Manataka American Indian Council     Volume XIl  Issue 3  MARCH 2008


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 







Hill & Holler: NCAA Bans Indian Mascots
Announcement: Manataka Gathering Announcement
History: Exemplar of Liberty:  Part 4 of a 15-part series

Grandfather Hawk Speaks Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

Creatures of the Night

Two Medical Theories

Feature Story:

Mayan Calendar Prophecy - World Will Not End

Elder's Meditations: Joseph Rael, Pubelo
Women's Circle: Dr. Paula Gunn Allen
Food & Nutrition: Do You Like "Green" Eggs?
Book Reviews: Four Books Ya Gotta Read...
Poetry Circle: Wolves of Dreamtime
Inspirational Thought:: When I Whine...
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Upcoming Survival Seminar Series






By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country


NCAA Bans Indian Mascots, Nicknames From Postseason Events

According to an AP newswire release, the NCAA has ruled that teams will not be allowed to use Indian Mascots and "hostile and abusive" nicknames during postseason play. The rest of the time the demeaning practice will be allowed.
Eighteen schools currently have mascots that fall into the hostile and abusive category, including Arkansas State University and the University of Illinois, whose Chief Illiniwek has been the center of much controversy. Having been born and raised in the heart of Illini country, I can see both sides of the issue. 


I went to high school with a future Chief Illiniwek, who happened to be the son of a previous Chief Illiniwek.  These men, as well as the fans, have great respect for the "Chief" and much effort is put into learning the "correct" dances and proud
movements the Chief displayed during the games.  Looking back I can see now that it is no wonder that Natives of the area aren't thought of as real people and given the respect they should have. The main thing I learned about local "Indians"
in my 12 years of schooling was that Abraham Lincoln fought in the Black Hawk Wars to make Illinois safe for decent white folk.

Now that I am older I understand how seeing my People used in this way is hurtful. I can't think of another race that is portrayed as a mascot by a school that isn't comprised of that race.

I'd bet the ranch that there will never be a school mascot called the Jungle Bunny or the Jabbering Jews. Everyone knows those terms are offensive.

Arkansas State director of athletics, Dean Lee, issued the following statement concerning the NCAA post season ban on "hostile and abusive nicknames."

"At Arkansas State University, we take great pride in being called the Indians. In fact, in 2006, we will be celebrating 75 years of having "Indians" as an athletic nickname. The comments we have received from our fans and alumni are overwhelming in support of our portrayal of the Native American heritage on the fields and the court of play. It is our objective to represent Native Americans in a dignified and stately manner. We believe that our use of the nickname "Indians" and "The Indian Family" as our mascot affords the Native American customs and history the fullest respect and integrity...."

Perhaps if more attention was paid to teaching the real truth about our People and what happened to them, the questions of demeaning mascots might become a moot point.

Meanwhile, in other news....

The Interior Department Asks Congress For Power To Take
Indian Lands (Again)

The Bush administration has asked Congress for the power to confiscate "unclaimed" Indian lands. Nearly 49,000 Indian Beneficiaries who are owed an estimated $73.9 million would be affected. The proposal will be tacked on to the Native American Omnibus Act of 2005 which is scheduled to be voted on at any time. The bill was approved by Senator John McCain's committee on May 12 and could be scheduled for a Senate vote any time. 
Source: Native News Online


Charles Chibitty, the last surviving Comanche Code Talker has died. Chibitty was one of 16 Comanches who used their native language to prevent the enemy soldiers from intercepting messages during WWII. He was 83.


What hurts Indians most is that our costumes are considered beautiful,
but it's as if the person wearing them didn't exist. --Rigoberta Menchu,
Quiche Maya, 1990



Susan Bates






In 2008, Manataka will continue the new policy of requiring an invitation to attend Gatherings.  Current members are not required to request an invitation, but former members, guests and visitors must send a written request at least ten days before any event.  Manataka will no longer advertise or promote Gatherings, except to members and supporters.


This policy allowed our members and guests in 2007 to enjoy a time of peace, prayer and ceremony without disruptions by tourists and gawkers.  Manataka Gatherings are a time for friends to  feast and socialize, but in the past they were mistaken as a form of entertainment. 


We hope this policy meets with the acceptance of members and supporters and the understanding of all others. 


Renew your membership today!





