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November 2-3, 2019 ~~ 28th Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow

=   HEAD STAFF for 2019   =

Spiritual Leader - Selected Each Day

Master of Ceremonies
Tyson Eagle Voice Shay
Shoshone Bannock / Paiute
Ft. Hall, ID.

Arena Director
Hank Johnson
Reno Sparks Indian Colony

Hungry Valley, Nv.

Lead Gourd Dancer
Richard Vigil
Jicarilla Apache
Morgan, CA.

Host Northern Drum
- War Horse
Lead Singer
Damien Bear

Host Southern Drum
Southern Soul
Lead Singer
Rance Redhouse



Thank each of you for attending and adding your style to our drums!!

Sound System by: Desert Sound Audio ~ Jeremy McCabe ~ Las Vegas, Nv.

Photography by Mickey Cox ~ The Right Image ~ Las Vegas, Nevada



November 4-5, 2017

If you just missed the 26th Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow, again you missed an outstanding Pow Wow. They just keep getting better!

This year, the 26th Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow Primary Sponsor was AGAIN the Moapa Band of Paiutes who funded the entire Pow Wow. The Pow Wow Committee and along with Lucy SpottedEagle and Dalton Tom officiated and organized all the elements to come together into a successful Pow Wow.

There were moderate temperatures and nice skys for all those taking photos, and dnacers from many regions visited to compete in all dance categories. Vendors of jewelry, food, and other items of interest were well represented. The Pow Wow was well attended by out of towners and many locals also.



November 5-6, 2016

If you just missed the 25th Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow, and you have missed others, you again, have missed a great experience.

This year, the 25th Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow Primary Sponsor was the Moapa Band of Paiutes who funded the entire Pow Wow. Each of us were blessed with just fabulous weather, with bright blue skys, and unseasonably warm weather
After last years improvements with the turf and other items, the Circle of Life was just excellent for dancing, with good solid turf, beautiful grass and established plants and trees. A very pleasing visual grounds with good lighting, and solar is in the works for power supply for the coming year, helping keep this Pow Wow, "Green".

This year, like so many of the past years, we had great attendence with peoples from many nations in attendence.

Excellent sound was provided by Jeremy McCabe
There were a large assortment of food vendors along with many art vendors offering their finest in Native American jewelry and fare
This year Pow Wow as always, tribute was paid to Veterans, who have served their country in one form of military service or another, and there were at least 67 veterans that took part of the Veterans Tribute and presentation on Saturday. Returning again this year, many of those who served with our own Dalton Tom, his Viet Nam military unit.

Dancers in all groups and ages were represented well, and competition was tough with all giving their best rendition of the dances they each represented showing their regalia to the best form with each dance. The heartbeat of the Pow Wow was kept alive by the Visiting Drums that participated along with our Northern and Southern Host Drums.

This year the Ironman Contest offered a $1000.00 cash prize to the last man standing and it was a well fought battle for the title, with each participant giving their best and all!

This writer was given a very honorable mention and tribute by War Horse and an Eagle Whistle blown by Josie Sands, in my behalf from the passing of my father, and as a tribute to me for the years I have been a proud participant in this Pow Wow. I was and am truly honored to have been honored is such a way, and know that my father was probably dancing in the Circle of LIfe, if he could have been seen! The honor is something I will never forget and I thank Lucy Spottedeagle and Dalton Tom and all of the Committee Members along with Josie Sands, the Eagle Whistle carrier who blew the whistle and War Horse with their groupd lead singer Damien Bear who performed the honor song, and all those in attendence, and Grandfather, for allowing me these few moments during this Pow Wow. I was, and am, humbled, by the experience, and show of love from each of you.

If you missed this Pow Wow, don't cheat yourself next year for the TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SOUTHERN PAIUTE VETERANS POW WOW, 2017!! Be there!!



November 7-8, 2015

If you just missed the 24th Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow, you missed a great experience.

