Manataka American Indian Council                    Volume XI  Issue 10  OCTOBER  2007


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 



UN Approves Declaration of Indigenous Rights!

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Faster download!  The Smoke Signal this month is on 3 web pages.






Upcoming Events: 

What's Happening


Elder's Meditation:

Tessie Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo


The Message:

Manataka Fall Gathering
1 Website Updates: What's New


Feature Stories:

Eagle Feathers Confiscated


Mother Earth Watch:

Radioactive River at Pine Ridge Rez




Grandmother Waynonaha:  EAST

Grandmother Selma: SOUTH

Grandmother Carol:  WEST

Grandmother Magdala:: NORTH

A Morning Walk

Native Earth Meditation

Native Roots

The Wind of Change

Tribal News:

Senate Republicans Fight Indian Bills

House Votes to Cut Cherokee Funding

1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Caught In A Trap

2 Legends of Old: The Bird Whose Wings Made The Wind
2 Feature Story: Who Owns The Past?
In The News: World Drum coming to Manataka


Letters to the Editor:

Wanna Be, Will Rogers and Flowers
2 Politics: Pivot Point for America
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Sun Screen and  Corporate Bullies
2 Elder's Meditations: Lame Deer, Lakota
Member Recognition: Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman
2 Health: 

Oncologists Endorse Natural Remedies

FDA Approves Viral Adulteration of Food

2 Herbs:

Echinacea -- Cure For the Common Cold?

2 Fluoride: End Fluoridation Now!
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A

James Taylor Speaks Out!

2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Toll Road Spoils Juaneno Sacred Site


Hill & Holler: Cherokee Nation To Lose Funds


History: A Warrior Cared For by Wolves



Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather Bennie Lebeau:

Signs of The Times

The Warriors of Old

3 Feature Story:

UN Approves Declaration of Indigenous Rights!


Elder's Meditations: Starleaf, Shinnecock 


Women's Circle: Winona LaDuke


Women's Council: Manataka Drum Society Grows


Diet Watch: Facts on Honey and Cinnamon


Book Reviews: Three Great Adventures in Reading Await You


Poetry Circle: Salmon Song


Inspirational Thought:: The Attitude of Three Hairs


Healing Prayer Basket: Speak it into Reality


Manataka  Business:






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October 1, 2007  6:00 to 9:00 PM

Indian Taco Feed

Red River Powwow Association

Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, 315 Stampede Drive, Nampa, Idaho


October 5 - 7, 2007

Adoptee Welcome Home Gathering

White Earth Band of Ojibwe of MN. This gathering is a first in Indian Country where a tribe is formally welcoming home their adoptees.  White Earth along with Red Lake reservation had the highest rates of removal in the state of MN where 1 in 4 Indian babies were removed from their home before the passage of ICWA  in 1978. (American Indian Policy Center) Sandy White Hawk Consultant - White Earth Adoptee Welcome Home Event 651.442.4872


October  08, 2007  

Union of Polarities -- St. Croix Valley Area


Oct 12 - 13, 2007

Cherokee Footsteps

A symposium sponsored by Heritage Trail Partners. 

Shiloh Museum,  Springdale, AR. 

Shiloh Museum 479-750-8165


October (Date and Location Unannounced)

Manataka Fall Gathering

Members and guests asking to attend will be sent information regarding the date and place.  We invite you to send us your request.  Fall Gathering 


Oct 18 -20, 2007

7th Annual Symposium at Sequoyah Research Center

American Native Press Archives

Doubletree Hotel, Little Rock, AR

Dan Littlefield, 501-569-8336


October 26 -27, 2007

California Indian Conference 2007
University of California at Davis
Conference organizer: Martha Macri (530) 752-7086.
Sheri Tatsch (530) 754-8361

October 27, 2007

Trail of Tears Re-enactment

Fayetteville, TN

Come walk with us in Honor of the Ancestors

Debbie “Shattuck” Capino 931-937-4644


November 05, 2007  

Live and Learn Seminars - Maya Journey


November 7-9, 2007

Fostering Indigenous Business & Entrepreneurship in the Americas (FIBEA) Conference

Acoma Pueblo – Sky City Resort, New Mexico


Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 2007

The Atlanta Indian Market

Eastern version of the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Qualified Native artists may request booth space on a first come first serve basis.  10% discount if registering before September 25.

Chipa Wolfe, American Indian Market Inc.   770-735-6275





I've had a long regard for generational things: pottery, cultural things, participation

in dancing, extended family. Only in that way does culture survive; only in that way is

culture active."  -Tessie Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo 


Culture teaches us how to live and it ensures that knowledge about life is handed down from generation to generation. Culture gives us the feeling of belonging. It helps us raise our family in a good way. It teaches us how to treat one another. Culture sets boundaries for societies. We need to develop our culture. If we have left our culture, then we need to come back to it. Culture leads us back to the Great Spirit. Sometimes in our lives, we leave what we know works and experiment with something else. Then we get into trouble. So we need to come back home. Indian people are lucky to have a culture to return to.



