Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Event To 'Uplift' Center.(Final)

Byline: Leslie Linthicum Journal Staff Writer

* Albuquerque Indian Center to celebrate new director, new grant with a 'staking ceremony'

The Albuquerque Indian Center has a new director, some new members on its board and a $365,000 grant to make renovations on its building at Zuni and Texas SE in Albuquerque.

With big new things afoot, the center is conducting a healing ceremony this week and inviting everyone associated with Indians in Albuquerque to attend.

The "staking ceremony" that will highlight the ceremony on Friday originates in Alaska, but has become a common ritual in Native American wellness programs.

"The purpose of the ceremony is to gather power in the form of courage and commitment in order to fulfill a common vision," said Emerson Joe, who is organizing the ceremony. …

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