INDIAN COUNTRY NEWS

Nothing can help me now

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

She was working hard to breathe. She always worked hard, but this time was different. She didn’t even pay attention to me, she only looked straight ahead at nothing. There was fear in her wide open eyes as she struggled to catch her next breath.

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Native News Update April 13, 2018

This week's stories: Wells Fargo hires Dawson Her Many Horses to lead services to Native Americans; Fertile Ground Leadership Institute announced; Native American Basket exhibition at Eiteljorg Museum; Cherokee Nation teams up with Rogers State University to offer online language courses; New film “Indian Horse” exposes Canada’s residential school system; Native News Update available as Podcast.

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Native News Update April 6, 2018

This week's stories: Wisconsin Governor signs burial mounds bill and tribal ID bill into law; The American Indian College Fund hosts its’ annual Flame of Hope Gala; Cherokee Nation citizen receives national recognition; New Indigenous film released in response to the #MeToo movement; Rita Coolidge releases new album, “Safe in the Arms of Time.”

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Native News Update March 30, 2018

This week's stories: StrongHearts Native Helpline celebrates a successful first year of operations; Native Americans recognized by Archbishop José Gomez; 2018 Native American and Alaska Native children school program grant open; Healthy Children, Healthy Nations initiative looking for additional partners; The fiirst Native American fashion designer to have a gown worn at the Oscars.

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What are my options?

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

“I want to know how he could have missed part of the cancer. It was right there on the CT scan and he thought they got all of it. Now it’s back and it’s spreading and I have grandkids. This is his fault and I want to know what my options are.”

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Native News Update March 23, 2018

This week's stories: Cherokee tribes host Cherokee Days in Washington DC; NCAI releases “VAWA 2013’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Five-Year Report; Audiobook narrated by Joanne Shenandoah released; Committee raising funds to recognize former major league baseball player Louis Sockalexis; LIVE on Facebook and Instragram – the second season of the Litefoot Show.

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Native News Update March 16, 2018

This week's stories: 2018 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in Las Vegas; Nokie Edwards from The Ventures, passes away; New Washington state bill focuses on missing and murdered Native American women; Bernie LaSarte honored by the FBI; Lummi Nation joins the fight to free Tokitai/Lolita, the killer whale.

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Chief Financial Officer - The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is seeking experienced candidates for Chief Financial Officer. Direct all financial and accounting functions of the Tribe. Develop and implement an overall financial strategy to maintain and enhance the financial health of the Tribe. Bachelor’s degree in accounting, 10+ yrs in general accounting and 2 yrs in fund accounting, and 5+ yrs management experience required.

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Native News Update March 9, 2018

This week's stories: Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians joins board of directors for NARF; American Indian College Fund releases new PSA campaign; New documentary on Elouise Cobell premieres on WORLD Channel; NCAI hires new editor for ICTMN; Special screenings for Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People.

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Native News Update March 2, 2018

This week's stories: Paulette Jordan hopes to become first Native American governor; Highlighting Native women running in the mid-term elections; Burial site dates back 7,000 years; Amber Alert legislation to expand system to reservations; New permanent exhibit focusing on Native Americans in Minnesota.

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Hostiles: An Unflinching Look at History

By Sandra Hale Schulman -
News From Indian Country -

Boasting an all-star cast and an unwavering commitment to authenticity, the new film Hostiles takes place in 1892 and tells the story of an Army Captain (Christian Bale) who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. On the treacherous journey they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains by Apache and offer their help.

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Harry Anslinger, Marijuana and the Mohawks

By Doug George-Kanentiio
NFIC/Akwesasne Mohawk

Who was Harry Anslinger (1892-1975) and how did he come to have a deep effect on the Mohawks of Akwesasne as well as our other communities including Ohsweken?

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Walking on as listed in the February 2018 NFIC

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Grace M. Bia, 66, of Window Rock, were held Jan. 10, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Mission Episcopal Church in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed in Fort Defiance.  Grace was born Sept. 23, 1952, in Fort Defiance, into the Apache/Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Totsohnii (Big Water Clan). 

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Walking on as listed in the January 2018 NFIC

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Vivian “Kitty” Tapahe, 73, were held Dec. 1, 2017 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Defiance.  Interment followed at the family plot in Old Coal Mine, NM.  Vivian was born Sept. 14, 1944, in Toadlena, NM., into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Kin Lichii’nii (Red House Clan).

