||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.
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.
|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.
"THE TRUTH WILL LET US BE WHO WE ARE."