The 46th Annual UTTC International Powwow will provide families with educational and culture-filled fun September 10-13 at the Lone Star Arena

This event is truly one of a kind as over 70 tribes are represented, drawing more than 20,000 visitors annually. It was recently announced that the Powwow will be featured in the fall issue of Destination Magazine. The UTTC International Powwow was also named one of the best 10 in the nation!

The cost is $20 to all dance and drum competitions for the four days. Daily admission is $10. Seniors (65 and older) and children (5 and under) are free. The Grand Entry times are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 10th - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 11th - 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12th - 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 13th - 1 p.m.

Camping opened on Tuesday, September 8. It is free of charge to camp in designated areas on campus. There is round-the-clock security. Drugs, alcohol and pets are not allowed on campus.

Take a look at the events taking place this year.

  • Benny's Concessions, United Tribes International Powwow Facebook
    Benny's Concessions, United Tribes International Powwow Facebook

    Vendor Fair

    Surrounding Dance Arbor

    September 10-13

    Be sure to make time to look at the the items being sold at the vendor fair. Items include:

    • Hides and Antlers
    • Beads
    • Clothing
    • Bumper and Window Stickers
    • Powwow Collectibles

    Many come out for the food alone as the Powwow offers a wide variety. One of the most popular items is the 'Indian Taco.'

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    United Tribes News, Dennis J. Neumann

    Youth Day

    United Tribes Campus

    Friday, September 11

    School classes and groups, age K-8, are invited to attend Youth Day at the Powwow. It begins at 9 a.m. and runs through the morning.

    Classes can expect an educational experience through:

    • Singing and Drumming
    • Presentations
    • Tribal Dance
    • Audience Participation

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

    To pre-register, contact Erik.

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    Kenneth Mellott, ThinkStock

    Diamond Legends Softball Tournament

    Clem Kelley Diamond

    September 11-13

    Stop by and watch some softball with this tournament open to men and women. There will be two different classifications:

    • All Native American Divisions - All players must prove Native blood via CIB, enrollment letter, or letter of descent.
    • Mixed Division - Open to all players, non-tribal and tribal.

    Find out more about this softball tournament by visiting its website.

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    NiseriN, ThinkStock

    Teeing Off for Academic Excellence

    Apple Creek Country Club

    Friday, September 11

    This is a four man scramble which includes prizes. However, the best part is that proceeds will go to scholarships for UTTC students.

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    Warren Goldswain, ThinkStock

    Thunderbird Run

    3315 University Drive

    Saturday, September 12

    The Powwow Run registration will open at 7:30 a.m. Preregistration ends on Thursday, September 10.

    10K run: 8 a.m. - $25
    5K run/walk: 8:15 a.m. - $15
    Kid's Fun Run: 10 a.m. - Free

    Medals will be awarded to the top three participants in each race for both male and female. Get more information at the Thunderbird Run website.

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    TSM Bismarck

    Parade of Champions

    Begins at the State Capitol

    Saturday, September 12

    The parade will begin at the State Capitol Grounds at 10 a.m. This year's theme is 'Strengthening Communities.'

    Parade goers can expect:

    • Dancers
    • Singers
    • Tribal Groups
    • Tribal Leaders
    • Community Groups and Organizations


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    Thomas Lohnes, Getty Images

    Buffalo Feed

    UTTC Cafeteria

    Sunday, September 13

    United Tribes honors the well respected tradition of a buffalo feed. Dancers, singers, and visitors are invited free of charge. The buffalo is donated by the Spirit Lake Tribe, one of UTTC's governing tribes.

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