Welcome Back Issue!
Raising from the ashes and darkness...
The Smoke Signal News was not published from November 2012 until July 2013, nearly six months. Hundreds of subscribers wrote asking for the Smoke Signal. We missed the opportunity to share the beauty walk here at the Place of Peace each month with thousands of people worldwide.
What started off in October as a simple vacation turned into to a struggle for survival.
Everyone worked hard on the October MOMENT event where over 1,000 people gathered atop Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain and declared it sacred ground. It was a real victory for everyone. So, after nearly 20 years without a real vacation we felt wonderful entering winter time and looking forward to some long needed peace in the Valley of the Vapors.
It was a time of reflection and giving thanks. It was a sabbatical in the forest; to put mud between our toes, listen to the birds and feel the wind. Visits to the sacred mountain became fewer but it is always visible from our front porch. Communication with the outside world was limited and only a few close friends were given entry. The bear took a long needed nap.
When the time came to awaken in early Spring, it was discovered that uploading additions and revisions to the website was no longer possible and the Smoke Signal could not be published. Microsoft decided to discontinue supporting FrontPage software and all forms on the website stopped functioning. Disaster.
New Web Site:
During a retreat In March the Elder Council decided to install all new upgraded software and build an entirely new website from ground up -- over 2,640 web pages and nearly 10,000 printed pages. The new website will be accessible by mobile devises and it will have a state-of-the-art shopping experience in the Manataka Trading Post and added security features. This task will take many weeks to complete but the result will enhance the Manataka experience for everyone. In the meantime, the Smoke Signal will be small.
Volunteers needed to copy and paste web pages into WordPress. Call 501-627-0555.
--Lee Standing Bear Moore
Elders Reaffirm MAIC Religious Status:
"The Manataka American Indian Council is by its nature, history and continuing practice a religious and spiritual institution," says a declaration signed by the Elder Council in March. The Elders proclaimed that Manataka is a sacred place of worship and a center for spiritual growth and communion. Elders emphasized that MAIC is a religious organization from its inception and is becoming a source of inspiration and enlightenment for all mankind.
"The Affirmation of Religious Status" declaration signed by all nine elders more clearly defines the purpose and legal status of MAIC. According to Secretary Lee Standing Bear Moore, "...It is necessary to project a correct image and protect MAIC nonprofit programs and spiritual beliefs from intrusion by government or other institutions and individuals..."
Manataka's founding documents and constitution declare MAIC to be a cultural, educational and spiritual organization created "exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes..."
Five ordained ministers currently sit on the nine-member Elder Council.
Rainbow Woman Rises Again: Like the Great Thunderbird depicted in the emblem shown on the chest of the Rainbow Woman, Manataka is rising from the ashes of the forgotten ancients to become a fiery voice for freedom and peace in today's world.
MAIC experienced the fire and pain of birth, endured its orphan childhood and briefly opened its golden wings during the most recent MOMENT event on the sacred mountain. The time has come. A light has been born at Manataka and it will blaze forth like a shining star in a midnight sky. It is only good that it should grow.
Manataka Sacred Grounds project:
Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens, a parkway, a small amphitheater and American Indian museum. Everyone is excited! http://www.manataka.org/page1392.html
From Competition to Compassion
by Robert Francis
Stories of the Bear and more straight talk.
"...there has been talk and writing in recent years about the next leap in human evolution being a shift from competition to compassion..."
American Indian Petroglyphs and Pictographs by Ray Urbaniak
Ice Age Animals in Southwest Rock Art
Two Names Placed in Nomination:
There are three open positions for a four-year seat on the Elder Council. Rev. Thomas Haley and Monroe Loy both of Hot Springs have been nominated. Confirmation hearings took place during the spring and Monroe Loy was elected to the Elder Council. Rev. Haley will continue studies to become an Elder in 2014.
Daniel Benitez of Malvern, AR began his four-year Sun Dance commitment during ceremonies held in Hugo, OK in June. Ceremonies were officiated by Darrell Gray Eagle Brown of the Choctaw Nation. Daniel's son, Reggie Benitez served as fire keeper while his soul-mate, Rebecca kept the camp and danced in support of all Sun Dancers.
Volunteer Counseling Positions Open:
Elder Robert Gray Hawk Coke announced that more professional volunteer counselors are needed for the Manataka's free online program helping hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, marital and other issues. There are education, professional experience and licensure requirements. http://www.manataka.org/Counseling.html Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD STUFF GRAB BAG
Manataka's Summer YOUTH Books
A Basic Native/Iroquois Reading List
2014 American Indian Wall Calendars
Tribal Flags -- 20 New Flags - Find Yours Now
2013 Native American Indian Music Awards
GOOD RED ROAD
The Honor of being alive to live each day of Life fully
Honor in our relating to each other.
Honoring our family, Honoring ourselves,
Honor the Beautiful Earth we live on the
Wonderful natural Beauty of the Waterfall
the vastness of the Oceans the depth of the Seas,
In Honoring all we see and all we have any
contact with others we are Honoring our Creator,
as well as ourselves for we are to do to others
as we would wish them to do to us.
