I had forgotten that Tricia Johnson-McDuffie was a member of this forum, although she had only made a few posts. Tricia was a very proud and forceful voice in defense of First Nations people, culture and heritage. She was of Dine heritage herself, and supported several other forums - being a devoted "fan" of Autie Custer, about whom she was writing, or maybe had finished, a new novel - The Russian Diplomat's Daughter. I hope that it is eventually published. I only read one chapter, and it was quite good.
Tricia died unexpectedly of a heart attack last Wednesday. I heard the news yesterday and was completely overwhelmed and devastated. Those of you who have read her posts on other forums will understand that we have lost someone who would have made valuable contributions to this one.
We are all made less by her loss, and I am sure that you will join me in hoping that the Everywhere Spirit will guide her path.
Last Edit: Jul 14, 2008 10:19:20 GMT -5 by biggordie
I didn't know Trisha was a member of this board as well - hadn't the time to get to know her, but read the sad news about her this morning on LBH. I renew my condolences to her family and friends; hope that her novel will be published in the next future. It will be the best way to remember her.
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
Thanks Gordie, for posting this sad news. I just returned from vacation and I am shocked like all of you.
I didn´t know Tricia as good as other posters at the littlebighorn.info site. But I read quite a lot of her posts over the past years. She had a lot of passion and strong opinions, and most of all a good heart. I understand that so many will miss her. I will miss her, too. Honestly, I wish I could have get to know her better at this new board. She could have taught us a lot of her Indian ancestry and heritage.
I will always remember her first post and her good advice for us here:
My only desire of this board is that we of Indian decent are represented as humans--complete with faults and noble heroics. Ya-ta-he'ey! Tricia