Volume XIX  Issue 07


Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

JULY 2012

Hello Friends of Manataka,


We spoke in the June Smoke Signal News about the Place of Peace preparing itself for a momentous occasion.  Yes, it does feel like the sacred Manataka is purifying its body, clearing its mind, sanctifying its spirit, and getting ready for the moment when thousands of people will experience a major shift in consciousness -- an awakening.  The people of Manataka are washing away negative thoughts and preparing to become better, more complete humans by willing our minds to shift consciousness to a higher plane.  We are opening our hearts through prayer and preparing the sacred circles to receive thousands.  The moment is getting closer when we will sing from the mountain tops!  Changes have begun and you are invited to become a full participant in the dream. 


We are here to preserve and protect the sacred Manataka mountain. 



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Drowning a Sacred Site
By Marc Dadigan, Indian Country Today

For thousands of years, Winnemem Wintu once lived at their village of Kaibai along the flats of the then powerful McCloud River outside Redding in Northern California.

The tribe harvested bountiful Chinook salmon from the river, gathered acorns from an oak grove they nurtured and preened, and they prayed and practiced traditional healing at hundreds of sacred sites located within the McCloud River watershed.

One of these sites, Blessing Hands Rock, is a stone’s throw from Kaibai, and generations regularly prayed there by putting their hands in the smooth craters at the top of the elephantine stone.

In return for their prayers, the spirit beings that inhabit the rock bless their hands and their crafts, from regalia making and healing the sick to making acorn soup and grinding medicines.  Read More...


Chumash Wind Caves - Husahkiw


Petitioning:  Forest Supervisor (Los Padres Forest Service, Peggy Hernandez)

Created By: Monique Sonoquie, Hoopa, CA

About this Petition:
Husahkiw’s Wind Caves houses a rare and magnificent auditory and geographical features, multi-pigment rock paintings, sacred springs and ceremonial sites held in sacred regard by Chumash peoples, past and present. The gun club activity is inconsistent with Cultural Traditional Properties and Forest Service visitor activity. We are under constant gunfire and the lead, arsenic, copper and other chemicals have turned this mountain into an industrial contamination site. Read More...




The Power of Prayer

“Hope is the match, prayer is the fire. If you know someone who needs a little help in getting a prayer life going, ask them if they ever hope for something. It’s a safe bet that they do. And all the time. Humans are hopeful creatures.  Read More...


Top 10 herbs and spices for strengthening your immune system

By Aurora Geib, www.NaturalNews.com
Of the many systems working within the human body, the immune system is an excellent example of complex efficiency. A network of participating cells and organs, it synchronizes its responses when defending the body from infection and disease. Read More

5 Practical Ways to Raise Your Consciousness in 2012 (and beyond)
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com
I declared 2012 the "Year of Consciousness" for NaturalNews and point out that the ultimate solution to ending tyranny, wars, corporate deception and environmental destruction is to upgrade our consciousness rather than "killing our enemies."  Read More...


The Inca Transcripts

Lectures given by Inca Spiritual Messenger Willaru Huayta.  Nazca, Peru ~

History of the Ages: In this kind of conference listening with the consciousness is important, because the consciousness of the Father/Mother is our connection, and the truth can be very strong. It is hard to compare our life in this three dimensional world, on planet Earth, with life on other planets, because they are very different civilizations.  Read More...


Origin of North Eastern North American Indians

By Ed (Eagle Man) McGaa, JD, Teton Oglala

The Mongol or Northern Chinese migrants swept down from the North in scattered groups. A lesser group came from Viking land, Scandia much later. Read More...


Tekakwitha Acted of Her Own Free Will
By Alma Ransom

It seems like no one realizes that Tekakwitha lived a full life of learning and practicing our traditional culture and knew how to survive before she became a Catholic. Read More...


Dreams on the Sacred Mountain...
A waking, walking vision was given to Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Moore beginning on the night of the winter solstice (December 21, 2009 and continued until the solar eclipse and the new moon appeared on January 15, 2010. Read More>>>


Dream Predictions and Prophesies...
By Takatoka and friends
For thousands of years, indigenous cultures has had its share of prophets, soothsayers and respected spiritual elders who could, with some reliability, envision the future.  Read More...


