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         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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         descendant, Cherokee
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    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    NAIA's Sally Wells @ Long Hunter State Park

    Nature Circle Pre-School Program at Long Hunter State Park enjoys visit from special guest

    Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:18 pm

    The Nature Circle Pre-School Program at Long Hunter State Park enjoyed visiting with a special guest on Monday, October 14, 2008 during their weekly Story Time. Long Hunter State Park Manager Thurman Mullins introduced them to Sally Wells from the Choctaw Nation. Mrs. Wells spent her early years on the Choctaw Reservation near Philadephia, Mississippi. She is the current President of Native American Indian Association which is holding their Annual Pow Wow at Long Hunter State Park this week-end, October 17, 18, and 19. Long Hunter State Park is located in Rutherford, Davidson, and Wilson Counties. The Pow Wow will be held near the Park Office located at 2910 Hobson Pike between Antioch and Mt. Juliet.

    Sally told the Nature Circle Friends about life as a child on the Reservation; games that were played, going to school and family life. She also taught them to count to ten in Choctaw. The youngsters all enjoyed their visit with Sally and invited her to come back again soon.

    She invited them to come to the Pow Wow and meet Native Americans in their native costumes from across the United States and Canada. There will be three days, of story-telling, Native American Indian Dance Competitions, great food and much more.

    The Native American Indian Association provides Social Services, scholarships, and cultural revitalization for the Native American Indians living in Tennessee. The event will start each day at 9:00 AM, with Friday being designated as Children's Day with plenty of special activities for children of all ages.

    For more information on the NAIA Pow Wow, the Nature Circle Pre-School Program or any of the other activities at Long Hunter State Park, phone the Park Office at 615-885-2422.

    beautiful Sally Wells, sitting with the children

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