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"The person who falls down and gets back up is stronger than the person who never fell."  ~Ritu Ghatourey

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~Jules Renard


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Manataka IS a Sacred Site!

By Lee Standing Bear Moore and Takatoka


Over the past eight months, we published eight official documents in the Manataka Smoke Signal News from recognized spiritual leaders in North, Central and South America who proclaim Manataka a sacred site. 


Together, they compose an unprecedented gathering of spiritual elders for a single purpose: To declare Manataka a sacred site.


All of the documents, except one were sent directly to the United States Department of the Interior at least ten years ago.  In January, a packet containing dozens of documents was delivered to the Department of the Interior for a response. 


To date, the National Park Service has wrongfully ignored these and other esteemed indigenous spiritual elders. 


August 2015 - Chief Arvol Looking Horse

September 2015 - Peter V. Catches Lakota Spiritual Elder

October 2015 - Xielolixii, Council Chief Salinan-Chumas Nation

November 2015 - Rev. Dononlus A. Otto, Saginaw Chippewa

December 2015 - Boe Bushpo Awa Glasschild, Choctaw

January 2015 - Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan

February 2016 - Holy Mother Marie Paul says Manataka is predestined

March 2016- Confederation of Elders Council Original People of Abya Ayala

Why are federal bureaucrats refusing to acknowledge the good words of indigenous spiritual elders and why do they not grant "Sacred Site" status to the oldest national reservation?    Why do federal bureaucrats snub esteemed leaders who represent millions of indigenous people?   


The Hot Springs National Park Service pays with public tax dollars to monitor this website, emails and social media 24/7.   They are very well aware of our reasoning and they spend a great deal of time and money devising ways to impede our search for religious freedom.


Recognition of Native American Sacred Sites

The Recognition of Native American sacred sites in the United States could be described as "specific, discrete, narrowly delineated location on Federal land that is identified by an Indian tribe, or Indian individual determined to be an appropriately authoritative representative of an Indian religion, as sacred by virtue of its established religious significance to, or ceremonial use by, an Indian religion".  The sacred places are believed to "have their own 'spiritual properties and significance'".    READ MORE...


 Declaration of Excommunication from the Vatican dated July 11, 2007. -

A Century of Theft From Indians

by the National Park Service
by Kollibri terre Sonnenblume

In early February, I stopped in the men’s room at the Hole-in-the-Wall visitor center in Mojave National Preserve in southern California. Above the urinal was a framed history poster entitled, “Fort Mojave – Aha Mocave – And Then the White Man Came.” I was instantly offended by its placement. After all, figuratively, what a man would be doing under this poster is exactly what European colonialism has been doing on Indians for centuries.

The poster’s voluminous text, in three columns, along with eight captioned photographs, presented far more information than could be absorbed in even a long visit to the urinal (not that I’m suggesting it should have been hung in the toilet stall where people are likelier to spend more time). I was quite interested in its content so took some photos so I could study it more carefully later.

The Mojave National Preserve is run by the National Park Service, which, in contrast to previous times, has been including more Indian history in its displays and programs, and presumably this oddly-sited poster is part of that effort. Why wasn’t it inside the visitor center itself, where one might read it with better attention? And was it also displayed in the women’s room? I didn’t check. Among the books on sale in the visitor center, one full shelf was dedicated to the topic of Indians, and though the selection was decent, this particular poster — hung on the wall with other ones — would have given the topic visibility to more people.  READ MORE...




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"We know that in all creation, only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way."
-- OJIBWA Prayer

How have we gotten so far off track? What has happened to us? What is happening to our family? How did it happen so quickly? Every individual needs to answer these questions for themselves. What do we need to do to start living the Sacred Way again? Pray! Today I will start praying. I pray the Creator will lead all Native People to a great healing. I pray we'll be free from alcohol and drugs. I pray we will return to the culture, to spirituality and to unity.

My Mother, help us to heal ourselves. Make us strong again.


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



Cho'oko Baso

A Yaqui Legend
Told by Ambrosio A. Castro

NEAR the hill of Maatale lived a Yaqui named Cho'oko Baso who worked at collecting bark from trees with which to make dyes and to tan hides. The hides he sold for fruit and roots with which to feed his sons.

One day he was walking over a stretch of coarse sand and, on passing close to a cliff very late in the evening, he saw in the middle of the cliff a white light. But he saw no windows or doors. He was standing there for some time when suddenly there appeared before him an elderly man in a long shirt, a sort of tunic, and the man asked him, "What do you search for?"

Cho'oko Baso replied, "I walk here in search of woods for use in tanning hides."

"But look," said the old man, "don't work so hard. Take this little stick and touch that rock."   Cho'oko Baso did so, and the rock opened before him: A beautiful girl appeared and said to him, "Take this little stick. When you find yourself in need, tell it to give food to your sons. Say, 'Give me money' and it will be given to you."   




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The Great No-thing

By Walks With Hawks/Harvey Doyle

I stood at the meadow and scanned the sky. Spirit Hawk was over in the other forest looking for Mr. Fluffy Tail. I thought about going deep into the forest and looking at the old cabin which could tell many tales. I approached the Cabin and I saw the apple tree in full bloom. A Few bees were working and I felt the need to sit down. As always I sat down with my back to the trunk of the tree so I will be grounded to the Mother and to Apple Tree who has many feelers or roots that is grounded deep within Mother’s bowels of Spirit. 


I let my shoulders sag and placed my hands on my legs and asked for guidance from the Spirit of the Old Apple Tree.







A rebirth for a sacred place on the Mohawk
By Doug George-Kanentiio
Originally published October 16, 2011


When Skennenrahawi, the Peacemaker, walked among the Iroquois more than 800 years ago, his plan was to create the world's first united nations entity dedicated to the idea that human beings may live in a world without war.

