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Red Cloud - 1822-1909 - Oglala Sioux leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.
Red Cloud

 

Geronimo - 1829-1909 - Apache leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.
Geronimo

 

Sitting Bull - 1834-1890 - Hunkpapa Sioux leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.
Sitting Bull

 

Chief Joseph - Move mouse pointer over name to see quote.
Chief Joseph

 

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Favorite Native Music

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    North Platte
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    Scottsbluff
    Kansas City
    St. Louis

 

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Events
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PowWows

Each of the Pow Wow info blocks below are displayed for approximately 45 days prior and throughout the event. Some larger events with websites are displayed much earlier to help with vacation planning (as much as 120 days). Each event is outlined in a box. Some events have two different colored lines. The color of the outermost box indicates whether there is a web address for the event. The box color will be either Gold or Red. Gold is for events that have a web site. Red indicates there is no web site, so you cannot click the details to get more information. For those that do, the text and link is in lilac color, with the Gold border; the others are in light blue, with a Red border.  If the event has two border lines, the inner box line color provides more information. An additional green dashed border inside indicates the event has been canceled. An event may also be postponed. In this case, the color is a solid green color. It may be postponed for the year, or it may be rescheduled for a later date in the same year.  Occasionally, an event comes to an end permanently, although we may not have the information that informs us that is the case. For each year, each event has to be confirmed to ensure the dates are correct. If we cannot locate information that confirms an event is still going on three years in a row, there is a good change the event has ended permanently but we do not know about its demise. In that case, the inner box color will be Indian Red. You should take this into consideration if you are planning to attend one of these events.

September

August




Annual Little Shell Celebration
(Second Weekend starting with Thursday in August)
Confirmed:
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
August 8-11, 2019
(was 9-12 days ago)

Home of the X-Xoshi-Ga - Four Bears Park
404 Frontage Road
New Town, ND 58763

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Donovan Abby:
701-421-8132












26th Annual Ponca Pow-Wow
(Second weekend in August)
Confirmed:
Fri, Sat, Sun
August 9-11, 2019
(was 9-11 days ago)

PTN Pow Wow Grounds
88915 521 ave
Niobrara, NE 68760

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
605-491-0489 or 800-365-6333
402-857-3391
More info











11th Annual Colorado Springs Intertribal Pow Wow
(2nd Saturday of August)
Confirmed:
Saturday
August 10, 2019
(was 10 days ago)

Norris-Penrose Event Center
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Colorado Springs, CO

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Rhetta Walker:
719-559-0525 or 703-798-4320 (please leave a message if no one answers)















Annual Oglala Lakota Wazi Paha Festival
(3rd Weekend)
Unconfirmed (but based on
3rd Weekend rule):

Fri, Sat, Sun
August 16-18, 2019
(was 2-4 days ago)

Oglala Lakota College Pow-wow Grounds
3 Mile Creek Rd
Kyle, SD 57752

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Leslie Rae Henry:
605-455-6084






40th Annual Chief Old Man Afraid Of His Horses Traditional Wacipi & Honorings
(Third weekend in August)
Confirmed:
Saturday
August 17, 2019
(was 3 days ago)

Payabaya #4 Community - Chief Old Man Afraid of His Horses Memorial Park
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
605-867-5416





143rd Annual Rosebud Fair & Rodeo
(Fourth Weekend in August)
Confirmed:
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
August 22-25, 2019
(in 2 days)

Rosebud Casino Grounds
30421 US Highway 83
Valentine, NE 69201

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Rosebud Tribal Office:
605-747-2381






142nd Annual White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration
(Fourth Weekend in August)
Confirmed:
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
August 22-25, 2019
(in 2 days)

White Eagle Park
20 White Eagle Drive
Ponca City, OK 74601

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Tillie Broncho 580-352-0663
580-762-8104




















5th Annual 2019 Turtle Mountain Chippewa Pembina Labor Day Powwow Niimiiwin
(Weekend preceding Labor Day)
Confirmed:
Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon
Aug 30-Sep 2, 2019
(in 10 days)

New arbor, located next to the Melvin Lenoir Building, 1 Mile East of Sundancer Casino
ND Hwy 5/Highway 281
Belcourt, ND 58316

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Annette Charette 701-550-5360
Helen Keplin 701-278-3695 hkeplin@yahoo.com
Tom Nadeau 701-244-9730





12th Annual Eufaula Indian Community Pow Wow and Homecoming
(Labor Day Weekend)
Confirmed:
Saturday, Sunday
Aug 31-Sep 1, 2019
(in 11 days)

East Ball Field on Lake Eufaula
Eufaula, OK 74432

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Jaydee Tiger jaydee.tiger@yahoo.com 918-584-9507:
918-584-9507 or 918-617-7985



September




50th Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow
(Weekend following Labor Day)
Confirmed:
Fri, Sat, Sun
September 6-8, 2019
(in 17 days)

Lone Star Arena at United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Katt Chapin or Francine McDonald:
701-421-8545 - 701-390-3324









99th Annual Southern Ute Fair Powwow
(2nd Weekend in September)
Confirmed:
Fri, Sat, Sun
September 13-15, 2019
(in 24 days)

Sky Ute Fairgrounds
Ignacio, CO 81137

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Special Events Cooridinator, Tara Vigil:
970-563-2985














Learn about 28th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow.
28th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow
(Third Saturday in September)
Confirmed:
Saturday
September 21, 2019
(in 32 days)

Metro College Parade Grounds
5300 N. 30th St
Omaha, NE 68111

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Barbara Velázquez:
531-622-2253















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BackHomeNatives

Introduction

Native American -- Indigenous people who inhabited the Americas and Caribbean prior to the European infiltration.

