Walking on as listed in the July 2018 NFIC

Arizona, Lukachukai – A celebration of life for Marvin Andrew McKenzie, 62, of Tsaile, was held May 31, 2018 at Lukachukai Chapter House. Marvin was born Nov. 14,1955, into the Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan), born for Kinlichii’nii (Red House Clan). Marvin passed away May 24, 2018.

Marvin is survived by his son, James McKenzie; mother, Betty McKenzie; sisters, Judith, Claire, and Kathleen McKenzie; and brothers, Patrick, Gilbert, Edward, and Jeremy McKenzie. Marvin attended Wheaton College, San Jaun College and University of New Mexico, earning a degree in fine arts from Dine College. (Navajo Times, May 31, 2018)

Arizona, St. Michaels – Funeral services for Irvin Begay, 51, of St. Michaels was held June 1, 2018 at the Nazarene Church in St. Michaels. Burial followed in St. Michaels. Irvin was born Sept. 20, 1966, in St. Michaels, into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt People Clan). Irvin passed away May 27, 2018 in Hopi, AZ. Irvin is survived by his wife, Lucinda C. White; sons, Garrison and Merle Begay; daughters, Rocinda and Cerain Begay; parents, Chee and Helen Begay; sisters, Marie Brown and Marie Begay; and five grandchilden. He is preceded in death by his sister, Annie Williams. Irvin worked for the BIA Forestry for over 20 years. (Navajo Times, May 31, 2018)

Arizona, Fort Defiance – A memorial service for Carlton Davis Williams, 55, of Fort Defiance was held June 2, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance. Carlton was born Nov. 23, 1962 in Fort Defiance, into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Naakai dine’e (Mexican Clan). Carlton passed away Apr. 26, 2018.
Carlton is survived by his mother, Laurita W. Jones; and sister, Dorothea Williams. He is preceded in death by his father, Douglas Williams Sr.; sister, Carla Williams; brother, Douglas Williams Jr.; and grandparents, David and Rhonda Watchman and George and Kerry Williams. Carlton attended technical training at ABC Welding School in Phoenix, obtaining a commercial Class A license and LP3S classification in HAZ/MAT training. He was employed as a certified welder and CDL Class A HAZ/MAT operator. He worked for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, as a welder at American Homesteaders, Inc. Nations Gas Technology as a gas technicain, and at Natural/Water Resources. (Navajo Times, May 31, 2018) Ashiihi (Salt People Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).

Arizona, Birdsprings – Funeral services for Junior Nez, 85 were held June 9, 2018 at the Birdsprings Full Gospel Church. Interment followed at the Birdsprings Full Gospel Church family plot. Junior was born Sept. 9, 1932 in Leupp AZ., into the Ashiihi (Salt People Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). Junior passed away June 4, 2018, in Payson, AZ. Junior is survived by his wife, Betty Ann Nez; adopted sons, Micheal, Aruther, Peter, Joe Manygoats, and Randy Thompson; daughter, Judy Nez; adopted daughters, Lenora Brown, SueAnn Long, and Marcella Proctor; brothers, Dennis and Kenneth Nez; and 31 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, Carrie Curley; and father, Julius Nez.. Junior served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. (Navajo Times, June 14, 2018)

Arizona, Kayenta – Funeral services for Edward Chato-Seaton, 28 were held June 8, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Kayenta. Interment followed at the Kayenta community cemetery. Edward was born Mar. 1, 1990 in Durango, CO., into the Tabaaha (Water’s Edge Clan), born for the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). Edward passed away June 4, 2018 in Kayenta. Edward is survived by his parents, Genevieve Chato and Edward Seaton; brothers by, David Kasch and Shondee Seaton; and sisters, Julie Curley, Shannon Seaton and Bianca Seaton. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Edgar and Mary R. Chato, and Eddie and June Seaton. Edward was a Manuelito Schorlarship recipient. He attended the University of Arizona and Pima Community College in Tucson. (Navajo Times, June 14, 2018)

Arizona, Ganado – Funeral services for Joyce Moore, 73 of Cornfields, AZ., were held June 21, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church in Ganado.  Burial followed in Cornfields.  Joyce was born Oct. 23, 1944 in Cornfields, into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii ( Towering House Clan).  Joyce passed away June 16, 2018 in Ganado. Joyce is survived by her sons, William Bizadi Jr., Marvin Moore, Jerrell Chee, Ryan Friday, and Trent Friday; sisters, Marlene Friday, Lily Salway, Rosemary Sam, and Ella Merriman; and 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Phillip R. Moore; son, Darrell Roanhorse; and Brenton Nez, Shannon Salway, Marie Friday, Joseph Friday Jr., and Joseph Friday Sr. Joyce became a certified nursing assistant and worked for the Navajo Tribe for 25 years and as a community health representative for 19 years. (Navajo Times, June 21, 2018)

