Neighbors Letter

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002

On behalf of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Naa Kahidi Dancers, it is with great pride that I announce that our Native dance troupe has been selected to represent the state of Alaska at the 2002 Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. This is truly an honor, as it is only the second time in the history of the parade that a Native American group will participate and the first time the state of Alaska will be represented.

As you can imagine, along with this prestigious honor comes a significant expense to support the trip. It is our goal to send 40 dancers to participate in this momentous occasion that will indeed give great exposure to our great land, along with a taste of the culture of our Native people. Our goal is to raise approximately $47,000. This budget will, of course, cover airfare, accommodations and ground transportation for the group during their official time in Washington, D.C. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sitka Tribal Enterprises, Shee Atika, Holland America and Princess Cruises are helping to offset some of these expenses, along with many other individual and local organizations. We are still seeking and need your help to reach our goal to make Alaska stand out in the national parade.

The Naa Kahidi Dancers are part of a nonprofit organization. You can help share in the honor of making a difference, not only to these dancers, young and old, but also to our great Nation's pride on this special day.

Please help support our efforts in representing our state of Alaska and our Native culture in our national celebration of independence by sending your tax-deductible donation. If you have any questions, please feel fee to contact me or Camille Ferguson with Tribal Enterprises at (907) 747-7290 or toll free at (888) 270-8687. Donations may be sent to Naa Kahidi Dancers, 200 Katlian St., Sitka, AK 99835.

Thank you, in advance, for your kind and generous consideration of this request.

John Bell, dance show manager

Naa Kahidi Dancers

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