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Happy New Year!

January 01, 2016

Mawlid Un Nabi

January 02, 2015

Martin Luther King Day

January 19, 2015

 

"The journey of the dark night of the soul is where we learn who we are, without people telling us."  ~Adele Green

 

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible." - Maya Angelo

 


 

Manataka Council Fire

 

Great Confederation of Councils of Principal Mayan

Aj Q'jab Declares Manataka

A Sacred Site!

 

A new year begins with a magnificent declaration from the Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab and attested to by the government of Guatemala.

 

OmeAkaEhekatl Gaada Erick Gonzales is a beautiful Maya and Haida man with the NIME Mayan Spiritual Council who acted on Manataka's behalf when travelling to Guatemala in 2004 - 2005. 

 

Who are the Councils of Principal Mayan priests (Aj Q'ijab)?

For centuries the Maya people used many political and social vehicles to achieve peaceful cooperation among their various communities, political and spiritual leaders.  Today, the primary body of spiritual elders among the Mayan people located in several countries is called the Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Representatives from many local councils comprise this prestigious body.

 

Why are Maya spiritual elders so concerned about a far-away sacred site in the United States?

 

Grand Pyramid of Tula

 

Long before the Maya people became an economic and spiritual force in Central America, they learned astronomy, biology, architecture, spirituality, mathematics, warfare, agriculture and a host of other technologies from an advanced society known as the Tula (5000 BCE to 1150 AD). 

 

The Tula were a pre-Toltec society (935 CE to 1168 CE) and became a major center of influence in Toltec society.  Much of the knowledge of the Tula was passed down to the mighty Aztec empire (1325 A.D. to 1521 A.D.)   Read More...

 

 


 

SPIRITUAL MEDICINE

 

Message from My Feathered Brothers and Sisters

by Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder

 

As I walked onto my deck recently, which literally takes up most of my backyard space, the cool breeze of the Spirit drifted across me.

 

It was early morning. The day was waking up to the sound of birds singing, dogs barking and me, an old man who was chasing a cup of coffee to the deck chair.

 

Each morning I have at least one dove who sits on a telephone pole nearby and flies away just before I retreat into my house. But today there were three doves. I suppose Creator believed I needed a bit more sacred companionship.

 

This has happened more than once especially when I lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas. However, during my stay in Hot Springs there were about eight doves each day.

 

I felt protected and a message coming from my feathered brothers and sisters. The message was don’t be afraid you are protected.   Read More...

 


 

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"We stand for religious freedom and freedom of the spirit.  Our people have been here for thousands of generations by practicing our faith openly.  Rejecting an entire religion is unjust discrimination.  American Indian faiths were rejected by Christians in savage ways for hundreds of years.  Today, fear of the unknown may encourage a repeat of the same mistakes.  Our hearts must remain open and loving of all people.    Respect is a form of love." ~Lee Standing Bear Moore

 

"I think there are 7.2 billion religions on earth.    One for each person.    There are major faith categories, but every soul is different and connects with the Great Mystery in a beautifully unique way."  ~Lee Standing Bear Moore

 

      


ELDERS SPEAK

 

"...because if you believe in something, and believe in it long enough, it will come into being."  -- Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

 
We are created by the Great One to accomplish His will through our mental pictures or visions. Our thoughts are three dimensional: words, pictures and feelings. We create the vision by thinking the words and we create feeling for the vision by feeling enthusiasm, desire, commitment and other strong beliefs. Once we create the vision, we move toward and become like that which we think about. All visions are tested by our self talk; for example, "This isn't going to happen, where is the money coming from anyway?" When this happens, we need to let go of the test and focus on belief in the vision. Why? Because God said if we believe it long enough, He will guarantee it!!!

Great One, let my beliefs be strong today. Help me to have faith in my visions.
 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 


LEGENDS

 

Emerging into the Upper World - Acoma

This legend reflects the matrilineal society of the Western Pueblos; Ia'tik, the All-Mother, herself makes the gods she wishes to believe in.

In the beginning two female human beings were born. There was land already, but no one knows how long it had existed. The two girls were born underground at a place called Cipapu. There was no light, but as they grew up they became aware of each other through touch. Being in the dark, they grew slowly. When they had reached adulthood, a spirit, Tsitctinako, spoke to them and gave them nourishment. Slowly they began to think for themselves.

One day they asked the spirit to appear to them and say whether it was male or female. But Tsitctinako replied only that it was not allowed to meet them. The women asked the spirit why they had to live in the dark without knowing each other by name. It told them that they were under the earth (nuk'timi), and that they must be patient until everything was ready for them to go up into the light.

