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Native American Connections

Phoenix Indian Center

In honor of Native American Recognition Days, Native American Connections (NAC) and Phoenix Indian Center (PIC) will host a series of events in downtown Phoenix on October 8. Both organizations are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year — NAC at 50 years and PIC at 75 years. The day will begin with NAC’s 39th annual parade, and continue with PIC’s open house at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, 300 E. Indian School Rd. Then, join the organizations at Indian School Park for the Indigenous Market, Social Powwow and Gourd Dance.

“The theme for our anniversary year is ‘Celebrating Our History, Honoring the People,” said Jolyana Begay-Kroupa, CEO of Phoenix Indian Center. “We invite the public to join us on this day where we showcase our traditions and celebrate our culture.”

Representatives from both Native American Connections and Phoenix Indian Center will serve as grand marshals for NAC’s annual parade, starting at 3rd Street and Oak, and continuing to Indian School Road.

“We are so happy for our parade to return this year in celebration of our anniversary,” said Diana Yazzie-Devine, CEO of Native American Connections. “Our two organizations are proud to come together to honor our milestone years of serving the Native American community in Phoenix.”

Today, well over 125,000 American Indian people reside off-reservation in Maricopa County. For 75 years, Phoenix Indian Center has provided a safe, supportive environment and programs for community engagement and cultural revitalization.

The Indigenous Art Market also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Native American Connections, an organization focused on improving the lives of individuals and families through Native American culturally appropriate behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development serviced. Both organizations play a vital role in supporting Indigenous people in Phoenix and keep them connected to each other and their traditions. 

About the events:

Native American Connections 39th Annual Parade

When: 

Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: 

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3rd Street and Oak to Indian School Road 

Phoenix Indian Center Social Powwow & Gourd Dance

When: 

Saturday, October 8

Market opens at 10 a.m.

Gourd Dance at 12 noon

Grand Entry at 6 p.m.

Where: 

Steele Indian School Park

300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix 

About Phoenix Indian Center

Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization in the United States. Each Year, the Center directly serves more than 7,000 individuals, and more than 20,000 through related outreach, by providing services in the areas of job readiness, cultural enrichment, youth services, and prevention programs. Learn more at www.phxindcenter.org.

About Native American Connections

Native American Connections has been healing individuals, changing lives, and strengthening communities since 1972. We integrate Native American healing with evidence-based practices to support health and wellness, provide affordable housing, and champion community development projects. We are a leader in developing, building and managing advanced behavioral health and state-of-the-art housing communities, and own and operate 21 sites throughout Central Phoenix. Our services are open to all, and we touch the lives of more than 10,000 individuals and families each year.

Phoenix Indian Center, Native American Connections