a bald eagle present and a film tribute from his family and friends,
Daniel Tucker, member of the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay, received the
Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award, during the 13th Annual Convention
of the National Indian Gaming Association.
Apache President Mark Chino, son of the late great leader Wendell
Chino, said, "We honor you on behalf of our family.
hope all of you will be inspired by what my father did and what
he stood for. He believed strongly in what he did," said Chino
who took office as tribal president of the southern New Mexico tribe
his fathers years of service, Chino said, "He never gave
up the fight - the good fight."
retired as NIGAs vice chairman after 10 years of service and
was remembered in a film tribute for his laughter, love and antics,
like wearing his ever-present Southern California shorts when visiting
the cold country of Wisconsin.
the film, Rick Hill, Oneida from Wisconsin, said, "When I think
of Dan Tucker, I think of love."
family and friends recalled his generous heart, kindness to children
and hilarious and embarrassing antics during the film tribute, which
urged Tucker to remember his own advice, "Life is just a party."
to the bald eagle on stage, with its handler, as he received his
award at the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Banquet on April 6, Tucker
said the eagles presence brought power and strength.
it feel good to have this eagle here. I feel so blessed."
reminded tribal leaders present that Wendell Chino said chairmen
and vice chairmen are often not appreciated at home. But when election
time comes, they are the ones elected. The late Wendell Chino was
repeatedly re-elected and served for 43 years.
urged those gathered to love their families. "Dont get
bogged down." He also urged them to be ready to fight the good
fight in Washington.
not be afraid to commit to what you believe in." He said when
it is time to fight for sovereignty and battle for Indian rights
in Washington, D.C., "it is important to show up."