Carson City, Nev. – The Stewart Father’s Day Powwow Committee is holding the 2012 Stewart Father’s Day Powwow at the Stewart Facility in Carson City, June 15-17.

The Stewart Father’s Day Powwow is hosted in partnership with the Nevada Indian Commission and the Stewart Alumni.  This annual powwow draws a number of quality Native American arts and crafts vendors, and is also a time for alumni, former employees and their families and friends to gather at the former campus.

The Stewart Indian School was a federal boarding school for American Indian children that operated from 1890 to 1980. Today, the 109-acre facility is owned by the state of Nevada and is open to the public, although many of the 83 buildings are currently in use by state agencies, such as the Nevada Indian Commission. Efforts have begun to establish a Stewart Indian Cultural Center in one of the buildings on the site and to preserve the history and memorabilia of the former boarding school. The Father’s Day powwow also is a fundraiser for that project.

The powwow will feature competition dancing, Native American arts and crafts, Indian tacos, drum groups, Princess Contest, raffle and a Special Alumni Recognition Ceremony. It is the committee’s hope that this event will give the community a sample of Native American heritage, history and pride.   

Grand entry times are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday.  All are invited and welcome to attend this free family event. This program has been made possible, in part, through a grant from the Nevada Commission on Tourism.  For information, call Sherry Rupert at 775-687-8333 or e-mail at srupert@nic.nv.gov.