NACC Chamber News and Articles of Interest - you may have missed
January 2016, for the NACC, has been very promising. We have a new and updated website, social media presence, new sponsors, new friends, new memberships and new visions for the year. Our NACC 2016 Calendar is up to date with exciting events to keep you busy and informed of our programs and goals in continuing our mission and advocacy of our native families. Enjoy our newsletter, as it's our pleasure to be able to keep you up to date about the progress and news that is of interest to us all.

Please add our new contact to your list for future newsletters and information.

It is with your continued Chamber support and contributions that we move forward. It's with a sincere heart that we thank you now and in advance for all that you do.

Thank you,
Taylor McCoy
Outreach & Development Officer
A Matter of Policy

Our Native Americans face so many troubled issues and it's only fair they are heard. Not to sound political, but if you have been following the 2016 presidential candidates, you may have heard this news. If you have not, please read the recent FEB 2016 article from one of our recommended native news links for this article. Policy is not only important to the Native Americans, but should be to all. Read more...

NACC 2016 Scholarship Program

Our NACC 2016 Scholarship Fund "Walking Between Two Worlds" is off to a great start! We would like to thank our contributing sponsors for their generosity and foresight to the future of our Native American Children.

The NACC Scholarship Fund "Walking Between Two Worlds" assist the Native American Youth, and is just one of the many ways NACC and our sponsors give back to the native community at large. Recipients awarded in 2016 are students from the following tribes: Kiowa, Maliseet, Sioux, Blackfeet and Quinault. Education is priceless, but many can't afford the tuition to continue on. Pay it Forward. With our sponsors and your continuing help, we can make a difference, one child at a time.

The NACC would like to thank the generosity of DMS and DIS for their support and vision for these aspiring students.



If you would like to contribute to the NACC 2016 Scholarship Fund, please contact Carroll Cocchia, NACC President, Ph: 713.614.1272 Email:

New Members

We are thrilled to have you! Your membership with the NACC reminds us our commitment is ever-growing. If you have any questions, please contact us. To volunteer at our 2016 NACC Events, contact our Director of Volunteers, Mary Homma via email.

February is Black History Month

We always want to recognize our neighbors and their contributions in the developing history of this great nation. What you may not know is many of the African-Black Americans were
Black Indians. From the beginning of U. S. history, American Native populations and
Africans had a historical relationship of both cooperation and confrontation.

African-Americans were well represented in the Trail of Tears. By 1860, the Five
Civilized Nations in the Indian Territory consisted of 18 percent African Americans.
The Seminoles appointed six Black Seminoles members of its governing council. After the
Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers, six regiments of African American U. S. Army troops, helped to end Indian resistance to U. S. control after the Civil War.

The most significant African-Native American was John Horse, a Black Seminole Chief
who was a master marksman and diplomat in Florida and Oklahoma and by the time of
the Civil War, the Black Seminole Chief in Mexico and Texas. Horse negotiated a treaty
with the U. S. government in 1870. On July 4th of that year, when his Seminole nation
crossed into Texas, it was a historic moment: An African people had arrived together
as a nation on this soil, under the command of their ruling monarch, Chief John Horse.

Today, many African Americans can trace their ancestry in part to an Indian tribe. History is a marvel of facts and stories that have given us great leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Bass Reeves, Willie Kennard and others that have made a difference in history.

Bass Reeves July 1838 - Jan 1910

Please Welcome, Kevin Johnson

Mr. Kevin Johnson is our new NACC Chamber Liaison. Kevin brings with him many talents, Mechanical Engineer by profession and recent MA Sociology Grad, currently studying MA Cross Cultural Studies at UHCL. Mr. Johnson is from a rich family history including, Choctaw, as well as French, Spanish, Central Asian, Indian and other Western European background. Mr. Johnson will be coordinating and in communication with our local Houston Chambers, keeping us informed of events and activities of local interest. Events of interest will be posted on the website Houston Community Events.
You Are Invited

The event is free for all. Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about your neighbors and a history that has helped shaped us as a people.

