Reflections and Visions

December 12, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

Throughout the year, virtually all Native American cultures celebrate special occasions.  Sacred songs and dances are done year round to honor their people or their particular historical traditions. Events such as public feasting ceremonies are of great importance and based on social traditions that help unite tribal members. Other special occasions include the annual celebration […]

What Can You Do to Bring AMBER Alert to Your Community?

October 19, 2017
by: Jim Walters

On October 20th, 2017 attorneys, investigators, family and community members will gather in a courtroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico to hear the judge sentence a man to prison for the abduction and murder of an 11 year old Native American girl.   That case, more than any other in recent memory drew attention to the fact […]

Unnatural Disasters

September 28, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

We all are aware of natural disasters. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, etc. Things that are referred to as Acts of God that happen to us unexpectedly or maybe with some advance notice. We as a people today have early warning broadcasts or sirens that alert us to upcoming natural disaster events. Back in the […]

Protecting Our Children

September 11, 2017
by: Jim Walters

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with tribes across this nation. Traveling from tribe to tribe and speaking with community members, tribal leaders and others, I am often asked what I see as the greatest threats that expose Native children to the risks of abduction and victimization. I always tell people that […]

Much Progress Made; Much More Progress Needed

August 23, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

This past May 25th I was honored to attend National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Washington D.C. I was also honored by hosting a victim family from Indian Country. Their personal loss has given purpose and meaning to what you and I strive to do every day – keep our children safe.  I have attended […]

The Cherokee Whisperer

July 11, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

Hastings Shade was a very good friend of mine. He was a full blood Cherokee who spoke English as a second language. He taught his native language and was a very interesting and insightful man. One day as we were speaking Cherokee to each other I asked him a question about a word in our […]

Two Worlds

May 31, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

How did you spend your weekends as a kid? The norm for our family was to go to the Cherokee Stomp dance on Saturday night, then the next morning we would go to Sunday school at church. My mother was Cherokee; however, my father was not, and he was a Baptist preacher. I lived in […]

Silent Epidemic

April 25, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

Image: “Still Dancing” by Jonathan Labillois, a member of the Ljonpaintistuguj Migmaq First Nation Band in Gaspe Quebec O Si Yo, (Oh See Yo) ‘Hello’ in my mother’s language of Cherokee and welcome to this month’s blog. What if I told you there was an epidemic in Indian County? Would you believe me? Probably not unless […]

From 40,000 Feet

March 23, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

O SI YO! (Oh See Yo) ‘Hello’ in my mother’s language of Cherokee. Over the years I have flown literally hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to and from hundreds of Native American tribal lands. I remember many times flying at 40,000 feet above sea level and visualizing the land below the airplane. Sometimes it […]

Be Like the Red-Tailed Hawk

March 6, 2017
by: Ron Gurley

O Si Yo! (Oh See Yo) That is how we say Hello in my mother’s language of Cherokee. I was raised in the Cherokee way by my Cherokee mother and grandmother. Grandmother ‘Mom’ as everyone called her taught me much about our native traditions, medicines, stories, and ways of surviving. One day as Mom and […]