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Monday, Oct 10, 2016

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Monday, Oct 10, 2016

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Tuesday, October 11,2016


Manataka Council Fire


Text from Hehaka Sapa, Black Elk, a great sage and sacred man from the Lakota Sioux, born in 1863 and died 1950.



"I am blind and I do not see the things of this world; but when the light comes from On-High, it illuminates my heart and then I see, for the Eye of my heart sees all things.


The heart is the sanctuary at the center of which there is a tiny space in which the Great Spirit dwells, and that is the Eye.  That is the Eye of the Great Spirit through which He sees all things and through which we see Him.


When the heart is not pure, the Great Spirit cannot be seen, and if you were to die in that state of ignorance, you soul could not immediately return to Him, but would have to be purified by peregrination [walking] throughout the world.  In order to know the center of the heart where the Great Spirit dwells, you must be pure and good, and live according to the way the Great Spirit taught us.  The man who, in this way, is pure, holds the universe in the pocket of his heart."

Because our hearts can see everything, we can and do create the world around us.  If we speak it with our lips, it will become reality.  May our reality always be peaceful and loving. 


(from a church flyer).




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. -




Teachers Tell Us About Columbus

From "Illuminating the Historic and Contemporary Path" by David Michael Wolfe


Since the founding of the United States, every school-age child was taught that Christopher Columbus originally named the inhabitants of the land he discovered "Indians" because he mistakenly thought he found a route to the Indies.  This article proves without a doubt that lesson and other so-called historical facts about Columbus are lies.


The self-proclaimed inheritor of the “Right of Discovery”, the United States government and its European imperial ancestors successfully usurped the entire Western hemisphere from the original indigenous peoples and redefined their identity, ways of life, community standards, family structure, language, tribal confederations, concepts of sovereignty and freedom, clan and blood laws, and spiritual practices.


To ensure their destruction the powers of the Empire devised what I freely term, a “Fire and Forget” strategy; a self-perpetuating and artificial construct, termed the “American Indian” and the “American Indian world”; an artificial person and world that is maintained by the very subjects that it has subjugated and redefined.     READ MORE...


Feature Books



1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

By Charles Mann, Knopf Publishing Group

Softcover, 480pp  $26.95 + s/h

"In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. For example, Indians did not cross the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most of us learned in school. They were already here. Their numbers were vast, not few. And instead of living lightly on the land, they managed it beautifully and left behind an enormous ecological legacy. In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact. Compelling and eye-opening, this work will vastly alter our understanding of our history and lands."  By Peter Johnson. 

Softcover, 480pp  $26.95 + s/h



Encyclopedia of Native American Healing

By William S. Lyon, W. W. Norton, New York and London, 1996.  

Soft cover, (373 pages)   $23.95 + s/h

 Easy to read with many illustrations both of healers and of artifacts.  Locations of tribal areas are shown in a series of maps.  The book is rich first hand accounts of spiritual healing intertwined with a wealth of herbal medicines, ceremonial objects and sacred songs depicted in real-life tribal settings makes this book extremely interesting.   The accounts of healing practices, told by various investigators give insight into the power of the Great Mystery.  The contrast between the European medical practice with its emphasis on the physical, and the American Indian healing practices which are spiritual and physical leaves one with a greater appreciation for our heritage and what has been largely lost to wider humanity, and what needs urgently to be restored. William S. Lyon is a professor of anthropology at the Center for Religious Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and the author of Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota. 

  Soft Cover $23.95 + s/h





National Congress of American Indians

Issues Policy Statement to Obama Administration over Standing Rock

by Nanette Bradley Deetz / Currents / 31 Aug 2016

WASHINGTON –  On August 29, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) sent a letter to President Obama and Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) expressing the organizations official position on the Dakota Access Pipeline.


“NCAI respectfully requests that the Administration halt the Dakota Access Pipeline’s easement to drill under Lake Oahe until the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s waters and sacred places are protected,” stated Jacqueline Pata (Tlingit), executive director, National Congress of American Indians.

In her letter, Pata acknowledges the long history of the federal governments granting construction of hazardous projects through tribal lands, waters and cultural sites without including the tribes in the decision-making process.

According to the NCAI, the Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and did not honor its federal trust responsibility to the tribe.    READ MORE...



