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JULY 2016


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Canada Day

July 01, 2016

Independence Day

July 4, 2016

Eid Mubarak

July 07 - 10, 2016

Parents Day

July 24, 2016


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


Manataka Council Fire


Manataka IS a Sacred Site!

By Lee Standing Bear Moore and Takatoka


The entire Earth Mother and everything in the vast universes beyond our imagination are sacred because the Great Mystery manifests All Things.


Manifest means able to be seen, clearly shown or visible, easy to understand or recognize.  The word 'manifest' is the focus of this brief message.


Throughout history Man and God chose to designate specific locations around the earth as 'sacred' grounds.  Places of worship, ceremony and burial grounds are widely accepted as sacred sites demanding our respect, regardless of religious faith. 


But certainly there are some locations that are more sacred than others.  For example, Moses was told by an angle of God to remove his sandals because the place of the burning bush on Horeb, (Mount Sinai) the mountain of God was "holy ground".  Or, the place where Moses and the Israelites emerged from the Red Sea after the pursuing Egyptians were destroyed.  Moses had a rock carne constructed on that site to mark the holy place where God became manifest in a raging sea.  In both instances, God the Creator became manifest as miracles to all those present.   Read More...


Indigenous Spiritual Elders Speak About Manataka

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 Glasschild (Bushpo Awa - Many Knives)

January 2015        - Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab

February 2016      - Holy Mother Marie Paul says Manataka is predestined

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

April 2016             -  Recognition of Native American Sacred Sites

June 2016             -  Manataka IS a Sacred Site - A Day of Recognition






by Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder


Religion and war has risen to the top of global discussions. We are now at odds with who’s right and who is wrong. As I write this, about 49 people were slaughtered in Orlando, Florida, and believed to be the largest mass killing of lives on American soil. This is not true. The news reporters keep referring to this each time they do reports. as a hate/religious crime and also as a terrorist act.


The truth is I could list all the treaties broken by the Federal Government. I could write about the slaughter of lives at Wounded Knee. I could write about President Andrew Jackson who wanted to eradicate the Native Americans from the face of the earth.

The conflict at Wounded Knee was originally referred to as a battle, but in reality it was a tragic and avoidable massacre. Surrounded by heavily armed troops, it’s unlikely that Big Foot’s band would have intentionally started a fight. Some historians speculate that the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry were deliberately taking revenge for the regiment’s defeat at Little Bighorn in 1876. Whatever the motives, the massacre ended the Ghost Dance movement and was the last major confrontation in America’s deadly war against the Plains Indians.   Read More...


CULTURE WATCH — Native American Maps




Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in this age of GPS and Smart Phones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.


Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.


Manataka endorses the beautifully printed Tribal Nations Maps because they are the most accurate and complete depiction of the locations of pre-contact tribes.  For example, the Native American map clearly shows the correct placement of the Tula people who were the Keepers of Manataka for several centuries.   Buy one for a local school!  Great for history classes, offices, and meeting halls.







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"I'm an Indian, I'm one of God's children." -- Mathew King, Lakota

My Creator, today let me remember the reason I'm here on Mother Earth. Let me look into my own eyes and see the beauty You have created. Let me have good thoughts. Being Indian is not the color of my skin. Being Indian is to listen to my heart, to think only the things You have taught, to watch nature, and live in harmony. Being Indian is to walk in prayer, to talk to You constantly during the day. Being Indian is to act and to walk in a sacred way.

Today, let me think in beauty, let me walk in beauty, let me pray in beauty.


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




A Comanche Love Story

As an Indian boy and girl developed into young manhood and maidenhood, there was born in each heart that which is ever old, yet ever new. No Indian maiden was more beautiful than Weakeah; no Indian brave more courageous than Quanah. They were still devoted to each other as companions, but their love as sweethearts had never been plighted.

Then one day the eternal triangle began to assume shape. Chief Old Bear, Weakeah's father, had a visitor. It was young Tennap, rich old Ekitaocup's son, bearing beads and mirrors as presents to Weakeah. He stood for a while some distance from the teepee making soft sweet music on a flute. The third day he came again, nearer than the first, and again the melodious notes from the flute sounded on the evening air. In two days more he appeared, and spreading his blankets before the wickiup of Old Bear, seated himself upon them, with his eyes on the doorway, and with, no doubt, his heart in his mouth, played all the soft, melodious, plaintive love songs of his tribe.

Hid from view, inside the teepee, Weakeah heard the music and knew its meaning. Her heart answered, but its response was in a minor strain--a response of hatred, fear, and trembling.    Read More...



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.










Elders Speak


Respect of Elders and Ancestors...

through Spiritual Medicine

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle

We looked upon their faces when we were children. We sat around the fire and they told us stories of Creator, about Spirit of old,  about Mother Earth and our animal brothers and sisters.  


All this knowledge was to be passed on to our children; as we were their children then.  A blessing passed to us  but we did not know it then when we were so young. Time has gone and time has passed; did we learn anything from our relatives or ancestors or the Elders of Old?


