Shawnee County Allied Tribes Traditional Pow Wow

Honored Elders

1993 - Catherine Clinton Vieux - Prairie Band Potawatomi

She was the first female Marine from the State of Kansas.

1993 - Jim Fire Eagle Boose - Aztec/Wampanoag

Spiritual leader of the Northern Aztec Peoples.

1994 - Kansas Governor Joan Finney (Wah na ko qua) - Adopted Kickapoo

Joan Finney served as the 42nd Governor of Kansas. She was born Joan Marie McInroy in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Leonard and Mary Sands McInroy. She graduated from high school in Manhattan, Kansas in 1942. In 1957, she married Spencer Finney, Jr. and had three children, Sarah "Sally" Finney Timm, Richard Finney, and Mary Finney Holladay. In 1978, she graduated from Washburn University with a degree in economic history. From 1953 to 1969, she served on the staff of Republican U.S. Senator Frank Carlson. From 1970 to 1972, she served as Commissioner of Elections for Shawnee County, Kansas. In 1972, running as a Republican, she was an unsuccessful candidate for a U.S. House seat. After switching her political affiliation from Republican to Democrat, she served as State Treasurer from 1975 to 1991. After upsetting former Governor John W. Carlin in the 1990 Democratic primary for Governor, she defeated incumbent Republican Mike Hayden in the general election becoming the first woman to defeat an incumbent Governor in a general election in the United States. In addition to being the State of Kansas's first female governor, she was Kansas' oldest governor, taking office at age 65, Kansas' first Roman Catholic Governor, and also one of the few pro-life Democratic Governors of her time.

1994 - Dr. Horne - VA Hospital Director of PTSD Treatment

Developer of the PTSD Treatment for Veterans.

1995 - Walter E. Cooper (Pahso) - Potawatomi Citizens Band

Paso, Walter Cooper is a member of the Potawatomi Citizens Band and was born in 1925 on the Potawatomi Reservation west of Mayetta, Kansas. Several years ago Walter and a reporter were discussing how poor they were growing up on the reservation. The reporter stated, "We were as poor as church mice". Walter responded, " . . . If we found a church mouse, we ate him". Walter joined the Marine Corps during World War II and served with 2nd and 8th Divisions. He was a member of one of the first units to land on Nagasaki after the bombing. Walter attended Haskell Indian School and graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in 1950 with a Masters Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education. He is a life member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Walter and Augustine were married in 1950. In the same article the reporter stated, "Few people know about their kind acts, as, true to their heritage, they do not seek praise . . . It is done out of love for their fellow man . . . they quietly share their skills and what materials they have. It doesn't seem to matter to them what color their fellow man is". During his thirty-three years as a teacher, Walter earned the reputation as an excellent craftsman, master woodworker, metal worker, mechanic and teacher. He also earned a reputation as a tireless worker, volunteering to serve on countless committees to better the community. He served on the board of directors for the Kansas Childrens Service League and was appointed to the Governors Advisory Council on Indian Affairs. At Pow Wows he was always willing to go the extra mile. He can do it all - from Master of Ceremonies to out-house builder. He was Chairman of the Potawatomi Pow Wow Committee for many years. Walter was and is a sportsman. He was a well known softball pitcher and is an active bowler. He has won many trophies from both sports. Walter is a fluent speaker of the Potawatomi language and is one of a few native speakers alive.

1995 - Julia G. Eteeyan-LaClair - Potawatomi Citizens Band

Julia is a member of the Potawatomi Citizens Band and was born on the Potawatomi Reservation west of Mayetta, Kansas, in 1915. Her family and friends feel her Indian name should be "woman who ages gracefully". She attended BIA schools and worked in the Dietary Department for Stormont-Vail Hospital until her retirement. Julia has two sons, George LaClair who lives near Mayetta, Kansas and Floyd LaClair who lives in Topeka, Kansas. Julia enjoys traveling to all the local events, celebrations and pow wows. She especially enjoys sharing her culture with youth. She spends many hours volunteering with the seniors on the reservation. For Julia it's not work, it is love. Julia has always been involved in some type of volunteer activity. Her family believes that if you look up the word "volunteer" you will find Julia's picture as the definition. When not volunteering she enjoys being an artist and doing her craft work. She especially loves sewing Indian shirts and creating her own crochet designs.

1996 - Jim & Agnes McKinney - Prairie Band Potawatomi

Jim spent his early life on the Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta. He first saw the inside of a schoolroom at age 11 at Wahpeton Indian School in North Dakota. His latest efforts include two graduate degrees in Kansas City. Agnes was born and raised near Tampa, Florida. She was the eighth of ten children in her family. Jim and Agnes were married 42 years ago at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, in 1954. Having reared four daughters and one son, they now have a total of six granddaughters and an equal number of grandsons, ranging in age from one to twenty-one. Jim retired at Forbes AFB from the U.S. Air Force in 1971 after 20 years with his last duty assignment being at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Through the years both Jim and Agnes have been active in Native American culture, including pow wows throughout the midwest. Other activities include lectures, teaching, seminars and consulting in schools and in civic and professional organizations. Church and religious activities include youth and childrens summer camps, churches and other communities. Agnes and Jim currently live in Horton with Jim serving as pastor of the Methodist Church on the Kickapoo Reservation and at Sullivan Chapel in North Topeka. (Church projects are translating the hymns into Potawatomi and leading classes in the Potawatomi language.) Work is also continuing with son Smokey on the Potawatomi language project. This is aimed at preserving the language, utilizing the latest communication techniques and media in teaching both culture and language. Part of this effort will assist Smokey in completing the requirements for his doctoral studies at Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa.

1996 - Pete & Alana Fee - Iowa

Pete and Alana Fee have been married for 18 years. They have 8 children and 10 grandchildren. Pete was born on the Iowa Reservation at White Cloud. He went to school on the reservation at Grandview Elementary School and then attended high school at Powhatan, Kansas. After being at St. Benedicts College in Atchison, Kansas, he joined the Navy as an electricians mate E5 and served in the Formosa Strait. He later joined the Air Force as electronics technician E4. After service Pete went to northeast Iowa and was an electrical contractor for 15 years before coming back to Kansas to the Iowa Reservation. He has been the head of the Fall Pow Wow on the reservation for a number of years. His Native American name is Nachenyinye, which translates as No Heart of Fear. Alana was born at LaCrosse, Wisconsin and went to St. George School in Lansing, Iowa. She later attended Central Wyoming College as well as Vetebo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, majoring in education. She taught school at the Arapaho Indian School in Riverton, Wyoming, and St. Stevens Indian Mission in Shoshone, Wyoming.

