Fourth of July powwow has been happening for almost one hundred and five
years. The Flathead tribe decided to tell the government it was their
way of celebrating the Fourth of July, since there was a ban powwows.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs was asked to control the Indians cultural
rituals as they were considered savage and evil; Pow Wows were forbidden.
The tribe was successful at convincing them to celebrate the 4th of July
and the government let them dance, sing, drum, and visit once every year
on the Fourth of July weekend. It was much shorter than it would have
been, but they were grateful to still be able to practice their traditions.
Today, they are still having the powwow on the same weekend almost a decade
and some years later.
Source: Personal Interview, Sally Buckley, 2003