Red Cloud - 1822-1909 - Oglala Sioux leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.
Red Cloud


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Each of the Pow Wow info blocks below are displayed for approximately 45 days prior and throughout the event. Some larger events with websites may be displayed much earlier to help with vacation planning (as much as 120 days).

 Each event is outlined in a box. If an event date has been confirmed, the background color of the entire box will have a blueish cast to it. Keep in mind that even though an event is shown as being confirmed, sometimes the event cooridinators will still change the date, but not inform us, so make sure you verify a date before showing up.

Some events have two different colored border lines. The color of the outermost border indicates whether there is a web address for the event. The box color will be either Gold or Red. Gold is for events that have a web site. Red indicates there is no web site, so you cannot click the details to get more information. For those that do, the text and link is in lilac color, with the Gold border; the others are in light blue, with a Red border.

 If the event has two border lines, the inner box line color provides more information. An event may be canceled. In this case, the inside box is a solid cyan color. It may be canceled for just one year, or it could be canceled for all future events. An event may also be postponed. In this case, the inside box is a dashed purple color. It may be postponed for the year, or it may be rescheduled for a later date in the same year. Cyan = Canceled. Purple = Postponed.

For 2020, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, some events have switched to a "Virtual" event (all online), and others have put on a "Limited" event. For example, the Doouglas County Fair had a Limited event, meaning that the participants in competitions were allowed, but the crowds were not. The Earth Day Omaha had a "Virtual" event; everything was done online.

The colors of the inner box were chosen using the first letter of "Virtual" and "Limited." "Virtual" events use Violet as the color, but the line is a dashed line. "Limited" events use Lime as the color, but the line is a dashed line.

Lime = Limited. Violet = Virtual

Occasionally, an event comes to an end permanently, although we may not have the information that informs us that is the case. Every year, each event has to be confirmed to ensure the dates are correct. If we cannot locate information that confirms an event is still going on three years in a row, there is a good change the event has ended permanently but we do not know the details about its demise. In that case, the inner box color will be DarkPink. You should take this into consideration if you are planning to attend one of these events.

Regardless of the other details, if an event date has been confirmed, the background of the box will have a blue cast to it.



Annual Ft Union Indian Arts Showcase & Northern Plains Oyate Pow Wow
(First full weekend in August)
Confirmed (2020):
Saturday, Sunday
August 1-2, 2020
(was 12-13 days ago)

Fort Union Trading Post:
15550 Highway 1804
Williston, ND 58801

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Charla Crazy Bull
Loren Yellow Bird

63rd Annual Fort Randall Wacipi (Yankton Sioux).
(First full weekend in August)
Original date unconfirmed: (2020-08-07)
Fri, Sat, Sun
August 7-9, 2020
(was 5-7 days ago)

Lake Andes Powwow Grounds
Yankton Sioux Reservation
Lake Andes, SD 57356

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Eunice Penton: 605-491-2783
Office: 605-384-3641
More info

2020 Canton Barefoot Park Pow Wow
(88th Annual ).
(4th Weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun))
Never confirmed before being Canceled: (COVID-19 Pandemic)
Fri, Sat, Sun
August 21-23, 2020

Canton, OK 73724

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Tom Cartwright
Christina Birdshead
Arnick Birdshead
Cincie Upchego


101st Annual Southern Ute Fair Powwow
(2nd Weekend in September)
Unconfirmed (but based on the most recent confirmed year (2019):

Fri, Sat, Sun
September 11-13, 2020
(in 28 days)

Sky Ute Fairgrounds
Ignacio, CO 81137

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Hilda Burch: 970-946-5175
Heather White Thunder
David Lopez: 970-553-0671
Dona Frost: 970-553-9291
Rochelle Aguilar
Tricia Leroy: 970-553-9197
Kayla Armstrong

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Native American -- Indigenous people who inhabited the Americas and Caribbean prior to the European infiltration.

The same definition could be applied to other terms as well.  There is a debate as to whether the term Indian, American Indian, or Native American is preferable.  Many Native Americans use Indian or tribe in referring to their people.  Others suggest that these and similar words are incorrect and carry derogatory connotations.  The only places the word tribe occurs on this website is in the domain name of Native American links such as and, or if the term is used by the group it is referring to.

I have found that Native American is not preferred by some, and Indian is not preferred by some as well.  If all terms that are not preferred by some are not used, there are no choices left.  For this reason, whenever you see any term used that you would not have used, it was not my intent to offend.  Please choose the term you would have preferred and continue reading.  If you have further questions, please refer to the website Terms and Conditions.

