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United Powwow set for May 3

— American Indian drummers and dancers will gather May 3 for the 26th annual United Powwow at the Omak Tribal Longhouse on Mission Road east of town.

The free event is open to the public.

The theme is “Families Closing the GAP: Graduate, Attendance and Participate,” with support coming from the Colville Confederated Tribes K-12 Youth and Attendance Program. Students and families will be honored for attending school.

A plaque dedication is planned in memory of Christine Quintasket, whose pen name was Mourning Dove. Quintasket, a Colville tribal member, was the first American Indian woman to publish a novel.

A symposium celebrating her accomplishments was last fall in Omak-Okanogan.

The powwow’s first grand entry will begin at 1 p.m., with dinner following at 5 p.m., and an evening grand entry at 7 p.m.

Soy Redthunder will be the emcee and Dan Nanamkin will be the arena director.

A United Powwow queen and princess will also be selected for the 2014-15 year.

All drummers and dancers are welcome, and host drums will be chosen at each session.

The drug- and alcohol-free event is supported by the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Red Road Association and the Omak School District Salish language class.

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