Arizona, Kayenta – Graveside service for Richard B. Singer Jr., 60 was held June 23, 2018 at the Kayenta community cemetery.  Richard was born Oct. 5, 1957 in Bellemont, AZ., into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).  Richard passed away May 29, 2018 in Denver. Richard is survived by his son, Reginal Singer; and siblings, Elwood Gene Sr., Lorraine Tsinaginnie, Lorretta Singer, Sharine Sonny, Regina Sundseth, Karen Garcia, Beverly Thomas, Patricia Osif and Dawny Singer.  He is preceded in death by parents, Richard B. Singer Sr. and Katherine B. Singer; and siblings, Richard E. Singer, Ritchie Singer and Arloa Singer. Richard was an EMT and studied at Denver Pharmacy School and Blackfox Training Institute.  He was employed by StorageTek.  He was involved with the elderly program in the Denver Indian Center Inc. and the Native American Talking Circle at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and the Denver Public Library. (Navajo Times, June 21, 2018)

Arizona, Nazlini – Funeral services for Ruth Bia Tracey, 84 of Nazlini, AZ., were held June 18, 2018 at the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Nazlini.  Interment followed in Nazlini.  Ruth was born Apr. 14, 1934 in Nazlini, into the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), born for Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan).  Ruth passed away June 12, 2018 in Flagstaff. Ruth is survived by her son, Arnold Tracey; brother, Austin Bia; and sisters, Lucy, Helen, Ilene, and Lerna Bia.  She is preceded in death by Bernard Tracey Sr. (Navajo Times, June 21, 2018) Arizona, Cornfields – Funeral services for Virginia Sue Moses, 68 were held June 18, 2018 at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Cornfields.  Interment followed at the Cornfields cemetery.  Virginia was born June 28, 1949 in Ganado, AZ., into the Tabaaha ( Water’s Edge Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Her chei is Edward Todach.  Virginia passed away June 11, 2018 in Irving, TX. Virginia is survived by her brothers, Leroy, Max, Thomas Jr., and Marvin Sr. Moses and Wilfre Smith Jr.; and sisters, Verna Poncho, Julia Moses, and Willeta Smith. (Navajo Times, June 21, 2018)

Minnesota, Redby – An all-night wake and funeral services for Matthew “Matt” Dunkley, Sr., 34 of Sioux Falls, SD., was held June 4 and June 5, 2018 at the Redby Community Center.  Matthew passed away May 31, 2018.  Matthew was born July 26, 1983 to Michael D. Dunkley, Sr., and Marcia Zoe Thompson in Park Rapids, MN. Matthew is survived by his wife, Kyrie DuMarce-Dunkley; children, Niin-Day, Lucas, Jeremiah and Matthew Jr.; father; siblings, Zhawin, Opichee, Lavender, Michael Jr., Benayshi, Ginew, Jeremiah, Gewaden and Medazway; many aunts, uncles and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his mother; grandmother, Theresa Mattie Dunkley; aunt, Patricia Jean Eylandt. Matthew honorably served in the U.S. Army for 10 years with tours in Afghnistan and Iraq.  He received the following commendations; Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. (The Red Lake Nation, June 22, 2018)

Minnesota, St. Paul – A traditional service for Karen Jean Cloud, “Bagajikwe”, “Giving Woman” 58, was held June 7, 2018 at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah, MN.  Karen passed away May 31, 2018 at home.  Karen was born Oct. 7, 1959 to Betty (Stillday) and Wallace Cloud, Sr., in Red Lake, MN. Karen is survived by her life-long partner, Fabian Sayers, Sr.; children, Fabian, Nadine (John M.), Teresa (Charles H.) Cloud; sisters, Sandra Cloud and Orianna Kimbrell; brother, Floyd (Patti) Cloud; special sister, Victoria Fineday; special brother, Chris (Ginny) Cloud; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many loved ones.  She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Angela Cloud; brother, Wallace Cloud, Jr.; grandparents, Roy and Helen Cloud and Warren and Alvina Stillday; and step-son, Fabian G. Sayers, Jr. Karen received her Certified Nursing Assistant and her TMA certificates.  She worked at the Jourdain Perpich Nursing Home from 1994 thru 2006.  In 2008 she started work at the Little Six Casino.  (The Red Lake Nation, June 22, 2018)

Minnesota, Duluth – A traditional service for Charles “Charlie” Wayne Lightfeather, Sr., “Asin-inini”, “Rock Man”, 34, was held June 11, 2018 at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah, MN.  Charles passed away June 5, 2018.  Charles was born Oct. 6, 1983 to Bernice Lightfeather and Gregory Johnson in Duluth, MN. Charles is survived by his wife, Jessica Lightfeather; Charles Jr., Carter Lightfeather, Karen Jourdain, Raine Jourdain, Jayden Lightfeather-Jourdain, Jamie Johnson, Mythias and Truce Lightfeather, Malita Spears, Charlize, Kahlil, Nibi Lightfeather-Spears; brothers, Terry Sr., Terrance, Nodin, Devin Lightfeather, Lance and Brandon Johnson; sisters, Teresa, Crystal, Brandee Lightfeather, Robin and Nagani Johnson; numerous nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles, cousins, friends and his pow-wow bros and sisters.  He is preceded in death by his mother; and others who have passed. (The Red Lake Nation, June 22, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – Funeral service for Geraldine Margaret (Richey) Bombay, 71, was held June 13, 2018 at Little Rock Community Center in Red Lake, MN.  Geraldine passed away June 8, 2018.  Geraldine was born July 27, 1946 to Anna (Beaulieu) and George Richey, Sr., in Red Lake, MN. Geraldine is survived by her sons, Marvin Yellow, Jr., Donald Yellow, Darin Yellow and Melvin Yellow; daughters, Marian (Dave Jorgenson) Yellow and Susan (Floyd) Iceman; step-son, Tony Bombay; step-daughter, Angela Bombay; brothers, William M. Richey and George M. Richey, Jr.; sister, Juliana C. Williams; grandchildren, Sarah, Carmen and Valerie McGraw, Douglas and Clarence Yellow, Alicia Lyons; great-grandchildren, Aliyah, Gabriel and Eli Norris, Miigis and Makoonz Lagou and Rylynn Lyons, Brett and Sammy Jo Lagarde; and many friends and relatives.  She is preceded in death by her parents; ex-husband, Marvin Yellow, Sr.; husband, Sam Bombay; daughter, Theresa Ann McGraw; six sisters and five brothers. (The Red Lake Nation, June 22, 2018)

