Be Like the Red-Tailed Hawk

Ron Gurley | March 6, 2017

O Si Yo! (Oh See Yo) That is how we say Hello in my mother’s language of Cherokee. I was raised in the Cherokee way by my Cherokee mother and grandmother. Grandmother ‘Mom’ as everyone called her taught me much about our native traditions, medicines, stories, and ways of surviving. One day as Mom and […]

From 40,000 Feet

Ron Gurley | March 23, 2017

O SI YO! (Oh See Yo) ‘Hello’ in my mother’s language of Cherokee.Over the years I have flown literally hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to and from hundreds of Native American tribal lands. I remember many times flying at 40,000 feet above sea level and visualizing the land below the airplane. Sometimes it would […]

If You See Something, Say Something

Ron Gurley | February 15, 2018

When it comes to being a Child Advocate so much has changed over the past fifty years. Today we are daily addressing problems of child abuse, both physical and emotional. Child sex trafficking has become more and more prevalent, even within tribal communities. It is up to all of us in law enforcement and community […]

Much Progress Made; Much More Progress Needed

Ron Gurley | August 23, 2017

This past May 25th I was honored to attend National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Washington D.C. I was also honored by hosting a victim family from Indian Country. Their personal loss has given purpose and meaning to what you and I strive to do every day – keep our children safe. I have attended many […]

Protecting Our Children

Ron Gurley | September 11, 2017

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with tribes across this nation. Traveling from tribe to tribe and speaking with community members, tribal leaders and others, I am often asked what I see as the greatest threats that expose Native children to the risks of abduction and victimization. I always tell people that […]

Reflections and Visions

Ron Gurley | December 12, 2017

Throughout the year, virtually all Native American cultures celebrate special occasions.  Sacred songs and dances are done year round to honor their people or their particular historical traditions. Events such as public feasting ceremonies are of great importance and based on social traditions that help unite tribal members. Other special occasions include the annual celebration […]

Silent Epidemic

Ron Gurley | April 25, 2017

Image: “Still Dancing” by Jonathan Labillois, a member of the Ljonpaintistuguj Migmaq First Nation Band in Gaspe Quebec O Si Yo, (Oh See Yo) ‘Hello’ in my mother’s language of Cherokee and welcome to this month’s blog.What if I told you there was an epidemic in Indian County? Would you believe me? Probably not unless I […]

Silent Epidemic: Reflections One Year Later

Ron Gurley | April 30, 2018

One year ago, April 2017, I wrote a blog on this website titled Silent Epidemic.  I used the word Silent to denote there is currently no way for law enforcement to specify and catalog the numbers of missing and/or murdered Native American women. I used the word Epidemic to denote this is a clear and […]

The Cherokee Whisperer

Ron Gurley | July 11, 2017

Hastings Shade was a very good friend of mine. He was a full blood Cherokee who spoke English as a second language. He taught his native language and was a very interesting and insightful man. One day as we were speaking Cherokee to each other I asked him a question about a word in our […]

Two Worlds

Ron Gurley | May 31, 2017

How did you spend your weekends as a kid? The norm for our family was to go to the Cherokee Stomp dance on Saturday night, then the next morning we would go to Sunday school at church. My mother was Cherokee; however, my father was not, and he was a Baptist preacher. I lived in […]