Lost Ones
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Richard Gonzales and Anita Anaya of Texas sing at the grave of Jack Mather in the Carlisle Indian Industrial School Cemetery at Carlisle Barracks.
Richard Gonzalez and Anita Anaya, performed a prayer ceremony Saturday in Carlisle to bring one of their ancestors into the oral history of the Lipan Apache Band of American Indians. They stood in the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery at Carlisle Barracks at the grave of Jack Mather, who was Anita and Richard Gonzalez's great-grandmother's first cousin, sprinkling Mather's headstone with water and soil while praying and singing. The Lipan Apache Band has considered Mather a "lost one" and did not know his whereabouts for 123 years. Mather was taken from the Lipan Apache Band in 1877 when it was attacked by Col. Ronald McKenzie's Fourth U.S. Calvary unit just south of the border between the United States and Mexico. He was sent to the Carlisle Indian Industrial school to be assimilated into a western lifestyle, and died in Carlisle as a teenager in 1888. The school operated at the barracks from 1879 to 1918. "For us, our people, it closes the circle of life," said Richard Gonzalez, who drove to Carlisle from San Antonio Texas with Anita for the ceremony. "When we first heard about this - how it touched us. We always wanted to know - what happened to them?" The Lipan Apache Band referred to Mather and Kesetta Roosevelt, his older sister who was taken from Texas with him, as lost ones for over 100 years. Then, a guest professor at Dickinson College contacted the band with Mather and Roosevelt's story. Jacqueline Fear-Segal, an American studies professor at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, was doing research for her book "The White Man's Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation" while at Dickinson in 2000 during a faculty exchange program. Later today Richard Gonzalez plans to perform a prayer ceremony at the grave of Roosevelt's son, Richard Kaseeta, in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens off the Ritner Highway at the west edge of Carlisle. They also plan to perform a ceremony at Roosevelt's grave, which is located in Lahaska in southeastern Pennsylvania. -RICK SELTZER, The Patriot-News

The Lost Ones (Hidden Histories)

by Michaela MacColl (Author)

Despite her father’s warnings that their tribe is always in danger, Casita, a twelve-year-old Lipan Apache girl, has led a relatively peaceful life with her tribe in Mexico, doing her daily chores and practicing for her upcoming Changing Woman ceremony, in which she will officially become a woman of the tribe. But the peace is shattered when the U.S. Cavalry invades and brutally slaughters her people. Casita and her younger brother survive the attack, but are taken captive and sent first to an army post and an adoptive family, and then to the Carlisle Indian School, a Pennsylvania boarding school that specializes in assimilating Native Americans into white American culture. Casita grieves for her lost family as she struggles to find a way to maintain her identity as a Lipan Apache and survive at the school. Includes author’s note and bibliography. Click here to purchase the book on Amazon.

Watch "The Lost Ones" Long Journey Home Trailer

(bi-lingual Eng, Sp)" on YouTube


"Mackinzies's Raid" video on the NAMA (Native American Music Awards)

From the bottom of my heart thank you to all family, tribal family and friends for your love, support and votes for "Mackinzies's Raid" video on the NAMA (Native American Music Awards) public poll for best music video. It is a blessing and an honor to have one of our ancestors stories heard. Please take a quick moment (daily...lol) to visit link below and vote for video "Mackinzie's Raid" http://nativeamericanmusicawards.com/poll/3832W Thank you and blessings to our ancestors whom had to endure such pain and tragedy to make this video and song even possible. (This poll is a public poll. Actual nominees for Native American Music Award to be selected by Advisory board) In addition, A huge blessing to have video even considered for a Grammy in their Regional Roots category ....I currently still have no words for this.... I can not thank you enough to everyone who have made this possible and helped bring this video and song to life. I am forever grateful. -MaNde G. Portales "Mackinzie's Raid" written by: Raymond G Torres co-writter: MaNde G. Portales preformed by: 7 Trees Jessie Gonzalez - Vocals / Guitar Victor Hugo Luna - Keys/Piano MaNde G. Portales- Bass Kevin "Chapolin" Portales - Water Drums, Hand Drums, Rain Stick Jerry Villneuva- Crash Symbol, Studio Recording Ruben Cordova -Apache War Screams Lipan Apache Band of Texas - Apache war cries rcorded at ceramony Nanta Daniel Castro Romero Jr. - Intro / Lipan prayer Jacqueline Fear-Segal - Intro- from her documentary "The Lost Ones" A Long Journey Home Richard Gonzalez - Outro Speach Video by: MaNde G. Portales (Thank you everyone who participated. You bring much honor to our ancestors for making their story come alive)
RICK SELTZER, The Patriot-News
Photo by Suzanne Reynolds