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ACH PARTNERS & ALLIES

Paul Stover Soderman, Executive Director

Paul Soderman

Founder, Executive Director

Cross Cultural Advisor-Nonprofit Executive Director, 1999 - present. Direct Descendant of Gen. W. S. Harney, Commanding Officer at Blue Water Massacre 1856. Film-maker, musician.

Best known for co-creating 'Sharing The Skies' Cross-cultural education materials for NASA and Navajo-Dine' Nation K-12 schools with Indigenous Education Institute, endorsed by Commdr. Harrington 1st Native American Astronaut http://sharingtheskies.com/stars-over-dine-bikeyah-audio-cd/

 

Cross-Cultural Native American Consultant to Kevin Costner. https://www.storyofthebison.com

Cathie Quigley-Soderman

Cathie Quigley-Soderman

Founder, Director

Cross Cultural Expert-Nonprofit Director, Administrator, Grant-writer 1999 - present.

Film-maker, screenwriter.

Best known for co-creating 'Sharing The Skies' Cross-cultural education materials for NASA and Navajo-Dine' Nation K-12 schools, with Indigenous Education Institute endorsed by Commdr. Harrington 1st Native American Astronaut

http://sharingtheskies.com 

Cross-Cultural Native American Consultant to Kevin Costner. https://www.storyofthebison.com

Phil Little Thunder, Consultant

Phillip Little Thunder Sr.

Lakota Elder, Consultant

Lakota Descendant of Little Thunder, leader of the village massacred in 1856 at Blue Water Creek, Nebraska,

Traditional Lakota singer, dancer and Cultural Advisor.

Karen Little Thunder, Consultant

Karen Little Thunder

Lakota Elder, Consultant

Lakota Descendant of Little Thunder, leader of the village massacred in 1856 at Blue Water Creek, Ne.braska. Karen also serves as a Cultural Advisor.

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Brad Upton

Descendant of General W. Forsyth, 

Consultant

Brad is the direct descendant of Commander James Forsyth senior officer at the Wounded Knee massacrer, 1890. Brad is also  a Musician.

https://www.reuters.com/video/?videoId=OVB53M9NR&jwsource=em

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Rosie Soderman

Spiritual Advisor

Spiritual descendant of the great Auggie Doggie.

PARTNERS & ALLIES

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OUR STORY:

OUR BLOOD REMEMBERS
 

After decades of activism and support of various Native causes Paul Soderman, co-founder AHC eventually learned and verified that he was in fact a 7th generation descendant of General William Selby Harney responsible for the deaths of 86 Lakota many of whom were woman, children and elders.

A long lost family letter, followed by an extensive Ancestry.com search, and the unfolding of  dream and vision, occurring in 1995, confirmed and validated Paul's lineage connection to General Harney. 

 

HEALING THE HISTORY

In 1854, President Franklin Pierce sent General Harney to "whip the Indians" in retaliation for  the Grattan Massacre near Fort. Laramie, Wyoming.  On his deathbed, Conquering Bear, leader of the Sicangu after being wounded in the Grattan massacre, declared Little Thunder to be the Chief of the village at Bluewater Creek. 

 

In September of 1855 General Harney arrived at Ash Hollow near Bluewater Creek and requested a parley. In response, Little Thunder approached Harney with a white flag. "No peace, it will be war!" exclaimed General Harney. This event marked the first massacre by U.S. forces of Plains Indian people, killing 86 Lakota, many of whom were women and children. 

 

In 2001, the Little Thunder Tiospaye, extended families, returned to Blue Water Creek and walked 200 miles from the massacre site back to Rosebud Reservation in tracing the steps of their ancestors who survived the massacre of Little Thunder's camp. This first walk set much in motion.

 

In 2012 Paul and Karen Little Thunder, descendant of Chief Liittle Thunder began communicating through social media. Paul met with descendants of the survivors of Blue Water Creek Massacre, Karen, Phil, Harry, Keith and Shawn Little Thunder in Rapid City, South Dakota. Over time, they worked together towards healing through visiting and praying at the massacre site together, doing prayer walks and participating in traditional ceremonies. In 2015 Karen Little Thunder and Paul worked with Lakota Elder Basil Brave Heart, many others and the U.S. Department of Interior to rename Harney Peak in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota to Black Elk Peak. During the fourth year of Prayer Walks to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, Paul was adopted into the Little Thunder Family,  through the Lakota, "Making of Relatives" ceremony. These sacred events have happened in relative obscurity but we tell this much of the story to help others to have faith that profound historical healing is possible.

A few year later Brad Upton came to Paul and shared his efforts towards restitution to the descendants of Wounded Knee and together they continue to trudge the road of healing the history making relations one mile at a time..

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