53rd Annual Kyiyo Pow Wow

April 22-23, 2022

The Annual Kyiyo Pow Wow Celebration is one of the oldest traditions of Kyiyo. The Annual Pow Wow Celebration unifies all Native American from across the nation in an event full of dancing, singing, and sharing of stories between all in attendance. The celebration is a time to preserve the rich heritage of Native Americans and renew the thoughts of the old traditions. The diversity of each tribe represented at our Pow Wow is shown within the dancing styles and traditional dress of the dancers. Although from a wide array of backgrounds, each dancer comes together to celebrate to celebrate what their culture truly represents. Each year, our Pow Wow continues to grow which shows the power of our people and leaves the message that our culture will never die out.

Head Staff

Head Man – Shawn White Grass

Head Woman – Cailei Cummins

Master of Ceremony – Ruben Little Head

Master of Ceremony – Tommy Christian

Honorary MC – Chief Earl Old Person, Browning MT

Arena Director – Devan Kicknosway

Head Drum Judge - Chontay Standing Rock Mitchell

Head Dance Judge- Jeremy Shield

Host Drum- Black Lodge


2019-2022 Royalty

Miss Kyiyo – Lynell Shepherd

Jr. Miss Kyiyo – Michelle Wolfchild

Little Miss Kyiyo – Miyoskahmin "Minnie" Whitford

Grand Entry Times

Friday, April 22nd – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 23rd– 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Admission Prices

Children 6 and Under & Seniors 65+ FREE

Drum Registration (10 Passes)- $50

Dancer Registration- $5

General Admission- $5 Session or $12 for Weekend Pass

Dance Categories

Men's and Women's Golden Age 55+

Adult Men's and Women's (ages 18-54) – Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Chicken, Jingle

Teen Girls & Boys (ages 13-17) – Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Chicken, Jingle

Junior Girls & Boys (ages 7-12) – Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Chicken, Jingle

Tiny Tots (ages 6 & under) no contest, paid two sessions

Singing Contest (1st-3rd)


Outgoing Royalty

  • Miss Kyiyo, Lynell Shepherd "Iitstinaistinakii” (Glittering in Front Women)
    • $2,000 18+ Women’s Traditional Special
  • Jr. Miss Kyiyo, Michelle Wolfchild
    • Teen Girls Fancy Shawl Special
  • Little Miss Kyiyo, Minnie Whitford
    • Jr. Girls Fancy Shawl Special

Others TBA

For Special requests, please contact Zach Rides at the Door at kyiyo@umontana.edu


Would you like free admission to the pow wow?

Sign up to volunteer and you will receive free admission for the weekend!

Click HERE to Sign Up! 

Week of powwow there will be an orientation session, watch for details to come.


Kyiyo Powwow 2017

 Thank you Hawthorne Elementary students for the video, featuring 2017 Jr. Miss Kyiyo: Rhiannon Eaglespeaker.