Manataka American Indian Council       Volume XII  Issue 6  JUNE 2008



Manataka - Preserving The Past Today

For Tomorrow








Upcoming Events: 


Elder's Meditation:

Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
1 Website Updates: New Features and stories


Feature Story 1:

Manataka: Place of Peace - Myth or Reality?


Mother Earth Watch:

CAFOs Cost Taxpayers Billions






Grandmother Waynonaha:

Grandmother Carol Spirit Dove

Grandmother Carol Petersen:

Grandmother Magdala:

The Standing Nation (trees)

The Spiritual Essence of Gardening

Earth Keeper

Spirituality Cannot Be Taught

Eco-Notes: Organic Cotton Clothing
1 Tribal News: Colorado resolution compares Indians' deaths to Holocaust
1 Education: Teaching About American Indians
1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Show respect to all

2 Legends of Old: Chungke - A Choctaw Game of Skill
2 Feature Story 2:

History and Common Sense


Letters to the Editor:

A Bunch of Folks Are Speaking Out
2 Organic Consumer Watch: Making Billions On World Food Crisis
2 Elder's Meditations: Rolling Thunder,Cherokee
2 Health:  This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health
2 Plant Medicine: Quinoa, Sacred Crop of the Incas
2 Fluoride: Citizens Uniting Against Fluoride
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A National Park Service Slaughters Sacred Buffalo
2 Endangered Sacred Sites: Save Panhe, Save San Onofre


Hill & Holler: And Under It All Is The Land
Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings


History: Errand in the Wilderness


Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather King Coke Speaks:

Our Mother Is In Trouble!

Getting Out of The Box

3 Feature Story 3:: The Longest Walk 2


Elder's Meditations: Rolling Thunder, Cherokee


Women's Council: Traditional Ecological Program


Food & Nutrition: Overweight and Obesity: Major Native Health Issues


Book Reviews: Four Great Books!


Poetry Circle:

Sunset Chant; Creation Chant;

Prayer to the Voice in the Winds


Inspirational Thought:: I Have Not Failed


Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials


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We don't have to say or think what we don't wish to. We have a choice in those things, and we have to realize that and practice using that choice."  ~-Rolling Thunder, Cherokee


Having choices makes us fully accountable.  No one can make us think anything we don't want to think. No one can determine our behavior and how we act. It's not what's going on but how we look at what's going on. If someone does something and we get upset, we can change how we look at it any time we want. We can tell ourselves in the morning that the day is going to be beautiful and that we have expectations that great things will happen. Doing this daily sets our minds to

look for the joy and the excitement of each day.

Great Spirit,
help me to choose my
thoughts with
Your wisdom.

By Don Coyhis





Bear's One Time Cure For Everything   Health Watch
CDC Warns Against Fluoride Water   Fluoride Watch
Driftwood Horses   Feature
Exemplar of Liberty: Savages Chapter 4   History
Legends of Bigfoot-like Beings   Feature
Manataka: Place of Peace Myth or Reality?   Feature
More Lost History of Medicine   Elders Speak
Parsely Tea - Uniary Tract Infections   Herbal Medicine
Ritalin Turns Kids into Mental Zombies   Health Watch
Survival at Black Mesa   Sacred Sites
The Corn Mill Coyote   Legends
30 Mass Graves of Children Discovered     Feature
Buffalo, Bear, Deer Robes    
Book Reviews - Top NDN Books   Creators Code: Survival
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New American Indian FLAGS   Red Hawk Crafts
Native Remedies   Spiritual Path Books
Women's Gifts   Speak Cherokee Today!




Manataka: Place of Peace - Myth or Reality?

By Linda VanBibber



Recently we became aware of new efforts on the part of the National Park Service to discredit the Manataka American Indian Council and the stories of the Grandfathers we preserve.


A few years back they added a mention of Manataka and the Rainbow Woman in the new Parks Service historical display in the observation tower on Hot Springs Mountain where the stories of the Grandfathers are cited as ‘myth’.


But the Grandfathers of many tribes still tell of this sacred ground which held great meaning for all First Nations people; a place where pilgrimages were made to seek the favor of the Lady of the Rainbow.  Here sacred leaders of all Nations gathered to pray and perform sacred ceremonies.  This place may be called “the Place of Peace” or “the Place of the Rainbows”.


The Parks Service claims this never happened.   In the history display, they claim there is no evidence that the Indians ever used the hot springs for medicinal purposes.  Yet on the Parks Service web site, they note that in 1771 Jean-Bernard Bossu, during a stay with the Quapaw, reported: “The Akancas country is visited very often by western Indians who come her to take baths,” for the hot waters “are highly esteemed by native physicians who claim that they are so strengthening.”  (Hot Springs Park Service web site, “American Indians at Hot Springs National Park”.)


They go on to say: The Quapaw still consider the park area to be culturally significant.  They continued to visit after Bathhouse Row was established, enjoying baths at the dome edifice bearing their name.  . . . The Caddo lived in the Hot Springs vicinity for many centuries prior to Quapaw influence here.  Members of a least one confederation of Caddo (the Natchitoches) still lived in this region during the early 1800s, and would probably have visited the springs.