1997 - Hollis (O-Kitch Shano) & Isabelle Thomas - Potawatomi

Hollis was born in the home of his Grandmother with the help of a mid-wife on February 12, 1912. He was given the traditional name of O-Kitch Shano (Southern Chief) by his father in a traditional Potawatomi naming ceremony. He was reared in a home with traditional Native American values and beliefs. He has spent his life on the Kickapoo and Potawatomi reservations. Hollis says his life has been enriched by the teachings of his culture and his Native religion. He is an active member of the Drum Religion and has enjoyed learning and singing all the prayer songs. He has also been asked to be head singer at several Pow Wows across the United States. In his younger days Hollis was a well respected baseball and softball player. He especially liked playing shortstop and outfield. Hollis believes with all his heart that it is of the greatest importance for our Native youth to keep their Native ways alive. When asked "what message would you give our youth", he replied "Keep your name and your language alive, if you don't it will be lost forever." Isabelle was reared by her Grandmother in a very traditional manner. "I grew up around the Old Folks and learned their ways." She lived on the Potawatomi reservation west of Mayetta, Kansas, and did not speak English until she was seven years old. Isabelle spent twenty-two and a half years working in the garment industry before retiring to an active life on the reservation. "You know, I have three Great Great Grandchildren," she said with her face aglow and her voice full of pride. Her message to our youth is, "You must practice your customs . . . don't wait until some special occasion . . . every day is special." Hollis and Isabelle were married March 12, 1965. They have enjoyed an active life together true to Native beliefs. They are a very well respected couple. When called upon to perform traditional services or to answer questions of tradition, they are always there for their people.

1997 - Joe Lewis (Wape Mee) - Prairie Band Potawatomi

Joe was born February 12, 1936, on the homestead on the Potawatomi Reservation west of Mayetta, Kansas. He was given the traditional Potawatomi name Wape Mee (White Pigeon). He was reared in a home with traditional Native values and beliefs and with close ties to the Catholic Church. Joe is a deeply spiritual man who walks with grace in both worlds. Joe enjoys straight dancing and has been head man dancer on several occasions. Watching Joe dance one gets a feeling of joy as he celebrates his culture and his life. Joe and Connie, his wife, celebrated 38 years of marriage before Connie was called home to be with her beloved Jesus. Both Joe and Connie were active in their church and int he Indian community. As a tribute to his wife's life, he started the Annual Warriors Prayer meetings, a celebration of Native and Christian spirituality. Joe's message to Native youth is, Remember your Native ways and give thanks to Jesus for your life. To find Joe, just look for the "Straight Dancer" with the big smile.

1998 - Chief Charlie Little Coyote - Southern Cheyenne

Southern Cheyenne and his great-great grandfather, the Cheyenne Peace Chief Black Kettle, stood on the shore of the Medicine River with the leaders of the four other Great Plains tribe leaders in the year 1876 and made a peace treaty with the American government. Now, 120 years later, Little Coyote is carrying on the Cheyenne family tradition. Charlie was born between Canton and Seiling, Oklahoma. He was raised a traditional Cheyenne Indian by his parents and grandparents. In fact, Charlie said he spoke almost no English until he started school. Charlie's family is one of the last great Cheyenne traditional families. His grandfather, Maurice Medicine, attended the first Peace Treaty Pageant in 1927. Charlie was also at the first pageant. Charlie was born with the Indian name of Mouse Trail, but after fighting in WW II and Korea, his family renamed him Morning Killer. One of the most giving positions in the Cheyenne Tribe is the position of chief. Charlie has been a Cheyenne Chief for many years. He is one of only 22 chiefs left in the Southern Cheyenne Tribe.

1998 - Dee Gutierrez - Kickapoo

Kickapoo Indian and lives on the Kickapoo Reservation near Horton, Kansas. She was trained in the traditional art of dress making and continues to make traditional women's dresses. In 1991 she designed and made the honor dress Governor Joan Finney wore at her Kickapoo naming ceremony. Dee enjoys sharing her native traditions by sharing with various groups and schools. She finds great pleasure in working with the seniors at the tribal center. Dee also enjoys giving demonstrations in Native American arts and crafts for youth groups.

1998 - Beverly Baker - Cherokee

Chief Beverly Baker is a descendant of Gardner Green, who is listed on the 1835 Cherokee roll. Gardner was a sub-chief under John Ross. Some of his children crossed west of the Mississippi in the 1700's with other Cherokees. Some later traveled to Booneslick country in Missouri. This is the reason for Beverly's strong ties to the Boone County area of the state. She has spent the last 15 years researching and learning the history of her ansestors.

 

1999 - Mose Cahwee - Yuchi

Mose Cahwee is one of the oldest full-blood Yuchi's (Euchee) living. Mose was born in Kellyville, Oklahoma on May 24, 1918, and is a member of the Deer Clan and the Polecat Ceremonial Ground at Kellyville. He was reared by his grandparents who were both very knowledgeable in native medicine and healing ways and taught Mose to live in a very traditional manner (the old ways). "To them (his grandparents), every plant and spirit animal had a song." He is a member of the Indian methodist Church of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Mose served in the Army during WW II and Korea. He landed on Omaha Beach during Operation D-Day. He was called back into the service for the Korean conflict. Mose was decorated with Valor in both wars. Recently, Mose received an award and medal from the Governor of France for his participation in the liberation of France. Mose is recognized as a Yuchi historian and language authority. You can find him teaching Yuchi history and language to anyone who will listen. One beacon of hope for Mose is the Yuchi language and history class he helped start and teaches in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Mose has a message for youth, "The Yuchi are still here. We need to hold on to our Yuchi ways and language, and work on bringing them back into our lives."

1999 - Jan English - Wyandot - Principal Chief, Wyandot Nation of Kansas

Jan English was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. A direct descendent of Wyandot Chief Tarhe, Jan has continued a family tradition by providing leadership to her people and to the Indian community in general. While continuing to serve as Principal Chief of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, she has led the struggle to preserve and protect the "Old Huron (Wyandot) Cemetery" in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, from desecration. Chief Jan has been instrumental in a reconciliation service held in Midland, Ontario, this past June where the four bands of Wendat people came together with representatives from the Canadian, British, French, and Dutch governments, and from the Six Nations, and from the United Church of Canada, the Dutch Reformed Church, the Anglican Church, and the Roman Catholic Church. Out of that meeting, she was able to be a part of the re-emergence of the Huron (Wendat) Confederacy for the first time in 350 years. She has just returned from her second trip to Canada this summer -- this time for the repatriation of 300 ancestors. Chief Jan has recently been recognized as a Medicine Elder by the Wendat people. Jan English chairs the board of the Kaw Valley Inter-Tribal Center in Kansas City, and is extremely active with the United Methodist Committee on Native American Ministries. She has given of her time to be active in camping experiences for Native American youth, and in providing spiritual direction to the local Native American women prisoners. She works full-time as a registered nurse at a mental health facility.

