Manataka American Indian Council                          Volume VI  Issue 8  August, 2004


Web Site Updates                                  Nothing Up My Sleeve
U.S. to Apologize to Indians               Elder's Mediations 
We'll See - Story                                     White Buffalo Born
Don Jose Shairy Quimbo                    Understanding Peace
Sacred Canunpa (pipe) Petition        Mending Medicine
World Wide Food Threat                     Healing Prayer Basket 
Indians Block Whale Capture            Manataka Messages


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Genealogy          Indian Language Sets
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Got any old ones to contribute?


August 28-29, 2004

Meeker, Oklahoma

Future site of the "Gathering of the Eagles Retreat & Wellness Center"

Meditations * Sweat Lodge * Drum Circle * Trade Blanket * Seminars * Saturday Potluck Dinner

An offering of $52 per person or trade item requested. Bring food, beverages (no alcohol).  Plates and utensils furnished. Camping $10 per night.  Motels 12 miles away in Shawnee, OK.  Learn about the Rainbow Medicine Wheel.  Hear "Messages from the Angels" by Cyndy Green.  Warron Big Speak teaches "Following the Red Path in a White World"  Contact:    Debra  970-946-2270   Directions: East of Oklahoma City off I-40 at exit 188. Shawnee to the South & Meeker 12 miles to the North. 


Arthur Medicine Eagle's
Elder's Meditation 
"If there is a shadow of a doubt someplace, that will cause a weakness." --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

In the Spiritual World there is a spiritual Law. The Law says like attracts like. This means  whatever mental picture we hold inside our minds we will attract from the Universe. To make this Law work we must maintain a constant picture. If we picture or vision something, and along with this picture we have doubting thoughts, our vision will not happen and we will get EXACTLY what we picture or vision. The Law always works. A doubting vision will not  materialize what we want. A vision without doubt will always happen. This is a spiritual Law. 

My Maker, today, let my vision become strong.

Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations,
We humans have a place where we feel inadaquate at times or insecure.It happens to all people. If we did not experience this we could not become more aware with our harmony and balance. We must look positive and toss the negative away.
Gitsch Manito-Creator,Wásóq-Spiritworld,  I pray to you for strength to see my faults and to
help me to understand my insecurities are not permanent.  Welálin-Thank You
Submitted by Arthur Medicine Eagle

 GOP Senator calls for U.S. government to apologize to Native tribes

(KRT) After centuries of deal-breaking, land-taking and what many tribes consider genocide, some Washington politicians want the government to offer American Indians an apology.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican, has sponsored a resolution apologizing "to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States" as a way to smooth the often-rocky relations between the two.

"(But) before reconciliation," Brownback said in remarks entered in the Congressional Record, "there must be recognition and repentance."

To that end, his resolution lists a few reasons for an apology - things like the deadly Trail of Tears march of Cherokee from North Carolina to Oklahoma - and mentions broader federal policies, now seen as racist, that killed people and shattered cultures.

Finally, the resolution closes with a disclaimer: "Nothing in this Joint Resolution authorizes any claim against the United States or serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States."

A sampling of tribal groups greeted the gesture warmly, but they didn't view it as a salve to thousands of ongoing disputes between Washington and the hundreds of tribes in the country.

"We appreciate it. ... It's a recognition of the issue, of the past injustices," said Steve Cadue, tribal chairman of the Kickapoo in Kansas.

But others note an array of ongoing disputes over land, water and money. The Indian groups point out that an apology underlined with a disclaimer doesn't help resolve those disagreements.

"An apology is just where you start," said Deana Jackson, a spokeswoman for the Navajo Nation. "Now let's see you step to the plate and do what you promised you would do."

She cited recent funding cuts to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, saying they essentially amounted to an abandonment of treaty obligations to provide for tribes' needs in return for concessions made over generations.

"Obligations to native nations are always ignored," Jackson said.

Resolutions have been introduced to apologize for slavery, but have so far failed. President Clinton contemplated, but ultimately chose not to, unilaterally apologize for slavery.

The government paid reparations to Japanese-Americans held in camps during World War II. And Congress has passed resolutions to study reparations for slavery, but payments remain highly controversial.

