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April 29, 2009

38th Annual RSU Graduation Powwow to Be Held May 16

The 38th Annual RSU-Claremore Graduation Powwow will be held on Saturday, May 17, at Rogers State University.

The powwow will be held from 2-8 p.m. in Bushyhead Field House on the RSU campus in Claremore.

All area high school and college graduates are invited to participate in the powwow, which will be hosted by the RSU Native American Student Association.

Students from the Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor will serve as color guard for the event.

The powwow schedule includes a gourd dance from 2-5 p.m. and a supper break from 5-6 p.m., with the gourd dance resuming from 6-6:45 p.m. The grand entry will begin at 7 p.m.

All area high school and college graduates will be recognized at 8 p.m. Graduates who wish to participate and receive a commemorative medal should RSVP by contacting Hugh Foley, RSU professor, at hfoley@rsu.edu or by calling (918) 343-7566 by Monday, May 11.

Head powwow staff includes Craig Satepauhoodle, head singer; Tony Arkeketa, master of ceremonies; the Blackbeard Descendants, head gourd dancers; Ellen Archie, head lady dancer; Travis Clark, head man dancer; and Karl Beaston, arena director.

Dance competitions will include first, second and third place prizes for buckskin, cloth, jingle, fancy shawl, straight, grass, traditional and fancy categories; and junior competitions will be held for girls, boys and "tiny tots."

Vendors must provide a $30 donation to the RSU Native American Student Association. A variety of Native American foods will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the concession stand will benefit the Rogers County Cherokee Association.

For more information about participation or attendance at the powwow, call (918) 343-7566.