Red Bottom Celebration A Little Different This Year With Gov. Bullock, Contests, Prizes And A Tour Bus

A few changes are planned for a long-standing tradition in Frazer. The annual Red Bottom Celebration will be held Friday through Sunday, June 17, 18 and 19, at the powwow grounds on the south side of U.S. Hwy. 2, about a mile east of Frazer and 17 miles west of Wolf Point.

Tianna Smoker, who has been an organizer of the Red Bottom Celebration the past several years, said this year it will not be a traditional powwow like it has been the past few years.
She said Gov. Steve Bullock will attend the powwow, but it was not known early this week which day he will attend and no information was available from Bullock’s office on his attendance.
A tour bus filled with tourists is also expected.
Contests will be held with first and second places and payouts on Sunday.
“There will be a lot of specials from different families who are putting them on in honor of different people and those will be announced at the powwow,” Smoker said.
She said drum groups will be paid daily.
Food vendors will be located just outside the arbor.
Red Bottom Celebration will begin with a community feed Thursday at 5 p.m. Grand Entry for the youth powwow will follow at 7 p.m.
On Friday, grand entry will be at 7 p.m. Two grand entries are planned for Saturday and Sunday, at 1 and 7 p.m.
With more than 100 years of celebrating native culture and traditions through dancing, food, crafts and fellowship, the annual powwow is said by many to be the oldest on the Fort Peck Reservation.
The celebration is known to have started more than a century ago. Some say it began as long as 114 years ago. Stories vary about how and when Red Bottom started, but organizers of the event said it dates to either 1902 or 1903. Some people in Frazer say annual powwows in Frazer have been held since the 1880s.
Everyone is welcome.
For additional information and vendor reservations and costs, contact Smoker at 650-8708.