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Help 3-month old Wade Smith


To my Brothers and Sisters in the Native American Community:


This is an unusual letter in that I have never sent one like this before. I am asking for help for one of our smallest members. Wade (Wes) Smith is the son of Chief Mel Charlton-Smith and Mike Two Wolves Smith—a Tribal Council member. Wes is 5 years old and was born with Williams Syndrome and with only one hand. He has had numerous health problems during his short life including heart surgery at age 3 months. Last Thanksgiving, Wes was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with acute kidney failure. After months of treatment and repeated hospitalizations, his kidneys have all but completely failed. He will shortly begin dialysis (rough on any 5 year old) and the prognosis is not good unless he has a kidney transplant. Even with insurance, a kidney transplant is a very expensive proposition and Mel and Mike need all the help they can get. In order to fund this transplant, Mel and Mike have established a fundraising campaign in Wes’ honor with HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been

working with the transplant community for nearly 30 years.


If you can make a donation—or if you can help with fundraising, you can learn more by visiting Wes’ fundraising page. Go to and type Wade Smith in the "Find a Patient" section on the home page. This will give you more information about Wes and show you the many ways you can help to give this dear child a future. Thank you for your consideration. September 17, 2012


Wayne Gray Owl Appleton, Ph.D. Principal Chief.

Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia

Office of the Principal Chief

8959 Union Ridge Road

Lesage, WV 25537


Women and the Drum

Hello Manataka:


I have always been told that women were allowed on the drum. There was never a question of it. My husband and I built a drum and at our first pow wow, a woman (how sad is that), said that if we drummed the other drum (Cherokee) would leave, the vendors would leave, there would be no powwow. She said we had to get back to tradition. The arena director came over to deliver the message. I told him, first of all, if she has a problem with me, she needs to come and talk to me directly. Secondly, women in my tribes are welcome at the drum ( I am Narragansett, Pequot, and a few others mixed in).

The arena director gathered the head man, head lady, head vet, and an elder who happened to be a vendor. They all said (including the Cherokee drum)...She can play , it is fine with me.  And we played, and we sang, and we had a wonderful time of healing energy.

My ancestors were tribal leaders, medicine women, and did everything the men did. Northern style drums have women on the drums, and it is about time that people realize that "no women to touch the drum" is NOT the tradition. We do however keep women off of the drum when they are on their moon.   Thanks for that great article!!  ~Peshaui Wequashimese


A Saponi Indian from the Ohio/Penn


Dear Manataka;

My name is Rebecca Greaney and I live in New Hampshire. I have a great (x4) grandmother named Sophia, aka Snow. She was a Saponi Indian from the Ohio/Penn area and spoke the Siouan language. She was sent to an Indian orphanage because her parents and brother got sick with cholera & died while traveling west during the very last years of the Indian Removal Act (1854). She was 7 years old. After being moved from family to family, she ran away. She was found living by the tracks by a train man (Mr. Allen) while working the Cleveland-Toledo Railway, and after begging his wife to take her in, he gained Snow's trust by giving her water and eventually convinced her to go with him to his home. What is unfortunate is how Snow became "white" in the eyes of the US government, in which she was taught to be a domestic servant. But my grandparents taught me about Grandma Snow and the native ways. I can never prove any of this, except the bits and pieces I found in old census records. All of what I know is what I was taught by my grandparents. Snow and her family may have been originally traveling to Missouri before taken away to the orphanage.  Anyway, that is my story. I have always been taught by society not to talk about it, but I am deeply proud of my Native heritage, and extremely interested. I am not looking for any type benefit, just a hello to my ancestors' descendants.

Thank you so much,  ~Rebecca Greaney


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Pocahontas Question

Hello Manataka,

Loved the article, as a child I was taught that she had been only a child when she intervened for John Smith. Disney twisted things too much , i believe, in order to sell tickets and market toys. But I digress from my question.  What became of Thomas Rolfe? is there any record of him marrying and starting a family of his own or what he did for a living? Just curious. Thanks.~ Tina Hill

Thomas Rolfe (January 30, 1615 – 1680) was the only child of Pocahontas by her English husband, John Rolfe. His maternal grandfather was Wahunsunacock, the chief of Powhatan tribe in Virginia.  Thomas Rolfe commanded the English Fort James in 1644 and later became a landowner and planter.

The Moment…..29 Years In the Making!

Hello Manataka,

Have you ever had a vision that haunted you for years?  I have. In l983, I was living in Los Angeles.  One sunny day I drove north to Malibu along the Pacific Coast Highway.  Perhaps it was merely “highway hypnosis” but I had a strong and clear vision of more than 1000  healers wearing robes in rainbow colors focused in a big arena  around giant crystals.  They were gathered for healing and peace and there was a sound and light show as well.    My vision was strong and compelling.  I began to tell friends and even tried to find a way to make it happen.  I regretfully realized it was the wrong time, wrong place, and beyond my abilities to manifest.     


