INDIAN COUNTRY NEWS

Enbridge Seeks Deal With Akwesasne Mohawks

by Doug George-Kanentiio
News From Indian Country

Credit goes to the Mohawk leadership for trying to find a way to relieve the extraordinarily high utility rates paid by homes throughout Akwesasne. Those costs take a major bite out of the budgets for the families, a situation which is galling whenever one drives across the International Bridges, looks to the west and sees the St. Lawrence Power Dam, the largest source of hydro electrical power in the region-and knowing that both the land and the water used by that facility are a part of our resources, never ceded, never sold.

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Walking On as listed in the June 2018 NFIC

Arizona, Holbrook – Funeral services for Marcus James, 56, of Holbrook were held May 11, 2018 at the Faith Assembly of God Church in Holbrook.  Burial followed at the Holbrook cemetery.  Marcus passed away May 6. 2018.  


Marcus is survived by his wife, Tina M. Marcus; daughter, Martina (Abel) Martinez; and grandson, Marcus Fenix Martinez.  He is preceded in death by his son, Matthew Leo James. Marcus was a minister at Faith Assembly of God Church in Holbrook, the Co-op Assembly of God in LaVeen, AZ and The Living Word Assembly of God in Carson, NM. (Navajo Times, May 10, 2018)

Arizona, Tsaile – Funeral services for Emmajean Tsosie H. Begaye, 73, of Lukachukai were held May 10, 2018 at the LDS Church in Tsaile, AZ.  Burial followed in Lukachukai.  Emmajean was born Sept. 29, 1945, in Chinle, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Emmajean passed away May 7, 2018 in Lukachukai. Emmajean is survived by her sons, Franklin S. Begaye and Jackie Ray Hall; daughters, Dorothy M. Claw and Coretta Sigrid Hall; brothers, Isidore T. Begaye, Ralph T. Begay, and Marcellus S. Begaye; sisters, Angela A. Sandoval, Ellouise Thompson, LaVerne T. Begaye and Gladeeh Begaye; grandparents, John D. Davis, Lucy Pete, and Hosteen Chee; and 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, LaSalle Hall; parents, Steven Tsosie and Dorothy Davis; sisters, Louise Ann Harvey and Patricia Mae Begaye; brother, Leroy T. Harvey; and son, LaSalle Faron Hall. (Navajo Times, May 10, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Erma J. Eddie, 55, were held in May.  Erma was born in Fort Defiance, into the Totsohnii (Big Water Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Erma passed away May 7, 2018 in Gallup. Erma is survived by her father, Naswood Begay; sisters, Ruth Marrietta and Veronica Keetso, Priscilla Dempsey and Jolene Kee; and brothers, Gilbert Begay, Jonathan Kee and Joe Kee Jr.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth J. Begay. Erma graduated from the University of New Mexico and served in the Army National Guard.  She was an accountant and receptionist. (Navajo Times, May 10, 2018)

Arizona, Winslow – Funeral services for Henry Moore Jr., 70 were held May 19, 2018 at the Winslow Funeral Home.  Burial followed at Desert View Cemetery.  Henry was born Nov. 14, 1947 in Flagstaff, into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Ye’ii dine’e Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan).  His nali is Ashiihi (Salt People); chei is Kinlichii’nii (Red House).  He passed away May 13, 2018 in Flagstaff. Henry is survived by his wife, Marie Moore; children, Henry Moore III, Kimberly Salas; Kordell Moore, Ernie Tsosie, Robin Oso, Tommy Tsosie, Samantha Barrales, Quentin Fernando and Sharon Curley; sisters, Leatrice Lane and Lea Lane; 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his son, Lyle Moore; parents, Henry Moore Sr. and Aurelia Charlie-Moore; sisters, Lydia Moore and Beatrice Moore-Vezie; and brothers, Donald and Harold Moore. Henry earned an associate’s degree for Eastern Arizona College and a bachelor’s degree for Eastern Tennessee State University.  He served with the U.S. Public Health Services Department of Environmental Health under the Indian Health Service.  Henry was employed with the Navajo Nation Office of Environmental Health.  He held public offices, Birdsprings Chapter vice president, Leupp Schools Incorporated Board of Directors, and member of the Winslow Indian Health Care Center Health Board. (Navajo Times, May 17, 2018)

