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Healing comes in a bowl of soup at Anchorage hospital

March 22, 2019 - 7:04pm

By JULIA O’MALLEY
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -

Kitchen workers pushed a soup cart down the halls at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage on a recent Tuesday, stopping outside a room belonging to Jean Hull. Hull, recovering in bed, took a cup of broth with two hands and let the steam warm her face.

“Oh my God,” she said. “It smells just like the village type.”

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Anishinaabe Hemp Conference explores new economy

March 22, 2019 - 6:19pm

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Dionne Holmquist: Good morning everybody. My name is Dionne. I tried to bring you guys all some flower from Colorado but they stopped me at security there. (Laughs showing slide of the big flowering hemp plant above)

No, this is actually me holding the big hemp plant from one of the harvests this summer. But I wanted to thank Winona and everybody else and just to echo what she’s already said, that this is a historical time. This is a time for Indigenous people across the world to, like she said, have a united front because there are a lot of people, a lot of fact seekers out there and as I’m sure with Winona, and everybody else here, knows that, that pipeline doesn’t just come in the form of oil. That pipeline is coming in the form of suits.

My background is also working with ‘at risk‘ adolescent youth.

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We’re leaving for Eleuthera Island soon

March 21, 2019 - 5:22pm

By Arne Vainio, M.D.
News From Indian Country

We’re leaving for Eleuthera Island soon. When our son Jacob was born twenty years ago, my wife Ivy wanted him to know his history. She worked tirelessly and used online sources and phone calls to elders and relatives to find and track down any leads she could find. She was able to find the grave of her great uncle Johnny Mercer in the American Cemetery in Luxembourg.

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It ain’t easy being Indian…(February 2019)

March 21, 2019 - 4:09pm

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

There has been so much going on in this pseudo-bizarro world we exist in now I don’t know where to begin my rant. Seriously. What I know for sure is that for we Indigenous Peoples it began in 1492 when a serial killer and his murderous crew set their nasty feet on sacred lands. Then things began to get really bad. Since then 100 million plus Indigenous People died of genocide and the european colonial program is continuing, successfully in many ways but they have never been able to wipe us out.

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It ain’t easy being Indian…(February 2019)

March 21, 2019 - 4:09pm

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

There has been so much going on in this pseudo-bizarro world we exist in now I don’t know where to begin my rant. Seriously. What I know for sure is that for we Indigenous Peoples it began in 1492 when a serial killer and his murderous crew set their nasty feet on sacred lands. Then things began to get really bad. Since then 100 million plus Indigenous People died of genocide and the european colonial program is continuing, successfully in many ways but they have never been able to wipe us out.

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Oneida Nation to enter hemp production pilot program

March 19, 2019 - 7:29pm

by Christopher Johnson
- Oneida Nation - Kalihwisaks -

The Oneida Nation has officially filed for a permit with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to begin its potential journey into the hemp production industry. With the removal of hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has initiated a pilot program to allow Wisconsin farmers to begin hemp production for the first time since 1958.

The Oneida Nation is currently in the process of creating rules for hemp production on the reservation, but for the 2019 growing season the tribe will not be producing the plant on a large scale. “Wisconsin hasn’t actually made those rules just yet while the Oneida Nation is in a position to create their own regulations but they haven’t just yet,” Oneida Nation Project Manager Mike Troge said. “This season we will be participating in a pilot program through DATCP which means we will not be growing it at a commercial scale or selling it at a commercial scale.”

The plan for the upcoming growing season is to produce the plant on approximately 32 acres on the Oneida Reservation. Of those, one acre will be earmarked for the production of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is increasing in popularity nationwide as well as in the medical community for its promising potential to assist with numerous medical ailments including pain management and childhood epilepsy. CBD extracted from hemp contains less than .399 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), meaning ingestion will not produce the psychotropic effects (or a “high”) users typically experience with hemp’s cousin marijuana.

The growing of hemp crops for the purpose of CBD production will require the tribe to ship those plants to a processing facility. “There are three facilities in Wisconsin that process CBD so we’ll be sending it off to have the CBD extracted,” Troge said. “We’re also going to have to see what the grade of the crop is because pests have really been hard to manage for most farmers these days. But at this point CBD appears to be the best path for us to follow right now.”

The remaining acres will be utilized for testing and seed production for upcoming growing seasons. While the long-term future of hemp production in Oneida may hold a vast array of possibilities, the near-term plan is to take a slower, albeit deliberate, path to the market. The reasons for taking this measured approach include limited nationwide resources to produce hemp fiber, as well as the fact that hemp production is an extremely tedious task.

“The CBD portion of that crop is a very labor-intensive process so that’s why we’re only working with one acre this season,” Troge said. “It requires a lot of hands-on work and the equipment we have right now is not really recommended as far as mechanical planting or harvesting goes. So, at this point we’re going to be studying the labor aspects of the CBD crop and we’ll go from there.”

“This process also involves us exploring ways for the community to get involved as more land is sought out to make this sustainable,” Oneida Nation Councilman Ernest Stevens III said during a recent Oneida Business Committee meeting. “Part of the purpose for this pilot program is to also stay on top of the science of this venture. We are currently in the process of developing ordinance and legislation for this and talking to other tribes as well, so we want to have the science to back this up. This is an economic venture eventually, but it’s also an important agricultural piece that we want to pursue so this pilot program is there to produce that scientific data.”

Nearly 2,100 individuals and businesses have applied to grow or process industrial hemp in Wisconsin in 2019, according to DATCP. That is a significant increase from 2018 and that increase is believed to be the result of hemp’s removal from the Controlled Substances list last year, which also removed most legal uncertainty about production participation.

The Oneida Nation has never grown hemp for commercial purposes in its nearly 200-year existence here in Wisconsin, although the state was once one of the most prolific producers of the crop during the first half of the 20th century when it was harvested mainly for its fiber to make rope. Most growers today will be cultivating the crop for CBD or grain. The tribe expects to begin its hemp production program by early June.


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March 19, 2019 - 7:12pm

Arizona, Winslow – Funeral services for Ruby Keams John, 78, were held Jan. 18, 2019 at the Winslow Funeral Home.  Interment followed at the Desert View Cemetery.  Ruby was born Aug. 14, 1940, in Leupp, AZ.  Ruby passed away Jan. 13, 2019 in Albuquerque.

Ruby is survived by her daughters, Charlene John, Deborah Burke, and Diana James; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Sarah and Ira Keams; husband, Bobby Murphy; and daughter, Marlene John. Ruby retired from Crown Point Indian Health Service as a nurse. (Navajo Times, January 24, 2019)


Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Elsie Yazzie, 72, of Fort Defiance, were held Jan. 22, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed at the Fort Defiance cemetery.  Elsie was born June 10, 1946, in Nazlini, AZ., into the Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan), born for Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan).  Elsie passed away Jan. 10, 2019, in Fort Defiance.

Elsie is survived by her mother, Gladys Gorman.  She is preceded in death by her husband, David Yazzie; father, Clyde Thompson; and sister, Ethellena Brown. Elsis was employed with General Dynamics in Fort Defiance and McDonald’s in Window Rock. (Navajo Times, January 24, 2019)


Arizona, Indian Wells – Funeral services for Lorenzo Scott Sr., 64, of White Cone, AZ., were held Jan. 26, 2019 at the Broken Arrow Church in Indian Wells, AZ.  Burial will follow at the family plot in White Cone.  Lorenzo was born June 14, 1954, in Keams Canyon, AZ., into the Totsohnii (Big Water Clan), born for Hopi.  Lorenzo passed away Jan. 16, 2019, in Mesa, AZ.

Lorenzo is survived by his wife, Charlene L. Scott; sons, Frederick J. Scott and Lorenzo Scott, Jr.; daughters, Shirleen, Carmen L., and Trisha Scott; brothers, Eddie, Michael L., Nephi J., Sam, Audie, and Warner Scott; sisters, Ruby Bistsole, Cheryl Belin, Pricilla Maktima and Jeannetta; and 10 grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary E. and Warren E. Scott; brothers, William Begaye and Raleigh Scott; and grandparents, Fred and Mary B. Dick. Lorenzo worked as a mechanic and played many instruments. (Navajo Times, January 24, 2019)


Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Vera Mae Hale, 52, of St. Michaels, were held Jan. 30, 2019 at the St. Michaels Catholic Church.  Interment followed at the St. Michaels community cemetery.  Vera was born Sep. 7, 1966, in St. Michaels, into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Todik’ozhi (Salt Water Clan).  Vera passed away Jan. 27, 2019.

Vera is survived by her brother, Vernon Hale Jr.; sisters, Verna Hale-Tabaha, Laverne Emerson, Velma Hale, Verlena Hale and Vernonda Howard.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Sadie and Vernon Hale; grandparents, Maggie and John King, Ahadesbah Hale and Raydayah Frank. Vera attended Dine College and Northern Arizona University.  She was a life coach and mentor. (Navajo Times, January 31, 2019)


Arizona, Leupp – Services for Billy Fuson, 91, was held Jan. 30, 2019, at the family plot in Leupp, AZ.  Billy was born Mar. 15, 1927, in Tolani Lake, AZ.  Billy passed away Jan. 26, 2019, in Leupp.

Billy is survived by his daugthers, Emily Tsosie and Delores Lee; brother, Joe Fuson; and two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his brothers, Tom Fuson and Ben Fuson Sr.; sisters, Zonnie Begay, Bonnie Fuson, Zonnie Yazzie and Jane Keyonnie; and daughter, Josephine Talayumptewa. (Navajo Times, January 31, 2019)


Arizona, Houck – Funeral services for Micheal Gene Chance, 47, of Sanders, AZ., were held Jan. 25, 2019 in Houck, AZ.  Interment followed in Houck.  Micheal was born Dec. 17, 1971, in Tuba City, into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Caucasian.  Micheal passed away Jan. 18, 2019, in Gallup.

Micheal is survived by his brother, Victor Banta.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Ann Yazzie-Chance; and father, Frank Gene Chance. (Navajo Times, January 31, 2019)


Arizona, Steamboat – Funeral services for Lenita R. Lee, 63, of Cornfields, AZ., were held Feb. 2, 2019 at the Bethel Navajo Baptist Church in Steamboat.  Burial followed in Cornfields.  Lenita was born Sep. 30, 1955, in Ganado, AZ., into the Naaneesht’ezhi Tachii’nii (Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan).  Lenita passed away Jan. 28, 2019, in Phoenix.

