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"Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself."  ~Samuel Butler



Manataka Council Fire


Once the Elder Council of the Manataka American Indian Council was established again in 1997, spiritual elders from many indigenous nations began recognizing Manataka with ceremony, private declarations and legal documents such as the one written by Peter V. Catches below.  Starting last month, with the most honorable Chief Arvol Looking Horse Speaks - About Manataka, we are for the first time publically revealing the sacred nature of Manataka as seen through the eyes of our most revered American Indian elders.  This series will continue for months and years go come. 




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Water is Sacred – 10 Inspiring Quotes
by Dawn Karima -  Native American Culture Editor

"This is my campaign to get Natives to drink more water. If it works, it will all be worth it."--Duane Brayboy-Williams, Tuscarora

Water is Life. Native Americans know and have always known that Water is Good Medicine. As water comes under attack all over Native America and the world, the words of our Elders, Ancestors and Leaders empower us all to protect and preserve clean water!

1)    Our land is more valuable than your money. It will last forever. It will not even perish by the flames of fire. As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals.    –Chief Crowfoot, Siksika (1825-1890)




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Pope Francis Apologizes to Indigenous Peoples for ‘Grave Sins’ of Colonialism
Indian Country Times Media Network Staff

In a landmark speech, Pope Francis apologized on Thursday for the “grave sins” of colonialism against Indigenous Peoples of America in a speech to grassroots groups in Bolivia.

“Some may rightly say, ‘When the pope speaks of colonialism, he overlooks certain actions of the church,’ ” the Pope said, according to The New York Times. “I say this to you with regret: Many grave sins were committed against the Native people of America in the name of God.”   He didn’t stop there.   Read More...




"...Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start truly living the life the Creator intended for you."  -- Lelia Fisher, HOH

There are many things that block us from wisdom such as; selfishness, secrets, hate, anger, jealousy and judgments. Another thing that can block us from wisdom is trying too hard or wishing something would happen. Wishing implies doubt and trying implies control. We need to let go of these things. We need to abandon ourselves to the Creator. As soon as we surrender everything, the wisdom starts to flow. The Elders know how to help us with this. Just ask them.

My Great Spirit, today I surrender my life and my will to Your care.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


All wisdom comes from the Creator, and so do common sense and understanding.  God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects all of those who live as they should.  God sees that justice is done, and watches over everyone who is faithful. Proverbs 2:6-8





Gift in Spirit from "Directions We Know: Walk in Honor"

Written by Grandmother Keewaydinoquay, Ojibway and Ahmeekogendah

According to the tales of the Midewiwin, the first council of the Mide spirits was held at the Center of the Earth and it was called by the upper air spirits to ask the help of the under earth spirits in saving a strange, unfurred animal named mankind. Otter and Bear were chosen to push the first Tree of Life pole (Grandmother Cedar) from the Earth''s Center through the surface, forming the first channel of communications between Above and Below.


"Hurry Up!" called Otter down the crack in the earth where the top of the pole had first appeared.


"My fur is drying out in the warm winds Above. Give your best effort."


So Bear gave one last mighty heave with his giant muscles. The earth trembled, and the first Tree of life emerged in the sunlight, quickly followed by Bear himself.


"Come on," urged Otter, "we have done as they told us. I am anxious to return Below."


"Not so fast there," growled Bear.  



Can A Skeleton Heal Rift Between Native Americans, Scientists?

By Andrew Lawler, National Geographic

Genetic analysis of a skeleton known as Kennewick Man may point to era of greater cooperation.

Picture of Colville Indians at a funeral

Photograph by William Albert Allard, National Geographic Creative

DNA provided by members of the Colville tribe in Washington State helped demonstrate that Kennewick Man was Native American. The iconic 8,500-year-old skeleton has been at the center of a long legal battle.

Mistrust and rancor often mark relations between Native Americans and scientists who study the arrival and spread of the first humans into the New World. Researchers eager for data on the distant past can rankle tribes that demand respect for the bones of potential ancestors. But after almost a quarter century of accusations and legal battles, there are signs of a thaw in relations that could benefit both sides.

