of Comfort and Joy!
By Roy Cook
Good cheer and good news is a great way to bring electricity to a gathering. Saturday afternoon, December 16, 2006, Church Hall at 4650 Mansfield Ave. Randy Edmonds introduced Gary Wabaunsee MPH, Prairie Potawatomi from Oklahoma and the new director of the American Indian Clinic on 1st Ave. Gary said, All Indians will receive the services that they deserve and need! No more sliding scale fees for services. This is a change from the previous program and good news for our urban Indian community. Many have been going to the Tribal reservation clinics for needed services. Some have been doing without or if qualified sought Veterans benefits.
Randy Edmonds gives a great speech in the best American Indian community oral tradition. He is again our very professional Emcee for the gathering. Ron Christman in Tipai and English provides the Spiritual blessing for all our relations.
Recalling the entertainment and so many familiar faces that were there this afternoon bring a smile to my round, brown, well fed face. Next, Flautist Brandon Wallace and the Native talk storytellers filled in that time before the elders were called up to the buffet tables. The winter gathering organizer Paula Brim again provided many sparkling decorations.
The San Diego Tribal Chairman Escondido office of the Urban TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) had an information table and staff to answer questions about services. We thank the organizations for their financial assistance. Without the volunteers and many groups these gatherings would be very difficult to accomplish.
Even the weather was cooperative. All the media weather people had been predicting rain this weekend. Our good weather fortune held for hours past the event. We were home, safe and dry when the cloudburst began plinking music on the metal chimney covers and splashing outside as vehicles speed past in the party going and shopping night. Merry Xmas to all and to all a good night!