Lenita is survived by her son, Charles James; daughters, Catherine Lee and Joleen Wagner-Berry; father, Thomas Smith; brothers, Dickie, Julius, and Wilbur Smith, Lawrence Cleveland, Johnny Curley and Leo Curley; sisters, Sylvia David, Orlanda Hodge, Ruthie Nez, Norma Noble, Rachel Locaspino, Linda Youvella and Rebecca Quintana; and 11 grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Smith; daughter, Kimberly Lee; brother, Rudy Smith; and grandparents, Edward Todacheenie and Katherine and John Stevens.

Lenita received a business administration degree at Northland Pioneer College. She worked as a community service coordinator for Cornfields Chapter and retired from the Ganado Unified Sc hool District and Northland Pioneer College. (Navajo Times, January 31, 2019)


Arizona, Ganado – Graveside service for Darrell Bitsuie, 50, of Ganado was held Feb. 7, 2019 at the family plot in Ganado.  Darrell was born Oct. 6, 1969, in Ganado, into the Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan), born for Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan).  Darrell passed away Feb. 1, 2019, in Ganado.

Darrell is survived by Gale Scott; mother, Sadie Ann Bitsuie; brothers, Fredrick Dennison, Alton Bitsuie and Al Bitsuie; and sisters, Cheryl and Cherie Bitsuie.  He is preceded in death by his father, Alfred Bitsuie; and grandparents, Mary Todacheenie and Charlie Roanhorse. Darrell was a construction worker. (Navajo Times, February 14, 2019)


Arizona, Houck – Funeral services for Theresa A. Yazzie, 53, were held Feb. 12, 2019 in Houck.  Theresa was born June 2, 1965, in Gallup.  Theresa passed away Jan. 31, 2019, in Flagstaff. Theresa worked as a general manager at Arby’s in Winslow, AZ. (Navajo Times, February 14, 2019)


Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Jackson Blackgoat, 68, of Old Coalmine, NM., were held Jan.14, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed in Fort Defiance.  Jackson was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Fort Defiance, into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan).  Jackson passed away Jan. 8, in Fort Defiance.

Jackson is survived by his stepsons, Dereck Wauneka,  Charleston Wauneka and Quan Begaye; stepdaughter, Vannessa Wauneka; brother, Danny Blackgoat; stepbrothers, Harry, Jerry, Nelson and Jimmy Tom; sisters, Nellie S Blackgoat and Linda B. Harvey; stepsister, Laverne Jaramillo; and 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded by his wife, Cynithia Blackgoat; and parents, Tsosie and Isabelle Gordy Blackgoat.

Jackson attended Sherman Insitute in California and Intermountain Indian School of Utah.  He was a self-employed rancher. (Navajo Times, February 14, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Melvina J. (Brun) Maxwell, 78, began Jan. 23, 2019 and continued until her services on Jan. 24, 2019, at the Little Rock Center.  Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red Lake, MN.  Melvina was born Apr. 5, 1940 in Red Lake, MN., to Baptiste and Bertha Maxwell.  Melvina passed away Jan. 19, 2019.

Melvina is survived by her children, Mary, Roxanne, Ron (Lisa), and Patrick; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Bratvold, June Maxwell and Betty King; and brother, John and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by parents; husband, Bo; son, Darwin; grandson, Pete; brothers, Ed, George, Allen, Donald and Robert; and sisters, Leona, Cecelia, Joanne and Violet.

Melvina worked for Comprehensive Health Services at the Day Care Center as a Day Care Aide and later retired as the Director. (The Red Lake Nation, Feb. 8, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Harold L. Kingbird, Sr., 62, of the eagle clan, “Bagwaajiiniis”, which means “Wildman”, began Jan. 23, 2019 and continued until his traditional service Jan. 25, 2019 at the Boys and Girls Club of Ponemah, MN.  Burial followed at the Kingbird Family Burial Ground in Ponemah, MN.  Harold was born in Red Lake, MN., on Aug. 23, 1956, to Jack and Lucille (Downfeather) Kingbird.  Harold passed away Jan. 21, 2019, at the Red Lake Hospital.

Harold is survived by his wife, Sharon (Stillday) Kingbird; sons, Shane Stillday, Harold (Darchelle) Kingbird, Jr. and Jeremiah Kingbird; brothers, Jack (Debbie), Willard (Andrea), Darrell(Andrea), Curtis Kingbird, and Spencer (Josie) Whitefeather; sisters, Doris Kingbird, Phyllis (Paul) Smith and Donna Lewis; and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Leo Kingbird Sr.; brothers, Gerald, Edmund and Ronald Kingbird; uncle, Lyman Kingbird; and many other relatives.

Harold attended Thief River Falls Technical College and earned a degree in welding.  He worked as a Cass Lake Halfway House counselor. (The Red Lake Nation, February 8, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – A traditional wake for Glenn Leroy Lowry Fairbanks, 38, began Feb. 2, 2019 and continued until services on Feb. 4, 2019 at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah, MN.  Glenn was born Feb. 22, 1980 in Minneapolis to Keith Lowmaster Sr. and Alberta Agnes Martin Fairbanks.  Glenn passed away Jan. 25, 2019 in Duluth.

Glenn is survived by his daughters, Nazharay White and Mariaann Snowflake Fairbanks; sons, Bezhig Fairbanks and Sapatise Makoonz Cloud; grandson, Saul White; sister, Debra White; brothers, Franklin, Steven, and Mitchell Lussier, Ronald James, Ricardo, and Johnny Webster Fairbanks, Berry Rundell, Hunter Whirlwind Horse, Keith Lowmaster Jr., James Lowmaster and Joelee Bigboy Lowmaster; stepsisters, Charlotte and Colleen Lowry; and stepbrothers, Lymon, Curtis and Derrick Lowry; love of his life, Marla Neadeau.  Glenn attended Fond du Lac Tribal College where he studied forestry and navigation. (The Red Lake Nation, February 8, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – Funeral services for Peter Thompson, Jr., 76, were held Feb. 2, 2019 at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex in Naytahwaush, MN.  Peter was born June 21, 1942 at Clearwater County, MN., to Katie (Durant) and Peter Thompson Sr.  Peter passed away Jan. 30, 2019 at his home.

Peter is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Auginaush) Thompson; daughters, Cheryl Thompson (Mike Troxell), Carol (Gary) Vik; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine “Lou” Randberg and Joy “Dolly” (Paul) Hammond; brother, Jack (Laura) Thompson; daughter-in-law, Brenda Neeland; many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his sons, Peter Thompson III and Henry Neeland; parents; in-laws, Joseph and Gertie Auginaush; sisters, Doris Goodwin, Kathy Anderson and Doroth(y Stevens; brothers, Theodore “Chick” Thompson and Edward Thompson.

Peter served in the U.S. Army and was a drill Sargent until he served in Vietnam.  He was wounded three times and received the three Purple Heart medals.  He served a second tour and was again wounded three times and received three more Purple Heart medals.  He also received the Silver Star with a V for Valor, 3 Bronze with V of  Valor, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and many other award.  He was Honorably Discharged in 1972.  He worked as a Federal Correction Officer in Sandstone.  He worked as a Police Officer in Red Lake.  He worked as a trapper for State and Tribe Predator Control and he was the manager of the Leech Lake Indian Health Hospital Facilities. (The Red Lake Nation, February 8, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Johnnie White, 49, of Moorhead, MN., began Feb. 9, 2019 and continued until service on Feb. 11, 2019 at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah, MN.  Burial followed at the White Family Burial Grounds.  Johnnie was born Mar. 31, 1969 in Red Lake to Jackie White and Elizabeth Choken.  Johnnie passed away Feb. 4, 2019.

Johnnie is survived by his brothers, Jack and Luke White; sisters, Bonnie, Shery and Agnes White; aunt, Florence Choken and several nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents; and niece, Sinead Mendoza. (Red Lake Nation, February 22, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – Traditional funeral services for Jon Dustin Prentice, “Mikinaak-Makoons-Schigi”, 47, of Redby, MN., were held Feb. 13, 2019 at the New Redby Community Center.  Jon was born Aug. 11, 1971 in Minneapolis to Harlan Gibbs and Audrey Prentice-Cavazos.  Jon passed away Feb. 7, 2019 at the Red Lake IHS Indian Hospital.

Jon is survived by his best friend, Samantha LeBeaux; children, Monica (Marcus G.), Shaylyn (Tom M.), Reise, Delya Prentice, and Maurice Lawrence III, Aelani LeBeaux, Claudette Barron and Garrett Morrison; special mom, Judy Roy; dad, William Narcomy; special uncle, Rodney Prentice Sr., numerous brothers, sisters.  He is preceded in death by his parents and special moms, Laura Downwind and Mary Kingbird.
Jon was a paraprofessional for special needs children.  He also was a counselor at a group home and a high school. (Red Lake Nation, February 22, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Lavern Thomas Omen, 78, of Red Lake began Feb. 14, 2019 and continued until the service Feb. 15, 2019 at the Red Lake Community Center.  Lavern was born Oct. 2, 1940  in Red Lake to William and Pearl (Morrison) Omen.  Lavern passed away Feb. 10, 2019 at the Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

Lavern is survived by his daughters, Denise Stately and Karen Hanson; sisters, Meryle Sayers, Linda and Mary Omen; brother, Steve Omen; special nephew, Adrian Omen and several grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Patricia Blue, Elenor Annette and Edith Omen; and brothers, William “Charlie” and Adrian Omen. (Red Lake Nation, February 22, 2019)


Minnesota, Red Lake – Memorial services for Paul Leo Smith, 92, of Red Lake were held Feb. 16, 2019 at Mission School Gym in Red Lake.  Paul was born Dec. 26, 1926 in Red Lake to Joseph and Margaret (Stand) Smith.  Paul passed away Feb. 11, 2019 at the Jourdain Perpich Extended Care Facility.

Paul is survived by his wife, Melvina Smith; sons, Paul (Norine) Smith and Ira Smith; daughters, Georgia (Kip) Gebeck, Marsha Boldt, Laura (Jim) Maher, Paula Cotter and Romelle Smith; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alvin, Benny, Allen and Robert and son-in-law, Rollie. Paul was employed the IHS Hospital in Red Lake from where he retired. (Red Lake Nation, February 22, 2019)


Minnesota, Naytahwaush – Memorial services for Lucille Turner, 86, were held Jan. 23, 2019 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Naytahwaush.  Lucille was born Feb. 16, 1932  in White Earth to Steve and Nellie (Sullivan) Bellanger.  Lucille passed away Jan. 20, 2019 at St. Mary’s Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes.

Lucille is survived by her sons, Bruce Sr. and Terence; daughters, Patricia Turner and Lynette Straub; daughter-in-law, Carol Turner; nine grandchildren and 11 great-children.  She is preceded in death by her, parents; husband, Barney; son, Michael; grandson, Aaron; and several siblings.  Lucille worked as a seamstress for a sewing factory. (Anishinaabeg Today, February 6, 2019)


Minnesota, Minneapolis – Funeral service for Lynita Lenae Sailor, 51, was held Jan. 12, 2019 at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis.  Lynita was born Dec. 12, 1967 in Detroit Lakes to Emmanuel James Sailor Sr. and Victoria Anne Big Bear.  Lynita passed away Jan. 6, 2019.