The most dramatic example of this surprising rapprochement was the publication last month of a genetic study of an 8,500-year-old man called—the Ancient One—by Native Americans and Kennewick Man by scientists. The skeleton has been at the center of a bitter 19-year fight over whether to analyze the bones or rebury them.  Read More...



Manataka recently partnered with Canyon Records and its distributors to bring our members and supporters the very finest in American Indian Music.  Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona, producer and distributor of Native American music, is one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry as well as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Arizona. Canyon Records was founded in 1951 by Ray and Mary Boley. Their involvement with Native American music began when Ray was asked by the Phoenix Little Theater to record a Navajo singer named Ed Lee Natay. Boley was so taken with Natay's singing that he recorded a collection of songs titled Natay, Navajo Singer. This album is still in active release.  Manataka now presents over 90 CD collections with many more coming in the next few weeks.  Click on the album covers below to discover a beautiful world of indigenous music!






Fawn Wood - Kikawiynaw

Round Dance, Hand Game and Traditional Songs


Award-winning Cree/Salish singer Fawn Wood sings with a voice that is deep and true. Infused with a feminine perspective, her Round Dance, Hand Game and traditional songs convey the strength of indigenous women. Titled with the Plains Cree word Kikāwiynaw meaning "our mother," this collection of Fawn's soul-tingling songs honors the female spirit.   READ MORE...

Featuring Performances By:
R. Carlos Nakai             Randy Wood             Kevin Yazzie
Anthony Wakeman        Cindy Jim Wood       Raven Wood
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Imagine Farming That Actually Heals the Earth
by Sami Grover

Environment & Climate

One of the most inspiring recent developments in the discussion about farming has been the shift from talking about "sustainable" agriculture to advocating for "regenerative" agriculture. Instead of seeking to be less bad, say a growing number of farmers and farming experts, the farming industry should be positioning itself to be good—to heal the harm being done to our planet.


From slowing, and maybe even reversing global climate change through soil carbon sequestration to creating perennial food crops that mimic natural prairies and help protect our waterways, there are many methods that could be deployed to both reduce farming's negative impact and simultaneously start rebuilding natural ecosystem services that have previously been degraded.  Read More...




Selling Off Apache Holy Land

From New York Times, Opinions

Credit Maëlle Doliveux, Tucson

ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place called Oak Flat for more than three months, protesting the latest assault on their culture.

Three hundred people, mostly Apache, marched 44 miles from tribal headquarters to begin this occupation on Feb. 9. The campground lies at the core of an ancient Apache holy place, where coming-of-age ceremonies, especially for girls, have been performed for many generations, along with traditional acorn gathering. It belongs to the public, under the multiple-use mandate of the Forest Service, and has had special protections since 1955, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower decreed the area closed to mining — which, like cattle grazing, is otherwise common in national forests — because of its cultural and natural value. President Richard M. Nixon’s Interior Department in 1971 renewed this ban.

Despite these protections, in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. By doing this, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history.  






Autumnal Equinox: First Day of Fall, Sacred Sites and a Quarter Moon



That slight crispness to the air that signifies the change in seasons is now being backed up by the sun. Today is the second time of year that the sun rises due east and sets due west, traversing the sky directly over the equator. The axis of Mother Earth is straight rather than tilted in relation to the sun’s rays. In other words, it’s fall.

Night and day are almost the same length on this day, though not quite.

The autumnal equinox, as it’s officially named, signifies, for the most part, the end of those long, lazy, hot summer days. With this year being one of the hottest summers on record in the United States, it may be a relief to see these sweltering days pass.  




The American Revolution’s Losers Weren’t All British


Pawns of the colonists, the British, and other colonial powers with a stake in North America, African American slaves and Native American tribes were often collateral damage in the war for independence.

The story of the American Revolution has been so often told that it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s anything new left to say.

