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Thanks for Birth Record Changed

Dear Manataka,


To all my brother's and sister's: I would like to thank all of you, I have been under the weather for a while and I just wanted to say to Chief Standing Bear and the rest of the leaders of Manataka thank you all.  I called up on you when I needed help to have my blood race changed in the state of Virginia and my birth record now reads that my father and mother are Indian. Thank you Manataka. ~Bruce Deer Fording Stream Hartford


Eating Bugs is Good

Hi Manataka:

I have a friend that has an apple tree. She told me the apples are full of earwigs and earwig larva. They are a smallish apple mostly green with some red.


I know we have lots of bugs in our processed foods already that we are eating here in the US. I also know the protein tends to be high quality and low fat.


I was wondering if I made apple sauce with these apples only coring them and washing them but purposefully leaving any earwig larva in the mix. Would my finished apple sauce have a higher content of protein and, well what do you think would the larva add enough protein to this apple sauce to make it most of the protein for a given meal? What of earwig larva? Do you know if its a tasty one? Seems to me an easy way to add some protein with some apples I could get for free. My Mother used to add some little red candies called "Red Hots" to her apple sauce, she said it gave it just the correct amount of sweetner and a pretty red color. I tend to add cinnamon to my apple sauce and with the apples turning brown my apple sauce in the past was a brownish color not like the pretty mild yellow commercial apple sauce is. I sometimes have added sugar with it was needed sometimes not. These apples are so small I think peeling them would a pain so I think I would most likely clean them core them and then food process them down a lot, cook it, taste it add sugar or maybe the red hots like Mom used to then when it tasted best can it. What are your thoughts on this and these apples?  E. Leed


Wars not in the name of God


Dear Manataka and Elder Wilcoxson;


Many people believe in the redeeming powers of sacrifice as long as someone did it 2000 years ago. Jesus came into this world to bring God's moral values onto this world and to show us the way to the kingdom of heaven. It is written in the new testament on how to get there. He is not talking about earthly egotistical apparatus that so governs the world today but rather the spirit inside you yet to be discovered by so many.


Pastor Rocher talks about “MY” Cree people and all this time I thought that everyone was a child of GOD.


Native Spirituality is a way of life that was practiced long before the Bible was introduced to the aboriginal people and to think that someone was coming to show them who GOD is nothing more than a big laugh.


Take for example Jacob’s ladder where he sees angels coming down from heaven to earth or visa versa. This means that we do not have to have an earthly death to achieve this. Native people have traveled back and forth to the Spirit world since time memorial using their ceremonies. These ceremonies were eventually outlawed due to lack of understanding and ethnic groups thought that their Religion(s) was the absolute truth.


What makes any person think that the holy Spirit is only on their side when the Native people believe that the holy spirit resides in all living things here on earth including the pastor who thinks that the holy spirit maybe invited into their lives bringing the people in a right relationship, a Biblical re-birth so to speak.


When are going to learn that Jesus never preached from a holy, catholic and apostolic church and that he said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”


Let’s start within ourselves and try to understand what Jesus means when he says that the kingdom of God is within all of us. Lets start by loving, forgiving, understanding one another before we think that our religious beliefs are better than the guy next door and enforcing it without completely understanding it ourselves.


In conclusion, of all the wars that took place……………were they not always in the name of GOD. ~ Norman Cheezo


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Gearing up to The Moment

Hello Manataka,


We know full well how busy you are with gearing up to The Moment. Even if I am not there in person, I will be there holding hands in spirit. No distance divides us in spirit. It is going to be a very momentous occasion another big decisive push towards mankind's leap into a new consciousness. How wonderful to think you read a few words of my book before sleep. Many Blessings,  Kirsten Bolwig, England

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.

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


Origin of North Eastern North American Indians

Critic of article written by Ed (Eagle Man) McGaa, JD, Teton Oglala

Dear Editor,


Actually recent linguistic studies have shown that the Algonkian peoples, at least, which comprise the vast majority of the northeastern "tribes", migrated from east to west. Also recent research based on the Clovis points indicate that the makers of the Clovis points were first located in North America along the east coast and then migrated westward. The Clovis point has been traced to France and surrounding parts of Europe, indicating that the makers of the Clovis points originated in western Europe and migrated to the North American east coast, then migrated westward from there.


