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MYTHS AND LEGENDS
Rescuing the Daughter of the
Sun from the Underworld
Sun lived on the other side of the sky vault, but her daughter lived in the
middle of the sky, directly above the Earth. Every day as the sun was
climbing along the sky arch to the west, she used to stop at her daughter's
house for dinner.
Mother Sun came to hate the people of this Earth, because they never looked
straight at her without squinting. She said to her brother, the Moon, “My
grandchildren are ugly to me, they screw up their faces whenever they see
But the Moon said, “I like my younger brothers and sisters, I think they are
happy, attractive people!” This was because they always smiled pleasantly at
his mild glow in the night sky.
Lethal sibling rivalry set in. Sun was jealous of Moon's popularity and
decided to kill the people. Every day when she got near her daughter's
house, she sent down such a terrible heat that fever broke out and people
died by the hundreds. When everyone had lost some friend or relative, and it
seemed as if no one would be spared, the humans went for help to the
Anidawehi, the powerful ones.
Our Children's Future
By Morten Wolf Storeide, Norway, World Drum Project
Human, Dear Borrower.
Yes I write ‘human and borrower’ because that is what
Humans as a part of the web of life, borrowers as we
borrow the earth from our children. The future of our children depends on us.
We may ask ourselves, “Do we take good care of what
we have borrowed, our loan?”
The answer is NO! We do not keep our payment in
balance, we don`t even “pay” any interest. We take what we have been able to
borrow, and exploit and destroy this faster and faster in the name of growth
towards a higher standard of living. Soon, very soon, we will have no
possibility to be able to “pay” what we have borrowed.
wonder, are we humans waiting for some kind of miracle to happen, to sort out
all our mistakes? Read
YOU ARE INVITED!
BE IN THE MOMENT... AWAKEN IN THE
artifact discovered on the Hot Springs Mountain at Rocky Roost
by Julie Williams, 2012
“...The MOMENT represents an international gathering of people
of all faiths, cultures, races, and backgrounds who will take a
step toward recovering the collective soul of all mankind. This
collegial effort based in our mutual faith in God as the
individual knows the Creator, together in prayer, worship,
ceremony, and fellowship represents many of the ideals curative
and pastoral we work to achieve." -
Rev. Dr. Fred Wilcoxson,
Manataka, College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
October 20, 2012, 8,844 people will join hands, hearts and minds
around the entire 7 mile base of Hot Springs Mountain, a 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
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.
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.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE MOMENT!
Send us an
email! Tell us your talents!
For More Information go to:
The MOMENT - Hot Springs
106 Amazing Indian Discoveries
"100 Amazing Indian
Discoveries" is an illustrated list of Indian achievements from the Fall
2004 issue of American Indian, the magazine of the
National Museum of the American Indian. In turn, the list was
adapted from the book American Indian
Contributions to the World: 15,000 Years of Invention and Innovations
(Facts on File, 2003). We added six more for a better list.
Can you provide proof of more??
Over the centuries the Americas' First
Nations advanced societies used their ingenuity to make discoveries
which vastly improved the quality of our lives.
Ball games (basketball)
Dental inlays (tooth fillings)
Federal system of sovereignty
Flotation devices (wetsuits)
Oil wells (petroleum)
Quarantine and isolation
Stone Masonry techniques
Trephination (brain surgery)
more on the subject, see
The Myth of Western Superiority
Multicultural Origins of
Creator makes available to us all that we need. It is an honor
to go out and gather it. We must remember to say 'Thank You.' It
is honorable to give away, to show our gratitude... and to let
the children see this."
--Barney Bush, Shawnee
So many times we
forget to say "thank You" to the Creator. He made for us and
abundant universe. He built the Mother Earth to reproduce plenty
of everything. It is an honor to be a part of the Great Spirit's
world. The Creator always gives us what we need. When we are
given things, we should be willing to share it with others.
Whenever we give to others, this makes us feel good inside. The
more we give, the better we feel. The better we feel, the more
we want to give. We need to teach this to our children. The
children learn by our behavior.
