Arlee Pow wow and Fourth of July Celebration

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 119th 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.

Event Schedule
119th 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)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

"Camp Day"


Thursday, June 29th, 2017

7:00 pm Memorial
               Material Stickgame 

8:00 pm Registration for Dance and Singing Contests opens


Friday, June 30th, 2017

Noon Registration for Dance and Singing Contests opens

6:30 pm Speaking and dance portion of Miss Salish-Pend d'Oreille competition

6:45 pm Drum Roll call

7:00 pm Grand Entry (dance competition points begin)

  • Honorees of the 119th Esyapqeyni
  •  Crowning of Miss Salish-Pend d'Oreille 2017-2018

Contests in all dance categories; singing competition begins

12 am retire colors

Registration for all contests closes

Dancing and singing continues


July 1, 2017

12:45 pm Drum Roll Call

1 pm Grand Entry
         Adults excused; contests for Junior and Teen categories; singing competition continues

5:00 pm Break

6:45 pm Drum Roll Call

7:00 pm Grand Entry
              Juniors and Teens excused; contests for Adults; singing competition continues

11:00 pm Women 18-over Contemporary Jingle vs. Original Style Jingle
                Men 18-over Grass Special 

 Retire Colors

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 Championship Sunday

11:00 am Indian Mass

12:45 pm Drum Roll Call

1:00 pm Grand Entry
               Contests in all categories; winners announced

10:00 pm Home Sweet Home


Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Youth Day

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Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

1:00 pm Parade

2:00 pm Snake Dance

7:00 pm Home Sweet Home

***Schedule subject to change***

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Latitude: 47.159927368 Longitude: -114.071472168 Elevation: 3151 ft

Event Dates

6/28/2017 – 7/4/2017

Type of Festival

Town Celebration or Festival


can i win a trip to see the powwow

lavonne ahenakew, 8/25/2016

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