By WINONA LADUKE -
News From Indian Country -
As the plagued Keystone Pipeline spilled 200,000 gallons of oil near the Sisseton Dakota reservation, the Nebraska Public Service Commission made a convoluted approval of a permit. In the meantime, the Dakota, Lakota and allies stand strong. (*Wiindigo is an Ojibwe description of the spirit of excess)
By WINONA LADUKE -
This week's stories: Program aims to help parenting skills in the Native community; First recipient of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American visual artists; Osage Nation releases language app; Native Women Business Summit set for this spring; 100,000th Cherokee citizenship photo ID card issued.
View the public hearing on Aquilla's Wetland Permit Application in Stephenson, Michigan on January 23, 2018 starting around 6pm (CST) and running until it ends.
View the public hearing on Aquilla's Wetland Permit Application in Stephenson, Michigan on January 23, 2018 starting around 6pm and running until it ends.
This week's stories: The Accohannock Tribe receives state recognition; Omaha Tribe restoring hospital opened by the late Susan La Flesche Pecotte, the first Native American doctor; The last Native American village in Yosemite being rebuilt; Documentary on Native American nurses receives two awards.
By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country
So #45 “honored” Navajo Code Talkers in front the genocidal president Andrew Jackson portrait and referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’. Senator Warren claims ancestral Cherokee heritage but hey, who doesn’t? The Cherokee Nation is very popular with the Wannabee Tribe and if the numbers connect were very prolific. I’ll just leave it at they are fantastic Snaggers.
By Arne Vainio, M.D.
News From Indian Country
I missed the print deadline for my last story. Something always happens around Christmas to make me appreciate the gifts we have and the things we do for each other and our interdependence. This year I didn’t have anything.
Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Henrietta Lynch, 87, were held Oct. 4, 2017 in the St. Michaels Catholic Mission. Interment followed at the family plot in Oak Springs, AZ. Henrietta was born Mar. 17, 1930, into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan). Henrietta passed away Sep. 28, 2017 in Flagstaff. Henrietta is survived by her daughters, Debbie Mach, Gloria Wamboldt, Darlene and Natalie Lynch, and Mary Lynch-Pina; and sons, Willis Lynch and Ben Lynch III. She is preceded in death by her children, Ronald Lynch, Edith Lynch, Bennett and Elaine Lynch; and parents, Carrie and Henry Taliman Sr. (Navajo Times, October 5, 2017)
Arizona, Chinle – Funeral services for Jovita Rose Baldwin, 29 of Chinle were held Oct. 20, 2017 at the Chinle LDS Church. Burial followed in Chinle. Jovita was born Nov. 27, 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan). Jovita died Oct. 12, 2017 in Phoenix. Jovita is survived by her son, Shawn Joe Carroll; brother, Jerry Spencer; and sisters, Michelle and Rayetta Spencer and Vickie Nez. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Rose Tully Baldwin. (Navajo Times, October 20, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson, 64 of Mahnomen were held Oct. 19, 2017 at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen. Elizabeth passed away Oct. 13, 2017 at the Red Lake Hospital in Red Lake, MN. Elizabeth was born Nov. 10, 1952 in White Earth to Charles and Gertrude (Keim) Antell. Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Clarence; daughter, Gina Turpin (Jennifer Cooley); grandchildren, Sarah, Kellie, and Zachary Turpin; mother; sisters, Charlotte Beenken, Jenny Lafspuen, Sharon (Dean) Beenken, Cynthia Billington, Patricia (Donald) Beenken, and April Antell; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her father; brother, Charles Antell; and sister, Annette Cronan. Elizabeth worked for twenty-five years at the Shooting Star Casino. