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August

June






Wakpa Was’te Wacipi
(8th Annual).
(Fourth Weekend in June)
Original 2022 date unconfirmed: (2022-06-24)
Friday, Saturday
June 24-25, 2022
(was 6-7 days ago)

Tatanka Numpa Pow Wow GroundsRed Shirt Table Community
Tatanka Numpa Pow Wow Grounds
Red Shirt Table, SD 57738

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Office

Lorri Ann:
605-407-8157

Jake Yellow Horse:
605-454-5790

Mary Belt:
605-441-1950








Logo-Seal for Santee Lucky Mound Celebration.
Santee Lucky Mound Celebration
(4th Weekend)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
June 24-26, 2022
(was 5-7 days ago)

No Location InfoP.O. Box 468
Parshall, ND 58770
(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Bruce Benson:
701-421-7121














Logo-Seal for Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow.
Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow
(62nd Annual).
(Fourth Weekend in June)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
June 24-26, 2022
(was 5-7 days ago)
Graphic File a Graphic Flyer

2 miles direct South of the Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center
10 Old Wind River Highway
Fort Washakie, WY 82514

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Weasel Mann:
307-349-4258

Wayland Large:
307-349-8031








White River Wacipi
(Last weekend in June)
Confirmed (2022):
Saturday, Sunday
June 25-26, 2022
(was 5-6 days ago)
Arbor City Park Complex
Crawford, NE 69339

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

402-516-8341
308-667-2025
308-430-1299







Logo-Seal for Pawnee Indian Veterans Powwow.
Pawnee Indian Veterans Powwow
(Weekend precediong July 4th)
Confirmed (2022):
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
June 30-July 3, 2022
(Going on today, 2 days remaining)
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Pawnee Football Field
603 Memorial Rd
Pawnee, OK 47058

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918-399-1138
President Plus Spottedhorsechief:
918-399-1138

V.P. Marlin Miller:
918-399-3581

Sec/Treas Joe Hawkins:
918-704-8863



July






Wakpamni Lake Area Communities Traditional Wacipi & Horse Races
(7th Annual).
(First weekend in July)
Original 2022 date unconfirmed: (2022-07-01)
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 1-3, 2022
(started today, ends in 2 days)

North Side of Hwy 18 in town
Wakpamni Lake Area
North Side of Hwy 18 in town
Dakota St & 2nd St
Batesland, SD 57716

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Sandy Two Lance:
605-407-7712

Robert Two Crow:
605-441-2521

Wilma Standing Bear:
605-288-1922





Owakpawui Wacipi - Traditional
(18th Annual).
(First weekend in July)
Original 2022 date unconfirmed: (2022-07-01)
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 1-3, 2022
(started today, ends in 2 days)

Greenwood, SD Pow Wow Ground
38965 County Road 2
Wagner, SD 57380
(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Doris Cook 605-469-6191

Kenny Cook 605-491-4849

Ida Ashes 605-481-0066








Logo-Seal for Rosebud 4th of July Wacipi.
Rosebud 4th of July Wacipi
(22nd Annual).
(4th of July Weekend)
Confirmed (2022):
Sat, Sun, Mon
July 2-4, 2022
(in 1 day)
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Rosebud Casino Grounds
30421 US Highway 83
Valentine, SD 69201

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

605-653-3438
Karen Hallock:
800-786-7673





Logo-Seal for Kiowa Tia-Piah Annual Celebration.
Kiowa Tia-Piah Annual Celebration
(First Weekend in July)
Confirmed (2022):
Sat, Sun, Mon
July 2-4, 2022
(in 1 day)
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Ester Toppaah Homeplace - Ida Wanset Allotment
6001-6137 County Rd 1330
Carnegie, OK 73015

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Logo-Seal for Arikara Celebration.
Arikara Celebration
(61st Annual).
(2nd weekend in July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 8-10, 2022
(in 7 days)
off of Highway 39 and Highway 1804
White Shield, ND 58775

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Delilah Yellow Bird





Logo-Seal for North Platte Pow Wow.
North Platte Pow Wow
(3rd Annual).
(Second Friday-Sunday in July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 8-10, 2022
(in 7 days)
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Buffalo Bill Scout’s Rest Ranch
2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd
North Platte, NE

