Nonprofit teaches people
Native American culture
Do not know much about this tribe
However, I would be proud too.
Any group of our people
doing it right
for their people, the ancestors,
Indian/Native American country,
has my heart
By Alicia Adams
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
Posted Jul 21, 2017
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The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe Inc. teaches the community about Native Americans’ culture via educational programs, traditional events and a Native American Cultural Center, according to Vice Chief Dan Helms.
The organization — located at 4358 Willard Norris Road in Milton — was founded in 1990 by descendants of Creeks who live in the area.
The tribe currently has more than 1,300 members and donates thousands of hours a year teaching and making presentations in the community.
“Our tribe is sought out by schools, cultural festivals, historical organizations, military installations, history fairs, county fairs and city events,” Helms said. “Community organizations such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club request us for speaking engagements.”
The Creeks’ tribal grounds consist of about 95 acres that soon will be home to a Native American Cultural Center, almost three decades in the making. The cultural center was made possible by two IMPACT 100 grants totaling $210,700.
A groundbreaking is scheduled for Aug. 1.
“The grants are making the dream of a Native American Cultural Center a reality,” Helms said. “The central feature of the center will be an artifact museum that will feature more than 3,000 Native American artifacts to be displayed to the public.”
According to Helms, the cultural center will house two prized artifacts: a peace pipe used in the signing of a treaty between the head of the Crow nation and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, and some of the ashes and embers from a fire that burned in the Cherokee town of Tahlequah more than 1,000 years ago.
The center will include a multi-purpose room for seminars and performances, according to Helms.
The center will house a genealogy resource center with books, documents and other information the group has obtained over the years to assist people in researching and documenting their Native American ancestry.
“The goal of the Native American Cultural Center is to increase awareness of the culture of Native Americans and particularly the Creek people,” Helms said. “The public, especially the children, will have a greater appreciation and understanding of the Creek people and their connection with the natural world. They will experience new knowledge through immersion and hands-on demonstrations not available anywhere else in our area.
“The completion of the Native American Cultural Center will allow us to embark on our mission to bring knowledge of the culture of the Native American Indians to the children, the community and the world.”
The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe Inc