The Circle Legacy Center

future 2nd Friday programs. (subject to change)

[there will be more info on these and other programs, Please check back as the dates get closer.]

 CIRCLE LEGACY CENTER'S MONTHLY NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS Circle Legacy Center's 2nd Friday programs are held at Community Mennonite Church - 328 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA (enter at last door on the end - on the side of church that borders Concord St --> inside you go down a flight of stairs). Programs are from 7:00 - 9:00 PM (doors open at 6:30). Circle Legacy Center presents Native American programs every 2nd Friday of the month. Our programs are cultural, educational, entertaining and engaging. We offer a venue for networking, social interacting, teaching and learning. We provide a platform for Native American cultural educators, artists, performers, and people to share their knowledge and talents with the community. Our intention is to educate, and unite people to support Native American People and causes. Circle Legacy provides snacks and beverages, and sometimes include a larger selection. Other times we ask the community to bring pot luck dishes to share. Most programs are for adults, unless otherwise stated. There is an area where kids can play, but must be supervised by an adult at all times. For information about current programs, please refer to our HOME page and Face Book page.

The Circle Legacy Presents our 2nd Friday Program


while you are waiting for our new improved website....come on out to enjoy our January 13th, 2017, our SECOND FRIDAY PROGRAM..more to come...and watch for info on our facebook page:

Learning how to make a Dreamcatcher


Joann McLaughlin

Passamaquoddy style and why we make them

December 12, 2014
     6:30- 9:00 PM

Joann McLaughlin - Passamaquoddy style and why we make them

Community Mennonite Church
328 W. Orange St, Lancaster, PA
                            [enter basement via last door on Concord St]

Bring $5.00 per Dreamcatcher
All Materials Provided

The evening will include storytelling on the meaning of Dreamcatchers, making Dreamcatchers, and some socializing with other participants.

Joann McLaughlin is Circle Legacy’s newest Board Member. Her Passamaquoddy name is Nipawset (pronounced Nebawazed) which means Moon. She was born in California where her father's tribe is Karuk from Happy Camp, California near the Siskiyou Mountains. Her Great-Great Grandmother is Queen Brazille whose picture is shown at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

Feel Free to Bring a Potluck to share
Light Refreshments available

For more information, contact:

MaryAnn Robins


As received from our presenter for 2nd Friday program on November 14, 2014:

I'm Jack Richardson of the Halliwa Saponi tribe, however my native heritage comes form the Nesmond and Mherring people. I am a former native of North Carolina and  moved to York, PA back in 1960. I've lived in York Co. for 54 yrs with the exception of 2 years in the Army. Since the early eighties, I've been very involved in my Native Culture. Back at that time there was a number of native people living in the area, with children growing up. We attended a lot of Pow-Wows. As time passed, we eventually started a culture group to share the heritage. We did a lot of performing around the state and in the UK. At that time we were in need of a drum, so I took the opportunity with some coaching, to make a drum for the group. That was when I got interested in drum making and since then I've been making them. This lead me to making regalia, moccasins and other native crafts. I've been the facilitator of the Indian Steps Native festival for many years. I enjoy my culture by dancing, singing and drumming with the local drum groups. With the upcoming event, I'll be happy to share more.

Please join us to welcome Jack and learn how to make a traditional drum this November 14th.



Join us for our October 2nd Friday Culture Program!


Joseph Strider 4 time music award nominee and Chaplain, Native American Spiritual Leader for the Dept. of Corrections PA will play a couple of tunes, and give you the inside scoop on what it is like working with convicted felons in a state correctional institution, in attempts to help those who wish to begin to learn to walk in the traditions of the Indigenous ancestors who came before us, pre- Columbus era. And in attempt to help them to use these traditional values in a way to help them to walk in a warriors way after their release back into the society of today. Not for the faint hearted or closed minded, and for those who realize that everyone makes mistakes, and some who are paying a debt to society CAN be helped to lead a useful and productive life outside prison walls, given the will and caring attention to do so.


