Rachael (right) and Jessica Lackey (left), enrolled Cherokees, daughters of Jacquie Archambeau (CSGBA Assembly Member) and her husband Dan Lackey have something to celebrate. Rachael received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence Kansas on May 9th, 2008, she will be returning to Haskell in the fall to continue her studies in the American Indian Studies Bachelor Program. Jessie has just finished her Freshman Year at Haskell, achieving Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA. She received a scholastic Scholarship from The American Indian College Fund.
Ken Harper, enrolled Cherokee and founding CSGBA Assemblyman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley on May 21st, 2008!
Congratulations to Edward Dang, son of Kim Shuck, who just graduated from high school.
America Meredith received a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission to study pre-20th century Cherokee painting techniques and give a presentation about her research at a CSGBA Meeting in 2009. She is an enrolled Cherokee artist and founding CSGBA Assemblywoman.
Jacquie Archambeau: Leadership Council Chair
Jacquie is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She was born in Portland, Oregon (the first in her family to be born outside the Cherokee Nation), but her family moved to the East Bay not too long afterwards and have been here ever since. Jacquie is in the Healing Arts using Hypnotherapy and Energy Modalities with a practice in Lafayette . She has been married for 21 years and has two daughters, both of whom attend Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. “I’ve known nothing but being Cherokee all my life. There is nothing more important than to continue to pass our culture down to our children, the way it was passed down to me by my family and community.” In her spare time, she quilts, a skill she learned from her Cherokee grandmother.
Ben Ridge Goss: Leadership Council Vice Chair
Ben Ridge Goss was born in Muskogee, OK, June 26, 1939. His family moved to Rainier OR in 1945, where he graduated high school, and then entered Oregon State. Brian entered the US Army in 1958, serving abroad in Germany and Turkey. He worked for Hughes Aircraft, operated a Jack-in the Box, and later operated an IHOP in Oakland. From that line of endeavor, he went into construction, which is his present line of trade. "My parents always made our family aware who our Cherokee ancestors were, and of the trials and tribulations that they and other Cherokees endured over the years. I have become more aware of, and have become more immersed in my Cherokee heritage as I grew older, and hope I can continue to expand my knowledge and participation in Tribal affairs."
Though Sue Remick, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, was born in Upper State New York, she spent her formative years in Oregon and moved to the Bay Area when she was 10. She earned an MA in Psychological Research from UC Berkeley and worked for several years on a NIDA Grant that investigated the long-term effects on children of mothers who were addicted to drugs while pregnant. Sue then founded and ran a catering business and wrote restaurant guidebooks for the Bay Area. Currently she is an office manager for a Berkeley Landscape Architecture firm. Sue is also working on a narrative of her Cherokee roots based on the larger context of Cherokee history and culture. My great great grandparents, Callacah Smith and Rachel Kingfisher were Old Settlers, and my great-grandmother, Lizzie Smith Wood Moore lived in Estella near Vinita, OK.
Ken Harper: Secretary/Recordskeeper
Ken is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, who was born and raised in San Francisco. Currently, Contracts Administrator for the San Francisco Study Center, he has worked in non-profit administration for over 11 years and attended UC Berkeley. Ken is an award winning cook and enjoys sharing his love of food. Ken's grandmother, Ruby Rowe resided in Rose (formerly, Rowe's Prairie), Oklahoma, his great-grandmother was Lou Conseen. Ken is lives in Berkeley, California.
Mary Jean Robertson:Membership Coordinator
Mary Jean Robertson is an enrolled, registered, and voting member of the Cherokee Nation. She is a Superior Court Deputy Clerk in San Francisco, a job she took in order to pay for her radio habit. She has been a programmer on the Native American show on KPOO radio for 35 years. It used to be called “Red Voices” and now is called “Voices of the Native Nations.” The show is on the third, fourth and fifth Wednesday of every month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. It is a magazine format show with interviews, announcements, music and pow wow information. If you cannot get KPOO on your radio at 89.5FM in San Francisco, you can listen online at www.KPOO.com. Mary Jean's father was David Conrad Robertson, who served in General Patton’s Third Army from Normandy to Berlin as a Signal Corps Officer (a Cherokee “Code Talker”). She is also descended from Evans Price Robertson, one of the first Cherokee Presbyterian circuit preachers, as well as from Hair Conrad who led the first Cherokee-guided contingent on the trail of tears. Mary Jean is the Community Relations Council woman and is hoping to get a Cherokee Nation Consular office officially recognized by the US State Department here in the San Francisco Bay Area to promote trade and travel with the Cherokee Nation and to promote the Cherokee Nations artists, writers, craftsmen and products.