Long, Douglas: Ho-Chunk - Cexji-hikikarac Clan 3-3-07

Douglas Long, 73, of Osseo, Wisconsin, began his journey into life everlasting on March 30, 2007, with his family at his bedside.

Mr. Long was a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation Cexji-hikikarac (Buffalo Clan) from Wisconsin. The Buffalo Clan is the town-crier, a traditional responsibility of the Nation. If the people were to gather together, then the Buffalo-Clan men would be the ones who would do all the talking to and for the people.

Douglas was a life long member of the Native American Church (NAC). He served as the president of NAC of Wisconsin, Wittenburg Chapter from 1962-1964, and again from 1974-1978.

He was secretary of the Native American Church of North America (NACNA) from 1978-1980, President from 1982-1985 and President of the NAC, Wisconsin, Greater Eau Claire area from 1989-1993 and President once again of NACNA from 1991-1994.

Douglas Long, being a member of the Cexji-hikikarac, lived up to the responsibility with abundant pride and dignity. He testified before the U.S. Senate as a voice and leader of the Native American Church. His testimony was important to passage of the Amendments to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1995, known as Public Law 103-344.

In January 2006, Douglas had suffered from a heart attack but recovered well. Later in the fall of 2006, he was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma (Cancer) in his lungs and lymphnodes. He was true to the Buffalo-Clan strength and did no go quietly in the wind, but faced his illness with great faith and belief of a true believer in the Holy medicine of the NAC. His strength and faith in prayer though the NAC and its life is a testimony for all to see and hold onto with all their might and strength.

Funeral services were held April 2, 2007, with burial at the Fairchild Cemetery, Fairchild, Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle and son Lance, both of Osseo, Wisconsin; grandson, Douglas Morgan Long, of Pawnee, Oklahoma and Osseo, WI,: one brother, Phillip Long of Exeland, WI, two sisters, Lily Mae Long of Eland and Eleanore Johnson of Wittenberg.

Memorials may be made to: The Native American Church-Greater Eau Claire Area, P.O. Box 93, Fairchild, Wisconsin 54741.