Elder Corbin Harney Crosses Over

Santa Rosa, CA (UCTP Taino News) – Grandfather Corbin Harney, Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone Nation crossed over peacefully at 11:00 a.m. on July 10, 2007 in California.

Harney had dedicated his life to fighting the nuclear testing and dumping. He received numerous national and international awards and spoke before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Corbin also authored two books: "The Way It Is: One Water, One Air, One Earth" (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1995) and a forthcoming book, "The Nature Way". Numerous documentaries have been made about his work and message. In 1994, Corbin established the Shundahai Network to work with people and organizations to respond to spiritual and environmental concerns on nuclear issues.

Over his lifetime, Harney traveled around the world as a speaker, healer and spiritual leader with a profound spiritual and environmental message for all. In 1995, he visited the island of Boriken (Puerto Rico) meeting with the general public as well as representatives of the island’s indigenous Taino leadership via the Consejo General de Tainos Borincanos.

Upon receiving the news of Harney’s passing, Elba Anaka Lugo, President of the Consejo General de Tainos Borincanos stated “we will surely miss this dear elder who dedicated himself to promoting the traditional ways of Indigenous Peoples. Grandfather Corbin was a respected relative/brother and we will always consider it an honor to have participated in ceremony together in our scared ceremonial grounds of Caguana.”

President Lugo also announced that a special prayer will be offered in memory Grandfather Harney during the up-coming annual congress of the Consejo General de Tainos Borincanos, which will be held in Caguana, Puerto Rico on July 25 this year.

According to a statement released by his immediate family, Corbin Harney is descended from generations of Newe (Shoshone) traditional healers and was always grateful for the many extraordinary teachers who shared their knowledge in his lifetime. He is survived by his daughter Reynaulda Taylor; granddaughters Ann Taylor and Nada Leno; grandsons Keith, Jon and Joel Leno and William Henry Taylor; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and his sister Rosie Blossom's family and many cousins and other family members as well as many, many friends around the world.


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This is a follow-up note on visitation and burial serives for Elder Corbin Harney sent in by our sister Xiomara Bell:

Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th. Camp set up beginning Friday, July 13th.
So Ho Bee, Newe Sogobe (Lee, Nevada)
Home of Larson R. Bill
• Sunrise ceremony to be held each morning.

• Visitation in Tee Pee begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday through sunset on Sunday.

• Camping style in Lee – Hotels available 20 minutes away in Elko, Nevada.

• Food and other donations welcome.

Directions from Elko, Nevada – take 12th street south, turn left on Lamoille Canyon Highway to Spring Creek. Turn right at first stop light in Spring Creek – follow road approximately _______ miles to Lee turn off (on left – see tractor crossing sign). Follow road to Larson’s home (road will be marked with red/yellow/white/black ribbon flags).

Burial Services:
Monday, July 16th

Battle Mountain, Nevada

Sunrise (approximately) 6 a.m. – Sunrise ceremony at the Battle Mountain Indian Community (Mountain View Drive)

From I-80 Eastbound – turn left at first Battle Mountain exit. Right turn immediately after smokeshop/gas station. Ceremony held at park in center.

From I-80 Westbound – turn right at third Battle Mountain exit. Right turn immediately after smokeshop/gas station. Ceremony held at park in center.

9 a.m. – Funeral services at Battle Mountain Administrative Building.

10 a.m. – Graveside services at Battle Mountain City Cemetery.

Meal served immediately after graveside services at Battle Mountain Indian Community Administrative offices. See directions above to the Battle Mountain Indian Community Take second right dirt road to large building. Door on left side of building.