Manataka American Indian Council     Volume XIl  Issue 3  MARCH 2008


Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 







Hill & Holler: The Return Of Racism
Announcement: Manataka continues policy

Ennobling 'Savages'

Grandfather Hawk Speaks Speaks:

 Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

More Creatures Of The Night

More Lost History of Medicine

Feature Story:

30 locations of Mass Graves of Residential School Children Discovered

Elder's Meditations: Grandfather Joseph Rael
Women's Circle: 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






By Susan Bates

News and Notes From Indian Country


The Return Of Racism
Acts of racism have been much in the news lately. Crosses have been burned, nooses hung in trees and swastikas carved into doors to instill fear into minority Peoples.

One might have thought those dark days were behind us, but it seems they have only been lying in wait like the monster who lives in the closet.

Also this week, Dog the Bounty Hunter made news because of a private (he thought) phone call he made to his son in which he used the N word (and others) to convey his disapproval of his son's current girlfriend. Since his private opinions go against today's "group think" philosophies, he has pretty much flushed his television series down the toilet.

What is happening here?

Native Peoples valued and still value individualism. Everyone is given respect, or at least allowed to live, even though they might think and act in different ways. As long as one didn't violate clan laws and taboos, he was considered an important member of the group. 

With these rights come responsibility.  What is best for all is usually the underlying thought of indigenous Peoples.

Europeans have a different concept of "Individualism." The core belief that man has dominion over everything has allowed him to flourish no matter the cost to others as well as Mother Earth.

While tribal societies operate on a clan system and consensus thinking, white society allows the few to govern the many. This has allowed the destruction of whole tribes of man and much of Mother Earth in the name of greed. Today, most of the wealth is concentrated in a small segment of white society.

Yet when the whites first came here, they found just the opposite. Chiefs lived in the same kind of homes that the rest of the People lived in. In the event of hard times, food and other resources were shared by all. Everyone had a voice in the decision making.

But European greed couldn't allow that kind of thinking to continue.

The belief that one must "conform" to "popular ideology" in thought, word and deed is crucial to the success of today's society. The philosophy of indoctrination, not education has helped lead us to this time in history.

Have you ever wondered why so many of our children go through school and can't read past the third grade level, or write a decent paragraph, or count change? But they all know that smoking causes cancer, abortion is wrong and Muslims are evil?

This is indoctrination - a far cry from the reading, writing and arithmetic that used to be taught in public schools.

And now we are witnessing the results of that forced thinking. Maybe mankind should be more evolved, but we aren't. Whenever you forcibly mix people of different cultures together and try to pretend that this is the "Great Melting Pot," all cultures are devalued. Only those at the top benefit.

Now, as times get hard again and the fear of not having enough grows, so to will the ugliness and violence which has it's roots deep in that fear.

And I'm afraid that no amount of 'forced thinking" is going to stop it this time.


Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. --- Bertrand Russell


Susan Bates






Be On The Lookout

An Arkansas upstart Indian hobbyist organization called the Chickamauga Cherokee or something or other stole the "Smoke Signal" title to name their newsletter.  We kindly asked them to stop because the Smoke Signal News has been in continual online publication since 1997 and was mailed dating back to 1993 - over 15 years.  The name is trademarked and every issue is copyrighted. Unfortunately, they want to get a lawyer involved.


Attendance Policy

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 May issue features Chapter 4 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

Chapter 4 - Ennobling 'Savages'


Chapter 5 - Errand In The Wilderness coming in June Smoke Signal




More Creatures Of The Night


Readers will recall the last issue of the Smoke Signal featured my Illinois Raccoon Supper.  Well, this issue we are going to give you Roasted Opossum.


Ingredients: One Opossum, 1 chopped onion, 1 table spoon fat, 1 cup bread crumbs, 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 hard boiled egg and 1 teaspoon salt.


Preparation, After cleaning the opossum, soak it in strawberry soda over night in your refrigerator to remove the wild taste and excess fat. Rub the opossum with salt and black pepper. Brown the onion in the fat. Add opossum liver and cook until tender. Add breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and water.


Mix thoroughly and stuff the opossum, truss like a fowl, put into a roasting pan with bacon across the back of the opossum and add salt and black pepper, add one quart of water to the pan.


Roast uncovered at 350 degrees until tender (about 21/2 hours). Baste every 15 minutes, serve with sweet potatoes. When mixing the dressing, add a touch of red pepper for an extra tangy taste.


