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September 05, 2016

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September 21, 2016

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September 22, 2016




Anger should never accompany you to bed.  Sleep and dreaming do not come well when anger is present.


"The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world." Marianne Williamson



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Manataka Elder Council

Induction Ceremonies


Many wonderful people have joined the ranks of the Manataka Elder Council over the years.  Since 1998, the Elder Council has worked hard to maintain our mission, encourage growth, and provide steady leadership. 


Seldom do we take time to honor those who stepped forward in a good way.  The upcoming Induction Ceremonies are important to honoring their wonderful contributions and give thanks for their service.


On Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12 noon, one of the finest groups of Elders ever to occupy esteemed positions on the Manataka Elder Council will be formally inducted at Manataka Sacred Grounds, 222 Coy St. in Hot Springs, AR.


Michael Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton

Monroe Loy

Dr. Rev. Fred D. Wilcoxson

John Ivan James

Rev. Thomas M. Haley


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


Public is invited.   Bring family and friends.  Bring chairs and blankets.  Free refreshments.  No alcohol or other drugs.  Children and pets on a leash welcome.    Park down the hill on Coy Street in the vacant parking lot.   Call 501-627-0555 for more information. 






Indigenous Spiritual Elders Speak About Manataka


LAKOTA -  Chief Arvol Looking Horse

LAKOTA - Peter V. Catches Lakota Spiritual Elder

SALINAN-CHUMAS NATION - Council Chief Xielolixii

SAGINAW CHIPPEWA - Rev. Dononlus A. Otto

CHOCTAW - Boe Glasschild (Bushpo Awa - Many Knives)

CENTRAL AMERICA - Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab

CANADA - Holy Mother Marie Paul says Manataka is predestined

SOUTH AMERICA - Confederation of the Elders Council Original People of Abya Ayala



GOVERNMENT LEGAL OBLIGATIONS - Recognition of Native American Sacred Sites

HOLY DAY OF RECOGNITION - Manataka IS a Sacred Site

MANIFESTING - Manataka IS a Sacred Site


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



A Modern Bison Primer
This traditional North American meat is not always what you think.
By Caroline Abels on July 26, 2016
Filed Under: Animal Welfare, Business

Not long ago, it was bison that dominated North America, reaching into the tens of millions, whereas beef cattle were relative newcomers, introduced by European settlers and miniscule in number.

Today, those numbers have been flipped: there are 90 million cattle in the U.S. and roughly 185,000 bison (another 150,000 are being grazed in Canada). Having barely survived the U.S. government slaughter of the 1800s, modern bison is therefore a niche delicacy.

Even so, bison meat is beginning to show up in more places—in freezers at Costco, on menus at bowling alleys, and in the pockets of amateur athletes in the form of energy bars. Growing consumer preference for lean, grass-fed meats that are humanely raised and offer a taste of place is driving today’s steadily increasing demand. (The recent designation by Congress of bison as the national mammal may spark further interest.)  



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Monumental Decisions to Protect Ancestral Lands

Friends Committee on National Legislation -- A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest


View of Bears Ears, South Eastern Utah – Hartmann/photo in Salt Lake Tribune, August 6, 2015

In Southern Utah, there’s a 1.9 million acre area that encompasses wide-open vistas, steep slopes, and deep caves and more than 100,000 archaeological sites. This is Bears Ears – named for the shape of two buttes in the area – and it is the ancestral home of at least thirteen Native American tribes. The area offers hiking, biking, camping and other opportunities, and it is open to all members of the public.

Unfortunately, this deeply historical area is virtually unprotected. Over the past generation some burial grounds have been disturbed and some hogans, sweat lodges, and corrals have been burned. One ranger reports that artifacts are disappearing very rapidly, as visitors take away “souvenirs” of their hikes. Archeologists report evidence of vandalized petroglyphs and cliff dwellings. Two federal rangers are the only employees stationed in this vast area to inform visitors that it is illegal to take artifacts from the site, and to keep them from vandalizing petroglyphs, caves, or other archeological sites.