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Jane M. Smith, 64 of Callaway were held Oct. 14, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Jane passed away on Oct. 9, 2017 at home. Jane was born Mar. 18, 1953 in Park Rapids to Gordon and Anna (Pritchett) Ruhnke. Jane is survived by her husband, Steven “Bill”; children, Melissa “Missy” (Roger “Randy”) Weaver, Rori Koch, Heather Rosing, Teri (Ryan Englund) Smith, Steven W. “PJ” (Desi Jackson) Smith; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Julie (Barrie) Burton; and brother, Michael (Kelly) Ruhnke. She is preceded in death by her parents; and nephew, Jason Burton. Jane worked as a health aide, serveral food services, personnel manager and assistant manager. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth - Marisa M. Sargent, 23 of Naytahwaush passed away Oct. 13, 2017. Marisa was born Nov. 1, 1993 in Detroit Lakes to John Sargent Sr. and Sandra Gonzalez. Marisa is survived by her father; stepmother, Michelle Brown; siblings, John Jr., (Jessica), Nathaniel (Heather), Maisie, Tanner, Ethan (Kimmie), Frank and Brian; grandmother, Judy Gonzalez; aunts, Kathy, Brenda, Eleanor, Melanie, Jamie, Cheryl, Crystal, and Nova; uncles, Boone, Drew, Apollo, Jerome, Jamie and Johnny; best friends, Kimmie and Heather; special cousins, extended family members, friends and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother; grandparents, Avonelle and Melvin Sargent and Jaun Gonzalez; aunts, Lois, Janelle, and Francesca “Frankie” and uncle, Brian. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Joseph “Sonny” Charles Moose, 79 were held Oct. 31, 2017 at the Rice Lake Area Fellowship Church. Interment followed at the Pine Bend Cemetery in Lengby, MN. Joseph passed away Oct. 20, 2017 at Ecumen Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Joseph was born June 8, 1938 in La Prairie Township, MN., to Joseph and Christina (Antell) Moose. Joseph is survived by his children, Calvin (Ruth) Moose-Stevens, Shirley (Jose) Aguilar, Barb Kennebeck, and LeRoy (Shelia) Moose; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cathy Lenz; mother of his children, Celestine Stevens; five grandchildren; and his nine siblings. Joseph worked as a semi driver, auto mechanic and in construction. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – A mass of Christian Burial for Marianne Fern Martin, 93 of Fort Piece, Fl., was held Oct. 18, 2017 at St. Christopher’s Roman Catholic Church in Hobe Sound, FL. Interment in Buffalo, N.Y. Marianne passed away Oct. 14, 2017. Marianne was born Oct. 16, 1923 to Clifford and Amanda (Kroska) DeMarre in Chicago. Marianne is preceded in death by her parents; son, Phillip Sosnowski; husbands, Walter Sosnowski and Frederick Martin; brother, Phillip DeMarre; sister, Lucie Scioli; children, Maxine Felski, Nancy (Ralph) Santangelo, Lucianne Sosnowski, and Peter Sosnowski; eigth grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many who called her mom. Marianne was an educator and a bookkeeper for the City of Buffalo, N.Y. and was a member of the St. Christopher’s Church Choir. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Mass of Christian Burial with military honors for Richard “Dick” Dale Roy, of Golden Valley MN., were held at a later date at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Naytahwaush. Richard passed away Sep. 29, 2017. Richard was born Mar. 6, 1930 in Minneapolis. Dick is survived by his sister, Lois Roy Harrold, Gladys (Harold “Butch”), brother, Martin (Pauline) Roy; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Maria “Mary” (Oppegard) Roy; sister, Mavis Roy; nieces, Sharon, Cheryl Gordon, and Tracy Roy Maki; great niece, Kristina Harrold; great-great niece, Lyssa Gordon; and many relatives. Dick served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Ada Louise Hvezda, 24 of Rice Lake were held Oct. 4, 2017 in the Rice Lake Community Center. Interment followed at St. Philip’s Episcopal Cemetery in Rice Lake. Ada passed away Sep. 26, 2017 in Shevlin, MN. Ada was born May 1, 1993 in Bemidji, MN., to Nolan Hvezda and Susan Stevens. Ada is survived by her father; siblings, Amy Beaulieu, Sunshine, Tiffany, Lavina, and Vickie Hvezda, Brett Frederick, and Macy Hunt; special aunt, Leah Hvezda; special cousin, Maria Hvezda; significant other, Shane Teigland; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and many othe family and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother; sister, Elizabeth “Bambi”; grandparents, Darwin and Dorothy Stevens and Leslie and Veronica Hvezda; uncle, Harlan Hvezda; and an infant child. Ada was member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – A