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Binaishee Quence Bellanger-Rook departed this earth on September 17, 2019 as her tiny newborn son arrived.

We ask for your support and contributions to the family of Binaishee Quence Bellanger-Rook, who departed this earth on September 17, 2019 as her tiny newborn son arrived.
In addition to her son, she leaves behind her husband, Darrin Cobenais, her daughter Sammie, her siblings Makwa, Jake and Barbie, nieces and nephews, and her mother, Lisa Bellanger.
Lisa is a Rural Coalition Board member and daughter of our founding mother Patricia Bellanger.
Her beautiful daughter Binaishee forever holds a special place in our hearts. With Pat, we watched her grow, and we named the “Binaishee Quence Building the Future Award” in her honor in 1994. Her name means “young bird woman,” and the award recognizes outstanding efforts of leaders, who inspire young people to protect the water and the earth, which nurtures them.
Binaishee had a gentle way of sharing her heart with everyone she met. Over the years, she and her family have welcomed and nurtured and educated and fed and transported and uplifted thousands of people as they protected the Ojibwe culture and lifeways they loved.
With deep thanks for the many blessings Binaishee and her famly have shared in their work for environmental justice and tribal and cultural sovereignty for Indigenous people, Rural Coalition has established the Bellanger Family Fund with the approval of the family. All tax-deductible contributions received for this Fund will be given to the family to sustain them through this difficult part of their journey and so that they may carry on their work in the future, with the love and support of us all.
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