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


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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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Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses (PRISIP) Support the Washington School Playmakers!!!

Washington PTO Playmakers presents Books Gone Wild! A Tale of Three Tales
It’s that time of the year again for the Washington PTO Playmakers production! This
year’s show, “Books Gone Wild,” showcases some of your child’s favorite literary
characters- Luke Skywalker, the Cat in the Hat and the Three Musketeers, just to name a
few- as they go on an adventure within Washington’s library. Come support your fellow
parents as they put of the Playmakers 55th annual production. We hope to see you there!
Show Dates and Times
Thursday, March 10 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm
Saturday March 12 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Tickets are available for purchase now: They are $10
online and $12 at the door so make sure to purchase yours today!

PRISIP Winnebago Nation 3rd Annual Luau


Nation Chief Matt Hachigian and his crew does it again!  The PRISIP Winnebago Nation took over the Community Center pool in Park Ridge for a Saturday evening of water fun.  Spuntino’s pizza and a celebratory cake was provided for the hungry swimmers.  Special thanks to Jen Hachigian for helping Matt make this event possible.

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PRISIP Iroquois Nation 2016 Winter Campout



The girls had a fantastic time at the PRISIP Iroquois Nation’s 2016 winter campout at YMCA Camp Duncan.  It was one of the coldest campouts of recent memory but the  Princesses had a blast sledding, exploring, hunting for plates, competing in the trivia competition and enjoying the evening camp fire.  Dads spent hours cooking the “midnight meal”.  Brisket chili, pulled pork, jalapeno and honey cole slaw, fried everything and the list goes on.    Special thanks to Beau O’Hara and his chiefs for a truly memorable experience.

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Park Ridge Indian Princesses Daddy Daughter Dance

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We would like to thank Mary Bart and her Park District crew for putting on an amazing 2016 Daddy Daughter dance this past Saturday, February 20th.   The event opened with a professional photo of the dads with their daughters.    The girls enjoyed pizza, ravioli, cupcakes, rice crispy treats and kiddie cocktails   The DJ spun tunes as dads and their Princesses danced the night away.

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2016 Winnebago Camp Out… Short on Snow but not on Fun!

The dads and sons of the PRISIP Winnebago Nation had a great time February 6th and 7th at Camp Duncan.  The boys participated in a variety of activities throughout a weekend.  Art, athletics and learning were packed into this special event for the scouts.  Even with no snow, the dads and Scouts shared memorable experiences.


Athletics included broom ball games that matched teams of scouts against their dads.   An indoor floor hockey tournament floor hockey tournament continued until the early evenings with scout teams battling for floor hockey supremacy.  Scouts learned about Native American  legends, myths and fables through the constellations at Camp Duncan’s indoor Star Lab.  Hopeful scouts designed colorful representations of the winter campout seeking to win the patch design contest.  The boys explored the campgrounds searching for the most interesting object that they could find.  Saturday night finished with the traditional bonfire followed by the individual tribes’ late night barbecue.

Special thanks to Nation Chief Matt Hachigian and his amazing crew for coordinating this event.  Enjoy the pictures from the festivities.

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