2000 - Louis (Roe Cloud) Jessepe - Potawatomi/Kickapoo

Louis "Roe Cloud" Jessepe is a member of the Potawatomi/Kickapoo Nations. He was born to the Water Clan and tells the story of how, when he was about five years old, his parents and brothers and sisters loaded all their belongings in a horse-drawn wagon to move from the Potawatomi Indian Reservation of his mother's tribe to live on the Kickapoo Indian Reservation of his father's tribe. Roe Cloud has been making Indian arts and crafts since he was a young boy. After high school, Roe Cloud studied art at the Haskell Indian College in Lawrence, Kansas. Roe Cloud has been honored by the Smithsonian Institute for his contribution to traditional Native American arts and crafts. Using traditional prayers and customs Roe Cloud teaches young and old visitors "The Indian Way". A way that would save our planet from extinction. Roe Cloud advises his students that moderation is the key to happiness, not unbridled materialism. The old ways are dying out and he has taken it upon himself to try to preserve the history, culture, language, and religion of his ancestors.

2000 - Karen Gayton Swisher, President of Haskell Indian Nations University - Sioux

Karen Gayton Swisher is currently President of Haskell Indian Nations University. She began her career at Haskell as Chair of the Teacher Education Department in October 1996. She served as the Chief Academic Officer prior to her appointment as Interim President. Born, raised and educated through high school on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, Dr. Swisher has devoted her career to improving educational opportunities for American Indian/Alaska Native students. Trained as an elementary teacher and administrator at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, she has taught in public schools in Minnesota and South Dakota, and a school operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on her home reservation in North Dakota, where she also served as elementary principal for four years. She earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of North Dakota in 1981. In addition to Haskell Indian Nations University, Dr. Swisher has higher education experience at Huron College in South Dakota, the University of Utah, and Arizona State University. Although trained in educational administration, most of her experience has been in curriculum and instruction and teacher education, teaching courses in multicultural education and Indian education. At the University of Utah she served as assistant professor of educational studies and Native American studies. Her 11-year experience at Arizona State University included an administrative appointment as the Director of the Center for Indian Education, and editorship of the Journal of American Indian Education. Her research, along with a colleague at the University of Utah, has been instrumental in the recognition of learning styles as an important element in the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers in schools attended by American Indian and Alaska Native children. Dr. Swisher is the mother of two grown children and has two granddaughters.

2001 - Danny J. Petersen - Potawatomi

Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division Born March 11, 1949 in Horton, Kansas. Sp4 Petersen was killed in the line of duty at Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, on January 9, 1970, at the age of 20. His Medal of Honor Citation reads: "Sp4 Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Sp4 Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crew members of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire, to within 10 feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Sp4 Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from 3 sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Sp4 Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Sp4 Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army."

2001 - Preston E. Tone-Pah-Hote - Kiowa

Preston E. Tone-Pah-Hote is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Preston is one of the founders and now an Elder in Eagle Talon Brotherhood of Kansas City, Missouri. Preston is retired from the U.S. National Weather Service. He resides near Orrick, Missouri with his wife, Debbie and their children. Preston grew up two miles west of Carnegie, Oklahoma and attended school at Riverside Indian School at Anadarko, Oklahoma. Preston is active in his culture and enjoys pow-wows and visiting his many friends.

2002 - Gerald (Jerry) Lewis - Prairie Band Potawatomi

My name is Gerald (Jerry) Lewis. I am married to Vernona Lewis. My birthday is July 21, 1937 and I am sixty-five years old. I have lived around Mayetta most of my life. I am Prairie Band Potawatomi. I was born and raised on Jim & Gladys McKinney�s farm west of Holton known as Poker City. I went to school at Marty, South Dakota for five years and finished my education at Manhattan where we lived from 1940 to 1974 at which time we moved to Topeka. I worked in the Manhattan area for 22 years at the salvage yard A-2 Auto Parts and I went to work for Santa Fe in 1977 and worked for them for 23 years and am now on medical retirement. We then moved back to Mayetta where we have lived for the past several years. My hobbies are driving racecars and building them. I love all kinds of sports. I was in the pow-wow circuit from 1987 through 2000. I then turned the pow-wow over to Dewey Jesseppe. My sister bought my way into gourd dancing which I have danced with the Ponca, the Kiowa, the Apache, and Otoe and Missouri tribes down in Ponca City, Oklahoma. I would like to thank the Shawnee County Allied Tribe for honoring me at this time.

2002 - Marvin McKinney - Prairie Band Potawatomi

Marvin McKinney was born on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, Mayetta, Kansas, in 1938. He is one of 12 children of Jim and Gladys McKinney. Marvin served as a Corporal in the Motor Pool of the Kansas National Guard beginning in 1955. In 1956 he was transferred to the 66th Regiment of Military Police at Ft. Gordon, Georgia, where he served for two years. He worked for Wilbert Burial Vault Company of Kansas City, Missouri, for 28 years and is now retired. Some of his favorite activities have been auto racing, fishing and hunting. He loves to go to pow wows and has served as mc, head man dancer, head gourd dancer, and raffle chairman. He is known as a "World Champion Hoop Dancer" keeping everyone in stitches with his famous "hoop call" in the dance arenas. He was chairman of the Jackson County Pow Wow for six years.

2003 - Hildrith Crith - Kickapoo

Hildrith Shipshee Crith was born and raised on the Kickapoo of Kansas Reservation, located in Brown County, Kansas, in February 1923. She attended Green Valley Grade School located on the Reservation and graduated from Powhattan High School in May 1942. Hildrith also graduated from Haskell College in 1972 and graduated from Washburn University in 1977. Hildrith worked at Topeka State Hospital for 36 years - starting in December of 1949 and retiring in March of 1985. Hildrith also worked several years at the I Care Alcohol Program. Hildrith is the oldest of 5 siblings and has 1 sister living who is the youngest of the 5 siblings. Hildrith has 1 son, 2 step-children, 2 granddaughters and 5 great-grandchildren. Hildrith says she has many nieces and nephews who have children of their own. All the children of her extended families call her "Grandma" and Hildrith says this "makes my day". Hildrith told us she likes camping, fishing, traveling, sewing, knitting and some bead work. Her hobby is collecting Indian ceramic salt and pepper shakers, and ceramic cow creamers. She manages to keep busy around her own home. Her husband, Juan, and she have been married for 41 years.