In 2015, after many years of effort to protect these sites, an intertribal coalition – comprised of leaders from Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain, and Zuni – formed around a specific proposal. The coalition is asking the president to designate and protect Bears Ears as a national monument, to be co-managed by the five tribes.  READ MORE...




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"Everyone has a song. God gives us each a song. That's how we know who we are. Our song tells us who we are."   --Charlie Knight, UTE


As we start to walk the Red Road and as we develop ourselves as Warriors, a song will come to us. This song is given to each of us from the Great Spirit. Whenever we sing this song, we will receive courage and strength, not only for ourselves but if we sing this song for others, it will also help them. The song will give us power and make us feel really good. The song will make us see life in a sacred way. If you don't have your song yet, ask the Creator in prayer if He will give you your song. With the song comes a responsibility - the responsibility to act and conduct oneself as a Warrior according to your song.


Oh my Creator, let me live my song. Let my song honor Your way of life. Let me sing my song each day. At the end of today, let my song tell people who I am. I am a beautiful child of the Creator.


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




Lacrosse Must Be Returned to the Olympics

by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk

Now that the Olympics have concluded it is time to consider what can be done to include Canada's national sport: lacrosse.
Our team, The Iroquois Nationals, have tried for the past 30 years to restore lacrosse to the Olympics. Despite the rapid growth in the game which now includes dozens of nations the International Olympic Committee and the Federation of International Lacrosse have yet to come together to decide when, not if, lacrosse is once again returned to the Games.

It was a medal sport in 1904 and 1908 with Canada winning gold both times. In the 1904 Games the Mohawk Nation sent its own team which won bronze with the Americans taking silver.

The game surely ranks with water polo, badminton and synchronized swimming in terms of athletic ability and excitement.  It should also be equal to the new additions to the Olympics in 2020: skateboarding, surfing and rock climbing.

Perhaps the main reason it waits on the sidelines is political. The Iroquois Nationals are group which plays at the highest levels but because we use our own passports and fly our own flag we represent a direct challenge to the colonial laws imposed upon us by the US and Canada. Ours is the only all-indigenous sports team with international standing in the world and as such we give hope to Natives everywhere.   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.










Saturday September 17, 2016



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!  







Spirituality's War with Cultural-ism

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle


Spirituality is man’s vision of seeing Creator in everything that is on Mother Earth, Mother Nature and even in all inhabitants of the Universe. 


Cultural Rain falling in different parts of the world flows through thousands of channels to reach our ocean of life, overland, through our borders...and so, too, religions, ideologies and theologies, which all come from man's yearning for meaning, they too, flow in a thousand ways, fertilizing many fields, cultivating terrorism and refreshing tired people minds, people who are distraught, people who are down on religion, people who are yearning for something new, people who are looking for change, and at last reach out and change our society and beliefs in Creator.









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





A BLACK SNAKE Slithers through Dakotas

Tribal Activists Defy Lawsuit, Vow Continued Resistance Against Pipeline
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams.Org

When the president of the U.S. came to Cannonball, I did not ask him for anything,' said leader of Standing Rock Sioux, 'but knowing what I know now, I wish I would have asked President Obama to help us in this struggle.'
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Tribal women on Monday stormed the Dakota Access Pipeline site and halted construction. The pipeline company's lawsuit has not deterred the ongoing civil disobedience campaign. (Photo: Unicorn Riot)

Tribal women on Monday stormed the Dakota Access Pipeline site and halted construction. The pipeline company's lawsuit has not deterred the ongoing civil disobedience campaign. (Photo: Unicorn Riot)

An epic battle over land rights is being waged in the Dakotas, as a local Indigenous community, facing arrests and litigation, is standing firm in its resistance to a massive Bakken crude pipeline project.   Read More...





