KU First Nations Student Association prepares for virtual Powwow; halfway to $5K fundraising goal

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For more than three decades, the University of Kansas First Nations Student Association has hosted the annual KU Powwow, an event that seeks to educate the Douglas County community on the Native American people both locally and across the globe.

This year’s Powwow will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the Powwow will premiere on the FNSA’s Facebook page at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, there are a number of events leading up to it for the community to take part in as well.


FNSA’s Virtual 5K event encourages anyone able to run or walk a 5K to upload a photo or video with the hashtags #FNSA5k and #FNSAfund to the group’s Facebook page. Those who do so will be entered to win the following drawings: 

• 8 p.m. today — Isaiah Tasunke Wamniomni Luta (Red Whirlwind Horse) Stewart Print
• 8 p.m. Tuesday — Wild Rice, Tanka Bars, Maple Syrup, Wild Blue Berry Jam
• 8 p.m. Wednesday — Leeway Franks gift card
• 8 p.m. Thursday — Haskell gift package
• 8 p.m. Friday — 2 tickets to Red Sky Performance at the Lied Center on April 8, 2022
• 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10 — Nike shoes, Nike hoodie

FNSA’s website also includes Spotify playlists for those participating in the 5K. 

Those interested can also purchase a Powwow & Festival T-shirt, sweatshirt or youth T-shirt. Money spent in the online store goes directly to FNSA, the group told The Lawrence Times. FNSA will also do a pop-up store selling T-shirts from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center circle drive, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Events also include a panel to discuss the documentary “Sisters Rising,” as the Times has reported. See more details on that here.

There is still time for contestants to enter videos in some of the events. More information is available here.

Finally, the group is seeking to raise $5,000 for its FNSA Student Support Fund by May 3, and it is already more than halfway to that goal. The fund will provide financial assistance to currently enrolled KU students who are active in FNSA and who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation.

Find out more about all events on the FNSA blog.

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