Newsletter November 15, 2009

2009 Annual Meeting

This year’s annual meet­ing as held on June 13, 2009. The meet­ing was called to order by Chair­man Lanay B. Creech I at 11:45 A.M. An open­ing Prayer was offered by Clyde W. Creech Jr. Ros­marie De Boer was appointed Sec­re­tary for the Meet­ing. Atten­dance was taken; Alan Coates, Deb­o­rah Gravett and Pete Kingston were absent. Present at the meet­ing were Lanay B Creech, Ros­marie De Boer, Ivan Kingston, Randy Coates, Char­lotte Sim­mons, David Creech, For­est Hynek, Clyde Creech Jr., Tammy Bird and Ken Sere­duk. A quo­rum was declared.

Lanay read the min­utes, T. Wayne Har­ris made a motion to accept the min­utes as read, Randy Coates sec­onded the motion and the motion was passed. The Trea­surer read the Finan­cial Report and T Wayne Har­ris made a motion to accept the report as read and Deb Bor­jas sec­onded the motion. The Motion passed.

Old Busi­ness

The Fed­eral Recog­ni­tion Process and Tech­ni­cal Assis­tance Let­ter was dis­cussed. We have our records mostly in shape. When we have a TA inspec­tion we must have the “form 20″ signed and in each mem­bers file, as requested by the BIA. The Fed­eral Recog­ni­tion Com­mit­tee con­sists of Lanay B. Creech I, T. Wayne Har­ris, Deb Bor­jas, Rosie De Boer, Gwen Klinger, Chris Klinger. New mem­bers are Andrew Gilder­sleeve, and Trish Shields. Andrew Gilder­sleeve does legal research and stud­ies Indian Law, he was appointed to the Board.

The need for doc­u­men­ta­tion of the time period 1900 – 1960 was dis­cussed, high­light­ing the fact that we need one doc­u­ment from each decade start­ing from 1900 thru 1960. Ide­ally this would be from a third party, and them refer­ring to us as a Delaware Indian per­son or group. For exam­ple, pic­tures or arti­cles from newspapers.

New Busi­ness

Some of the new busi­ness dis­cussed was that Chair­man Lanay B. Creech I was tired of bick­er­ing and fight­ing among the mem­bers. The chair­man stated “It will quit or I will walk away.” There was a dis­cus­sion about the fact that we do not have everyone’s “form 20″, includ­ing one large group that is lack­ing their minor chil­dren. Please remem­ber to send in form 20!

New mem­bers Andrew Gilder­sleeve and Patrica Shields were wel­comed to our orga­ni­za­tion; they are mem­bers of the Watches side of the fam­ily. After a dis­cus­sion, a con­sen­sus was reached to change the Annual Gath­er­ing meet­ing from the 2nd Sat­ur­day in June to the 4th Sat­ur­day of June each year. This change was made to accom­mo­date mem­bers who have chil­dren still in school dur­ing the 2nd week of June. The next Annual Gath­er­ing meet­ing will be on June 26th, 2010, at the Park in Ontario, and will be a potluck lunch. Get your favorite recipe out and ready to share. Lanay Creech made a motion to adjourn, which was sec­onded by T. Wayne Har­ris. After the meet­ing flow­ers and a cer­tifi­cate were pre­sented to Char­lotte Sim­mons for being the Out­stand­ing Tribal Woman of the Year for the Year, 2008. A Golden Eagle Feather was pre­sented to Clyde Creech Sr. as the Cer­e­mo­nial Chief of the Tribe.

Okla­homa Indian Sum­mer Festival

Our Chair­man, Lanay B. Creech I, attended the 22nd Annual Okla­homa Indian Sum­mer Fes­ti­val in Bartlesville, Okla­homa. Bartlesville is the tribal head­quar­ters for the recently re-recognized Delaware Tribe of Indi­ans whose ances­tors were forced off of the Kansas reser­va­tion in 1867.