Brownback timed the introduction of his resolution, which encourages the president to join in apologizing, to coincide with the September opening of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. The resolution's co-sponsors in the Senate are Democrat Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Colorado Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and the only American Indian now serving in Congress.

According to U.S. Census figures, the American Indian, Eskimo and Aleut population is about 2.3 million, about 0.9 percent of the total U.S. population. Census figures predict a gradual climb in that group's percentage of the population.

Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats have courted tribes increasingly in recent years as some - mostly those with land near densely populated areas on the coasts - have become wealthier by running casinos.

The National Journal reports that the Agua Caliente of California, the Louisiana Coushattas, the Mississippi Choctaws, and the Saginaw Chippewas of Michigan pay an average of $5 million a year to Washington lobbying firms and that those tribes have spent $2.6 million over the past six years on campaign contributions. About two-thirds of those donations went to Republicans.

Federal Election Commission reports for Brownback, however, show he has not received money from tribes in recent years. Rather, he has been at odds with the Wyandotte tribe, for instance, and its efforts to move graves from a Kansas City, Kan., cemetery and establish a casino there.

Brownback has said he has been surprised by the anger he encountered while visiting Indian reservations in Kansas. In offering his resolution, he said he hoped for healing after "choices our government sometimes made to disregard its solemn word."

The apology "begins the effort of reconciliation by recognizing past wrongs and repenting for them," Brownback said.

Dennis Hastings, a member of the Omaha tribe from Macy, Neb., found the idea of an apology odd and inadequate.

"In a way, you look at it as nice. But it's a little late and too far gone," said Hastings, an anthropologist with Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project. "We want to resolve the issues before they put their sorry on the board. ... I'd rather have them go home and read about our history and have their children read about our history, and then come and talk with us about it with a little meaning."

Instead, said historian Fergus Bordewich, the resolution treats the complex clash between American Indians and the federal government in only the broadest of terms.

Almost without exception, he said, 85 percent to 90 percent of most tribes died from exposure to the diseases that Europeans brought to North America.  But, said the author of "Killing the White Man's Indian," that was not intentional and "no one is morally culpable for that."

Some tribes suffered much more severely in their dealings with the government than others, he said. Sometimes treaties bullied tribes - that's how Hastings talks about an 1854 pact that he believes stole millions from the Omaha - and sometimes deals served the interests of both sides.

"Not everything happened in the same way in every place," Bordewich said.  "It's a very tragic history however you measure it. The government has a lot to be sorry about. But a blanket apology doesn't really recognize the complexity."

Still, tribes and their advocates tend to welcome an apology as at least recognition of the damage done to Indian welfare and culture.

"These weren't just random or ad hoc actions of bad white people. These were the official actions of the United States government," said Susan Harjo, who belongs to the Cheyenne and Muscogee and is president of the Morning Star Institute, a tribal advocacy group. "It's perfectly in order to apologize."

She sees Brownback as sincere. "There's no percentage in him doing this.  It's not something he's going to get great kudos for in his usual circles," she said.

But Harjo said acts of good faith should follow - forcing the return of Indian burial remains from museums, for instance.

Even then, "no living native person has the right to accept" the apology, she said.

"It's too big," she said. "Too much was done for too long, and too many people suffered."
Submitted by Kim Summer Moon

We'll See...

There was once an Indian farmer who did not have a lot of money and, instead of a tractor, he used an old horse to plow his field.

One afternoon, while working in the field, the horse dropped dead. Everyone in the village said, "Oh, what a horrible thing to happen." The farmer said simply, "We'll see." He was so at peace and so calm, that everyone in the village got together and, admiring his attitude, gave him a new horse as a gift.

Everyone's reaction now was, "What a lucky man." And the farmer said, "We'll see."

A couple days later, the new horse jumped a fence and ran away. Everyone in the village shook their heads and said, "What a poor fellow!"    The farmer smiled and said, "We'll see."

Eventually, the horse found his way home, and everyone again said, "What a fortunate man."

The farmer said, "We'll see."

Later in the year, the farmer's young boy went out riding on the horse and fell and broke his leg. Everyone in the village said, "What a shame for the poor boy."   The farmer said, "We'll see."

Two days later, the army came into the village to draft new recruits. When they saw that the farmer's son had a broken leg, they decided not to recruit him.

