Lipan Apache Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 2
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLICATIONS
Many miles separate the Lipan Apaches. This was the same historically as we came
from many bands that extended from mostly Texas but at times as far west as California.
It has always been my dream to bring us all together as a community and keep us
informed as to what is happening among our People. One way will be through our
newsletter, the Desert Wind. We hope that this will be the first step to bring us
together as Lipan Apache people, regardless of where we are. Thank you; I am
here to serve you.
First Vice Chairman
Dhanjo to all N'de
and Greetings to All
As always it is with pleasure that I am able to address our People and our friends.
Good things are happening for all.
On June 2, 2007 the General Council of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas Inc.
had a special called meeting. The meeting was open to all and everyone in
attendance was received warmly. Once a quorum of Council members was
established the meeting opened. General Council members in attendance were
myself General Council Chairman Bernard Barcena, First Vice-Chairman Robert Soto,
General Council Treasurer Juan Soliz, General Council Curator/Tribal
Horticulturist Rey Salazar, and General Council member Joanna Soliz,
who filled in as secretary for Betty Russell. We had two absences of
General Council Member Rudy S. Perez, and Homeland Administrator/Second
Vice-Chairman Marco Govea. I will go mainly into certain points of the meeting.
First, I would like to announce that Victor Cornejo was accepted into the General
Council as a voting member. Mr. Cornejo had been nominated for a position on the
General Council and was voted unanimously into the Council. The Vote was four votes
for, zero votes against and two non votes due to absences, (4-0-2) Please note that
the General Council Chairman presides over the meeting and only votes in
the event of a tie.
Some other key points of interest were certain resolutions that the General
The first resolution that was discussed and voted on was the establishment
of a new name. The General Council discussed and voted that the Lipan
Apache Band of Texas Inc. would be changed to:
The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. A detailed explanation of the need for the
change will be explained by Vice-Chairman Soto.
A second resolution was that the General Council authorized Treasurer Juan
Soliz to open a bank account in the Tribe's name.
A third resolution was that the General Council of the Lipan Apache Tribe of
Texas will cooperate fully with all law enforcement agencies whether Municipal,
State or Federal, in any investigations into alleged criminal activity. The General
Council will also cooperate fully with any and all Federal agencies that Our
Tribe has dealings with whether past, present or future.
The General Council is committed to the People and as a united voice for the
Tribe, we will maintain an open and accountable Tribal Government. The General
Council has made it clear that as representatives of the Tribe they do not give
"ONE" person the power to dictate over all any course of action. Serious concerns
for the Tribe will be addressed and input from concerned Tribal members will be
entertained and discussed and appropriate actions taken. One concern that was
brought up from the People that is at the forefront is to clarify the Tribal Government.
People are tired of the mass confusion. I will try to be as clear as possible.
In order to be able to clear the confusion as to the Tribal Government mainly as to
which Council Governs the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas formerly known as the Lipan
Apache Band of Texas Inc., I will have to walk everyone through our history.
There are over 500 nations that the Federal Government recognizes as Federally
Recognized Tribes. The Lipan Apache are not one of them. The Federally recognized
Lipan are members of other nations but do not have their own nation. We as True
Human Beings by virtue of our birth know who we are by the fact that we live our
lives in the ways of our upbringing; we have our culture and our community. We
maintain our social events and the education of our children through the same
traditions that have been handed down through time. We are a sovereign community
with God given Rights by virtue of our birth. However, we as a conquered people have to
rely on the Federal Government for official recognition. This point was driven into my heart.
In 1998 the City of Universal City Texas, just north of San Antonio, was in the process
of building a Golf course. The land that was being developed was over an area privately
owned that had many archeological sites. XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX who was a resident of
Washington State had been fighting to preserve the integrity of the land as an ancestral
burial ground. Because of state laws that protected owners of private property he met
tremendous opposition. I was already a member of the San Antonio Native American
Council and had heard of the fight. I took the matter to board members of the San Antonio
Council who in turn contacted the Intertribal Council of American Indians who had
success in advocacy of Native American issues.
