Apaches Celebrate Independence June 18

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San Carlos, AZ — Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe are set to celebrate their annual Independence Day on Tuesday, June 18 at the Bob Key Rodeo Arena within the Peridot District on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, which is located a quarter of a mile off of U.S. Highway 70.

The celebration began on June 18, 1954, when the San Carlos Apache Indian Tribe was established by Executive Order. The celebration continues today with a stage set up with entertainment provided by tribal royalty and tribal members. Traditional Apache singers perform, storytellers share traditional stories, young people play traditional Apache games and cooks prepare traditional foods. A rodeo is held at the Bob Key Arena in the Peridot District.

“We wanted to focus on depicting the history of the San Carlos Apaches in this year’s June 18 celebration,” pointed out Katrina Talkalai, tribal secretary and coordinator for the Apache Independence Day celebration.

“We would like to invite all organizations and other tribes to come out and join us in our annual celebration.”

For information, contact the tribal offices at (928) 475-2361.

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