Local powwow planned for this weekend canceled after lack of funding

Local powwow planned for this weekend canceled after lack of funding
Local powwow planned for this weekend canceled after lack of funding

Updated – 7:29 a.m. – For the first time in 21 years, the Spokane Falls Northwest Encampment and Powwow has been canceled.

Kathleen Warren, committee chair for the pow wow, says they’re canceling this year’s event due to the lack of financial donations.

“With the economy, there has been a decline over the past couple of years for donations. I think this year was a surprise,” She continued, “The Office of the Mayor of Spokane were very supportive as well as the Indian Community Center. This has always been a special event for the urban Indian community in Spokane as well as surrounding areas.”

Even though there may not be a powwow this year, the powwow is forming a 2012 committee for next year’s event near the same time, the weekend after Unity in the Community.

Past history with the Pow Wow may have led to the cancellation. In 2009, KXLY reported that they held the powwow only because a $10,000 grant from the city of Spokane helped make it happen. Prior to that in 2008, The Spokesman-Review reported that funding was low two-weeks prior to the event and that they had hoped to raise $40,000. In 2007, the powwow cost nearly $27,000. 

Legends Powwow: Kathleen Warren recommended another regional powwow happening this weekend. Yakama Nation Legends Casino is hosting the 9th Annual Pow Wow in Toppenish, Washington from August 26th to 28th. 

Donations: Readers have asked how they can help, Warren says that donations can be sent and made out to the American Indian Community Center, 801 E. Second Ave. Ste. 10, Spokane, Wa 99202 for the 2012 Riverfront Powwow.