2003 - Cy Ahtone - Kiowa

Cy Ahtone is a Kiowa from Wichita, Kansas. He was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma. Cy and his wife Sharon have five grandchildren, two daughters and two sons. Cy stated he was introduced to the Pow Wow life at a very early age. He said he has only been singing for 35 plus years and has a lot more to learn. He is very knowledgeable of the Kiowa Gourd Clan songs, Kiowa War Mother songs, and Kiowa Veteran songs. Three people who have been very influential in Cy's life are Taft Hainta, the leader of the Kiowa Gourd Clan, who took the time to teach him the ways of the Ground Clan; Bill Kauhaity, a renowned Head Singer who taught him many of the Kiowa songs and his Uncle Bill Koomsa, Jr., who was a Champion Dancer in his younger days and is also a renowned singer. All these men share the meaning of being Kiowa with Cy by example, they live the life. Cy "walks his talk".

2004 - Joy Yoshida - Prairie Band Potawatomi

Joy Yoshida writes: "I am Sagi Quah (Joy Yoshida), a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. I was born on the reservation in 1934, the eldest of 8 children. I lived in Chicago for approximately 40 years. I married Giichi and was widowed in 1993. We have 3 children; 2 sons, Mark and Kenneth, and 1 daughter, Michelle and 1 grandson, Malakai. I moved home to the reservation in 1996 and graduated from Washburn University with an Associate Degree as a Legal Assistant in 1999. I worked at Sen Wigwam and later at the Gift Shop from 1997 and retired in 2004. I enjoy sewing, beading, working in the yard, traveling (but not driving), and my grandson Nsowakwit. I try to accomplish 1 thing a day and am currently taking Potawatomi Language classes. I am Secretary of the Elder Advisory Board and serve as an alternate on the Election Board. I consider the upcoming event to be a great honor."

2004 - Tim Tieyah - Comanche

Tim Tieyah was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, and is currently living in Topeka, Kansas. He learned the customs of the Comanche People directly from his Grandfather, Tim Tieyah. Tim's Grandfather was a Peyote man and that is Tim's religion also. All his uncles were singers, that is how he got his start at the drum. Tim teaches and encourages others to sing at drum. He was instrumental in getting the Standing Bear Drum of the Standing Bear Gourd Society of Kansas started. He has continued to provide guidance for this group. Tim has served as MC in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona. He travels approximately 20,000 miles a year to many pow wows either singing or as MC. Tim is a member of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association and also Oklahoma Inter-Tribal War Dance Association. Tim is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. Tim has taught martial arts at the Topeka downtown YMCA for the past several years. He holds the rank of 8th degree black belt. He began his study in February of 1959.

2005 - Georgia Perry - Kootenai/Prairie Band Potawatomi

Georgia A. Perry, daughter of George O'Bennick and Mary Vallee was born in St. Ignatius, Montana on March 14, 1933. She is a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Nation and the Prairie Band Potawatomi People. Georgia married David H. Perry on June 21, 1966 and was happily married until his death in February 2002. During her life Mrs. Perry worked for American Yearbook and Luce Press Clipping until she became co-owner of Perry's Tree Service in 1966. During this time Georgia raised two children; Jeannie Marie (36) and David Joshua (27). She has 6 grandchildren, the youngest being 10 months old. Georgia enjoys many traditional activities including beading, cooking, and designing regalia. She is also an important part of Jean's foster home where she teaches the children traditional values and a respect for their Native cultures.

2005 - Virgil Yeahquo - Kiowa

Virgil is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. This Air Force Veteran served as a Prison Chaplain at Lansing Prison for many years before retirement. He has been the minister for Lawrence United Methodist Church, Sullivan Chapel in Topeka, Kobeah Chapel in Horton, and All Tribes Methodist Church of Kansas City, among others. He continues to serve in the ministry, active in Indian affairs, and is a retired Elder of the United Methodist Church Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Lawrence, Kansas.

2006 - Hildred Vilander (Chiidiini)- Prairie Band Potawatomi

Hildred Lister Vilander grew up at Dover, Kansas. She is Prairie Band Potawatomi. Hildred and her husband, Gerold, were married in December of 1951. They have 4 children: Dambra and her husband, Bob Callahan, of Fairbanks, Alaska; Debbie and her husband, Sid Stevens, of Odessa, Texas; Kenny and his wife, Donna Vilander; and Randy and his wife, Marianne Vilander, all of Topeka, Kansas. They have eleven grandchildren and two great grandsons. Hildred worked 26 years at the Gas Service Company and 11 years at KPL/Westar retiring as a crew dispatcher. Hildred served as the International President of the PBX/Telecommunicators in 1983-1984. She is a past "Member of the Year" for the Business and Professional Women of Topeka. She won several speech contests while a member of the Toastmistress Organization. She worked 30 plus years in the pre-school area of her church, First Southern Baptist of Topeka. She has been the President of the Shawnee County Allied Tribes. Hildred enjoys traveling. She attends Pow Wows and Native American Art Shows every year. She enjoys silver-smithing, collecting Native American Art, cooking, her family and many friends. Hildred encourages us all to celebrate the Pow Wow. She says, "We are a first-class style of people that want our great culture and traditions to be seen and shared. Come travel the Red Road with us." "I Thank-you for this honor of being selected as the Shawnee County Allied Tribes Honored Elder for the year 2006."