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Char Swalberg:
308-520-9516





Pass Creek District Wacipi
(Second Weekend in July)
2022 Event date is unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2019):
2022-07-08):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 8-10, 2022
(in 7 days)

Pass Creek DistrictAmerican Horse School Campus
Pass Creek District
Allen, SD 57714

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Julie Bad Wound:
605-455-2540 or
605-454-0376

Consuella Means:
605-445-0023

















Logo-Seal for Mandaree Hidatsa Celebration.
Mandaree Hidatsa Celebration
(Third Weekend in July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 15-17, 2022
(in 14 days)

Mandaree Powwow Grounds
Ridge Road
Mandaree, ND 58757

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

James Phelan:
701-421-3623





Logo-Seal for Comanche Homecoming Celebration.
Comanche Homecoming Celebration
(Middle of July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 15-17, 2022
(in 14 days)
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Sultan Park
Walters, OK 73021
(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Phillip Light Thunder:
405-538-5229

Vendor:
580-309-3537





Big Bend Annual Powwow
(Last weekend of July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 15-17, 2022
(in 14 days)
Big Bend Community is 32 miles east of Pierre
Big Bend, SD 57702

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Jamie Fallis:
Phone: 605-730-0207

Malva Big Eagle





Logo-Seal for Flandreau Santee Sioux Traditional Mdewakanton Wacipi.
Flandreau Santee Sioux Traditional Mdewakanton Wacipi
(59th Annual).
(Third Weekend in July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 15-17, 2022
(in 14 days)
Graphic File a Graphic Flyer
Wacipi grounds north of Flandreau off Hwy 13
Flandreau, SD 57028

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

605-997-3844
More info
Mike Wakeman at 605-530-0236 (not reachable)

Jessica Hovland at 605-997-3891

Sylvia at 605-573-4195





Logo-Seal for Virgin Creek Wacipi.
Virgin Creek Wacipi
(7th Annual).
(Fri-Sun of Third Week in July)
2022 Event date is unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2019):
2022-07-15):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 15-17, 2022
(in 14 days)

In Cheyenne River Indian ReservationLaPlant PowWow Grounds
In Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
LaPlant, SD 57652

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Mike Bowker:
605-733-2579

Gene Roberts:
605-733-2227














Logo-Seal for Fort Totten Days Pow Wow.
Fort Totten Days Pow Wow
(53rd Annual).
(Third Weekend in July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 22-24, 2022
(in 21 days)

Arena, behind the school
7268 ND-57
Fort Totten, ND

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Roanna Demarce:
701-381-0589





Running Antelope Wacipi
(Last weekend of July)
2022 Event date is unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2019):
2022-07-22):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 22-24, 2022
(in 21 days)
Running Antelope District - Little Eagle Powwow Grounds
Little Eagle, SD 57639

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Running Antelope District Chairman, Adrian Kills Crow 605-823-2211














Logo-Seal for Oklahoma Indian Nation Pow Wow.
Oklahoma Indian Nation Pow Wow
(32nd Annual).
(Last Weekend in July)
2022 Event date is unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2021):
2022-07-29):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 29-31, 2022
(in 28 days)

No Location Info
Concho, OK 73022

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Dara Franklin, Chairman:
405-361-8945

Christine Morton, Treasurer:
405-402-8956

Jessie Botone, Secretary:
405-274-1123





Logo-Seal for Kihekah Steh Pow Wow.
Kihekah Steh Pow Wow
(51st Annual).
(Last full weekend in July)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 29-31, 2022
(in 28 days)
Graphic File a Graphic Flyer

Skiatook Dance Grounds
N. 52nd W. Ave. & W. 193rd St.
Skiatook, OK 74070
(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

JL Holt:
918-637-4241





Little Eagle Monument Celebration
(Last weekend of July)
2022 Event date is unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2016):
2022-07-29):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 29-31, 2022
(in 28 days)
Running Antelope District - Little Eagle Powwow Grounds
Little Eagle, SD 57639

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

More info
Running Antelope District Chairman, Adrian Kills Crow 605-823-2211





Logo-Seal for Crazy Horse Pow Wow.
Crazy Horse Pow Wow
(Last weekend in July)
2022 Event date is unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2017):
2022-07-29):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 29-31, 2022
(in 28 days)

