In Memory of Mitchell Bush


Tecumseh... 1800's..... Indian Country

"So live your life that the fear of Death can never enter your heart.  

Trouble on one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.

Love your life perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the Great Divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.

Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning  give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for ause turn the wise ones to fools and robs the Spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of Death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."

To anyone that knew him, Mitchell encompassed this so much.  Thank you Mitchell for your wisdom, mentoring and demonstrating how to lead a life on this earth with honor and reverence of all living things. 



It is with a heavy heart we announce, Mitchell L. Bush, Jr., 82, of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation was called home on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. at Spotsylvania Regional Hospital in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He was surrounded by family and friends when he made the journey.

Born February 1, 1936, in Syracuse, New York and educated at the Haskell Institute, Lawrence, Kansas (1951 - 1956) He served in the United States Army (1958 - 1961). Mitchell previously served and retired as Chief Administrator of Tribal Enrollment Services for the Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.

Mitchell was one of the founding members and Elder of the American Indian Society of Washington, DC (AIS) along with serving as president for the first twenty-five years. He helped develop the property of AIS known as Indian Pines and served as its primary caretaker.

Mitchell was admired and loved by all who knew him. His leaves a legacy which will continue to impact the Native Community and generations to come.

Mitchell was preceded in death by his parents, Mitchell L. Bush and Sarah Margaret Skendore; and his sister, Carol Gonyea.

Mitchell is survived by four brothers, Stephen Gonyea of Virginia, Ray Gonyea of Indiana, John Gonyea and Tony Gonyea both of the Onondaga Nation; three sisters, Anna Homer and Wendy Gonyea both of the Onondaga Nation and Darla Esposito of Otisco; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at Covenant Funeral Service, 1310 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Va. 22554.., Burial will be at the Indian Pines Cemetery at Ruther Glenn, Va. on April 28th.

We thank you and we will miss you Mitchell. May the Creator bless and kept you on your journey home.


Mitchell Bush's Story

"Living in Many Worlds" by Mitchell Bush, National American Indian Heritage Month Presentation