Lynita is survived by her son, Robert Millhouse Wilson Jr.; daughter, Katrina Lynne Wilson; brother, Lawton Duane Sailor; sister, Renita Denise Sailor; and grandchildren, Ayla, Jozzilyn, Alyanna, Matthew, and Jhourney.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Wilson Sr.; brothers, Austin, Jason, Calvin Sailor and Emmanuel Sailor Jr.; and nephew, Orlando Sailor. (Anishinaabeg Today, February 6, 2019)


Minnesota, Deer CreekRobert “Bobby” Lee Jackson, 57, passed away Jan. 14, 2019.  Robert is survived by his brothers, Kevin and Norman Jackson; sister, Shannon Jackson; fiance, Ingrid Crocker; and many other family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Jean Jackson. (Anishinaabeg Today, February 6, 2019)


Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral service for Kenneth “Babe” Jackson, 88, was held Jan. 25, 2019 at St. Columba Episcopal Church.  Kenneth was born Mar. 8, 1930.  Kenneth passed away Jan. 19, 2019 at home.

Kenneth is survived by his children, Kenneth (Monica), William, Timothy (Chris Fairbanks), Paul, Corrine, Karen (Greg) Doumany, Keith and Roxanne (Glenn) Bartelmy; grandchildren, great-children and great-great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Pauline (Chesley); brothers, Frederick and Edward; and sister, Evenelle. Kenneth served in the US Army and was a Korean War veteran. (Anishinaabeg Today, February 6, 2019)


Minnesota, Naytahwaush – A Mass of Christian  Burial for LouisGah Londo Sr., 63, was held Jan. 29, 2019 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.  Louis was born Oct. 31, 1955 in Crookston, MN., to Malcolm and Harriet (Emerson) Londo.  Louis passed away Jan. 24, 2019 at home.

Louis is survived by his sons, Shannon (Marissa) Londo and Louis Londo Jr.; 17 grandchildren; one great-child; brothers, Merlin, Ray, Corvin (Arlene) and Joel (Nette) Londo; sisters, Leah Hagen, Candy (Will) Peters, Dolly Londo and Kitty (Rick) Accobee; brothers-in-law, Floyd LaFriniere, Curt Bevins and Duane Spry; stepbrothers and sister, Leo (Marcie) Jacobson, Keith (Karen) Jacobson, Earl Jacobson and Lila (Delvis) Jones; special friend, Izola Hill and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mom, Opal Londo; daughters, Misty Jo and Megan; and sisters, Bonnie Wadena, Loris LaFriniere, Lynn Spry and Ardyce McCradie.

Louis attended the Vo-Tech in Detroit Lakes for plumbing and worked for several years for White Earth Public Works. (Anishinaabeg Today, February 6, 2019)


New Mexico, Farmington – Funeral services in honor of Alfred K. Newman Sr., 94, of Kirtland, NM., were held Jan. 19, 2019 at the Maranatha Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Farmington.  Interment followed at the Newman-Denetsone Family Cemetery in Whiskey Creek, NM.  Alfred was born July 21, 1924, in Rehoboth, NM., to Winnie Tso and Willie Kien, into the Naanesht’ezhi dine’e (Zuni Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). Alfred passed away Jan. 13, in Bloomfield, NM.

Alfred is survived by his wife, Betsy; sons, Alfred, Jr., Marvin C., Donovan W., and Kevin; daughter, Cherylin; brother, Henry Newman; stepmother, Esther G. Newman; sisters, Violet Nez, Marjorie Newman, Vivian Pacheco, Miriam, Virginia, and Hazel Newman.

Alfred enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was in the 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Division. As a Navajo Code Talker, Alfred fought with in the Bougainville Campaign, the Battle of Guam and the Battle of Iwo Jima.  After the war he worked as a munitions inspector at Fort Wingate. (Navajo Times, January 24, 2019)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Kenneth Becenti, 84, were held Jan. 24, 2019 in Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Burial followed at the Gallup City Cemetery.  Kenneth was born Apr. 22m 1934, in Standing Rock, NM., into the Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  His nali is Tsenabahilnii (Sleep Rock); chei is Naakai dine’e (Mexican).  Kenneth passed away Jan. 18, 2018, in Albuquerque. (Navajo Times, January 24, 2019)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Shirley Etcitty, 79, were held Jan. 25, 2019, at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Burial followed at the Rehoboth cemetery in Rehoboth, NM.  Shirley was born Dec. 3, 1939, in Mariano Lake, NM., into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Her nali is Todich’ii’nii; chei is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People).  Shirley passed away Jan. 21, 2019, in Farmington.

Shirley is survived by her sons, Raymond and Leonard Perry; daughters, Theresa and Loretta Perry, and Lea Tisha Etcitty; brothers, Bobby, Edmund, and Edison Etcitty; and sisters, Renay Etcitty, Grace Lawrence, Genevieve Gibson, Deloris Tapaha, and Darlene Etcitty.  She is preceded in death by her son, Norman Perry; brother, Eddie Etcitty; sister, Pauline Joe; and parents, Cecil and Norma Etcitty. Shirley was employed by ONEO.  She was a weaver and rancher. (Navajo Times, January 24, 2019)


New Mexico, Rehoboth – Funeral services for Mathew Brian Benally, 34, were held Jan. 31, 2019 at the Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church in Rehoboth, NM.  Burial followed at the Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup.  Mathew was born Sep. 23, 1984, into the Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover Clan), born for Kinlichii’nii (Red House People Clan), His nali is Haltsooi (Meadow People); chei is Naakai dine’e (Mexican).  Mathew passed away Jan. 24, 2019, in Phoenix.

Mathew is survived by his parents, Maggie and Notah Benally; sister, Kim Benally; and brother, Jason Benally. Mathew joined the U.S. Marine Corps.  He graduated fro the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and was employed with the Gallup Police Dept. form 2008 to 2013. (Navajo Times, January 31, 2019)


New Mexico, Fruitland – Funeral services for Raymond “Schmitty” Arthur, 65, of Fort Defiance, were held Jan. 26, 2019 at the Riverside Bread of Life Church in Fruitland, NM.  Interment followed at the Kirtland cemetery in Kirtland, NM.  Raymond was born June 17, 1953, in Farmington, into the Nooda’i dine’e (Ute Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Raymond passed away Jan. 21, 2019, in Albuquerque.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Anna Arthur; daughters, Sonja Werito and Chantana Josley; brothers, George Arthur and Robert Arthur; sisters, Priscilla Arthur-Imel and Eva Ann Tso; and two grandchildren.  Raymond graduated from Navajo Methodist Mission School in 1972 and was employed with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority for 33 years. (Navajo Times, January 31, 2019)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Diane Rose Deschene, 36, were held Feb. 2, 2019 at the LDS Church in Gallup.  Interment followed at the family plot in Navajo, NM.  Diane was born Apr. 5, 1982, in Gallup, into the Dibelzhini (Black Sheep Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Her nali is Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water); chei is Mescalero Apache.  Diane passed away Jan. 26, 2019 in Farmington.

Diane is survived by her daughter, Kierra Bitahey; father, Daniel Deschene Sr.; brothers, Daniel Deschene Jr., Nathaniel Deschene and Vance Deschene; and sisters, Lavina and Melissa Deschene.Diane attended college at Apollo/Carrington College, Albuquerque, and worked at the University of New Mexico Hospital and Isleta Indian Health Service and a medical clerk. (Navajo Times, Feb. 7, 2019)


New Mexico, Counselor – Funeral services for Bessie Sala Pinto, 83, of Counselor were held Feb. 2, 2019 at the Cedar Hill Church in Counselor.  Interment followed at the Counselor community cemetery.  Bessie was born Apr. 22, 1935, in Towaoc, CO., into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan).  Bessie passed away Jan. 25, 2019 in Rio Rancho, NM.

Bessie is survived by her daughters, Joan Manygoats and Jean Pinto; brother, Jimmie Salazar; sister, Pat Harrison; and 16 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Jake Pinto; and sons, David, Mike and Teddy Pinto. Bessie owned a restaurant where people ate for free. (Navajo Times, February 7, 2019)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Katherine Rose Lee, 68, were held Feb. 9, 2019 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Interment followed at the Gallup City Cemetery.  Katherine was born in Gallup, into the Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan).  Katherine passed away in Albuquerque.

Katherine is survived by her sister, Sarah L. Benallie; and brothers, Tom Jr., Michael, and Earl Lee.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Sadie and Tom Lee Sr.; and brother, Samuel K. Lee. (Navajo Times, Feb. 14, 2019)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Dalenna Megan Long, 24, were held Feb. 9, 2019 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Interment followed at the Gallup City Cemetery.  Dalenna was born Jan. 5, 1995, in Gallup, into the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for To’aheedliinii (Water Flowing Together Clan).  Her nali is Tl’ogi (Hairy Ones); chei is Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass-Jemez).  Dalenna passed away Feb. 4, 2019 in Phoenix.

Dalenna is survived by her partner, Cornelia Kenny; parents, Shirleen and Marvin Long; and siblings, Michael, Jessie, Sondra, Adrienne Long and Lance Lee. Dalenna attended Navajo Technical University.  She was employed as a team leader at Whataburger in Scottsdale and participated in Students Against Uranium Mining and DECA. (Navajo Times, February 14, 2019)


New Mexico, Tohatchi – Funeral services for Raymond Toledo, 88, were held Feb. 15, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tohatchi.  Burial followed at the Naschitti community cemetery.  Raymond was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Ojo Encino, NM., into the Hashtl’ishnii (Mud Clan), born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan).  Raymond passed away Feb. 9, 2019, in Albuquerque.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Nora Roanhorse-Toledo; daughters, Julia Toledo, Lorraine Chato, Julie Perkins, and Shannon Roanhorse; sons, Bennie, Ignacio, Edward, Harrison Toledo, and Johnny Perkin. Raymond was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad for 15 years. (Navajo Times, February 14, 2019)


New Mexico, Thoreau – Funeral services for Pearl J. Curley, 94, for of Prewitt, NM., were held Feb. 9, 2019 at the Thoreau Church of God.  Interment followed in Albuquerque.  Pearl was born May, 2, 1924, in Prewitt, into the Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan).  Pearl passed away Feb. 2, 2019 in Albuquerque.

