The 2016 Elder Queen and King, Mindimooye Elizabeth “Pug” Kingbird and Akiwenzii Murphy Thomas
Published April 27, 2017
“Ezhi-apiitenimindwaa Gigichi-aya”aaminaanig” (Honoring Our Elders)
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – Anishaa (Just for Fun) will make up much of the agenda when Red Lake hosts its Seventh Annual Gathering of Elders at Seven Clans Casino (Red Lake) on Monday and Tuesday, May 1-2, 2017. The event will include informational booths on tribal programs and services available for elders.
An important part of the Gathering has been to provide a venue for youth and elders to interact and learn from each other. Red Lake young people will mix with their elders as volunteers, and providing information and entertainment.
The event begins with registration on Monday morning at 8 am. At 9 am, Spiritual Elder Greeting Spears, Jr. will offer the invocation, followed by drum songs by Eyabay, and then a welcome and opening remarks by Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr.
Information will be provided to elders by the various tribal program directors. Sessions on the agenda include; Home Health Care, Healthy Lifestyles, and Drug Awareness. Entertainment will include Music by “Travesty” from Turtle Mountain, a dance competition, a performance by the Ponemah Dance Troupe, the Red Lake High School Band and comedian Don Burnstick.
All elders 55+ are invited, meals will be provided.