By Eva Thomas
“We wanted to plan a family event,” said SCIC’s Board of Directors President Shawn Imitates Dog, Lakota. “We felt this roller skating event would attract all ages, take us back in time a little bit and to have some fun.”
According to the Web site, the goal of SCIC has been to promote social and economic self-sufficiency for American Indian people in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. SCIC currently operates three service centers including: Los Angeles, Fountain Valley and Riverside. These centers cover more than 5,000 square miles and host one of the largest concentrations of American Indian/Native Alaskans in the nation.
Elton Naswood, Navajo, project coordinator of the Red Circle Project in Los Angeles, was one of the guest judges for the competition. “For judging the skaters, we came to the consensus on the creativity and the synchronicity. Some couples did the same type of moves, at the same time, and that was really cool.”
The winning couple was actress Crystle Lightning, Cree, and Jason Lewis, Choctaw, education guidance counselor for Torres Martinez Tribal TANF Center in Gardena, Calif. They showed some serious skills on skates.