Manataka American Indian Council              Volume VIII  Issue 2  FEBRUARY 2006


Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow



Sacred Places of Winter

41 printed pages in this issue 



Animal Rights: Journey's End Animal Sanctuary
Bennie LeBeau A Message to Wisdom Keepers


Reducing PBDE's
Elder Council Meeting: January Meeting Minutes

Elder's Meditation:

Wallace Black Elk

Feature Story: 

Indians decry banishment by tribes

Hawk Speaks:

Creator's Gifts 

Healing Basket:

George Bearclaw

Health Watch:

Master Tonic: Modern Plague Antidote

Hill & Holler:

Tribes Denied Recognition 
Indigenous Perspective: The Great Mystery

Legends of Old:

Honoring Corn Mother

Letters to the Editor:

Look Whose Digging Up Grandma

MAIC Messages:

Elder Council Positions Open

Poetry Circle:

Rainbow Warriors

Tribal Politics:

The Indians are coming! 

Upcoming Events: 

Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Website Updates: 

Acercamiento A La Américan Latina

Women's Circle:

How to Impress an Indian Woman

Women's Medicine:

My Beautiful Sisters
Women's Calendar: February through June Calendar


Ghost Trails to Manataka




GOAL EXCEEDED:  Manataka's goal to supply 444 "honoring gifts" to be gifted through Marcine Quenzer for Spiritual and Tribal leaders across the country was reached within one day of the announcement.  Now, the new goal is 4,444 gifts.  See related story below.



"Mitakuye Oyasin"  hosts Winona Yellowhammer and Bill Patton, 98.9 radio WRFN-FM in Nashville 8:00 to 9:00 pm on Sunday nights. click on "Listen Online".  sponsored by NAIA of Tennessee  ~Submitted by Jennifer WhiteFeather Attaway, Alabama



The Native American Indian Club of  Luxemburg, Europe was formed recently.  No fees or dues.  

For more information or to join:  or   352-061-925685 Firewalker Jervis, Director.




NOTICE: Wolf Dancers 

Wolf Dancers Needed. Rocky Thunder Wolf Miller of the Manataka Wolf Society is asking people who dance the Wolf or those who wish to learn to contact him.  The Wolf Society will dance in April 2006.  A wolf pelt is not required to dance, but we have them if needed -- cost $400-$500. Powerful stuff. 





The Ceremony of 8,000 Sacred Drums
March 21, 2006
Otomi Ceremonial Center
Temoaya, Mexico

The International Indigenous University presents: The Ceremony of 8,000 Sacred Drums. According to a Sacred Prophecy revealed at the Otomi Ceremonial Center by the Otomi Elder Sages as a Vision of our Venerable Ancestors, the day when the sounds of 8,000 Sacred Drums join together will be the beginning of the healing of Mother Earth, of all the species and the human family in order to be able to live together on the road to Sacred Peace.

International Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship Conference

June 19-22, 2006, 

Albuquerque, NM USA. 

"Fostering Indigenous Entrepreneurship"




People of the Manataka Longhouse,


In last month's Smoke Signal, we asked you, our readers, commit to making 444 small 'honoring' gifts to be presented by Marcine Quenzer while delivering her special message of peace to spiritual and tribal elders during her travels across the continent.   Read last month's issue -- 

Two days later we exceeded the commitment.  

Our new goal is 4,444 honoring gifts!   

Can we achieve this goal?  

If you want to participate, send us a brief message to saying what you plan to make and how many of each item.  


# 2 Native Remedies - Herbal cures for what ails you
# 3 Diabeticine  An Herbal Treatment for Diabetes
# 4 "The Shores Within" - eBook - 8 Medicine Way Lessons


Ghost Trails to Manataka CD

By Del Lillard

Stirring music. Intense, emotional and beautiful. Hear the legends of the Place of Peace. A Moving Experience. Only $19.95  Read More

Manataka Flag

Now Available!

Only $85





Reducing PBDE's

By Lori Leah


Flame retardant chemicals, known as  polybrominated diphenyls (PBDE's) found in furniture, clothing, and carpet padding manufactured in the U.S and Europe have been found to accumulate in women's breast milk.  They have also found their way to the Arctic, poisoning Indigenous peoples and endangering Arctic polar bears and other wildlife. Here is what you can do to reduce PBDE's and other toxic chemicals in your home and the environment. Consider buying used furniture, mattresses, and clothing from thrift stores, antique shops, estate sales, or e-bay. This way, you are not adding any new PBDE's or other flame retardants into the environment as you would with the purchase of new items, and you'll be saving money, too!  


2) Join a recycling co-op on-line, where you can list used items you have for trade or give-away, and see if anyone else has posted items you may need. And, be sure to donate any unwanted used furniture to nonprofit organizations; this ensures the furniture will be recycled rather than dumped into a landfill. Check out this fantastic website to find out where you can recycle just about anything, including furniture, mattresses, and carpet padding (look under "Miscellaneous"): 


3) Buy organic clothing--there are innumerable websites listing organic cotton and/or hemp clothing for sale, or check out the on-line Co-op America's National Green Pages:  and type in "organic clothing" or "hemp clothing"  under "key word" on search guide.  New organic clothing tends to be pricey; I prefer to buy everyday clothing from thrift stores, and go to re-sale shops for nicer items.  About the only clothing I buy new anymore are undergarments.


4) If you must buy new furniture, consider furniture made without flame retardants. Check out EcoChoices Natural Living  or Furniture . Custom eco-furniture is very expensive, but high quality. You can purchase organic mattresses without flame retardant through these companies as well. For more choices in eco-furniture and organic mattresses, go to National Green Pages  and type in "furniture" "mattresses" "sofas", etc.


5) When it's time to replace your old carpeting, consider alternative flooring instead, such as tile, cork, or bamboo. Purchase used, antique, or organic fiber area rugs for warmth. Again, National Green Pages is a great resource for "green" businesses supplying eco-flooring: and type in "flooring" for many choices of eco-companies. If you decide to go with a wood floor, be sure it's sustainably harvested (FSC certified).  If you decide to go with new carpeting, consider 100% biodegradable wool carpeting without carpet padding.


No matter what type of flooring you choose, whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or are hiring a flooring installation crew, I'd recommend you contact American Formulating & Manufacturing (AFM) to talk to a representative about zero or low-VOC, least-toxic floor glues, tile sealants, and floor finishes. They also have a great line of low-VOC house paint: 1-800-239-0321 or VOC's, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are highly toxic in the environment and add to indoor air pollution.  Recommended article about VOC's: 


Thanks for going Green!


The Polar Bears and Great Mother Earth will thank you!


Liora Leah


Ecology Front 



From:  Patricia McNaughton <>

Subject:  Help Protect Our National Forests


I just signed the Citizen's Petition for Roadless Forests at to protect our national forests, and I hope you will, too.


The Bush administration has finalized its plan to repeal the Roadless Rule, paving the way for rampant logging and mining in our nation's forests.


The Bush plan could lead to the destruction of some of the most pristine forests in the country. Under the Administration's proposal, not a single acre of the national forests that was shielded under the Roadless Rule is guaranteed protection from the timber and mining industries. Scarce habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, bald eagles and salmon could be threatened under the proposal.


Help protect our national forests. Go to now to tell your Congressional representative that you oppose lifting the Roadless Rule.

Thanks for helping preserve America's wild places and the animals that need them to survive.


To take action on this issue, click on the link below:

If the text above does not appear as a link or it wraps across multiple lines, then copy and paste it into the address area of your browser.  



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Indians decry banishment by their tribes

Protesters say power struggles, mainly over casinos, have stripped them of gaming profits

By Michael Martinez
Chicago Tribune national correspondent
Published January 14, 2006

PALM SPRINGS , Calif. -- Dozens of American Indians in several states tried to launch a national movement this week as they protested the growing trend of Native Americans being denied profits from tribal casinos following political disputes.

They denounced what they said was tribal corruption during demonstrations outside the Western Indian Gaming Conference here, a meeting already overshadowed by the scandal over Capitol Hill lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty this month to conspiracy to defraud Indians with casino interests of more than $20 million.

Thousands of Indians nationwide--including 4,000 in
California --have been stripped of or denied rightful membership in their tribes, and 75 percent of the California cases involved controversies over casinos, said Laura Wass, founder of the Many Lightnings American Indian Legacy Center in Fresno .

One of the protesters this week was Donald Wanatee, who lived for nearly all of his 73 years on an
Iowa reservation but one day last spring went from tribal elder to outcast.

His exile followed a struggle over a tribal casino that pitted Indian against Indian within the Sac and Fox Tribe of the
Mississippi in Iowa . He, his brother and 16 other members of the tribe ultimately lost to a rival faction. Last May they stopped receiving their share of gaming profits amounting to $2,000 a month each in the 1,300-member nation in central Iowa , Wanatee said.