My Creator, thank
you for today. Thank you for the sun. Thank you for the earth.
Thank you for my life. Thank you for......
Hearings Begin With Concerns
From Indian Country
Today Media Network
The first in a series
of hearings regarding
sacred sites between the U.S. Interior Department and tribal
leaders was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month.
The Associated Press
reported about a dozen tribal leaders showed up to air their
concerns, many surrounding the fast-tracking of renewable energy
projects without adequate review of the effects on sacred sites.
they’re going on with complete disregard to Indians. It’s like
we don’t have any say,” said John Bathke, the Quechan Tribe of
the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation’s historic preservation
officer. The Quechan Tribe is currently fighting against the
Ocotillo Express Wind Facility, a massive project of 112
turbines, each standing 450 feet tall, on more than 10,150 acres
of public land in the Ocotillo Desert south of San Diego.
department wanted to know if it should define the term “sacred
site.” But, according to Santa Ana Pueblo Gov. Ernest Lujan,
that would be an impossible feat.
“We’re not only
looking at a hillside or rock feature,” he said. “We’re looking
at water, we’re looking at land, we’re looking at plants.”
It would also be
difficult because of the secrecy of many Native religious and
cultural practices, said
Dion Killsback, the Northern Cheyenne counselor to the
assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.
Killsback wants to
find a way to “bridge the gap,” according to the AP. This way
tribal leaders are involved from the beginning of the projects
so tribal beliefs can be respected and the projects can move
Four more listening
sessions are scheduled.
Sacred Sites Listening Sessions Scheduled
Quechan Tribe Seeks to Halt Construction of Wind
Factory on Sacred Land
By Christan Hummel
much of our clutter is in fact related to a lack of proper organizing of our
space, and if that is ALL that is involved, then you simply need to find one
of those magical interior alchemists to help out. However, if you find that
your clutter keep reappearing, then you may need to look at the more
underlying causes of its reappearance, and this will take you in the field
of working to shift the underlying energetic matrix of your home, the energy
field that is stuck, stagnant, or somehow blocked, which is attracting the
clutter to accumulate in the first place.
In Feng Shui, this concept is referred to as “Space Clearing.” It is based
upon the assumption that our homes reflect the vibrational imprints of the
past, either ancient past, or more immediate. In this case, the battles, and
history of the land is reflected and imprinted upon our home environment and
may well be contributing to the cause of your clutter.
Mermaid Tales From
Native Tribes Abound - August 2012
the U.S. government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) denies their existence, Native American tribes have been telling
mermaids from time immemorial.
First Tongue: An Ancient Global Language
- August 2012
By Gary Vey
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.
Still Fighting the Toxic Giant
- August 2012
Nathan Small, chairman of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ tribal council
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.
What Does A Spiritual Awakening Feel
Like? - August 2012
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.
Maintaining Culture Is Not an
Act of Violence - August 2012
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.
Manataka Sacred Grounds Being Developed
- July 2012
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
the hot springs.... Read More...
The Yamassee Indians
- July 2012
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
Sweat Lodge Prayers
- July 2012
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.
- July 2012
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.
of the Bird Tribes
- June 2012
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
LIES - Teachers Tell Us About Columbus
- June 2012
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.
How an Indigenous Tribe Changed a
Missionaries Views - June 2012
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.”
Reconciliation, Part II
- May 2012
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.
Conscious Being -
- May 2012
Standing Bear Moore and Spirit of
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
Symbols on U.S. State Flags - September 2009 / Updated August
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."
on the Sacred Mountain... - February 2010 /
Updated February 2012
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.
Destroying Indigenous Populations
February 2010 / Updated February 2012
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.
Practical Ways to Raise Your Consciousness in 2012 (and beyond)
- January 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of
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."
The Holy Mother of Manataka
- January 2012
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...
What Does A Spiritual Awakening Feel
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.
U. S. Forest
down over a
Rock Gap in
motto of the
a wall: “Caring
for the Land
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"Everyone has a song. God gives us each a
song. That's how we know who we are. Our song tells us who we are."
