INDIAN COUNTRY NEWS

Walking On as listed in the May 2018 NFIC

Arizona, Chinle – Funeral services for Phil Chischilly Jr., 26, of Chinle, were held Apr. 16, 2018 at the Chinle Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Interment followed at the Del Muerto community cemetery in Del Muerto, AZ.  Phil was born June 13, 1991 in Chinle, into the Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Phil passed away Apr. 9, 2018 in Flagstaff.


   Phil is survived by his parents, Nancy Wilson and Phillip Chischilly; sisters, Natasha Yazzie, Tamara and Philicia Chischilly; and grandparents, Mary and Kee Chee Wilson. Phil attended Northern Arizona University and the International Academy of Design and Technology. (Navajo Times, April 19, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Marie Skeets, 67, were held Apr. 20, 2018 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Burial followed at the Skeets family plot.  Marie was born Apr. 14, 1950, into the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Her nali is Ashiihi (Salt People); chei is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People).  Marie passed away Apr. 11, 2018. Marie is survived by Adam Skeets, Adrienne Skeets, Rosemary Joe, Gracie Gatewood, Christine John and Gloria Skeets.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Denise and Charlie Skeets; sisters, Nina and Susie Skeets; and brothers, Benny and Roger Skeets. (Navajo Times, April 19, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Cecil Joe Sr., 80, were held Apr. 20, 2018 at the Rollie Palm Chapel in Gallup.  Burial followed at the family plot in China Springs, NM.  Cecil was born Jan. 31, 1938, in Rehoboth, NM.  Cecil passed away Apr. 16, 2018 at the McKinley Manor of Gallup. Cecil is survived by his wife, Theresa Joe; sister, Jessie Joe; and brothers, Tom, John, and Sam Joe. (Navajo Times, April 19, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Charlotte Foley Nez, 88, of Fort Defiance were held Mar. 29, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church.  Burial followed in Chinle. Charlotte was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Chinle, into the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan), born for Irish.  Charlotte passed away Mar. 23, 2018 in Phoenix. Charlotte is survived by her son, Randy Nez; daughters, Elaine Logg and Valerie Spencer; sister, Mary Holtsoi; and nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Nez; parents, John and Mary Foley; brother, John Foley Jr.; and sisters, Florence Clah and Grace Towne. Charlotte worked as a nursing aide. (Navajo Times, March 29, 2018)

Arizona, Chinle – Funeral services for Joash Christian Kebos Jr., 18, of Del Muerto, AZ., were held Mar. 29, 2018 at the Potter’s House Church in Chinle.  Burial followed in Del Muerto.  Joash was born Apr. 26, 1999, in Chinle, into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Marshallese Islander.  Joash passed away Mar. 24, 2018, in Del Muerto. Joash is survived by his parents, Regina Draper and Joash Kebos Sr.; stepfather, Delford Roanhorse; sister, Samatha Roanhorse; and grandparents, Nancy Draper, Elsie Cly and Tom Cly.  His preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Chee Draper; grandfather, Benny Draper; grandmother, Betty Mitchell; and grandfather, Larry Tso. Joash was attending Navajo Technical University and worked at Pre-engineering &Associates and at Chinle Chapter House. (Navajo Times, March 29, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Lawrence M. Hickson, 71, were held Apr. 6, 2018 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrement in Fort Defiance.  Burial followed at a private family plot in Deer Springs, AZ.  Lawrence was born in Fort Defiance, into the To’aheedliinii (Water Flow Together Clan), born for Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan).  Lawrence passed away in Fort Defiance. Lawrence is survived by his daughters, Lisa M. and Melissa M. Hickson and Kimberly D. Gallen; son, Lawrence M.B. Hickson; and five grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle G. Hickson; and son, Arlan M. Hickson. Lawrence attended a welding/training school in Dallas, TX.  He was employed as a welder and water wells pipefitter with the Indian Health Services warehouse for 25 years. (Navajo Times, April 5, 2018)

Arizona, Sierra Vista – Mass of Christian Burial for Pauline M. Shackelford, 75, of Sierra Vista was held Apr. 9, 2018 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Sierra Vista.  Burial followed at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.  Pauline was born Dec. 28, 1942, in Crownpoint to Samuel and Annie Morgan (nee Yazzie).  Pauline passed away Mar. 22, 2018. Pauline is survived by her children, Tyra (Greg) Schmidt, Jess (Stacy) Shackelford and Beecher(Frances) Shackelford; grandchildren, Madison, John, Presley, Conner and Richard; sister, Etta Yazzie; and many other family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George David Shaclelford. (Navajo Times, April 5, 2018)

