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Soaring Eagles at the MLK Jr. Parade
By Roy Cook

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Soaring Eagle 2012 dance workshop feels the chill of the winter season but we still supported our San Diego diversity and the greater audience. The Soaring Eagles were participants at the Martin Luther King Jr. 32nd annual parade this Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

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John Echohawk said, “Inspired by Dr. King, who was advancing the civil rights agenda of equality under the laws of this country, we thought that we could also use the laws to advance our Indian-ship, to live as tribes in our territories governed by our own laws under the principles of tribal sovereignty that had been with us ever since 1831. We believed that we could fight for a policy of self-determination that was consistent with U.S. law and that we could govern our own affairs, define our own ways and continue to survive in this society.”
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Historically Tribal America has been a major influence in the political and ethical basis of this great country. We can document influential human values, cultural lifestyles and political ideas that have become ingrained in the national American spirit.

We continually look forward to experienced, contest winners and past head dancers to mentor the children in the movement and steps of the American Indian traditional dance. These weekly immersions into traditional tribal culture and participation in public American Indian gatherings allow us to endure and remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence in the San Diego region. We are fortunate to have volunteers to share their dance and song experience and truly blessed to have children eager to have a good time doing Indian things.

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We invite you to bring your children and family to learn by observation and participation, a traditional way, the pow wow dance, music and also enjoy the friendship of the gatherings. San Diego American Indian pow wow trails lead to the Old Town, Harold J. Ballard Parent Center: 2375 Congress St San Diego, CA 92110.
Also, remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles evening feast. Everyone is welcome to attend the dance workshops.
For more information: Vickie Gambala: Soaring Eagles founder and organizer: vgambala@cox.net

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Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule: (as available to date)
January: note no class next week, 25th Wednesday
February 1, 8, 23, 30 all Wednesdays
March 7, 14, 28 all Wednesdays
April 11, 25 all Wednesdays
May 2, 9, 23 all Wednesdays
June 13, Wednesday.