Creator, thank you for the culture.

Let me live it today.

By Don Coyhis













(Manataka, AR)  The Council of Elders unanimously decided during their July meeting to restrict attendance to 'members only' for the upcoming Fall Gathering.   The by-invitation-only gathering will not be advertised or otherwise announced to the public. 


David Quiet Wind Furr, MAIC Chairman said, "This move will help us return to our original purpose and traditions.  Our time together will be dedicated to spiritual, family and cultural pursuits.  Some say,  the gathering has become an entertainment event with too many tourists and otherwise negative influences while away from our traditional sacred grounds."


Written requests for an invitation will be accepted until October 20.  The number of participants will be limited.  Once capacity is reached no further invitations will be issued.  Invited guests will receive a packet of information to prepare for the gathering.


Special accommodation will be made for the elderly and physically challenged. 





Keep the Internet TAX FREE

Dear Manataka Subscriber:


In 1998 congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act to promote commercial, educational and informational potential of the Internet. The Act stopped Federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access, bit taxes, bandwidth taxes and email taxes. You can read and sign the petition at


The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2007 will stop the necessity of having to continue to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act which has gone on now since 1998. The Act is due to expire this November. Several Senators have proposed to extend the Tax Freedom Act permanently. Let them know you agree and Sign the Petition.


Thank you in advance








Dear Manataka:


I pray all is well with you as we face the end of summer.  I find it hard to believe that on August 11, we celebrated 1 1/2 years since the Department of Interior came to our pow wow and took 42 of our eagle feathers.  I have gotten well over 5,000 e-mails from people all over the world concerning this event.  Of the thousands of letters that I received, only three came from three Indian people who said I should just let it go.  The feathers are important, but the feathers do not make me an Indian just as a cross does not make a person a Christian.  Just like the cross is a symbol of Christianity, so the feather is a very important symbol of who we are as American Indians.  So the fight is no longer about my feathers but about changing laws.  Laws that discriminate against four-fifths of our American Indian population.  Soon after the seizure of our eagle feathers happened I started seeing the greater picture. It was no longer a fight over my feathers but over the rights of all American Indian people to wear what is legally ours. While getting my feathers back is important, I started to see a bigger calling, and that is the need to change policies and laws enforced by the United States government to keep us from using that which is sacred to many of us.









Radioactive River

At Pine Ridge Rez


(South Dakota) --  Radiation warning signs were posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in the small town of Red Shirt, South Dakota which lies on the northwest corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Several of these signs
were placed warning people of the high nuclear radiation levels found in the Cheyenne River.
Several weeks ago Everitt Poor Thunder, a spiritual and community leader in Red Shirt, asked Defenders of the Black Hills, an environmental organization, whether the Cheyenne River water could be used to irrigate a community garden.  A local well could not be used as it was found to be radioactive and warning signs surround that structure. The water well taps into the Inyan Kara aquifer that also contains the Lakota and Fall River formations, making up an extremely large aquifer of water supplies for many regions.
Residents of Red Shirt occupy a village site that is thousands of years old to the Oglala Tetuwan (Sioux) people.  Many have lived here all of their lives, growing gardens with water taken from the Cheyenne River and fishing for catfish, bass, and turtles.  In the summer months, the river is used for swimming and other recreational pursuits.


A water sample taken from the Cheyenne River was sent to a laboratory and the results revealed levels of alpha radiation above the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Maximum Contaminant Level. Alpha radiation causes harm when ingested hence the warning signs were placed to warn people of the dangers in the Cheyenne River.









A Morning Walk


This morning promised to be a wet one;  but I could hold off no longer checking on the medicine plants. I had wanted to see what was happening in the woods after such a strange and harsh winter. After a bowl of oatmeal I prepared to set off with basket and digger for my favorite dandelion patch.


All is quiet this morning, I find the weekends a good time to go walking because many people are sleeping in and not up and about. I like to take my walks in peace without the interruption of human conversations.


Rain has fallen during the night so I put on my heavy pants and boots, next I pulled on a hooded sweat shirt and gloves.  Bundled to my eyes I prepared too walk the small distance to the woods that surround the land here in Lily Dale.


