Manataka American Indian Council                               Volume XVII  Issue 04  April 2011




Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



April 2011


All Fool's Day

April 1

Income Taxes Due

April 15


April 24


 "All Fools Day occurs twice in April -- the 1st and the 15th."

"Spring is here, life begins anew. Creation's bounty is God's gift to all." 

~Lee Standing Bear


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Elders Meditation:

  Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

Grandfather Gray Hawk Coke:

  Is There a Worldwide Food Shortage?
Feature Story:   The Truth About Hair

Tribal News:

  The State of Indian Nations is Strong
Book Review:   Girty: The Legend by John C. Anderson

Inspiration Thoughts:

  Speech is Silver; Silence is Golden

Website Updates:

  March Additions
Notices:   Prayer Ties, Powwow Commttee

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Legends of Old:   Coyote Becomes A Buffalo
Feature Story:   Ancient Maya Holy Time - Chapter 12
 Guest Editorial:   The Last Acceptable Racism: Native Americans

Letters to the Editor:

  Over 1,000 Letter Received by Manataka
Endangered Earth:   Tragedy in Japan Raises Questions at Home
Organic Consumers:   World Against Monsanto: Anti-GMO Resistance
Elder's Meditations:   Thomas Yellowtail, Crow
Earth Medicine:   Radiation and Chemotherapy
Women's Council News:   Seneca Hawk Elder Edna Gordon Speaks Out


Does Topical Fluoride Really Protect Tooth Enamel?
Animal Rights and Wrongs: Unimak Wildlife Managed by Understanding of Caribou
Sacred Sites: Church Desecrates Bones, Protesters Arrested

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  Pima Indian Tribe History

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

  Current World Events

Grandfather Sevenhawks Hoffman:

  Yokut Creation Story

Magdala Rameriz:

  New Ways To Relate

Indigenous Music and Dance:

  World's Best Hand Drum Songs - Volume 1

Feature Story:

  Smiling Indians

Elder's Meditations:

  Grandfather William Commanda, Algonquin
Poetry Circle:   Moon and Drum  -- Powwow Dancer
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer is a necessary part of Life
Manataka  Business:   March Elder Council Meeting
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"People think other things are more important than prayer, but they are mistaken."  -Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

An Elder once said the most important thing you can do in the course of a day is to pray. If we get up late or oversleep, which is more important? Rush to work without praying or pray first and then go to work? The Elders say it's more important to pray. If we get angry, should we act on our anger or should we pray first? The Elders say it's more important to pray first. If, during the day, we face indecision, what should we do? PRAY. If, during the day, we become irritated or we experience fear, what should we do first? PRAY. The Warrior who prays first will lead a different life from those who pray last.


Great Spirit, teach me to pray first!





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As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena.



Manataka Powwow June 10 - 12, 2011


Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. Scheduled for June 10 - 12, 2011, the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds to host dancers, drummers, special entertainment, and vendors.  Send us your contact information and what you would like to do to help.    







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A Project for Wildlife




Deep in the Ouachita National Forest is a wildlife rehabilitation center that quietly cares for hundreds of animals and birds on an annual basis.  The Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, operated by Tommy Young, a Master Falconer and Ornithologist, is a caring place for those who can least take care of themselves.


The Center has mountain lions, cougars, bears, raccoons, otters, alligators, skunks, deer, eagles, hawks, falcons, rabbits, beavers, deer, possums, snakes and other reptiles who have been injured and require rehabilitation before being released back in the forest.  In some cases, the injuries are so severe the animal cannot be released but are cared for throughout their lives in a kind, suitable environment.


Located at the foot of Rich Mountain and Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the middle of the Ouachita National Forest, hundreds of wildlife come to the Wildlife Center, even from the Ozark National Forest north of the Arkansas River and thousands of surrounding pockets of wildlife -- over 3 million acres and thousands of miles of wild territory.   Winter is here and more animals and birds are found injured every month. 


The Center has cared for thousands of wildlife over the past two decades, but this winter promises to be especially rough because of the summer drought.  A poor economy and high unemployment in the area have slowed contributions to the Center.  Winter is coming.


We need food - thousands of pounds of it... Now!   Read More>>>



Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke Speaks



Is There a Worldwide Food Shortage?