memorial service for Richard Turpin, 51 of Naytahwaush was held Oct. 14, 2017 at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen. Richard passed away Sep. 30, 2017 at the Mahnomen Health Center Hospital. Richard was born Mar. 5, 1966 to Ronald Ross and Cheryl Turpin in Minneapolis. Richard is survived by his life partner, Sandy Scott; mother; brothers, Michael Jon Turpin and Nakoa (Kenz) Graff; half-sister, Sonya Wade; aunts, Bev (Sandy) Turner, Gayle Turpin, Corrine (Perry) Bellefeuille, Teri Gieske, Lori (Ron) Bailey, and Stephanie Ross; uncle, Reverend George Ross; nieces and nephews; Sarah, Kellie, Zachary, Ava, and Victoria; Sandy’s family, Josh Scott, Jennifer (Chad) Scott; grandchildren, Caterina, Chadlee, Chandler and Cali; great grandchild, Tinley; and many cousins and extended family. He is preceded in death by his father; sister, Billy Jo; grandparents, Bill and Phyllis Turpin and Henry and Bernadine Ross; uncles, Bill, Henry, Mickey, and Jason; and many aunts and uncles. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Rebecca Lynn Goodman, 34 of Minneapolis were held Oct. 6, 2017 at the old Pine Point School. Interment followed at St. Theodore Cemetery in Ponsford. Rebecca passed away on Sep. 28, 2017. Rebecca was born Feb. 14, 1983 to John Charles Goodman and Vicki Lynn Stone in Minneapolis. Rebecca is survived by her children, Elijah Redding, Leroy Ross, Dashawn Thomas, Chris Shawn Moore and Emijah Redding; siblings, Corey, Codey, Nico, Angel Hernandez, Jesus Hernandez Stone, John Goodman Jr., Eric Goodman, Sara Hanson, Shannon Goodman, Marisa Cochran and Reina Hernandez; grandmother, Marva Aitkin; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; uncle, Jason Maurstad; and great grandmother, Margaret Wilkins. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – A celebration of life for Debrah Ann Malmo of Naytahwaush was held Oct. 20, 2017 at Roy Lake Landing. Debrah passed away Oct. 16, 2017 at Essentia Health Systems in Fargo. Debrah was born Mar. 6, 1954 in New Jersey to Ramona (Guinn) and Ralph Malmo. Debrah is survived by her daughters, Candida Malmo (Eugene Stevens) and Ramona Malmo; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Karen) Malmo; sister, Echo (Mike) Halstad; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Ole and Echo Malmo, and Ted and Alice Guinn; brother, Ralph Malmo; and nephew, Charles Malmo. Debrah worked in a sewing factory, as a room attendant at the Shooting Star Casino. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral service for Blaine Miles Arthur Jr., was held Oct. 25, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beaulieu. Blaine passed away Oct. 19. 2017 at home. Blaine was born Sep., 16, 2017 to Blaine and Triniti Arthur in Detroit Lakes. Blaine is survived by his parents; grandparents, Bill and Cheryl Antell, Katie (Darrell) Harrell and Erick Fjerstad, Linda and Patrick Weyaus and Herb Jackson; brother, Donovan Arthur; aunts and uncles, Haley Grendahl, Chris (Kat) Renshaw, Eric (Melissa) Renshaw, Brian (Jennifer) Arthur, Terrance (Blair) Arthur Sr.; cousins, Jacob, Kevin, Brian Jr., Fabian, Lexus, Hazel, Brennen, Terry, Kayleigh, Kainon, Teri Sue, Bella, Carleen, Scotty, and Starlene; great aunts and uncles, Don and Winnie Hebert, Leonard Antell, Debra Jackson, Jerry Jackson, Darrell Arthur, Richard Arthur and Vickie Patrode and many other extended family; He is preceded in death by his great grandparents, Al and Birdie Smith. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Tracy L. Thompson, 45 of Verndale were held Oct. 17, 2017 at Rice Lake Community Center. Interment followed at the Rice Lake Cemetery. Tracy passed away Oct. 10, 2017 at home. Tracy was born Oct. 17, 1972 to Calvin and Charlene (Stevens) Thompson in Bemidji. Tracy is survived by her children, Cody (Shelia), Trenton, Brittany and Brooklyn (Roderick) St. Clair; parents; sisters, Michelle Frederick and Angel Thompson; brothers, Chad and Jared Thompson; 14 grandchildren; her significant other, Roger Dale Terry; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by an infant sister, Dawn Thompson; nephew, Brennen Kier; sister, Alexis Rae St. Clair; aunt, Carol Wright; and cousin, Misty Wright. Tracy was a Blackjack dealer at the Shooting Star Casino. