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Circle of Nations Indigenous Association to host 30th annual Powwow

MORRIS — The University of Minnesota, Morris Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) is proud to be hosting the 30th annual CNIA Powwow on Saturday, April 5, in the Physical Education (PE) Center. Dancers from all around the United States and Canada gather in Morris for this annual social gathering. In recent years there have been more than 150 dancers participating, and participation is expected to surpass that for this year’s event.

Powwows are social and spiritual gatherings that combine songs and dances that have been passed down from every Native American peoples’ ancestral lineages. They are open to anyone who wants to participate, Native and non-Native alike. A large number of these gatherings occur between the months of April and October, which is often referred to as “powwow season.” CNIA’s contemporary intertribal event showcases dancers and singers of every style and skill level from across Indian Country. At this powwow participants will experience song and dance as well as a feast. Vendors who specialize in Native crafts and beautiful beadwork will also sell their work.

The drum groups, the heart of all powwows, provide the pulsating beat that accompanies a dancer’s every movement. This year’s host drum is Young Kingbird. In addition to the host drum, many surrounding drum groups will be in attendance.

Each powwow begins with Grand Entry, a procession of all the dancers into the dance arena. Grand Entry will occur at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 5. Doors open at 11 a.m. Free parking is available in the South Parking Lot near Big Cat Stadium.

This event promotes Native wellness; therefore absolutely no alcohol or drugs are allowed. For more information regarding the 30th Annual CNIA Powwow, please visit

As a nonprofit student organization, the CNIA Powwow Committee depends on University, private, and tribal support for its yearly event.