Manataka American Indian Council                                Volume VII  Issue 7    JULY / AUGUST 2005


Manataka - Preserving the past today for tomorrow


25 printed pages in this issue 


Upcoming Events 

Women's Circle: Solidarity Among Indian Women
Letters to the Editor History Corner: Cherokees Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Web Site Updates  Ecology Front:  Natural Resources Defense Council

Government Continues to Mistreat Indians

Health Front:   Vitamins Illegal In the Future?
Elder's Meditation

Poetry Circle:  Nataani Nez

Hill & Holler News Clips

Healing Prayer Basket 

Quiet Wind Goes to Sundance

Manataka Messages 

The Manataka Office will be closed July 27 to August 8 for ceremonies in the Northwest.  Please hold phone calls and emails until after August 8.  Thank you.


August 24 - 27, 2005 -         Bear Gathering - . - New Mexico


August 19 - 21, 2005 -         Elder's Healing Retreat - Gulpha Gorge, Hot Springs, AR (not open to the public)

September 16 - 18, 2005 - Women's Council Healing Retreat - Gulpha Gorge, Hot Springs, AR


October 14 - 16, 2005 -       Fall Gathering at Manataka - Bald Mountain Park & Gulpha Gorge 


For circumstances beyond our control, the location of the 25,905th Annual Fall Gathering at Manataka has been changed to Bald Mountain Park. Ceremonies will also take place at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds as we are required by our traditions and faith.


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Question About Sacred Sites


Dear Manataka, 

I have been looking at your web site and I have a question. 


This area is considered a sacred place for Indians, then why are non-Indians going there. Why can't we have a place private to ourselves? I have seen other sacred places desegregated by hippies and the like, and it is shameful! 


~Ricky Raven Batterton (Pimbana Band Chippewa)


EDITOR: Yes, American Indians should have the right to worship privately in places of their own choosing.   This right we will defend with our life. 


Manataka is a sacred place. Sacred places are divined only by the Creator and not by man.  In the highest sense, a place is not sacred because of what man does or does not do there.  The Creator manifests in these places and that is what makes them sacred.   Examples:  The place where the burning bush spoke to Moses; The inipi where Fools Crow received healing powers; Bear Butte where prophetic visions came a number of American Indian people; the place where the Caddo were given birth, etc.


Creator manifests in this sacred place and all sacred places around the earth to share blessings with all children and all creation.  Creator's blessings are intended for all people - not just a select few, regardless of their color, beliefs, national origin, etc.  Only man makes boxes, categories and divisions of people.  Creator does not. 


Yes, man does make "holy places" - such as Abraham Lincoln who consecrated the Battlefield at Gettysburg as "hallowed ground."  There are many other examples of this phenomena across the earth.   But those places do not have the same sacredness as those where the Creator manifests.  Those places are designated by man - not necessarily by the Creator.


Because a sacred place is divined by the Creator, only the Creator may direct who may be in that place and we as lowly humans have no right to say who may or may not be there. 


All knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge, cannot be bound by man's dogma and doctrine.  It cannot be boxed for the exclusive use of one race, religion or place of origin.


The Great Sioux Oyate have a saying; "Mitakuye Oyasin" -- We Are One.  This same sentiment and philosophy of life is expressed in most all American Indian cultures.   If we really believe that We Are One, how may we justify excluding anything or anyone from our sacred circles?


We cannot condemn or defend what some individuals may or may not do at the sacred sites of other people.  We would like to think that offenses of protocol at American Indian sacred sites are done out of ignorance and not willful disrespect.  This is not for us to judge - as these acts are between the Creator and the individuals who may show disrespect.   If individuals are ignorant, do we not bare some responsibility to educate them in a good way?


Dear brother, we must be careful to pick our battles wisely.  This writer will not give his life to correct the ignorance of individuals.  Individuals come a go.  But we will defend against willful disrespect and the denial of religious freedom  promulgated by people organized for this purpose. 


Federal government desecration of American Indian sacred sites is willful disrespect with insidious, malicious intent.  Examples of atrocities against our people and faith by federal bureaucrats and people who are endorsed by them fill a mountain of history books and court records.  These acts are not a thing of the past.  They continue to this day.


This is all what we have to say at this time.






Manataka Summer Gathering

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Our family really enjoyed the Manataka Summer Gathering.  We forgot the location was changed and went to Gulpha Gorge to camp but there was no one there!  As we drove into the Campgrounds there were four federal Ranger vehicles and a bunch of Park Rangers standing around glaring at people.  We did not realize they were there to block the Elders from praying at the Fire Circle. We found Bald Mountain Park and pitched our tents there instead.


Bill and I thoroughly enjoyed all the events.  The kids participated in a Pipe teaching and sweat in the lodge.  Afterwards they swam in the creek.  The Bear Dance was fantastic!  What a blessing!  We really enjoyed meeting the Navajo chief and his wife from Arizona. The ceremonies they performed were spiritually uplifting.  


