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Lipan Apache Tribe at the Inaugural Observance in Texas
of Indigenous People's Day & Week at the Texas State Capitol
October 9, 2021


Report by Leroy Pena
Tribe's Legislative Liason
October 19, 2021



        On Saturday October 9th 2021, the State of Texas celebrated its Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day in Texas on the south steps of the State Capitol building. Members of many tribes showed up to attend or take part in this special and long awaited celebration.

        The celebration began with an opening prayer by Lipan Apache Tribal Council Vice-Chairman Dr. Robert Soto, and was followed by Lipan Apache Tribal Council Chairman Bernard Barcena, who made a statement on the relationship between Texas Tribes and the various governmental entities who have ruled our state for nearly two centuries. The Lipan Drum Huisache Creek Singers then performed for the event's attendees.

        The Tribe was well represented that day, with at least 10 tribal members either taking part or in attendance on ancestral Lipan Apache Tribal land.







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