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A Celebration of the Yakama Tribes
This year marks the 160th anniversary of the signing of the treaty that formed the Yakama Nation Tribe. They’ll also be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Nation’s Cultural Center and Museum in Toppenish. The weekend-long festivities get underway June 5th with a fun run, Flag raising ceremony, parade, free movie at Heritage Theater and a native artist market. Weekend activities include sporting events, the Treaty Day Tour Rodeo and the annual Pow Wow and White Swan Community Parade.
The annual Treaty Day parade, featuring tribal leaders and traditional Indian dancing, will get underway Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Cultural Center. This year’s celebration is honoring Nipo T. Strongheart, a famous Yakama Nation performer and lecturer. The annual Pow Wow will be held at the White Swan Pavilion beginning Friday night, June 5th, lasting through the weekend. Friday night also features the Nation's renowned salmon bake which is open for the public to enjoy.
The Yakama Nation’s Treaty, signed in 1855, combined 14 tribes and bands throughout Eastern Washington, from Mt. Adams to the Palouse down to the Columbia River to the south. The Nation's headquarters is in Toppenish, Washington complete with a restaurant, cultural center and the region’s largest gaming casino, which is poised for expansion. They manage over 1.3 million acres and nearly 10,000 enrolled members. To learn more about their upcoming celebration and the Yakama Nation's rich heritage, click here.