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The annual Harvest Gathering on November 7th at the Mohegan Fire Department in Oxoboxo River (Uncasville), CT, was a huge success, as usual. There were over 80 members in attendance this year. Darlene Currier led with a prayer prior to dinner. There was plenty of food for everybody. Needless to say, nobody went home hungry. A special thanks to the Elders’ Council for coordinating the food and to everybody in the kitchen for preparing the food as it arrived. The raffle table, which was full of items, yielded many happy winners. Thanks to everybody who donated gifts that were raffled.

The annual “Volunteer of the Year” award presentation was made by last year’s winners and Tribal Leader, Darlene Currier, (see related article).

Tribal Leader, Darlene Currier (Eyes of the Wolf) performed a naming ceremony for a number of members. Among those receiving native names were Dennis Borkman (Strong Bear), Deborah Mounds (Babbling Brook), Anna Jackson (Spotted Turtle), Donald Palardy Sr. (Screaming Eagle), Judy Egan (Peaceful Spirit), and Sandra Palardy (Mountain Spirit). Many of the Tribal Council witnessed the naming and congratulated the members.

As the day came to a close there were a number of people helping to clean up, do the dishes, put the tables and chairs away and take out the trash. Thanks to all the helping hands.

We look forward to seeing you at the next social, April 10, 2011!


At the Annual Harvest Gathering that was held on Sunday, November 7, 2010, at the Mohegan Fire Department in Oxoboxo River (Uncasville), CT. The Annual Native American Mohegans’ 2010 “Volunteer of the Year Award” was presented to Anna Jackson and Debra Mounds by Tribal Leader, Darlene Currier, for their continued efforts in the support of the Tribe. The selections were made by last year’s recipients, Pat Knapp and Donald Palardy Sr.

Tribal Council would like to recognize and thank Anna Jackson and Debra Mounds for their contributions.

National Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 10, 2010

Our very own Edith Cornish (Happy Dove), representing the Native American Mohegan Tribe, was honored as the Special Guest at the Dallas Military Entrance Processing Station’s observance of National Native American and Alaska Native History month.

The nation celebrates Native American and Alaska Native History month every November in an effort to recognize the contributions made by the first Americans to the development of the United States. The story of how this month came to be designated as Native American and Alaska Native Heritage month began at the turn of the century. Arthur Caswell Parker, a Seneca Indian, was the Director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York, and was one of the very first individuals to advocate for a day to honor the contributions of Native Americans. He worked with the Boy Scouts of America, and in 1912 persuaded them to designate a day to recognize the "First Americans." For three years, they adopted such a day. Parker's efforts with the Boy Scouts were influential to the September 1915 proclamation, issued by the Congress of the American Indian Association that declared the second Saturday of every May as American Indian Day, and called upon the country to observe this day.

Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, was another instrumental figure in the early development of a day to recognize the contributions of Native Americans. He spent much of 1915 traveling from state to state and generating support for the approval of a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he visited the White House and presented endorsements from 24 state governments.

Of those states, New York was the first to formally recognize American Indian Day, declaring the second Saturday in May 1916 a day of observance. Today, several states recognize the fourth Friday in September, while others designate Columbus Day, as Native American Day. The observance has never been recognized as a national legal holiday.

However, in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation that was proposed by Jerry Elliott High Eagle of the Cherokee/Osage tribe. The legislation declared the week of October 10-16, 1976 Native American Awareness Week. Nearly fifteen years later, President George H. W. Bush declared November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month. Every year since 1994, a similar proclamation has been issued, which has led to our November 2010 celebration of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage month. The 2010 theme was "Life is Sacred - Celebrate Healthy Native Communities."