Vivian passed away Nov. 23, 2017. Vivian is survived by her brother, Loren Tapahe; sister, Emolind Tapahe; children, Emerson (Karen), Eugene (Sharon), Emery, and Evonne; niece, Lauralene Tapahe; and grandchildren, Deone, Dwayne, Tyler, Dexter, Erin, Carter, Sydney, Dion, Chloe, Eriona, Cara, Ethan, Seth, Cayden, Elaina and Evan.  She is preceded in death by parents, Susie and Thomas Tapahe; brothers, Tommy, Melton, and Murvyn Tapahe; and sisters, Imogene Tapahe and Charlene Tapahe Herrera. Vivian worked with the Navajo Tribal Chairman’s office, DNA Legal Services, Navajo Nation WIC, and P&M Coal Mine and also Good Shepherd Mission and Hunters Point Boarding School.  She received an associates degree from the University of New Mexico. (Navajo Times, November 30, 2017)

Arizona, Gray Mountain – Funeral services for Judy Ann Singer, 54, were held Dec. 2, 2017 at the Gray Mountain Bible Church. Burial followed at the Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff.  Judy was born July 15, 1963, in Tuba City, into the Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan).  Judy passed away Nov. 25, 2017 in Phoenix. Judy is survived by her ex-husband, Jonathan Thompson; daughter, Melissa Thompson; brothers, Ed, Marvin, Gary and David Singer; sisters, Stella Webster, Cecilia Tanaka and Gloria Brown; and 16 grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Isabelle Singer; and brothers, Richard, Donald, and Lee Phoenix. Judy graduated from Pima Community College in 2000 and worked as a dental hygienist in Tucson, Phoenix, Verde Valley, and Flagstaff. (Navajo Times, November 30, 2017)

Arizona, Kinlichee – Funeral services for Bertha Ann Barney, 87, were held Nov. 29, 2017 at the Seventh Day Adventist Chruch.  Interment followed in Kinlichee.  Bertha was born Jean. 2, 1930, in hogan in Cross Canyon, AZ., into the Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Bertha passed away Nov. 23, 2017, in Albuquerque. Bertha is survived by her son, Jimmie Watson; sisters, Cornelia Mego and Rose Shorty; and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Irene John; brothers, Carlos John, Joseph Begay and Mathias John; sisters, Lorretta Peters and Delores Big; daughter, Letitia Barney; grandson, Brandon King; and great-granddaughter, Jesalyn Mink. Bertha worked as a seamstress in Los Angeles after being employed at Chuska Boarding School as a dorm aide.  She retired from the Navajo Nation in facilities maintenance. (Navajo Times, November 30, 2017)

Arizona, Hardrock – Funeral services for Dan Shepherd, 72, were held Nov. 25, 2017 in Hardrock.  Interment followed in Hardrock.  Dan was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Hardrock, into the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Dan passed away Nov. 20, 2017 in Winslow, AZ.
Dan is survived by his sons, Daniel Shepherd, Dean Shepherd, Sr., and Elroy Shepherd; daughters, Shirlinda and Diana Shepherd; and eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents. (Navajo Times, November 30, 2017)

Arizona, Chinle – Graveside services for Betty Jean Begay, 71, of Many Farms, AZ., were held Nov. 25, 2017 at the Chinle community cemetery.  Betty was born Nov. 4, 1946, in Many Farms, into the Ashiihi (Salt People Clan), born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan).  Betty passed away Nov. 19, 2017, in Tempe, AZ. Betty is survived by her husband, Willie Begay; son, Michael Begay; daughters, Karletta Dennis, Wilhemina Glenn, Beatrice Begay, Karla Begay, and Michaela Begay; brother, Alfred Tabaha Jr.; sisters, Isabel Gillwood, Shirley Tabaha, Loretta Thomas, Alta Woody, and Laura Tabaha; and eight grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents and brother. Betty received an associates degree in education and was employed at Chinle Boarding School. (Navajo Times, November 30, 2017)

