24 October 2011

NYA Veterans Day Weekend Events in Washington, DC

We would like to invite you to attend and/or support events that are being held by Native Youth Alliance in Washington, DC, on Veterans Day weekend. All these events are open to all Veterans and the public, with a special invitation to War Mothers and Active Duty Personnel.
On Saturday, 12 November, we will begin at sunrise at Upper Senate Park on the north side of the US Capitol grounds. Following this there will be a brunch. At noon we will begin a series of Native American Victory Songs and dances at Upper Senate Park. Regalia is encouraged but not required.
On Sunday, 13 November, we will gather in the morning on the National Mall. We will then proceed to Arlington National Cemetery, where at noon we will conclude our prayers with our 16th Annual traditional Native American Pipe Ceremony to Honor Veterans of All Conflicts & Active Duty Personnel.
We have heard that there will be at least three color guards and 3 Nin’iba (“Pipes”) and one confirmed Drum from Nebraska so far, and all Drums, Pipe Carriers, and Color Guards must Pre-Register to have access to participation at these sites. We hope for some press, both Native and non-Native. We have also invited various US Government offices to send representatives.
We ask those who can help to sponsor a Veteran with a donation of $500 for room and board for the weekend at our host hotel. This can be done easily on our website with the Donate button in the left-hand column. Although we will be accountable for the expenditure of all funding, all donations to Native Youth Alliance are tax-deductible through our Fiscal Sponsor, the Washington Peace Center, which is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Any funds raised above and beyond our projected expenses of $6000 will be donated to our Heritage of Healing Indian Child Cancer Relief Program.