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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

A DAY TO REMEMBER

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: ROBTSOTO@aol.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.soto.18
website: http://www.son-tree.org/

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Missing In America Project Inters Remains of 9 Veterans Left Unclaimed in a Funeral Home in Bozeman, Montana

Missing in America Project
Veteran Recovery Program

You served your country through a war, or through peacetime. You expected to receive a military burial, recognition by our government of your commitment to our great country. You expected to have honor and respect paid to you as a result of your service to our great country. Instead, you reside on a shelf in a mortuary or a storage facility at a crematorium.

This is happening here in Montana as well. Recently volunteers have located and identified the cremains of nine veterans that have been left unclaimed in a funeral home here in Montana. On July 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am, The Missing in America Project (MIAP), American Legion, Montana Veterans Administration and other state and federal organizations will be interring these American heroes with full Military honors at The Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, Montana.

On the morning of July 25th, 2014, a motorcycle procession from Billings will ride to the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home in Bozeman, MT where they will meet up with riders from all across the state of Montana and surrounding states to pick up and escort the remains of nine veterans to Billings. Then on the morning of Saturday July 26th, the riders will again assemble to form a funeral procession from Billings to the Yellowstone National Cemetery.  There, an internment ceremony will take place giving these American heroes
the proper honor and respect that they deserve.

The mission of the MIAP is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremains of veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. These forgotten veterans have served our country and, as such, deserve to be buried with honor and respect. The impetus for our fine program began in November 2006. The Idaho State Veterans cemetery interred 21 cremains of forgotten veterans, with full military honors and the dignity these fallen heroes so richly deserved. Recently, a state hospital announced that 3500 cremains were on shelves to be identified. On the shelf were cremains for the time span of the 1890s to 1971. It is estimated 1,000 of these cremains are veterans. This is happening in every state.

Here is a list of the veterans that will be laid to rest July 26th.

1. CPL Davies P. Anderson – Army – WWII (Unclaimed 5 years)
2. SN Gerald E. Campbell – Navy – Korean (Unclaimed 8 years)
3. SP4 Robert F. Derencin – Army – None (Unclaimed 13 years)
4. SP5 Larry D. Klein – Army – Vietnam (Unclaimed 6 years)
5. Pvt. Robert L. Lewis – Army Air Corps – WWII (Unclaimed 14 years)
6. PVT Lloyd H. Miller – Army – Korean (Unclaimed 9 years)
7. 1st LT Kenneth E. Monroe – Army – WWII (Unclaimed 14 years)
8. SA Daniel Smallegan – Navy – Vietnam (Unclaimed 12 years)
9. A1C Robert L. Walls – Air Force – Korean (Unclaimed 11 years )

Join us for a funeral escort from Bozeman to Billings and the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, Montana.

On the morning of July 25th, 2014, a motorcycle procession from Billings will ride to the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home in Bozeman, MT where they will meet up with riders from all across the state of Montana and surrounding states to pick up and escort the remains of nine veterans to Billings. Then on the morning of Saturday July 26th, the riders will again assemble to form a funeral procession from Billings to the Yellowstone National Cemetery.  There, an internment ceremony will take place giving these American heroes the proper honor and respect that they deserve.

DATE: 07/25-26/2014    TIME: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: BEARTOOTH HARLEY DAVIDSON PARKING LOT
CONTACT: MARTY MALONE, MONTANA STATE COORDINATOR, AT 406-281-2017 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

For General Questions or PDF / DOC files for distribution:

Contact: Marty Malone – MIAP Montana State Coordinator
Phone: (406) 281-2017
Email: marty.malone@miap.us

Contact: Rikki Perkins – MIAP State Chaplain
Phone: (406) 212-3410
rikkirperkins@gmail.com

Missing In America Project, Veteran's Recovery Program.
Missing In America Project, Veteran’s Recovery Program.

ABOUT MISSING IN AMERICA PROGRAM

Missing in America Project
Veteran Recovery Program

Mission Statement:

The mission of the MIAP project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations; to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country, by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.

If these forgotten veterans have no family to invite us, do we leave them sitting in a storage closet, or do we show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes and work to ensure a dignified resting place to honor the veteran, their family and their community?

History:

During an inventory of a crematorium, two cremation urns were discovered in a closet storage facility.

The urns contained the unclaimed remains of Sgt. Trueman, a veteran of the Vietnam conflict and his wife (also a veteran). The year of death for Sgt. Trueman was 1979. For 27 years the resting place for Sgt. and Mrs. Trueman was a storage facility in a crematorium. Other funeral homes and crematoriums were inventoried. Other unclaimed remains of veterans were discovered. In November 2006, the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery interred 21 cremated remains of forgotten veterans, with full military honors and the dignity these fallen heroes so richly deserve. This incident inspired MIAP.