Arizona, Chinle – Graveside services for Leonard Yazzie Sr., 67, of Lupton, AZ., were held Nov. 25, 2017 at the family plot in Chinle.  Leonard was born Mar. 18, 1950, in Chinle, into the To’ahani (Near the Water Clan), born for Tl’aashchi’i (Red Bottom People Clan).  Leonard passed away Nov. 21, 2017, in Lupton. Leonard is survived by his wife, Sherry L. Yazzie; sons, Leonard Jr., Mervin, Elroy, Erwin, Edwin Yazzie and Tyrone  Woods; daughters, Nancita Padilla and TyAnn Nakai; brothers, Jones, Mike, Rudy, Felix, Charley, and Myron Yazzie; sisters, Leta Begaye, Ruth Becenti and Rita Yazzie; grandparents, Ashiihi and Annie Nez; and 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death his parents, Alice and Charlie Yazzie; and sister, Stella Sleuth. Leonard served in the U.S. Navy and was employed with A.S. Horner and Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority. (Navajo Times, November 30, 2017)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Kathleen J. “Happy” Collins, 67, were held Dec. 14, 2017 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church.  Burial followed at the family plot in Blue Canyon, AZ.  Kathleen was born June 27, 1950, in Fort Defiance, into the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan).  Kathleen’s nali is Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan).  Kathleen passed away Dec. 10, 2017, in Fort Defiance. Kathleen is survived by her sons, Gabriel, Joseph, Sonny, Randy, William IV, and Robert Collins; daughters, Anna Marie Collins and Leanne Lee; sister, Velma J. Shirley; and 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by William “Jumbo” Collins III; parents, Anna Marie and Sam D. Shirley; brother, Don Shirley; grandparents, John E. and Onebah Watchman and Mary Shirley and Nat Begay. Kathleen was employed with the St. Michael Indian School and Window Rock Unified School District.  She also was a licensed cosmetologist in New Mexico. (Navajo Times, December 14, 2017)

Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Mary C. Yazzie, 84, were held Dec. 14, 2017 at the St. Michaels Mission Church.  Burial followed at the St. Michaels community cemetery.  Mary was born May 10, 1933, in Houck, AZ., into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Mary passed away Dec. 10, 2017, in Phoenix. Mary is survived by her son, Anderson Spean; daughters, Carmelita Anderson, Tillie Golden and Veronica Fowler; brothers, Lawerence, Steven, Gilbert, and Joe Sam; sisters, Elsie Yazzie, Pauline Sam and Alice Sam; and 30 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Francis and John Sam Sr.; husband, Joe Ray Yazzie; daughter, Virginia Sandoval; and sons, Lorenzo Spean, Ronald Ray and Gerald Ray Yazzie. Mary was employed by the Navajo Tribe as a custodian and as a housemaid in Page, AZ. (Navajo Times, December 14, 2017)

Arizona, Leupp – Funeral services for George Boyd Willie, Sr., 94, were held Dec. 11, 2017 at the Leupp Presbyterian Church.  Interment followed at the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery-Camp Navajo in Bellemont, AZ.  George was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Sawmill, AZ., into the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan) and Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan).  George passed away Dec. 5, 2017, in Leupp. George is survived by his wife, Emma Jean Willie; sons, John B. and George Boyd Willie Jr.; daughters, Emily Tsosie, Delores Lee and Annabelle Smallcanyon; sister, Jennie B. Martin; and 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Altsaa Baa Willeto; sons, Benny L. Huskon, Justin B. Willie and Arthur B. Willie; daughter, Josephine Talayumptewa; sister, Nellie Carroll; and brother, John B. Willeto Sr. George was a Code Talker and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946.  He worked for the Navajo Nation, NECA, and Leupp School Inc. (Navajo Times, December 14, 2017)

Arizona, Lupton – Funeral services for Jeannie G. Stevens, 88, was held Dec. 21, 2017, at the Tse Si Ani Baptist Church.  Burial followed at the family plot in Lupton.  Jeannie was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Jocob’s Well, AZ., into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Dibelzhini (Black Sheep Clan).  Her chei is Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water.  Jeannie passed away Dec. 17, 2017, in Gallup. Jeannie is survived by Willard Stevens (Francis), Mariney Yazzie (Peter), Rhoda Yazzie (Bennie) Ronnie Wauneka (Sammy), Julius Stevens, Mark Stevens, Jr. (Nancy) and Sharlene Kennedy.  She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Yikanasbah Goodluck; and daughters, Darlene Stevens and Edith Baldwin. Jeannie was employed by the Navajo Nation as water and lumber hauler.  She also was employed as a bus driver for Lupton Chapter, Sanders Public Schools, and alcoholism counselor for DNA Legal Services, Inc. (Navajo Times, December 21, 2017)

