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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

Native American women becomes a rape victims

Dear Manataka:


Good moms tell their daughters about the birds and bees. On the Indian reservation, mothers have to talk to their daughters about what happens after a sexual assault. That's because one in three Native American women becomes a rape victim.


That's heartbreaking enough. But now it also appears that Native Americans are having a hard time getting the Plan B contraceptive that prevents a pregnancy in the aftermath of assault.

Anecdotal reports documented by show that nearby clinics don't carry Plan B and victims get told they have to fill a prescription many miles away from they live. This poses a terrible difficulty for women who have exactly 72 hours after an assault to take the medication and prevent pregnancy.   ~Sheri Burnette


Manataka Supports the Yamassee Nation

Ee-tee-moo-kla My Family,


There has been a communication from the central office which has caused some confusion! For the record and clarity the Manataka people has been nothing but Supportive to the Yamassee Tribe! We have been made aware of the emails, that were sent to them, but in confusion, the were negative in tone to them. Please Stay positive and Tribal.  The Manataka only informed us of a Person who is a Author, of his rebuttal to the recent issue, the Manataka released on us, in their Smoke signal News July 2012 edition.

The Manataka are honorable, and had 100% nothing to do with the response they received from a one Mr. Richard Thornton proclaimed Creek indian and Historian for the website.  Again they the Manataka have Only been supportive to Our mission. If you read the Article at the top and bottom, they clearly say “They Proudly present” and at the bottom, support of continued effort to be accepted by Indigenous forums. “
The Manataka American Indian Council supports the struggle of the great Yamassee people to be recognized by indigenous forums and all people everywhere for their contributions to American history and culture so that they may achieve true black Indian status.”

I humbly ask any and all of you my family, that sent a email to Sister Bonnie of the Manataka, to stand corrected in your actions with a positive email for the misunderstanding of such a honorable tribe and family, as again, they have only helped us, and have nothing to do with any views of their readers.  The email sent out was meant to be understood by us, to show them support for publishing a positive article, and that was All!  So Please Do so, by Thanking them for the support of our great nation!

Sho-na-bish (Thanks)  Chief Bih Miki Se'khu Holam Hatchitulamiy Yamasi  "The Return of the Mound Builders"


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Yamassee Supports Manataka....

Hello Manataka,

Thank you and greetings. I would like to congratulation you on a valiant effort for letting the fact be known about our Great Tribe of people. We support your efforts with the Yamassee article against those trying to slander our Great Tribe of people, calling us African Slaves only! We thought todays society was changing for the better of a world we call mother, but sadly this is not True! An Attack on our People is still a form of War, even when it is done on the Internet! Let our Voices Be HEARD AS THE ONE!

Sincerely, ~Brian Kendrick-Bey


Northeastern Indian Origins



I just read the interesting response to the article Northeastern Indian Origins by Ed "Eagle Man" McGaa. The reply was entitled "Academics and Wind Cave Myth". It always amazes me when I hear someone purporting to be intelligent ranting on and on against something that everybody else knows is a metaphor or a legend or some such. Years ago I watched a documentary where a noted cardiologist "went off" on the term "heart". Seems this "brilliant" individual believed that terms like "the heart of a matter" or "something coming from a persons' heart" meant the physical human heart. I remember his condescending comment, " It's a pump, for God's sake!" He completely missed the metaphorical meaning of heart as the deep place of the human psyche.


The brother responding to the Northeast Indian Origins article seems to have the same problem. Does anyone really believe that any tribe just "emerged" from a cave somewhere? Isn't it painfully obvious that such stories are designed simply to pass along ideas that the ancients didn't understand yet felt the need to communicate? Seriously! Who believes that Indians just showed up one day? His article goes on and on attacking the idea of a genuine origin via Wind Cave. I'm thinking that, perhaps, he is the one missing the point.


