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Many Native gentlemen showed up in tuxedos, while some wore traditional headgear, and others wore bolo ties with pricey suits.
On Jan. 19, much celebrating was done, too, at the Inaugural Pow Wow. Like the ball, it was hosted by the American Indian Society of Washington, D.C. It turned out to be a packed, standing room only event, held the day before the ball and in the same hotel.
Echohawk “Pete” Neconie, a Kiowa/Pawnee planner with AIS, led preparation of the pow wow, where hundreds of tribal members performed and watched traditional dances and spiritual remembrances.
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At a Jan. 19 gourd dance ceremony, hosted by the American Indian Society of Washington D.C., several friends and relatives of Harris gathered to pay homage to a person that many attendees called “a living legend.”
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Mark Van Norman, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and NIGA executive director, said Native America has been “looking for change for a long time.”
Van Norman also praised NMAI director Kevin Gover for providing food and warmth to the public on the frigid January day. He said Gover showed “a level of hospitality that’s in keeping with the historic hospitality of Indian country.”
“I felt so fortunate to be working at the museum during this particular time and to be able to be in the position to offer tribal leaders and members the chance to watch this historic event in comfort and with dignity,” Gover, Pawnee/Comanche, reflected after the celebrations wound down.
While he was partying and having fun, I was stuck in LA maintaining PECHANGA.net five days in a row. But at least he got me a t-shirt.
For more on the subject, see 11th Indian Inaugural Ball and Indians in Obama's Inaugural.