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‘Champions’ earn honors at United Tribes
FIRE KNIFE DANCERS LIGHT-UP THE NIGHT

10 September 2012


Mens Traditional dancer Damon Hopkins (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND, drew attention from youngsters on Youth Day at the United Tribes International Powwow. <> DENNIS J. NEUMANN

BISMARCK (UTN) – Champion dancers were crowned and an indigenous group from the Pacific lit up the night during the United Tribes International Powwow. The 43rd annual cultural gathering was held September 6-9 at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

An estimated crowd of 6,000 jammed into and around the darkened dance arena to see fire-lit knives spun-about and tossed into the night sky by members of the powwow’s featured cultural group. The Tafiti Samoan Fire Knife Dancers wowed the audience with their flaming machetes. The group was led by cultural ambassador Kap Te’O Tafti, of the Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Hawaii.


Kap Te’O Tafti, leader of the Samoan Fire Knife Dancers, made fire by rubbing sticks and wowed the audience with flaming flying machetes. <> DENNIS J. NEUMANN

CONTEST ACTION
In the dancing and singing competition, the drum group Young Bear, Mandaree, ND, won the singing contest, followed in order by: Battle River, Redby, MN; Ft. Peck Sioux, Poplar, MT; Badlands, Brockton, MT; and Bad Nation, Ft. Thompson, SD. Young Bear earned the special honor of claiming the Tanner Albers Sr. Memorial Singing Championship.

Twenty-nine drums rendered their best songs for 569 dancers, who participated in seven grand entries, intertribal dances and dance competitions. A hint of fall was in the air with one overnight temp dropping into the upper 30s. But sunny skies prevailed, warming to upper 70s and low 80s during all four days of the event.

PARADE OF CHAMPIONS
Dancers and singers took part in the annual United Tribes “Parade of Champions” through downtown Bismarck, and were joined by tribal groups, tribal leaders, and public officials and candidates hoping to win election in November. Parade Grand Marshals George and Marilyn Keepseagle (Standing Rock) were honored as the lead plaintiffs in a successful class-action lawsuit against the federal government. They ranch near Cannonball, ND and are much-admired for their commitment to justice for Native farmers and ranchers who experienced decades of discrimination in USDA programs.

MISS INDIAN NATIONS
Shannon C. Hooper, 25, Fallon, Nevada, was selected as the 20th Miss Indian Nations. Miss Hooper is Shoshone-Paiute and a student at Western Nevada College in northwest Nevada. Miss Hooper has a strong interest and knowledge of her culture as a member of the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe. She is a powwow dancer, community leader and volunteer. Over the coming year she will represent United Tribes as an ambassador of tribal culture before a wide variety of audiences in the region and around the country.

POWWOW GATHERING
Fifty-six volunteers, college staff members and students served a free roast buffalo meal on powwow’s closing day for over 3,500 visitors, singers and dancers. Upwards of 10,000 people attended the powwow over the four-days.

The powwow head staff were: Announcers Jerry Dearly, MN and Dale Old Horn, MT; Arena Director Rusty Gillette, VA; Head Singing Judge Rueben Crow Feather, MN; Head Men’s Dance Avery Thompson, SD: and Head Women’s Dance Judge Cody High Elk, SD. Jerry Dearly provided the ground blessing for Lone Star Arena at the outset of the event. Powwow sound was coordinated by Frank K. Jamerson, Wi Coni Wa Ste Productions, McLaughlin, SD.

All first place dance category and singing contest winners received a jacket adorned with the powwow logo, showing the artwork of the late Alden Archambault, a medal and cash. Second through fourth place winners received cash and medals inscribed with the “Home of the Champions” slogan.

The United Tribes International Powwow Committee thanked all powwow participants and spectators for making the 43rd annual event a success. The committee also expressed appreciation to companies and individuals in the Bismarck-Mandan community for sponsoring competitive categories and supporting the powwow and associated events.


