Native American Club hosts annual Ardmore powwow
ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Ardmore City Schools' Native American Club held its annual powwow Saturday, benefiting the school's Johnson O'Malley program and providing insight into culture.
"We have demonstrations, stickball, and there's going to be some dances," said club committee secretary Agresta McGlocklin. "It's an opportunity for people to go out and learn some traditional dances concerning our native culture."
The Johnson O'Malley Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into contracts with tribes, states, schools and other entities to address the educational needs of Native American students.
While Saturday's event focused on culture, it also brought awareness to the educational benefits the Johnson O'Malley program provides.
"My two boys are Chickasaw, and they have benefited from the Johnson O'Malley program," said Angela Leu. "School supplies and backpacks, and they also provide tutoring in our school. I really love that they have this dreamcatcher program that allows the families with elementary students to attend and learn more about their culture."
Vendors set up shop at Noble Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and the evening was concluded with the powwow's grand entry performances.
For some, Saturday was a full circle moment.
"We do it for the kids," said Kelli Lonewolf. "Parents did it for us, and I really enjoyed it as a student, so I want my children to enjoy it, too."