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2019 National Gathering of American Indian Veterans

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Support our veterans at the 5th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans on July 26-28, 2019 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. The National Gathering of American Indian Veterans welcomes the general public and ALL Native Veterans of All Wars, and All Tribes to remember the contributions of Native people to the military> Native Americans represent the highest percentage of any race of people to volunteer historically for military service in the US.

National Gathering of American Indian Veterans

The National Gathering of American Indian Veterans is a yearly event held in the summer at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. This three day event honors veterans and military personnel of all cultures, eras, and branches in a Native way. Come to participate in special panels lead by veterans and veterans service providers on topics ranging from traditional health and wellness, working with the VA, jobs and economic development for veterans after service, and more. Watch entertaining performances from cultural groups and participate in powwow-style dancing with our veterans.

Purchase art and other items from veteran artists and other traditional vendors. This event is free and open to the public, and anyone who would like to join us in honoring all those in the United States military. You can check out our printable flier here, and view the schedule of events below. In the case of severe inclement weather, Saturday morning and afternoon sessions will be held in the banquet hall at the Hilton hotel in Lisle/Naperville.

Location
Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

For More Information:
Call (847) 301-2090; Email info@trickstergallery.com

National Gathering of American Indian Veterans Mini Gallery

Schedule (tentative, from 2018)
Friday
4:30pm-5pm: Guests arrive
5pm-5:45pm: Performance
5:45pm: Opening Prayer
6pm: Welcome song
6:05pm: Welcoming words
6:30pm: Dinner
7pm: Welcome by Trickster Native Veteran of Illinois Commander
7:05pm: Story on starting the gathering the old way
7:25pm: Greetings from guest speakers from around the country
7:45pm: Introduction of facilitators
8pm: Playing of military songs by branch
8:30pm: Recognition of volunteers, the committee, and Trickster’s board of directors

Saturday
8:30am: Veteran roll call and line up
8:45am: Welcome by McCormick Foundation representative
8:50am: Bikers arrive from memorial ride-in
8:55am: Setup of POW/MIA Table ceremony
9am: Start of the Gathering – bringing the feather to head veterans
9:30am: National Anthem; Veterans are recognized (by name, branch, tribe, and service time)
10am-11:45pm: Start of the Circles of Post-Service Care
11:45am: Lunch
11:45pm-12:30pm: Performance
12:30pm-1pm: Presentation
1pm-1:30pm: Presentation
1:30pm-4:30pm: Circles of Post-Service Care merge to create one circle for all veterans
4:45pm-5pm: Performance
5pm: Honoring Ceremony
6pm: Dinner
6:05pm: Dancers performance
6:30pm-7:15pm: Performance
7:15pm-8pm: Performance
8pm-10pm: Powwow

Sunday
8am: Breakfast at Cantigny grounds
9am: Start of Gathering
10am-11am: Review and feedback from Saturday discussions
11am: Retire the Colors
11:30am: Veteran and special guests welcome to head to Trickster for lunch, exhibit openings, and training
2pm: General public are welcome Trickster for exhibit openings, a training by the Smithsonian and Library of Congress, and musical performance

National Gathering of American Indian Veterans Mini Gallery

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next American Indian Veterans in July at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.

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