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Merry Christmas Winter Holiday Dinner

By Roy Cook

Outside there is a rainy day and patchy pockets of overcast and dry skies. Inside nothing will dampen the spirit of the Soaring Eagle parents and children. They are the featured entertainment this December 12, 2009. Winter Holiday dinner at the Barrio Station Auditorium 2175 Newton Ave, 92113. Once again, this location did accommodate a much larger number of happy faces.

Southern California American Indian Senior advisor, Randy Edmonds was the Emcee and the ‘Santa’ for this gathering. He brought gifts and traditional cultural words of wisdom about our American Indian heritage and generosity. Our traditional ‘giveaways’ bring Christmas to every gathering of American Indian: Tribes, Bands, and urban Pow wow communities.

We appreciate the efforts of the Council, in these economically stressed times, be able to open the door to the total community to enjoy the day. Here we are able to provide an opportunity for them to enjoy the hot meal and time together with family and friends.

There are gift cards for the children and raffles of surprise gift cards too for the adult kids. Spiritual leader Denis Alto provided motivational spirituality and three Sundance songs for this joyful gathering.


The American Indian children Soaring Eagle dance group was joyfully received. Soaring Eagle coordinator, Vickie Gambala organized this presentation and has overseen the entire SCAIR sponsored Soaring Eagle dance program of the San Diego Unified School District Indian Education Title VII cultural activities.

The Soaring Eagle group was well balanced with the cutest little dancers and the more experienced dancers. In regalia, our Soaring Eagle tiny tots are all heart breakers and continually provide Kodak moments for all to appreciate and enjoy. Red Warriors sang for the Soaring Eagles and the enjoyment of the gathering.

There was lots of food for all to enjoy and later happy smiles to brave the elements and the cold wind outside. The smiles of the children and the pride of the parents are the true brilliant, sparkling gems of this night’s community gathering. Maybe we will see each other at the next American Indian event in the San Diego area. May the blessing of the Creator bless you all this holiday season. Ho Ho and Aho!, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of CA, American Indian Community Foundation, American Indian Movement, American Indian Recruitment Program, American Indian Studies – SDSU, Indian Training Trust Fund, American Indian Warriors Association, California Indian Environmentalists, Explorers Club, Grossmont College Cross Cultural Studies, Tribal Indian Nurses Association, Hummingbird Consulting, Indian Education Program – SDUSD, Indian Human Resource Center, Tonkawa Seniors, American Indian Health Center, Institute for American Indian Life, Indian Voices, Kid Korps Native American Chapter, Southern Indian Health Council, Kumeyaay Community College, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, MS Choctaw of California, Native American Ministries, Native Americans Council, Peace and Dignity Project, Native American Women’s Intertribal Circle, Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Indians, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science - Mesa College, Taspan Consultants, Sycuan Intertribal Vocational Rehabilitation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation – So. Ca. Region Office