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MAY 2016


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May Day

May 01, 2016

Cinco de Mayo

May 05, 2016

Mother's Day

May 08, 2016

Memorial Day

May 30, 2016


"Truth is the torch that gleams through the Fog without dispelling it." ~Claude Adrien Helvétius



Gift to Lee Standing Bear Moore 


Father Bruno Ruel called and asked Grandfather Bear to come to St. Michael's convent to see Mother Superior.  When he arrived, they stood briefly at the end of the second floor hallway where Fr. Bruno said smiling, "I believe Sister has a gift for you."  


Extending her hand, Sister Mary Thomas said, "To the only standing bear I know".   With a small tear in her eye and a big smile on her face, she briefly described the family heirloom.  


An engraved plaque on the base of a pewter bear bank reads,


Gift to Lee Standing Bear Moore    February 04, 2016

"To the only Standing Bear I know"  Sister Mary Thomas, Mother Superior, Sisters of Charity and Refuge, Hot Springs, AR  

Over 85 years ago, my mother, Helen Francis Davis O'Keefe and aunt Elizabeth June Davis played with this metal bear bank near Fort Smith, AR"


Manataka will honor the gift of this precious heirloom forever as it comes from the depths of the Mother's heart.


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




Celebrate Life in May

by Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder



May is the month of Mother’s Day and it’s approaching. It’s a day we all celebrate and honor our mothers. We usually fix breakfast for them and suddenly, the better idea is to travel to McDonalds to order Bacon, Egg, and Cheese biscuits. Oh well, we tried. It’s the thought that counts.

Most mothers like to receive handmade gifts. They certainly do not need to be perfectly made to be loved. With all that we are given by our mothers, Mother’s Day should be celebrated each day. Which leads me to mention a very important mother – MOTHER EARTH.

Mother Earth gives us life. Her beautiful and sparkling rivers and brooks provide sustenance for our bodies. Her sacred ground offers a womb for plants to be born and reborn. Again, her beautiful land gives us a place for building our shelter. But how do we treat our Mother Earth?   Read More...


Global Love Day - May 1, 2016

A Celebration of Humanity "Heart-to-Heart Around the World"


It is our vision to unite one and all in a celebration of love and compassion. We honor each May 1st as a symbolic day of unconditional love and call upon all people and all nations to gather together in the wisdom of peace and love.

Global Love Day is the universal recognition of our innate oneness through love. When we come from this limitless love we naturally and easily embrace ourselves and our fellow humanity. Opening our heart, we allow unconditional love to be our guide and compassion to be our gift to life.

Our theme is "love begins with me" and our vision is expressed through these six statements...   



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"All living creatures and all plants derive their life from the sun. If it were not for the sun, there would be darkness and nothing could grow the earth would be without life." -- Okute, Teton Sioux

This is why we call the sun, Father Sun. Father Sun shines life on Mother Earth and from this Father and Mother all life forms exist and continue to reproduce. The Sun shines on all; it is not selective. We should not allow anything to block the Sun from shining on the Earth. We must not pollute the air because the pollutants block the light of life to the Earth. If the Earth cannot receive this light, then life will start to be affected. We must live in harmony with the Sun and Earth. Otherwise, we are harming ourselves.

My Creator, give me the wisdom to live in harmony with all things.


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




Comanche Deer Medicine

One time the People camped at the base of a mountain near a rushing stream.   Over time a person disappeared, then another. The band grew troubled and took their worries to their medicine makers. After sweat lodge purification, after sage and sweet grass cleansing, the medicine makers held council.

"I do not trust those deer," Medicine Man said.

"I trust them less than you." Medicine Woman looked up at the mountain where the deer lived near a large cave.

"I suspect they are stealing our people and keeping them in their cave to eat," Medicine Man said.

"Our people depend on us to care for them.  And we must do so."       