Eventually I left LA,  moved to Mexico,  and then bounced through five more states before settling in Ohio about 18 years ago.  From time to time, I’d remember that vision, and shrug.  “What was that about?”  “What did it mean?”  Then I’d let it go again, like a sleepy dream.


Two years ago, I hosted a Lightworker Convention near Little Rock, Arkansas.  During my travels, I had become fascinated with Hot Springs, even purchasing land in the area.  While preparing our convention, I was introduced to Lee Standing Bear, the head of the Manataka American Indian Council.  He is a remarkable, eloquent elder of his tribe and I was delighted that he accepted my invitation to be a guest speaker at our convention.  Lee Standing  Bear  held the entire group spellbound as he shared his life story, including experiences as a soldier, and keeper of the culture and traditions of his nation.  He also spoke powerfully in support of the earth and urged us to help protect her.  We were inspired and heartened by his presentation.   


Fortunately we kept in touch.  Several months ago, Bear told me a vision he had experienced the previous year.  It was vivid and he felt compelled to bring it to pass.   Would I help?   I was amazed to discover how similar it was to my earlier vision in California.  I saw that Bear’s vision was much more developed.  Instead of 1000 healers, he envisioned a minimum of 8844 people holding hands around Manataka Mountain in Hot Springs. He was shown the date of October 20th, 2012.  It was to be called “The Moment.”   Everyone would be gathered in seven groups, wearing a different color in each.  After the assembled people held hands and prayed for peace and harmony on earth, they would then sing, play instruments and celebrate joyously.  Our  purpose was to help Birth the Feminine Spirit on Earth.


I instantly signed on and became a member of the communications committee.  Part of my duties are to share this message with folks worldwide.  I began to connect the dots and realized that my vision of crystals in the center of the circle was actually   Manataka Mountain herself!  She is full of quartz crystals.  (If you are familiar with Hot Springs, Manataka Mountain is the big hill behind Bath House Row.)  The Moment is my earlier vision on steroids!  The mountain stretches about seven miles at the base.  When 8844 or more of us have lined up holding hands, a signal will be given and all together will joyfully sing  in celebration.  Local churches are participating  and  tribes from around the world, (even  from Australia)  will be in attendance.  There will be a World Drum Presentation as well.  Furthermore, groups around the world will  hold events in their areas joining our purpose.  A documentary film is being made of The Moment.  Best of all,  the various activities of the Moment are free to all who attend.  Families are welcome!


There is historical evidence that Mayans traveled up from Mexico to Manataka Mountain in centuries past for celebrations.  Now it is our turn.  If you are one of those  who feels drawn to The Moment, please join us.  All the details you need are available on our website:


I’ll be there, as part of the red group.  It only took 29 years for my vision to bear fruit.  There is no way I’d miss it.  I hope

you feel the same!  ~Linda Schiller-Hanna, Counselor, Medina, OH


Tests Confirm Oil Came from BP Spill


Dear Editor,

I realize this is mass media (AP), although it is from the Huffington Post ....  But I still found it interesting. Unfortunately they are still

calling the disaster an "oil spill" - sad way to minimize what really happened. Nature and the ocean do seem to reveal humanity's atrocities, even when we think they've gone away.


"Tests Confirm Oil Came from BP Spill"

Every time I see a BP Shell commercial, I cringe inside. I'm not from the South, never been south (unless Florida counts). But my dreams about the disaster were bad enough.  I hope to visit New Orleans some day - not for the ritzy stuff, but for the bayous and the history. New Orleans fascinates me and I don't know why.  ~ Kim Summermoon


Save Pe'Sla


Dear Manataka,

This story ..... I don't know what it is about the month of August 2012 - but it has been insanity all over. Thank you for posting this story and giving it "airtime" .....  I don't even know what to say. It is wrong. They should not have to defend or explain their clear and full right to the land.   It is pure insanity.   Thank you for making us all aware of their plight. We are all one blood, one people, walking one Earth Mother.   With love and respect, Kim Wilson


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Hello Manataka Editor,

I am a 60 yr. old elder, Native/French. I have tried to follow the "Jesus Way" for a long time. I try to live my life in such a way as to bring honor to Him and Creator. IT has been more than difficult at times but I've tried to stay true to my native ways of glorifying Him and His Son (First Born of Life). Thank you young brother for writing what you did and the way you explained the similarities just made my spirit jump for gratitude for Great Spirit. Your young blood and fresh ideas are very much needed in the Native Communities. Wado, ~Two Wolves


