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United Tribes International Powwow Winners
8 September 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) Champion dancers and singers earned top honors in two-dozen performance categories during the 39th Annual United Tribes International Powwow.

      The drum group Yankton Sioux won the singing contest, followed in order by: Bad Nation, Black Bear Crossing, Battle River, Meskwaki Nation and Mandaree.

Women dancers
ARENA SUNSHINE: Women dancers in Lone Star Arena for a Grand Entry on September 5 during the 39th United Tribes International Powwow. United Tribes News photo.

      Twenty-nine drums rendered their best songs for 477 registered contestants, and many other dancers, who displayed their talent during six grand entries and the contest competition.

      Rain showers visited briefly during the four day event but the competition ended with the sun shining early Sunday evening.

      A special honoring was conducted for the late Army Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble, World War II and Korean War veteran from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. Earlier this year, Keeble was posthumously awarded the nation's Medal of Honor for his distinguished and heroic service. The state of North Dakota recognized him over the summer with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.

Rylan Baker
FANCY CHAMPION: Rylan Baker (Hidatsa-Cree) from New Town, ND, placed first in Men's Fancy Dance. United Tribes News photo.

      Alyssa Alberts (Dakota-Lakota) from the Three Affiliated Tribes, New Town, ND, was selected as the sixteenth Miss Indian Nations. The 17 year-old Miss Alberts is a senior at New Town High School. She is the daughter of Thomas and Laurie Alberts, New Town.

      The "Home of the Champions" powwow head staff were: announcers Jerry Dearly, MN and Jonathan Windy Boy, MT; Head Woman Judge Mia Spoonhunter, MT; Head Man Judge Rusty Gillette, ND; Singing Judge Andy DeMarce, ND; and Arena Director Michael Roberts, OK.

      The 2008 featured cultural performers were from the Sami culture. Ante Mikkel Gaup and his daughters Sara Marielle and Lena Susanne represented the culture of indigenous European people. Like Native Americans, they were pushed to the margins of their society and now live in the northern part of Norway, Sweden, Finland and western Russia where they continue to live close to nature cultivating herds of Reindeer.

Yankton Sioux
WINNING DRUM: First place drum group Yankton Sioux rendered the final song September 7 of the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck. United Tribes News photo.

      Twenty five United Tribes Technical College cafeteria and college staff members, along with 28 other volunteers, served a free buffalo and beef meal Sunday for 2,755 visitors, singers and dancers. A buffalo was donated each by the Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain Tribes.

      Marcel Bull Bear, Kyle, ND, provided the ground blessing for Lone Star Arena at the outset of the event.

      All first place dance category and singing contest winners received a jacket with the colorful 39th anniversary powwow logo, a medal and cash. Second through fifth place winners received cash and medals.

      The United Tribes Powwow Committee thanks all powwow participants and spectators for making the 39th annual event a success. The committee also expresses its sincere appreciation to companies and individuals in the Bismarck-Mandan community for sponsoring the competitive categories and supporting the powwow and associated events.

JUNIOR GIRLS FANCY (6 12)

1st - Symone Paskemin - Cree - West Valley, UT
2nd - Coral Gillette - Arikara-Lakota - Bismarck, ND
3rd - Jaylee Rencountre - Standing Rock Lakota - Pick City, SD
4th - Pharyl Top Sky - Ojibewe Cree - Rocky Boy, MT
5th - Caitlin Plenty Chief - Standing Rock - Wakpala, SD

JUNIOR GIRLS JINGLE (6 12)

1st - Sheyenne Fox - Three Affiliated - White Shield, ND
2nd - Mia Wilkinson - Arikara-Muskogee Creek - New Town, ND
3rd - Athena Cloud - Red Lake Band of Chippewa - Poneman, MN
4th - Tasha Uses Arrow - Standing Rock - Cannonball, ND
5th - Danielle Morsette - Three Affiliated - Twin Buttes, ND

JUNIOR GIRLS TRADITIONAL (6 12)

1st - Raina Alexander - Roseau River First Nation - Letellier, MAN
2nd - Shaniece Village Center - Standing Rock - Cannonball, ND
3rd - Briann Ramsey - Standing Rock - Bismarck, ND
4th - Sophie Tigy - Standing Rock - Mobridge, SD
5th - Wakan-yu Bdece-win McKay - Standing Rock - Fort Yates, ND

JUNIOR BOYS FANCY (6 12)

1st - Sonny Means - Cheyenne River Lakota - Eagle Butte, SD
2nd - Riley Spoonhunter - N. Arapaho-Black Foot - Tucson, AZ
3rd - Daris Killspotted - Oneida - Green Bay, WI
4th - Kyle Keeps Eagle - Standing Rock - Bismarck, ND
5th - Parker Bearstail - Arikara/Hidatsa - New Town, ND

JUNIOR BOYS GRASS (6 12)

