What to Expect at the 2014 United Tribes International Powwow
The 45th Annual United Tribes International Powwow, taking place September 4-7, will be packed full of educational and cultural fun, with something for everyone.
The Lone Star Arena at the United Tribes Technical College is home to this wonderful event every year. Over 70 tribes are represented at the Powwow (recently named one of the 10 best in the nation!), which draws over 20,000 visitors annually.
$20 will guarantee admission to all dance and drum competitions over the four-day period or $12 for daily admission. Seniors (65+) and children under five are free.
Find out what fun events are taking place this year:
Billy Mills, who is best known for being the Oglala Lakota athlete who won the 1964 10,000-meter run in Tokyo, will be making an appearance numerous times throughout the Powwow.
Some of the events he will be attending include:
- Tribal Leaders Summit keynote: noon on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Bismarck Civic Center.
- Powwow Grand Entry: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.
- Youth Day: 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5.
Find a full list of where he'll be each day.
Friday, Sept. 5
United Tribes Campus
Beginning at 9 a.m., all school classes and youth groups are invited to the International Powwow for Youth Day.
Attendees can expect a day full of educational activities including:
- Tribal Music
- Cultural Entertainment
- Audience Participation
There is no entry cost for students, teachers and escorts. You can purchase or bring your own lunch.
Preregister by contacting Shiela Ross at (701)255-3285 ext. 1546 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surrounding Dance Arbor
A wide variety of items for purchase will be available for those wanting to shop!
These items include:
Don't forget about the amazing food available that will satisfy people with all tastes. However, the most popular item is the 'Indian Taco.'
- Hides and Antlers
- Bumper and Winder Stickers
- Powwow Collectibles
Clem Kelley Diamond
Open to men and women.
There will be two separate tournaments:
- All Native men and women tournament - The National Tournament will introduce a slow pitch tournament with two divisions for men and one for women.
- D and lower division tournament - This will be a tournament for men and women who are both tribal and non-tribal members.
Other activities will include a co-ed 40 and over legends game, a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a home run hitting contest.
For more information, visit their website.
Friday, Sept 5
Four Man Golf Scramble
Apple Creek Country Club
An entry fee of $120/person will include:
- Green Fees
- Golf Cart
- Door Prizes
Prizes will be awarded to the top three golf teams. This event will also provide scholarships to benefit UTTC students.
Saturday, Sept. 6
Senior and college students will receive $5 discount.
Cash prizes will be awarded to overall male and female runners. To register, visit the Thunderbird Run website.
Saturday, Sept. 6
State Capitol Grounds - Bismarck, ND
Billy Mills will be the Grand Marshall as we celebrate 50 years since his 1964 gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics.
Prize Money awarded for:
- Best Float/Theme
- Singing/Dance Group
- Youth/Cultural Group
- Horse Group
Saturday, Sept 6
Tournament contact information:
(701) 255-3285 ext. 1361
Sunday, Sept. 7
This free meal will be served by college cafeteria staff and other student and staff volunteers to honor the cultural tradition.