‘Retribution for Florence’ at Millie’s Nov. 2

Pictured is Chief “Wolf Mother” Abbott, in full regalia, showing off the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indi-ans’ mascot, Spot, the Leopard Appaloosa, at the 25th Annual Native American Festival.

Pictured is Chief “Wolf Mother” Abbott, in full regalia, showing off the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians’ mascot, Spot, the Leopard Appaloosa, at the 25th Annual Native American Festival.

DORCHESTER — The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians are seeking retribution for Hurricane Florence. For the first time in 26 years the Annual Native American Festival, scheduled for Sept. 15 & 16, 2018 was canceled due to impending Hurricane Florence. A lot of time, effort and money had been invested in pulling the event together. The tribe’s host drum group, the Red Fire Singers, were traveling from Virginia.

The guest drum group, NaMaWoChi, has members that travel from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Multiple head staff members live in Virginia and several vendors were traveling from the southeastern U.S.

These people would have had to drive through the treacherous weather to get to Dorchester County. The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians wanted to keep the safety of the people a priority. Without these people, there would not have been much of an event. The obvious choice was to cancel.

The Band of Indians know there were a lot of disappointed people. The event is something that many people look forward to every year and a lot of them have not missed a one in 26 years, until now. “No one is as disappointed as I am about having to cancel. It breaks my heart. It was the most difficult decision that I’ve made since becoming Chief,” said Donna Wolf Mother Abbott.

The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc. would like to thank everyone who has been so devoted and loyal at helping with organizing the festival. A special thank you to the Town of Vienna and all the businesses who have donated so generously. Thanks go to the Maryland Heritage Authority, Heart of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Dorchester County Detention Center and of course those loyal, devoted, hard-working tribal members and supporters.

Because the tribe had invested in items for the annual event, and were not able to use them, and they will not keep for future events, the tribe has suffered some financial loss. The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians is seeking retribution to try and recover some of their losses.

People have already purchased raffle tickets for the Pendleton Blanket and the Platinum Red Fox Pelt. People had baked goods for the bake table and businesses had donated items for the silent and live auctions. Items such as gift certificates have an expiration date.

On Nov. 2, the Tribe will be holding a “Retribution For Florence” event. Starting at 11 a.m. at Millie’s Road House in Vienna there will be a Silent Auction beginning at 11 a.m., closing at approximately 8 p.m. The Live Auction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. The Pendleton Blanket, Fox Pelt and the 50/50 Raffles will be drawn periodically from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also, on site will be a merchandise table and bake table.

Some items included in one or both auctions but not limited to either and the merchandise table are: gift certificates to many area restaurants, gift bag for a vehicle detailing from Preston Autoplex, Pendleton Blanket, a hand-carved David Robbins Original decoy, Norman Rockwell print with custom framing, autographed baseball from the Washington Nationals, autographed hockey puck from the Washington Capitals, hand-painted feathers, bird feeder with 20 lbs. of bird seed, jewelry, paintings/prints, gift certificate to Blackwater Adventures, multiple gift certificates to Bay Country Communications, sodas, smudging bundles, sweet grass braids, tribal window decals, sugar skulls, arrowheads, gift certificate to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., gift certificate to Medieval Times in Hanover and many other exciting items.

Come out and visit the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc. at Millie’s Road House, 200 Middle St., Vienna, on Nov. 2, starting at 11 a.m. and help seek “Retribution For Florence.” While you are there, visit with Greg and Millie, sit and chat and check out the lunch and dinner specials.

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