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Celebrate SKC graduates, native culture during the 2nd Annual SKC Spring pow wow

PABLO — Local Native American dancers and drum groups as well as from Montana and across the Pacific Northwest will gather at Salish Kootenai College for the 2nd Annual SKC Spring Powwow on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center.

The powwow is hosted by the Spirit of the Bison, which is a student club at SKC. The Spirit of the Bison was formed with the idea of starting a spring powwow at the college and making it a regular mainstay on the Montana spring college powwow circuit. ShiNaasha Pete, who is the president of the club, states that the clubs’ other focus is to help and maintain cultural awareness of the Salish and Kootenai people, as well as for the many other tribes who attend SKC every year.

“The powwow gives our students and their families a way to come together and share in a healthy and positive activity. It supports what we want to do in terms of helping to spread cultural awareness and to offer our students a means to share with others what is important for them.”

Dancers and singers are expected from across the region with this year’s event focusing on honoring SKC Graduates. There will also be specials, vendors and raffles throughout the event. Also, if there are individuals or groups that would like to help, or would want to sponsor a category or special, please contact the club through the contact information provided below.

The first Grand Entry event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday Grand Entry times are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Head dancers this year are SKC students Stormie Perdash and Ronnie Harris of Fort Hall, Idaho. For more information concerning the powwow or for vendor space, call 406-275-4980 or email

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