The Dispatch News Online, Posted: 10/22/2014 06:59:21 AM EDT
By: Jon Bishop
DEVENS — To listen to Onkwe Tase, who turned 90 on Saturday, is to listen to wisdom.
After all, he’s had quite a life.
Tase is founder of the United Native American Cultural Center in Devens; the first Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Massachusetts; a former police officer in Dracut; a poet; an environmental activist who helped restore the Nashua River in the 1960s, which led to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1966 and an appearance in the book A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry; and a World War II veteran who landed at Normandy during D-Day.
And he has provided guidance to countless family and friends.