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Squeochs, Moses Dick: Walking On

Toppenish, Washington

Funeral services were held for MOSES DICK SQUEOCHS, 67, on October 29, at the Toppenish Community Center. Interment followed at the Beavert Cemetery. Moses was born June 3, 1944, on Blackton Ridge at ancient Yakama village on the southern boundary of the Yakama Reservation. He passed away, surrounded by family, October 27, 2011, at the Yakima Regional Hospital from injuries incurred while ranching in the Satus area, south of Toppenish.
   
Prior to being elected chairman of the Yakama General Council, Moses served as program manager for the Yakama Nation's Environmental Management Program. He also worked as an engineering technician with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Branch of Roads, Yakama Agency, the USDOI-BIA Wapato Irrigation Project, and the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service. Moses was an aggressive advocate for education among Native Americans. Moses fervently exercised the reserved treaty rights of Yakama members, including fishing, hunting, gathering, horses, cattle, etc. He was recognized as a family man, cattleman, fisherman, and community leader. He compted in rodeos; participating in team roping, calf roping, and had been know to chase a wild cow from time to time. (Yakama Nation Review, November 11, 2011)
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