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Champions shine at United Tribes
13 September 2004

BISMARCK, ND - Dancers and singers earned top honors in two-dozen performance categories at the 35th Annual United Tribes International Powwow. Contests ended Sunday, September 12 and winners took home over $60,000 in prize money.

      The drum group Iron Boy, Brooklyn Park, MN, won the singing contest, followed in order by Battle River, Fort Yates, Young King Bird, Fort Peck Sioux and White Lodge.

      Members of Iron Boy dedicated their first place finish to the late Marlin Dickenson, a former UTTC Thunderbird basketball player and member of their drum.

      Twenty-six groups rendered their best traditional dance rhythms for 519 registered dancers. According to estimates, 15-thousand to 20-thousand spectators attended over the four-day event. Temperatures were seasonal in the upper 60s and low 70s, with the exception of the Sunday afternoon grand entry when the thermometer hit 90 degrees.

      All first place dance category and singing winners received a denim jacket with the colorful 35th anniversary powwow logo, a bronze coyote head trophy, and cash. Second through fifth place winners received cash awards.

      To see a complete list of champions for this year's Powwow, please click here to visit the United Tribes International Powwow website.

 

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