Shannon C. Hooper (Shoshone-Paiute), 25, Fallon, Nevada, was selected as the 20th Miss Indian Nations. Outgoing Miss Indian Nations Shanoa Pinkham at right. <> DENNIS J. NEUMANN

43rd Annual United Tribes International Powwow Winners

JUNIOR GIRL FANCY
1  Regan Dunn (Standing Rock) Ft. Yates, ND
2  Allison Bearstail (Hidatsa) Bismarck, ND
3  Emaree Jayne Iron Hawk (Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
4  Cami Guggole (Standing Rock) McLaughlin, SD

JUNIOR GIRL JINGLE
1  Kaygan Bearcomesout (Northern Cheyenne) Lamedeer, MT
2  Jonna Brady (Hidatsa/Sac & Fox) New Town, ND
3  Danielle Morsette (Arikara) Twin Buttes, ND
4  Teyah Uses Arrow (Standing Rock) Cannonball, ND

JUNIOR GIRL TRADITIONAL
1  Tessa Holds the Enemy (Three Affiliated) Mandaree, ND
2  Salena Iron Cloud (Oglala) Rapid City, SD
3  Ashlynn Abbey (Caushafta/Sioux) Bismarck, ND
4  Shondeen Evelyn Long (Winnebago) Winnebago, NE

JUNIOR BOY FANCY
1  Dreamer White (Dakota/Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) Four Bears Village, ND
2  Max Sevier (Rosebud) Pierre, SD
3  Caelen J. Lohnes (Spirit Lake) Ft. Totten, ND
4  Mabahi Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa) New Town, ND

JUNIOR BOY GRASS
1  Jai Knight (Oglala Lakota) Thunder Valley, SD
2  George Gillette (Arikara/Lakota)Falls Church, VA
3  Hunter Street (Mesquakie) St. Michael, ND
4  Quintin Abbey (Cayshatta/Sioux) Dickinson, ND

JUNIOR BOY TRADITIONAL
1  T. J. Good Nature (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND
2  Jonah Jackson (Sioux) Bismarck, ND
3  Brendan “P-Nut” Young (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND
4  Chase Lozano (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) Mandan, ND

TEEN WOMEN FANCY
1  Sandi Phillips (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND
2  Shanna Robertson (Sioux/Assiniboine) Poplar, MT
3  Caitlin Plenty Chief (Standing Rock) Wakpala, SD
4  Coral Gillette (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota) Falls Church, VA

TEEN WOMEN JINGLE
1  Mariah Antell (Standing Rock/Cheyenne River) New Town, ND
2  Shadee Pretends Eagle (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND
3  Shaundeen Smith (Navajo/Arikara) El Dorado, KS
4  Eartha Good Striker (Cree/Blackfoot) Edmonton, AB, CAN

TEEN WOMEN TRADITIONAL
1  Kelsey Tortalita (Lakota/Dakota) Bismarck ,ND
2  Tayla Blaine (Crow Agency) Bismarck ,ND
3  Briann Ramsey (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND
4  Kayjah Twinn (Standing Rock/Crow) Hardin, MT

TEEN MEN FANCY
1  Jonny Means (Cheyenne River Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
2  Jessup Yazzie (Cheyenne River Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
3  Kasen Street (Meskauakie Sioux) St. Michael, ND
4  Koy Bearstail (Hidatsa/Sioux) Sioux Falls, SD

TEEN MEN GRASS
1  Cameron Grady (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) New Town, ND
2  Saunders Young Bird (Arikara) Ft. Yates, ND
3  Tommy Red Tomahawk (Cheyenne River Lakota) Dupree, SD
4  Tyson Kills Spotted (Lakota) Rapid City, SD

TEEN MEN TRADITIONAL
1  Ryan Longie (Spirit Lake) Fort Totten, ND
2  Cameron Chaske (Spirit Lake) Spirit Lake, ND
3  Zacriel Charbonnew (Anishinaabe) Belcourt, ND
4  Jason Hill (Standing Rock) Mobridge, SD

WOMEN FANCY
1  Amber Cleveland (Ho-Chunk) Bismarck, ND
2  Kellie LeBeau (Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
3  Kyla Bearheels (Hunkpapa Lakota) Aberdeen, SD
4  Mayci Morin (Turtle Mountain) Belcourt ND

WOMEN JINGLE
1  Tonia Hall (Lakota/Hidatsa) Ft. Yates, ND
2  Jessie Spotted Tail (Sicangu Lakota) Rosebud, SD
3  Anika Topsky (Chippewa/Cree) Rocky Boy, MT
4  Reva Hayes (Standing Rock Lakota) Rapid City, SD

WOMEN TRADITIONAL
1  Cheyenne Brady (Sac & Fox/Cheyenne) New Town, ND
2  Tosha Goodwill (Dakota/Lakota) Sioux Falls, SD
3  Amber Buffalo (Cree) Shakopee, MN
4  Lonna Jackson-Street (Dakota) St. Michael, ND

