April 30, 2011
LOCAL MAIDU TRIBE OPENS NEW LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL CENTER
Opening Ceremony Saturday, April 30, 1-4 PM
For more information, call Chairman Don Ryberg, 530-559-8595, or the tribal office, 530-274-7497
Grass Valley CA. The Tsi Akim Triibe invites the public to its opening on Saturday, April 30, 1:00 to 4:00 PM at 1239 E. Main St, Grass Valley.
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Supporting the tribe at the opening of their new cultural center will be several local Native American musicians, including Lawrence Laughing, Good Shield Aguilar, and the Neena McNair Family Singers.
The new center marks a shift for the small local tribe, who recently closed their thrift store a few doors from the new center. “Spring is the time for change, and the tribe has changed from thrift to gift,” says Tribal Chariman Don Ryberg, who thanks the community for its support.
The Tsi Akim tribe (chai ahkeem) has been recognized by dozens of local organizations, as well as Nevada County and Yuba County. But the Tsi Akim, and dozens of other California tribes, are still not recognized by the federal government. The Tsi Akim are focusing on the long process of gaining federal recognition, a key to a variety of support.
Tsi Akim tribal members also continue to educate the local community about native history and culture. Ferrall Cunningham, one of the few people fluent in the Maidu language, will teach his Maidu language clases at the new center. Alending library of native books, the KeyMan Jim library, is now at the center. The new Maidu Center will sell baskets, jewelry, and other art by local tribal members.
The tribe is also planning changes in its annual event, Indigenous Peoples Days. Begun as a canleight vigil in protest of Columbus Day, the October event has grown to a four day celebration attracting hundreds of people.
For more information about the new Tsi Akim tribal office and cultural center, go online to: tsi-akim.org, or call the office, 530-274-7497.
May 7, 2011
8th Annual Georgetown Nature Fest on May 7, 2011
You’re invited to attend the 8th Annual Georgetown Nature Fest on May 7, 2011, a free, family-friendly, annual celebration of Earth Day… all things “nature” and “Native”. See attached flyer for more information or visit: www.georgetownnaturearea.org
This year’s Festival and Evening Benefit Concert are being hosted by Friends of the Nature Area (FONA) and the Sierra Native Alliance (SNA), in partnership with the Georgetown Divide Recreation District (GDRD).
Enjoy a delicious Indian Taco or Fry Bread with honey from the El Dorado County Indian Council’s popular Taco Booth, a fundraiser for their annual College Scholarship Fund. The Taco Booth is open all day during Nature Fest!
Donate an item for the raffle and/or silent auction, to be held during Nature Fest and/or the Evening Concert at the IOOF Hall. Contact Mignon Geli 530-334-3697 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchase tickets for our Evening Concert featuring BLACKFIRE, LAWRENCE LAUGHING and GOOD SHIELD AGUILAR. $12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door, and $5.00 for youth. This Concert will benefit Friends of the Nature Area (FONA: Georgetown School, Nature Area and Nature Fest) and the Sierra Native Alliance. Send checks by May 2, payable to Georgetown Nature Fest, PO Box 793, Garden Valley, CA 95633-0793. Include phone# or email so we can acknowledge receipt. Tickets will be held at “Will Call”.
Donate to Georgetown Nature Fest to help with festival expenses (sound system, flyers/programs, signage, porta potties, volunteer performers’ travel/ gas expenses). Make checks payable to Georgetown Nature Fest and mail to Georgetown Nature Fest, PO Box 793, Garden Valley, CA 95633-0793 (Tax ID available upon request)
With your participation and support , we expect this to be bigger and better than last year’s festival. Keep in mind, everyone in our Community benefits, especially our youth. See our website to view past supporters: http://georgetownnaturearea.org/-_underwriters__supporters
Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our 8th Annual Georgetown Nature Fest and Benefit Concert on Saturday May 7th.
October 7th – 10th, 2011
Indigenous Peoples Days
October 8th, 2011