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On 4/15-17/11, the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe of Hollister, North Carolina, celebrated its 46th Annual Pow Wow, and one of its guests was FBI Norfolk employee Felicia Bryant, who is of Haliwa-Saponi descent. The Haliwa-Saponi Tribe is the third largest tribe in North Carolina with close to four thousand enrolled members, and every year it holds a pow wow to celebrate state recognition of the tribe, which occurred in 1965. This year’s theme was “Honoring Our Elders—Looking Back and Moving Forward,” and the event was attended by approximately 500 people.
The Norfolk FBI office has extended an invitation to Tribal Council Charles Richardson, Jr., to participate in the FBI office’s upcoming American Indian Heritage Month celebration later this year. And there have been discussions about having Norfolk employees visit the reservation to educate its members on the FBI’s mission, priorities, Community Outreach Program, and employment opportunities.
On 4/19/2011, 11 agent and professional support personnel from the FBI’s Knoxville office participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to support Area 5 Special Olympics. Approximately 50 individuals from a dozen law enforcement agencies across East Tennessee partnered to support the event, which culminated in the ceremonial lighting of the torch to kick off the day’s events. Shown above, left to right, are: (back row) Alacia M. Harper, Stacie J. Bohanan, Knoxville Assistant Special Agent in Charge Edward Herbst, Harold J. Lynn, and Conley A. Ownby II; (front row) Ronda K. Stewart, Stephanie Rader Mangan, Kimberly P. Brophy, Mitzi T. Lavonis, Marvin S. Peterson, and Kenneth Paul Johnston.
The Tampa FBI office recently held a forum at the Islamic Center of Tampa to promote dialogue with the Arab/Muslim community. In addition to the FBI, also taking part in the forum were representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the University of South Florida, Temple Terrace Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Attorney General’s Director of Civil Rights. The meeting was followed by a discussion among agency heads, community leaders, and other representatives, and FBI employees addressed questions and concerns from members of the audience concerning community safety issues.
Also in Tampa, the office has developed a new program called “Break Away: A Look at Careers in the FBI” for high school and college students who are serious about pursuing a career with the FBI. The program is offered during school vacation breaks and gives students the chance to tour the FBI office and be paired with a Bureau employee to learn what it’s like to work for the FBI. To date, more than 100 teens have participated.
On 3/20/11. the San Diego FBI office responded to an urgent request for assistance from the Armed Services YMCA after families of U.S. military personnel in Japan were flown back to the U.S. on the heels of the recent earthquake and tsunami there. Many of the families ended up in San Diego with little more than once piece of luggage per family member. With less than 24 hours notice, Bureau employees (shown above) collected and delivered to the families a van full of toiletries, international calling cards, diapers, formula, baby wipes, toys, water, drinks, DVDs, and FBI coloring books. The military personnel are either still in Japan helping with relief efforts or are currently forward deployed to Afghanistan.
On 3/18/11, Omaha Special Agent in Charge Weysan Dun and Public Affairs Specialist Sandy Breault attended the American-Tajik celebration of the spring holiday “Navruz” at Bellevue University in Bellevnue, Nebraska. Featured guests included Ambassador or Tajikistan Abdujabbor, U.S. Congressman terry Lee, Omaha mayor Jim Suttle, and Bellevue mayor Rita Sanders. Approximately 200 people were invited to this event, which included ethnic music, food, and media opportunities.
On March 20, 2011, students in the Knoxville FBI Junior Special Agent Program took part in a year-end field trip to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Through a partnership with the university’s Engineering Department, students participated in hands-on lectures to learn more about engineering and problem solving, took an all-access tour of the athletic facilities of the football and women’s and men’s basketball teams, and were part of a mock press conference in the press room.