KIVA Club hosts its 63rd Annual Nizhoni Days Powwow Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Johnson Field. The event is open and free to the public.

The powwow is the culmination of a week-long series of festivities hosted by various departments, and Indigenous student organizations on campus, known as Nizhoni Days. Upholding the foundational tenet of traditional powwow community-oriented custom, the Nizhoni Days Powwow is an inclusive, free, all-day event featuring a no-contest powwow, and a community dinner that is offered free-of-charge to all visitors and participants.

The Nizhoni Days Powwow is dedicated to honor all of KIVA Alumni who have built up the legacy of KIVA’s Club history and movement to create a positive environment for cultural awareness, and to also celebrate the Indigenous peoples and communal efforts within and out the University.

Event information
Master of Ceremonies: Oits Halfmoon
Arena Director: Aaron Fry
Head Gourd Dancer: Earl Neconie
Head Man Dancer: Jayme Badwarrior
Head Woman Dancer: SuSun Fisher
Northern Host Drum: Black Eagle
Southern Host Drum: Red Singers

Married couple Special, prize TBA (Head Man)
Old Style Jingle, winner take all (Head Woman)
Tiny Tots (Hosted by the Minthorn Family)
Drum Contest (Hosted by Kiva club)
Red Dress jingle special honoring missing and murdered Indigenous woman (hosted by the coalition to stop violence against Native women)

For more information, contact Hope Alvarado at 505.319.7394 or email,