Published August 7, 2017
Veterans Dance Special & Battle Royale Dance-Offs Also Scheduled
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) plans to recognize and honor Native men who served in the military in World War One during the college’s upcoming powwow.
The 48th Annual UTTC International Powwow is set for September 8-10 at Lone Star Arena on the college campus on University Drive in south Bismarck. The public is invited.
UTTC is the site of a former military post that was a busy assembly center 100 years ago as war raged in Europe. National Guard troops were trained and mobilized at Bismarck’s Fort Lincoln, exactly on the spot where the powwow takes place.
To mark the centennial of WWI, UTTC will honor Native American servicemen from North Dakota tribes who served and sacrificed, even before most Native people were granted U.S. citizenship.
WWI VETERANS HONORING
UTTC will host the honoring Sunday, September 10 for WWI Native servicemen from the college’s governing tribes: Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation; Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate; Spirit Lake Tribe; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The honoring will follow the powwow’s Sunday 1 p.m. Grand Entry.
The names of over 350 WWI-era Native servicemen will be announced in the powwow arena during an honor song. Families and descendants of the servicemen are invited to take part in the arena, along with veterans and others at the powwow.
Native Color Guard and Auxiliary units are cordially invited to participate.
Attending the powwow will be representatives of the North Dakota WWICentennial Committee and the National WWI Centennial Commission.
A Veterans Dance Special will follow with prize money for women and men participants. For more information about the honoring, please contact Todd Goodsell 701-255-3285 x 2751, [email protected].
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