Since last year, the Pow Wow Grounds have been totally reconfigured, new turf, new lighting, new walk-ways, with permanent canopies, first class landscaping within the Arena, along with new trees, and even a "pet park" with grass and fenced for security. The parking area has been graded and leveled with chit, and is almost as smooth as blacktop, no more large rocks to navigate with your vehicles or feet. Extra large parking areas are afforded for those with large campers, and to add icing to an already good cake, so to speak, they have a permanent stage area set up for handling large bands or venues, that may be booked for entertainment in the future, and this year inaugural use for the Pow Wow, the group INDIGENOUS performed Saturday evening during break bringing their own signature to the blues and jazz they presented. I cannot stress enough how great the improvments are. There will be photographs around this site showing off some of them, but too many to capture with just pictures.
Lucy Spottedeagle and Dalton Tom along with The Pow Wow Committee, and the Moapa Travel Plaza, used their combined resources to fund this improvement and the entire project was designed with the talents of Grey Anderson, and Terry Bohle of the Moapa Business Enterprises, along with oversight by Lane Parry. Many hands from the Moapa Band of Paiutes contributed to this enterprise, and everyone that helped bring this wonderful improvement to fruition deserves a large and appreciated round of applause for a job that can only be described as near perfection. These grounds/arena will be the seeds for the future growth of the Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow and with the new design will handle the growth easily each year into the future.

And that is just talking about the grounds and improvements!!
The Pow Wow could not have had better weather, beautiful blue skies both Saturday and Sunday, mostly calm winds, temperature 65/72 degrees. The vendors were first class, most of them returning from the prior years and could be considered as an integral part of this Pow Wow. There was food, sweets, bar-b-que, snow cones, fry bread, Navajo Tacos, just about anything you would want to find at a well vended Pow Wow. Arts and Crafts were well represented by many vendors offering some of the best of the craftsmanship of the Southwest and Native American Jewelry.
This year Pow Wow was again a tribute to Veterans who have served their country in one form of military service or another, and there were at least 88 veterans that took part of the Veterans Tribute, and many of those who served with our own Dalton Tom, his military unit that was truly a "Band of Brothers" during the Viet Nam war. and returned again this year to renew friendships and participate with Dalton and present him with a gift from the group.

Dancers were well represented in all groups and ages and competition was tough with all giving their best rendition of the dances they each represented within their group and age, the heartbeat of the Pow Wow kept alive by the Drums that participated along with our Northern and Southern Host Drums.

If you missed this Pow Wow, don't cheat yourself next year for the TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SOUTHERN PAIUTE VETERANS POW WOW!! Be there!!



November 5, 2014

The 23rd Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow is now to be remembered as a very successful Pow Wow, marked especially poignant by the gathering of Veterans from all walks, but especially a group of Veterans who came together to reunite as a unit from the Viet Nam War, all whom served together with Dalton Tom, survivors who served their tour together as a unit in Viet Nam, who over the years have had a few opportunities to meet again, and this time traveled from across the United States to help Dalton Tom and the Southern Paiute Veterans celebrate another year of the Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow by joining with him, and other Veterans, to celebrate their reunion. It was a joyous time, with a few tears of joy shed, as they participated this time with Dalton, and for many this was their first Pow Wow.

Saturday, the first day was a cloudy, windy, briskly cold day, but the weather was not a match for the participants who came to Pow Wow, and did so as if it was just another sunny day in Las Vegas. Sunday, the weather cleared and we all enjoyed blue skys, calm breezes and large fluffy beautiful clouds with lots of sunshine.

The Pow Wow was directed by Mike Natchees with the arena being marshalled by Alex Shepherd, and our Head Gourd Dancer, Rick Gray, who also served as our Spiritual Leader.

Our Host Nortern Drum was War Horse, and the Host Southern Drum was Southern Soul, and we had three Guest Drums also, all contributing equally to a great sound and singing for the Pow Wow.