As far as that old Bering Straits noise about the introduction of ethnic peoples into the US, let's just say that that theory, while "accepted", is questionable. National Geographic, who he mentions, completely ignores the possible Polynesian origins of Indians in this country (which, by the way, makes a lot more sense than the lost meanderings of groups of nomadic tribes). The Polynesian sailors were great adventurers, very strong, undaunted by circumstance and some of the best navigators that ever graced this planet. They traveled thousands of miles in all directions in search of new lands and, frequently, found them. The chief of the island nation of Tonga claims to have proof of the discovery of "America" by ancient Polynesians. Indigenous peoples on this continent resemble South Seas inhabitants as much, if not more than, Chinese or Mongolian peoples.


It seems to me that the Bering Straits argument is just another convenient explanation of history. Science does that a lot with various subjects. In this case, they seem to forget that history often does not flow logically or conveniently. It often lurches, taking unexpected and difficult to follow twists and turns. This makes it challenging, if not impossible, to pursue accurately, especially when you are working backwards from 10,000 or so years later. The easy explanation is not always correct. Frequently, not even close.


It seems to me that the brother's response was one of agreement with the original article about Northeast Indian origins. As I wrote last month, it is a pity when people who claim to be Indian spend their time and writing skills supporting a non-Indian agenda, thus showing again that it is possible to be "red" on the outside but decidedly "white" on the inside.


David Choate, Councilman

United Cherokee Republic


Sixth Generation Grandson of a Cherokee Chief Pathkiller


Dear Editor,

Osiyo, my name is Vern Lewis Brown.  I,am a retired 72 year old male, who is a sixth generation grandson of a Cherokee

Chief by the name of Pathkiller.  To my fellow Americans, I enjoy very much this monthly issue of the Smoke Signal News.

After I retired I started research to find my family history and blood line.  My research took me back to The Royalty of France in 700- 800.  My ancestors immigrated From France to England, Scotland, Germany.  and America, where one of my Grandfathers married, Chief Pathkiller's daughter.  I want you to know that I am very proud to have native American blood and would like to learn more of the Cherokee language.  Suggestion; If you could just teach a few words each month, I am sure that there are a lot of people would love to learn the language. and not only the Cherokee, but all native American languages. Wa-do ~Vern L. Brown


Columbus Story


Ni'it (Hello)

Your latest newsletter was fascinating, I did ceremony for the Winnimem's sacred rock. It is a comelling story and one that is indicative of what is continue to occur in Moccasin country.  I am asking if it is possible to put the story of Columbus on my website. It supports information that I already have there, and is a really interesting read. Let me know.  Lut'ak Halaaytn Yugyetk

Keep Your Spirit Strong.  ~ Shannon V. Thunderbird, M.A., Coast Tsimshian First Nations, Artist/Educator and Owner of Teya Peya Productions


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Hello Manataka Editor,

Reconciliation the ultimate job of the great spirit as upon us. Phyllis j. Moorhouse.



Dear Editor,

Thank you for your article, you have addressed a lot of issues I have had with modern Christianity. I am wondering after reading though what you believe was the point of Christ's sacrifice?  Thanks, I look forward to your response.  Chris Ratcliffe




Dear Manataka,

Pila un ya heca(a dear thank you to you).  I hope you continue in doing what the spirit has blessed you with...insight. So many of our people ask for it, and as it appears....they don't know that is what it shows itself to be. I always say to them "don't ask for what you are truly not looking for..."!  And then someday as they are ready for is there, for only them.  The Christianity imposed and whipped into my people is still there and the people are still afraid that if they don't do what they were once taught within those boarding school era's...they are not true Christians either. But, our traditional Lakota values are still intact and we are still a strong nation of our own spirituality. Despite all of the would be copycat theories.... Keep up your writing.... Jacqueline White Bird, Sicangu, Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD. 



To David Three Dogs Armstrong,
Thank you for the insightful and well thought out and organized article.

