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September 05, 2016
International Peace Day
September 21, 2016
September 22, 2016
Manataka Elder Council
Many wonderful people have joined the ranks of the Manataka Elder Council over the years. Since 1998, the Elder Council has worked hard to maintain our mission, encourage growth, and provide steady leadership.
Seldom do we take time to honor those who stepped forward in a good way. The upcoming Induction Ceremonies are important to honoring their wonderful contributions and give thanks for their service.
On Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12 noon, one of the finest groups of Elders ever to occupy esteemed positions on the Manataka Elder Council will be formally inducted at Manataka Sacred Grounds, 222 Coy St. in Hot Springs, AR.
Michael Eye of the Eagle Feather Burton
Dr. Rev. Fred D. Wilcoxson
John Ivan James
Rev. Thomas M. Haley
Ceremonies officiated by Rev. Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, Lee Standing Bear Moore, Robert King "Gray Hawk" Coke, David Quiet Wind Furr, and assisted by Robert White, and Amanda Moore. More details will follow. Watch the website.
Public is invited. Bring family and friends. Bring chairs and blankets. Free refreshments. No alcohol or other drugs. Children and pets on a leash welcome. Park down the hill on Coy Street in the vacant parking lot. Call 501-627-0555 for more information.
SOUTH AMERICA - Confederation of the Elders Council Original People of Abya Ayala
GOVERNMENT LEGAL OBLIGATIONS -
MANIFESTING - Manataka IS a Sacred Site
Monumental Decisions to Protect Ancestral Lands
Friends Committee on National Legislation -- A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
View of Bears Ears, South Eastern Utah – Hartmann/photo in Salt Lake Tribune,
August 6, 2015
In Southern Utah, there’s a 1.9 million acre area that encompasses wide-open vistas, steep slopes, and deep caves and more than 100,000 archaeological sites. This is Bears Ears – named for the shape of two buttes in the area – and it is the ancestral home of at least thirteen Native American tribes. The area offers hiking, biking, camping and other opportunities, and it is open to all members of the public.
Unfortunately, this deeply historical area is virtually unprotected. Over the past generation some burial grounds have been disturbed and some hogans, sweat lodges, and corrals have been burned. One ranger reports that artifacts are disappearing very rapidly, as visitors take away “souvenirs” of their hikes. Archeologists report evidence of vandalized petroglyphs and cliff dwellings. Two federal rangers are the only employees stationed in this vast area to inform visitors that it is illegal to take artifacts from the site, and to keep them from vandalizing petroglyphs, caves, or other archeological sites.
In 2015, after many years of effort to protect these sites, an intertribal coalition – comprised of leaders from Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain, and Zuni – formed around a specific proposal. The coalition is asking the president to designate and protect Bears Ears as a national monument, to be co-managed by the five tribes. READ MORE...
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