Everyone said, "What a fortunate young man."   The farmer smiled again - and said "We'll see."

Moral of the story: There's no use in overreacting to the events and circumstances of our everyday lives. Many times what looks like a setback, may actually be a gift in disguise. And when our hearts are in the right place, all events and circumstances are gifts that we can learn valuable lessons from.

~ Author Unknown
Adapted and edited for this page by Bear.
Submitted by Sheri WolfLady Burnett

Peltier, Journalist Settle Lawsuit Out of Court

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Leonard Peltier has agreed to dismiss a libel lawsuit over accusations that he was involved in the 1975 killing of fellow American Indian Movement member Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, according to a court document.

The May 2003 case, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, named as a defendant Paul DeMain, editor of News From Indian Country, a newspaper based in Wisconsin.

For more of this story, click on or type the URL below:
Submitted by Kim Summer Moon

Don Jose Shairy Quimbo

Indigenous Healer and Philosopher from the Andes Mountains of Ecuador.
Taki Samy is a ceremony that invokes cosmic power for healing. it harmonizes energetic music with dance movements
and indigenous exercises.
In his healing ceremonies, Don Jose uses the four sacred elements; air, fire, water and earth, combined with instruments and sounds, shamanic breath and crystals. He uses instruments made of condor bones and feathers, ocarinas (pre-Columbian ceramic instruments) and the conch shell which brings forth the Divine Voice of God, putting order into our lives.
Shairy will be in Los Angeles October 9 - 10
A two-day workshop is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, October 9th & 10, 2004 in Burbank.  Description, Schedule and Fees on the workshop will be sent later.  Private healings will be scheduled from October 4th - 8th, 2004.  For further information, please contact Irma - Yoti at (818) 970-0501


To:  U.S. Congress

Whereas, the sacred Nakota “Canunpa” (misnomer “peace pipe” or “pipe”) is made out of wood and also from a small piece of the “Ih e’ Duta” Sacred Red Stone, a.k.a. "pipestone", which is harvested only upon Ihanktunwan DaNakota Homelands, the area which is today known as “Pipestone, Minnesota” and

Whereas, this most Sacred Red Stone is in very limited supply and found only in this one single place in all the world, although there is a misconception that the stone is also found in Asia, and

Whereas, the Sacred Red Stone of the Canunpa is in danger of extinction by greed and mining by the u.s. government and a few of its citizenry. It is against Nakota Natural Law, for example, to use a constructed Canunpa just to hang over a “mantle” or other type of “display” purpose, or to make “jewelry” or other “trinkets” out of the special and Sacred Red Stone, and

Whereas, this rare, sacred rock was gifted to the Nakota People and is solely for the purpose of constructing the sacred Canunpa only, which directs the Seven Sacred Canunpa Ceremonies (sometimes referred to as the Seven Sacred Rites), and

Whereas, the Canunpa is only to be cared for by a very few qualified Nakota and Indigenous caretakers, who are selected by their communities and who must conduct each of the Seven Sacred Canunpa Ceremonies within their communities throughout the year – a most difficult, time-consuming, and dedicated duty, and

Whereas, the Seven Sacred Canunpa Ceremonies come directly from a dream vision of a Nakota person many millions of years ago. The ceremonies were received and are conducted in order to maintain balance and happiness within Indigenous Nakota communities through a series of “thanksgiving /appreciation” ceremonial exercises.

Therefore be it resolved that exploitation through excessive mining and mass production for purposes of selling, trinket-making and all forms of “jewelry-making” of the Sacred Red Stone be immediately stopped and prevented, and

Be it finally resolved that we demand congress adopt a pertinent law as to above and that exploitation and use of the Canunpa for anything other than its intended use be outlawed by the u.s. government.


The Undersigned

Submitted by Paulah Horne 

Cataract gets name from American Indian tale
By Bond Brungard

Beyond its physical beauty, part of the allure of Bash Bish Falls, one of the longest waterfalls in New England, is the folklore surrounding the majestic cascade that's just a short walk east of the New York state border.

The 80-foot waterfall is on Bash Bish Brook on the eastern edge of the Mount Washington State Forest. Legend says it was named after an American Indian woman who lived near the falls.

