Manataka American Indian Council                               Volume XVII  Issue 06  June 2011




Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow



JUNE 2011


Flag Day

June 14

Father's Day

June 19

Summer Solstice

June 21


 "My father did not tell me how to live, he lived right and allowed me the honor to watch him do it."

~Lee Standing Bear Moore


Character in leadership is a reflection of things that we create. Conduct

is the mirror that emphasizes your image, be cognizant of your reflection.



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Elders Meditation:

  Traditional Circle of Elders

Grandfather Gray Hawk Coke:

  Be Prepared List
Feature Story:  

Tribal News:

  Firestorm Over Use of Code Name "Geronimo"
Book Review:   Talking Bear’s Talking Circles — Book One

Inspiration Thoughts:

  The Brilliant You, Released!

Website Updates:

  New Articles in May
Notices:   Manataka Needs Prayer Ties

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Legends of Old:   Fifth Moon - The Bear - An Arapahoe Legend
Feature Story:   Thinking BiG Thoughts vs Poor Planning
 Guest Editorial:   Native Blood in Boriken (Puerto Rico)

Letters to the Editor:

  June Letters Are Funny, Interesting and Pointed!
Endangered Earth:   House Approves Dangerous Offshore-drilling Expansion
Organic Consumers:   Get Ready for World Food Day Actions 10/16/11
Elder's Meditations:   Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota
Earth Medicine:   Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
Women's Council News:   Sterilization of Native American Women


Civil Rights Leaders Call for Halt to Water Fluoridation
Animal Rights and Wrongs: White Whales Endangered / War On Wolves
Sacred Sites: Mount Taylor: America's Most Endangered Historic Places

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  Geronimo and Fort Pickens

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

  Grandmother Nupah Makah Climbs On Her Soapbox

Grandfather Sevenhawks Hoffman:

  Adventure with Mooin, The Bear

Magdala Rameriz:

  The Next Evolution of Being Human

Indigenous Music and Dance:

  Live at the Beaver Lodge - Sidney Castel

Feature Story:


Biopiracy Patents and the Rise of Intellectual Imperialism

Elder's Meditations:

  Thomas Yellowtail, Crow
Poetry Circle:   His Restless Mount Stood Waiting
Healing Prayer Basket:   We Are Getting Serious Here!!
Manataka  Business:   Meeting Postponed
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"The Natural Law is the final and absolute authority governing E Te No Ha, the earth we call our Mother."

--Traditional Circle of Elders


There is no power greater than the Natural Laws. These powers were set up by the Great Spirit in such a way that the human being has no access to it, except by obeying. If we choose not to follow the Natural Laws, our live will be filled with confusion, tension, anxiety and stress. If we poison the Earth, we poison ourselves. If we poison the Water of the Earth, we poison ourselves. As we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves and our children, even the children unborn. May we think about this today and ask ourselves, "Are we holding and acting toward the Mother Earth in a good way?"


Great Spirit, teach me the Natural Laws that govern the Earth.




Manataka Powwow


SEPTEMBER 30 - October 2, 2011


Mark you calendar - Call for hotel reservations


Dancers, Drummers, Singers,

Vendors, and Volunteers

Sign-up today!


Bald Mountain Park and Campground

Located off Westinghouse Road,

Between Hwy 70 East and Hwy 270 East


Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas



Admission for Veterans, Seniors,

and Kids under 5



Dancing - Drumming - Singing

Storytelling - Games - Wildlife Show


COLORFUL Tipi Village

Indian Food and Crafts

Family Fun!


FREE Camping

Plenty of Parking

Bleacher Seating

Bring Lawn Chairs and or Blankets



Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the September 30 - October 2 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.


Send us your contact information and join the fun!  


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Manataka Powwow SEPTEMBER 30 - October 2, 2011


Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the September 30 - October 2, 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. The 2011 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.  


See the Manataka Powwow flyer here  Vendors:  Sign up for booth space here...before they are gone...






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Feed Our Friends


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




In the past three issues of the Smoke Signal News, Grandfather Coke concentrated on the potential for a Worldwide Food Shortage and asking Is There a Worldwide Food Shortage? and other issues dealing with disasters -- coping with adversity and transition.  This article continues the same theme with some practical advise:





Be Prepared List


By Gordon M. Scallion, submitted by Robert Gray Hawk Coke




If your water comes from a private well, as ours does, your first priority will probably be keeping your water pump going, so that you can continue to receive fresh water in your home. For that you will need a back-up generator! We use a 12,000 watt propane generator that provides both 220 volts and 110 volts. We also have a 1,000 gallon underground propane tank that I estimate could last me months with daily use. We have also installed an auto-transfer switch panel near our home’s power-breaker panel, which detects power outages and turns on the generator. This system can run our entire home. However, I also have the option of running the generator for thirty minutes three times per day, which would give us fresh water and heat for an indefinite time period without the generator running 24/7 during long outages. Read More>>>





No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



A handsome, young brave was stopped, leaving a lake carrying two buckets of fish, by the game warden. The game warden asked the man, "Do you have a fishing license?"

