New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow held
The annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow took place at the LCO Ojibwe School. This great event was made possible by the Lac Courte Oreilles TGB and coordinated by Becky Taylor.
“The New Year’s Eve Pow wow is an important event for our community,” said Rose Gokee, LCO Tribal Council Member. “It’s a time for community to remember those that have walked on, celebrate new lives, and recognize all that we have been blessed with in our daily lives as we enter into a new year.”
The sobriety powwow gives community members a place to go to bring in the New Year together. Elders and young people danced the night away and participated in many actives such as the infamous potato dance.
“It was great to see so many children enjoying the pow wow with family,” Gokee said. “With the drug epidemic that is impacting our community it is important to support cultural events to guide our youth on a good path in life and also those on a path to achieving or maintaining wellbriety.”
The powwow included a delicious feast, prayers, invocation, beautiful grand entry of LCO color guard, royalty, head-dancers, dancers, drums, singing the woodland songs & dances, handdrum contest, fun dance specials, honor song for Connor/Navy, spot dances, vendors, & giveaway, according to Becky Taylor, the powwow coordinator.
“Miigwech to our LCO Ojibwe Nation for sponsoring the Sobriety New Year’s Eve powwow at our school,” Taylor stated.
Taylor also thanked the casino, country store, circle systems, Coops, for their gifts to the spot dances. She also thanked the veterans for the gifts to the feather dancers.
Taylor thanked many other people on her Facebook page for all their work in making the powwow a success.
“On behalf of the Governing Board I had the opportunity to recognize Becky Taylor for her hard work and dedication for making the New Year’s Eve Pow wow a successful event for the Tribe for several years,” Gokee said. “Chi Miigwech to all that participated and those that helped make this event successful.”