WSG Covid Relief Fund Recipients

Woman Soul Gathering Covid Relief Fund supports
these WSG native women and their communities

Lynnette Edge is an Upper Skagit tribal member, a traditional Indian doctor, and teacher of healing and spirituality in the traditional ways. She lives and works with the people of the Swinomish Reservation in Arlington, WA.

 

Barbara James Snyder is Washoe/Paiute/Filipina woman, traveling throughout the country to be of service to sacred places and be of service in ceremony. Her family lives on tribal lands and throughout California/Nevada. Speaking with her mother, WSG Covid Relief Fund would be of assistance to the Washoe Senior Center & Miwok Nation of Central California Bear Dance.

Carolyn Hartness is of Eastern Band Cherokee/Norwegian lineage. She is a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educator and Consultant living and working among the Suquamish Tribe in Indianola, WA. Carolyn will use funds to assist native women coming out of jail.

 

Deborah Guerrero (Uncle Debbie), an enrolled Tlingit/Filipino tribal member, works in Family Preservation Services with the Puyallup Tribe, Tacoma, WA and serves as vice-chair of the board of Innovations Human Trafficking Collaboration out of Olympia, WA.

 

Lorraine Bayes (LorraineBow) is a Song Carrier, Medicine Drummer and Ceremonial Artist of Irish and Cherokee ancestry living among the Salish Sea people. A lifelong early childhood teacher and parent educator, Lorraine’s work is dedicated to honoring cultural and spiritual unity.

 

Wendy Yellowjohn Ostlie, of Shoshone and Bannock Tribe, is from Fort Hall, ID and now resides at Cusick, WA. A weaver, beader, and sculptor, Wendy’s work includes Native American Art sculptures of twelve different characters called the Tree People. She also makes medicines – as in salves and tinctures, using herbs to help people with pain and breathing problems. She sweats with women who need to take care of themselves. Wendy says, “I am honored to do all this with our Creator. I want to help out Elders with herbs and also feel my Tribe needs culture plants to plant. Like chokecherries and elderberries. Traditional foods.”

Jeri Davis, of Shoshone/Shawnee and European/Asian lineage, is a two-spirit who resides in Puyallup, WA. She works from home in the medical field and has recently begun working with Cowlitz Tribal Health to support indigenous needs, especially where Elders are concerned. She is involved in Sacred Drumming and MST veteran circles and as an environmental and humanity activist when possible. Cowlitz Tribal Health reports a need for groceries, especially for Elders as they are afraid to go to the store or take public transportation. They have organized food delivery; however, people are running out of funds on their EBT cards.