native reservation east of the Mississippi, lighting the fires of what would become Indian activism.

In 1968 he was a co-founder of the Native news journal Akwesasne Notes, easily the most influential aboriginal publication of the 20th century whose readership was worldwide.  He created the North American Indian Travelling College, taking to the roads to encourage Native youth to secure formal education in order to improve the lives of their people.  He was among the group which secured an abandoned military base northwest of Montreal which became Manitou College, His dream was to have a post secondary institution administered by Natives with a curriculum based on indigenous teachings. Manitou did not survive but the ideal has had international effect with "traditional knowledge" centres in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

All of the above would make for a remarkable life.  But in 1984 Benedict did an act which stunned all Canada's aboriginal people.  He met with Pope John Paul II in Midland, Ontario and before a worldwide audience used a traditional Mohawk prayer to reconcile the Church with the Native people it had alienated.  When Benedict lifted an eagle feather above the head of the pontiff he released generations of suspicion, anger and fear before calling for forgiveness and reconciliation.

Benedict also was a grand chief at Akwesasne and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He was an instructor at Trent University and a cultural adviser with the Assembly of First Nations.  His survivors include his wife Florence and children Salli, Lloyd, Rebecca and Daniel, all of Akwesasne. He also leaves many grandchildren and two sisters. He was buried at Akwesasne on January 11 after Catholic, Methodist and Longhouse services.  Submitted by:  Doug George-Kanentiio

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





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 February Elder Council meeting was held Sunday, February 20 16 with seven Elders present.  


The opening prayer was given by Ceremonial Elder Linda Hawk James  


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


Finance Report:  MAIC currently has zero long-term and $500 short-term debts.  All property taxes for the previous year are paid.  Cash flow is steady and all needs are being met.



(a)  Ohio Ross Correctional Institution - request for books and ceremonial supplies

(b)  Colorado Dept. of Corrections - request for ceremonial supplies


Old Business:

(a)  Feed Our Friends Project - Faith Michaels, chair

(b)  8000 Sacred Drums Ceremony - Linda James, chair

(c)  2011 Powwow Committee - Daniel Hoffman, chair   

(d)  Australia Gathering Journey - Amanda Morning Star - rescheduled for March 9, 2012


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

(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

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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