Keep Indian Summer Festival at the Summerfest!

Keep Indian Summer Festival at the Summerfest!

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Wenona Gardner started this petition to Indian Summer Festival Inc. Judy Duvell and

On March 18, 2019, after a tradition of 32 years, the Indian Summer Festival Inc. Board of Directors officially announced in a press release that Indian Summer Festival will no longer be at Summerfest. 

Majority in the Milwaukee Indian Community were surprised to hear this news since there is no evidence that Indian Summer Festival Inc ever contacted the Milwaukee Indian Community or the 12 tribes of Wisconsin to let anybody know they were in a financial crisis, needed emergency funding, and they were even considering to leave Summerfest. Many in the community stated they felt blindsided, sad, and betrayed in social media and in a survey by this press release. 

We believe that the Indian Summer Festival needs to remain at the Summerfest.

  1. Indian Summerfest Inc stated that their mission right on their website was created to run the Indian Summer at Summerfest since 1985. 
  2. Indian Summer Festival needs to stay at the Summerfest grounds because Indian Summer Festival will sharply decline like other ethnic festivals that have left Summerfest including African World Festival which was last at Summerfest in 2012. The African American community had fought 6 years battle to bring back an African Festival to Summerfest. We are trying to avoid that battle in the Milwaukee Indian Community.
  3. We believe that Indian Summer Festival Inc leaving Summerfest will hurt the Milwaukee Indian Community. 
  4. To honor the memory of Menominee Charlene Wheelock who was a WE Indians Counselor at Allen-Field Elementary School told us Native American students that she was part of the creation of the Indian Summer Festival and it was her dream that it be held at the Lakefront. Indian Summer Festival arena at the Summerfest grounds was also where Charlene Wheelock crossed over with her last breathe in September 1987 enjoying the very Pow Wow she helped bring to fruition starting with the creation of the Indian Summer Festival Inc Board in 1985.
  5. Milwaukee is known in the native language as the Gathering of the Waters. Lake Michigan comes from an Ottawa word meaning Big Lake. Having the Indian Festival at the Summerfest grounds is a 32 year old tradition of celebrating along Lake Michigan which makes it a sacred tradition.
  6. We believe that Indian Summer Festival Inc needed to come to the Milwaukee Indian Community and the 12 Wisconsin Tribes to let us know that Indian Summer Festival Inc was in a financial crisis, that they needed emergency funding, and they were considering leaving Summerfest way in advance of the March 18 press release.
  7. We believe that through community efforts like crowdfunding and seeking alternative funding that we as a community can help financially support our beloved Indian Summer Festival to remain at Summerfest.

Read Article for More Information:

http://wenonagardner.com/2019/03/28/response-to-the-march-18-press-release-that-indian-summer-festival-no-longer-at-summerfest/

Sincerely,

Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest Supporters.

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