Updated: May 7
“All men were made by the great spirit chief! They are all brothers!”
~ Chief Joseph
I welcome you here as a part of a wide diversity of amazing people with a multitude of talents, skills, professions, abilities and realities whom I'm happy to call friends. Thank you for reading this in its entirety. This is an important calling of our time!
“How” may we serve a greater purpose of hope for our world and our future right now??! I’ve wrapped my entire life purpose toward this mission and that's where I met many of you along this journey. Meeting you has been a wonderful opportunity, an education in the arts of humanity and diversity of culture. I see people wanting to do more. Sometimes what hinders our progress is that our personalities and values may be out of alignment. Sometimes it's our torrid history that keeps us apart and often we don't have the wealth, time or the health to contribute as we may wish. Maybe we take small steps and wish we could take longer strides, but it seems impossible...I know I'm not alone in this.
I began this first newsletter with a quote from Chief Joseph. He is a very well-known historical figure. He was the chief of our people, the Nez Perce. He is remembered as a great leader and humanitarian. He is one of my role models from my home town and tribe. I am honored to receive the sacred teachings from the last of the grandparents and many of today's ceremonial leaders who were taught by the last of the last grandparents who walked in freedom on this Earth before colonization. The importance of these spiritual teachings is what our communities struggle to learn. If we understood these values, customs and beliefs, perhaps our communities would not be in the situation they are in. Within their stories they offer keys to survive. These values and teachings must live on.
“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.” ~ Christian Quintasket - Mourning Dove, 1888-1936 (my great great great grandmother)