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Soaring Eagle Appreciation

By Roy Cook


This evening focus reflects the very purpose of our commitment to this program. Our Indian children are so special to all of us. Soaring Eagle appreciation night was the spark of Richard Orvedal’s vision. With the cooperation of Christopher Scott of the AMIHC Youth Center and the founder of the Soaring Eagle dance and regalia workshop, Vickie Gambala. SCAIR Senior Advisor Randy Edmonds summarized the history of the Indian Education program and led the blessing for the evening’s feast. Every ones favorite: healthy burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs with all the fixings and Dijon mustard and pickles. Also there were many choices of yummy beans and rice, corn chips. The tables were festively covered and decorated with treats. (Enjoy the images from Abel Jacome.)

All were well fed and ready to enjoy the individual recognition of each child’s participation in the Soaring Eagle program. On stage were two very large trophies for recent parade performances. There were touching and delightful moments and smiles as the children were offered opportunities to win extra prizes and many desert treats and snow cones. The evening was a total success!



Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Soaring Eagle program. It provides Native American/Alaskan Native, K-12 students with an opportunity to learn traditional dance, regalia and respectful tribal customs. There are many entertaining and healthy activities for all ages and interests to enjoy. This evening SCAIR tutor, Jeanne Alvarado had educational booklets on: The St. Patrick Day Mystery and Why Can’t I? They were about children’s safety and behavior.

The Soaring Eagle American Indian Children dance program is located in Old Town in the Ballard Parent Center. It serves as the home of San Diego Parent advisory committee. This is where parents learn how to strengthen their parenting skills, become more involved in their children’s education and improve their ability to communicate with their children.

Finally, we all hope to see you and your family at the next American Indian community event.

Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule:

March No class on 21 but yes on the 28th- Wednesday

April 11, 25- all Wednesdays

May 2, 9, 23- all Wednesdays

June 13, Wednesday

The Soaring Eagle performance dance group will be very active over the remainder of the month of March:

March 17 (All are invited, it will be inside)
San Diego State University
Click here for flier and here for event page

Date: Wednesday, March 21

Rancho Bernardo Inn- 11th annual Wellness conf. Okla.

Time 5:35 – 6:00 PM

Dinner will be served at 6:00PM

We need all the dancers to perform please call Chuck 619-994-0392 if you will be available to participate or e-mail Vickie

Fresno State First Nations Powwow
Info: Angie Segura, (559) 307-7865

MAY 12 & 13
19th Annual Chi-Tock-Non Kote-U-Pu Powwow
Mariposa Co. Fairgrounds
Mariposa, Ca
Info: (209) 742-2244