SIR hosts 15th annual Powwow begins this evening at LCC

Indigenous people from across the western United States gather in Susanville Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 at the Lassen Community College Softball Fields to participate in the 15th annual Powwow presented by the Susanville Indian Rancheria.

While sacred Native American ceremonies include only tribal members, the public is invited to join this indigenous people’s celebration of their culture at this drug- and alcohol-free event. There is no charge to attend.

The Susanville Powwow honors the elders and veterans for “all the sacrifices they made so that we may live.”

The Powwow begins at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 21 with the Grand Entry. The Head Man is Justus Eaglesmith, the Head Woman is Alissa Sanchez, the Arena Director is Aligin Scabbyrobe, the Master of Ceremonies is Skunk Scabbyrobe and the Host Drum is 4 Bandz, from White Swan, Washington.

Dance categories include all categories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Fast Fancy and Crow Hop (men vs. women, 18 and older) and an Old Style Owl Dance (18 and older). There will also be a drum contest, TBA.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, a Missing Murdered Indigenous Woman special will be held, followed by a ceremony honoring veterans with the Bule Star Moms.

The Powwow also features a Round Bustle vs. Grace Dance competition. And the Lassen Indian Health Clinic will offer free COVID-19 shots. T-shirts and sweatshirts designed by John Shuford especially for this Powwow will be on sale, and Powwow raffle tickets will be available prior to the Powwow. Raffle tickets are available at the Tribal Office from Brandie Cooper or at the SIR Powwow booth. Call Cooper at (530) 260-0306 for more information.

According to a statement from the SIR, “This event is open to the public and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the culture, and check out the awesome food and vendors from all over Indian Country. We hope to see you there.”

For more information, call Amelia Luna, Powwow Chairwoman, at (530) 310-2623 or email pwowow@sir-nsn.gov.