Manataka American Indian Council        Volume XII  Issue 5  MAY 2008



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today

For Tomorrow








Upcoming Events: 


Elder's Meditation:

Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota
1 Website Updates: New Features and stories


Feature Story 1:

Manataka: Place of Peace


Mother Earth Watch:

Chestnut Trees Replanted






Grandmother Waynonaha:

Grandmother Carol Spirit Dove

Grandmother Carol Petersen:

Grandmother Magdala:

Jams and Jelly


The Drum Who Had A Woman Chase It

The Holy City

1 Tribal News: Caddo, Nukes and Indian Trust
1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: God and the Spider

2 Legends of Old: The Corn Mill Coyote
2 Feature Story 2: Legends of Bigfoot-like Beings


Letters to the Editor:

Great Ideas, Chills and Thrills
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Put Organic Back into "Organic"
2 Elder's Meditations: Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

Indian Opinion:

Black Kettle Museum
2 Health:  Ritalin Turns Kids into Zombies
2 Plant Medicine:

Parsley Tea - for Urinary Infections

2 Fluoride: CDC against giving babies fluoride
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A WhaleDreamers
2 Endangered Sacred Sites:

Support Black Mesa, AZ


Hill & Holler: The Return Of Racism
Announcement: Manataka Continues Policy



Ennobling 'Savages'


Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

More Creatures Of The Night

More Lost History of Medicine

3 Feature Story 3::

30 Mass Graves of Children Discovered


Elder's Meditations: Grandfather Joseph Rael


Women's Council: Women Who Mean Business


Food & Nutrition: How One Bad Burger Can Haunt You for Years


Book Reviews: Four Great Books!


Poetry Circle:

Victory. Protection. Grandfather

I Share


Inspirational Thought:: A Creed To Live By


Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials


Manataka  Business: Upcoming Survival Seminar Series







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"Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours to me. The Baptists and Methodists and Presbyterians and the Catholics all have a different God. Why cannot we have one one of our own?
-Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota

The Creator gave each culture a path to God. To the Indian people he revealed that the Creator is in everything. Everything is alive with the Spirit of God. The water is alive. The trees are alive. The woods are alive. The mountains are alive. The wind is alive. The Great Spirit's breath is in everything and that's why it's alive. All of nature is our church. We wake up in church, we walk all day long in a church, we eat

with our families in church, we go to sleep in church.

My Creator,
let us leave people

to worship You
in the wayYou

have taught them.

By Don Coyhis





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Arts & Craft Books  Creators Code: Planetary Survival Women's Gifts
Buffalo, Bear, Deer Robes Book Reviews - Top NDN Books History Books
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Manataka: Place of Peace

Myth or Reality?

By Linda VanBibber


When you walk the trails of Hot Springs Mountain, known to First Nations People as the Great Ma-na-ta-ka, “Place of Peace”, you may notice yourself, in spite of the compelling beauty of the Mountain, turning inward.  You may notice, if you if you breathe deeply and slow your pace, that you begin to feel a penetrating peace.  You may notice, if you are so attuned, that you walk on sacred ground.


But not everyone is so attuned to the sacred nature of where they place their feet.  Indeed, some are so vindictive and fearful that they would attack the right of others to experience such communion with Spirit.


For thousands of years First Nations people have prayed on this mountain.  As with any holy place, that peace that abides in a place of prayer can be felt by anyone with the sensitivity and awareness to feel it.  According to the Grandfathers, this is the Peace of the Woman of the Rainbow and it is for all.  Not for a single tribe, or a single race, but for all.


Yet the Hot Springs National Park Service continues to dispute the sacred presence of this site. Current leadership openly mocks the stories of the Grandfathers and has even awarded a grant to fund the publication of a document thinly veiled under a guise of “history” to perpetuate the fabrications they have devised concerning both the site and the Manataka American Indian Council (MAIC).  This document, Didn’t All the Indians Come Here?, authored by Ranger Mark Blaeuer, is being sold to tourist centers throughout Arkansas. 