Since this matter was one that concerned Lipan Apaches, XXXXXX was reluctant in letting
others take the lead in fighting the development of the Golf course. Lawrence Oaks who
was the Director of the Texas Historic Commission and Eric Schroeder, with the US Corps
of Engineers, both had stated that it was a non issue since the Lipans were not Federally
recognized. The matter was almost done until some Human remains were found and the
project had to be stopped. Under advisement by Mr. Schroeder he stated that we would
have to become a Native American Organization.
The Lipan Apache Band of Texas Inc. was created as a nonprofit Native American
organization and Articles of Incorporation written and filed with the State of Texas.
As a resident of Texas I was the sole incorporator of the Lipan Apache Band of
Texas Inc. The Incorporation listed myself as the Incorporator, and a board of
Directors (see attachment). The Articles of Incorporation were filed and accepted in
April of 1999. This is how the Incorporation came about. The next step we took was
to petition the Federal Government for Federal Recognition. The Governing Council
voted and passed a resolution authorizing the Chairman who we recognized as
XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX to write a letter of petition and submit it to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
This was the last contact with the BIA I was involved with until recently. As time had
gone forward the Lipan Apache Band of Texas Inc. had become known. The Tribe was
able to secure Federal grant money for research and development of the Tribe's Genealogy.
In 2004 XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX had moved back to California. From March of 2004 until March
of 2007 there was one General Council meeting held in Victoria, Texas at a reburial on lands
owned by DuPont Invicta. No General Council meetings were held as required by the by-laws -
not because the People did not want one but because XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX did not want one.
In June 2006 I contacted XXXXXX and sought his approval for a plan of action that would help the
Tribe in obtaining Federal recognition. The decision was approved by XXXXXX and plans developed
to move forward. XXXXXX wrote an agreement showing that he was General Council Chairman of
the Lipan Apache Band of Texas (California) and I was the Chairman here in Texas (see
attachment of the Letter written August 18 2006). A steering committee was formed and
contingency plans were in the developmental stages. William Larew who is our tribal Administrator
had developed a plan to start acting like a Nation. The Tribe was in the process of seeking office
space and developing positions for tribal government. In August of 2006 the steering committee
asked for tribal records so that we could centralize the tribe back in Texas. There was no response.
As we moved into the year 2007 I received information that the Lipan Apache Band of Texas had
received a Federal Administration for Native Americans SEDS grant in the amount of $50,000.00.
This grant was not known by the General Council of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. This grant
was worked on by XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX and xxxxx xxxxx, and the rest of the council knew nothing
of its existence. A General Council meeting was called in March where there was confusion on the
leadership. Information about the grant came out and the General Council wanted an accounting of
the actions taken. I made an accounting of the Steering committee and the plans to move toward
Federal recognition. XXXXXX came and formed an organizational chart showing the breakdown of
power. New council members were voted in. I have never seen any minutes for this meeting on
March 24, 2007. A few days after the meeting I requested the financial statements from the IRS
records for the Tribe (see attachments). The Tribe's IRS filings were included in an e-mail that
XXXXXX sent. What had caught my attention and the attention of our Tribal Administrator was that
XXXXXX had put that for 2004, 2005, and 2006 there was no income that had come into the Tribe.
