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Sept. 12.

Sept. 12, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876

darayment@mccneb.edu

mccneb.edu

 

26th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow to feature Native American history, culture

 

OMAHA, Neb. — The 26th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow will be hosted by Metropolitan Communtiy College on Saturday, Sept. 30, 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 “Honoring the Past, Leading the Way for Future Generations” and will be reflected in study circles, which are an opportunity for attendees to learn from Native American experts. The study circles will be led by Amanda Proctor, Osage, attorney for Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, and Kitcki Carroll, executive director of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.

 

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. 

 

Several hundred artists will be participating. Chris Grezlik, Winnebago, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Mike Wolfe, Omaha, will be the head man dancer with Crystal Lieb, Omaha, serving as head lady dancer. The powwow will also feature a princess contest with Ruby Wright, Ponca/Otoe-Missouria/Lakota, serving as head judge. Big Soldier Creek, Potawatomi (Kansas), will be host northern drum while KayLuskKa, Winnebago, will serve as the host southern drum.  

 

The 26th 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.

 

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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.