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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
https://www.facebook.com/events/828098893893132/

Registration Required! You can download the brochure at this link:
http://www.lakejunaluska.com/i/downloads/Native_American_Conference_Brochure.pdf

Click here for a sharable PDF of the event with details.
http://www.rainsongmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/STTM-Invitation-Letter.pdf

YOU’RE INVITED!

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.

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:

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

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. http://www.brokenwalls.com

Broken Walls (Bill Pagaran, Jonathan Maracle, Kris DeLorenzi)
Broken Walls (Bill Pagaran, Jonathan Maracle, Kris DeLorenzi)
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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.