Tribes From Around the Country to Perform at Free Festival of Native Music, Dance, Food; Festival Kicks Off National Indian Gaming Conference in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, April 8 /PRNewswire/ — A dramatic display of Native American musicians, dancers and performers from around the country will be showcased in a colorful festival of Indian music, dance and food this Sunday, April 10th, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. The event will launch the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual meeting and trade show at the San Diego Convention Center, which will run thru April 13th.

The festival will start at 3:00 p.m. and continue through 6:00 p.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (1 Market Place, San Diego) in the Manchester Ballroom. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend.

The festival will be hosted by former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne), and will feature a variety of Native musicians, dancers and storytellers from California and around the country, including Yaaw Tei Yi (Tlingit) and Tlingit storyteller Gary Waid from Juneau, Alaska; the Acoma Inter-Cultural Dancers from the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico; Sicangu Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota; and cultural interpreters and dancers from the Makah, Warm Springs, Quinault and Haida Tribes of the Northwest Coast.

A variety of Native foods, including buffalo, salmon, crab and wild rice will be served free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event co-sponsors are JPMorgan Chase, Potlatch Fund and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.

The National Indian Gaming Association is a non-profit trade association comprised of 184 American Indian Nations and other non-voting associate members. The mission of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian people — economically, socially and politically. NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.

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