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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT 12/14/2016

President: Jim Bear Running Montoya | Vice President: Debbie Nelson

Bear RunningDeb Nelson

Hello Everyone,

       The Colorado Springs Indian Center has managed to remain independent, maintaining our insurance and operating expenses thanks largely to help of our drum group, "The Gathering of Spirits" that I started in 2012 as a way to make money, and generate income for the Center. They have worked very hard to keep the bills paid maintaining our insurance and operating expenses, but we don’t have the necessary funds needed to help us strengthen our programs, and develop new projects helping our community and center.

       We have applied for several grants, and remain hopeful that they might be approved but have not had much luck so far, and are asking for your help to survive. We would appreciate any type of donations that you can give to help us keep the center open and promote the preservation of Native Culture. In return we are willing to help our Sponsor with educational showings, such as drumming, singing, dancing, and speaking to classes or companies.

       We will continue to bring in as much money as our performances allow, but need extra help to survive. Our endeavor is to give a location to all races of people who have an interest in native culture and way of life. We would like to have enough money available to offer dancing, beading, regalia making, community dinners, potlucks etc.

       If you wish to donate, any amount (large or small) would be greatly appreciated ($ 1.00 to $ 10.00).

       Here is our address: 701 N 20th Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2799
(or for your convenience a donation button has been added to our web site).

       On the behalf of the Colorado Springs Indian Center and the Board of Directors, we would like to Thank you for your support and willingness to help us save our Center.

       Sincerely,

       Jim Bear Running Montoya
       President of the Colorado Springs Indian Center

       Debbie Nelson
       Vice President of the Colorado Springs Indian Center



LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT 9/21/2016

President: Jim Bear Running Montoya | Vice President: Debbie Nelson

Hello Everyone,

       We are still managing to push on and be involved with the Community, our drum group "The Gathering of Spirits", continues to perform at new businesses such as The Air Force Academy, Calhan Fair, Schriever Air Force Base, and Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

       In August we had a very nice pot luck at the center on the 13th, it was great to see some of our community elder members and meet with new member's. The food was great, and we are planning to have another pot luck in the future.

       I am hoping the Colorado Springs Indian Center will continue to reach out to new groups and organizations to benefit everyone. We have started this by connecting with the Southwest Native Studies cooking class at Colorado College with Juliana Hernandez. We conducted one cooking class on the 18th of September which went very well. Carol Little Bird and I started the connection with Juliana Hernandez and we will have another cooking class on October 1st and 15th from 11:30AM to 4:00PM on both dates. Every Colorado Springs Indian Center member is invited, these cooking classes are to teach Native People about healthy alternatives and cooking choices.

       Debbie Nelson, my Vice President, is working very hard on Grants in hopes of being able to make a lot of changes to the Colorado Springs Indian Center programs. We would appreciate any ideas and participation in the Indian Center activities. As the President of the Indian Center, I would like our center to become a place of fun, connecting to one another in a good way.

       Thank you,

       Jim Bear Running Montoya
       President of the Colorado Springs Indian Center



LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT 5/10/2016

President: Jim Bear Running Montoya | Vice President: Debbie Nelson

Bear RunningDeb Nelson

Hello Everyone.

       Our drum group, "The Gathering of Spirits" is looking for Dancers, Singers and Drummers who would like to try out and become a member of our group and donate their time to help our Center.

       We have performed at the World Arena, Pikes Peak Center, Fort Carson, Cheyenne Resort, Territory Days, Bronco Days, and many other places, and this summer we have several performances lined up.

       "The Gathering of Spirits" is not a pow wow drum group. I started our drum circle approximately five years ago, and it has a mixture of both men and women who take pride in the group and embrace it as the lifeblood and financial sustainability of the center and I am very proud of our group.

       Due to the numerous request for performances, I would like to invite our members who love to Drum, Sing, or Dance to come join our team!

       We are receiving a large amount of inquiries, so you must send us a letter and provide some information about yourself and your experience as a Native American Drummer, Singer, Dancer or Flute Player.

Colorado Springs Indian Center Contact Information:

Mail: Colorado Springs Indian Center, 701 N 20th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904


Jim Bear Running Montoya
President of the Colorado Springs Indian Center



LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT 3/4/2016

       Hello everyone. We are asking for your help, and would appreciate any type of donations that you can give to help us keep the center open, and promote the preservation of Native culture. Our struggles are primarily financial and we are currently being supported by our drum group, “The Gathering of Spirits”. Although we have been able to remain independent maintaining our insurance and operating expenses, we don’t have the funds necessary to help us strengthen our programs and develop new projects helping our community and center.

       Our endeavor is to give a location to all races of people who have an interest in Native culture and way of life. We would like to have enough money available to offer dancing, beading, regalia making, community dinners, pot-lucks etc.

       If you wish to donate, any amount (large or small) would be greatly appreciated ($ 1.00 to $ 10.00)

       Our mailing address is: 701 N 20th Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2799 (or for your convenience, a donation button has been added to our web site).

       We run a safe camp and do not tolerate alcohol, drugs or people wanting to cause disturbances of any kind. It is our mission to bring unity to our American Indian, Alaska Native community, and the community at large, by fostering emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well- being and continually look for better ways to serve our members and the community at large.

       On the behalf of the Colorado Springs Indian Center and the Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for your support and willingness to help us save our Center.



Sincerely,

Jim Bear Running Montoya, President
Debbie Nelson, Vice President



LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT 11/16/2015

       The Colorado Springs Indian Center is asking for large donations from Professional businesses that are willing to give a donation to the Center in the amount of $500.00 or more, your business would be listed as a sponsor of the Colorado Springs Indian Center.
       We would like to invite you to view our website and see how easy it is to navigate ensuring a positive browsing experience for all users. View our "Sponsors Page" here.
       The Colorado Springs Indian Center is a 501C3 non-profit business and all donations are tax deductible. We are asking for the donations so the Colorado Springs Indian Center can continue to serve to Colorado Springs area by teaching and performing at entertainment locations and schools. We also assist in organizations that require Native American involvement and help Native Americans that come into the Colorado Springs area.

       We are continually working hard to stay in existence in the Colorado Springs area, and would be very grateful for your help.




Colorado Springs Indian Center
701 N 20th Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Phone: (719) 599-8630

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