I am of Cree blood , but this was hidden by my grandmother. Now there is no way to prove my heritage. I ask for your thoughts on the problem of identity. I see much division in the native community due to the ID card and percentage of blood. I see people who are Indian trying to be Indian.  Yet are rejected as they can not prove the blood.  Gus Kopulos

Deer Hunting and Tanning


Hi Manataka
I just want to say that I agree 1000% with your opening statement. It is appalling some of the gear that so called hunters use today to kill wildlife. I personally use only two weapons when I hunt, I use a flintlock rifle with open iron sights, and patch and ball, and an eastern Indian long bow. It really get me going when a hunter with an in-line calls his rifle a ‘muzzleloader’. Many times I have run into half used carcasses in the woods and it makes me upset. One time I ran into a pile of about 10 deer that only had their antlers removed. They were left there to rot. I hunt to feed my family and I don’t kill anything that I don’t eat. The amount of hunters allowed into the woods has nothing to do with population control, it’s all about how many licenses the state can sell for how much. That is evident in the increasing number of doe tags sold each year. There are defiantly less deer to be harvested than ever before. Many hunters that I run into today are city folk that have no respect for anything or anyone. My grand pappy used to call them fair weather hunters, I call them Cabelas hunters. Everything they have on their bodies says Cabelas on it.   Thanks for reading this, Safe hunting to you.  Rick Baker


Colorado Forest Fires


Hello Manataka Friends,

Thank you for your kind words, and I will call in the near future. I am please to help contribute to the Sacred Grounds project, and hope to do more fundraising in the future.


I do have a request, I would like to request prayers from Manataka to the Great Spirit for relief from the forest fires that are burning thousands of acres an hour, and hundreds of homes destroyed every hour as well. Some people had to evacuate so quickly they couldn't take their animals, and could only open the doors and gates hoping that instinct would kick in and they could out run the fires.


Please we need rain, cooler temperatures, safety for the firefighters who have been working day and night, and a watchful eye on the displaced people and the animals (Wild ones as well as the pets).  Thank you.  Judy Streepy, Denver, Colorado


Likes Smoke Signal News

Dear Manataka,

Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic-highly professional Smoke Signal News - I know you and your team are proud of the work being done and what has been accomplished in putting it all together; it is so educational as well. With Fond, Appreciative and Caring Regards, Hazel Lawson

Greetings from Down Under


Dear Manataka

Mitakuye Oyasin I am Cedar Running Deer near Darwin in Australia. Many thanks. Look forward to future contact with you. Merry meet and blessed be. I live in the rainbow way and wear a flaming rainbow antler tipi on my left shoulder. I am dedicated to the work and won’t give up on the dream or the prophecies of Black Elk and White Buffalo Calf woman. Look forward to hearing from you in the future. Will be away late June til Late September, coming for the last 3 weeks to Ottawa Canada. Where are you? Who are you ? thanks again, many blessings of the grandmothers and grandfathers and Mother Earth and Great Spirit. Love, Aho.  Cedar Whelan


Awakened by Dreams

Dear Editor,

My relatives, I was wakened up reading the dreams and visions.  They match my own in a scary way but I fear not, instead I need to reveal them.  I have the rocks show me things and I have photographed them.  White Buffalo Calf Woman calls me grandmother on the hill. a man named Sioux.  Yes my relatives, yes they are strong visions i carry as well. They mirror yours.
with upmost respect and love. Dana Rene Hoecker aka  Grandmother on the Hill


Dear Editor,

Aloha. My name is Lisa. I loved your article above. I have a question. How do you know where your supposed to be when the time comes. I've traveled a lot in my life. I just spent 8 years on the island of Kauai, but recently returned to Texas to be near my grandchildren. I miss the island life and being in nature every day. The beauty of the rain forest and the jungle. I was never so happy in my own skin. But even though I love spending time with my grandchildren several times a month, every other waking moment I'm miserable. And travel to and from Kauai is just too expensive to do very often. SO here I am, in a sort of limbo if you will. At a time when I should be wherever it is I'm supposed to be when called. How do you know if your in the right geographical location, or does it even matter? Thank you for any guidance you can give me. With warmest regards, Lisa Delconte


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