Scope:

The MIAP project is two-fold. The initial focus of the MIAP project encompasses a massive, nation-wide effort to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans. This task will be executed through the combined, cooperative efforts of citizens, volunteer service and veteran organizations, funeral homes, state funeral commissions, State and National Veterans Administration agencies, and the State and National Veterans Cemetery Administrations. Local, state and national laws must be followed in the identification, claiming process and proper interment of our forgotten veterans.

This will be a lengthy project and will require many man-hours to ensure that we have done our utmost to discover every forgotten veteran and procure, for each, a dignified resting place. This will also be a labor of love, a task of redemption, for a debt of service that can never be repaid.

MIAP will be a long-term project but not time sensitive.

Organization:

Since the success of the MIAP project lies with the cooperative efforts of many organizations and agencies, we will employ a standardized organizational structure. It is our hope that we will meld personnel from a variety of organizations, provide logistical and administrative support and avoid duplication of efforts by our volunteers.

MIAP is an all-volunteer project. The only requirement to join us is a desire to help our veterans attain the military honor and respect due them by virtue of their service to our great country.

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For a video produced by the MIAP Montana State Chaplain, visit this YouTube link:
Missing In America Project MT Chapter Slide Show.

Celebrating 14 Years of Holding Up The People In Prayer

May 1, 2000 we published our first monthly prayer letter for First Nations people and those serving in Native Ministry.  From there we published the First Edition, Revised Edition and Third Edition of our Prayer Guide.   During that time our prayer guide points were made into 53 different public service announcements that were broadcast on radio stations for several years.  Our website, FirstNationsMonday.Com, grew from an online directory of Native ministries to an online version of our prayer guide, complete with the audio files.   We’ve maintained several online discussion groups and currently have a ministry page on Facebook.  We’ve had the opportunity to travel abroad and to host conferences.   This ministry also created a doorway into our radio show, Across Turtle Island.   Although the radio show has been off the air for awhile now, we still have a YouTube channel where we promote Native music.   We started a home church and we continue to advocate for indigenous expressions of identity and worship in the Church.

Many, many, many of you have been on this journey with us.  For, if not for YOU, how could we have had a network of prayer warriors??!!

WADO . WADO . WADO . 

THANK YOU . THANK YOU . THANK YOU .

Please continue to remember First Nations people and those serving in Native Ministry in your prayers!!     Our work is not done!!

Jeny Running Brook

 

Emma’s First Missions Trip Scheduled for July 2014

We are thrilled to announce that our daughter is embarking on her first missions trip. There are so many things I could say right now. Volumes!! One thing that stands out above the rest is an article that was written about Emma in our local paper, The Daily Inter Lake. The article was part of an ongoing feature on High School seniors. At the end of the article, the author wrote:

“As a career, Covill envisions several options, either working at a university or advertising company doing graphic design work, owning a painting/photography studio or creating or organizing a nonprofit to travel around the world teaching art to children who don’t have access to art materials.”

““I hope that my art will make a difference for someone,” Covill said.”

Who would have thought the opportunities would come so soon! We invite you to pray for our family, especially Emma. Prayer is powerful.

Emma Covill - The art of making a difference.
Emma Covill – The art of making a difference.

Following is Emma’s letter that she asked that we share with our friends and subscribers.

Dear friends and family,

I am so incredibly excited to let you know that I have the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip to Belize this summer, July 7th-14th! Through the Goodlettsville Church of the Nazarene, we will be traveling to Central America to be involved in service projects, outreach programs, ministry through sports, and much, much more.

Our mixed group of teens and parents, experienced travelers and first time mission participants is in for a moving experience, helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The people of Belize suffer from poverty, broken homes, and a lack of Christ in the community. It is the least we can do to show our love, support, and bring the power of God’s grace and love to the lives of those desperately in need of receiving the word. I am so blessed to be a part of this mission.

I would like to invite you to partner with me in this missions experience financially and through prayer. The total cost of the trip is $1,500 which I need to raise by May 25th. I am also seeking prayer partners to pray for our group, the ministries, and the people of Belize and the trip in general every day it is in motion. I, and the people we are reaching out toward, would greatly appreciate support in any form. If you desire to partner with me financially, please send checks to myself which are made payable to GoodNaz (they will be tax deductible if my name is nowhere on the check).

If you would like more information, feel free to contact me at any time by email at ecovill@watkins.edu. Thank you for your support! I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress in the days leading up to the trip and telling you all about the valuable experience and knowledge gained afterward.

Blessings,
Emma Covill

(PS – The photo used in this post was published in the May 27, 2013 issue of the Daily Inter Lake with the article, “Class of 2013: That’s the spirit! – The art of making a difference” written by Hilary Matheson.  Photo was taken by Patrick Cote. )