“Ezhi-apiitenimindwaa Gigichi-aya”aaminaanig” (Honoring Our Elders): Red Lake To Host Ninth Annual Gathering of Elders 

The 2018 Elder King and Queen, Akiwenzii Robert “Earl” Fairbanks and Mindimooye June Holstein. They’ll give up their crowns on May 2. Photo by Michael Meuers.

Published April 23, 2019

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION — Anishaa (Just for Fun) will make up much of the agenda when Red Lake hosts its Ninth Annual Gathering of Elders at Seven Clans Casino (Red Lake) on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 – 2, 2019. 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 Wednesday morning at 8. At 9 a.m., Spiritual Leader and Hereditary Chief Greeting Spears, Jr., will offer the invocation, followed by a flag ceremony with  the drum Eyabay, and then a welcome and opening remarks by Red Lake Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr.

Information will be provided to elders by the various tribal program directors. Sessions on the agenda include; Red Lakes Solar and Elder housing initiatives, public safety, bingo, King & Queen selection, and a Youth Showcase featuring the Red Lake Lady Warriors.

Entertainment will include Music by “Travesty” from Turtle Mountain, a dance competition, and a special performance by nationally known comedian Marc Yaffee.

All elders from all nations 55+ are invited, meals will be provided.

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