The April issue features Chapter 3 of a 15 Chapter series on the founding of the United States of America and the previously misunderstood and often discounted, yet tremendous contributions of American Indians in the process.    


Exemplar of Liberty:

Native America and the Evolution of Democracy

By Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr. and Dr. Bruce E. Johansen

Original Artwork by John Kahionhes Fadden
Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.



Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Chapter 1 - Vox Americana

Chapter 2 - Perceptions of America's Native Democracies

Chapter 3 - Natural Man In An Unnatural Land






of the Night

A meal for the entire family










I came across some old family receipts that may interest our readers such as the Illinois Raccoon Supper


Ingredients;   3-4 raccoons about 4-6 pounds each, 5 Tablespoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of Black Pepper, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of shortening, 8 medium onions peeled, For the dressing, 12 small bay leaves, 3 loaves of day old  bread, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of powdered sage, 4 eggs beaten, 1 & 1/2  package of dehydrated onion soup-mix, 4 stalks of celery chopped and 1/2 cup of raccoon broth.


Preparation;   Cut the raccoon into serving pieces, (reserve the meaty backs and legs for baking) Cook remaining pieces in water to make the broth for gravy and dressing. Add small amount of seasoning of your choice. Simmer on low heat until meat is tender, strain and use only the broth, sprinkle the back and leg pieces with salt and black pepper, drudge with flour, heat shortening in a heavy skillet, add meat and brown on all sides. Transfer the meat into a large roaster, add onions and bay leaves cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Make gravy by adding flour to the drippings in the fry pan. Use the raccoon broth for the liquid for the dressing making it in the normal way. Serve the pieces of raccoon over the dressing. (This serves up to 16 hungry people)


To get rid of the greasy taste, soak the raccoon in 'Strawberry Soda' over night prior to cooking. The cheapest soda you can find! In the morning you will notice a layer of grease on top. Throw the grease out for the birds, it will disappear in a few hours.


Watch for my delicious roasted and fried Opossum next month!

Although most people these days have never had these kinds of foods, they were on the menu at my grandmothers home weekly, that is if grandpa could find the energy to hunt. (Caution: wild meat are rich so not to overeat.) Some people like to add less salt or black pepper to these receipts. You can never use to much onion or celery but you may have to experiment with this receipt and make it to your taste.


Happy eating!  Be safe and be blessed! 


~Hawk With Seven Eyes



Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman is a founding member of the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, Inc,' a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. He has given presentations at schools in Central Illinois area on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Native American people for over 27 years. Hawk and members of his group present dance demonstrations for children who along with their teachers are invited to dance.  Hawk believes children are the future.  





Grandfather Speaks

~Robert Gray Hawk, April 2008


Two Medical Theories


As a young medical student who worked with laboratory testing, I often thought about what was being tested and why we were using the procedures we used. This led me to study the history of medicine.  Two medical researchers stand out in the literature: Antoine Beauchamp, and Louis Pasteur.


Students today learn about Pasteur’s “germ theory,” which states that disease is caused by germs outside the body invading the blood and tissue inside our bodies. He convinced the medical community that these germs could be killed by heat – pasteurization. He also developed the theory of vaccination, which states that if a small amount of the disease is introduced into the body, then the body will develop an immunity to the disease.  Today’s science textbooks and the medical profession are based on this theory. So we have vaccines for rabies, the flu, and smallpox, among other diseases.


Beauchamp presented the terrain theory, which states that germs exist everywhere, inside as well as outside our bodies. He said  that disease occurs when the body gets out of balance and the germs in the weakened area are allowed to multiply. The key factor is the health of the terrain (blood and tissues) inside the body. If the defenses (immune system) cannot defeat the microorganisms of the disease, then the body dies.


So I looked to Mother Nature to see how she handles this situation. I first thought of our tall brothers, the Trees. Trees that become weak are attacked by many creatures, such as bores. If some sort of new balance is not reached, after awhile other disease will show up, and the tree will die. Many different creepy crawlies now are seen in and around the tree, and after a while, the dead tree is gone. The Creator’s “clean-up crew” has done its job. So what is the “clean-up crew” for humans? We now know that it is the microbes (germs.)


When our bodies get out of balance for a time, we begin to feel bad.  If we don’t do anything about it, that area becomes weaker and cells begin to die. This causes the microbes to appear and start cleaning up. If our normal defenses cannot rebuild properly, the microbes continue to multiply, making the disease stronger and eventually causing our death.                   


