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The Story

Manataka - Place of Peace


or Persecution


Dissertation By Nancy Rector, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Hot Springs National Park in the state of Arkansas is a special place for many reasons. It is the smallest and oldest national park in the United States and the only one to boast a resort town right in its middle by the same name.   It is the very first federal reservation ever created (Williams). Its claim to fame are 47 therapeutic hot springs which are unique in and of themselves in that scientists and geologist are unsure what makes these particular spring waters hot (National Park Service). The “Valley of the Vapors” is also steeped in Native American history and was considered a sacred gathering place to them for thousands of years. There are those, Native Americans and white man alike, who still honor the area for its spiritual and sacred nature. However, there is currently a small thread of controversy running through the valley concerning those who are trying to keep alive the Native American history of the area and several others, including the National Park Service, who have begun a campaign to erase its sacred nature and past. This issue has many facets and it is necessary to have a background of some of the political and natural history of hot springs in order to understand what might possibly be the cause of this dispute.

White Man’s Secular History of Hot Springs National Park

There is little doubt of the Native American aspect concerning the history of Hot Springs. In the current relocation guide for Hot Springs put out by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism it says “The springs were known as a place of peace to the Caddo Indian inhabitants of the area long before white men set foot in the valley” (Ark. Dept. of Parks 1).    Read More...



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. -


Blackfoot Speakers Needed

FCI Multiple Services is an established Translation Company that works with a large international network of linguists and translators spanning across the globe.  FCI is currently looking for a Blackfoot Linguist to assist us with a Translation project.  If you are available and interested, please respond to this email with your resume, your per word rate and any information you deem necessary, such as your preferred contact and payment method. If the project is not of interest we would like to kindly ask for any referrals.  This projects needs to be assigned and completed as soon as possible, so please respond to us at your earliest convenience,  Elvie Dee, Recruiting Specialist, FCI Multiple Services


Video Production Needs American Indian Family



Colman Communications is currently looking for families to be profiled in the 2nd edition of our “Multicultural Christmas” video. The program will be distributed by Discovery Education (a division of the Discovery Channel) to schools throughout the United States and Canada.  


The program will feature five families – Northern European, South or Central American, African, Asian, and Native American. The program will show how each family celebrates Christmas using its unique ethnic traditions. We believe that programs of this nature help children understand America's rich tradition of multiculturalism, and foster a deeper understanding among different ethnic groups. 


Specifically, we are looking for families with at least two children, one approximately 9-11 years old.  Since the families will be representing their ethnic group, we would like them to have a pleasing appearance and be outgoing and articulate.  Each family will be paid $150 for its participation. In addition, any funds you spend specifically for the production. 

Each family will receive a DVD when the production is completed in the summer or early fall of 2017.  Learn more at or call 847-561-0576  Bob Maraist, Producer/director.



Listen to this wonderful song...


Water Is Life - Mni Wičoni (song for Standing Rock)
—words & music by Sara Thomsen





'Bears Ears' designated as a National Monument


Bears Ears is one of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes on earth and the dedication of the Five Native American Tribes, the Bears Ears region is permanently protected as a National Monument. Bears Ears is truly a place worth protecting for future generations.

Already, Bears Ears and the Antiquities Act are under attack, despite the fact that Bears Ears is exactly the landscape the Antiquities Act was created to protect.  Former

President Obama proclaimed Bears Ears as America’s newest national monument on December 28, 2016


This protection is 110 years in the making. For the first time since the Antiquities Act was passed in 1906, Tribes joined together and asked the President to declare a Monument on their behalf, and to give them a say in the management of the landscape.

The new monument will celebrate Native American relationships to the land, and preserve indigenous traditional access while remaining open for all Americans. Its proclamation is a tremendous step toward healing past injustices suffered by Tribes.

But there are some Utah politicians who want to see Bears Ears National Monument undone. Please take a moment to tell your Senator that you support Bears Ears National Monument and want to see it protected forever!   Read More...





What's next for the Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines?


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump's executive actions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are aimed at turning the much-protested pipelines into reality. Here's a look at what may be next for the two pipelines:


The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois is nearly complete, except for a stretch underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota. Construction is stalled due to a court fight between developer Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers over permission for the pipeline to cross under the lake amid objections from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which gets its drinking water from the lake.

The $8 billion Keystone XL project was to bring oil from Canada's oil sands to Nebraska, where it would join other lines already leading to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Former President Barack Obama halted it in late 2015, declaring it would undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal that was a centerpiece of his environmental agenda.   Read More...




Random Smudging of People at events

By Spirit Bear The Reverend Dr. Fred D. Wilcoxson, PHD Episcopal Priest, Spiritual Elder


The ancient art of smudging, uses the various types of Sage, white Sage most popular. Smudging with smoke from the Sage is a form of cleansing and sweet aroma for relaxation, the cleansing of houses or objects, and cleansing and creation of purity, spiritual enlightening in preparation for ceremonies, meetings, and gatherings. The protocol for smudging varies from tribe to tribe within the Indigenous/Native American Indians.


