September 19, 2012 –
Amber Mahkuk has been the We-Ta-Se princess for 2012.
Last year’s Grand Entry at the 14th Annual Veterans Pow-wow.
MAYETTA: The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation will celebrate American Indian Day this weekend by giving their government employees a day off on Friday and enjoying a pow-wow at Prairie Peoples Park on Saturday. In addition, employees will also be treated to an Indian Taco lunch in the casino’s conference center tomorrow if employees show their IDs any time between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This year’s pow-wow, sponsored by We-Ta-Se American Legion Post #410, will be extra special since it is the 15th year that the group has held a pow-wow that distinctly honors its veterans. For many years the pow-wow was held inside a building in Holton in November but was changed three years ago to occur around American Indian Day and in Prairie Peoples Park. Honored veterans who will be recognized this year are Roy Hale and Debra J. Lowe.
Things get underway on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the first grand entry. Dean Whitebreast will be the master of ceremonies and pow-wow royalty this year is Galen Hubbard (Head Man Dancer) and Sue Hubbard (Head Lady Dancer), Mason Spoonhunter (Head Boy Dancer) and Sierra Pahmahmie (Head Girl Dancer). Drum groups listed, according to the Veterans pow-wow flier, include Little Soldier, Whistling Wind and Boss Hawgs. Other activities will include the crowning of the 2013 We-Ta-Se princess and a traditional supper and food concessions be ing provided by the Native American Church.
Raffle tickets are presently on sale by We-Ta-Se veterans and in the Government Center lobby for chances to win $1,000 cash, 100 gallons of gas, a Pendleton blanket and much more. Winners of the raffle drawings will be announced during the pow-wow.