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Oklahoma City University Powwow Celebrates Community
OKLAHOMA CITY—Oklahoma City University’s Native American Society will celebrate community, family and spirituality next month at its Fourth Annual Spring Contest Powwow. The powwow will help signal the start of the national powwow season April 10 at the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, located at N.W. 27th St. and Florida Ave. Gourd dancing begins at 2 p.m. and the Grand Entry begins at 7 p.m. All events are open to the public and donations to the Native American Society will be accepted for admission. The spring powwow is the largest event OCU’s Native American Society hosts each year. OCU is committed to the future and success of Oklahoma’s American Indians by investing in their educations. The university’s four year, full-tuition American Indian Scholarship program gives 15 American Indian students the opportunity to study at OCU each year. The powwow will include a drum contest and first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for several dance categories including buckskin, cloth, fancy and jingle for adult women and straight, fancy, traditional and grass for adult men. The head staff includes Mark Wilson, Cherokee, master of ceremonies; Ryan Roanhorse, Kiowa, head singer; Dane Poolaw, Kiowa, head man; Shema Yearby-Lincoln, Seminole, head lady; Jim Roughface, Ponca, head gourd dancer; Plains Drifters, host drum; Randy Frazier, Prairie Band Potawatomie/Choctaw/Shawnee, arena director; Riverside Indian School, color guard; OCU Professor Blue Clark, Muscogee Creek, honorary faculty; and the Rev. Jennifer Batiste, Choctaw, honorary alumni. For more information, call (405) 208-5750.