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OUR 25TH


YEAR


MULTI-CULTURAL NEWS GLOBAL NETWORK


JANUARY 2011


First American Indian Church of Los Angeles


Last month the church celebrated their 47th anniversary since the Native Americans have owned the property. Today the Hasdale family, Leo and Nellie Hasdale and their sons Norman and Arnold, care for the church along with Trustees and church families. Norman Hasdale is a deacon and Arnold Hasdale takes care of the grounds and does repairs on the aging building. The entire congregation has real passion for taking care of their beloved church. On this particular day Norman and


by Jaclyn Bissonette


The First American Indian Church of Los Angeles was built by a group of Germans in 1875. It was formerly named


1 First American Church Gift of Life


4 5 In this issue...


2 Youth Sports as Intervention 3 A Star Rises from the Ashe San Diego Senior Games


President Meets With Tribal Leaders Chancellor Constance Carroll Nominated


Sgt. Melchor Rillera, WWII; 1st Special Forces


Black In Latin America Conference


6 Friends of the First and The Forced 7 Sex Drugs and Hip Hop Georgia Prison Strike NAACP Swearing in Ceremony


8-9 Black in Latin America images Rose Bowl Parade


10 Leimert Art Walk TANF


11 Bethel AME Prison Ministry


Psychiatric Nurse Helen Norman Retires


12 SAN DAG Board Elections New Native Plant Garden


13 Entertainment/Sports Liberty Radio


14 Reid Announces New Communications Team


Super Bowl of Business


15 Rincon v. Schwarzenegger 16 USDA Class Action Suit


www.indianvoices.net I am #314


I am greeted with praise that I am alive 50 heart transplant patients are present The average life span is 20 years I study their faces and body language They are grey and they are sick


Everyone is taking their pills from their boxes I look down at my dress I am in all black just as everyone else is Are we dressed for our own funerals? Or the funerals we should have had? I speak to the ones I know They don’t sleep They don’t leave the house They are depressed


They don’t know why they have this 2nd chance at life Are we the walking dead? I feel smothered


There is no air and they are consuming it


The German Baptist Brethren Church of Los Angeles. In 1963 the Brethren sold the church to a group of non-denomina- tional Christian Native Americans in Los Angeles who were looking for a place of worship.


Arnold show me around the building. The building has withstood four major earthquakes and is a solid 4,600 square foot structure made of redwood and stuc- co and is 118 years old. The church is Victorian style architecture with a white


steeple and beautiful stained glass win- dows throughout.


“The contractor said the original


Victorian architecture on the exterior has not been compromised and the beams are historical” explained Norman. The custom made stained glass windows are beautiful. As the sunlight streams in I notice holes in the old, fragile windows. “Some of the stained glass windows are broken, they are very old. A stained glass window upstairs was blown out by the wind. This old church looks like an abandoned building but its not, the paint is peeling off on the exterior so it makes it look abandoned. The kids would tag up the side of the church and we would


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The Invitation Came 25th Anniversary of Heart Transplants Celebration


I turn to the door and run


I run through the hallways to get back to my son My heels are clicking as I pray to be stronger than them I pray to help my tribal people as Vice-Chairwoman I pray to help our children’s education as being a Warner School Board Member


I pray to honor the man that gave me his heart to live The event coordinator calls out to me I don’t look back


I drive home to the Santa Ysabel Reservation leaving the city lights behind My son is waiting for me at the window He tells me “No more doctors, Momma”


I hug him and whisper,” I live for you, my son”.


Vice Chairwoman Brandie Taylor Heart Transplant #314


Vice-Chairwoman of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Board Member of the Warner Unified School District


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