From a speech by Russel Means

“(You notice I use the term American Indian rather than Native American or Native indigenous people or Amerindian when referring to my people. There has been some controversy about such terms, and frankly, at this point. I find it absurd. Primarily it seems that American Indian is being rejected as European in origin-which is true. But all the above terms are European in origin; the only non-European way is to speak of Lakota-or, more precisely, of Oglala, Brule, etc.-and of the Dineh, the Miccousukee, and all the rest of the several hundred correct tribal names.)

“(There is also some confusion about the word Indian, a mistaken belief that it refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492. Look it up on the old maps. Columbus called the tribal people he met "Indio," from the Italian in dio, meaning "in God.")

“The one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm not politically correct. Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans.”

Modern Times

Sadly, natives are still treated as third class citizens, never really fitting into the majority's society.  In some ways, the reservations are a prison, and in other ways, they are a privilege that doesn't have to follow the same rules and restrictions of the rest of society.  Native Americans were the first to have casinos regardless of the rest of the state's laws.  The Casino's have brought revenue and jobs to a society that wasn't about to get it by any other means.  New schools on reservations are proof of a society striving to compete with the rest of the world.

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North American Natives continue to celebrate their heritage with Pow-Wows throughout the country.  In Nebraska, we are lucky to have a Native American population proud of their culture and history.  During the summer months, there is a Pow-Wow nearly every week or so somewhere in the state.

In Omaha, we have three Pow-Wows, starting in April at Creighton University, in May at the Baxter Arena, in September at the Metropolitan Community College North Campus at 30th and Fort Street.  All are bound to please the curious to repeat visitor. In all of the Pow-Wows, expect to see dancers dressed in an array of bright colorful traditional regalia, arts and crafts, and ethnic Native American food.  Uhmmm good.

Pow-wows are special events that not only involve celebration, but also pays respect to Native American heritage.  Pow-wows have a code of ethics that you should make sure you adhere to.  Photography, Videotaping, and sound recordings can only be done by permission.  The arena area is a sacred area and it should be respected.  Do not enter the arena, unless it is for a dance that anyone can dance in (usually referred to as an Intertribal Dance).  Make sure you ask the event MC for any specifics.  See the links at the side for more details.

Please note that we do not list all Pow-wows throughout the entire country, but we do intend to list ones in Nebraska, the six bordering states, but also North Dakota, and Oklahoma, due to their strong connection to Plains Nations.

One of the best pages to explain the history of Pow Wows and details of each of the types of dances.

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Nebraska has four reservations inside the state and one on the state border.

  1. Omaha Reservation, Macy, Nebraska in N.E. Nebraska is on the border next to the Missouri River.  The reservation borders the Winnebago Reservation to its north.  Pop: 2500. Omaha NationPonca Website
  2. Winnebago Reservation, Winnebago, Nebraska in N.E. Nebraska is on the border next to the Missouri River.  The reservation borders the Omaha Reservation to its south.  Pop: 1200, 27,000 acres.  Website.
  3. Santee Sioux Reservation, Niobrara, Nebraska is on the Nebraska-South Dakota border in N.E. Nebraska.  The border between the states is actually Lewis and Clark Lake.  The Santee Reservation is attached at the western end of Lewis and Clark Lake.  If you like Native American art, you will find the hidden bargains of the U.S. here.  Stop and ask for info if it isn't obvious.  Do you know why the Santee Natives were there first? Pop: 600, 18,000 acres. Website
  4. Fox-Sac Reservation is located at the southeastern tip of Nebraska.

Our northern neighbor state (South Dakota) has three reservations on its southern border.  People living on the southern edge often cross over into Nebraska.  Those reservations are 1)  the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, near Chadron, Nebraska, 2) Yankton reservation on the northern shore of Lewis and Clark Lake, and 3) Rosebud Reservation just north of Valentine, Nebraska.  Rosebud covers over 1,000,000 acres, and is divided into three sections to allow three different branches of Sioux to live in their own sections.  Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota are the three languages used.  There are several attractions on and around the reservation.  The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum should not be missed.

South Dakota also has six other reservations; just south of Pierre, there is the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Reservation.  North of Lake Pierre is the Cheyenne River Reservation, and joining its north side is the Standing Rock Reservation, which extends into North Dakota.  The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Reservation is in South Dakota's northeast corner.  The smallest is the Flandreau Reservation north of Sioux Falls on the Big Sioux River.

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