2006 - Mike Ballard - Cherokee

Mike was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, graduating from Topeka High School in 1957. After high school he attended Kansas State University, Missouri Valley College, and the University of Wisconsin. He received a BA in Human Relations and MSW in Social Work. Mike spent 24 years with the Boy Scouts of America. He later became a Teaching Parent for Community Youth Homes of Topeka, and worked 15 years as Director of Social Services with The Salvation Army of Topeka, retiring in 2004. He is grateful to Amos Owen of Prairie Island for guiding him back to his roots. Mike served two terms as President of the Mahkato Wacipi in Mankato, Minnesota, in which he is still active. In the early 90’s at the request of Ron Acuna of Shawnee County Allied Tribes, he brought back the Allied Tribes Pow Wow, now known as the Lake Shawnee Traditional Pow Wow and for the past 15 years has served as Chairman, Co-Chairman, Concessions Chairman and Vice-Chairman of this annual Celebration of Life. He thanks all those persons who have helped and guided him with the Mahkato Wacipi, Lake Shawnee Traditional Pow Wow. Mike is also a member of the Standing Bear Intertribal Brotherhood and sings with the drum. serves as a Unit Commissioner for the Jayhawk Area Council – Boy Scouts of America. He is a volunteer on the Community Committee of Community Action and is past Chairman of the Shawnee County Drug and Alcohol Council. In May 2006 Mike was the recipient of the Northeast Kansas Jefferson Award in the Community Enrichment category. Mike and his wife, Conchita, have two children and three grandchildren. Mike thanks Shawnee County Allied Tribes for this honor.

2007 - Carole Botone Willis - Kiowa

Carole Botone Willis is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma She was raised by grandparents due to early loss of parents. Her grandfather was Methodist pastor. Mrs. Willis was instilled with a strong work and education ethic. She is happily married to Henry J. Willis for over 50 yrs and was blessed with 3 sons and 4 daughters. 3 granddaughters, 10 grandsons, five great granddaughters and one great grandson. Mrs. Willis is graduate of Chilocco Indian School 1949. She attended Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma City University on scholarships and is a Graduate of East Central University of Oklahoma - 1976 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She was employed with the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 20 years as the Administrator for Indian Student Programs. Mrs. Willis has received 11 Oklahoma City public school commendations, 5 Oklahoma State Department of Education commendations, 2 National honors from the Department of Education in Washington D.C., the Indian Education Showcase Program 1988 and National Advisory Council on Indian Education Exemplary Program; as well as the Outstanding Oklahoma Educator of the Year 1991-92, the Oklahoma Education and Cultural Association for Youth "Leader of Tomorrow" Honoree 1999, and she was named Outstanding Contributor, State of Oklahoma 75th Anniversary 1982. Mrs. Willis is an active member of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC). She has served as an officer of all levels in the conference. Her work in the church has extended to the OIMC churches in the Kansas area. In the past several years she has provided Kiowa Language hymn classes and Kiowa Cultural programs for the Lawrence Indian UMC � Lawrence KS, Sullivan Chapel UMC-Topeka KS, and the UMC Kahbeah Fellowship on the Kickapoo reservation near Horton KS. She has received the Church Women United Woman of the year 1989, Angie Smith Memorial United Methodist Church Elder of year 1999, Special Mission Recognition 2004, and the Women's Division Global Board of Global Missions recognition 2005. Mrs. Willis is bi-lingual and currently teaches the Kiowa language, culture and history at the University of Oklahoma and as well as being actively involved in her church, Angie Smith UMC.

2007 - Don & Bobbie Anderson

Don Anderson grew up in southern Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a B.S. Degree, and attended Phillips University Seminary where he earned a graduate degree in New Testament Theology. Bobbie Anderson has a BA Degree from Phillips University and a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. It was at Phillips where Don and Bobbie met and were married. They moved to Kansas and eventually became parents of two wonderful children. Don served as a minister in churches in Kansas City, Junction City, Ogden, LaCygne, New Lancaster, and Topeka. He retired from the active ministry in 2003. He is currently involved in the following activities: * Shawnee County Allied Tribes * Standing Bear Inter-Tribal Brotherhood * Committee on Native American Ministry of the United Methodist Church * International Center of Topeka * Interfaith of Topeka * Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. The local church and its mission activities have always been a priority for Bobbie. As an outgrowth of that commitment, she has worked in the field of literacy, adult education and international education: currently serving on the faculty of Washburn University with the Intensive English Program and a trainer of tutors with the Topeka Literacy Council. At present, she is secretary of the Committee on Native American Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

2008 - Theodore, "Ted", Ensley

Theodore D. Ensley was elected Shawnee County Commissioner in 1996 and re-elected in 2000 and 2004. served as Secretary of Kansas Parks and Wildlife and served as the Director of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation for 31 years. He served as General Manager of the Kansas Expocentre and Vice Chairman for the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission. Mr. Ensley is past President of the Kansas Association of Counties. He is a member of the Arab Temple, serves as a Board Member of the YMCA, serves on the Advisory Boards of CASA and the Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center. Mr. Ensley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Third Judicial District Community Planning Team for Juvenile Justice Reform. Ted Ensley made it possible for the Pow Wow to be held at Lake Shawnee 18 years ago and has been a supporter of the Pow Wow ever since.

2008 - Connie Ballard - Cherokee

Connie has been a member of Shawnee County Allied Tribes for 20+ years and, with her husband Mike, was co-chair of the Pow Wow the first two years. Connie is past secretary for the Indian Parent Committee for the 501 School District and was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader and a Cub Scout Day Camp Director.

2009 - Lee (Kiowa) & Liz (Lakota) TwoHatchett

Lee Two-Hatchet (Goodl Haw, meaning Red Paint) is of the Kiowa and Papago Tribes. He is a member of the Gourd Clan and the Blackleggings Society of the Kiowa Tribe. His great-grandfather, Pahdongkei, was a member of the Keitsenko �Ten Bravest� Warrior Society of the Kiowa. Liz is now retired after 32 years with the Federal Farm Credit System. She enjoyed her job as an Employee Benefits Administrator which involved traveling and working with employees based in the states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Lee served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1972, stationed in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea. After leaving the military, his working career included Mid-America All Indian Center in Wichita, the KU Medical School Wichita Branch and the USD 259 as an Indian Guidance Counselor. Lee married his wife Liz (Oglala Lakota) in 1981. In 1984 they were blessed with twin daughters, Leah (Tau-ankia Mah meaning Sitting in the Saddle Woman) and Maria (Ah-Sung Mah meaning Noisy Woman). The family has a very strong belief in their culture and way of life and sees a need to help non-Indians be aware that we are not just a song and dance people.