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Hopi Knowledge

By Hopi Brother, Upaava Hohongwitutiwa


Ngungu'taota (greetings, we are relations), Tutskwa I'qatsi (Land and Life are One),

I would like to remind my brothers and sisters of the importance of speaking the truth, as presented in last months' Manataka Smoke Signal News (Vision Quest 1999). In that story it was told that there is a cost to speaking the truth; but there is also a reward from the Great Spirit when speaking the truth about our deep connection to our Earth Mother, and what we need to understand to safely pass through this purification time.


Some of us still retain anger over how Euroamericans treated indigenous peoples, and therefore do not wish to share the truth about what native peoples know that can help them. This is not what Hopi and other elders and medicine people know we are called to do. We are called to help all our relations; that does not mean we need to tell them all sacred matters, only that we help safely guide them through the confusing times ahead.







My Mother

By Walks With Hawks/Harvey Doyle


Like some of us I was brought into this physical life and it was a turbulent life.

Orphans home, ups and downs, heartaches, scars from wandering and also wondering what shall I do.


One person stands out in my life and I will always honor that person until I pass to Spirit form.


How many times she called me to her side or just to lie down to listen to her and share something beautiful by just looking up toward the heavens.  The glowing embers of a sunset, the call of the whippoorwill in the forest, or one of those rare moments when Venus draws near the new moon.


How many times she held my hand to comfort me through misunderstandings, through fear, through hope, birth and death of loved ones, happiness and unhappiness.


How many times she taught me that no one is ever alone.


How many times have I stroked her green grass and lay upon it.    Read More...






Big Drum Knowledge and the Power of Women

By Shannon Thunderbird, M.A.

Coast Tsimshian First Nations Elder


Aboriginal history is clearly delineated between Pre- and Post-European contact. In pre-contact history, the egalitarian nature of original Aboriginal societies which underlay all cultural references meant that women and men were of equal status. Indeed, what is refreshing about this reality is that no one had to endlessly talk about gender issues, everyone simply did what they were good at in order to further and protect the communities. Recognition of the matriarch as a natural and equal leader gave women powerful voices in the decision-making processes of day-to-day tribal life.


Women created stories, songs, prayers and ceremony in a time when there was no written language for Indigenous people. We sang and drummed on our "female relatives" to remember language, to teach our children, to heal hearts, to honor nature, our communities, notwithstanding both women and men. Men respected and respected us in our role as cultural guardians, and our world view was sustained for a millennia. No one had the time, in other words, to wallow in false ideologies.  Read More...







Sacred Frog Medicine:

Kambo Ceremony

By Peter Bowden, Australia



Kambo is “one of the strongest natural antibiotics and anesthetics found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to empower your immune system.” Kambo or Sapo is the name given to the traditional Shamanic frog venom cleanse that is used to strengthen and heal mind, body and spirit.

Kambo is a secretion from one of the largest Hylid frogs known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog.


Kambo is the name given to the traditional Shamanic frog venom cleanse that is used to strengthen and heal mind, body and spirit. The scientific name for this frog is Phyllomedusa bicolor or “Giant Monkey Frog”. This frog lives in the Northwestern part of the Amazon Rainforest, namely Colombia and on the border between Brazil and Peru and is used by indigenous tribes there to gain strength, immunity and hunting magic. This cute frog secretes a poisonous sweat from its skin, the potency of which will repel all predators.

The secretion from the Giant Monkey Frog is applied to the skin after small burns are made with the tip of a glowing stick. Once applied, Kambo stimulates a purge while toxins and ‘bad luck’ or ‘panema’ are kicked out of the body. 





Honoring the Last Surviving War Chief – Joe Medicine Crow

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Joseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Tribe, has died. He was 102.

Medicine Crow died Sunday, April 3, 2016, Bullis Mortuary funeral home director Terry Bullis said. Services will be announced Monday, he said.

A member of the Crow Tribe's Whistling Water clan, Medicine Crow was raised by his grandparents in a log house in a rural area of the Crow Reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana.

His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

President Barack Obama awarded Medicine Crow the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.     Read More...




