Manataka American Indian Council                               Volume XVII  Issue 10  October 2011



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow





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History:   The Betrayal of Sergeant Crazy Horse
Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:   A Good Traveler
Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman Speaks:   How The Earth Was Made
Grandmother Magdala Rameriz Speaks:   This Letter is for Women Only
Grandfather Robert Coke Speaks:   Be Prepared II

Indigenous Music and Dance::

  Dream Catcher Series -- Wonderful!
Feature Story::  

Roy Boney and the Cherokee Syllabary

Elder's Meditations:   Al Qoyawayma, Hopi
Poetry Circle:  
Healing Prayer Basket:   Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...
Manataka  Business:   September Meeting

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The Betrayal of Sergeant Crazy Horse


In my historical research I sometimes come across items of interest that I really can’t challenge, but that I don’t want to believe because they may tarnish my image or opinion of some great hero of mine. One such item is that the famous warrior chief and mystic Crazy Horse had enlisted as a scout in the U.S. Army and carried the rank of sergeant for four months up to his death.


This item I found in an excellent book, Fort Robinson and the American West (Nebraska Press, 1999) by Thomas R. Buecker, curator of the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Fort Robinson Museum. Other books that corroborate this fact are the two volumes of the Interviews of Eli S. Ricker (Nebraska, 2005), and the most outstanding account of the warrior chief’s life, Crazy Horse, a Lakota Life, by Kingsley M. Bray (Oklahoma Press, 2006).


To me, Crazy Horse’s service as a US Army scout does not diminish his place in history or his legend, but what really bothered me in reading Kingsley Bray’s book was the betrayal of friends and allies surrounding his death. No Lakota leader comes out untarnished by that betrayal—Red Cloud, Spotted Tail (Crazy Horse’s uncle), American Horse, or Little Big Man. Only his close friends from the Hunkpapa—Touch the Clouds and several of his followers, stayed with Crazy Horse to his death. Little Big Man stands as a turncoat and a coward.  Read More>>>



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Grandmother L. Cota Nuphah Makah Speaks




A Good Traveler

By L. Cota Nupa Maka


A good traveler has no expectations or plans for their destination, and no thought of ever having arrived. For many years I traveled all over the United States just teaching and wandering from town to town. We mostly camped out and ate food cooked on our camp fire. Living this way has its advantages you see more of the country and are closer to the Earth.


We stopped when we wanted too and did have some sort of plan as to how much distance we covered each day. There was no plan for direction so we were never lost; it was all pure speculation as we had no time sets or limits.


One of the things we did was keep a travel journal of thoughts, some funny, and some serious, we had on the road. Looking back on this journal now I have a few good laughs in remembering the time it was written.  Read More>>>








Submitted by Hawk Hoffman

The Earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock.


When the world grows old and worn out, the people will die and the cords will break and let the Earth sink down into the ocean, and all will be water again. The Indians are afraid of this.


When all was water, the animals were above in Gälûñ'lätï, beyond the arch; but it was very much crowded, and they were wanting more room. They wondered what was below the water, and at last Dâyuni'sï, "Beaver's Grandchild," the little Water-beetle, offered to go and see if it could learn. It darted in every direction over the surface of the water, but could find no firm place to rest.

Then it dived to the bottom and came up with some soft mud, which began to grow and spread on every side until it became the island which we call the Earth. It was afterward fastened to the sky with four cords, but no one remembers who did this.

At first the Earth was flat and very soft and wet. The animals were anxious to get down, and sent out different birds to see if it was yet dry, but they found no place to alight and came back again to Gälûñ'lätï. At last it seemed to be time, and they sent out the Buzzard and told him to go and make ready for them. This was the Great Buzzard, the father of all the buzzards we see now. He flew all over the Earth, low down near the ground, and it was still soft.    Read More>>>






By Magdala Del Consuelo Rameriz, Mayan Priestess


Magdala Rameriz


Beautiful Ones,


This Letter is for Women Only


Grandmothers, Mothers, daughters, granddaughters sisters from all traditions and religions from all over the world… I truly honor you, for I am you.


This is it! The time is now, this is the time when you bring your voice strong and clear, this is the time when the women from all over the world stand up in lead your people into a higher way of living.