Minnesota, Minneapolis – Funeral service for Todd L. Weldon Jr. 25, of Minneapolis MN., was held June 7, 2018 at the Little Rock Center in Red Lake, MN.  Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red Lake, MN.  Todd passed away June 1, 2018.  Todd was born July 9, 1992 to Todd Weldon and Lisa Neadea in Minneapolis, MN. Todd is survived by his parents; brothers, Robert Conboy and Dale Neadeau; grandmother, Gloria Weldon; step-father, Robert Necklace; step-brothers, Brandon Dunkley, Jake Necklace, and Micah Necklace; and other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Margaret Neadeau; grandfathers, Dudley LaRonge and Danny Chavez; and uncle, Dale Neadeau. (The Red Lake Nation, June 22, 2018)

Minnesota, Red Lake – Britney Ann (Yellow) Lussier, “Mizhakwad”, “Clear Sky”, 21, passed away June 16, 2018 at the University of Minnesota.  Britney was born Oct. 16, 1996 to Rodney Lussier and Delores Tobbi Yellow in Bemidji, MN. Britney is survived by her parents; grandmother, Lois Lussier; siblings, Janis Hegg, Jeremy Hart, Jr., Gerilyn Yellow, Justyce, Samantha, Brycen and Bryon Lussier; special friend, Brian Roy; aunt, Carolyn Feather; uncles, Austin Head, Tony Bellanger and Melvin Feather, Jr.; and many extended family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her baby, Lussier-Roy; grandfather, Edward Lussier, Jr.; grandparents, Geraldine and Toby Yellow; aunts, Sara and Leanne Lussier; and cousin, Rashelli Bravo. (The Red Lake Nation, June 22, 2018)

Minnesota, Bena – A traditional funeral service for Merle Jameson Wakonabo, 49 was held June 18, 2018 at the Red Lake Community Center.  Merle passed away June 12, 2018 at home.  Merle was born Apr. 3, 1969 in Sauk Center, MN. Merle is survived by his twin brother, Myron (Melissa) Wakonabo; several half brothers and sisters; sons, Ryan Ojibwe and Makoons, Mark, Tyrell, Thomas and Merle III Wakonabo; daughters, Theresa, Mya, Esther, Marissa, Tasheen and Jenny Wakonabo; 4 grandchildren, nieces and nephews, Cindy, Jessey, Charles, Dominic and Hunter; his significant other, Grace Wakonabo; and many cousins and friends.  He is preceded in death by his son, Merle Wakonabo, Jr.; parents, Mark and Esther Wakonabo; sister, Chanel Wakonabo; grandparents, Charles and Mary Spike; and nephew, Myron Wakonabo, Jr. (The Red Lake Nation, June 22, 2018) Minnesota, Cass Lake – A traditional service for William Clifford Jones, Sr., “Animikii” “Thunder Being” 25, of Cass Lake were held June 13, 2018  at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake.  William was born Feb. 14, 1993 in Bemidji, MN., to Patrice (Beaulieu) and James Jones, Jr.  William passed away June 7, 2018 at the Cass Lake IHS Hospital. William is survived by his parents; children, William Clifford Jones, Jr., Nicholas James Jones and Jazerae Renee Jones; sisters, Davina (Lonnie) Curry, Rae’Dahn (Austin) Dailey, Shayla Beaulieu; brothers, Brett (Joycelyn) Beaulieu, Drew (Alisha) Curry, Charles (Michelle) Jones, and James (Valerie) Jones; grandparents, Wanda “Quig” Jones and James (Della) Jones, Sr.; great nephew, Zane Weyaus and numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends. (Debahjimon, June 2018)

Minnesota, Longville – A two-night wake and memorial service for Damar Ugine Flowers, 13 of Longville were held May 30, thru June 1, 2018 at his mother’s home.  Damar was born Oct. 31, 2004 in Bemidji, MN to Carolee (Goose) Geving and Andre Flowers.  Damar passed away May 28, 2018  Damar is survived by his parents; brothers, Trey and Journey Flowers, Brayden Jackson, and Brody Johnson; sister, Danaesha Flowers; aunties, Kaylia Flowers and Marissa Mangum; uncles, Adrian, Samuel and Darius Flowers, Donald and Raymond Geving; and numerous relatives and many friends.  He is preceded in death by his grandpas, Gregory Geving and Andre Halburden; great-grandpas, Samuel Goose and Donald “Snap” Geving; great-grandmas, Caroline Monroe and Louise Bongo; cousins, Samuel Wilson and Sonny Ringle; and friend, Jared Boye. Damar was a drummer, dancer, a quiz bowler and part of a unity. (Debahjimon, June 2018)