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Interview with Lee Standing Bear Moore and Grand Chief Woableza Labatte


Reconciliation, Part II
By David Three Dogs Armstrong

There is a River in the forest; it springs up from a place high in the mountains, so far away and so long ago that no one quite knows where it came from; indeed, it is apparent it has always been there.  Read More...


Our Earth Mother & Purification Time

My Hopi name is Hohongwitutiwa, which was given to me by my Hopi father when he adopted me as his son. My Hopi father was a mongwi, a priest of the higher religious order.  Read More...


Conscious Being - Part III

By Lee Standing Bear Moore and Spirit of Takatoka
Part III will lift the veil of understanding even higher as we explore ways to prepare ourselves for the future. We will focus on the magnificent gifts the Great Mystery has laid before us and ways to use those special gifts for the glory of God through the holy spirit found within all people. It is a natural evolution of worldwide transformation that is occurring now with millions of silent and happy hearts who will gently love a new mass consciousness into reality. Read More.


Casting My Net
By Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah
I cast a net into the sea of life long before I came to be a human. In the deep bottomless ocean of time and light, I drew in my first breath of air. Read More...


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...


Bring me Sunshine, in your smile. Bring me laughter all the while… Happy Solstice folks! The modern literal translation of 'solstice' is 'sun standing', earlier versions say the sun has 'stopped'. If you missed your 'hail to the sunrise' this morning, take a few moments to stop yourself today and 'connect' with the awe inspiring power of the sun. Sit quietly in the Heart Hold position. ~Lucy Munro

Summer Solstice Sunset Marker

For over 10 years now I have been finding & recording Anasazi Solstice & Equinox markers in SW Utah and the Arizona strip. During this period I have recorded a very large number of markers as well as other beautiful Rock Art. Some of the Rock Art speaks to me, but when it comes to the Solstice & Equinox markers I guess you could say that often I wear the sandals of those who created them.

On February 6, 2012. I was exploring a new area with Tom Rachunas (a hiking friend), when we found a simple but elegant Summer Solstice Sunset marker (I documented the marker on June 20, 2012, the Summer Solstice..see end of article). I immediately recognized it as a Summer Solstice marker, but also realized that something else was going on with the panel. Not until I was ready to go to bed that evening did I realize what the panel was saying. It was also talking about a total Solar Eclipse on or near the Summer Solstice. Read More...




Destroying Indigenous Populations
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Perspective

Most of the Sioux's land has been taken, and what remains has been laid waste by radioactive pollution.

The Fort Laramie Treaty once guaranteed the Sioux Nation the right to a large area of their original land, which spanned several states and included their sacred Black Hills, where they were to have "the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation" of the land.
However, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, President Ulysses S. Grant told the army to look the other way in order to allow gold miners to enter the territory. After repeated violations of the exclusive rights to the land by gold prospectors and by migrant workers crossing the reservation borders, the US government seized the Black Hills land in 1877.
Charmaine White Face, an Oglala Tetuwan who lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is the spokesperson for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council (TSNTC), established in 1893 to uphold the terms of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. She is also coordinator of the voluntary group, Defenders of the Black Hills, that works to preserve and protect the environment where they live.  



Dreams on the Sacred Mountain...
A waking, walking vision was given to Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Moore beginning on the night of the winter solstice (December 21, 2009 and continued until the solar eclipse and the new moon appeared on January 15, 2010. Read More>>>





The Yamassee Indians

The Yamassee Indian name is not a name commonly heard by those in today’s modern Native American Indigenous forums, but with a little research you will find their story is one that formed some of the most important parts of U.S. History and newly made Indian Nations!

The Yamassee Indians have been described as "the most fierce warriors of all the native tribes encountered". Mostly known for the Yamassee War of 1715 where roughly, 7% of South Carolina's white citizenry was killed, making the war bloodier than King Philip's War, which is often cited as North America's bloodiest war involving Native Americans. This war and the aftermath of it, is said to be cited as the contributed factor to the emergence of new Indian confederated nations, such as the Muscogee Creek, Seminoles, and Catawba to name a few.  Read More...





