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  • Bogus Powwow Vendor

    Received this today... anyone putting on a powwow should be forwarded a copy of this. The orginator of the letter is a well known and respected person on the powwow trail.


    Steve Corbae is a food vendor who uses the name Mountain River Concessions to sell "buffalo" burgers and other food. He contacted me about setting up a booth at the 16th Annual Natchez Powwow. I gave him the benefit of a doubt and allowed him to set up without sending in his trader fee ahead of time. As soon as he arrived he became very difficult and demanding. He sold food for two full days (we had perfect weather and big crowds). I allowed him to pay on Saturday evening with a personal check for $195. I even agreed to hold the check for a few days before cashing it. Later the bank called me to report that he had stopped payment on the check as soon as he left Natchez. I had to reimburse the bank the full amount. I thought maybe that he had just been short on funds, so I called him to check on the situation and he confirmed that he had just decided to stop payment. He then hung up on me and would not talk or offer an explanation.

    He had sold a lot of food at the powwow and had done very well. The small fee that I charge vendors helps to cover the travel expenses of the head staff and the singers. The gate fee helps to cover the lodging expenses for the head staff. This is definitely not a money making powwow for me. In fact, my family and I sponsor the dance every year at great personal financial cost. His behavior is an insult to singers and dancers in the Native American tradition.

    I just want to warn anyone who might be involved with organizing powwows to beware of Steve Corbae with Mountain River Concession out of Melbourne, Florida. He is a very difficult person to work with and apparently to top it off he is a big cheat. He is not a friend of anyone on the "Powwow Trail". If you would like to contact him to voice any complaints, his phone number is 321-427-3642 and his mailing address is PO Box 360692 Melbourne, FL 32926. Please spread the word.


    Chuck Borum, Natchez Powwow Chairman

    "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume

  • #2
    Man!! That really chaps my azz!!!

    Chuck's a good guy, runs a good powwow.....and I was only too happy and honored to have been asked to serve as their head man dancer one year at Natchez Powwow.

    ....that's just nuts!!! It's okay....bad karma comes back to haunt you when you least expect it.....



    • #3
      I thought I would bring this thread back up to the top one more time. To let people who didn't see it get a look at it.
      Word about this guy needs to be spread around so that this doesn't happen to anyone else.
      "Tell me friend, you who dwells in the dark and the deep, How may I venture unafraid, into the dark world of half death"


      • #4
        What a dirtbag.

        Anyone know about Creative Native? I hear he did the same thing in Florida. Not a bad check, just refused to pay and left early.
        There are 2 types of people in the world...
        Really stupid people who think they are smart
        Really smart people who think they are smart.


        • #5
          I got something for that punk if I ever see his stand.....


          • #6
            Hear about this.

            This is really getting around. I heard about it from a FWD that was a FWD from yet another FWD in my private E-Mail and from a FWD's at the University's E-Mail. So the news is really getting around.

            Good to see it here as this is the biggest Native Information Site that I know of. So we can all help in letting all know about his person and hopefully getting this vendor to do the right thing.


            • #7
              That's lower'n snakes belly inna wagon rut.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Kiwehnzii
                That's lower'n snakes belly inna wagon rut.

                ...And shephards we shall be. For thee my lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to thee. And teeming with souls shall it ever be. E Nomini Patri, E Fili, E Spiritu Sancti.


                • #9
                  Bad Vendors

                  Thanks so much for the info. Sometimes when PW organizers are ripped off on the east coast, the vendors come out west and start up again. I just had an experience with a food/clothing vendor. They hadn't paid their fees either and double charged me on a purchase I made at the El Camino college PW. Fortunately one of the organizer kept some data on them so I was able to find them..

                  They were so surprised that I found them and had gotten vital info on them they paid me back real quick. I threaten to file a complaint against their business license and the Calif. Franchise Tax board. Since they paid no fees, they didn't have to pay taxes as they officially "weren't there". Amazing what a persuader the Tax board can be. Oh when I first contacted them, all of a sudden, nobody spoke English!

                  I tell you this whole vendor thing is getting out of wack at the UCLA PW, all the vendors were mexican or white. I see less and less NA vendors. On a trip to Japan (I work for the airlines) I saw dreamcathers all over the place, and all made in China.

                  where are the Ndn vendors?


                  • #10
                    yeah, the venders at most powwow are getting sucky.

                    tomahawks, animal hides, imported beadwork.

                    cant get anything good anymore.

                    I buy tapes and cds now, thats it, nothing else worth it.

                    The white traders get their stuff from NDNs on commission. Some even get stuff from the pawn shops, I hear live pawn can be bought for the right amount.

                    Its a damn shame.
                    There are 2 types of people in the world...
                    Really stupid people who think they are smart
                    Really smart people who think they are smart.


                    • #11
                      I'm never going to buy one of those juicy buffalo burgers again. :)

                      Seriously, I used to like his burgers, but I hate it when people think they can get away with stuff like that.

                      He's not getting any more of my money.

                      *There are 2 sides to every coin!

                      *A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. - Vince Lombardi

                      *Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. - Vince Lombardi


                      • #12
                        I remember Frybread was 50 cents.....

                        Whaz up with the prices these days........?

                        Granted it does take alot of hard work to run a food stand, some folks are just ridiculous.......And the food is rugged?

                        Just tote your bread and a ring of red.....
                        "She also has a very soft skin. The only trouble with snake women is they copulate with horses, which makes them strange to me. She say's she doesn't. That's why I call her "Doesn't Like Horses". But, of course, she's lying."


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Coyot_In_The_House
                          Just tote your bread and a ring of red.....
                          Sounds like a good slogan for a t-shirt! :rofl2:
                          "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume


                          • #14
                            Ahhhhhhhh SHOOT.......I am a powwow mom......just bring a loaf of bread, spam or indian steak (bologna), and of course Basha's pop........the whole family is set. :D. These vendor's are gettin outta hand, I can't afford 7.00 for a INDIAN TACO!!! Tiny Tot $$ isn't even that rich......ayeeee. Unless they take Food stamps.......:P. Anyhow, well just keep it real, buy from NATIVES only.....wooooo hoooooo......and if you can't make it yourself, well buy it from some native you know who can :D. ........ KEEP IT REAL.....KEEP IT NATIVE....

                            @ WATCH YER BACK BURGER MAN!!!!!!!!
                            AND OF COURSE......Quote:
                            Originally Posted by Coyot_In_The_House

                            Just tote your bread and a ring of red.....

                            Sounds like a good slogan for a t-shirt! ......

                            HEY I'D BUY ONE.......IF IT WAS NATIVE MADE!!!! LMAOH....
                            You have crossed my path, You will never be forgotten......

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                            • #15
                              That's just wrong.

                              EVEN THOUGH A POW WOW IS OUR TRADITIONAL CELEBRATION, When your on a pow wow commitee you gotta run things like a business cuase there are people out there that wanna make a quik buck off our pow wows. You tell them payment first, If they don't want to comply then you don't give them their electicity until they pay. Simple as that, cause you have to make your money too. Money that goes to benifit our dancers, by fitting it into the prizemoney and whatever. Cause you need it. There's Bills that need to be payed to run a pow wow. So people don't let these people run all over you.
                              If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man, he would have made me so in the first place. -SITTING BULL


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