Pastor Robert Soto

UPDATE: Eagle Feather Case – After 10 Years, Robert Soto Announces “WE WON!”

(NOTE: The below message is written by Robert Soto. You will find his contact information at the end. PLEASE read and celebrate with us!)

June 14, 2016


II Samuel 22:17-18 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of the deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.”

As you have already figured out, back on March 11, 2006 the Department of Interior sent uncover agents to investigate a complaint from a Native who not only worked for the Department of Interior but was from one of our federally acknowledged tribes. We had accepted him into our circle and one of our dancers who happened to teach at the university he attended had decided to tutor him as he was struggling academically and needed to pass her course to get his degree. From the very beginning I did not trust him; after all, he was a federal agent and by experience the federal government had planted feds in the midst of Natives to see if they were violating any federal laws. Well, on October 2005 he filed a compliant against us but the paperwork was not filed on time for our fall pow wow so the Department of Interior waited for our spring pow wow to come in for the kill. What was the problem? The complaint was filed that non-Indians, or Indians not belonging to a tribe acknowledged by the federal government, were illegally using eagle feathers as part of their pow wow celebrations. At that time my first lawyer told me I was facing the possibility of fifteen years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. My first lawyer which volunteered his time and talents got me out of that mess and for that I was eternally thankful. He was a youth pastor and a Christian and told me he could not see a fellow pastor go to prison for this.

After I was cleared of all charges and my first lawyer proved that I was a legitimate American Indian, I felt I could not just sit around my house praising God that I was not going to prison. I felt God wanted me to do more – but what? No one had ever won against the government on this issue. People came to me and told me to let it go and just be thankful, but as thankful as I was for God’s favor on me, I still felt I had to do more. But I also knew that if I was going to win, it would have to be all God and none of me. Well, long story short, two more lawyers came in that had never defended an eagle feather case. I knew if we were going to win, they were going to have to do their research and God was going to have to give them the wisdom to win. We lost in the lower courts after seven years and eight months of fighting. Most cases of this type are won by our people in the lower courts but lost in the court of appeals. Once again I was told to stop and move on but I still felt in my heart I had to fight. So we went to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and in August 2014 I got the news that we had won. A greater miracle was that on March 10, 2015 I got the fifty feathers back that they had taken. I did not want them because of all the restrictions but my lawyer suggested that I should take them and keep on fighting for things to change. Well, for the last year and a half we have been negotiating with the Department of Interior and today I want you to be the first to know, “WE FINALLY WON!” The lawsuit is over and God the Creator has given us more than we ever imagined; not money, but just the right to say we have made things a little better for our Native Community. But the fight was not ours, the fight was the LORD’s. We could never have accomplished and won the fight without His help. It is like Samuel wrote, “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of the deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” Today I am singing, “PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR TO HIM BELONGS THE GLORY AND VICTORY!” It is truly a day to remember.

For now I want to thank the thousands who have been praying for us in the last ten and a half years.

Robert Soto Lipan Apache and Pastor of:

McAllen Grace Brethren Church
Native American New Life Center
Chief of Chiefs Christian Church
My Rock Native Fellowship

Vice Chairman of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas

Contact Robert at:

A Tender Heart

HOW OFTEN are you overwhelmed with compassion for someone else?

Mark 6:34 says, “When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd that was like sheep without a shepherd. He felt sorry for the people and started teaching them many things.”

Those involved in First Nations ministry need to have the Creator’s tender heart toward our Native people.

TODAY, I INVITE YOU to pray with me that our Native American people and those in Native Ministry will reflect the Creator’s heart of compassion.

Isaiah 57:18 says, ” I know what you are like! But I will heal you, lead you, and give you comfort.”

2 Corinthians 2:7-8 says, ” When people sin, you should forgive and comfort them, so they won’t give up in despair. You should make them sure of your love for them.”

Ask our Creator to fill the hearts of those serving in Native Ministry with His compassion for our First Nations people.

I like to study with 5 translations. As you go through these studies, I encourage you to do the same. “The Scriptures” is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names and has the books in chronological order. The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for ‘oral tradition’ peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud. The Amplified version is one where meanings of words and phrases are ‘amplified’ for better understanding. The King James Version (KJV) is the translation that works well with Strong’s Concordance. The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) is a great companion version that I find gives great insight.

Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 57:18-19; Zechariah 7:8-9; Hebrews 10:34; Hebrews 13:3; Matthew 25:34-40.

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General Epistles in Cherokee (coming)
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Sing To The Mountains II

Broken Walls ~ Sing To The Mountains II: Rekindling The Sacred Fire

Sing To The Mountains II
Sing To The Mountains II

Broken Walls and SEJANAM (Southeastern Jurisdictional Association for Native American Ministries) will be hosting Sing to the Mountain II – Rekindling the Sacred Fire on June 26th to 28th, 2015 at Lake Junaluska, NC.

Sing To The Mountains II – Rekindling the Sacred Fire – Event Page on Facebook

Registration Required! You can download the brochure at this link:

Click here for a sharable PDF of the event with details.


Jonathan Maracle
Jonathan Maracle

FROM: Jonathan Maracle of Broken Walls

Visionary of: Sing to the Mountains Music Festival
An in depth view and letter of invitation to attend… I would like to invite you to a family friendly gathering (childcare is available) in the heart of the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. The homeland of the Cherokee. It will be held at Lake Junaluska near Ashville

This gathering is called: Sing to the Mountains II (Rekindling the Sacred Fire)

Friday, starting at 6 pm Will begin with protocol with local leaders. The evening will be dedicated to building relationship across the generations. Main focus will be towards youth (I highly recommend everyone to come and participate)
-The evening will start with “Carry the Cure’s “Rhythms of Life” program led by Bill Pagaran in partnership with Broken Walls
-It is a program we have presented around the world for many years and has produced great results.
-The main objective is suicide prevention and building self esteem in the hearts of our young people.
-Next up, Friday evening will be “Lilly Among Thorne’s” -a young band I met last year while in Lancaster, New York. -Lilly Among Thorne’s is fronted by First Nations lead singer Cheyenne Cleveland. -They’ve released 2 albums -Their vision, to bring hope and shine light in the darkness!
-The evening will be completed with an “Ice Cream Social”!!!
Saturday and Sunday, Sing to the Mountains will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony at 6:30 am hosted by Casey Church who is Potawatomi and new director of Wiconi International.
-This will be a beautiful experience of honor to Christ from a Traditional perspective.
-Please bring a small piece of wood from your fire so we can celebrate our diversity and rekindle the Sacred Fire of the heart, in Unity!
After the sunrise ceremony on Saturday morning there will be story telling by Terri Wildman of Rainsong.
-Head Elder will be my Mom, Norma Blacksmith of Pine Ridge, South Dakota
-We will have speakers like my friend Daniel Kikawa of Hilo Missionary Church in Hilo Hawaii.
-Rita Bear Gray, Cree from Washington state
-Casey Church of Wiconi International
-Cheryl Bear Barnetson of Street Church in Vancouver,
-Bill Pagaran of Carry the Cure, from Alaska -and myself Jonathan Maracle of Broken Walls from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Canada.
Saturday afternoon At 1:30pm our Pow Wow begins with Grand Entry, Honoring the Veterans and Elders. Our MC will be Bryan Brightcloud of Native Hope in California and will feature drums from across Turtle Island.
-Like local North Carolina drum “Deer Clan Singers”
-Virginia Drum, Yough ta nund -Sacred Thunder from Florida
-And “Chips are Down” from various places across North America…. Others will be announced.
-Head Dancers will be Troy and Kelly Adkins of Virginia —-and Barry and Luanne Greene of New York.
-Saturday evening we will have concerts from -Aloha Gathering from Hawaii -Cheryl Bear -RainSong -and Broken Walls. -We will also feature dance groups from Africa and Hawaii.
-Other special feature performances will be announced.
On Sunday morning after “Sunrise Ceremony” we will open with Worship on the Big Drum then… – A “Passing of the Flame ceremony” for empowering the next generation – This ceremony will be led by Elders: Willie Jock, Nigel Bigpond, Kenny Blacksmith and Daryl Fields.
This will be followed by a word from Seginam Director Cheryl Toothe and Jonathan Maracle Then after a short Question and Answer Period -We will Worship and Dance (Indigenous Style) to end Sing to the Mountains. This gathering is in honor to those who have gone on before us.. who loved Jesus and paved the way for this event to even be possible. It is to say “Thank you” for their courage to follow their convictions so we can enjoy the freedom we have today and the sacred gifts placed in each one of us.