Minnesota, Cass Lake – A wake and traditional service for James Joseph Dorr, 74 of Cass Lake was held May 29 and May 30, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake.  James was born Mar. 1, 1944 in Cass Lake.  James passed away May 25, 2018 at the Cass Lake IHS Hospital. James is survived by his son, Cody (Breann) White; daughters, Regina Nickaboine, Kimberly Windom and Dora White; sister, Caroline Hulett; special granddaughter, Valynncia White; many more grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, Zoe and Zacari. He is preceded in death by his parents, Christina and Jess; brother, John Dorr and sister, Evelyn Staples. (Debahjimon, June 2018)

Minnesota, Cass Lake – A wake and funeral service for Helen Jean (Losh) Headbird, “Shaa-goo-da-shi-gai-equay” 84 was held May 29 thru May 31, 2018 at the Mission Community Center in Mission, MN.  Helen was born May 18, 1934 in Onigum, MN to Emma Losh and Albert Claypool.  Helen passed away May 27, 2018. Helen is survived by her son, Thomas Headbird; daughters, Wanda (Bill) Headbird-Croaker, Tina (Cowboy Wind), Susan Headbird and Nancy (Barney) Kingbird; 38 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many family members and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; sons, Randolph Sr., Emmanuel Jr., Gary and Darryl Headbird Sr., and Bert Gale-Headbird; brothers, John Losh and Jim Beaulieu; sisters, Rita Buck and Dorothy Losh; granddaughters, Amanda Headbird and Endonnis Baird; grandsons, Brenton and Ronnie Headbird and others relatives. (Debahjimon, June 2018)

Minnesota, Inger – Terry Lee Robinson, 60 of Inger passed away May 19, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Terry was born Sept. 2, 1957 in Cass Lake to Laura Robinson and Bernie Smith. Terry is survived by his sons, Lee  and Keith Robinson; daughters, Laura and Kiera Robinson; grandchildren, Andriana Robinson-Primeaux, Jaiden Shaugobay-Perez, Jeremy Primeaux Jr. and Robert Robinson; brothers, Bernard Robinson and Raynard Petersen; sisters, Molly Fairbanks and Dorothy Robinson; nephews, Victor, Bernard Robinson Jr., and Daniel Howard; niece, Kayla Hager; aunts, Patricia Garbow-Lond, Trudelle Robinson, Sandra Charwood; uncle, Simon (Crum) Grabow, Brian (Buckwheat) Robinson, William Bowstring, Otto Reyes, Jim Stukel, Dale Welsh, and many family, friends and relatives.   Terry attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and earned an associates degree in art.  He worked for ISD 709 and the City of Duluth. (Debahjimon, June 2018)

New Mexico, Rehoboth – Funeral services for Florence M. “FloBarton, 75 was held June 4, 2018 at the Rehoboth Sports and Fitness Center. Burial followed at the Rehoboth cemetery. Florence was born May 12, 1943, in Fort Wingate, NM., into the Ashiihi (Salt People Clan), born for Maasht’ezhi. Florence passed away May 26, 2018 in Fort Wingate. Florence is survived by her mother, Mary Holtsoi; son, Stewart Barton; daughter, Trudi Barton; brothers, Raymond, Gary, Willie, Darryl and Jeffrey Holtsoi; and sisters, Louise Nez, Sharon Toadlena, Darlene Doka, Goria James, Kathy Holtsoi, Patricia Holtsoi, Donna Owens, Ramona Holtsoi, and Terri Holtsoi. She is preceded in death by her husband, Stewart C. Barton Jr.; daughter, Tammy Barton-Damon; stepfather, Billie Holtsoi; and granddaughter, Priscilla Barton.  Florence worked for Gallup Indian Medical Center and then went to school on an Indian Health Services scholarship, earning a bachelor’s degree in medical records administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. She retired for the business office at Gallup Indian Medical after 40.5 years working for the federal government. She worked for a few years as the alumni coordinator for Rehoboth Christian School and she was a retired board member of the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceemonial after 30 years. (Navajo Times, May 31, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Jacqueline Whitman, 48, of Oak Springs, were held May 31, 2018 at the New Life Apostolic Church in Gallup. Burial followed in Oak Springs. Jacqueline was born June 10, 1971 in Gallup, into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Dibelzhini (Black Sheep Clan). Jacqueline passed away May 23, 2018 in Gallup. Jacqueline is survived by her sons, Ryan Betonie, Delane Smith, Shandon Smith, and Octavio Chischilly; daughters, Valya Cisco and Alice D. Ann Whitman; parent, Jackie Chischilly; brothers, Ansiem and Duane Chischilly; sisters, Victoria Owens and Tilda Yazzie; and grandchildren, Rashon and Kelsie Cisco. She is preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Ann Chischilly; and daughter, Katezinzki Ariel Begay. (Navajo Times, May 31, 2018)