I knew this to be false. There were 50,000 dollars from the grant and monies that were paid by
DuPont.( see attachment) This caused great concern since every council member is a Fiduciary
Trust member of the Incorporation. After numerous attempts to contact XXXXXX had failed, the
Lipan Apache Council then sent out demand letters to repatriate all Tribal Records back to the
Tribe. XXXXXX, along with the help of xxxxx xxxxx who was Secretary, refused to comply with
what the Council had requested then demanded. The General Council cited by-laws and the
council was met with contempt. As General Council Chairman I called for a meeting on
April 27, 2007 to address the matters of the failure to file taxes, and the alleged theft of Tribal
records. Both XXXXXX and Anita were aware of the meeting and demand was made for an
accounting of their actions. During the meeting both XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX and xxxxx xxxxx
were formally removed from any leadership within the Tribe. (Demand letters and Cease and
Desist orders attached)
Following this meeting on May 02, 2007 I received a letter from XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX,
terminating me from my position on the council. The reason given is that I held an illegal
meeting in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act and that I did not have a quorum of
Council members. Firstly, I conducted no illegal meeting. The Texas Open Meetings Act
pertains to Governmental entities and nonprofit water districts. Any person can go into the
Texas Attorney General's website and see where it states this to be fact. The website will
also define who is subject to the Opens Meeting Act. XXXXXX arbitrarily took an action
violating my rights under the by-laws.( see attachments on Parliamentarian opinions
on the legalities of the meeting held on April 27, 2007.) Further, XXXXXX's action came
in retaliation after his removal by Council vote. I notified the Council of the letter of
termination and was informed that XXXXXX had sent them copies. I was informed by the
Council that they did not recognize the letter of termination and still required the demands
on XXXXXX and Anita to be met. During the meeting of April 27, 2007 an additional 30 days
was given for their compliance. After this letter came to me I received another letter removing
me from the Tribe, the reason given that I did not meet the enrollment requirements and had
failed to produce documents establishing me as Lipan Apache. I was informed that recently
discovered genealogical information discovered in 2004 from a Steve Gibson showed another
Family tree. Firstly, I know no Steve Gibson. It turns out that he did a genealogy of founding
families of Bexar County. I will explain this. On my maternal side my grandmother Felicitas
Gallardo Rodriguez family are direct descendants of the original Canary Island families that
settled San Fernando de Bexar, this line is well documented. On my maternal grandfather's
side is where I am Lipan. My Grandfather Juan Castro Rodriguez is a descendent of
Saluma Castro. XXXXXX himself certified this genealogy and the report was co-edited by
Dr. Enrique Maestas (See Attachment of Certified genealogy). I can assure everyone that
what is also important is how a person is raised and if a person is raised in the traditions
of their people and if there is a community tie. This information was also well known by the
Tribal Council including xxxxx xxxxx, whose signature appeared on the termination letter s
aying that the information received was true. As you will see later, this is very important.
After this action was taken I received word from Robert Soto that he too was removed from
the Tribe for failure to meet the enrollment requirements. Robert’s history had already been
confirmed and he was shown to be a direct descendant of Yolca Poca Ropa, A Lipan Chief.
The General Council then affirmed their position that they did not recognize XXXXXX’s actions
since they had no basis of truth or fact, and was in violation of the by-laws that govern our
Tribe, and that the actions were in retaliation. Again demands were made on XXXXXX and
Anita to return all files and Cease and Desist orders were given to them to stop all of their
activities. This was met by a series of communications by XXXXXX that he was the General
Council Chairman and that everything that the General Council in Texas was doing was
improper and that Robert and myself were liars and thus the "he said-she said" started and
mass confusion followed. The smokescreens created by XXXXXX and transmitted directly
and indirectly to the General Council were a direct attempt to deflect attention from the
facts that started everything in motion. Of primary import was the Financial Report
(attached) that XXXXXX submitted showing no taxes filed for 2004 , 2005 and 2006. During
the course of time from April 27, 2007 to the present the General Council was able to obtain
Grant activity between the Lipan Apache Band of Texas and the Administration for Native
Americans, and there were some very disturbing documents that were found in the Grant
application. During the application phase XXXXXX submitted a resolution that he claimed the
General Council voted on, to pursue the grant. The meeting that he showed was said to have
occurred on February 25, 2006 at 4:28 PM and that by unanimous vote the resolution passed.
This meeting never happened. I immediately contacted General Council members Robert Soto,
Joanna Soliz and Rudy Perez who were all Council members at the time the meeting was
said to have taken place. All members stated that they never attended the meeting. The
resolution did not state a place where the meeting was held so no one could determine
where they were with any certainty. Robert stated he knew where he was because he
had a guest Pastor from Atlanta come to his church as a guest speaker and he could
have 50 people say where he was. I had contacted my cell phone service to have
documented proof as to where I was from my phone records. Rudy stated that our
Council never had a meeting at that time in February because all meetings we had
would have corresponded with the United San Antonio Pow Wow. This is simply
ecause of the far distances of all the council members. (See attachment of this
meeting that was submitted to the ANA.) Also there was a document that was also
submitted that stated that all council members were 100% Lipan and that this was
certified as a true statement. That document also shows Joanna Soliz as Tribal Treasurer.
