FireKeepers

Keeping the Sacred Fire

When our people forget to make fire the old way, we will cease to be a people.

WHAT WE DO

Educate. Preserve. Feed.train.

For countless years, Indigenous people have lived off the land; used what was available as resources; and fed those in the community in a cooperative way. Wisdom was passed down from generation to generation. Uncle to nephew. Mother to daughter. Warrior to boy. Medicine woman to mentee. But now those skills are in jeopardy of being forever lost. The knowledge must be passed on to those who have the heart to hear and learn.

FireKeepers International connects Wisdom to Wisdom-Seekers. Knowledge to those who crave it. Food to the hungry. Encouragement to those who are struggling. Helping veterans with inner healing. 

ABOUT US

FireKeepers International builds relationship with individuals, organizations and nations through promoting health and life with educational and cultural programs.

OUR MISSION

FireKeepers International is committed to nurturing health, healing, and restoration; encouraging life and spiritual growth through educational and cultural programs; bridging relationships with Creator, individuals, creation, nations and organizations.

 

OUR VISION

We envision people walking in wellness and wholeness with Creator, themselves, and others. As cultural bridge-builders, we will do this through preservation of Indigenous traditional life skills; restoration of honor; and revival of traditional values of sustainable, eco-friendly stewardship of the earth.

 

Meet the Founders

FireKeepers International is a Native American charitable organization founded by official tribal and cultural ambassadors,  Chief Joseph & Dr. Laralyn RiverWind.

Chief Joseph was appointed by his Tribal Council as a Taino Peace Chief and serves his people as the Ambassador of the Descendants of Puerto Rico's First Nations. Dr. Laralyn RiverWind is the Ambassador at Large and an enrolled member of the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee, a state-recognized tribe. They both represent their tribes at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington D.C.

Together they were named "Ambassadors of God" at Israel's Knesset (Parliament) at the juncture of Jerusalem Day and Israel's Independence Day, 2018.

Chief Joseph RiverWind is an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran. Dr. Laralyn RiverWind is a Doctor of Naturopathy and Master Herbalist.

Together they speak teaching ancient indigenous knowledge; sharing cultural music; preserving old survival skills, and spreading the hope and love of Creator.

Board of Directors

Chief Joseph &
Dr. Laralyn RiverWind

The Co-Founders of FKI, Joseph (enrolled Taino) is the President/Treasurer. Laralyn (enrolled Cherokee) is the
Vice-President.

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Ana Patterson

Ana is the Secretary of FKI. She is  Huichol (Wixáritari) Indian.  She works as a Legal Secretary in Beverly Hills, CA, and is also an entrepreneur. She is wife and mother of three beautiful children.

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Ken Fabbri

Ken is enrolled Cherokee. He is a well-established commercial realtor in NE Tennessee and an associate pastor of a congregation with a love for Israel.

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Wanda Parker

Wanda is enrolled Dineh (Navajo) and Santa Domingo Pueblo. She is a homemaker with three children and assists in her husband leading Four Corners FireKeepers Fellowship in Farmington, NM.

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Daphne Swilling

Daphne has decades of experience in racial reconciliation and working with Native American tribal governments. She is the head of Peregrini International based in Chattanooga.

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Content Contributors

The Jacksons

Dave is an avid, experienced outdoorsman. Wendy is a knowledgeable, lovable homesteader. You'll love their sense of humor!

The Wornicovs

Daniel is a professional artist with amazing primitive skills. Alicia (Powhatan), is one of Native America's most knowledgable herbal medicine makers (but she'd never admit it). Her passion is connecting people to plants.

The Vanns

Greg is a contractor and builder, handy at all kinds of skills. Stacy has extensive experience in farming and livestock. Their son, Abishay, will steal your heart! You will love this Cherokee family.

Volunteers

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Matthew

Projects Director

Matthew is an enormous administrative help to FKI. He loves the Native community and crafting. 

Victoria

Research Assistant

Nobody loves to learn and research more than our dear Victoria! She helps gather intel; vet; and process loads of info. 

Samee

Volunteer

Samee's always been there in a crunch, helping us make deadlines and all kind of things. She's enrolled Osage and is also great at cutting hair.

MacKenzie

Volunteer

MacKenzie is training on video editing. She's enrolled Osage and her smile lights up a room.

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