Arizona, Kayenta – Jeanette Parrish passed away May 5, 2018 at the San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington.  Jeanette was born Nov. 11, 1918 , in Kayenta, into the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). Jeanetter is survived by her sons, Robert, Arthur, Norman and Albert Parrish; daughter, Stella Edwards, Lillian Wallen, Felicita Young, Jane Parrish, Helen Cody, and Gladys Yellowhair; and 207 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Parrish Sr.; daughter, Lois Mitchell; and sons, David, Raymond Parrishand Rodney Parrish Jr. Jeanette raced horses, wove rugs and saddle blankets and was herbalist. (Navajo Times, May 17, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Lee “Lefty” Litson Jr., 50 were held May 15, 2018 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed at the family plot in Black Rock, AZ.  Lee was born May 7, 1968, in Fort Defiance into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  His nali is Totsohnii (Big Water); chei is Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover).  Lee passed away May 9, 2018, in Mesa, AZ. Lee is survived by his parents, Doris and Lee Litson Sr.; and siblings, Leanne, Wendi, Dawnel, Janel, and Tenneile Litson.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Marion and Frank Todakonzie Sr.; and Isabel and Martin Litson. Lee attended Mesa Community College.  He was employed as a chef and automotive mechanic. (Navajo Times, May 17, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Doris Marie Litson, 74, were held May 22, 2018 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed at the family plot in Black Rock, AZ.  Doris passed away May 17, 2018, in Albuquerque.  Doris was born Jan. 16, 1944 in Fort Defiance, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover Clan).  Her nali is Todik’ozhi (Salt Water); chei is Tabaaha (Water’s Edge). Doris is survived by her husband, Lee Litson Sr.; daughters, Leanne, Wendi, Dawnel, Janel, and Tenneile Litson.  She is preceded in death by her son, Lee Litson Jr. (Navajo Times, May 24, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Marie Ann Gorman, 68, were held May 19, 2018 at the Fort Defiance Potter House.  Interment followed at the Fort Defiance cemetery.  Marie passed away May 15, 2018 in Phoenix.  Marie was born Oct. 11, 1949 in Fort Defiance, into the Tsenabahilnii (Sleep Rock People Clan), born for Hashk’aahadzohi (Yucca Fruit-Strung-Out-In-A-Line Clan).  Her nali is Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House); chei is Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover). Marie is survived by her daughters, Karlene Shirley, Karen Haskie; sons, Carl Dedman Jr., Nathaniel Karlsson, and Kyle Karlsson; sisters, Fose Gorman Dedman, Julie Gorman Begaye, Theresa Upshaw, and Bernice Roanhorse; and brothers, David Bryant Jr. and Anslem Gorman. Marie worked for Sage Memorial Hospital, Project Hope and Window Rock Police Department. (Navajo Times, May 24, 2018)

Arizona, Rock Point – Funeral services for Elsie T. Descheny, 84 of Rock Point were held May 25, 2018 at the Navajo Lutheran Mission Church in Rock Point.  Burial followed at family plot in Rock Point.  Elsie passed away May 22, 2018 in Chinle.  Elsie was born July 25, 1933 in Chinle, into the Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan). Elsie is survived by her sons, Reeder, Roger, Leroy, Roy Descheny and Ralph Descheny Jr.; daughters, Rita Wilson, Darlene Shepherd, Ophelia Burnside, Matilda Descheny and Lorinda Lee; parents, Kee and Asdzaa Yazzie Tsosie; and brother, Tom Tsosie.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Descheny Sr. Elsie worked for the Rock Point Community School for 47 years. (Navajo Times, May 24, 2018)

