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Volume XX Number 9 May, 1997

* Seniors Bowl 11th Tourney at University
* Successful Seminole Pet Fair
* 4H Banquet at Benihana
* Reflections... Cory's Visit
* 'Grate' Expectations
* Museum Notes...Save the Seminole Sites
* First Days in Dania
* Miami Gaming Sites Tour
* Gathering of Nations
* Brighton Preschool Ground Breaking
* New Faces on Board
* Trouble at Afachkee
* Q&A with Melissa Sanders
* Paul Motlow Dies Walking CR 833

Gathering of Nations

Grand Entry

The Gathering of Nations during Grand Entry

By Tom Henry

ALBUQUERQUE - Despite a wet and wintery start to the weekend, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow was held at the University of New Mexico "Pit". The masses of dancers, singers, and spectators refused to allow the weather to ruin the pow wow.

When the pow wow began on Friday, April 25th, over 1,200 dancers had registered for the dance competitions. However, more than 1,000 dancers and singers remained stranded outside of Albuquerque, due to closed roads because of the weather. By Saturday evening the dance registration was at more than 2,500 dancers and 36 drums. You will never see as many Indian dancers, vendors and spectators gathering at one time as you will see here.

Jennifer Jones from Manitoba, Canada, won first place in the "Midnight Special Competition" for the Jingle Dress Dancers. Her winnings included a Hawaiian vacation along with $1,500 cash. In that same category, Yvette Iron Star from Regina, Saskatchewan took second place, she received a vacation in Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel.

Here, too is where Miss Indian World is chosen from all of the beautiful Indian princesses that also came to compete.

This year's winner was Miss Shayai Lucero from Acoma & Laguna Pueblo Tribe of Laguna, New Mexico. She was crowned by last year's winner, Miss Andrea Jack from Fairbanks, Alaska. First runner-up was Patty Ferguson, a Pointe-Au-Chien from Zachary, Louisiana. Miss Karen Hasket, a Shoshone-Bannock from Ft. Hall, Idaho came in as the second runner-up.

In the Northern singing contest, the Star Blanket Jrs., from Regina, Saskatchewan were declared the World Class Singing Champions, while the Boyz from St. Paul, Minnesota came in second place.

The Zotigh Singers from Albuquerque became the Southern Challenge Singing Champions. Rockin Horse from Ponca City, Oklahoma followed in second place.

Our own Miss Vanessa Frank was on hand to represent the Seminole Tribe of Florida as well as Miss Erica Laster from the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. There were many other visitors from the Seminole Tribe including Agnes Parker Denver with her husband, Ellis Denver; Mary Osceola Moore with son, Frankie Moore from the Tampa Reservation; and Billie Johns & Mary Louise from Big Cypress.

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