We spoke to some good people from Georgia who were going to Gulpha Gorge to pray and we asked if they were afraid of the National Park Service arresting them.  They told us they were not the least bit afraid and invited us to follow them in our car.  They led us to a place away from the Gorge Campgrounds where we parked the cars and began a walk up the sacred mountain.  After a short walk we came down the mountain and crossed the creek only to find many people conducting ceremonies!  These events were not on the schedule of events and unannounced at the Gathering. Later, we found out that nearly dozens and dozens of people spontaneously came for ceremonies there.  How wonderful!   We cannot wait to return to the Fall Gathering!


~Betty, Bill, Brandon & Will Jr. 





Passing of Chief Little Horse


My heart was saddened by the news of the passing of, Bill 'Little Horse.'  I do have fond memories that he has left behind with me.  I first met "Little Horse" at the fall gathering at Manataka 1998.  


He was so full of energy that day! He welcomed me to the gathering and as we talked, I said, "I am part Indian!  "Little Horse" looked at me for quite some time, his eyes were connected to mine as he looked through the windows of my heart (my eyes) and then he spoke. "Let me tell you, no man is part Indian!  Either you are or you are not Indian! "And I can see that you are Indian."  


From that day forward I have never been 'Part Indian!  Wado!! "Little Horse" Your encouragement has made me a better teacher (di-de-yo-hvi-s-gi) and a better person.  I will never forget your words of wisdom and I pray that Grandfather may give to you the peace and happiness that you have earned while you walked here upon our mother, 'The Earth.  (ta-wa-do-gi)  


~Hawk Hoffman

If you want to live the life you have always dreamed, ask yourself:


Do I Give Others my Honesty?
Do I Give Others my Respect?
Do I Give Others my Vulnerability?
Do I Give Others my Care?
Do I Give Others my Passion?
Do I Give Others my Experience?
Do I Give Others my Help?

This is the true path to greatness and success, not only in business but in life!



U.S. Department of the Interior grossly mismanages trust


Cobell v. Norton is a class-action lawsuit filed on June 10, 1996, in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to force the federal government to account for billions of dollars belonging to approximately 500,000 American Indians and their heirs, and held in trust since the late 19th century.

Through document discovery and courtroom testimony, the case has revealed mismanagement, ineptness, dishonesty and delay by federal officials, leading U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to declare their conduct "fiscal and governmental irresponsibility in its purest form."


The shocking article below discusses the latest conclusion and order of the federal district court:




WASHINGTON, July 12 -- U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth has excoriated the Interior Department for its continuing mistreatment of Native Americans.

In 34-page ruling the judge used some of the sharpest language he has invoked in his nearly 10 years overseeing a class action lawsuit over the government's acknowledged problems in handling individual Indian Trust accounts.
The history of the lawsuit is "a story shot through with bureaucratic blunders, flubs, goofs and foul-ups, and peppered with scandals, deception, dirty tricks and outright villainy—the end of which is nowhere in sight," the judge wrote. "Despite the breadth and clarity of this record, Interior continues to litigate and relitigate, in excruciating fashion, every minor, technical legal issue."

What prompted the judge's ire was a request by lawyers for Indians. They had accused the department of misleading and deceiving Indians about the impact of the long-running lawsuit and failing to provide basic information about their property. Among other things, the government repeatedly had blamed both Lamberth and the lawsuit for many of the department's own shortcomings in helping Indians, the lawyers said.

The lawyers welcomed the judge's ruling, saying it would help Indians learn more about their property rights and the lawsuit. In addition, the lawyers said it should give them a wealth of information from Indians about how the government has misled them about the litigation and its impact on their lands and their trust accounts.

Many Indians remain unaware of the suit and the problems it has exposed about the government-run trust system, said both the judge and the lawyers. In the ruling, Judge Lamberth noted that "despite Interior’s near wholesale abdication of its trust duties, the vast majority of the Indian [trust] beneficiaries remain unaware that anything is out of order."

"This ruling is unprecedented and it is very, very helpful to Indian people," said Keith Harper, plaintiffs counsel and an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund. "It will ensure that Indian landowners will have basic and critical information about their lands. It is obvious that when people are wrongfully deprived of such information, they cannot possibly make appropriate decisions about their property. This groundbreaking order ameliorates that problem."
"This is information they should have had all along, but Interior has been determined to taint information about this case and our clients' property with misinformation about the Cobell lawsuit and fears of what it would do to Indian land holdings," he said.

Elliott Levitas, another of the Indians' lawyers, said the ruling will force the government to make its first formal notice to all members of the class action suit. "This will be a notice that has been approved by the court and it will be devoid of all the twists and misstatements that have been contained in Interior's communications to Indians," he said.
The judge's ruling came a week in advance of a July 20 hearing by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee into proposals for resolving the Cobell versus Norton lawsuit.

In his ruling, the judge accused the department of forgetting what the case is all about and praised the Indians who brought the lawsuit.

The Cobell lawsuit may seem complex, the judge wrote. "But when one strips away the convoluted statutes, the technical legal complexities, the elaborate collateral proceedings, and the layers upon layers of interrelated orders and opinions from this Court and the Court of Appeals, what remains is the raw, shocking, humiliating truth at the bottom: After all these years, our government still treats Native American Indians as if they were somehow less than deserving of the respect that should be afforded to everyone in a society where all people are supposed to be equal."