Honor our Forests and Woods spend time with our Trees
for they are our oxygen, Learn about our Birds
and all the different animals that live here with us.
Creator Thank you for our gift of Life to live with Honor.
"The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power...The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..." -- Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX
Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happily they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it. If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it. Wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we get too busy and forget these simple things. Maybe you'll even want to plant a garden or flowers. These things are mentally healthy.
Great Spirit, today, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me.
NATIVE AMERICAN REPORT
Interior Sec'y Sally Jewell convened the inaugural meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs on July 29, 2013.
The event launches a White House policy initiative aimed at getting federal agencies to work more collaboratively with federally recognized tribes in order to advance their vital economic and social priorities, as spelled out in President Obama's Executive Order of June 26.
The Council, which will meet at least three times a year, will focus its efforts on five priorities that mirror issues tribal leaders have raised during previous White House Tribal Nations Conferences. These include:
Promoting sustainable economic development;
Supporting greater access to and control over healthcare;
Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of tribal justice systems;
Expanding and improving educational opportunities for Native American youth; and
Protecting and supporting the sustainable management of Native lands, environments, and natural resources.
The Executive Order that established the Council also institutionalized the White House Tribal Nation Conference as an annual event, which has been held each year since President Obama took office. The conferences bring together leaders from all federally recognized tribes with Cabinet members and senior White House officials. The president hosted the conference four times since 2009.
Info: Access the June 26 Executive Order at http://tinyurl.com/pofsnvu
Reprinted from Native American Report. Click here for a sample issue.
Response From: First Peoples Worldwide.Org
"...It is indeed commendable that the administration is giving priority to the needs of the Native American population; however, one cannot help but wonder if this is the right way to go about it. After all, not one of the 30-plus council members is actually Native American or Alaskan Native. Furthermore, the council is made up only of the heads of other government agencies – one would assume that these people are already very busy running those respective agencies, and they likely have very little experience, success or even interest in Native American affairs. The order also only explicitly mentions cooperation with federally-recognized tribes, not state-recognized tribes....
Response From: Manataka Smoke Signal News
All show, no truth.
Letters to the Editor
It may be said that I'm one happy Native American this morning, to find Smoke signal News in my e-mail. Your publication and source of Native American Information was sorely missed, the months that you weren't published. I'm grateful to see the publication spring back to life, and will look forward to reading many more editions in the future! Sincerely, Edward Curtis Chandler, Mohawk Metis Elder, Blackstone
Hi my fellow American Family:
It is so good to see you back on the air again. Is it okay if I forward to the issues you send to other family members and friends?
I am 74-yrs. old and a 7th generation grandson of Chief Pathkiller's daughter Nancy Ann Polly (Leaf ) of which I am very proud.
I have some wisdom that was passed down through my family I would like to share. One thing you can always count on. ( Father time will change everything and everyone sometimes, to the good and sometimes to the bad, but change is inevitable. Thanks for your time and consideration. --Vernie ( Vern ) Lewis Brown
Welcome back brother.
Cody Flying Eagle Templeton, Shunyata-Kai International FLP www.mindbodyfitnessforyou.com
Hello, I have contacted both
Cherokee Nation and The Eastern Band of Cherokee but
would like to spread word far and wide.
I am 16, female and currently live in Kentucky. It has also been rumored that my great grandmother was full blooded Cherokee and although I have yet to prove that I have held the knowledge near and dear. I have always felt so strongly about my heritage but I have never had a way to connect with the culture, the side of my family that is rumored to be Cherokee live in and around Tahlequah, OK and I haven't been able to visit. That being said I have been spurred to change what I feel is an issue. I am planning an Awareness ride along the Trail of Tears route from Charleston, TN to Tahlequah, OK and then I am looping up through MO to Jackson via the Northern Route. I feel like the Cherokee culture still isn't recognized to the point of Native American women not being protected under the National Violence Against Women Act. I feel like myself and many others who may not know their heritage have been robbed off it and while I am confident many great people are working to improve this, I do want to play a role.
My planning is rather extensive and
still in the fledgling stages however the most important aspect is
that I need a second horse rider to travel with me. For safety
reasons mostly, and company. I would be thrilled if I could locate
someone who has grown up within the Cherokee Culture to ride with
me. I am contacting as many sources as I can but if you have any
suggestions for a rider or how I could locate a rider I would be
eternally grateful. If there is someone with horse experience that
doesn't have a horse fit for the ride I do have a second horse that
could be conditioned. I don't have any qualities I am really seeking
in a rider just that they have horse experience, are willing to
condition both themselves and a horse, and that they too feel
passionately about the Culture. I am planning to depart from
Charleston around the 1st of April and the ride is roughly 1362
miles and will take 68 days (about). Please let me know if you have
any suggestions. Thank you, --Emma Harris
Art by Jim Springett
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