The 45th Annual United Tribes International Powwow, taking place September 4-7, will be packed full of educational and cultural fun, with something for everyone. 

The Lone Star Arena at the United Tribes Technical College is home to this wonderful event every year. Over 70 tribes are represented at the Powwow (recently named one of the 10 best in the nation!), which draws over 20,000 visitors annually.

$20 will guarantee admission to all dance and drum competitions over the four-day period or $12 for daily admission. Seniors (65+) and children under five are free.

Find out what fun events are taking place this year:

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    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills

    Billy Mills, who is best known for being the Oglala Lakota athlete who won the 1964 10,000-meter run in Tokyo, will be making an appearance numerous times throughout the Powwow.

    Some of the events he will be attending include:

    • Tribal Leaders Summit keynote: noon on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Bismarck Civic Center.
    • Powwow Grand Entry: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.
    • Youth Day: 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

    Find a full list of where he'll be each day.

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    United Tribes News/ Dennis J. Neumann

    Youth Day

    Friday, Sept. 5
    United Tribes Campus 

    Beginning at 9 a.m., all school classes and youth groups are invited to the International Powwow for Youth Day.

    Attendees can expect a day full of educational activities including:

    • Tribal Music
    • Cultural Entertainment
    • Audience Participation

    There is no entry cost for students, teachers and escorts. You can purchase or bring your own lunch.

    Preregister by contacting Shiela Ross at (701)255-3285 ext. 1546 or through email at

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    Benny's Concessions/United Tribes International Powwow Facebook

    Vendor Fair

    Sept. 4-7
    Surrounding Dance Arbor

    A wide variety of items for purchase will be available for those wanting to shop!

    These items include:

    • Hides and Antlers
    • Beads
    • Clothing
    • Bumper and Winder Stickers
    • Powwow Collectibles
    Don't forget about the amazing food available that will satisfy people with all tastes. However, the most popular item is the 'Indian Taco.'
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    Kenneth Mellot/ThinkStock

    United Tribes Softball Tournament

    Sept 5-7
    Clem Kelley Diamond
    Open to men and women.

    There will be two separate tournaments:

    • All Native men and women tournament - The National Tournament will introduce a slow pitch tournament with two divisions for men and one for women.
    • D and lower division tournament - This will be a tournament for men and women who are both tribal and non-tribal members.

    Other activities will include a co-ed 40 and over legends game, a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a home run hitting contest.

    For more information, visit their website.

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    Teeing Off For Academic Success

    Friday, Sept 5
    Four Man Golf Scramble
    Apple Creek Country Club

    An entry fee of $120/person will include:

    • Green Fees
    • Golf Cart
    • Dinner
    • Door Prizes

    Prizes will be awarded to the top three golf teams. This event will also provide scholarships to benefit UTTC students.

    You can preregister or sponsor a hole before Aug. 31.


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    Warren Goldswain/ThinkStock

    Thunderbird Run

    Saturday, Sept. 6

    5K Run/Walk: 8:15 a.m. - $15/person
    Kid's Fun Run:  9:30 a.m. - Free
    10K Run: 10 a.m. - $20/person

    Senior and college students will receive $5 discount.

    Cash prizes will be awarded to overall male and female runners. To register, visit the Thunderbird Run website.

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    Parade of Champions

    Saturday, Sept. 6
    State Capitol Grounds - Bismarck, ND
    10 a.m.

    Billy Mills will be the Grand Marshall as we celebrate 50 years since his 1964 gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics.

    Prize Money awarded for:

    • Best Float/Theme
    • Singing/Dance Group
    • Youth/Cultural Group
    • Horse Group

    Preregister your float by August 29 and find a list of rules here.

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    Ryan McVay/ThinkStock

    3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

    Saturday, Sept 6
    Grades 5-12

    Tournament contact information:

    Hunter Berg
    (701) 255-3285 ext. 1361

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    Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

    Buffalo Feed

    Sunday, Sept. 7
    UTTC Cafeteria
    4 p.m.

    This free meal will be served by college cafeteria staff and other student and staff volunteers to honor the cultural tradition.

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