The same definition could be applied to other terms as well.  There is a debate as to whether the term Indian, American Indian, or Native American is preferable.  Many Native Americans use Indian or tribe in referring to their people.  Others suggest that these and similar words are incorrect and carry derogatory connotations.  The only places the word tribe occurs on this website is in the domain name of Native American links such as http://www.lumbeetribe.com and http://www.winnebagotribe.com.

I have found that Native American is not preferred by some, and Indian is not preferred by some as well.  If all terms that are not preferred by some are not used, there are no choices left.  For this reason, whenever you see any term used that you would not have used, it was not my intent to offend.  Please choose the term you would have preferred and continue reading.  If you have further questions, please refer to the website Terms and Conditions.

From a speech by Russel Means

“(You notice I use the term American Indian rather than Native American or Native indigenous people or Amerindian when referring to my people. There has been some controversy about such terms, and frankly, at this point. I find it absurd. Primarily it seems that American Indian is being rejected as European in origin-which is true. But all the above terms are European in origin; the only non-European way is to speak of Lakota-or, more precisely, of Oglala, Brule, etc.-and of the Dineh, the Miccousukee, and all the rest of the several hundred correct tribal names.)

“(There is also some confusion about the word Indian, a mistaken belief that it refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492. Look it up on the old maps. Columbus called the tribal people he met "Indio," from the Italian in dio, meaning "in God.")

“The one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm not politically correct. Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans.”

Modern Times

Sadly, natives are still treated as third class citizens, never really fitting into the majority's society.  In some ways, the reservations are a prison, and in other ways, they are a privilege that doesn't have to follow the same rules and restrictions of the rest of society.  Native Americans were the first to have casinos regardless of the rest of the state's laws.  The Casino's have brought revenue and jobs to a society that wasn't about to get it by any other means.  New schools on reservations are proof of a society striving to compete with the rest of the world.

Pow-Wows*  Back to the top of this page.

North American Natives continue to celebrate their heritage with Pow-Wows throughout the country.  In Nebraska, we are lucky to have a Native American population proud of their culture and history.  During the summer months, there is a Pow-Wow nearly every week or so somewhere in the state.

In Omaha, we have three Pow-Wows, starting in April at Creighton University, in May at the Baxter Arena, in September at the Metropolitan Community College North Campus at 30th and Fort Street.  All are bound to please the curious to repeat visitor. In all of the Pow-Wows, expect to see dancers dressed in an array of bright colorful traditional regalia, arts and crafts, and ethnic Native American food.  Uhmmm good.

Pow-wows are special events that not only involve celebration, but also pays respect to Native American heritage.  Pow-wows have a code of ethics that you should make sure you adhere to.  Photography, Videotaping, and sound recordings can only be done by permission.  The arena area is a sacred area and it should be respected.  Do not enter the arena, unless it is for a dance that anyone can dance in (usually referred to as an Intertribal Dance).  Make sure you ask the event MC for any specifics.  See the links at the side for more details.

Please note that we do not list all Pow-wows throughout the entire country, but we do intend to list ones in Nebraska, the six bordering states, but also North Dakota, and Oklahoma, due to their strong connection to Plains Nations.

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Nebraska has four reservations inside the state and one on the state border.

  1. Omaha Reservation, Macy, Nebraska in N.E. Nebraska is on the border next to the Missouri River.  The reservation borders the Winnebago Reservation to its north.  Pop: 2500. Omaha NationPonca Website
  2. Winnebago Reservation, Winnebago, Nebraska in N.E. Nebraska is on the border next to the Missouri River.  The reservation borders the Omaha Reservation to its south.  Pop: 1200, 27,000 acres.  Website.
  3. Santee Sioux Reservation, Niobrara, Nebraska is on the Nebraska-South Dakota border in N.E. Nebraska.  The border between the states is actually Lewis and Clark Lake.  The Santee Reservation is attached at the western end of Lewis and Clark Lake.  If you like Native American art, you will find the hidden bargains of the U.S. here.  Stop and ask for info if it isn't obvious.  Do you know why the Santee Natives were there first? Pop: 600, 18,000 acres. Website
  4. Fox-Sac Reservation is located at the southeastern tip of Nebraska.

Our northern neighbor state (South Dakota) has three reservations on its southern border.  People living on the southern edge often cross over into Nebraska.  Those reservations are 1)  the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, near Chadron, Nebraska, 2) Yankton reservation on the northern shore of Lewis and Clark Lake, and 3) Rosebud Reservation just north of Valentine, Nebraska.  Rosebud covers over 1,000,000 acres, and is divided into three sections to allow three different branches of Sioux to live in their own sections.  Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota are the three languages used.  There are several attractions on and around the reservation.  The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum should not be missed.

South Dakota also has six other reservations; just south of Pierre, there is the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Reservation.  North of Lake Pierre is the Cheyenne River Reservation, and joining its north side is the Standing Rock Reservation, which extends into North Dakota.  The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Reservation is in South Dakota's northeast corner.  The smallest is the Flandreau Reservation north of Sioux Falls on the Big Sioux River.

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