As I stepped out of the kitchen door the two crows scolded me for not putting out food. I say to them,  “if you are so interested in food then come with me and help gather plants”. They cocked their heads and continued to caw at me in an impatient way. Spoiled little beggars that I raised by hand four years ago, their sleek shiny feathers and plump bodies show that they are well fed. All winter I have put out fruit bread and other items for them to eat. Between the squirrels and the other birds it all vanishes in a matter of minutes.






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Lone Ranger Rides Again


The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert.  After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and Says, "Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see? "

"The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What that tell you?" asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are Millions of galaxies and potentially billions of Planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wi se, it appears to be approximately a Quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. ! Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful  Day tomorrow. What's it tell you, Tonto?"

"You dumber than buffalo shit. It means someone stole the tent?"


Submitted by Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett 







By Gram Selma Palmer




NATIVE people have always had a profound awareness of kinship with the living world. We can learn from them how to return to a harmonious relationship with nature. The following meditation is particularly effective when practiced outside on the grass.  


Close your eyes and send your consciousness down through the room, down through the floor of the building, and down, deep down, into the earth. Be aware of the mass of rock that lies beneath the soil, shale, quartz, sandstone, granite; the black, white, and red shot through with bands of minerals, darkly glittering; crystals that shine like stars within the stones. 


Let your consciousness become one with the mineral kingdom: You might choose to become a mountain as old as the planet itself, once part of the seabed, thrown up by unspeakable forces now stilled, enormously, timelessly rooted in the earth, its head in the stars.




From Grandmother Selma

Or a minute grain of sand, one among trillions and trillions, endlessly shifting, sifting, with the ocean tides. Or become a stone. The stone people are alive.  It's just that their hearts beat slower than ours.  


Now become aware of the plant kingdom: algae and seaweeds, forests of kelp, grasses blowing in a savanna wind, yellow and orange lichens on a rock in a wood, prickly pears, an oak wood, a rain forest blooming with delicate orchids, vines hanging with fruit.


Become one with the plant kingdom now. Soft green moss on a rock by a stream, a mountain strawberry, a wild rose.  What does it feel like to be blown softly by the wind. Or to split your husk and feel your seeds fall to the ground.   And now become aware of the animal kingdom.  Listen to the voices of the wild: the roar of the tiger, the belling of the stag, the howl of the wolf; the cries of owls and the tapping of woodpeckers, the whirring of birds' wings, the padding of soft paws.


Become one now with the animal kingdom, with the salmon leaping upstream, the fox gliding through the night, or the snake shedding its skin.  Feel what your new body is like and what it feels like to creep, walk, climb, run or fly in free motion.   And now become aware of the human kingdom.  You are standing on two feet.  Notice how different that feels: you can stand like a stone, grow like a plant, move like an animal, but you can now

create with your mind and your hands and you can sing and dance and dream in your heart and make that dream real upon the earth.  


And when you are ready, slowly open your eyes and come back to the room.   The next time you take a walk in nature, practice this kind of `floating your consciousness' into the different life forms you encounter, from

a blade of grass to a cloud in the sky. You will find this not only increases your appreciation and gratitude for the extraordinary universe we live in but also will give you a sense of belonging that acts as a wonderful antidote to the loneliness that often accompanies urban life. 




Gram Selma

Grandmother of the South








Carol Perez Petersen

Eyes that listen

Accept the challenge. You are born with a destiny and the clues are numerous.

Step up to the mirror have a good laugh you may be taking yourself to Sirius. 


The names I had written on the index card were tucked in safe keeping. I landed in Cancun and rode the bus to Tulum. The woman who invited me did not show up and I was quick to share a cab with a stranger to the ocean front resort. The sky was hot and humid devoid of light. The cab tunneled through a canopy of jungle growth.


I had two significant dreams before I departed. It was a Saturday afternoon and I fell asleep on the couch only to awaken within the dream with blinking eyes. The clocks were ticking and their arms were in reverse. The room was spinning and I heard a voice speak to me. “You will not know time as you knew it before.” I was self employed and showing up on time was to fulfill a session agreement. 


Showing up on time for ceremony would have nothing to do with time or the Gregorian calendar.


The second dream is as follows: I was standing outside next to a tall Nordic man with blond hair pointing at the sky. “You see that is how they communicate to us, I was instructing.” They make these sky designs of equilateral triangles. Our heads were poised to the sky and I was pointing my finger at the contrail. A pyramidal shaped space pod appeared and landed on the grassy field before us. 





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Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers All Over the World:


The wind of changes are here and it is indeed an exiting times…the layers between dimensions are thinner, in one is contain the all and in the all is contain the one.


The true vibration in the human being have been awakened, now the DNA is rearranged into the original one, then so many changes are happening into the  beautiful people, changes that will help to the adaptation into beautiful planet that she is unfolding and unraveling within herself.