SENIOR WOMEN TRADITIONAL
1  Madelynn Goodwill (Lakota/Dakota) Sioux Falls, SD
2  Lillian Little Shield (Cheyenne River) Wakpala, SD
3  Darlene Situran (Standing Rock) Ft. Yates, ND
4  Vera J. Kingbird (Ho Chunk) Bemidji, MN

MEN FANCY
1  War Shield White (Dakotah) New Town, ND
2  Spike Dapper (Native) Kirften, MD
3  Brandan St. John (Dakota) Shakopee, MN
4  Jasten Jazz Bears Tail (Hidatsa/Sioux) Bismarck, ND

MEN GRASS
1  Buck Spotted Tail (Sicangu Lakota) Rosebud, SD
2  Wylee Bears Tail (Mandan/ Hidatsa/ Arikara) Bismarck, ND
3  Julius Not Afraid (Crow/Lakota) Boxelder, MT
4  AJ Redman (Dakota/Lakota) Ft. QuAppelle, SK, CAN

MEN TRADITIONAL
1  Chaske LaBlanc (Lower Sioux/Dakota) Morton, MN
2  Novi Runsabove (Shinnecock/Oglala/Cheyenne) Thunder Valley, SD
3  Richard Street (Mesquakie) St Michael, ND
4  Donovan Abbey (Coushatta/Hidatsa) Mandaree, ND

SENIOR MEN TRADITIONAL
1  Kip White Cloud (Dakota) Flandreau, SD
2  John Meninick (Yakama) Lapwai, ID
3  Roy Morsette (Three Affiliated) Twin Buttes, ND
4  Walter LaBatte, Jr. (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota) Granite Falls, MN 

CHICKEN DANCE
1  Rooster Top Sky (Chippewa/Cree) Rocky Boy, MT
2  Jordan Yazzie (Yakama) Goldendale, WA
3  Derek Howell (Pawnee/Flaudreaux Santee) Denver, CO 
4  Theodore Waskahat (Cree) Hobbema, Alberta, CAN

TEAM DANCE
1  Team 605
2  Three Amigos
3  The Other Guys
4  Those 1 Chicks

SINGING CONTEST (DRUMS)
1  Young Bear, Mandaree, ND
2  Battle River, Redby, MN
3  Fort Peck Sioux, Poplar, MT
4  Badlands, Brockton, MT
5  Bad Nation, Ft Thompson, SD

MISS INDIAN NATIONS PAGEANT
Miss Indian Nations XX: Shannon C. Hooper (Shoshone/Paiute) Fallon, NV
1st Runner Up: Alexandria B. Alvarez (Shoshone/Bannock) Fort Hall, ID
2nd Runner Up: Cecily B. St. Syr (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) Bismarck, ND
Miss Congeniality: Adrienne Hardy (Navajo) Tohatchi, NM
Children’s Choice: Nadean J. Ivins (White Mt. Apache) White River, AZ
Talent Award: Cecily B. St. Syr (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) Bismarck, ND
Tribal Chairman’s Award: Sherry A. Pimms (Yakima Nation) Wapato, WA
President’s Award: Vivienne R. Tateyuskanskan (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) Waubay, SD

UNITED TRIBES SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
WOMEN
1 Sivall’s, Bismarck, ND
2 Leech Lake Stars, Cass Lake, MN
3 Lady T-Hawks, Cannonball, ND
4 Softball 406, Lame Deer, MT
MVP: Cassie Smith, Bismarck, ND
MEN
1 Sioux Nation, Red Wing, MN
2 SWST, Sisseton, SD
3 TM Traditional Fire, Dunseith, SD
4 War Party, Mobridge, SD
MVP: Gino Buck, MN

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Teeing Off for Academic Excellence
Net Score
1 Wilber Red Tomahawk, Wyatt Red Tomahawk, Don Two Bears, Cody Two Bears
2 Fred Baker, Lewis LeBeau, Tim Grant, Damon Williams
3 Jerome DeCoteau, Derek DeCoteau, Anthony Bauer, Chris Gillis
Gross Score
1 Pat Thomas, Curt Keplin, John Lohnes, Rick Smith
2 Kirt Laducer, Loren Balkowitsch, Rob Gayton, Ryan House
3 Luke Spotted Bear, Max Spotted Bear, Carson Hood Sr., Carson Hood Jr.

PARADE OF CHAMPIONS WINNERS
BEST OVERALL FLOAT/THEME: Three Affiliated Tribes Head Start Program
YOUTH/CULTURAL GROUP: Three Affiliated Tribes Boys & Girls Club
BEST HORSE GROUP: White Shield Spirit Riders
DRUM GROUP: Bad Nation

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