September 2013


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New Web Site:

During a retreat In March the Elder Council decided to install all new upgraded software and build an entirely new website from ground up -- over 2,640 web pages and nearly 10,000 printed pages.  The new website will be accessible by mobile devises and it will have a state-of-the-art shopping experience in the Manataka Trading Post and added security features. This task will take many weeks to complete but the result will enhance the Manataka experience for everyone.   In the meantime, the Smoke Signal will be small.


Volunteers needed to copy and paste web pages into WordPress.  Call 501-627-0555.


--Lee Standing Bear Moore



Strawberry Moon Women's Gathering


You are invited to attend and participate in the Strawberry Moon in New Hampshire in June 2014.


Support the elders and come to listen and learn as we hold our next woman's ceremony.


June is the month of the Strawberry and time for celebrating the love of women .  Grandmother Nupa Maka is well into her 80’s and will be sharing much wisdom. She has not held a Strawberry Moon in many years.


The Strawberry Moon is a Women’s gathering and it is at this gathering that the women “step up” in tribal status.  All young girls who have received their Moon-time, but have not yet been honored as women would be honored as such during this gathering.  Other changes in status -- becoming a mother, becoming a grandmother, becoming an elder --  would also be honored at this time.  This is a wonderful gathering to take a daughter or granddaughter to if they are of age for Moon-time but have not been honored in this way, so this is something to think about.   Grandmother Nupa Maka has special permission from the Iroquois nations to offer this ceremony to non-Natives and it is a special thing that she brings to strengthen the Women – all women. 


Contact: Grandmother Nupa Maka -




Monroe Loy Newest Manataka Elder


Monroe Loy was elected in May, 2013 to a well-deserved seat on the Elder Council of Manataka. Monroe Loy is a life-long resident of Manataka (Garland County, AR).  He graduated Lake Hamilton High School in 1983.  Monroe is a builder and creator. 

He started a career as a tool and die machinist in 1984 and quickly founded his own successful contracting business that achieved dozens of major commercial projects and military (USACE) projects over the past 26 years.  Currently, Mr. Loy is  plant manager for Innovative Equipment Solutions.

Monroe Loy has many loves (but only one close lady) and one of those loves are birds of prey.  As a licensed Falconer, anytime Monroe is not buried in his work at the plant, he is driving to an education or conservation program in Arkansas or tending to the needs of his own small flock.   As friends, pets and workmates Monroe's birds are important to him.

As the newest Elder, Monroe said, "I feel humbled and honored that the existing Council would value my service and input."

Mr. Loy does not claim any American Indian ancestry, but his heart and mind are indigenous as the beautiful hawks and eagles he raises.       


Royal, AR  71968




Elders Reaffirm MAIC Religious Status:

"The Manataka American Indian Council is by its nature, history and continuing practice a religious and spiritual institution," says a declaration signed by the Elder Council in March.   The Elders proclaimed that Manataka is a sacred place of worship and a center for spiritual growth and communion.  Elders emphasized that MAIC is a religious organization from its inception and is becoming a source of inspiration and enlightenment for all mankind.  "The Affirmation of Religious Status" declaration was signed by all nine elders.


Manataka Sacred Grounds project:  

Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens, a parkway, a small amphitheater and American Indian museum.  Everyone is excited!






Idle No More Actions:

Why Natives are at the Point of Outrage

©by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk

There are good reasons for Canada's Native people to be at the point where frustration, impatience and anger rush together in a blend of powerful emotions bordering on rage.

It is to the credit of Native people that they have adopted peaceful, non-confrontational tactics as they march across highways and bridges or gather in malls and city centers in flash mobs to let the nation know they will no longer accept the dictates of the federal government, that the time has come to compel Canada to abide by its treaty obligations and remove the shackles of the Indian Act.  Read More...





Adventures Living Off Rez

By Ruth Hopkins

I moved away from home two months ago for work. For the past six years, I’d been living on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate where I am enrolled. I’ve lived on reservations throughout the Dakotas my entire life. The only time I’ve lived off-reservation was when I was a college student. Still, college life takes place in a fish bowl. Since moving I’ve realized that I didn’t receive full-on exposure to life off rez until now.


How could things be so different for a Native family moving off the reservation to a city only an hour’s drive away?  You’d be surprised.  Read More...





Braiding of the Hair

By Grandmother Maka Nupa L Cota


The morning arrived sunny and bright as I hurried to load my Jeep. I packed my chair and other things including the drum and an over night bag.


Traveling over the river to Tina's that morning,  I looked over the Gorham dam and saw two of the  Eagles flying in the pale blue sky. Pulling off the road to watch,  I saw the larger Eagle join the two younger ones. I am so happy that the Eagles are back in our area. Some days they even fly over my house and have been nesting in this area for about ten years now.