New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Mamie L. Murphy, 86 were held June 7, 2018 at the St. Francis Church in Gallup. Interment followed at the Rehoboth cemetery. Mamie was born Jan. 21, 1932 in Mexican Water, AZ., into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Totsohnii (Big Water Clan). Mamie passed away June 4, 2018 in Gallup. Mamie is survived by her daughter, Alfreda Chischilly; and sons, Vernon and Aaron Murphy. She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Murphy; parents, Whitehair and Mary Ann Begay; and brothers, Timmie, Jimmie and Bennie Begay. (Navajo Times, June 14, 2018)  New Mexico, Gallup – A memorial service for Garry J. Benally, 47 was held June 23, 2018 at the Lighthouse International Ministries Church in Gallup.  Garry was born Apr. 5, 1971 in Shiprock, into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for To’aheedliinii (The Water Flow Together Clan).  He died June 14, 2018 in Breadspings, NM. Garry is survived by his brothers, Felix and Gerald Benally.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Stella Benally and father, Leonard Benally. (Navajo Times, June 21, 2018)

New Mexico, Pinehill – Funeral services for Helen L. Domingo, 87 of Pinehill/Torreon were held June 22, 2018 at the Nazarene Church in Pinehill.  Burial followed at the family plot.  Helen was born Jan. 10, 1931 in Ramah, NM., into the Ashiihi/Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Salt People Clan/Coyote Pass-Jemez Clan), born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan).  Helen passed away June 14, 2018 in Bernalillo, NM. Helen is survived by her sons, Melvin, Donald, Mark, Wilfred and Veron Barney, Alex, Ernie, Karl W., and Joe Domingo Jr.; daughters, Laving Barney Gott, Priscilla Barney Castillo, Cecelia Barney Chinana, and Helena M. Domingo; brother, Albert Frank; and 54 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Domingo Sr.; parents, Rafael Rafelito and Margaret Alonzo; sister, Alice Jake; and brothers, Wilson, George, Jackson, and Johnson Rafelito and Tommy Frank. (Navajo Times, June 21, 2018)

New Mexico, Crownpoint – Funeral services for Carson Etcitty Craig Sr., 72 were held June 23, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Crownpoint.  Burial followed at the family plot. Carson was born Jan. 26, 1946 in Crownpoint, into the Bit’ahnii (Folded Arms People Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  His chei is Tachii’nii and Nat’oh dine’e (Red Running Into the Water People/Tobacco People Clan); nali in Tsenabahilnii (Sleep Rock People).  Carson passed away June 19, 2018. Carson is survived by his wife, Margie D. Craig; sons, Vernon Brown, William, Lyle, and Carson Craig Jr.; daughters, Velliyah Craig-Beauvais, Candice, Deirdre, and Marna Craig; brothers, Benjamin Craig Sr. and Boyd Craig; sisters, Georgiana, Lisa, and Ava Craig; and 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Etcitty Devore; father, George Craig; sisters, Laverne Tsosie and Loretta Craig; brothers, Roger and Jerry Craig. Carson work under the Navajo Tribe in the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity, and Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Program.  He retired as a substance abuse prevention specialist at Navajo Technical University. (Navajo Times, June 21, 2018)

Utah, Brigham City – Funneral services for Matthew J. Johnson, 96, were held June 2, 2018 at Myers Mortuary in Brigham City. Matthew was born June 16, 1921 in Leupp, AZ., to Jim Lefthand and Helen Chee Riggs. Matthew passed away May 20, 2018. Matthew is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Yazzie (Gail Bird), Kerry Allen (Vera), Carol Ann, Linda Kay Montez, and Dale Kelly (ArLene); sister, Louise Curley; and 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, David; granddaughter, April; and great-granddaughter, Cecillia. Matthew worked on ships during WWII and was a guard and then a dorm room manager at the intermountain Indian School in Brigham City. (Navajo Times, May 31, 2018)

Utah, Monument Valley – Funeral services for Samuel T. Holiday, 94 were held June 15, 2018 in Monument Valley. Burial followed at the Kayenta Community Veterans Cemetery. Samuel was born June 2, 1924 to Billy Holiday and Betsy Yellow. Samuel passed away June 11, 2018. Samuel survived by his children, H. Helena Begaii, Herman H. Holiday, Carol Todecheene, Lupita “Baysha” Holiday, Corina S. Holiday-Boxton, and Samantha “Serta” Holiday; and 35 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife, Lupita Mae Holiday; children, Mabel B. Austin and L. Lisa Miller; and grandchildren, Rhayannon and Rhaylynn Redhouse. Samuel was a U.S. Marines in which he served in the 4th Marine Division, 25th regiment H and S Company. He became a Navajo Code Talker in WWII. (Navajo Times, June 14, 2018)

Wisconsin, Hayward - Mass of Christian Burial for John F. Bluesky, age 71, of New Post was  held June 12, 2018 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in New Post.  Burial will be in New Post Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by LCO AmVets Post #1998.  John passed away June 8, 2018 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN.  John Frank Bluesky was born November 16, 1946 in Hayward, WI to John and Margaret “Maggie” (Martin) Bluesky.  John is survived by his life partner, Myrna DeNasha; brother, George (Jackie) Bluesky; stepsons, Douglas and David DeCora; step-daughters, Charlene Trepanier and Roberta Lynn Crowe; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews & nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, John & Maggie; brothers, Alfred Mustache, William Mustache; sisters, Lucille Corbine, Margaret Cooper; grandson, Andrew Crowe. John served in the U.S. Army as a Medic during the Vietnam War.  He worked for LCO Development and retired from LCO Housing.