The traditional method of examining diseased tissue was to stain the specimen, which froze (killed) the tissue at that moment of time.  Today we have “dark field” scopes,  microscopes that let us examine living tissue over time. This method allowed researchers to see that cells change as the terrain changes. This means that a virus can become a bacterium, which can mutate into a yeast or a fungus. This is called pleomorphism.


Modern medicine has yet to acknowledge or embrace this concept, which seemingly proves that Antoine Beauchamp was right all along. Historians have long suggested that Pasteur  knowingly distorted Beauchamp’s work and then claimed it as his own. Because Pasteur was a better politician than scientist, he was able to get the acceptance and support of the influential men of the time, while Beauchamp was ignored.  However, on his death bed, Pasteur recanted his germ theory and stated that the correct theory was Beauchamp’s terrain theory and not his germ theory. 


So truth was revealed after all. However,  medical practice still predominantly supports the theories and practices of Pasteur. 


Editor's Note:  As Grandfather Coke wisely points out, Beauchamp's thinking supports American Indian medicine ways as they have been practiced for thousands of years. Building a strong immune  system is vital to good health.  Food processed by man contains many artificial chemicals that destroy a good immune system.  Food given to us by the female, the Earth Mother is brings balance.  



Robert Gray Hawk King Coke, 77, Cherokee, is the newest member of the Manataka Elder Council. Coke graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 with a biology degree. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Europe.


After returning home, Robert Coke, entered pre-seminary school Austin College with a major in Philosophy.  He continued his education by earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University where he later served on the faculty as an instructor. In 1996, Elder Coke was elected Chairman, of the American Indian Heritage Association and served as an ambassador for the American Indian Center of Dallas. Gray Hawk is now a semi-retired consultant.







Mayan Calendar Prophecy 

The World Will Not End

"They say that the world will end in December 2012.   The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed." Carlos Barrios
Carlos Barrios was born into a Spanish family on El Altiplano, the highlands of Guatemala. His home was in Huehuetenango, also the dwelling place of the Maya Mam tribe. With other Maya and other indigenous tradition keepers, the Mam carry part of the old ways on Turtle Island (North America). They are keepers of time, authorities on remarkable calendars that are ancient, elegant and relevant.

Mr. Barrios is a historian, an anthropologist and investigator.  After studying with traditional elders for 25 years since the age of 19, he has also became a Mayan Ajq'ij, a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide, Eagle Clan. Years ago, along with his brother, Gerardo, Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars. He studied with many teachers. He says his brother Gerardo interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.

"Anthropologists visit the temple sites," Mr. Barrios says, "and read the steles and inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It's just their imagination... 

Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya.  They say that the
world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed. The indigenous have the calendars, and know how to accurately interpret it, not others."

The Mayan Calendars comprehension of time, seasons, and cycles has proven itself to be vast and sophisticated. The Maya understand 17 different calendars, some of them charting time accurately over a span of more than ten million years. The calendar that has steadily drawn global attention since 1987 is called the Tzolk'in or Cholq'ij.

Devised ages ago and based on the cycle of the Pleiades, it is still held as sacred. With the indigenous calendars, native people have kept track of important turning points in history. For example, the day keepers who study the calendars identified an important day in the year One Reed, Ce Acatal, as it was called by the Mexicans. That was  the day when an important ancestor was prophesied to return, "coming like a butterfly."

In the western calendar, the One Reed date correlates to Easter Sunday, April 21, 1519 the day that Hernando Cortez and his fleet of 11 Spanish galleons arrived from the East at what is today called Vera Cruz, Mexico.

When the Spanish ships came toward shore, native people were waiting and watching to see how it would go. The billowing sails of the ships did indeed remind the scouts of butterflies skimming the ocean surface.

In this manner was a new era initiated, an era they had anticipated through their calendars. The Maya termed the new era the Nine Bolomtikus, or nine Hells of 52 years each. As the nine cycles unfolded, land and freedom were taken from the native people. Disease and disrespect dominated. What began with the arrival of Cortez, lasted until August 16, 1987 - a date many people recall as Harmonic
Convergence. Millions of people took advantage of that date to make ceremony in sacred sites, praying for a smooth transition to a new era, the World of the Fifth Sun.

