This weekend at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Indian dancers from around the region will commence on Bozeman for the 43rd annual American Indian Council Powwow. This is one of the largest powwows in the state of Montana. The Grand Entry is set for Friday at 6 p.m. There will also be grand entries on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Food will include: Indigenous food, including fry bread and bison stew. There will also be a food truck from Fork in the Road food truck parked on the arena floor.

A press release from the American Indian Council says the powwow will include the following drum groups and dancers:

The host drum group will be Young Spirit. The head woman dancer is Kassie Runsabove (First Kill), White Clay and Cree, of Billings. Head man dancer is Walter Runsabove (Little Hawk and His Horse that Flies), Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota and Red Bottom Nakota, of Billings. The masters of ceremonies will be Jason Goodstriker, Kainai (Blood Tribe) and Herb Augustine, Northern Arapaho, of Ethete, Wyoming. The arena director is George Abeyta, Eastern Shoshone, of Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Assistant arena director Francis Sherwood is a member of the Arikara, Hidatsa and Navajo tribes, of Denver. The head dance judge is Terry Brockie, White Clay, of Fort Belknap. Head singing judge is Greg Osborne, Shoshone-Bannock and Blackfeet, of Bozeman. Tiny Tots dancers, up to 5 years of age, will be given an opportunity to dance and will receive small prizes during each of the three powwow sessions.

There are also other events this weekend associated with the powwow:

The American Indian Council Powwow Fun Run with 5K, one-mile and walking categories, will be held March 31, beginning at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse parking lot. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of race with the race starting at 9 a.m. The walk category will begin at 9:05 a.m. There is a $10 registration fee, which includes a race T-shirt.

An Easter egg hunt for children will be held at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the South Hannon Lawn, north of Roberts Hall, which is the site of the future American Indian Student Center.

The annual MSU Powwow Basketball Tournament, with cash prizes, will be held March 30-31. For more information, go to the tournament webpage at montana.edu/aic/bball_tourney.html or call Cheryl Polacek at 406-599-1311 or email Megan Gourneau at megangourneau@montana.edu

The Presidential American Indian alumni brunch is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Great Room at the MSU Alumni Foundation. For more information about the brunch go to the AIC webpage at montana.edu/aic, contact the MSU Alumni Foundation at 406-994-2401 or email alumni@montana.edu. The brunch is free, but those who wish to attend should RSVP by Monday, March 26, by calling 855-850-2586 or emailing rsvp@msuaf.org.

For more information about the powwow contact Lisa Perry at 406-994-4880 or lisa.perry2@montana.edu.