MSU to host powwow
Minot State University will host the 24th annual Native American Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration Friday and Saturday.
Native American dancers and drum groups from the state and neighboring states and provinces will compete and 1,000 to 1,500 people are expected to attend.
The event includes the acknowledgement of achievements, competitive dancing, vendor and information booths, and food. Admission is $2 for ages 12 to 55; it is free for children under 12, senior citizens and MSU students, faculty and staff.
The event is sponsored by the Native American Cultural Awareness Club at the university and honors all 2013 graduates. Thirteen Native American students are graduating from Minot State University this spring.
Kevin Locke, "Tokeya Inajin" in Lakota or "The First to Arise," a hoop dancer, indigenous flute player and traditional storyteller from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday. Locke is well-known for "The Hope of Life," his hoop dance involving 28 hoops in a complex and acrobatic pattern. In 1990, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Locke a National Heritage Fellowship.
Activities start at 10 a.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Two "Grand Entries," the time when all of the dancers enter the arena, are scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. each day. The "Honor Parade," in which all 2013 MSU graduates are invited to participate, follows the 7 p.m. Grand Entry on Saturday.
Dance competitions will be held for adults, men, women, teens, juniors and "tiny tots." The competition for men includes traditional, grass and fancy dancing. Women's dance competitions include traditional, fancy and jingle styles. Cash prizes will be awarded.
To further honor the graduates and their families, a buffalo meal will be served at 5 p.m. Friday in the Student Center. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe donated the buffalo.
In addition to MSU and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Three Affiliated Tribes' business council, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Visit Minot provided support for the event.
Cruisers offer scholarship
The Dakota Cruisers Car Club of Minot is offering scholarships for students attending any of the vocational schools in North Dakota and pursuing an auto-related course. Some out of state tech schools will also be considered.
The club will offer five separate scholarships in the amount of $500 each. The program will be administered through the Dollars for Scholars program. Students can contact high school guidance counselors for applications or contact Dick Sundhagen at 852-2631 or go to the Dakota Cruisers website at (dakotacruiser.com) to print an application. All applications must be returned by May 15.
Teen poetry slam Sunday
There will be a teen poetry slam from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Minot State University's Hartnett Hall, with an open mic night to follow. Nationally known slam poet Big Poppa E will be featured.
For more information, contact Joe Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.