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Central Wyoming College Students Host Powwow In Jackson

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Central Wyoming College's (CWC) United Tribes Club is hosting a Powwow in Jackson on Saturday, September 21.

Club President Angelo Sage said the group put on a similar event at CWC's main Riverton campus earlier this year.

"I was anxious at first, but then I was just really happy that it had such a good turnout," Sage said.

The students' hard work caught the attention of administrators at CWC Jackson, who invited them to plan Jackson's first ever contemporary Powwow.

Native dancers and singers from all over the Mountain West are expected to make the trip, including from the nearby Wind River and Shoshone Bannock Reservations.

Sage, a second year at CWC, sees the Powwow as a way to celebrate CWC's growing population of Native students.

"Last year we had 100 students that were Native American that graduated. And it looks like there's more this year. This is just a good way of us expressing ourselves and giving back to the community," Sage said.

The Powwow is open to the public and will be held at the Teton County Fairgrounds rain or shine. Grand entry begins at noon. In addition to regular dance contests, CWC's Jackson campus is sponsoring a tiny tot special and a switch dance.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Savannah Maher, at smaher4@uwyo.edu.

Savannah comes to Wyoming Public Media from NPR’s midday show Here & Now, where her work explored everything from Native peoples’ fraught relationship with American elections to the erosion of press freedoms for tribal media outlets. A proud citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, she’s excited to get to know the people of the Wind River reservation and dig into the stories that matter to them.
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