Joanna has never served in that capacity for the Tribe. xxxxx xxxxx had served in the dual
role of Secretary/Treasurer by appointment by XXXXXX. The document purportedly has
xxxxx xxxxx's signature on it. As mentioned earlier I pointed out the importance of
xxxxx xxxxx's signature appearing on both documents. xxxxx with her position as
secretary/treasurer confirming as true that Joanna Soliz held the position as Treasurer
and the same document certifying me as 100% Lipan then another stating that I did
not meet the enrollment requirements. It is important to remember that the first grant
was to establish the research of people's genealogies. That grant was obtained before
2004 when the recently discovered information from Steve Gibson appeared. My history
had already been certified by XXXXXX and confirmed by xxxxx. These actions that were
taken by XXXXXX and the irregularities that are there all the more confirmed the resolve
that the General Council has in wanting an accounting of all Tribal records. As you will
see in Victor Cornejo's report, the BIA does not require social security numbers. This
has become a serious concern for Tribal members. Tribal members are not aware of
the information that I present now because XXXXXX and xxxxx refused to show this documentation.
As shown by the grant information there is a definite fear that information that is not true will be
submitted as true to secure monies. The fear of identity theft is a genuine concern. I cannot allege
that this has happened but I will encourage everyone who has given their social security number to
XXXXXX to check with the Social Security Administration office and see if there are any irregularities,
and if any appear please have an investigation to protect yourselves.
I hope that this great and lengthy explanation clears up the confusion and takes away the “he said-she said”.
I hope that the attached documents are reviewed so that each person sees for themselves what
has caused so much concern.
This brings me to another serious matter - the matter of Federal Recognition. As you will see from
Victor’s report, the criteria that is required is very different from what is being presented by xxxxx.
This criteria comes directly from the BIA. As mentioned above, the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
which was formerly known as the Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Inc. has developed a new
application form to be submitted to the BIA. All General Council members have agreed that
since all the records of the Tribe were moved to California in violation of our by-laws and
XXXXXX has refused to return them, that all members will need to re-apply. This is a great
sadness for our people since we know that a house divided will not stand. The purpose of
this letter is to show that the General Council wants to operate as an open and accountable
Tribal Government. The General Council of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas all have the same
mindset as Servant Leaders. This General Council is dedicated to taking care of the needs
of the people as best as we can. This Council feels that the most pressing need right now is
to be able to be Federally recognized. Recently I spoke with Mr. Lee Fleming, Director of
Acknowledgment for the BIA. He advised me not to waste his time nor the time of his
staff with internal Tribal matters and if they are not settled, the different factions will end
up in Court. He assured me that the BIA will assist in technical advice but will not waste
its time in politics. Mr. Fleming was the one who stated to me "A House divided will not
stand" The General Council understands this fully and has made a pledge that they will
work in full cooperation with any and all directives that the BIA requires. Every person has
the right for self determination. As mentioned above each person of the Lipan Apache
Tribe of Texas will need to re-apply into the Tribe. Again, this was brought on by the fact
that we do not have access to our records. It was reported that attempts to recover
personal files were met with the response that it would cost $25.00 per application
and that a Freedom of Information form needed to be filled out. Firstly, Freedom of
Information applies to governmental entities and does not apply to our Tribe. Also the
by-laws do not support this action. The by-laws state that a reasonable fee can be
assessed for voting rolls only. The request for money is one that is improper and is an
attempt to take money that is not supported by our by-laws. Reasonable people might
view this as extortion. Every Tribal member at any time can request their records.
The Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Inc. by-laws show this. There is a document that XXXXXX
generated where he identifies the Cueglahen N'de AKA Lipan Apache Band of Texas as a
Sovereign Nation. He states that the document serves as notice of the Sovereignty of the
Nation regardless of Federal or State standing. The fact of the matter is this: in 1999 the
Lipan Apache Band of Texas Inc. petitioned the Federal Government for Federal recognition.
The next time that contact was made by the Tribe with the BIA was in January of 2006 and
this was only to acquire the petition letter to submit for the ANA grant. In eight years our
Tribe has been in a perpetual petition stage. In one month’s time the N'de have moved from
the petition process to the Acknowledgment phase. Prior to the intervention by this General
Council, our petition was slated to be retired to an “inactive status”. The next step will be to
go to court to petition the Department of the Interior for Federal Recognition and Nationhood.