The young man replied to the game warden, "No, sir. These are my pet fish."

"Pet fish!" the warden replied.

"Yes, sir. Every night I take these fish down to the lake and let them swim around for a while. I whistle and they jump back into their buckets, and I take em home."

"That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!"

The brave looked at the game warden for a moment, and then said, "Here, I'll show you. It really works."

"O.K. I've GOT to see this!" the game warden replied.

The young native, poured the fish in to the water and stood and waited. After several minutes, the game warden turned to the brave and said, "Well?"

"Well, what?" the Native asked.

"When are you going to call them back?" the game warden prompted.

"Call who back?" the brave asked.

"The FISH."

"What fish?" the young brave asked.





I am Buffalo!

Submitted by Awi Anida Waya

I am the largest land animal in North America and my picture often symbolizes the American West during the time of settlers, wagon trains, cowboys and Indians, and you will even see my image on some of your money.

You likely know me as the American Buffalo, although in technical terms some of you refer to me as Bison. By what name I am known to you is not as important as the role we have played throughout life history.


When the explorer Columbus landed on Turtle Island in the late 1400's, my family population was estimated at nearly 60,000,000 and our home range was the majority of what is now called the United States, with some of our Wood Bison cousins living in the area of Canada. By 1890, our estimated population was around one thousand as we neared total extinction from being hunted by settlers, and slaughtered by others to starve out the 'Indians'.


Although some of your ancestors of that time raised concerns about this slaughter, nothing was actually done to bring it to an end as the government encouraged this killing to meet their goal of containing the Plains Indians. Sadly, this apathy among your kind continues to this day as cattle ranchers have taken land once ours to range their cattle for profit. This may not raise alarm with some of you concerning us, but consider that the greatest slaughter of my family took place between 1850 and 1890, and if we were to be killed at the rate of 1000 per day, it would take 164 of your years to complete this cycle, and yet, humans were able to achieve this in less than 40 years. This gives you an idea of what my family endured at the hands of humans. 




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Firestorm Over Use of Code Name "Geronimo" for Osama Bin Laden

For those who contend that the good name of a great American Indian Chief was not besmirched by it being used as a code name for bin Laden, the following is the headlines of a column that appeared in the New York Times. It shoots that notion in the foot.


Farewell to Geronimo

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, Op-Ed Columnist

Published May 3, 2011, New York Times


Harlyn Geronimo

On Behalf of Descendants of the Historic Apache Leader Chief Geronimo


This following statement is being submitted to the official record of the United States Senate Commission on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on "Stolen Identities: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Indigenous People,” taking place Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 2:15pm in Dirksen-628.


Statement from Harlyn Geronimo on behalf of himself and other surviving lineal descendants of the Historic Apache Leader Geronimo

Whether it was intended only to name the military operation to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden or to give Osama Bin Laden himself the code name Geronimo, either was an outrageous insult and mistake. And it is clear from the military records released that the name Geronimo was used at times by military personnel involved for both the military operation and for Osama Bin Laden himself.


Obviously to equate Geronimo with Osama Bin Laden is an unpardonable slander of Native America and its most famous leader in history.  Read More>>>


Support Legislation that Designates "Discoverer's Day in Hawai'i To Indigenous Peoples Day

Important legislation to rename "Discoverers' Day" in Hawai'i to Indigenous Peoples Day has been introduced at the state legislature. The hearing will be held this coming Monday, March 28 at 9:30am (Hawai'i time).

This appears to be a part of the culmination of our work since 1997, when the first papal bulls burning event took place. Your support in submitting written and/or oral testimony is greatly appreciated.

The use of names carries important meaning and symbolizes the values we place on our society. The name "Discoverers' Day" in Hawaii reflects and condones a history based on subjugation. The fifteenth century Western concept of discovery established Christian dominion
over non-Christians that allowed for their enslavement and the taking of their lands. Countless numbers of indigenous peoples subsequently perished worldwide as a result of the European imperial and colonization process. Today, an increasing number of American states, cities, local governments, and institutions have renamed or abolished "Columbus Day," which is synonymous with the concept of discovery and recognizing a "Discoverers' Day." Therefore, it is requested that the name of this day in Hawaii be changed to Indigenous Peoples Day to support and stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples around the world.

Submitted by Tony Castana, Coordinator, Kosmos Indigena


Google in Cherokee


A traditional Native American language recently met the technological cutting edge when the search engine Google allowed users to read, write and access information in Cherokee. Google users can now select Cherokee from the website’s language tools page to translate all text accessed through the website into the Cherokee language.

The international technology leader Google has added the Cherokee written language, called Cherokee Syllabary, to its repertoire of searchable languages. Just like the many other languages Google supports, now anyone who can read and write Cherokee can look up virtually anything in the world, or at least the world of the World Wide Web.


Cherokee Nation translators worked side by side with Google employees to work through all the challenges of adding a new, and very different, language to their services. The syllabary, created by Sequoyah in the early 1800s has characters, some of which resemble Latin and Greek letters. The 85 character syllabary quickly made the majority of Cherokees literate and was adapted into the first Native American newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix which was written in Cherokee and English.


