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August 7, 2016

Tisha B'Av

August 14, 2016

Women's Equailty Day

August 26, 2016


'Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.'
~ Thomas Jefferson


Manataka Council Fire


Through Bullets and Arrows - Peace is Sought

By Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder


More and more these days, newspaper headlines shout out about people being shot, bombed, executed, and murdered. Children, young adults and the elderly are not exempt from this tragedy.

As the late Dr. Wayne Dyer has written, there is a spiritual solution for every problem.

When Rev. Dr.  Randy S. Woodley came to the Christian faith at age 19, He learned to ignore his ethnic heritage because he was told it was “of the flesh.” His experience is consistent with the colonial history of those living in a land where the dominant culture is associated with one particular faith tradition.


Because Euro-Americans contextualized their Christian faith so well (see, for example, the White Jesus on the wall of First Church of Any Town, USA), Euro-Americans became confused over what was faith and what was culture.


The resulting mixture of Christianity and Euro-American civilization was the decision that all native religious ceremonies and many cultural practices be outlawed. For almost 100 years, in the name of progress, American Indian children were forced into government-sponsored, denominationally run boarding schools where many were abused physically, sexually, emotionally and spiritually, and where many of them died.   Read More...





Elder Council Induction Ceremonies


Saturday, October 1, 2016    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.    Sacred Grounds, Hot Springs National Park, AR



    *    Michael Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton

    *    Monroe Loy

    *    Dr. Rev. Fred D. Wilcoxson

    *    John Ivan James

    *    Rev. Thomas Morrison Haley


Ceremonies will be officiated by Lee Standing Bear Moore, Robert King "Gray Hawk" Coke, Rev. Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, David Quiet Wind Furr, and assisted by Robert White, and Amanda Moore.   Public is invited.   More details will follow.  Watch the website.




Indigenous Spiritual Elders Speak About Manataka


Chief Arvol Looking Horse -  Lakota

Peter V. Catches Lakota Spiritual Elder - Lakota

Xielolixii, Council Chief Salinan-Chumas Nation

Rev. Dononlus A. Otto, Saginaw Chippewa

Boe Glasschild (Bushpo Awa - Many Knives) Choctaw

Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab Central America

Holy Mother Marie Paul says Manataka is predestined

Confederation of the Elders Council Original People of Abya Ayala South America

Recognition of Native American Sacred Sites

Manataka IS a Sacred Site - A Day of Recognition

Manataka IS a Sacred Site -  Manifesting 


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


'Smoke Alarms Us,' Police Allegedly Tell Woman Handcuffed While Holding Sage at Trump Protest


Courtesy Direct Autonomous Media

Josie Valadez Fraire, 22, center, is arrested for disobeying a lawful order during a protest of Donald Trump in downtown Denver on Friday. Fraire said she was handcuffed for carrying a bundle of smoking sage.


Manataka members and friends,


I have spent many years trying to influence police officers to learn about American Indian spirituality, tradition and culture. I was among the first to have the privilege to address professional chaplain organizations in their annual gathering. Lee Standing Bear Moore addressed a session at a meeting attended by members of all the various professional chaplains associations. In all of these places we were well received. I have had a booth in a number of cultural fairs, including Walt Disney World. I have taught at several ICPC, the International Conference for Police Chaplains. At least twice a year along with my wife Jo, and my close associate Scott, Silver Eagle, Fleming have presented a 16 hour training called Compassionate Pastoral Response to Pastors, Lay Pastoral Ministers, nurses, leaders, and any one else who wants to attend. It is done on two consecutive Saturdays, it is free, and each class has between 30 and 60 attendees. We have been doing this for 20+ years and it continues by the efforts of Silver Eagle. The majority of all these things happen is Central Florida. Therefore if you want to impact police and other first responders you will have to go to them, their leadership, and their chaplain corps.


Brothers and sisters one or two of us can't do it all. I ask you all first to spend time in prayer, in a traditional way. Then develop a program that meets your needs and take it to those who most need it. Remember those officers in this incident do not have a clue what the meaning and value of smudging. If you go to the Manataka, org web site and read the text named, American Indian Spirituality, under Spiritual Medicine. While this is geared toward Health Care providers, it is a starting point on your journey. Go through the Feature Index to find more valuable information. Take these tools to your tribal leaders and encourage them to consider join us in making the nation understand the Indian and to respect our ways.

