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Manataka Council Fire

January 2015


I pray for understanding and forgiveness in this Winter Treatise.  I pray for peace on earth, good will towards all men; and while we are at it, I pray against wars and rumors of wars.  


We as people and we as a nation, cannot have it both ways. We can profess Christ, who was born in the spring time, (shepherd and flocks in the fields) and to be a follower of his ultimate teachings and stop practicing genocide.  We must love our neighbors, not bomb them back to the stone age.  All who fail to speak up, including our military industrial complex, (commercialism merged with genocide) and leaders who are bought and paid for, stand for the injustice of this world and are therefore guilty and deserving of ultimate judgment.


Commercialization of this event that has it roots in the winter solstice and equinox, not the birth of our Savior.  It has been suggested that Christ's Mass was an invention of the Catholic church to piggy back the "new" religion to the ancient tribal ways.  Across the world ancients celebrated the turn-a-round of the length of the days. Almost without exception ancient cultures (pagans) had ceremonies to mark and to pray for the sun to return. The church simply replaced the Sun with the Son of man.


My Cherokee people converted to Christianity early on, most before the Trail of Tears. They are beautiful faithful followers of the faith. We have some of the earliest female pastors of various denominations originating in my Cherokee Starr family. 


I speak the truth. We must get away from the consumer mentality surrounding us.  We must face the fact that our Savior returned.


I along with you, will be praying for the mercy, preached to me, when I accepted my Savior into my soul.


I guess we around the Manataka Council Fire feel the coming of the next war and it distresses and frightens us.  It does not have to be. Mothers stand and just say no! We will not be deceived into another war against people that Christ preached we should be praying for. What if we had a war and no one volunteered to go? We probably would be nailed to a cross as an example. ~Mike Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton, Chairman, Manataka American Indian Council



Manataka Council Fire

December 2014


Thoughts from around the Manataka Council Fire,

We are still moving toward constructing a native American cultural center and have made progress.  The council members here in Hot Springs, and abroad, thank you all for contributing and the many promises to volunteer to make it  reality.


When I visit the site I am immediately at peace in the cathedral of the Great Spirit. Here we can worship him (or her) and not the works of our own hands. There have been critics who misunderstand our respect and reverence for the world of nature. They say it is akin to "Gaia" worship, when that is only a mirror image of what our ancestors gave their veneration to. All nature is ours, given to us to be the good stewards of its wonders.


Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more." The ancestors believed everything had an inherent spirit, to be honored. Here in this sacred place they were, all creation beauty, absorbed with no threat of strife or harassment to get in the way of each of us, meeting our maker in his place of worship.


Here the women camped and enforced the rules of no weapons in this sacred valley of peace. How much further would we be if women made the rules?  We probably would have beat our swords into plowshares, our spears into pruning hooks long ago. We would, most assuredly, not be emerging from one of the most bloody centuries on record. When women rule, nations will be peaceful, and learn war no more. (my opinion, it seems to be verified by this sacred site)


I send you all thanks, and I pray these  thoughts of mine, give you every comfort that, a place is being planned far removed from the world as it is. The cultural center will reflect what we all know, and speak of, around the council fire. There is a great spirit. The Great Mystery has moved us all together to this purpose, for some, things were put in motion before we were born. We are making a difference.... I leave with a quote from Gandhi; "Be the change you wish to be in the world."  Amen


All love and respect and thanks giving to you seekers of truth 

Michael eye of eagle feather Burton

Chair and servant to Manataka


PS Please write a thank you note to Standing Bear Moore...for he is the one who archived the "smoke signal" encyclopedia, and is still keeper of the faith!




 November 2014

Honored elders and members of Manataka;


Last month we featured Indian Rainbow Corn seed grown by Manataka chairman, Michael Eye of Eagle Feather Burton.  Michael told us about planting the corn and offered to share his seeds with our readers.  The response to the article was fantastic.  The seeds were shipped on Monday Oct 6, 2014 and dozens of Manataka members and supporters emailed their addresses on the first day the article appeared and now have a packet of natural ancestral corn to grow at their homes.


"In a very real way these corn kernels are what we are looking to preserve through the efforts of Manataka. It was the ancestors who originally selectively cross bred this grass seed to create what it was when the Europeans landed.  It was the ancestors who fed these new arrivals, and taught them how to plant it and harvest, prepare, and store it, wrote Burton.


We have had a great response to our offer of corn seed and I must report my stock of corn seed we can share is depleted at this time. It is Manataka's intention that we will have more to share next year.  Everyone who requested seed this year will receive seed next year.


 I have seen where planting instructions were requested, suffice it that you plant corn when the danger of frost has passed. You must continue to have moisture for the first few weeks so that germination takes place, then water as needed. I planted in 4"s of soil/compost in a cleared woodland setting with very little subsoil, mostly sandstone, I do not recommend this as two storms, from different directions and laid my corn down, so I had to support the twelve foot stalks, till the ears matured. If I had a better spot , (deeper soil) the corn would have had deeper root systems, and been less vulnerable to high winds. I also planted corn every 9 inches in a grid so that all my seeds fit in a 12 X 12 area. Intensively plant close is my recommendation.


Thank you for your interest and dedication to preservation of these important and ancestral corn genes.


Michael Eye of Eagle Feather Burton, Chairman,

Manataka American Indian Council



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