Wisconsin, Hayward - Tribal Funeral Rites for Al Miller were held June 14, 2018 at New Post Community Center in New Post.  Burial was in Whitefish Cemetery.  Al was born Sept. 30, 1960 in Hayward, WI to Burleigh and Mary (Taylor) Miller. Al is survived by his son, Alan Robert Miller; one grandson; siblings, Clyde Miller Sr., Burleigh (Renee) Miller Jr., Brenda Miller (Alfred DeMarr), Robert Miller and Doug (Dorthea) Potack; many nephews & nieces.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Burleigh & Mary; brothers, Duane, Rick & Brian Miller.

Wisconsin, Hayward - A Memorial Mass was held July 5, 2018 for Kathryn A. King, age 73, of Lac Courte Oreilles at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission in Reserve.  Kathryn passed away June 27, 2018 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN.  Kathryn Ann Martin was born July 5, 1944 in Hayward, WI to Mary Martin. Kathryn is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline Bennett & Danielle Carley; sons, Merlyn Bennett, Andre Bennett & Jeremiah King; step-daughter, Brandi King-Foster; step-son, James W.R. King; 18 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and brother, Chuck Martin.  She is preceded by her mother, Mary; husband. Harold “Big Jim” King; sons. Louis Bennett and Jay Bennett; granddaughter. Chanda Isham; great granddaughter. Makaria Anderson; and brother. LeRoy Martin.Kathryn and her husband lived in the Beloit area where she worked for the city and the school system. Kathryn owned her own shop where she sold Native American Arts and Crafts. She then became a foster parent, loving over 30 children. They returned to LCO after their retirement and Kathryn began taking classes at LCO Community College.


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

One of our teachers, James Vukelich, posts the Ojibwe Word of the Day on Facebook every Thursday and I try to never miss it. These are beautiful lessons in what the words in our language mean, where those words came from and how our ancestors could see the best place to put some of our most important lessons so they wouldn’t be lost is in the language itself.

Gwayakwaadiziwin means honesty, but it means much more than that. It means to live a life so others can see your honesty and integrity and virtue. It means following through with what you say you will do.

The next day I was off work and I was thinking about living my life in that way and I didn’t take the first drink of my coffee. Instead, I remembered when George Earth was dying and he asked me to pour some of the spring water I collected on the ground at his funeral. Since then I make it a point to spill some of my coffee on the ground in the mornings before I take the first sip and I offer it to George and all of my relatives who have passed on. I offered my asemaa to the four directions and to the spirits in the water and to the earth and to the sky. It felt good to start my day in that way and I had lots of things to do and I silently vowed to do everything with integrity.

I had to go to the bank and the wait was long for some reason. I went to the store and I got into the line right after someone who had a full cart and she cut in front of me, even though she could see I only had three items. I needed to bring the rest of the liquid nitrogen I used for my mad science demonstration back to the welding supply place. I forgot to put it in my car and I had to drive back home to get it. I had to go to the tool supply place because I needed a new chain for my saw and I didn’t have the right part numbers, so I couldn’t pick it up. I ordered an antenna for my wife’s car from the internet and it didn’t pull in any radio stations and I had to go to the post office to send it back and I was third in line.

My hope was to work on one of my old cars and I hadn’t been able to do that for a long time. I finally got back home and realized I drove over 45 miles a couple of days before to pick up an engine stand and I didn’t bring part of it home. I had to drop everything and get into my rusty old truck and try to drive 45 miles again and get there before they closed.

I was trying to hurry and I came to a traffic light that is never green. This was a light that normally takes forever to turn green once it turns red and I was sure I was going to make the light and…

A pickup truck pulled out from a side road right in front of me and I had to slam on the brakes to slow down and I was sure he was going to make me miss that light. I could have let this pass, but instead I laid on the horn and stopped in front of him as he was pulling out from the side road. He stopped and I was able to go around him, but not until I got a good look at him. I was expecting a younger person who would maybe give me the finger or shake a fist at me and I wanted whoever it was to know they didn’t even look before pulling out in front of me and that this could have caused a serious accident. I thought maybe this was a beginning driver who might learn something from such a close call.

What I didn’t expect was an old man who was at least 90 years old. The skin on his face was thin and wrinkly. His eyes were blue and his hair was white and his head had a steady side to side tremor. He was alone in the truck and I could tell he was used to being alone. He didn’t look at me with anger or apology and he didn’t look at me at all. Instead, he threw his hands into the air and I could see him start crying. His hands were in the air in a gesture of giving up, of complete surrender and he slammed on his brakes and I went around him and I made it through the light and I left him behind.

Who else left him behind? His wife? His brothers and sisters? All of his friends from work? He most likely outlived all of them.

