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"Native American Church" Strawberry Plains TN, Jerry Dills AKA Peshewa

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Link to original obituary: Dr. Macaki Peshewa (obituary)

--- Quote ---PESHEWA, DR. MACAKI - known to most everyone as "Doc," continued on his journey through eternity early Wednesday morning, February 9, 2011, as he passed from this life to the next. During his life he brought happiness to many and no one who met him was unaffected by his presence. Doc was a force for good throughout his life. A Veteran of the Air Force, he also co-founded the Tennessee Indian Council, founded the Indian Historical Society, Native American Indian Media, The Systems Theory and Human Development Corporation, published The Indian Reader, and established the Native American Church of Strawberry Plains of which he was the priest. He was also well known as Santa for the past 37 years. He could often be seen passing out candy and gifts during the holiday season and throughout the year. He felt like "Everyday should be like Christmas." Continuing on their journey through life are Doc's wives, Marion and Melanie; his children Shanti, Shakra and husband Adam, Shamir and partner Scott, Shaman and husband Daniel, Shakti and Shasti; his brother Tom and Sandra; his cousins, Doug Dills and Lil Virginia Thompson; his God-children, Brandon Stormer, Paige and Joey Wilkinson; his special friends, Moe, Seham and Christina Gurgis, Seva and family, Chief Hawk Pope, Bill and Patsy McKee, Ayapia, Steve Lohrey, Steve Stormer, Dr. Williem Kelley, Dr. Craig Laman, Earl Nash, Bruce Torbett, Jody Torbett, and Katja Kaye. A releasing ceremony for Doc will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 4:00pm at the Native American Church located at 7862 McMillan Road, Strawberry Plains, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Native American Church P.O. Box 53, Strawberry Plains, TN 37871. A celebration in honor of Doc will be held at Doc's house following the ceremony. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865) 6WE-CARE (693-2273)

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from February 11 to February 12, 2011

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Shante Peshewa, son of Jerry Dills, has been convicted of child molesting.

Child molester gets 30 years, will appeal

A Schererville man who admitted he molested a 10-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday in Lake Superior Court to 30 years in prison.

Shanti Neishte Peshewa, 29, admitted he molested the girl between Sept. 1 and Dec. 4 at a home in Schererville. During the sexual assaults, Peshewa admitted in court that he would tell the girl he was trying to teach her about sex so she would not experiment with boys her age.

The girl’s mother read excerpts of a letter from her daughter that said Peshewa destroyed her life, but she felt victorious over him despite the crimes he committed against her. “I hope that you suffer,” the girl said in her letter.

Peshewa pleaded guilty to child molesting, a Class A felony punishable by a maximum 50-year sentence. The plea agreement spelled out the 30-year term.

Peshewa said he plans to appeal.

Since January 13, 2022, there is a related thread about a person who is reported to be "a granddaughter to Macaki Peshewa":
(Gowa Peshewa [AKA Gowa Gram] - Doc Macaki Peshewa relative?)

Sandy S:
Just to do so, I teased out this bit "His grandmother, Rebecca Eagle, was married to John Dills from Illinois" - Jerry Dills' claim to paternal heritage.

Currently relevant because of

The surname "Eagle" does not automatically = Indigenous heritage. In this case, this family, I only see white listed in records.

Jerry's paternal grandfather John Clinton Dills
Paternal grandmother Rebecca L (Eagle) Dills

Rebecca L (Eagle) Dills's father was Ambrose Henry Eagle, a private in the Confederate army

Photo and more info on Ambrose

Rebecca L (Eagle) Dill is listed white in birth, census, and death records.

Sandy S:
Update on Shanti Peshewa:

DOC Number    220037
First Name    SHANTI
Middle Name    N
Last Name    PESHEWA
Date of Birth    02/1982
Gender    Male
Race    American Indian/Alaskan
Facility/Location    Indiana State Prison

Date of Sentence    07/21/2011
Description    CHILD MOLESTING
Term in Years / Months / Days    
Type of Conviction    FA
Indiana Citation Code    35-42-4-3
Cause Number    45G04-1012-FA-00053
County of Conviction    LAKE
Projected Release Date    09/21/2036

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