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JUNE 2016


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


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Manataka IS a Sacred Site!

By Lee Standing Bear Moore and Takatoka


On Thursday, May 5, 2016 Father Bruno Ruel at St. Michaels convent, home of the Sisters of Charity and Refuge, telephoned Manataka and asked Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Moore to come to the convent to meet two very special guests; two high-ranking officials of the Sons and Daughters of Mary and Daughters of Mary orders at Lac-Etchemin located south of Quebec City, Canada.


Sister Marie - Suzanne, the new Mother Superior General of the Daughters of Mary order and Sister Charlotte Belanger, International Mother for the Sons and Daughters of Mary were on a special mission to Manataka.


Bear met with the two ambassadors and Father Bruno in a comfortable courtyard veranda well attended by Sister Teresa located behind the convent.  The Sisters asked many questions about Manataka and received some of its gifts.  Grandfather gave each Sister a small ornate glass vial of sacred Manataka healing water.  He also gifted one to all the Sisters at St. Michaels.  He then shared a small box of crystals and a bag of Healing Clay for the sisters, priests, chaplains and members at Lac-Etchemin in Canada.








by Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder


Sacred is anything connected with God or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.
Native American people have a great variety of places that are considered sacred.  Some are structures Indian people built  (Name an example); some are places associated with origin stories and oral traditions; some are places used for ceremony and other spiritual activities, including manifestations of the Great Mystery.
Non-Indians sometimes have difficulty understanding and "seeing" the sacredness that Indian people attach to certain places. Often this is due to a difference in the spiritual experiences of Indians and non-Indians.
Europeans came to the Americas as immigrants bringing with them their religions. As newcomers their religions did not have historic ties to the land and sacred space was the area which they enclosed in their churches.
When these churches were abandoned - no longer used for worship by their congregations - the space they enclosed was no longer sacred and churches, therefore, could be converted to secular uses. As a result, today there are former churches which are now stores, houses, medical offices, bars, and so on.   Read More...
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Shane Larsen (Lakota Sioux), an 18-year old Trinity Classical Academy high school student, wrote this research paper on Manifest Destiny for his senior thesis project. Shane has plans to attend Northern Arizona University with a major in forestry, minor in Native American studies.


Manifest Destiny: The religious belief that the United States should expand from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in the name of God. In 1872 artist John Gast painted this popular scene of people moving west that captured the view of Americans at the time. Entitled "American Progress" or "Spirit of the Frontier." (


Ke T’ona Takuon Takuwe (The Many Reasons Why):

Manifest Destiny and Other Crimes Against The Native American Nations

by Shane Larsen, April 30th, 2012, Exordium


Since its inception in 1776, the United States of America has been considered the world’s most prominent advocate for freedom and liberty. Its emphasis on liberty and equality results from this nation’s dedication to and founding upon the Christian proposition that all men are created equal by God. This idea is clearly defined by influential Americans in their proclamation of independence from Great Britain. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” It should be noted that the American Founding Fathers’ understanding of equality was inclusive of all of humanity.


Yet if this were true, then why, when it came to the Native Americans, did concern over their human rights and equality seem to disappear? When the Americans began establishing their own government after securing their freedom from Britain, they sought to establish a framework that purposefully set down and protected their unalienable rights. Following the creation of the Constitution in 1787, influential leaders demanded a Bill of Rights.   READ MORE...




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"IN THE BEGINNING were the Instructions... The Instruction was to live in a good way and be respectful to everybody and everything." -- Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo

A long time ago, in the beginning, the Creator gave to all people and to all things the Wisdom and the knowledge of how to live in harmony. Some tribes call these teachings the original Instructions, the original teachings, or the Great Laws. All of Nature still lives and survives according to these teachings. In modern times, human beings are searching for the Instructions. Many churches claim they have these Instructions. Where are these teachings? The Instructions are written in our hearts.

Great Spirit, today, whisper to me the secrets of the original Instructions.


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




Coyote and the Friendly Dogs

Yaqui Legend

A COYOTE who was very hungry was walking about the outskirts of a field. He was discovered by a few dogs who were taking care of the crops. With the dogs were some little quail. This was in the time when animals talked like people and all of them understood one another.

The dogs talked to the coyote in such a way as not to frighten him, saying, "Brother, come along with us. It looks as if you are quite hungry."

"Poor little coyote," said the quail, with voices which showed their pity.  "It is obvious that you are very hungry."

The coyote, thinking that they were going to give him something to eat, went with them. He walked along surrounded with dogs, for there were many dogs, and the quail followed behind him singing:   



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.









Laura Grizzlypaws at Gathering of Nations

We’ve featured Laura Grizzlypaws before.

Her Bear Dancing is incredible to watch!  

Watch this video!










Spirit Courage

By Walks With Hawks/Harvey Doyle


Spirit Courage is one of the most valuable traits we could ever aspire, achieve or bring forth into our inner self.


