Manataka American Indian
Council Volume XIlI
Issue 04 April 2009
SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS
Page 3 of 3 Pages
Upcoming Manataka Event
The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers and
Grandfather Jorge Ortega will perform the sacred dances at Manataka at 1 p.m. on
June 20. Location to be announced. Free and open admission. Members and
non-members and guests are welcome to join in the prayerful ceremonies and
witness the colorful and exciting ancient dance of the Aztec.
The First American West: The Ohio Valley,
History of the Shawnee Indians from the
year 1681 to 1854 inclusive
By Henry Harvey
Governor Harrison talking with
the "Prophet" Tecumseh
In the year 1809, Governor Harrison
purchased from the Delaware's, Miamis and Pottawatomies, a large
tract of land on both sides of the Walbash river, and extending up
the said river about sixty miles above Vinvennes. Tecumseh was
absent at the time and his brother the Prophet made no objections to
the treaty, but when Tecumseh returned, he manifested great
dissatisfaction, and threatened some of the chiefs with death, who
had made this treaty. Harrison hearing of his dissatisfaction, sent
an invitation to him to repair to Vincecces to see him, and assured
him that any claims he might have to the lands ceded by that treaty,
were not affected by the treaty at all--that he might come on and
present his claims, and if they were found to be valid, the lands
would be given up, or an ample compensation made for it.
on the 12th of August, Tecumseh arrived at Vincennes, accompanied by
a large number of his warriors. When the council convened, Tecumseh
arose and said, "Brothers, I have made myself what I am; I would
that I could make the red people as great as the conceptions of my
own mind. When I think of the Great Spirit that rules over all, I
would not then come to Governor Harrison to beg of him to tear this
treaty to pieces, but I would say to him, brothers, you have liberty
to return to your own country. Once, there was not a white man in
all this country. Then, it all belonged to the redmen: children of
the same parents--placed on it by the Great Spirit, to keep it, to
travel over it, to eat its fruits, and fill it with the same race.
Once a happy people, but now made miserable by the white people, who
are never satisfied, but always encroaching on our land. They have
driven us from the great salt water, forced us over the mountains,
and would shortly push us into the lakes, but we are determined to
go no further. The only way to stop this evil is for all the red-men
to unite in claiming a common right in the soil, as it was at first,
and should be now, for it never was divides, but belonged to all. No
one tribe has a right to sell even to each other, much less to
strangers, who demand all, and will take no less.
"The white people have no right to rake
the land from the Indians who had it first--it is ours--it belongs
to us. We may sell, but all must agree; any sale made by a part is
not good. The last sale is bad. It was made by a part only; a part
do not know how to sell; it requires all to make a bargain for all;
a part cannot do it."
L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH
Cota Nupah Makah
The upper, northern area of
Nevada, where I spent many of my teenage years, is
known as the high dry desert. This vast open desert
holds the beauty of deep purple haze which shrouds
the mountains and valleys in mystery. It is located
6000 feet above sea level where the air is clear and
clean. You can see for miles and miles. From this
high area you drop off onto the floor of the Great
Salt Lakes of Utah and the basin area where
prehistoric animals and reptiles once roamed a
mong the bubbling hot springs
Lava flow is
still seen in the old rock formations that have
produced ridges of round stones falling from the
mountains into the valleys. Tulle-filled marshes,
like an oasis, are reminders of the vast lakes that
once covered this land. Hot springs still bubble in
hidden coves near the mountain range where it cuts
across the skyline.
is nothing better to ease the body than a long sit
in one of the pools of silky mineral-rich hot water.
The feel of your skin when you are through soaking
is soft and smooth like velvet. I would often stop
on my long hot rides, just as the cool evening winds
started, for a relaxing soak in the hot springs.
Near my favorite hot spring was a natural stream
flowing from the Rudy Mountain, cold and clear, into
the Standing Rock Reservoir.
We would run from the hot spring to the cold
stream and splash around in the icy water. I have
gathered many an armful of watercress for soup in
these streams where it grows waist high in the pure
water. The natural hot tubs of the desert are like
no others and cannot be replaced by a
chemical-filled one on the back deck.