The Iron Man Contest was 30 songs long, and the last two standing split the proceeds! The Ironman finalists were Quannah Henry and Amos Yazzie IV. Mike Natchees the Master of Ceremonies said they danced so long they wore out the singers!

Ironmen 2014
Quannah Henry & Amos Yazzie IV
Dead Heat TIE!!

Contest Winners for the Dance Categories are now posted, our Sponsor Page is up to date, the Veterans Gallery for 2014 is now posted along with the entire 2014 gallery of photographs for the event.

A SPECIAL, VERY SPECIAL,THANKS, goes out to all that helped bring this Pow Wow to fruition through their time and financial contributions, all of which helped the Pow Wow Committee, Dalton Tom and the Southern Paiute Veterans, and Lucy Spottedeagle who invested many hours to bring once again to Clark County a fantastic, well run, joyful Pow Wow!

All are now making plans for the 2015, 24th Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow!





September 22, 2014

Nevada State Seal                            Nevada_150 Logo


SOPVA is honored and proud to announce that the Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration will be listing the Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow in their Nevada 150 events Calendar, and will be helping to promote our Pow Wow, as this years Pow Wow is taking place over the Nevada Day Weekend, our Pow Wow and web site; www.sopva.com, will be listed on the website at; www.nevada150.org/events-calendar/

We want to personally thank Scott H. Carey, Events and Community Relations Manager Nevada 150, Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, 401 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701, for helping to make this possible.

See also; www.nevada150.org and www.twitter.com/Nevada_150

A Special, "Thank you" Mr. Carey and to your organization, Nevada 150!





The 2013 22nd Annual Southern Veterans Paiute Pow Wow is now in the history books!
We had GREAT WEATHER all during our event, with a really good crowd of courteous spectators and visitors, watching the Pow Wow and visiting with our many vendors. Our dancer and Drum participation was excellent, and overall the entire Pow Wow ran very smoothly, as we noted from comments from several different people, both new visitors, and some of our old timers that are here every year

As the web designer and photographer I would heartily agree that Lucy Spottedeagle and Dalton Tom and the rest of the excellent Pow Wow Committee and the many volunteers who devoted so much of their time to make this year pow wow another success, succeeded in all their efforts. Everyone knew their duties and job and executed flawlessly.

We had a great Master of Ceremonies, Alex Shepherd, an Arena Director, Mike Natcheese, whom we could not have expected more than the greatcontrol and handling of the Circle of Life than he did, all of this team topped off with the Head Gourd Dancer of Frankie Gray.

Our Host Northern Drum, Wolf Springs with lead singer, Daniel Bullets along with our Host Southern Drum, Southern Comfort, with lead singer, Millard Clark set the pace for the pow wow.

If you missed this year Pow Wow, you owe it to yourself not to let it happen again next year, for our 23rd Annual 2014 Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow!
We thank all who did attend this year and hope to see each and everyone of you again next year!

The contest winners photographs ARE UP and available on the Gallery Page, along with the 2013 Gallery of the Pow Wow, from start to finish.

We have a new Southern Paiute Veterans Princess for the year 2013-2014, Miss MARIA LUISA CASTILLO, and we congratulate her on her crowning. Visit the Royalty Page, linked below to see some of her photographs! We also extend our heartfelt thanks to our Princess for the past TWO years, Miss DELAYNA KIRSTEN ENAS and the excellent job she has done representing this Pow Wow!

Pow Wow Princess Application Form Page 1     Pow Wow Princess Application Form Page 2

These is a link to the Permits page to download this form so that you may print it and send it in.




The 2012 21st Annual Southern Veterans Paiute Pow Wow
With this past week-end, November 3rd and 4th, the close of our 21st Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow completes another successful and joyous Pow Wow, marked by the memory and tributes to some of our dearly recently departed friends and loved ones.
Notably Our Beloved Leroy Spotted Eagle, our very good friend David Chavez, and one of our favorite dancers and loved friends Cory Kanosh.