Arizona, Cornfields – Funeral services for Hanley Tom Todecheenie, 81, of Cornfields were held Apr. 6, 2018 at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Cornfields.  Burial followed in Cornfields.  Hanley was born Decl 13, 1936 in Cornfields, into the Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Hanley passed away Apr. 1, 2018 in Winslow, AZ. Hanley is survived by his wife, Alice Todecheenie; sons, Roland, Ferall, and Harland Todecheenie; daughters, Priscilla Curtis, Marcella Mark, Rolanda Todecheenie, Yolanda Begay and Melinda King; brother, Edison Thomas; sisters, Genevieve Olsen and Isabella Smith; and 34 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death his mother, Maude B. Slivers; father, Edward Todecheenie; sister, Grace Allen; brothers, Steven Nez and Tom Todecheenie; and nephew, Tommy Moses. Hanley served in the U.S. Army.  He was employed as a carpenter, security officer and police officer with the Navajo Nation. (Navajo Times, April 5, 2018)

Arizona, Chinle – funeral services for Bobby Hardy Sr., 61, were held Apr. 11, 2018 at the Chinle Potter’s House.  Interment followed at the Del Muerto community cemetery in Del Muerto, AZ.  Bobby was born Jan. 31, 1957 in Ganado, AZ., into the Naaneesht’ezhi Tachii’nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Dibelzhini (Black Sheep Clan).  His nali is Tabaaha (Water’s Edge); chei is To’aheedliinii (Water Flow Together).  Bobby passed away Apr. 4, 2018, in Gallup. Bobby is survived by Trina, Treva, and Paulita Hardy, Debbie Hurtado, Tony Charley, Tyson Hardy, Bobby Hardy Jr., Bronston Hardy, David Charley, Sheldon Charley, and Martha Hardy.  He is preceded in death by Bahe Hardy Sr. (Navajo Times, April 12, 2018)

Arizona, Show Low – Graveside services for Joyce Elaine Hounshell, 71, of Show Low were held Apr. 14, 2018 at Show Low cemetery.  Joyce passed away Apr. 7, 2018. Joyce is survived by her husband, James; children, Rhonda Jafri (Hasan) and Brian (Annell); grandchildren, Bo (Tamara), Sheldon and Gayla; and five great-grandchildren, Seth, Krysta, Audrina, Kailey and Briley.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Eunice Clark. (Navajo Times, April 12, 2018)

Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Vera Yazzie Begay, 70, of Tsehootsooi, AZ., were held Apr. 13, 2018 at Summit Funeral Home in St. Michaels.  Burial followed at the Fort Defiance community cemetery.  Vera was born Sept. 3, 1947, in Tsehootsooi, into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan).  Vera passed away Apr. 9, 2018 in Tsehootsooi. Vera is survived by her sons, George P. Begay Jr. and Garrett Begay; daughter, Lucinda J. Kaaloa; parents, Willie and Sarah W. Yazzie; brother, Harrison Yazzie; sisters, Ella Mae Upshaw, Marie Klah and Shirley Y. Lewis; grandparents, Desbah and Thomas Watchman Sr.; and four grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, George P. Begay Sr.; daughter, Arlinda Kaye Yazzie; and brother, Thompson Yazzie.  Vera was employed at General Dynamics from 1969 thru 1974. (Navajo Times, April 12, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Thomas Woods, 76, of St. Michaels, were held Apr. 7, 2018 at the Potter’s House in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed in Fort Defiance.  Thomas was born May 18, 1941, in Sheepsprings, NM., into  Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan).  Thomas passed away Apr. 3, 2018, in Fort Defiance. Thomas is survived by his wife, Lola Woods; sons, Raymond and Aaron (Kimberly) Woods; daughter, Tonya Willie (Robert); sisters, Dorothy Woods Stradley, Karen Romero and Kirby Shije; and eight grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his brother, Edison Woods; father, Sherman Woods; and mother, Lillian Togisala. Thomas attended Independant Baptist College in Dallas, TX.  He pastored  at several Navajo gospel churches, Western Indian Ministries and KHAC Radio for over 25 years. (Navajo Times, April 12, 2018)

