Tribes come together at 50th Montana State University Billings powwow

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-07 00:39:51-04

BILLINGS – Tribes from all over Montana came to Billings for celebration and dancing on Friday night.

U.S. Army veteran William Medicine Crow and MSU Billings Interim Chancellor Ron Larson led the grand entry of the 50th annual MSUB Powwow into Alterowitz Gym tonight.

Billings Mayor Bill Cole also took part in the festivities.

The powwow is a dance competition that brings camaraderie among the different tribes.

"History has shown us all to be enemies, but nowadays you can really see the companionship and the friendship that we all have with one another,” said Kaitlyn Hugs, the lead woman dancer. ”Powwows are a celebration and we all dance to our traditional music with our traditional regalia. During inter-tribals, we don’t just mean tribes of natives. We mean tribes of every race. Anybody can come out and enjoy themselves."

The second day of the MSUB powwow starts at noon Saturday with another Grand Entry and ends at 11:30 p.m.