During the long time that they waited, Tsitctinako taught them their language. One day the sisters found two baskets full of presents: seeds of all kinds, and little images of many animals. Tsitctinako told them that the baskets had been sent by their father, whose name was Utc'tsiti, and that he wanted them to take his gifts up into the light. Tsitctinako said, "You have
the seeds of four types of trees. Plant them; you will use the trees to climb up." Because the sisters could not see, they felt each object in their baskets and asked, "Is this it?" and Tsitctinako answered yes or no. In that way they identified the four seeds and then buried them in their underground world.
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MUSIC

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Songs of Our Old People

Old-Time Round Dance Songs of Oklahoma

 

For the first time ever, this recording brings together the traditional Round Dance songs of Oklahoma in a  single collection.  The songs heard on this recording belong to the traditional group of Round Dance songs that the Kiowa people received through their alliance and friendship with the people of Taos Pueblo.  Many of the songs in this collection have not been shared outside of Oklahoma. They have been presented here with the encouragement of elder singers in order that they may be shared with future generations. Sung by some of the greatest young voices of the  southern Plains, these beautiful songs have stood the test of time and are destined to live on for generations to come.  Read More...

 

Old-Time Round Dance Songs of Oklahoma

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MUSIC

 

Manataka recently partnered with Canyon Records and its distributors to bring our members and supporters the very finest in American Indian Music.  Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona, producer and distributor of Native American music, is one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry as well as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Arizona.

 

 

 

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SPORTS FEATURE

 

Now Is the Golden Era Of

Iroquois Lacrosse
by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk

On September 18 of 2015 an event of  great historical importance took place on aboriginal
 territory:  the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy will host the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, the first planetary  athletic  event ever sponsored by a Native people.

Of the 700,000 or so lacrosse players in North America, an enormous and growing talent, pool the Iroquois have at the most a couple of thousand players performing at all levels of the game: peewees, bantams, midgets, juniors, seniors, on the college level and as professionals.

At the WILC (www.wilc2015.com: Onondaga is 8 km south of Syracuse, NY) the Iroquois, from this shallow pool of highly skilled athletes, will take on the best lacrosse players from 13 nations and are expected to compete for the gold.

This is, as many hope, the next step towards restoring lacrosse to the Olympics and having the Iroquois participate as a distinct team.     Read More...      

 


 

CULTURE WATCH  

 

Doctrine of Discovery – Repudiating the Premise, Reclaiming the Promise

The Maine Wabanaki State Truth and Reconciliation Commission has released an expanded report on the state’s child welfare practices, Beyond the Mandate: Continuing the Conversation. The commission found that current foster care practices continue the cultural annihilation of Native peoples that began in this country when it was founded, and were strengthened through the boarding school movement that began in the 1880s.

A 13-minute documentary, First Light, documents the work of the commission and reflects on some of the damage done by the boarding schools and the current foster care systems that separate Native children from their families and communities.

The commission has recorded and shared its findings that Native children in Maine are even now (in 2000 to 2013) five times more likely to be put into the foster care system than non-native children, and that this practice constitutes continued cultural genocide against the Wabanaki people.

The commissioners reflected what they saw and heard:    Read More... 

 


 

EDUCATION WATCH


Education Bill Passes with Tribal Provisions

In early December, the Senate and House passed S. 1177, The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal education package that will take the place of the 2001 No Child Left Behind education law. The act was signed into law by the President in early December.

The bipartisan bill contains key provisions that will help Native students have more support in local and state public school districts, be better prepared for higher education, and train Native teachers and teachers of Native students at large. It also seeks to address issues outside of the classroom that disproportionately affect Native students’ educational progress.
 

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HEALTH WATCH

 

Unable to Sleep?

By Nathan Perez

 

The next time you find yourself staring at the ceiling unable to sleep, try meditating. And before you scoff, not only are meditation exercises to help you sleep simple — with no need even to move your head from the pillow — the experts think they really work. 

 

U.S. specialist Dr Andrew Weil suggests a simple breathing exercise to help people sleep. Known as the 4-7-8 method, it involves inhaling for four counts, holding your breath for seven and then exhaling deeply for eight counts making a ‘whoosh’ sound. Dr Weil describes it as a ‘natural tranquilizer’.

 

Breathing exercises are often used as part of a practice known as ‘mindfulness’. The idea is to focus on the moment, which helps to let go of anxious thoughts that contribute to sleepless nights.   Read More...

 


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ELDERS SPEAK

 

"People have to be responsible for their thoughts, so they have to learn to control them. It may not be easy, but it can be done."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
 

We control our thoughts by controlling our self talk. At any moment we choose we can talk to ourselves differently. The fight comes with the emotions that are attached to our thoughts. If our emotion is high and seems to be out of control, we can say to ourselves STOP IT!, take a few deep breaths, then ask the Creator for the right thought or the right decision or the right action. If we practice this for a while, our thought life will be different. It helps if in the morning we ask God to direct our thinking. God loves to help us.

Great Spirit, today, direct my thinking so my choices are chosen by You.

 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 


 

 

 

Nominations Open for Elder Council

The Manataka Elder Council needs one new member.  Self-nominations are permitted.  Requires at least one in-person meeting per year at Hot Springs, AR and tele-conference meetings monthly. Rewards are commensurate with time and effort.  MAIC dues must be current. Send you resume today!

 

Help Wanted:

Fund Raising Professional needed.  Experienced please.  Email us now.