Arizona, Winslow – Funeral services for Terry Clyde, 49 of Dilkon AZ., were held May 25, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Winslow.  Burial followed in Winslow.  Terry passed away May 18, 2018 in Holbrook, AZ.  Terry was born Sept. 18, 1968 in Winslow. Terry is survived by his mother, Betty Clyde; brother, Darrin Clyde; and sisters, Beverly Nez, Christina Davis, Delphenia Clyde, Carm Johnson, Sylvia Begishe and Natalie Brown.  He is preceded in death by his father, Hoskie Clyde; and brothers, Dalton Clyde, Gabriel Vaughn and Juwayne Nez. Terry was employed as a silversmith. (Navajo Times, May 24, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake and service for Alfred James Benais, 83, of Red Lake was held Apr. 26 and Apr. 27 at the New Little Rock Community Center in Red Lake.  Interment followed in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  Alfred passed away Apr. 23, 2018 at the Corner Stone Residence in Kelliher, MN.  Alfred was born July 7, 1934 in Red Lake to Henry and Alice (Johnny) Benais. Alfred is survived by his brothers, Joe Benais and Herman Littlejohn; sisters, Judy and Darlene Littlejohn; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by wife, Roselynn King Benais; parents; brothers, Clarence Leonard Benais, Francis and Ronald Littlejohn; sisters, Verna Redeagle, Mary Jane Cloud and Jenny, Delores, Carol and Doreen Littlejohn and Joyce Littlejohn McArther. Alfred worked for the Red Lake DNR as a trapper he was stationed at the Red Lake Farm. (The Red Lake Nation, May 11, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake and service for Myrna Jean Hardy, 73 of Ponemah was held Apr. 30, 2018 and May 1, 2018 at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah.  Myrna passed away Apr. 27, 2018 in Red Lake.  Myrna was born Aug. 10, 1944 in Red Lake to Roy and Elsie (Johnson) Mosher. Myrna is survived by her husband, Clifford C. Hardy; daughter, Celeste (Anthony) Erickson and Shari (Tyrone Schoenborn Sr.) Hardy; son, Robin (Savannah Martin) Hardy; step daughter, Jerry Begs His Own; son-in-law, Roland Wilson Sr.; 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by her parents; step parents, Anthony and Mary Wilson; brothers, Greg Johnson and Roy Mosher Jr.; sister, Karen Bowman; and daughter, Karen Goodteacher.  Myrna did internship in Washington DC and worked for the BIA. After returning to Ponemah she worked within the Bureau of Red Lake and opened a store and worked for AmeriCorps as a director. (The Red Lake Nation, May 11, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake and traditional service for Anthony Allen Wells, 22 was held May 3, 2018 thru May 5, 2018 at the Redby Community Center in Redby, MN.  Interment followed in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake, MN.  Anthony passed away Apr. 28, 2018 in Red Lake, MN.  Anthony was born Apr. 2, 1996 in Red Lake to George Allen Schoenborn and Toni Wells. Anthony is survived by his parents; special dad, Elwin Jourdain Jr.; sisters, Tyra Schoenborn, Keira and KeiAuni Love Johnson; brothers, D’Andre Wells, Gavin Jourdain, Tyrell, Jerrell and Tyrese Schoenborn; grandmas, Doreen Wells and Molly Sigana; aunties, Rose Schoenborn and Brandi Wells; uncles Dan and Chris Wells, Avery, Shaun and Kevin Schoenborn ; friends and cousins, Dan Sayers, Lonny Kingbird Jr. and Dave Johnson; and many other family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his grandpas, George Schoenborn Sr. and Raymond “Burr” Strong; great-grandmas, Carol Wells and Alvina Strong; great-grandpa, Anthony Wells; and several relatives and friends. (The Red Lake Nation, May 11, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – Funeral services for Ronald Lee Smith, 58 were held May 18, 2018 at St. Antipas Episcopal Church in Redby, MN.  Ronald passed away May 15, 2018 at home in Redby.  Ronald was born Aug. 20, 1959 in Red Lake, MN., to John Delbert and Ethel (Garrigan) Smith. Ronald is survived by his wife, Bonnie Smith; sons, Floyd Strong, Ronald Strong, Lee Neadeau, Lucas Hanson, and Dusti Southworth; 11 grandchildren; mother; sisters, Leah Smith and Collette Maxwell; and brother, John Delbert Jr.  He is preceded in death by his father; brother, Rick Smith; grandparents, John and Anna Garrigan and William and Ellen Smith. Ronald attend forestry school and worked as a commercial fisherman and worked for Red Lake Builders as a carpenter. (The Red Lake Nation, May 25. 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake and traditional service for Delton Reeves Buckanaga “Gitchi Makwa” The Great Bear, 16 of Red Lake were held May 17, 2018 thru May 19, 2018 at the Red Lake Center.  Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Red Lake, MN.  Delton passed away May 12, 2018.  Delton was born Mar. 28, 2002 in Bemidji, MN., to Dennis Buckanaga and Charla Geionety.  Delton is survived by his parents; brothers, John Graves, David St. John, Charles May II; sisters, Leah Bevins, Denise Buchanaga, Laberta Geionety, Chiana Roberts, Amber Bevins, Denessa Buckanaga, Shaliecia Geionety, Dariun Caldwell, Chisa and Cheina Roberts; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his brothers, Timothy Geionety, Dennis Floyd “Makwa” Roberts and his grandparents. (The Red Lake Nation, May 25. 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – A Traditional Lakota ceremonies for Walter Dan Hardy III were conducted by Guy Red Owl, Richard Two Dogs, and Richard Broken Nose.  His Minnesota Anishinaabe family kept a spirit fire going for four days followed by a feast.  Funeral services were held May 1, 2018 at St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church of Martin.  Interment of his ashes will be next to his mother in Redby Community Cemetery in Red Lake, MN.  Walter passed away Apr. 19, 2018 in Martin, SD.  Walter was born Nov. 23, 1985 in St. Paul, MN., to Kathleen Renee Smith. Walter is survived by his sisters, Geraldine Hardy and Paula Hare; nieces, Shania Buck, Davie Lynn Hare, Miley Hare; nephews, Lordez, and Joel Hardy and David Hare Jr.; friend, Pete Janis; father, Mark Butterbrodt, MD; aunts, Gerri Howard, Clarice Cloud, Beverly, Vicky, Marilyn, Tracy, Alberta, Patricia and Diane Smith; uncles, Ejay and Herb Smith; aunts, Mary Ann Jackson and Lynn Hublou; uncles, Bob and John Butterbrodt; many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his father, Walter Hardy Jr.; mother; grandparents, Herb and Delores Smith; aunts Thelma “Rosie” and Marjorie Smith; uncles, Gary and Clinton “Cootie” Smith; and cousins, Curtis and Roxianna Cloud, and Gary and James Smith.  Walter graduated from Oglala Lakota College. (The Red Lake Nation, May 25. 2018)  

