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Lipan Apache Band of Texas
and Anita Anaya of
Texas sing at the
grave of Jack Mather
in the Carlisle Indian
Cemetery at Carlisle
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
-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"
Thank you and blessings to our ancestors whom had to endure such pain and tragedy to make this video and song even
(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
-MaNde G. Portales
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
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