To further promote the defamation of our traditions, Mr. Blaeuer is now providing “historical” lectures in which he openly accuses other historians who have written about the First Nations activities in the Hot Springs region of lying as he openly indicates his disdain for First Nations traditions.  Given Mr. Blaeuer’s association with the National Park Service, this attitude does not surprise us.  It reflects the attitude of Jose Fernandez, the Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park, who has consistently denied MAIC’s right to assemble for religious and spiritual purposes at this sacred site, claiming that Native American ceremonies are “pagan” and “un-Christian”, in direct defiance of First Amendment rights.







Chestnut Trees Replanted


Beautiful article about chestnut trees, nearly extinct in the U.S., being planted at the sites of strip mines in the Appalachian mountains.

Program ties mine reclamation with restoration of rare hardwood.



PIONEER, TENN. -- In a double-barreled approach to environmental restoration, Appalachian mountains scarred by strip-mining are being planted with American chestnut trees, a species that has been all but wiped out in the U.S. by a fungus.

For the past 30 years or so, federal regulations essentially said that once a forested mountainside was scraped open and the coal extracted, mine companies had to smooth the soil over and seed it with grass.

But recently, federal regulators have begun promoting the planting of chestnuts and other hardwoods to improve drainage, reduce erosion and return the landscape to a more natural state.

The project has the added advantage of helping to bring the American chestnut back from the brink of extinction.

American chestnuts "were a critical part of the forest and they are gone now, for all intents and purpose," said John Johnson, a former leader in the militant environmentalist group Earth First! and now an employee and student in the University of Tennessee forestry program. "So this in a way is like double research -- like, how to bring chestnuts back and how to reclaim these sites."








Jams and Jelly

By Waynonaha Two Worlds

Manataka Correspondent


With hoe, gloves, and baskets in hand, my Mother and I walk the short distance to the garden. The morning is still cool enough for the  hoeing and weeding of this large well planted space.


We have on  large straw hats to protect our skin from the strong rays of the morning sun.  We resemble the dress of the old scare crow hung on a post in the garden. Perhaps the birds think there are three scare crows; I smile at this thought as we work.  


Morning birds dart in and out of the corn and greet us with a flute like melodies.

A swarm of newly hatched mosquitoes lift from the near by pond.

Bass splash as they play in the tall water grass,  leaping to catch the mosquitoes and other flying insects.


Today we  brought our berry baskets to carry back the fat ripe strawberries.

All evening we had brought up the jelly jars from the root cellar. I washed the jars as my mother checked them for cracks. They sit ready along with the big jam kettles on the kitchen drain board. Paraffin blocks placed on the back of the old wood stove slowing melting to pour over the tops of the jam once it is in the jars. This will seal out any unwanted mold for the winter months.


All winter long we save small jars that are emptied of commercial foods. These along with some cherished Jelly glasses are used for our summer jams and jellies.

We hoe for several hours then start to pick the berries. I handle each one with care and place them in my basket so as not to bruise them.






No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



With all the new trade and Olympic Games in China, we thought you might need to learn a few Chinese phrases:


1) That's not right....................................................Zum Ting Wong


2) Are you harbouring a fugitive.......................... Hu Yu Hai Ding


3) See me ASAP...................................................... Kum Hia


4) Stupid Man.......................................................... Dum Gai


5) Small Horse......................................................... Tai Ni Po Ni


6) Did you go to the beach........................................ Wai Yu So Tan


7) I bumped the coffee table..................................... Ai Bang Mai Ni


8)  I think you need a face lift................................... Chin Tu Fat


9) It's Very dark in here............................................. Wao So Dim


10) I Thought you were on a diet.............................Yu Mun Ching


11) This is a tow away zone...................................... No Pah King


12) Our meeting is scheduled for next week............Wai Yu Kum Nao


13) Staying out of sight............................................. Lei Ying Lo


14) He's cleaning his automobile ............................ Wa Shing Ka


15) Your body odor is offensive............................... Yu Stin Ki Pu





Submitted by Carol Spirit Dove Henderson 



A collection of quotes about gourds and their many uses




"Presently in came fine men dressed up with feathers, their faces being covered with wizards made of gourds... "...while the other rattled with a gourd that had corn in it, to make a noise…” 


"The Indians tap the maple sugar tree and make Gourds to receive the liquor... when it best yields its juice... of which they carry it home, and boil it to a just consistence of sugar, which grains of itself, and serves for the same uses, as other sugar does."

