Pow Wow Scheduled for This Weekend

SALAMANCA, N.Y. – The annual Seneca Allegany Casino Veterans Pow Wow will take place on Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Veterans Park in Salamanca. The event celebrates the culture and heritage of the Seneca Nation and features dance and drum competitions, arts and crafts, and food. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day, and all are welcome to attend.

More than 500 participants from throughout the country will vie for $118,000 in prize money during dance, smoke dance, and drum competitions. Special appearances will be made by Irene Badard, a Native American singer and actress known for her roles in Smoke Signals and Lakota Woman and also as the voice of “Pocahontas” in Disney’s Pocahontas; and “Teyotsihstokwathe” Dakota Brant, Miss Indian World 2010-2011.

This year’s event will honor the memory of SPC Lori Ann Piestewa, the first woman of the U.S. armed forces killed during the 2003 Iraq War and the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving with the U.S. military. Piestewa’s family will be in attendance.

The Seneca Allegany Casino Veterans Pow Wow is an alcohol-free event and is open to all ages. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 17 and elders ages 60 and up, and free for children 4 and younger. Veterans and active service members with identification will receive free admission. Veterans Park is located at 520 Broad Street (Route 417) near exits 20 and 21 of Interstate 86. For more information, visit http://www.senecapowwow.org.

The Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located just minutes from Veterans Park, features more than 2,000 slot machines and 30 live table games; a variety of restaurants, retail outlets, and spa services; and the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel with 212 rooms. For more information, please visit http://www.senecaalleganycasino.com.

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