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Black History Month

February, 2015

Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday

February 09, 2015

Valentine's Day

February 14, 2016

President's Day

February 19, 2015


"You can focus on barriers, or you can focus on scaling the wall.  ~Tim Cook


"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible." - Maya Angelo



Manataka Council Fire


Holy Mother Marie Paul says Manataka is "predestined in divine and Marian designs"...

By Lee Standing Bear Moore and Takatoka


Over the past twenty years, we received several unsolicited communications from nuns of catholic orders and members of many faiths  who believe Manataka is a sacred site.  We are always thankful to receive messages of support.


But in 2010, word came to us of a very special highly revered French holy mother in Canada had a wondrous dream about Manataka.


That dream and curiosity about Manataka, prompted Father Bruno Ruel, a chaplain at the Sisters of Charity and Refuge located at St. Michael's church in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Father Stephane Gamache from the parish of Sainte-Germaine-du-Lac-Etchemin near Quebec City, Canada called the The Community of the Lady of All Peoples to arrange meetings in the home of Lee Standing Bear Moore to discuss theological issues dealing with the treasures of their faith and connections to Manataka.   After a subsequent meeting, Father Stephane Gamache wrote a letter to Mother Paul Marie about his meetings with Grandfather Bear.   


The inner-church letter below was written by Sister Frances Bergeron on behalf of Mother Paul-Marie to Father Stephane Gamache in response to his report delivered by Father Victor at Lac-Etchemin after his visit to Manataka and his return to Canada.     READ MORE...


 Declaration of Excommunication from the Vatican dated July 11, 2007. - See more at:





Love Is All Around Us

by Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder


Traditionally, the month of February has been the time we celebrate Love. It's the Love Month. The earth is up to its neck in red hearts, chocolate candies, and romantic gifts.


We even send written pages of saturated romantic words to our lover. However, Love is the best thing to celebrate. Why not have it every day of the year? We can do that, you know.


There is only two emotions which make up all other ones: LOVE AND FEAR. Why not feed our Love on a daily basis? Surely we all know the story of the two wolves inside each of us - one is love and one is fear. They are at war with each other. Who wins? - The one you feed.


Time to begin to feed the love wolf and spread that message around to others.


By the way, I am remembering the month of February for another reason. On February 14, Valentines Day, my wife Amanda and I were married 27 years ago. I told my friends that I could never forget our wedding anniversary since it was on Valentines Day.


Looking back on our life together, we have had our shares of setbacks, of losses, of disagreements and your normal routine "hell" which married couples experience.


We are a bit beat up, a little ragged on the edges, but love triumphed after all.


"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life." Chief Tecumseh


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"We stand for religious freedom and freedom of the spirit.  Our people have been here for thousands of generations by practicing our faith openly.  Rejecting an entire religion is unjust discrimination.  American Indian faiths were rejected by Christians in savage ways for hundreds of years.  Today, fear of the unknown may encourage a repeat of the same mistakes.  Our hearts must remain open and loving of all people.    Respect is a form of love." ~Lee Standing Bear Moore


"I think there are 7.2 billion religions on earth.    One for each person.    There are major faith categories, but every soul is different and connects with the Great Mystery in a beautifully unique way."  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore




"You can't just sit down and talk about the truth. It doesn't work that way. You have to live it and be part of it and you might get to know it." -- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE


We all read books that have much information in them. Often we pick up on little sayings that we remember. Inside of us is the little owl, the owl of knowing. It talks to us - guiding us and nurturing us. Often when we get information, it's hard to live by, but it's easy to talk about. It's living the Red Road that counts - Walk the Talk. If we really want freedom in our lives, if we really want to be happy, if we really want to have peace of mind, it's the truth we must seek.


My Creator, help me in my search for the truth today.


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



Death of the Great Elk

Frank Russell, Myths of the Jicarilla Apaches, 1898


In the early days, animals and birds of monstrous size preyed upon the people; the giant Elk, the Eagle, and others devoured men, women, and children, until the gods were petitioned for relief. A deliverer was sent to them in the person of Djo-na-aě'-yě,  the son of the old woman who lives in the West and the second wife of the Sun.


She divided her time between the Sun and the Waterfall, and by the latter bore a second son, named Ko-ba-tcis'-tci-ni, who remained with his mother while his brother went forth to battle with the enemies of mankind. In four days Djo-na-aě'-yě grew to manhood, then he asked his mother where the Elk lived. She told him that the Elk was in a great desert far to the southward. She gave him arrows with which to kill the Elk. In four steps he reached the distant desert where the Elk was lying. Djo- na-aě'-yě cautiously observed the position of the Elk from behind a hill. The Elk was lying on an open plain, where no trees or bushes were to be found that might serve to shelter Djo-na-aě'-yě from view while he approached.


While he was looking at the Elk, with dried grass before his face, the Lizard, Mai-cu-i-ti-tce-tcę, said to him, "What are you doing, my friend? "    Read More...



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The dawn of a new year is a time of change, making a
fresh start and reconnecting with the world around us.

