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


Geronimo - 1829-1909 - Apache leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.


Sitting Bull - 1834-1890 - Hunkpapa Sioux leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.
Sitting Bull


Chief Joseph - Move mouse pointer over name to see quote.
Chief Joseph


Favorite Natives


Favorite Native Music


Omaha & Neighbors

    Council Bluffs
    Sioux City
    Sioux Falls
    Grand Island
    Des Moines
    Cedar Rapids
    Iowa City
    North Platte
    Kansas City
    St. Louis


NE Neighbors

    South Dakota

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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 are displayed much earlier to help with vacation planning (as much as 150 days). Each event is outlined in a box. Some events have two different colored lines. The color of the outermost box 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 additional green dashed border inside indicates the event has been canceled. An event may also be postponed. In this case, the color is a solid green color. It may be postponed for the year, or it may be rescheduled for a later date in the same year.  Occasionally, an event comes to an end permanently, although we may not have the information that informs us that is the case. For each 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 about its demise. In that case, the inner box color will be Indian Red. You should take this into consideration if you are planning to attend one of these events.



Four Bears Pow Wow
(17th Annual ???)
(Last weekend in May)
Fri, Sat, Sun
May 24-26, 2019
(in 2 days)

4 Miles West of New Town, ND
Hwy 23
Four Bears Village, ND

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

Southern Ute Bear Dance and Pow Wow 2019
(Memorial Day Weekend)
Friday, Saturday
May 24-25, 2019
(in 2 days)

Southern Ute Indian Tribe
56 Ouray Drive
Ignacio, CO 81137

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Edward Box:

12th Annual For The People Powwow
(Memorial Day Weekend)
Saturday, Sunday
May 25-26, 2019
(in 3 days)

Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds
1445 Fairgrounds Road
Jefferson City, MO

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Greg Olson:


19th Annual Indian Market & Powwow
(1st weekend in June)
Saturday, Sunday
June 1-2, 2019
(in 10 days)

Fort Restaurant
19192 Highway 8
Morrison, CO 80465

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Chelsea Coe or Jordan Blakesley:

63rd Annual Prairie Band Potawatomi Powwow
(First Weekend in June)
Fri, Sat, Sun
May 31-Jun 2, 2019
(in 9 days)

Prairie Peoples Park Kansas
12305 150th Road
Mayetta, KS 66509

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
888-727-4946 ext. 7657

46th Annual Oglala Lakota College Graduation Wacipi
(Follows Graduation)
Fri, Sat, Sun
June 14-16, 2019
(in 23 days)

Piwa Wiconi Powwow Grounds, Oglala Community College
3 Mile Creek Rd
Kyle, SD 57752

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

52nd Annual Wakinyan Cangleska Wacipi
Unconfirmed (rule not known):
Fri, Sat, Sun
June 21-23, 2019
(in 30 days)

Ring Thunder (Mellette County)
Ring Thunder Rd
Ring Thunder Township, SD

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
More info

Annual Porcupine Paha Yamini Wacipi
(Third weekend in June)
Fri, Sat, Sun
June 14-16, 2019
(in 23 days)

Porcupine District Pow Wow Grounds
3457 BIA Road 7
Shields, ND 58568

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)

2019 Twin Buttes Pow Wow Celebration
(Third weekend in June)
Fri, Sat, Sun
June 14-16, 2019
(in 23 days)

Pow Wow grounds
BIA Rd 22
Twin Buttes, ND

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Russell Gillette or Jessica Howling Wolf:
701-421-7670 or 701-421-6173

More info

38th Annual Plains Indian Museum Pow Wow
(Third weekend in June)
Saturday, Sunday
June 15-16, 2019
(in 24 days)

Buffalo Bill Center of the West
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Hunter Old Elk:

Fort Randall Casino Indian Day Celebration PowWow
(26th Annual ???)
(4th Weekend)
Fri, Sat, Sun
June 21-23, 2019
(in 30 days)

Fort Randall Casino
38538 Hwy 46
Pickstown, SD 57367

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
(ask for Pow Wow Commitee member):

60th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Pow-Wow
(4th Weekend)
Unconfirmed (but based on
4th Weekend rule):

Fri, Sat, Sun
June 21-23, 2019
(in 30 days)

Wind River Indian Reservation
19 Old Wind River Hwy
Fort Washakie, WY

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Weasel Mann or Waylon Large:
307-314-5541 or 307-349-8031


147th Annual QuaPaw Pow Wow
(First Thursday through Sunday in July)
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
July 4-7, 2019
(in 43 days)

PDF File Flyer
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
5681 South 630 Road
Quapaw, OK 74363

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Mike Shawnee (Pow Wow Chairman):

5th Annual Wakpamni Lake Area Communities Traditional Wacipi & Horse Races
(First weekend in July)
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 5-7, 2019
(in 44 days)

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 at 605-407-7712
Robert Two Crow at 605-441-2521
Wilma Standing Bear at 605-288-1922

16th Annual Greenwood Wacipi - Traditional
(First weekend in July)
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 5-7, 2019
(in 44 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

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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 http://www.lumbeetribe.com and http://www.winnebagotribe.com.

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.

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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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