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Gorman Yazzie, 60, of Asaayi, NM., were held May 10, 2018 at Cope Memorial Chapel in Gallup.  Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park.  Gorman was born Apr. 30, 1958 in Fort Defiance, into the Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan), born for Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan).  Gorman passed away May 6, 2018 in Gallup. Gorman is survived by his wife, Jolene J. Yazzie; sons, Jeb Gould, Kevin Yazzie, and Todd Yazzie; stepson, Ryan Manygoats; stepdaughters, Rachel Lavea and Tricia Manygoats; brothers, Herman, Hershman and Freeland Yazzie; sisters, LeNora Y. Fulton and Christine Cazares; and 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Fannie Barney-Yazzie and Sherman Yazzie; and grandparents, Hataali Anagholi (Laughing Medicineman) and Astaa (Lady) Mose. Gorman earned a four year scholarship to Northern Arizona University and graduated with a  bachelor’s degree in forest management and a master’s degree in forestry.  He was a Helitech certified firefighter and was employed with BIA Fort Apache, Navajo Nation Forestry Dept, Navajo AML, EPA, and Ecosystem Management with NAU, Utah State University and Colorado State. (Navajo Times, May 10, 2018)

New Mexico, Counselor – Funeral services for Jake Pinto, 89, of Counselor were held May 3, 2018 at the Cedar Hill Church in Counselor.  Interment followed in Counselor.  Jake was born Feb. 20, 1929 in Pueblo Pintado, NM., into the Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan), born for Hashk’aahadzohi (Yucca Fruit-Strung-Out-In-A-Line Clan).  Jake passed away Apr. 23, 2018 in Rio Rancho, NM. Jake is survived by his wife, Bessie S. Pinto; daughters, Joann Manygoats and Jena Pinto; brothers, Charlie Yazzie, Jimmie Y. Pinto, Donald, Johnny and Gary Wood; sisters, Fannie Jim, Francina Ramone, Roberta Sandoval, and Nancy W. Brown; and 16 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Wood and Emma Pena Pinto; sons, David, Mike and Teddy Pinto; and six great-grandchildren. Jake worked as a pipe worker, DNA representative, Cuba liaison bus driver, railroad worker, rancher, irrigator and local driver education teacher.  He spoke five languages (English, Navajo, Spanish, Pueblo and Apache). (Navajo Times, May 10, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Janett T. Naswood, 77 of Fort Defiance, were held May 18, 2018 at the Cope Memorial Chapel in Gallup.  Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup.  Janett was born Aug. 21, 1940 in White Horse Lake, NM., into the To’ahani (Near the Water Clan), born for Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan).  Janett passed away May 13, 2018 in Fort Defiance. Janett is survived by her sons, Elmer, Elbert, and Elton Naswood; sisters, Lalie Yazzie, Lucy Sandoval, Helen Sandoval, Esther Tsosie, Angie Tsosie; Charlotte Salt, and Alice Jones; and two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her son, Eldon “Ebba” Naswood; parents, Bessie and Charlie Tsosie. Janett attended Kiowa School of Practical Nursing and the University of New Mexico-Gallup School of Nursing.  She was employed with Indian Health Service in Crownpoint and Fort Defiance. (Navajo Times, May 17, 2018)
 
Minnesota, Cass Lake - Harold R. “SkipFinn, 69, of Cass Lake passed away May 17, 2018 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.  A memorial meal was held May 21, 2018, at Veterans Memorial Building, Cass Lake, MN.  Skip was born on Oct. 27, 1948, in Cass Lake, MN, to Harold “Haley” and Elverna Finn.  Skip is survived by his wife of 37 years, Teri, daughter Jamie (Gabe) Becker-Finn of Roseville, MN, son Jacob Finn of Las Vegas, NV, beloved grandchildren Koivu and Vida Becker-Finn of Roseville, MN, siblings Jerry Finn, Susie Morris, Pat Finn, Randy Finn, Jewell Finn, Deb Suchon, Mick Finn, best friend Mike Schmid, and many much loved nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Mike Finn and Holly Finn. Skip was a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Cass Lake was always his home. He worked as an attorney and small business owner and was the first Native American to serve as a Minnesota State Senator.  Skip mentored many DFL and Native political candidates throughout the years, including his daughter, State Representative Jamie Becker-Finn. Skip was the first in his family to attend college, at Moorhead State College and the University of Minnesota. He majored in both Sociology and American Indian Studies, and in 1971 was the first student to receive a degree in American Indian Studies at the U. He later received a law degree from the U of M in 1979.