We all need your voice strong and clear, we truly need you stand up in wherever you are and say out loud, “I am woman! thank you Great Mother because you make me a woman!, I am the daughter of the Great Mother! …I remember…!”   Read More>>>






Be Prepared

Robert Gray Hawk Coke


The news seems to point we are still in some danger. Now it is unfriendly FIRES throughout caused by square miles of land being burned and people losing their homes and businesses. Still floods in some areas and Quakes in other areas. We must try to be prepared to keep our families as safe as possible.


Last time I talked about  Water and Power, Medicines and Clothing.


This time I shall write about Communications, Survival Food and Water, First Aid.



What happens when the power grid goes down for an extended period, for any reason, the ability to communicate with the world outside becomes critical. All you have is face to face contact with others and family. That is not enough and communications becomes critical with the outside world. Often with strangers who may or may not want to lend aid. An outstanding example is in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina flooded that city. Even the police, fire and emergency people were unable to communicate with each other. When there is no power people are latterly in the dark without communications. Most people may not know how dependent we are on electric power. We will have no telephone service, radios, television, news papers, internet, gasoline, and food water can’t be delivered. How could we know what to do or find help unless we are prepared to be able to communicate without electricity? Perhaps the most important thing we van so to prepare for disaster situations is to give serious thought to what we would do if some or all of these services become disabled.   Read More>>>








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"Search for the truth. Indian values teach the holistic approach to the use of technology for mankind's good."

--Al Qoyawayma, Hopi


The Great Spirit had given us certain values to live by. If we learn to think in harmony with these values such as respect, love, patience, tolerance, commitment, trust, etc., we cannot get off track. No matter what we do, we will always be in harmony. For example, if we are respectful, then we will respect the earth, our children, our women, our men and ourselves. Indian values help us walk under the guidance of the Great Spirit.


My Creator, today I search for the truth, Your truth. Please let me see it.


By Don Coyhis







by Ty Dana Robinson


Early morning dawn before sunrise dream-mist time

Just before light-at-the-edge of darkness…
Spirits still rising…ghosts drifting and communing….
I light the fire…
Dreams are trying to hide in the glint about the fire and
in the sounds of birds
Loons call me to prayer
I obey
Loons sing the loon songs, the sounds are they really there

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Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...


Lloyd Morrow (Hot Springs, AR) admitted to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center nearly a month ago for a serious infection in the

left foot and leg.  Doctors amputated his left big toe over a week ago and after the gangrene continued to spread, his leg below the calf muscle was amputated.  Lloyd has been in a lot of pain.  Lloyd loves the outdoors (hunting, fishing) and we pray he will receive financial disability support, a prosthetic limb and rehabilitation that will allow him to remain active.  Lloyd was the Manataka Lodge Keeper for many years. Lloyd Morrow is a special man with a beautiful heart.  11-11-11 ~Lee Standing Bear


Jimmy 'Lookingforwind' Keefauver (Springfield, IL) a member of the Manataka Elder Council. I am asking everyone on the mountain to send smoke and prayers for our brother Jimmy 'Looking For Wind' Keefauver who is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. ~Daniel Hawk Hoffman 11-02-11


Lynn Dream Dancer Guy, our beloved sister and friend in Australia is in need of prayers and loving thoughts during a time of transition and transformation. --Amanda Morning Star Moore 10/4/2011


Joseph Edward GrayBeard Vinson (Bartlett, TN) hospitalized with a 90% blocked carotid artery.  Has been in ICU since Friday October 1. His two sons are with him. His wife, Helen RedWing Vinson also has serious medical problems and is in need of house cleaning and personal services.  "My house is a wreck no help and no cleaning much in a year when he was falling around in the kitchen lot of stuff fell kitchen floor needs a good moping, clothes to wash but i can not do it.. because I can not stand with out holding with one hand. Ed (Joseph Vinson ) is in St Francis of Bartlett TN.


