July - August Powwows
Monday, July 03 2017
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July 7-9
Fond du lac Veterans Traditional Powwow

MC(s): Pete Ghabow, Les Gibbs, and Dan Houle. AD(s): Jaimie Petite, Ken Fox, and Jay Smith. Host Drum(s): Midnite Express. Free admission. Mash Ka Wisen, Hwy 210 and Mission Rd, Sawyer, MN. For more info, call Jarvis Paro or Tom Whitebird at 218-878-8179 or 218-878-2670.

July 7-9
Treasure Island Contest Powwow

Northern and Southern style categories. Prize money for dancers and drummers. Grand entries: Friday at 6 pm; Saturday at 11 am and 6 pm; Sunday at 11 am. Celebrate Native American culture and history through traditional food, art, music and dancing and drummers come from all over the United States and Canada for this event. Treasure Island Outdoor Grounds, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch, MN. For info, call 1-800-554-5473.

July 14-16
Mii Gwitch Mahnomen Days Traditional Powwow

MC(s): Peter White. ADs: Bruce White and Roger Gotchie. Host Drum: Leech Lake Nation.  Ball Club, 30995 Arctic Dr., Deer River, MN. For more info, call Amanda at 218-246-8394 or 218-246-8210.

July 21 - July 23
2nd Annual Gii-Ishkonigewag Powwow

Head man Dancer: Shane Mitchell. Head Woman Dancer: Iliana Montoya. Host Drum: Swamp Nation. Invited Drums: Midnite Express, IronBoy, War Paint, Battle River, Pipestone. DrumSplit for first 10 non Invited drums (Minimum Of 5 singers). Dance prizes and various age categories. 3 man Hand Drum Contest. 3 man Youth Hand Drum Contest. Woodland Relay. 3 on 3 Co-Ed Basketball Tournament at East Lake Community Center. Drum Daily payouts for dancers and non invited drums. Bring your own chairs. 37736 State Highway 65, McGregor MN. For more info, contact: Tony Buckanaga at 218-565-1835.

August 4 - 6
39th Annual Sobriety Powwow Mash-ka-wisen

Free admission, raffle drawings, wristband sign-up, camping available.  Children under 12 must be supervised. 24 Hour Security on site. Friday: Warm ups at 6pm. Open AA Mtg at 8pm, Sweat lodge (limited seating). Saturday: Sunrise Pipe Ceremony at 6:30 am. Flag raising at 9 am. Open AA Mtg. 10 am and 9 pm. Grand Entries: 1pm and 7pm. Feast at 5 pm. Sunday: Sunrise Pipe Ceremony 6:30 am. Flag raising at 9 am. Breakfast at 9 am. Open AA Mtg at 10 am. Grand Entry at 1 pm. Mash-Ka-Wisen School: 1150 Mission Rd., Sawyer, MN.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi

MC(s): Ruben Little Head and Juaquin Hamilton. AD(s): Chaske LaBlanc and Mike One Star. Host Drum(s): Northern Cree, Alberta and The Boyz.  Contest Info: Junior (6-12 years) Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy Teen (13-17 years) Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy Adult JR. Men (18-34 years) Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Southern Straight, Chicken Dance Adult JR. Women (18-34 years) Traditional, Fancy, Jingle, Southern Buckskin/Cloth (Combined) Adult SR. Men (35-54 years) Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Southern Straight, Chicken Dance Adult SR. Women (35-54 years) Traditional, Fancy, Jingle, Southern Buckskin/Cloth (Combined) Golden Age Men (55+ years) Traditional/Southern Straight (Combined), Fancy/Grass (Combined) Golden Age Women (55+ years) Traditional/Southern Buckskin/Cloth (Combined), Fancy/Jingle (Combined). Head Singing Judge: Rooster Top Sky Head Women's Judge: Alva Fiddler Head Men's Judge: Canku One Star Sound Man: Dale Roberts - Hokah Sound Color Guard: Sisseton-Wahpeton Kit Fox Society Tabulating: iCreeazn Invited Drums: Midnite Express, Young Bear, Sharp Shooter, Southern Style, Yellow Hammer, Wild Band of Comanches, Young Spirit, Show Time Bullhorn, Mato Pejuta. Cost: $10 entire weekend. Free admission for 10 years and under, and 60+ years old. SMSC Wacipi Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN. For more info, call 952-445-8900.

Aug. 18 - 20
51st Annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow

Drum Monies: Drums must have a minimum of 5 singers. All singers must personally register with their drum. At least 5 registered singers must be present at the drum during each roll call in order to be paid for that session. Grand entry times: Friday at 7 pm.; Saturday at 1 and 7 pm.  Sunday at 1 pm. Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds (on the west side of Lake Mille Lacs 12 miles north of Onamia or two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Highway 169.) Onamia, MN. For more info, call Tony Pike at 320-980-5367 or Carla Big Bear at 320-362-0862.

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