Disenrollments often are appealed to
U.S. courts, but tribal leaders have defeated or deferred the challenges by asserting that Indian nations have sovereignty in determining membership. Tribal councils have defended the removals as legitimate and allowable under their constitutions, with due process given to all.

Anthony Miranda, chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association that sponsored the gaming conference, said his group did not involve itself in enrollment disputes, saying they were local matters.

"As an association we view that as an internal government issue," Miranda said. "You really have to look at that on a tribe-by-tribe basis."

About 1,500 of the disenrollments occurred after an official challenge by another tribe member or leader who questioned a fellow member's blood percentage or alleged that an ancestor left the reservation or tribe's rolls decades ago, voiding descendants' standing, according to protesters here.

In the other cases, Indians often were denied recognition after tribes imposed a moratorium on enrollments, despite the individuals' long-standing ties, said Mark Maslin, a protest organizer.

Protesters reject explanations

But the official explanations, protesters said, are a pretext for purging tribe members seen as a threat by a ruling faction, frequently after an argument over a tribal casino.

In Maslin's case, his Indian wife, Carla, and 75 members of her extended family were thrown out of the 295-member Redding Rancheria tribe in
Northern California in 2004 after a woman elder questioned a maternal lineage of Carla Maslin's grandmother. Each of the 76 lost $3,000 a month in casino profits, Mark Maslin said.

At stake is the wealth created by lucrative casinos, granted by the government since the 1980s to long-subjugated and impoverished Indian nations to promote economic development and self-sufficiency. In one tribe, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in
California , annual payments to each member exceed $100,000, according to one disenrolled family.

Claiming civil rights violations, protesters demanded a congressional hearing to raise public awareness of the disenrollments, but Andrea Jones, a spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, declined to comment.

While fellow protesters burned sage, some even asserted that tribal sovereignty, long a sacred political tenet among Native Americans, needs a system of checks and balances.

"The corrupt tribal leadership has been using sovereignty as a personal tool to hurt you," said protester Vicky Schenandoah, 44, disenrolled and fired from her $20,000-a-year job as tribal language teacher in the Oneida Nation in New York in 1995 after she and dozens of other tribe members demonstrated for open meetings on casino operations. At the time, her casino rights paid her $1,500 a month.

"What's really happening in Indian country, with the weapon of a casino in place, the tribes are using that as a weapon of mass destruction against Indians that oppose them and anybody else," said John Gomez, 57, who was disenrolled from California's Pechanga tribe a few years ago and now is out of more than $100,000 a year in casino profit-sharing.

Losing end of power struggle

"They are planning to disenroll us and banish us from the tribe," said Wanatee, who was aligned with a faction that lost a power struggle over how to conduct 2003 council elections and casino operations. The dispute shut down the casino for half of 2003. "They are going to throw us off our land," he said.

A spokesman for Wanatee's tribe declined to comment.

In an encounter that illustrated the divisiveness caused by disenrollments, Lorena Foreman-Ackerman, 65, walked across a giant lawn outside the convention center and approached a member of the Redding Rancheria council that ousted her and 75 relatives.

Feeling trepidation at first while wearing a black T-shirt stating "Stop Tribal Disenrollment," Foreman-Ackerman was surprised to receive a hug from the council member, Jason Hayward. Representing the tribe in this week's gaming conference,
Hayward has a son by a niece of Foreman-Ackerman's, she said.

"I never voted for you to be out,"
Hayward told Foreman-Ackerman. "I should have said something. I think it was wrong."

Foreman-Ackerman blamed another woman for starting rumors that led to the family's banishment.

"To me, when somebody knows the truth and doesn't step forward ..." Foreman-Ackerman told
Hayward , completing her statement with an expression of exasperation.

Hayward , approached by a reporter, said only: "I don't want to make speeches."


~Submitted by Mark and Carla Maslin

Legends of Old:

Honoring Corn Mother

Mother Corn is honored in Sahnish/Arikira households

From Doreen Yellowbird


There is one Supreme Being of power and wisdom, the Chief above, Nishanu Natchitak. He rules the world. But he made Mother Corn intermediary with human beings on earth.

At the time of the beginning, there were no living creatures of any kind in the light of the sun on the lap of mother earth. All were still covered beneath her bosom. All creatures were striving and doing their best, each in its own way, but they all met difficulties and obstacles, which were hard to overcome.

Different kinds of creatures tried to make their way through to the surface of the earth into the light and air. One of the first animals which tried was the beaver. Then the shrew bore through the ground to the surface and came into the light. But he was blinded by the brightness of the sun. He drew back from the dazzling light, and so to the present time, when he does come out on the surface, he does so only at night. When the first opening thus was made by the shrew people, then all other people, that is to say living creatures of all kinds, began to come forth from the opening of the earth.

Then a voice was heard which told the people to travel toward the west, and promised that if they did, they would find a suitable place to dwell.

"Go with confidence," the voice said. "Do not turn back. If you turn back, you will suffer."

So the living things which came forth from the surface of the earth began to move, and they traveled forward in accordance with the voice.   In their journeying, they met many difficulties, many things which at first filled them with terror. But they were continually exhorted and encouraged by the mysterious voice. And so they kept on and made progress, overcoming one obstacle after another, never turning back.

As they traveled, they came to a great water. To overcome this difficulty, their powers must be exerted. There seemed to be no way to cross. Then came a mysterious bird, which made its way through the water. But before all had overcome the difficulty, the waters closed on
part of them. And so we still have the people of the water, such as the fishes of all kinds, and her creatures, which live in the water. 

They came to an impassable cliff. The mysterious bird, which had helped them before now came again. It flew against the bank and broke out a way for the passage. After a time, they came to a great, dense forest which seemed impenetrable. Here again, as before, they prayed and called upon the elements of the world, and tried their best to put open a way to pass through this great forest. Screech owl found a way and the other people followed. But some, as in previous cases, did not win through. Those remained in the woods and still live there. These people are the deer, the moose, the bear, the porcupines, the forest-dwelling kinds, large and small.

At the early time, the people were unorganized. They had no chief to guide them. They only had the guidance of the mysterious voice, which counseled and encouraged them. And Nishanu Natchitak blessed the people of the human race and showed them still greater favor.

To those who sought earnestly in prayer and fasting to know his will, he gave them a sacred bundle and a pipe to be used in prayer, and taught them religion. And as our ancestors were instructed to do so long ago, so do we even today. And the Chief above gave the people gifts of roots of all kinds of plants from mother earth, that these should be medicines for healing of wounds and cure of sickness.

And the Chief above blessed all living creatures on the earth. He blessed all the plants, and animals. Plants should not be abused, should be treated with respect. It was taught that the pipe should be used to offer smoke to all things, which the chief above had blessed.

As the people traveled onward, guided and encouraged by the mysterious voice, they at least found themselves in a good land. There were streams and woods and open grasslands. There were good fruit in abundance, and many animals and numerous birds.

And now this good earth appeared to them a beautiful woman, a stranger. She came into their midst and greeted them with smiles. And even while she was still far off, the people could smell her a fragrance, like one of holy sweet-grass, and then like the odor of the holy cedar tree, and
then like the fragrance which come from a fresh green meadow, then the fragrance of the wild prairie wild rose, and of many other fragrant wild plants of prairie and woodland, and of the delightful fragrance that come from a corn-field.

Music needs to be noted
The people invited her to enter the lodge, and she sat down and rest in the place reserved for honored guests. After she had rested, she spoke to the people who were assembled there. She said: "Why do you seem so fearful of me, and so strange towards me? You have seen me before."

Then a wise man said: "I believe you are the one whose voice we have heard, the voice that has directed us on our way."

She replied "Yes, it is my voice which you have heard. And I have come to give you good teachings from my father, who is also your father, the chief above. He loves you and cares for you. And that is why I am sent. 

And the lovely visitor, whom now they knew as Mother Corn, taught them with words of wisdom of the high and deep things in life, of human beings in their duties to the Chief above and all the mysterious beings who are aides and assistants to the Chief above. She also taught the people the right ways of living with respect to one another and all living things in the world.

She also gave the people instructions in useful arts. She taught them how to build a house to keep them comfortable and protect them from the weather. They were taught that the house should be a home for the family, as the world is the home for the human race. The structure of 
the dwelling, and also of the holy lodge, should be symbolic of the structure of the world. As the world extends about us like a great circle, so should the house be circular in the ground plan.

Mother Corn has taught us that smoke offerings should always be made toward the four quarters on all occasions, and at feasts, before we partake offering of food should be made in order that our food may be blessed to us, and that we may be blessed in eating. We shall remember and be thankful to all powers and elements of the world about us and to the Chief above, who ordains all things in wisdom for good, and to mother earth, in the shelter of whose bosom we rest, and from whose breast we are fed.

