Aug. 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public + Media Relations Manager
Annual powwow returns to Fort Omaha Sept. 21
OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host the 28th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow on Saturday, Sept. 21, 1-7:30 p.m. on the Parade Ground of the historic Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets. The powwow celebrates Native American cultures with traditional dances, music, artistry, oral history, crafts and foods of regional tribes. A Gourd Dance will precede the powwow from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Grand entry into the powwow will begin at 1 p.m.
This year’s theme is “We are Still Here.” HawkQuest, a raptor rehabilitation program from Denver, will provide audience members with the opportunity to interact with eagles, hawks and falcons. A demonstration of the traditional art of porcupine quilling will be led by the Pomani/Benally family of Crow Creek heritage from Rapid City, South Dakota from 2-3 p.m.
This year’s master of ceremonies is Frank Bear Killer, Oglala Nation, with Todd Stabler, Omaha, serving as arena director. Izzy Tamayo, Sicangu Lakota, will serve as head man dancer while Summer Barea, Omaha, will serve as head lady dancer. The event also features a princess contest, with Michelle Hallowell, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, serving as head judge. Meskwaki Singers, Tama, Iowa, will be host northern drum while Southern Warriors, Cheyenne Arapaho from Reno, Oklahoma, will serve as the host southern drum.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. Coolers are welcome. No alcohol or smoking is permitted.
The 28th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow is made possible with the support of Douglas County, Nebraska, the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. For more information, call 531-MCC-2253.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.