The judge, a Texas native, also reached back into the history of the American West and the treatment of Native people in his ruling.


"For those harboring hope that the stories of murder, dispossession, forced marches, assimilationist policy programs, and other incidents of cultural genocide against the Indians are merely the echoes of a horrible, bigoted government-past that has been sanitized by the good deeds of more recent history, this case serves as an appalling reminder of the evils that result when large numbers of the politically powerless are placed at the mercy of institutions engendered and controlled by a politically powerful few," he wrote.

"It reminds us that even today our great democratic enterprise remains unfinished. And it reminds us, finally, that the terrible power of government, and the frailty of the restraints on the exercise of that power, are never fully revealed until government turns against the people."

Interior's failure to carry out its duty to properly care for Native Americans is illustrated by the department's continuing resistance to the lawsuit, the judge said.

"This is yet another factor forestalling the final resolution of the issues in this case and delaying the relief the Indians so desperately need," Lamberth said. "...It is against this background of mismanagement, falsification, spite, and obstinate litigiousness that this Court is to evaluate the general reliability of the information Interior distributes to IIM [Individual Indian money] account holders."

The judge declared while it was "undeniable" that the Interior Department has failed in its duties as a trustee-delegate for Native Americans, "it is nevertheless difficult to conjure plausible hypotheses to explain Interior’s default. Perhaps Interior’s past and present leaders have been evil people, deriving their pleasure from inflicting harm on society’s most vulnerable.


"Interior may be consistently populated with apathetic people who just cannot muster the necessary energy or emotion to avoid complicity in the Department’s grossly negligent administration of the Indian trust," he said. "Or maybe Interior’s officials are cowardly people who dodge their responsibilities out of a childish fear of the magnitude of effort involved in reforming a degenerate system. Perhaps Interior as an institution is so badly broken that even the most well-intentioned initiatives are polluted and warped by the processes of implementation."


"...The government as a whole may be inherently incapable of serving as an adequate fiduciary because of some structural flaw. Perhaps the Indians were doomed the moment the first European set foot on American soil. Who can say? It may be that the opacity of the cause renders the Indian trust problem insoluble."

"On numerous occasions over the last nine years, the Court has wanted to simply wash its hands of Interior and its iniquities once and for all," Lamberth said. "The plaintiffs have invited the Court to declare that Interior has repudiated the Indian trust, appoint a receiver to liquidate the trust assets, and finally relieve the Indians of the heavy yoke of government stewardship.

"The Court may eventually do all these things—but not yet. Giving up on rehabilitating Interior would signal more than the downfall of a single administrative agency. It would constitute an announcement that negligence and incompetence in government are beyond judicial remedy, that bureaucratic recalcitrance has outpaced and rendered obsolete our vaunted system of checks and balances, and that people are simply at the mercy of governmental whim with no chance for salvation.

"The Court clings to a slim and quickly receding hope that future progress may vitiate the need for such a grim declaration. This hope is sustained in part by the fact that the Indians who brought this case found it in themselves to stand up, draw a line in the sand, and tell the government: Enough is enough—this far and no further.

"Perhaps they regret having done so now, nine years later, beset on all sides by the costs of protracted litigation and the possibility that their efforts may ultimately prove futile; but still they continue. The notice requirement established by the Court today represents a significant victory for the plaintiffs. For the first time in the history of this case, the majority of
Indian beneficiaries will be aware of the lawsuit, the plaintiffs’ efforts, and the danger involved in placing any further confidence in the Department of the Interior. 

"Perhaps more importantly, the Indians will be advised that they may contact class counsel for guidance on their trust-related concerns. This likely will bring to light a wealth of new evidence concerning Interior’s mismanagement of the trust; it will also open an avenue to relief for individuals throughout Indian country whose suffering might otherwise be buried forever in a bureaucratic tomb. 

"Real justice for these Indians may still lie in the distant future; it may never come at all. This reality makes a statement about our society and our form of government that we should be unwilling to let stand. But perhaps the best that can be hoped for is that people never forget what the plaintiffs have done here, and that other marginalized people will learn about this case and follow the Indians’ example."

Copyright ©2005 Blackfeet Reservation Development Fund, Inc. All rights reserved


Hey Indian!  You know it's time to lose weight when:

*  You can't see your moccasin strings anymore

*  You "duck" during the duck and dive and you can't get back up

*  You find yourself bringing zip lock bags and a sack to the powwow feast

*  You get in line twice at the powwow feast and lie by saying, "this plate is for my grandma who's sitting in 

    the car," and you don't realize she just went through the line 10 people ahead of you.

*  You can't fit your choker, because you no longer have a neck

*  Your family has to stop half way to the powwow to replace the springs on your car

*  The car naturally tilts downward on the side you always ride on

*  The youngest kid with the shortest legs has to sit behind your seat, because you have to have the seat 

    pulled all the way back to fit your beefy legs into the car

*  You eat Indian Tacos like potato chips

*  You don't even feel your mosquito bites

*  You have to "rock" a few times to get up out of your chair

*  People mistake you for a teepee when you wear a white T-shirt

*  You have to "lift" your stomach to show off your new beaded belt buckle

*  You order a coke and the waitress asks, "Diet?"

