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Minnesota Destinations: White Earth Powwow celebrates 145 years

The White Earth Powwow is Becker County's oldest, continuous event.

Last year, more than 1,000 dancers and 22 drum groups were registered. Organizers are expecting good attendance for the 145th anniversary event, which is set for Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16 on the powwow grounds in White Earth.

Dance warm-ups have traditionally started at 7 p.m. Friday, with grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The powwow committee also traditionally serves a free feast on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. There will be numerous food and craft vendors at the powwow grounds throughout the weekend as well.

An essential component to the significance of the White Earth Powwow is the fact that it is open to the general public, and is not exclusive to people of White Earth or even the Native American community in general. There is no charge to attend.

The powwow grounds are located near the reservation tribal headquarters in the village of White Earth. The grounds were upgraded and improved in 2008.

There is also a powwow held annually near Ponsford, in the village of Pine Point, which is set for August 9-11 this year.

The public is welcome to attend both of these cultural events hosted by the White Earth Nation.

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