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Powwow continues today & Sunday

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POSTED July 4, 2009 3:03 a.m.
A 32-year Manteca tradition - the Three Rivers Indian Lodge Fourth of July Powwow – continues today and Sunday.

The celebration is hosted by the nonprofit Native American drug- and alcohol-treatment facility located on a three-acre piece of property on Union Road about a mile north of Lathrop Road. The event is free and open to the public.

The event attracts up to a thousand people every year, many of them coming from as far as Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In keeping with their Native American powwow tradition, this weekend’s event will be free to the public with no admission fee asked at the gate. The other thing offered for free at this event is the traditional meal.

In addition to arts and crafts booths, there will be information booths featuring various nonprofit organizations such as the Veterans Administration, the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation, California TANF, Family Connection Foster Care, and Washo TANNF. The California TANF is a “welfare-to-work organization that helps needy Native American families.”

Guests are invited to bring their lawn chairs.

In addition to the arts and crafts and Native American food, there will be dance exhibitions. Featured this year are Robert Leroy (Head Man), Smoke Johnson (Head Woman), Rockin’ Horse (Southern Drum), Northern Eagle (Northern Drum), Dennis Plumley (Gourd dancing), and Danza Azteca Cuauhponal (Aztec). Program and dance competition emcee will be Erik Kimple with Henry Johnson as the arena director. Other highlights will be a “hand drum contest, winner takes all,” plus raffles.

Event schedules for the weekend celebration are as follows:

•Saturday, July 4 – 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. with Grand Entry ceremonies at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

•Sunday, July 5 – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

Three Rivers Indian Lodge is located at 13505 North Union Road. For more information, call (209) 858-2421 or visit www.3riverslodge.org

As always, the powwow is a drug- and alcohol-free event.
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