Born and raised on the banks of the great Hudson river, homeland of my “River Indian” forefathers.
The tides and whispers of the past were my early teachers.
After honorable service in the army, I pursued a degree in engineering.
This served me well, retiring from a life time of employment in the healthcare industry last year.
I now function as a spiritual leader for my people.
Donna, born and raised in her culture is a Spiritual Leader, Holistic Practitioner Natural Health Teacher , Certified Life Coach, Certified Community Mediator, Reiki Master and Leads the Women’s Moon Lodge for the tribe. With a strong understanding of traditional medicine and culture, she is instrumental in supporting the preservation of healing arts. As the lead drummer and singer of an all-native women’s drum group, Spirit of Thunderheart, she has received many awards and accolades, including Native American Music Award and Nominations.
Donna shares her wisdom with the young people in the tribe, leading traditional music and crafting workshops. As a member of the Tribal Council, she brings powerful feminine leadership.
Tom Littledeer Weindl is a Northeast Woodlands Indian of Algonquin heritage. He has extensive knowledge of our area’s history, and keen interest in our natural woodland settings. As the Events Coordinator for the Tribe, Tom offers valuable advice on the selection of outdoor activity locations, among other important aspects of event production throughout the year,.
Having grown up in a Connecticut rural landscape, Tom is passionate about the preservation of land and wildlife. He promotes the virtues of an active and healthy lifestyle that includes spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors, especially in our great State Parks.
Robert Shawn “Noble Wolf” Grant—Tribal Council
With the discovery of his family line, Shawn became a tribal member and since then has been active in many aspects of tribal life. Embracing his heritage with strong participation in tribal meetings, gatherings, and rites of passage, becoming a member of the Tribal Council was inevitable.
Shawn is involved and deeply rooted in his family life, church life, and community life and Faith and Tribal Identity are focal points.
To understand him as leader is to understand how he loves and cares for family. Providing insight, ideas, fundraising and development support, and participating in outreaches, Shawn is an active member of his local church body. Coaching for over 20 years in after-school programs and the local YMCA, he takes pride in helping to shape positive futures for local youth. Providing mentoring and uplifting their growth with self confidence, leadership skills, and emotional support, Shawn is encouraged to see many of these children come to be productive, caring and strong young adults.
His goals are to forward the tribe in unity, love, and respect for all.