UTTC Prepares for September Powwow

Jul 15th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Photo by Dennis Neumann,

The 47th Annual United Tribes Technical College Powwow is set for September 9-11 at Lone Star Arena on the college campus in Bismarck. It is the summer season’s last, large outdoor event on the Northern Great Plains powwow circuit. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited and welcome.

Known as “Home of the Champions,” the contest powwow offers over $130,000 in prize money to the top singing groups and dancers in two dozen competitive categories. Prize money for the top drum is $10,000. Following three days of judging, champions will be announced and prizes awarded on Sunday, September 11. Day money is provided for non-contest drums and tiny tots. Upwards of 1,000 participants from the northern Plains, around the country and across the border in Canada make this one of the premier cultural events in North Dakota.

Admission wrist bands may be purchased for $20 in advance through August 26 at the college’s finance department. Group rates are provided for 10 or more. Camping may begin Tuesday, September 6. Space is available free of charge in designated locations on campus. Round-the-clock security is provided and access to facilities. No drugs or alcohol allowed and no pets. United Tribes is a “tobacco free campus.” The college keeps tobacco sacred by allowing its use for ceremonies only; other uses of tobacco in all forms are prohibited.

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