Greetings to all!! Tonkahay, Numway, Yahetay, Yatehay, Big How!!!
The very first edition of the new NSD National Drum Beats Newsletter is now available. It is a starting point for what should become regular, at least twice annually and hopefully becoming a quarterly issue. In the future, we will have a way to submit articles and information into the newsletter. We would love to publish articles about some of those very special events that we know many Longhouses have and share them within all of Native Sons & Daughters Programs.
The Staff of National Longhouse Drum Beats.
We would like to welcome our newest members to the Native Sons and Daughters Programs®: The mighty Orange Spirit Nation who have formed their own longhouse in Irvine, California and the mighty Riverside Nation in Riverside, California who will be merging with the Broken Lance Longhouse also located in Irvine, California. The Riverside Nation has more than 30 families participating, while the Orange Spirit Nation has more than 150 families.
You can learn more about the Orange Spirit Nation by visiting their website at www.orangespiritnation.org. Follow the Riverside Nation on Facebook.
Wecome to the Naranja Native Nation OC Inc.! Our newest Orange County NATIVE DADS AND DAUGHTERS® Program, located in Irvine California. The mighty Naranja Nation has 11 tribes with about 200 families. You can learn more about the Naranja Nation by visiting their website at www.NaranjaNation.com.
The tentative date for the next Annual Meeting is May 3 & 4, 2014 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All other details are to be announced.
Attention all members! If there are any active service projects going on in your Longhouses, reporting must be turned in by 3/15 latest. This is an extension of the posted deadline due to the late first release this year. We realize that likely only active projects or projects already completed this program year will be able to report. We look forward to a lot of participation in the next program year.
Attention all members! Now your tribe or your entire longhouse can participate in the National Longhouse Community Service Project. Here’s a great opportunity to help others in your community and receive national recognition from National Longhouse at the same time.
Read more about the project here
Our National Chief Don Bittala has announced that the 2013 National Longhouse Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th at Camp Y-Noah in Clinton, Ohio. There will be a limited number of parent/child camping opportunities available to each longhouse in addition to their meeting delegates. Camp activities and amenities will be available as well as a special Saturday evening performace by Muskogee Creek Native American Jim Sawgrass.
Annual Meeting Agenda, Location, and Activities
National Longhouse is excited to announce the rollout of the Online Merchandise Store powered by CircleBridge just in time for the Holidays! This store contains all sorts of merchandise branded with the national logo of the Native Sons and Daughters Programs.
We are pleased to announce that Jim Sawgrass is our newest member to the Native American Council (NAC). Mr. Sawgrass is a Muskogee Creek Indian and a professional Native American performer whose live shows have been complimented by appearances in television and historical films. The Native American Committee advises the NATIVE SONS AND DAUGHTERS PROGRAMS ℠ on use of the Native American theme and leads in the development of educational resource material pertaining to First Nation history, beliefs, and rituals.
Our NATIVE SONS AND DAUGHTERS® election for the National Council of Officers (NCO) was held on May 19, 2012. The results are as follows:
National Chief — Don Bittala (Crooked River Longhouse)
National Assistant Chief — Brian Quirk (Timucuan Federation)
National Tally Keeper — Keith Armstrong (Timucuan Federation)
National Wampum Bearer — Kenn Synek (Cuyahoga Valley Longhouse)
Native American Council Chairman (NAC) — (open)
A new election process was successfully implemented and is expected to be repeated in 2014.