Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Trace Christenson
A incredible turnout appeared at Laura Spurrs celebration of life, amid the eagle feathers and flowers, mourners remembered what the chairperson of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi had done for all Native Americans.

Laura is remembered as being blunt but always fair, and always trying to help all her people,  She demanded respect for her people.

Frank Ettawageshik, former chairman of the Little Traverse Band of Odawa Indians said it best.  "Laura went out and changed the world and she came home and changed the world."

Spurr, 64 years young suffered a heart attack while promoting her tribe in California.  She had been in leadership of the tribe since 1999.  And fought hard for 10 years to get the Firekeepers casino built for her people.  She always had a vision, and it always included the Potawatomi.

The family was presented with a tribal flag and members of her family prayed over tobacco which was then placed in a ceremonial pipe and smoked, then each participant cleansed themselves in the smoke in customary tradition.


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