2009 - Floyd (Cha-Ga-Be) & Sarah (Slocum) LaClair

Floyd is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He was born in Manhattan, Kansas then moved to Topeka. He graduated Topeka High School and Indian Industrial School in Kansas City, Missouri, as a diesel mechanic. He retired from working at School District #501 Topeka a few years ago. He and Sarah have been married 28 years. He was a Shawnee County Allied Tribes Board Member back in the 1990's and was the first Co-Chairman of the Native American Indian Education Day now in its 17th year. He was one of the founders of the Shawnee County Allied Tribes Traditional Pow Wow at Lake Shawnee 19 years ago. He is a singer with Soldier Valley Singers and well versed in Northern and Southern traditions. Floyd has served as an arena director and Pow Wow judge. He is a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), Board Member-Hillcrest NIA, and is involved with the National Museum of the American Indian. He and Sarah believe that volunteering is honoring our past and embracing our future. He enjoys working with youth and pow wow�s and loves cookouts and boating. Sarah was born in Holton, Kansas and raised in Soldier and on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation. She is a graduate of Jackson Heights High School, and an alumnus of Washburn University and Kansas University. She has served with Shawnee County Allied Tribes as Chairperson of the Education Committee and was the first Chairperson of the Native American Education Day held on Friday morning of the Pow Wow. Her many volunteer activities have included: Indian Education parent Committee School District #501, pow wow judge, preschool teacher #501 Native American Summer Program, Community Board Member of NIA and Advisory Board to the mayor, Weed and Seed Committee, Kansas Indian Education Association, Multicultural Diversity groups at Washburn and Kansas University, Fraternal Order of Eagles, VA Hospital. Sarah enjoys pow wows and teaching beading, basketry, and regalia making.

2010 - Portia & Frank (Shog-Way) Shopteese

Frank Shopteese, who is a full blood Potawatomi, and Portia Shopteese, were married 47 years last August (2010). Frank (Shog-Way) was born on the Prairie Band Reservation. The son of Simon Shopteese (Pam-Bo-GA) & Lucy LaClair (Mon-Da-Glo). He attended several Indian schools before he signed up for the Army at age 17. Frank was a Combat Medic during the Korean Conflict with the 5th Regimental Combat Team. Portia, the daughter of Robert W. Domme & Esther Marie Wagner, was born in Topeka and graduated from Hayden High School. She also attended 2 years at Washburn. The Shopteeses were blessed with three children. Two survive, Sandra Shopteese (Pin-Na-To-Qua) and Angel Shopteese (Wab-No-Qua). Portia served as President of Allied Tribes for several years, and worked on many committee and community programs. All the Shopteese family members have volunteered and helped with Native activities on and off the Prairie Band Reservation. As long-time members of Standing Bear Intertribal Warrior Society, they are a part of many programs that are educational, healing, as well as interesting to those who attend. Frank also drums and sings with this group. After their retirement, they moved to the Prairie Band Reservation along with both their daughters and grandson. Their family is close, and encourage each other to be the best they can be. Their grandson, Chaz Shopteese (Scota-Mask-Mynaw) attends Royal Valley High School in Hoyt, near the reservation. Portia is a member of a ladies group called Red Feather Circle. The ladies share with one another as well as others the Native skills and customs that they know, hoping to pass them on to generations to come. Red Feather Circle has provided for many years school supplies for 50 grade school Native children on the Iowa and Sac & Fox reservations. Red Feather ladies also provide shawls and regalia to children and young adults where it is needed. The Shopteeses enjoy traveling in their motor home and experiencing this great vast country of ours, but are always happy to return to their roots and home, where Frank is breaking in his new fishing equipment, and Portia enjoys beading, basket making, sewing, and reading. Both Frank & Portia are thankful for their family and many friends.

2010 - Christian & Kristine Cramer - Yuchi

Christian is also known as Sagi-Woodsi-yon or “Wooly Bear.” His Yuchi Indian name, Sagi-Woodsi-yon, came before his Courthouse name, Joseph Christian Kramer, III. He was schooled in the old Yuchi ways by his Grandfather Co-tee-ya-scan (Wilson Clinton), who was the last “true-blood Yuchi leader of the Northern House of warriors, (the Peace House).” Christian was born and reared in Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from South High School. Before entering the Service, he attended Wichita State, Friends University, and Butler County Junior College. In 1967, he enlisted in the Army as Warrant Officer Candidate, Flight School. He completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and was sent to flight school at Fort Walters, Texas and was reassigned to Engineer School at Fort Beloit, VA. He arrived in Vietnam in 1968 during the Tet offensive. The next day, he arrived at the 518th Engineer Detachment and assumed position of acting Operations NCO and Field Supervisor. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. He returned to the States in the spring of 1969. He went back to school after working almost ten years as a professional photographer, earning two degrees from Washburn University: one in Alcohol/Drug Education and Counseling and the other in Corrections. He retired after working as a Correctional counselor for 23 years for the Kansas Department of Corrections. Christian served as Shawnee County Allied Tribes Pow Wow Chairman and concession chair for eight years. Christine worked the gate all those years, as well as, serving several years as Pow Wow Princess Committee Chairperson. Christian was one of three of the founding members of Standing Bear Intertribal Brotherhood (May 1993) and was instrumental in acquiring their first drum in1995. Christian served on the board of directors for Interfaith of Topeka for over ten years and has served on various committees. He is a proud member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America. He is a past state Commander for the Department of Kansas Disabled American Veterans and has served in all line officer positions at the state and chapter levels. Christian says one of the greatest events in his life was when he entered into marriage with Christine Bottom Scott. Christine is a long-time Topekan who was born in Onaga, Kansas and lived on a farm near Havensville, Kansas for the first five years of her life. She attended Topeka Public Schools, graduating from Topeka High School in 1965. It should be noted she is a direct descendant of Edward Doty who was on the Mayflower. She is a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, an Extension Master Gardener emeritus, Area Governor for Toastmasters International and Regional Membership Chairperson for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. With their marriage in 1981 they will celebrate twenty-nine years of marriage this September. In 2006 Mr. and Mrs. Kramer were named Ambassadors for Peace by The Universal Peace Federation. They have three children; Martin Scott, James Kramer and Tiama Kramer Aschenbrenner, and five grand children. At home they have three four legged “kids”: Leita, Maxwell, and Dietrich, their three standard poodles. They are sponsoring the Sunday lunch and supper for dancers, singers, staff and concessionaires.

2011 - Andrew Mitchell (Ettwehi)

Andrew Mitchell, Ettwehi, is 84 years old and lives on the Potawatomi Reservation in his family�s homestead where he has lived his entire life with the exception of some time that he worked off reservation in construction. He is a skilled carpenter and has also worked in farming. He attended Chicocco Indian School in Oklahoma before serving in the Army during 1947 to 1952 with 2 years of service in Japan. He is the son of Joe Mitchell and Angeline Battese and the father of five children: Larry, Gary, Eddie Joe, Jackie and Andrew, Jr. He has numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Andy is a member of the Drum Religion, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and American Legion Post 410. He has been the honored veteran for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Veterans Powwow and has received an Environmental Award for his recycling efforts from the reservation EPA program. Andy�s interests include watching wrestling, gardening and dancing at powwows. He enjoys taking pictures and finding the finer things in life with his pictures. Andy and his family are honored that the Shawnee County Allied Tribes Pow Wow has chosen him to be one of the Honored Elders.

