Siouxland’s Winnebago Pow Wow, Winnebago, NE

31 Jul



This past week I attended the 147th annual homecoming celebration of the Ho-Chunk Wnnebago Tribe in Nebraska. According to the tribe, it is the oldest celebration of its kind, and the celebration commemorates the return of War Chief Little Priest and Company “A” Fort Omaha Scouts, 34th Nebraska Volunteers. This band of Indians fought from 1863-66 with General Alfred Sully of the United States Army against the Lakota Bands, Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapahoe and the Santee Dakota Bands. Tribe member Chris Grelik said the Ho-Chunk have been fighting alongside the Stars and Stripes since the Spanish American war.

Seventy-two tribes throughout the U.S. attended the Siouxland pow wow. And like any nationality celebrating its heritage, the tribal members are proud of who they are and their history. And it is a chance as a non-Native American to learn more about another culture.

It is so much more interesting also to talk with participants and learn more about history itself and what they can tell you about their family and love of culture.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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