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Circle of Nations Indigenous Association to Host 34th Annual Powwow

Powwow regalia
Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
March 22, 2018

The contest-style powwow celebrates the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities across the United States and Canada.

The University of Minnesota, Morris Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold its 34th Annual CNIA Powwow on Saturday, April 7, in the P.E. Center Gymnasium (626 East Second Street, Morris, MN 56267). The CNIA Powwow introduces the Morris campus and community to a contest-style powwow and celebrates the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities across the United States and Canada.

This year Jerry Dearly, Lakota, Pine Ridge, will serve as master of ceremonies. The host drum will be Dakota Nation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. Gabe Desrosiers '05, Anishinaabe language instructor and cultural programs and outreach coordinator, will be arena director, and Bobbi Lynn Frederick, Dakota, will be the head judge. Darryl Swift, Hidatsa/Lakota, will be Head Veteran.

Dance contest categories include:

  • Golden Age (55+ men/women) combined/separate
  • Adult Men (18–54 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy
  • Adult Women (18–54 years) Traditional, Jingle, Fancy
  • Teen (12–17 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy
  • Teen Girls' Traditional, Jingle, Fancy
  • Junior (6–11 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy
  • Junior Girls' Traditional, Jingle, Fancy
  • Tiny Tots (0–5 years)

Specials will include the UMM Brave's Grass Dance Special. There also will be a drum payout for the first 10 drums (must have five registered singers). Vendors of Native American arts and crafts will be present as well.

Registration for drums and dancers begins at noon. Doors open at 9 a.m. Grand Entry, a procession of all dancers into the dance arena, will occur at 12 and 6:30 p.m.

Free parking is available in the South Parking Lot. For more information contact Mesa LaRoque ’21, CNIA Public Relations, at laroq016@umn.edu, or the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs at 320-589-6095.

A nonprofit student organization, the CNIA Powwow Committee depends on University, local, and tribal support for its yearly event.