Barona Brings Brightness for Soaring Eagles

By Roy Cook

Soaring Eagle Indian Dance workshop is from 6-8:30 pm on March 8, 15, 22, 29. After our recent rain and cooler weather we welcome the clear skies, fresh clean air and some spectacular sunsets that are a side benefit of getting to the dance workshop at dusk.

randykidsThis Tuesday evening March 1, as we progress into the school year we recognize and appreciate the Barona Tribe’s educational grant to the San Diego Unified School District Indian Education Title VII program. Barona Band of Mission Indians award of a $5,000 education grant to the Harold J. Ballard Parent Center, which provides family-friendly resources to boost the academic success of students living in urban San Diego. Assembly member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Principal Beatrice Fernandez in accepting the grant, which was presented by Edwin “Thorpe” Romero, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians.


The diversity of the evening’s experience  is enhanced by the strong attendance  and we are still seeing earlier participants and Indian families returning to the Soaring Eagle dance workshop. Many dancers are looking forward to the local pow wow season and the organization of school spring sports. We are very glad to see them return and welcome many of the adults that are getting up and dancing with the children.

It is all very encouraging to see motivation by example. Next week we will try again to begin with a short orientation on gourd dance and a few songs to encourage more participation, Keep in mind, San Diego State pow wow is coming up March 26, 2011.

Keep in mind, we need some physical support: early, removing the lunchroom set up and also later, cleaning up after and setting up the room for the next day. Education and homework are still high priority with the Indian Education Title VII program. We, at SCAIR and Jeannie Alvarado, will be making schoolwork tutoring a larger part of the evening offerings.

The blessing tonight is by SCAIR Senior advisor, Randy Edmonds. He and Bonnie have returned to the Soaring Eagles and he, along with Debbie and Paul Razo looked forward to the call for, “Elders first.” We all appreciate the parents and elders that bring in covered pots of tasty delights for the evening feast.

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San Diego First peoples 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 to be with America’s Finest People!

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Pow wow dance regalia construction also continues. There are regalia sewing workshops and mentors to help on selection of regalia items. Tonight we had three drums ready to sing inter-tribal songs and help the mentors and dancers realize the children’s achievements. Dance category Mentors: Sonia Flores, Frank Gastelum and Chuck Baccus are demonstrating and working hard to assist the students in each category by giving encouragement to the eager children that come when they can and equally to those that come every week.

We continually are encouraged by the support of our Tribal Elders attending from out of town and San Diego. We sincerely feel the workshops 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. As adult participants, we always need to remember, it is not about us, it is all for our tribal future-the children!

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For more information on the Soaring Eagles:

San Diego Unified School District

Title VII Indian Education Program


For Soaring Eagle performance- Parent committee Contact:

Abel Jacome - 619-454-4951 or Email:

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

June 4
Soaring Eagle Old Town pow wow
Ballard Center playground
San Diego, California

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