Arizona, Low Mountain – Graveside service for Richmond Lucine Overturf, 31, of Low Mountain, AZ., was held Dec. 29, 2017.  Richmond was born Nov. 29, 1986, in Chinle, into the Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan). Richmond passed away Dec. 22, 2017, in Low Mountain. Richmond is survived by companion, Amber Uentillie; daughter, Leah Overturf; parents, Marguerita Denny and Richard Overturf; brother, Ripheal Overturf; and grandparents, Martha Joe and Max Denny.  He is preceded in death by his brother, Marcus Overturf. (Navajo Times, December 28, 2017)

Arizona, Dilkon – Funeral services for Pastor Jerry Keams, 61, were held Dec. 29, at the Castle Butte New Life Fellowship Church in Dilkon, AZ.  Interment followed at the Dilkon community cemetery.  Pastor Keams was born Sept. 23, 1956, in Winslow, AZ., to Jack Keams and Mae Jensen Keams.  Pastor Keams passed away Dec. 25, 2017 at the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow.  Pastor Keams is survived by his wife, Phyllis Keams; children, Daryl, Adrain, Danielle and Jerilyn; mother, Mae Keams; siblings, Richard (Virginia) Keams, Lena (Venton) Nelson and Marlinda Keams; and three grandchildren.  Pastor Keams began serving as the pastor of the Holbrook Pentecostal Church in 2000. He was involved with the church band “The Chosen Generation” playing the guitar. (Navajo Times, January 4, 2018)

Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Phillip H. Dale, 82, of Kinlichee, AZ., were held Jan. 5, 2018 at the St. Michaels Church in St. Michaels, AZ.  Burial followed in Kinlichee.  Phillip was born July 6, 1935, in Wide Ruins, AZ., into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Phillip passed away Dec. 29, 2017, in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. Phillip is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Dale; daughter, Barbara Ann Yellowhorse; and stepsons, Gary C. Benally Sr., Jerrold Benally, Jerrison Benally, Kenneth Lee, Jefferson Lee and Steven Dale Jr. Phillip was employed and retired from Union Pacific Railroad. (Navajo Times, January 4, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – Memorial services for Gloria Ybarra, 72, were held Dec. 15, 2017 at the St. Antipas Episcopal Church in Redby, MN.  Gloria was born Feb. 7, 1945, in Red Lake, MN., to Calvin Beaulieu, Sr. and Ruth (Jourdain) Fevig. Gloria passed away Dec. 5, 2017 at the Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, ND. Gloria is survived by her children, Tiffany Skau, Tracy Skau, Jason Skau, Marcy (Jon) Cunningham, Petra (Avery) Ybarra, Guadalupe Ybarra, Peter “Tito” (Carrie) Ybarra, Dolores Ybarra; adopted daughter, Krissy (Tom) Edwards; siblings, Calvin (Caroline) John Beaulieu, Jr., John Calvin Beaulieu, Ethel Beaulieu, Rose Beaulieu, Isabelle Beaulieu, Evelyn Beaulieu, Kathryn “Jody” Beaulieu, Sandra Fevig, Royce Sayers, Jr., Gerald (Chris) Beaulieu, Alisa Pratt, Barb Pratt, Geno Pratt, and Tony Pratt; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Alisa; great-grandson, Arthur; foster mother, Diane Pratt; siblings, Claudia Beaulieu, Arlene Beaulieu, Joyce Beaulieu, Darryl Lussier, William “Billy” Joseph Beaulieu, Marilyn Adele Beaulieu, Randal “Randy” Charles Sayers, Sr. (The Red Lake Nation, December 21, 2017)

Minnesota, White Earth – Marlene Joan Oppegaard, 85, of Moorhead, MN.  Passed away at Eventide in Moorhead.  Marlene was born June 20, 1932, at White Earth. Marlene is survived by her siblings, George, Charles, Howard and David Scherzer, Donna Donner; sons, Mark (Heather), Dean (Jean), and Scott (Yvette); grandchildren, Stacie, Tara, Damian, Kristopher, Stephen, Bjorn, Brynn, and Brita; great-granddaughters, Rachel and Ameena; and great-great-grandson, Trey.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; and siblings, MaryLou, Margaret, Robert, and Franklin. Marlene was a member of the United Lutheran Church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. (Anishinaabeg Today, January 3, 2018)

