From Chairman Barcena|
Remember of Warriors
I have quite often thought about the meanings of words.
Expressing one's thoughts in a way that conveys the real
essence of what you wish to say, What you wish your listener
The expression I wish to lay before you, is the heartfelt
definition of the word "WARRIOR". For me this word brings
the image of an individual whose internal driving force causes
him (or her) to serve others selflessly and without regard to
their own personal being. Moral courage, sense of duty and
commitment to family, ancestors and their nation are just
a few of the attributes of these people.
The N'de have a great history of true Warriors. At the museum
we have a display dedicated to Five great Chiefs of the past:
Poca Ropa, Cueglas, Magoosh, Flacco, and Costallitos. As leaders
and warriors these honors come to them because of their
deeds and not some self ascribed virtue.
Our recent past has many names of those who have served in
battles over the course of the 20th century. On our Council
sits Juan Soliz, a Viet Nam veteran; also the Headman of our
Elders, Gilbert Tallez who also served in Viet Nam.
Also Eddie "Twoclouds" Zermeno, Phillip Cornejo and
many, many others. These men have carried that spirit
into the world of achieving peace in service to the people.
Today I wish to honor three young men who have that spirit
burning within them. First is Jason Rodriguez who is in his
fourth tour in Iraq. The flame that burns within him has
been passed from generation to generation. Next is
Jason Pompa, son of Pete Pompa and grandson of Jose Pompa
and nephew to Dolores Pompa, currently serving his second
tour of duty in a lonely desolate outpost in Afghanistan.
These two warriors whose sacrifice and sense of duty
to their people bring great honor to the old ways.
Warriors come in all sizes and when Creator chooses
one to serve, the age of the warrior does not matter.
Adriel Arocha is such a Warrior. When the Needville ISD
said to him "Cut your hair and be like the rest of the boys."
Adriel stood firm and had only one word for the school
bureaucrats and that word was "NO". Adriel at age 5
understands that words mean things. When he said "No"
there was nothing left to say . His deeds and desire
to be N'de won the day and he kept his hair.
I have asked the loved ones of these young men to
include a short note to these young men.
These young men epitomize the finest virtues of the
Lipan Warrior. Both Jasons had taken pledges to
defend and to serve and both are honoring those
pledges in Afghanistan. Adriel said "NO" and
stood firm and never wavered.
As Chairman of this Tribe and Leader of our People,
it is my responsibility to call attention to those
who have that understanding of the way of the Warrior.
This is not an honor given lightly for if it were
it would dishonor all the Warriors in our
Jason Rodriguez, Jason Pompa, and Adriel Arocha
are Lipan Apache Warriors and shall be recognized
as such from this day forward.
Chairman, Lipan Apache Tribe