Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow

Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow Information

September 6-8, 2024

Every September, Bismarck, North Dakota, comes alive with the vibrant colors and sounds of the United Tribes Technical College International Powwow. Held on the first weekend after Labor Day, this premier cultural event is hosted by the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) and is one of the largest powwows in the country, drawing participants and spectators from across the globe. This year's Powwow, slated for September 6th to 8th, 2024, is an annual celebration deeply rooted in Indigenous culture and heritage. 

Held at the Lone Star Arena in Bismarck, North Dakota, on the sprawling UTTC campus, the landscape blends the open prairies of North Dakota with the backdrop of the Missouri River.  This event has earned its reputation as one of the premier cultural gatherings in the region, and it is known as the "Home of the Champions." Drawing participants and spectators from across the United States and Canada is a testament to the Tribes' resilience and vibrancy.

The powwow, held every second weekend in September, is a contest event where dancers and singers compete for prize money, showcasing their talent and skill while honoring their cultural roots. Expert judges, selected by the powwow committee, meticulously evaluate each performance based on criteria such as knowledge and skill in their respective categories, synchronization with the drumbeat, and the artistry of their regalia. This makes the UTTC International Powwow one of the last large outdoor events on the northern Great Plains powwow circuit.

Beyond the competitive aspect, the powwow offers a rich array of cultural experiences and community engagement. With an estimated attendance of 10,000 people, the event serves as a platform for cultural exchange and understanding among Native American and non-native communities. Attendees can partake in various activities such as a golf tournament, run, softball, and basketball tournaments, fostering camaraderie and connection. Supported by generous sponsors like the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tribes and 4 Bears Casino and Lodge, the powwow celebrates Indigenous heritage. It generates vital support for the local community, making it a cherished and impactful event for all involved. This weekend promises to be a fantastic cultural celebration and learning opportunity for everyone.

Bismarck's central location makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby attractions. The city boasts attractions like the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, which offers insights into the region's history and culture. Just outside Bismarck, the Missouri River provides opportunities for boating, fishing, and scenic river cruises. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located about 130 miles west of Bismarck, offers stunning landscapes of badlands, prairies, and wildlife. The park is a haven for hiking, wildlife viewing, and experiencing the rugged beauty of North Dakota.

The nearest airport is Bismarck Airport, conveniently located about 5 miles southeast of the city center. The nearest Amtrak station is Minot, approximately 110 miles north of Bismarck, offering rail connections to major cities.

Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow

Travel information
  • Time Zones: Central Standard Time, Mountain Standard Time

Event Dates

Starts: September 06, 2024

Ends: September 08, 2024

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