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Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Celebrates 50th Annual Pow Wow This Weekend


The Mille Lacs Band Reservation will take part in traditional dancing and drum ceremonies during the 50th annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe traditional pow wow, the weekend of August 19 – 21. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Band’s pow wow grounds located two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs by the shores of Mille Lacs Lake.

Each dance session will begin with a Grand Entry. This procession into the circle begins with the presentation of colors – the eagle staff, American flag, Minnesota state flag, the Iskigamizigan pow wow flag and the Mille Lacs tribal government flag – followed by the pow wow royalty (princesses and braves) from tribes and schools. The procession ends with a colorful dramatization of the various styles of regalia and dance.

Grand Entry times:

  • Friday, August 19, at 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, August 20, at 1 and 7 p.m.

  • Sunday, August 21, at 1 p.m.

Along with the pow wow, the event will include princess and brave contests, food, crafts, a horseshoe tournament, Moccasin Games, best parade float contest, a parade, and a fun run. All events will take place at the pow wow grounds.

The co-Masters of Ceremonies are Larry ‘Amik’ Smallwood and Pete Gahbow. The co-host Drums are Timber Trails and Pipestone.

Popular for 50 years! the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Pow wow! (Photo: Facebook)


The Iskigamizigan pow wow Grounds are located 12 miles north of Onamia – or two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs – on Highway 169.  Watch for the pow wow signs near the site.  Security and medical staff will be at the event; alcohol, drugs and fireworks are prohibited.

About the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Mille Lacs Reservation is located in east central Minnesota and is the perpetual home of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (  More than 2,300 of the band’s 4,300 members live on reservation land.  The Band supports its members with a variety of services for economic, social and cultural advancement, including health services, early childhood and youth centers and economic development planning.


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