Latest News – July 9

It’s a Summertime Twin Lakes Double-Header Today

If you’re heading out to Twin Lakes today for the 3rd Annual Paddlefest, why not make it a bit earlier and catch the next in the free Native Nations Seminars series at the Twin Lakes Schoolhouse located in the village from 9 – 10 a.m. 

The Twin Lakes Schoolhouse will be the location of the Native Nations Seminar Series.

The Twin Lakes Schoolhouse will be the location of the Native Nations Seminar Series.

Sponsored by the Friends of Twin Lakes the seminars are presented by Judy Leaming, Esq., an attorney and educator who has worked with Indian Tribes for 30 years. Today’s presentation will concern, federal policy in Indian Country.

The series will run through the fall taking place on the second Saturday of each month, from June 11 to October 8, 2016 from 9 – 10 a.m.  The seminars provide an opportunity to understand history from the perspective of Native Nations. According to organizers, the perspective that will be presented is not frequently taught in public schools, nor is it often accurately portrayed in movies or on television. This is a unique opportunity to move beyond stereotypes and listen to the voices of Native people. 

The seminar leader is Judy Leaming, Esq. (Catawba/Cherokee), an educator and attorney who served as legal counsel for Native Nations in Indian Country for 30 years.  She brings a diverse and solid background to lead the seminars following her career as a legal advisor for a variety of Tribal Nations and entities: the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towoac, CO, the Catawba Nation in Rock Hill, SC, the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Nespelem, WA. 

This picture of a Cherokee woman provided by Ameritribes.

This picture of a Cherokee woman provided by Ameritribes.

In addition, Judy taught Indian law at Northwest Indian College located on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, WA, at Wenatchee Valley Community College in Omak, WA, and at Colorado Mountain College campuses in both Buena Vista and Leadville, CO. 

Please feel free to attend one or all seminars of interest.  More details on each of the seminars can be found on the Friends of Twin Lakes website. Friends of Twin Lakes requests that you try to print or review the materials for each session in advance to defray copy costs.  The first material outline can be viewed: HERE.

The seminar topics are as follows:

  • July 9 – Federal policy in Indian Country.
  • August 13 – Contemporary issues in Indian country.
  • September 10 – U.S. assimilation policies:  removal, allotment, relocation, termination, boarding schools and the forced removal of Native children.
  • October 8 – Jurisdiction in Indian Country:  which court has the power to decide?


It’s an “All-Paddle” Good Time at PaddleFest 2016

Also happening in Twin Lakes today is the 3rd Annual Paddle Fest starting at 9 a.m. on Twin Lakes at the Red Rooster Boat Ramp. Paddle Fest is a series of timed races and challenges on the Twin Lakes Reservoir. It is the yearly endeavor of Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney, freewheeling proprietor of Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures (TLCKA).

While it hasn’t yet reached global status, each year the event has doubled its participants. Expecting this to be the biggest Paddle Fest yet, Johnny Canoe has been preparing since March.

Events taking place involve tandem kayaks, windsurfiers, skulling, stand-up paddleboards, and of course the canoe. Participants may bring their own conveyance or rent from TLCKA at half-price. Paddlers make their way one mile across Twin Lakes on their chosen water vessel, retrieving a mystery item from a coffee tin on the far side of the lakes. Cut-off time is 4 p.m. Registration is $40, which provides entry, an event t-shirt, and a dinner of BBQ at the Paddle Fest party held directly after the awards ceremony. More that $400 in prizes will be awarded to the winners. Live music provided by Johnny Canoe and the Whoever Else He Can Get Band, (volunteering musicians can call (719) 251-9961).

This year, Johnny Canoe is hoping for a higher local turnout from Leadville and Buena Vista. Volunteers and sponsors are actively sought and may call (719) 251-9961. Visit the TLCKA website {} for more info about and early registration into Paddle Fest 2016.



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