June 24

June 24, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

MCC receives $5,870 grant to support 25th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has been awarded a $5,870 grant by the Nebraska Arts Council to help support the 25th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow scheduled for Sept. 24, 2016, at MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets.
Every year, visitors come to Fort Omaha to celebrate Native American cultures. The powwow honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, oral history and foods of various tribes across Nebraska and the surrounding region. Dancers in colorful regalia perform throughout the day, including the Gourd Dance that honors military veterans. This year’s event will highlight the history of the powwow with it being the 25th anniversary.
“The Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow welcomes a diverse audience to celebrate and learn about Native American cultures and the contributions of indigenous peoples throughout history,” said Barbara Velazquez, coordinator for international and intercultural education at MCC. 
Nebraska Arts Council’s executive director, Suzanne Wise, commended MCC for its programs, noting that “MCC does an outstanding job of providing arts activities in the community. It is through fine organizations like this that Nebraska’s children receive a better education in the arts, and the quality of life is improved for all Nebraskans.”
Stay tuned for future announcements regarding the 25th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow in the coming months. For more information about this year’s event, contact Barbara Velazquez at 531-MCC-2253.
The Nebraska Arts Council grants monetary resources to Nebraska’s nonprofit organizations for arts projects and programs in communities throughout the state. This financial support is made possible by funds appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, through competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency, and funds from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE). Nebraskans wishing to learn more about NEA grants or the NCE should visit the NAC website at


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 postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.