GRANDMOTHER MAGDALA SPEAKS
The World of the Enchanted Flower
By Magdala Del Consuelo, Mayan
have asked me to speak about the “dream world” a world that resides in the
virtual reality, yet just about to be manifested, a world where the cause and
ancient world that many tribes known, the world where the ancestors went to
bring the teachings and the songs, the world where all is one…. This world is
new world is awakening inside of the true human, a world that has been encoded
in the true human being’s DNA since the beginning of time, a world that the
ancestors called the world of the enchanted flower.
Inside of human being resides the key to open that world within the self, that
world has been visited many times, sometimes without realizing…. It is the place
where the hemispheres meet.
this world, many of the concepts and ideas of reality are obsolete, for in the
world of oneness there is no separation concept. There is no pain that created
that separation, there is no money, for the cause and the effect are happening
instantaneously, there is no government, for human beings knows how to relate,
there is no time as in the third and forth dimension knows it, for the time was
an invention of the “dark lords” as the Chilam Balam said, the concept of time
in the world of the enchanted flowers is not based on process that created the
illusion of separation, it is based on a cosmological way of thinking. In the
world of the enchanted flower, there is nothing separated; it is a world of
cosmic way of thinking is awaken in the world of the enchanted flower, for human
beings recognize her-his-self as an entity of a higher order, the divine order,
where all is a big family, for the worlds are part of the one as one is part of
the all, all is a beautiful orchestra happening with completely divine order, in
a perfect harmony.
By Grandmother Selma
Herbal Healing for Pets
|You should not attempt
herbal healing for your pet unless you have a good
understanding of what is ailing your pet. And a good
understanding of the healing herbs. Don't guess.....check with
a veterinarian first! There are now a lot of holistic /natural
vets out there - call around and see who you can find.
This advice is not meant to replace the diagnosis and advice of
a licensed veterinarian. ~Gram Selma
Remember first and always that cats
and dogs and other small creatures have much shorter digestive systems than
us human caretakers. Fresh herbs are not digested as they are in humans.
Therefore, the tincture form of an herb will work better for them. An
acceptable alternative would be a stronger herbal tea than you would use
for yourself. Doses need to be compatible with your pet's weight - small
amounts for small animals, larger amounts for large animals. When in doubt,
consult a holistic or natural healing veterinarian. Administering several
doses throughout the day, rather than one big dose once a day will speed the
herbs into your pet's system and boost the immune system much faster. And
as with ourselves, no herb should be given to any animal on a continuous
basis. Like us, their bodies will begin to build an immunity, and once that
happens, that herb becomes useless medicinally.
A good rule of thumb for any herbal
remedy for your pet is two weeks on one week off. That gives the body time
to work on its own, and gives you time to determine if the herbal treatment
needs to be continued. There are exceptions to this rule, as with all
rules, as in herbs that take a while to build up in the body to be
effective. Don't give herbs you wouldn't take yourself, internally or
externally. Just about any herbal remedy that you use for yourself can be
adapted for use for your pet - just remember to use tinctures whenever
possible, stronger teas when necessary.
For overall general good health, as with ourselves, you should of course
look to diet. There are many natural diets being recommended today for all
sorts of pets. Do a little research, or preferably a lot, into the natural
dietary needs of your pet. Raw meat added to the diet of a cat or dog,
natural carnivores, can often clear up a lot of mysterious ailments, as can
the addition of fruits and vegetables. If you feed a commercial diet, feed
the best you can afford, and add to it when you can. For pet birds, there
is a lot of debate about diets these days - seed vs. pellets. Neither is
a complete diet in itself. Fresh fruits and vegetables are necessary for
the overall good health and nutrition of a pet bird. For many finch
species, live food in the form of various insects is a requirement. This is
where your research into proper diet for each animal is so important. Years
of healthy life can be added to your pet when diet is properly
When you are changing your pet's
diet, do so gradually. Add one new item at a time, and space out those
additions. That way if there is a negative reaction, you can quickly
pinpoint the culprit. Not every food agrees with every animal.
is also necessary for the health of your pet. Sunlight helps the body
convert the nutrients in the foods you feed into the necessities for their
systems. In place of sunlight, use full-spectrum lighting, like Vita-Lites,
or an equivalent. These are ideal for your indoor pets, such as birds,
reptiles and amphibians.
