Grand Valley State University Celebrates its 20th Spring Powwow

Grand Entry at the 20th Annual Powwow on Allendale campus. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert.

Published April 8, 2018

ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN – Even with scattered snow flurries, one man kept a sacred fire going outside the Grand Valley State University’s fieldhouse on Saturday as several dozen American Indian dancers entered the dance arena to kick off the 20th Annual  “Celebrating All Walks of Life” Traditional Powwow.

Hundreds of spectators filled the bleachers inside the fieldhouse as the powwow committee celebrated Grand Valley State University’s hosting the spring powwow.

“There were a few of us who listened to veterans discuss how they needed a venue to have a powwow. With Grand Valley’s full NCAA schedule, we had to settle for spring to host a powwow, instead of having it in November to celebrate Veterans Day,” said Scott Herron, a Grand Valley alumnus and biology professor at Ferris State University, who coordinated the first powwow in 1998.

The [powwow continues today and is free, family friendly and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Native American Student Association, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Division of Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley.

Professor Jeff Chivis (Potawatomi) attended the powwow sporting a Old English “D” in honor of the Detroit Tigers.


Angelo Franchi

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