(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – They come from the Four Directions, and from many tribes across Indian Country. They are the Sister Nations Color Guard. Four of the Sisters were in Fremont County this week, to provide a second color guard at the Grand Entry of the Stand Down/Veterans Fair Friday and Saturday at Great Plains Hall.
“There are 15 of us, but some are deployed right now so some of us are still serving,” said Carisa Yazzi-Gonzales, from the Navaho Nation and an Army Veteran. “We’ve mostly served in the Army, but we have some members in the Marines and the Air Force.”
Yazzi-Gonzales said the Sister Nation provides a color guard across Indian Country for powwows and celebrations, such as the Veterans Stand Down. “We do this in support of female veterans and the Native Communities,” she said. “We are all volunteer and we do this year-around, wherever we are invited.” She also noted that each of them are powwow dancers themselves, Jingle Dancers.
In addition to Yazzi-Gonzales, the other Sisters Nation members on this appearance included Cindy Little Feather from the Navajo Nation, Micah Highwalking of the Northern Cheyenne and Misty Lakota from the Oglala Sioux.