Attend­ing the Indian Sum­mer Fes­ti­val with Chair­man Creech were his wife Judy Creech, tribal mem­bers Cris and Gwen Klinger and Gwen’s Sis­ter Brenda. The fes­ti­val was very well orga­nized and at the inter-tribal pow­wow our group had the oppor­tu­nity to visit with var­i­ous tribal mem­bers from the Delawares of Okla­homa, Chero­kee Nation, Pawnee Nation and the Osage Nation. Addi­tion­ally at the event, more than 30 Native Amer­i­can Indian Artists were selected for a juried art com­pe­ti­tion. Sculp­ture, paint­ings, cloth­ing, gourd art, pot­tery, wood sculp­ture, bas­ket weav­ing, sil­ver work, bead work, and leather goods were some of the items avail­able too see and pur­chase. Var­i­ous inter­ac­tive tra­di­tional craft mak­ing and cul­tural demon­stra­tions show­cas­ing these artis­tic tal­ents were held both days. Another high­light of the event was a 50 mem­ber Chero­kee National Children’s Choir that sang songs in Chero­kee. We were blessed with some beau­ti­ful fall like weather for the fes­ti­val which helped bring out a tremen­dous turnout for the event.

The Color Guard Unit for the Grand Entry each evening of the event was the Lenape Color Guard from the Delaware Tribe of Indi­ans.

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We thought it was very gra­cious and an honor that the Lenape Color Guard took time after the grand entry to pose with our Chair­man, Lanay Creech. The Lenape Color Guard brings much Lenape honor and tra­di­tion to the Grand Entry of each event that they attend.

The Lenape Color Guard are pic­tured pos­ing with Chair­man Creech, and are (from left to right) Kenny Brown, David Inda, Homer Scott Jr. and John W. Sumpter.

There are more inter­est­ing pho­tos at the Okla­homa Indian Sum­mer Fes­ti­val web­site. (http://www.okindiansummer.org/?page=photos)

1959 — 2009 Frank Scaramuzzi

Frank Scara­muzzi, son of Fran­cis Scara­muzzi, died in unfor­tu­nate cir­cum­stances some time in mid-July. Fran­cis Scara­muzzi is the sis­ter of Priscilla Ruth Thayer, mother of our Chair­man, Lanay B. Creech I. Frank is Chair­man Creech’s first cousin. Chair­man Creech drove up from Okla­homa, and stayed with his fam­ily in Baker City through the services.

Frank Scaramuzzi enjoying a Lucky Lager

Frank Scara­muzzi enjoy­ing a Lucky Lager

The memo­r­ial for Frank Scara­muzzi was held on August 15th, 2009 in the Elgin City Park from 5:00 to 8:00 in the evening. Arrange­ments were under the care of Love­land Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Wheel built by Frank & Lanay

Wheel built by Frank & Lanay

Please join us in extend­ing our con­do­lences to Chair­man Creech and his family.

Wel­come Kas­tle Xaiden De La Fuente

A new Delaware was born on June 17, 2009 to Nina Wona­cott and Ruben De La Fuente, of Boise, Idaho. His name is Kas­tle Xaiden De La Fuente, and weighed in at 7 lbs and 17 3/4”.

Kastle Xaiden De La Fuente

Kas­tle Xaiden De La Fuente

Wel­come Kas­tle, and con­grat­u­la­tions to Nina, Ruben and his big sis­ter Sonnet!

Sonnet, Nina & Kas­tle

Son­net, Nina & Kastle

DOI Col­lege Schol­ar­ship Fund Ben­e­fit Sale

Ros­marie De Boer held a garage and bake sale ben­e­fit­ing the DOI Col­lege Schol­ar­ship Fund at her home in Merid­ian, Idaho this August. The three day event was the “First Annual” sale, as she plans to make it an annual happening.

