On Saturday January 27, 2018 at 10:00 am there will be a Tribal General Membership Meeting at the EQC Riverboat, located at 2102 East Alexander Avenue; Tacoma, WA 98421. Puyallup Tribal Veterans will be posting Colors for this event. Please arrive no later than 9:45 am.
On Friday, March 2, 2018, Surprise Lake Middle School will be hosting a Pow Wow. Puyallup Tribal Veterans will be posting colors for Grand Entry at 7:00 PM in the School Gym. Surprise Lake Middle School is located at 2001 Milton Way, Milton, WA 98354. This community event is free and is open to the public. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to Grand Entry time.
Colors will be retired at approximately 10:30 PM.
The Puyallup Tribal Veterans Committee is also in the process of collecting names for a lottery/drawing to attend the 29th Annual Veterans of the Menominee Nation “Gathering of Warriors” Pow-Wow, which is held on the Menominee Indian Reservation in the Woodland Bowl, Keshena, Wisconsin on May 18, 19, & 20, 2018. This will be the seventh year the Puyallup Tribal Council has allowed Puyallup Tribal Veterans to attend this annual event. The Tribal Veterans Committee would like to offer attendance to all other Puyallup Tribal Veterans who have not had the opportunity to attend this event in the past.
The Puyallup Tribe has a strong connection to our Tribal Veteran brothers of the People of the “Wild Rice”, the Menominee Nation from December 2011 when the J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Company of Tacoma launched a Navy Tug, the YT-807 “Menominee”. Menominee Nation veterans came to Tacoma for the launch. The “Menominee” was deployed to Japan to work with her sister tug, the YT-806 “Puyallup”, which was launched and deployed to Japan earlier in 2011. The Menominee Tribal Veterans returned to visit and present their Eagle Staff and Colors for our annual Labor Day Pow-Wow in September 2012 and in 2016.
Should you be interested in assisting with the “Raising of the Family Flags”, the “Veteran’s Snake Dance”, and in carrying the colors for Grand Entry as well as participating in the other Pow-Wow festivities, please submit your request in writing no later than March 13, 2018 to the address at the end of this article.
The Puyallup Tribal Veterans Committee is in the process of collecting names for a lottery/drawing to attend the 4th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans, which is held at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL on July 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2018. This three day event honors veterans and military personnel of all cultures, eras, and branches in a Native way. Watch entertaining performances from cultural groups and participate in powwow-style dancing with other veterans. If approved, this will be the fourth year the Puyallup Tribal Council has allowed Puyallup Tribal Veterans to attend this annual event that spends time to celebrate and remember the untold story of American Indian people’s contribution to the Military. The Tribal Veterans Committee would like to offer attendance to all other Puyallup Tribal Veterans who have not had the opportunity to attend this event in the past.
More will be revealed regarding this event as the information becomes available. You can also check it out online at www.trickstergallery.com/national-gathering-2018/.
Should you be interested in carrying the colors for Grand Entry as well as participating in the other Gathering festivities, please submit your request in writing to the address at the end of this article.
Requests to attend the Gathering of Warriors Powwow and to attend the National Gathering of American Indian Veterans must be submitted in writing to our Puyallup Tribal Veterans Representative, Ronald Simchen. His address is Puyallup Tribe of Indians; ATTN: Ronald Simchen, Tribal Veterans Representative; 3009 East Portland Avenue; Tacoma, WA 98404.
The uniform for these events will be black trousers, black shoes, long sleeve white shirt, our white Tribal Veterans ball cap and the Pendleton Grateful Nation Vest that we wear to all Tribal Veteran events (please see the picture to the left). If you don’t have a Pendleton Grateful Nation Vest to wear, please feel free to contact the Puyallup Tribal Veterans Representation, Ronald Simchen at 253-226-4823.
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