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American Indian College Fund to Honor Local Native Elders at Eleventh Annual Holiday Dinner

December 9, 2011

The Denver-based American Indian College Fund (the Fund) will honor American Indian elders in the Denver community at a holiday dinner on Tuesday, December 13 at the Church of All Saints, 2559 S. Federal Boulevard. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the dinner commences at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to American Indians age 55 and older.

The dinner includes a traditional feast of buffalo, a visit from an Indian Santa Claus, and an entertainment program.

In American Indian tradition, elders are esteemed for their guidance and are considered to be sacred. Under the leadership of the Fund’s president, Richard B. Williams (Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne), the Fund first began hosting dinners for the Denver Native elder community when there were no outreach programs or services for them, and the dinner became a tradition continued. This year is the eleventh annual dinner.

In addition to the American Indian College Fund, community sponsors include:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Church of All Saints
  • Derryberry Audio Inc.
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)–Area Agency on Aging
  • Intertribal Buffalo Council
  • King Soopers
  • Montana Coffee Traders
  • Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
  • Native American Rights Fund
  • New West Technologies
  • Office Depot
  • Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority
  • Wal-Mart
  • Sonny White & Family
  • Richard and Sally Williams