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"You have to have a lot of patience to hear those old people talk, because when they talk, they talk about motivation, the feeling, the unsound that is around the universe. They explain everything to one understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word comes out." -- Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

We need to be careful about judging the old ones when we talk. At first they may not make sense to us. Maybe we'll say they're old fashioned and don't understand. But the old ones do understand! When they speak, listen very carefully. Often it will take weeks or maybe even years before we understand what they are really saying. This is the way of Wisdom. We need to listen, listen, listen.

Great Spirit, today, open my ears so I can hear the Elders.





Return of the Bird Tribes
by Ken Carey

Painting by Keith Powell.
Fragments of a Faith Forgotten - My First Sweat Lodge Experience
Source: Circle of The Faithful of the Stars

The day was over. I entered the twilight interior of the lodge and sat cross-legged in a circle of half naked people. Fascinated, I watched as glowing red-hot stones were, one by one, brought in silence to our circle’s center. Motion slowed. The last of the stones was set in place; the opening of the lodge sealed. I could taste the blackness, the silence, the stillness of human space. Time flowed without time, with no measure of its passage. And suddenly, there was light. Dried celery root was dancing upon the glowing rocks, swirling, sparkling like ten thousand twinkling stars in the great eternal path of the Milky Way. Memories rose from some uncharted realm within me to form patterns in the star-like glow. I felt an unnamed power. Intimate. Familiar.

I had often heard of the sweat lodge ceremony, but this was my first experience in a traditional native American lodge. The dome-shaped structure had been constructed on the slopes of Mount Shasta by a member of the Karuk tribe. Each component of the frame was built with the type of wood specified by long-standing tribal tradition.  Read More...





Teachers Tell Us About Columbus

Since the founding of the United States, every school-age child was taught that Christopher Columbus originally named the inhabitants of the land he discovered "Indians" because he mistakenly thought he found a route to the Indies. This article proves without a doubt that lesson and other so-called historical facts about Columbus are lies.

From "Illuminating the Historic and Contemporary Path"
by David Michael Wolfe

The self-proclaimed inheritor of the “Right of Discovery”, the United States government and its European imperial ancestors successfully usurped the entire Western hemisphere from the original indigenous peoples and redefined their identity, ways of life, community standards, family structure, language, tribal confederations, concepts of sovereignty and freedom, clan and blood laws, and spiritual practices.

To ensure their destruction the powers of the Empire devised what I freely term, a “Fire and Forget” strategy; a self-perpetuating and artificial construct, termed the “American Indian” and the “American Indian world”; an artificial person and world that is maintained by the very subjects that it has subjugated and redefined.

Roots of the Term “Indian”
The origin of this term is purportedly due to the circumstances of a 1400's Genoese sailor, [Christophoro Columbo/aka Columbus] allegedly discovering a shorter oceanic route to what – we are told were the lands referred to in his day as the “Indies”. 





The Grammar of Happiness:
How an Indigenous Tribe Changed a Missionaries Views
Source: Indian Country Today

When twenty-five year old missionary Dan Everett landed among the Pirahăs Tribe in 1977, with the intention of evangelizing the lost Amazonian community, he could not possibly envision the idea that he would, one day, become “one of them.”

But it took him only a few years before he reevaluated his faith, and his “mission” among one of the most isolated tribes of Amazonia, a four-day boat ride from the town of Porto Velho, Brazil.

Everett lived among the Pirahăs for eight years, with his ex-wife and children, patiently learning their unwritten language by repeating the name of each object: he discovered a unique linguistic system, with no other tense then the present, no numbers, and no colors. This new perception of reality revolutionized his life. The Pirahas live in the immediacy, do not keep possessions, or wealth, do not plan for the future, or project themselves in the past; and do not work more then they need to. Their stunning melodious language covers the range of spoken, whistled, sung, hummed sounds. When hunting, they communicate by whistles, akin to the natural sounds of their Amazonian environment.
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Indian Want Coffee:

An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand and pulling a male buffalo with the other.

He says to the waiter: "Want coffee."
The waiter says, "Sure, Chief. Coming right up."

He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee.....
The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp, turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun,
Causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere and then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand, pulling Another male buffalo with the other.  He walks up to the counter and says to The waiter "Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto!
We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What was all that about, anyway?"
The Indian smiles and proudly says,

"Training for position in United States Congress.  Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up,  Disappear for rest of day."







