The abrupt and unexplained cancellation of last month’s Siuslaw School District’s annual Indian Education Powwow was addressed during Monday night’s meeting of the Native American Parent Committee.
In a statement issued by committee members, the committee explained that due to an unknown loss of its 501c3 status under the prior volunteer treasurer, “...the recent discovery of this by the current volunteer treasurer of the Parent Committee, and the written threat of criminal prosecution, led to the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 24th Annual Indian Education Powwow in order to protect all parties involved with the powwow.
“This was not a decision that the Parent Committee took lightly, nor was the threat of criminal prosecution taken lightly,” committee members expressed in the statement. “It was a heart wrenching decision that we were forced to make out of necessity.”
The Native American Parent Committee then thanked the community for its support.
Following a unanimous vote, the Powwow has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018.