Here are some herbal remedies
for those common problems:
Eyes: A strong tea
of eyebright, used as a wash, is perfect for irritated eyes on all pets.
Also administer orally to boost the internal mechanisms to fight infection
from the inside. Alternatively, you can make a saline solution. Dissolve
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 1 drop of
goldenseal extract to 1 tablespoon of the saline solution, once cooled,
when you are going to use it....it shrinks swollen tissues and disinfects.
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FEATURE STORY 5
loyal Smoke Signal News
readers will recall the
Making a Relative
Henbury Avenue Special
published in the August,
2008 issue. The
story was about 151
students, teachers and
staff who gathered for a
ceremony conducted by
Lynn Dream Dancer Guy
Graham Oseola Waters
of Australia to induct
each and every one as
the Manataka flag flies
over the school next to
the Northern Territory
and Australian flags.
We also fly their flags
The idea of the entire
school joining Manataka
came up as students were
painting a large "Peace"
mural and they thought
about the philosophy and
work of the Manataka
American Indian Council.
elders and parents attended the event and were pleased to see their
children become part of
a higher purpose in
ceremonies familiar to
their own culture.
The story below is an
extension of the
wonderful feelings and
people who came together
on that day.
Manataka Spiritual Gathering
Numinbah Valley, S.E. Queensland, Australia
September 26 - 28, 2009
The inaugural MANATAKA Spring Equinox Gathering in Australia coincides with
September School holidays in Australia allowing families to participate. Camp Bornhofen
is an easily accessible, beautiful and well equipped facility that will provide
an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth, relaxation, and fun for the
Come join us in ceremony
and interactive events to promote peace and unity.
Limited to 120 participants
Camp Bornhoffen is a 98 hectare (242 acres) property situated at Natural Bridge
in the Gold Coast hinterland. Just 30 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and 1
hour and 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Bornhoffen is set against a beautiful
backdrop of high rainforest covered mountains, spectacular cliffs, crystal clear
running creeks and waterfalls. Our elevation of 400 metres above sea level and
high average rainfall means that the vegetation remains lush and green all year
round. Location: Bornhoffen is located
approximately 45 kilometres from Nerang at: 3510 Nerang Murwillumbah Road,
Natural Bridge, Queensland.
camp accommodate up to 120 people in dormitory style - bunk beds which look
very comfy rooms.
The few separate private rooms are reserved for honored guests.
Communal modern shower
and toilet facilities.
Catered meals and a big,
modern kitchen so we can easily work together to cook.
Inside meeting spaces to
gather in case of inclement weather.
Australian and New Zealand members of Manataka
will be on hand to assist you.
Local Aboriginal People will perform a ‘Welcome
to Country’ ceremony in
recognition of their sacred custodianship of these ancient lands.
Fire and Ceremonies to establish the Manataka family in Australia and
- Bring gifts to share with Elders and other guests
We have a diverse range of
activities to choose from. We aim for our activities to be fun,
adventurous, challenging, hands-on, and spiritual.
Outdoor multi-sports court, playing
field, swimming pool and plenty of open space walking tracks which lead to some
of the special natural features on the property including two waterfalls, two
waterholes and a lookout. Activities comply with the requirements of Education
Queensland Health and Safety Guidelines.
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Beyond Human Communication
By Harvey Walks With
has long been intrigued with the idea of communicating with other
intelligences. When I speak of intelligences I could be speaking of animals,
aliens, or even the cells of your body. We are entering into a spiritual arena
and developing toward 2012 which will be an enlightenment to all survivors on
Science has devised elaborate systems to probe outer space for signals that
might be coming to us and informational plaques to identify our space probes to
other intelligences. We should be more concerned with Mother Earth and her
inhabitants. We as humans beings sometimes cannot see any further than our
noses. We need to look to the past, present, and future for communicating with
our brother and sisters. When I speak of brother and sisters I mean all
inhabitants; the two legged, four legged, six legged and many without legs,
those who crawl, fly, walk and all that move.
