Circle Legacy Center - Background & History

The Circle Legacy Center is an organization that received it's 501c3 status in 2007. CLC has been mainly focused on educational and cultural events in Pennsylvania, particularly with regional universities. CLC is also committed to promoting Native American entrepreneurs and business ventures.

Our staff is extremely committed to the support of Indigenous peoples and has been working as volunteers assisting with technical and administrative support, grant writing, marketing, accounting, as well as raising awareness about issues of importance to Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. In addition, we have brought numerous speakers to universities, churches. Some of the cultural events from the past two years have included:

  • CLC is helping to establish the Carlisle Indian School's former location as a historical site and encourage tourism beyond visiting just the cemetery.

  • Assisted with music benefit to aid and give voice to the ice and snow disaster that affected the Lakota at the Cheyenne River Reservation, SD in February 2010.
  • Worked with the City of Lancaster in erecting a roadside memmorial that tells the history of the Conestoga's and the massacre by the vigilante group: "the Paxton Boys" in 1763. A symposium was held on Dec 13,14 2014, inviting scholars to present papers on this history in Lancaster County. Circle Legacy board members took an active role on this special weekend.
  • Took an active roll in working with the Hans Herr House in Willowstreet, Pa. and the building of a woodland style Longhouse for education purposes. Some of our board members are active in helping in planning educational events at this Longhouse.
  • CLC recently served as a fiscal sponsor and did grant writing support for an upcoming Indigenous Roundtable Conference mid May 2010 at the Turtle Lodge, Sagkeeng, First Nations, and Manitoba Canada.
  • O'Paliuli - Honaunau, Kona, Hawai'i, Spiritual/teaching sanctuary of the Temple of Lono, a traditional religion of the Kanako Maoli (original man/the original Hawaiians). We are currently exploring ways CLC can assist with stewardship rights and eco-cultural tourism.

  • The Pueblo Honor Journey, featuring the Tewa Dancers from the North led by Andrew Garcia, a respected elder and former Governor of the Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan) Pueblo, NM with performances at West Chester University, Millersville University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Merck, 2009.

  • Worked on cultural projects in the Pinon community of the Navajo Nation with Sacred Mountains Foundation -  

  • Supported the Longest Walk 2 with monetary donations, food and water; also raised awareness about the Walk and the messages brought to us from the walkers -July 2008.

  • Educating the public about sacred sites such as the Black Hills, Big Mt./Black Mesa, Yucca Mt., Ringing Rocks and Safe Harbor petroglyphs.

CLC has also organized numerous cultural events with regional churches and art galleries, featuring Indigenous speakers and educators that have included Danielle Schenandoah of the Oneida Nation and Lakota activist Willy Underbaggage.