October 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


Progress slow on this project in September -- organizing and training.  Launch to be scheduled soon.



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. 

Grandmother Nupa Maka -





Sisters of the Mountain

By Linda Bear Heart Woman Speaks VanBibber


While walking on the Manataka Mountain, Rainbow Woman has asked me “Where are the women?" About a month before the Moment event last year in October, a psychic told me:  "The Spirit of the mountain wants to know “Where are the women?"


The night before the Moment event I asked for women to go the sacred grounds to drum and open the energy for the Moment.  The women responded.  We packed all the women who volunteered into a few cars and when we gathered in a circle, Rebecca Flaming Owl counted 13 women total.  The number of the Moons; the number of sections on the shell of Turtle; the sacred number of the Women.  It was dark and we could not see each other well.  But we were Sisters and we had responded to the Spirit of the Mountain. 


I had been told that the Mountain would tell us what she wanted us to do.  We drummed.  And we prayed.  We set the intentions for the energy that would be raised the following day.  We set intentions for peace, for brotherhood and sisterhood.  We set intentions for Manataka, for our country and for our planet.  We also set intentions for our families and friends. Then we whooped.  And we hugged, as women do.  


It was a good thing.  It was a powerful thing, this gathering of the Women, Sisters on the Mountain. I want to thank these women, most of whom I would not recognize if I saw them now.  And there is something very special about that anonymity: we are the faceless power of love moving in the darkness.  The power that moves the events of day.  We are the Women.  Aho. 





Where Words Mean as Much as Objects


Four years ago, the American Museum of Natural History agreed to return to the Apaches 77 objects from its collection, including headwear, feathers, bows and arrows, medicine rings and satchels containing crystals and charms. 


But none of the items have gone back because of an unusual, if persistent, disagreement with representatives of the Apaches over whether the museum will officially designate the items as sacred relics that should never have been taken. Read More...






Snow White Apples...

One bite and all your dreams will come true


Soon Snow White may not be the only one with reason to be concerned about apples. 


A new genetically engineered Arctic Apple® could be approved to enter our food supply as early as December, and, like other GMO foods, it won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing.


Apple growers and consumers say they don’t need or want this GMO apple, but it will soon be in everything from baby food to school lunches to Happy Meals, posing risks to our health, our environment and apple farmers across the United States. Baby food companies are one of the largest buyers of apples, and Gerber is one of the world’s largest baby food companies.  Gerber has stated that it doesn't currently use GMO fruits or vegetables in their baby food.  Until now that's been easy because there weren't any staple GMO fruits or vegetables, like apples, on the market.

Please help send a strong message to Gerber: keep GMO apples out of baby food.   Read More...






Tuluwat Memories (observance)

Remembering a Massacre
By Allie Hostler

EUREKA, Calif.—A flock of Aleutian geese in a "W" formation flew directly over more than 100 people just after they prayed. A wave of "a-a-h-h-s" and an occasional holler swept through the gathering. Wiyot Tribal Chairwoman Cheryl A. Seidner called it a sign.

Geese fly over every year during the Indian Island candlelight vigil to commemorate a 146-year-old massacre of Wiyot people, Seidner told the crowd.

The ancient village of Tuluwat, or Indian Island, is where as many as 200 Wiyot people—mostly women and children—were slain while they were sleeping in the early morning hours of Feb. 26, 1860, by Eureka settlers. Wiyot people regularly traveled to the village, a ceremonial site. Typically ceremonies would last 10 days, but in 1860 it was cut short.  Read More...


Akwesasne Mohawks Expelled

from the Mushhole and Other Bad Memories

By Doug George-Kanentiio

I was a student at the Mohawk Institute (a.k.a. the "Mushhole" for its unique brand of watery porridge) in Brantford, Ontario from January, 1967 to June, 1968 when I, along with a large group of Akwesasne Mohawks, were informed we would no longer be welcome to one of Canada's most notorious residential schools.


Our rebellious manner and our habit of claiming unattached physical property in the city of Brantford meant we were also banished from most businesses including the Clarks department store where we were once caught with hundreds of dollars of sports equipment meant for use by kids whose only gear were third hand skates, ragged hockey sweaters and misshapen softballs.    Read More....




Choctaw Nation Idle No More movement rallies against Keystone pipeline

Twenty-five people, mainly native Americans, staged a demonstration on Friday in front of Choctaw Nation headquarters in Durant to deliver a two-fold message. The protest was held in solidarity with the three-month-old “Idle No More” movement sparked by native opposition to recent Canadian laws seen as unfriendly to First Nation (native Canadian) people.

via Durant Daily- Idle No More movement rallies against Keystone pipeline.


Come Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day!

16th Annual Counter "Discoverers Day - Columbus Day" Educational Gathering


In solidarity with Indigenous peoples around the world, the annual Indigenous People's Day, Papal Bulls Burning event will take place in Honolulu on Monday, October 14, 5 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, 1184 Bishop Street.





Looking Beyond My Clay Vessel


A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.

They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy , but we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we see the people in our world as God sees them.





The Key to Preventing Moldy Berries... 

Berries are delicious, but they're also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market. There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a punnet of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides. Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you that how to keep them fresh! Here's a tip I'm sharing on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place: 


Wash them with vinegar.

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them. You're so berry welcome!





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.  If you are not a member, join today.

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.

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:


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 unanimously 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.  Everyone is excited!





