Native American Journalists Association June 2002 Reception
By Roy Cook
Sitting in the comfortable Dream Catchers Lounge of Viejas Casino located in East San Diego County the American Indian Warriors Association (AIWA) Color Guard arrived early and is just being part of the atmosphere. Dimmed spots of muted purple clouds, Pow wow songs of the Southern and Northern Plains. We are observing the new members of Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) stroll in. Linen table cloths with center pieces covered the tables snuggled around the open area and stage. Viejas Casino is always hospitable and generous to their guests. Excellent welcome by Anthony Pico on the issue of sovereignty.

Campo New Bird Singers were joined by Viejas resident Bird Singer Ral Christman. Also singing is Louie Guassic from Mesa Grande. He is the local point man for this reception and we in AIWA appreciate the invitation. The main speakers, Karen Winner from the SD Union and DQ University Director Mrs. Shirley Murphy, were sincere and stirring. It is very encouraging to see so many young journalists representing Indian country.
Twinkle toes, Mary Annette Pember, NAJA President kept the reception rolling. Formal acknowledgments aside NAJA members and guests anxiously anticipated the evenings entertainment. Danny Tucker, a talented official and dedicated member of the Sycuan Band, provided the Band and cool sounds. Every one is ready to socialize and laugh. Thank you Danny for a good time. On behalf of the AIWA executive committee, thank you for the opportunity to touch each other's lives.