Manataka American Indian Council                               Volume XVII  Issue 05  May 2011



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



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History:   Catawba History
Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:   Old Ways of Gathering
Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman Speaks:   A Story Of The Sacred Drum
Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:   Mastering the Hologram

Indigenous Music and Dance::

  World's Best Hand Drum Songs
Feature Story::   Thinking Big Thougths vs. Poor Planning
Elder's Meditations:   Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk
Poetry Circle:   Step Down The Red Road
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer is a necessary part of Life
Manataka  Business:   April Elder Council Meeting

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Catawba History

Catawba (probably from Choctaw katápe, `divided,' `separated,' `a division.'-Gatschet).


The most important of the eastern Siouan tribes. It is said that Lynche creek, South Carolina east of the Catawba territory, was anciently known as Kadapau; and from the fact that Lawson applies this name to a small band met by him southeast of the main body, which he calls Esaw, it is possible that it was originally given to this people by some tribe living in eastern South Carolina, from whom the first colonists obtained it.

The Cherokee, having no b in their language, changed the name to Atakwa, (plural Anitakwa). The Shawnee and other tribes of the Ohio valley made the word Cuttawa. From the earliest period the Catawba have also been known as Esaw, or Issa (Catawba iswä', `river'), from their residence on the principal stream of the region, Iswa being their only name for the Catawba
and Wateree rivers. They were frequently included by the Iroquois under the general term Totiri, or Toderichroone, another form of which is Tutelo, applied to all the southern Siouan tribes collectively.


They were classed by Gallatin (1836) as a distinct stock, and were so regarded until Gatschet visited them in 1881 and obtained a large vocabulary showing numerous Siouan correspondences. Further investigations by Hale, Gatschet, Mooney, and Dorsey proved that several other tribes of the same region were also of Siouan stock, while the linguistic forms and traditional evidence all point to this eastern region as the original home of the Siouan tribes.   Read More>>>












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Grandmother Maka Nupa L. Cota Speaks



Old Ways of Gathering

By Maka Nupa L Cota


Looking out the window I see the snow melting so slowly.  The sky is gray and filled with the promise of snow and rain. The North winds hold the land in its strong hand. It  still has not given up the ghost of the long silent nights of winter. My own heart waits for the release of the land and the streams from ice and snow. The little frogs called peepers are out singing each night and I know that the small fish called smelts are making their run in the streams. At one time we use to net these very small fish and bring home buckets of them to eat fried crisp and hot. That along with the dandelion greens and fiddle heads was the first signs  of spring.


Long time ago it seems now,  that my old body was able to walk down the river banks and enjoy this yearly pilgrimage of honoring spring. We offered tobacco to the water and lit our sage and sweet grass to give thanks for the abundance. The ocean and the rivers that flow are the blood lines of the Mother Earth and are to be honored as such.   Read More>>>




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A Story Of The Sacred Drum

As given by Grandfather Hawk Hoffman


It is said that when Creator was giving a place for all the spirits to dwell who would be taking part in the inhabitance of Mother Earth, there came a sound, a loud BOOM, from off in the distance. As Creator listened, the sound kept coming closer and closer until it finally it was right in front of Creator.


"Who are you?" asked Creator.


"I am the spirit of the drum" was the reply. I have come here to ask you to allow me to take part in this wonderful thing." said the spirit.


"How will you take part?" Creator questioned."


"I would like to accompany the singing of the people. When they sing from their hearts, I will to sing as though I was the heartbeat of Mother Earth. In that way, all creation will sing in harmony," said the Spirit of the Drum.


Creator granted the request and from then on the drum accompanied the people's voices. Throughout all of the indigenous peoples of the world, the drum is the center of all songs. It is the catalyst for the spirit of the songs to rise up to the Creator so that the prayers in those songs reach where they were meant to go. At all times, the sound of the drum brings completeness, awe, excitement, solemnity, strength, courage, and the fulfillment to the songs. It is Mother's heartbeat giving her approval to those living upon her. It draws the eagle to it, who carries the message to Creator. It changes people's lives!





By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan Priestess




Mastering the Hologram


Beautiful Ones,

       The time has come for human being understand and embrace the ancient teachings of the feminine ways, the virtual reality realm, the place where everything is being created, the place where the hologram take place…


       For long time human being have been involved into the creation, in the “manifestation” people knows know that they are creating their own reality and want to perfect that one, that is beautiful, now, here is the real question, Why? Why you can create? Who are you that can create? …then you must be a creator, then you must come from the creator by herself ha? Why then you choose to create and recreate based on a paradigm that has been enslaving you for such a long time?


     Where is the part of the human being that is just been perpetuated the system that enslaves?