People who have spirit courage don’t live foolhardy fearless lives, but have the strength of character to overcome fear each time rather than let it control them.


When I was young I confused physical courage with spirit courage. There is a complete difference between them. Through life we seem to bring forth physical courage and forget to fortify our spiritual courage. We walk and wander through life on our physical path and the more we walk the more physical we become. Some recognize the lacking of Spirit Courage and some develop it earlier in life.   Read More...







Pumpkin Patch and Cookin' Pumpkin Fun


I always wanted a pumpkin patch, so this year I planted one far out in the fields. Weeds quickly engulfed the orange fruit and its vines. Somehow, six sweet pumpkins survived.

Although it is thought that the sunset-colored gourd likely originated in Mexico and Central America, fragments of pumpkin stems, seeds and fruits have been recovered from the ruins of cliff dwellers in what is now the southwestern United States. Some pumpkin varieties have been cultivated as long as maize, since approximately 3500 B.C., according to the Agricultural Alternatives publication series developed by the Small-Scale and Part-Time Farming Project at Penn State, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   Read More...



The Power of Names

By Doug George-Kanentiio


Fundamental to the well being of all humans is the need to identify oneself with a specific name and to have that name acknowledged within the family, the clan and the community. To assume a name is to assert individuality, to express uniqueness, to affirm continuity.  What we are becomes who we are.


Communal names are equally important as they are an essential element within any specific culture. Names may be extracted from geography, events or individuals but they are a vital part of the collective sense of awareness and form a bond by which individuals within that community have their own place and meaning. We must all belong and names help us make a distinction between the "we" and the "them".


Communal names have economic, social, historical and political power. New York City has deep meaning and resonates well in contrast to places like Beaverlick, Kentucky or Toad Suck, Arkansas. Selecting a name like Washington to become the capital of a new American nation was a wise choice unlike Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (formerly Saigon). Names lend themselves to harmony: cities such as Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (versus Ashgabat or Tecgucigalpa) which goes a long way in deterring the character of life of its residents.   Read More...





There has been no Indian Voting Rights Act

Dr. Dean Chavers


There has been no Indian Voting Rights Act, and no congressional hearings or testimony on such a bill. But as I demonstrated in my book Racism in Indian Country, there are many conspiracies among non-Indians on or near reservations to keep Indian people from registering to vote and to keep them from voting. There have been dozens of lawsuits filed against county voter registrars, county commissioners and state officials over denying Indians the right to vote.


When they returned from World War II, many Indian veterans were upset that they still could not vote. They had fought for their country, only to be denied this basic constitutional right when they got home. They began to lobby Congress and the state legislatures to give them suffrage rights. They had been exposed to the world outside the reservation, some for the first time, and had started to learn that they had been cheated out of many things, such as adequate housing, an adequate education, decent jobs, and the right to vote. They found they could not get loans to buy cattle, to start businesses, to build houses on reservations, and to buy cars and trucks.   Read More...




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"The Natural Law is the final and absolute authority governing E Te No Ha, the earth we call our Mother."  - Traditional Circle of Elders

There is no power greater than the Natural Laws. These powers were set up by the Great Spirit in such a way that the human being has no access to it, except by obeying. If we choose not to follow the Natural Laws, our live will be filled with confusion, tension, anxiety and stress. If we poison the Earth, we poison ourselves. If we poison the Water of the Earth, we poison ourselves. As we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves and our children, even the children unborn. May we think about this today and ask ourselves, "Are we holding and acting toward the Mother Earth in a good way?"

Great Spirit, teach me the Natural Laws that govern the Earth.


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 a bio 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!





"You have to have a lot of patience to hear those old people talk, because when they talk, they talk about motivation, the feeling, the unsound that is around the universe. They explain everything to one understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word comes out."  - Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

We need to be careful about judging the old ones when we talk. At first they may not make sense to us. Maybe we'll say they're old fashioned and don't understand. But the old ones do understand! When they speak, listen very carefully. Often it will take weeks or maybe even years before we understand what they are really saying. This is the way of Wisdom. We need to listen, listen, listen.

Great Spirit, today, open my ears so I can hear the Elders.


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





JUNE 2016


Ciao Manataka,


I would like to ask to the Enlightened Master of Manataka, if my sounds studies or any other standing waves could ever ever help to triggering the Soul Enlightenment without difficulties..... Thank you very much.  Filippo from Italy


O’siyo Honored Brother Filippo,

The answer to you question is complex by written explanation, yet made simple by faith.

All things in the universes vibrate, except the darkness of the void – the spaces between.

All manner of life and material on the Mother vibrates – science says it is magnetic resonance.


Vibration is sound, but it is also movement, color and light. 

It is an internal and external language unique to each thing of creation.

Many study sound language patters for secrets and others utilize it to calm and soothe the psychic.


Yes, we will say that each has its own song of being.... and when the body absorbs any of the many forms of the ‘right’ vibrations there are positive reactions.  Leading the mind and body into a state of calm reflection with the aid of sound is an ancient proven practice.