*  You almost pass out in the sweathouse using only one rock

*  You get scared your belly button might come untied

*  In a powwow crowd of 1,000 people, everyone stops you to ask your advice about the best food stands AND 

    where's the best fry bread stand

*  Other dancers use you for shade in grand entry line

*  You lose a $1,000 dance contest because your excess didn't stop in time with the drum

*  Your buckskin dress looks like you're still sitting down even if you're up walking around

*  You have to have your parade horse backed up next the car so you can climb up on the hood of the car 

    and get on

*  Your parade horse is a "Clydesdale"


U.S. Department of the Interior Needs to be Abolished!


Examples of abuse, mismanagement and gross negligence by bureaucrats of the U.S. Department of the Interior, especially the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Park Service and other bureaus of DOI is enough to make all citizens puke.


Abuse of American Indians continues with a vengeance. DOI has "misplaced" billions of trust dollars belonging to American Indians and refuses to cooperate with the court to resolve the issues.  In retaliation of federal lawsuits, DOI is deliberately and systematically restricting or denying religious freedom for American Indians at sacred sites across the country.  


Bear Butte, the sacred site of the Lakota, Cheyenne and other Plains tribes is being turned into a circus and playground for tourists.  The Eastern Shoshone cannot hold a Sundance at Yellowstone.  Indians are being denied permit in the Grand Tetons to conduct spiritual ceremonies.  The Navajo's 'Dook'o'osliid sacred mountain is under siege by the DOI. Manataka is under attack.  The examples go on and on.  


Is reform of the system possible?  No.  Absolutely not.  Why?  Because the entire system is riff with self-serving people from the top down who would not change their feather bed if their lives depended on it.  They are famous for reform foot dragging and endless delays.  Preserving and protecting vital resources is no longer why this department exists.  The bureaucrats have teamed up with big business to rape the land.  DOI's sole purpose is to rape and pillage -- the same goal of the Conquistadors of long ago.


Nearly 45% of all land in the United States is owned by the government and a great deal more is controlled by government.  Why?  Because we allowed them to have it.  It is time to draw the line.  It is time to sue the pants off them in federal courts. It is time for us to stand up and say "No More!"  It is time to declare our independence!


~Randle C. Petit, July 4, 2005  




Elder David Quiet Wind Furr recently returned from the Little Big Medicine Sundance near Fort Defiance, Arizona at Wheatsfield Wash conducted by Chief Danny John of the Navajo Nation July 10 through July 17.  Chief John and his first lady, Loraine, invited him and other Elders to come to the Sundance during a recent visit to attend the Summer Gathering at Manataka.  Quiet Wind proudly presented a medicine bundle to Chief John and Loraine during ceremonies in Arizona and spoke to many chiefs and spiritual elders who attended the Sundance about Manataka.   


"I cannot properly describe the feelings and wonderful experience of the Sundance and people," said Furr.  


"On the last day of the ceremony an ominous dark cloud appeared on the far side of Bear Butte until the Sundance was over.  Then the dark cloud moved the near side of Bear Butte and lighting struck and a most brilliant rainbows that I have ever seen dropped down from the sky and touched down at the head of the great bear on the mountain. The rainbow lasted for a long time.  In mind the rainbow was a sign of Manataka." 


The journey to Arizona was enlightening spiritually and an educational experience for him.  The things he learned and the connections he made will be invaluable in his personal walk and in the affairs of Manataka.  


David Quiet Wind spent most of his time at the Sundance lending assistance to Chief John and working on anything that needed to be done.  He helped in the kitchen area, cut and carried wood, picked-up trash, helped construct the dance circle and dozens of other projects during his eight day stay.  


"The power and energy within the circle was an awesome and joyous occasion.  Intense feelings washed over my body as I stood with my hand resting on the sacred tree.  A vision came to me after my prayers were offered up to the Creator.  I am still meditating on the meaning."


"Antonio, who was head of the kitchen was a hilariously good hearted and humored individual.  He made my stay a  pleasant experience.  A the conclusion of the Sundance, a Navajo wedding took place."   


David Quiet Wind represented Manataka well during the Sundance.  The bonds of friendship he formed with spiritual elders, dancers and other participants will stand as a lasting legacy to his love and dedication to the principals of Manataka.   



After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. .

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to leave you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure;
You really are strong, you really do have worth.
And you learn, and you learn
With every goodbye you learn.

Elder's Meditation


""The real meaning of life is your family, the love that you have, the respect, the traditional ways, carrying on with them."  --Ethel Wilson, COWICHAN


The family is the seed of the future. The family is the key to the transfer of cultural information. We should really take a look at how we are looking at our families. Are we treating each family member with respect? Are we passing on the traditional ways? Are we teaching the old songs? Are we participating in the ceremonies? Are we showing the family members how to pray? Are we encouraging each family member to be spiritual? Think about these things today.


My Creator, today, let me show respect to each family member.



Do sacred sites really exist
 if no one ever honors them?


      Does a tree falling in the forest make a sound
      if there is no one to hear it?

