Central Wyoming College and the Wind River Job Corps Center will host a second "welcome back" powwow this month as students return to classes.
Students from both schools' American Indian clubs said the powwow helps normalize native cultures, especially for non-native students from outside of Fremont County.
"We want to get rid of biases and make people think that we don't live in teepees anymore," said Teton Trosper, a Fort Washakie native and president of Wind River Warriors at the Job Corps.
Shapiro Americanhorse, a building construction and technology student at the Job Corps, said he realized the importance of sharing native culture when he first arrived at the center more than a year ago. At that time, he said there were some students -- not from Wyoming -- who flew Confederate flags and expressed a distrust of native people.
Ethete native Brittiany Isis, president of CWC club United Tribes, said the event brings more culture to the college while promoting the programs that might be a good fit for reservation students leaving high school.
"I want to inspire Native Americans to go to CWC more," she said.
The welcome back powwow will run from 10:30 a.m. to dusk Sept. 16.
Like last year, the powwow will feature a "rez car" contest, but this year a frybread competition will be part of the festivities too.
Registration for the frybread contest will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Inter-Tribal Education and Community Center at CWC. Judging will begin at 1 p.m.; contestants must bring 15 pieces of frybread to be judged. The first place winner will receive $100.
Registration and judging for the rez car contest will be at the same time and location. First place for that competition also will earn $100, with $25 going to the winner of the "dishonorable prize."
The United Tribes Clubs is also looking for vendors for the powwow, with spots available for $20. Information tables will be free.
For more information, contact Isis at email@example.com or 349-5039.