Volume XIX  Issue 08


Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow




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Mermaid Tales From Native Tribes Abound


While the U.S. government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) denies their existence, Native American tribes have been telling stories about mermaids from time immemorial.


From the Halfway People of the Mi’kmaq and the Lampeqinuwok of the Maliseet, to the story of Ne Hwas told by the the Passamaquoddy and the story of the first merman told by the Potawatomi, there is no shortage of tales about the half human creatures.


The Mi’kmaq tell the tale of Lone Bird who stumbles upon a cove of five beautiful maidens swimming and playing in the water: “They were lovely, it is true, but they looked nothing like human maidens, for humans do not have pale skin, spotted with silvery scales. They do not dress their hair with strands of seaweed. And though maidens adorn themselves with necklaces of bright shells, humans have legs. Their bodies do not end in long fish tails,” from the book Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worlds by C.J. Taylor.  Read More...





What Does A Spiritual Awakening Feel Like?

By Lee Standing Bear Moore


Take a deep breath.  Hold it.... hold it....  hold it... Now let it go.  Let's multiply that feeling of euphoric release a hundred times -- a thousands times -- a million times over. 


Okay now close your eyes and see yourself flying amid magnificent clouds as you view the vast beauty of the earth below.  Allow yourself to soar around the cosmos of a thousand planets.  Journey to wondrous places of the universe and then awaken in a wonderful, peaceful garden with multitudes of colorful flowers and pleasant aromas.  The powerful feeling of love is everywhere.  You are safe, there is no pain, no memory of anger or other darkness.  You are in the Place of Peace.


These descriptions are woefully lacking because there are no words that can adequately describe the tremendous euphoria of connecting with the Spirit within.  Describing a spiritual Awakening is difficult to convey in writing and it is difficult to understand the experiences of others because the experience of spiritual Awakening is different for everyone.


A Spiritual Awakening Can Happen in A MOMENT

In general terms, a spiritual Awakening is an altered state of perception.  It is a knowing beyond knowledge.  Reality has changed for the person who experiences an Awakening.  In short, a spiritual Awakening is allowing yourself to be open and inviting the living Spirit of God and the love of God to enter your heart.  It is the Moment when God awakens your soul to a new awareness, a new perception of the world around you.  It is the spark that ignites the long-buried ancient spirit within you.  An Awakening is when the confused and frightened self transcends to a higher consciousness, a awareness full of love and peace.   Read More...









On October 20, 2012, 8,844 people will join hands, hearts and minds around the entire seven mile base of Hot Springs Mountain, a traditional indigenous sacred site known as Manataka. In fulfillment of prophesy, people will come from all walks of life, races and religions to create a circle of love, prayer and Awakening. The Moment will be sanctified in time with the creation of a holy vibration that by the grace of God and through the Holy Spirit, a global emotional and spiritual awakening will occur that is essential to human connection of Spirit and Mother Earth. The Moment will create a mass consciousness and give birth to a "light that will spread to many lands."

Clay pottery artifact discovered on the Hot Springs Mountain at Rocky Roost by Julie Williams, 2012


Agnostic, American Indian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian – Protestant and Catholic, Confucian, Druid, Hindu, Islam, Jainis, Jewish, Mayan, Sami and other traditions of Shamanism, Shinto, Sikh, Tao, Wicca and Zoroastrian - all are invited to generate this rainbow spectrum of Spiritual Light. You carry with you a vibration from Creator. Please join us.


Local churches, temples, mosques and synagogues are invited to bring their choirs and ring church bells during the event. Drums, rattles, shofars, conch shells, flutes – however you make a joyful noise -- are welcome.


MOMENT EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.  The Moment is sponsored by spiritual groups and churches of many faiths.



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May you physically, emotionally and spiritually move through layers of fear, distraction, and confusion to clearly touch the soul within - your true self. May you learn ways to use the phenomenal opportunity of the MOMENT, this path of spiritual awakening to know and feel God within you -- the tenderness and awesome beauty and depths of infinite love. ~Lee Standing Bear Moore




First Tongue: An Ancient Global Language

By Gary Vey, http://www.viewzone.com





[Above: Colorado wall originally enhanced with aluminum powder on location but here enhanced with white in Photoshop to reveal shapes. 37-44'58.91"N 103-28'48.96"W]


In the last part of the 20th century, a handful of archaeologists discovered a collection of symbols carved in stone as petroglyphs that appeared to be writing. Initial dating of these symbols showed that they were made over an extended period time, beginning around 1700 BC, and located on as many as five continents.