      Sacred sites, like forests are not made for man alone,
      and will exist long after man is gone and only his
      spirit remains.


Vitamins Illegal In the Future?

 By Sheila Parks, National Health Freedom Coalition




CAFTA was passed the Senate in a 54-to-45 vote on July 1st, 2005. It will be voted on by the House of Representatives when they reconvene on July 11th, 2005.  Please call your U. S. Representative today!  


CAFTA stands for Central American Free Trade Agreement. If this ?treaty? is signed, the United States (a member of the international World Trade Organization) will be forced to revise our food and nutritional supplement laws according to international standards. 


Are these "international standards" beneficial?  NO!! Right now, the United States has a fairly liberal law called the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, or DSHEA. Thanks to DSHEA, you have available to you a plentiful array and potency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, herbs, and other nutritional supplements. 

However, if CAFTA is signed, international law will supersede the sovereign law of the United States. It is almost unbelievable that this could occur, but it's true. 


To give you an idea of what this will look like in terms of supplement access: The highest amount of Vitamin C allowed will be 200 mg. (This is not a therapeutic dose.) For higher amounts, you will need a doctor's prescription -- and pay much more than you do now. Amino acids will not be available, nor will enzymes. You won't be able to get chromium, either. Only those substances specifically allowed by international law will be available. Significantly, the international law bureaucrats, ?guided? by the pharmaceutical industry, have "forgotten" about quite a lot of nutrients that help keep us healthy.


The international standards masquerade as "free trade" and "economic union." But in reality, CAFTA is designed to also "manage" (a euphemism for control) what a country can manufacture, use, and sell to its own people. Part of what a CAFTA signer will "agree" to is this (from the WTO text): "To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures on as a wide a basis as possible, Members shall base their food safety measure s on international standards, guidelines or recommendations." 


But the "international standards" are not only for food. They also include vitamins and minerals!

(People who don't mind slogging through legalese can read more at


Submitted by Sherry Johnston of the Arkansas Health Freedom Coalition


Please visit the website of this truly talented man..." [link at end]

Nataani Nez

dry lands and windblown sand
the river cuts its path through that place
he came from that place
Shiprock, Four Corners some say
when he comes home
we will have an enemy way
it is a part of us Navajo
wind storms and lightning
aches and pains
inside the bones they hide
ghosts some say touching from inside
seeing things that people should not see
coming in the worst way to lay there within
where is he?
the far away place
far from home
way far from Dinetah
what is it like that place
blowing sand
crunching earth
slow days and hot nights
dreaming of cool water
Navajo tea
blue corn meal and quiet nights
where is the sage
the mutton stew
in-law chasers
and cool rain

yellow streak mountain
head of the earth
where is the wind way
the high places
red sandstone and pinnacles of Shiprock
they are there far off

eating dust
soldiers food
the enemy hides their face
laying death by the path they must go
young boys, warriors some say
they come with war
restless nights
strange voices and hidden thoughts

where is my son where is my daughter
each morning brings a new dawn
bless this day
corn pollen tah dah deen
corn stalks come with war
a strange day break

when they come home they will visit
their minds and bodies are young
their hearts broken and tired
they are old men in some way
broken bones and dreary thoughts
hard to smile
so we go to those high places
sacred prayers
the names mean nothing to those outside
walking high and low to collect plants
sing a song and leave a little of their heartache there
taking and leaving some small thing
just a piece of earth
a smoke, a taste of roots

come to the second night
sing with my son
sing with my daughter
dance in the place of the their mothers
sing with their fathers
let the bent willow of the drum sound out
gourd rattles make a hollow sound
dance with us till dawn and
restore these
my children to me

restore my son
restore my daughter
so they can say

there is beauty before me
there is beauty behind me
there is beauty to the left of me
there is beauty to the right of me
there is beauty above me
there is beauty below me
let there be beauty all around me

these are the things that come with the enemy way
but there will be no song or dance
no healing prayers
they took him
so far away
so far away
he stood for his people
for those that came before
he did not survive
he did not survive
there will be no enemy way
he has left and gone away
the sound of his voice is gone forever
we will not go to the mountain top
he will not lay his head in the places of his mother
and will not speak quietly with his father
he has gone away
he has gone away
and the sound that comes at night is wailing
a Navajo warrior has gone away
a Navajo soldier was killed so far away
and this night you can hear a mother's cry
in the shadow of that place called Shiprock


~Submitted by Kim Summer Moon


By Susan Bates

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there were 2,085,620 prisoners being held in Federal, State and local prisons and jails on December 31, 2003. This figure adds up to an estimated 482 inmates per every 100,000 U.S. residents. 

There were 3,405 black male prisoners per 100,000 black males in the United States in prison, compared to 1,231 Hispanic male inmates per 100,000 Hispanic males and 465 white male inmates per 100,000 white males. The number of Native American prisoners weren't listed, partially due to the difficulty of identifying who and who isn't considered Native American.  

