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WE Powwow - grand tradition continues with 145th year

It’s a grand tradition that has outlasted many traditions and events. The White Earth Reservation is celebrating its 145th year of powwows.

The event is June 14-16 at the White Earth Powwow grounds.

At this year’s event, a community feast and blessing of the powwow grounds will be June 13 at 11 a.m., with the feast to follow at noon. Everyone is welcome.

Masters of the ceremony will be Murphy Thomas, Red Lake Nation, and Micky Hodges, White Earth Nation.

Arena directors will be Tom Mason of White Earth Nation and John Weaver of White Earth Nation.

The Host Drum is Rock Hill North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada. Co-host Drums is Riverside Dakota, Sioux Valley, Canada.

Grand Entries include flag raising at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m.

On Saturday is a 5K run/walk, with the start time of 8 a.m. at the White Earth Powwow grounds, behind the emcee stand.

Once chosen, the junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 13-17) Princesses and Braves will represent the White Earth Reservation at various events throughout the following year.

The contests are open to any youth who is enrolled or a descendent, and they must live within 25 miles of the reservation boundaries. For more information or to get an application, contact Lori Fairbanks at 218-204-0221 or Michelle Fredrick at 218-358-0618.