This unique collection of symbols was first examined in the Negev desert of Israel by Dr. James Harris, a brilliant archaeologist from Brigham Young University. He identified the symbols as an alphabet in the proto-Canaanite language which he successfully translated by using old-Hebrew phonetic sounds.   Read More...




"You want to know who's a real medicine man? He's the one who doesn't say 'I'm a medicine man.' He doesn't ask you to come to him. You've got to go and ask him. And you'll find he's always there among his own people."  -- Louis Farmer, Onondaga


The Medicine Man is a role model of what it is like to live in harmony and balance with the Creator. It takes a long time, a lot of sacrifice and discipline to become a Medicine Man. A Medicine Man is humble and never crass about anything. He knows he lives to do the will of the Great Spirit. He knows he is to help the people. He lives very low key - the more low key he lives, the more people seek him out - and such is life. The more one serves the people and is quiet about it, the more he is sought out. The quieter he is, the more powerful is his medicine.


Great Spirit, allow me this day to be humble. Allow me this day not to seek attention,

but to live quietly and keep my focus and attention on serving You.




Buffalo Skulls Tell of A Dark Period in History

This photo from the 1870s shows a man proudly standing in front of a mountain of tens of thousands of bison skulls - an iconic American species that was systematically slaughtered by the millions as European Americans settled the west.

The US Army actively endorsed the wholesale slaughter of these animals for two main reasons: to remove competition with cattle, and to starve Native American tribes who greatly depended on the bison for food. Without the bison, the resisting tribes of the Great Plains would either be forced to leave or die of starvation.

More than a century after this dark period in history, the bison is making a comeback. After living on the brink of extinction, this American icon is slowly but steadily returning to the Great Plains - one baby bison at a time. Watch a video of how Native American communities and conservation groups like
Earthjustice are fighting to bring back the bison on our website:  http://ejus.tc/Ovv8lV 

Submitted by Sherri Awi Anida Waya Burnett







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.  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.  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!  


Return of the Bird Tribes
by Ken Carey.  Painting by Keith Powell.  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. Read More...


LIES - 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.  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.   Read More...


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.  Read More...

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...


How an Indigenous Tribe Changed a Missionaries Views
Source: Indian Country Today. When twenty-five year old missionary Dan Everett landed among the Pirahãs 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.” 

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."  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>>>


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...


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.


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...





Native American Influences in U.S. History and Culture


Measure your awareness of Native American influences in U.S. history and culture.


"These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past; wisdom is of the future," say Vernon Cooper, spiritual elder of the Lumbee or Croatoan tribe of North Carolina. The following activity is designed to help you measure your awareness of Native American influences in U.S. history and culture and, in so doing, expand your vision of a people whose wisdom marks generations of Americans from age to age. Be sure to share this information with others.


1. Before the European Conquest, approximately how many tribes inhabited what is now the United States?
        a) 50, with a population of about 500,000
        b) 500, with a population of about 22 million
        c) 70, with a population of about 2 million
        d) 225, with a population of about 900,000


2. The present population of Native Americans in the United States is:
        a) about 6 million
        b) about 800,000
        c) about 2 million
        d) about 300,000       





Still Fighting the Toxic Giant

By Nathan Small, chairman of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ tribal council


A few years ago, USA Today did a two-page article about the problems faced by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in their battle to clean up a Superfund plant on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho (USA Today, “Tribes fight toxic giant,” June 3, 1998). I am sorry to say the saga continues. This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed rules that would let the company, FMC Corporation, bury its industrial poisons on site.


One of the areas at risk from the poisons is “the bottoms.” It’s low-land creeks and marshes that feed into Idaho’s Snake River. It’s world-class fishing. It’s also home to Shoshone and Bannock people. Bands from our tribes have wintered there and been a part of this landscape for at least the last 10,000 years.   Read More...