Many vol­un­teers helped make the event a suc­cess. Jan and Paul De Boer helped set the sale up each day, and Jan manned the grill for the two dol­lar hot dog and a drink combo. Char­lotte Sim­mons, Deb­o­rah and Dion Gravett, Priscilla Thayer, For­est Hynek, Ivan Kingston, and Ros­marie De Boer worked the sales floor. They col­lected $184.04 over the 3 day sale.

The sale fea­tured many tools, house­hold items, toys and art­work donated by Chuck Creech, Clyde and Lisa Creech, Dion and Deb­o­rah Gravett, For­est Hynek, Ivan Kingston, Jan and Ros­marie De Boer, Linda Hol­land and Ron and Lou Mil­liken, to name just a few. Thank you all.

As a reminder, we will gladly accept your dona­tions year round, we are a 501©3 non profit cor­po­ra­tion, and all dona­tions are tax deductible.

More infor­ma­tion will soon be released about the require­ments for and how to apply for this schol­ar­ship for the spring 2010 school semes­ter on our web­site, thedelawaresofidaho.org.

Why you must sign & return Form 20 to belong to the DOI

The excerpt below explains why you must sign con­sent form (DOI form 20) to belong to the Delawares of Idaho. It is taken from the Fed­eral Reg­is­ter / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Fri­day, May 23, 2008 / Notices on the first page, third col­umn under Guid­ance and Direc­tion 1. Emer­gence of Splin­ter Groups no. (3) and refers to con­sent forms to be signed by each indi­vid­ual stat­ing that he or she vol­un­tar­ily wishes to belong to the group, i.e. here the Delawares of Idaho.

This pro­vi­sion has been the rea­son we now have our present appli­ca­tions with the state­ment a mem­ber desires and intends to be a mem­ber of the Delawares of Idaho. This also gives other direc­tions we need in our fed­eral recog­ni­tion process that is being followed.

Guid­ance and Direction

I. Emer­gence of Splin­ter Groups

A. Splin­ter Groups That Arise After a Peti­tioner Sub­mits a Let­ter of Intent and Before the Depart­ment Deter­mines the Group Is ‘‘Ready, Wait­ing for Active Consideration.’’

Con­flicts within a peti­tion­ing group that result in mul­ti­ple and con­flict­ing claims to lead­er­ship ham­per the abil­ity of OFA to com­mu­ni­cate and con­duct its busi­ness with the group when OFA can­not iden­tify a sin­gle gov­ern­ing body as the point of con­tact with the group.

OFA should deal with the des­ig­nated lead­ers of the group as a whole, not the group’s var­i­ous mem­bers, and should con­tinue to avoid becom­ing involved in the inter­nal con­flicts of a peti­tion­ing group. Dis­putes are mat­ters that must be han­dled by the group. When OFA finds that con­flict­ing claims to lead­er­ship inter­fere with its abil­ity to con­duct its busi­ness with the group, OFA should not devote its exper­tise and resources to the group’s petition.

In order to be able to work with the one duly autho­rized gov­ern­ing body of a peti­tioner when these lead­er­ship dis­putes occur, OFA may request the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion from the group:

(1) The cur­rent gov­ern­ing doc­u­ment, and all past gov­ern­ing documents;

(2) The cur­rent mem­ber­ship list that is cer­ti­fied as accu­rate as of a spe­cific date, and all past mem­ber­ship lists;

(3) Com­pleted con­sent forms from every mem­ber. A con­sent form should be signed by each indi­vid­ual and should state that he or she vol­un­tar­ily wishes to belong to the group. A par­ent should sign for his or her minor chil­dren indi­vid­u­ally or the legal guardian or rep­re­sen­ta­tive trans­act­ing for that minor child or indi­vid­ual should sign. In the lat­ter instance, the group should sub­mit a copy of the legal doc­u­ment allow­ing that representation;

(4) Copies of the all min­utes of meet­ings of the group’s gov­ern­ing body since the fil­ing of the let­ter of intent;

(5) Copies of doc­u­ments reflect­ing changes in the com­po­si­tion of the gov­ern­ing body since the fil­ing of the let­ter of intent, such as pub­lished elec­tion results, min­utes, news­pa­per arti­cles, or newslet­ters; and

(6) Any court order deter­min­ing the legit­i­mate lead­er­ship of the group.

