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Sanford Health to host 17th Annual Niimi'idiwin (Powwow) June 23

Sanford Bemidji and the Red Lake and Cass Lake Indian Health Service Hospitals invite community members to the 17th Annual Niimi’idiwin (Powwow) from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, 1300 Anne St. NW.

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A dancer makes her way around the drum circle during the grand entry at a Sanford Health Healing Powwow in August 2019.
(Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)
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BEMIDJI — Sanford Bemidji and the Red Lake and Cass Lake Indian Health Service Hospitals invite community members to the 17th Annual Niimi’idiwin (Powwow) from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, 1300 Anne St. NW.

"Intended to celebrate holistic healing and our community’s Ojibwe heritage, this gathering is free and open to all within the community who would like to show respect and celebrate the healing power of heritage," organizers said in a release.

Registration for dancers 5 years and older begins at 2 p.m. followed by a customary grand entry, where those of all ages and genders will be led by local veterans into a dance arbor.

Arena director and spiritual advisor Gary Charwood will also guide attendees through a peace pipe ceremony honoring healthcare workers.

Dance specials will begin at 3 p.m. under the direction of emcee Daryl Northbird. The specials include men’s grass dance, women’s jingle dress dance and traditional dances for both men and women.

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A feast of Red Lake walleye, berries and wild rice will be served starting at 4:30 p.m.

A variety of booths will also be present to share local art, crafts and health resources during this communal celebration of health and heritage.

Only pre-invited drum groups, color guards, honor guards and vendors/booths will be permitted to perform and set up during the event, the release said.

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