Click here for Google’s blog post,, to see how to use the Google Cherokee search engine.



The Tribal Law and Order Act passed in July of last year, empowers tribal courts and justice systems, and  strengthens relations between tribal and non-tribal law enforcement to better address crime in Indian Country, especially violence against women. Starting today at 2pm, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Criminal Justice Association will be hosting a four-part webinar series designed to develop policy recommendations to include in any long-term detention plan submitted to Congress under the TLOA.





Talking Bear’s Talking Circles — Book One

(ISBN 978-0-9748668-3-3)


About the Author: 

George Walking Bear Gillette is an American Indian elder spiritual leader and medicine man. He is a member of the Kern River Indian Community known as the Tubatulabl Tribe, which is a Shoshone/Paiute band in California. Family history claims he also has Blackfoot and English blood from Canada. His full Indian name is Walking Bear Has Two Eagles. He was born at the foot of Mt. Shasta in the town of McCloud, California in June of 1927 and served in the Navy during World War II.


Walking Bear became a Behavioral Therapist in 1968, successfully combining Indian doctoring and hypnotherapy into his practice. Drawing from real experiences over the course of his life work, he has authored and illustrated seven books: Talking Bear’s Talking Circles—Book One, Talking Bear’s Talking Circles—Book Two, To Hell With My Soul Mate: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, The Secret Success of Life and Its Problems, From Here to Eternity, Divine Design, and Life Goes On.


Walking Bear has served as guest speaker for Indian Health Services, Urban Indian Health Services, and United Indian Health. He has conducted classes on using hypnosis for childbirth, self-improvement, and surgery, and he taught weight loss with hypnosis at the Stanford Medical Center and in Iceland and Sweden. Walking Bear served on a special committee who made it possible for Native American spiritual leaders to become chaplains in California prisons. Read More>>>


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#1080  (ISBN 978-0-9748668-3-3) 



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


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”   Aristotle


The Brilliant You, Released!

By Fran Briggs


You're a remarkable person. But, you knew that already. Still, buried among apathy, unbelief and inhibition, is the brilliant "you" waiting to be released. You already knew that, too.


A few disappointments here, several temporary defeats there, and POOF! just like that, you settled for being a risk-conscious, opportunity: self-denied, generality. Nobody has ever made any progress by standing still. You're not an exception; and you're not alone. In fact, you have plenty of company. But, why settle for a life that looks like just about everyone else's? Do something magnificent with your God-given gifts and boldly distinguish yourself from the masses. Decide-on this day-to connect with your brilliance, within. 

Paramount in your quest for brilliance is the personal development and daily utilization of your talents and abilities. As a matter of fact, it's required. It's not necessary to be perfect. Striving for excellence in everything you do is enough to release your brilliance. 

Trust me. You were not born to be "mild." So cut it out! There's an entire universe out there starving for your gifts. How long will you continue to wait to take those last four classes needed for your degree? What career have you just been "wishing it were so" about? If all you can see is yourself remaining 16 units short of your degree, how can you possibly prepare for an exciting future? If you can't believe for a meaningful vocation now, will you have the passion to believe for one later? 

Challenge yourself. Commit to do just two things this hour that will untap your brilliance. Revamp your resume; make a phone call to your advisor. Even a modest amount of brilliance unreleased, would relay the message to your brain: "Wow, she's serious!" 

Ignite your passion. Inhale, then excel. Stand and deliver! See, then be! 

Your life matters. Visualize your brilliance totally released. Then boldly, step into the vision. 





Animal Rights and Wrongs: One Year After BP Spill: Deadly Toll on Gulf Wildlife
Beautiful Words: Step Down The Red Road
Book Review: Walking Bear’s Talking Circles — Book One

Elders Speak:


Mastering the Hologram by Magdala

A Story of the Sacred Drum by Hawk Hoffman

An Uncertain World by Robert Gray Hawk Coke

Old Ways of Gatering by Maka Nupa L. Cota

Feature Stories:

Thinking BIG Thoughts vs. Poor Planning

The Bacterium That (Almost) Ate the World

Herbal Medicine: Newly Developed Functional Superfood
History: Cataba History
Inspiration: Inspirational Thoughts By Manataka Elder, Fred D. Wilcoxson


Cyclone Woman
Letters to the Editor: May 2011
Sacred Sites: Gorge Dig Reveals Past -- Present -- and Future
Tribes and Nations: Taino People on the Rise

Women's Council:

American Indian Women's Activism in the 1960s and 1970s

Manataka Powwow Sponsorship Form

Nuclear Radiation Fallout Headed for the West Coast

Sacred Ceremonial Sage Bundle

Books - American Indian - Clear Light GIFT BOOKS



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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Keep in Touch (KIT) needs a few folks to help from the comfort of your home by contacting members on a regular basis via email, telephone, and computer social networking.  It is easy to do, but requires people who love other people.  It only takes a few minutes each week and the rewards are great.  Keeping in touch with a large family the size of Manataka is not easy with so many birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.  Email or call us if you want to make a difference.




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