Becky Ann Walker transitioned from this life on July 31st, 2020 at the age of 47.
Becky was born the Deer Clan July 9th 1973 in Cherokee NC (of Eastern and Western Cherokee and Lakota Sioux ancestry).
Her spiritual beliefs followed traditional Cherokee and Lakota values. Becky had a deep love for not only her people, but all people. Becky’s children Cameron (TsuWaYuGi) Jackson, KoDeSgi Jackson and Haley Smith were the loves of her life.
Becky received her BS degree in Anthropology from Western Carolina University and her Masters in Social Work from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She worked as a counselor at both the White Path Center (Children’s’ Home) and Analenisgi. She also worked as Program Manager of BIA Social Services/Cherokee Agency. Becky spent many of her days in Cherokee Tribal Council fighting for her people. Her final resolution submitted to and approved by Tribal Council was named “Becky’s Law”. Becky’s joy of crafting, beading, and sewing will be remembered through all of the women that she taught how to make ribbon skirts, and how to do traditional bead work.
Becky is survived by her children Cameron Jackson (TsuWaYuGi), KoDeSgi, and Haley Smith (Noqwisi). Her Mother Amy Walker, Siblings Alvin Shawn Grant, Mark Grant (Dinah), Dakota Melody Parker (Dwight) Tina Wildcat, Angela Hutchinson, Julio Casas, Sam Stover, and Stan Crowe. Niece Nevada Bone, Nephews Brant Grant, Mr. Bone (Caity), Keawe Bone, Raven Grant, Menock Grant, and Beau Wildcat, Special Sister Trina Rhinehart, and Becky’s Ace Boon Rahkie Mateen. She was preceded in death by her Father, Frank Walker, (Cherokee Nation).
Final ceremony presenting Becky to the Creator were held on the day of her passing. Pipe ceremony was conducted at Kituwah (Mother Town) at sunset per her wishes. The ceremonial songs were song by John John Grant, Ute Grant, Amy Walker and Dakota Parker. Ceremony was conducted by General Grant (Uncle).
A memorial foundation will be established at a later day and the community will be notified. The appreciation committee would like to thank the many visitors, and friends of Becky that provided food, flowers, and fellowship. Becky received care from Four Seasons Hospice, and her sisters. Appalachian Funeral Services assisted the family. An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
The community saw the way Becky advocated for her people through constant appearances at Tribal Council and through her Cherokee and Lakota values and beliefs and BECKY SAID “I didn’t leave here a COLONIZED INDIAN.”