Community gives generously
I'm always quick to write and complain, but not today.
I find it amazing how giving people are. I'm an activity assistant at Magnolia Manor of Rock Hill. For three years now, I have watched 106 people receive beautiful Christmas gifts from total strangers.
We have volunteers, churches and companies in our community that deserve a pat on the back. We have provided for everyone. It really lifts my heart to be able to say this. It's a Christmas gift in itself. Thanks to everyone.
Good riddance to former tribal leaders
As I read the Thanksgiving letter from our former tribal chief Gilbert Blue, I couldn't help but be insulted and angry at his arrogance. He thanked his people for letting him represent them. I was ashamed of his representation. Our ancestors fought for freedom, security, the ability to grow as a nation and to provide a safer environment for their family. While we have many things to be thankful for at this holiday season, I would like to remind the last chief of all the families with little children who are struggling to make ends meet and to put food on their tables and heat in their homes. And then remind him of all he has taken away from these families by making the decisions he made.
Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot keep quiet when it comes to injustices of people, especially injustices to my family and to my tribal family members. The further away we get from the last election of our new tribal Executive Committee, the angrier I get. Not only did the last governing body of our tribe, which was long overdue to be replaced, leave our tribal community in a financial mess, but they also signed away a lot of our freedoms and opportunities for our children. People lost jobs, we lost funding and grants were taken away.
I hope by writing this letter that anyone who reads it and anyone who still thinks these men, especially the (past) chief, who have had their pictures in the paper many times for doing supposedly good deeds, realizes that they are not the good, upstanding community members they pretend to be. If it didn't get their names and pictures in the media, they didn't do it.
The majority of the Catawba people did not support the decisions made by the past governing body.
I ask anyone who is reading this to please pray for our continuing strength and growth within our tribal community and that we will be able to regain our cultural heritage, other talents our Native American heritage and ancestral lineage provided us, and more importantly, our pride in our sovereignty. It's ironic that after "serving" for so many years and "caring" so much about his people that we haven't seen Chief Blue or most of his accomplices at any of our most recent tribal meetings.
Our newly elected government has a daunting task before them and, as a member of this Catawba Nation, I support all those newly elected members 100 percent as long as they keep the tribal members and our future generations in mind when making decisions and remember who is at the core of our governing body, the General Council. They have had more meetings with our people in the short time they have been in office and supplied us with more information than the last Executive Committee ever did in the whole time they were in office.
We also have formed several committees to oversee our tribal affairs and, again, put "we the people" at the heart of our Nation. Thank God for the freedom we have to vote to make changes and to have fresh faces and fresh new ideas.