CWC hosting 'welcome back' powwow next week on campus for second year

Sep 5, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

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 or 349-5039.