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Navajo Nation State of the Union Address

Direct from the Navajo Nation Washington Office

Navajo Nation SealNavajo Nation President Ben Shelly showed unity today by showcasing the work Vice President Rex Lee Jim has been doing for the Navajo Nation during the first day of the Spring Session of the Navajo Nation Council.

Vice President Jim spoke for nearly 20 minutes and delivered the State of the Nation almost entirely in Navajo.

Though Vice President Jim spoke mostly in Navajo, he followed the English written State of the Nation, and his speech outlined some of the initiatives the administration and Vice President Jim have accomplished and are working toward.

Vice President Jim also announced the successful passage of a waiver that saved Indian Health Service and 638 contract health centers as much as $24 million in Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Due to a $1 billion deficit, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer proposed state Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks, but provided a waiver for American Indian tribes in Arizona. The federal government approved her waiver for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

“This waiver also means keeping the doors of health care open for 50,000 Navajo people enrolled in AHCCCS,” according to the written speech

Vice President Jim updated the Council about a planned 2012 Navajo Nation Food Policy Summit, in which health leaders would explore solutions with a food policy to address obesity on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Department of Health estimates that 40 percent of Navajo people are obese, and obesity is a contributing factor for heart attacks, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

The summit would bring in Navajo culture into the discussion, and explore the spiritual and nutritional role in a historical perspective while using more current data, Vice President Jim said.

Using the written speech, Vice President Jim said “our people are our strength, and we, as leaders, must lead our people to greater prosperity and opportunities, while keeping our culture alive and strong.”

(see more at http://nnwo.org/content/president-shelly-and-vice-president-jim-gives-state-nation-address )

Evans Craig, Dine’ from Shiprock, NM, Navajo Nation, USA


April 17, 2012 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2011/2012 Pow-Wow Update (60th Annual Chickahominy Fall Festival & Pow-Wow This Week)

* September 24-25, 2011
60th Annual Chickahominy Fall Festival & Pow-Wow This Weekend, Providence Forge, VA. Contact Keith Wynn, (804) 966-2448 or (804) 829-2027 website: www.chickahominytribe.org

* November 3, 2011 
Fredericksburg, Virginia Pow-Wow will not be sponsored this year. We hope to be back next year. We will however sponsor a cultural exchange in Fredericksburg.

* November 11-13
Richmond, Virginia Pow-wow Press Release below. Please distribute to family, friends, press and others.

 Press Release


Hollister, NC – November is Native American month. Pow-Wow, an American Indian owned and operated company, will sponsor the 21th annual Great American Indian Exposition Pow-Wow and Show on November 11-13, 2011 in Richmond , VA. Pow-Wow invites the public to join us at this joyous celebration. The event will be held at The Showplace, which is located at 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond , VA 23223.

The pow-wow is an opportunity for the public to interact with over 200 American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists, and crafts persons. Also, this event is an attempt by Pow-Wow to educate the public about American Indians, past and present, through the arts. Over $10,000 will be offered in dance and drum prizes, which will attract more than 200 dancers in full regalia from throughout the United States and Canada . At least Seven (7) drums are expected.

Gates open at 9:00AM on Friday, November 11th for a cultural exchange for area schools. Native American Cultural Exchange programs allow teachers, students, and others to interact with our population. The public is welcome also all day on Friday. Grand entry (parade of nations) on Friday starts at 6PM and concludes at 9:00PM.

On Saturday, gates will open at 11:00AM, and the event will kick off with a parade of nations (grand entry) at 12:00 noon. Over 100 Tribes will be represented at this year’s event, and they include: Haliwa-Saponi, Piscataway, Chickahominy, Rappahannock, Cherokee, Sioux, Iroquois, Lumbee, Hopi, Mattaponi , Nansemond, Choctaw, Navajo, and so many other Tribes and nations.

The public will be able to visit with and buy from some of the best arts and crafts vendors/ demonstrators in the United States . Items for sale include turquoise jewelry, moccasins, beadwork, rugs, books, and paintings to name a few. Renowned fine artists and jewelers will be represented at this year’s event.

Face painting will be available for children and others. A tipi will be set up for public visitation. Bow-‘n-’ arrow shooting will also be available for the whole family.

Buffalo stew, Indian Tacos and buffalo burgers are just a few of the delicious Native American food items that will be on sale at the event. American fare such as hot dogs will be sold too.

Admission is $10 for everyone on Friday. The price on Saturday and Sunday is as follows: Ages 3-12: $6:00 Ages 13-up: $10.00. Tickets purchased in advance cost $8.50 for Friday (everyone) and $8.50 for adults on Saturday and Sunday, $5 for children. Groups of 10 or more scheduled for Saturday and Sunday pay $8.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. This offer is not good with any other coupons.

Show-times are: Friday: 9:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M. Saturday -9:00AM-8:00PM (early bird shopping on Saturday morning) and Sunday 11:00AM-6:00PM. This is a rain or shine event (we are inside)!!!

Call the show promoter, Barry Richardson, at (252) 532-0821 or send e-mail to: powwow@vance.net. Call the Showplace at (804) 225-8877.

OUR WEB-SITE IS: http://www.myspace.com/powwow4life


Head Staff:

Keith Colston (Lumbee/Tuscarora): MC
Schirra Gray (Piscataway):Head male dancer
Dawnita Neconie (Kiowa, Otoe-Missouria and Pawnee):Head Female Dancer
Becky Adkins Branch (Lumbee/Chickahominy): Head Tabulator
Marvin “Marty” Richardson (Haliwa-Saponi): Head Judge
Ray Silva (Laguna Pueblo): Arena Director

Prize Money:

Drum: Categories: $2,000, $1,000 and $500 (Drum Appreciation Offering Saturday and Sunday)
Adults (Traditional, Fancy, Grass and Jingle): $500, $250 and $125
Jrs (same categories as above): $75, $50 and $25
Boys/Girls: $$50, $25 and $15
Tiny Tots: $10

Specials Sponsored By Pow-Wow:

Men’s fancy ($500) in honor of Ray Littleturtle (Lumbee Cheraw) (All Ages)
Men’s traditional ($500) in honor of George “Whitewolf” Branham-Monacan (Must be 50 or older)

Host Hotel:

The Crowne Plaza in Richmond is the host hotel ($51 a night!!!!!!). Call 804-285-9951 to make hotel reservations for the Richmond Pow-Wow.

Vending Space Available (not food)

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