Enjoy!   Ta-wa-do-gi


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, May 2008




More Lost History of Medicine


Last month we talked about two medical theories: The Germ Theory of Louis Pasteur and the Terrain Theory of Antoine Beauchamp





Pasteur is considered the father of Germ Theory, although that thinking had been around for at least a hundred years. His experiments proved it to be valid, and this established him as a cornerstone of Modern Medicine. He later admitted he was wrong, but textbooks don’t show that because once science  approves a theory, mistakes in the research are rarely admitted.


The Wellness Directory of Minnesota  states that it is too bad that much of Pasteur’s  work was plagiarized from Beauchamp and other scientists and was totally unscientific. On his death bed, he recanted by saying that his Germ Theory was all wrong and that the correct theory was the Terrain theory of Antoine Beauchamp.


The Wellness Directory also discusses two scientists whose work was discredited because it did not fit with or support the Germ Theory.  Roy Rife developed a machine that helped the body tissue heal its self. Since there was no historical background for this concept, his work was rejected and his machine and papers were destroyed.  Gaston Naisser researched cancer and through his work with somatides, found a cure called 714X.  His work was also rejected by mainstream medicine because it, too, had no apparent historical basis. Medicine refused to accept any competing theories, even though those well documented with multimedia shows.           









30 Mass Graves of Residential

School Children Discovered

Independent Tribunal Established


Aboriginal children in residential schools tortured,

flogged to death, deliberately electrocuted.




Squamish Nation Territory (Vancouver, Canada) - At a public ceremony and press conference held today outside the colonial "Indian Affairs" building in downtown Vancouver, the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) released a list of twenty eight mass graves across Canada holding the remains of untold numbers of aboriginal children who died in Indian Residential Schools.

The list was distributed today to the world media and to United Nations agencies, as the first act of the newly-formed International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC), a non-governmental body established by indigenous elders.

In a statement read by FRD spokesperson Eagle Strong Voice, it was declared that the IHRTGC would commence its investigations on April 15, 2008, the fourth Annual Aboriginal Holocaust Memorial Day. This inquiry will involve international human rights observers from Guatemala and Cyprus , and will convene aboriginal courts of justice where those persons and institutions responsible for the death and suffering of residential school children will be tried and sentenced. (The complete Statement and List of Mass Graves is reproduced below).

Eagle Strong Voice and IHRTGC elders will present the Mass Graves List at the United Nations on April 19, and will ask United Nations agencies to protect and monitor the mass graves as part of a genuine inquiry and judicial prosecution of those responsible for this Canadian Genocide.


Eyewitness Sylvester Greene spoke to the media at today's event, and described how he helped bury a young Inuit boy at the United Church's Edmonton residential school in 1953.


"We were told never to tell anyone by Jim Ludford, the Principal, who got me and three other boys to bury him. But a lot more kids got buried all the time in that big grave next to the school."


For more information:, or write to the

Issued on Squamish Territory , 10 April, 2008, under the authority of Hereditary Chief Kiapilano.



30 Grave Locations Listed




No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.



Collard Greens

An old Indian man lived alone in the country. He wanted to dig his yearly collard green garden, but it was always very hard work for him because the ground was hard. His only son, who used to help him, was in prison.

The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.


Dear Son, 
I am feeling pretty bad because it look lik e I won't be able to plant my collard green garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me. ~Your Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son. 


Dear Father, 
Whatever you do, don't dig up that garden. That's where I buried the BODIES.
Love, Your Son

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.
That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Father, 
You can go ahead and plant the collard greens now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances. --
Love, Your Son





“If we humans are going to continue to evolve, we now need to understand the vastness of who we are. We have vast potential because we do not live as individuals alone. We live as aspects of the Higher Mind.”  ~Grandfather Joseph Rael - Beautiful Painted Arrow


—excerpt from the forthcoming book by Joseph Rael, Sound, Peace, Power








Women Who Mean Business

Most influential and energized women professionals.

By The Independent Staff, 09/12/07





If the silver and turquoise jewelry and the raven hair weren't enough of a giveaway, the interior of Jeanette Alcon's office leaves no room for dispute. A large map of the Indian tribes of the United States anchors one wall, along with a weaving and a Native American Lifeways Festival poster that proclaims her heritage. "Pueblo Indian," she says, "from New Mexico. All of my ancestors as far back as I know lived in that part of the world."