Pearl is survived by her sons, Nelson and James Curley; daughters, Ruthann Begay, Rita Yazzie, Sandra Delgarito and Corina Smiley; and five generations of descendants from seven different families (Manning, Martinez, Jake, Delgaritos, Yazzie, Curleys, Smiley and Adams).  She is preceded in death by her husband, James Francis Curley Sr.; daughters, Barbara, Mary, Gloria and Berniece; and four children at birth to newborn. (Navajo Times, February 14, 2019)


Washington, Yakima – Burial for Raymond Charles James, 83, was held Jan. 18, 2019 in the Reservation Community Memorial Park, Wapato, WA.  Raymond was born Apr. 5, 1935  to Thompson and Marie (Craig) James in Tacoma, WA. Raymond passed away Jan. 15, 2019 in the Yakima Astria Regional Hospital.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Tucelia “Chub” James; children, Debbie James, Kathy (Lloyd) Barkley, Alvin (Cindy) James, Evelyn James and Billy Tahkeal;  He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Tom, William, Harvey Boyd, Joseph, Alvina, Jeanette, Marie and Betty. Raymond enlisted in the US Marine Corps.  He worked as a television repairman, Yakama Nation Tribal Police Officer,  Yakama Agency BIA and Yakama purchasing officer, and served on the Yakama Nation Tribal Council.  (Yakama Nation Review, January 30, 2019)


Wisconsin, Hayward - Tribal Funeral Rites for Stanley O. Quagon III, age 22, of Lac Courte Oreilles, WI were held Feb. 20, 2019 at Big Drum Ceremonial Center in Lac Courte Oreilles.  Stanley Owen Quagon III was born Feb. 24, 1996 in Hayward, WI to Stanley Quagon Jr. and Angel Potack. Stanley passed away Feb. 16, 2019.

Stanley is survived by his mother, parents; son, Eli Quagon; brothers, Guyson Quagon, Tabian Quagon; sisters, Tory Quagon, Marie Potack, Precious Froemel, Hazel Quagon; grandfathers, Stanley Quagon Sr., Robert Sanchez, Erv Cross; significant other, Alicia Thompson; several aunts, uncles & cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Rose Potack & Sharon Quagon.


Wisconsin, Hayward - A Memorial Gathering for Sylvia J. LaRonge, Biidakwaum “Storm Rolling In” age 73, of Hayward was held Mar. 8, 2019 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Sylvia Joyce Schmock was born Mar. 2, 1946 in Hayward, to Raymond and Elizabeth (Butler) Schmock. Sylia passed away Mar. 3, 2019 at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Thorne Francis LaRonge; son, Daniel Mark LaRonge; daughter, Therese “Terri” LaRonge; granddaughters, Teshena & Alayna LaRonge; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur Schmock; sisters, Wanda Toews and, Millie Merk, Verna LaRonge & Norma Ross; many nephews & nieces.  She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Roger & Eldon; sister, Yvonne; brothers-in-law, George “Butch” Ross and Richard Merk; nephews, Gordon Gregory and Arthur Schmock.

Sylvia worked as a cook for the Minneapolis School system and for LCO Casino, The Club Café, and the Reserve Elder Center.


 

 

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Native News Update March 15, 2019

March 16, 2019 - 4:30am

This week's stories: Buffy Sainte-Marie to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame; Native American art showcased in American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for first time; Native American lawyer Sarah Deer to be inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame; Barona Cultural Center & Museum finalist for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service; New manuscript being written documenting the life of Native American Army Veteran Marcella LeBeau.

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Native News Update March 8, 2019

March 9, 2019 - 2:30am

This week's stories:  Poarch Band of Creek Indians cover funeral cost of tornado victims; “Fast Horse” takes home a win at Sundance Film Festival; Resolution to recognize Native American women introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives; Veterinary students offer Minnesota Native American communities free services; Rep. Deb Haaland makes history for Native American women a second time; First nationally distributed children’s series to feature a Native American lead character.

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Native News Update March 1, 2019

March 2, 2019 - 3:47am

This week's stories:  Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community partner with the American Heart Association to launch Native nutrition health campaign; Honoring Native American Women of Wisconsin; Food Sovereignty Summit to be held at Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; Cherokee Nations contributes millions to school districts in Oklahoma; Lac du Flambeau students perform songs from new album “Hear Our Songs.”

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Native News Update February 22, 2019

February 23, 2019 - 11:28am

This week's stories:  Grandmother Josephine Mandamin journeys to the spirit world; Lower Brule Sioux Tribe receives the NRCS South Dakota Excellence in Cooperative Conservation Award; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe partner with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation; The Spokane Tribe goes solar; Japanese anime “Your Name”  Hollywood remake will feature a Native American girl.

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Changing Elizabeth Warren’s story to one about Native America

February 16, 2019 - 5:50pm

The majority of Americans know little to nothing about Native Americans, our issues, or our contributions

By Crystal Echo Hawk
 - First Published by Indian Country Today -

Invisibility of Native peoples to most of America threatens our fundamental rights and the wellbeing of our children. We are invisible within government, Hollywood, the news media, and in our schools. It’s the reason that the president, lawmakers, and the media use derogatory racial stereotypical language about Native people with impunity. Our invisibility and erasure is seen as normal.

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Seminoles Unveil New Hard Rock Café Prototype

February 16, 2019 - 5:20pm

By Sandra Hale Schulman
 - News From Indian Country -

The first big unveiling in the still under construction Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL opened with a guitar smashing ceremony last November.

The new restaurant and retail area of the property’s expanded Hollywood complex are the first finished areas to open as part of the $1.5 billion revamp of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.  

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Native News Update February 15, 2019

February 16, 2019 - 12:25am

This week's stories:  Vice Sports highlights the life of a Navajo cowboy; The United Tribe Technical College celebrates 50 years; Tanksi Clairmont to lead Tribal Solar Accelerator; AIAI plans for research center; Native youth delegation will be attending the National High School Model United Nations Conference.

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“Anishinaabek Camp - Shutdown Line 5” weathers vortex in fight against deteriorating Enbridge pipeline

February 13, 2019 - 8:23pm

Interview with Cody Bigjohn by Paul DeMain  - #1 of 5
 - Pellston, Michigan (NFIC) -

My name is Cody Bigjohn, Odawa/Ojibwe Ndow. I come from the land of the Cricket Tree. I am Odawa and Ojibwe. I grew up in Lansing, which is the state capital of Michigan. I’ve been up here in the northern part of Michigan for about 20 years, now. Outside of camp, I’m a graphic designer, screen printer. I have two children.

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Federal lawsuit filed by estate of man shot multiple times and killed in Brown County Jail

February 13, 2019 - 5:28pm

GREEN BAY, Wis. - (WBAY)
 -www.wbay.com-

The estate of a man who was shot and killed in the sally port of the Brown County jail has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming violations of Jonathon Tubby’s constitutional rights.

A complaint obtained by Action 2 News in Green Bay, Wisconsin was filed Jan. 24 by the Estate of Jonathon C. Tubby. The complaint states Tubby was shot multiple times--including a close range shot to the head.

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Troublemaking: A Mohawk Tradition and the Heroes of Alcatraz

February 11, 2019 - 6:37pm

By Doug George-Kanentiio
 -Akwesasne Mohawk-

One of the more admirable traits of the Mohawk people is the ability to shake things up, to disturb the complacent, to agitate, confront and demand.

It was no mere chance that Skennenrahowi, the Peacemaker, decided to enter Mohawk territory first as they had the most formidable reputation, one based on cruelty, vengeance and plain meanness. His reasoning was that if he could shift the Mohawks away from being artists of war to proponents of peace he could effect similar changes in any people, at any time.

Skennenrahowi succeeded but not before he proved to a doubtful people that he was, in truth, a messenger from the Creator. But he did not extinguish Mohawk characteristics such as their innate intelligence, their physical toughness, their willingness to speak out when moved by an issue or to take leadership in the face of adversity. The Mohawks then, and for most of our history, refused to be passive even in times of danger.

In the past century we have many examples of Mohawks who refused to bend to the forces of oppression. These people were not complacent with the ways things were but risked liberty, home security and their personal safety to take a stand in defense of what they believed to be right.

In the first decades of the 20th century Akwesasne in particular was mired in factionalism. The border was set, the elected councils in place and the traditional customs called the “longhouse” virtually invisible. The Nation council leaders had been jailed and one of their supporters killed by the RCMP for resisting the imposition of the Indian Act system. Despite repeated attempts to get rid of the St. Regis tribal council New York actively intervened and kept the “trustees” in place.

Yet the idea, the dream, of a united Mohawk people at Akwesasne would not fade. A new era of activism began after World War I when Iroquois leaders from New York to Wisconsin sought o assert the right to self determination. From the Oneidas of Wisconsin came Laura Cornelius Kellogg, one of the founders of the Society of American Indians, a group of Natives from across the United States who shared their common experiences and adopted a pro-unity strategy. Ms. Cornelius-Kellogg wanted the revival of the Iroquois Confederacy as a recognized entity in the world and the return of lands stolen by New York State. She was the first person to travel to Europe using an Iroquois passport and she came to Akwesasne to help the Mohawks regain control over the territory under the jurisdiction of the Mohawk Nation Council.

Grand councils were held at Akwesasne where Ms. Cornelius Kellogg spoke with passion. She helped win the Paul Diabo case in the US Supreme Court which recognized the aboriginal right to cross the border and thereby saved the economic lives of thousands of Mohawks.

Grand councils were held at Akwesasne where Ms. Cornelius Kellogg spoke with passion. She helped win the Paul Diabo case in the US Supreme Court which recognized the aboriginal right to cross the border and thereby saved the economic lives of thousands of Mohawks. She was a real troublemaker as seen by the US and tribal council supporters. She gave inspiration to the people to reject the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 which in turn led the clanmothers of the Nation to block the entrance of the old tribal building on St. Regis Road and order the tribal council to disband. Those brave ladies were certainly troublemakers.

As were the families who built the longhouse on Route 37 at great personal risk. At that time a family could have lost their jobs, been evicted from their homes and stripped of their enrollment status if they were seen to have taken part in the ancient rituals. But a group of young people refused to concede to the accusation that they were “dancing with the devil” and renewed the ceremonies.

Among these brave ones, these troublemakers, were Alec Gray, Joe Mitchell, Ross and Madeline David, Mike Boots and Ray Fadden. It was Mr. Fadden who added to this fire when he took Mohawk history into the schools and made those stories into a source of pride. He raised a generation of young Mohawks to extract the wisdom and teachings of their grandparents and restore dignity to a people. Among his compatriots was Ernest Benedict, one of the first Mohawk college graduates, the editor of the first Mohawk newspaper and a man who was jailed because he defied the US and said it had no right to draft Mohawks into World War II. Ernie did serve with distinction but he never compromised on his ideals.