Also the writings of the early European explorers and settlers, including those of William Penn, describe in great detail the physical similarities of the "indigenous peoples" of eastern North America to southern Europeans - in particularly the Italians and other Mediterranean peoples.


Modern biological studies have shown close genetic similarities between the eastern Native Americans to western European peoples.


So the idea of the west to east migration is all but abandoned now in relation to the eastern "tribes"; the eastern "tribes" (particularly the Algonkian peoples) are genetically and physically most similar to western Europeans - particularly southern or Mediterranean Europeans.


There is absolutely no basis what so ever in modern scientific research to support the descendency of the eastern "tribes" from Mongol, Asian, or Scandinavian origins. In fact, modern research has shown these long held beliefs to be completely false.

Also, while I have read and enjoyed Vine Deloria's writings, I have also found no reason to place much stock in his "facts". After reading his books, and doing some research into his own background and history, I have found that Mr. Deloria is in fact many of the very things he ridicules and condemns. He also has shown little knowledge and understanding of the history and cultures of the eastern peoples, while he ridicules and condemns people who make claims or statements which are accurately founded in the histories or cultures of the eastern peoples. Whether Mr. Deloria is a hypocrite or simply ignorant of the histories and cultures of non-Lakota peoples, or a combination of both, I will not judge, I will leave the judging to others. I simply relate the facts. ~ Bob Mèsoxwentëme Davis, Tennessee


Manataka Supportive to the Yamassee Tribe


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 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 "Proudly presents"   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 ~ Office of the Principal Chief


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Hello Manataka Editor,

I am Gary Thundercloud Ford and this has been long over due. I thank you very much for for this article. ~ Gary


Dear Editor,


Please remove me from your mailing list. I didn't realize this "Indian' News letter was ran by a bunch of Christians! ~ T.J.

Hello T.J.

Sorry, Manataka is not ran by a “bunch of Christians”. We do present, not represent, many theologies across the world. Simply because we sometimes present a Christian viewpoint, does not make us Christian. It accepts and acknowledges the fact that most American Indians are also Christian.


A comprehensive survey was taken last year among tribes in the lower 48 states and it was discovered that a vast majority of tribal leadership across the country are Christians. Thus, non-Christian Indians are rare. The largest American Indian media outlets, Indian Country Today, Indianz.Com, Aboriginal Voices Radio, and The Native Voice ran thousands of stories involving American Indians and Christianity over the years.  It would be very odd and artificially bias to ignore the Christian faith among American Indians today.


When a person closes their mind and heart to any viewpoint, that person places themselves inside a box, an artificial prison of their own making. We know you do not want to be that type of person. An American Indian is one who accepts and respects all faiths, races and nationalities.  Thank you. ~Editor

The Power of Truth

Dear Manataka,

I am sorry to intrude with this question if not appropriate. As I face some challenging circumstances, it would bring me some comfort to receive guidance from you on this matter. Are you able to discern through vision or knowing if I am part Cherokee? I would so much like to know for my mother's sake, not for status, etc. Truth is power transcendent of the world's illusions of power over me. And so I ask you for empowerment. If it is not true, no matter, as in my heart to love everyone as family. My mother taught me this at a young age. Thank you for your time. Paula K.


Hello Paula,

“Truth is power transcendent of the world's illusions of power over me.”   Truth is within you. It is within your soul and DNA. The Spirit of you already knows its power over the non-reality of this world. Eons before the Spirit of you decided to have the experience of human existence, you knew the freedom of empowerment given to you by the Creator. Long after the Spirit of you ascends after the human experience, you will again know the freedom of empowerment. The confusion and distractions of this world need not be a veil blocking the power of your spiritual freedom. Go in silence and stillness to that place within, that holy place of your Spirit, and dwell in peace. The Spirit within you will reveal all that is. The matter of your ancestral Tsalagi blood linage is one path among many. With Love and Respect, ~Editor


Standing Bear's Dream


Hi there, again Manataka!