2011 - Arlene Bernice Wahwasuck

Arlene (Shipshee) Wahwasuck is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and lives on the Kickapoo Reservation in Horton, Kansas. Her husband, Francis Wahwasuck (Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas) is deceased. Arlene and her husband raised five children: Raymond, Carol, Karen, Patricia, and Caleb (deceased). She has 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Her mother, Mary Green (Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas) and father, Joe Shipshee (Prairie Band Potawatomi) are both deceased. Arlene attended high school at the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, and received her diploma in 1951. She attended St. Margaret�s School of Nursing, in Kansas City, Kansas, and received her Diploma in Nursing in 1954. Arlene continued her Collegiate Studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1976. She received her Master of Nursing in 1987 from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas. Arlene�s career included: Licensed Registered Nurse (RN), Kansas; Hospital Nurse for several general hospitals in Kansas and Nebraska; Hospital Nurse, Veterans Administration Hospital, Leavenworth, KS�1954-1969; Clinic Nurse, Indian Health Service (IHS), Holton, KS�1969-1976; Commissioned Nurse Officer, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) 1977; Public Health Nurse, Holton IHS, Holton, KS�1976-1980; Public Health Nurse, Haskell Health Center IHS, Lawrence, KS�1980-1989; Chief Nurse, Nashville Area Office IHS, Nashville, TN�1989-1993; Public Health Nurse/Nurse Consultant/Community Health Representative Coordinator, California Area Office IHS, Sacramento, CA 1993-1995; Public Health Nurse/Administrative Assistant, Holton IHS, Holton, KS 1995-1999; Nurse Director (Retired) CAPT Arlene B. Wahwasuck, USPHS Commissioned Officer, Holton, KS 1999 Awards and Honors: US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: Group Performance Citation, Commendation Medal, Unit Commendation, Achievement Medal, Isolated Hardship Service Ribbon, and Several Area Director�s Awards for Exceptional Achievement, Managerial Excellence, Outstanding Co-Worker, and many Certificates of Appreciation. Additional Commendations include: Distinguished American Indian Woman, American Indian Training Institute 1993 Alumni Fellow, Washburn University 2002 Woman of the Year, Sisterhood of Women in Roles of Leadership (SWIRL) 2002 Grand Community Champion, Kansas Department of Health and Environment 2008 Community Service: Advisory Board Memberships (Appointments): Kansas University, Department of Prevention (Member) Washburn University School of Nursing (Chairperson) Native American Cancer Education for Survivors [NACES] (Chairperson) Prairie Band Potawatomi [PBP] Education Committee (Member) PBP Social Services Advisory Committee (Member) National Cancer Institute (Director�s Community Liaison Group) Hobbies: Sewing, Reading, Travel, Bowling

2012 - Vernona Lewis

My name is Vernona Lewis, my tribe is Potowatomi and Choctaw. I have been married to Gerald Lewis for 40 years. I am 70 years old I have been an active member with Shawnee County Allied Tribes for many years and have been the cook for the Powwow for 12 wonderful years! Thank you for listening to my speech and for honoring me at the 2012 Shawnee County Allied Tribes Powwow. Thank you Vernona Lewis

2012 - Ron and Elna Acuna

Ron Acuna and Elna Acuna have both passed on now. They were an inspiration to their family and everyone that came into contact with them. Their greatest love was their family. They had a passion for preserving Indian heritage, culture, and customs. My Grandfather is Cherokee and Apache while my Grandmother is Cherokee. My Grandfather�s Indian name is "Keosequah" which means "Peacemaker". My Grandmothers Indian name is "Tsi-s-qua A-ge-lv" which means "Bird Lady". My Grandfather was chosen as an elder in 1995 by the (KANAE) Kansas Association for Native American Education. He was honored by Governor Sebilius and by many other organizations including the (BIA) The Bureau of Indian Affairs. There is a plaque and a tree in front of the Kansas State Capitol Building that has his name on it, among many others, for the human pride worldwide which is in dedication of the memory of all of the victims whose lives have been lost to hatred and bigotry. My Grandfather also received the Warriors Medal of Valor approved by the National Congress of American Indians. He took it with him to the afterlife. He helped organize and presided over (SCAT) Shawnee County Allied Tribes, while my Grandmother was their treasurer. He organized the 5th annual Kansas of Color Conference. He worked with Topeka area Indians on spiritual health and growth. He tried to preserve burial rights for Indians. He walked in "the walk for justice" for Peltier which was a 3 month long walk across the U.S. He was also involved with Indian prison inmates to better help them understand their heritage, culture, and customs. He participated in pow wows that were held at various schools, such as, Landon Middle School, for the children. Both of my Grandparents went to grade schools to teach the children about Native American culture and customs. My Grandmother helped with arranging pow wows and with arranging fundraising events for Shawnee County Allied Tribes. She also gave out information to help Indian people understand how to get on the Indian roles. My Grandfather was a gourd dancer and a storyteller for the children. Both of my Grandparents taught classes, such as, beadwork, dream catchers, mandellas, and basket weaving at Tandy's here in Topeka. My Grandmother loved to make Indian jewelry and Indian tacos. My Grandparents were truly remarkable people. Hopefully their knowledge will live on through their teachings and be taught to the next generations. Love You Always Grandfather and Grandmother, (TSI) (NI-HI) (NI-GO-HI-LV-I) (E-NI-SI) (U-LE-NY) (A-LI-SI) Dawn Acuna Beasley

