Denver March Powwow

It was a great weekend for us in our Stronghold Society outreach efforts. For us it is about a community coming together and sharing in our “grand ideas”… meeting with all our supporters/friends and gaining new supporters/friends… the outreach was huge, as we connected with hundreds of people. It also gives us an opportunity to showcase new Stronghold support product, which helps us to fundraise for our LIVE LIFE programs. The new “support gear” will be posted here on our online store in case you missed the powwow. Once again, great year at the Denver March Powwow, we love this event.

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Comic Creation Stories

In February, we hosted a class for Native youth on Comic Creation Stories. About twelve students learned the basics to storytelling and comic book illustration in this unique and fun workshop taught by Kristina Bad Hand. It was our first Stronghold Society Art Gathering held at the McNichol’s Building in Denver and was a great success. We’d like to thank Kristina for sharing her talent and Tim Taylor for the use of the room in the McNichol’s Building. We hope to have more Art Gatherings in the near future, so check back soon!


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Come visit us at the Colorado Indian Market

We will be set up January 23rd through January 25th at the Denver Mart located at I-25 and 58th Ave. Our booth will be near the entertainment stage so come on by and support the Stronghold Society by picking up some new merchandise.

There will also be some awesome entertainment to check out including Pulse! Live Art with Heart! Two amazing artists that combine speed painting, music and choreography…and a big blank canvas becomes a beautiful animal portrait in less than 10 minutes! As a special bonus, the work of art will immediately be auctioned off with the proceeds to benefit charity, including Stronghold Society. For more information go to

See you there!

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Another way to support Stronghold Society!

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The Stronghold Society ONE Gathering Skate For Life 2014!!

Okay people HERE IT IS!!! The Stronghold Society ONE Gathering Skate For Life 2014 VIDEO! Such a great event and turn out this year!! Thanks again to our Sponsors, Supporters, Volunteers, City of Denver and the Stronghold Society Staff!! Support here on the donate button on the right… and keep up with the updates of our LIVE LIFE Call To Action Campaign!!

THIS IS AWESOME CHECK IT OUT! Shout to Mr. Chris “Chickenhawk” Warner for this awesome production and to Nathan Maxwell and The Bunny Gang, Ben Harper and Falstaff for the cool music go with the Movement. HOKA!

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Come Eat With Us Thursday, July 3rd

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Walt Pourier – 2014 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards Colorado Creative Industries

Congratulations to our Executive Director Walt Pourier; recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Creative Leadership Award. The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards are built to honor those members who have demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism, including advocacy, vision, collaboration, and innovation.

Check out this awesome video production by Zach Wolfson, aired at the Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards Ceremony.

Walt Pourier – 2014 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards from Colorado Creative Industries on Vimeo.

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SAVE-THE DATE, skate the date!

So get ready to rock! Sponsorship levels available, need all the support we can get… it’s because of YOU we can pull this off each year… it’s a LIVE LIFE Call To Action Campaign of the Stronghold Society.  Click our EVENTS tab for more info or CALL TODAY and see how you can help, 303-255-1730.

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“I took my family to the skate park”

My good friend Andrew Iron Shell, wrote a very moving and powerful story from one parents perspective on the WK4-Directions TEB Skatepark built on the Pine Ridge Lakota Country Reservation via the Stronghold Society… please read it through, very moving and speaks to the core of our outreach.

“I took my family to the skate park”
- by Andrew Catt-Iron Shell

I took my family to the skate park in Pine Ridge. A place I knew of but had never went. In a town where basketball is king, the court was empty. It was more than the chill of a fall day on the Oglala Nation that kept the rim on the backboard cold. The ballers had found another escape.

The skate park that almost didn’t get built, that is really only half done is a dream already fulfilled in those that utilize it. It was empowering for me as a father of six, as a community member who cares, as a make shift photographer with more film than income to hear almost in whispers the conversation of empowerment around me. Sound bites in the wind of the greatest get away ever. How many were there to experience this healthy refuge away from a home where for all the bad reasons we know, they may not want to be home? They treated each other as family as they skate. Respectful of each other by a bond made through the board they ride. They were not shy to help each other should they fall. I had a good day among them, reminded how human beings should be.

I seen a picture painted different than what other brush strokes have created. Too many times these youth painted invisible by the back drop of White Clay, Nebraska just two miles away. The media says misery is where the ratings are. Reporters have to feed their own families, empower their own lives. How many papers can it sell. How many pages in a magazine? The power of life nurtured by this tiny stretch of cement bowls, obstacles to overcome for the surfers of the prairie carry more insight into the real power of our community than documenting the end of the trail known world wide as White Clay. A seed is buried in this skate park, it blooms everyday beyond the lens of what any camera can see. The root of our future is not in White Clay Nebraska as too many think it to be.

My children went to bed tired and smiling that night. Unaware of the gifts given me that day. Unaware of the shame the media should carry for choosing the value of misery over the power found by our youth. My payday at the end of this night, knowing that our skate park has just as much to offer tomorrow for those who know they can afford to dream.


Wopila Tanka Andrew, great story. The Stronghold Society appreciates all you do for native country…. you captured the moment to what becomes a series of moments… together we are creating a positive movement.

WE will be launching a KICKSTARTER Campaign very soon to gain support on finishing the PIne Ridge  WK4-Directions TEB Skatepark… details to come. Then we move onwards and begin more Skatepark projects via our ROCKERZ 4REZskateparks program.

Please share and help us to gain more support for our LIVE LIFE Call To Actions Campaigns. Click the button and DONATE TODAY. wopila tanka.
thank you.

Walt Pourier
Executive Director


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