REV. KACHINAS KUTENAI,
Apache Medicine Woman, R.N.
born on Gila River Reservation in Arizona in January 1935. Though
she began life as a traditional Native American, learning natural
ways at the foot of her blind grandmother, a series of events led
to acculturation into "mainstream" society. She became
a Registered Nurse, served in the Army Nurse Corps, married, and
had two children. She was involved in the 1960's Civil Rights movement
and worked with troubled youth and drug and alcohol abusers.
After a heart
attack and other illnesses brough her near death, she began to walk
a spiritual path, and returned to the reservation for healing and
study of the traditional healing arts. She became a Sacred Pipe
Holder, healer, teacher, and Medicine Woman. Because of the contradictions
between the medical profession and the natural way, Kutenai gave
up nursing to devote more time to the Sacred Rainbow Circle. Through
her teaching and spiritual activities, she is making her contribution
to the spiritual evolution of humankind. She is the author of: American
Indian Healing, Medicine Woman Speaks, and Treatment for AIDS &
HIV; and is one of the featured authors in Red Moon Passage.
& Counselor - 1970 - present
in spiritual approaches to mental, physical, and spiritual healing
for individuals and couples.
motivates people to stop abuse of drugs and alcohol by providing
herbal, mineral and vitamin supplements, sweat lodges and prayer,
in addition to private counseling.
- Also teaches
meditation and visualization to assist in healing and personal
growth. Clients come and call from all over the world.
Lecturer - 1965 - present
- Environmental Speaker: Many groups including San Diego State
Indian Healing: International and through various colleges and
organizations, including the Learning Annex, Whole Life Expos,
etc. Includes natural and Native American approaches to healing,
use of herbs, minerals, vitamins, reflexology, prayer, visualization
- Native American
Concepts: Grades K-12. Nevada and California schools. Includes
storytelling, inter-connectedness of all things and respect for
Mother Earth and creatures.
- Race Awareness,
Sensivity, and Minority History: University of California, Berkeley.
Course designed to dispel racism and sexism and share Native American
philosophy. Elective course, 300 students enrolled (largest at
that time for U.C. Berkeley).
Teacher: Berkeley, California and Nevada elementary schools.
Counselor/Consultant - August 1994 - March 1995.
National Civilian Community Corps
adult staff and young corps members (ages 18-24) to achieve greater
harmony and decrease racism, sexism and speciesism.
racist and sexist practices among staff and Corps members, and
assisted in conflict resolution.
crisis intervention with regard to suicide, rape and gang mentality
of problematic youth of all races.
to Maryland and Colorado to provide harmony seminars for 1,000
Nurse - 1957 - 1983.
- Worked full
time in several hospitals (Kaiser Hospitals in California, Merrit
Hospital in Oakland, other hospitals in Philadelphia, Denver,
Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Reno).
- Duties covered
every department including obstetrics and teaching seminars in
Death and Dying.
- Offered sensivity
and harmony seminars for nursing staff in most Kaiser Hospitals
- Also worked
in home health nursing.
Youth Organized and United (YOU) - 1965 - 1972.
- Wrote grants,
received $300,000 grant for High Intention Potential project for
about this successful project appeared several times in San Francisco
invovement included speaking to students in an effective way to
stop riots, intervening in a way which saved the life of a high
- Duties included:
*Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
*Job Procurement Officer
*Manager of Halfway House for 30 teenagers
*National Educational Coordinator
Counselor/Consultant, Medicine Woman - 1970 - present.
As a Medicine
Woman, I have administered to members of the Paiute, Shoshone, Apache,
Navajo, Hopi, Algonquin, Washo, Wailakie, Pomo and Sioux Nations.
Medicine Woman/R.N. Provider - 1987 - 1989 and 1991-1993.
Tribal Health Project, Ukiah, California. Provided traditional
Medicine, treating members of the Pomo tribe with herbs, healings,
and prayers. Participated in ceremonies and sweat lodges.
and lectured: consolidated Tribal Health Day of Healing, Blessing
and Recovery for Indian People.
- Youth Camp.
Led herb walk, medicine wheel ceremony. Taugh how to make walking
sticks. Spoke to young women regarding sex education. Provided
blessing for Consolidated Tribal Health rededication.
Grandmother Time Honoring Ceremony from appreciative Pomo women.
of nuclear dump site on Shoshone land (with Shoshone leaders). Also
protested toxic or environmentally unsound facilities proposed on
Native American Land.
Directors - Nevada Urban Indians - 1989 - 1990. Reno, Nevada.
- 1989. Sacramento Indian Health Conference.
- 1971 - 1989.
advisor and Medicine Woman to male and female inmates of all races
in California and Nevada prisons.
- Built and
consecrated many sweat lodges.
- Spoke and
wrote to many authorities in support of the rights of Native American
- Taught classes:
supplied necessary herbs, minerals and vitamins for improved health
of many inmates.
- 1989. Irvine, California
- Led closing
ceremony and prayer for international children's Olympics.
- Event included
children from USSR, Japan, Mexico, and Sweden.
- United States
was represented by 21 Native American children from Markleeville,
California, who danced in closing ceremony.
pennant from Russian participants in appreciation.
Indian Art Show
- Gardnerville, Nevada. Three years. - Invocations
Circle Foundation - nonprofit corporation. 1987 - present.
- Goal is to
build a Center of Light (an environmental learning center) which
denies racism and sexism, and provides Native American philosophy.
- Native Americans
will be encouraged to learn their native languages and better
know their proud heritage, so lacking in current United States
- Red, black,
white, yellow, and brown multicultural pyramid-shaped museums
will contain the best contributions from all races to restore
pride not based on prejudice.
Conference of Christians and Jews - Board of Directors. 1990
- 1980 - present.
Conferences. 1994 - present.
Annex, 1987 - present.
- Whole Life
Expos, 1986 - present.
( Women Involved in Sports Evolution) 100 Strong Conference,1997.
- Ventura College,
- Star Nations
- Third World
Counselors' Association Conference, 1995.
Conference on HIV, 1991.
- CNN News
Network, "Your Health," November 1996.
Annex, "Native American Prophecies Fulfilled," 1995.
Letters - available upon request.
Woman - Changed patient's blood from HIV-positive to HIV-negative
(the only woman known to have accomplished this).
- U.S. House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Health and Environment.
July 1993. Defended rights of individuals to purchase herbs and
other nutritional supplements without interference from the FDA.
Journal, August 1997
- The Share
Guide, June 1997
- San Francisco
Chronicle (and affiliates), May 1997
Reader, May 1997
- New Visions
Journal, February 1991
World Magazine, December 1992
Magazine, May 1991
- San Diego
- Los Angeles
(Nevada) Daily News
of the Year - San Diego Library. 1991.
Nature Award - Nevada Parks System. 1987. For annual herb walks
led. Over 200 people participated in one herb walk.
Award - Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada, 1983.
Grove of pine trees planted by grateful students.
Grummann, Pomo. San Francisco, California
- Alyce Williams,
Paiute-Shoshone. Reno, Nevada
- Glenn Wasson,
Paiute-Shoshone. Susanville, California
- Amelia Brezanovich,
Paiute. Sparks, Nevada
- Susan Ramos,
M.D., Reno, Nevada
Hancock, Ph.D., Richmond, California
- Kathy M.
Chandler, Woodstock, California
- Ellen Gabel,
M.D., San Diego, California
- George Hutchinson,
NCCC Project Director, San Diego, California
Rising - in progress
Where's My Pony? - in progress
Red Moon Passage - Bonnie Horrigan anthology
Medicine Woman Speaks - Available here
American Indian Healing - Available here