Our wonderful Honorary Elder Bette Spence celebrated her 105th birthday on February 11th. We’re pretty late with these wishes, so I hope the sincerity shows. Thanks to Dolores Greyeyes Sand for composing this small prayer for her, to wish her well today and every day, and thanks to Janet Fontaine and all those who love and care for Bette every day. She is really a treasure.
nohtâwînân kihci-kîsikohk kâ-ayâyan, sawêyim awa kêhtê-iskwêw Bette kâ-isiyihkâsot.
kiyâm ka-mah-miywâyâw êkwa mîna pêyahtakêyimowin kika-ayaw kâkikê.
ᓄᐦᑖᐑᓈᐣ ᑭᐦᒋ ᑮᓯᑯᕽ,ᑳ ᐊᔮᔭᐣ, ᓴᐍᔨᒼ ᐊᐘ ᑫᐦᑌ ᐃᐢᑵᐤ Bette ᑳ ᐃᓯᔨᐦᑳᓱᐟ᙮
ᑭᔮᒼ ᑲ ᒪᐦ ᒥᔼᔮᐤ ᐁᑿ ᒦᓇ ᐯᔭᐦᑕᑫᔨᒧᐏᐣ ᑭᑲ ᐊᔭᐤ ᑳᑭᑫ᙮
Our Father in heaven, bless this elder lady who is called Bette.
May she always be well and always have peace.
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