As more than 150 students, family members, teachers and staff gathered at Joe Michell School, nine-year-old Connie Aydelott was feeling nervous.

“Connie has been involved with the Livermore American Indian Center for three years,” explained mom Aileen Aydelott. “She began practicing powwow dancing, specifically fancy dance, and has participated in the center’s events. But this time, Connie was very nervous at first because she would be dancing in front of her school and classmates. I think she didn’t want to be ridiculed or embarrassed. And afterward? She was very proud of herself, and received a lot of positive feedback. She gained self-esteem and pride in her culture, Pyramid Lake Paiute.”