Tribe plans fund-raiser to support heritage programs

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe often are invited to teach school children about their heritage. But the group does even more to reach out to young people in the community. The tribe's cultural heritage programs include the Native Youth Olympics, the Jabila'ina Dance Group, the Chuda Kuya Drum Group, Fish Camp, Susten Camp and Moose Camp. The tribe also employs young people in its programs and at its K'Bec Interpretive Site.

"The programs are meant for kids with good grades," explained Amber Gardner, a member of the dance group. "Youth in the program sign a contract to be drug and alcohol free, represent the tribe and keep a C average or better."

The tribe will hold a fund raiser to support these programs at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

The semi-formal event will include a three-course dinner and an auction. Various tribal heritage groups also will perform at the fund raiser.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person or $50 for a couple and are available by calling 283-3633.

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