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Oklahoma City University Powwow Kicks Off National Season
OKLAHOMA CITY— It is a tradition that celebrates and one that remembers. Set to the beat of a drum and propelled by the beauty and the culture of colorful, traditional regalia, the Native American Powwow is one of society’s most important celebrations of community, family and spirituality. Oklahoma City University’s Native American Society signaled the start of the national powwow season April 4 with its Third Annual Spring Contest Powwow in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, located at N.W. 27th St. and Florida Ave. The spring powwow is the largest event OCU’s Native American Society hosts each year, said Jordan Tippeconnic, OCU club officer, American Indian Scholar and powwow co-chair. “It’s an event that promote awareness of American Indian students at Oklahoma City University celebrates our tribal cultures,” Tippeconnic said. OCU is committed to the future and success of Oklahoma’s American Indians by investing in their education. The university’s four year, full-tuition American Indian Scholarship program gives 15 American Indian students the opportunity to study at OCU each year. OCU American Indian Scholar and powwow co-chair Courtney Tsotigh said the scholarship program is a major resource for the spring powwow. The powwow included a drum contest and dancing contests in buckskin, cloth, fancy and jingle categories for adult women and straight, fancy, traditional and grass categories for adult men. “The powwow enables us to host the native community while bringing more cultural awareness to our campus,” said Lindsey Factor, OCU Native American Society secretary. “It allows students to share their rich culture, fulfill leadership positions and provides the opportunity for fellowship with one another.” Results follow: Mens Fancy 3rd: Billy Pewo/ Pawnee Tribe 2nd: Graham Primeaux/ Ponca-Sac n Fox Tribe/ Shawnee, Ok 1st: Sly Isaac/ Pawnee/ Red Rock, Ok Mens Grass 3rd: Wolf Leitka/ Creek-Seminole Tribe/ Norman, Ok 2nd: Notah Wahpepah/ Kickapoo Trbe/ Jones, OK 1st: Dijay Yarholar/ Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe/ OKC Mens Straight 3rd: Easton Yellowfish/ Comanche-Otoe-Osage Tribes/ Norman, Ok 2nd: Denny Medicinebird/ Kiowa Tribe/ Shawnee, Ok 1st: Dillon Moore/ Otoe-Sac n Fox Tribes / Fairfax, Ok Mens Traditional 3rd: Jason Bender/ Shawnee Tribe/ Little Axe, OK 2nd: Jay Roberts/ Chickasaw Tribe/ OKC 1st: Keith Longhorn Jr./ Absentee Shawneed/ Little Axe, Ok Womens Fancy Shawl/Jingle 3rd: Sonia Hoffman/ Cheyenne Tribe/ OKC 2nd: Terrane Spottedbear/ Osage , Otoe Tribes/ Fairfax, Ok 1st: Danya Keahna/ Meskwaki/ OKC Womens Cloth 3rd: Karen Ahhaity/ Kiowa-Otoe Tribe/Yukon, Ok 2nd: Aiden Cozad/ Kiowa-Creek Tribes/ Norman, Ok 1st: Janet Bullcoming/ Cheyenne Tribe/ Jones, Ok Womens Buckskin 3rd: Tracy Pewo/ Kiowa-Pawnee Tribes/ Anadarko, Ok 2nd: Joy Flores/ Kiowa Tribe/ Cache, Ok 1st: Erin Yarholar/ Comanche-Creek-Seminole Tribes/ OKC Drum Contest REDSTONE SINGERS/ OKLAHOMA CITY