Washington, Tulalip – Interfaith services for Rose Margie Kempf-Harvey, 73, were held May 8, 2018 and funeral services held May 9, 2018 at the Tulalip Gym.  Burial followed at Mission Beach Cemetery.  Rose passed away May 3, 2018 in Everett, WA.  Rose was born June 4, 1944 in Darrington, WA., to Jackson and Jessie Harvey. Rose is survived by her children, Lila Pierce, Donald Kempf Jr., Edward Kempf, Marvin Kempf, and Angie Thurbush; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Kempf Sr.; parents; brother, Paul Harvey; Sally Moses, Violet Napoleon, Helen Pierce, Mary Jack, Jasper Harvey, Brandon Kempf, and Violet Pierce. Rose helped the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe get federally recognized and was involved in initiating the ICW Act. (dx lilap syacab, May 12, 2018)

Washington, Tulalip – Interfaith services for James Douglas “JD” Fryberg, 29 were held May 17, 2018 and funeral services held May 18, 2018 at the Tulalip Tribal Gym.  Burial followed at the Mission Beach Cemetery.  James passed away May 11, 2018 in Walla Walla, WA.  James was born Dec. 7, 1988 to Gina Harrison and Dean Fryberg Jr. James is survived by his children, Tarynn and Autumn Fryberg; parents; Theseus Jones and Kathryn Cavendar; siblings, Josh (Danielle) Fryberg, Ashley Harrison, Danika (Aurelia) Hatch-Aguilar, Deanne Fryberg, Rocky (Stephanie) Harrison, Tabatha Fagundes, Trevor (Cierra) Fryberg, David (June) Cavendar, Michael “Dub” Thompson; grandpa,  Dean Fryberg Sr., Richard Madison; great-grandparents, Glen and Lee Parks; special aunt, Deedee Parks; special uncle, Alex Salinas; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and special brothers.  He is preceded in death by his sister, Jennifer Fryberg; grandmothers, Charmaine Harrison and Betty Henry; grandfather, Frank Madison Sr.; uncle, Hanford James Sr.; aunties, Marylou Williams and Lois “LouLou” Jones; great-grandparents, Violet “Speedy” Parks and Orville Harrison. (dx lilap syacab, May 19, 2018)

Washington, Tulalip – Bonnie Jean Hynes, 58 of Lynnwood, WA., passed away Apr. 25, 2018.  Bonnie is survived by her mother, Audrey Hynes; sisters, Johanna Van Scoy, Lora Seaward, Debbie Hynes and companion, Ralph McIntosh. (dx lilap syacab, May 26, 2018)

Wisconsin, Appleton - Funeral services for Charlotte A. Kaquatosh, 69, of Shawano was held May 21, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Neopit. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  Charlotte passed away May 17, 2018 in Appleton. Charlotte was born on August 28, 1948 in Two Rivers, to Ralph F. and Thelma L. (Stueck) Hoffman.   Charlotte is survived by her husband, Ben; one son, Jon (Teresa) Kaquatosh; grandchildren, Tyler, Austin, JaCee, Avery, Danielle, Cheyanne, Jonny and Julien; brothers, Joseph (Betty), John (Kim), James (Kristin), Jeffrey (Wendy), Jerry (Wendy), Jule (Teresa), Jay (Susan), Jan (Cindy) and Jed (Gina) Hoffman; sisters, Carol (Leon) Goska and Christine (Jim) Frederick; her in-laws, Jeanette (Bob) Orheim and Clara (Tom) Hartman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents. Charlotte was a faithful member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Neopit.  Through the church, she helped teach the Menominee people religion and the Menominee language.
 
