10th Annual PowWow Honors Gold Star Mothers

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The annual Permian Basin Intertribal Powwow attracts attention to the community every year.

"I love coming here every year. I have a strong interest in Native American culture. I'm half Native American, so it's important for me to stay close to the culture," Susan Crenshaw said.

However, this year's Powwow is a little different; one that many American Indians say they're quite proud of.

"Being 10 years, this is definitely a milestone in the Trans Pecos Renewal Center. We have reached a milestone with teaching the community about our culture; we are celebrating 20 different tribes in social gathering," Chief Luis Tijerina, said.

It wasn't only a celebration of Native American culture, but National Gold Star Mother's Day; a moment to honor those who have lost a son or daughter in the line of duty.

"The greatest sacrifice is to give your life for this Country. We try to honor them the best we can. Mothers are the greatest in the Country, because they give their sons and daughters to the Country," Spc. Kent-Ironhorse, said.

Many say it was a cultural gathering, also made to honor those who will always be remembered.

"We just want to let them know that their sacrifices will never be forgotten," Ironhorse said.