Bringing It Home for Our Relations

By Roy Cook

image001Our Soaring Eagle program this Fall 2009 is on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Ballard Parent Center in Old Town. Access to parking is from Jefferson St. The SCAIR, Southern California American Indian Resource, and Soaring Eagle dance program is a phenomenon. There is an excellent attendance of Indian Elders, professionals, parents and community members. All our relations heard the laughter and joy of our Indian children. The high ceiling, large room pulses with life. We can see each week why we continue to attend. There is something good here for the Indian Children, in spite of the changes in days or places. We are there for them.

Tonight, Chuck Cadotte spoke on inspiration. Traditionally many tribes held most highly the advice, direction that was received in a vision. Chuck said many times this inspiration came after a difficult trial of the character of the individual. As in the past, we need to focus and listen to the voices and wisdom of our parents and relatives. All will be good as long as we keep that thought in mind.

image005Keep in mind September 8, 2009 2375 Congress St. Old Town, San Diego. Good parking available in the schoolyard, there are two parking areas, so you need to enter the top lot from Jefferson St.

Additionally, Vickie Gambala organized an ongoing ‘Back to School Night’ distribution of supplies, dictionaries and what was available at the time. The backpacks were so few in number that the distribution is held off until next week or someone steps up to the plate with a contribution or backpacks. All this is personal commentary so; call Vickie Gambala for better clarification of the needs and how you or your organization can help our Indian children. (1-858-627-7362)


SCAIR dance instructor, Edward ‘Chuck’ Cadotte continues to mentor each dancer to do their best and encourage each category of dance style: Women and men traditional, grass dance, jingle dress, shawl dance, Southern women, adult and children round dance.


The Soaring Eagle singers sang some toe-tapping smooth songs that got all the dancers on their feet and hot to the occasion. It is a warm night and hot on the stage these Indian summer nights. Every so often we could feel the cool ocean breezes sliding by to refresh our singers: Alex and Frank Gastelem, Kim Flying Eagle, Ben Nance, Ernie Walton, Richard Decrane, Adrian and Adrian Ortiz. Tomas Decrane, Roy Cook and Korey Black Bear also joined the singers.


All are welcome to enjoy and participate in these SCAIR hosted free Soaring Eagle American Indian Dance classes. There is an open invitation for everyone to drop in: September 8, 2009 2375 Congress St. Old Town, San Diego.

Summer 2009 American Indian Culture and Pow wow doings:

September 11, 12 & 13, 2009
Sycuan Powwow

Sycuan Indian Reservation
5459 Sycuan Rd
El Cajon, CA

Flag Ceremony: Saturday & Sunday 10am.

Grand Entry: Friday-6pm, Saterday-1&8pm,Sunday-1pm.

Gourd Dance: Friday 7-8pm, Saturday 1pm, Sunday 1pm.
Info: 619/445-7776

September 18, 19 & 20, 2009
Soboba Powwow

Soboba Casino
San Jacinto, Ca

Info: 951/654-2765

September 18 - 22, 2009: Traditional brush dancers, Southern California bird singers, food and arts will highlight the Tenth annual celebration of Native American Day at California State University, San Bernardino on Friday, Sept. 22, beginning at 6 p.m.

The activities will be held on campus in the Lower Commons area. The event free and open to the public marks the culmination of the weeklong California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference (CICAC) held each year at Cal State San Bernardino.

This year’s conference, which runs from Sept. 18 - 22, is the first time that it will be held in the recently expanded and remodeled Santos Manuel Student Union, which bears the name of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ historical leader and reservation namesake.

Former Gov. Ronald Reagan officially acknowledged the contributions of California’s Native Americans in 1968, when he signed a resolution proclaiming the fourth Friday of September as American Indian Day. Eventually, in 1998, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1953 (Baca), establishing Native American Day as an official state holiday.

Today, people of all ages celebrate California Native American Day by learning more about the culture, heritage and traditions of California’s Indians.

September 26 & 27, 2009
16th Annual American Indian Powwow & Craft Fair

William S Hart County Park
24151 Newhall St.
Newhall, CA

Info: 661/298-3014 or 661/255-9295

September 25-27, 2009
19th Annual Morongo Thunder & Lightning Powwow - Cabazon, CA For additional information please call (951) 755-5340, Ext. 23800.
Friday, Sept. 25th - Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Grand Entry at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26th - Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Grand Entry at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27th - Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Grand Entry at 1:00 p.m.
Open to the Public. Admission and parking is free.