Let the words that Lee Fleming said ring true "A House divided will not stand."
Any person who wishes to re-apply please contact Victor Cornejo. If you do not wish to
re-apply, then by all means exercise your God-given right for self determination and go
where your heart tells you is true for you. It is my sincere hope that this clears things up.
I have given all the reasons for the actions that this General Council has taken and the
seriousness of what is being done. Whether you recognize this General Council or not
is not the issue; what matters is the survival of our People for future generations. Our
children have a right to a secure future. Do not give any one person power to tell you
what is right or what is wrong. Make an informed decision as to how you will secure
the future of our children and the survival of our Tribe. I speak to all Lipan - those in
Texas, California, or in any other place my words may be read.
It is with GREAT Honor that I am able to communicate to you this portion of the newsletter.
It is with much heartfelt thanks that I express my gratitude for you allowing me to address you all.
My word is Life
Bernard F. Barcena Jr.
General Council Chairman
WHY A NAME CHANGE? By Robert Soto
At the last council meeting the proposal was brought forward by me,
Robert Soto, that we change the name from the Lipan Apache Band of Texas Inc.
to the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. I had been receiving various requests
from some of the Tribal members about the change. As I heard some of the
requests I started thinking about what a name change would do and why
we should even consider a name change. Within my thoughts came the
following reasons why a name change:
1. We are no longer a band but a tribe made up of many bands. Historically
we are told that there were fourteen bands that made up the Lipan Apaches of Texas.
So when we talk about a band we are talking about the part and not the whole.
A band makes us believe that we are following the part and not the whole.
2. A tribe brings a sense of community and unity. While historically
we were many bands today we all come under one Tribe, which is made up of
many bands. So we are not focusing on one or two but on the whole. We are a
tribe that is made up of many bands.
3. This would follow the trail with other Apache tribes that do not call
themselves a band. As I have traveled in and out among the Jicarillas, Mescaleros,
White Mountain and the San Carlos people, they never refer to themselves as a band
but as a tribe. We have the White Mountain Tribe or the Mescalero Tribe or the
Jicarilla Tribe. We would just be following the trend of other Apache groups which
now see themselves as a tribe.
4. Band seems to isolate rather than include since a band in our
traditions were a family group and not the whole.
5. Furthermore, the name Lipan Apache Tribe brings a new beginning.
A fresh start with a group of people that are really trying to bring a sense of
unity and a new beginning to our people.
So on June 2, 2007, I brought the idea before the council.
We had a long discussion with not only the council but those who attended
and at the end, we all stood in total agreement for the name change.
So the council vote was unanimous and the people cheered and clapped
with excitement as we accepted the name change to the Lipan Apache
Tribe of Texas.
by Victor Cornejo
BIA COMPLIANCE OFFICER
The department of Federal Acknowledgment has put us on a two week deadline
to provide them with a roll base (i.e. a list of applicants). This deadline started
on Wednesday, June 6, 2007. They want all of the information that is required
for Federal Acknowledgment: for example, the list of all enrolled members and
possible members and a list of the deceased with genealogy. Those placed on
this list do not automatically become enrolled members of the Lipan Apache Tribe
of Texas. The enrollees are still required to meet the requirements of the tribal
enrollment for the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. All applications and required information
is still needed to verify the applicant's lineage to the Lipan Apaches. If the applicant's
information does not meet the tribal requirements for the enrollment they will be subject
to removal from the list of applicants.
This "Deadline" is not one of our making. As you have read elsewhere in the
Desert Wind, the Lipan Apache petition for Federal Acknowledgment had been inactive
for the past eight years. Under Chairman Barcena's leadership we were removed
from an inactive status and placed into the actual acknowledgment phase. It is our
understanding that the previous chairman contacted the BIA and disputed the legitimacy
of the this General Council. This unauthorized and poorly conceived action resulted
in the BIA advising us to unify around one administration and be prepared in approximately
two weeks to respond to their (The BIA's) written correspondence. A letter will also
be issued to the former chairman by the BIA.