Arizona, Sacaton – Rodney B. Lewis, 77, passed away Apr. 10, 2018.  Rodney was the first Native American attorney to be admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and first Native attorney to argue and win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Rodney is survived by his wife, Willardene Pratt Lewis; children, Stephen Roe, John Blaine and Katherine Elizabeth; brother, John; and six grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert “Bob” Lewis.  Rodney served as an Army Ranger and was appointed to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board.  Rodney joined the U.S. Army in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1965.  He was Airborne- and Ranger-qualified and a first lieutenant.  In 1962 he earned a bachelor’s degree for Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.  He received his master’s in history from Arizona State University in 1969.  In 1972 he received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.   Rodney was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1972.  He specialized in Indian law, tribal gaming compacts, water and energy law, and public policy. In 1980 Rodney successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Central Machinery v. the Arizona State Tax Commission resulting a vote in favor of the Gila River Indian Community. Rodney served as general counsel to Gila River for 30 years. He led negotiations with the federal government, the state of Arizona, and more tha 30 non-Indian parties, which led to the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004.  In private practice he served as a consultant to a Washington, D.C. law firm, federal water rights settlements on behalf of the Crow Tribe of Montana and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. (Navajo Times, April 19, 2018)

Arizona, Teesto – Funeral services for Leroy Morgan Yazzie Sr., 72, of Teesto, AZ., were held Apr. 17, 2018 at the Teesto Nazarene Church.  Interment followed in Teesto.  Leroy was born Oct. 23, 1945, in Teesto, into the Red Cheeks Clan, born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan).  He passed away Apr. 13, 2018 in Teesto.  Leroy is survived by his sons, Alfred, Leroy Jr. and Lorenzo Yazzie; daughters, Trina Nez and Sophina Yazzie; sisters, Polly Todicheeney, Eleanora Curley, Chevonne Jennings, Susie Chee and Nita Yazzie; and 12 grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Roxanne Mitchell Yazzie and Charley Yazzie Jr.; sister, Stella Yazzie; and brothers, David, Jake, and Wayne Yazzie. Leroy completed vocational education in heavy equipment operation/maintenance, working for Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railway and Navajo Nation Environmental. (Navajo Times, April 19, 2018)

Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Carolyn Curley Hubbard, 60, were held Apr. 14, 2018 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in S. Michaels, AZ.  Interment followed at the Ganado community cemetery in Ganado, AZ.  Carolyn was born Dec. 8, 1957, into the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan).  Her nali is Tabaaha (Water’s Edge); chei is Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People).  Carolyn passed away Apr. 9, 2018 Carolyn is survived by her mother, Sadie C. Hubbard; sisters, Carol C. Curley and Cheryl A. Nez; brother, Harold W. Nez; daughters, Colleen, Colinda and Crystal Hubbard; sons, Brandon B and Bronson B. Hubbard; and five grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Burnell L. Hubbard Jr.; father, Bennie Yazzie; and Mary and Charley Curley. (Navajo Times, April 19, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Traci Cloud, 24, of Bemidji, MN was held Apr. 13, 2018 and continued until her traditional service Apr. 15, 2018 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN.  Traci passed away Apr. 10, 2018.  Traci was born Nov. 14, 1993 in Bemidji, MN., to Allen and Cheryl Cloud. Traci is survived by her mother; son, K’Allen L. Shaugobay; sisters, Ann M., Crystal, Cierra (Alden Fairbanks, Jr.) and Catrina (David Staples, Jr.) Cloud; brothers, Jonathon and Peter IV Cloud; grandma, Barbara B. Cloud; numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her father; brother, Justin Cloud; grandpa, Lynas T. Cloud; uncles, Douglas Cloud and Ronald “Butch” Johnson. Traci was going to school and was a carpentry apprentice. (The Red Lake Nation, April 27, 2018)