Doreen Yellow Bird, who is Sahnish, or Arikira, is a member of the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a member of the Sahnish Cultural Society. Their work can be found on the web at Dakota science dot com. She is currently writing and researching a historical narrative of the Sahnish people, and concurrently writing a fiction based on the legends of her tribe.


~Submitted by Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network 




Hello. I read the article Look Who Is Digging Up Grandmas Bones by Takaoka with great interest and would like to speak as a arrowhead collector. I have great respect for the native spirituality and the scared places you speak of. I have been trying to learn as much as I can about these things and would honor your wishes if the opportunity to consult with you arose.


 I personally have NEVER dug for any of these artifacts. I have NEVER purchased a single arrowhead. I walk the shores of a lake in south west  Nebraska when the water is released during irrigation season in the summer. I have given serious consideration to putting them back where I found them before I pass on. I do not know of any museum that is worthy of them and no one in the family that cares at all for them.


I am acquainted with professional  archaeologists. These people dig for mammoth bones not peoples bones. I find them to be very much like the ones in your article. Disdainful of any one who is outside there small community. Even somewhat clueless about the world around them. And they seem quite angry that Indians are trying to interfere with their work.  They also express a disregard for there own ancestors so it is of little wonder they have such low regard for some one else's.


Please know that I am quite vocal in my disproval of their ways and will continue to do so.


Respectfully yours,


Karen Hamburger

Hastings, Nebraska



Just wanted to let you know how thankful I am that we're now receiving the Smoke Signal. It is a honor and a privilge to be in some way associated with such a wonderful group of People and look forward to each issue. Aho!  


~Dave Hagstrom, Buffalo Heart Studio



Hello there, this is Romaine Garcia.  I just wanted to give my thanks to you and all the members, workers, submitters of the Manataka Newsletter for sharing your hearts. Your newsletters have been such an inspiration for me.   The one I just received answered so many of my questions and assisted me (once again) in finding my inner strength.  You see I am going to rough times right now and the Great Spirit spoke to me through your Newsletter and gave light to my life's path once again. 


Thank-you with all of my heart. 


~Romaine Garcia, Colorado



A Time of Great Change


There has been a shift, did you feel it? Have you seen it?


There has been a birth, an " Awakenin of Spirit" some choose to listen others choose to ignore.

The Lakota have seen the birth of the " White Buffalo". It is a sign to them that the " White Buffalo Calf Woman " is near.   The Cherokee believe in the " Warrior Woman" she is special to them.


All tribes have their beliefs in the " Spirit Woman " who is to lead a Nation. A Nation of like minded " People". They will not all be Native American but their hearts will be chosen by Creator to join this journey that is to come. One of Healing a Nation. Some call them the " Rainbow Warriors" So many have lost their way because of the times we are in and choose to stay where they are but there are others who have started back to where they belong.


I have a special place along the " Trail of Tears " that I go to when I am able, to be able to touch those that have gone before me. At times I am shown things other times I am told things. It has been said. " That the Earth and Water will give up their dead and those in Christ shall Rise ". I wasn't sure why this was told to me.. but this was the message I got this visit that I had made. 


I believe that this is talking about those that came before us, the ones Creator had placed here that lived in peace and those that followed the path of Creator and Mother Earth. They will live again. Thats why so many have been going thru a " Spiritual Awakening" They have been waking up in a time of Great importance, a time of Change. 


They are the ones that respected each other and themselves, all were family, they did not see color but saw " Spirit". They took in those that were of good heart and made them family. 


This is why we are reaching back into the past and why so many others are searching for something they do not understand.. its because they are waking up. They have been sleeping and now the time has come. 


Thats why when something is shown to us or told to us it makes perfect sence .. its like we have known all thi these things all along and the ways of doing things... the Spirit is remembering.


Thats why many of us have been going back to the old ways of doing things. such as the " Sweatlodges.. the " Bear dances" the " Story telling" this has always been a part of us and will always be... This is why so much of what we are doing or starting to do is by hand and with prayers. This is why we Gather as a 

"People" and teach each other as we have done in the past. This is why we are camping out and are coming together as Family.. because we are.


All my Relations.... Aho

~Sees Spirit Far Away Woman



Qua' Ti' Si' - Spirits of the Wind



Smoke Signal readers have been asking about our beautiful friend and mega-artist Qua' Ti' Si -- where is she and what is she up to these days after her bout last year with Trismus, a motor disturbance of the trigeminal nerve?


Qua' Ti' Si is of the Cree Nation.  Her tremendous natural singing talent is a gift of the Creator honed to perfection.  


We are happy to report that Qua' Ti' Si is busier that ever with a full slate of projects: 

  • Qua' Ti' Si is making a new video with the Buffalo Field Campaign of Montana , for her new song "Buffalo" featuring clips of the sacred buffalo that are being slaughtered.

  • Qua' Ti' Si is setting up tours with radio stations in Australia and Canada and the Yellow Knife Clan.

  • Qua' Ti' Si is  working on a new CD called "Sticks That Made Thunder" with Anthony Martin of BMG.  

  • Qua' Ti' Si will soon start working on a program with the Renaissances Center to perform and teach children and their families about native life.  The work also features J.J. Kent, a speaker, musician, and educator who represents the Oglala Nation of Pine Ridge, SD.

  • Qua' Ti' Si just finished a project featuring Jimmy Lee Young and Yolanda and Felipe Rose on a new song called "AnDuhyaun" dedicated to woman's abuse.

  • Qua' Ti' Si is collaborating with her talented husband, Jim Monahon producing a musical/story cartoon for children.

In addition to all the above, Qua' Ti' Si is in contact with other native artists setting up joint tours, making and commercial radio spots, performing on radio shows, writing new songs, performing in Nashville and other scheduled shows around the country.


Qua' Ti' Si says she is "driving my husband crazy to work more, finish a addition to the house, get me more gigs, do more promotion, and figure out a way he can get more done while he's trying to sleep!"   I am just feeding my horses, keeping my two Tea Cup Yorkies, Dak and Coty, clean because they have to go every where I go, they have to look good for their showing too."   


Qua' Ti' Si is like many native American Indian artists who supports her people, the music and ideals, but she is a dynamo of energy that far outshines others.    

ka ki ke mina ka ki ke  

(forever an ever)





[Smoke Signals is proud to welcome Bennie E. "Blue Thunder" LeBeau Sr., an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming to our growing list of MAIC Newsletter Correspondents.  His "Teton Rainbow" column will become a regular feature on these pages starting this month.]


January 17th, 2006


Greetings my Fellow brothers, sisters & relatives; All Nations,            


This is a message to all wisdom keepers within the Indigenous Nations of the America's.  I have been asked to spread the word of White Eagle, a sacred Holy One who is working from the East-bringing message towards the west with sacred messages for peace.  As an Eastern Shoshone messenger, a Peacemaker I pray that leaders within the Dakota/Lakota Nations, Navajo Nations, Shoshone Nations, Chumash Nations will take this message to the heart.  Including all other Indigenous Nations that receive this message with a peaceful spirit.  This is to be given to all Leaders/Advisors and Spiritual Leaders within the Indigenous Nations of the America's.  Please forward this to those influential individuals that you know far and wide.  Those that want to get in touch with me please call me at 307 851-6249 or my email at  I thank you all on Behalf of White Eagle and White Thunder as Peacemakers from the past, a spirit that brought peace to the America’s.  This Peacemaker was recognized by many names in the Tribal Nations of the America's.  


May the Great Spirit Continue to Bless Each and Everyone in Wisdom and Knowledge for Mother Earth as the Great Spirit intended within the Central Sun, the Creator our Father.


Many Zahaunts, meaning many thank yous for your help in sending this message for peace, within the America’s for the world at large.  Those Chiefs that receive this message I respectfully request that you contact me at my telephone or my email address.


Bennie E. LeBeau, aka BlueThunder


Book Of Trust 

Brother to my people, Saviour to many Nations.
Open with me, walk beside all.
Offer own hand of peace; Challenge no meaning Trust in all Spoken Truth.
Knowledge I give, Wisdom I share.

Open the mind, share amongst those, teach through visions shown.
Feel the wisdom I bring to enable walkways of harmony to balance Nature’s forces.

Touch the heart and soul of those who walk within the shadows of darkness.
Radiate with the love and warmth I bring in peace.
Understand the hand I offer.
Search no more, wisdom I bring. Each Warrior bring forth meanings of the soul.
Tether no more. Wisdom Keepers unleash knowledge of old.