Our records are in the possession of the previous administration. They have refused
as of this date to return the Lipan Apache Records, both financial and tribal, to the
rightful and lawful custodians. The General Council has issued a Demand Letter for
the return of all records from their abode in California. The Demand Letters issued to
xxxxx xxxxx and XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX, Jr, are attached, as well as Cease and Desist orders.
The revised application was reviewed and approved by the General Council June 2, 2007.
It is compliant with the BIA standards and does not require Social Security numbers.
It is my suggestion that anyone who has shared their Social Security with any group,
including the Lipan Apaches, check with the Social Security Administration to see
if there has been any breach of your privacy.
The application process has been revised by the General Council to create a
fair and open approach to applicants. In a nutshell, the application is made,
receipt is acknowledged, review of the documents and genealogy, and upon
approval a letter of acceptance will be issued. (We hope to be in the position
soon to produce cards. The equipment is $850.00 and at this time we are without funding.)
If the Applicant is denied, the first step of the appeals process is to the
First Vice Chairman for review. If the denial is upheld, then the final step is
to address the General Council in open session for a review and decision.
No longer will this process be held behind closed doors with no right of review or petition.
The first step in the crafting of a roll is a list of applicants and enrollees that
includes their full name, physical address, phone number and date of birth.
This will serve as a base roll. If your name appears on the list and you do not
have a verified acceptance letter, you will still have to complete the enrollment
process. If your application is denied after the appeals process, your name
is subject to removal from the roll.
So what we need from you in the next few days, in compliance to the
demand of the BIA, the department of Federal Acknowledgment,
is your full name, physical address (No PO Boxes), a phone number,
and date of birth. We need this information on or before June 19, 2007.
After this process is over, all of us will have to go through the application
process that is included in one of the attached files. If you have any
questions feel free to contact the following people:
Victor Cornejo Enrollment Officer
Robert Soto First Vice Chairman
FEDERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT CRITERIA AND PROCESS
By Victor Cornejo
BIA Compliance Officer
Many people have asked exactly what is this mysterious Federal Acknowledgment process?
It does seem to be a black box process, but the reality is that just by being who we
already are, we comply with so many of the nuances of the seven criteria. I have included
an attachment of the seven criteria.
It certainly looks like we have addressed the seven criteria. The actual process involves eight steps.
Attached is a list of the eight steps. We hope to post some positive progress on this process soon.
We have gone from virtually zero to high visibility in less than thirty days. The three things we need
are help, money and unity. Help can come in the form of volunteering to sort paperwork,
return E-mails, letters and enrolling Lipan Apaches. It is important that this aspect of our
efforts be done with dignity, respect and integrity and reach out to those who are truly of
Lipan Apache descent.
Money is money. We are a 501(c)(3) and your financial donations are tax deductible.
All of our records are gone and as Chairman Barcena has pointed out, there have been grants
and other activities of which we know very little that have benefited a select few, but not all
Lipan Apaches. Our financial records will be made available as we build our Treasury and
accounting procedures. In such a short time we have accomplished much, with almost
no resources. The General Council has given time, pledged money and covered their own
expenses because they are dedicated to serving the Lipan. Now is the time for all of us to
help with office rental, office equipment and supplies and other supplies. As Chairman Barcena
has promised, our financial records will be open for all to see.
Unity. The dictionary defines unity as the "Coalescing of disparate parts into a whole."
First Vice Chairman Robert Soto has already spoken in such an eloquent and passionate way.
Sometimes a coming together is a desired, yet natural event. This very short time to be
prepared to answer the BIA with a strong show of community, is actually a blessing.
Already we have seen an outpouring of support for this General Council; however, there
are still many members of the Lipan Apache Family yet to hear our call. Even if you
cannot complete all parts of the application, please get what you can to us: your name,
physical address, phone number and date of birth. We will complete the balance of
information as quickly as we can in the near future.
Please direct all correspondence to me at:
email@example.com or to
Linda Walking Woman who will be assisting me with the enrollment process at:
NEWS FROM THE PEOPLE
SACRED HILL AND RIVERS POW WOW ANNOUNCEMENT
Jose Soliz, Lipan Apache from Patterson California, would like to invite you to attend
the Sacred Hills and Rivers Annual Pow Wow. The pow wow will be held on
August 4, 2007 in Patterson, California. Vendors are invited and all are welcome
to experience the rich culture that has been given to us by our God and Creator.