     Where are those forces, inside of the self as well as outside of the self? … so many questions






Indigenous Music and Dance


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How the Mistakes of a Few Put the Environment at Risk for All

Copyright © 2011 Evan Pritchard

The Mi’kmaq word for wisdom is "Unkeedassee-waq’n," "thinking big thoughts." This means "thinking ahead," even seven generations ahead. Young Algonquin fathers would sometimes plant cedar tree shoots at a scenic site for their grandchildren to enjoy 56 years later. They planted American Ginseng and waited seven years before harvesting it. They used ingenious controlled fire methods 12 hours before a rainstorm to produce an ideal garden spot two years later. They lived in the moment, but also thought big enough thoughts to reap benefits years into the future. These are the kind of native people that vowed to become Landkeepers, knowing they would remain in contact with the land as spirit helpers for a thousand years. According to elders from many nations, they are still working with us today.


This art of thinking ahead while acting in the now seems to be a lost art, judging by recent news. The engineers of Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi Plant knew they were building a large power plant near the ocean on a major fault line, so they did a study first, good planning. They found that there was a 10% chance that a tsunami would overrun the plant’s defenses but built it anyway. Bad planning. Log onto: id/42325085/ns/world_news-asia-pacific/         Read More>>>







"Anyways, with medicine there's a time and a place for everything. It only comes around once. You have to get it at the right time." ---- Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk


The old ones say two things must be present for a miracle to take place. One, the right time. Two, the right place. This is why we need to honor our ceremonies. Ceremonies are done in an order. This order is applied to open a "door" to the right time and place of the medicine. This door opens to the Spiritual World. The Spiritual World is available to us at the right time and the right place.


My Creator, let me be patient today so the timing is right.

By Don Coyhis



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Step Down The Red Road

 by Bob (Bandit) Eaton


Step down the Red Road

As one who knows

The sacred trail of life.


It is the spirit road

That calls through the ages

For all to follow its lead.


It calls through the ages

For all to follow:

The path with heart.


On this path

Burns the campfire of Hope:

All who walk here endure.


Gather the children,

And in the Traditions

We will find our way home.


We are the future,

We are the Circle;

We are!





by Bob (Bandit) Eaton

Nothing stirs outside the firelight
reaching no more than a body length the black around.

Their eyes open,

the old men
Watch the fire and
See the past unfold within.

The crackling of the wood -
gunfire from years ago -
with ears open they hear
The past unfold again.
Battles won but mostly lost....

They have no more land now.
They have no more freedom now.
They have no more pride now.
They have no more hope now.
As they draw closer to the fire
They have no more....





Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...



Helen RedWing Vinson (Memphis, TN) Success !! Thank you !!  The surgery was a success. Moma Bear now has circulation in her right leg; the surgeon appeared to be well pleased with his work and we are well pleased with all the prayers and well wishes from all the good friends and family. Red Wing still faces six weeks of IV anti-biotic, wound care and therapy. When she was returned to her room after the surgery, Wally and his boss lady and Cleta Townsend (from Chattanooga) were there to greet her. That was some very good healing Medicine. she still has a ways to go, so we are requesting that the healing prayers continue.  For those that have asked about my arm: it is healing; still hurts a lot. The doctor wants me to go to therapy , but understands that it ain't gonna happen until RW is taken care of. Not the first time I've heard the terms "hard headed" and "stubborn". I like the term: "priorities".   Sorry that the updates have been so few and far between, but I don't have easy access to a computer. I will send updates as I can.  She is in Baptist Memorial Hospital/ East Room # 4121   Phone # 901-226- 4121.  Graybeard Vinson 04-06-11


Update:  04-14-11 

Red Wing (Nana, RW, Momma Bear, Helen) is doing better. The wound on her foot is finally clear and the healing can begin. She is starting a new therapy (not for the squeamish):  Transfer to an extended care facility (for a couple of weeks) is in the works. We are

looking forward to the healing (and I imagine the hospital staff is looking forward to not seeing me every time they look up). For the most part, they've been great (even though dangerously understaffed).   We still have no way for her to communicate other than the phone in her room. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, 6019 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, Tenn. 38120  (901) 226-4121 Room: 4121  Still looking for the use of a laptop.  For those that have asked: I'm gaining more use of my arm (last time I saw the doctor, he said it was healing and wanted me to go to therapy). I canceled the appointment with him yesterday and reset for the 20th, because it wasn't a good time for Red Wing to be without her guard dog (me). In the mean time: She has kept you all in her prayers and thanks you (each and every one) for yours. For now, we need to get her healed and on her feet; able to care for herself; me to get my arm back and find a job. Know anybody looking for a one armed fat man ???? LOL I will update again when I have access to a computer.


