Amelia Elaine Loureiro, AKA “Chicken” went to the spirit world Sept. 4, 2013, in Chiloquin, OR. “Chick” was born in San Francisco, CA., May 22, 1951, to parents Francisco Loureiro and Ruby Butler. She was raised in San Francisco but spent her summers growing up in Chiloquin with her grandmother, Aggie Skellock, and moved to reside in Chiloquin in 1996.
Amelia attended Mission High School in San Francisco. She took photography at California College of the Arts, received a certificate to be an optometrist’s assistant at Merritt Peralta College, and went to Laney College for Culinary Arts to learn cake baking and decorating. Amelia explored many career options before recently becoming employed at Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services as a Patient Benefit Coordinator, where she advocated for patient rights.
Amelia’s first job was as a receptionist for the Southern Pacific railroad in San Francisco. She was owner/operator of a popular Native American hotspot known as “Chicken’s Roost,” in Oakland, CA. She was a co-operative owner of two bakeries: Uprising’s Bakery and Nabolom Bakery, both in Berkeley, CA. Amelia was the Food & Beverge Manager for KlaMoYa Casino, cook’s assistant for the Klamath Tribes and also was a cake decorator for Sherm’s Thunderbird Bakery.
In her younger years, Amelia enjoyed live music, attending concerts and dancing. She fondly remembered going to Aquatic Park to listen to music greats such as Santana and Janis Joplin. She loved to travel and explore new places.
Amelia was a Northern Traditional Dancer; she danced in the War Dance style taught to her by her grandma and she enjoyed going to powwows to compete. She was the Klamath Tribes Honorary Sobriety Pow Wow Queen in 2007. Amelia particularly enjoyed Tribes Restoration Celebration, where her family gathered annually.
Amelia most enjoyed visiting and spending time with her family, friends, loved ones and cherished pets Ewok and Gilbert. Amelia was baptized at St. Delores Catholic Church in San Francisco, but also had strong beliefs in traditional ceremonial practices and participated in sweat lodge.
Amelia was especially proud of her family’s involvement in the Occupation of Alcatraz. She was a firm believer in promoting the American Indian Movement and fighting for Native rights.
Her wish to pave a better future for her grandchildren with her awareness of Native American issues and her knowledge of the destruction of Native American people because of genocide and the use of alcohol led Amelia to live a sober life. For the past 16 years, Amelia lived a traditional life and was very proud to be Klamath.
Amelia was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest sister, Justine Buckskin Moppin’ brothers, Ronald Loueriro and Saa-swa-nis-his-waqs Buckskin and special friend Jessica Steele. She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Hummingbird and husband Ronald, Imogene Walker and husband Alfred; sister in-law Cindy Buckskin; children and 17 grandchildren: Rachel Coss-Vernon, Ruby, Gabriel Dennis Coss Jr. and wife Valerie, Nygel, Kym, Sarah, Nyla, Dennis III, Sharon, Danita Bobo and husband Joseph-Tomathias, Renee, Lawren, Lea Coss-Melina, Jaylen; Faye Kirk and husband Francis-Justin, Jevi, Kaniya, and three great-grandchildren: Coralie, Lotus and Kaliyah; goddaughter Martina Fenner, numerous nephews, nieces, extended family, many close friends, fiance Michael Fernandez and special friends Tudy, Suzie and Joanne.