Bash Bish, according to legend, was well-liked in her village, but was accused of adultery by a jealous friend.  Though she pleaded innocent, she was sentenced to be sent over the falls, strapped to a canoe. It's said moments before her execution, the sun's rays formed a halo around her body and butterflies flew around her head. The canoe was found smashed at the falls' bottom but no body was retrieved, and villagers concluded she was a witch.

The story of Bash Bish has yet another unhappy turn.

Bash Bish, as it's said, gave birth to a daughter, White Swan. White Swan attracted the love of Whirling Wind, the son of a chief.  But the inability to bear Whirling Wind's child apparently caused White Swan to take her life by going over the falls. And Whirling Wind followed his love to his death.  Villagers found Whirling Wind's body but not White Swan's. And according to legend, the images of Bash Bish and White Swan can be seen around the falls.

Some visitors may sit for hours staring at the falls, whether they are looking for the doomed women or only to relax by nature's forceful splendor.
By Bond Brungard,   
Submitted by Kim Summer Moon

Two hundred companies are already working on inserting nanotechnology into food, posing "immense" risks to health, new research claims.   The study estimates that use of the technology in food has created an industry, now worth billons, which will grow within six years to more than hundreds of billions, with thousands of firms involved.

Last week, Prince Charles, writing exclusively in The Independent on Sunday, warned that the technology, which uses microscopic particles, a million of which would fit on a pin head, could lead to "upsets" similar to the Thalidomide disaster, unless care were taken. Leading scientists and the Royal Society condemned him for the analogy, but today he is backed by a leading expert on the technology, Professor Gregor Wolbring, himself affected by the drug Thalidomide.

Nanotechnology, which is set to revolutionise industry and everyday life, deals with particles so small the laws of physics no longer apply. The technology could bring great benefits, such as medicines precisely geared to curing particular organs. But it also poses great dangers since some of the particles affect the immune system. There are no special regulations on their use and little research has been done on their safe application.

The report, by Helmut Kaiser, a German consultancy, concludes that, with nanotechnology, industry is set to design food "with much more ... precision, and lower costs and sustainability". It adds: "The change is dramatic, the potentials are immense, and the risks too." The technology is already used to preserve foods, and boost flavour and nutritional values.

Meanwhile, a report for the US Department of Agriculture, describing some of these applications, says that nanotechnology "has the potential to revolutionise agriculture and food systems".

Prince Charles's warning sparked worldwide controversy. Professor Steve Jones, of University College London, called him "a classic woolly thinker", and Lord Winston, the fertility expert, said he had raised "spectres'' and "science scares". Mark Welland, professor of nanotechnology at Cambridge University, said the reference to Thalidomide was "inappropriate and irrelevant".

The Royal Society criticised the prince's comparison, since nanotechnology was "not a new drug".

But Professor Wolbring, of the University of Calgary, Canada, who was born without legs after his mother took Thalidomide in pregnancy, called such criticism "stupidity". He added: "The prince's use of the ... analogy, to draw our attention to the often unanticipated consequences of [well intended] science, is timely."

2004 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd  
Submitted by Kim Summer Moon 

Reprint by request
BIG Difference Between Butter & Margarine

DO YOU  KNOW...the difference between margarine and butter? 
  • Both have the same amount of calories, but butter is higher in saturated fats at 8 grams verses 5 grams. 
  • Eating  margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter. 
  • Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
    Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added! 
  • Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. 
  • Butter  has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

    And now, for Margarine...
  • Very high in trans fatty acids. 
  • Triple risk of coronary heart disease. 
  • Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) 
  • Lowers  HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol). 
  • Increases the risk of cancers by up to five fold. 
  • Lowers quality of breast milk. 
  • Decreases immune response. 
  • Decreases insulin response.
        And here is the most disturbing fact....
  • Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being  PLASTIC...
This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

YOU can try this yourself: purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you wil l note a couple of things: no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that  should tell  you something) ... it does not rot or smell differently.. because it has no nutritional value, nothing will grow on it...even  those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.  Why?  Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share  This With Your Friends....(Butter them up!)
Submitted by Crystal Harvey


Big Pine, California

 Revitalization of Paiute traditional cultural knowledge

Focus on Youth.  Connecting Elders with our Children.

