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Washines, Lavina Lee: Walking On

Yakima, Washington

Funeral services were held for LAVINA LEE WASHINES, 71, on June 4, at the Rock Creek Longhouse. Interment followed at the Blackwolf Cemetery at Rock Creek. Lavina was born April 1, 1940, in Rock Creek, Washington. She passed away June 2, 2011, at the Yakama Memorial Hospital.
   
Lavina loved to do beadwork, go root digging, picking huckleberries, singing in the longhouses, and attending Medicine Dances. She adored Elvis Presley. Lavina was a woman of principal. She had strong beliefs and stood by them. Her elders’ teachings were always important to her and she found joy in passing that knowledge on to others. She kept Yakama traditions alive through her words of wisdom. She was fluent in several Yakama dialects and served as a determined advocate for the Yakama Tribe’s treaty rights and sovereignty. Lavina worked for the Yakama Nation for over 40 years and was serving on the Yakama Tribal Council at the time of her passing. She served as a Yakama Tribal Court judge for several years. She served on the Yakama Tribal Council and was the first woman to serve as the Executive Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council. She also served on the Yakama Code of Ethics Board. (Yakama Nation Review, June 21, 2011)
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