Colorado River Indian Tribes Prepare for Native American Days | New


The fair book is now available for the 2022 Colorado River Indian Tribes Native American Days Fair and Exposition, to be held September 29 through October 1. After two years of online events due to the coronavirus pandemic, the full fair and expo L’Expo is back for 2022. It will include a parade, Miss CRIT Royalty contests, a powwow over two nights and a carnival with exhibits at Manataba Park.

This year’s theme is “A Community Steps Forward”.

The book can be picked up at the following locations: CRIT Museum Gift Shop, National Bank of Arizona, Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Running Man Fuel Stations, Colorado River Building Materials (Sentry Hardware), CRIT Administration Complex, Bluewater Resort and Casino and fascinating things.

If you prefer an online version, click the link on the CRIT Native American Days Fair Expo Facebook page.

Some events, like the Frybread Contest and the NatiVisions Film Festival, will take place before the big celebration over the weekend of September 29 to October 1.

Fair and exhibition at Manataba Park

Two of the most popular events held at Manataba Park are the Miss CRIT Royalty Pageant and the Pow Wow. The Miss CRIT contests will see a new Miss CRIT, Junior Miss CRIT and Little Miss CRIT crowned. They will take place on September 28 and 29 on the Manataba Park stage.

The highlight of the powwow is the grand entrance, when tribal members from across the country will enter the Manataba Park ball court. They will wear colorful traditional outfits and perform traditional dances. Grand entries will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

Manataba Park is located on Second Avenue (Agency Road) and Mohave Road, and is directly across from the CRIT Tribal Office complex.

The fair and most events at Manataba Park will begin at noon on Thursday, September 29 with the CRIT Tribal Council presiding over the grand opening on the Manataba Park stage. Admission is $5 per day, with tribal members under 18 admitted free with tribal ID.

The carnival will sell all-day tickets for $10 from September 5-28. They will be available at Little Brown Jug, Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, CRIT Administration Office, CRIT Museum, Colorado River Building. Materials and the CRIT fire department. The carnival will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on September 29 and from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on September 29 and October 1.

In addition to the carnival, there will be live performers on stage at Manataba Park, as well as exhibits from area agencies and individuals in the showroom.

Two performers scheduled to appear are Lil’ Mike & Funny Bone, two Oklahoma native rapping brothers. They’re from the Pawnee tribe, and they performed on America’s Got Talent. They will be on stage at Manataba Park at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.

Native American Day Parade

The CRIT Indian Days Parade is always a weekend highlight, and it’s back for 2022 after being canceled for two years.

The grand marshal of the parade will be Barbara Claw, 100. She is believed to be the oldest living member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Her late husband, Thomas Claw, was one of the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II. She arrived on the CRIT reservation in 1947 as one of the Navajos who settled there. She brought with her a talent for carpet weaving. According to the book Native American Days Fair, she is a “master artist and a living treasure”.

Check-in and line-up for the parade will be from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. around 4 p.m.e Street and Joshua Avenue. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and follow the Tim Edwards Parade route on Joshua Avenue to 12e Street. It will make a left turn and end at the Parker Community/Senior Center at 12 p.m.e Laguna Street and Avenue.

If you wish to participate in the parade, applications must be sent before September 30. They can be sent to [email protected] The parade coordinator is Rockie J. Laffoon. He’s on Facebook and can be reached at 928-916-9902.

Here is a schedule of events for the CRIT Native American Days Fair & Expo:

Miss CRIT Royalty Contest

Wednesday September 28 and Thursday September 29; 7 p.m.

Manataba Park Scene

Community Rewards

Wednesday, September 28 during the Miss CRIT Royalty competition

Tug O War Contest

Fri Sep 30; 1 p.m.

Song and dance of birds

Fri. Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.

Veterans’ Ball Pit

Free CRIT Fire Department Community BBQ

Fri Sep 30; 12 hours

The sheet metal shed

Showcase for seniors

Fri Sep 30; 2 p.m.

The sheet metal shed

Children’s Traditional Insignia Contest

Fri Sep 30; 3 p.m.

The sheet metal shed

horseshoe tournament

Saturday, Oct. 1; registration from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stage Events

Fri. 30 Sept. and Sat. 1 Oct.

Livestock Fair

Fri. 30 Sept. and Sat. 1 Oct.


Sat. Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.

Joshua Avenue at Parker Senior Center


Friday Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct. 1; Drum Roll Call, 6:45 p.m.; Grand entrance, 7 p.m.

Inauguration of the CRIT Museum

Sunday, Oct. 2; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

133 Riverside Drive, Parker


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