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Indigenous Peoples Days kick off Oct. 5

Native American poet and activist John Trudell will bring his band, Bad Dog, to the Grass Valley Veterans Auditorium Oct. 5, highlighting Indigenous Peoples Days, a four-day gathering of native peoples organized by the local Tsi Akim Maidu tribe.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Tsi Akim Maidu.

“The Tsi Akim peoples are a part of the story of this land,” Trudell said in a news release, “the original children of this place now called California, a tribe today linking the past to the future.”

This is the 14th year the Tsi Akim Maidu tribe and its supporters have organized Indigenous Peoples Days to celebrate the unique community built on the ashes of genocide.

Honoring native history and culture at Indigenous Peoples Days this year are elders and performers, including Mohawk traditional singers Bear Fox and Lawrence Laughing, singer and drum-maker Yolanda Martinez and Hawaiian healer Haleaka Pule. Among local elders to be honored are Fred “Coyote” Downey, Roberto Garcia and Betti Rose Davis.

New to the festival this year are the Mexican band Grupo Sentimiento Musica, Halau Hula O’Moana, a traditional Hawaiian dance group, Danzantes, Mexican Aztec dancers, and storyteller and healer Johnny Moses.

From Oct. 6-8, native and non-native people will gather at Sycamore Ranch Park on the Yuba River and Highway 20, just 20 minutes from Grass Valley.

Indigenous Peoples Days is an annual event produced by the Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe of the Taylorsville Rancheria and community supporters. Hempstead Project HEART is a cosponsor of the event. IPD is drug and alcohol free. The event is free, except for the Trudell concert, and open to the public.

Tickets to the Trudell/Bad Dog concert are available at Nevada City SPD, Grass Valley at SPD, Briarpatch and the Tsi Akim Maidu tribal office.For ticket locations, call (530) 274-7497.

On Sunday and Monday afternoon, the event will be broadcast live on three local community radio stations: KVMR 89.5 FM Nevada City, KFOK 95.1 LPFM Georgetown and KZFR 90.1FM Chico. Live streaming will be available on

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