My sister Pansy, 82, is back in Saint Mary's Hospital in Huntington WV She was released last week and was taken back on Saturday after noon so If this stroke was 2 weeks ago ten she had it in the Hospital.  They did the MRI today, and it showed she had a stroke 2 weeks ago; and that she does not have meningitis. It is an infection of the brain lining of some sort. All I know is, it is hard to watch her in so much pain. She holds her head and moans. Most of the time tho, she is saying "Praise you Jesus, I love you Jesus" 07-19-11 RedWing

Michael Mason.  Need to ask for prayers for my soul brother.....Michael Mason !!! He is in the VA and scheduled for six hour surgery in the am to hopefully save a foot and or leg.  Doctors will place a new vein /artery from the groin to the foot in an attempt to restore circulation and maintain the foot. He has lost 90percent of his vision in both eyes even after repeated surgeries.  He had a mild stroke right after the fourth of July and now this!  Yes he is diabetic.  For years he has gone to the powwows that we went too and taken awesome photographs of the dancers.........and with their written consent created quite a market for his photos.  He is a decorated vet and loved by many!  Thank you !!  Gram Selma 07-13-11


Hello everybody - as you can see on the news the Wallow fire in Northern Arizona is still uncontrollable and spreading.The fire has destroyed everything in its path, over 1/2 million acres so far, the largest fire in Arizona history. Please join us in a tribal prayer to help the firefighters and all involved. Pray so the winds stop and the rains start (without lightning please) We want to pray for the safety of all. Ask for heavenly walls to protect our land and animals from fire. All the choppers, manpower, planes, and bulldozers are not enough, they need our help. We are one Nation as Natives and our traditional prayers to the Creator as Natives can be pretty powerful; not only are our tribal lands at stake (White Mountain & San Carlos Apaches, possibly Zuni, and some Navajo areas), but our non-native friends also need our help. Please let us all connect our minds, hearts and our prayers across the miles and pray. Wherever you are and whatever you have planned please stop for a few minutes and raise your hands to the Creator to ask for help. If all of you can forward this message across the Nations, we can reach many thru phone and internet. Please start forwarding ASAP to reach as many as we can. Please if your spiritual preference is not traditional - pray with us in however way you talk to the Creator.  Thank you,  Dorothea Stevens, San Carlos Apache Nation  06-21-11


We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 12 marines in 4 days.   IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on.  God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps... Semper Fi, Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.   Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanley, 21, Jesse Reed, 26, Matthew Johnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, Sheldon Tate, 27, All are Marines that gave their lives this week! June 1, 2011 Leo & Charlene McCauley, IL.



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: 06-12-11 Please pray that God will lay his hand on meI got this from my writes:
Please pray that God will lay his hand on me....I know I have been ill since Nov in hospital toe amputated and would not heal.....% months of screaming pain keeping him awake he broke his left arm..which sort of healed it self..In March my leg was infected and foot swollen and I had seen another Dr for vein by pass which I had April 5th, went to rehab 17 days with a wound vac 17 days the home still have wound vac but pain has gone waiting to get skin grafys if mri shows no bone infection on Tuesday..We are really bad off getting hospital bills insurance didn't pay and he turned 65 and they say he must get on medicare and they want him to pay them almost 500 in advance and they are saying I didn't apply when I was 65 years ago I did they said I was not eligible.. Now my medicare will be 245 a month.. he is retired Letter care retired because of his health in 2005 So he sends me this prayer request by email so I know he is desperate and he surley does need a touch from God for health Finances and to show him the book of Revealations is True and is part of God's word...


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


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...


Raleigh "Jay" King Jr., 73, (Richlands, North Carolina)  Raleigh King Jr., 73, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Fowler King of the home; sons, Michael King of Richlands and Jay King of Lynchburg, Va.; stepdaughters, Michelle Bass of Jacksonville and Sherry Estep of Richlands; a brother, Donald King of Jacksonville; a sister, Delores Gill of Jacksonville; and eight grandchildren.  Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville. He passed after a long illness.  Jay and Ruth King are members of Manataka.  ~Barbara Skidmore



Nunavut was mourning a leader on August 31 as it buried longtime Inuit advocate Peter Kritaqliluk, the Nunatsiaq News reported.  While the rest of the nation was still reeling from the death of beloved New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, Nunavut was burying one of its own. Kritaqliluk died on August 27 of cancer, the newspaper said. As one of his many current and former roles, he chaired the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee (NITC).  During two terms as mayor of Arvia, Kritaqliluk fought for funding to expand Arviat’s community hall, still the largest such hall in Nunavut, the Nunatsiaq News said. In addition Kritaqliluk worked for the Kivalliq Inuit Association and was a former board member of the organization.  In addition, the Nunatsiaq News said, he helped found the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board, chaired the Nunavut Trust and helped negotiate Nunavut’s land claims agreement.