"The Planters put gourds on standing poles, on purpose for these fowl (martins) to build in, because they are a very warlike bird, and beat the crows from the plantations"

"A plant which was important in the agriculture of the Southeastern Indians was the bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), one of the oldest plants cultivated in North America, dating to before 1000 B.C. They cultivated it not for food, but for a truly remarkable variety of material uses.











The Holy City

by  Magdala, Maya Priestess 


I am back into the place where the waters comes out from the womb, and all is blooming.


I want to tell you the story about the new world that has been born, a new world that have been awaken in the ceremony of returning  of Kukulcan, in Chichen Itza, the Holy City


Long was the path to find the day of fulfillment, for all has been completed.  if you are interested in the long story in how we get into the holy city let me know.


The sun have been rising, and we the people of the earth is welcoming the new sun inside of the self, for the night has brought the new sun for us, for the new beginning have brought the new men and the new women into being.


It happens that the day of the Holy City, in the day of fulfillment, people were ready, the heart was blooming, so it was possible for the great work came true, for love was everywhere.









The drum who had a woman chase it

 By Carol Perez Petersen

 Manataka Correspondent



I have a drum passed down from a Blackfoot woman who is now in the spirit realm. It is a hand drum with a northwest stylized painting of a killer whale on the hide.  The drum has a higher the most tonal pitch something I’ve come to love because you can hear her sing above the others.  I was invited to a drum circle at Grandmother Eagleheart’s Rainbow’s End.  She said it was the first time for a full moon drum circle and my first time to make the trek.


About thirty of us showed up and we gathered inside because of the winds.  The drums began to speak.  I have never in all my drumming years of participation experience the profound nature of Drums leading their handlers such as the way Killer Whale breached the waves. 









Caddo Against Caddo -- Bureaucrats Inciting Trouble


Caddo Nation of Oklahoma tribal council recently demanded the state recognized Adai Caddo Indians of Louisiana remove the word Caddo from their name.  The Caddo Nation consists of a number of smaller bands (Nabedache, Nasoni, Hainai) of the Caddo Indians under the leadership of a larger group such as, the Hasinai, the Natchitoches, and the Kadohadacho. The Adai were not part of these groups. Sounds like so much bull ---- originating from federal bureaucrats -- who currently control the Caddo of OK.  This action is right out of the BIA handbook to create confusion and trouble between the people.

Indian Law professors ask: Is trust still valid?
by Kara Briggs / Today correspondent

PORTLAND, Ore. - Native American law professors meeting in early April in Portland called for the overhaul of U.S. trust responsibility to Indian nations, saying
that economic development in Indian country depends on it.
''Trust is costing tribes a lot, and it doesn't have many benefits. What is the future of
trust responsibility? We ought to get rid of it,'' said Kevin Washburn, a Chickasaw professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.


No New Nukes

Indigenous Leaders, Citizens and Scientists Agree.  No Peace Out West -- U.S. Plans More Nuclear Weapons on Shoshone Land


(Newe Sogobe (Lee), Nevada)  With gold prices soaring  sky-high and the general public watching Presidential candidate antics, there’s  more than just gold rush fever threatening the air and water  out West.  


A proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to  increase nuclear  weapons development at the Nevada Test Site.  First  announced in 2006 as “Complex 2030”, the new plan is called “Complex Transformation” and includes details on the proposal to upgrade the entire U.S. nuclear weapons complex and  recreate the infrastructure to research, develop, and manufacture new nuclear  weapons.  




Attention Educators:





Teaching Resources for Educators

Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners. Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc. Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four categories:


Teaching About American Indians

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for American Indian Learners

Researching American Indian Education

Other Resources







God and the Spider

During World War II, a US Paiute marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction.  Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, "Creator, if it be your will, please protect me.  Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close.  He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

"Hah, he thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor."

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.


"Creator, forgive me," prayed the young Paiute Indian. "I had forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. We must be reminded  that in the Creator of All Things we will have success!"

And remember: Whatever is happening in your life, in the Great Mystery, a mere spider's web becomes a brick wall of protection.


Submitted by Jennifer Whitefeather Attaway




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