‘Tribes’ Powwow to Feature The BOYZ as Host Drum

Youth Day at the 2014 United Tribes Technical College Powwow.   United Tribes News photo DENNIS J. NEUMANN

Youth Day at the 2014 United Tribes Technical College Powwow. United Tribes News photo DENNIS J. NEUMANN

Published August 19, 2015

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTAOne of the best-recognized drum groups on the powwow trail is the host drum for the 2015 United Tribes Technical College Powwow.

The BOYZ from St. Paul, Minnesota bring their powerful beat and soaring vocals to the 46th annual gathering September 10-13 at the tribal college in Bismarck.

This is the summer season’s last, large outdoor event on the northern Great Plains powwow circuit. It’s open to the public and everyone is invited and welcome.


Known as “Home of the Champions,” this contest powwow offers over $90,000 in prize money to the top singing groups and dancers in two dozen competitive categories. Following four days of judging, the champions are awarded Sunday, September 13. Day money is provided for non-contest drums and tiny tots.

Special featured contests are a Hat and Boot dance special, and a Tribal Horse Song drum contest.

          Upwards of 1,000 participants from the northern Plains, around the country – and across the border in Canada – make this one of the premier cultural events in North Dakota.


The first grand entry in the dance arena at the center of the college campus is set for Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. Point system in effect. Subsequent Grand Entries are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Central Time).

A $20 entrance fee guarantees admission to all dance and drum competitions for the four days. Daily admission is $10. Seniors (65 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free.

Admission wrist bands may be purchased in advance through August 28 at the college’s finance dept. Group rates provided for 10 or more. Contact Ella Duran 701-255-3285 x 1214, eduran@uttc.edu.

Camping begins Tuesday, September 8. Space is available free of charge in designated locations on campus. Round-the-clock security is provided and access to facilities. No drugs or alcohol allowed and no pets.

United Tribes is a “tobacco free campus.” The college keeps tobacco sacred by allowing its use for ceremonies only. Other uses of tobacco in all forms are prohibited.


The art of White Mountain Apache/Pima artist Gene Declay is the official image of the 2015 powwow. From Arizona, Declay is a double graduate of the UTTC Art-Art Marketing program and a current Business Administration student. The central feature of Geno’s image is a tipi, representing the powwow theme: “Strengthening Communities.”


          Master of Ceremonies: Lawrence Baker (ND) and Jerry Dearly (MN); Arena Director: Greg Holy Bull (ND); Head Singing Judge: Shorty Bearstail (ND); Head Men’s Dance Judge: Andy Demarce (ND); Head Women’s Dance Judge: Kimberly Blevins (ND); Ground Blessing: Arnie Calf Boss Ribs (MT).


          Those who answered the call to duty, military veterans and active duty personnel, represent the college’s governing tribes, by presenting and posting the Colors during all powwow grand entries.

Contact Christina: ccolon@uttc.edu.


Powwow vendors offer a lively atmosphere and cater to the needs of smart shoppers: everything from hides and antlers, to beads, finished clothing, bumper and window stickers and powwow collectibles. The food court offers a wide variety, from oriental and barbeque to the ever-popular ‘Indian Taco.’

Arts and Craft Vendors contact Donna:dbelgarde@uttc.edu; Food Vendors contact Robert:rfox@uttc.edu.


School classes and school groups (K-8) are invited to Youth Day at the Powwow. A music and cultural event, including presentations, singing and drumming, tribal dance and audience participation. Starts at 9 a.m. Friday, September 11, runs through the morning. Chaperoned school groups admitted free.

Contact Erik: ecutler@uttc.edu.


The United Tribes “Parade of Champions,” Saturday, September 12; new parade route beginning and ending at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Theme: “Strengthening Communities.” Open to dancers, singers, tribal groups, tribal leaders and community groups and organizations.

Views expressed by entries or individuals in the parade are not necessarily those of the powwow committee or United Tribes Technical College.

Contact Dale: dpletan@uttc.edu.


19th Annual Tribal Leaders Summit, September 8-10, Bismarck Event Center. Tribal, federal and state leaders gather for professional development and networking, and a trade fair. The 2015 event also includes a Youth Summit for upcoming tribal leaders.

Contact Julie: jdejarlais@uttc.edu.


“Teeing Off for Academic Excellence” on Friday, September 11; benefit tourney at Apple Creek Country Club; proceeds go to student scholarships.

Contact Hunter: hberg@uttc.edu.


Contact Hunter: hberg@uttc.edu.


Diamond Legend Softball Tournament: all-Indian and mixed competition; attracts teams and spectators from around the country. September 11-13; double elimination in both women’s and men’s divisions.

Contact Steve: sshepherd@uttc.edu



A 10K and 5K run/walk hosted for runners and walkers of all ages Saturday, September 11. Online and on-site registration.

Contact Brienna: bschwab@uttc.edu.


United Tribes honors you with the cultural tradition of a buffalo meal Sunday, September 13. Dancers, singers and visitors invited free of charge. Buffalo courtesy of the Spirit Lake Tribe, one of the college’s governing tribes.


Russ McDonald, UTTC President; Julie Cain, Chair/Cultural Advisor; Ella Duran, Treasurer; Donna Belgarde, Secretary; Charisse Fandrich, Fundraising.


Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Website: http://www.unitedtribespowwow.com/.

Lodging: www.discoverbismarckmandan.com

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