This weekend and next week in Indian Country, powwows get political, Chickasaw Nation goes virtual, and Native women artists draw attention.

Check out our event round-up and get in on the action.

Virtual 2020 Chickasaw Annual Meeting

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. CDT

WHERE: http://annualmeeting.chickasaw.net/

Chickasaw Nation citizens all over the world will virtually gather on Saturday, Oct. 3 for the 2020 Chickasaw Annual Meeting. The meeting, which is the climax of the Virtual Chickasaw Festival, will include prize drawings and an address from Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.  “It is important for us to all come together annually, review our progress and recognize the beginnings of our modern Chickasaw Nation,” Gov. Anoatubby said on the event website. The Virtual Chickasaw Festival is in full swing, and the entire event, which started on Sept. 26, is currently viewable on the website. Viewers can witness jewelry-making demonstrations, take a virtual tour of Gov. Anoatubby’s home, the Chickasaw White House, enjoy storytime with an Elder, engage in language lessons, and much more. 

MDP Native Vote Program Virtual Powwow

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 5 - Friday,  Oct. 9

WHERE: RSVP Here; Find it on Facebook Here; Register to be a dancer Here

VotingPowwowThe MDP Native Vote Program Virtual Powwow will take place Monday, Oct. 5 - Friday, Oct. 9. (MDP)

Politics, powwows and the pandemic-era trend of socially-distanced celebrations will unite at the Native Vote Virtual Pow Wow, hosted by the Montana Democrats Native Vote Program, 406 Nations and Montana Democratic Party. This politically active powwow will be a whirlwind of dancing, drumming, Native Montana art, Native stories of resilience, and appearances by Democratic politicians and Native Democratic candidates.

Hearts of our People: Native Women Artists Exhibition

WHEN: Opens Wednesday, Oct. 7, and runs through Jan. 3, 2021

WHERE: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd, Tulsa, Okla.; https://philbrook.org

Hearts of Our People features a millenia’s worth of artwork by more than 100 Native women from the U.S. and Canada. The celebration of the accomplishments of Indigenous female creatives includes pottery, textiles painting and photography. The Philbrook is the exhibition’s final stop, and collection pieces by female Native artists from local Oklahoma communities will also be included in the show.

Poeh Arts Fall Classes 

WHEN: Classes begin Monday, Oct. 5 

WHERE: https://poehcenter.org 

Starting next week, both aspiring and experienced artists can learn directly from New Mexico Pueblo masters in free online classes offered by the Poeh Cultural Center, located on the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Rain sash weaving, pottery, sewing, and jewelry-making are on the menu, and classes kick off with Native Sewing on Monday, Oct. 5. Classes will be held via Zoom and class sizes are limited. Register Here.  For more information, contact Jake Viarrial at 505-629-9439.

Museum of Native American HistoryMOAHThe Museum of Native American History's Virtual Fourth Annual Native American Cultural Celebration will take place Thursday, Oct. 1 - Saturday, Oct. 3. (MOAH)'s Virtual Fourth Annual Native American Cultural Celebration 

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 1 - Saturday, Oct. 3

WHERE: The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas, 453 Garland Ave, Fayetteville, Ark., or https://www.monah.us/navcc-2020

The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) in Bentonville, Ark. is moving its Annual Native American Cultural Celebration online this year, but they’ve left a little room for a socially-distanced physical gathering. Starting at 7 a.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 1, folks can watch the livestream of the event together at the University of Arkansas’s Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center. Seating is very limited and reservations can be made at UarkArtsTickets.com. This year’s celebration is themed "Four Directions. One Earth. Mission United," and it will feature Commander John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut, along with an array of Indigenous artists, writers and craftspeople. The livestream will be broadcast on the MONAH website.

More Stories Like This

Navajo Nation Leaders Recognized the Fallen on Memorial Day
This Day in History — May 28, 1830, Andrew Jackson Signs Indian Removal Act
Native News Weekly (May 28, 2023): D.C. Briefs
Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Governor Stitt’s Veto of Native Regalia Bill
Native Bidaské with Lummi Nation Chairman Anthony Hillaire on the Opioid Crisis

Native News is free to read.

We hope you enjoyed the story you've just read. For the past dozen years, we’ve covered the most important news stories that are usually overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM), to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People (MMIP) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps.  Most readers donate between $10 and $25 to help us cover the costs of salaries, travel and maintaining our digital platforms. If you’re in a position to do so, we ask you to consider making a recurring donation of $12 per month to join the Founder's Circle. All donations help us remain a force for change in Indian Country and tell the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Tamara Ikenberg
Author: Tamara IkenbergEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tamara Ikenberg is a contributing writer to Native News Online. She covers tribes throughout the southwest as well as Native arts, culture and entertainment. She can be reached at [email protected].