The Reverend Dr. Fred Wilcoxson, Elder Council member, Manataka American Indian Council.





Buffalo Wild

Published on May 8, 2013


A poem by John Trudell, put to music by Good Shield and Mignon Geli and video produced by Mike Mease of Buffalo Field Campaign. A powerful anthem to the wisdom of the buffalo.


Visit for more info and to learn how you can help America's last wild buffalo!








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"Everyone has to find the right path. You can't see it so it's hard to find. No one can show you. Each person has to find the path by himself."  --Charlie Knight, UTE


There are certain times in our lives when a voice whispers to us. The voice doesn't always talk. Usually we hear it best when we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Inside every person is the knowledge that a Supreme Being exists. Sometimes a restlessness occurs and it makes me feel I need to be doing something or I need to be going somewhere or maybe I start wondering who am I? Often when this happens, I feel lost. Inside of everyone is the natural, built-in desire to be walking the Red Road, or to be seeking a relationship with the Creator. No one can force us to make this journey. We must make this journey because we want to. This journey is not on the outside. The path is inside of ourselves. It is inside that we must begin our search.


Oh Great Spirit, help me this day to look within myself. If trouble arises, let me realize that it's not what is going on but how I am looking at what is going on. Give me Your power this day to conduct myself according to Your way of life.


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




Taos Pueblo

 Longest continuously inhabited community in North America

Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico, is the only living American Indian community in the United States that is designated as both a National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Taos Pueblo is the best-preserved Indian pueblo in the United States and is the longest continuously inhabited community in North America, occupied for more than 1,000 years. It is one of the “eight northern pueblos” of New Mexico, and the collective collaborates on craft fairs, advocates for the legal interests of the pueblos, and shares rich and ancient cultural and spiritual connections.

Archaeologists contend that the main part of the present Taos Pueblo buildings were likely constructed between 1000 and 1450. What the first Spanish explorers saw when they arrived in northern New Mexico in 1540 is very similar to what visitors to the pueblo see today: four-story adobe structures (adobe is made of earth mixed with water and straw which is then poured into brick shapes and sun dried) built in two main complexes—Hlauuma (north house) and Hlaukwima (south house). The Spanish believed Taos Pueblo was one of the fabled golden cities of Cibola, legendary places of impossible riches that the conquistadors were committed to finding. They weren’t wrong about the pueblo being legendary, of course.  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.







Native American Music Awards


The Native American Music Association & Awards is proud to feature new music by over 200 national recording artists.  Stop by and listen to the latest songs from your favorite artists for FREE.  It will be time to vote soon!






Mud Daubers

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle


I watched last year at the old porch on the house and watched the wonder of Mother Nature take place within my realm of insect life.  All through winter I thought of the Black Mud Dauber and how it accepted my presence of Spirit within its territory. I knew its capabilities and knew that it wanted to become friends with me; just by watching it fly around and never act provocative toward any moving object. It was looking for a home and I knew it had come back from its parents as an offspring.  I welcomed her with open arms.  She was lively Spirit; she was Black and Shiny, long legs and moved with ease through the air. I loved to watch her come in and out the door; yes I gave her full run of the store.  Read More...






Videos about MANATAKA



Lee Standing Bear Moore & Woableza Labatte on Prophecykeepers Radio PT1 - 2009


Lee Standing Bear Moore & Woableza Labatte on Prophecykeepers Radio PT2 - 2009


About Quartz Crystals - Buddy Huggins w/Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2012


The Story of Manataka - Rabbi Yahoshua Yahir - 2012


Lee Standing Bear Moore Talks About The Moment - 2012


Lee Standing Bear Moore talks about Quartz Crystals of Hot Springs, AR part 1 - 2012


Lee Standing Bear Moore talks about Quartz Crystals of Hot Springs, AR part 2 - 2012


Seven Sacred Caves - John Cooksey w/Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2014