While the prison industry is bustling, it is obvious that the punishment meted out is doing little to
curtail crime. What has caused this problem of lawlessness? Could it be the justice system itself?
When the white man first stumbled over this land, they discovered a vast array of tribal people who knew little crime. Ruled by the clan system, every aspect of a person's life ran according to the agreed upon laws of the whole tribe. To disobey or break a taboo meant sure and certain counseling, punishment (which might include death) or banishment. Being banished from a clan was a fate worse than death since the person had no status anywhere. 

Native justice is based on balance. If I commit a crime and must pay a fine or give up part of my life, not only have I hurt another person's family, but my family is affected, too. Sending me to jail might make someone feel good, but how will this help the victim? What will become of his family or mine?
In the tribal way, if I commit a crime, everyone involved would meet with the elders and tribal judges to talk things through. I would be confronted by the victim and his family who would be able to tell me how much I have hurt them. Other respected people of the tribe would be able to tell me how I could have avoided the situation. My own family would be there to support me or to tell me
how my actions have hurt them. 

I would have the opportunity to apologize and some form of repayment would be worked out. My punishment would be by consensus. Often times a healing ceremony would follow. I wouldn't feel alone and ostracized and I would have the opportunity to erase the shame of my actions. I would know I was part of a community and my relations wanted me to make things right and be in balance.

The court system we live under now is based on authority, rank and the ability to hand out punishment. Lawyers earn large fees for defending a client. Often guilt isn't as important as a loophole and the more money a person has, the more loopholes are available. Native peacekeeper courts are based on respect, tradition, clan laws and ways of dealing with people and problems that restore balance and harmony. 

Our society is sick. It isn't going to get better until balance is restored. Crime and punishment or justice and healing? We must find a better way.

Scientists have recently discovered that green tea can prevent some cancers. Ah, science - boldly going where native people have been since the dawn of time.



Q: What do you call a Sioux guy out walking his dog?
A: Vegetarian


Star Elders Pilgrimage and Conference
October 25 - November 6, 2005

Guest Speakers
Stephen Mehler, MA, author of The Land of Osiris
Shoshone Elder Bennie LeBeau, Sr.
Rocky Thunder Wolf Miller of the Wolf Society of Arkansas
Egyptologist Ms. Soha Mahmoud.

Join Body Mind Spirit Journeys and The Native American Star Elders and share this incomparable experience with others of like mind!  Explore the ancient indigenous traditions of Egypt, the hidden mysteries of this great civilization that has left its imprint and impact on humanity forever. Participate in sacred ceremonies for world peace conducted by The Star Elders.

During your time on the Giza Plateau
your home base will be the 5* Mena House Oberoi Hotel, located in the shadow of the pyramids !  You will visit the Sphinx, the Great Pyramid & the Giza Plateau, as well as the ancient sites of Sakkara & Dashur, Cairo Museum, and ancient Khan El Khalili Market Place.

During the Nile Cruise 

You will visit sacred temples that lie along her banks from Luxor to Aswan.

Private Closing Ceremony and meditation in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid.


A true friend can be likened to a precious gem, they are difficult to find and are of great value.  Each precious gem contains many facets which make it more beautiful and gives it value.  


So too, an organization with many members are like the facets of precious gem can be of great value.  The human body has many parts such as hands, feet, eyes, ears, etc. They all have to work together to make the body complete.  The feet can not hear. The hands can not see. The eyes can not walk or talk.  But I say this, "They are all of equal value for they must all work together in order for the body to function in an efficient manor."    


~Hawk With Seven Eyes





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Two Ponca Indians stole a hog, and put it on the front car seat between them.

Suddenly they hit a road block.

Thinking fast, they disguised the hog by putting sunglasses on it, and by tying a lady's scarf around its head.

The trick worked, and the deputy let them go.

"Don't that break your heart?" the deputy asked the sheriff as they drove away. "Them two Ponca Indian boys .. out with that beautiful white woman".



Group Seeks Solidarity Among Indian Women
by Emily Johns, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - When Susan Masten first campaigned to lead California's Yurok tribe, she was up against five men. One told her she wasn't qualified because she was still "playing with Barbie dolls."

"No one would make that kind of remark about a tribal male," Masten recalled.

Though she lost that race, Masten went on to victory in 1997. But she never forgot the insult. Since then, Masten said she's been intent on helping American Indian women establish their own network, supporting each other for jobs, working to get each other elected, even buying goods and services from each other. 

Last year, when her term as chairwoman expired, she founded the group Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations, which begins a national, three-day conference in Minneapolis Thursday. The meeting, which is expected to draw 200 participants, is seen as a way for American Indian women to trade ideas on everything from protecting tribal sovereignty to winning elections.

Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and co-founder of the group, said she would share some of her experiences running for office, which still represents a challenge for many women.

"If we can share knowledge with others for the benefit of Indian Country, that in itself is something that would be a high accomplishment," said Benjamin, one of four women running tribes in Minnesota.

Cecelia Fire Thunder, who took office seven months ago as the first woman president of South Dakota's Oglala Sioux Tribe, said it's not only men who resist being led by women. Some women also don't have confidence in their
female leaders.

"I try to convey to women that leadership is not about gender, it's about ability," said Fire Thunder, who also will speak at the conference. "I like to think that I was chosen by the people. It was based on who I was and what I stand for, and that people trusted me."

