Newsletter April 2009

The Federal recognition team reviewing the B. I. A. regulations. From L to R: Cris and Gwen Klinger, Deb Bor­jas, T. Wayne Harris, and Chair­man Lanay Bruce Creech I


Attention Delaware of Idaho Tribal Members:
2009 is a critical year in our quest for Fed­eral Recog­ni­tion for the Delawares of Idaho. Last Novem­ber the Tribe received a Tech­ni­cal Assis­tance Let­ter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. This let­ter detailed areas of addi­tional infor­ma­tion that they requested to clar­ify some of the 7 points that deter­mine if a group of Native Amer­i­cans meet the Fed­eral Def­i­n­i­tion of an Indian Tribe, and to be rec­og­nized as such.

Your Fed­eral Recog­ni­tion team has been busy through the win­ter months going through the tribal his­tory on hand and research­ing any pos­si­ble addi­tional infor­ma­tion that would help the Delawares of Idaho meet the def­i­n­i­tion of a Native Amer­i­can tribe as defined by the B.I.A. The Team needs your help.

This is Crit­i­cal we need addi­tional doc­u­men­ta­tion cov­er­ing 1900 through the 1960’s decades. The infor­ma­tion needed can be pic­tures of tribal gath­er­ings, wed­dings, funer­als or any gath­er­ing that shows tribal orga­ni­za­tion. In other words, infor­ma­tion that shows a leader or Chief and fol­low­ers, and tribal mem­bers. This could be doc­u­men­ta­tion from Birdie Island or the years that mem­bers of the tribe were engaged in start­ing a mine operation.

Another area that could show tribal polit­i­cal con­trol could be the years of fol­low­ing the Fruit and Veg­etable har­vest around the Trea­sure Val­ley area and other loca­tions that you may find. The Tribe must also show evi­dence of third party recog­ni­tion that our group of Delaware Indi­ans was rec­og­nized as a Native Amer­i­can Tribe. Was the group known as a tribe prior to the 1970’s when it Incor­po­rated as the Delawares of Idaho, Inc., and if so.. What name were they known by?

This needed infor­ma­tion is very crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of get­ting Fed­eral Recog­ni­tion. We must have irrefutable doc­u­men­ta­tion for each decade from 1900 through the 1960’s. The B.I.A. has stated that we must have at least one con­firmed bit of his­tory or each decade.

With spring here and time for spring clean­ing, it’s time to go through those old boxes or files that you may have that are stored away in a closet, attic or garage and help find the his­tory that will get your tribe recognized.

If you have any ques­tions or find some his­tory, please con­tact any one of the Fed­eral Recog­ni­tion Team Mem­bers, Your Fed­eral Recog­ni­tion Team is com­prised of the fol­low­ing tribal members.

All the above infor­ma­tion is to be sent to: Chair­man Lanay B. Creech by August 15, 2009 to meet our dead­line set by the BIA.

Thanks for your help
Chair­man Creech
14905 E. Noble Rd.
Glen­coe, OK. 74032
Ph. 405 – 612-6650 or 580 – 669-2212

Vice Chair­man T. Wayne Har­ris 713 – 248-0925
Direc­tor of Mem­ber­ship Deb Bor­jas 281 – 259-0047
Sec­re­tary of State Cris Klinger 405 – 612-9799
Sec­re­tary of Com­merce Gwen Klinger 405 – 612-9799


1936 — 2009 Emil Ray Snider Sr.

Lola Smith Scholl, Chief of the West­ern Chero­kee Nation of Arkansas and Mis­souri passed away on Decem­ber 29, 2008.

10-23-2008 — 12-26-2008 Ian Eugene Noe

1974 — 2008 Katy Joe Harsch

1968 — 2008 Beckie Sue Good­e­nough (Coates) (LaFreniere)

1942 — 2008 Bil­lie Creech (Hole)

Mrs. Dar­rell W. Coates (Pamela A. Mag­gard) passed away after a long ill­ness. Our sin­cere con­do­lences to all the families.


Air Force Airman Anthony R. Creech Espinoza

Congratulations to Air Force Airman Anthony R. Creech Espinoza, who graduated from basic military training at Lack­land Air Force Base, San Anto­nio, Texas.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Joshua and Kim­berly Menges of Flo­rence, Ore­gon on the birth of their son, Jacob Rus­sell Menges.