Maintaining Culture Is Not an Act of Violence

By Duane Champagne, Indian Country Today Media Network


One of the arguments against indigenous self-government is that it requires special rights and stokes the flames of cultural, political and identity difference. Nation states are built on concepts of individual equality in political and economic life, and uphold consensual commitments to common political institutions and laws.


For example, the United States Constitution and party political systems sets the basic laws and political processes of U.S. society. The indigenous position, however, asserts that Indigenous Peoples existed culturally and politically for thousands of years before the formation of contemporary nation states. Indigenous Peoples are not parties to the formation of nation states, and are not generally consensual citizens of nation states.


Most indigenous peoples maintain their own cultures, communities, and political forms, while outwardly conforming to nation state power. The resistance to full social and political assimilation looks extremely radical to nation states, who fear that the absences of strong and primary political loyalties to the nation state may be a sources of political separation, ethnic violence, and destabilization. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) clearly prohibits Indigenous Peoples to separate from the nation states that currently surround them and enforce their laws and institutions over them.   Read More...







Since the 1800s, Native American Plains tribes have gathered for powwows to celebrate their rich heritage. the tradition continues with emphasis on spiritual and competitive dances. Photographer Chris roberts shares the tradition through photographs. POWWOW 2013 captures the energy of powwow dancers who proudly preserve their ancestral traditions. 11 x 28 inches open
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"We create that bad among ourselves. We create it; then we try to call it devil, satan, or evil. But man creates it. There is no devil. Man creates the devil."  --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota


Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should live. These laws and codes are communicated to us through a little voice. When we are still, this voice guides us. If we choose to live out of harmony, our lives become filled with anger, hate, selfishness, dishonesty, etc... When these things appear in our lives, we give up accountability and blame it on something or someone else. If we want to live in harmony, we need to pray our way back to living the principles the Creator gave us.


Grandfather, today let me walk with the principles.




Grassland Preservation

by Ruth Hopkins


For plains Tribes, the preservation of grasslands is crucial to the survival of our culture. Its unique configuration of Native plants and grasses provide us with medicine, tools, shelter, and food.

Grasslands furnished grazing space for the horses and buffalo herds that our existence depended upon. Natives who lived there adapted to the distinct nature of the plains as an environment.  As a result, the grassland biome as an ecosystem, along with every living organism it supports, plays an important role in our ceremonies, sacred rites, and clandestine knowledge.


Only five percent of tall grass prairie still remains; making it the rarest of all ecosystems on Earth today. Grasslands thrived on the plains of North America for thousands of years. Before European settlers came, the whole central interior of the United States was a fertile plain. Most of our natural grasslands were plowed or fragmented into nonexistence by farmers tilling land to seed for crops. The corn belt of the United States would not exist had it not been for tall prairie grassland. The large underground biomass of those original native plants is responsible for creating some of the most productive soil on Earth. Grasslands are also endangered by urban sprawl, the introduction and spread of invasive non-native plant species, and the suppression of natural fires that would have otherwise helped balance the prairie ecosystem.  Read More...





Black Indians - The Tour 2

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



Halito and Greetings to All Whom These Blessings May Come!


Dear Dr.’s Rashidi, Anderson, Squire, Ansari, Leatrice Brown, BIU President Barbara Finley, Chief Al Running Bear Molette, All Chiefs, Council Members, Citizens, Ambassador Akil Ali, Brother Bernard, Jamia Shepard, our Families and Diasporan Kin-Groups;


What an exciting year to be who we are!


Boxing with the U.S. Federal Court of Claims and Supreme Court of late, has been a daunting experience, but not for any of the reasons you might expect.


Black Indians have had to fight for our Treaty Rights to be equally and fully adhered to (as all other multi-party beneficiaries), because it is clear that sitting Justices are not at all familiar with our history as descendants of Aboriginal Natives of the Americas settling this land (in excess of 11,500 years ago) regardless as to whether or not our ancient root origin is as Autocthons arising from the soil or admixture with Australian, Ethiopian, Egyptian, Mende from Sierra Leone (Mande, Mandinga), Angolan, New Guinean, or Tasmanians.