1st - Jai Knight - Lakota - Thunder Valley, SD
2nd - George Gillette - Arikara - Bismarck, ND
3rd - Therien Paskemin - Cree - West Valley, UT
4th - Darryl Grady - Hidatsa - New Town, ND
5th - Chad Morsette Jr. - Three Affiliated - Twin Buttes, ND

JUNIOR BOYS TRADITIONAL (6 12)

1st - Jamon Paskemin - Cree - West Valley, UT
2nd - TJ Good Nature - Standing Rock - Bismarck, ND
3rd - Tristan Uses Arrow - Standing Rock - Cannonball, ND
4th - Frederick Fox Jr. - Arikara - White Shield, ND
5th - Edmund Youpee - Fort Peck - Brockton, MT

TEEN WOMENS FANCY (13 17)

1st - Mikala Sun Rhodes - Northern Arapaho - Ethete, WY
2nd - Kaitlynn McArthur - White Bear - White Bear, Sas.
3rd - Hope Baker - Three Affiliated - New Town, ND
4th - Kelly Walker - Arikara/Comanche/Delaware - Bismarck, ND
5th - Kelsey Peltier - Turtle Mountain - Dunseith, ND

TEEN WOMEN JINGLE (13 17)

1st - Gracie McArthur - Nakota - White Bear, Sas.
2nd - Tess Knight - Lakota - Thunder Valley, SD
3rd - Brittany Brownotter - Standing Rock - Fort Yates, ND
4th - Thomasina Twoyoungmen Stoney - Wakota Sioux - Morley, ALB
5th - Jazmin Lambert - Sioux-Hidatsa - Bismarck, ND

TEEN WOMEN TRADITIONAL (13 17)

1st - Megan Isnana - Dakota - Fort Qu'Appelle, SASK
2nd - Kayla McArthur - Whitebear - White Bear, Sas.
3rd - Krista-Marie Goodwill - Dakota - Fort Qu'Appelle, SASK
4th - DeCora Hawk - Lakota Ho-Chunk - Thunder Valley, SD
5th - Cecily St. Cyr - Ho-Chunk - Sioux City, Iowa

TEEN MEN FANCY (13 17)

1st - Marquel Crawford - Dakota - Aberdeen, SD
2nd - Stetson Hagel - Lakota - Fort Yates, ND
3rd - Courtney Hayes - Standing Rock - Rapid City, SD
4th - Murle Richotte, Jr - Spirit Lake Tribe - Fort Totten, ND
5th - Jalen Sylestine - Coushatta - Flint, TX

TEEN MEN GRASS (13 17)

1st - Elijah Provost - Blackfoot - Brocket, ALB
2nd - Isaac Littlewind - Spirit Lake - Fort Totten, ND
3rd - Jordan Redman - Dakota - Ft. Qu'Appelle, SASK
4th - Kilby Reynolds - Three Affiliated - New Town, ND
5th - Eddie One Star - Lakota - Rosebud, SD

TEEN MEN TRADITIONAL (13 17)

1st - Clayton St. Claire Jr. - Chippewa - Belcourt, ND
2nd - Darius Isnana - Dakota - Ft. Qu'Appelle, SASK
3rd - Anthony Mazawasicuna - Fort Peck Sioux - Poplar, MT
4th - Ryan Longie - Spirit Lake Tribe - Fort Totten, ND
5th - Kendall Lester - Standing Rock - Cannonball, ND

WOMEN FANCY (18 49)

1st - Jocy Bird - Three Affiliated-Dakota - Brookings, SD
2nd - Kellie LeBeau - Cheyenne River - Eagle Butte, SD
3rd - Tawny Hale - Dakota-Navajo - Pawnee, OK
4th - Gena Top Sky - Ho-Chunk/Menominee - Rocky Boy, MT
5th - Jerico Anderson - Cheyenne River - Bismarck, ND

WOMEN JINGLE (18 49)

1st - Tahnee Marie Back - Muswgee Nation - Anoka, MN
2nd - Dorothy Crow Feather - Hunkpapa Lakota - Minneapolis, MN
3rd - Sharon Fineday - Sioux/Ottawa - St. Cloud, MN
4th - Anika Top Sky - Ojibwe-Cree - Rocky Boy, MT
5th - Lauren Frank - Arikara-Blackfeet-Cree - Bismarck, ND

WOMEN TRADITIONAL (18 49)

1st - Jodi Gillette - Lakota - Bismarck, ND
2nd - Amber Buffalo - Cree - Hobberna, Alberta
3rd - Miranda Thomson - Nakota - Montmartre, SASK
4th - Sherisse McKay - Dakota - Sioux Valley, MAN
5th - Charmaine Standing - Dakota - Cando, SASK

SENIOR WOMEN TRADITIONAL (50 and over)

1st - Dianne McKay - Dakota/Lakota - Ft. QuAppelle, Sas.
2nd - Vera Kingbird - HoChunk - Bemidji, MN
3rd - Carmen R. Clairmont - Rosebud Lakota - Lakewood, CO
4th - Camille Vigil - Rosebud Lakota - Santa Fe, NM
5th - Yvonne Chase - Arikara - New Town, ND

