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The 2016/2017 school has gotten under way, which means that it is time for Scouting season. Mike Grapenthien the Nation Chief of the PR Iroquois Nation welcomed new members to the Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses at the Friday night’s Induction Ceremony. There was a march, a campfire, words of wisdom, and plenty of smiles from the girls joining the Iroquois Nation. Moms, dads, and kids attended the annual ceremony held at the Wildwood Nature Center.












We will miss you Kate

Celebrating Katherine Paige (Details tbd)

Many of you probably already have heard of the tragic early passing of Kate Babich earlier this week.  Kate besides being a fun-loving spunky 7 year old, loving daughter and sister, and fantastic friend to many was also a wonderful member of the Mighty Creek.  It was always a joy to see her and her father Cooper at Mighty Creek outings, campouts, tree sales etc.  She will be greatly missed.

 Many throughout Park Ridge are honoring Kate and supporting the Babich family by placing purple ribbons and bows on trees.  
Also as many of you are looking for ways to help the family in any way possible, please note that a foundation is being set up at the family’s request to honor Kate.  We welcome you to visit the link below to learn more about the Kate Babich Foundation.
We will miss you Kate

The 2016 Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade


This past Memorial Day the Park Ridge community honored the veterans who died while serving in the U.S. military.   It was beautiful day for a parade.

The Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses pulled wagons while throwing candy and trinkets to parade goers.  And yes, there were the parade  floats of the PR Iroquois Nation.  Kermit the Frog, a giant rubber duck, running with the bulls, a dinosaur, patriotic themed vehicles, flamingos and a Tiki bar  were a few of the floats that traveled the parade route.   The Seminole had a massive float themed with the organization’s upcoming name change to the Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts and Princesses.  Matt Adam’s Chippewa tribe, part of the PR Winnebago Nation, decided to get in on the action with their salute to the new Star Wars movie.  Maybe it is time for the rest of Federation to get into the float competition, too.

It was a great parade.  Most importantly, the kids had fun with there families as we paid tribute to our fallen veterans.

We at the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses would like to thank the current and former members of U.S. military for all  they do to protect our freedom.  Thank you.


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The Park Ridge Navajo Tribe Prepares for the Memorial Day Parade



Several families from the PR Navajo tribe joined forces to decorate their float for the upcoming Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade.  Chief Eugene, Tara, Finley and Anthony Pullano developed and implemented the concept.  They were joined by John McNabola and his talented daughter Jessica (above).  Julia Farrell was also there to help out.

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The Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade is Fast Approaching

The Memorial Day Parade is on Monday May 30th at 10am.  Here are the important details for the day:
ASSEMBLE FOR PARADE:    We will meet in and around the parking lot area at South Park (Talcott and Cumberland) at 9:30am.   WEAR VESTS!!!  BRING CANDY!!  As usual, the parade moves north down Cumberland to Prairie to Main Street, ending at City Hall.  We follow the Maine Township Hockey group.  Please assemble by Nation. Our marching order will be:  IROQUOIS, MOHAWK, ALGONQUIN, WINNEBAGO, ILLINI.
Make sure to also apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving at the parking lot.

The 2016 Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses Family Color Run


Despite the rain, Thor Guard alarming everyone to go to their vehicles, increased winds, and the temperature dropping about 15 degrees in 15 minutes, the 2016 TF5K Mini Color Run started.  This alone was an accomplishment given the conditions.  Once the race got going a rainbow of blue, green, red, yellow, purple and pink colored the participants as the ran, walked, skipped, skated and sauntered throughout  the Park Ridge course.  It was a 2 mile event packed with fun.   Smiles were contagious as friends and family all shared the experience.   
We would like to thank all of those involved including participants, volunteers, committee members, Carpe Diem Races, and sponsors.  All of the proceeds from the event go to help a local family need. 
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Committee Members
I would like to thank these individuals for their commitment to making this race happen.  Without their drive, determination and creativity the race would not have been possible.  Don started the race four years ago and continues to work to get everyone to the start line year after year.  Mike worked to bring in sponsors, develop a Facebook page, and deliver race information to homes along the route.  Jen and Chris tirelessly approached Park Ridge area businesses looking for sponsors.  They also sought out new participants for the event.  Spiro, Keith, and Todd worked to turn PRISIP members into race participants.   They also volunteered race day.  Dave Lawrence is the very talented creative arm of the organization.  He  designed the race logo and artwork.   Colleen with Carpe Diem Races did a fantastic job as race manager throughout this process.  Thank you to all of the committee members.   
  • Don Metter
  • Mike Besenjak
  • Jennifer Hachigian
  • Christine Sandrik
  • Spiro Tsipianitis
  • Keith Lipinski
  • Todd Bridges
  • Dave Lawrence
  • Colleen Montgomery
2016 TF5K Sponsors
We would like to thank all of our sponsors for contributing to the race and helping a local family in need.
Hay Caramba
William Blair & Company. L.L.C.
Mel Thillens for State Senate
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Trader Joe’s

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The PRISIP Navajo Tribe of the Iroquois Nation went on a an amazing adventure this past Saturday.   Dads and daughters raced throughout Park Ridge looking for items that they either collected or photographed.  They had two hours to find 21 preselected objects for this GREAT HUNT.  Later that night, dads and daughters regrouped to put together a scrap book of the event as they ate pizza and enjoyed the Blackhawks game.


Exploring the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian


Terry Jolineau of the PR Winnebago Sauk tribe led the group to the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston.  The educational tour focused on the art, history and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples throughout the United States.  The tour was followed by craft making and then lunch at Edzo’s.

The Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses (PRISIP) have donated a portion of the funds from our annual Christmas tree sale nearly every year since 2008.  We believe that PRISIP members learn a great deal about the American Indian by visiting the museum.    We value our partnership with the Mitchell Museum and we view the museum as a tremendous resource for the community.   

More information on the Mitchell Museum and Native American culture can be found at http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/.


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The PRISIP Algonquin Nation Enjoys a Fantastic Weekend at Camp Henry Horner


Lucy Hattery, Dylan Ranalli, Kate Woods & Bridget Woods of the Algonquin Nation take a break from exploring to pose for a picture.  The girls hiked the trails at Camp Henry Horner in the fall of 2015.  Special thanks to Kyle Woods, Adam Micek and their team for organizing an amazing camp out for the girls and their dads.

4th Annual Chicago Wolves Day



The Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses came to watch the Chicago Wolves battle the Gran Rapids Griffins the afternoon of Sunday, March 13th.  Over 180 members of the organization representing each of Park Ridge’s five nations attended the game.  The scouts and princesses all had a good time.  Each of the kids received a patch and hat complements of the Wolves.  Congratulations to James Kolz for winning the Chicago Wolves jersey raffle.  Special thanks to Janel James with the Chicago Wolves for helping us plan this great event.

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