April 17, 2011
(Left) Joe Thompson, Mikel Thompson and Ethan Viet dress in regalia clothing that represents Native American apparel when they perform their dances.
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Three New Bloomfield teens have chosen to dance to the beat of a different drum — a Native American one. Ethan Viet and Joe and Mikel Thompson all participate in Native American-style powwow dancing around the state. They are a part of Venturing, which is a youth development program within the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are ages 13 to 21. Their local club, Venture Crew 3428, focuses on powwow dancing and includes members from Mexico, Columbia, Jefferson City and California.