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Marcie Fairbanks 56, of Naytahwaush were held Oct. 26, 2017 at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex. Interment followed at Samuel Memorial Episcopal Cemetery. Marcie passed away Oct. 19, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Marcie was born Oct. 12, 1961 in Mahnomen to Glenn and Phyllis (Ojibway) Bunker. Marcie is survived by her husband, Lee Fairbanks; children, Theresa, Chris, Ana, Rodney, and Shana; mother; brother, Mark (Tammy) Bunker; sisters, Theresa (Jim) Loud and Rose Alvarado; sisters-in-law, Carol Bunker, Millie Beaulieu and Debra Fairbanks, Denise Kaste, Laurel Fairbanks, Mary Jorgenson, Jeanette Fairbanks, and Deonaka Fairbanks; dear niece, Susie Ballot; special cousin, Lois Pritch; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended relatives. She is preceded in death by her father; sisters, Kathleen and Molly; brothers, Richard “Dicky” and Kelly; step-son, Matt; nieces, Stephanie, Kelsey and Danielle; and nephews, Richard, Wade and Daniel. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Linda Marie “Toad” Croaker, “Makoons”, (Little Bear) 64 of Cass Lake were held Oct. 10, 2017 at the White Earth Community Center. Linda was born May 19, 1953 to Lawrence and Denice (Frazer) Croaker, Sr., Grafton, N.D. Linda is survived by her children, Deanna Croaker and Kelly (Caroline) Hart; grandchildren, Zara Croaker and Dwayne Hart; sisters, Barbara (Tom Cloud Sr.), Carol Croaker and Connie (Richard) Schulman) Headbird; brothers, Roger Sr. (Kathy), Ricky (Dawn Flaherty), Donald Sr.(Deborah), William Sr. (Faye) Charles Croaker Sr., and Grover Johnson; sister-in-law, Myra Woods; special friend and companion, Keith Sheeham; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lawrence Croaker Jr. and John Woods Sr.; sister, Judith Croaker; nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Linda attended United Tribes Technical College and Northwest Technical College. She worked for Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minneapolis American Indian Center and Bena Schools. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for Zackary VanPelt, 22, of Twin Valley were held Oct. 21, 2017 at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex. Interment at Samuel Memorial Episcopal Cemetery. Zackary passed away Oct. 16, 2017. Zackary was born Oct. 24, 1994 to Tina VanPelt in Minneapolis.
Zackary is survived by his mother; step-dad, Thomas Keezer; siblings, Kristina Littlewolf, Kyla (Manuel Bush), Walter, Gary, Robert “Bubba” VanPelt, Joseph, Nathan, Louis, Dustin Keezer, and Thomas and Nicole King; nephews, Jayzee and Leighton; nieces, Alicia, Kaylee, Kira and Michelle; uncle, Michael VanPelt; and many cousins, grandparents; and uncles, Robert and Norman VanPelt. Zackary was a member of the National Guard and was PFC with the HHC 2-136 CAB. He was currently a blackjack dealer at Shooting Star Casino. (Anishinaabeg Today, November 1, 2017)
New Mexico, Tohatchi – Funeral services for Alice J. Arviso-Bitsie, 83, were h ofeld Oct. 5, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Chuska Mountain Branch, in Tohatchi, NM. Burial followed at the Tohatchi community cemetery. Alice was born June 29, 1934, in Perea-Iyanbito, NM., into the Dzi Taanii People Clan, born for Tsenjikini People Clan. Alice passed away Oct. 2, 2017, inis Gallup. Alice is survived by her sons, Leslie Bitsie Jr., Lyn, Leland, and Lloyd Bitsie; daughters, Winona and W.J. Bitsie; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Bitsie Sr.; daughter, Wilma Jane Bitsie-Becenti; brother, Henry John Arviso; parents, Joe Jesus Arviso and Nellie Brink-Arviso; grandparents, Hastiin Nez Begay and Yodezba Nata alti; and Charlie Casuse and Bah Arviso. Alice is the great-granddaughter of Jesus Arviso, interpreter of the U.S.-Navajo Treaty of 1868. She was a member of the Native American Church performing the church role of Morning Water Carrier, Mormon Church, and Christian Reform Faith. (Navajo Times, October 5, 2017)