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This set of herbal teachings draws from the Muscogee tradition, presents an understanding of the healing

nature of plants for the first time in book form and examines common wild plants in a clear and authoritative style explains how to identify, honor, select, and prepare them for use. Illustrated and indexed by plant name and medical topic. New Lower Price!! Was $16.95 Now Only $ 14.95 + s/h 






Turning Over a New Leaf


If you are cutting back on meat in the heat of summer, use this abundant season to get your fill of glorious greens with all the healthy vitamins and minerals they contain. Farmer’s markets are a great source for a variety of local greens, including the iron- and calcium-rich spinach, chard and collard greens.


My mother would tell me the most delicious white lies about dark greens. She said that cooked spinach would make my hair shine, chard would make my hair grow and kale would help me run like the wind—all believable fibs to a 6- or 7-year-old. Her tales helped expose me to healthy food early on and encouraged me to form smart lifelong eating habits.  Read More...







Soul Wound the Legacy of Native American Schools



Dear Manataka and Shannon Thunderbird,


As I read the article "Soul Wound the Legacy of Native American Schools" by Andrea Smith I couldn't help but feel the tears and the sadness in my heart that my great grandfather must have also felt as he was sent to  the Hampton "Normal" and Agricultural Institute in Hampton Virginia from September 1880-June 1883. Thanks for writing about this this awful American experiment. It should never happen again here or anywhere else! ~Darrell Burnett


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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...




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Listen To The Wind by Tom Haley

A magnificent collection of American Indian poems, prayers and wisdom by a new member of Manataka, Reverend Tom Haley, pastor of the Rock Creek Christian Church in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.  Rev. Haley is a graduate of Hendrix College and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He has written a number of books including God and Son, Inc (2012), The Laughing Jesus: and His Other Faces (2012); Along the Path: Meditations and Reflections on Life (2012); Haley's Comments (1991); Prayers with Wings (1985); and Anchors in the Storm (1983).  He and his wife, Amanda, have three adult children and three grandchildren. His newest book shares the beautiful depth and breadth of American Indian wisdom. Listen To The Wind is only $10.00 and proceeds from this book go to the Manataka American Indian Council.  Buy Now!


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


The Two Great Forces Against Us


“I will not mince words when I name two of the great forces against which we must contend, greed and fear.


They have stalked the dark forests of our souls for longer than we have memory. They are primal, persistent, powerful, ever seeking to subvert the will of God. They exist in every human culture and from them none of us is immune. But if we name them, if we turn the clear light of truth on them, they shrink in size and wither before the justice of heaven. We need to turn that light on now. We need to be light-keepers through the storm to come. ~Steven Charleston    Read More...






I Carry Your Heart
By Grandmother L.Cota Nupa Maka

I was watching a movie called In Her Shoes last night and at the end during the wedding ceremony this totally dysfunctional illiterate sister reads this poem. It hit my heart and stuck with me through out the night. My mind went reeling down so many dusty and neglected roads. I finally understood completely that all those who we have contact with in this life are in our hearts. We can never forget them or shut their memory out but must carry them forever in our hearts. It finally made perfect sense that we carry those who we place in our memory good or bad in our hearts for the duration of this life and possible more.


This possibility makes it easier to understand the pain of love, hate, anger, loss and all the range of emotions we suffer from or feel in this life time. We cannot separate them or control them they are just there, a collection of emotions and feelings that come from life’s memories.  Read More..


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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 9 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on. Nothing in the media about these guys because no one seems to care:  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 who gave their lives for YOU this week. Please Honor THEM by forwarding this. Semper Fi ("Always faithful.")  I just did.  ~Helen Vinson  07-26-12


