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Crow Fair a celebration of culture, new beginnings

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Junior Miss Crow Nation Pixie Real Bird, right, and Nicole Real Bird Cummins will be featured at Crow Fair this year. (Photo by DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff)


The Crow Fair has always been a time for new beginnings, as Susan Olp from the Billings Gazette reports:

    “We kind of consider Crow Fair like what you’d think of New Year’s,” said Nicole Real Bird Cummins, parade manager for the event, which (started) Thursday and runs through Tuesday.

    Goals are set for the next year. And, as with any holiday, families get together for food and fun and to catch up on news.

As the people of the Crow Indian Reservation in eastern Montana recover from massive spring floods, the idea of a fresh start is more important than ever. The daunting work of cleaning up began earlier in anticipation of the annual event.

    This summer, getting ready for the 93rd annual Crow Fair has been a bit more of a challenge, said April Toineeta, Crow tribal liaison, who has helped efforts in the aftermath of the spring flooding that deluged the reservation town.

    Water flooded the campsite, Toineeta said, damaging the entrance road and electrical outlets. That’s all being fixed in time for the start of Crow Fair, she said.

    Austin Little Light, this year’s Crow Fair manager, said part of his job has been to repair the arbor where the powwow takes place.

    “We bought lumber and redid the roofs and the benches,” Little Light said.

ICTMN also has a story about the “a giant family reunion under the Big Sky.”

Jenna Cederberg

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Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno says it could be years before some prayer sites damaged by the fire and floods are reopened. (Jane Phillips/The New Mexican)


By Julie Ann Grimm, of the Santa Fe New Mexican:

It’s been a heartbreaking summer for Walter Dasheno and the people of his pueblo.

When the Santa Clara Pueblo governor drove the bumpy road leading into the ancestral sacred lands in a steep canyon this week, he kept repeating a simple refrain: “It never used to be like this.”

Santa Clara saw 17,000 acres of forest damaged when the Las Conchas Fire ripped through part of the pueblo’s land. Now, the pueblo faces threats from flooding.

Sixteen miles of Santa Clara Creek and four man-made ponds along the length of its canyon are choked with mud. Fast-moving runoff from rainstorms has eaten away at the creek bed, causing cliff-like edges that continue to fall in with each new storm.

This week, as he was looking over a spot where he liked to sit by the creek and fish for trout, Dasheno, 64, could see chocolate-colored, churning water and bare ground where grasses and wildflowers should be.

“It was never like this before.”

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