Anita “Elatsoe” Soto is a treasured Lipan Apache elder. On the morning of February 11, 2015, her kitchen caught fire after briefly stepping outside to feed her pets.
“Mom cooks for the family ever single morning,” said Linda Walkingwoman, daughter of Soto. “She also has animals that she attends to. Long story short, she started cooking fried potatoes and she just stepped out. The pan caught fire and spread pretty quick.”
She survive the event after a police officer arrived at her home and escorted her out of the house where she has lived in since 1967.
“She has first degree burns to her face”, said Walkingwoman. “She also had some trouble breathing. “
Soto was released from the hospital days later.
This is her second home after her first was destroyed in Hurricane Beulah. Her once 30 acre lot grew smaller over the years due to the city of McAllen’s expansion.
She considers her pets apart of her already existing family.
“She never slaughtered any of her animals. They were like family”, said Walkingwoman.
For years she was considered a Mexican National because she could never produce a birth certificate. In 2004, she was granted citizenship after her baptism records were found and that stated she was born in the Ojo De Agua, Texas in 1930.
She has maintained and represented her Apache identity throughout her life. Her grandparents were full Lipan Apache. Her husband died at a young age and she lives on a fixed income.
The fire and water damage is extensive but limited to certain areas of the house. The house will be declared condemned if repairs are not made within a certain time. The estimated cost of repairing her kitchen is nearing $40k dollars and she has no insurance.
Members of her family, including Lipan Apache Vice Chairman Robert Soto, are asking for monetary donations. Vice Chairman Soto’s mother is also Anita Soto.
“If we lose the house, we lose mom”, said Walkingwoman.
Donations can be maid online through http://www.gofundme.com/m8k0mo and also by mail. Donations can be sent to:
2805 Jonquil Ave
McAllen, TX, 78501.
I've been working on shirts for the last couple of weeks. They are available to purchase. Only a few will be made from each design.
Contact: Robert Soto, Tribal Vice-Council Chairman
(956) 648-8129 firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas in the case of Grace Brethren Church et al vs. U.S Attorney General (USDC No.07-CV-60) and US Department of Interior. On Wednesday August 20, the court found that the US Department of Interior does not have authority to prevent members of the Lipan Apache Tribe from using eagle feathers in their religious ceremonies. The tribe had appealed a district court ruling in October 2013 that upheld the Department of Interior’s action to confiscate eagle feathers from tribal members at a tribal gathering in March 2006. At the time, the tribe invoked the 1978 Native American Religious Freedom Act (NARFA) to recover the eagle feathers and to prevent prosecution of its tribal members. The Department of Interior, represented by the US Attorney General, argued that such protection was afforded only in certain circumstances to tribes that the U.S. Government has acknowledged as tribes. The tribe argued that they enjoyed the rights guaranteed to them by NARFA because they were a tribe and because NARFA did not distinguish between state-recognized tribes like the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas and federally recognized tribes.
The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas is the descendent tribe of confederated eastern Apache bands that defended a homeland spanning from the Southern Great Plains in the U.S. to the Bolson de Mapimi in northern Mexico. Beginning in the early-1800’s, military pressure from the Spanish, Americans, and the Comanches and their allies forced some of these bands to consolidate under Chief Joseph Castro’s band of Lipans. In 2009, the Texas Senate and House of Representatives formally recognized the tribe as the historic tribe of Lipans of Texas.
The ruling on Wednesday grants members of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas the same rights enjoyed by all Native Americans under NARFA.
“It’s been a long hard fought battle that we just had to win,” said Tribal Council Vice-Chairman, Robert Soto, one of the tribal members who’s eagle feathers were confiscated by Department of Interior officials, “our backs were against the wall so we had to say the Lipans are still very much here and will still defend their way of life.”
"I am Bronson Velarde, Jicarila born and raised, I left the Rez to go to school I attained my masters degree and in the process I have worked full time as a municipal firefighter for the last 18 yrs.
My company Props & Glory is about giving thanks to the things and people that empower us. That idea of Props & Glory began post 9-11, I wanted to somehow give show my respect to my brothers in the fire service. I thought a t-shirt of my own design would be a nice gesture.
Since 2003 I have been working on acquiring the equipment, training, business license, trade mark, web address, needed and finally after several years Props & Glory was screen printing, from the art concept to the screening printing all is done in house by myself.
Props & Glory has focused on applying themes of empowerment first in the fire service and now towards a Native American theme with designs tired to my Jicarilla heritage.
