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13th Annual Rio Rancho Public Schools Powwow

Saturday, April 18, 2020

11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

 Rio Rancho High School, 301 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

A Powwow is a gathering where Native American dancing, singing and celebration take place. It’s a way to honor traditions and ancestors and to give thanks to spirits and the creator.

The circle is an important symbol to Native Americans. This is symbolic of the life cycle. The Powwow brings the circle of people closer to their families, friends, and Native American culture.  Powwows are usually non-profit. They depend on donations, raffles, and blanket dances for support. 


Each Spring, one of our high school gymnasiums echoes to the sounds of drums, chants, and songs. The smell of traditional fry bread and Indian tacos wafts in from the patio/cafeteria as dancers of all ages, wearing the traditional dress of their tribes, celebrate their ancient traditions.

The 13th Annual RRPS Powwow will be held on April 18, 2020 at the Rio Rancho High School gym. The event will feature Gourd
Dancers, Grand Entries, amazing drum groups, and traditional dance competitions in several categories. In addition, the event includes a student art contest, raffles, giveaways, vendor booths featuring native arts and crafts, and other activities throughout the day.

The annual Powwow is sponsored by the RRPS Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC), the Rio Rancho High School Native American Student Union, and the Cleveland High School Native American Student Union. The Powwow provides a means to bring the community together, to share their culture with others, and raise awareness about NAPAC with Rio Rancho parents.  It also helps to cement the bonds among schools and their Native American families and is one way the district teaches students about diverse cultures within our state.

Rio Rancho Public Schools enrolls students from all of New Mexico’s Native American tribes, as well as many tribes throughout the nation. About 5.3% of RRPS’s student population is Native American.  
Each year, a percentage of the proceeds from the annual Powwow are used to fund the district’s Native American Summer Academy, which is designed to integrate Native American culture with core subject areas. This program focuses on instilling a sense a unity and community among urban native youth along with providing an educational, cultural and enriching experience.

2020 POWWOW VENDOR AGREEMENT (coming soon)

Going on 13 years of RRPS Powwow History!

Click on the year link below to view that year's information!

2020 (coming soon)  
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Annual Powwow Student Art Contest

Every year, we accept entries to our student art contest.  Community members can vote for their favorite art piece during the Powwow in the form of donations.  The piece with the largest donated amount is used for the next year's Powwow advertisements and publications.

12th RRPS Art Contest Winner 

Mikayla Toddy
7th Grader, Mountain View Middle School
2019 12th Annual Powwow Student Art Contest Winner

Click here for your Art Contest Entry Form (coming soon)

2020 Pow Wow Art Contest

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