Soaring Eagles Have Happy Hearts

By Roy Cook

The gusty chill of the February winds did not keep the families from attending the warm fellowship of the Soaring Eagles workshop. Parents and elders bring in covered pots of tasty delights for the evening feast. Blessing of the food and announcements of events is quickly followed with the call for, “Elders first.”


The first songs fill the air as the meal is cleaned up and finished. Tonight we had two drums ready to sing and help the mentors and dancers realize the children’s achievements. Dance and song Mentors are ready to assist by giving encouragement to the eager children that come when they can and some that come every week. Education and homework is still the priority with the Indian Education Title VII program.


We are still seeing Indian families returning to the Soaring Eagle dance workshop after the Holidays. We are very glad to see them return and welcome any new families too! The Indian Dance workshop is from 6-8:30 pm. with fellowship and stories to tell each Tuesday evening. Remember it is, ‘Back to Basics’ Soaring Eagle at the 2011 dance classes.


Regalia construction also continues. There are regalia workshops and Joe Landry is instructing on moccasin construction in the side rooms of the Ballard center. Ben Nance still provides custom fit leather belts for waists and straps for dancers’ bells.


We are encouraged by the support of our Tribal Elders attending the workshops and we sincerely feel we are following in the paths of tradition determined by the wisdom taught to us by our American Indian Elders and ancestors. These children today will tell their children how things were when they were young. The continuity of culture and tribal tradition of will restore the hoop of the world, for all the people, for all our relations. We, as individuals, always need to remember, it is not about us, and it is all for the children!

San Diego American Indian pow wow trails start at the Old Town Ballard center from 6-8:30 pm. with smiles and stories to tell each Tuesday evening. Remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the evening feast. Everyone is welcome. Maybe we will see you next Tuesday, everyone is welcome!

For more information on the Soaring Eagles:

San Diego Unified School District

Title VII Indian Education Program

Contact for Soaring Eagle performance- Parent committee:

Abel Jacome - 619-454-4951 or Email:

February 1, 6, 15, 22

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Recently Louis Guassac brought in some pertinent information about a Diabetes awareness run to be held in the Southern California region. It will be starting on February 14, 2011, from La Jolla cove in San Diego.

This is a 5,000+ mile walk across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our entire diet and lifestyle! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country.

The Longest Walk 3, Reversing Diabetes 2011 is set to begin at La Jolla, California on February 14, 2011 (Valentine’s Day – Heart Day) following a pipe ceremony. Read on for more details.

The Longest Walk 3 Reversing Diabetes schedule is as follows:

February 14, 2011 leave La Jolla Shores- San Diego California

February 15, 2011 leave the San Pasqual Indian Reservation

February 16, 2011 leave the Pechanga Indian Reservation February 17, 2011 leave Soboba Indian Reservation

February 19, 2011 Leave Morongo Indian Reservation

February 20, 2011 leave Agua Caliente Indian ReservationFebruary 21, 2011 leave the Torres Martinez Indian Reservation (Runners only)

February 22, 2011 leave Glamis

February 23, 2011 leave Piacho State Park

California Route will end at Winterhaven on February 23, 2011.

Here is the National rundown from the organizers:

We will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. We will be advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs. Our goal will be to REVERSE DIABETES AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUS OF AMERICA THAT WE MUST HALT THE WORST DIET IN THE WORLD!

We will be leaving La Jolla, California on February 14, 2011 (Valentine’s Day – Heart Day) following a pipe ceremony, and other events, and entering Washington DC on July 8th, 2011 (Note: Facebook only allows events to be posted that are 4 months or less — this walk is actually about 5 months).

California- Feb 14 – Feb 24
Arizona – Feb 24 – Mar 16
New Mexico – Mar 16 – Apr 6
Texas(panhandle) – April 6 – Apr 8
Oklahoma – Apr 8 – Apr28
Arkansas – Apr 28 – May 1
Louisiana – May 1 – May 17
Mississippi – May 17 – May 20
Alabama – May 20 – May 22
Florida – May 22 – June 12
Georgia – June 12 – June 19
South Carolina – June 19 – June 25
North Carolina – June 25 – July 2
Virginia – July 2 – July 8

San Diego Soaring Eagle stories and American Indian calendar events can be seen 7/24 on the web:

March 26
San Diego State one day Pow wow
West side of campus, Alumni Center
Contact: Preston Chipps at 619-594-1681

April 9
20th Annual First Nation’s Powwow
Contest powwow
Fresno State University, Fresno, CA
Come out and support Fresno State’s First Nations Indigenous Student Organization and make it a successful one!!,

April 16 & 17
13th Annual Chumash Day Powwow & Inter Tribal Gathering
Traditional Powwow honoring the Chumash, the original settlers in beautiful Malibu.
Sat - 11am to 7pm and Sun -10am to 5pm
Powwow location overlooks Pacific Ocean. Free event, free parking. Native foods, art & crafts, education, and more.
Malibu Bluffs Park- 24250 PacificCoastHighway, Malibu, CA.
For vendor information contact Kristin at (310) 456-2489 ext. 350

April 23-24
26th Annual UCLA Contest Powwow
UCLA- North Athletic Field
Sunset Blvd and Westwood Plaza - Parking $10
2nd Annual Miss UCLA Powwow Princess Pageant, Easter Egg Hunt!!
All dancers and singers welcome! All arts and crafts vendors welcome!

April 22, 23 & 24
ASU 25th Annual Contest pow wow
Arizona State University’s Hayden Lawn, Tempe, AZ
10:00am 13,000 attendees expected.
** Estimated start time — Please confirm **

May 7& 8 - Mothers Day
American Indian Culture Days in Balboa Park. Contact: Indian Human Resource Center, IHRC, 619-281-5964 or