When Cheyennes Helped Me


Last updated 12/4/2014 at 10:22am

Wayne Leman

Wayne Leman, an Alaska Native, worked with the Cheyenne for many years. In his darkest hour, it was the Cheyenne who came to rescue him. "They were the ones with whom I felt safe. I shared my story and it was a breakthrough.

Twenty five years ago, our mission administrator told us he was requiring us to move from the Cheyenne reservation to one of our mission centers to get counseling. It was a shock to hear that but we moved. Counseling sessions were confusing. I didn't understand why we had been sent to counseling. But I did the best I could and talked about whatever I could think of might be a problem.

I talked about how my father had abused me and our mother as I was growing up. My father would beat me and bawl me out for accidents and other things I couldn't help. It was not discipline for things I di...

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