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February 28, 2016

2016 SOARRING Winter News

Move To Lockport’s Historic Train Station on I & M Corridor

Midwest SOARRING is in the process of moving to their new Native American Cultural Center at the historic train station in Lockport, IL. The new Cultural Center address is 133 W. 13th St next to the I & M Heritage Canal.

Lockport's Historic Train Station

Lockport’s Historic Train Station

The I & M Canal trail runs 77 miles between Chinatown in Chicago to Ottawa, IL. The trail includes the Heritage Village in Lockport, IL. Midwest SOARRING Foundation is elated to be part of this historic town and looks forward to participating in many community events.

Native American Cultural Center Grand Opening

While SOARRING will begin offering programs in March, our grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016. It will feature music, Native American vendors, cultural demonstrations, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and tours of the new Cultural Center. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate.

Upcoming spring programs include talks on the Medicine Wheel by Joseph Standing Bear, Native People of the greater Chicago area by Miles Goddard, and a presentation on Native American Jewelry by Janet Smith.

MSF New Native American Cultural Center Location

MSF New Native American Cultural Center Location

Check our calendar page for the most up to date information on these and other events. Future plans for the cultural center programs include school and youth group presentations, Native American art exhibitions, and adult cultural talks.

2016 Midwest SOARRING Foundation Native American Scholarship Announcement

Midwest SOARRING Foundation is pleased to announce our 2016 scholarship for all students of native ancestry or an interest in Native American culture, pursuing advanced degrees and trades. The educational degree sought may be in undergraduate or graduate study in any field. While Native ancestry is not required, we are interested in applicants who have been involved with Midwest SOARRING Foundation in some capacity.

Interested applicants must fill out the Scholarship Application form, obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, employer, or community service director; submit a 500 word essay as detailed on the application form, and a recent copy of their transcripts by July 15, 2016. Download 2016 Scholarship package.

Sponsors Sought for Harvest Pow Wow,  September 24 & 25, 2016

Marketing materials will be distributed soon to promote this year’s festive Harvest Pow Wow, to be held at the Naper Settlement in Naperville, IL., the last weekend of September. We are currently looking for sponsors. Sponsorship applications are available by mail, email, or online. Please call 708.257.4300 for more information.

Pow Wow Photography Exhibit Displays

During the month of January 2016 the Oakbrook Public Library featured a display of SOARRING Pow Wow photographs along with an exhibit of Native American cultural artifacts. In mid March the Lockport Library will showcase a selection of Pow Wow photographs followed by the Naperville Public Library at 95th Street during the month of September. The exhibit offers an enticing and colorful view of Native American culture which still exists in our contemporary world. Plans are underway to exhibit the photographs in other western suburban locations. If your library or facility is interested in hosting this exhibit, please contact Janet at 630.257.4300.


Aanii Boozhoo

Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites all people to gather into an ever-increasing wider circle that preserves Mother Earth, and the rich traditions of the ancestors. We invite you to learn about the many intertribal Native American lifeways that provide wisdom and direction in our contemporary world. In keeping with this path, Midwest SOARRING Foundation works to maintain the traditions of the ancestors and to conserve and restore to health the natural environment.

We invite you to join our circle. Dance at our pow wows. Attend our cultural events and support the bison herd-our nation's greatest herbivore and symbol of hope and survival for all people. As you listen, you will learn. Together we become the Spirit of the ancestors.

Joseph Standing Bear Schranz

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