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Smooth – A Cut Above the Rest

By Toyacoyah Brown,


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There are sure are a lot of creative Natives out there! Check out these cool haircuts from the Smooth Scalper Barber group.



Cool right?

The Smooth Scalper Barbers group was created by Savoy Fog In The Morning (Lakota/Crow) whose goal was not only to give haircuts but to inspire the Native communities they visit, especially the youth!

“Our goal is to show the youth that talent can come in different formations and to use the gift god gave us to show case or inspire. Growing up on the reservation we were stuck into thinking we only have a few choices in what life has to offer us. But we’re here to show our communities that we can be what ever we want and start something new and different. We took barbering and art and created a movement.”     Read More...





"Think only about what is holy. Empty your mind." -- Archie Fire Lame Deer, Lakota

If we let our minds wander, we will come up with a lot of junk; maybe bad thoughts about a brother or sister, maybe angry thoughts, maybe self-pity thoughts. Our minds are not the boss. We can instruct our mind to think about whatever we want to think about. We cannot stop thinking, but we can choose what to think about. The Elders say we move towards what we think about. That's why they say, "Think about what is holy, think about the Grandfathers, think about culture, think about values, think about ceremonies, and think about good."

Great Spirit, today, empty my mind and let me experience what it would be like to think about what is holy.

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



The Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center located at Jefferson Comprehensive Care, Inc. in Pine Bluff, Arkansas held its annual Native American HIV Awareness Workshop on March 24, 2016 at the Austin Hotel in Hot Springs, AR.   For the eighth year in a row, Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Moore was welcomed as a principal guest speaker by Derrick Newby, Administrator of AETC.  


Bear told the audience that mistrust of government and its healthcare facilities is a major contributor to the lack of participation among American Indians in HIV programs.  He also said that American Indians have a high rate of poverty, lack of housing, lower graduation, lower employment, and have less regular medical attention.  All of these factors contribute to higher risk.


For many years, Lee Standing Bear Moore and the Manataka American Indian Council have supported local, state and federal programs to reach more Native American Indians who may suffer from AIDS/HIV.  However, we disagree with bureaucratic do-nothing programs that waste money and human lives, and we strongly advocate traditional ways of teaching and communicating that encourages, rather than discourages, participation.




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!


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!





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What's the latest bad food news? Ten out of 24 breakfast food items, analyzed by independent labs, tested positive for glyphosate—the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, and a chemical the World Health Organization’s cancer experts have classified as a probably human carcinogen.


That’s just scratching the surface of our food problem. Pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, GMOs—they’re all in our food. And they’re destroying our health and polluting our environment.


We need a food revolution.

Join the Food Revolution Summit today to get the latest research on food, nutrition, disease prevention and how what you eat affects our entire ecosystem. 


What is the Food Revolution Summit? From April 30 – May 8, bestselling author John Robbins is personally interviewing 25 of the world’s top experts, scientists and celebrities in food, natural health and environmental movements.  You'll find the full schedule here. 




For Native Nations:  U.S.  Elections Hinge on Two Paragraphs

© By Doug George-Kanentiio

For the Native Nations effected by the upcoming US elections hinge on the following two paragraphs of the Constitution:


This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Its meaning cannot be more clear.  All federal, state and local laws from land claims to hunting rights, economic development or justice are subject to the above statutes. It assures those Native Nations who have formal treaties with the US that they are free, independent and separate from the subsidiary agencies within the US.  And every official, appointed or elected, and each officer and member of the military, is bound by the above including the US Supreme Court.

Virtually all candidates striving for national office claim to be bound by the provisions of the Constitution-some even seek to impose strict qualifications upon federal judges to abide by each word and phrase of that document and not to waiver from its intent. 

If this is so, then I propose that those in a position to ask  candidates questions regarding the Constitution submit the following inquiry:

Question: Under law, you are bound by the Constitution. Do you then affirm Article Six which states, unequivocally, that treaties are the supreme law of the land. Upon entry into office will you, insofar as your authority provides, order all those under your jurisdiction to vigorously enforce this law?