In Our ways, it is the world of the enchanted flower the one that is showing us the way, the golden light, the world where it is the absence of fear, and the place within the self where all the songs come from, the sacred songs that leads the way.


People now need to ask themselves, where am I? And choose your world, choose where are you standing, so, when you are being consciously awake and knowing where are you,  … then create from that space of unity and love, create from the world of the enchanted flower, the place of the golden light, create and re-create from this world, for this world  all is for the highest  good of the people, all the people, all the life forms…


Bring yourself together, and just allow your beautiful DNA that recognize the path, this will guide you, for you are your own teacher, and you are the expression of the sacredness, for all life is sacred.


In this beautiful time space, where the layers between dimensions got thinner, human being  are able to recognize themselves in a higher way, a higher version of a human being, when people is ready to conceive (give birth to the new self) themselves in a beautiful manner, liberation take place, for it is your right as a human been, …that is the true vibration.


All human beings as well of all life forms are passing through this beautiful initiation, this times spaces happened before….


There is a lot of work to do, and un-do, for the original vibration has been awakened, so there is so many changes, so many movements, in all the relations…so beautiful…


I am you






Native American Community Shocked by Senate Republican Steering Committee Commitment to Fight All Bills Helping Native People

WASHINGTON-July 27, 2007-Blow after blow, the U.S. Senate Republican Steering Committee continues to block all legislation that benefits Indian people. The Senate Republican Steering Committee is a small group of
Senators who have been working together to put secret "holds" on all legislation benefiting Indian tribes and Indian people.

Indian Country has had strong ties to the Republican Party through the Indian Self-Determination Policy and respect for the U.S. Constitution, which explicitly recognizes the treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, religious
freedom, and the shared values of federalism that encourage local decision-making. Tribal leaders and the Republican Party share strong interests in law enforcement, economic development, energy, the military,
veterans, and many other issues.


House votes to cut Cherokee funding over ousted slave descendants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. House approves legislation to strip the Cherokee Nation of some of its federal funding if it doesn't reinstate descendants of its former slaves as tribal citizens.


Thanks to an amendment by Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren, the reductions would be delayed until the issue has been addressed in federal court.


Critics say it sends a clear signal that lawmakers aren't happy with the Cherokee decision earlier this year to oust descendants of black slaves, known as Cherokee freedmen.


The language was included in a bill authorizing funding for American Indian housing assistance, which passed 333 to 75.


Cherokee spokesman Mike Miller says the tribe appreciates Boren's efforts to slow things down. He says it will allow an opportunity for the facts to be presented in an impartial forum in court.


Inuit poised to gain control of large territory in Quebec
(CBC News)  A vast swath of mineral-rich land in northern Quebec is en route to become a self-governed region run by the province's 11,000 Inuit, officials said.
The territory, representing about one-third of Quebec's land, would have the power to collect its own taxes, make its own laws and run its own services, including its own hospitals, schools, child services and airports.
It would be governed by an assembly of 21 members, including an elected leader and a cabinet of five elected officials. The assembly would oversee the territory's 14 villages, with the village of Kuujjuaq as the capital.
Plans for the territory, known as Nunavik, are laid out in an agreement in principle drafted by negotiators for the governments of Quebec and Canada, and the Makivik Corp., which oversees Inuit
The agreement is expected to be in place by 2009.
Jean-François Arteau, a lawyer for Makivik, is encouraged that an agreement has emerged after 30 years of negotiations.
"It's a big step in the right direction," he told CBC News, noting that the governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as the Makivik people, still need to give final approval to deal.
The territory, bordered on the south by the 55th parallel, would remain part of Quebec and would be subordinate to the province's national assembly and the Canadian House of Commons.
Still, it would not simply be a symbolic territory, Quebec Aboriginal Affairs Minister Benoît Pelletier insisted.
"It will be the opposite," Pelletier told the Canadian Press. "We are really heading towards a regional government in Nunavik."
The Globe and Mail reported Monday that the new Nunavik territory will get money from both the federal and provincial governments.
Nunavik will also get millions of dollars in royalties from mining companies with projects in the territory, although the Nunavik government will not own the rights to the subsurface minerals on the territory, the Globe reported.


Arteau said the new deal, most importantly, will give the Inuit people the power to make decisions about the social problems and youth protection issues their communities sometimes face.

"With this new regional government, the elected officials have now the opportunity and the power to allocate money where the priorities are," he said.




Caught In A Trap



If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6' x 8' and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10-12'. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a    
small jail with no top.                                                   
The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and painfully until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.            
A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.
It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up. Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, but faith looks up. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us.               
May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.           


 I believe- that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.


~Submitted by Bobby Joe Runninbear  

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