The Circle Legacy Presents our 2nd Friday Program 
September 12, 2014     6:30- 9:00 PM 
CLC 1st Annual Volunteer Appreciation Night: Bring your favorite Native American Music CDs!
Community Mennonite Church328 W. Orange St, Lancaster, PA[enter basement via last door on Concord St] 


Refreshments Provided

For more information, contact:Victoria Valentine - Circle Legacy Center(717) 823-2079 -



June 14, 2014

A story of courage and resilience to kickoff Father's Day Weekend!

We will be presenting the Movie: Running Bravethe Life of Billy Mills. 1964 Gold Medalist.

William Mervin "Billy" Mills, also known as Mak

ata Taka Hela (born June 30, 1938), is the second Native American(after Jim Thorpe) to win an Olympic gold medal.[1] He accomplished this feat in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 mi) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, becoming the only person from the western hemisphere to ever to win the Olympic gold in this event. His 1964 victory is considered one of the greatest of Olympic upsets. A former United States Marine, Billy Mills is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe.


June will see Billy Mills celebrate his 74th birthday. In honor of this and the 50th Anniversary of his Gold Medal effort, we will show this movie and have a birthday card for all to sign so we may send this to him.

                   Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster                       

328 W Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17603                      

downstairs, lower door.

Doors open @ 6:30 for movie showing @ 7pm

Bring something to share. Coffee and Tea will be provided.

Donations to Circle Legacy Center will be accepted.

(past presentations for CLC)


May 9,2014; 


Native Americans and Colonialism in Lancaster County.

presented by  DARVIN MARTIN, Lancaster County Historian.

Darvin has done extensive research on Lancaster County and South Eastern Pennsylvania History. He will present a thought provoking and enlightening program detailing the problems that occurred when the European Settlers came to what we now call Lancaster County. William Penn's grand experiment and the realities will be discussed and explored. Darvin will help unravel the history and consequences of this period in our history and what it means to us today. Please join us in this conversation and presentation.

Please bring a dish to share.

Donations for Circle Legacy Center will be accepted

Ann Jennings (our original 2nd Friday May presenter) will be unable to present this month for family concerns.

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APRIL 11, 2014

Come join us to view the movie:


(below is a synopsis by Doug George Kanentiio, published Mohawk writer and historian)

“Crooked Arrows”
Producers: J. Todd Harris and Mitchell Peck
Co-producers: Neal Powless (Onondaga) and Ernest Stevens III (Oneida)
Director: Steve Rash
Writers: Tod Baird and Brad Riddell

Crooked Arrows marks a new venture in filmmaking, one in which Native people break free from being mere subjects of a movie into a new reality where they have become actors, script editors and producers. In this instance, the Onondaga Nation contributed heavily to the movie, assigning one of their own, Neal Powless, to work in conjunction with Ernest Stevens III to insure the project is consistent with Native culture while including aboriginal athletes as primary actors and hundreds of other Natives as voluntary extras. This gave the film an excitement which was palpable at the movie’s national premiere held in Syracuse, NY on the ancestral territory of the Onondagas.

The movie stars Brandon Routh, Chelsea Ricketts, Gil Brimingham,, Dennis Ambriz and Crystal Allen. The story takes place somewhere in the northeast, presumably on the territory of the fictional Senequoit reservation, a member of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy.

Joe Logan (Brandon Routh) is the mixed blood manager of the casino who secured a college degree at Syracuse and is persuaded to return by his father Ben Logan (Gil Birmingham). Joe Logan is clearly a pawn of the developer, the obscure Mr. Geyer (Tom Kemp). He expects Logan to deceive the Senequoits governing council into allocating more land for the expansion even if it means the destruction of culturally sensitive areas including the lacrosse field where the game has been played since time immemorial.

Overall, Crooked Arrows is a positive film, particularly for Native youth. It shows the complexity of Native life and the difficulty in blending traditional values within a casino culture. While there are tensions grinding at the teenagers they are made aware that hope and inspiration come from many sources even a well meaning non-Native teacher (Crystal Allen) who has to teach them (and Logan) their own language. There are many scenes of Natives dancing and singing particularly at the game’s end when all of the players and fans engage in a spontaneous stomp dance although the special effects eagle did not fly so well.

As a movie Crooked Arrows scores before it reaches overtime.

Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, is the former editor of Akwesasne Notes, was a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Indian of the American Indian and the author of "Iroquois on Fire" among other books. He may be reached via e-mail:

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