Organizers said they plan to start regional and local chapters of the group so members can have women to turn to on a daily basis. They can also teach younger girls how to work together so future generations of women leaders will be successful. 

Organizers want to collaborate with other women's groups, as well. One powerful group invited to the conference is Women in Public Policy, a bipartisan public policy group in Washington that helps women business leaders understand public policy and gain access to lawmakers. 


Barbara Kasoff, that group's co-founder and chief operating officer, said she'll talk about the appropriate way to approach lawmakers, an important part of the job for many American Indian leaders. The worst time to contact a senator is when you're in trouble, she said.

Her advice: Establish a relationship. Set up a meeting. Leave behind reading material. Follow up with a thank-you note. 

"They first need to have a seat at the table, then they need to learn to maximize their power and leverage," Kasoff said. "That gives the women themselves great visibility in their communities and recognition as leaders."

Masten, who is past president of the National Congress of American Indians, said she hopes the women at the conference will learn to back each other up when they run into trouble.

She recalled talking several years ago with a male tribal leader and  several women. When one of the women criticized the man, another man in the tribe approached them.

"The male came up and said, 'You're not going to talk about him that way, he works very hard and he doesn't deserve for anyone to say anything about it,'" Masten said.

She said that's what she wants to have happen with women someday. 

"We're the ones who give life, and we're the ones who have a vision for creating a better place for our children," Masten said. "Those are really good traits that we need to encourage and uplift and support."

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Relevant Link:
Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations -



Cherokees Didn't Celebrate American 'style' Thanksgiving until 1885. . . 

Submitted by Cara Cowan, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, District 7


The Cherokees were raising corn as early as 1,000 BC. Before European contact the Cherokees already participated in a ceremony giving thanks for crops and it was a form of worship in what is known as the "Green Corn Ceremony". This traditional dance and festival was a very important ceremony for the Cherokees. This ceremony was the beginning of the New Year. Our ancestors gave thanks for the corn crop that they saw as a continued life for them. It was a time for forgiveness and grudges to be left behind - starting anew. A part of their celebration was fasting, then gathering at the ceremonial grounds to play stickball, dance and have a big feast.   


As settlers moved inland, Native Americans they encountered, including the Cherokee, assisted the early settlers and traders with food and supplies. This was a continual process not just a single meal. The Cherokees also taught the early settlers how to hunt, fish, and farm in their new environment. They also taught them how to use herbal medicine when they became ill. 


Sadly, as more people came to America , they didn't need the Native Americans help anymore and the newcomers had forgotten how the natives helped the earlier Pilgrims. Mistrust began to grow and the friendship weakened. The Pilgrims started telling their Native neighbors that their native religion and native customs were wrong. The relationships deteriorated and within a few years the children of the people who ate together at the first Thanksgiving were killing one another in what led to the King Phillip's War. 


In 1736, Christian Priber, a Frenchman, established himself among the Cherokees, learned their language, and taught them the European Christianity until he was arrested by the English and put in prison at Charleston, South Carolina. Even though the Cherokees worshipped in their own religion, the work of the missionaries converted some Cherokees to the European Christianity. The first known Cherokee converted to European Christianity was 1773. In 1801, the first permanent Christian Mission in the Cherokee Nation was called Moravian Mission. It was located at Spring Place, which is in present-day Georgia . As more Cherokees became Christians the custom of observing the English National Thanksgiving Holiday became common. 


D. W. Bushyhead, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, signed a proclamation on Thursday, November 26th, A. D. 1885 for Thanksgiving to be practiced by the Cherokees. The Proclamation reads, "The Cherokees have abundant reason to rejoice. They are favored in all things that should make a Nation prosperous and a people happy. They have an indisputable right to an area of land sufficient for the needs of generations of Cherokees to come. They have a perfect form of Government, wise laws, unsurpassed educational facilities for their children and money enough of their own invested to make these blessings permanent. It is true this Nation is neither numerous, wealthy nor powerful compared with many others, but it stands and relies upon the plighted faith of a Nation that has become the strongest on earth by reason of its respect for human rights." 


Today the major population of the Cherokee members celebrates the National Thanksgiving Holiday. There are a few Cherokees and other Native Americans who still celebrate the Green Corn Ceremony in July and the National Thanksgiving Holiday in November. 


Info provided by the Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center please contact


*Note: Cultural information may vary from clan to clan, location to location, family to family, and from differing opinions and experiences. Information provided here are not 'etched in stone'.


Submitted by Cara Cowan, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, District 7 







Jessica -- The face of this teenager was bitten by a huge dog near her eye. The bite is severe and ripped and torn skin around the eye including the eyelid requiring 35 stitches.  No prognosis yet. Please say some prayers for her tonight, -- submitted by Sam White Eagle Soars. 5-24-05
Baker, Alida -  Mother of Henrietta EagleStar.  Getting much better, now having more problems.  

Baugh, Sharon Kamama - Diagnosed with cancer. Doing much better after surgery. Sharon was chair of the Manataka Women's Council for many years and is now enjoys Most Honored Grandmother status.

Beane, Brandi - Dental problems and severe headaches.  Submitted by TwoBears.

