Manataka American Indian Council

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Forgiveness Day

Sunday, August 02




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Sewing and Crafting Help Wanted

Dear Manataka,

I would like to ask if someone can help me in making some things, like moccasins, capes or coverlets/vests etc.  I am trying to locate Native Americans that can help me sew my ideas by using their workmanship.  My father's grandmother was full American Indian, but it's hard to connect and find people in this community as I am located in NY.   Can you help me?  Thank you. Marilyn B. Thompson 


Likes Smoke Signal News

Dear Manataka,


My first newsletter was forwarded by a good friend, Runninbear. I found it informative and very useful. So much so that I subscribed to be able to have it each month. Many thanks for the excellent Newsletter. ~Dr Michael Penley



Telling Her to Live

Greetings Manataka,
For 14 yrs my life was all about making sure that I go to work and bring peace to the elderly before they are called home. Who would of thought our father would turn the tables on me and send someone to tell me to live.  Thank you please continue to pray for me as I do the same for Manataka. Peace and blessings to all the spiritual staff that's there. You mean so much to me. ~Vicki Patton

Russian Pen-Pal Needs Items

Hello Dear Manataka Friends!

My name is Vladimir, I live in the city of Volgograd in Russia. I represent the interests of the children's geographical and ethnographic center. In our center involved 28 children aged 7 to 13 years. The main objective of our center - encouraging children to study the peoples and countries, as well as minimize the potential adverse impact of negative factors of the society.   Currently, we are creating in our center, a small museum dedicated to the peoples and countries around the world. We will be extremely grateful for any information about your area, as well as any items (badges, postcards, stamps, souvenirs) with the logo of your region, which we gladly handed over the children - members of our center.

My address is: Vladimir Lukin, Anri Barbusa, 8-13, Volgograd, Russia, 400081.


Thank you in advance for your help!
Good luck in deeds!
Very truly yours, Vladimir!


Divine Mother


Dear Manataka,

I find the teachings of Chief Looking Horse to be very relevant to the world situation in these times. I am greatly appreciative to find a Native American teacher that touches my heart so deeply.

I live in Northeastern Oklahoma in Tahlequah and have a connection with a spiritual group that has been contacted by the Divine Mother. I personally have been in the ceremony that surrounds one of her apparitions. It was very powerful in opening the hearts of the participants. This group has no connection with any religion.

She had been traveling to many cities in South America, Spain and Portugal over the past seen years. She recently in May 2015 announced that she would like to visit the USA. She expressed the hope of visiting what she calls the Original People of North America. Of course she will only come if we invite her.

I am praying that she can bring reconciliation and peace to our troubled nation. I have offered to help host these people here in Oklahoma and I am looking for spiritual leaders such as you to support this event which is a unique opportunity.

Information about Her pilgrimage may be found on Facebook at Divine Mother 

Your leadership and prayers would be welcome.   Let me know how you feel about this possibility.  Meanwhile may your work be blessed in a every special way.   ~John David Cutrell

Wado -   Thank you!


O’siyo, Grandfather Lee Standing Bear, It has been a long time, how are you doing, we hope thing’s are going will, how is Manataka Mountain doing, please say hello. Please say hello to your family also, and Bonnie White Cloud. Our computer was off for a while, The Wife Jeannie also says hello, we would like to join Manataka Membership again, we never did receive a Membership packet from the first time a couple of years ago, are you still taking Membership’s. One day we will hopefully get to meet you. We had to start working again, even though we are retired, but extra cash never hurt anything. We still do dancing at powwows when we can, the Veterans Powwow a few weeks ago. If we may speak, we have had a few dreams, and visions lately, and one is telling us to begin the Great Spiritual Gathering for Mother Earth, these have been very strong as Mother Earth needs help, this is what we have been told, from above, it is a big undertaking and we need guidance and information on how to do this, we ask for your help as you understand these thing’s. It is late so we will wish you well, and Many Blessing’s, Wado Grandfather. Bill Little Eagle.  Bill Ellison


Native American Sovereignty

Dear Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi) at Manataka,

Hello and good day to you!!  I found your article and website searching for answers and direction


I really enjoyed your article and agree Native Americans will only find sovereignty when they give up the government hand outs.  " Native America today must confront its problems head on. In order to be free, it must cut the knot of federal dependency and demand that it be free." 

I hope you do not mind me asking.   I'm just a seeker on the path of Native American Spirituality and I'm looking for a lodge or church or community.  I came across the Okelevuha Native American Church started by James Flaming Eagle Mooney and was considering buying one of his church branches but the cost and controversy has me worried and I wanted to ask what other native people actually think of this church and organization.  They charge a lot of money for membership and thousands for a church branch.   Is NAC even recognized by Native people?  Who is the right medicine people to talk to about peyote medicine?  I am not sure I totally trust this organization.   Where does it get it's authority?  I thought churches were corporations.  So this has me concerned.  Who can I speak with about this issue and who knows about these things?  is there a Native elder that all the tribes respect that might be able to help me?  My daughter has Cherokee blood so I feel a close connection with the Cherokee Nation and decided to come to you for help with these questions I have.   Have you ever heard of Oklevuha Native American Church?  Is this church recognized?  and is it trust worthy?

Thanks so much,  Amy Lyons  Sun Lion Yoga


Seven Philosophies for the Native American

Dear Mantaka:

The article ‘Seven Philosophies for the Native American’ man should be read by every school student in America, and from the pulpit of every church, temple, and mosque.  Men behaving irresponsibly are a root cause of much of society’s problems.  Regarding the article ‘Where are the mainstream TV shows about American Indians?’, while I agree with the article, let’s not forget the huge impact that Vision Makers and PBS are having on true stores about the People.  Many of us have access to the PBS channels that carry these documentaries via HDTV, and if not, one can access them through Warren Lind, St. Louis, MO