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Indian school alumni gather for Father's Day powwow in Nevada

Grand entry at the 2015 Stewart Father’s Day Powwow in Carson City, Nevada. Photo by Stewart Indian School

The Stewart Father’s Day Powwow takes place June 17-19 at the site of the former Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada.

The annual event is a partnership between the Nevada Indian Commission and the Stewart Indian School Alumni. It's expected to draw over 200 dancers and more than 30 arts, crafts and food vendors, along with former students, former employees and their families.

“New this year, we will have gourd dancing before each grand entry on Saturday and Sunday,” Sherry Rupert, the executive director of the commission, said in a press release. “Also, donations of time and effort by local businesses have made it possible for a car giveaway to a family in need.”

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The Stewart Indian School was an off-reservation boarding school that was in operation from 1890 through 1980. Comprised of 83 buildings on a 109-acre site, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places..

Visitors to the powwow can learn more about the history of the facility by walking the Stewart Indian School Trail. It's a self-guided audio tour that includes messages from alumni and employees, who share their experiences at the school. The audio messages are delivered via cell phone and can be downloaded as MP3 files.