last AIWA meeting: July 6, 2005 Wednesday 6:30pm- 9:30pm has given us
pause to consider our present and future priorities. On a most positive
note we resolved some past issues and entertained good ideas for positive
improvement of our organization.
need to keep our eye on the ball. American Indian democracy is the most
effective and oldest in the world. Democracy is not easy or quickly accomplished.
AIWA is a group effort. I had hoped we had gotten past the time when personalities
more than issues were guiding the majority of the membership. Effective
leadership is always best by example. We lost some members due to past
politics and general discontent. We are still finding new ways to lose
members. We will attempt to resolve past misunderstandings and hurtful
talk. A very high priority, especially at this time, we need to recruit
more Indian Veterans to be a part of AIWA.
In general, we have been presenting a positive respectful image to the
community at large. Now we need to smooth out feathers and reform our
ranks. What are your thoughts?
issue: Indian Warriors Exhibit closing tribute gathering on either 10
Sept Saturday or 11 September 2005 Sunday -
Closing title: w/
An act of bidding farewell; a leave-taking.
A speech or statement made as a farewell.
Thanks to John Hood,
Dine USMC for these moving words.A closing tribute to the Veterans
is always a standing order. Theres never a farewell
we fade like the fog and keep returning.
Our memories are
like the seasons bringing freshness.
The songs stroke the feathers floating above the grass
butterflies among the flowers.
The moccasins rhythmic tap to the bellowing drums...pride clutching
of flowing hair.
Our stories etched
in our heart
I have traveled far, but not out of my heart.
Not many can only
travel with the memories
they are only lifes worthwhile.
Warrior Tradition in the U.S. Armed Forces"
Need to schedule
time of event and those interested in assisting with
coffee/tea service - cookies/cake/punch etc - Is there a plan to send
page flyer to invite interested parties to the closing ceremony?
Roy Cook: AIWA President