Dear Editor,

Thank you for all your hard work. I am thinking that the quicker mankind realizes that we created religion the faster we can grasp that since we created it then we can also improve it making it better and better. I found your article because I was thinking about how to improve religion through real experience such as spirit guides. Very well written and exceptional bible knowledge. ~Tammy Johnson




Dear Manataka,

The Only Reconciliation we are to Have is with God and his Holy Spirit. The main problem in this message is that Christianity is not a religion and it never was.  It started with people who actually left their religion behind! The Word Christianity meant no religion.  Now that word has lost its meaning.  If you have a Religion, then you don't have Jesus, since he is not a Religion, he is a person. Jesus is who we are becoming/ and the MOMENT we are all Waiting for is when we become one with who we were born again to be Jeusus. That is the MOMENT we are all waiting for.  When we wake up to who we are in the Spirit.   Listen to the Video  Blessings  ~ Terry Mosely and Star


Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson:

The exhumation of a monster


Hi there Manataka!

Had a friend send me your blog piece:  Show me the Creek version of Tohopeka! I've spent 37 years researching and verifying my project from Desoto to Trail of Tears and I've met with the people at the Hermitage. The Creeks won't talk to me.   I saw the production of BBAJ in Nashville and Jon Meacham stood up and corrected the errors. The piece is a parody, not meant to be accurate and yes, I've talked to the author.  I can nail him to the cross, but nobody will listen. Send me an agent or publisher.   Alex Brandau III   Nashville, TN

P.S. Yes, HSB was a massacre, duh! Just like 200 years ago, they don't want the truth and won't allow it to be told.


Eagle Feather Case -- A Fight for Freedom


Dear Friends:

Well, here we go again. It all started back on March 8th I believe, when we went to court for our lawsuit against the Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service. Both parties agreed to come back to settle the issue on June 8th. Then the Fish and Wildlife Service moved the hearing to July 6th. But right before we got to that date, they moved it one more time to August 10th. Well a few days before August 10th we got word that they had moved the hearing one more time to August 29th. I'm not sure what is going on since the lawyers for the Department of Interior told us they could settle the issue in less than a week back on March 8th. Then the judge asked our lawyers and the lawyers of the Department of Interior if they could be ready for June 8th and they all agreed that this was more than enough time. I guess they are playing with our emotions again.


So I am writing for prayer. Unless they change the hearing again, we will be in court on August 29 at 4:00 PM at the Federal Court Building on the corner of Business HWY 83 and Bicentennial Blvd in McAllen. I know it is all in God's hands so keep our lawyers, Marisa Salazar and Milo Colton in prayer as we go to court one more time over the issue of Religious Rights violation. This is not a criminal court case. That was settled back when this case first got started March 11, 2006. We feel that the United Stated federal agents overstepped their bounds when they came and harassed several of our dancers at our pow wow six and a half years ago. So on behalf of Mike Russell, myself and all of our Indian community, we ask you to pray for us as we seek to restore what was once rightfully ours.


If you are in the McAllen area and would like to attend the hearing, you are welcome to join us. The hearing is at 4:00 PM. Make sure you come early because you do have to go through security. Also no cell phones, cameras and recording devices are allowed in the court room so make sure and leave those behind in your cars. As far as dress is concerned, the court does not allow shorts or t-shirts in the court room so dress appropriately. If you cannot make it, please take a little time and share a prayer or two for us on August 29th at 4:00 PM.


God bless and thanks for your prayers and support.

Robert Soto Pastor and Vice Chairman of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas


Native American Spirituality: Freedom denied


Hello Manataka Friends,

I just finished reading your online article "Native American Spirituality: Freedom denied" and I almost agreed with everything you wrote. Thank you for expressing that article so eloquently. If the clans of the First Nations people banded together, oh what a formidable force it would be. I walked with a full blood, Dakota Sioux man, who was a ceremonial Sun dance Chief. These old ways run in my being, the big drum, the honoring... it's all part of me. But I'm a non Native.

I don't know if you're familiar with Elsa Barker who wrote "Letters from a living dead man" but in there, it said that many Native souls were born again in other races, so they wouldn't be so easily eliminated. These books were done through automatic writing. A good read, available on line for free. Blessings on your walk, ~Rose

Is Josie Fernandez a Devil?

Dear Manataka,

I read comments of one reader in the last Smoke Signal Letters to the Editor that sparked my interest in the so-called superintendent of the Hot Springs National Park.  So over the past month I assembled a great deal of information about this Cuban devil who finds pleasure in causing problems for the people of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Your worries are over!  The key to her defeat is ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........  ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........ ..... ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ............. ....... ......   .......  ...  .... ..... ...... ........  ~Col. David .........., Washington, D.C.



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