By Allison Jarrell
Local nonprofit organization Four Directions Education is hosting an Honoring Traditions Gala and Silent Auction on Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at El Adobe de Capistrano. The gala will be a major fundraising event for Four Directions and Capistrano Unified School District Native Education Program, making after-school programs, cultural exchanges, summer camps and much needed scholarships possible.
The Jan. 31 program will honor Saginaw Grant, a member of the Sac-n-Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations, with the Native American Humanitarian of the Year Award. Grant, an Indian leader who is also pursuing an acting career, will speak at the gala. His most recent appearances were in Disney’s Lone Ranger and the TV series “Breaking Bad.”
The evening will also include a performance by Pala Indian Reservation bird singers and fancy dancers.
“Four Directions is dedicated to being a positive influence in the Native American community in Orange County—starting with our youth,” Four Directions President Nathan Banda said in a press release. “We are committed to providing a path to higher education that prepares Native American students to succeed in their careers and at life.”