2013 - Catherine (Kay) Simon


Catherine (Kay) Cooper Simon has been selected as the Honored Elder for the 2013 Shawnee County Allied Tribes Pow Wow event.  Kay (as she prefers to be called) was born on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, May 23, 1927 and is a Member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. Kay’s given Indian name is “Anwee” which she was told as a child, meant; “Small flower by the stream.”  Kay’s parents were John and Madeline Cooper. John Cooper was a trapper and farmer in Northeast Kansas. Kay has two siblings; a Brother, the late Walter Cooper, who was a longtime Member of the Shawnee County Allied Tribes and a Sister, Lucille Cooper.  Due to the unfortunate passing of Kay’s Mother, Madeline, at an early age, Kay and her siblings were all delivered to different foster parents.  Kay was ultimately raised by Joe and Maggie Aiken, caretakers of Our Lady of the Snows Church now known as the Our Lady of the Snows Potawatomi Indian Catholic Shrine.
In her early school years, Kay tells of how she used to walk or ride a horse one mile to Ke-wan-ka Day School located west Mayetta on the Potawatomi reservation; she said at times when she walked home, she was often followed by coyotes looking for an easy meal.  During Kay’s High School years, she attended and graduated from a boarding school, located in Marty, South Dakota, which was governed by Catholic Nuns; the St. Paul’s Mission Indian School. “Marty” as it was known, is where many Native American Children were sent for a formal and secondary education. On a return trip to Marty in 2001, Kay found her High School graduation picture, still hanging on the wall of one of the school rooms.
After graduation from Marty, Kay returned to Mayetta and the Topeka area where she met and married her Husband, Wayne Simon in 1946.  Together they raised their family, plus owned and operated “Simon Shoe Repair” and an adjacent neighborhood, “Friendly” tavern.  Both Kay and Wayne were avid sports and softball fans.  Together, they sponsored the first All Native American Men’s Fast pitch Softball Team located in Topeka, Kansas; where the team usually won either first or second place in local city tournaments.  In Kay’s later working career, she worked for the United Methodist Church Assisted Living Center located here in Topeka, Kansas.  
Kay’s living children reside in Topeka, three Daughters;  Francee, Debra, Shelly; a Son, Steve Simon, one son-in-law, Craig, and one daughter-in-law, Audrey.  Sadly, Kay has two deceased Sons; Robert (Bob) and Dewey.  As with all Grandmothers; Kay is so proud of her six grandchildren; John, Shane, Stephanie, Steven Lee, Josh and Colton.  Kay is equally proud of her three Great-Grandchildren;  Zola, Emma, and Elijah.
Nearly twenty-three years ago, Kay was the first Treasurer for the Shawnee County Allied Tribes organization, she worked alongside Mike Ballard, her Brother Walt and many other longtime members to help to preserve and promote the Native Culture and Heritage.  Kay recently observed she has seen a great deal of growth in the Shawnee County Allied Tribes organization and the Annual Pow Wow in which citizens of Northeast Kansas look forward to celebrate Native American song and dance.
In her spare time, Kay loves family gatherings, working on crossword puzzles, and continues to exercise regularly with Stormont Vail Medical Center class for seniors; she was even featured on a local educational station to help promote health for seniors.  Kay is known for her love of life, people and helping them, as she demonstrated when she used to serve Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to those who did not have families in the downtown Topeka area.

Igwien (Thank you in Potawtomi) to the Pow Wow Committee!

2013 - John Sr. & Betty Eteeyan

 

Bozho nikan, (hello my friend)
           
            My name is John Eteeyan Sr. I want to thank the Shawnee County Allied Tribes for honoring my wife and I of 44 years Betty Eteeyan.

            I am Prairie Band Potawatomi. I have lived all over north east Kansas in my life time. My wife is German and many other backgrounds. She grew up in the Mayetta area for most of her younger years. As well we have 3 kids, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild

            We have assisted in helping where we could in many Pow Wows. As well as with The Shawnee County Allied Tribes Pow Wow for the past 22 years.

We want to say thank you for this time that you have given us today

2014 - Roy Hale

The Shawnee County Allied Tribes, Inc. is pleased to announce that on Saturday, August 30, 2014 the Honored Elder and United States Veteran will be Roy Hale who resides on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation reservation, Mayetta, Kansas. Roy is also an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.  He graduated from Circleville High School in 1948.  Later, Roy graduated from Haskell College in Lawrence, Kansas. 

In 1951, Roy was drafted into the United States Army and became involved in the Korean conflict.  Roy became a corporal and worked for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers of Europe (Shape) and was headquartered in Paris, France.  After his service with the Army, Roy returned to Kansas and worked for the Sunflower Ordinance Army Ammunition Plant located near DeSoto, Kansas and thereafter joined the United States Air Force, where he served overseas until 1964.  After Roy’s graduation from Haskell College, he became a long time employee of the university.

Before his retirement Roy was a founder of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s Veteran Group We Ta Se, Post #410.  The We Ta Se Veterans Color Guard is noted for representing the Nation at numerous Veterans Dedications and events in the Northeast Kansas Area.  In addition, Roy was instrument in establishing a Veterans Memorial Wall at the Nation’s Prairie People’s Park, approximately five miles west of Mayetta, Kansas.  The Veterans Memorial Wall includes over 300 names of members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and who served our country distinguish.

In the past year, Roy was selected as one of the four inductees into the 2014 Holton/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.  According to The Holton Recorder newspaper article, Roy was being recognized for his contributions to promoting the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Color Guard and his past work with the military.

Roy’s parents are the late Joseph P. Hale and Jane Blandin Puckee.  His brother Lawrence “Emery” lives in the Mayetta area.  Roy tells us he is very appreciative for being selected as Honored Elder by the Shawnee County Allied Tribes organization this year.  Migwetch!

2014 - Joseph Jessepe

Joseph Jessepe is the second Honored Elder and Veteran recognized by the 2014 Shawnee County Allied Tribes Annual Pow Wow.  Joseph’s parents are the late Leroy Jessepe and Constance Magnauck. Joseph is known as “Joe” to his family and friends.  He is an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.  Joe and his wife Mary resided on the Potawatomi Reservation. 

During his education years, Joe graduated from Manhattan High School in 1967.  He entered the United States Army on June 15, 1969.  Joe served in the Viet Nam conflict in the infantry division.  The military decorations and campaign medals, Joe received are as follows; National Defense Service, Vietnam Service with Bronze Star, Vietnam with 1960 device, Marksman (M-14), l0.S. Bar, Expert (M-16), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Army Commendation, and Purple Heart.  In addition, Joe is a Veteran Member of the We ta Se, Color Guard, Post #410. 

Joe recently retired.  He worked for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation as a Community Health Representative numerous years.  His duties included working with the home bound elderly and the disabled citizens in the Potawatomi Community.

Joe is the Father of four daughters and one Son.  As with all Grandfathers; Joe is proud of his   grandchildren and one great grandchild.  During basketball season, Joe actively attends his Granddaughter’s Sydney and Sylvana college games at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas.  Joe tells us he appreciates the selection by the Shawnee County Allied Tribes.  Migwitch!