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Honor Dance: accomplishments and reconnecting

On April 25, Minot State University’s Dome will come alive with tradition, color and movement. Native American dancers and drum groups from throughout North Dakota and neighboring states and provinces will compete during the 25th annual Native American Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration April 25-26. One thousand to 1,500 people attend annually; the event includes the acknowledgement of achievements, competitive dancing, vendor and information booths and food. The powwow is one of the largest student activities on campus.

This event, sponsored by the Native American Cultural Awareness Club and the university, will honor all 2014 graduates. Seventeen Native American students are graduating from MSU this year.

“Minot State has many Native American alumni from all parts of the country.  We want them to join us in celebrating MSU’s 100 Birthday, the Native American Cultural Awareness Club’s 25th annual powwow and the 2014 graduates and to say farewell to MSU’s 10th president, Dr. Fuller, a strong supporter of Native students,” said Annette Mennem, Native American Center director and NACAC advisor. “Alumni, this is your invitation to come out April 26th for the 7 p.m. Grand Entry and honoring. We have a gift for you, so be sure to check in at the information table.”

The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, internationally renowned champion dancers, will perform April 25 at 10: 30 a.m. and 8 p.m. To learn more about them, visit

To further honor the graduates and their families, a buffalo meal will be served April 25 in the Student Center at 5 p.m. The Standing Rock Sioux Game and Fish Department donated the buffalo.

Both days feature performances, dance competitions and the sale of Native American arts, crafts and food. The activities start at 10 a.m. on April 25 and at 1 p.m. on April 26. Two "Grand Entries," the time when all of the dancers enter the arena, are scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. each day.

Charles Moran, Mandaree, will be the emcee, while Russell Young Bird will be the arena director with Fort Peck Sioux as the host drum group.

A Crow special honoring for MSU President David Fuller and his wife, Nancy, follows the 7 p.m. Grand Entry on April 26. Doreen Lyons, Irene Stevenson and their family are hosting the Crow special honoring. Crow announcer Stanley Pretty Paint will be the main speaker and the Crow Drum Group, Night Hawks Jrs., is the host drum for the honoring of President Fuller. There will be men’s and women’s Crow style dance contest. President and Mrs. Fuller will take lead to start off the “MSU diversity leaders” roundance.

The "Honor Parade," in which all 2014 MSU graduates are invited to participate, follows the honoring of the Fullers on April 26 at 8 p.m.

Dance competitions will be held for adults, men, women, teens, juniors and “tiny tots.” The competition for men includes traditional, grass and fancy dancing. Women's dance competitions include traditional, fancy and jingle styles. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Admission to the Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration is $3 for ages 12-55; it is free to children under 12, senior citizens and MSU students, faculty and staff.

In addition to MSU and the Standing Rock Game and Fish Department, the Three Affiliated Tribes’ business council, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Four Bears Casino, Prairie Knights Casino, Spirit Lake Casino, families of club members and Visit Minot provided support for the event.

For more information, contact Mennem, at 858-3365 or







Published: 04/10/14

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