White Eagle

Many walkways of peace shadowed by mysteries of doubt.  Each pathway shown by me throughout past time glistens with true vibrations of Natures Glory.  Many wish to walk upon footsteps laid down by Ancient Ones in the hope of balancing all Tribal Nations throughout.  Each Warrior understands the true beliefs handed down through time.  Peace Brothers give much from within depth of own self, teachings of wisdom shared by many who walked upon the lands that were once of plenty.  Eyes closed by the blinkers of doubt change nothing; eyes open bring forth new beginnings.  Walk with me along pathways of brightness.  True beings of Old walk beside those of true belief.  Hands cross many palms of all races, each palm toughed by those chosen by me, share the vibrations of love.  Each barrier of doubt cast shadows from which fears dwell deep within.  We acknowledge those of troubled minds, peace from within will shine once more, begin the journeys forward, enhance the true meaning of life itself.  Bring forth the true meaning of trust, open own heart to walk the pathway forgotten by many.  I bring Truth and Honesty back for all to share, and walk beside the one who carries the hurts and sorrows for all Nations.

Walk within the Golden Rays I bring.

These words I have been given to pass through the Wisdom Keepers of many Tribal Nations.  I offer the openness of my being to share with many Nations the teachings I bring from many Warriors of Old to enable the worth of many to flourish and to begin the sacredness of journey’s of time past.  Each Warrior of today releases energies from within to shine the true colors of Peace and Harmony for which the walkway to eternity forms the Rainbow Bridge of many colors.

Aho!!!  White Thunder




Native American Fry Breads


Let your kids help with the dough, but keep them away from the frying process.
You've heard of quick breads, homemade from scratch or baked from a packaged mix. Here are four bread recipes from four Native American tribes -- Navajo, Chippewa, Oneida, and Cheyenne. The first three recipes are flour-based and require a deft, confident hand and, since the frying instructions for all three are similar, directions are at the end. The fourth featuring corn meal calls for a strong stirring arm, and is baked in oven.


Navajo Fry Bread: 1 cup white flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, pinch of salt, water. Mix dry ingredients together with only enough water to form the dough into a firm ball. Knead until smooth.

Chippewa Fry Bread: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 3/4 cup warm water, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 tbsp. nonfat dry milk powder. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Mix water with oil and dry milk powder and stir into dry ingredients until smooth dough forms. Knead briefly on a floured surface, then cover and let rest 10 minutes.

Oneida Fry Bread: 4 cups all-purpose flour, two tsps. salt, 4 heaping teaspoons baking powder. Mix flours, salt, baking powder with just enough water to make a dough. Knead 2 or 3 minutes.

Now, for all three fry breads: pinch off enough dough to make a round patty, flatten with your hand and punch a hole in center. Drop into skillet with about 1 inch of hot oil or shortening, fry over medium high heat until puffed and light brown on both sides, turning once. Remove, drain on paper towels. Can be served with cinnamon-sugar, honey, or jelly.

Cheyenne Batter Bread: 1 quart milk, 1 tbsp. melted butter, 2 cups white cornmeal, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 large eggs. Slowly stir cornmeal into boiling milk. Remove from heat. Cool to very warm to the touch, add beaten eggs, melted butter, and salt. Pour into greased 9x13 casserole dish and bake at 375 until firm.

Q:   What do fry bread and Indian men have in common?
A:   They're both round, brown, and greasy.

Q:   What did the Indian girl say her first trip off the reservation to a pizzeria? 

A:   Who threw up on my fry bread?

More Fry Bread Recipes
Blackfeet Chickasaw Osage
Cherokee Navajo Seminole
Creek Old Fashioned Traditional


~This article courtesy of The author, Stephania is a human service professional with nearly 40 years in the field. She publishes a content-rich ezine, "Tidbits from the Pantry," about self-help, growth, and relationships to over 11,000 subscribers, and offers a life coaching service. subscribe to her ezine,

~Submitted by Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips

Healthier Fry Bread

My new recipe for frybread is a bit healthier than the more traditional fry breads....

I don't measure anything.... sometimes when i try a new recipe - but usually it's a few scoops of this - a half a palm of that - a pinch etc!.... so i'll try to estimate as best i can when giving measures.... and it isn't that much different - i just substitute a few ingredients as follows:

Instead of white flour ....I use unbleached and unbromated flour - King Aurthur brand is good and any of that from organic/co-ops etc....

I also add about 2/3 cup flax seed meal - or substitute some of your flour - I use about 4/5 cups of flour to start - so 2/3 cup of that is flax seed meal....

Then add:
1 tablespoon of Celtic salt or sea salt
1 tablespoon of organic turbinado sugar
1 package yeast - organic or diatinatious earth

- and i'm not sure of measure on this....
fluff up dry ingredients then add:

1/4 cup olive oil 2/3 to 1 1/2 cups of water.... (based on how the mix is ) your initial batter should be loose and flowing .... beat that up good and then start adding flour until the mix is like bread dough - and for all those that aren't bread makers .... the longer you can knead the dough the finer and smoother the bread will be.... and this applies to frying the bread! LOL!

Now, make a pretty ball - leave in bowl and cover with a towel.... let this double or a bit better....
heat up your oil cut dough off the raised ball gently - then gingerly make a ball and then flatten.....  as soon as oil (use peanut) is good and hot.... you know the rest! 

The bread is tan and speckly -  has a good earthy taste and stays soft and good for a few days.....

~Submitted by Kim Summer Moon

Elder's Meditation


"So unbelievable things like that happen. But you have to believe it first. Not wait until you see it first, then touch it, then believe it... You have to say it from the heart."  --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

The power of our belief system is incredible. The power of faith is a very natural power. How do we have faith? Inside of our minds we form a mental picture with our self talk. Self talk is recorded in our minds in three dimensions - words that trigger a picture, which has a feeling or an emotion attached to it. Once we get the words and the picture, it is the emotion that makes the idea turn into a belief. You get the right emotion by
saying things from the heart. The heart is the source of emotions which can cause unbelievable things to happen.

Great Spirit, with You everything is possible.



Tribal Politics...

'The Indians are coming! The Indians are coming!' 


Are the Indian Wars Not Over?
By Mike Graham

It's a flash back to Paul Revere's famous ride all over again, only this time the cry is about American Indians.  Politicians across the country (mostly Republicans) are rallying the troops against Indians. They are telling anyone that will listen that the Indians are back and they mean business! "Indians are going to take over." they cry.

Well, the meaning business part is right. Indian nations are moving ahead in many business areas like mom and pop neighborhood stores to forming Internet companies. American Indians have come a long way from the days when city storefronts had signs in the window stating "No Dogs - No Indians" allowed.

This new "Indian war" is playing out in our nation's courts to include anti-Indian legislation formed to hold Indians back economically . State and federal  politicians are spending a lot of their time (and taxpayers' money) to put the Indians back in their place, in other words, "back on the reservation".

Behind the scenes these same politicians are doing all they can to steal Indian land. This action is backed by big business giants and their lobbyists.   Each year Indian tribal governments have to spend millions of dollars defending their rights before U.S. courts because U.S. politicians are
filing frivolous lawsuits against them. This money should be going for Indian health care, education and ending poverty. "But this is war" cry the politicians. " Indian governments are not playing fair! They're using our U.S. courts and laws to regain their land and civil rights. They even want us to apologize for the holocaust we committed against them. What's the world coming to?" they ask.

During the past year our elected representatives in their "War against Indians" have introduced more anti-Indian legislation than they have toward the war against foreign terrorists. Forget the U.S. border problem, illegal aliens problem, gangs or energy crises. They say that "The Indians are coming for their land and their legal rights under our U.S. laws." Politicians are working
fast and hard re-writing laws to stop the Indians!

State officials are taking the "Indian War" one step further. They want to offer state tax dollars to local city governments to fight this new "Indian war". They're also pumping out press releases geared to build anti-Indian sentiment like newspaper reports did back in the good old days of
Custer. Their main talking points are Indian gaming, tribal solvencies and reclaiming land
under treaty laws.

Obviously these government officials long for the good old days of their forefathers when they could just sit down with an Indian Chief with a gun to his head, get his x on a treaty written in English, and tell him where his reservation is. 

Our federal and state Politicians kept their mouths shut as long as Indians were enslaved on reservations living in poverty. Now that Indians are finally standing up for their rights again, and moving up the economic ladder, they have to deal with all the hate propaganda their ancestors were confronted with during the Custer years.  

Still today, three of the five most impoverished counties in America are predominately populated by Indians located on reservations. Corporate America avoids Indian reservations like the plague. They hope Indians will abandon their land. If this happened, you would see a Wal-Mart go up overnight, along with banks and all the business that comes with them.  American Indians claim in part that the holocaust committed against them still continues today. Through the federal government's mishandling of the Indian trust fund, ten to forty billion dollars are missing. The federal government says it has no idea where the money went, all the while shredding documents
and spending millions of your tax dollars each year fighting Indians in U.S. courts to make sure no one does! 

