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White Earth's 142nd annual powwow is this weekend

THE 142nd WHITE EARTH POWWOW takes place this Friday through Sunday, June 11-13, at the powwow grounds in White Earth. There will be grand entries on all three days, and several specialty dances will also be featured.

It's officially the 142nd annual White Earth Powwow, but it might just as well be dubbed the White Earth Band of Ojibwe's annual homecoming.

Powwow coordinator Dennis Hisgun said about 2,000 to 2,500 people are expected for the three-day event Friday through Sunday in White Earth, a Becker County community about 70 miles northeast of Moorhead.

"This is kind of a coming home for the White Earth people," he said. "They're all over the country."

The powwow begins with a grand entry at 7 p.m. Friday. Grand entries also will take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special dances also will be featured, mainly on Saturday, Hisgun said.

The event is free and open to the public.

A free roast beef dinner will be served from 5 p.m. Saturday until it's gone. Food vendors will be available throughout the event.

For more information, contact Hisgun at 218-261-1231 or

Mike Nowatzki is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.