Arlee Pow wow and Fourth of July Celebration | Arlee, Montana

U.S. government agents in the late 1800s determined to stamp out Indian culture, including traditional ceremonies. But how could they say no when leaders of the Salish-Pend Oreille tribes asked permission to celebrate the nation’s birthday? The Arlee Pow-Wow continues to blend the customary and contemporary over the Fourth of July weekend.

This year marks the 222nd Arlee Celebration. It is the premier annual celebration of the Salish and Pend d'Oreille tribes, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Nation. The Pow Wow includes drumming, singing and dancing contests, gambling, food, arts and crafts, and a big July 4 parade.

2019 Event Schedule (2020 Schedule TBA)
221st Annual Arlee Celebration Tentative Schedule (*Apologies on the font and Salish Spellings. The special characters required to accurately portray Salish are posing a challenge to the Web site)

Tuesday, July 2nd – Camp Day

Wednesday, July 3rd
5:00pm Memorial Feed
7:00pm Memorial (no gambling until after memorial)
Material Wagers Stickgame

Thursday, July 4th
2:00pm Snake Dance
Veterans Honoring
Old Style Day - all drums welcome

Friday, July 5th - Veteran Powwow
2:00pm First Grand Entry
Contests in all categories
Break at 5:30pm
7:00pm Second Grand Entry
Contests continue
11:00pm Registration closes for Dance and Singing Contests

Saturday, July 6th
2:00pm Third Grand Entry
Contests continue
Break at 5:30pm
7:00pm Fourth Grand Entry
Contests continue

Sunday, July 7th
Fifth Grand Entry
Goes until winners announced (no dinner break)

***Schedule subject to change***

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Latitude: 47.159927368 Longitude: -114.071472168 Elevation: 3151 ft

Event Dates

7/1/2020 – 7/5/2020

Type of Festival

Town Celebration or Festival


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lavonne ahenakew, 8/25/2016

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