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Native American Heritage Month: Teri Keas Monical

November 1, 2010


Date: 11/01/2010 Description: Native American Heritage Month, 2010: Teri Keas - State Dept ImageI am a consular officer, currently in Guadalajara serving as the Non-Immigrant Visa Chief. I served my first tour in Guadalajara and also have served in Santo Domingo and CA/OCS/ACS. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, I taught at Wichita State University in the College of Education and was the Program Director for the State of Kansas and Wichita Public Schools program for aspiring teachers. I also served time teaching American history and civics/government to middle school and high school students and as a high school administrator.

I received a B.A. in history with minors in sociology and economics and a B.A. in secondary education from Wichita State University where I also earned an M. Ed. in leadership. I am at post with my husband.  My mother is retired FS; my grandfather spent 25 years in the Mideast in the private sector.

We can trace our Native American heritage back to my great-grandfather’s mother who was among the thousands of Cherokee women who walked the Trail of Tears from the Southern U.S. She gave birth to my great-grandfather, John Chinarche, after arriving in Indian Territory. John Chinarche was an Indian scout for the U.S. Army in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He was listed on the DAWES rolls which listed the members of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory and was given Cherokee land in Oklahoma. My grandfather, Eugene Chinarche, was adopted by a German Family and took the name Fluke because of discrimination using a Native American name at that time in history. He attended Haskell Indian School for boys in Lawrence, Kansas. When the boys were 16 they were involuntarily sworn into the Kansas Army National Guard. The Indian Calvary Troop rode to Fort Riley every summer for summer camp training. He enlisted in WWII and was trained as a glider pilot. My family has always been active in the Native American community and for several years I served on the Board of the Mid-Continent Indian Museum in Wichita, Kansas.

Our family is proud of our Native American heritage and proud to continue to serve our country in the State Department.

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