From that 1987 date until now, Mr. Barrios says, we have been in a  time when the right arm of the materialistic world is disappearing,  slowly but inexorably. We are at the cusp of the era when peace begins, and people live in harmony with Mother Earth. We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the
World of the Fifth Sun.




No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Horse Humor

He doesn't look so good!

There was this ole Indian that owned a nice looking Sorrel Gelding that he kept in his pasture next to the highway.

One day a white man was driving by and noticed this prize horse.  He pulled into the driveway at this ole Indian's place and said "Who owns that beautiful horse grazing along the side the highway?"

The ole Indian said, "Me."

"I'll give you $500 right now for him!" said the white man.

"No, he is not for sale... He don't look so good," stated the Skin.

"What do you mean he don't look so good, he looks fine to me. Tell you what, I'll give you $750 for him right now, Indian!"

"No," said the ole fella, "He don't look so good."

"$1000 then, take it or leave it, old timer!" the white man huffed.

"OK, but I tell you, he don't look so good!" replied the ole man as he made the deal.

A few days past when all of a sudden that white guy came to the ole man's house once again. He got out of the truck, his head was all bandaged up, grabbed his crutches and hopped up to the ole guys porch.

HORSE!" Shouted the white man.

"I told you he don't look so good!"




“This is the time for red moon flower, the awakening of Earth to springtime. It brings opportunities for new insights and epiphanies to manifest, washing the past with red light so that the blue turquoise light may empower new beginnings.” —Joseph Rael 



Remember that we are now living in the era of the Horn of Plenty, so that the effects of this time of equinox inspiration will be magnified. This is a time when you can ask for visions, new ideas or answers and they will come, along with the power to bring them into manifestation.



Light candles and fires for peace and for the healing of the earth. Ask for inspiration.





American Indian Women Writers

Dr. Paula Gunn Allen

Paula Gunn Allen, Ph.D., is an American of Laguna Pueblo/Metis descent and Professor Emerita of English and American Indian Studies at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, in 1975. Allen is a well known feminist writer who is highly praised for her creative scholarly works, which promote Native American literature as a viable and rich source of study. Allen has also edited a number of books.The author of many books, including the landmark title, The Sacred Hoop, she is credited as the founder of the field of Native American literary studies. She received a fellowship from the Ford Foundation-National Research Council to study the oral tradition in Native American literature, a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has also been an Associate Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Institute. She has been honored with the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Native American Prize for Literature, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writer's Circle of the Americas. She lives in Fort Bragg, California.  She retired in 1999.

Cherokee Women's Leadership Conference '08, you still have a chance to attend however you must RSVP by April 11 2008. The Conference is moderated by Wilma Mankiller, it is scheduled for Saturday, April 19th. Check out our public notices for more information:

The National Indian Women's Health Resource Center will be hosting a two and a half day  national conference in Albuquerque, NM  June 9-11, 2008. For more information visit:   Keeping the Circle Strong: Celebrating Native Women's Health and Well-Being 2008.   We will continue to update the information as it becomes available. 






Do You Like "Green" Eggs?
Most of the eggs we consume do not come from hens roaming freely around a barnyard but from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), in which thousands of chickens may be kept inside a single henhouse, in cages stacked several rows high. The resulting layers of accumulated manure generate high levels of air pollutants such as ammonia that can affect the health of farm workers and local residents.

Various claims found on egg packaging imply that a particular supplier’s eggs are produced under more humane or environmentally safe conditions, but this may or may not be true. Here’s what you should know when you see such claims in the grocery store.


Labels Backed by Independent Certification

Only one label in the marketplace establishes government-backed standards that are verified by independent, accredited certifiers:

  • Certified organic. Eggs that are certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) were laid by hens raised according to stringent standards. For example, they must be fed with 100 percent organic feed that cannot contain animal by-products, and cannot be fed or treated with antibiotics. (Sick animals must be treated but then diverted from the organic food stream). Organic standards also require that hens have access to the outdoors, but do not currently guarantee that the chickens actually went outside.


General Claims

Egg producers are accountable to the USDA for the truth of claims on their labels, but the claims can be confusing and are not independently verified.

  • Free-range and free-roam. Although these terms suggest that the laying hens spend their days outside, many chickens marketed this way only have the opportunity to go outdoors but do not actually do so.

  • Cage-free. This claim generally means that chickens are uncaged inside henhouses. There is no requirement that they have access to the outdoors.