New Mexico, Thoreau – Funeral services for Irene Saunders, 81, were held Oct. 2, 2017 at the Thoreau Church of God in Thoreau, NM. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial. Irene was born Apr. 16, 1936, into the Tsenabahilnii (Sleep Rock People Clan), born for To baazhni’azhi (Two Who Came To the Water Clan). His nali is Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House); chei is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Irene passed away Sep. 26, 2017. Irene is survived by her daughter, Vivian Sanders; sisters, Rosebelle Sanders, Louise Johnson, Darlene Wilson, Martha Gonzalez and Ella Wilson. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bah and Jim Wilson; and brothers, Clarence Martinez, Joe, Robert, Juan Jay, and Leonard Wilson. (Navajo Times, October 5, 2017)
New Mexico, Pinedale – Funeral services for Jones Pinto Begay, 66, were held Oct. 6, 2017 at the New Life Christian Assembly Church in Pinedale NM. Burial followed at the New Life Christian Assembly Church community burial site. Jones was born Nov. 8, 1950, in Crownpoint, into the Dziltl’ahnii (Mountian Cove Clan). Jones passed away Sep. 30, 2017 in Pinedale. Jones is survived by his mother, Jennie Antonio Wauneka; sister, Bernice B. Tsosie; sons, Clarence P. and Jeffrey P. Begay; stepsons, Delbert and Joe Louie; and three grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Jimmie Zuni Sr.; stepfather, Joe Pinto Begay; son, Chester P Begay; stepson, Damon Louie; sister, Cecelia B. Parker; brother, Tony Johnson; and grandparents, Jimmie Antonio and Mary Wauneka. (Navajo Times, October 5, 2017)
New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Art W. Charley, 54, were held Oct. 4, 2017 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the family plot in Chichiltah, NM. Art was born Apr. 10, 1963 in Gallup, into the Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan). Art passed away Sep. 28, 2017. Art is survived by his daughters, Starlet and Auzivonne Charley; mother, Alice W. Lee; and brothers, five sisters and five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Willie M. Charley; and brother, Raymond Charley. (Navajo Times, October 5, 2017)
New Mexico, Cuba – Funeral services for Gregory Harris Woody, 41 of Ojo Encino, NM were held Oct. 12, 2017 at the Cuba Baptist Church. Burial followed in Cuba. Gregory was born Jan. 20, 1976 in Shiprock, into the Hashtl’ishnii (Mud Clan), born for Kinlichii’nii (Red House People Clan). He passed away Oct. 3, 2017 in Ojo Encino. Gregory is survived by his wife, Denise A. Woody; son, Elijah Miguel Woody; father, Harry R. Woody; brothers, Harold, Hardy, and Harvey Woody; sisters, Marian, Marcia, and Marlo A. Woody; and grandfather, Joe N. Montoya. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary M. Woody; grandmother, Ethel P. Montoya; uncle, Kee Y. Montoya; and grandparents, Frank and Laura Woody. (Navajo Times, October 12, 2017)
New Mexico, Shiprock – Funeral services for David Earl Patterson Sr., 94 of Rio Rancho were held Oct. 12, 2017 at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Shiprock. David was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Red Valley, AZ. David passed away Oct. 8, 2017 in Rio Rancho. David is survived by his children, David Patterson Jr., Marcus Patterson, Sandy Johnson, Michael Patterson, Pat Patterson and Calvert Lee. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marion Patterson; and daughter, Karen Joe. David was a U.S. Marine in World War II and Navajo Code Talker fromn1934 to 1945. (Navajo Times, October 12, 2017)
New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Laverne Hoskie, 51 were held Oct. 12, 2017 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial followed in Rehoboth, NM. Laverne was born Nov. 25, 1965 in Salt Lake City, Utah, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan). Laverne passed away Oct. 5, 2017 in Red Rock, NM. Laverne is survived by her husband, Delbert Begay; children, LaTonya Baker, Jeannine Hoskie and Kirk Begay; parents, Louise Yazzie and Wilson Hoskie; and sisters, Genevieve Whitman, Stephanie Plummer, Matilda Livingston and Stephaline Tsosie. She is preceded in death by her son, Jeremiah Baker; sister, Melody Hoskie; and brother, Leroy Livingston. Laverne was employed at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, Gallup Lumber and Gallup Indian Medical Center. (Navajo Times, October 12, 2017)
