By Stacy Fisher

Susanville 12th Annual Indian Rancheria Pow-Wow 

– MOVED TO OCT 22, 23 & 23, 2021 – An Annual Event


By Stacy Fisher

Photos courtesy Susanville Indian Rancheria


   After last year’s extravaganza was postponed due to the Covid pandemic, the 12th Annual Indian Rancheria Pow-Wow is ready to return for the 2021 season this weekend MOVED TO )CT – 24. MOVED TO Lassen College Gym – MOVED TO  OCTOBER 22-24) to which the community is invited.

   Featuring dance competitions on Saturday, Native Americans in the northeast California region display their rich cultural customs in the form of song and dance that includes cash prizes of up to $1,000.

   Several local Native American tribes will be represented at this spectacular event that features Buffalo Hill as host drum.

   There will be a Hand Drum Contest on Sunday at 11am, with three men and three women competing. Prizes are $300/$200/$100; with youth drumming at 4:25 p.m. with prizes of $150/$100/$50. Contact Will Tewawina at 530-310-9770 for more info.

   The Red Dress Special Dance honors and brings awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls (MMIWG). 

   A vast selection of Native American art, crafts, jewelry, and food will be available for sale. As past years can attest, the Pow-Wow promises to be an unforgettable cultural experience.

   The Susanville Indian Rancheria (SIR), comprised of members of the Maidu, Paiute, Pit River, and Washoe tribes are creating this year’s annual Pow-Wow to celebrate and honor the elders, veterans, and ancestors of these indigenous peoples.

   Organizers note that Elders are those who have earned the respect of their own community and who are looked upon as the repositories of cultural and philosophical knowledge and are the transmitters of such information to the next generation.

   Fred Hill is this year’s Emcee, with Jerry Bear as Arena Director. Head Woman is Tasha Goodwill of Sioux Falls, SD. Head Man is Nigel Schuyler of Dearborn, MI.

   This is a drug and alcohol free event.

   The Lassen County Fairgrounds offers first-come on-site facilities, RV hookups, showers and dry camping for the weekend. 

   Visitors can enter the fairgrounds starting on Friday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for the “grand entry” featuring dance competition; Saturday, Aug. 28 from 1 p.m. until the grand entry at 7 p.m. — with dancing until midnight; and Sunday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m.

   Diamond Mtn. Casino at 530-252-1100; and Red Lion Inn at 530-257-3450 will be hosting.

   For vendor info contact Aaron Brazzanovich at 530-310-3381 or email: [email protected] or Erma Hart: [email protected].

   For additional information on this free event, including questions on camping or parking at the site call SIR Pow-Wow Coordinator Amelia Luna at 530-249-7192. Email: [email protected] or [email protected]. Website:

Women Are Sacred

   The statistics are stunning. For Native women from the ages of 10 to 24, homicide is the third leading cause of death. 

   Indigenous Women today are living out both the traumas and healing of the past and present generations. With this great understanding, it is time to protect and heal.

   Connections are found between disappearances and murders of Native women and the presence of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking through a lens of understanding their trauma. 

   “We honor the women we have lost and extend our prayers to those who are still suffering” notes the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC), an organization staffed by Native Women who are dedicated to protecting the sacredness of Indigenous Womanhood and all that it embodies. “We rid ourselves of the silence that once bound us. It is time for us to honor the sacredness of women in our homes, in our daily living, in our actions and in our spirituality.”

   The Red Dress is worn to educate and to empower, referring to the special dance held at the Annual Indian Rancheria Pow-Wow. “We wear the Red Dress to honor our sacred women.”

   Traction has built in the efforts advocating for missing and murdered Indigenous women, “but our fight is far from over. … The current reports of abduction and murder of Native women and girls are alarming and represent one of the most horrific aspects of the spectrum of violence committed against Native women,” states the NIWRC. “The murder rate of Native women is more than ten times the national average on some reservations.  These disappearances or murders are often connected to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking.” 

   Continuing, “It is important to understand the connection between domestic, dating, and sexual violence and the high incidence of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in the United States. This long-standing

crisis of MMIWG can be attributed to the historical and intergenerational trauma caused by colonization and its ongoing effects in Indigenous communities stretching back more than 500 years.”