Velma: Fleur De Narcisus is
a book written about and for my mother, Velma Louise Pensoneau Jones. At
this time Mother is 95 years old. For decades she has devoted her life
to her people in a quiet way. She herself said, “When ever there was a
need I was there, either carrying a shawl to give away, to offer my
skills to negotiate between races, or however I could.
After working through
Mother’s genealogy back to the 1500's to the times when her family lived
in France, truly I do not believe Mother ever knew or realized the genes
she posses to make her act with such great love for her people of the
On the other hand her
ancestor, Chief Standing Bear, was the Chief who returned to Nebraska.
His great love for his people gave him strength to be the first American
Indian to actually stand before the United States Courts with such
bravery in order to become the first tribe to fight for the right to be
called “humans,” and to actually become citizens of that early
government. His bravery has given all tribes a standing to be treated as
defeated nations and to have the respect this country gives to those
Today, I stand before
you, well knowing you are a group of people who are already successful.
I’m aware it is you who could teach me, with this thought in mind I
leave this with you.
“Think about how you can
help me promote this book, so that, our children and grandchildren will
know, no matter how small we are, or how little power we have, still,
one person can make changes.
Thank you. May I answer
any questions you have?
Jen nee, Water Woman.