Gathering of Nations Newsletter
October 2011

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THE GATHERING OF NATIONS SENDS SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES: Jerry Cleveland Jr.The Powwow world lost a well known champion Men's Fancy Dancer, Jerry Cleveland, Jr. (Ho Chunk), just one day after the annual Pow Wow at The University of California at San Bernadino, sponsored by: The San Manuel Band of California Indians (Oct. 7, 8, 9, 2011). Jerry was participating at the San Manuel Pow Wow over the weekend. On Monday, October 10th, many of the social networking sites had begun to mention the loss of Jerry and the outpouring of sympathy and support to the Cleveland Family. This shocking news has definitely hit at the hearts and spirit of all that knew and loved him. At the time of this notice, the cause of his death remains unknown. On behalf of The Gathering of Nations, the Mathews family and the many pow wow people who knew him, Jerry will remain in our hearts and spirit as he makes his journey to the next world. We send our prayers to the Cleveland family for their strength in this time of sorrow. He is survived by his parents Gerald Sr. & Iris Cleveland (step mother), Annette Little Wolf (mother), his brothers and sisters, his children: Amber Rose, Naomi, & Courage Bear as well as his grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Family of Jerry Cleveland, Jr. is respectfully asking for financial assitance from friends and others to assist with any funeral expenses and other expenditures as necessary. The Family of Jerry Cleveland, Jr. is respectfully asking for financial assistance from friends and others to assist with any funeral expenses and other expenditures as necessary. Those interested may send donations to: GERALD CLEVELAND SR. - N.5620 15th Avenue Mauston, WI. 53948.  All contributions will be greatly appreciated. . All contributions will be greatly appreciated.


Help spread the word and invite everyone to The 2012 Gathering of Nations - North America's Biggest Pow Wow! CLICK HERE to download the flier.

This year's poster artist are: Original Illustrations by Darryl Growing Thunder, Border Artwork by Ed Tafoya Layout and Design by Rusty Gillette, iFIVE Graphics. 

Each year the Gathering of Nations, Ltd. awards supplementary scholarships to selected Native American students for the Spring and Fall Semesters. The awards are made to students that are either in their Junior, Senior or Graduate years at the University of New Mexico.

A portion of the proceeds from the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow are made available to Native American students at the University of New Mexico, through the Gathering of Nations Foundation. The scholarship foundation at the University of New Mexico was established to assist with tuition and/or books for Native American students.
The Gathering of Nations Limited, through the Gathering of Nations Scholarship Foundation at the University of New Mexico has announce the GON Scholarship for Fall 2011 semester:

Rainbow Bullet Andrew Yazzie (Navajo), Family Studies Major
Rainbow Bullet Monika Honeyestewa (Laguna), Psychology Major
Rainbow Bullet April Dawn Longhair (Navajo), Earth & Planetary Sciences Major
Rainbow Bullet Marie Schulenberg (Yavapai-Apache), Native American Studies Major
Rainbow Bullet William Townley (Navajo), History Major

Over 60 applications from Native students were received for this 2011 fall semester. Thorough examination of each application was made by the Gathering of Nations, and final decisions of awards was made on the criteria of financial need, GPA and essays about themselves and their academic careers.
The Gathering of Nations, Ltd., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, wish all Native American students success with their academic studies.

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow Named One of the top 100 events in America for 2012 by the American Bus Association! For more information click here

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Albuquerque returns as a sponsor of the Miss Indian World Pageant and The Gathering of Nations' STAGE 49!

For the second year in a row the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Albuquerque is a proud sponsor for the Gathering of Nations activities. With the success of the Miss Indian World Pageant held in the Casino's Show Room, and the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, Casino executives were excited about being a major sponsor for North America's Biggest Pow Wow.

This year, along with special rates at the Hotel, they are opening up special camping space at the Isleta Lakes Camp Ground. The camp ground has space available for RV's, Trailers and tents. Hot showers and 24 hour security are available to all camping pow wow attendees. It is recommended that reservations be made soon, as the hotel and camping space will sell out once again.