Until this mate­r­ial is received and the lead­er­ship split is resolved, OFA should not expend time on the peti­tioner. The sub­mis­sions should be reviewed by the appro­pri­ate OFA researchers, when avail­able, rec­og­niz­ing that, under the reg­u­la­tions, the Department’s top pri­or­ity is pro­cess­ing peti­tions on active con­sid­er­a­tion, fol­lowed by those peti­tions on the ‘‘Ready, Wait­ing for Active Con­sid­er­a­tion’’ (‘‘Ready’’) list. If an OFA review of the sub­mit­ted infor­ma­tion iden­ti­fies a gov­ern­ing body agreed upon by the group’s mem­bers, then OFA may con­tact the petitioner.

Some peti­tion­ing groups attempt to resolve their dis­putes by split­ting into two or more groups, not real­iz­ing that, by doing so, nei­ther group may be able to meet the cri­te­ria. The Depart­ment does not acknowl­edge parts of an Indian tribe. There­fore, the groups should be encour­aged to work together for the long term, rec­og­niz­ing that there may be cir­cum­stances in which the sep­a­ra­tion is appro­pri­ate to reflect an actual group that might meet the reg­u­la­tory criteria.

 

1920 — 2009 Lewis Murray

Lewis Mur­ray, 89, of Ponca City, Okla­homa passed away on June 15, 2009. Arrange­ments were taken care of by the Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City, Okla­homa. Lewis was a welder, and is Gwen Clinger’s father. Please join us in extend­ing our con­do­lences to The Delawares of Idaho’s Sec­re­tary of State, Gwen Clinger, and her fam­ily. (no pic­ture available)

The DOI is on Facebook

Are you on Face­book? Now you can keep up with the tribe using these two handy links!

Click here for our pub­lic fan site, or copy and paste this link into your browser:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Delawares-of-Idaho-Inc/114805545279?ref=mf

Any­one can be a fan!

Click here for our invite only dis­cus­sion group, or copy and paste this link into your browser:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=133534412049

Check us out and request an invite!

Sub­scribe to the DOI Newslet­ter via Email

Join the green rev­o­lu­tion by sub­scrib­ing to the newslet­ter via email! Save a few trees and save us the postage!

Please visit the DOI web­site and enroll in the elec­tronic form of the newslet­ter. It will only take a few min­utes! Use the form on the web site and you will then receive a few emails to make sure we have it set up correctly!

After you fill out the form, a con­fir­ma­tion email will be sent to your email; after you read and fol­low the instruc­tion inside the email the sub­scrip­tion process will be com­plete. The newslet­ter has been one of the biggest expenses for the tribe over the years, and this is quick and eco-friendly way to help out!

Sub­scribe here:

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Amanda Keath­ley and Cory Bing­a­mon buy first home

Amanda

Amanda & Cory

This is a very excit­ing time for Deb­o­rah Gravett’s Daugh­ter, Amanda Keath­ley and Cory Bing­a­mon, who just bought their first home. The home has three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and a three car garage in a nice Kuna sub­di­vi­sion. Congratulations!

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For more infor­ma­tion and pho­tos, check out their web page:

http://amandaandcory.web.officelive.com/default.aspx

Fam­i­lies in Service

Ros­marie De Boer has sev­eral grand­chil­dren in the ser­vice of our country:

Ail­sia Bax­ter in Kuwait

Ailsia Baxter

Ail­sia Baxter

Ryan Gold­smith Afghanistan

Amber & Ryan Goldsmith

Amber & Ryan Goldsmith

Robert Guardi­ola in Iraq

Autumn & Robert Guardiola

Autumn & Robert Guardiola

Please join us in prayer for these and all of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States of Amer­ica who are now in harm’s way in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other parts of the world.

