Mills College Biennial Pow Wow

The Mills College Pow Wow is a gathering that celebrates Indigenous community, culture, and resistance. This gathering open to everyone. The Mills College Pow Wow is a longstanding community event supported by the Bay Area’s Native community and is a part of the commitment by Indigenous students, including our co-sponsors, the Indigenous Women’s Alliance, to support our urban Indigenous communities.

Our Mills College Pow Wow & Indigenous Red Market is a rain/shine event. In case of rain, we will have signage to lead you to the Student Union building where the Pow Wow and vendors will be located.

Sunday, April 3, 2022
The Oval, Mills College Campus
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613

10:45 Land Acknowledgement & Opening Blessing
11:00 am Gourd Dance
12:00 pm Grand Entry
12:45 pm Honoring Dr. Melinda Micco
3:00 pm Voice of Honey–Performance
Dance Contest & Raffle All day!
Northern Host: Sharpshooter
Southern Host: So-Ex Style
Head Dancers: Jake and Anecita Miller
MC: Manny Lieras
Arena Director: Eugene Newman

Our pow wow will feature the Indigenous Red Market (IRM), a new enterprise here in Oakland, California. The Indigenous Red Market brings together Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, and vendors every first Sunday of the month in Oakland. They are dedicated to informing our communities about issues important to the local and global Indigenous communities, and their market features key opportunities for community empowerment and involvement. The Indigenous Red Market is a unique Native American event that incorporates: entrepreneurship, healthy Indigenous foods, and cultural entertainment that features a range of talents. We welcome IRM and community vendors and guest performers at our Mills College Pow Wow 2022 and their commitment to community education, with speakers on key Indigenous issues, and community event announcements.

2022 marks the eighth Mills College Pow Wow led and organized by the Ethnic Studies Department and community planning committee. Students, faculty and staff are dedicated to continuing Indigenous culture and traditions at Mills and in the larger Indigenous communities.

At the center of this event are songs and dances of Indigenous peoples throughout North America. Contest prizes are offered for northern and southern traditional and fancy/jingle dances. Indigenous jewelry and textiles from community vendors will be available, along with Native foods. We invite you to come and support our Native communities and join us in this family-friendly celebration. All drums welcome.

Please bring your own seating. Parking is limited on campus, so please carpool when possible. Parking area for Elders will be available.



Pow Wow/IRM Vendor Registration.
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Co-sponsored by Mills College Indigenous Women's Alliance, Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality. Funding provided by the Associated Students of Mills College.