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ATNI seeks aid for friend

One of our tribal leaders, Alan Parker, professor at Evergreen State College and a Chippewa Cree tribal member, has been through a lot with his health. He has suffered a heart attack, open heart surgery, and then a relapse in Auckland, New Zealand. His prognosis did not look good in New Zealand, but there were many prayers. The family had decided to unplug the life support system, and Alan continued to breathe and eventually came out of his coma. He is currently recovering and the family has stayed in Auckland, New Zealand, to be by his side.

The family will be transporting Alan back to the United States, most likely with some type of medical assistance, and we realize the airfare, along with the medical expenses, will be quite costly. We, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, are setting up a fund in honor of Alan Parker, to help with his medical bills and travel back to the United States.

We are asking the ATNI member tribes to consider a contribution. Alan Parker has given a lot of his time, intelligence, energy, spirit and the desire to make Indian country a better place for all of our people. We hope that you find it in your hearts to help during this time of need for Alan and his family.

Please send financial contributions to the Alan Parker Fund, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, 1827 N.E. 44th Ave., Suite 130, Portland, OR 97213-1443, Attn. Crystal Varisco, bookkeeper.

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For additional information or questions, please contact Lyn Dennis, executive director, at the ATNI Office at (503) 249-5770 or

- Ernest L. Stensgar

PresidentAffiliated Tribes ofNorthwest IndiansPortland, Ore.