Eastern Sierra Institute for Collaborative Education

Elders Gathering, P.O. Box 454, Bishop, CA 93515
Qwina West, Paiute Nation; Irma “Yoti” Nieves  (818) 970-0501

Canadian Indians Block Capture of Whale

By COLIN McCLELLAND, Associated Press Writer

TORONTO - Indians in dugout canoes led a killer whale out to sea off western Canada on Wednesday, trying to thwart scientists' attempts to capture the orca considered by the tribe to be a reincarnated chief.

Luna the whale separated from his pod, or family, and arrived in Nootka Sound off British Columbia in 2001 at about the same time the chief of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht tribe died.

Luna, now 5 years old, became fond of folks in Gold River, a former mill town of 1,400 people on Vancouver Island, B.C., some 125 miles north of the U.S. border.

People often came down to the dock to see the lonely whale, who used to snoop around boat propellers and docks. One person even tried to brush the whale's teeth.

This month, Luna surfaced in the path of a landing float plane. Scientists feared the whale would injure himself or people and on Wednesday planned to begin a plan to reunite Luna with his pod.

But the whale was instead about 12 miles away from the pen where he was supposed to spend the next week.

"We hope to divert Luna away from capture," said Mike Maquinna, chief of the Mowachaht First Nation.

Maquinna said band members believe Luna embodies the spirit of his late father.

Videotape showed Luna swimming alongside the Indian paddlers, spinning over onto his back while some of the Indians patted his skin, rubbed his teeth and scratched his belly with hands and paddles.

The behavior Luna exhibited with the paddlers is exactly the kind of behavior that led officials with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to try to get him out of Nootka Sound.

Officials had planned to use a boat that Luna is particularly fond of to lead him into a net pen, where he would undergo medical tests.

If healthy, he would be coaxed into a sling, crane-lifted into a container, placed on the back of a transport truck and then driven about 200 miles south to a bay near Victoria.

Once there, the plan called for him to be held in another net pen until his pod swims by. He then would be released with the hope he would set out to meet his family.

Indian Training for Upper Management

An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand and a bucket of buffalo manure in the other.   He says to the waiter, "Me want coffee."

The waiter says, "Sure chief, coming right up." He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee. The Indian drinks it down in one gulp, picks up the bucket of manure, throws it into the air, blasts it with the shotgun, then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand and a bucket of buffalo manure in the other.   He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, "Me want coffee." The waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto. We're still cleaning up your mess from the last time you were here. What the heck was all that about, anyway?"

The Indian smiles and proudly says, "Me training for upper management position: Come in, drink coffee, shoot shit, leave mess for others to clean up, disappear for rest of day."

Submitted by Crystal Harvey 


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"I've Got Nothing Up My Sleeve" -
Theft of Western Shoshone Land

Has mankind finally reached a higher plane of enlightenment? It would seem so. Not long ago the Catholic Church apologised for its role in the Crusades, anti - semitic activities, slavery and mistreatment of Native Peoples. Not to be outdone, the U.S, Government apologized to Japanese Americans for rounding them up and putting them in concentration camps during WWII, to Native Hawaiians for overthrowing their kingdom and are deep in debate over whether to apologize to descendants of African slaves and perhaps give them some compensation to ease our collective consciences. And wonders of wonders, Congress is also seriously considering issuing an apology to Native Americans for the little matter of stealing the land and committing genocide.

According to Mark Trahant writing for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "the proposed, official U.S. apology cites "broken treaties" and "bloody confrontations and massacres." It tells of official condemnation of native religions and the removal of children from their parents and

But don't be fooled.... The pen is still quicker than the eye. On July 7, President George Bush signed the Western Shoshone Distribution Bill which legally took away ownership of 24 million acres of land in Nevada, Utah, California and Idaho. The 6,000 or so eligible tribal members will divide approximately $145 million. That's about $1.65 a acre. Not a bad deal for land that is teaming with gold, water and geothermal energy.
Western Shoshone lands are the 3rd largest gold producing area in the world, behind only South Africa and Australia." Plans are already in the works to allow multinational private mining interests to take the gold - in exchange for healthy political contributions.