  • Natural. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this claim means only that products are minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients. Most fresh animal products meet these criteria regardless of how they are produced. Some producers have used the term “natural” to refer to how their animals are raised, but the producers are the only ones accountable for the truth of such claims.

  • Pasture-raised. Chickens cannot survive on a grass-based diet alone, but supplementing grain-based feed with pasture grazing reduces the air and water pollution associated with CAFOs and produces eggs with a higher level of certain fats that may be beneficial for human health. Though the USDA recently approved a government-backed label for grass-fed beef (which will appear in stores later this year), it has not established such a label for poultry, dairy, eggs, or other animal products.

~Submitted by the Union of Concerned Scientists






Voice of the Hawk Elder  

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Wolves of Dreamtime
When the wolves first came to me in dreamtime,
I knew they were my guardians.
Three sniffing noses familiar with my scent,
allies from before my birth.
Their scent, new to me and welcome,
filled me like manna in the desert.
They envelop me like garments; 
they move like water around rocks.
They emerged to guide me to the worlds,
keeping watch at the numinous portals
to lead me home again.
Now they live in the triad of trees
that grace the front of my home,
sacred arboreal temples.
The oaks welcome them like lost progeny,
cradle them in arms that have swayed with wind
well over a hundred years.
Sometimes in waking hours,
I sense the wolves near,
air fragrant with the scent of untamed forces,
beings unmolested and free,
beyond reach of hunters and starvation.
Coarse gray fur sweeps my hand,
six warm gold eyes observe,
panting breath stirs my heart.
Canis lupus spiritus,
steady sentinel presence,
their majesty, unapproachable in concept,
my gratitude, paltry in its shadow.
Copyright © 3-16-08
Juli Maltagliati



The Lost Trees
When the neighbor toppled the trees,
there was anguish in the wind.
Horror chilled my blood
once I knew what was occurring…
Engines roaring,
Blades whirring.
Three majestic ones, slashed by degrees,
were soon unrecognizable as trees.
Machines screamed and lulled,
screamed and lulled again…
People talked and laughed in the mayhem.
Surely they could not hear the cries;
Maybe there are tones not all can hear.
Maybe what is hurtful to my eyes,
to other eyes may be unclear
or seen through lenses from a different age.
I have to reckon this is true,
or succumb to rage.
Now, I walk by vacant space
where once soaring glory rose
to meet the sky sublime…
The cries, long silent now,
lost to the fog of passing time.
But a whispering song remains,
murmuring and soft, but clear:
"Remember…" it sighs into my bones,
"Remember we were here."
Copyright © 3-20-08
Juli Maltagliati






When I Whine...


Today, upon a bus, I saw a girl with golden hair
I looked at her and sighed and wished I was as fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and used a crutch
But as she passed, she passed a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine
I have 2 legs, the world is mine.
I stopped to buy some candy
The lad who sold it had such charm
I talked with him a while, he seemed so very glad
If I were late, it'd do no harm.
And as I left, he said to me,
"I thank you, you've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you.
You see," he said, "I'm blind."
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 eyes, the world is mine.
Later while walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue
He stood and watched the others play
He did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and then I said,
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word.
And then I knew, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 ears, the world is mine.


With feet to take me where I'd go.
 With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
With ears to hear what I would know.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I've been blessed indeed, The world is mine.

Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks up.


~Submitted by Doreen Clouser





Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Crossing Over...

Kent 'Wolf Spirit' Leffelman, 43 (St. Louis, MO) passed on March 10 at his home.  Kent Wolf Spirit was a long time friend and member of Manataka. He was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed. ~Mike Koeber


John D. Two Eagles Walden (Mountain Pine, AR) passed on December 11 at the Veterans Hospital. He was a member of Manataka since 1999.  John was a diabetic with serious heart problems.


Floyd Red Crow Westerman (1936 - 2007) Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Sisseton-Wapheton Dakota musician, actor, and activist, passed away at 5:00 a.m. PST, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after an extended illness. He was 71.   Westerman, who began his career as a country singer, appeared in over 50 films and televison productions, including Dances with Wolves, Hidalgo, The Doors, and Poltergeist, and Northern Exposure. He appeared in 12 episodes of the 1990s TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger, as Uncle Ray Firewalker. Native Times 12/13/2007



Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury, Troubles...