Rainbow Souls: Beyond Black and White

Harold W. Becker, Founder and President, The Love Foundation



Rainbow Souls: Beyond Black and White

We are at a brilliant crossroad on our earthly journey. With each passing moment, individually and collectively, we are steadily awakening and rapidly remembering our deeper truth of the universal love that unites and connects us all. For some it is a gentle nudge stirring us from our long slumber, while for others it may be more like an abrupt alarm sounding all around them. Each path is unique and all of us are being granted the opportunity to recall and realize our innermost essence as a precious being of infinite love and compassion. Although eons in the making, the awakening is as normal a cycle as the rhythm of the sun that brings each new day filled with fresh potential.

Embodying on this planet allows us to interact with the elements of nature and, of course, each other. Learning and growing from our experiences, we add to and evolve our personal and shared adventure in countless ways. When we come from our heart and make our choices with conscious benevolence and wisdom, we expand the very nature of life itself. We express ourselves as a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors and possibilities, allowing each element to blend and change appropriately in the moment effortlessly benefiting the whole.   





Popular theory on how humans populated North America can't be right, study shows

Ice-free corridor through Alberta, B.C. not usable by humans until after Clovis people arrived

By Emily Chung, CBC News

The ice-free corridor in B.C. and Alberta was the first place that the ice sheets melted at the end of the last ice age. This is what it looks like today.

The ice-free corridor in B.C. and Alberta was the first place that the ice sheets melted at the end of the last ice age. This is what it looks like today. (Mikkel Winther Pedersen)

A popular theory about how the first North Americans moved from Alaska and Yukon into the U.S. and Central and South America can't be right, suggests evidence from lakes in B.C.and Alberta.

For decades, anthropologists had suggested that people entered North America from Siberia via the Bering land bridge, then spread south into the U.S. and Mexico via a corridor that opened up between the melting ice sheets in what is now Alberta and B.C. about 13,000 years ago.

But a new study by Danish, Canadian and American scientists shows that would have been impossible, as there wasn't enough food and vegetation growing in the corridor to support humans until long after people were living south of the ice sheets.





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"I remember Dawson (No Horse) said, 'Once you say your prayers, don't worry about them. If you worry about them, they'll just fade away.'" --Chuck Ross, Lakota


Today I need to remember You are everywhere. I need to remember how much You love me. I need to know, Grandfathers, that You are always listening. Today I need to know how much You care. Today I will remember the advice of the Elders. "Say your prayers and then don't worry - know that the Great One has heard you." It's so much easier to do this, Grandfather, when I feel connected to You.


My Creator, allow me this day to feel your presence. Let me walk the path of life today and talk to You many times. Give me faith, my Grandfather.


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.





Dances with Wolves actor Chief David Bald Eagle dies at 97


Native American Chief David Bald Eagle, who appeared in the Oscar-winning 1990 film Dances With Wolves, has died aged 97.

The grandson of Chief White Bull, who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, Bald Eagle appeared in more than 40 films.

He went on to become the face of South Dakota's Lakota people. Chief David Bald Eagle served as Errol Flynn's stunt double and appeared in more than 40 films. He died at his home on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation on 22 July, according to a local funeral home. Born in a tepee in 1919 on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, his native Lakota name translates as Wounded in Winter Beautiful Bald Eagle.

He served in the US Army during World War Two where he fought in the landings at Anzio in Italy and won the silver star.
After being severely wounded by German fire while parachuting into Normandy during D-Day, Bald Eagle pursued a music career as a drummer for Cliff Keyes Big Band.

Following a foray into ballroom dancing, which ended with the tragic death of his dance partner and wife, Penny Rathburn, in a car crash, Bald Eagle established a career in Hollywood.

He trained a range of stars including John Wayne in horse and gun handling, and served as Errol Flynn's stunt double.

In the late 1950s he joined a rodeo display team and while in Belgium met his second wife, Josee.

He continued to work as an actor and became the face of South Dakota's state tourism promotions for decades.

Outside of show business, Bald Eagle's dedication to the Lakota people saw him elected as the first Chief of the United Native Nations in 2001, addressing indigenous people worldwide.