His vision and his hearing and reflexes were not what they used to be and I sensed he was isolated and alone and his long life had allowed those things most important to him grow old and die or to simply fade away.

In my hurry, I could see I was the straw that broke the camel’s back for him and I couldn’t stop thinking about him on my 45 mile drive. I thought about him as a young man, strong and with his entire future ahead of him. I thought of him finding love and raising children who inevitably found lives far away and only saw him occasionally and had a hard time talking to him on the phone. I saw a 90 year old man holding on to the last of his independence.

I saw the fragility of that independence and no doubt he had been seeing signs of it for a long time. Now his hearing and vision loss almost caused an accident and he would be too well aware he was the cause of it.

I picked up the rest of the engine stand with about five minutes to spare before they closed. I noticed my own strength as I picked up the steel frame and lifted it over the side of the truck and thought about what it would mean to have that strength taken away from me.

On the way home there was a rock outcropping on the top of a hill. I stopped my truck on the side of the road and I climbed until I was overlooking a small valley. I put my asemaa out for that old man. I had never seen him before and had no reason to think I would ever see him again. He would never know I climbed this hill for him and maybe he wouldn’t even see it as important.

I saw it as important. A light breeze picked up and it took my asemaa and it carried it out over the valley. I asked forgiveness from those who had gone on before me. I asked forgiveness from the old man.

On the first day of my new way of life, gwayakwaadiziwin, I didn’t live up to the lessons our old ones put into our language. My brief moment of anger had a lasting effect on someone else.

A moment of kindness would have lasted forever.

Arne Vainio, M.D. is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and is a family practice physician on the Fond du Lac reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota. He can be contacted at


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

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

There’s so much to screech and yell about I don’t know where to start, so I’ll begin with my angst. I used to have long, black hair which is so Indian I don’t know where to start except I hate those ‘romantic’ Indian cards with their absurd blowing locks. I had my hair cut in 2013 cuz because I am unable to maintain long hair due to my disability so I got it cut really short.

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Women and Water Coming Together 2018 Symposium

Thirty years ago, Anishinaabe teacher, Maryellen Baker, had a dream in which she was called to help to spread the Anishinaabe teachings with others. Her work began with creating a center for wellness, and has become more urgent as all of us have witnessed the pollution of the waters. Water is life, and it is the role of women to protect and bless the water, and the role of men to support women in that work.

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Native News Update July 6, 2018

This week's stories:  Groundbreaking research reveals depth of discrimination against Native American; University group launches water purification project for the San Carlos Apache; “American Indian Business: Principles and Practices,” a book written for Native Americans by Native Americans; Native American students attend leadership Institute at Princeton University; “Woman Walks Ahead” set for wider theater release.

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The Bad Decision: The Approval of Enbridge Line 3

By Winona LaDuke
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Apparently $5 million is the price to buy a pipeline route in Minnesota. In an unprecedented process, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued a 5-0 approval of the Certificate of Need for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. In a second move they approved tentatively a route permit for the company’s preferred route, awaiting modifications by the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe.

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Crow Tribe can't account for $14.5 million

- BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -

Montana's Crow Tribe has been unable to account for $14.5 million it received for transportation programs, marking the second time in less than two years the tribe has been faulted for its handling of federal grant money, government investigators disclosed Monday.

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River Drawdown Reveals 1,000-Year-Old Rock Art

- CONESTOGA, Pa. (AP/LNP newspaper) -

Until Paul Nevin produces a soft bristle brush and bucket of Susquehanna River water from his johnboat, the tip of a softly rounded boulder in the tailrace of the Safe Harbor Dam looks like any other rock.

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Cody museum opens new exhibit on golden eagles

Cody Enterprise CODY, Wyo. (AP) - 

The two golden eagles flew at each other with ferocity, doing aerial battle 300 feet above where Dr. Charles Preston stood in the Big Horn Basin.

Preston was spellbound as the birds grappled with their talons, battling over territorial rights for nesting.

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Native News Update June 29, 2018

This week's stories:  The opening of the 17th Protecting Mother Earth conference; Design selected for the National Native American Veterans Memorial; ‘Native America’ a new series to air on PBS; ‘Bowwow Powwow’ a new children’s picture book told in two languages; The rise of Supaman.

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North Dakota Author Details Comeback of American Buffalo

- Associated Press -

North Dakota author Francie Berg’s last book about the American buffalo was a guide for adventurers eager to get out on back roads to see the historic sites where the great animal once flourished. Then she found she had more to say.

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Lakota Language Immersion Expanding In Rapid City, S.D.

- RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP/ Rapid City Journal) -
The children speak in Lakota. Their teacher, Savannah Greseth, walks the aisles of seated second graders, counting to 15 with them. “Wanji, n˙npa, y·mni.” Only when she prepares a short video does a child speak up in English.

“Can I turn off the lights?” asked a student.

“Há?,” or “yes,” Greseth responded. The student scampers up to hit the lights, and the video starts. Children softly pat hands on the carpet and sing along with the teacher on the screen, who sings T?awápaha Olówa? or the “Lakota Flag Song.”

“T?u?kásilayapi, t?awápaha ki?há?.”