I just got home today 22 days in hospital vascular surgery done 2 weeks in skilled nursing. Stitches out yesterday and wound vac on foot where toe was amputated.  Dr Burke said yesterday  We did the vascular surgery in time to have my foot. I was so infected March 30 that I went to emergency room and they admitted me putting me on two IV antibiotics and IV Lasix for 7 days before the surgery.. Because Dr who amputated my toe refuse to give me anymore antibiotics until had the surgery which was not even scheduled to happen yet. But Dr Burke the vascular surgery when ER called him about the infection told them to admit me. When he said yesterday I had a close call I started to cry because my nurse had said that I could have died with the infection and I knew what Dr Burke meant. Hope all is well with you at this time You are in my prayers also love


Jay King (North Carolina) Jay is in ICU he went into Septic shock from C dif. The third round of antibiotics ended and a week later the  C dif came back on him to the extent it caused the septic shock. They did a colostomy yesterday. Found two large polyps but because of the inflammation from C dif too much risk of bleeding. Doc said he thinks he can get infection cleared up in 2 weeks so in 4 weeks another colostomy will be done and they will be removed. He has had one health crisis after another since last May. Doc said polyps are not cancer but could be "on down the road" so safe to wait to remove but important to remove them then. Sat he was rushed to hospital. Four docs worked on him in trauma unit. At one point his BP dropped so ;low he lost consciousness. The docs were even bringing their manuals in for reference. He is feeling much better and hopes to get some solid food today. He has gained back 20 of the 55 pounds he had lost. Thanks to a med to increase appetite and his discovery that the nutritional supplement drink Boost tasted like a choc milkshake,  Barbara Skidmore 03-28-11


Update: Jay was moved out of ICU and into the next level where they watch him carefully but in regular room etc. Some concern watching for congestive heart. They mentioned rehab but he told them at rehab they did occupational therapy more than physical therapy. He prefers to come home with the home therapist who spends the time working on getting him back on his feet. Cost of gas with these trips to hospital is wiping me out. Kinda hope he is in the hospital a little longer till I can get some funds for groceries but I am sure it will all work out somehow. Almost lost him to the septic shock. Scary watching four doctors and two nurses frantically working on him but he made it. I am praying for you and yours and for the people. Love and prayers Ruth 03-30-11


Update: I talked to Ruth and they flew Jay to a bigger and better hospital. They said his gallbladder is not infected but he does need it and the stones taken out. They can not do surgery at this point because Jay is too weak and has a severe UTI. They are trying to get the infection under control and build up his strength. I will let you know more as Ruth tells me. Wado for the prayers. Barb Skidmore 05-10-11


The People of Japan who are suffering the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami floods.


Manataka prayers for the millions of people affected by these disasters will continue daily with ceremonies performed at sunrise and sundown at the sacred Manataka Mountain.  May the smoke of our prayer fires be seen by the Creator of All Things.


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 who are suffering the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami floods.

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


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


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...


William David Kilgore,  (Birmingham, AL) 62, departed this life on April 5, 2011. Mr. Kilgore was an ordained minister, a US Navy Veteran, and a Boy Scout leader for 20 years. He is preceded in death by both parents, Paul Lee and Ellen Callahan Kilgore; and his brother, Paul Wayne Kilgore. He is survived by his wife, Marie; son, Stephen (Stephen's mom, Deb Kilgore); numerous family members and a multitude of friends. Visitation will be Thursday, April 7 from 4:30 - 7:00 PM at Calvary Independent Baptist Church, (205-786-8366), 6200 Birmingport Hwy in Minor, with funeral service on Friday at 2:00 P.M. The service will be conducted by Rev. Charles Thomas, Rev. Roy Lee Williams, Rev. Jack Davis, Rev. Wayne Honeycutt and Vollie Cullen. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society . Deb Kilgore, Co-Founder, Missing Link Rescue 04-10-11


Valum Votan/Jose Arguelles departed this Planet on Solar Moon 17 (March 23), Red Spectral Moon, at 6:10 a.m (the exact same time that he was born in 1939 in the Red Spectral Moon year). After a short illness, he slipped away in complete peace. We are asking for those who loved him to hold a synchronized vigil and/or ceremony on his behalf at 12-noon (Pacific daylight time) on March 25, Solar Moon 19, Kin 91. Send him your prayers, light and blessings to continue his spirit journey – and also visualize the rainbow bridge and the Return of Light. José Argüelles was the initiator of the Harmonic Convergence global peace meditation of 1987 and is the one who first introduced the date December 21, 2012 into mass consciousness with The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology. Argüelles is also the founder of the annual Whole Earth Festival (1970) in California, and one of the originators of the Earth Day concept.







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 April Elder Council meeting was postponed due to health issues.


Finance Report:  Rebecca Moore will report that the 2010 financial reports are completed and delivered to the accountant recommended by David Quiet Wind on April 15.  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.  Sub-reports on the 2011 Manataka Powwow will be included.



(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, chair - rescheduled for March 9, 2012


New Business:  

(a)  Lee Standing Bear retirement


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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