Those old ones, the ancient Elders who taught us, bent us like the spirit wind among the trees. Pointed out the herbs, the trees, and told us how Mother Nature could heal us physically and spiritually. Taught us to look between the leaves of life. Taught us about our first Vision Quest, the temperament of the Spirit.  Chanted around the fire of Blessing of Old.   Read More...






Coming Soon!  Prehistoric fiction novel by Ray Urbaniak entitled "The Shaman and the Cult of Ogham"

Offered as an e-book. Book is respectful of indigenous peoples and reveals hidden secrets of the ancients.


The Shaman and the Cult of Ogham

by Ray Urbaniak


Great Eagle, an Ancestral Puebloan Shaman, follows the bread crumbs (corn crumbs), to unravel the story of a Celtic visitation in the distant past. His adventures explore the history of the visitors as well as the mystery of life itself. The story starts in the year 1257 CE when an ancestral Puebloan, formerly referred to as the Anasazi and Hisatsinom to the Hopi, shaman investigates clues to the mysterious visitation in the distant past by reluctantly converted Native American Celtic missionaries from what is now Florida.

After a continuing drought, with resource depletion, the Shaman eventually migrates to what is now Florida with his young wife Night Hawk rather than heading East with the last of his people to leave what is presently known as Utah and the Arizona Strip (which was the Western most realm of the Ancestral Puebloans).  The novel covers the Shaman’s exciting explorations as well as the adventure filled migration to Florida and continuing adventures after his arrival in Florida.  The journey culminates in an unexpected ending.







Narragansett and Aquinnah Wapanaag Nations Burial Sites UPDATE:


Dear Relatives,
A year of investigation into suspected burials of Native Americans, possibly victims of the holocaust, has led to calls for assessment and protection of suspected burials in a proposed solar array tract. The tract is now healthy forest, which would be cleared for a solar array. Inside and around this tract are estimated 40 to possibly 90 or more suspected individual burial mounds, and a large cluster of ceremonial stone relics. Tribal Historic Preservation Officers of both the Narragansett and Aquinnah Wapanaag Nations have sent official requests to the Town to investigate the burials. 3 experienced archaeologists, trained in the local area, have confirmed the need to investigate these mounds.
Standing Stones on Burnt Hill, Heath MA (photo courtesy of Martin Miller)  Read More...






It is Okay to Be Afraid

by Sallie Culbreth and Anne Quinn

Fear is a healthy response to a dangerous situation. It can serve you well because it alerts you to danger and helps you to protect yourself or others. People who have experienced sexual trauma and abuse know fear all too well, and that's not irrational. That fear isn't based on fantasy, but is anchored firmly to reality - the reality that there are monsters among us and experiences that do serious harm.

We live in a dangerous world. That fact is not lost on survivors. That's why so many of us are hyper-vigilant - meaning we're always on-guard, always living in self-protective ways, and always on high alert. Again, this way of living isn't based on imagination - it is based on very real experiences.

The problem with fear - just like all the other issues that survivors struggle with - is that it tends to take on a life of its own and moves well beyond a reasonable response to actual threat. Fear often takes up residence in your every thought and soon - if it isn't examined - can dictate your every move.   Read More...






The Cartoonish Whiteboro, NY Seal: An Indignity To All

by Doug George-Kanentiio


The town seal for Whitesboro has drawn ridicule from across the nation and has proven to be a justified humiliation for the residents and for Oneida County, New York. 


The drawn is a bad cartoon adopted in the 20th century and depicts a black haired, unkempt white man with his hands close to the throat of a Native man. He has his hands on the shoulder of his opponent and is about to be thrown to the ground. The Native man has a scalplock haircut with a strange white and green feather with red stripes unlike any indigenous bird species anywhere. Behind the pair are lime green hills stripped of any trees, they are on a field with small sprouts of grass. The white man has one of his legs awkwardly between the legs of the Native person. The drawing is cartoonish and was done without any skill or cultural familiarity. The symbolism is also crude-the Native man is being hurled earthwards, in defeat, about to the slammed and shamed, perhaps even choked to death.


It is an emphatic assertion of the superiority of the settlers in an era when the media was about to turn its pervasive myth making powers against Natives full force.   Read More...





Genetic Ordinance Protects Yurok Tribe’s Natural Resources

By A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Associate Director of Research & Policy, Native Agriculture

Posted on May 18, 2016 by rblauvelt


Food policies have a tremendous impact on how food is produced, processed and distributed in Native communities. Often, these policies are determined at the federal and state levels. Today, more and more tribes are exercising their sovereign rights and establishing tribal food policies to meet the specific needs of their communities.

Tribal food policies empower tribes to protect their food, land and natural resources from federal and state systems that attempt to claim jurisdiction over these assets. These policies are powerful tools that enable tribes to control, manage and regulate their food systems. 