For more earthly concerns, many studies have been made and are being made on
communication in species other than humans, particularly the higher forms of
life such as apes, elephants, dolphins, and whales in an effort to crack their
codes and establish communication with them. So far the Great Spirit has only
shown those that have spiritual eyes the rudimentary lines of communication that
have been established to date.
have observed the Red Tail Hawk for years and they have their way of
communicating with others. You must study them and watch them. They are good
communicators. You must be alert to positive and negative energies and also
their movement in the air and when they are resting. When you learn more of
energies and that Mother Earth is alive; then you will begin to understand the
language of her inhabitants. We should realize to be a part of the circle of
life we must know how to communicate.
We seem to spend much time trying to communicate with outer space. So far as we
know, no signals from outer space have been received. However, in trying to
communicate with animals we have learned more about our own communication
processes and thought mechanisms. We have had more success in this arena. We
have learned to realize that our brother and sister animals want to communicate
with us this is the great plan of the Creator. Association by communication.
There is the distinct possibility that we would have much to learn from
extraterrestrial being, and we know we have much to learn from the species
(animals) that share Mother Earth with us as inhabitants. If others only knew
how to communicate with them. I feel sorry for individuals that have forgotten
the very essence of learning animal energies. Communication is a spiritual
A Great NEW Gift IDEA for the Holidays
THE SOAP THAT GROWS ON TREESTM
"The god that people reject is not the true god, it is a god they have
conjured up apart from proper education, and understanding. In such cases, the
least Fools Crow will do is to call their assumptions into question, and force
them to re-evaluate their position." --Thomas Mails on Fools Crow,
Inside of every person - man, woman, and child - is the knowledge that there is
a Supreme Being. Many of us have been taught that the Creator is a punishing
God. We have been taught about feelings of guilt and shame when we do things
wrong. We have been taught that God gets angry and disappointed with us. The
Elders teach us that the Creator is a loving and forgiving God. He loves us
during our good days and He loves us during our bad days. He doesn't know how to
do anything but love. If I really want to find out about the true God, I only
need to ask in prayer. There is one thing that God cannot do and that is refuse
help to one of His children who asks.
My Creator, I ask You to be a part of my life today.
Whisper to me Your wisdom.
Let me feel Your presence.
If I am doubtful and afraid, show me, in terms I can understand, You are real
By Don Coyhis
Indian Women In History
"La Malinche" - - Harlot or
Slave, interpreter, secretary, mistress, mother of the first "Mexican."
her very name still stirs up controversy.
Mexicans continue to revile the woman called Dońa Marina by the
Spaniards and La Malinche by the Aztecs, labeling her a traitor and
harlot for her role as the alter-ego of Cortes as he conquered Mexico.
They ignore that
she saved thousands of Indian lives by enabling Cortes to negotiate
rather than slaughter. Her ability to communicate also enabled the
Spaniards to introduce Christianity and attempt to end human sacrifice
and cannibalism. Herself a convert, baptized Marina, she was an eloquent
advocate for her new faith. As for the charges against her, they are in
my opinion baseless. So let us visit this remarkable woman and examine
agree that she was the daughter of a noble Aztec family. Upon the death
of her father, a chief, her mother remarried and gave birth to a son.
Deciding that he rather than Marina, should rule, she turned her young
daughter over to some passing traders and thereafter pro- claimed her
dead. Eventually, the girl wound up as a slave of the Cacique (the
military chief) of Tabasco. By the time Cortes arrived, she had learned
the Mayan dialects used in the Yucatan while still understanding Nahuatl,
the language of the Aztecs and most Non-Mayan Indians.
"La Malinche" did
not choose to join Cortes. She was offered to him as a slave by the
Cacique of Tabasco, along with 19 other young women. She had no voice in
Animal Spirit Guides by Chris Luttichau
takes the reader on a journey into the discovery of power
animals by inspiring one you to move forward on your life path.
American Indian ideals with European customs,
Luttichau gives an in depth, first-hand look at all
things nature. Detailed descriptions of each animal
have been provided to help individuals on their
expedition. Luttichau teaches that each animal
carries a message of guidance.
Explorations of drumming as well as other aspects of
Native American culture, such as fire ceremony and
dream work, have been combined with the discovery of
your power animal.
book is an excellent tool to determining the
inspiration that will move you forward on your life
path. Luttichau teaches how to connect with the
energies that will guide you to contemporary
fulfillment of your very own potential.