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Grow it: Plant in pots placed in full sunshine. Water well.
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Grow it: This sweet, fragrant annual is ideal for growing in pots. Pull off the white flowers as soon as they appear to keep it from going to seed and your herbs from tasting bitter.
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Use it: It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Crush a handful of the heads and add to a bowl of boiling water to use as a steam bath for your face. You can also dab the oil from the flowers on blemishes, says Marrone.





Women and the Drum by Shannon Thunderbird

Dear Manataka and Shannon Thunderbird,

My name is Karen Wilson, I am a traditional Ojibwa woman, a mother and wife. My husband, Chris Wilson, is a member of Michipicoten First Nation in northwestern Ontario. We have reconnected with the community and are in the process of relocating there. Our family believes in living a life of peace and harmony with all of Creation; calmness within ourselves, harmony within our families and communities. We have all witnessed dis-ease within our communities, within our way of life. We have seen disconnection to the orignal truths and have felt exclusion, arrogance and ignorance.

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Controversial Indian Symbols on U.S. State Flags
Peter ‘FlagDancer’ Orenski

Olmecs. Mayas. Aztecs. Incas. 500-plus nations of the American continent. Indigenous Australians. Scandinavia‟s Sami people. The Ainu of Japan. All swept aside and marginalized. "Almost every community in Canada, the United States and Mexico was once an Indian community ... part of hundreds of unique Indian nations that blanketed the entire continent." 1

All were marginalized and swept aside during the centuries following First Contact – the arrival of Columbus in the Americas in 1492. It was a first contact with violent, lasting consequences for Native populations throughout the world.

Yet reminders of Indian presence can still be found on some flags of U.S. states. This paper will ask how appropriate are these "reminders of Indian presence‟ in the 21st century.

Not all native symbols on our state flags are controversial. For example, Oklahoma – home to the largest Native American population of any state – displays on a field of blue a warrior‟s shield made of buffalo hide. Under its lower edge hang seven eagle feathers; superimposed on its center, a ceremonial peace pipe crossed with an olive branch symbolizes peace and unity between the cultures of the Indian and European-American settlers. [Figure 1]   Read More...



Manataka Elder Council Biographies




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.

But this is about to change. On the southeast slope of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain, cross the street from Hot Springs National Park, there was a small house built in 1920 that was demolished in 2010. This little house sat on a half-acre, three city lots, of sacred ground; a little piece of the sacred mountain.

Recently Linda Bear Woman Speaks VanBibber of Independence, Missouri donated the land to the Manataka American Indian Council. MAIC received a clear-title deed to this private property for use in perpetuity for ceremonies and other functions. Linda is a retired marketing executive and a member of Manataka since 2001.  Read More...




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


“Hope is the match, prayer is the fire. If you know someone who needs a little help in getting a prayer life going, ask them if they ever hope for something. It’s a safe bet that they do. And all the time. Humans are hopeful creatures. We are in an almost daily state of hope. We hope it won't rain. We hope we get better. We hope we win. Hope is a constant for us in our emotional matrix. Prayer is simply hope captured. Rather than a fleeting wish, through prayer hope becomes a focused intention. Prayer matures hope by allowing God to light a fire.”  ~The Right Reverand Steven Charleston, Choctaw

The Power of Prayer
Author unknown

It is said that a missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan.   Read More...




Sweat Lodge Prayers
Native Christians wrestle with faith and tradition.
By Trevor Persaud
From Christianity Today April 2011 page 13

A largely Christian community of Native North Americans in Quebec has banned a spiritual practice traditional to their people, the Cree. The decision has disappointed some ministers in native communities in the United States and Canada.

The Band Council of Quje-Bougoumou, a village of about 600 James Bay Cree, voted in October to dismantle a sweat lodge some residents had constructed. The council decided that Quje-Bougoumou’s Christian founding elders had not intended the community to partake in ‘native spirituality or practices.’

“The practice of the sweat lodge and its rituals are not restricted to merely medical [pursuit] of healing, but [are] in essence a way to contact and communicate with the spirit world through shamanism,” the resolution declared.  Read More...

