Richard Daniel Iyall was born March 13, 1950. He was born in Ellensburg, Washington.

Richard’s father was Dan Iyall. His mother was Dr. Marilyn Lewis, D.V.M.

Richard’s father had been enrolled in both the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Both of these indigenous sovereign nations were located in the state of Washington, in the United States of America (USA). The Cowlitz Indian Tribe received US federally recognized tribal government status on February 14, 2000. On March 9, 2015 the U.S. federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Cowlitz Tribe’s first trust land. The decision was appealed. The U.S. federal Court of Appeals approved the BIA’s decision. That decision was appealed. In 2017 the US federal Supreme Court handed out a statement verifying that they would not listen to the argument against the BIA decision. On April 24, 2017 the Cowlitz Indian Tribe opened its ilani Casino Resort, at Ridgefield, Washington.

Richard’s mother divorced his father in 1955. His mother remarried. In January, 1957 he moved from Seattle, Washington to San Francisco, California with his mother and two sisters. In August, 1957 the family moved to Fresno, California. Shortly after, his mother divorced her second husband. In 1960 his third and last sister joined the family.

In 1974 Richard’s father informed him that his father Dan had enrolled him in the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Richard attended his first Cowlitz Indian Tribe General Council Meeting in Washington State in June, 1979. At that time he volunteered to be a named plaintiff in the Tribe’s fishing rights lawsuit, which was just getting started. When one of the ten named plaintiffs (Ethel Goodell) dropped out, he was accepted as one of the named plaintiffs. He answered the Interrogatories to Plaintiff in January, 1980. He has attended Cowlitz Indian Tribe General Council Meetings in June, 2004 and June, 2017.

Richard has lived in Fresno, California for over 60 years.

Richard attended Bullard High School. There, he was a member of the Cross Country team for two years and the Track team for one year. He graduated in 1968.

Richard attended Fresno City College. His last major was American Indian Studies.

Richard served as a member of the board of directors of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called the Fresno Urban Indian Dental & Health Services, Inc. It later became known as Associated Indian Services, Inc. He served on the board for about five years, from 1979-84. He served as board Secretary for about 2 1/2 years. He served as Bylaws Committee Chairman. He served as Election Committee Chairman for two years.

Richard worked as a delivery driver for the specialty foods company San Joaquin Connection, Inc. from March 9, 2009 until about October, 2006.

Richard was a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). He was a member of the NRA Members Council of Fresno/Madera Counties, until 2006. He served as Gun Show Committee Chairman.

Richard was a member of the Native American Inter-tribal Students Association (NAISA) at Fresno City College. He served as club Secretary until 2011. He was a member of the Sustainable Action Club of Fresno City College. He served as club Secretary.

He has been a member of the Hearts On Fire Rock ‘N Roll Choir of Fresno, CA, singing as a baritone.

Richard served as a board member for Peace Fresno until 2017.

Richard has served as a volunteer photographer for the nonprofit Community Alliance Newspaper, starting with the publication of his first photo there for the November, 2012 issue. He has also served as a journalist for the Community Alliance (www.fresnoalliance.com).

Richard has been a member of the unincorporated association known as Fresnans Against Fracking. It is somehow connected to the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Richard has been a member of a group known as Pachamama Alliance Fresno.

Richard has been an art model. He started modeling for artists in the fall of 1974. He engaged in that sporadic activity until about early 1983. He resumed modeling for artists in 2009. His primary locations for modeling have been at Fresno State and Fresno City College.

Richard enjoys writing poetry. Some of his work has been published. His first published poem was called “What Is Christmas” copyright 1993 Richard Iyall.

Richard has never been married. He has no children. He retired in 2012 at the age of 62.


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