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PRESIDENT:MARYANN ROBINS-Onondaga 

 

VICE PRESIDENT  Joann McLaughlin

Her Passamaquoddy name is Nipawset (pronounced Nebawazed) which means Moon. She was born in California where her father's tribe is Karuk from Happy Camp, California near the Siskiyou Mountains. Her Great-Great Grandmother is Queen Brazille whose picture is shown at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

 

 

BOARD TREASURER:  Barbara Andrews-Christy - Munsee/Seneca (descent)

Barbara Andrews-Christy was born in Phoenixville, PA at the Valley Forge Military Hospital (Navy kid). She is a member of the Phoenixville Diversity In Action group, the American Indian Society, Bucks County Folk Song Society, the Eastern Woodland Pathways Education and Dance troupe, SpiritWing.& RedKrozBlues. Barbara is of Munsee/Seneca, English & Irish Heritage. She is a floutist, bassist, percussionist, and singer with the popular East Coast Contemporary Native American musical group, SpiritWing, which has been nominated for 6 NAMMYS. (www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com) Spirit Wing also extends themselves to teach through music and dance about the history and ways of native people. She has recently extended herself and the rest of her band to develop an alter-ego group, a Chicago style blues band, RedKrozBlues, which incorporated the Native Flute into traditional blues music. The bands have performed and taught/lectured in schools across the USA at powwows, public schools and universities, community events, government and private businesses. Barbara also sews regalia and creates beadwork in traditional Iroquois fashion. 

BOARD SECRETARY:  John Irwin

I was born in Grand Rapids MI in 1944 and spent public school years there. Since then I have lived in Ohio, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania including my present home in Pequea near Lancaster PA. Married to Cindy - 2 children & 1 grandchild. I have degrees in History, Geography, Environmental Education, and Sustainable Studies/Permaculture tract. I have taken a Permaculture Teacher's Training Course, a Permaculture Practicum, and two Permaculture Design Courses. Some of my work experience: Metropolitan Washington Coalition for Clean Air, Executive Director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, used book store owner, tennis instructor, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Junior High School, and High School Teacher. Hobbies: tennis, nutrition, gardening, tree-climbing, strength-training & green investing. Affiliations: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network, current President of Threshold Foundation (sustainable urban farming youth organization) , Lancaster Permaculture Study Group, candidate for Secretary of the Circle Legacy Center (forming), and I'm investor #37 in the Permaculture Credit Union. That's most of it. The older I get the Greener I become.

 EXEC. DIRECTOR/Art DEPT.: Barry Lee - Munsee

Lead singer with contemporary Native American band: SpiritWing, powwow MC for several events, music teacher at George's Music, inc. Also main spokesperson and singer for the Eastern Woodland Pathways dance troupe. A common sight at Native American events throughout the Middle Atlantic Region. Raised in upper Bucks County, Pa. and a US Marine Corps Viet Nam veteran.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Sandra Cianciulli - Oglala Lakota

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Sandra has been an advocate for Indian issues both nationally and interna vtionally. She has been a member of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) since 1969, serving on several committees andolunteering at convention events. Beyond her activities at NCAI, she served on a White House committee convened to prepare a report documenting the status of off-reservation Indians. The final report was delivered to President Clinton in April, 1995. She served as a member of the American Indian Advisory Committee to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) which was instrumental in developing strategies and passing resolutions, within the Party structure, to solidify Party support for tribal sovereignty and propose the formation of an American Indian Caucus. She represented the American Baptist Churches USA in the discussions on the Declarations of Indigenous Rights for both the UN and OAS, and serves as a member of the Council of Native American Ministries, a group consisting of ministry leaders from various denominations. She currently serves on the Return-To-The-Earth Committee that is pursuing a national plan to gather unidentifiable Native remains and funerary objects from institutions and private collections for respectful, traditional interment.

Kate deRiel

I have always been interested in Native American history and culture, going back to when I was a child in Massachusetts. As an adult I became a Quaker and joined the Indian Committee, which is a working group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Here I found many Friends who supported Native peoples and Indian causes. The Indian Committee began in 1795 and may be the oldest committee in the U.S. that is still meeting!  Quakers had concerns about the treatment of Native Americans beginning with the arrival of William Penn in 1682; by the 1700’s, Quakers helped the Lenni Lenape, the Iroquois, and other groups with financial and legal advice about retaining their ancestral lands.  Older Quakers left their money to the Indian Committee to help Native Americans and we now serve as a granting group which sponsors many activities requested by Native peoples in North and South America.  We only give grants to Native people themselves and not to Quaker or other organizations.  We receive about 8 to 10 applications for funding each year; in 2012-2013 we have made grants to the Piney Lenape band for a powwow at the Swedish Museum in Philadelphia; to Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru Maynard for a cultural awareness program about the Taino people: to the White Earth land Recovery Project in Ojibwe, MN; to the Winnemem Wintu for a coming of age ceremony in CA for young women; and more. In 2004, the Indian Committee also helped sponsor a historic meeting commemorating the falling in 1804 of the Treaty Elm in Philadelphia. This elm tree was the place where William Penn and Chief Tamanend of the Lenni Lenape signed a peace treaty in 1683. At the commemoration in 2004, chiefs from the New Jersey and Delaware Lenape shook hands with the chief of the Delaware (Lenni Lenape) Nation of Oklahoma for the first time.  We are currently working to support federal recognition of tribes in NJ, PA, and DE.I also became involved with the Deer Chaser Dance Troup which consisted of Native American children who traveled from South Dakota reservations every November to perform in schools in the Philadelphia area, hosting them in my home for several years.

I became aware of Circle Legacy through Sandi Cianciulli, and the Indian Committee has attended workshops sponsored by CLC.

Jess McPherson

Jess McPherson is an award winning multidisciplinary artist who's work explores ideas of personal and cultural identity, history and evolution. In 2005, Jess earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pennsylvania College of Design in Lancaster, PA.  Her work is currently being exhibited throughout North America. Jess is also a proud former Gallery Director for non-profit arts education organization, YorkArts, having coordinated more than 75 contemporary art exhibitions and helping to build community partnerships and a strong foundation for the now blossoming arts community in York, Pennsylvania. Currently, Jess devotes her time to building a stronger Mid-Atlantic Native community through work as community mentor and arts instructor for the Native American Lifelines of Baltimore Youth Culture Program in Baltimore, Maryland; as a volunteer for Virgina's Intertribal Women's Circle and as a current board member at Circle Legacy Center in Lancaster, PA. She is a native of the Lower Susquehanna.

Hannah Jacobs Keller

Hannah Jacobs Keller was born and raised in Pembroke, N.C.  She is a Lumbee Native American.  Hannah came to Pennsylvania about 40 years ago. She is married and has 2 adult daughters and have 4 granddaughters. She was employed at the Visiting Nurses of York where she worked for 19 years, retiring September,12.