Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


The 47th-annual Kihekah Steh Powwow will be held Friday through Sunday, July 29-31 at Skiatook.

Bill Supernaw, the grandson of Kihekah Steh — the last hereditary chief of the Quapaw Tribe — helped start the event as a way to honor servicemen and women and preserve the Native American culture. His descendants, along with those of other charter members, are actively involved in continuing the tradition.

Directions to the dance grounds are: go west from Skiatook on Highway 20 to 52nd West Avenue (Javine HillRoad); turn north for 4.7 miles to 193rd Road and turn left to the dance grounds. Admission and parking are free. Please, bring your own chairs.

There will be gourd dancing nightly from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Grand Entry will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a Stomp Dance on Saturday night.

Contest schedule: Friday Night-Tiny Tots (ages 1-7) and Junior Contests (ages 8-15); Saturday Night-Senior Women Contests; Sunday Night-Senior Men Contests.

Head Staff: Princess- Lane Berrey; Elder Honoree-Harry Roy Red Eagle; Head Man Dancer-Bruce Cass; Head Lady Dancer-Jodie Revard; Head Singer-Paul Bemore; Masters of Ceremony-Archie Mason and Fi Davis; Arena Director-Timmy Lookout; Host Gourd Clan-Osage Gourd Clan.


Josie Zepeda of Bartlesville was the winner of the KRIG “Country Showdown” singing competition held during the July 19 Cavalcade Street Dance.

Zepeda, a 17-year-old high school student, defeated two other finalists — Rusty Meyers and the two-man singing duo, Calli Creek. It was the second year in a row that she has won the competition.

The winner will advance to the national contest’s next round of competition, which is slated for Saturday, Aug. 20, in Tahlequah.


St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Pawhuska is celebrating its ongoing relationship with the Scottish Episcopal Church (since 1784) by holding a “Service of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. July 31. A Scottish “Lite Tea” will follow immediately with scones, tea, jams and other small refreshments. All women are encouraged to wear hats. Gloves are optional.


Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear announced appointment of five members of the Osage Nation to an Osage War Memorial Commission.

Richard Luttrell (U.S. Army), Frances West (Ladies Auxiliary), John Henry Mashunkashey (U.S. Marine Corps), Franklin McKinley (U.S. Navy) and Richard Perrier (U.S. Air Force) have agreed to serve on the commission. Chief Master Sergeant Perrier is the only appointee who is currently on active duty.

“The purpose of the Osage War Memorial is to provide a physical reminder to the present and future generations of the contributions and sacrifices of the Osage Veterans and their families,” Standing Bear said.

The Osage War Memorial will be located on the Osage Agency Campus in Pawhuska. The Osage War Memorial Commission will engage in fundraising for the Memorial and inform the public concerning the progress and needs of the project. The Commission is charged with the oversight and control of the Osage War Memorial


Enrollment dates at Pawhuska’s Indian Camp Elementary School have been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3-4.

Students who are new to the district will be enrolled from 8:30-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and returning K/ pre-enrolled Pre-K enrollment is slated for 1-3 p.m. Wednesday.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, enrollment for returning 1st-grade students will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., while enrollment of returning second graders is scheduled from 1-3 p.m.

Indian Camp Elementary is located in Pawhuska at 2005 E. Boundary.


A bicyclist who is making a 17,000-mile cross-country tour is due in the Pawhuska area Thursday and Friday as part of an interview project called “Conversations with US.”

“I’m riding about 50 miles per day in six-week stretches, profiling a different American each day that I’m on the road for a series of books I expect to publish once I’m finished late next summer,”

“I’m seeking out a diverse group of people to hear their thoughts on what we’re doing right, what we need to improve on, where we stand, and where we might be headed. “I’m doing this because I feel like we need something to unite around now more than ever, and I’m hoping that folks can get to know their fellow Americans through my journey.”