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Head staff named for 'Tribes' Powwow
1 August 2005

BISMARCK (UTN) - A team of powwow officials has been named to head the United Tribes International Powwow. The group will conduct the 36th edition of the powwow set for September 8 - 11 on the college campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

      The 2005 head staff is led by announcers Lawrence Baker (ND) and Danny Seaboy, Sr. (SD). The arena director will be Frankie Brown (WA). In charge of judging the singing contest will be Head Singing Judge Phillip "Yogi" Bread (OK). The dancing competition will be judged by Women's Head Dance Judge Sharon Eagleman-Fine Day (MI) and Men's Head Dance Judge Leon Stewart-Old Elk (MT).

      The first Grand Entry of dancers at Lone Star Arena is set for Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. Subsequent Grand Entries are Friday through Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Central Time). The powwow concludes with awards for champion dancers and drum groups on Sunday evening, September 11. All first place winners receive Jackets, trophies and cash.

      Drum groups and dancers from around the country and Canada compete for over $62,000 in prize money. The first 25 drums are paid; tiny tot dancers earn day money.

      A $15 entrance fee guarantees admission to all events on the college campus, including the dance and drum competitions, for the entire four days. Weekend passes are available at TESORO convenience stores in the Bismarck-Mandan area, or at the main gate. Daily admission is $8. Elders (60 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free.

      Numerous other activities and events are part of the excitement of powwow week. For those seeking good buys on authentic supplies and artwork, American Indian arts and crafts vendors conduct a lively market.

      The annual double elimination softball tournament, September 10 - 11, is divided into men and women divisions. Jackets and special awards go to the winning teams.

      School-aged youngsters are invited to attend United Tribes Youth Day on Friday, September 9. Activities include cultural talks, contemporary and traditional entertainment, including the Atka Dancers from the Aleutian Islands, and participatory activities. A large number of young people from Bismarck-Mandan, surrounding towns and outlying reservation communities attend.

      Miss Indian Nations XIII, Bobbi Rae Sage, will participate in activities throughout the powwow. For this year, pageant competition is postponed but is expected to resume next year.

      The Ninth Annual United Tribes Intertribal Council Summit meeting of tribal leaders is scheduled prior to the powwow September 6 - 8.

      Visitors to the United Tribes International Powwow are urged to make lodging arrangements early as Bismarck-Mandan hotels and motels fill up, causing some visitors to stay in nearby communities.

      To obtain a powwow poster or for more information about the powwow or associated events call 701-255-3285 ext. 1293, FAX 701-530-0633, or visit either www.unitedtribespowwow.com or www.uttc.edu on the World Wide Web.


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