The attention, awareness, and the spiritual values of smudging have been adopted by large numbers of non-Indian populations. These groups have defined their own protocols and uses, which unfortunately is done for non-Native healing, and require payment. The traditional Native American takes ceremonial smudging very seriously and does not request payment.  Read More...







A Handbook of American Indian Heritage

By Bill Marder

Softcover, 141pp  $14.95 + s/h

This handbook is a pocket-sized reference to the great heritage and culture of American Indians. Despite decades of poor treatment, many tribes and leaders have remained strong. It is in this spirit that this book was created. It is now time to remind us all – red, white, yellow, black or brown – of the things that American Indians should be proud of. Includes important historical events, sacred and cultural practices, quotes from respected leaders past and present, and a detailed time-line involving modern activists. Issues that continue to threaten American Indian culture are addressed, along with potential answers. Also includes sections on books and films that have been favorable to American Indians, an excellent photo section, and a list of American Indian rights organizations. The small size of this handbook makes it easy to carry daily and to share with others.


Author Bio:

William (Bill) Marder has had a photographic career of over 60 years, which includes inventing new techniques involved with color printing and winning numerous awards. His other related book from 2004, Indians In The Americas: The Untold Story, received excellent reviews for gathering together and revealing the true history of American Indians. With over 20 years of research behind it, it details extensive facts not found in standard textbooks and many photos never before seen or published until now. He considers this handbook to be a more action-oriented companion volume, which uses truth from the past in order to help people today.


"We loved "The Legacy of Wisdom" by Bill Marder because it is a handy mini-encyclopedia of the American Indian.  Well written and accurate.  A really nice find." ~Lee Standing Bear Moore, Manataka  Price: $14.95 US

Softcover, 141pp  $14.95 + s/h



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









(2003 Law Lectures in Seattle, Washington; Rapid City, South Dakota, Judge Navin-Chandra Naidu)


A. Nation-state:

a)    Tribal governments with a population; defined geographical boundaries; organs of state represented by the executive, legislature and judiciary; with an ability to enter into treaties with other sovereign nation-states, qualifies them as nation-states under Article 1 of the Montevideo Convention of 1933 See


b)   A written Constitution containing a Code of Conduct for all tribal government employees and departments;


c)    A written Rules of a Traditional Tribal Court outside the purview of the BIA or the Secretary of the Interior, or even Congress. This is based on God’s Law, our Ancient Codes, eternal law, divine law, and natural law.   Read More...



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"We say there is a right time and place for everything. It's easy to say, but hard to understand. You have to live it to understand it."   -- Rolling Thunder, Cherokee


The Elders tell us there is a right time and a right place. Don't plant seeds in the fall - wrong time. One way we find out about the right time and right place is our experience. If we are lucky, we have a few friends who will share their experience; this will help us too. The best way is to let God guide us. Only He knows the right time and the right place. So we need to pray and ask Him for guidance.


Great Spirit, show me patience so I can live in the right time and right place.


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




Ottawa Chief Pontiac

1720 - 1769


PONTIAC, chief of the Ottawa, born on Ottawa river about 1720; died in Cahokia, Ill., in 1769. He was the son of an Ojibway woman, and, as the Ottawa were in alliance with the Ojibwa and Pottawatomi, he became the principal chief of the three tribes. 

In 1746, with his warriors, he defended the French at Detroit against an attack by some of the northern tribes, and in 1755 he is believed to have led the Ottawa at Braddock's defeat. After the surrender of Quebec, Major Robert Rogers, of New Hampshire, was sent to take possession of the western forts, under the treaty of Paris, but in November, 1760, while encamped at the place where the city of Cleveland now stands, he was visited by Pontiac, who objected to his further invasion of the territory.


Finding, however, that the French had been driven from Canada, he acquiesced in the surrender of Detroit, and persuaded 400 Detroit Indians, who were lying in ambush, to relinquish their design of cutting off the British. While this action was doubtless in good faith, still he hated the English and soon began to plan their extermination.   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.







'Very well, then --- you are all deported!'





Freedom Rally Speech by Doug George-Kanentiio

Akwesasne Mohawk, at Seneca Falls, NY on January 21

"Sekon Skenen:kowa   Greeetings, May there be a great peace within you,

875 years ago, across this land, walked Skennenrahowi, the Great Peacemaker, to create among warring peoples a great league of nation founded upon the principles of peace, justice, equality and ecological balance. In an act of genius without parallel in the world he established a society in which the human spirit was liberated from the constraints of fear and oppression. 