Ads on TV and radio,  in our mail boxes, or on  our doors plead with us to feed the children. Since the pictures are of children in underdeveloped countries, this means we give the advertisers our money and trust that they will actually buy food for these children to eat. What kind of effect does that have on us? Does anyone ever wonder if such a need could happen in our country? Let us look at some real facts that point to this possibility. Economics is a good place to start. While in college, I was required to take economics. One of the aspects that stuck with me was “supply side.”  This refers to the law of supply and demand: when an item becomes scarce, the cost rises with the rise of scarcity. Likewise, it lowers when the supply is strong. Here are some of the problems that got me thinking.  Read More>>>






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


A film crew was on location deep in the desert. One day an Old Indian went up to the director and said, "Tomorrow rain."

The next day it rained.

A week later, the Indian went up to the director and said,

"Tomorrow storm."

The next day there was a hailstorm.

"This Indian is incredible," said the director. He told his secretary to hire the Indian to predict the weather. However, after several successful predictions, the old Indian didn't show up for two weeks.

Finally the director sent for him. "I have to shoot a big scene tomorrow," said the director, "and I'm depending on you.  What will the weather be like?"

The Indian shrugged his shoulders. "Don't know," he said.  "Radio is broken."






The Truth About Hair

Reported by Cee Young


This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Viet Nam War .


Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. Back in the Viet Nam war however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully covered up and hidden from public view.


In the early nineties, Sally [name changed to protect privacy] was married to a licensed psychologist who worked at a VA Medical hospital. He worked with combat veterans with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. Most of them had served in Viet Nam.


Sally said, " I remember clearly an evening when he came back to our apartment on Doctor's Circle carrying a thick official looking folder in his hands. Inside were hundreds of pages of certain classified studies commissioned by the government. He was in shock from the contents. What he read in those documents completely changed his life. From that moment on my conservative middle of the road husband grew his hair and beard and never cut them again. What is more, the VA Medical center let him do it, and other very conservative men in the staff followed his example. As I read the documents, I learned why. It seems that during the Viet Nam War special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to comb American Indian Reservations looking for talented scouts, for tough young men trained to move stealthily through rough terrain. Read More>>>



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2012 Federal Budget Request: Highlights for Indian Country

Jumpstarting Congress's process of passing a budget for fiscal year 2012, the Administration submitted a draft budget to the House and Senate on February 14th.  His budget requests were a further reflection of the administration's uncertain commitment to Native American communities.  Though a five-year freeze on most domestic spending is also proposed, the budget recommends increases for many long-underfunded Indian programs, including the following:


Tribal programs slated for reduction include Real Estate Services, the Indian Guaranteed Loan Program, and Construction.  Funding for the Indian Land Consolidation Program and the Office of Historical Trust Accounting in the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians would also be decreased.  It is disappointing to see less funding go to these programs, but we believe the administration chose to recommend less funding because of consistent increases in funding in recent years, and because funding will also reach tribes through the Cobell settlement agreement.


We are worried, however, about the significant cuts that have been proposed to national programs that serve American Indians and Alaska Natives, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, and the Community Services Block Grant Program.  These programs provide essential services and employment in Indian Country.  The Community Services Block Grant cut is likely to impact funding for community service centers and programs like Head Start.


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Tribal Law and Order Act: Update on Implementation

Six months after passage, key provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) are being established, such as the Indian Law and Order Commission, the Office of Tribal Justice, and the Indian Law Enforcement Foundation. Not all deadlines have been met, but we appreciate these indications of momentum. Check out the National Congress of American Indians' latest update on TLOA implementation on their website.

"The State of Indian Nations is Strong"

Last month, Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) delivered the annual State of Indian Nations Address in Washington, D.C.  Watch the speech and Rep. Lisa Murkowski's congressional response.  FCNL's Hannah Cole-Chu feels lucky to be working on Indian issues during a time of such positive momentum, but is sobered by the number of challenges that remain ahead.  Read her reflections on the speech.




More House Members Named to Indian Affairs Subcommittee

After a many-year hiatus, the House Natural Resources Committee has recreated the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.  It recently announced six newly named members to the subcommittee: Jeff Denham (CA), Daniel Benishek (MI), Paul Gosar (AZ), Raul Labrador (ID), Kristi Lynn Noem (SD), and Colleen Hanabusa (HI). See the complete list of members on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Natural Resources Committee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs for the 112th congress.