--Charlie Knight, Ute
As we start to walk the Red Road and as we
develop ourselves as Warriors, a song will come to us. This song is given to
each of us from the Great Spirit. Whenever we sing this song, we will
receive courage and strength, not only for ourselves but if we sing this
song for others, it will also help them. The song will give us power and
make us feel really good. The song will make us see life in a sacred way. If
you don't have your song yet, ask the Creator in prayer if He will give you
your song. With the song comes a responsibility - the responsibility to act
and conduct oneself as a Warrior according to your song.
Oh my Creator, let me live my
song. Let my song honor Your way of life.
Let me sing my song each day.
At the end of today, let my song tell people who I am.
I am a beautiful child of the
as Pop Culture Phenomenon and the Perpetuation
of Offensive American
By Ruth Hopkins
misappropriation of American Indian cultures and imagery by
western society has persisted for decades, there’s been a
gradual uptick in the misrepresentation of Native peoples in the
past several years. “Tribalism,” a mainstream trend largely
based on false, stereotypical notions of who indigenous people
are, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Celebutantes, pop
princesses and hipster wannabes have been donning gaudy,
exaggerated war bonnets and headdresses, wearing “war paint,”
and playing dress up in Native American “inspired” costumes in
record numbers. The perpetuation of stereotypical images of
Native peoples is unacceptable and discriminatory for a myriad
Non-natives who wear
American Indian costumes are pretending to be someone of another
race. Just as wearing blackface is repugnant, appearing as a
stereotyped caricature of an American Indian is patently
offensive. Those who play “dress up” by wearing an American
Indian costume, headdress or war bonnet are not only failing to
acknowledge the existence of over 500 recognized native nations,
each separate and distinct from one another, they are making
light of centuries of suffering, oppression and genocide endured
by the indigenous people of this country. Enforcing racial
stereotypes of Native peoples as savages in nondescript feathers
and fringe also perpetuates the myth that American Indians are
not active members of modern society and questions our very
Perhaps the most
deplorable version of stereotypical American Indian ensembles is
the “sexy Indian” costume, a.k.a. the “Pocahottie.” Such
costumes, like the one Paris Hilton wore last Halloween, depict
Native women as sex objects to be desired by non-native men (and
perhaps women). Considering that American Indian women are 2.5
times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other race
of women, that one out of three of all American Indian women are
sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and that as many as 4 out
of 5 of these acts of sexual violence are committed by
non-native men, the very idea of perpetuating the image of
Native women as a sex object is reprehensible.
Activism is Taking Over
do we think when we hear the word activism? Maybe we immediately
think of somebody with their fist in the air, defiantly
persisting against something. Maybe we think of
protestors and demonstrators visibly making their point. Maybe
we think of angry people, better yet angry Indians, with loud
drums. Maybe we think of the Zapatistas or the Republic of
Lakotah. Whatever we consider activism, we are well advised to
consider it with an open mind.
This definition of
activism was pulled from the web: “Activism: a policy of
taking direct and often militant action to achieve an end,
especially a political or social one.” However, activism for
Indians requires an expanded definition as we cannot only think
of activism as an indigenous response to the attempted conquest
(occupation) of our land and minds. Indian activists are not
only pursuing ends within this system, such as equal rights,
access to religious sites, access to education, capital, etc.
Indians are also pursuing their own survival on their own terms.
When it comes to Indians, we recognize that our “activism” is
born out of an inherently free spirit; it is not always
reactionary. We are born with existing responsibilities for life
on earth, ceremonial and otherwise.
Indian commandos were out in the Iraqi desert. "I understand that
you Indians have brought your own indigenous survival equipment"
ventured their captain.
"Sir, I have brought an entire barrel cactus" said the Pima guy
proudly. "When I get too hot, I just cut off the top and take a
drink." The captain looked impressed.
Not to be outdone, the Pueblo guy said " Sir, I have brought the
sacred corn pollen. When I get too hot, I pray with it, and then it
rains". The captain looked even more impressed.