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




Me Yoti Ndongu, Elder, Great Medicine Woman Dearest Dabadi Thaayrohyadi`s Family. Dear Relatives from the Otomi Toltec Indian Nation, Indigenous Peoples and Human Family. Sisters and Brothers from the Four Directions.  Greetings from the Otomi Indian Nation. The Otomi Elders and Wisdom Keepers from the Olmec Toltec Teotihuacan Lineage share this message from our hearts. Our People and Communities express our consternation and deepest sorrow for the death of Me Yoti Ndongu, Elder, Great Medicine Woman, impeccable and beloved Granma, guide and wisdom keeper. She was Mother of Our Dabadi Thaayrohyadi, beloved Toltec Master, Spiritual Leader and Medicine Man who was doing a Long Pilgrimage to the Native Nations and Spiritual Communities in the Eagle and Condor Lands in order to share our message and invitation to everybody for coming and attending the 8,000 Sacred Drums Ceremony & the Great Gathering for the Healing of the Earth, Peace and Happiness that will take place next september 2012, in Temoaya, Mexico. And he must to come back to our Sacred Lands for attending the funeral of her Mother. We express him our sincere condolences and to his extended family and relatives.  Last Friday afternoon August 3, 2012 Me Yoti Ndongu stopped beating the drum of her heart. She was a mother of eight, she left an example of unconditional love, service and compassion, so we joined our prayers for the release of his spirit eagle, in harmony and peace with the Universe and the Great Mystery. We also continue sending healing energy to the relatives and closer friends who feel sadness in their hearts. This Sunday August 4th, Thaayrohyadi`s Mother, Me Yoti Ndongu was guarded and surrounded with prayers in a overnight ceremony in the family`s house. And today, August 5th, after a community procession with flowers, ritual and music in the way of our ancestors, her body will be offered to the womb of Mother Earth, near the Sacred Mountains. We will continue praying for the next days to our Otomi Toltec Family sending them light, love and peace. We thank everyone for your meditations and prayers, for your compassion, for you moral and spiritual support to our Otomi Toltec Indian Nation. We welcome your expressions of condolences and support to Dabadi Thaayrohyadi`s Family, to the Community and to the Otomi Toltec Elders and Wisdom Keepers toltec.elders@gmail.com


Dawn Michelle Day, 28, of the Wind River Indian Reservation, died Saturday, July 21, 2012.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the family residence, No. 643 Ethete Road, with Harrison Shoyo Jr. and Donnie Chavez officiating. An evening service and wake will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the family home. Interment will be in the Yellowcalf Cemetery at Ethete. Dawn Day was born Aug. 13, 1983, in Lander, the daughter of Gregory Day and Vertina LaBatte. She was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation and attended schools at Fort Washakie, Wyoming Indian, St. Stephens, Chimewa and Central Wyoming College. She was employed at the Wind River Casino as a black jack dealer and also worked at Shoshone Rose Casino.  Her family said she like to laugh and joke around with her friends and family and spend time with her three boys. She is survived by her sons, Tyler Bell, Mariano Garcia and Rylan Day; father Gregory Day; brother Jeffrey Quiver Day; sisters Arika Revere, Gracie Ann Hooper, Tammi Lynn WallowingBull and Kailyn Washakie; adopted mother Zelma Weed; godparents Velma Rhodes, Joe Chavez and Dawn Spoonhunter; grandparents David and Mary Day, Isaac Chavez, George Knightin, Juanita and Mervin Stamp, Joe and Lily Chavez and families, Starr Weed Sr. and family, Eunice Coronado and family; aunts Colleen, Priscilla, Kristy and Joanne Bell, Madelyn Day and Angie Bates and family; uncles Dennis, William, Wilmer and David Day Jr.; other family members John and Phillip Spoonhunter, Nikki Ferris and family, Tiffany Day and family, Megan Kougher, Leslie Shakespear and daughters, Abigail and Angelique, Lynette Bates and family, Jamie Bates and family, Purity Mecichen and family and Ambrosia Antelope and family. Services are under the direction of the Wind Dancer Funeral Home.


I am Woableza and have just received news that my dear niece Dawn Michelle Day age 28. Was beaten and found dead on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming Saturday morning.  She was a very petite and beautiful Shoshone/Lakota woman. Mother of three boys,  3 years, 7 years, and 9 years old. Her mother and I, my sister, Bertina LaBatte need to travel from Rochester, MN to Riverton, WY. For funeral arrangements: Two elders and four children. Please give what you can in these these times of horrific tragedies. Pilamaya Grandfather. Woableza. (She's the niece who saved my life in 2003) 507) 271-0881.


