Volume XIX  Issue 09


Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow




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Rescuing the Daughter of the Sun from the Underworld

Cherokee Story

Mother 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 me.

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


Dear Human, Dear Borrower.


Yes I write ‘human and borrower’ because that is what we are.


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.


I wonder, are we humans waiting for some kind of miracle to happen, to sort out all our mistakes?  Read More...








Clay pottery 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


On 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 many lands."



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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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.



Aloe Vera
Anatomical knowledge





Astronomical observatories

Ball games (basketball)


Blue-green algae

Botanical gardens
Black walnuts





Carpentry techniques


Cataract removal

 Cedar shingles

 Chewing gum



Compulsory education

Copper metallurgy

Corn syrup


Daily bathing

Dental inlays (tooth fillings)


Disability rights


Egalitarian democracy

Federal system of sovereignty



Flotation devices (wetsuits)

Forest management


Gold plating



Herb gardens

Hockey (shinny)

Holistic medicine

Instant foods





Maple syrup

Metal foil


Oil wells (petroleum)



Personal freedom


Plant hybridization





Potato chips


Public health


Quarantine and isolation

Soil rotation

Straight pins

Stone Masonry techniques




Suspension bridges





Tooth Brushing

Trephination (brain surgery)



Weaving techniques

Women's rights
Written constitution


 For more on the subject, see The Myth of Western Superiority and Multicultural Origins of Civilization






"Our 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......





Sacred Sites 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.


“These projects, 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.


The Interior 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 forward.


Four more listening sessions are scheduled.


Related article:

Sacred Sites Listening Sessions Scheduled

Quechan Tribe Seeks to Halt Construction of Wind Factory on Sacred Land





Clearing Spaces, Clearing Vibration

By Christan Hummel


Obviously 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

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.


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. Read More...


Still Fighting the Toxic Giant - August 2012

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. Read More...


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.  Read More...


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.  Read More...


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 Nówâ-sa-lon, the hot springs.... Read More...


The Yamassee Indians  - July 2012
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!  


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.   Read More...


All My Relations  - 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.  Read More...


Return 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 lodge sealed. Read More...


LIES - Teachers Tell Us About Columbus  - June 2012
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...


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.  Read More...


Conscious Being - Part III - May 2012

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.


Controversial Indian Symbols on U.S. State Flags - September 2009 / Updated August 2012
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... - 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. Read More>>>


Destroying Indigenous Populations  -  February 2010 / Updated February 2012
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...


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


The Holy Mother of Manataka - January 2012

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...




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.  Read More...





U. S. Forest Service employees vandalize Native American town site

By: Richard Thornton


Employees of the United States Forest Service recently cut down over a hundred trees within a large archaeological zone to block a trail, long utilized by hikers to view an ancient volcanic vent hole and the massive Native American town site. This was apparently the agency’s "knee jerk" response to a nationally televised program on the Travel Channel, which praised the beauty and cultural significance of Track Rock Gap in Georgia.


Upon entering the offices of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in this booming city north of Atlanta, a visitor will soon see the motto of the United State Forest Service proudly displayed on a wall: “Caring for the Land and Serving People." The employees of this office are the stewards over 866,468 acres of federally owned land in Georgia. The agency is responsible for the maintenance and protection of several hundred archaeological and historical sites.    Read More...






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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 Creator.





as Pop Culture Phenomenon and the Perpetuation

of Offensive American Indian Stereotypes

By Ruth Hopkins


While the 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 of reasons.


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 existence.


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.    Read More...





Activism is Taking Over

By Chase Iron Eyes


What 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.   Read More....







Three 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 the window".



Two 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 white woman".






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Jewelweed Earns its Name


Jewelweed is truly a jewel among nature's bounty of healing medicine.  The Jewelweed plant has been used for centuries North American Indigenous people as a natural preventative and treatment for poison ivy and poison oak; and is a folk remedy for many other skin disorders.


Other Names:

Alegria del Hogar, Balsam-Weed, Balsamina foemina, Feng Xian Hua, Garden Balsam, Herbal Impatiens Balsamihal, Impatiens, Impatiens balsamina, Impatiens biflora, Impatiens capensis, Impatiens giorgii, Impatiens pallida, Impatiente, Jewel Balsam Weed, Jewel Weed, Quick-In-The-Hand, Silverweed, Slipper Weed, Speckled Jewels, Spotted Touch-Me-Not, Tou Gu Cao, Touch-Me-Not, Wild Balsam, Wild Celandine, Wild Lady's Slipper.

Poultices and salves from Jewelweed are a folk remedy that work.  The leaves and the juice from the stem of Jewelweed are used as 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.   Read More...






Open Invitation of Diverse Faiths to the Moment

Hello Manataka,

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 got me.

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


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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!






How High Do Eagles Fly?

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


“…Being chosen 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 learn anything.

  • 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 ideas.”


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 world.   Read More...





Borrowing, Lending and Gifts

(blunt and to the point, a bit of LIGHT humor)

By Grandmother L.Cota Nupa Maka


The fine line between borrowing and lending is often confused with the gift of something.


It has been my lesson in life to be clear about my boundaries and make sure the person I am gifting understands.


So I pose these few pointers on the subject for both givers, takers and confused third parties.


A gift most often in for a reason perhaps your birthday, an anniversary or other occasions that may be celebrated with a gift.


Gifts come wrapped in pretty containers or bags that usually have a card attached saying that it is indeed a gift.


With 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.   Read More..











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.  ~Bear 08-21-12


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. 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.


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