Cindy Bell, Meridian, MS is undergoing surgery and dialysis today at Jeff Anderson Hospital. She is the sister of Sybil Tubby.  ~ Rev. Jon Walters, Pastor, Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission 04-08-08


Mattie, 4 day-old, Pipestone, MN. Airlifted to Sioux Falls because of bleeding in the brain.  Please include this little one, her mother and family in prayer and ceremony the next few days in the hopes that all will turn out well.  Alison Klose 04-08-08


Allen King, (Jacksonville, NC) Suffered heart attack.  is a really wonderful kind person. Always helps anyone whenever he can and lives a prayerful life.  Please pray for this wonderful man. Ruth King 03-13-08


Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. (Springfield, IL) Under went full foot reconstruction on his left foot on March 5.  Hawk dedicates his life to helping others and he has a regular column in the Smoke Signal News.  Please pray for the good man.  ~Bear 03-05-08


Peggy Flynn (Near Raeford, NC) Needs your prayers. ~Pat Scifres 02-29-08 


Pansy Little Flower Gibson (Huntington, WV)  Doctors operated on a large brain tumor and she is recovering. Praise God for all that is done and the doctors for their skill and knowledge.  Helen Red Wing 02-25-08


Reny Cabral and his family (Orland, CA) --for Reny's continuing recovery, for the family's continuing fortitude, and for a positive legal resolution for Reny. Dianosed with schizophrenia and became quadriplegic.  Liora/ Lauren Zack  02-12-08


Lee Tibler (Hot Springs, AR) Serious kidney, liver and heart problems.  Please take a moment to say some prayers for him. ~Crystal Harvey 02-06-08


Prayers Answered for Tanner, age 3 (Memphis, TN) Tanner successfully underwent double eye surgery at Children's Hospital for a serious condition know as amblyopia. He is now home a recovering nicely.  Please give your thanks to God for healing Tanner.


Prayers Answered for Ms. Evangeline Van Lynch (Memphis, TN) Tennessee Indian Commissioner admitted to the hospital suffering from a heart attack and scheduled to undergo surgery.


Lord help us to walk the tight path with our face to the light. Give us the courage, the strength and the will to stand in the light and do what needs doing.  Let us look forward to the day when we can trade our sword for a pruning hook, and be warriors no more.  Let all Children of the Light work in the garden of the Brotherhood that we may find our way to the Tree of Life that stands by the sea of eternity. Amen  ~Submitted by John Mountain Wind Outler


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. 







In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik

Bill Prezwoznik was one of the four founders of Manataka.  His wisdom and love guided Manataka through its infancy. 


In Memory of Corbin Harney

Corbin Harney Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone Nation who dedicated his life to fighting the nuclear testing and dumping.  He loved and cared for his family, friends and all creation.


In Memory of Granny Messenger

She had over 1,000 grandchildren but never a child. Her memory will live with us forever.  Anonymous Contributor  


In Memory of Lance Selvidge

Webster’s definition of a Martyr:  1:  A person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a belief.  2: A person who sacrifices something of great value, especially life itself for the sake of principle.  Lance, we are all better because you walked this world, we will all become better because you look back with eyes from the angels world. Thank You.  The Selvidge Family. Little River Rock.


In Memory of Ruby Gilliham

We will always remember this gracious and beautiful woman in our hearts.  She will remain a part of Manataka forever - Standing Bear.  Greg Gilliham, Little Rock






Three Elders met on Sunday, March 16, and did not conduct business for lack of a quorum.  David Quiet Wind Furr, Lee Standing Bear Moore and Patty Blue Star Budette were present.


Moore reported account balances and passed around a list of February expenses.


Communications:  MAIC received inquiries on 921 subjects in February.


Lengthy discussion about the upcoming series of “Survival” seminars. A draft of the project was given to elders.  


The April 2008 Member Spirit Award was not discussed.




NOTICE 1:    FOOD BASKETS 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 2:    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Sunday each month at Gulpha Gorge.  In case of inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow, below 40 degrees) we meet Ryan's Restaurant located at 4538 Central Avenue across from Hot Springs Mall.


Gatherings are normally held on the 3rd weekend of June (closest to the Summer Solstice) and the 3rd weekend of October (closest to the Winter Solstice).  The date of the Spring Encampment varies from year to year. 


NOTICE 3:    WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.  Contact: Becky Moore


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