North Side of Hwy 18 in town
Wakpamni Lake Area
North Side of Hwy 18 in town
Dakota St & 2nd St
Batesland, SD 57716

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

More info
Valentina Makes Him First

Doris Respects Nothing





Milk's Camp Traditional Pow Wow
(Last Weekend in July)
2022 Event date is unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2018):
2022-07-29):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 29-31, 2022
(in 28 days)

Milks Camp Park

Approx 5.5 miles SW of St. Charles, SD on Hwy 43Herrick, SD 57538
(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Contact Rosebud Tribal Office:
605-747-2381

More info
Jim:
605-830-1301

Alfred:
605-469-5708






August















Logo-Seal for Kaw Nation Powwow.
Kaw Nation Powwow
(46th Annual).
(1st Friday in August through Sunday)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
August 5-7, 2022
(in 35 days)
Graphic File a Graphic Flyer

Kaw Pow Wow Grounds
12613 E. Furguson Rd.
Kaw City, OK 74641

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Festival Contact

580-269-2552
toll free 1-866-404-5297










Logo-Seal for Tulsa Pow Wow.
Tulsa Pow Wow
(Second Weekend in August)
Confirmed (2022):
Saturday, Sunday
August 6-7, 2022
(in 36 days)
Graphic File a Graphic Flyer

The University of Tulsa - Harwell Field
South Gary Place
Tulsa, OK 74104

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

More info
David Bible:
405-400-4925














Logo-Seal for Little Shell Celebration.
Little Shell Celebration
(Fourth Saturday in August)
Confirmed (2022):
Fri, Sat, Sun
August 12-14, 2022
(in 42 days)

Home of the X-Xoshi-Ga - Four Bears Park
404 Frontage Road
New Town, ND 58763

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Three Affiliate Tribes Office:
701-627-4547





















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Omaha Nation (umaNhaN)

Language

The Omaha nation are from the Dhegiha Siouan language family group, which also includes the Ponca, Quapaw, Osage, and Kansa peoples.  Each member's language is slightly different although it is known that the language of the Omaha nation is mutually intelligible with the Ponca, who lived nearby during the early days of Omaha City.**

Omaha/Mahar/Umonhan Nation Name 

The tribal name meaning is questionable as there are more than one reference explaining its translation.  One reference says that it is derived from a word meaning, "those that go upstream (against the current)."  This phase is used to explain that the Maha nation were a clan that separated from a larger nation and then traveled upstream (up the Missouri River) to establish a new home.  The place they settled was near the Omaha reservation area way north of present day Omaha.  The location was above a stream they named E-ro-ma-ha.  Later the pronunciation evolved into Omaha as understood by the early white visitors to the area.  The nation itself became known as the Omaha nation.

Howard Wolf,* local Omaha Native American and Omaha Nation historian tells the story that somewhere around 1200 to 1400, natives moved from the Ohio River Valley area to settle nearer to our area.  On their journey, they encountered a river that was difficult to cross.  One group made it across but the remaining were split, part were trapped on a sandbar and the others were still on the opposite shore.  A windstorm came up and blew gray sandy soil all over the heads of the ones trapped on the sandbar.  The ones on the opposite shore jokingly called them bha-quda, meaning gray head.  Eventually the ones trapped on the sandbar came across.  They became known as the Iowa nation.  Those on the opposite side floated downstream and became known as the Osage, Kansa, Kaw, and Quapa nations.  The first group, referred to the group that made it across, were known as Umaha, which has become to be known to mean "against the stream" due to the Umaha being upstream from the ones that settled further downstream.  The word was later misinterpreted by the Europeans as Omaha.  It is possible that Lewis and Clark's own interpretation of umaNhaN, spelled out phonetically as Mahar influenced later interpretations of the name to become oo-mah-hah, and later oo-ma-ha.

Another interesting version of how the natives became known as the Omaha nation was retold when Jesse Lowe (Omaha's first mayor) suggested the name for the city of Omaha.

Jesse Lowe, one of the first Council Bluffs businessmen to stake out plots of land in the Omaha area suggested the city be named after the Omaha Nation, and told the story of how they got their name.  It was based on a traditional story the Omaha Indians had preserved, in that two nations had met at the Missouri River and engaged in an encounter in which all on one side were killed but one, who had been thrown into the river.  Rising suddenly from what was thought to be a watery grave, he lifted his head above the surface and pronounced the word "Omaha,"* which had never been heard before.  The meaning was that the supposedly drowning Indian was above the water and not under it as his enemies supposed, and those that heard it took that word as the name of the nation.*  This account is reported in The History of Nebraska, Volume I, written in 1882.