New Mexico, Church Rock – A celebration of life for Verner V. Duus, 73 was held Oct. 21, 2017 at the Red Rock State Park Dining Hall in Church Rock, NM. Verner was born in El Campo, TX., to Vagn and Gerda Duus. He passed away Oct. 15, 2017 at the Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice Care Unit in Albuquerque. Verner is survived by his daughter, Madge Calamity Duus; stepdaughter, Andrea Twitchell; former wife, Gloria Ann Begay; stepson, Anciel Twitchell; nephew, Christian Needham; and grandson, Aaron Issac Richards. He is preceded in death by his brother, Erling Duus; and sister, Sybil Needham. Verner attended the University of Utah and graduated with a master’s degree in Indian education. He taught elementary school at Red Mesa and then took a position as the Indian education director for the state of New Mexico. In 1987 he took a position at the U.S. Department of Interior as director of the Self-Governance Office in Indian Affairs. (Navajo Times, October 20, 2017)
New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Lee Moore, 77 were held Oct. 13, 2017 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at Sunset Cemetery. Lee was born Mar. 11, 1940, in New Mexico, into the To’aheedliinii (Water Flow Together Clan), born for Kinlichii’nii (Red House People Clan). Lee passed away Oct. 9, 2017, in Albuquerque. Lee is survived by his son, Alex Moore; daughter, LeAnna Moore; brother, Danny Moore; and eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jessica and Frank Moore; children, Idelia and Johnny Moore; sister, Bertha Smith; brothers, Jimmy, Harry, and Ceil Moore; and many more. (Navajo Times, October 20, 2017)
New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Kee Yazzie Shoe, 82 were held Oct. 20, 2017 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial followed at the Gallup City Cemetery. Kee was born Mar. 15, 1935 in Cousins, NM., into the Bit’ahnii (Folded Arm People Clan), born for Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan). He passed away Oct. 16, 2017 at the McKinley Manor in Gallup. Kee is survived by his daughter, Genevieve Richey (John); brothers, Eddie Shoe and John C. Yazzie; sister, Sadie Thomas; and five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. (Navajo Times, October 20, 2017)
Wisconsin, Hayward - Christophor P. Corbine, Ogitahgahkoos“Little Fawn”, age 41, of LCO passed away Oct. 27, 2017. Christophor was born on May 9, 1976 in Hayward, WI to Gary Hart Sr. and Roberta Corbine. Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 31, at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission in Reserve. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery. Christophor is survived by his parents, Roberta and Richard Denomie; daughter, Chelsea; son, Gabe; very special granddaughter, Deviah Rose; grandsons, Braylon, Ningozis, Josh Jr. and Jace; step-sons, Preston & Cameron; sisters, Patricia, Maria & Christine; brothers, Gary & Richard; grandmother, Patricia Almquist; aunts, Gayle Corbine, Hazel Hindsley, Joyce Long Dorothy Denomie & Dawnie Denomie; special nephew, Anthony White Jr. and many more nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his father; sister, Brandi Corbine; uncle, Wayne Corbine Sr.
Wisconsin, Hayward - Beatrice M. Stewart, Be-mo-se-kwe“Walking Woman” age 95, of Lac Courte Oreilles passed away Oct. 27, 2017 at Waters Edge Care Center in Hayward. Tribal Funeral Rites were held Oct. 30, 2017 at the Big Drum Ceremonial Center in Lac Courte Oreilles. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward. Beatrice was born on Nov. 24, 1921 in Hayward, WI to Fred and Madge (Heenan) Smith. Beatrice is survived by her daughter, Faith; sisters Bertha Christensen, Marge O’Leary, Lorraine Smith and Sandy Bird; brother, Richard Smith; grandson, Robert, her daughter-in-law Netawn; two cherished grandchildren, Miigwaans and Zhaawon; and many nieces and nephews. Beatrice also “adopted” Rick St. Germaine as her “son”. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brother, Leonard; sisters, Frieda, Jeanette & Geraldine. Beatrice enrolled in NAES College and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Studies while working in the NAES College Library. When she was in her sixties, she trained as a runner and competed in several marathons. She became an active part of the Great Lakes Native American Elder Association. Beatrice was a Midewiwin and returned as a part of Three Fires after returning to LCO. She was the oldest LCO resident on the reservation.
