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25th Annual Wildhorse Pow Wow Winners Announced

Wildhorse Resort Casino Annual Pow Wow

Mission, OR – The dry weather provided high tones on ceremonial drums at the 25th Annual Wildhorse Pow Wow over the weekend.  And while the heat made dancing in buckskin a challenge, competitors were undeterred and performances were lively and honorable.

Vendors provided hungry customers with plenty of fry bread topped with fruit jam, cinnamon sugar or melting peanut butter and satisfied thirst with fresh squeezed lemonade.  Artisans sold beaded lanyards and handcrafted jewelry or printed tees and hats with Native American themes.

Drummers and dancers traveled from around the U.S. and Canada to compete for prize money and respect.  Twenty-five drum groups participated along with 362 dancers, marking the 25th year of the colorful event.


Category Name City State Tribe
Junior Boy’s Fancy
4th place Jeremiah Wahchumwa Tacoma WA Puyallup
3rd Place Julius Phoenix Norwalk CA Tohono O’odham/Navajo
2nd Place Apollo Johnson Warm Springs OR Warm Springs
1st Place Liam Beebe Toppenish WA Blood
Junior Boy’s Grass
4th place Jeryn Little Eagle Wapato WA Yakama/Warm Springs
3rd place Leyson Kentle Toppenish WA Warm Springs
2nd place Elijia Denny Warm Springs OR Warm Springs
1st place Christopher Beebe Toppenish WA Blood
4th place A’Tish Williams Thornhollow OR CTUIR
3rd place Arthur Miller, Jr. Warm Springs OR Warm Springs
2nd place Masen Jefferson Marysville WA Tulalip/Coville
1st place Jayden Esquiro Warm Springs OR Warm Springs
Junior Girl’s Fancy
4th place Vera Johnson Salem OR Burns Paiute
3rd place Aurora Whiskeyjack Pendleton OR Saddle Lake Cree Nation
2nd place Tosha McCloud Harrah WA Puyallup
1st place Valerie ScabbyRobe White Swan WA Yakama
Junior Girl’s Jingle
4th place Kalyssa Fuentes Warm Springs OR Warm Springs
3rd place Alimae Jackson White Swan WA Yakama
2nd place Anhinga Benally Clearfield UT Dine
1st place Tosha McCloud Harrah WA Puyallup
4th place Leona Smith Lapwai ID Chippewa/Cree/Yakama
3rd place Tyla Freeman Auburn WA Pawnee/Kiowa
2nd place Askewin Tom Warm Springs OR Paiute/Lakota/CTWS
1st place Valerie ScabbyRobe White Swan WA Yakama
Teen Boy’s Fancy
4th place Caden Stewart Pendleton OR Umatilla
3rd place MacAllister Selam Wapato WA Yakama Nation
2nd place Sunhawk Barney Portland OR Navajo/Burns Paiute
1st place I’it’na’kapi Scabby Robe White Swan WA Yakama
Teen Boy’s Grass
4th place Xavier Bolton Chubbuck ID Blackfoot
3rd place Josh Cardinal Calgary AB Water Hen Lake Cree
2nd place Tyas Beebe Toppenish WA Blood
1st place Dezlin Walsey Toppenish WA Warm Springs


The Originals, Elders Special
Top Two Men Greg Red Elk Poplar MT Yankton/Dakota
Top Two Men Wes Honena Sr. Fort Hall ID Sho-Ban
Top Two Women Ruth Jim White Swan WA Yakama
Top Two Women Nancy Tailfeathers Warm Springs OR Wasco/Paiute
War Bonnet Special
3rd place Carlos Calica Warm Springs OR Warm Springs
2nd place George Meninick Toppenish WA Yakama
1st place Nakia Williamson Lapwai ID Nimiipuu
Women’s Cowgirl Special
3rd place Tyera Alice Pete Pendleton OR Diné
2nd place Edwina Morining Owl Pilot Rock OR Yakama/Cree
1st place Patricia Heemsah Toppenish WA Yakama
Round Bustle Special
3rd place Terry Heemsah Sr. Harrah WA Yakama
2nd place Brian George Toppenish WA Yakama/Wasco
1st place Gary M. Villa Warm Springs OR Warm Springs

About Wildhorse Resort & Casino:

Centrally situated between Boise, Spokane and Portland, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a premier destination for family getaways, business meetings and large conventions. The resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV Park, seven restaurants, a five-screen Cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course, travel plaza (for commercial trucks and private vehicles) and a tribal museum. Expanded in 2011, there is no destination experience like it in the Pacific Northwest. Wildhorse offers over 1200 slots, all your favorite table games, live keno, bingo and live entertainment Thursday-Saturday.  Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, OR. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.