To make hotel reservations call: 1-877-475-3827
For camping reservations at Isleta Lakes call: 505-244-8102

Additional preferred GON Pow Wow hotels are the Clarion Hotel at 505 823-1300, Holiday Inn & Suites Airport at 505-944-2255, Hyatt Regency at 1-888-421-1442 (GON rate: $99 - $149.00)

Southwest Airlines 40th AnniversaryGATHERING OF NATIONS REPRESENTED AT A SOUTHWEST AIRLINES 40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT On Thursday, October 6, Southwest Airlines hosted 65 of their community partners from across the country for an event entitled, “Connecting Hearts and Minds” on 95th floor of John Hancock Tower in Chicago, IL. Melonie Mathews would like to thank Jackie Thompson and Christine Ortega for the invitation and hospitality that was extended to her (and Gathering of Nations) from Southwest Airlines' Connecting Hearts and Minds event held October 6, 2011. It was an amazing opportunity for the Gathering of Nations organization to meet other extraordinary individuals from various non-profit and grass roots programs. Melonie extends a thank you to Southwest Airlines for supporting the efforts of all of the organizations invited, in helping us to improve our communities and further our goals and reach broader audiences. It is not often that a large corporation, like a major airline company, makes such an effort to remain actively involved in working with the smaller organizations they support. This is just remarkable. We look forward to our continued relationship with Southwest Airlines and perhaps making the efforts of the "Connecting Hearts and Minds" a resource to work with other non-profit organizations on collaborative projects in the future. 


The 2012 Miss Indian World Pageant once again will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on the Isleta Pueblo (just minutes south of Albuquerque New Mexico). The MIW Program is proud to announce the featured entertainment at the Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations, Thursday, April 26, 2012, "NRG RISING" from Aotearoa (New Zealand)! Along with the cultural talents and traditional demonstrations performed by the Miss Indian World Contestants, the night will be made complete with the Reggae rhythms and sweet sounds of NRG RISING. Check Out The Band at their website:

NRG RISING features the beautiful harmonies of a mother and daughters trio who front the band and this will be their first time in the USA! The members of NRG RISING are of Maori tribal descent. It is through their musical journey that they connect with and support the empowerment of indigenous people worldwide! The Miss Indian World Program invites EVERYONE to come and support the 2012 Contestants and enjoy the featured guest performance. It is an enchanted evening for all who attend. To Become a MIss Indian World Contestant, CLICK HERE!

Visit the Gathering of Nations web site often for more details and updates on the 2012 Miss Indian World Pageant . We'll see you there!

           Dr Lita Mathews Organ Donation

"STAGE 49" CALL FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS! As a premier full production venue - Stage 49Stage 49 continues to ROCK ON, featuring traditional and contemporary artists! GATHERING OF NATIONS' Stage 49 is instrumental in launching new talent and showcasing established talent, leading to additional opportunities. Always an eclectic mix, as Stage 49 creates spontaneous & amazing must see performances. Over the last year, more than 30 artists have been showcased via the Gathering of Nations website, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, and Stage 49. The Gathering of Nations Limited is a strong supporter of performing arts and reaches out to existing and new fan bases on behalf of outstanding groups of Native America (Indian Country)! All genres of music and performance are encouraged to apply. Here’s your chance to reach a global audience! Application information: CLICK HERE for the OFFICIAL Stage 49 Application

Start your holiday shopping at the Gathering of Nations website MARKET PLACE!

The Gathering of Nations Web site features the live CD recordings from the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, including the 2010 Grammy winner, A Spirit's Dance.

Other items for sale in the market are DVD's, Books, Tote Bags, and More. To start your shopping experience CLICK HERE!

Star Horse Photo Gallery just received NEW photos by Derek Mathews: To check out his photos click image below.

        Star Horse Photos

POW WOW TICKETS GO ON SALE December 31st, on The Gathering of Nations Web Site:

Become a Gathering of Nations Sponsor: The Gathering of Nations is now seeking sponsors for the 2012 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. Sponsorship opportunities are available to tribes, businesses and individuals for Dance Categories, The drum contest, Stage 49, and Miss Indian World Pageant. TO BECOME A SPONSOR CLICK HERE or for more information call the Gathering of Nations at 505 836-2810.

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"An eclectic mix of Native music" streaming 24x7: Gathering of Nations Internet Radio!


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2011 GON T-Shirts, Sweatshirts & Patches are still available! Click on image below.

The Gathering of Nations Limited is a federally recognized 501(c) 3 non profit organization established to promote the traditions and culture of Native people. The Gathering of Nations founded and funds the Gathering of Nations Academic Scholarship foundation at the University of New Mexico. The Gathering of Nations is North America's Biggest PowWow! Everyone, both Native and non-Native are invited and encouraged to attend. Some of the Gathering of Nations contributions.


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