You would think that they could keep their story consistent, to say the least.  Their undisciplined approach to ‘history’ and the contractions they present are frankly insulting to the intelligence of their visitors.  Yet not many visitors compare the little historical ‘blurbs’ scattered in Parks Service tourist information, which we are sure they count upon. 





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CAFOs cost taxpayers billions
The news has been full of stories recently about the rising cost of food. But when it comes to most meat, milk, and eggs sold in the United States, consumers have paid more for years—they just didn’t know it. CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) are massive facilities that create costly pollution and public health problems as they produce most of the nation's food animals. Our new report documents the billions of dollars of hidden costs that CAFOs foist onto taxpayers and communities, and the misguided government policies that enable and even encourage it. From taxpayer subsidies for cheap animal feed to federal programs that help CAFOs manage their pollution problems, our report reveals how expensive our current CAFO system really is. Meanwhile, we found that modern, environmentally sound alternatives can be cost-effective if given a chance. The report, CAFOs Uncovered: The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations, recommends that the government provide incentives for more sustainable and efficient ways to raise animals, including pasture systems.


Engineered seeds can survive in soil for 10 years
Scientists in Sweden found genetically engineered canola plants springing up in a test field 10 years after engineered seeds were originally planted—despite efforts over time to clear the field of transgenic plants. The canola plants were engineered to tolerate the herbicide glufosinate. In the years following the canola planting, the field was plowed and used to grow wheat, barley, and sugar beets, and farm staff routinely searched for and removed canola plants. Yet after a decade canola plants were still sprouting in the field. The persistence and dispersal of genetically engineered plants into the environment is one of the serious problems with this technology, and may contribute to contamination of conventional crops.

~From Union of Concerned Scientists, Food & Environment Electronic Digest, May 2008







The Standing Nation (trees)

and the Give away bird (turkey)

By Waynonaha Two Worlds

Manataka Correspondent

Last night I lay awake listening to the world of the night. Frogs singing, night birds calling, and the sounds we cannot hear in the day time ever present in the wind.

This morning I woke up to a gray over cast rainy day.

The rain falls constantly now in the spring months, damping the thirsty ground that quickly drinks up the moisture.

Winter has been slow to leave the North Country, challenging the trees and plants that struggle up from the rich soil.

My hands ache to put seeds in the soil and watch them grow.  My feet need to be walking on the earth with nothing between me and my source of life.

The garden spot sits untilled waiting for the dampness to sink deeper into the still frozen land. I listen to the song of the frogs and they say,  “just a little longer to wait then all can be done”.

My daily walks take me along the river where  there are still small patches of ice clinging to the cold rocks. Snow patches hide here and there in the awaking plants and trees.

Soon the salmon and trout must make the journey up the small streams to spawn. The main rivers run high and wild with the constant rain, making it impossible for this to happen.





No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.


Very Presidential


Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain were flying to a debate.

Barack looked at Hillary, Chuckled and said, "You know I could throw a $1,000 bill out of the window right now and make somebody very happy."

Hillary shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make ten people very happy."

John added, "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out of the window and make a hundred people very happy."

Hearing their exchange, the Cherokee pilot rolled his eyes and said to his Paiute copilot, "Such big-shots back there. I could throw all three of them out of the window and make 156 million people very happy!" 
"I'm voting for the Pilot!"

~Submitted by Bobby Joe Runninbear

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The Spiritual Essence of Gardening

By Gram Selma, Ocali





    Many of us have our gardens in the ground and producing already.   With the current economy most family units would be very wise to grow as much as they can. not only for themselves, but an abundance to put up if at all possible.


    Our ancestors prided themselves in  their gardening skills and knowledge.  Each tribal nation having their own favorites and ones that were better suited to the particular climatic location.


    The gardens were huge, many the size of modern day football fields.  The entire encampment or village worked in the garden.  Elders, men, women and children all had a role in its success.


    The corn or maize especially were perceived to have spiritual properties and life essence all its very own, therefore it was cultivated with the utmost respect and care.  They talked to and even sung too their plants.


    All of the crops were treated as children in the sense. They had spiritual essence, their own unique life force, their own ultimate purpose, their own individual gifts or nutrients to share with all.  The plants' need for nurturing and their response to human voice and song were important.


    The triplets or three sisters being placed in the same earth womb, to grow together and lend support to each other from birth to harvest.  Those triplets being maize , beans and squash.  All three very different at maturity yet of common womb, growth and support.  Each taking its individual needs from the same earth womb.  Yet, assisting each other thru out the growth to maturity.









Spirituality Cannot Be Taught

by  Magdala, Maya Priestess 



Spirituality cannot be taught.  It can only be experienced. As the mother has been showing, what we can do is to create the environment where people can grow and re-discover themselves in a powerful manner.


It is to point the direction where people can find their questions and answers, in the place where the cause and effect takes place at the same time.


For human being needs to reach themselves.


The inner worlds that resides in the virtual reality is being unfold and uncover for the many, for the new perception has been achieve in  the authentic humans.