SOUTHERN WOMEN BUCKSKIN/CLOTH

1st - Danita Goodwill - Osage/Sac-Fox - Fairfax, OK
2nd - Cheyenne Brady - Cheyenne/Sac-Fox - New Town, ND
3rd - Rebecca Brady - Sac-Fox/Pawnee - New Town, ND
4th - Tarissa Spoonhunter - N. Arapaho-Blackfeet - Tuscon, AZ
5th - Jena Cayou - Omaha - Walthill, NE

MEN FANCY (18 - 49)

1st - Rylan Baker - Hidatsa-Cree - New Town, ND
2nd - Kenny Pratt Jr. - Dakota - Manitoba
3rd - White Coyote Holy Bull - Cheyenne River - Devils Lake, ND
4th - Tonch St. John - Dakota - Bismarck, ND
5th - Alden Spoonhunter - N. Arapaho-Blackfeet - Browning, MT

MENS GRASS (18 - 49)

1st - Randall Paskemin - - West Valley, UT
2nd - Julius Not Afraid - Crow/Lakota - Allen, SD
3rd - Buck Spotted Tail - Lakota - Rosebud, SD
4th - Byron Goodwill - - Ft. Qu'Appelle, SASK
5th - Wayne Fox - Arikara - White Shield, ND

MEN TRADITIONAL (18 49)

1st - Wendall Powless - Dakota-Ojibwe - Omaha, NB
2nd - Chaske LaBlanc - Lower Sioux - Bismarck, ND
3rd - Darryl McKay - Dakota - Sioux Valley, MAN
4th - Fred Fox - Arikara - White Shield, ND
5th - Steve Yellow Earrings - Standing Rock - Wakpala, SD

SENIOR MEN TRADITIONAL (50 and over)

1st - James Red Eagle - Nakota-Dakota - Sintaluta, SASK
2nd - Tommy Christian - Assiniboine-Sioux - Poplar, MT
3rd - Joe Lafferty - Cheyenne River - Iron Lighting, SD
4th - Kip White Cloud - Standing Rock - Flandreau, SD
5th - Johnny Smith - Chippewa - Minneapolis, MN

CHICKEN DANCE (18 and over)

1st - Rooster Top Sky - Chippewa/Cree - Rocky Boy, MT
2nd - Richard Street - Meskwaki - St. Michael, ND
3rd - Nelson Baker - Cree - New Town, ND
4th - Lee Goodman, Jr. - Ojibwe/Menominee - Minneapolis, MN
5th - Alan Spoonhunter - N. Arapaho-Blackfeet - Lethbridge, ALB

MEN SOUTHERN STRAIGHT (18 and over)

1st - Delano Norman - Choctaw/Sac-Fox - Fort Cobb, OK
2nd - Kelvin Grant - Omaha - Macy, NE
3rd - Marshall Funmarer - Ho-Chunk - Suttons Bay, MN
4th - Sonny Red Bear - Hunkpapa/Ponca - Fort Thompson, SD
5th - Kennard Parker - Omaha - Macy, NE

TEAM DANCE

1st - Team 605 - Buck Spotted Tail
2nd - Fancy Fever - Kellie LeBeau
3rd - Toby Provost -
4th - Jingle Hooks - Crystal White Shield
5th - Tradish Dish - Stephanie Wuttunee

SINGING CONTEST

1st - Yankton Sioux
2nd - Bad Nation
3rd - Black Bear Crossing
4th - Battle River
5th - Meskwaki Nation
6th - Mandaree

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
WOMEN

1st - Perfection Plus, Bismarck, ND
2nd - McDonalds, Bismarck, ND
3rd - Mac's, Minnesota
4th - Shirt Shack, Bismarck, ND
MVP - Terese Schmidt, Perfection Plus
Best Defense - Cassie Smith , Perfection Plus
MEN
1st - Sioux Nation, Redwing, MN
2nd - Minnesota Chips
3rd - Coyotes, Bismarck, ND
4th - Bertsch Roofing, Pierre, SD
MVP - Ed Buck, Sioux Nation
Best Defense - Stew Sweeney, Sioux Nation

GOLF TOURNAMENT Teeing Off for Academic Success

Gross Score Scramble
1st - Ryan House, Rob Gayton, Pat Thomas, Bill Delmore
2nd - Josh Wiens, Clarence Sitler, Ryan Hertel, Tony Hauck
3rd - Verdell Smith, Cheryl Bruce, Carlisle Wells, Cletus Foote
Net Score Scramble
1st - Jim Neconish, Floyd Kirk, T.J. Max, Tom Flute
2nd - Joetta McLeod, Leah Hamann, Al McLeod, Mike Page
3rd - Melissa Murphy, Gerek Murphy, Chad Harrison, Wyatt Red Tomahawk
Longest drive - Cletus Foote
Longest putt - Jim Molash

      

 

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