Review by Amanda Morning
Star Moore, Manataka Book Review Committee
on the book of your choice
thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with
thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the
care of our diseases.
thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and
squashes, which give us life.
thanks to the wind, which, moving the air has banished
thanks to the moon and stars, which have given us their
light when the sun was gone.
thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a
return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
and ceremony work. Creator heals and brings peace.
Prayer Needed - Sickness, Injury,
Kaya, (California Head Bear Dancer) fluid built up around a
small bump head injury and had to be rushed for emergency
surgery in Bakersfield. The symptoms caused him to lose
mobility and stability of his legs. He came through
surgery well. We do not know when he will be released, so
prayers for his full recovery are needed.
Love and blessings to each of
you as you send out to Kaya your love and
Delores Huggs, (WV)
The Dr. found a large mass ( size of lemon) on the
side of my neck. They think it's somehow connecter to the lymph
nodes. I had an MRI last Friday and now they want me to go to a
surgeon to see if it's malignant or bening. I go Thursday. Then to
make matters worse I have a problem with my back. Constant pain in
the lower part of my back and down both legs. They gave me
something for the pain and have scheduled an MRI for Friday. I am
not afraid to admit I am scared but I do have faith in Creator that
he will be there for me. Ruth King 04-10-09
Thornton (Independence, MO) has had pneumonia for over 3 weeks
now and has been in the hospital since Monday. Her condition is not
improving. Please let Becky and Amanda know. Prayers for her are
much appreciated. Many blessings. Linda VanBibber 04-05-09
Sumrall (Gainesville, FL) Please hold our dear friend in prayer and
healing thoughts. She is receiving treatment tomorrow (Friday, April
3rd) for an aggressive form of leukemia -- a bone marrow transplant at
Shands Medical Center.
Thanks so much... Juli
Terri Ann Miller
(York PA) Terri is a 14 year old in
hospital in PA with a very high fever doctors cannot get down.
She is under emotional stress and needs our prayers. Sickness may
have been sent to the child in an envelop. I am very
worried and concerned for this child. Red Wing 04-01-09
Frank Shapins - A very dear and precious friend is dealing
with a very big challenge with cancer and needing to open some doors so
he can get the treatment he needs. I ask for your prayers to support him
in this challenge, knowing how truly much your prayers held me when I
was in a similar situation.
Many years ago, he saved my
life. I am here in part, due to his care. If possible, I would like to
return a bit of the favor. ~Rev
Betsy Stang 03-29-09
Grandfather Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman
(IL) Suffered a stroke in early March
(see related story) -- here is an update: "I just returned from seeing
my doctors. I made a full recovery. I want to thank everyone at my Manataka
family for all the prayers, they really work! I also have many close friends
up North in Minnesota and South Dakota who are 'Pipe Carriers' and they also
helped by doing a full circle pipe ceremony for me. The weather here is
going to be in the high 60's so I may get to turn over some dirt this
FL Grandparents Adopting Grandkids in TN -
Linda and Dave want to "get
our grandkids out of harms was and with us... to give them a loving home and
the family they need..."
But we are going to do all
they ask and pray that it all works out. So keep us in your thoughts and
prayers because we need all that we can get and so do Courtney and Robert.
~Helen RedWing Vinson 03-12-09
Joseph Fernandez (FL) - Heart and stomach problems are causing many
problems - financial, emotional and family, not just physical. Pray
the light reaches him in his time of need. ~Faith Waters
Pray for Jose Fernandez, Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park -
Mental, emotional anguish with some physical issues. 03-11-09
Pray For The Animals, Plants and People in Northern Australia
In the northern part of Queensland and in
central New South Wales the animals, plants and people have been living
floods for the past 4 weeks or
more with little relief or support. We ask for prayer please.
Lynn Guy 03-04-09
Pray For Rain In
Victoria, Southern Australia - We received this request from an
Aboriginal Elder: As you may know from news reports, bush
fires in southern Australia due to severe drought have devastated
towns, farms and ranches all across the country. 'Relief
funds' are in full swing for those homeless and bereft from the very
worst fire experienced.
encourage you to pray for rain. Pray
for rain by simply imagining rain falling on on all our Victorian
forests and bush land areas. See and feel the rain falling, dripping
from the trees and falling on the dry carpet beneath and in places
the ravishing fires. Feel this happening in your heart and give
thanks and gratitude for the continuation of this sacred gift as the
rain saturates and satisfies mother earths deep thirst in this
state, extinguishes the flames and ends any further fire activity.
