Native Women Scholars Inc., a local non-profit that provides scholarships to students from the White Mountain Apache Tribe and other tribes is teaming up again this year with the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside for a series of fun and informative events as a prelude to their annual fundraiser, An Evening of Apache Culture.
Apache Culture Appreciation Week kicks off on Tuesday June 4 with two Super Hoops All-Star basketball games between teams from Pinetop-Lakeside and the Fort Apache Reservation. The games will be held at Blue Ridge High School. The girls game tips off at 6 p.m., the boys game follows at 7:30, $5 admission to benefit Native Women Scholars.
There are two events scheduled for Thursday, June 6. A joint meeting of the Pinetop-Lakeside Town Council and the White Mountain Apache Tribal Council will be held at the Pinetop-Lakeside council chambers at 10 a.m. Keith Johnson, town manager for Pinetop-Lakeside, said it is the first joint meeting of the two councils that he is aware of.
In the evening, get ready for some first-class rock’n’roll with longtime local favorite, Apache Spirit, and Aravaipa, the top band from the San Carlos Reservation. The concert will be held at Mountain Meadows Recreation Complex in Pinetop-Lakeside, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., $5 admission to benefit Native Women Scholars.
On Friday June 7, learn about the extraordinary history of the Apache Scouts who enlisted in the US Army. Many of them were from the White Mountain Apache Tribe. John Welch and Cline Griggs will give a free presentation on the topic at 6 p.m. at the White Mountain Nature Center.
An Evening of Apache Culture
This event, now in its fifth year, has helped to raise $137,000 for Native American women seeking to further their education. The non-profit was founded by Ron and Marty LaMar, retired educators from Pinetop, in 2013. Twenty-nine women have received assistance through the Native Women Scholars program; 25 scholarship recipients are from Alchesay High School. At An Evening of Apache Culture, guests can even meet and speak with the scholarship recipients themselves.
The event offers performances from crown dancers, rainbow dancers and a war dance, along with singers and drumming. There will also be demonstrations of tribal crafts and construction of a traditional Apache home — a gowa.
Taste local flavors with food from the Arrowhead Cafe at Fort Apache. There will also be children’s activities, raffles and a silent auction.
Tickets are $20 and include food. They are available at the Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low chamber of commerce offices, Gingerbread Cabin shop, Pinetop-Lakeside Town Hall and Mail Copy Plus. Tickets are also available at the gate.