Last time I was in Las Vegas visiting Mondo Porras at Denver’s Choppers I saw this bike but didn’t know the story being it. Elizabeth Stiers was a busy career woman when she met Nick Schulz, a man with whom she shared common interests of riding motorcycles, collecting Indian art, visiting the southwest and more. The romance blossomed, they were engaged, and then bad news came. Nick was diagnosed with brain cancer. They were wed by a Native medicine person and lived life as normal until Nick’s condition became worse. Elizabeth quit her job to take care of him full time and they were together only 17 months before the same gentleman who married them returned to be with Nick before he passed. The couple’s shared love of Native art and culture, and of the Santa Fe Indian Market, gave Elizabeth the idea of donating Nick’s beloved chopper to SWAIA, an organization that serves as an advocate for Native American art and culture. Nick spirit and zest for life (and motorcycles!) will now live on in by supporting the event and artistry they both loved so much. The chopper will be available for purchase at an auction gala, held August 18th at the La Fonda Hotel. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available for $135/person or $1250/table of ten by calling 505.983.5220. Individuals interested in bidding on the chopper but who cannot be there in person, may submit an absentee bid, with all contact information and maximum bid amount to SWAIA no later than August 10th. Southwestern association Of Indian Arts.