The Indian trust fund was set up in 1887. The federal government (by choice) is responsible for collecting royalties from gold, oil, gas, timber, coal and other economic goods removed from Indian land held in federal trust.  Over five hundred thousand American Indians have accounts associated with the Indian trust fund. On top of all this, Indians have to deal with trust fund
payments that are not being paid. The Indian trust fund issue is at the forefront of the
new Indian war. You will not hear about this issue on Fox or CNN News!  The federal government does not "give" Indians free money. It owes the Indians money from treaties made with them under U.S. law, and for the economic goods taken off their land. If the federal government paid up what it owes Indians, they would be the richest (cash wise) group of Americans in the nation.
American Indians now call America the "rented country", and say that the federal government is a bad tenant!!

Politicians waging this new "Indian War" are finding members of their ranks running for the hills (no pun intended) in fear of not getting re-elected.  Another big problem these politicians are having to confront is that Americans today are not falling for the wolf cry "The Indians are coming" The vast majority of Americans know Indians got a raw deal from the beginning, and support them today in their quest to regain what is theirs.  


Mike Graham, member Oklahoma Cherokee Nation Founder United Native America

Submitted by: Andre Cramblit, Indigenous News Network


~submitted by Juli Maltagliati


Health Watch... 


Master Tonic

A Modern Day Plague Antidote


What would happen if you and your family were exposed to a killer virus, like the recently discovered flu virus that can kill in a few hours -- that no vaccine can stop?

American Indians were faced with the same terrible dilemma immediately following the first European invasions over five hundred years ago.  Spiritual elders and herbal doctors were not equipped to treat the unknown diseases and millions died as a result. 

The author of the formula below is Dr. Richard Schultz, a student of the late great herbalist, Dr. Christopher.  Dr. Schultz ran a clinic for 20 years saving patients that had been sent home to die.  He now operates the American Botanical Pharmacy from which one can procure books, audio and video tapes, and botanical formulas.  You can acquire a free catalogue by calling 1-800-HERB DOC.

We advise that you make the following tincture formula and keep it on hand at all times.  When problems do occur, there may not be time enough to make it. 

1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasitical)
1 part fresh chopped white onions, or the hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic)
1 part fresh grated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities)
1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head)
1 part fresh chopped Cayenne peppers, Jalapenos, Serranos, Habeneros, African bird peppers....any combination of the hottest peppers available
  • Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the above fresh chopped and grated herbs.  Then fill to the top with raw unfiltered, unbleached, non-distilled apple cider vinegar.
  • Close and shake vigorously and then top off the vinegar if necessary.  Begin this formula on the NEW moon and strain and bottle on the FULL moon, (approximately 14 days).  Filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton, bottle and label.
  • Make sure that when you are making this tonic that you shake it every time you walk by it, a minimum of once per day.  Remember that all the herbs and vegetables should be fresh (and organic if possible), and to use dried herbs only in an emergency.

Strain liquids from solids through muslin cloth or strainer into a 8oz. Glass. Note: the solid ingredients retain almost the same potency as the liquid ingredients; therefore, these solids can be puréed to use with other ingredients like honey and lemon to make a salad dressing or to marinate meats of all sorts.  For example mixing to taste with Peanut oil makes a great sauce to roast chicken.  This formula will not spoil unless mixed with new ingredients.

1/2 to 1 ounce, two or more times daily, gargle and swallow.  My patients swear it is not only the cure for the common cold but every other disease of mankind.
Store your tincture in a dark place as light will deteriorate it.  You can put the jar in a paper bag for the brewing and shaking process.  “Tinctures last indefinitely, while herbs can lose potency within a year.  Also, tinctures enter your system in seconds, as compared with dry herbs in capsules which have to be digested first.” Advised Schultz.

This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh.  Its power should not be underestimated.  This formula is a modern day plague tonic and when added to an incurable routine I have seen it cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases.  It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood.  This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases.

"...I designed this formula as a fresh herb alternative to Dr. Christopher’s plague formula, to be more alive, a herbal juice tonic, and believe me, you don’t want to be without formulas like this when you or your loved ones get ill; it will save your life.  Make up plenty, it can’t go bad because vinegar already is, and will last almost forever..," writes Dr. Shultz.

Quoted from Sam Biser’s “The Last Chance Health Report” on Killer Viruses: A formula for stopping them when drugs fail.

~Submitted by Valerie Eagle Heart

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Among American Indians


According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC),  "...diabetes  is a chronic epidemic among American Indians."  On average, they are 2.8 times as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age.  For example, among the Pima Indians of Arizona, about 50 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 64 have diabetes.  From 1984 to 1986, diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Between 1986 and 1988, the death rate for diabetes in American Indians is estimated to be 4.3 times the rate in non-Hispanic whites.  Diabetes contributes to several of the leading causes of death in American Indians: heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, pneumonia, and influenza.


Manataka is deeply committed to helping our brothers and sisters combat this terrible disease.  Here are two suggestions that will help:


1.  Fight One Cause: There are several causes for diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet is mandatory in fight the causes.  Therefore, stop eating government commodities - especially white flour, white sugar, white salt, white rice -- if it is white -- it ain't right!  


2.  Treat Diabetes Effectively:  Take Diabeticine™ tablets daily for at least three months.   


Diabeticine™ is proven to be successful and goes to the cellular level to lower your blood sugar level, lower your insulin resistance, and increase insulin production. It contains all-natural ingredients, in its purest form, that are essential to making it gentle and effective, unlike prescription drugs that may have harmful side-effects to you. Diabeticine™ has been scientifically engineered and a partial list of the ingredients are:  


Banaba, Guggle, Bitter Melon, Licorice extract, Cinnamon herb powder, Gymnema Sylvestre, Yarrow, Cayenne, Juniper Berries, Huckleberry, Vanadyl Sulfate


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Animal Rights....


Florence's Journey's End Animal Sanctuary


Below is the link to the new web site for my friend Florence's Journey's End Animal Sanctuary.  This is a sanctuary for special needs animals (disabled, abused, old) that began 30 years ago.  Beautiful Florence is 78 years old and still going strong running the place... which, trust me, is truly a wonderful no-kill, no-cage sanctuary. 


So please go and have a look, and please pass it on to friends who love animals, too.... we need to get the web site "out there" to as many as possible to help get it off the ground.  This is a donations-only operation, and having this new web site will hopefully be a big help.


If you feel compelled to donate, every little bit helps, and it's now as easy as clicking a button at the site.  In any event, just enjoy going to see it, and be sure to check back to see the great additional new content that's coming!


~Submitted by Julie Maltagliati, California

An Indigenous Perspective


The Great Mystery

by Scott C. Barta



The ongoing discussion regarding atheism, evolution, and “intelligent design” creationism is very interesting and is in need of a little ‘Indigenous thought’ which are for the most part unknown, unavailable to most, or ignored.


For most of my adult life I have been studying the Indigenous understanding of what is called the “Great Mystery” or “All That Is”, in my Nakota (misnomer “Sioux”) Indigenous Red “Indian” Language, we say “Wakan Tanka.”


Contrary to the evolution/creationism people, the Nakota do not try to decipher or ‘break down’ life but instead to learn throughout life to appreciate the great gifts of Nature - which we are actually and factually a relative to and part of. Without the Two-Legged “human being”, the Earth and beings of Nature would get along just great, yet another ‘clue’ to be always thankful of the Natural World we need.


Nakota “spiritualism” consists very simply of Unci Maka “Grand Mother Earth” and Tunkasina Mahpiya “Grand Father Sky” which are Wakan Tanka – the “Great Mystery.” The Nakota never worried about why the Sun came up and why the Sun went down, but were instead thankful for each Sun rise and Sun set, a very advanced way of thought, a manner of thinking now mostly, and unfortunately, neglected and disregarded.


During the recent influx of huge amounts of European “Christians” to my homelands, Indigenous peoples were forced for many years to submit to the god/creation society now prevalent in America . Most of the people I know today – red, white, yellow, or black in skin tone (the four sacred colors of human kind) believe in some type of “creator, higher power” or “god” concept. The “god” idea was a man-made invention just ten thousand years ago that came hand-in-hand with domesticated animals, money, male-dominating power and authority desires, slavery, greed, and the denial of Earth and Grand Mother Grand Mother Earth (the necessary and important female aspect of the family and community). All colors of human kind knew the Earth to be round and had peaceful communities and happiness before the “crusades” or the newfound marauding groups of power-hungry conquistadors. The rest is history, so to speak.


The rest of my acquaintances do not claim “god” have some type of “after life” or reincarnation-type theory that they profess to - usually, nonetheless, with some type of a “belief” and often a “higher power” lingering somewhere in the background. In accordance with ancient Indigenous teachings, however, it is the duty as two-legged human beings is to be just that – human beings.