Sherman Paul a very special and deeply spiritual Maliseet Elder and Pipe Carrier has crossed.  He was very strong and compassionate, always ready to help others, either with prayers in Native language, ceremonies, or what ever was needed. He was a true friend to all who knew him.  His wife Mikki a beloved Cherokee Elder, will need many prayers from all of us to keep her strong throughout this painful loss. She was always by his side throughout his illnesses.   Please join me in a prayer for this greatly respected Elder, a wonderful man with a warm smile for all.   Cancer is not kind and has stolen a very special spirit that was needed here.  ~Carole ( Wunnesstou Makuyee)


Alma Kytwayha, Cree and First Nations across Canada are mourning the death of elder Alma Kytwayhat, a senator of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and renowned ambassador of Cree culture, language and tradition. Funeral services were held on Wednesday September 21 for the 69-year-old, who “passed away peacefully” on Monday September 19, the FSIN said in a statement.  “Senator Kytwayhat did so much work with non-First Nation people teaching them about Cree language, culture and traditions,” FSIN Vice Chief Morley Watson said in the statement. “She also helped teach 7,000 Saskatchewan schoolteachers about the history and meaning of Treaty.”   Originally from Thunderchild First Nation, Kytwayhat moved to Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation when she married, the FSIN said. She was a featured Elder in CTV’s Treaty Message Minutes in 2006, participated in the 100th anniversary of the first opening of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly and the following year served as an Elder on the Saskatchewan First Nations Women’s Commission as well as being appointed to the FSIN senate.  During 21 years she also served as Kohkom (grandmother) to more than 1,000 participants in the Bold Eagle program, an Army Reserve Basic Military Qualification course coordinated by the Canadian Armed Forces that provides military training to aboriginal youth, incorporating aboriginal culture and teachings.  She was a “catalyst of change,” according to her biography at the website of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner’s Speaker’s Bureau. “As an ambassador of a 7,000 year-old history and pipe keeper, Elder Kytwayhat has made connections with the province’s youth, teachers, and leaders to build understanding and a harmonious future for all Saskatchewan citizens.”  Kytwayhat’s numerous awards and recognitions include a place on the Wall of Honor at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., the speaker’s bureau said.  She was mourned nationally as well.  “On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of FSIN Senator Alma Kytwayhat and the membership of Thunderchild and Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nations,” Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said in an e-mail to Indian Country Today Media Network. She was ”a traditional woman well versed in Cree customs, traditions and languages,” Atleo said, noting that “many people sought her guidance” and calling her advice and knowledge about Treaty matters invaluable.   “She will be greatly missed,” the FSIN said.


Ernest House Sr., Window Rock, Arizona. long-term Chairman and Council member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in southwestern Colorado, passed September 17 after a motorcycle accident near his home as he returned from a motorcycle rally in Window Rock, Arizona.  His son, Ernest House Jr., said the family was grateful for an outpouring of prayers and support from tribal leaders and friends across the country, for an honoring conducted by the New Mexico state legislature and for condolences offered by the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA). The accident that took House Sr.’s life occurred when a motorist tried to pass another vehicle and struck him head-on, his son said. The young driver remained at the scene of the accident, which is under investigation, and House Sr. was alert and talking to paramedics before he was taken to the hospital with internal injuries. The CCIA in a letter of condolence noted that “the Honorable Ernest House Sr. honored the proud legacy of his grandfather, Chief Jack House, through service and leadership at the local, state and national levels and as a representative for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. He also served his Nation proudly as a member of the Special Forces (Airborne) Group.”  The remarks were from Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph A. Garcia, CCIA chairman, and Carol Harvey, CCIA director, to Gary Hayes, current Ute Mountain Ute chairman.  House Sr., 65, received accolades and applause at a quarterly CCIA meeting he attended early this year, the last meeting he attended in his official capacity as Ute Mountain Ute tribal chairman, when he recalled working in natural resources development, law enforcement, issues concerning the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act, and in other areas.  He served a total of 37 years in several capacities on the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council, including more than a decade as tribal chairman, in what was apparently anyone’s lengthiest term as a Ute Mountain Ute tribal official. He began his tribal service in 1979.  As chairman, House Sr. created the Tribal Epidemiology Center in New Mexico, testified in Congress on the Dolores and Animas-La Plata water projects, and oversaw the completion of several building projects on the reservation.  Gaming was a major issue during the years of his leadership and he shepherded the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe through uncertain times to today’s Ute Mountain Casino, one of the largest gaming and resort destinations in the Four Corners region. He also took a stand for keeping the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park, near Mesa Verde, in a pristine state rather than being developed.  He said he was glad there is today a large pool of education and qualified Americans Indians and believed the world is better today than the times when he was growing up.