Minnesota, White Earth – Funeral services for William “Chill” Giard, 25, of Naytahwaush, were held Dec. 22, 2017 at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex.  Interment followed at the Free Gospel Cemetery in Naytahwaush.  Willaim was born Nov. 23, 1992 to Thomas and Loretta (Bush) Giard in Detroit Lakes.  William passed away Dec. 16, 2017. William is survived by his mother; children, Jaelynn Mae, Kya Jean and Emmaleah Skye; brothers, Thomas “Top” Giard Jr. and Sonny Porter; sisters, Mavis, Iris, Mariah Giard and Claire (Clifford Sargent) Giard; grandparents, Joe (Rose) Bush Sr. and Mavis Bush; 15 nieces and nephews; special; cousins, Shannon Londo, Billy Johnson and Austin Johnson; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his father; brother, Jesse Giard; grandparents, William and Helena Giard; niece, Jasmine Giard; nephew, Conrad Smith Jr.; aunt, Christine Cumings; and brother-in-law, Wallie Lang. Chill entered workforce as a roofer.  He started boxing at an early age and shortly thereafter became a star boxer. (Anishinaabeg Today, January 3, 2018)

Minnesota, White Earth – Family and friends gathered for Patrick W. Scott, 39, Dec. 21, 2017 at the old Community Center in Naytahwaush.  Interment is at the Traditional Burial Grounds in Naytahwaush.  Patrick passed away Dec. 18, 2017.  Patrick was born Apr. 23, 1978 to Betty Ann Scott and Terrance Burnette Sr. in Mahnomen.  Patrick is survived by parents; sons, Patrick Scott Jr. and Christopher Scott; sisters, Leslie Scott and Ashley (Patrick) Kier; brother, Terrance Burnette Jr.; nieces and nephew, Acacia, Amaiya, Aliya, Alianna, and Patrick Jr.; uncle, Randy Scott; and aunts, Lorna Nelson, Jean Clark, and Sandy Scott.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Glendora and Elmer Scott, and Ada Burnette. Patrick attended the Detroit Lakes Vo-Tech for carpentry and auto mechanics degrees.  He completed a wind turbine certification and later he attended White Earth Tribal and Community College.  He was employed by RTC, Shooting Star Casino, White Earth Housing, and Gordon’s Construction.  He was employed as a primary care attendant for his mother. (Anishinaabeg Today, January 3, 2018)

New Mexico, Hospah – Funeral services for Andrew Jim, 60, were held Nov. 30, 2017 at Hospah Holiness Church.  Burial followed at the Hospah Holiness Church burial site.  Andrew was born Dec. 22, 1956, in Torreon, NM., into the Hashtl’ishnii (Mud Clan), born for Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan).  His nali is Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People); chei is Kinlichii’nii (Red House People).  Andrew passed away Nov. 23, 2017, in Crownpoint. Andrew is survived by his mother, Rose Jim; daughters, Richelle Sandoval and Denice Gordo; and son, Waylon Jim.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Jim; and father, Charlie Jim. (Navajo Times, November 30, 2017)

New Mexico, Crystal – Funeral services for Veda June Francisco, 54, were held Dec. 14, 2017 at the LDS Church.  Burial followed at the family plot in Crystal.  Veda was born June 12, 1963, in Fort Defiance, into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan). Veda passed away Dec. 10, 2017, in Flagstaff. Veda is survived by her sons, Kendall, Chanay, and Corbin Francisco; mother, Leonora Francisco; brothers, Dave, Oral, and Coray Francisco; sister, Veronica Francisco; and one grandchild, Novia Francisco.  Veda is preceded in death by her grandparents. Veda was employed by the Navajo Nation for 21 years. (Navajo Times, December 14, 2017)

