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A Warrior brave enough to face the challenge

 

Last updated 1/17/2015 at 3:40pm

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Casey Church, Potawatomi,was a Sergeant E-5 in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 to 1986. He wears his military emblems with pride. His Native name is Ankwawango, which means "Hole in the Clouds."

Several years ago I attended a small United Methodist church in Michigan. I had just begun my work in Native American ministry. During that time frame I had an experience that highlighted a mindset that still prevails among many Native and non-Native leaders serving Native American people.

My mother, Mary Church, was a highly-respected elder in our community and was one of those who continued our regional tradition of making corn soup. Her soup-making skills were well known throughout the community. She showed her generosity in many ways by volunteering at numerous Native conferences,...



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