Grand Opening - Charles Town, WV
In 2010, Chuck Derby passed on his vision and dream for education and community building to Michael McGee. In 2011 that Vision continued when the One Heart One Mind Interpretive Center opened its doors. We were honored to welcome Patricia Bellanger, one of the founders of AIM and the International Treaty Council. The Center was filled with people from all across this country including Minnesota, Tennessee, New York, and from here at home in the West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland area. Thank you for coming out and being a part of the unfolding of this vision.
If you missed out on the commemorative mug, it's not too late!
They are still available at the Center for a Small Donation!
Wanjila Oyate Wacipi (All Nation's Powwow) - Shepherdstown, WV
Host Drum: Eagleheart Singers
Invited Drum: Sweetwater Singers
Head Man: Roy Robertson
Head Woman: Christy Konyar
Arena Director: Michael McGee
Proceeds from the door, raffles and auctions benefitted Lakota & Ponca Families with handicap access needs.
Office of Professional Management - Shepherdstown, WV
Our Center was invited to help the Office of Professional Managment celebration National Native American Month in November. Over the course of the day attendees of OPM's trainings had the opportunity to view the Center's travelling displays, listen to the Matonajinhan H'oka (The Standing Bear Singers), and listen to Curator of Interpretation, Michael McGee speak on Lakota culture.
The relaxed atmosphere and great food lent itself to a day of interesting dialouge as participants asked many questions about the Cannupa (Pipe), carving methodology, and culture.
Longest Walk 3 - Washington, DC
The Longest Walk originally travelled across the country in 1978 to raise awareness about freedom of religion issues for Native Americans. In 2011 people across the country walked again to bring attention to the Diabetes crisis facing the country. 40-50% of Native Americans suffer from diabetes, but there are many things that can be done to reduce effects or even reverse diabetes.
The Center was honored to be asked to provide tipis on the National Mall to draw attention for the event and give walkers a place to rest. Center members were on the mall before the sun came up making sure that everything was ready to go!