The University of Mary hosts a Mid-Winter Powwow each year, in partnership with United Tribes Technical College celebrating the richness of Native American culture in North Dakota. We invite the Bismarck-Mandan community to join us for this great event including Mass, a buffalo feed, and a contest powwow.

2023 Event – Sunday, January 15


General Public: $5
Mary, UTTC, and BSC students: Free with student ID
Under 5 or Over 65: Free
Vendor Booth: $150


10:30 am – Black Elk Mass (McDowell Activity Center) 

11:30 am – Powwow 101, Rusty Gillette (Founders Hall)  

12 pm – Lunch (Crow’s Nest Restaurant) 

1 pm – First Grand Entry (McDowell Activity Center)

5-7 pm – Buffalo Feed (Crow’s Nest Restaurant) 

7 pm – Second Grand Entry (McDowell Activity Center) 

Grand Entry Times 1 & 7 pm
McDowell Activity Center

Arena Director: Donovan Abbey
Master of Ceremonies: Rusty Gillette

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.

Participate, Vendor, and Volunteer Information

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.