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BISMARCK (UTN) – Champion dancers and singers earned top honors in two-dozen performance categories during the 39th Annual United Tribes International Powwow.
The drum group Yankton Sioux won the singing contest, followed in order by: Bad Nation, Black Bear Crossing, Battle River, Meskwaki Nation and Mandaree.
ARENA SUNSHINE. Women dancers in Lone Star Arena for a Grand Entry on September 5 during the 39th United Tribes International Powwow. United Tribes News photo.
Twenty-nine drums rendered their best songs for 477 registered contestants, and many other dancers, who displayed their talent during six grand entries and the contest competition.
Rain showers visited briefly during the four day event but the competition ended with the sun shining early Sunday evening.
A special honoring was conducted for the late Army Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble, World War II and Korean War veteran from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. Earlier this year, Keeble was posthumously awarded the nation's Medal of Honor for his distinguished and heroic service. The state of North Dakota recognized him over the summer with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.
FANCY CHAMPION. Rylan Baker (Hidatsa-Cree) from New Town, ND, placed first in Men's Fancy Dance. United Tribes News photo.
Alyssa Alberts (Dakota-Lakota) from the Three Affiliated Tribes, New Town, ND, was selected as the sixteenth Miss Indian Nations. The 17 year-old Miss Alberts is a senior at New Town High School. She is the daughter of Thomas and Laurie Alberts, New Town.
The "Home of the Champions" powwow head staff were: announcers Jerry Dearly, MN and Jonathan Windy Boy, MT; Head Woman Judge Mia Spoonhunter, MT; Head Man Judge Rusty Gillette, ND; Singing Judge Andy DeMarce, ND; and Arena Director Michael Roberts, OK.
The 2008 featured cultural performers were from the Sami culture. Ante Mikkel Gaup and his daughters Sara Marielle and Lena Susanne represented the culture of indigenous European people. Like Native Americans, they were pushed to the margins of their society and now live in the northern part of Norway, Sweden, Finland and western Russia where they continue to live close to nature cultivating herds of Reindeer.
WINNING DRUM. First place drum group Yankton Sioux rendered the final song September 7 of the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck. United Tribes News photo.
Twenty five United Tribes Technical College cafeteria and college staff members, along with 28 other volunteers, served a free buffalo and beef meal Sunday for 2,755 visitors, singers and dancers. A buffalo was donated each by the Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain Tribes.
Marcel Bull Bear, Kyle, ND, provided the ground blessing for Lone Star Arena at the outset of the event.
All first place dance category and singing contest winners received a jacket with the colorful 39th anniversary powwow logo, a medal and cash. Second through fifth place winners received cash and medals.
The United Tribes Powwow Committee thanks all powwow participants and spectators for making the 39th annual event a success. The committee also expresses its sincere appreciation to companies and individuals in the Bismarck-Mandan community for sponsoring the competitive categories and supporting the powwow and associated events.