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Colfax Indian Day returns Aug. 25

By: Hannah Kanik
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Culture, history and tradition will meet head-on for a Native American-themed bash in Colfax.

The Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe will host the free, first annual Colfax Indian Day to bring native and non-native communities together Aug. 25 at the Sierra Vista Community Center.

Native communities, community supporters and tribal affiliations all came together to plan the event and bring in vendors, artisans and traditional dancers.

Clyde Prout, tribal chairman of Colfax-Todds Valley consolidated tribe of the Colfax Rancheria, said the goal of the event is to bring together the native and non-native people in the community and educate everyone about the Nisenan Maidu and Miwok people of the Colfax area.

The Nisenan Maidu and Miwok people make up the Colfax-Todds Valley tribe. Many live in Colfax, however they are found all throughout Placer County.

“The greatest thing about the event is the culture, the history, the tradition,” Prout said. “What we’ve pushed for is a sense of community.”

The event will feature traditional dancers, vendors, blankets, demonstrations, food and music. Prout said one of the greatest features of the event is “everyone's favorite” Indian tacos.

The Maidu Dancers and Traditionalists will be dancing at the event and blessing the dance floor.

Colfax Indian Day is free, however they will be selling raffle tickets for a “big” and “small” raffle. The big raffle tickets will be $5 and the small raffle will be $1. Proceeds from these raffle tickets will go toward next year’s event, according to Prout.

Prout said they waited until recently to interact with the community because they struggled with the balance of maintaining their traditions and sharing with the community.

He said he hopes that the tribe can engage more with the community and create a stronger relationship between the two.

The Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated tribe of the Colfax Rancheria are not considered a restored tribe within the federal government. A restored tribe is one that is federally recognized.

The tribe has been trying to gain recognition for over twenty years, Prout said.

“A lot of people think were gone, or that we don’t exist, when we are a very much active and thriving community,” Prout said. “We still practice ceremony, we carry tradition, and we are still here and will remain here.”