Wisconsin, Hayward - Tribal Funeral Rites for Rita St. John, Zhaawanookwe, 67, of Hayward were held Oct. 29, 2017 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Burial followed in Whitefish Cemetery. Rita passed away Oct. 25, 2017 at her home. Rita was born on Sep. 12, 1950 in Sulphur Springs, MT to Joseph and Marie (King) St. John. Rita is survived by her son, Gary “Bay” Quaderer Jr.; daughters, Christian Quaderer; Wabanung (Greg) Boss, Ariana Barber, Rita “Nigoue” Barber; 18 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; sister, Shannon Staples; brothers, Marvin Staples Jr. & Shane Staples. Rita is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Dancing Star Barber; grandson, Brett Barber-Olson; and brother, Ronald Staples.
This week's stories: Statue of Comanche leader, Quanah Parker dedicated; Product line created to fund Native American college scholarships; Program similar to “Sesame Street” being produced to help save the Navajo language; First Native American female to win a UFC championship; Native American food movement and food insecurity documentary featured nationwide on PBS.
This week's stories: ‘Wind River’ filmmakers take back control of their movie from Weinstein; New group pushing to rename Squaw Peak in Utah; Cherokee Nation receives award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Native program alumni invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Northern Cree nominated for a Grammy.
By AL GEDICKS
Wisconsin Resource Protection Council (NFIC)
How far is Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) willing to go to do the bidding of the mining industry with his legislation to repeal Wisconsin’s “Prove It First” moratorium on sulfide mining?
BY WINONA LADUKE
News From Indian Country
During October, I attended the Enbridge pipeline hearings by the state of Minnesota. It’s been a long haul, I feel like I have been in five years of hearings, hanging in there with all sorts of committed citizens, heroines like Dawn Goodwin, Joanne Gagnon, and Tania Aubid, who, I swear have been at every hearing imaginable.
By MARK TRAHANT
News From Indian Country/Trahant Reports
It’s tempting to think of “news” as the business model for Indian Country Today. What are the stories? Does it represent an authentic voice (or voices) for Indian Country?
By Sandra Hale Schulman
News From Indian Country
I first saw Wendy Red Star’s work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s sprawling exhibit of native art that ranged from traditional – ledger drawings, headdresses- to wildly contemporary – video and photography. A large photo by Wendy Red Star made me look twice. Seated in a diorama setting with astro turf for grass and an obvious fake wallpaper backdrop, Red Star posed with a blow up deer and a sincere “I am one with nature” look on her beautiful face.
This weekend's stories: Fawn Douglas honored as Nevada’s American Indian Leader; Jesse Delmar receives Public Safety Director of the Year award; The Mashpee Wampanoag working on reviving their language; New exhibition celebrates contemporary Native American art; Native American artist sought for Rapid City project.
YES to Water Protectors, No to the Back Forty and Sulfide Acid Mines. The Wolf River Chapter of the Our Wisconsin Revolution honors the Protectors of the Menominee River. Organizing information from November 29th, 2017 at the College of the Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin in opposition to the Back Forty Mine on the Menominee River.
YES to Water Protectors, No to the Back Forty Mine and No to Sulfide Acid Mines. Workshops and organizing information are scheduled for November 29th, 2017 at the College of the Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin from 6-8pm (CST) for information on Wetland Permit process and collection of petitions and other issues to be conducted that evening in opposition to the Back Forty Mine.
This weekend's stories: Cherokee Nation screening for hepatitis C; Resources for caregivers who take care of Native American elders; Shakopee teams up with the American Heart Association to support health efforts in Indian Country; Advanced tickets go on sale for the Gathering of Nations; Celebrating the 10th year of Nike’s N7 program.
By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country
At this writing I woke to a Winter Wonderland. Yeah, the meteorologists did predict snow coming but somehow, even after a lifetime spent in Da Nort’land, it’s still a big deal. Just last week on the same day I was sitting outside in shorts with my dear friend Lorri with our two little pooches Caesar and Mitzi gamboling about on a leaf-littered green lawn enjoying the day. We laughed, talked and had to hide from a nosey neighbor and all was perfect. Sigh.