Another contemporary was Phillip Cook. Although he remained a Christian throughout his life he was an advocate for the restoration of the traditional government. He was elected as one of the three trustees for the Tribal Council but knew the people wanted that “elected” system out. So after receiving almost universal support he, and the other trustees, disbanded the Tribe in 1948 only to have New York State hold an off territory election and using the threat of the New York State Police return the tribe to power.

In the 1950’s we had the leadership of Frank Thomas-Standing Arrow. He had been taught by his elders that the Mohawk people had never sold their ancestral lands despite the fraudulent Seven Nations of Canada and Joseph Brant “treaties”. Rather than wait for litigation he acted and in 1957 moved his family and other Mohawks to the Schoharie Creek at its confluence with the Mohawk River west of Amsterdam. He held on for two years until New York once again sent in the troopers to burn their longhouse and dismantle the community.

But Standing Arrow was right, direct assertion of Mohawk sovereignty was a possibility. His troublemaking inspired young Mohawks such as Tom Porter to become advocates for traditional knowledge and a group of Kahnawakeronons to act on that knowledge in May of 1974 when they moved to secure a camp at Eagle Bay, NY and give birth to Ganienkeh. What Standing Arrow did was to show the viability of the longhouse in political matters. A Nation Council could govern and was seen as leading the move towards unifying Akwesasne.

Among the people affected by Standing Arrow was Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell. He made serious trouble when he and his friends blocked traffic on Kawehnoke to protest the imposition of import duties on goods taken from the “US” to Mohawk homes north of the border. What Mr. Mitchell did on December 1968 ignited a national movement to assert aboriginal rights across Canada.

From that incident, which received worldwide attention, came the publication Akwesasne Notes, the most influential Native news journal in history, And the White Roots of Peace, the travel troupe which was the most effective advocate for Native sovereignty. Both were sanctioned by the Mohawk Nation Council and made Akwesasne the beacon for the rights of indigenous people worldwide. Now that was epic troublemaking.

Then came the takeover at Alcatraz in November, 1969. The Native peoples of the US were ready for the spark which would ignite the movement and it came from Richard Oakes, the son of Irene Foote (my grandmother’s niece) and Arthur Oakes, both Akwesasnoronons. Richard was schooled in Mohawk nationalism by the White Roots when the troupe visited San Francisco in early 1968. He promoted the ideas of Standing Arrow, Ray Fadden and Ernie Benedict-his edicts read at Alcatraz were absolutely pro-Native sovereignty and when he swam to that island on November 9, in 50 degree water through 250 yards of lethal currents he initiated what we all have benefited from: the principles of Native self determination and the use of direct action to assert those rights. Oakes did not wait for the courts, he did not engage in useless, confidential negotiations with government officials, he would not be coerced by those who wanted to take a more “reasonable” approach to Native rights. He saw the dangers of appeasement so he stripped off his shirt, plunged into the San Francisco Bay and did a perfect Akwesasne backstroke to Alcatraz. Joining Oakes in that epic swim were Joe Bill, Ross Harden, Jim Vaughn and Jerry Hatch.

And so began a truly historic trouble making with international ramifications.

Richard Thariwasatse Oakes would be murdered in 1972 in his 30th year but his legacy is wide reaching. When he was shot and killed a national caravan was organized to go to Washington and demand his death be investigated by the federal government. This caravan, originally named after Oakes, would become the Trail of Broken Treaties and arrive in DC in later October, 1972 on the eve of the US national elections. The headquarters of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (an agency then led by Akwesasne Mohawk Louis Bruce) was occupied and ransacked (some say by government agents). After leaving the BIA with money given by the Richard Nixon reelection campaign many of the occupiers would rally to the call for support at Pine Ridge, South Dakota in February, 1973. With the American Indian Movement in prominence the standoff at Wounded Knee, SD would last for over 100 days and become the longest armed standoff between the US and Native peoples in the 20th century.

There would be other incidents of trouble at Akwesasne and elsewhere across both Canada and the US. To respond to this the Americans would pass new legislation including the 1988  National Indian Gaming Act, a law impossible to conceive of without Native activism with an economic slant. If those troublemakers had not been brave enough to take their stands we would all still be under the heavy hand of Indian agents, hostile courts and oppressive state and federal legislatures.

With Oakes at Alcatraz were the original group: LaNada Means War Jack, Joe Bill, David Leach, John Whitefox, Ross Harden, Jim Vaughn, Linda Arayando, Bernell Blindman, Kay Many Horse, John Virgil, John Martell, Fred Shelton, Rick Evening, Jerry Hatch and Al Miller with prime organizer Adam Fortunate Eagle and spokesperson John Trudell.  Peter Blue Cloud Aroniawenrate Williams of Kahnawake would become the poet and chronicler of Alcatraz.

We should all be grateful for those Native patriots even as we look for those in this generation to show the same leadership, to show the same courage and unbending will as their troublemaking grandparents. With Oakes at Alcatraz were the original group: LaNada Means War Jack, Joe Bill, David Leach, John Whitefox, Ross Harden, Jim Vaughn, Linda Arayando, Bernell Blindman, Kay Many Horse, John Virgil, John Martell, Fred Shelton, Rick Evening, Jerry Hatch and Al Miller with prime organizer Adam Fortunate Eagle and spokesperson John Trudell.  Peter Blue Cloud Aroniawenrate Williams of Kahnawake would become the poet and chronicler of Alcatraz.

Other events and laws which came about directly because of the new activism coming from Alcatraz:

BIA takeover

Wounded Knee 1973

Ganienkeh 1974

The end of the termination era and the restoration of federal recognition to many nations including the Menominee and Klamath

The enactment of the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act

The passage of the Indian Education Act

The enactment of the American Indian Child Welfare Act

The expansion of Indian Health Services

The enactment of the Indian Self Determination law

The founding of the Indian Water Rights Office

The passage of the Native Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

The passage of the Indian Gaming Act

The founding of the National Museum of the American Indian

The 1978 Longest Walk

The 1977 Native presence at the United Nations Human Rights forum in Geneva

And the 2007 passage of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

And yet there is still no formal recognition of Richard Oakes at Akwesasne. Perhaps on the 50th anniversary of the swim to Alcatraz we can do something tangible to give him and his compatriots the honour they deserve.


 

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An open government; Three weeks & three questions

February 11, 2019 - 6:01pm

By Mark Trahant

-Indian Country Today-

What’s next? Will there be another government shutdown? And what about the border?

President Donald J. Trump signed into law during Janauary, a three-week spending bill to fund about a quarter of government operations. That ended the longest government shutdown in history. More than 800,000 federal employees did not get paid during the shutdown, plus the interruption in revenue for federal contractors, including tribes and nonprofits.

Yet the White House is already talking about another shutdown unless Democrats on Capitol Hill agree to his original pitch for $5.7 billion wall along the U.S. and Mexico border.

“No one wants a government shutdown, it’s not a desired end,” said Mick Mulvaney, the White House acting chief of staff on “Fox News Sunday.”“But when the president vetoes a bill that’s put in front of him as a spending package, sometimes that has effect of shutting the government down. We don’t go into this trying to shut the government down.” He said the president will push for a wall where it’s needed “the quickest” and not a 2,000 mile structure.

Let’s look at three big questions: What’s next in this fight? Will there be another government shutdown? And what about the border?


What’s next?

The practical takes over the first week. Government agencies have to catch up on a month of work piling up. Contracts, phone messages, decisions, even collecting garbage, basically the works. This will take time.

There will be a lot of demand, for example, from tribes and non-profit organizations to get cash flow restarted to pay for self-governance and other contracts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

As for employees, Mick Mulvaney, the White House acting chief of staff, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” that the government will move quickly to pay employees. “Some of them may be later this week, but we hope that by the end of this week, all of the back pay will be made up and, of course, the next payroll will go out on time.”

One issue that must be sorted out: overtime. In in order to make due during the shutdown some agencies required overtime from the employees that did work. How will that overtime be paid? And what will that do to agency budgets since the furloughed employees will also be paid? In the lawsuit filed by federal Indian Service employees, for example, the documents said some law enforcement agents exceeded 70 hours in a work week.

In Congress the next step is a conference committee. The House will argue for its language, which includes funding for border security but not a new wall, and the Senate which would give the Trump administration wide latitude about where to spend $5.7 on a border wall. (A wall along the entire border has additional cost and legal hurdles, as much as $70 billion, plus the cost of buying what is now private property.)

The conference committee will look for language that can pass both the House and the Senate. It could split the difference or try for a larger immigration bill that adds priorities from the Democrats, such as permanent legal status for residents who arrived in the United States as children without authorization.

The committee could ask for more time with an additional temporary spending bill or a continuing resolution.

Will there be another government shutdown?

The president remains a wild card. Any deal that results from the conference committee is likely the product of a give and take between the Senate and the House. It will not be the president’s demand for a wall or else. So will he shut the government again?

The White House is already saying yes. That started Friday, Jan 25th when the president made the announcement about the government reopening. “So let me be very clear: We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” he said. “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15th, again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency. We will have great security.”

“So let me be very clear: We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” he said. “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15th, again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency. We will have great security.”

President Donald Trump

That leaves the White House with the option of trying to build a wall using emergency powers instead of an appropriation from Congress.

The potential of a shutdown could unite Republicans who think that is a poor way to govern.

Congress has the power of the purse. It can override the president on spending or on legislation. That could happen if there is another shutdown fight.

There is also a new found support for members of Congress wanting to take federal employees out of the equation, perhaps even coming up with legislation that would prevent a future shutdown.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, for example, apologized to federal workers and said she is supporting measures to make certain that it does not happen again. “If there was every any silver lining to this, it was to understand that there was no good reason for a shutdown ever, but also I think we gained a little bit of appreciation for the good work that our federal employees do for us, -- the work that they do is important and we appreciate it,” she said.

This idea could include the legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, that would protect the revenue to tribes through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service. (A measure that tribes have long supported.)

And what about the border?

Later that day the Tribal Border Alliance held a press conference outlining their ideas for the border. There are 26 federally–recognized tribes with homelands that include the southern border.

But in Congress and in the White House there remain deep divisions about immigration policy, enforcement, and even the definition of a crisis on the border. That’s even before there is a debate about the wall.

At the Rose Garden, the president said, “I believe that crime in this country can go down by a massive percentage if we have great security on our southern border. I believe drugs, large percentages of which come through the southern border, will be cut by a number that nobody will believe.”

However as the Brookings Institution reports: “The crime statistics, with few exceptions, tell a very different story. In 2014, 14,249 people were murdered, the lowest homicide rate since 1991 when there were 24,703, and part of a pattern of steady decline in violent crime over that entire period.”

