News From Native California Volume 31, Issue 3 - Page 21

A Life Lived in Service to Community and Environment By Beverly R. Ortiz the honorable ron W. Goode has lived a life of service to his family, his community, the North Fork Mono Tribe, and the planet. Energetic, inspired, creative, hard- working, and wide-ranging in interests and abilities, Ron has spent his life modelling the possible in seemingly impossible circumstances. Ron Goode was born on September 11, 1950, in Clovis, the only one of his four older brothers and three older sisters— Thomas “Tom Cat” Kinsman, Dillon Jackson, Harlena “Hattie Mae” (Jackson) Whipple, Robena (Walker) Lemus, Ray “Chubby” Walker, Herman Walker, and Rose Ann Walker—to be born in a hospital. Ron’s parents, the late Lena Adeline Kinsman- Walker and the late Ulysses “Uly” O. Goode, were from North Fork and raised their family there. Ron grew up in a home without electricity and running water until his sophomore year in high school, when a well was installed. Among Ron’s chores: hauling fresh water from the creek each evening for the family’s use the next day, splitting wood, cutting kindling, filling the kerosene lamps, and changing the lamp wicks as needed. Ron grew up immersed in his people’s older ways. His family’s cuisine included acorn soup; sourberries, blackberries, and gooseberries eaten fresh or cured; greens such as clover and watercress eaten fresh and cooked; and his mother’s homemade tortillas with beans, cooked on a woodstove. After completing his chores, Ron hunted cottontails, grey squirrels, wild pigeons, quail, and mourning doves for the family table, all with a single-shot .22 rifle or a small shotgun. In fact, Ron’s keen eye for spotting wildlife when hunting led to his Indian name, Quint-na Apus or Eagle Eye. As Ron explained to me in early January, “My Indian name Row one: Details of Ron’s soapstone carvings. Photos by Beverly R. Ortiz. Row two: Ron and Richard Lavelle (North Fork Mono Tribe vice chair) at the Mariposa resource restoration area, June 8, 2016. Courtesy of the Autry Museum. Ron exchanging a hand clapper he made for a war club made by Terry, a Maori artist, 2010. Courtesy of Ron Goode. Ron honoring Dr. Jared Aldern at a North Fork Mono Tribe meeting, January 18, 2016. Courtesy of Ron Goode. Row three: Ron blessing the recharged spring at the Crane Valley restoration site, ca. 2010. Photo by Jared Aldern. Cutlural presentation in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Courtesy of Ron Goode. Row four: Joey Garfield (Tule River), Ron, Jay Johnson (Yosemite Miwok), and Dirk Charley (Dunlap Mono) at a California Native American Heritage Commission Gala, October 21, 2016. Courtesy of Ron Goode. Ron gathering California mint (a peppermint-like water mint) at Bass Lake, date unknown. Courtesy of Ron Goode. Ron and Victor Gonzales (Apache) at the Fresno Veterans Day Parade, November 26, 2014. Courtesy of Ron Goode. SPR IN G 2 018 ▼ 19