Response from Dr. Fred Wilcoxson, Elder





All My Relations
The Journey of Life Begins
By Grandmother L.Cota Nupa Maka

When we take our first breath we are connecting to all of our relations. The very air we breathe is connected to the trees and all the plant Nation.

The beginning of our life will be spent in the relationship with our mother, father and connected family. It is in this protective shelter of love and family that we bond with living. The Clan connection is always with us and in our lives from beginning to end. Knowing who we are on this Earth is important to our Stability.

Venturing out into the next hoop of our relation will be when we recognize and connect to the extended family. These relations include our Grand Parents, Uncles, Aunts, and cousins. Here we are accepted in the hoop as family and Clan. Belonging is very important as is strengthens our bond with our place on this Earth.

With our first steps we begin to expand our hoop of relations and gain friends and start to put down our roots into the Earth.

In the first years we learn to use our intuition and other senses that are there to protect us in our younger years.

When we grow older we tend to over think these gifts of protection and other dimensions.  Read More..








My oldest sister Anna Beasley, 85-years old had to be put in for emergency surgery this morning due to “several” blockages in her arteries. She is in University Hospital in Augusta, GA. Nat her husband, Sandy and Gary, daughter and Son in law are there with her. Please pray that all will go well... either way. I know she would rather just go on to Heaven than go into an operating room. Red Wing  05-31-12


Elder Rose Marie Pleasants Barron.  Hospitalized in Hot Springs.  Rosetta Pleasants' Aunt, friend of the Batts family and hundreds of other friends and family.   I ask that you pray for her.  ~Cheryl L. Batts, B.A.

Manataka Elder, 75-year old Grandfather Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman, was recently diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Notwithstanding his severe illness, he is a strong man in many respects and maintains a beautiful disposition and attitude.  We ask for prayers for our dear respected elder and friend. 


Manataka Elder, 76-year old Grandfather Jimmie A. Looking For Wind Keefauver, recently underwent hospitalization for a serious blood disease and infections and is recovering at home.  Jimmie appears to be doing much better now.  We are offering up prayers for our revered friend and honored elder.


7-year old Ian Ryan Hit By USPS Truck
"I got a call at 3:45 a.m. our time today that our grandson who lives in Georgia was struck by a mail carrier vehicle and dragged 150 feet. He was flown to Egleston Children's Emergency Hospital in Atlanta. He is in surgery now. My wife Jo is on her way driving up there at this time. Please keep our grandson Ian Ryan (7) in your prayers as well as Jo's safe trip up there. Ian was hit as he played in a sandbox in his yard. The last update was 05-01-12 when it was reported that Ian is home and very sore. According to his grandfather, "Prayer works!" ~Rev. Fred Wilcoxson, Manataka Elder



Kevin Sheahan, known to many of us as "Snowberry", began his journey to the Spirit world 05-30-12.  Kevin was a Veteran and he battled health issues for many years. He hoped to live long enough to receive a lung transplant. His friend Seraphine will be making the arrangements for Kevin. Seraphine has handled his affairs and assisted him with his living needs for a number of years.  Kevin was a gourd dancer and the ceremony was one he held near and dear to his heart. He danced with great respect, always asking permission. His long, beautiful silver-white hair would shine in the sunlight. His quirky sense of humor and generous nature will be missed.  Seraphine is looking for someone who has taken the role of head gourd dancer before, and preferably who knew Kevin personally, to help her with some of his final affairs. Her contact information follows. If anyone has a photograph of Kevin they can share with me, I would like to include it in future updates. So many times we know the face better than the name. I will re-post whatever information Seraphine provides and hopefully we can assist her in giving this brother a fitting memorial. seraphine@dslextreme.com   818-601-2354  Seraphine

John "Red Blanket" Gartland crossed over May 19, 2012. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2012, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Further visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at 11 a.m. at the Native American Fellowship-Dayspring United Methodist Church in East Peoria, with Pastor Carol Lakota Eastin and Pastor Dan Lybarger officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The details will be in the obituary in the Peoria Journal Star on Thursday. A copy of the obituary is attached to this email and here is the online link.  It would be appreciated if you could send or bring food for a potluck following the 11am service. If anyone would be willing to be at the church to help receive people or food and be sure tables are ready, please contact Sally at 309-698-9688.  Kevin Cashmer will be providing the Spirit Fire at Dayspring. Pastor Carol will be conducting the service with Pastor Dan will be playing flute. Randy Eggers will be playing a hand drum and Kim Davis will be doing the Pipe Ceremony.  On behalf of Pastor Dan and the entire NAF Family, we offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to Jo-Ann and their family.  To our brother, Red Blanket, we will miss you but we know that you are now with our Creator. Please continue to watch over us and guide us in our daily lives.