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










"We all form self-images and much of our behavior is pretty well determined by how we feel about ourselves." -- Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., Penobscot


There is a cycle of building beliefs called the self talk cycle. Our self talk builds our self image and our self image determines our behavior, our actions, and our self worth - how we feel about ourselves. If we want to change the way we feel about ourselves we need to change our self talk. We need to build ourselves up. We need to talk to ourselves in a kind, positive, uplifting, good way. We need to talk to ourselves about the good things that are happening and know that we are worthy and expect abundance.


Oh Great Spirit, today help me to know myself. Help me to see the joy, kindness, strength and beauty that I am.


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.




Heartbreaking Extinction



The noble passenger pigeon’s common name comes from the French term pigeon de passage, referring to the massive migrations of these birds across the sky.


A flock of passenger pigeons reported in Ontario in 1866 was described as being a mile wide and 300 miles long and taking 14 hours to pass overhead.


And though their species enjoyed a long, long life before they met up with modern homo sapiens, that contact was all too brief. These remarkable birds, with their iridescent wings, fiery-red feet, sparking scarlet eyes and unmistakably deafening calls, passed from the Earth 99 years ago.    Read More...





Sacred Rocks

By: Ray Urbaniak


I have lived in Southern Utah for 11 ½ years, and during this period I have observed and photographed the accelerating pace of vandalism, destruction of, as well as theft of Native American Rock Art. I, like others, have started referring to the Petroglyphs & Pictographs created by the Anasazi(Ancestral Puebloans) as well as the Paiute bands of Native Americans as "Rock Art".


I started using the term because it was a simple grouping instead of having to say "petroglyphs and pictographs". That was a mistake. If we want a shorter phrase it should at least be "Sacred Rock Art".


In June of 2010 I photographed a petroglyph while visiting a near by panel I was studying for its archaeoastonomy alignments.


I have never seen any pottery at this site, just some stone flakes from knapping arrow heads. This, in my experience indicated that these petroglyphs were made during the early Anasazi Basketmaker period (before the introduction of pottery). That means that these petroglyphs had been here for around 2000 years.  Read More...




Take Action

Navy Rejects Recommendations for Protecting Whales From Sonar

Blue whaleThe U.S. Navy is rejecting recommendations by the California Coastal Commission intended to protect marine animals, including endangered blue whales, from military sonar. Earlier this year, the commission rejected the Navy's plan for sonar and explosive training along the Southern California coast that, according to the military's own estimates, would have killed 130 marine mammals and caused hearing loss in about 1,600.

The commission offered several recommendations for the Navy, including a halt to training in the late summer when blue whale numbers tend to increase off the California coast and larger buffer protection zones in waters where marine mammals are present. The Navy recently turned those recommendations down -- but said it would continue to work with the commission on the issue.  The Center continues to fight to protect California waters (and others) from these war games, which can have real and deadly effects on wildlife. Read more about our work to protect marine mammals from sonar, explosions and ocean noise.


New! American Indian Vietnam Veterans Flag


See 147 Authentic Tribal Flags






Native American Prayer


I give you this thought to keep –

I am with you still – I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

 I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone –

I am with you still – in each new dawn.


Dedicated to Freda H. Wilcoxson, October 4, 2012. The prayer above was sent to me by our good friends Pete and Gail Pharr and has deep and comforting meaning to me. I hope that this prayer will help you through your personal losses. With God’s help and each other we can walk through the worst of times and the most joyous of occasions. God bless you.



The Language of Tears

By Margaret Manning


A close friend of mine recently had her first child. I had the opportunity to visit with them a few months ago and to meet her new little one. At three months old, her baby makes all the typical sweet coos and sounds that endear newborns to their adult admirers. He would even offer a tiny laugh when I would make a silly face at him.


And then, seemingly out of the blue, he would cry. What amazed me was how his mother knew just what the cries indicated. Sometimes it was anger at being put on his stomach; sometimes it was a cry for food; other times, it was the weary crying of his fighting off inevitable sleep. What was amazing to me was that as I listened carefully, I could begin to hear the difference between the various cries of his limited, yet profound vocabulary  Read More...




Baby Veronica and DNA...

Dear Editors:
This comment is off the main focus of the excellent article on Cherokee Baby Veronica,  but I noticed that the author shared a common misconception about DNA testing that many people have.  Several tribes are going to get themselves into a mess, if the go through with plans to associate tribal membership with DNA profiles.  There is no DNA test for being "Native American."   What reputable genetics labs will give people is a chart showing various DNA test markers from around the world; none of which will say Native American.    Read More...

English teacher Appreciation

I am an English teacher. I am not Native American, but I do NA Literature in my American lit class. More than one week. I feel it is one way to remember, to keep a people alive. I am telling you this because I find your site to be an invaluable resource. I am concerned about "getting it right." So I come here. Thank you! ~Regina Keels   Read More...


Crazy Horse Memorial

Dear Manataka:

I was at the Crazy Horse Memorial the third week of August, 2013.  I was so impressed and just in awe of this magnificent sight!  I am back home now in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. My husband, my cousin and his wife from Denver, Colorado and myself drove from Denver to see the monument. We are going to try and visit in two more years. I believe this monument will be more impressive than Mt. Rushmore! The story in itself of the family is just absolutely outstanding. I have been telling all my friends and grandchildren about it. I wish all the family God speed in their work. I will pray for their safety as well. ~MarthaJane Battaglia  Read More...


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



OCTOBER 25 - 26, 2013

Twenty-Forth Annual South Texas (Way South) Powwow

Lark Community Center and Library

2601 Lark, McAllen, Texas 78504


South Texas Indian Dancers Association

1913 Camellia, McAllen, TX 78501

Robert Soto 956-648-9336