Drums beat for veterans, community at powwow


July 14, 2023

Jana Peterson

George Green of Minneapolis dances in his men's grass regalia Sunday. Green likes to come back to the Fond du Lac Veterans Powwow to reconnect, and celebrate his sobriety after going to Mash-ka-wisen for treatment.

Native Americans serve in the U.S. military at five times the national average, according to the United Service Organizations. Pride in that service was on display throughout the Fond du Lac Veterans Powwow last weekend, with military uniforms and camouflage interspersed with a dazzling display of traditional regalia worn by 476 dancers competing in the powwow.

Drummers pounded out the Veterans Song, while flags from every military branch, eagle staffs from various reservations, and families led the grand entry Sunday. Anyone with a relative who served was invited into the arena to honor t...

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