Clyde Wes­ley Creech Sr. moves to Good Samar­i­tan Home


Tribal Members who’ve sent their signed “I want to be a Delaware” application.
If your name is not here please down­load this application pdf
(DOI Form 020) link removed
Sign it and send it to:

Lanay B. Creech, Charmian
14905 E. Noble Rd.
Glenco, OK 74032

Cameron Lee Barnett
Danny Lane Barnett
Denise Barnett
Ethan Lee Barnett
Leslie Barnett
Boudry N. Bennett
Cole H. Bennett
Gage L. Bennett
Michelle L. Bennett
Deb­o­rah G. Borjas
Brian Scott Bossen
Bri­anna Bran
Seth Bratt
Nathan Bray
Marie J. Brown
Tim­o­thy R. Brown
Bradley A. Bulldis
Bran­don J. Bulldis
Isabella Bulldis
Johna Bulldis
Maryann Bulldis
Sophia Bulldis
Sta­cie Bulldis
Jack Lloyd Coates
Jerry R. Coates
LaShon­dra J. Coates
Michael D. Coates
Randy L. Coates
Richard J. Coates
Ricky D. Coates
Ava Rose Cooper
Macie Brooke Cooper
Tara J. Cooper
James H. Coutts III
Aaron L. Creech
Adam Wes­ley Creech
Amberielle M. Creech
Andreea Laree Creech
Andrew D. Creech
Andrew J. Creech
Angelo C. Creech
Ash­lyn J. Creech
Brian A. Creech
Bri­ana Ranae Creech
Charles L. Creech
Clyde Wes­ley Creech Sr
David J. Creech
Deven N. Creech
Don­avon Lee Creech
Jalen M. Creech
Kyla M. Creech
Lanay Bruce Creech I
Lanay Bruce Creech II
Madi­son A. Creech
Makenna L. Creech
Robert A. Creech Jr.
Robert A. Creech
Sara Lee Creech
Trista L. Creech
Aimy Bran Davis
Michelle M. Davis
Jason David Denning
Wes­ley P. Denning
Gabrielle E. Fox
Andrew Gildersleeve
Patri­cia S. Hanson
T. Wayne Harris
Cyprus Haxby
Ray­mond Lloyd Haynie
Michael A. Hayter
For­est Dawn Hynek
Selena A. Jacobo
Glen­dora Jirasek
Lorile Jones
Ter­rance Anthony Jones
Thomas Edward Jones
William Jay Jones
Jonathan J. King
Alexis Mor­gan Kingston
Ivan Dean Kingston
Des­tiny Kinne
Cris Klinger
Gwen­dolynn E. Klinger
Linda R. Lang
Daniel Wade Lippert
Dianna Lynn Manning
Naomi O. McCarthy
Sasha McFarland
Kalepa Nelson
Alyssa Ontiveros
Daniel Ontiveros
Patri­cia Ontiveros
Rebekah Ontiveros
Anna M. Pascual
Ray­mond A. Pease
Nila J. Pedersen
Joshua L. Peterson
Kay­ley A. Peterson
Kira R. Peterson
Valerie L. Peterson
Zachary J. Peterson
Bran­den L. Pruett
Brandy Pruett
Bruce L. Pruett
Joseph C. Pruett
Robert A. Rosebery
Frances Scaramuzzi
Debra Schloss
Patricia Lichau Shields
Michael Adam Silence
Weslee Adam Silence
John E. Swee
Andrew Seth Taylor
Maria L. Taylor
Noah Gabriel Taylor
Bev­erly A. Thomas

Delawares of Idaho Annual Gathering

Tribal Tidbits

The Delawares of Idaho, Inc. Coun­cil Meet­ing will begin June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hol­i­day Inn located on 1249 Tapadera Ave, in Ontario, Ore­gon. We will have the meet­ing in the Lewis and Clark room just out­side the restau­rant. If you are com­ing to the Gath­er­ing, note that the Hol­i­day Inn is our host hotel. Show your Delaware card and you will get a dis­counted stay with them. They have been won­der­ful to us and we are very grate­ful that they have been so kind. This Fri­day night meet­ing is our Coun­cil meet­ing and you are wel­come to come and par­tic­i­pate. Phone for the Hotel: 877 – 410-6681.