The chairman of the subcommittee, Rep. Don Young (AK), shared the following words in an interview with Indian Country Today about the committee's work:


"I'm excited because we used to have an Indian subcommittee, and we did a lot of good work there. And then they disbanded it and put it under the full committee, and there wasn't the same focus on some of the basic problems we have in the nation, and in Indian country. I think there could be better progress in the development of resources, in the ability to [carry out] trust responsibility. We have some great challenges in the Lower 48, on our reservations and in Alaska. And there are some big opportunities. I don't appreciate the paternalism of the U.S. government over Indians. There's such a great wealth of intelligence in the tribes."

The subcommittee's first hearing will be held next Tuesday, March 8th and is entitled: "The effectiveness of federal spending on Native American programs, and on the President’s FY 2012 budget request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians."






GIRTY: THE LEGEND by John C. Anderson.  Foreword by Lee Standing Bear Moore

Recognizing that the past is nothing more than the stories we tell about it, Girty examines the myth of Simon Girty, the legendary “white savage” who terrorized the American western frontier during the American War for Independence and the Northwest Indian War. No serious book published since the nineteenth century has focused on this great villain of frontier mythology. While Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton were presented as great trailblazers and heroic Indian fighters, Simon Girty was demonized as a murderer and torturer of his fellow Americans.  Stories are still written about the legendary frontier heroes, but now that the Indians have been exterminated or removed, the Girty myth is no longer useful. Girty’s true story is far more fascinating than his myth—a rarity in the literature of history, which is filled with more fiction than fact. 


GIRTY: The Legend provides educational, entertainment, and instructional value to anyone interested in the the truth about history.  Why and how did politicians, educators, journalists, and popular writers in early America create and use myths to remove and destroy its native people?  199 pages, Hardcover, Published by: American University & Colleges Press, ISBN 978-1-58982-602-1  Price: $19.95 - PDF formatted e book 





"The Wise Man believes profoundly in silence - the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence - not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree, not a ripple upon the surface of the shinning pool - his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life. Silence is the cornerstone of character." – Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman) Santee Sioux


Speech is Silver; Silence is Golden
Once upon a time an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After being released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.
In court the old man told the Judge: 'They were just comments, didn't harm anyone.'
The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man: 'Write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Cut them up and on the way home; throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear the sentence.'
The next day, the judge told the old man: 'Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.'
The old man said: 'I can't do that! The wind spread them and I won't know where to find them.'
The judge then replied: 'The same way, simple comments may destroy the honor of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can't speak well of someone, rather don't say anything.
'Let's all be masters of our mouths, so that we won't be slaves of our words.'

Source unknown


“1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 NSRV


Manataka Elder, Chaplain Fred D. Wilcoxson PhD, PC, BCCC





Beautiful Words: American Indian Poem by Luke Easter
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Elders Speak:


The time has come to embrace the next evolution by Magdala Rameriz

Women! Can You Live Without Them? By Sevenhawks

Moon Song by Maka Nupa L. Cota

Time to Gather Your Medicine! By Magdala Rameriz

Yuma Creation Story by Hawk Hoffman

Feature Stories:




Women Cannot Touch My Drum!

Arising from Sacred Land, Aiming to the Future

Christian Crees Tear Down Sweatlodge

Indians Claim Ownership of Hot Springs?

Medicine Wheel for 2011

Native Prisoners of War

Planet Green and Manataka Recycling Fund Raiser

Stuck In the Smoke Hole Of Our Tipi

Wipe Out the Amerindians

Health Watch:

Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation

US Says Too Much Fluoride In Water

Why Pharmaceutical Drugs Do Not Work

Herbal Medicine:


Pine Recipes for the Home or Tipi


White Mountain Apache History

Oklahoma Statehood and Indian Nations


The Raven with No Beak
Sacred Sites: NJ bridge dig turns up Native American artifacts
Smoke Signal News Opinions: Letters to the Editor - March 2011
Tribes and Nations: Federally Recognized Tribes - List Revised 2010

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Manataka Needs Prayer Ties


Manataka ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations.  The gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition of many peoples.  Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to sacred sites and or places that require healing (such the Gulf of Mexico). 


We need thousands of prayer ties.  You can help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for distribution to people and places that need your prayers.  Read More>>>




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