Athletic Events Challenge and Entertain during United Tribes Week

Runners at the start of the 2014 THUNDERBIRD 5K Powwow Run.  United Tribes News photo Greg Pollert

Runners at the start of the 2014 THUNDERBIRD 5K Powwow Run. United Tribes News photo Greg Pollert

Published August 28, 2015

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – The 46th Annual United Tribes Technical College Powwow is clearly the main event of United Tribes Week in Bismarck September 8 to 13. But it isn’t the only activity that promises lively entertainment for thousands of guests and spectators who descend upon the capitol city. A slate of athletic events, featuring tribal and non-tribal athletes, are open to the public, either to compete-in or watch.

The “Home of the Champions” Powwow Basketball Tournament takes place Sept. 11-13 at the United Tribes gym for high school boys and girls. Eight teams in each division engage in pool play and a tournament. Trophies and plaques are awarded, along with a T-shirt. Contact Pete Conway 701-221-1362, and Kia Herbel 701-221-1365,

The Diamond Legends Softball Tournament is set for September 11-13 at the Clem Kelly softball complex in south Bismarck. Three divisions of double-elimination action are on tap: All-Native teams for men and women; a mixed division with Native and non-Native men and women teams; and a men’s fast-pitch tourney. A special highlight is a home-run hitting contest for men and women. Contact Steve Shepherd 701-221-1537,, or visit

The United Tribes golf tournament, titled “Teeing Off for Academic Success,” is slated for a 12 noon start on Friday, September 11 at Apple Creek Country Club, east of Bismarck. This is a benefit event, open to all participants, with proceeds going to UTTC student scholarships. Limited to 144 golfers using the four-person scramble format. Prizes and awards at a concluding dinner. Contact Hunter Berg 701-221-1361,, or Sam Azure 701-221-1305,

The THUNDERBIRD Powwow Run, a 10K and 5K run/walk hosted for runners and walkers of all ages, gets underway at 8 a. m. on Saturday, September 12. Races start and finish at the college’s Science and Technology Building on the south campus off University Drive at Burleigh Avenue. Also includes a kids fun run.

Healthy refreshments provided. Medals awarded. Everyone welcome!

Proceeds benefit United Tribes Strengthening Lifestyles programs. Register early to guarantee at T-shirt. Contact Brienna Schwab 701-255-3285 x 1367, On-site and online registration:


“Home of the Champions” Powwow Basketball Tournament

Friday, September pt. 11 to Sunday, September 13


Pete Conway 701-221-1362, and Kia Herbel 701-221-1365, Diamond Legends Softball Tournament

Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13

Clem Kelly Diamonds

Steve Shepherd 701-221-1537,

United Tribes Golf Tournament

Friday, September 11

12 noon start @ Apple Creek CC

Hunter Berg 701-221-1361, or Sam Azure 701-221-1305,


Saturday, September 12

8 a.m. 10K start, 5K run/walk and kids run to follow

Brienna Schwab 701-255-3285 x 1367,


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