Minnesota, Cass Lake – A wake for Rose Reed, 72, was held Apr. 14 2018 and continued until her traditional service on Apr. 16, 2018 at the Mission Community Center in Cass Lake.  Rose passed away on Apr 12, 2018 at the Walker Rehab Center in Walker, Mn.  Traci was born Apr. 18, 1945 in Red Lake to Joe and Julia (Martin) Dick. Rose is survived by her sons, John Dick and Willard Reed; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, (four of them she raised).  She is preceded in death by her husband, Hank L. Reed; parents; son, Douglas Dick; daughters, Sandy and Sharon Howard; sisters, Patsy Beaulieu, Deana and Ellen Dick; brothers, James John “Skunk” Dick, Joe, Melvin, Tony and Lester Dick; two nephews, James and Jonathan Howard. Rose was employed as a taxi driver and recently she was working for Leech Lake Housing Authority. (The Red Lake Nation, April 27, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Edwina Neadeau, “Mindimooyenh” (Old Lady), 81, was held on Apr. 19, 2018 and continued until the service on Apr. 20, 2018 at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake.  Interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake.  Edwina passed away Apr. 17, 2018 in Red Lake.  Edwina was born July 31, 1936 in Red Lake to James Neadeau Sr. and Katie (Sayers) Neadeau.  Edwina is survived by Laurie Neadeau, Linda (Rolly) Lussier, Gary, Ruth, Patricia, Mary and Kaela Neadeau; sisters, Allura May and Alivia Neadeau; brother, Leon Neadeau.  She preceded in death is her significant other, Charles Johns; parents; Edward (her twin), Delores Good, Geraldine Neadeau, Royce Sayers, Sr., James Neadeau, Jr., Francis Neadeau, Myron Neadeau, Sr., Douglas Neadeau, Gerald Neadeau, and Lawrence Neadeau; infant brothers, great-grandchildren, Mathew, Chance, AolieAna and Charissa. Edwina joined the Army (WAC) and she was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Califormia.  She was a medic for the Corps and attended Detroit Lakes Tech. For her LPN degree.  Edwina worked for several year as a home health aide for Red Lake Comp. Health.  She also was the Secretary for Chairman Roger Jourdain. (The Red Lake Nation, April 27, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Graveside services for Micheelle Ann Martinez-Yazzie, 42, were held Mar. 26, 2018 at the Gallup City Cemetery.  Michelle was born May 24, 1975, in Gallup, into the Apache People, born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Her nali is Ashiihi (Salt People); chei is Tsenahabilnii (Sleep Rock People).  Michelle passed away Mar. 16, 2018, in Gallup.  Michelle is survived by Marlene Martinez, Kenneth Martinez Sr., Tiffany Martinez, Kendra Bitsilly, Rochelle Martinez, Kenneth Martinez Jr., Shawn Martinez and David Martinez; and children, Danielle, Danchelle, Nathaniel, Daniella, and Nathania Yazzie, and Erika Yoe.  She is preceded in death by Jason, Bessie, Don Martinez, and Joe Apachito, Crystal Martinez and Isiaih Nyjah Hunter. (Navajo Times, March 29, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Mary Enrike, 74, were held Mar. 24, 2018 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Interment followed at Sunset Memorial in Gallup.  Mary was born Dec. 11, 1943, into the To’aheedliinii (Water Flow Together Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Mary passed away Mar. 19, 2018 in Gallup. Mary is survived by her daughters, Vivian Enrike, Jennifer Cayatineto, Sandra Henio and Leona Enrike; and son, Larry Kenneth Jr. (Navajo Times, March 29, 2018)

New Mexico, Tse Bonito – Funeral services for Stephanie Yellowhair, 41, of Window Rock were held Apr. 6, 2018 at Silver Creek Mortuary in Tse Bonito.  Burial followed at St. Michaels community cemetery in St. Michaels, AZ.  Stephanie was born Dec. 13, 1976 in Fort Defiance, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan) and Nat’oh dine’e (Tobacco People Clan), born for Tachii’nii and Zuni people.  Stephanie passed away Mar. 30, 2018 in Window Rock. Stephanie is survived by her parents, Shirley N. and Skeet Yellowhair Sr.; brothers, Edward and Ken Yellowhair; and sister, Leanne Yellowhair.  She is preceded in death by, Willard and Steed Yellowhair; grandparents, Esther and Arthur Nez Sr. and Peter and Phoebe Yellowhair.
   
