Needles, CA: Community celebrates “Mojave Strong” and coming back together as a community for the 45th Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days celebration and parade after last year’s COVID-19 pandemic.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (Information):

Needles, California: The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe had their 45th Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days celebration and parade on Friday, October 22nd, 2021 and Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.

Each year, the community gets to learn about history, customs and traditions of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe well enjoying all of the many activities and entertainment that occur at the Tribal Village Park on the Fort Mojave Reservation as well as a glorious parade along West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California, but last year much of the celebration had to be trimmed down and go virtual well the parade had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s returned of the celebration and parade brought back the joy and togetherness, and paying tribute to the Tribe’s strength and resilience, this year’s theme “Mojave Strong – Our resilience overcomes any challenge.”

Some of the activities and entertainment included royalty pageant; baby pageant; men’s bird singing and women’s bird dancing contests; culture workshops; frybread eating contest; nature walk; and tournaments for youth male shinny, wahoo, golf, tug-o-war, horseshoes, peon, and great food and drinks to enjoy.

This year’s celebration and parade had a great turnout, and included congratulating the runners who ran during the Spirit Run 2021, the Fort Mojave Royalty was introduced to the crowd, trophies were presented to the parade winners, and bird singing and dancing.

Anita Holmes was the Grand Marshal for this year’s event and was presented with a plaque thanking her for servicing the community.

Afterwards Dominic Heiden, representative for California State Senator Shannon Grove, presented a Certificate of Recognition to Anita Holmes on behalf of Senator Shannon Grove and the entire California state legislators, recognizing, honoring and thanking Anita Holmes for her service to the community.

Afterwards, Anita Holmes spoke to the crowd and gave very important advice the young children attending the event.

“I feel very honored and I thank everyone that’s here supporting me. You know our Tribe is very blessed today. We’ve come a long way, and I’m glad that I came here to see that. All of you young kids you know… we didn’t have what we have today. Take advantage of continuing your education; take advantage of the school that you attend. Take advantage of your life; if you have to change your lifestyle to do it then do it because it can go a long way,” said Anita Holmes.

Anita Holmes continued giving thanks and giving good advice saying, “I want to say our creator has blessed us our Tribe… has blessed us in many ways, and I’m so grateful because you know sometimes we just take for granted everyday we have, but don’t do that. Be thankful for everyday that our creator has you here… has you here for a reason, for a purpose and that is to be here with us today for your celebration of life, and have it go on. Keep our traditions fresh in our young people’s mind so they will know where they come from, and never forget.”

Timothy Williams, Chairman for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, along with the community appreciated coming back together for the 45th Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days celebration and parade after the COVID-19 pandemic last year, showing that we can overcome anything together; Mojave Strong!

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Thanks to everybody who participated and organized the 45th Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days celebration and parade.


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