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Labor group supports return of powwows

The Western Colorado Trades and Labor Assembly is a proud sponsor of Native American Market Days and Native American Cultural Programs, and we honor the many contributions of Native Americans to the labor movement. This year, we were able to host a special vaccine clinic during their Market Days, providing adult and pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 629 people in Grand Junction.

This inspiring event was a precursor to bringing powwows back to Western Colorado. WCTLA supports the efforts of the NACP in achieving this goal. For more information about sponsoring upcoming NACP events, or making a contribution to this worthy cause to support Native American art and culture, visit https://nacpcolorado.org.

We wish to thank Robert Wiley and Native American Cultural Programs for allowing us to be part of this wonderful community event, and the teams at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Mesa University who helped make it happen. We extend our gratitude to the Colorado AFL-CIO, and affiliate unions who pulled together to make these events happen: AFT Local No. 1876-Colorado WINS, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Local 111 and Colorado Education Association. This year, more than ever, we have seen the true power of solidarity.

Finally, we would like to thank all members of the community who have been vaccinated in an effort to end this pandemic. Have a safe and happy holiday season, from our family to yours.

Molly J. Anderson

Colorado AFL-CIO