In addition to grand entry, the official welcome in August will include performances by Denver-area drum and dance groups, including the Northern and Southern Plains Indian Dancers and Singers and other groups, said Deb Sankey, co-chair for Native planning for the event.
The Native presence at the media event will be followed by Tribal Unity Day on Aug. 24, when a Denver Indian Center-sponsored pow wow will be hosted across from the Denver City and County Building from 2 to 6 p.m. in Civic Center Park, the heart of many key public events at the DNC.
In addition to vendor and arts and crafts booths, buffalo cuisine will be sold at the pow wow. The meat will be supplied by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota, said Jay Grimm, DIC director.
A painting, "The Grand Entry," by Sisseton-Wahpeton artist JoAnne Bird, will be featured on a commemorative poster for the DNC, said Kim Cameron, co-planner of Tribal Unity Day events. Local artists will also be showcased.
* Public reception and other events at Denver Indian Center, with announcements posted at www.denverindiancenter.org.
* Various private events for tribal leaders and DNC delegates, including Native Gathering 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Colorado State Historical Society, presented by the Procurement Learning for American Indian Nations and Societies, a nonprofit program for Indian- or tribally owned businesses.
* Native caucuses Aug. 25 and 27 at the Pepsi Center and Convention Center.
* A screening Aug. 27 of the independent documentary, "The Battle for Whiteclay," by Mark Vasina, for the Indian community of Denver. The film covers an eight-year period of controversy over alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb., to residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, just over the state line in South Dakota, where alcoholism is described as a major social problem.