New Mexico, Thoreau – Funeral services for Laura Laurence Chaco, 87, were held Apr. 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Thoreau, NM.  Burial followed at Floyd Laurence Jr. Memorial in Smith Lake, NM.  Laura was born June 10, 1930 in Mulholland Wells, NM., into the To’aheedliinii (Water Flowing Together Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Her nali is Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House); chei is Naaneesht’ezhi Tachii’nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water).  Laura passed away Mar. 30, 2018 in Flagstaff.  Laura is survived by her sons, Erwin, Mearl, and Melvin Laurence; daughter, Sharon Joe; brothers, Wayne Arviso, Benny House and Martin House; and sisters, Lorraine Barbone, Pauline Brooks, Annie Sorrell, Mary Rose House, Dorothea House and Etta Thomas.  She is preceded in death by her husband, James Chaco; brothers, Harry House and Leo House Jr.; sons, Emerson and Floyd Laurence Jr.; daughter, Doris Logan; and parents, Loe House Sr. and Alice Arviso.  Laura retired from the Indian Health Service in Gallup and she did missionary work with Bethesda Mission. (Navajo Times, April 5, 2018)
 
New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Francis Tolino, 88, were held Apr. 11, 2018 at the Gallup Church of Christ.  Interment followed at the family plot in Brimhall, NM.  Francis was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Rehoboth, NM., into the Bit’ahnii (Folded Arms People), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  His nali is Ashiihi (Salt People); chei is Bilagaana.  Francis passed away Apr. 7, 2018, in Gallup.  Francis is survived by his daughters, Terricka F. Tolino Akdag, Lorena Brown and Maxine Brown-Ramirez; and sons, Addison and Dennison Brown.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Tolino; sisters, Eleanor Tolino and Natta Sela Tolino; and brothers, Tom Kee Tso, Tom C. and Tommy Tolino. Francis was employed as a carpenter foreman, retiring from ONEO and also employed at BNSF Railroad. (Navajo Times, April 12, 2018)

New Mexico, Rehoboth – Funeral services for Mary B. Smith, 83, were held Apr. 13, 2018 at the Rehoboth Christian Reform Church in Rehoboth, NM.  Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery.  Mary was born Mar. 28, 1935, in Manuelito, NM.  Mary passed away Apr. 7, 2018 in Albuquerque.  Mary is survived by her son, Hubert Smith; daughters, Esther Arviso, Marilyn Smith, Bertha Smith, and Nora Smith; and 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Smith; daughter, Rosie Chischilly; and granddaughter, Deirdra McCabe. Mary worked as a silversmith for Atkinson Jewelry.  She was a pastor sponsoring church meetings and ministering to others. (Navajo Times, April 12, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Herbert Murphy, 70, were held Apr. 12, 2018 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Burial followed at the Rehoboth cemetery in Rehoboth.  Herbert was born June 16, 1947 in Rehoboth, into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tsin sikaadnii (Clamp Tree Clan).  Herbert passed away Apr. 6, 2018, in Iyanbito, NM. Herbert is survived by three sons, Tyrone, Brent and Christopher Murphy; sisters, Lula Sylversmythe, Pauline Morgan and Thelma McPhaul; brother, Lawrence Martinez; and seven grandchildren.   Herbert was a welder, artist, craftsman and one-time bull rider. (Navajo Times, April 12, 2018)

Wisconsin, Hayward - The Funeral Service was held for Robert L. Saltz Sr., age 51, of Hayward, WI Apr. 3, 2018 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Robert passed away Mar. 29, 2018 at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.  Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery.   Robert was born Apr. 18, 1966 in Round Lake, IL to Howard Sr. and Carol (Colton) Saltz.   Robert is survived by his significant other, Elaine Saltz; mother, Carol (Colton) Beaudion; sons,Robert Saltz Jr., James Saltz; daughter, Violet Alwes; six grandchildren; brothers, Howard Saltz Jr, Jeffrey Saltz, Kevin Saltz Sr.; sister, Linda DeNasha; several nephews & nieces.  He is preceded in death by his father, Howard Saltz Sr. and daughter, Miranda Barber. Robert attended and received his GED and an Associate of Applied Science in Electricity from the LCO Community College. Robert worked in security at the Sevenwinds/LCO Casino for over 20 years.

Wisconsin, Hayward - A Memorial Gathering was held Apr. 27, 2018 for Geraldine E. Gougé, age 83, of Spooner, WI at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward.  Geraldine passed away Apr. 21, 2018 at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner.  Geraldine Ellen Larson was born Jan. 5, 1935 in Hayward, WI to Christ and Lavina (Palm) Larson.   Geraldine is survived by her sons, William Gougé Jr., James Larson; daughters, Deborah and Charlene Kingfisher; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; and brothers and sisters.