The Seekers Documentary w/Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2015


Story of Manataka  w/ Monroe Loy - 2016 - Trailer





Self-Guided Tours of Sacred Taos

By ICTMN Staff

Taos Sacred Places, a website set up by the town of Taos, is offering self-guided tours and itineraries.  It’s a great option this day in age when money is tight and guided tours are, at their worst, reminiscent of really bad field trips from elementary school.  Taos is a do-it-yourself kind of town, too, populated by individuals who appreciate the natural world that is so abundant in north central New Mexico.  Taos Mountain, the Rio Grande, the gorgeous Taos plateau volcanic field, and the ski valley are all monumental natural features that make little Taos, with a population of about 32,000, one of the most spectacular tiny towns in America.







Orlando Murders:

A Terrible American Legacy

Mass Murder in the US: Natives Carry The Burden of This Terrible Legacy

©by Doug George-Kanentiio


The murder of 50 people onJune 12 in Orlando, Florida where a single man armed with an assault rifle and pistol has become a tragic continuance of massacres in US history, most of which were directed at Native people.

Some say what happened in Orlando was the worse in American history but that is not so.

The first large, organized assault in the colonial era took place in May of 1637 when Captain John Mason directed a force of militia and Natives to surround and attack the main Pequot town in southeastern Connecticut, set it afire and killed every elder, child, woman or man who tried to escape. Over 700 died.   Read More...





Teaching Drum stories

Indian Fire


You may have heard the term "Indian fire"and wondered what it meant. Three words describe it—small , efficient and smoke-free. It is often built in a cone-shaped depression so that the coals roll together as the fire burns down, which maintains a concentrated center of heat. It is made with dead, seasoned wood that is fallen but not laying on the ground. Ground wood is often moist, which does not burn efficiently because much of the fire’s heat is needed to dry out the wood before it can burn. Wet wood is smoky wood; an inefficient fire is a smoky fire.


And Indian fire is constructed in teepee fashion, which is why it is often referred to as a teepee fire. Because the fire is high, it makes for a good light source. The fire’s heat is focused in one spot, which makes it great for cooking. It is also a comfortable heat source because being small it is possible to sit up close to it and take full advantage of its warmth.   Read More...




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Over 250 natural, pure and effective remedies for most everything that ails you.






"When you get older and you are ready, your ancestors will show up to guide you."

-- Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee


Many of us, when we are young, spend a portion of our lives in learning. Unfortunately, some of us spend this time learning the hard way. When we are young we sometimes think we know everything. Sometimes we do foolish things. As we get a little older, we realize we don't know anything. This is when we become teachable. There is a saying that goes, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. We usually aren't teachable unless we are ready. The ancestors are waiting and willing to help. When we are ready, many beautiful teachers start to come into our lives. Then we really start to grow and mature. We are ready for the spiritual lesson.


Creator, help me to become ready and teachable.


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.





"Always remember you are Indian - do things to make your people proud."  -- Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee


All our choices and decisions will reflect on our people. We need to assume the accountability of honoring people. We must remember to conduct ourselves in a sacred way. Sometimes this is hard. But we must remember we have the assistance of the Spirit World, and we have the principles and values by which we should live, written in our hearts. The Creator will help us develop into a strong people if we just learn to depend upon Him.


Great Spirit, lead me on the path of the Red Road.


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






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.   







Women: Don't Touch My Drums

Hello Manataka,


Thank you.  Great article indeed.
Being a displaced person after being adopted, I have had the honor of learning and being introduced to my grandmother's "traditions".  As a highly intuitive woman, I never "felt" that the exclusion of woman from drumming was right somehow.  Confusing really, on one hand to hear we as women are honored as the "Life Givers" and then to be told things like  "women do not share in the drumming", among other such "rules" of tainting so to speak.  Seemed not much different to me then the malarkey taught in religion to keep women ashamed and small.  I first witnessed men and women drumming together here on the West Coast and my heart sang with warmth from the sense of strength radiating from the drummers to the community at large.  Love the future I see, where we are living our "oneness " . ~
Teyjah Xaveriss


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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
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Upcoming Workshops

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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