Brooking found no evidence “that undocumented residents accounted for either the rise in crime or even for a substantial number of the crimes, in Chicago or elsewhere. The vast majority of violent crimes, including murders, are committed by native–born Americans.”

Brookings also points out that drug smuggling will continue. Most of it now is through border points and a wall would have to be at least 70 feet deep to prevent tunnels from being constructed.

And this comes at a time when unauthorized immigration is shrinking. According to Pew Research, “the nation’s unauthorized immigrant population grew rapidly between 1990 and 2007, reaching a peak of 12.2 million. Since then, the population declined to 10.7 million. Unauthorized immigrants from Mexico make up half of all unauthorized immigrants and have been a driver of the group’s population decline – the number of unauthorized immigrants from Mexico fell from a peak of 6.9 million in 2007 to 5.4 million in 2016.”

The White House continues to raise the possibility of declaring a national emergency in order to build the wall without Congress. But that raises other questions, too. An emergency order will be challenged in the court system and that will prevent construction immediately. What’s more an emergency order might only work for this year’s funding, money that would have to be spent before Sept. 30, 2019. After that Congress would have to appropriate more funds. Another concern by many conservatives is that if Trump does use emergency powers to build a wall, the next president could use the same authority to use federal resources for climate change or another priority of the Democrats.

Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Follow him on Twitter - @TrahantReports


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Walking On as listed in the Febuary 2019 NFIC

February 11, 2019 - 5:36pm

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Harrison A. Watchman Sr. 70, were held Jan. 2, 2019 at the Potter’s House in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed in Fort Defiance.  Harrison was born Oct. 23, 1948, in Shiprock, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Naaneesht’ezhi Tachii’nii (Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan).  Harrison passed away Dec. 25, 2018 in Gallup.

Harrison is survived by his wife, Elouise Watchman; sons, Harrison Watchman Jr. and Keith Stewart; daughters, Valentina Sallis and Gwen Watchman; mother, Helen Silentman; brother, Phillip Silentman; sisters, Merlinda Miles, Christine Randolph and Linda Church; and grandson, Brayden Watchman.  He is preceded in death by his son, Dean Watchman; father, Tony Chicharello; stepfather, Harry Silentman; son-in-law, Keith B. Sallis; sister, Laura Jean Homer; and brothers, Willis Watchman and Henry Watchman.

Harrison attended New Mexico Highlands University.  He worked at Navajo Forest Products Industry, and Peabody Western Coal Co., and 26 years at P&M Coal Mine and 10 years at Navajo Transit. (Navajo Times, January 3, 2019)



Arizona, Steamboat – Funeral services for Joshua Michael Sholley, 30, of Sawmill, AZ., were held Jan. 3, 2019 at the Bethel Navajo Baptist Church in Steamboat.  Burial followed at the family plot in Steamboat.  Joshua was born Jan. 18, 1988, in Yuba City, CA., into the Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan), born for Bilagaana.  Joshua passed away Dec. 22, 2018 in Fort Defiance.

Joshua is survived by Tonika Tsosie; son, Jacoby Tsosie; daughters, Kloie Tsosie and Taelynn Tsosie; and grandparents, Genevieve and Johnny F. Attson Sr.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Joan M. Attson Sr.

Joshua was employed with Navajo Nation Oil and Gas and also Sawmill Chapter House and Richard Casey Construction Co. (Navajo Times, January 3, 2019)



Arizona, Black Mountain – Funeral services for Marcus Charley, 36, of Cottonwood, AZ., were held Jan. 5, 2019 at the Black Mountain Mission Church.  Burial followed at the Black Mountain community cemetery.  Marcus was born Jan. 15, 1972, in Fort Defiance, into the Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Marcus passed away Dec. 29, 2018, in Chinle.

Marcus is survived by his sons, Joshua B. Charley, Marquis Charley, and Marc Charley; mother, Mary C. Charley; brothers, Virgil and Matthew Charley; and sister, Coranda Whitesheep.  He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Charley Sr.; and brother, Thomas Charley Jr.

Marcus worked with the National Park Service, Mountain State Railroad Company and other construction companies. (Navajo Times, January 3, 2019)



Arizona, Chinle – Funeral services for Lucy Ruth VanWinkle, 78, in Chinle, were held Dec. 24, at the Church o Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Chinle.  Interment followed in Nazlini, AZ.  Lucy was born Mar. 8, 1940, in Chinle, into the Deeshchii’nii (Start of the Red Streak People Clan), born for Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan).  Lucy passed away Dec. 20, 2018, in Albuquerque.

Lucy is survived by her sons, Teddy Draper III, Wendell Draper, Michael Draper Sr., Teddy Draper Jr. and Otto Draper Sr.; daughters, Lorranine Wilson, Theodora Draper, Gloria Begody, Wendy Draper, Theocia Begay, Geneva Stephens and Celia Tsinajinnie; brothers, Daniel Deeshchiinii and Luther VanWinkle; sisters, Cecelia VanWinkle, Lena Nez, Tressia Dedman and Sophia VanWinkle; and 32 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Jones VanWinkle; sister, Bertha Goldtooth; and brothers, Cecil VanWinkle and Herman VanWinkle.

Lucy received a GED, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree. (Navajo Times, January 3, 2019)



Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral mass for Richard Gerald Foley, was held Dec. 28, 2018 at the Mother of Mankind Catholic Church in St. Michaels, AZ.  A rosary preceded the mass.  Richard passed away Dec. 17, 2018 at home in Mesa, AZ.  Burial will be in New York.

Richard is survived by his wife, Michelle L. Yazzie; brothers, Greg Foley and Michael Foley; sister, Patricia Foley Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Richard had a passion for coaching and teaching. (Navajo Times, January 3, 2019)



Arizona, Kayenta – Funeral services for Isabel M. Kitsale, 96, were Jan. 5, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Kayenta.  Interment followed at the family site near Chilchinbeto, AZ.  Isabel was born June 15, 1922 in Chilchinbeto region, into the To’aheedliinii (Water Flow Together Clan), born for To’ahani (Near the Water Clan).  Isabel passed away Dec. 30, 2018 in Gilbert, AZ.

Isabel is survived by her son, Calvin; daughter, Florence; sister, Ruth Luna; grandson, Jim; and granddaughter, Christina.

Isabel was employed for over 30 years with the BIA Boarding School in Kayenta, before retiring. (Navajo Times, January 10, 2019)



Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Lee Christopher Bitsuie, 76, were held Jan. 11, 2019 at Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Defiance.  Burial followed at the Fort Defiance Veterans Cemetery.  Lee was born Aug. 10, 1942, in Steamboat, AZ, to KeaAhene and Irene Bitsuie.  Lee passed away between Dec. 29, 2018 and Jan. 5, 2019 in Steamboat Canyon, AZ.

Lee is survived by his daughters, Dorothy, Ruby, Sarah, Cheryl, Cherie, Charmaine, Carolene, Alicia, and Sky; sons, Al, Leland, Adrian, Andrew, and Christopher; sisters, Charlene Yazzie and LaRose Chiquito; brothers, Wallace, Howard, Lester, Paul and Wilbur A. Bitsuie; and 30 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and military comrades.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank KeaAhene; sister, Ida Yellowhair; daughter, Caroletta Bradley; and son, Leroy Gorman.

Lee joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam war earning a Purple Heart and other commendations.  He served with the 25th Infantry Division.  Upon returning to civilian life he held jobs and positions with the Navajo Nation government.  He also held a position of commanding the Steamboat Veterans Organization. (Navajo Times, January 10, 2019)



Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Jerome Thomas Nez, 36, of St. Michaels, AZ., were held Jan. 16, 2019 at the Mary, Mother of Mankind Parish Mission in St. Michaels.  Burial followed at the St. Michaels cemetery.  Jerome was born Nov. 7, 1962, in Fort Defiance, into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Jerome passed away Jan. 2, 2019, in Orlando, FL.

Jerome is survived by his father, Thomas N. Nez; brothers, Jamie and Alex Nez; sister, Margarita Nez; and grandparents, Elizabeth Keeto, Tom Nakai Nez and Mary J. Nez.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen J. Keeto; brothers, Victor Keeto and Jeremie Nez; and grandfather, Henry Keeto.

Jerome worked in construction. (Navajo Times, January 10, 2019)



Arizona, Fort Defiance – Graveside service for Stanley Ben, 76, of Fort Defiance was held Jan. 17, 2019 at the Fort Defiance Veterans Cemetery.  Stanley was born in 1943 in Fort Defiance, into the Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan), born for Totsohnii (Big Water Clan).  Stanley passed away Jan. 13, 2019 in Fort Defiance.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Alice Ben; sons, Leon Hunter Sr. and Wesley Harvey; daughters, Yanniibah Brunello, DawnLei Hunter Ben, Nasbah Hunter Ben, Seanna Hunter Ben and Emma Boisselle; brother, Calvin Ben Sr.; and sister, Mary Francis Bedonie.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Bilagody Ben; father, Charlie Chee Ben; sister, Marian Joe; and brother, Leonard Ben.

Stanley was one of the first five students to graduate from Intermountain High School and one of the first students of Navajo Community College.  Stanley served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and worked in the maintenance and transportation department for O.N.E.O.  He also worked with St. Michaels and Oak Springs Head Start bus driver and maintenance for Navajo Housing Authority. (Navajo Times, January 17, 2019)



Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Milton Bluehouse Sr., 82, were held Jan. 17, at the St. Michaels Catholic Mission Church.  Milton was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Ganado, AZ., into the Tl’izi lani (Many Goats Clan), born for Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan).  Milton passed away Jan. 14, 2019 in Ganado.

Milton is survived by his wife, Irma Bluehouse; daughter, Bernadette Bluehouse; and sons, Milton Bluehouse Jr., Douglas Lowery and Darwin Lowery.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Sam Bluehouse; sister, Roberta Bluehouse; and brother, Homer Bluehouse.

Milton attended Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961.  Milton was interim Navajo Nation president, interim Navajo Nation vice president, Navajo Nation Council delegate, Ganado Chapter president, Ganado Chapter Treasurer, Ganado School Board president and Ganado School Board vice president. (Navajo Times, January 17, 2019)



Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Gennie Kingbird, “Gezhibaay-aashiik”, “Whirl Wind Woman” 41, of Ponemah began on Jan. 10th 2019 and continued with her traditional service on Jan. 12, 2018 at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah, MN.  Interment followed in the Kingbird Family Burial Grounds at Ponemah.  Gennie was born in Bemidji, MN and Apr. 22, 1977 to Bernice and Alfred Kingbird, Sr.  Gennie passed away Jan. 6, 2019 at the Red Lake HIS Hospital in Red Lake, MN.

