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Chief Roy “Crazy Horse” Johnson

New Jersey, USA
Death 11 Nov 2004 (aged 79)
New Jersey, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 28203018 · View Source
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United States Army Veteran

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Remembering a Family Friend:

Chief; veteran, dad, husband, organizer, businessman, lecturer and writer of the Powhatan Renape Nation at the Rankokus American Indian Reservation in Rancocas, New Jersey; passed at age 79, The Chief suffered after fighting from various lengthy illnesses. Yet, he continued to work up until his death. He would attend his kidney dialysis as directed then, afterwards, most times; he would show up back at Indian Reservation to check on the tribe and its operations. During his time as chief, since the early 1970's, he was well known to be an advocate for other social groups of people concerning civil rights and worked with the New Jersey Governor, Christie Whitman. He had a warm gentle smile as he was a kind gentle man. He always had lots of stories to tell... His memories are truly cherished by those he met in business, government and various other community organizations from around the world interacting with other Native American Indian Tribes coming together for annual festivals throughout the United States of America. Roy Crazy Horse served in the United States Army during World War II.

Cause of death: complications from diabetes.

New Jersey personalized licence plates: EAGLE

(bio by: Paul Cofer)


Roy (Roy Johnson) CRAZY HORSE Obituary

Chief Roy Crazy Horse (aka Nemattanew, Roy Johnson, Reds) Chief Roy Crazy Horse departed this life on Thursday, November 11, 2004. He was born on December 7, 1924 in Camden, NJ to the late Charles H. Johnson and Anna Schmidt Johnson. He was the youngest of 8 children. Roy Crazy Horse served as the Executive Administrative Director of the Powhatan Indians of Delaware Valley, NJ as well as the Executive Director of the Coalition of Eastern Native Americans in Washington, D.C. Chief Crazy Horse will be remembered fo his many contributions to the Powhatan Renape Nation, especially his long pursued dream of the Rankokus Reservation. He worked hard to achieve this dream, which was realized in 1974. He will be remembered for his numerous articles and books with his kindness and generosity both inside and outside the Indian Community. He received an honorary Doctate from Thomas Edison State College. He was married to a loving a devoted wife, Idell Mathias on April 11, 1947. Three children, Guy, Gia and Gig, were born from this union. Other surviving family members include sister, Anne (Rhodelle); and brother-in-law, Charles Campbell; sister-in-law, Dr. Lottie Johnson; and cousins, nieces, and nephews. The celebration of Chief Roy Crazy Horse's life will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2004, 2 pm at the Rankokas Indian Reservation in Rancocas, NJ. (609-261-4747) In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Powhatan Renape Nation, PO Box 225, Rancocas, NJ 08073-0225. Arrangements by MATHIS FUNERAL HOME

Published in The News Journal on Nov. 18, 2004

Roy Crazy Horse dies at 79.

Native American Burial Grounds
"The Native People of North America are living evidence of a cycle of evidence. That cycle extends as far back as human memory, and even beyond. Our ancestors are the very chain of Being that links us in that cycle from the past to the present, just as our children link us to the future. It is through our Ancestors and our children that we know who we are and where we stand in the world. To destroy the graves of our ancestors is tantamount to stealing our children, for we are One in a continuum of life. If you rip open our hearts, then the least we can ask is that you also provide a way to heal the wound.
As you know, many Native American burial grounds are disturbed, and often destroyed in these modern times, by agriculture, archaeology, road work, building, and other forms of construction. We take very seriously the physical and energetic imbalances caused by such activities, and consider it vital that the dominant society take full responsibility for its actions, and provide a means by which imbalances can be corrected. At the very least, in cases where burial sites have been disturbed, new land should be provided for the reburial of remains, where they can be reconsecrated according to the spiritual ways of our people. This is a small thing to ask, and certainly in keeping with the ideals of religious freedom and human rights upon which American society is supposedly based. Consider this carefully. We ask no more than would any self-respecting people, and no less than our ancestors would expect of us. This is as we see it. Aho." Chief Roy Crazy Horse

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