Jicarilla Day events announced


Every year, the Jicarilla Apache community commemorates the establishment of the reservation by executive order by President Grover Cleveland on Feb. 11, 1887. 

This day holds significant historical and cultural importance for the tribe, as it marks the beginning of the official federal recognition by the U.S. government.

Throughout the week of Feb. 11, there are several activities that take place, including a powwow, winter sports and a chili cook-off. 

The Jicarilla Apache community takes great pride in their history and culture, and the commemoration of the establishment of their reservation is a testament to their resilience and perseverance. It serves as a reminder of the struggles their ancestors faced and the sacrifices they made to ensure the survival of their people and way of life.

Jicarilla Day events

Following are upcoming Jicarilla Day events.

Feb. 4

Sledding Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Burns Hill.

Feb. 7

Snow sculpture contest: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dulce Fairgrounds.

Frybread contest: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dulce Community Center.

Feb. 9

Serving Apache stew and frybread: 11 a.m. until food runs out, Jicarilla Cultural Arts and Heritage Center.

Jicarilla Day Powwow: Grand entry, 7 p.m., Dulce Community Center.

Feb. 10

Darts tournament: Cut-off time for doubles is 11:45 a.m., tournament starts at noon. The singles cut-off time is to be announced, with the tournament following the doubles tournament. The location is the Dulce Community Center Game Room.

Jicarilla Day Powwow: Grand entry, noon, Dulce Community Center.

Feb. 14

Jicarilla Language Fair: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dulce Community Center.

Feb. 15

Chili cook-off contest: 5 to 8 p.m., Dulce Community Center.