article courtesy Brett Ellis, Public Information Specialist, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s 22nd Annual Powwow will be Aug. 7-9 at the Ponca Community Grounds, located 4 ½ miles southwest of Niobrara, Nebraska.
The powwow is a celebration of the tribe’s culture, heritage and traditions, and will feature a variety of dancers, drum groups, and vendors. Admission to all events is free, and the powwow is open to the public.
Grand entries will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 7, 1 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 1 p.m. on Aug. 9. Meals will be provided to all in attendance an hour before each grand entry.
It is a non-contest powwow, and is meant to serve as an annual gathering and celebration of families and friends.
In addition, the tribe’s diabetes program will host a Color Me Healthy color run at 5 p.m. on Aug. 7. Participants will run 2 miles while being sprayed with a wide variety of colors.
The tribe also will hold a grand opening ceremony for its new Ponca Educational Trail, located on the powwow grounds, at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8. The ¾-mile limestone trail includes interpretive signage about the Ponca people and the history of the tribe, native plants, an amphitheater, earth lodge and buffalo overlook.
The Ponca Tribe has a 15-county service delivery area: Boyd, Burt, Douglas, Hall, Holt, Knox, Lancaster, Madison, Platte, Sarpy, Stanton and Wayne counties in Nebraska; Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties in Iowa; and Charles Mix County in South Dakota. Office sites are located in Lincoln, Niobrara, Norfolk and Omaha in Nebraska, and Sioux City in Iowa.
Click here for the Powwow flyer.
Click here for Ponca Educational Trail flyer.