“Triggering” enlightenment of the Soul is not possible... because the Soul is already enlightened.   


Remembering the path to the Soul may be aided with vibration, visual and other stimulus of the senses to achieve deep level awareness.


Enlightenment is as much a long journey as it is a single event.


We have faith that your enlightenment has arrived.    May you have that faith too.


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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). 




The Business of Indian Agriculture & Food Sovereignty Assessment
Training Workshops
June 7-9 ~ Green Bay, Wisconsin

June 14-16 ~ Denver (Westminster), Colorado

August 16-18 ~ Tulsa (Catoosa), Oklahoma


Upcoming Workshops

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

September 12-14, 2016

2016 Global Indigenous Men’s Conference

Stamford Hotel Glenelg, Adelaide  Australia

Among the keynote speakers are Jack Bulman, a Muthi Muthi man from South Western NSW, CEO of Mibbinbah – a Health Promotion Charity for Indigenous Males with Dr. Rick Hayes, a university lecturer and co-founder of Mibbinbah. Similarly the President of the Men’s Health Forum NSW Inc. and Vice President of the Australian Men’s Health Forum Inc., the national peak body for improving male health, Greg Millan; world renown Aboriginal artists from Daguragu, Kalkarindji, Pidgeon Hill and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, Eddie Janama Kitching; Director of Aboriginal Health NSLHD and Gomeroi man from north-western NSW, Clinical Associate Professor Peter Shine; Dean McLaren & Gavin Kelly of Nyugumba Aboriginal Men’s Programs and Kup-poon-dee Men's Service; Prof. Norman Sheehan, Gnibi – College of Indigenous Australian Peoples Southern Cross University; Jermane Herbohn of First Nations Rainforest peoples form Kuranda and Black Duck Dreaming project lead and Helmut Rohde + Partners managing partner, Helmut Rohde are among the inspiring guest speakers for this year’s Indigenous Men’s Conference.


September 12-14, 2016

2016 World Indigenous Women’s Conference

Stamford Hotel Glenelg, Adelaide  Australia

This year’s conference will bring together First Nations women speakers namely Terabalang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng and Kabi Kabi Elder, Chaplain and IWC Board of Director, Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian; Metis activists and human rights advocates, Muriel Venne & Rachelle Venne, founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW); Dr. Nina Sivertsen, university lecturer and Indigenous Sea-Sámi Nurse from Northern Norway; Hon. Linda Burney, the first Aboriginal Australian to be elected to the NSW Parliament and a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation; Regina Richardson, a Yamatji woman of the Amangu group in the mid-west region of Western Australia; Susan Moylan-Coombs, Founder & Director of The Gaimaragal Group from Woolwonga and Gurindji in the Northern Territory; Eliza Pross, Gaimaragal Group Consultant and is a Gaimariagal resident, and Yuin/Palawa woman from Southern NSW and Tasmania; Wendy Watego, Co-Founder and National Program Director of STARS Institute of Learning and Leadership; Luita Casey, an Aboriginal Women's Health Nurse; Leann Bonner, Indigenous and CALD  Project Officer of DonateLife South Australia; Caryn Walsh, CEO of Pure Magic International Business Solutions and Carol Vale, Managing Director of Murawin Consultancy amongst others.


Sept. 12-14, 2016

Global Indigenous SAY NO to Family & Domestic Violence Conference

Stamford Hotel Glenelg Adelaide  Australia

More than 50% of the featured speakers for this year’s conference are from community based organizations from grassroots First Nations’ communities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Uncle Steve Gadlabarti Goldsmith, traditional owner and Kaurna Elder and Taylor Power- Smith welcome all conference delegations to country. Among the featured national and international keynote speakers are Hon. Zoe Bettison, Minister for Status of Women          SA Government; Trudy Lavallee, Executive Director of Ikwe Widdjiitiwin  crisis shelter in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brandy Kane, Manager of Indigenous Battered Women's Support Services in Vancouver; Aboriginal Artist, Judith-Rose Thomas and Nell Kuilenburg, Development & Research Manager of the Salvation Army Tasmania; Rita Butera, CEO of Women’s Health Victoria; Jenny Munro, CEO of Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Women's Centre; Terabalang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng and Kabi Kabi Elder and IWC Board of Director, Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian; Dr Andrew Ramsay, GP Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Noarlunga Hospital and manager for the Peace Education Program; Managing Director of Murawin Consultancy, Carol Vale with Ms Hetty Johnston, Founder and CEO of Bravehearts; Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon and Director of Aboriginal Health NSLHD and Gomeroi man from north-western NSW, Clinical Associate Professor Peter Shine are among the empowering speakers for the 5th Global Indigenous Domestic & Family Violence Conference this year.

We encourage anyone interested in attending any of the conferences to register early as numbers are filling fast! To register, please visit the event’s website: or for more information about the conference in Cairns, Gold Coast and Sydney, please visit


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