Aware of the time I headed out to Tina's fully knowing she would not be ready yet. 







From Competition to Compassion

by Robert Francis


Stories of the Bear and more straight talk.  "...there has been talk and writing in recent years about the next leap in human evolution being a shift from competition to compassion..."


American Indian Petroglyphs and Pictographs by Ray Urbaniak

Ice Age Animals in Southwest Rock Art

Equinox Sunrise & Sunset Horizon Markers





Natural Medicine Scholarships for Manataka Members
Dr. Edward Sullivan, DC ND BD PhD, President of the Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine recently announced that IBEM will offer a full scholarship to a member of Manataka each year and four part-time scholarships to Manataka members each year, beginning this 2013 for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in natural medicine (Traditional Naturopathy and BioEnergetic medicine with a strong emphasis on American Indian healing and spirituality).


For those interested, contact Lee Standing Bear Moore, Secretary of MAIC for an application.

IBEM is located in Centennial, Colorado outside of Denver. IBEM is the first Doctoral program of Bio-Energetic Medicine (BD) in North America and is an accredited seminary of the Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations.  IBEM provides courses, certificates, and degrees in Traditional Naturopathy, Natural Medicine,  Auriculomedicine, Biofeedback, and Bioenergetic Medicine.  Dr. Sullivan is a new member of MAIC.

Two Names Placed in Nomination: 

There are three open positions for a four-year seat on the Elder Council.  Rev. Thomas Haley and Monroe Loy both of Hot Springs were nominated.  Confirmation hearings took place during the spring and Monroe Loy was elected to the Elder Council.  Rev. Haley will continue studies to become an Elder in 2014.


Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announced that more professional volunteer counselors are needed for the Manataka's free online program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues. There are education, professional experience and licensure  requirements.   Email:





Manataka's Summer YOUTH Books


A Basic Native/Iroquois Reading List



Tribal Flags -- 20 New Flags - Find Yours Now


2013 Native American Indian Music Awards









"There are many people who could claim and learn from their Indian ancestry, but because of the fear their parents and grandparents knew, because of past and present prejudice against Indian people, that part of their heritage is clouded or denied."  -- Joseph Bruchac, AbenakiI

There were many injustices done to Native people. Sometimes I wonder; why am I connected to the past injustices done to Indian people? Why am I so angry about the past? The Elders say our ancestors are alive within each of us. Therefore, I may experience anger and resentment inside of me because of the injustice done to them. The way I get rid of these past feelings is to forgive. It may be necessary to even learn to forgive the unforgivable.


Great Spirit, teach me the path of forgiveness; teach me the courage to forgive; teach me to let go. Give to me a forgiving heart.

Copyright of Coyhis Publishing and can also be found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons at  Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.





One with the Animals

By: Ray Urbaniak


During a recent visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and experiencing their strong commitment to animals I was reminded of an incident which happened 35 years ago.


I was in a bar in Florida and struck up a conversation with a Sioux Indian from South Dakota. He related that he was in Florida because he needed the work. As the conversation progressed he started to weep and said he “missed the animals”. I thought I appreciated animals but this deep connection to animals was something new to me. Native Americans refer to “All My Relations”, meaning we are all connected in the circle of life.  Read More...





New! American Indian Vietnam Veterans Flag


See 147 Authentic Tribal Flags









What-is-best for the child?

Cherokee Baby Veronica

and the Indian Child Welfare Act

by Lee Standing Bear Moore


“The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of this Nation to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children from their families and the placement of such children in foster or adoptive homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture, and by providing for assistance to Indian tribes in the operation of child and family service programs.” (Indian Child Welfare Act 25 U.S.C. § 1902)



According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 is Federal law that governs the removal and out-of-home placement of American Indian children. The law was enacted after recognition by the Federal Government that American Indian children were being removed from their homes and communities at a much higher rate than non-Native children. ICWA established standards for the placement of Indian children in foster and adoptive homes and enabled Tribes and families to be involved in child welfare cases.


For countless years this country has continually raided American Indian families and stolen their children in the name of

'"what-is-best for the child".   