Here are two selections that reflect a spirit of renewal. 

Explore these inspiring releases as you make a fresh start in 2016.

Nakai & Clipman
Awakening the Fire


19.95 + s/h

The ancient call of Native American cedar flute and the vibration of African, Native American and Asian rhythms connect to our innermost essence and finely tune the awakening energies inside each of us nourishing inner balance and harmony.

Kelvin Mockingbird
Sacred Fire

19.95 + s/h

The solo Native American flute is one of the most popular instruments in music for meditation, and Mockingbird (of the Diné) is one of the masters at creating melodies that help the listener find moments of peace and relaxation.






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.









Magnetic Healing

By Walks With Hawks/Harvey Doyle

I have used magnets for healing for probably 25 years at least. I have used magnetic necklaces, bracelets, leg wraps, and magnetic mattress (slept on for 20-25 years).  I also have a 5# (Pound) magnet for healing and for making magnetic water that comes from Mother Earth.  


To me “Energy” is the currency of life. This could be Natural Energy, Physical Energy, or Spiritual Energy, All is connected and all have to be in balance for you to obtain the essence of a good life. In other words the Hoop of Life contains many Arenas.


We need to be have enough knowledge to use them all. Magnetic Healing is just another way the Creator is here to help us walk our path to perfection as Spirit. Nothing enters Creator’s world without perfection. Is this not what we are trying to obtain.


Some of your sources of energy are: your brain, food, and the Earth’s magnetic field. The problem is -- the Earth’s field is severely depleted – it has been reduced to one half of a gauss. Many years ago, animals, humans walked barefooted, lay on Mother Earth and let the magnetic energy flow through their bodies and it healed them naturally. Back then the magnetic field on Mother Earth was about 10.0. (Gauss a measurement of magnetism).  Restoring this geomagnetic field is as important to your health and vitality as the quality of the air, water, and food that you consume. It is important that your body receives an adequate supply of this vital energy source while you sleep.   Read More...





Wisconsin Bill Opens Door for Excavation of Effigy/Burial Mounds

On December 29, 2015, a group of Republican representatives and senators sent Assembly Bill 620 to the Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry. This bill establishes a procedure for private landowners with property containing state-cataloged burial sites to challenge the existence of human remains at the sites. This bill specifically targets the doubt surrounding effigy mounds as sites for human burial.

Effigy mounds are large earthen structures built by prehistoric Native Americans and are often found in the shape of various animals and people. These mounds were used for burial, ceremonial and utilitarian purposes. Current Wisconsin law protects these mounds from being disturbed. An estimated 80% of Wisconsin effigy mounds have already been destroyed due to construction and farming.   Read More...




Among Indigenous Peoples -  

a Third Gender

©by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk


For many generations western societies have had a difficult time with the issue of proper gender roles.  Christian beliefs have neatly separated the world into masculine and feminine elements but have not taken into consideration, or tolerated, variances from these polarities.  Hence the active suppression of so-called "deviant" behavior by homosexuals and those who support sexual liberation.


But Native peoples refused to be bound by these qualifications and moral judgments based upon a gross misinterpretation of natural law. The universe is based upon infinite variances including sexuality.


Native people, in their study of the natural world, knew this.  Our societies did not condemn a person for having a combination of feminine and masculine characteristics.  In fact, those who cross standard gender lines were considered important members of the community and often held in very high esteem.


Native people accepted the general idea of creative and destructive forces at work in the universe yet they also knew the world was not simply black and white.  There are endless variations of the two primary colors which make for a more beautiful planet.   Read More...





Call the Doctor!


If you’re one of the nearly 12 million people who visit every month, you’re getting a healthy dose of Monsanto propaganda along with your “health research.”

Monsanto is one of the many corporate “sponsors” of WebMD. That means Monsanto pays WebMD in order to pepper WebMD’s website with advertisements and advertorials, disguised as legitimate journalism.


WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD) is a publicly held corporation that answers first and foremost to its shareholders. The company, with its long history of deceiving consumers and partnering up with drug, junk food and biotech companies, is not, and never was, in the business of caring about consumers—a fact meticulously documented in an article published this week (January 19, 2016) by


Why bother to ask one corrupt corporation, WebMD, to cut ties with another, equally or exceedingly corrupt corporation (Monsanto)?


Because Monsanto’s WebMD propaganda is cleverly disguised as legitimate health advice. So cleverly, that millions of visitors to the site probably have no idea that they’re being duped.

TAKE ACTION: Tell WebMD CEO David Schlanger to Stop Promoting Monsanto!

More on WebMD’s collusion with Monsanto and Big Pharma

Text “WebMD” to 97779 to join OCA’s mobile network and take action!


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"Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is everything where power moves." -- Black Elk (Hehaka sapa), OGLALA SIOUX


In these modern times it is difficult to understand why we should think circles and seasons. People and society are always moving, through distance, over yonder, going here and going there - hurry up, grow up, be successful, climb the ladder of success, etc. The Elders tell us to slow down, to be patient, pray and think circles. Circle thinking applies to relationships, business and every area of our lives. We need to teach our awareness to look for seasons and cycles.