Recently, I have discovered within myself, that it is not necessary to have “beliefs”, whether it be in science or religion, but instead “be” and live every day in the moment and find contentedness, while understanding and appreciating all the great gifts of Nature afforded to us each day from Earth and Sky.


For eons, rare and sincere visions and dreams of individuals within Indigenous communities were gifted from Wakan Tanka and were highly revered. These similar gifts were afforded to all the races of human beings millions of years ago (despite the “Adam and Eve” and “monkey” theories), and included such things as the Fire, the Bow and Arrow, and the Tipi or home shelters.


So why did Indigenous Red “Indian” Nations and Peoples live in such peace prior to this “ columbus era” (1492 to the present) upon Great Turtle Island “western hemisphere” with no forts, fences, weapons of mass death and destruction? They accomplished this by living in balance with Nature, respecting all beings of Nature – thereby making it possible to respect and hold dear their human relatives. Water was free and pure, and an individual simply had to hunt and gather the fruits, vegetables, plants, and animals (and dry and prepare it for winter months) needed for their life. Therefore Indigenous peoples were thankful and appreciated even the tiniest drop of water, understandably a reason why the Nakota word for water is MiNi or “My Life.”


A most stress free life with no automobiles driving past homes and children at forty miles an hour, no child molesters, no burglary, lying, cheating, murder, rape, war; no old age homes, orphanages, or prisons ‘freed-up’ Indigenous Peoples so that they could and did enjoy plenty of quality family and community time for sharing and loving.


Basic Laws of Nature and common sense principals kept a “moral compass” intact for all Indigenous Peoples long before columbus . Right and wrong was understood – without scientific or religious jargon or man-made ideas and “laws”, which are only made for societies of the lawless. Understanding Wakan Tanka also meant that the Earth was known by Indigenous peoples as being round, just like the Sun and Moon – a fact they so eagerly shared with columbus and the rest of world who had forgotten their Grand Mother. Truly a deep understanding of life on Earth.


There is a continuing struggle for the last of Indigenous resources like coal and oil. Greedy corporations who control government policy have a desire for lands – Indian “reservations” (formerly considered concentration camps) for which to place toxic wastes upon. And because the United States already has over nine trillion dollars worth of the Nakota People’s “Black Hills gold” housed illegally as stolen property in Fort Knox Kentucky, ‘Indigenous information’ is conveniently left out of “history” and replaced with such things as the “tomahawk chop” or “Indians scalped.” When in fact, again, it was the early Dutch colonists who began the bounty for the whole bodies, then the severed heads, then finally just the black hair “redskin” scalps of the Indigenous men, women and children - paid so eagerly by the early colonial governors.


It is sometimes difficult to explain these facts to the average American, as they have been instructed these stereotypes throughout their ‘schooling.’ When these facts are mentioned, too often a simple response - based in denial, is “Oh you Indians used to kill each other, too!” Although claims of 100 million dead peaceful Indigenous Peoples at the hands of disease and the early pilgrims, settlers, and Americans compares drastically to only 3 – 5 thousand Europeans dead (the largest probably Custer at the Little Big Horn, a mere 200 fully battle-ready fighting troops) in just five hundred years does tell quite a different story then what is ‘taught’ in American classrooms.


How does the above relate to the “atheism/intelligent design/evolution” discussion? My Nakota People conduct many thanksgiving ceremonial exercises throughout the year, such as the Sun Dance – thanking the Day Sun (Sun) and Night Sun (Moon) every Summer Solstice. The shortest day, Winter Solstice, of the year was also recognized with the cleansing north Winds honored and excitement for the ‘return’ of the Day Sun northward. The Sun warms and the Moon facilitates the ocean currents and Sacred Time of the female.


Tobacco is offered as thanksgiving to a Sacred Tree when having to take the life and cut it down in order to construct our needed Tipi or house, as does the same practice occur when the sacred life of all Plants and Animals taken by our humanly needs. Lowly man, who would starve, be forced to survive, or freeze to death without our superiors. The Sacred Tree does not have to kill to live, nor does the Sacred Deer have to ‘make fire’ to live their lives; and neither have to make jackets or blankets to cover themselves during the frigid winter months, which qualities are, in fact, superior to humankind. Without continual and sincere exercises in thankfulness by the two-legged, the ‘chain saw is superior to the tree’ mentality overrides human common sense, which self-destructive spiral is most dangerous for two-legged survival (let alone living) upon Sacred Grand Mother Earth.


The Natural World is superior to the human being; a fact which is contrary to innuendos in the both the Christian bible which suggest man has “dominion” over the earth and its creatures, as well as scientific theory. A misunderstanding by Christian peoples and the scientific community is the misconception that reason - versus instinct, is somehow a superior trait over Animals and Nature. This confusion has led to great tragedies in nature and among human kind.


It seems many people today are bound by fear. Some by a fear of dying and ‘going to’ a place they call “heck” – a fear of the unknown. Yet should fear be the deciding factor on what keeps some with their “moral compass” pointing north, and what may keep them behaving? Might their lives instead be dictated by love of Earth and Sky, and the great gifts of Nature, their relatives ignored and abused?


As far as the evolutionists go, hand-in-hand with the “intelligent designers”, maybe they spend too much time thinking of ways to create things that ultimately destroy Nature – our extended family.


In Unity To Protect

Grand Mother Earth,


Scott C. Barta









Nations bleed as if torn from the womb of the premature

yet it is the ancestors that keep us strong 

it is the lineage that belongs to us all

we are the people of the rainbow

of mother earth and the great father of the universe.

yet caught is the mind that spindles like the web of the spider the deceit of persecution

whispers like the morning song of an open breeze

caressing the souls of the sightless as if by a veil of ignorance. 

We are people of the rainbow


Colours blend ,tear drops fall, arches are broken.

wars are made, minds are clouded, brothers fight brothers.   

yet there is hope for the mighty nations...

A peace within that will once again challenge the forces of  who we are 


Tampered spirits of the earth it is the multitude that makes the man 

not the man who make the multitude.


Remember the ways of our ancestors 

it is their words that make the future of the Rainbow Nations.


~Submitted by Helen Red Wing



Distant Voices

Distant voices
Foreign, yet somehow
Beg for attention
In a world
Where they don't
Fit in

Of lives
I've never lived
Rush forward
Crowd the space
Usually taken
By mundane thoughts
Worldly ideas and
Financial desperation
No place for
Ancient voices
To intrude

In tall grasslands
Stretching forever
And blue skies
By choking
Grey smog
White clouds
Cool rivers
No broken glass
No beer cans
No plastic bags
Clinging to
Of wild
Happy trees

Distant voices
All too familiar
Calling for reason
For simplicity
For hope
For contentment
For community
For a better way
To travel
In the
Of the
Tall grass prairie
Natural skyline
And the
Soft earth
Beneath my feet.

Corina Roberts 1/04/06



The Modern Warrior
Wa ya Di tli hi
by Dr. Robert Baize


His bow is his mind,
His arrows are his skills,
His quiver is full.
The story of his face paint is replaced by the
stories in his heart.
The hand print on his pony is replaced
by the hand prints left on the lives he has touched.
While he wears a shirt and tie,
he is still a warrior none the less.
He does not seek out the battles,
the battles find him
His foes curse his name.
Injustice is the battle field.
As with the warriors of old, the reasons for war
remain the same,
Someone must protect the child,
the elder,
the weak.
Principles and values, honor and dignity will
forever be the spoils.
The mighty warrior remains proud at heart.
He walks the gauntlet of indifference, and apathy.
He marks coup each time the suffering
rejoices with equality.
The quiet warrior,
the spirit warrior,
the modern warrior.


By Susan Bates



Ski Resort Can Use Waste Water On Navajo Land

According to an article written by Ryan Hall for the Farmington Daily Times, Federal District Judge Paul Rosenblatt ruled on January 11th. that the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort can use reclaimed waste water (read sewage) to make snow for their new ski resort.

The posh resort will be located in the San Francisco Peaks which are called Dook'o'sliid in Navajo, and is sacred to the Diné and at least 13 other tribes. Rosenblatt's decision stated that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) did not protect the tribe's interest in
this case.

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. issued this statement: "This hurts all native people to see our ways of life done away with for money. There are plenty of other
ways to make money besides putting filthy water on a sacred place." 

"To Native people, there are no compromises to saving self. When our
ceremonies go, and when our herbs go, there are no compromises left to
be made."  

The tribes will appeal.

"The White man does not mind the foul air he breaths. Like a man in pain for 

many years, he is numb to the stench."  -----Chief Seattle, C. 1885-86


Tribes Denied Recognition 
The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut as well as the Schaghticoke tribe won't be allowed to challenge the decision of the Interior Board of Indian Appeals which denied their claim for federal recognition. Both tribes will take their cases to a higher court.