Wisconsin, Oneida – Service for Scharlene F. Kasee, “Shady Lady”, 81 followed the Oneida Hymn Singers on May 18, 2018.  Scharlene was born Apr. 19, 1937 to Malphais and Grace Smith.  Scharlene passed away May 13, 2018.  Scharlene is survived by her children, Doug Laster, Richard (Patricia) Buhr, Kelly (Dan) Skenandore, Buddy Laster and Sam (Melissa) Goodman; numerous grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a special grandchild Shannon Laster; siblings, Betty (John) Dennison, Cecil Smith, Rose Smith, Valerie (Gerald) LaPlante, Malphais (Sue) Smith Jr., Mike Smith, Davis Smith, Verda (Kim) House, Earl Smith, and Selma Smith.  She is preceded in death by her sons, Crete Kasee, and Steven Lee Kasee; and siblings, Judy Adams, Joan Lee Smith, Jerry Smith, Melvin Smith and Terry Smith. Scharlene worked for many years at the Oneida Police Department as a dispatcher and then at the Oneida Casino. (Oneida Kalihwisaks, May 17, 2018)

Wisconsin, Oneida – Funeral service for Richard K. Smith, 76, of Wausaukee followed the Oneida Hymn Singers on May 12, 2018 at the Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory.  Richard passed away May 6, 2018 at home.  Richard was born Sept. 2, 1941 in Tomah WI., to Jeanette (Skenandore) and Ervin Doxtater. Richard is survived by his wife, Gloria Smith; children, Richard (Chris), David and Rhonda Smith; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; god child, Richard Jorgenson; and nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Virgil Doxtater, Marian Gonzales and Arnold Doxtater. Richard was an OTR truck driver for 30 years. (Oneida Kalihwisaks, May 17, 2018)

Wisconsin, Oneida – Funeral service for Stacey Brightstar King, 35, of Oneida followed the Oneida Hymn Singers on May 10, 2018 at the Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial followed in the Oneida Sacred Burial Grounds included the Big Drum Service.  Stacey passed away May 5, 2018.  Stacey was born June 11, 1982 to Danny King and Patsy White in Green Bay. Stacey is survived by her sons, Abel, Carlos Martinez-King and David Cortez; daughter, Selena Jentz; sibling, Gloria White, Jason King, Joey Webster, Shelly and Danielle King, Lindsey and Kimberly Metoxen, Conrad White and Daniel King Jr., special caretakers, Moon and Michelle Hill, special cousins, Sheila, Sheri, Lynn and Robin; aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  (Oneida Kalihwisaks, May 17, 2018)

Wisconsin, Oneida – Private funeral service and interment for Judy Ann Sauer, 74 of Menasha was held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove, WI.  Judy passed away May 3, 2018 in Menasha.  Judy was born Sept. 9, 1943 in Shawano. Judy was married to Byron; mother of Michael (Maribel) and grandmother to Seth. Judy worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. (Oneida Kalihwisaks, May 17, 2018)

Wisconsin, Oneida – Funeral service for Michael S. LaFond, 71, Oneida was held on May 7, 2018 at the Ryan Funeral Home.  Burial followed at the Oneida Sacred Burial Grounds.  Michael passed away May 4, 2018 .  Michael was born Oct. 23, 1946 to M. Lawrence and Winifred “Winny” LaFond.  Micheal is survived by his wife, Victoria; children, Catherine (Gary) Smith, Colleen (Wayne) Griffin, Jessica (Leo) Stenstrom, Joshua Racine, five grandchildren, Chase, Chelsey, Autumn, Oliver, and Winnie; brother, Larry (Cathy) LaFond, and Victoria’s family, Vivian (Pete) Dittel, Veronica Glass, Valerie (Joe) Yazzie, Terry (Tania) Cornelius, Andy (Pala) Cornelius.  He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Davis, Robert, and Patricia LaFond; nephew, Mark LaFond; and in-laws, Harrison and Diane Cornelius. (Oneida Kalihwisaks, May 17, 2018)

Wisconsin, West Allis - Funeral services for Roderick Greengrass, age 63 of West Allis, were held Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Native American Church.  Roderick passed away May 27, 2018.  Roderick, aka “Daga Hollywood” was born September 2, 1954 in Baraboo, WI., to John and Margaret (Lonetree) Greengrass. Roderick is survived by his brothers, Michael, Edward, and Morris and sisters, Denise, Darlene, Susan and Angela. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Craig and sisters, Cynthia and Jeanette. Roderick was an avid activist for Native American rights and the environment. He was also a concert promoter and was involved in the music industry for over 45 years and a member of the American Indian Movement, “AIM” since the 1970’s. He studied cinematography in Los Angeles and a former editor of the Circle newspaper in Minneapolis.  Roderick was well known for his feathered earrings. He also helped build the Native American Church in Wisconsin Dells along side his Father and Brothers.


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Native News Update June 15, 2018

This week's stories:  A treaty rights victory for Tribes in Washington state; Blackfeet water-rights settlement signed; Puyallup Tribe partners with the Seattle Seahawks to give to charities; The U.S. Open honors first Native American golfer, Oscar Bunn; The Yurok Tribe featured in a new California Academy of Sciences exhibit.

