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October 2012

Slain ambassador was member of local Chinook Tribe
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Washington:  Slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and his family are members of the Chinook Indian Nation. The tribe has put out a call asking for prayers on their behalf.

Chinook Chairman Ray Gardner said, “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 are well known in Pacific County, the tribe's historic homeland where they met Lewis and Clark at the mouth of the Columbia River.

“This will be a hard time for their family and they will need our prayers,” Gardner said.

Another family member, Joe Brown, shared a message on his Facebook page

“My cousin Mary (Chris Stevens’ mom) got two very important phone calls today," Brown posted.  "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 ... 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.’"


The family has set up a website in Chris's memory:

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