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Keepseagles to lead ‘Parade of Champions’
4 August 2012

The 2012 “Parade of Champions” Grand Marshalls will be George and Marilyn Keepseagle, Standing Rock.

BISMARCK (UTN) – George and Marilyn Keepseagle, lead plaintiffs in the successful Native American rancher’s lawsuit against the federal government, will be Grand Marshalls for the 2012 “United Tribes Parade of Champions,” Saturday, September 8 through downtown Bismarck.

The Keepseagle family ranches near Cannonball, ND, at Standing Rock. George and Marilyn are much-admired throughout Indian Country for their commitment and courage during a 13-year, class-action lawsuit to bring justice to Native American farmers and ranchers who experienced decades of discrimination in USDA programs. The government settled the case in 2010 for $760 million. Native ranchers and farmers are on the verge of receiving their settlements.

The Keepseagles will lead the “Parade of Champions” as it highlights American Indian culture and displays it through the heart of the city in a moving feast for the eyes and ears. The parade is a regular outreach event of the annual United Tribes International Powwow.

Groups and individuals from the Bismarck/Mandan community and beyond are invited to participate. Entry forms are available from Star L. Silk, parade coordinator, 701-255-3285 x 1244, or ssilk@uttc.edu. The fee is $40. Entries that wish to be judged are an additional $15.

Cash awards are offered in four judged categories: Best Horse Group; Best Dance Group; Best Youth/Cultural Entry; and Best Overall Float/Theme Entry. The theme is: “Beat of Our Nations.”

Parade of Champions staging begins at 8 a.m. at the State Capitol grounds with the start scheduled for 9:30. The route is from Boulevard Avenue south on Sixth Street to Avenue C, west one block to Fifth Street, and south on Fifth Street through downtown to Kirkwood Mall, where participants disperse in the parking lot.

The 43nd Annual United Tribes International Powwow begins September 6 on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. It attracts upwards of 15,000 visitors to the community for the weekend. Spectators from all backgrounds are welcomed to share the traditions of one of North Dakota’s premier cultural events.


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