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

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

Boozhoo and happy summertime to all! Up here in the Rezberrian tundra spring was skipped completely and we were tossed straight into August! I’m not complaining no, not even at my first mosquito bite of the year.

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The gift of silence

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

My wife Ivy and I traveled to Grand Portage for a memorial service for a friend of ours. We had known Ernest for years and he died a few months ago. We had to go to another town first and we didn’t get to our hotel until after midnight.

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Oil, Water, and the Judges

By Winona LaDuke
- News From Indian Country -
 
The Husky Oil Refinery’s catastrophic spill and fire during late April illustrates the problem of oil and water.  With immense gratitude for the firefighters who extinguished the  fire, we are alive. They were able to stop the fire before it spread to the tank of hydrogen fluoride, 200 feet away. That would have been a major catastrophe.

According to the Star Tribune, a “dense cold killing cloud” would have put l80,000 people at risk. We got a break, we all should be grateful. The situation we are in is dangerous, getting more so. The oil/asphalt which gushed and burned was delivered by Enbridge, through their present lines to the Husky Refinery. Enbridge and Husky are both Canadian corporations, who have an immense impact on the future of our region.  The impact on Gichi Gummi, or Lake Superior, and our health of this accident is not clear, nor will it be this year as lingering contamination is unknown.

Neil Carman, a former refinery inspector for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and now with the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club explained, “The unburned chemicals in the smoke are full of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons... they have benzene in them... They are very nasty chemicals. They are human carcinogens. It’s microscopic stuff,’’ Carman said. “Even where the plume looks like it’s dissipating, these little particles are still out there”

Wilma Subra, a chemist and technical adviser for the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, said polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons can remain in soil, on grass, on homes and in water long after it has settled out of the air - sometimes for years after events like fires and train derailments.

“By the time they (EPA) took the air samples, the unburned hydrocarbons were already out of the air. They should be testing the property downwind where the smoke deposited.”

All we know is that we are lucky, and that it’s time to clean up, not make more of a mess.

This aerial image from video provided by KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, shows smoke rising from the Husky Energy oil refinery after an explosion Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the plant in Superior, Wis. Several people were injured in the explosion and thousands evacuated out of the city. Husky uses Enbridge oil pipelines that run through this property to bring Husky excavated oil products to the United States where it is refined at this production facility. KSTP-TV via AP


Minnesota Judge Does Not Recommend Pipeline Route

Essentially, that’s what Administrative Law Judge Anne O’Reilly said in the April 23 decision on the proposed Line 3.   Noting, climate change is increasing; Enbridge’s liability is limited, and the old pipeline would be abandoned, leaving the mess for Minnesota landowners and tribes, the Administrative Law Judge did believe that Enbridge needs a non-leaking pipeline, but did not recommend approving the so called “preferred route” and opening a new corridor.  Instead, the judge ruled that the permit, if granted, should be in the present corridor.  The Judge noted clearly that she could not order sovereign tribes to grant an easement. This is a problem for Enbridge, as a quarter of the line crosses Leech Lake, Red Lake and Fond du Lac reservations, and more crosses treaty territory.  

As Judge O’Reilly notes, “To give Applicant the right to place and, thereafter, maintain Existing Line 3 (and five other pipelines) on the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac Reservations, both Tribes had to voluntarily execute a grant of easement for right-of-way to Applicant. An evaluation of those easement agreements – and the current sentiment among tribes about pipelines running through tribal property – shed light on why Applicant has chosen to pursue a new route for Existing Line 3 outside of the Mainline corridor. It also brings into question whether Applicant will be required to remove Existing Line 3 from the Reservations if the Commission allows the line to be abandoned in-place, as proposed. Moreover, it begs the question of what will happen in 2029 when the existing easements for these six pipelines in the Mainline corridor expire…”

The Leech Lake government has been adamant about the opposition to the routing of the pipeline in the old corridor; and Red Lake has asked the company to remove pipes illegally trespassing on tribal trust land. This leaves Enbridge in a legal and policy conundrum. Enbridge has proceeded with extreme confidence, and placed all corporate eggs in one basket - a new route.

That route, called the “preferred route”, cuts south of Park Rapids, Outing, the White Fish Lake chain, and the heart of Sandy Lake territory. They have done no major assessment of another route. Although the company says that most landowners support the line, the company does not disclose that many easements are granted across the tax forfeiture land in some of the poorest counties in the state.

Spring has finally come. Winter, the longest I can remember in my history, lingered, and lingered.

