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Annual powwow returns to Fort Omaha Sept. 23
OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host the 32nd annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow on Saturday, Sept. 23, 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.
This year’s theme is “Power of the Youth.” Powwow staff members are traditional artists, under 40, who are leading Native American communities into the future. Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery Program will offer opportunities to see hawks and learn about raptors. Chris Eagle Hawk, Oglala Lakota, and renowned traditional Lakota expert and emcee for the Denver March Powwow, will host a study circle on “Pte Oyate” – the Buffalo Nation. Anthony Warrior,
Sicangu-Bad Nations/Absentee/Shawnee/Myoskoke Creek, will host a traditional food display.
This year’s master of ceremonies is Taylor Cheii Begay, Diné, with Izzy Tamayo, Sicangu Lakota, serving as arena director. Ross Johnston, Omaha Tribe, will serve as head man dancer while Waciwinyan Edwards-King, Oglala Lakota/Omaha/Northern Cheyenne, will serve as head lady dancer. The event also features a princess contest, with Samantha Gallagher, Otoe-Missouria/Ponca, serving as head judge. Rock Bear, Yankton, South Dakota, will be host northern drum while New Breed, Winnebago, Nebraska, will serve as the host southern drum.
Visit mccneb.edu/Powwow for additional details.
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 32nd annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow is made possible with the support of Douglas County, Nebraska, the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, BNSF Railway Foundation and the Whitmore Charitable Trust. 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.