November 2013


Bounty of Creation




The word Mana-taka in the Arawak Taino language of my people literally means "The Place of Spiritual Power"

Joseph AmaHura RiverWind, President Native Touch






Appeal for Manataka 


I am writing to ask that you open your hearts and pockets to assist the Elders of Manataka in the development of ceremonial grounds on the Sacred Mountain.  Three city lots located on a slope of the Sacred Manataka Mountain has been neglected for many years and the debris from houses that had been demolished still needs to be cleaned up from the back of the lots before we can create a permanent space for ceremonies. 


This is Sacred Ground.  Ancient ceremonies were recreated and the ashes of our people protect these grounds on the sacred mountain.  Actions taken on Sacred Ground reverberate throughout Creation. This is an important project.  With every piece of trash that is removed a prayer resounds for our planet, Mother Earth. The loving removal of debris and restoration to health of this plot of Sacred Ground will have an impact on our world.  I ask that you make this your project in whatever way you are able and become one of the pebbles that will send ripples of Healing and Peace across our Mother Earth.


In addition to needing funds for development, volunteers are needed.  If you wish to volunteer let us know.  


If you are unable to volunteer either skills or funds, that’s ok too. Your prayers will be a powerful assistance for us. We need all our members and all our friends to hold us in your loving thoughts and prayers as we proceed to fulfill this destiny.   We especially need the loving thoughts of our Mothers and Sisters. 


The Spirit of Rainbow Woman is calling you.   


Linda Bear Heart Woman Speaks  VanBibber


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Everyone who volunteered to WordPress our new website -- Please contact us again.


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.

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 -


Over 200 Native Remedies


The Moment

October 20th 2012



Last month we celebrated the first anniversary of the MOMENT, a spectacular spiritual event that drew over 1,0000 to the top of the sacred Manataka Mountain where the people shouted, "Manataka is Sacred!" declaring this site holy many times as Aztec holy dancers loudly blew conch shells, Sephardic Jews and Christians sounded Shofars horns, American Indians played flutes and drums, while people of every faith danced, rang bells and prayed together.


This video was made by John Cooksey from the back of a motorcycle. Several other videos were made of the event, each focusing on a different aspect.  Spirits, ghost images and lights are seen.  Eagles and hawks soared above.


A new film documentary for release in 2014 is called the "Seekers" and features the MOMENT.  Two books about the MOMENT are in the works. 






The Importance of Councils

By OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez


Traditionally, indigenous people have kept the clans strong and united by continuously having ceremonial gatherings to keep the people together with one mind and one heart, supporting the crystallization their visions. It is important to close the gap between humans by gathering the elders and youth, to join the wisdom that the elders carry with the yearning that the youth are experiencing. Both can be fed through the spiritual and the ceremonial exchange that happens in councils. We need to take this time even more often in our lives to learn, to connect to each other and Mother Nature, and to be guided by the wisdom of the spiritual leaders and the elders, so that the collective efforts have a strong vision to follow.   Read More...



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The Anatomy of Choice

By Monroe Loy, Manataka Elder, 2013


One must first be aware of the possibility that we have the ability to change through our choices.


Everyone around us seems to be aware that something unusual is happening. The economy, government, wife, husband, kids, job, seem to receive the blame


I have kept notes for several years on choices and the motivation for what we choose. I started this process after one of my business ventures went bankrupt, and a failed marriage. I had many instances growing up to observe people and their choices and wondered about the motivation that caused people who claimed to be religious to choose to act in ways that were harmful to others and themselves.


The anatomy of choice has been a journey of enlightenment for me and was revealed in many books and life experiences. I hope you find it helpful in your own journey.  Read More...





The Miami Blue Butterfly
Miami blue butterflyMiami blue butterflies, driven to endangerment by development and pest-control chemicals, were believed wiped off the face of the Earth after Hurricane Andrew tore through South Florida in 1992. But a few years later, in a state park, a lepidopterist discovered a tiny remnant population -- which disappeared for a second time in 2010, with only a few scattered individuals left elsewhere. That made the Miami blue one of the world's rarest insects.

Manataka and the Center for Biological Diversity had been working to save the butterfly since 2001 through an array of legal actions, including petitions and agreements, but the government kept going back and forth on whether to act to save the animal. Our 757 deal settled the matter: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emergency-listed the butterfly as endangered just weeks after the agreement was reached.






Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast.  And that did happen - once. 

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to  England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped.  By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language.  He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.  Read More....





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Deconstructing The Myths of the

"First Thanksgiving"
by Judy Dow (Abenaki) and Beverly Slapin


What is it about the story of "The First Thanksgiving" that makes it essential to be taught in virtually every grade from preschool through high school? What is it about the story that is so seductive? Why has it become an annual elementary school tradition to hold Thanksgiving pageants, with young children dressing up in paper-bag costumes and feather-duster headdresses and marching around the school yard?  Why is it seen as necessary for fake "pilgrims" and fake "Indians" (portrayed by real children, many of whom are Indian) to sit down every year to a fake feast, acting out fake scenarios and reciting fake dialogue about friendship? And why do teachers all over the country continue (for the most part, unknowingly) to perpetuate this myth year after year after year?