Alcon is the executive director of Lafayette's free medical clinic, the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, a place were low-income people without health insurance can get all kinds of attention, from dental work to OB/GYN care. She has overseen the growth of the nonprofit organization nearly from its inception 13 years ago and guided this brainchild of the Lafayette Parish Medical Society as it began a collaboration with the city's hospitals, the LSU schools of medicine and dentistry, and the plethora of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and members of the community who volunteer their time.


It was a hurricane that blew her into Louisiana long ago. Her aunt, a Red Cross volunteer, came to help New Orleans with the recovery from Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and fell in love with the city. As a young college graduate with a degree in foreign languages, Alcon was at loose ends.


Her aunt invited Alcon to New Orleans, where she got a job as a community organizer with the Council on Aging, setting up a senior center in 1974. This led to another nonprofit job, the brand new Louisiana Office of Indian Affairs, created under Edwin Edwards in the mid-70s. She went on to set up an Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana, a nonprofit organization she directed for 18 years. "It was a historic moment, an amazing time in Indian affairs in Louisiana," she says. Six years after taking on the job with the council, she was instrumental in the inception of the Institute for Indian Development, which provides resource development for the tribes.


After a business venture failure in recycling — "it was ahead of its time," Alcon says — she found herself in Lafayette looking for a job. Her work with the state caught the attention of Dr. Terry Cromwell, president of the Lafayette Parish Medical Society and founder of the clinic. He put her on the advisory panel. Alcon applied for the executive director post three times before the clinic hired her; she has led it for the last 14 years.


"This is different from Indian affairs," Alcon says. "Indian affairs was a cause that burned in my heart. This speaks to me in a different way — seeing people be able to come here to get health care services who do not have any opportunity anywhere else. They tell me, 'I don't know where I would go if this clinic didn't exist.'"


Now that the clinic is well established, Alcon has new goals for the future — stabilizing funding, educating her clientele and growing the clinic's endowment to spend less time raising funds. "I'd like to see us move into a preventive care arena, not just crisis management," she says. "We want to get the patients to partner with us in their own health care."— Mary Tutwiler


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. 






How One Bad Burger Can Haunt You for Years

The lingering effects of food borne illness

Reports are showing a disturbing connection between past E.coli infections and a number of ailments a person suffers from even when past infections have been treated and cured.

Can certain strains of bacteria remain in the body and cause complications further down the road? Is there a way to significantly prevent the dangerous conditions linked to past food poisoning? These diseases include arthritis, pancreatitis that leads to diabetes, as well as both kidney and liver failure.

According to Lauran Neergaard from the Associated Press, scientists have revealed connections between high blood pressure, kidney damage, and even full kidney failure afflicting people 10 or 20 years after they had overcome an E.coli infection.

Stock up on friendly bacteria

Studies have shown that E.coli bacteria have literally no chance of surviving and populating within an environment that has the proper amount of healthy bacteria.

Now, for people that have been treated with antibiotics for E.coli, this is a crucial thing to consider since antibiotics have most likely depleted friendly bacteria from their bodies. Our digestive health is one the most important parts of proper immune function.

Replenishing the body of probiotic bacteria is therefore essential to defend bodies from diseases in the future. Good sources of friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus thermophilus, include yogurt, buttermilk, and cultured milk such as kefir.

Make sure to look at the expiration date on cultured products. The product will contain more live cultures the fresher it is. There are also a number of probiotic enforced foods such as cheese and probiotic supplements available now on the market.
ImmunityPlus™ can be used to support the natural ability of the immune system and maintain energy levels and fight fatigue. ImmunityPlus™ also promotes healthy circulation and oxygen-rich blood flow to all systems in the body. Fatigue Fighter™ can be used to reduce feelings of common listlessness associated with routine tiredness and to assist in the prevention of burnout.

Can detoxification help?

Everyone can benefit from body detoxification. Pollutants in the air we breathe outdoors and at home, preservatives found in food, and chemicals found in common household products can lodge in your body and cause a number of health problems in the future. During the detoxification process the body unburdens itself from stagnant waste and bi-products replenishing systemic health.