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"The dances are prayers." -- Pop Chalee, Taos Pueblo


When we dance to the drum we pray to the Creator and attract the heartbeat of the earth. We never dance without reason; every dance has a purpose. We dance for rain; we dance for healing; we dance for seasons; we dance for joy; we dance for our children; we dance for the people; we dance for courage. The drum plays to the beat of the heart, to the beat of the Earth. The drum connects us to the Earth while we dance our prayers.


Oh, Great One, let my dance and prayer be heard by You.


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




Iroquois Prophecy

and People at Standing Rock
by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk

The power and influence of prophecy among the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) has been a central part of our culture since the birth of the league of peace long before the arrival of the refugees from across the salt water to the east of Anowara:kowa, the Great Turtle.

When Skennenrahowi, the Peacemaker, raised the first Tree of Peace on the southern shore of Lake Onondaga (now Syracuse, NY) he not only gave those assembled a constitution and a common purpose he also imparted teachings about times to come. He predicted the arrival of the refugees, those fleeing the oppression and suffering of their homelands to search for freedom here. His instruction was clear: to use whatever means available to teach the principles of the Great Law of Peace and thereby bring an end of warfare among all nations and to show the world that harmony between the natural world and human beings was possible.

One of the most profound prophecies was that of the two serpents, one silver and one gold, creatures who lived in the salt water ocean but would be found floundering by the Native people and given safety here. The story is told on the web site but is shared among all Haudenosaunee and was spoken by the late Leon Shenandoah, Tadodaho of the Confederacy.

It is important in that it tells of the destruction of the land by the salt water people and what will happen when the indigenous nations and the earth itself are under mortal stress.

Shenandoah told of the dying of the elms, the maples, the strawberry plants, the loss of culture and the resurgence of traditional values. My wife, the composer Joanne Shenandoah, put this to song with her ballad "One Silver, One Gold" recorded on the album "Eagle Cries" with Bruce Cockburn.   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.











Nominees and Winners of the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards have donated their songs to two free compilation CDs entitled, Water is Life I and II in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to protect their land and water against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

The free CDs, Water is Life I and Water is Life II, feature over 37 songs in a variety of artist contributions from all tribal nations and music styles that can be downloaded online on the Native American Music Awards website at,


Featured artists on the CDs include:




Balance and Connectivity   

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle


Have you ever seen how stillness is meaningless without motion; how sound is meaningless without silence; without the connectivity of each other to promote itself; then they become nothing.  This is called the marriage of stillness and motion; the marriage of sound and silence.


Without each other they would be useless or maybe not be known to us as anything. Just as a fire, without the wood there would be no flame; it is a marriage then it becomes real, flames and fire.  Likewise male and female, light and dark, birth and death, summer and winter, full moon and new moon all have meaning on in their realm of existence.  All of these inseparable realities unfold through phases of balance or connectivity. Balance and connectivity are also a marriage which is inseparable.  This is the gift from Creator that we have to keep adjusted in our walk in life so that we will have connectivity with him.


For example as we watch the darkness of midnight, the ever gentle light gradually creeps into the dawn and then dawn matures into the brilliance of noon and then gradually gives way to the coming of sunset. It is a way of the Creator to show us the balance of time and its occurrence within his realm of possibilities and for our Spirits to enjoy of course the gaining of connectivity and balance.   READ MORE...





Videos about MANATAKA


The Story of Manataka w/ Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2016


Story of Manataka  w/ Monroe Loy - 2016 - Trailer


The Seekers Documentary w/Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2015


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


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


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 & Woableza Labatte on Prophecykeepers Radio PT1 - 2009


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





Christopher Columbus Was No Hero!

by Robert Hawk Storm Birch


If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Columbus' reign of terror, as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel, that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish.


Question: Why do we honor a man who, if he were alive today, would almost certainly be sitting on Death Row awaiting execution?


If you'd like to know the true story about Christopher Columbus, please read on. But I warn you, it's not for the faint of heart. Here's the basics. On the second Monday in October each year, we celebrate Columbus Day (this year, it's on October 11th). We teach our school kids a cute little song that goes: "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." It's an American tradition, as American as pizza pie. Or is it? Surprisingly, the true story of Christopher Columbus has very little in common with the myth we all learned in school.


