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A Native-American family with deep roots in Orrick will serve as central organizers of the American Indian Inaugural Ball Pow Wow Jan. 19 in the Washington, D.C. area.
Preston E. Tone-Pah-Hote, Sr., an Orrick resident and a Kiowa Indian, will serve Pow Wow Advisor for the event at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
He’ll advise his son and namesake, Preston Tone-Pah-Hote, Jr., a New London, Conn., resident, who’ll serve as the event chairman.
Tone-Pah-Hote, Sr. has lived near Elkhorn for more than three decades. Four of his children have attended Orrick schools, including Ethan, 17, who is a junior. Katie, a homemaker, is an OHS graduate, as is Justin, a scientist for the Department of Agriculture in Kansas City, and Jenny, a professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Tone-Pah-Hote, Sr. will leave for Washington tomorrow to begin participating in events surrounding the Pow Wow Ball and inauguration of President Obama.
The Pow Wall Ball will involve a variety of traditional Native American activities, including dancing, singing and prayer.
Tone-Pah-Hote, Sr. will lead an elders circle discussion on issues of the day of importance to Americans of Indian ancenstry.
The Pow Wall Ball is an event sponsored by the American Indian Society of Washington, D.C. The group was founded in 1966 to provide central organization and represent a spectrum of Indian tribes.
In 1969, the group sponsored its first American Indian Inaugural Ball and formed its first parade unit to march in the inaugural procession for President Richard Nixon.
At every inauguration since, the AIS has hosted the ball, bringing together as many as 4,000 members of tribes from the Continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
– David Knopf, Richmond News