It's the one called Marta again. I read about Standing Bear's dream and the funny thing is, a month or so ago, I had a dream with a bear in it as well, and for some strange reason, even though it was not very symbolic or prophetic and I respect that your time is not meant for such silly things, I feel the urge to tell it to you.

I was asleep in a white room with a white bed with white sheets. I woke to see a very large brown bear next to my bed. I was frightened and thought he may eat me up, so I opened up the can of dog food that appeared in my hand and gave it to him. While he was eating it, I left the room quickly, opened up the front door of the white house to make it look as if I had left, and then went back to hide in the white closet. After I had heard him leave, I crept out of the closet and closed the front door.

That was it. And I must say, I was a bit ashamed of my reaction of fear instead of talking to him and asking him why he had come, but that was how it happened, so I cannot change it.

So, I humbly apologize taking up your time with triviality this time, but something wont let me not write about it to you.

Next time, I hope to philosophize with you again with deeper truths, but that is how life is - sometimes deep and sometimes shallow, and this time it's just a funny thing.

In deep thankfulness and respect for you being here and so patient.  ~Marta G.


Animal Spirits Connecting

Hi Manataka
Hi my name is Jennifer I found out from long lost family my heritage and what this means to me. I am Apache and Armenian. I am very exited but wish to know more of my tribe such as family colors let me know more or were I can find such information. I think I connected with my animal spirit. 3 times in my life I made contact with a snake. at 5 a rattle snake didn't bite me but made physical contact. my grandfather Joe C Ramos remembers that's as well as I. at 25 another snake in Griffith Park wrapped on my feet. then recent I went to Grand Canyon AZ and a king snake made physical contact 3 moments of my life changes this last time was in regards to finding my birth father who I find is Armenian. So wild, but very intrigued questions and mysteries answered. I want to continue my journey for the better as life is beautiful. ~Jennifer R.


Monacan Drum Maker's Gift to Manataka's Women


Hello Manataka Friends,

I am a drum maker and would like to begin making drums for the women The women's drums will be big with only one head instead of two like the drums that men claim belong to them. send an Email back to me at this is a very secure email address please write it down I would like for you to receive this first women's drum.  With Great Respect

David Michael Branum, Monacan Indian Tribe member.


Tribal Termination Act

Dear Manataka,

To whom it may concern:  I am a Navajo Indian that was purposely displaced by the United States Government's "Termination Act" of the 1950". Many of our Indian People of the "Baby Boomers" era only know what this Government act did to our Indian People. Our children and grand children do not know.  They must know.


While searching for information on the Internet, I found your website. In addition, I found an interesting article written by a person named, Helen Red Wing Vinson. Her thoughts are right aligned with mind about the apparent existence of the Department of the Interior's lack of concern for the best interest of our Indian people.

I have filed an Appeal against the Bureau of Indian Affairs for not serving our Indian people with proper information in executing the 1948 Indian right of Ways Statue. Appeal is in the Interior Board of Indian Appeals in Arlington, Va. AIPRA is next in line.

I like to talk with someone in your Organization further about this.  ~Patrick A.


Helen Redwing Vinson did not write the article, she only submitted the article.


Josie Fernandez is No Leader

Dear Manataka

The more research that I do the more I believe that Josie Fernandez is the problem. She is more than just a soldier taking orders. The government would be happy if everyone believed that there was never an Indian any place on this continent.  You once wrote that you believe that Josie Fernandez, Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park, is not the source of the problems the people of Hot Springs are experiencing with the National Park.


There is a degree to which we agree with your assessment of Josie’s role in the overall issues. However, she is a zealot who has often displayed her political and religious bigotry on many levels and thus, removes herself from the position of the obeying soldier to one of purifier dictator. The former superintendent of twenty years was a fair and open-minded person who neither encouraged nor discouraged ceremonies on sacred grounds. He did not displace or remove Indian artifacts and public displays. He never publicly denounced and belittled Manataka. Josie has gone well beyond the call of duty and therefore becomes the renegade wearing a uniform.  Your response to her shenanigans must be in concert with our faith and the sacred grounds on which we stand. 


As a prominent business leader in Hot Springs, a Catholic and a new member in the Manataka American Indian Council, I advocate legal action.  I will contribute the first thousand dollars to the war chest.  ~John 





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