A Christmas Reflection

" Native American Night before Christmas"

” Native American Night before Christmas”

Guest Commentary

Published December 24, 2015

Christmas has been a solemn time for me for years. Recall that my Gram – Maria (Boulley) Parr died on Christmas Day in 1989. This year will be chaotic, but nonetheless blessed.

I am fostering two nephews (2-year-old and 10-year-old Armahn) and my 17-year-old niece Jossie came to live with me as well in October. My older nephew Danny has been with me for over a decade. I am grateful he is a constant in my life. I am also blessed to have many wonderful nephews and nieces who are like my own kids.

The circumstances of my nephews and nieces needing to have to stay with me are sad, but I am pleased to be in a position to help out family when they need it (whether they realize it or not).

Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Chairperson Aaron Payment

Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Chairperson Aaron Payment

My home is my family home where I grew up most of my childhood. It is my Gram’s house. I purchased it from my older brother.

In the tradition of my Gram, I treat the house as if it is still hers and I welcome family when they need shelter. I have only one condition, that they are sober and drug-free while here.

I do this because I was kicked out of the home and homeless as a teenage, but my Gram gave me shelter. She was and is my Angel.

So, off to get more Christmas presents as two of the three are anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival.

I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas. Please take a moment and rejoice and be grateful in the Holy Spirit and gift of everlasting life Jesus’ birth represents.

Put the Christ back in Christmas.

Note: There are always tribal children (Binogii) who need care and a temporary loving family or even adoption. The Sault Tribe has our Binogii Foster Care and Adoption Agency to help place our needy children and walk you through the process. They have been great and patient. If you have the good fortune in life to be able to foster a child, please call 906-635-6050 and ask to be transferred to ACFS or Binogii. Chi MeGwitch.

Aaron Payment is the tribal chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indians, based in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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