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2013.04.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Celebration of Native American Culture at 15th Annual Wambli Sappa Memorial Pow Wow
April 27 Event to Include Dancing, Food, Arts and Crafts

Omaha - Since 1998, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and its Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) have hosted an all-nations Pow Wow on the UNO campus as a way to connect with members of the Midwest’s tribal communities.

On Saturday, April 27, for the 15th Annual Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow, the UNO ITSC is once again welcoming representatives from all tribal nations to attend and honor past generations, as well as inspire new generations, through indigenous dance, song, arts and traditional crafts.

The 2013 Pow Wow will be held at UNO’s Sapp Fieldhouse. Grand entry to the Pow Wow starts at 1 p.m. with dancing and events continuing until 8 p.m.

Admission is free, as is parking, with traditional Native American food being served at 5 p.m.

The UNO Pow Wow is named “The Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow” to honor the legacy of Fred Leroy, a prominent Ponca leader and respected elder, who passed away in early 2012. Leroy was a great friend and supporter of the Native students and Native American Studies program at UNO. Wambli Sapa translates to "Black Eagle," which was what Leroy was known by in the Ponca tribe.

This year’s members of the Pow Wow head staff include:

Head Man: Neal Sheridan Jr.
Head Lady: Summer Barea
Emcee: Eric Sherman
Arena Director: Varian Morris
Host Drums: Urban Crew, Standing Eagle and Bear Town

Event sponsors include ITSC, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Recruitment Services, Dual Enrollment, The Honor Indians Institute, Native American Studies faculty and others.

For more details or vendor information, contact Cindy Krafka, 402.554.2248 or ckrafka@unomaha.edu. For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or cdreed@unomaha.edu.

Donel Keeler

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