After attending boarding school at Towaoc and Ignacio, Colorado he served in the Army National Guard in 1966 in the artillery and Signal Corps and was in basic training at then-Fort Ord, California. He subsequently trained at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and then joined the Special Forces.  In addition to his service as tribal chairman and tribal council member, he worked for the BIA and National Park Service. He represented the tribe on national and state levels and was an advocate for young people, whom he urged to be proud of their Native heritage.  Over the years, House Sr. recalled that he had looked primarily to two mentors, the late leaders Wendell Chino, Mescalero Apache, and Roger Jourdain, Red Lake Bank of Chippewa. “The United States, the state of Colorado, and Indian country have lost a dedicated leader and advocate who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of American Indians,” the CCIA said. “His life remains a testament to his love for and devotion to his tribe.”   A traditional wake will be held Friday and funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Towaoc recreation center, with burial in Towaoc Cemetery beside his grandfather, Jack House, last traditional chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.   Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said House Sr. “expanded our thinking, challenged the status quo, and envisioned a better life for thousands of Native Americans. He was a champion to his people and a dedicated public servant. We join the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in mourning his untimely death.”


Randall Hogue's wife and partner of 17 years made her journey to the spirit world on October 17, at roughly 6 PM. Your prayers and good thoughts will help her make her journey smoothly. If you can, avoid speaking her name, as we believe the spirits of our loved ones respond to us and we don't want to keep calling her back. You can contact myself, Will Smith or Daniel Damico if you would like to offer Randall support; Randall will be dealing with many things over the next few days and weeks, if you have his contact information please feel free to contact him.  They met at the second ever Redbird powwow and were married at the fourth. They are probably best known for their tipi, and they carried the lodge of another brother, Michael White Hawk, to many gatherings as well. For several years they took Redbird over, after things came apart in the mid 1990s and I wasn't sure if I wanted to take it back. I lived with them twice, once as an up and coming success in the real estate industry, and again on my way down from that wild ride, four years later. They would keep Max the cat for several months after I left, until I was able to move him into Cheri's house.


Elouise Cobell, 65, Browning, MT, the Blackfeet woman from Browning who won a historic $3.4 billion settlement for Indian people cheated by the federal government, died Sunday night at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls.  Services will be held Saturday, October 22, at the Browning High School, 105 Hwy 89, Browning, Montana. The family has announced four speakers, a long time friend, her lawyer, a banker and her son. Zita Bremmer, one of Cobell’s many friends will deliver the eulogy in the high school gymnasium at 11 a.m. She will be followed by Dennis Gingold, lead attornery in Cobell’s class-action lawsuit against the federal government; Jim Scott, chief executive of First Interstate Bank; and Turk Cobell, her son. The services are open to the public and will be followed by a lunch at the school. Then at 3 p.m., Cobell will be buried at the Cobell Blacktail Ranch, 26 miles south of Browning. There will be a public viewing at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21 followed by a rosary in her honor at 7 p.m. The viewing will be in the gymnasium. Flowers can be sent, starting October 21, to Browning High School, 105 Hwy 89, Browning, MT 59417.  Individuals wishing to make donations in Ms. Cobell’s honor may send them in her name to the Blackfeet Reservation Development Fund, PO Box 3029, Browning, MT 59417.  Letters of condolence may be mailed to the Cobell family at: NACDC Executive Office, 101 Pata St., PO Box 3029, Browning, MT 59417. Electronic condolences can be sent to   The Pondera Funeral Home, in Conrad, Montana is handling the arrangements.


