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Arlee Celebration Powwow successfully continues

By Lailani Upham

The men lead the way by weaving in a pattern of a snake. The dance was led by a chosen man who gathered the dancers at a designated spot and generally at the camp of the Chief of the celebration. The dance is led in single file. (Lailani Upham photo) The men lead the way by weaving in a pattern of a snake. The dance was led by a chosen man who gathered the dancers at a designated spot and generally at the camp of the Chief of the celebration. The dance is led in single file. (Lailani Upham photo)

ARLEE — The 116th annual Arlee Powwow Celebration is the highlight and kick off of Montana powwows.

Although it is a time of celebration of declaration of independence for the United States, it is a celebration of survival, tenacity and culture for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes.

The earliest record was in 1800’s of the Arlee Fourth of July Celebration however Indian agents worked at eliminating the celebration because Indian dancing was illegal at that time.

Salish Elder and U.S. Army veteran Kenny McClure gives a smiling local traditional dancer Gigi Yazzie a pat on the back of acknowledgement and encouragement. (Lailani Upham photo) Salish Elder and U.S. Army veteran Kenny McClure gives a smiling local traditional dancer Gigi Yazzie a pat on the back of acknowledgement and encouragement. (Lailani Upham photo)

According to the late Blind Mose Chouteh, a Salish elder, he said the first “official” Arlee powwow was in 1898.

The Arlee Celebration has a strong reason for all native tribes from all over to come and join in the celebration of existence and dance that moves on strong from generation to generation.

Indeed it does. Folks from all over the country and other countries come to take in the Indian doings.

There were nearly 400 dancers and nine drum enter the contest.

WINNERS LIST:
Jr Girls Fancy
1stAlaina SpoonhunterBlackfeet
2ndShandin ShebalaBlackfeet/Navajo
3rdHailey HammetBlackfeet
Jr Girls Jingle
1stKree Star BurnettEastern Shoshone
2ndMikayla Rides the Grey HorseBlackfoot
3rdCheyenne Windy BoyDine/Chippewa Cree
Jr Girls Traditional
1stAmani Yellow OwlBlackfeet
2ndRae Dean CroffBlackfeet
3rdOteskwe ShebalaBlackfeet/Navajo
Jr Boy Fancy
1stThomas AddisonCheyenne/Pend d’ Orielle
2 ndShayde St. GoddardBlackfeet
3rdAnthony Walking ChildOjibway/Cree/Blackfeet
Jr Boys Grass
1stXavier BoltonBlood
2ndAndre LambWhite Clay
3rdCallan FoxGros Ventre
Jr Boys Traditional
1stCamdon CroffBlackfeet
2ndEmery TootoosisDakota
3rdKenny J ScottBlackfeet
Teen Girls Fnacy
1stWozek ChandlerWhite Clay
2ndSmokee Liz Good StrikerKainai
3rdKaree WilliamsonNez-Perce
Teen Girls Jingle
1stHannah BlackcrowBlackfeet
2ndKendra OkaneeCree
3rdMya KeeswoodApache/Navajo
Teen Girls Traditional
1stJade Iron ShirtBlackfeet
2ndJusine Scabby RobeBlackfeet
3rdMarita Growing ThunderKiowa/Comanche
Teen Boys Fancy
1stBrandon TailfeathersBlackfeet/Navajo
2ndRiley MorsetteArickarah
3rdDavey MaderaColville
Teen Boys Grass
1stJerren GopherColville
2ndDesmond MaderaCree
3rdJohnny RacineBlackfeet
Teen Boys Traditional
1stPhillip TailfeathersBlackfeet/Navajo
2ndMatthew Sheka Jr.Ho-Chunk/Kiowa
3rdIke CarpenterFlathead
Mens Golden Age
1stAndrew Windy BoyChippewa/Cree
2ndSconey Little PlumeBlackfeet
3rdPhillip PaulSalish
4thRonald Windy BoyChippewa/Cree
5thJoseph Melton Jr.Coerd Alene/Colville
Womens Golden Age
1stJoyce SpoonhunterBlackfeet
2ndVelma BaheKootenai
3rdShirley SandovalKalispell
4thJoey JaneNavajo
5thGeraldine WilliamsShoshone-Bannock
Mens Prairie Chicken
1stGuy FoxGros Ventre
2ndClay Good StrikerBlood
3rdAlbert OnepeneeYakama
4thTheodore WaskahatCree
5thMarvin Weatherwax Jr.Blackfeet
Women Fancy
1stValerie AdrianCoeur d’Alene/Lakota
2ndCarol Melting TallowBlood
3rdNikollane KanuhoDine
4thKashia SistoNorthern Ute/Apache
5thMarianne AddisonPend d’d Orielle/Arapaho
Women Jingle
1stKristen TootoosisDakota
2ndPaula ShebalaBlackfeet/Choctaw
3rdTaunie CullooyahKalispel
4thGigi Growing ThunderKiowa/Nakota
5thShawna SmallChippewa/Cree
Women Traditional
1stHollie Eagle SpeakerBlackfeet
2ndShannon WhitemanKiowa/Comanche
3rdBobbi WhiteCoerd d’Alene
4thLeanne CampbellCoerd d’ Alene
5thPaulette ManuelColville
Men Fancy
1stRae Steven ScottNavajo/Apache
2ndStan Whiteman Sr.Blackfeet/Blood
3rdTony KleinHo-Chunk
4thLouie PlantKootenai/Thompson
5thAlbert PlantOjibwa/Kootenai
Men Grass
1stDakota MaderaBlackfeet/Colville
2ndDarryl BoltonTsimshian
3rdBuddy OmeascoBlackfeet
4thDave MaderaColville
5thTyson ShaySho-Ban
Men Traditional
1stSheldon ShebalaNavajo
2ndDevan KicknoswayMohawk
3rdMerlin KickingwomanBlackfeet/Cheyenne
4thLarry White Jr.Dine
5thMichael MithloComanche
Drum Contest
1stBig Bear
2ndRed Bull
3rdSouthern Cree Jr.
4thIron Creek
5thAssiniboine Cree
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