Gennie is survived by her daughter, Miyah Kingbird; sons, Clarence Patterson, Jr., Damon Patterson, Ethan Kingbird and Jeremiah Kingbird Jr.; father; brothers, Lonny (Bobbi Jo), T’Jay, Tobie (Colette), Patrick Kingbird and Alfred Kingbird Jr.; sisters, Shanna (Alvin Johnson, Jr.), and Leah (Linsey) Kingbird; uncles, John (Rita) and Rudy Kingbird; aunties, Andrea (David) Rosebear and Mona Nelson and Roberta (Sami) Syed, Judy French, Mardel (Roland) Iceman and Elsie (Robert) Rushman and Beverly Cloud; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her mother; grandparents, John and Julia Kingbird, Sarah and Fred Kingbird Sr.; aunties, Brenda, Roberta, Carol and Verna Kingbird, Regina French, Elsie Burr, Lillian Jones, and Grace Perkins; uncles, Harlan Kingbird Sr., Francis Stillday, Gerry Kingbird and Fred Kingbird Jr. (The Red Lake Nation, January 25, 2019)



Minnesota, Red Lake – A memorial gathering for Robert Malone III, 82 of Red Lake was held at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home Jan. 11, 2019.  Robert passed away Jan. 6, 2019 at the Fargo VA Hospital. (The Red Lake Nation, January 25, 2019)



Minnesota, Red Lake – Memorial services for Peggy Nelson, 59 of Clearbrook, MN., were held Jan. 14, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Fosston.  A private interment will be held at a later date.  Peggy was born Sept. 28, 1959 to Robert and Lois (Dunning) Ball in Fosston, MN.  Peggy passed away Jan. 9, 2019 at the Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Wally; children, Dana (Keith) Wojciechowski, Jolene Nelson, Ben (Jill) Nelson, and Brady (Amanda) Nelson; grandchildren, Kally Wojciechowski, Isaiah Lande, Paxton Gauger, Molly, Maddy, and Gus Nelson, Talia, Harvey, and Elloise Nelson; father, Robert Ball; sisters, Debbie (Ernie) Moen, Judy (Paul) Ophus and Roberta (Paul) Freeman; Norma Erickson; and many family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her, mother; brother, Randy Ball; nephew, Bobby Ball and grandparents.

Peggy received her Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics form the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie.  She taught Family, Home and Consumer Science at the Red Lake High School form 1993 to 2019. (The Red Lake Nation, January 25, 2019)



Minnesota, Red Lake – Services for Paul Thornhill, 39 of St. Paul, MN., were held Jan. 18, 2019 at Gichitwaa Kateri Church in Minneapolis, MN.  Paul was born Jan. 21, 1979 to Richard Defoe and Pamela Nelson in Coon Rapids, MN.  Paul passed away Jan. 11, 2019.

Paul is survived by his children Sasha Thornhill and Paul Thornhill Jr.; special friend, Holly Beth Johnson; mother; twin brother, Alex (Nikki) Thornhill; siblings, Matthew (Demeri) Thornhill, Patrick (Marie) Blanchard, Carl Nelson, Dylan (Anna) Nelson, Ruby Mitchell, Richard (Annie) Defoe Jr., Brooke Defoe, Crystal (Myron) Cobenais Sr., Richelle May, Danielle May, Shanoah May and Christopher Defoe; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his father; grandparents; grandmother, Priscilla Defoe; brother, Donovan (Sam) Schoenborn; cousin, James Lee Gibbs and aunt, Mary Thornhill.

Paul worked for PROM Catering which let him travel all over the United States doing catering events. (The Red Lake Nation, January 25, 2019)



Minnesota, Red Lake – Funeral services for Harlow Edward Berg, 86, were held Jan. 26, 2019 at Samhold Lutheran Church, in Gonvick, MN.  Military Honors were accorded by American Legion Post #304 of Gonvick, MN.  Interment followed at Samhold Lutheran Cemetery.  Harlow was born Sept. 8, 1932 to Robert and Getta in Gonvick, MN.  Harlow passed away Jan. 17, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center, Bemidji, MN.

Harlow is survived by his wife, Tippy; children, Tim (Roxanne), Kevin (Sheryl), and Terri (Keith); grandchildren, Derek (Molly), Matt (Melissa), Jonny (Molly), Megan and Jenna; great-grandchildren, Owen, Evie, Greta, Ethan, Regan, Nora and Charlie; sister-in-law, Virginia (Ginny) Berg and Mavis Eck; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Berg, Jr.

Harlow was drafted into the Army during the Korean War (1953-1954).  He served in the Heavy Mortar Company 53rd Infantry in Fort Richardson, Alaska.  Harlow and his wife owned Gonvick Oil Company and he also was a rural mail carrier.  He served with the Gonvick Fire Dept. and Samhold Lutheran Church as a sexton and as a trustee and Gonvick-Trail School Board and Gonvick City Council and he was a member of the Gonvick American Legion. (The Red Lake Nation, January 25, 2019)



Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Nancy Lynn Roy, 52, was held on Jan. 22, 2019 and continued until her traditional service Jan. 24, 2019 at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, MN.  Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red Lake, MN.  Nancy was born Jan. 24, 1966 to Hubert and Alma (Greene) Roy.  Nancy passed away Jan. 20, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND.

Nancy is survived by her sons, Ricky and Ryan Roy; 4 grandchildren; sisters, Debra Roy, Kimberly Greene, and Rhonda Roy; brother, David Roy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul Roy; niece, Denise Thompson; great-nephew, Sylis Thompson, and numerous family and friends.

Nancy worked as a Personal Care Assistant for Home and Heart. (The Red Lake Nation, January 25, 2019)



New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Lewis E. Becenti Jr., 40, were held Jan. 11, 2019 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Burial followed at the Sunset Memorial Park.  Lewis was born Sept. 22, 1978, in Gallup, into the Ashiihi (Salt People Clan), born for Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Lewis passed away Jan. 5, 2019, in Albuquerque.

Lewis is survived by his step-mother, Darlene Becenti; siblings, Lewianna, Madeline Becenti and Lane Becenti Sr.; children, Anfernee, Jasmine, and Leonissa Becenti; aunt, Harriet Beceny; and grandchild, Jesse R. Charley.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Carol Ann Yazzie; and father, Lewis Becenti Sr. (Navajo Times, January 10, 2019)



New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Emmett Cadman Jr., 43, were held Jan. 18, 2019 at the Rollie Mortuary Chapel in Gallup.  Burial followed at the Gallup City Cemetery.  Emmett was born July 12, 1975, into the Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  His nali is Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House); chei is Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People).  Emmett passed away Jan. 9, 2019.

Emmett is survived by his daughters, Kayano Lee and Keisha Cadman; sons, Jyrus W., Jarron T., and Noah E. Cadman.  He is preceded in death by Mildred Calvin Cadman; brother, Casey K. Thomas; sister, Darvna C. Cadman; grandparents, Marrion J. and Tulley Calvin and Alice R. Jones and Emerson Cadman Sr.

Emmett was a well known carpenter in the Gallup and surrounding areas. (Navajo Times, January 17, 2019)



New Mexico, Kirtland – Funeral services for Lillie Edison, 86, were held Jan. 11, 2019 at the Cope Memorial Chapel in Kirtland.  Interment followed at the Kirtland cemetery.  Lillie was born Mar. 10, 1932, in Upper Fruitland, NM., into the Bit’ahnii (Folded Arms Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Lillie passed away Jan. 2019.

Lillie is survived by her son, Samuel Edison; daughters, Marylou Boone, Pauline Alston, Annie, Darlene, Shirlene Edison; sister, Joanne Barber; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  She is preceded in death by her father, Naataanii Yazhi Begay; mother, Edith Benally; and brothers, Jimmy Benally and John J. Begay. (Navajo Times, January 17, 2019)



New Mexico, Sheep Springs – Funeral services for Lupita A. Washburn, 54, were held Jan. 15, 2019 at the Sheep Springs Pentecostal Church in Sheep Springs.  Interment followed at the Sheep Springs cemetery.  Lupita was born Apr. 20, 1964, in Gallup, into the Kinlichii’nii (Red House People Clan), born for Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan).  Her nali is Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House); chei is Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around).  Lupita passed away Jan. 4, 2019 in Gallup.

Lupita is survived by her sons, Felix L. Washburn and Greg C. Begay; daughter, Laura M. Washburn; father, Harry A. Begay; brothers, Larry, Leonard, Alvin and Robert Begay and Lester Johnson Sr.; and sisters, Alvina, and Veronica Begay, Victoria Williams, Theresa Yazzie and Michelle Foster.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary R. Begay; and nephews, Sheldon C. Begay and Lester Johnson Jr. (Navajo Times, January 17, 2019)


     
Washington, Bellingham – A prayer service for Eric Joseph Landsem, 24, was held Jan. 9, 2019 and funeral service was held Jan. 10, 2019 at the Wexliam Community Building. (SQUOL QUOL, January 2019)



Washington, Bellingham – A prayer service for Yvonne Annette “Bon” Solomon, 68, was held Dec. 30, 2018 and funeral service was held Dec. 31, 2018 at the Wexliem Community Building.  Yvonne was born Oct. 29, 1950 in Bellingham to William and Rosemary (Washington) Phair.  Yvonne passed away Dec. 27, 2018.

Yvonne is survived by her sons, Marvin Phair, Elias Hoskins, and Richard Solomon Jr.; daughters, Sarah Lawerence and Vanessa Jimmy; sisters, Ardellina Johnson, Francine Phair, Nadine Joy, Patty Phair, Janine Hillaire, Wendy Phair, and Lisa Phair; brothers, John Phair Sr. and Murray Phair; 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rick Solomon Sr.; son, Hank Hoskins Sr. and brother, William Phair Jr. (SQUOL QUOL, January 2019)



Washington, Yakima – The Dressing Service for Trudi Lee Clark, 55, of Wapato, WA., was held Dec. 27, 2018 in the Toppenish Creek Longhouse with the overnight religious services following.  Funeral services were held at sunrise Dec. 28, 2018 in the Toppenish Creek Cemetery.  Trudi was born Aug. 6, 1963 to Martin and Sally (George) Hannigan in Toppenish, WA.  Trudi passed away Dec. 23, 2018 in the Virgina Mason Memorial Hospital at Yakima, WA.

Trudi is survived by her husband, Gary Clark; daughters, Tashina Thomas and Staci Sam;n4  grandchildren, brothers, Wendall Lee, Lee Hannigan, George Lee, Isaac Hannigan, Martin Hannigan Jr. and Marvin Hannigan; sisters, June Williams, Mabel Pacheco, Marian Dave, Debra Gardee-Lee and Julia Skwanqhqn; numerous nieces and nephews.  She preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.

