Subject: Slain ambassador was member of local Chinook Tribe
CHINOOK — Slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and his family are members of the Chinook Indian Tribe, which has put out a call asking for prayers on their behalf.
Chinook Chairman Ray Gardner said Wednesday, "To all of the Chinook members and all the friends of the Chinook Nation I am hopeful that you will include the family of Chris Stevens the former Ambassador to Libya that lost his life while working towards bringing lasting peace to the region, in your prayers."
Stevens' mother Mary Commanday is the first cousin of Chinook tribal elders Catherine Herrold Troeh and Charlotte Davis, both of whom are well known in Pacific County, the historic homeland of the tribe that met Lewis and Clark at the mouth of the Columbia River. Willapa Bay resident John Herrold is one of Stevens' local first cousins.
"This will be a hard time for their family and they will need our prayers," Gardner wrote.
Another family member, Joe Brown, posted this message on Facebook late Wednesday:
"My cousin Mary (Chris Stevens' mom) got two very important phone calls today. One was from President Obama. The other was from from Ray Gardner, Chief of the Chinook Indian Nation, who told me, 'I did call Mary Commanday and let her know that the prayers of the Chinook Nation are with all of your family during this difficult time. I will pass this information along to all of our members tomorrow and I will go down to the banks of the Willapa and give a special prayer for all of you. No better place to give prayers then on the banks of the rivers of our ancestors.' We're covered. Thank you, Ray Gardner, and klahowya."
A Damascus friend of mine called this weekend and was pretty chipper. "You know, we're all sorry about Christopher Stevens. This kind of thing is terrible and he was a good friend to Syria – he understood the Arabs." I let him get away with this, though I knew what was coming. "But we have an expression in Syria: 'If you feed a scorpion, it will bite you'." His message couldn't have been clearer.
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