Honolulu Intertribal Powwow
Head Staff 2018
Head Man: Jonathan Windy Boy
Whether it is from his reputation of being a “caucus of one” as a Montana Senator/Representative/Legislator in supporting Montana Tribal issues; from his role as a three-term Chippewa Cree Tribal Leader or as an Internationally Renowned Champion Grass Dancer, Representative Jonathan Windy Boy (D) is recognized as a strategic visionary whose motivational and influential voice supports Tribes and addresses Tribal issues across the nation.
Influenced by his traditional and cultural lifestyle growing up in Box Elder on the Rocky Boy reservation, Representative Windy Boy has been drug and alcohol free for more than 36 years. Although he started his pow wow dance career as a fancy dancer, he found his true passion as a grass dancer. He became internationally known for winning an unprecedented number of grass dance competitions including the International Championship in Bismarck North Dakota 14 times and the Gathering of Nations Pow wow 16 times. His work career at this point included positions in geophone placement in the seismic industry and all phases in oil exploration and oil field industry.
Motivated by the socio-economic challenges faced by the Rocky Boy people, Jonathan entered the tribal political arena in 1998 serving 12 years on the Chippewa Cree Tribal Council. In 2002, fortified with the knowledge that Tribes and Tribal issues were underrepresented at the State political level, Jonathan ran for the Montana House of Representatives and served three 2-year terms. In 2008 Representative Windy Boy won a seat on Montana’s Senate District 16 against an incumbent Senator. He served two 4-year terms. Due to term limits he was not able to run again in 2016. He was able to regain his House of Representatives seat which he currently retains. He will run for re-election in November 2018.
In his position with the state of Montana, Representative Windy Boy has initiated and succeed in influencing legislative support and laws addressing a multitude of tribal issues throughout Montana.
Head Woman: Lisa Ewack
spirit name is “Northern Lights Dancer”
Nakoda, Dakota and Cree from the OceanMan First Nation in the Treaty Four Territory and what is now known as Saskatchewan, Canada
I am a world champion fancy shawl dancer, old style jingle dress dancer and a traditional dancer. I am a mother of four children and grandmother of three grandchildren. I share my life with my companion Ted Noon. As a family, we live and practice our Indigenous cultural way of life; spirituality, language, values, customs, traditions and the art forms of our cultures.
I am also a professional educator who has completed a Bachelor of Education Elementary (Indian Education) degree and also completed a certificate in Extended Studies in Inclusive Education at the University of Regina, in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. I am currently pursuing my Master of Education –Education Psychology degree. I am currently employed as the Special Education Coordinator for the File Hills Tribal Council in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan Canada.
It is with great honor and respect to serve as the Head Lady Dancer for the Honolulu Intertribal Pow-wow 2018.
Master of Ceremonies: Kenneth "Tuffy" Helgeson, Nakoda, Lodge Pole, Montana
A member of the Assiniboine (Nakoda) Tribe, Tuffy recalls one of his fondest early childhood memories of branding cattle on the ranch where the whole family would get together from sunup to sundown on the plains of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
Arena Director: Jim Red Eagle, Nakoda, Bear Butte, South Dakota
Carry the Kettle First Nation, Saskatchewan Canada
My Nakota name is “Charging Eagle” and my Dakota name is “Makes Red Paint”. I am a retired Orange County Fire Authority with 32(+) years in the Fire Service.
I’ve been dancing and singing as long as I can remember. I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota in what we call “The Heart of the Earth”.
It’s always an honor to serve in any capacity and be part of any Native Celebration. I always try to do my best. I look forward to serving as Head Staff for the Honolulu Intertribal Pow Wow.
Mahalo for joining our head staff as Arena Director!
Host Drum: 808NDNZ
Honolulu's local Native American drum group has been providing Native drum music and songs for over 20 years.
Members have come from various tribal nations over the years and have worked hard in performing at many community events including, military performances, school presentations, family parties, weddings, local parades, etc. and have also shared their talents with our sister Powwows on the islands of Kauai, Maui and the Island of Hawaii.
Invited Host Drum: High Noon
Holder of six World Championship titles for their singing and drumming, High Noon carries one of pow-wow's most enduring and honored singing traditions. Beginning more than two decades ago on the Thunderchild Reserve, Saskatchewan, they continue to among pow-wow's most respected groups. Singing in the original Plains Cree style, High Noon maintains the pride of their people and sings from the heart whenever they sit around the drum.
Supported by their tribe and their Chief Delbert Wapass.