To accomplish this, he created a set of rules called the Kaiienerekowa, or the Great Law of Peace. This code not only provided the Iroquois with a constitutional form of government but also directed them to reach out to other nations to present them with an opportunity to join together in a league.

The resulting Haudenosaunee Confederacy would become the most influential aboriginal organization in North America, affecting not only politics but also economics, law, culture and history.

In the Peacemaker epic there are four sites identified with his work. The first is his birthplace in the Bay of Quinte area, west of Kingston, Ontario. The second is south of Rochester, at a location called Ganondagan, where he met Jikonsaseh, the female leader who embraced his teachings and became the first clan mother.   Read More...




Archaeologists Dig Up An 800-Year-Old Native American Pot.

What They Found Inside Is Changing History

Posted by Dustin McGladrey at Friday, January 22nd, 2016


In 2008, on a dig in the First Nation’s Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, archaeologists made a small but stunning discovery: a tiny clay pot.


Though it might not have seemed very impressive at first glimpse, this little piece of pottery was determined to be about 800 years old.


And inside that pot? Something that changes how we’re looking at extinction, preservation, and food storage, as well as how humans have influenced the planet in their time on it.


It’s amazing to think that a little clay pot buried in the ground 800 years ago would still be relevant today, but it’s true! It’s actually brought an extinct species of squash that was presumed to be lost forever. Thank our Indigenous Ancestors! Even they knew what preservation meant. They knew the importance of the future, Is it not amazing that they are affecting our walks of life even to this day?


Here it is! The pot was unearthed on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, where it had laid buried for the past 800 years.   Read More...








Stop Needless Amputations with Calcium Bentonite Clay

by: Perry Arledge, citizen journalist Natural News


(NaturalNews) Amputations, especially from diabetes, are on the rise. What if there was a simple solution that would reduce the number of amputations by 50% or more - something simple, safe and inexpensive? This article is intended to open the doorway and shed the light on stopping needless amputations. It is intended to challenge insurance companies to encourage research that will satisfy the reluctances of the medical profession. It is intended to save limbs and significantly lower health care related costs from needless amputations.

- More than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.  - In 2004, about 71,000 nontraumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in people with diabetes. - The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes. [1] American Diabetes Association Statistics.  

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    "With children we always have to think about seven generations to come but yet unborn." -- Janice Sundown Hattet, Seneca

    What we do today will effect the children seven generations form now. How we treat the Mother Earth will affect the children yet to be born. If we poison the water today, our children's children will be affected by the decision we made. Our children are the gateway to the future. Let us conscientiously think about the children and the seven generations to come.

    My Creator, I thank you for my ancestors, seven generations ago.

    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!


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    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!





    Operation Migration's Whooping Crane Program

    All indigenous nations need to learn that Operation Migration, who I have been helping the past 3 years.  This is a group of dedicated people from Canada and America, that each year migrate a class of birds, young colts on their first migration to their winter home St Marks, FL.


    This is the ancient flyway from Necedah, WI to St Marks, FL for our Eastern Flyway of whooping cranes, and by migrating a class once they make this trip using the ultra-light aircraft, the following Spring they return on their own to WI to breed and raise their family.


    Operation Migration has learned that with such low numbers, we have just over 100 in the Eastern Flyway, if the chicks are raised in the wild too many perish and the flock numbers continue to go down.


    This bird is on the endangered species list and all together about 500 birds in total, 400 are in the Western Flyway in Texas.  Recent developments in late 2015. It seems that others in the Government seem to think they have a better plan and are trying to sway the governing body of USFWS and congress to stop Operation Migration. This is definitely a no no and really puts the birds in jeopardy. Go to operation for additional information. Many thanks. 

    Share with as many people as you can, all Nations please to help retain Operation Migration's Whooping Crane Program. Our whole Nation needs to become involved too.  This is a recent whooping crane painting I donated to OM for their 2015 Whooping Crane Festival last September, 2015.   Thank you for all your help  Jimmy Springett, wildlife painter




    "People think other things are more important than prayer, but they are mistaken." 

    -- Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

    An Elder once said the most important thing you can do in the course of a day is to pray. If we get up late or oversleep, which is more important? Rush to work without praying or pray first and then go to work? The Elders say it's more important to pray. If we get angry, should we act on our anger or should we pray first? The Elders say it's more important to pray first. If, during the day, we face indecision, what should we do? PRAY. If, during the day, we become irritated or we experience fear, what should we do first? PRAY. The Warrior who prays first will lead a different life from those who pray last.

    Great Spirit, teach me to pray first!

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





    APRIL 2016

    Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

    Dear Manataka,


    Interesting site.  I read it while preparing to take my high school students on a “staff ride” covering the last three days of the Summit Springs pursuit at the end of the Republican River campaign.


    One note though…at the end you site states that the Lakota under Crazy Horse “annihilated Reno.” Not quite so…Major Reno and Captain Benteen’s portions of the 7th Cavalry rallied atop a bluff and were still there the next day when Col Gibbon arrived with his regiment, and the Lakota/Cheyenne withdrew.  Overall, though, loved the page and the story.


    In fact, one question about the Dog Soldiers if I may…we call them “military,” but that word means something to modern ears that I think it may not have meant to them.  We think of people in uniforms, hierarchical rank structure, fighting in formations, recruiting and training and doctrine and all of that.  It is my understanding that native warriors were more or less naturals, since they grew up to it as hunters all their lives.  Did these warrior societies conduct any kind of special training beyond that of regular hunter/warriors?  Native American scout units with the U.S. Army underwent some Army training (though they mostly relied on their own skills) – did the Dog Soldiers and others do special training, or did they rely on being an elite group to start with?   ~Nathan Hoepner. European History, The Vanguard School 


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