In November 1528 "Our world was forever changed," they say.
As I met with the leaders of the Nde it was proclaimed by all that the spirits of the "Lost Ones" will finally be allowed to make the journey home. What was forever changed, will now be one again, they say.
To Dr. Jacqueline Fear-Segal the Nde will forever make mention of her name in our traditional history for finding the Lost Ones. As the days are counted to send our Lost Ones home, they say.
Among our people the life of the Lost Ones will never be known. With the discovery of the Lost Ones the people can only imagine their life.
To the family of the Lost Ones you come from the Cuélcahen Ndé (People of the Tall Grass) that extends beyond time, we offer to you a part of your life is missing . . . come sit, eat, and enjoy our company . . . they say.
With this in mind, our lives become much more richer with the knowledge that the Lost Ones have come home in our hearts and minds.
Nant’ áń Ndé Daniel Castro Romero, Jr., M.S.W. General Council Chairman Lipan Apache Band of Texas
Schedule of Events and information to share
Events: Blessing Ceremony for Jack Mather at Indian Cemetery, Carlisle Barracks
Blessing Ceremony for Richard Kasetta, Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Expected Guests, Participants and Celebrants: Daniel Romero Castro, Tribal Chair Lipan Apache, Margo Tamez, Anita Anaya, Richard Gonzalez, Rudy, Lorie and Rudy Jr. Perez, Susan Rose, Jacqueline Fear-Segal, Tess Eichelberger, Barbara Landis, George Yuda, staff and volunteers from the Cumberland County Historical Society, Dickinson College videographers and oral historians, media.
Location: Carlisle Barracks (note: Photo Id and requisite paperwork for vehicle entry through security will be necessary for any adult entering the garrison, where the cemetery and former Carlisle Indian School grounds are located)
Date/Time: Friday, May 15, 2009 Time: 3:00 PM Indian Cemetery 4:00 PM Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens
Notes Women, please cover your arms and wear long skirts/dresses. Anyone entering the Carlisle Barracks to visit the Indian cemetery will need to show photo ID in order to pass through the security. Driver's licenses, vehicle registration and insurance information will be checked. We will be visiting a working US Army base and military regulations require that we show identification and observe caution when taking photographs. Please take care not to take photos in the direction of the security canopy, security guards to the east and south of the cemetery. To streamline admission to the military base, we will gather at the parking lot of the Agway on East North street at 2:30 PM, and carpool into the garrison. The Agway is located at 520 E. North St, Carlisle PA 17013.
There will be directions to both cemeteries posted to the blog.
Separate arrangements have yet to be finalized for a blessing to memorialized Kersetta in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. The tentative date for this is Sunday, May 17th.
Daniel Castro Romero will travel to New York after these events, as an invited guest to speak at the United Nations. For insight into some of the issues the Lipan face, see the links below.