Friday, April 12, 2013

Ruby Roan Cordero, Chukchansi ELDER, Walks On. Chukchansi SHAMEFULLY disenrolled their Language speaker.

Ruby M. Roan Cordero died April 8, 2013, at the age of 90.
Mrs. Cordero was a lifelong resident of Coarsegold and Oakhurst.
She was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Coarsegold to Jack Roan and Emma Banjo.
Mrs. Cordero was a homemaker and an elder of the Chukchansi and Miwok nations.

She was one of the last fluent Chukchansi language speakers, and was skilled in basket weaving and beadwork.

Mrs. Cordero also enjoyed spending time with, and helping, her family and friends; teaching younger people about the traditional Indian ways, gathering, cooking, and card games at her home.

She was preceded in death by husband David Cordero.

Mrs. Cordero is survived by children Gilbert, Irene and Rita Cordero; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

We posted about Ruby :
When 87-year-old Ruby "Roan" Cordero of Oakhurst received a letter a few weeks ago stating she would be disenrolled as a member of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, she couldn't understand the piece of paper.
Cordero only speaks a little English. Her Alzheimer's Disease has pulled her mind back to an earlier time, family members say, to childhood when she still spoke in her native language -- Chukchansi Indian    OP:  Yes, that's right, the tribe is going to eliminate one who spoke the language.  One who could use the help of her tribe.


Anonymous said...

May she rest in Peace and may her ancestors come through for her people and force the right solution of the turmoil they are experiencing.

Anonymous said...

Rest your soul sister. The people have lost a great asset.

White Buffalo said...

Walk with those of our past

Sit by the fire and sing a song of sorrow and hope.

Send your messengers to our warriors dreams and visions to guide use and give us strength as we fight for our identity and place among the people.

Forgive those who now destroy the once proud people and help them to see the broken circle and the harm their actions hurt those who are here now and those who will come after.

We burn sage and sing our prayers to the creator who lives above the earth and sky, Hear your children we sing.

My your spirit be at peace.