Columbus Day, as we know it in the United States, was invented by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. Back in the 1930s, they were looking for a Catholic hero as a role-model their kids could look up to. In 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt signed Columbus Day into law as a federal holiday to honor this courageous explorer. Or so we thought.      READ MORE...






America Loves

By Harold W. Becker

The United States of America has a relatively brief history as a nation and has clearly had a powerful impact upon the world at large. Our influence is felt globally in so many different ways and these effects run the full spectrum from empowering our humanity to utterly extinguishing the spark of life with our attempts at preeminence. We bring out the very best in the human spirit while equally leaving trails of unnecessary destruction in the wake of our unbridled determination. We often make grave mistakes in our approach to life while simultaneously initiating extraordinary leaps in conscious evolution. READ MORE...





Cherokees: the British pulled off one of the great "hat tricks" of all time!

by Richard Thornton


The Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

Tourists visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains are given “historical information” that couldn’t be further from the actual history of the region. As discussed in article three of this series, Spanish gold miners, probably Sephardic Jews, had occupied the Nacoochee Valley for a century. They were gone by the early 1700s. So who exactly were the Native peoples that replaced the Spanish miners as the owners of the Nacoochee Valley?   The answer will surprise you.


Rickohockens: During the mid-17th century the most feared Native American tribe in the Southeast was the Rickohockens.  Their capital was at Otari in the southwestern Virginia Mountains, but the tribe was divided into three divisions; one in SE Kentucky, one in the southern tip of what is now West Virginia, and the largest concentration in SW Virginia. A map made in 1692 shows the Rickohocken also controlling the mountains of North Carolina.


Terrified by their ferocity in battle, the leaders of Virginia “bought off” the Rickohockens in 1660 by giving them firearms and setting them loose on the agricultural societies of the Lower Southeast to obtain Native American slaves for Virginia plantations. Several prominent English nobles had been awarded ownership of the proposed Colony of Carolina. They wanted the landscape “cleared” of native peoples to make it easier to subdivide and sell.


English-sponsored Native American slave raiders depopulated broad swaths in the Southeast to obtain youth and young women to sell in the coastal slave markets.  Toddlers, elders and adult males were usually killed in these raids.  At least 600,000 Native Americans are believed to have been enslaved during this period.  Probably, an equal number were killed in the raids.    READ MORE...




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"Lots of people hardly ever feel real soil under their feet, see plants grow except in flower pots, or get far enough beyond the street light to catch the enchantment of a night sky studded with stars. When people live far from scenes of the Great Spirit's making, it's easy for them to forget His laws."  -- Tatanga Mani (Walking Buffalo), Stoney


Nature is life's greatest teacher. The natural laws are hidden in nature. Hidden are solutions to everyday problems such as; conflict resolution, how to forgive, lessons about differences, how to manage organizations, how to think. Hidden are feelings. You can look at something and you will feel it. At night, have you ever looked at the sky when there are no clouds? As you look at all the stars, your heart will become very joyful. You will walk away feeling joyful and peaceful. We need to visit nature so we can see and feel these things.


My Creator, let me learn nature's lessons.


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.



10 Ways You Can Help the Standing Rock Sioux Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Toyacoyah Brown



Everyone keeps asking how they can help fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, since we all can’t physically be on the frontlines in North Dakota. I’ve posted links to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense as well as their camp GoFundMe page on previous posts already, but there are other ways you can help out! I kept seeing this list of 10 ways to help out on various Facebook posts so I thought it would be a good idea to share here too.

1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200.  Leave a message.


2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL:


3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at–dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/


4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:


5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.


6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund:


7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account:


8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903


9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk –


10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:


        Lee Hansem, Executive Vice President
        Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
        800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
        San Antonio, Texas 78258       
        Telephone: (210) 403-6455


        Glenn Emery, Vice President
        Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
        800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
        San Antonio, Texas 78258
        Telephone: (210) 403-6762


        Michael (Cliff) Waters, Lead Analyst
        Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
        1300 Main St.
        Houston, Texas 77002
        Telephone: (713) 989-2404








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October 8-9  Making a Traditional Wedding Basket


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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