To Register contact: Anna King 828-454-6682 Or email:
Lodging and Meals: Contact: Resertvations: 800-222-4930
Program Questions: Contact: Rev. Cheryl Toothe 828-454-6724

I hope to see you there… Jonathan Maracle
Oh na ge wa he.. good bye for now

Broken Walls
Broken Walls

ABOUT BROKEN WALLS Broken Walls now consists of Bill Pagaran (Tlingit) from Palmer, Alaska on the drums, Kris DeLorenzi (Italian) from Thunder Bay, Ontario on bass and backup vocals, and Jonathan Maracle (Mohawk) lead vocalist and guitarist. Broken Walls base many of their songs on the ancient sounds of the First Nations People of North America and often perform around their large Pow Wow drum, singing songs of and to the Creator. The band has a team of First Nations Dancers that often accompany them in full regalia when they perform.

Broken Walls (Bill Pagaran, Jonathan Maracle, Kris DeLorenzi)
Broken Walls (Bill Pagaran, Jonathan Maracle, Kris DeLorenzi)
Pastor Robert Soto

Special Announcement: TONIGHT on John Stossel ~ Eagle Feather Case

Special Announcement:
TONIGHT on FOX Business Network on JOHN STOSSEL

Interview with Pastor Robert Soto (Lipan Apache) regarding the Eagle Feather Case.

Friday, April 17th at 9:00 PM EST
Again on Saturday, April 18th at 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM Eastern Time

This case began March 11, 2006 and finally came to a close on March 10, 2015 when the Department of the Interior returned the original 50 feathers.

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Thank you for the many prayers and years of support.


This photo was taken by one of Emma's friends, using Emma's camera.

Emma’s 2015 Missions Trip – Zion National Park, Utah

Emma during a photo shoot in Montana.  Photo by Josh Covill
Emma during a photo shoot in Montana. Photo by Josh Covill

Our daughter, Emma, will be celebrating her 20th birthday in Utah this year.  When she was born, we named her after her great-great-grandmother.   The name means “the one who heals”.     Preparing this post, as I look over her photographs and paintings, as well as the photos of her playing the trumpet, climbing, snowboarding, hiking, running, sight-seeing, and enjoying life, I can’t help but beam with joy.   I know that she brings life to others through all that she does.

Emma with the children in Belize last year.
Emma with the children in Belize last year. Photo by Lori Peppenger Bryant.

Friday she travels to Colorado for a weekend training with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP).    There she will meet several young people from all over the country with the same desire … to minister through interdenominational church services at the National Parks.    She’ll get instruction and hear the testimonies of others who have served in years past.

Then in May she will travel to Zion National Park where she will work and minister for three months.   She will work at the park, earning what she needs for living expenses, and she will also be part of a team that will organize the weekly church services.   Click this link for an outline of the ACMNP ministries in Zion.

Today I am writing to share with you a fundraising page Emma set up specifically for her travel expenses to Colorado for training and to Zion for her missions tour.    Please follow the link where you will find a letter from Emma and instructions for leaving encouraging messages and making donations.  Emma’s Summer Ministry in Zion.  (GoFundMe)

As someone who has participated in missions trips in Peru and Israel, as well as around the US and Canada, there are no words for how excited I am for her.   I know that she will be a blessing to others and she will gain from it as well.   We also ask for your prayers, knowing that prayer is vitally important.

Following are some photos of Emma.  The first is Emma receiving a surprise birthday cake while in Belize.  The next is playing with the fish while in Belize.  The last is Emma ministering through art in Belize.   As we look at the photos from her last trip, we have great expectations for her upcoming trip to Zion.

Happy Birthday Emma!
Happy Birthday Emma! Photo by Caitlin Porter.
Emma bonding with the fish in Belize.
Emma bonding with the fish in Belize. Photo is a screen shot from Emma’s go-pro.
Emma ministering through art in Belize.
Emma ministering through art in Belize. Photo by Hallie Medlock.

Thank you for taking the time to read through the post.  Please keep Emma and all the other program participants in your prayers.


Jeny Running Brook Covill