The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe


By Heather Payne on July 17, 2017

Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians        June 30, 2017
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By Heather Payne

RED ROCK, Okla.--The 136th Otoe-Missouria Encampment takes place July 20-23 at the tribe’s historic powwow grounds located south of 7 Clans Paradise Casino in Red Rock, Oklahoma.

This event is the largest gathering of Otoe-Missouria people each year with tribal members coming from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii to attend.

The celebration begins on a somber note Wednesday evening with a Mourners Dinner held at the arena for families that have lost loved ones in the last year. For those in mourning, this may be their only participation at encampment. Many families in mourning stay away from the arena for a year after the loss of a loved one. They may camp, but they will not go to the arena. And some families, whose pain is too deep, do not go to the campgrounds at all. It is different for each family.

Thursday night outgoing 2016 Princess Danella Hall will pass her crown on to incoming 2017 Princess Ava Botone at the arena. When Ava takes her first dance as princess, she will join a sorority of Otoe-Missouria Tribal Princesses dating back to 1949 when Claudia No Ear Spicer was crowned.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will include social and contest dancing with categories for youth, teen, women, men and golden age. Saturday night a special grass dance contest will be held sponsored by George Koshiway. These are the events that draw the largest crowds. Bring your own lawn chair and a hand fan if you plan to attend because seating is limited and the weather is usually very warm.

Additional events this year include a Mud Run Saturday morning, kid games & turtle races, arts & craft vendors, Gourd Dancing, a prayer walk on Sunday and food vendors.

“Come to our annual encampment have a good time see your relatives, eat, sing, dance, enjoy each other's company,” Encampment Committee Chairman John Arkeketa says. “It's just once a year. Our encampment is a time for our Otoe-Missouria people to come together, put differences aside and fellowship with one another. I've been to a lot of places across this country and people always have good things to say about our tribe. It makes me feel good.”


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