There are a number of detoxification treatments available today. Some are homeopathic or herbal, and feature ingredients that have been used for centuries to promote the detoxification of bodily organs.  Milk thistle and dandelion promote detoxification and optimal functioning of the liver. In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is seen as one of the most important organs in the body - it is after all the biggest, weighing on average three pounds.

When liver function is compromised it cannot perform the important tasks of cleansing and detoxing the blood. Other essential liver functions include aiding the body in breaking down fat, maintaining proper levels of glucose in the blood, and storing essential vitamins and minerals. Try Liver Dr.™ to promote natural liver health.

Modern lifestyle many times causes the liver to be overwhelmed with toxins from processed foods and foods that are high in fat and refined sugar with little or no nutritional value.

Home remedies that aid detoxification include lemon juice mixed with warm water. A tea made with fresh ginger, turmeric powder and lemon juice is also good for promoting natural detoxification. Wheat bran which is also known as “nature’s sweeper” and ground flaxseeds are both high in fiber. They create bulk in the intestines that sweeps impurities along with it as it completes its passage through the digestive system.

Since the largest elimination organ in our body is the skin, sweating during exercise is also a great way to help flush out toxins. Native Remedies’ Detox Drops™ promotes elimination of toxins and naturally flushes out the system as well as assists in the body's natural elimination of toxins.

Chemicals present in household items such as antibacterial products can also have devastating consequences for systemic health. First of all, none of the “anti-bacterial” products effectively kill 100% of bacteria. If you read labels closely they only claim to kill 99.9%. And even if they did effectively did kill all bacteria, we need a certain amount of bacteria in our body to maintain optimal health.

The chemical triclosan which is present in many antibacterial products such as hand soap, deodorants, dish detergents and even in toothpaste! has been known to cause the development of resistant strains of bacteria or “super bugs” that are immune to antibiotics and very hard to treat even in hospitals!

Some studies have shown that triclosan also reacts with chlorine in tap water to form chloroform gas. The United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies this as a probable human carcinogen. A 2006 study showed that triclosan can be an endocrine disruptor in the American bullfrog. And shockingly, traces of triclosan have even been found in human breast milk.

As scary as this sounds, it is entirely up to each person to decide whether the benefits of such products outweigh the risks in a world where treating ailments and disease has outweighed prevention. 

 We Wish You Good Health!







Voice of the Hawk Elder  

Click on the book of your choice





Victory. Protection. Grandfather.
Dance Grandfather. Your time is near. 
 Prepare your path to the sky Eagle.
Fly into a star Dance into the Fire.
 Dance to the Sacred Circle of Life.
Circle until your Spirit flies away.
 Leave the body and fly into the Sky. Fly Spirit Fly. 
Become a star and shine down on your grandchildren
and the future generations.
Shine and fall to Earth.
Walk with your children's children and protect.
 Nurture the culture of the land.
 Become Earth.  Become Water. Become Fire
 and blow with the winds.  Like a fresh breath, renew the old.
 Walk with your people forever. 
Today is the time; dance and be reborn. 
 Dance until midnight tomorrow. 
 Let go of your body and become a light among all. 
February 1792 will pass and March will bring rebirth.
  Live and walk among us.
Thank you grandfather; I love you more than my life. 
 I join you and I dance to your memory and to your future.

Dragging Canoe is among us. Will you follow him?
A new day comes. Will you follow? 
A Spirit never dies and shines on all who choose to see. 
 Connected to the land as a tree, a tree of life,
 spread your wings to the sky.
I love you Dragging Canoe. I dance for you. I will follow you.

Grandfather thank you for your words of wisdom. 
Nurture them in your heart
. "We are not yet Conquered."


I Share


I share because I care,

There may be in words spoken,

Or words on a written page,

A sentence, a verse,

For transformation of character,

Through thoughts of the receiver,

The listener, the reader.


What impacts the intelligence,

Refines the moral fibre,

Addresses the ills of mankind,

To institute change,

The taking of the decision,

To act in selfless dedication,

For preservation of the just.


With respect and kindness,

Lives of the depressed,

The suppressed and defeated,

Renewed through courageous stands,

Against the tyranny and institutional controls,

Of masters with pens cutting deeper than whips,

For the enriched benefits of the few.


To bare witness to acts of greed,

Advantages taken of those less fortunate,

The continuity of transgressions there,

Understood by few, felt by many,

Brothers and sisters in pain,

Suffering from earthly discomforts,

Deserve better for mind and body.


