18 Dec 2017

Honoring Our Elders

Honoring Our Elders

Author: Wings  /  Categories: Campus, Wings  / 

For the third year in a row, Heritage University recognized Native American Heritage Month by honoring Yakama Nation elders for their significant lifetime contributions to the community. This year’s honorees are:

Max Corpuz Jr., a US Marine Corps veteran and retired wildlands firefighter who helped to form the Yakama Warriors Veterans’ Association.

Gerry Lewis spent 20 years working to help revitalize declining salmon species before becoming a tribal councilman who helped to repatriate The Ancient One.

Agness Tulee, a cultural preservationist who helped amass a collection of images and artifacts for the Yakama Nation Cultural Center, and who serves as a translator for the Yakama General Council meetings, translating English into Ichishkin, dialect Mamachat.

Stella and Archie Washines, who together have cared for the people and resources of the Yakama Nation. Stella spent 24 years working with the Nation’s drug and alcohol program and another 12 years as a tribal councilwoman. Archie has worked for 50 years and counting to protect the Yakama Nation forests.

The five individuals were recognized during an awards brunch celebration on November 1. Each was featured in a series of ads that ran in the Yakama Nation Review during the month of November.

“It is our hope that others in our community, particularly our young people, will see these ads and not only appreciate our elders for all that they have done and continue to do for us but be inspired to use their own gifts and talents to benefit their communities as well,” said Maxine Janis, Heritage University’s president’s liaison for Native American affairs.


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