Gladys Conley, nee Davis, 90, crossed over Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Belleville Memorial Hospital. Visitation at Kassly's in Fairview Heights, IL She will be interned near Dongola, Illinois.  Cora Gladys Elizabeth (Davis) Conley - just celebrated her 90th birthday by passing the driving test to renew her driver's license in Illinois on May 12. She was so proud of that accomplishment. She became very ill on Thurs, May 17, and passed into the next life on Sat, May 19. Gladys is the beloved and respected mother of Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, an Elder of Manataka American Indian Council.  Please offer up prayers for Gladys and Linda's family.  Born May 12, 1922 in Mill Creek, IL died on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL. Gladys was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene W. “Doc” Conley; a son and daughter who died in infancy, Donald Eugene Conley and Judy Kay Conley; her parents, Harrison and Cora,

nee Knupp Davis; three sisters, Clara Heinlein, Ruby Dillow and Ina Stone; three brothers, Daniel Davis, Matthew Davis and Elijah Davis.  She is survived by her daughter, Linda James of St. Louis, MO; her three grandchildren, Michael (Lora) Peters of Palmdale, CA, Laura (Erik) Ingram of Edwardsville, IL and Nathan (Meagan Colbeck) Peters of St. Louis, MO; two great grandchildren, Daniel Peters and Rachel Ingram; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.  Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or March of Dimes Visitation: Friends may call from 5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, IL.  Visitation: Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Mill Creek Baptist Church, Mill Creek, IL. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Mill Creek Baptist Church in Mill Creek, IL. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Anna, IL http://www.doverplacecc.org/


Cherokee National Treasure William “Bill” Eugene Rabbit of Pryor passed away April 9 in Tulsa at age 65. Rabbit was born in Wyoming on Dec. 3, 1946, and grew up in Pryor. He won numerous awards during the 30-plus years he worked as an artist. For nearly 20 years he worked in partnership with his daughter Traci, who is also an accomplished artist. They shared a studio in Pryor. In 2011, the Cherokee Nation named him a National Treasure for his artistry and for preserving Cherokee culture through his artwork.

When Onondaga Nation Clanmother Audrey Shenandoah-Gonwaiani passed into the spirit world on March 15 not only her family and community mourned but the entire Haudenosaunee Confederacy was cast into sorrow. For the past four decades she was a steady, reliable and dignified presence at Onondaga, ever ready to speak on behalf of the people while welcoming visitors to the capital and central fire of the world's first united nations. As a clanmother (Iakoiane in the Mohawk dialect of the Iroquois language) Gonwaiani accepted the responsibilities as not only a clan leader but as a caretaker for the culture of her nation. She was selected as clan leader after being closely observed by her people. They saw in her compassion, dedication, humility, knowledge, patience and a deep respect for the traditions and customs which define Haudenosaunee life. She was articulate in the Onondaga language, a skill which she shared with the Onondaga children for decades as a teacher at the Nation's school. Read More...


Niles Cesar, Tlingit and Haida Indian from Juneau, who was an integral piece in Indian health care in Alaska, walked on recently at his home in Anchorage, surrounded by his family and friends after a long illness according to JuneauEmpire.com. Cesar spent 20 years in the Medical Service Corps, including a year in Vietnam, before retiring from the Navy as a Lieutenant according to the Alaskapublic.com. He went on to receive his B.S. degree in environmental health. He spent 11 years (1979 to 1990) as the executive vice president of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, before leaving to spend the next 19 years as the director for the Alaska Bureau of Indian Affairs according to Alaskapublic.com. Through his time at the BIA, he worked to gain the most out of the services and benefits available to Alaska Natives, reported JuneauEmpire.com. He established the BIA Providers Conference and was an advocacy member on the Federal Subsistence Board in Alaska.


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