Should the candidate affirm this then each and every treaty entered into with a Native nation must be obeyed. And every law, ordinance or judicial decision made in contradiction to Article Six is therefore nullified. The US and the Native nations must be returned to the status and condition at which time the treaties were signed and enacted, by each nation, into law.  And that the terms and conditions of each and every treaty made between the US and the native nations must be subject to the understanding of both entities which were then, and are now, equal parties under law.

Should the candidate waiver, postulate or evade then they undermine the Constitution and should be exempt from elected or appointed office. It also means the nullification of the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act, the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act and the 1989 National Indian Gaming Act. Are the Native nations prepared of this or will they retreat into the current state of unsustainable contradictions made worse by the decision by some to take an active part if the electoral process of an alien entity? 

You are either are-or you are not.

It is that simple. Or complex.





"But I have learned a lot from trees: sometimes about the weather, sometimes about animals, sometimes about the Great Spirit." -- Walking Buffalo, Stoney

Nature is the greatest teacher on the Earth. Nature produces many different plants, animals, trees, rocks, birds, insects, and weather patterns. Nature designed all these various things to grow and multiply while at the same time live in harmony with each other. We can learn a lot of we observe and study Nature's system of harmony and balance. Today, go sit on a rock and quietly observe and ask to be shown the lessons.

Great Spirit, Nature is my teacher. Today, let me be the student.

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





MAY 2016


South America Natives Recognize Manataka


Dear Brothers and Sisters of Manataka.


I am very happy to receive a lot of important valuable information through the technology, any way I see the Smoke Signals News. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the family and for make me feel that I am not alone on this mission to pray for the Love  and care for the planet and so for all living beings. Thank you for all the wisdom through this wonderful articles. I am also very happy because all the natives from South America and from every where recognize Manataka as a sacred place. Thank you again and receive all the blessings from the all almighty and sweet God.  Aho Mitakuye Oyasin. From South America your little brother. Wichacpi. ~Fernando Mosquera Cruz


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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). 



May 20 - 22, 2016

Spring Spiritual Gathering

Bishop, CA

Come join us in our Spring Gathering


Saturday, May 21st :    Community Sweat 3:30pm     Potluck Dinner 6:30pm Traditional Dances &

Talking Circle 7:30pm Bear Healing Ceremony 7:00pm (On Sacred Site – Car Pool)


Sunday, May 22nd:    Community/closing Sweat 9:00am     Brunch 12:00 noon

As all traditions and gatherings, there are protocols to be followed, Ladies on their moon should not attend, since they won’t be able to attend sweat or go into the ceremonial area. No healings or other ceremonies will be allowed on the premises without the permission of your host. There is camping area available and restrooms, for hotel or motel information please call us to send you information on our local hotels or motels. This event is Potluck, so please bring a dish to share with everyone!


Qwina & Irma West - 760-937-3391 -  725 N Barlow Lane Bishop, CA 93514


Bring your lawn chairs! A sign will be next to the mail box


From the North:     395 south to N. Barlow lane turn right (right after the Casino) just past See-Huvah lane on the right, if you reached Diaz Ln you gone to far.

From the South:     395 north to Bishop turn left on West Line Street (at the first street light) Go west for about 2 miles turn right on N. Barlow lane at the light, go all the way down pass Diaz Lane look for the Spiritual Gathering sign on the left. If you reach See-Huvah lane you gone to far.




Upcoming Workshops

May 14         Making Traditional Wedding Bread

May 28         Making a Traditional Hand Drum

June 11-12   Making a Plains Courting Flute

July 17         Making Center-Seam Deer Skin Moccasins

Sept. 24       Making a Mohawk Tobacco Bag

October 8-9  Making a Traditional Wedding Basket


Please check www.mohawkcommunity for more information on these workshops, additional classes, lectures.  Email or call for required pre-registration info.   518-584-9270


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