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Stan Hughes aka Ha-Gue-A-Dees-Sas, (Seneca for “Man Seeking His People), is a retired public school administrator with an extensive publication background including an Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry. He worked many years as a consultant for the Indian Education Center doing parent education workshops and lecturing from coast to coast on the topics involved with teaching Native children. He was active in Indian Education issues in both Washington State and Oregon, while serving on the board of the Urban Indian Center in Spokane, Washington.
Although not enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, both of his grandmothers were of Native American descent and his deceased father considered himself an Ah-oh-ZE (half-breed) of the Blackfoot Nation of north central Montana. Hughes was born on Yakama Indian territory in Washington State and grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, considered sacred by the Sioux Nation. He is a Vietnam Era veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1965.
Hughes was trained by traditional Shamans from northern California and participated in the Rite of Passage to warrior status during a seven day fast and vision quest in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.