Black, Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black -  Diagnosed with cancer.  Holding up well.  

Bowman Family - Vanderbilt Burn Center, TN.  Susie Bowman and children involved in serious vehicle accident.  Wife has 4th degree burns and lower leg amputated. Children fairing better -- submitted by Steve Bowman via Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway.

DeJarnette, Delsin David Windwalker - 3-year old having a difficult time with asthma and bronchitis.  Submitted by Lynn Gill.  

Devereaux Family - Jesse William, my oldest son and my youngest son, Mark Kenneth Devereaux need prayers.  Update 5-1-05: Jesse is receiving healing and Mark is now well.  Eagle Star needs prayer for allergic reactions to her local environment.  Thank you Manataka for all the prayers.   Submitted by Eagle Star.  

DiDonato Family - My deceased mother's family - my grandparents and two aunts. Very serious life problems on all levels, and financial, health, emotional, spiritual - everything. Been going on for many years, just keeps getting worse.
Also please add "Pop Wilson" - my father-in-law. Type II diabetes, seriously overweight, in bad need of knee replacement surgery (bad arthritis, other problems), doesn't take proper care of himself or his diabetes, very
reluctant to have surgery (many excuses), "Mom Wilson" needs prayer also.

Douglas, Rebecca - Niece of Leo and Flora Causey has cancer.

Dunn, Marian Smyrna, TN passed away. - Helen Red Wing.

Goodson, Brian - Bear's been praying for him daily for three weeks but needs yours too.  Ruth King.

Greason, James - Suffered with stroke.  Prayers from Manataka has him healed and back to work. 

Filmore, Judy - Honored Grandmother of Manataka diagnosed with lupis.  Pray for her relief.

Fowler, Sarah, 9 yr old girl with a gastrointestinal disease needs prayers now.  Paul & Teressa Fowler. 

Irons, Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan:  Diagnosed with cancer. 

King, Jeremy I want to thank everyone for the prayers for my grandson Jeremy King. Prayers were answered praise be to Creator. The doctors are amased and have no answer for why.  Submitted by Grandmother Ruth King

Love, Tommie -  A 4 years old with 2 large brain tumors  - untreatable at Barnes Children's Hospital of St Louis. I ask for prayers for her healing and prayers for her family. From Alison Klose

Marie, Anne - A 19 yr. old daughter of a friend in Scotland has a tumor. It is wrapped around a main artery. The mother has asked to put her in your prayers. Submitted by Eagle Star.

Maltagliati, Juli - Splashed household cleaner into my left eye... very serious infection ensued. Needs healing.  

McAdams, Frances -  Hospitalized with cancer.

Monahon, Qua Ti Si - Recent surgery with TMJ. She is talking and smiling. Expected to make a full recovery.

Pierce, Sheila Grandmother Wolf - Back was hurt in an auto accident. Now walking a bit but needs prayers.

Powell, Bobby - friend of Kimberly Stronczek stricken with crippling arthritis.

Runninbear, Bobby Joe - Hospitalized with a heart attack.  This is a wonderful Cherokee who loves his people and walks the red road in a good way.  Pray for this honored brother.  Submitted by BabblingBrook. 

Skidmore Family - Barbra Skidmore's youngest daughter, Stacy, 22, had surgery. She has a few complications. But with prayer they will heal. She had cancer surgery in the winter but is in remission at this time. 

Smiddy, Amanda - daughter of Memi K. Smiddy involved in car accident and in great pain.

Solorio, Ashley - Problems - legal, financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Submitted by TwoBears.

Vinson Family - Helen RedWing and GrayBeard - RedWing having problems with neck and back pain - rotator cup misalignment.  Walking better without a cane some.  Helen has had other symptoms crop up that are concerning everyone.  Graybeard general health ailments.  Pray for these good people. 


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. 


Ecology Front



Letter from John H. Adams, President, 

Natural Resources Defense Council


Dear Manataka,


The Bush administration is proposing to open over 90 percent of Wyoming's spectacular Great Divide wild lands to large-scale oil and gas drilling.

Please go to right now and send a message telling the Bureau of Land Management that you oppose its destructive plan to industrialize some of America's greatest natural and cultural treasures.

The Great Divide boasts spectacular desert wildlands, sculpted badlands and one of the largest active sand dune fields in North America. It is home to one of the world's last viable wild populations of the endangered black-footed
ferret, large herds of pronghorn, wild horses and rare bird life like the ferruginous hawk and the burrowing owl.

These wide open spaces have a colorful past, being the ancestral homelands of the Shoshone and Ute peoples, the site of the Overland and Cherokee trails traveled by the pioneers and the favorite hiding places of outlaws Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

But the Bush administration's proposed plan would give only token protection to the sensitive big game winter ranges, migration corridors and important habitats for rare wildlife. And it would allow destructive industrialization of
the most fragile areas.

Just as bad, the plan would not protect almost 3,000 sites cherished by Native Americans, archeologists and trails enthusiasts. Hundreds of those sites are eligible for designation on the National Register of Historic Places.

I urge you to go to right now and make your voice heard in defense of the Great Divide's irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures!


John H. Adams
Natural Resources Defense Council

BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places
A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council





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