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1999 NCC News Archives

American Indian Leaders Gather in New York City to Bid Farewell to
Ingrid Washinawatok, O’Peqtaw-Metamoh (Flying Eagle Woman), a Beloved Leader

Press Conference/Memorial Service
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
Saturday, May 22, 1999

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Press Conference/Interviews
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Memorial Service

May 13, 1999, NEW YORK -- American Indian leaders will gather in New York City on Saturday, May 22, 1999, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for a memorial service to honor the great Menominee and American Indian leader Ingrid Washinawatok, O’Peqtaw-Metamoh (Flying Eagle Woman).

Two months ago Ingrid Washinawatok, Lahe’ena’e Gay and Terence Freitas were kidnapped and murdered in Colombia, South America, by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Ms. Washinawatok was invited to Colombia by the U’wa Indians to assist them in developing a traditional school that would protect their culture.

Leaders from the American Indian community will hold a special press conference prior to the memorial service beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Press packets will be available at the press conference. The media are invited to cover, photograph and film the memorial service with the exception of certain portions of the ceremony, which we will identify.

The press conference will discuss the following issues: Ms. Washinawatok’s trip to Colombia; the American Indian community’s plans to nominate Ingrid Washinawatok as the first American Indian from the United States to receive a Nobel Peace Prize; the announcement of the Washinawatok Indigenous Social Investment Screen and a special fund to help cover the expenses resulting from this tragedy.

The memorial service will celebrate Ms. Washinawatok’s life, announce the formation of the "Flying Eagle Woman Fund for Peace, Justice and Sovereignty" and pledge that Ms. Washinawatok’s work continues.

Invited to speak are several of Ms. Washinawatok’s personal friends, among them: actress Susan Sarandon, Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Republic of Guyana to the United Nations H.E. Mr. S. R. Insanally, American Indian Movement leaders Clyde Bellecourt and John Trudell, and leaders from the African American community. Two thousand people are expected to attend the memorial service.

The service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 1999 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. Special seating arrangements have been arranged for the media at the memorial service. Questions or special requests for assistance are welcome. Please direct all inquiries concerning the memorial service to the committee members listed below.

The memorial service will be broadcast live over the Internet. People wishing to join the service via the Internet need to contact the people listed below.

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CONTACTS:
Gary Brouse 212-870-2316
Sammy Toineeta 212-870-2387
Rosemary Richmond 212-598-0100, x232
Susan Goldstein 212-598-0100, x231

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