The 47th Annual United Tribes Technical College Powwow is set for September 9-11 at Lone Star Arena on the college campus in Bismarck.
This is the summer season’s last, large outdoor event on the Northern Great Plains powwow circuit. It’s open to the public and everyone is invited and welcome.
Known as “Home of the Champions,” this contest powwow offers over $130-thousand in prize money to the top singing groups and dancers in two dozen competitive categories. Prize money for the top drum is $10,000. Following three days of judging, champions are announced and prizes awarded Sunday, September 11. Day money is provided for non-contest drums and tiny tots.
Upwards of 1,000 participants from the northern Plains, around the country – and across the border in Canada – make this one of the premier cultural events in North Dakota.
The first grand entry is set for Friday, September 9 at 1 p.m. (Central Time). The point system is in effect.
Subsequent Grand Entries are Friday evening at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
A $20 entrance fee guarantees admission for all three days. Daily admission is $10. Seniors (65 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free.
Admission wrist bands may be purchased in advance through August 26 at the college’s finance dept. Group rates provided for 10 or more. Contact Ella Duran 701-255-3285 x 1214, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camping may begin Tuesday, September 6. Space is available free of charge in designated locations on campus. Round-the-clock security is provided and access to facilities. No drugs or alcohol allowed and no pets.
United Tribes is a “tobacco free campus.” The college keeps tobacco sacred by allowing its use for ceremonies only. Other uses of tobacco in all forms are prohibited.
Master of Ceremonies: Lawrence Baker (Hidatsa/Mandan/Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission) and Vince Beyl (White Earth Ojibway); Arena Director: Rusty Gillette (Arikara/Hidatsa); Head Singing Judge: Frankie Graves (Ojibwe Nation); Head Women’s Dance Judge: Cassie Lasley (Ho-Chunk Nation); Head Men’s Dance Judge: Wylee Bearstail (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation).
POWWOW VENDOR FAIR
Powwow vendors ring the dance arbor, creating a lively atmosphere catering to the needs of smart shoppers. Everything powwow is available from hides and antlers, to beads, finished clothing, bumper and window stickers and powwow collectibles.
The powwow food court offers a wide variety, from oriental and barbeque to the ever-popular ‘Indian Taco.’ Arts and Craft Vendors contact Donna Belgarde, email@example.com; Food Vendors contact Robert Fox 701-221-1384, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth grade school classes are invited to Youth Day at the Powwow. The event includes music and cultural presentations, singing and drumming, tribal dance and audience participation. Starts at 11 a.m. Friday, September 9, runs through the morning. Chaperoned school groups admitted free. Contact Erik Cutler 701-221-1769, email@example.com.
TRIBAL LEADERS SUMMIT
20th Annual United Tribes “Tribal Leaders Summit” precedes the powwow September 6-8 at the Bismarck Event Center. Tribal, federal and state leaders gather for meetings and presentations and professional development and networking. The event also includes a trade fair. Summit and trade fair contact: Sacheen Whitetail Cross 701-221-1374, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Teeing Off for Academic Excellence” benefit golf tournament starts at 1 p.m. Friday, September 9 at Apple Creek Country Club; proceeds go to student scholarships. Contact Sam Azure 701-221-1842, email@example.com.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
High-school hoops action in the UTTC Gymnasium: Contact Pete Conway 701-221-1361, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIAMOND LEGENDS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Diamond Legends Softball Tournament: all-Indian and mixed competition; teams and spectators from around the country. September 9-11; double elimination in both women’s and men’s divisions. Contact Steve Shepherd 701-226-3987, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/unitedtribesdiamondlegends.
A 10K and 5K run/walk hosted for runners and walkers of all ages beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 10. Online and on-site registration. Contact Brienna 701-221-1367, firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Tribes honors you with the cultural tradition of a buffalo meal at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 11. Dancers, singers and visitors invited to partake free of charge. Buffalo courtesy of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, one of the college’s governing tribes.
Chairman Mark Fox of the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation hosts a free BBQ feed Saturday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m.
POWWOW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Russ McDonald, UTTC President; Sacheen Whitetail Cross, UTTC Events Coordinator; Angelique Gills, President; Kathy Dye-Chapin, Vice-President; Ella Duran, Treasurer; Kim Reynolds, Secretary; Charisse Fandrich, Fundraising Coordinator; Joelle Bearstail, Volunteer Coordinator.
The theme of the 2016 powwow is: Empowerment Through Unity.
COLLEGE GOVERNING TRIBES
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Sacheen Whitetail Cross 701-221-1374, email@example.com.
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649
(701) 328-7595 (Fax)
Hours of business are:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on National Holidays