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"Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with the rest of your life."  ~Golda Meir



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Manataka is a

Sacred Site


For the past three months we presented three powerful letters from Spiritual Elders regarding the question, "Is Manataka a Sacred Site?"


Chief Arvol Looking Horse Speaks About Manataka

Lakota Peter V. Catches Speaks About Manataka

Xielolixii, Council Chief and Spiritual Elder of the Salinan-Chumas Nation Speaks About Manataka


These letters are among the hundreds of communications from Spiritual Elders across North, Central and South America who address the question "Is Manataka a sacred American Indian site?" 


This month we feature Rev. Dononlus A. Otto, an enrolled member of the Ojibiway Nation, Saginaw Chippewa Tribe.  He is a Spiritual Elder of his tribe. 


We are publically revealing the sacred nature of Manataka as seen through the eyes of our most revered American Indian elders.  


Some readers asked why we waited ten years to reveal these historical legal documents. 


First, we sought to protect those elders who came forward from the mighty hand of federal bureaucrats who will certainly seek to punish or persuade elders to change their position.  Our collection of letters and legal documents from spiritual elders are petitions to the Department of the Interior to recognize Manataka as a sacred site and extend rights of religious freedom to all who come here. 


Then, we realized the awesome power of these documents will encourage federal bureaucrats to increase harassment of this organization and initiate a protracted battle.  According to the park superintendent, "Hot Springs National Park (Manataka) is NOT a sacred site !."  


We waited for a message from the Creator.  We waited for the Great Mystery to move among us, to give us a sign, give us instructions.  In the silence of many years a decade past.  Then earlier this year, we felt God's presence, read the signs, saw the miracles at work and we knew it was time.


There are more important reasons why we waited to reveal these letters and documents.    We will wait to tell you until most of the letters are published... maybe when the bureaucrats storm our door.


-- Lee Standing Bear Moore



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Message from My Feathered Brothers and Sisters

by Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder





As I walked onto my deck recently, which literally takes up most of my backyard space, the cool breeze of the Spirit drifted across me.


It was early morning. The day was waking up to the sound of birds singing, dogs barking and me, an old man who was chasing a cup of coffee to the deck chair.


Each morning I have at least one dove who sits on a telephone pole nearby and flies away just before I retreat into my house. But today there were three doves. I suppose Creator believed I needed a bit more sacred companionship.


This has happened more than once especially when I lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas. However, during my stay in Hot Springs there were about eight doves each day.


I felt protected and a message coming from my feathered brothers and sisters. The message was donít be afraid you are protected.


Usually, Brother Hawk would fly low about the middle of the afternoon just to check on me and remind me of the message of the doves.


But back to my deck in Benton, as I pondered my life and observed nature and all of creation, I offered thanks to Creator. I also went back and remembered some of the most of difficult paths, the hardships, the almost hopeless days that I experienced.


I had made it through all these ordeals and now I sit in a deck chair, coffee in hand, nature all around me and this sacred moment was the new beginning of sorts.


This is what all the hard work was about. I had almost forgotten.


Life is more than  money, fame or prestige. Life is giving thanks to Creator for giving us a beautiful morning filled with singing birds and barking dogs and a contented spirit.


The next time you are outside with a cup of coffee - listen to our feathered brothers. They just might have a message for you.


Peace, Tom Haley





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"A sundance woman is like the morning star, filled with spiritual beauty, wisdom and knowledge. Men and women are the most powerful of the polarities. We walk beside men as equal partners. It takes men and women who have respect and love for one another to live within the embrace of Father Sky and Mother Earth."  -- Dr. Henrietta Mann, SOUTHERN CHEYENNE


Our ceremonies bring out the best in us. It's in the ceremony that we find the place of honor and respect for each other. The place where the men honor the women and the women honor the men. We dance for each other. The ceremony helps us remember our responsibility toward each other. Men and women need to be strong, to love one another and be faithful. Only by doing this can we give our children knowledge of good relationships.


Great Spirit, today I will notice the power of the women; today I will notice the power of the men.


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







by Susan Bates


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. 


But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest.  But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.  


The REAL Story of Thanksgiving

Introduction for Teachers

The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story







By Roy Cook, Editor, American Indian Source

To understand an American Indian perspective on Thanksgiving, you need some  information and some new viewpoints.


Most school children are taught that Native Americans helped the Pilgrims and were invited to the first Thanksgiving feast. Young children's conceptions of Native Americans often develop out of media portrayals and classroom role playing of the events of the First Thanksgiving. The conception of Native Americans gained from such early exposure is both inaccurate and potentially damaging to others.


