Here’s What’s Happening in Indian Country: September 1-11

From powwows and end-of-summer festivals to celebrations of two of the nation’s largest tribes, there’s no shortage of heritage and entertainment across Indian Country over the next two weeks.

Check out Native News Online’s arts, culture and entertainment guide to help you plan if you’re in the area.

70th Annual Cherokee National Day

When: Thursday Sept. 1 – Sept. 4

Where: Tahlequah, Okla.

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For the first time in two years, Cherokee National Day is returning to in-person programming to celebrate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Nation constitution. This year’s celebration is themed “Forging a Legacy: Seven Decades of Cherokee Community and includes a new fishing tournament, cornhole competitions, the return of traditional games, an inter-tribal powwow, artists’ markets, food vendors, musical performances and more.

Kee Boon Mein Kaa Pow Wow 2022

When: Saturday Sept. 3 – Sept. 4

Where: Rodgers Lake Campground, Dowagiac, MI

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The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi returns to in-person programming for the annual celebration of traditional song, dance and culture. The powwow marks the end of the blueberry harvest and attracts dancers and drummers from across the country to compete for cash prizes.

Navajo Nation Fair

When: Sunday, September 4 — September 11

Where: Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, Window Rock, AZ

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The famous Navajo Nation Fair kicks off this weekend for the 74th annual celebration of arts, culture and agriculture. Week-long event features arts and crafts, Miss Navajo pageant, barbecue, exhibits, concerts, horse racing, parade, powwow, rodeo, song and dance traditional events, a fried bread contest, a carnival and more.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at the Eastern Idaho State Fair

When: Friday September 2 — September 10

Where: 97 Park Street Blackfoot, Idaho

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At the 120th annual Eastern Idaho State Fair, the Shoshone-Bannock tribes host the Indian National Relays, where teams of three horses and four team members compete for a additional scholarship of $37,000. Riders must complete a bareback ride and dismount unaided while maintaining control of their horse. This century-old sport has its origins on the tribe’s Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

Five Moons Dance Festival

When: Friday Sept. 9-Sept. 11.

Where: 659 First American Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK

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The second annual Five Moons Dance Festival celebrates the legacy of Native American ballerinas Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief, Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin and Yvonne Chouteau. On September 9, the festival kicks off with a reception at the Thirty-Nine Restaurant inside the First Americans Museum. The three-day event includes panel discussions and educational opportunities to explore the dancers’ legacy, culminating in a 9/11 performance by the OU School of Dance, Oklahoma City Ballet and the Native American community.

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