Even those traditionally left out—women, Native and African Americans, the poor—have seen their lives folded into the revolution’s history in recent decades. But in Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, the historian Kathleen DuVal reminds us that all we have to do is expand the aperture a bit, to bring into focus the people living along the southeastern edges of the rebellious colonies, and an entirely new picture takes shape. Read More...




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"One of the first things Seneca children learned was that they might create their own world, their own environment, by visualizing actions and desires in prayer. The Senecas believed that everything that made life important came from within. Prayer assisted in developing a guideline toward discipline and self control." -- Twylah Nitcsh, Seneca

All permanent and lasting change starts first on the inside and works its way out. Having constant prayer and Creator directed visions helps us to live in harmony. This is the best way to grow strong and become a Warrior. No matter what is going on outside of ourselves, it is our projection that makes it so. It is our projections that even give it any meaning. Another way is each day to turn our life and our will over to the care of the Great Spirit. Then He will show us His desire for us. When we are in alignment to His desire, we become very joyful and very happy.

Oh Great Spirit, You take care of me today and tell me what I can do for You today. Give me the discipline to talk to You whenever I am in doubt or fear. Let me come to You if I get irritated. You are my solution.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.




Regeneration: Global Transformation in Catastrophic Times
by Ronnie Cummins,
Organic Consumers Association

Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention…. It is not enough to balance, in the medium term, the protection of nature with financial gain, or the preservation of the environment with progress. Halfway measures simply delay the inevitable disaster. - Pope Francis, Papal Encyclical “Laudato Si,” June 18, 2015

Regenerate—to give fresh life or vigor to; to reorganize; to recreate the moral nature; to cause to be born again.” (New Webster’s Dictionary, 1997)

A growing number of climate, food, environment, health and justice advocates are embracing and promoting a world-changing concept: regeneration.

What is regeneration? And why are a so many public figures, including Pope Francis, calling for regeneration or revolution, rather than “halfway measures” such as sustainability or mitigation?  




"Sometimes, you have to get angry to get things done." ~Ang Lee





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Nominations Open for Elder Council

The Manataka Elder Council needs two new members.  Self-nominations are permitted.  Requires at least one in-person meeting per year at Hot Springs, AR and tele-conference meetings monthly. MAIC dues must be current. Send you resume today!


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Fund Raising Professional needed.  Experienced please.  Email us now.


Education Committee needs Teachers, Educators, Curriculum Developers.  We are creating a new approach to teach values in public schools based on American Indian philosophy and customs.  Contact: Dr. Rev. Fred Wilcoxson.

Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announces that more professional volunteer counselors are needed for Manataka's free online Counseling program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. There are education, professional experience and licensure requirements. Email:


Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  Everyone is excited!





"Love is something that you can leave behind you when you die. It's that powerful."  -- John (Fire) Lame Deer, Rosebud Lakota

The Old Ones say, love is all anyone needs. Love doesn't go away nor can love be divided. Once you commit an act of love, you'll find it continues. Love is like setting up dominos one behind the other. Once you hit the first domino, it will touch the second one which will touch the third one and so on. Every love act or love thought has an affect on each person as well as touching the whole world. If you live a life filled with love, the results will affect your friends, relatives, and other people, even after you go to the other side. So... Love.

My Creator, let me love. Let me put into action the love dominos.


Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.


"Love is the Creator of All Things."  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore





Letters to the Edtior - SEPTEMBER 2015


Dear Manataka Editor,

What an excellent piece! Thank you, Mr. George-Kanentiio.  I will find your books and read them.  There is a chord in me I felt from childhood that nature is not my adversary. Nature is a gift of everything we need, and that the competitive mad dash for empty peace and satisfaction in materialism is not what life ought to be about.  I love the education you gave on Iroquois women. Ah, to think we are not slaves to men and our bodies, but are given intellect to be mothers and stewards of the earth!  As a whole, men and women, are asked no mean labors, but to take care of our Earth-home ensuring a clean and healthy home for generations to be happy. That is the purpose of life.   Thank you once again for a wonderful publication!   ~Regina Keels


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