Roy Cook

READER'S EDITORIAL: ROY COOK FAREWELL

 

By Grey Feathers

March 12th, 2015 (Viejas) - A huge throng of people from all over came to say goodbye to Roy Cook in the gym at the heart of the Viejas Reservation on Saturday.  Roy died suddenly and we are overwhelmed with a sense of loss.  It was comforting to hear from so many friends how they were touched by his magic.  The prayers, the songs, the Honor Guard, the Soaring Eagles, the drums building up to heaven and the wailing releasing our anguish.  We cried in each other's arms.

The first day I met Roy Cook was at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jamul Casino in 2005.  I was proud and happy for the Jamul Indian Village and perplexed by the angry faces marching with signs on the street.  Roy sensed the vicious opposition would eventually delay the project and he was right.  He told me some of the history of the Jamul Band.  He said they were the poorest of the poor.  Their little village had dirt roads, their homes had dirt floors.

That encounter changed my life because Roy spoke with such certainty and compassion I began reading everything he wrote.  The words lifted off the pages like they were written in my heart.  Being indigenous became more than a card I carried in my wallet.

ROY COOK, AMERICAN INDIAN LOCAL HERO AWARD RECIPIENT, HONORS PAST AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

 

By Leon Thompson

November 24, 2014 – (San Diego County) - “November is recognized as National American Indian Heritage Month. America's first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence. Tribal America has brought to this great country certain human values and political ideas that have become ingrained in the spirit of the United States of America.”

These are the words of Roy Cook who was selected as a 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero by KPBS and Union Bank.  Roy has a deep understanding and knowledge of Native American history and culture.  

A tribal writer, Native American singer, California Indian artist and teacher, Cook’s earliest memories are of people on Santa Ysabel Reservation in San Diego County.

KPBS AND UNION BANK HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HEROES

 

 

Photos: Roy Cook (left) and Dr. Daniel Calac (right)

 

 

 

 

East County News Service

November 13, 2013 (San Diego)--KPBS and Union Bank  are honoring two inspiring individuals in honor of American Indian Heritage Month through their Local Heroes program, which pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. 

The 2014 honorees for American Indian Heritage Month are Dr. Daniel Calac and Roy Cook.