For most of us fighting the
fires physically is not possible but we can assist by joining
together in collective consciousness not so much praying for rain
but praying RAIN.
In love for our earth and all
that she provides.
~Barbara Gipple, John and Grace.
My Sister Gloria,
(Georgetown, WV) Not too good. We can't get an oncologist at
Georgetown to see my sister to treat the lung tumor her and Medicare
will not cover the doctor bills. The doctors want money up front
she had to cancel
If she doesn't get treated soon cancer may travel again to her brain.
Social Services called yesterday and said they are sending her a medical
card but can take 10 days and not sure what it will cover got bill for
the cyber knife treatments at $52,000 dollars each. Please
pray they get the help that is needed. Helen Redwing Vinson
Evan, an Abused Child I
have been talking to another abused child at a home of people I know who
are the foster parents. Two weeks ago he told me he had a brother
and sister he had not seen in a while as his Dad had throwed the boy
out. Another brother, Jake that was older he saw asleep but
couldn't wake him. Last night I found out the police found a grave in a
backyard where Jake (the sleeping boy) was in and the little girl.
Said to say just their bones left. The other boy Dustin is still
missing. The boy in the foster home knows that the missing kids
were reported to the police and every day he said no word yet.. The
foster parents don't know how to tell him the truth and asked my advice.
I am willing to tell him since he told me first But I want the foster
parents there when i do This boy needs all the prayers we can pray for
Redwing Vinson 02-27-09
Judy's Mother Yesterday
was a very difficult day. They were able remove my mom from the respirator
and she was able to breath on her own with just using oxygen, however her
level of being awake is very slight. She shakes her head yes or no to ??
asked but does not open her eyes nor does she try and talk. They found
that she had a blood clot in her lung which was the reason for the
breathing difficulty . But she also suffered from a stroke which affected
both the right and left side of the brain ( the part of the brain that
controls your awareness ) So we are honoring her wishes that she set
forth years ago. As of 7:00 PM last night we started what is called
comfort care only. Which means no IV's no feeding tubes just pain
management . My family and I just want this part of her journey to be as
peaceful as possible, We know that my dad ( who died 6 yrs ago) is
waiting for her. I love you all. Judy 02-20-09
I ask for prayers for a wonderful Cherokee
elder that is battling cancer in the hospital. Rachael has been our head
lady for wonderful events at the old plantation and she is currently
battling cancer in her brain. This is her third battle with cancer and
prayer has been there to support her. I am asking that she be added to
everyone's prayer list in this time of need. Many thanks.
Matti Little Bear Nachreiner 02-19-09
Debi Red Hawk Pulido (IL) Underwent surgery and is recovering at home. Thank
all Manataka for their prayers. Nicci Evans
Doctor Robert Trapp (IL)
My arthritis doctor contracted a cancer. Please add his name to those who
need prayers. Daniel Seven Hawk Eyes Hoffman. 02-11-09
Mary Ellen McQuown. Update: The wound on her bottom is healed and her body
is now balanced! Also, my diabetes is under control with medication and diet!!
My blood sugar went from 300 to 180! Sally McQuown. 01-17-09 The
power of prayer is wonderful!
Ernesto and Yellow Stone Bird, Arizona. Both members of Manataka were
struck down with leukemia and are walking their last days on Mother Earth.
They made a good path for their many grandchildren to follow. Please offer
up prayer in ceremony for this couple. ~J. C. Cougar 01-16-09
Carlena Joe and Melvin
Bowman. Two good friends separated by
space and time need your prayers to keep their
relationship strong with clear communication, love,
respect, and patience. Carlena's mother is
diabetic and needs your prayers as well.
~Bonnie Whitecloud 01-14-09
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.
American Indians Crossing Over...
Ray Fadden, 98, Mohawk. Fadden taught social studies at the St. Regis
Mohawk School from 1936 to 1957 and later founded the Six Nations Indian Museum
in Onchiota, New York. He was adopted into the Mohawk Nation's wolf clan
and given the name Tehanetorens (He Walks Through the Pines).