In 2013 Props & Glory finally opened up its web strore at www.propsandglory.com there is still much experience to be gained in this craft but it is a labor of love. I truly hope that you will visit the web site and hope you like my effort to give Props & Glory to People. I am grateful for all the blessings of education and resources my tribe has given me and my family.
I will have some shirts for sale at the Lil Beaver Celebration and they can also be found at the Wild House Casino Gift Shop."
A few days before I did my research on where to eat. I love Chinatown and have tried many places but what I was searching for specifically were dumplings.
I know where to get good ramen (Monta) and a good haircut (Nelson's Barber Shop, 439 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146). I found China Mama and found they had some good reviews on their dumplings. They were the best I've ever had!
When I lived in New York, I would visit Chinatown when I was feeling lonely. Dumplings were my comfort food and they are usually the first things I research when traveling.
Saturday was reserved for two events: Reggae in the Desert and Steve Aoki. This was my second year at Reggae in the Desert. The entire family went last year but this year it was just bestie and I.
My best friend and I love to go clubbing. We've been making Vegas trips since I was 21. Both of our schedules are very busy and also we live in two different states. So for us to meet in person is something very special.
Hakkasan is our go-to club now. We've been to a few others but ever since this club opened last year we haven't been to other clubs.
STEVE AOKI!! He is the best. Our voices are horse from yelling, "CAKE ME!!". Bestie got caked last year but she was in a different location from where I was. My memory gets fuzzy towards the end of the night but all I remember is bestie walking back to our room barefoot, my face covered in frosting and losing my phone twice. We'll be back
This last trip to Vegas was epic!!! I had so much fun.
My sister and her family made vacation plans in Vegas for this weekend. I just had to go because first of all it's Vegas and second is that I rarely see them.
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I have been wondering why my site has been getting high volumes of visits lately. Then I download Kingsley's podcast and midway through the podcast he mentions my site!!! I can't believe it. I tweeted my site nearly a month ago. I'm so grateful and appreciative for this shout out. Thanks Kingsley!!
I love Kingsley and Alé! They are so hilarious! He announces the games at 32:00
Nine Major Apache Tribes have officially united to create the APACHE ALLIANCE INCORPORATED. A Tribally chartered entity strengthened with Tribal Leaders who hold Doctorate Degrees, Masters Degrees, Bachelors Degrees and tenured proven Leadership in Tribal Government, State Government, Federal Government, Public and Bureau of Indian Affairs School Systems.
The Alliance is comprised of The White Mountain Apache, The San Carlos Apache Tribe, The Jicarilla Apache Nation, The Ft. Sill Apache Tribe, The Mescalero Apache Tribe, The Tonto Apaches, The Yavapai Apaches, Ft. McDowell Apaches and Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. The Tonto Apache will host the Sixth Apache Alliance Summit at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, located in Payson, Arizona on Tuesday, June 17, Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19, 2014.
The Alliance was officially created by Resolution on October 19, 1973, when Leaders of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, The San Carlos Apache Tribe, The Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Mescalero Apache Tribe signed the Resolution. The Apache Alliance Summit was created to discuss the possibility of forming a unified Apache organization with the Apache tribes of Arizona and Oklahoma to protect, enhance and become more proactive or reactive to political issues that may be construed as questionable or detrimental to the Apache tribes in the Southwest. The Apache Alliance represents an Apache population that well exceeds 45,000.
The Apache Alliance Summit will span over three days, devoted to discuss various topics such as culture and spirituality, building/funding the alliance, lobbying efforts for both Federal and State issues, Candidate endorsements as well as other governmental issues that will allow the Apache tribes to be more influential in County, State and Federal matters.
The Apache Alliance is a well-organized group that now has a voting Board of Directors:
President: Mr. Ronnie Lupe (White Mountain Apache Tribe)
Vice-President: Mr. Jeff Hazous (Ft. Sill Apache Tribe)
Treasurer: Dr. John Bush (San Carlos Apache Tribe)
Secretary: Mr. Stanley Montoya (Jicarilla Apache Nation)
Sergeant at Arms: Mr. Levi Pesata (Jicarilla Apache Nation)
Making the Apache Alliance as equal and valid as other Native American Organizations like the National Congress of American Indians. The Apache Alliance has already taken positions on environmental issues, sacred sites, native objects in Museums, land issues, water rights, etc. Continuing to protect and promote the advancement of Apache Self-Determination and Apache Sovereignty.