Media release

(Stroud, Okla) — The Sac and Fox Nation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 57th Annual Sac and Fox Nation Powwow. The event, scheduled for July 9 -12, 2020, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Sac and Fox Nation Business Committee made the decision to cancel the annual event after closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and recommendations from public health experts.  The process has been a continuing conversation; the Powwow Committee also monitored the developments and recommended the cancellation of this year’s event. The logistics and extra precautions that would need to be in place this year make the event unmanageable.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce this decision. We understand the gravity of the situation for our families, vendors, and guests. The Sac and Fox Nation Powwow is an important tradition with a history of excellence,” said Principal Chief Justin F. Wood. “We know this is more than an event. It’s a celebration of culture, family, and connection. But we can’t sacrifice the health of our tribal members and community. We are disappointed, but remain confident we will get through this difficult time together.”

Chief Wood emphasized the Sac and Fox Nation Powwow will return better than ever in 2021. “I encourage everyone to make plans to join us next year for the 2021 Sac and Fox Nation Powwow.” The 2021 Sac and Fox Nation Powwow is scheduled for July 8-11, 2021 and is open to the public. The event will be held at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park, located near the Sac and Fox Nation’s Capitol Complex, five miles south of Stroud, Oklahoma.

The Sac and Fox Nation is a federally recognized tribal nation of over 4,000 enrolled members. The Nation is led by the Business Committee, comprised of five elected officials: Principal Chief Justin Wood, Second Chief Don Abney, Secretary Jacklyn King, Treasurer Jared King, and Committee Member Robert Williamson. The Nation’s jurisdiction lies in portions of Payne, Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties, with the capitol complex located outside of Stroud. For more information about the Sac and Fox Nation, please visit