Red Lake Accomplice Sentenced To One Year 

Louis Jourdain, son of tribal chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain, was sentenced to up to one year in a juvenile rehabilitation facility for his part in the March 21, 2005 killing spree which left 10 people dead, including the 16 year old shooter, Jeff Weise. Jourdain, now 17, was the only person charged in connection with the slayings. He pleaded guilty to using the internet to make "threatening communications." The rest of the charges were dropped.

Big Bucks Needed to Save Cemetary
Teaneck, New Jersey residents must raise big bucks if they want to preserve an ancient cemetery said to be the eternal resting place of Native Americans, African slaves and some early Dutch Colonists. Brian Aberback, staff writer for the North Jersey Media Group reports that a coalition of concerned citizens has raised $8,000 since Dec. 20, but must raise $100,000 more as soon as possible so that bonds in the amount of $325,000 can be issued by the Township Council to purchase the property. The property owner, Dr. Gustavo Garces of Hackensack, is asking $412,500 for his land on which he plans to build a new house on. He gave the coalition until April 15 to meet his price.

Doesn't this guy read Stephen King??? I thought everyone knew how upset we Indians get when someone builds on top of our graves. Watch for the forthcoming book and movie if the coalition isn't successful.

Quote of the Month
"In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred-- everything is for sale." --Oren Lyons, Onondasa, 1992  

And so it goes........




Indian in Congress

An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other.
He says to the waiter, "Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Sure, Chief, coming right up."  He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee. The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp, turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, causing parts of the animal to splatter every where,  then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns. He has  his shotgun in one hand pulling  another male buffalo with the other. He  walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, "Want coffee."

The  waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto! We're still cleaning up your mess from  yesterday.  What was all that about, anyway?"

The Indian smiles and proudly  says, "Training for upper management position in United States Congress: Come  in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up, disappear for rest of day."



Creator's Gifts 

With all the pressures and problems multiplying in our lives today, all to often we forget to take the time to thank the Creator for all that he has provided for us such as, the air we breath, the water we drink, the beautiful animals, our health and most of all, our good friends.  

The Creator's love for us is shown in many ways. Did you know humans are the only creation that is able to see in color?  Animals see only in black and white!  It is imperative that we give thanks for all that we have.  We should give thanks in troublesome times as well as good times.  We would want to ask for wisdom.  Wisdom is the ability to put knowledge, understanding and discernment to good use so as to make good decisions and right choices.  We want to pray for our Elders, our brothers and sisters and especially for those undergoing both personal and medical problems.  I have been told that, Good things come to those who practice good and it also brings joy.  Joy is the state of true happiness resulting from the expectation or acquisition of something good.  So let us all try to do the things pleasing to the Creator and we will be sure to find the peace and comfort that wisdom and Joy brings to us.   A'Ho

~Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman

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  • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

  • Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?

  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? 

  • Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

  • Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

  • Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

  • Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

  • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

  • Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

  • Why, If people evolved from apes, are there still apes?

  • Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white? Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

  • Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

  • Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance? Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end you first try?

  • How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

  • When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, "It's all right?" Well, it isn't all right so why don't we say, "That hurt, you  stupid idiot?"

  • Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

  • In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

  • How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

  • If at first you don't succeed, shouldn't you try doing it like your wife told you to do it? And obviously if at first you don't succeed, then don't take up sky diving!

  • And my FAVORITE......  The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends, if they're okay, then it's you.

Submitted by Crystal Harvey




Always tell her that her fry bread is better

Bead for her

Believe in her

Buy her flowers

Call her by her Indian Name

Carry her chair at the Pow-Wow

Compliment her

Compose a song for her

Cry with her

Cuddle with her at a 49

Dine her

Give her beautiful Indian Jewelry

Give her many horses

Give her lots of attention and sing beautiful Native music to her.

Give her many Pendleton Blankets and no "Indian Time"

Hold her in the moonlight

Hold her hand
Hug her

Hunt for her (clean it for her)

Keep a job through Pow-Wow season

Keep the run down cars out of the yard

Laugh with her

Listen to her

Play Native music for her
Romance her

Set up camp for her

Shop with her

Smile at her

Support her
Surprise her

Wine her

Show up with an Indian Taco, Corn Soup and an extra piece of fry bread.......

Submitted by Jennifer WhiteFeather Attaway, Alabama



Women' Council Calendar

Arctic Tale—“The old people had runes which they sang to the spirits dwelling in the sea and in the mountains, in the wind and in the whirlwind, in the lightning and in the thunder, in the sun and in the moon and in the stars of heaven.”—Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica
Date / Time  Event Program Place
4 February 11 a.m. Women’s Council Meeting  Aurora Adney - Astral Projection 136 Waine Place, Hot Springs
13 February Full Moon—Leo Nature reaches a crescendo of activity so it is a time of fulfillment. Period of greatest light. A time for completing things and for bringing things into perfection.
14 February Valentine's Day
19 February 9: a.m. Elder Council Meeting
19 February 1: p.m. Membership Meeting Phil's Restaurant, 800 E. Grand, Hot Springs
20 February  President's Day National Holiday
28 February New Moon-Pisces Good time to start a new project or to launch a new idea and to push forward with it as the tide of energies continues to build up. The New Moon = power day.
“Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them…”Psalm 69:34 

Raven Makes Magic—“My father did not recognize me. Next time he saw me he said, ‘You are the child of a crow.’ I am looking at my father, I am looking at him, he is beginning to turn into a bird turning into a bird.”—Arapaho Ghost Dance Song

Date / Time  Event Program Place
4 March 11:30 a.m. Women’s Council Meeting  Melinda Smith  “Healing through Music” 136 Waine Place, Hot Springs
14 March   Full Moon - Lunar Eclipse Nature reaches a crescendo of activity so it is a time of fulfillment. Period of greatest light. A time for completing things and for bringing things into perfection. 
17 March St. Patrick's Day National Holiday
19 March 9 a.m. Elder Council Meeting
19 March 1 p.m. Membership Potluck

Hosted by: Gayle Sexhauer

Come Celebrate Spring & New Beginnings

Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
20 March First Day of Spring

Vernal Equinox - Drumming & Ceremony

Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
29 March New Moon

Total Solar Eclipse - Good time to start a new project or to launch a new idea and to push forward with it as the tide of energies continues to build up. The New Moon of each month is a power day.

Tiger Lily—“Spring is opening. I can smell the different perfumes of the white weeds used in the dance.”— Pawnee song, translated.  Frances Densmore
Date / Time  Event Program Place
1 April   11:30 a.m. Women’s Council Meeting  Jody Smith  The Praying Flute” 136 Waine Place, Hot Springs
1 April Day Light Savings Time
7 April Judy Filmore Birthday Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
12 April Passover Jewish Holiday
13 April Full Moon Nature reaches a crescendo of activity so it is a time of fulfillment. Period of greatest light. A time for completing things and for bringing things into perfection.
14 April Good Friday Christian Holiday
16 April Easter Sunday Christian Holiday
21 - 23 April Spring Encampment TBA
22 April Earth Day Celebrating the role of Mother Earth in the walk around the Wheel of Life.
23 April Elder Council & Membership Meeting Annual Joint Meeting TBA
27 April  New Moon Good time to start a new project or to launch a new idea and to push forward with it as the tide of energies continues to build up. New Moon = a power day. 
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.”Psalm 62:1
Green Voices —“To the house of old age, Up there I return. To the house of happiness, Up there I return. Beauty behind me, With it I return. Beauty before me, With it I return.”—Navajo song of Dawn Boy, translated by Frances Densmore
Date / Time  Event Program Place
6 May 11:30 a.m. Women’s Council Meeting  Becky Moore “The Medicine Wheel of Life” 136 Waine Place, Hot Springs
13 May Full Moon - Scorpio  Nature reaches a crescendo of activity so it is a time of fulfillment. Period of greatest light. A time for completing things and for bringing things into perfection.
14 May Mother's Day National Holiday
19-20-21 May Healing Retreat Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
21 May Elder Council Meeting
21 May Membership Potluck Picnic Bring Snacks, Drinks, Hot Dogs—to Share Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
27 May New Moon - Gemini Good time to start a new project or to launch a new idea and to push forward with it as the tide of energies continues to build up. The New Moon of each month is a power day.
29 May Memorial Day Federal Holiday
Kitsune —“Listen, I’m a shaman. Spirits rise for me, draw near me now, animal spirits, rise up now—help me.”—Yukaghir shaman’s incantation to exorcise a demon, David Cloutier version.
Date / Time  Event Program Place
03 June Women's Council Meeting Planning Eureka Springs/Turpentine Creek Powwow Trip 136 Waine Place, Hot Springs
11 June Full Moon

Sagittarius -  Nature reaches a crescendo of activity so it is a time of fulfillment. Period of greatest light. A time for completing things and for bringing things into perfection.

