Public Invited to MCC Pow Wow

MESA, Arizona –March 11, 2015 –American Indian dancers, drummers and authentic food are just a few of the highlights of Mesa Community College’s Spring Pow Wow. The event showcases indigenous talent and provides a source of funding for student scholarships.

"Our American Indian Institute is looking forward to sharing our culture and rich heritage with members of the community," said Yvonne Dinehdeal, manager of MCC’s American Indian Institute. "The festivities will provide an opportunity for the public to be part of an investment in the future of MCC's American Indian students."

The Pow Wow also features Miss Native MCC, Breana Allen, a freshman who plans to major in physical therapy. Allen serves as a liaison between the students and the American Indian Institute, balancing her traditional and modern sides to positively influence her peers. She has both Hopi and Navajo heritage.

Allen strives to preserve native culture and her goal is to serve as a role model and leader for all American Indians on campus. She would also like to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol and the stereotypes surrounding American Indians and alcohol.

Pow Wow attendees are invited to consider a monetary donation to the Charleston Gray Memorial scholarship fund. Charleston “Charles” Gray, a member of the Navajo Nation and the Inter-Tribal Student Organization, was a mentor, tutor and friend to students at MCC. Gray was involved in many college organizations and activities while he was a student and full time employee at MCC. 

Proceeds from the Pow Wow will be awarded to several deserving members of MCC’s Inter-Tribal Student Organization, the sponsor of the event.


When: April 4, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Gourd dance at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Grand entry of dancers at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Where: MCC’s Southern and Dobson Campus,
1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, on the south end of campus by the tennis courts


Contact Dawn Zimmer, 480-461-7892,

About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for its high-quality educational programs, which include university transfer, career and technical, workforce development, and life-long learning.  Host to 40,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 200 degrees and certificates at its two campuses and additional locations.  Our diverse student body hails predominantly from the East Valley region of metropolitan Phoenix, and international students from 50 countries enrich the learning experience.  Award-winning faculty dedicated to student success provide the education and training that empower MCC students to compete locally and globally.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, MCC is one of 11 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information, visit

About the American Indian Institute

Mesa Community College’s American Indian Institute helps to minimize the cultural distance associated with transition when a student leaves their home area. The institute provides American Indian students support and resources with an awareness of Native customs and culture. The organization was founded over 30 years ago and promotes academic, professional and personal development with the American Indian student population. For additional information, visit

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015