Please let us know of your fam­ily mem­bers in ser­vice, and we will post them here, so that we can all pray for them and their safe return.

We are grate­ful for the ulti­mate price of free­dom paid by those fallen.
We pray for strength and courage for the POW’s, MIA’s, those held hostage and their fam­i­lies.
We pray for the pro­tec­tion and safety of self­less relief work­ers and mis­sion­ar­ies who help those in need.
We pray for the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren and inno­cent civil­ians.
We pray for our nation and our lead­ers.
Amen

Pho­tos with the Chief

Chief Eagle Eye, Clyde W. Creech Sr. resting his eyes at the 2009 Annual Meeting

Chief Eagle Eye, Clyde W. Creech Sr. rest­ing his eyes at the 2009 Annual Meeting

A fund raiser ben­e­fit­ing DOI Col­lege Schol­ar­ship Fund was held dur­ing the annual meet­ing. $10.00 for a 5X7 and $7.50 for a 4X6 and you could get your pic­ture taken with the Chief, Clyde W. Creech Sr. Thanks to all who par­tic­i­pated, includ­ing — Lanay and Judy Creech, Bar­bara Short, Trish Shields, Andrew Gilder­sleeve, James and Dar­lene Coutts, For­est Hynek, Anna Dan­forth, and Rosie De Boer. Together they raised about $90.00 for the schol­ar­ship fund. Thanks to all!

The Alseth Fam­ily in Bolivia

The Alseth Family

The Alseth Family

Kathy Alseth, one time sec­re­tary of the Delawares of Idaho, and her fam­ily are cur­rently serv­ing with a chris­t­ian orphan­age called Casa de Amor, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. They recently opened an orphan­age for spe­cial needs chil­dren out of their home in Bolivia. Orig­i­nally they went to Bolivia plan­ning to spend six months work­ing in two dif­fer­ent orphan­ages in August of 2007. After work­ing there for the six months and falling in love with the chil­dren, they felt com­pelled to stay through 2010.

In the orphan­age, called Casa de Amor 3, they care for as many as 8 chil­dren, and many have spe­cial behav­ioral or med­ical needs. Rick and Kathy are house par­ents to these chil­dren and they endeavor to meet their needs on a con­tin­ual basis. They are assisted by a small staff and their chil­dren, who are like broth­ers and sis­ters to them.

They are cur­rently in the process of adopt­ing three of the chil­dren them­selves! You can fol­low Kathy and her fam­ily on Face­book, or on their web­site. If you would like to sup­port her fam­ily and asso­ci­ated expenses to run the orphan­age through­out the year you can do so by send­ing a tax deductible con­tri­bu­tion to:

Moun­tain Meadow Chris­t­ian Cen­ter
“Bolivia Project”
38 Robie Creek Road
Boise, ID 83716 USA

*Please put a note on your con­tri­bu­tion spec­i­fy­ing:
“Bolivia Project”

If you’d like to sup­port them through prayer please visit their PRAYER SUPPORT page on their web­site. They keep it up-to-date monthly with all of the phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual needs they encounter and face. Kathy says they can never have too much prayer support!”

The Alseth Fam­ily web­site is here:

http://www.thealsethfamily.com

1920 — 2009 Mar­garet DeBoer

Margaret DeBoer

Mar­garet De Boer

The mother-in-law of Ros­marie De Boer, Mar­garet De Boer, 89, of Nampa, passed away Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 8, 2009 at her home in Nampa Idaho. Funeral arrange­ments were under the direc­tion of the Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home, in Merid­ian, Idaho.

Mar­garet and her fam­ily immi­grated to the United States in 1959. She became a U.S. cit­i­zen in 1967. Mar­garet had 10 chil­dren, many grand­chil­dren and great grandchildren.