Elders Speak


“The elders used to say that God is very thrifty because God does not like to throw anything away. Instead, God prefers to mend things. At the age I am now I know this to be true. I have had a broken heart, broken dreams, broken trust, broken spirit and a broken body. But each and every time, God has mended me. With patience and persistence, with a careful hand and a keen eye, God has put me back together, knit the pieces with the bond of love, restored them through grace, that I might once again be useful and help in my own fashion the healing of others. ~Retired Bishop, Steven Charleston, Choctaw



Truth Beckons is the title of a book by Randolph Kay as well as Mr. Kay’s website. The Four Agreements were written by Don Miguel Ruiz and is found his book of that title. These books can be found in the Spirituality, Self-Help, Anger Management, and New Age sections of the library or book store. I have not read the books, therefore I am not certain of the context in which the ‘Agreements’ are presented.  I do however believe that these are, as printed here, very sound advice and following them would generally bring very positive results. As a chaplain I am here for you both spiritually and pastorally. So, as you use these agreements remember:


“…fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10


The Reverend Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson, PhD

Manataka Elder of the East



Letters to the Editor

Voices of King Philip's War

Dear Staff of Smoke Signal News,


Thank you all who provide this most inspiring and educational service.  I am grateful for the privilege of receiving Smoke Signal News.  My best wishes to you all, and most especially to Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Moore, who so kindly read the manuscript and provided an enthusiastic commentary for my recently published collection of verse monologues, Voices of King Philip's War.  I am happy to report that the book has sparked much interest by many who had no previous knowledge of this tragic chapter in New England history.  If you could provide me with such information, I would like to know about possible opportunities to attend a retreat at the Manataka Center.  With my thanks and warm wishes for your continued good work,  --Faye George 



Women Drumming is Sacred

Dear Manataka,

I am a woman, Seneca and Creek/Cherokee and belong to a state recognized tribe.  I drum and refuse to be told that I cannot.  Drumming is sacred and spiritual and owned by no one but Creator and the mother- the earth.  I concur 100% with everything you have said.  It is the intent and spirit of the people drumming that make it special, not their gender.  I have yet to find anyone in the powwow circuit that can back up the "women can't drum" belief.  It is always a very nebulous and unverified response.  If Creator gave women the drum to give to the people, why then should she not be able to drum? That makes no sense.  Apparently, Creator gave the drum to woman as "he or she" trusted woman to respect the drum in the spirit it was gifted. -- Jan Frantz

Grandmother L. Cota Nupa Maka

Hello Manataka,

The Legacy by Grandmother L.Cota Nupa MakaI just finished this article and was impressed with the author. I too understand the value we have learned from our family members. I want to express my gratitude to Grandmother L. Cota Nupa Maka for her story we need to hear more stories like this to remember were we have come from and our purpose.  -- Sincerely, Dennis Nagel


African American Indian Ancestors

Dear Manataka,

I am African American grandmother and my ancestors some of whom were Cherokee Nation, my mother grew up in South Carolina along the Pee Dee River in early 1907.  Some of the same things you mentioned are amazing because my mother said the same. Cutting your hair on a full moon. (Hair Raising... A Spiritual Journey)


When your hair naturally changes colors, you are being elevated by GOD.  My mother had very long hair as a child half way down her back as well as some other women relatives but soon her crown of her hair began to get thinner as her hair changed colors. My hair has now changed colors as I am three score and six.  This is amazing information and I have attached a photo of myself with braids but not as long as my mom, who is now deceased. African descent hair seems not to grow as fast as other nations, but my mother always said that your hair is your glory. My ancestors were here in America as slaves and I have traced some as far back as 1825 living and thriving in and around the Pee Dee River with Native Americans.  Most ancestors were enslaved by the colonials at this time.  Thank you for your enlightenment!!!  I need to learn more… Sincerely,  Dolores Washington


Manataka will continue to send an light and enlightenment to Pee Dee River descendants.


Auroville, India

Dear Manataka American Indian Council and Fellow Peace Worker:

We at the Unity Pavilion in Auroville, India, would like to thank you for the work you are doing in the world to build more Peace and Unity for humanity and the Earth.  The growing number of individuals, groups, institutions, educational programs, and even government committees that are focusing more energy and attention towards creating Peace in the world is truly inspiring.  We at the Unity Pavilion are also contributing towards this great work in our own way, and would like to introduce the efforts that are being made in our part of the world.


The Unity Pavilion is situated in the International Zone of Auroville in southern India, an international  township of 2,300 people from 50 countries around the world dedicated to exploring and manifesting peace, human unity, and a transformation of consciousness through the collective work of building a city.  Included among the many diverse works and projects going on in Auroville is the building of an International Zone, where pavilions representing the various nations of the world will be built. The Unity Pavilion is the current center for this work, where people from all countries and cultures are welcome to share their unique cultural, spiritual, and national identities, while contributing towards their own future pavilions. All people of Goodwill are welcome to participate in this big project, which seeks to embrace humanity in all its diversity and find new ways to transform the consciousness of people around the world to establish peace and unity in all areas of life.