 

Volunteer Counseling Positions Open: 

Are you a minister, psychologist, teacher or counselor?  MAIC announces a need for more professional volunteer counselors. Manataka's free online Counseling program helps hundreds of people with emotional, spiritual, family, marital and other issues -- anonymously and free!. Education, experience and licensure requirements. http://www.manataka.org/Counseling.html  Email:  counseling@manataka.org

 

Planning is in full-swing to convert vacant lots on the east side of Manataka (Hot Springs) Mountain into memorial gardens.  Everyone is excited!  http://www.manataka.org/page1392.html

 


 

A History of Indian Voting Rights and Why It’s Important to Vote

By Dr. Dean Chavers

There has been no Indian Voting Rights Act, and no congressional hearings or testimony on such a bill. But as I demonstrated in my book Racism in Indian Country, there are many conspiracies among non-Indians on or near reservations to keep Indian people from registering to vote and to keep them from voting. There have been dozens of lawsuits filed against county voter registrars, county commissioners and state officials over denying Indians the right to vote.

When they returned from World War II, many Indian veterans were upset that they still could not vote. They had fought for their country, only to be denied this basic constitutional right when they got home. They began to lobby Congress and the state legislatures to give them suffrage rights. They had been exposed to the world outside the reservation, some for the first time, and had started to learn that they had been cheated out of many things, such as adequate housing, an adequate education, decent jobs, and the right to vote. They found they could not get loans to buy cattle, to start businesses, to build houses on reservations, and to buy cars and trucks.

Indians could still not vote in New Mexico and Arizona as of 1948. The denial of the right to vote was in the constitution of the State of New Mexico. It stated that Indians living on reservations could not vote in state and federal elections. The Bureau of Indian Affairs had started to push to change such laws before the war started, but had gotten sidetracked by the war.  Read More...

 


 

ENVIRONMENT

 

More Bad Water: Bad News

From: eaglewatch@npogroups.org


Bad water in First Nations leads to high rate of invasive infection, doctor says
 

Three and a half year-old Hailey Sakanee takes a sip of water. Her community, Neskantaga First Nation, has been under a water advisory for two decades.  Three and a half year-old Hailey Sakanee takes a sip of water. Her community, Neskantaga First Nation, has been under a water advisory for two decades.


‘Poverty kills,’ says Dr. Mike Kirlew, who studied invasive MRSA infections north of Sioux Lookout

Bad water and inadequate housing is leading to a “dramatic increase in invasive disease” in First Nations north of Sioux Lookout, Ont., according to research published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.   Read More...
 


 

ELDERS SPEAK

"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 mind to look for the joy and the excitement of each day.

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

 

Copyright: Coyhis Publishing found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: Any republishing of part or all of their contents is prohibited.

 


 

BEAUTIFUL WORDS

 

A Simple Tribute to the People of the Plains
--by Paul Studdard

 

 

They were the first born children of this great and wondrous land.
From the mighty Mississippi to the Rockies they made their stand.
With all their might the Great Spirits tried,

but warriors of the plains died.
 

So many died still free, with the wind blowing in their stone face;
Felled by lead shot their way from an alien race.
Others quietly and painfully answered the call, victims of the tiniest
 

After they made their stand they were dead or off their land.
One by one, peace they sought, hatred and mistrust instead were brought.
Great chiefs laid down their arms and retired to reservation farms.
 

It was off to fences and deserts where once the wind blew so free;
Begging the harsh dry land for something other than misery.
The young ones learned the foreign tongue and the farmer’s ways.
But the warrior’s spirit deep inside their breast smolders still in modern days.
 

The ghosts of the great chiefs who led their people one last time
Are kept alive for generations to come, immortalized in stone by some.
His outstretched granite arm points to his land, where buried lie the dead.
 

All the magic couldn’t stop the pain nor put off the long hated reign.
But as their four-legged brothers thrive again once more;
The people of this great land who lived and died and did their best
Are proud once more to be people who have stood the test.
 

http://www.native-languages.org/paul-studdard.htm    Paul Studdard, SGT, USAR

 


 

OPINION PAGE - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

JANUARY 2016

 

Sacred Mountain

Dear Manataka,

I have just read the message about the National Park Service staff putting down the Native American's history, heritage and religious rights. What is their problem, do they not know they are violating the Constitution and defaming a people's right to freedom of religion. I am appalled. I will pray with you and plan a trip to Manataka. Spirit be with you,  Spirithealer  Brenda Sword 

 

Brenda, The wonderful thing about the anger of injustice is that it brings about change.  Change is the evolution of all things in the cosmos.  But, for good change to occur, we must be in balance in many ways.  Balance is found between the poles of darkness and light.    Can we discover that place too?  Manataka has no doors to open or close.  Donadagohv’l 

 

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Learn about the Doctrine of Discovery

Seen though the eyes of American Indians

 

 

 

New age of justice for people of color

Please accept my sincere invitation to attend this workshop to bring about a new age of justice for people of color.  Follow the links to register for the meeting or to learn more about the justice issues that had their genesis in the Christian Doctrine of Discovery.  The coming years can usher in a new age of leaving 15th century racism and prejudices behind.  ~Linda Two Hawk Feathers James, Planning Council Member, Winter Talk 2016

 

 

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