New Mexico, Gallup – A memorial service for Rev. Laurence “Larry” Harper, 88, was held Dec. 30, at the Grace Bible Church.  Interment was private.  Rev. Harper passed away Dec. 12, 2017. Rev. Harper is survived by his wife, Lois Harper; children, Alma, Charles (Cindy) Harper, Yvonne (Dave) Sisk, Priscilla Kinzer, Mary (Rick) Johnson and Joel (Elizabeth) Harper; sister, Marian Barnet; and 11 grandchildren and other relatives.Rev. Harper graduated from Northern Arizona University and Dallas Theological Seminary.  He served in many capacities at Western Indian Ministries and three radio stations were founded under his directions and one in Nenana, AK with his assistance. (Navajo Times, December 21, 2017)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Rev. Dennis Ray Gardner Sr., 77, were held Dec. 23, 2017 at the First Baptist Church.  Burial followed at the Free Trinity Navajo Mission in Tohlakai, NM.  Rev. Gardner was born May 28, 1940, in Howard, PA.  Rev. Gardner passed away Dec. 15, 2017 in Tohlakia. Rev. Gardner is survived by his daughter, Melinda Copeland; sons, Dennis Gardner, Jr. and David Gardner; brother, Jack Gardner; and 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie Gardner; parents, Merrill and Laura Gardner; and seven sisters and three brothers. Rev. Gardner served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958 to 1962.  He was a pastor/missionary at Free Trinity Navajo Mission for 46 years and was a member of the American Legion Gallup Chapter. (Navajo Times, December 21, 2017)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Raymond Charles Cometsevah, Wo-cha-nes-tos (Whistling Elk), 61, were held Dec. 28, 2017 at the Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Burial followed in Clinton, OK.  Raymond was born Aug. 29, 1956, in Clinton.  Raymond passed away Dec. 24, 2017 in Gallup. Raymond is survived by his children, Amanda Cometsevah, Raelynn Cometsevah and Arlen Cometsevah; wife, Yolanda Cometsevah; mother, Virginia Cometsevah; sisters, Winona, Dr. Cecelia, and Susan Cometsevah; brother, Michael Cometsevah; and four grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and relatives.  He is preceded in death by his father, Arthur Cometsevah; and grandparents, Laird and Lucy Cometsevah, and Stewart and Jennie Barton. Raymond was employed with Wingate High School in Fort Wingate, NM, from 1980 to May 2017. (Navajo Times, December 28, 2017)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Lee McCork, 89, were held Dec. 27, 2017 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup.  Interment followed at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Mexican Springs, NM.  Lee was born Feb. 19, 1928, into Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tl’ogi (Hairy Ones Clan).  His nali is Kinyaa’aanii; che is Tl’ogi. Lee passed away Dec. 20, 2017. Lee is survived by his daughters, Annie M. McCray, and Betty McCork; and sons, Larry, Jerry, and Albert McCork.  Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen McCork.Lee was a lifetime medicine man and craftsman. (Navajo Times, December 28,  2017)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Stella Shirley, 76, were held Dec. 27, 2017 at the Gallup Church of God.  Interment followed at the family plot in Tohlakai, NM.  Stella was born June 3, 1941, in Tohlakia, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan).  Stella passed away Dec. 21, 2017, in Gallup. Stella is survived by her sons, Arthur F. Shirley Jr. and Delbert F. Shirley; daughters, Ardellia Shirley and Cynthia Chee; and sister, Susie Watson.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Shirley Sr.; son, Wilmer Shirley Sr.; father, Theodore Kinsel; mother, Clara Kinsel, and three great-grandchildren. (Navajo Times, December 28, 2017)

Wisconsin, Hayward - The Memorial Mass for Timothy L. Stevens, age 43, of Stone Lake, WI was held Dec. 15, 2017 at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission in Reserve.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Timothy passed away Dec. 9, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN  Timothy Lewis Stevens was born Oct. 31, 1974 in Hayward, WI to Frank Carey and Deborah Quaderer.  Timothy is survived by sons, Kevin Stevens, Dylan Stevens; daughters, KeShawna Stevens, Aaliyah Stevens, Ashtin Stevens; step-daughter, Mare & Liz Barber; brothers, Paul “Rink” Stevens, Keith Stevens; nephews, Vincent (Angelita) Stevens, Brandyn Stevens, Ashton Stevens; and nieces, Simone Stevens, Stephanie Stevens; great niece, Genesis Stevens; great nephew, Vincent Stevens Jr.  He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Tonia Stevens; step-dad, Richard Floyd; grandparents, Vincent & Ethel Quaderer; aunts, Lorraine Quaderer, LeeAnn Quaderer; uncles, Lewis Quaderer, Leonard Quaderer, Sidney Quaderer. Timothy attended Lac Courte Oreilles Community College where Tim earned a Liberal Arts degree. Tim’s most recently worked at WITC- Hayward.