NACC UpComing Events

Put these on your Calendar! NACC is packed with exciting events, forums and workshops for the 2016 year and we look forward to seeing you there.

Looking forward, the 2016 Native American Chamber of Commerce events will be our most successful year to date. We know you will find many of our events of personal interest. Feel free to contact us for information regarding membership, volunteering and event sponsorship.

Proceeds of these events go toward Project H.O.P.E (Help Our People Excel) and other charitable programs we support. We are involved in many projects and depend on the generosity of our members, community and company sponsors to see goals are met.
Join us and see how you can be a part of a growing awareness for the Native American people.

** Please check back often as new updates and event time will be added.

Click here to Register for the NACC Multi-Chamber Social Mixer March 18, 2016

Click here to Register for the Genealogy Workshop April 8, 2016

Click here to Register for "Feeding The Children - Together" Golf Tournament June 2, 2016

Showcasing Native American Talent
"An interview with Michael Frerichs", Arapaho Flutist"

Some of the most beautiful music comes from the flute. Native Americans have been creating music for many years and use the songs in ceremonies, celebrations and for harmony. One such musician is Michael Frerichs, also known as littlefastelk. I ask Michael to give us a little history into who he is and how he came to love the flute. Please enjoy. Links to hear his music are listed at the bottom of the article.

"Littlefastelk is a name based off a story of how the flute came to native people and my personal experience, while elk hunting, in Wyoming. I am Northern Arapaho Descendant. I was born in Wyoming. I currently live in southwest Missouri. I got interested in the Native American Flute when I was a child, around the age of 6. My mother bought me my first flute, when attending a powwow. Since then, it has been a passion of mine. I have been playing the flute for about 25 years, on and off. In 2012, I started to play the flute on a more of a regularly bases.

I was taught how to make the branch style flute in 2012, by a native elder. For the past 7 years I been attending powwows within the United States, displaying and selling Native American flutes and other crafts. In 2013 I began play the flute at powwows and flute festivals, at a professional level. I have performed at the Hunting Moon Festival in Kansas City, MO, For the People Powwow in Jefferson City, Mo, the Native Dawn Flute Gathering, Lawrenceburg, Ky, Medicine Park Flute Festival, Medicine Park, OKLA. --just to name a few. I have enjoyed playing at many different powwows and flutes festivals for the general public and events.

I will be performing this year at The biggest western show in the United States; Cheyenne Frontier Days at the Indian Village in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

When I play the flute, I play from the heart. Deep down it makes me feel peaceful and in harmony. I would like to express that feeling that I have, to others through my music."

Please enjoy Michael's music and you can find him on all social media's and his website,

Little Fast Elk Flutes.
Listen to music

A Note from the NACC President
As we celebrate President's Day & Martin Luther King, in February, let's not forget the many efforts of those that forged a path for our country. Looking back with pride to the words of past Presidents and Great Role Models--- quite a welcome change from today's candidates.

Abraham Lincoln:
"Nearly all men can withstand adversity--- but if you want to test a man's character--- give him power."
Robert Kennedy:
"There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why--- I dream of things that never were-- and ask why not?"
John Kennedy:
"Forgive your enemies but never forget their names."
Barack Obama:
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. WE are the ones we are waiting for---WE are the change that we seek."
Franklin Roosevelt:
"We have nothing to fear-- but fear itself".
Martin Luther King:
"Our lives begin to end when we become silent about things that matter".
Chief Joseph:
"it does not take many words to speak the truth."
Chief Cochise:
"To talk of peace is not hard--- to live peace is very hard."

Happy Birthday to Pearl Means, Navajo---widow of the late, great American Indian Hero and Champion of Wounded Knee--- Russell Means, Lakota Sioux.
Our love and best wishes are with you always, dear Sister.

Carroll Cocchia, President
Native American Chamber of Commerce

Membership Reminder: 2016 January/February Dues

A friendly reminder that the 2016 membership dues are needed. If you have sent in your dues payment, we want to thank you for your continuing support. Please check your membership to verify which month you registered.
Please contact Carroll Cocchia, for more information. Ph: 713-614-1272
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