Is it because as Americans we have a deep need to believe that the soil we live on and the country on which it is based was founded on integrity and cooperation? This belief would help contradict any feelings of guilt that could haunt us when we look at our role in more recent history in dealing with other indigenous peoples in other countries. If we dare to give up the "myth" we may have to take responsibility for our actions both concerning indigenous peoples of this land as well as those brought to this land in violation of everything that makes us human. The realization of these truths untold might crumble the foundation of what many believe is a true democracy. As good people, can we be strong enough to learn the truths of our collective past? Can we learn from our mistakes? This would be our hope.   Read More...




Baby Veronica and the Indian Child Welfare Act


In June, the Supreme Court decided the case of “Baby Veronica,” a (now) 4-year old child of Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and her non-Native adoptive parents in South Carolina. The Court determined that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply in this case, because the purpose of the Act is to preserve family and tribal relationships. Although Dusten Brown had petitioned for custody of this daughter since 4 months after her birth, he had never succeeded, so there was no “relationship” to preserve, according to the Court’s decision. The National Indian Child Welfare Association offers some analysis of that decision here.     Read More...





The National Congress of American Indians recently came out with a hard-hitting poster framing the context of how degrading, insulting and racist using Native American images such as that of the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins really is.


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Forgiveness - The Exquisite Healer

by Harold W. Becker, Founder and President, The Love Foundation


Excerpted from Unconditional Love - An Unlimited Way of Being


The most magical power we have is our ability to forgive. It is the exquisite healer in all of us. Forgiveness is the key to releasing any emotional baggage we have continued to carry, our outdated and outmoded perspectives, and any other attachment that keeps us bound to the past. It is the only way to really let go of negative energy we haves stored within us. This form of release has no comparison and by using it, we unleash the power of unconditional love. When we say “yes!” to forgiving ourselves, another person, place, condition or experience, we are accepting love to guide and fill our lives with infinite joy.


No situation in life is beyond the act of forgiveness. Many people think they want to hold on to their traumas and pain to remind them of the past mistaken experiences. They assume that by keeping these memories alive they can somehow insure not to repeat them in the future. This is an unfortunate reasoning process. When we keep negative energy alive within us, we fill our now moment with this energy and create a future moment for the same type of energy to return. The very desire to avoid more hurt by holding on to the past causes us to experience the pain repeatedly. Only forgiveness and release can stop this process permanently.   Read More...





Cheap Eats:

How to Find Healthy Food

During Tough Economic Times  


Are you having a hard time stretching your grocery dollars during the current economic downturn? You're not alone. But before you stop buying fresh fruit, meat, vegetables and other items often perceived as costing a lot, check out these tips from a University of Michigan Health System dietitian.

Holly Scherer, R.D., says you can follow a few easy guidelines and still buy healthy foods, rather than switching to a diet of potato chips, macaroni and cheese, and a fast-food burger.

She suggests that you make your own coffee, buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, occasionally replace meat with protein sources like eggs and beans, and, no matter how tempting it is, skip the fast-food drive-thru window.

"Hard economic times don't mean that you have to eat less well," says Scherer, a health educator with MFit, the health promotion division of the U-M Health System.  Read More...





Significance of Our Lady of the Rainbow -

The Rainbow Woman

 By Takatoka


    On Saturday afternoon, October 5, Lee Standing Bear Moore made his way up the steps leading into St. Mary's Convent in Hot Springs, AR.  A gathering of Catholic elders from many parts of the country were invited by Fr. Bruno Ruel to hear Grandfather Bear speak about Manataka and the Holy Mother of All People - Rainbow Woman.

    Grandfather Bear spoke about Manataka's ancient past and the origins of the Keepers of Manataka, the Tula people who migrated thousands of miles to honor and serve the Mother of Peace who resides at the sacred mountain. 


    The people wore the wondering faces of beautiful children as they heard about the miracles and healing of Manataka and the Lady of the Rainbow.  The time allotted went by fast and the meeting came to close with far too much yet to be shared. 


Later that day, Grandfather Bear sent a message to Father Bruno.    "After leaving the gathering today, a simple way to explain the “Significance of the Manataka and the Rainbow Woman” came to us:  


Manataka Significance

*    It’s long history as a sacred site predates 99.8% of written western cultural history.

*    It’s history is imbedded in the stories of North, Central and South American indigenous people.

*    It’s history is buried deep within the sacred mountains and areas within its seven circles.

*    The healing properties contained in flora, mineral and vibration dimensions of the area were of great importance to        

      tribes who gathered here.  