Despite the fact that Lucy Spotted Eagle was not able to attend having recently received a new kidney and recovering at home, Dalton Tom and the entire Pow Wow Committee carried on with expertise gained from years of doing great Pow Wows and due to all of their efforts the Pow Wow concluded without any problems and goes into the history books as another success in a long line of great Pow Wows.

Many thanks are extended to the Head Staff who also contributed to the overall success of this years Pow Wow, especially Rick Gray as our MC along with his team mate our Arena Director Glenn Rogers.

No Pow Wow would be a Pow Wow without the Drums and our Pow Wow was blessed to have some of the best, Red Storm, Southern Soul and Eagle Rib

We are already planning our 22nd Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow!

All photographs for our 2012 Gallery are now posted and this year 2012 Dance Category Winners are also now posted! Our 2012 Roving Photographer's selected photographs are now posted along with postings for our Veterans Gallery for 2012! We are still working on the 2012 Vendors Gallery, so check back soon!

To all of those who attended and participated, our Thanks to YOU, Each of you helped make this year Pow Wow a great event!!






We are currently working on a special dedication and tribute page to feature all of our Princesses from the first year of 1996-1997, with Faye Ray Anderson, to the present era.

What we need and ask from each of our Princesses if they can do it is this: Get any photographs you have in your regalia that were taken during your own reign as Princess and scan them at 300 dpi if you can, and forward them to me at mickey@sopva.com as an attachment. Please be sure to list the subject line in the email as Princess Photos, so that I know who the mail is from.

Copy and save them as JPEG or GIF or PNG formatted photos. If you cannot access a scanner, or have them done for you, contact me by email and I will give you instructions on how to get them to me so that I may do them for you, and return them when the work is completed.

We want YOUR WEB PRESENCE to be GREAT, RESPECTFUL, and INFORMATIVE, so include information about who you are, such as your parents, grandparents, tribal affiliation and the years of your title and reign, such as 2010-2011.

This page will eventually be as a permanent link on this site, titled ROYALTY, and will feature your pictures and your information for each of you, to give and pay you honor for serving as a Southern Paiute Veterans Princess during your year long reign.

We want and encourage each of you to participate as much and as quickly as you can so that we can present YOUR PAGE to the world through this site. The Royalty page will be kept current year to year thereafter.




Our 2011 20th Anniversary Pow Wow, A Commeorative Pow Wow, dedicated to Lery Spotted Eagle, is now in the history books!

Many people, in addition to the Pow Wow Committee, helped make this Dedication Pow Wow a very special Pow Wow

Lucy Spotted Eagle, widow of Leroy Spotted Eagle, carried on in the finest tradition of her late husband, co-ordinating tirelessly with the members of The Committe and The Southern Paiute Veterans Honor Guard and our Generous Sponsors, to bring forth a wonderful, joyful, successful Pow Wow!

Val Shadowhawk kept the Pow Wow flowing as the very able Master of Ceremonies, working hand in hand with the expertise of Charley Bullets as this years Arena Director.
A very good combination that worked well for all.
Rick Gray again was with us this year as our Head Gourd Dancer and had members of his family including his father.

Of course the heartbeat of the Pow Wow are the Drums and along with our Host Southern Drum Southern Soul and our Host Northern Drum, Red Storm, we also had Eagle Rib and Red House.

This Pow Wow was well attended by all of those that could make the journey to help say good-bye to our Spiritual Leaderand friend, Leroy Spotted Eagle, and during the course of the Pow Wow there were several "specials" dedicated to him and his surviving family. Grateful thanks go out to each of you!

As of right now, our 2011 Pow Wow Gallery is now online and available for your viewing. This Gallery contains about 1100 photographs, all from this special 2011 Pow Wow, and may be viewed through this link or our Gallery Page or can be accesed through the link at the bottom of this page.



This "Comment Page" is new and will be a work in progress through the coming year, and will be used to post comments from the committee when necessary, and comments and notices and updates from the web manager.

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