As Coordinator of the Hesperia Native American Pow-Wow, I would like to thank not only the community of Hesperia but all the surrounding communities (including the many visitors from within the state and other states) who supported our local Pow-Wow event for over sixteen years. I feel privileged that I was given the opportunity to introduce a small glimpse of Native American culture to the children, teens and adults of my community.

Over the years, there were many comments from those attending that the Pow-Wow offered families a beautiful, safe and affordable event for all ages to enjoy which included entertainment, food, dancing and unique shopping venues. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to participate in a Native American culture event which was not only fun but a valuable history lesson which was available to them right here in the community of Hesperia!

Each year, many Native American (and non-Native) participants (including staff, dancers, tipi/lodge societies, drummers, food preparers, vendors and security people) traveled long distances to participate in the Hesperia Pow-Wow. I would like to thank all of them for their enthusiastic and enduring support through the years. Each and everyone put forth their very best effort to make the Pow-Wow successful. With their help and support, the Pow-Wow was a successful and profitable venue for the city of Hesperia!

A very special and gracious thank you is extended to the former Hesperia Parks & Recreation Supervisor, Beck Lihme. Her assistance and conscientious efforts through past years were invaluable. Her interest in and respect for Native American culture was more than appreciated.

It is with deep and sad regret that I must say goodbye to the Hesperia Pow-Wow event. I also extend regrets from all the other Pow-Wow participants who have informed me that they too are saddened by the circumstance that have brought this engaging event to a close. We Native American-related participants wish that there had been a more encouraging and respectful dialogue between our representatives and that of the current Parks & Rec. Dept. representatives.

Respectfully,
Gary Yellowhorse, Coordinator Native American Pow-Wow