More Than 6,000 Enjoy Native American Culture

October 1, 2008

Author: Hank Beckman

Source: The Herald News,4_1_JO01_POWWOW_S1.article

Dancing under trees just starting to show their fall colors, representatives of various Illinois tribes brought Native American culture to Naperville on Sunday.

The Midwest SOARRING Foundation held its 14th Annual Harvest Pow Wow at Naper Settlement this weekend.

More than 6,000 visitors from across the Chicago area attended and helped celebrate the core mission of MSF. SOARRING is an acronym for "Save Our Ancestors Remains and Resources Indigenous Network Group."

"We want to create tribal awareness and an intertribal community," MSF President and Founder Joseph Standing Bear Schranz said.

Schranz explained that many Native American burial grounds and sacred land are in danger of being developed commercially. While the 600 pre-1492 tribes have been greatly reduced in number, Illinois tribes such as the Illinois, Ojibwe and Miami are fighting to hold onto sacred land and preserve the environment.