Missionaries appeared in the area somewhere in the early 1800s, not long after Lewis and Clark passed through.  One reference that comes from the Episcopalian church history lists the name as Omaha in 1836, however, the book was written in 1998 so the name might have been translated to a more common usage than was used in 1836.

Migration

Early on, the Omaha nation were among the North American natives that lived in earth dwellings and sometimes used bark lodges.  During times they were on the move, especially during hunting expeditions, they used the four pole tipi (teepees), covered in skins due to its flexibility.  The ease in setup-teardown, plus the poles covered with skins could be dragged by dogs (and later horses*) to transport cargo or even the elderly.  At the time the early settlers reached the Missouri River, the Omaha natives were observed living in a mixture of teepees (tipi) and mound homes.  The mound homes were not a quick build home; they required a two year preparation.  The mound is built from a buildup of dirt and prairie grasses or other plants.  The floor was made of fired clay in order that it could be cleaned easily by sweeping.  Even though there were a lot of similarities, each home was different in how they were decorated or the plants used on the mound.  Inside, the homes used a common circular layout.  Beds were made between support poles, women to the left of the entrance near where the food was prepared, and the men and boys on the right of the entrance, ready to protect the family from intruders or other dangers.

The Omaha nation migrated several times during the 16th and 17th Centuries, ranging from the Minnesota and Wisconsin area and later on settled near Sioux City, Iowa where the Missouri River and Big Sioux River meet.  This is where the Lewis and Clark Expedition met them during 1804.  This area was known as Big Village.  It was settled around 1790 and the Omaha nation remained in this area for 95 years, abandoning the area around 1845.*  In 1802, smallpox nearly decimated many nations including the Omaha nation.  Also during the Big Village era, the Omaha nation were in continued conflict with the Sioux nations, causing them to move further south, closer to Omaha.

The Omaha nation lived north of the Platte River in the middle 1800s.  Near Omaha, the Platte curves south as it heads to Plattsmouth.  In this area was where the majority of the Omaha nation lived when the early settlers started crossing the Missouri by the middle of the 19th century.

The largest gathering of the Omaha nation (approximately 1,300) was situated about three miles west of Bellevue.  The leader of the Omaha nation at the time was Big Elk (Ong-pa-ton-ga), who had thrown a block across the Missouri River around the Mormon Bridge area, charging anyone that came upstream or downstream to allow them to pass.

Interaction with settlers

Big Elk was instrumental in making arrangements for the Mormons to stay closer to the Missouri River (than the first encampment they had decided on) when other Indian nations were in disagreement over how much rent should be paid for staying on their lands.  Sadly, Big Elk journeyed to the great pow-wow in the sky the same year (1846).  He is buried in Bellevue's Pioneer Cemetery.  Big Elk was the last full-blooded chief of the Omaha nation.

Following the settling of Omaha City, the Omaha nation were an important part of the early area history.  Big Elk's grandson, Logan Fontenelle meshed well with the white settlers and left his own influence on the city of Omaha and nearby communities.  As an example, for a period of time during the middle to late 1800s, the town of Fontanelle* was a prominent community on the Elkhorn River.* Fontenelle Boulevard was the trail out of town to same, the fabulous Fontenelle Hotel was the grandeur hotel of its time, and now the Fontenelle Nature Association carries on the tradition of appreciating nature and our environment, all inspired by one man.  Although no one knows the exact spot, Logan Fontenelle is buried in Fontenelle Forest.*

Treaty

The treaty of March 16th, 1854 ceded all Omaha native lands to the United States, except for Thurston County in northeast Nebraska.  A second treaty of March 6th, 1865 sold the northern part to accommodate the Winnebago Reservation.

Of note

A delegation of the Omaha nation was represented at the 1898 Trans-Mississippi International Exposition and Indian Congress in Omaha.

Currently

The Omaha nation continues to be a strong Native American nation.  The community has profited from a casino operated by the nation.  Against harsh realities, there is no better example of survivor and no better choice for the name of a great city.

 

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