The Santa Cruz Indian Council was founded as a non-profit in 1979 under the name of Santa Cruz American Indian Parent Committee.
From the inception to 1985 the council contributed a substantial presence in the community in which members and their children participated in parades, exhibition dance in full Native American regalia, presentations to schools as well as honoring graduating Native American students to preserve and share cultures and traditions.
In the early 80’s the organization’s name was changed to the Santa Cruz Indian Council. In 1985 the council hosted the first Red Road PowWow at Casa De Fruita resort in Hollister.
By the early 90’s, the powwow became the Red Road PowWow “Celebration of Sobriety”. Members of the recovery community, who were on the Red Road path to recovery (native & non-native), were encouraged to participate in the Red Road Celebration by way of the powwow’s 12 step meetings, talking circles and sobriety roll call.
In 2002 we were honored to have the founder of White Bison, Don Coyhis and the Hundred Eagle Feather Hoop at our Red Road PowWow “Celebration of Sobriety”. 2004 was the last powwow that the Santa Cruz Indian Council hosted.
We are honored and encouraged by the Next Generation Committee’s enthusiasm and heart felt commitment to continue the hosting of the Red Road PowWow “Celebration of Sobriety”.
Our present goal is to realize the vision of the original founding elders and parents. Our Mission Statement expresses this vision:
The Santa Cruz Indian Council's purpose is to meet the Intertribal needs of Native Americans on the Central Coast, with an emphasis on our 7th Generation (youth). We promote the empowerment, unity and healing of our community in order to preserve the traditions and values of Native Americans. Our goal is to foster an educational resource and a cultural exchange between all people, thus strengthening the sacred circle of life.