"As the tribal Chair of the Chinook Nation, Ray has been a strong leader and advocate for his people," wrote Les Bolton, executive director of the Historical Seaport in an email to supporters. "He has helped us many times to reach out and connect with tribal members from around the region. He has taught us about traditions and that it is okay if we make mistakes, so long as our intent was honorable and we were acting out of respect."
Ray is currently waiting for admission to a list of potential lung transplant recipients. We ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Ray can be reached via the Chinook Nation website. He also has a Facebook page.