Trudi worked as an office assistant for the Yakama Nation and accounts receivable-bookkeeper for Yakama Power and she was also an EMT and firefighter. (Yakama Nation Review, January 16, 2019)




Washington, Toppenish – The Dressing Service for Elizabeth Edna Aleck, 53 was held Jan. 8, 2019 in the Wapato Longhouse with overnight religious services following.  Graveside services were held in the Simpson Cemetery Jan. 9, 2019.  Elizabeth was born Sept. 26, 1965 in Yakima, WA.  Elizabeth passed away Jan. 4, 2019 near Toppenish, WA.

Elizabeth is survived by her children, Farrel Aleck, Jasmine Martinez, James Martinez and Rachel Munoz; eight grandchildren; brothers, Byron Wheeler, Buster Wheeler, Arnold Denver and Eddie Aleck Jr.; sisters, Beatrice Kiona, Leah Aleck and Agnes Ketchem; numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Anna Wheeler. (Yakama Nation Review, January 16, 2019)



Washington, Seattle – A graveside service for Rita D. Mendoza, 70 of Toppenish, WA., was held in the 1910 Shaker Church Cemetery Jan. 3, 2019.  Rita was born July 18, 1948 in Yakima, WA.  Rita passed away Dec. 23, 2018 in the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Rita is survived by her husband, Jose Mendoza; sons, Daniel Ross and Jose Mendoza Jr.; daughter, Angelica Mendoza; brother, Don Miller; sister, Linda Pratt; eight grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Rita was a secretary for Yakama Nation Court Services.  She is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. (Yakama Nation Review, January 16, 2019)



Washington, Wapato – The Dressing Service for Caroline Adrianna Pacheco (Tulilkwy), 34 was held Jan. 5, 2019 in the Valley Hills Funeral Home at Wapato, WA., with overnight religious services following in the Toppenish Creek Longhouse.  Burial services were held Jan. 7, 2019 in the Toppenish Creek Cemetery.  Caroline was born Sept. 7, 1984 in Toppenish to Angel G. Pacheco Sr. and Eliza E. Lara.  Caroline passed away Jan. 3, 2019.

Caroline is survived by her mate, Joel John, Curtis Yallup Jr., Issiah Johnson, Armanii Yallup, Andre Yallup, Angel Pacheco, Omar Lara, Jorge Lara, Rosanna Phillips, Ryan Phillips, Benny Phillips, Andrew Phillips, Anthony Phillips and Jacob Phillips, Reese John and unborn child, Jerry Meninick, Eliza Lara, Angel Pacheco, and friends and family.  She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Caroline Charles, Clarence Charles and Marylou Talpocken.

Caroline worked for Yakama Nation Credit Enterprise Office and the Yakama Nation General Council Executive Board Office. (Yakama Nation Review, January 16, 2019)




Wisconsin, Hayward - The Funeral Service for Stuart Blaine Miller, age 63, of LCO was held Jan. 10, 2019 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward.  Military Honors will be accorded by LCO AmVets Post #1998. Stuart passed away Jan. 6, 2019 at his home.  Stuart was born Jan. 25, 1955 in Hayward, WI to George and Audrey (Gokey) Miller.

Stuart is survived by his daughter, Raeanna (Kevin) Saltz; grandson, Kevin Saltz Jr; granddaughter, Michelle Saltz; brother, Troy Burchfield; sisters, Karen Ackley, Margaret (LaVern) Miller-Timp, Kelli Fowler, Darlene Fowler; many nephews & nieces.  He is preceded in death by his three infant sons, Stuart, Anthony & George Miller; parents; brothers, Gary Miller, Dave Miller, Gene Burchfield; sisters, Gloria Miller & Andrea Sparks.

Stuart joined the United States Marines in 1974. While in the service Stuart was an aircraft & engine mechanic.  After his military service he worked for LCO Development as a truck driver.




Wisconsin, Hayward – A Mass of Christian Burial for Bradley D. Trepania Sr., age 45, of LCO was  held Feb. 5, 2019 at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission in Reserve.  Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery. Bradley Dean Trepania was born Nov. 8, 1973 in Chicago, IL to Carol (Penass) and Joe “Geeb” Trepania.  Bradley passed away  Jan. 31, 2019 at Essentia Health Miller Dwan Medical Center in Duluth, MN.

Bradley is survived by his mother; sons, Bradley Trepania Jr, Blake Trepania, Brody Trepania; daughters, Teah Nickence, Nicolette Trepania, Paige Trepania, Mariah Trepania; nine grandchildren; brothers, Robert Trepania, Joseph R. Trepania III, Jason “Buck” Thayer; sister, Stephanie Thayer; grandfather, Gerald Mortenson; many nephews, nieces & cousins.  He is preceded in death by his father; sister, Jayme Thayer; grandfather, Joseph Trepania Sr.; grandmothers, Beverly Trepania, Harriet Penass.

Bradley worked various jobs at the LCO Casino and also worked at KOA Campground in maintenance.



Wisconsin, Hayward – A  Mass of Christian Burial for Suzanne A. Quaderer, age 69, of Lac Courte Oreilles was held Feb. 7, 2019 at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission in Reserve.  Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery in Reserve. Suzanne Agnes DeBrot was born Nov. 11, 1949 in Hayward, WI to Earl and Phyllis (Bachand) DeBrot.  Suzanne passed away Feb. 2, 2019 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Keith; sons, Jamie (Kim) Fleming of Couderay, Kenneth Jay (Edwina) Quaderer; daughters, Darcie Quaderer and Roxie (Jeff) Quaderer; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers, Dale DeBrot, Warren DeBrot; sisters, Deanna Baker, Catherine Chambers and Elaine DeBrot; many nephews & nieces.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Keith “Sonman” Quaderer; brother, Wayne DeBrot; nephews, Ronald Quaderer, Marlon Carley & Jonathon Baker.

Suzanne attended Globe Business College in Minneapolis and worked for the State of Minnesota. After returning to LCO she attended Mt. Scenario College in Ladysmith, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She worked in the Lac Courte Oreilles School System for 43 years and had planned on retiring this year.



A memorial service for Thomas M. Disselhorst, 71, Bismarck, was held January 20th, at United Tribes Technical College at the James Henry Gymnasium.  Thomas passed away Dec. 30, 2018 from injuries sustained in a car accident near Richardton, ND.  Tom was born in Seattle, Washington on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1947.

Thomas is survived by his brother, Barry Disselhorst (Tania); sister, Suellen Spencer (Christopher), Lori Wolf (Tom), Cindy Bashford (Gregg), Linda Seymour; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom attended the University of California in San Diego (UCSD).  In 1975 he obtained a law degree from the University of California - Berkeley Law School. Tom was brought on as a staff attorney for United Tribes Technical College in 1980. For 39 years he worked in various roles including legislative advocacy, administration, contracts, and policies. He passionately taught courses in Business Law and Federal Tribal Law. Throughout his career, he maintained a private law practice representing many students and others with various legal issues, arguing before tribal courts as well as in civil and criminal courts.

Over the years Tom provided legal counsel to the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa, and the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) as well as others.

He was a founder and board member of the North Dakota Peace Coalition, a member of the North Dakota Martin Luther King Holiday Commission, the North Dakota Progressive Coalition and a recipient of the annual Prairie Peacemaker Award given by the Peace Coalition.

Tom loved to play piano. He played for the Bismarck - Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation services for many years. He was civil, ethical, a good listener, cheerful, having an excellent sense of humor, and a passionate advocate of Native American causes. He will be deeply missed by his family, many friends, and all who knew him.


Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman passes on at 94 in New Mexico

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP)

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in New Mexico at age 94.

Navajo Nation officials say Alfred K. Newman passed away January 13th at a nursing home in Bloomfield.

Newman was among hundreds of Navajos who served in the Marine Corps, using a code based on their native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II.

During World War II, Newman served from 1943-45 in the 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment and 3rd Marine Division and saw duty at Bougainville Island, Guam, Iwo Jima, Kwajalein Atoll, Enewetak Atoll, New Georgia and New Caledonia.

Newman is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betsy. They had five children, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Former Navajo Nation President Milton Bluehouse Sr. walks on

By FELICIA FONSECA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP)

Milton Bluehouse Sr., who served six months as Navajo Nation president during a time of political upheaval, has died.

Bluehouse died the morning of January 14th weeks after doctors discovered he had late-stage cancer, said his son, Milton Bluehouse Jr. He was 82.

Bluehouse became president in July 1998 after two tribal presidents facing ethics charges left office. Albert Hale agreed to resign rather than face allegations he misused tribal funds. Hale’s vice president, Thomas Atcitty, took over and appointed Bluehouse to be second in command.

Within months, the Navajo Nation Council removed Atcitty for accepting free trips and golf games from companies doing business with the tribe.

Bluehouse was known for his skills as an orator in the Navajo language, ensuring the federal government upheld its obligation to the tribe and maintaining traditional values.  

“Mr. Bluehouse was always open-minded,” said Willie Tracey Jr., the manager of the Ganado Chapter where Bluehouse was registered. “He was a caring person (in) what he talked about, what he planned for, what he wanted to do. He always had people in mind. He was a good advocate in doing what he could through his leadership”

Outgoing Navajo President Russell Begaye ordered flags lowered across the reservation.

In his short time as president, Bluehouse outlined an ambitious plan to offer physical training for at-risk youth, create 2,000 jobs in two years and expand policing and community-based prevention programs.

“I’m not about to roll over and play dead just because some people may think I only have four months,” he said.

Bluehouse sought the presidency as a write-in candidate in November 1998, but finished in third place.

He was raised in a traditional Navajo lifestyle that included sheep herding and graduated from the Ganado Mission School in 1958. He then served three years in the U.S. Army.

Bluehouse’s career included consulting and advocacy work. He represented Ganado on the Tribal Council before he served in the tribe’s top elected office. He lost a bid in 2010 to recapture the council seat.

He challenged the Tribal Council when it attempted to use a loan to build a casino and led an effort to recall former Navajo President Ben Shelly over his administration’s support of a settlement for water rights in the Little Colorado River basin in more recent years.

“Honorable Milton Bluehouse, Sr. was a great leader for the Navajo Nation and he will be greatly missed,” said Tribal Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates. ”He was a strong advocate for many issues, especially for upholding and protecting the sovereignty of the Navajo people.”

Within his own family, Bluehouse was a mentor and teacher who brought his children to community meetings. He would wake them up before the sun rose to check on the livestock and get hay for the animals, Bluehouse Jr. said.

”Those were moments when he taught us how to work hard and to learn from hardship for things that come up in life like this,” Bluehouse Jr. said.


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February 9, 2019 - 12:29am

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