Lester Ham

Directing Medicine Man Four Shields

Mic-O-Say had a strong and good summer. The Ceremonies went well and were supported by great speakers and dedicated men of paint. The modifications to ceremonies were slight and largely mechanical. The Lone Bear Spirit Council’s changes to eligibility requirements gave opportunity to many for consideration through SheSheBe Council. The Tribe enhanced the presentation of the Eagle, Religious and Den Chief Coups. Each coup was presented at the Troop campfire and all coup recipients were recognized the following morning.

Most amazing were the new Warriors. The next time you walk into Lone Bear Council Ring you will certainly notice the terracing constructed over the course of this summer. The Called Warriors built walls and leveled several areas that had been untouched since the completion of our council ring. Their day of service will last for decades and next spring it will be a beautiful setting with grass, trees and decorations complementing our wonderful ceremonial ridge.

The summer also led to much work being accomplished by the Tribal Council and SheSheBe Council. Their tireless dedication to the Mic-O-Say program is certainly admirable. Many hours were spent learning, listening and helping young men build a framework to last a lifetime. A special acknowledgment of success to our Mic-O-Say Advisors: Ed Gooseman, Chuck Scott and Dave Woodman; and the Blue Elk staff, led by Dick Brown. Many volunteers taking leadership roles, in a number of areas, complemented the Tribe. Jim Peavey, Jim Todd, Scott Smith and Aaron Guest are valuable contributors to our program. A special thank you for those that understand and embrace servant leadership. This is what makes Mic-O-Say special.

We look forward to seeing each of you in 2018.

Dick Brown

Recording Medicine Man Cranky Brown Bear

The 2017 camping season began June 2nd with the Tribal Celebration. The Chieftain Ceremony began with the elevation of 32 Sachems, 17 Keepers of the Wampum, and 8 Sagamores. The Silver Coup was presented to dedicated Tribesmen David Frantze and Larry Overfield.  The evening closed with the elevation of Sachem Majestic Moose of Many Travels, Marc Elkins, to Presiding Chieftain.

During the six sessions of camp, the Blue Elk Records Center sent forth the calls for 1138 new Tribesmen. This included seven Bartle Braves and one Geiger Brave who participated in the Honorary program to complete their journey to Warrior in the Tribe. Calls were made for 783 Foxmen, 779 Braves, 718 Warriors, 263 Honorary Warriors and 96 Honored Women. Additional calls were made in Lone Bear Council Ring for 444 Firebuilders, 285 Tom-Tom Beaters, 153 Runners, 67 Keepers of the Sacred Bundle, and 68 Shaman. With the Tribal Council elevations of staff and dedicated Scouters throughout the summer, the total Tribal Council elevations for 2017 was 46 Sachems, 19 Keepers of the Wampum, 9 Sagamores, and 1 Chieftain. The list of Tribal Council elevations can be found on the 2017 Tribal Council Elevations page.

Coups were awarded at night two campfires in each campsite. Tribesmen were awarded 304 Eagle Scout Coups, 124 Religious Award Coups and 126 Den Chief Coups. Two hundred eighty-eight Coup of the Long Trail were presented before Brave and Warrior ceremonies.  Three hundred and seventy-eight young Tribesmen returned to the Reservation for the first time since becoming a Warrior to make their Coveted Coup feather and receive their first pair of Coveted Coup.

The training team was busy in 2017 with 44 Tribesmen attending New Sachem Orientation and 236 attending Tribal Council Refresher Training. A new version of the Tribal Council Reflections after Brave Resolutions was implemented; it was well attended and received many positive comments.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped make 2017 another successful year for the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

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