Volume XVIV  Issue 03


Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

March 2012

We are grateful to bring you this issue of the Smoke Signal News.  Beautiful and extraordinary events are happening at the Place of Peace -- all preparing for that glorious moment when prophesy will be fulfilled and the sacredness of this magnificent Valley of the Vapors will emerge to bring about peace and love among humans worldwide.


We hope you like the changes in the new Smoke Signal News.  For your convenience and reading pleasure, we have done away with the excessively long newsletters to be replaced with shorter, timely articles.  We are here to preserve and protect the sacred Manataka mountain.  ~editor












National Native American HIV Awareness Day

March 20, 2012 -  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Austin Hotel, 305 Malvern, Hot Springs National Park, AR


Hosted by the Delta Region AIDS Education & Training Center

and the Manataka American Indian Council


Reservations: srobbins@jccsi.org  870-535-3062









Manataka Sacred Grounds Being Developed

As we hike the trails of Manataka Mountain today, we find no monuments to the gentle people who were once the keepers of Manataka (Place of Peace).  Only the Grandfathers now tell the story of the Rainbow Woman who blessed and guarded the Valley and the healing waters of Nówâ-sa-lon, the hot springs.... Read More...


The Holy Mother of Manataka

Several important stories of Manataka speak of the great feminine spirit, IxChel, Mother God, Holy Mother of the Mountain, the Rainbow Woman of Manataka....  Read More...


Les Lobaugh: The Navajo Lawyer Who Helped Save Our Environment

Les Lobaugh is, according to Mary Louise Uhlig of the Environmental Protection Agency, the most "influential, important and anonymous Native lawyer in America".  Read More....

National Park Service Gone Rogue: A Whistleblower Speaks

Berkowitz details the unorthodox world of Indian traders and how it collided with the NPS’s twisted politics. He dissects both the government’s refusal to accept Indian culture and the resulting intrusions into centuries–old business practices that value people over the almighty dollar.  Read More...


A Discussion with Nine Traditional Indian Healing Medicine Men

Two Healing Traditions Meet on the Plains” captures the American Indian vision concerning traditional healing and magnifies the tension between the Western and Native worldviews of medicine. Read More...


Listen Up and Laugh—Health Benefits are Waiting

Have you ever wondered why some people tend to attract others? Look more closely. It may be that they laugh easily and frequently even when they are surmounting numerous challenges connected with their health and aging.  Read More...


Relieving the Burden of Self - Book Review

Relieving the Burden of Self is a combination of stories, anecdotes, pictures, labyrinths, and more. It encourages action, journaling and introspection. Using this guide asks just a few minutes daily, but if you desire, you can ramp up your efforts to elicit profound spiritual unfolding.  Read More...






The Conscious Being

By Lee Standing Bear Moore and the Spirit of Takatoka



The whole world is speaking...

Be still a moment

Listen with your heart

There are beings all around you

Do not be afraid to hear them

The ancestors, the elders, the living spirits of nature

With their guidance, we will thrive Together.


Listen deeply

Be in conversation with the World.


Modern science has a brought great wealth of understanding to the physics of the universe. Comprehension of the laws of nature has advanced human progress in countless arenas of human endeavor. However, science cannot explain why these laws exist or how the laws of nature came into being.


In this article, we discuss the source of human existence on earth in terms of consciousness in its various forms, and advance the concept of using the power of conscious thought in concert with large numbers of other humans to create a new mass consciousness, a new paradigm of human behavior, and a new world.


Understanding the source of existence, the reality of space-time and the underlying consciousness of the universe has been the pursuit of philosophers and theologians for ages. As humans, we understand the laws of nature that serve as a basis for mathematics, medicine, astronomy, physics, and a plethora of other sciences, that shares the same source as human consciousness. However, we fail to employ, at least on a mass-basis, ways to use the awesome power of conscious thought to alter our own realities.  Read More...





"[The Old People] would gather words as they walked a sacred path across the Earth, leaving nothinig behind but prayers and offerings." ---- Cleone Thunder, Northern Arapahoe


Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and learnings which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.


My Creator, today, let me be aware of the sacred path.





The Mexican-Apache Cold Cure

by I.M. Crisosto Pena, daughter of Crisosto Pena and great-great granddaughter of Geronimo

My father, Crisosto Pena, a Mexican-Apache, believed that chili could cure anything. He said that it was packed full of vitamins and therefore a cure-all, especially for colds.


One day he returned from work and found his wife and five children in bed with the flu. He felt so bad for them that he took out the bag of hot chili pods and soaked them in hot water for 15 minutes. Then he put them into a grinder and ground them with the water they were soaked in. He gave each one of his family members a spoonful with a piece of tortilla.


About an hour later the family was moving about. The children were out playing around, and his wife was cooking dinner.

From that day on, I too believe that chili is a cure-all, especially for colds. As a preventive medicine, you can mix the chili with garlic and onions. It not only tastes good, but also keeps colds away.




Suspension of American Indian Student for Speaking Native Language is Ignorant and Intolerant

Miranda Washinawatok


On January 19, 2012 a Menominee Indian seventh grader named Miranda Washinawatok was benched and suspended from a Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin, for speaking her Native Menominee language with two other girls from the Menominee reservation. Shawano is a small town located several miles south of the reservation; and like many off-reservation communities, there is a longstanding history of racist attitudes against Indians, although we like to think that the relations have improved over the years. Unfortunately, this incident shows that racism is alive and well in Wisconsin. That this also happened in a parochial school makes it a wake-up call for everyone who believed that America has moved beyond such displays of ignorance. Historical precedents to this type of action are plentiful – think of all the Native children who were cruelly punished for speaking their languages in the shameful days of Indian boarding schools in the 20th century. Yet, the bad heartedness behind this history persists when a 12 year-old child is subjected to such treatment in 2012. 




