Native American Dress in Traditional Attire.

The University of Mary hosts a Mid-Winter Powwow each year, in partnership with United Tribes Technical College, to celebrate ethnic and religious diversity in North Dakota. We invite the Bismarck-Mandan community to join us for this great event, which includes a Mass, lunch, and a contest powwow.

To register as a drum group, dancer, or vendor, register online or on site from 11 am to 3 pm. The first five drum groups to register will receive a stipend.

2022 Event – Sunday, January 16


General Public: $5
Mary, UTTC, and BSC students: Free with student ID.
Under 5 or Over 65: Free


Sunday, January 16, 2022
10:30 am – Black Elk Mass (McDowell Activity Center, MAC)
11:30 am – Powwow 101 (Founders Hall, Lumen Vitae University Center)
1 - 9 pm – Contest Powwow, Grand entries at 1 & 7 pm (McDowell Activity Center, MAC)
5 - 7 pm – Buffalo Feed (The Crow’s Nest Campus Restaurant, Lumen Vitae University Center)

Grand Entry Times 1 & 7 pm
McDowell Activity Center

Arena Director: Rusty Gillette
Master of Ceremonies: Whitney Rencountre II

Dance Categories:

  • Golden Age Men 60+ (One group)
  • Golden Age Women 60+ (One group)
  • Junior Girls Contest Categories (Traditional, Jingle, Fancy)
  • Junior Boys Contest Categories (Traditional, Grass, Fancy)
  • Teen Girls (Traditional, Jingle, Fancy)
  • Teen Boys (Traditional, Grass, Fancy)
  • Adult Men (Traditional, Grass, Fancy)
  • Adult Women (Traditional, Jingle, Fancy)

Cash prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

Volunteer Opportunity

There are opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to help out. If you are interested, let us know.