The gold mining process will pump from 20 to 70 thousand gallons of drinking quality underground water every day of every week of every month. According to  the Western Shoshone Defense Project, Vidler Water, a subsidiary of PECO Holding Corp., is negotiating with the state of Nevada for water privatization rights. With the west in the throes of an extended drought, some big bucks are going to be made here.

Hot Springs which exist on what was once Western Shoshone land are touted as being "the next Saudi Arabia of geothermal energy production."
I'd bet the farm there's money to be made for someone influential here, too.  And then there's good old Yucca Mountain, home for the nation's nuclear waste repository. The Bechtel Corporation was awarded the construction contract for the waste repository for a cool $1.2 billion.

The Nevada Test Site and the Federal Counterterrorism facility, both managed through Bechtel, Wackenhut and Lockheed Martin are also located on Western Shoshone lands. The management contracts alone amount to billions of dollars.

How did the Western Shoshone lose their land? Just a little slight of hand trick that used the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty, which permitted non-Indian miners access to the tribal lands, did them in. This "treaty" allowed a "gradual encroachment" to take place which supposedly
nullified the treaty. Cue the rabbit......

The US government says Western Shoshones voted for this settlement. But critics say the majority of Western Shoshone tribal councils are on record against the settlement and maintain there hasn't been a full accounting of tribal members.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.
"It's not over. We still exist and we still have our rights to our land.  It makes me sad and angry that myths continue to cloud the truth in this country. This struggle isn't a Shoshone versus Shoshone battle, the underlying issue here is the U.S. responsibility and accountability for
a treaty with the Western Shoshone Nation. As long as the people in the U.S. allow this to happen it will continue to happen." ------ Mary Gibson, Western Shoshone Tribal Member 

Submitted by Susan Bates, Hill & Holler Newsletter 

Arthur Medicine Eagle's
Elder's Meditation 

"So we are connected to the moon. That gives us power, a connection to the earth and the moon, men don't know about."   --Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK 

The Elders tell us that the Woman has access to special powers. The Earth Mother gives her love in a special way to the Woman. The Moon also gives special powers to the Woman. She uses these powers to nurture, heal and guide the people. 

Great Spirit, today, give a special Blessing to our Women. 
Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations,
Those special powers are also that a man cannot give birth. Yet man has a part or side of him that is feminine but most will not admit to it because of a thing called machisimo or Mr.macho complex. Men need to give respect to women for their knowledge and caring ways. A woman taught us from children on up.                   

Gitsch Manito - Creator, Wásóq - Spiritworld,
Thank you for the Mothers, Grandmothers, and Aunties.
Welálin - Thank You

Submitted by Arthur Medicine Eagle

 White Buffalo Born Near Flagstaff

This white bison calf, born Saturday at Spirit Mountain Ranch near Flagstaff, is very rare.

'1-in-10 million' occurrence is expected to draw a crowd.  The owners of a small bison herd near Flagstaff were surprised Saturday morning to find one of their rare white buffaloes had given birth to something even rarer: a white calf.

A white calf is a one-in-10 million occurrence, said Keith Davis, a spokesman for Spirit Mountain Ranch.

"This is so rare specifically because she was born white," Davis said. "The others were born red (like normal buffaloes) and turned white."

The birth of a white bison is meaningful for many Native American tribes, especially Plains Indians such as the Lakota, who consider it a symbol of rebirth when the world's people are in troubled times.

"The white buffalo is such a phenomenon because they are so rare," said Dena Riley, who owns the ranch with her husband, Jim.

None of her buffaloes is albino but rather a mutation of the usual fur color of dark brown to black, Riley said. Of 11 bison on the ranch, four are white, not including the newborn.

The animals on the ranch are also pure bison, proven by DNA testing at a California lab, she added, and not a mix of bison and cattle, known as beefalo. That mixture more often results in white offspring, she said.

The ranch was moved onto its 5-acre site near the San Francisco Peaks in December 2001, Riley said, and has had visitors from around the globe to see white bison.

Bob Golfen and Keith Davis - Special for The Arizona Republic
Submitted by Bonnie Delcourt

 Understanding Peace

There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize?

The King chose the second picture. "Because," explained the King, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

~ Author Unknown - Submitted by Sheri Wolflady Burnett.