The First Became Last

By Dr. Angela Finley Molette, Black Warrior Woman, Tuscaloosa Ohoyo


Old theories (like the Bering Strait theory-as the sole entry point for ancient emigrants, must be laid to rest when "one size" does not fit all or whenever a preponderance of evidence proves new theories more viable, probable or having a higher degree of likelihood than not, such as the case involving true aboriginal development and/or settlement of the Americas.

We include the whole of the Americas as our realm, which expands beyond the entirety of the American mainland at the center and reaches out to enjoin (in no particular order) ancient Egypt, Ethiopia, Carthage (Africa), India, Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, Melanesia and Polynesia throughout the Pacific Islands over to Easter Island, South and Central America, Canada, Mexico, the Atlantic Coast, Florida and the Caribbean as additional DNA contributors and parental influence(s).  Read More...





Choices about Death, Dying, Grief, and Loss

Bt Dr. Cheryl Dusty, Manataka Member


I recently lost my grandmother and mother within 5 days of each other shortly before Christmas. Granny was just short of 99 years old and mom was 86. Granny was very ready to cross over and mom was a surprise, although she had Alzheimer’s.

Even though I have done hospice volunteer work and am very aware of the stages of dying as well as the grief process, there's nothing like a firsthand reminder of the how it affects us all.

4 years ago, when I was diagnosed with AML (leukemia) and given a 20% chance at survival, I had plenty of personal time to get to the acceptance phase of believing that I would die. It was a strange process for me because I've heard my Angels speak to me since about the age of 5 or 6, and the confusion came because the age of transition wasn't holding true, after all the other information had. So I had to move into an acceptance phase that each soul has the option of changing the contracts that we created
before we came to be human beings. Then came the remembrance that, given free will, I was the one who held the key to the future, in whatever form I chose. Read More...





Bear? What Bear?

Submitted by Joseph GrayWolf Vinson


Along about the year 1990, or thereabouts, The Ugly Otter was living in New Mexico near Albuquerque. He knew a young couple, Richard and Mary Jo, who had a son about 9 years old, and a daughter about 6 or 7 years old. We had known each other for several years, and went on outings and various outdoor activities together frequently. I liked to rock hunt, and they liked to tag along for the enjoyment of the mountain and desert landscapes where I liked to hunt.


So, one Saturday we all decided that we would venture up into the Jemez Mountains which were several miles northwest of Albuquerque. Most of the land there is either National Forest land, or Indian land. We were planning on just exploring to see what we could see in an area we had not visited before. After studying maps and planning the trip, we decided to go thru the small village of Ponderosa, take a Forest Service road back into the National Forest, and explore while enjoying the scenery and the perfect weather, etc.   Read More...





Questions about Spirit Guides



Hello Manataka,

My name is Shelby Noyes and I was reading your website and I had a small question about animal spirit guides.   What does it mean when you feel as though you can transform into the guide? I have a lot of dreams in which my guide and I work together, but there are many more in which I am actually able to be one with my guide and become for moments at a time the form of my guide.  I read a lot about finding one's guide and it was very insiteful and helpful, but I think I've already found my guide. ~ Shelby Noyes 


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http://youtu.be/vEpW51DFU9w - Oren Lyons , Speaks to The United Nations

http://youtu.be/R11w12qQBRg - Seneca Chief Oren Lyons speaks to United Nations and Humanity

http://youtu.be/6Bg4weBW64I - Music - Shundahai





The World of Chief Seattle

How Can One Sell the Air?

By Warren Jefferson




Chief Seattle gave his now famous speech in 1854 during treaty negotiations with the U.S. government, which was intent on forcing the Native people of Washington's Puget Sound onto reservations. This book puts Chief Seattle's life into the context of his time and gives a brief history of the region and its many tribes with particular emphasis on Chief Seattle's tribe, the Suquamish. Includes the complete speech and many rare, turn-of-the-century photographs of village life. 52 black and white photographs.  Published November 2000 by Book Publishing Company (TN). Paperback, 128 pages, 10.9 ounces.  ISBN: 9781570670954  Price: $13.95 





By Manataka Elder, The Rev. Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson PhD


“Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.” ~Black Elk, Oglala Sioux, Holy Man


When we grow up we believe that being grown up means a more complex life, more of this and more of that. We are graded on how well we perform, what we have amassed, or how far under budget we are. Children see the value in joyfully playing in a pasteboard box or chasing a reflected light. Use the wisdom of your childhood to temper the lusts of age. Go see if you can find that pasteboard box, open it up, and slide down the hill. Take the time to enjoy life, have faith, trust, and hope… and most of all love.


The Fisherman and the Business Man

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite a few big fish.  Read More...





My Mother

By Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah


The early morning sky slips fingers of light through the old cotton wood trees, bits of this pale light filtering through the small window over my bed. The soft sounds of morning drifted up to my ears as I wiped away the webs of the dream time and entered the day time.

Conscious of my feet on the cool wood floors that smelled of pine oil, I walked to the window. Through the first morning light, I see the grasses of the prairie waving like fingers in the soft morning breeze.


Opening the window I feel the cool wet morning air on my face, it fills my room with the smell of damp pungent Earth and sweet prairie flowers.


Birds stir in the cotton woods, magpies and crows caw loudly for their morning scraps of bread. The heat hold silent on the hills, as if waiting for the sun to appear.






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