Kitty Wells, the "Queen of Country Music" who opened the door for a host of other country female artists, died July 16 at her home in Nashville of complications from a stroke. She was 92.  Wells, born as Ellen Muriel Deason, actually began performing on local radio in Nashville, but her ascent to stage stardom began in 1937 with husband Johnnie Wright, half of the duo Johnnie & Jack. He died in 2011.  Both Kitty Wells (Cherokee) and her husband Johnnie Wright attended the Fifth Annual Native American Music Awards in 2005, where Kitty was inducted into the N.A.M.A. Hall of Fame. The show was hosted by Crystal Gayle (Cherokee). Kitty Wells was the first female singer to reach the top of the country charts with her 1952 song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," an answer to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life".   Wells was born in Nashville to a musical family. While she performed with her husband as a girl singer in the 1940s, he began calling her "Kitty Wells," a name taken from a 19th century folk song.  In addition to her hit song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," which sold 800,000 copies in its initial release in the summer of 1952, Wells sang "Release Me," "Making Believe," "I Can't Stop Loving You" among other classic songs. She garnered 35 Billboard Top Ten records and 81 charted singles.  Wells was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976. Among her many honors, she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991, the same year as Bob Dylan and John Lennon were honored. She was just the third country singer to be get that most prestigious award, after Hank Williams and Roy Acuff. Several years after her appearance at the Fifth Annual Native American Music Awards, Kitty finally gave up touring in 2007 and continued to live a quiet life.
Among those mourning her passing was Loretta Lynn. "Kitty Wells will always be the greatest female country singer of all times," said Lynn. "She truly is the Queen of Country Music."  Funeral services were held on Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Hendersonville Church of Christ, 107 Rockland Road Hendersonville, TN 37075  For more information visit,

Honorary Chief Ronnie Branham on Monacan Nation crossed over 07-14-12 in West Virginia.  Chief Branham had been ill for sometime. "Our Nation needs prayers as does his family which goes with out saying," said Helen RedWing Vinson. "This is a picture of me and The Chief about 18 years ago at second Monacan Powwow." 


Guy McMinds, of the Quinault Indian Nation, was laid to rest July 13 at Quinault Indian Nation Tribal Cemetery after a funeral ceremony that drew hundreds of family and friends from near and far. Many expressed admiration for McMinds and said his influence reached tribes across the country. Ray Fryberg, director of fish and wildlife for the Tulalip Tribes, recounted a story from the early ‘80s when state officials tried making tribal officials sit in the back of the room during a meeting on natural resources management. Fryberg remembered that it was McMinds who grabbed steel chairs and slammed them down at the head table for tribal leaders, saying that was where they belonged.  McMinds was an active leader fighting for Indian fishing rights—a fight he helped win when the Boldt Decision was made in 1974, which gave tribes in Washington state the right to half the annual fishing catch.  He was instrumental in enacting the 1980 Salmon and Steelhead Conservation and Enhancement Act, which recognized tribal co-management of resources in the Pacific Northwest.  In the ‘60s, McMinds obtained funding to organize the Quinalt Department of Natural Resources allowing the tribe to implement innovative technology in salmon hatcheries, aquaculture and stream rehabilitation. “I can hear his fist banging down on the table even now, and when he did that people knew he meant business,” said Billy Frank Jr., chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, in a release. “When the actions he took lead to the closure of Quinault’s 23 miles of beach, people knew Guy meant business. Now you find razor clams on that 23 miles; you sure don’t find them on the beaches managed by the state. But our journey isn’t over. It’s our job to keep working, as Guy would want us to, and bring the salmon back, get the poisons out of the water and work together in the process. That is the legacy that this great friend has left us.”  McMinds graduated from Moclips High School in Moclips, Washington in 1955 and served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1966, he received a fisheries science degree from the University of Washington before returning to work for the Quinalt Indian Nation. He served for many years as the nation’s fisheries manager and natural resources director. In 2010, he retired as advisor to the president of the Quinalt Indian Nation.  McMinds walked on July 9 and is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ruth, four siblings, eight adopted children, and 13 grandchildren.


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/



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