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Standing Rock Sioux

Sioux WarriorAs Captain Ray Lewis's work with the cadets was drawing to an end, the native people honored him in their own very special way. Having constantly traveled from place to place, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in Fort Yates, North Dakota gave him the special name of "Ta Inyanke" meaning "Chief Running Horse." "Ta Inyanke" had once been the name of a deeply loved Christian in their own tribe whose honor Captain Ray was to perpetuate by receiving his name.✞

Star Quilt

Star QuiltAs a mark of this new relationship, a beautiful multi colored star quilt was draped over Captain Ray's shoulders. Another Church Army Officer, a friend from South West Africa or the modern day Republic of Namibia was also honored with another name "The World Traveler."

Tribal Hall Feast

Dancing WarriorAfter two years moving around, Captain Ray returned to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates in North Carolina for a great feast at the Tribal Halls. They hadn't forgotten Running Horse. "Oh, Running Horse," they greeted him. He was now truly a relative and was reminded later during the feast. We had eaten our fill and had been presented with gifts of native American bead work and more food to take home. When the dancing started Captain Ray thought that he would join in too. Without a glimmer of emotion, the Tribal Chief caught his arm and gently cautioned him, "A cousin doesn't act that way!"

"Chief Running Horse"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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