Using the power of persuasion and the application of reason he found a way to resolve human disputes without the use of retaliation and violence. This great league was governed by a set of principles called the Great Law of Peace which assured the citizens of the Iroquois Confederacy of governance responsible to the people with a legal obligation refrain from enacting any law which qualified the rights of those unborn unto to the seventh generation; among those inalienable rights were access to pure waters fertile lands and clean air along with the freedom to fulfill their inherent abilities and to take an active part in the social, spiritual and administrative activities of their respective nation unencumbered by gender, age or conditions of their birth.  Read More...





Your Garden of Life
by Harvey Walks with Hawks Doyle


Pulling weeds and planting seeds. It's the story of my life. We are individual lots on which either weeds of selfishness or the fruit of the Great Spirit grow and flourish. A Spirit Elder warned that the soil of our hearts is the most valuable acreage on Mother Earth. It is from this chunk of living Mother Earth that we uproot weeds, plant good seeds, grow, and harvest fruit for all to see.

An old Spirit Elder warned of the choking influence of thorns—three kinds of pesky, prickly weeds that squeeze the life out of fruit-producing seedlings in our own life and in other lives that surround us. Our family especially if we let the thorns infest them before we realize it.

The first weed Spirit Elder warned of is the worries of the world, the anxieties of this age. Worry or anxiety means "to be drawn in different directions" or "to be distracted." Distracted by evil practices of people and different ideologies. Lest we be taken from our walk on the stones of life and alter our purpose.

What distracts you or I? What pulls you or I in a direction you know is unfruitful like a barren plant? For me it can be idleness or procrastination. A full schedule of good things that crowds out the best—like time in the morning spent in prayer and the study even if it is sitting on the porch or near a stream and listening to Mother Nature and sounds of Mother Earth. I call this reading the signs of time. I can be distracted by urgent things which could be put off for just a few minutes if I take my eyes off of the Hawk (To Wo Di) or Eagle (Wo Hat Li). (Cherokee).
 Read More..





Videos about MANATAKA


In 2009, the Elder Council directed Lee Standing Bear to begin the process of video documenting the Story of Manataka for future generations.  Small productions recorded over a period of time will result in a series of major productions in the future.


Soul Tripping w/ Mary Elizabeth and Lee Standing Bear Moore - 2016

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 - 2014


The Moment October 20th 2012 - John Cooksey


Moment at Manataka Mountain 2012


Moment at Manataka 2012


Peace Mother at the Manataka Moment 2012


THE MOMENT - Why You Want To Be Here 2012


Lee Standing Bear Moore Talks About The Moment 2012


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


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


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


The Story of Manataka - Rabbi Yahoshua Yahir - 2012


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


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





Incredible Plants

used by Native Americans to cure illness


SACRED SITES - Upcoming Events


World Peace and Prayer Day

Hawaii Island - June 21, 2017


In 1996, Chief Arvol Looking Horse started the annual World Peace and Prayer Day. The first WPPD ceremony was held at Gray Horn Butte in Wyoming following a horseback ride from the Wahpeton Dakota reservation in Saskatchewan. On that site, according to tradition, the Buffalo Calf Woman first appeared to the tribes, hundreds of years ago, bringing instruction in sacred ceremonies of how to live in balance with all life, and leaving behind a sacred bundle containing a sacred pipe of peace. Today, Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Tradition of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe.

The World Peace and Prayer Day ceremonies have been held in different locations around Turtle Island—and beyond, to Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Japan, and Costa Rica.

On June 21, Chief Arvol Looking Horse will conduct a public ceremony in Hawaii.

“All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer is respecting each others’ traditions, culture and religions,” said Arvol Looking Horse in his World Peace and Prayer Day message for 2011.  “There is one Creator and one Mother earth that we all share. We have gone all over the world once a year to pray with other faith communities and Indigenous Nations at their Sacred Sites. We have traveled to the United Nations to talk about the environment and prophecies. As First Nations we have committed ourselves to maintaining our sacred way of Life where there is no ending and no beginning! Mitakuye Oyasin (all my relations).”







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"Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of humor."  -- Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux


"It is better to give than receive." But it doesn't really matter if we are giving or receiving. There is an identical feeling associated with both. We get this feeling every time we receive. We can't control when we receive gifts but we can control when we give gifts. Therefore, the more we give, the better we feel. When we are given gifts, or someone does something for us, it is the Indian way to honor this person.


Great Spirit, let me honor and be respectful to those who are good to me 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 Position 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:


Manataka Sacred Grounds:  

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.



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Dear Manataka,


Thank you for your website . My many times over great grandmother walked the trail of tears . I am also part English and part German . I am glad for your website so I can learn the truth to the sufferage of past generations of Native Americans . I always knew the truth was not what was in my history books . I was glad to read the thanksgiving real story . I am sorry for the loss of your ancestors . I am also sorry that Native Americans are even discriminated against today . Thank you for your website . You have taught me a lot . I live in Louisville , Kentucky and have learned how Native Americans lived along the Ohio River long before Europeans invaded .  ~Tim Woodruff, Kentucky   Read More..


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