Mary McDowell Hansen, 86, Samish. Hansen played
an instrumental role in the battle for federal recognition of her tribe who were
dispersed by the federal government in the late 1800's.
Rosella Hightower, 88, Choctaw. Hightower was a
world-renowned ballerina and started of the world's top ballet schools.
Hightower was the recipient of many honors including the Chevalier de la Legion
d'Honneur, France's premier honor.
Vi Hilbert, 90, Salish. Hilbert devoted her life
to preserving the Coast Salish and Lushootseed languages. In 1989 she was
selected as Washington State Living Treasure and in 1994 was presented a
National Heritage Fellowship.
Ernest Moore, Jr., 73, Hopi. Moore was a
talented katsina carver. Although he started his craft late in life, he
garnered many awards and accolades for his excellent creative work.
J.B. Tanner, 84, Navajo. An influential Indian trader
from Gallup, NM, Tanner spent more than 50 years improving the quality and
quantity of American Indian-made art and crafts. He spoke the Navajo
In Memory of Bill Prezwoznik
was one of the four founders
of Manataka. His
wisdom and love guided
Manataka through its infancy
and his words and unselfish
deeds are often remembered.
In Memory of
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
a 1,000 grandchildren but never
bore a child. Her memory will live with us
forever. Veronica Messenger was a wonderful school teacher, political
activist, owner of "Granny's
Junkology" and constant
supporter of Manataka.
She was loved greatly.
In Memory of
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
always remember this gracious and beautiful woman in our hearts. She will
remain a part of Manataka forever. (picture:
Members of the Kootenai-Salish Tribe
assist with her funeral. Greg Gilliham, Little
ELDER COUNCIL MEETING
The Elder Council meeting scheduled for March 15 was postponed as some
elders traveled out of state. Elders frequently communicate by telephone
Any member who
wishes to appear before the Elder Council is invited to write
email@example.com or call
501-627-055 to be placed on the agenda.
Wind Furr, Chairman
Council - Becky Flaming Owl Woman Moore, committee leader
- Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette, committee leader
Secretary / Historian / Counseling - Lee
Standing Bear, committee leader
Relations - Linda VanBibber,
Robert Gray Hawk Coke, committee leader
- Bobby Runninbear, committee leader,
- Daniel Hawk Hoffman , co-leader
Details of the Elder Council meetings are presented to the general membership
following the meeting.
NOTICE 1: REGULAR MEMBERSHIP
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
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 is usually the 3rd weekend of April but varies from year to year.
NOTICE 2: WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS -
11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month. Contact:
PAID YOUR DUES?
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!
Or send to: MAIC, PO Box 476, Hot Springs, AR 71902
MATERIAL DONATIONS NEEDED BY
1. 30 gallon plastic storage boxes
LAND - Donate land to be used as financing leverage for to build
a cultural center. Any size/location is acceptable. Tax benefits may apply.
MEMORIAL GIFTS - When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and
send a tax deductible contribution to MAIC and we will send the family
a beautiful letter and memorial certificate in your name.
Memorial ceremonies are given several times a year on the sacred mountain.
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.
YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED
STAMPS, PAPER AND OTHER SUPPLIES!
Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476
Lee Standing Bear Moore
Jennifer Attaway, Alabama
Sheri Awi Anida Waya Burnett,
Robert King Coke - Grey Hawk, Texas
Bonnie Two Owl Feathers Delcourt, New Hampshire
Maxine Elisi Swan Dancer Fulgham
Crystal Harvey, Arkansas
Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman, Illinois
John James, Missouri
Julie Maltagliati, Florida
Carol Perez Petersen, California
Bobby Joe Runninbear, Tennessee
RedWing and Gray Beard Vinson,
Osceola Birdman Waters, Australia
Waynonaha Two Worlds, New York
Linda VanBibber, Missouri
Liora Leah Zack, California
Blue Panther Keeper of Stories
David Cornsilk, Oklahoma
Andrea Crambit, California
Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle, Jr.,
Romaine Garcia, Colorado
Dr. Donald A. Grinde, Jr.
Valerie Eagle Heart
Dr. Bruce E. Johansen
Mark and Carla Maslin, New Mexico
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Organic Consumers Association
Elvina Jean Paulson
Corina Roberts, California
Union of Concerned Scientists
Qwina H. and Irma West, Piaute
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