William Commanda, an internationally respected Algonquin elder died quietly in his home early Wednesday morning, August 3 at the age of 97. Commanda was recently released from the hospital where he was treated for kidney related illness.  Grandfather Commanda was a trapper, guide, a master canoe maker, and a spiritual leader with a local, national, and international following. He was a chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg reserve north of Ottawa from 1951 to 1970. The holder of three historic and sacred wampum belts, Commanda was well-received and admired for his messages of peace and environmentalism wherever he traveled. He was best known for his efforts to build bridges of understanding between cultures.  Indigenous leaders around the world are mourning his passing. Statements of condolence have already been issued from the Assembly of First Nations and the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council.  A vigil for Grandfather Commanda began Wednesday night at his home near Maniwaki and is set to continue until his burial there on Friday afternoon. A celebration of his life is scheduled to continue through the weekend at the “Circle of All Nations”, a gathering Commanda hosted annually.

Seneca Erwin ( Gordy) Gordon passed over Sunday morning at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville. I have been in touch with his daughter Beth and here are the arrangements; Gormleys Funeral Parlor, Phoenicia, N.Y. Viewing hours are Thursday night from 7-9.  Funeral Friday 10 am. No plans as yet for after the funeral. His niece Stephanie will be coming up and doing a payer for him in Seneca at the funeral.  We have learned so much from our friend. May he rest in peace.  ~Mary Lou Spirit Dancer 08-23-11


Gordon Tootoosis, 69, Canadian actor and First Nations leader passed away from pneumonia at St. Paul's hospital in Saskatoon on Tuesday, July 6, 2011. Tootoosis appeared in a number of notable Canadian and American productions, including Legends of the Fall, North of 60 and Disney's Pocahontas. He earned membership in the Order of Canada in 2004 for his achievements as a role model for Aboriginal youth. Apart from his television and film roles, Tootoosis was also involved in First Nations politics. He was part of the National Indian Brotherhood and was the former vice-president of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Tootoosis is a descendent of Yellow Mud Blanket, brother of the Cree chief Poundmaker, who played a pivotal role in the Northwest resistance of 1885. He was born on Poundmaker Cree Nation on Oct. 25, 1941, and was raised with his 13 siblings before being taken from home and placed in a residential school.  In 1965 Tootoosis married Irene Seseequasis, with whom he raised three daughters and two adopted sons.  He is survived by his wife, Irene, four children and grandchildren. His daughter, Glynis, passed away from cancer more than a decade ago, but Tootoosis and his wife had been caring for their grandchildren ever since.  Tootoosis took an interest in powwow dance and rodeo roping, going on to tour with the Plains Intertribal Dance Troupe in the 1960s and 1970s, travelling across Canada, Europe and South America. His first acting role was alongside Donald Sutherland in the 1973 film Alien Thunder. Most recently Tootoosis played the lead role in Gordon Winter, by Saskatoon playwright Kenneth T. Williams that is a fictionalized account of a controversial aboriginal leader inspired by the life and times of David Ahenakew.  07-06-11






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 September meeting of the Council were held with quorum not declared.  Fred Blackhorse attended as a guest. 


Finance Report:  Rebecca Moore reported the cash on-hand balances .  Approved by unanimous vote. MAIC currently has zero long-term and $400 short-term debts.  All property taxes for the previous year are paid.  Cash flow is steady and all needs are being met.  Refunds for the cancelled 2011 Manataka Powwow are completed.



(a)  Captain Larry Nelson, U.S. Health Service

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

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


Old Business:

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

(b)  Pending U.S. government invasion of Manataka      

(c)  Letter from catholic church


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:  Daniel Hawk Hoffman, Chair

(h)  Events / Powwow Committee:  Jimmy Keefauver

(i)   Public Relations Committee:  Linda VanBibber



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. 





Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476


Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

Alabama - Jennifer Attaway

Arkansas - Crystal Harvey

Arkansas - Magdala Ramirez

California - Carol Henderson

California - Liora Leah Zack 

Florida - Julie Maltagliati

Florida - Grandmother Selma Palmer

Georgia - Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett

Illinois - Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

Kentucky - Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.

Missouri - John and Linda James

Missouri - Linda VanBibber

New York - Waynonaha Two Worlds

South Carolina - Julie Longhill

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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