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Seventeen Years of Honoring Native Culture

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Powwow dancer September 20, thousands of people will gather at the 17th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. Artists, dancers, historians, children, adults, vendors, teachers and students will gather for one cause—to honor Nebraska´s four Native American tribes: Northern Ponca, Omaha Santee, Sioux and Winnebago.

Taking place on the Parade Ground of MCC´s historic Fort Omaha Campus, the culturally diverse event annually attracts artists and native representatives from local and more distant and diverse indigenous cultures. Free and open to the public, the Powwow features traditional dance, music, artistry, storytelling and foods.

While each year´s Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow is special with distinctive features, this year MCC is honored to have Elk Soldier Drum serve as the Host Northern Drum. Led by Gary Drapeau from the Lake Andes community of Marty, S.D., Elk Soldier is one of the oldest and most respected northern drums in the region. Their fierce singing and earth-shaking drumming brings years of tradition and excellence to the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. "We just like to show up and sing hard for the dancers and the people," Drapeau said.

Building up to Sept. 20, MCC will host two pre-Powwow live performances: Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross at noon on Sept. 10 at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7 and live native music and dance at 10 a.m. on Sept. 19 at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center.

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