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Responses to the March 18 Press Release that Indian Summer Festival Will No Longer Be at Summerfest

On March 18, 2019 Indian Summer Festival Inc. Board President James Warren announced in a press realease that Indian Summer Festival will no longer be at Summerfest.

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Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest 2018. (Photo:White Turtle Rainbow/Wenona Gardner)

 

Why Was This Never Reported Before March 18?

A recurring question raised by many in the Milwaukee Indian Community in social media and in a March 19, 2019 survey at:

How did you respond to hearing the official statement from the Indian Summer Festival Inc. Board of Directors on March 18, 2019 that the Indian Summer Festival would no longer be held at Summerfest?
Indian Summer Festival Survey March 19, 2019

There is no evidence that the Indian Summer Festival Inc Board ever contacted the Milwaukee Indian Community, the Milwaukee Indian Organizations, and the 12 Wisconsin Tribes to let them know that Indian Summer Festival Inc was in a financial crisis, they needed emergency funding, or was even considering thinking about leaving Summerfest before March 18, 2019.

 

Indian Summer Festival Leaving Summerfest Will Hurt the Milwaukee Indian Community.

Based on the March 19, 2019 survey 63.16% believe that Indian Summer Festival leaving Summerfest hurts the Milwaukee Indian Community.

How Much Is Needed Financially?

Need est. $500,000 to have Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest in 2019.

Indian Summer Festival Inc March 20, 2018 report by Candid formerly known as Guidestar based on information submitted by Indian Summer Festival Inc to the IRS.

According to a Candid report formerly known as Guidestar Foundation in a 9 page report on what Indian Summer Festival Inc filed with the IRS was that Indian Summer Festival in 2017 had only $239,700 Revenue from Indian Summer Festival Inc. and yet $416,290 Expenses showing a -$176,590 loss.

So based on this report that Indian Summer Festival Inc, the Board known for 2 years about the financial crisis meaning they had 2 years to inform and reach out to the Milwaukee Indian Community and 12 Wisconsin Tribes to alert about the financial crisis and ask for help. This financially was not just some problem that suddenly emerged out of nowhere this year in March 2019.

Based on reviewing the entire 9 page report the estimate needed to run the Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest is about $500,000.

Request to Reach Out to the Potwatomi Casino and Bingo

Ojibwe Artist Adina Cain from Milwaukee states on the Indian Summer Festival Inc Facebook Page.

There were several responses in the March 19, 2019 survey also requesting to reach out to Potawatomi Bingo and Casino for financial help.

Request to Reach Out to the 12 Wisconsin Tribes for Financial Help.

Request for Community Crowdsourcing Campaign.

Many members of the Milwaukee Indian Community expressed that the Indian Summer Festival, Inc was so important to them and their families. Many requested creating a GoFundMe campaign so that the Milwaukee Indian Community wanted to use their personal money to give back to Indian Summer Festival Inc.

The Milwaukee Indian Community is speaking out and many are asking for Indian Summer Festival Inc to please keep Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest that a petition was created at change.org.

Petition to Keep Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest

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