Wisconsin, Red Cliff - Traditional Midewin services for Andrew Bizhiki (Buffalo) Gokee, also known as Bizibayaashi-winini (Tornado Man) and Ginoozhe (Northern Pike), 56, of Red Cliff,  began with his wake on Apr. 25, 2018 at the Red Cliff Boys & Girls Club, and continued until burial rites Apr 26, 2018.  Burial was at the Gokee family plot near the old Red Cliff (St. Francis) Cemetery.  Andrew passed away Apr 22, 2018, at Hennepin County Memorial Center.  Andrew was born May 17, 1961, to Alex (Ike) and Victoria (Toddy) Gokee, Andy is survived by three children, Hudson Gauthier, Rachel (Joseph Facundo) Gauthier, and Holly (Jason Pero) Gauthier; one brother, Michael (Deb Morris) Gokee; six sisters, Sheryl (Doug Holcomb) Gokee, Anne (Don) Sullivan, Dee Gokee-Rindal, Liz (Oscar LaGrew) Gokee, Darla Gokee, Brigette (Ed Wiggins) Gokee; eight grandchildren, Hudson, Giizhik, Isaac, Pyawasay, Amayiah, Sophia, Jazlynn, and Niko. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michelle; brothers, Eugene, John, Francis, Bill and Mark; sister, Linda, nephews, Charles Gokee and Matthew Gauthier; special niece, Audra Montano, and grandson, Jason Ike Pero. Andy practiced the Anishinaabe way of life and was passionate about Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe language) revitalization. As a young adult, he was gifted a sacred pipe by a respected Ojibwe elder which became a turning point in his life. Since that time he dedicated much of his life to learning and teaching Ojibwemowin and traditional ways of knowing and being.  Andy earned his bachelor’s degree from Northland College and a master’s degree from UW-Stevens Point in 2010. He was in the process of obtaining his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from UW-Madison.  Andy started the Red Cliff Language Camp at Raspberry in Red Cliff many years ago, while he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as the Senior Outreach Specialist and eventually Director of the UWSP Native American Center. He worked at UWSP from 1995 until he retired in April 2017. On March 5, 2018, he joined Nagaajiwanaang Genawendangig Anishinaabemowin which means the ones who are saving the language at the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota. Andy quickly became a popular and respected member of the language program team as a Language and Curriculum Specialist. One of his colleagues shared, “His brief tenure with the program left a lasting and deep impression, and his ready smile, hearty laughter, and willingness to get the job done will be sadly missed.”  Andy had many accomplishments during his tenure at UWSP.  Andy was a gifted lecturer for numerous classes and seminars throughout the state; Was a statewide consultant and advocate for Native American culture and well connected to resources throughout the state. He recruited Native American students and kept them actively involved on campus; Established two student organizations on campus, the American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society, and American Indians Reaching for Opportunities.

Wisconsin, Hayward - The Funeral Service for Gregory A. Miller, age 40, of New Post, WI were  held May 2, 2018 at New Post Community Center in New Post. Burial followed in New Post Cemetery. Gregory passed away Apr. 28, 2018 at his home.  Gregory was born Jan. 26, 1978 in Hayward, WI to Clyde and Debora (DeMarr) Miller.   Gregory is survived by his sons, Marquelle Gokey, Marcellus Gokey; daughters, Madelyn Miller, Elizabeth Miller; father; significant other, Katrina Wolfe; brothers, Clyde Miller Jr., Duane Miller (Shannon Quaderer), Joshua LaRush; sister, Whitney Miller (Jon Quaderer), Natalie Miller; nephews & nieces and several cousins.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Jennifer; mother; grandparents, Mary & Simmon DeMarr, Mary “Girl” & Burleigh Miller Sr.; uncles, Duane, Rick & Brian “Dum” Miller, Rick DeMarr, Paul Dust Jr.; and best friend, Jason DeMarr. He attended LCO Community College working towards an associated degree in Renewable Energy. Greg worked most of his adult life as a furnace technician for Bodie’s Mechanical.