Wisconsin, Hayward - Tribal Funeral Rites for Vernon B. Quagon Sr., Giti Makwa, “Old Bear”, age 73, of Signor, WI were held Dec. 21, 2017 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward.  Burial will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner with military honors accorded by the State of Wisconsin Military Honors Team and LCO AmVets Post #1998.  Vernon passed away Dec. 17, 2017 at his home.  Vernon Bruce Quagon was born on November 29, 1944 in Hayward, WI to Henry and Minnie (Dandy) Quagon. Vernon is survived sons, Vernon Quagon Jr, Bryon Butler; significant other, Faye Ann White; and niece, Georgia.  He is preceded in death by his parent; daughter, Chlorissa Butler; his brothers and sisters. Vernon grew up in Signor then lived in Whitefish. In July 1963 he joined the Army National Guard then enlisted in the US Army in August 1966 serving until November 1970. Vernon served in Vietnam and was recipient of Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart in addition to Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter award. After the military he moved back to Signor and worked as a paramedic for LCO. He also worked as a game warden for the DNR in Sawyer County.

Wisconsin, Hayward - A Native American Church Service for Cheri L. Bessette, age 57, of LCO was held Dec. 21, 2017 at Cheri’s home on Gurno Lake Road. A Memorial Service was held December 22nd at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by LCO AmVets Post #1998. Cheri passed away Dec. 19, 2017 at Hayward Health Services – Valley Health Care in the company of her family.  Cheri Lee Beighley was born January18, 1960 in Chippewa Falls, WI to Gerald and Bonnie (Frogg) Beighley Sr. Cheri is survived by her sons, Michael (Holly) Webster, Jason Tourtillott; daughters, Adrienne (Max) Beighley, Sonja (Jason) Webster, Jolyn Beighley, Charleen Tourtillott, Misty Keller; grandchildren, Maria, Melina, Meyleah, Mary, Ava, Wesley, Thomas and Adriana; brother, Gerald Beighley Jr.; sister, Janice Beighley; many beloved nephews, nieces and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Barry Bessette; grandparents, Samuel & Mamie Frogg.

Wisconsin, Hayward - Funeral Services for Barbara R. DeNasha, age 53, of Hayward, WI were held Dec. 20, 2017 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Reseve. Barbara passed away Dec. 16, 2017 at ST. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN.  Barbara Rae DeNasha was born August 30, 1964 in Green Bay, WI to Robert and Irene (Cooper) Denasha Sr. Barbara is survived by sisters, Kateri (Marc) Troldahl, Anna (Chuck) Martin, Elizabeth DeNasha; brothers, Leslie DeNasha, Robert DeNasha; many nephews & nieces.  She is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Francis & Frank DeNasha and Wallace & Emma Anton; brothers, Thomas DeNasha, David DeNasha; sister, Loretta DeNasha.

Wisconsin, Oneida – A parish prayer service for Cary Danforth, 46, was held Dec. 11, 2017 at the Ryan Funeral Home with the Oneida Hymn Singers following.  Visitation and funeral service was held Dec. 12, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Apostles.  Burial followed in the Oneida Sacred Burial Grounds.  Cary passed away Dec. 7, 2017.  He was born June 11, 1971 in Madison to Junior Danforth and Rose Mary John. Cary is survived by his parents; siblings, Allen and Jason Danforth; sister, Jasmine John; and nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Noron (Anna) John, Dennison (Evelyn) John, Sr., and sister, Shelley Danforth. (Kalihwisaks, December 21, 2017)

Wisconsin, Oneida – Traditional services for Issac Charles Webster-Evanston, 35, were held Dec. 14, 2017 at Fort Mohave Mourning Hall, Needles, CA. Issac is the son of Samson Evanston and Janice Webster. Brother of Sammy Evanston II and Sunny Webster. Father, to Isabelle Webster. Significant other of Chloe Abendroth. Uncle to Easton Evanston, Elizabeth A. Rodriguez, and Jose Acevedo. (Kalihwisaks, December 21, 2017)

Wisconsin, Crandon – Funeral services for Loretta Grace (Sahpenais) Snow “Shen nok”, 78, of Crandon were held Dec. 21, 2017 at Lake Lucerne Gospel Chapel.  Loretta passed away Dec. 18, 2017.  Loretta was born May 25, 1930 to Peter and Charlotte (George) Sahpenais. Loretta is survived by her sister, Arlene Alloway, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, and brothers. Loretta and her husband ran a tree service and in her younger years she was an accomplished wood crafter.  She built fine cabinets and wooden boats. (Potawatomi Traveling Times, January 1, 2018)

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