Muhheakannuck Nations at Nu Schodack
The Making of a Sagamore
Never Called By His Given Name Final Preparations and Assume Sagamore Responsibilities
After Retirement ...
One night, he had a dream that he was in a fierce fight with the evil one. It was a tough fight and he was losing when he felt himself being yanked out by the scruff of his neck by his Father.
He developed what he called all-sight. Not only could he drive with his eyes closed, "asleep", he could see the same with his eyes shut as when they were open. He had always been able to see what he heard. He visualized it as if seeing a movie screen displaying everything that was said. He could also recognize people as family members when seeing them for the first time. Now he could tell peoples' ancestry just by looking at them. Not just what countries they or their forebears came from, but also what tribes and countries had contributed to the mix, both in their family lines and their other lives.
There were changes in her schedule. She worked for a Wall Street law firm. She was the one who now worked nights - Saturday nights from 3am until 11 am to do maintenence and software installations on the mainframe - until Nov. 1985.
She looked over Shirley's papers. Shirley had been married by common law for over 20 years to a man who had recently walked on. Since there had been no government recognized ceremony, she wasn't eligible for any widow's benefits. Shirley said she was 60, too young to apply for Social Security in her own right. Shirley had no birth certificate.
She called Shirley's mortgage company which agreed to a payment arrangement which would save Shirley's home. They began paying Shirley's mortgage.
A law firm, Pressler & Pressler, however, was pursuing Shirley for an unrelated debt. She called the law firm several times. Each time, the attorney she spoke with was sympathetic but when he checked with a superior, he would come back and apologize because the firm would not give Shirley any consideration. After several months and several letters back and forth, Pressler & Pressler sued Shirley. The case was to be heard on a certain day at 9 AM at the Elizabeth Courthouse. They drove Shirley to the courthouse and entered the courtroom before 9 AM. They were surprised to learn from the Judge that Pressler & Pressler had already been there and that the case had been decided prior to 9 AM, the specified hearing time. Shirley's wages were to be garnished. However, since Shirley made less than the minimum required, this was moot.Once again, the government still did not speak true.
She decided to check with the Social Security Administration [SSA] for Shirley, despite Shirley's age, and was glad she did. According to SSA, Shirley was not 60 but 70 and therefore entitled to the maximum Social Security benefit. Shirley applied and immediately began collecting. Some of Shirley's benefit was used to repay the payments made to the mortgage company and Shirley's motrtgage was soon paid off. The debt which Pressler & Pressler had pursued was ignored.
No longer English thinking ....
After the stroke, she did most of the driving.
They entered Montana and drove through Miles City and Billings. As they drove across Montana, doing 90 mph as were the rest of the vehicles, on a two lane road through cattle country, it began to snow. They stopped mid afternoon to spend the night in Bozeman. During the night, several feet of snow accumulated. They had to clear off the car in the morning. However, it all melted by noon. They visited several reserves in Montana and the Dakotas. At each one, he found someone to speak with in an indigenous tongue. Absarokee.They then drove to Yellowstone to see Old Faithful. entering by the North entrance, Route 89. Driving through the park, they came across a herd of moose crossing the road with many young. One of the moose clan mothers refused to let anyone interefere with the crossing, especially one pickup truck that kept trying to pass her. The moose elder even held the truck about 30 seconds after the last cow had crossed and disappeared. They saw American boison, grizzly bears, Wapiti [elk], mule deer.They started back east by going north and through Montana because snow blocked Route 212, the Northeast entrance, the other road out of Wyoming. While visiting Mary Frances Flatlip at St Francis Elementary School, he saw the pictures of indigenous leaders on the classroom wall and pointted out that one was missing. Mary Frances wrote to him to inform him that she had found a picture and put it up. thanking him for bringing it to her attention. Only one place did not receive them cordially. THey ceased to send them donations.
They entered Canada via Detroit, driving to Mississauga, Toronto. While she was meeting with colleagues, he watched a Mississauga man on TV answering for his misconduct to a clan mother accompanied by her 4 warriors.
They left Canada via Niagra Falls. By this time, he was speaking only indigenous languages. At the border, instead of the usual question "Where were you born?", he was asked his country of origin. He said "United States be." Not an American phrase. He was asked for his green card. He pulled out his "American Express" card, and handed it over, all the time going on non stop in M'hicanu about how he couldn't stay in Canada because cigarettes cost too much, about 3 times what they cost in the U.S., with not one word in English. He was asked for his driver's license which he also produced. It showed he was the vehicle owner as per the registration. A few minutes later, they were told to proceed.
Her brother was having a big celebration for his 20th wedding anniversary. They drove to San DIego, mostly at night. She had developed a reaction to sunlight which was getting worse. Time spent in direct sunlight wore her out. She began to say she was allergic to the Sun and increased her intake of Vitamin C to 3000 mg per day.
While in San Diego, they visited Tiajuana. There was a little girl selling gum for a quarter a pack. He spoke with the little girl in M'hicanu and she told him her family could live on a quarter for a week. He gave her a dollar. The little girl was Chiapas.
He took another native who was mindwashed by the dominant culture, Terry Grant [a Hill], to lunch at Blimpie's - Charlie's, once a week. Terry wanted him to speak English. So he spoke with a British accent which amused the woman from British Airways who worked a few doors down. He informed everyone he spoke American, not English
During the spring of 1987, the Bronx Coordinator of the NYC Auxiliary Police, HM, discovered that his office was located right next to a room where chemicals had been stored for many years. Officer HM became extremely nervous and fearful about the hazard. HM told the APBA President John Hyland to make the conditions at the Auxilairy Police Headquarters at Lehman College in the Bronx known to the public. The presence of hazardous chemicals was revealed by John and Herb Bauch, President of the Civil Service Retired Employees Association, in the CSREA's newspaper. In the ensuing excitement, HM panicked. A/Dep. Insp. BG was told to stay away. Then, the Auxiliaries were locked out of their headquarters. HM worked out of PBBX headquarters at the 48 Precince. Eventually, It was arranged for the PBBX Auxilairy unit to also meet at the 48 Pct. On their first duty night since the newspaper article appeared, Mike was challenged by HM but avoided a confrontation. This was to be his last tour of duty.
In his panic, HM attempted to get rid of all witnesses to his conversations with the APBA President. She had been present several times when he spoke of this with John and had heard him tell John to publicize it. She was dropped from the program, ostensibly because she did not live or work in NYC. She had not lived in NYC since 1977 and had not worked there since November of 1985.
He was also targeted with the same charge, as he had neither lived nor worked in the NYC since 1977. However, this coincided with his shedding of all ties that would interfere with his responsibilities as Sagamore and he resigned from the New York City Auxiliary Police in August of 1987. He resigned as Archbishop of the Church as well and ceased ministerial functions. As Sagamore, he had to be absolutely sovereign and answerable to no one.
She thought they should buy some land in upper New York State. On October 12, 1992, they agreed to remove 89 +/- acres from the real estate market in the northern Adirondacks.