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Inter-tribal gathering hosts 15th successful year

Colors, sounds, smells...all unforgettable elements of this weekend's Intertribal gathering.

Hundreds of tribal members gathered at Fort Robinson State Park to honor and share their native culture and traditions with the public.

Chairman Joe Simmons says that it is an important event for Native Americans to socialize and educate those outside of the community.

"It's important because if you look at the history of Fort Robinson and what happened to our people with crazy horse and red cloud it was kind of a bad history, but it's kind of about coming back and healing and growing and strengthening ourselves and becoming stronger as a community," says Simmons.

The event has reached its 15th successful year, however spiritual adviser Hanson Poor Bear says that getting it started was not the easiest of tasks.

"It was very difficult at first to bring this pow wow together," says Poor Bear. "There were a lot of trials and many problems associated with it because of the grounds and everything, but we were fortunate enough that some of these rangers understood."

A large part of the gathering is intended to promote cultural awareness to the public, but Poor Bear says it is even more important for those in each tribe to recognize their roots.

"All these ceremonies that happen here are so important to our culture and also our children need to be taught these things as the years go by, for they have forgotten their culture and language," says Poor Bear.

"Our kids see it different than what we see it because when they come here it's about having fun and learning and sharing their culture," says Simmons.
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