Wisconsin, Hayward - The funeral service for Maggie DeMarr, 15, were held May 1, 2018 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward.  Burial will be in Whitefish Cemetery in Whitefish. Maggie passed away Apr. 26, 2018.  Maggie “Magpie” was born Sept. 19, 2002 in Hayward, WI to Richard Sr. and Tami (Quaderer) DeMarr.   Maggie is survived by her mother, Tami; brothers, Richard DeMarr Jr., Joshua DeMarr, Cody DeMarr; grandmother, Irene Quaderer; uncle, Les Quaderer; aunts, Barb DeMarr, Diane Quaderer, Cheryl E. Quaderer. Lisa Abeita; and several cousins.  She is preceded by her father, Richard; grandfather, Richard Quaderer Sr.; uncle, Richard Quaderer Jr.; great aunt, Leona Keene; cousins, Darcy Quaderer, Debra Zamora & Joseph DeMarr.


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This week's stories: Southern Ute Tribe receives right to create water quality standards; New monument to honor Native Americans in Virginia; Tobi Young becomes first Native American to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court clerk; The Iroquois White Corn Project preserves and promotes the Indigenous strain of corn; Native Land app tells the real history of the land in America.

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The Maple: Chief of all Trees

By Doug George-Kanentiio©
News From Indian Country

When the Creator-Sonkweiiateson in Mohawk-planted the trees of the world a decision was made to make Wahta-the Maple-the chief of all trees. Not only did the maple carry the words of humans to his relatives but to that species was given another task.  In this part of the world the winter months may be long and cold, the land covered in heavy blankets of snow which makes food difficult to come by and would push the Mohawk people closer to their longhouse fires.

The Creator noticed that the people would become ill for lack of fresh food and their spirits would grow weary as they waited for the spring. He decided that he would speak to the Maple and see if something could be done. It was decided that the maple would allow its sap, its blood, to be taken and made into a drink, one that would replenish the body and lift the soul. So it was done; the Creator showed the people how to take a hollow sumac branch and insert it into a maple tree and then drink the pure syrup which flowed from the tube. The people were happy and thanked the Creator.

As is the way, the Creator had to leave this earth to travel to other worlds and tend to them. He was gone a very long time. One day he returned to see how the people were. This was in the latter days of winter but when he came to the longhouses he did not see plumes of smoke arising from the home fires. He would have normally been welcomed by the dogs of the village but they were missing. When he entered the longhouses there were but cold ashes and above him in the rafters food which had not been eaten. He wondered at this. When he left the longhouse he saw many footrprints of humans and dogs leading away from the village towards a forest of maple trees. He followed the tracks until he entered the grove and their saw the people sprawled upon the ground.

It was that they had become immersed in the maple syrup. They had taken the sumac tubes, inserted them into the trees and drank to much that they could hold no more and dropped to the ground.

The Creator saw that even the dogs had drunk of the syrup, copying the behaviour of the people, drunk of the syrup and lay there on their backs with their legs pointed to the sky. This was not good. The Creator aroused the people from their stupor and told them that no longer would they be able to drink the syrup right from the tree. They would have to work for it so he showed them how to take sap, place it into a container and bring it to a near boil until, after many hours, they would have syrup and, after more work, maple sugar. While both maple sap and syrup would remain a great medicine for the people they must not take it for granted.

The people were also shown how to speak to the maples, and then all trees. They would watch carefully for the maple to emerge from its sleep and gather to express their gratitude to wahta for its great gift before they tapped into the trees.  Once they had a harvest of syrup they would gather again and thank the Creator and wahta for this most wonderful of drinks. Should they do this then the maple would give its lifeblood to the people, should they fail the maples would one day leave the earth.

To this day the Mohawks, the inventors of maple syrup and maple sugar, gather at the longhouse to honour wahta by giving thanks. On the banks of the Nihahnawa:te (Raquette) and Kaniatarowanenneh (St. Lawrence) rivers you can still hear the Mohawks rise their voices in song and stomp their feet in dance as we celebrate the arrival of spring and the beginning of new life on Iethi:nistenha Ohnontsia-our Earth Mother.

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It ain’t easy being Indian… (April 2018)

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

The Cat of the Month features The RZA. (Yes, as in Wu Tang Clan) I have a thing for musical geniuses. I was feeling all salty, grumpy, sad and stabby before he came sat on my lap and purred and kissed all that away. Well, for now.

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