MEET THE TRIBE (Board Members)

Chief Joseph &
Dr. Laralyn RiverWind

President & Vice-President

The RiverWinds are a dynamic, down-to-earth couple with a well-grounded enthusiasm for life.  Both survivors of their own personal Trail of Tears, the RiverWinds are resilient overcomers who focus on forgiveness, reconciliation, and cultural bridge-building between all the tribes of the earth. The RiverWinds have been ordained ministers since 2007 with a calling to the nations. Their ordination comes from Indigenous Messengers International with the blessings of their spiritual elders Dr. Suquinna & Quamaniq.

Joseph holds a Bachelor in Social Sciences from Mercer University and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies. He is currently working on a Masters in Emergency Response. Laralyn is a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Master Herbalist. Joseph "AmaHura" RiverWind is a documented Taino Indian from Puerto Rico and was appointed as a Peace Chief by the elders in his indigenous community. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran.  Dr. Laralyn RiverWind is an enrolled member of the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee, a State Recognized Tribe and appointed Ambassador to the National Congress of American Indians in Washington D.C.


They were both appointed as Ambassador to Israel at the Knesset in Israel on Jerusalem Day 2018.  Both of the RiverWinds feel a call to help and support the people and the State of Israel by fighting the BDS and Anti-semitic movement that is growing in every country.

Joseph worked on the Force XXI Project (experimentation and research for the Army of the future) at Ft.Hood, TX. Part of the Air Defense Artillery research he helped test was responsible for the development of the Sentinel Radar and Patriot Missile technology used in Israel’s Iron Dome. Laralyn spent time on the mission field as a child. From surviving maritime mishaps and avoiding multiple kidnapping attempts to being the escaped target of a serial killer, she has gleaned a healthy dose of life experience in what she calls her “adventures.”

The RiverWinds are singers, enjoying praise and worship: playing the guitar, Celtic harp, Native American flutes and drums, bagpipes, keyboard, and rattles. They are national award-winning musicians under their former band The Blessed Blend: Nominated for 7 NAMMY Awards and winners of the 2011 Native American Music Award (Best Rock Recording), plus the 2013 Taino Award’s Musician of the Year. They also host Council Fire with The RiverWinds on their FireKeepers International YouTube Channel. 

The RiverWinds’ teachings specialize in understanding Heavenly timing (the Biblical feasts of the Lord); Native American contextuality in the church; cultural expressions of worship; love, forgiveness & reconciliation, and how to study Scripture in Hebrew and Paleo-Hebrew (the easy way). The RiverWinds always speak together in events in a tag-team fashion like Aquila & Priscilla demonstrating being echad as Husband and Wife.

Ana Patterson

(Not pictured)

Los Angeles, CA

Adam & Wanda Parker

Board Member


FourCorners FireKeepers Fellowship

Farmington, NM

Daphne Swilling

Board Member

Peregrini International

Chattanooga, TN

Daphne Swilling has been a forerunner in the ministry of reconciliation for decades. She has coordinated an epic event welcoming Lord John Alderdice of Ireland and hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in which generational trauma was addressed, forgiven and healed. She has been working with First Nations and Celtic cultures, and is instrumental in aiding high level leadership in navigating past ancient rivalries to find unity to the glory of the Father.

Ms. Swilling introduced a bill for the formal Resolution of Regret and Reconciliation to Native Americans by the State of Tennessee and in 2014 it unanimously passed into law. She is currently working on similar legislation for the State of Georgia. 

In her earlier years she traveled globally with Pat Robertson and the 700 club with her musical talents.

Ms. Swilling has been a board member of FireKeepers International since 2018.


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. 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. Many Blessings!


FireKeepers International
PO Box 387

Blountville, TN 37617

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