These thoughts I share, for I care.


© 2007 by Lou Reeves






A Creed To Live By

Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.

It is because we are different that each of us are special.

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.

Only do what is best for you.

Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.

Cling to them as you would your life, without them life is meaningless.

Do not let life slip by while living in the past or in the future.

By living one day at a time you live all days of your life.

Do not give up when you still have something to give.

Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.

It is the fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not be afraid to encounter risks.

It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible.

The fastest way to lose love is to hold to it tightly, and the

best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope, to be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you

have been, but also where you are going. Life is not a race,

but a journey to be savored each step of the way.




Prayer and ceremony work.  Creator heals and brings peace.




Crossing Over...

George E. Haverkamp Jr., 66, (Evergreen, Colorado) husband of Marva Black Elk (Wallace Black Elk's eldest daughter), unexpectedly crossed over on Friday, April 25, 2008 from cardiac arrest.  Services and Internment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen, CO.  A traditional Wake will be held starting at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in The Barn Chapel at Evergreen Memorial Park.  It will run all night. Burial will be at 10:00am on Friday, May 2, 2008.  Chief Leonard Crow Dog and Wesley Black Elk will be officiating.  Jennifer Black Elk - 720-628-6532.


Jim Riley, Arizona.  Owner of the white buffalo ranch had a heart attack and passed.  Dena and Jim gave everything to help the buffalo. Susan   04-12-08  


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.


Sharon Dee Black Elk, 49, (Wheat Ridge, C0) passed on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.  Burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery.  Traditional rites as well as full military honors were conducted.  Jennifer Black Elk 04-20-08


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...


Will Branham, 26, Huntington, VA.  Has cancer in his liver and in his colon he may have it in his pancreases.  Will has 2 children.  Attended the Monacan gathering for many years. Helen Red Wing Vinson  04-19-08


Prayers Answered for Pansy.  Had a rough time since February.  Back home now.  Helen Red Wing Vinson  04-19-08


Grandfather Gordy, Seneca Going to Benedictine Hospital on 13 May for a prostate operation. Direct descendant of Cornplanter, from the Allegheny Reservation.  Nia:wen 04-12-08


Coleen Pullen, Fayetteville, NC

Currently under hospice at home care and heavily sedated with cancer. No hope for a cure.  Pray that the Old Ones take her into their care softly and gently, with as little pain as possible.  Jennie Luff 04-11-08


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


Prayers Answered for Daniel J. Hawk Hoffman Sr. (Springfield, IL) Under went full foot reconstruction on his left foot on March 5 turned out wonderful. 


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.


Prayers Answered for Clover TwoBears Johnson  Her neurosurgeon says she does not have multiple sclerosis. Thank you Grandfather!  Thank all who've held Clover in their Hearts during her trying time.  Duane (Lame Wolf) Rowland 04-01-08


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






Four Elders met on Sunday, April 20 and held an open discussion meeting. David Quiet Wind Furr, Lee Standing Bear Moore, Patty Blue Star Budette and Robert Gray Hawk Coke were present.


Communications:  MAIC received inquiries on 1,102 subjects in March.


Lengthy discussion about continuing harassment from Josie Fernandez of the National Park Service.  A draft of the project was given to elders.


The meeting was opened and closed with prayer.




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


Now is a good time to support the many programs, services and events of MAIC. We can always use a donation. Pay by check or credit card online. It's easy, secure and fast!   Click Here  Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902


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PO Box 476
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Lee Standing Bear Moore

MAIC Correspondents:

Jennifer Attaway, Alabama

Sheri Burnett, Georgia

Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas

Crystal Harvey, Arkansas

Carol Henderson

Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois

Grandmother Selma, Florida

Bennie LeBeau, Wyoming

Julie Maltagliati, Florida

Magdala Arkansas

Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee 

Liora Leah Zack, California

Paula Unega Ulogidv Phillips, Arkansas

Waynonaha Two Worlds


Susan Bates, Missouri

David Cornsilk, Oklahoma

Don Coyhis

Andrea Crambit, California

Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire 

Valerie Eagle Heart

Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham

Romaine Garcia, Colorado

John James, Arkansas

Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Elaine Nowell, Mississippi / Arkansas

Corina Roberts, California

Scott Treaty

RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson, Tennessee

Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia

Linda VanBibber, Missouri





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