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 2014 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






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"Search for the truth. Indian values teach the holistic approach to the use of technology for mankind's good." -- Al Qoyawayma, Hopi


The Great Spirit had given us certain values to live by. If we learn to think in harmony with these values such as; respect, love, patience, tolerance, commitment, trust, etc., we cannot get off track. No matter what we do, we will always be in harmony. For example, if we are respectful, then we will respect the earth, our children, our women, our men, and ourselves. Indian values help us walk under the guidance of the Great Spirit.

My Creator, today I search for the truth, Your truth. Please let me see it.


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.





Wildlife Face 'Armageddon' as Forests Shrink


Earth mover in tropical rainforest. "It was like ecological Armageddon," said Luke Gibson from the National University of Singapore, who led the study. "Nobody imagined we'd see such catastrophic local extinctions." (Credit: © Stéphane Bidouze / Fotolia)

Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought, says an international team of scientists.


In a study spanning two decades, the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir in Thailand.


"It was like ecological Armageddon," said Luke Gibson from the National University of Singapore, who led the study. "Nobody imagined we'd see such catastrophic local extinctions."


The study, just published in the leading journal Science today, is considered important because forests around the world are being rapidly felled and chopped up into small island-like fragments. "It's vital that we understand what happens to species in forest fragments," said Antony Lynam of the Wildlife Conservation Society. "The fate of much of the world's biodiversity is going to depend on it."  Read More...






Sacred Rocks

By: Ray Urbaniak


I have lived in Southern Utah for over eleven years and during this period I 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...





Historic Protections From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agreement

In September, over a 100 species received full protections [whatever that really means....] under the Endangered Species Act. As the federal fiscal year drew to a close (and a government shutdown loomed), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a series of important protection decisions as a result of our 2011 agreement pushing forward such decisions for 757 U.S. species.


Manataka has worked for a decade to get some of the nation's most imperiled species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Under this agreement, more than 100 species have received full protections and more than 60 have been proposed for protection, along with millions of acres of protected "critical habitat."




The Reverend Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson, PhD, Manataka Elder


“Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.”

 ~ Charles Simmons, British Politician and Author


Maintain Your Integrity

A while back, there was a story about Reuben Gonzales, who was in the final match of his first professional racquetball tournament. He was playing the perennial champion for his first shot at a victory on the pro circuit. At match point in the fifth and final game, Gonzales made a super "kill shot" into the front corner to win the tournament. The referee called it good, and one of the linemen confirmed the shot was a winner.


But after a moment's hesitation, Gonzales turned and declared that his shot had skipped into the wall, hitting the floor first. As a result, the serve went to his opponent, who went on to win the match.  Read More...




Authentic American Indian Designs


Cherokee Language...

Dear Manataka:

Thanks for making this site me and my friend are Cherokee and I wanted to learn about how they would talk so in fourth grade I saw this website and started writing the words down and recently my friend wanted to learn Cherokee to so I made him flash cards and I still am.  This website restored our friendship thank you :)  ~ Tristan Kindrick




27th Annual AIA Orlando Powwow

November 1 - 3, 2013, 10:00 am -10:00 pm

Submitted by Martha Christy

Pow Wow Size:100-499 dancers

Location Central Florida Fairgrounds Florida

Head Man: H.A. Edwards
Head Lady: Claire Edwards
MC: James Edwards


Dermott, Arkansas Powwow

November 2 - , 12:00 am

Dermott Football Field, 01 N Shepart St., Dermott, Arkansas

Pow Wow Size:Less than 100 dancers

Location 101 N Shepart St. Arkansas

Contact: Steven Morales
Phone: 702-443-0722

$5 for adults, $2 for kids (kids under 3 are free) 



27th Annual Red Mountain Eagle Powwow

November 2 - 3, 2013, 12:00 am

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community SR Baseball Field Arizona
Pow Wow Size:Less than 100 dancers

Bill Hayes / David Montiel
208-241-2175 / 602-882-5553
MC: Talle Honadick - Parker AZ / Bart Powakee Host Drums: Young Spirit - Frog Lake, Alberta Canada / Northern Cree - Saddle Lake, Alberta Canada / Wild Band of Comanches - Fletcher, Oklahoma Gourd Drum: Badmoon Rising - Ponca City, Oklahoma / Arena Director: Lakola Clairmont - Lakewood, CO / Danel Goodwill - Window Rock, AZ / Head Judge: Jeremy "Worm" Dearly - Twin Cities, MN



22st  Annaul Great American Indian Exposition & Powwow

November 15 – 17, 2013   Friday: 9 am-10pm       Saturday 10 am – 8 pm         Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

The Richmond International Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA  23223

MC:  Keith Colston (Lumbee-Tuscarora)

Head male Dancer: Dwayne Harris (Haliwa-Saponi)

Head Female Dancer: Maria Harris (Haliwa-Saponi)

Thousands in contest Prize Money Hundreds of Dancers in Regalia (Outfits)

Featuring:  Crafts, Native American Dancing/Singing, Fine Arts, Craft Demonstrations, Storytelling/Native American Food/Bow “N’ Arrow Shooting, Flute Music and More

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