Sat­ur­day morn­ing, we have the Gath­er­ing at the Beck’s Kiwa­nis Park (see map enclosed) at 11:00 am. Please bring a cov­ered dish, sal­ads jell-o, desserts, chips and/or cook­ies and so on. Meat and potato salad will be pro­vided by the Betty Gals. Water will be pro­vided along with paper plates and uten­sils. Bring your chair and the kids and come have an after­noon of fun. Bring your favorite bev­er­age, but no alco­holic bev­er­ages are allowed.

Many mem­bers have requested that no pets be at the Gath­er­ing. Due to their request and lia­bil­ity issues, whether leashed or unleashed, leave all pets at home.

In my quest to get all Delawares reg­is­tered and files com­plete on them, the Watches (Watc­hous) were a real prob­lem to us. We couldn’t locate where they went or what hap­pened to them. We had exhausted our search thru many states and after hit­ting brick walls we stopped. Still on my mind, I remem­bered one of the closer rel­a­tives to them was Mary Camp­bell. I called her and she remem­bered an old phone num­ber and I called and found part of the Watches fam­ily. Nicole Harper answered from Alaska! Then Trish Shields answered and all of a sud­den we had 26 new fam­ily mem­bers dis­cov­ered! It’s inter­est­ing to note that these par­tic­u­lar Watches/Fent fam­i­lies were told they were Hawai­ian and not Delaware Indian. Many emails and calls back and forth have brought us to this point today. They are now back where they belong with the Delawares of Idaho and quite proud to be Native American.

T. Wayne Har­ris, A. Gilder­sleeve, Deb Borjas


I would like to introduce you to Andrew Gilder­sleeve. He is a writer and has won many awards for his writings. He works for Sug­ars Cre­ative in Anchor­age, Alaska. It’s a com­mu­ni­ca­tion and adver­tis­ing com­pany. He also works with Indi­ans in Alaska. He is a very savvy young man and wanted to put a small piece in the Newslet­ter. He is one of our Delawares. His Great Grandmother is Cora O. Fent.

We drove to Austin, TX., to meet Andrew Gilder­sleeve and spent a few hours talk­ing with him. Below is a pic­ture of us with him. He plans to attend the June Gath­er­ing of the Delawares of Idaho along with more fam­ily mem­bers com­ing in from Alaska and var­i­ous states. So come meet your rel­a­tives and fam­ily at the Gath­er­ing of the Delawares of Idaho on June 13th at Beck’s Kiwa­nis Park in Ontario, Oregon.

See you there!

Deb Bor­jas (Spiritwolf)

From Andrew Gildersleeve –

Andrew Gildersleeve

This win­ter I had some time to read up on Delaware his­tory. I read some of the old accounts from when our ances­tors lived on the East Coast — I learned how our Lenape peo­ple lived in har­mony with the land and I read about some of the old cus­toms, like hav­ing an ani­mal helper in life.

I thought of all the peo­ple in my fam­ily who have had spe­cial con­nec­tions with ani­mals over the years. I thought about how so many of my cousins and aunts and uncles under­stand life through what they see and feel in the nat­ural world.

I was amazed in read­ing the his­tory at how many times our peo­ple were forced to move. I laughed at myself for this irra­tional dis­like of New York and New Jer­sey I had all my life and those huge pop­u­la­tion blocks out there. Since those places are the orig­i­nal home­lands of our peo­ple maybe I have a grudge left over from our ancestors!

Our Lenape oral his­tory goes back thou­sands of years. I read about how after the Ice Age our peo­ple went to the East Coast by mov­ing towards the ris­ing sun. There are even old Lenape sto­ries about Mastodons.

I also was impressed to read that our Delaware ances­tors were peace­ful peo­ple but some of the best war­riors when they were forced to fight. In the French-Indian wars Delaware women also went on the warpath.

Our grand­fa­thers were sea­soned fight­ers. When our ances­tors were forced to move west they often came with a lot of power — good weapons, live­stock and the abil­ity to speak Eng­lish. In one oral his­tory I read, an old Delaware from the 1800’s said that if he had 20 Delaware war­riors he could go any­where in North Amer­ica and no force — white or native — could take them.

This win­ter I’ve had the chance to go to a sweat lodge. It is run by Lakota peo­ple but there are peo­ple from a lot of dif­fer­ent tribes there. I’m proud to sit in the lodge as a Delaware of Idaho.

(Andrew Gildersleeve)

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