Therefore, most children do not know the following facts, which explain why many American Indians today call Thanksgiving a "Day of Mourning".

Traditional hospitality and generosity have and continue to be constant Tribal virtues to be practiced at all times.

One of a series of feasts reaching back into the group memory has been seized upon by the current modern society. The Wampanoag feast, called Nikkomosach-miawene, or Grand Sachem's Council Feast. It was because of this feast in 1621 that the Wampanoags had amassed the food to help the Pilgrims thereby creating a new tradition European tradition known today as "Thanksgiving Day.




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The First Thanksgiving:

Honoring The Foods Shared By

Our Native American Ancestors


This is the time of year all Americans become New Englanders. It was in the fall of 1621 that 90 Wampanoag Indians and 52 English settlers shared the food from the season's harvest. Since then, the Thanksgiving season has been celebrated with foods based on the hearty, simple cuisine the pilgrims brought with them and adapted to their new environment.

     When English cooking met Native American ingredients, the early settlers began eating cranberries, clam chowder, Indian pudding, pumpkin pie, baked beans and blueberry pandowdy. The English contributions included pastry dough and the technique of steaming, used in preparing Boston brown bread, puddings and other British dishes.

     Many traditional English and American Indian classics marry well because both types are hearty and especially suited to long, hard winters. But Pilgrim-style dishes don't have to be filled with fat and calories to be substantial and satisfying.

     With a few twists, even the traditional New England boiled dinner can be updated to be more healthful, while preserving its trademark flavor and rustic simplicity. Instead of the fatty corned beef traditionally used, substitute more healthful skinless, boneless chicken breasts. The dish can still follow traditional lines with the usual large proportion of vegetables and a generous use of herbs for rich flavor


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"Ohenton Kariwahtekwen"



By Chief Jake Swamp



Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.  We give thanks for our family, friends, and fellow human beings... Now our minds are one.


We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.  Now our minds are one.







Iroquois Thanksgiving:

13 Moons of Gratitude
by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk

The Iroquois are a people with a deep sense of spirituality rooted in elaborate rituals of gratitude in which we specifically address  the natural world through word, music and dance.

There are collective gatherings in the longhouses located on most Iroquois territories, plain rectangular structures without adornment and with a large open floor flanked by benches with wood burning stoves on each end of the building.

Each longhouse is built on an east-west access with doorways on each end with the exception of the Onondagas who place their entryways towards the north and south. Upon entry there is a separation of genders with the women sitting together on the west end while the males congregate to the east. Only upon certain ceremonies, such as a funeral or wedding, are the genders mixed. Seating places are, among the Mohawks and Oneidas, determined by clan affiliation. Each of their three clans (wolf, bear, turtle) sit with their clan: bears to the south, wolves to the north and turtles to the east (or west on the women's side).  



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"Praying is what has brought us old people through life. We've all gone through hard times. We've all done our share of bad things. But through our prayers and faith in the Creator we get together again and we try hard to live right."  -- Paula Weasel Head, BLOOD

As we go through life we find ourselves on track one day and off track the next day. We gain consistency through prayer. Prayer is our connection to the Great Spirit. Prayer is our channel for knowledge and wisdom. Prayer is how we keep our sanity. The Elders say we should walk in prayer.

Great Spirit, teach me to walk in prayer. Help keep my faith strong.


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





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"Times change but principles do not. Times change but lands do not. Times change but our culture and our language remain the same. And that's what you have to keep intact. It's not what you wear - it's what's in your heart."  -- Oren Lyons, ONONDAGA

Going back to the old ways doesn't mean giving up electricity, homes, and cars. It means living by the same principles, laws, and values that our ancestors lived by. This will allow us to live successfully in today's world. The spirituality our ancestors lived is the same spirituality we need in these modern times. There are too many influences from TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and negative role models that are guiding our lives in a bad way. Our stability is in the laws, principles, and values that our ancestors were given and that our Elders teach us.

Great Spirit, let me live my life in a spiritual way.

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






Dear Manataka,



I was reading the article about Christopher Columbus. 

I always knew the celebration of Columbus day was a sham and we werenít taught the accurate details of this non-hero in school.  Good news, my 7th grade son was filling me in on many of the details also in your article that I was unaware of.  He was taught about it in school.  I never knew about the genocide on Hispaniola.  Ironically, Oct 12 is my birthday.  I am sickened that we celebrate such a tyrant on my birthday.  Anyway, thanks for the article.  Iíll be sure to share it around. ~ Pat Harvey


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