In Ojibwe traditions, the time of the Wiindigo came, Gaa Biboonike the Winter Maker finally has been sent to rest by Ziigwan, Spring. Climate change related disasters caused the US $l90 billion last year, from the collapse of Puerto Rican infrastructure to the California wildfires. This year we hit 440 PPM Co2, the largest amount of carbon in our atmosphere in history.  

Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 would add 220 million more metric tons of C02 to the environment annually.  As well, it turns out that Enbridge, although the third largest corporation in Canada, is not liable for a catastrophic spill here, whether in Hubbard County or the heart of Wild Rice territory. That’s what Judge O’Reilly found in her 450 plus page decision, recommending against issuing Enbridge a permit for a new route.

Although Enbridge is the third largest corporation in Canada, O’Reilly found that through a series of limited liability subsidiaries, the mother ship is protected from liability for a spill of catastrophic magnitude.  “As explained by Applicant’s own witness, Chris Johnston, neither Enbridge, Inc. nor Applicant’s limited partner, EEP, would be liable for spills or costs of cleanup that could or might result from the Line 3 Project…. as a limited partner, EEP’s financial exposure and risk is limited solely to its capital contribution in Applicant.”  

In short, O’Reilly finds that liability would remain with the people and land of Minnesota, not the big Canadian corporation. That’s a bit of a problem in her mind, and along with the recognition of the ecologically sensitive corridor, the broader issues of energy economics, survival of Anishinaabe people, and deep concerns about “abandonment”, which span many pages of the report.

The Judge did not recommend the new corridor. For Superior Mayor Jim Paine, the catastrophe of an Enbridge Oil explosion at the Husky Refinery was probably enough to jar his city and all of us, frankly into a dose of reality of not only that oil and water do not mix, but that we are in a dangerous time.

Necessity Defense

The dangers of this time were also recognized by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a landmark case of two women charged with turning the valves at Enbridge’s Clearbrook facility and stopping the flow of oil. On April 23, hours before the ALJ decision, the Minnesota Court of Appeals recognized the unusual “necessity defense” case for the Water Protectors.  

Faced with felony charges, Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein shut off valves on October 11, 2016 as a part of a national coordinated effort by Climate Direct Action activists who shut down five pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Canada.  Tar Sands oil is considered the dirtiest oil in the world.   

This is a moment in history. State agencies like the Department of Health, Commerce, the Administrative Law Judge, tribal governments and at least 68,000 people have testified against Enbridge’s Line 3 proposal. As Annette Klapstein and Emily Johnston courageously face felony charges for stopping the tar sands pipeline, it is indeed a time of necessary and courageous action.

Water Protectors prepare to camp on the line in the l855 treaty territory. Over half the line is on public lands, where anyone can camp for up to two weeks at a time. Summer is the season of excellent camping in Minnesota, and for many of us “necessary action”.

In the meantime, Summer is here, full of promise after a brutal winter. Let us pray for our Gichi Gummi, Lake Superior and those who live on her shores in Superior. And, let us be grateful for the water and life bestowed upon us.

About that Hydrogen Flouride

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the Husky Refinery is one of about 50 nationally that still uses hydrogen fluoride to process high-octane gasoline. An acid catalyst, hydrogen fluoride is one of several federally regulated toxic chemicals at the refinery, such as propane and butane. The refinery can handle about 78,000 pounds of hydrogen fluoride, according to federal EPA records from 2012.

“It’s a deadly chemical. A lot of things can burn your skin, but this stuff can go through your skin,’’ Carman said. “It’s the worst-case scenario chemical in every refinery that uses it. It’s what sets the parameters for evacuations. It’s basically a kill zone that can go out several miles. ... And the thing is, they don’t have to use it. There are other options, like sulfuric acid, which is not nearly as deadly. It won’t kill you if it’s released like hydrogen fluoride will.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hydrogen fluoride is a highly dangerous gas, forming corrosive and penetrating hydrofluoric acid upon contact with moisture. On any exposed skin, it immediately converts to hydrofluoric acid, which is corrosive and toxic and requires immediate medical attention upon exposure. Breathing in hydrogen fluoride at high levels, or in combination with skin contact, can cause death from an irregular heartbeat or from fluid buildup in the lungs. The gas can also cause blindness by rapid destruction of the corneas.In high doses, hydrogen fluoride can cause convulsions and death from irregular heartbeat, and when exposed to water it is “one of the strongest acids known.” Nice to think that the Refinery is on the shore of Lake Superior.

An EPA report from 1993 said a vapor release “could pose a significant threat to the public, especially in those instances where hydrogen fluoride is handled at facilities located in densely populated areas.” Twenty-five years later, about a third of American refineries still use the compound. The Center for Public Integrity said refineries using hydrogen fluoride put a combined 16 million people at risk.


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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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