Please join us in extend­ing our con­do­lences to Sec­re­tary Ros­marie De Boer, and her family.

Pay your dues online

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You can now pay your dues online now via Pay­Pal with any major credit card. You will need your roll num­ber to fill out the form so that we can credit your account.

1944 — 2009 Richard Koch

Richard N. Koch, 65, of Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton passed away July 13, 2009 of a heart attack. He was pre­ceded in death by his brother, Alan Creech. He is sur­vived by his sib­lings, Lanay B Creech I, For­est Dawn Hynek, Danny Dan­ner, David Creech, Jimmy Creech, David Lowe, and Chris Allen. Please join us in extend­ing our con­do­lences to Richards fam­ily. (no pic­ture available)

Bird­ing Islands

The Name

Birding Islands

Bird­ing Islands

In the 1940s, when our tribe lived there, we called it Birdies Island. That was the name of the loca­tion that the tribe referred to as home. I was always curi­ous to visit Birdies Island because the elders sounded so attached when they spoke of this spe­cial place and the time they spent there. Occa­sion­ally, over the years, I’ve searched the inter­net in hopes of find­ing more infor­ma­tion about this place so close to the hearts of our tribe. I found no ref­er­ence to it on the inter­net. One day I asked my mother to be very spe­cific on how to get there, so I could locate it. I con­tacted the State and they helped me locate our prior home called Birdies Island.

What I found was that our Birdies Island is the same place that oth­ers now call Bird­ing Islands. They described the place to me like this. “Just north of the small com­mu­nity of New Ply­mouth, Idaho lies the unique river habi­tat area known as the Bird­ing Islands. The name depicts, to a large extent, what type of wildlife use the area. Many dif­fer­ent types of birds, both game and non-game, can be found through­out the area. For exam­ple, great blue herons and night herons, snowy egrets, mal­lards, wid­geon, Canada geese, and a vari­ety of shore birds all uti­lize the wet­lands of this area.” I can’t help but won­der if Birdies Island was our name for the place, that even­tu­ally evolved to Bird­ing Island; or was it called that already and the oral his­tory slowly altered the name.

How to Get There

Birding Islands Map

Bird­ing Islands Map

Payette River Wildlife Man­age­ment Area’s (WMA) Bird­ing Islands seg­ment is located just north­east of the town of New Ply­mouth in west cen­tral Idaho’s Payette County. Bird­ing Islands is acces­si­ble at three loca­tions; the Bird­ing Islands South access is the most pop­u­lar. To reach it, take Inter­state 84 to exit nine and travel 4.5 miles on State High­way 30 through the town of New Ply­mouth. Just past the New Ply­mouth Post Office look for the Bird­ing Island South sign. Turn east onto Idaho Street and drive 0.5 miles to Holly Avenue. Turn north and fol­low Holly Avenue 1.5 miles to NW Sec­ond Avenue. Turn east and fol­low this road 0.7 miles to Payette River WMA’s Bird­ing Islands South park­ing lot.

The BLM shared some gen­eral infor­ma­tion with me, It is near the Idaho/Oregon bor­der, scat­tered islands dot the Payette River. Large and small, wide and nar­row, these islands and nearby main­land areas pro­vide prime nest­ing habi­tat for Canada geese and other water­fowl. Rec­og­niz­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of this area to nest­ing water­fowl, the Idaho Depart­ment of Fish and Game (IDFG) pur­chased 50 acres of Payette River islands in 1960 (15 years after our tribe left the Island). Addi­tional island and main­land acreage has been acquired over the years and today, Payette River Wildlife Man­age­ment Area (WMA) totals just over 1,200 acres. Area man­age­ment focuses on water­fowl nesting/brooding habi­tat and upland game bird nesting/wintering habi­tat. These and other man­age­ment efforts ben­e­fit a host of wildlife present at Payette River WMA.

