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.

2018 Event Schedule
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)

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
"Camp Day"

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
Snake Dance & Veterans Honoring

Thursday July 5th, 2018 
Youth Powwow

Friday July 6th, 2018 
Competition Starts

Saturday July 7th, 2018

Sunday July 8th, 2018

***Schedule subject to change***

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Latitude: 47.159927368 Longitude: -114.071472168 Elevation: 3151 ft

Event Dates

7/3/2019 – 7/7/2019

Type of Festival

Town Celebration or Festival


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