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"If I destroy you, I destroy myself. If I honor you, I honor myself." -- Hunbatz Men, Mayan

It is said, when we need love the most is when we deserve it the least. Whenever I have secret thoughts about someone else, it will put bad feelings inside myself. I will hurt myself. If I secretly hold a grudge or resentment against my brother or sister, I will be a slave to that person until I let them go. Let me remember to look at my brother in a sacred manner. Today, let me think like a Warrior. Let my thoughts toward my brothers and sisters be good thoughts. Let me remember that You are in charge. If I get upset at another person today, let me remember that the most important thing I can do is to first talk to You because when I am right with You, it is impossible to be out of harmony with my brothers and sisters.

My Creator, take my hand and guide me through today.


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.  We need your help.





"When you are in the woods, you cannot ever be lost. You are surrounded by friends and surrounded by God."  -- Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge Munsee

Every plant, every animal, every insect, every bird, every tree is made up of God. God is life and everything is alive. When you are hunting, remember all nature is your friend. All nature has purpose. All nature participates in the life cycle. Nature communicates; Nature talks; Nature listens; Nature forgives; Nature respects; Nature loves. Nature lives in harmony. Nature follows the law. Nature is kind. Nature is balance. The woods are alive and beautiful. She is our friend.

Great Spirit, let me honor and respect the forest and all the life it contains.


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



Six Questions for Monsanto

Monsanto may not be the largest company in the world. Or the worst. But the St. Louis, Mo. biotech giant has become the poster child for all that’s wrong with our industrial food and farming system.

With 21,000 employees in 66 countries and $15 billion in revenue, Monsanto is a biotech industry heavyweight. The St. Louis, Mo.-based monopolizer of seeds is the poster child for an industry that is the source of at least one-third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, and is largely responsible for the depletion of soil, water and biodiversity. Not to mention the company’s marginalization—and sometimes terrorization—of millions of small farmers.  

Since the early 20th century, Monsanto has marketed highly toxic products that have contaminated the environment and permanently sickened or killed thousands of people around the world. The most toxic of its products include: 




The Darkest DARK Act of them all . . .


The long-awaited Senate bill to kill Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law was unveiled last week. It’s worse than we imagined, the darkest DARK Act of them all.


The bill proposed by Sens. Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow is an anti-consumer, pro-Monsanto masterpiece, bought and paid for by some of the greediest, most deceptive corporations in America.


It’s full of loopholes and exemptions. 

It allows food companies to “disclose” GMO ingredients using barcode technology and websites, instead of clear words, in plain view, on the package.


It won't kick in for another two years, even though many food companies are already labeling in order to comply with Vermont’s law.


And here’s the best worst part: The Roberts-Stabenow bill gives food companies permission to flaunt the law by ensuring that there will be no penalites, no consequences, if they fail to comply. 


That's not a law. That's a joke.   




 Dreaming of Cranes


Dear Manataka,

During meditation I keep getting visions of a bird with a very long wingspan and likes the water. I keep thinking it's a heron. I don't see it on your list. Can I have an animal spirit guide that's not on your list?
Thanks, Mark Wilson


Now, read it again. Then, study in extreme detail, including personal observation, the majestic Heron. This can take months or years. You will arrive at a place where you can see and understand the messages being sent to you by Heron. Writing a definition of every species of every animal, bird, fish, etc. would be most difficult at this time. Thank you. ~Yonv (Bear)


JULY 2016


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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). 816-547-0266  



The Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science Online Symposium 


July 11th - July 22nd, 2016

We are thrilled to invite you to listen in on a global online summit where Tamarack Song, the director and founder of Teaching Drum Outdoor School, will be speaking. It's called The Interplay of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science: Illuminating Our Path for the Future and it airs from July 11 - July 22, 2016. This is a FREE global online event showcasing experts who will speak about intuition, energy healing, shamanism, Jungian psychology, dreams, meditation, the subconscious mind, and so much more.  Our scientific instruments, and for most people, our five senses are not attuned to pick up on auras, chakras, the spirit world, and other aspects of the unseen, vibrational reality that surrounds us. But we should not assume that this reality doesn't exist.  With this summit, we invite you to explore the idea that there may be far more to our everyday existence than meets the eye.  Gain exclusive access to the research and insights of experts from around the world, who are all excited to share their discoveries with you. When you register, you will have the exclusive opportunity to hear two 30-45 minute interviews from incredible speakers each day from July 11-22, 2016.  Join the global community committed to using this ancient knowledge to create a brighter future for our children, grandchildren, and the next seven generations.



Flying Buffalo Project

July 16, 2016 10 a.m -- 4:30 p.m.

Bill Goold, FMBJ Coordinator

(703) 606-2531

Terry Zee Lee, Flying Buffalo Project:

(406) 698-9369

Dave Andrus, MBJSP Manager:

(406) 285-3610

Morning:  Kite-building Workshop. First 50 kids free

Afternoon: Brief ceremony followed by the flying of Iconic 5ft by 7ft buffalo kites

Native games and sports

Buffalo kite artwork by Daniel Long Soldier, Sioux from Pine Ridge.

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, Montana


The Business of Indian Agriculture & Food Sovereignty Assessment
Training Workshops
August 16-18 ~ Tulsa (Catoosa), Oklahoma



Upcoming Workshops

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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