The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2014 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Kress Events Center on campus.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.
The theme for the 2014 Pow Wow is “Honoring All Our Veterans,” and the event will include a special afternoon honor dance that will recognize all military veterans in attendance. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.
The host drum for the event is Str8 Across, a Menominee-Oneida drum group with several singers on the drum who are Iraq War veterans. Six invited drums will represent each of the six Indian tribes — Menominee, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, Chippewa and Mohican — located in Wisconsin.
Dan King, an Oneida Vietnam veteran, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Pow Wow, and Gary Besaw, Menominee, is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s head dancers are Mark Denning (Oneida) and Chelsea Dodge (Menominee), and the head veteran dancers are Wesley Martin (Ojibwe — U.S. Army) and Jamie Awonohopay (Menominee — U.S. Army). Color guard units from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association — Oneida Chamber, Veterans of the Menominee Nation, Mohican Veterans Association and Forest County Potawatomi Post 1 will bring in the flags during each grand entry.
Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, Dean of Students Office, American Intercultural Center, Kress Events Center and Student Diversity Office, along with Wisconsin Public Radio.