Native Americans unite in South Mississippi

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Native Americans from all over the country are in South Mississippi this weekend.

"We're all alike. We all belong to one God. We all belong to each other, and what makes us special as people is that we are all connected in one way or the other," said Karen Cooper.

Cooper is one of the many Native Americans working to unite different tribals across the country. She's one fraction of the Native American Indian Intertribal Council. A new South Mississippi organization that hopes to educate all cultures about Native Americans.

"One person said it was like a giant revival, only we dance instead of sitting there and raising our hands. We're out there, and we're praying," said Cooper.

David White-Wolf Brenon created the council.

"We've had a lot of stereotyping in the past, and we're trying to correct that. And the only way to do that is to be a part of it and learn from us," Brenon said.

They will learn through fellowship, song and dance. The Fall Intertribal Pow Wow will continue Sunday the D'Iberville Sportsplex from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.