NERDS 5th Annual Youth Gathering - Highlighting Success

Sunday, February 11 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM [PST]

12222 New York Ranch rd, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Jackson, California, United States


1. Select Seats

2. Review and Proceed

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Student Partial Approval -Free

Sales end on -02/11/2018

Native Youth 7th Grade - College (25 & Under) If you are over the age of 25 and still a college student wanting to attend, please contact prior to signing up! * - Please make sure your student is at the youngest, in 7th grade due to mature content - NO K-6th graders PLEASE *NOTE - By Signing up, you agree to photos being used from the day and Agree to follow a Code of Conduct, including but not limited to, sober and clean event!

Advisor Partial Approval - Free

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Adults allowed with Groups of 3 or more students - due to very limited space please register and expect contact from a NERDS representative prior to the event confirming your student count. In the event that you over register adults we will ask you to cancel those exceeding allowed amounts. This is the only way we can ensure all students can attend.

Volunteer Partial Approval -Free

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Password Protected - Not for General Public

Informational Booth Partial Approval - Free

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Space is limited to 30 booths & only 2 attendees per booth space. PLEASE REGISTER ONLY ONCE - AND PUT BOTH NAMES ON FORM OR EMAIL WITH 2ND GUEST'S NAME AND SHIRT SIZE!!! NERDS is providing booth space for free with a raffle donation mailed to 115 Hillside Pl. Jackson CA 95642 by 12/15/2017. *You can mail a cash donation of $40 for us to purchase the raffle prize ourselves. Make Check Payable to NERDS and mail to 115 Hillside Pl Jackson, CA 95642 also must reach us by 12/15. ALL booth attendees will remain at your table for meals this year. We need banquet room seating to accommodate more students. You will be served the breakfast which can be taken back to your booth and either a catered boxed lunch or a ticket to a diner in the casino. This is being determined but we assure you, you will eat well!!! Thank you for understanding!!! Please email your FREE Color ad with to before Jan 1st!!

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Event Information

Sunday, February 11 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM [PST]

About the Event

2018 - 5th Annual Youth Gathering will Honor Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indian's Founding Chairwoman: Margaret Dalton 

Thanks to her success and passion for educating children it's been possible for NERDS to host this event the past 5 years.

Vendor/Booth attendees: Please register ONLY 1 person then add your 1 additional booth attendees name and shirt size on the SAME registration for NO MORE than 2 people per booth. The 2 booth attendees will receive meals but, at this time are being asked to dine at their booth in order to allow more students in the event room.  We are also asking for all registered booths to mail their raffle/give away prize donation OR $40 for us to purchase an item before Jan. 1st.
to NERDS c/o D. Brown 115 Hillside Pl  Jackson, CA 95642 

STUDENTS: 7th grade - College (25 yrs and under)
We are looking for 10 Students who want to speak on stage (10 mins max) to share their story or something they are proud of!  We want the day to highlight success of each of you so please send a short bio and what you would be willing to share so we can add you to the daily line up!  You can share a talent too, if you sing, dance, play an instrument, have something you have qualified to attend and maybe need help or just want to share the good news - ANYTHING Goes so email us at


We are collecting photos too for a fun slide show if you want to share how you engage with your community/family please email them to  

BREAK OUT SESSIONS 5 Open spots left - 45 min presentations in rooms that seat 30-40. Please email your interest with details of the session by November 15th. We will make selections by November 20th!!  Student organizations are encouraged to apply to present!  
ADVISORS:    We ask that each adult registering as an advisor/chaperone/driver to be accompanying a minimum of 3 students. There are only 60 spaces available for adults this year and our staff will confirm student count for each adult registering.This is the only way we ensure students having a seat in the room. Thank you for understanding and your cooperation. 

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Thank you & We hope to see you all soon!!!
Dahkota, Dahlton & NERDS Staff 



7:30am ~  Doors Open – Rancheria Radio on site - Breakfast ready as you arrive -   
8:30 ~  Morning Blessing –  Dahkota Brown 
    *Introduction of Breakout Session Speakers  with NERDS Founders Dahkota & Dahlton Brown  
9:00 ~ Youth Guest Speakers: 
             Oliver Bear Don't Walk
              Dahlton Brown

              Sarah Schilling
             Maija Cruz Bravo
             Dahkota Brown
             Tina Bear Don't Walk 

10:00-11:45 ~ Booth time, Photo Booth, Breakout Sessions 
          10:00-10:45  Fire Room:   
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          11:00-11:45  Fire Room:  
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12:00 ~  Blessing -   Lunch *Elders/adults eat 1st please
12:15  ~  Gregg Deal with Dahkota & Dahlton, dedication of Art piece of Margaret Dalton presented to Jackson Tribal  
12:30 ~ Guest Speaker Gregg Deal with youth speakers OPEN to join us please APPLY NOW to speak on the panel -   
1:45-3:30 ~ Booth time, Photo Booth, Breakout Sessions
           1:45 - 2:30 Fire Room: 
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          2:45 - 3:30   Fire Room:
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3:30 ~ Raffle Prizes drawn 
4pm  Done

NERDS IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE our 1st ever, Fundraiser - Dinner and Show at Jackson Rancheria Hotel
Saturday  February 10th 2018
 (Alcohol Free event) Mock tails available in the hotel lobby starting at 2:30 
Doors open at 4pm

Blessing by Dahkota Brown
Native Dinner served at 5pm – Braised Beef, roasted potatoes, Rancheria beans with jasmine rice, green salad, and Fry Bread with coffee & dessert following
Show starts at 6:00pm with Welcome from Dahkota & Dahlton
Gregg Deal –Nationally known artist and activist -  performance art 
Richie Ledreagle  - Northern California Native Musician -  
Marc Yaffee – Pow Wow Comedy Jam – Stand up comedy  
Tanaya Winder – Nationally known Poet & performer –
Frank Waln – Nationally known Musician -  
Show should conclude by 8:15
Meet and greet for photos or to purchase items from performers in lobby until 9:30pm



There will be 210 tickets available at $40.00 each – general admission seating
There are only 50 VIP seats available for $65.00 each - These Include front table seating, front of the line for meet & greet after the show & a swag bag with items from each of the performers

If you are pre-registered for the NERDS 5th Youth Gathering you will receive an email to the email on file you register with this year, it will contain the PRE-SALE CODE to purchase tickets for Saturday night’s dinner/show.
We hope you won’t share it with the public as this is the only chance for the youth gathering attendees to have an early opportunity to attend the show.
Pre-sale begins on November 8th at Noon
General Sale to the public begins on November 10th at Noon
1st come, 1st served with no refunds given.  Tickets are being sold through the Jackson Casino event box office.  If you purchase on site there is no fee. If you purchase your tickets online, there is a $5.00 per ticket fee added by the site. We cannot override this and this is not of our control.
This event is the only way we can provide the Sunday Youth Gathering for FREE and expand to include an additional 60 students!!  Thank you for supporting us and we hope to see you there! 


Cancellation policy

We ask you notify us asap if you are unable to attend so we can fill the spot with somebody from the waiting list.

Please call us at 209-257-0274 to cancel and cancel online as well.


Thank you

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About the Organizer

NERDS ~ Native Education Raising Dedicated Students is dedicated to improving statistics affecting Native youth by raising awareness in both Native and non-Native communities & schools. We aim to succeed through means of positive peer-to-peer mentoring to promote education, community service, cultural activities, while providing scholarship, intern, job training, college, and networking opportunities.