Randy Edmonds

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"To make changes you have to get yourself in the position to change things."

Randy Edmonds (Koiwa-Caddo) is a respected Southern California Tribal Elder and a tireless Native American activist. Known for his ability to build tight-knit communities and provide spiritual guidance, Randy has become a well-known leader throughout the country. Randy grew up in Oklahoma, but was relocated to Southern California during the Urban Relocation Program in the 1950's. Randy recognizes the importance of keeping the tribal identity alive. He was the founder of the Indian Human Resource Center and the national Urban Indian Council, and he supports culture and unity through Pow-Wows and other community events.

"Pow-wows are a higher purpose of all nations; they're a vehicle for consolidation of people. Drumbeat and songs are the heart of the people."