So opens the Lakota immersion class at General Beadle Elementary School in Rapid City, the Rapid City Journal reported. The class is a year old. Next year, Greseth will move to full-time with her own classroom. But there’s nothing new about speaking and singing in Lakota.

“This language predates Rapid City,” Greseth said.

Around a poster of Charlie Brown pasted on the hallway space of the converted classroom, flags of the nine Sioux nations in South Dakota line the wall. Sometimes the kids point up to tell Greseth which tribe their family comes from. The class comprises Native American and non-Native students.

“They get a sense of pride that they get to share their background knowledge,” said Greseth. “Some kids have said ’Lakota’ is their favorite class.”

Most don’t come from Lakota-speaking homes.

“Some will come in knowing a word or two.”

After the movie, the white boards come out, and Greseth sounds out letters.

“Yah-Yameni,” Greseth said.

The children scribble “Ys” on the boards and hold them up for approval.

Next, the children move to BINGO or WAGMU. Greseth made the cards herself..

“It just has the right amount of letters and,” she claps her hands, indicating syllabic stress, “bin-GO and wag-MU.”

“Same amount of squares. Nothing too special.”


Students can enroll in Lakota language at many colleges from the University of South Dakota to Sitting Bull College. On Pine Ridge, students learn Lakota, too. The Lakota classes offered in public schools in Rapid City include an elective at North Middle School and a language class at Central High School. But when Sarah Pierce took over last summer as the city’s director for Title VI, which funds education programs for Native American students, she wanted to implement language programming more regularly at the elementary level.

“I knew all about her expertise in this and asked if she’d be willing,” Pierce said.

Both Pierce and Greseth are enrolled Oglala Lakota. Pierce grew up near Rockyford and took Lakota at Red Cloud Indian School (where she met Greseth), but she envies the instruction students at General Beadle receive from Greseth.

“They’re learning the foundation of the language,” Pierce whispers, while the student sound out letters with their teacher, who uses non-verbal cues such as opening her eyes wide when a student’s answer surprises her.

Greseth loves language. She received degrees at Sisseton Wahpeton College and Black Hills State University and a Lakota Language certificate from Oglala Lakota College. At Central High School in Rapid, she also took French and Spanish. But her study of Lakota - she’s learned from teachers and elders at language programs from Pine Ridge to Standing Rock - began at age 6.

“My unci, or my grandma, she speaks some (Lakota), but she went to the boarding school so not a whole lot,” Greseth said.

Boarding schools, as part of assimilation, forbade and punished children speaking in their native language. Today, Lakota is considered “critically endangered.” The Lakota Language Consortium in 2016 reported that 2,000 first-language speakers were alive, down two-thirds from a decade earlier.

But at General Beadle, and many schools, efforts are underway to preserve the language. It’s more than just learning the diacritics and glottal stops (which creates a popping sound), but values.

“We learn the values of wówachi?t?a?ka, or patience and tolerance, and wócha?tet’i?ze, or courage, and what that looks like from a Lakota lens."

Seventy percent of General Beadle Elementary’s students are Native American, many Lakota. But learning Lakota is not only culture-building, it’s also good training. Studies suggest bilingual students have more brain activity, can more easily make friends, and land better jobs.

“Lakota is a world language,” Greseth said. “And it should be valued as such.”

Lakota has no official orthography, so Greseth uses what she calls “user-friendly” spellings from the Lakota Language Consortium. Materials come packaged with games on the iPad, flash cards, and laminated posters of animals with names highlighted.

This summer, preparing to teach Lakota full-time in the fall (she currently spends half her day in the Jobs for Graduates program at North Middle School), Greseth plans to deepen her curriculum with traditional Lakota stories. She said her own children are even learning, slowly.

“WastÈ! Wagmuluha!” she said, congratulating a student whose WAGMU card filled up.

The other students sit four to a table and reverently wait the next sound.

“Gnus’ka,” Greseth said.

“That’s grasshopper,” Pierce said.

Students who have the “g” sound quickly place markers over the letter.

At the end of class, high school seniors arrive in their graduation gowns to high-five students for the annual graduation walk, trotting past the sign Greseth had posted on the wall of her makeshift classroom: “Tanyá? Yahípi.”

“It means ’welcome,”’ Greseth said. “Literally it said, ’It’s good that you’re all here.”’

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Students Learning Native American Past Through Board Games

- JACKSON, Wyo. (AP/Jackson Hole News And Guide) -

Tensions run high when treaties are broken and gold booms turn to busts.

Journeys School fourth- and fifth-graders got a taste of 1800s Wyoming life as they tested The Bozeman Trail, a new game that could teach students about Native American history and the socio-economic forces that led to change on the Northern Plains during the second half of the 19th century.

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Native News Update June 22, 2018

This week's stories:  Healthy kids healthy futures app contest; Pacific lamprey returning to Umatilla River; Gil Birmingham costars in the new TV series ‘Yellowstone’; 2018 N7 collection unveiled; Canadian rapper releases new video about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

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What Enbridge Money Can and Cannot Buy

By Winona LaDuke
- News From Indian Country -

Earlier this year  the Ojibwe Enbridge battle showed the political pressure that $5 million worth of lobbying can buy in Minnesota, and that the Ojibwe still remain opposed to the line.

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