His last film role was in Neither Wolf Nor Dog, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last month.

The film's director, Steven Lewis Simpson, praised Bald Eagle as "truly unique".

"His life was more extraordinary than of those that most great biographies are written about; the joys and the tragedies," he said.

"He was an astonishingly beautiful man. The sparkle from his eyes when he smiled or was being mischievous was a joy to behold."









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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).




Black Hills Unity Concert

Thousands of native and non-native peoples came together in South Dakota for The Black Hills Unity Concert in 2014 and 2015. These two extraordinary gatherings were held in the name of cultural reconciliation and environmental restoration.

We gathered together to honor indigenous ceremony and knowledge, to make a prayer for our Mother Earth, and to ask for the return of He'Sapa (the Black Hills) to the rightful guardianship of the Pte Oyate (Lakota/Nakota/Dakota).

 We will gather again Sept 9-11, 2016 for the third year.


He'Sapa is the center of the spiritual identity of the Pte Oyate, promised to them for their "absolute and undisturbed use and occupation" in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. However, the agreements in this treaty were not upheld. The land grab of the sacred Black Hills has devastated traditional culture because, as Oglala Lakota Nation wisdom keeper Wanbli Khota (Ernest Afraid Of Bear) says, "If you lose your language or your land, you are no longer who you say you are."

In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled that the lands had indeed been illegally taken by the US Government and money was set aside to compensate the tribes. To this day, despite enormous poverty in the area, The Great Sioux Nation has refused the payment saying, "The Black Hills are not for sale." We anticipate that if the guardianship of the Black Hills is returned to the Pte Oyate it will help catalyze the global effort to honor, protect and reawaken sacred sites around the world.

The first and second Unity Concerts created an unprecedented sense of hope and unity among the different factions of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota, which is needed for the successful return of these sacred lands. It also redefined the native/non-native relationship as one of respectful collaboration, allowing for the long overdue release of ancestral trauma and shame that exists on Turtle Island (America). Furthermore, the gathering created a space for various social and environmental issues to be voiced and connected. Invaluable alliances were forged and their impacts on the world continue to grow in many tangible ways.

To honor the four directions, one more Unity Concert is planned at the same site in the Black Hills in 2017. The Unity Concert has also inspired sister concerts in other indigenous communities who see the need to come together and make this Unity prayer. By creating these spaces, we have an opportunity to rapidly accelerate the movement building processes that are needed to address humanity's greatest challenges.

We look forward to uniting with you  

for the Black Hills, the Earth and all of her people!




Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous KnowHow for Global Flourishing

Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology and Native Initiatives, and the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi. 


September 11-15, 2016

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN


Conference website:


The conference brings together an interdisciplinary set of scholars and artists ready to integrate first-nation and mainstream contemporary understandings to move toward a flourishing planet. Both indigenous scholars and scholars of indigenous ways will share their research in several topic areas: understanding “first” ways; wisdom of the land and non-human entities; supporting health and flourishing; revitalization of indigenous ways; integration of indigenous and modern ways. We will also include dance, art, poetry and music. 




Upcoming Workshops

Sept. 24       Making a Mohawk Tobacco Bag

October 8-9  Making a Traditional Wedding Basket


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



KANATSIOHAREKE    Oct. 15, 2016 10:00 – 4:00
4934 State Highway 5

Fonda, New York 12068

One Dish – One Spoon

(World Peace, Environmental Stewardship, Elimination of Global Poverty)

Banking on the future for all life.

What is money?

How did we become economic slaves?

Do we understand the debt-based monetary system?

What was the impact of the 1944 Bretton Woods meeting and the Sept. 2015 Bretton Woods IV Convocation? (visit

How could “One Dish – One Spoon” change banking in the future?


Presented By

Kevin Ka’nahsohon Deer, Mohawk

Oct. 15, 2016 10:00 – 4:00

Tuition: $25 (includes lunch)

Pre-registration is required.

Pre-register no later than October 10, 2016. Limited seating.

To register: email or call 518-584-9270