UNITY Represented at Denver March Powwow
For 43 years, the Denver March Powwow has marked the beginning of the pow wow season for many who follow the Powwow trail. It has grown from a one-afternoon event to a three-day celebration of American Indian dance and culture.
One of the highlights of Denver March, as it is referred to by the locals, is the two-day session of workshops that focus on building the cultural knowledge base of Native youth. This year’s theme was “Sustaining Our Strength Through Indigenous Knowledge”. UNITY Staff Assistant Jared Massey (White Mountain Apache), gave remarks to the workshop sessions and remained on hand throughout the weekend to share information about UNITY, our network of Youth Councils, and this year’s national conference, which will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in the heart of Denver, July 7 – 10.
Another significant part of Denver March is the selection of the Denver March Powwow Princess. The process for selecting their Powwow princess is different than most other powwows. In the Denver metro area, the Powwow committee observes young women who attend the Powwow each year and take part in all sessions of the event, are attending school, live a drug and alcohol-free life and are positive role models for their peers.
Keya Clairmont (Sicangu Lakota/Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota/Taos Pueblo/Meskwaki/Leech Lake Ojibwe), a member of the Denver Mile High UNITY Youth Council, represented her community through the past year. Although Keya’s term as Powwow Princess ended this year, her commitment to Native youth and her Youth Council did not. She is an active member of her UNITY Youth council and is assisting in the Local Planning for the national conference in July.
The new Denver March Powwow Princess is Thomasina “Rosie” Goodeagle of Anadarko, Oklahoma. Thomasina represents the Osage Nation, Pawnee Nation, Quapaw Tribe, Sac & Fox Tribe of Kansas and the Oceanman First Nations of Saskatchewan, Canada. Goodeagle attended the 2016 National UNITY Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and participated in the UNITY Powwow, where she placed in the Women’s Fancy vs. Men’s Fancy Special.
Goodeagle is an 8th grade student at Riverside Indian School and is active in sports.