11/28/2005

Prayers for Community Members and Relatives

The UCTP respectfully requests that you keep community member Andre Manicatex Garcia in your hearts and prayers as he will be leaving for Iraq and then Afghanistan starting on January 2, 2006. Andre is the son of UCTP Representaties, Evelyn and Joe Kaonabo Garcia, and he has a wife, Dana, and daughter, Bella. We ask the Creator to keep him safe and return him to us in the same emotional and physical condition in which he leaves us…

Please keep our UCTP California representative, elder John Hu'acan Vidal in your prayers as we envision his speedy recovery from his recent hip operation…

The UCTP would like to ask the community to keep Taino elder James Running Fox in mind on November 29th as he will be undergoing an surgery for his serious condition of Glaucoma. As a disabled veteran, elder James is being treated by the Veterans Administration Medical Center...

The UCTP would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of Kacike Willie "AmaWarawao" Rios whose father passed into Coaybay recently at the age of 85.

The UCTP would also like to offer our condolences to the families of two great Native American visionaries who have joined their ancestors recently, R.C. Gorman (Dine) and Vine Deloria Jr. (Sioux). They will both be missed...

To review information on R.C. Gorman visit http://rcgormangallery.com/

To review information on Vine Deloria Jr. visit http://www.ipl.org/div/natam/bin/browse.pl/A31

"Ideological leverage is always superior to violence....The problems of Indians have always been ideological rather than social, political or economic... [I]t is vitally important that the Indian people pick the intellectual arena as the one in which to wage war. Past events have shown that the Indian people have always been fooled by the intentions of the white man. Always we have discussed irrelevant issues while he has taken our land. Never have we taken the time to examine the premises upon which he operates so that we could manipulate him as he has us."

-- Vine Deloria Jr. from "Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto," (1969) pp.251-252