If you have an questions or desire more information please call Jose Soliz at
209-581-7587 or 209-892-2908.
18th ANNUAL SOUTH TEXAS (WAY SOUTH) POW WOW ANNOUNCEMENT
I would like to invite you to our 18th Annual South Texas (Way South) Pow Wow that we will
be hosting in October. It will be at the Lark Community Center and Library,
2901 Lark Ave, in McAllen, Texas. Our head staff will be:
Head Man Dancer - Jacob Trevizo (Homano), from Vancouver Washington
Head Lady Dancer - Nicole Yellow Old Woman-Curly Rider (Siksika), from the Siksika Indian
Reservation in Alberta, Canada
MC - Gary Kodaseet (Kiowa), from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Arena Director - Rene Rodriguez (Mescalero Apache), from Dallas Texas
Head Gourd Dancer - to be announced
Southern Drum - Southern Comfort with Head Singer Frank Kiowa Jim Tongkeamha (Kiowa) from Carriegie
Northern Drum - Eagle Point with Robert Bass as Head Singer from Austin Texas
We will have a special appearance by Actor Uzziel Martinez, a Yaqui Indian from Los Angeles California
performing his one act play called "A Comanche Remembers". We will have about fourteen vendors and
a lot of fun. Saturday afternoon we will have a feed for all dancers, vendors and pow wow participants.
Everyone is welcomed to our pow wow. Come and experience the sounds of the past in the present.
For information feel free to contact Robert Soto (956) 686-6696 or Betty Russell (956) 205-2344.
PROUD TO BE LIPAN APACHE T-SHIRT SALE
We have designed a T-shirt that we will be selling to all Lipan Apaches. The T-shirt is on an ash
background with a medicine wheel with yellow, red, blue and white with three feathers with the words,
Proud To Be Lipan Apache. If you would like to order one, the cost will be as follows:
$12.00 for children sizes up to XL with a $2.00 shipping charge and for XXL and above it is $14.00
with a $2.00 shipping charge. Make your check out to Robert Soto and mail it to:
McAllen, TX 78501
We will take orders until about July 20 and then submit the T-shirt order to the company.
POW WOW SCHEDULE
June 1-2 - 39th Annual Alabama-Coushatta Pow Wow, Livingston TX 936-563-1120
June 8-10 - 51st Annual TIHA Pow Wow, Burnet TX 936-653-3116
July 20-22 - Missouri State Pow Wow, Sedalia MO 660-826-5608
Aug. 4- Sacred Hill and Rivers Pow wow, Patterson CA 209-581-7587 or 209-892-2908
Sept. 1-2 Bandera Annual Intertribal Pow wow Bandera TX
Sept. 15 - Gulf Coast Tia Piah Gourd Dance and Pow Wow, Pasadena TX 281-448-8435
Sept. 15 - Annual TIHA Fall Pow Wow, Burnet TX 956-653-3116
Sept. 22-23 - 15th Annual Four Winds Pow Wow, Killeen/Ft Hood TX 254-493-8835
Sept. 22-23 - 8th Annual Permian Basin Intertribal Pow Wow, Odessa TX 432-889-2693
October 13-14 - Tribal American Network’s Pow Wow, Belton TX 254-853-9223
Oct. 19-20 - Moving Waters 10th Annual Pow Wow, Canyon Lake TX 830-964-3613
Oct. 20 - Gulf Coast Tia Piah Gourd Dance and Pow Wow, Pasadena TX 281-448-8435
Oct. 26-27 - 18th Annual South Texas (Way South) Pow Wow, McAllen TX 956-686-6696
Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Inc.
Bernard F. Barcena Jr. - Chairman
Robert Soto - First Vice Chairman/ Department of Publications
Marcos Govea - Second Vice Chairman
Veronica Russell - Interim Secretary
Juan Soliz - Treasurer
Rey Salazar - Curator/Tribal Horticulturist
Victor Cornejo- BIA Compliance Officer
Rudy S. Perez - Council Member
Joanna Soliz - Council Member
Bill Larew - Tribal Administrator
Bobby Gonzalez - Tribal Counselor
Contact Robert Soto for Attachments mentioned in this newsletter.