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Panel to Honor Fallen Marine at 14th Tesoro Indian Market & Powwow

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May 16, 2014 -- Denver, COLORADO -- Tesoro Cultural Center is proud to announce the unveiling of a new panel honoring the life of fallen Marine Corporal Brett L. Lundstrom as part of the Remembering the Brave national exhibit. The panel will be unveiled at the Tesoro Patron Party, which kicks off the 14th Annual Indian Market & Powwow, during a ceremony which will feature a performance of the "Honoring Song" by Doug Good Feather, Lakota, and a blessing by Andy Cozad, Kiowa, with an expected attendance by more than 30 members of Lundstrom’s family who have traveled from South Dakota to be a part of the evening. 

The Tesoro Cultural Center sponsored the creation of the panel honoring Corporal Lundstrom. The Remembering the Brave Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the memories of brave service members who have made the ultimate sacrifices for this country. The organization has prepared the eight–by–six-foot exhibit that will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the landmark Denver restaurant, The Fort, throughout the Indian Market & Powwow.

Marine Cpl. Brett L. Lundstrom

Cpl. Lundstrom was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, on June 12, 1983 to Ed and Doyla Lundstrom. He was a member of the Oglala Siuox Tribe, who served his country as a United States Marine. Cpl. Lundstrom died while serving with the United States Marine Corps on January 7, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq. He and his four fallen comrades were members of the North Carolina-based 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, and were on a combat mission when they made the ultimate sacrifice. 

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It is an annual tradition for the Tesoro Indian Market & Powwow to honor outstanding military service members at the weekend-long cultural celebrations. This year’s honorees are members of the American Indian Veterans of Colorado, an organization that addresses the interest and concerns of veterans, specifically those with Native American heritage. This year’s honorees include:

  • Yancey Ramage – U.S. Air Force veteran;
  • Jerry Fills The Pipe – U.S. Marine Corps veteran;
  • James Ecoffey – U.S. Air Force veteran;
  • Ace No Braid – U.S. Army veteran;
  • Brad Bears Heart – U.S. Army veteran;
  • Grant Davis – U.S. Navy veteran;
  • Bill Cantrell – U.S. Air Force veteran;
  • Marty Chase Alone – U.S. Army veteran;
  • Tome Roubideaux – U.S. Army veteran;
  • Greg Phillips – U.S. Air Force veteran;
  • Benny James Jr. – U.S. Army veteran;
  • Adrianna Rouilard – U.S. Marine Corps, active duty.

Along with celebrations of our nation’s active, retired and deceased veterans, the Indian Market & Powwow will recognize the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. Recently, Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) brought together the State of Colorado, educational institutions, historians, the tribal leaders; decedents of those who were massacred at Sand Creek; Ed Nichols of History Colorado, and other appointees, to form the Governor’s Sand Creek Massacre Commission. Holly Arnold Kinney, Executive Director of the Tesoro Cultural Center, was appointed to this commission to recognize and educate the public though lectures and events to commemorate the Sand Creek Massacre as a part of Colorado's tragic history. A bipartisan resolution was passed recently in the Colorado state legislature recognizing the Sand Creek Massacre. This Resolution will be posted throughout Tesoro Cultural Center’s Indian Market Powwow event for the public to read.

Tesoro Cultural Center’s annual Indian Market & Powwow is an event guaranteed to delight with a little something for everyone. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will present an interactive beading exhibit for kids and families as a fun, hands-on jewelry-making experience. Delicious concessions for the Indian Market & Powwow, including buffalo burgers, chile-chocolate cupcakes, Indian Fry bread and more, will be donated by The Fort restaurant and available for purchase.

For more information about the Tesoro Cultural Center and its upcoming events, please call Carolyn Doran, program director, at 303-839-1671, or visit The Tesoro Cultural Center is sponsored by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Native American Bank, 9News, Kinney Oil Company, Colorado Creative Industries, Baron Family Foundation, Entravision and Rocky Mountain PBS. 

From a press release