Here’s What’s Happening In Indian Country

This weekend and next week in Indian Country, powwows are going political, the Chickasaw Nation is going virtual, and Indigenous women artists are gaining attention.

Check out our event recap and get in on the action.

Virtual Chickasaw Annual Meeting 2020

WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m. CDT


Chickasaw Nation citizens all over the world will virtually gather on Saturday, Oct. 3 for the 2020 Chickasaw Annual Meeting. The meeting, which is the climax of the Virtual Chickasaw Festival, will include prize drawings and an address from Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.  “It is important for us to all come together annually, review our progress and recognize the beginnings of our modern Chickasaw Nation,” Gov. Anoatubby said on the event website. The Virtual Chickasaw Festival is in full swing, and the entire event, which started on Sept. 26, is currently viewable on the website. Viewers can witness jewelry-making demonstrations, take a virtual tour of Gov. Anoatubby’s home, the Chickasaw White House, enjoy storytime with an Elder, engage in language lessons, and much more. 

MDP Native Vote Program Virtual Powwow

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 5 – Friday,  Oct. 9

WHERE: RSVP Here; Find it on Facebook Here; Register to be a dancer here.

VotePowwowThe CDM Indigenous Vote Program Virtual Pow Wow will take place Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9. (CDM)

Politics, powwows and the pandemic-era trend of socially distanced celebrations will unite at the Native Vote Virtual Pow Wow, hosted by the Montana Democrats Native Vote Program, 406 nations and Democratic Party of Montana. This politically active powwow will be a whirlwind of dancing, drumming, Native Montana art, Native stories of resilience, and appearances by Democratic politicians and Native Democratic candidates.

Hearts of our People: Indigenous Artists Exhibition

WHEN: Opens Wednesday, October 7 and ends January 3, 2021

OR: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd, Tulsa, Okla.;

Hearts of Our People features millennial works by more than 100 Indigenous women from the United States and Canada. The celebration of the achievements of creative Aboriginal women includes pottery, textile painting and photography. The Philbrook is the final stop for the exhibit, and collectibles by female Native artists from local Oklahoma communities will also be included in the exhibit.

Poeh Arts Fall Classes

WHEN: Classes start Monday, October 5


Starting next week, budding and experienced artists can learn directly from New Mexico Pueblo masters in free online classes offered by the Poeh Cultural Center, located on the Pueblo de Pojoaque. Rainbelt weaving, pottery, sewing and jewelry making are on the menu, and classes kick off with Native Sewing on Monday, October 5. Classes will take place via Zoom and class sizes are limited. Register Right here. For more information, contact Jake Viarrial at 505-629-9439.

Native American History MuseumMOAHThe Museum of Native American History’s fourth annual Virtual Native American Cultural Celebration will take place from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3. (MOAH)Virtual Fourth Annual Native American Cultural Celebration

WHEN: Thursday October 1 – Saturday October 3

OR: the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Arkansas, 453 Garland Ave, Fayetteville, Ark., or

The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) in Bentonville, Ark., is moving its annual Native American cultural celebration online this year, but they’ve left a small spot for a physical, socially distanced gathering. Starting at 7 a.m. CDT on Thursday, October 1, people can watch the event live together at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas. Places are very limited and reservations can be made at This year’s celebration is themed “Four Directions. A land. United Mission” and will feature Commander John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut, as well as an array of Indigenous artists, writers and artisans. The livestream will be broadcast on the MONA’s website.

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