Aug. 16

Aug. 16, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876, office

402-960-0697, mobile


Powwow returns to Fort Omaha Sept. 15


OMAHA, Neb. — The 27th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow will be hosted by Metropolitan Community College on Saturday, Sept. 15, 1-7:30 p.m. on the Parade Ground at MCC’s historic Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets. The powwow will celebrate Native American cultures with traditional dances, music, artistry, oral history, crafts and foods of regional tribes.


Grand entry into the powwow will begin at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Unity in the Community” and will be reflected in study circles, which are an opportunity for attendees to learn from Native American experts. A study circle will be led by Dwight Howe, Omaha/Ponca. Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery will also have a display from 1-4 p.m. Lisa Odjig, Odawa/Ojibwa Nation, world champion hoop dancer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will do a special presentation at 4 p.m.


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 will be permitted. 


This year’s master of ceremonies is Jerome Kills Small, Oglala Lakota, with Gentry St. Cyr, Winnebago, serving as arena director. Orlando Ike, Omaha, will serve as head man dancer while Amanda Proctor, Osage, will serve as head lady dancer. The event also features a princess contest, with Liliana Tamayo, Sicangu Lakota, serving as judge. Meskwaki Singers, Tama, Iowa, will be host northern drum while Sidney Toppah, Wichita, Kansas, will lead the host southern drum.


The 27th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. The event is funded in part by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners’ Visitors Improvement Fund. 


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