13 June Silver Celebration 136 Waine Place, Hot Springs
16-17 June Women's Council Trip Turpentine Creek, Eureka Springs
18 June Father' Day
18 June 9 a.m. Elder Council Meeting
18 June 1 p.m. Membership Potluck Picnic Hosted by Jim Ewing: Bring Snacks, Drinks, Hot Dogs—to Share Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
21 June 4:30 p.m. First Day of Summer Summer Solstice - Drumming & Ceremony Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds
23 - 25 June Summer Gathering TBA
25 June New Moon - Cancer Good time to start a new project or to launch a new idea and to push forward with it as the tide of energies continues to build up. The New Moon of each month is a power day.






By Magdala, Maya Priestess


My Beautiful Sisters all over the world,

For long time now the spirit has been guiding us into a many worlds, and many realms of our understanding as a human being, the spirit has been training us for hard times too, she has giving to us the tools and the knowledge, the love of an open heart, the praying that open the doors, the ways of all bonding, and the hope. 

Since the beginning of time we have been preparing ourselves for this beautiful time space, the layers of the worlds have become thinner and thinner, the sharing of the many worlds is already at the heart of a human being.

Now we know, that the water needs to be bless to drink, and that we also bless the waters that we have in our body, and the waters that clean all our emotions, we also know that we bless our food, and that we prepared our food with honor and respect, and a lot of love, so our family get bless by the food that they take, we know that also the food of the spirit is as far as a thought, that we connect when we have the hunger of the spirit, and we receive the food that comes from her in all the ways.

We remember now too, that is not to much about letting go, but to surrender to the spirit, and with that we make the "entrega" the magical word that give us freedom, that maybe means in English renunciation? maybe?

So human being ask, what we are going to drink? or eat? so many things are happening into the mother, what the government will do? yet, we need to remember to put in motion alllll what we know, this is the time for doing this, yes, the spirit has been helping us, all this time, training us, giving so much, now is the time to use that knowledge and love as a way of living.

Beautiful brothers and sisters, prepared your food with honor and respect, and bless it so much, and the same with  water. and remember, that we can eat beauty, that is always all around us, that we can drink the spirit that is all inside of us, our body will follow what we know, and produce what we need. 

How we can do this? well for so long, people have spoke "follow your heart" and this has become like a metaphor, we can use this in such a beautiful way, if we just sit and calm our mind and listen to the biting of the heart so deeply, that will show us the biting of the mother, and connect both, then we will just know how beautiful everything is, then all is possible, the heart will take us to the right place, and she is just waiting for us. that simple.

Beautiful ones, renounce to the fear ands separation, know ye that you are connected. Know that all life is sacred, and all connected through the heart.

I am you, Magdala  






Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.


Memorial Gift... 

George Bearclaw - George moved on in February 1947.  He was a good father, husband and hunter.  He knew the spirit ways and returned several times to help his brothers and sisters along the path of life. His spirit has not been seen again since 1988 after the passing of his granddaughter.  ~A Memorial Gift in honor of a loved one.... Anonymous 01-25-06


Crossing Over...

Evo DiDonato, 85 years old grandfather crossed over.  Multiple health problems.  ~Kim Summer Moon Wilson 01-21-06

Leon Jones, 69 former principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, died 12/30/05 at
his home in Cherokee's Big Y community.
Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf made his transition into his beloved spirit-world in the early morning hours of Solstice, 12/21/05, while visiting his daughter in Oakland, California.  ~Blue Otter 12-23-05

Pete Many Horses Mares - A dear friend and Spiritual Advisor in Southern California. ~Corine Quezada Staley 12-20-05

Beatrice Medicine of Wakpala, a noted educator, scholar, author and advocate for minorities, died on 
12/19/05 during emergency surgery in Bismarck, N.D.

Sickness and Injuries...

Mother of ZaDiWi - German lady operated on for herniated disc. ~Helen RedWing 01/27/06

Lee Standing Bear Moore - Hospitalized with congestive heart failure.  Recovering. 01/25/06

Mike Chumley of Russellville, AR and Bear Society Dancer - Two toes amputated due to complications of diabetes.  Infection in his lungs is gone.  His wife Kim is by his side.  Cher Wilkinson 01/24/06

Henrietta Eagle Star DevereauxDiagnosed as legally blind. Sun Dancer Woman 12-10-05 

Debbie - "Miss Sootie" - Near to crossing over.  Requesting prayers for the family. RedWing 12-10-05

Larry Irons - Still battling cancer.  Came back in his spine and right leg.  Very sick and on morphine in 4th stage of the disease. Walks only about 20 feet. ~Charles Irons 11-26-05

J.M. Herriott - Has multiple physical problems in Newark, AR. ~Tammy Timberlake 11-22-05 

Sharon Barnett - She has a brain injury. Short term memory and other health problems. ~Ruth Mountain Wind Song 11-21-05

Bernard and Hazel - Bernie was diagnosed as having lymphoma cancer spread over most of his body and Hazel had a toe on her left foot removed. ~Helen RedWing 11-21-05

Starfire -  she is 25 years old diagnosed with cervical caner ~Alan Spirithawk 11/11/05

Keith Mosher - Has Hep C. The medication is extremely hard on his body, has taken most of his energy away and he suffers with fever, headaches and itching, chills. But he is my warrior and is strong in mind and is taking it like an Indian would. We need prayers!  ~Deena 11/09/05


Did you submit a prayer request above?  If so, please send us an update.  We are reluctant to remove anyone without knowing if more prayers are needed. 


I Stand Before The Earth Maker

I stand before the Earth Maker and offer my unspoken prayer.  My head is held high in worshipful silence before the great Mystery above.  I look to the hills and there I see His strength.  His reach extends to the whole universe and all help comes from Him.  He puts in order all that I see--the heavens, the earth, the trees and leaves of the forest, sign of the four
winds. The wide world which I see measures the strength of my Great Father!!!

Submitted by Jennifer WhiteFeather Attaway, Alabama

January Elder Council Meeting...


All Elders were present. The consent agenda with the minutes / treasurer report were approved  unanimously.



The upcoming Spring Encampment (April 20-23)

MASELA (Manataka Ambassador to Spiritual Elders of Latin America) Project 

Open seats on the Elder Council

Teepee Lodges Stolen in 2004

A donation to a Navajo spiritual elder


Approved Motions: 

Creation of a Public Safety Committee

Report from the administrator of the Red Road Forum 

Letter of thanks to the UKB for its donation of a flag

MAIC response to the UCT for regarding MASELA issues

Expenditure of funds for a Sentinel Record Newspaper Advertisement


Rejected Motions:




"Asset Acquisition" by consultant Lynn Selvidge 

Proposal to acquire specific lots of land for the purpose of developing an interpretive outdoor exhibit, indoor museum all contained within a self-sustainable forest environment.  


Approved Committee Reports:

Women’s Council

NAGPRA Committee

Public Relations

Website / Newsletter


Presentations for the religious convention in Atlanta, GA

The new Owl Medicine Society will hold its first meeting during the Summer Gathering






NOTICE 1:     ELDER COUNCIL POSITION FILLED.  Gayle "Texas Wind" Sexauer of Fayetteville, AR was recently appointed Public Relations Elder.  "Based on her excellent background, experience, wonderful disposition, strong ideals, and love of Manataka, the Elders of Manataka made a wise decision in selecting Gayle for this important position," said MAIC Chair, David Quiet Wind Furr. 


NOTICE 2:    TWO ELDER COUNCIL POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN:   The Education Elder position will concentrate on developing public school curriculum based on American Indian philosophy and coordinating presentations to schools, civic organizations and churches. The Treasurer position is now open due to a recent resignation. The position will require experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting.   


NOTICE 3:    FOOD BASKET NEEDED NOW!  people are hungry often throughout the year.  Please bring or send non-perishable food items. Gift cards for food from Walmart, Safeway and other stores are great.  


NOTICE 4:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday of each month at Gulpha Gorge - bad weather at Phil's Restaurant on E. Grand.  


NOTICE 5:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact:


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1.  Computer needed.  A larger mother board is needed for in-office workDonated.  

2.  Reams of ink jet paper
3.  Postage stamps
4.  15 - 30 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids

5.  LAND -  Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build a cultural center. Any size or location is  acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.

6.  MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible  contribution to MAIC and we will send the family a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.




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Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476


Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Burnett, Georgia

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, California

Magdala, Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Helen Red Wing Vinson, Tennessee

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas


Susan Bates, Missouri

Andrea Crambit, California 

Romaine Garcia, Colorado 

Corina Roberts

Dr. Robert Baize

Valerie Eagle Heart

Mark and Carla Maslin  





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