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Youth powwow comes to Missoula

Posted at 4:07 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 18:07:13-04

MISSOULA – The Irish aren’t the only ones who had cultural celebrations this weekend as a youth powwow brought hundreds to Sentinel High School on Saturday.

The event has been going on since 2002 and intends to promote the identity and culture of Native students.

Missoula County Public Schools Native American Specialist Raymond Kingfisher says you might not notice, but there’s a big Native community in Missoula.

“A celebration like this is what gets us all together, so we can meet one another. Especially the kids, they’re kinda segregated to each school and they don’t know each other, they just know kids from Porter, from Washington, from Meadow Hill,” Kingfisher said.

“This gets them together. Actually, some of them are related. And they’re finding out ‘there are other kids that are going through the same experience as me’.”

Kingfisher says 72 tribes are represented in Missoula schools.

Story by Lauren Heiser