The feminine, the virtual reality, is unfolding as a lotus flower! All over the world, she has became a bridge of many worlds.


People are ready to reach themselves.  People are understanding their experiences in the spirit, as well as a new perspective of spirituality has been born.





Organic Cotton Clothing

By Liora Leah, Manataka Correspondent


Conventional cotton grown in the U.S. ranks third behind corn and soybeans in total amount of pesticides sprayed.

What to do about the clothing we wear? Buy organic cotton clothing if you can afford it, or... buy "recycled" clothing from thrift stores or re-sale stores. Hold off on buying clothing until you ab-soul-utely have to! I wait until my stuff is nearly in tatters before I replace it, or I've "outgrown" it (at age 51 I'm not likely to get any taller, just wider)--yeah, not exactly fashionable, but easier on the environment and on my budget!

By buying "recycled" clothing, the consumer demand for new clothing diminishes--the consumer is "buying out" of the "consumer mentality" that grips Western culture. "Recycle, reduce, reuse" applies to all aspects of consumer consumption, not just the usual paper/glass/aluminum, etc.

If we must buy new, the more of us who buy new clothing that is made from organic cotton, the higher the consumer demand, the more acreage of organic cotton is grown, the less pesticides/herbicides are used, and hopefully the cost of organic cotton clothing goes down over time as more of it is manufactured.

Where to Buy Organic Clothing Online:


I rarely buy organic cotton clothing because of the price, but just received an e-mail from Maggies Functional Organics announcing a new online "outlet" for reduced pricing that looks fairly reasonable:

You can find some Maggies products in Whole Foods; the prices online are less as you don't have to pay the Whole Foods mark-up.  Maggies is also listed on Co-Op America's National Green Pages

For a listing of 109 other organic cotton/hemp/silk/bamboo/Fair Trade/sweatshop-free clothing, go to Co-op America's National Green Pages and put "Clothing" in the "Category" section:

For more information read Organic Trade Association's "Cotton and the Environment":



Thanks for going Green!

--Liora Leah







Earth Keeper

 By Carol Perez Petersen

 Manataka Correspondent



For the women and their families of all races and customs of traditions, I am in prayer for you and the Earth.  The collective consciousness of women is having an effect on the weather.  I was born of the Earth; through the red, black, white, and yellow races, through lineages of customs, ritual celebrations in homage to Mother Nature.  I recognized then remembered - I am my body's spirit tenderness. I was in a cocoon struggling for autonomy; listening and watching through the lens of my being, a soul of humanity. A butterfly is emerging through the chrysalis of Mother Earth.


Wisdom is fragile, like the wings of a butterfly. Humanity is vulnerable to the wings of spirituality.  We are leaning on a breeze, of wise words of elders, yet seemingly, we are still unable to fly. To ride its bounty one must become transparent like a light on the waves of inspiration. Wisdom is a living symphony of synchronicity; comes the signs and symbols, bird songs and tornados. Be attentive and receive them through the senses of your being. I am abandoned to the soul of the earth.  She is a feminine atmosphere, contracting and expanding through women and men alike.  


I am an Earth Keeper, a peacemaker, a Blue Monarch under no man’s dominion.  I feel just like you do; I feel misery and anger justified by madness, and sticky threads of it has taken hostage of our children’s future. I am not of the race of men, yet my being is among them. Their contempt’s are to dominate and betray women of spirit and in doing so the soul of humanity.








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Colorado resolution compares Indians' deaths to Holocaust

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press


DENVER -- The Colorado Legislature passed a resolution Wednesday comparing the deaths of millions of American Indians to the Holocaust and other acts of genocide around the world.


The nonbinding measure passed 22-12 in the Senate and 59-4 in the House after some lawmakers protested that it unfairly condemned all Europeans for injustices against Indians.


The resolution says Europeans intentionally caused many American Indian deaths and that early American settlers often treated Indians with "cruelty and inhumanity."

It specifically mentions the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation in 1838 and the 1864 Sand Creek massacre in Colorado. It also refers to deaths due to disease that were intensified by forced migrations, food deprivation and enslavement by Europeans.


"Colleagues, this resolution is a recognition that up 120 million indigenous people have died as a result of European migration to what is now the United States of America," said sponsor Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, a Comanche Indian.

Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs, said the resolution painted all Europeans with a broad brush.


Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver, said the resolution wasn't meant to blame all Europeans.


Members of a group of American Indians who came to the Capitol to watch the vote said they wanted recognition of what happened to their ancestors.


"It's nothing personal to the people of today but we have to recognize the past," said Theresa Gutierrez, who works with American Indian students at the University of Colorado in Denver.


A resolution formally apologizing to American Indians for centuries of government mistreatment was passed by the U.S. Senate in February but has not cleared the House.


California Tribe Angry after Two Latest Killings by Deputies
By David Kelly, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

A wild gun battle between Riverside County sheriff's deputies and a pair of suspects on the Soboba Indian Reservation left two people dead and tribal members frustrated and demanding answers Tuesday.

The Soboba band's chairman calls the situation 'war' with 'the 7th Cavalry' of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled
with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep
and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.


~Submitted by Romaine Garcia




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