We believe that building more connections and relationships between all Peace-Workers in the world can have a powerful effect on transforming the conditions of our life and awakening humanity to the Greatness that can be achieved when we work together in Unity.  We appreciate you and your work and believe it will take all of our diverse ways of engaging Peace in the world to create the world we know and believe to be possible – a world of Peace and Human Unity.

We welcome the opportunity to network and collaborate with you, whether that be in spirit, sharing our stories, or in possible future collaborative projects.  There are many diverse ways to participate in Auroville and the International Zone, and learn from the work that is going on here; there are also many ways in which Auroville can learn and be assisted by you, your work, and your country.

If you would like to know more about the Unity Pavilion and the Hall of Peace, as well as Auroville and the International Zone, please see our website at:  Or contact us by email at

As your Friend in Peace, we wish you well in all your endeavors as you continue to lay the Foundations for a World of Peace.  As this project of Auroville and the Unity Pavilion is not simply our project, but a Work that belongs to all of Humanity, we welcome your sharing, participation, or well-wishes in the future.  Thank you!

In Peace and Sincerity,

Noel Parent, Shivaya, and Jaya
On behalf of the Unity Pavilion Team


Manataka will send an emissary to Auroville, India with prayers and good tidings.


Syrian Refugees in northern Jordan


Dear Friends and Colleagues at Manataka:

On August 13, 2013, I returned from spending 40 days living with Syrian Refugees in northern Jordan.  Thirty days of that time I lived with a Syrian family at the desert death camp of Zaatari.  During that time I provided medical first aid assistance and used my status as an American to help the people deal with the way they are treated by those who run the camp.

The reason for this note is to ask you to take a minute and contact President Obama about the crimes against humanity which are occurring every day by the Assad Regime.  Two days ago, more than 10,000 were victims of poison gas, and more than a thousand, mostly children, died.  Add to this the use of Hezbollah and Iranian soldiers who routinely rape, torture and murder civilians, and you can understand that the fascist government of Assad must be ended as quickly as possible.

I do not advocate American soldiers on the ground.  However, with our technology and advanced weapons, we and our allies, can end the war in hours and days rather than months and years.   Do not be fooled by the propaganda that this is just a sectarian war of Sunni vs. Shia, and that the opposition forces are terrorists.  The propaganda is the Big Lie and the opposition is fighting for a secular democracy.  The handful of fanatical Islamists do not represent the Revolution, nor do they represent the future of Syria and the Middle East.  Just as Bloody Bill Anderson and Quantrill of our Civil War did not reflect the Confederacy, neither do these violent individuals represent the Syrian Opposition.


Please take a minute to contact Pres. Obama and urge him to take immediate action to end Assad's cruel and genocidal war against innocent civilians.  With great power, comes great responsibility.  Thank you.  Richard Walling.

PS.  The photo attached was taken at Zaatari two weeks ago.  The little girl in the cast was one of the people I helped with medical attention.  She went from being a reclusive, silent child to a happy little three year old by the time I left.  I was "Uncle Richard".

Manataka continues to send emissaries to the Middle East with prayers and good tidings to all the people.


Growing in Spirit

Hello Manataka, 
I have been studying different religions for a while, trying to understand people and the world better.  Sometimes various lessons and insights will come to me - old reminders or folklore that my grandmother told me as a child. Then I realize how much wisdom was in what she told me as I observe and build on that knowledge.

Is it normal, as I get older, that I listen more to the insights and dreams I receive, and less to the established media and mass consciousness (fear-based). I've been talking to my animals and spiders, talking to lots of insects, plants, trees, many things. I talk to the wind also, the rain, to storms. It is not so strange to me, it is all living, flowing energy. Being an activist for children and families. Speaking out against families and corporate corruption. Protesting GMOs and the corporate beast Monsanto.

Mostly vegan, although i occasionally eat chicken or fish.

It does not seem deliberate on my part, seems a gradual process as I get older. Not a religion. I don't know what it is. A spiritual way of living. Unfolding - spirits, plants, dreams.

We went on a boat this week and a powerful lightning storm hit. Everyone else was watching dolphins. I was filming the black storm clouds, recording streaks of lightning - beautiful! I was very happy. No offense to the dolphins.   --Love  Kim W. PA

Art by Jim Springett


Spring is Coming

Pond side anticipation

Ancients of the Ancients

Buffalo strength and healing



SNEAK PEEK Cherokee Nation of Mexico website.


Saturday, October 5, 2013 Noon-midnight

West Valley College 25th Annual Powwow
West Valley College, 1400 Fruitvale Ave.  Saratoga, CA 95070
Free Admission
All Cultures & Ages Welcome



Ramapough Powwow 2013

Saturday, September 14 at 11:00am - Sunday, September 15 at 5:00pm in EDT

Ringwood Manor N.J.