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SEPTEMBER 2010 Roots of Recovery by C.L. Lynne

Each day of the fertile growing season here in San Diego County, Jereaux Nevaquaya-Sanders is thankful for her continued heal- ing. At 56, she keeps rooted with planting, cutting and watering the variety of flowers and vegetation at husband’s Richard Sanders Gold Nugget Nursery in Vista. “I’m grateful for being allowed to take care of what God has created,” she said, referring to the five-acre property where they live. The Comanche native took care of what God created—herself, that is—with a spontaneous recovery from cancer in 2008.

Photo: C. L. Lynne

Jereaux Nevaquaya-Sanders danced at the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Mission Indian Inter-Tribal Powwow, 2009

In this issue...

1 Roots of Recovery Youth Camp

2 Economic Diversity Energy Independence

4 Homelessness in Rural Areas Barona Pow Wow Forty Years Old

5 Indian Country Broadband Funding Kiewit Sundit ...

Help Build the Airport 6 In Defense of Lobbyist

INDN’s List Opposes Comments by NY Mayor

7 Murder in Cherokee 8

Soaring Eagles

Call to Arms - Prison Industrial Complex

9 Sycuan Pow Wow

10 In Memory of Sonny Risingson Christopher Valle

Julian Apple Days Festival

11 Deidre Lee Iron Cloud 12 Pack Your Own Lunch Movement 13 Jobs for Military Vets Sycuan Tribal Police Get Funding

14 Las Vegas Uptown View 15 Reid All About It 16 Native American Events


“I became ill with symptoms of a chest cold in January, and was treated by doctors at the Indian Health Service at Rincon,” Nevaquaya-Sanders said. The res-

piratory infection was soon diag- nosed as bronchitis; and pro- gressed to pneumonia. She was given steroids and strong antibi- otics. In May, Nevaquaya-Sanders was ordered to bed rest for two weeks—unable to attend her mother’s memorial service in her hometown of Apache, Oklahoma. “The x-ray of my lungs were clear after that,” she said, “yet I was still weak and out of breath with night sweats.”

A series of blood tests merely confirmed her doctor’s suspicions. “I’m not a specialist, yet your symptoms indicate the first stages of cancer,” he said. “I believe it’s in your lungs.” “I didn’t believe what I was hearing,” Nevaquaya-Sanders said. “It was almost like a death sen- tence—a shock. You always think ‘not me.’” She began to question

her faith and asked “Lord, what have I been doing wrong?” Nevaquaya-Sanders only smoked cigarettes off and on as a young adult during a short period. She immediately called upon her eight siblings across the coun- try for positive thoughts and prayer. “We had just lost our mother,” Nevaquaya-Sanders said. “Our parents were adamant about us having a spirituality, knowing who we were in Christ.” She reached out to her Christian faith and Native Traditionalism. “I know I wasn’t going to allow it (cancer) to defeat me.” From prayer work and teepee

ceremonies offered through her siblings, to hands-on healing and prayers from her Pentacostal church, Nevaquaya-Sanders creat-

SEE Roots of Recovery, page 2 Youth Camp Celebrating Ancient Traditions by Jaclyn Bissonette

According to the 2004 US Census, Los Angeles is home to the largest Urban Indian population in the nation with 153,500 American Indian/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) and 33,000 American Indian/Alaskan Native children. With such a large concentration of American Indians, many organizations have estab- lished services for those families and individuals who are in need of assistance, ranging from social services to medical and beyond. One of those of organiza- tions in Los Angeles County that help Indian families in need is United American Indian Involvement (UAII). UAII was established in 1974, its first mission was to get Native Americans off of living on the streets and clean of drugs and alcohol. It is a non-profit organiza- tion which now offers a wide array of health and human services to American Indians and Alaskan Natives living throughout Los Angeles County. UAII has grown from a small community based organization which provided social serv-

ices to AI/ AN, living on Skid Row to a multidisciplinary comprehensive service center meeting multiple needs of Natives county and statewide.

United American Indian Involvement offers more than a dozen pro- grams to assist those in need. UAII also has a high school on-site called Central High School and an American Indian Club House for kids of all ages. The mission of The Club House is to provide serv- ices that enhance growth and well-being of

and the Young Women and Men’s Winter Camp. Both of these camps are free to kids, the Youth Summer Camp is for ages 5-12 and the Young Women and Men’s Winter Camp is for teens 13-17. Each of these camping opportunities, are made possible by an agency wide effort involv- ing dedicated staff mem- bers from the UAII Administration

Robert Sundance

American Indian youth in Los Angeles in a manner that is respectful to cultural and tribal values. The Club House offers an after- school enrichment program and week- end activities to Los Angeles area youth, ages 5-17.

One of the programs offered is the Robert Sundance Youth Summer Camp

Department, Los Angeles American Indian Health Project, Robert Sundance Family Wellness Center, Seven Generations Child and Family Counseling Services, Los Angeles

American Indian Clubhouse, Fresno American Indian Health Project, and the Bakersfield American Indian Health Project. Also, volunteers from the com- munity, and past campers and their fami-

SEE Youth Camp, page 2

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