Native Circle Circle Studios Presents
Mending Medicine Conference
At Inn of the Ozarks
in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
September 24, 25 & 26, 2004

Joseph Marshall III
This award winning Lakota author and screenwriter will present lessons for life highlighted in his most recent NAMMY winning
book, The Lakota Way - Stories and Lessons for Living.  The life teachings Joseph shares are ancient Lakota values which offer an insight into wisdom that could very well save humanity.
John Two-Hawks
Regarded as one of the top Native flutists in the world, this NAMMY nominated Lakota artist will perform a concert on Friday night, and will also speak on how to find peace, balance and healing through ancient Indigenous wisdom.  Two-Hawks is also highly sought after as a teacher, speaker and healer.

Other Featured Guests & Speakers
Rod Jackson, MS, RM; A Healer in the Cherokee Tradition; Dr. Jim Fain, PhD; Holistic Healer, Teacher, Visionary; Sam Kirk Natural & Wellness Foods and the Healing Arts; Lynn Packman Larson; Yoga for health and well being.

VENDOR BOOTHS AVAILABLE!  call toll free:  866-444-0940

The Mending Medicine Conference will begin on Friday, Sept 24th at noon and will conclude on Sunday, Sept 26th at noon.  The conference will consist of several breakout classroom sessions, an inspirational keynote gathering, and a healing concert.  In addition, we will have hands on healing sessions, yoga, vegetarian cooking, music therapy and many other events.  Don't miss the great Saturday night banquet with fabulous food and world class entertainment.  Vendors will be on hand as well to share everything from music and books to wonderful foods and recipes.  Open your mind, open your heart, and open your spirit.  A tremendous weekend of beauty! A deposit of $50.00 must accompany your registration form.  For more info call 866-444-0940


Chief Bill Little Horse:  Chief is still at the Little Rock VA suffering with pneumonia.  It is serious.   Needs prayer.  

Frances McAdams:  Hospitalized with cancer.

Alida Baker:  Mother of Henrietta EagleStar.  Getting much better.  Surgery went well. 
Larry Zink Hota Irons - Michigan:  Diagnosed with cancer. 
Sharon Kamama Baugh - Arkansas:  Diagnosed with cancer. Recently underwent surgery.  Cancer remains.   Sharon was chair of the Manataka Women's Council for many years.

Sara Jane Cook:  Sister of Joe Burton.  Brain Tumor.

Mother of Charles Lone Wolf Black:  Diagnosed with cancer.

Tommie Love  A 4 years old who doctors give no prognosis - diagnosed with 2 large brain tumors  - untreatable at Barnes Childrens Hospital of St Louis. I ask for prayers for her healing and prayers for her family. From Alison Klose

Olive Borst  is in hospice care.  Not good.   


NOTICE 1:    CHAIR POSITIONS - for the following committees are now open:   Lodge         Keepers, Youth Activities, Programs, Fund Raising, and Counseling.  Some committees require     local attendance and special training or experience.   For consideration submit your name to any Elder.
NOTICE 2: COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS -  New members and old members who are not   currently working on a committee or have a committee assignment, please contact us now.      
Committee explanations can be viewed at  We need your top three preferences.
NOTICE 3: INDIAN WEDDING -  Elders, members and guests are invited to attend an Indian wedding ceremony in Mount Ida, Arkansas on Saturday, August 14.  Check with Bear for the exact location.  Warron Big Eagle will officiate.
NOTICE 4:  SWEAT LODGES - There are currently three lodges local to Manataka officiated by Cuchi Davila, David Quiet Wind and Rocky Miller.   Check with these leaders if you wish to participate.
NOTICE 5: WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETINGS - 11:30 a.m., 1st Saturday each month.   Contact: Judy White Feather  (501) 922-4468.

1. Reams of ink jet paper
2. Postage stamps
3. 15 - 20 gallon plastic storage boxes with lids

LAND - Donate land to be used as financing leverage for the Manataka American Indian Village.  Any size or location is acceptable. Certain tax benefits may apply.

When a friend or relative passes, honor their memory and send a tax deductible contribution to MAIC and we will send the family in your name a beautiful letter and memorial certificate.

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Manataka American Indian Council
PO Box 476
Hot Springs, AR 71902-0476

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