Warm Springs is the place to be this weekend for the 48th annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days celebration, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, with the grand entry on the grounds adjacent to the Warm Springs Community Center.
Native Americans from all over the Northwest, and even Canada, will take part in the three-day event, June 23-25, which includes individual and team dance competitions, stick games, a traditional dress parade, a horse race, fun run, golf scramble, rodeo and other activities on the Warm Springs Reservation.
The event marks 162 years since the signing of the Treaty of 1855, which created the Warm Springs Reservation. This year's theme is "The Oral History of 'Unwritten Law.'"
On Saturday, at 8 a.m., an endurance horse race will set off from the Shaker Church, and the fun run, from the housing parking lot. The traditional dress parade will start at 11 a.m. in the campus area, and wind its way through town to the pow wow grounds. At 1 p.m., the grand entry will get underway on the pow wow grounds, with dancing continuing all day. Sunday's grand entry is set for 2 p.m.
Rodeos will begin at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the rodeo arena, off Highway 3.
More information on the events is available on KWSO radio station's website at kwso.org/2017/06/pi-ume-sha-treaty-days-2017. KWSO is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.