Not to be outdone the Pawnee guy said "I brought a car door off a
1959 Chevy Impala". "Why would you do that?" the captain asked.
"Well," said the Pawnee guy "when I get too hot, I just roll down
Poncas stole a hog, and put it on the front car seat between them.
Suddenly they hit a road block. Thinking fast, they disguised the
hog by putting sunglasses on it, and by tying a lady's scarf around
its head. The trick worked, and the deputy let them go.
"Don't that break your heart?" the deputy asked the sheriff as they
drove away. "Them two Ponca Indian boys .. out with that beautiful
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The Jewelweed plant has been
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a treatment for poison ivy, poison oak, bruises, burns,
cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains, warts, and
ringworm, and other plant induced rashes, as well as many
other types of dermatitis.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR- SOUND
Open Invitation of Diverse Faiths to the Moment
I've tried several ways to write this message, but there is too
much to say and it gets too long or complicated. Even
though I don't see an option (yet) of attending myself - I want
to thank you for the "open invitation" of the many diverse
faiths to the Moment celebrations on October 20 in Hot Springs.
I was truly surprised by the specific invitation. At first,
surprised at all the faith groups included ... since then,
reflecting on it. A few groups have been discriminated
against for centuries, and are still ostracized and attacked.
I've experienced this as well. Some often do not get along
in the same communities.
To see us all invited together with the specific invitation was
heartwarming - and a clear statement that we are part of
Creator. Saying that we matter even if society says we don't fit
in, or doesn't like us, or is afraid of us. I think that's what
I think that's a "take-away" message ..... we are all invited,
we are all welcomed - in safe space and acceptance. And if only
attending in spirit - we are welcomed at the Moment. That is
something that remains with me. Thank you. With gratitude
and respect, Kim Summermoon
20 More Letters to the
Manataka Sacred Grounds
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.
Click on the graphic above to read more...
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
Along the Path: Meditations and
Reflections on Life
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
Listen To The Wind is only
$10.00 and proceeds from this book go to the Manataka American
How High Do Eagles Fly?
The Rev. Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson
expresses a special relationship, being known and loved in a
unique way, being singled out. In our society our being chosen
always implies that others are not chosen. But this is not true
for God… In the Kingdom of God each person is precious and
unique, and each person has been given eyes to see the
chosenness of others and rejoice in it.” ~Henri
J. M. Nouwen
Albert Einstein could not speak
until he was four years old, and did not learn to read until
he was seven.
Beethoven’s music teacher said
that, “As a composer he is hopeless.”
When Thomas Edison was a young
boy, his teachers said he was so stupid that he could never
When F. W. Woolworth was 21, he
got a job in a store, but was not allowed to wait on
customers because he “didn’t have enough sense.”
Walt Disney was once fired by a
newspaper editor because he was thought to have “no good
Sometimes we have to look very hard
to see potential in others or ourselves. Each of us is uniquely
gifted, though. We all have something to contribute to the
Borrowing, Lending and Gifts
and to the point, a bit of LIGHT humor)
By Grandmother L.Cota Nupa Maka
fine line between borrowing and lending is often confused with the
gift of something.
been my lesson in life to be clear about my boundaries and make sure
the person I am gifting understands.
pose these few pointers on the subject for both givers, takers and
confused third parties.
most often in for a reason perhaps your birthday, an anniversary or
other occasions that may be celebrated with a gift.
come wrapped in pretty containers or bags that usually have a card
attached saying that it is indeed a gift.
this in mind we will move on to the other two subjects: lending or
borrowing, and confused.
1. In my house I
have a list of borrowers; this list holds those who borrow and
return the items in a timely fashion. Usually filled as a thank you
with the item that they borrowed for replacement. These people are
my top list ones and are the first to receive my give a ways.
ILLNESS and ACCIDENTS
Helen RedWing Vinson,
Memphis, TN did not have good news from the foot doctor.
Foot is severely
infected and where bones moved to the right from the toe amputation it
has caused bone infection again plus the open wound leg and foot wrapped
to the knee.. She goes back in a week to see if antibiotics worked if
not may be in hospital for a while and right side of foot be gone.
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,
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
"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
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.
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
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
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.
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