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Ernestine Whistling Redbird ThompsonRecipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Cultural & Historical Education"The Native American Indian Alliance Historical Society recently named Ernestine Thompson as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EDUCATION AWARD. Ernestine will be honored on Wednesday, April 24th at The Woodlands Mansion, Woodbury, N.Y., for her outstanding contributions toward the advancement of multi-culturalism and historical education.Please help support Ernestine in her goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser.Proceeds support the Native American Indian Alliance Historical Society's important programs and services!Below is a summary of Ernestine's accomplishments in her own words:Born on Long Island, New York I was blessed to have lived amongst my Great Grand Parents and many Great Aunts and Great Uncles.I am the wife of Kenneth Thompson, mother of four children, grandmother of eleven, and proud great grandmother of one.My strength came from my mother Bellma Jackson Sands. She was known as “Guiding Light”! My mother would listen without judgment and then offer her advice.We would always look forward to our clan gatherings in the month of August, which were usually on the water ways of the Atlantic Ocean.Year after year we would go to Sunken Meadow, Heckscher State Park, and Coney Island. Our people had many socials. I clearly remember our Montaukett Tribal meeting in the Fellowship Hall in Riverhead in 1997. Many members attended. Our quest was to gather information to regain our Federal Recognition that was illegally taken away from us.Since then, I was elected through Tribal Council as Treasurer, elected Assistant Chief, and elected one of the three Chief/Trustees of the Montaukett Tribe of Long Island, New York.We have complied with the United States Department of Interior through the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the direction of R. Lee Fleming, Director of Federal Acknowledgement, with the necessary tribal information to no avail!All of our Long Island Native American people are inter-related. We have been labeled this and that, yet we know who we are!Our people have worked many generations to regain our Federal Recognition and lands.I do not take any credit without the acknowledgement of Executive Council, Tribal Council, and dedicated tribal Council member Denice “Whispering Wind” Evans Sheppard.It has been my honor to serve our Native People of Long Island, New York. The 2013 ADVOCATES FOR CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EDUCATION AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, April 24, 2014, 6pm to 8pm, at The Woodlands Mansion, Woodbury. N.Y.. To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
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