Bird­ing Islands & our Fam­ily History

(recalled by Char­lotte Simmons)

The tribe lived where it is known today to be called Bird­ing Island. We always called it Birdies Island. Our house was right next door to the water area. This is where we had jew­elry hid­den in the walls. The fam­ily brought it from Pearl Stephenson’s fam­ily up the trail, hid­den in the hem of their skirts. They hid it in the logs of the house at Birdies Island. It was a 3 room wooden framed house with a tar paper roof. We called it “The Big House”. There was a pot belly stove in the liv­ing room and a cook stove was in the kitchen. The front door was on the north side of the house and opened into the liv­ing room. There was a win­dow in the liv­ing room, a cou­ple in the kitchen and one in the bed­room. The bed­room was just big enough for a bed and a dresser. Grandpa and Grandma (Lean­der Creech and Pearl Stephen­son Creech) lived in The Big House. Every­one else in the fam­ily lived in tents and tee pees on the west side of the house. The dri­ve­way was on the East. It had a wood pile on the south. The road to the place was on the north. What is known today as the WMA refuge, would have been on the east side of our house and the river was on the west side of the house. We had a big screened in coup that was about 16’ with wire so the birds could fly around. It was about 10 feet tall. The wire was on poles with a door into it. The birds couldn’t get out until you wanted them to go out. Some­times they clipped the wings so the birds would get used to stay­ing on the place and then when the wings grew back they would fly away but always return because that is where they started from. The more that came back, the more eggs we had. But at the time we lived there it was not a refuge. Often Grandpa (Lean­der Lewis Creech) and I (Char­lotte Creech) went down along the river and gath­ered the wild eggs and hatched them out under set­ting hens that belonged to grandma and turned the birds loose on the island. The fam­ily did that all the time. The birds came back because we raised them. One day the house was burnt down. We fig­ured some­one stole the jew­elry and then burnt the house down. Gilbert, Bruce, Grandpa (Lean­der) and Grandma (Pearl), and Ruth (mama) hunted thru the ashes for days with rakes look­ing for the jew­elry or melted gold and found noth­ing. They fig­ured it must have been stolen before the house was burnt down. After the house burned down, the tribe left the area. Twenty years later, the area was pre­served as a bird refuge. I may have been born there, I don’t know for sure. I do remem­ber being only 7 or 8 at the time and recall that these are some of the tribe that were there: Lean­der and Pearl, Art and Ruth, Joan, Tom, Dale, Nina, Char­lotte, Chuck, Ray, Elsie and Al with all their kids, Alan, Jean, Bill-Clarence, and Gary, Kate, Frank, Gilbert, Bruce, Clyde, Fred and Annie, and LeRoy Hob­son. This is where Grandpa raised the twelve wild geese that he called his boys, but that’s another story.

Whether or not, it was Lean­der Creech and the Delaware descen­dants care, nur­tur­ing, and pro­tec­tion of the birds that started this refuge that so many peo­ple enjoy today; we may never know for sure. What we do know for sure is that our ances­tors, our tribe, has always been close to the land and the ani­mals. The time we lived at Birdies Island was a spe­cial time, a time we shared with the birds. It may be called Bird­ing Island now, but to the tribe it will always be Birdies Island.

(sub­mit­ted by Deb­o­rah Dewey~Gravett)

Needed — Your Old Pho­tographs & Documents

Please con­sider shar­ing old fam­ily pho­tos, bibles and doc­u­ments with the DOI. We need to col­lect fur­ther doc­u­men­ta­tion about our group’s activ­i­ties, 1860 to present day; your pic­tures and doc­u­ments can help us do that, from any time period.

We can arrange for them to be picked up from you or shipped to our office, at no cost to you. We will copy them and return them, unharmed, along with a free dig­i­tal photo CD(s) of your pic­tures for you to use as well.

All of the items we receive will go into our archives, and will be shared with all of our members.

Con­tact the tribal office for more information.

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