My Creator, teach me the seasons of growth.

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





Nominations Open for Elder Council

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


Help Wanted:

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


Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  MAIC announces a need for more professional volunteer counselors. Manataka's free online Counseling program helps hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. Education, 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!




Acolapissa History

Originally, the Acolapissa lived on both sides of the lower Pearl River which is the current eastern border of Louisiana with Mississippi. During 1702 the Acolapissa left their original location and moved a short distance west to Bayou Costine on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. By 1718 they relocated once again, this time to the east bank of the Mississippi just above the new French settlement at New Orleans.


Pressured by the expansion of French settlement during the next few years, the Acolapissa were absorbed by the Houma and moved upstream with them to Ascension Parish (Donaldsonville, La.). The Houma remained in this area until they sold their land in 1776 and moved to Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes southwest of New Orleans. Their descendants still live in this area and have provided the name for present-day Houma, Louisiana.







From Chaos to Life


How did Ernst Gotsch, a Brazilian farmer, transform 1,200 acres of completely deforested land into a biodiverse, working farm? In spite of odds like drought? And strong winds?  He worked with nature, not against it.  “Life in Syntropy” tells the story of how Gotsch used agroforestry and organic regenerative practices—self-perpetuating systems found in nature—to accomplish what others told him would be impossible.  It’s a beautiful story. And a reminder that organic regenerative farms not only restore biodiversity, rebuild soil organic matter, restore local economies and provide healthy food—they also play a key role in carbon sequestration and cooling the planet.








"We say there is a right time and place for everything. It's easy to say, but hard to understand. You have to live it to understand it."  -- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE


The Elders tell us there is a right time and a right place. Don't plant seeds in the fall - wrong time. One way we find out about the right time and right place is our experience. If we are lucky, we have a few friends who will share their experience; this will help us too. The best way is to let God guide us. Only He knows the right time and the right place. So we need to pray and ask Him for guidance.


Great Spirit, show me patience so I can live in the right time and right place.

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







Manataka Pride!

By Luke Easter


Thousands of years worship was being conducted at this sacred site,

Elders of many nations from the four corners traveled day and night,

Some pilgrimages lasting several years to curative waters, Nowasalon,

Sharing the gift, Breath of Healing, as darkness blossomed into dawn.


Throughout the centuries there has been entirely to much lost to neglect,

But, The Manataka American Council exists to preserve and protect,

Now a poetic tribute to help elevate factual timeless covered-up rights,

Using former knowledge thereby enhancing the journey of modern life.


50's and 60's, were my informative years as I attended various schools,

Indiana, Ohio and New York it was all the same, Indian was bad news,

Every single movie or television show, only cowboys could be heroes,

Not until half a century later a fraction of the truth I'd come to know.









Dear Family at Manataka,


It seems i have come full circle .  A book I read when I first started my return to reunion with the great spirit via the teachings of my good friends the First Nations of the Americas, asked to be picked up off the shelf again .  The book is called "The Wind is My Mother"  by BearHeart.   My soul was wounded and needed medicine ..and  now in thanks I offer you tobacco .  I cannot be there in person to give it to you ...but i have said a sacred prayer of thanks over it and gently scattered it into the wind and asked the great spirit to make sure my appreciation gets to you .  "Helis a gaga" ☆ " goes with medicine".   The great spirit wants me to be an instrument of healing where i am & we all have our own medicine  but your teachings started my sacred fire within me .   Much love and thanks. Martin Manifold (GoodWolf), Liverpool , England UK


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Home Herbalist Classes and Apprenticeships
Monthly workshops on 4th Saturdays for the aspiring home herbalist. Experience the various phases of medicinal and edible wild plants through the year. Learn to when and how to harvest, preserve and make medicine from plants. Explore a variety of topics of interest to the home herbalist.  Home Herbalist Course: 9 Saturdays (1 per month) $250.  Single Classes: $30 - $45.  Apprenticeship Course: 18 classes (2 per month). 


Native American HIV Awareness Workshop

Presented by Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc.


Monday, March 21, 2016 9:30- 2:30pm

12:30- 1:15pm Lunch Plenary Program


Embassy Suites Hotel of Hot Springs

400 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, AR 71901


contact: Derrick Newby @ or call 870-535-3062

Pre-register via the following link:



9:30 Opening Prayer (Lee Standing Bear Moore)

9:35 Occasion and Ice Breaker

9:45 Native American HIV Awareness Video

10: 15 Two-spirit The transgender challenges in Healthcare (MERCK SPEAKER)

11:15 Nutrition

11:30 The Native American perspective on modern health care (Lee Standing Bear Moore)

12:30 STD’s in Arkansas (Lunch Plenary)

1:30 The continuum of care: How to keep people in care and reach viral suppression in HIV treatment

2:15 Cultural Competency Survey

2:30 Adjourn



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