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Learn About South Texas Native American Tribe this Friday at RGC Park

The Rio Grande City Public Library invites the community to a presentation by the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas taking place at the Basilio Villarreal Municipal Park on Friday morning, June 8, starting at 10:30 am.

"Join us as we learn about their culture through their songs & dances'" reads a statement from the library. The presentation is part of the Library's Summer program which will run through the entire month of June from Monday through Thursday, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for Pre-K, and Kinder students, and from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for first, and second graders. A major highlight of the program will be 'Fun Fridays' where all participants, and guests can enjoy presentations such as dance numbers, and talent shows. talent shows.

Lipan Apache are Southern Athabaskan (Apachean) Native Americans whose traditional territory included present-day Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas prior to the 17th century. Present-day Lipan live mostly throughout the U.S. Southwest, in Texas, New Mexico and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona, as well as with the Mescalero tribe on the Mescalero Reservation in New Mexico; some currently live in urban and rural areas throughout North America (Mexico, United States and Canada). On March 18, 2009, the State of Texas legislature passed resolutions HR 812 and SR 438 recognizing the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. They are members of the National Congress of American Indians as a state-recognized tribe under court of claims. The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas is headquartered in McAllen, Texas.

The Rio Grande City Public Library is located on 591 E Canales St. and residents with questions or comments are encouraged to call (956) 487-4389


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